On Tuesday, Oct. 31, the City of Columbus and the Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades will sign an historic Community Benefit Agreement (CBA) to build the new Columbus Fire Station #35.

The CBA requires that all contractors awarded contracts for the construction of the Fire Station #35 will be required to utilize highly skilled local workers from the local Building Trades unions.

Additionally, the CBA sets forth a historic commitment by the Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades and the City of Columbus to provide training opportunities in the construction industry to city residents. These training programs will help diversify the local construction industry and provide good paying careers for many in economically underserved areas of Columbus.

“Mayor Ginther’s signing of this Community Benefit Agreement represents an enormous opportunity for both the Building Trades and the city,” said Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council. “The Building Trades has been leading the charge to expand the number of skilled craftspeople in Central Ohio and diversification of our workforce, said Hager. “This partnership will provide the city highly-trained, local, skilled journeymen and women who will complete this project on time and on budget while creating career opportunities in the building trades.”

The signing of the CBA will take place on Tuesday, October 31 at 10 am at Firefighters LU 67, located at 379 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215.