We offer vets free training for good jobs in the building trades.
The unemployment rate for our military veterans is roughly twice the national average. This is perhaps the most overlooked statistic in stories on the U.S. economy.
American troops have fought overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan for 13 years now — the longest sustained military engagement in our nation’s history. Our troops have been bloodied, bruised and battered on those faraway battlefields. Read more »
The U.S. construction industry employs upwards of two million Latinos, most of them foreign-born. They suffer death and injury on the job at rates well above the industry average, and many would benefit from quality Spanish-language safety and health materials. Read more »
For the first time since its inception in 1999, New Haven County’s own Construction Worker Initiative 2 (CWI2) graduated its first all-female class. On October 23rd, 37 women collected certifications in carpentry or painting and taping from the training school. The program, which prepares the city’s un- and underemployed residents for careers in construction, generally trains 200-300 males and females each year. Read more »
Members of a coalition of 28 unions gathered outside Ridgedale Mall on Wednesday to launch a “Shop at your Own Risk” ad campaign warning shoppers of potentially serious safety hazards at the mall. Despite documenting and reporting many hazards at several of the mall’s construction sites over the past six months, the unions’ concerns have gone unheeded. Read more »
Under pressure from the Communications Workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced an initiative on Oct. 14 to reduce the number of workers killed in fatal falls from cellphone transmission towers.
What's notable about the CWA lobbying on the issue is that it's another instance of unions sticking up for all workers, union and non-union. Read more »