Union

31
Oct

Change in Retirement Plan

A change has occurred the Sheet Metal Workers Local 33 Annuity Fund. Fund Trustees opted to change the default option to more accurately reflect the current demographics of Local 33. By doing their due diligence and looking at a demographic study, Trustees felt there were better options available to make it easier for members to better plan for retirement. Members

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18
Feb

Strickland visits Rossford Training Center

Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland made a campaign stop at the Rossford training center in northwest Ohio. He toured the state-of-the-art facility and spoke with second-year apprentices. Strickland saw firsthand how the building trades provide their members with a free education that gives them a pathway to live a middle class lifestyle. Strickland, Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld and Kelli Prather

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17
Feb

Union density down slightly in 2014: Annual report

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that union density was 11.1 percent in 2014, down 0.2 percent from the year before. During the year, unions added 48,000 members, but the overall workforce grew more. The agency’s annual survey for 2014 also showed the median weekly wage of union members was $207 more than the weekly median wage for non-unionists. And

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14
Jan

Business Agent Matt Cherry appointed to Toledo City Council

Matt Cherry, a business agent for Sheet Metal Workers Local 33, has replaced D. Michael Collins on the Toledo City Council. The City Council voted 8-3 on Jan. 2 to appoint Cherry, who was selected by the Lucas County Democratic Party to replace Collins (who was elected mayor). Lucas County Democratic Party Chairman Ron Rothenbuler told the Toledo Blade the

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18
Sep

OSHA Budget Cuts Would Prove Dangerous

A budget cut is likely for the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a major detriment to the safety of workers and construction costs. The House has proposed that the 2014 budgets for OSHA and other DOL agencies be cut 18.6 percent from their sequestered 2013 budgets, down from $150 billion to a $122 billion department-wide budget. The

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29
Aug

Labor Day Message for Unions

With Labor Day only days away, it’s fitting that some news outlets have devoted time to discussing labor unions and their presence in the current economy. The following is an article posted on The Hill’s Congress Blog entitled “Five reasons for optimism about unions this Labor Day”: The week following Labor Day, the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations

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28
Mar

Michigan Officially Latest “So Called Right to Work” State

Our neighbor to the north, Michigan, becomes the latest “So Called Right to Work” state this week, effectively stripping its workers of protections afforded by unions. The legislation, passed during a December lame duck session that did not provide any opportunity for public comment, takes effect today. In Ohio and West Virginia we are fortunate to remain in the shrinking

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