Dave Wondolowski, executive secretary of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council, spoke with America’s Work Force on March 10 to discuss the Sherwin Williams Project in Cleveland.
Wondolowski said that after months of deliberation, Sherwin Williams elected to build a new headquarters in Cleveland. Along with the new headquarters, there will also be a research and development facility located in Brecksville, OH. Wondolowski said that this is good for the city because it will create hundreds of jobs, boosting the local economy. He stated that he intends to meet with construction management for Sherwin Williams to put together a Project Labor Agreement for the workers on this project. Wondolowski also discussed the need to get younger people into the trades to replace the older generation of workers who are retiring.
Frank Mathews, district 4 director for the Communication Workers of America, spoke about the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE). He talked about “game time crunch,” which is the heavy workload that video game developers endure to ensure that games are finished for their release dates. Mathews said CODE is working to organize the video game industry because they work long hours and are sometimes even forced to work unpaid overtime.
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