In politically red states it has become increasingly important for building trades councils to make their case to both major political parties and create coalitions to advance their interests.
Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council (C/COBCTC) Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to bring attention to central Ohio programs being advocated for by both political parties.
Central Ohio and Ohio elections
Hager said that Franklin County, where Columbus is, used to be a Republican stronghold in the 1990’s and earlier. The county is now a massive Democratic stronghold thanks to a young population and development boom.
He added that Ohio is no longer the swing state that it used to be and seems to be reliably red. For this reason, he and other building trades leaders have been reaching out to politicians on both sides of the aisle to advance the interests of the building trades.
Building Futures and Driving Futures
Hager gave an update on two C/COBCTC initiatives seeking to get more disenfranchised residents into family-supporting careers, Building Futures and Driving Futures.
Building Futures is a program designed to drive more residents into the construction trades while Driving Futures is designed to steer residents into the transport industry, where CDL drivers are desperately needed to meet local demand.
The C/COBCTC recently got together with local leaders to create videos promoting the two programs. These videos will be published on city websites, the C/COBCTC website and will be shown to students in the Columbus City Schools.