Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager talked about the need for more young people in the trades, wage theft legislation in Ohio and more on the Oct. 2 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Getting young people involved
Hager began by talking about outreach in the Columbus, Ohio area. He said the ever growing city is in desperate need of more tradesmen and tradeswomen.
Just as many are having to do right now, the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council (CCOBCTC) has moved their outreach efforts mostly online.
Hager then said the CCOBCTC got an opportunity to provide some in-person outreach. The organization partnered with the general contractor on a recreation center project in Columbus to bring high school juniors onto the jobsite. They walked the jobsite, watching people work and then after brought them outside to distribute apprenticeship materials.
He said the event was made when a member of a nearby neighborhood came outside to talk to the students. The tradesmen told them about the struggles he overcame and how he got to the position he is in. The students were amazed by seeing someone come from the area who is making it as a tradesman helping to improve his community.
Wage theft in Ohio
After years of working to craft an ordinance to tighten up wage theft in Columbus, Hager said the time has finally come.
After hearing about a man working on the demolition phase of a years old project, being paid under the table, Hager knew something must be done to get these people the prevailing wages and benefits they deserve.
Finally, an ordinance was drafted, approved and voted into law recently. Hager said the ordinance gives the workers of Columbus a voice in labor.
Hager left off by telling a story about new Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers General President Gregory T. Revard. He said he is excited for Revard and believes he will do great in his new role within the Insulators union.