Ohio Building Trades leader provides construction industry update amid COVID-19 and election

Under the Donald Trump presidency, labor leaders have had mixed feelings about whether President Trump helped or hurt various sectors of labor.

Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary-Treasurer Mike Knisley explained the good and bad things that have happened for the building trades during the Trump administration and what Ohio building trades leaders are doing to expand the workforce and secure more work.

He started off by saying the building trades in Ohio have fared well during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to being considered an essential industry by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. Construction in Ohio saw very limited slowdowns due to the pandemic and even some major projects got underway.

Construction under the Trump administration

Knisley said the building trades have done well under the Trump administration. Despite this, he is disappointed President Trump has not offered anything on infrastructure, despite holding the Senate and White House all four years.

He has been pleased with this administration when it comes to oil and gas. Many building trades members work in these industries and President Trump has been friendly towards the industry.

However, Knisley said the National Labor Relations Board under President Trump has been horrible to workers.

Building trades leaders are creating jobs throughout the state

He said building trades leaders throughout the state have done well with creating jobs. He cited the Building Futures and Driving Futures programs in Columbus as well as a handful of Project Labor Agreements that were signed in Akron.

Additionally, these leaders are doing a great job of protecting their members work. Calls for So-Called “Right to Work” legislation in Ohio were almost constant just a few years ago. He said local building trades leaders have done a great job working with Republicans and Democrats to explain why this legislation is bad for workers.


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