Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Cleveland mayoral race and the Building Trades Council’s endorsement of Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley. Continue reading
Stretching from Cleveland to Akron, Ohio’s 11th Congressional District recently had a heated Special Primary Election, although voter turnout remained low. Nevertheless, Shontel Brown, endorsed by the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council (CBCTC), won the Democratic nomination with 50.18 percent of the vote, beating out Nina Turner, who won 44.52 percent of the vote, and multiple other candidates.
Dave Wondolowski, Executive Secretary of the CBCTC, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the election, as well as the upcoming Cleveland mayor’s race. Continue reading
Many cities were slated to have building booms prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, economic uncertainty and lockdown orders stopped many projects from moving forward.
Cleveland, Ohio was one rising city with plenty of construction planned that was put on hold or slowed down. Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the ongoing economic rebound and how it is affecting construction projects in the city. Continue reading
Many in the construction industry are thankful they were able to continue working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and that project owners were comfortable moving forward with projects. However, they are increasingly excited as an infrastructure plan gains momentum.
The Cleveland area has enjoyed steady development in recent years and plenty of work. Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary Treasurer Dave Wondolowski joined AWF Union Podcast to analyze the work outlook, discuss the possible infrastructure plan and more. Continue reading
Wage theft has become a major problem in the non-union construction industry. Many in the labor movement are insisting on strengthening prevailing wage laws to help working people.
Prevailing wage laws help prevent wage theft, but how effective are the laws? Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski addressed the current state of the laws and what can be done to hold employers more accountable on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Wage theft negatively affects local economies
Prevailing wage laws were put in place to make sure that construction workers are paid a living wage, but they also help prevent wage theft.
Wondolowski said that even though there are laws in place, wage theft still runs rampant in the construction industry with non-union workers.
He said the Biden administration will be hiring an attorney to go after wage theft and issue stricter penalties to those caught doing it. Wondolowski noted that wage theft is destructive to communities by stripping them of money that would have flowed through their economy via tax revenue and spending.
With expectations that the Biden Administration appointed attorney will crack down on wage theft, there comes hope that the playing field for construction will be evened out. Right now it is already difficult for unions to compete against non-union contractors. Wondolowski expressed that he is hopeful that wage theft will be dealt with soon.
COVID rescue plan
Multiemployer pension plans have been a discussion point for years now. Finally, there is a multiemployer pension protection plan expected to be in the COVID-19 rescue package.
Wondolowski mentioned that lawmakers are ensuring there will be laws put in place in order to keep pension trustees accountable and keep the plans in good financial standing. After years of talking about a multiemployer pension plan, there is finally being action taken to protect them.
Wondolowski also discussed various projects happening in Cleveland and throughout northeast Ohio, including the Sherwin Williams Headquarters project in downtown Cleveland.
In recent years, the construction in Cleveland has been on the rise. Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski discussed the construction boom in Cleveland, getting more women in the trade and more on AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading
Tom Germuska, Jr., editor of The Labor Citizen spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on Aug. 12 to discuss the upcoming edition of the labor-focused publication. Continue reading
Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on Aug. 11 about tradesmen and tradeswomen working hard to finish projects despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading
District 4 Administrative Director of the Communication Workers of America, Frank Mathews spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 14 about the HEROES Act. Continue reading
Dave Wondolowski, Executive Secretary of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on May 12 to discuss Cleveland Building Trades affiliated members working throughout the pandemic. Continue reading