With an $87 million price tag, Issue 7 is bad news for Columbus

The only ballot issue to appear on the November ballot in Columbus, Ohio, is Issue 7, which if approved would force the city to create an Energy Conservation, Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Education and training fund — and remove $87 million from the city’s general fund. It puts the money and oversight in the hands of a limited liability corporation named Pro Energy LLC.

Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council (C/COBCTC), joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss why Issue 7 is bad news for Columbus.

He also discussed the recent Ohio State Building Trades Convention and a combined graduation ceremony for Building Futures and Driving Futures students. Continue reading

Infrastructure bill divides Congress, but promises to rebuild America

What constitutes infrastructure? This question divides Democrats and Republicans and drives debate about what should go into proposed infrastructure legislation.

Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the federal infrastructure bill and the need to expand its provisions. Continue reading

Rebuilding and connecting central Ohio through infrastructure

The recent apartment collapse in Florida is the latest sign of crumbling buildings and infrastructure throughout the U.S. Without proper funding and attention, many bridges and roads may face a similar fate.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager is optimistic a federal infrastructure bill will pass soon. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the building collapse, infrastructure and more. Continue reading

Building Futures Program gives people the skills needed to succeed in the trades

There are an abundance of job opportunities in the Columbus area, thanks to the vast number of construction projects currently in progress or in the design stages. The Building Futures Program is working to fill these openings by training men and women with the entry-level skills needed to join a registered building trades apprenticeship program.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss their pre-apprenticeship programs, the American Jobs Plan and more. Continue reading

Fighting off so-called “Right to Work” in Ohio and promoting fair contracting

While some people are fleeing metropolitan areas, other people are flocking to metropolitan areas like Columbus, Ohio for the abundance of tech jobs and other work in up and coming industries.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive-Secretary Treasurer Dorsey Hager is helping to make sure the labor required to meet the construction demand in Ohio’s capital city is performed by highly qualified tradesmen and tradeswomen. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss how work is going in the area, vaccine distribution and some issues being faced in central Ohio. Continue reading

C/COBCTC Exec. Secretary-Treasurer looking forward to new projects, and the jobs they will create

Investing in our nation’s infrastructure is overdue and the work to update, repair or replace old and damaged infrastructure is critical. It will also create thousands of jobs in the process and energize the economy.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager joined the AWF Union Podcast to talk about the recently released plan for our infrastructure improvements across the U.S.

Creating jobs in Central Ohio

As the Biden Administration has been rolling out its various plans to help the nation rebound from the pandemic, while also supporting American workers, hopes are high that a bold infrastructure spending bill can be passed. The building trades are expected to be among the groups to see job increases should the infrastructure bill pass.

Hager said Biden’s massive infrastructure spending plan would be fantastic for local economies in Central Ohio. It would put people to work and bring money into their communities, and once the work is complete, it will encourage even more growth,

Speaking about other positive news, Hager also discussed the possibility of another data center, for either Google or Facebook, being built in Central Ohio, which would create more jobs for the members of his affiliated Local Unions.

Women in the trades

Hager then acknowledged reports about an increased number of women joining the trades, and why it is such an appealing opportunity for them to get involved. Pay equity, equal opportunities to advance and equal benefits across the board, are main reasons why women are taking a closer look at career opportunities in the union construction industry, he said.

Lastly, Hager praised the ongoing success of the Driving Futures and Building Futures programs in Columbus and how they have helped introduce numerous underserved area residents to the opportunities available that do not require a college degree or student debt.



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Columbus Innovation District is one of many large central Ohio projects providing work

Columbus, Ohio is an expanding city. As companies in a variety of sectors settle in the city, they need people to build their facilities and then people to work for them. Labor leaders are finding ways to secure this work for central Ohio residents.

Leading the way in creating these good-paying jobs is Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager. He joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the recent labor meeting at the White House, developments in central Ohio and creating a program to help local residents secure good-paying jobs. Continue reading

Columbus Building Futures looks to graduate next generation of tradesmen and tradeswomen

The building trades and transportation industry are in need of new, young people looking to start a career. Throughout the country, programs are popping up to introduce young people to these professions.

In Columbus, Ohio, Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager is promoting two such programs. He discussed these, Ohio politics and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Central Ohio construction gaining steam as 2021 begins

As the tech industry continues to grow, it is flocking to places such as Columbus, Ohio, where construction is plentiful with warehouse projects, data centers and more.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager discussed local projects being worked on and what is in store in 2021, on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

C/COBCTC Exec. Secretary-Treasurer highlights Driving Futures and outreach to women

There are a number of factors affecting the future of the building trades and labor as a whole. From outreach events to decisions made by the federal government, the future of labor will be affected.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council (C/COBCTC) Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the upcoming Senate runoff election in Georgia, the Driving Futures Program and getting more women into the building trades. Continue reading