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Community Benefits Agreement covers new Columbus Fire Station project

On Oct. 17, ground was broken for the construction of Columbus Fire Station No. 35, which is the first City of Columbus project to be built under a new Community Benefits Agreement.

The work to build the new 26,750-square-foot fire station will create between 50-70 jobs for members of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council, including members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 24.

Under terms of the agreement, residents of the City of Columbus must complete 20 percent or more of the total project work hours, while at least 25 percent of total project work hours must be completed by tradesmen and tradeswomen who live in Franklin County or adjacent counties.

This historic project is important to the area building trades, as the city is considering using a similar agreement to cover the construction of a new recreation center.

Initially expected to cost around $10.5 million, an increase in material costs due to tariffs and the addition of new city-requested safety features not included in the original design could push the price tag up to $12 million.

The inclusion of additional safety features in the final design delayed the project by several months and it will be up to tradesmen and tradeswomen to complete the fire station on time.

According to an article in the Columbus Dispatch, plans to build a new fire station on the Far East Side were delayed about 10 years due to the Great Recession and then for a few additional months as Columbus City Council reviewed additional upgrades to the original design.

The changes combined to add roughly 3,000-square-feet to the structure in order to limit firefighters’ exposure to cancer causing chemicals in the station’s living quarters.

Work on Fire Station No. 35 is expected to wrap up by spring 2020.

City of Columbus Signs Historic Community Benefits Agreement with Building Trades

The City of Columbus and the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council signed a historic Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) to  partner together to ensure the work to construct Columbus Fire Station No. 35 is performed by the area’s building trades.

The CBA also requires the C/COBCTC to host apprenticeship-recruitment fairs and to contribute 5 cents per hour worked on the project, to be deposited into a scholarship fund for apprenticeship programs.

“This agreement includes many firsts for our city, all built on my commitment to expanding Columbus’ success to every person in every neighborhood,” said Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther. “This agreement offers the City and its residents many benefits.”

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SMW 24 Participates in Construction Career Fair

Our Columbus JATC represented Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 at a construction career fair in Columbus.

The Jan. 26 career fair was an opportunity for Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades affiliated unions, such as Sheet Metal Workers Local 24, to reach out directly to potential apprentice candidates.

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Local 24 Recruits Veterans at Job Fair

In late July, the Columbus/Central Ohio Building & Construction Trades Council hosted a career fair for veterans. The fair aimed to educate attendees about the numerous career opportunities with the trades in Central Ohio. Representatives from various local building trades apprenticeship programs attended and eagerly shared information about their crafts, including Sheet Metal Workers Local 24.

The building trades are particularly interested in recruiting veterans, because of the great skills learned while serving our country. The program Helmets to Hardhats (H2H), which is aimed at veteran recruitment and retention, helps to achieve this goal through a grant that provides veterans entering an apprenticeship program the necessary supplies/tools, work boots and stipend to guarantee achievement. Continue reading →