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State approves $1.3 billion in construction projects

Posted by / June 22, 2020 / Categories: News / Tags: , , , / 0 Comments

In mid-June, Ohio legislators approved the re-appropriation of funds for nearly $1.3 billion in already approved construction projects.

The decision will ensure the creation of thousands of jobs for building trades members across the state, including work for Sheet Metal Workers Local 24.

House Bill 481 funds a variety of construction projects for state colleges and universities, sports complexes and the arts.

Initially, the funding was in doubt as members of the House Finance Committee were discussing H.B. 670, which would have cut the spending in half.

According to The Dayton Daily News, uncertainty over the state’s fiscal future due to lost revenue and expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic led House leaders to call for every capital projected to be justified.

On June 4, the committee decided to shelve H.B. 670 in favor of Senate Bill 316, which re-appropriated almost $1.3 billion in spending on construction projects.

Eventually, language from H.B. 316 was added into H.B. 481.

In addition to the $1.3 billion in re-appropriation funding, the legislation will provide $350 million worth of federal coronavirus aid to local governments and authorize the sale of nearly two dozen pieces of state-owned property for various reasons. The legislation also grants the governor permission to freeze state workers’ pay for a year and allows townships to slash pay or institute furloughs for workers because of the fiscal crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The most important facet of this bill is the legislature’s understanding on the need to keep Ohioan’s employed.

If they had decided not to re-appropriate the full amount, tens of thousands of construction jobs would have been lost.

Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 thanks all members of the House and Senate, who supported H.B. 481.

Linden Park Project to be Built Under a Community Benefits Agreement

Work in the City of Columbus to build a new recreation center and update a city park will be performed by affiliated members of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council under a  Community Benefits Agreement.

The $25 million Linden Park project is expected to create between 60 and 80 jobs for members of the C/COBCTC and for members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 24. Continue reading →

Google Coming to Central Ohio

Posted by / February 26, 2019 / Categories: News / Tags: , , , , / 0 Comments

The world’s largest search engine is coming to Central Ohio, which should create about 100 of jobs for members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 24.

While the project is still in the design stages, the $600 million data center is expected to be smaller than the $750 million Facebook datacenter. Both datacenters will be built in New Albany.

In a Feb. 13 blog, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the company’s expansion into 14 states across the U.S., including Ohio. Continue reading →

Bill will Aid High School Apprenticeship Recruitment

Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 stands to benefit from a bill recently passed in the Ohio House.

House members voted unanimously to approve House Bill 98, the Ohio High School Career Opportunity Act, which gives equal opportunity for representatives from colleges and universities, the armed forces, skilled trades, businesses and charitable organizations to present information on future career and post-graduate opportunities to high school students.

HB 98 now moves to the Senate for possible committee hearings and floor vote. If passed by the Senate, it will become law and give the building trades more access to public schools to expose students to careers in the building trades. Continue reading →