Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager and Ed “Flash” Ferenc, host of America’s Workforce Radio, discussed the lack of skilled construction trade workers. Hager explains how a generation of young workers was, as high schools were only focused on sending students to college.
They talk about how the lack of apprentices is hurting the industry and how the C/COBCTC is marketing itself to a new generation. Hager tells listeners about his experiences at recent job fairs and how parents are more open to hearing about college alternatives. He explains how apprenticeships offer students the opportunity to earn while they learn, get college credits and receive excellent healthcare and retirement benefits.
Discussion turned from apprenticeship to politics, as Ferenc talked about House Bill 163, which would repeal Prevailing Wage in Ohio and how ACT Ohio has stopped efforts to move this bill forward.
Hager talked about a movement by the Columbus Service Employees International Union to organize the area’s security guards, which resulted in them getting significant raises and better healthcare and retirement benefits.
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