AWF Audio Clips 2018

AWF Audio Clips 2018

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Dorsey Hager on America’s Work Force Radio – December 7, 2018

Listen to Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager and Ed “Flash” Ferenc, host of America’s Workforce Radio, as they discuss the future of Major League Soccer in Columbus. Columbus Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt was forced to sell the Crew to a new ownership group lead by Jimmy and Dee Haslam, who also own the Cleveland Browns. The new owners will build a new stadium, which means the Crew’s current home, Mapfre Stadium, will become vacant in two years. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther entered into a Community Benefits Agreement with the C/COBCTC to renovate Mapfre stadium as part of a new community sports complex. Besides the sports complex, there is a lot of work going on in central Ohio, as all building trade unions are busy. In order to meet current and future needs for area tradesmen and tradeswomen to work on this and other projects, Hager said the C/COBCTC will work with the Columbus Parks and Recreation Commission to create three pilot programs next year, two for eighth graders going into their freshmen year and one for juniors who will be turning into seniors. The pilot programs will teach students who may be interested in a career with the building trades the basics, such as reading a tape measure, striking an arc, bending conduit and more. Ultimately, those who complete the course will be able to join an apprenticeship because they will have the skills and knowledge needed. Hager and Ferenc also discuss So-Called “Right to Work” legislation.

 


Dorsey Hager on America’s Work Force Radio – November 2, 2018

Check out Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager and Ed “Flash” Ferenc, host of America’s Workforce Radio, as they talk about the Columbus Building Futures Program. The second class recently graduated, and 16 of the 17 participants were placed into apprenticeships with C/COBCTC affiliated Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee programs. Hager discussed all aspects of the 12-week program, which helps men and women in underserved areas of the community gain the skills necessary to successfully apply for a registered building trades apprenticeship program. Hager also talked about how the C/COBCTC and ACT Ohio teamed up to hold a minority contractor outreach event. The event extolled the benefits of being a signatory contractor, which includes access to a well-trained and safe workforce, plus the ability to offer workers union healthcare and pension benefits.

 


Dorsey Hager on America’s Work Force Radio – October 5, 2018

Listen to Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council and America’s Workforce Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc, as they discussed the Alberta Building Trades Conference. Hager was a speaker at the Canadian conference, leading discussions on the Columbus Building Futures Program and Community Benefit Agreements. Hager and Ferenc also talked about the Building Trades Pilot Boot Camp, a new program created by the C/COBCTC designed to expose middle school students to career opportunities in the building trades. In 2019, students from one area middle school will go to the Electrical Trades Center for one week where they will be exposed to many of the different trades, explain how apprenticeships work and what high school courses are needed to enter a registered apprenticeship program. Hager also spoke about the upcoming Minority Contractor Outreach Event on Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All contractors within the C/CBTCTC geographical jurisdiction, who do work with the City of Columbus and/or Franklin County, are invited to attend. Hager will make a presentation to explain the benefits of becoming a C/CBTCTC signatory contractor.

 


Dorsey Hager on America’s Work Force Radio – July 5, 2018

Do not miss Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager and America’s Workforce Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc, as they discuss the Janus ruling. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling reversed its 1977 Abood decision, enacting nationwide So Called “Right to Work” in the public sector by allowing non-union members to opt out of paying “fair share” fees. Hager also talks about the importance of having a Responsible Contractor policty. The C/COBCTC is working with the City of Columbus to close loopholes in their policy. They are also trying to get the Columbus City School District to implement a Responsible Contractor policy. Currently, the district has avoided paying the Prevailing Wage by hiring out-of-state contractors to perform mechanical work. Hager and Ferenc also discuss the C/COBCTC second annual D.A.D.’s Day clay shoot, politics and working safely in the warm weather.

 


Dorsey Hager on America’s Work Force Radio – May 31, 2018

Check out Dorsey Hager, Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer, and America’s Workforce Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc, as they discuss a great success story from the first graduating class of the Columbs Building Futures program. One young man went from being homeless to a Laborers’ apprentice, where he now owns a car and has a lease on an apartment. Discussion also turned to an update on area projects around central Ohio. Ferenc and Hager also talked about the problem facing Republicans in the Statehouse, who cannot agree on a new Speaker of the House to replace Cliff Rosenberger, who was forced to resign. They also discussed the region’s high growth rate and the Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals matchup.

 


Dorsey Hager on America’s Work Force Radio – May 4, 2018

Don’t miss the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Dorsey Hager, and America’s Workforce Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talk about the North America’s Building Trades Union 2018 Legislative Conference. Hager attended the NABTU Legislative Conference, which was held in Washington, D.C., and heard a number of speakers, who spoke on a variety of topics. Back in Ohio, Hager testified to Franklin County Commissioners about raising the county’s vehicle registration fee by $5. This money would go to the county Engineer’s office and help create jobs for members of the C/COBCTC. Hager and Ferenc also discussed the retirement of Walt Workman and Cavaliers playoff basketball.

 


Dorsey Hager on America’s Work Force Radio – April 6, 2018

America’s Workforce Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc and Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager talk about the first class to graduate from the Building Futures program. Hager said 21 students graduated from this initial class, which provides underserved members of the community with soft skills and job training to help them gain direct entry into a building trades apprenticeship. They also discussed the announcement of a major expansion at the Columbus Hilton Hotel, which will add a 22-story tower. Phase I of the Franklin County jail project just broke ground and county commissioners recently approved a $260 million second phase of the project. Hager and other members of the building trades are also working to identify building trades candidates in the Statehouse and individuals running for those seats, who support the trades and their issue.

 


Dorsey Hager on America’s Work Force Radio – March 2, 2018

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager and Ed “Flash” Ferenc, host of America’s Workforce Radio, recently talked about a New York Magazine article entitled: Democrats Paid a Huge Price for Letting Unions Die. According to the article, the Democratic Party under Presidents Carter, Clinton and Obama failed to pass any significant labor law reforms to bolster the union cause. They also talked about the impact of So-Called “Right to Work” laws on state government and voter turnout. Ferenc and Hager also revisited a recently released study that showed the repeal of Prevailing Wage in Indiana did not save the government any money. Before the segment ended, they also talked about the NABTU Annual Leaders Conference and a potential infrastructure bill.

 


Dorsey Hager on America’s Work Force Radio – February 2, 2018

America’s Workforce Radio, host Ed “Flash” Ferenc and Dorsey Hager, Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer, discussed the upcoming Janus versus American Federation Supreme Court case. Hager is concerned the conservative majority of the high court will implement So-Called “Right to Work” nationwide, which will lead to lower wages and directly impact training centers and apprenticeships. They also discussed embattled Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, who is fighting a battle to institute So-Called “Right to Work” and how the C/COBCTC is helping create a bi-partisan building trades coalition in the Ohio House and Senate to prevent such action in the Buckeye State.

 


Dorsey Hager on America’s Work Force Radio – January 5, 2018

Dorsey Hager, Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer, and Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed State Rep. John Becker’s proposal to place six anti-union bills onto the statewide ballot to amend the state’s constitution. Conversation turned to some of the projects going on in Central Ohio. In New Albany, Facebook is constructing a $1 billion data center that could eventually turn into a six- to eight-year $3 billion project. At its height, it could employ 1,200 building trades members.

 


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