Dorsey Hager, Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer appeared on America’s Workforce Union Podcast to talk about a recent visit from Senior Advisor to President Biden, Tom Perez.
Perez, the former U.S. Labor Secretary visited Columbus on Sept. 17 and started his morning with a tour of Ironworkers Local 172’s new training center.
At the training center, the tour was led by Charles Straley, a Local 172 journeyman who started his career in the Building Futures program.
Following the tour, the former Labor Secretary hosted a town hall meeting.
The meeting was well attended by Franklin County residents who joined to talk about important issues taking place in Central Ohio.
“We are in a unique and fortunate time here in Columbus and Central Ohio,” Hager said. “I truly believe any citizen, no matter their racial makeup, color, or background, if they’re willing to get a little bit of training and they’re willing to invest their time and energy we can find them a good union job.”
Hager shifted the conversation with AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc to the timeline for projects taking place in Central Ohio.
A lot of site work on the Intel plant has been completed and Hager is hoping to see up to 2,500 people on site in March.
Elsewhere, Amazon purchased land in New Albany and they’re looking to put in six datacenters and other support buildings at around $3.7 billion. Hager estimates there will be a total of 40 buildings with a total cost of $7.9 billion.
Google is preparing to build its fourth datacenter campus in Columbus, Ohio.
The next phase of the Facebook campus is expected to break ground in November and could have up to 1,200 tradespeople working on the project for the next three years.
In addition to the billion-dollar projects, there are multiple million-dollar projects in Central Ohio, offering thousands of job opportunities, for C/COBCTC affiliated members.
Hager concluded his appearance by talking about the upcoming election and the importance of voting.
In the upcoming municipal elections, registered voters will elect school board members, judges, city council members, the mayor and decide state-wide issues.
“It is very important you get involved and educate yourself,” Hager said when talking about the importance of voting.
Listen to the interview.