Driving Futures Graduates First Pilot Class

You do not want to miss the executive secretary-treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council, Dorsey Hager, as he makes his monthly appearance on America’s Work Force Radio.

Dorsey Hager

Dorsey Hager, C/COBCTC Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Hager and AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the success of the first graduating class of the Driving Futures pilot program.

Based on the popular Building Futures program, Driving Futures helps men and women in underserved communities overcome employment obstacles and find good-paying union jobs in the transportation sector.

According to Hager, the pilot program accepted 10 members and nine successfully completed the course. Six of these men and women have accepted jobs working for companies where they are represented by the Teamsters Union. The other three individuals are currently weighing multiple offers.

America's Workforce Radio Host Ed "Flash" Ferenc

America’s Workforce Radio Host Ed “Flash” Ferenc

He explained how the program has helped participants earn a CDL. For one graduate, the program allowed her to change industries and essentially give her a $22,000 raise per year.

Besides the Driving Futures Program, Hager and Ferenc also spoke about the current makeup of the National Labor Relations Board and several cases before them, which could alter 70-year old labor law. Currently, there are three Republicans on the board and no Democrats.

Hager then touched on the upcoming North American Building Trades Unions Legislative Conference.

Click here to listen to the entire interview, which included discussion on a building trades leaders conference and the Indians home opener.

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