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Union Firms Awarded Piling Contracts at Nucor Facility

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Last month, union contractors Beaver Construction and Goettle were each awarded a contract for piling work at the Nucor Steel site in Mason County, West Virginia. The contract awards are the first major construction contracts won by union firms since the announcement of the Nucor deal late last year. “We are pleased Nucor has chosen these top-quality union contractors, who hire...

Trades Participate in 2022 Labor Day Events

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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 141 member Art Oakland (left) and Business Manager Tom Conner (right) march in the Paden City Labor Day Parade in Paden City, West Virginia. The Paden City parade is one of the longest running Labor Day events held in West Virginia. IBEW 141 is one of many groups from the WV State Building and Construction Trades...

WVSBT Endorsement Process Description

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The WVSBT endorsement process is based on work related issues like restoring prevailing wage, workplace safety, enforcing and strengthening licensing laws, opposing so-called Right-to-Work, and other issues important to the Trades. WVSBT participates in the WV AFL-CIO Committee On Political Education (COPE) process of candidate questionnaires and interviews. However, there are times when the Trades do not agree with the...

WV Pipe Trades Hold 2022 Convention

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WV State Pipe Trades Financial Secretary Eddie D’Aquila (podium) speaks to members of the West Virginia Pipe Trades at their annual convention in Roanoke, WV as WV Pipe Trades President Bryan Raber (right) looks on. 56 members of the Plumbing and Pipefitting industry gathered at the event to discuss industry issues such as: work and manpower across the US, potential...

Tri-State Building Trades Raise $25,000 for Kentucky Flood Victims Disaster Relief

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The Tri-State Building and Construction Trades Council stepped up to help Kentucky flood victims by donating $25,000 in funds and supplies to those affected in Floyd and Knott Counties. Between July 25 and July 30of this year, heavy rain caused many to lose their homes—and in the worst cases their lives—in Kentucky and throughout other parts of Appalachia. Over this...

IBEW 466 Volunteers for State Police Memorial

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IBEW 466 members John Epperly (right) and Jacob Triplett (left) install electrical wiring to illuminate a newly constructed memorial at the State Police Detachment in Clay County. IBEW 466 volunteered to install the light fixtures surrounding the memorial, which was built as a tribute to Corporal Marshall Bailey and State Trooper Eric Workman. The two officers were shot and killed...

Kanawha Valley Trades and Contractors Raise $8000 for HospiceCare Charity

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The 28th annual Kanawha Valley Construction Labor-Management Golf Scramble raised $8,000 for HospiceCare, a non-profit organization that provides end of life services to patients in need.  “We believe it’s important to give back, especially to such a great cause,” said Fred Chandler, Business Manager of the Charleston Building and Construction Trades Council. “By working together as labor and management, we...

Boilermakers 667 Holds Tour of Apprenticeship Facility

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On August 24, Boilermakers 667 held a tour of their apprenticeship training facility, inviting candidates for public office, local leaders, and media to learn more about their apprenticeship program. The tour is part of an ongoing effort of the WV State Building Trades and affiliates to educate lawmakers, candidates, and the general public about the benefits of apprenticeship training programs. Recently,...

2022 Labor Day Events

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2022 Labor Day Events

Check out the following events happening over the 2022 Labor Day Weekend: WASHINGTON COUNTY LABOR DAY PARADE Saturday, September 3 10:00am Event start Marietta, OH PORTSMOUTH RIVER DAYS PARADE Saturday, September 3 10:00am Line-up, 11:00am Event start Spartan Stadium (Portsmouth, OH) CATLETTSBURG LABOR DAY PARADE Monday, September 5 9:00am Line-up, 10:00am Event start PADEN CITY LABOR DAY PARADE Monday, September 5 12:00pm Line-up (South End of town), 1:00pm Event start Contact: BB Smith (304)...

2022 WV General Election Endorsements

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2022 WVSBT General Election Endorsements

The following candidates have received an endorsement by the West Virginia State Building and Construction Trades Council for the 2022 WV General Election: WV State Senate 1 – Randy Swartzmiller (D) 2 – Eric Hayhurst (D) 5 – Mike Woelfel (D) 7 – Ron Stollings (D) 8 – Richard Lindsay (D) 10 – Stephen Baldwin (D) 11 – Bill Hamilton (R) 13 – Barbara Fleischauer (D) WV House of...

Cabell-Huntington Hospital Builds Outpatient Center with Union Labor

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Cabell-Huntington Hospital Outpatient Center

The West Virginia State Building Trades thank Cabell-Huntington Hospital for their continued use of union construction workers to build a new outpatient center. A five-story, 75,000 square-foot, $51 million Cabell-Huntington Hospital Outpatient Center is still under construction by MIRC Construction in Huntington, West Virginia. “We want to thank Cabell-Huntington Hospital for their commitment to hiring local, union trades to complete this...

Ohio Valley Trades and Labor Assembly Raises +$3,500 with Dunk Tank for Charity

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Upper Ohio Valley Trades and Labor Assembly Dunk Tank 2022

On June 29-30 the Ohio Valley Trades and Labor Assembly held their annual Dunk Tank for Charity event during Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival in Wheeling, WV on June 29-30. In addition to the Dunk Tank, a raffle was also held to benefit Upper Ohio Valley charities. In total, the events raised more than $3,500 for local charities by...

WVDOT Releases Plan to Create Electric Vehicle Charging Network

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This map shows the proposed EV charging sites for phase 1, along WV’s electric Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs). The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program requires electric AFCs in each state to have a spacing of 50 miles or fewer between EV charging stations. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the goal is to provide reliable regional and interstate EV travel across the U.S.

Earlier this month, the West Virginia Department of Transportation released a plan to construct a network of electric vehicle charging stations across West Virginia. The plan was developed as a result of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program, created as a part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The NEVI program made $5 billion available to U.S. states, providing them with...

Parkersburg – Marietta Building Trades Raise +$6,000 with DAD’s Day Event

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Members from the Parkersburg-Marietta Building Trades compete in the annual DAD's Day Sporting Clay Shoot in Whipple, Ohio on July 30, 2022.

Last month, the Parkersburg-Marietta Building and Construction Trades Council held their annual Dollars Against Diabetes Day (DAD’s Day) Sporting Clay Shoot on Saturday, July 30. This year’s event raised more than $6,000 for diabetes research efforts. The event was held at Hilltop Sports in Whipple, Ohio with over a dozen shooters participating in the competition. Sponsors for the event included: MOV Insurance;...

WV Hydrogen Hub Coalition Meets, New Construction Projects Possible by 2029

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West Virginia AFL-CIO President Josh Sword addresses the audience as a part of the 'Pathways for Workforce Development' panel, during the WV Hydrogen Hub Coalition Industry Day on July 28.

On July 28, energy industry leaders came together to discuss the next steps for establishing West Virginia as the new home of hydrogen energy production during the WV Hydrogen Hub Coalition Industry Day. However, according to representatives from the office of Senator Joe Manchin, construction on any potential hydrogen projects would not start until at least 2029. The group, made up...

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