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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...

The Inflation Reduction Act Means Good Jobs for WV

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As this story goes to print, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on a landmark energy, healthcare, and tax bill called the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA). The $433 billion bill is poised to be the country’s biggest clean energy investment in U.S. history, while also delivering healthcare subsidies for millions of Americans and enacting a...

Tri-State Trades Annual DAD’s Day Event Raises $10,500 for Diabetes Research

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The Tri-State Building and Construction Trades held their annual DAD’s Day Golf Outing on June 10. The event raised $10,500 for diabetes research. ‘DAD’s Day’ stands for Dollars Against Diabetes Day. The event has been a long running effort by the North American Building TradesUnions in the U.S. and Canada to support research for a cure to diabetes. Over the years,...

Charleston Building Trades Recruitment at Mountaineer Challenge Academy Event

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Last month, the Charleston Building and Construction Trades Council attended a career day event for Mountaineer Challenge Academy cadets at their south campus in Montgomery, West Virginia. The Charleston Building Trades Council’s involvement in this event is part of an ongoing effort to strengthen the pipeline of quality applicants to the skilled trades. “With the amount of work we have on...

WV Taxpayers Get Stuck with Bill for Failed Carbonyx Coke Plant in Jackson County

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Taxpayers may have lost millions from an investment in a failed factory in Jackson County. An auction was held on July 13 to sell equipment, paid for by taxpayers, which was leased to a company called Carbonyx Inc. at a facility in Millwood, West Virginia. Details about exactly how much taxpayers lost, and where the funds for the failed eff ort...

New Study: Union Construction Industry is Superior at Meeting U.S. Workforce Needs

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New data from a survey of more than 5,000 contractors nationwide shows that union contractors are better equipped to supply well-trained workers to projects than their non-union counterparts. With the United States facing a labor shortage in the post-pandemic work environment, the labor market has become a major issue for busi-nesses. However, an analysis of the situation has found that...

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