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West Virginia Northern Community College, Project BEST Announce Partnership
West Virginia Northern Community College and Project BEST announced a partnership that will allow those participating in Project BEST’s apprenticeship programs to earn college credit at WVNCC as part of their apprenticeship training.  Read More...
  The case for an economic downturn over the next 18 months is fading fast, said an ABC economist, citing 103 months of continuous job creation.   Read More...
WVU Health System's pending acquisition of The Health Plan will put it into the same business as West Virginia's dominant insurer, Pittsburgh-based  Highmark , but its CEO said it won't change the health system's plans to contract with insurers. Read More...
A boom in infrastructure, commercial and public construction has primarily caused the labor shortage. While contractors are benefiting, they are also facing growth constraints resulting from demographic trends.  Read More
Construction executives must be adept with technology and set a precedent for workers to adapt to new technologies - not because their jobs are at risk, but so they can do their jobs with fewer risks....  READ MORE 
Number of women working in construction trades jumps 17.6 percent in 2018
St. Louis shining example of great work being done to recruit, retain, mentor women in building trades
GETTING THE JOB DONE: A new analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research shows a 17.6 percent increase in the number of U.S. women working in construction trades between 2017 and 2018. The number of women entering the trades in St. Louis is on the rise as well. Here, a group of female ironworkers and laborers pose for a photo while working on the Poplar Street Bridge improvement project in 2017. – Missouri Women in Trades photo
At the heart of the new agreement, ending an eight-month stalemate, are subcontractor wage controls and future wage increases. Read More...
It’s time to take a purpose-driven approach to building construction with a constructible process that coordinates and optimizes the entire design, build and operate life cycle....  READ MORE 
Apprenticeships Get A Bad Rap, But They Offer Paths To Lucrative Careers 
Driving a semi-truck is a job that gives you plenty of time to think – too much, actually, for Jordan Washington. He says the job paid well, and it was fun in the beginning until the monotony sunk in. Read More..
Labor
Strong, stable growth. That's what union contractors, labor representatives and owner-clients project for 2019, even though craft labor shortages remain a problem for the union construction and maintenance industry. This somewhat contradictory assessment - the best of times for business growth, the worst of times for finding qualified workers - is one of the key takeaways from the fifth annual  Union Craft Labor Supply Study , recently released by The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) in conjunction with the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC). Read More...
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Meeting on Whistleblower Protection Takes Place May 14

OSHA will hold a public meeting on May 14 in Washington, D.C., to seek public input on improving whistleblower customer service and enhancing understanding of  whistleblower laws  that the agency enforces. For more information, see the  Federal Register Notice .
A circuit court has ordered an  Ohio roofing contractor  to comply with OSHA citations, pay $341,972, and immediately abate safety hazards. Read More...
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