July 2011

The Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council
Corporation Commission and construction trades unions agree - it's all about local jobs!

Arizona Building Trades Elected Officials

President: Martin "Buzz" Murphy

Ironworkers 75  

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Vice President: Dean Wine

IBEW 640




Trustee: Lonnie Tinder

Painters 86




Trustee: Tom Hardie

Cement Masons 394




Trustee: Dale Medley

Asbestos Workers 73 




Sgt. at Arms: Randy Storr

Elevator Constructors 140




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International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Local 627

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 518

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 570

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 640

International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 104

International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local 140

International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 428

International Union of Painters, Local 86

Laborers International Union of North America, Local 383

Road Sprinkler Fitters, Local Union 669

Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 359

United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, Local 135

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Corporation Commission and construction trades unions agree - it's all about local jobs!




AZ Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce supports efforts to secure local jobs for local labor

The Arizona Capitol Reports' reported this week on our continuing fight for ensuring local jobs for Arizona workers. In a debate that has spanned more than a year, the leadership of the Arizona Corporation Commission and the unions that build some of the state's signature projects agree: local jobs for local workers is an integral component for getting our economy back on track.


Injected with anti-union hysteria and labeled as a "union power grab," opponents have attempted to quell efforts to ensure that projects - including large solar energy plants and other renewable energy projects - would first seek to employ Arizona workers at a time when this job sector is suffering more than most others. Associated General Contractors Arizona Chapter lobbyist David Martin - the primary opponent of the local jobs initiative - described the good-faith efforts to employ local workers as a "Trojan horse" for union negotiating.


Not so, according to Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Gary Pierce, who - like the Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council - views these efforts as a local jobs issue. Like the council, he agrees that integrating this as a condition of the contract was an effective way of enforcing that requirement, rather than just taking a company at its word that it would use local labor.


The debate bled into the Arizona State Legislature last session, during which State Senator Don Shooter (R-Yuma) sponsored a bill that prohibits assurances that local workers would have the first opportunity to work on an Arizona project. One of the most useless laws of the 2011 legislative session, S1403 - which Gov. Brewer signed into law - prohibits an activity that has not been proposed or practiced on any project in Arizona thus far.


"Although a majority of the legislature does not seem to grasp this, it is encouraging to see that Chairman Pierce does - the goal of both union and non-union labor and contractors who call Arizona "home," is to work on these multi-year infrastructure projects that will help our hard-hit construction industry get back on its feet," states Israel Torres, attorney for the Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council. "We have the best trained, safe and efficient workers and contractors in the country. It is wrong for our own elected officials to let anti-union hype distract efforts to put people back to work."