Arizona Building Trades Elected Officials
President: Martin "Buzz" Murphy
602-268-1449 Ext. 11
Vice President: Dean Wine
Secretary Treasurer: Dion Abril
Sheet Metal 359
Trustee: Tom Hardie
Cement Masons 394
Trustee: Dale Medley
Asbestos Workers 73
Sgt. at Arms: Randy Storr
Elevator Constructors 140
3117 North 16th Street Suite 120
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Arizona Building Trades Members
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Arizona Cement Masons, Local 394
Arizona Pipe Trades, Local 469
Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Local 3
Iron Workers, Local 75
Insulators & Asbestos Workers, Local 73
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 669
Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 359
United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, Local 135
|Solar Reserve to move forward with massive Crossroads project |
November 27, 2012
Clean Energy Authority
Solar Reserve received its last required approval for its Crossroads Solar Energy Project in Arizona last week and should soon be able to begin construction.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Solar Reserve's conditional use permit for a combined 150-megawatt concentrated solar power and 65-megawatt solar photovoltaic installation that will be able to provide enough energy day and night to power 100,000 homes.
|Construction of $500 million solar-power plant begins |
October 25, 2012
The Arizona Republic
Officials celebrated the start of construction Tuesday on a $500 million solar-power plant about 40 miles west of Phoenix.
Some of the 800,000 solar panels for the Mesquite Solar 1 project will be made at the Suntech Power Holdings Co. factory that opened in Goodyear last year. It can produce about 15,000 panels a month.
San Diego-based Sempra Generation will build the Mesquite plant near its existing natural-gas plant, using $359 million in federal loans.
|BLM considering expanding Arizona solar energy zones|
November 2, 2012
Clean Energy Authority
It was just a few weeks ago that the BLM finalized the PEIS creating solar energy zones throughout seven southwestern states, and already the BLM is expanding the solar energy zones. Earlier this week BLM proposed creating an additional Solar Energy Zone in Arizona, which would open up more federal lands to solar development.
The solar energy zones were developed as part of the Obama Administration's goal of developing more renewable energy throughout the U.S. and were created under the BLM's programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS). Basically the BLM did most of the preliminary work to determine that the 17 designated areas were ideally suited for solar. It will drastically speed up the process of planning and developing solar on the lands.
|Planners OK more time to build state's largest wind farm |
November 8, 2012
The Daily Courier
The Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission granted the Yavapai Ranch several time extensions Wednesday to build the largest wind farm in Arizona.
Two days earlier, the Board of Supervisors approved Yavapai Ranch owner Fred Ruskin's request for a zoning change for 12,500 homes and 96 acres of commercial development along Williamson Valley Road about 35 miles north of Prescott.
Ruskin told the planning commission Wednesday that the wind farm and a possible astronomical observatory are the "highest priority" for him and his family over the housing development.
|Mesa school district starts planning how to use bond funds |
November 18, 2012
Mesa students will see new computers, Dobson High School will get new classrooms, and the district's transportation centers will be rebuilt after voters approved a $230 million bond program Nov. 6.
By a 3-to-1 margin, voters gave the Mesa Unified School District permission to sell the bonds, which could impact property tax rates.
The district's assistant superintendent for business and support services, Bobette Sylvester, said the first sale - for about $46 million - will likely happen about April.
Rosemont decision put off yet again
November 17, 2012
Arizona Daily Star
The federal government won't make a decision on the Rosemont Mine as expected next month and it's not clear when it will, the Coronado National Forest's chief said Friday in announcing the latest of many delays for the $1.23 billion project.
Coronado Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch also said he doesn't know when he will decide whether to prepare a new or supplemental draft environmental impact statement on the proposed mine. That move is favored by mine opponents and the Environmental Protection Agency but opposed by Rosemont Copper and its supporters.
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|Construction industry faces worker shortage|
November 28, 2012
The construction industry shed 2.2 million workers between January 2007 and last year.
So now there's an overabundance of them eager for jobs, right?
Contractors are struggling with shortages of workers as the home-building market comes to life and some commercial sectors strengthen. The crunch is affecting a handful of states, including Texas, Arizona, Iowa and Florida. But it's expected to worsen and spread across the USA over the next few years, building officials say. The shortages are already prompting builders to raid each other's job sites for workers.