• Video:How the opioid crisis decimated the American workforce

    From PBS: In northeastern Ohio, employers say they see jobseekers all the time who look like “the walking dead,” would-be workers struggling with opioid addiction. The problem is so great, reports economics correspondent Paul Solman, that it’s had...

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  • SIBA & SICAP to Host Metro Construction Career Expo

    With thousands of skilled workers in the construction trades set to retire this decade, more and more opportunities are arising for today’s youth to take advantage of the promising future this industry can have for them. The...

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  • A New Blueprint for America’s Construction Trades

    From CBS News:  It’s been a month since Hurricane Harvey devastated the city of Houston and Southeast Texas. Damage estimates go up to $190 billion. The cleanup has begun, but a major shortage is looming for the rebuilding...

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  • Should more women be working onsite in construction?

    From Journal of Commerce:  According to a 2016 BuildForce Canada report, the Canadian construction industry employs about 12 per cent women and 88 per cent men. Nearly three-quarters of women employed in construction work in such off-site...

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  • Video: Laborers Leader Makes Parent’s Plea Against Heroin

    Don Willey, business manager for Laborers Local 110 has become an eloquent and vocal spokesman and advocate for opioid addiction prevention and reform. Willey has told the story often of how he lost a son and a...

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  • Which cities are well positioned to land Amazon’s HQ2?

    From The Brookings Institution: Amazon—the world’s largest online retailer and fourth largest company as measured by market capitalization—is soliciting North American regions in a competitive selection process for a second corporate headquarters, or HQ2. In the world of economic development—of which business...

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  • After Decades of Pushing Bachelor’s Degrees, U.S. Needs More Tradespeople

    From PBS:  At a steel factory dwarfed by the adjacent Auto Club Speedway, Fernando Esparza is working toward his next promotion. Esparza is a 46-year-old mechanic for Evolution Fresh, a subsidiary of Starbucks that makes juices and...

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  • 5 Things the Next Generation of Construction Leaders Wants You to Know

    From ConstructionDIVE:  Over the last seven weeks, Construction Dive has spoken with 10 young professionals from their early 20s to their early 40s about their goals for a career in construction. These individuals represent many — but...

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  • Forum Hosts Labor Trafficking Seminar

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL Is labor trafficking actually a thing in the St. Louis construction industry? It may well become one, as downward pressure on wages and a scarcity of skilled trades converge....

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  • BUD Program Graduates 10th Class

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL The 10th cohort of the Building Union Diversity (BUD) program graduated in a ceremony at the AGC Construction Training Center last Wednesday (August 16).  There were 10 graduates in...

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