• Carpenters’ Dr. John Gaal Receives ACTE Lifetime Service Award

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL It has been a big week for Dr. John Gaal. On Monday he received the Board of Directors Award from the Construction Forum Education Foundation. Thursday he received a...

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  • Construction Forum Awards Program Celebrates Builders of the Region

    Construction Forum STL began its fifth year in existence with a tribute to individuals and organizations who are helping to build the STL Region. After the first try at the 2018 “Building Tomorrow Awards” event was scrubbed...

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  • Dr. John Gaal, Tarlton/BJC Partnership Among Forum Foundation Honorees

    Editor’s Note: Due to schedule conflicts for some of the honorees, the Building Tomorrow Awards event has been moved back two days from its original scheduled date. The event will be held from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Nov. 15...

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  • Construction Forum STL Opioids Program Featured in Forbes Article

    Editor’s Note: This past week a program on “Opioids a Building Epidemic,” which Construction Forum STL hosted a year ago, was featured in a Forbes article, “America’s Workforce Is Paying A Huge Price For The Opioid Epidemic”. America’s opioid...

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  • Rep. Dogan Should Take the Time to Review Labor History

    by John S. Gaal, EdD Director of Training and Workforce Development STL-KC Carpenters Regional Council Regarding state Rep. Shamed Dogan’s commentary “Unions ignore long history of excluding minorities from jobs”, which appeared in the Post-Dispatch on Nov. 14: It...

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  • German/Swiss Trade Trainees Come Here to Learn

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL What would St. Louis region contractors, already harried by labor shortages, think if some of their crafts workers said that they wanted to take some time to work abroad...

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  • Harvard Publishes St. Louis Labor Leader’s Apprenticeship Paper

    Ideas regarding integration of construction training programs into the curriculum of secondary and college programs have been gaining credence in St. Louis for several years, due largely to the efforts of  John Gaal, EdD, director of training...

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  • Forum Panels Examine Inclusion Success Stories

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL Amid widespread questions regarding minority/women inclusion both on the contractor and labor sides for upcoming projects, an audience of over 200 people got to hear testimony on some things...

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  • Graduation of Seventh BUD Class is a ‘Family’ Event

    Dwight Reese’s two young daughters and his mother were at the ceremony for the graduation for the seventh class of the Building Union Diversity (BUD) program on Thursday (Nov. 3) at MSD headquarters. One of the girls...

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  • Letter on Training From Malaysia

    Editor’s Note: In late August we received an email from Borneo from John Gaal, director of training and workforce development for the Carpenters’ District Council of St. Louis and Vicinity was asked to present at the World...

    • Posted 3 years ago
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