BYD Workers Ratify Unprecedented Contract

On Saturday January 27th, the employees of the BYD Electric Bus manufacturing plant in Lancaster, CA ratified their first contract. The contract included significant wage increases, worker protections, expanded training opportunities and seniority rights that did not exists before the contract. Ratification also solidified SMART Local 105 as the bargaining unit for the nearly 500 …

Are employers crying wolf on labor shortage?

BUILDING TRADES BULLETIN Feb. 1, 2018 Are employers crying wolf on labor shortage? In a Sacramento Bee op-ed column, SBCTC President Robbie Hunter has taken issue with some misinformation that is circulating in the state about a so-called labor shortage in California. “If you are an employer who has profited in the past by paying …