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 …

SMART Member Benefits Update

SMART has updated its Member Benefits section exclusively for SMART members with new offerings such as discounts for movie and theme park tickets along with other entertainment options. As a member of SMART, you have access to one of the leading member benefit programs in the nation. Sign up for or visit the Members’ Section …

Register Now for the New SBCTC Safety Training on Electrical Hazards for Non-Electricians

BUILDING TRADES BULLETIN January 24, 2018 Register Now for the New SBCTC Safety Training on Electrical Hazards for Non-Electricians The State Building and Construction Trades Council has just opened registration for the new train-the-trainer classes for Electrical Hazards for Non-Electricians. Statistics show that 70% of construction workers who die from electrocutions are NOT electricians. Electrical …