Legislative

August 28, 2019
Department of Labor

127 Representatives, 45 Senators Oppose Disastrous IRAPs Proposal

The OPCMIA applauds the 127 members of Congress and 45 U.S. senators who signed letters to the U.S. Department of Labor opposing the Trump Administration’s proposed new rule to allow the creation of lower-quality “industry-recognized apprenticeship programs” (IRAPs) and undermine the world-class apprenticeship programs run by North America’s Building Trade Unions.
July 30, 2019

Save Our Apprenticeships!

The OPCMIA’s world-class Apprenticeship Program is under attack! The White House is trying to ram through a scheme by a small group of anti-union contractors to allow the use of substandard Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPS) in construction.
June 4, 2019

Fixing Our Infrastructure Unites Americans from All Sides

If you’re beyond frustrated at the continuing failure of politicians in Washington to fix our infrastructure and the relentless parade of “infrastructure weeks” that have become a standing joke, join the crowd. There is no acceptable reason for inaction.
February 6, 2019

Infrastructure: Let’s Get it Done

“Both parties should be able to unite for a great rebuilding of America's crumbling infrastructure.” The OPCMIA couldn’t agree more. A great nation requires a great infrastructure Let’s get the job done!
January 16, 2019
Government Shutdown

Government Shutdown Hurts OPCMIA Members and All Americans

The United States Government and its hard-working employees — many of them proud union members — must not be held hostage to an erratic president’s recklessness and irresponsibility.
October 18, 2018
VOTE - US Senate Building

McConnell Out to Cut Social Security and Medicare

Just in case you were wondering how important your vote is in the November 6th mid-term elections, here is an urgent reminder of all that is at stake: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) just announced he’s going to try to cut Social Security and Medicare next year.
September 18, 2018
Supreme Court Judge

Senate Should Reject Anti-Worker Kavanaugh

While the media is now rightly focusing on deeply disturbing allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, I want to draw your attention to another reason why the Senate should deny him a lifetime appointment to the high court: His extreme anti-worker views.
June 27, 2018
Michigan Prevailing Wage Repeal

Michigan Prevailing Wage Repeal an Attack on All Construction Workers

The Michigan legislature escalated its war on working families earlier this month, when it repealed the state’s prevailing wage law. This follows its passage of “right to work for less” legislation in 2012 as another blow to the living standards of all Michigan workers.
May 11, 2018
Infrastructure Project Construction Scene

Trump Infrastructure Plan: A Promise Betrayed

For all the reservations many of us had about him, I think it’s fair to say that every OPMCIA member was pleased that Donald Trump proposed investing $1 trillion in revitalizing America’s infrastructure during his campaign for president. All of us applauded when he proclaimed, “We will build the next generation of roads, bridges, railways, tunnels, sea ports and airports that our country deserves.”