Author: Dorothy A. Loera

Roofers Unionize – Working For Easier Permitting

Technology and Education

Roofers Union Local 11 is dedicated to remaining on top of roofing industry education and information to improve safety and productivity. Our state-of-the-art, nationally acclaimed Apprenticeship Training Center prepares the men and women who work in today’s roofing business to meet the industry’s expectations. Our employees’ continuing education is a top concern. Roofers Union Local 11 refers only to the best and safest roofers, many of whom have crucial credentials, like the top roofers in Lower Alabama – LA Roofing Co.

  • Roofing Torch Applicators who are certified
  • Workers with Asbestos Removal Certification
  • Employees that are CPR/First Aid certified
  • Employees with 10 and 30 hour OSHA certifications
  • Chicago is a city in the United States. Employees Foreman Training Programs Scaffold Complaints

Safety and Education

The Roofers Union Local 11 has a five-year apprenticeship program approved by the United States Department of Labor. For our first-year apprentices, our training programs emphasize OSHA 10-hour safety instruction. All roofing methods are covered in this course, from low slope BUR to all single-ply systems and steep slope slate, tile, and asphalt shingle roofs. Upgrade classes are also available for journeyman roofers who want to stay current with the ever-changing roofing systems. Any signatory contractors can use our facility for free for all training classes and company safety programs to meet their insurance compliance obligations.

When it comes to Labor-Management Relations, collaboration equals profit:

Working together as business partners

Cooperation between labor and management has been one of Local 11’s defining characteristics. Recognizing the changing nature of the roofing industry, we meet with our contractors to discuss the issues that affect the local roofing industry. We understand the bottom line: collaboration leads to increased productivity and revenues. Local 11 wants to assist you in expanding your business, and your company’s success is our concern. As a Local 11 Roofing Contractor, you’ll have access to new business options in commercial, industrial, and residential roofing projects.

Affiliation with Local 11 Has Its Advantages

In the roofing industry, becoming a Local 11 Roofing Contractor means Quality, Value, Service, and Excellence. We can provide your company with highly qualified and competent employees who can handle all areas of roofing and waterproofing. All roofing personnel and their families are eligible for our health benefits, and your employees will also have access to a local and international roofing pension. Safety training programs and professional representation in the roofing business are provided at no additional cost.

Please contact one of our representatives through email or phone for more information about being a signature contractor.

Why Union Membership Leads to Increased Profits:

Expanding Your Company

Joining Roofers Union Local 11 as a signatory contractor might open doors to new markets in the roofing industry.

  • Projects with a Prevailing Wage
  • Projects that require the use of union labor
  • Projects with Responsive Bidders
  • Agreements on Project Labor

New signatory roofing contractors are continuously needed to meet the vast expansion in the new construction union labor demanded markets. On Prevailing Wage projects, many public …

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Making Building Permitting Easier

Effective building regulation begins with creating a unified set of guidelines that describe what is expected of builders. Over 159 economies now have a full set of building standards in building codes and legislation that govern all areas of the construction process. However, simply setting rules is insufficient. Pending legislation can lead to not just confusion about how to proceed but also to corruption, disagreements, and unnecessary delays. The first step in achieving clarity, consistency, and transparency is to lay out a clear list of papers and preapprovals required before a construction permit application can be submitted and provide applicants with information on the required fees and how they are computed.

When rules are adopted, economies must also ensure that they are followed in practice. A national building code was ratified in Nepal in 1994. However, it was never implemented or followed in practice. As a result, construction in a country prone to large earthquakes continued with little regard for safety. Nepal has established a system that automatically checks for conformity with the National Building Code two decades later. Local authorities may interpret the rules differently. Thus implementation must be consistent across the country. In Colombia, a national law was passed in 2016 that established stricter construction standards and measures to improve building safety and quality oversight. On the other hand, the rules for implementation differ significantly amongst cities. According to the 2017 subnational Doing Business research on Colombia, an entrepreneur in Bogotá takes 13 procedures and 132 days on average to complete all building permit formalities. In contrast, an entrepreneur in Cali takes 18 courses and 315 days on average.1

It is not enough to make building regulations available if the requirements for getting a building permit are not clearly stated in the rules (or on a website or in a pamphlet). To avoid situations where the permit-issuing authority can impose additional arbitrary requirements, applicants must have a list of the documents and preapprovals required before applying for a permit. Applicants must also understand the fees that must be paid and how they are determined.

In addition to appropriate legislation, an effective inspection system is essential for public safety. There is no way to ensure that buildings meet proper safety standards without one, which increases the risk of structural defects. Indeed, having technical specialists analyze the planned plans before they are built can help lessen the chance of structural breakdowns later on.

Building codes must be adaptable to keep up with economic and technological change, especially in light of growing environmental concerns. Overly specific requirements make it difficult to maintain regulations up to date. Some building regulations, for example, stipulate which materials can be used in construction projects; however, while this protects building safety, it is only successful if codes are updated regularly to reflect new developments in the materials industry. This is not the situation in the transition economies of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where such regulations are prevalent. On the other hand, New Zealand took an …

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Construction Companies Working With Law Makers

The majority of construction workers are rural migrants who are either landless or have very small landholdings and come to construction sites searching for work. Their characteristics such as coming from low-income families with little or no education, migrating to cities from villages in search of work, ignorance, poor health, frequent employment of entire families in most building erection work, and high involvement of female laborers in road making, stone breaking, bricklaying, and so on, make them one of the most vulnerable groups of unorganized labor.

Problems Affecting Construction Workers in General

Construction industries are “labor-intensive,” employing approximately 40 million people in unorganized sectors. Unorganized labor can be defined as workers who have been unable to organize themselves in pursuit of their livelihood and basic common interests due to constraints such as the casual nature of their employment, their migration from one state to another in search of work, widespread ignorance and illiteracy, small and dispersed size of establishments near their hometown, and so on.

Payment to construction workers has been delayed.

One of the most serious issues construction workers faces is a lack of timely payment. Indeed, construction workers require prompt payment for their daily bread, water, and survival, and this is why they are usually agreed to work at a lower rate.

Numerous factors contribute to construction project delays.

Most construction projects are delayed due to environmental factors, such as slower construction activities during the rainy season, the cancellation of a construction project due to a lack of water during the summer season, or the cancellation of a construction project during the winter season due to chilled waves and dense fog. Such factors are the cause of delayed payment. Most labor disputes in the construction sector are caused by contractors’ and construction companies’ late wage payments.

Workplace injuries are caused by a lack of safety awareness and the failure to use personal protective equipment (PPE).

Most construction workers in the construction industry have a moderate lack of awareness about their safety, well-being, and working conditions. Due to their employment through Contractor agencies, construction workers do not receive basic PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment). The majority of construction workers are illiterate and are unaware of the hidden workplace risk. They are sometimes unaware of their daily working hours. As a result of continuous work with no rest breaks, they can become acutely tired, resulting in unwanted injuries or accidents. The accident rate on construction sites is quite high due to a lack of awareness about construction-related hazards.

Due to the short duration of construction projects, frequent changing of construction sites, and sometimes hasty work with a lack of appropriate supervision, employment in the construction sector remains casual and uncertain.

Inadequate Social Security:

It is the responsibility of the concerned contractor and the primary employer of the construction site to provide social security to their workers in the form of labor insurance, first aid facilities, restroom and drinking water availability, accidental benefits, canteens, and pensions, among other things. However, most construction …

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Contractors Shooting for Political Change

Work in transportation

The stakes are high for companies like Granite Construction Inc., which has contributed $1 million to defeat Proposition 6, which would repeal new fuel taxes and vehicle fees earmarked for road and transit improvements.

According to Caltrans, the Company based in Watsonville, California, has received $955 million in transportation contracts over the last five years, including road and bridge projects.

Other state contractors have also contributed significantly. According to records, the ten construction firms that contributed the most to the No on Proposition 6 campaign — a total of $3.6 million — have been paid more than $2.7 billion by the California Department of Transportation in the last five years.

Construction companies and others, including building trade associations, labor, cities, and the Democratic Party, have contributed nearly $43 million to the campaign to defeat Proposition 6.

The initiative’s proposed taxes and fees will generate an additional $52 billion for road repairs and rail services over the next ten years. Granite Construction’s president and CEO, James H. Roberts, acknowledged that his company and others in the construction industry stand to benefit from the new revenue. Still, he got involved in the campaign because the ballot measure’s passage would significantly stall efforts to address decades of neglect of the state’s transportation systems.

“We just got tired of seeing a lack of infrastructure investment across the country,” Roberts explained his Company’s campaign contributions. “Right in front of us, the infrastructure was collapsing.”


Roberts said his commute from the Monterey Peninsula to his office used to be a breeze when he first started doing it 20 years ago, but now he and other motorists are stuck in traffic during rush hour.

However, the money poured into the anti-Proposition six campaign by those with vested interests has enraged supporters of the initiative.

“The money is heinous. “The conflicts of interest are obscene,” said Carl DeMaio, the chairman of the Proposition 6 campaign and a former San Diego city councilman. “A contractor receives money from the taxpayer and then writes a massive check to raise taxes on the taxpayer.” Something is seriously wrong with that.”

Repeal supporters have only raised $3.4 million in the months since the measure qualified for the November 6 ballot.

DeMaio stated that the average contribution to his Proposition 6 campaign committee is $37. However, a separate committee that led the initiative’s qualification raised $1.7 million with the help of several prominent Republicans, including GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox, who gave $250,000, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), who gave $300,000.

DeMaio was particularly critical of out-of-state interests that funded the opposition campaign during a debate on the initiative earlier this month in Sacramento.

Lehigh Hanson Inc., based in Texas, and HNTB Corp., based in Kansas City, Mo., contributed $500,000 to the campaign to defeat Proposition 6. Lane Construction Corp. of Connecticut contributed $200,000, and Ames Construction Inc. of Minnesota was one of 15 companies that contributed $100,000 each to the campaign.

In an interview, DeMaio stated, …

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