WORKSHOPS

As the nonprofit partner of Alameda and Contra Costa County Building Trades Councils, we have a deep understanding of the construction employment pipeline from start to finish through direct relationships with the unionized construction trades, Multi-Craft Core Curriculum Programs, Public Agencies and key contractors in the region. We are committed to bridging the gap for our stakeholders through the series of workshops that we facilitate. Each workshop is comprehensive and includes industry experts as guest lecturers that provide an in-depth perspective on topics that are covered. In addition, participants are provided with practical tools, best practices and resources to use post workshop.  

CTWI’s workshops described here can be adapted for a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge, whether contractors, MC3 program participants, public agencies, community based organizations, service providers and union members. All workshops can be delivered through interactive online webinars or in-person settings, depending upon safety restrictions and client preference.

THE 411 ON UNIONS: UNION ORIENTATION AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AWARENESS (MC3 requirement)

This workshop introduces audiences to the world of labor unions in the construction industry.  We provide an overview of the various union construction trades apprenticeship programs, the benefits of joining a union and how to successfully apply and become a union member.

Topics Covered:

– What is a union and why should I join one?

– An overview of local constructruction industry demand

– How local unions, Building Trades Councils, Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees and contractors function and relate to one another

– Construction Union Roadmap. What unions can I join? 

– List Trades vs. Hunt Trades. What is the difference? 

– Requirements and process to join the union

– Organizational structure of the union

– A journey through different union career pathways

– A Day In the life of an apprentice

– What are your next steps? 

– Resources and Toolkit

MC3 READINESS: BUILDING PATHWAYS TO UNION CONSTRUCTION CAREERS

This workshop provides a detailed look at how to create a high quality pre-apprenticeship program to prepare participants for careers in the union construction trades. 

Topics Covered:

– What is a union and why do these careers matter in the 21st century?

– How can we prepare our community members for career opportunities in the union construction trades? 

– Unpacking the Multi Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) Pre-Apprenticeship Program

– How to leverage state and local workforce policies to establish MC3 Programs.

– How to build relationships with your local BTCs and JATCs (apprenticeship programs and contractors)

– How to establish a Pre-Apprenticeship Program in your organization/school district 

– Resources and Toolkit

WORKING WITH UNIONS: BEST PRACTICES FOR SIGNATORY CONTRACTORS

This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of best practices, practical tools and guidance for signatory contractors.

Topics Covered:

– Understanding Master Labor Agreements

– How to work effectively with Business Agents

– Reporting Trust Fund contributions

– Understanding Master Labor Agreements

– Accessing information from the union.

UNDERSTANDING PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS

This workshop unpacks how to bid and work effectively under PLA projects.

Topics Covered:

– Why PLAs? 

– What is a PLA

– Prevailing wages and PLAs requirements 

– Best practices to meet local hire goals through union dispatch, sponsorship, and nationally certified pre-apprenticeship training programs.

– Unpacking Small Business Enterprises

– How to create accurate budgeting 

– Benefits and challenges of working Under a PLA

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFFING FOR CONTRACTORS: WHAT DO I NEED AND WHERE DO I FIND QUALIFIED PEOPLE?

In this workshop, participants learn about the basic administrative functions required to run and grow a successful contracting business. Students will be introduced to placement services and resources for hiring qualified administrative staff. 

MATH, MECHANICAL REASONING AND SPATIAL RELATIONS FOR THE TRADES

Having a deep understanding of math is critical for all trades. Through partnerships with JATCs, we’ve created teaching materials and sample tests that align with the content that are on many of the union entrance exams. We offer direct instruction where we teach foundational math, mechanical reasoning and spatial relations while incorporating test preparation strategies. In addition, we provide technical assistance to organizations that need support with training their instructors on how to effectively teach and develop curriculum to increase participant entrance into union apprenticeship programs. 

LABOR HISTORY(MC3 requirement)

In order for the labor movement to remain strong in the 21st century, it is important that the next generation of apprentices understand the history, importance and need for strong organized labor. This workshop highlights key moments in the construction union movement through interactive stories, the benefits of being in a union, and concrete steps that apprentices can take to stay engaged in their local union.