For your convenience the Building Trades candidate questionnaire is available in two forms. You can respond to the questions in the online form below, or you may download a copy of the questionnaire in Microsoft Word format Here and email the form (preferred in .PDF form, or we can convert it) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Affiliates of the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council live and work in your community representing more than 20 different professional construction trades. Constituent trades men and women residing within one of our nine local Building & Construction Trades Councils want you to know how decisions you [have or will] make affect their future.
Your answers to the following questions will be shared with your Local Building and Construction Trades representatives regarding our “bread and butter” issues, and offers us the feedback necessary to understand more about you and your level of commitment to support the long-standing business/labor workforce model we believe is required to consistently deliver quality industry standards in construction for apprenticeship education, journey level skills improvement, area standard wages, working conditions, health, safety and environmental stewardship. Thank you.
1. Please explain why you are running for this office and why you seek support from the Building and Construction Trades:
2. What issues do you consider most important to your constituents, and if elected, how would you work to address them:
3. Prevailing Wage: The Davis-Bacon Act, at both the state and federal levels are designed to outlaw wage exploitation in public construction contracts. The law seeks to discourage contractors from importing non-local workers to undercut local wage standards. Under these laws, “prevailing wage” standards are set by surveys of actual wages paid in local communities, any one awarded a government contract – union or non union – must pay at least the area standard wage on a public works project. Explain: A) your understanding of these laws; B) whether you’d support both the federal and state PW laws, and C) what commitment you will make personally to uphold these time tested prevailing wage laws:
4. Community Workforce Agreements/Project Labor Agreements: A Community Workforce Agreement (CWA) is based on the foundation and process of a nationally utilized Project Labor Agreement, a construction project tool for both public and private construction owners to facilitate community involvement and ensure labor harmony as administered by local, state or national Building Trades Councils. Over time these agreements have proven effective to save time, money and headache by the upfront agreement to project expectations. Projects under CWAs avoid labor discord that could lead to pickets, strikes, misclassification or other conflicts concerning wages or working conditions. CWA projects guarantee that the owner and the represented crafts will work together with the community to provide opportunity for pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship and veteran employment to construct a quality project on time and on budget. Will you make a personal commitment in your campaign and when elected to promote Community Workforce Agreements, based on Standard Project Labor Agreements, for all public construction projects?
5. Underground Economy: Across the nation an illegal, multi-billion dollar underground economy is thriving in many industries including construction, landscaping and spreading to other industries that compete for public contracts. The Building Trades supports legislative efforts to expose and combat illegal practices that: steal wages and benefits, workers compensation and unemployment insurance coverage from workers; rob revenues due governments; and repeatedly undercut legitimate businesses that invest in submitting bids calculated to comply with applicable taxes and laws required, yet systematically lose to underground economy tactics that repeatedly gain greedy contractors and subcontractors competitive advantage with lower bids. Thereby, an underground economy is thriving by stealing public works construction contracts for schools, libraries and other infrastructure repairs and new construction projects. What is your awareness of the underground economy in your community, and what or how would you utilize your position, if elected, to combat this attack on small businesses and local workforces:
6. Apprenticeship Utilization: Washington State is a national leader, addressing the growing skills gap in the construction industry through law making. Another success of the business/labor workforce development model is how signatory contractors and building trades members, apprentices and journey level alike, contribute systematically to our Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Trusts that provide the billions of dollars in assets we hold in each trade nationwide to educate the next generation of professional trades men and women. In Washington State and across North America, our long-term investment in equipment, buildings, curriculum, educators, and support staff offer area contractors bidding on both public and private projects a highly skilled, mobile workforce they can depend on either to work project to project, or to support ongoing maintenance and operations as the industry dictates. Our pre Apprenticeship outreach and partnerships with local high schools has helped curtail an epidemic of student drop out by returning accredited hands on learning to the class room to teach students and parents about the original apprenticeship pathway to higher education through on the job earning while you learn. More students could gain entrance and completion through every trade; but the law needs improved awareness and compliance. Veterans also gain access to apprenticeship through our accelerated Helmets to Hardhats program designed to honor returning soldiers who want to take advantage of their military service and education to gain access to civilian careers that provide a future for their families and help them settle into the local community. What commitment would you make personally and professionally to enforce our apprenticeship utilization laws that support local youth and Veterans entering into the construction trades professions?
7. In Your Words: Provide a closing statement in your own words what more you’d like shared with our governing bodies and rank and file members about your candidacy and your position on other labor issues such as, but not limited to: collective bargaining rights, worker privacy, local investments in local hiring practices, public leasing or exchange of public property, responsible bidder laws, workers compensation, unemployment insurance, workforce development, the employee free choice act, strikes and informational job actions: