Jeff Aboussie

Minority Participation
6:24 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Update: Session 1 Of St. Louis Building Trade Diversity Effort Complete

Five of the original 12 participants in the first session of BUD listen intently to their instructor on the first day of training October 6, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

The first session of the Building Union Diversity, or BUD, initiative has finished. It’s a new effort to increase diversity in St. Louis building and construction unions. Program organizers say efforts are now underway to connect participants to employers.

The initiative is an eight-week pre-apprenticeship program organized by seven St. Louis unions, with funding and recruitment provided by the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment.

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Reducing Disparity
9:38 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Will New Effort To Diversify Construction Industry Be A Success?

Engineer Ramona Tumblin-Rucker speaks with construction worker Richard Schafer at the job site of a BJC HealthCare garage.
Credit courtesy BJC HealthCare

In his 35 years as president of the St. Louis chapter of the Coalition for Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Lew Moye has seen a lot of initiatives to increase diversity in construction.

There have been agreements to include minorities in specific projects, such as building the Edward Jones Dome and expanding Interstate 64.

And there have been protests demanding greater minority representation, such as the 1999 shutdown of I-70, where Reverend Al Sharpton led minority contractors in a call for more state highway jobs.

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On The Trail
8:46 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Lessons Learned In Missouri's Relatively Tranquil Primary Season

Councilman Steve Stenger and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley
Credit Parth Shah, St. Louis Public Radio

By any conceivable measure, Missouri doesn’t have a particularly robust election cycle this year. But that doesn't mean that there aren't lessons to learn.

Even though this year's primary season featured fewer contested races than usual, the past few months still produced twists, turns and surprises. That’s especially true because a number of ballot initiatives were placed on the August ballot, making up for a relative dearth of competitive legislative contests.

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Primary Election 2014
10:14 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Labor's Love For Stenger Could Spell Trouble For Dooley

Steve Stenger, left, and Charlie Dooley
Credit (Campaign Photos)

Less than two weeks to go before the Aug. 5 primary election, a key question in the St. Louis County executive contest centers on how much muscle area unions will exert in their effort to oust incumbent Democrat Charlie Dooley.

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Politically Speaking
4:58 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Politically Speaking: Jeff Aboussie Talks About Labor's Influence Throughout Missouri

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel, Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcomed St. Louis Building and Construction Trades secretary-treasurer Jeff Aboussie to the Politically Speaking podcast. 

 

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