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4Jobs for Floridians

Florida Legislature approves bill to give jobs to Floridians

Section 50 of SB1752 is a provision that would require the state to give preferential treatment to Florida firms when bidding on state funded construction contracts so long as the residents are equally qualified as other bidders. The bill authorizes local governments to use similar language in their contracts.

Section 50. Preference to state residents.

(1) Each contract for construction that is funded by state funds must contain a provision requiring the contractor to give preference to the employment of state residents in the performance of the work on the project if state residents have substantially equal qualifications to those of nonresidents. A contract for construction funded by local funds may contain such a provision.

(a) As used in this section, the term “substantially equal qualifications” means the qualifications of two or more persons among whom the employer cannot make a reasonable determination that the qualifications held by one person are better suited for the position than the qualifications held by the other person or persons.

(b) A contractor required to employ state residents must contact the Agency for Workforce Innovation to post the contractor’s employment needs in the state’s job bank system.

(2) No contract shall be let to any person refusing to execute an agreement containing the provisions required by this section. However, in work involving the expenditure of federal aid funds, this section may not be enforced in such a manner as to conflict with or be contrary to federal law prescribing a labor preference to honorably discharged soldiers, sailors, or marines, or prohibiting as unlawful any other preference or discrimination among the citizens of the United States.

4Florida Pipetrades Endorsements for 2010 General Elections

Florida Pipe Trades endorses Governor Charlie Crist for US Senate

The Florida Pipe Trades, a Labor Organization, representing Plumbers,
Pipefitters, Sprinklerfitters, A/C Service Technicians, and Welders
has today endorsed Governor Charlie Crist in the 2010 U.S. Senate
general election.

The Florida Pipe Trades was formed in 1941 and represents more than
12,000 Florida workers. The Pipe Trades has membership throughout the
state with offices and training centers in Miami, Fort Lauderdale,
West Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa
Jacksonville, Tallahassee, and Pensacola.

In these challenging economic times, Governor Crist understands the
difficulties facing working families in Florida. His non-partisan
candidacy offers working Florida families an opportunity to send an
experienced leader to Washington to work on their behalf.

Jobs are a top priority of the Florida Pipe Trades and that is a
priority shared by Governor Crist. The Florida Pipe Trades looks
forward to working with Governor Crist to make sure every Florida
worker has a good paying secure job.

Florida Pipe Trades endorses Dan Gelber for Attorney General

Pipe Trades join AFSCME Florida Council members and South Florida Fire Fighters in supporting Dan Gelber

Miami Beach, Fla.- The 12,000 members of the Florida Pipe Trades today announced their endorsement of Sen. Dan Gelber’s campaign for Attorney General. In their endorsement, the group points to Dan’s proven track record of advancing real solutions for working families and every day Floridians.

John Lindstrom, the Florida Pipe Trades International union representative shared, “The members of the Florida Pipe Trades are proud to endorse Sen. Dan Gelber in his campaign for Attorney General. During these challenging times, we need Dan’s leadership and passion to advance real solutions that will help families across Florida. And with Dan’s extensive legal background and experience in protecting Floridians, we will have an Attorney General prepared to maneuver the complex legal challenges ahead.”

“I am extremely grateful to have the support of the 12,000 workers of the Florida Pipe Trades because we share the same principles and passion to deliver new opportunities to working families,” said Sen. Gelber. “And as Florida’s next Attorney General, I will work with the men and women of the Pipe Trades to advance solutions that put the needs of working families and every day Floridians first.”

The Florida Pipe Trades was formed in 1941 and represents more than 12,000 Florida workers. The Pipe Trades has membership throughout the state with offices and training centers in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa Jacksonville, Tallahassee, and Pensacola and represents Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinklerfitters, A/C Service Technicians, and Welders.

Dan Gelber was elected to the State House of Representatives in 2000, serving as the House Democratic Leader from 2006-2008; and elected to the State Senate in 2008. Prior to elected life, Dan spent nearly a decade as a top federal prosecutor, working on public corruption, narcotics and civil rights cases, and serving as a top deputy in that office. He was then appointed chief counsel and staff director for the United States Senate's investigations committee where he focused on terrorism and domestic security.

Dan has the support of Democrats like Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, former Congressman Jim Davis, every Democratic State Attorney who has endorsed in this race and close to 30 current and former state legislators. Dan has been endorsed by AFSCME Florida Council 79, the South Florida Council of Fire Fighters, Equality Florida and many other organizations.

Dan is an AV rated attorney and listed in various peer review publications including Best Lawyers in America and Florida’s Legal Elite. He and his wife Joan Silverstein, a career prosecutor, make their home in Miami Beach with their three children.  For more information about Dan Gelber, please visit www.dangelber.com.