November 22, 2022
By Elysee Barakett
With the signing of a memorandum of understanding Nov. 14, the University has committed to employing all-union labor for any construction project over $25 million for the next five years as part of an agreement with the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, according to a press release.
The memorandum also reiterates a preexisting requirement that 15% of labor hours be worked by graduates of Building Futures, a construction apprenticeship program in which low-income Rhode Islanders learn certain trades while working and earning wages. The University has since 2013 required a Building Futures involvement in projects over $5 million.