As San Diego students return to school, a new construction council that advocates non-union training programs is hosting a job fair and school supply giveaway next week.
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6:20 p.m. August 18, 2022An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the Equity Construction Council was created earlier this month. It premiered in December but officially announced its launch this month.
The San Diego County Equity Construction Council will distribute about $10,000 in school supplies, including about 100 free tablet computers, backpacks and more, as well as free haircuts, to high school and senior students.
The event will also include a career fair where students nearing graduation and their parents can learn about construction apprenticeship opportunities from representatives of trade organizations and contractors.
The Equity Construction Council announced earlier this month it would focus on defeating a November ballot measure that, if approved by voters, would reverse the city’s decade-old ban on union-friendly project work agreements. The board argues that a repeal would hurt non-unionized construction training programs.
The organization aims to advance equity in San Diego’s workforce by expanding access to construction careers with programs that do not require apprentices to pay union dues.
“Our inaugural event aims to promote inclusivity and spread (information about) careers in construction to people who may not have been so involved in the past,” said the chairman of the board of the building, Sean Dowsing.
Abdur-Rahim Hameed, national chairman of the Black Contractors Association, said the event will be one of many ways the council will work to help underrepresented communities gain access to jobs.
“There are lots of jobs, and that’s how they can lift themselves out of poverty and under-resourced communities,” Treasurer Dru Wells added.
The “Contractors Who Care” event is scheduled for Thursday, August 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the National Black Contractors Association office, 6125 Imperial Ave. Participants must first register at eccsd.org.
The event is led and sponsored by the construction council, in partnership with the National Black Contractors Association, Western Electrical Contractors Association, Associated General Contractors of San Diego, Helix Electric and S Harris Communications.