Official Publication of the August 2008
Laborers’ International Union
of North America,
Local 368 keeps on moving on
By: Ken Casarez, Deputy Trustee candidate appeals remain unre-
On May 17, 2008, due to four un- solved by the DOL-OLMS.
resolved appeals filed with the De-
partment of Labor-OLMS (Office
Look how far we’ve come: Since Trusteeship was authorized
on January 29, 2007, it has been the
of Labor Management Standards) primary objective of the Internation-
regarding certain candidates for lo-
• Negotiated $9 over 5 years for construction members; $1.05 for
al Union to restore proper and sound
cal union office, the LIUNA Special wages each of these 5 years, doubling previous contract increases.
financial practices for both the Union
Election Officer Joseph Guerrieri • Negotiated increases for the pension contribution that not only and as our capacity allowed, for the
(SEO) ordered the ballots for the Lo- retains the temporary increase of $65 pension credit (instead of a Trust Funds; to implement fair hir-
cal Union election impounded for up reduction back to $41/credit), but actually increased the pension ing hall procedures; to negotiate and
to 90 days. credit to $70. enforce quality collective bargaining
One appeal is by Local Union 368 • Increased Health Benefits while reducing expenses. More immu- agreements; to educate and motivate
member Bill Naone, a candidate for nizations for younger family members and access for families to members on your rights and obliga-
the office of Business Manager, who wellness programs to help pay for the cost to lose weight, get fit and tions as members; to better engage
is seeking the disqualification of Oli- stop smoking, as well as cheaper and better access to prescription members in the government of your
ver Kupau from that office. drugs. union; and ultimately, to conduct a
Since the impounding of the bal- • Implemented new Trust Fund procedures that ensures that all ben- fair local union election.
lots, the DOL-OLMS reviewed Na- efit professionals and vendors must be reviewed at least every 3-4 When your local union election is
one’s appeal and on June 9, 2008, years, which will help keep expenses down while making them finalized, with the local union admin-
issued a letter citing sections of the perform at their best ability. Your Trust Fund professionals will do istration and operations remaining
LMRDA Section 504, ordering Ku- the best job or they won’t get the work. secure and the progress of reforms
pau be disqualified from the election • In addition to learning contract and jurisdictional enforcement, all in place, the International Union re-
and also be terminated from his em- mains confident that it will be able
Field Representatives must go through the educational classes on:
ployment as Senior Field Represen- to install your new local union offi-
computer skills, leadership and ethics, paycheck economics, con-
tative. cers and remove Trusteeship. In fact,
tract negotiations, grievance procedures, handling unfair labor
Kupau, in accordance with his until the above-mentioned appeals
practices, arbitration, labor disputes and picketing, legalities of
rights under the law, is currently delayed the election, we were on tar-
union representation, strategic planning and research, parliamen-
appealing this order in U.S. District get to end the trusteeship almost one
tary procedures, Department of Labor union elections, LIUNA’s
Court. month early.
VOICE program – which focuses on membership orientation and
The International Union had in- activism. For the present, and until the elec-
tervened in this Court action in order tion appeals are finalized, we will
• One area that we will continue to work on is in providing better
to protect the progress of the trustee- continue the Trusteeship with the
union training opportunities for Stewards and Foremen. We did
ship with the goal of allowing Local operational and representative prog-
conduct training including over 60 members statewide, and today
Union members to freely choose their ress we have made to date and with
we have about 20 trained Stewards with employers.
leaders in a fair election. The Interna- the training of staff and members on
tional Union had asked to have Ku- • Hired, with ongoing training, 4 full-time field representatives, state- issues and practices relevant to this
pau reinstated as an employee while wide, based on Oahu; Local Union.
the Court considers his appeal. • Hired, with ongoing training, 5 full-time member service represen- Regarding the Trust Funds and
It is the belief of the International tatives based on Oahu; your benefits, it should be clearly un-
Union that in the interim, the Local • Hired, with ongoing training, one full-time field representative and derstood that all member benefits are
Union and its members will continue one member services representative for both Maui and the Big Is- secure, solvent and in good financial
to benefit from his 34 years of mem- land; shape, even with the current slump
bership and experience. • Hired, with ongoing training, one full-time organizer, statewide; in the stock market investments.
Three other candidates were also • Hired, with ongoing training, one full-time government relations When possible, we will continue
disqualified after nomination and director, statewide; to make improvements; saving mon-
have appealed to the Department of ey where we can and ensuring that
Labor-OLMS: Clayton Saguibo for • Hired, with ongoing training, one full-time legal field representa-
we have the best Trust Fund vendors
Business Manager, Thomas Fuertes tive; and professionals available, which
for Recording Secretary and Dino • Hired, with ongoing training, one full-time contract administrator. should result in better benefits for
Fraticelli for President. These three you and your families.
Know your Master Agreement...
For members working on Pacific Islands outside the state of Hawaii
(From Section 10.4 of the Master
If an employee who has been hired said employee shall be paid at no tractor shall also make payments to ployers’ Cooperation and Education
and is otherwise an employee of the less than the wage rates specified the Health & Welfare Trust Fund, Trust Fund and any other fund that
Contractor in the State of Hawaii the Pension Trust Fund, the Vaca-
in Exhibit “A” (Classification And may be established during the term
and is required by the Contractor to tion and Holiday Trust Fund, the
report to work on any Pacific Ocean Hourly Wage Schedule) and Exhibit Annuity Trust Fund, the Training of this Agreement on behalf of said
islands outside the State of Hawaii, “F” (Underground Work). The Con- Trust Fund, the Laborers’ and Em- employee.
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Page 2 Hawaii Laborer
Local 368 welcomes new staffers on board
Local 368 welcomes three new
faces to its staff, two on Oahu and two
for the Big Island.
Holley Frank, like her member-
ship services teammates, is always
anxious to provide the best member-
ship services possible. She started at
the Laborers’ Union on Oahu, in April
2008 and is usually the first person at
the service counter helping our mem-
bers. Holley has four growing sons
and thoroughly enjoys going to sports
games and to the beaches with them.
She believes that when people work
as a team, anything is possible!
Richelle Alipio is the Supervisor Richelle Alipio Holley Frank Shellbi Leslie
for Membership Services and is no
stranger to Laborers’ Union. She pre- anian dog Misha. Her advice to mem- 2 years before joining the Drilling and
viously provided Trust Fund services bers is, “Stay positive, keep working Blasting Team. After qualifying for
to Local 368 as a supervisor at Pacific hard and don’t forget to re-register the transporting, storing, handling,
Administrators, Inc. Richelle started every month if you’re on the out of and use of explosives, he became a
with the Union on December 2007 work list!” Licensed Blaster through the State
and assists members and signatory Rounding-out the group of new of Hawaii’s Department of Labor &
contractors. Richelle and her service Local 368 employees is James “Pono” Industrial Relations Hawaii Occupa-
representatives always try to provide Garrigan, currently, the Union’s sole tional Safety & Health Division.
pleasant and timely services. organizer. After working with Isemoto for
Shellbi Leslie enjoys providing After graduating from Konawaena 10 years, Pono joined Goodfellow
membership service in the Hilo Office, High School in 1990, he moved to Brothers/Blasting Technologies as a
on the Big Island. She works with Pete Arizona where he studied at the Uni- Licensed Blaster for 2 years, working
Lindsey and James “Pono” Garrigan. versal of Technical Institute, receiving on projects on the Big Island as well
Shellbi started with the Union in May a certificate as an air conditioning/ as Maui, Molokai, Oahu, and Kauai.
2008 and is classified as a member refrigeration technician. Pono moved Pono was offered the Organizer’s
Services Representative servicing back to the Big Island to work as an position by the International in Febru-
members and signatory contractors. electrician with an open shop contrac- ary of this year. He recently became
Shellbi confesses to have a vora- tor for 3 years before joining Local 368 certified in Construction Organizing
cious appetite for all kinds of food, in 1996. through training with the Laborers’
loves to read, and is caring for her His first job call was with Isemoto Eastern Regional Organizing Fund in
beautiful baby and one mini-Pomer- Contracting as a General Laborer for New York, as a Union Organizer. James “Pono” Garrigan
Meet Local 368’s newest field rep on the block
Local 368’s Field Representative to 1999, Magusara worked at Site En- ent than working in the field as a La-
team got a little stronger with the gineering and Kulana Construction , borer.
recent hiring of Laborer Mark Ma- respectively, for three years each.
“There’s different stresses and
In April of 1999, Magusara be- at times very challenging,” he ex-
Magusara brings some 18 years of came employed with Quality Gen- plained. “But I’m learning a lot from
experience as a Construction Laborer eral, where he worked, until joining (Field Representatives) Peter Gana-
to the team. the staff of Local 368 as a Field Rep- ban and Alfonso Oliver. Everyday,
He first started with B.C.I., back resentative in July of 2008. there’s a new challenge.”
in 1990, as a Laborer II. A hardwork-
During his nine years of employ- Magusara’s duties as a Field
ing and dedicated Laborer, within a
ment with Quality General, Ma- Reprsentative will include inspect-
month, he was promoted to Laborer
I. Magusara was promoted to Labor- gusara earned the company’s ‘Labor- ing both construction and noncon-
er Foreman by the time he left B.C.I. er of the Year’ award in 2004. struction jobsites.
in 1993. As a new Field Representative, Magusara is married with three
For the next six years, from 1993 Mark Magusara Magusara said his job is a lot differ- children and lives in Waipahu.
New LECET staffer to go after nonunion sector who cheat
By: Clyde Hayashi trying to “level the playing field”
by ensuring non-signatory contrac-
Hawaii LECET just welcomed tors comply with both federal Davis-
a new staff person in a brand new Bacon laws and state Chapter 104
position. Peter H. M. Lee joined Ha- laws. He will be conducting certified
waii LECET as the new Construction payroll affidavits, safety & health
Compliance Officer. compliance, and checking on the
As Hawaii LECET’s Construc- improper use of 1099 independent
tion Compliance Officer, Peter will contractors. He will also be assisting
be providing much research to as- signatory contractors in challenging
sist Local 368 and the signatory con- contract awards.
tractors. He will be utilizing Dun & For private projects, Peter will be
Bradstreet, CTTS, and IIR to conduct checking on non-signatory contrac-
research on non-signatory contrac- tors. He will focus on unlicensed
tors and on upcoming projects. activity and safety & health compli-
Other areas he will be research- ance. He will also work to ensure
ing are business registration infor- that other applicable laws are ad-
mation, RICO complaint histories, hered to.
Contractor Licensing Board, OSHA Peter can be reached at the Ha- Peter Lee, LECET’s new Construction Compliance Officer hopes to level the
histories, and bid processes. waii LECET Office at 845-3238 or via playing field for signatory contractors to compete with unscrupulous non-
For public projects, Peter will be e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. union contractors who cheat on public works projects.
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Hawaii Laborer Page 3
Upcoming statewide training classes announced for August - October
Construction Classes Environmental Classes
August 2008 August 2008
8/4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 18, 20, 23, 25 & 27/2008 - Concrete Class - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Sat. 8/4 - 8/2008 M-F Hazardous Waste Worker Initial - 80 hrs. 7 a.m. -
- 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) 3:30 p.m.
8/5, 7, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 26, 28 & Sept. 6/2008 - Concrete Class - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. 8/11 - 15/2008 M-F Hazardous Waste Worker Initial - 80 hrs. 7 a.m. -
(Sat. - 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) 3:30 p.m.
8/9/2008 Scaffold User - 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
8/11, 13, 16, 18, 20 & 23/2008 Civil Plan Reading - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Sat. - 7
9/8 - 12/2008 M - F Asbestos Abatement Worker Initial - 40 hrs. 7 a.m.
a.m. - 11 a.m.)
- 3:30 p.m.
8/13/2008 Fall Protection - 5 p.m. - 7p.m.
9/8 - 9/2008 M/T Asbestos Abatement Basic Blue Print Reading - 8
8/18 & 20/2008 Basic Computer Class - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. hrs. 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
8/18, 20, 23, 25, 27, Sept. 3, 8, 10, 13 & 15/2008 Basic Water Pipe Class - 5 9/15 - 19/2008 M-F OSHA Lead Abatment Worker Initial - 40 hrs. 7
p.m. - 8 p.m. (Sat. - 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
8/19, 21, 26, 28, Sept. 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, & 20/2008 Basic Water Pipe Class - 5
9/22 - 24/2008 M/W Microbial Remediation Worker Initial - 24 hrs. 7
p.m. - 8 p.m. (Sat. - 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
8/23/ 2008 First Aid, CPR & Bloodborne Pathogens - 8 a.m. - 12 noon
9/29 - 30/2008 M/T Asbestos Abatement Worker Refresher - 2 - 4 hr.
8/16/2008 First Aid, CPR & Bloodborne Pathogens - (time to be announced)
classes 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
September 2008 10/1 -2/2008 W/TH Asbestos Abatement Worker Refresher - 2 - 4 hr.
9/8, 10, 15, 17 & 20/ 2008 Air Tools & Small Gas Engines - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. classes 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(Sat. - 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.) 10/6 - 7/2008 M/T EPA - Lead Abatement Worker Refresher - 2 -4 hr.
9/8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 22, 24, 27, 29 & Oct. 1/2008 - Mason Tending - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. classes 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(Sat. - 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) 10/8 - 9/2008 W/TH EPA - Lead Abatement Supervisor Refresher - 2 -
9/9, 11, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 30, Oct. 2 & 4/2008 - Mason Tending - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. 4 hr. classes 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(Sat. - 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) 10/20 -21/2008 M/T OSHA Lead Abatement Worker Refresher - 2 -4
9/9/2008 Fall Protection - 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. hr. classes 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
9/13/2008 First Aid, CPR & Bloodborne Pathogens - 8 a.m. - 12 noon 10/22 - 23/2008 W/TH OSHA Lead Abatement Supervisor Refresher - 2 -
9/13/2008 Scaffold User - 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 4 hr. classes 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
9/15 & 17/2008 Basic Computer Class - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. 10/27 - 28/2008 M/T Microbial Remediation Worker Refresher - 2 - 4
9/15, 17, 20, 22, 24 & 27/2008 Civil Plan Reading - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Sat. - 7 hr. classes 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) 10/29 - 30/2008 W/TH Hazardous Waste Worker Refresher - 2 - 4 hr.
9/22, 24, 27, 29, Oct. 1, 6, 8, 15, 18 & 20/2008 - Sewer Pipe, Drain Pipe, Street classes 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
and Roads - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Sat. - 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) (Environmental classes on the neighbor islands are by request only)
9/23, 25, 30, Oct. 2, 4, 7, 9, 14, 16 & 25/2008 - Sewer Pipe, Drain Pipe, Street
and Roads - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Sat. - 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
9/29 & Oct. 1/2008 - Basic Computer Class - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Unsafe Vegas jobsite shutdown by workers
Kauai: Spurred by a rash of fatal acci- While the walkout focused on the
9/6/2008 OSHA 10 - (time to be announced) dents on the job site, construction deaths of six construction workers at
9/13, 20, 27, Oct. 4 & 11/2008 - Sewer Pipe, Drain Pipe, Street and Roads - workers at the $9.2 billion MGM the CityCenter Project, a total of 12
(time to be announced) Mirage CityCenter Project staged a fatalities have occurred over the past
massive walkoff in early June to pro- year and a half on various projects
test safety conditions on the project. along the Strip, which is experienc-
9/6, 13, 20, 27 & Oct. 4/2008 Sewer Pipe, Drain Pipe, Street and Roads - Sat.
- 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Lead by Laborers’ Union, Lo- ing a $32 billion construction boom.
cal 872’s Business Manager Tommy Workers contend the rush to com-
October 2008 White, pickets were coordinated by plete the project is one of the main
10/4/2008 First Aid, CPR & Bloodborne Pathogens - 8 a.m. - 12 noon the Southern Nevada Building & underlying causes for accidents.
10/6, 8, 15, 18, 20, 22, 27, 29, Nov. 1 & 3/2008 Concrete Class - 5 p.m. - 8 Construction Trades Council and They claim crowded worksites, pres-
p.m. (Sat. - 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) kept the pickets up for a day, until sure to finish work quickly and fa-
general contractor Perini Building
10/7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30 & Nov. 8/2008 Concrete Class - 5 p.m. - 8 tigue from constant overtime help
Co. agreed to three key demands:
p.m. (Sat. - 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) contribute to unsafe working condi-
• additional safety training for its tions.
10/8/2008 Fall Protection - 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
10/7, 9 & 14/2008 OSHA 10 - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. The CityCenter Project is a mas-
• allow a team of union research- sive project, employing some 6,000
10/20 & 21/2008 Basic Computer Class - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. ers to examine the root causes of workers. It is being built on the for-
10/25/2008 Scaffold User - 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. the safety problems; mer site of the Boardwalk Hotel and
10/20, 22, 25, 27, 29 & Nov. 1/2008 Civil Plan Reading - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. • allow full union access to the Casino and encompasses some 76
(Sat. - 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) jobsite. acres.
10/20, 22, 27, 29, Nov. 3, 5 & 10/2008 Concrete, Masonry, Wood Structural
Plan Reading - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
10/21, 23, 25, 28, 30 & Nov. 1/2008 Confined Space - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Sat.
- 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
10/27, 29, Nov. 1, 3, 5, 12, 15, 17, 19 & 24/ 2008 Water Pipe Class - 5 p.m. -
8 p.m. (Sat. - 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
10/28, 30, Nov. 4, 6, 8, 12, 18, 20, 22 & 30/ 2008 Water Pipe Class - 5 p.m. -
8 p.m. (Sat. - 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
10/18/2008 OSHA 10 - (time to be announced)
10/25, Nov. 1, 8, 15 & 22/2008 Mason Tender - (time to be announced)
10/25, Nov. 1, 8, 15 22/2008 Water Pipe Systems - (time to be announced) Construction workers walk the picket line June 6, 2008 outside CityCenter,
where accidents on the job site have killed six of their counterparts. The
Maui: workers also brought attention to the deaths of a total of 12 construction
10/25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22/2008 Sewer Pipe, Drain Pipe, Street and Roads - Sat. workers over the past 18 months working on projects along the Strip.
- 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Photo by: Sam Morris, Courtesy of the Las Vegas Sun
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Page 4 Hawaii Laborer
The important role unions play in our society
By Brian Schatz, they can to prevent these workers
Hawaii State Democratic Par-
John McCain is anti-union from negotiating for a reasonable
wage and decent working conditions.
John McCain served his country in the Vietnam War; he deserves our They’ve fired 32 people, the majority
Occasionally, I run into a self-de- respect for his sacrifice and service. John of whom were the most outspoken
scribed liberal Democrat, the kind McCain does not support unions and our advocates for their fellow workers.
of person who reads the Honolulu fight for fairness Finally, even after a union was
Weekly, who might have donated to We must challenge his campaign for formed, the hotel refused to recog-
Barack Obama, who thinks George President. nize it or negotiate with it.
Bush is an abomination, you know
Like George Bush, John McCain is out So what’s the practical result of all
the type, and then they say some-
to destroy unions: this? The remaining housekeepers
• He voted to create an under class are now required to clean 18 rooms a
It sounds like this: “Well, I’m a day – more than one hotel room ev-
of laborers called “helpers” and not
liberal and I think the unions were ery half hour.
pay them prevailing wages. This
great in the 50’s and 60’s when there
would eliminate many trained labor- But the anti-union bias persists in
was exploitation and they were fight-
ers from getting work. some liberal circles with some people
ing for equal rights, but I think they
might have outlived their useful- • He voted to lower standards for state insisting that they’ve gone too far.
ness.” apprenticeship programs. Union And that predictable claim will gain
training schools have a higher stan- Best buddies more traction as Hawaii’s economy
These otherwise clearheaded and softens, even in the face of evidence
dard than non-union contractors .
left-leaning people reject right-wing to the contrary.
talking points when it comes to for- • He voted against supporting prevailing wage laws. These laws pro-
eign policy, global warming, and tects workers’ pay on public projects and in rebuilding disaster areas. The average pay in union states
civil liberties, but when it comes to • He repeatedly supported making exceptions to prevailing wages on in 2006 was around $41,000. In non-
the rights of people to organize and Federal construction projects. union states, it was around $36,000.
negotiate with their employers, they Even though research shows higher
• He voted to allow building contractors pay workers less that the pre-
sound more like Sean Hannity than productivity in union workplaces,
Sean Penn. people still cling to the myth that or-
• He voted to allow Federal contractors hire strike replacement workers ganized labor is a drain on the free
To offer some perspective on the (scabs). market. We all reap the personal and
role of unions in Hawaii, consider societal benefits of the five-day work
• He voted against the Federal Highway bills that would have provid-
the current situation at the Pacific week, laws against child labor, the
ed millions of dollars for highway construction and support our pro-
Beach Hotel in Waikiki: minimum wage, paid holidays, and
posed rail system.
For eight years, the workers went the eight hour day, reforms made
• He opposes millions of dollars in school construction funding.
without a raise, so they decided to possible by organized labor.
form a union in 2002. • He opposes the Employee Free choice Act, which would allow work-
ers to fairly and freely join a Union without employer intimidation. Do some unions have their excess-
When the ILWU filed for an elec- es? Of course, just like churches and
tion, management of Pacific Beach • He voted for a National Right-to-Work for less law.
temples, non-profit organizations,
transferred 20 to 30 workers from • He votes with George Bush’s proposals 89% of the time. There is no multinational corporations, and the
another hotel with the same owner, difference between these two bosum buddies. government. But if I were working
not to do any work at Pacific Beach, • He voted to privatize Social Security. cleaning rooms or cutting prime
but just to vote against unionization. • He voted to outsource American jobs to foreign countries. rib, sweeping floors or renovating a
After a series of court decisions We don’t dislike John McCain. We dislike what he does to union mem- parking lot, and I didn’t feel like my
found that Pacific Beach was break- bers and working families. employer was treating me fairly, I
ing the law, they’ve done everything know exactly who I would call.
LIUNA backing Hawaii-born Barack Obama for president
LIUNA General President Terence and servicing America, will support
M. O’Sullivan announced today that a candidate that will stand up for
after a 10-month process of reaching working families. Senator Obama is
out to union leaders and members to that candidate,” said LIUNA Gener-
engage them on the political issues al President Terence M. O’Sullivan.
that matter most, the Union’s Gener- “He will fight for good jobs and
al Executive Board has voted unani- a stronger economy, he will fight for
mously to endorse former Hawaii the necessary resources to build our
resident and current Illinois Senator basic infrastructure, such as high-
Barack Obama for President of the ways, bridges, dams and school-
United States. houses, and he will lead our country
“The men and women of LIUNA, forward with health care reform and
who go to work every day building true retirement security.”
VOTE x VOTE x VOTE - We Must Vote!
Voter Registration and Primary Election is on Sat- NOTE: You must re-register if you 4. Phone directory
Election Deadlines: urday, Sept. 20, 2008 changed your address or changed 5. State services agencies
• Thursday, August 21, 2008, is • Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2008, is the last your name. 6. University of Hawaii System
the last day to register to vote in day to register to vote in the 1. By mail with a mail in voter 7. Office of Elections’ website
the Primary Election. General Election. registration form or in per- (http://hawaii.gov/elections)
• Friday, Sept. 5, 2008, is the first- • Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, is the last son at the Office of the City
If you have any questions, contact
day to request an absentee mail day to request an absentee mail or County Clerk where you
your Office of City or County Clerk
ballot for the General Election. ballot for the General Election. reside.
1. City and County of Honolulu:
• Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, is the • Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, is the last 3. At the Department of Motor
last day to request an absentee day to vote at walk-in absentee Vehicle.
mail ballot for the Primary Elec- 2. Big Island: 808-961-8277
polling places. Getting Voter RegistrationForms:
tion. 3. Maui: 808-270-7749
• Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, is the
General Election is on 1. Satellite City Hall
4. Kauai: 808-241-6350
last day to vote at walk-in ab- Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 2. Public libraries
5. Office of Elections: 808-453-
sentee polling places. How to register to vote: 3. U.S. Post Offices 8683
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Hawaii Laborer Page 5
Local 368 supports Mayor Hannemann’s vision of rail
At a recent rally, Laborers’ Union Local 368 members joined the Carpen- ing Trades Council in pushing for funding at the State Legislature, rail transit
ters Union, Iron Workers, family members, citizens and other unions to hold technology selection at the City Council, and coordination with the Mayor
signs and banners. Local 368 has been at the forefront with the Hawaii Build- and Congressional delegation.
More than 500 supporters for the planned Honolulu Rail Transit system re- Local 368 staffers also were out in force at a rally near Likelike Highway,
cently jammed the streets fronting anti-union Sam’s Club in Pearl City at a next to the Kamehameha Shopping Center in Kalihi. Mayor Mufi Hannemann
“Rally for Rail” demonstration on July 11, 2008. (Above), Honolulu Mayor is all smiles as he poses with (from left to right): Al Lardizabal, Pono Gar-
Mufi Hannemann thanks Lead Agent Peter Ganaban and Hawaii LECET’s rigan, Peter Ganaban, Alfonso and Darlene Oliver and Rich Nishie.
Peter Lee (far left), for their strong support for the nearly $4 billion rail proj- Photos by: Clyde Hayashi
Hawaii’s Constitutional Convention - Do we need it?
By: Al Lardizabal, Director of Govern- The 1978 Constitutional Con- for homes, agriculture, aquaculture, ployers that exploit workers. We
ment and Community Relations vention established several historic farms and ranches. It provided for must defend the rights of workers
events. Among other provisions, it the operations of the Department of and protect working families.
The Constitution of the State of set out term limits for elected state Hawaiian Home Lands. More im-
Hawaii Vote against a Con-Con
portantly, the law provided for the
offices, ensured that our government
The Hawaii Constitution went operated with a balanced budget, improvement of the general welfare The Hawaii Constitution requires
into effect on August 21, 1959 when prepared for the eventual return of and conditions of native Hawaiians. that a vote to have a Con-Con or not
we became a state. It includes our the island of Kaho’olawe from the Your Union supports the Hawai- must be put on the ballot every 10
Bill of Rights as free citizens, how federal government, provided for ian Affairs provision of the Constitu- years. Your Union does not believe
we conduct elections; how laws are collective bargaining and created the tion. that a Con-Con is needed at this
made at the legislature; how our Office of Hawaiian Affairs. time, because the Legislature and the
population is apportioned for vot- Powerful forces want to destroy
Powerful forces want to destroy the unions governor are able to establish new
ing purposes; how the governor laws or amend current ones to pro-
must govern; and how we are taxed Office of Hawaiian Affairs Our Constitution gives us the right
vide for our people. There are pow-
and how government programs are Our Constitution adopted the Ha- to organize for the purpose of collec-
erful forces that want to destroy your
funded. It describes the obligations waiian Homes Commission Act of tive bargaining. This means that we
of government to take care of citizen 1920, enacted by the U. S. Congress. are able to form and join unions to right to have unions and to destroy
public health and welfare, educate This law provided for the develop- improve working conditions, wages, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. This
our people and conserve our natural ment of home, agriculture farm and benefits, worker safety and to ad- must not happen.
resources. ranch lots. It made loans available dress our grievances against em- Vote against a Con-Con.
Retirees - Bored, nothing to do? Join the Retirees’ Club
Oahu and Maui retirees looking
for activities to fill your days may
have to look no further than their is-
land’s respective retirees’ clubs.
On Oahu, the Oahu Retiree Club
meets at 9 a.m., on a monthly basis,
at the Palama Union Hall Audito-
rium. Meeting days are usually the
first Thursday of the month, unless it
falls on a holiday.
On Maui, retirees can join the
Maui Retirees Council. The Maui Re-
tirees Council meets at 9 a.m., on the
first Friday of every other month, at
the Maui Union office (811 Kolu St.
#102 in Wailuku). Their next meeting
will be on Friday, Sept. 5, 2008.
Retirees who attend these meet-
ings can find out the latest news
regarding their benefits, what’s hap-
pening with their union, as well as
meet old friends for a laugh or two.
Retirees are an important resource
for the union as well. Many times, Bingo is one of the many activities offered by the Oahu Retiree Club and the Maui Retiree Council. Not only can
it’s our loyal, giving retirees who are Retirees enjoy the opportunities of fun activities, but to also reconnect with friends and to stay connected with the
manning the union’s informational Union. The Oahu Retiree Club meets at the Palama Union Hall Auditorium from 9 a.m. on the first Thursday of each
picket lines, sign-waving for politi- month. The Maui Retiree Council also meets at 9 a.m., but on the first Friday of alternating months at the Maui
cians. Union Office. Their next meeting is Friday, Sept. 5, 2008.
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Laborers’ Laborers and the sun;
Calendar see how far we’ve come
Saturday, August 30, 2008 Not too long ago on hot summer days, Laborers enjoyed working out-
Oahu Office Open doors without shirts or neck flaps. A tan was the payoff for a long, hard day’s
8 a.m. - 12 noon work in the sun.
Oahu Orientation Mike Cackowski remembers those days well. In his early construction ca-
Palama Union Hall reer, the New Jersey Laborer and Training Center Director enjoyed getting
8 a.m. plenty of sun. “If I was at a site and able to take my shirt off, I did – just like
Monday, Sept. 1, 2008 other workers,” he explains in the Laborers’ True Stories DVD. “The thought
Construction Industry Holiday of sunscreen for me was never an option… maybe because I was macho and
Labor Day [thought] I didn’t need it.”
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008 What he did not know is that his deep tan was setting the stage for skin
Oahu Office Open cancer. Years later, he noticed that a mole on his chest looked similar to one
8 a.m. - 12 noon he saw on a bookmark distributed by the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund
Oahu Orientation of North America. The bookmark showed pictures of what to look for when
Palama Union Hall checking for skin cancer. When Mike went to the dermatologist, he discov-
ered that it was an early sign of melanoma. Thankfully, doctors were able to Rocco Davis
8 a.m. Trustee
help him in time.
Countless other Laborers have spent time working unprotected in the sun,
and some members still do. Because of this, the LHSFNA sponsors the an-
nual Skin Cancer Prevention Campaign, also referred to as “Sun Sense.” The
Obituaries campaign begins in the spring to correspond with Skin Cancer Prevention
Month in May. The LHSFNA sends materials to Laborers-AGC training cen-
ters, LIUNA regional offices and district councils and the regional health and
safety funds for distribution to local unions in both Canada and the United
In memory of our brothers and States.
sisters who now rest in peace, we
extend our sincere condolences and “Our Skin Cancer Prevention Campaign grows in popularity ever year,” Kenneth A. Robert Trenkle
deepest sympathies to the families says LIUNA General President Terence M. O’Sullivan. “Laborers are wearing Casarez Assistant
of: neck flaps and long sleeve shirts on their jobsites. They are using sunscreen Deputy Trustee
of SPF 15 and higher. The Fund’s ‘Sun Sense’ program has changed the way Trustee
Benigno Acdal Laborers work in the sun.”
As Laborers make health a top priority, the LHSFNA is ready with a vari-
ety of sun protection materials. This year, campaign materials include:
Agustin Agno, Sr. • Neck flaps
Laureano Cabico • Lip balm
The ‘Hawaii Laborer’ is the official
Anselmo Gardea • Sunscreen towelettes
publication of the Laborers’ Interna-
tional Union of North America, Local
Kenichi Isagawa • Assorted posters 368, 1617 Palama St., Honolulu, HI
William Kelekolio • Health alert cards (English and Spanish)
96817; ph. (808) 841-5877 or 1-800-372-
4077 from the Neighbor Islands.
Felipe Lapastora • Melanoma bookmarks
Rafael Lua • UV cards
Eugene Molina Like Mike, you may have spent your younger years in the sun before you News/Photo Editor:
John Naeole knew the damage that it can cause. Know the skin you are in. Check your Richard Nishie
body for moles or other pigmented lesions that may change in shape or col-
Teodorico Ordonez and
or. Also, look for any new growths and lingering sores. Consult your doctor
Fernandino Pedro if you find anything that causes concern.
Reinaldo Peralta The LHSFNA hopes that the days of shirtless construction workers baking
Cesar Ramones in the sun are over. Knowing the facts and protecting yourself are the best Please contact the News Editor
Juan Rezonable forms of prevention. if you wish to be included
Just ask Mike. “If I’d never looked at that self-check chart, it still would on the ‘Hawaii Laborer’ mailing list.
have been in my body. It probably would have gotten larger and spread a lot Subscription rate: $8 per year for non-
To their families, we express our further – possibly to the point where I wouldn’t have recovered. Don’t ever members (subject to change)
deepest sympathies. think you’re indestructible because it can happen to you.”
CONSTRUCTION AND GENERAL LABORERS’ UNION Non Profit Organization
LOCAL NO. 368 OF THE LABORERS’ INTERNATIONAL U.S. Postage Paid
UNION OF NORTH AMERICA Honolulu, Hawaii
1617 PALAMA STREET Permit No. 156
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
Address Service Requested
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