Official Publication of the Laborers International Union of North America
                                                       Northwest Region                                            Summer 2007

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LIUNA General President                                                 Regional Manager’s Report
O’Sullivan Keynotes NW                                                      By Mano Frey, NW Regional Manager and Vice President

Regional Conference                                                      Regional Conference Highlights Successes:
                                                                         Our Region is growing and living up to its goals
President adjusts personal schedule                                       It is my pleasure to report to you that our 2007 Northwest Regional
                                                                       Conference, held in Calgary, Alberta last June, was a huge success. Al-
in order to attend entire conference                                   most all of our Local Union affiliates, and all of our District Council af-
                                As always, one of the high-            filiates, were represented in strength. Reports from attendees to me and
                             lights of the entire NW Region’s          our staff were very positive and reaffirmed the
                             conference was when General               great accomplishments we are experiencing
                             President, Terry O’Sullivan took          throughout the NW Region.
                             the floor. Without using a micro-            Special guest speakers, including one of our
                             phone, the president reported to          favorite legal advisors - David Rosenfeld, held
                             those assembled on the amazing            the crowd’s attention on a number of subjects.
                             things the International is doing         These educational and inspirational talks and
                             in North America. The burgeon-            presentations ranged from “The Union as
                             ing residential construction pro-         an Employer” by Rosenfeld and on into the
    Terry O’Sullivan                                                   Region’s great organizing accomplishments,              Mano Frey
                             gram, national politics, market
share expansion, and the new strategy on communicating                 LECET programs, Indian Country Partnerships, jurisdictional victories,
with a cell-phone-carrying membership were elaborated on               minority outreach efforts, and market expansion achievement. The Key-
by O’Sullivan.                                                         note Speaker was LIUNA General President, Terry O’Sullivan.
   President O’Sullivan told the group of laborers he would               We also received reports from union leaders and other distinguished
not be recommending an early endorsement for the US Presi-             individuals on the dynamic situations in different provinces within our
dential election that will be held in 2008. He stated that this        fast-growing Canadian sub-region. Their involvement in projects like the
election was going to be different than the 2004 Presidential          Alberta Tar Sands expansion and production and the 2010 Winter Olym-
election where Rep. Richard Gephardt was early-endorsed                pics in Vancouver, British Columbia were noted amongst a multitude of
by LIUNA. and then dropped out of the race after he finished           energy related development areas.
fourth in the Iowa caucuses. He said he prefers to have the
union wait to see which one of our good friends would make            “We had Danny Glover, John Edwards and a number of celebrities and prom-
it through the primary and onto the general election ballot.       inent elected officials come to our aid in delivering a huge victory for LIUNA
   Commenting on the pending US immigration bill that he           members at Vanderbilt” commented the president. “In January, Vanderbilt Uni-
predicted would fail, O’Sullivan said it was unfair and it         versity drew a line in the sand and refused to pay workers a living wage. Under
needed to get in step with reality. His prediction, after the      massive pressure from a broad community alliance, elected officials, celebrities
conference, came true when the bill failed to pass the US          and media outreach, the university reversed course a month later and did the
Senate.                                                            right thing.”
   O’Sullivan was later quoted as saying “A fair bill would           The 600 members of Laborers’ Local 386 in Nashville reached a tentative
need to provide the current population of undocumented             three-year contract agreement with Vanderbilt University which will lift work-
workers with an earned path to legal permanent residence           ers’ wages by an average of 5.18 percent each year, and by 30 percent for the
and citizenship while respecting family unity, and provide         lowest paid employees.
employment opportunities that will give all workers – im-
migrants and non-immigrants – equality on the job without
the fear of harassment or being exploited because of their
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struction members that we’ve seen in years.
                                                   Northwest Laborers

           Kelly Reardon to Retire at Year’s End
                                   Hart to head up Sub-Region
   LIUNA Northwest Sub-Regional Manager, Kelly Reardon is set to retire at the end of 2007. Reardon, who has been
 a union Laborer for over 32 years, will be finishing up an eight year tenure as the Northwest Region’s main man in
   Growing up in Saskatchewan, Kelly first became a member of Local 180, in Regina, Saskatchewan before becoming
 an International Rep in 1992. Kelly is married with two older children; a son and Firefighter for the City of Edmonton,
 a daughter who works at the University in Edmonton and two young daughters at home. He will now have time to spend
 with his family and three Grandsons.
   “Kelly has done an outstanding job for the Laborers Union” said LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan in his
 keynote address at the 2007 LIUNA Canadian Conference. “He has served the membership with exceptional distinction.
 He has done the work, put in the time, and he made the personal sacrifices that a good leader does. Everything he did has
 made me proud to call him my friend and colleague. I’m further glad to announce that International Rep Bob Hart will
 be taking his place at the helm of the sub-region.”
   Bob Hart, one of the Sub-Regions’ International Reps, will be filling his new position of Sub-Regional Manager on
 January 1, 2008. Hart, a Laborer for over twenty-five years, has been an International Rep for over 18 years.
   The massive Northwest sub-region, which geographically covers 7 Canadian provinces in Western Canada, has some of
 the fastest growing economies in the country. The Sub-Region’s provinces include: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba,
 Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, and Yukon.

                     Mobile Training Pipeliners

Wyoming Style                                                              Vasey, 1271’s Business Manager, Jim Hansen has been coordinat-
                                                                           ing the union’s efforts to fill the ever-growing jobs that have devel-
                                                                           oped due to the booming pipeline industry. He often finds himself
   By Pat Smutz, NW LECET Communications Director                          instructing and doing some of training in a number of classifications
   Pipeline-working union hands in Wyoming have many things in             because the demand for on-site training is so high.
common with the old days when cowboys were riding fence into                  “We have an obligation to recruit and train hands for the jobs our
areas far away from civilization. Like the never-ending fences that        contractors are awarded, and that’s just what we’re doing” com-
keep cattle and sheep contained, gas and oil pipelines also seem to        mented Hansen recently. “We cover the whole state of Wyoming
go on forever… and relatively speaking, they do. At least that’s the       and this is how we can make it work. We’ve been fortunate to nego-
forecast for the vast amount of pipeline work that is being done with-     tiate a training amount into our contracts and the contractors expect
in the Northwest, and especially Wyoming.                                  us to deliver - and we are – right to their jobsite. ”
   Today, with the expanding pipeline routes running thousands of             The self-contained unit is stuffed full of all the classroom materi-
miles that are routed through Wyoming’s immense mountain ranges,           als and tools Hansen and his instructors need to bring their students
rivers and prairies, pipeline contractors need trained people more         up to an entry level that the contractor will accept. It even has tables,
than ever. And mobilizing and responding to this need is Wyoming           chairs and a huge tent that becomes the classroom when the students
Laborers Local 1271.                                                       aren’t getting hands-on training with the tools and segments of pipe
   1271’s Mobile Training Unit is becoming a staple for Wyoming’s          the contractor provides.
union pipeline companies. The 16 foot box on the back of the truck            1271’s logo, which incorporates Wyoming’s famous cowboy on
proudly claims that its instructors can do more than just train pipelin-   a bucking bronco, is proudly emblazoned on the sides and back of
ers, but lately the truck has been seen on contractors’ sites setup to     their Mobile Training Unit. It seems fitting to see it there suggesting
train 30 pipeliners at a time.                                             that the old days of it’s range riding past are really what Wyoming
   Along with their multi-certified instructors, John Fulk and Les         is still all about.
                                                 Northwest Laborers

              Our Ongoing Battle to Maintain and
               Expand our Presence on the Job
                                By Lou D’Ambrosio, NW Assistant Regional Manager
   Since the time of our International’s original charter back in 1903,     Other crafts have used apprentices and pre-apprentices to under-
the Laborers Union has had to fight to maintain the scope of work mine our scope of work, and we have fought them at every turn. They
our members perform on construction jobs. Our skill sets and the know they can sometimes get their foot into our members’ jurisdiction
way construction is done have evolved to include things that weren’t by appealing to a contractor’s bottom line with the lure of cheaper
even heard of around the turn of the last century, but it has been the labor. However, we can usually get our jobs back by applying a few
diligence of Business Managers, Business Reps, International of- techniques that have worked for us and continue to prove to be handy
ficials, and a fleet of attorneys that have helped us to maintain and tools. I won’t outline them here, but give me a call at the NW Re-
expand our job presence.                                                 gional Headquarters (206-441-6507) if you need more information.
   Below is a list that outlines our union’s scope of work, please clip it out of this newsletter and review it from time to time in order
   to keep it fresh in your mind when battling for our laborers work.

      Assert, Claim and Defend Our
             Traditionally, the following scope of work has been assigned and
             performed, but not limited to, the Laborers’ International Union
         • All concrete,: pouring, placing, vibrating, finishing,          • Temporary tack welding
           chipping, grinding, sawing, mudcutter, chuteman, red            • Stocking of all paint, drywall taping (mud/wallpaper),
           concrete, coring, drilling, curing, patching, dry patching,       framing materials
           bush hammering, grouting, shotcrete, gunnite, strike off,       • Asphalt raker, ironer, spreader & luteman
           scaling, epoxy                                                  • Guinea chaser/grade checker
         • Sandblasting/Greencutting                                       • Multi plate
         • All pipelaying & conduits including unloading, handling         • Riprap
           & distribution/vaults                                           • Gabion basket builder
         • All scaffold/shoring                                            • Pipejacking
         • Trench: backfill, compaction, sanding, grade checking,          • Micro tunneling
            hand propelled trenching machines, fine grading,               • Directional drilling
           ditch digger                                                    • Hazardous Waste Worker
         • All clean up including final-all craft clean up/                • Plaster Tenders/plaster pump
           micro cleaning                                                  • Unloading of all trucks (jobsite/storage)
         • All landscape: irrigation pipes & controls                      • Vaults: setting & leveling
         • All tending to trades                                           • Dust control
         • All fiber optics : conduits, tuggers, setting vaults            • Fine grading
         • Cathodic protection, grounding, communications cables           • Furniture stocking
         • All demolition - cutting, burning, plasma arc                   • Hod Carriers
         • Material handling, stocking, scrapping, cleanup                 • Mason Tenders
         • All walk behind equipment                                       • Liner installation
         • Forms : stripping, oiling, cleaning                             • Tunnel & Shaft Workers/Miners
         • Distribution of ice/drinking water                              • Air Trac Rock Drillers, Powdermen
         • Forklift (incidental to trade) / for all stocking purposes      • High Scaling & Laying of Nets
         • Hand work / hand tools                                          • Fire Watch
         • All fence: including safety, turtle, chain link,                • Guardrail Erector
            mortarless & mortar                                            • Mainline and Distribution Pipeline workers
         • Tool cribs                                                      • Faller and Bucker - Chain Saw
         • Traffic Control/Flaggers                                        • Track Laborer
             For more information call: Lou D’Ambrosio, Assistant Regional Manager (206-441-6507)
                                                  Northwest Laborers

 Northwest Region Organizing Coalition                                                                               NROC
                                                                                and More
                                                                             By John Seaton, NROC Director
   Laborers' International Union of North America

   The Northwest Regional Organizing           volved. A perfect example was two asbestos       that is solely dedicated to organizing in
Coalition currently employs fifteen (15)       remediation projects in downtown Seattle.        the non-construction and public employ-
organizers of which, four (4) are lead or-     LVI Corporation (notoriously non-union)          ee sectors. After coming on board with
ganizers and one (1) is my assistant, Jerry    was awarded the first project for $25 million    NROC a few months ago, we were pleas-
Ball. These organizers are based in sev-       and was the clear low-bidder on the second       antly surprised to see Ms. Wendy Hall hit
eral states including Washington, Oregon,      project for $45 million. We stopped LVI          the ground running her first day on the job.
Colorado, Nevada, and Montana. While           dead in their tracks after our researchers and   Her background in organizing impressed
they work independently, Jerry and I co-       the Corporate Affairs Department found that      us during the interview process but her
ordinate their activity through my office                                                       skill is really becoming evident. Her first
in Seattle. This central coordination pro-
vides us the ability to focus our resources       One of the many                               project on the Marquez Bros. is turning
                                                                                                into a national campaign and will likely be
and exert pressure on non-union contrac-
tors that perform work across state lines           things NROC is                              the “poster child” for non-construction or-
                                                                                                ganizing and worker action in the future.
and in the jurisdiction of multiple locals
and district councils.                           tasked with doing                                 One of the many things NROC is tasked
                                                                                                with doing is to help to recruit qualified
   This year NROC has been delivering
on a number of fronts, including, but not       is to help to recruit                           workers for our existing contractors (also
                                                                                                called “stripping”). If you read the Mar-
limited to organizing the unorganized. We
are spread out within the region forming          qualified workers                             ket Share Report by John Tippie, you will
                                                                                                understand why it is so important. The
coalitions with community-based groups,
working out alliances with other building            for our existing                           construction market surged in total vol-
                                                                                                ume last year and our locals were stressed
trade unions, and developing new tech-
niques to deal with the ever-changing                  contractors...                           to supply the workforce to our existing
                                                                                                contractors much less staff new contrac-
business of signing up construction con-                                                        tors organized by NROC. Unless we dras-
tractors. Supplementing and reinforcing        union pension money was funding part of the      tically increase our skilled construction
the existing organizing programs in our        project, and that union pension money had        membership and the number of signatory
affiliated Local Unions and District Coun-     “responsible bidder language” attached to it.    contractors in this surging market, we will
cils has been particularly successful.         Responsible bidder language that requires        see a corresponding loss in our percentage
   Our staff does not only consist of top      the contractor to pay area standard wages        of the total work.
notch organizers and lead organizers, our      and benefits.                                       This is critically important because,
team also includes competent researchers         By tracking the money and applying sev-        while we do more work and our out of
who help us plan organizing strategies and     eral other pressure tactics, we were able to     work lists are empty, the increased amount
are capable of finding all the dirty details   get LVI removed from the first project and       of construction work creates a nest for
on companies who mistreat their work-          taken off of the bid list on the second. This    new non-union contractors to grow and
ers. Most often, they find the details the     coup alone resulted in $65 million worth of      become our competition when the market
companies hope will never see the light of     abatement contracts that gave 50 to 75 union     slows down again.
day.                                           laborers’ jobs that paid a living wage with         A quote that I often use is “you lose
   In addition to our onboard research-        health care for them and their families.         more market share in a good construction
ers, the Laborers’ International Union’s         Amazingly enough, LVI Corporation de-          market than you do in a bad one” and this
Department of Corporate Affairs has as-        cided to sign a full agreement.                  is exactly why.
sisted us many times by finding out when         Earlier this year we added a new division
a particular project has “union” money in-     to NROC in the form of a Lead Organizer
                                                          Northwest Laborers

              Market Share Expansion: By the Numbers
                                            By John Tippie, NW Region International Rep
   In the LIUNA Northwest Regional Office we use three (3) factors to measure how we are doing in any given construction market:
first, we measure and compare membership changes. Second, we measure work-hours reported by signatory contractors to our affiliated
pension and health/welfare trusts; and third, we measure the percentage of work (in dollar volume) awarded to union versus non-union
   When we compare these three measurements over a number of years we get a fairly accurate picture of where we stand and where we
are going in the construction marketplace.

                        Average Region-wide                                                                                                                     Work-Hours
                            Membership                                                                                                                           Reported

                                            1                                                                                                                                   2
   Average membership last year exceeded our expectations, as you                      Not surprisingly, the line chart on work-hours shows much the
can see in the line chart, we projected an increase in membership to                 same pattern as the membership chart with one exception; we saw
slightly under 41,000 members. We are quite pleased to see that our                  an increase in work-hours in 2004 but our membership actually de-
region-wide membership actually grew to over 42,000 members. Sig-                    creased slightly. Still, the pattern is very clear, 2003 was a bad year
nificantly more than predicted. Further, when we look at actual (not                 and since then we have steadily increased both membership and
averaged) membership on a month-by-month basis for 2006 our mem-                     work-hours.
bership exceeded 43,000 members in each of the last four months of
the year.
                                                                                                                                                                     NW Region Man Hours
                          LIUNA NW REGION MEMBERSHIP 2002-2006                                                                                                        US Only 2002-2006

              43,000                                                                                                                35,000,000
              42,500                                                                                                                                                                                             33,568,645

              42,000                                                                                                                33,000,000

                                                                                                               Construction Hours

                                                                   Projected                                                        31,000,000
                                                              40,306                                                                                                                  29,519,522
              40,000                                                                                                                                                                                29,740,173
                                   39,749     39,677

              38,000                                                                                                                                                   26,075,300
                          2002      2003      2004     2005             2006                                                        25,000,000
                                               Year                                                                                                    2002              2003           2004         2005          2006

                                 Project Awards and Percentage of the Market
   Market share is a measure of the total dollar volume of work                                                                                         Total Market $ vs. Union Market $
 that is awarded to union signatory contractors against that
 awarded to non-union contractors. Usually it is expressed as

 a percentage but sometimes it is helpful to view it in terms of


 total dollars so we can get an idea of the scope of all the work
                                                                                 Dollar Volume (in Billions)

 being done.                                                                                                                              $17.1
                                                                                                                                                                         $17.0                         41%

   In the following chart the total dollar volume of work that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Total Market $
                                                                                                                      $15                                                                   47%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Union Market $

 we measure is depicted by the blue line, the union share of that                                                                                33%                            42%

 volume of work is depicted by the pink line. Obviously, our                                                                                                                            $9.8

 goal is to raise the pink line to equal the blue line.                                                                             $5

   When expressed in terms of “percentage” of market, we in-                                                                        $0

 creased our percentage each year until 2006. However, there                                                                                2002              2003          2004         2005       2006

 was such a great increase in total construction volume last year
 that our share (as measured as a percentage of the total) fell to              For more information call John Tippie at: (206) 441-6507
                                                   Northwest Laborers

Indian Country in US and                                               Working Together Means
Canada Opening up To                                                   Success in Our Region
Tribal Labor Agreements                                               By Mano Frey, NW Regional Manager and Vice President
                                                                       I want to thank the leadership and staff of the Local Unions
By Ed Hensley, Construction Market Representative
                                                                    and District Councils for their support and cooperation with all
National LECET
                                                                    of the components that make up our Regional Office including:
   Tribal groups aren’t always pro union, some actually             NW LECET, NROC, Tri-Funds, LECET, and the International
have passed resolutions and tribal reservation ordinances           Union staff.
prohibiting their tribe from doing any sort of business
                                                                       Our collective success in growing market share, work hours
with any union. Past encounters with union contractors
and union business agents still have lingering effects to-          and membership in the region has occurred only because of our
day that mostly tend to be on the negative side.                    ability to communicate and work well together.
   However, with today’s booming economy on or near                    Your continued and growing utilization of the skills of LIUNA
tribal lands, and the LIUNA need for manpower, new trib-            staff and or various departments will assure the membership that
al/union partnerships are becoming increasingly possible.           we represent the very best in wages, benefits, job safety, and work
Tribal Employment Rights Offices (TERO’s) are starting              opportunities now and in the future.
to recognize the value of union construction employment,
especially in areas where tribal unemployment ranges are
high. Union health care benefits, in days of declining In-

                                                                Data Security----
dian federal health care, are very attractive because of the
quality of most health trust services.
   Training is the key to putting tribal members onto con-
struction jobs where a tribe has employment preference
powers. TERO certified employers get a good measure of
preferential treatment when they demonstrate their ability      Physical Theft a Threat
to put a tribe’s workforce on a project. LIUNA signa-           By Pat Smutz, Communications Director, NW LECET
tory contractors enjoy the same, especially when a Tribal
Labor Agreement (TLA) is put in place for a project the            When you look at all the personal data theft that is being written
Tribe has legitimate influence over.                            about in daily newspapers, magazines and websites, making sure you
   Things are now happening at an accelerating rate. Fort       are protecting your computer files is more important than ever. Not just
Peck Montana is one example of the recent inroads made          from hackers, phishers, or a malicious virus/worm infection, but from
into Indian Country where many of the political players         someone who can actually reach out and physically touch your desktop
had less than a good feeling for unions. Hard work and          computer or laptop.
honest answers to tough questions won many of them                 Not too long ago, headlines announcing the loss of personal data of
over. Training tribal members for Laborers’ jobs on their       millions of US veterans shocked the world of a half-million individuals
huge domestic water project assured them we were honor-         who served in the military. How the full names, social security num-
able and we kept our promises.                                  bers, addresses, names of relatives and dependents literally walked out
   Local 92 in Canada recently broke the ice with Can-          of the building under the amazed the nation. It was that easy.
ada’s Assembly of First Nations (AFN), when President              The Associated Press stated that personal data on 535,000 people was
Lenny O’Toole and Business Manager, Mike Reid, start-           reported stolen on January 22, 2007 by the Birmingham Veterans Ad-
ed a rapport with the national 800,000-strong aboriginal        ministration (VA) Medical Center. Someone simply walked out with a
group. At a formal meeting where the organization’s Na-         computer hard drive that contained a copy of digital information.
tional Chief, Phil Fontaine saw our LECET presentation,            Imagine how easy it would be to lose your hard drive from your office
he complimented O’Toole and Reid for bringing hope to           or home. Someone with less than 5 minutes on their hands could open
his vastly-unemployed group of nations. Soon after the          the computer case and pop out (some come out easy for repair purposes)
meeting, the LIUNA Eastern and Central Canada jumped            the 3.5in. x 5in. data storage device. The most it would take is a Phillips
on the opportunity to sign a memorandum of understand-          screwdriver, and this would include removing a hard drive from a laptop
ing outlining big-picture goals and promises of future co-      though simple theft of the laptop itself would make retrieving the data
operation between the Laborers and the AFN.                     for nefarious purposes a cinch.
   Based on the Fort Peck model, the US-based Council              During the course of a number of computer security classes, I noted
for Tribal Employment Rights (CTER) has gone as far as          that every one of them stressed physical security as much as they pound-
to ask the US Congress for $1.5 million in startup money        ed us on internet and network security with the attendant firewalls, rout-
for training tribal members for construction in 6 targeted      ers, switches and other gear and software necessary to keep people out
Northwest States. Their future efforts include asking for       of your business. The lesson I learned was to do both types of security in
enough money to train over 4,000 tribal members for work        a single package. When I check the network security (i.e. firewall) I also
on construction projects on our near their reservations.        check the physical security. Main question here: Is it locked down?
The US Bureau of Indian Affairs has endorsed the project           Doors should be locked after hours, tape backups stored in a fire safe,
and is supporting the training initiative that is working its   laptops locked in offices, and all passwords for everyone should be
way through congress.                                           changed every now and then. Call me at (206) 930-5059 if you have
                                                                any questions about your computer or network’s security.
                                                       Northwest Laborers

              Legal Planning for Unions
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    Does your Local or Council plan its              few decades have made many traditional          work. For example, “free speech” tactics
 future finances? Does it plan staffing re-          effective labor tactics illegal.                protected by the US Constitution, and the
 quirements? Do you plan for year-end                   Examples: Most kinds of picketing that       Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
 reports with your accountant? Do you dis-           actually have the effect of placing eco-        are available, but require some careful plan-
 cuss future investments with your Local’s           nomic pressure on an employer are now           ning. A call to your lawyer to plan the legal
 financial advisor? Of course you do.                illegal. In the construction industry, the      aspects of your pressure tactic before you
    Do you plan your Union’s activities and          basic decision about whether a project is       use it is absolutely essential in the modern
 job actions and internal affairs with your          going to be                                     environment where so many things union’s
 Local’s attorney? I hope so, but many               done with          Advance legal                used to do freely, are now illegal.
 don’t.                                              a union or            planning will                Advance legal planning will save you
    In the old days, the standard relationship       non-union                                       money in the long run, and make your ef-
                                                                     save you money                  forts more likely to actually succeed.
 between a union officer and the union law-
 yer was summed up by the phrase: “ I will           is made by       in the long run,                  Internal Union matters also require ad-
 call you when I need you to get me out of           the project       and make your                 vance legal planning: Are you having a
 trouble.”                                           owner, and                                      staff personnel problem? Would your lo-
                                                     unions usu-
                                                                            efforts more             cal like to contribute to a politician? Do
    The habit of using lawyers only after
 you have gotten into trouble, has become            ally     can- likely to actually                you want to hold a raffle? A quick call to
 a very expensive way to use your local’s            not legally                  succeed.           your lawyer can help you do these things
 legal resources. It is far cheaper to get           picket own-                                     correctly, rather than face penalties for vio-
 a little inexpensive advice “up front” to           ers. Even conversations with owners             lating one of the many laws that regulate
 avoid problems, rather than face the huge           have to be carefully worded to avoid le-        these activities.
 costs of expensive litigation.                      gal pitfalls. Are there any tactics to pres-       In short, the best advice for unions to man-
    Modern US and most Canadian Pro-                 sure employers and project owners that          age their legal resources is: Plan Ahead.
 vincial Labor laws are now blatantly anti-          are still legal? Sure there are, but it takes
 union. Changes in labor laws over the past          some careful legal planning to make them

                                 Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
                                            Member Safety Program Underutilized
                                             By Doug Buman, Northwest Field Coordinator, Tri-Funds

   A Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) is a one to two hour              Reacting immediately, the Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of
group meeting of those who are affected by a workplace tragedy.                North America, working through the regional Tri-Fund Field Co-
Included are those who witnessed the event, those who were vic-                ordinators, will arrange a debriefing, conducted by trained profes-
tim to the event, and those (supervisors and co-workers) who were              sionals either on-site or, if appropriate at a facility away from the
close to a victim of the event. A CISD helps employees under-                  worksite.
stand their reactions to the incident and offers techniques to assist             LHSFNA has also offered a written model safety program that
them in dealing with the stress they are enduring. Without appro-              companies can customize for their own use. The Fund has eased
priate intervention, employees involved in a traumatic workplace               the entire procedure through the creation of a new Safety Program
incident may develop severe, disabling, long-term psychological                CD. It provides a comprehensive program complete with a set of
reactions. Our plan is to insure the members are taken care of.                hazard-specific appendices and a list of locations in the program
   The Health & Safety Fund has a number of useful and successful              where the one-time insertion of company-specific information will
programs, and the CSID program in particular has recently continu-             be appropriately replicated throughout the document. After work-
ously demonstrated to be extremely effective in protecting our mem-            ing through the generic program, inserting the necessary informa-
bership on the job. Unfortunately construction, our primary market,            tion and selecting the appropriate appendices, a company-specific
has the third highest rate of on-the-job fatalities. This, in and of itself,   safety program can be printed and adopted as company policy.
adds credibility to the importance of promoting the CISD services to              Call me at (206) 949-7779 if you need information about any of
our signatory employers who experience a fatality.                             the programs LIUNA’s Tri-Funds has to offer our affiliates.
  Northwest Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Team
   John Landerfelt                 Kib Servine                      Lara Rountree                   Pat Smutz
  Executive Director           Field Representative                 Office Manager             Communications Director
    (206) 920-9334               (206) 406-6662                     (206) 728-1282                (206) 930-5059

Developing Our Relationships                                                                 Methods Developed to
     Around the Region                                                                       Improve Market Share
            By John Landerfelt, Executive Director                                   • Luncheons for Contractors: NW LECET has formed a meth-
                                                                                     odology for holding sucessful, informative Luncheons that are
    In the Construction industry, relationships are among the most
                                                                                     well attended.
 important factors for success on every level. Whether it is between                 • Safety Audits and assistance with Safety procedures are a
 the Union members and the Contractor, the Contractor and Proj-                      service that can be offered to our Signatory Contractors by NW
 ect Owners, or any of the other possible combinations, positive,                    LECET at no cost
 healthy relationships between all the parties are essential to good                 • Membership in Organizations that promote the interests of
 outcomes for everyone.                                                              Signatory Contractors to construction users and the public at-
    Early on we recognized the importance of the relationship be-                    large such as: the Constructuion Users Round Table (CURT),
 tween the Local Union and the Signatory Contractors. It is readily                  the Western Council of Construction Consumers (WCCC), and
 apparent that the daily contact between a Business Agent and the                    Local AGC Chapters across the Region. We are interested in
 Contractor is the one relationship that can be most productive for                  expanding our membership in other organizations like the Ur-
 all concerned. The interests of each are precisely served by having                 ban Land Institute, and the Hispanic Contractors Association
                                                                                     for the purpose of sharing the cost vs. value message in using
 work available that is performed skillfully, safely, and on time.
                                                                                     Union Contractors.
 From the moment of that recognition onward we have striven to                       • Assistance with Newsletters, websites, and flyers for the
 create or provide tools to Local Unions with the goal of strength-                  dispersal of important information to Contractors, and union
 ening the relationship between them and their Signatory Contrac-                    members regarding their local training opportunities.
 tors. Not only can these tools directly help to create work for our                 • Job Site Banner Program to advertise the Cooperation be-
 members, but they can help bolster the relationship between the                     tween Local Laborers Unions and Signatory Contractors
 Business Agent and Contractor.                                                      • CTTS provided to Local Unions for the purpose of sharing
    From the creation of a Signatory Database, to providing CTTS                     important work opportunities and bid information. Training in
 access to the locals of the region, the rest of this update will be                 the use of CTTS and the new LSCDB are on-going, and can be
 devoted to the tools available to the Local Unions through LECET                    arranged per local union on an as needed basis.
 for building stronger relationships with your Signatory Contrac-                    • Membership in Community Organizations to show that
                                                                                     projects built by Union Contractors benefit the community as
 tors. The thing about building relationships, as with building any-
                                                                                     a whole. We belong to SAGE in the Seattle area, MACG in
 thing worthwhile, is that both can be exciting but the work is never                Portland, and FRESC in Denver.
 done. If you’ve got an idea on how LECET can help you develop                       If you have questions about these, or other NW LECET
 better relationships with your Contractors, let us hear from you.                   functions, feel free to call us at anytime.

     Signatory Contractor Database Deployed in Region
   Northwest LECET held its first demon-              browse Contractors in all nine states of          are added, and more information about each
stration and training for Local Union offi-           the Northwest Region. However, with the           contractor is included, the database becomes
cials and staff on our Contractor Database.           proper password, the Search and Advanced          more useable.
The event marked the official debut of the            Search functions bring a wide range of               Contact information for each Contrac-
LIUNA Northwest Region Signatory Con-                 lookup capabilities to the program. Indi-         tor will supplement the basic data of what
tractor Database (LSCDB). The database is             viduals can use keywords to find a particu-       type of contractor and the type of agreement
a dynamic storehouse of contact and contract          lar contractor or type of contractor. Another     they are signatory to. Microsoft’s Internet
information on all of the region’s signatory          added bonus is the database’s Promote             Explorer web browser and a high-speed in-
contractors.                                          Switch. The database has a checkbox that          ternet connection is all that is necessary to
   More training will be scheduled around             is labeled Promote, and the simple act of         connect to the database for inputting and
the Region in the coming months. Bringing             putting a check mark within the checkbox          viewing content.
the project closer to full functionality is now       tells the database to upload the contractor’s        The cost of the LSCDB will be borne by
the goal of NW LECET. The database has                basic information to the Best Value Con-          NW LECET during its initial phase. For
undergone several revisions in the past and           tractors website.                                 more information on how your local union
will continue to evolve as the uses for the              The maintenance of database informa-           can take advantage of the database program,
information grow.                                     tion can be done by Local Unions in a mini-       contact John Landerfelt or Pat Smutz at
   With the LSCDB it is now possible to               mum amount of time. As new contractors            (206) 728-1282.

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