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NORTHWEST LABORERS Official Publication of the Laborers International Union of North America Northwest Region Summer 2007 Alaska Alberta British Columbia Colorado Idaho Manitoba Montana Nevada Northwest Territories Nunavut Oregon Saskatchewan Utah Washington Wyoming Yukon 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 status.” NORTHWEST LIUNA 12201 Tukwila International Blvd., Suite 140 The Vanderbilt University victory was touted by O’Sullivan Seattle, WA 98168-5121 as being one of the most significant battles for our non-con- Phone: (206) 441-6507 Fax: (206) 728-2608 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 Canada. 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 JURISDICTION 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 ORGANIZING Organizing DEPARTMEN 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 contractors. 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 42,305 42,500 33,568,645 42,000 33,000,000 41,500 40,983 Construction Hours Membership 41,000 Projected 31,000,000 40,500 40,306 29,519,522 29,198,358 40,000 29,740,173 29,000,000 39,500 39,749 39,677 39,000 27,000,000 38,500 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 $30 $25.2 a percentage but sometimes it is helpful to view it in terms of 3 $25 total dollars so we can get an idea of the scope of all the work Dollar Volume (in Billions) $20.7 $20 being done. $17.1 $15.3 $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% 40% $10 volume of work is depicted by the pink line. Obviously, our $9.8 $10.3 goal is to raise the pink line to equal the blue line. $5 $5.6 $6.1 $7.2 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 41%. 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 E R N AT N TJUSTICE I O N 'I S AL LABORER ST OR RE UNION LIUNA HON N G TH By Steve Cuddy, Associate General Counsel rg O 0 3 Laborers International Union of North America f N a n i z e d A p ril 1 3 , 1 9 o ri c a o rt h Ame 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- contractor 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. NW LECET UPDATE 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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