Vol. 64, No. 19 The Voice of Labor in Rochester Since 1945 October 9, 2009
The Labor News Interview
Theresa J. Bertolone Local 22. “It was a good program, still is. I
did well as an apprentice,” he says. In fact,
The Labor News Monaghan was a star student, excelling on a
path that positioned him as a foreman in
In 1962 Michael Monaghan was the third 1990, following his journeyman status. He
of six children born into what he calls a spent most of the coming years working as
“plain vanilla family” in Greece, New York. a foreman, mostly on service trucks. “I
“My dad worked on research projects at loved working the service trucks – every
Kodak, my mom was a nurse,” he says. day was different. I was able to problem-
Though he didnt have roots in the union, his solve the many different types of situations
sister Ellen, a Phys Ed Teacher for the City that arose,” he says. Monaghan also taught
School District, is a member of the RTA. apprenticeship night classes during that
But Michael had an uncle who was in the time, from 1992 through 2001.
union – and from an early age he was aware Roofers 22 is a small union with around
that his uncle was successful because he 300 members. “I have 300 bosses as BA. I
was in the union. “My mind-set had see my role as a service job – the focus is to
always been that it was hard to get into the make their lives better,” he says of his
union,” says Monaghan. “My uncle was a union members. Michael continues his
member of Plumbers Local 13 and retired as trademark work as a problem-solver. He is
an officer in the early 1990s.” In 1987 accessible and committed to his members.
Monaghan found himself in the three year (Indeed, he gave this writer his full attention
apprenticeship program for the Roofers and time while fielding calls.)
… continued on page 5
UNICON Executive Director Ken Warner and Edison Applied Technology Principal Matthew
Laniak were honored at the September 24th RCSD school board meeting for the “Get Ready for
Life” house building program at Edison. Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard recognized the
partnership as an important initiative for Career and Technical Education in the city school
Colleagues, activists, and friends gathered at the grave of Fredrick Douglas to mark
Bruce Popper’s thirty years of dedication to the struggle. Pictured: Zola Brown Elizabeth
Davila Tracey Harrison Rickey Elliott Denise Young Coert Bonthius Mark Gatson Pearce Walter
Pratt Debbie Lee Michael Farrell Siobhain Kemblowski Carmen Jones Dana Alas Kim Gibson Jesse
Lenney Jim Bertolone Erin Moody Aron Reina Dan Mulligan Joseph Brown Michael Harren
Photo by Clarke Condé
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James V. Bertolone
President, Rochester &
Genesee Valley Area Labor
We have had the stunning revelation from
Unshackle Upstate that union workers
make more and have better benefits than
non-union workers. We plead guilty. The
right to join a union and bargain collectively
built the middle class, raised all boats, and
was the greatest upward mobility program
and anti-poverty program ever seen.
Nationally, private sector unionization is
down to about 9% and accordingly real
wages have been down for decades, half as
many people have defined pension benefits,
taxes are much less progressive, and most of
the wealth workers produce goes to the
richest. Unshackle Upstate answers are the
same things we have heard for 30 years, cut
the union workers too and cut our taxes,
while they have their hands in the till, and
continue the race to the bottom. Sadly, the more, $6,000 per person the $2,000 saving
right to collective bargaining in the public
sector has not been as successful as
times for 700,000 state employees and over Our Economy-That’s Where the
300,000 retirees would exceed 2 billion
Unshackle maintains because with every
bubble burst and recession, each worse than
dollars. When you consider the additional Rubber Meets the Road
cost in our property and school taxes for
the last, has had corporate governance and every public employee locally, there would
the politicians they own, whipping up the be real decreases in school and property
public to balance budgets on those that do Ray Kuntz, Jr. members & family members. It’s like that
taxes. For-profit insurance and health old saying about “preaching to the choir.” I
the real work. Public employees in New insurance companies also have driven the Laborers 435, Retired think it might be a good idea for all the
York have lost jobs in the past year, costs for businesses in worker’s compensa- unions in the Rochester AFL-CIO to buy
endured unpaid furloughs, seen positions go tion costs. The members of the Business What kind of tires are on your vehicle? about a dozen papers from every issue
unfilled putting more work on each Alliance polled year after year state health I’m sure everyone has heard the contro- printed. They should give a few issues to
employee during tough times which put care is there number one cost, and when versy about the president’s tariff on each of their officers or members to
more demand on their services. Rochester you add the real costs of health care, hidden Chinese tires. Shouldn’t it be considered a distribute at their favorite restaurants or any
Firefighter vacancies go unfilled, over a in property taxes, school taxes and worker’s step in protecting American manufacturing place else they frequent. It would be like
hundred teachers are laid off, and many city compensation, actual taxes are a distant jobs? Shouldn’t it have been done years those other free papers you see out there.
workers have lost their jobs over the last second. ago? The number of Chinese tires imported When I was still in office I would send
several years, even before the official start Second, return to a progressive income from 2004 to 2008 more than tripled to issues to our money managers, attorneys,
of the recession, December 2007. In the tax, which was reduced by more than half as about 46 million. In the last several years 4 contractors & some vendors. One person
school district, members of the Rochester the result of successful efforts by corporate domestic tire plants shut their doors & put who really appreciates the Labor News is a
Business Alliance and Superintendent and banking interests. The Fair Share Tax is 5,000 American workers in the unemploy- professor friend of ours at Syracuse
Brizzard, have in published articles, temporary and as a bipartisan compromise ment line. That’s 5,000 less workers University. She would use the info from
defended teacher layoffs while acknowledg- working people got $2,000 more taxes in paying income tax, 5,000 consumers taken some of the articles to spark discussion in
ing that Central Administration is over- fees and other taxes. When the progressive out of the marketplace & 5,000 less her lectures. Others I would send it to would
staffed, but no layoffs are announced among tax was reduced it shifted mandates, cost workers paying into SS. What happens look forward at election time to see who we
the six figure salaries. They don’t teach, and for education, special needs children, and when they run out of medical benefits? recommend to vote for. It was just another
are not represented by unions. many others, to localities in the form of This is just one product & one example of way of getting our word out there from a
It should be noted that I was brought up higher property taxes, school taxes, sales the strain on our economy. I would think in point of view that differs from the media.
to believe you are not entitled to both sides taxes and user fees. As a result a household order for the tariff to do any good, Instead of recycling your Labor News when
of the street, but that is what Unshackle is with forty thousand dollars in income is American tire manufacturers should have you are done with it, consider dropping it
demanding. The Taylor Law and approaching 12% in state taxes while a competitive prices, not raise them. off at your favorite restaurant.
Triborough Amendment were not designed billionaire’s permanent rate is 6.5%. In On page 21A of Sunday’s D & C (Sept. Made in the USA. Again, my wife dragged
as protections for workers, but for citizens. infrastructure maintenance and repairs 27th) there was a section titled “Citizens me to the Christmas Tree Shoppe in
They make the right to withhold one’s labor alone, important for business and quality of Offer Solutions.” I think the idea was to get Henrietta. But the good thing is I found
illegal and in return the employer must life, New York needs $15 to $20 billion. public opinion on how to solve the New some items Made in the USA. They had
maintain the status quo. The right to That is the reason for the progressive tax, York Budget Crisis. Frank Staropoli began some nice black resin storage shelves, 72"
withhold one’s labor from an employer is working people don’t have that money, his opinion with “Unions are abusing the high, 36" wide & 18" deep manufactured by
embodied in the Emancipation Proclamation period. people of New York.” In my opinion, Oak Engineering for $29.99. There were also
and the 13th Amendment as the anti-slavery Third, get our money back from Wall Corporate America has been abusing the some smaller shelves & stands. I also found
statute. It naturally follows that such a Street. Business publications generally middle class for years. Staropoli is a some 18" X 28" rubber backed accent rugs
right must extend collectively to groups of agree that when guarantees, interest costs, member of the D & C Board of Contribu- for $4 each. These are perfect for the front
workers. These compromises that make the Tarp money and the rest are added up we tors… whatever that is! He starts out with floor of your car & they are washable. They
right to strike illegal for public employees could be on the hook for as much as 17 “It’s time for significant reform of the are also good to put on the car seats if you
have historically limited the gains of public TRILLION dollars to Wall Street to keep various union agreements. Their pension & bring any dogs in your car; especially if
employees as compared to the private the Global recession from becoming worse health care perks are dramatically out of there paws are dirty or have long nails. The
sector. Other analogies are difficult to draw, than the Great Depression. In September step with those of other working folks.” If manufacturer is Garland. Remember, if you
such as, is Unshackle including minimum 2008 $4 trillion was lost in days from anything is out of step it is Corporate run across any Made in the USA items that
wage service and retail workers in their 401k’s and defined pensions, including a Greed. I think we have seen lots of you would like to share, send the info to
comparison? How many jobs in the private large amount in New York’s pension fund. examples of that over the past few years. email@example.com.
sector have similar duties and responsibili- There are companies that received these Staropoli further states that the “abused is Is there anyone out there, male or female,
ties as police officers, firefighters, teachers, taxpayer bailouts that have and continue to now the abuser.” Not in my book. At the who would like to join a fun bowling league?
prison guards, probation officers, social give out billions of dollars in million dollar end of his opinion he writes, “I urge elected We are in need of a few bowlers to fill teams
workers, and building and bridge inspec- bonuses. We should demand that there is representatives to have the courage to act.” & we also need a complete team at Terrace
tors? no lobbying with our money and any I assume he means for them to act against Garden Lanes on Thursday evenings, 7 PM.
Here are three suggestions that will insurance or financial company on our dole unions. Can someone tell me when any of Even bowling at a slow pace you will be
balance the state budget and reduce taxes. will pay say 40% Federal and 40% State tax our representatives showed that much finished by 9 PM. The league is comprised
First, real health care reform. How about on any income over $400,000 until we are partiality towards unions? of mixed, 3 person teams of any combina-
Medicare for all in New York State? In paid back. Any compensation over this Due to opinions like the above, I have tion of male or female. We only bowl 24
Canada it began province by province and threshold will only gain them 20 cents on a always felt that more average citizens weeks & started October 1st. The league is
the costs for the industrialized democracies dollar and they should thank us that our should be able to read the Labor News. The 85% handicap of 220 & the fee is $12 per
is about $4,000 per person as we will be at overpaid prison guards are not watching sad thing is that all of what is written in the week. If interested, call Ray at 737-8898.
about $8,000 per person after the next rate over them. Real money from those that are Labor News is mostly read by union
increase. Even if in our system it cost 50% really responsible and can afford it.
Labor News - October 9, 2009 -- Page 3
LOCAL STATE NATIONAL INTERNATIONAL
Union Request Federal Governor Rejects Hawaiian Union-Busting Child Labor in
Mediator at WHEC-TV Bridge & Road Repair Hotel Ordered to Rehire Uzbekistan
Negotiations Plan Fired Workers AFL-CIO- As the harvest season for
cotton in Uzbekistan begins, 2 million
Rochester, New York (Oct. 5, 2009)— Governor Patterson released a state- AFL-CIO- Last week in Hawaii, a
Uzbek children, some as young as six
Members of the American Federation of ment this week calling into question the federal judge ordered the Pacific Beach
or seven and ranging up to 15, will be
Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) to- future of New York’s badly needed bridge Hotel to rehire at least seven workers
forced to spend their days picking cotton
day announced they have requested a and road repair. At issue is the funding fired during contract negotiations. The
instead of attending classes.
federal mediator to join contract nego- for the proposed State DOT plan for in- illegal firings were part of 15 findings of
Earlier this month, the U.S. Labor
tiations at WHEC-TV in Rochester, New frastructure revitalization. In a written unfair labor practices by the hotel. Hotel
Department included cotton from
York on Tuesday, Oct. 6. WHEC-TV is an statement Paterson said, “Unfortunately management’s behavior here is another
Uzbekistan on a list of goods produced
NBC affiliate station owned by Hubbard this plan, and the plan the MTA submit- sign that we need to pass the Employee
by forced and child labor. Each year
Broadcasting Corporation which is ted on October 1, are simply Free Choice Act, to restore the freedom
during the three-month harvest, Uzbek
based in Twin Cities, Minnesota. unaffordable given New York’s current to bargain to all workers.
authorities shut down hundreds of
AFTRA represents 18 on-air reporters fiscal condition. I will not agree to raise Pacific Beach workers voted more than
schools, hospitals and public offices.
and seven directors at WHEC-TV who taxes, which would be required to fund four years ago to form a union with the
Along with the children, thousands of
have been working under an extension these plans, as Congress has not re- International Longshore and
teachers, doctors and public
of their union contract for 18 months newed the federal multi-year transpor- Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 142, but
administrators are forced into the fields.
since it expired on Feb. 29, 2008. De- tation program and State revenues con- hotel management used the all-too-
The International Labor Rights Forum
spite ongoing negotiations, both sides tinue to decline.” common tactics of delay and worker
(ILRF) has joined with AFT and a broad
have been unable so far to reach an Patterson went on to say, “If the Legis- intimidation, in the process denying
range of organizations in the United
agreement on successor terms for a lature does not work with me to address employees the freedom to bargain for a
States and Central Asia to call for an end
new contract. the budget deficit, it will become increas- contract. The findings of abuses by hotel
to forced child labor in Uzbekistan. You
The AFTRA members at WHEC are ingly difficult to enact a necessary and management by the federal court include
can act today to stop this shameful
concerned about management’s de- affordable road and bridge plan for New interrogation of employees about union
practice by signing a petition here.
mands that reporters take on expanded York. We cannot afford a multi-year plan support, threats of job loss or
All supporters who sign the petition by
technical duties that would not only until the economy improves, the federal punishments for union support and
Oct. 2 will have their names put on a
erode the journalists’ contract jurisdic- government provides adequate multi- targeting of contract negotiators for firing.
special cotton quilt that will be unveiled
tion, but also permit management to lay year funding, and the Legislature joins In January 2007, the HTH Corp., which
at a rally in front of the Uzbek embassy
off staff without respect to seniority. me to seriously address the structural owns the Pacific Beach Hotel, canceled
in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 14. To get
“Everyone knows that we live in a chal- imbalance in the state budget. This plan a contract with its management
more involved in this action, e-mail
lenging economy and we all have a must be need based; fiscally prudent company, hired a new management
vested interest in sustaining local news without relying heavily on bonding; bal- company and, in the process, laid off all
Every day more than 200 million
operations,” said Debra Osofsky, AFTRA ance transit, rail and highway needs; and of its more than 300 workers, requiring
children around world—one in every six
National Director of News and Broad- support the economic growth of New them to re-apply for employment with the
between ages five and 17—go work
cast. “But the company’s current propos- York.” new management company. Many
instead of school, according to the
als will make it more difficult, if not im- Those concerned about public safety, workers, including at least seven who
International Labor Organization (ILO).
possible, for WHEC’s journalists to do the jobs of construction workers and the were active in the union’s fight for a fair
Child labor, says U.S. Labor Secretary
their jobs well. This not only threatens economic future of New York State re- contract, were left out of a job.
Hilda Solis, continues to be a serious
our members’ ability to earn a living and main hopeful that a resolution can be According to the Honolulu Advertiser,
global “problem in 21st century society,”
support their families, but threatens the reached in the very near future. Judge James Kennedy ruled that hotel
and she says the United States “must
public’s right to receive quality local news management participated in a scheme
do everything in our power to end these
coverage from professional journalists to disguise its decision to deprive the
they know and trust. We believe that the employees of union representation and
Uzbekistan is the world’s third-largest
company is out of touch with the needs to escape its obligation to collectively
exporter of raw cotton and generates
and concerns of local journalists and bargain in good faith….
some $1 billion a year in cotton exports.
Rochester’s viewing public, and we are There is no debate that [Pacific Beach
Up to one-third of the country’s workforce
hopeful that the federal mediator will Hotel] engaged in bad-faith bargaining
labors on cotton farms. Independent
assist us in reaching an agreement that from the outset, then entered into a
union representation is almost
is mutually beneficial for both sides and scheme whereby it could “wash” the
nonexistent for workers.
the Rochester community.” union’s certification from itself and
Some children who work in the cotton
behave as if the employees never had
fields are required to work in remote
UNICON / Edison selected the union as their bargaining
areas where they are forced to stay in
Partnership Makes dormitories while they pick cotton.
National Labor Relations Board
Children are even compelled to apply
National Teachers (NLRB) officer Tom Cestare, a 34-year
toxic pesticides in parts of Uzbekistan
veteran of the NLRB, called the hotel’s
without appropriate protective gear,
Magazine actions “outrageous” and one of the
according to ILRF.
October 2, 2009 - The October/ No- worst incidents he’s seen, reports the
The AFL-CIO Solidarity Center reports
vember issue of American Teacher Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
that the children working in the fields
magazine- hot off the press today- fea- In a 61-page ruling released at the end
must meet daily cotton quotas, and those
tures an editorial on UNICON’s “Get of 13 days of hearings, Kennedy ordered
who fail or refuse to take part can face
Ready for Life” program at the Edison the hotel to recognize ILWU Local 142
corporal punishment and expulsion
School of Applied Technology. as the legitimate bargaining agent,
from school. Consequences for parents
The program, which is in full swing on return to the bargaining table to reach a
who protest also can be severe: Their
its second school year, focuses on pre- first contract, reinstate at least seven
social benefits may be revoked, they may
paring Applied Technology students for fired workers with back pay, reimburse
be shamed at public meetings or their
the future construction workforce with an ILWU Local 142 for costs associated with
utilities may be cut off.
innovative house building project where the aborted contract negotiations and
The Solidarity Center is part of a broad-
students can earn while they learn. reverse several other changes that have
based coalition of concerned
The article, titled “Building blocks to affected workers.
organizations, led by ILRF, urging the
job success” featured an interview with Dave Mori of ILWU says the ruling is a
Uzbek government to put an end to these
Joseph LaPlaca, the Construction Co- good start to achieving justice for the
brutal practices. Click here to download
ordinator employed by UNICON and Pacific Beach workers, who have been
an ILRF report, “We Live Subject to Their
Edison to oversee operations and cur- fighting for the freedom to bargain for
Orders: A Three-Province Survey of
Forced Child Labor in Uzbekistan’s 2008
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A Message from
Rochester Building &
Construction Trades President
In July of this year, Asbestos Workers 12A based in New York City vol-
untarily chose to disaffiliate from the Rochester Building and Construction
Trades Council. It has come to my attention that they have since begun
taking direct action against some important community projects and local
businesses with whom we have a good relationship.
Let me be very clear- this group is not affiliated with the Rochester Build-
ing and Construction Trades Council and does not in any way represent our
…Monaghanfrom Page 1 The day-to-day issues that arise make position. We neither condone nor support their actions.
He is perfectly matched to his many Monaghans work interesting and sometimes
roles, caring yet tough, and in ensuring the challenging, but there is nothing he cant If you have any questions about this, or any other matter, please feel free
best for his members. In addition to his tackle. Many days seem run-of-the-mill, no
surprises, no confusion. No inner struggle to contact myself or Building Trades Director Clarke Condé directly at 585-
position as BA, Monaghan is also the
unions Financial Secretary and Organizer. to find harmony in all the areas of his life. 309-9966.
He is certified to teach the ten hour safety Problem-solver. Ask Michael Monaghan
OSHA training, asbestos removal safety what he does and that is what he will tell
training and he taught COMET (Construc- you. No matter how big or small, it is all in
tion Organizing Membership Education a days work for him. The lay-off list just Sincerely,
Training) to union members in the past. He came in and it is longer than ever. “We
sits on the Executive Board of the RGV work on a lot of schools during the summer.
Labor Federation, Chairs the Parish Council Now that the schools have re-opened for
at Mother of Sorrows Church in Greece, the year, and with the state of the economy
and is currently working on the Maloney in our region, our lay-off list is long,” he
for Greece Supervisor Campaign. says. “Our apprenticeship list is full and
there is a waiting list. Last year we had a
Rough Road Traveled waiting list – the first time ever.” Septem- Frank Wirt
Monaghan s success hasnt come easy. In ber brings the challenge of getting work for
his members as fall approaches. But President
fact, his early years were rife with disap-
pointment and aimlessness. “I had a Monaghan is up to the task.
tumultuous college career,” says Monaghan.
“I began drinking during high school, which Family, Roasting Coffee and the Iron
I never saw as a problem.” Senior year, he Butt Pin
attended high school half-days and tutored Union workers have a common thread,
4th graders in English and Math half days. and that is the importance of family. Union
As a high school student, he also taught brothers and sisters give back to the
community, and appreciate the importance SUMMARY ANNUAL REPORT FOR
Religious Education at Mother of Sorrows
of their families as the epitome of their ROCHESTER LABORERS ANNUITY FUND
Church. Well on his way to a teaching
career, he enrolled at Geneseo College strength.
This is a summary of the annual report for the Rochester Laborers Annuity Fund,
following high school. But in college, his Today, Michael and his six siblings range
EIN 161253138, for the plan year ended December 31, 2008. The annual report
drinking was “out of control.” At 19 he left in age from the oldest at 49 to the youngest
has been filed with the Internal Revenue Service as required under the Employee
college and began working as a Direct Care at 32, most only one to two years apart. Retirement Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
Aide with the developmentally disabled in Their work includes technology, schools, a Basic Financial Information
group homes until 1983. “I began working sound technician and a building manager in
in construction and also for a sprinkler Cleveland. Benefits under the plan are provided by a trust fund to which your employer
company in East Rochester,” says Michael and his second wife, Robin were contributes. Plan expenses were $2,381,642. These expenses included $519,228
Monaghan. “I was using drugs and drinking friends in high school and have two in administrative expenses and $1,862,414 in benefits paid to participants and
on a regular basis.” And at age 23, young children, Max Monaghan, age 21 and beneficiaries. A total of 1,048 persons were participants in, or beneficiaries of, the
Michael struggled to make sense of his life. Heather Koch, age 24. Michael is proud of plan at the end of the plan year.
“I was unhappy with many areas of my Max and Heather and speaks highly of their
life; family, relationships – nothing was challenges and their accomplishments. “I am The value of plan assets, after subtracting liabilities of the plan, was $35,869,613
going right,” he says. very lucky”, he says. “They are both really as of December 31, 2008, compared to $37,273,296 as of December 31, 2007.
good kids”. The simple pleasures entice During the plan year the plan experienced a decrease in its net assets of $1,403,683.
Second Chance Monaghan, such as roasting coffee for his The plan had total income of $977,959 including employer contributions of
wife. And Michael and Robin also know $2,890,125, and net (loss) from investments of ($1,912,166).
The day Monaghan realized that his
unhappiness and destructive lifestyle were how to have fun. Harley riders, they have
participated in the Sturgis Black Hills Bike Your Rights to Additional Information
directly related to his drinking he asked for
help. This November 9th will mark 24 years Rally in South Dakota. This beautiful area
You have the right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, on
of sobriety for Michael. In fact, it was is close to Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park
request. The items listed below are included in that report:
while he was at an AA meeting that a and the Crazy Horse Memorial. Monaghan
gentleman stood up and mentioned that the puts over 10,000 miles a year riding his 1) An auditor’s report;
Roofers were hiring. He applied and began Harley and this year, he and Robin are
his apprenticeship. Working hard and awaiting their “Iron Butt Pin” from the Iron
2) Assets held for investment;
remaining sober, Monaghan quickly found Butt Association. The IBA promotes long-
that he had direction. Looking back, distance, endurance motorcycle riding. To
qualify, one must ride 1,000 miles within a 3) Transactions in excess of five percent of plan assets.
Monaghan says he can see how his early
life actually prepared him for the job as BA. 24 hour period – and Mike and Robin did it
in 15 hours! Monaghan also participates in To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, write or call the office
“It has given me a perspective I would not of Shirley Dukes, Administrative Manager, 18 Fourth Street, Rochester, New York
have had,” he says. “The perceived the Demolition Derby at the Monroe
14609 (585-325-3906). The charge to cover copying costs will be $.25 per page.
powerlessness [that I knew] isnt something County Fair. So when you see Michael
that many know at that age.” Coming up exhibiting a calm demeanor, you should You also have the right to receive from the plan administrator, on request and at
through the ranks with his uncanny ability know that its because he found (safe?) fun no charge, a statement of the assets and liabilities of the plan and accompanying
to connect with others has led him to use outlets that include family, friendship and notes, or a statement of income and expenses of the plan and accompanying
his strengths. He still teaches as he set out sobriety! notes, or both. If you request a copy of the full annual report from the plan admin-
to do so many years ago. His caring and his istrator, these two statements and accompanying notes will be included as part of
capacity to listen to his members has earned that report. The charge to cover copying costs given above does not include a
him respect for his leadership. charge for the copying of these portions of the report because these portions are
Success of Tedium furnished without charge.
You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual report at the main
office of the plan and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. or to
obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment of copying costs.
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Labor News - October 9, 2009 -- Page 5
There’s More to Investing
By Dana Consler
Performance is certainly the “bottom line” on investing. After all, that’s the end result of all
your efforts. But successful investing has several facets that are just as important. They will
better enable you to understand your performance, put it in perspective and set you on the
right course for the future.
Measure Results: Producing above market performance is very difficult. Only about one
money manager in five can beat market benchmarks net of fees over market cycles of three-to-
five years. Keeping score, however, is easy. Yet many people do a poor job of actually
identifying their annual returns accurately.
Studies show that people tend to overestimate their returns and how they do compared with
market benchmarks. Investors often don’t see the forest for the trees. They focus on only a
few of their investments and lose sight of how their entire portfolio is performing.
If you can’t figure out to one decimal place your investment return net of fees annually, get
your financial adviser/money manager/broker to give you this number clearly on one sheet of
paper. The reports you get should show the most recent year period and your performance
back in time as well, so you will know how you’ve done over the long run.
Compare to Benchmarks: Okay, so now you have your performance figures on that sheet
of paper. That’s a start, but you need perspective. Is the number good or bad? The only way
to know is to compare it to a market benchmark. You need to know if your performance is in
the right “neighborhood” or not. For stocks, compare to the Standard & Poor 500 Index,
Wilshire 5000 Index or Russell 3000 Index. Performance for these indices is readily available
from the internet, libraries and newspapers.
A second way to compare your performance is with mutual fund benchmarks, which are
provided by Lipper and Morningstar. Check out their websites.
Understand Risk: Two risk measurements are “beta” and “alpha.” Beta measures the
amount of a manager’s or portfolio’s return that is attributable to the broad market itself. For
example, a stock market benchmark will have a beta of 1.0 and a portfolio of stocks or stock
mutual funds will have a beta that is higher or lower. A lower beta means a manager or portfolio
has had less volatility (or risk) than the broad market.
Alpha measures the amount of a manager’s or portfolio’s return that is attributable to the
manager. It tells you if a manager is good at picking stocks or bonds and is adding to the return
above whatever return is coming from the broad market itself. It identifies if the manager is
skillful or just lucky. The more positive the alpha, the more skill a manager has demonstrated.
Realistic Expectations: Once you’ve accurately measured your results and portfolio risks
and benchmarked them, your next step should be to revisit your expectations. Realistic
investment return expectations are critical to you long term. Some experts believe stocks will
do 6% to 9% annually and bonds 4% to 5% annually. Inflation will erode purchasing power at
a rate of 2% to 3% per year. However, nobody can say for sure what will happen.
The Road to Success: There’s much more to successful investing than performance alone.
For the best route to achieve your financial goals, measure your returns and risk accurately and
regularly, benchmark them for perspective and focus on realistic expectations for what the
future has in store.
Dana Consler is Senior Vice President of Karpus Investment Management, a local independent,
registered investment adviser managing assets for individuals, corporations, unions, non-profits
and trustees. Offices are located at 183 Sully’s Trail, Pittsford, NY 14534 (585-586-4680).
Photo by Dan Mulligan
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Labor News - October 9, 2009 -- Page 7
Construction Career Day!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monroe County Fleet Center
RCCI would like to thank the many individuals that make Construction Career Day such an incredible
experience for the students of our region.
Special thanks goes out to County Executive Maggie Brooks and her staff for all that they do to make
this event possible. The County of Monroe deserves extra special recognition for their help by providing
everything from extra staff support, to equipment for students to experience hands-on demonstrations, to
the donation of the Monroe county Fleet Center to house our event. If you see Maggie Brooks at Career
Day, say thanks for all that her and her staff do for the young people of our community.
RCCI would also like to thank the many sponsors and exhibitors that make this Career
Day event all that it can be! They do a magnificent job of promoting the quality careers in
the construction industry, and take time out of their busy
days to support this great event. RCCI would like to thank
them for their dedication to the workforce of tomorrow.
T h e p o s s i b i l i t i e s a r e e n d l e s s w h e n y
Proud supporter of the 2009 RCCI
Bridge Building Competition
Providing a quality education
to make students competitive in
today’s technical world.
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the 12th Annual
rs in Construction, Inc.
Construction Career Day is a program designed for students grades 8-12 to learn about
career paths, educational programs, salary potential and benefits in the construction
industry. Students will enjoy hands-on activities in the many different technical careers,
skilled trades and management opportunities within the industry.
National Electrical Contractors Association
y o u c h o o s e a c a r e e r i n c o n s t r u c t i o n !
O’Connell Electric Company Inc.
Industry Leadership and Innovation
“Career Day is an opportunity for young people
from across our region to get hands-on exposure
to careers in construction. UNICON is proud to
join with the other sponsors of this event to bring
you a unique learning experience. We believe that
the hope for tomorrow’s construction industry
lies with the young people of today.”
Ken Warner, Executive Director, UNICON
Labor News - October 9, 2009 -- Page 9
ELECTRICAL WORKERS LOCAL 86 MILLWRIGHTS LOCAL 1163
DAVE YOUNG, BUSINESS MANAGER JOEL Van Schaffel, COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE
Next Union Meeting:
The next Union Meeting will be a regular meeting held on Wednesday, October 14, Email: Millwrights@local1163.com
2009, at 5:00 p.m., in the Meeting Hall, at 2300 East River Road. Web: http://www. local1163.com/
We will have a Food Bank at the Hall beginning in September. Please help us
replenish the food the food pantries used last winter to help members who were in
need. You can drop off non-perishable items at the Hall. Thank you again for your MONTHLY UNION MEETING
continued support. Any questions call Tamie at (585) 235-1510. Held on the second Tuesday of every month
Snow Plowing Bids: November 10, 2009
Local 86 is excepting bids on snow plowing. Anyone interested in submitting a bid 5:30 pm
must do so by Wednesday, October 14th, before 4:00 p.m. No bids will be accepted after Comfort Inn
that time. Buckley Rd
Salting: Syracuse, NY 13212
All members interested in Salting we will be holding a class on Thursday, October Attention Members
15th, at 12:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to the Organizing Dept. no later There will be a “Meet the Funds” night at each one of the following locations.
than Tuesday, October 13th. Only Health Fund questions, comments and concerns will be addressed during
Asbestos Classes: those meetings.
There is going to be an Asbestos Class offered on the following days: Monday, Rochester Carpenters
October 19th, at 5:00 p.m. and Monday, November 16th, at 5:00 p.m., they will be held at 244 Paul Rd
the Union Hall. Rochester, NY 14624 Tues 10/20/09 5:00 p.m.
Journeyman Training: Niagara/ Buffalo
The JATC is currently taking names for the next JW training courses. If you attend the Hearth Stone Manor
total hours allocated for each class, you will be eligible to have $500.00 put into your 333 Dick Rd
supplemental benefit account. You are allowed to take advantage of this benefit only Depew, NY 14043 Wed 10/21/09 7:00 p.m.
one time within each contract year. Therefore, the dates of eligibility are June 1, 2009 to Olean Carpenters Hall
May 30, 2010. 112 South Third Street
The first class that is being offered is as follows: Olean NY 14760 Thurs 10/22/09 6:00 p.m.
LEED (Module 1 & Module 2) – Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design – Upstate Carpenters
To complete this course, you must attend 9 hours of instruction and pass the certifi- Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool
cation test. This is a new certification required on upcoming “green” jobs. This class 441 Electronics Parkway
is being offered two separate times in October. Liverpool, NY 13088 Mon 10/26/09 5:30 p.m.
The second class that is being offered is as follows: Binghamton Office
Health Care Systems – To complete this course, you must attend 12 hours of instruc- 23 Market Street
tion. This course will address codes and standards as they apply to the health care Binghamton, NY 13905 Tues 10/27/09 5:00 p.m.
industry in the 2008 Code. You MUST bring your 2008 Code Book to class. This class Horseheads Office
is being offered one time and is limited to ONLY 12 PEOPLE. 181 Industrial Park Road
Please choose from the following list to earn your $500 supplemental benefit money. Horseheads, NY 14845 Wed 10/28/09 5:00 p.m.
LEED - Monday, October 12th & Thursday, October 15th, 4:30 PM – 9 PM – Both Nights
OR Our Website www.local1163.com has activated the online store to purchase
Health Care Systems – November 2nd, 4th, 16th & 18th, 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM – ALL Millwright apparel or pay dues online. It’s in the member area of the website so you
MUST be registered to sign in and use this feature. Any questions please call the
Please call Laurie at the Union Office a full six months before you reach the age 62 to
start processing your pension application (585) 235-1510.
You may resign in person, by email, fax or by mail on the date or before thirty (30) days. Training Centers
This MUST be done every thirty (30) days. If you have not resigned within the thirty (30) Albany Training Center Long Island Training Center Hudson Valley Training Center
days you will roll off the books. 27 Warehouse Row 270 Motor Parkway, Dept B 52 Stone Castle Road Ste 1
Job Calls: Albany, NY 12205 Hauppauge, NY 11788 Rock Tavern NY 12575
(518)438-0901 (631)952-9555 (845)567-1810
Listen to the jobline at (585) 235-1510 ext. 2 if you want a job call after listening to the
“job line” you MUST then leave your name, card number, phone number at which you Syracuse Training Center Buffalo Training Center Horseheads Training Center
can be contacted and what order you want to accept the calls. 3195 Vickery Rd 1000 N. Blossom Road 181 Industrial Park Road
Drug Testing: Syracuse, NY 13212 Elma, NY 14059 Horseheads, NY 14845
Drug testing can be done at Occupational Safety Onsite Inc., 1600 Lyell Ave, Suite C. (315)455-6463 (716)668-9470 (607)739-1302
Please call (585) 723-3891 for same day appointments.
Thought for the day! Rochester Training Center
“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judg- 21 Jet View Drive
ment.” Barry LePatner Rochester, NY 14624
Ron Freida (585)436-1110
ELECTRICAL WORKERS LOCAL NO. 86 BENEFITS FUND OFFICE
2300 East River Road / Rochester, New York 14623 / Telephone: (585) 463-3290 /
Fax: (585) 436-1649
Following are some reminders and points of interest from your Benefits Funds Office.
Effective 11/1/09 up to $125 will be covered towards the shingles vaccination for
members in the active and retired Local 86 Plans.
Blue365® is a national program that is part of your Excellus BCBS membership that
provides exclusive access to information, discounts and savings that make it easier
and more affordable to make healthy choices. Log on to www.excellusbcbs.com for
ANNUITY MEETING IBEW Local 86 Retires
The Annual Annuity Meeting Workshop will be on Saturday, October 24th at 9am at the Birthday wishes for October go out to Dominic Taccone, Tom Burke, John Ciranni,
Union Hall. Members & spouses are invited to attend to learn more about the Annuity Dave Baker, Carl Bushmsn, Dave Plant, Tom Murfin, Charlie Bellittera, Cy Pedulla,
Plan and withdrawal options available to you at retirement. Representatives from Dave Goggin, Jim Schneider, John Effinger, Jim Hughes, Charlie Parker, Anton Roth,
Segal Advisors and Harter Secrest & Emery LLP will be on hand. Jim Wayman, Dan Parent, Paul Brown, Norm Krause, Jerry Chamberlain, Ken Fisher,
QUIT FOR LIFE Bob Pedersen, Helmut Menge, Larry Packer, and Hiram Albright.
October is Healthy Lung Month and is an opportunity for you to join others and take the With October here, our snow birds will start heading south. As they go we wish them
first step toward quitting tobacco. all a safe journey.
All it takes is one phone call to enroll in Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s award October 28 is “The Local 86 Holloween Party”. It is at the Local 86 Hall, 2300 East
winning tobacco cessation program, Quit For Life®. The highly program addresses the River Road at 11a.m. The cost is $8 per person or $15 per couple. RSVP no later then
physical, psychological and behavioral components associated with tobacco use. The October 21 by calling 235-1510, ext.106. Those with surnames A-L are asked to bring
support of a personal Quit Coach along with free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges a dessert. The meal will be catered by Martella’s, owned by IBEW Local 86 retiree Dave
and a complete Quit Kit are instrumental in quitting tobacco. Mattucci.
To enroll in Quit For Life® and access these services, call 1-800-442-8904 today or We have a correction to our cook book “Tried and True Just for You”. It’s Mrs. Born’s
enroll on line at: www.excellusbcbs.com/wps/portal/xl/gst/hnw/healthyliving/quitsmoking chocolate cake page 68. Add:2 tsp. to the dry ingredients. When all ingredients are
BENEFICIARY FORMS mixed, pour 1 cup of boiling water over all and mix in. If you have any questions you can
Keep your Beneficiaries up to date. Please be sure to check and update your benefi- call Jim Schneider at (585)720-5438.
ciaries at least once a year. Life changes (i.e. births, deaths, marriages, etc.) happen Dick Stephany is still in the hospital(6 weeks). He is at Rochester General. I’m not
often and you many not remember to update them. Call us at 585-235-1515 if you have sure how much longer he will be there. I,m sure a card or visit would be appreciated.
any questions. I would to apologize to the RG&E workers for putting the wrong Local# in the last
ADDRESS CHANGE writing. It should have been Local 36.
Remember to inform us about a change in your address. Please call the Fund Thought for the day.....It is only those who never do anything who never make mis-
Office, 585-235-1515, with updated address information, so that you can continue to takes.
receive your mail if you are out of town or have changed you address. John Spears, IBEW Local 86 Retiree
Submitted by the Benefits Fund Office.
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PLUMBERS & PIPEFITTERS LOCAL 13 IRON WORKERS LOCAL 33
JOHN PERTICONE, BUSINESS MANAGER MICHAEL ALTONBERG, BUSINESS MANAGER
The Clam Bake was another huge success this year, thank you to all those who Union Meeting-The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 13th at 5:30. Executive
helped make it happen. To John Carpenter and his “crew” another job well done! Board will meet prior to regular meeting at 4:00.
We are currently updating our members Data Base, please take a moment and If you can not be at work-for any reason, make sure you call the contractor or the
check your DUES CARD. If your dues are not current please remit payment to the Union Hall. Call when you get laid off, otherwise we may not know if you are out of work.
Union Hall. We will be changing our software soon and want to make sure all Address/phone number changes-Call Debbie if your address, home phone number
information is current. Thank you for your swift response. Don’t wait for the “let- or cell phone number changes. You can also email changes to the office at
ter” before you pay your dues!! firstname.lastname@example.org.
REMINDER: All Certified Welders-It is your responsibility to keep your cards current. Once you get
·Make sure to contact the Union Hall with any address or phone number changes. a signature make a copy of your card and keep it in a safe place. Lost cards without a
·Should you be laid off, it is imperative that you come to the Hall and sign the unem- copy can not be replaced! Make sure you get your cards to the office before the expira-
ployment book and keep in touch with Bill Kurtz. tion date so your renewal card can be issued.
·You need to keep the Hall posted on your place of Employment, call immediately if Welding school will begin in mid-September. Call if you need to get any additional
you are laid off or change shop’s. certifications.
·The Toll Free phone number for Local 13 is now: 1-800-224-8544. October meeting: We will be raffling 2 tickets to the Nov. 1st Buffalo Bills vs. Houston
·The website is up and running at www.ualocal13.org. There is quite a bit of informa- Texans game. Must be present to win.
tion to keep you posted. Monthly Dues-It is time get caught up on your monthly dues. If you are six months
·Your dues are your responsibility, please check your card and make sure you are behind on your dues your membership will be terminated on the 1st business day of the
up to date. There is a $50.00 reinstatement fee when you are 3 months past due……no month. We are no longer going to tolerate delinquencies.
exceptions. Remember-work smart and work safe. Insurance is a major cost to our contractors!
Every member has a responsibility to adhere to the Ironworkers “Standards of Excel-
Save the Date: lence”. Violations will not be tolerated!
• 2010 - Local #13 Picnic: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. at Ellison If you do get hurt on the job, make sure you report it, get it documented and fill out a
Park, Creekside. report if needed.
* 2010- Local # 13 Children’s Christmas Party: Saturday December 12th, 2009, T-Shirts are in-$10. Various colors with or without pockets.
10:00 A.M.-12:00 noon. Hats-Camo baseball hats are $10.
• 2010 - Local #13 Clam Bake: Saturday October 2nd, 2010 1:00 P.M.-Till? If you know someone who is not receiving the Labor News and would like to, the cost
is $18.00 for a 1 year subscription. Call the office and I will send you the form. This
Our Condolences go to the Lawler and DiPasquale Families, Patrick’s Mother and would make a great gift for a retiree.
John’s Grandmother has passed away. To the Ruthven Family, Joe and Leon’s Mother Website-is up and running and being updated. Go to http://ironworkers33.org to view
passed away. it. Special thanks to Jen McKean for all her help with the website.
Congratulations’ to Scott and Laura Salvia on their marriage in September. If you have ever thought about being an apprentice instructor, now might be a good
time to get involved. With our new certification, we could use a few more qualified
BENEFITS OFFICE instructors.
Steve Ostrander—Fund Manager Bits & Pieces-We make our decisions and then our decisions turn around and make
Attention All Local 13 Journeymen, Apprentices & Retirees! Learn about all the us.
Great Things Available to You in Your Benefits Package! Be Sure to Attend the Local 13 John Linehan, Jr. is now your new Business Agent and Apprentice Coordinator and
Family Health Fair —Thursday, October 15 from 4-8pm!! We will be offering Blood has started part time in the office. Give John a call at 315-651-9873 and welcome him
Pressure checks, Flu Shots as well as beneficial nutritional information. Excellus, aboard. For now he will be focusing on getting our welding school certified, so he will
Prudential, Manning & Napier, EAP will all be available to you. BTA Federal Credit be spending a majority of his time in the office. I am confident he will do a great job!
Union will be here to offer their services to members. BIGGER & BETTER than Michael Altonberg
ever….. light snacks, refreshments, prizes, giveaways and much more!! We will be
Raffling a 32" LCD HDTV, Blu
Ray DVD Player, Wii Fit Entertainment System, Digital Camera and many, many
more Prizes! You must be in Attendance to Win! A Special Raffle for Spouses! Be Sure
to Attend!! You Don’t Want to Miss This!! Learn about your Health Benefits and maybe
Win a Prize!
ATTENTION RETIREES—Direct Deposit Confirmation Letter
In an effort to “Go Green” and save money the Fund Office will no longer be providing
monthly direct deposit confirmation letter to our retirees.
Annuity now available for ALL Apprentices – Steve Ostrander will have details. Green
cards to change your Annuity contribution must be received by 10/15/09 in the Fund
If you are considering retirement, please stop in the Fund office 90 days prior to your
Journeyman Welding Mondays Sept 14th – May 25th Davis
retirement date to complete the necessary paperwork. Call Tricia Marciano at x106 or
Thursdays Sept 4th – Dec 18th Messina / Landers
Steve Ostrander in the Fund Office if you have any questions.
Saturdays Sept 13th – May 30th McNicholas
**On June 15 the Fund Office converted to a new computer system. We are still
experiencing some issues, so please be patient with us as we work to provide the
Orbital Welding Tuesdays Nov 3rd – Dec 15th Cliff
correct information to each of our members.
Medical Gas Certification Tuesdays Nov 3rd – Dec 15th Quinn
All UA certs can be updated on this date. Please check your continuity cards.
School is off to a great start. A big thank you goes to all of our dedicated Instructors
Welder Continuity is the responsibility of the welder. If you are counting on your
who helped make the start of the school year a big success!
employer to maintain your continuity you may end up with a lapse, which would require
Keep in mind that we have some new workers on many jobsites. Working in the
you to retest.
construction industry can sometimes be dangerous. Work-related accidents can cause
Please remember that all First and Second Year Apprentice get Monthly Evalua-
serious injuries, even though most of these accidents are preventable. Statistics
tions by their Forman. These evaluations help the JATC to identify and correct any
show that most construction accidents happen to the newest workers. Please watch
problems our apprentice may be running into. We also encourage the job supervisor
out for our new Apprentices, and if you see them not working safely, guide them in the
to review these evaluations with each apprentice, so they can understand the areas
safest work practices. Don’t wait for someone to be hurt before starting corrective
where they need to improve and recognize where they are doing well. A few moments
of your time on the jobsite can make a big difference. Third, Fourth and Fifth year
If you are interested in taking any of the Continuing Education classes we offer,
Apprentices get evaluations every 6 months.
please call the Training Office and sign up. Continuing Ed Classes are as follows:
As always, we remind you that all out of town seminar reimbursements must have
30 Hour OSHA Outreach in Construction – Every Tuesday and Thursday in January
two weeks prior approval from the JATC. We require a Certificate of Completion within
thru early February from 5pm to 8pm on 1/5, 1/7, 1/12, 1/14, 1/19, 1/21, 1/28, 2/2, 2/4,
90 days from the date of the course in order for the member to be reimbursed for these
2/9. OSHA 1929 Standards will be supplied by Local 13 for each student.
training seminars. Forms are available on the Training Web Site at www.ualocal13.com.
10 Hour OSHA Outreach in Construction – 3 classes have been scheduled from
7am to 5pm on the following dates:
Jerry Landers, Training Coordinator
November 7, 2009 February 14, 2010 May 15, 2010
Hexavalent Chromium – One two hour class is scheduled for Tuesday, April 6,
Asbestos Awareness * – We have scheduled two classes, two hours each from Winners of the Election:
5pm – 7pm on the following dates: E-Board: Rob Amering
October 7, 2009 (Wednesday) February 25, 2010 (Thursday) Pension: George Maloney
Excavation and Trenching – One four hour class from 4pm – 8pm is scheduled for
Monday, 2/15/2010. This class includes the 3rd year Plumbing (drainage) class
NFPA70E *– One class from 4pm-8pm is scheduled for Wednesday, September Retiree’s Club
30th. Class includes ALL 2nd Year HVAC Apprentices Thanks to everyone who helped with the clean up and to all who brought a dish
Rigging Safety – to pass.
a) December 2, 2009, (Wednesday) from 4pm-8pm has been scheduled for the Our next Retiree luncheon will be October 13, 2009. Please feel free to bring a
Advanced Rigging class for the 3rd year apprentices. dish to pass. We have a stove hooked up for your convenience in case you bring
b) Monday, March 15, 2010 from 5pm-7pm will be a two hour Basic Rigging Safety something that needs cooking or warming.
Lock Out/Tag Out – The 3 hours class will be conducted on Wednesday, March 10,
2010, 5pm to 8pm. The next Regular Union Meeting is October 27, 2009 @ 5:00 P.M. Please stay in-
formed and come to the union meeting. Justin Majors won free dues in August meet-
John Perticone, Business Manager
Labor News - October 9, 2009 -- Page 11
SHEET METAL WORKERS LOCAL 46
JOSEPH P LEONE, JR., BUSINESS MANAGER
THE NEXT UNION MEETING IS FRIDAY OCTOBER 16, 2009 AT 5:00 PM
THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 244 PAUL ROAD
LOCAL #46 RETIREE’S CLUB
WE WERE SADDEDNED TO HEAR of the passing of Brother Louis Liberati on Sep-
tember 24, 2009. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Joanne; his children,
Our next meeting is Tuesday October 13, 2009
grandchildren, friends and family at this time.
CONGRATULATIONS to Brother Shawn Jensen, he and Jessica Skura were married
MEETING LOCATION – 244 PAUL ROAD —— There are NO STAIRS and it is easy
on Saturday September 19, 2009. We wish them a long & happy marriage!
access for all to attend. Please take the time to join us and to visit our new
UNION MEETINGS: Reminder, all Union Meetings will be held on Friday evenings at
5:00 pm unless otherwise notified and they will be at the Paul Road location.
MOVING TO PAUL ROAD: We have set a firm date to move our Benefit Funds and
OCTOBER RETIREE’S BIRTHDAYS: William Bartosch, John Cooney, Richard
Union offices over to Paul Road. We will move all operations on Friday November 6th,
Farone, Joseph Figliomeni, Karl Haber, Thomas Herbert, Howard House, Larry
Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th and the offices will be closed during this time. If you
Judd, Anatole Kobe, John Mapes, Rocco Mastrella, James Owens, Robert Snyder,
are available and would like to lend a hand please give us a call – we can use your
Jim Stein, Richard Sweeney, Steven Tefft and James Uhl.
help! The School, AND ALL CLASSES, will remain at Rutter Street until further notice.
TRAVEL: As we have stated earlier, the local economy is in low gear and for those on
If you see one of them in October, wish them a very Happy Birthday!
the bench we would ask you to consider your travel options. If working out of the area
is an option for you then please give Greg a call and we will keep you on the list of
workers available for travel.
NEW SKILLS: A message to ALL members that are not working at this time… Now
might be a good time to get your welding certifications. If you already have them, maybe
its time to get them up-dated or maybe its time you just spent a few hours in the booth
“brushing-up”. There are also many other courses available for every member to take
and perhaps you can improve on some other skills by taking any of the classes offered
at our training center. Call Mike Kelly at 647-3200 for further details.
LOCAL #46 MARKETING DEPARTMENT NEWS
CLAMBAKE:, Once again the Clambake was a HUGE success. Another year of great
food and unlimited clams provided by Smokey’s, great digs provided by Barnard Ex-
empts and great company provided by you. We would like to thank John Bilinski and
NYSERDA PROGRAM: By looking at our markets and finding opportunity from our
Eric Sharp, as well as the entire Special Fund Committee for all of the work they did in
challenges, we feel that we can move forward on four very important issues; 1.)
preparing for and making sure this event ran smoothly. Thank you!
Developing work opportunities 2.) Increasing our residential market share 3.) Fund-
PICTURES ON THE WEB: The Clambake pictures as well as all pictures from our
ing grants for our contractors to purchase related equipment. 4.) Obtaining grants
recent events are posted on our website @ www.smw46.com. If you would like elec-
to help our members start a company. By working with the New York State Energy
tronic copies of any photos please call the hall and provide an email address, Ralph
Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) our members, after certification,
Casperson will be very happy to provide them to anyone who requests them.
can help our current contractors take advantage of the many incentives offered through
SMW LOCAL 46 BASEBALL TEAM NEWS: The FALL BASEBALL LEAGUE @ Cobbs
the NYSERDA program. This program also offers our members a path to becoming a
Hill started on September 18, 2009. The games are played under the lights on Friday
residential contractor by helping with some of the equipment cost through grants. The
nights on Field 2 or 3 and the schedule is: 10/9/09 7:00pm and 10/16/09 8:00pm.
NYSERDA program and its benefits have been explained to all of our apprentices. We
Come on out & cheer for the team!
will set this up for all interested members. We are at the beginning of a very exciting
DUES REMINDER: We would like to remind everyone that your dues must be paid
opportunity for our members and contractors. If you would like more information please
prior to the first day of the month. Please save yourself the late payment fees by paying
e-mail Chris at email@example.com.
your dues on time.
RICHARD TRUMKA: On September 16th, 2009 AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Rich
LOCAL #46 BENEFIT NEWS
Trumka became the new President of the AFL-CIO replacing longtime president John
Sweeney who retired. Below is an excerpt from his first communication to our mem-
bership as President.
ANNUITY FUND: Returns have been improving these past few months and while it is
… and today, on my first full day as president of the AFL-CIO, my message to America
likely to take a long time to recover all of the losses of 2008 it is good to see this
is that just as unions built the middle class once before, if you give us the chance, we
positive run for a time.
can build it again.
The Guaranteed interest rate for the Guaranteed Income Fund for the six month
“The surest, the fastest, most effective way to lift workers and our families into the
period of July 1, 2009 through December 3, 2009 remains at 2.65% and is guaran-
middle class is with the strength that can only, only come with a union contract”!
teed not to change during that period of time.
And, sisters and brothers, that fundamental truth has never been more critical to the
FINANCIAL PLANNER: We are looking into providing the services of a Financial
future of this country than it is right now. Because today the American middle class isn’t
Planning service – free of charge for all Annuity Fund Participants. If this is something
being squeezed: We are being crushed. The mirage of prosperity through borrowed
you would be interested in please give us a call. If there is enough interest we will
money has dissolved—and now we’re left with the reality of a hollowed-out economy
begin the service.
and a broken financial system.
RETIREMENT: If you plan to retire in the near future please be sure to contact the
What kind of labor movement do we need to rebuild America?
benefits office three months in advance of your plans. It takes several months for you
A younger labor movement - A greener labor movement - A labor movement that
to get all of the affairs in order. We can sit down and discuss all of the details with you
can project its power in order to defend workers anywhere in the world - A labor move-
at your convenience. You must also apply to National Pension Fund for a “Vesting
ment that’s organizing the unorganized.
Application” separately. This can be easily done online at the NPF Website located at
A labor movement that’s winning health care for every family—and, yes, a labor
http://www.smwnpf.org/ or follow the link from our IA Website at http://www.smwia.org/
movement that stands by its friends, punishes its enemies and challenges those who
or from our Local 46 Website at http://www.smw46.com/
can’t decide whose side they’re on. Can we make it happen???
PERSONAL INFORMATION: If you have moved or have changed phone numbers or
I know we can.
if you have changed your marital status, beneficiary status or dependant status please
His remarks continued and I was going to end his quotes here but what he said next
be sure to inform our office. We cannot help you if we cannot find you.
is, I believe, even more powerful and poignant and certainly worth repeating. And so he
What does labor want?
One Last Thought: “With all their faults, trade unions have done more for humanity
We want a nation where it doesn’t matter what the color of your skin is...or what sex or
than any other organization of men that ever existed. They have done more for de-
religion you are...or whether you’re gay or straight or what country your family’s from
cency, for honesty, for education, for the betterment of the race, for the developing of
because here, in America, we believe everyone ought to have their chance to step into
character in men, than any other association of men”. Clarence Darrow
the winner’s circle.
What does labor want?
Joe and Greg
We want an America...where every man, woman and child who needs a doctor can
see one! Where every worker looking for a good job can find one! Where every Ameri-
can who wants to have a union can join one!
What does labor want?
We want an America whose future will always, always be better than its past and
where every voice is heard.
I believe this is our moment.
And so do we… From all of us at Local #46 we wish President Trumka much suc-
cess as president of the AFL-CIO.
SAVE THE DATES:
·Breakfast With Santa @ Barnard Exempts
Saturday December 12th 2009:
·Union Christmas Party @ Ricks Prime Rib
Friday December 18th 2009.
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BRICKLAYERS & ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS LOCAL 3
EUGENE H. CACCAMISE, PRESIDENT/SECRETARY/TREASURER
Upcoming Union Meetings:
Rochester Chapter: Ithaca Chapter:
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Rochester Union Hall Marconi Lodge
3750 Monroe Ave. 26 West Pulteney Street
Pittsford, NY 14534 Corning, NY 14580
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Buffalo Training Center
1175 William Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
MORTAR BOARD CLUB
October’s monthly luncheon will be held at the main Union’s Hall on Thursday,
October 15, 2009 at noon. We’re looking forward to seeing all our retirees at both
Call/contact the Union’s office with announcements that you may wish to have
included in your Labor News column. Please contact Dennie and share your news
Remember: We need you, the Union Member, to preserve the working and a
“Free America.” BE INVOLVED IN YOUR B.A.C. LOCAL UNION. YOUR UNION IS ONLY
AS STRONG AS YOU, ITS MEMBER!!
EVEN A MINOR WORK INJURY IS IMPORTANT
TO YOU AND TO ME . . .I’M ANDY MANNIX,
LICENSED WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
THERE IS NO COST TO HAVE YOUR INJURY AND CLAIM
EVALUATED . . . LET ME HELP YOU -- CALL
70 Cascade Drive
461-5307 “Representing Members of the Rochester Building Trades Since 1988”
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CARPENTERS LOCAL 85 DISTRICT COUNCIL 4 / GLAZIERS 677
FRANK WIRT, COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE DAN BOODY, BUSINESS MGR. • BOB SINOPOLI, BUSINESS REP.
BE AN INFORMED UNION MEMBER – ATTEND YOUR LOCAL UNION MEETINGS!! UNION MEETINGS:
Please be advised that the regularly scheduled meeting is on Monday, October 12, ROCHESTER – November 2, 2009 (Monday), 5:00 PM
2009 at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Meeting Hall at 244 Paul Road, Our next regular meeting will be at The Moose Lodge #2290, 5375 W. Henrietta
Rochester, NY. Road, Rochester, NY 14586. The Executive Board will meet at 4:30 PM
Just a reminder that all stewards are to attend all Union meetings. SYRACUSE- November 4, 2009 (Wednesday), 5:00 PM
**HEALTH AND DENTAL INSURANCE – IMPORTANT INFORMATION** Our next regular meeting will be at 615 West Genesee Street, Syracuse at 5:00 PM
There will be a meet and greet with Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The Sharp!
meeting for “MEET THE FUNDS” will be on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 5:00 pm. You TRAINING INFORMATION
should have received a packet of information in the mail concerning the upcoming Please refer to your District Council #4 UPDATE for training classes being offered.
changes to your health and dental insurance. At this meeting, we will have a represen- To register for hands-on Upgrading Health and Safety Training Classes, please call
tative from Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield there to do a short presentation. They District Council #4 Apprenticeship Secretary, Kathy Velie at (800) 860-3856. Classes
will answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding the insurance plans. will be held unless notified by the District Council #4.
If at that time you have not completed and returned your enrollment package and have
questions, please bring it with you. If you have any questions prior to this “Meet the THE FOLLOWING CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT THE CNY TRAINING CENTER IN GENEVA
Funds”, feel free to call the Buffalo Funds Office at 877-739-7126.
* Failure to elect coverage or submit a completed Opt Out form by* * an eligible October 31st, Saturday, 8:00AM – 4:30PM Scaffolding (8 hour)
member will result in your automatic enrollment into*
* a comparable plan for which you are currently enrolled. If you* November 7th, Saturday, 8:00AM – 12:00PM Fall Protection (4 hour)
* are a newly eligible member and there is no response, you will* November 7th, Saturday, 12:30PM – 4:30PM Scaffolding (4 hour)
* be enrolled into the lowest option.* November 21st, Saturday, 8:00AM – 4:30PM CPR/AED 1st Aid
REMINDER: DUES PAYMENTS
We would like to remind everyone that monthly dues are due the first of each month. REMINDER: All apprentices Blue Books must be submitted to the Apprenticeship
They must be paid at the Union Office. When sending in your monthly dues payments, Office monthly for review and recording. If you cannot submit your Blue Book in
please mail them to the following address: Carpenters Local Union 85 at 21 Jetview person, you must send it by fax:(716) 565-0306.
Dr., Rochester, NY 14624. We accept cash, money orders and checks for dues Please take advantage of the training being offered. Having access to the Train-
payments. We do not take debit or credit cards. Please DO NOT send dues payments ing Center is a privilege. These classes will be a benefit to you and to our trade.
to the Buffalo or Horseheads Funds’ offices because it will delay in posting your dues SAFETY should be your #1 priority, make sure your 10-HOUR OSHA is updated!
payment! Your OSHA card is only good for 5 years, if your card is older than 5 years you need
ASBESTOS SCREENING – LAST CALL to get in an OSHA 10 Construction class! Be sure to pay attention and WORK SAFE!
MOST Health Services will conducting an asbestos screening clinic at the DC-4 WEBSITE
Horseheads building, 181 Industrial Park Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845 The screening It is now possible for members to access their PAP Accounts from the DC-4 website
will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13th and Wednesday, October to view the balance in their Heath & Welfare and Wage Replacements accounts. You
14th. If you are interested in going to this screening, you must call this office and let us will also be able to view Employer Contributions, Medical Reimbursements, Vacation,
know; you will then receive a letter from MOST Health Services with the scheduled date Holiday, Sub and Disability payments. Go to DC-4.org, click on Member Login.
and time. FUND OFFICE
REFERRAL LIST Direct Deposit is now available for Health Care and Wage Replacement Accounts. If
If you are on the referral list and go back to work, please call in and let us know. You you are interested in Direct Deposit of your Medical Reimbursements and or your
may call the Local Union Office 24/7 – just leave a message if it is after hours. Holiday and Vacation Checks, please call Wendy at the Funds Office to obtain a Direct
When you are first laid off, you must come in to sign the referral card. It has now been Deposit Authorization Form. In order to participate in this program an Authorization
approved to have members call at 30 days and again at 60 days, you must come in Form must be completed and signed and submitted along with a voided check. You
again at 90 days and sign your referral card – then you may call in at 120 and 150 days. can obtain more information by calling the Funds Office at 585-271-2840.
If you go back to work PLEASE call and let us know; if you do not call in and let us CONDOLENCES
know you went back to work, your name will be removed from the list. If you have any We wish to extend our sympathy and condolences to the family of Herb Brunner, Sr.
questions, please call the union office. “Skip” passed away on September 25, 2009.
STATUS CHANGES KEEP THE UNION OFFICE UPDATED ON YOUR WORK STATUS
If your membership status changes – away on military leave or collecting social We need a current OUT-OF-WORK LIST at all times. Please call the Union Office to
security disability, you need to let us know. While on active duty, you do not have to pay let us know of your status!! We can’t send you back to work if we don’t know you are
dues, however, we first have to have your paperwork stating your leave date and your off!! If you go back to work, let us know, so we can take you off the list.
dues must be paid current before this can be processed by the International; if not GET YOUR DUES PAID UP!
done properly, your request cannot be processed. Also, if a member becomes dis- If you are still more than three months behind you will be charged a $ 50.00 suspen-
abled and is approved for Social Security Disability, your dues will be reduced. We sion fee. There will be no exceptions to this fee!!
must process the request to the Council and need a copy of your disability award
paperwork. If you have any questions, please give us a call. Bob Sinopoli, Bob Casella
WELCOME LITTLE ONES
Congratulations to Jeremy and Sarah Schneckenburger on the birth of their new
baby girl, Anna Joyce. Anna was born on September 10th and weighed in at 7 lbs 8 oz.
Best wishes to all!
WIN PRIZES AT MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS CARPENTERS LOCAL 85 RETIREE CLUB 101
Don’t forget to attend monthly membership meetings and win prizes such as t- Our next retiree lunch and meeting will be held at noon on Wednesday, October 14th
shirts, hats and sweatshirts. We look forward to seeing you there…..We urge you to at the Meeting Hall at 244 Paul Road. We will have charcoal chicken, with a dish to
attend the meetings and become an involved member! pass provided by our club members, which is always delicious.
If you haven’t been a part of our retiree club, call me at 585-872-0513. The club is
Frank and David made up of retirees like you, who helped establish our Local Unions’ Pension, Health-
Welfare, Pension Annuity, SUB and Apprentice Training Funds many years ago.
TRAINING CENTER NEWS; 21 Jetview Drive, Rochester, NY Fraternally,
(585)-436-1110 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org : Ron Pettengill
At this time the Training Center will be offering a 32 Hour Rigging Qualification class
the weeks of November 9 – 12 and November 16 – 19 (Monday – Thursday). Anyone
needing the 8 Hour Rigging Refresher, it will be offered Mondays of these 2 weeks.
Starting the week of November 26, we will be offering the 40 Hour Scaffold Qualifica-
tion (Monday – Friday). The Scaffold Refresher (8 Hours) will be offered Monday
starting the week of November 26th.
Total Station class will be offered starting the first week of November. The training
center will soon be offering Green Build Classes – call to register!
We currently are taking names for people who are interested in a computer basics
class and will have one as soon as we have enough people signed up.
Welding class for Tuesday and Thursday evening’s will soon be starting up again.
Saturday morning’s classes are still going. There are openings in all classes. Mem-
bers who wish to take welding can go for certification in several different types of
welding, MIG or Stick, from A.W.S. D1.3 right up to N.Y.S.D.O.T.
We are still taking names for: Welding, Scaffold Erector, O.S.H.A. 10 and 30 Hour,
First-Aid/C.P.R./AED, Blueprint Reading, Ceilings and Soffits, Light Gauge Metal Fram-
ing, Permit Required Confined Space, 40 Hour Door Hardware Training, 24 Hour I-R
Door Hardware Certification, Fall Protection, Aerial Lift (Scissors and Boom), Fork
Truck/Rough Terrain Fork Truck, 24 Hour Hazmat or 40 Hour Hazwoper, Insulated
Concrete Forms, Formwork, 32 Hour Rigging Qualification, Transit and Layout, Total
Station 1 and 2, Trim and Millwork, Solid Surface (Corrian, Avonite, Etc.).
To register for any of these classes, please call Gerianne at 585-436-1110, or e-mail
at email@example.com. If there are any other classes that you are inter-
ested in, call or email the J.A.C. office and we will make every effort possible to make
Thanks,Karl, Steve, & Gerianne
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LABORERS LOCAL 435 ROOFERS LOCAL 22
ROBERT BROWN, BUSINESS MANAGER MICHAEL J. MONAGHAN, BUSINESS MANAGER
Union Meeting: The next union meeting is October 28th at 6:00 pm. Note that this is the 4th Wednes-
The next union meeting is Wednesday, October 28, 2009, at 8pm in the large hall. day, not the 3rd. I will be out of town on a organizing training given by the Roofers
The retirees will still meet an hour earlier at 7pm in the conference room. Stay in- International Union. Please attend the meeting so you know first hand what is going
formed by attending our regular monthly meetings. on.
Up coming Projects: We have had our first lay-off a bit early this year. About 30 Journeymen were laid off,
·Mastro has work on the Seneca Park Zoo Parking Improvements Project. (Monroe but a few have gone back to work. Work is slow everywhere with the economy the way
County) it is. We are having a better season than most locals. If you are Laid-off please come
·BVR has work on the NY/DOT Urban Expressway Sign Improvements Project. in and sign the out of work book. When work picks up I will go to the book first to send
(Genesee County) out workers.
·L.C. Whitford was low bidder on the NY/DOT Emergency Standby Bridge Contract. I want to thank everyone who donated to the Marlando James Family Fund. We were
(Genesee County) able to give his widow a nice check to help the family out.
·L.C. Whitford was low bidder on the NY/DOT Emergency Highway Paving Repair 90 members of local #22 attended our Clam Bake. 30 members received their pins
Contract. (Genesee County) for years of service with local #22. We had six (6) members honored for 50 years with
·Ramsey was low bidder on the East Lake Road Improvements Project. (Wyoming the Local, Otis Cunningham, Everett Durant, Eddie Holmes, Ike Jackson, Jesse Read,
County) and Edward VanPutte. 20 members won $20.00 gift certificates for a restaurant or
·Morsch Pipeline was low bidder on the Water Main Installation Project in the town Home Depot as door prizes. Marlene Ward won the money raffle for $208.00. Every-
of Darien. (Genesee County) one seemed to have a good time. Wilshire Catering did a fantastic job; there were
plenty of clams, shrimp and all kinds of other food. It broke my heart to waste the beer
Save the Date: that was left in the kegs; next year maybe we can have a better turn-out and drink it all.
October 28, 2009: Next Union Meeting I want to thank all those who helped clean up after the event, Mel and Todd Robinson,
November 3, 2009: Election Day Eddie VanPutte and his wife Diane, Bob Eade and his wife Diane, Steve Lambert,
December 12, 2009: Union Christmas Party Chris Dewind, John Burnas and his wife (B.A. of Buffalo roofers), and my wife Robin.
March 4, 2010: Open Interviews for Apprenticeship I would also like to give a huge thank you to Ed Curran and the apprentices who
repaired the roof and waterproofed the block walls of our building. The work was
Reminders: completed in time for the clam bake and looked beautiful! We received a lot of compli-
- Keep your name on the out-of-work list. It must be updated every 14 days, as the ments on the building and many members liked the idea of having the event right here
computer will kick it off at the end of the 14th day. Be sure that we have your current at the local.
address and phone number. This will save a lot of time, and it will be easier to find you One of our AC condensers went bad and we are having a new one installed. Ed
when it gets time for you to go to work. Curran and his apprentice class saved Local #22 a crane charge by hoisting the new
-The next open interviews for the Apprenticeship Program will be held on the first unit up on to the roof during a “safe hoisting” demonstration. Thanks, again, to Ed and
Thursday in the months of March, April, and May only. We encourage all high school his class. Check out the Local #22 website to see pictures of this and other events.
graduates, women, minorities and veterans to apply. Any questions or concerns please http://www.rooferslocal22.com
contact Gloria at 546-8460. If anyone is interested in having a Christmas Party this year, please come to the
-The Local 435 website address is www.local435ny.com; there you will find member Regular Union Meeting October 28, 2009 and express your interest and/or your will-
news, contractor information, and other information. Please visit the site, and let us ingness to help plan and set up for this event.
know what you think. Also, if there is any information you think that would be of interest Our new Constitution and By-laws have been printed and are available to any mem-
to the membership, feel free to contact the office. ber who wants a copy. Drop by the hall and get one or come to the next regular meeting
-Dues: A suspension list was sent to Washington, 31 members were suspended. and I will have them available then. Please realize, to run for an Officers position of
This is something we do not like to do. Remember the International wants us to Local #22 you must attend five (5) regular meetings in each of the preceding two (2)
suspend members when they fall behind 2 months with out any warning at all. Local years to be eligible for nomination. This important change should be noted by anyone
435 give you 3 months plus a warning letter and a phone call; please call the office thinking about running in the future. Don’t say “nobody told me”. The clock starts now
with your correct phone numbers. We give every member the opportunity to catch up for the November, 2011 nominations.
with their dues and avoid paying any reinstatement fees. We cannot reach you if we do OSHA 10 Hour classes will be held October 17th, 18th, 24th, and 25th. Please call the
not have correct phone numbers. hall and sign up if you need a class. First come, first serve.
Please remember, dues are your responsibility, not Local 435’s. If you are not sure The JATC office will be closed on Columbus Day, October 12, 2009.
about your status, at any time, by all means call the office at 454-5800. With the weather changing, please make sure you have rain gear and warm work
- Remember to work on any government funded project; you need to have an OSHA cloths for the fall season. When your dressed for the weather you work safer and more
-10 safety card. If you can not find the time to get your OSHA Safety card, here are a productively.
couple of options to consider. If any member is facing foreclosure of their home, the Housing Council may be able
The Roofers’ union will be hosting 3, 10 hour OSHA Safety Classes in the month of to help. Please call Amer Haroon at 585-546-3700.
October 2009. They will be held at 280 Metro Park, (across from MCC) from 7:00 am. If you see steel going up or safety flags or any roof project, please call. This is so
Until 5:30 pm. important for me to be able to do my job better. 300 pairs of eyes are better than just
one. We are in this together; if we want to stay strong we need to work together. Thank
· October 18, 2009Sunday you to those that have called in jobs.
· October 24, 2009Saturday If you have had an address change or phone number change, please call the hall
· October 25, 2009Sunday and give us your new contact information. It is very important that we have current
information so we can reach you about Union or Funds issues.
Training and Apprenticeship: If there is anything about Local #22 that you want to understand better, please call
With the work season coming to an end, now is the time to take advantage of the and talk with me about it. (585) 235-0080 or (585) 750-7440.
training classes offered to our members. This is a great way to make yourself and our Michael J. Monaghan
union more marketable. The more you know, the better your chances of continued Business Agent/Fin. Sec
Listed below are the classes being offered. All classes will be at the Oswego
Training site, and will begin at 8:00 am, unless otherwise noted:
· October 19 & 20, 2009 10 hr. OSHA Safety in (Syracuse)
· October 26, 2009 Asbestos Handler Refresher
· October 27, 2009 Hazardous Waste Refresher
· October 28, 2009 Traffic Safety
· October 29, 2009 First Aid / CPR
For a complete list of courses offered on training and apprentice related classes, or
if you have questions, please call the training office at (585) 546-8460.
- Please remember that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Early detection is key to fighting breast cancer, and studies show that regular breast
self-exams, combined with an annual exam by a doctor, improves the chances of
detecting cancer early. Remind all the women in your life to do monthly self exams,
and to have annual mammograms as well. You may very well save the life of some- Susan Vandervoort, the wife of Local 435 Organizer/ BA (Jim Vandervoort) is running
one you love! for Chili Town Supervisor. Sue comes with a long list of credentials, with her energy
For more information you can go online to the National Breast Cancer Awareness and enthusiasm; I think she will be a fine leader in the community and will work hard
website at: http://nbcam.org; and the Breast Cancer Organization website is for the working men & women in the town of Chili.
breastcancer.org. We wish all cancer survivors, a very long cancer-free life. - Bowling season will very soon be upon us, Local 435 always sponsors a team, if
-Please do not enter Local 435 as your employer when applying for unemployment, you are interested give Ray Kuntz Jr. a call at 737-8898. The league is co-ed, and also
a loan or in child support issues. The contractor you are working for is your employer. a shortened season.
Keep all your pay stubs for their name and address. -We would like to pass on to Manuel Riley a speedy recovery from a recent hospital
-If you are injured on the job, the contractor you are working for is covered under stay. Manuel is home resting, and will be up and around soon.
Workers Compensation. You must list the contractor as your employer so your bills -I would like to place a jacket & watch order, please call the office if you are inter-
will be paid. ested, the bigger the order the cheaper the price.
-This message is by no means new, but its importance is still just as true. Once
again the Executive Board of Local 435 can not stress enough the importance of your Condolences:
voting in the upcoming election. For the members who live in Chili, it is especially The officers, staff and membership wish to extend their sincere sympathy to the
important for you and every member old enough to vote in your family to register, and family of Leon Chandler and Richard Fimbel. Some of you may remember Leon, who
get out and vote. For way to many years, Chili has been under Republican control; 2 joined the local on October 28, 1960. Leon was a long tome employee of R.C. Siebert
years ago we helped elect a Democrat David Dunning to town Supervisor. Than shortly Co. and retired in 1988. Richard joined the Local in July of 2001, and worked most of
after he won the election he changed parties, and fell right at home with the Republi- his years with Sealand Contractors. As with all retirees we would like to wish him a
can mentality. We now have a candidate we can count on to help the working families long and happy retirement and thank them all for their many years of service.
in Chili. Dan Kuntz
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