Vol. 64, No. 23 The Voice of Labor in Rochester Since 1945 December 11, 2009
Mark Gruenberg neither the jobless number nor
the jobless rate ever got as low.
PAI And the current Great Reces-
WASHINGTON (PAI)-- sion started on his watch.
Confounding expert predic- * A separate BLS survey,
tions -- and even President released Dec. 3, showed U.S.
Barack Obama -- the nation’s workers produce goods at an
unemployment rate declined accelerated rate, but aren’t get-
0.2% in November, to 10%, the ting paid for it. Year One- Kevin Montgomery and Julie Schmidtke celebrate a successful first year of Next Generation United, the Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics said. “Non-farm business sector organization dedicated to fostering emerging labor leaders. Schmidtke details the group’s accomplishments in a Labor
Some 325,000 workers left the labor productivity increased at News exclusive on page 6. Photo by Clarke Condé
unemployment lines, BLS an 8.1% annual rate during the
added, while a separate survey third quarter of 2009...the larg-
showed businesses shed 11,000 est gain in productivity since
jobs last month, far below the the third quarter of 2003, and
163,000-jobs-per-month aver- reflects a 2.9% increase in out-
age over the last year.
But not all was sweetness
put and a 4.8% decline in hours
worked. Unit labor costs fell
Labor Department Says Focus is on
and light for the nation’s work- 2.5% in the third quarter, as
productivity grew at a faster
rate (8.1%) than hourly com-
pensation (5.4%). Unit labor
Worker Safety, Fair Wages
costs declined 1.4% over the
million last four quarters,” BLS said.
Factory workers’ produc- Mike Hall workers’ musculoskeletal inju- hazards” that don’t require sev- many employers use to de-
remained tivity grew even more from
July-September, 13.4%, while
AFL-CIO ries as part of their normal ill-
ness and injury record keep-
eral “of the unnecessary steps”
outlined in the plan.
rail workers who want to join
unions and bargain for a better
unemployed, their labor costs declined even
more, too: 6.1%.
New rules to improve work-
ing. Says OSHA Acting Assis-
tant Secretary Jordan
Particularly disappointing is
life. According to the proposal:
Regulatory action is needed
place safety, monitor employer
and U.S. workers are produc- * Factories lost 41,000 jobs, Barab:musculoskeletal injuries OSHA’s timeline for address- to provide workers with infor-
compliance, track ergonomics
ing more goods and getting paid to 11.648 million. Factories are are one of the biggest health and ing hazards in the construction mation critical to their effec-
injuries, bring union-busting
less for doing so. And well- on a 10-year slide, with half of safety problems in this coun- industry. Improvements to the tive participation in the work-
consultants out of the shadows
paying jobs, in factories and the losses in high-paying union try. cranes and derricks standard place. When workers or union
and ensure fair wages and over-
construction, are sliding. jobs, the AFL-CIO Industrial But both Solis and Barab say have been in the works since members have more informa-
time pay top the U.S. Depart-
Some economists see a few Unions Council says. The job- there are no current plans to 2002, with a rule proposed last tion about what arrangements
ment of Labor’s regulatory
“green shoots” in the numbers. less rate among factory work- pursue a new ergonomics rule, October. OSHA’s agenda indi- have been made by their em-
Heidi Shierholz of the labor- ers is 12.5%. such as the one the Bush ad- cates that a final rule shouldn’t ployer to persuade them
Says Labor Secretary Hilda
backed Economic Policy Insti- ministration successfully killed be expected until July 2010. whether or not to join a union,
tute, for example, said in a prior Construction Solis in a video statement on
in 2001. Surely, the administration can this information helps them
the department’s website:
interview that she checks temp Also, OSHA plans a new rule make a decision on the couple make more informed choices
hiring figures, because a rise in lost 27,000 Protecting wages and work-
covering the Bush of sticking points on the rule and acts to level the labor-man-
ing conditions is the key mis-
those numbers precedes a rise administration’s program that (e.g., pre-emption, certifica- agement relations playing field.
-- starting between 9 months jobs-- all in sion of our department. Insur-
relied on voluntary employer tion) to ensure the rule is is- In the area of workers’ wages
ing workers have a voice on the
and 19 months later -- in hiring compliance with federal work- sued sooner rather than later. and overtime pay, another pro-
workers for permanent jobs. non-residential job is also vital….We are com-
place safety rules, rather than OSHA fails to give us any mean- posed rule would update the
mitted to ensuring that work-
Temp services added 52,000 inspections. It would allow ingful next steps on a rule to rules covering employers’ pay-
workers last month, and specialty ers are paid a fair wage and have
OSHA to conduct inspections protect construction workers roll record keeping require-
a voice in the workplace.
117,000 since July, BLS said. at those workplaces and also from confined space hazards ments and the rights of work-
But take away the temps, and construction In the worker safety arena,
tighten other rules. and exposures causing hearing ers to access those records. The
new rules on combustible
the entire service sector gained -- and is down to 5.96 mil- Worker safety advocates loss. proposal says the new rules
dust—such as the sugar dust
only 6,000 jobs last month, not lion. The jobless rate there is lauded the scope of the pro- will foster more openness and
that caused the explosion that
posals but said quicker action
Another pro- transparency by demonstrat-
killed 13 workers at the Geor-
The rest of the numbers con-
tinued the gloomy picture:
* The percentages of unem-
ployed out of work for more
gia sugar plant in 2008—coal
was needed in several areas than
proposed by the department’s
posed rule would ing employers’ compliance
with minimum wage and over-
dust (click here to find out
* The current number of job-
less is more than 2-1/2 times
than four months (58.8%) and
out of work more than six
more) and airborne infectious
timeline. Writing on the work-
place safety blog, The Pump
require employ- time requirements to workers.
In turn, this will better ensure
disease such the H1N1 virus
the 5.956 million jobless -- and months (38.3%) hit new highs.
are in the pipeline.
Handle, Celeste Monforton ers to disclose compliance by regulated enti-
an unemployment rate of 4% - And the combination of the notes that several of the pro- ties and assist the Department
- in the last month, early Jan. unemployed and the under-
Also, the Occupational
Safety and Health Administra-
posed rules, including exposure more information with its enforcement efforts.
2001, that a Democrat occu- employed -- including discour- limits on the cancer-causing
pied the White House. Since aged workers and those forced
tion (OSHA) will reinstate the
rule abolished by the Bush ad-
chemical beryllium and food about the anti-
then, under anti-worker GOP to toil part-time because that’s flavoring diacetyl (linked to
President George Bush’s poli- all they could get -- was 17.2%
ministration in 2001 that re-
popcorn lung), are “long-rec- union consultants
quires employers to record
cies, and his two recessions, in November. ognized occupational health
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Young America Wants Vetoes by Silence
Health Care Reform Hamper Labor
by Ari A. Matusiak event could send them into a Building on the growing feel- Dick Meister has requested, the board is who want to keep union-
spiral of debt. The 13.7 mil- ing of disenfranchisement, proposing to void the rule that ization of their industries at a
From town hall shouting lion young uninsured are not young adults now have a voice PAI has allowed non-voters to be minimum. Under the current
matches to talking heads on invincible—they are a signifi- in the debate and can offer a Nothing is more basic to our counted as voting “no.” The election rules that the execu-
television, senior citizens and cant cohort that desperately prescription for how to begin democratic society than the board has scheduled public tives prefer, the odds clearly
retiring baby boomers have needs meaningful reform. addressing the insurance woes principle of majority rule. But hearings on the proposal – and are with them.
dominated the spotlight in the The grim data about young that plague this group. Orga- what if the eligible voters who is certain to hear heated argu- Suppose, as often happens,
current health care debate. All Americans’ health care woes nizations such as Young fail to cast ballots were auto- ments on both sides of the that a majority of the employ-
the while, the plight of per- illustrates the way in which Invincibles have issued a con- matically recorded as voting question. ees of a particular airline or
haps the most vulnerable co- the robustness of the health crete and attainable series of “no”? The unions should have no railroad who turn out to vote
hort in America—young adults care and labor sectors are in- goals for Congress to include Ridiculous as it sounds, trouble arguing their case. As opt for unionization. Their
from 18 to 34—has largely extricably linked. More than in the health care bill. These that’s exactly what the President Edward Wytkind of votes, even if overwhelmingly
been neglected or glossed over. any other single group, young include a cap on insurance country’s airline and railroad the Transportation Trades pro-union, can be nullified if
This critical oversight must be invincibles suffer from unem- premiums for low-income workers face when they vote Department notes, the current a higher number of workers
addressed. These “young ployment (25.4 percent for Americans, an extension of on whether they want union voting system “defies logic simply fail to vote.
invincibles,” as they are often 19-to-23-year-olds), under- parental health benefits until representation. and makes no sense.” The It’s what Wytkind calls a
described, are disproportion- employment and lack of ben- age 26 and a public option that Imagine if every election unions are asking merely that “veto by silence.” And it’s
ately uninsured or efits. An SEIU study showed would make affordable insur- had such a rule. President the system be made “to con- usually the result of “em-
underinsured, yet are still that in Pennsylvania, insur- ance available to all. Obama wouldn’t be president, form to the norms of Ameri- ployer -run voter suppression
highly likely to need costly ance premiums rose 6.4 per- Finally, any bill that passes since less than half the eligible can democracy.” campaigns” that keep many
medical care. cent faster than wages, with must eliminate insurance com- voters turned out for last Which means, of course, workers from voting and are
The dire state of health in- predictable results. AFSCME panies’ ability to deny cover- year’s presidential election. that “the majority of those among the main reasons for
surance for young adults in has pointed out that as premi- age for chronic ailments or to Most, if not all, congressional casting a vote will decide the the slowdown in airline
America is a mirror of its wider ums rise, unions’ bargaining charge outrageous deductibles candidates would also have outcome and those who do not unionization in recent years.
health care failings. The steady power falls, and labor leaders for those unlucky enough to lost last year — or in any vote are not counted.” Some employers have in-
erosion of workplace rights must use all their power sim- live with hypertension or heart other election year – since Wytkind wonders “how we creased their odds even more
and of employment opportu- ply to preserve health care. disease or for anyone at all. voter turnout for congres- can justify imposing higher by including on their list of
nities has hit this group par- The introduction of a new, The ramifications of signifi- sional elections has typically turnout standards for airline employees eligible to vote the
ticularly hard. Some 31 per- equitable health insurance cant health care reform are been less than 40 percent. and railroad union elections names of employees who’ve
cent of young people say their program for young Americans enormous. By reducing the It’s doubtful, in fact, that than we can for the highest resigned, been terminated or
employer offers no health care would have positive ripple likelihood of a catastrophic anyone would win any elec- office of the land?” retired.
option, according to a 2009 effects throughout the slide into debt, reform will tion under the rules that gov- Employers can argue that if
AFL-CIO study. A govern-
ment report found that 50 per-
For young adults facing the
yield a generation of young
workers who are more inde-
ern the transportation union
elections. Other unions are
The a worker doesn’t turn out to
vote, it’s a sure sign the
cent of young adults working
for small firms were unin-
specter of unemployment or
lack of insurance, the picture
pendent and productive and a
labor landscape that remains
covered by the National La-
bor Relations Act, which fol- answer worker is not interested in
unionization. But there can be
sured. Young Americans with is bleak indeed. Health care is vibrant. It is time for us to lows the simple democratic no solid evidence of that un-
no insurance are overwhelm-
ingly unable to afford insur-
ruinously expensive, underly-
ing conditions such as asthma
push hard for reform. The
stakes have never been higher.
rule that it should be voters
— and voters alone — who
should be less the worker is allowed to
actually cast a vote on the
ance without an employer con- or diabetes are grounds for dis- We hope you can join us. determine the outcome of question.
tribution and live with the
daily fear that a single medical
qualification and fewer em-
ployers than ever offer the Ari Matusiak is co-founder
elections. Non-voters have no
voice in those elections - or in
obvious - Counting the worker’s non-
vote as a “no” vote violates
option of insurance. Fortu-
nately, real reform is achiev-
of Young Invincibles, a na-
tional campaign committed to
any other elections of any
kind anywhere else. but not to basic democratic principles
and the basic union rights
able. raising the voices of 18-to-34- The airline and railroad promised all American work-
year-olds and mobilizing
young Americans to demand
workers are covered by the
Railway Labor Act. That law
airline and ers.
quality, affordable health care calls for the three-member
for all Americans. National Mediation Board to
set the rules for union elec-
As the AFL-CIO’s Trans- executives,
portation Trades Department
Labor News - December 11, 2009 -- Page 3
LOCAL STATE NATIONAL INTERNATIONAL
Cornell ILR Classes: Elmira Postal Service REGISTERED NURSES U.S. Unions Join
What You Need To Know About Repre- Reduction FORM NEW UNION Climate Change Talks
senting Members of Different Religious
Five years ago, the Elmira Post Office PHOENIX (PAI)--Promising to cam- in Copenhagen
had the canceling operations taken out paign for better health care for their pa-
Date: December 14, 2009 Time: 11:00 (AFL-CIO)- More than 25,000 delegates
of the facility. And now, this attempt to tients and better working conditions for
a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (ET) Cost: $45.00 Avoid and observers are expected to attend the
consolidate Elmira with Rochester is not themselves -- causes they said are linked
the religious discrimination issues that historic United Nations climate change
going to improve the “service”. The -- registered nurses from several sepa-
other unions have faced! Several reli- summit in Copenhagen today through
Elmira facility currently covers an area of rate unions combined into the National
gious holidays are coming up; it is im- Dec. 18. Some 40 union members from
3200 square miles, which includes a Nurses Union (NNU) at their founding
portant for you to know your responsi- the United States are attending as part of
total of 79 offices other than Elmira, so it convention in Phoenix on Dec. 7. And in
bilities in order to ensure that members’ a 400-member global union movement
will have a direct effect on all those local telephone interviews with Press Associ-
religious tenets are respected and ac- delegation led by the International Trade
communities. This issue alone will re- ates Union News Service, NNU’s three
commodated, regardless of their faith. Union Confederation (ITUC).
sult in a larger decline in customer ser- co-presidents of the new 150,000-mem-
For more information or to register, The union delegation is more than
vice not ony to the public but to all area ber organization outlined ambitious
please visit our website: http:// twice the size of our delegations to the
businesses as well. Our local custom- goals. The union includes the California
www.ilr.cornell.edu/laborPrograms/lead- 2007 and 2008 climate change meet-
ers and communities should be pro- Nurses Association/National Nurses Or-
ership/laborStudies/Web- ings. The size of delegation reflects the
vided with the best possible service and ganizing Committee -- which has mem-
b a s e d S e m i n a r s . h t m l global union movement’s growing inter-
the United States Postal Service is tak- bers in California, Chicago, Arizona, Ne-
est and engagement in climate change.
ing that service away. In the Elmira area, vada and Kansas City, among other
Grievance Writing Our work here as members of the ITUC
the Postal Service is planning to close places -- and the Massachusetts Nurses
Date: December 1-21, 2009 Time: at delegation reflects our own efforts to
the Southside and Westside Stations, Association, among others. Represen-
your convenience Cost: $300 This prac- shape U.S. climate change legislation.
which would have an especially detri- tatives of Minnesota RNs also attended
tical workshop will focus on grievance Our goal as an international union
mental effect on senior citizens, the the convention. NNU’s newest members
writing and advanced steward training. movement is to ensure that social and
physically challenged, and residents are 400-500 nurses at Kansas City’s
Participants will be encouraged to use economic concerns are included in what
who rely on public transportation. Ser- Menorah Hospital -- its longtime Jewish
their own grievance forms and work in had been an environmental discussion.
vices are being cut at the customers ex- hospital -- who voted the week before to
teams to write and present more effec- In simple terms, we want a cleaner planet
pense, so the Post Office can say, “they join CNA/NNOC. The status of the United
tive grievances. Individual and group and good jobs. Over the past year, we
can save money.” Our Local is currently American Nurses is unclear. Its del-
exercises will be used to encourage cre- have promoted “a just transition” in a cli-
contacting all local town, village and city egates attended the conclave, but its top
ative strategies for winning grievances. mate agreement.
offices to insure that they are up to date two officers oppose folding UAN into
For more information or to register, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
with the current plans of the United NNU, and are suing to stop it. "The prom-
please visit our website: http:// has said a long-term investment in cre-
States Postal Service, and how this will ise of the future has arrived, with all the
www.ilr.cornell.edu/laborPrograms/lead- ating green jobs is part of a “just transi-
effect their communities as well. With unlimited potential, creativity, vision, and
e r s h i p / l a b o r S t u d i e s / tion” that protects workers in the shift to-
55 jobs to be effected, the Local has not power represented" by nurses nation-
onlineWorkshops.html ward a green economy. In his statement,
been notified as to where those employ- wide, Karen Higgins, an RN from Bos-
ees will be excessed out of the Elmira ton, and one of the three co-presidents,
Foodbank Donations area. -John Dahl - President and Vicky told delegates. NNU will concentrate on
Together, global unions are united and
committed to an international climate
Being Collected: Shaban - VP, APWU Local 2255. organizing unorganized RNs and on lob-
agreement that addresses greenhouse
bying to improve working conditions, pri-
Foodbank Collections Begin for Fall gas reductions as well as the social and
marily to enact federal standards for
and Winter Seasons: IBEW Local 86 has economic impact of climate change. We
nurse-patient ratios, to improve patient
asked members to donate canned/non- will work to assure that any climate agree-
care, the co-presidents said. “You get
perishable goods and will continue col- ment supports the concept of a just tran-
better nurse-patient ratios by organizing,”
lecting donations throughout the winter. sition.
another co-president, Deborah Burger of
Please remember to bring your dona- The AFL-CIO supported the Waxman-
CNA/NNOC, told PAI. “We finally have an
tion to the next RLC Delegates meeting. Markey bill last summer because it em-
organization that directly challenges the
bodied the principles of a just transition.
role of corporations in healthcare deliv-
Trumka says “we will continue to fight for
ery, instead of accommodating and en-
these principles as climate legislation
abling their control," Minnesota Nurses
Association President Linda Hamilton
A just transition to a greener economy
told convention delegates. The NNU will
requires an aggressive sustained com-
also take up the cause of government-
mitment of national resources to create
run single-payer health care -- abolish-
and retain good jobs, increase per capita
ing the insurance companies, their de-
income, modernize industry, develop and
nial of care and pressure on hospitals to
deploy technology and educate and train
cut corners, curtail care and fire nurses -
current and future workers. It requires
- which CNA/NNOC has championed for
assistance for any workers, families or
years in its home state. So have the Mas-
communities that may be adversely af-
sachusetts nurses, Higgins told PAI. “Our
fected by the transition and a democratic
immediate plans are to organize nurses
voice for workers in their workplaces and
nationally so that they enjoy the same
in their communities.
protections we have in our states,” Burger
The Copenhagen meeting is the 15th
said. Details and targets of the organiz-
conference of the parties (COP-15) to the
ing drives have yet to be worked out. And
U.N. Framework Convention on Climate
she added passage of the Employee
Change as they work to implement the
Free Choice Act to the union’s legislative
treaty negotiated in 1992.
priority list. She said it would give work-
ers -- their patients -- more bargaining
power and more economic power. “That
way they won’t go bankrupt and lose their
home when they get sick,” Burger said.
Page 4 -- Labor News - December 11, 2009
What’s the significance of a
“strong” or “weak” dollar?
By Cody B. Bartlett Jr.
The strength (or lack thereof) of the U.S Dollar has been the center of economic debate over
recent months. Thus far in 2009, the Dollar is down 7 percent against a basket of major
A weak Dollar has a bipolar effect on the U.S. economy, which is reflected in the price of U.S.
imports and exports. The weak Dollar is good for our economy in that it makes the goods and
services we provide cheaper to foreigners. However, a weak Dollar will increase the cost of
imports, which impacts the cost of goods sold by U.S. corporations. This will result in either
reduced profit margins or an increase in retail prices.
Also, since the price of the world’s commodities are measured in U.S. Dollars, (gold and oil,
for example) most commodity prices rise when the Dollar weakens. This will have an indirect
negative impact on the economy in that consumers will spend more on staples like gas and
food, and will be left with fewer discretionary dollars to spend.
The general economic consensus seems to be that in the short run a weakening Dollar is a net
positive as it spurs demand for domestic goods and services. However, in the long run we
need a strong Dollar to maintain the superior U.S. lifestyle and to thwart inflation. The recent
extreme weakness of the Dollar has caused a couple of new concerns: First, the Dollar could
lose its status as the world’s reserve currency. Second, traders using a cheap Dollar to finance
their investing activities could spark another economic crisis. The later concern has been
credited with the recent increase in stock market volatility. The danger is that if the Dollar
suddenly strengthens, this trade will unwind and result in a massive sell-off of risky assets,
bringing a temporary downturn in the stock market.
Massa on 16th anniversary
Our third quarter GDP growth of 3.5 percent confirms the bipolar relationship between the
strength of the Dollar and the health of the U.S. economy. Exports added 1.5 percent to the
GDP figure, while imports subtracted 2.0 percent from GDP. These components of GDP will
be watched very carefully in the months to come as economists and investors try to ascertain
whether the weakness of the Dollar is a help or a hindrance to our economic health. Ulti- “NAFTA has cost American jobs and it’s time we
mately, it will be the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) job to step in and save the
Dollar by raising interest rates. The recent action in the volatility index may be sending a reformed our trade policy”
signal to the FED that that such a time may be near.
After the recent run up in the stock market and riskier sectors of the bond market, now is a WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Rep. Eric Massa commented on the sixteenth anniversary of
good time to re-balance your retirement assets. The next time you have an opportunity to the North America Free Trade Agreement being signed into law. It was on December 8, 1993 that
adjust your retirement portfolio, ensure that your stock/bond mix properly reflects your the agreement was enacted.
investment’s time horizon and your tolerance for risk. Most importantly, do not chase returns “Today we are seeing the ill effects of a disastrous free trade policy,” stated Rep. Massa.
in the stock market. After such an historic rally, now is likely a good time to take some risk “Failed free trade agreements have cost American jobs and it’s time that we end failed policies like
off the table. Also, should the Dollar strengthen it may slow down the U.S. Economy, as NAFTA and CAFTA. As it is now, deals like NAFTA give businesses incentives to move jobs out
domestic goods will be more expensive for foreign consumers. of America, leading to U.S. companies not being able to compete on a level playing field. This
contributes to the negative financial situation we now see our country enduring. I think what we
Cody B. Bartlett Jr. is Managing Director of Investments at Karpus Investment Management, a local should be doing is giving tax incentives to businesses to create good American jobs. This anniver-
independent, registered investment adviser managing assets for individuals, corporations, unions, sary is not a ‘Sweet Sixteen’ but is instead a wakeup call to fix the broken elements of our
non-profits and trustees. Offices are located at 183 Sully’s Trail, Pittsford, NY 14534 (585-586- economy.”
Cast Your Vote for Scrooge of the Year Labor Department Launches Major
Attack on Black Lung
James Parks ests, not a membership asso- Then there’s Publix Super- James Parks “The Department of Labor dedicate a part of each inspec-
ciation that represents the markets, which had 2008 rev- is absolutely committed to tion to health-related activities
AFL-CIO voice of mainstream American enues of more than $24 billion,
AFL-CIO ending black lung disease,” La- and review the quality of dust
It’s the holiday season and businesses. but refuses to pay just one The Department of Labor’s bor Secretary Hilda Solis said controls.
time once again to say “bah The Chamber opposes the penny more per pound for its Mine Safety and Health Ad- in a video message today at the * Work on a final rule con-
humbug” to the most cold- Employee Free Choice Act, tomatoes to directly improve ministration (MSHA) today launch of the initiative in cerning the approval of coal
hearted and greedy CEOs, cor- paid sick days and other basic worker’s wages. Publix also launched a major initiative to Beckley, W.Va. mine dust personal monitors.
porations and politicians who workers’ rights. Recently, won’t work with the Coalition end new cases of black lung We will use all the tools * Implement some of the
exemplify the spirit of members of the U.S. Chamber of Immokalee Workers to among the nation’s coal min- necessary to control dust in recommendations from NIOSH
Ebenezer Scrooge. have been renouncing their implement a code of conduct ers. MSHA’s initiative includes coal mines and reduce the risk and a high-level Labor Depart-
This is the 10th year that membership—including major to protect farm workers’ basic more focused enforcement, tar- of disease to our nation’s coal ment advisory group. The rec-
Jobs with Justice (JwJ) has corporations and local cham- human rights. geted education and training, miners. ommendations include reduc-
“honored” the person or group bers of commerce that have quit Other corporations, includ- rulemaking and collaboration Mine Workers spokesman ing the level of exposure to coal
that has done the most to or distanced themselves, in large ing Taco Bell, McDonald’s, with stakeholders. Phil Smith praised the initia- mine dust and developing a
“scrooge” workers. And given part because of the Chamber’s Subway and Publix competi- According to the National tive, saying: separate exposure level for coal
the current crop of nominees— extreme stance on environmen- tor Whole Foods, already have Institute for Occupational It is refreshing for MSHA mine dust and silica.
Bank of America, the U.S. tal issues. agreed to pay an additional one Safety and Health (NIOSH), to call in industry, unions and “While considerable progress
Chamber of Commerce, Hyatt In Boston, Hyatt Hotels cent per pound. Publix, on the cases of black lung are increas- government to make clear that has been made in reducing min-
Hotels, Publix Supermarkets fired the entire housekeeping other hand, continues to pur- ing among coal miners. Even MSHA is going to attack black ers’ exposure to respirable coal
and student loan providers— departments of its three non- chase tomatoes from two of the younger miners are showing lung and prevent this disease. mine dust, miners continue to
it looks like it will be a hard union hotels, replacing long- growers tainted by last year’s evidence of advanced and de- Smith said the UMWA has develop black lung and silico-
decision to pick just one. time employees who were paid modern-day slavery prosecu- bilitating lung disease from ex- long supported strict, across- sis,” said Joseph Main, assis-
You can cast your vote for around $15 an hour with sub- tion. cessive dust exposure. The the-board standards on coal tant labor secretary for mine
any of these deserving nomi- contracted workers paid the Finally, an increasing number Centers for Disease Control dust in the mines, which are a safety and health.
nees here. The winner will be minimum wage. It gets worse: of students depend on private and Prevention reports that part of the MSHA initiative. Having a comprehensive
announced Dec. 21.
First, there’s Bank of
Hyatt required Boston-area
housekeepers to train their re-
companies like Sallie Mae,
Citibank and other lenders for more As part of the initiative,
strategy is essential to tackle
the occurrence of this highly
America, which had a hand in
the worst of the subprime lend-
ing excesses, providing financ-
placements before they were
At unionized Hyatt hotels in
loans to finance their college
educations, yet these loans get
little oversight from govern-
than * Distribute new materi-
als on a variety of dust-related
topics, including black lung,
ing to four of the top five larg-
est subprime lenders during the
San Francisco and Chicago,
Hyatt is using the recession as
ment regulators. Private student
loans are expensive and mostly
10,000 controlling dust, on-shift exami-
nations and controlling expo-
years prior to the crash. Among
them, these four firms issued
an excuse to roll back health
care and other hard-won con-
variable-rate loans that cost
more for those who can least
miners sure to coal mine dust. MSHA
also will post additional re-
more than $320 billion in
subprime loans from 2005-
tract standards. In Indianapo-
lis, San Antonio, Long Beach
afford them. They lack the flex-
ible repayment options of fed- have died ports, educational materials and
resources on its “End Black
2007. As a result of these kinds
of abuses, Bank of America
and elsewhere, Hyatt is fight-
ing its own workers as they
eral student loans, functioning
more like a credit card than a from Lung” webpage .
* Hold a series of regional
helped crash the economy and
then accepted bailouts and
backstops totaling $199.2 bil-
seek a fair process to organize
a union. Penny Pritzker, who
is chairwoman of four Hyatt-
Whoever wins the Scrooge
award will join an infamous
black one-day workshops jointly
sponsored with NIOSH on the
”Best Practices for Controlling
Next, it’s becoming increas-
related companies, has come
out strongly against the Em-
group. Last year’s winner was
the entire lot of Wall Street ex-
lung over Respirable Dust in Coal
ingly clear that the second
nominee, the U.S. Chamber of
ployee Free Choice Act, which
would level the playing field
ecutives whose unchecked cor-
porate greed led to our nation’s
the past * Begin its “Dust Sweep”
program next week where ev-
Commerce, has become a front
group for a few narrow inter-
for workers seeking to join a
decade ery coal mine inspector will
Labor News - December 11, 2009 -- Page 5
“We’ve Come a Young Workers: Hit Hard,
Long Way, Baby” by Liz Shuler
As the newly elected secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, I traveled the country this fall, talking
with workers and hearing their concerns. The economic crisis is causing a lot of pain. So many
Julie Schmidtke ported us and created an en- Community Solidarity
people have no jobs, no health care—and many are losing their homes. And as I looked into the faces
vironment where fledgling Award. It’s great to be no-
Chair, NGU groups with great ideas are not ticed for living up to our ideal,
of young workers, the reality hit home that these young people are part of the first generation in
recent history likely to be worse off than their parents.
Here we are at the end of shunned and ignored. Where that all of Labor must work
2009, and as I look back I am the benefit of the Movement together and truly live the
This is a tragedy.
amazed and humbled by what as a whole is put above per- solidarity that we speak so
The AFL-CIO and our community affiliate, Working America, recently surveyed young work-
Next Generation United was sonal politics, and the future often of.
ers—and I’m not talking about 17- and 18-year-olds. I’m talking about 18- to 34-year-olds. In the
able to accomplish this year. is something to be welcomed I can’t say for sure what
past 10 years, young workers have suffered disproportionately from the downturn in the economy:
I am also emboldened and en- and shaped rather than feared 2010 will bring, but I can say
* One in three young workers is worried about being able to find a job—let alone a full-time job
thusiastic to go even farther, and fought. We may not al- NGU will definitely be a part
reach out to more people, and ways agree on everything, but of it. We are surer of our-
* Only 31 percent make enough money to cover their bills and put some aside—that is 22
make an even bigger impact we appreciate being invited to selves then when we had our
percentage points worse than it was 10 years ago.
in 2010. What began as a the table, and we welcome the first meeting in April, we are
* Nearly half worry about having more debt than they can handle.
“pipe dream” a few of us guidance and advice and encouraged by the support we
* One in three still lives at home with parents.
kicked around, has grown into knowledge that we can gain have received, and we are en-
a regularly meeting group that from such an open and invit- lightened to more issues that
Young workers are living the effects of a 30-year campaign to create a low-wage workforce. It has
has had a real impact this ing environment. we’ve had the opportunity to
year, both in local Labor and Energized by this support, learn about. Most impor-
For decades, the far right led an anti-government, anti-investment, feed-the-rich-and-starve-the-
statewide. We’ve had some we’ve had family and social tantly, we are not satisfied
poor drive that gave us an era of deregulation, privatization and job exporting.
setbacks, which were ex- events, and hosted our first with the status quo, and like
At the same time, corporations and government attacked unions and workers’ freedom to form
pected, and some great suc- ever Mentor’s Appreciation our logo says, we plan to
unions and bargain for decent wages and benefits. When unions are strong, paychecks grow and
cesses, but above all, we’ve Night this past November. “Keep Moving Forward.”
workers have benefits like health care and pensions.
proven that it is possible, it Despite coming in the middle We are always looking for
When unions are under attack, paychecks shrink. Pensions vanish. Health care becomes the
is happening and we’re only of an all out attack on NGU like-minded folks who want
getting warmed up. by the H1N1 virus, we pulled to join us in reaching our goal.
What’s left is not working for young people—or for any of us. It will take a broadly shared sense
Over the past eight months it off and got 50 people from If this sounds like you, or
of wartime urgency to replace today’s low-wage economy with a high-wage, high-skills economy.
we’ve determined more of various locals to sit, eat and someone you know, get in
The first step must be immediate action to address the nation’s jobs crisis, with five essential steps:
what we want this group to mingle and talk about what touch. Stop by a meeting,
be, where we want to head NGU is and will be. Our suc- come talk to us at an event,
1. Extend the lifeline for jobless workers.
and what effects we want to cess was due to many people; introduce yourself, and find
2. Rebuild America’s schools, roads and energy systems and invest in green technology and
make. We have every inten- the AFL staff, both Roches- out what we’re about. NGU
tion of becoming a fully ter & Albany, the great folks would also like to wish ev-
3. Increase aid to state and local governments to maintain vital services.
formed AFL-CIO constitu- at IBEW 86 for offering us eryone a safe and happy holi-
4. Fund jobs in our communities.
ency group- joining with our the use of their hall, and to day season, and a healthy &
5. Put TARP funds to work for Main Street with job-creating loans to small businesses.
local brothers and sisters of the sheer determination of prosperous 2010!
CBTU and Pride at Work, and my members who worked to-
We took these initiatives to the White House Summit on Jobs on Dec. 3 and are pushing Congress
state wide with all of the NYS gether and got it done. We are Upcoming NGU Meetings to take action now. The first reports from the Jobs Summit are encouraging, and we look forward to
constituency groups- to fight already planning our next one, (all meeting held at the working with the Obama administration and Congress to carry on this momentum.
and work to make sure that which we hope will be even NYSUT building): It’s time to rebuild an economy that works—an economy based on prosperity, an economy we
our Labor Movement stands more far reaching.
can be proud to pass on to our children and their children. And we need young people to lead the
with all of us. We’ve had calls NGU has done it’s best to
·Wednesday, way. That survey I mentioned earlier shows they are ready.
from other areas, like get out, meet folks, be visible
and lend our support to January 20th – 5:30pm
Westchester, that are asking ·Tuesday, * Young workers have a whole new level of civic engagement, with the surge of new voters in the
us for guidance to form their Labor’s common goals. I
February 9th – 5:30pm 2008 election.
own NGU chapters, and I’ve don’t believe there was a
·Tuesday, * They are well-informed and following government and policy news.
been invited to speak at the single Labor-to-Labor 2009
March 2nd – 5:30pm * They believe in collective action and understand the power of having a union.
New York City meeting of walk that didn’t have at least
·Thursday, * They have hope for the future and the vision of a savvy, diverse movement to bring about
Cornell’s ILR Labor Advi- one of us there. We’re on
March 25th – 5:30 pm progressive change.
sory Council, where AFL- other committees, participate
in other groups, volunteer ·Other events as become
CIO Vice President Elizabeth available, call for info We’re planning a major summit for young workers after the first of the year to bring all our ideas
Shuler will be a special guest. wherever we’re asked – and
and voices together. When crises hit, it’s young people who drive change.
I truly believe that this we’ve been welcomed and
For more information con- Martin Luther King Jr. was 26 when he led the Montgomery bus boycott. At 25, César Chávez
growth, and even our exist- encouraged every step of the
tact Julie Schmidtke, Chair, was registering Mexican Americans to vote. Walter Reuther headed strikes demanding GM recognize
ence as a group, would not way. At this year’s Annual
at Julie@nilico.com, or find its workers’ rights starting when he was 30. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was 33 when she drafted the
have been possible in other Delegates Dinner, Next Gen-
us on Facebook under “Next declaration of women’s rights.
areas. The local Labor lead- eration United was honored
Generation United” Young people are being hard in this jobs crisis. But I believe they provide much of the fuel we need
ers have welcomed us, sup- to be recognized with the
to get out of it.
Look for Union Label at Win-Win: Create Good Jobs, Rebuild
iPhone App Store Seth Michaels
As part of the AFL-CIO’s five-point plan for job creation, we’re making concrete proposals to
Elana Levin, communications director for the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), announces address the nation’s immediate jobs crisis while keeping an eye on creating a sustainable economy in
the first-ever app organizing victory. the future.
The writers of iLarious have just become the first writers of content for an iPhone app to form a Investment in rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure can put millions of people to work now and
union—joining the Writers Guild of America, East. improve our country for the long term. The United States has some $2.2 trillion in unmet infrastruc-
And why not?! ture needs. That’s a lot of work that needs to be done, at a time when 26 million people are
Comedy writers working in digital media deserve the same rights and protections as other work- unemployed or underemployed.
ers. The Writers Guild of America, known for our successful TV writers strike in 2007-2008 over Here are some infrastructure priorities that can create jobs now while laying out a strong founda-
new media jurisdiction and residuals, is fighting to make sure that writers are represented even as the tion and offering benefits for years to come:
media and employment landscape changes.
Under the agreement, writers for apps such as “This Just In” (which delivers 10-15 jokes a day to * Transportation, including high-speed rail, ports, transit, roads and bridges.
the iPhone) will get to count their jokes written for the app toward WGAE health insurance and * School construction and repair.
other benefits. * Drinking water and wastewater systems.
Comedy writers covered by this new agreement work at “The Daily Show,” “The Onion,” * Clean energy and green technology investment, as outlined by the Apollo Alliance.
“Human Giant” and “Saturday Night Live” and in other comedy media. * Retrofitting buildings to make them more energy-efficient.
iLarious staff voted to join a union because company founder and comedy writer Fred Graver is * Improvements to National Parks.
himself a member of the WGAE and gets how important union representation is to writers.
As Graver put it: These investments would benefit jobless workers as well as communities across the country.
It’s important to the founders of iLarious that we bring the best talent to the table, and that we put Congress must pass, and President Barack Obama must sign, bills to invest in these areas. At a
a stake in the ground in this newly developing territory. The new means of producing content allows time when state and local budgets are strained, they need federal help to carry out infrastructure
us to be owners and creators at the same time—and in the future, we look forward to being able to projects, and we can use existing programs and agencies to distribute funds.
picket ourselves every few years. However, it’s not enough just to put people to work. We need to make sure these jobs are good
WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson, who developed the union’s Writers Guild 2.0 initia- jobs, living up to our obligation to provide workers with fair wages, health and retirement benefits
tive, added: and safe working conditions. To ensure maximum job creation, we need to apply Buy America
Whatever the technology, writers will always benefit from membership in a creative community provisions to products used in these projects, to make sure the money we’re investing really creates
which is organized to advance their interests. The job standards enjoyed by writers in film and jobs here. And we need to make resources available to train workers for these jobs.
broadcast TV were built over the years by creative people working together. Signing on with the Better schools, cleaner water, more energy-efficient homes and businesses, green technology—we
WGAE is a very important step for creators of digital media to gain the standing and strength they can achieve all of these goals while giving people the paychecks they need to keep our economy
deserve. moving. It’s a win-win situation.
Page 6 -- Labor News - December 11, 2009
Family and Medical Leave Mike Hall
Extended to Flight Crews When you step aboard a flight on a U.S.
airplane, you probably assume that plane’s
major maintenance work has been performed
FAA rules for offshore repair stations require
that only supervisors—not workers doing the
hands-on repairs—have mechanics’ licenses.
by certified mechanics at the one of the carrier’s U.S. aircraft mechanics generally work with
U.S. hangers. That’s not necessarily so. the airline repair manual open in front of them
James Parks “Congress never intended to exclude flight
The nation’s major airlines now send more and follow detailed procedures. According to
crews from this coverage,” says Edward
AFL-CIO Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO Trans- than 20 percent of their planes to repair sta- recent congressional testimony, the majority
Airline flight crews will soon have the same portation Trades Department. tions in developing counties, including those of the workers in third-party repair bases are
family and medical leave coverage other work- But flight attendants and pilots have had in central America, Africa and Asia for major not only not licensed mechanics, large num-
ing Americans have enjoyed since 1993. The to trade away other benefits in contract nego- maintenance, including, complete overhauls bers of them lack the ability to read the En-
House of Representatives approved legisla- tiations in order to receive Family and Medi- where the aircraft is stripped to the bare metal glish-language manuals supplied by the air-
tion yesterday amending the Family and Medi- cal Leave Act coverage that should have been then put back together. lines.
cal Leave Act (FMLA) to allow airline pilots theirs from the start. Transport Workers (TWU) President James Steve Luis, an aircraft mechanic and presi-
and flight attendants to qualify for leave. The It’s time that flight attendants and pilots C. Little says dent of TWU Local 514 in Tulsa, Okla., calls
the offshore repairs “scandalous.”
bill now goes to President Obama, who is ex-
pected to sign it.
The FMLA requires state agencies and pri-
get family and medical leave just like millions
of other American workers.
Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) authored the Air-
it’s time to The level of oversight in these offshore re-
pair facilities is scandalous. We have heard re-
vate employers with more than 50 employees line Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act. ports of kids as young as fourteen working on
to give workers up to 12 weeks off to care for
themselves or a family member. But because
of the unique way their work hours are counted,
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced a
companion bill, which the Senate passed last
blow the lid planes and we have seen evidence that in some
cases you may have a 100 or more workers
doing repairs inspected by one licensed me-
pilots and flight attendants have found it diffi-
cult—if not impossible—to meet the 1,250-
hour-per-year threshold required for FMLA
Patricia Friend, president of the Flight At-
tendants-CWA, praised Bishop for sponsor-
ing the bill.
off the chanic.
In the United States, FAA inspectors are
not only in most major maintenance facilities
on a daily basis to monitor work and repairs
Pilot duty time is capped at 1,000 hours per
year. For flight attendants, hours on the job
We are very pleased at the passage of
Congressman Bishop’s FMLA bill, which fi-
nally addresses loopholes in the current lan-
“airline but can make surprise inspections at any time.
Luis, a mechanic at American Airline’s Tulsa
between flights or on mandatory standby do guage that have denied many flight attendants repair station, says:
not count toward their FMLA credit, making
it virtually impossible for them to qualify for
this important coverage.
from qualifying for coverage. Every flight at-
tendant in this country is so grateful to Tim
Bishop for passing this legislation on such a
industry’s Under our international treaties and aviation
rules, the FAA has to give a week’s notice
before they are allowed to visit these repair
strong bipartisan basis.
dirty little facilities. In contrast, on any given day, we
have four or five federal inspectors on site at
our Tulsa maintenance base.
The level of security is not as high at foreign
secret” of repair stations.
TRUMKA: FED WILL offshore not required to
WORK FOR QUICK maintenance: undergo the
Our union is going to tell the public that
APPROVAL OF OBAMA offshoring means your plane has a lower stan-
dard for maintenance. It means the licensure
and security standard for the mechanics and
same type of
JOBS PLAN their helpers who worked on that aircraft is
questionable, and it means that federal regula-
tors had limited access to facilities where the
WASHINGTON (PAI)--AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka said the federation will work
plane was repaired.
This week, TWU aircraft mechanics and other background
TWU members are on Capitol Hill distribut-
“hard and non-stop” for quick congressional approval of the job-creation proposals announced
Dec. 8 by Democratic President Barack Obama, even though the fed is dubious about one of them,
a tax credit.
ing “boarding passes” to lawmakers and oth-
ers outlining the growing trend by airlines to investigations
offshore their aircraft repair and highlighting
Obama unveiled the plans in a speech in Pennsylvania, just days after he hosted a jobs summit
at the White House. The summit drew union and business leaders, including Trumka, Change To
the potential safety and security problems.
The union plans similar actions at major air-
or drug test
Win Chair Anna Burger, Steelworkers President Leo Gerard, CWA President Larry Cohen, Team- ports and also will mount an advertising cam-
sters President James Hoffa, AFT President Randi Weingarten and UFCW President Joe Hansen.
Trumka said Obama’s plan is similar to the 5-point proposal the federation unveiled in early
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has offered
December and pushed at the summit. That’s one reason labor will lobby for Obama’s proposal, he an amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill
But the lobbying may not budge the Senate, which is tangled up in health care, before the end
to tighten up the rules on the overseas sta-
tions, that she calls ”an aviation safety risk.”
of this year -- even though key components of the AFL-CIO and Obama plans, for extending food Right now, maintenance is being performed Says TWU’s Little:
stamps, jobless benefits and COBRA coverage, end Dec. 31. at foreign stations that the Federal Aviation We hope the Senate closes these loopholes
“While Wall Street is busy cashing their bonus checks, now is the time for immediate action to Administration has not certified or inspected. that allow U.S. carriers to run away from long-
stabilize the economy for struggling working Americans on Main Street,” Trumka urged lawmakers. To think that these types of stations are doing established safety and security practices. This
“We must ensure any plan is big and robust enough to meet the scale of the crisis we face.” work on the airplanes that carry Americans isn’t about free trade or fixing a plane that
Trumka said Obama’s plan is “proposing many of the same steps that we see as the most across the country and around the world ev- breaks down overseas. We need to fix a break-
promising, efficient routes to job creation,” such as putting unused Troubled Asset Relief Program ery day is incredibly scary. down in safety and security that threatens
(TARP) money “to work for Main Street by making it available to provide credit to small busi- While the offshore facilities must be certi- millions of Americans and especially frequent
ness.” Obama estimates there is $200 billion in unused TARP money. fied by the Federal Aviation Administration flyers like members of Congress.
Obama’s plan also extends jobless benefits, food stamps and COBRA, rebuilds schools, roads (FAA) before U.S. carriers are allowed to send
and energy systems, and it is “increasing aid to state and local governments to maintain vital their planes there for work, the FAA’s over-
services and prevent the layoffs of teachers, firefighters and police and putting people to work sight, inspections and rules are far more lax
doing work that needs to be done,” Trumka said. than required in the United States, says TWU.
But he differs with Obama’s tax credits to business. They’re “not the most- effective way to For example, in this country, only licensed
create jobs and should not be the main priority for spending public funds,” Trumka added. mechanics are allowed to conduct repairs. But
Labor News - December 11, 2009 -- Page 7
AGAINST TAX ON
JOINT BOARD OF TRUSTEES-BRICKLAYERS’ & ALLIED
CRAFTWORKERS LO 3 NY (ROCHESTER CHAPTER)
3750 MONROE AVENUE
PITTSFORD, NY 14534
HEALTH BENEFITS Summary Annual Report for
BRICKLAYERS’ & ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS
NY (ROCHESTER CHAPTER) ANNUITY FUND
This is a summary of the annual report for BRICKLAYERS’ &
Mark Gruenberg But the Senate killed single- surcharges on the rich.
ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS LOCAL 3 NY (ROCHESTER
PAI payer weeks ago, and Senate ne- CWA Local 2204 member
CHAPTER) ANNUITY FUND, EIN 16-1184581, Plan Number 002,
gotiators dumped its weaker Valerie Castle-Stanley, an AT&T for the period January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008. The annual
WASHINGTON (PAI)--With substitute -- a government-run worker from Norton, Va., said report has been filed with the Department of Labor, as required
the Senate’s version of health “public option” to compete with that "when I heard that some under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974
care revision apparently going the insurers -- on Dec. 9. So senators want to tax our health (ERISA).
from bad to worse for workers, speakers and statements fo- care benefits, I just couldn't be-
unionists on Dec.10 rallied and cused on stopping the tax on lieve it. It will hurt families like Basic Financial Statement
lobbied against one of the worst workers’ benefits, though the mine. Benefits under the plan are provided by a trust. Total plan
public option is also a key cause "We're not rich. We're aver- expenses were $2,521,857. These expenses included $315,157
ideas in it: Taxing their health
in administrative expenses and $2,206,700 in benefits paid to
benefits. for labor in health care revision. age middle class Americans. We
participants and beneficiaries. A total of 861 persons were
Sanders has a pending amend- need quality health care. There's
“We ment to the health care revision
to dump the benefits tax.
“We need a strong public
no question that companies will
look for ways to pass on this tax
– they're sure not going to pay
participants in or beneficiaries of the plan at the end of the plan
year, although not all of these persons had yet earned the right
to receive benefits.
The value of plan assets, after subtracting liabilities of the
don’t health insurance option to keep
insurance companies honest
and fair financing -- with em-
it. That means my benefits will
be cut and my costs will go up. I
support health care reform but I
plan, was $24,080,699 as of December 31, 2008, compared to
$31,617,136 as of January 1, 2008. During the plan year the
plan experienced a change in its net assets of $-7,536,437.
This change includes unrealized appreciation or depreciation
ployers shouldering their re- can't afford this tax," she said.
need sponsibility and no new taxes
on health benefits,” AFL-CIO
President Richard L. Trumka said
“Imposing an excise tax on
health insurance plans would be
a disaster for millions of middle
in the value of plan assets; that is, the difference between the
value of the plan’s assets at the end of the year and the value of
the assets at the beginning of the year or the cost of assets
acquired during the year. The plan had total income of $-
Dec. 9. class Americans,” Sanders said.
any "Instead of taxing those who
already provide benefits, those
employers who don't pay,
“Some of my colleagues would
have you believe the tax only
falls on ‘Cadillac’ health care
5,014,580 which included employer contributions of $1,259,905,
earnings from investments of $-6,384,467, and other income of
more should pay," Cohen added at the
Capitol Hill rally.
That includes Wal-Mart, ac-
plans, but the truth is that the
plans this bill will tax are more
Your Rights To Additional Information
You have the right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or
any part thereof, on request.
The items listed below are included in that report:
cording to CWA, UFCW, the The AFL-CIO came out
taxes on Teamsters, the Steelworkers, the
Farm Workers and UAW. In a
full-page newspaper ad, they
strongly for Sanders’ plan to
kill the tax.
-An accountant’s report
-Financial information and information on payments to service
-Assets held for investment
the declared the world’s largest pri-
vate employer -- notorious for
its low wages, rabid anti-union-
“Taxing -Information regarding any common or collective trusts, pooled
separate accounts, master trusts,
or 103-12 investment entities in which the plan participates
To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof,
ism and high-cost health care --
would be virtually unaffected by
the Senate’s health care revision.
workers' write or call the office of:
JOINT BOARD OF TRUSTEES-BRICKLAYERS’ & ALLIED
“The Senate wants to make the CRAFTWORKERS LO 3 NY (ROCHESTER CHAPTER)
Wal-Mart model into law,” their
The tax on workers health in-
health ANNUITY FUND
3750 MONROE AVENUE
PITTSFORD, NY 14534
surance will hit 30 million fami- (585)385-1160
It’s just unfair,” declared Jim
Huber, 59, a 42-year Steelworker
-- and his union local’s benefits
lies in the first five years of the
plan, Cohen said. He also cited
a new poll commissioned by
benefits The charge to cover copying costs will be $3 for the full annual
report, or $0.50 per page for any part thereof.
manager -- at the longtime You also have the right to receive from the plan administrator,
Bethlehem Steel mill and its suc-
cessor plants at Baltimore’s
CWA that finds 70% of voters
surveyed strongly oppose tax-
ing health benefits.
is just on request and at no charge, a statement of the assets and
liabilities of the plan and accompanying notes, or a statement of
income and expenses of the plan and accompanying notes, or
The Teamsters, who also both. If you request a copy of the full annual report from the plan
Huber’s comments and
those of other speakers focused
on one of the two worst sections
support Sanders’ move to kill the
tax on workers’ health insurance,
noted it would be a 40% tax on
plain administrator, these two statements and accompanying notes
will be included as part of that report. The charge to cover copying
costs given above does not include a charge for the copying of
of the Senate health bill: A plan these portions of the report because these portions are furnished
to tax workers’ health benefits
worth more than $8,500 for an
individual and $23,000 for a fam-
any insurance over the mini-
mums. “Millions of working
Americans will pay thousands
wrong,” without charge.
You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual
report at the main office of the plan:
of dollars more in taxes under the Holt Baker said. “A tax on
ily. Unionists vehemently op-
Senate’s proposal to finance benefits would mean higher JOINT BOARD OF TRUSTEES-BRICKLAYERS’ & ALLIED
pose that, arguing they have
health reform,” said Teamsters premiums for workers already CRAFTWORKERS LO 3 NY (ROCHESTER CHAPTER)
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“Cadillac plans” its foes criticize.
belong to a union.” more for the health care they
Huber was joined by CWA and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, DC, or to
Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, have now.
President Larry Cohen, AFL-CIO obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment
and Al Franken, D-Minn., are “Union members know first of copying costs. Requests to the Department should be
Executive Vice President Arlene
Sanders’ allies. hand that a tax on working class addressed to:
Holt Baker and other workers at
Hoffa cited a Mercer Consult- families is the wrong way to pay
a Capitol Hill rally organized by
ing survey showing two-thirds for health care reform. They Public Disclosure Room
Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind.-Vt.
of firms would cut benefits in- have fought hard for their mod- Room N-1513
Sanders originally planned to Employee Benefits Security Administration
stead of paying the tax, and an- est health care benefits and they
again push his plan to trash U.S. Department of Labor
other 23% would load it onto know there's nothing ‘Cadillac’
present dysfunctional expen- 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
their workers. about them. But this is not just
sive private-insurer-run health Washington, DC 20210
After the rally, CWA mem- a union issue. Taxing benefits
care in favor of a federal-run
bers from nine states, and other would hurt all workers. In fact,
single-payer health care system.
unionists, lobbied lawmakers one in five workers would be
Single-payer rallies also were
both to vote against taxing their hurt by this tax. It would be an-
held Dec. 10 near dozens of sena-
health care to pay for everyone, other blow to middle class fami-
tors’ field offices in cities nation-
and to vote for the House- lies,” she said.
wide, the same day.
passed health care revision bill’s
way to accomplish that goal: Tax
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Ten Years Ago Today:
Seattle Protests Put Employer Tax Fraud Activities
Globalization on Center 24-Hour Toll Free Hotline
Stage The New York State Labor Department has an anonymous
24-hour toll-free hotline for those who wish to report employer fraud.
(PAI)- Don McIntosh, asso- we will continue to be in a glo- Oregon AFL-CIO chartered and
ciate editor of the Northwest bal economy, we need to make filled a 350-seat Amtrak train,
Labor Press, writes about the sure the rules of that global while other Oregon labor orga- Examples of employer tax fraud are:
10th anniversary of the mas- economy are taking care of nizations accounted for 15
sive march against the World working people and the envi- more buses. - Paying “Off the books” or “under the table” wages
Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) ronment, not just corporate On Nov. 30, some 20,000
meeting in Seattle and the con- profits. people, mostly labor unionists,
tinuing struggle to rebalance a For months leading up to the attended a union rally in Me- - Intentional misclassification of workers as independent contractors
global economy that now ben- meeting, [labor leaders and en- morial Stadium, and then were
efits only the wealthy. The ar- vironmental and community joined by another 15,000 in
ticle is excerpted from the activists] made extraordinary “feeder marches” in a permit- - State Unemployment Tax Act (SUTA) dumping – shifting workers
Northwest Labor Press. To efforts to educate people about ted march to downtown. But between employer payrolls to improperly use a lower tax rate
read the entire article, click here. the WTO, and reached out to as marchers neared the conven-
Ten years ago on Nov. 30, other groups to coordinate a tion center, they found the
50,000 people protested a week of protests. streets full of people. The pro- Misclassifying workers and paying workers off the books can have a se-
meeting of the World Trade Or- The union movement fo- cession ground to a crawl and vere impact on workers and employers in industries where the practice pre-
ganization in Seattle. The pro- cused on a rally and march on split into at least three streams, vails. Misclassifying workers is a felony in New York State
tests succeeded in delaying the Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999—Day some mingling with the protest-
summit’s opening day and con- One of the meeting. Seven staff ers blocking intersections.
tributed to the collapse of plans organizers assigned by the na- Steve Hughes, today a union For employers, it creates an unfair economic advantage and imposes higher
for a new round of trade nego- tional AFL-CIO worked for rep at Oregon AFSCME Coun- costs on responsible employers. This makes them less competitive and more
tiations. It was one of those two months to prepare. The cil 75, was then part of a group likely to be under-bid by businesses that intentionally misclassify workers.
rare moments in history when International Longshore and of The Evergreen State College
ordinary people rise up and can Warehouse Union (ILWU) re- students occupying an inter-
no longer be ignored. solved to shut down Washing- section near the convention For workers, it affects working conditions by encouraging unscrupulous
Before the Seattle protests, ton ports for the day so mem- center. He says: employers to ignore labor protections, such as wage and hour requirements
few people had ever heard of bers could take part. Other The WTO was one of those and safety and health regulations.
the WTO, a secretive organi- unions paid lost wages so moments where there was a
zation that promotes and en- members could get off work to crack in the facade and we got a
forces multinational trade attend. The Machinists com- taste of our power. It was a SUTA dumping occurs when employers and/or their representatives trans-
agreements. But the public was mitted to turn out 900 mem- vision of how different groups fer employees between multiple payrolls strictly to obtain lower UI tax rates.
increasingly aware that growth bers to serve as parade mar- could work together and how
in worldwide trade was not shals. United Steelworkers our causes are interrelated.
benefiting workers or the envi- scheduled an annual conference On Day Four of the summit,
ronment. to take place in Seattle just the WTO talks collapsed when
WTO didn’t create the
offshoring of U.S. manufactur-
ing jobs. But the WTO served
prior to the WTO meeting, re-
serving 500 hotel rooms.
The International Confedera-
delegates from less-developed
countries walked out. The up-
rising punctured the perception
Report: T-Mobile Mistreats
to “grease the skids,” by low-
ering tariff and “non-tariff”
barriers to trade.
tion of Free Trade Unions [now
the International Trade Union
Confederation] scheduled its
of inevitability or omnipotence
that free-traders had enjoyed.
After Seattle, free-traders
Not all interests are equal at annual meeting in Seattle as adopted the rhetoric of protest-
the WTO, says Thea Lee, well, drawing unionists from ers, saying it was important James Parks cording to the report. Click here give T-Mobile USA employ-
to read the full report, which ees, who do not have a union,
deputy chief of staff to AFL- more than 100 countries. Each that labor and environmental AFL-CIO was written by John Logan, greater strength to fight the
CIO President Richard local labor council in Washing- concerns be considered. But
Trumka: ton organized between three labor and green groups were not T-Mobile USA and its par- director of labor studies at San company’s anti-worker prac-
The bias is toward the in- and 10 busloads, and labor fooled and continue to oppose ent company, German telecom- Francisco State University. tices, he said.
terests of multinational corpo- councils in Colorado, Montana new international trade agree- munications giant Deutsche Based on DT’s strong record T-Mobile employees in the
rations. The labor movement’s and British Columbia orga- ments. Telekom (DT), have waged a of supporting workers’ rights United States work in an at-
view is that to the extent that nized bus and car caravans. The systematic campaign to pre- in Europe, the American union mosphere of fear and are afraid
vent employees from forming movement helped open the to be seen supporting a union.
a union, according to a new re- door for the company to enter In fact, a T-Mobile USA worker
Workers Give Rite Aid CEO the port. the U.S. wireless market in appeared at the November
“Lowering the Bar or Setting 2001. Communications Work- press conference in a disguise
Raspberry for Union-Busting the Standard? Deutsche
Telekom’s U.S. Labor Prac-
ers of America (CWA) Presi-
dent Larry Cohen says:
and only spoke by whispering
to Cohen and others who re-
tices,” released today by the Since then, we have seen layed answers to questions.
(PAI)- Workers at Rite Aid’s Lancaster, Calif., distribution center have been fighting for justice and no respect for workers’ rights, Worker X, as he was called, said
American Rights at Work Edu-
a voice at work for years. Here’s the latest report on their battle from Rand Wilson, AFL-CIO just eight years of intolerance the company monitors the ac-
cation Fund, shows that al-
Organizing Department communications specialist. For more background on the workers’ fight, click and hostility toward workers tions of union supporters and
though DT respects workers’
here, here and here. and complete disregard of their often fires them. Worker X was
rights and cooperates closely
A Rite Aid drugstore worker from California and enthusiastic supporters in New York City rights to organize and bargain afraid they would recognize his
with unions in Germany, it rou-
upstaged a corporate banquet where former first lady Laura Bush came to honor Rite Aid CEO Mary collectively. It’s now time to voice if he spoke aloud on the
tinely mistreats workers in the
Sammons and other executives at a midtown hotel last night. hold DT and T-Mobile USA microphones.
United States and tries to
Protesters held signs and banners outside, and several went inside attempting to offer Sammons a accountable. “We believe that through this
thwart their freedom to form
free plane ticket if she would agree to visit 600 workers at the company’s regional distribution center Take action now. Click here new union, we will contribute
in Lancaster, Calif., where continuing labor violations have drawn Rite Aid into a bitter nationwide to sign a petition to tell to better working conditions for
Says Kimberly Freeman
conflict. For more than two years, workers at the distribution center have united in the International Deutsche Telekom that T-Mo- workers in both countries,”
Brown, executive director of
Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) trying to achieve better pay and working conditions. bile USA’s employees deserve says Lothar Schröder, member
American Rights at Work:
Some 30 representatives from other Rite Aid unions, including the United Food and Commercial respect and rights. You also can of the Federal Executive of
Workers, SEIU 1199 and the Teamsters, along with the Longshoremen (ILA) attended a special sign a Twitter petition here. ver.di.
rights and needs benefits em-
briefing by ILWU leaders and the protest event outside the banquet. Union leaders were joined by The disparities between DT Management must get used
ployees, their families, and a
representatives from the New York City Central Labor Council (NYSLC), AFL-CIO, the commu- employees in Europe and the to the idea that we are repre-
company’s bottom line. T-
nity-labor coalition New York Jobs with Justice and student activists from New York University. United States led to an unprec- senting the interests not only
Mobile’s parent company be-
Outside the hotel, protesters met drugstore executives who arrived for the corporate banquet with edented partnership between of German workers but of
came a leader in the telecom in-
large banners and fliers highlighting Rite Aid’s continuing aggressive interference with workers’ rights CWA and ver.di, the German American workers as well. This
dustry in Europe by working
at the Lancaster center where employees have been fired and threatened for supporting a union. telecommunications workers is the right response to global-
with their employees and prov-
Workers there decided to join the union after Rite Aid enacted policies that hurt families by union. The two recently joined ization.
ing that there is a better way to
requiring parents to work mandatory overtime with no notice, preventing them from picking up their forces to create a new union CWA and ver.di are working
do business. It is inexcusable
children after work. known as TU to collectively with the international skills fed-
that our dysfunctional labor law
Tim Brown, who works at the Rite Aid distribution center, flew out to represent his co-workers advance fair treatment and col- eration UNI Global Union to
system allowed T-Mobile USA
at the New York City event. lective bargaining for all DT win a commitment from DT
to disregard its employees’
Our families in Lancaster feel disrespected because the company has been violating our rights and workers. that it will guarantee basic
rights here in the United States.
breaking the law. We want to help Rite Aid be a better company and treating people right would be Cohen told a press confer- worker and union rights to all
T-Mobile USA routinely
a good place to begin. ence in Washington, D.C., last of its employees everywhere
uses illegal or unethical prac-
The struggle by workers in Lancaster illustrates why working families need the Employee Free month that unions must de- in the world. “This agreement
tices to thwart workers’ efforts
Choice Act to protect them from Rite Aid and other corporations that threaten and fire workers for velop unique partnerships like would end the double standard
to form a union, including man-
supporting unions, use stalling tactics to prevent workers from obtaining a first contract and allow this one to operate in a global now in place when it comes to
datory anti-union meetings and
companies to violate existing laws with impunity. Workers in Lancaster have been trying to negotiate economy dominated by multi- workers’ rights,” said UNI
one-on-one meetings between
a first contract with Rite Aid for more than 18 months, have held more than 60 negotiating sessions national companies. TU will General Secretary Philip
workers and supervisors, ac-
with the company and still have no contract. Jennings.
Labor News - December 11, 2009 -- Page 9
MILLWRIGHTS LOCAL 1163
JOEL Van Schaffel,Terry Middleton and Rodney Richer
C OUNCIL R EPRESENTATIVES
Web: http://www. local1163.com/
MONTHLY UNION MEETING
Held on the second Tuesday of every month
January 12, 2009
Courtyard by Marriot
11 Excelsior Ave
March meeting will be held the first Tuesday March 2nd instead of the second
Scholarship Applications are now available call the hall if you would like one
mailed to you.
Albany Training Center Long Island Training Center Hudson Valley Training Center
27 Warehouse Row 270 Motor Parkway, Dept B 52 Stone Castle Road Ste 1
Albany, NY 12205 Hauppauge, NY 11788 Rock Tavern NY 12575
(518)438-0901 (631)952-9555 (845)567-1810
Syracuse Training Center Buffalo Training Center Horseheads Training Center
3195 Vickery Rd 1000 N. Blossom Road 181 Industrial Park Road
Syracuse, NY 13212 Elma, NY 14059 Horseheads, NY 14845
(315)455-6463 (716)668-9470 (607)739-1302
Rochester Training Center
21 Jet View Drive
Rochester, NY 14624
DISTRICT COUNCIL 4 / GLAZIERS 677
DAN BOODY, BUSINESS MGR. • BOB SINOPOLI, BUSINESS REP.
ROCHESTER – January 4, 2010 (Monday), 5:00 PM
Our next regular meeting will be at The Moose Lodge #2290, 5375 W. Henrietta Road,
Rochester, NY 14586. The Executive Board will meet at 4:30 PM
SYRACUSE- January 6, 2010 (Wednesday), 5:00 PM
Our next regular meeting will be at 615 West Genesee Street, Syracuse at 5:00 PM
Please refer to your District Council #4 UPDATE for training classes being offered. To
register for hands-on Upgrading Health and Safety Training Classes, please call Dis-
trict Council #4 Apprenticeship Secretary, Kathy Velie at (800) 860-3856. Classes will
EVEN A MINOR WORK INJURY IS IMPORTANT be held unless notified by the District Council #4.
THE FOLLOWING CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT THE CNY TRAINING CENTER IN
TO YOU AND TO ME . . .I’M ANDY MANNIX, GENEVA
December 12th, Saturday, 8:00AM – 4:30PM -Industrial & Shop Workers Vehicle Safety
LICENSED WORKERS’ COMPENSATION REMINDER: All apprentices Blue Books must be submitted to the Apprenticeship
Office monthly for review and recording. If you cannot submit your Blue Book in person,
THERE IS NO COST TO HAVE YOUR INJURY AND CLAIM you must send it by fax:(716) 565-0306.
Please take advantage of the training being offered. Having access to the Training
Center is a privilege. These classes will be a benefit to you and to our trade.
EVALUATED . . . LET ME HELP YOU -- CALL SAFETY should be your #1 priority, make sure your 10-HOUR OSHA is updated! Your
OSHA card is only good for 5 years, if your card is older than 5 years you need to get in
an OSHA 10 Construction class! Be sure to pay attention and WORK SAFE!
It is now possible for members to access their PAP Accounts from the DC-4 website
to view the balance in their Heath & Welfare and Wage Replacements accounts. You
will also be able to view Employer Contributions, Medical Reimbursements, Vacation,
Holiday, Sub and Disability payments. Go to DC-4.org, click on Member Login.
Direct Deposit is now available for Health Care and Wage Replacement Accounts. If
you are interested in Direct Deposit of your Medical Reimbursements and or your
70 Cascade Drive Holiday and Vacation Checks, please call Wendy at the Funds Office to obtain a Direct
Deposit Authorization Form. In order to participate in this program an Authorization
Form must be completed and signed and submitted along with a voided check. You
can obtain more information by calling the Funds Office at 585-271-2840.
H&W OPEN ENROLLMENT
Information for open enrollment has been sent out; if you did not receive the informa-
tion please contact the Health & Welfare Office.
We wish to extend our sympathy and condolences to the family of Daryl Pepe, on the
recent death of his mother, Gertrude. Also, we wish to extend our sympathy and condo-
lences to the family of Richard Tostanoski, on the recent death of his brother, Francis.
“Representing Members of the Rochester Building Trades Since 1988” KEEP THE UNION OFFICE UPDATED ON YOUR WORK STATUS
We need a current OUT-OF-WORK LIST at all times. Please call the Union Office to let
us know of your status!! We can’t send you back to work if we don’t know you are off!! If
you go back to work, let us know, so we can take you off the list.
GET YOUR DUES PAID UP!
If you are still more than three months behind you will be charged a $ 50.00 suspen-
sion fee. There will be no exceptions to this fee!!
Bob Sinopoli, Bob Casella
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PLUMBERS & PIPEFITTERS LOCAL 13 ROOFERS LOCAL 22
JOHN PERTICONE, BUSINESS MANAGER MICHAEL J. MONAGHAN, BUSINESS MANAGER
Happy Holidays to all the members… Trusting that the deer season is going well for Union Meeting-The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 12th at 5:30. Executive
the hunters and all are being safe ! Board will meet prior to regular meeting at 4:00.
Wegmans gift certificates are available to unemployed members. Please stop down If you can not be at work-for any reason, make sure you call the contractor or the
to the Hall and see John or Bill for this benefit. Union Hall. Call when you get laid off, otherwise we may not know if you are out of work.
On behalf of all the Officers and members, we wish everyone a Safe and Happy Address/phone number changes-Call the office if your address, home phone num-
Holiday Season. There is going to be some work starting real soon, so please keep ber or cell phone number changes. You can also email changes to the office at
in touch with the hall for job opportunities. email@example.com. If you have an email address, let us know. It is a fast economi-
REMINDER: cal way to relay information.
·Make sure to contact the Union Hall with any address or phone number changes. All Certified Welders-It is your responsibility to keep your cards current. Once you
·Should you be laid off, it is imperative that you come to the Hall and sign the unem- get a signature make a copy of your card and keep it in a safe place. Lost cards without
ployment book and keep in touch with Bill Kurtz. a copy cannot be replaced! Make sure you get your cards to the office before the
·You need to keep the Hall posted on your place of Employment, call immediately if expiration date so your renewal card can be issued.
you are laid off or change shops. Monthly Dues-PER OUR INTERNATIONAL AS OF JANUARY 1st, 2010 DUES WILL
·The Toll Free phone number for Local 13 is now: 1-800-224-8544. INCREASE $1.00. ($35.00 PER MONTH FOR JOURNEYMAN & $33.00 PER MONTH
·The website is up and running at www.ualocal13.org. There is quite a bit of informa- FOR APPRENTICES). It is time get caught up on your monthly dues. If you are six
tion to keep you posted. months behind on your dues your membership will be terminated. We are no longer
·Your dues are your responsibility, please check your card and make sure you going to tolerate delinquencies.
are up to date. There is a $50.00 reinstatement fee when you are 3 months past Remember-work smart and work safe. Insurance is a major cost to our contrac-
due……no exceptions. tors! Everyone, especially Foreman need to remember you’re representing the Local
and your employer while at work. DON’T TURN YOUR BACK ON SAFETY!
Save the Date: Every member has a responsibility to adhere to the Ironworkers “Standards of Excel-
• 2010 - Local #13 Picnic: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. at Ellison lence”. Violations will not be tolerated!
Park, Creekside. If you do get hurt on the job, make sure you report it, get it documented and fill out a
* 2009- Local # 13 Children’s Christmas Party: Saturday December 12th, 2009, report if needed.
10:00 A.M.-12:00 noon. T-Shirts are in-$10. Various colors with or without pockets.
• 2010 - Local #13 Clam Bake: Saturday October 2nd, 2010 1:00 P.M.-Till? Hoodies-are in, various colors-($30 for regular sizes)
* 2010-Local # 13 Benefit Fair: Thursday October 14th, 2010 Hats-Camo baseball hats are $10. Winter knit hats-$9.00.
Our Condolences to Jeff Keber, Jamie Augustine and Jerry Landers on the passing If you know someone who is not receiving the Labor News and would like to, the cost
of their fathers. In addition, our thoughts go out to Jerry and George Warren and Ed is $18.00 for a 1 year subscription. Call the office and I will send you the form. This
Champlin on the passing of their mothers. would make a great gift for a retiree.
Congratulations to Jared Broderick and his wife on the birth of their son Evan. Website-is up and running and being updated weekly. Check it regularly for news,
upcoming training and other pertinent information. Go to http://ironworkers33.org to
BENEFITS OFFICE view it.
Steve Ostrander—Fund Manager If you have ever thought about being an apprentice instructor, now might be a good
MEMBERS time to get involved. With our new certification, we could use a few more qualified
HEALTHY BLUE Members: When a non-emergent medical issue does not require instructors.
an Emergency Room visit, or if you cannot get in to see your physician, you can visit an John Linehan, Jr. (315-651-9873) has scheduled our international to inspect &
Urgent Care Center and get the care you need. The copay for the Urgent Care Center certify our welding program on December 18th.
is $40 vs. $150 for the Emergency Room. There are many convenient locations. For TRAINING SCHEDULE-OSHA 30-2/16, 2/17, 2/20, 2/23, 2/24, 2/27. SUB PART R-3/16,
up to date locations you can visit www.excellusbcbs.com or contact the Fund Office for 3/17. CPR/FIRST AID-3/20.
a complete listing. Remember to contact your doctor after getting urgent or emer- Peter Whitcher Scholarship-applications will be available at the office on January
gency services for any follow-up care you may need. 1st 2010.
ATTENTION OVER 65 Retirees Good & Welfare-On behalf of all the officers we hope you have a Merry Christmas
Health Insurance Billing Statement: We will be providing you with a yearly pay sched- and a bright & happy New Year.
ule for your Health Insurance in late December. This will replace the quarterly bills Bits & Pieces-In the end, you’re measured not by how much you undertake but by
that we issued in the past. This will now be your reference for paying your health what you finally accomplish.
insurance for the year. Mike & John
The Guaranteed Interest Fund remains at 2.95% for the first six months of 2010.
“Be Green”—receive your quarterly annuity statement via e-mail. This will arrive one
week prior to US Postal mail delivery. To activate this visit www.prudential.com/online/
retirement or contact Joan Termini in the Fund office at 338-2310 x107.
January 2010 Pension checks will be deposited on January 4, 2010 due to the
VOTING FOR PENSION TRUSTEE will be held at our December 22nd Union meet-
ing 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Nominees are: Brandon Tumia, Steve Yatteau and Jeff Green
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to Everyone! School will be closed the
final 2 weeks of December for the Holidays. Our Spring Semester will be starting up
on January 4th.
Certification is the best route to keeping your current job, or getting back out if you are
out of work. Welder Certification classes for Journeymen are offered every Monday
and Thursday evening, and Saturday mornings. In addition to Welding Cert classes,
we offer Foreman Certification, Medical Gas, HVAC Star Certification and AutoCAD
Classes. A current class schedule is posted on the Local 13 website. Contact the
Training Office and sign up today!
Our next Welder Continuity will be prior to the January 2010 Regular Union Meeting.
All UA certs can be updated on this date. Please check your continuity cards. Welder
Continuity is the responsibility of the welder. If you are counting on your employer to
maintain your continuity you may end up with a lapse, which would require you to
Please remember that all First and Second Year Apprentice get Monthly Evaluations
by their Forman. These evaluations help the JATC to identify and correct any problems
our apprentice may be running into. We also encourage the job supervisor to review
these evaluations with each apprentice, so they can understand the areas 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 Apprentices get
evaluations every 6 months.
As always, we remind you that all out of town seminar reimbursements must have
two weeks prior approval from the JATC. We require a Certificate of Completion within
90 days from the date of the course in order for the member to be reimbursed for these
training seminars. Forms are available on the Training Web Site at www.ualocal13.com.
Jerry Landers, Training Coordinator
We had a good turnout for our Nov. lunch. Thanks to Al Derthick for coordinating the
event and to everyone who helped with the cooking and clean up. Save the date :
January 13th for the next event ! If you would like to bring a dish to pass feel free to do
so. We have a stove hooked up for your convenience in case you bring something that
needs cooking or warming up. Congratulations to Retiree Richard Thomann for his
8th HOLE IN ONE ! This took place at Majors Golf Club in sunny Melbourne Florida on
the 15th HOLE !
The next Regular Union Meeting is December 22nd @ 5:00 P.M. Please stay in-
formed and come to the union meeting. Dave Olin was the winner last month for free
dues ! John Perticone, Business Manager
Labor News - December 11, 2009 -- Page 11
LABORERS LOCAL 435
ROBERT BROWN, BUSINESS MANAGER
The next union meeting is Friday, December 23, 2009, at 8 pm in the large hall. The
retirees will still meet an hour earlier at 7 pm in the conference room. Stay informed by
attending our regular monthly meeting.
·CP Ward was low bidder on the Foundation Repair on the Sewage Treatment Plant
Project. (Monroe County)
·Crane Hogan was low bidder on the Civic Center Plaza Renovations Project.(Monroe
·Ramsey was low bidder on the NY/DOT: Bridge Replacement Project. (Monroe
-Once again we will have our annual Christmas food drive. Please bring your non-
perishable food items to our December regular union meeting. We will be distributing
the collected food items to various food shelters.
-Please make sure the union office has your correct phone numbers so we can
reach you if a job opportunity comes in.
-Super bowl pool is ready for the December meeting; the squares are $5 each, with
100% return to the participants.
Save the Date:
December 12, 2009 Union Christmas Party
December 23, 2009 Union Meeting
March 4, 2010 Open Interviews for Apprenticeship
Training and Apprenticeship:
If you are laid-off now is the time to take advantage of the training classes offered to
our members. This is a great way to make yourself and our union more marketable.
The more you know, the better your chances of continued work are.
Listed below are the classes being offered: All classes will be at the Oswego Train-
ing site, unless otherwise noted:
· December 14-18, 2009 Laser Level
· December 21-22, 2009 Cutting & Burning
· December 28,2009 Asbestos Supervisor Refresher
· December 29, 2009 Asbestos Handler Refresher
· December 30, 2009 Hazardous Waste Refresher
· January 4-8, 2010 Asbestos Handler 40 Hour
· January 5, 2010 Traffic Safety
· January 6, 2010 Confined Space
· January 8,2010 Hazardous Waste Refresher (Massena)
For a complete list of courses offered on training and apprenticeship or if you have
questions, please call the training office at (585) 546-8460
-I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.
-At the November union meeting, a motion was made and seconded to have ten
$100 gift cards, to raffle of to the membership, along with pizza & wings at the Decem-
ber 23rd union meeting.
-The office will be closed on December 24th at 1:00 pm, and will reopen at 7:00am on
December 28, 2009.
-The Office also will be closed on December 31st at 1:00 pm, and will reopen on
January 4, 2010.
- A suspension List is now being prepared and reminder letters were sent out last
week. The suspension list will be sent in to Washington on December 30, 2009. As
always, the union hall is not obligated to send out warning letters or notification - we do
this simply as a courtesy. You will receive notification first by receiving a warning letter,
followed by a follow-up phone call. If you are not sure of your status, you can call the
office any time at 454-5800, extension 301 or 302.
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SHEET METAL WORKERS LOCAL 46 IRON WORKERS LOCAL 33
JOSEPH P LEONE, JR., BUSINESS MANAGER
. MICHAEL ALTONBERG, BUSINESS MANAGER
THE NEXT UNION MEETING IS FRIDAY DECEMBER 18, 2009 AT 5:00 PM There is not very much that has changed since the last Labor News.
THIS IS OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY AT RICK’S PRIME RIB HOUSE!! The next union meeting is December 16th, 2009 at 6:00 pm. This is a special noti-
WE HAVE MOVED TO PAUL ROAD: Our phone numbers have remained the same fied meeting for the election.
but your Union and Benefit offices are now located at 244 Paul Road, Rochester, NY, Please be aware, the election and the Members Christmas Party will be at the old
14624. Union Hall at 244 Paul Rd. Rochester, NY 14624. Those who are not yet paid up
NOTICE TO ALL AUTOMATIC BANK CHECK DUES PAYERS: For all those members members are welcome to attend the party after the election is over. Please pass
who have their bank send in a check for dues, to avoid a delay in processing, please the word around.
contact your bank and provide them with our new address!!! There will be three (3) positions up for election; one (1) Executive board position for
NOTE: The School, AND ALL CLASSES, will remain at Rutter Street until further a three (3) year term, one (1) Pension Trustee position for a three (3) year term, and
notice. one Health and Welfare position for a three (3) year term. To be eligible to vote you
NEW CONVENIENCE: For the convenience of all members there is now a small must be a member in good standing. If you need to pay dues before the meeting,
“Member Room” in the front of our Union and Benefits office’s with a phone and a please arrive early, I will not be taking dues after the meeting begins at 6:00pm.
computer. You can stop by anytime to access the internet, check your Annuity ac- Our new Constitution and By-laws books have been printed and are available to any
counts, the Job bank etc. member who wants a copy. Drop by the hall and get one or come to the next regular
T-SHIRTS ARE IN! The new long sleeve t-shirts are in. At this time we have sizes meeting and I will have them available then. Please realize; to run for an Officers
small through 3XL. If you are owed one, please stop by SOON to get yours before we position of Local #22 you must attend five (5) regular meetings in each of the
are out of your size!! preceding two (2) years to be eligible for nomination. This important change should
DUES REMINDER: We would like to remind everyone that your dues must be paid be noted by anyone thinking about running in the future. Don’t say “nobody told
prior to the first day of the month. Please save yourself the late payment fees by paying me”. The clock starts now for the November, 2011 nominations. This new require-
your dues on time. ment does not take affect until the 2011 nominations, to give everyone two years to
SMWIA / UTU MERGER: Several weeks ago the 6th circuit court ruled that the injunc- have the opportunity to attend the required number of meetings.
tion imposed by the “Save our Union” faction of several UTU members was not proper Our contract provides for the calling of a substance abuse committee by the contrac-
and that the merger could proceed, apparently they intend to appeal … stay tuned! tors. They have now done so, and some sort of policy will be incorporated into our
ON THE WEB: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health contract. This provision has been in the contract for 19 years, but the committee
Administration (OSHA) has issued commonsense fact sheets that employers and was never called for until now. (Article XIX on page 42) Almost every trade has a policy
workers can use to promote safety during the current H1N1 influenza outbreak. The in place already, more and more job sites are demanding that policies are in place for
fact sheets inform employers and workers about ways to reduce the risk of exposure our members to work there. The focus from Local #22’s perspective is to help mem-
to the 2009 H1N1 virus at work. bers who truly need help with a substance abuse problem, while not putting an unnec-
OSHA’s “Workplace Safety and H1N1” Web site (available through www.osha.gov) essary burden on everyone else. We had a good discussion at the last meeting about
provides easy to understand information appropriate for all workplaces and more where this is all headed. Thank you to all who contributed their ideas, I look forward to
extensive guidance for those involved in higher risk health care activities. The fact more discussion in the future before we decide what this policy will be.
sheets are advisory in nature and informational in content. The Rochester Americans Hockey team is giving discounts for Union members.
Also, there is a new online tool is available to SMWIA members via the SMWIA Sunday December 20 at 5:00pm, Sunday December 27 at 5:00pm, Saturday January
homepage. Powered by Onvia, it tracks stimulus projects down to the county level. 23 at 7:00pm, Sunday January 24 at 5:00pm, Tuesday February 16 at 7:00pm, Satur-
This can be accessed at www.smwia.com day February 20 at 7:00pm, Sunday March 14 at 3:00pm, Sunday March 28 at
SAVE THE DATES: As this year draws to a close we have two events remaining for 3:00pm,and Friday April 2, 2009 at 7:00pm. We can get tickets for half price or even
2009. less. Please call the Union Hall as soon as you possibly can for the best seats, if you
are interested in this event.
· Union Christmas Party @ Ricks Prime Rib Watch for asbestos class dates coming soon!
Friday December 18th 2009 More members have been laid off recently. Things are slow and it’s not likely that to
pick up any before the winter lay off. I have sent information about work that is being bid
this month to all the contractors. If they bid the work and win, we will be in better shape.
LOCAL #46 RETIREE’S CLUB If you are Laid-off please come in and sign the out of work book. When work picks up
Our meetings are done for the year….we hope that everyone who attended a in the spring I will go to the book first to send out workers.
meeting had a good time and we look forward to seeing you next April! We have been in our new hall for over a year now and our mail is no longer forwarded
DECEMBER RETIREE’S BIRTHDAYS: Thomas Bryant, Ray Burlingame, Chris to the new address. Please tell your doctors and dentists etc. to use the new ad-
Champion, Jim Ferguson, Louis Guerra, Adam Homicz, Mike Houlihan, Alvy Lucas, dress for the funds office or we will not get the claims and your reimbursement may be
Harold Ocque, Sam Saporito, Bruce Schelter, Antonio Tantalo, Bernard Vito and delayed.
Tom Zdanowski. Check out the Local #22 website. http://www.rooferslocal22.com There will soon be
If you see one of them in December, wish them a very Happy Birthday! more pictures of a project our apprentices did to save a day care center from being
Fraternally, closed by the State inspectors. Ed Curran and Jason Talada had about 40 students up
Al Taylor on the roof, plugging the holes and re-flashing everything. The Community Child Care
Center, at 170 Troup St, serves low income parents in the aria. They had no budget for
a new roof. This will take care of them for about 5 years so they can raise some money
for a new roof. If anyone would like to take advantage of their services, call them at 232-
LOCAL #46 BENEFIT NEWS With the weather changing, please make sure you have rain gear and warm work
(585) 458-0400 cloths for the fall season. When your dressed for the weather you work safer and more
HEALTH FUND: As a reminder, please be sure to update your Dental and Vision If any member is facing foreclosure of their home, the Housing Council may be able
insurance with your providers. All Dental & Vision claims must now be sent to the to help. Please call Amer Haroon at 585-546-3700.
Health Economics Group, not our Benefits office. We still get a number of Dental and If you see steel going up or safety flags or any roof project, please call. This is so
Vision claims sent to our benefit office and this greatly delays the payments and/or important for me to be able to do my job better. 300 pairs of eyes are better than just
replies from Health Economics. You should have received a new pocket card some one. We are in this together; if we want to stay strong we need to work together. Thank
time ago… please be sure to present this to your provider at the time of service. Also, you to those that have called in jobs.
if you have not had a visit to your dentist or optometrist recently please contact them If you have had an address change or phone number change, please call the hall
and update your insurance, it would expedite payment for services when the time and give us your new contact information. It is very important that we have current
comes. information so we can reach you about Union or Funds issues.
HRA CLAIMS: We have extended the time you can submit for reimbursement of If there is anything about Local #22 that you want to understand better, please call
claims from 12 months to 24 months. This now means you can include all qualified and talk with me about it. (585) 235-0080 or (585) 750-7440.
medical payments you may have incurred within the past 2 years in your claim for Michael J. Monaghan
reimbursement. Reminder, this is a “REIMBURSEMENT” benefit and as such Claims Business Agent/Fin. Sec
cannot be accepted unless a copy of a cancelled check, credit card statement or paid
receipt is attached to the claim. Simply writing on your claim form - paid on such and
such a date is not adequate proof! If you pay by computer (internet payments) a copy
of your statement of payments is acceptable.
RETIREMENT: If you plan to retire in the near future please be sure to contact the
benefits office three months in advance of your plans. It takes several months for you
to get all of the affairs in order. We can sit down and discuss all of the details with you
at your convenience. You must also apply to National Pension Fund for a “Vesting
Application” separately. This can be easily done online at the NPF Website located at
http://www.smwnpf.org/ or follow the link from our IA Website at http://www.smwia.org/
or from our Local 46 Website at http://www.smw46.com/
PERSONAL INFORMATION: If you have moved or have changed phone numbers or
if you have changed your marital status, beneficiary status or dependant status please
be sure to inform our office. We cannot help you if we cannot find you.
Happy Holidays: “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood
puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without
tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ‘till his
puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if
Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps,
means a little bit more?” - Dr. Seuss
.A Simple Thought: “Even before Christmas has said hello, it is saying ‘Buy Buy’”.
Wishing Everyone a Safe and Wonderful Holiday. Joe and Greg
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Carpenters B.A.C. 3
CARPENTERS LOCAL 85 BRICKLAYERS & ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS LOCAL 3
FRANK WIRT, COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE EUGENE H. CACCAMISE, PRESIDENT/SECRETARY/TREASURER
BE AN INFORMED UNION MEMBER – ATTEND YOUR LOCAL UNION MEETINGS!! Upcoming Union Meetings:
Please be advised that the regularly scheduled meeting is on Monday, December There will be no chapter Meetings for the month of December due to the Mega
14, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Meeting Hall at 244 Paul Meeting!
Road, Rochester, NY. Refreshments will be served at this meeting.
Just a reminder that all stewards are to attend all Union meetings. Mega Meeting
REMINDER: DUES PAYMENTS BAC Local No. 3 New York
We would like to remind everyone that monthly dues are due the first of each month.
They must be paid at the Union Office. When sending in your monthly dues payments, December 12, 2009
please mail them to the following address: Carpenters Local Union 85 at 21 Jetview This Meeting is for you the
Dr., Rochester, NY 14624. We accept cash, money orders and checks for dues members to communicate with your Officers.
payments. We do not take debit or credit cards. Please DO NOT send dues payments Join Us and Find out what’s
to the Buffalo or Horseheads Funds’ offices because it will delay posting your dues Happening in Your Union!
REFERRAL LIST Burgundy Basin
If you are on the referral list and go back to work, please call in and let us know. You 1361 Marsh Road
may call the Local Union Office 24/7 – just leave a message if it is after hours. Pittsford, NY 14534
When you are first laid off, you must come in to sign the referral card. It has now been Breakfast will be served at 10:00 AM
approved to have members call at 30 days and again at 60 days, you must come in
again at 90 days and sign your referral card – then you may call in at 120 and 150 days. MORTAR BOARD CLUB
If you go back to work PLEASE call and let us know; if you do not call in and let us The Christmas Party will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2009. We hope to see
know you went back to work, your name will be removed from the list. If you have any you all there for some holiday fun!!
questions, please call the union office. Call/contact the Union’s office with announcements that you may wish to have in-
SUB PAY cluded in your Labor News column. Please contact Dennie and share your news and
Before opening a new claim for NYS Unemployment, for SUB pay purposes, you blessings!
must print out the old claim prior to opening a new claim because after opening a new Remember: We need you, the Union Member, to preserve the working and a “Free
claim, you will not be able to print out your unemployment history of payments for your America.” BE INVOLVED IN YOUR B.A.C. LOCAL UNION. YOUR UNION IS ONLY AS
old claim. If you need help printing your history of payments, stop by the union office STRONG AS YOU, ITS MEMBER
and we will help you do so.
If your membership status changes – away on military leave or collecting social
security disability, you need to let us know. While on active duty, you do not have to pay
dues, however, we first have to have your paperwork stating your leave date and your
dues must be paid current before this can be processed by the International; if not
done properly, your request cannot be processed. Also, if a member becomes dis-
abled and is approved for Social Security Disability, your dues will be reduced. We
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.
EMPIRE STATE COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS SCHOLARSHIP
Once again the Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters is offering eight (8)
scholarships with an annual stipend of $2,000 per scholarship for a period of four (4)
years each. Two (2) scholarships shall be awarded within each Region of the Empire
State Regional Council of Carpenters.
To qualify, the applicant must be graduating from high school in January or June
2010, and must be the natural or legally adopted son/daughter of a member in good
standing of the Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters. Applicants will be
considered eligible without regard to age, provided: they are unmarried; entering
college as a freshman without prior college credit; entering college with prior college
credit earned while completing the senior year of high school in either an early admis-
sions or advanced placement program; a mid-year graduate who entered college
prior to the academic year beginning in September, when a scholarship would first be
If you would like to have an application sent out to you, please call the Union Office at
585-328-6251 and make a request.
Applications must be postmarked no later than April 9, 2010 and all items must be
received in the Hauppauge Office by April 23, 2010 to be considered.
BJ’S CLUB MEMBERSHIPS
Local 85 has a corporate membership at BJ’s Club. If you would like to join with our
group, memberships are $21.60 per year. If you are interested, call Linda at Local
85’s Office at 585-328-6251.
WIN PRIZES AT MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
Don’t forget to attend monthly membership meetings and win prizes such as t-
shirts, hats and sweatshirts. We look forward to seeing you there…..We urge you to
attend the meetings and become an involved member!
Frank and David
TRAINING CENTER NEWS; 21 Jetview Drive, Rochester, NY
(585)-436-1110 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org :
The week of December 14th, we have our last 40 Hour Scaffold class scheduled
until next fall. The following classes will be offered here at the Training Center, Aerial
Lift, Fork Truck/Rough Terrain Fork Lift; December 15, 16 & 17; 7:00 am – 3:30 pm.
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 has openings available. 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
Karl, Steve, & Gerianne
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ELECTRICAL WORKERS LOCAL 86
DAVE YOUNG, BUSINESS MANAGER
Next Union Meeting: ELECTRICAL WORKERS LOCAL NO. 86 BENEFITS FUND OFFICE
The next Union Meeting will be a regular meeting held on Wednesday, January 13, 2300 East River Road / Rochester, New York 14623 / Telephone:
2010, at 5:30 p.m., in the Meeting Hall, at 2300 East River Road. (585) 463-3290 / Fax: (585) 436-1649
At the 37th International Convention that was held in September 2006 the delegates Following are some reminders and points of interest from your Benefits Funds
voted on increases to the International portion of your monthly dues by $1.00 or $3.00 Office.
per quarter for 2010. Effective January 1st, 2010 your quarterly dues will be increased INSURANCE
to $94.50. Flex Cards
Vacation Freeze: During the first quarter of 2010 we will be switching to flex cards for Supplemental
The annual vacation freeze for the close-out checks will start December 14th thru claims. This convenient, efficient debit card will allow you to pay providers immedi-
January 26th. The close-out checks will be mailed out on or about January 15th. The ately.
close-out check will include the November Vacation funds received in December. A few highlights:
Kiddies Christmas Party: - The flex card will expand your coverage to now cover over the counter drugs.
The Annual Kiddies Christmas party will be held on Saturday, December 19th, from - Prescription drug claims will be increased from six months to twelve months.
10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You must RSVP your children or grandchildren between the - The mandatory minimum balance will decrease from $250 to $100 but no longer
ages of birth to 10 years old no later than Monday, December 14th, at (585) 235-1510 can go to zero, unless retired.
ext. 302. - For claims submitted manually checks will be cut or direct deposited weekly.
NOTE: It is a very huge job to purchase enough gifts for 200+ children, so PLEASE - Accounts will be charged a $5 monthly fee.
make sure to sign up by the cut-off date because there will be no names taken after A full listing of covered items will be posted on the Local 86 website at
that date. No exceptions!!! www.ibewlu86.org.
Volunteers are needed, if you would like to help please call (585) 235-1510. Thank More information coming soon.
Journeyman Training – Upcoming Courses: Generic & over-the-counter versions of Prevacid® will save the plan money.
The JATC has scheduled the following classes. If you are interested in any of them, Members who take the brand-name prescription drug Prevacid® for treating heart-
please call the JATC office at 235-5050. If necessary, leave a message at extension burn and acid reflux have a significant opportunity to save the plan money by switching
300 and leave your name, phone number, and which class you want to attend. to the drug’s generic equivalent or over-the-counter (OTC) version now that the Prevacid®
Photovoltaic Class patent has expired, according to Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
The JATC has scheduled a photovoltaic class. This class is a total of 40 hours and The current retail price of Prevacid is approximately $212 per month. The generic
you must attend ALL days and hours. We have scheduled it during the day for those lansoprazole, which has the same active ingredients, is a lower-priced option that is
that are interested and may be out of work. We need a minimum of 6 people, maxi- expected to cost about 70 percent less.
mum of 12. The dates are listed below. The increased availability of generic and over-the-counter drugs saves consumers
Monday, December 21st, 8 AM – 4:30 PM money at the pharmacy through lower copays and out-of-pocket costs. They also
Tuesday, December 22nd, 8 AM – 4:30 PM lower benefit expenses for employer-sponsored plans.
Wednesday, December 23rd, 8 AM – 4:30 PM BENEFICIARY FORMS
Monday, December 28th, 8 AM – 4:30 PM Keep your Beneficiaries up to date. Please be sure to check and update your
Tuesday, December 29th, 8 AM – 4:30 PM beneficiaries at least once a year. Life changes (i.e. births, deaths, marriages, etc.)
LEED Training happen often and you many not remember to update them. Call us at 585-235-1515
LEED (Module 1 & Module 2) – Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design – if you have any questions.
To complete this course, you must attend 9 hours of instruction and pass the certifi- Submitted by the Benefits Fund Office.
cation test. This is a new certification required on upcoming “green” jobs. This class
is being offered two separate times. We are accepting a maximum of 20 people for IBEW Retirees Notes
each session of this class. Birthday wishes for December go out to Harold Cisco, Phil Smith, Richard Allen, Bob
Monday, January 4th & Wednesday, January 6th 4:30 PM – 9 PM – Both Nights Jeffers, Terry Kavanagh, Ed Roberts, Tom Davis, Marc Weiner, Gordon Hawk, Ron
Gerace, Dave Aurand, Ralph Giancursio, Jerry Carter, Glen Norton, Sue Wilson, Bill
Monday, February 1st & Wednesday, February 3rd 4:30 PM – 9 PM – Both Nights
McWhorter, August Orlando, Dick Fioravanti, Sam Hough, Richard Phelps, Jim Burke,
OSHA 30 Training
Mike Sherman, Bill Wolcik, Larry Dowdell Jr., Walt Johnson Jr. and Bob Ryan.
The JATC has scheduled two separate OSHA 30-hour classes. We are accepting
I am sorry to report the death of Brother Paul Swagler. Paul was a motor man for
20-25 people for each of these OSHA classes.
T.H.Green Electric for 45 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this
OSHA-30 Hour - Saturday, January 16th, 8 am – 6 pm
Saturday, January 23rd, 8 am – 6 pm
Dick Stephany is back in the hospital at this time. We wish Dick a speedy recovery. I
Monday, January 25th, 5 pm – 9 pm
have also been told that Kevin Simms is or was in the Jewish Home for rehab after
Wednesday, January 27th, 5 pm – 9 pm
knee surgery. We wish Kevin a speedy recovery.
+ a 2 hour Asbestos Awareness Class within the past year
Dates to remember: Wednesday December 16th. This is the Local 86 Annual Retir-
You MUST attend ALL days and ALL hours!!!
ees Christmas Party at the Local 86 Union Hall. Lunch will be served at noon. RSVP at
OSH-30 Hour - Saturday, February 6th, 8 am – 6 pm
(585)235-1510 ext.106 no later then Friday December 5th. Those with surnames M-Z
Monday, February 8th. 5 pm – 9 pm
are asked to bring a dessert to share.
Wednesday, February 10th, 5 pm – 9 pm
Saturday December 19th. This is the Local 86 Annual Kiddie Christmas Party(new
Saturday, February 13th, 8 am – 6 pm
borns to 10 years of age). It will be at the Local 86 Union Hall from 10am to 1:30 pm.
+ a 2 hour Asbestos Awareness Class within the past year
RSVP by Monday December 14th at (585)235-1510 ext 302. To ensure that every child
You MUST attend ALL days and ALL hours!!
has a gift NO RESERVATIONS WILL BE TAKEN AFTER DECEMBER 14th.
Introduction to Motor Control
The retirees cook book is still on sale. With Christmas coming this would make a
This class is scheduled to be 12-hours. Call early, we are only accepting a maxi-
great gift and it’s just $10.
mum of 10 people for this class.
This month the 2010 Sunshine Club membership cards go on sale. Just $6 for the
Monday, January 11th, 5 PM – 8 PM
year. We would like to see everyone become a member. The Sunshine Club is for all
Wednesday, January 13th, 5 PM – 8 PM
members and all members can benefit from the club. Show your brotherhood and
Monday, January 18th, 5 PM – 8 PM
suport the Sunshine Club. BUY A CARD.
Wednesday, January 20th, 5 PM – 8 PM
Thought for the day...Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit
there. Will Rogers
Please help us replenish the food the food pantries used last winter to help mem-
John Spears IBEW Local 86 retitee
bers who were in need. You can drop off non-perishable items at the Hall. Thank you
again for your continued support. Any questions call Tamie at (585) 235-1510.
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. This MUST be done every thirty (30) days. If you have not resigned within the
thirty (30) days you will roll off the books.
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
can be contacted and what order you want to accept the calls.
Drug testing can be done at Occupational Safety Onsite Inc., 1600 Lyell Ave, Suite C.
Please call (585) 723-3891 for same day appointments.
Thought for the day!
“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.” Don Marquis
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