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THE VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES PUBLISHED BY THE NORTHWESTERN OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL VOL. 86 NO. 6 USPS 905,000 SINGLE COPY 50 CENTS NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2011 Trades talk One set of political battles ends, but more fights ahead John Schlagheck and TV as well as he did is remark- Executive Secretary/ able. Business Manager His opponent claimed to be NWOBCTC with us until push came to shove If you spoke to your friends, and he showed his true colors. family members, neighbors, co- Shaun is one of us. The wrong workers or acquaintances about man won. Councilman Craig was the importance of voting in the sweating and he got lucky. November 8th election, I thank If you think that we are all you. If you volunteered in any way done and can now relax, you could for Labor-friendly candidates or a not be more wrong. school levy or No on Issue 2, I re- Everything started all over ally thank you. again Wednesday morning. OK, so If you attended the AFL-CIO they waited until noon on Thurs- party hosted by the Teamsters on day. That is when a group calling election night, you know we had a themselves Ohioans for Workplace How Progressives Won the Labor Rights Showdown in good time celebrating our victories Freedom held a press conference in Ohio and a not-so-good time commiser- Columbus and announced they had ating over our defeats. filed to collect petitions to place on We did bat over .500 that night the ballot a constitutional amend- by retaining Lindsay Webb, Paula ment to make Ohio a right-to-work Hicks-Hudson and Mike Collins on state. Toledo City Council. Tyrone Riley November 2012 is already the Cartoon via www.otherwords.org won a seat on Council and was sup- next “most important election of ported by some of our Locals. We are excited about Michelle Wagner our lives.” This election cycle will decide the U.S. President, all of the Issue 2: The people of Ohio ‘decided public who will be an excellent Municipal Court Judge. Of course defeating U.S. House, one third of the U.S. Senate, all of the Ohio State House, service workers’ rights were worth preserving’ Issue 2 was huge to say the least. over half of the Ohio Senate, many By Amy Dean Booth is executive assistant to Ger- workers’ rights were worth preserv- The candidate I was the most County Commissioners, County Truthout.org ald McEntee, the longtime presi- ing.” proud of was our own Shaun En- Sheriffs, Judges, countless issues Last month, the labor move- dent of the American Federation His answer seemed consistent right. This young man from East and now right-to-work-for-less. ment and its allies scored a major of State, County, and Municipal with the common “overreach” Toledo and IBEW Local 8 stepped Issue 2 was a mini-version victory with the repeal of Ohio Is- Employees (AFSCME). analysis. Many commentators ar- up and ran one helluva race for of RTW. In it was a provision sue 2/Senate Bill 5 (SB5), a piece But he is also an organizing gue the Ohio vote is symptomatic Toledo City Council. Taking on an to eliminate fair share payments of anti-union legislation signed by legend outside of the labor move- of a widespread backlash against incumbent is always difficult. For from employees who did not want Republican Gov. John Kasich. ment. In the 1960s, Booth served Republican governors who ex- a first-time candidate to come out to belong to a union. They would In a referendum that gave vot- as national secretary and vice presi- ceeded their electoral mandates swinging as Shaun did, unafraid to receive the same representation ers a chance to speak on the issue, dent of Students for a Democratic by ramming conservative agendas hold press conferences or to go to and benefits as union members but Ohioans resoundingly rejected Society (SDS), and in the 1970s through statehouses. all the political functions, parades would not be required to pay for the law, which would have gutted he was a prominent figure at the “I’m cautious about ‘over- and festivals tirelessly or to give them. Freeloaders. the bargaining rights of 350,000 Midwest Academy, an influential reach,’” Booth countered. “We interviews to radio, the newspaper (Continued on Page 4) public-sector workers. In a land- training ground for organizers. He stuck Kasich and his people with mark defeat for Republicans, voters has worked for AFSCME since that characterization, but as a fac- Check us out on the web... turned out in large numbers and voted 61 percent to 39 percent to 1974. Delving into the Ohio victory, tual matter overreach is the wrong word. Because what they did was www.nwobtc.org strike down Issue 2. To understand how progres- I opened with a simple question: “Why did we win?” right out of their game plan. They had electoral success in Novem- sives pulled off this remarkable “The people of Ohio decided ber 2010. And, in order to thwart The Northwest Ohio Building win, I spoke with Paul Booth, one that this was as a power grab by the everything that we stand for, they and Construction Trades Council of the chief strategists behind the governor and his people,” Booth wanted to cash that in as quickly campaign to repeal SB 5. Currently, said. “They decided public service (Continued on Page 6 ) PAGE 2 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2011 Brothers & Sisters, be able to put you to work. More Walmart: Finally the political season is past us and thankfully SB5 was importantly you will be on the list in case unemployment calls. Big corporation, THE VOICE OF THE defeated. But our work is not done. Our politicians in Columbus Lastly, it is once again the Holiday season. On behalf of with a tiny heart BUILDING TRADES that don’t like us are looking at the officers of Local 134, I would By Jim Hightower Published by the Northwestern Ohio Right to Work language. This is all like to wish everyone a safe How small can a giant corpo- Building & Construction Trades Council in an effort to break Unions. They and enjoyable Holiday season. ration get? I don’t mean in size, but ISSN: 1057-1299 ROOFERS LOCAL 134 are underestimating our strength Please be vigilant while out in spirit. Published Bi-Monthly by and desire to survive. When the celebrating and remember those Once again, America’s biggest THE TAR time comes we must be ready to who serve in our great nation’s commercial empire — Walmart — The “Voice” of The Northwestern Ohio fight. military who cannot be home for is displaying its incredibly shriv- KETTLE Work remains very strong. If you get laid off please contact the holidays. Best wishes and peace to all. eled ethical center by whacking the already meager health care benefits Building & Construction Trades Council this office immediately. We may Mike and Eva that hundreds of thousands of its Toledo, Ohio workers count on. John Schlagheck Injured? 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Outland, In addition to being a partner at a and difficult, particularly against a fighting for Building Trades mem- it. Marty Pedro, Don Huss, Fred major Toledo law firm for over ten corporation or insurance company bers for close to 15 years, and they Now, even that benefit is be- Keith, Jr., Phillip Copeland years, Tony served on the Ohio that has unlimited resources to fight have proven results. ing yanked from the 40 percent Academy of Trial Lawyers Board legal claims. Oftentimes, good Did you know there are 65 of Walmart’s employees who are Official voice of the Toledo Area of Trustees from 2003-2010. people are hurt due to the reckless- pages of lawyers in the Toledo part-time workers. Also, insurance AFL-CIO unions, organized labor. EXPERTISE. Over the years, ness or negligence of another, but phone book? 65 pages! Don’t roll premiums and deductibles are The Northwestern Ohio Building Tony has taken on the insurance the insurance company doesn’t the dice on your family’s financial and Construction Trades Council being dramatically jacked up for companies with great success. His want to pay! circulating is Allen, Ashland, Aug- security, move forward with the thousands of full-time workers. laize, Crawford, Clarke, Defiance, cases include numerous auto and “When people’s lives are confidence of almost 15 years of For example, one full-timer trucking accidents, snowmobile/ Delaware, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, turned upside down, and they can- union member representation. In who’s paid only $12,000 a year Hardin, Henry, Huron, Knox, ATV injuries and medical mal- not work, and the bills are piling addition to personal injury, the will see her premium more than Logan, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, practice incidents. 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A Walmart PR flak says that INJURED? decisions to whack the workers “were not easy, but they strike a POSTMASTER: Please send change of address to: The Voice of the Building balance between managing costs Trades, 909 Front Street, Toledo, Ohio We are pleased to announce the addition of ANTHONY E. TURLEY to our and providing quality care and 43605-2120 practice. Tony has over 13 years of experience in serious injury and wrongful coverage.” death cases. If you or someone you know has been injured, aggressive, “Care and coverage” for professional representation is required to fight the insurance industry for fair whom? Why, for the top execu- tives, of course. They get full compensation. health care coverage from the corporation. How’s that for boost- - Wrongful Death / Auto – Truck – Motorcycle – ATV Accidents / ing morale...and for morality? For THE VOICE OF THE Construction Related Injuries / Injuries to Minors / Nursing Home more information, go to ForRe- BUILDING TRADES Injuries / Animal Attacks / Birth Defects / Head – Brain trauma / spect.org/healthcare. Published by the Northwestern Ohio Defective Products / Mesothelioma & Asbestosis / Drug Recalls via www.otherwords.org Building and Construction Trades Council The upcoming publication date of The Voice of the Building DISCOUNTED RATES FOR BUILDING TRADES Trades, published by The North- MEMBERS and their FAMILIES western Ohio Building and Con- struction Trades Council, is: NO FEES UNLESS YOU WIN Feb. 2, 2012. The deadline for all news copy shall be on the first Thursday of each “even- numbered” month of the year. CALL THE TRADES’ LAWYERS - 419.244.8989 NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2011 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES PAGE 3 Carpenter nies that Ohio is not ready for their members and our families. ON THE BRIDGE union-busting tactics. It was hard work to show the 1 percent that To prepare for 2012 it is imperative that everyone who is IRON WORKERS Cuttings they cannot negotiate the major- ity of Ohioans out of their right to eligible to vote BE REGISTERED TO VOTE. negotiate the terms and conditions The Lucas County Democratic LOCAL 55 of their employment! Party is being hired to field staff We cannot rest on a single to support our president for re- Our thoughts and prayers are may be eligible to apply for lifetime victory. We are already preparing election. Applications are available with the family and friends of Gary membership. Call the hall or send for 2012, which may bring right- online at w22.barackobama.com/ DeLauter, for the loss of his father, William. Our sincere condolences DeeDee an E-mail at deedee@ iw55.org and she will send you an LOCAL 351 to-work legislation and constant attacks on our elected friends all jobs. Call me if you need more information on 2012 elections and to the family and friends of Emery application. over this state and the United States issues. Takacs for the loss of his brother, Please e-mail the hall at Hope this article finds all our as a whole. It is very important to Please have a safe and happy Richard; may their souls rest in firstname.lastname@example.org if you have members and their families well pay close attention to the ISSUES holiday season, and remember our eternal peace. children and/or grandchildren who and ready for the New Year. and WHO supports the constant union meeting on the 3rd Tuesday Under Doctor’s Care: Diane are involved in sports and/or extra- Thank you to all who helped attack on working class families at 7:30 p.m. Watch for our children Moore (Manny McCreary’s mom), curricular activities, their names, “DEFEAT” Issue 2, Senate Bill 5! everywhere. Our union will be as they are out to play during the Herbie Herzberg, Robert Sterling, ages, schools and/or teams that they Again, our union brothers, sisters keeping you and your family aware winter breaks from school. Don Dubry Sr., Russ Eldridge, Bill are on so that we may include them and our labor friends showed the of issues and candidates that either Fraternally, Vas, James Blaze, Tony Santos, in our newsletter. Anit-Union Governor and his cro- help or hurt quality of life as union Ronald Rothenbuhler Bill Rubliatus, Eugene Ward Sr., Journeyman Upgrading Nebra Garmon (James Garmon wife, Jack Juhasz’s daughter), Lee Curtis, Pete Wenzler, Annie Classes: PLEASE CALL PAUL AT 567-686-6063 OR 419-382- Unions are business partners, Wenzler, Gus Rahe, Matt Carver, Jim Witt Sr., Wally Roloff, Susan 3080 TO SIGN UP IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PUT ON providing value, skills, assets Miller (Frenchy’s wife), Robert A LIST FOR ANY UPCOMING A major Republican talking “That simply isn’t true. something it’s not. Reichert, Ella Hofmann (Mike’s CLASS. point in the War On Workers is “West goes on to talk about “I knew from my time on the mom), Regina Jefferson (Marvin Certified welders: Please DO that the National Labor Relations what he needs to run his shop and other side of the desk that being McBrayer’s sister), Mary Crump NOT forget to turn in your welding Board both hurts and limits small how Union workers have had a treated with respect had an impact (Johnny Crump’s wife), Chuck work reports EVERY SIX months. businesses. Politicians are having positive effect on his business. So on the quality of my work. I re- Rudd, and Kylee Blaze. If you let them lapse, your certifi- a conversation about the future of here’s what a real small business- member how paychecks get spent Here’s a get well to our sick cation will expire and you will be small business in America without man says he needs to succeed: on school clothes and sack lunches and disabled. forced to re-test. Call Paul at the letting small business leaders have talented and committed workers and trips to the doctor. Now that I Family additions: Tim and school to find out when you are due a say in it. with a voice on the job. am in management, I can see that Amy Topoloewski welcomed An- to turn one in. Enter Willie West, the founder “I run a sheet metal company we aren’t going to climb out of astasia Alicia on October 11. She Please note that the correct and owner of a sheet metal com- in Sterling, Va., where we fabricate this recession by treating workers weighed in at 8 lbs, 7 oz and is 21 fax number for the 6 month ODOT pany in Virginia, who on Oct. 26 and install sheet metal duct work worse. Meager wages, long hours, ¼ inches long. Congratulations! Welding update is 614-887-4123. gave his opinion on the NLRB for ventilation, air conditioning, and a lack of benefits aren’t the Food Baskets: Please note for those of you that fax your own and how it positively affects both and heating systems. My workers right thing for my community or that the procedures have changed reports in. workers and owners. Here are some are an integral part of my busi- my business. for our monthly food basket Apprenticeship Applica- highlights from his piece: ness and an important asset to its “It’s time that America’s real program. In order to be eligible tions. “As a small business owner, success. They are my business small business owners speak up. to pick up a monthly food bas- The Joint Apprenticeship I have an odd experience nearly partners, not a line item on my ac- Gutted safety standards, huge tax ket, please stop by the hall for a Training Committee is accepting every time I open a newspaper. Day counting forms. breaks for CEOs, and workers with voucher slip. You must be a mem- applications for the apprenticeship after day, pundits and politicians “My employees are members no rights or benefits won’t help me ber of Local 55, and LAID OFF, in program. Applications are being – most of whom have no actual of the Sheet Metal Workers’ Inter- and they won’t help my business.” order to receive one. Food baskets accepted every Monday, Tuesday experience running a business – national Association Local Union As for the witch-hunt of the are available the third Wednesday and Wednesday from 9:00am to rattle off talking points on what 100 and collective bargaining helps NLRB, it’s nothing more than the- of every month, for members in 3:00pm at the training center until I supposedly need. It’s strange. us work together. Despite what atrics. Working people and middle need. further notice. There is an applica- Even though I’ve never hired a K you’ve heard, I’m not experiencing class families face real problems FYI - Local 55 holds Alcohol- tion fee of $10. Street consultant, there’s an army any undue burdens because of my each day. Rather than acting as Wall ics Anonymous meetings in the If you have an announcement of them ready to speak for me. The union workforce. Quite the oppo- Street’s hired bully, Congress needs union hall every Friday evening you would like included in this free public relations service would site – when I hire a union member, get back to work creating jobs and and is hosted by Ed Alexander. newsletter, simply call the hall be nice, but unfortunately the Wall I know I’m getting a qualified, serving the people that elected You do not need to be a member or send an e-mail and we will be Street rhetoric doesn’t match Main well-trained worker who has un- them. in order to participate, everyone is happy to include it! Street’s reality. dergone rigorous and thorough Chaz Bolte welcome. May God Bless You and Your “Their latest claim is that small skills training. Their union pro- WePartyPatriots blog Members who are 65 years and Family! business owners such as myself vides an educational infrastructure older, or are permanently disabled, Joe Blaze III vehemently oppose the National that frankly, as a small business Labor Relations Board (NLRB). owner, I could not offer on my Since the 1930s, the NLRB has own. Having these skilled work- been charged with regulating union ers means my workplace is safer, elections and protecting workers’ which lowers costs, makes my rights against violations by both business more efficient, and helps employers and unions. raise profits.” Rep. John Kline of Min- West finishes his argument by nesota is the latest in a string of reflecting on his experiences being lawmakers to introduce legisla- on the worker side of the relation- tion that would limit, weaken, or ship and how it affects his decisions dismantle the NLRB altogether. as an owner. The voices of small Earlier this month, lawyers and business owners such as Willie anti-union spokesmen railed West are a refreshing addition to against the NLRB in Congressio- the national debate on the future nal hearings, claiming this small of unions because they come right agency is killing small busi- from the source without having nesses and, to use Rep. Kline’s the messages manipulated by big phrase, “wreaking havoc” on the political money to create talking economy. points to shape the debate into PAGE 4 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2011 Trades talk cept Secretary of State. We need to remember that there was a lot more union density in the workforce in FIRE ALARM Political battles ends, 1958 than there is today. Here are some fun facts about SPRINKLER FITTERS right-to-work states compared to LOCAL 669 but more fights ahead non-right-to-work states. •There are 22 RTW states most- ly in the south and west. That repre- Greetings Members, Journeymen. They are: John (Continued from Page 1) have that? It is these kinds of de- sents 44% of the U.S., however those I hope everyone had a Happy K. O’Dell from Mantua, Ohio, That is what happens in the 22 ceitful names they wrap themselves same 22 states are home to only 40% Thanksgiving with family and Adam D. Wilkinson from Can- right-to-work states. Unions have in to disguise their actual intent. of the U.S. population according to friends. November 4th was a great field, Ohio and Edward M. Zupko fewer members which equates to They do this to get uninformed vot- the 2010 U.S. census. day for Organized Labor in the from Mineral Ridge, Ohio. Con- inferior bargaining power (beg- ers to vote for causes against their •There are 124,892,143 people State of Ohio. We were successful gratulations to them on their ac- ging) which equates to less money better judgment. Pay attention. The living in RTW states. in defeating Issue 2. Thank you complishment. and poorer benefits for workers very name of this organization is •That leaves 28 non-RTW to everyone who understood the Effective January 1st, 2012 which equates to fewer members, deceptive by design. states located in the east, Great importance of this issue and the at- Local 669’s monthly dues rate will and so on. Since politics is our The people behind this orga- Lakes area, Midwest and West tack on Organized Labor and voted. increase to $22.00 per month. If lifeblood and the unions in RTW nization are Maurice Thompson Coast. They represent 56% of the The last Newsletter article there you have paid your dues in for 2012 states have less money with which and Chris Littleton. These are the U.S. but 60% of the population. were 17 Members on the unemploy- you will have to pay the difference to expend politically, their demise same two guys who put Issue 3 on There are 183,853,395 people liv- ment list. Today at the writing of ($2.00 extra per month) check your is inevitable. That is in fact our the ballot and won. Issue 3 was the ing in non-RTW states. this article there are 14 Members paid thru date and the months for enemies’ eventual goal. “anti-Obama Care” amendment. It •59,000,000 more people live on the unemployment list so things 2012 is the amount due. When you They have wanted to destroy is meaningless. Federal law trumps in non-RTW states where all work- have not changed a whole lot. Three send in the payment make a note unions since there have been state law. Sorry. The point is that ers enjoy a better lifestyle provided less is better than three more. I have stating the payment is for the $2.00 unions. They use terms such as these guys know how to get issues by union representation. talked to two of our contractors this per month difference so they can “the union” and “union bosses” and on the ballot and more importantly Behold more statistics: week and they tell me the projects apply it properly. “union thugs” attempting to show raise enough money to market the •The average worker in RTW that they have recently bid on and If your marital status has unions in a bad light. Unions are issue effectively. They are to be states earns $5,333 a year less than the upcoming projects to bid has changed due to divorce or a death not separate entities apart from the taken very seriously. workers in other states according to increased so that is somewhat posi- of your spouse remember to contact members. Unions are the members. Partnered up with them at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. tive. I also see this when I’m on the NASI. It is important for them so Our unions have elected leaders their news conference was Bryan •Also, there are 21% more CNC website for upcoming con- they can change your beneficiary who come from within to speak for Williams who is the director of people without health care and the struction projects to bid in our area. on your records. If your ex-wife our collective voices. So just who government affairs (lobbyist) for poverty rate is 20% higher in RTW With winter coming construc- is drawing off your health care do they want to destroy? the Associated Builders and Con- states from the Current Population tion usually slows down. So let’s plan and you don’t know about it Many Republican leaders na- tractors of Ohio (ABC). As we all Survey, Table HI06. hope for the best. Please keep the or didn’t make NASI aware of the tionally and in this state including know the ABC is the union of non- •The infant mortality rate is non-working members in your change of your marital status you the Governor, House Speaker and union contractors to keep their em- 16% higher and shockingly the rate thoughts and prayers during this could be responsible for her medi- Senate President are lukewarm to ployees from forming unions. The of workplace deaths is 51% higher Holiday Season. These are terrible cal costs. the idea of having RTW on the ABC is arch-enemy number one. in RTW states according to Death times and much more stressful The Local 669 Retirees in 2012 ballot. They want to keep con- They hate unions. They have a lot on the Job: The Toll of Neglect. when you have to deal with the Northwest Ohio will be meeting trol of the House and Senate here of money and have unlimited ac- •From the website www.labor- Holidays without a job. at Charlie’s Restaurant on Rt. 2, in Ohio and they want the White cess to money from untold sources radio.org more employers are shift- Our last District Union Meet- Airport Hwy., Swanton, Ohio the House back and do not want to give from God knows where. This is the ing health care costs to employees. ing was held on November 2nd in first Tuesday of each month at us a reason to keep motivated. proverbial un-holy alliance. The out-of-pocket costs to these Perrysburg, Ohio. There were 27 10:00 AM. You can contact Butch They realize that Issue 2 was The only time RTW was on the employees jumped 63% between Members in attendance. Eastern Zimmerman at (419) 822-4375. soundly defeated 61%-39% and that ballot in Ohio was in 1958. That 2003 and 2010. Regional representative Robert In closing have a Merry Christ- the current Governor only got 49% was before most people in today’s •The highest premiums were “Bobby” Cooper did an excellent mas and a Happy New Year with a year ago. The reason was that all labor movement were born. This paid by employees in Texas, Flori- job chairing the meeting and giving family and friends. Work smart and of organized Labor worked together initiative was sponsored by the da, and Virginia which are all RTW the National Officers reports. work safe your family depends on in a way that has not been seen in Ohio Chamber of Commerce. It states. The lowest premiums were There are several Members you returning home in the same perhaps generations. They have dis- was defeated by a margin of 63%- in Michigan, Montana, and Ver- who have completed the JATC shape you left in the morning. turbed the hornet’s nest. Regardless 37%. That year the Republicans mont which are all non-RTW states. Program recently and became Respectfully, Ted Lewis if it is on the 2012 or 2013 ballot we who campaigned hard for RTW, So, Ohioans for Workplace must remain motivated and united! including Governor C. William Freedom want us to have the free- Ohioans for Workplace Free- dom. What does that even mean? O’Neill, who lost his re-election bid. They lost a U.S. Senate seat, dom to earn less while working in a more dangerous environment, pay WALBRIDGE DENTAL We all want freedom in the work- place don’t we? Don’t we already control of the Ohio House and Sen- ate and every statewide office ex- more for healthcare, and struggle harder to keep out of poverty while ASSOCIATES more children die. What a deal. Now is the time to stay alert. Matthew D. Freytag, D.D.S. • Jody E. Freytag, D.D.S. Timothy Grosteffon, Agent Educate yourselves on topics you 403 N. Main St. Walbridge, OH 43465 do not understand and share that 24/7 BAIL BONDS knowledge with others. Pay atten- tion. 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NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2011 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES PAGE 5 PIPELINES Laborers Local 480 MSHA Class at the Local Decem- ber 19, 2011, 8:00am – 4:00pm, Plumbers, Pipefitters & What’s Happening anyone interested please contact the Local ASAP. We will also be Service Mechanics Local 50 HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 25 years: David Elswick, Dean offering STP class January 20-21, 2012, remember this needs to be Dear Brothers and Sisters of Cox, Alvin Barber, Mark Young, renewed every 5 years, contact the Hello Brothers and Sisters, be employable. Local 50 has a Local 480, work is winding down Jonathon Kline, Matt Johnson, Tim Local to sign up. If there are any I hope everyone is enjoying the good reputation of having a highly in the area with the out of list work Cheek, other classes you may be interested joyous holiday season. trained work force and we need to starting to grow, List 1 is at 55 and 30 years: Robert Kluding, in please contact the Local to get Now that elections are com- continue improving. Call the Train- List 2 is at 11. Derek Sampsell, Dennis Hauler, signed up ASAP. plete and certified, we move into ing Center to sign up for upcoming We would like to congratulate Tom Fries, Tommie Lynn, Steve Let’s make sure your monthly the next chapter of politics. 2012 is classes. Ask about any classes that a huge year for the election process. you are interested in, if there is not the following members for their Vollmar Sr., dues are up to date as new mem- I know everyone is looking forward one scheduled. years of service: 35 years: Glen Gildenmeister, bership cards will be coming soon to a break in politics, but that is There are two more great 10 years: Wade Nickoli, Wayne Kenneth Nickoli, Kurt Sartor, and make sure addresses and phone when the wedge is driven in deeper sources for financial education Chaffee, Todd Gillett, Shane Stan- 40 years: Elmer Gruber, Rich- numbers are up to date also as we to break up the labor movement. with Local 50 having affiliation difer, Dave Dunham, Andy Horn, ard Hahn, Robert Hammond. will be using batch dialers to get Your job depends on it. with Trust Company of Toledo Brad Simon, and Ray Barber, A BIG THANK YOU to all out important information to the There has been more reaction and Sun Federal Credit Union. 15 years: Ruben Cruz Jr., who helped to KNOCK DOWN IS- membership when needed. by the labor than action. We need Investopedia is an online source for Robert Stevens, Charles Bille, Kim SUE 2. Please remember the fight is Congratulations to newly re- more of our members to not only everything from investment and fi- Alexander, Theresa Merencky, not over and we have a long uphill tired Edward Casselberry. be a voice, but be a leader in our nancial terms to tutorials and stock Brandon Ellis, Nancy Cameron, battle against SPECIAL K who is We regret to inform everyone community. Run for a director’s trade simulators. Go online and Sue Menkhoff, Nick Kuharcheck, totally nuts and low in moral fiber, Union Brother (65-year member) position or a seat on council. We check it out. Sun Federal Credit Cliff Barker, Gary Daniel, Robert (you know who we are talking Mathew Ianiro has passed. Our need to be the decision makers that Union offers online education Warner, James Leboda, James Cul- about) and his Wall Street Cronies deepest thoughts and prayers go out promote our ideology. and tutorials as well as individual len, Matt Meisler, Jarrett Marinis, that are out to get the working to his family and friends, God bless. Work in our area has slowed counseling sessions. You work 20 years: Mike Eaton, Robert Middle Class. WISHING OUR UNION down a little with Davis Besse and hard for your money so take time McDonald, Frank Wise, Donald Okay a little note about BROTHERS AND SISTERS The Hollywood Casino finishing to educate yourself and you can put Dress, Dennis Sitterly, Mark Loudy TRAINING. The new Training HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY up, but the out-of-work lists have your money to work for you. Sr., Andrew Frazier, James Good, schedule is out and it’s time to THROUGHOUT THE COMING been rotating manpower with BP’s December is a busy month Lazaro Garcia Jr., Donald Baum, TRAIN UP. We will be having YEAR! Reformer III Project and Protec in with the Dinner Dance, Local 50 U.S. construction activity remains tepid Leipsic starting to ramp up. These Elections as well as the Health Fair, both are long-term projects and will and the Children’s Christmas Party. help members pull out of the eco- Make sure you keep up on your nomic downfall we have experienced. dues; it’s easy to forget and fall Construction employment from 18.8 percent a year earlier, the but was unchanged year-over- Jeep has announced $500 mil- behind with the holiday activities. shrank for the second straight lack of industry job growth means year. Heavy and civil engineering lion expansion at the North Assem- I-9 ID is required to be hired by month in November as residential, former construction workers are construction – representing public bly Plant. This is good news for not one of our signatory contractors. nonresidential building and heavy finding work elsewhere or leaving works contractors – lost 7,000 jobs only our industry, but our region as You can contact the hall for a list construction segments remained in the workforce altogether. That’s in November and 2,900 over the well. Northwest Ohio has been rec- of acceptable forms of ID to meet low gear, according to an analysis ominous for future construction year. ognized as having a safe, productive this requirement. of new federal employment data hiring.” Association officials warned workforce and manufacturers want I would like to wish everyone released Dec. 2 by the Associated Total construction employ- that the decline in public works to bring more jobs here. a safe and happy holiday season General Contractors of America. ment now stands at 5,522,000, employment will intensify un- The upcoming year looks from your elected officers and staff. Association officials said the down 12,000 or 0.2 percent from a less lawmakers promptly pass fairly promising for work, but you Fraternally, Scott Lopez, Busi- employment drop reflects con- month earlier and only 18,000 (0.3 long-term highway and aviation need to keep your training up to ness Representative, UA Local 50 tinued declines in public sector percent) higher than in November spending bills that are now more investments. They added that con- 2010, the economist said. He noted than two years overdue. The con- Dimitri’s Red Wing struction employment could ben- efit from increased transportation that industry employment was actu- ally 11,000 lower than in February struction trade association also urged passage of funding for water Shoes & Repair investments and other pro-growth measures designed to boost private 2010, while the private sector as a whole added nearly 3 million jobs infrastructure and public buildings. “Holding up these bills is forc- sector demand. in that time. ing all levels of government to de- 10% discount “Industry employment has Residential building and spe- fer needed overhauls and improve- remained virtually unchanged cialty trade contractors combined ments,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, to all union since early 2010 despite a pickup had no change in employment the association’s chief executive members in some private construction,” said for the month but added 20,400 officer. “The lack of funding is • Professional Shoe Fitters Ken Simonson, the association’s workers over the year, Simonson driving many workers out of the Open 7 Days chief economist. “Although the observed. Nonresidential building industry, perhaps permanently, and •Only Location in Maumee construction unemployment rate and specialty trade employment is making the eventual cost of infra- Mon.-Fri. 9:00 a.m. – 8 p.m. •2,000 Pairs in Stock fell to 13.1 percent in November slipped by 4,700 in November structure spending much higher.” Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. •Life-Time Maintenance Sun. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (excludes soles & heels) 209 Conant St., Downtown Maumee (419) 893-8647 PAGE 6 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2011 The people of Ohio ‘decided THE HOT LINE... public service workers’ rights ON THE ELECTRICAL BRICK were worth preserving’ WORKERS LEVEL... CORNER (Continued from Page 1) LOCAL 8 CEMENT MASONS & and thoroughly as possible. They wanted to change the rules of the Union strategy going CHATTER PLASTERERS... forward: “Unity. Disci- game for 2012. They view next year’s elections as their last best pline in both organi- LOCAL 886 hope for throwing Obama out, zation and message. OSHA-30 CLASSES taking back the Senate, and final- Hello Brothers and Sisters, We will be putting on an- izing everything they’ve worked Boldness. We have to I would like to start out by International Union other OSHA-30 Class in Febru- for in the last 40 years. So this make sure not to get personally thanking every member of Bricklayers & Allied ary. Call the Local #886 Office was reach, not overreach. They who voted in our recent elections. Craftworkers now to get your name on the did exactly what they thought scared, but to get back With our hard work and persever- list. This is the only time this they had to do. In the context of and fight, fight, fight.” ance, we defeated the very contro- LOCAL 3 class will be offered during the everything they’ve been trying versial SB 5/ Issue 2. Issue 2 was calendar year 2012. This class to do for the last 40 years, it is than its Wisconsin counterpart. voted down by 63% of the voters. The winter months are here is now a mandated requirement essential for them to cripple the “In Wisconsin the only Governor Kasich announced and as it happens every year work for employment, even for cement voice of working people.” means available to us [for op- after the election that he will push will begin to slow down. This has masons working under the Heavy An unprecedented scale. posing Gov. Scott Walker] were to make Ohio a Right-to-Work been an exceptional year and we & Highway Contract. I asked Booth about the nature partisan elections,” Booth said. state. So brothers and sisters, the can only hope that next year will NEW ADDITIONS. of the field campaign that labor “In recall elections, you have to fight is just beginning. Please keep be prosperous for all of us. Congratulations to Philip and other progressives waged on overcome the bias against recall- these thoughts in the back of your This year’s annual Awards & Casey Krieger on the birth of the ground in Ohio. ing sitting officials. And because mind when it comes time to elect a Banquet/Holiday Banquet took their son, Brent Merlyn, born on “It was an immense out- of the constitutional framework new governor, and remember your place on December 8, 2011. Wednesday, October 5th, at Toledo pouring of energy and work,” he in Wisconsin, we could only run vote DOES count. The event was well-attended Hospital. He was 21-1/2” long and said. “The gathering of 300,000 recalls in districts that had been The work situation has been by many members that enjoyed weighed 9#, 7oz. Baby Brent was signatures was almost entirely a won by the Republicans in 2008, holding steady with calls coming good food and the opportunity welcomed home by his big brother, volunteer effort. That’s never not the swing districts they seized in almost daily. The numbers on to see friends that they may have 20-month old, Jacob Lloyd. been done before for anything, in 2010. So it was a heavier lift. the book still hovers around 200. lost contact with. The members Congratulations are also in anywhere. Tens of thousands In Wisconsin, a very high percent- With Cherne starting to hire for the that were recognized this year order to Ron & Shirley Sieja on of people burnt up shoe leather age of the people who voted for Reformer at BP, the FDG project at for their years of service are as the birth of their third grandchild, going door to door. The GOP Walker voted against the recall of Monroe Power House scheduled follows: who happens to be their first grand- put out a last-minute fundrais- their state senators.” to start around the first of the year, 50 Years of Service: Richard daughter. Ziva Rayne was born to ing appeal where they said with Ohio, Booth noted, presented and the anticipated fast paced Jeep L. Kubicki Keith & Heather Sieja on Tuesday, great pride that their people had a different situation: “Doing a bal- project coming in the future, hope- 25 Years of Service: Arthur J. October 11th, at Wood County knocked on 100,000 doors. Our lot measure is a non-partisan ex- fully the numbers on the books will Apostle, Harry J Baldwin, Steven Hospital. She was 21” long and organization had done 200,000 ercise. So 30 percent of the people drop to the lowest we have seen in R. Blue, Michael D. Clark, Richard weighed 7#, 13 oz. door knocks in a single day: who voted for Kasich in 2010 a few years. P. Crouch, David A Cygnor, Gerald NEWLYWEDS. Congratu- Saturday, Nov. 5.” voted ‘no’ on the referendum. With the holidays fast ap- W. Dearsman, James J. Dubry lations to Mike & Priscilla (Jo) “Most petition drives, includ- While we split the independent proaching, mark your calendars for Sr., Lawrence E. Duerk, Joseph Lojewski. They were married on ing those launched by organized voters in the Wisconsin recall some upcoming events for you and A Gazarek, David W. Harnica, Sunday, November 6th, at Hope labor, are done by paid signature elections, we got a solid majority your family. The Children’s Christ- Terry A. Hedges, Joseph E. Lewis, Ministry in Toledo, Ohio. gatherers,” Booth continued. “In of them against Senate Bill 5 [in mas party will be held Saturday, Michael J. Maag, Robert E. Reed, DEEPEST SYMPATHIES. this case, we mobilized a volunteer Ohio].” December 10 at Splash Bay Water Deborah D. Sparks, Jeffrey T. St. The officers and members of Local army for a citizens’ veto petition Concluding our conversa- Park from noon to 4pm. The annual John, Kenneth M. Vaughan Jr. #886 recently lost three long-time drive. Nobody has ever done any- tion, I expressed concern that, in Member’s Christmas party will be Congratulations to these men members. We wish to extend our thing this big.” spite of the latest victory, Repub- held immediately following the for their service and dedication to deepest sympathies and sincere What about the role of Work- licans have forced us into wars of normal meeting on December 19. this great organization. condolences to the families of: ing America, the community affili- attrition, and wondered how we Both events are well attended and Please mark your calendars Paul Wingate, Sr. – a plasterer ate of the AFL-CIO, in this drive? could go on the offensive. a good time with fellow brothers for February 15, 2012. The member with over 55 years mem- The organization is designed to “They are making us spend and sisters. International Masonry Institute bership engage working-class people our money,” Booth answered, With the winter weather fast (I.M.I) will be in town to conduct Tom Jacobs – a plasterer mem- who are not already represented “but you just have to do what approaching, please remain vigilant a Flashing Upgrade and Grouting ber with over 60 years member- by unions. In this case, Booth you have to do. We have to in keeping a safe work environ- Certification seminar. The class ship, and former business agent believes they were essential in dig deeper. Ultimately we are a ment. will take place at the Northwest Dan Anderzack – a cement expanding labor’s reach. popular movement. The loyalty As always work safe. Ohio Construction Education mason member with over 53 years “In Ohio, Working America of our members is rock solid. I Happy Holidays, Center 4535 Hill Ave. Toledo, membership reaches a million members not don’t think they can wipe us out Bryan Emerick, Press Secretary Ohio 43615. These men were all outstand- included in actual labor unions,” with these means, but it certainly If you do not have these classes ing craftsman and assets to our he said. “That’s more than the puts a lot of stress on us, and you yet I highly recommend that you Local. They will be deeply missed. membership of all the Ohio unions never know what is going to hap- attend. It is written in many of the WALLEYE HOCKEY GAME combined. It was an indispensable pen.” job specs. that masons must have Call the Local #886 Office to get piece of the picture. We cannot “We understand that these these classes in order to work on your name on the list for tickets to afford to enter into any of these are battles in the war, not the war the projects. It would be a shame if the January 13th Walleye Game. fights without all of our tools itself,” Booth said. “There will be you were kept of a job because you This game happens to be “Union available. We have to use them all, more battles when the legislature needed this certification. The class Night” and members from vari- and even when we use them all we reconvenes and during the elec- if free to all B.A.C. members, the ous unions will be in attendance. aren’t guaranteed a victory. We are tions next year.” registration deadline is February 9, Deadline to order tickets is Friday, up against a very formidable array His prescription for going 2012. December 16th. of opposition power.” forward was clear: “Unity. Dis- I have registration forms in We extend our sincere wishes Going on the offensive. cipline in both organization and the office. If you would like to get for happy and safe holidays to all Booth and I next discussed message. Boldness. We have signed up either stop by or give me our members and their families. why the Ohio movement had been to make sure not to get scared, a call. May 2012 be a prosperous year for more successful in rejecting the but to get back and fight, fight, Happy Holidays, all. Republicans’ anti-union initiatives fight.” Don Jim, Jeff O., Mike & Sally NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2011 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES PAGE 7 SNIPS How about starting a new tradition this FROM Christmas: support your local businesses LOCAL 33 (This is e-mail floating around cyberspace. Its author is unknown, Greetings Brothers & Sisters, year for our members. but if we find out who wrote it we We hope everyone had a safe Tickets for the Lights Before will let you know). and enjoyable Thanksgiving with Christmas at the Toledo Zoo are As the holidays approach, the family, friends, food, and football. on sale at the Union Hall. Adult giant Asian factories are kicking We would like to thank all the tickets are $5.00 and Child/ Senior into high gear to provide Americans members who volunteered their tickets are $3.00, and are good until with monstrous piles of cheaply time helping to defeat Issue 2, and December 31st 2011. produced goods – merchandise that also getting local labor-friendly The Toledo District meeting has been produced at the expense of candidates elected on Nov. 8th. for December is cancelled as in the American labor. This year will be With the work at the new ca- past, but we are looking forward to different. This year Americans will sino winding down, the announce- seeing you next year at the January give the gift of genuine concern for ment about the Jeep additions, and 24th meeting. We wish everyone other Americans. work at G.M. Defiance, Pro-Tec, a Merry Christmas and a safe and There is no longer an excuse and Johnson Controls could not Happy New Year. that, at gift-giving time, nothing SUPPORT YOUR local merchant with locally bought gifts and ser- have come at a better time. Maybe –Don Hafner, John Russell, can be found that is produced by vices – at Christmastime and throughout the year. 2012 will be a more prosperous and Matt Cherry American hands. Yes there is! It’s time to think outside the the fancy eatery sort, what about And, how about going out to see The Mud Box box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint? a play or ballet at your hometown theatre. Musicians need love too, Chinese produced wrapping paper? Remember, folks this isn’t about so find a venue showcasing local Everyone – yes EVERYONE, gets big national chains – this is about sup- bands. their hair cut. How about gift cer- porting your hometown Americans Honestly, people, do you tificates from your local American with their financial lives on the line REALLY need to buy another ten hair salon or barber? Gym member- to keep their doors open. thousand Chinese lights for the ship? It’s appropriate for all ages How many people couldn’t use house? When you buy a $5 string Heat and Frost who are thinking about some health improvement. Who wouldn’t ap- an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those preciate getting their car detailed? the American working guy? Think- kinds of bucks to burn, leave the Insulators Local 45 Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to ing about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip. To All Our Brothers and Sis- vember 8th, 2011! sell you a gift certificate or a book a local cleaning lady for a day. My You see, Christmas is no ters, It was a great Tuesday evening of gift certificates. computer could use a tune-up, and I longer about draining American December 2011 union meet- on November 8th, 2011 to hear Are you one of those extrava- KNOW I can find some young guy pockets so that China can build ing: The December union meet- that Issue 2 was voted down by the gant givers who think nothing of who is struggling to get his repair another glittering city. Christmas ing will be held on Thursday, voters in the state of Ohio. “Thank plonking down the Benjamin’s on a business up and running. is now about caring about US, December 15th, 2011 at the Pipe You All!” for supporting working Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps OK, you were looking for encouraging American small busi- Fitters Hall located at 7570 Caple families and for protecting our that grateful gift receiver would something more personal. Local nesses to keep plugging away to Boulevard, Suite A, Northwood, rights to have collective bargain- like his driveway sealed, or lawn crafts people spin their own wool follow their dreams. And, when Ohio at 7:30 p.m. At the December ing during contract negotiations. mowed for the summer, or drive- and knit them into scarves. They we care about other Americans, 2011 meeting we will be having our We are very, very fortunate and we way plowed all winter, or games make jewelry, and pottery and we care about our communities, traditional Christmas dinner. This will be challenged again on other at the local golf course. There are beautiful wooden boxes. and the benefits come back to us year our dinner will be catered by worker’s right issues in the future. bazillion owner-run restaurants – Plan your holiday outings at in ways we couldn’t imagine. Jed’s. We look forward to seeing As for today, we have much to be all offering gift certificates. local, owner-operated restaurants THIS is the new American everyone at our December meeting. thankful for during this special And, if your intended isn’t and leave your server a nice tip. Christmas tradition. It’s a special time to get together holiday season. itself – just a resolution authorizing before the holidays and enjoy each other’s company. Insulators Local 45 Health care Plan: During 2012, there will NLRB seeks to shorten union election drafting language. But he used the occasion to justify it. January 2012 union meeting: Our January 2012 union meet- be changes made to our Insulators Local 45 Healthcare Plan. Our process, sending the right into a rage “The vast majority of NLRB- ing will be on Thursday, January administrator, BeneSys Inc., will supervised elections, about 90%, WASHINGTON (PAI) – Par- to end some of the endless proce- 19th, 2012 at the union hall located be sending this new information are held by agreement of the parties tisan politics, courtesy of the GOP, dural obstacles that now get in the at 4904 North Summit Street. out to our members in the coming – employees, union and employer turned a Nov. 30 National Labor way of scheduling union elections Newest Journeyman-Mechan- weeks. We will discuss some of – in an average of 38 days from the Relations Board (NLRB) vote on and then counting the votes, ac- ics: January 2012: In January 2012 the changes during our January filing of a petition. The amend- rules for union election procedures cording to agency chairman Gaston we will be having eleven appren- 2012 meeting, so please attend ments I propose would not affect into yet another Washington, D.C., Pearce. tices turning out to be our newest your union meetings so you will be those agreed-to elections,” he said. 3-ring circus. In written testimony and at two journeyman mechanics. We would informed of the changes coming. Instead, they “apply to the Before the dust settled, the days of NLRB hearings this sum- like to extend our “Congratulations Work Status: Work has slowed minority of elections held up by lone Republican on the board had mer, unions strongly supported the to All!” at this time. The names of down a bit locally. Fermi should needless litigation and disputes threatened to quit, a Democratic NLRB’s proposals. They said the our graduates will be in our Febru- be putting on a few for the fire- which need not be resolved prior congressman warned of outside proposals would eliminate some of ary 2012 Mud Box Article. wrap job. The refineries might put to an election. In these contested pressure – from the GOP’s Right the delays and legal hurdles firms Per Capita Dues: Overall we on some when the weather gets elections, employees have to wait Wing – to get him to do so, web now use to frustrate – legally or are doing well in keeping our per colder. Detroit (Marathon) should an average of 101 days to cast a bal- headlines and blogs made that illegally – workers’ voices on the capita dues current. We still have be looking for some travelers. In lot. As several employees period pressure obvious, and the GOP- job. Unions’ biggest complaint: a few members who are running the spring there will be two nukes can be disruptive and painful for run House voted on party lines to The NLRB didn’t go far enough. behind. To help those who need going down for refueling – Fermi all involved.” jam through a bill trying to halt the Business groups just as strong- reminders, we have been sending in April and Davis Besse in May. Tactics that business uses to board’s planned action, ly opposed NLRB’s plan. Business out post cards. Please mail in or IN CLOSING: We wish you all delay and defy union organizing In the end, the board’s GOP lobbies orchestrated the majority of come into the hall with your per “A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS include pre-election appeals to the member, Brian Hayes, stayed put the 65,000 comments on the rule capita dues. It makes a big differ- AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!” board and “raising irrelevant issues and the resolution passed on a 2-1 that swamped the board. On Nov. ence for all of us to stay current. Fraternally yours, in pre-election hearings,” turning party-line NLRB vote. 30, Pearce wasn’t even offering Thank You for Voting On No- Mark the hearings into legal battles, At issue is the NLRB’s effort the proposed union election rule Pearce said. PAGE 8 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2011 RESIDENTIAL UNION CONTRACTORS PLASTERERS ELECTRICAL, con’t PLUMBERS & SHEETMETAL WORKERS J & K Mechanical Empire Builders PIPE FITTERS Commercial Comfort Systems, 7505 Bluebush Rd. (419) 304-2763 TAS, Inc. Cross Htg. & Clg. Inc. Inc. Maybee, MI 48159 433 Dearborn Ave. 2731 Morocco Rd P. O. Box 8792 (734) 587-3184 New Vision Construction Toledo, OH 43605 Ida Mi 48140 Maumee, OH 43537 Contact: Kyle Crossman Services (419) 693-3353 (734) 856-2400 Phone: (419) 481-4444 (419) 382-1273 Fax: (419) 832-0126 M & M Heating & A/C Regent Electric Frische-Mullin Contact: Fran Lanciaux 610 Scott Street Thourot Plastering, LLC Kevin McCarthy 5132 Enterprise Blvd. Toledo, OH 43620 (419) 335-1811 5235 Tractor Rd. Toledo OH 43612 Phone: (419) 243-3005 Toledo, OH (419) 726-4900 Complete Heating & A/C Fax: (419) 243-0754 CEMENT MASONS (419) 476-8333 5520 Alger Road Contact: Mark Janiewicki B & J Concrete Geo. F. Peters & Son Inc. Sylvania, OH 43560 (419) 474-8096 Service Electric 2733 Glendale Avenue Phone: (419) 882-0175 Okuley Heating & A/C Paul Barber Toledo, OH 43614 Fax: (419) 882-0035 50 W. Sylvania Avenue Scott’s Quality Concrete 404 N. Dean Rd. 419-382-1234 Contact: Ken Newberry Toledo, OH 43612 (734) 888-1788 Adrian, MI 49221 Contact: Fred Peters (419) 478-4699 (517) 263-0409 Family owned & operated since Cross Heating & Cooling, Inc. (419) 754-2321 JAK CC 1910 2731 Morocco Road Contact: Bob Okuley (419) 263-7875 Transtar Electric Ida, MI 48140 Dan Bolin Laroy Plbg. & Htg. Inc. Phone: (734) 856-2400 Perfection Heating & A/C J.M.B. Construction 867 Warehouse Rd. Ste. C PO Box 552 Fax: (734) 856-2500 5249 Secor Road, Suite #3 (419) 466-5669 Toledo, OH 43615 Sylvania OH 43560 Contact: Bill Cross Toledo, OH 43623 (419) 385-7573 (419) 466-7819 Phone 419-473-2665 Quinn Concrete Executive Mechanical Fax 419-472-9433 (419) 476-3290 Transtar Electric Merit Plbg. Inc. P. O. Box 256 Contact: Rick Stachowski Security & Technologies, 8432 W Central #1 Ottawa Lake, MI 49267 Rahe Construction Dan Bolin Sylvania OH 43560 Phone: (734) 854-6054 Sieb Plumbing & Heating (419) 262-8095 867 Warehouse Rd. Ste. C (419) 841-3216 Fax: (734) 856-7089 303 B. Front Street Toledo, OH 43615 Contact: Thomas Pant Monroe, MI 48161 ELECTRICAL WORKERS (419) 385-7573 Ott Plbg. Inc. Phone: (734) 241-8898 Barriger Electric 1749 Green Valley Dr. Frische Mullin A/C Fax: (734) 241-9067 Tom Barriger Zeiler Electric Toledo OH 43614 5132 Enterprise Blvd. Contact: Rich Sieb 4425 N. Stickney Ave. Rich Zeiler (419) 381-7088 Toledo, OH 43612 Toledo, OH 43612 13351 Todd Road Phone: (419) 726-4900 Vintage Heating & Air 419-727-1500 Ida, Michigan 48140 Perrysburg Plumbing Fax: (419) 726-4114 3335 McGregor Lane (734)269-3437 625 Sandusky Contact: Raj Thapar Toledo, OH 43623 Great Lakes Electrical Perrysburg OH 43551 Phone: (419) 472-9349 Greg Krzyston (419) 874-7163 Fry Brothers Htg. & A/C Fax: (419) 472-9335 3156 Upton Ave. 1909 Tremainsville Road Contact: John Crozier Toledo, OH 43613 IRON WORKERS R.A. Rush Plbg. & Htg. Co Inc. Toledo, OH 43613 (419) 480-1235 King Fence Co. 6880 Sylvania-Petersburg Phone: (419) 472-1107 Temperance, MI 48182 Ottawa Lake MI 49267 Fax: (419) 472-7858 Northwest Electrical e-mail: (734) 856-2489 Contact: Jim Fry Jody McCollum email@example.com 1617 Shanrock Dr. Phone: (419)509-6227 Rowe Plbg. Inc. Holland, OH 43528 Fax: (734)847-0672 3915 N Detroit Ave. (419) 865-4557 Contact: Larry King Toledo OH 43612 (419) 476-5663 Peak Electric Milt McIntyre 4643 Oakbridge Toledo, OH 43623 (419) 392-1274 Residential Electric Jerry Jensen P.O. Box 352946 Toledo, OH 43617 (419) 865-8095 NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2011 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES PAGE 9 After defeating Issue 2, labor wary about what’s next from GOP John Celock collective bargaining for public Huffingtonpost employees, the law also contained WASHINGTON – Ohioans provisions to require public em- overturned a divisive anti-union ployees to contribute to their health law on Election Day, delivering care and pension benefits, along a significant defeat to Republican with pushing merit pay for teach- Gov. John Kasich and a victory to ers – proposals that polled well in labor unions. the run-up to the election. Ohio voters rejected Issue 2, a Ohio State Rep. Mike Foley ballot referendum on Senate Bill 5, (D) said the Republican leadership a measure that restricts collective in the legislature may try to pass bargaining rights for more than these proposals one by one when 360,000 public employees, among they reconvene in January. other provisions. Opposition to the “They could act and take bits legislation inspired large protests and pieces of it and try a new bill on from residents around the state this teacher merit pay or health care...or year. any of the parts of the bill that they Issue 2 failed by a vote of 61 think they can get passed,” Foley to 39 percent. said. “I don’t know if they will. Immediately after the results We’ll have to see. ... I think some came in, union officials sent out of the Republican members on their statements declaring success. side of the aisle are going to start “One message rang loud and looking at their leadership funny if clear tonight in Ohio and across they come back with another col- the country: those who spend lective bargaining bill.” their time scapegoating workers “We certainly are going to and pushing a partisan agenda be ready for that, if we’re still in ONE OF THE MANY public protests over Ohio’s Senate Bill 5/Issue 2. Ohio AFL-CIO photo will only strengthen the resolve of the same kind of political situa- working people,” said AFL-CIO tion of them controlling the state has been at odds with police in his quick embrace of the bill earlier a referendum raising the maximum President Richard Trumka. “From legislature and governor’s office,” Oakland, Calif., and New York, this year made him the law’s public age for judicial applicants from 70 the very beginning, it’s been clear added AFL-CIO Political Director Issue 2 served as a way to unite face. Kasich ran a statewide cam- to 75. Normally an under-the-radar that Gov. Kasich, and indeed many Mike Podhorzer. “We’re hoping the police and Occupy Cleveland paign to save SB 5 in the run-up to referendum subject matter, Issue politicians, were pushing an agenda the vote on Tuesday will have members. The local police union the election. 1 languished in anonymity in this that was about politics, not about demonstrated this is enormously said that the officers recognized Political experts in Ohio told year’s cycle, and was defeated by solving our nation’s problems or unpopular. they had support from the Occupy The Huffington Post that the gov- voters. creating jobs.” Kasich’s spokesman recently movement on Issue 2 and sought to ernor will not turn into a lame duck A spokesman for the Interna- “Even after John Kasich said the governor had not been work with the protesters. just yet, since he has three more tional Association of Firefighters, locked the doors to democracy focusing on what-ifs in case the This included identifying at years in office and other issues, who was not authorized to speak and shut out everyday heroes from referendum was defeated. one point which members of the including economic development on the record, hoped Tuesday’s the Statehouse, in the cold, blister Opposition to Issue 2 brought Occupy movement officers ar- and the budget, could be the ones victory would be a warning to other of February – working people together a broad coalition of Ohio- rested. In addition, when police of- to define him. conservative governors around the never lost hope. We marched in the ans – as well as a significant amount ficers asked the Occupy Cleveland Issue 2 was one of three refer- country. spring, circulated petitions in the of cash. With just under two weeks group not to use a police memorial endums on the Ohio ballot this year. “Kasich ran on a platform summer and now, this fall, we de- to go until Election Day, both sides plaza for a demonstration, Occupy Voters approved Issue 3, a largely of growth, and his first thing is livered a win for all working people had already spent more than $38.1 leaders cooperated. symbolic measure that sought to to give tax breaks to the rich, by defeating Issue 2, repealing Sen- million, with those against Issue In the run-up to Tuesday’s amend the state constitution to increase the pay of his staff sig- ate Bill 5,” added Becky Williams, 2 outraising their opponents by vote, polls showed that Issue 2 was prohibit the national health care law nificantly –while at the same time, president of SEIU District 1199 in nearly 4-to-1. The campaign saw headed for a decisive defeat. from taking effect in Ohio. Written he’s trying to cut the firefight- Ohio. a public service announcement by SB 5 has defined Kasich’s by a conservative-leaning group, ers and police and teachers and Kasich held a press conference a former astronaut, shady tricks first year in the governor’s man- the measure sought to influence the nurses. It’s an overreach,” he said. shortly after the fate of Issue 2 had in television ads and a right-wing sion. While the Republican did not coming battle in the U.S. Supreme “They went a little too far, and been declared, saying it was time radio host taking the side of the mention the issue in his campaign Court over the future of the national what’s happening here in Ohio is for him to “take a deep breath” and unions. to unseat former Democratic Gov. health care law. another step in what happened in figure out what to do next. While the Occupy movement Ted Strickland in the 2010 election, Ohio voters also faced Issue 1, Wisconsin.” “When I say it is a time to pause, it is right now, on this issue,” he said. “The people have spoken IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT “TEMPORARILY AWAY” clearly. You don’t ignore the public. Look, I also have an obligation to “Temporarily Away”…when in Florida for four months, I’m on ily away” is the #1 reason why this If you would like to guaran- lead. I’ve been leading since the a member has informed the post vacation for two weeks, I’m away happens. When the paper is re- tee there is no interruption in the day I took this office, and I’ll con- office they will be “temporarily on a job for several months.” It turned with the big yellow sticker, delivery of your paper, you must tinue to do that. But part of leading away”, the also means you will be deleted from it will be deleted from the Voice of contact YOUR RESPECTIVE is listening and hearing what people post office the Voice of the Building Trades the Building Trades database and LOCAL and inform them of any have to say to you.” r e t u r n s database. doesn’t get back on the database updates to your address and your Kasich signed SB 5 into law this paper The Building Trades has no until your respective local indicates local will then inform the Building on March 31, although the law was b a c k t o way of determining how long a for us to do so. Trades. put on hold during the referendum the Build- member is “temporarily away” or The Voice of the Building In closing, thanks to the hand- campaign. The labor-aligned group ing Trades even if, or when, that member will Trades sends out approximately ful of members that are consistent We Are Ohio organized the anti- with a big return. Every month the paper is 9,000 papers every month and in keeping their address updated Issue 2 effort, and Building A Bet- y e l l o w returned, another postage fee is every month, stacks of papers are when they “go south for the win- ter Ohio led the pro-Issue 2 fight. s t i c k e r charged. returned indicating “temporarily ter” and also when they return. Tuesday’s defeat may have indicating “TEMPORARILY Some members indicate to away”, so you can imagine how Those members are guaranteeing nullified SB 5, but parts of the law AWAY” along with a return post- their local “I use to receive the costly in can get to pay the postage there is no interruption in their may not be dead in the long term. age fee. What does temporarily paper, but for some reason, I don’t to initially mail the paper, and then paper service. While much of the public attention away mean? It could mean “I’m receive it any longer.” “Temporar- again when the paper is returned. Thank you for your attention. has centered on the law’s ban on PAGE 10 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2011 • Union Bulletin Board NOTICES OF UNION SPECIAL MEETINGS, ELECTIONS, ETC. ELECTRICAL APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES INSIDE/COMMERCIAL, TELECOMMUNICATIONS and RESIDENTIAL (NEW PROGRAM) (Men & Women) The Toledo Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee will be accepting applications on Mondays from 8:30am until 5:30pm, and Tues- days through Fridays from 8:30am until 4:00pm. YOU MUST APPLY IN PERSON AND SUBMIT A $20.00 APPLICA- TION FEE (payable by personal check, money order, MasterCard or Visa (no cash, please). Applications are take at: 803 LIME CITY RD. ROSSFORD, OH 43460 The following documentation is required to qualify for the apprenticeship: •Copy of Birth Certificate (you must be 17 to apply) •Official copy of High School Transcript. (cannot hand deliver) •Copy of GED if not a HS graduate. •Proof of successful completion of one (1) credit of Algebra. Recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices is done without discrimination due to race, religion, color, national origin or gender. NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2011 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES PAGE 11 • Union Bulletin Board NOTICES OF UNION SPECIAL MEETINGS, ELECTIONS, ETC. Ohio Carpenters JATC – Local #351 NOTICE OF APPLICATION There are two way to apply to our program. We take applications every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. Applicants should bring with them: 1. Drivers license or State ID 2. Birth certificate 3. High School diploma or GED Upon completion of the application, the applicant will be given a list of contrac- tors along with an “Intent to Hire” packet and instructions as to the next step in the process. The second way to apply is to go to our website at www.ohcap.org and click on the “Northwest” tab. From there anyone may submit an application at any time. Need to buy flowers? Please DO NOT do business with Monroe County Flowers because they do not business with unions or union members. Monroe County Flowers has three locations to avoid: Monroe, Bedford, Toledo PAGE 12 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2011 Building Trades Return Service Requested Toledo, OH 43605-2120 909 Front St. The Voice of the Building Trades Northwestern Ohio Labor Union Newspaper Calendar of Events LOCAL UNION MEETING DAY TIME Asbestos Workers Local 45 Third Thursday 7:30 p.m. Boilermakers Local 85 Third Thursday 7 p.m. Bricklayers and Tile Setters Local 3 Second Thursday 7:30 p.m. Carpenters Local 351 Third Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Cement Masons & Plasterers Local 886 First Thursday 8 p.m. Electrical Workers Local 8 First & Third Monday 7 p.m. Elevator Constructors Local 44 Ft. Wayne - Second Thursday 5 p.m. Elevator Constructors Local 44 South Bend - First Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Elevator Constructors Local 44 Toledo - Second Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Glaziers Local 948 Second Tuesday 5 p.m. Iron Workers Local 55 First Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Local 55 Executive Bd. Meetings: First Tuesday 6 p.m. Third Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Laborers Local 480 Second Thursday 7:30 p.m. Laborers Local 500 First Wednesday 6:30 p.m. U.S. POSTAGE PAID NONPROFIT ORG. PERMIT NO. 1328 NWO Building & DETROIT, MI Construction Trades Council Third Wednesday 6 p.m. Painters Local 7 Second Wednesday 6 p.m. Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Local 50 First and Third Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Roofers Local 134 Third Thursday 8 p.m. Sheet Metal Workers Local 33 Fourth Tuesday 7 p.m. Sprinkler Fitters Local 669 District 14 7 p.m. Cuyahoga Falls Basic bargain is broken with American worker By Robert Reich even buying back their own shares term. Without enough American Fmr. U.S. Secretary of Labor ‘When the economy becomes too lopsided – of stock. This is a bonanza for consumers, their profitable days are For most of the last century, disproportionately benefiting corporate owners CEOs whose pay is tied to stock numbered. the basic bargain at the heart of the prices and it increases the wealth of After all, there’s a limit to how American economy was that em- and top executives rather than average workers other shareholders. But it doesn’t much profit they can get out of ployers paid their workers enough – it tips over.’ create a single new job and it cutting American payrolls or even to buy what American employers doesn’t raise the wages of a single selling abroad. European consum- were selling. began collecting wage and salary porate owners and top executives employee. ers are in no mood to buy. And most That basic bargain created data in 1929. rather than average workers – it Nor do the wealthiest Ameri- Asian economies, including China, a virtuous cycle of higher living Meanwhile, corporate profits tips over. cans need more money. The top 1 are slowing. standards, more jobs, and better now constitute the largest share of In other words, we’re in trou- percent is already taking in more We’re in a vicious cycle. The wages. the economy since 1929. The year ble because the basic bargain has than 20 percent of total income — only way out of it is to put more Back in 1914, Henry Ford an- 1929, by the way, was the year of been broken. the highest since the 1920s. money into the pockets of average nounced he was paying workers on the Great Crash that ushered in the Yet incredibly, some politi- American businesses, includ- Americans. That means extending his Model T assembly line $5 a day Great Depression. cians think the best way to restart ing small-business owners, have the payroll tax cut. And extending – three times what the typical fac- In the years leading up to the nation’s job engine is to make no incentive to create new jobs unemployment benefits. tory employee earned at the time. the Great Crash, most employers corporations even more profitable because consumers (whose spend- Don’t stop there. Create a WPA The Wall Street Journal termed his forgot Henry Ford’s example. The and the rich even richer – reduc- ing accounts for about 70 percent to get the long-term unemployed action “an economic crime.” wages of most American workers ing corporate taxes; cutting back of the American economy) aren’t back to work. And a Civilian Con- But Ford knew it was a cun- remained stagnant. The gains of on regulations protecting public spending enough. Consumers’ servation Corp to create jobs for ning business move. The higher economic growth went mainly health, worker safety, the environ- after-tax incomes dropped in the young people. wage turned Ford’s auto workers into corporate profits and into the ment, and small investors; and second and third quarters of the Hire teachers for classrooms into customers who could afford to pockets of the very rich. American slashing taxes on the very rich. year, the first back-to-back drops now overcrowded, and pay them buy Model T’s. In two years Ford’s families maintained their standard These same politicians think since 2009. enough to attract people who are profits more than doubled. of living by going deeper into debt. average workers should have even The recent small pickup in talented as well as dedicated. That was then. Now, Ford Mo- In 1929 the debt bubble popped. less money in their pockets. They consumer spending has come out Rebuild our pot-holed highways. tor Company is paying its new hires Sound familiar? It should. The don’t want to extend the payroll of their savings. Obviously this Create a world-class infrastructure. half what it paid new employees a same thing happened in the years tax cut or unemployment benefits. can’t continue, and corporations Pay for this by hiking taxes on few years ago. leading up to the crash of 2008. And they want to make it harder for know it. Consumer savings are millionaires. The basic bargain is over – not The latest data on corporate workers to form unions. already at their lowest level in four A basic bargain was once at the only at Ford but all over the Ameri- profits and wages show we haven’t These politicians have reality years. heart of the American economy. It can economy. learned the essential lesson of the upside down. Get it? Corporate profits are recognized that average workers New data from the Commerce two big economic crashes of the Corporations don’t need more up right now largely because pay are also consumers and that their Department shows employee pay is last seventy-five years: When the money. They have so much money is down and companies aren’t hir- paychecks keep the economy going. now down to the smallest share of economy becomes too lopsided – right now they don’t even know ing. But this is a losing game even We can’t have a healthy econ- the economy since the government disproportionately benefitting cor- what to do with all of it. They’re for corporations over the long omy until that bargain is restored.
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