PLASTERERS’ LOCAL NO. 200 PRSRT STD
Operative Plasterers’, Cement Masons’ and Shop Hands’ U.S. Postage
International Association, AFL-CIO
1610 W. Holt Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
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Editor: DAVID FRITCHEL SERVING ALL OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SUMMER, 2009
WAGE ALLOCATION MTG 2009
On June 18, 2009 Local #200’s Business or 25% of the negotiated increase that the contractors agree
Manager/Financial Secretary, Bob Pullen Jr., called a to fix the 2012 increase of $2.25.
‘Special Call Meeting’ to discuss Local #200’s negotiat- The membership body agreed that this idea was a fair
ed $2.00 an hour increase and how the increase should trade off, even after much discussion about the fact that if
be best allocated. After the minutes from the previous Local #200 members took the full increase we would still
membership meeting and the executive board meeting remain the lowest paid craft.
were read, Local President Bill Muffley suspended the A ballot vote was taken to take the negotiated increase
regular Order of Business to begin wage allocation. with .25 going to H&W Trust, $1.00 going to Pension and
Brother Bob Pullen Jr., started by giving the mem- .25 to D.C.O. and whether or not to put .50 back with the
bership body the facts of other Walls and Ceilings contractors, contingent on the contractors agreeing to
ROSEBURROUGH Union Locals. All Locals, Taper’s, Lather’s, Painter’s accept the 2012, $2.25 increase or to keep the .50 as wages
TOOL DISCOUNT and the Carp’s have said they will not take their raises on the check.
Any Plasterer who has ever used a precision
plaster tool crafted by Roseburrough Tool, located
Show Your Pride this year in entirety, choosing to help our contractors be
more competitive in their bidding. At that point Bob
Ballots were tallied, 91% of the voting membership
overwhelmingly voted in favor of letting the contractors
in the City of Orange, appreciates all the thought,
precision and expertise that is crafted into each
and every one of their plastering tools. Compare a
Roseborrough Tool to one from Home Depot or
On Your Ride produced a chart of “Bare Minimums” that had 3 items
that must be addressed with the current increase of
keep 25% of the negotiated wage increase for bidding pur-
poses, if the contractors will agree to make the 2012 option
anyone else and you will quickly find there is no
comparison. Even the tools that are made by
Do you have a Local 200 $2.00. The chart suggested that we must allocate .25 to – continued on page 6
another manufacturer and carried by Roseborough
Tools are held to the same high quality standard of
member on your gift list? the Health and Welfare Trust. A minimum of .25 be
manufacture as those made on-site by
allocated to the Local’s dues check off, and a minimum AS SMART AS YOU ARE, DID YOU KNOW...
Roseburrough Tools. of .75 to pension. After some discussion about the pen- • Caryn Elaine Johnson adopted the stage name
Paul Horton, the General Manager at To Order your OPCMIA
Roseburrough Tools has consented to offer Local Trailer Hitch sion, it was decided by the body to increase the mini- “Whoopi”, yes, after a Whoopi cushion and Goldberg after
#200 members a 10% discount by just showing Name ______________________________________________ mum of .75 to $1.00. Brother Pullen Jr. displayed a new her European ancestors.
your Local #200 membership card before the time Receiver Cover
of purchase. send $25.00 + $3.95 chart with: • Robert Allen Zimmerman legally changed his name in
Just show your Union Membership card when shipping and handling Mailing Address ____________________________________ 1962. He is a vegetarian and has an honorary doctorate
you purchase a plaster tool to receive a 10% to Local #200 with the
$ .25 Health & Welfare from Princeton University. Robert Zimmerman is a nice
Discount and say hi to Paul.
following information: City, State, Zip ______________________________________ $1.00 Pension name, but music would not be the same without Bob Dylan.
ROSEBURROUGH TOOL CO. $ .25 DCO • Stevland Judkins although born blind, was a gifted
630 N. Batavia Street, Orange, CA 92586-0307
It was brought up by members on the floor, about musician from an early age. He signed with Motown
how plasterers had given back wage increases in the Records at age 11 as “Little Stevie Wonder” after a
producer had called him a “wonder boy”.
past, partially resulting in the plasterer becoming the
O F F I C E R S A N D S T A F F • Reginald Kenneth Dwight was recently honored with a
lowest paid craft union in the Southern California walls flavor of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream named after one of his
PLASTERERS’ UNION LOCAL 200 and ceiling industry. songs, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” released in 2008 with
Bill Muffley Phil Pastor Robert Pullen, Jr. Speaking on the current Labor Agreement between all proceeds benefiting the Elton John Aids Foundation.
President Vice President Bus. Mgr./Sec’y Tr. Local #200 and the Western Walls and Ceilings • Farrokh Bulsara, a native of Zanzibar, was attending St.
Contractors Association, it was brought up, that last Peter’s boarding school near Bombay, India, when he
Thomas Castleman Dave Fritchel Russ Nicholson Thomas Warren
started going by the name Freddy. His family fled their
Business Agent Business Agent Business Agent Business Agent year the members received a $2.25 increase, this year, home during the Zanzibar revolution and settled in London,
Gabriel Gamboa Ron Holcomb Carlos Ponce Kenny West we have a $2.00 increase. In 2010 we have a $2.00 and where he studied design and joined a few bands. At
Executive Board Executive Board Executive Board Executive Board in 2011 an increase of $1.75 negotiated. The WWCCA twenty-three formed a band with friend Brian May. Freddy
and the Local also negotiated a fifth year option of $2.25 picked the name “Queen” for the band and tacked on his
Evelyn Boniche Jovita Penunuri new last name of Mercury.
Office Administrator Administrative Assistant in 2012. This option is just that, an option to be negoti-
• Paul David Hewson’s friend gave him the nick name
ated at that time, it is not “set in stone”. It was suggest-
George Allen David Fritchel “Bonavox” after a local hearing aid store. He kept the
President Emeritus Editor
ed by Business Agent Tom Castleman that in exchange name, after learning the word was Latin for “Good voice”,
for the Local #200 membership’s forgoing .50 per hour but these days he just goes by “Bono”.
800-559-2701 • www.plastererslocal200.org
California Forward Has Some Bold Plans To
Improve An Inept State Government
By Robert I. Balgenorth, President, State Building and Construction Trades Council of California
Keeping tabs on California’s want to order a pizza. But one third of the group does-
state government has become n’t like pizza. Will you let that one third force you to
downright painful. It has become eat hamburgers instead? Or keep you from eating any-
Truly excruciating to watch our
Governor and Legislature repeat-
edly fail to effectively address our
thing at all? Yes, it’s utter lunacy, but that’s how state
Let’s have the majority enact a budget and be held
problems. accountable for it. Then, if the voters don’t like it, On Saturday, June 6, Local 200’s Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) put on a Venetian
And the worse those problems they’ll know precisely who to blame. “hands-on” class and demonstration in conjunction with Variance Acrylic Finishes, a Venetian materials
get, the less able they seem to be to company.
do anything whatsoever to solve Some other reforms on the table: The Tech Rep from Variance, Garrentt Baca came out and demoed eight of their acrylic finishes. Local 200
them. Our system is like a flaming Better managing spikes in state revenue that are had a very good turnout with 34 members showing up for the Saturday class. One of the more popular finishes
train wreck that’s blowing up the state. often squandered in shortsighted spending and tax- was Variance’s BRIO, A highly polished finish that produces a Venetian plaster effect with vivid mottling.
Here’s an example. On June 30, the last night of the cutting decisions. Variance materials are 100% acrylic polymer based and are very easy to apply compared to the limestone and
2008-09 fiscal year, a narrow bloc of Republican Senators, Realigning state and local responsibilities, which gypsum based Venetian products that most journeymen may be used to applying. Also, the 100% acrylic
at the behest of Gov, Schwarzenegger, united to kill an have become a muddled mess since the state assumed Variance products are easier to patch, from a journeyman point of view. With eight different acrylic product
effort to trim $3.3 billion in spending from that year’s much of the responsibility and the financing for local materials to choose from, everybody was able to sample one material or another. As members applied the
deficit, choosing instead to just throw that savings out programs following the enactment of Proposition 13, various materials in the booths, questions arose about things like cold joints and thicknesses. With Tech Rep.
and worsen the problem for the new fiscal year. which stripped property tax revenues from local cof- Garrentt on hand, he was able to answer all the challenging questions of this new material. As we ended the
As a result, the state actually ran out of cash and began fers, in 1978. class, the members were able to come away with a lot of new information about a relatively new plaster material
issuing IOUs. Our credit rating dropped to the lowest of Long range planning and multi-year budgets. Any
and its work processes. The Local would like to thank Bothers Clyde Ingram and Dave Stockman for putting
any state, which in turn means fewer bonds issued, pub- construction worker knows you need to plan before
this Apprentice/Journeyman upgrade class together and also Local 200’s Business Manager Bob Pullen Jr. for
lic \works projects stopped, and contractors’ income and you build. The state should know it too. Lengthening
being on hand to photograph this exciting class.
workers’ paychecks vanishing. This mess, and our state’s the budget cycle from one to two years, with opportu-
inability to deal with it, is causing real harm to real work- nities for midcourse corrections, will improve budget
ing people. stability.
That’s why I’m on the board of a group called Reforming the initiative process - which has con-
California Forward, which is recognizing the need for tributed to the perennial budget mess through voter-
sweeping reforms in the way California is governed. We approved spending mandates - perhaps by subjecting
will soon be bringing specific proposals to California leg- proposals to legislative review, or removing measures
islators, and if that fails, to the voters in the 2010 elections. from the ballot prior to the election if the Legislature
This is a better solution than the constitutional conven- addresses the issue.
tion some have called for, which would take longer and Reforming term limits. Despite the promises of pro-
would offer no guarantees of effective solutions, and ponents of the 1990 initiative that instituted them, term
could also have dangerous unintended results. limits haven’t eliminated career politicians, but have
At the top of my list is an end to the insane two-thirds merely forced those elected to one office to immediate-
vote threshold for passing a state budget. This require- ly search for their next one. Meanwhile, the
ment empowers the minority party, the Republicans, to Legislature’s been sapped of policy expertise, experi- TARDY TALES
obstruct and delay. It doesn’t matter what you put on the ence, and long-range vision. Being late for events is an unconscious act. It is called unconscious incompetence. Most people seem to be clueless.
table; they’ll kill it simply because they can. The two- More local control and accountability. Everyone has their tales of tardy. Everyone has their excuse for being late. Some people want to enlarge their ego. In the
Pay-as-you-go financing, requiring that revenue work place an enlarged ego shrivels the pocketbook. Excuses are easy. Some people mention traffic, others mention a last
thirds threshold gives them the opportunity to be rele-
minute phone call. Some mention they are disorganized. Some mention poor planning. These are reasons not truths. The
vant by paralyzing the government. So they always do, sources be identified before money is committed. truth is to be successful in every endeavor, we must make a conscious decision to be at least a half of an hour early every time.
and as long as they have more than one-third of either We may not like every reform that California
house of the Legislature, they always will. Forward proposes. But we sure can’t continue to toler- Question: What lies on the bottom of the ocean floor and shakes
Suppose you’re partying with friends, and most of you ate our current train wreck. We have to do something. Answer: A nervous wreck
BE EARLY NOT A NERVOUS WRECK!
San Diego Building Trades HELP FOR
Negotiates Historical PSA LAID-OFF WORKERS
Losing a job means much more than just losing a paycheck. It can put your car, health care, and even
By Tom Castleman your house on the line. While losing a job will inevitably be difficult, there are resources available to help
Since the mid 1980’s, San Diego’s political environment has made life a definite challenge for make the transition a little easier.
Labor Unions and its members to live better by working union. Financial greed, devious contractors
and loose borders all contributed to what San Diego is today, a tough place to make a buck. Any form • Online - https://eapply4ui.edd.ca.gov
of economic recovery has been at the mercy of whoever was running the ‘show’ at a time when the • Phone – 800-300-5616
political atmosphere could be compared to the Wild West.
Over three decades later Tom Lemmon and the San Diego Building and Construction Trades HEALTH INSURANCE
Council have successfully negotiated a Project Stabilization Agreement (PSA) with the San Diego • Cobra – www.dol.gov/ebsa/cobra - Many workers are entitled to federal assistance that will pay
Unified School District. Prop ‘S’, which was voted in by San Diegans last November for the purpose 65% of the cost of healthcare premiums.
• Free Prescription Card – www.UnionPlus.org/RxCard
of modernizing existing schools as well as building new schools should provide over 2 billion dollars
worth of Union work. KEEPING YOUR HOME
As the final details are being worked out for this agreement another PSA is being formulated • HUD certified housing counselors – 866-490-5361 or www.hud.gov
for the ’Civic Center Project’ in downtown San Diego. This project is modeled after the ‘LA Live’
agreement and involves the demolition and rebuilding of the current Civic Center in three phases and PACIFIC CARE Member Assistance Program - 877-22-LABOR or 877-225-2267
covers a seven block perimeter. • Financial Planning – Debt management – Legal Assistance
PSA’s have become an important part of helping union families survive in economic environ- Stress and Depression – Anger Management – Alcohol/Drug Abuse
ments never seen before by most of us. We must protect future agreements like these by providing
CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL COMMUNITY SERVICES
the class ‘A’ service that these contracts promise to supply, like quality work, efficient work and hope- • Food Bank – 909-824-6876
fully some profitability to our signatory contractors.
211 RIVERSIDE COUNTY – Dial 211 or www.211riversidecounty.org
• 24 hour Hotlines –Counseling – Transportation – Food Bank
• Legal Resources – Health Services – 800 County Agencies
WAGE ALLOCATION MTG 2009 – continued from page 1
FREE ASSISTANCE FOR UNION MEMBERS FROM UNION PLUS
of $2.25 a fixed increase. • Credit Counseling - Bankruptcy Counseling - 877-833-1745
June 22nd, the Monday after the June 18th Thursday allocation meeting, Bob Pullen, Jr., and Business Agent Tom • Debt Management - www.UnionDebtHelp.org
Warren met at the Western Walls and Ceiling Contractors Association office with WWCCA representatives’ Ian
• Debt Management Plan - 877-833-1745 - Free set up. Fees reimbursed
Hendry, and Mark Fowler to talk about the allocation decision. The proposal was soundly rejected by Ian Hendry.
But Mr. Hendry said he would present Local # 200’s proposal to the WWCCA contractors for consideration. Mr.
• Credit Education – www.UnionPlus.org/CreditEducation
Hendry also stated that he, the Chief Executive Officer of the contractor’s association, would recommend rejection. • Legal Service – 888-993-8886 – 30 minutes free. 30% discount.
In a letter dated June 26, 2009 from the WWCCA to Local #200; “the vote by management is to reject the offer”.
In regard to the contractual increase of $2.00, we are allocating the increase as follows: ASSISTANCE FOR UNION PLUS CREDIT CARD HOLDERS
• Credit Card Layoff Helpline – 800-551-2873
$1.00 PENSION • Credit Card Job Loss Grants – www.UnionPlus.org/UnionSAFE
.25 HEALTH & WELFARE • Credit Card Skip Payments – 800-622-2580
.50 WAGES • Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) – 800-848-6466
.23 D.C.O. • Insurance Premiums Waived – 800-393-0864
.02 International D.C.O. • Health Savings – 877-570-4845