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                    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
                                                                    government operates.
                                                                       Let’s have the majority enact a budget and be held
                                                                                                                                                                      Venetian Class
                           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!
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                  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
                                                                                                                        UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
  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.


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                                                                                                                        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
                                      $2.00

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