Official newspaper of the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
VOLUME 13 April 2010 NUMBER 4
Do you live in Alameda, New certification classes
San Francisco or The “Big Build”: Carpenters fly coming, Summer 2010
Sacramento’s airport to the future Get certified in
Subsidized employment Concrete Formwork
programs put Carpenters
Increasingly, the construction industry
back to work demands more “craft certified” workers.
The Carpenters Training Committee for
Out-of-work union carpenters in Northern California (CTCNC) has
Alameda, San Francisco and Fresno responded by offering more classes. This
counties may be heading back to work, summer, the CTCNC begins offering
thanks to programs those counties have Concrete Formwork Certification classes.
developed with funds from the American This course, developed in collaboration
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. with employers, the NCCRC and the
Already several members in San CTCNC, is designed to present a detailed,
Francisco have been hired through that
city’s program, and quite a few have qual-
ified in both Alameda and San Francisco. When an employer
“The requirements to qualify for these
programs are very generous,” said Augie
calls for a “concrete
Beltran, Field Representative for hand,” those journey-
Carpenters Local 152 in Manteca. From a distance, the curving roofline—just a skeleton in the chilly spring air—is vaguely reminis- level members who have
• You must live in the participating
cent of a seagull’s curved wings, or, as the Big Build website explains, it’s a reminder of the
canopy of leafy branches arching over the streets of the “City of Trees,” as Sacramento is some-
county; times called. See the story on page 4. this class will have
• Have at least one child under 18; and dispatch preference.
• A total income in the last month that acramento has a history of Big Builds that goes back to the
does not exceed 200 percent of the feder-
al poverty level.
city’s first years as the Golden State capital. In 1856, when working knowledge of concrete formwork
the state’s leaders began the planning for the new capitol for the journeylevel carpenter to improve
All the requirements are clearly spelled and increase skills in this area.
out on the program’s websites (see box building, that neoclassical take on Washington’s capitol, they prob- The mostly “hands-on” lessons include
below). ably had no idea it would take four years for the plans to be final- construction of concrete forms, erection of
The programs use subsidy funding ized—and an additional fourteen years to complete the building. the single and double waler systems, form
from the national stimulus bill to reim- shoring and form detailing. In order to
continued on page 4
burse employers for a percentage of warrant a certification-type rating, the
wages, and in some cases, Medicare, class also includes some bookwork and
social security and worker’s compensa- Scholarship applications available now! testing exercises.
tion. Need a boost for your child’s college tuition? Pick up an application for one of
the 75 scholarships of $3,000 each, available from the Northern California
Following in the pattern of the Bridge
In Alameda County, for example, the Building Certification class, members
AC Hire program reimburses employers Carpenters/Thomas A. Morton Scholarship Foundation. Applications must be
returned directly to your Local Union, postmarked by June 30, 2010. who complete this class are issued a
for 80 percent of wages and certain “Craft Certified—Concrete Formwork”
Applications available at your Local Union office, and on the
employment taxes. San Francisco’s pro- continued on page 8
NCCRC website: http://www.nccrc.org
gram, Jobs Now, reimburses 100 per-
cent of wages to employers. In Fresno,
the 80/20 Program is reimbursing World’s fastest millwright:Broaddus aims for 200 mph
employers who qualify at 100 percent, Millwright James Broaddus is chasing a slow down for the last
with the stipulation that employers dream—a really, really fast one. two. There’s another
match 25 percent of the wages in train- Broaddus, a member of Millwrights Local track at Bonneville,
ing and supervision expenses. 102, hopes to break a world speed record at too—eleven miles
All of these programs are in line with the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials at Utah’s long—but riders must
the goal of the Obama stimulus bill—to Bonneville Salt Flats, held from August 28 break the “buck-seven-
put people back to work and boost local through September 2. He’ll be riding a 79- ty-five” cut-off point to
economies. cubic-inch/1300cc mean machine that he and get on the longer run.
“If you are currently unemployed and his partner Mikey Johnsen of J&B Racing in “That’s the big-boy
Photo by: Scooter Grubb
live in one of these counties,” said Auburn have been customizing and upgrad- track,” Broaddus
Beltran, “we urge you to apply for these ing over the last couple of years. laughs. It’s also where
programs.” How fast is really, really fast? “I’m trying riders from the faster
These programs end September 30, for 200 miles per hour,” says Broaddus, 54. classes of motorcycle
2010. The master mechanic’s laugh is ready, his compete, with the fastest James Broaddus, Millwrights Local 102, hit 161 miles
voice low and gravelly, a bit like an idling ride ever clocking in at per hour at races at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2009.
Harley. “My dream is to go out and beat the 368 miles per hour. donation of camping gear from Coleman, a
• If you live in Alameda big dogs with something I cobbled together in “That machine,” says Broaddus, “is just a tor- truck from Dodge, and local backing from
County, call 510-670-5627, or my backyard.” pedo with wheels attached.” Auburn’s Lone Wolf Cycle Shop and C&E
visit www.achire.org. Last year, Broaddus hit 161 miles per hour. For now, Broaddus is looking to “build a V-Twin. Stickers from supporters dot the
The record in his class, the 1350, APS PG radical new motor with different style heads, sleek aluminum and styrene body of the bike,
• If you live in San Francisco Class (unlimited partial streamliner push rod crazy cams,” and his list goes on. He which Broaddus has rolled out of the blue
County, call 415-554-6969, or gasoline), is 176. “I need to break a buck-sev- acknowledges that all the years of mechanical J&B Racing barn on a grassy knoll in
visit www.sfhsa.org. enty-six,” Broaddus says. “But I wrung work as a millwright help in these efforts— Auburn.
everything I could out of that engine, and now “also the welding, and all the precision The 340-pound bike is a stretched-out,
• If you live in Fresno County, I need $10,000 to build a new one.” aspects of millwrighting.” pared-down big, bad brother to what
call (559) 454-5955, or visit The track Broaddus has been running for But to buy the parts and make the faster run, most people imagine when they think
www.fresnoetastimulus.org. the last three years at Bonneville is five arrow- Broaddus needs backing. “I need to get cor- “motorcycle.” The seat, for example, is
straight miles of slippery salt. In the first two porate sponsors,” he says. With support from naked aluminum, designed to hunker the
miles, riders get up to speed, then run through his marketing-specialist girlfriend Kathryn
the speed traps from miles two to three, and Holt, Broaddus has already nailed down a continued on page 4
The Northern California Carpenter page 2
Executive Officer's Forum
Jobs, jobs, jobs
Bob Alvarado We are also working to support innovative efforts to encour-
Time to find Executive Officer
“Health care reform is a big deal,” Vice-President Joe Biden
age private investment in construction. San Francisco Mayor
Gavin Newsom has proposed a plan to defer fees imposed on
the ‘sweet spot’ said last month. It is, in fact, a historic accomplishment. The bill
is big, and complicated, but it advances the cause of health care
construction projects until they are ready for occupancy. This
will reduce up-front costs, and should spur development.
for all, which we have supported for a long time. Many things Members of the CIA have already attended two rallies in San
Daniel M. Curtin, Director
that all workers now take for granted came about through the Francisco in support.
California Conference of Carpenters
support of, and the standard set by, the labor movement. In early April, the California Transportation Commission will
The recent passage of national health We will be watching closely to be consider a proposal to finance part
care reform shows America at its best sure we understand the effect on our of the Doyle Drive approach to the
and its worst. At its best, we’ve shown Health and Welfare Fund, and some You can
“ Golden Gate Bridge through a pub-
we can still accomplish great things. of that has yet to be resolved. make a lic-private partnership. This plan, if
approved, will fully fund the Doyle
The historic promise of decent, afford- In the final days before the vote,
able health care for all Americans has there were some key changes that Drive retrofit, and free up nearly
been a goal of organized labor since its improved the bill greatly from our ence, but $200 million for other infrastruc-
early years. Failed efforts litter the
landscape, including attempts in
view, including recognizing union
plans as unique, and providing
only if you ture projects.
This June will see nearly $1 bil-
California, one just two years ago led more enforcement against under- get lion in school construction bonds on
by Governor Schwarzenegger, and one ground contractors trying to skirt
involved. ” the ballot, with over $700 million
already covered by Project Labor
over 50 years ago by Governor Earl
Warren, which failed by just one vote in As a result of these changes, the Agreements.
the State Senate. UBC endorsed the health care bill in All of these efforts are aimed at
Unfortunately, the politics surround- the House of Representatives. I personally called a couple of jobs—putting carpenters back to work. What else do they have
ing health reform show us at our worst. congressmen who had not committed. In the end, they both in common? Politics. Every single day, elected and appointed
Republicans sat this one out only to voted for this historic legislation. government officials make decisions that affect our jobs, our
heckle from the sidelines. John Let’s Get baCk to work wages and benefits, and our working conditions. That’s why we
McCain, former Republican presiden- Meanwhile, we continue to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs, trying to need to be involved. Carpenter politics is about focusing our
tial candidate, harrumphed there would put members back to work as quickly as possible. Some of the political efforts on the issues that matter to us as union carpen-
be no more cooperation between Senate programs started by the Obama Administration are having an ters. I’ll talk more about this next month, when we evaluate can-
Republicans and the majority impact. First of all, as detailed in an article on page 1 of this didates based on where they stand on our issues.
Democrats, ignoring the pitiful lack of issue, programs like San Francisco’s Jobs Now, Alameda’s AC You can make a difference, but only if you get involved. One
cooperation since Obama’s election. So Hire and Fresno’s 80/20 provide incentives for our contractors way to do that is to join the Carpenters in Action. Another way
much for “country first,” McCain’s to hire local residents. In addition. it appears that the California is to help elect candidates who will be supportive when the CIA
campaign slogan. high-speed rail project will get $400 million in funds from the shows up at their meetings. In order to do that, you need to be
stimulus bill, which will expand the TransBay terminal in San registered to vote. It doesn’t cost any money, and it only takes a
Left out of this equation Francisco, putting lots of carpenters to work. few minutes, but the impact of all of us together can be huge.
are hard-working Americans
Foro Oficiel Ejecutivo
who want their elected
officials to solve the
enormous problems that
Trabajos, trabajos, trabajos
Bob Alvarado También estamos trabajando en respaldo de esfuerzos
confront our state and Oficiel Ejecutivo innovadores para animar la inversión del sector privado en la
nation, not simply engage in La Reforma del Cuidado de Salud es algo muy importan- construcción. El Alcalde de San Francisco Gavin Newsom ha
ideological combat. te” dijo el Vicepresidente Joe Biden el mes pasado. Lo es, de propuesto un plan para aplazar los costos impuestos en pro-
hecho es un logro histórico. La propuesta de ley es grande y yectos de construcción hasta que estén listos para ser ocupa-
Ideological partisanship, fueled by complicada, pero avanza la causa del cuidado de salud para dos. Esto reducirá los costos iniciales y fomentará el desarro-
radio blow-hards accountable to no one, todos, lo cual hemos respaldado desde hace mucho tiempo. llo. Miembros del CIA ya han asistido a dos demostraciones
panders to extremists of all stripes. Left Muchas de las cosas, las cuales la mayoría de los empleados en San Francisco para dar su respaldo.
out of this equation are hard-working actualmente no aprecian surgieron del respaldo y de los están- A principios de Abril la Comisión de Transporte de
Americans who want their elected offi- dares establecidos por el movimiento laboral. California considerará una propuesta para financiar parte de la
cials to solve the enormous problems Estaremos observando muy de cerca para asegurarnos que vía de Doyle Drive hacia el Golden Gate Bridge por medio de
that confront our state and nation, not comprendamos el efecto en nuestro Fondo del Cuidado de una sociedad publica-privada. Este plan, si es aprobado,
simply engage in ideological combat. Salud y Bienestar y en lo que aún queda por resolver. En los financiará en su totalidad la actualización de Doyle Drive y
Politics used to be the art of the possi- días finales previos a la votación dejará disponible $200 Millones
ble. That meant our elected officials había algunos cambios claves para otros proyectos de infraes-
honed their ability to compromise, to find que desde nuestro punto de vista tructura.
the political “sweet spot” maximizing
winners and minimizing losers.
mejoraban mucho la propuesta
de ley, incluyendo el reconoci- “Puedes hacer una En Junio veremos casi $1
Billón en bonos para construc-
Disagreements were handled respect- miento de los planes sindicales ción de escuelas en las boletas de
fully. Those with differences did not como únicos y mejora al hacer votación, con más de $700
cumplir las normas por los con- millones que ya han sido cubier-
sólo si participas.”
accuse the other of disloyalty to God and
country. Today, the “art” of politics is tratistas clandestinos que tratan tos por Acuerdos de Proyectos
being overwhelmed by the megaphones de romper la ley. Como resulta- Laborales.
of the hard-liners. Those who compro- do de estos cambios, el UBC Todos estos esfuerzos tienen
mise for the greater good are shunned or respalda la propuesta de ley del a los trabajos como meta—
even attacked by their own party. It’s Cuidado de Salud en la Cámara de Representantes. Yo perso- haciendo que los carpinteros vuelvan a trabajar. ¿Que más tie-
time for voters who want progress—not nalmente llamé a un par de congresistas que aún no habían nen en común? Política. Cada día los oficiales gubernamenta-
ideological purity—to be heard. dado su respaldo. Al final ambos votaron a favor de esta legis- les electos y nombrados toman decisiones que afectan nues-
Proposition 14, the “top two” primary lación histórica. tros trabajos, salarios, beneficios y nuestras condiciones labo-
election initiative, will give a stronger reGreseMos a Los trabaJos rales. Es por esto que debemos participar. La política de los
voice to voters who want solutions, not Mientras tanto continuamos enfocándonos en trabajos, Carpinteros se trata de enfocar nuestros esfuerzos políticos en
simplistic, endless arguments. Here’s trabajos, trabajos, tratando de hacer que los miembros vuel- los temas que son importantes para nosotros como carpinteros
what it does. All voters in a legislative van a trabajar lo más pronto posible. Algunos de los progra- sindicales. Hablaré más sobre esto el próximo mes, pero noso-
district will vote in the same primary mas comenzados por la Administración de Obama están tros evaluamos a los candidatos basado en sus posiciones en
regardless of party. All candidates for teniendo un impacto. Primero que todo, como se ha explicado nuestros temas.
that legislative office will be on the en un articulo de esta edición, el programa de ‘Trabajos Puedes hacer una diferencia, pero sólo si participas. Una
same primary ballot regardless of party. Ahora’ provee incentivos cuando nuestros contratistas contra- manera de hacer esto es uniéndote al Carpintero en Acción;
The top two vote-getters, regardless of tan a residentes locales. Parece que el proyecto de Tren de otra manera es ayudando a los candidatos que darán su res-
party, will face each other in the Alta Velocidad de California obtendrá $400 millones en fon- paldo cuando CIA asista a sus reuniones, Para poder hacer
November general election. dos de Estimulo, lo cual expandirá la terminal TransBay en esto necesitas registrarte para votar. No cuesta nada y sólo
Let’s be clear, this initiative is not for San Francisco, haciendo que muchos carpinteros vuelvan a toma unos pocos minutos, pero el impacto de todos nosotros
continued on page 7 trabajar. unidos puede ser inmenso.
The Northern California Carpenter page 3
Preventing strains and sprains Carpenters In Action take on corporate food giant
Strains and sprains are injuries that usu- ily. Pay attention to the natural alignment
ally affect the back, arms and shoulders of your spine, and keep as much of the
and are generally caused from lifting, load at waist level, if possible.
reaching or pushing. There is a slight dif- When reaching or bending, position
ference between a sprain and a strain, your body in a neutral, comfortable posi-
although both can result from the same tion and stay as close to the work area as
type of workplace activities. possible. For example, use a ladder to bet-
A sprain is a damaged ligament, which ter position yourself to a higher work area,
is the tissue that connects bone to bone, being sure to maintain your arms at shoul-
whereas a strain is an injured muscle or der level. When bending, position yourself
muscle tendon, which is the tissue that as close to your work area as possible:
connects muscle to bone. Preventing squat down to be in direct alignment with
strains and sprains is much easier than your work instead of potentially injuring
treating them. Keep the following simple yourself in an awkward position. Be sure
tips in mind in the workplace to reduce the to take consistent breaks and shift your Starting in January this year, Carpenters Local 152 launched a campaign to protest
risk of injury. weight as needed. Safeway's use of contractors that undercut our living standards. Safeway's response
When lifting heavy objects, first evalu- As always, a general rule for prevent- was to violate labor law. In one case, a supervisor brandished a knife threatening
field representatives and cutting down a union banner. With the help of the
ate if the load is too heavy to comfortably ing injury is to take care of your entire
Carpenters In Action, there are Unfair Labor Practice pickets in front of dozens of
lift on your own; don’t hesitate to ask for body. Take time to exercise, maintain a stores throughout Northern California. The Carpenters Union will always fight when
help if you need it. Possible options for healthy and balanced diet, and be sure to anyone tries to silence us or take away our rights.
working with heavy loads are either to let your body rest. Keeping yourself in
break the load into smaller more manage- good physical condition is crucial to
able sections, or get the help of a cowork- overall well-being.
er or mechanical device. If you have the The above information is not a substitute for Get involved! Register and vote!
option to push or pull a heavy object, professional medical advice and is for general Nearly every day, members of • You have not been judged by a
always choose to push and be sure to keep informational purposes only. Consult a physi- Carpenters in Action attend public court to be mentally incompetent
proper body alignment, using your body cian in all matters relating to your health, par- hearings or rally outside public You need to re-register to vote
weight and leg muscles. When lifting a ticularly in matters that may require diagnosis buildings where government offi- when:
heavy object, be sure to lift with your or medical attention. Any action taken as a cials are making key decisions • You move to a new permanent
knees, and maintain proper posture: don’t result of the information provided above is about our jobs, our wages and our residence
hunch over or twist your body unnecessar- taken at your own discretion. benefits. Those officials get there • You change your name
because voters put them in office, • You change your political party
Prevención de esguinces y torceduras or allow them to remain. choice
Los esguinces y torceduras son lesiones mueve tu peso según sea necesario. This year, California voters will You can register to vote online:
que usualmente afectan la espalda, brazos, Como siempre, una regla general para make a series of important deci- https://www.sos.ca.gov/nvrc/fed-
hombros y que generalmente son causadas evitar lesiones es cuidar generalmente de sions, including electing a new form/
al levantar, empujar o alcanzar algo. Hay tu cuerpo entero. Saca tiempo para hacer Governor. You can be part of the Step through the screens and fill
una pequeña diferencia entre un esguince ejercicios, mantén una dieta saludable y process, but only if you are regis- in the information requested. Then
y una torcedura, aunque ambos pueden balanceada y asegúrate de dejar que tu tered to vote. To vote in June, print it, sign it, and mail it directly to
resultar de las mismas actividades en el cuerpo descanse. El mantenerte en una you must be registered before the county elections office address
lugar de trabajo. buena condición física es crucial para tu May 24, 2010. It’s free, it’s easy, that is pre-printed on the form.
Un esguince es un ligamento lastimado, bienestar general. and it takes only a few minutes. Pick up a voter
lo cual es el tejido que conecta de hueso a La información anterior no substituye reco- registration form
hueso y una torcedura es un músculo o mendaciones de un médico profesional y sólo Registering to vote You can pick up a voter registra-
tendón de músculo lastimado, lo cual es el es para propósitos de información general. You may register to vote in tion form at your Local Union.
tejido que conecta de músculo a hueso. El Consulta con un médico sobre todo lo relacio- California if: Forms are also available at your
evitar esguinces y torceduras es mucho nado a tu salud, particularmente referente a • You are a United States citizen county elections office, library and
más fácil que el tratarlos; los siguientes asuntos que podrían requerir diagnostico o • You are a resident of California US post office. It is important that
son unos simples consejos para que tengas atención médica. Cualquier acción tomada • You are at least 18 years of age your voter registration form be
presentes en el lugar de trabajo para redu- como resultado de la información proveída (or will be by the date of the next filled out completely, and post-
cir el peligro de lesiones. anteriormente es tomada a tu propia discre- election) marked or hand-delivered to your
Al levantar objetos pesados, primero cionalidad. • You are not in prison or on parole county elections office at least 15
evalúa si el objeto es muy pesado para for a felony conviction days before the election.
levantarlo cómodamente por tu propia
cuenta; no demores en pedir ayuda si es
necesario. Las opciones posibles para Non-union Carpenters stand up and organize
trabajar con objetos pesados son ya sea
dividir el peso en secciónes manejables
más pequeñas u obtener la ayuda de un
compañero de trabajo o aparato mecáni-
Si tienes la opción de empujar o de jalar
un objeto pesado, siempre opta por empu-
jar y asegúrate de mantener el cuerpo debi-
damente alineado, usando el peso de tu
cuerpo y músculos de las piernas. Al
levantar un objeto pesado, asegúrate de
levantarlo usando tus rodillas y mante-
niendo una postura adecuada; no te encor-
ves ni tuerzas tu cuerpo innecesariamente.
Pon atención al alineamiento natural de tu
espina y mantén la mayor parte del peso al
nivel de tu cintura, si es posible.
Al tratar de alcanzar algo o al inclinarte, Fed up with low pay, violations of prevailing wages, and no respect on the
coloca tu cuerpo en una posición neutra, job, the Carpenters who work for non-union Dale Stickney Construction,
cómoda y colócate lo más cerca posible al signed up with Carpenters Local 22.
área de trabajo. Por ejemplo, usa una esca- On February 2, the majority of Dale Stickney Construction’s Carpenters
lera para poder estar en un área de trabajo marched on their boss and demanded recognition of the union. The workers
más alta, asegurándote de mantener tus then went to their jobsites wearing Carpenters Strike Team t-shirts to show
brazos al nivel de los hombros. Al incli- their solidarity.
The company responded by interrogating and threatening workers, and then company.
narte, colócate lo más cerca que puedas a With support from the Organizing Department and Carpenters In Action,
laying them off for union activity. These charges are currently under investiga-
tu área de trabajo: agáchate para estar ali- picketlines are going on at Stickney jobsites from San Francisco to Redding.
tion by the National Labor Relations Board.
neado directamente con tu trabajo, en vez The campaign heated up even further when the workers went out on a one- Whenever any non-union carpenter stands up and fights to be a Union
de lastimarte posiblemente por estar en day strike on March 17 to protest the Unfair Labor Practices ongoing at the Carpenter, we will stand up with them.
una posición incomoda. Asegúrate de
tomar descansos consistentemente y When We Fight As One – The Fight Is Won
The Northern California Carpenter page 4 The Northern California Carpenter page 5 x
Teaching the next generation ,
The “Big Build”: Carpenters fly Sacramento’s airport to the future
Happily, things are proceeding much superintendent.
more smoothly—and quickly—at the city’s Hoge hails from Carpenters Local 1307,
latest “Big Build,” which is what the out of Chicago. He’s one of the manage-
Sacramento County Airport System is ment team that Walsh has brought in to
calling the Terminal Modernization Project supervise the construction, which is large-
at Sacramento International Airport. In ly being done by California carpenters.
fact, the Big Build website tracks the Outside the landside terminal building,
progress down to the minute. crews from Brand Scaffold are hard at
On the afternoon of April 3, the project work, while inside, small teams from
has 22 months, 8 days, 10 hours, and 47 Hayward hang drywall. A tour by Austin–
minutes to completion; by the time you Walsh’s Safety Manager Joey Stetson Above: Mike Hoge hails from Chicago’s
Carpenter Local 1307. He’s the carpenter superintendent
Bobby Klein (in the center, with his back to the camera) takes a break from the read this, it’ll be 21 months and change. reveals a site-wide dedication to eliminat- for Walsh Construction on the airport project, and
Bobo picket line to educate students at Dublin High School about the impor- “The overall goal is to bring the ing hazards on the job. has been with the company 20 years.
tance of the labor movement.
Sacramento airport up to mod- “We really think about a successful pro-
Last month, non-union contractor Bobo During the action, the teacher of a social Below: Guillermo Olmedo, Local 22, ern standards,” says Local 46 ject as a ‘golden triangle’ of elements,”
Construction had field representatives Todd studies class came out to ask if someone commutes to Sacramento from Vallejo.
Williams and Dan Williams placed under could talk to her students, who were just He’s been with Brand Scaffold on
Field Representative Dennis Stetson says. “It’s about being productive,
arrest during a job walk at Dublin High learning about the NLRB. Senior field rep- this project for two weeks. Dean. turning in quality work and working in a
School, which led to the filing of Unfair resentative Bob Klein answered her call. With a new landside terminal safe environment.”
Labor Practices with the National Labor This was especially fitting since Klein grad- building, a 19-gate airside con- According to Stetson, this site has a
Relations Board (NLRB). uated from Dublin High School, and spent
course, a 21st-century automat- large number of individ-
To protest these outrageous actions, field many years coaching sports there.
representatives from all over the Central By the end of the day, Brother Klein had ed people mover, a two-level ual contractors who
District showed up in mass to let this Rat spoken to three different classes about the roadway and improved air taxi- have received
Contractor know that we would not stand Carpenters Union! Now, that’s making the ways, the project is a $1.08 bil- Cal/OSHA Golden Gate
for this violation of our rights. most of a great teaching moment. lion step toward modernity. recognition letters and
World’s fastest millwright, continued from page 1 The joint venture of Austin Safety and Health
Commercial and the Chicago- A c h i e v e m e n t
rider forward, resting his chest on the
fuel tank—a metal tube that holds 1.3 based Walsh landed the con- Recognition Program
gallons of gasoline, the legal minimum tract for the landside terminal (SHARP) awards.
Above: Ryan Rice, Local 9109, works
in American Motorcyclist Association in this design-build project. Ultimately though,
rules—and peering through a tiny curve for W. F. Hayward.
Turner Construction was award- Stetson says that safe-
of windscreen at the salt track ahead.
ed the contract for the airside ty is every person’s Left: Working for W. F. Hayward,
“When the green flag drops,” Broaddus Brandon Vaudrin, Local 9109, says, “I
says of a Bonneville run,” your heart’s concourse. responsibility.
Above: Roberto Macias, Local 46. love this job. It’s real safety oriented,
hammering, your adrenaline’s over the A number of other subcon- “It’s a culture we’re and all in all, it’s running smooth.”
top, and it’s just tunnel vision—you’re so tractors are also on the job, establishing out here,”
focused…. The first year, once I got up to including Walsh Construction, he says. “We’re always
speed, I forgot to breathe.” Man and machine: James Broaddus and Below: Bill Rodriguez, Local 22, erects
It’s not something riders can practice— the “Auburn Express.” scaffolding on the airport project.
Brand Scaffold Services, W. F. trying to make improve- Below: Alan Dowdy, Local 9109,
there’s no place to do it—and the condi- Broaddus, who grew up motorcycling, Hayward Company and the ments.” slices the sheetrock to fit.
tions are challenging. “You have to be a has been headed for Bonneville since he Sacramento-based Otto Construc- Of course,the impulse
journeyman rider to even try this,” he was 7 and watched the races on Wide tion, as well as a number of others. for improvement is also
notes. “It’s like riding on a pool table. The World of Sports. “I saw all that salt, all that “Currently, there are about 50 car- what’s driving the city’s
salt is slippery, so you have to accelerate speed—I thought, I’ve gotta do that.”
slowly, find the balance between accelera- penters on the project,” says Mike construction of this thor-
Now that he has been racing at
tion and traction, and then as you go faster Bonneville for the last three years, Hoge, Walsh Construction’s carpenter oughly 21st-century air-
you get lighter.” Broaddus is hooked. But he’s also still port. On both, Carpenters
It’s a fight to keep the powerful bike humble. “All the fastest people who have are making the difference.
from drifting, hard to keep it on the ground, ever been have raced out there,” he says.
and difficult to coax every last mile-per- “It’s sacred ground. For me, it’s a privilege
hour from the engine in the harsh environ- to be on that same patch of ground.”
ment. “Elevation and other ambient condi- If all goes well, this could be the year
tions immediately rob you of 10–15 per- Millwright James Broaddus rolls with the big
cent of your horsepower,” he says. dogs out on that stretch of sacred salt. All he Left: Bill Edwards has 26 years
At the end of a day at Bonneville—and needs is $10,000 and a buck seventy-five. as a union carpenter—20 of Above: Andy Chiapuzio, Local 9109, has
typically, riders make from two to five runs them at Local 46. about three months on this project—
in a day—Broaddus says he lies in bed at and is looking forward to another year
If you’re interested in Broaddus’ pro- Below: Working for Walsh
night with his mind still churning on how ject or want to support the world’s of good work at the airport.
to tweak the engine, change his weight on fastest millwright, please contact: Construction, Luis Orozco,
Local 46, is framing in the eleva-
the motorcycle or work with the accelera- email@example.com, or PO Box 754,
Above: Yuriy Ivanina, Local 46, only has two tor tower.
tion. He says, “There’s just a bucketload of Meadow Vista, CA 95722.
more classes in his apprenticeship. He’s
adrenaline coursing through you.” been working pretty steadily for Walsh
Construction on this project.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CARPENTERS
REGIONAL COUNCIL Did you know… Sacramento wasn’t California’s original state capitol
Geography and climate often dictate the evolution for the first time in Monterey, and chose the little burg of
www.nccrc.org of capital cities as much as politics do. A confluence of San Jose for the first meeting of the California legisla-
rivers or a defensible, deep-water harbor might make a ture in December 1849. And—briefly—San Jose was
NCCRC Headquarters particular site desirable, or a combination of sunny sum- the state’s first capital. But Vallejo was waiting in the
265 Hegenberger Road, Suite 200, Oakland, CA 94621..............(510) 568-4788 mers and predictable precipitation. Any locale with one wings, and that North Bay town grabbed the title in 1852
NCCRC Central District of these attributes might have been enough to attract and 1853, mostly because of a persuasive former
265 Hegenberger Road, Suite 200, Oakland, CA 94621..............(510) 568-4788 our politically minded predecessors and get them to set- Mexican general, Mariano Vallejo, who offered to devel-
tle in for the long haul. However, in California, the prob- op a suitable seat of government.
NCCRC Northern District lem wasn’t a shortage of sites with great geography or When things there didn’t pan out, the capital moved
4421 Pell Dr., Suite F, Sacramento, CA 95838.............................(916) 641-1041 a copacetic climate. In fact, just the opposite. The com- to Benicia—again, very briefly. In 1854, the city of
petition for the capital crown was fierce. Sacramento, the oldest incorporated city in the state, Above: Adam Cole, Local 46, is working for Brand Scaffold. He’s been on the
NCCRC Southern District The government of the new state of California met made its bid for capitalhood—and kept it. airport project three months.
2102 Almaden Road, Suite 125, San Jose, CA 95125..................(408) 445-3000
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Scaffold user safety tune-up
Scaffold Users must be vigilant of the possible danger A safe worker is a confident worker, and workers
Charles Hudson, Journeylevel Trainer imposed on scaffolds during use. In order to evaluate a who have participated in safety programs begin to
Carpenters Training Committee scaffold for unsafe conditions, users must understand the think in terms of what’s good for them, the union and
for Northern California (CTCNC) basics of how a scaffold is erected. The evaluation must the company for which they work. A worker trained in
go on throughout the work shift. If corrections, adjust- safety tends to respond quickly to coworkers and the
Let’s review briefly: a scaffold is a temporary work ments or alterations need to be made, work must stop employers’ needs.
platform used to provide access for workers and mate- until these changes can be performed by Qualified To find out more about our Scaffold User Safety and
rials to attend to work on elevated structures or Scaffold Erectors. OSHA regulations state that Scaffold other safety training classes available in your area, go
machines. Scaffolds consist of horizontal work plat- Users cannot make changes to the scaffold. to our website, ctcnc.org, click Journeylevel classes
forms or “planks” that are continuously supported by Ongoing evaluations by Scaffold Users should pin- and sign up. Your Carpenters Training Committee will
either a tubular steel or aluminum frame as the plat- point any hazardous conditions that may cause imme- schedule a class in your area based on your requests.
forms ascend a structure. diately danger to you and your coworkers. Evaluate Again, and until next time, remember ... Get an Edge
There should be a personnel chain of command in scaffolds before each work-shift and especially after … Take a Class!
place to assure the scaffold maintains the ability to changing weather conditions and prolonged interrup-
safely support the workers and materials required for tions of work. Check for such items as solid founda- Craft Quiz: Scaffold
the job. Within the chain of command, it is part of the tions, stable conditions, complete working and rest
Qualified Scaffold Erector’s responsibility to ensure platforms, suitable anchorage points, required User Safety
that the scaffold is erected safely, and it is the Scaffold guardrails, loose connections, tie-off points, damaged
1. Scaffold planks shall overhang their support a
Users’ responsibility to evaluate that basic safe erec- components, proper access and the use of fall protec- minimum of 6 inches.
tion practices have been employed before getting on tion equipment. If the scaffold is found to be unsafe for T = True
the scaffold to perform work. use, notify your supervisor. F = False
Scaffold users must 2. A scaffold plank that is considered to be rough is
1½ inches thick.
be vigilant of the T = True
F = False
3. Ties shall not be removed below the area being
imposed on dismantled.
scaffolds during T = True
F = False
use. In order to
4. Toeboards are always required.
evaluate a scaffold T = True
F = False
5. Intended scaffold load is live and dead load
conditions, users combined.
T = True
must understand F = False
the basics of how a 5/T 4/F 3/T 2/F answers: 1/T
scaffold is erected.
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Commercial (Ingersoll-Rand) Door Hardware Cert. All UBC Crafts 04/20/10 04/24/10 LU 46 Hall, Sacramento T,F, Sat 5:30-9:30pm, 8-4:30 Sat 24 LU 46 Janet Staples, FR, LU 46 (916) 614-7901
Layout Instruments/Total Station All UBC Crafts 04/30/10 05/08/10 LU 22 Hall, 2085 3rd, S.F. F Ev, Sats 5:30pm-9:30pm 24 LU 22 Gil Deanda, FR (415) 355-1322
Aerial Lift Qualification All UBC Crafts 05/01/10 05/01/10 LU 217 Hall, Foster City Saturdays 8am-4:30pm 8 LU 217 Mark Claussen, FR, LU 217 (650) 377-0217
Welding-LU 22 Carpenters 05/03/10 05/27/10 Plsntn Weld Fac, 2350 Santa Rita Rd. M-Th 5:30pm-9:30pm LU 22 Mike Brown, SFR (415) 355-1322
Drywall/Shaft Liner Construction Drywallers/Carps 05/08/10 05/15/10 Sac Training Center, 4421B Pell Dr. Saturdays 8am-4:30pm 16 CTCNC Scott Lewis, Coord (888) 315-3098
Construction Math & Intro to Working Dwgs All UBC Crafts 05/13/10 05/25/10 LU 217 Hall, Foster City Th-F, M-Tu 5:30pm-9:30pm 24 LU217 Mark Claussen, FR, LU 217 (650) 377-0217
Fork Lift Operator Safety/RT All UBC Crafts 05/15/10 05/15/10 LU 46 Hall, Sacramento Saturday 8am-4:30pm 8 LU 46 Janet Staples, FR, LU 46 (916) 614-7901
Aerial Lift Qualification Drywallers/Carps 05/22/10 05/22/10 Hayward Trng Center, 23217 Kidder St. Saturdays 7am-3:30pm 8 CTCNC Tony Hernandez, Coord (888) 315-3098
CPR (American Red Cross) Drywallers/Carps 05/22/10 05/22/10 Hayward Trng Center, 23217 Kidder St. Saturdays 7am-11am 4 CTCNC Tony Hernandez, Coord (888) 315-3098
Fork Lift Operator Safety/RT Drywallers/Carps 05/22/10 05/22/10 Hayward Trng Center, 23217 Kidder St. Saturdays 7am-3:30pm 8 CTCNC Tony Hernandez, Coord (888) 315-3098
Fall Protection Drywallers/Carps 05/22/10 05/22/10 Hayward Trng Center, 23217 Kidder St. Saturdays 7am-11am 4 CTCNC Tony Hernandez, Coord (888) 315-3098
OSHA10 Hr Const Safety Awareness Drywallers/Carps 05/22/10 05/22/10 Hayward Trng Center, 23217 Kidder St. Saturdays 7am-3:30pm 10 CTCNC Tony Hernandez, Coord (888) 315-3098
Scaffold User Safety Drywallers/Carps 05/22/10 05/22/10 Hayward Trng Center, 23217 Kidder St. Saturdays 7am-3:30pm 8 CTCNC Tony Hernandez, Coord (888) 315-3098
Welding-LU 152 Carpenters 06/01/10 06/30/10 Plsntn Weld Fac, 2350 Santa Rita Rd. Mon-Thur 5:30pm-9:30pm LU 152 Tom Quinn, SFR, LU 152 (925) 228-8570
Drywall/Suspended Ceilings and Soffits Drywallers/Carps 06/05/10 06/26/10 Mrgn Hill Trng Cen, 485 Woodview Dr. Saturdays 8am-4:30pm 32 CTCNC Scott Lewis, Coord (888) 315-3098
Piledriver/Rigging Pile Drivers 06/05/10 06/13/10 Plsntn Trng Cen, 2350 Santa Rita Rd. Sat & Sun 8am-4:30pm 32 LU 34 Pat Karinen, SFR (510) 635-4227
Blueprint Reading/Commercial All UBC Crafts 06/10/10 06/16/10 LU 217 Hall, Foster City Th-St,T-W 5:30pm-9:30pm 24 LU217 Mark Claussen, FR, LU 217 (650) 377-0217
Commercial Door Hardware All UBC Crafts 06/17/10 06/26/10 LU 1599 Hall, Redding Th,F, Sat 5:30-9:30pm, 8-4:30 Sat 32 LU 1599 Phil Geist, FR, LU 1599 (530) 222-6429
Welding-LU 102 Millwrights 06/19/10 08/28/10 Plsntn Weld Fac, 2350 Santa Rita Rd. Saturdays 8am-4:30pm LU 102 Bill Napier, SFR or Lynn Miner, FR (925) 294-5350
Welding-LU 701 Carpenters 06/19/10 08/28/10 Fresno Weld Fac, 1360 N. Hulbert Ave. Saturdays 8am-4:30pm LU 701 LU 701 (559) 268-3895
Fresno Weld. Facility Open M-F for Practice All UBC Crafts 07/01/10 09/30/10 Fresno Weld Fac, 1360 N. Hulbert Ave. M-F 8am-4:30pm CTCNC/TD Scott Lewis, Fresno Tr Ctr (888) 315-3098
Hayward Weld. Facility Open M-F for Practice All UBC Crafts 07/01/10 09/30/10 Hayward Weld Facility 23217 Kidder St. M-F 8am-4:30pm CTCNC/TD Tony Hernandez, Hayward Tr Ctr (888) 315-3098
Pleasanton Weld. Facility Open M-Sat for Practice All UBC Crafts 07/01/10 09/30/10 Plsntn Weld Fac, 2350 Santa Rita Rd. M-F 8am-4:30pm CTCNC/TD Jim McNamee, Pleasanton Tr Ctr (925) 463-5601
Welding—LU 217 Carpenters 07/01/10 07/29/10 Plsntn Weld Fac, 2350 Santa Rita Rd. M-Th 5:30pm-9:30pm LU 217 Rigo Laguardia, SFR (650) 377-0217
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Your health, your benefits ‘Sweet spot,’
News from your Trust Fund
continued from page 2
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Plan ahead for retirement Party or any third party. It’s not for the
left-wing or the right-wing. It’s for the
Get started on saving for your future!
voters, those who want the best candi-
date. Candidates will have to appeal to all
the voters, not just one party or another.
A 401(k) Plan is an opportunity to ings will supplement Benefits you earn an Enrollment/Contribution Change Form In districts with a fair distribution of
increase your retirement savings by under the Defined Benefit Pension and indicating the hourly amount you wish to voters from different parties, there will
deducting a portion of your paycheck to a Defined Contribution Pension (Annuity defer (subject to contribution limits) and probably be little impact. However, in
tax-advantaged account. You can choose Fund) Plans to help ensure you have an return it to your employer. Forms are districts that heavily favor one party
to deduct either pre-tax contributions or enjoyable and prosperous retirement. available at the Trust Fund office or online
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tions reduce your current taxable income, Plan, you must be an employee covered by The website also has available the full
and defer tax liabilities until you take dis- the Collective Bargaining Agreement and Plan document and Summary Plan the right-wing. It’s for the
tributions from the account. After-tax con- eligible for Annuity contributions. If you Description for a complete explanation of voters, those who want the
tributions do not reduce your current tax- meet the criteria and wish to enroll in the the Plan’s features. best candidate. Candidates
Carpenter 401(k) Plan and begin making Start saving immediately. It’s NEVER
To be eligible to enroll in the payroll contributions, you must complete too early! will have to appeal to all the
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employee covered by the By now, you’ve probably heard tures. You will be kept up to date as or another.
Collective Bargaining that the “Patient Protection and changes that affect you are made.
Affordable Care Act” was signed As of this writing, there is a second over another, there will be an important
Agreement and eligible for into law by President Obama on bill—the “reconciliation bill”—that is impact. In those districts, it is likely that
March 23, 2010. This law is gener- yet to be finalized. The reconcilia- two Democrats or two Republicans may
Annuity contributions. end up running against each other in the
ally considered the most significant tion bill would revise the Act to
able income; however, when you begin to change to the U.S. health care sys- reflect substantial changes that general election. That means in
take a qualified distribution, your with- tem since Medicare was enacted in were necessary in order to achieve November, when most voters participate,
drawals are not taxed. 1965. It contains many provisions enough votes in the House to pass all voters will be choosing between two
that affect how group plans, such as the Act. If passed, the bill would candidates from the same party.
Saving money through a 401(k) plan has
the Carpenters Health and Welfare become law and revise many of the It’s my guess the voters will be look-
many benefits, including a method for
Plan, will operate. Changes of this provisions in the Act. ing for the candidate with broad
automatic savings, the ability to borrow
magnitude are naturally raising Needless to say, we are keeping appeal—one who can reach out to the
against your account, protection under the
many questions. How will this a close eye on these changes as other side to get things done, one who
law from bankruptcy, and most important-
impact us? they work their way through the leg- can compromise to find solutions, one
ly, tax-deferred compounded earnings.
We are following the details of this islative process. We will continue to who can find the political “sweet spot.”
There are 32 investments choices to cre-
very complicated legislation, and communicate with you as details With politics being as nasty as they are
ate a portfolio that fits your stage of life
evaluating its many parts and fea- become available. today that can’t be a bad thing. I’m vot-
and risk comfort level. Your 401(k) sav-
ing for Prop. 14.
Su salud, sus beneficios
Planee su jubilación con anticipación
¡Comience a ahorrar para su futuro!
El Plan 401(k) es una oportunidad para 401(k), usted debe ser empleado cubierto bajo
aumentar sus ahorros para la jubilación el Acuerdo de Negociación Colectiva y ser
deduciendo una porción de su sueldo y asig- elegible para hacer contribuciones a la anuali- Es probable que en estos momen- Estamos siguiendo los detalles de
nándola a una cuenta con beneficios fisca- dad. Si cumple con los criterios y desea ins- tos ya esté enterado de que el esta legislación tan complicada, y eva-
les. Usted puede optar por que se deduzcan cribirse en el plan 401(k) de Carpenters y Congreso aprobó la Reforma a la luando sus numerosas partes y carac-
las contribuciones antes o después de los comenzar a hacer contribuciones de su suel- Atención Médica. La ley aprobada por terísticas. El 25 de marzo de 2010 el
impuestos. Las contribuciones antes de los do, debe llenar un Formulario de inscrip- el presidente el 23 de marzo de 2010 Congreso envió un segundo proyecto
impuestos reducen sus ingresos gravables ción/cambios en las contribuciones en el que se conoce como Ley de Atención de ley, el “proyecto de ley de reconcilia-
actuales y difieren sus responsabilidades fis- indique la cantidad por hora que desea diferir Asequible y Protección del Paciente ción” para que el presidente lo firme.
cales hasta que haga distribuciones de la (sujeta a límites en las contribuciones) y debe (Patient Protection and Affordable Este segundo proyecto de ley hace
cuenta. Las contribuciones después de los devolverlo a su empleador. Los formularios Care Act, PPACA). En general, esta cambios significativos a la PPACA, que
impuestos no reducen sus ingresos grava- están disponibles en la oficina del Fondo de ley se considera el cambio más signi- también serán evaluados.
bles actuales, pero cuando comience a hacer Fideicomiso o en línea en www.carpenter- ficativo del sistema de atención médi- Muchas estipulaciones de la nueva
una distribución calificada, sus retiros no funds.com. ca de Estados Unidos desde que ley no entrarán en vigencia por varios
estarán sujetos a impuestos. En el sitio Web también puede encontrar Medicare se promulgó en 1965. años. Otro par de ellas, como los
Los ahorros a través de un plan 401(k) tie- el documento completo del plan y la Contiene muchas estipulaciones que cambios en la cobertura de los depen-
Descripción sumaria del plan, que contie- afectan la manera en que operan dientes, entrarán en vigencia tan pron-
Para tener derecho a inscribirse nen una explicación completa de las carac- muchos planes de grupo, como to como en seis meses. Estamos
en el plan 401(k), usted debe ser terísticas del plan. Carpenters Health and Welfare Plan. atentos a la nueva ley, y continuare-
empleado cubierto bajo el Acuerdo Comience a ahorrar inmediatamente. Naturalmente los cambios de esta mos comunicándonos con ustedes
de Negociación Colectiva y ser elegi- ¡NUNCA es demasiado pronto! magnitud van a generar muchas pre- conforme haya más detalles disponi-
guntas. ¿Cómo nos afectará? bles.
ble para hacer contribuciones
a la anualidad.
nen muchos beneficios, incluido un método Northern California Carpenters Annuity Trust Fund Participant Educational Seminars — 2010
de ahorros automáticos, la capacidad de
In 2002, the Trustees of the Carpenters Annuity Trust Fund for online tele-web classes are offered. They are conducted per the seminar
pedir préstamos contra su cuenta, protec-
Northern California modified the Plan to allow qualified Participants to schedule listed here.
ción legal contra la quiebra, y lo más impor-
select investment options for their Individual Account balance. Qualified Attendance at the tele-web classes is monitored. We encourage
tante, ganancias compuestas con impuestos
Participants are allowed to make investment choices from a select group spouses to participate as well, so that if the need arises, they too will be
diferidos. Hay 32 opciones de inversiones
of mutual funds. The self-direct investment program is optional as many qualified to self-direct the investment of his/her Individual Account.
para crear una cartera que se ajuste al esta-
Plan Participants prefer to have investments directed by the Trustees. Space in online tele-web classes is limited, and because of software
do de su vida y a su nivel de comodidad res-
To qualify for the self-direct option, a Participant is required to attend demands, pre-enrollment is required. Please contact the Fund Office at
pecto al riesgo. Sus ahorros 401(k) suple-
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mentarán los beneficios que obtenga bajo
throughout Northern California. However, attendance at educational tele-web participation.
los planes Defined Benefit Pension y
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Local 701 members help out their community
Fresno carpenters donate skilled hands to building Terry’s House
Malissa Rose and be one family’s relief of stress,” he said.
MedWatchToday.com Reeves said the 25 to 40 volunteer car-
Fresno area carpenters are taking time penters were on call starting in March to
on their days off to volunteer thousands of begin the foundation and framing of
hours to help construct Terry’s House, a Terry’s House. They will assist in areas
two-story home within walking distance needed from pouring concrete, framing
of the main entrance of Community walls, constructing the roof, encapsulat-
Regional Medical Center that will accom- ing the building and finalizing the interior
modate patients’ families who have finish.
nowhere to stay or cannot afford hotels. The carpenters are volunteering at
“It’s a very good cause. Several of our Terry’s House on the weekends, or in
members have already been through the their free time during the week if they are
trauma center, and know what it’s like not not scheduled to work.
having a place to stay,” said Billy Reeves, Kayla Franklin, a Carpenters Union
Carpenters Union field representative and Terry’s House will be a two-story house within walking distance of the member of over 10 years, committed her
Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. The goal is to create a com-
financial secretary for Local 701. “We
fortable home for patients’ families who have nowhere to stay or cannot
started a group from our union a few
afford hotels. Reeves said the 25 to 40
years ago. Carpenters Who Care go out
into the community and do work espe- retary of Kroeker, Inc., said he wanted all about community involvement,” he volunteer carpenters were
cially for the elderly and widows or for to involve the carpenters group because said. “Terry’s House is a community on call starting in March
charity. Our members are hard-working, they have always been community project; the more people who get to begin the foundation and
giving people who are dedicated to mak- minded, and he knew they would imme- involved the better.”
ing the community a better place.” diately step up to help. Volunteering and donating labor is framing of Terry’s House.
He estimates they will volunteer any- “We need a lot of strong backs and a nothing new to the carpenters; they have
where from 2,000 to 4,000 hours to help lot of people coming together for this donated thousands of hours on various time to do any work needed on Terry’s
construct Terry’s House. project, either by donating their time, community construction projects such as House, from concrete work to wood work.
Terry’s House will be a 17,000-square- money, materials or labor, because it’s Extreme Home Makeover, the Craycroft “I would work a 40-hour week at
foot, two-story home that will have 20 Youth Center and Fresno Cat Haven, and Terry’s House if I’m available. I want to
Local 701 member Curtis Holtan and
guest rooms with private baths and refrig- Carpenters Local 701 field representa- are now adding Community Medical give families the security of knowing they
erators to accommodate the families of tive Billy Reeves are volunteering their Foundation to the list. can get a shower and a good night’s sleep.
trauma patients during their recovery. It expertise to help build Terry's House. Jim Higgins, the Carpenters Who It’s just one burden I can take off their
will also have a guest kitchen, guest din- Care president and Local 701 treasurer, shoulders.”
ing room, laundry room, healing garden, said he was once hospitalized at a time The construction and maintenance of
family resource center and children’s his family had suffered a financial hit. Terry’s House is entirely dependent
activity room. He needed to have surgery, and his fam- upon private gifts and contributions.
Reeves heard about Terry’s House on ily drove four hours back and forth to Community Medical Foundation is
the radio and through good friend Jeff visit him during recovery. His wife slept reaching out to the community to help
Kroeker of Kroeker, Inc. Reeves imme- in their truck overnight to save money build Terry’s House. To help by giving a
diately knew Carpenters Who Care instead of paying for a hotel room. monetary contribution or for more infor-
members would enjoy helping the Higgins hopes his involvement in mation on Terry’s House, contact
cause, and after presenting the idea they building Terry’s House will save anoth- Community Medical Foundation at
all enthusiastically agreed to help. er family from going through the same (559) 459-2670.
Kroeker, co-chair of the Terry’s House thing. Article and images reprinted with per-
Development Council and treasurer/sec- “It’s a good cause, I hope my help will mission from MedWatchToday.com.
continued from page 1
card, and a record of successful completion
is sent to NCCRC.
The end result is that when an employer
calls for a “concrete hand,” those jour-
neylevel members who have successfully
completed this class will have dispatch
This course is designed
The Northern California Carpenter is published monthly by the to present a detailed,
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council,
265 Hegenberger Road, Suite 200, Oakland, CA 94621 (510) 568-4788. working knowledge of
concrete formwork for
carpenter to improve and
increase skills in this
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CARPENTERS area.
REGIONAL COUNCIL You can sign up for this class online at
the journeylevel class enrollment section of
Robert Alvarado.....................................................................................................Executive Officer the CTCNC website: www.ctcnc.org. You
Mike Knab............................................................................................................................President can also sign up at your local union. If your
Mary Lieser..................................................................................................................Vice President local hasn’t got a Concrete Certification
class list started, ask them if they could
Robert Baldini..........................................................................................................................Trustee please start one—and you can be the first
William Napier.........................................................................................................................Trustee name!
Manny Carrillo......................................................................................................Member at Large CTCNC will continue to bring more cer-
Laurie Martinez.....................................................................................................Member at Large tification training programs into our line-
Jim Halloran..........................................................................................................Member at Large
Paul Cohen..............................................................................................................Managing Editor
up as they are developed. In gauging the
Beagle & Bleiweiss Communications.............................................................................Production winds of change for long-term journeylev-
el training, we forecast that eventually,
many of our traditional work processes
may require a Craft Certification.
So again, and until next time, remember
... Get an Edge … Take a Class!