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   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
Fresno County?
                                               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
   Requirements include:
   • 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-
                                                                                                                                                     successfully completed
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:
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                           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                         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                   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
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                                                 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
                                               the law.
                                                                                           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-

                                                                                         diferencia, pero
  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.
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            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-           
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
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     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-, 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.
                    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
                                                                         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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                                                             Carpenters Training Committee for
                                                               Northern California (CTCNC)
                                                                       The Joint Labor-Management Sponsor of School-to-Work * Pre-Apprenticeship * Apprenticeship
                                                                                 * Health & Safety * Journeylevel Advancement * Leadership & Supervision
                                                                                                 * Certification and Qualification Programs

                                                                              CTCNC... building(s) for the future

                                                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,, 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
                                                                                                                                      possible danger
                                                                                                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                                         for unsafe
                                                                                                                                                                                 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.

                                                                          Journeylevel upgrade and health & safety
                                                                              classes scheduled or in progress
                                                                             Please go to to view the training schedule

  Class                                               Recomm. For          Start      End          Location                         Days              Times              Hrs   Sponsor           Contact                                    Phone#
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
                                                                                                                                                   The Northern California Carpenter page 7 x

                 Your health, your benefits                                                                                                                  ‘Sweet spot,’
                 News from your Trust Fund
                                                                                                                                                                                 continued from page 2
                                                                                                                                                             the Republican Party or the Democratic
  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
after-tax contributions. Pre-tax contribu-          To be eligible to enroll in the 401(k)            at                                 It’s not for the left-wing or
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
   401(k) Plan, you must be an                                                                                                                                   voters, not just one party
                                                                                       News Bulletin
     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
                                                                                                                                           Boletín noticioso
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                                           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-
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  The Northern California Carpenter page 8

  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.                                                                                                                                                                            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

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                                                  Robert Alvarado.....................................................................................................Executive Officer             the CTCNC website: 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
                                                  David Palmerlee.....................................................................................................................Warden
                                                  Matt Kelly...........................................................................................................................Conductor
                                                                                                                                                                                                    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-
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    el training, we forecast that eventually,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    many of our traditional work processes
                                                                                                                                                                                                    may require a Craft Certification.
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