"Labor Federation Kids in the Hall"
Vol. 63, No. 7 Established 1945 April 4, 2008 The Mausoleum Project | when you want the best, hire union labor | photos by Clarke Condé begin on page 8 Nick Salvatore of Cornell speaking at the R&GVA Labor Federation meeting Saturday . Photo by Clarke Condé Edison Tech students learning about the apprentice program at the I.B.E.W. booth. Photo by Clarke Condé Labor Federation Kids in the Hall Annual Meeting With union labor representing the highest paying jobs at the career fair, Rochester’s Edison Tech students got a sur- prising look at what building trade unions have to offer. Good pay, health care, pensions, and a job that you can be The Rochester & Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation, proud of were all part of the opportunities presented to AFL-CIO held their annual meeting Saturday to discuss students willing to work hard. healthcare, labor history, and plans for the future. Major objectives for the future include voter education and mo- Theresa Bertolone talks with students about their pros- bilization, IDA reform, and the ongoing struggle for health pects after graduation and their impressions of union la- care. More local news on page 4. bor. Page 6 Labor News -April 4, 2008 -- Page 1 Vol. 63, No. 7 • April 4, 2008 Labor News ISSN 887-7920 • (USPS 300-580) Clarke Condé Managing Editor Subscriptions $18.00 per year for Union Members $36.00 per year for all others. Periodical Postage Paid at Rochester, NY Labor News Editorial Office 650 South Avenue, Rochester NY 14620 585-288-8420 Phone/Fax email: firstname.lastname@example.org Labor News Business Office P.O.Box 16287 Rochester, NY 14616 email: email@example.com Call 585.766.8811 Address Change Hotline Phone: 585-392-2416 Fax: 585-392-9061 . POSTMASTER: Send Address Changes to: Labor News, P.O. Box 16287 Rochester, NY 14616 Durhon Oldham State Director Stephanie Miller J.T. Tasker Rochester Area Labor Relations Director of Labor Relations Page 2 -- Labor News -April 4, 2008 OPINION Five Stopping Years of the This Madness Labor News Editor Clarke Condé Remarks of Bruce Popper, First Vice-president, It was last April when we all found out that the FAIR plan wasn’t going to fly. It would be September before the whirlwind two-hour unveiling and approving of the FAIR plan, Rochester and Vicinity Labor Council, AFL-CIO but it was April of 2007 when then acting Commissioner of the New York State Tax & Rochesterians Against War Rally on the 5th Finance office Barbra Billet sent a letter to the county to clarify the state’s position. In Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Iraq it she said “A county which elects the sales tax option must still allocate sales and use tax revenues to localities or satisfy bond dedications or other obligations as if it had not made the election.” With an assembly delegation opposed to raising the sales tax rate and a state tax commissioner saying that the county would still need to meet its obligations, most people thought that the folks with sharp pencils in the county budget office would start looking for other options. But as we know, Monroe County came down with a bad case of opposition defiant disorder and elected the intercept option In my own union, Local 1199, we are proud to have been the first union to oppose U.S. with great fanfare. intervention in Southeast Asia and the war in Vietnam a generation ago. We are also proud that Local 1199 and the Rochester Labor Council were among the first labor Now that it is a year later and the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court has organizations to oppose the U.S. invasion of Iraq. reminded the county of what they already knew, we are back at square one. Except now that we have wasted a year screwing around and arguing the local economy is worse off, We are sometimes asked why opposing unjust war is an issue for union members. At a with fewer options. Everyone should be very proud. cost of $12 billion a month for the war in Iraq, we will never solve the health care crisis in this country. We will never rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and create jobs. We will I find local politics endlessly fascinating in it’s predilection for holding a grudge. We never improve our educational system. We will certainly never eradicate poverty and end up rehashing the same battles over and over again while we sleepwalk into a collec- hunger in the wealthiest nation on earth. That’s why the war is a union issue. tive malaise. It is fine to be partisan, and it is even fine to promote people that share your views into jobs, but we are running short of good ideas and competent execution is a The soldiers fighting this war are disproportionately from working class families. They logjam at best. As a community we are going to have to start making some better are the dads and moms, the sons and daughters, the brothers and sisters of union choices, or at the very least some different ones. members. They are union members themselves. They now number nearly 4,000 dead, and countless more maimed, wounded, or disabled for life. That’s why the war is a union The intelligent approach would be to start putting the smart people we have around issue. here in a room together and start building a consensus. The county legislature cham- bers with its 29 elected representatives would be a logical choice, but I would be happy Big oil, big corporations, George W. Bush, and Dick Cheney, these are the very people with a smoke filled backroom at this point. Anywhere that can generate an idea that and institutions who are taking away workers’ rights every day. It’s their war, not ours. doesn’t look like it was developed after the campaign literature was written. It is obvious That’s why the war is a union issue. We must dispense with the lie that this war has from this community’s past performance that if half the people are promoting a solution anything to do with national defense. It is a national offense, and a national disgrace. and the other half of the people are trying to defeat it that it is not going to work. Finally, unions are fundamentally about justice. As we are about to mark the 40th It’s clear that the compromises that make consensus possible are not going to happen anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we recall that he was anytime soon. In the meantime, the people that live around here should understand that killed while supporting a strike by union workers. Dr. King opposed the unjust war of his that no any actual solutions to this area’s problems are being developed at all. Anytime time, and he supported the fights of these and many other workers. Dr. King knew that you hear “party-line vote”, understand that to mean “a campaign slogan that won’t fix the struggle for social justice and the struggle for economic justice are one and the same. squat.” If madness is repeating the same thing over and over again expecting different That we can not win one without winning the other. That’s why the war is a union issue. results, you can put a stop to you own personal interpretation of governmental madness by not expecting anything different. Today, we must rededicate ourselves. We must end this unjust war and win the struggle What we need are actual solutions. until social and economic justice flows across this land. What we’ve got is wasting time. Labor News -April 4, 2008 -- Page 3 LOCAL STATE NATIONAL INTERNATIONAL R&GV ALF Assemblymember No Match a Columbian Trade Deal Annual Meeting Susan John Big Problem a Union Buster Announces SUNY With the U.S. economy in near free fall, Saturday’s meeting of the Roches- WASHINGTON (PAI)—The United ter and Genesee Valley Area Labor Maritime Scholarship Food and Commercial Workers and its la- President Bush has said he will send the Federation was a success. The an- bor and community allies, plus business U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement nual meeting featured talks by Nick SUNY Maritime College has an oppor- groups, have had to resume their fight (FTA) to Capitol Hill and demand a vote Unger of the AFL-CIO Healthcare Cam- tunity for one student from the 131 As- against the GOP Bush regime’s use of “no before he leaves office next January. Bush paign, and Nick Salvatore of Cornell sembly District to receive a four-year full match” Social Security letters to force has made passing this agreement, which ILR. Congressional Candidates Dan tuition scholarship. employers to fire workers whose identifi- will do next to nothing for the failing U.S. Maffei and Eric Massa spoke to the The core of the Maritime College expe- cation with the agency and ID on the job economy, a priority. assembled about the need for work- rience is the Regiment of Cadets. Its don’t match—and that also forces work- AFL-CIO President John Sweeney is ers voices in Washington. structured daily lifestyle instills in stu- ers to prove they’re legally here or face calling for an all-out nationwide mobiliza- dents a sense of honor, integrity, charac- deportation. tion to let members of Congress know that Watkins Glen Offers ter, and teambuilding skills that are es- The union, along with Maria Elena working Americans oppose this deal be- cause it is wrong for workers in both coun- sential to any student’s personal growth. Durazo of the Los Angeles County Fed- Discount to Union In every facet of their Maritime College eration of Labor and representatives of tries. Says Sweeney: “The Colombia FTA represents a con- Members education, students leant to lead, and life in the Regiment builds bonds that last a the American Federation of Government tinuation of the Bush administration’s Employees, business, and community lifetime. groups, said they would fight against failed trade policies, an agenda that has Your union card will get you discounts contributed to the loss of over 3 million The College’s curriculum blends class- Bush’s Department of Homeland Secu- on 4th of July weekend IndyCar racing at manufacturing jobs since 2000, skyrock- room instruction with three summers of rity on the issue, in court—again. Watkins Glen this year. Discounted tick- eting trade deficits and paychecks that international travel aboard America’s Their decision, announced in a joint tele- ets are available starting at $39. For more are shrinking at an accelerating rate. “ best-equipped training vessel, The Em- phone press conference on March 27 information contact Mike Evranian by Meanwhile, Colombia remains the most pire State VI. Cadets polish their skills at came the day DHS, in response to a fed- phone at 607-535-2486x351 or email dangerous country in the world in which the helm of a 565-foot ship under the guid- eral judge’s ruling last October blocking firstname.lastname@example.org. to be a union member—39 trade union- ance of licensed U.S. Coast Guard offic- the use of the letters, re-issued it’s pro- ers. Whether plotting a course through posed “no match” rules. At the end of 44 ists were murdered in 2007, and another Tax Refund Requires the Straits of Gibraltar or maintaining the pages of rules, DHS said it “is re-promul- 11 to date in 2008. Of the more than 2,500 sophisticated power plant of a floating gating these rules without change,” even murders of trade unionists since 1986, Tax Filing city, cadets are responsible for all areas after the judge halted enforcement due to only about 70 cases—around 3 percent— of ship operations. The cultivation of widespread problems with their accuracy have resulted in convictions. Rumors continue about the rebate knowledge and respect for world cultures The Colombian government also has and impact. checks intended to provide a much compliments cadets’ responsibilities repeatedly failed to bring its labor laws “The new rule exacerbates the confu- needed stimulus to the U.S. economy. aboard ship; upon graduation, cadets will into compliance with international norms, sion for both companies and employees,” Central to the issue whither retirees and have visited nine international and three has in many cases failed to enforce its said Ester Lopez, UFCW’s director of civil others with incomes too low to owe taxes domestic ports-of-call. laws protecting workers from anti-union rights and community action. “Compa- need to file a tax form to receive a rebate Intercollegiate athletic competition has discrimination and has erected bureau- nies that want to do the right thing, to check. long been a tradition at Maritime College cratic and legal obstacles to union regis- follow the law and protect their workers, According to the IRS, anyone that and the College is steadfastly committed tration and collective bargaining rights. find themselves in a muddy situation.” earns at least is $3000 a year is eligible to to its high-caliber athletic programs. The The violence, intimidation and unfair But the workers are even worse off, she receive a check and should file a return. College fields 24 varsity teams in five dif- labor laws have resulted in plummeting added. That’s because unscrupulous If you do not file, you will not receive a ferent conferences, including football, union membership in Colombia, which employers use the no-match letters— check. The IRS recommends that those baseball, basketball, lacrosse, swimming, today is less than 5 percent—down from even though the judge halted DHS’ pro- with questions consult an accountant or softball, soccer, volleyball, cross-coun- 15 percent 20 years ago. Mass firings and gram—to halt organizing drives or to check the website www.irs.gov. try, rifle and pistol. The College has at- privatization of large segments of the threaten workers who complain about tained national prominence in crew and safety and health. public sector also have put bargaining sailing. “At Fresh Direct, two weeks before the rights out of reach for most workers. United Way Labor This is a great opportunity for any stu- (union representation) election in Decem- Last month, a delegation of AFL-CIO Breakfast April 4th dent; not just to start college, but to ber, the employers pulled out the no- leaders to Colombia wound up a two-day launch a life. match letters and the organizing campaign fact-finding trip today by telling Colom- For additional information visit was devastated,” she said. There have bian President Alvaro Uribe the U.S. The United Way of Greater Rochester www.sunymaritime.edu or call been similar incidents in the D.C. suburbs, union movement cannot support the U.S.- invites you to be their guest for the 2008 Assemblymember John’s office at 244- in New Bedford, Mass., and at the Colombia FTA until real progress is made United Way Campaign Kickoff for mem- 5255. Smithfield plant in Tar Heel, N.C., among to protect the lives and rights of trade bers of organized labor on Friday, April other places. union members. AFL-CIO Executive Vice 4th. The breakfast will be held at The CSEA 849 And DHS suspicion of “no matches” President Emerita Linda Chavez-Thomp- Laborer’s Local 435, from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. For more information, or to RSVP, Seeks Support with or without letters—were used in the son, Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen and United please call 242-6499. CSEA asks that you mark your calendar agency’s infamous raids on six Swift & Co. meatpacking plants and its roundup Steelworkers (USW) counsel Dan Kovalik for Monday, April 14, 2008 to join them to of more than 1,200 workers—all but 62 of met with Colombian union leaders, Inter- fill the Schuyler County Legislative meet- whom were legal. national Labor Organization representa- ing at 6pm. After years of hard work, one Bush’s DHS demands employers use tives in Colombia and elected leaders. of their employees faces a demotion and the letters from Social Security to prove Leaders of the major Colombian labor a cut in pay for dubious reasons, while workers are legally in the U.S. It says federations told the delegation they op- they hire someone else to do the same that if records do not match between the pose any free trade deal between the work, with a different title. All unions are agency and company records, firms must United States and Colombia until the gov- asked to join CSEA wearing your union force workers to prove they’re legal. ernment takes strong action to stop the garb to show solidarity against unfair violence against trade union members. treatment of this union member. Page 4 -- Labor News -April 4, 2008 An Honor Long Indian Workers Due Cesar Demand Major Chavez Changes in Guest Worker Program By Dick Meister by James Parks It’s been 15 years since the death of the United Farm Workers’ Cesar Chavez— way Chanting, “All the way to the White House!” and carrying signs, saying “I Am A Man,” past time to make his birthdate of March 31 a national holiday. Petitions urging Congress more than 70 Indian guest workers rallied at the White House gates Monday in a cold rain to do just that are now being circulated, appropriately on the 40th anniversary of the 25- to demand fundamental changes in the nation’s guest worker program, which business day fast that was one of the most extreme and most effective of his many truly heroic interests want to expand. They also want a congressional investigation of their former acts. employer, Signal International, a marine construction company they say held them in Like Martin Luther King Jr., who’s rightly honored with a national holiday, Chavez modern-day forced labor in its Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard. inspired and energized millions of people worldwide to seek - and to win - basic human Jagpal Yadav, one of the former workers at the shipyard, says the workers were ex- rights that had long been denied them and inspired millions of others to join the struggle. ploited first by unscrupulous recruiters and then by the company. A national holiday would be a well-deserved tribute to Latinos and organized labor. In India, we paid $20,000 to recruiters who promised permanent residency and citizen- Even more than that, it would be a special opportunity to remind Americans everywhere ship. When we came here, we found out all the promises were false—there were never any of the profound lessons of Chavez’ extraordinary life. green cards. There were just prison-like conditions. We lived as if in a jail, 24 people to a He showed, above all, that the poor and oppressed can prevail against even the most room. We had no place to sit or stand. We slept in bunkbeds stacked on top of each other. powerful opponents - if they can organize themselves and adopt non-violence as their The man in the top bunk couldn’t even sit up straight because his head would hit the principal tactic. ceiling. The conditions were degrading. “We have our bodies and spirits and the justice of our cause as our weapons,” Chavez Sony Suleka, an organizer with the Alliance of Guest Workers for Dignity and a former explained. The cause, of course, was that of the highly exploited farm worker. As a farm Signal worker, says the company: “took away our hopes and dreams and shattered us worker himself, Chavez carefully put together a grass-roots organization that enabled mentally. Now we are asking the U.S. government to investigate Signal and put an end to the workers to form their own union, the United Farm Workers. Then they won the this system of modern-day slavery.” essential support of millions of outsiders who heeded the UFW’s call to boycott the The action at the White House kicked off a week of meetings the immigrant workers will grapes, lettuce and other produce of growers who refused to grant them union rights. hold with members of Congress and staff, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Many others before him had tried and failed to form an effective farm workers’ union and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. and few - if any - of those who claimed expertise in such matters thought Chavez would On March 18, the workers embarked on a “satyagraha,” or truth action, in the tradition be any different. But they failed to account for the tactical brilliance, creativity and just of Mahatma Gandhi, traveling from New Orleans to Washington, D.C., to reveal the truth plain stubbornness of Chavez, a sad-eyed, disarmingly soft-spoken man who talked of of the guest worker program. militancy in calm, measured tones, a gentle and incredibly patient man who hid great As part of their journey, workers met with allies from the African American and labor strategic talent behind shy smiles and an appearance of utter candor. rights communities in key sites in the civil rights struggle, including Jackson, Miss.; It took five years, but in 1970 the UFW finally won the first farm union contracts in Selma, Ala.; Atlanta; and Greensboro, N.C. The “I Am A Man” signs the workers carried history. Five years after that, the union won the pioneering California law that requires in front of the White House echoed those carried by striking sanitation workers in Mem- growers to bargain with farm workers who vote for unionization. That has led to improve- phis in 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed 40 years ago this week helping them in their ments in the pay, benefits and working conditions of many of the state’s highly exploited struggle to gain recognition for their union.You can follow the workers on their satyagraha farm workers, and given them all the weapon needed to better their conditions. by clicking here. The struggle for those first union contracts was extremely difficult for the impover- Guest workers typically are deeply in debt by the time they arrive in the United States, ished farm workers, and Chavez risked his health - perhaps his life - to provide them where the companies that hire them often charge additional fees for boarding, food and extreme examples of the sacrifices necessary for victory. expenses. The workers charge the recruiters and the employer threatened, coerced and Most notably, he engaged in lengthy, highly publicized fasts, such as the 25-day defrauded them into paying additional money and altered contracts, which they forced ordeal in February and March of 1968 that helped rally the public to the farm workers’ the workers to accept under threat of losing their passports and visas. A study by the cause and that may very well have contributed to his untimely death at 66 in 1993. Southern Poverty Law Center, Close to Slavery: Guestworker Programs in the United Chavez had another urgent purpose. He dedicated the fast to reaffirming the principles States, relates that it is not unusual for guest workers to pay huge fees to obtain a of non-violence that had guided his union from its founding four years earlier. seasonal guest worker position. Chavez was concerned that the frustrations of the grape pickers, who had been on Yadav said the workers, who, along with other immigrant rights activists, briefed con- strike for three years, were turning toward violence. Fearing that “someone would hurt gressional staff Tuesday on the need to reform the guest worker program, want Congress someone” if picketing continued at the vineyards the union had struck and well aware to make fundamental changes to the H-2B system. that victory would come from peaceful urban boycott activities rather than picketing, We do not want to be bonded to one employer. The present laws force us to work only Chavez called off the picketing. for the employer who brings us here. We want to be able to work for any company. We Then he retired to a small, white-walled storeroom at the UFW’s headquarters in Delano, want to come here in a program that doesn’t turn us into bonded laborers. I’m not just California, to fast, pray and read the Bible and the writings of Mohandas Gandhi. doing this for myself, I’m doing for the workers who come behind. I don’t want anyone Chavez broke the fast before 4,000 supporters at an ecumenical mass in Delano’s city else to have to go through this. park. Sen. Robert Kennedy was at his side as he slumped in a chair and nibbled feebly at After the staff briefing, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller a tiny bit of bread handed him by a priest. Kennedy took a portion from the same home- (D-Calif.), said in a statement: baked loaf, then hailed Chavez as “one of the heroic figures of our time.” We must make certain that there are sufficient safeguards in place to protect all work- Despite the UFW’s successes since then, many farm workers are still mired in poverty, ers—both U.S. workers and guest workers—from exploitation. Strong labor standards their pay and working and living conditions a national disgrace. that are vigorously enforced are essential to prevent employers from driving down wages A national Cesar Chavez Day should remind us of that, and of the continuing necessity and hurting our economy. Until we have stronger protections for both U.S. workers and to take forceful legal steps and other action to finally provide a decent life for all those foreign guest workers, I cannot support increasing the size of the guest worker program. who do the hard, dirty and dangerous work that puts food on our tables. Last week, the workers met with the Indian ambassador to brief him on their struggle. At We need, in short, to carry on what Cesar Chavez began. a rally near the embassy in Washington, D.C., former worker Aniesh Thankachan gave a tearful account of the pain of being separated from his family: “You see these pictures? These are our families. They are the reason we came here. We were told that we would be able to bring our families on permanent residency visas. Once we came here, we learned that these promises were false. I cry at night. I can’t tell my family what’s going on. I listen to my children on the phone and I weep. Our families are the reason we’re here. They are why we are on this satyagraha.” Saket Soni, director of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, who helped the workers to organize, says: Foremen, supervisors, company officials, security officials routinely subject workers to, at best, abuse, and at worse, to human traffickling and forced labor. One of the reasons we’re going to Congress is to tell them the guest worker program has turned into nothing more but a legally sanctioned labor trafficking program. Across the Gulf Coast hundreds of men like these are being held in conditions that anywhere else would be called forced labor. Labor News -April 4, 2008 -- Page 5 The Edison Tech Career Fair By Theresa J. Bertolone | Photos by Clarke Condé Daylinis Lugo is a Junior at The he earns. After she completes her first try and sheetmetal skills. Brown says painters by 2014. Some economists School of Applied Technology at year and 2000 hours, she will be initi- this is something we can replicate in speculate that green initiatives in build- Edison. She attends the co-op pro- ated into the union and eligible for 65% Rochester. While this will not replace ing will create millions of jobs over gram, working half–days at Zeller Cor- of Journeyman Pension and Annuity apprenticeship programs, kids can the next ten years (Seattle Post- poration. When she graduates in benefits. When Dawn completes her learn and earn while still in high school. Intelligencer March 23, 2008). But 2009, Daylinis plans to continue in both fifth year apprenticeship, she will be will the U.S. be able to compete in her schooling and in the electrical field. earning nearly $23.00 per hour (2007- The Rochester City School District the global workforce without the next She and Bladimir Garcia, a 2007 2008 rates). Unless Bladimir earns high schools have curriculums that in- generation primed for the skilled graduate of Edison, greeted students his engineering degree, his earnings corporate career/college opportunities trades? According to Cal Pygott, who at the Zeller table during the school’s will most likely not triple what he for students. Courses range from heads the Construction Academy at Career Fair on Friday, March 28th. earns today. travel, tourism, sports medicine, sci- Bothell, parents, school districts and Bladimir is in his third year at Zeller, ence, health, media to finance, ac- students are missing the big picture: having started through Edison’s co- The crowds were thin at the career counting, marketing, law and govern- job security. By completing a three op program. For the past year he’s fair. While organizers stated that stu- ment. East High offers courses in to five year apprenticeship in the worked there full time. Attending dents were allowed in “one class at a teaching, culinary arts and firefighting. trades, encompassing combination Monroe Community College at night, time”, it seemed sparser than ex- Only Jefferson High School and classroom and on-the-job training, a the 19 year old is working toward his pected. There were several tables Edison Tech offer courses in construc- student learns a skill that brings in degree in engineering. “Zeller is help- promoting the building trades, includ- tion trades. Most high schools in the good pay and steady work. While ing me with my college costs,” says ing Ironworkers 33, Carpenters 85, city of Rochester promote entrepre- many parents think their child needs Bladimir. IBEW 86, Sheetmetal Workers 46, neurial, business management and to go to a four-year school to achieve and Laborers 435. All had excellent career exploration in corporate posi- Dawn Lepard is a first year appren- information on their tables, including tions. Many educators don’t realize tice with IBEW Local 86. Dawn pre- PowerPoint presentations. that a career in the skilled trades of- viously earned her degree in Math and fers students a chance to earn close says she likes the program because Lynne Hawthorne, one of the fair’s to $50,000 per year upon completion of the hands on learning. “I have good coordinators, stated she had little time of their apprenticeship in the union. teachers,” says Dawn. “This is a to organize the event. She currently And for many students, hands-on- great trade for someone who likes to works on partnerships with Edison training is key to a successful career a successful career, not every student work with their hands, take things students, previously working at East and a vibrant economy. has the desire, ability or ambition to apart.” While Dawn is a dream stu- High School. “I had only eight weeks attend traditional universities. But dent in her studies, she’s faced some to try to pull this together,” she said. The Construction Academy is they may do extremely well as a mas- harsh realities while working in the It was a huge effort and many of the housed at Bothell High School in the ter carpenter or electrician – espe- field. Learning a skilled trade takes students said they were glad they were state of Washington. The Academy cially if they excel in math and sci- time and patience, yet a foreman re- able to attend. Hawthorne stated she is offered to students in grades 11 and ence. Make no mistake - getting cently belittled her for working too wants to organize a bigger fair in 12 and offers paid internships in se- through apprenticeship training to slowly. But Dawn is exuberant and March 2009, and to especially include nior year. Electrical Technology is of- achieve journeyman status is a long nonplussed as she races out the door a section on ‘Women in the Trades’ fered for students in grades 10, 11, process, but well worth it. Teachers, to make her apprenticeship class. to help commemorate Women’s His- and 12 and includes instruction in metal principals and school counselors need tory Month. In a conversation with working skills. The Academy is suc- to understand that while they stress our own editor/photographer, Clarke cessful because it is coordinated and the importance of math and the sci- Condé, she learned how best to go sponsored in partnership by the As- ences, the skilled trades may be the about contacting additional trade union sociated General Contractors of best career choice for many of their reps for a successful recruitment fair. Washington Education Foundation and students. In fact, it is important to pro- the Associated Builders and Contrac- mote the building trades and help It’s clear that partnerships between tors. The program also works in con- change the image of construction While Bladimir touts his good for- the skilled trades and schools need junction with the Construction Indus- workers as “some hard hat guy who tune with Zeller, he knew little about stronger marketing. Laborers 435 try Training Council. The Construc- swears a lot and drinks beer”. unions. When asked if he visited the Business Manager Bob Brown has tion Academy allows high school se- IBEW table, he shyly replied he met with the Rochester City School niors to complete the first year of a As Pygott points out, “We import hadn’t. “I’ve heard about the union, Superintendent Jean Claude Brizzard skilled trade apprenticeship before most of our clothing, all or most of pros and cons,” he said. When on this very issue. In a recent Labor graduation. our consumer electronics, more and pressed, he admitted he never actu- News profile, Brown noted the suc- more of our food, [and] our automo- ally spoke with anyone in the IBEW. cessful partnership between the Free According to the federal Bureau of biles are either made overseas or “Zeller pays me well, I earn $8 an Academy High School in Newburg, Labor Statistics, it is estimated that owned by overseas companies. We hour”, he said. He didn’t meet Dawn New York and the Building Trades. there will be an 18 percent increase cannot import our highways, our before she left for her class. If he The unions contribute 10 cents an hour in the need for plumbers and bridges, our skyscrapers or our infra- had, he would have learned that she of their wages to set up a fund to pay pipefitters and a 13 percent increase structure.” earns nearly $5.00 more an hour than instructors to teach plumbing, carpen- in the demand for carpenters and Page 6 -- Labor News -April 4, 2008 Karpus Investment Illegal Workers Management Found at Wayland CVS Jobsite Photos by Tim Palermo “A Friend of Labor” A “WORLD’S BEST” MONEY MANAGER Nelson Information 183 Sully’s Trail • Pittsford, NY 14534 www.karpus.com (585) 586-4680 EVEN A MINOR WORK INJURY IS IMPORTANT TO YOU AND TO ME . . .I’M ANDY MANNIX, LICENSED WORKERS’ COMPENSATION THERE IS NO COST TO HAVE YOUR INJURY AND CLAIM EVALUATED . . . LET ME HELP YOU -- CALL THE THE MANNIX GROUP 1100 UNIVERSITY AVE. (at Culver) 461-5307 “Representing Members of the Rochester Building Trades Since 1988” Labor News -April 4, 2008 -- Page 7 The Mausoleum they wanted the best, Project so they hired union labor Photos by Clarke Condé Page 8 -- Labor News -April 4, 2008 Labor News -April 4, 2008 -- Page 9 How Does Recession Impact the Laborers Stock Market? LABORERS LOCAL 435 ROBERT BROWN, BUSINESS MANAGER By George W. Karpus and Kevin B. Murray Union Meeting: The next union meeting is Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at 8pm in the large hall. The In recent months, most economic experts have stopped wondering “if” we are heading retirees will meet an hour earlier at 7pm in the conference room. Stay informed by toward recession and instead are discussing how long and how deep a recession we’ll attending our regular monthly meetings. experience. Union Dues: By the time you read this, the suspension list will be well on its way to Washington. While some define a recession as being two quarters of negative economic growth, the Dues are your responsibility, not Local 435’s. As Ray has preached for years, it is a National Bureau of Economic Research is more flexible. The NBER defines a recession as courtesy that you receive a warning letter and a phone call that your dues need to be “a significant decline in activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few paid. If you are not sure about your status, at any time, by all means call the office at 454-5800 ext. 301 months, visible in industrial production, employment, real income, and wholesale-retail trade.” Reminders: Phone Numbers: When you go back to work, please remember to get the contractor’s Since 1961 we have experienced recessions in 1969, 1973, 1980,1981, 1990, and 2001. home address and phone number, also the phone number for your supervisor, and During these six recessions, industrial production fell by an average of 4.6% and em- field office trailer. It is amazing the number of times someone calls our office early in the morning to have us call their contractor because they can’t make it to work. This ployment by 1.1%. will also come in handy at the end of the work season when you need it for unemploy- ment. Investors are concerned about the impact a recession might have on their investments. Many wonder if they should sell their stocks and invest in “safer” assets like CDs or Union Membership cards: There are still a lot of member’s cards in the office, please Treasury Securities. To consider this question, let’s look at how the market, as measured stop by to pick them up, If you can not stop by to pick it up, call the office to have them mailed to you. Check your status at least once a year. by the S&P 500 Index, has performed in recent recessions. Red Wing Tickets: We have tickets available for the members; they are on a first According to the NBER, the six recessions since 1962 have lasted a little under 11 come first serve basis. You can get up to 6 tickets every 2 weeks. months and have been followed by an economic expansion that lasted an average of just under six years. Hence expansion is the normal state of the economy, with recessions Day of Caring: Well spring is knocking on our door; it’s time once again for us to give back to the being relatively brief in comparison. community, and a time to help people less fortunate than ourselves. Please volunteer! We need your help! Contact Clint Dunn to put your name on the list. Local 435 always While the last six recessions were occurring, the S&P 500 fell by just under 7%. How- has a good turn out when it’s time to give something back to the community. As always, ever, the S&P 500 is a leading economic indicator that anticipates a recession and begins lunch and a t-shirt will be provided. to fall prior to the start of the recession. Taking the highest daily close of the S&P prior Local 435 Bowling Team: to the recession starting and comparing it to the highest daily close after the recession Local 435 had 2 teams finish 2nd & 3rd out of the 10 teams in the St Jude’s Mixed begins, we see an average drop of 33.8%. The average period between the high before League. The team of Brien Zingo, Jim Vandervoort, and Ron Konieczny came in 2nd, and low after the onset of a recession was 16 months. and the team of Presley Riley, Barb Kuntz, and Ray Kuntz Jr. came in 3rd . If you would like to Bowl in a fun mixed league, give the union hall a call in the fall. However, other numbers related to the last six recessions are much more positive. If we Ray Kuntz Retirement Party: look at the S&P at six, 12, and 24-month periods after its post-recession lows, we see the After 40 years of distinguished service with Laborers’ Local 435 of which 21 years Index has risen an average of 37.2%, 45.6% and 52.8%, respectively. Those are huge were as Secretary Treasurer, Ray Kuntz, Jr. has decided to enjoy his golden years (and increases that someone who exits the stock market could forgo if they removed equities cars). You are invited to join us for Ray’s retirement party, an evening of dining and from their portfolios. dancing and a celebration of Ray’s outstanding contributions to his Local and the community. The event will be held at the Clarion Riverside Hotel with cocktails from 6 to 7 pm; dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing following the program. Members can purchase History suggests it is the period of anticipation of a recession, rather then the period their tickets up until June 2nd, so please call the office for more information.- Dan Kuntz when the actual recession occurs, when stocks rapidly decline. Thus if we are currently in a recession, the worst declines may already be behind us. If, as many believe, we slipped into a recession in late 2007, that could, strangely enough, be good news for equity investors. With the Fed aggressively cutting interest rates, the recession could be shorter and less severe. This could give a boost to stocks later this year. While the last few months have been hard on investors, this could be a buying opportunity. While it is difficult to predict where the stock market will be in the next few months, the long-term trend has always been up. For those with a long-term horizon, your mix of stocks and bonds should not change radically due to how either asset class is doing in the short run. To successfully “time the market” you must not only know when to jump out but when to jump back in. Missing the expansion that follows the recession could be more costly then avoiding some additional short-term losses prior to the next market upturn. George W. Karpus is President and Kevin B. Murray, is a Vice President at Karpus Investment Management, an independent, registered investment adviser that manages assets for Taft-Hartley funds, individuals, corporations and trustees. Offices are located at 183 Sully’s Trail, Pittsford, N.Y., 14534, (585) 586-4680. Page 10 -- Labor News -April 4, 2008 Firepot Paint Pot SHEET METAL WORKERS LOCAL 46 PAINTERS DISTRICT COUNCIL 4 . JOSEPH P LEONE, JR., BUSINESS MANAGER DAN BOODY, BUSINESS MGR. • GLENN CHAFFEE, BUSINESS REP. Important Notice of Meeting Location Change: The location of Local 150’s monthly meetings will be at Valicia’s Ristorante, 2155 Long Pond Road. (At the corner of Lyell- Spencerport Road and Long Pond Road) As with past practice the Executive Board will THE NEXT UNION MEETING IS meet one half hour before the regular membership meeting. The next meeting will be ON FRIDAY APRIL 25, 2008 AT held on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at 4:30 P.M. 5:00 PM THIS WILL BE A SPECIAL Special Called Meeting: The April 9, 2008 meeting will also be “special called” for NOTIFIED MEETING FOR THE the purpose of discussion and voting on the Drywall Agreement increase allocation PURPOSES OF effective May 1, 2008. This will be the only notice. NOMINATING ONE PENSION AND ONE ANNUITY FUND Increase in Monthly Dues: Due to an increase in per capita to the IUPAT, monthly TRUSTEE. dues will increase as of January 1, 2008 to $28.00 per month. If you have prepaid you will have to make up the difference. 2008 STAR Course Selection: OSHA 10 Hour, Scaffold Training, Fall Protection, CPR/First Aid, Refresher CPR, Respirator Training. Pick any two to qualify you for the 2008 drawing. This year’s grand prize will be a 2008 Pickup truck!!! Other prizes to be awarded. You must have taken your courses by April 30, 2008. Don’t wait for the last minute! Call 1-800-860-3856 today! SPECIAL NOTIFIED MEETING: As outlined above, the April Union Meeting is a Special Notified Meeting ~ Please note, this is also a date change, from the third Friday to the Pension News: Effective February 18, 2008 the IUPAT Pension Fund will return to a fourth Friday of the Month. This is necessary due to our attendance at the Legislative 2% accrual rate!! This is great news for all of us! Conference. Notice to all Apprentices: Keep your Blue Books up to date and attend those SAM VISCARDI: We were saddened to hear that on March 17th, 2008, at age 84 required union meetings. Your next raise depends on it! Brother Sebastian P. Viscardi passed away. Sam was the Business Manager for our Local Union from 1974 – 1983 and his dedication and contributions to this Union, Health & Welfare News: New Health forms for Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield along with his tough, hard work ethic will be with us always. His legacy to Local #46 will was mailed out to everyone from our Buffalo office. Any questions Call Wendy @ 585- be long remembered and appreciated by all of us. Thank you, Sam. Our thoughts and 271-2490 **If you have not received your new Blue Cross cards in the mail yet call the prayers go out to the entire Viscardi family during this difficult time of loss. funds office at once!! RETIREE MEETING: This is just a reminder that the first meeting for the “Retirees Reminder: You can download vacation request forms, holiday forms or SUB pay Club” for 2008 will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at 10:30 am. All are welcome! forms directly at the DC4 web site. Go to www.dc4.org and open the trust fund tab. Come and join your fellow union brothers. Click on PAP forms for Local 150. Any questions call Wendy. VOLUNTEERS: Thank you to the many members who have called in or signed the Work News: Work in the area has picked up especially for Drywall Tapers. Call me sheet and have offered to help out with a few of the charity events or projects we have if you get laid off. I can’t send you out if I don’t know you’re off! coming up. Time is a very precious commodity and giving up a small piece of it helping others is not only time well spent it is always appreciated. Spending a bit of that time Winter Clothing: For those members wishing Union sweatshirts, orders are now with your Union Brothers and Sisters is even better. being taken at the office. Embroidered crewnecks $10.00 or “hoodies” $15.00. Call me or email me at email@example.com with your size! You may pay for it when WAGE ALLOCATION; At the March 21st Union Meeting the membership allocated the you pick it up. I also have a supply of Winter knit hats arriving soon. $1.55 wage increase for May 5, 2008. Our financial position within all of the funds was discussed and reviewed and with a unanimous vote we elected the following distribu- More Health & Welfare News: Please have your vouchers in the office for Vacation, tion: Out-of-pocket medical or holiday pay no later then the close of business Monday to get your check for the following week. - See you at the meeting, Glenn Annuity Fund ———— .25¢ per hour Health Fund ———— .05¢ per hour Local Pension ——— .35¢ per hour National Pension — .18¢ per hour CBA: ADDENDUM 5 Shanty, Rain Gear & Safety Wages ——————— .72¢ per hour Work Assessment - .07¢ per hour Section 1. If there is not a suitable place on the project for an employee to change Base Rate Increase .72¢ per hour clothes or eat lunch, same shall be provided by employer. Section 2. Rain Gear: The employer agrees, when employees are required to work Wage sheets will be available at the hall in the near future. in foul weather, the employer shall provide rain gear. Section 3. The employer shall provide all safety equipment and all personal protec- AWARDS PRESENTED; At this meeting we also presented the “Certificates of Appre- tive equipment as may be required pursuant to OSHA regulations or job specific re- ciation” we received from the Rochester Labor Council for our participation in the 2007 quirements. All members of Sheet Metal Workers Local #46 and all signatory contrac- Labor Day Parade. The Local received a certificate for “Most Creative” and individual tors agree to implement and abide by the current edition of the ITI Sheet Metal Safety certificates were presented to: Brent Hungate, Bob Dille, Eric Sharp, Damien Handbook. Abbondanzieri and Matt LaJoie for their participation and contribution to the event. *** Congratulations to all! Now, let’s get ready and make the 2008 Labor Day Parade bigger & better! BENEFIT NEWS(585) 458-0400 WORK REFERRALS: Hopefully we will all be returning to work soon so please re- ANNUITY FUND: member that a work referral must be completed at the hall BEFORE you can return to By now you’ve received an important letter regarding your Health and Annuity fringe work. It is a very important part of the process. Please take the time to do the right thing. benefits, it is time to make you’re A/B selection. Please read the information and respond immediately so that your choice is received in time for your employer to review, FIREPOT ARCHIVES: Looking for a past Labor News issue of “The Firepot”? Begin- accept and adjust their records. Your selection must be received in the Fund Office no ning with the January 11, 2008 issue they can now be found on our website @ later than Monday April 18, 2008 for your selection to become effective May 5, 2008. www.smw46.com. Prudential will be in town on Thursday April 24th from 5 to 8 PM to conduct a ROCHESTER ROTARY SUNSHINE CAMPUS: As I stated in the previous Labor News participant training class here at our union hall. This will only be the one night and they article we have joined forces with all of the trades to build a large pavilion at the will cover the basics of how to control your investments within this plan. This class is Sunshine Campus. Work has begun, the Bricklayers have started the foundation and open to any member (and your spouse) HOWEVER you must call Tina in the benefits pillar work and the trusses have been ordered and should arrive within the week. GJV office to reserve your spot! Enterprises is donating the support brackets for the main support beams and we will be scheduling multiple work dates in the very near future. As soon as the schedule is The Current Interest Rate for the “Guaranteed Income Fund” is locked for the period set we will be in touch with all that have volunteered. We are still on task to complete the of January 1 through June 30, 2008 at 3.70%. project by mid May HEALTH AND WELFARE: For those of you who are not familiar with this outstanding facility, the Rochester We are notifying all Members that because Zyrtec/Zyrtec D gained Over-The-Counter Rotary Sunshine Campus was established in 1922 to meet the needs of children with (OTC) status in January 2008 Prescription Zyrtec/Zyrec D is no longer available. Zyrtec/ physical disabilities. In 1973 it was relocated to its current site on 157 acres in Rush, Zyrtec D is a non sedating antihistamine used for the treatment of allergy symptoms. New York. Each year, over 5,700 people from more than 75 not-for-profit organizations We recently were informed that due to the OTC version availability that the manufac- live the experience that is the Sunshine Campus. It is completely accessible to people turer of the branded product has decided to discontinue production of all prescription with all types of disabilities but what makes this place so unique is that it was devel- versions of the drug. oped so that children with physical disabilities just get to be kids during their stay. Whether they visit during Rochester Rotary’s summer camping program or at other HRA: Please remember that you can you can obtain additional HRA Claim Forms on times throughout the year these children finally have the chance to do something, or be our Web Site @ www.smw46.com. You can also call the benefits office anytime to get someone that they might not otherwise have a chance to do. an up to date balance on your account. That is why we fully support this opportunity to be part of such a worthy cause. *** JATC NEWS(585) 647-3200 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Gerry Diodato, Mike Kelly, a group of apprentices and sev- eral members working with Monroe Piping and Sheet Metal are in the process of Welding Reminder: Open Welding has changed to Monday nights from 5 to 8 PM. We putting the heating system together for a local Habitat for Humanity House in the city of have several new Welding Certifications so please get involved. Call Mike and reserve Rochester. Making a difference in our community is what we do and on behalf of all the a booth. members of Local #46 we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for efforts and your generosity, you make all the difference. WISH HIM LUCK! John Cooper competes at the National Apprentice Contest this *** week, March 31st thru April 3rd, 2008 in Las Vegas Nevada. If preparation is all it took John would win hands down… but a little luck never hurts. *** The Last Word: “Eighty percent of success is showing up”.—Woody Allen - Joe & Greg Labor News -April 4, 2008 -- Page 11 Tagline Millwrights IRON WORKERS LOCAL 33 MILLWRIGHTS LOCAL 1163 GARY SWANSON, BUSINESS MANAGER CHUCK RINOLDO, COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE Union Meeting-The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 8th at 5:30PM at the Union Hall. This is a Special Notified meeting to vote on the distribution of our wage increase Email: Millwrights@local1163.com effective May 1st. Web: http://www. local1163.com/ez Upstate Carpenters Fund: 877-238-6575 Anyone interested in taking the flux core class call Alan at the Union Hall on Monday or Wednesday evening or call for his home number. MONTHLY UNION MEETING Welding-Call the Union Hall if you want to sign up for any of the welding classes. The meeting is now held the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:30pm. Reminder-Mail or drop off your local welding cards before the expiration date with the April 8th, 2008 appropriate signatures to the Union Hall for Don or Alan to renew them. You need a Location-Syracuse minimum of six working days doing some welding every six months. You can also Comfort Inn & Suites update your certification at the school if you need a signature. There are openings for 6701 Buckley Rd stick and stainless welding class on Tuesday nights. Syracuse NY 13212 ******************************************* If you can not be at work-for any reason, make sure you call the contractor or the Union Hall. Also, call when you get laid off, otherwise we may not know if you are out of work. KODAK SAFETY is held every Monday Wednesday and Friday, Kodak Bldg. 28, 200 Ridge Road West, Rochester. Doors close at 7:00a.m. Prerequisite for class is the Address/phone number changes-Call Debbie if your address, home phone number OSHA 10 hr this card MUST be on file at the hall. If you have not submitted your card for or cell phone number changes. You can also email changes to the office at files please do to prevent in-processing delays. firstname.lastname@example.org. REMINDERS -Call Union Hall when you complete a short term job ….. -Call Union Hall when you go to work….. The Benefit Funds office has the website up and running. -When you accumulate 15 working days you must resign in (www.iwdc.benefficiency.com) You will be able to view the latest news regarding ben- person at Dispatch Hall efits, email questions, download forms and view your accounts online. There will also -Two forms of ID required on most jobsites. be links to other websites that would be of interest. Valid Drivers License and Social Security card are preferred. If you have any problems getting on the site, let me know. GE TURBINE TRAINING Medical Supplemental-Remember to provide original receipts with your claim form If you are interested in attending GE Turbine training in Las Vegas at the United when submitting out of pocket medical expenses to the Supplemental Plan. Brotherhood of Carpenters Training Center please contact the Syracuse Training Center (800)313-4436 for more information. Jonathan Morehouse has been ordered to active duty by the Army and is in Iraq. You can email Jon in Iraq at email@example.com I’m sure he would like to hear from all of us. Call the Union Hall for his current address if you would like to write to him. OSHA 10 Cards must be renewed at least every 2 years. Check your cards and be sure yours is current!! Scholarship-The Peter Whitcher Scholarship is available. Deadline for submission of this application and support documents is April 18th. Safety—Kodak: Kodak Safety Orientation can now be done online, 24 hours a day by going to the website: http://www.kodak.com/go/contractorinfo Safety orientation is also held at Kodak Park, Building 28, Theater on the Ridge, Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, starting promptly at 7AM. Xerox: Safety orientation is held on Mon- days, 8:00AM, in Building #336. Bring your OSHA 10 or OSHA 30 card and safety glasses. Important- If you are injured on the job, no matter how minor, make sure you ?? BUYING A NEW PAIR OF SAFETY BOOTS ?? notify the foreman or superintendent, and fill out an accident report. If you do not you Call the hall first may not be covered for the injury. That has happened to several members. Subpart R Class-Call the Union Hall to sign up for the next class. It is an 8 hour class, OSHA mandated for anyone erecting structural and miscellaneous steel. Watkins Glen Indy Car Grand Prix discounts are available for Union members, start- ing at $39 for Sunday, or add $10 for the entire weekend. Contact Mike Evranian Millwright Apparel directly at 607-535-2486, ext. 351 for information and to buy tickets. Item Size Member Price Life Saving Awards will be presented to four Ironworkers employed by Marathon Iron Works that rescued a 14 year old girl whose canoe capsized in the Shohola Rapids Hooded Sweatshirt Med-5 XL $ 30.00 July 10, 2007. They are Tom Shirkey, Local 33, Jerry Rambus, Local 60, Bill Knapp and Anthony Struss, both of Local 417. They were working on the Shohola-Barryville Bridge L/S T Shirt Med-4 XL $ 10.00 that day. S/S T Shirt Med-5 XL $ 10.00 Condolences to John Interlichia and his family. John’s wife, Pearl, passed away last week. She was also Frank Interlichia’s aunt. Golf Shirts Lg-5 XL $ 25.00 Congratulations to Ken Colbert who retired recently. Hat-Black $ 10.00 Hat-Camo $ 10.00 Bits & Pieces-There are no interest free shortcuts. If you skip a stage in one way, you pay for it in another. - Gary Swanson Watches $ 35.00 Jackets Salamander Kendall 1 per year @ discountL-XL 1XL-2XL 3 XL $ $ $ 39.00 40.50 42.00 INSULATORS & ALLIED WORKERS LOCAL 26 4 XL $ 43.50 5 XL $ 45.00 BRIAN URQUHART, BUSINESS MANAGER Durango 1 per year @ discountL-XL $ 41.00 MEETINGS: 1XL-2XL $ 42.50 The next regular union meeting will be April 9, 2008 – 6:30 PM 4515 Culver Road. 3XL $ 44.00 4XL $ 45.50 HIRES/LAYOFFS/NEW JOB STARTS: 5XL $ 47.00 Remember that it is your responsibility to report all hires, layoffs, new job starts and completions of projects you are working on to the union office. Also you must report all out of town work within 24 hours of said work to both this office and the Local’s office that you are working in. PCCC: Remember that the Professional Craftsman Code of Conduct will be en- forced on all jobs and just not the large ones. PCCC is just common sense, no personal cell calls while working, late starts and early quits, unexplained absences etc. We must conduct ourselves with Professionalism at all times on all jobs. TRAINING: We are now providing Kodak’s General HSE Orientation in house. Anyone wishing to get their card updated or a new one please contact the Union Office. Any training that is not offered by the hall will not be paid for by the Union unless prior approval was granted. CALL the Union Office prior to any training that you may need. Any member that has not received the 10 hr OSHA Course please call the Union Office. BENEFIT FUNDS: Remember that if you want to retire you need to call the funds office three months prior to your chosen retirement date. WORK: Hire dates for Ginna are April 9, 15 and 16. If you are interested in going to this job please call the Union Office. APPRENTICESHIP: We will be taking applications on the second Thursday of every month between 3:30 and 5:30 PM starting on February 14, 2008. We will be taken applications year round from here on out. Page 12 -- Labor News -April 4, 2008 Carpenters CARPENTERS LOCAL 85 B.A.C. 3 BRICKLAYERS & ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS LOCAL 3 FRANK WIRT, COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE EUGENE H. CACCAMISE, PRESIDENT/SECRETARY/TREASURER BE AN INFORMED UNION MEMBER – ATTEND YOUR LOCAL UNION MEETINGS!! Union Meetings: April Chapter Meetings canceled due to Mega-Meeting Please be advised that the next regularly scheduled membership meeting will take place on Monday, April 14, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. All membership meetings are held at BAC Local No. 3 New York Mega-Meeting Local 85’s Meeting Hall at 244 Paul Road, Rochester, NY at 5:00 p.m. The next BAC Local No. 3 NY Mega-Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at the Ironworkers Local No. 6 Union Hall on 196 Orchard Park Rd., West Seneca, NY Just a reminder that all stewards are to attend all Local Union meetings. 14224. MEMBER PARTICIPATION – COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT ATTENTION MEMBERS! We are currently hand billing various area Rite Aid Stores. Call the office to schedule. All 2008/2009 Union Cards have been mailed out. Please be sure to look over all the We are looking for members to volunteer to do renovations at the Jurists’ Café. Work information on the card and add your signature to the back of the card. If you need any on this will be counted as union participation towards a community service project. If changes made to the card please contact the Union Office at 585-641-0750. you are interested, please contact David Alexander at the union hall. Union Book Dues: STEWARDS MEETING Make sure that your union dues are paid up. Your monthly dues are due the first of There will be a mandatory Steward’s meeting on Wednesday, April 23rd every month, this means on the second of the third month you are subject to be at 4:30 p.m. at the Meeting Hall at 244 Paul Road, Rochester. dropped and a reinstatement fee will be charged, without exception. The union is not responsible for notifying the members of their dropped status. Also, all stewards must have the 30 Hour OSHA training. If you have not taken this training, a class is scheduled for May 13, 14, 15, May 20, 21, 22 at 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. You Mortar Board must attend all six classes in order to complete this training. Please call the Training Center to register (436-1110). Hope to see you at our monthly luncheon on April 24th at 12pm at the Main Union Hall. Remember!! Your yearly assessment dues of $5.00 are now due. Please send it to ANNUITY EDUCATIONAL MEETING Pat Viola, 23 Autumn Trail, Webster, NY 14580. Anyone interested in playing some golf please contact Ralph Kuitems at 585-872-3895. There will be an Annuity Fund Educational Meeting on Wednesday, April 20, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. and the meeting hall at 244 Paul Road, Rochester. Our annuity fund repre- Notice: sentative from Stacy Braun will be here to review the current market trends and dis- cuss how it is affecting our annuity investments. We hope you will be an informed It is against New York State Law to use tobacco on school grounds. If you get caught member and come to this important meeting. FYI Spouses are invited too! smoking and/or chewing tobacco, you will loose your job and there is nothing the union can do to help you get your job back. HOCKEY SEASON ALMOST OVER Training Report: We still have some hockey tickets available for April games. We have a bunch of general admission tickets available for the Sunday, April 13, 2008 game. If you have The weather is getting better and apprentices are going back to work. We have had already used your box seat tickets, you may still use the general admission tickets for a bunch of OSHA classes that had very good attendance. There will be another 10 hour April 13th. OSHA class held on 4/26/08 at 7am. BASEBALL SEASON TO START We held a 3 hour fire caulk class on March 25, 2008, we had a great turnout with a high attendance. We will be holding more classes in the near future. Sign up today for your Red Wings Baseball Home Game tickets. Call the office now to reserve your tickets for April. You may call on April 15th to reserve tickets for May We will be holding a Terrazzo class May 3rd and May 10th at 8am. The trainings are home games. As always, you can only use the box tickets one time only during the two Saturdays and are open to all BAC members. 2008 season. Do not forget we will be doing some volunteer work at the Rochester Rotary Sun- REGISTER TO VOTE shine Campus in Rush, NY. We are looking to get our members involved. Please call the training office for more information at 585-385-9450. Any apprentice looking for REMINDER: Members - if you are not currently registered to vote, please call the work please call the training office. office at 585-328-6251 and we will be happy to mail you the registration form. If you have moved since the last election, you must re-register to vote. We would like to see -Thank You, Dan Palazzo, Training Director BAC Local No.3 New York 100% of the membership registered. Please be sure to register so you can exercise your right to vote – it is very important! ***ORGANIZE*** “Salting” with the approval from the Local’s management committee we have en- 2008 ESRC of CARPENTERS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS tered into yet another New Phase of our Union in organizing. If your looking to start back to work quickly this month, please contact the organizing department for full Time is running out!!! The Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters Scholarship details on employment through “salting” policy. applications are now available. The Fund shall award a total of eight (8) scholarships with an annual stipend of $2,000 per scholarship for a period of four (4) years each. Stay healthy and always work safe! Organizing Department BAC Local No. 3 NY Two (2) scholarships shall be awarded within each Region of the Empire State Re- gional Council of Carpenters. To qualify, the applicant must be the natural or legally adopted son/daughter of a member in good standing of the Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters. Appli- cants will be considered eligible without regard to age, provided: they are unmarried; entering college as a freshman without prior college credit; entering college with prior college credit earned while completing the senior year of high school in either an early as a member. He will be sadly missed by his brother carpenters. Our best wishes admissions or advanced placement program; a mid-year graduate who entered col- and prayers go out to the Thomas family during their time of sorrow and need. lege prior to the academic year beginning in September, when a scholarship would first be payable. WIN PRIZES AT MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS You can call Local 85’s Office (585-328-6251) and an Application will be sent to you. Don’t forget to attend monthly membership meetings and win prizes such as hats The deadline for sending in the completed applications to the Council – they must be and t-shirts. We look forward to seeing you there…..We urge you to attend the meet- postmarked no later than April 20, 2008. ings and become an involved member! - Frank and David DONATIONS NEEDED FOR MEMBERS “IN SERVICE”- PLEASE HELP US TO SEND TRAINING CENTER NEWS; 21 Jetview Drive, Rochester, NY: NEEDED ITEMS! There will be an OSHA 30 Hour class on May 13, 14, 15 and May 20, 21, and 22 from Local 85 currently have a few members that are in the Middle East serving their 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. You must attend all six classes to complete this training. Call the country. We heard from one of them and he stated that there are several items that training center at 585-436-1110 to sign up for this class. their company needs. We are trying to get together several items and ask for your help. We will be sending over a box for all of our members in service. If you cannot 40 Hour Commercial Door Hardware Course will be scheduled for early April for donate some of these items, you can give us cash donations and we will do the those who wish to improve their skills. shopping for these items: AA batteries, Q tips, hand sanitizer, word game books, baby Anyone interested in the Aerial Lift and Fork Truck/Rough Terrain qualification class, wipes (refills only), lotion (soft hands); ibuprofen, hard candy (jolly rancher, life savers, please call and reserve your seat. ludens cough drops), homemade bake goods vacuum sealed (no chocolate); pic- tures (you can also put them on a cd); skoal straight; bug repellant; beef jerky (no We are still taking names for: Welding, Scaffold Erector, First-aid/C.P.R./AED, Blue- pork); razors; nuts/seeds; degree deodorant; eye drops, gold bond powder, sunscreen, print Reading, Ceilings and Soffits, Light Gauge Metal Framing, Permit Required guy magazines (no porn); AT&T phone cards. Confined Space, 40 Hour Door Hardware Training, Fall Protection, Aerial Lift (Scissors and Boom), Fork Truck/Rough Terrain Fork Truck, Hazmat or Hazwoper, Insulated We will have a drop box at the union hall for these items…and we thank you in Concrete Forms, Formwork, 32 Hour Rigging Qualification, Transit and Layout, Total advance for your support and generosity for our members in the service. Station, Trim and Millwork, Solid Surface (Corrian, Avonite, Etc.). As soon as we have enough people registered for any class, we will schedule it as soon as possible. To GOVERNMENT REBATE CHECKS: Attention Retirees register for any of these classes, please call (585) 436-1110, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If there are any other classes that you are interested The IRS is deciding who receives a rebate check (the President’s economic stimu- in, call the J.A.C. and we will make every effort possible to make it happen. lus plan). Many retirees and others who don’t pay taxes will not get a check unless - Thanks: Karl, Matt and Alex they fill out a 1040A or 1040EZ form by April 15, 2008. If you don’t file – you don’t receive a Rebate Check – It’s that simple! CARPENTERS LOCAL 85 RETIREE CLUB 101 OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY Our next retiree lunch and meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 16th at noon at the Carpenters Local 85 meeting hall, 244 Paul Road. We will have pulled pork Our sympathy goes out to the Peter Thomas Family. Pete passed away on February sandwiches with a dish and desserts to pass. If you can’t make it on the 16th or didn’t 16, 2008. Pete was an Honorary Member of the United Brotherhood with over 51 years attend last months lunch, please give me a call at 872-0513 to let us know if you are coming. Thank you. Fraternally, Ron Pettengill Labor News -April 4, 2008 -- Page 13 Blowtorch Glaziers PLUMBERS & PIPEFITTERS LOCAL 13 DISTRICT COUNCIL 4 / GLAZIERS 677 JOHN PERTICONE, BUSINESS MANAGER DAN BOODY, BUSINESS MGR. • BOB SINOPOLI, BUSINESS REP. At our last union meeting, March 25th, the membership voted on the distribution of UNION MEETINGS: the $1.70 raise. There was a lot of discussion and input and I want to thank the membership for their comments and concerns. The new rates and benefit packages ROCHESTER/SYRACUSE/BINGHAMTON (SPECIAL CALL NOTIFIED MEETING) will be posted shortly. These rates take effect on May 1st, 2008. APRIL 7, 2008 (Monday), 5:00 PM Red Wing tickets will be available if you are interested in going to a game. There will The April 7, 2008 union meeting will be a SPECIAL CALL NOTIFIED MEETING for the be a signup sheet at the Hall to reserve the seats. purpose of voting on the May 1, 2008 (Rochester) raise allocation and to hold Elections were held at our last union meeting for (1) pension and insurance trustee nominations for two Union Trustee positions at our new location: Moose Lodge to fulfill George Maloney’s term. Congratulations to Brandon Tumia who was elected #2290, 5375 W. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14586. The Executive Board will meet to take over the position of the trustee. at 4:30 PM. Work has finally started to improve after a long winter. Keep in touch with the Hall because many projects are starting to provide job opportunities. SYRACUSE – MAY 7, 2008 (Wednesday), 5:00 PM We need to make sure that we are completing the apprentice reports. Anyone that Our next regular union meeting will be at 615 West Genesee Street, Syracuse at 5:00 has an apprentice or pre-apprentice on your job, it is your responsibility to send in PM SHARP! reports on their progress & abilities. The pre-apprentice report is due on a weekly basis. Anyone that needs these forms or who has questions should contact the Hall. BINGHAMTON- (SPECIAL CALL NOTIFIED MEETING) Local #13’s new website is up and running www.ualocal13.org ! There is quite a bit APRIL 17, 2008 (Thursday), 5:00 PM of information to be found on the site including agendas, activities and general up- The April 17, 2008 union meeting will be a SPECIAL CALL NOTIFIED MEETING for dates. I encourage you all to check out the site now and throughout the year. the purpose of voting on the May 1, 2008 raise allocation. The meeting will be at the A reminder to make sure to contact the Union Hall if you change job locations for any Union Hotel, 246 Clinton Street, Binghamton. length of time. Be sure that you call the Union Hall when you go to work and to keep in touch with Bill Kurtz on the latest opportunities. I cannot stress enough the importance TRAINING INFORMATION of signing the unemployment book at the Hall when you are out of work. This helps us Please refer to your District Council #4 UPDATE for training classes being offered. know when you are unemployed and when you become eligible for the Security Ben- To register for hands-on Upgrading Health and safety training classes, please call efit Funds. Again, please remember to sign the unemployment book. District Council #4 Apprenticeship Secretary, Kathy Velie at (800) 860-3856. Classes Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Roy Monterville who recently passed will be held unless notified by the District Council #4. away. Save the Date: THE FOLLOWING CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT THE CNY TRAINING CENTER IN GENEVA ·Local #13 Picnic: Saturday, July 12th, 2008, 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. at Ellison Park, Creekside. April 5th, Saturday, 7:00AM – 5:30PM ·Clambake 2008: Saturday, September 27th, 2008, 1:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. OSHA 10 Construction ·Children’s Christmas Party: Saturday, December 13, 2008 from 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. April 9th & 10th, Wed. & Thurs., 7:30AM – 12:30PM OSHA 10 Construction Benefit Office NEWS: BENEFIT OFFICE: Please make sure all your beneficiaries are current especially if April 12th, Saturday, 8:00AM – 4:30PM you have recently become married, divorced or you have recently had a child. You CPR/AED/Emergency Response Initial must fill out paper work in order to change your beneficiary. Please call the benefit office if you have any questions or concerns regarding your current beneficiary. April 26th, Saturday, 8:00AM – 4:30PM INSURANCE FUND: There are new rules for Medical Reimbursement from your Scaffolding hour bank starting May 1st, 2008. Go to www.ualocal13.org to review the changes, or call the Fund Office at: 338-2360 ext: 123. Please notify the Benefit Office imme- *STAR (Safety Training Awards Recognition) Program started May 5, 2007 and ends diately if your families’ status changes, married, divorced, birth of a child or you April 30, 2008…sign up now for your two required STAR classes in order to be eligible lose your coverage (spouse’s coverage). New regulations only give us 30 days to for prizes. make any enrollment changes. Local #13 has negotiated special discounted fees for dental work with Western REMINDER: All Apprentices Blue Books must be submitted to the apprenticeship New York Dental Group (formerly Dental Associates). office monthly for review and recording. If you cannot submit your Blue Book in You must contact the Benefit Office Immediately once you have become divorced. It person, you must send it by fax at (716) 565-0306. is very important to provide a QDRO in order to protect your Pension & Annuity. Also it is considered fraud to keep ex-spouses on our insurance plan after your divorce. If this Please remember that as per our current Union Contract, ALL employees except happens you will be billed for the additional costs. Apprentices MUST complete ten (10) hours of Journeyman Upgrading or Health & Local #13’s EAP: Employee Assistance Program provider is ESI. You can call ESI at Safety Training provided by the J.A.T.C. per contract year. 1-800-252-4555 or visit the web site www.theEAP.com. (Employee login) -(User Name: Plumbers and Steamfitters). It’s Free!!! If any one would like to add a class to the schedule, you need to get a group of 8 PENSION FUND: Anyone interested in retirement should contact George Maloney, in or more men together to make the class feasible. the Benefit Office, at least a few months before they want to retire. There are several documents you will need to bring in so we can process your application. During this TO ALL MEMBERS time we can estimate your pension options and answer any questions about the Please take advantage of the training being offered. Having access to the Training retirement program. This will allow you to turn in all completed paper work before the Center is a privilege. These classes will be a benefit to you and to our trade. deadline of one month prior to the date you want to retire. The Fund Office has a section on the New Web Site. You can download Hour Bank DC#4 WEBSITE Reimbursement forms, Beneficiary forms, and Retirees can download Direct De- The DC#4 website is now working for downloading of PAP Forms (Vacation, Holiday, posit forms. SUB, & Disability). The website address is dc4.org. Click on the Trust Fund Tab. Look ANNUITY FUND: Starting May 6th, 2008, Joan Termini, our new annuity specialist in upper right hand corner. Click on “PAP Forms”. Go to bottom right and click on Local will have some new hours available to you. She will be here Mondays, Thursdays #150 & Local #677 Forms. Select the form that you need and print it out. You may use and Fridays from 8:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from these forms instead of waiting for forms to be mailed to you from the Fund Office. 12:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. If you have any questions call the prudential help line toll free 1-877-778-2100. Also CONDOLENCES you can call us at the Fund Office at 338-2310 or 1-800-884-7977. Remember if you We wish to extend our sympathy and condolences to the family of Robert Strohmeyer. default on a loan you cannot take another loan, until defaulted loan is repaid. Bob passed away on March 8, 2008. Bob was the Business Representative for The next date to change your Annuity election is April 2008. We now have an A, B, Glaziers Local #677 from 1965 to 1990 and a member of our Local for 50 years. Bob and C plan! Call the office for details. will be missed by all who had the privilege to know and work with him. Starting September 1st, 2007-you are not eligible for an Annuity Distribution unless you have been out of work for 180 days (6 months). You may still work up to 120 hours FUND OFFICE during the 180 days and still be eligible. Please remember you cannot complete an Requests for ALL reimbursements, holiday, and vacation checks MUST be in the online transaction for a period of 5 business days once a password is reset!!! Heath & Welfare Office by the close of business on MONDAY in order to receive a Guaranteed Income Fund will be at 3.90%. Annual Rate of return for the next six check by Friday of the same week. ALL CHECKS ARE MAILED FROM THE BUFFALO months (January 1st, 2008 until July 1st, 2008). OFFICE ON FRIDAYS. George Maloney, Fund Manager KEEP THE UNION OFFICE UPDATED ON YOUR WORK STATUS Training NEWS: We need a current OUT-OF-WORK LIST at all times. Please call the Union Office to Additional weld tests for the Ginna Outage will be scheduled on an “as needed” let us know of your status!! We can’t send you back to work if we don’t know you are basis. They are looking for welders who can pass the UA-22 Tig and Stick Procedure. off!! If you go back to work, let us know, so we can take you off the list. Please call the Training Office to get your name on the list. Our next MedGas Test is scheduled for April 26th and we are scheduling a UA STAR HVAC test for the same day. GET YOUR DUES PAID UP! It’s not too early to sign up for FALL Classes. Please call the Training Office for If you are still more than three months behind you will be charged a $ 50.00 suspen- details. sion fee. There will be no exceptions to this fee!! - Bob Sinopoli, Bob Casella Local #13 has an email list-server for discussion of topics which are important to our HVACR Service Technicians. The Local #13 Service Tech email list is free for all interested parties. An email list-server will automatically distribute an email to all list participants. When you reply to the list, your reply goes to everyone. The easy way to become part of the list is to use the form at http://www.freelists.org/list/service-tech13. The Trustees have changed the way we reimburse for classes. A new form is Retiree’s Club available at the Training Office and on the Local 13 Website. We are allowing reim- Thanks to everyone who helped with the cooking and clean up and to all who bursement for training materials, DVD’s and books that are not connected to a spe- brought a dish to pass at our March luncheon. Larry Tschetter won the free month cific class completion certificate. This reimbursement is limited, and must have dues and Fred Kassel won the $25 Wegman’s gift certificate. approval. Please remember all course related reimbursements must have two weeks Our next meeting is April 8th, 2008 and we will be serving an Italian cuisine prior approval from the J.A.T.C. We still require a Certificate of Completion within 90 including rigatoni with meatballs & sausage. If you would like to bring a dish to days from the date of the course in order for the member to be reimbursed for these pass feel free to do so. We have a stove hooked up for your convenience in case course related training. you bring something that needs cooking or warming up. You can e-mail me at Open Welding: Journeyman welding will continue to be available on Monday Nights email@example.com with comments or suggestions for future meetings. If and Saturday Mornings thru the month of April. The Kodak Weld Representative will you would like to check out the retirees web page, go to www.ualocal13.org and be here for continuity on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 @ 3:30 P.M. All UA certs can be click on membership news and you will see a link to the Retirees Home Page. updated on this date. Please remember to check your continuity cards. - Fraternally Yours, Larry Tschetter The JATC Board has decided to collect a $25.00 deposit for any testing event in order to hold a spot for you on test day. The next Regular Union Meeting is Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 at 5:00 P.M. Please Jerry Landers, Training Coordinator stay informed and come to the union meeting. - John Perticone, Business Manager Page 14 -- Labor News -April 4, 2008 Powerline ELECTRICAL WORKERS LOCAL 86 DAVE YOUNG, BUSINESS MANAGER Union Meetings: Check out the I.B.E.W., Local 86 Website: The next Union Meeting will be a regular meeting held on Friday, April 11, 2008, at Our website address is www.ibewlu86.org. Don’t forget you can resign and get a 7:00 p.m., in the Meeting Hall, at 2300 East River Road. vacation withdrawal on the website or access the fund office. Special Notified Meeting: I.B.E.W. Emblem on Obituaries: There is going to be a Special Notified Meeting on Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at 5:00 The Union will pick up the cost of the I.B.E.W. emblem on the obituaries of members. p.m. to vote on the ratification on the New Agreement and to discuss and vote on Please contact the Union Office for reimbursement. disbursement of Funds. Kodak Safety Training: Please take Note ~ Vacation Freeze: Employment at Kodak requires a current Kodak Safety card and an OSHA card that shows you have completed these Safety Courses. You must have these cards in your There will be a vacation freeze for the period of May 26th – June 6th. Your last day possession while working on Kodak property. Kodak will be offering this training on to draw checks prior to the freeze will be May 23, 2008 (without exception). We will Monday, Wednesday and Friday only, starting at 7:00 a.m., in Building 28 Theater on resume taking requests, and cutting checks on June 9, 2008. The vacation freeze is the Ridge. necessary, during the conversion to new operating software, during that time period. Xerox Safety Course: Asbestos Awareness Course: The Xerox Safety Course is held every Monday at 8:00 a.m., at Building. #336, in There is going to be a 2 hr. Asbestos Awareness Course on Monday, April 28, 2008, training room #2 for anyone wishing to take it. at 5:30 p.m., at the hall. Call Tamie at (585) 235-1510 ext. #1 to sign-up. Thought for the day! Resign Information: “Often the best thing about not saying anything is that it can’t be repeated.” - Suzan You may resign in person, by email, fax or by mail on the date or before thirty (30) Wiener days. This MUST be done every thirty (30) days. If you have not resigned within the - Ron Freida thirty (30) days you will roll off the books. If coming to the Hall please bring current cards; such as Kodak Safety, OSHA 10 hr., Asbestos, Xerox, Photo ID, and/or any other cards to update your file. Please see Ron or Tamie! If you need to take any classes, other trades may have classes available. ELECTRICAL WORKERS LOCAL NO. 86 BENEFITS FUND OFFICE Notice – Dispatch System Changes: INSURANCE: The Dispatch System has changed to a Telephone Recorder System which went The Trustees encourage all members to complete a Wellness Survey to help with into effect December 1, 2007. The way this system will work is that a registrant on the designing & implementing an effective Wellness Program to promote healthier living. “Out of Work” list will phone in and listen to the recorded job calls. Listen to the jobline The survey is being distributed by many of the contractors with the pay stubs. There at (585) 235-1510 ext. 2 if you want a job call after listening to the “job line” you are also forms available in the Fund Office & the Union Dispatching Office. It only MUST then leave your name, card number, phone number at which you can be takes a couple of minutes to complete. The information, however, that is gathered will contacted. be invaluable. Thank you for your cooperation and participation. Please Note: Summer is coming- it’s time to get in shape! As we start thinking about the warm If you are working and will be taking more than two (2) weeks off, you MUST notify the days ahead, many of us start thinking about getting outside and being active. Did you Vacation Committee. know you have your own personal trainer available to help you get started? Through the Healthy Living Programs, you have access to a virtual trainer that will develop a 7th Annual Local 86 Celebration and Awards Dinner Dance: personalized workout based on your goals and activity preferences. Along with a weekly Time is running out to purchase your tickets for the 7th Annual Local 86 Celebration activity plan, the virtual trainer will offer tips and demonstrations to help you attain your and Awards Dinner Dance on Saturday, April 26, 2008, which will be held at the Marriott goals. Sign-on to the member page at www.excellusbcbs.com and click on the Healthy Rochester Airport. We will be celebrating initiation years ending in 3 & 8. To see if you Living Programs on the left navigation bar. You can access the Fitness Planner from are receiving a pin this year go to www.ibewlu86.org or call the Union Office. If you are the Interactive Tools. not receiving a pin why not come and celebrate with all the Brothers and Sisters who are! Don’t fool yourself - you can become free of tobacco if you have the right support. The We are also looking for nominations for the following awards: Outstanding Volun- highly effective Quit For Life includes free nicotine patches or gum, one-on-one cessa- teer of the Year 2007, Outstanding Retiree Volunteer of the Year 2007 and Organizing tion sessions with a Quit Coach, and a Quit Kit of materials to help you through the for 2007/Henry Miller Award. If you would like to nominate a member/retiree please process. Don’t let tobacco rule your life any longer. Call 800-442-8904 to find out how contact the hall. you can take control. Attention Bowlers: ANNUITY FUND: Anyone interested in bowling in the 64th Annual IBEW International Bowling Tourna- ANNUAL ELECTIONaS to change your “A” / “B” annuity future contributions rate ment which will be held on June 27 – 29, 2008 in Merrillville, Indiana. Please call Ron MUST be received in the Fund Office by Wednesday, April 30th. Election changes at the hall. Note: you must be a member of both the IBEW and the United States become effective starting with hours earned after Monday, May 26, 2008 (that is, June Bowling Congress. hours), since reporting periods cut off as of the last Sunday for the month. Under the “B” rate option, $1.50 per hour is shifted from wages to annuity contributions. An Local 86 Hockey Team: election remains in effect indefinitely until it is changed during a subsequent April Anyone interested in playing hockey please call Ron at the Hall for more information. annual election period. Claybuster League: MAY 1st unemployment draw requests must be received at the Fund Office by Fri- The Local 86 Claybuster League will begin on Wednesday, May 7th, at the Rochester day, April 18th. Brooks Gun Club, located on Honeoye Falls #6 Road, approximately ¾ of a mile East of Rt. 15 in the town of Rush (from Rochester – 390 South to exit 11 Rush, left on Rt. 15 Retirees wishing to receive the MAY 1st extra draw (4 max per year) must submit a to flashing yellow light, turn left on Honeoye Falls #6 Road). Shooting times will start request to the Fund Office by Tuesday, April 15th. at 5:00 p.m. and we will be shooting trap and sporting clays. We will shoot skeet if we have enough people interested. PENSION: Monthly retiree distributions can be set up to be direct deposited to your financial Once again this year, we invite all members of the Building Trades to come out and institution. For your convenience, the insurance self-payments may be deducted from join us. We will be having two (2) practice nights this year for any new shooters on your monthly distribution. If you’re interested, contact us. Wednesday, April 23rd and Wednesday, April 30th, but veterans are welcome too, you can help out the new guys. You only need 7 shoots or (350 targets) to qualify for the OTHER: shoot-off and make-ups are allowed. If you change your address either permanently or in the case of a retiree temporarily (for example, during the winter migration), please let us know. It’s important that the There is a sign-up sheet on the front counter at the Union Hall. Fund Office know your where abouts so we can contact you. We also may have Also, if there is a veteran trap shooter out there who would like to volunteer to help required or mandated mailings that must be distributed to all applicable participants. out with the trap shooting to make sure things run smoothly, it would be greatly appre- Thank you for your cooperation. ciated. Hope to see you out there! The first step to better health starts with you. -Submitted by: Tom Sykes Save the Date: The Local 86 Annual Golf Tournament will be June 21st, 2008. Make sure to save the IBEW Local 86 Retirees date and watch for further information. Retirees celebrating a birthday in the month of April: Jon Anderson, Bill Auble, Red Volunteers Needed: Bayer, Jack Booth, Wayne Bortle, Dale Boyea, Al Bradshaw, Bill Bushart, Art Catalano, Boy Scouts of America needs volunteers at Camp Cutler on April 19th & 20th and on Dick Claycomb, Don Ferraro, Bill Fox, Jr., Lenny Freyn, Leon Gaklik, Ron Gary, Randy May 3rd & 4th, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Meals will be provided, so to insure there Giles, Roger Gramlich, Bill Hartle, Bob Janick, Mike Jonas, Bucky Gordon, Greg Larson, is enough for everyone please sign up ahead about 1 week prior to the day or days you Ed Lindskoog, Gabe Marconi, Dave Mattucci, Larry Mitchell, John Mordaci, Mel Ott, Lee wish to volunteer with Ron at (585) 235-1510. Packer, Nick Pascucci, Tony Peluso, Ken Reisig, George Shick, John Shultis, Don Stalica, Ken Suhr, Bob Tetlow, Curt Waasdorp, Joe Yatteau, and John Zackman. Our Registered to Vote??? congratulations to all. Contact the Hall and we can mail you a form or you can stop in at the Hall to fill one out. We extend our condolences to John Drons and his family on the death of his wife Georgianna, who died on Sunday, March 28. NEBF Pension: Please call Laurie at the Union Office a full six months before you reach the age 62 Tom Davis has been in and out of the hospital and is now at home convalescing. to start processing your pension application (585) 235-1510. The temporary amendment to the 40 hour rule by NEBF is still in place. If you have Remember our April meeting will be the 30th at the Hall. Please add this date to your any questions please contact Laurie. calendar and try to bring a fellow retiree with you. Drug Testing: Also, our May meeting will be our Annual Breakfast meeting at McGinnity’s Restau- Drug testing can be done at Occupational Safety Onsite Inc., 30 Erie Canal Drive. rant on May 28. Please let the Hall know if you will be attending so that there will be Please call (585) 723-3891 for same day appointments. enough food for everyone. Thought for the day: “Under advisement .” often means “We haven’t figured it out yet.” - Arthur G. Salvione, IBEW Local 86 Retiree Labor News -April 4, 2008 -- Page 15 Page 16 -- Labor News -April 4, 2008