June, 2005 • Published for the members of IBEW Local 18 and their families
BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT
A Grievous, Untimely Professional and Personal Loss!
Remembering Brother Miguel Contreras
By Brian D’Arcy
Business Manager, Local 18
It is hard enough to bid farewell to an out-
standing, influential and charismatic leader
within the ranks of organized labor but, believe
me, it is far more painful and difficult to say
goodbye to a close friend, someone I greatly re-
spected professionally and hugely enjoyed per-
The shocking and terribly untimely death of
Brother Miguel Contreras on May 6, 2005
deeply affected me—it still does, and will contin-
ue to do so for years to come. The Los Angeles
County Federation of Labor—indeed the nation-
al organized-labor movement—has lost a vision-
ary leader, a very successful coalition builder and
political strategist, and an eloquent voice. He encouraged, supported and then won
Local 18 has lost a true friend, and I have lost with many local and state candidates, who
a confidante and a thoroughly enjoyable com- have become some of our most vocal and re-
padre. liable political allies at City Hall and in Sacra-
Miguel’s achievements at the Fed speak for mento, making the Fed a very serious and re-
themselves and will resonate in the years to spected political “player”.
come: Perhaps more important and far-reaching,
He helped boost membership to over he opened organized-labor’s ranks to immi-
800,000 working men, women and families grants in traditional and non-traditional pro-
throughout the County, making the Fed a fessions, extending our protection and coop-
leader among labor councils across the coun- eration to tens of thousands of new working
try. people and families, making the Fed a true
He unified an extremely diverse, some- friend and partner.
times fractious group of 345 local unions into That was Brother Contreras, the professional,
a potent force for political, social and eco- who accomplished what few have done before.
nomic equality, making the Fed a model of
organized labor’s strength and influence. continued on page 2
BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT – continued from page 1
But I also mourn Miguel, my friend of 20 years, who CONGRATULATIONS, BROTHER VILLARAIGOSA!
Always a sympathetic and knowledgeable ear for any The IBEW Local 18 extended family is proud and
union, policy or political problem. pleased to congratulate Los Angeles City Councilman
An upbeat, forward-looking man, who saw both the Antonio Villaraigosa on his election as Mayor on May
small and large “pictures”. 17, 2005. This is an extraordinary turning point for
Quick-witted, out-going, and very funny—someone working people and families throughout the City, be-
who always had a story for an occasion. cause we have elected one of our own, someone who
A thoroughly enjoyable, popular companion at meet- truly knows and understands unions, organized labor,
ings, conventions, meals and social events. and the agenda that working men and women need
A true friend to my own family, as we were to his. and deserve.
Deep-down a real Giants fan, even if he wore a Brother Villaraigosa is from the union movement.
Dodger shirt when we went to ball games. He instinctively grasps our concerns and goals. He
Rest in Peace, Brother Miguel Contreras, you have ful- feels them in his gut. Over the years, I have been
ly earned it. Our very deepest sympathy to your wife, proud to work closely and productively with him on a
Sister Maria Elena Durazo, your sons and your extend- broad and important range of issues, ranging from
ed family. Yes, we can—and will—physically replace more affordable housing and health coverage, to job
you at the County Fed, because life, and our struggle, creation and economic equality, to better education
and your agenda must go on. But in so many ways, and futures for all the people in our great city.
we never will replace you. As a progressive State Assemblyman, then effective
• • • • Speaker of the Assembly and, for the past two years,
City Councilman from the 14th District, Antonio Vil-
laraigosa has time and again demonstrated his
Lilly Calvache Joins Staff as unswerving support for our Union specifically and for
working people in general. He shepherded important
New Business Rep IBEW bills through the legislature and, as a councilman,
took a leading role in resolving local work disputes, al-
We are pleased to welcome Lilly Cal- ways with an eye on what was best for the employees.
vache as Local 18’s newest Business As mayor, Brother Villaraigosa faces a daunting
Rep. She will represent sections of Unit spectrum of challenges, many of which will impact
8 (Clerical) and Unit 28 (Print Shop/Re- the city’s working people and families. I look forward
prographics). to working closely with him, and I am confident that
Sister Calvache has been active in
he will unite an effective, forward-thinking coalition of
the union movement for 21 years. She
individuals and organizations to help move Los Ange-
became a Shop Steward in 1988, was
les forward and make it even more of a city in which
Lilly Calvache elected to our Executive Board in 1995,
served as a Trustee for our Health and we will be proud to live, work and raise our families.
Welfare Trust, and recently has been Vice President of the Congratulations again, Brother Villaraigosa! Now,
DWP Retirement Board. Mayor Villaraigosa. We look forward to being an inte-
Lilly has served our Union in a number of other capac- gral part of your team.
ities, including membership on the Clerical Joint Labor- In Unity,
Management Committee, negotiations and safety com-
mittees, and as a Strike Captain in 1993. She represented
Local 18 at national and district conferences, as well as at
meetings that focused on protecting the rights of women
in the work force
Sister Calvache joined DWP in 1980, as a Clerk Typist,
and steadily worked her way up professionally, using her
skills and dedication to serve her co-workers and improve
job site conditions. Local 18 is pleased and fortunate to
have someone with Lilly’s expertise and experience to as-
sist our members. Welcome aboard!
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From the Trenches: Reports from your Business Reps
Unit 1 – Electric Distribution ◆ Negotiations continue with re- Temple Street and combined with ISS
By Barry Poole gard to setting poles in the Street Light forces in General Construction. Man-
◆ The Lineman’s Rodeo was held section. We will be sure to let you agement intends to deploy the com-
Saturday, May 14, at the Truesdale know when there is more progress on bined force of Plumbers to projects
Training Center. A total of 28 Journey this issue. both within General Construction and
and 22 Apprentice Teams competed. ESM jurisdiction.
They represented a number of cities Unit 2 – ESOs ◆ Our main concern is your safety!
and utilities, including the Los Angeles By Bill Lewis There are critical differences in the type
Department of Water and Power, Bur- It looks like the on-going saga in- of safety training provided in an Electri-
bank Water and Power, Pasadena Wa- volving the hiring of a new class of cal Business Unit, as opposed to a Con-
ter and Power, Southern California Edi- trainees has ended. The Training Sec- struction Business Unit. Ninety percent
son, San Diego Gas and Electric, Ari- tion has requested a certification list to of the work performed by crafts in ESM
zona (APS), the City of Anaheim, Glen- fill a class of 20 trainees. The desired is done in electrical stations, in which
dale Water and Power, and Imperial Ir- start date is mid-July. As of now, the there is energized equipment. ESM re-
rigation District. plan to hire another class in six months quires that all employees working in
Journey Teams that qualified from has been approved. the electrical stations take two weeks of
the Los Angeles Department of Water Management has indicated a desire initial QEW training, as well as an annu-
and Power, to go to the National Line- to move the Field Trainer positions to al one-week refresher.
man’s Rodeo Finals in Kansas City, are: Training Center staff. Prior to the ESM safety meetings are geared to-
Team 1: Dennis Honor, Shawn Mon- move, many issues surrounding it need ward electrical hazards that are faced
ahan, and Craig Randles to be addressed. We will keep every- every day. Although the work scope of
Team 2: Hector Avila, Nazir Falzi, one informed as we resolve the issues. General Construction is hazardous in
and Wilson Salvador its own right, there are distinctly differ-
Team 3: Omar Diaz, Richard Olquin, Unit 3 – Testers ent circumstances associated with the
and Randolph Bowen By Bill Lewis work environments. While General
Team 4: Ben Rodriguez, Troy Couch, Please do not forget that your unit Construction provides some level of
and Scott Osborn meetings are held at 4:00 p.m., on the electrical training, it is far less extensive
Apprentice Team qualifiers are: third Wednesday of the month, at Main than the two-week course required by
Team 1: Sotero Ramos and Randy Street, in the Third-Floor Conference ESM. We are working very closely with
Pierson Room in Building 7. Recent retire- management in order to ensure that
Apprentice Written Test Qualifier: ments have left vacancies in the ranks safety concerns are the highest priority in
Edgar Maciel of Unit Shop Stewards. We are look- making this transition.
Congratulations to the winners and ing for new Shop Stewards, and if any- ◆ I would like to thank all of you
everyone who tested their skills! one is interested, please contact Unit 3 who participated in our Solidarity Day
For the kids, there were burro rides, Chair, Steve Anderson. on May 18. The level of participation
a petting zoo, rock climbing area and in our Union activities has increased,
jumpers. Good food was served at a Unit 4 – General Construction and we have the leadership of our ac-
moderate cost. By Martin Marrufo tive members and Shop Stewards to
Special thanks go to all the mem- ◆ Management has announced thank for this. Along those same lines,
bers and volunteers who helped organ- that it will change the reporting hierar- I want to thank Ron Jennings and Jef-
ize this event at the EDMT training cen- chy of some employees from Electrical frey Howell for stepping up and be-
ter. Station Maintenance to General Con- coming our newest Shop Stewards!
◆ Work continues on the separa- struction. Currently, there are Painters,
tion of the Lineman/Splicer programs. Plumbers, Building Repairers, and a Unit 6 – Stores
It is currently before the City Personnel Maintenance & Construction Helper By Shawn McCloud
Committee. who will be affected by the reorganiza- There is a form that lets management
◆ The overtime committee met to tion. The scheduled changes are slated know that you are interested in transfer-
discuss a proposal to make to manage- to take effect July 1, 2005. ring to another location within the De-
ment. A number of suggestions were Under the current plan, Building Re- partment. At our June JLMC meeting, it
made and Senior Assistant Business pairers and Painters will remain at their was brought to our attention that
Manager Russ Butow will present them current reporting locations at Palmetto many of you are unaware that you can
to management. If you have any ques- and Truesdale, and would continue to complete a registration form at DWP
tions you can contact David Alarcon, work exclusively on ESM projects. Personnel Services (Room 546, JFB), or
Jack Bell, John Bilich, Richard Boyd, However, these craftspeople and their you can call 213/367-1934 to request
Omar Diaz, Jeff Farr, Tony Perez, John supervisors would be in the General that a form be faxed to you. This form
Saathoff, Mike Traweek, Russ Butow or Construction organization. is valid for only one year.
me. ESM Plumbers would be moved to continued on page 4
JUNE, 2005 SURGE PAGE 3
FROM THE TRENCHES – continued from page 3
Unit 8 – Clerical represent non-clerical Unit 28 (Print ◆ We have written to Human Re-
By Shawn McCloud & Lilly Calvache Shop & Reprographics). Our new as- sources, requesting a meeting to dis-
◆ MOU training is going well at the signments are as follows: cuss the letter that was sent out about
Clerical Unit meetings. Thank you for Shawn McCloud (ext. 111): All vacation accrual.
your support and participation. We in- Unit 8 Clerical employees working out-
vite all employees to attend your unit side of the John Ferraro Building. Non- Unit 17 – Field Groups
meetings, which are held at the Union clerical units are Unit 6 (Stores), and By Nancy Romero
Hall. Postcards are sent out each Unit 33 (Administration). ◆ I want to heartily thank all Unit
month. Geralyn Washington-Tatum (ext. 17 members who joined us at the An-
◆ There are a number of Joint Labor- 105): Unit 8 Clerical employees work- nual Dinner Meeting. I especially ac-
Management Committees throughout ing in CSBU (including Customer Ser- knowledge Unit 17 Shop Stewards
the Department. Clerical Worker Safety vice Representative, Clerk Typist, Se- who stepped up to the plate and as-
Committee and Subcommittee mem- nior Clerk Typist and Clerks), FSO, sured that we got the most important
bers are working hard to make various Worker’s Compensation, Retirement, information out to the members who
training classes available to clerical em- Unit 18 Supervisory Clerical & Admin- attended. Our meeting was a tremen-
ployees. A few examples are, First Aid, istrative, and Unit 12, Supervisory Em- dous success, and a good time was had
CPR, and AED training. If you have not ployees in the Security Services Busi- by all. We look forward to seeing more
received training, please submit a re- ness Group. of you participate next year!
quest in writing to your supervisor. Most Lilly Calvache (ext. 140): All other
often, AED training will be offered to Unit 8 Clerical employees working at
personnel in the districts. We encour- the John Ferraro Building, Voice Opera-
age you to take advantage of the classes tion Center, Unit 28 (Print Shop and
as they become available. Reprographics).
◆ Congratulations to DWP’s first ◆ To all Supervisory Clerical & Ad-
group of half-time employees! They ministrative employees: if you are inter-
have successfully completed proba- ested in attending a unit meeting,
tion. The Half-Time to Full-Time Com- please contact Geralyn.
mittee members are working diligently ◆ Beginning in July, we will have
to complete the process. We will keep copies of the final minutes of the Joint
you informed. Labor-Management Committee (JLMC)
◆ Just a reminder: the next Clerical for you at our monthly unit meetings.
Unit Meeting is set for 9:00 a.m., Satur- If you have any concern that you want
day, July 23, at the Union Hall. addressed at the JLMC, please forward
◆ Our Sincere Condolences go out the information to me by fax (213/739-
to the family members, friends & co- 6937).
Lucille Henderson, Local 18 retiree, Unit 15/20 – Pasadena
who worked in Legal Division. By Barry Poole
Darlene Elaine Mack, Local 18 mem- ◆ We continue to meet on the cost
ber who worked in FSO. sharing for 2% at 55. The discussions ◆ Attention CFRs: Unfortunately, I
Anita Wedlow, a clerical employee at are informal, and a resolution has not must dispel any rumors or innuendo
DWP, who worked in Security Services. been completed. regarding the recent filling of the Field
Your smiles and words of encour- ◆ R.W. Beck has finished its study Investigation (FI) positions. For
agement will be missed, but your regarding the condition of the infra- starters, there is currently no estab-
personality will continue to live on structure in Pasadena. It has found sig- lished list of eligible candidates for Se-
through the legacy that you left be- nificant problems in substructures, nior Commercial Field Representatives.
hind. May you rest in peace. Our switches, substations, and other areas. These two FI positions will be filled on
prayers are with their families, As a result of this study, the City Man- an emergency basis until the Personnel
friends and co-workers. ager recommended hiring nine new Department conducts and completes
—Shawn, Geralyn and Lilly positions in the Pasadena Department the necessary testing procedures.
of Water and Power. The positions in- Once the testing is done, and the certi-
Unit 8/18 – Clerical Supervisory clude: two Senior Electrical Testers; one fied list of eligible candidates is ap-
By Geralyn Washington-Tatum Power Distribution Crew Supervisor; proved by the Civil Service Commis-
◆ As most of you now know, Lilly one Electrical Mechanic; one Assistant sion, only then will the emergency ap-
Calvache has joined the Local 18 staff. Electrical Mechanic; one Electrical Craft pointments end (the two emergency
She has been assigned to represent Helper; two Powerline Mechanics, and appointments must end within 30 days
Clerical employees at JFB. She will also two Senior Cable Splicers. continued on page 5
PAGE 4 SURGE JUNE, 2005
FROM THE TRENCHES – continued from page 4
of the establishment of a list), and the ard. Our Shop Stewards are vital to our Plan is currently at Department Labor
cert will go out to fill two permanent progress and improvement. ERS Relations. We presented the new bid
positions. would also benefit by the appointment runs for your approval at the June 8
For now, due to the fact that these of a new Shop Steward. Despite some Unit 24 meeting, which was held at the
are emergency appointments, the De- difficulties, this position can be very re- Filtration Plant.
partment has no obligation to estab- warding. Those of you who have ◆ Negotiations are coming! I very
lish—or follow—a process for filling needed the assistance of Shop Stew- much hope that you keep attending
these positions. It can (and often ards know the value and importance of your unit meetings in order to stay in-
does) select the appointees of its own a representative who cares more for formed. And remember: safety first!
choosing, based on its own criteria, others than their own interests.
and at its will. FMBG Unit 25 – Landscape
Concerning these two specific posi- I would like to thank Local 18 Shop By Nancy Romero
tions, CSBU management determined Steward Glenn Carlisle for being so ◆ Following up last month’s article,
that it would put out an interest memo helpful and patient with me through- I am encouraged by the quick action of
and then select from those members out the last few months. I will be visit- Senior Park Supervisor, Ralph Valdez,
who submitted their names for consid- ing your facilities, along with the Shop who stopped all the work at IS Stations
eration. It decided how many candi- Stewards, in order to introduce myself as soon as the potentially unsafe tasks
dates to interview and what questions and become more familiar with your were brought to management’s atten-
would be asked. Local 18 was never work. If you have immediate concerns, tion through the FMBG Safety Office.
consulted in this matter. please contact me by phone (213/387- ◆ We will continue to work with
Following several complaints from 8274, ext.107), or by e-mail at the FMBG Safety Office and other De-
members regarding the requirements email@example.com. partment management on exactly
listed in the interest memo, we worked what type of clearances are required
with CSBU management to assure that Unit 22 – ESRs for members who are not Qualified
the appropriate bulletin requirements By Bill Lewis Electrical Workers (QEW), who are re-
were the ones that were listed on that We are starting to see an increase in quired to work in these type of high-
interest memo. This was the extent of participation at the unit meetings. Each voltage environments. We expect to
our involvement. More than 40 mem- month, we have selected a topic for see some positive results from this ex-
bers expressed an interest in filling training. The presentations are well re- perience! Thank you again to the West-
these two positions. Of those candi- ceived, and take only a short amount of ern District for bringing this issue to
dates, CSBU management decided time. Last month, we learned about ac- light.
who it would interview, and ultimately cumulated overtime. Please come see ◆ As of now, all seniors and supervi-
who would be selected for these two what the next subject is for discussion. sors have completed the safety-entry
positions. Our meetings are held at 4:45 p.m. on training. By the time you read this, the
I encourage you to read the Civil the first Thursday of each month. entire Landscape Section will have
Service Rules and Regulations in order Check the schedule for the location. completed this very important train-
to better understand the difference ing. You all are encouraged to attend
between how a “Permanent”, “Limit- Unit 24 – Water Supply this training and become aware of all
ed” and “Emergency” appointment is By Ken Delgado the potential hazards that are related
made. ◆ Currently, we will be combining to working in the various Department
two Joint Labor-Management Commit- facilities.
Unit 19B – CR&FS, FMBG, GSC tees (JLMCs), the Water Quality Sec- ◆ Two seniors positions are expect-
By Martin Marrufo tion/L.A. Reservoir/Maintenance Com- ed to be filled soon as a result of the
CR&FS mittee and the Temple Street Shops completion of probation by the two su-
◆ I want to thank every member JLM. The first joint meeting was held on pervisors. Also, an additional opportu-
for your support and patience. The June 9, at the Tujunga Pump Station. nity will be available for a Gardener
Shops Bid Plan currently is in process. ◆ I will add some new members to Caretaker. One Park Maintenance Su-
There have been bids posted, and we the committee in the near future. Both pervisor will also be filled due to a recent
are waiting for you to voice your con- of these committees are under the retirement. Good luck to everyone as
cerns over any flaws in the current sen- same section, and they deal with many you go through the hiring process!
iority list, or the assignments that may of the same concerns and work-related
be awarded. The Bid Plan Committee issues. Because of this, the committee Unit 26 – Custodial Services
will meet and try to correct any errors co-chairs have mutually agreed to By Nancy Romero
or oversights. combine these bodies. I hope that this ◆ We are excited to add an addi-
◆ We currently are seeking some- will help streamline the way business is tional 26 new Custodial Services Atten-
one in the mechanical sections to as- being handled. dants to our ranks as emergency ap-
sume the position of Union Shop Stew- ◆ The Water Utility Operators’ Bid continued on page 6
JUNE, 2005 SURGE PAGE 5
FROM THE TRENCHES – continued from page 5
pointments. We welcome you broth- Body (General Local 18 membership) contract on the horizon, your attendance
ers and sisters to Unit 26. We look for- meetings are always at 6:00 p.m., on at unit meetings is very important. Ru-
ward to meeting you at our monthly the fourth Thursday of the month, at mors and incorrect information are al-
unit meetings. the Union Hall. Please plan to attend in ready circulating. Please attend your
◆ We have been talking with De- order to keep yourself informed, espe- unit meetings, and stay in touch with
partment management regarding cially during this MOU negotiations year! your Shop Stewards, Union officers
changes to the CSA structure. A total of and me. We will always give you the
four different section offices will be set Unit 32 – Technical facts! When you hear rumors and gos-
up, each under the direction of a Cus- By Kerry McCorkle sip, consider the source.
todian Supervisor. We are still working ◆ I am putting together nomina-
with FMBG management on whether tions of Technical Unit members to be Unit 34 – Supervisory Professional
or not the senior positions will be filled. on the Bid Plan Negotiating Commit- By Kerry McCorkle
◆ As of now, interviews have been tee. The Committee will need your in- ◆ The Local 18/Joint Training Insti-
completed for the filling of two perma- put as we begin this process. At the tute has begun to address issues and
nent regular positions for CSAs. One May Unit meeting, we discussed some problems concerning engineering, ed-
will be assigned to the JFB, the other of the issues about the present Bid Sys- ucational and training problems. A JTI
will be placed in the Valley. Candidates tem. Many issues were brought up for Engineering Focus Group has been
for interviews were selected only from discussion. Now is a great time to at- formed to identify issues, discuss and
transfers from the City at this time, tend your unit meeting and let us know prioritize them, and seek solutions. We
since there continues to be no estab- your thoughts and concerns. are reviewing past and present engi-
lished list of eligible candidates. ◆ A new feature at our monthly neering-training programs, and look-
◆ Congratulations to Brother En- unit meetings is training on important ing at information from “Training
rique Gavilanes and his wife on the MOU articles and other topics that Needs Analysis” and engineering com-
birth of their new son! need to be addressed. At our May petencies. I want to acknowledge the
◆ I invite you to make every effort meeting, I held a discussion about Arti- participation of Unit 34 members Jeu
to join us at our monthly Unit meet- cle 9 of the MOU (Overtime Lan- Foon, Kevin Garrity, Eric Hartman,
ings. There are many issues we need guage). The overtime language in the Karen Iseri, Brad Packer, and Ernest
to discuss. Please join us and let your Local 18 MOU is considerably different Wong. Thank you!
voice be heard. We meet at 3:30 p.m., and better than the former wording. ◆ I will be adding a new feature to
on the third Thursday of the Month, at Following the presentation, we re- our monthly unit meetings: training
the Union hall. viewed the changes. on important MOU articles and other
I hope to continue training in our topics that need to be addressed. I al-
Unit 31 – Professional unit meetings. I am always happy to ways want to hear suggestions about
By Leslie Abbott hear suggestions about what you what you want to learn. Please contact
◆ In April, the Joint Training Insti- want to learn. Please contact me or your Officers (Brad Packer, John Miller,
tute (JTI) convened an Engineering Fo- your Shop Stewards with ideas. and Jack Waizenegger) or me.
cus Group to discuss issues regarding ◆ With the expiration of your present ◆ There is a dedicated core of
engineer educational and training pro- contract on the horizon, your attendance brothers and sisters who attend and
grams, and to consider possible strate- at unit meetings is very important. Ru- participate in our monthly unit meet-
gies to achieve training solutions. Fo- mors and incorrect information are al- ings. You also have a dedicated group
cus Group members represent a range ready circulating. Please attend your of officers who are ably leading the
of engineering disciplines and func- unit meetings, and stay in touch with unit. I hope more of you will attend
tions, and are drawn from all three your Shop Stewards, Union officers our meetings. Please come and join us
DWP systems. They are: John Abdel- and me. We will always give you the and get involved. Several unit mem-
malak; Steve Cole; Cliff Damron; Jeu facts! When you hear rumors and gos- bers are already involved in Joint Labor
Foon; Kevin Garrity; Eric Hartman; sip, consider the source. Management Committees. Your voice
Karen Iseri; Steve Ivanick; Al Medina; is being heard as you actively partici-
Phil Omlor; Brad Packer, and Bob Petti- Unit 33 – Administrative pate in Local 18 matters.
nato. Kerry McCorkle, Local 18’s Busi- By Kerry McCorkle ◆ With the expiration of your present
ness Rep for the Supervisory Profes- ◆ The Administrative Unit will now contract on the horizon, your attendance
sional Unit, and I both participate in be represented by Shawn McCloud. It at unit meetings is very important. Ru-
the meetings, as well. Please let us has been an honor to serve you. mors and incorrect information are al-
know if you have training models or in- Shawn will need your support and par- ready circulating. Please attend your
put that you would like considered. ticipation in representing you. Please unit meetings, and stay in touch with
◆ Pro Unit meetings are always at contact her if you are interested in be- your Shop Stewards, Union officers
5:30 p.m., on the first Wednesday of ing involved.
the month, at the Union Hall. Parent ◆ With the expiration of your present continued on page 7
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Local 18 Members Turn Out
For Solidarity Day on May 18, 2005!
Local 18 brothers and sisters proudly wear
their t-shirts that proclaim:
“No Contract, No Work”
FROM THE TRENCHES – continued from page 6
and me. We will always give you the who have been helping me along and do the work. The last thing we want is
facts! When you hear rumors and gos- getting me up to speed on what has to be policing each other when all we
sip, consider the source. been going on there over the years. want is to have management do its job
My short-term goals are to work on properly.
Unit 35 – Supervisory Technical such immediate issues as fair distribu-
By Leslie Abbott tion of overtime, and the posting and Unit 55 – Telecommunications
Super Tech Unit meetings are at up-to-date listing of the Accumulated By Nancy Romero
5:30 p.m., on the third Wednesday of Overtime Log (AOTL). ◆ Please know that the 67 positions
the month, at the Union Hall. Parent Most important is the issue of ensur- requested by the ITS Managers for next
Body (General Local 18 membership) ing that we, as a membership, are do- year’s budget were severely slashed.
meetings are always at 6:00 p.m., on ing the work that is described in your Only five positions are slated for the
the fourth Thursday of the month, at Duties Description Records (DDRs). ITSBU in the new fiscal year. We com-
the Union Hall. Please plan to attend in This is important because manage- mend management for its attempt to
order to keep yourself informed, espe- ment must really get the “big pic- make a business-related case for filling
cially during this MOU negotiations year! ture”—that we do not have enough two crews for the Telecomm Section.
personnel on staff to do the work. It We will continue to work on securing
Unit 50 – Burbank must hire more people. If and when more opportunities for you.
By Barry Poole someone is doing your work, then we ◆ I also want you to know that we
Currently, we are negotiating over immediately want to know why some- are still reviewing the installation of the
wages. The next meeting of the com- one with a different classification is do- video surveillance cameras. Several
mittee was held on Thursday, June 30. ing your work. At all times, we should discussions have been held regarding
be alert to this, and make sure that we this item, and it has been determined
Unit 52 – Owens Valley are doing the work that we were hired to that the Electrical Mechanics are, in
Unit 52A – Mojave do! fact, the appropriate classification for
By Ken Delgado Further, let’s not forget the fact that installing this equipment. Rumors had
◆ For the past four months, I have when we work out of class, doing the been circulated that the cameras were
been pleased to be your Business Rep kind of assignments that we are not fa- being installed by Electrical Craft
at both Owens Valley and Mojave. miliar with, there is a huge safety risk in- Helpers and Electrical Repairers; those
Most of my focus has been on getting volved. In reality, the right thing to do rumors are false.
a handle on how business is run up is request that management does the
there. I want to thank all the members correct thing and have the proper class
JUNE, 2005 SURGE PAGE 7
NOTIFY RE: CURRENT ADDRESS & PHONE NUMBER – to Local 18 and DWP
NOTIFY RE: CURRENT BENEFICIARIES – to Local 18 for your IBEW Death Benefit and to the DWP Retirement Office
PRE-DESIGNATE PERSONAL PHYSICIAN IN THE EVENT OF WORK INJURY – at DWP Workers’ Compensation Office. California law
requires your employer to provide and pay for medical treatment if you are injured at work. If you choose your own physician or chi-
ropractor prior to a work related injury, you have the right to treat with that personal physician or chiropractor. Forms may be ob-
tained at the DWP Workers’ Comp office.
UNION SPONSORED MEDICAL/DENTAL PLANS – For information, contact our Benefit Service Center at 800/842-6635 or Local 18
offices at 213/387-8274.
EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE – Local 18 will finance tuition fees and 50% of the cost of required books for union labor-oriented
classes for members only.
SCHOLARSHIP FUND – Local 18 offers two Trade School Grants per year to union members enrolling in technical, industrial or
trade schools — $250.00 yearly for two years (a total of $500 per student). In addition, the International Union offers a maximum
of 12 scholarships yearly to members only for undergraduate study. The scholarships are each worth up to $3,000 per year to a
maximum of eight years.
INQUIRE ABOUT PRESCRIPTION SAFETY GLASSES – Eligible employees are those who require the use of medically prescribed
glasses to perform their primary work tasks, and whose primary work requires the use of safety eye wear by Department policy
and/or CalOSHA regulations. Questions regarding employee eligibility and coverage should be directed to your primary Business
Unit safety representative.
REGISTER TO VOTE – If you have moved or changed your name since the last election, you need to re-register! Registration forms
are available online at the State of California’s Secretary of State’s website: www.ss.ca.gov.
Local Union 18, IBEW First Class
4189 West 2nd Street ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED U.S. POSTAGE
Los Angeles, CA 90004 PAID
Phone: (213) 387-8274 Los Angeles, CA
Fax: (213) 739-6937 Permit No. 33063
Website: ibewlocal18.com Pre-Sort
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