NEWSLETTER – September 2, 2008
At the Special Called Meeting held on August 26, 2008 at 5:30 pm at the James Duffy
III Meeting Hall, the Negotiating Committee presented an offer to the membership for
ratification. The offer from the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) of $9.05
over three years plus $1.00 in 2011 for Health & Welfare or Pension, if needed, was
unanimously approved by the members that were present. Please see enclosed copies
of the new rates... I would like to thank our Negotiating Committee members Mike
Huerta, Ray Calderon, Todd Golden and Chris Hannan for all their long hours of hard
work for the membership. Again, no one was left out. Increases were negotiated for
journeyman, foreman, general foreman, apprentice and retiree. As soon as possible
we will send out the new 709 Agreement and our new By-Laws.
Along with work on our new contract, we have been busy with all of Local 709’s
other duties not to be neglected. I was able to schedule Mike Jacobson, Administrator
of the National Automatic Sprinkler Industry Fund (NASI) to visit us on October 20-
21, 2008. He will be available on Monday, October 20th from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm for
consultations with members who are planning to retire in the near future. Please give
me a call if you would like to schedule a private appointment with Mike on Monday,
October 20th. Also, on Tuesday, October 21st there will be a Special Called Meeting
at 5:30 pm at the James Duffy III Meeting Hall, 12140 Rivera Road, Whittier, CA,
90606, for a Health & Welfare and Pension Seminar.
Retirees Club Events: There will be a Fishing Trip on September 9th, the Retirees
Club Meeting on September 16th and the Golf Tournament at Royal Vista Golf Club
in Walnut on October 8th. Please call Committee Chairman James Duffy III (626-
331-7946) if you have any questions or for reservations.
Apprentices: Welcome back! There will be mandatory attendance for all
apprentices to attend the NASI Health & Welfare and Pension Seminar to be held on
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 5:30 pm at the James Duffy III Meeting Hall at 12140
Rivera Road, Whittier, CA, 90606. See you there.
Upcoming Journeyman Classes. Please see attachment with the new schedules for
the journeyman classes. If you have any questions please call the J.A.C. at (562) 907-
7622 for any information regarding these classes.
Monthly Base Dues can now be paid automatically from your Building Trades
Federal Credit Union account. You never have to worry about being late again. Call
Judy or Maribel at the hall for information on setting this up.
Sal A. Chiaravalloti
Business Manager/Financial Secretary
Dates to Remember:
September 8, 2008 – Union Meeting
September 9, 2008 – Retirees Fishing Trip
September 16, 2008 – Retirees Club Meeting
October 1, 2008 – Dues are Due
October 6, 2008 – Union Meeting
October 8, 2008 – Semi-Annual Retirees Golf Tournament
October 20, 2008 – Mike Jacobson (NASI) appointments
October 21, 2008 – NASI Seminar (mandatory for apprentices)
The Newsletter is also available online at www.sprinklerfitters709.org.
Sprinkler Fitters #709 Remittance Reminder
Check payable to: LOCAL 709 Check/Money Order No. ________
Journeymen $26; Apprentice $26; Residential $24; Retired (65 B4 12/31/01) $15;
Retired (65 B4 12/31/06) $19; Retired (All Other) $20
Mail to: 12140 Rivera Road., Whittier, CA 90606 Amount $___________