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100 YEAR CELEBRATION
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP I.U.O.E. Local 139
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Issue No. 117 I.U.O.E. AFL-CIO September, 2002
• Retiree s Picnic Photos
•Annual Dues Notice
• Scholarship Recipients
Page 2 LOCAL 139 WISCONSIN NEWS September, 2002
ber of difficult choices aimed at the cost of health insurance could plan is likely to start in the spring.
keeping the fund strong. Some be well above $10 per hour. The The Port Washington project looks
benefits had to be limited and a co- ripple effects to that would be enor- like a good one for us. The Univer-
pay was instituted. These were not mous. If health care costs continue sity of Wisconsin in Madison will
choices we wanted to make, but the to escalate at a rate well above be building a new power plant next
Trustee's and myself have a fidu- inflation, two things will occur. year as well. The rumor mill says
ciary obligation to make sure that Our members will have less take that there could be a couple of out-
our members have a Health Fund home pay and we will be less com- state plants that could begin as early
that is fiscally sound. These petitive on jobs. The non-union as late this year. The long-term out-
changes help make sure that this people often have lousy insurance. look for utility work continues to
will happen. We can't afford to start with a $7 to look good. Quite a few of our
The simple fact is that health $10 difference in wages based on members stand to benefit from this
care costs are going up at such a the cost of insurance. needed utility upgrading.
fast rate that it is almost impossible We are not alone in this battle. The state budget repair bill has
to keep up. The biggest culprit in Other labor unions are in the same finally been passed by the legisla-
all of this is the pharmaceutical boat. Electrician’s in the Milwau- ture and signed into law by the gov-
industry. These drug companies kee area just won a 5% increase in ernor. Shared Revenue was left
Dale A. Miller seem to have no conscience. Pre-
scription drug costs went up by
pay. All of the increase will be
going to cover their health care cost
untouched in 2002 and 2003. In the
2004 fiscal year there is a cut pro-
Business Manager 17.3% in 2000 nationally and by increases. Another union saw a posed of $45 million. This is a far
19.2% the year before. These drug $0.60 per hour increase and cry from the original McCallum
companies have seen their own required each member to make a proposal that would have eliminat-
profits go through the roof. They one time payment to the health ed over one billion from this pro-
O n July 21st, Local 139
held it's 100th Anniversary celebra-
have been the most profitable
industry in the country for each of
the last 10 years. Last year their
fund of $300. Our increases were
painful, but mirrored what has been
happening to other funds.
gram, costing hundreds of Operat-
ing Engineers their jobs. Trans-
portation funding was left virtually
tion. Nearly 1,000 members and profits represented an 18.5% return Elsewhere in this newsletter is unscathed. In fact, an expansion
their families chose to spend their on revenue, which was nearly six more information on what is going and acceleration of the Interstate in
day in Coloma celebrating this his- times as large as the median return on with health care costs. There is Waukesha County was added to the
toric milestone. While the weather for Fortune 500 companies. The also a table with information on bill. Where the money will come
was hot, I believe that everyone executives of these companies are how to contact your member of from to pay for this expansion was
who attended had a great time. A cashing in as well. Last year, for congress and your state legislator. not included, but if funded down
special thank you to the Coloma example, the former Chairman of It is imperative that each and every the road, this will mean more work
Lions Club and the Coloma Volun- Bristol-Myers Squibb made $74.9 member of this Local call their for our road crews.
teer Fire Department for donating million. That is over six times what elected officials and tell them that
their time on Sunday serving the Health Fund spends per year on you need them to stand up to the Union Preference Policy
refreshments. Also, I would like to prescription drugs. This raping of drug companies and the insurance
thank the many signatory contrac- the consumer cannot continue. companies and start fighting for the Recently, the Madison School
tors and other companies that so The effect on our health fund health care consumer. Talk from District passed a change in their
generously donated both financial- has been severe. In recent years, politicians is cheap. We need bidding policy that gives preference
ly and with prizes for the event. costs relating to prescription drugs action. to union and local contractors in the
Without the efforts of these fine have been by far the biggest drain I am spending more time on the awarding of bids. If a non-union,
individuals and companies, our cel- on the health fund. Last year saw a issue of rising health care costs non-local contractor is the low bid-
ebration would not have been the 20.1% increase in spending in this than anything else I do. I promise der, union contractors and local
success that it was. area. In the last seven years we you that I will do everything in my contractors will be given a chance
One day earlier, nearly 1,100 have seen spending on drugs climb power to deal with this difficult to match the low bid. If they do so,
people attended the 22nd annual from $2.5 million to $11.9 million, issue in a way that is fair to the they will then be awarded the con-
Retiree's Picnic. In my last a 378.8% increase. We are now members. We will make the tough tract. This is the first time that a
newsletter column, I predicted that spending approximately $1 million decisions and the health fund will school in Wisconsin has given pref-
the weather would be perfect, the per month on prescription drugs, continue to provide quality bene- erence for being union. According
food great and the entertainment which now represents nearly 20% fits. We have a responsibility to to the Capital Times newspaper,
wonderful. I must have a good of our health fund spending. It make it work and we will. this might even have created a
crystal ball, because that was exact- appears that prescription drug national precedent. The policy also
ly what happened! Thanks to the spending will go up by another sev- Work Picture requires that bidding general con-
staff of Local 139, as well as their eral million dollars next year. If tractors have to have a state
spouses, that spent the day making that happens, it will be the equiva- The wet spring got a lot of peo- approved apprenticeship program
sure that our retiree's had a great lent of adding another 30 to 40 ple off to a slow start this year. in place and not have violated pre-
time. cents per hour to the cost of health Generally dry weather in July and vailing wage laws in the last two
insurance. If things don't change, August helped pick up some of the years. It is about time that a school
Health Care Update we could be looking at an increase slack. It is important that this rewarded apprenticeship. After all,
in hourly premiums next year of autumn be strong so that people can not everyone goes on to college.
As you will see as you read this around a dollar an hour. If costs catch up on their hours. Barring The new policy was crafted by a
newsletter, there are several stories continue to go up like they are, we bad weather, the fall season looks joint effort of the school district
about what is happening to health have few choices. We can either good. There is quite a bit of work working with the Carpenter's and
care costs. I feel like our Health raise premiums or reduce benefits. lined up. Let's hope that everything Laborer's union and Local 139. Joe
Fund is under constant siege, with Neither one is a good choice. works out. Wineke of our staff negotiated
skyrocketing costs threatening our National experts assume that Utility work looks strong for much of the policy with the district.
ability to keep the fund healthy. health care costs could double in late this year and next. The Wis- It is good to see three basic trade
Last winter we had to make a num- the next five years. If that happens, consin Energy "Power the Future" unions working together to benefit
September, 2002 LOCAL 139 WISCONSIN NEWS Page 3
their members. I wish we would the first labor organization in the It won't happen if our members truthful. For the record, Jim Doyle
have had some help from the Build- state to endorse Jim Doyle and he don't vote in heavy numbers. We has told our general membership
ing Trades Council in the Madison is greatly appreciative of all we have sent the membership two let- meeting and recorded a video for
area, but they seem to have another have done for him. This will pay ters asking them to consider sup- us that states that as long as he is
agenda. off great dividends next year if he porting Jim Doyle for Governor. governor, law abiding citizens will
sits in the governor's chair. After Every vote does count. Just ask Al have their gun rights protected. I
Elections all of these years it would be nice Gore and George W. Bush. don't know what more he can say.
to know that we have a friend as One final note on the elections. This election, vote with your wal-
We have a chance to greatly governor of Wisconsin. The things For the past few election cycles, the lets and elect a pro-growth, pro-
enhance our political clout by elect- we could do on issues like crane National Rifle Association has tried union candidate to be our next gov-
ing Jim Doyle to be our next Gov- certification, prevailing wage law to split union members from their ernor. That person is Jim Doyle.
ernor and Peg Lautenschlager to be improvements and transportation union on the issue of guns. Some
Attorney General. Local 139 was are seemingly endless. of the stuff I have read is just not
IUOE Local 139 Official Publication of
I.U.O.E. LOCAL 139
Welcomes The Following N27 W23233 Roundy Drive, P.O. Box 130
Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072
Phone (262) 896-0139
New Contractors: Toll Free (800) 280-0139
Local 139 Officers
Badger Mechanical, Inc. (Area II Bldg.) Business Manager DALE A. MILLER
President TERRANCE E. MCGOWAN
Barksdale, Town of (Town Agmt) Vice President WILLIAM E. FETT
Recording Corresponding Secretary TERRY PARE
Barrier Corporation (Area I Bldg.) Financial Secretary DARRELL J. KANE
Treasurer ALLAN LEIDER
Carlson Properties of Duluth (Area II Bldg.) Conductor BOB LARSON
Guard DENNIS LUCIANI
Trustees CHERYL PRIMEAU
Civil Construction L.L.C. (SWT, AEM) GREGORY J. GUTHMAN
DRK Grading & Landscaping (Area II Bldg.) Auditors BARRETT BARTEL
F.E.C., Inc. (SWT) THOMAS E. DETTMAN
Executive Board Member at Large WAYNE MAU
H.C. Price (Pipeline)
Executive Board Members
Linck Aggregates, Inc. (H&H) District “A” Milwaukee THOMAS WEGENER
Rud Trucking & Excavating (H&H, Area II Bldg.) DENESE JOHANNSEN
District “B” Madison HARVEY WITTE, JR.
Sunram (Area II Bldg.) FRANK R. ESCHLER, JR.
District “C” Eau Claire GLEN D. LARSON
Sweeps (SWT) District “D” Appleton SCOTT SEDO
JAMES J. CERULL
T. Wrecks (Area II Bldg.) MAIN OFFICE
P.O. Box 130, N27 W23233 Roundy Drive, Pewaukee, WI 53072
Webster, Village of (Town Agmt)
PHONE (262) 896-0139 Toll Free (800) 280-0139
Dale A. Miller, Willie D. Ellis,
SKI, Inc. (Area II Bldg. & H&H) Gordon Schneider, Al Leider (Dispatcher)
Dennis D. Luciani, Larry Harzke, Bill Burg,
Fran Wewers, Pete Wade, Matt DeHahn
MADISON EAU CLAIRE
FROM THE 4702 S. Biltmore Lane, Madison, WI 53718 1003 S Hillcrest Parkway, Altoona, WI 54720
Phone (608) 243-0139 Phone (715) 838-0139
ABOUT THE MAILBAG Toll Free (800) 851-7584
Terry McGowan, Rick Bolton,
Toll Free (800) 851-7571
Terry Pare, Bob Larson, Scott DeBeir,
Dear Brother Dale, Wayne Mau, Ken Miller, Greg Guthman, Neil Adler,
COVER Jim Patterson, Gary Hill Tom Hong
I appreciate the invitation to your LA CROSSE
Phone (608) 243-0139 Phone (715) 838-0139
100th anniversary. I regret to say that I Gary Hill Bob Larson
am unable to attend because of previous-
ly scheduled vacations.
APPLETON HEALTH BENEFIT FUND
Local 139 Members 160, N27 W23233 Roundy Dr.
5191-A Abitz Road, Appleton, WI 54914 P.O. Box Pewaukee, WI 53072
Local 143 wishes you and your Phone (920) 739-6378
working on MMSD’s members the best on this landmark occa- Toll Free (800) 851-7559 Phone (262)549-9190
Toll Free (800) 242-7018
Darrell Kane, Jeff Johnson, Donald Waite, Mary Jane DeBattista,
Deep Tunnel Project. sion and wish you luck in your second Barry Bartel Administrative Manager
hundred years. I applaud the contribu-
tion your local has made to organized SUPERIOR SKILL IMPROVEMENT &
Phone (715) 838-0139 APPRENTICESHIP FUND
labor. W11584 State Highway 21
Scott DeBeir Coloma, WI 54930
Phone (715) 228-4911
Fraternally, Tom Richards, Training Director
William E. Iacullo, President- Newsletter Staff
photo by: J. F. Shea Co. IUOE Local 143-143B Editor-in-Chief: Dale A. Miller Assistant Editor: Sue Lenard
Page 4 LOCAL 139 WISCONSIN NEWS September, 2002
DISTRICT A REPORT
been building retention ponds as waukee. The project includes three
part of its master plan to control stories of underground parking.
District Finally, C.D. Smith has a $4.5 mil-
water and sewer usage. As that
Manager/ project winds down, another one lion project at the Sturtevant
Dispatcher has really picked up. Shea-Kenny prison.
has the Deep Tunnel project in high We have finished our negotia-
go after contractors that cheat on
T he work picture in District
"A" is going pretty good. While
gear. They are working three shifts
on this four-year project. Nearly
30 Local 139 members are working
tions with Halquist stone and a
contract has been ratified by the
members. We are back as a spon-
"white sheet" work. No other can-
didate came out and talked the talk
there are some weaknesses in on this project. sor of Dozer Days as well. The like Jim Doyle. It was an easy
building work, other areas seem Highway work is in full gear in aggregate business generally had a choice.
strong. Let me start by giving a the area. Peterson and Streu are slow start this year and there are No matter what your final deci-
report on the Guardian Pipeline. tag-teaming a project on Highway still some quarries and pits that sion is on whom to support, please
After a slow start caused by 57 in Ozaukee County, while Mus- have huge stockpiles. Luckily, it vote. Our industry is heavily influ-
protesting landowners and the son Brothers and Michels are looks like we will have a strong enced by government. When our
need to get permits for the right of working on the same road in She- finish for this year and we will members don't take the time to
way, things have finally taken off. boygan County. Mann Brothers is move some of those piles. vote, they make it more likely that
The job is running from Joliet, Illi- moving 1.2 million yards of dirt those that would rather use tax dol-
nois to Ixonia, Wisconsin. This is north of I-94 and west of Highway ELECTIONS lars on other issues will win and
a big project with 35 Local 139 67 in Oconomowoc. Asphalt work our members will be sitting at
members working on the job. has picked up with Payne & Dolan, As I am sure you are aware, home.
They are going twelve hours a day, Stark Asphalt, American Asphalt, Local 139 puts a great amount of As the dispatcher for Local
six days a week and putting in 2 to Black Diamond and P.M.I. doing effort in getting friends of Operat- 139, I see first-hand whether our
3 miles a day. The job is expected work in the area. Other grading ing Engineers elected to political members are getting work or not.
to be finished in late November, contractors working in the area office. I am also sure that some of It is good to see that most of our
with a lateral line running from include, Purpero, Wolf, New Berlin you don't always agree with our members are working at this time.
Ixonia to Menomonee Falls next Grading, Schneider Excavating, choices. This year, I have had an We actually have fewer members
spring. Dennis Luciani and Wayne Sunny slope and James Cape. active hand in participating in our on the out-of-work book this year
Mau are the Business Agents on Subdivision and sewer and endorsement decisions. I want to than last. Don't hesitate to call the
the job. I would like to give spe- water work has really picked up. It tell you that when we make deci- Hall to make sure you are still on
cial mention to our Steward on the seems that most dispatches that I sions on candidates, there is one the out-of-work book if you are not
project, Byrl Dahl for all of his have been doing have been in this major criteria, and that is will the working and are not sure you are
hard work on this difficult job. area. New Berlin Grading is doing candidate we support work hard to on the list. When you go back to
Local 139 has been actively a subdivision in Hartford, while get more money in our back pock- work, please call in and take your-
working with WE Energy in their Gustafson Construction has the site ets. We don't look much at issues self off the out-of-work list. It is
plan to get "Power the Future" and sewer work for a new business that are not relative to Operating not fair to your brother and sister
going. New power plant construc- park in Germantown. C.D. Smith Engineers. We know that our when you don't and makes a lot
tion is always controversial, and has $7.5 million and $6.5 million members can make decisions on more work for myself and anyone
this proposal has a lot of groups wastewater treatment plants in those issues without our input. else that has to dispatch. Remem-
shooting at it. We need the energy Union Grove and Racine. A num- Rest assured, that when we ask you ber, I am always ready and willing
and the jobs and we will continue ber of subs are working on these to consider supporting our union to answer any questions you have
to work hard to make sure this projects, including Super Excava- endorsed candidates that we do so relating to dispatching and the out-
multi-billion dollar moves ahead. tors, Kadinger Marine, Edgerton with only what we believe to be of-work and back-to-work lists.
Outside of the rebuilding of the Construction, J.W. Erickson and your best economic interests in I hope that everyone who
Marquette Interchange, this plan Edward Gillen. mind. attended the 22nd Annual Retiree's
has the most potential of putting On the building side, North- Some people probably did not Picnic and/or our 100th Anniver-
our members to work for a long western Mutual has officially bro- agree 100% with the decision that sary celebration had a great time.
period of time than any other pro- ken ground on their $125 million, we made in the race for Governor. The weather was pretty warm on
ject out there. We are just starting 540,000 square foot first phase of After all, there were two or three Sunday, but it seemed that every-
to see the fruits of this plan, with its new suburban campus in other candidates that were pretty one had a good time. We only get
limited demolition and site work Franklin. The initial phase of con- good. The simple fact is that none a chance to have a shindig like the
beginning on the Port Washington struction includes a five story, matched Jim Doyle's three-point one on Sunday once every 100
plant. 500,000 square foot office building program for construction. First, he years or so, and it was great to see
After three years of work, the and a two level 40,000 square foot supports building more power so many members take the time
Lincoln Creek project is nearing computer data center. C. G. plants. Second, he wants to put away from home and celebrate
completion. The Milwaukee Met- Schmidt is working on an 11-story more money into roads, bridges with us.
ropolitan Sewerage District has office building in downtown Mil- and buildings. Finally, he wants to
BUSINESS AGENTS/ORGANIZERS Northside Southside
DISTRICT “A” County County
Willie D. Ellis Pete Wade Fran Wewers
September, 2002 LOCAL 139 WISCONSIN NEWS Page 5
FROM THE MAILBAG
I want to acknowledge Local 139 of the International Union of Operating Engi-
neers on this celebration of your 100th Anniversary! It is amazing to think that a group
that began in 1902 with 17 men meeting in Milwaukee has grown into a thriving state-
wide union with over 8,600 members.
It is fair to say that the members of Local 139 are responsible for building our
state. The efforts of all of you-current members and those who came before-have con-
tributed to the construction of our great roads, our many bridges, buildings to numer-
ous to mention, and many other critical projects that have helped our state grown and
Perhaps most gratifying is the commitment of Local 139 to safety and training. I'm Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental Crew working on the train derailment
proud to say that the Joseph J. Goetz Training Center here in Coloma is in my Con- clean-up in the Town of Addison near Slinger WI. (L to R) - Keith
gressional district that it is utilized by so many members who continue to strive to be Steele, Temi Cerrud, Glenn Coates and Will Schneider.
the best and most skilled among the construction community.
Again, thank you for your many contributions to our state. I wish you all the best
on your 100th Anniversary and look forward to more good times ahead.
Thomas E. Petri, Member of Congress
Rob Sobrilski working for Miron Construction at the St. Nicholas Hos-
pital ER addition in Sheboygan, WI
100TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE
BOOK NOW AVAILABLE
As part of our 100th Anniversary celebration this year, we have writ-
ten a book Building Wisconsin for 100 Years: The History of Operat-
ing Engineers Local 139. In pictures and in words, this 80 page book
Payne & Dolan’s Milling Crew working on I-43 in Port Washington. traces our entire history.
(L to R) - Donna Gibson, Gregg Kontowicz, Ross Dejno and Paul Because of the costs related to printing and postage, we have
Trueblood. chosen not to mail this to every member. If you would like a free copy
of Building Wisconsin for 100 Years we will be glad to send you one.
Simply fill out the request form below. You also can get a copy by stop-
ping by any of our District offices.
Yes! I would like a copy of our 100 year history!
Zip Code: _____________________________________
Hulcher Professional Service out of Hudson, WI. Seen here working IUOE Local 139
on the train derailment near Slinger, WI. PO Box 130
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Pit & Ozaukee Racine
Quarries & & TO CONTACT CALL - (262)
& Washington Kenosha 896-0139 OR 1-800-280-0139
Pipeline Counties Counties
Matt DeHahn Dennis Luciani Gordy Schneider Larry Harzke
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DISTRICT B REPORT
struction projects. Period. Yet these saddest part is the adverse affect
Terry servants of the elite fill the air- that it has had on our economy. So
McGowan waves with praise when our politi- the next time you're listening to
President/District cians issue tax rebates, first on the conservative radio and feel the urge
Manager state level a couple of years ago, to agree with their philosophy,
and the second on a national level remember whose hymnbook they
Sometimes, big government by a newly elected President that are singing from.
I ain’t so bad
f you listen to conservative
talk radio, I'll bet my lead caption
just couldn't stand to see a surplus
fund. They issue rebate checks and
the public treats it like some kind
There are a number of large
the area, including the Watertown
treatment plant and the Monroe
got your attention. And now that of windfall by running to the near- highway projects going on in Dis- Clinic in New Glarus. Hammers-
I've got it, let me explain myself: It est Wal-Mart and blowing the trict B. Mashuda has big jobs on ley is doing the site work. James
was during our negotiations for the whole thing away. That money Highways 12 and 151. On the west Thieding has a $750,000 softball
Area II Agreement when a repre- couldn't find its way overseas side of the district, Lunda, Mathy complex in Lake Delton. Swanson
sentative of the AGC quoted a cel- quicker if our politicians simply and the Kraemer Company are all has the St. Francis Hospital expan-
ebrated conservative commentator airdropped it over some third world working on Highway 131 in Rock- sion in La Crosse. Fox Construc-
life in our society would get much country. On the other hand, if our ton. Mathy also has paving crews tion and Super Excavators are
better once we beat back the politicians were willing to invest on I-90 near Sparta. Hoffman is working on a forced main project
expanding government and down- that money in projects to improve finishing up on Highway 58/54 and in Monroe. Finally, the Guardian
size it considerably" he said. I was our infrastructure right here in our D.L. Gasser is starting a $2.5 mil- Pipeline has crossed into Wiscon-
quick to point out that in construc- own country, our Government lion paving project between Bara- sin. Work is expected to be com-
tion, we hold many different inter- would get a good product and the boo and Sauk City on Highway 12. pleted before the snow flies. As
ests than the microphone drones on money would go into the pockets Kraemer, Lunda and McGough are with highway work, there are a
conservative talk radio. I assure of American workers who are will- working on Highway 61 between number of other building projects
you, the message they carry is for ing to roll up their sleeves and earn Fennimore and Boscobel and going on, but space limits listing
the interest of a very select group it. Good basic cures for a lagging Thieding and Mathy are working them all.
of individuals, and I can further economy, but unfortunately, invest- on Highway 35 west of Lancaster. I am hopeful that a number of
guarantee that when they show up ing in the American construction In Rock County, Silha is working other projects will be coming down
for work, they don't wear blue col- worker doesn't appeal to the CEOs on Highway 14, Hoffman was the pike in the near future, includ-
lars and they don't get dirt under of today's large communication awarded the 2nd part of the ing the Camp Randall Stadium ren-
their fingernails. conglomerates who beat the drum Cranston Road bridge over I-90 ovation, a major power plant
When the common working that makes these talk show hosts and Huml is just finishing the expansion on the UW-Madison
people try to improve wages and dance. Highway 11 project. Finally, in campus and a number of building
working conditions they refer to us During the sporadic spikes in Dane County, Vinton is working on projects, including a couple of
as whiney, yet when the people gas prices, many of the conserva- West Washington Avenue. There Super Wal-mart stores. If every-
holding their payroll complain tive talkers tell the public that the are many other projects going on, thing comes together, the work pic-
about paying their share of taxes, reason they pay so much at the some of which I reported to you in ture for next year could be bright.
the government is too big and out pump is because the taxes are the last newsletter, but space limits For those who live in the south-
of control. Please don't misunder- inflated to serve the road builders listing everything. west part of District B and find it
stand me, I'm not condoning more in Wisconsin who have too much This has been a good year for more convenient to utilize the
taxes or laws, my message is that lobbying power. If that were true, bridge work through much of Wis- healthcare facilities west of the
anybody from the trades who sub- then all of that money would go consin and District B has a good river, there is some good news. Our
scribes to that philosophy should towards building roads, unfortu- amount of it. Ed Kraemer and healthcare network recently
re-consider their decision to work nately, after other interests get their Sons have projects on Highway 58, merged with other networks that
in the construction industry. "After share, just around 80% goes back 23 and the bridge over the Wiscon- included Beechstreet, a major net-
all", I went on to explain to the to build and repair our highway sin River on Highway 12. They work in Iowa. For a complete list-
association representative, "the system. We are willing to take the have also started the $22 million ing of their services, visit their
United States Government is the shots as long as we're getting the railroad bridge on French Island in website at www.beechstreet.com.
largest construction customer in work, but the rest goes towards La Crosse. Lunda also has a num- Your current benefit card has them
the world". programs that have nothing to do ber of projects, including the Lewis listed, but please contact the Health
With responsible representa- with road construction. Street Bridge in Columbus. Benefit Fund for an authorization
tion by our elected officials, While these people continue to On the building front, C.D. sticker that you may require. Any
putting these taxes to proper use is be the mouthpiece of big business, Smith will be starting on the $25 further questions, please feel free
not only good for our industry, but the rest of America watches as one million Divine Savior Hospital to contact us here at the District B
it serves the entire economy as by one, many of their corporate project in Portage soon. They also office.
well. Remember what pulled our icons fall by the same sword that are finishing up the waste water In closing, I leave you with this
Nation out of the depression? It got them to the very pinnacles from treatment plant in New Lisbon. wise passage: The road to success
was government sponsored con- which they once ruled-greed. The Miron has a number of projects in is always under construction.
BUSINESS AGENTS/ORGANIZERS Jefferson,
DISTRICT “B” County
Wayne Mau Rick Bolton
September, 2002 LOCAL 139 WISCONSIN NEWS Page 7
MADISON SCHOOL DISTRICT PASSES
UNION PREFERENCE POLICY
On Monday, July 22nd, the the District to separate bids to get
Madison Metropolitan School Dis- under the new threshold.
trict (MMSD) became the first We would love to have local
school district in the state of Wis- governments in Wisconsin always
consin and possibly the nation, to use union labor. We know that they
give preference to union contractors will get a better product value if they
when they unanimously adopted a do. However, it is very difficult to
resolution to change their bidding get a government to tell non-union
procedures. contractors that are taxpayers in an
The change in the bidding proce- area that they cannot bid on work in
Ivan Ruzic working for E.K.S. on a bridge near dure was an outgrowth of problems the area. This new policy aims at the
Lyndon Station (Cty. HH) the MMSD had when they chose to middle by giving preference for
hire Westra Construction to build the union contractors from anywhere,
new Cesar Chavez School. Westra while still preserving the right of
PACKER TICKETS had narrowly won the contract over local contractors to bid. The practi-
a union contractor two years earlier. cal effect of this is that more projects
ARE UP FOR GRABS!!! Within weeks of the school opening, will be built union.
teachers and children started getting It is also very important that for
If you and your spouse schedule your Health Dynamics exam in Sep- sick. Severe mold problems were the first time a school in Wisconsin
tember, October or are seen by November 15th and you bring this flyer found and the school was quickly has recognized that unionized con-
in with you on the day of your exam, your names will go into a draw- closed for the rest of the school year. tractors are a better way to go when
ing to win two tickets to the Sunday, December 1st PACKERS VS. The clean up of the school cost over it comes to construction. The Asso-
BEARS football game. In addition, if you choose to schedule your
$1.2 million. ciated Builders and Contractors
exam at Health Dynamics - Glendale, you will receive a FREE Health
Because of the prior bidding pol- were so mad at what we did, that
Dynamics T-shirt or Baseball Hat. We will pick the winner on Novem-
icy, the members of the Board of they immediately threatened to sue
Education felt they had no choice the school district. When they are
but to accept Westra when they threatening lawsuits, we must have
DON'T MISS OUT ON AWESOME PACKER TICKETS, call one of
the satellites and schedule your appointment today! (Pssst…Don't for- opened bids. After the problems really passed something good!
get… the Duluth satellite is up and running and waiting for your associated with the mold clean up, Finally, it is great news that a
call….) several members of the Board start- school district has finally recognized
ed looking at revisions in the bidding the role of apprenticeship in con-
*Health Dynamics *Dean Riverview Clinic policy. Local 139, working closely struction. Schools are supposed to
Glendale, WI 53212 Janesville, WI 53547 with the Carpenter's and Laborer's be about educating children. Not all
(414-961-6808) (608) 755-3722 Unions met with the President of the kids go to college. By requiring that
School Board and the district admin- all general contractors that are hired
Medical Associates Bircher Chiro & Wellness istrative team to come up with the must have apprenticeship programs
Waukesha, WI 53188 Eau Claire, WI 54701 plan that was eventually adopted. approved by the state of Wisconsin,
(262) 961-6808 (715) 832-1953 Most of the new procedure was writ- Madison became the first school in
ten by Joe Wineke of Local 139. Wisconsin to recognize the impor-
*Dean Medical Associates **Prevea WorkMed The new school policy modifies tance of apprenticeship.
Baraboo, WI 53913 Green Bay, WI 54311 the bidding procedure in several It is our hope that other schools
(608) 355-7128 (920) 405-1420 important ways. First of all, the pol- in Wisconsin will see what Madison
icy states that the only general con- has adopted and pass similar
*Dean Medical Center *Kenosha Occ Med Clinic tractor's that can bid on projects over changes to their bidding procedures.
Madison, WI 53715 Kenosha, WI 53142 $200,000 are those that employ We will be nudging them along in
(608) 252-8003 (262) 697-3800 apprentices and have not violated that direction.
prevailing wage laws in the last two The new union preference poli-
Riverview Hospital *Dean Medical Center
years. The policy also states that if a cy was a result of several basic trade
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495 Sun Prairie, WI 53590
non-union, non-local contractor unions (Operating Engineers, Labor-
(715) 422-7750 (608) 825-3784
(Westra and Kraemer Brothers, for er's and Carpenter's) working togeth-
example) is the low bidder and a er. We also got a great deal of help
LAKE SUPERIOR INT MED * Will sign off on your CDL for
DULUTH, MN 55802 no charge when you come in for union or local contractor is within from the Madison Teachers Incorpo-
(218) 727-0080 your HD exam 5% of that bid, that the union or rated. Thanks go to all of our broth-
**Will charge $20.00 for your local contractor will be allowed to ers and sisters in the three trades,
CDL when you come in for your match the low bid. If the union or John Matthews of MTI and Bill
Health Dynamics exam local contractor is willing to match Keyes, President of the Madison
the low bid, they will then be award- School Board for making this pro-
___________________________________________________ ed the job. There is also a provision gressive new policy happen.
(please print name and telephone number) in the new policy that does not allow
TO CONTACT CALL - (608)
Marquette Richland & 243-0139 OR 1-800-851-7584
& Sauk Vernon
Ken Miller Gary Hill Jim Patterson
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DISTRICT C REPORT
doing a job on Highway 70 in Price Organizing Update
County. Amon also has a job on
Highway 73 in Neillsville and Tri- We have had ongoing negotia-
erweiler has several streets in tions with Ashland Construction in
Marshfield. Finally, Merrill Sand an effort to get a contract. Recent
& Gravel has work on County T In meetings have gone pretty well.
Marshfield. Earlier, we won cases before Fed-
There is a great amount of eral Judge Barbara Crabb and the
T he great labor leader Wal-
ter Reuther once noted that "there is
bridge work going on in the area.
Lunda, Zenith Tech and Ruzic all
National Labor Relations Board.
This has been a tough effort. We
I would like to give one bit of
advice on using the Health Benefit
a direct relationship between the have a good number of projects in have had to use picketing and Fund. Don't use the fund for things
ballot box and the bread box, and place. Larson, Hoeppner and “Billy” the inflatable rat in our that you would never consider
what the union fights for and wins Timme have bridge or box culvert efforts. Hopefully, we will have a doing if you had to pay for it your-
at the bargaining table can be taken work going on as well. contract in the near future, but if self. If you are sick, by all means
away in the legislative halls." How Oscar Boldt has a large dam not, we will continue to put on a use your benefits, but if you can use
right he was and still is. project with construction of a new full court press in our attempt to your regular doctor instead of an
This fall's elections will help spillway at the Centralia Dam in win a contract. emergency room, please do so. If
determine whether we have friends Wisconsin Rapids. Haessly & We have a number of other you can use a generic drug instead
in political office, or enemies. Haessly is doing the excavating. organizing campaigns going on, of a brand name, it will save you
Local 139 has been actively sup- Boldt also is building an office including with Thompson Excavat- and the fund money. We are all in
porting Jim Doyle in his race for building in Plover and is doing the ing, but because of the nature of this together. If we don't work
governor, because he is a true addition to Lincoln Center in organizing efforts, we can only together to curb the rising costs of
friend to our union. He supports Stevens Point. There are a number report on them generally. If our health care, we all will suffer. One
building our state, including more of sewer and water projects in the non-union competitors knew who thing I am sure of…if we don't start
money for roads and bridges. Scott area. A-1 has several projects our targets were, they would be getting a handle on health costs,
McCallum has been against us on going on and Lakeland and Ryan tougher to take down. If you have premiums will continue to rise.
nearly everything, including his ill- both have projects. any questions about these cam- I hope that everyone who
fated attempt to cost us hundreds of There are a few school projects paigns, please give me a call in the attended the 22nd Annual Retiree's
jobs by eliminating revenue sharing going on. Vonasek & Schieffer are Altoona office. Picnic and/or our 100th Anniver-
to local governments. The choice in Rice Lake and Chippewa Falls Recently, we signed SKI Incor- sary Celebration had a good time.
seems pretty easy to me. on school projects. Miron, A-1 porated to an Area II and Heavy & While the weather was pretty hot
Another race that we need to be and Riverview are all working on Highway contract. The company on Sunday, it seemed that every-
aware of is for Attorney General. the Wausau School additions. does concrete and curb and gutter thing went off without a hitch.
With Jim Doyle in the job, we Miron also has a couple of Tech work. There were a few tense Thank you to our signatory contrac-
always have had a friend. He is School projects in Stevens Point moments during the vote, but tors that helped cover the costs of
leaving that job to run for governor. and Marshfield. Finally, D.L. everything worked out. This was a the Sunday event. Also, thank you
Luckily, we have a good candidate Gasser and Stuczinski Excavating joint effort with the Laborer's to all the volunteers. Your help is
in Peg Lautenschlager. Peg is a are putting in a new parking lot at union. We need to do more joint appreciated.
former U.S. Attorney and State Stevens Point High School. efforts with our brothers and sisters
Legislator, who has always been A major source of work in the in the labor movement.
good to working people. She has future could be in hospital con-
promised to crack down on "white struction. Work will begin on a The Skyrocketing Cost of
sheet" cheaters. I hope that all of new $100 million hospital in West- Health Care
you will support her. on this fall. Miron and Haessly &
Haessly are currently working on As you may know, I am a new
Work Picture the new cancer addition to the Trustee on the Health Benefit
Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Fund. The rising cost of health
Highway work is going well in Rapids. M. A. Mortenson is doing care is really causing problems for
the District. Hoffman, American work on the Rhinelander Hospital the fund. I am committed to find-
Asphalt and Hanz are working on and there is work going on in ing the best way to keep benefit
Highway 47. Hoffman has also Wausau and Marshfield. levels high, while keeping premi-
started an $11 million project on Finally, Murphy Brothers has ums as low as possible, but it is not
Highway 10 and is working on come across the border from Min- easy. The Drug companies are
Highway 8, as is Duffek, Monarch nesota. There is 17 miles of making obscene profits and the
pipeline currently going in Wis- health care industry as a whole Brian Ostrowski working for
Pagel and Hanz. Hoffman, Krae-
consin. seems to have no concern for the Lunda Construction in the Town
mer, and Timme are on Highway 2.
consumer. of Addison.
B.R. Amon and Trierweiler are
BUSINESS AGENTS/ORGANIZERS Portage,
Iron, Taylor, &
DISTRICT “C” Marathon
Mike Berti Bob Larson
September, 2002 LOCAL 139 WISCONSIN NEWS Page 9
We Would Like To Thank The Following Companies For
Their Generous Donations To Local 139’s
- A-1 Excavating
- Ability Excavating
- James & Sons, H., Inc.
- Kraemer Company, LLC
- Ahern, J.F. Company - Kraemer & Sons, Edward
- Amon & Sons, B.R. - Laborers Local 140 Local Monthly Yearly
- Andrew Excavating - Levinson, Simon & Sprung P.C. 139 25.00 300.00
- Azco, Inc. - Lunda Construction 139B, 139BAP 25.00 300.00
- Badger Crane & Dragline - Manitowoc Company 139C 25.00 300.00
- Baum Sigman Auerbach Neuman & - Marohl, Henry R. 139S ** (See Below)
Kastsaros, Ltd. - Mashuda Contractors 139 Owner/Operator 50.00 600.00
- Baumhardt Aggregate, J.J. - Mathy Construction 139 Retiree * (See Below) 10.00 120.00
- Boldt, Oscar J. - McMullen & Pitz Construction Co.
- Brooks Tractor - Meyer & Son, C.R. Company The above monthly dues are in addition to the Administrative Dues of 1-1/2% of the
- Bruce Company - Michels Corporation total gross wage and fringe package.
- Building & Construction Trades Councils - Miller Bradford & Risberg, Inc.
Central Wisconsin River Valley - Miron Construction Company Save one month’s dues per year by paying $275.00 annually in the month of Octo-
Milwaukee - Modern Crane Service, Inc ber. The $275.00 annual payment covers the months of October through the fol-
La Crosse - Parisi Construction lowing September.
Janesville - Payne & Dolan, Inc.
- Buteyn-Peterson Construction Co., Inc. - Powers Lake Construction Company We will accept the annual dues payments starting the month of September and running
- C. C. Linck, Inc. - Purpero, C.W., Inc. through the month of October. We are sorry, but we cannot accept any payments for
- Earth Movers, Inc. - R & R Wash Materials annual dues after October 31st.
- Gasser, D.L. Construction - Ryan Incorporated Central
- Gauthier Construction - Segal Company, The * Retiree’s can save one month’s dues per year by paying $110.00 annually in the
- Great Lakes Excavating - Smith, C.D. Construction month of October. The $110.00 annual payment covers the months of October
- HMB Contractors, Inc. - Terra Engineering through the following September.
- Hoffman Construction Company - Thieding, James Construction
- Huml Contractors, Inc. - Tomasini, D.F. Contractors ** All 139S members should be paying 2 times their hourly rate. In the months where
- Immel, Howard, Inc. - Trierweiler Construction & Supply a 139S member is laid off, your dues will be $25.00.
- J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. - Vinton Construction Company
- JFL Trucking & Excavating - Vonasek & Schieffer Sorry, there is no annual dues discount for Owner/Operators or 139S members.
Mathy Construction Crew working on I-94 in Hixton, WI. (L to R) -
24-foot water main from Old Wells Road in Eau Claire from the
Jeff Strasser, Tony Patterson, Mike Jones, John Knutson, Brad Byom
and Mike Lydem
FROM THE MAILBAG
I want to congratulate you and your entire membership on your 100-year anniver-
sary celebration being held on July 21, 2002.
Due to an unexpected change in plans, I will not be able to attend as planned.
I hope you have a great day with your membership and guests who attend. Wish
them well from me and continue to do the good work you and your staff does for all of
your members, active and retired.
Gary Beaulieu, Glen La Rock, Randy Thums and Paul Boland work- Fred P. Dereschuk
General Vice President and
ing at the Hastings Way Bridge Deck Pour in Eau Claire, WI.
Business Manager Local 49
Claire, Jack- Barron, Burnett, Chippe- Ashland, Bay-
son, St. Croix, wa, Clark, Dunn, Polk, field, Burnett,
Pepin, Pierce, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Douglas, Iron, TO CONTACT CALL - (715)
Trempealeau, Croix, Taylor & Sawyer, & 838-0139 OR 1-800-851-7571
Chippewa & Washburn Washburn
Buffalo Counties Counties
Tom Hong Counties Greg Guthman Scott DeBeir
Page 10 LOCAL 139 WISCONSIN NEWS September, 2002
DISTRICT D REPORT
before we endorsed Jim Doyle for the Appleton Performing Arts Cen-
Financial Governor in the primary, we asked ter and the YMCA at Greenville.
Secretary him his views on guns. His answer Other signatory contractors work-
Darrell was that he would never take away ing on these projects include, Cal-
Kane the gun rights of law-abiding citi- nin & Goss, August Winter and
zens. A pretty; good answer in my Gauthier.
view. Miron Construction is still
Every election year, some working at Southern Door and
F or the past few months,
every time you pick up a newspa-
groups like the National Rifle
Association send their members
Clintonville High Schools. They
also have projects at the Mani-
trolling these costs, the price of
health care will continue to go
per or turn on the television, you tons of election year propaganda. towoc Health Care Center, St. through the roof. If costs keep
are inundated with ads or stories That is their right. However, they Mary's Catholic Church near Wau- going up the way they are it would
about this year's election. Some- cross the line when they try to split paca, Bergstrom in Appleton and take a magician to manage this fund
times I get sick of seeing them, but union members away from their treatment plants in Iola and Bran- without a big hike in contributions
I am of the view that elections mat- union on this issue by spreading don. C.D. Smith has additions to or limits on benefits. We are all in
ter and the promotion is part of the falsehoods. I hope that for those of two schools in Valders and one in this together. We need to be heard.
democratic process. you that feel strongly on this issue, Green Lake. They also are working The government has been listening
For us as Operating Engineers, that you think carefully about the on the Winnebago County Law to the powerful interests. It is time
elections should matter even more sources of the propaganda and why Enforcement Center, the Ripon for them to hear from you.
than they do for other people. Darn they make the claim. The NRA treatment plant and the Fox Valley I would like to thank everyone
near every job that our members doesn't mention that they work Savings Bank. C.R. Meyer has that helped at Quarry Quest. The
work on has some level of govern- closely with the National Right to additions to hospitals in Oconto dedication of our members that take
ment role, whether it be public pro- Work Committee and the National Falls and Oshkosh, is building the a day on the weekend to volunteer
jects that taxpayers are paying for, Chamber of Commerce at election New Life Community Church in for this event is truly admirable.
or private work that needs zoning time. I am pretty sure that these Oshkosh and has several smaller The kids always have a great time
approval or is subject to govern- groups are not on our side most of jobs in the area. and the event raises a lot of money
ment regulation like storm water the time. Finally, the $295 million Lam- for charity. It is great to know that
runoff. beau Field renovation is moving Operating Engineers care.
Our members tend to mirror the Work Picture in District D along on schedule. The football On a final note, I hope that you
public when it comes to voting. season will cause some changes in were able to attend either the
Roughly half vote and half don't. A number of signatory contrac- the work schedule, but everything Retiree's Picnic or the 100th
Considering the fact that many of tors are working on various aspects is going well. It is a beautiful facil- Anniversary celebration. Both
our members are working away of Highway 10. Hoffman, ity and will be a great place for the events were well attended and from
from home during the week. That Reliance, Ames, Streu and Mashu- Green Bay Packers to keep their the people I have talked to that
is not bad, but we can do better. da are all involved in projects from winning tradition. made it, they all had a good time.
Recent changes in the law relating Waupaca, to west of Appleton.
Thanks to everyone that helped
to absentee voting should make it Vinton has a number of projects in Health Care Update make these events possible.
easier for all of us to vote. Busi- District D. They include work in
ness Manager Dale A. Miller Reedsville, Whitelaw, Manitowoc, As you may know, I sit on the
recently sent all of us a letter Green Bay, DePere and Oshkosh. Board of Trustees for the Local 139
explaining the new law. It is now Rock Road is paving Highway 41 Health Benefit Fund. This past
as easy as requesting a ballot be in DePere and Highway 57 from year we had to make some tough
Hilbert to Chilton and Northeast is
sent to your home. Voting is your
right and privilege, please exercise paving Highway 41 between High-
decisions aimed at keeping the
Fund strong. No one likes it when BUY
it. way 141 and Oconto. Trierweiler, they have to dig a little deeper out
I know that some people say Gulseth, Pagel, Reliance and R &
R Wash are all working on projects
of their pocket or see changes in
benefits, but we have a fiduciary
that voting doesn't matter, or that
the candidates the union supports in the area as well. Lunda has over responsibility to all of you. Much
aren't with their way of thinking on 10 bridge projects in the area and is of this newsletter has focused on
rebuilding a break water wall in rising health care costs. The drug
other issues, like gun control.
When our union makes recommen- Two Rivers.
On the building side, Oscar
companies are like bandits. They BUY
dations to the membership we tend keep charging more and more and
to look at pocketbook issues and
those that protect our members
Boldt is working on a number of
projects, including work at
we are stuck paying the bill. I
strongly encourage all of you to
health and welfare. This year, we Lawrence University, the Appleton take the time to contact your elect-
also pinned them down on issues Medical Center, the new headquar- ed officials and make your voice
like gun rights. For example, ters for Manitowoc Engineering, heard. If we can't get help in con-
Langlade (E. of Hwy.
BUSINESS AGENTS/ORGANIZERS 45), Marinette,
DISTRICT “D” Menomonee,
& Shawano Counties
September, 2002 LOCAL 139 WISCONSIN NEWS Page 11
low percentage of voting and hard- nor's office. Tommy Thompson did in office. If they realize that by
ly ever get involved politically. It some good things for us, but the voting with the rich and powerful
is no surprise that Seniors get their current governor, Scott McCallum people like the CEO's of the drug
Bill way more often with elected offi- seems to be going out of his way to companies that we will hold them
Fett cials and young people consistently hurt us. We have a chance to elect accountable and vote them out of
get their rights taken away. a friend of our union to the state's office, I think they will start voting
When it comes to politics, we highest office. Let's make sure we with us for a change.
need to be more like AARP and do. There are no excuses for not It would only take a few min-
I n May, I was appointed by
the Constitutional Officers of Local
less like the Generation X crowd.
Because we build the roads,
voting. If we roll up our sleeves
and make our collective voice
utes of anyone who has read this
newsletter to contact their elected
139 to fill out the term of Vice- bridges, infrastructure and build- heard, we can all benefit. officials. We all have a few min-
President. I would like to thank ings in this state, we have to deal The second issue relates to utes of time available. Why not use
them and the membership for the with government on a daily basis. health care. Throughout this it to try and get our health care
trust that has been placed in me. I This means that we can either help newsletter we have been talking costs under control. It will wind up
promise to do my best to continue ourselves by getting involved, or about the problem of rising health being a lot better use of time than
to move this union forward in a have less work and fewer favors care costs. While some of this watching your favorite television
progressive direction. done for us by sitting on our butts. increase has been caused by better show for one night.
Did you ever wonder why The choice is clear to me. health care that allows people to I am spending a great deal of
some groups have political clout There are two things that I live longer, a big chunk of it has time traveling the state in my new
and some don't? It can be believe the members need to do on been caused by greedy drug com- role as officer in this union. As I
explained quite simply. Some the political front this fall. First panies and big insurance compa- get to the job sites and attend the
groups get involved and some and foremost, we need to elect nies. It is time that these people regular meetings scheduled, I
don't. Senior Citizens, led by the friends of Operating Engineers to were held accountable. Currently, would appreciate hearing from you
American Association of Retired political office. There is no more they win, because they give big on how we can strive to make this
People (AARP) have a very high important race for us than that of campaign contributions. We can great union even better. If you
percentage of their members that Governor of Wisconsin. For too beat them by making our voices would like to get in touch with me,
vote and call or write their elected many years, our voices have not heard by the politicians. I am pret- I can be reached at the Appleton
officials. Young people have a very regularly been heard by the gover- ty sure that these guys want to stay office at 1-800-851-7559.
FROM THE MAILBAG
Thank you, thank you, thank you. The weekend was so special! I want you to
know just how much the outing meant not only to me but others also. Jack certainly
would have enjoyed the two days and at times felt his presence with us all. The food
was great, and great idea with no canned pop or beer. I and many others sure realize
how much work is involved in putting this on and I hope others appreciate it as much
as we always do. Sat. weather was warm but livable but Sunday was bad, but like I
say we still enjoyed the day. The new building is sure nice. Keep up the good work
Dale, and again thank you for the special weekend. May your guardian angel watch Hoffman Crew working on Highway 55 in Langlade County. (L to R)
over you and your travels.
- Dale Stater, Steve Haupert, Brian Preacher, Rick Dorn, Tom Tucker,
Louise Hill Larry Green, Dan Alexander, Byron Ledbeter & Project Supervisor
Ed Gersek Cew working at the Seymour High School. (L to R) -
Francis Cavanaugh, Rod Verbeten, Steve Adams and Rabbit. Scott Sedo working for Boldt at St. Joseph Church in Appleton
Fond du Lac, Brown,
Green Lake, She- Calumet, Door,
boygan, Wau- Kewaunee, TO CONTACT CALL - (920)
paca, Waushara Manitowoc & 739-6378 OR 1-800-851-7559
& Winnebago Oconto
Barry Bartel Jeff Johnson
Page 12 LOCAL 139 WISCONSIN NEWS September, 2002
for you to contact HMC prior to and test results to take with you for
Notes from the Health receiving treatment. the second opinion so that the second
doctor does not have to redo the tests
Benefit Fund Students-Just a reminder-the that have already been done.
Fund provides coverage to depen- Each time you have to obtain
the first payment must be made dents only to their 19th birthday, medical services, make believe that
Administrative within fifteen days of receiving the
Manager unless they are a full-time student. you have no insurance coverage and
Mary Jane notice. The second payment is due Student status must be certified that you will have to pay for all bills
DeBattista one month later. It is not accept- twice each year in January and out of your own pocket. Ask about
able to make a self-payment late June. And, monthly payments of costs; ask whether all the tests being
because of financial reasons. If $100 per student are required. You ordered are really necessary; ask the
T he season was off to a
slow start this spring due to all the
your eligibility is important to you,
you will find a way to make that
must complete and return the Stu- doctor whether he has any sample
dent Certification Form when it is pills that you could try before getting
payment on time. sent to you. And, the monthly pay- a prescription filled; ask whether
rain. However, the construction
ments must be made or eligibility there is an alternative treatment that
season is in full swing with every- Other Coverage-If your will be terminated. is cheaper. Until there is some inter-
one working to get the anticipated spouse has other coverage due to vention to help regulate medical
work done by the end of the season. employment, the Fund has notified Help control costs now, or costs, all that the consumer can do is
I know that everyone is getting in AdvancePCS that your spouse and pay later-With medical costs ris- to watch the costs that are being gen-
the 300 hours in the July August any other dependents for whom the ing astronomically (read any paper erated. The Fund pays claims using
September work quarter in order to other coverage is primary will not or magazine), the Fund needs you the dollars that are brought in
maintain eligibility in December be able to get prescription drugs by to tighten your belt buckle. Do through contributions and self-pay-
2002, January and February 2003. using the drug card. They are you really need to go to the doctor ments. If those dollars are not suffi-
But, keep in mind that in the lean required to use the primary insur- today for that pain in your back? cient, then the contribution rate will
work quarters, such as January ance coverage first. If the other Perhaps, it is just muscle strain and have to continue to be increased at a
February and March 2003, very coverage terminates, it is extremely will ease up by tomorrow. Do you level that is necessary to pay for the
few operators work the 300 hours important that you notify the Fund really need all the prescription claims that are being submitted.
needed to maintain eligibility. If Office as soon as possible so that drugs that you are taking? Per- This means that everyone will pay
you don't have the quarterly hours, we can reinstate the drug card to haps, there is an over-the-counter later----unless, every one of you
then you will need 1,200 hours cover the affected family mem- drug that could do the same thing. starts watching every heath care dol-
from April 1, 2002 through March ber(s). Is it really necessary to run your lar that the Fund spends on your
31, 2003 in order to be eligible for
baby into the emergency room behalf. This will work only if every-
June July and August 2003. Keep- Mental, nervous, drug, alco- with a fever instead of to your doc- one cooperates. Most families have
ing that in mind, make sure that you hol and eating disorder treat- tor's office? Perhaps, if you just a budget for food, entertainment, etc.
get in all the work hours that you ment-must be precertified through show up with your baby without an Make "health/dental expenses" a part
can while the work is available. Health Management Center. These appointment, the pediatrician will of that budget that you watch. Those
benefits are now covered under an squeeze you in. After all, the baby who really need the care should get
Self-payments-For those who insurance policy with Health Man- is an established patient, and, what they need-that's what having
do not have enough hours (300 in a agement Center and there are no wouldn't you rather have your health coverage is all about. But,
quarter or 1, 200 in the preceding benefits whatsoever available baby see the doctor you already there is a lot of waste and unneces-
four quarters), you will have to under the Fund's self-funded med- know as opposed to an ER physi- sary utilization. It's your money and
self-pay the number of hours that ical plan. Make sure that you con- cian who you have never seen all comes out of your pocket at one
you are short of eligibility. When tact HMC to have treatment precer- before? Do you really need a sec- time or another-you will be the one
you get a self-payment notice (pink tified and to make sure that you are ond opinion on that recommended to decide the future financial
notice), you have fifteen days to using an approved provider or there surgery? It is a very good idea to strength of the Health Fund-you
make the payment. If the self-pay- will be no benefits available. The get a second opinion if you have decide the level of medical care that
ment is for more than $712.50, you back side of your eligibility card any doubts whatsoever. But, make you really need.
will be allowed to make the pay- lists the telephone numbers in order sure to get all your medical records
ment over two months. However,
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September, 2002 LOCAL 139 WISCONSIN NEWS Page 13
Notes From The Health Benefit Fund (cont’d)
PAID BY LOCAL 139 HEALTH
Health Benefit Fund Financial LATEST LIST OF
Name Date of Death Amount PENSION RETIREE’S
through June 30, 2002
RETIRED Arndt, Robert 06-01-02
Ambrose, Buren 06-01-02 $5,000.00 Bowers, Gary 04-01-02
Banker, Clyde 06-14-02 5,000.00 Total Receipts: $5,761,568.04 Christensen, Gerald 01-01-02
Butkovich, James 04-20-02 5,000.00 Disbursements: Duquaine, Gordon 05-01-02
Carlin, Francis 06-02-02 5,000.00 Health Benefit Fund Claims Paid:
Erickson, James 04-01-02
Couey, Forrest 05-05-02 5,000.00 HMC Premium Payment 119,044.92 Farrell, Michael 08-01-02
Johnson, Delphin 04-27-02 5,000.00 Dental $425,444.15 Haefer, Alan 02-01-02
Kleist, John 04-06-02 5,000.00 Vision $52,058.58 Heinz, Fred 03-01-02
Kopp, Lawrence 04-24-02 5,000.00 Loss of Time $27,279.90 Hendrickson, Arthur 06-01-02
Lupo, Joseph 05-15-02 5,000.00 Death Benefits $50,000.00
Langeberg, Michael 06-01-02
Olson, Myron 05-24-02 5,000.00 $5,359,969.86
Malueg, Elroy 04-01-02
Paisar, Harold 06-06-02 5,000.00 Other Benefit Program Costs: $59,547.60 Mehrtens, Kenneth 12-01-01
Petrie, Jerome 06-12-02 5,000.00 Total Benefit Program Costs: $5,419,517.46
Myrhe, Vernon 06-01-02
Smith, Edward 12-22-01 2,500.00 Total Operating Expenses: $148,456.31
Teglia, Raymond 5,000.00 Total Disbursements: $5,567,973.77 Verbockel, Henry 06-01-02
Willman, John 06-03-02 5,000.00 Total Increase (Decrease): $193,594.27 Weber, Ludwig 01-01-01
Wilcox, John 10-01-01
Almeri, Lamont 05-14-02 $10,000.00 TOTAL ASSETS AS OF June 30, 2002:
Berger, Brian 05-23-02 10,000.00 $6,557,410.70
Kodric, Robert 04-03-02 10,000.00
HEALTH CARE PRICE HIKES AFFECTING ALL TRADES
When the membership decided on allocations this spring, an increase of $0.50 per hour was approved for the Health Benefit Fund. The membership also voted to put
$0.65 per hour into a new pre-funded retirement health care benefit. The $0.50 per hour, coupled with changes that the Trustees made in benefits, allowed our fund to make up
for the increases in health care costs.
Local 139 is not alone in battling rising health care costs. Labor organizations in the Milwaukee area (including some state-wide and regional unions like Local 139)
saw health care costs increase by $0.67 per hour this year. That number would even by higher except for the fact that the Laborers, Cement Finishers and Plasterers merged and
the merger allowed them one-time savings that kept cost increases in check. Without their merger, the average increase in health care premiums for the 15 trades surveyed would
have been $0.84 per hour.
The average per hour rate paid by the various labor unions for 2002 rose to $5.09 per hour. Local 139 has a base rate of $5.25 per hour this year for health care costs.
Because of the new pre-funded retirement plan, that rate will rise to $5.90 per hour. The Glaziers union has the lowest rate at $4.11 per hour and the Steamfitters have the high-
est rate at $5.90 per hour. Benefit levels vary by plan and have a big effect on the hourly premium.
Some plans were forced to raise huge amounts of money to make ends meet. The Electrician’s saw their entire pay increase go for the cost of health care, seeing their
hourly rate rise by a whopping $2.10 per hour. The Plumbers saw their hourly premium rise by $0.60 per hour, but also had to add a $300 surcharge per member to keep the fund
healthy. We had to make certain limits on benefits to keep our rate increase at the $0.50 level. The average increase in money allocated to the 15 health funds increased by 15.2%
this year, far more than the average wage.
Local 139 is very worried about where things are going. If costs continue to rise at the level they currently are going up, we will see a doubling of health care costs with-
in the next five years. As it now looks, we could see an increase next year of a dollar per hour or more if everything stays the same.
The following table shows the level of increase in various crafts health care premium for this year:
Craft Old Rate Addition New Rate
Bricklayers $4.00 $0.75 $4.75
Bld. Laborers $4.35 $0.00 $4.35
Cement Finishers $4.35 $0.00 $4.35
Carpenters $4.70 $0.65 $5.35
Electricians $3.50 $2.10 $5.60
Floor Coverers $4.70 $0.65 $5.35
Glaziers $3.31 $0.80 $4.11
Heat/Frost $4.10 $0.40 $4.50
Ironworkers $5.02 $0.85 $5.87
Operating Engineers $4.75 $1.15* $5.90
Pile Drivers $4.70 $0.65 $5.35
Plasterers $4.35 $0.00 $4.35
Plumber $5.05 $0.60 $5.65
Sheetmetal $4.17 $0.80 $4.97
Steamfitter $5.20 $0.70 $5.90
Average $4.42 $0.67 $5.09
* Includes new pre-funded retirement plan
The Trustees of the Local 139 Health Benefit Fund are doing everything in their power to keeps costs at as low a level as possible, while trying to keep benefit levels as
high as possible. As you can see from the above table, we are not alone in fighting this battle. If you have any ideas on how we can do a better job, please contact any Agent
or office and let us know your feelings.
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N27 W23233 Roundy Drive, Pewaukee, WI 53072
Miner Training will also be avail- 3rd Wednesday of the month - 10:00 a.m.
Tom able as well as Competent Person
Richards Bill Fandry, President
training classes. Doug Stegeman
Training Director has also volunteered to teach some MADISON
basic computer classes in our new
4702 S. Biltmore Lane, Madison, WI 53718
computer lab during the evenings
1st Monday of the month - 11:00 a.m.
I hope everyone is having a
good summer and working lots of
On a similar note, Dan Sper-
Charlie Bowen, President
berg was at his annual Commercial
hours. This summer at the training Driver's License Examiner's train-
center has been the busiest in the ing and it was reported that a lot of 1003 S. Hillcrest Parkway
last 5. There have only been a few members have been getting their Altoona, WI 54720
days during this summer that there CDLs at private testing agencies. I Lower Level Meeting Room
has not been at least one person would like to remind you that we 1st Thursday of the month - 1:00 p.m.
here for training or testing. will perform the over the road test John Laird, President
Our records indicate that over at no charge to Local 139 members.
70 apprentices have completed You must have already taken the LA CROSSE
their requirements to become jour- written exam and passed your 3rd Wednesday of the month - 11:00 a.m.
neyworkers, and there are quite a physical in order to schedule the For Any Information , Please Contact
few more who should get their on-the-road test with Dan. Ray Happel, President (507) 894-4647 or
required hours in this year. On Also, we continue to offer the Chet Nordstrom, Vice-President (608) 488-3785
their behalf, I want to thank all the Crane Operator Certification test-
members who have helped them to ing on a quarterly basis. You can
complete their journey through the contact Peggy or Doug at the train- LABOR HISTORY CORNER
apprenticeship. ing center to schedule yourself for The Origins of Labor Day
Speaking of Apprenticeship, we first Monday in September as Labor Day.
the next available tests. Although
have been trying to visit jobsites to In the same year, President Grover
there have been some minor prob- The first Monday in September is
contact the apprentices and to Cleveland signed a bill into law designat-
lems with the CCO process over more than the traditional end of summer.
check on the their progress. I know ing that date as a national holiday.
the past year, it still remains the It is a day designated to honor the
that Dave Zuleger appreciates all Labor Day is unique as a national
best and most cost effective crane achievements of the American worker.
the comments and help that you all holiday. Samuel Gompers, the founder
operator certification available to Most people take for granted the reasons
have been in finding where our and longtime President of the American
the membership. The International behind the granting of the holiday and
apprentices are working. If you Federation of Labor, said that it "differs
Union of Operating Engineers has the struggles of our predecessors in the
would like us to visit your jobsite, in every essential from the other holidays
pledged to help us close any loop- fight for worker's rights. Celebrations in
please call Dave or myself at the of the year in any country. All other hol-
holes that allow unqualified indi- many communities often involve little
training center. idays are in more or less degree connect-
viduals to damage the credibility of more than a poorly attended parade or a
There are several things coming ed with conflicts and battles of man's
the CCO process. gathering at the local labor temple.
up this winter that we want you to prowess over man, of strife and discord
One final bit of news is that the Labor Day should mean more to all of us
be aware of so you may start mak- for greet and power, of glories achieved
State Department of Commerce is than that. This brief history is aimed at
ing plans for this winters training. by one nation over another. Labor
working with us to approve com- giving us all a little more education about
We have listed a tentative schedule Day…is devoted to no man, living or
bining our HAZMAT re-certifica- why we should honor the struggles of the
for the classes that will be held in dead, to no sect, race, or nation."
tions and the annual mine safety American worker.
this newsletter. The schedule print- Today, Labor Day is celebrated more
and health refresher classes. This The origins of Labor Day began in
ed in only a rough outline of class- as an end of summer ritual than as a day
might mean that if you are current- New York City in September of 1862. A
es that will be available. We will of celebration for workers. Sadly, too
ly listed as an experienced miner celebration was planned by the Central
mail out the registration forms to few workers use this holiday time to
with MSHA, your 8 hour HAZ- Labor Union and sponsored by the
your home again this fall like we reflect on the many benefits that the labor
MAT refresher might also count as Knights of Labor. The get-together
did last year, so please make sure movement has given them. Unemploy-
your 7 hours of continuing mine included a 10,000 worker parade,
your Local Union Hall has your ment insurance, workman's compensa-
safety training. You would still demonstrations and a picnic.
correct mailing address. tion, the 40-hour week, pensions, the
need any site-specific training from Two years later, the Knights of
You will see from the outline minimum wage, social security and
the mine operators. We hope the Labor adopted a resolution that designat-
that we are adding additional more, all came out of the struggles of the
Department of Commerce and the ed that the first Monday in September
paving classes, additional pipeline American labor movement.
employers will work with us to should be considered "Labor Day". They
classes (taught by instructors of Labor Day 2002 has come and gone.
simplify your training needs. urged similar organizations to celebrate
Local 139), and we have split the Next year, when you celebrate the last
I believe that we are continuing this unique "workingmen's" holiday. The
grade foreman class into 2 separate holiday of the summer, go ahead and
to meet the training needs of the idea quickly spread and by 1887, Oregon
levels, Basic Grade Checking and light up the grill, go to a ball game and
membership. If you have any sug- had become the first state to make Labor
Advanced Surveying. We are also have your favorite beverage, but remem-
gestions on how we can improve Day a legal holiday. By the end of the
planning to teach the basics of con- ber whom it was that made the holiday
our efforts, please call me at the decade, seven other states had followed
crete pumping and paving. The possible - the American labor move-
Training Center. In the meantime, suit.
marine class will also return this ment…the people that gave you the
work safe so we can see each other By 1884, 23 additional states
year. HAZMAT and MSHA New weekend!
this winter! (including Wisconsin) had adopted the
September, 2002 LOCAL 139 WISCONSIN NEWS Page 15
WISCONSIN OPERATING ENGINEERS
2002/2003 SKILL IMPROVEMENT TRAINING
SKILL IMPROVEMENT COURSES
ALL CLASSES WILL BE HELD IN COLOMA UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED
Load Charts & Regulations Hydraulic Crane Friction Crane
Coloma - 1/20-1/24/03 1/20-1/31/03 1/20-1/31/03
Off Site - TO BE ANNOUNCED 2/17-2/28/03 2/17-2/28/03
Advanced Grading/Dozer Heavy & Highway Basic Excavating
1/20-1/31/03 1/20-1/31/03 1/20-1/31/03
2/3-2/14/03 2/3-2/14/03 2/3-2/14/03
2/17-2/28/03 2/17-2/28/03 2/17-2/28/03
3/3-3/15/03 3/3-3/15/03 3/3-3/15/03
Advanced Excavating Advanced Staking Basic Grade Checking
& Surveying & Plan Reading
1/20-1/31/03 1/20-1/31/03 1/20-1/31/03
2/3-2/14/03 2/3-2/14/03 2/3-2/14/03
2/17-2/28/03 2/17-2/28/03 2/17-2/28/03
3/3-3/15/03 3/3-3/15/03 3/3-3/15/03
Advanced Grading Pipeline Utilities
1/20-1/31/03 1/20-1/31/03 2/3-2/14/03
2/3-2/14/03 2/3-2/14/03 2/17-2/28/03
Asphalt Paving CONCRETE PAVING Concrete Pumping
3/31-4/11/03 3/31-4/11/03 4/7-4/11/03
Basic Computing Marine Competent Person
TO BE ANNOUNCED 3/31-4/11/03 TO BE ANNOUNCED
8 HR FORKLIFT CERTIFICATION CDL WRITTEN TEST PREPARATION CDL ON THE ROAD TESTING
12/16/02 12/2-12/6/02 *You must have taken the written exam
1/6/03 12/16-12/20/02 and have passed your DOT physical
1/20/03 1/13-1/17/03 CONTACT DAN SPERBERG TO
2/3/03 1/27-1/31/03 SET UP AN APPOINTMENT
40 hour HAZMAT Training
TO BE ANNOUNCED
8 HOUR HAZMAT REFRESHER CLASSES
Coloma - (Sat) 12/7/02 Altoona - 12/2/02 Pewaukee - 12/4/02
More To Be Announced More To Be Announced
Madison - To Be Announced Appleton - To Be Announced
THIS SCHEDULE IS TO BE USED ONLY AS A ROUGH OUTLINE OF THE CLASSES THAT WILL BE OFFERED. ALL CLASS
DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. NO RESERVATIONS FOR CLASSES WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL THE OFFICIAL SCHEDULE
139 Member Jim Madden working for Mashuda on Highway 73, run- Rockie Sobeck working for James Thieding Construction near
ning a CAT D-6H. La Valle, WI
Page 16 LOCAL 139 WISCONSIN NEWS September, 2002
porter of Operating Engineers in our members work out of town dur- voting. Please take a few moments
Joe Wineke Democratic candidate Jim Doyle. ing the week and can't vote at home of your time and either vote at your
Public Rela- Early on in his race for Governor, on a Tuesday in September or polling both on election day if you
tions & Politi- Jim Doyle came to us and asked for November. That is why we took expect to be home, or by voting
cal Coordinator our support. We were impressed the unprecedented step in August absentee if you are not sure you
by our interview. He promised to of mailing every member a will be home. You will be glad that
be a builder of roads, bridges and brochure explaining absentee bal- you did.
buildings. He also promised to lot procedures so that we could A final thought. Many people
protect the rights of law-abiding increase the number of people vot- think there vote does not matter. If
E very two years you hear
that the next election is the most
citizens to keep and bear arms.
Because of this, Local 139 became
ing. The laws relating to absentee
voting have been relaxed in the
you believe that, think of what hap-
pened in the last Presidential elec-
important ever. Most of the time, the first labor union in the state of past few years and it is now easy to tion. Fewer than 500 votes in Flori-
these statements are a bunch of hot Wisconsin to endorse his candida- vote ahead. All you have to do is da determined who was elected
air. Not this year! cy. request an absentee ballot from President. That means a swing of
Ever since Scott McCallum We need to get every member your local government and they 250 votes would have changed the
ascended to the Governor's chair, of the Local out to vote this fall. will send you one. There is no rea- course of history. If we can get an
we have been under assault. First, The fact of the matter is that only son why every one of our members extra 500 to 1,000 members voting
he vetoed our Crane Certification about half of our members regular- should not be able to vote, whether this fall, we may well determine
proposal; then he vetoed two ly vote. We need to change this. they are home or not. who the next governor of Wiscon-
improvements to prevailing wage The vast majority of the work we Since Dale Miller was elected sin is. Let's make that happen!
laws, next, he tried to eliminate do involves government, whether it Business Manager in 1995, we As always, if you have any
shared revenue to local govern- be funding for roads and bridges, have greatly increased our political questions or need more information
ment (which would have cost our sewer work, or zoning changes efforts. I strongly believe that he on how to vote by absentee ballot, I
members hundreds of jobs) and needed for private work. To sit on made the right decision in doing so. can be reached at
finally, he couldn't get a budget the sidelines and let people that are But no matter how hard the union email@example.com, or by call-
passed for six-months. This guy anti-road or anti-development call works on political action, it will ing the Madison office at 1-800-
has to go! the shots is just plain stupid. fail if we can't persuade the mem- 851-7584.
Luckily, we have a great sup- We understand that many of bership to take the simple step of
RISING PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS PLACING INCREASING
BURDEN ON HEALTH FUND
In the past year, prescription drug costs paid by the Health Benefit Fund increased by 20.1%. This is roughly seven times the rate of inflation. In fact, the costs of pre-
scription drugs made up 36.8% of the total spending increase in the fund last year. If this trend continues, the financial health of the Fund will be at risk.
In 1995, prescription drug spending in the Health Benefit Fund totaled $2.5 million per year. By May of 2002, that number had increased to $11.9 million. The increase
to the fund during this seven-year period was an astounding 378.8%! We are now spending approximately one million dollars per month on prescription drugs.
This astronomical increase in prescription drug spending has hit the Health Benefit Fund hard. In 1995, prescription drug costs accounted for 7.8% of total spending by
the Fund. Last year it had climbed to 18.5%. There is no single factor driving our Health Benefit Fund costs like prescription drugs. If we do not find a way to get this spend-
ing under control, the cost per hour to fund the health benefit will continue to skyrocket.
During the same period (1995-2002) we have seen the number of hours worked by Operating Engineers that are paid into the fund increase from 8.2 million hours to
10.5 million hours. This increase of 28% in hours worked has helped cover some of the increase in spending over recent years, but the number of hours worked has leveled off
in the past three years and nearly all new costs are coming out of the hourly contribution. So when prescription drug prices continue to go through the roof it has a direct and
negative effect on our membership.
The Trustees of our Health Benefit Fund have tried hard to manage these costs, but the sad reality is that much of it is out of their control. The current Presidential Admin-
istration has consistently sided with the pharmaceutical lobby's search for higher profits. They have been rewarded for their efforts. On June 19th, when the Republican's held a
huge fundraiser in Washington, DC, four of the top five contributors were from the drug companies. Money talks, and the drug companies have a lot of it.
The pharmaceutical industry has been the most profitable industry in the United States for each of the past 10 years. In 2001, their profits represented an 18.5% return
on revenue, which is nearly six-times as large as the median return of 3.3% for Fortune 500 companies. During the same year, the five highest paid drug company executives
received over $183 million in compensation, led by the former Chairman of Bristol-Myers Squibb, who made $74.9 million. The shareholders are doing darn near as well. In
spite of what has been going on in the stock market, the lowest rate of shareholder return since 1990 has been 11.5%. In seven of the 10 years, the rate of return was in excess of
The drug companies will tell you that they need the high prices so that they can use the money on research and development of products intended to improve health care.
The facts speak for themselves. They are spending the vast majority of their money on marketing, advertising and administration ($45.4 billion) compared to R&D ($19.1 bil-
lion). In 2000, the drug industry spent $15.7 billion on television and print ads. Sixty percent of the ads were for just 20 medications, including Viagra, Claritin and Prilosec.
Nice drugs, but hardly necessities of life!
So what can be done? First of all, we should consider taking away some of the lucrative tax breaks that the drug companies get for research and development. The Con-
gressional Research Service has reported that the industry's effective tax rate was reduced from 35.2% to 17.1% because of these tax credits. Since they are using the money for
advertising, instead of R&D, this money could be used to subsidize prescription drug costs of consumers.
Second, we need to make it easier to use generic prescription drugs. Last year, brand name prescription drugs rose by over three-times the rate of inflation. Generic
drugs only rose by 1.8%. The Senate has passed a bill that would make it easier to use generic drugs, but it has not passed the House. It is estimated that this bill would save
consumers $60 billion over the next 10 years.
Finally, a prescription drug benefit for medicare recipients would help cover some of the costs currently paid by other health funds. There are currently 40 million
medicare recipients. Through such a large pool, medicare could do a better job of negotiating prices, which could cause a ripple effect that could help all other funds.
Elsewhere in this newsletter is information on how to contact your elected officials to voice your concern. They need to know the dire effect that rising prescription drug
prices are having on our health insurance costs. If we continue to let the status quo continue, we will be coming to a day of reckoning on health care that will hurt us all. Please
take the time to contact your state and federal elected officials and make your voice heard.
Health Benefit Fund Benefits Paid 1995-2002 Health Benefit Fund Prescription Drug Costs Operating Engineers Work Hours Paid to
1995-2002 Health Benefit Fund 1995-2002
Year Benefits Paid Year Prescriptions Paid Year Hours
1995 $31,969,079 1995 $2,478,000 1995 8.2 million
1996 $31,635,129 1996 N/A 1996 7.7 million
1997 $36,885,776 1997 N/A 1997 8.6 million
1998 $41,290,237 1998 $5,553,131 1998 9.1 million
1999 $46,996,488 1999 $7,002,090 1999 10.2 million
2000 $54,038,493 2000 $8,396,035 2000 10.7 million
2001 $58,882,153 2001 $9,875,877 2001 10.6 million
2002 $64,287,517 2002 $11,865,002 2002 10.5 million
% Increase in last seven years: 101% % Increase in last seven years: 379% % Increase in last seven years: 28%
September, 2002 LOCAL 139 WISCONSIN NEWS Page 17
Bill Union with a list of their employ- tions are on going and recently a tion it was a different story. Even
Burg ees so Local 139 can track to see if few of Ashland's employees went though temperatures were in the
Organizing there are any new hires. Also until on an ULP strike and have engaged 90's with high humidity, that didn't
Director the end of 2003, S&E will have to in picketing against the employer. seem to faze the youngsters back
notify the Union of any positions At the end of July, the Senate by the equipment rides or the
that they are going to be hiring for confirmed NLRB Chairman, Peter adults listening to the music. It
and to offer an Union sympathetic J. Hurtgen's appointment as Direc- was an enjoyable time at both func-
applicant the job that the Union salt tor of the Federal Mediation and tions and I felt honored to be apart
T he Organizing department
continues to be busy this year with
that was fired held. Negotiations
with Peters Concrete, Sievert
Conciliation Service (FMCS). In
early August, Chairman Hurtgen
With the primary election
Excavating, and United Erecting will leave the NLRB and be sworn around the corner, it is imperative
numerous organizing campaigns
are moving along. We recently in as FMCS Director. This will that everyone gets out to vote and
going on. Local 139 recently set-
received the Administrative Law leave the five member Board with elect Jim Doyle as the Democratic
tled with S&E Enterprises of
Judge's (ALJ) decision in the Ash- only three members with the candidate for Governor to run in
Verona, WI before going to a
land Construction hearing that was Republicans holding a two to one the November elections against
National Labor Relations Board
held back in early January of this majority over the Democrats. Scott McCallum. We need to elect
(NLRB) hearing. The settlement
year. The ALJ found that the only The weather was good for the a person that will be friendly with
agreement provides Local 139 an
way to remedy the numerous Retiree’s picnic this year with the labor and supports projects that
opportunity to give a thirty minute
Unfair Labor Practices (ULP) rain holding off long enough until provide jobs for Operating Engi-
speech about the Union to S&E
committed by the owner was to the last bingo game was played. neers, as well as others in the
employees while they are being
issue a Gissel bargaining order. The needed rain helped settle all trades. Jim Doyle is that person.
paid by the company and three
The Gissel, orders the employer to the dust from the millions of yards Solidarity!!
times within the next year, the com-
bargain with the Union for a con- of dirt being moved. On Sunday,
pany will have to provide the
tract for the employees. Negotia- for the 100th anniversary celebra-
IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION ON HEALTH CARE COSTS
We all need to take a pro-active stance to fight the epidemic of rising health care costs. Our federal and state political leaders need to hear from us. We need to let them know
that they need to quit protecting the drug and insurance companies and start standing up for the health care consumer. Money shouldn't talk…people should be heard. Please take
a moment to contact your elected officials. The following are some sample talking points for you to use.
Whether you call, write, or e-mail your elected official:
·Let them know you are an Operating Engineer and that rising health care costs are threatening to make your job less competitive.
·Tell them they need to reign in the big drug companies and their excessive profits.
·Tell them a start would be to make generic drugs more available to the consumer.
·Let them know that the union's prescription drug costs have gone up by 379% in just the past seven years and that nearly 40% of this years increase in costs
was because of prescription drugs.
·Tell them that if things don't change, your health care costs will soon be over $10 per hour.
·Demand Action!!!…and ask for a response.
STATE GOVERNMENT CONTACTS
There are 132 members of the Wisconsin Legislature. The easiest way to contact your legislator is to call the toll-free legislative hotline at 1-800-362-9472. Even if you do
not know who your legislator is, they will be able to get your message to the right place, based on your home address.
If you would rather write your legislator and know their name, simply address your Representative or Senator at one of the following addresses:
Senators (name) Representatives (A - L) Representatives (M - Z)
State Capitol State Capitol State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882 P.O. Box 8952 P.O. Box 8953
Madison, WI 53707 Madison, WI 53708 Madison, WI 53708
If you would rather e-mail your legislator, the simplest way to do this is to either go to Local 139's website at www.iuoe139.org and go to the Eye on Politics section and fol-
low the text, or go to the Legislature's website at www.legis.state.wi.us and follow the guidelines. If you have any questions, contact Joe Wineke at 1-800-851-7584.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTACTS
U.S. Senator Herb Kohl U.S. Senator Russ Feingold Representative Tom Barrett Representative Tom Petri
330 Senate Hart Office Building 716 Senate Hart Office Building 1214 Longworth House Office Building 2462 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-4903 Washington, D.C. 20510-4904 Washington, D.C. 20515-4905 Washington, D.C. 20515-4906
Phone: (202) 224-5653 Phone: (202) 224-5323 Phone: (202) 225-3571 Phone: (202) 225-2476
Fax: (202) 224-9787 Fax: (202) 224-2725 Fax: (202) 225-2185 Fax: (202) 225-2356
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: Russell_feingold@feingold.senate.gov Email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Paul Ryan Representative Tammy Baldwin Representative Dave Obey Representative Mark Green
1st Congressional District 2nd Congressional District 2314 Rayburn House Office Building 1218 Longworth Office Building
1217 Longworth House Office Building 1020 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515-4907 Washington, D.C. 20515-4905
Washington, D.C. 20515-4903 Washington, D.C. 20515-4903 Phone: (202) 225-3365 Phone: (202) 225-5665
Phone: (202) 225-3031 Phone: (202) 225-2906 Fax: (202) 225-3240 Fax: (202) 225-5729
Email: email@example.com Email: tammy.Baldwin@mail.house.gov Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com
Representative Ron Kind Representative Jerry Kleczka Representative Jim Sensenbrenner President George W. Bush
1713 Longworth House Office Building 2301 Rayburn House Office Building 2332 Rayburn House Office Building The White House
Washington, D.C. 20515-4903 Washington, D.C. 20515-4904 Washington, D.C. 20515-4909 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Phone: (202) 225-5506 Phone: (202) 225-4572 Phone: (202) 225-5101 Washington, DC 20500
Fax: (202) 225-5739 Fax: (202) 225-8135 Fax: (202) 225-3190 Phone: 202-456-1111
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 202-456-2461
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2002 Scholarship Recipients
(A SPECIAL THANKS TO JAMES CAPE & SONS, & ROCK ROAD FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND THIS YEAR)
Robert Williamson Bridget Smeaton Tina Thompson Melissa Yang
Son of Brother Daughter of Brother Daughter of Brother Daughter of Brother
Robert G. Williamson William V. Smeaton III William H. Thompson Chou Yang
Sarah Bubolz Kaela Zielinski Krista Larson Megan Ross
Daughter of Brother Daughter of Brother Daughter of Brother Grandaughter of Brother
Danne Bubolz Martin Zielinski Glen Larson William Riese
Megan Buros Tonia Greenwood Adam Swanson Stacy Nye
Grandaughter of Brother Grandaughter of Brother Son of Brother Daughter of Brother
Bud Williams Paul B. Vanderloop Steven G. Swanson Nicolas Nye Sr.
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22nd Annual Retiree s Picnic