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THE VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES PUBLISHED BY THE NORTHWESTERN OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL VOL. 86 NO. 1 USPS 905,000 SINGLE COPY 50 CENTS JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2011 Trades talk Time for union members to wake up, suit up and show up John Schlagheck contractors who hire us. to Ohio. So they say. In fact we executing him! been if we had all turned out to vote Executive Secretary/ Unions are not the reason would not necessarily know what Florida had a similar set up for our collective best-interests. Business Manager we are broke. Many States share they would be doing with our tax until recently. Their legislators True, if we lose the prevailing NWOBCTC our budget problems. Some have dollars since this Private Corpora- have passed bills to return to the old wage laws in Ohio, it will not be You are a union member who public employee unions and pre- tion would not be subject to any government operated style of De- the end of the world. At least not does not pay attention to politics. vailing wages and some do not. public document disclosure laws or partment of Development with the immediately. All public jobs such You are a union member who does North Dakota has unionized pub- “sunshine laws” because it would Chamber of Commerce’s blessing. as Universities and Libraries and not watch the news. You are a lic workers and enjoys less than then be “private.” There have been many complaints Police and Fire facilities will be up union member who hardly ever or 3% unemployment. Texas has no Since our esteemed U.S. Su- of the Private Corporation being for grabs, just as any private job. maybe never votes. You are a union unionized public employees and preme Court ruled last year that ineffective and suspicious due to There will be no rules of transpar- member who rarely attends union in fact is a Right-to-Work State and corporations are just like people, a lack of transparency. Where did ency or fairness. Some trades will meetings or participates in any has a huge budget deficit. thus they can give as much money the money go? fare better than others. For a while. union activities or functions. You The problem with our new as they want to political campaigns, All of these hare-brained ideas It will then be a race to the bottom. are a union member who does not Governor and his Party Loyalists this Private Corporation could then are coming from a man who only We, as Business Managers and volunteer or “give back” to your who now control both houses of give our own tax dollars to the got 49% of Ohioans to vote for Agents, have to adapt. We must local community. You are a union our State Legislature is simply a people and the Party who is trying him for Governor. Ted Strickland constantly evolve our ways of do- member who figures your Business difference in ideology. They seem to kill us. This is just like forcing got 47% with about 2% going to ing business or lose market share. Agent or Business Manager or hell-bent on destroying unions at a man to dig his own grave before “other.” Just think what could have Continued on Page 2 “somebody else” will take care of all costs. They do not seem to be all that stuff. If any of these state- impressed by facts or polls. ments describe you, then you are For example, he has proposed also a union member who needs to privatizing the Ohio Turnpike wake up, suit up, and show up! even though a recent Quinnipiac Now more than ever, apathy is University poll shows that 51% of not only unacceptable, it is unfor- Ohioans oppose this idea compared giveable. For this Union Movement to 30% in favor of it. to survive, we need EVERY mem- According to the same poll, ber to participate. Life as we know 51% to 34% oppose his plan to it in the State of Ohio as unionists eliminate the right of public em- is about to change. ployees to collectively bargain. Former Fox News pundit, for- Also 51% are against the Gover- mer Lehman Brothers Investment nor’s idea to privatize State prisons Manager, former U.S. Congress- versus 31% for it. man and current Ohio Governor If he succeeds in his privatiza- John Kasich and his like-minded tion scheme, it would mean that crowd of Legislators say the reason the State of Ohio would lose tens for Ohio being broke is because of thousands of good paying union union members earn too much jobs to private companies. Would money. They say that because of these jobs then be unionized? How our high wages and pensions, busi- much would they pay? Who would nesses are drawn to Right-to-Work perform these jobs? States instead of Ohio. Another plot being hatched Their proposed remedy is to was recently passed by the new remove the right to collectively Ohio House of Representatives. bargain from public employees. This Bill provides for a Private This law was passed nearly thirty Corporation to replace Ohio’s years ago under then Democratic Department of Development. If Governor Celeste. They also passed by the like-minded Senate wish to repeal the Prevailing and signed by the like-minded Wage laws which have been on Governor, tax dollars would flow to the books for 80 years protect- this Private Corporation to develop ing local union wages and the business and attract new companies Cartoon via the Center for American Progress PAGE 2 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2011 Lawmakers have given up on job challenges. Among many obstacles, we creation, AFL-CIO chief says have a newly elected governor that wants to kill the unions and make By Mark Gruenberg THE VOICE OF THE wealthy, compassionate imaginative Ohio a right to work state. We will PAI Staff Writer country we are – not try to turn our- once again start negotiations very BUILDING TRADES WASHINGTON (PAI)— selves into a third-rate impoverished soon. It is my hope that we can get Published by the Northwestern Ohio Many politicians in both major par- ‘has-been,’” Trumka stated. “We Building & Construction Trades Council the contract finished before July ISSN: 1057-1299 ties have given up on the country, don’t need to settle for stagnation ROOFERS LOCAL 134 1st. workers and creating jobs, AFL- and ever-spiraling inequality.” The February union meet- Published Bi-Monthly by CIO President Richard Trumka says – but the labor movement hasn’t. Though Trumka faulted poli- ticians of both parties for giving THE TAR ing will be a busy one. We will present our service awards there The “Voice” of The Northwestern Ohio In a wide-ranging speech at the National Press Club on Jan. 19, the up on job creation and instead listening to Wall Street and deficit- KETTLE are 46 members due to receive them. Including 50- and 55-year Building & Construction Trades Council federation leader challenged those cutting calls, he singled out three awards, food and drink will follow elected officials to work for jobs Republican governors in particular Toledo, Ohio HAPPY FEBUARY BIRTH- the awards. We also need to elect rather than for other narrow causes. for criticism: Mitch Daniels of DAY WISHES TO THE FOL- a Sergeant-at-Arms as wells our John Schlagheck He said that’s what workers and Indiana, John Kasich of Ohio and LOWING MEMBERS; Kevin negotiating committee. Business Manager voters want. Scott Walker in Wisconsin. Nietrzeba, Leon Bowman, Hank There will also be a second 909 Front St. And if the politicians won’t go Trumka faulted Kasich for Flores, Rich Graeter, Joe Navarre, reading of a by-law change to Toledo, Ohio 43605-2120 out and create jobs, he added, the trying to cut the wages and col- Jim Rafferty, Ernie Rasar, Ser- allow for a reinstatement into the (419) 693-7717 labor movement may well try to do lective bargaining rights of home gio Robert, Robert Sours, Doug death benefit. Also if the interest is Fax (419) 693-2813 so itself, as it now does with an ex- care workers, and the other two Wtring, Tom Yoder. strong enough I would like to put perimental partnership with business for dumping proposed high- The holidays are finally over. on an OSHA class. These classes NEWSPAPER COUNCIL: Joe and government in Los Angeles. speed rail construction projects at Now the year 2011 begins with would be open to journeyman as Cousino, Ted Lewis, Reggie Trumka spoke as the 112th a time of high joblessness in the better hopes and aspirations of well as to the new helpers who Hohenberger, Brian S. Outland, Congress – with a GOP-run House building trades. Such projects, more hours. I am optimistic about have no OSHA cards at all. Ini- Marty Pedro, Don Huss, Fred and a larger Republican contingent Trumka added, would also keep this year, there is talk among tially it will be either a 10 or 16 Keith, Jr., Phillip Copeland in the Senate – got down to busi- the U.S. among technologically contractors and general contrac- hour course that can be upgraded ness, and signaled that rather than advancing nations, creating jobs tors that work will pick up. This Official voice of the Toledo Area to the 30 hour if the balance of tackling jobs, it wants to repeal last that way. AFL-CIO unions, organized labor. however, does not mean a lack of education is completed within 6 year’s health insurance overhaul The Northwestern Ohio Building months. Trades Talk and Construction Trades Council and institute cuts, as recommended Please remember to put your- circulating is Allen, Ashland, Aug- by a presidential commission, in self on the out of work list and laize, Crawford, Clarke, Defiance, Social Security and Medicare. please watch your dues, there are Delaware, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, “Too many of our politicians (Continued from Page 1) member, this is a WE thing not some members who are getting Hardin, Henry, Huron, Knox, are doing the opposite of what We must partner with our con- a ME thing. If you are that union close to losing there cards. Logan, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, works, destroying our public insti- tractors, customers, and the world member who just pays dues and Work safely! Morrow, Ottawa, Paulding, Put- tutions, crushing working people’s we live in. If we do not and we lose does nothing else, it is time to Mike & Eva nam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, rights and living standards, failing market share, collective bargaining wake up. Union, Van Wert, Williams, Wood to invest in education. We know eventually becomes collective beg- We can help you suit up and and Wyandot Counties, Ohio. this model and we know where it Michigan: Lenawee, Monroe and ging. Big difference. believe me we have plenty of Hillsdale Counties. leads: Catastrophe,” he said Our Union Leaders, how- places for you to show up! “We should act like the ever, cannot do this alone. Re- –John Schlagheck THE VOICE OF THE Endorsed by The Northwestern Ohio Building & Construction Trades BUILDING TRADES Council and the Toledo Area AFL-CIO Council. 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Box 9295 Toledo, OH 43697 JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2011 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES PAGE 3 ON THE BRIDGE Iron Workers Local 55 Retirees Club IRON WORKERS Hi Everybody! freezes ‘til he has to go back inside. LOCAL 55 It has been some time since I wrote a piece for the paper. Back in October when I sent in the last We were sorry to be told that Tim Wasserman’s dad passed away the previous Sunday. He was 88 years Gene Powless Our thoughts and prayers are FYI – The Patient Protection article there was a change in of- old and farmed til he was about 85. Maddy Powless with the family and friends of Rob- and Affordable Care Act now re- fice people which caused a lot of What a run. May he rest in peace. ert Witt., a 45-year member; our quires all over the counter (OTC) problems. I guess they couldn’t Since January starts a new sincere condolences to the family medications have a prescription in get the e-mail from the computer. year, here are January anniversaries of Deanna Szdlowski for the loss of order to be eligible for reimburse- Anyway, we got lost in cyber and birthdays: Denny and Judy her brother Troy. Our thoughts and ment under your PAP plan, with the space. We are probably still out Knitz, January 9; Jim and Rebecca prayers are with Tim Wasserman exception of insulin. This new rule there someplace, saying “what the Taylor, January 17. and family, for the recent passing doesn’t include medical care items heck is going on! Hello? Anybody Birthdays were Jim Taylor, of his Dad and to the family of Jim such as crutches, bandages, blood there???” January 4; Wally Roloff, January Steck for the recent passing of his sugar test kits, etc. Let’s see what’s going on. 9; Denny Trease, January 10; Ann Ray Phillips Indian mom, Velma; our sincere condo- Blood Drive – The Ameri- Did I tell you that Mingo joined Schang, January 17; Jim Faykosh, lences to the family and friends can Red Cross will be here at the our group? Welcome Mr. Valadez! January 18; Mary MacDonald, with the articles but this every- of Scott Simon for the untimely union hall on March 14, 2011 from We’ve also heard from Val Miller January 21 (95); George McManus, other-month publication gets me passing of his daughter, Allie. May 8:00am – 2:00pm, please stop out and Craig Tidrick. Also lately we January 28; Betty Faykosh, January screwed up. New schedules are their souls rest in eternal peace. and give blood, you will be helping have had Jim Taylor, Frank Legeza 31. Best wishes to everyone. May difficult to get used to, especially Under Doctor’s Care: Mr. to save lives. and his wife Caroline too. It’s good you all enjoy many healthy and for older people like me. How did Ross (Don Ross’s dad), Herbie Journeyman Upgrading to keep this going. And it is a busy happy days. Mark Twain remember so much? Herzberg, Russ Eldridge, Bill Vas, Classes: group. Mike Durso went to New We are keeping up with our I’m lucky to recognize my own James Blaze, Bobby Scott, Bill Certified welders: Please DO York to see his daughter—took the 50/50 drawings and Ray Phillips house on a dark night. I’ll have to Rubliatus, Eugene Ward Sr., Jason NOT forget to turn in your welding train. He said it is the only way to won the first half. He and Joanna make more notes. West, Warren Logan, Lee Curtis, work reports EVERY SIX months. go. are keeping pretty busy in spite of Say a prayer for our men and Pete Wenzler, Gus Rahe, Matt If you let them lapse, your certifi- Debbie talked to Laverne Nie- the cold weather. Gene Powless women in the armed services and Carver, Jim Witt Sr., Wally Roloff, cation will expire and you will be derriter who went shopping with and his wife Maddy were the lucky for our country, for all our friends George Pilarski and Kylee Blaze. forced to re-test, call Paul at the her daughter for 5 hours and said winners also, splitting the second under care of a doctor or provider. Here’s a get-well to our sick and school to find out when you are due her daughter was the one who was half of the drawing. Collecting his Call and find out how they are doing. disabled. to turn one in. tired. Norm Barry had some faint- money, Gene said that it’s the first Take your pills. It does help even Food Baskets: Please note Please call Paul at the appren- ing spells and found out his blood time an Indian took something from though it costs an arm and a leg. that the procedures have changed ticeship school to be put on a list for pressure is too low so they changed the “white man.” Stay healthy and true to yourself. for our monthly food basket pro- any future journeyman upgrading his medication. We hope he gets I’ll try and get back on track Later, Don gram. In order to be eligible to pick classes that may be coming up (for better. Joe II and Marge joined us up a monthly food basket, please example- Qualified Signalman’s for our Christmas celebration. Joe stop by the hall for a voucher slip. Food baskets are available the third Riggers Course). A class will not be held until there is enough interest, said now that he’s retired, he “don’t know nothin’ ” but to ask Marge Smaller contract increases for U.S. Wednesday of every month, for so if there’s something you want or who might have heard something. members in need. need, please let Paul know. They might be able to join us again Announcements: We would Look for information next when the school plays and sports like to congratulate one of our new apprentices, Dustin Glass Jr. for his recent marriage to Emily Estes. spring, the District Council Ap- prenticeship Competition will be held at our hall next year. There will slow down. The ironworkers lost Stan Ku- ron in November. Russell Byning- construction workers May God grant you many, many be many vendors there as well such ton passed away in December and Construction-industry col- Region, which covers Delaware, happy years together. Dustin Glass as ESAB, O.E. Meyer, Lowe’s, Bob Witt passed away in January. lective bargaining negotiations Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Sr. and Tonya Glass just celebrated Red Wing Shoes, Lincoln Electric, Our sympathy goes out to their completed in 2010 resulted in Pennsylvania and the District of their 7th year wedding anniversary. etc. If you have any ideas or wants family. an average first-year increase in Columbia. Congratulations and we wish you to be involved in any way, please I hope you all had nice holi- wages and fringe benefits of only Close to 60 percent of settle- many more. contact Paul. Please come down days At our Christmas luncheon $0.80 or 1.7 percent, the lowest ments reported to CLRC were for The 2nd annual Ironworkers to show support for your fellow at the Scott Park Banquet Hall, percent increase in 25 years, ac- only a one-year duration. This toy drive was a HUGE success! apprentices. which turned out pretty nice, Ann cording to the Construction Labor is also a continuation of a trend First we’d like to thank Dawn Apprenticeship Applications Schang did a bang up job as usual Research Council’s (CLRC’s) started in 2009 and is typical in Bunker and Laurie Duggan for The Joint Apprenticeship with her painting. She did a winter annual report on settlements, as tough economic times. their tireless efforts for making this Training Committee is now ac- scene of grays, whites and black reported by the Associated Gen- Prior to 2009, the negotia- Christmas a little happier for the cepting applications for the ap- on slate. These slates come from eral Contractors. tion of three-year contracts was families that signed up. We would prenticeship program. Applications an old barn roof. The work is just The last time the average most common. Where multi- also like to say a special thank you are being accepted every Monday, beautiful. She also donated a deco- dropped below 2 percent was in year agreements were executed to all of the people who were able Tuesday and Wednesday’s from rated washboard, in the Americana 1985. in 2010, the average second-year to donate this year, it really meant 9:00am to 3:00pm at the training style. Very clever of her. Ann’s This reflects a continuation of increase negotiated was $1.16 a lot to a great many people. And center until further notice. There aunt, who taught her when Ann first a trend that began in 2009, when or 2.1 percent, and the average last, but certainly not least, we’d is an application fee of $10. started, just passed away at 93. It the average first-year increase of third-year increase negotiated was like to say a very special thank you May God Bless You and Your pays to have a hobby. Can’t forget $1.23 or 2.8 percent was the low- $1.39 or 2.7 percent. to Sean Casier and James Hall for Family! about Dale. He has other projects est since 1996. Also like 2009 This compares to $1.55 or 3.2 their very “special” donation. –Joe Blaze III around the house to keep him out settlements, almost half of the percent for the second year, and of trouble. average total package increase $1.63 or 3.4 percent for the third In January we went to the ($0.38) negotiated in 2010 was year, in 2009. Bayshore Supper Club and had a designated for higher contribu- Multi-year settlements really good time and lunch. There tions to multi-employer pension were most common in the East were some people missing. The funds. North Central Region in 2010, snowbirds are hopefully keeping A quarter of negotiations which covers Illinois, Indiana, warm down south. Bob Laub settled in 2010 resulted in a wage- Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, called a few days ago and said in and-fringe freeze or reduction for West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Alabama on one side of the porch the first year of the agreement. (Information from the As- he can get a sunburn and then turns Freezes and reductions were sociated General Contractors the corner and freezes his…uh… least likely in the Middle Atlantic of America). PAGE 4 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2011 THE HOT LINE... ELECTRICAL PIPELINES FIRE ALARM Plumbers, Pipefitters & SPRINKLER FITTERS WORKERS Local 50 LOCAL 8 Service Mechanics LOCAL 669 Greetings Members, pace and we expect some large Work in the area remains slow residential projects to start this year Greetings Members, Recently several members and many jobs we had hoped would downtown. As I start the writing of this first called about to go expelled and be hiring by now haven’t done so, Our members working in the newsletter article for the year I have didn’t have enough time to send mostly due to weather delays but service sector have been busy to think about how fast last year their dues payment in the mail and some due to lack of drawings and thanks to the extremely cold went by. There’s a lot of truth in get to the National Office by the Happy New Year Brothers & engineering delays. Despite this weather that we have been expe- the old saying the older you get the deadline. The simplest and quickest Sisters! we remain optimistic that this year riencing and from the looks of the faster they go. Thank you for your way to pay your dues is online es- With the start of a new year, will be very busy. forecast they may be busy for some help and support over the past year pecially in their situation. Go to our the weather for 2011 is cold and We are happy to report that time. and I look forward to the New Year. website www.sprinklerfitters669.org work is slow, but things will con- the large expansion ($400 Million) I would like to take some time I just looked at the last article I hit the online dues payment button tinue to get brighter with spring ap- at the Pro-Tec Coating Plant in to thank the members who have wrote in December and the unem- and it will walk you thru the process. proaching. As the year progresses, Leipsic, Ohio, has been granted a taken part in many training classes ployment list was at 27 members. There is $1.00 charge but a stamp is new work is becoming available. National Maintenance Agreement. at the Piping Industry Training Today January 28th, 2011 the list 44 cents so you’re not out a whole Leipsic Steel and Hollywood Ca- This is good news and will insure center. Having the best trained and shows 32 members unemployed. lot and you are not at the mercy of sino should take off and man-up in that the project will use Union most productive workers in the With winter here it doesn’t look to the United States Postal System. March. Also, with wind turbines labor. We met with representatives industry is vital to our success. improve any time soon. There are We have one member Shane going up in our jurisdiction please from Bechtel regarding the upcom- We plan on continuing to 300 members in the district so we T. Spoeer from Ashland, Ohio who contact the JATC about the compe- ing work at Davis Besse and were offer classes during the day and are right at 10%. It looks like winter completed the JATC program and tent climbing class, if you have not told to expect hiring to start by mid- evening as long as the demand is here in Northern Ohio. There is now a Journeyman Local 669 already done so. summer and that the outage will be is there. To the many of you who have been 2 calls recently from sprinkler fitter. Congratulations on Contract negotiations are approximately 42 days in length. haven’t taken part in one of these contractors requesting the list and your accomplishment Shane. getting under way for the Inside We have heard that the duration classes I would encourage you to hired several members. One thing U N I O N M E M B E R S Agreement which expires on April will be closer to 70 days. do so and if there is a class you to remember if your name isn’t on SHOULD NOT FORGET… 24. Proposals were accepted until Along with the hiring that would like to see offered, please the list you don’t have a chance What it was like when there February 8. Bechtel will be doing, DZ-NPS contact me and I will do every- at being hired when they call. So was no Union to protect the work- There have been some chang- will also have quite a bit of work thing possible to make that class now more than ever it is important ing men and women in this coun- es to the Local 8 staff. I would before and during the outage. DZ available. On that note, if there to call the unemployment line at try. Just imagine there was a time like to thank Don Burnard for is expected to start hiring this sum- are any members who would be (800) 638-0997 every 10 days to when you worked for a company his many years of service as an mer as well. Work at BP-Husky interested in taking a “Residential keep your name on the list. and were not entitled to medical organizer. All of your hard work for the reformer project continues Plumbing Service” class please The Hollywood Casino has not benefits, a pension or a fair wage. is much appreciated. Best wishes but there is still no word on when contact me. bid at this time but the contractors Not to mention a safe working also to our new membership de- they will start to hire out of the I see the residential service now have drawings to look at. The environment. Imagine if you were velopment representative, Shaun hall. market as an area of growth in our site work is moving ahead and injured while working and were Enright. After six years as enter- The outage planned at BP has industry and I want to encourage hopefully we will hear something on your own paying your medical tainment chairman, Bill Seyfried been postponed to mid-summer our members to consider starting soon on the bid date. The project bills. Then when you are cleared has decided to step down. I would with word that it may not happen a business in this market and will will be done under a Project Labor to return to work from your work- like to thank Bill for a job well until fall. Planning for the larger do anything I can to get you the Agreement so it will be 100% related injury, you find out you done. BP Toledo repositioning project training needed. union. The Defiance General Mo- had been replaced. Over the years Please mark your calendars “TRP” continues but we are still On the political front we are tors Plant will have some good the Unions have fought to give the for the following upcoming events: waiting on the complete list of under attack at the state house. work coming. Bowling Green State American worker a fair standard of WGA 2011 March Madness Fund- contractors who will perform that There are plans by the republicans University has dorm work ongoing living and we can retire with dig- raiser on March 19 at the union work. Work at the Casino project to do away with prevailing wage and several other projects winding nity. It is important that everyone hall; 2011 Dinner Dance March has been moving along but at for all state funded work, gut the down. Other than that it seems like stay involved. Everyone needs to 26 at Gladieux Meadows; IBEW the writing of this article Gem responsible contracting language smaller jobs and schools are the bulk attend the meetings, especially the Bowling Tournament June 2011 and Mondo only have a few UA that the Ohio School Facilities of the work out there right now. apprentices, they are the future and in NYC (For info contact Butch members onsite due to a hold Commission has in their guide- Member Brian Heckman need to be educated on the work- Boulton 276-0724). up in final mechanical drawings. lines, and they may even make it from Austintown, Ohio works for ings of their Union. Hope to see you at the next Once the drawings are complete impossible for local school boards North Coast Fire Protection fell in Our next District Meeting will union meeting! we expect calls in the hall for that to require prevailing wage be paid October and is still recovering. Ac- be Friday March 4, 2011 at the Holi- –Terry “Shorty” Short, Press site. Work on the various school on their projects. This is all BAD cidents can happen to anyone at any day Inn French Quarter in Perrys- Secretary projects continue at a very busy for us! And, they are just getting time anywhere. We are in a danger- burg, Ohio. The Meeting will start started. ous profession and need to be aware at 7:30 pm. President- Organizer If you would be willing to of that at all times. With winter here Jim Tucker will chair the meeting. Dimitri’s Red Wing write your state representative, please contact the hall for guid- be careful and allow yourself plenty of time to get to work safely and on Please put the date on your calendar. A reminder to those of you who Shoes & Repair ance on the details that should be covered in your letter. It would be time. Your family depends on you getting home the in same shape you have not sent your Ballot for Of- ficers in you have until March 1, especially helpful to have mem- left in the morning. 2011 to do so. Please take part and 10% discount bers who live in a district that has Most of you by now should vote if you have not already. Those a Republican office holder. We have received your tool kit cov- of you who took the time to vote, to all union need you to contact them and try ered under Article 15 of our new thank you. members to stop the attacks on working agreement. The process has gone The Local 669 Retirees in • Professional Shoe Fitters people. fairly smooth and there has been Northwest Ohio will be meeting Open 7 Days •Only Location in Maumee Until the next edition, work mixed feelings with the members at Charlie’s Restaurant on Rt. 2 Mon.-Fri. 9:00 a.m. – 8 p.m. •2,000 Pairs in Stock safe. and the contractors. Any time Airport Hwy., Swanton, Ohio the Fraternally, there is change there is going to first Tuesday of each month at Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. •Life-Time Maintenance Lou Szabo be bumps in the road. We need to 10:00 am. You can contact Butch Sun. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (excludes soles & heels) Business Representative abide by the contract and if changes Zimmerman at (419) 822-4375. 209 Conant St., Downtown Maumee UA Local 50 are needed they will be addressed In closing be careful out there. in three years at the next contract Work smart and work safe. (419) 893-8647 negotiations. Respectfully, Ted Lewis JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2011 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES PAGE 5 Laborers Local 480 The Mud Box BOILERTALK... What’s Happening BOILERMAKERS The December Arctic Jacket nasty. It looks like we should have LOCAL 85 giveaway and health screening a pretty good spring with some went well. Local 480 will be sell- projects ready to start bidding. ing the leftover jackets for $65. The Kalahari Convention Center Dear Brothers and Sisters: Please call for availability, we have limited sizes. expansion is due to bid Feb. 23, 2011. I was able to get Target Fund- Heat and Frost Our next union meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February Our STP training class will be held on Feb. 8-9 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 ing for this project, Ohio Turnpike and some other projects like Davis Insulators Local 45 17th 2011. As always we hope to see you there. p.m. Lunch will be provided, this Besse, schools in Bellevue and Last month’s meeting was our class is full. We are in the process Canton. To All Our Brothers and Sis- are some members who are still annual retiree’s celebration and of trying to schedule another class. The District Council has ters, behind. Please mail any per capita continuous membership service pin The STP training will be required recently said that they will be di- February union meeting: Our dues to Local 45, 4904 North Sum- recognition. Congratulations to our to be renewed/updated every five recting the organizing department. February 17th, 2010 union meet- mit Street, Toledo, Ohio 43611. 2010 retirees: Art Martinez, Rich- years as of May 1, 2011. This is Matt MacLellan and his organizers ing will be held at our union hall All dues are to be paid by check ard Eversole, Roger Thompson, part of the new Heavy-Highway will be located at the Westerville, located at 4904 North Summit or money order. No cash will be Lee Witt, Wes Horner, Tom Brad- Agreement (can be found on Pages Ohio office. The organizers will Street, Toledo, Ohio at 7:30 p.m. on taken. If you have any questions ley, Terry Franklin, Glen Keaton, 11-12). visit each Local in Ohio to discuss Thursday. During the January 2011 or concerns, please call the hall at Steve Pasztor, Bill Braden, Harlan The STP renewal will not be what they can do to help. meeting, we passed the additional 419-726-4683. Dillon, Robert Arellano, Ron Eisel, held against you or the contrac- We received our request with fee of $0.04 to be applied towards Supervisor and Contractors Joseph Everhardt, Jr., Richard My- tors if it is not renewed by May 1, the approval for a variance to the Pension Rehabilitation Plan. Competent Person Course – 40 ers, Fred Lowe, Dennis Barker and 2011. The Training Center District retain our monthly dues at $27 a The four cents came off our base hour Class: The following is a Mark Matuszewski. Council and the Local Union are month. The monthly dues are due rate wages. schedule of the Supervisors and Continuous Membership Ser- working on making the additional on or before the first of the month. Also, just a reminder that our Contractors Competent Person vice pins were given as follows: classes available. Due to the new Please make checks payable to March union meeting will be on St. Course which will be held at Cotter 15 Yrs. – Chris Coutcher, OSHA Rigging and Lifting Stan- Local 480. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, 2011 at School (Northwest Ohio Construc- Jim Dombrowski, Dan Hartwig, dard the Training Center is over- The following members have 7:30 p.m. on Thursday here at our tion Education Center) located at Joseph Imre, Mike Killion, Dennis whelmed with extra classes. failed to pay their monthly dues and union hall located at 4904 North 4535 Hill Avenue, Toledo, Ohio Koehler, Mike Patterson, Herman The Dependent Eligibility Au- as a result have been suspended. Summit Street, Toledo, Ohio, 43615. To receive credit for the Pfaff, Sean Scanlon, Jeff Stahl, dit is now complete with the total Please remind these members: 43611. course, you must attend all classes. Shane Timmons, Don Waltermier, cost to perform the audit $200,000. Ricky Johnson, Ronald Ball, Bran- 2010 Union Dues: For all There are no make-up dates avail- and Mike Watson. They estimated a savings of $3.5 don Gordon, Alex Hartleib, Seth members who worked in 2010, able. To register, please call the 20 Yrs. – Don Barror, Pat Dan- million. SECOVA is no longer Graves, Mike Rutherford, Jason Local 45 have summary sheets of hall at 419-726-4683 by February dino, Al Sprouse, Tim Timmons, handling calls. Any questions or Stout, Joseph Rospert, Joseph the union dues paid during 2010 for 11, 2011. David Coker, Fred Lowe, and John problems please call the OLFBP Knudsen, Vince Thompson, Kevin your information. You may come February 18 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Pelton. Fund office at (800) 236-6437. Smith, Jonnie Hobbs, Andrew into the hall to pick up your copy Friday 30 Yrs. – Jeff Abram, Jim There could possibly be a 24- to Kowalski, Brandon Smith, Clinton or give us a call to make other ar- February 19th 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 McRury, Russ Wagner, Kevin 48-hour response time. Leave a Stocker. rangements. p.m. Saturday Ruedy, Doug Martin, and Don message if you don’t get through. Congratulations to Scott Man- Per Capita Dues: Overall, we February 20th 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 Leichty. Work in our area is still slow tz our newest Executive Board are doing well keeping our per p.m. Sunday 35 Yrs. – Keith Lenz. with the winter months still pretty member. capita dues current. However there February 25th 6 p.m. – 10:00 Our condolences are offered p.m. Friday to the families of the following Another drop for union membership February 26th 7:30 a.m. – 400 members whose loved ones passed p.m. Saturday away recently. Bob Wasserman, February 27th 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 (father), Mark Rohm, (brother), By Mark Gruenberg health care and hospitality, were nois was down from 17.5 percent to p.m. Sunday Jerry Bullock, (father in law), PAI Staff Writer not as hard hit by the recession. 15.5 percent, with a 107,000-mem- Work Status: Work is slowing Ken McCarthy, (grandmother), WASHINGTON (PAI) – The As a result, 6.9% of private sector ber decline in one year, to 844,000. down for the time being. Hopefully Andy Zapata, (father), Ramon nation’s unions had 14.7 million workers are unionized, compared And Michigan, reflecting the con- by the next Mud Box article, work DeAnda, Sr., (mother), Ramon members last year, or represented to 36.2% of public workers. Public tinuing ills of the auto industry, will be picking up. DeAnda, (grandmother), Johnny 11.9% of all U.S. workers, the sector unionists outnumber private shed 83,000 union members, down New Arrival: It is always nice Willett, (mother), Don McGrana- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) sector unionists by 500,000. to 627,000, while density dropped to share the news of new births. han, (grandson), Gary Maynard, reported Jan. 21. Both union Some private sectors are more from 18.8 percent to 16.5 percent. Brother Joe Evans and his wife are (brother), Fred Diebert, (wife), membership, down by 612,000, unionized than others, however, As recently as 2005, Michigan had proud parents to a new baby boy John Bates, (father in law), Win- and density, down 0.4%, declined led by Transportation and utilities the third highest union penetra- born in January. ston Cooperwood, (mother), Josh from the year before. (21.8 percent), telecommunications tion among all the states, at 21.6 In closing, it’s already Febru- Harmon, (grandfather) and to the The Great Recession has (15.8 percent), and construction percent. ary and changes are all around family of retired member Jack pushed down union membership (13.1 percent). With the exception of a slight us. Let’s hope this year brings us Parker. by a total of 1.3 million in the last The decline in union mem- rise in 2007 and a significant jump opportunities to be our best in our The Monroe, DTE outage two years combined. That’s double bership from 2009 to 2010 was in 2008, union membership per- trade and to our families, friends, starts the week of February 7th., the total membership gains unions widespread, as even states with centage has been on a steady de- and those we greet each day. WORK SAFE, and make all the made in 2007-08. high union density, such as New cline from its high of 20.1 percent Time is passing by quickly. money you can. BLS union data analyst Jim York (24.2 percent), dropped. in 1983, the first year for which Fraternally yours, Our training center renovation Walker told Press Associates Union Though the Empire State led the comparable union data are avail- Mark project is complete. If you are in News Service the recession particu- nation in union density for the able. the area stop in and see it. The larly hit hard at three more-densely second straight year, as well as New Jersey and Illinois were work was done by Dodson and unionized sectors: Manufacturing, in number of union members, its among the six states, along with Sons. It looks great. construction and local government. percentage declined from 25.2 California (2.431 million, down Fraternally yours, “Also, men dominate those in- percent in 2009 and its member- 22,000), New York, Pennsylvania Fred Keith, Jr, BM-ST dustries – especially manufacturing ship rolls fell by 60,000, to 1.9 (770,000, down 74,000) and Ohio Boilermakers Local 85 and construction – and they have a million. (655,000, down 30,000), in that higher share of union membership Three states had big drops in order which, combined, enrolled and were particularly hard hit by union density. New Jersey lost almost half of all U.S. unionists. the downturn,” he said. 84,000 union members, down to Despite Ohio’s numbers decline, By contrast, he said, more 637,000, and density declined from its union density rose from 13.7% lightly unionized sectors, including 19.9 percent to 17.6 percent. Illi- to 14.2%. PAGE 6 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2011 THANKS TO Santa and his SNIPS funky elf, and a talented clown, for helping out at the Local 33 Christmas party. FROM LOCAL 33 On January 25th, 2011 we baked. We want to thank Teresa had a special election for Busi- Alonzo, Pam Leffler, Jason Spears, ness Agent, Executive Board and Joe Stallbaum, Corey Beaubien, Trustee. The results of the election Jeff Heaney, Jake Spafford, Jer- are as follows: Matt Cherry is the emy Daleska, Matt Cherry, Greg new BA and Corey Beaubien is the McClellan, Dick Schuller, Reggie new Executive Board Member and Hohenberger, Mike Dloughy, Nick John Anderson is the new Trustee Miller and all of their families that from the Cleveland District. If you helped out. We could not have see these guys out bust their chops done it without all the volunteers. a little bit and maybe congratulate Thanks a lot. them for their success in the elec- If you are interested in taking tion. We had a great turnout for the some update classes please contact election here in the Toledo District. the JATC at 419 873-9964. There We want to thank everyone who- are numerous update classes avail- fort. If you take a little time and do showed up and voted. able for the membership to take. some research on your purchases We want to let everyone know You can also take classes at the De- you might be surprised on the our fingers crossed that Signatory that the Ohio Supreme Court troit JATC or the Cleveland JATC. things that you can buy here from contractors are able to land these refused to hear the Wood County The JATC is always open for you the good old USA. I read an article jobs. Prosecutor’s appeal on the case that involved Reggie Hohenberger. He to come in and brush up on some of your skills Monday thru Friday. that stated if every American cared enough to purchase one USA made BRICK These next few years will without a doubt be difficult ones. has been put back in office effective January 20, 2011 and has regained Call the JATC before you show up, to confirm that there is no conflict garment per year the impact would be $9,000,000,000.00 (billion) CORNER Our newly elected officials that are going to make the laws that we live all positions that he held with with a scheduled apprenticeship the SMWIA Local #33, the GEC class. dollars. That creates an amazing amount of jobs for USA citizens. CHATTER by in the State of Ohio have already made threats of eliminating Pre- and any other organizations that Work seems to be holding its Just something to ponder in your vailing Wage. If this happens it will he was involved with. This was own at this present time. There spare time. make it very difficult for our signa- huge relief for him and his fam- are numerous projects coming out There is a new policy in re- tory contractors to be competitive ily. Thanks to the Wood County for bid from the private sector and gards to signing the books for Local on bid day. What we need to do is Prosecutor’s abuse of their power, it is about time. Thanks to our tax #33. You will no longer have to contact the State Representatives the membership of Local #33 was money we helped save numerous International Union drive to each district. Please stop and inform them that Prevailing cheated out of his leadership skills banks and companies from going by the Union Hall and pick up the of Bricklayers & Allied Wage is a good thing. Prevailing to move us forward in these tough belly up. The least that the banks forms that you will need. Once you Craftworkers Wage (the Union Wage) allows economical times. We want to can do is to start lending some have these forms, fill them out and for honest, hard working men and thank Mike Coleman for stepping money to the people that want to mail them to the Districts. LOCAL 3 women to earn an honest living. It up to the plate and doing a good job expand their buildings and com- The District will then put allows us to make a decent wage, as the Business Manager Pro Tem. panies. It looks as if there will be you on the available to work list After the near blizzard condi- have rights in the work place, Thanks a lot Mike. some work at the GMPT Defiance according to the post mark on the tions that we experienced a couple health insurance and most impor- The Local #33 Toledo District and Toledo plants. Campbell’s envelope. We may have to tweak of weeks ago, it is hard believe that tantly have a comfortable life after Christmas party was well attended. Soup and Johns Manville have some things as time goes but this is spring is just around the corner. retirement with a good pension. We changed the venue this year some work coming that will keep a learning experience. This policy With that I hope to say that we I plead to you; please make the and the way that we raffled off the our industrial contractors busy. only covers the jurisdiction of Lo- will have more work opportunities call to the elected officials and ask Christmas gifts. We had a great The casino project has been cal #33. We have also made some for the members once the weather them to keep Prevailing Wage in time and we look forward to see- a slow mover for us due to some changes in regards to the Toledo breaks. place. If we flood their office with ing you next year. If you have any engineering deficiencies. Looks District Hardship Fund. At times Rudolph/Libbe will continue calls they just may get the point. suggestions please call us at the great on paper. Huh? Go figure. the policy was too cumbersome to go strong on the Hollywood If you can’t find a phone number office (419-873-9971 ext. 6) and There is some school work for the committee to use it to help Casino project. They have also please call the office and I can help let us know. Your suggestions are coming in Monroe and Lenawee the membership during these tough picked up some work at the Husky you out. always welcome. counties in Michigan; sixteen and economic times. Refinery in Lima. As always, please make sure Thanks to the Rec Committee twenty million dollar projects. Just an FYI from the Rec Com- At the Bowling Green State that your monthly Union dues are Volunteers the children’s Christmas Fermi is still a go and they are mittee: we are raffling off a 42-inch University-Dorm projects, Leidal/ paid up to date. If a member is party was a huge success. It has working on infrastructure and roads Plasma HDTV on April 26, 2011. Hart will continue to work on the more than three months behind in been a number of years since we for the project. The economic fu- The costs of the tickets are $10.00 brick veneers. his/her dues that member is risking had this party for the kids and it ture is looking up for this country each and we only have 160 tickets. Midwest Construction will being dropped from membership was very well attended. The kids but we still have an uphill climb. This raffle is for the SMW Local have several projects in the area. and will be required to pay a re-in- enjoyed the crafts, clown and the We are just starting the Local #33 membership, active and retiree. Brescol Bros. will work on the statement fee to become current. piñata. Santa and his less than #33 Toledo District Residential You can purchase the tickets at the Cow/Hippo-Rhino Exhibit at the normal elf (Reggie Hohenberger) negotiations. We look forward Union Hall during regular business Toledo Zoo. Dues can be paid several dif- passed out gifts and took pictures to negotiating a contract that the hours. With the Toledo Public ferent ways: mailing in a check with all the children. We want to residential members will be pleased The Rec committee will be Schools beginning to come to (OADC 5171 Hudson Dr. Hudson, thank Stan, Lin, Ashley and Nick with. Thanks to the members that looking for volunteers again who completion on their building proj- Ohio 44236), paying by check or Lewinski for all the help with the sent back the residential surveys. would like to be involved in plan- ects we need to start looking to the credit/debit card over the phone pictures. Of course some of the In the near future we will be ning activities for the membership. out-laying areas for schoolwork. In (1-800-442-0479) or by having kids were not that fond of Santa. sending out a survey in regards to Our first meeting will be held on the month of February we will be the dues directly withdrawn from Or was it his elf? LOL. the Building Trades Agreement. Feb 22, 2011 at 5 pm. Please call watching bids for school projects a bank account. Please take care We want to thank Mike and Please take some time to fill it out John E Russell at the Union Hall in North Baltimore, Otsego, Van of this so that I can spend more time Kathy Aubry, Nick and Carolyn and return it. and let him know your interest to Wert and Vanguard Vocational recruiting more contractors and Koelsch, Jim and Ann Domanows- We know that it can be difficult be involved on the committee. School. I have been told that Lake finding us more work opportuni- ki, Dick and Kaye Schuller and Sue to buy American made goods but –Don Hafner, John E Russell High School will also go out for ties. Tuite for all the cookies that they we should try to give our best ef- and Matt Cherry (Rookie) bid in the near future. Let’s keep –Fraternally, Don Huss JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2011 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES PAGE 7 I hope this finds you well. and has very important informa- Drywall finishers that can run the PAINTER’S POT ON THE Brother Ed Dibble is recovering tion. We also have a link for general tools. from a heart attack so please put comments or concerns and you can With the upcoming work we Painters & him in your thoughts and prayers. even email your officers privately look forward to putting many LEVEL... Decorators Please visit the District Coun- cil 6 (www.iupat-dc6.org) website with comments or concerns. If you can’t make it to a meeting please more to work. Please make sure your contact information is up for statewide training classes and contact the officer of your choice to date. I tried to put calls out for CEMENT MASONS & Local 7 information. You can also visit and get your answers. We are all people recently and had several PLASTERERS... Local 7 website (www.iupatlocal7. here to help get you the right an- disconnected or bad numbers. I org). Both are updated and will swer. can’t put you to work if I can’t LOCAL 886 have this year’s Journeyperson During the annual respirator contact you. upgrade classes posted on it. Please and OSHA refreshers this year we Those interested in traveling FIT TESTING TO BE OF- visit often as it changes frequently asked for comments from you. The for work opportunities can receive FERED. Executive has gone through those text alerts from the international, THE CUTTING EDGE This is a reminder that we are surveys and will pay close attention if you wish to register for the job still creating a list for FIT Testing. to your comments and concerns. alerts text IUPAT to 48728. This list will consist of cement We all want to thank you for the If you are facing possible masons (for grinding and spraying sealers) and plasterers (for sanding GLAZIERS 948 direction and hope to make your union one that uplifts you. The International LMCI is foreclosure make sure you know your rights and the Save the Dream Foreclosure Prevention Task Force drywall and spraying other finish- es). Contractors have expressed a for the beautiful job she did. hosting a Supervisor Training created by Gov. Strickland may Greetings members of Local desire to have this training included Also, congratulations to the Program I March 3-5, 2011 and be able to help connect you with 948, in the Contract as a requirement for winners of those prize baskets. And a Supervisor Training Program II a housing counselor, legal aid, or January birthday wishes go pay raises during our negotiations they are: Kyle and Stephanie Cain, March 2, 2011. Both classes are court mediation. Contact Susan out to: Matt Laytart, Jim Samson, in 2011. It is our recommendation Scott Henneman, Joe Eccleston, in Toledo at the Northwest Ohio Choe at (888) 404-4674 or (http:// Nate Leggett, Rob Endicott, Brad to get it done now. This is typically Dan Wentland, Mark Fallon, Ron Construction Education Center on www.savethedream.ohio.gov/) Brackney, Chris Kayser, and retiree a 4-hour course and will be done on Whitcomb, Greg and Judy Herr, Hill Ave. We also have a couple of they are there to help for FREE. Dan Wentland. a Saturday morning in the immedi- Phil Davis, Nate Leggett, Rich Lead and Heavy Metal awareness You better take advantage while February birthday wishes: ate future, and may not be offered Henneman and Erik Marsh. We classes coming up. you still can. Randy Armitage, Scott Henneman again for quite awhile. Please call look forward to doing this again If you are interested in attend- The Union Construction and retiree Bill Bowe. the Local #886 Office and get your next year. ing any upcoming classes please Workers Health Plan may send I would like to give my sincere name put on this list. As you may have guessed, contact Sherri at the Local 7 office. you a request for information condolences to the friends & family DEEPEST SYMPATHY. work is our area has really slowed These classes and others like it will from time to time. It is extremely members of union brother Earl Mc- Local #886 recently had two down and may stay that way for a help increase the work opportuni- important to keep costs down and Donald who passed away on Jan. members pass away. Richard little while longer. There is some ties of everyone that attends. So ensure your claims are handled 30 after a courageous battle with Baldwin passed away on December work coming in the spring time and please take advantage of all that timely that you fill any request out pancreatic cancer. Earl had been a 31st and Robert Puls passed away we hope that the bids start coming is offered. Trent has recently been accurately and return them as soon member of Local 948 since 1995 and on Jan. 7th. The Officers and Mem- out for some of the other projects certified by the American Heart As- as possible. leaves to cherish his memory wife bers wish to extend their deepest shortly. I’ll keep you all informed sociation to train 1st AID and Adult As a reminder, we would like Pamela and daughters Meagan and sympathy and sincere condolences as I receive the information myself. CPR. He will be putting on a class everyone to attend the monthly Michelle. Rest in Peace. to both their families. In March the LMCI will be very soon so be sure to sign up at Local 7 union meeting. This is On a brighter note we want We also wish to extend our once again hosting the Supervisor the hall or contact Trent by email the second Wednesday of each to send our congratulations to Mr. deepest condolences to Brother Jim Training Classes here in Toledo and (firstname.lastname@example.org) to ask month at 5:00 p.m. at 1308 W. and Mrs. Russell Drouillard on the Haase during the recent death of his we are putting the list together for about this and any other upcoming Sylvania Ave., Toledo, Ohio 419- birth of their daughter Bella Marie wife, Laurie. both the STP I and STP II classes. classes. 476-7505. who was 19” long and weighed KEEP US INFORMED. STP II will be a one day class held I would like to remind every- This is YOUR opportunity to in at 6lbs. 8oz. Everyone is doing Please remember to keep the on March 2, 2011 for those who one that our contract is set to expire keep up to date on union business fine. Congratulations to grandpa Local #886 Office informed of your have already attended STP I. The June 30, 2011. It is important that and to discuss any matters that you Tim Drouillard and great- grandpa change in phone number, address, STP I classes which is a 2 ½ days you attend your union meeting to feel need to be addressed. Larry Drouillard, also. beneficiary, and e-mail address, if class, will be held on March 3-5, ensure input and gather information Respectfully in brotherhood, I also want to congratulate you have one. We try to keep this 2011. All classes will be held at regarding issues such as this. Jamie Peppers Randy Armitage and Scott Gwozdz information up-to-date, but we NOCEC, our training center, and There are several large projects www.iupat-dc6.org as the newest journeymen glaziers can’t do it without your help. For begin at 7:30 am/ Pleases contact on the horizon. We have a need for www.iupatlocal7.org in Local 948. Scott and Randy have you to be contacted and sent to completed their requirements for Brian to get your name on the list work we must first have your most the apprenticeship program and for those classes. recent phone number. Many of you are no longer using a landline, but have reached the status of Journey- man. Congrats guys. Last but not least I want to say congratulations to my good friend and WALBRIDGE DENTAL ASSOCIATES have not given us your cell phone This year at our annual “after former co-worker at Toledo Mirror, number. Please do. the holidays” party we tried some- Ron Stefko, on his retirement from LOCAL #886 WEBSITE. thing a little different from the Local 948. Ronnie has been a member Just a reminder that Local #886 years past and from what everyone of Local 948 since 1980 and has spent Matthew D. Freytag, D.D.S. • Jody E. Freytag, D.D.S. has a website that you can visit to has told me it looks like it was a most of his career at Toledo Mirror & obtain much of the information that Glass Company. We had a lot of fun 403 N. Main St. Walbridge, OH 43465 hit. Our First Annual Monte Carlo you used to only be able to get by Night was held on January 15th at working together and he taught me a lot calling our office. Check us out at: www.opcmia886.com the Electrical Industry Building in Rossford and it was a lot of fun for about the glazing trade. We presented Ronnie with his glass retirement plaque 419-666-1776 Think Spring!!! all. Instead of having a sit down and his jacket at the Monte Carlo fes- –Jim, Jeff, Mike & Sally dinner as we had in the past, this tivities and we wish him well in his year we livened things up a bit by retirement and don’t be a stranger. Take bringing in black jack, craps, and care my friend. roulette tables to let the attendees I hope to see you at our local gamble for some great prizes. meetings which are on the second There was still some great food Tuesday of the month at 5pm and provided by Premiere Catering and are held at the union hall located a lot of really nice prizes to be won by those who placed their tickets at 1308 W. Sylvania Ave. Toledo, Ohio 43611. $10 OFF ANY SERVICE in the Chinese raffle. A special Until then, work safe. Be care- Cannot be used with any other offer. thanks to Sherri Kerner for putting ful working out in the cold weather together all the prize baskets and and look out for your co-wokers too. Present coupon at time of service Brian Outland PAGE 8 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2011 RESIDENTIAL UNION CONTRACTORS PLASTERERS ELECTRICAL, con’t PLUMBERS & SHEETMETAL WORKERS J & K Mechanical Empire Builders PIPE FITTERS Commercial Comfort Systems, 7505 Bluebush Rd. (419) 304-2763 TAS, Inc. Cross Htg. & Clg. Inc. Inc. Maybee, MI 48159 433 Dearborn Ave. 2731 Morocco Rd P. O. Box 8792 (734) 587-3184 New Vision Construction Toledo, OH 43605 Ida Mi 48140 Maumee, OH 43537 Contact: Kyle Crossman Services (419) 693-3353 (734) 856-2400 Phone: (419) 481-4444 (419) 382-1273 Fax: (419) 832-0126 M & M Heating & A/C Regent Electric Frische-Mullin Contact: Fran Lanciaux 610 Scott Street Thourot Plastering, LLC Kevin McCarthy 5132 Enterprise Blvd. Toledo, OH 43620 (419) 335-1811 5235 Tractor Rd. Toledo OH 43612 Phone: (419) 243-3005 Toledo, OH (419) 726-4900 Complete Heating & A/C Fax: (419) 243-0754 CEMENT MASONS (419) 476-8333 5520 Alger Road Contact: Mark Janiewicki B & J Concrete Geo. F. Peters & Son Inc. Sylvania, OH 43560 (419) 474-8096 Service Electric 2733 Glendale Avenue Phone: (419) 882-0175 Okuley Heating & A/C Paul Barber Toledo, OH 43614 Fax: (419) 882-0035 50 W. Sylvania Avenue Scott’s Quality Concrete 404 N. Dean Rd. 419-382-1234 Contact: Ken Newberry Toledo, OH 43612 (734) 888-1788 Adrian, MI 49221 Contact: Fred Peters (419) 478-4699 (517) 263-0409 Family owned & operated since Cross Heating & Cooling, Inc. (419) 754-2321 JAK CC 1910 2731 Morocco Road Contact: Bob Okuley (419) 263-7875 Transtar Electric Ida, MI 48140 Dan Bolin Laroy Plbg. & Htg. Inc. Phone: (734) 856-2400 Perfection Heating & A/C J.M.B. Construction 867 Warehouse Rd. Ste. C PO Box 552 Fax: (734) 856-2500 5249 Secor Road, Suite #3 (419) 466-5669 Toledo, OH 43615 Sylvania OH 43560 Contact: Bill Cross Toledo, OH 43623 (419) 385-7573 (419) 466-7819 Phone 419-473-2665 Quinn Concrete Executive Mechanical Fax 419-472-9433 (419) 476-3290 Transtar Electric Merit Plbg. Inc. P. O. Box 256 Contact: Rick Stachowski Security & Technologies, 8432 W Central #1 Ottawa Lake, MI 49267 Rahe Construction Dan Bolin Sylvania OH 43560 Phone: (734) 854-6054 Sieb Plumbing & Heating (419) 262-8095 867 Warehouse Rd. Ste. C (419) 841-3216 Fax: (734) 856-7089 303 B. Front Street Toledo, OH 43615 Contact: Thomas Pant Monroe, MI 48161 ELECTRICAL WORKERS (419) 385-7573 Ott Plbg. Inc. Phone: (734) 241-8898 Barriger Electric 1749 Green Valley Dr. Frische Mullin A/C Fax: (734) 241-9067 Tom Barriger Zeiler Electric Toledo OH 43614 5132 Enterprise Blvd. Contact: Rich Sieb 4425 N. Stickney Ave. Rich Zeiler (419) 381-7088 Toledo, OH 43612 Toledo, OH 43612 13351 Todd Road Phone: (419) 726-4900 Vintage Heating & Air 419-727-1500 Ida, Michigan 48140 Perrysburg Plumbing Fax: (419) 726-4114 3335 McGregor Lane (734)269-3437 625 Sandusky Contact: Raj Thapar Toledo, OH 43623 Great Lakes Electrical Perrysburg OH 43551 Phone: (419) 472-9349 Greg Krzyston (419) 874-7163 Fry Brothers Htg. & A/C Fax: (419) 472-9335 3156 Upton Ave. 1909 Tremainsville Road Contact: John Crozier Toledo, OH 43613 IRON WORKERS R.A. Rush Plbg. & Htg. Co Inc. 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And what Not that Greenhouse is unique- House Committee Editor would folks like Greg LeRoy, who ly blinkered – virtually all main- By Mark Ayers The Newspaper Guild Reporter for years has documented how stream press coverage of labor President, AFL-CIO Buildikng Trades Dept. Via the International Labor states have given away the store suffers similar limitations. The “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose…by any other name Communications Association in a tax dollar-draining chase after same day his article appeared, would smell as sweet.” In other words, Shakespeare was implying If any proof were needed of “economic development,” have to a Wall Street Journal piece by that a name is simply an artificial and meaningless convention. the uphill battle faced by labor in say about that? Matthew Dolan reported on the But, is it really? winning the hearts and minds of But the biggest problem with UAW’s new organizing drive The recent action by the Republican majority of the U.S. House the American public via the “elite” a lot of this kind of reporting is among foreign auto companies at of Representatives to change the name of the Committee on Education media, Monday’s (Jan. 3) New York that it rarely acknowledges there’s their U.S. factories – many, it goes and Labor to the “Committee on Education and the Workforce” is a Times served it up in spades. a bigger struggle underway. The without saying, lured to so-called telling example where a name truly does have meaning and conviction That’s the day Steven Green- country is being ripped apart by right-to-work states by lavish and represents something more telling. In this case, it represents a house wrote about a growing class warfare on a scale that hasn’t taxpayer-underwritten subsidies shot across the bow of America’s Building Trades Unions as a warn- movement in state houses to “curb been seen in nearly a century, yet and incentives. ing that the ideals and worldview that we hold dear is about to come the salaries and pensions of gov- each skirmish or battle is treated as The companies’ response, under withering attack. ernment employees” – but that’s an isolated event without broader Dolan wrote, was to argue that The committee’s website, under the direction of new Chairman only the tip of the spear. As Green- context. “they already provide a fair chance John Kline (R-MN), has issued a stark proclamation on how it intends house also noted, the movement So while public union leader for workers to decide on unioniza- to thwart what it calls “union favoritism.” The statement reads: is attempting to achieve “more Gerald McEntee gets an inch of tion” – and, he added, “several Concerned citizens from across the country continue to express far-reaching, structural changes New York Times ink to explain that company officials said they provide their frustration with business-as-usual in Washington. Far too often that would weaken the bargaining his constituents are being targeted their workers competitive pay and lobbyist loopholes and special interest deals are placed ahead of the power and political influence of as “payback” for the 2010 election, benefits, and see no need for a nation’s best interest. Despite the public’s concern, Democrats in unions, including private sector there’s no mention of the far bigger union.” Washington are embracing a culture of union favoritism that stacks ones.” election role played by corporate Shades of a plantation men- the deck in favor of union bosses and against rank-and-file workers. The unspoken strategy behind interests. It’s as if one football team tality! Bet dem darkies felt the Republicans will fight for a level playing field that enables all the first attack is to create a discon- got tested for anabolic steroids and same way ‘bout massa, eh? Do we Americans to pursue opportunity and economic prosperity. As part of nect between “public employees” was forced to explain why some need to guess how many of those that effort, Republicans will oppose policies that strip workers of their and “taxpayers” – even though players were being targeted – while workers were interviewed by the right to a secret ballot in a union election, whether those policies are teachers, firemen and other public the other team not only doesn’t get Journal on that issue? Or, more advanced in the halls of Congress or through decisions made behind workers are obviously taxpayers, tested but gets to egg on the league provocatively, how many of those closed doors by unelected bureaucrats. Republicans will also ensure too – and then to demonize the officials. pampered workers were asked their labor bosses are held accountable to workers through strong enforce- former so that all the rest of us Finally, there often intrudes thoughts about executive compen- ment of legal safeguards that are the first line of defense against union taxpayers get ticked off. A similar into these kinds of stories a bla- sation packages – and why it’s all corruption. divide-and-conquer approach has tantly paternalistic overtone that right for CEOs to have employment Republican oversight will vigorously defend the rights and free- worked in creating an artificial rarely gets questioned, regardless contracts but not for assembly line doms of all workers. rift between “workers” and “con- of how offensive it might be. In the workers? The committee makes it explicitly clear that they are taking aim sumers,” so why not stick with a Greenhouse article, for example, Unfortunately, this kind of to limit the scope and reach of the Davis-Bacon Act, as well as the winner? Ohio Gov. John Kasich is quoted biased framing of labor issues is proliferation of federal project labor agreements. The attack on private-sector as saying of teachers, “If they only becoming more prevalent Tellingly, there is no reference in the committee’s oversight plans unions, meanwhile, riffs off the want to strike, they should be fired. within mainstream media, not to any investigation into the proliferation of a “race to the bottom” attack on public employees by They’ve got good jobs, they’ve got less. That makes it all the more business model in the construction industry which has consistently characterizing them as “too power- good pay, they get good benefits, imperative that whatever limited been one of the single biggest sources of corporate law-breaking and ful” and claiming they have skewed a great retirement. What are they voice is still left to organized fraud that can be found anywhere in the United States. From the abuse the democratic process with their striking for?” labor be lifted in criticism and in and exploitation of undocumented workers, to the misclassification outsized political campaign war That was a question, wasn’t counter-narrative. of employees that robs both workers and government of revenue, to chests. it? In which case, shouldn’t there Read critically. Question jour- the runaway cost-shifting in the health insurance market, the non- Unfortunately, those kinds have been an answer? Without one, nalistic shorthand. Challenge as- union construction industry in America today is savaging the ability of assertions are rarely chal- the entire quote reads like a finger- sumptions. And assert the obvious of American workers and American communities to maintain decent lenged by reporters or put in wagging admonishment from a – because although it may be standards of living. any context, and in that respect wise father to a get-over-yourself- obvious to you, it won’t be to a lot I guess the GOP simply wants to “defend the rights and freedoms Greenhouse fits squarely within already teenager. of others. of all workers” to remain poor and exploited. the mainstream. The statements about unions being “too power- ful” and that they are skewing campaigns with large war chests, IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT “TEMPORARILY AWAY” for example, are vaguely attrib- uted to “many” state officials who “Temporarily Away”…when in Florida for four months, I’m on ily away” is the #1 reason why this If you would like to guaran- are then unnamed. The assertions a member has informed the post vacation for two weeks, I’m away happens. When the paper is re- tee there is no interruption in the themselves, meanwhile, are left office they will be “temporarily on a job for several months.” It turned with the big yellow sticker, delivery of your paper, you must in un-rebutted isolation, with away”, the also means you will be deleted from it will be deleted from the Voice of contact YOUR RESPECTIVE whatever lingering impression post office the Voice of the Building Trades the Building Trades database and LOCAL and inform them of any they leave on readers. r e t u r n s database. doesn’t get back on the database updates to your address and your Worse, even when a speaker is this paper The Building Trades has no until your respective local indicates local will then inform the Building identified, his charges are accepted b a c k t o way of determining how long a for us to do so. Trades. at face value. So Greenhouse, for the Build- member is “temporarily away” or The Voice of the Building In closing, I would like to example, gives free rein to an In- ing Trades even if, or when, that member will Trades sends out approximately thank the handful of members diana state lawmaker to assert that with a big return. Every month the paper is 9,000 papers every month and that are consistent in keeping “the folks who work day-to-day in y e l l o w returned, another postage fee is every month, stacks of papers are their address updated when they economic development tell us that s t i c k e r charged. returned indicating “temporarily “go south for the winter” and also the No. 1 thing we can do to make indicating “TEMPORARILY Some members indicate to away”, so you can imagine how when they return. Those members Indiana more attractive to business AWAY” along with a return post- their local “I use to receive the costly in can get to pay the postage are guaranteeing there is no inter- is to make Indiana a right-to-work age fee. What does temporarily paper, but for some reason, I don’t to initially mail the paper, and then ruption in their paper service. state.” away mean? It could mean “I’m receive it any longer.” “Temporar- again when the paper is returned. Thank you for your attention. Really? Can we have some PAGE 10 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2011 • Union Bulletin Board NOTICES OF UNION SPECIAL MEETINGS, ELECTIONS, ETC. JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2011 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES PAGE 11 • Union Bulletin Board NOTICES OF UNION SPECIAL MEETINGS, ELECTIONS, ETC. Local 33 Retirees Lunch Bunch meet for lunch and friendly conservation the 4th Wednesday each month 12 noon. February 23rd we will meet at Tony Packo’s, 5827 Monroe St. Sylva- nia, chosen by Tom Kunich. March 23rd we will meet at Zacharya’s Eatery, 3455 W. Alexis, chosen by Dick Lake. We are always happy to see someone new. – Nick Koelsch PAGE 12 VOICE OF THE BUILDING TRADES JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2011 Building Trades Return Service Requested Toledo, OH 43605-2120 909 Front St. The Voice of the Building Trades Northwestern Ohio Labor Union Newspaper Calendar of Events LOCAL UNION MEETING DAY TIME Asbestos Workers Local 45 Third Thursday 7:30 p.m. Boilermakers Local 85 Third Thursday 7 p.m. Bricklayers and Tile Setters Local 3 Second Thursday 7:30 p.m. Cement Masons & Plasterers Local 886 First Thursday 8 p.m. Electrical Workers Local 8 First & Third Monday 7 p.m. Elevator Constructors Local 44 Ft. Wayne - Second Thursday 5 p.m. Elevator Constructors Local 44 South Bend - First Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Elevator Constructors Local 44 Toledo - Second Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Glaziers Local 948 Second Tuesday 5 p.m. Iron Workers Local 55 First Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Local 55 Executive Bd. Meetings: First Tuesday 6 p.m. Third Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Laborers Local 480 Second Thursday 7:30 p.m. Laborers Local 500 First Wednesday 6:30 p.m. NWO Building & U.S. POSTAGE PAID NONPROFIT ORG. PERMIT NO. 1328 Construction Trades Council Third Wednesday 6 p.m. DETROIT, MI Painters Local 7 Second Wednesday 5 p.m. Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Local 50 First and Third Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Roofers Local 134 Third Thursday 8 p.m. Sheet Metal Workers Local 33 Fourth Tuesday 7 p.m. Sprinkler Fitters Local 669 District 14 7 p.m. Cuyahoga Falls GOP governors target public workers By Mark Gruenberg ing public workers for pay freezes, Salem, Ore., paper that the recom- “By blaming public service Shelton called Christie’s cuts “cruel PAI Staff Writer pension cuts and layoffs. Some Re- mendations are “exactly the wrong workers and working families, the and unnecessary.” COLUMBUS, Ohio (PAI)— publicans want to go even farther. thing for our state’s economy,” the Right Wing tries to divert attention Even before Kasich took office John Kasich hates public workers, “We cannot and should not Northwest Labor Press reported. from the simple fact that reckless, in Ohio, public worker unions there and he’s not alone. maintain a system where public Still, the GOP governors elect- unregulated behavior of multi- were fighting back. Unionists, led Kasich, a former Lehman employees are the haves and the ed in November are more radical, millionaires on Wall Street caused by the Fire Fighters and AFSCME, Brothers bond trader and GOP taxpayers footing the bill are the following the lead of New Jersey’s unprecedented state budget short- jammed the Middletown, Ohio, city congressman, became Ohio gov- have-nots,” says new GOP Wis- Chris Christie, who ousted Demo- falls, the loss of 15 million jobs and council meeting in mid-December ernor on Jan. 10. But even before consin Gov. Scott Walker, who also crat Jon Corzine in 2009. Christie’s the collapse of our economy. We’re to protest a councilman’s resolution he settled into the governor’s chair, swept in a GOP-run legislature. cuts were so broad, so deep and not going to let them get away with supporting Kasich’s schemes. The he promised to try to cut public Walker also wants to yank the right so targeted against government it. protests were so overwhelming that workers’ pay, pensions and collec- of government workers to bargain workers that the Communications “After capping private sector the resolution failed. tive bargaining rights, among other collectively. Workers (CWA) marshaled 35,000 workers and their unions in the The resolution’s sponsor said things. The collective bargaining Even some Democrats, such people into a mass protest in the knees, the rich and the Right have state mandates for collective bar- statute has been Ohio law since as New York’s Andrew Cuomo, are streets of Trenton last May. set their sights on public services gaining with public workers crip- 1983. casting wary eyes at public worker The demonstration, the big- and the men and women who pro- pled city budgets, too. Fire Fighters “If they want to strike they pensions. The Illinois AFL-CIO gest in the state capital’s history, vide them. Attacking public ser- Local 336 President Jon Harvey should be fired. I really don’t favor tangled with Democratic Gov. Pat included 7,000 CWA state and local vices and public service workers suggested a compromise – a joint the right to strike by any public Quinn and the Democratic-run government worker members, rep- will not fix our broken economy, labor-management committee employee. They’ve got good jobs, legislature in the last two years resentatives from 20 other unions, create jobs or solve the growing could look at costs. they’ve got high pay, they get good over workers’ pensions, as the state and 100 civic groups. CWA, AF- income disparity in America,” Kasich, like other Republicans, benefits, a great retirement. What faces the biggest budget deficit in SCME and SEIU are among the McEntee said. may prefer confrontation to com- are they striking for?” Kasich said the country. Nevertheless, labor unions leading the charge to pre- “We are experiencing the most promise. “There are going to be on Dec. 10. strongly backed Quinn over a Radi- serve public workers’ jobs – and severe, pervasive and sustained at- some protests,” he told the Toledo Private workers aren’t exempt cal Right Republican, and pushed state services. tack on public employees, public Blade. “Do they scare me? No. I from Kasich’s axe: He wants to kill Quinn to a narrow win. New SEIU President Mary employee unions and public sector went to school in the ‘70s, come the state’s prevailing wage law and And a commission appointed Kay Henry warned of the threat to collective bargaining” in years, on.” revoke executive orders by the man by retiring Gov. Ted Kulongski, public workers in her first speech CWA Vice President Chris Shel- he beat, Democrat Ted Strickland, D-Ore., advocated a 6% cut in after she took office last year, and ton told the crowd at last year’s letting home health care workers state payments for public workers’ AFSCME launched a “Stop The Trenton protest. “We are saying and day care providers unionize. pensions, privatizing some state Lies!” nationwide campaign on loud and clear to those folks in the And with a GOP-run legislature, services and creating a lower-cost Dec. 14, with union President Ger- statehouse, whether they are sit- Kasich may well get his way. lower-payment health care plan for ald McEntee calling Right Wing- ting in the governor’s office or the Kasich has company. From workers. SEIU Local 503 Politi- ers’ myths about public workers legislature, we are fed up, and we coast to coast, governors are target- cal Director Arthur Towers told a “false and absurd.” are not going to take it anymore.”
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