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K A N S A S C I T Y, M I S S O U R I


Bowen Engineering with Maxim and Kissick cranes working at the Nearman Power House



Inside this issue... Page 3

Scott Rettig . . . . . . . . . . Business Manager

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Michael Charlton . . . . . . President, Apprenticeship Administrator Kansas City

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Mike Shuey . . . . . . . . . . . Business Representative Kansas City

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Fred Voigt . . . . . . . . . . . Business Representative Kansas City

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Nick Carey . . . . . . . . . . . Financial Secretary, Business Representative Kansas City

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Aaron Brown . . . . . . . . . Recording Secretary, Business Representative Kansas City

Delegates at the 38th General Convention of the International Union of Operating Engineers, held in April 2013, voted unanimously for a Per Capita Tax Increase of fifty cents (50¢) per month (or $1.50 per quarter)

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Charley Kendrick . . . . . . Vice President, Business Representative St. Joseph Area


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Darwin Gardner . . . . . . . Treasurer, Business Representative Kansas City

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Jerry McKnight . . . . . . . Business Representative Springfield Area

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Randy Stithem . . . . . . . . Business Representative Topeka Area

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Mike Ward . . . . . . . . . . . Business Representative Wichita Area

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Shawn Mulligan . . . . . . . Business Representative Sedalia Area

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Stephanie McLaughlin . Health & Welfare Administrator

Page 26 Cerner Health Center to Open at 101 Page 28

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Peggy McGinnis . . . . . . . Business Representative Stationary Engineers St. Joseph Missouri Kevin Rusnak . . . . . . . . . Business Representative Stationary Engineers Kansas City

Page 31 Apprenticeship Program Report and Schedule

Per Capita Tax Increase DUES INCREASE Effective July 1, 2015

The following Dues Rates will go into effect starting July 1, 2016 for Local 101 Operating Engineers. Heavy Equipment Operators 101, 101B, 101R (Apprentice) 101C ( Retiree) Stationary Operators 101S 101S (Retiree) 101S (Out-of Service)

$22.90 $68.70 quarterly $12.55 $37.65 quarterly according to contract

$12.25 $15.75 monthly

Please Note: • Your dues are due the first of the month of the first month of each calendar quarter (January, April, July & October). • Delinquent/ Reminder Notices are sent the second month of each quarter. • Members whose dues remain unpaid will be suspended after sixty (60) days.

PAY BY PHONE: The Kansas City branch of Local 101 is now offering “Pay by Phone” for your convenience. In order to pay by phone, just call 816.737.8600.

Fight the Attack on Wage Earners

Scott Rettig Business Manager

As 2016 gets underway, the new year starts off with the same attack’s on the working men and women in the state of Missouri. Lawmakers in Jefferson City wasted no time introducing Bills that will try to dismantle “Organized Labor”. There are currently two (2) Senate Bills and six (6) House Bills that are targeted to make Missouri a “Right-to-Work” state AGAIN! Apparently these lawmakers did not remember that when these bills were introduced and fought for in 2015 they failed. There are claims that a “Right-to-Work” State creates new business, and jobs which is simply NOT TRUE. A recent United States Census Bureau Report that came out in late 2015 (regarding statistics from 2013), stated just the opposite.

states in the country for the creation of new business (and both currently allow collective bargaining) is Missouri, and Kentucky. These are the two states (reported in 2013) that are currently under attack by the anti-union forces and are also the two states that lead the NATION in new business creation. At the top of this list is Missouri. In 2013 business growth was at 16.6 percent, and Kentucky came in second at 6.08 percent.

Only three (3) states that have Right-to-Work saw any kind of new business growth. These states were Nevada, Arizona, and Mississippi. Arizona and Mississippi only had one half a percentage point growth in business, while Nevada saw new business growth in 2013 at 4.25 percent. Now I will share with you what the (bought and paid for) BIG BUSINESS LAW MAKERS of Missouri will not tell you, and do not want you to know, is that the same Census Bureau report for 2013, which showed the top two

Contact your legislators and tell them ENOUGH ALREADY!

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Scott Rettig continued from page 3 While Missouri and Kentucky along with six other NON Right-to-Work states grew new businesses in 2013, 39 states saw a decrease in new business creation. Neighboring states around Missouri that showed a decrease were Kansas at -3.36 percent, Iowa -5.64 percent, Oklahoma -2.75 percent and Nebraska at -3.73 percent. DO NOT BE FOOLED by the negative things you hear regarding Missouri needing to be a Right-toWork state. The facts prove that Missouri is doing quite well as a NON Right-to-Work state where the residents can bargain collectively for wages and benefits. Big businesses and the wealthy are attacking the working men and women of Missouri this year and are trying to repeal Missouri’s PREVAILING WAGE LAWS. Currently, there are two (2) Senate Bills, and four (4) House Bills aimed at removing Prevailing Wage in Missouri. This is not just an attack on Organized Labor in Missouri, this is an attack on every wage earner in


this state. Not only would an anti-prevailing wage law drop your hourly salary, it will allow cheap labor to come into this state and take away jobs. This would weaken our ability to get Health & Welfare (Insurance), and Pension plans that we have worked and fought so hard for. As members of unions, we set the standards for everyone who makes a living in the construction industry, regardless of this work being performed under collective bargaining. If union workers wages and benefits start to go down, it will happen to every hourly wage earner in Missouri. We must let the lawmakers know we are not interested in a race to the bottom. At this point it is still early in the Jefferson City Legislative Session. As we progress through this session I will keep you informed. This union may call you to stand up and fight with us against this attack on ALL Missouri working men and women. I know from the past you will be there for us.


New highways and road projects will suffer

Highway/Bridge Construction Photo from 101 Newletter Archive, 2013 (Comanche Construction on 69 Highway in Riverside, Missouri)

In Kansas, the failed experiment of Governor Brownback continues to cost the state Highway Fund an estimated 1 million dollars a day! Different sources reporting since 2011 say that K-Dot has seen 2.1 billion dollars taken from its budget. In 2010 a 4/10 cent sales tax was created to fund T-Works. This is a 10 year, 8 billion dollar highway program for new roads, highway construction, and maintenance for thousands of miles of roadways in Kansas. By the end of 2015 1/4th of the money (a total of 2.1 billion) has been taken to fill holes in (Brownback’s failed experiment) Kansas state’s budget.

A recent random poll of 500 Kansas voters showed that 95% believe T-Works should be fully funded. It is long past time to contact your Legislators and tell them ENOUGH ALREADY! STOP stealing from the Highway Fund! By the time this newsletter arrives at your house we will try to have the contact information on our website www. listing all Kansas Legislators. Please use the information we provide to contact your Kansas Lawmakers. Tell them to quit allowing money to be taken from the Kansas Highway Fund.

To date, many maintenance and major road repairs designed to preserve Kansas have been cancelled. New highways and road projects will suffer because of the funding that is being diverted from the state’s Highway Fund. This also means that the thousands of jobs that would have been created from these projects will not happen.



Michael Charlton President Apprenticeship Administrator

What you need to know about the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 In 1931, laws were enacted both in Washington and in Wisconsin to guarantee fair competition on federal and state construction projects. Over the years these laws, the Davis-Bacon Act and state Prevailing Wage laws, have become recognized by workers in the construction industry, as important milestones in the history of labor. It is fitting that workers, particularly those in the construction industry, understand the important role prevailing wage laws have played over the years in protecting workers on public works projects. It is equally important to remember the conditions and circumstances under which these laws got on the books. Today, many people believe the Davis-Bacon Act was a product of the great depression. While it is true the Davis-Bacon Act was passed two years after the stock market crash of 1929, the fact is that Act had little to do with the stimulus policies of that era.


It was introduced in response to the presence of Southern construction workers on a Long Island, N.Y. Veteran’s Hospital project. This “cheap” and “bootleg” labor was denounced by Rep. Robert L. Bacon, New York Republican, who introduced the “Davis – Bacon” legislation. American Federation of Labor (AFL) president William Green eagerly testified in support of the law before the U.S. Senate, claiming that “out of state labor is being brought in to demoralize local wage rates.” By the time the Davis-Bacon Act became law, seven states had already enacted prevailing wage statutes — most notably, Kansas, which passed the first state prevailing wage law in 1891. Federal and state governments were preparing to become even more active and sought to protect themselves from falling victim to “fly-by-night” “cut throat” contractors who performed “shoddy” work with “exploited”, “low-skilled” and “imported” workforce.


Simple Definition of hypocrite : a person who claims or pretends to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behaves in a way that disagrees with those beliefs

Interestingly enough, those were not the words of organized labor, but were the words of the bill’s primary sponsors, Republican Congressman Robert Bacon and Republican Pennsylvania Senator James Davis.

Many laborers of the period were minority or immigrants, and because they performed “unskilled” work, and because they were easily replaced, were particularly vulnerable to these wage slashing practices.

Then as now, construction is a time and materials industry. Low bid requirements on public projects allowed contractors from outside an area to bid and win work based on substandard wages. This helped create the situation where contractors literally “imported” lowwage workers from around the country rather than use the local labor force.

The Republican Party pushed Davis – Bacon into Federal law in 1931. Now this is what they have to say about their own law.

Abuses were wide spread in the years preceding the Acts passage. Bacon, a former Banker, explained the need for the law when he detailed for his colleagues during debate on the bill how a construction firm from Alabama transported thousands of unskilled workers to a public project in New York. “They were herded onto this job, they were housed in shacks, they were paid a very low wage, and ... it seems to me that the federal government should not engage in construction work in any state and undermine the labor conditions and the labor wages paid in that state.” Davis, the former Secretary of Labor under Presidents Harding, Coolidge and Hoover, went on to argue that “the least the Federal Government can do is comply with the local standards of wages and labor prevailing in the locality where the building construction is to take place.” By establishing a local wage standard that contractors had to pay workers on public projects, Davis and Bacon intended to provide a level playing field on which contractors could compete for work based on wages that “prevailed” in the area, rather than rewarding the practice of slashing worker’s wages in order to win work.

For nearly 80 years, contractors working on federally funded construction projects have been forced to pay their workers artificially inflated wages that rip off American taxpayers while lining the pockets of organized labor. The culprit is the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931, which requires all workers on federal projects worth more than $2,000 to be paid the “prevailing wage,” which typically means the local union wage. Here’s what happens. Unskilled construction workers possess one clear advantage over their skilled, unionized competitors: They’re willing to work for less money. But Davis-Bacon destroys that advantage. After all, why would contractors working on a federal project hire any unskilled workers when the government forces them to pay all of their workers what amounts to a union wage? Contractors make the rational choice and get their money’s worth by hiring skilled unionized labor even when the project calls for much less. Davis-Bacon is a blatant piece of special-interest, pro-union legislation.







Dave Anzek received his 40 Year Service Pin in November

Joseph Robbins received his 45 Year Service Pin in January


Kevin Robbins received his 20, 25, 30, and 35 Year Service Pins in November


Steve Mertz received his 35 Year Service Pin in November


Daniel Shute receveid his 30 Year Service Pin in January




Shannon Hills received his 30 Year Service Pin in November



Robert Callahan received his 30 Year Service Pin in January


Abe Chaffee received his 20 Year Service Pin in January


Craig Linden received his 20, 25, 30, and 35 Year Service Pins in January



Shawn Maddox received his 20 Year Service Pin in January

Charles Risley received his 20 Year Service Pin in January


November Drawing winners are Steve Mertz, Jose Melendez, and Jack Wolfe

January drawing winners Paul Davidson, Victor Sanders, and M. Jake Wagner



Mike Shuey Business Representative Kansas City Redford Construction working on the 151st Street project

A New Year is upon us with a great amount of work on the horizon. Contractors that I have spoken with have said that even with all the bad weather in 2015, this past year was their busiest in many years and expect the same in 2016. As we head back to work please remember to keep the dispatcher up to date on your current contact information and don’t forget to remove your name from the out-of-work list when you return to work. If you are not working, take advantage of our training site to stay up to date on the changing technologies of our trade. Pyramid Contractors started widening 159th from Lone Elm to 56 Highway with a 700 foot bridge over the railroad tracks. Pyramid also started work at 143rd and Mur-len on a creek revitalization project. Both jobs will keep several operators busy all year. O’Donnell and Sons picked up the widening of 159th from Roe to Metcalf with Redford doing the storm sewer. J.M. Fahey was awarded the improvements of the intersection at 113th and Renner Road. JE Dunn has 3 projects in my territory and are using Rodriguez Mechanical, Max Rieke, RC Petitt, Hayes Drilling, Hayes Ditching, and Redford Construction as subs on the following projects: The Olathe Medical Center expansion, Lenexa Civic Center and construction of a three story furniture store in Town Center.


George Shaw started moving dirt on The Life Church project at 135th and Switzer. Construction of the new Shawnee Mission Hospital is underway at 159th and Antioch with George Shaw also doing the dirt and Site Rite laying the utilities. The Garmin expansion has kept several operators busy this winter at 151st and Ridgeview. The Gateway project is going strong and should keep a lot of operators busy all year long. The demo work at the Lacygne Power Plant has been going well and is expected to last into the late summer. We have had approximately 12 operators working there for various contractors all winter long. Church of the Resurrection at 137th and Roe has had four cranes busy all winter hanging iron and should keep some operators busy into the fall. Ideker will be starting back up on I-35 between 151st to 135th tearing out and repaving the Northbound lanes. We are always welcoming new members to join the 101 Burial Club. Being a member of The 101 Club means that you are willing to help a brother or sister’s family out in the event of the member’s death. It only costs $6.00 to join and you only pay $3.00 for each member of the club that passes away. When a member passes his or her family will immediately receive the accumulated funds to help out with the necessities. When 5 members of this club have passed, you will



receive a bill for $15 that will be used to replenish the account. The more members we have the larger the assistance will be. If you are interested in joining please contact me or any other of the Business Agents. As this work season kicks off make sure you are up to date on your certifications. Make sure your Cisap cards are valid. Keep us informed on your current contact information so we can contact you when filling jobs. Work Safe!

JE Dunn Construction working on the Olathe Medical Center expansion

Pyramid Contractors at the 159th Street project



Fred Voigt Business Representative Kansas City

November and December were not that bad we beat Mother Nature out of at least two and a half months of winter. With March 21st fast approaching contractors I have spoken with say their work load looks good for the upcoming season. The city of KCMO continues to let water line replacement jobs at a rate of about $2 million dollars a month. Our contractors have been successful on a number of the contracts. Building Erection has acquired a 300 ton Liebherr crawler crane. They have it set up at the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown KCMO setting a parking garage. JA Lillig has the Dirt on that project and George Shaw did the footings. JA Lillig has the site work on a new Quick Trip at 45 and 9 Highways in Parkville. Beemer Construction will do the site utilities. JA Lillig and Beemer are also doing the next phase of the Nationals Golf Club subdivision in Parkville Missouri. MidStates Excavating has started site work on a new Police Station at 112th and I-29.

Kissick Construction working on 31st Street

Amino picked up a crushing job at Berkley Park for the KC Port Authority. This is the same job that was illegally given to Emery Sapp in July of 2015. Local 101 and Labor Management Fair Contracting Foundation protested. KC Port rebid the project and Amino was awarded the contract. I have been to Jefferson City this year. I sat in the Workforce Standards and Development Committee hearings. Chairman Bill Lant, Vice Chairman Dean Dohrman, Rick Brattin, Lyndall Franker, Don Gosen, Tom Hurst, Mike Kelley, Steven Lynch, and Nate Walker all have spoken against you and voted against you.

Barcus working at Union Station

Every one of the mentioned committee members want to reduce your wages, stifle your freedom to collectively bargain for what benefits you and your families have. What is sad is they could not have been elected to their House Seat without the vote of members of organized labor (REALLY). It is your right to vote for who you believe is the best candidate to represent you! PLEASE, before you vote go to Jefferson City and listen to the talk about you behind your back. In closing, WORK SMART and educate yourself!




Building Erection at the Federal Reserve Left: JA Lillig and Hayes Drilling at the Federal Reserve

Kissick Construction on 31st Street

Lawson Steel working at Childrens Mercy Hospital Parking Grage

Superior Bowen and Foundation Services at the Antioch Center

Max Rieke in Platte County




Nick Carey

JE Dunn (Blue Hat Crane) at Dairy Farmers Association

Financial Secretary Business Representative Kansas City

I can only hope that the weather in 2016 will give Local 101 Operators a break! The lack of hours worked in 2015 was not due to the lack of work to be done, but because of Mother Nature. There were (4) days in the month of May 2015 that it did NOT rain. The construction work for 2016 looks very promising, as long as Mother Nature works with us this year. Thanks to Wilkerson Crane Rental, the tower crane on the McGowan Gordan job at 39th and Rainbow is up and working. Millam Ditching is also working on this job site for Shaw Electric while George Shaw is handling the concrete work. Central States Contracting Services, Musselman & Hall, and Concorp can be found working at Owens Corning in the Fairfax district. Kaw Valley has on going recycling work just north of Owens Corning and just west of General Motors.The Christmas shut-down at General Motors provided a small amount of work last year. There were a handful of operators working for Central Conveyor, and Boldt Construction. Northern Pipeline has been working on the East side of 98th Street, just South of Parallel Parkway in Wyandotte County. A future soccer complex will be at this site. J.E. Dunn is setting precast with the 248 pound at the Dairy Farmers Association, while Lawson Steel Erectors is setting the iron with the Kobelco Crane.


L.G. Barcus’s 248 Link Belt crane is rented through Blue Hat Crane Rental hanging the iron for Schuff Steel Company on J.E. Dunn’s project east of Antioch on 71st Street. R.L. Duncan, R.C. Pettit Excavating, B&P Construction, and D&D Masonry are working on a J.E. Dunn job at the Briarwood Elementary School located on 86th Street, East of Nall Avenue. R.L. Duncan, B&P Construction, and Site Rite have been working at the Trailwood Elementary School on the Southeast corner of 95th Street and Rosewood Drive. Rodriguez Mechanical and R.L. Duncan have been busy on J.E. Dunn’s job at the Crestview Elementary School on the Northeast corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway in Johnson County. J.E. Dunn, and Lawson Steel Erectors are working on a new addition on the north side of Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Just a reminder! As the 2016 work year gets rolling and you are called back to work, remember to take your name off the “Out of Work” list. The Training site has a full schedule of classes this year, so take advantage of them.


A target on our backs It seems that every quarter I sit down to write this article and it basically turns out to be about the same subjects! Sadly, the reason this happens is because most things do not change. Local 101 union members are still being attacked by the same group of legislators that continually put a target on our backs. These legislators are still dreaming up new bills, new laws, and new schemes that are a direct threat to Organized Labor and its members. In this article I will explain just a few ways we can combat these un-warranted attacks. Please explain to your elected officials “we” are not a threat to them or their lifestyle. Local 101 provides their members with excellent training facilities, and training programs that are second to none. This training produces a skilled, professional workforce that are qualified and ready to take on any task put before them. We (Organized Labor) set the prevailing wage throughout our jurisdiction, which in turn raises wages and puts more money into the local economy. These are just two ways we benefit the community, and our members. Neither of which are a threat to our community. The tax payers are the people that elect these legislators to look after their best interest. Organized Labor looks after their members and do not rely on the Government or any other outside influence to provide for our members. WE ARE NOT A THREAT to these elected officials that are trying so hard to bring us down.

Aaron Brown Recording/Corresponding Secretary

The number one key way to make change happen is to VOTE! Inform yourself about the people on that ballot. Study their agenda’s. I can tell you personally that if someone has plans to attack my family, my pocketbook and livelihood they will NOT get my VOTE… Voting the individuals out of office that are attacking you and me is the only way to fight against these corporately funded individuals that do not care about the middle class folks.

In closing, let’s stand together as a prideful, well educated workforce. Protect what is ours !!!

if someone has plans to attack my family, my pocketbook and livelihood they will NOT get my VOTE…



Charley Kendrick Vice President Business Representative St. Joseph Area

Laney Drilling working in Riverside

The year 2015 is now in the history books. As we all know, it was one of the wettest years we’ve had in a long time. Many of our members did not see any full 40-hour weeks until August when conditions became dry enough to work. It stayed busy up until November when the wet weather returned. The month of December brought major flooding to parts of our areas and further hampered our work. We did have a bit of good news in December though. Congress passed a 5-year highway bill and President Obama signed it. This should help repair some of our highways and bridges that are in bad shape. This bill will help, but more funding will be needed to get them in good shape. Looking forward in 2016, America will elect a new president and Missouri will elect a new governor in November. If you haven’t already noticed, this election cycle promises to be a wild ride. The mudslinging and name calling has just begun. Although it gets tiring, please stay informed on the current affairs as every election has an impact on our livelihood. The Missouri legislators are already back in session pushing their “Right to Work” agenda. There are several bills introduced that would be detrimental to working families should they get passed. We have to remain diligent this year to prevent these bills from becoming law. Local community meetings have been taking place on the future of the wind farms to be built in the St Joseph area. There has been several people voicing their opposition to the construction of the new turbines proposed in Dekalb County. If the project does get approval, it is expected to begin this spring. There was also mention of more turbines in the northwest corner of Missouri, but no news has been received recently on the status of it.


As the economy continues to strengthen, we look forward to a good year for all of our operators. The crane companies have stayed fairly busy in our area with various jobs ranging from maintenance to new construction. The dirt contractors are working when weather allows and they continue to search for more work. The new bacon plant located in the bottoms close to the stockyards has kept several of our operators busy. Our contractors were involved on the site work as well as the building erection. Buildex has their new conveyor system operational. This 1800 foot conveyor system moves the raw product from a crusher near the pit through a tunnel under a blacktop highway to a loading area where stockpiled material is moved to the plant. They produce expanded shale which is a lightweight aggregate. It is used in lightweight structural concrete, “Haydite” masonry blocks and some has been used in chip-seal operations of asphalt highways. The upcoming year should be good for pipeline work across the country, we just don’t see any new construction in our jurisdiction. We will continue to have some maintenance work including anomaly digs and hydrotests. The low crude oil prices we have all enjoyed lately should also help our contractors by lowering their operating costs. Only time will tell how long this trend lasts. I would like to congratulate Kurt Chaffee on his retirement. He has been a valuable asset to Local 101 for many years. His retirement is well deserved and we want to wish him the very best in the future. Please remember to call in every 60 days to remain active on the “Out-of-Work List”. Update your qualifications, phone numbers and/ or e-mail address when you contact the hall. The meetings in St. Joe are held the 1st Tuesday of every month and start at 7:00 p.m.



Ideal Crane hoisting on the new bacon facility in St. Joe

Buildex Conveyor System at the Haydite Plant near New Market


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Darwin Gardner Treasurer Business Representative Kansas City

Hoping everyone had a good holiday season? It sure seems as though the cold weather is here for a while. With some good luck and Mother Nature’s cooperation we will have some warmer days soon and allow everyone to get back to work. According to the Dodge Reports I review weekly, there is some good steady work coming up this Spring. JE Dunn’s job at Cerner is still going strong! They just completed the work on a forty (40) million dollar building and are beginning work on a wall located at the north end, while putting more material hoists up on the second building. George Shaw and Mark One Electric are also contractors still working on this job.

George Shaw and Mark One Electric picked up some work at the Kansas City Power & Light plant in Greenwood Missouri putting up some solar panels. Pyramid Excavating is working on a sewer job in Belton, while Phillips Hardy is working on the Menards job in Belton as well. The Foley Co. has work at the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Belton putting in a new pump station. Redford Construction has some water line work also in Belton, sewer work on Blackwell Road in Lee’s Summit, and pipe work in Liberty at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Goodwin Brothers have some ongoing work at the Liberty WWTP, and are also getting started on the pump station. Kissick Construction is doing all the site work at this location. Kissick also has some wall repair work in a subdivision located in Independence.

there is some good steady work coming up this Spring

Radmacher Excavating has work at Missouri Cities Power Plant covering some ash ponds, as well as some ongoing work in Lee’s Summit on Lee’s Summit Road as well as extending Tudor Road from Main to Ward. Beemer Construction picked up a job in Blue Springs putting new sewers in a subdivision and Superior Bowen is working on some building pads in Liberty at 152 and 35 Highways. Kaw Valley has ongoing work in a subdivision located in Liberty. In closing, work safe and play safe!



SPRINGFIELD I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday. Last year was a pretty good year and our weather stayed good throughout the end of the year. We started off this year with a lot of rain. We got a total of around 18 inches of rain in the Springfield area. Rosetta Construction has a lot of work on the books for this year. They are currently in Joplin updating sewer lines. Phase one of this project should last at least two years for 5 crews. They also have crews working in Nevada, Springfield and Ozark in Missouri and Springdale and Rogers in Arkansas. Rosetta was recently awarded a big sewer project in Forsyth. A-Y-I Construction is working in Joplin on a new park where the old Mercy Hospital was. They are doing the storm sewers at the park. They also have crews working in Carthage on a storm sewer project, at Carl Junction doing the dirt work at the school and in Joplin on various city streets working on street widening, curb, gutter and sidewalks. S.D.S. Builders is finishing up on the new school at Reeds Spring. They are also working at the MSU Glass House. Long’s Drilling is also at the MSU Glass House, they are drilling the pier holes.

Jerry McKnight Business Representative Springfield Area

Blue Hat Crane working in a parking garage near the Cardinals Stadium

Journagan Construction and APAC-Central both have a lot of work on the books for this year. It looks like both companies will be very busy this year. We signed up a new contractor; HIS Constructors, Inc., out of Illinois, is in Springfield on a Haz-Mat project. They are cleaning up an old gas refinery. They are expecting the project to last through mid-summer. They are also bidding on several more Haz-Mat projects in our area for this year. JLA Construction is still in Rogersville on 60 Highway. They have all the retaining walls and the seeding and mulching on the project. Radmacher Brothers Excavating is finishing up the first phase of Highway 60. They were awarded another phase of the project which will consist of relocating Highway B on 60 Highway. They should start work on that this spring. Prestressed Casting has a lot of safe shelters in the works and on the books in various counties throughout our area. Blue Hat Crane & Equipment Rental finished the new parking garage in Springfield near the Springfield Cardinals Stadium.


I would like to congratulate Karl Gillespie JR (Buster) for 40 years with Local 101. Karl received his 40 year watch and pin and Gold Card. Thank you (Buster), for all of your hard work and dedication to this local. Once again I encourage everyone to get out to the training site in your off time. The more versatile you are the more it increases your chances of working. Call Rick at (417) 777-7746. Our meetings are the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm. Hope to see you at the meetings.


Karl Gillespie received his Gold Card, Watch, and 40 Year Service Pin


Randy Stithem Business Representative Topeka

Kurt has officially retired! I want to take a moment to express my appreciation for his dedication to the members and this office. I truly respect and admire him, and his professional approach toward every aspect of this job. And as Kurt would declare, “It’s all about the entertainment!” Well here we are in typical weather for the month of January in Kansas. Rain, sleet, snow and at the time of this writing it’s about to turn very cold and most of the members know what that means… very little dirt work, but maybe some work on the building side. On the heavy side NR Hamm is still working on Highway #77 on the west side of Junction City and also has plans to start on a project to reshape the intersection at K-4 and NE 46th Street. Schmidtlein Excavating still has dirt work to do on the 2nd phase of the ash pond renovation at Lawrence Power House. Singer Excavating is also working on a couple of additions in Topeka. The (Topeka Area) Kansas Individual Building contract expires March 31st and negotiations will be underway soon. The Waverly Wind Farm after maxing out at 45 operators is complete. They still have a few operators on site to disassemble cranes and to load trucks. The NBAF project is moving at a slow but steady pace, Hayes Drilling and JA Lillig are both on site working. There will be an amazing amount of footings and piers dug and drilled for this structure. I wish I could provide pictures, but no cameras allowed!

Wolf Construction has ongoing work at Big Hearts, Santa Fe Shops, Lawrence Energy Center and substation work for Westar. JE Dunn has a lot of work going on at the Seaton Hall project in Manhattan. On site are: Kissick Construction with Hayes Drilling, and Blue Hat Crane Rental has a boom truck on site. Northwest Crane will be moving in to start erecting towers at the Marshall County Wind Farm (36 towers total) in the next two to three weeks, weather permitting. Jeffries Energy Center will be starting their outage in late March and appears to be staying with the scheduled shifts for eight weeks. Congratulations to the winners of the coat drawings for November and January, Jerry Daniels (not pictured) and Lee Maxfield, Jr., Also Marvin Hoffman and Eric Griffin received their 20 year pins. Quick reminder to keep your certifications up to date, this includes but is not limited to crane, forklift, Medical card, and PowerSafe. For anyone that will be working at the NBAF project OSHA 10 and rigging & signaling certification is required. It is important to notify the office when you have been called back to work, so please give us a call. The Topeka meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm located at 3906 NW 16th Street, Topeka, Kansas. Let’s be safe on and off the job.




Kurts Retirement Party

Lee Maxfield was the drawing winner in January

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Eric Griffin received his 20 Year Service Pin

Kissick Construction working at Seaton Hall



Bennett Steel and Piping & Equipment with a skit box on the hook working at NCRA in McPherson

Mike Ward Business Representative Wichita Area Another election year is upon us. November 8th, 2016 we the people will elect a new president and if you don’t care, you should! If you don’t care about the middle class, healthcare, higher wages, jobs and unions labor, you should. All of the candidates on the Republican side are willing to help the corporations and the 1% (Koch Brothers) and the mega-rich. They will be more than happy to take health care away from millions of Americans. They will also be more than happy to help reduce your voice in the workplace and allow corporations, companies, management, and CEO’s to decide on your wages and working conditions. All of the Republican candidates support RightTo-Work and hate unions. They are willing to turn back the clock to the depression era and eliminate all that Franklin D. Roosevelt did for the country, just to keep the rich, rich and the poor, poor. Work in the Wichita area is holding its own but not as busy as it should be. CHS-NCRA Refinery, McPherson has ongoing projects in the plant with Piping & Equipment and Bennett Steel Inc. working on the addition of a new Sulfur Refiner Unit SRUIII. Piping & Equipment is also working on the punch list for the new coking unit on the west side of CHS-NCRA. Piping & Equipment, Belger Cartage Service, and AT Abatement are working at Cargill Inc. Soybean Processing & Oil Refining in north Wichita on the $50 million refinery expansion. Belger Cartage has work at the Spirt Aero systems building on autoclave in the CFF Building. Wolf Construction has opened their office in Wichita. Their work is a bit slow at this time. Logan & Company has two operators working for Coffeyville Resources Refinery’s Maintance. Site Rite Construction is working at McConnell Airforce Base in Wichita. The Wichita Union meeting is on the 1st Thursday of the month 7:00 PM at 3830 South Meridian. Hope to see you there! Belger Cartage hoisting iron for a new hanger




Bennett Steel’s operator Mike Wash with a man basket on the hook working with Piping & Equipment’s pipefitter


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Shawn Mulligan Business Representative Sedalia Area Well here we are once again starting a new year and it seems some things never change. The radical Union busting politicians here in Missouri jumped in with both feet and are introducing 11 anti- labor bills. Union trades and the middle class are going to have to keep up our guard. It will once again take a lot of work and a lot of money to keep what we have. We must contact the state representatives in our districts and let them know that we are against these bills and that there are more important issues in the state of Missouri, like a highway fund that is large enough to fix the broken infrastructure. We also have to educate the public on what Right-To-Work actually is and what it will do to the middle class working folks in Missouri!! The work in the Sedalia area has been pretty slow since Thanksgiving. The weather hasn’t been to forgiving this winter either. With some slack from Mother Nature we can get back to work. Site Rite and Green Eye, Inc. are continuing to make progress for the city of Sedalia on their sewer replacement project. L.G. Barcus is working on a couple of railroad bridges for Union Pacific. One is in the Nelson area and the other is in the Lamine area. Blue Hat Crane Rental erected the tilt up panels for the new Hobby Lobby in Sedalia. Jeff Schnieders Construction picked up some dirt and utility work for JE Dunn on the school additions for the Warrensburg School District. The Sedalia meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month starting at 7 p.m. We would enjoy having you at the next one. As always, Work safe and be safe!!



Stephanie McLaughlin Administrator of Health & Welfare

Our customer services representatives are available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CT) to discuss any questions you may have regarding the benefits provided by the Fringe Benefit Funds. The Fund Office can be reached at 816-737-5959 or toll free 888-272-5911.



As you know, the Vacation benefit checks are mailed every June and December. The checks are only valid for 120 days from the date of the check, so the Fund Office encourages you to cash the check as soon as it is received. If you have a check that was issued more than 120 days ago, return the check to the Fund Office and we will reissue the benefits with a new check.

The Benefits office answers many questions from members inquiring about their pension benefits. We are frequently asked when pension money is available for payout. Therefore, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know a little bit about the eligibility for retirement with the Operating Engineers Local 101 Pension Fund.

Below is a list of members that have been issued checks which have been returned to our office due to undeliverable addresses. If your name is listed below, please contact the Fund Office to update your mailing information and request a check reissue.

Jeffrey Amann Lane R. Baillio Joshua Batye James Brothers Andre Cannon Esteban Casillas John D. Chambers Timothy R. Choate Jared L. Colvin Thomas Cummings Adam Durheim Joshua D. Dicken Roger R. Eiserer Dustin A. Foster Michael T. Good Travis Grandstaff Dustin R. Hamilton David D. Hammons Todd M. Harget Craig Heimsoth Michael P. Hubbard Michael Hudgens Mark Huelslcamp Kaleb G. Hursh Jeremy P. Johnson Steve E. Leonard Joseph M. Lopez

Paul McAnany M. W. McGlothlin Loren W. Meerkatz Kevin W. Mejia Colby Milward Richard E. Morris Michael Morrissey Renee D. Mosby Jeremie Mound Nathan Murphy Steven L. Nelson Chad Olson Patrick J. Radke James D. Rubick Bernard J. Smith Billy Sockwell Justin Stone Jared Thomas Christopher G. Tymchuk Clifton A. Wade Dannie Wadkins Gary L. Watts Bryan S. Wengler Kyle Williams Cameron Wood Bradley A. Young

In order to become eligible for pension benefit, you must obtain vesting status. The current rules for vesting state you must have at least 5 years of Service with at least 200 hours per year with the Plan. Once vested, you are entitled to early or normal retirement benefits for your lifetime. Normal retirement benefits are available for payout at age 65 with 5 years of Service, or age 62 with 30 years of service (each year must have at least 500 hours) or at any age with 35 years of Service (each year must have at least 500 hours). Early retirement benefits are available for payout at age 60 with a reduction in the benefit. It is important to keep track of your retirement benefits in planning for your future. You can contact the Fund Office to request an estimate of your retirement benefits to be mailed to you or you can visit our website at www. The website allows you to review the entire Pension Summary Plan Description which will provide a more in depth explanation of the benefits available to you. The website has a feature that will allow you to generate your own pension estimate. If you have questions regarding your eligibility for pension benefits or require assistance logging on to the website, please contact the Fund Office.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM The holiday season may be far behind us but the expenses that go along with gift giving and celebrating may still be bearing down. The Health and Welfare Fund provides access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for all the eligible Health and Welfare Participants and their dependents. The EAP provides guides and resources to help manage finances and help manage stresses. You can access online articles and services at Click EAP MEMBERS and enter OE for the company login. Or call the EAP directly for confidential assistance at 1-800-624-5544.



NEW CERNER HEALTH CENTER TO OPEN SUMMER 2016 LOCATED IN LOCAL 101’S OFFICE BUILDING Plans remain on track to open a state-of-the-art health center in June for Operating Engineers Local 101 members at the union’s headquarters, 6601 Winchester Avenue in Kansas City, Mo. The center will cover 5,500 square feet of the building’s second floor and feature five care suites with room for more. Plus, the space could accommodate a pharmacy, physical therapy facility and other services, based on future demand and usage by members. Three full-time staff, including a physician, registered nurse and a clinician, will provide care at the center, which will be available to all 4,500 Local 101 eligible members, their dependents and retirees. The center will come with multiple benefits to Local 101 members in terms of convenience and accessibility: hassle-free appointments or walk-in service, no co-pays, shorter wait times, longer visits with physicians, and less down time for outside medical appointments. Local 101 is the first union in the Kansas City area to offer an on-site health center and pioneered the concept with the help of Cerner. the locally-based global leader in healthcare technology. The union joins a growing number of employers moving quickly to open primary care health centers in their offices and factories as a way to offer convenient service and low-cost health care. Healthcare centers like the one at Local 101 are also part of a wave of on-site clinics built by employers around the need to cut high healthcare costs, integrate wellness into company and union cultures and identify


and manage chronic conditions like heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. Better managed treatment for conditions like these could cut the union’s healthcare costs significantly. According to one study, chronic illnesses accounted for over 65 percent of employers’ healthcare spending. Healthcare costs for businesses and unions nationwide have spiraled upward over the past several years. Local 101 is one of them. Last year the union paid upwards of $40 million in total healthcare claims, and it expects the number could continue to rise this year. The on-site healthcare center could halt the expected increase, even ease the flow of money to outside medical providers from the union’s self-funded health insurance plan. Curbing healthcare costs or pushing them downward with an on-site health center could benefit union members in more ways than better health and managed care. If the union spends less on healthcare, it could potentially re-allocate the savings in the form of better annual wage increases. Plans for the healthcare center at Local 101 have been underway since 2014. “We left that first meeting with Cerner thinking this was a smart and practical idea. It made sense for our people -- a one stop shop for medical care with a primary care doctor on site to serve our members, their families and retirees with no added co-pays or fees,” said Scott Rettig, Business Manager, Operating Engineers Local 101. “From a dollars and cents point of view, the center represents one of the first solutions we’ve seen in a lot of years that could potentially decrease the cost of healthcare for our members.”


From “The Labor Beacon” by Kevin B. Oneill

The important thing going forward is usage of the facility by members, Rettig said. “If a lot of people utilize the health center, we increase its cost efficiency and can pass along the savings to our people over time. Increased usage could also lead to new and expanded services at the center, more medical staff, or longer hours of operation, depending of what the members want.” He added, Local 101 is exploring arrangements with other area unions to share the health center with the intent of increasing its usage and driving additional cost savings.

Businesses and unions with on-site health centers also cite other benefits besides cost-savings, improved access to medical care for members and managed care for chronic ailments. They can also serve as an attraction to lure new high-quality employees or union members. At the same time, the facilities often serve an employer’s effort to improve employee retention. Cerner operates 48 similar health centers in the United States, including 10 in the Kansas City area. The company has more than 25 years of on-site health care experience and more than 30 years in health care technology.

Starting in June, the on-site Health Center located at Operating Engineers Local 101’s headquarters will offer:

• Primary care services: care for non-work related injuries, illnesses and conditions • Occupational health: care for work-related illnesses and injuries • Wellness services: educational programming, personal health assessments, labs and biometrics and one-on-one advising sessions • Integration with other providers: seamless referrals and effective comprehensive care through partnerships with other healthcare providers



Peggy McGinnis

There is a lot more at stake than the amount on the paycheck.

Business Representative Stationary Engineers Here we are starting a new year! Last year was a year of negotiating one contract right after the next. The year really seemed to fly by. Local 101 did spend a lot of time fighting Right-To-Work in Missouri! We haven’t seen the last of that, but hopefully everyone becomes more educated about how it truly will hurt your pocket book and your life! It scares me to think just how hard our ancestors had to work to support Unionism. Unions that have power in numbers , and fight for fairness, safety, time off, insurance and much more in the workplace. It really is important to remember what Union Contracts do for YOU ! Things we all tend to take for granted. One of the “expectations” is the yearly wage increase. That’s a “give me” right? Not!... It is the number one question on your list when we look for what your expectations are for negotiating the contract. A wage increase is number one on your list . Providing insurance at a low premium with high end coverage is the next concern. The older you are the more you want in your pension. Younger folks tend to want the increase on their paycheck. Members of labor unions enjoy “Weingarten Rights”. If management questions the union member on a matter that may lead to discipline or other changes in working conditions, union members can request representation by a union representative. Weingarten Rights are named for the first Supreme Court decision to recognize those rights. Most companies try to make sure you have a union representative present but not always. YOU have to request them. The company doesn’t have to make the offer.


Some business owners appreciate what the union has to offer in the way of skilled labor. Other business owners don’t like unions for a variety of reasons. If they are going to compete successfully in an economy that can go boom or bust, then they want a great deal of flexibility in cutting wages, hiring and firing, and adding extra hours of work or trimming back work hours when need be. In fact, wages and salaries are a very big part of their overall costs. And even when business is good, small wage cuts, or holding the line on wages, can lead to higher profits. More generally, business owners are used to being in charge, and they don’t want to be hassled by people they may have come to think of as mere employees, not as breadwinners for their families or citizens of the same city and country. But why do workers want unions in the first place? Why do business owners resist them ? Workers originally wanted unions primarily for defensive purposes -- to protect against what they see as arbitrary decisions, such as sudden wage cuts, lay-offs, or firings. They also want a way to force management to change what they see as dangerous working conditions or overly long hours. More generally, they want more certainty, which eventually means a contract that lasts for a specified period of time. In the United States the early trade unionists also wanted the same kind of rights at work that they already had as independent citizens. And if unions grow strong, then, well, they try to go on the offensive, by asking for higher wages. Employees want businesses to pay higher taxes to government, and they often want government to regulate businesses in ways that help employees. Most businesses reject these policy objectives. Employers are



stationary engineers celebrate those with many years of service. the article has additional detail on these members.

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40 Fred Steeby for low taxes on their businesses, minimum regulation of their businesses, and no government help for unions. But the government usually doesn’t side with the workers if the workers don’t have some political power through their involvement in a political party. There you go…another reason to have a union…to be a bigger fish in the pond. Keep yourself educated on why it’s important to be union and not just for what we hear all of the time like…”I don’t need to be union, I make what you do”. There is a lot more at stake than the amount on the paycheck. Congratulations go out to many members in 2016 for years of service. From Nestle Purina in St. Joseph, MO Rickey Wharton with 45 years, Fred Steeby with 40 years, Delora Leslie, Jean Bellomy, Marilyn June, Gail Hailey, Ron Bartels, Bill McDaniels, Donald Raines, Robert Boyle, Brad Wyckoff, Cindy Contreras, Rachael Nolan, Anna Steeby, Jim Lawson, and Roy Beers all with 25 years. In Kansas City, MO, Tower Properties members Paul Ellensohn with 25 years and Bert Powers with 20 years. Also in Kansas City, MO, Jackson County member Derrall Benzinger has 30 years and Phillip Ehlers at Dairi Concepts in El Dorado Springs, MO with 35 years. Again…Congratulations to all of you! Congratulations to those celebrating retirement! For those out on sick leave recovering from illness or injury we wish you a full and speedy recovery! And for those able to return to work…good for you!!! Work, play and drive safe.

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30 Derrall Benzinger

25 Delora Leslie Jean Bellomy Marilyn June Gail Hailey Ron Bartels Bill McDaniels Donald Raines Robert Boyle Brad Wyckoff Cindy Contreras Rachael Nolan Anna Steeby Jim Lawson Roy Beers Paul Ellensohn

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Kevin Rusnak

Phil Bukaty and Mike Pischiotta of CB Richard Ellis at ATT

Business Representative Stationary Engineers Contract negotiations with CBR Ellis ended with a new two year contract for the ATT Building located at 2121 E 63rd Street. This five hundred and sixty thousand square foot Data Center building uses more than half of that square footage as data space where servers and storage devices communicate via switching devices. Miles upon miles of cables under the floors connect these devices which draw an enormous amount of power and generate a large amount of heat. Primary power will then flow to various systems. If power is lost, the ATS will “switch” to a secondary power supply of on-site generators. Power from the primary or secondary source will generally flow through massive UPS units. Large battery banks store power, clean and condition it. From the UPS units, power flows to distribution units that step down the voltage and deliver power throughout the data center.

CB Richard Ellis at ATT

Negotiations with Jones Lang LaSalle also came to a close with our Engineers approving a three year agreement. Thanks to the crew for all their hard work. In December of last year the Union was certified by the National Labor Relations Board as the exclusive bargaining agent for the engineers working at the Marine Corps Enterprise Information Technology Service Center. This center is located at 2306 Bannister Road in Kanas City Missouri. We are currently in negotiations with Satellite Services Inc. to get a new agreement. Congratulations to the following members who recently received their service pins: January anniversary is Steve Sutherland with twenty years’ service, and currently working at Research Medical Center. February service pins go out to Robert McDonald who retired from St. Joseph Medical Center with thirty-five years. March service pin goes out to Agapito Hernandez who retired from Truman Medical Center with forty-five years.

CB Richard Ellis working at ATT


See you at the monthly Union meeting on the 3rd Thursday of every month or soon at your workplace!


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Main Office 6601 Winchester, Suite 280 • Kansas City, MO 64133 (816) 737-8600 Business Manager: Scott Rettig Meeting Time/Date: 7:00 p.m. 3rd Thursday of the month

Fringe Benefits Funds 6601 Winchester, Suite 250 • Kansas City, MO 64133 Funds Administrator: Stephanie McLaughlin (816) 737-5959 • Toll Free (888) 272-5911

Topeka 3906 Northwest 16th Street • Topeka, KS 66618 (785) 233-3662 Business Representative: Randy Stithem Meeting Time/Date: 7:00 p.m. 2nd Tuesday of the month

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St. Joseph 4730 Frederick Ave. • St. Joseph, MO 64506 (816) 279-5715 Business Representative: Charley Kendrick Stationary Business Representative: Peggy McGinnis Meeting Time/Date: 7:00 p.m. 1st Tuesday of the month

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International Union of Operating Engineers Local 101 Winter 2016

Local101 vol24 no1 issuu  

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 101 Winter 2016