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BAC HISTORY

BAC skilled craftworkers built many public schools throughout the U.S. Pictured above, the Ashwood School, constructed at Bellevue, Washington in 1955, shows the use of SCR brick for exposed interiors. This not only proved to be economical in construction, but maintenance was reduced to minimum.

Skilled Craftworkers Built America’s Public Schools In December 1950, Oscar R. Ewing, Federal Security Administrator, spoke to a meeting of educators in Indiana regarding the state of American schools and school buildings. He said, “Probably one-fifth of this nation’s school buildings are obsolete to the point of being unsafe, unsanitary, and unfit for human use … Our schools will require over five hundred thousand additional classrooms by 1960, in order to care for these additional millions

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of oncoming children, as well as for those now housed in overcrowded or worn out buildings.” Fast forward to 2019, our nation’s public school infrastructure continues to age and more than half of public school buildings are in dire need of repair. That’s why on January 30th, House Democrats unveiled the Rebuild America’s Schools Act, a plan to invest $100 billion in our nation’s public school system (see page 14).

IN THIS ISSUE 18 Legislative & Political

1 President’s Message

2 Mensaje Del Presidente 3 Members at Work 5 Apprentices 6 Organizing 8 News In Brief 11 IMI and IMTEF 14 Legislative & Political 16 International Funds 18 Safety & Health 21 MAP 22 Sporting Life 25 Canada 26 Local Compass 30 In Memoriam


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Investing in Schools and Keep Organizing

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ur Nation’s infrastructure is in shambles. Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes a report called “Failure to Act: Closing the Infrastructure Investment Gap for America’s Economic Future,” which grades the current state of national infrastructure on a scale of A through F. The most recent report gave America a grade of D for failing to address the growing gap between infrastructure needs and investment. Maintaining and rebuilding infrastructure is critical to our economy. It impacts our economic productivity and our ability to compete in the global market. It also effects our safety and quality of life. Although gridlock seems to characterize the state of our government in Washington, there is potential for bipartisan agreement on investing in our Nation’s infrastructure. The Congress and President Trump have identified infrastructure as a priority. Investing in infrastructure is urgently needed, and will create jobs, boost the economy and strengthen the middle class. While many think of infrastructure as roads and bridges and other transportation related categories, it also includes our schools. It is critically important that our nations young people have access to a quality education in buildings that are safe and conducive to learning. That is why I was proud to join with Congressman Robert C. Scott (D-VA) and Senator Jack Reid (D-RI) to celebrate the introduction of the Rebuild America’s Schools Act (see page 14). If enacted and fully funded, the Rebuild America’s Schools Act would create nearly two million new jobs, many of which would go to our members. As you know, organizing new members and contractors is a priority for our Union. I’m pleased to report that BAC Locals and ADCs signed over 80 new contractors

in 2018 that have already reported work hours. That doesn’t include contractors that were already signed in other Local union areas, or contractors that signed project only agreements, or about 20 additional contractors that have yet to report work hours. No, that’s over 80 signatories that are completely new to BAC, that are paying wages and benefits to our members today, and who were brought in through your efforts. Some came in thanks to relentless top-down meetings, while others signed because of grassroots organizing of their craftworkers. Some are small shops that only employ the owner and a helper, while others have aspirations to dominate their market. Some brought in entire crews of new members when they signed, while others needed access to our existing membership. But they all have one important thing in common: every single new contractor that we organize provides new work opportunities to our members and eliminates work opportunities for non-union contractors. And that’s the name of the game. That’s how we build market share, and that’s how we build power on the jobsite and at the negotiating table. Recently, the Pacific Northwest ADC signed LDC Inc., a non-union contractor in Southern Oregon, which as a result added 20 members to the BAC family (page 6). Through the top-down organizing campaign, our Local built up the trust necessary over a course of six months to add the contractor to our team. That’s great news, and I know that there are more stories like this across North America. Now, this is only a start. We need to keep our forward momentum going. If we brought in 80 to 100 contractors in 2018, then we need to do at least as well in 2019. It’s your focus and commitment to growing our Union that gets the job done. Let’s keep up the good work, keep organizing, and show the industry that BAC is here to stay.

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MENSA JE DEL PRESIDENTE

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Invertir en las escuelas y seguir la organización

a infraestructura de nuestra nación está en ruinas. Cada cuatro años, la Sociedad Americana de Ingenieros Civiles (American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE) publica un informe titulado “Failure to Act: Closing the Infrastructure Investment Gap for America’s Economic Future” (Falta de acción: cerrar la brecha de inversión en infraestructura para el futuro económico de Estados Unidos), que valora el estado actual de la infraestructura nacional en una escala de la A hasta la F. El informe más reciente otorgó a Estados Unidos una calificación de D por no abordar la creciente brecha entre las necesidades de infraestructura y la inversión. Mantener y reconstruir la infraestructura es fundamental para nuestra economía. Afecta nuestra productividad económica y nuestra capacidad para competir en el mercado global. También afecta nuestra seguridad y calidad de vida. Aunque el estancamiento pareciera caracterizar el estado de nuestro gobierno en Washington, existe la posibilidad de un acuerdo bipartidista para invertir en la infraestructura de nuestra nación. El Congreso y el Presidente Trump identificaron la infraestructura como una prioridad. Se necesita urgentemente invertir en infraestructura, esto creará puestos de trabajo, impulsará la economía y fortalecerá a la clase media. Mientras que muchos piensan en la infraestructura como vías, puentes y otras estructuras relacionadas con el transporte, también incluye a nuestras escuelas. Es de vital importancia que los jóvenes de nuestra nación tengan acceso a una educación de calidad en construcciones seguras y propicias para el aprendizaje. Es por eso que me sentí orgulloso de unirme al congresista Robert C. Scott (D-VA) y al senador Jack Reid (D-RI) para celebrar la incorporación de la Ley para Reconstruir las Escuelas de Estados Unidos (consultar página 14). Si se promulga y se financia por completo, la Ley para Reconstruir las Escuelas de Estados Unidos crearía casi dos millones de empleos nuevos, muchos de los cuales se destinarían a nuestros miembros. Como ustedes saben, la organización de miembros y contratistas nuevos ha sido la prioridad de nuestro sindicato durante varios años. Me complace informar que el Consejo de Distritos Administrativos y Locales (Locals and

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Administrative District Councils, ADCs) del sindicato de Albañiles y Constructores Aliados (Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, BAC) firmaron más de 80 contratistas nuevos en 2018 que ya han reportado horas. Esto no incluye a los contratistas que ya habían firmado en otros sindicatos locales, contratistas que solo firmaron Proyectos de Acuerdo Laboral (Project Labor Agreement, PLA) o acuerdos de un solo empleo, o alrededor de 20 compañías nuevas que aún no han reportado horas. No, estos son más de 80 firmantes que son completamente nuevos en el BAC, que pagan salarios y beneficios a nuestros miembros hoy en día y que trajimos gracias a sus esfuerzos. Algunos vinieron gracias a las reuniones descendientes incansables, mientras que otros firmaron debido a la organización de las bases de sus constructores. Algunas son pequeñas tiendas que solo emplean al dueño y a un ayudante, mientras que otras tienen aspiraciones de dominar su mercado. Algunos trajeron equipos enteros de miembros nuevos cuando firmaron, mientras que otros necesitaron acceso a nuestros miembros existentes. Pero todos ellos tienen algo importante en común: cada contratista nuevo que organizamos proporciona oportunidades de trabajo nuevas para nuestros miembros y elimina las oportunidades de trabajo para los contratistas no sindicalizados. Y ese es el objetivo principal. Así es como aumentamos la participación en el mercado y como construimos el poder en el lugar de trabajo y en la mesa de negociación. Recientemente, el ADC del Noroeste del Pacífico firmó con LDC Inc., un contratista no sindicalizado en el sur de Oregón, lo que dio como resultado la incorporación de 20 miembros a la familia del BAC (consultar página 6). A través de la campaña de organización descendiente, nuestro Consejo Local construyó la confianza necesaria en un período de seis meses para agregar al contratista a nuestro equipo. Ahora, esto es sólo un comienzo. Necesitamos mantener nuestro impulso hacia adelante. Si trajimos 80 o 100 contratistas en 2018, tenemos que hacerlo al menos igual de bien en 2019. Es su enfoque y compromiso para hacer crecer nuestra Unión lo que hace el trabajo. Sigamos con el buen trabajo, sigamos organizando y demostremos a la industria que el BAC está aquí para quedarse.

The Official Journal of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (issn 0362-3696)

Journal BAC

ISSUE 1 / 2019

Executive Board James Boland President

Timothy Driscoll Secretary-Treasurer

Gerard Scarano

Executive Vice President

Carlos Aquin

Executive Vice President

Regional Directors N ORT HE A ST

Al Catalano

IU Regional Director, Northeast 304 Kenwood Avenue, #4 Delmar, NY 12054 (518) 439-6080 SOUTH

Ed Navarro

IU Regional Director, South 6201 S.E. Beaver View Rd Lawton, OK 73501 (580) 357-3048 N ORT H CE N T R A L

Keith Hocevar

IU Regional Director, North Central 7640 White Pine Ct. Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 534-1108 WEST

Raymond Keen

P.O. Box 230460 Las Vegas, NV 89105 (702) 254-1988 CANADA

Craig Strudwick

IU Regional Director, Canada 2100 Thurston Drive, #3 Ottawa, ON K1G 4K8 (613) 830-0333 Editorial Staff: Brian Kennedy, Yin Yin The BAC Journal (ISSN 0362-3696) is published quarterly for $1.50 per year in advance, postage paid, for the U.S. and Canada ($1.75 per year in all foreign countries belonging to the Postal Union) by the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers. Periodicals class postage paid Washington, DC, and additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to the BAC Journal, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, 620 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004. Canadian Postmaster: Send address changes to PO Box 503, RPO West Beaver Creek, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4R6 Published for Bricklayers, Stone Masons, Plasterers, Tile Layers, Marble Masons, Cement Masons, Mosaic and Terrazzo Workers, Finishers, Pointers, Cleaners, and Caulkers.


MEMBERS AT WORK BAC LOCAL 2 BRITISH COLUMBIA

New Problem-solving Strategies Rooted in Timeless World Craftsmanship EDITOR’S NOTE: Originally written by Leslie Dyson and published on TradeTalk (Spring 2019 issue), this article is reprinted in this BAC Journal with permission, featuring BAC Local 2 British Columbia tilesetters’ quality work in downtown Vancouver.

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tilesetter crew from Star Tile, working on the 34th floor at 666 Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver, has just wrapped up a job installing porcelain tile for the grandiose regional office of Goldcorp (recently merged with Newmont). Before the work could begin, they saw they had a problem. On one side of the room there is a staircase. The open design has the floor continuing around it to a bank of windows. The building code sets out the height of staircase risers so the tilesetters had to come up with a way to lay the floor and maintain the required height. The engineer’s plans made no allowances for the discrepancy, which wasn’t

unusual. But ignoring the over-sight would have been an outrageously expensive mistake. The crew worked together to come up with a strategy. Now the floor has three gentle slopes, barely noticeable unless you’re on a skateboard, said Dan Corra, a 30-year member of BAC Local 2 British Columbia. Many of the tilesetter members of the Union have decades of experience in the craft. You can see the quality of the members’ work in the granite floors and quartz counter tops of elite shops and the marble-walled lobbies of high-end hotels. Take a look at the new expansion to the Commercial SkyTrain station. “We did everything on the east side, top to

BAC Local 2 BC 30-year member Dan Corra leveling the floors for the screed.

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bottom,” said Paulo Perozzo, also a 30-year member of BAC Local 2 BC. Some of the mortar reaches a depth of six inches and the floor had to be sloped to ensure water flowed in the correct direction. It was a challenge to get their materials hoisted to the second floor. “It was quite an obstacle course, I can tell you.” They were given just six months to complete the work and there were many days when they didn’t think it was possible. In the case of the Goldcorp project, the entire 2,000 square feet had to be mudded. “It has to be perfect,” Corra said. “It slopes down 35 millimeters to meet the riser and to make the floor elevations work. There are three dimensions.” A laser level wouldn’t work in this setting. “We have to pull string lines and every transition has to be on a joint. It’s just one of the tricks of the trade.” The general contractor Priority Projects knew the job was complicated and contacted Star Tile Co. Ltd., located on Hastings Street in Vancouver. Star Tile has been in business since 1965 when it began hiring tilesetting tradespeople with European backgrounds and where skills have been passed down from generation to generation. Loyalty goes both ways, between the company and the workers. BAC Local 2 BC president Geoff Higginson said, “The work ethic is good because the company is union. It keeps them working and they’re a good team. There’s an incredible sense of pride. There’s no way they’ll allow half-assed work. And it’s a good place to apprentice.” Apprentice Alex Nikolic, a five-year member of BAC Local 2 BC, said the biggest attraction of the trade is seeing projects from start to finish. “We’re one of the last trades in there (and) when you IS S UE 1 , 2 0 1 9 | 3


MEMBERS AT WORK walk in, it’s like a war zone. Then there’s a whole transformation. You go from absolutely nothing to finished product.” He credits Perozzo and Corra for his success in the trade. “They’ve been my mentors from Day One.” Star Tile is a family business. Corra’s son, Eric (also working for Star), is supervising the tile work being done on a residential complex on Cambie Street and 59th Avenue in Vancouver. Perozzo came to the trade after working for a tile distributor. “I thought I wasn’t going to be able to provide for a family working in a warehouse.” He was ready when a tilesetting contractor asked him to work for his company. “Some true craftsmen have left us,” he said. “I’m grateful to have worked with them. They passed things along the line and I hope to pass them along, too.” He continued, “What I like the most is you’re always learning and when you come across certain scenarios that look one way on paper but don’t work, you have to look for new strategies. Like overcoming a discrepancy in the subfloor. You have to hit a stair riser at a certain height without dismantling the floor. Sometimes you’re working in a situation but for whatever reason, you have to come up with another solution. Maybe physics is the proper word.” “In this industry, 90 per cent of installing is in the prep work. It has to be done properly. Before you start, you have to ask, ‘What are the conditions? What is the weather? Is the substrate solid? Is the subfloor in good condition? What elevations do we have to reach?” Perozzo remembers one job that involved mechanical installation of big walls. The engineer signed off on the tile (stone), brackets, fasteners and metal as well as the iron façade. “But we looked and said, ‘No way is this going to work! It wasn’t safe or sound.’ The engineer was never told and never knew the extra time it caused.” The solutions to the problems that come up can’t be found on Google or YouTube. “There’s an old saying,” Perozzo said. “Four eyes are better than two.” There is a lot of brainstorming under way on the job site. One of Nikolic’s favorite jobs was a 9,000 square foot outdoor patio in Victoria that required a crew working 10-hour days 4 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L IE D CRAF T WORKE RS

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Paulo Perozzo, a 30-year member of BAC Local 2 BC, setting the perimeter on the jobsite.

four days a week to mud the entire area and install all the stonework. Every job comes with new problems to solve and a growing skill set. “Yeah,” he said, “there are some guys who learn for a year and then put a sticker on the side of their van and say they can do it all. I don’t get it.” Constant learning and working for a great company keep Nikolic enthusiastic about the work. As you’d expect Perozzo and Corra’s houses are showcases for their skills. Corra’s 1930s house has been renovated to include half-inch brick veneer around some windows, a quartz counter top, multicolor slate flooring in the basement and a bathroom with 1x1 octagon marble tile, 3 x 6 subway tile in a brick pattern, a marble border and a glass mosaic. “I have tile, porcelain, granite and stonework in my house,” said Perozzo. “I did everything myself. Not very many know how to do this stuff.” BAC Local 2 BC, like many Building Trades Locals, is “facing the effects of a lack of appreciation for quality work, outsourced materials and the under-ground economy,” said BAC Local 2 BC president Geoff Higginson. The Union represents bricklayers, stone masons, tilesetters and terrazzo workers. There are approximately 350 bricklayer members, 75 tilesetters and several dozen doing stone work and only a few left doing traditional terrazzo. “The scope of work is being eroded,” he said, as he pointed to the flaws in the floor tiles at a popular coffee shop.

Long-time member Paulo Perozza agreed. “There are a lot of people who are not as fully qualified. They’re just there to get the money and leave. It’s hurting our trade.” There is also great concern on the bricklaying side. Recently, Higginson tried to organize the workers from a European country working on a jobsite. “They pay them less,” he said. “They work for cash and some go home after three months. Some come on visitor visas but don’t return. Some are being paid by the foot for grout work. And they’re afraid. Maybe because they’ve been sponsored by the boss.” Even housing, as poor as it likely is, is provided by the company. Higginson went to jobsites to hand out leaflets written in Portuguese and English pointing out the rates for bricklayers and stonemasons and the phone number of the Union. “The workers hid on me in the van and their handler gave very little information. They have more loyalty to the employer than a Union because of the power imbalance.” BAC Local 2 BC’s signatory contractors are working hard to survive in an environment where “it’s a race to the bottom” and the main concern sounds like a supermarket slogan. All that matters is “lowest price.” However, Higginson said, “there will always be industrial work and the future on the commercial side is going to require really creative ways of organizing.”


APPRENTICES

BAC Apprentices Shine at MCAA Masonry Skills Challenge

First place winner of the first-year level Mason Lowell of BAC Local 8 Southeast.

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AC apprentices took five out of nine top placements at the annual MCAA Masonry Skills Challenge during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry held on January 23rd in Las Vegas, Nevada. A showcase of skills training in the masonry industry, the Masonry Skills Challenge brought together bricklayer apprentices from across the country to compete in three skill levels: first-year level for those just entering the trade; second-year level for more experienced newcomers; and third-year level for those about to enter the workforce as journeylevel craftworkers. Each level is given a project to build appropriate to their craft skills. The projects are a complete surprise which means no contestants are aware of the projects in advance. No contestant is allowed to consult with anyone during competition, including instructors, other competitors, and judges. Awards were presented to the top three apprentices in each skill level after a fierce competition. Firstyear apprentice Mason Lovell of BAC Local 8 Southeast won first place. Joseph Hite of BAC Local 9 Pennsylvania and Mitch Kittinger of BAC Ohio-Kentucky Administrative District Council placed 2nd and 3rd in the second-year level. In the thirdyear level, Tyler Hack of BAC Local 4 Indiana/Kentucky and Jonathan Weininger of BAC Ohio-Kentucky Administrative District Council took first and second places.

Joseph Hite of BAC Local 9 PA, left, and Mitch Kittinger of BAC OH-KY ADC, placed 2nd and 3rd places respectively in the second-year level.

Third-year apprentices Tyler Hack of BAC Local 4 IN/KY, left, and Jonathan Weininger of OH-KY ADC, placed first and second respectively.

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ORGANIZING BAC LOCAL 1 OREGON

Top-down Organizing Campaign Adds a Signatory Contractor and 20 New Members to BAC

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DC Inc., a waterproofing company based in Southern Oregon, had always been a nonunion contractor with employees who had never joined any union. When President of BAC Local 1 Oregon Matt Eleazer and Field Representative Mike Titus contacted the owner Scott Bond, it wasn’t an easy conversation. Realizing the biggest issue was a lack of trust in unions, Brother Eleazer and Brother Titus kept up a regular schedule of meetings with the company leadership, always on LDC’s turf in Southern Oregon. “These conversations were not sales pitches. We gave our honest thoughts about the company, telling their advantages and disadvantages, and how we can work together,” said Matt Eleazer, President of BAC Local 1 Oregon. “While LDC needed manpower help, our conversations went beyond the topic, laying out how our Local could help the company as a partner, including accessing union-only and union-favored work as well as union apprenticeship and training programs.” He added, “Our Local’s brick finisher program is very attractive to the company, and so is the support from our Union and IMI, as the company begins to look

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Owner of LDC Inc. Scott Bond, left, signs the agreement with BAC Local 1 Oregon President Matt Eleazer at company’s office in Cottage Grove, OR.

beyond their traditional work scope of waterproofing and starts to pursue broader restoration work.” Over six months of sustained conversations, Local 1 OR signed the company

as a BAC contractor. To bring LDC’s employees on board, LDC’s management and Local 1 OR coordinated meetings with the employees and promoted the Union to them. “When it’s time to deal with the sticky problem of jobs, the company bid based on non-union numbers, but we didn’t want to exclude jobs and lose trust of the employees. Instead, we used market recovery funds to allow those projects to be worked with union wages and benefits, so that all our new BAC members started off on the right foot,” said Brother Eleazer. As a result, twenty employees of LDC were brought into BAC Local 1 OR as new members. They are reporting around 4,000 hours a month and are actively engaged in the Local’s apprenticeship program. The organizing success highlights the importance of persisting in building relationships with contractors.


Construction Organizing Membership Education Training Continues Graduating More Members

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he Union is undertaking a number of organizing initiatives, including Construction Organizing Membership Education Training (COMET). COMET is a focused three-hour educational training programs delivered to rank and file members. Many BAC Locals and ADCs have recently completed COMET programs. The program generates membership support and participation in organizing. Since 2017, BAC members throughout the country are participating in COMET sessions to learn how to be more actively involved in their Local/ADC’s organizing efforts. Our past issues of BAC Journal have featured our members’ participation in COMET. This issue continues highlighting their engagement in this training (see pictures).

LOCAL 1 MARYLAND/VIRGINIA/DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

LOCAL 4 CALIFORNIA

LOCAL 2 MICHIGAN

LOCAL 8 SOUTHEAST

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NEWS IN BRIEF

BAC Delegates Attend AFL-CIO’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

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undreds of trade unionists, social justice professionals, activists and community leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. on January 18-21st for the 2019 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference. BAC delegates, including Todd Buckner, Jonas Elmore, Bernard Griggs, Angela Henderson, Glenn Kelly, Inniss Layne, Winall Longdon, Russel Smith, and Dwayne Stewart, attended the event. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka kicked off the conference by telling participants that this is our moment for action: “We’re living in the fierce urgency of now. This is a time to take risks. This is a time to get uncomfortable. That’s when real progress is made.” The conference also hosted a town hall conversation with the 2018 nominee for Governor of Florida, Andrew Gillum, who told participants that we all ought to have access to health care, a wage we can live on, and our race, gender and whom we love should not dictate how we get treated at work. One of the workshops offered during the conference, “This is America: Young, Black and Union,” was facilitated by BAC Local 8 Southeast President Glenn Kelly. Angela Henderson, a member of

BAC delegates at a workshop facilited by BAC Local 8 Southeast Glenn Kelly. From left, Bernard Briggs, Russel Smith, Todd Buckner, Winall Longdon, Jonas Elmore, and Angela Henderson.

BAC Executive Council and Local 2 Washington/Idaho/Montana, said, “The workshops offered us new approaches to expand, diversify and unify our unions. Each one of us was able to take useful information and strategies back to our Locals along with knowledge to become stronger and more sensible leaders.” BAC delegates also joined hundreds of brothers and sisters in a rally at the AFL-CIO headquarters in solidarity with the federal employees affected by the government shutdown. Later they took to the streets to join with thousands more

activists from across the country in the third annual Women’s March to march for workers’ and women’s rights. BAC delegates, along with brothers and sisters of other trades unions, participated in the conference’s community service activities as well. IU Regional Representative Russel Smith said, “While participating in this year’s community service, we were able to extend our BAC services at Stoddard Baptist Global Care, City Year - Deanwood Recreation Center, City Year-Ron Brown High School, First Baptist Church of Glenarden, and Veterans on the Rise.”

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Participants of the IU’s 2019 Local/ADC Administrative Staff Training Conference. From left, Jennifer Jonson of PNW ADC, Cecilia Aguilera of Local 3 CA, NaVonda Thomas of Local 8 Southeast, Johnnie Allen of MW ADC, Teresa Ruiz of Local 4 CA, Jill Sturdevant of Local 2 MI, Heide Rodriguez of Local 4 CA, Linda Podgorski of Local 1 MN/ND/SD, Anita Naprstek of ADC 1 of IL, Kerry Young of Local 15 MO/KS/NE, Becky Gatapia of Local 15 MO/KS/NE, Brittany Riggs of Local 4 IN/KY, Meghan Bittner of Local 1 MN/ND/SD, Heather Karns of Local 3 IA, Danell Gaudieri of Local 3 NY, Shawn Williams of Local 9 PA, Elizabeth Rearson of Local 3 NY, Mary Stanko of Local 9 PA, Leslie Castellanos of Local 1 MD/VA/DC, Diana Rivera, Angi Trumbauer of Local 6 IL, Danette Kualapai of Local 1 HI, Tracie Williams of OH-KY ADC, Carmen Olivo-Garcia of Local 3 CA, and Vanessa Marquez of ADC 1 of IL.

IU Hosts 2019 Local/ADC Administrative Staff Training Conference

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wenty-five BAC Local/ADC administrative staff from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. on February 4-5th to attend the IU’s annual training conference for Local/ADC administrative staff. BAC Local/ADC administrative staff interact with members daily, serving as the frontline of contact, educating members about the Union, and providing membership information and support. To

sharpen their skills in doing their muchneeded work, the IU launched its first Local/ADC administrative staff meeting last year which was well received by the participants. This year’s meeting offered participants with an overview of functions of many IU programs, a deep dive into Member Portal, a navigation of Construct Connect, and best practices of digital communications tools.

Anita Naprstek, Administrative Assistant of BAC Administrative District Council 1 of Illinois, attended the conference for the first time and thought the event was very helpful. “The conference provided us an opportunity to see the people behind the desks. We got to meet with many IU staff that we talk to every day on the phone and many other administrative assistants from Locals and ADCs across the country.”

Letter Carriers Picking Up Canned Food on May 11th

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very year, the National Association of Letters Carriers (NALC) hosts its annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, the nation’s largest one-day food drive. Through donations, 71.6 million pounds of non-perishable foods were collected last year. On Saturday, May 11th, you can help your mail carrier stamp out hunger. All you need to do is to leave a bag of nonperishable food items, such as canned goods or dry pasta, next to your mailbox. Letter carriers will pick them up, sort them, and distribute them to local food banks and hunger-relief organizations. With your support and the help of the NALC and unions, families across America will receive some relief. If you have any questions, please visit: www.nalc.org/community-service/food-drive

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NEWS IN BRIEF

IU Launches New Website to Better Serve Members, Signatory Contractors

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he IU recently has launched its new website (bacweb.org) to better serve current and potential members as well as signatory contractors. New features of the website include: • A responsive and friendly design for mobile devices;

 The mobile-responsive design makes the website easy to navigate. T  he new look of the BAC website homepage.

2019 BAC Canadian Bates Scholarship Now Open The Canadian Bates Scholarship program is administered through Universities Canada, located in Ottawa, Ontario. Three students are selected annually. 1st place receives a stipend of $3,000 (CN), 2nd place at $2,500 (CN) and 3rd place at $2,000 (CN) per year for up to four consecutive years providing the student maintains satisfactory academic progress. To be considered for the 2019 Canadian Bates Scholarship, a student must be the son or daughter of a Canadian BAC member in good standing of a Canadian BAC Local, and a high school senior during the 2018-2019 academic year who plans to attend college in the fall of 2019. More detailed program information along with the application form is available online in English or French: https://portal.scholarshippartners.ca. To start the online application, please enter this company code: 105HAR2019. The application deadline is May 15, 2019. If you have questions about the Bates Scholarship, please contact BAC’s Education office toll-free at 1-888-8808222 ext. 3887 or email askbac@bacweb.org. 10 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L IE D CRAF T WORKE RS

• The addition of featured projects; • Consolidated FAQs for easyviewing and filtering; • Filterable list of Locals and Regions with contact information all listed in one place; • Filterable news and BAC Journal articles; • New “Support” section for Members, Officers and Contractors; • Consolidated information behind member login. Each member can create their own login account to access information. From there, you can login to Member Portal with the same username and password; • New “BAC Tool Sales” section giving members a more convenient shopping experience. The IU welcomes you to its new website bacweb.org. Please contact askbac@bacweb.org if you have any comments or questions.

La période de candidatures 2019 pour la bourse d’études Harry C. Bates du Bac est maintenant commencée Le programme canadien de bourse d’études Harry C. Bates est administré par Universités Canada, situé à Ottawa. Trois étudiants seront sélectionnés chaque année. L’étudiant en première place recevra une bourse de 3000 $ (CA); celui en deuxième place, une bourse de 2500 $ (CA); et celui en troisième place, une bourse de 2000 $ (CA), et ce, par année et pour une période allant jusqu’à quatre années consécutives si l’étudiant maintient des résultats scolaires satisfaisants. Pour être admissibles à la bourse d’études canadienne Harry C. Bates 2019, les candidats doivent être le fils ou la fille d’un membre du BAC du Canada qui est membre en règle d’une section locale du BAC du Canada. Ils doivent également en être à leur dernière année du secondaire au cours de l’année scolaire 2018-2019 et avoir l’intention de commencer l’université à l’automne 2019. Pour de plus amples renseignements en français et en anglais au sujet du programme et pour avoir accès au formulaire de candidature, rendez-vous à l’adresse Web suivante : https://portal.scholarshippartners.ca/. Pour commencer une candidature en ligne, veuillez saisir le code d’entreprise suivant : 105HAR2019. La date limite pour la remise des candidatures est le 15 mai 2019. Pour toute question au sujet de la bourse d’études Harry C. Bates, veuillez communiquer avec le service d’éducation du BAC, en composant le numéro sans frais 1 888 880-8222, poste 3887, ou en envoyant un courriel à l’adresse askbac@bacweb.org.


IMI & IMTEF

From Job Corps Student to National Program Director: Jonas Elmore Shares His Career Success

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hen Jonas Elmore signed up for Job Corps as a student in 1990, he didn’t yet know he’d be pursuing a career as a union mason, much less becoming IMI’s National Job

time as an instructor at the Atterbury Job Corps Center, where he taught from 2002 to 2008. “You meet somebody that has no concept of the trade…and then you see them grow and develop. They leave, graduate from the program, and go on to be successful in Corps Director. their lives. Above and beyond money, that’s the best feeling. I used to “My grandfather and his sons all dabbled in carpentry, so I tell my students, ‘money will never keep you in a trade. You have to thought, ‘Oh, this would be good for me because I already know absolutely love what you do.’ And I just absolutely love what I do.” how to do some of it,’” said Elmore. But it didn’t take long for Despite his passion for teaching the trade, Elmore was initially him to realize he wasn’t going to follow in his family’s footsteps: reluctant to step into the role of instructor because he loved the carpentry classes left him unengaged and working in the field. “When I graduated from the shop tasks felt monotonous to him. Job Corps, I moved to Indianapolis, Indiana and Elmore grew up on the south side of worked for a brick and stone contractor, BroadyChicago and was raised by a hard-working single Campbell, through my whole apprenticeship mother supporting him and his two sisters. At and career in the field, from 1992 to 2002,” said 19, like most young adults, he was trying to Elmore, who joined BAC Local 4 IN/KY. He figure out what to do with his life when he ran had taken a chance leaving behind his hometown into an old friend from his high school football of Chicago for Indianapolis. Knowing no one team, “He had disappeared from the scene. in the area, he had to quickly figure out how to Nobody knew where he went. I asked where make his own way. Elmore arrived in Indiana by he’d been, and that’s when he told me about Job bus, and within a few weeks, got his first car and Corps – that I could learn a trade and get my apartment. IMI’s National Job Corps Director GED – for free,” said Elmore. That fall, Elmore “I had seen so many other people in my life Jonas Elmore. packed his bags for Golconda, Illinois, and began fail, and from a young age,” said Elmore. It was his journey with Job Corps. the fear of failure that kept him going – something that drives At the suggestion of his roommate, Elmore tried his hand him to this day. at bricklaying, and he was hooked from day one. “I’m just glad Elmore’s drive for success was apparent. At Broady Campbell, the instructor took a chance on me, because he wasn’t taking he eventually started running jobs. “I got all around training [on any students,” said Elmore, noting that the class was technically the job]. You couldn’t ask to work for a better contractor,” he full when he enrolled. “I just fell in love with the trade,” he said, said, noting that in addition to brick and block laying, he had the remarking on the variety of the work and how quickly it captured chance to do stonework, welding, and marble work. At the encourhis attention. “We did a lot of great work around the center… agement of IMI’s former national Job Corps Director and Local some dormitory remodeling, we built signs for the Shawnee 4 IN/KY’s Business Agent, Elmore was eventually persuaded to National Forest, and because I had the talent, I got to travel to bring his talent to a new job as the Atterbury Job Corps Instructor. other centers to work on projects,” he said. In that role, he took it upon himself to learn about the policy side Elmore’s Job Corps instructor had an “old school, keep your and contractual parts of Job Corps, something that prepared him head down, work hard mentality.” Nonetheless, he encouraged to step into the role of Regional Job Corps Director, and ultiElmore’s knack for the trade. When Elmore didn’t get accepted mately, become the program’s National Director. into the union on his first try, he considered joining the military. “I couldn’t think of another job that I would love to do, However, his instructor, Lloyd Blair (one of the first graduates except this one,” he said. “And to think that I’m past half way in from IMTEF’s Instructor Certification Program), convinced my career, it’s unbelievable. Where did the time go? It’s been very Elmore otherwise. “You’re so talented,” he told Elmore, and set rewarding. I’m so happy that this organization took a chance on out to help him join a BAC apprenticeship program. me and that I’ve been able to give back to the programs that gave As the International Masonry Institute’s (IMI’s) National Job me so much throughout my career.” Corps Director, Elmore encourages his instructors to act as mentors IMI operates 37 Job Corps brick and tile training programs to students in the same way Blair did for him. “I tell my instructors at 33 centers around the nation, employing BAC instructors who that the students need a positive role model in their lives, and that it’s provide classroom and hands-on training. Funded by the U.S. their job to be that role model. Investing time in students and taking Department of Labor, Job Corps is a free program that helps eligible an interest in their future ultimately makes them more loyal to the 16-24-year-olds build careers and independence. The program offers trade and union,” Elmore said, speaking from his own experience. a viable pathway to a career in the trades. For more information on “It’s rewarding to help people,” he said, reflecting on his own IMI Job Corps programs, visit imtef.org/job-corps-program.

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IMI & IMTEF

As Demand for ACT Rises, BAC Tilesetters Should Pursue Certification to Increase Work Opportunities

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cross the U.S., the demand for tilesetters that have achieved Advanced Certifications for Tile (ACT) is growing. Architects, interior designers, and project owners regard ACT as a way to ensure the tile installations on their projects meet industry code and will last for years to come. Many ACT-certified BAC tilesetters feel the credential has helped them get more work and advance their careers. Anthony Joseph of BAC Local 9 Pennsylvania, a foreman at signatory contractor Massaro Industries, worked on several jobs last year that required ACT installers. It was through ACT that Joseph gained a deeper understanding of industry code, distinguishing him as a leader on jobsites. “When you can speak to architects and designers with that kind of knowledge of the industry, they recognize your credibility and listen more,” said Joseph. In addition to his role at Massaro, Joseph works part-time as a tile instructor for BAC Local 9 PA and serves as Chapter Chair of the Local’s Allied Crafts Chapter. “As a journeyworker, I would say that ACT is invaluable. Learning how to use ANSI and the TCNA handbook – the industry standards – has made me a better tradesperson.” Joseph and Massaro Industries aren’t the only ones getting more work because of ACT. In fact, much of the increased demand is the result of an important update to MasterSpec, the leading resource for building and construction specifications. Architects, engineers, specification writers, and owners use MasterSpec to design and specify highperforming installations. Last June, MasterSpec incorporated ACT as an installer qualification in its sections on Ceramic Tiling, Glass Tiling, Stone Tiling, and Chemical-Resistant Tiling. The MasterSpec update proves that the design community values qualified labor. John Trendell, President-Elect of the Tile Contractors’ Association of America 12 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L IE D CRAF T WORKE RS

Joseph Pugliano, Tile Instructor at the BAC/IMI International Training Center, encourages all BAC tilesetters and finishers to take advantage of the lifelong learning opportunities available to them through the Union’s training programs, including ACT. Pugliano admits when he first joined the Union, he “thought that once you got Anthony Joseph, left, and Joseph Pugliano, demonstrate the your journeyworker card, that ACT hands-on assessment for Large Format Tile and Substrate was it…not that you knew Preparation at the BAC/IMI International Training Center. everything, but that you were at the top of your game.” Programs like (TCAA), said the increased use of ACT ACT, he said, have made it clear how in specifications shows the industry is important it is to keep training after “recognizing that quality installations and apprenticeship to stay up-to-date on the quality contractors are going to, in the latest industry standards. end, [produce] a better product, a better “It’s been an eye-opening experience,” building, for a competitive price.” Lupe Ortiz, IMTEF Regional Training Pugliano said. “ACT is extremely difficult, but once you’ve completed it, very Director, agreed, saying ACT serves as “a rewarding. It’s something that every jourguarantee to the architects, the builder, and neyperson should want to do…We can’t even the manufacturers of all the products have installation failures [on our projects]. used in that building, that the installer has We pride ourselves as a Union on being got the technical knowledge and [skill] to the best hands, and to do that, we have to provide a good installation that’s going to have the most knowledge, too.” last for a lifetime.”

Want to Get ACT Certified? The International Masonry Training and Education Foundation (IMTEF’s) instructors are trained to administer ACT testing. BAC members interested in pursuing ACT will be given an ACT study guide and a copy of ANSI and the TCNA handbook to help prepare for the test. To obtain certification, tile installers must successfully complete: • a 25-question open book exam to prove knowledge of ANSI standards and TCNA-recommended installation methods; • a hands-on assessment to prove practical skills.

The exam for each certification takes 4-8 hours and requires several days of study time. ACT is offered in 7 key skill areas: • Grouts • Large Format Tile & Substrate Preparation • Membranes • Mortar (Mud) Floors • Mortar (Mud) Walls • Shower Receptors • Gauged Porcelain Tile and Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs Contact your Local training center to get more information about ACT testing opportunities in your area or visit imtef.org/advanced-certifications-tile.


For BAC Members in Wisconsin, Mentorship Matters in Keeping the Craft Alive

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t signatory contractor Superior ever had has done – taking time to explain Masonry Builders, Inc., BAC Local things and making sure you understand it. Not 8 Wisconsin members are tapping just how to do a task, but why you’re doing a into the power of mentorship. task – what it would be like on a different job, Two of the company’s employees – Michael why the architects and engineers designed it Pogorzelski, journeyworker bricklayer and James a certain way, how it correlates to the rest of Fox, 3rd year bricklayer apprentice – recently took the building, rather than just telling you to do something then you go and do it.” Mentorship Matters, a new training program on Mentorship Matters helps teach jourimplementing mentorship, at the New Berlin Training Center with Wisconsin Administrative neyworkers and higher-level apprentices how District Council Apprentice Coordinator and to break down a task in exactly the way Fox James Fox, 3rd year bricklayer OSHA Master Trainer Don Borchert. describes, linking it to the bigger picture, and apprentice of BAC Local 8 WI. For Pogorzelksi, who earned his journeytaking the time to make sure a new apprentice worker card four years ago, stepping into the understands what they’re learning. role of a mentor is all about giving back to the But the program isn’t just for prospectrade he loves and bringing up apprentices who tive mentors; it also targets mentees. As an he sees as the future of the Union. instructor, what Borchert loves about the “Whenever I have off time and know that highly interactive course is that it gives both there’s an apprenticeship class being held at our the mentee and mentor the tools to work New Berlin hall, I go there and help out, just together more productively, from learning because I love this trade that much,” Pogorzelksi how to ask for feedback, to understanding said. “I remember when I was an apprentice, how to give it in a constructive manner. The journeyworkers would come in on their days off classes, Six Skills for Apprentices and Six Steps and help me and show me stuff. So I’ve taken to Mentoring are offered separately, giving each it upon myself to do that, too, and show [the group the chance to master communication BAC Local 8 WI journeyworker apprentices] ‘here’s how we do this, here’s how and leadership skills before coming together bricklayer Michael Pogorzelski. we do that.’ Mostly working with the tools, on the jobsite. hands-on at first. But then the apprentices will talk to me and “We have to communicate about the trade and build ask other questions, like what it’s like on the jobsite, how you buildings – that’s what it boils down to,” said Borchert. “We’re work with a crew, what you do in your off time. It’s nice to all different. Our backgrounds are different, our hobbies are have a guy there who has been through all this, because really, different, our values are different, but we still have a job to do… in your first and second year, it can be very daunting to go on To build our workforce, we have to really cultivate and take the a big jobsite. There’s a lot happening at once, and you don’t time to develop this new set of apprentices.” As an instructor, want to look like you don’t know what’s going on.” he knows that “apprentices want to know how they’re doing. Fox is one of those apprentices that had to learn how to They want feedback on what they’re doing, and see that prognavigate the often-intimidating jobsite. “I think being an appren- ress is being made.” Pogorzelksi calls Borchert and his apprentice instructor, tice, a lot of times you find yourself unaware or unsure…you have zero confidence,” he said. Coworkers like Pogorzelksi, along with Mark Graf, who is now retired, his mentors. “They really try to teach and be hands-on, not just in the background,” he notes. the training opportunities he takes advantage of through the As he’s stepped into a mentoring role, Pogorzelksi tries to Union and his apprenticeship program, have helped him “build emulate those qualities: “I try to teach them and be hands-on confidence and stack up knowledge and experience.” with them. If they have a question, hopefully I can answer it For Fox, a good mentor is someone who explains not only and be there for them… A good mentor is someone that you how something is done, but why. “It’s important [for mentors] to can always count on to be there, to answer the tough questions, take the time to communicate and explain things to apprentices,” whether it’s about work or life.” he said. “When you’ve been in the field for a long time, if someAre you interested in becoming a mentor or mentee? thing new comes up, you can grasp it based on what you’ve already Taking Mentorship Matters is the first step. Contact your learned. But when someone’s never done it before, it takes longer, Local training center for more information about the course, and they don’t have that bank of knowledge and experience to including upcoming availability. draw from. That’s the most important thing that any mentor I’ve

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LEGISLATIVE & POLITICAL

From left, U.S. Representative Donald Norcross (D-NJ), BAC President James Boland, U.S. Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), and U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI).

BAC Urges Members of Congress to Support Rebuilding America’s Schools

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AC President James Boland joined U.S. Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), and U.S. Representative Donald Norcross (D-NJ) on January 30th as they introduced the Rebuild America’s Schools Act in Congress. America’s 100,000 public school buildings are on average 44 years old. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives them an overall grade of D+ for the conditions they are in. BAC President James Boland stated, “It is critically important that we rebuild our crumbling school facilities now so that our students are able to attend schools that are conducive to learning and that our teachers can do their important work in a safe and healthy environment. And when we rebuild our schools, we must rebuild them with our skilled trades workers.”

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The Rebuild America’s Schools Act would fund $70 billion in grants and $30 billion in tax credit bonds to help address critical physical and digital infrastructure needs in schools across the country. It would develop a comprehensive national database on the conditions of school facilities which would provide much-needed insight into the condition of our public schools. It would also expand access to high-speed broadband to ensure that public schools have the reliable and high-speed internet access they need for digital learning. “The Rebuild America’s Schools Act would not only provide much needed investment to address our urgent school infrastructure needs, but also stimulate the economy and create nearly 2 million good-paying jobs. The time to rebuild our schools is now,” said President Boland. The House Committee on Education and Labor voted 26-20 in favor of the Rebuild America’s Schools Act on February 26th to report the bill to the full House of Representatives for further consideration. The Committee Chair Bobby Scott (D-VA) said, “Students and educators across the country go to school every day in crumbling buildings that are either unsafe, not equipped with essential resources, or both. The Rebuild America’s Schools Act is an important step toward ensuring that every student, regardless of their family’s wealth, can attend a safe, welcoming, and high-quality public school. This bill would strengthen our communities today by employing local workers and strengthen our communities in the future by setting a strong foundation for all students to reach their potential.”


IUBAC Endorses American Dream and Promise Act of 2019

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n March 12th, the U.S. House Representatives introduced the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6) with 203 original sponsors. The bill would provide 300,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, nearly 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, as well as another 1.6 million eligible Dreamers brought to America as children, with protection from deportation and an opportunity to obtain permanent legal status in the United States if they meet certain requirements. BAC wholeheartedly supports the Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6), which will create a permanent pathway to citizenship for TPS and DACA holders – and in so doing will empower tens of thousands of our coworkers, friends, and neighbors to live without the fear of deportation, continue building our communities, and finally, officially, call the U.S. home. TPS and DACA holders are an important part of the U.S. workforce and an essential part of communities across the nation. They work in every industry – construction, hospitality, food service, childcare, and more. In our industry of construction, Latinx craftworkers comprise over 30% of the workforce, and TPS and DACA holders represent a significant percentage of that group. The labor movement has long held as a central tenet that an injury to one is an injury to all. Ending TPS and DACA would be economically irresponsible and devastating for the construction industry. Beyond that, it would be needlessly cruel. The United States, the world’s beacon of liberty, simply should not be deporting valued members of our communities. This great nation of immigrants deserves better than that. Together, united behind the Dream and Promise Act, we can prevent chaos and cruelty, and secure a stable and bright future – not only for Dreamers and TPS holders, but for our entire country. Join the millions around the country as we urge Congress to pass the American Dream and Promise Act NOW: dreamandpromise.com

Source: DreamAndPromise.com

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INTERNATIONAL FUNDS INTERNATIONAL PENSION FUND

Track Your Current and Future Monthly IPF Benefit with the New Estimator Feature on the BAC Member Portal

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ith the Estimator you can see your current Normal Pension and project your benefit at a future date with additional years of service under different payment options. If you are a member of a Local Union that participates in the BAC SAVE Retirement Savings Plan (RSP), you can monitor your estimated hardship and current account balances electronically through the BAC Member Portal. In addition to RSP and IPF publications and annual statements, registered participants can review both their IPF and RSP hours/contribution history and access

on tablets or smartphones with BACMobile apps for both Android and iOS users. Registration is Fast and Easy

an application to apply for benefits under IPF or BACSave whenever and wherever an Internet connection is available via PC or lap top. You can also access this information

Get started today by registering online now at member.bacweb.org for the BAC Member Portal by following these simple steps: • Log onto BAC’s homepage at bacweb.org • Have your IU Number ready (located on the upper left of your Union card) • Have the address of your active e-mail account ready • Click on the “Member Portal” banner • Click on “Create an Account” • Follow the instructions on the screen • Sign up for the receipt of IPF/BAC SAVE materials electronically • Record your username and password for future use Register for the BAC Member Portal and Mobile Applications and Stay Connected. Note: BAC SAVE 401(k) Plan participants have similar access to their 401(k) accounts through Wells Fargo at wellsfargo.com.

Annual Notice of Required Minimum Distribution BACSAVE Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) participants and beneficiaries are notified of Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) each year in annual mailings. An RMD is the minimum amount you must withdraw from your account each year. RMDs apply to all Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and Qualified Retirement Plans (QRPs), including BACSAVE RSP annuity and 401(k) accounts. Initial RMDs must be taken no later than April 1st of the year following the calendar year in which a participant reaches the age of 70 years and 6 months. Subsequent RMDs must be taken by the December 31st of each year. You may withdraw more than the minimum required amount. This reminder is also found on RSP annual statements and targeted mailings. The RMD for any year is a portion of the account balance as of the end of the calendar year based on life expectancy tables. The following example illustrates when participants must take RMDs: 16 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L IE D CRAF T WORKE RS

Example: You reach age 70½ on the date that is 6 calendar months after your 70th birthday. Your 70th birthday was June 30, 2018. You reached age 70½ on December 30, 2018. You must have taken your first RMD (for 2018) by April 1, 2019. If your balance was $22,238, your estimated RMD would be $1,091. If a participant does not receive an RMD in a timely manner, there are IRS tax consequences for the participant and the Plan. For further information regarding these notices, potential vested benefits, RMDs, or any other questions regarding the RSP, please contact the Fund office: Bricklayers and Trowel Trades International RSP 620 F Street, N.W., Suite 700 Washington, D.C. 20004 1-888-880-8222


INTERNATIONAL HEALTH FUND

IHF Introduces BAC Cares Spine and Joint Solutions Program

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et’s face it, over time the trades are hard on the body. In fact, one of the highest clinical cost drivers for the International Health Fund (IHF) is musculoskeletal conditions. In addition to being costly conditions, they are also complicated, requiring diagnostic exams such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Going to the right provider at the right time is critical to not only ensure you receive the right care at the right time, but also to ensure you can get the best cost. In order to help our members with their spine and joint care, the IHF rolled out the BAC Cares Spine and Joint Solutions (SJS) program effective February 1, 2019.

What is BAC Cares Spine and Joint Solutions?

The BAC Cares SJS program gives you access to talk with specialized nurses

25% of the IHF members suffer from back pain, osteoarthritis and connective tissue disease, representing 12% of the entire medical budget for the year. to help meet your specific needs across the continuum of care, from early pain onset through treatment and beyond. Participants also get access to a Centers of Excellence (COE) network of top surgeons, hospitals and ambulatory centers that have been recognized for their quality. BAC Cares SJS empowers members to actively participate in decisions about their health care and treatment options. Your dedicated team will help you:

Spine and Joint Solution: Centers of Excellence Map

• Explore your treatment options (surgical and nonsurgical) • Access top facilities and doctors in our Centers of Excellence (COE) network • Prepare for surgery, if needed • Connect with an on-site care navigator who will help with all appointments and needs at the hospital • Get personalized support after surgery and during recovery (up to 90 days after leaving the hospital) How much does this program cost?

BAC SJS is already part of your benefits, so there’s no extra cost! In fact, enhanced benefits are offered to members who enroll in and use this program. These benefits include: • Waived deductible • Lower co-insurance • Eligible travel expenses if the recipient lives more than 50 miles from a facility. How do I participate?

For more information about this program or to join, please call the phone number on your health plan ID Card. You may also get a call, inviting you to join the program, so be sure to pick up the phone if UnitedHealthcare calls. Any questions, please call BAC IHF at 1-888-880-8222 or UHC at 1-866-633-2474.

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SAFETY & HEALTH

Get Ready: Sixth Annual Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls Scheduled for May 6-10

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hen asked to identify their top safety and health concerns in a 2017 survey, BAC members ranked “falls from scaffolds” as number two, immediately after “dust and silica,” while employers ranked falls as their number one concern. This is a valid concern for all workers that work at heights. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls continue to be the number one cause of deaths in construction, with 386 fatalities in 2017.1 In addition to the high number of fatalities, fall-related injuries resulting in lost work days has increased 23% in recent years, from 19,710 in 2011 to 24,160 in 2017, accounting for 30% of the nonfatal injuries in construction in 2017. While the majority of these injuries were the result of a fall to a lower level, falls on the same level have increased faster than any other type of nonfatal fall injury, reaching 8,420 in 2017, a 54% increase over the 2011 level of 5,460.2 Now in its sixth year, the National Safety Stand-Down, organized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), raises awareness for fall hazards and how to prevent them. The StandDown is a call to employers to pause work and trainers to take a break in their schedule to have a conversation with their employees and trainees about fall hazards, protective equipment and practices, and

safety policies, goals and expectations. This should also be an opportunity for workers to talk to their employer and their trainers about fall hazards they have encountered. To learn more about falls hazards, how to protect yourself and your

co-workers, training materials, hard hat stickers, and stories of past successes visit www.stopconstructionfalls.com and the online ordering form at https:// stopconstructionfalls.com/onlineordering-form.

Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2017 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries ( final data). Industry by event or exposure, 2017. Accessed 2/11/19. https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm#2017.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics. Table R4. Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by industry and selected events or exposures leading to injury or illness, private industry, 2017. Accessed 02/11/19. https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/osh/case/cd_r4_2017.htm

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New Resources: CPWR Physicians’ Alerts Physicians’ Alerts are not new to BAC members. Our union was involved in the development of the first version of the Silica Physicians’ Alert in the 1990s and has continued to promote its use. CPWR has recently updated that Alert and created three new ones to help ensure that all construction workers at risk of developing work-related medical conditions are properly diagnosed and treated. The Alerts contain valuable information for the worker and their physician related to common exposures and tasks in construction. The next time you go to the doctor’s, print these off, review the information intended for you, and give your doctor their copy from https://www.cpwr.com/publications/handouts-and-toolbox-talks/physicians-alerts: 18 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L IE D CRAF T WORKE RS

• Physicians’ Alert: Occupational Silicosis and Silica-Related Illnesses among Construction Workers • Physicians’ Alert: Work-Related Asthma (WRA) among Construction Workers • Physicians’ Alert: Occupational Contact Dermatitis among Construction Workers • Physicians’ Alert: Pain Management for Construction Workers


An Update from the Masonry r2p Partnership

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hen BAC, ICE and IMI joined forces with CPWR to make masonry jobs safer, priorities were set. As reported in past BAC Journals, awareness of noise hazards, silica, and risks to skin and hands, as well as use of safe practices – hearing protection, gloves, and water or vacuums to prevent silica exposure – have increased. Our Masonry Research to Practice (r2p) Partnership has also taken the lead on supporting and influencing new research on priority areas that affect the safety and health of members. Many of BAC Local union officers, trainers, members and contractors have been and continue to be active participants in these research initiatives. With their help, we have been able to provide CPWR and NIOSH researchers with guidance on the types of research that should be conducted, expertise and input on the research once it is underway, and assistance with the recruitment of workers and access to training centers and jobsites– all critical to finding solutions to the hazards our members face. By working in partnership, headway has been made on the following research projects: • A NIOSH team focused on identifying ways to lower silica dust exposures relates to tuckpointing recently completed testing of the Bosch mortar knife, Arbortech saw, an Armeg raking chisel, and a die grinder with diamond bits as possible safer alternatives to grinders. They found that all of those tools reduced silica exposures, with the mortar knife and the saw offering the most promising alternatives when it comes to reducing exposure. Based on those results and input from the Partnership and the trainers and members who helped with the study, the research team is developing PCC training resources on use of these alternatives. • The SAVE Ergonomics Training for Masonry Apprentices – previously written about at http://www.bacweb.org/ journal/2017_03/safety2.php - is focused on increasing apprentices knowledge about strain and sprain (ergonomics) risks and ways to prevent injuries, along with teaching them how to speak up and prevent safety hazards. With the help

Mast Climbing Work Platform with a Production Table.

of trainers and apprentices from across the country, the training program has been tested and revised over the last two years to ensure it meets members’ needs and trainer requirements. Based on their input, the research team updated the delivery platform of the training, reduced the number of required classes, added other training options such as the CPWR Foundations for Safety Leadership Training, and expanded the instructor guide. The final SAVE program has already been delivered to over 100 BAC-IMI trainers, and is currently being shared and integrated into our apprenticeship training nationwide. • A NIOSH team studying mast climber use has focused on whether various production table designs intended to eliminate the need for a step deck may reduce falls and back injuries. Thanks to the members who responded to the Partnerships request for help, the researchers were able to test bricklaying risks when performed with (1) no production table, (2) a standard table design located parallel to the wall/work area on the opposite side of the worker, and (3) a new NIOSH designed L-shaped table that enables a worker to stack materials in front of their body and perpendicular to the wall/work area – eliminating the need to reach back for materials. The study found that while both the use of the existing industrial production table and the L-shaped table would reduce back-injury and postural-sway hazards while working on a mast climbing work platform, workers using the L-shaped table had a lower risk for a back injury. Now that the lab work is done, the researchers are going to job sites to test the stability of anchored mast climbing work platform in real-world conditions. The good news is that we are making progress in addressing hazards and improving safety on masonry jobs, but safety is something we all need to focus on every day. What can you do: • Protect your hands – keep them the “best hands in the business” by using tools that fit to prevent injuries and gloves to prevent – potentially career ending – dermatitis. Check out ChooseHandSafety.org to learn more. • Protect your hearing. Hearing loss happens gradually and can be prevented. Use hearing protection. To learn more about hearing loss, noise hazards, and how to protect your hearing check out this Hazard Alert from CPWR (Noise and Hearing Loss - https://www.cpwr.com/sites/default/ files/publications/Noise-Hazard-Alert.pdf). • Do not let silica take your breath away – use water or a vacuum and know who your employer has assigned to make sure controls are being used and working properly (the competent person). Remember, protecting you from exposure to dangerous levels of silica dust is the law. Visit the website Work Safely with Silica (www.silica-safe .org) to learn more.

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A NEW YEAR,

A NEW POLICY DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE:

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Life Insurance • Whole Life Insurance • Discount Dental Plan • Hospital Expense Protection • Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) The Union Labor Life Insurance Company understands the labor movement and its members. As workplace insurance plans change, workers may want to address gaps in existing benefits with additional coverage.

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MAP

Understanding and Preventing Suicide

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he thought of losing someone we know to suicide is shocking and devastating. When esteemed celebrity chef, author and TV personality Anthony Bourdain ended his own life, his friends, colleagues, and fans expressed overwhelming confusion and grief. They questioned why such a deeply loved, highly successful person could commit suicide. In the aftermath, they struggled with “what if ’s” about what might have prevented such a tragedy. They wondered if he had asked for help, and why he didn’t see a mental health professional. The sad truth is that most people who commit suicide do share their thoughts about feeling hopeless, trapped, and no longer wanting to live. The problem? No one around them recognizes these comments as serious warning signs of suicide. Instead of understanding the shame and stigma that often surrounds starting a conversation about suicidal thoughts, many mistakenly interrupt or dismiss a person’s comments before a real dialog can begin. Tragically and typically, it is after someone succeeds at suicide that friends and family often wish they had paid closer attention. Common mistakes include assuming the person “is just seeking attention,” “doesn’t really mean it,” or “is just going through a passing phase.” Additional conversation stoppers include quickly interrupting the person because it’s uncomfortable talking about suicidal thoughts, jumping to conclusions, not allowing the person to fully share the details of what’s causing such hopelessness, and providing Pollyanna false reassurances that “everything will be okay.”

Know the Warning Signs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides a 24-hour, seven days a week Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800273-TALK (8255), and recommends increasing awareness of the following warning signs of suicide: • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain • Talking about being a burden to others • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly • Sleeping too little or too much • Withdrawing or isolating themselves • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge • Extreme mood swings Suicide Risk is Highest Among Building Trades Workers

When compared to any other profession, men and women in the building trades industry face an extraordinarily high

risk of committing suicide. Men in the building trades are among the “top nine” of all professions for highest risk of suicide. Frighteningly, women in the trades hold the “number one” highest risk for completed suicides (Bureau of Labor Statistics). While researchers are working to better understand why those working in the trades are at significantly higher risk, it is speculated that the stress of sometimes seasonal unemployment, an historic machismo culture that discourages expressing feelings and showing vulnerability, coupled with an equally high risk for heavy alcohol and drug use, which worsens depression, may be among the culprits. We Can Help Prevent Suicide

The reality is that we can all help to prevent suicide. The first step involves becoming more familiar with warning signs of suicide. The second is to take action when someone shares thoughts about suicide. The caveat, better safe than sorry, is most apt when it comes to suicide prevention. It is critical to take any statements about wanting to die seriously! When in doubt, friends, family members, co-workers, and job supervisors should call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline for advice, or contact the BAC Member Assistance Program (MAP). Simply allowing depressed people to start a conversation about their suicidal thoughts helps them feel less alone. It’s important to listen attentively without interrupting or rushing to judgment. Express caring and concern, and reassure the person that help is available. Remove weapons and other means of easy access to suicide from the person’s home, and don’t leave him or her alone. Finally, it is important to encourage and assist the person to speak to a mental health professional so that he or she can be properly evaluated and referred to treatment. And, while many people are worried about being open and honest about their suicidal thoughts for fear of being committed to an inpatient mental health hospital – the truth is that the clear majority enter treatment voluntarily and at a level of care appropriate to their needs, such as an outpatient mental health clinic. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts, help is readily available. The BAC Member Assistance Program (MAP) provides confidential, professional help to union members and their families at no charge. All calls are strictly confidential. BAC MAP staff will not talk to anyone, including local union leaders, about your private concerns. Give MAP a call today at toll-free: 1-888880-8222. MAP is generally open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Just ask for MAP.

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SPORTING LIFE

Sporting Life

On the job, BAC members give their all to sustain BAC’s proud traditions of craft, skill, and productivity, or to coin our slogan, by excelling as “the best hands in the business.” Off the job, members bring the same enthusiasm to their varied hobbies and sporting pursuits, as illustrated in this year’s “Sporting Life.” If you or your family would like to be featured in the next “Sporting Life,” please send your photos to: BAC Journal, 620 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004 or email them to askbac@bacweb.org.

LOCAL 8 ILLINOIS

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d Rocca, a 90-year-old retired member of Local 8 Illinois, was preparing for his second Tour De Donut bike race in Alton Illinois on July 7th. Last year Brother Rocca finished 716th out of 1250 riders and 12th in the age category of 70 and over in this 36-mile race. Brother Rocca started riding bikes at the age 80. Has over 44,000 miles on his odometer and rides 3-4 days a week. When not riding, he enjoys reading and keeps a log of books read by author. To date he has read more than 600 books.

LOCAL 1 NEW YORK

Retired Local 1 NY member Patrick Perrone bagged a 12-point buck with his bow in New Jersey, left, and an 8-point buck on the right. 22 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L IE D CRAF T WORKE RS


LOCAL 4 CALIFORNIA

LOCAL 1 PENNSYLVANIA/DELAWARE

BAC Local 1 PA/DE member John Cuccurullo harvested this 8-point buck in Maryalnd with a Thompson center muzzle loader.

LOCAL 5 PENNSYLVANIA

Local 4 California Field Representative Jon Coulson, pictured with his sons, caught this 427-pound yellow fin tuna in the Sea of Cortez. The catch was recorded as top 3 in the world taken on rod and reel.

LOCAL 1 NEWFOUNDLAND

BAC Local 1 Newfoundland member David Cox with his catch of the day, a 27-inch, 5.5-pound English brown trout caught at Snow’s Pond in North River, Newfoundland, Canada.

BAC Local 5 PA retired 41-year member Bruce Gloss caught this 7-point moose in Newfoundland.

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• 3 digital issues of the Union Sportsmen’s Journal • Free shipping at UnionSportsmenStore.com

• 10% discount on Worldwide Trophy Adventures TAGS program • USA member discounts on hunting and fishing trips • Money-saving discounts on outdoor gear and services

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• Chances to win prizes and trips all year • Opportunity to participate in USA conservation projects and events • Chance to apply to be a guest on the USA’s outdoor TV series YOU DESERVE AN OUTDOOR ORGANIZATION TO CALL YOUR OWN. ACTIVE AND RETIRED BAC MEMBERS CAN ACTIVATE A NO-COST USA MEMBERSHIP, AS A BENEFIT PROVIDED BY THE BAC.

The new members-only USA store provides members with exclusive offers and incredible discounts on their favorite products from top outdoor brands. Visit www.UnionSportsmensStore.com to pay less and experience more. MAIL IN THE APPLICATION BELOW OR JOIN ONLINE AT: UNIONSPORTSMEN.ORG/JOIN Name

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CANADA

CBTU Launches Program to Increase Women in the Trades By 30 Percent

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n February 21st, Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) announced the launch of provincial Offices to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA) in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia. Over $3.1 million will be invested in women apprenticeship programs over the next three years. At least 750 female apprentices are expected to be served through the program

including indigenous apprentices. CBTU President Robert Blakely said, “Today in the construction industry, women represent approximately 4% of the workforce. Where the OAWA currently exists in Newfoundland, that number sits at 13%, a successful model that we will replicate.” Construction is seen as the “last frontier” in terms of increasing numbers of female representation. Research

shows that other industries and sectors, including the military and law enforcement, have surpassed 15% female representation. Craig Strudwick, BAC’s Canadian Regional Director, agreed. “Women apprentices play an increasing important role in keeping the nation’s economy diverse and growing. Working closely with our Local training programs throughout Canada, we will continue supporting women who are seeking career opportunities in the skilled construction trades.”

Les SMCC lancent un programme pour augmenter de 30 % la présence des femmes dans les métiers de la construction

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e 21 février dernier, les Syndicats des métiers de la construction du Canada (SMCC) ont annoncé l’ouverture de trois bureaux du programme OAWA (Offices to Advance Women Apprentices) : au Manitoba, en Saskatchewan et en Nouvelle-Écosse. Ce programme a obtenu un financement de plus de 3,1 millions $ pour soutenir les femmes apprenties au cours des trois prochaines années. Au moins 750 femmes apprenties devraient en tirer profit, notamment dans les communautés autochtones.

« Les femmes représentent environ 4 % de la main-d’œuvre actuelle dans l’industrie de la construction. Depuis le lancement du programme OAWA à TerreNeuve, la proportion est passée à 13 %. Vu le succès de cette initiative, elle sera lancée dans ces trois autres provinces », a déclaré le président des SMCC, Robert Blakely. Le monde de la construction est souvent perçu comme la dernière frontière en matière d’augmentation de la représentation des femmes. En effet, des études révèlent que dans d’autres industries et secteurs traditionnellement masculins, notamment les

Forces armées et la police, les femmes représentent plus de 15 % du personnel. Craig Strudwick, le directeur régional de l’International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) du Canada, abonde dans le même sens : « Les femmes apprenties jouent un rôle de plus en plus important pour la diversification et la croissance de l’économie du pays. Travaillant en étroite collaboration avec les programmes de formation des sections locales de notre syndicat, nous continuerons de soutenir les femmes qui cherchent à faire carrière dans les métiers spécialisés de la construction. » IS S UE 1 , 2 0 1 9 | 25


LOCAL COMPASS

Local 9 Pennsylvania

Local 4 Indiana/Kentucky

From left, BAC Local 9 PA President Norman Ringer, Jr. presents Gold Cards to 50-year members Giuseppe Gulli and Dominick Mariani.

Frank Decker, right, receives his 25-year service award from Local 4 IN/KY Field Representative Steve Knowles.

Wisconsin District Council

Gold Card member Ken Crowley, right, receives his service award from Field Representative Jim Vick. 26 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L IE D CRAF T WORKE RS

From left, Director of Wisconsin District Council (WI DC) Gary Burns, Gold Card member John Partoll, retired Director of WI DC Jeff Leckwee, and 40-year member Michael Brock, Jr.


Local 8 Illinois

Standing from left, David Broeringmeyer, Matt Braun, President David Toenjes, Pete Spence, Devin Coulter, Clay Wilson, Tj Dittamore, Tim Wilson, Kyle Allison, Ron Shamhart, Rex Borries, 40-year member Mike Borries, Shane Garrisson, Kieth Lamb, and Ryan Dittamore; Sitting from left, retired Field Representative John Moore, 50-year member Allen Wente, Tom Mcginnis, Bret Fuson, Bill Tighe, and Keith McClellan.

Gold Card member Thomas Fortier, right, receives his service award from Local 8 SecretaryTreasurer Pete Spence.

Front row from left, Jim Fortner, Marvin Zorn, John Leach, Ray Strawkas, and Scott Tinkham; second row from left, Rob Loyd, John Wilson, Zak Landers, Brett Seward, Joseph Hildebrand, and John Lutzow; third row from left, Travis Rider, Shane Garrisson, Vaughn Renfro, Jason Atwood, Marc Landers, and Joseph Lowder.

Fifty-year member Gary Thurman, right, receives his Gold Card from Local 8 Secretary-Treasurer Pete Spence.

From left, 40-year members David Schaeffer and Keith Rickert, 25-year member Reginald Davis, 40-year member Kevin Veath, and Local 8 IL President David Toenjes, who also received his 40-year service award.

Gold Card members James Crockett, left, and Steve Morthole.

From left, Local 8 IL President David Toenjes, 50-year members Earl Spain and John Heckwine. IS S UE 1 , 2 0 1 9 | 27


LOCAL COMPASS

Local 8 New Brunswick

From left, 40-year member James Nash, Saint John Chapter Chair and Vice Chair Joe Pascon, 50-year member Adelio Gradim, 35-year member Joe Mattina on behalf of his father Carmelo Mattina receiving a Gold Card, Vice Chair Rejean Goguen, 40-year member Hermel Theriault, Vice Chair Denny Vautour, and 50-year member Battista Rocca.

ď °F  rom left, 50-year member Sifroi Melanson, Moncton Chapter Chair Terry Gautreau, 50-year member Leo Allain, Local 8 NB President Gerald Reinders, 50-year member Roger Bourgeois, Vice Chair Fred Vautour, Vice Chair Rejean Goguen, 50-year member Leandre Leblanc, and 40-year member James Nash. ď ´F  rom left, 40-year member Edmond Vautour and his granddaughter Marissa, and Vice Chair Denny Vautour.

Local 5 Oklahoma/ Arkansas/Texas/ New Mexico Local 5 OK/AR/TX/NM Gold Card member Arnold Davis Sr., left, and BAC South Regional Director Ed Navarro who also received his 40-year service award.

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Local 3 Massachusetts/Maine/ New Hampshire/Rhode Island

Seated from left, 50-year members Michele Novelli, Robert Mottolo, John Miller, Edmund Henry, Angelo Colasante, Ronald Chisholm, Daniel Brady, and Michael Barie Sr. Standing from left, Local 3 MA/ME/NH/RI Vice President Jim Dailey, IU Secretary-Treasurer Tim Driscoll, 50-year members Antonio Sambucci, Robert Souza, and Robert Taylor, Local 3 MA/ME/NH/RI President Chuck Raso, 50-year members Antonio Tramontozzi and George Weymouth Jr., Chapter Chairman Tony Antonuccio, and Local 3 MA/ME/NH/RI Executive Vice President Chuck Raso Jr.

Local 1 Prince Edward Island

Seated from left, 25-year members James Perkins, Patrick Mannion, Paul Hardie, Joseph Ciraolo, Peter Bobillier, and 40-year member Paul Magny. Standing from left, Local 3 MA/ME/NH/RI Vice President Jim Dailey, Executive Vice President Chuck Raso Jr., President Chuck Raso, IU Secretary-Treasurer Tim Driscoll, and Chapter Chair Tony Antonuccio who also received his 25-year service award.

Local 1 PEI Gold Card members Raymond Deleskie, left, and Roy Pedersen. IS S UE 1 , 2 0 1 9 | 29


IN MEMORIAM

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In Memory of Brother Frank Koletar

rank Koletar, Jr., a 56-year member of Local 3 New York and longtime refractory instructor with the International Masonry Institute (IMI), passed away on December 5, 2018 in Irving, New York. He was 76. Brother Koletar began his career in Buffalo, New York in 1961 and quickly established himself in the refractory industry at both the national and international levels, working in over forty states in the U.S., consulting in China, and working on projects in Chile, Columbia, Germany, Mexico, and Peru. He served on the Local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee and did local refractory instruction for apprentices and journeypersons. Along with fellow Local 3 New York member and friend Harry Sugg, Brother Koletar led the first refractory familiarization and gunite application class at IMI’s National Training Center in 2001 and continued to teach until 2017. In 2001, Brother Koletar, along with Brother Sugg, presented the Refractory: The Fiery Craft demonstration at the Masters of the Building Crafts exhibition at the Smithsonian’s 35th annual Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. “Frank had a passion to pass on his vast knowledge of the art of the refractory trade,” said IMI’s National Directory

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of Training and Apprenticeship Training Director Bob Arnold. “I had the pleasure of working with Frank in the 1980s and then met up again at the National Training Center. Hundreds of BAC members attended our refractory course under the instruction of Frank Koletar. He was a mentor to many and a gentleman to all.” Brother Koletar was also an active volunteer with both the North County Habitat for Humanity in Chautauqua County, NY and the Pasco County Habitat for Humanity in Florida. Brother Koletar often recruited volunteers from Local 3 New York to assist in masonry construction and personally logged over 650 volunteer hours in the Silver Creek area alone. The North County Habitat for Humanity plan to honor Brother Koletar by naming their most recent project the “Frank Koletar House” and noted that “he will be missed for his love to teach, help, listen, problem solve and provide a helping hand whenever needed.” Brother Koletar is survived by his wife Joanna (nee Sikora) Koletar; daughters Lynne Marie (Ed) Kowalski, Dawn Friend, Lisa Diebold, and Melissa (Scott) Duquin, son David (Cat) Koletar, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and his close BAC Brothers Sugg and Isadore “Izzy” Rapasadi.

In Memory of Brother Tim Brown

rother Tim Brown, an organizer and 18-year bricklayer of BAC Wisconsin District Council, passed away on January 1, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was only 37 years old. “Tim was a man with such a bright future. I don’t think he really knew how he energized our young apprentices and prejobbers. He had such a generous glowing attitude,” said Gary Burns, Director of BAC Wisconsin District Council. “Tim was not only my Brother, but a great friend who cared for all.” Brother Brown started his bricklaying journey right out of high school. Realizing non-union contractors wouldn’t get him where he wanted to be, he joined BAC and became a bricklayer apprentice. He showed resilience and determination during his apprenticeship and became a journeyman in 2003. Throughout his career, he pushed himself to learn and took

training courses in glass fiber reinforced concrete, welding, pointing-caulkingcleaning and other restoration specialties. In addition to working in the field, he held positions as Wisconsin State Organizer, Executive Board Trustee of Local 8 Wisconsin, Recording Secretary for Milwaukee Area Labor Council, Member of the Local Black Trade Unionists. An activist and fighter for workers’ rights, he testified in public hearings at the Department of Labor and before the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Workforce Protections on silica dust, which contributed the issuance of a final rule on OSHA’s Silica Standard. He was also active with WRTP/Big Step as an MC3 instructor and a great mentor for Local 8 WI apprentices. Most of all, he was a great father to his 8-year-old daughter Kai.

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November/December MEMBER - LOCAL UNION

Death Benefit Claims for Nov./Dec. 2018 Total Amount Paid Total Union Labor Life Claims Total Death Benefits Total Number of Claims Average Age Average Years of Membership MEMBER - LOCAL UNION

BRANCH OF TRADE

$295,425.00 $3,000.00 $292,425.00 173 82.42 54.19 YEARS OF AGE

MEMBERSHIP

BRANCH OF TRADE

YEARS OF AGE

MEMBERSHIP

Dipo, Grant D. - 01, UT

TL

75

53

Distler, Marvin A. - 15, MO/KS/NE

B

84

57

Domagalski, Harold E. - 02, MI

B, CM

90

68

Doyle, Francis J. - 01, PA/DE

B

89

72

Drainville, Roland G. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B, CM

83

61

Dull, Jack G. - 08, WI

B, M

78

53

Ekstrom, James A. - 05, OK/AR/TX

B

82

61

Ellenberger, Sr., Ronald D. – 09, PA

B, W

64

23

Adams, Allen J. - 05, NJ/DE/PA

B

86

61

Ellis, Robert E. - 08, IL

B

66

31

Adkison, III, Richard D. - 04, IN/KY

B

73

54

English, James A. - 05, PA

B

78

18

Anderson, Jr., Charles H. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B, M

89

65

Esterle, Frank F. - 21, IL

B

86

61

Anderson, Robert - 05, OH

B

85

61

Etling, William E. - 07, OH

B

77

41

Antolino, Dominick A. - 05, OH

B

93

67

Faeth, Clifford C. - 18, OH/KY

B

95

76

Argenziano, John J. - 05, NJ/DE/PA

B, CM

92

71

Aveiro, Terence T. - 01, HI

TL

56

5

Fagan, Maurice H. - 02, MI

B

88

64

Faulkner, James R. - 04, IN/KY

B, CM, M

92

54

Bade, Robert J. - 01, MO

B

87

55

Fernando, Alexander D. - 01, HI

TL

59

28

Badeau, David H. - 03, WI

B, CM, M

85

64

Ferrero, Jr., Louis C. - 08, IL

B, CM, M

77

60

Bakke, Donald L. - 01, MN/ND SD

MM, TL, B, M

91

70

Finder, John P. - 01, MO

B

84

65

Fladland, Dwayne G. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B

74

49

Battcher, Joseph H. - 04, IN/KY

B

78

56

Beever, Jack E. - 08, IL

B

82

65

Forrest, Jr., James B. - 03, IA

B

94

68

Benadum, Chester E. - 13, NV

TL

67

40

Frisch, Alfred L. - 02, WA/ID/MT

B

83

64

Gallo, Sebastiano S. - 56, IL

B

82

50

Berendzen, Marvin P. - 15, MO/KS/NE

B, M

85

59

Bixler, James S. - 05, PA

B

90

69

Blank, Jerold W. - 21, WI

B, M, P

85

62

Bocook, Sr., Dewey L. - 05, WV

B, M

92

65

Bollman, Jr., John G. - 05, NJ/DE/PA

B, CM, P

60

42

Bradford, Gerald L. - 03, NY

CM, TL, B

83

51

Braswell, Herbert J. - 05, OK/AR/TX

B

86

63

Brooks, Harry L. - 08, SE

B, M

86

63

Brown, Gary D. - 01, OR

B, M

82

64

Brown, John L. - 01, MB

B

91

70

Cauchi, Angelo - 01, NY

B, CM

86

47

Cecchini, Luigi - 02, ON

B

84

59

Cifani, Eneo J. - 05, OH

B, M, MM

90

71

Citro, Giovanni - 01, PA/DE

M, B

86

57

Connor, Samuel - 02, NY/VT

B

94

66

Cordani, Pietro - 01, NY

B

88

60

Corpuz, Carlito C. - 01, HI

CB

69

39

Coy, Samuel C. - 16, OH

B

97

69

Cupler, Stuart W. - 02, MI

B

86

60

Dawson, Charles V. - 04, IN/KY

FN

57

1

DeAlexandro, Ferdinand - 09, PA

B

88

63

Decker, Harry - 04, NJ

B, CM

93

68

DeSimone, Bruno - 01, PA/DE

M, MM, B

82

58

Gatta, Oida M. - 04, NJ

CM

94

62

Giliberto, Salvatore - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B, CM

91

46

Glasz, Nick - 18, MO

TL, MM

91

53

Glover, Herbert H. - 01, NY

B

89

62

Glusica, Robert A. - 02, WA/ID/MT

B, M

70

24

Goya, Masao - 01, HI

CB

78

39

Grenier, Sr., Rene R. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B, CM, M, PC

87

56

Grigsby, Kevin L. - 06, IL

B

62

43

Groeper, James E. - 06, IL

FN

77

20

Grube, Norman A. - 03, CA

B

80

62

Gueldenstubbe, George P. - 04, ON

B

86

62

Hakala, John - 01, MN/ND/SD

B, M

85

68

Harkins, Harold L. - 09, WV

B, M

86

70

Harskey, James R. - 21, IL

TL

80

53

Hemphill, George F. - 01, NY

B

86

59

Hensley, Harold A. - 04, IN/KY

B

97

54

Hoaeae, Nathan L. - 01, HI

CB

66

25

Hochreiter, Roger - 01, NY

B

72

54

Holloway, Roger W. - 05, NJ/DE/PA

B

82

53

Holtom, John C. - 02, MI

B

82

64

Hungerford, Jr., Roy E. - 08, OH

B

69

50

IU Death Benefit Claims must be filed within one year of the member’s death.

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IN LOCAL MEMORIAM COMPASS

MEMBER - LOCAL UNION

BRANCH OF TRADE

YEARS OF AGE

MEMBERSHIP

MEMBER - LOCAL UNION

BRANCH OF TRADE

YEARS OF AGE

MEMBERSHIP

Jett, Jack T. - 07, OH

B

79

54

Pietrantonio, Giuseppe - 07, CN

MM, TL, TW

91

40

Johnson, Gordon W. - 01, MN/ND/SD

TL

90

68

Pipala, Lawrence J. - 21, IL

B

83

64

Pivirotto, Donald J. - 09, PA

B

80

60

Johnson, John C. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B

91

67

Keding, Ulrich E. - 21, IL

B, CM, P

79

60

Raimann, Edward F. - 08, WI

B

91

69

Keeser, Wayne R. - 21, WI

B, CM, M, P

80

55

Rastani, Thomas N. - 02, NY/VT

B, P

97

67

Kelley, Thomas H. - 46, OH

B, CM

80

62

Ratike, Willard J. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B, M

83

62

Kent, Christopher H. - 01, MO

PC

48

1

Reavis, Carlysle - 04, NJ

B

84

54

Keresturi, Daniel L. - 21, IL

TL

68

34

Kerros, Clarence - 21, IL

PC

90

71

Killmer, John H. - 03, CA

B

89

56

King, Clarence H. - 01, MD/VA/DC

B

80

59

Kneip, Manfred G. - 08, SE

B

81

16

Komerska, William J. - 56, IL

B

75

52

Lamberson, Norbert - 09, PA

B

94

72

Larkin, Keith A. - 01, OR

TL

86

46

Lee, Billy K. - 04, IN/KY

B, M

73

52

Love, John J. - 02, MI

B, CM, M, P

68

46

Lynch, Jervis D. - 01, NY

B

79

55

Maggio, Jerome G. - 01, NY

B, CM, P

88

55

Magliulo, Ralph E. - 01, NY

B, P

90

67

Maring, Denton O. - 04, CA

B

87

52

Marks, Gerhard E. - 08, WI

B

90

56

Marrama, Robert J. - 01, NY

B

95

71

Reinke, Artur E. - 03, CA

B

87

60

Robertson, Robert - 01, PA/DE

B

97

65

Rosales, Gilberto - 03, CA

TW

86

29

Saito, Anthony R. - 01, HI

M

75

53

Santi, Peter A. - 21, IL

B

68

46

Scarpa, Sr., David G. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B, CM, P

67

48

Schafer, Sr., Walter G. - 05, NJ/DE/PA

B

99

45

Schiffer, Stanislaw - 01, NY

PC

62

3

Scholz, Walter - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B, CM

92

72

Scumaci, William - 01, NY

B

82

64

Shawver, Chancey C. - 06, OH

B, CM

73

29

Shobe, Julian M. - 08, SE

B

93

72

Shumake, Joseph A. - 18, MO

FN

50

29

Shurtz, Paul E. - 02, MI

B, CM

79

49

Sipprell, David M. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B, M

77

26

Skopac, Anton - 02, BC

B

93

52

Martens, Harold W. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B, CM

92

32

Mastny, William J. - 08, IL

B

55

28

Slusher, Charles G. - 07, CO/WY

B

89

65

Mavko, Louis J. - 16, OH

B

94

66

Smith, Lloyd W. - 04, CA

FN

87

27

May, Gerald M. - 08, IL

B, M

91

72

Smyth, Bernard T. - 15, MO/KS/NE

B

91

69

Starr, Hugh C. - 05, OK/AR/TX

B, M

90

69

McGuire, Tirrel A. - 15, MO/KS/NE

B

67

41

McKenna, Raymond - 01, NY

B

89

70

Tolliver, Jr., Eddie - 08, SE

B, M

93

68

McLaughlin, Richard J. - 03, NY

CM, M, PC, B

73

47

Torsney, James G. - 09, PA

B

82

58

Meyne, Richard - 04, IN/KY

B

86

67

Mikuly, James S. - 04, IN/KY

B

54

30

Millerschoen, Norman - 09, PA

B

84

65

Milus, Kenneth J. - 06, IL

B

88

67

Montgomery, James S. - 02, WA/ID/MT

B

80

65

Morgan, Keith L., - 02, MI

CM, TL, B

65

39

Moyers, Harold R., - 01, MD/VA/DC

B

82

61

Nawrocki, Johannes E. - 05, ON

B

97

62

Niemier, Leonard L. - 04, IN/KY

TL

90

50

Oldham, James E. - 01, PA/DE

B

88

69

Oxendine, Robert V. - 04, IN/KY

B, M

93

67

Paveletz, Norman D. - 01, OR

B

84

63

Pederson, Arnold A. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B

83

26

Perna, Ivo L. - 21, IL

TL

82

52

Valeo, Jr., Joseph P. - 21, IL

B

89

68

Vander Valk, Peter - 04, NJ

B, CM

78

59

Villa, John M. - 05, PA

CM, B

97

70

Volk, Anton - 04, NJ

B

80

57

Vreeland, Melvin H. - 05, NJ/DE/PA

B, CM, P

79

60

Walker, Richard G. - 08, IL

MM, TL

83

48

Warkentine, James D. - 15, MO/KS/NE

B, M

78

59

Webb, Robert W. - 02, MI

B

84

53

Wells, Theolus - 01, NY

B

96

59

Wentz, Ronald L. - 46, OH

B, CM

55

16

Woelk, Sr., Richard J. - 01, PA/DE

B

82

52

Wood, Ronald H. - 15, MO/KS/NE

B

83

65

Wrobel, Kazimiersz - 01, NY

PC

59

17

Wuersch, Joseph - 02, BC

TL

93

62

Wuttke, Karl G. - 01, NY

B

87

60

Perri, Michael A. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

TL

49

17

Peters, Daniel G. - 04, CA

B

92

57

Peters, Robert L. - 02, MI

CM

92

60

Young, Earl A. - 08, SE

B

88

70

Peterson, Ralph E. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B

93

67

Zilliox, Sr., Robert W. - 03, NY

B, M

91

71

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January

YEARS OF AGE

MEMBERSHIP

B, M, P

89

58

Jones, Noble E. J. - 04, IN/KY

B

78

53

Koletar, Jr., Frank J. - 03, NY

B, M

76

57

$113,100.00

Kurashige, Kenichi - 01, HI

M

96

44

$113,100.00 63 82.32 54.02

Leschinger, Nikolaus - 05, OH

B

92

57

Licata, John - 03, NY

TL, MM

62

32

Madsen, Harold A. - 09, WI

B, M

102

56

Maiorana, Rosario - 05, NJ/DE/PA

B

96

72

Manchester, George E. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B, CM

91

67

Mangialino, Michael - 01, NY

B

77

59

Marsiglio, David C. - 05, PA

B

76

59

Martin, Warren G. - 74, IL

B

95

70

Death Benefit Claims for January 2019 Total Amount Paid Total Union Labor Life Claims Total Death Benefits Total Number of Claims Average Age Average Years of Membership MEMBER - LOCAL UNION

BRANCH OF TRADE

Abraham, Jr., George K. - 03, NY

MEMBER - LOCAL UNION

BRANCH OF TRADE

Jensema, Lamont G. - 11, WI

YEARS OF AGE

MEMBERSHIP

RE, B

84

54

Adams, Kenneth A. - 03, NY

B

86

52

Atherley, Berry - 01, NY

B

84

43

Bercher, Sr., Donald J. - 05, OK/AR/TX

B

82

62

Mertz, Paul A. - 03, NY

TL

89

62

Berenz, Mathias - 21, IL

B

91

66

Meyers, Garth E. - 15, MO/KS/NE

B

94

72

Borkovec, Gary E. - 03, WI

B

70

4

Munnoch, Robert W. - 02, WA/ID/MT

B

85

39

Brown, Timothy M. - 08, WI

B

37

18

Nelsen, Brian L. - 15, MO/KS/NE

B

67

35

Cassidy, Raymond M. - 04, NJ

B, CM

91

70

Neubert, Dale A. - 09, PA

TL

90

70

Chesler, Robert - 01, MO

B

83

65

O’Shaughnessy, Clinton V. - 02, NY/VT

B, PC

94

57

Conte, Jr., Peter - 01, NY

B

78

58

Palic, Sakib - 02, NY/VT

P

45

5

Convertito, Sr., Vincent R. - 01, CT

B, P

90

61

Prudente, Stefano - 01, NY

B

82

56

Corsini, Anthony W. - 05, NJ/DE/PA

B, CM, M, P

94

65

Crowley, Estel - 18, OH/KY

B

98

66

Rebmann, Robert F. - 03, NY

B

84

62

Rourke, Frank J. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

M, B, CM

97

72

Davis, Thomas J. - 02, MI

PC

75

52

Sanchez, Isbell - 04, CA

B

87

56

Devooght, Donald C. - 15, MO/KS/NE

B

79

60

Schrader, Jr., Charles F. - 04, CA

TL

79

54

Etterts, Gregory W. - 21, IL

B

59

40

Shaffer, Charles A. - 03, NY

B

91

46

Feierabend, Adolph E. - 21, IL

PC

87

58

Smith, Gerald P. - 08, SE

B

79

48

Foster, Jr., Charles C. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B, CM

94

71

Sottile, Giuseppe - 01, NY

B

75

49

Genua, Ciuriaco - 01, NY

B

80

50

Sullivan, Jr., James L. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

PC

78

50

Gregory, Harold F. - 01, MN/ND/SD

CB, M, B

85

58

Swanson, Jr., Richard J. - 19, WI

B

54

15

Hager, Larry E. - 06, OH

B

81

62

Swanson, Roland A. - 02, MI

B, CM, M

86

63

Hansen, Theodore - 01, NY

B

80

63

Theisz, Oscar T. - 21, IL

PC

89

61

Harrington, Sr., William J. - 05, OH

PC

78

60

Tobicoe, William M. E. - 03, NY

B

94

32

Hawk, Thomas T. - 04, IN/KY

B, M

71

53

Verdecchio, Louis D. - 01, PA/DE

B

93

67

Hoy, Lewis E. - 01, MD/VA/DC

B

85

61

Warren, Ellwyn S. - 02, MI

B

89

68

Iavarone, Pascuale - 01, NY

B

67

40

Wegener, Victor G. - 01, MO

B

94

70

Jacintho, Edward - 01, HI

CB, M, B

64

40

Wray, Thomas R. - 09, PA

B, M

88

58

IU Death Benefit Claims must be filed within one year of the member’s death.

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