Page 1

EN FRANÇAIS! p.24

BAC ISSUE 4 / 2018

Local 4 California

GOING FOR THE PA G E S 3 – 5

GOLD


BAC HISTORY

BAC Skilled Craftworkers Remodeled the White House in 1951 BAC craftworkers were laying partition tiles in the White House ground floor hall in 1951.

Journal BAC

ISSUE 4 / 2018

Pages 3-5

B | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L I E D CRAF T WORKE RS

BAC craftworkers put finishing touches on the ceiling of the East Room on the main floor of the White House in 1951. Receptions are usually held in this spacious room. This picture, taken in June 1951, released by the Department of Interior, shows progress in the remodeling of the White House.

IN THIS ISSUE 18 Legislative & Political

1 President’s Message

2 Mensaje Del Presidente 3 Members at Work 6 IMI and IMTEF 10 News In Brief 13 Apprentices 14 Legislative & Political 16 BAC Service 19 MAP 20 International Funds 22 Safety & Health 24 Canada 25 Retirees 26 Local Compass 31 In Memoriam


P R E S I D E N T ’S M E S S A G E J A M E S B O L A N D , P R E S I D E N T, I N T E R N AT I O N A L U N I O N O F B R I C K L AY E R S A N D A L L I E D C R A F T W O R K E R S

I

Immigration and Our Union’s Growth

mmigration reform will be one of many issues to be considered by the new Congress. Our nation’s immigration system is badly broken and in dire need of reform so that all workers will have rights in this country and we can work on a level playing field. However, given the way politicians continue to use immigration as an issue to stoke fear and division, the goal of achieving comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform seems almost out of reach. It is still a goal worth pursuing. And if comprehensive reform is not possible in the near term, we must look for ways to incrementally improve things and protect workers in our industry. One of our ongoing legislative priorities has been to keep working people from losing their Temporary Protective Status (TPS). See page 15. Immigrants in TPS status have been in this country legally because conditions in their own countries of origin prevent them from returning: such as ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster or other extraordinary conditions. Most TPS holders have been here legally for many years, and their protective status has been extended by Republican and Democratic Administrations. For example, El Salvador was originally designated for TPS status in 2001, so many of the nearly 200,000 TPS holders from El Salvador have been here for almost 18 years. The vast majority have been working and paying taxes. An estimated 30% of TPS holders work in construction, and some are long-term members of this union. Many TPS holders own homes and have children who are U.S. citizens. It makes no sense to force people, who have been here legally for so long, to go underground, or relocate their families to unsafe countries. It is bad economic policy and morally wrong. Repealing TPS status would have a profoundly negative impact on the construction industry where we already have a shortage of skilled workers. Construction employers, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Associated General Contractors and the Homebuilders Associations have joined the labor movement in working for a permanent solution for TPS holders. Resolving this issue would be one step toward addressing our overall immigration problems. Comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform may not come soon, but it should be the ultimate goal. Achieving that goal will require compromise on all sides. Border security will have to be a part of any solution, as will reforms to our many guest worker programs. We need an immigration system that

works for the American people and our economy. As we seek consensus, it will be important to fairly consider all points of view. We should also make sure that we make our decisions based on facts, and not myths. So let’s start by setting the record straight on a few common myths about immigrants: • Immigrants do not commit crimes at a higher rate than native born citizens. In fact, the crime rate for native born citizens is much higher than for those who struggle to get here. • Immigrants are not a drain on our economy. Liberal and conservative economists agree that immigrants have a significant net positive impact on the economy through increased productivity and tax revenues. • Immigrants do not undercut wages in our industry. Low road contractors take advantage of vulnerable workers to drive down wages and standards for us all. • Immigrants do not impose a burden on public benefit programs. Both documented and undocumented immigrants pay more into public benefit programs than they take out. In fact, undocumented workers are explicitly not eligible for food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), regular Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income and most other federal benefit programs. • Seeking asylum is not illegal. Our nation has an obligation to review the claims of anyone seeking refuge from harm. Not all applicants will be deemed eligible for asylum, but it is entirely lawful to cross the border and request asylum. Reaching common ground on the complex and controversial topic of immigration will be a difficult task, but we must always focus on the truth and not be distracted by lies and misperceptions. We must also recognize that we cannot hope to regain market share without pushing to ensure that all those who labor in our industry are entitled to the same rights and protections on the job. On behalf of our IU Executive Board, we thank you for all you have done to keep our Union strong and united. We wish you Merry Christmas, joyful holidays, and a happy and healthy new year!

ISS ISSUE UE 44, , 22001188 | | 11


MENSA JE DEL PRESIDENTE

La inmigración y el crecimiento de nuestro sindicato

E

l próximo mes de enero se juramentará un nuevo congreso y la reforma migratoria será uno de los muchos asuntos que deberá enfrentar. El sistema migratorio de nuestro país está profundamente deteriorado y necesita urgentemente una reforma para que todos los trabajadores tengan derechos en este país y para que podamos trabajar en condiciones de igualdad. Sin embargo, debido a la forma en que los políticos continúan utilizando el tema de inmigración como una herramienta para alimentar el miedo y la división, el objetivo de lograr una reforma migratoria integral y bipartidista parece casi inalcanzable, pero sigue siendo un objetivo por el que vale la pena luchar. Y si no es posible lograr una reforma integral a corto plazo, debemos buscar formas de mejorar progresivamente las cosas y proteger a los trabajadores de nuestra industria. Una de nuestras constantes prioridades legislativas ha sido evitar que los trabajadores pierdan sus estatus de protección temporal (Temporary Protective Status, TPS) Consulte la página 15. Los inmigrantes con TPS han permanecido legalmente en este país debido a que las condiciones en su país de origen, como conflictos armados continuos, desastres ambientales u otras circunstancias extraordinarias, les impiden regresar. La mayoría de los beneficiarios del TPS han permanecido aquí legalmente durante años y sus estatus de protección han recibido extensiones por parte de administraciones republicanas y democráticas. Por ejemplo, El Salvador se designó originalmente para el TPS en 2001, lo que significa que muchos de los casi 200,000 beneficiarios del TPS provenientes de El Salvador han estado aquí durante casi 18 años. La inmensa mayoría ha estado trabajando y pagando impuestos. Se estima que el 30 % de los beneficiarios del TPS trabajan en el sector de construcción y algunos de ellos son miembros de este sindicato desde hace mucho tiempo. Muchos de los beneficiarios del TPS son propietarios de viviendas y tienen hijos que son ciudadanos estadounidenses. No tiene sentido alguno forzar estar personas, que han estado aquí legalmente durante tanto tiempo, a entrar en la clandestinidad ni reubicar a sus familias en países poco seguros. Es una mala política económica y también es moralmente incorrecto. Derogar el TPS tendría un impacto profundamente negativo en la industria de la construcción, en la que ya existe una escasez de mano de obra calificada. Los empleadores del sector de la construcción, incluida la Cámara de Comercio, la Asociación de Contratistas Generales y las Asociaciones de Constructores de Vivienda, se han unido al movimiento laboral en búsqueda de una solución permanente para los beneficiarios del TPS. La solución a este problema representaría un paso adelante al abordar de forma general los problemas de inmigración. Una reforma migratoria integral y bipartidista podrá no llegar en el futuro cercano, pero debe ser el objetivo final y para alcanzar este objetivo se necesita el compromiso de todas las partes. La seguridad fronteriza y las reformas a nuestros numerosos programas de trabajadores invitados deberá formar parte de cualquier solución.

2 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L I E D CRAF T WORKE RS

Necesitamos un sistema migratorio que funcione para los estadounidenses y para nuestra economía. A medida que buscamos un consenso, será importante tomar en cuenta todos los puntos de vista de forma imparcial. También debemos asegurarnos de que las decisiones que tomemos estén respaldadas por hechos y no por mitos. Comencemos entonces por dejar en claro algunos mitos acerca de los inmigrantes: • El índice de criminalidad de los inmigrantes no es más alto que el de los ciudadanos nativos. De hecho, el índice de criminalidad de los ciudadanos nativos es mucho más alto que el de quienes pasan trabajo para llegar aquí. • Los inmigrantes no son una carga para nuestra economía. Tanto los economistas liberales como los conservadores coinciden en que los inmigrantes tienen un impacto neto positivo en la economía gracias al incremento de la productividad y de los ingresos por recaudación de impuestos. • Los inmigrantes no restan valor a los salarios de nuestra industria. Los contratistas deshonestos se aprovechan de los trabajadores vulnerables para reducir los salarios y los estándares para todos nosotros. • Los inmigrantes no imponen una carga sobre los programas públicos de beneficios. Tanto las contribuciones de los inmigrantes documentados como las de los inmigrantes indocumentados a los programas de beneficio son superiores a lo que reciben de los mismos. De hecho, los trabajadores indocumentados son explícitamente no elegibles para recibir cupones de alimentación, Asistencia Temporal para Familias Necesitadas (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, TANF), Medicaid regular, Ingreso Suplementario de Seguridad (Supplemental Security Income) y la mayoría de los programas federales de beneficios. • Buscar asilo no es ilegal. Nuestro país tiene la obligación de evaluar los reclamos de cualquier persona que busque refugio. No todos los solicitantes serán considerados elegibles para recibir asilo, pero es completamente legal cruzar la frontera y solicitarlo. Encontrar puntos de coincidencia sobre el complejo y controversial tema de la inmigración será una tarea difícil, pero siempre debemos enfocarnos en la verdad y no distraernos con las mentiras y las percepciones erradas. También debemos reconocer que no podemos esperar recuperar la participación en el mercado sin hacer presión para garantizar que a todos los que trabajan en nuestra industria se les otorguen los mismos derechos y protecciones laborales. En nombre de nuestro Comité Ejecutivo de IU, agradecemos todo lo que han hecho para que nuestro sindicato se mantenga fuerte y unido. ¡Nuestros mejores deseos para ustedes y los suyos para unas felices fiestas y un 2019 lleno de felicidad y salud!

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

Journal BAC

ISSUE 4 / 2018

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 LOCAL 4 CALIFORNIA

Going For the Gold: BAC Local 4 CA Members Restore and Replace 300,000 Tiny Tiles for Academy Museum EDITOR’S NOTE: The original article was printed in Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council News. With its permission, the article below is reprinted in this issue of BAC Journal with edits.]

F

ive stories above the traffic of Wilshire Boulevard, a crew of BAC Local 4 California tile setters carefully applies 24-karat gold leaf squares to an 80-year-old mosaic for the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The museum is a combination of the restored historic May Co. department store, constructed in the Stremline Moderne architectural style in 1939 and now called the Saban Building with a new theater wing adjoining it to the north. The building’s flashiest statement is a six-storyhigh cylinder mosaic of 300,000 Italian tiles, each one square inch, symbolizing Hollywood’s Golden Age. Unlike a classic film, many of the tiles did not survive over the decades with over two-thirds needing to be replaced. Gold leaf glass tiles cost the Academy $400 per square foot and had to be imported from Venice, Italy from the same manufacturer that made them back in the 1930s. The site’s restorer and preservationist, John Fidler, contacted prominent historians from Italy and across the United States to track original building materials. “Basically, a bunch of building restoration experts looked at it and said, ‘oh, forget it, it’s a disaster, replace it,” said Katharine DeShaw, the Academy Museum’s Managing Director. “And Fidler said, ‘no, no, no, we’re going to lovingly restore it.” Integrating the brand new tiles with the existing ones is a challenge being met by skilled members of BAC Local 4 CA. Employed by BAC signatory contractors Premier Tile & Marble Inc. (Gardena, CA) and Western Specialties (Orange, CA), 16 BAC craftworkers have been working on the site since April, replacing tiles and restoring the limestone and granite. According to BAC Local 4 CA, at least 7,000 work hours have been generated. Rafael Tapia, a 21-year tile setter of BAC Local 4 CA, said he’s not intimated

The Academy Museum in restoration.

From left, BAC Local 4 CA Field Representative Pete Gerber, Mike Bartolome of Matt Construction, Local 4 CA members Wesley Carnehl, John Ramsey, Joseph Llanes, Nelson Ramirez, Loi Hoang, and Ralph Tapia.

ISS UE 4 , 2 0 1 8 | 3


MEMBERS AT WORK

BAC Local 4 CA tile setter Loi Hoang.

by signature projects like this one. “Disney, Universal Studios, Dodger Stadium, you name it, we’ve done it all.” Brother Tapia is using his wages to pay for his three boys’ education and a new house in Fontana. He said he thinks of his family when he is applying the tiny gold tiles. “I feed my family with this Union and thanks to this, I have what I have; I own what I own because of the trade,” said Tapia. Pete Gerber, BAC Local 4 CA Field Representative, is confident in our members’ performance on this project. “These are the most experienced and skilled craftworkers in the country,” Gerber said. DeShaw also called her union construction partners “amazing, smart, passionate,” and “so dedicated.” The project safety manager of the general contractor Matt Construction, Michael Bartolome, said that he admired the active role BAC craftworkers took in safety. “If there are things where they’re not sure of how to do it safely, they’ll notify me. We will get together, and we’ll brainstorm. They get involved on the operations.” Superintendent of façade restoration, Josh Rosenbeck, said he is impressed with the efficiency and dedication of skilled members of BAC Local 4 CA. “The trades provided a foreman that’s highly capable and understands the importance of doing

BAC Local 4 CA tile finisher Nelson Ramirez.

the work, but also the historic value of preserving everything possible in place,” Rosenbeck said. “All this is once-in-a-lifetime stuff. That gold mosaic on the corner, most of these guys will never do anything like that again.” The museum is slated to open in 2019. Inch by inch, BAC Local 4 CA members’ world-class skills are bringing the tiles back to life and will surely bring the historic building into the future.

About two-thirds of the tiles are being replaced by skilled craftworkers of BAC Local 4 CA.

BAC Local 4 CA tile setter Rafael Tapia.

4 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L I E D CRAF T WORKE RS

Project foreman and BAC Local 4 CA member Wesley Carnehl, left, and Local 4 CA Field Representative Pete Gerber.


LOCAL 1 MINNESOTA/NORTH DAKOTA

Embracing Robotics: Local 1 MN/ND Members Use MULE on Multiple Projects

T

he MULE (Material Unit Lift Enhancer) designed by Construction Robotics of New York is a lift-assisting device designed for the handling and placing construction materials, with a current lifting capacity of 135 pounds. Mason contractors across the country have begun to equip their masons with the MULE to perform a range of work, most frequently to assist in the setting of Concrete Masonry Units (CMU). The 20-foot swing radius of the MULE’s arm keeps the block virtually weightless as the mason moves the CMU block from the material staging area to the wall. Attachments for the MULE, along with efforts to increase its lifting capacity, are also being developed to assist masons in the setting of stone, precast and other building products. According to BAC Local 1 MN/ ND President Doug Schroeder, initial feedback from members working with the MULE is positive. One member stated that with this innovation, he sees himself working an additional 4 to 5 years towards his retirement. Companies are reporting that they have seen an increase in productivity and less fatigue on the job. Local 1 MN/ND members employed by BAC contractor Eicholtz Masonry of Fargo, ND used a MULE to assist in the setting of cmu block and stone on three distinct projects. The first project was the Dakota Network Carriers project where four bricklayers employed by Eicholtz laid over 3,000 12’’ blocks with assistance in part by the MULE. On the second project, Med Park Clinic, three BAC masons used the MULE to set precast stones that would normally require rigging and hoisting devices. The third Eicholtz project featuring the MULE is the First Lutheran Church project where, as we go to print, six bricklayers assisted in part by the MULE are expected to finish laying 10,000 12’’ CMU.

A member of BAC Local 1 MN/ND demonstrating MULE on a masonry project.

A closer look at a MULE in action.

The MULE at BAC/IMI National Training Center.

BAC contractor Axel H. Ohman Concrete and Masonry of Minneapolis, MN employed 12 bricklayers on the Sons of Norway building in Minneapolis where, assisted in part by the MULE, they laid 60,000 12” block. The foreman and the masons that used the MULE said that it worked well and saved wear and tear on their backs and shoulders. John Wahl, the project foreman and a member of Local 1 MN/ND, said that at the end of the day he felt good and still had plenty of energy left in the tank to go home and do chores. A third BAC contractor in the Local 1 MN/ND area, Johnson Nelson Masonry of Ashby, MN, has also adopted the MULE to assist their masons. Johnson Nelson Masonry has utilized the MULE on a series of projects, including Sebeka School Addition in Sebeka, Minnesota; Evansville Truck Station in Evansville, Minnesota; and the Grant

County Government Center in Elbow Lake, Minnesota. Reflecting on the advent of the MULE, BAC President James Boland observed that “BAC, members and our contractors using this technology in Local 1 MN/ND aren’t the first and won’t be the last. But as the MULE or any other construction technology device comes to market, BAC members and our contractors must be in the forefront to control them.” Towards that end, President Boland directed BAC’s national training organization, the International Masonry Training and Education Fund (IMTEF), to obtain a MULE for the National Training Center and develop the necessary training modules for locals across the US and Canada in 2019 to ensure that BAC members and contractors are equipped and ready to assert control over its operation.

ISS UE 4 , 2 0 1 8 | 5


IMI & IMTEF

Graduates of 2018 Instructor Certification Program Dedicated to Keeping Craft Alive

F

or graduates of IMI/IMTEF’s Instructor Certification Program (ICP), teaching isn’t just a passion, but a privilege, and an opportunity to keep the craft alive. “[ICP instructors] want the trades to move forward and have a future,” explained Ryan Chartier of BAC Local 5 WI. “We want future tradespeople to have fair wages and benefits, and to be able to perform their craft in a safe manner so they can retire one day comfortably. We also want apprentices to be the best they can be. Being a small part of that is one of the greatest feelings I have ever had at work. Being a mentor…and taking someone and molding them into a craftworker is so rewarding.” Chartier earned his certification this September, along with 10 other BAC instructors. During the program, instruc-

tors complete 200 hours of coursework over 5 years, studying teaching methods and techniques. ICP isn’t so much about understanding the trade as it is about understanding how to effectively teach it. To pursue certification, instructors must first be experienced journeyworkers. “Learning how to prepare schedules, syllabi, and class structure has made my day-to-day operations less chaotic and stressful,” said Kevin Russell of BAC Local 4 IN/KY. “I am better equipped to see others’ wants, needs, backgrounds, achievements, and expectations [because of my ICP training]. A value cannot be placed on these things. They will guide me through both my professional and personal life.” There’s no doubt ICP instructors are personally invested in the success of their

students, finding fulfillment in their role as mentors. “Mentorship is not just beneficial for the student, it is beneficial to the mentor as well,” said Steve Sianez of BAC Local 4 CA. “A sense of accomplishment washes over me when I get home after a long day and know that I have successfully helped my students with their activities, whether it be homework, a project, or something as personal as which insurance to pick or how to set up their retirement. Receiving this certification is more of a beginning for me than an ending, as I will now embark on a new teaching journey. I look forward to connecting with and teaching many more students to come.” Congratulations to the 2018 Class of ICP Graduates as they continue on their journeys teaching the BAC trades.

From left, Steve Sianez of BAC Local 4 California, James Slawnikowski of District Council Training Center 1 of Illinois, Lupe Ortiz of Local 3 California, IMTEF National Apprenticeship and Training Director Bob Arnold, Kevin Russell of Local 4 Indiana/Kentucky, Richard Skaife, Sr. of BAC Local 13 Wisconsin, Michael Pavia of Local 3 Massachusetts/Maine/New Hampshire/Rhode Island, Brian Greynolds of District Council of West Virginia, Ryan Chartier of Local 5 Wisconsin, David Huddle of Local 3 New York, Shawn Lenczowski of Local 1 Oregon, and Don Borchert of Local 13 Wisconsin.

6 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L I E D CRAF T WORKE RS


Three Job Corps Graduates Share Keys to Success at Different Stages of Their Careers

F

or Lowell Glodowski, it was a lifecoordinator for Local 2 WA-ID-MT after starting out shattering experience that propelled him as a special programs manager in early 2018, focusing to find his passion in life and career as a on recruitment and retention. union bricklayer. In 1996, he was a victim of a In his short time with the apprenticeship program drive-by shooting in Tacoma, Washington, when in Washington, he’s unlocked several keys to getting crime and gang activity were rampant in the city. more people into the trade – and keeping them in once While he was recovering from the incident, he they join. The first is keeping apprentices working. The started taking classes at a local technical college. second is mentorship. “You have to be a person with “I was just trying to find my path,” he said. patience, and listen to each and every [student], and let That’s when he saw an ad for Job Corps, them know that they’re being acknowledged,” he said. Lowell Glodowski and it wasn’t long after that he was beginning “I try to make sure that everyone is equal, regardless of Apprentice Coordinator orientation at the Curlew center. “The structure their walk of life. [I make sure they know that] I’m here Local 2 WA-ID-MT Curlew Job Corps Center of the program helped me find myself,” he said. for them. I’ve got their back.” Graduate, 1998 “Getting up at a certain time, making the bed, His career has been varied, having worked as a helping out, vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom. It helped me superintendent and foremen for signatory contractor Keystone be an adult. To this day, I make my bed when I get up because Masonry, Inc., and before the recession, being a part-business of what I learned there. Even if it’s been a tough day, that’s one owner of a union masonry contracting company. thing I know: that I get to come home to a made bed and I’ll “I would never [have] even thought, ever, in my whole life, be happy…If it wasn’t for Job Corps, and the structure of the that I’d be able to be an instructor, or even a business owner,” he program, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I know that for a fact.” said. “I’m so grateful for the opportunities IMI has given me, Lowell was recently promoted to the role of apprenticeship and the opportunity to give back to my community.”

T

After trying his hand at several trades offered yler Morrison is currently at work on through Job Corps, Morrison landed on bricklaying. the Thomas A. Edison Career and “I realized almost every building I look at is block. Technical Education High School in I thought there would be more money in it, more Queens, New York, with signatory contractor opportunity to work. It’s fun. It’s like art.” Cummings Construction, LLC. “We’re building Morrison stayed focused on his training at Job classrooms, and working in the basement, Corps, which he believes is key to succeeding in the [laying] a lot of block. I’ve been doing a lot of program. “I stuck with it and trained, and people told cuts on this project,” he said. He’s been working me I was good.” That gave Morrison the confidence for three months and loves the variety in his job. he needed to continue. At the encouragement of his “I work for a good company,” he said. Tyler Morrison instructor, he went to the National Training Center “Everybody on the site knows what they’re Brick Apprentice in Bowie, Maryland, where he continued to refine his doing. So I came in, the new guy, ‘the greenLocal 3 New York Iroquois Job Corps Center skills in laying brick and block in the pre-apprenticehorn,’ they called me. But every day I learn Graduate, 2018 something new. There’s always something [the ship program. When he went back to Job Corps, his crew] is telling me. So I’ve really got to be willing to accept my instructor helped get him into the union, and he’s been working mistakes, listen, and follow directions. Be open-minded. You go ever since. home at the end of the day, put in the 8 hours, and you get paid. “My instructors are really known in the construction field. I We get benefits and always work safe in our hardhat and glasses. always look up to them.” You can’t complain,” he said with a laugh. Morrison’s instructors have been mentors, helping him to Before Morrison found bricklaying, he was working in sani- realize his potential. Even as a 1st-year apprentice, Morrison is tation. “It just wasn’t doing it for me,” he said. “I needed a career. thinking about his future, and what kind of training he needs to I found out about Job Corps and contacted them,” he explained. one day become a foreperson or to work in project management. As for his time in Job Corps? “You get out what you put in,” “I wasn’t sure if I was going to fit in at first, but I went there he explained. “So I put in work in there, and now it’s paying off with the mentality of ‘get in, do what you got to do, find someout here. I’m living for myself… I already told my friends about thing you like. And if it doesn’t work out, you can always try Job Corps. I tell them, ‘do a trade, go to Job Corps. It works.’” something new,’” Morrison said. continued on next page

ISS UE 4 , 2 0 1 8 | 7


IMI & IMTEF continued from previous page

M

chapter chairman…If you want to advance, you need ike Anderson works year-round that experience,” he said. as superintendent of Indiana Anderson has always been practical. He knew Refractory, often on the road, travabout Job Corps because his father, who did autoeling from job to job. “When there’s work, we’re there,” he said. body and welding work, had also been through the “Sometimes we’ll run 1 shift, sometimes we’ll run program. Originally intending to go into heavy equip2 shifts, 24 hours a day, until the job is done.” ment, Anderson changed course when he got to the Anderson had been working for the center and found out he’d have to be placed on a sixcompany for about a year and a half before month waiting list. It was then he approached Jonas getting promoted to his current position – a Elmore, former bricklaying instructor at Atterbury, Mike Anderson welcome surprise. now National Director of Job Corps. Superintendent, Indiana “I was just happy to be working year“He told me how much they made, and I asked him Refractory, Local 4 IN/KY Atterbury Job Corps round, instead of weather-dependent,” he said. how long the class was, and he said, ‘It’s a 12-week class Center Graduate, 2003 Asked how he landed the position, he said and there’s no wait to get in,’ so I said, ‘alright, sign me humbly, “I just came to work every day and worked hard. I work up. Let’s do it.’” It’s no surprise that even in Job Corps, Anderson closely with one of the owners of the company, and he just came was eager to be on time, sometimes waiting outside the door up to me one day and said, ‘you’re going to run nights for me…It’s before class even started. “Every morning I was the first one there a lot like a foreman position. I deal with the maintenance people in class,” he said. at the plant, and the millwrights that we have working for us.” The wage Anderson commands is still what drives him in Before breaking into refractory, Anderson did brick and his career. “I like that I can support my family,” he said. “My wife block work on countless schools, hospitals, and prisons – the gets to stay home with our 3 daughters. We don’t have to worry majority of the market in Indiana. about bills, we’re not living paycheck to paycheck. There’s so For Anderson, showing up and being reliable at work are much stress that is just gone.” critical to getting ahead. “Go to work. If they’re not going to The International Masonry Institute (IMI) operates 37 Job work because of the weather, they’ll send you home. Always Corps brick and tile training programs at 33 centers around the show up. If you always show up, even if it’s pouring rain, then nation, employing BAC instructors who provide classroom and the boss knows you want to work.” hands-on training. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Stepping up has been a theme throughout Anderson’s career. Corps is a free program that helps eligible 16-24-year-olds build He developed his leadership skills with Local 4 IN/KY, serving in careers and independence. The program offers a viable pathway various roles over the course of his membership. “I’ve been on the to a career in the trades. For more information on IMI Job negotiating committee, I’ve been recording secretary, I’ve been Corps programs, visit http://imtef.org/job-corps-program.

8 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L I E D CRAF T WORKE RS

BAC U.S. Bates Scholarship Program Accepting Applications for the 2020 Competition

T

he BAC U.S. Bates Scholarship program is now accepting applications for the 2020 competition. Every year the program selects three students to receive a stipend of $2,500 per year for up to four years. To be considered for the 2020 BAC U.S. Bates Scholarship, a student must be the child or stepchild of a U.S. member in good standing of a BAC Local, and a high school junior who plans to take the standardized “PSAT” exam in October 2018. To learn more and apply online, please visit bacweb.org. The application deadline is March 31, 2019.


Check the IMTEF website as the demand for training frequently changes: www.imtef.org/calendar INTERNATIONAL MASONRY TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES - WINTER/SPRING 2019 The John J. Flynn BAC/IMI International Training Center 17101 Science Drive • Bowie, Maryland 20715

Train-the-Trainer Courses February 5 - 8

OSHA 510

March 11 - 15

OSHA 500

February 19 - 21

OSHA 502

OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for Construction Update for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers

Continuing Education Courses January 21 - 29 March 18 - 26

Refractory

January 29 - February 1 March 26 - 29

MSHA New Miner

Class size is limited to 16.

February 11 - 15 February 18 - 22

Allows BAC Members to work on MSHA-governed construction sites.

JAHN/Edison Coatings/Conproco/Lithomex ABAA Air Barrier Certification

Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) requires $250 for ABAA Certified Installer License Fee (1st year) and $100 annual renewal fee payable to ABAA by the installer to receive and maintain their Installer Certification Card.

March 25 - 27 January 15 - 30 February 5 - 20 February 26 - March 13 March 19 - April 3 April 9 - 24 Scheduled as needed January 14 - 19 January 28 - February 2 February 4 - 9 March 4 - 9 January 8 - May 24

`

Welding

Welding class size limited to 8 students. A $100 equipment fee is required.

Welding Stainless Steel

Prerequisite: Certified in D1.1 3G and 4G A $100 equipment fee is required.

Historic Masonry Preservation Certificate

Must have 5 years of BAC Journey-level craftworker experience. 6 full days including 3 evening classes with travel in on Sunday

Cross-Craft Training Upgrade Training Pre-Job Training

Please contact your local officer or your training coordinator to register early as class sizes for these courses are limited. Local Officers/Training Coordinators: To enroll your members for training or receive information on additional courses, contact Serenia Holland • (301) 291-2105 • sholland@imtef.org

Union Masonry Craftworkers Contractors & Consultants

ISS UE 4 , 2 0 1 8 | 9


NEWS IN BRIEF

Local Leadership Conference Underscores Organizing All Workers

T

he 2018 BAC Local Leadership Conference, the 37th conference since the program was initiated in 1978, was held in Linthicum Heights, MD on October 8-11th. This year’s conference called for organizing all workers while being accountable to each other and accountable to our Union. Organizing Immigrant Workers

All workers, no matter where they were born, should be able to work free from fear that they will be underpaid or placed in a dangerous environment. Sadly, many immigrant workers are experiencing unfair treatment in this country. BAC Local leaders had the opportunity to hear the undocumented immigrant story of Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and Emmy-nominated filmmaker. Vargas is also the founder and CEO of Define America,

the nation’s leading nonprofit media organization fighting anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. His story let the Local leaders think further as they look to organize immigrants in BAC crafts. “We cannot be an anti-immigrant organization and call ourselves a union,” said BAC President James Boland, an Irish immigrant himself. “While Jose’s situation is certainly more difficult than mine was for many reasons, I do know we all remember who helped us and who hindered us along the way… we could learn something from his story as we look to organize immigrants. We need to be part of the stories that other immigrants tell when they talk about their experience here.” Participants also heard stories and best practices shared by a panel of experts on organizing immigrants, including Mayre Huerta, Austin Campaign Manager of Workers’ Defense Project; Angel Gonzalez, Field Campaign Coordinator

Jose Antonio Vargas, founder and CEO of Define America, sharing his story as an undocumented citizen.

and Trainer, Civil Rights and Community Action Department of UFCW; Raymin Diaz, Organizer of Mid-Atlantic Regional Organizing Coalition of LIUNA; and Shannon Lederer, AFL-CIO Director of Immigration Policy. Combatting Sexual Harassment in Construction

BAC President James Boland addressing the Local leaders at the 2018 BAC Local Leadership Conference.

10 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L I E D CRAF T WORKE RS

The leaders spent time focusing on the rampant sexual harassment that plagues the construction industry, as data show that 82% of women reported experiencing sexual harassment on the jobsite. Nearly 1 in 3 women in construction experience frequent or constant sexual harassment at work. “This is completely unacceptable, and as union leaders and staff, we have a central role to play in addressing it,” BAC President James Boland said to the Local leaders. Iron Workers Union President Eric Dean was invited to the conference to share their union’s experience in confronting sexual harassment and making building trades unions a more welcoming


A new digital organizing tool, Action Builder, was introduced to the Local leaders by Christian Sweeney, the AFL-CIO’s Deputy Organizing Director, and Martha Grant, the Product Manager for Action Builder. Together they provided training sessions to BAC Local leaders and gave them hands-on knowledge in using the tool. Organizing All Workers

Iron Workers Union President Eric Dean talking about the union’s groundbreaking maternity leave program launched in 2017.

place for women in construction. The Iron Workers Union was the first in the North America’s building trades unions to offer a paid maternity leave benefit to its members. The program is a key step forward in advancing diversity and inclusion in the construction industry. The other speaker addressing this issue was Dr. Jackson Katz, co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP). One of the key architects of the “bystander” approach to gender violence prevention, Dr. Katz, introduced BAC Local leaders to key elements of the MVP model of sexual harassment prevention. In a highly interactive workshop, Dr. Katz and his colleague Daryl Fort provided our Local leaders with leadership exercises and realistic bystander scenarios, discussed gender norms and how everyone can contribute to a healthy and respectful workplace environment.

ates to develop a digital tool that works on tablets, phones, and computers for tracking and analyzing the data organizers collect in the field.

BAC Local leaders were reminded of the Union’s Objects written in 1865: “To organize all individuals engaged in work within its jurisdiction for their mutual benefit, aid and protection, through direct organizing activity and by assisting its affiliated Local Unions in their organizing activities…” BAC President James Boland called for organizing all workers in his closing remarks. “The role of women and immigrants in our culture and society is changing. We have to get ahead of these changes, not only because we’ll most certainly be left behind if we don’t, but more importantly because it’s the right thing to do. We must get on the right side of these issues and the right side of history.”

Introducing New Digital Organizing Tool

Organizing requires keeping track of and having access to information. To help organizers manage all information, the AFL-CIO has been working with its affili-

Dr. Jackson Katz explaining to BAC Local leaders how “bystander” approach works in preventing gender discrimination.

ISS UE 4 , 2 0 1 8 | 11


NEWS IN BRIEF

BAC Women Participate in the 2018 Women Build Nations Conference

O

ver 2,000 union tradeswomen, representing multiple crafts in the building and construction trades throughout the globe, put down their tool belts and took over Seattle to attend the 8th annual Women Build Nations Conference held on October 12-14th. A total of 72 BAC women members from both the U.S. and Canada attended this year’s conference. Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions, welcomed tradeswomen to the conference and recognized their contributions to the industry. “You succeed in these positions because you are qualified, not because you are women… You should be proud of the work you do and the way you are leading the change in diversifying the building trades - you are trailblazers.” AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler encouraged tradeswomen to become an agent of change in the industry and participate in the decision making process. She said, “Women lace up their boots and go to job sites, just like our brothers. Women know how to build. Women lead on the picket lines. Women lead political rallies. Women run for offices!” The conference also gave a big shout out to BAC’s contributions to the industry. During the plenary session, Executive

Proud BAC tradeswomen participating in the solidarity parade on the streets of downtown Seattle.

Director of CPWR, Chris Trahan Cain, recognized BAC’s efforts in combating the opioid crisis and helping members recover from opioid addiction. She also showed an anti-opioid campaign poster produced by BAC’s Member Assistance Program (MAP) on the big screen during her speech. The three-day conference offered over 70 workshops with topics addressing violence and discrimination on the job, creating a more inclusive environment, building a respectful workplace, combating sexual harassment, surviving and thriving in apprenticeship, and preventing suicide

BAC sisters bringing the #CountMeIn movement to the conference and showing what solidarity looks like.

12 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L I E D CRAF T WORKE RS

and building mental health. All discussions aimed to bring union trades workers together to help and support each other. In addition, proud tradeswomen, including BAC delegates, took the streets in downtown Seattle for a solidarity parade, telling the industry and the society that this isn’t about women, but a movement for equity for all sisters and brothers. “Our BAC sisters are passionate about their crafts and are great asset of our Union. BAC is committed to creating pathways for them to succeed,” BAC President James Boland said.

An anti-opioid campaign poster produced by BAC’s Member Assistance Program (MAP) shown on the big screen during the plenary session of the conference.


APPRENTICES

Top Apprentices Showcase Their Pride in the Craft and Union at 2018 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest

A

t the 2018 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest, October 5-7th, the Union’s top apprentices came together to vie for the title of International Champion of their Craft at the John J. Flynn BAC/IMI International Training Center in Bowie, Maryland. The event drew seventy-five contestants from across the U.S. and Canada, who showcased the skills they’ve learned in BAC’s renowned apprenticeship programs. “Our dedication to high standards is what separates us from the rest, and we maintain that with our training,” said James Boland, BAC President, during the contest award ceremony. To prove their mastery of the crafts, apprentices had to successfully complete a challenging project and a written test that covered topics from installation standards to safety, trade math, and union history. “The apprentices here are competing against each other, but they’re all on the same team,” explained Bob Arnold, National Director of Apprenticeship and Training, IMTEF. Indeed, the solidarity among contestants was strong, many quickly forming bonds over their shared experiences in the contest and coming up in the trade. “I had a lot of butterflies coming here, because I know we are the best of the best across the nation, but at the end of the day, it was fun,” said Anthony Williams of Local 3 MA/ME/NH/RI, PCC contestant. “I love each and every person here… they all teach me something when I talk to them. It’s a new life experience.” Ashley Bent of Local 8 NB, a brick contestant, agreed. “We were all really good team players. We talked before we competed and became friends. It’s like a big family, really.” “Hopefully, I’ll win,” was a refrain heard from many apprentices that felt confident about their work, but always

followed up with a statement of humility or support for their fellow competitors. “It’s an honor to compete in an international competition,” said Anthony Loria of Local 3 NY, who took home 2nd place in cement. “Everybody did a great job, everybody worked hard, and it wasn’t easy for anyone.” To qualify for the international contest, apprentices had to place in local and regionally-held contests, building projects that were judged on quality and completion. Even after proving their talent at regionals, though, many apprentices put in countless hours to practice their techniques, seeking mentorship from instructors and journey-

workers to refine their skills and prepare for the international event. “It’s kind of [knocked] me off my high horse, seeing that there’s other competitive people out there,” said Randy Marcum of Local 4 IN/KY. “I’ve got to strive harder and work harder to prove myself, who I am, and the work that I do.” Ultimately, Marcum did prove himself, winning 1st place in terrazzo. Jesse Stonehouse of Local 1 MN/ ND/SD, a tile contestant, reflected on how far he’s come during his short time in the program. “I joined the apprenticeship just two years ago, and here I am today standing at Internationals. The fruits of my labor, all the effort I put in every single day and night in all the jobs [I worked] has brought me to this point. It all came from the work I put into the apprenticeship program, with the phenomenal training and leadership we get from all of the journey[people].”

Congratulations to the 2018 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest Champions! BRICK: 1st place: Alan Baggett, Local 9 WV; 2nd place: Tyler Hack, Local 4 IN/KY; 3rd place: Max Berry, Local 7 CO PCC: 1st place: Matt Botts, Local 1 OR; 2nd place: Artur Wilk, Local 21 IL; 3rd place: Melissa Manni, Local 1 PA/DE TILE: 1st place: David Perez, Local 3 CA; 2nd place: Christopher Ellis, Local 2 WA/ID/ MT; 3rd place: Neftali Vargas, Local 4 CA. MARBLE: 1 place: John Zorbas, Local 7 NY/NJ; 2nd place: Thomas McAllister, III, Local 7 NY/NJ; 3rd place: Roberto Estrada, Local 13 NV st

TERRAZZO: 1st place: Randy Marcum, Local 4 IN/KY; 2nd place: Blake Price, Local 7 NY/NJ; 3rd place: Manuel LopezPineda, Local 3 CA STONE: 1st place: Matt Ferguson, Local 1 PA/DE; 2nd place: Alex Cole, Local 1 MO; 3rd place: Leonardo Bravo-Reyes, Local 1 MD/VA/DC PLASTER: 1st place: Josue Ayala, Local 1 NY; 2nd place: Freddy Martinez, Local 56 IL; 3rd place: Casey Williams, Local 1 NY CEMENT: 1st place: Andrew Gifford, Local 19 WI; 2nd place: Anthony Loria, Local 3 NY; 3rd place: Trevor Harbin, Local 2 MI

Seventy-five contestants from across the U.S. and Canada pose with BAC President James Boland and Secretary-Treasurer Tim Driscoll at the John J. Flynn BAC/IMI International Training Center in Bowie, Maryland.

ISS UE 4 , 2 0 1 8 | 13


LEGISLATIVE & POLITICAL

Labor Unions Help Deliver Midterm Victories for Working Families

V

oter turnout in the 2018 midterm elections topped 113 million people, the highest rate of turnout for a midterm election since 1966 and with that came significant changes. Across the country, working people showed up in significant numbers on Election Day to make their voices heard. Labor won nearly three quarters of the Governors races targeted and 9 out of the 12 Senate seats in battleground states, where 2.1 million door attempts were made and had nearly 700,000 conversations at the door. In the House, Democrats needed to flip 23 seats to regain control and have flipped 40. There were many BAC endorsed challengers who flipped their respective seats like – Andy Kim and Mikie Sherril in New Jersey, Abby Finkenauer in Iowa, the daughter of

a union pipefitter, and five women in Pennsylvania to name a few. The newly elected also include: • 35 newly elected women; • First Muslim women in Congress from Minnesota and Michigan; • First African-American women in New England from Connecticut and Massachusetts; • Youngest woman ever elected at 29 years old from NY.

From left, Bill Bonlender, BAC Wisconsin District Council Field Representative; Mandela Barnes, Lieutenant Governor-elect; Tony Evers, Governor-elect; and Gary Burns, Director of BAC Wisconsin District Council.

From left, Pat Tirino, BAC Local 2 NY/VT President; Anthony Brindis, Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York’s 22nd Congressional District; and Kevin Potter, BAC Local 2 NY/VT Secretary-Treasurer.

Abby Finkenauer (D-IA), Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, tries her hand at pointing with a hawk and jointer under the guidance of BAC Local 3 Iowa Instructor Rob Rowland.

14 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L I E D CRAF T WORKE RS

In Wisconsin, voters tossed unionbusting Scott Walker (R) out of office and sent Tony Evers (D), a supporter of Labor’s right to collectively bargain, to the Governor’s mansion. In 2011, Scott Walker proposed his “Budget Repair Bill”, known as Act 10. The law stripped pubic employees of almost all meaningful collec-

From left, Anthony Ivester, Secretary-Treasurer of BAC Mountain West Administrative District Council; U.S. Senator-elect Jacky Rosen (D-NV); U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV); and Rich Crawford, Director of BAC Mountain West Administrative District Council.

BAC President James Boland knocking on doors before Election Day in Harrisburg, PA.

tive bargaining power, forced leaders to engage in resource-draining annual certification elections, and required most public employees to pay more towards health insurance and pensions, resulting in a drop in take home pay from 8-10% and not to mention a heavy decline in union membership. It is hard to top Scott Walker, but in the same league is Wisconsin state senator, Leah Vukmir (R), who was defeated by Tammy Baldwin (D) in her bid for the U.S. Senate. Leah sits on the board of directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or as we all know it as – ALEC, the folks behind most anti-union legislation at the state level. A number of ballot initiatives passed this cycle: • Arkansas and Missouri voted to raise the minimum wage. In Missouri from $8.50 to $11 an hour and in Arkansas, $7.85 to $12 an hour. • Michigan approved a plan for automatic voter registration. • Maryland passed same-day registration. • Florida passed Amendment 4 which is poised to restore the voting rights of more than 1 million Floridians. “Many races were close, but one thing is clear, in states like Wisconsin where the Governor’s race was decided by 30,000 votes, labor was the difference,” BAC Executive Vice President Gerard Scarano said. “I want to thank our brothers and sisters who work tirelessly to build political power for our members. You made jobsite visits, called members, and mobilized folks to knock on doors. You made a difference in this election.”


From left, BAC Local 4 NJ President Ken Simone; Local 4 NJ apprentice Noel Solis; Rich Tolson, Director of NJ BAC Administrative District Council; Mikie Sherrill, Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District; BAC Local 4 apprentice German Ramirez and John Capo, SecretaryTreasurer of BAC NJ Administrative District Council.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) with BAC Wisconsin District Council Field Representative Tim Brown.

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), second from right, and IU Representative Mark Davis, right, with two other 2018 labor volunteers.

Why We Need to Save TPS

T

he U.S. Congress created Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as part of the Immigration Act of 1990 to provide temporary immigration relief for members of countries facing ongoing armed conflict, natural disasters, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. TPS allows beneficiaries to receive temporary relief from deportation, an Employment Authorization Document, and the possibility to travel abroad. The U.S. currently provides TPS to over 300,000 foreign nationals from 10 countries, including El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Nearly three decades later, TPS recipients have been living in the U.S. for many years, working legally, paying taxes, and contributing to the economy. The Center for Migration Studies reports that 81 to 88 percent of TPS recipients are working, predominately in construction, restaurants and other food industries, landscaping services, child day care services, and grocery stores. Despite their economic contributions, Congress has not taken any action to extend TPS or to provide recipients the opportunity to become permanent residents or citizens. For example, TPS recipients from El Salvador have been renewing their status for more than 15 years.

BAC President James Boland speaking at the ceremony of the AFL-CIO’s 2018 George MeanyLane Kirkland Human Rights Award which was presented to the National TPS Alliance. The alliance has facilitated collective action to demand justice for immigrant workers.

These immigrants are an important part of the U.S. workforce and an essential part of many local communities. Recent data estimate that TPS holders from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti contribute a combined $4.5 billion in pre-tax wages or salary income annually to our nation’s gross domestic product. The total number

of Social Security and Medicare contributions of these individuals is estimated at more than $6.9 billion over a decade. Almost 200,000 Central American TPS holders live in California, Florida, Texas, and New York, and over a fourth (roughly 58,000) of them are estimated to be homeowners. If subjected to immigration enforcement, nearly 30,000 of them are estimated to lose their homes within a year of the designation changes. Supported by AFL-CIO, BAC along with Unite Here, IUPAT, UFCW, and the Iron Workers launched an immigrant worker advocacy coalition called Working Families United last November. This national alliance focuses on saving TPS for tens of thousands union workers in construction, hospitality, and trades who would lose their legal status if TPS is not extended. BAC President James Boland said, “There are many things to say about people with TPS – they are taxpayers; they are parents to almost 300,000 children; and centrally they are workers in every industry.” Ending TPS would be irresponsible for our economy, negatively impact families and communities, and against our fundamental values of fairness and justice. TPS recipients not only need an extension, but should be offered a pathway to a more permanent status in the United States. ISS UE 4 , 2 0 1 8 | 15


BAC SERVICE

Giving BACk, the BAC Way From time to time, the BAC Journal highlights the range and scope of the incredible array of charitable and service-related activities performed by BAC members, Locals, and ADCs helping those in need. The following examples provide just a glimpse of the lasting and far-reaching contributions BAC members have made to their communities in recent months. “The countless hours our members volunteer on civic and charitable projects can’t be quantified, but the good will they generate is priceless, and does our Union proud,” said BAC President James Boland. ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT COUNCIL 1 OF ILLINOIS

Rebuilding Gold Star Mothers Monument to Its Former Glory

F

orest Preserves of Cook County in Chicago discovered an old and damaged Gold Star Mothers monument dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives during WWI. Due to its terrible shape, the monument needed to be removed and rebuilt in a different location. After hearing of the need, BAC Administrative District Council 1 of Illinois (ADC 1 of IL) rushed to help, knowing the centennial of Armistice Day (November 11, 2018) was fast approaching. Realizing it is also an opportunity for apprentices to learn about the building techniques that were used nearly 100 years ago, the ADC Apprentice Coordinator David Naprstek gathered his team together to study the

Members of BAC ADC 1 of IL restored the Gold Star Mothers monument to its former glory.

From left, ADC 1 of IL apprentices Cecilio Rubalcava, Miron Unkovic, Irvin Wheeler, Ashley Wilkins, Terry Johnson, and Apprentice Coordinator David Naprstek.

16 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L I E D CRAF T WORKE RS

approach to rebuild this historic piece. The original monument was built using slip form construction. Brother Naprstek and fellow team member, Isidro Valdez, dismantled the monument in quick order and started to construct, utilizing the original granite boulders with boulders found near the site. The team restored the monument back to its original state in time, using the same materials and method that were used from years ago. On November 8th, the Chicago Council of Gold Star Mothers monument was dedicated with great fanfare. This would not have happened without the quick response and expertise of the apprenticeship program of the ADC 1 of IL.

Isidro Valdez, left, and Apprentice Coordinator David Naprstek.


OHIO-KENTUCKY ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT COUNCIL

Restoring the “Newsboys” Monument

T

The Blade/Kurt Steiss

Matt Aberl, Field Representative of BAC Local 3 Ohio, shows where repairs had been made on the monument during the restoration work at the historic Woodlawn Cemetery.

en volunteers from BAC Local 3 Ohio spent six days over multiple weekends in June, restoring the John Gunckel Monument, a.k.a. the “Newsboys” monument. The monument was constructed in 1917 at the grave of John Gunckel, the founder of the Toledo Newsboys Association which later evolved into the Boys and Girls Clubs of Toledo, in the historic Woodlawn Cemetery. The 25-foot-high monument has deteriorated badly over the years. Billy Mann, Development Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Toledo, contacted BAC Local 3 OH Field Representative Matt Aberl to ask for help. “I’m really proud of the way our members stepped up to help out the community. Membership like this makes me proud to do the work we do,” said Aberl. Volunteers rebuilt the eight-foot section on the right side of the monument, performed extensive cleaning, grinding, and tuck-pointing of the joints, and

sealed the entire monument to protect it from the weather. In addition to Local 3 OH members’ contribution, contractors including Sky Works, Caterpillar (CAT), Kuhlman, Rudolph/Libbe and Great Lakes donated equipment and materials to help make this project a reality. “We aren’t doing things like this just because it’s important; we do work like this because we love our community,” Aberl said.

The Blade/Kurt Steiss

The John Gunckel Monument towers over nearby headstones at the historic Woodlawn Cemetery in West Toledo, Ohio.

Remember Those Who Sacrificed For Us

D

espite rain and humidity, BAC members of Local 36 and Local 5 Ohio joined many other volunteers in walking the vast area of one of Cleveland’s oldest cemeteries, seeking grass-covered grave markers of deceased veterans and placing an American flag on each. The cemetery covers 300 acres and reportedly 14,000 veterans’ grave markers.

From left, Bob Mlady of Pipefitters Local 120, Matthew Neeson of BAC Local 36 Ohio, Daniel Zavagno of Local 36 Ohio, and Paul Shymke of Local 5 Ohio.

American flags were placed by BAC volunteers in memory of those who sacrificed for us.

Dick France, National VAVS Representative of the Catholic War Veterans USA in the Cleveland, Ohio area wrote to the BAC Journal, “The Catholic War Veterans have been decorating these veterans’ graves for 80 years. Our members are getting older each year

and help is greatly appreciated. It was with good fortune that I recruited these agents. These people did the work of younger volunteers and when asked how it felt to walk a full day, they replied ‘it was good for the soul and body.’ A big salute to these guys!” ISS UE 4 , 2 0 1 8 | 17


BAC SERVICE INTERNATIONAL UNION

Labor of Love Continues its Efforts to Combat Diabetes in 2018

F

BAC Executive Vice President Gerard Scarano, standing left, and DRIF Vice President Tom Karlya, standing second from right, with the Softball Slam champion team, Glazers, representing members of IUPAT Local 252.

or the past 31 years, BAC has been partnering with North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU)’s Labor of Love charitable initiative dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes. This year’s Labor of Love, held in Philadelphia from June 2-4, included a series of events from the golf tournament to the annual Softball Slam. “As we enter our 32nd year, NABTU’s support for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation’s (DRIF) effort to find a cure remains unwavering… the DRIF’s research progress is accelerating the timeline and allowing us the opportunity to envision a cure’s reality,” said NABTU President Sean McGarvey. To learn more about DRIF, please visit www.diabetesresearch.org.

Bowling for A Good Cause

B

AC staff, along with their family members and friends, laced up their bowling shoes and hit the lanes for the 26th annual Bowling for Gold Union Bowling Tournament on January 28th at the Crofton Bowling Center in Crofton, Maryland. The charity tournament benefits the AFL-CIO Community Service Agency’s Emergency Assistance Fund, which helps families in times of crisis.

The BAC “Pin-Trest” Team. From left, Dexter Herbert, George Adams, BAC staff Deborah Banks, and Jerenda Burroughs.

18 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L I E D CRAF T WORKE RS

The BAC “Lady Warriors” Team. From left, Iris Smoote, Joanne Farmer, Larelle Clarke, Diesha Clark, and Deborah Farmer.

The BAC “Dem Boyz” Team. From left, Benard Dodd, Derick Rollins, BAC staff Rodney Moseley, and Carlos Cole.


MAP

BAC Member Assistance Program (MAP) Gives Help and Hope to Members Suffering from Opioid Addiction

A

ccidental drug overdose is a leading cause of death in the United States. Young adults in their prime are dying in droves. The opioid epidemic has dramatically lowered life expectancy in this country. In 2017, for example, more than 72,000 Americans died from accidental drug overdoses, compared to 40,000 from auto accidents. With opioid addiction showing no signs of abating, many wonder: Why is it so tough to quit? Why do people risk their lives with every single occurrence of opioid abuse? Why aren’t more people addicted to opioids motivated to quit or to seek help? The answers lie in the fact that prolonged opioid use/abuse causes catastrophic changes to brain chemistry – changes which dramatically impact a person physically, mentally, and emotionally. Opioid Addiction and the Brain

Opioid addiction is disastrously harmful to the brain. It causes massive destructive changes in the way brain cells communicate and function – alterations in brain chemistry that change the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves. This “Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde” transformation creates such severe personality changes, it may seem as though the person you once knew is no longer there. In a healthy person, brain cells produce a “feel good” neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine helps regulate a person’s mood to provide a sense of calm. It keeps our muscles working properly and regulates a healthy appetite. It also brings about mental acuity and clarity, keeping us alert, and enabling us to ponder and resolve life’s complex problems. Most importantly, dopamine affords us the motivation and drive to get things done, to accomplish necessary tasks, and to manage our daily lives. Our bodies are highly susceptible to changes in dopamine levels. Too little dopamine, for example, can cause serious illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, while any dopamine imbalance can lead to serious psychiatric problems, including depression, mania and psychosis. The brain naturally releases dopamine in response to any pleasurable experience, from enjoying a favorite food to being close with someone we love. But when opioids are abused, dopamine production is cranked up to 10 times its normal level, flooding the brain with a rush of euphoria and cravings that lead to addiction. Once activated, often, after a single opioid abuse episode, the brain’s dopamine-fueled reward centers propel the person to pursue more drugs. Eventually, chasing opioids becomes a person’s main mission in life. The person may forfeit important relationships, quit his or her job, and no longer pay attention to hygiene or even the need to eat.

It’s Tough to Quit

The truth is that overcoming opioid addiction is not a simple matter of willpower. Opioid abuse causes brain cells to overfire dopamine. When brain cells become exhausted and depleted, dopamine production halts. The brain no longer produces adequate dopamine levels. Instead, it releases stress hormones that cause severe anxiety, intense dysphoria, mental confusion, physical pain, nausea, and body tremors. At this point, the person is no longer using opioids to get high, but instead, simply to avert these horrific withdrawal symptoms. No Dopamine, No Motivation

Scientists now recognize that when someone is battling opioid addiction, he or she is fighting against years of human evolution. Our brains are hard-wired to crave anything that excites our brain’s dopamine centers. Normal dopamine levels in the brain help motivate us to pursue must-do activities and life goals, but without dopamine, a person is not motivated. There may not be enough dopaminefueled motivation to get up out of bed, much less go to work and get through the day. Dopamine deprivation helps explain why people addicted to opioids seem to stop caring about everything - except finding that next stash of opioids. The person may lie, cheat, or steal to get opioids, and become apathetic about everything and everyone else. Most feel incapable of locating, much less pursuing addiction treatment. Some may find the vicious circle of addiction so emotionally and physically painful, they commit suicide. There’s Help and Hope

The good news is that significant research proves that Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction is affordable, effective, and readily available. When used in combination with traditional, “12 Step” programs and/or psychotherapy, these treatments can be highly effective and save lives. They enable people to return to work, reduce the risk of accidental overdose, and when used correctly, prevent opioidinduced highs. If you or someone in your family suffers from opioid addiction, call the BAC Member Assistance Program (MAP) for free, confidential professional assistance. We respect your courage in reaching out for help! MAP is generally open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. Call MAP today toll-free 1-888-880-8222 for help.

ISS UE 4 , 2 0 1 8 | 19


INTERNATIONAL FUNDS INTERNATIONAL PENSION FUND

Get Updated on Recent Fund Developments with the 2017 Annual Report

T

he 2017 International Pension Fund (IPF) and International Health Fund (IHF) Annual Report focuses on providing more benefits to active and retired participants and their beneficiaries despite growing economic disparity and political volatility. The IPF recently reached a milestone as it has processed pension payments with a cumulative pay-out of more than $3 billion in retirement benefits since the plan’s inception in 1972. Currently, the IPF provide benefits to over 27,000 Union households across North America and beyond. Although there are challenges facing BAC members and our industry partners because of changing technologies and regulatory guidelines, the IPF is committed to continuing to provide the financial security that our Union members deserve. The IPF offers additional savings to BAC members through the BACSave Retirement Savings Plan. BACSave includes an Annuity and a 401(k) plan component. BACSave gives more than 18,000 Union members and their beneficiaries access to low cost, long term savings that allows for hardship withdrawals for financial emergencies. The Retirement Savings Plan (Annuity) has an average yield of 5.48% and in 2017 reflected an annual yield of 10.72%.

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

W

ith the Estimator tool available on the BAC Member Portal (Portal) 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 BACSave Retirement Savings Plan (RSP), you can also monitor your current and hardship account balances electronically on the Portal. The Portal also includes RSP and IPF publications and annual statements. Registered participants can review both their IPF and RSP hours/contribution history and access an application to apply for benefits under IPF or BACSave. Instant access to the Portal is avail-

20 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L I E D CRAF T WORKE RS

able whenever and wherever an Internet connection is available via PC or lap top. You can also access this information on tablets or smartphones with BACMobile apps for both Android and iOS users. The estimator feature will be available on smartphones in 2019. Registration is Fast and Easy

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.


INTERNATIONAL HEALTH FUND

International Health Fund’s BAC Cares Program Partners With Rally®

T

o further its wellness efforts and to encourage preventive care, in January 2019, the International Health Fund (IHF) is adding the United Healthcare Rally® program to its host of services of the BAC Cares wellness program. Members will earn rewards in the form of Rally® coins for activities such as completing a health survey, getting an annual physical, and/or participating in a Disease Management Program. Rally coins can then be exchanged for prizes including an Apple Watch, a BAC Jacket, or even a donation to the BAC Disaster Relief Fund. Rally® is a website and mobile app that will help members and their families improve their health and earn rewards along the way. Rally gives personalized recommendations to help you get more active, eat healthier, and feel better every day: • See your Rally age – start by taking a health survey to see your Rally age – a measure of your overall health. • Accept your Missions – based on your Rally age, you’ll get a list of easy, fun custom-picked missions to try – all designed to help you eat better, lift your fitness level and even improve your mood. • Take on a Challenge – use the Rally app to track your activity and compete with other Rally members to earn extra rewards. • Connect with a Coach – talk on the phone and work together to create a personalized healthy-living plan that works with your lifestyle. Another new program being introduced is United Healthcare’s Spine and Joint Solutions program beginning February 1, 2019, as musculoskeletal conditions continue to be one of the top five diagnoses among the IHF members,

representing 12% of medical care needs. This program will help to improve health outcomes for members and, at the same time, reduce costs for knee, hip, and spine procedures. The IHF continues to find innovative ways to combat rising health care costs by implementing programs that target the specific needs of BAC members and their families. This is accomplished by keeping members continuously engaged in their health care and offering programs such as Rally® and Spine and Joint Solutions programs. Additionally, members and their families enjoy the ongoing biometric screenings offered at regional health fairs as well as the Real Appeal® introduced last October. A fun and engaging plan, Real Appeal® helps participants lose weight

and reduce risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease, based on decades of proven clinical research. Most members lost an average of 10 pounds after completing only four sessions of the program. The overall satisfaction rating for participants is 4.78 out of 5. “The IHF’s vision is to provide top quality health care benefits to our members and their families. By implementing the Rally program, we are providing our members with a tool that is fun, interactive and rewarding,” the IHF Executive Director Robin Donovick said. “Encouraging members to become more engaged in their health and to take healthy actions to improve the quality of their lives is beneficial to the health of not only the individual but also the Plan.”

ISS UE 4 , 2 0 1 8 | 21


SAFETY & HEALTH

Protect Yourself When Working in Cold Weather

O

ur work may not stop when the temperature drops, but colder temperatures can make already demanding work even more exhausting because of the extra energy needed to stay warm, and may lead to serious health problems such as hypothermia and frostbite. Don’t let cold weather endanger your health: • Dress in waterproof layers – and protect your head, hands and face. • Drink plenty of warm, sweet drinks – avoid ones that contain caffeine. • Learn the signs of a cold weather injury or illness and work in pairs so that you can spot the warning signs in each other. • Get medical help right away if you or another worker has symptoms of hypothermia, such as: shivering, fatigue, loss of coordination, or confusion. • Remember, you are at higher risk in the cold if you take certain medications, are in poor physical condition, or suffer from illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, or cardiovascular disease.

To learn more about how to protect yourself when working out in the cold, check out CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training’s

“Working in Cold Weather” Hazard Alert Card: https://bit.ly/2JKy8wb and other online resources at https:// bit.ly/2PJdK48.

Building the Foundations for Safety Leadership

F

oremen and supervisors are expected to know the trade, be highly skilled, and be able to manage the work assigned, but they should also be safety leaders on the job. The Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL) training module is designed to

22 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L I E D CRAF T WORKE RS

provide members who are already in leadership roles as well as those who may one day become a foreman or supervisor with critical skills to help keep other workers safe. The 2.5-hour FSL training module, approved by OSHA as a 30-hour elective module, was developed by CPWR with input from union trainers, contractors, and other construction industry stakeholders. During the course members will learn about five critical safety leadership skills and how to apply them: • Leading by example • Engaging and empowering workers • Actively listening and practicing 3-way communication

• Developing workers through teaching, coaching, and feedback • Recognize crew members for going above and beyond for safety Since the successful launch of the FSL in 2017, CPWR has relied on feedback from users to create new materials including toolbox talks and, most recently, a Spanish version of the program. In addition to the original PowerPoints and instructor guides, materials such as the Create Your Own Scenario worksheet, Train the Trainer presentation, and six Leadership Skills Toolbox Talks can now be found in Spanish at www.cpwr.com/foundations-safety-leadership-fsl.


A Tool to Help Strengthen the Safety Climate on Jobsites

Y

ou may have read an article or heard someone talking about safety climate over the last couple of years. It is a term that has been getting a lot of attention. Simply put, it is the way safety is valued and reinforced on a jobsite by both you and your employer. The safety climate on your jobsite is important, because research indicates that a strong safety climate leads to a safer jobsite and fewer injuries. Through research and input from industry stakeholders, CPWR has developed a set of resources and tools to help improve job site safety climate. The Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT) and the streamlined S-CAT for Small Employers (S-CATSC) are free tools available to any construction contractor or worker who wants to assess and improve their company’s safety climate. Both tools provide feedback based on 8 leading indicators of safety climate (see Table 1), and can be downloaded and completed

on paper or anonymously online. When completed online, the tools generate personalized reports that highlight current areas of success and provide ideas for making improvements. An employer can use either tool to see how closely their perceptions match with their employees, as well as to see how their company compares to others in the databases. So what is the difference, and which tool should you use? The full S-CAT (safetyclimateassessment.com) includes a more extensive survey process, and as such, produces a more specific and detailed report. If your employer has the time and resources to devote to a more in-depth effort, this is the tool for you. However, for smaller companies or those who are new to the concept of safety climate, the S-CATSC (cpwr. com/research/s-cat-sc-small-contractors) is a great place to start – especially for employees completing it on their own. Later, and depending on the results, you or your employer can always expand the assessment by using the full S-CAT.

Construyendo los Fundamentos para el Liderazgo en Seguridad

S

e espera que los capataces y supervisores conozcan su oficio, sean altamente calificados y puedan manejar el trabajo asignado. Pero también deben de ser líderes en la seguridad de la obra. El módulo de capacitación de Fundamentos del Liderazgo en Seguridad (FLS) está diseñado para proporcionar a los miembros que ya tienen roles de liderazgo, así como aquellos que pueden convertirse en capataces o supervisores con las habilidades críticas que ayudan a mantener a los trabajadores seguros. El módulo de 2.5 horas aprobado por OSHA como electivo de 30 horas fue desarrollado por CPWR-(El Centro

para la Investigación y Capacitación en Construcción) con aportaciones de capacitadores sindicales, contratistas y otras partes interesadas de la industria de la construcción. Durante el curso, los miembros aprenderán sobre las 5 habilidades de liderazgo de seguridad críticas y cómo aplicarlas: • Liderar con el ejemplo • Involucrar y empoderar a los miembros del equipo • Desempeñar la escucha activa y practicar la comunicación de tres vías • Enriquecer y desarrollar a los miembros del equipo a través de la enseñanza, la orientación y la retroalimentación

Whichever tool you and your employer decide to use, the information you learn will make your jobsite and our industry safer. EIGHT LEADING INDICATORS OF JOBSITE SAFETY CLIMATE The S-CATSC uses the following eight leading indicators to assess a company’s safety climate:

1. Demonstrates Management Commitment to Safety

2. Promotes and Incorporates Safety as a Value

3. Ensures Accountability at All Levels

4. Supports Effective Supervisory Leadership

5. Empowers and Involves Employees 6. Communicates Effectively 7. Provides Training at All Levels 8. Encourages Owner/Client Involvement

• Reconocer a los miembros del equipo por el trabajo bien hecho Desde el lanzamiento exitoso de FLS en 2017, CPWR se ha basado en la retroalimentación de los usuarios para crear nuevos materiales que incluyen charlas informativas y, más recientemente, una versión en español del programa. Además de las presentaciones en PowerPoint originales y las guías de enseñanza para el instructor, se pueden encontrar materiales en español tales como el folleto del estudiante para los Escenarios Adicionales, Presentación en PowerPoint de Formación de Capacitadores y seis Charlas Informativas sobre las Habilidades de Liderazgo en https://www.cpwr. com/research/foundations-safetyleadership-fsl-spanish ISS UE 4 , 2 0 1 8 | 23


CANADA

Investing in Skilled Trades Workers Tops the Government of Canada’s List

O

ver 100 leaders from across the Canada’s building trades unions gathered in Ottawa on October 15th and 16th to discuss issues that matter the most to the half a million skilled construction workers of the building trades unions. Top five issues discussed at the meeting included investing in a skilled workforce, enhancing labour standards, investing in energy and public infrastructure, making labour a priority within trade agreements and ensuring labour mobility.

During this meeting, BAC Canadian Regional Director Craig Strudwick, along with other leaders of the Canada’s Building Trades Unions, sat down with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Labour Patty Hajdu, and Parliamentary Secretary for Labour Rodger Cuzner. Investing in union apprenticeships was one of the focal points in their conversation. Each year, Canada’s Building Trades Unions and signatory contractor partners invest

over $300 million of private sector money to fund and operate over 175 apprenticeship training and education facilities across Canada that produces the safest, most highly trained and productive skilled craftworkers. “We are glad to see that our federal government understands the urgency of promoting apprenticeship programs,” BAC Canadian Regional Director Craig Strudwick said. “Skills Canada estimates that 40 percent of new jobs created in the next decade will be in the skilled trades. If anyone has doubt in choosing building trades as a career, it is time to think about it again.”

Les travailleurs de métier au sommet de la liste du gouvernement du Canada en matière d’investissement

P

lus de 100 chefs de syndicats des métiers de la construction du Canada se sont rassemblés à Ottawa les 15 et 16 octobre derniers pour discuter des problèmes les plus importants pour leur demi-million de travailleurs de la construction membres qualifiés. Les cinq points les plus chauds dont il a été question incluent la nécessité d’investir dans une main-d’œuvre qualifiée, l’amélioration des normes du travail, les investissements dans les infrastructures énergétique et publique, la place de la main-d’œuvre dans les ententes commerciales et la mobilité de cette dernière. Durant cette rencontre, le directeur From left, BAC Canadian Regional Director Craig Strudwick, Deputy Director of Canada’s Building Trades Unions Arlene Dunn, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Labour Patty Hajdu, and Parliamentary Secretary for Labour Rodger Cuzner. De gauche à droite, le directeur régional de BAC du Canada Craig Strudwick, la directrice adjointe des syndicats des métiers de la construction du Canada Arlene Dunn, le premier ministre Justin Trudeau, la ministre de l’Emploi, du Développement de la main-d’œuvre et du Travail Patty Hajdu et son secrétaire parlementaire Rodger Cuzner.

24 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L I E D CRAF T WORKE RS

régional de BAC du Canada Craig Strudwick s’est assis, en plus d’autres chefs des syndicats des métiers de la construction du Canada, avec le premier ministre Justin Trudeau, la ministre de l’Emploi, du Développement de la main-d’œuvre et du Travail Patty Hajdu et son secrétaire parlementaire Rodger Cuzner. Les apprentissages furent au cœur de leur conversation. Chaque année, les syndicats des métiers de la construction du Canada et leurs partenaires entrepreneurs signataires investissent plus de 300 millions de dollars du secteur privé et exploitent plus de 175 installations de formation et d’enseignement des

apprentis au Canada, produisant ainsi les artisans qualifiés les plus prudents, les mieux formés et les plus productifs du pays. « Nous sommes heureux de constater que notre gouvernement fédéral comprend l’urgente nécessité de promouvoir ces programmes d’apprentissage », a affirmé le directeur régional de BAC du Canada, Craig Strudwick. « Compétences Canada estime que 40 pour cent des nouveaux emplois créés dans la prochaine décennie appartiendront au domaine des métiers spécialisés. Si quiconque a des doutes sur les métiers de la construction comme choix de carrière, c’est le moment d’y penser à nouveau. »


RETIREES

Administrative District Council 1 of Illinois

B

AC Administrative District Council 1 of Illinois (ADC 1 of IL) recently held a retiree luncheon to recognize retirees’ lifetime service to our Union.

Seated from left, 50-year members William Nelson, Ronald Slawek, and Amos Coleman, BAC President James Boland, 50-year members Richard Hartman, George Minorini, Robert Kenney, Filippo Amenta, and Patrick Quigley; standing from left, ADC 1 of IL Executive Vice President Hector Arellano, Local 21 IL President Michael Erdenberger, ADC 1 of IL President James Allen, ADC 1 of IL SecretaryTreasurer Michael Lowery, Chicago Building Trades President Ralph Affrunti, 50-year member Kevin Gannon, ADC 1 of IL Executive Vice President William Breheny, and Local 56 IL President Douglas Johnston.

From left, Max Bucher, a 61-year member of BAC Local 21IL, and BAC President James Boland.

Gold Card member Amos Coleman, center, receives his service award from BAC President James Boland, left, and ADC 1 of IL President James Allen.

Seated from left, 40-year members Timothy Sadzak, Mark Grant, John Simons, Michael Chickerillo, and Caran Hope, BAC President James Boland, 40-year members Luke Somerville, Carl Vertovec, Richard Gray, Scott Wizniak, and Glenn Saputa; standing from left, 40-year member William Collier, ADC 1 of IL Executive Vice President Hector Arellano, Local 21 IL President Michael Erdenberger, Local 56 IL President Douglas Johnston, ADC 1 of IL Executive Vice President William Breheny, ADC 1 of IL President James Allen, ADC 1 of IL Secretary-Treasurer Michael Lowery, Chicago Building Trades President Ralph Affrunti, 40-year members John Tweedie, James Lindeman, Alfred Baldwin, and Paul Rowell.

Seated from left, Chicago Building Trades President Ralph Affrunti, BAC President James Boland, and ADC 1 of IL President James Allen; standing from left, Local 21 IL President Michael Erdenberger and ADC 1 of Illinois Secretary-Treasurer Michael Lowery. ISS UE 4 , 2 0 1 8 | 25


LOCAL COMPASS

Eastern Missouri Administrative District Council

From left, 40-year members Joseph Thiemann, John Hillis, Bill Dierker and Bill Zerwig receive their service awards.

Forty-year member Bo Buechler, center, receives his service award from Director of Eastern MO ADC Brian Jennewein, left, and Secretary-Treasurer of Eastern MO ADC John Hopkin.

Retired BAC Local 18 MO President and 40-year member Michael Burns, left, receives his service award from Local 18 MO President Mike Weber.

Forty-seven-year member Dale Jennewein, left, receives his service award from Secretary-Treasurer of Eastern MO ADC John Hopkin.

Local 4 Indiana/Kentucky BAC Local 4 IN/KY Secretary-Treasurer Steve Knowles, left, presents Gary Lightle, center, and Tom Haley with their 40-year service awards.

BAC Local 18 MO 25-year member Bill Giudicy, left, receives his service award from Local 18 MO President Mike Weber.

26 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L I E D CRAF T WORKE RS


Administrative District Council 1 of Illinois BAC Local 21 IL 40-year member and IMTEF National Apprenticeship and Training Director Bob Arnold, left, receives his service award from BAC President James Boland, right, with Richard Lauber of J&E Duff Masonry, and IMI Co-Chair Mike Schmerbeck of Back Brook Masonry looking on.

Local 5 Pennsylvania

From left, BAC Local 5 PA Field Representative Tom Smith, Gold Card recipients William Zidek, Peter Fritsky, and Willard Parsons, and Local 5 PA President Lester Kauffman.

BAC Local 5 PA 50-year member Glenn “Deeter� Garman, right, receives his Gold Card from Local 5 President Lester Kauffman.

From left, Local 5 PA President Lester Kauffman, Nazareth Chapter 50-years members Jay Henn, Larry Fritz and Vernon Fritz.

BAC Local 5 PA 50-year member Earl Andrews, right, receives his Gold Card from Local 5 PA President Lester Kauffman.

Gold Card recipient Ron Flinchbaugh, right, receives his service award from BAC Local 5 PA President Lester Kauffman. ISS UE 4 , 2 0 1 8 | 27


LOCAL COMPASS

Local 8 Southeast

BAC Local 8 Southeast 50-year member Johnny Link Jr., center, receives his Gold Card from IU Regional Representative Paul Nagel, left, and Field Representative Jack Vaughn.

ď °B  AC Local 8 Southeast 50-year member Malcolm Nevils Jr., right, receives his Gold Card from Field Representative Jack Vaughn. uF  rom left, BAC Local 8 Southeast 36-year member John Martin Sr., 50-year member Ronald Lovell, and Local 8 Southeast President Glenn Kelly.

Local 1 Pennsylvania

28 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L I E D CRAF T WORKE RS

Front row from left, 40-year members Henry Chappel, Bernard Ditomo Jr., 50-year members John Koutsouros and George Gebhardt, and 60-year member Paul Viscuso; back row from left, BAC Local 1 PA/DE President Dennis J. Pagliotti, 50-year member John Pico, 25-year member Tony Disanto, 40-year-members Frank Kenny Jr., John Fox, and Eugene Lepore Jr., 50-year member Anthony Domanico, SecretaryTreasurer Joseph Battaglia.


Local 1 Oregon

B

AC Local 1 Oregon members were recognized for their dedicated service during the Local’s 125th anniversary celebration in September. uF  rom left, BAC Local 1 OR 60-year members Edward Salchenberg Sr., Delbert Perkins, Dick Hammond, Ernie Mills, and Harlan Neal.

ď ´B  AC Local 1 OR 50-year members pose with their Gold Cards. From left, Eugene Wyttenberg, William Sprinkel, Chuck Phelps, Richard Peterson, Don Olund, Bill Belanger, Steve Chambers, Buzz Gange, Orvis Olson, and Norm Kramer.

From left, BAC Local 1 OR 40-year members Keith Wright, Gary Weihl, Richard Salchenberg, Cliff Roselle, Mark Roddy, Clauis Nickleburry, John Mohlis, Miles McCary, Ron Hughes, Brad Braman, and Mark Bader.

From left, BAC Local 1 OR 25-year members Mark Smith, Joe Luna, Timothy Surprenant, Derek Neikes, Dean Catchpole, Steve Chasteen, Jody Grabow, Doug Wolf, and Mark Fanders.

ISS UE 4 , 2 0 1 8 | 29


WIN A

BIG CEDAR LODGE EXPERIENCE Carhartt, Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, and Bass Pro Shops have teamed up to provide one lucky union member and a guest with a little piece of heaven on earth at the ultimate wilderness resort in the Ozark Mountains.

ENTER TO WIN Deadline: January 31, 2019 www.unionsportsmen.org/bigcedarlodge Must be a Union Sportsmen’s Alliance or AFL-CIO affiliated union member to qualify.

30 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L I E D CRAF T WORKE RS

GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE – 1 WINNER $8,400 value • • • • • • • • • • • •

Domestic roundtrip airfare for two Ground transportation 4 night stay at Big Cedar Lodge - Bass Pro Shops Cottage $500 meals allowance Bass Pro Shops Shooting Academy sporting clays package for two Dogwood Canyon wildlife tram tour for two Guided fly fishing for two at Dogwood Canyon Round of golf for two at Buffalo Ridge OR spa service for two Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium tickets for two $1,000 Carhartt gear package $500 Bass Pro Shops gift card $500 spending money

RUNNER-UP PACKAGE - 5 WINNERS $580 value each • Carhartt Buckfield package (field jacket and pants) • Carhartt Storm Defender® fishing package (angler jacket and bibs)


IN MEMORIAM

August Death Benefit Claims for August 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

Ahern, Robert M. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Ashbaker, Alvin G. - 02, MI

$157,750.00 $1,000.00 $156,750.00 86 83.66 56.53 YEARS OF AGE

MEMBERSHIP

B B

87 71

70 49

Baccari, Domenic J. - 01, NY Basco, Frank D. - 74, IL Belmonte, Francisco J. - 04, IN/KY Berglund, Bertil T. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Biancheria, Anteo - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Blanchard, Harold C. - 03, IA Bradley, Charles W. - 08, IL Brockman, James H. - 15, MO/KS/NE Burns, James L. - 02, MI

B B B B, CM P, CM B, M B B B

91 84 89 89 89 86 95 74 88

71 54 62 58 66 68 70 46 67

Caldwell, Monte J. - 13, NV Cameron, Gary L. - 15, MO/KS/NE Caranfa, Mario - 01, NY Ciancanelli, Constantino - 04, CA Clynch, Malcom L. - 05, OK/AR/TX Cook, Andrew W. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Cox, Sr., Oliver - 02, MI

FN B CM TW, TL B, M P, CM PC, B, CM, M

58 66 81 90 90 96 75

24 34 60 67 70 67 47

DelGaudio, Mario - 04, NJ Doll, Lucian A. - 15, MO/KS/NE

B B

86 96

56 66

Edwards, Lynn G. - 03, NY Egidi, Richard R. - 09, PA Era, Leonard P. - 04, NJ

CM, B, CB B B, CM, P

86 94 72

65 68 48

Frankhouser, James W. - 55, OH Freeman, Jr., Andrew O. - 05, OK/AR/TX

TL, MM B

71 91

39 70

MEMBER - LOCAL UNION

BRANCH OF TRADE

Jensen, Arnold J. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B

YEARS OF AGE

MEMBERSHIP

89

65

Kampa, Anthony J. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B, M

87

28

Katz, Bill D. - 08, IL

B

81

63

Kielman, Robert J. - 01, MN/ND/SD

TL

90

63

Knopp, Jack R. - 04, IN/KY

B

80

57

Kuhn, Erwin A. - 01, MB

B

88

57

Kuntz, Leo J. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B

86

61

Larsen, Henning - 01, AB

B

89

62

Maugeri, Carmine J. - 08, SE

B, CM

71

47

Mazzola, Donato L. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B

93

60

Mercadel, Earl J. - 04, CA

B

92

66

Middleton, Milford - 18, OH/KY

B

83

58

Mlinarcik, Charles E. - 05, OH

B

88

67

Montag, Walter R. - 09, PA

MM, TL

93

68

Moorhead, Harvey D. - 56, IL

P

83

63

Neall, Raymond D. - 46, OH

B, CM, P

54

23

Negray, III, John R. - 06, IL

B

72

52

Nichele, Jr., Duilio - 21, IL

B

88

63

Oberg, Walter P. - 03, CA

B

93

71

Paap, Francis D. - 15, MO/KS/NE

B

91

61

Paulauskas, Anthony J. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

P, CM

93

66

Pocjhionchuk, James A. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B, CM, P

85

60

Prestegord, Lowell C. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B

81

62

Puro, Darrell J. - 02, MI

TL

53

21

Querciagrossa, Otello R. - 02, MI

B

85

55

Rebholz, James E. - 07, CO/WY

B

84

67

Recupero, Anthony F. - 02, NY/VT

B, M, P

86

59

Ridgway, Roger E. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B

81

54

Rietdorf, Don M. - 04, IN/KY

TL

94

53

Romanin, Severino - 05, OH

FN

90

29

Roth, Glennon R. - 01, MO

B

88

53

Schock, Peter F. - 21, IL

B

92

62

Schorah, Joshua P. - 08, SE

P

96

63

Serino, Anthony J. - 05, PA

B, CM

96

61

Sledge, Harold - 02, MI

B

79

55

Galchick, William J. - 10, OH Gardner, George - 07, NY/NJ Garland, Justin J. - 03, CA Giovanelli, Alfred D. - 09, PA Gratzl, Emerich - 21, IL Grieco, William F. - 04, NJ

B CH, M, TW PC, B, CM, M B, M, TL B B

94 77 73 83 90 93

70 42 49 61 63 69

Hansen, Kurt - 01, AB Harbert, David E. - 04, IN/KY Hartung, Kenneth J. - 01, MO Hatcher, Robert L. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Haugl, Andreas - 04, QC Henderson, Mcewan G. - 02, WA/ID/MT Hendren, Jr., Chester W. - 04, IN/KY

B TL B B B, M B, M TL

78 76 58 69 88 92 85

58 39 36 34 56 71 45

Wilson, Anthony M. - 04, IN/KY

B

34

7

Jacobs, Owen J. - 08, SE

CM

89

63

Zuerlein, Robert W. - 15, MO/KS/NE

B

88

62

Stieg, Tex R. - 02, MI

B

75

48

Stone, Harold E. - 01, MO

B

89

68

Tessness, Lester L. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B

76

49

Thomassen, Gale A. - 01, MN/ND/SD

TL

77

51

Turnbull, Robert - 12, ON

B, M

92

65

Velardo, Frank - 01, NY

B

89

68

Vitalino, Giuseppe - 01, NY

B

82

49

Voner, Paul R. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

CM

87

68

Walker, Sr., Arthur L. - 08, SE

B

96

59

West, John B. - 02, NY/VT

B, CM, P

96

75

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

ISS UE 4 , 2 0 1 8 | 31


IN LOCAL MEMORIAM COMPASS

September Death Benefit Claims for September 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

Allen, Matthew P. - 01, MN/ND/SD

$91,400.00 $1,000.00 $90,400.00 56 79.84 50.36

MEMBER - LOCAL UNION

BRANCH OF TRADE

YEARS OF AGE

MEMBERSHIP

Henderson, Harold M. - 21, IL

B

68

21

Holt, James E. - 01, MO

B

74

51

Horaney, Sr. Thomas L. - 05, NJ/DE/PA

TL

79

51

Ingram, Jr., Isom - 01, PA/DE

B

89

51

Janavich, Zigmund R. - 04, IN/KY

B

74

20

Jaroszewicz, Chester J. - 05, OK/AR/TX

B

85

55

Jaunich, Robert S. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B, M

47

22

YEARS OF AGE

MEMBERSHIP

Kehres, Carl J. - 40, OH

B

87

68

PC

20

1

Kiss, John J. - 12, ON

B

90

73

Azzinaro, Joseph C. - 01, PA/DE

PC

50

12

Krone, Virgil W. - 08, IL

B

91

66

Bacallers, Edward L. - 07, NY/NJ

FN

65

29

Lovisa, Luigi N. - 02, NY/VT

CH, CM, TW

95

42

Balthasar, Leh - 01, NY

B

90

61

McDonald, Jr., John F. - 04, NJ

B, CM, P

89

68

Bernd, Daniel C. - 21, IL

PC

66

48

Meadows, Bernard L. - 01, MD/VA/DC

B

96

68

Birkey, James A. - 04, IN/KY

PC

64

41

Miller, Robert D. - 02, WA/ID/MT

B

92

72

Boddie, Sr., Walter L. - 21, IL

B

91

50

Pflug, Leo J. - 04, NJ

B, CM, P, W

87

69

Booza, Gerald T. - 02, MI

B

83

65

Potter, Richard W. - 03, NY

B

88

33

Breil, Paul - 04, QC

B

86

61

Prevallet, William J. - 01, MO

B

81

57

Chiarella, Rocco - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B

89

52

Rahe, William A. - 55, OH

B

84

64

Cianci, Domenick - 01, NY

B

93

71

Rosenbaum, Harold D. - 08, WI

B

87

62

Cupp, Albert G. - 05, OK/AR/TX

B

88

71

Sabo, Theodore M. - 40, OH

B, M

79

56

D’Amico, Angelo - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B

83

49

Savino, Donald - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

P, B, CM

81

52

DeMase, Rocco A. - 08, OH

B

92

63

Scola, Stephen - 01, NY

B

94

71

Destifanes, Andrew J. - 01, MO

B, W

57

39

Shaffer, Jr., Emmett G. - 06, OH

B

83

56

Elliott, William S. - 04, IN/KY

B

86

57

Tan, Joseph S. - 21, IL

B

72

48

Engel, Joseph J. - 07, NY/NJ

FN

83

33

Tetreault, Edwin H. - 01, MN/ND/SE

B

78

26

Fearon, Daniel J. - 02, ON

B

91

63

VanDenBerghe, Henry F. - 03, OH

B, M

81

59

Flanagan, Paul R. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B

78

55

Vivonetto, Jack - 07, NY/NJ

TL

86

57

Gertridge, Garth L. - 01, NS

B

79

51

White, Fox H. - 05, OH

CM, B

78

41

Gramlisch, Johnnie J. - 01, MO

B

90

56

Wright, Tyler E. - 05, OK/AR/TX

B

30

8

Groeper, James E. - 06, IL

FN

78

20

Younglove, John F. - 56, IL

B

85

63

Guarino, George - 07, NY/NJ

MM

87

59

Zarrelli, Salvatore - 02, NY/VT

B, CM

78

52

Heath, Melvin R. - 04, IN/KY

B

87

53

Zirbel, Harold G. - 21, IL

PC

87

58

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

32 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L I E D CRAF T WORKE RS


October

MEMBER - LOCAL UNION

BRANCH OF TRADE

Hess, Robert H. - 15, WV

B, M

YEARS OF AGE

MEMBERSHIP

87

35

Hirth, Arthur J. - 21, IL

B

85

67

Death Benefit Claims for October 2018

Hylton, Donald R. - 02, MI

B

86

62

Total Amount Paid Total Union Labor Life Claims Total Death Benefits Total Number of Claims Average Age Average Years of Membership

Imperiale, Biagio A. - 21, IL

B

82

61

Jones, Jr., Andrew L. - 04, IN/KY

B

85

47

MEMBER - LOCAL UNION

BRANCH OF TRADE

Adams, Roger H. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B

$135,200.00 $2,000.00 $133,200.00 70 83.39 55.71 YEARS OF AGE

MEMBERSHIP

88

67

Joy, Sr., James M. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B, CM

85

66

Juergensen, Henry P. - 21, IL

B

91

72

Koontz, Jr., Lloyd E. - 08, SE

B, M, MM

91

64

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

B

80

46

Leyba, Gerald R. - 04, IN/KY

B

53

3

Little, John I. - 08, SE

M, B, CM

93

53

Locklin, James R. - 03, NY

CM

92

69

Lonsinger, Donald E. - 05, PA

PC, CM

66

47

Barker, David H. - 08, SE

B

77

55

Bauerle, Willy H. - 21, IL

B

92

65

Baumann, Horst - 21, IL

B

85

62

Beard, Eldren - 04, IN/KY

PC

83

65

Marchitto, Sr., Anthony F. - 01, CT

B

91

70

Beaver, Emerson L. - 02, MI

B, W

96

71

McClurg, Kenneth E. - 02, MI

B

90

67

Blanks, Sr., Joe E. - 05, OK/AR/TX

B

77

57

Miller, Raymond L. - 01, CT

B

92

66

Montague, Duayne C. - 01, UT

B

81

55

Brown, Jr., Gerald T. - 04, IN/KY

B, W

71

41

Bulger, William J. - 01, NY

B

78

55

Nielsen, Earl - 01, MN/ND

B

92

69

Carpenter, Alan D. - 01, MN/ND/SD

PC

57

37

Nikolich, Raymond - 56, IL

B, M, W

86

62

Cassano, Ralph - 07, NY/NJ

MM

95

30

Rechin, Richard J. - 03, NY

B, M

89

71

Clay, Jr., George T. - 05, OK/AR/TX

B

85

66

Roberts, George A. - 01, NY

M

87

64

Colbert, Neil B. - 07, NY/NJ

FN

78

30

Rossi, Emilio C. - 03, CA

B

96

66

Collins, Jimmie D. - 01, PA/DE

PC, CM

81

59

Copas, Michael S. - 04, IN/KY

B

69

35

Salemi, Vincent J. - 01, MD/VA/DC

M

96

69

Correnti, Phillip P. - 05, OH

B

95

72

Santolini, Vincent J. - 01, MD/VA/DC

B

89

63

Cunningham, Charles L. - 02, MI

PC

70

42

Schraub, Sr., Charles R. - 06, IL

TL

93

41

Davis, Lloyd - 21, IL

B

84

65

DiBenedetto, Mario - 21, IL

B

87

60

Egidi, Marco A. - 09, PA

B

80

61

English, James K. - 05, OK/AR/TX

B

93

72

Erlandson, Gordon E. D. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B

79

59

Fabbri, Alfio - 21, IL

B, M

90

61

Finley, James C. - 05, WV

B

87

54

Gallagher, Larry R. - 07, CO/WY

P, TL, MM

80

57

Gallant, William L. - 08, SE

PC

88

58

Schroeder, Donald A. - 03, AZ/NM

B

93

49

Sniechoski, Raymond - 01, PA/DE

B, CM

93

51

Summers, Eugene M. - 06, IL

B

88

61

Swanson, Steven J. - 06, IL

B, M

69

47

Tarulli, Leonard J. - 01, NY

B

77

38

Thomas, Sr., Roy L. - 08, SE

B

76

40

Timm, Carl L. - 02, MI

B

89

62

Tirey, Clarence V. - 22, OH

B

80

44

Ventura, Sam D. - 03, NY

B

88

60

Vick, Donald V. - 13, WI

B, M

78

49

Glass, Raymond C. - 05, OK/AR/TX

B

86

64

Greenstreet, Jr., John W. - 01, MD/VA/DC

B, M

81

57

Westerman, Eugene F. - 21, IL

B, M

87

63

B

67

49

Handschue, Frederick R. - 05, PA

B, M

90

71

Wilkison, II, Kenneth R. - 06, IL

Harder, Howard R. - 03, NY

B

86

47

Wright, Peter - 01, CT

B, CM, M, MM

61

37

Hendershot, Jr., Douglas - 02, MI

B

63

40

Young, John S. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B, M

82

60

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

ISS UE 4 , 2 0 1 8 | 33


Best Wishes for a Safe and

Happy Holiday Season! In Unity & Solidarity,

Journal BAC

James Boland, President Tim Driscoll, Secretary-Treasurer Gerard Scarano l Carlos Aquin

ISSUE 4 / 2018

Executive Vice Presidents

B AC • 620 F ST R E ET, N.W. • WA S HI N GTON, D.C. 20004

Get Connected Exclusive Wireless Savings, Just for Union Members Save on the monthly service charge of qualified wireless plans, take advantage of additional savings on select accessories, and get the activation fee waived on select devices for new lines of service. Find out more about this and other great Union Plus programs by visiting unionplus.org.

Learn more at unionplus.org

34 | B R I C K L AY E R S AND AL L I E D CRAF T WORKE RS

CREDIT CARDS

FLOWERS & GIFTS

MORTGAGE PROGRAM

FREE COLLEGE

BAC Journal Issue 4, 2018  

BAC Journal Issue 4, 2018