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World-Class Stadium Makes Las Vegas and BAC Members Proud BAC skilled craftworkers are working on the $1.8 billion world-class stadium for the Raiders in Las Vegas.

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7 Innovations Helping the Masonry Industry Work Smarter, Better Game changing construction technology has the capacity to keep masonry competitive while increasing work opportunities for BAC signatory contractors and members.

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BAC Member Surveys on Safety and Health BAC member surveys show that we are making steady progress on addressing the industry’s top safety and health concerns.

“Three months before I started Job Corps, I dropped out of school, I wasn’t on the right path or doing what I had to do. I was scared for my future. My cousin recommended me to Job Corps. I thought, ‘Why not?’ I wanted to better myself, be able to provide for my family, and live stress-free.” - Ormani Francis

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On behalf of the International Union’s Executive Board, I want to wish the happiest of holidays to you and yours. As I write this letter, it’s a grey December day in Washington, but you don’t have to look far to see bright and cheerful reminders of the festive season. It’s that time of year when we celebrate our dearest traditions, cherish those closest to us, reflect on the past, and imagine what the future might bring. In short, it’s a time for taking stock of things, and like so many of you, I’ve been doing just that over the past couple weeks. Ever since I emigrated to the United States from rural Ireland in the early Seventies, BAC has been at the center of my life. When I arrived in Chicago, I had relatives already in the masonry industry, so I picked up a trowel and never looked back. It wasn’t long before I realized how important the union was to the livelihood of its members. Everything on the job – from the wages, to the benefits, to the working conditions – it was all due to the collective bargaining agreement negotiated by the union. Even more, the agreement itself was a hard-won mark of respect; its very existence showed the world that the contractor needed to sit down and bargain, as equals, with the union and its members. So when I moved to San Francisco, one of my first stops was the Local 7 California union hall. Years later, when my local’s business manager, Pat Canavan, asked me to run for President of the Local, I agreed. I couldn’t refuse to serve the union that had done so much for me. And when I was given the chance to represent my fellow members as a business agent, I humbly accepted.

I never planned to become a union business agent, let alone President of our International Union. But through some combination of hard work and good fortune, that’s what happened. Every day that I have served BAC – from that first role as President of Local 7 to the present – I’ve counted myself lucky to have the opportunity to do so. It has truly been an honor and privilege to work for you. Today, I believe that BAC is in good shape. As a union, we have so much work left to do, but we’ve positioned ourselves well for future success. So with that in mind – and with much thought and careful consideration – I believe that the time has come for me to retire as President of the International Union, effective December 31, 2019. It’s time for a new generation to take on the honor and responsibility of leading BAC. We couldn’t ask for a more qualified leader than our next President, Tim Driscoll. Tim is a bricklayer by trade who joined Local 3 MA in 1985 before moving to Local 1 MD/VA/DC in 1992. He is thoughtful, a great leader, and a trade unionist who has never forgotten why our union was founded. I know that he has what it takes to carry our mission forward. Happy holidays to each and every one of you, and thanks - once again – for your loyalty to the union and the trade.


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MENSAJE DEL PRESIDENTE En nombre de la Junta Ejecutiva del Sindicato Internacional, quiero desearles las más felices fiestas para ustedes y sus familias.

dieron la oportunidad de representar a mis compañeros como agente comercial, acepté con humildad.

Hoy que escribo esta carta, es un gris día decembrino en Washington, pero no es necesario mirar a lo lejos para ver los vivos y alegres recordatorios de esta estación festiva. Es el momento del año en el que celebramos nuestras tradiciones más preciadas, valoramos a quienes están más cerca de nosotros, reflexionamos sobre el pasado e imaginamos lo que nos puede traer el futuro. En resumen, es el momento de hacer un balance de las cosas, y como muchos de ustedes, he estado haciéndolo durante estas dos últimas semanas.

Nunca estuvo entre mis planes convertirme en agente comercial del sindicato y menos aún Presidente de nuestro Sindicato Internacional. Pero mediante una combinación de esfuerzo y buena suerte, eso fue lo que ocurrió. Cada día que he prestado mis servicios al BAC, desde aquel primer cargo como Presidente de Local 7 hasta la fecha, me he considerado afortunado de tener la oportunidad de hacerlo. Verdaderamente ha sido un honor y un privilegio trabajar con ustedes.

Desde que emigré a los Estados Unidos proveniente de una zona rural de Irlanda a inicios de los años setenta, el sindicato de Albañiles y Artesanos Aliados (Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, BAC) se convirtió en el centro de mi vida. Cuando llegué a Chicago, tenía parientes que ya estaban en el área de la albañilería, así que agarré una paleta y nunca miré atrás. No fue hace mucho tiempo que me di cuenta de la importancia que tenía el sindicato para el modo de vida de sus miembros. Todo lo concerniente al trabajo, desde los salarios, hasta los beneficios y hasta las condiciones de trabajo, se debió al acuerdo de contratación colectiva negociado por el sindicato. Aún más, el acuerdo fue marca de respeto ganada con mucho esfuerzo; su propia existencia mostró al mundo que el contratista debía sentarse y negociar, en igualdad de condiciones, con el sindicato y sus miembros. Así que cuando me mudé a San Francisco, una de mis primeras paradas fue Local 7 California Union Hall. Años después, el gerente comercial de mi local, Pat Canavan, me pidió postularme para Presidente del local. Acepté; no pude negarme a prestar mis servicios al sindicato que había hecho tanto por mí. Y cuando me 2

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Hoy, pienso que el BAC se encuentra en buenas condiciones. Como sindicato, aún tenemos mucho trabajo por hacer, pero nos hemos posicionado bien para el éxito futuro. Así que en este sentido y después de mucha reflexión y consideración minuciosa, creo que ha llegado el momento de mi jubilación como Presidente del Sindicato Internacional, a partir del 31 de diciembre de 2019. Es el momento de que una nueva generación asuma el honor y la responsabilidad de dirigir el BAC. No pudimos pedir un líder más calificado que nuestro próximo Presidente, Tim Driscoll, de Local 1 Maryland/Virginia/Distrito de Columbia. Tim es un gran líder reflexivo y un sindicalista que nunca ha olvidado los motivos por los cuales se fundó nuestro sindicato. Sé que él cuenta con las habilidades para llevar a cabo nuestra misión. Felices fiestas para todos y cada uno de ustedes, y gracias, una vez más por su lealtad hacia el sindicato y el oficio.

(issn 0362-3696) l ISSUE 4 / 2019 Executive Board James Boland President Timothy Driscoll Secretary-Treasurer Gerard Scarano Executive Vice President Carlos Aquin Executive Vice President Regional Directors NORTHEAST 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 NORTH CENTRAL Keith Hocevar IU Regional Director, North Central 7780 Low Ridge Lane Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 534-1108 WEST Raymond Keen IU Regional Director, West 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.


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World-Class Stadium Makes Las Vegas and BAC Members Proud As the National Football League’s (NFL) Raiders complete their farewell season in Oakland, California, construction progress on their new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas remains steady. Since September 2017, over 50 skilled craftworkers of BAC Local 13 Nevada, employed by signatory contractors Cedco Masonry (Las Vegas, NV), Architectural Southwest Stone Company (Las Vegas, NV), and T. Nickolas Company (Las Vegas, NV), have been busy building this new landmark in Sin City, located on about 62 acres just a few minutes walk from Local 13 union hall. Once completed next July, it will provide a world-class home for the Raiders upon their relocation, just in time for the 2020 NFL season.

The $1.8 billion stadium is designed to impress. Raiders’ owner Mark Davis retained the same design firm, MANICA Architecture, that had designed the previously proposed Carson Stadium near Los Angeles. The Kansas City-based firm specializes in sports arenas and entertainment facilities and has also designed several well-known sports arenas, including San Francisco’s Chase Center, the Wembley National Stadium in London, and the renovation of the Camp Nou Stadium, home to the soccer team FC Barcelona. The new sleek and modern athletic venue will feature a horseshoeshaped seating arrangement and an opening on one end which will offer stunning views of the city’s fabled strip. Its domed structure will include 65,000

seats and will be built to expand and house up to 72,000 people for larger events like the Super Bowl. In addition to the stadium, the site will accommodate tailgating amenities, parking, and mixed-use commercial development. The facility will also host University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ Rebels college football team and a variety of other events. What makes the project even better is its respect and support for the city’s growing diverse workforce and local businesses. The project’s general contractors, Mortenson Construction (Las Vegas, NV) and McCarthy Building Companies (Las Vegas, NV), received a Diversity Recognition Award from the Latin Chamber of Commerce

Exterior of the under-construction Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

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for their efforts to promote diversity and collaboration with building partners and small businesses throughout this project. They have awarded over $140 million to women- and minority-owned small businesses. It is also worth noting that 70% of the craftworkers on this project are women and people of color. Once in use, the stadium will generate a $620 million annual economic impact and increase room stays by 708,400 nights per year. Richard Crawford, President of BAC Local 13 Nevada, said this legacy project makes our craftworkers proud as they are building something special for Las Vegas. “It has been a pleasure watching our members come in to get their dispatches for the Raiders’ Stadium. We A.

have bricklayers, tilesetters, and caulkers on this job. Soon we will have marble masons working on the project too. Our members have installed 200,000 CMUs and laid 4x12 tiles on walls and 2x2 tiles on the floors, which have generated a total of 28,900 BAC work hours. Another 42,000 hours will be generated for our members when handrails and caulking work start,” Crawford said. “We are very happy to be part of this amazing project. We look forward to watching the Raiders games and the UNLV games at the new Allegiant Stadium.” In the heart of a city known for risk and reward, the project shows that safety is something not to be gambled on. All workers on the jobsite receive a “safety

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first” reminder every morning before they embark on a day’s work. There are five safety managers on the jobsite at all times, with group breakaway safety sessions held throughout the day. During the scorching summer, workers are reminded regularly to stay hydrated and get enough shade during the day. The results speak for themselves. No major accident occurred during the project’s over 200,000 hours, thanks to safety and health training programs provided by construction trades unions. “Mortenson and McCarthy continue to go out of their way to make sure it is one of the safest jobs in Las Vegas. Our members are well equipped and properly trained with OSHA programs. It once again shows the union difference,” Crawford said. “The owner, Mark Davis, is also committed to making sure workers feel part of the stadium experience by providing BBQs every three months, handing out merchandise, and personally thanking all of the craftworkers on the jobsite. It has been great watching the stadium grow.” t

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A. From left, BAC Local 13 NV Field Representative Jacob Gonzalez, members Carlos Garcia, Felipe Padilla, Gleen Garcia, Juan Ramirez, and Arturo Mosqueda. B. From left, BAC Local 13 NV Field Representative Jacob Gonzalez, members Marilena Montano, Thomas Degennaro, Michael Estrada, Xavier Gonzalez, and Martha Carrasco. C. BAC Local 13 NV tilesetter Felipe Padilla laying tiles on the walls of the Allegiant Stadium. 4

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Timeless Masonry with a New Technological Assist Thirty-two members of BAC Local 21 Illinois, including five apprentices, are busy working to complete a 166,000-square-foot barracks at the Naval Station Great Lakes, the Navy’s largest training installation and home of the Navy’s only Boot Camp, located north of Chicago. The six-story project, known as P-714 Unaccompanied Housing Project, will consist of reinforced concrete foundation with a brick and cast-stone exterior and will house 616 enlisted military personnel when completed in late 2020.

That is a sentiment echoed by Jim Allen, President of the BAC Administrative District Council 1 of Illinois (ADC 1 of IL). “The District Council recognized that when a new technology enters the marketplace, BAC needs to be positioned to claim that work. Consequently, we coordinated with our JATC to acquire the shared use of a MULE and offer training to BAC members and signatory contractors to ensure that BAC members reap the benefits of this technology.”

BAC contractor Jimmy-Z Masonry of Crystal Lake, Illinois is the mason contractor on this impressive project that features six stories of masonry veneer with CMU back-up, and nearly 70,000 square feet of CMU partition walls throughout the project. The exterior veneer is comprised of 53,000 square feet of Sioux City Red utility brick laid in a one-third bond and 18,000 square feet of Arriscraft Renaissance cast stone units. BAC members are installing all facets of the masonry wall system on this project including all necessary air barrier, flashing, firestop, and caulking.

“If the MULE has a place in our industry, BAC will be on the scene to see that it is used safely and effectively.”

CMU backup for the exterior veneer, including 11,000 12” x 8” x 16” CMU, 13,000 8” x 8” x 16” CMU, and over 57,000 8” x 8” x 32” CMU specially-designed for this project, are being laid by BAC bricklayers using the MULE (Material Unit Lift Enhancer). At its peak, this project had 12 MULEs working across the site, the largest number of MULEs in North America operating on a single construction site. The MULE, developed by Construction Robotics, is designed to make material lifting nearly weightless, allowing masons to handle the 70 lb. 32” CMU and conventional 12” CMU while reducing fatigue and injuries. The MULE was also used to good effect in setting the 80 lb. 4” x 12” x 24” Arriscraft cast stone units. BAC Local 21 member and foreman for Jimmy Z Masonry, Zack Zuidema, said that “Masons are quick to adapt to the capabilities of the MULE. It doesn’t displace the bricklayer because you still need the skills and knowledge that the mason brings to the job. And it makes the jobsite safer and more productive.” 6

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- Bob Arnold, IMTEF National Training Director

IMTEF National Training Director Bob Arnold recognized the potential impact of the MULE when he first encountered it several years ago and was instrumental in ensuring that the National Training Center obtained a MULE to be at the forefront of training efforts for BAC members. Arnold says, “While the MULE can’t replace a bricklayer, it can enhance and extend careers in our trade on those projects where a MULE is appropriate. If the MULE has a place in our industry, BAC will be on the scene to see that it is used safely and effectively.” Indeed, Arnold and his team at IMTEF have been central to developing the training modules for MULE in coordination with Construction Robotics. IU Secretary-Treasurer Tim Driscoll sees a potential role for this technology in the masonry industry. “The MULE is necessarily limited in its scope and application by both building design and site coordination. But where it is viable, it can assist the bricklayer in producing the quality and quantity of masonry needed to ensure that masonry walls remain the best value in the construction industry, while also helping to reduce the strain and injuries that are prevalent across our trade. Anything that makes masonry materials more competitive in today’s marketplace and has the potential to produce more man hours cannot be ignored,” Driscoll said. t


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NEWS IN BRIEF BAC Executive Council Meeting Underscores Engaging and Mobilizing Members In September, members of the BAC Executive Council, representing the Union’s diverse crafts, membership, and constituency groups, gathered in San Francisco for three days of deliberations on engaging and mobilizing members to creatively organize and effectively grow our Union. The Council recognized BAC Executive Vice President Gerard Scarano for his 50 years of dedicated service at the beginning of the meeting. “Jerry is a bricklayer’s bricklayer. He oversees BAC’s political and health and safety initiatives. One of his great achievements that brought together his political and safety portfolios was the critical role he played in our Union’s successful fight for passage of the Silica Standard in 2016. His tenacity in the silica battle was testimony to his fervent belief in the power of solidarity,” BAC President James Boland said. “I remember the first brick I laid. I remember the first jobsite I worked on… But the most important part of my career is to meet and work with all of you,” Brother Scarano said in his service award acceptance speech. On organizing and growth, BAC President Boland said in his opening remarks, “Our ability to remain a vital and independent trowel trades union depends on our ability to attract new members. As leaders of this Union, it is our responsibility to courageously embrace our challenges, to creatively

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build our organizing strategies, and to actively interact with all BAC members. Together we can face the challenges ahead of us. And working together we will succeed.”

The Council welcomed a line of local speakers, including the Honorable London Breed, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco; the Honorable Xavier Becerra, Attorney General of California; Tim Paulson, Brother Paulson talked about the unique opportunities and challenges that the building trades face in the Bay Area at the BAC Executive Council meeting.

From left, BAC Executive Vice President Gerard Scarano, Attorney General of California Xavier Becerra, BAC SecretaryTreasurer Tim Driscoll, and President James Boland.


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Secretary-Treasurer of San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council and 39-year member of BAC Local 3 CA; and Robbie Hunter, President of State Building Construction Trades Council of California. Addressing the challenges of affordable housing, Mayor Breed said, “We need to make sure our working men and women who build our city have access to the buildings they build.” Brother Paulson reminded the meeting attendees that the building

and construction trades unions play a crucial role in solving this issue. “Most affordable housing in San Francisco is union built. We are raising the floor on building quality as well as housing affordability,” said Paulson. Attorney General Becerra echoed the message and told the BAC Executive Council members, “We need to partner together to protect workers’ rights, unite our immigrants, fight against misclassification, stand with brothers and sisters in solidarity, and elevate all families.” t

BAC Delegates Re-elected to the New York State Building and Construction Trades Council BAC delegates attended the 2019 New York State Building and Construction Trades Council (NYS BCTC) Convention in Saratoga Springs, NY in August. BAC Northeast Regional Director Albert Catalano was elected SecretaryTreasurer of the Council, and President of BAC Local 1 New York Jeremiah Sullivan Jr. was elected the Council’s Executive Board member. Established in 1958, the NYS BCTC represents over 200,000 unionized construction workers in New York State, including 16 local building trades councils, 12 district councils and state associations, and 135 local unions. t

From left, BAC Executive Vice President Gerard Scarano, Mayor London Breed, BAC President James Boland, and Secretary-Treasurer Tim Driscoll.

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From left, NYS BCTC Executive Board member and President of BAC Local 1 New York Jeremiah Sullivan Jr., NYS BCTC Secretary-Treasurer and BAC Northeast Regional Director Albert Catalano, and NYS BCTC President James Cahill.

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IMTEF National Director Bob Arnold Receives 2019 ICE Industry Person of the Year Award Two honorees received the 2019 Eugene George Awards in Washington, D.C. on October 31st. William McConnell, Architectural Paving and Stone (Boston, MA) received the Dedication Award. The Industry Person of the Year Award went to Bob Arnold, IMTEF National Director of Apprenticeship and Training. t

From left, ADC 1 of IL PCC Director Hector Arellano, ADC 1 of IL Secretary-Treasurer Mike Lowery, Field Representative Tony Demme, IU Regional Representative Paul Nagel, ADC 1 of IL Field Representatives Mike Petritis and Mike Volpentesta, Brother Arnold, IU Organizer Luciano Padilla, ADC 1 of IL Field Representative Jerry Warner, Local 21 IL President Mike Erdenberger, and ADC 1 of IL President Jim Allen.

BAC Members Celebrated CLUW’s 20th Biennial Convention The 20th Biennial Convention of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) took place October 15-18th in Las Vegas. More than 400 delegates including BAC members were in attendance. The theme for the convention was “Sisters Not Afraid of Power: Coming Together to Change the World.” The Convention was filled with high energy and dynamic speakers such as Elizabeth Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFLCIO; Linda Chavez-Thompson, former Executive Vice President of the AFLCIO; Sara Nelson, International President of AFA-CWA; and Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of United Farm Workers. t

Need the Photo. Carlos Aquin, BAC Executive Vice President and member of BAC Local 13 NV, gave the convention attendees a tour at the Local 13 NV training center. From left, Local 3 CA member Anna Rodriguez, Local 3 CA member Carmen Robles, Local 74 IL member Jackie Townsend, Local 13 NV member Vanessa Hernandez-Poblano, Brother Aquin, Local 21 IL Helene Brown, and Local 13 NV Marilena Montano.

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Local Leadership Conference Focuses on Strategic Organizing More than 160 BAC Principal Officers, Financial Officers, Field Representatives, Organizers and Training Directors attended the Local Leadership Conference on October 28-31st, a four-day continuing education program held at the MITAGS training facility, just outside of Baltimore, MD. The conference focused on organizing and provided opportunities for attendees to learn about the industry trends, organizing strategies, and technologies that help the Union grow. As BAC President James Boland said in his opening remarks, “This conference is all about learning: learning about organizing tools, learning about communications techniques, learning about technological innovations – in short, learning how to do our jobs better. I’ve been attending these Conferences since the late ‘80s, and every year, I still learn things that help me be a better union leader. By attending this meeting, and really engaging with the presentations, you’re going to make yourselves more valuable to your Locals and our members.” Featured guests spoke on a variety of topics, including organizing strategies, organizing tools, new technologies such as BAC Steward Mobile App and electronic membership applications, diversity and inclusion, climate change, current politics, and updates on


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pension policies. Attendees were also treated to a political overview of the 2020 presidential election from Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report. Dozens of workshops were offered ranging from

collective bargaining to Job Corps as part of a recruitment strategy, to mindfulness practices for career-life balance, to name a few. Many Local leaders expressed their satisfaction of the conference and

BAC President James Boland delivering the opening remarks to the conference.

Cliff Price, President of Multiemployer.com, giving an update on membership applications.

Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, talked about the 2020 Election at the 2019 BAC Local Leadership Conference.

BAC Organizing Director Steve Nelms giving a 4x4 organizing training session at the 2019 BAC Local Leadership Conference.

appreciation of the opportunity. “I gained a lot of knowledge and got to know more of the other BAC Local leaders from other states. Thank you for the networking opportunity,” said one of the conference attendees. t

Jane Mayer talked about “Dark Money,” the growing amount of untraceable cash into politics from undisclosed sources, at the 2019 BAC Local Leadership Conference. “To understand politics in Washington, we must trace the dark money and it will inevitably come to two people, the Koch brothers,” said Mayer.

U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) spoke at the 2019 BAC Local Leadership Conference. “Thank you for supporting progressive legislation and being strong leaders of the labor movement… The victory will be ours in 2020,” said Raskin.

IMTEF National Training Director Bob Arnold giving conference attendees a live demonstration of MULE (Material Unit Lift Enhancer).

Photography/Alison Harbaugh, Sugar Farm Productions

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Trades Women Build Nations Conference Held in Minnesota

BAC delegates to the Tradeswomen Build Nations conference participated in the solidarity parade.

More than 2,500 women in the construction trades, including 63 BAC women, gathered in the Twin Cities on October 4-6th to attend the annual “Tradeswomen Build Nations” conference. For women of all ages and skill levels who work, or want to work, in the construction trades, this event is the largest gathering of tradeswomen in the world that

offers networking and coaching opportunities. Facilitated by tradeswomen, dozens of workshops and plenary sessions, featured union leaders, apprenticeship coordinators, contractors and politicians addressing the industry trends, diversity and inclusion, apprenticeship and training programs, health and safety for women, and

13 Scholarships Awarded to Children of BAC Local 1 Pennsylvania/Delaware Members BAC Local 1 PA/DE and the Employing Bricklayers Association (EBA) were out on the green for their annual college scholarship golf on July 22, 2019 at the Cedarbrook Country Club in Blue Bell, PA. Scholarship recipients and their parents attended the dinner reception that followed the day of golfing. This year thirteen $5,000 college scholarships were provided to children of BAC Local 1 PA/DE members. BAC Secretary-Treasurer Tim Driscoll and Local 1 PA/DE President Dennis Pagliotti participated in the event.

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organizing. BAC delegates also met on one afternoon to discuss issues that matter to BAC women the most, followed by a dinner reception hosted by BAC Local 1 Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota. Attendees also spent a day building houses for the homeless and packing meals for a food bank. In addition, BAC delegates joined sisters from other labor unions in a parade around the convention center, singing and waving banners in solidarity. One of the attendees, Takeesha Wash of BAC Local 21 IL, gave this year’s conference a five-star review. “I’ve never experienced anything like this conference. It’s like a reboot of life. You come here and just feel empowered all over again,” Wash said. t

BAC Secretary-Treasurer Tim Driscoll, left, and Local 1 PA/DE President Dennis Pagliotti participated in the event.

Front row from left, BAC Local 1 PA/DE President Dennis Pagliotti, member Troy Curran, scholarship recipients Seamus Corkery, Nedzad Ibric, Joseph Taylor, Lindsey Peterson, and Zachary Parson; second row from left, scholarship recipients Liam Ferry, Collin Ferry, Andrew Leinenbach, Mike Cannon III, EBA President Mark Cannon, and EBA Treasurer Nick Sabia.


IMI & IMTEF 7 Innovations Helping the Masonry Industry Work Smarter, Better 3 LASER CLEANING Laser cleaning technology has advanced significantly in the last decade to provide a safe and environmental approach to cleaning a variety of materials. With growing environmental concerns and the need to control chemical use, laser technology offers a suitable alternative for masonry restoration projects. IMTEF offers demonstrations and training on laser cleaning as a part of its restoration curriculum. To learn more, please visit: adapt-laser.com and gclasers.com.

BAC Administrative District Council 1 of Illinois member uses a MULE to place 36” block at the Naval Station Great Lakes.

Game changing construction technology has the capacity to keep masonry competitive in a sea of material options while increasing work opportunities for BAC signatory contractors and members. Here’s a look at 7 innovations for the masonry industry. 1 BIM-M BIM for Masonry (BIM-M) brings masonry materials and systems to popular BIM software, making it easier for architects, engineers, and BIM users to incorporate masonry into their designs. For BAC signatory contractors, it offers interactive tools for improved scheduling, coordination, and communication with project stakeholders. BAC craftworkers experience the benefits of BIM-M with an increase in projects specifying masonry, leading to more work hours. IMI provides training for designers and BAC signatory contractors on BIM-M and other

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software platforms. To learn more, please visit: bimformasonry.org 2 MULE The MULE (Material Unit Lift Enhancer) is a lift assist device designed for handling and placing material weighing up to 135 pounds on a construction site. The MULE allows materials like concrete block to feel weightless and has the capacity to increase productivity. Jobsite technology like the MULE can help to meet labor needs by attracting younger talent to the industry and reducing fatigue, injuries, and wear and tear for the current workforce. The BAC/IMI International Training Center has a MULE onsite for preapprentice and upgrade training. Many BAC training centers around the country provide training on this new technology. To learn more, please visit: construction-robotics.com/ mule

4 ENERGY EFFICIENT SOLUTIONS The evolution of building science and building enclosure theory call for a tighter envelope and requirements for continuous insulation to minimize thermal transfer through thermal bridges across the insulation or thermal barrier. New products like Insultech’s concrete masonry contributes to this theory with integral insulation, reducing thermal transfer. Hohmann and Barnard’s stand-off shelf angles take the angle away from direct contact with the backup wall, reducing heat flow. IMI educates BAC signatory contractors on energy efficient materials in its Contractor College program, and IMTEF trains BAC craftworkers on the installation of new materials as they come to market. To learn more, please visit: echelonmasonry.com/ performance-upgrade-options/ insultech-system and h-b.com.

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5 SCHLUTER®-SHOWER SYSTEM The Schluter®-Shower System is an integrated family of products that together form a fully bonded, watertight assembly for tiled showers. This system minimizes the risk of failures due to water and vapor penetration and reduces total installation time, simplifying prep work for BAC craftworkers. From drains to shower benches to waterproofing pipe seals, the system includes a variety of shower components that contribute to a dependable and watertight assembly. To learn more, please visit: schluter. com/schluter-us/en_US/ShowerSystem/c/SS

6 TERRA COTTA REPAIR New advancements in materials and methods, used in conjunction with traditional craft skills, are improving architectural terra cotta repair. Repair materials are becoming more reliable based on longer track records and improved formulating. While methods of replicating hand-pressed terra cotta are still time consuming, variations in clay composition and expedited manufacturing techniques are helping to make the repair process more affordable. IMI offers guides and education for designers and contractors to guide terra cotta repair, and IMTEF teaches the skill in its Historic Masonry Preservation Certification (HMPC) Program. To learn more, please visit: edisoncoatings.com/Home/Terra_ Cotta/terra_cotta.html

7 PREFABRICATION Emphasis in building construction continues to work towards reducing time when an owner or developer carries interest charges. This translates to tighter schedules and less time with on-site construction. As demands increase for modular, off-site or prefabricated elements, the masonry industry is providing solutions with a variety of options for panels, lintels, stairs/shafts, and entire walls. IMI educates designers on prefabricated masonry options and helps train contractors on incorporating prefab into their wheelhouse for expanded work opportunities. To learn more, please visit: https://cdn2.hubspot. net/hubfs/431585/PrefabricatedMasonry.pdf t

Apprenticeship Coordinators Gather to Advance Training at Inaugural BAC/IMTEF Conference BAC President James Boland, BAC SecretaryTreasurer Timothy Driscoll, IMI/IMTEF President Caryn Halifax, and IMTEF National Director of Apprenticeship and Training Bob Arnold welcome BAC apprentice coordinators and training center staff from around the country at the BAC/IMI International Training Center during the inaugural Apprentice Coordinator’s Conference.

At the inaugural BAC/IMTEF Apprenticeship Coordinator’s Conference, October 23-25, over 60 coordinators from across the U.S. gathered at the BAC/IMI International Training Center outside Washington, D.C. to discuss how to successfully administer and grow BAC apprenticeship programs.

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“The conference was a great opportunity to ensure our apprenticeship coordinators around the country are up-to-date on the latest curriculum and teaching resources, fiduciary responsibilities outlined in ERISA law, measures to prevent harassment and discrimination, and much more,” said Bob Arnold, IMTEF National

Director of Apprenticeship and Training. In conjunction with the conference, IMTEF released a comprehensive coordinator’s guide outlining the major responsibilities of the job. “The guide provides so many tools that are easy to follow, including step-by-step instructions, templates,


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and outlines, all of which can be used to make your job as a coordinator a lot easier,” said John Slama, Masonry Coordinator for the BAC Local 1 Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Training Center. According to Slama, who has been in his current

member training records using the latest technology. “The TMS training was extremely beneficial,” Slama said, noting that the system is much more efficient and user-friendly than manually recording

“Training like this is priceless.”

- Roger Jones, Managing Director of BAC Local 4 Indiana/ Kentucky’s training program

role for four years, the guide helps fill knowledge gaps for functions he did not have experience with prior to accepting the position, like interviewing instructors and working with a Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC). Pre-conference workshops on IMTEF’s Training Management System (TMS) allowed program administrators to gain the skills necessary to maintain accurate

training achievements in spreadsheets, as his program formerly did. Karl Colburn, Southern Tier Training Coordinator for BAC Local 3 NY, agreed, and commented that as someone new to the job, learning the ins-and-outs of TMS was critical. Colburn also enjoyed getting a closer look at IMTEF’s Mentorship Matters curriculum – a key resource in retaining apprentices.

David Malone, Greater MN/ND Coordinator for the BAC Local 1 MN/ND/SD Training Center, views mentorship as a key component of his job. “It is imperative that those of us that have been trusted with a place of leadership capitalize on the platform we have been given and properly pass on the torch to those that follow,” he said. “It was really good to bring everybody together and see the bigger picture of our apprenticeship programs, particularly with all the changes we are seeing within the Department of Labor (DOL) that impact the work we do,” said Roger Jones, Managing Director of BAC Local 4 Indiana/ Kentucky’s training program. “Training like this is priceless,” he said. “We want to keep our union and training programs at the top – that’s what separates us from the competition.” t

Students at Iroquois Job Corps Center Explore Careers in Bricklaying & Masonry Restoration Ormani Francis, recent Iroquois Job Corps Center graduate, aspires to be a BAC journeyworker. “Laying brick just felt like second nature to me. I loved it the minute I tried it. I definitely want to build my career with the union,” he said. Before Francis found his passion at Job Corps, he was struggling to figure out what to do with his life. “Three months before I started Job Corps, I dropped out of school,” he said. “I wasn’t on the right path or doing what I had to do. I was scared for my future. My cousin recommended me BACWEB.ORG

to Job Corps. I thought, ‘Why not?’ I wanted to better myself, be able to provide for my family, and live stressfree.” Job Corps programs operated by IMI have prepared many students like Francis to enter the union masonry industry through craft and career skills training. Now, Iroquois students have even more options for their future with the BAC, with the Center being the first in the country to introduce a masonry restoration program.

Shafik Thomas is one of the first students to go through the new restoration program. “I’ve always been interested in construction. When Mr. Kelichner told me about PCC, I immediately took an interest in it,” he said. Before starting at Iroquois, Thomas was interning at a local radio station. “I thought it would be a good idea to learn a trade to help secure my future. It’s important to be goal-oriented, especially while you’re learning at Job Corps.” Francis agrees. “At Job Corps, I became big on time management,” ISSUE 4

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he said. “My instructors always told me not to slack, so I learned how to pick up my pace while still focusing on getting better at my craft. I knew I had people in the class looking up to me, and Mr. Kelichner always told me I’ve got to lead by example. That really motivated me and made me want to go farther.” Robert Kelichner, BAC Local 3 New York member and Job Corps Instructor, leads IMI’s Iroquois Job Corps Center’s PCC/masonry restoration program. Kelichner helps

his students stay motivated through daily building challenges, including competitions where he and his students race to see who can build the best mockup the fastest. “When my students complete a mockup successfully, I congratulate them and let them know they’re going places. ‘Look at how much you’ve learned and how far you’ve come,’ I’ll tell them. Encouraging words and simple prizes like pizza parties or morning donuts go such a long way.”

“At Job Corps, I matured into a young man, and for that, I’m grateful.” - Ormani Francis

Before becoming an instructor, Kelichner worked as a foreman for several BAC signatory restoration contractors, including Morris Masonry Restoration and Stim Associates. He found himself becoming a mentor to many apprentices he supervised in his role, making the leap to instructor a natural one. “It’s so important as an instructor and as a journeyworker in the field to do what we can to give apprentices a good experience so that they enjoy the job and are encouraged to stay and move on to the next level,” said Kelichner. “My goal is to provide a good working knowledge of restoration for Job Corps students and make them apprenticeship-ready, so when they go back home to their BAC Local, their skills just need to be fine-tuned,” said Kelichner. “I try to stay in touch with both the apprentice coordinators and restoration contractors in New York so that I can make sure we’re training to their needs.” Kelichner’s advice for his students and apprentices entering the field? “You have to have focus and take pride in what you do. Show dedication to your craft and your job. I got promoted to foreman because I was one of the only crew members who always showed up, even in the winter, and I got noticed for that.” These days, Kelichner says his job satisfaction comes from watching his students succeed. Thomas and Francis are just two of those students. “At Job Corps, I matured into a young man, and for that, I’m grateful,” said Francis. t

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INTERNATIONAL MASONRY TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES - WINTER 2020 The John J. Flynn BAC/IMI International Training Center 17101 Science Drive • Bowie, Maryland 20715

Train-the-Trainer Courses (IMI Instructors) March 10 - 13

OSHA 510

May 4 - 8

OSHA 500

February 11 - 13

OSHA 502

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

Continuing Education Courses January 20 - 28 March 2 - 10

Refractory

January 28 - 31 March 10 - 13

MSHA New Miner

Class size is limited to 14. Allows BAC Members to work on MSHA-governed construction sites.

February 17 - 21 March 16 - 20

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.

January 20 - 22 January 14 - 30 February 4 - 20 February 25 - March 12 March 17 - April 2 April 7 - 23 April 28 - May 14 January 13 - 18 February 10 - 15 February 24 - 29

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Welding

Welding class size limited to 8 students. 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 Class size is limited to 16.

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

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LEGISLATIVE & POLITICAL The PRO Act Gives Workers A Voice in the Workplace The Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), introduced by U.S. Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) in May, is a historic proposal that helps level the playing field and gives workers the opportunity to exercise their legal right to unionize. It would eliminate so-called Right-toWork laws, impose new penalties on employers who retaliate against union organizing, crack down on worker misclassification, and establish new rules so that employers cannot delay negotiating collective bargaining contracts.

Currently there are no significant penalties on employers or compensation for workers when employers illegally fire or retaliate against workers who are trying to form a union. The PRO Act institutes civil penalties for violations of the NLRA. It also compensates workers with back pay regardless of their immigration status. The PRO Act also streamlines the NLRB election process so workers can petition to form a union and get a timely vote without their employer interfering and delaying a vote.

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which was passed in 1935, gave Americans the right to organize. The increase in unionization encouraged by the law significantly diminished income inequality over the next 40 years. American workers prospered as a result of having a voice in the workplace.

Misclassification allows employers to treat employees as independent contractors, avoiding paying workers fair pay and benefits. The PRO Act tightens the definitions of “independent contractor” and “supervisor” to crack down on misclassification, and extend NLRA

However, it is still too difficult for working people to form a union at their workplace when they want to. Corporations and CEOs hold too much power and wealth that they use to put roadblocks in the way of workers trying to organize and collectively bargain. The PRO Act helps level the playing field for workers by making it clear that it is the decision of workers to file for a union election. It also prohibits companies from forcing workers to attend mandatory antiunion meetings as a condition of continued employment.

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protections to more workers. The bill also makes clear that workers can have more than one employer, and that both employers need to engage in collective bargaining over the terms and conditions of employment that they control or influence. The PRO Act addresses many fundamental problems, like making it more possible for workers to collectively bargain, and giving workers the voice they deserve to have in the workplace. The House Education and Labor Committee approved the measure on September 25, 2019 in a party-line 26-21 vote. The bill will next be considered by the full House of Representatives. As of this BAC Journal goes to print, the PRO Act already has 215 co-sponsors in the House and 40 in the Senate. t


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California Governor Signs Worker Misclassification Bill into Law On September 18, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 5 into law, adopting the ABC standard for classifying workers as independent contractors. AB5, which will go into effect January 1, 2020, would require gig economy workers to be reclassified as employees instead of contractors. AB5 says that workers in California are employees unless the business hiring them can demonstrate: A. The person is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in connection with the performance of the work, both under the contract for the performance of the work and in fact; B. The person performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business;

attorneys, and local prosecutors to sue companies over violations. Misclassification also affects millions of workers in the construction industry. Disreputable contractors routinely misclassify workers to avoid paying payroll and Social Security taxes, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, Medicare, health and welfare, and pension contributions, as well as prevailing wage on public construction jobs. This illegal practice puts lawabiding employers at a competitive disadvantage. Paying workers in cash or “off the books” also deprives countless workers of their legal rights, and cheats federal and state governments out of significant revenues.

The IU and BAC Locals/ADCs have worked hard to secure the enactment of stricter laws in several states. BAC and the AFL-CIO Building Trades affiliates continue to lobby Congress for national legislation to level the playing field for America's businesses, ensure workers are afforded the protections they are legally entitled to, and correct a serious tax loophole that allows some cheaters to evade the law. To learn more about the issue of misclassification, please visit bacweb. org/issue/wage-theft or contact BAC Political Director Jean-Paul Itz at jItz@bacweb.org. t

C. The person is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business of the same nature as that involved in the work performed. It has the potential to change the employment status of more than 1 million low-wage workers in California, not just gig workers at companies like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Postmates and Instacart. It will make it harder for companies to prove that their workers aren’t staff, while ensuring key benefits and protections, like minimum wage, insurance and sick days. It also enables the California attorney general, city

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IPF Improved BAC Member Portal, BACMobile Apps Critical information is ready when you need it with the new and improved BACMobile app. Since the introduction of the BAC Member Portal in 2014, a secure, web-based system where BAC craftworkers can review their records, the International Union and its affiliated benefit funds are continuing the Union’s tradition of member service into the digital age. The Portal, which works in concert with parallel systems for Local Unions/ADCs and contractors, provides an additional level of service that lets members rest assured that their information is secure, up-to-date, and correct. Portal users have access to their International Pension Fund (IPF), International Health Fund (IHF) and BAC Save data, including hours, contribution rates, reciprocity designations, and activity. They also have access to membership data including beneficiary designations and contact information, are able to upload forms, use the BAC Job Network and check-in with the Local when traveling to a new Local for work. Members of Locals/ ADCs who have established electronic dues payment programs will be able to pay Local/ADC dues through the Portal. One of the latest enhancements allows members to estimate future IPF pension benefits beyond the current estimate displayed in the portal. Currently in the U.S., there are 13,839 users registered, and 5,173 of them are mobile users. In Canada, there are 353 registrations and 122 mobile users. In addition, 7,542 U.S. users and 186 Canadian users have elected to receive IPF and IHF publications electronically. The Member Portal can be accessed via BAC’s homepage at www.bacweb.org. First time visitors should “Create an Account,” then follow the instructions to register. Before starting, have your IU membership number available for reference and make sure you have an active email account. Once registered, securely record your username and password for future use. t

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Updates on the Member Portal, BACMobile App and new BAC Benefits website were featured in the recent IPF IHF Annual Report.

Creating Your BAC Member Portal Account is Fast and Easy o Log onto BAC website at bacweb.org o Have your IU Member Number ready (located on the upper left of your Union card) o Have the address of your active email account ready o Click on the “Member Portal” banner o Click on “Create an Account” o Follow the instructions on the screen o Sign up for the receipt of IPF/IHF materials electronically o Record your username and password for future use


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Introducing New BAC Benefits Website When we launched our website near the turn of the century, we were pleased to be able to provide our members and participants with adequate online information regarding their benefits. As times have changed, our members and participants tend to visit the website on their mobile devices. Some prefer to access the BAC Member Portal to view hours and benefit information; some would like to view and access their health coverage and eligibility information while at a medical office visit; or simply know what resources are available if they are needed; and they all want their own personal login account belonging only to themselves.

Smartphone and tablet users can now access all of the Member Portal features on the go with the new BACMobile App. Applications can be downloaded from Google Play (Android devices) or App Store (iOS devices) as follows: Android Devices Visit Google Play store and search for “bacmobile” and look for the BACMobile app that displays a trowel. Tap on the icon to download the app to your device. After downloading, launch to use. iOS Devices Visit the Apple App store and search for “bacmobile” and look for the “BACMobile” app that displays a trowel. Tap on the “Get” button and then click on “Install.” You will be promoted to enter your iTunes login, and then download the app. Find the “BACMobile” icon and launch to use.

Download the BACMobile App today to begin accessing your benefit information.

The International Pension Fund (IPF) and International Health Fund (IHF) in conjunction with the Member Assistance Program (MAP) have launched a new website that is mobile responsive. We encourage you to visit us at bacbenefits.org and view the new and improved features, including: • Specific information for the IPF, IHF, IPF-Canada, BACSave benefits and Reciprocity • Easily accessible information for members to get assistance from MAP • Consolidated FAQs for easy viewing and filtering; • Filterable news and BAC Journal articles related to the IPF, IHF and MAP • Forms and Resource pages where members and participants can easily access applications and other forms • Participants can easily access and login to the BAC Member Portal to review benefit information so that they don't have to login to multiple places on each site

Access your International BAC benefits all in one place.

Improved BACMobile app features available IPF and International Annuity Benefits.

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Access to the BAC Job Network is available via the BACMobile App.

• A contact page where members and participants can directly email the Fund offices or MAP for questions. If you have any questions or comments about the new website, please feel free to contact: David Stupar (IPF and IPF Canada): DStupar@ipfweb.org Robin Donovick (IHF and IHF Canada): RDonovick@bacweb.org Karen Grear (MAP): KGrear@bacweb.org ISSUE 4

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PROTECT MULTIEMPLOYER PENSION PLANS After a lifetime of hard work, we all deserve to retire with dignity. Unions negotiated to provide retirement security for millions of working people, but some pension plans are now at risk. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) have put forth a proposal that would make the situation much worse, cutting retirees' benefits and threatening the future of the entire multiemployer pension system. Working people did not cause this crisis and we should not be penalized because of it. The Grassley-Alexander proposal not only includes big cuts to retirees' benefits, it also would impose hefty costs that would destabilize healthy multiemployer pension plans. There are bi-partisan bills without these significant flaws, such as the Butch Lewis Act, which have viable and constructive solutions for these plans, including federal financial assistance. The federal government provided billions of dollars in assistance to Wall Street and the banks that significantly contributed to this crisis - any solution to the pension crisis likewise needs to include financial assistance for our plans. Call your Senators today and urge them to reject the Grassley-Alexander proposal. Tell them to support legislation that will provide retirees with their hard­ earned benefits and stabilize the multiemployer pension system overall. Anything less is unacceptable.

CALL:844-551-6921 Ask your Senators to OPPOSE the Grassley-Alexander Proposal and

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BAC CARES International Health Fund

Important Highlights of the BAC Cares Program A key part of what makes the International Health Fund (IHF) health plans valuable to enrolled members and their families is the BAC Cares program. BAC Cares provides patient-centric, primary care that removes all the common barriers to care, rewards members for taking healthy steps in their own care, and puts members in the center of the programs. Removing barriers to care means we offer key health care benefits at low or no cost to members, making it possible to participate in while staying as healthy as possible with minimal financial impact. In addition, the IHF lookback hours rules are designed to keep members covered for a longer time and when work is slow. BAC Cares programs offer top quality care and coverage that helps you to be the healthiest you can possibly be! Coverage includes preventive care at no cost, massage therapy, and acupuncture, and is easy to understand because of our “Four Corner Rule” (everything that is done in an in-network providers office is covered as in-network copay, regardless if an out-of-network provider is part of your care). Programs are designed to prevent common and complex illnesses. For example, to help prevent cardiovascular disease and heart attacks with a prescription, statins, such as Lovastatin, Simvastatin, and Pravastatin, can be filled at your retail pharmacy or by mail order for $0 copay.

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Members can also obtain with prescriptions from their doctors or other free prescriptions for generic aspirin, vitamin D, folic acid, specific contraceptives, tobacco cessation prescriptions, breast cancer chemopreventative (Tamoxifen, Raloxifene) and colorectal cancer screening tests (colonoscopy prep – PEG Solution, Golytely). If you are in Indiana, take advantage of the free services provided at the BAC Cares clinic at the Local 4 Indiana/ Kentucky Union Hall at 8455 Moller Rd, Indianapolis, IN 42628. BAC Cares also includes $0 cost or free plans such as: • Real Appeal designed to help prevent diabetes and encourage members to be active and lead a healthy life. • Spine and Joint Solutions that provides free orthopedic surgery at a Centers of Excellence. As soon as you know you have a spine and joint issue, call 866-317-6369. They will help you find a highquality provider and covers travel costs for you and a companion. You will receive free surgery (no deductible, no copay or coinsurance)! • BAC Cares Rally rewards you for taking healthy steps. Download the Rally App to track your progress, earn coins for taking steps to care for your health and select your rewards! Use coins to earn rewards such as an Apple iWatch, BAC Jacket, make a

donation to the BAC Disaster Relief Fund, and/or participate in auction of select goods. BAC Cares also supports you when you face a critical illness. If you or a family member is diagnosed with cancer, please call the Cancer Support program as soon as you are diagnosed at 866-317-6369 to speak with a cancer advocate nurse. The nurse specializing in cancer treatment is your dedicated resource for you and your family to make informed decisions about cancer care. They will assist in finding a center of excellence to treat you or your family member that are vetted for their quality, cost, experience and other factors. Going to the right provider is critical to combatting cancer. New in 2020, BAC Cares is providing free labs at Quest or LabCorp as well as free advanced imaging if you have the radiology performed at a freestanding facility (not at a hospital). BAC Cares encourages you to take advantage of certain services at only a $5 copay per visit. This includes Virtual Visits with a Doctor, visits at any of the nationwide MedExpress Clinics, prescription for generic drugs and, effective January 1, 2020, outpatient behavioral health/ substance abuse office visits. To learn more about any of these programs, please log into the IHF member portal or call the IHF Fund office at 1-888-880-8222. Remember the BAC Cares supports you in your health and we are here for you!

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SAFETY & HEALTH BAC Member Surveys Reflect Improvements to Safety & Health in the Masonry Industry BAC’s work with ICE and IMI through our Masonry r2p Partnership (www.masonryr2ppartnership.org) continues to have a positive impact on members’ safety and health according to our regular surveys. In 2017, we reported on the Partnership’s progress in addressing members’ safety and health priorities identified in 2011, looking at survey results across 2011, 2014, and 2017 (see 2017 Issue 2, p. 18). Since then, we have completed a 2018 survey of contractors as well as a briefer follow-up member survey in 2019. Both results show that we are making steady progress on addressing the industry’s top safety and health concerns. More contractors and members are aware of the hazards and solutions. The survey results indicate this is leading to greater use of safer equipment and work practices. Top Safety & Health Concerns In the most recent member survey, when asked about their top concerns, responses reflected the same order as previous surveys, with dust and falls coming in as the top two concerns. However, this year more members said that the contractor they work for has been doing a good job addressing their safety and health concerns. Contractors surveyed also listed falls and dust as top concerns, along with the OSHA silica standard. At the time, 94% of contractors surveyed were aware of the standard, but many had questions about how it would be implemented. Members’ Safety & Health Concern

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Dust & Silica This year’s member survey indicates that despite concerns, contractors are increasingly taking steps to comply with the silica standard. Between 2017 and 2019, the percentage of members concerned about dust and silica decreased by 14% and use of controls increased. In 2011, 83% of members reported being provided with and using dust controls at least half the time, but only 19% reported using them all the time. We have seen that percentage increase steadily, and in 2019, 91% of members reported using controls at least half the time, with 69% using them all the time. Remember, the standard requires use of engineering controls (e.g., vacuum, water) to control the dust, and to supplement the controls with respirators if the controls alone do not bring exposure to the permissible exposure level or below. If you are working for a contractor who does not provide dust controls in compliance with the OSHA silica standard, speak up! For more information about employers’ requirements under the standard, visit Silica-Safe.org. CPWR – The Center for Construction Research & Training created this site with direct feedback from the Masonry r2p Partnership and is regularly updating it with new information and resources. In addition to using this website and other materials to increase awareness and use of solutions, the Partnership has also supported two NIOSH projects looking at tuckpointing, silica and testing the use of alternative tools that may be safer (see 2019 Issue 1, p. 19). It will continue to support this effort under a new continuation project led by the same research team. Furthermore, through participation in NABTU’s Safety and Health Committee, BAC joined in responding to a Request for Information from OSHA on expanding the equipment and control options on Table 1 of the silica standard. An expanded Table 1 will make it easier for contractors to comply with the standard and reduce the need for air monitoring to assess exposures.


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training on noise-induced hearing loss, 67% of members said they were, up slightly from 62% in 2017. For additional information on the long-term effects of working in noisy environments and information on proper use of hearing protection, visit https://www.cpwr.com/ research/research-practice-library/r2p-and-p2r-work/ preventing-hearing-loss.

Falls In order to address the other top concern of falls and fall prevention, the Masonry r2p Partnership has supported and participated in the National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction and the annual Safety Stand-Down campaign. The 2020 Stand-Down will take place May 4-8th. Information on how to conduct or participate in a stand-down campaign can be found at stopconstructionfalls.com, along with a number of informational resources that can be used year-round. Noise & Hearing Loss Another top issue affecting all construction workers is prevention of noise and hearing loss. The Masonry r2p Partnership is doing their part to address this in our industry by providing input on and disseminating CPWR’s Construction Noise & Hearing Loss Prevention Training Program, which you’ve read about previously (see 2018 Issue 2, p. 19). Based on this year’s member survey, these efforts appear to be slowly having an impact. Use of hearing protection has increased with every survey, with the 2019 survey results reflecting a 30% increase since 2011 among those members reporting that they are always using protection. According to the 2018 contractor survey, 97% of contractors made hearing protection available to their employees, remaining consistent with previous surveys (97% in 2011, 96% in 2014). When asked whether they were provided with

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Gloves & Hand Safety With proper glove use and hand safety identified as a priority area early on during the Masonry r2p Partnership’s efforts, ChooseHandSafety.org was created as a resource to empower members to make decisions on hand tool and glove selection more safely, based on things like fit, task, or chemical use. Since 2011, there has been a steady increase in the percentage of members who always wear gloves, but unfortunately in 2019, we did see that number drop slightly, with 62% of members reporting they always use gloves compared to 66% in 2017. However, 27% reported using gloves at least half the time, compared to 25% in 2017. Glove Use

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MAP Beat the Holiday Blues with MAP Holidays are meant to be a joyful time of year. We look forward to holiday rituals that help us celebrate the season. Whether it’s lighting candles, trimming the tree, baking goodies or listening to “holiday cheer,” we each have a favorite activity that, for us, represents the festivity. Many of us start off the season with high hopes. We tell ourselves that this holiday will be the best ever. This year, we’re going to celebrate the right way by getting holiday preparations done early. If we shop for presents early in the season before the rush; If we lose 20 pounds so that we can fit into that pretty red holiday dress; if we keep the kids from fighting as they help with decorations; if that 20-pound turkey will come out of the oven just right; if that family member will have something pleasant to say for a change… THEN we can have a happy holiday. The fact is, we have too many expectations for what qualifies us to have a happy holiday. In the real world, we may not all have perfect families toasting each other before the fireplace (like the families we watch on TV). Our home and family life may already be filled with competing demands for our time and attention, so that taking time to prepare for the holidays may seem an extra burden rather than an added joy. For those of us at risk for depression, the holidays can be a particularly challenging time. Some of us may feel lonely because of a relationship break-up or the loss of a loved one who, in the past, always helped us 26

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celebrate. Some of us suffer from a newly identified depression syndrome – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), in which changes in weather and sunlight cause increased susceptibility to depression. And some of us may manage to enjoy the holidays, only to find ourselves feeling let down in a post-holiday slump. Take Charge of Your Holiday The good news is that you can take steps to “take charge” of your holiday and make it less stressful and more enjoyable. Here are some pointers: • Manage your time. Make a list of holiday priorities that are important to you. Remember that it’s easier to “just say no” up-front, than find yourself feeling pressured and overextended. • Keep expectations low. Be realistic about what you can expect from yourself and others. Focus on one or two fun activities that you can enjoy. • Stay healthy. Avoid extremes such as overeating, abusing alcohol or getting too little sleep. Practice moderation.

• Let go of family feuds. You’ll enjoy get-togethers more if you temporarily put aside past family conflicts and current disagreements. Whenever possible, socialize with supportive family and friends. • Celebrate your inner child. Take care of yourself. Give yourself permission to play in the snow, sing carols or watch a holiday movie that you enjoyed as a child. Take a moment to share holiday happiness through the eyes of a child. If you or someone in your family needs help coping with holiday stress and depression, help is available. BAC’s Member Assistance Program (MAP) provides confidential assistance to active and retired union members and their immediate families by a licensed psychotherapist. Call MAP today tollfree at 1-888-880-8222. Calls generally are accepted from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, and all calls are kept strictly confidential. There is no charge for MAP services. t


SPORTING LIFE On the job, BAC members give everything they have to carry on the Union’s proud tradition of craftsmanship, skill and productivity as the trowel trades’ “Best Hands in the Business.” Away from the jobsite, members bring the same enthusiasm and gusto to their many hobbies and sporting pursuits.

Local 5 Pennsylvania Cicero IV and Snyder targeted shallow bass to win the title, while Cicero III served as the team’s boat captain. Cicero won a $24,000 scholarship to Bethel University, where he will fish on the #1 collegiate bass fishing team in the nation. Meanwhile, he is not far from his union roots, as he has decided to join BAC this summer to work the trade with his dad.

Anthony Cicero IV, left, who won the World Finals with partner Dakota Snyder, is the son of BAC Local 5 PA 20-year member Anthony Cicero III. His grandfather, Anthony Cicero Jr., is also a 28-year member of Local 5 PA.

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BAC Local 3 MA/ME/NH/RI retiree Norbert Martin bagged this 9-point buck with a bow in Massachusetts.

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Retired IU Executive Vice President and Local 2 Michigan member Gerald O’Malley enjoys restoring cars to perfection. Pictured, Brother O’Malley, his award-winning 1971 Ranchero, and a few of his many trophies. BACWEB.ORG

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BAC Local 21 IL 35-year member Mark O'Meara with his 1-year-old granddaughter Arabella and her first catch.

BAC Local 21 IL retiree Greg Guilbeau caught this Red Snapper and King Mackerel in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Members of BAC Local 1 PA/DE enjoyed a fishing trip together hosted by the Local in summer.

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CANADA BAC Canada Congratulates New Federal Cabinet Ministers Voters in Canada elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party to a second term with a parliamentary minority on October 21, 2019. The new gender-balanced federal cabinet includes Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs; Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion; Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health; Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement; Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth; and Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour; Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources; Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services; and Maryam Monsef, Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development. “Congratulations to Prime Minister Trudeau and team. We look forward to continuing working with the elected officials to serve our working people,” said BAC Canadian Regional Director Craig Strudwick. “Moving forward we need to continue reaching out and reminding our elected officials that working men and women worked hard to get them elected and they must represent us and be the voice of our issues.”

New LeanIn.org Program Aims to Connect and Empower Women in the Trades Build Together, a national program of Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU), and North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) worked together and launched a new program on November 6th to connect and empower women in the trades. The program called Lean In Circles for Union Tradeswomen is a partnership with LeanIn.org, an initiative of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation which has been an important voice in raising awareness of bias and advancing women in workplaces through rigorous and thoughtful research and encouraging companies to take action. The foundation worked with a diverse group of subject matter experts, NABTU leaders and women in the building trades to develop content that is specifically designed for women in the trades. The content is built by tradeswomen for tradeswomen. Lean In Circles for Union Tradeswomen represent small groups of women who meet regularly to support each other and learn new skills together. The platform provides a safe space for tradeswomen to connect with each other, speak openly about the challenges they are facing, and build skills and confidence to navigate bias at work. The announcement of the partnership took place in St. Louis, Missouri, where the pilot program has started to engage local tradeswomen there. Simultaneously, the pilot is running in existing Build Together Chapters across Canada including in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Over the next six months, Build Together Chapter members who have already undergone facilitator training will deliver training modules to the other Chapter members and women of the building trades and provide ongoing feedback to the LeanIn.org team to make changes as necessary to increase the effectiveness of the program and evaluate its potential. To learn more about the partnership and get involved, visit https://leanin.org/circles-for-union-tradeswomen.

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CANADA Le BAC du Canada félicite les nouveaux ministres fédéraux Le 21 octobre 2019, les électeurs canadiens ont élu le premier ministre Justin Trudeau et le Parti libéral pour un deuxième mandat, cette fois avec un gouvernement minoritaire. Le nouveau cabinet paritaire est composé de Chrystia Freeland, vice-première ministre et ministre des Affaires intergouvernementales; Catherine McKenna, ministre de l’Infrastructure et des Collectivités; Carla Qualtrough, ministre de l’Emploi, du Développement de la maind’œuvre et de l’Inclusion des personnes handicapées; Patty Hajdu, ministre de la Santé; Anita Anand, ministre des Services publics et de l’Approvisionnement; Bardish Chagger, ministre de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion et de la Jeunesse; Filomena Tassi, ministre du Travail; Seamus O’Regan, ministre des Ressources naturelles; Francois-Philippe Champagne, ministre des Affaires étrangères; Marc Miller, ministre des Services aux Autochtones; et Maryam Monsef, ministre des Femmes et de l’Égalité des genres et du Développement économique rural. “Félicitations au premier ministre Justin Trudeau et à son équipe. Nous nous réjouissons à l’idée de continuer à travailler avec les représentants élus dans le but de servir nos travailleurs », a annoncé Craig Strudwick, le directeur régional du BAC du Canada. « Nous devons continuer de tendre la main aux représentants élus et leur rappeler que les travailleurs et travailleuses ont travaillé fort pour qu’ils soient réélus et qu’ils doivent donc nous représenter et se faire porte-parole des enjeux qui nous touchent.”

Le nouveau programme LeanIn.org: amener les femmes à tisser des liens et à prendre leur place dans les métiers de la construction Le programme national Bâtir ensemble des Syndicats des métiers de la construction du Canada (SMCC) et les Syndicats des métiers de la construction de l’Amérique du Nord (North America’s Building Trades Unions – NABTU) ont travaillé en collaboration pour lancer, le 6 novembre dernier, un nouveau programme visant à amener les femmes à tisser des liens et à prendre leur place au sein des métiers de la construction. Intitulé Cercles Lean In pour les femmes des métiers de la construction, ce programme est issu d’un partenariat avec LeanIn.org, une initiative de la Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, qui a grandement contribué à accroître la sensibilisation par rapport aux préjugés, à promouvoir la place des femmes au travail grâce à des recherches rigoureuses et étoffées et à encourager les entreprises à prendre des mesures en ce sens. Cette fondation a collaboré avec une grande variété d’experts en la matière, avec des dirigeants des NABTU et avec des femmes des métiers de la construction pour élaborer du contenu spécialement pour les femmes des métiers de la construction. Autrement dit, le contenu est conçu par les ouvrières, pour les ouvrières. Cercles Lean In pour les femmes des métiers de la construction, ce sont des petits groupes de femmes qui se réunissent régulièrement pour se soutenir et apprendre de nouvelles compétences. La plateforme offre un espace sécuritaire pour permettre aux femmes des métiers de la construction de tisser des liens, de parler ouvertement des défis auxquels elles font face et d’acquérir des compétences et de la confiance afin de contrer les préjugés au travail. L’annonce du partenariat s’est faite à Saint-Louis, au Missouri, là où le programme pilote a commencé à faire participer des ouvrières locales. Le programme pilote se déroule simultanément dans des sections régionales existantes de Bâtir ensemble partout au Canada, notamment en Colombie-Britannique, en Alberta, en Saskatchewan, au Manitoba, en Nouvelle-Écosse, au Nouveau-Brunswick et à Terre-Neuve. Au cours des six prochains mois, les membres d’une section régionale de Bâtir ensemble qui ont déjà reçu la formation comme animatrices présenteront les modules de formation aux autres membres des sections régionales et à d’autres femmes des métiers de la construction. Au besoin, elles transmettront à l’équipe de LeanIn.Org les commentaires et les réactions qui permettraient d’apporter des changements au programme pour augmenter son efficacité et évaluer son potentiel. Pour en apprendre davantage sur ce partenariat et pour y participer, visitez le site Web suivant : https://leanin.org/about/fr.

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Local 1 Pennsylvania/ Delaware A. BAC Local 1 PA/DE member Graydon Hurst, left, receives his 75-year service plaque from Local 1 President Dennis Pagliotti for his life-long dedicated service to the Union.

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B. Front Row from left, Gold Card members Dominic Giammarco and Francis Kirschner III, 75-year member Graydon Hurst, 25-year members Terrance Zanchuck and Philip Petruzzo, and 40-year members Joseph Duff Jr. and Steven Phipps; back row from left, Local 1 PA/DE President Dennis Pagliotti, 40-year members William McCabe, James Rhine, and Edward Brauer, Gold Card members Michael Loughran, Richard O’Neill, Sean McGettigan, David Phillips, and George Posner, and Local 1 PA/DE Secretary-Treasurer Joe Battaglia. Wisconsin District Council

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C. BAC Local 34 Wisconsin 50-year member Werner Driese, center, receives his Gold Card from Local 34 President Dave White, left, and Director of WI DC Jim Vick at Local 34’s union meeting in Baraboo, WI.

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D. Local 1 MD/VA/DC 50-year member George Walls, center, receives his Gold Card from Local 1 President Scott Garvin, left, and Field Representative Todd Buckner. E. Local 1 MD/VA/DC 40-year member Clyde Wilson, right, receives his service award from Local 1 President Scott Garvin. F. Local 1 MD/VA/DC 40-year member Jeffrey Gardner, left, proudly receives his 40-year pin from Local 1 President Scott Garvin.

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Local 4 Indiana/Kentucky G. Local 4 IN/KY Secretary-Treasurer Steve Knowles congratulates Rich Layton, left, for his 25 years of BAC service. H. Local 4 IN/KY member Jeff Fyffe, right, receives his 25-year service award from Local 4 Secretary-Treasurer Steve Knowles.

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Local 5 Oklahoma/Arkansas/ Texas/New Mexico I. Fifty-year member Max O. Williams receives his Gold Card from BAC Local 5 OK/AR/TX/NM officers.

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J. Gold Card member Fidel P. Garcia receives his service award from BAC Local 5 OK/ AR/TX/NM officers. K. Forty-year member Jay Henry of BAC Local 5 OK/AR/TX/NM, right, receives his service award from BAC South Regional Director Ed Navarro. L. BAC Local 5 OK/AR/TX/NM 40-year member Tommy Wikert, right, receives his service award from BAC South Regional Director Ed Navarro. M. From left, BAC Local 5 OK/AR/TX/ NM President Dave Frangione, 40-year members Ed Worthy III and Delbert Smith, and South Regional Director Ed Navarro. N. BAC Local 5 OK/AR/TX/NM 40-year member Keith Behrens, right, receives his service award from BAC South Regional Director Ed Navarro. O. Forty-year member Russel Gordian of Local 5 OK/AR/TX/NM, right, receives his service award from BAC South Regional Director Ed Navarro.

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P. Hans Wolf of BAC Local 1 NS receives his Gold Card presented by member Jeffery Preeper. Q. Local 1 NS 40-year member Burnette Clowry, right, receives his service award from Local 1 NS President James Moore. R. Brothers Peter MacDonnell, left, and Frank MacDonnell receive their 40-year service awards from Local 1 NS President James Moore, center. S. Local 1 NS member Greg Hines receives his 40-year service award.

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T. Forty-year member William Flynn receives his service award. U. Forty-year member David Hood, right, receives his service award from Local 1 NS Secretary-Treasurer Stephen Conrad.

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IN MEMORIAM

In Memory of

Brother Alfred. A. DiRienzo

Brother DiRienzo, a 69-year member of BAC, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on November 5, 2019. Brother DiRienzo started his career as a bricklayer in then BAC Local 3 Massachusetts in 1950. He was a Navy veteran having served in the Seabees during the Korean War, and faithfully served our Union in various capacities over the years, including Business Manager of BAC Local 3 Massachusetts, IU Regional Director, and IU Director of Trade Jurisdiction to name but a few. Brother DiRienzo is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Martha, daughters Doreen, Christine and Donna and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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IN MEMORIAM – A G ST Death Benefit Claims for A st 2019 Total Amount Paid $174,700.00 Total Union Labor Life Claims $3,000.00 Total Death Benefits $171,700.00 Total Number of Claims 94 Average Age 82.57 Average Years of Membership 53.37 MEMBER - LOCAL UNION Adams, William - 01, CT Ahmad, Naveel - 01, NY Allison, Jason M. - 07, NY/NJ Artuso, Edward J. - 02, MI Balistreri, Giuseppe - 21, IL Ballou, Robert - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Bauldock, Robert L. -05, NJ/DE/PA Blesso, Jr., George A. - 01, CT Bohannan, Tom R. - 05, OK/AR/TX Bonici, Vincent J. - 01, CT Borgman, Adelbert H. - 05, OH Boyd, Albert - 02, BC Bragg, Russell H. - 02, NY/VT Brewer, David P. - 02, MI Brush, John D. - 01, NY Buskey, Alvin O. - 02, NY/VT Buza, Jr., John W. - 04, IN/KY Cantone, Thomas - 01, NY Carnehl, Gaylen W. - 21, IL Carns, Sr., George S. - 09, PA Cherry, James J. - 05, NJ/DE/PA Colarusso, Sr., Phillip A. - 02, NY/VT Combs, Frank S. - 02, MI Cowart, Eddie L. - 08, SE Cravillion, James A. - 03, WI ri a , cc . - 1, Dadswell, Clarence J. - 01, NY DaRoss, Silvio M. - 01, CT Eli, David A. - 15, WV Esposito, Vincent P. - 02, NY/VT Filippini, Lynn L. - 06, IL Filosa, Michael - 01, CT Fuentes, Fernando E. - 01, NY Gallaway, Dennis L. - 04, CA Giumarra, Carmelo - 04, NJ Gordon, Russell D. - 40, OH Gottage, Dante - 02, MI Gottwalt, Leander A. - 06, IL Groegor, Wilfried L. - 01, MN/ND/SD Hanley, III, Matthew J. - 01, PA/DE Herbstreit, Helmut - 01, MB

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YEARS YEARS OF OF AGE MEMBERSHIP

MEMBER - LOCAL UNION Hernandez, Benito U . - 01, CT Huddle, Sr., Carl D. - 03, NY Jankowski, Jr., Edward R. - 09, PA Johnson, Robert W. - 01, MN/ND/SD Jones, Sr., Gary A. - 08, IL Kensek, Robert E. - 04, NJ Krasek, Jerry G. - 04, IN/KY Krull, Dale A. - 02, MI McLeod, Neill H. - 01, NY Metoxen, Nick H. - 03, WI Miller, Dan - 02, MI Moritz, Max H. - 04, CA Motl, Bernard - 01, MN/ND/SD Munich, Walter C. - 05, OH O’Brien, Robert J. - 21, IL O’Handley, Hugh J. - 01, NS Parisi, Stephen M. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Pellegrini, Eugene V. - 21, IL Pinkerton, Thomas L. - 01, MN/ND/SD Provost, Sr., Arnold W. - 02, NY/VT Reed, Dana H. - 05, OK/AR/TX Reinbold, Edward M. - 07, NY/NJ Renner, William V. - 18, MO Romanelli, James V. - 09, PA Ross, Jr., Allister C. - 08, IL Rovito, Giuseppe - 01, NY Salas, Jose G. - 04, IN/KY Salinas Torres, Nelson B. - 01, NY Scavo, Anthony - 01, NY Sidorah, John - 09, OH Simons, Martin G. - 05, PA Singleton, Clifton E. - 01, MD/VA/DC Slusher, Brown L. - 21, IL Spensieri, Liberato - 01, NS Stites, David - 02, MI Strouse, Gerald V. - 07, CO/WY Teets, Reiner H. - 21, IL Theissen, Donald L. - 01, MN/ND/SD Thompson, Eldene A. - 02, MI Tosadori, Robert R. - 09, PA Tunney, Peter - 21, IL rban, Z bigniew - 01, NY Velardo, Robert M. - 01, CT Vujtech, Joseph J. - 05, OH Wagner, Henry C. - 04, NJ Walker, Gerald - 08, IL Wegner, Gordon D. - 01, MN/ND/SD Wendling, Anthony - 21, IL Wendt, Sr., George A. - 05,, PA Whitt, Glenn N. - 08, SE Wilson, Donald M. - 03, IA Wood, George H. - 01, PA/DE Young, Fred J. - 05, OK/AR/TX

P 90 62 M 21 1 48 22 FN 84 52 CM 82 41 B 79 52 CM 80 54 B, CM 87 62 B, CM 64 39 B 84 60 B, CM 94 71 B 84 44 TL 78 52 B, CM, M 70 50 B 91 70 B 92 69 B, CM 96 72 B 91 69 B 89 53 TL 83 51 B, M 90 48 B, CM, P 72 34 B, CM, M, P 93 73 B P 84 52 B, M 85 60 B 84 63 B 90 71 B 100 50 B 91 52 B 91 57 B 81 59 B 85 35 PC 67 39 B 62 42 B 92 49 B 86 58 TL 87 52 B 91 69 B 78 53 CS 68 46 B 86 60 IU Death Benefit Claims must be filed within one year of the member’s death.

BRANCH OF TRADE B B, CM, M, P B, W CB B, CM P B B, CM B CM M, TL, TW, B B, M B B TL MH PC TL B, M M, TL, TW, B B, TL FN FN B B B B PC B B B, CM, PC B TL TL, TW B B B B, M B FN B B B, CM, P B B, CM B B, CM B B B, CM B, M PC TL, M, MM

YEARS YEARS OF OF AGE MEMBERSHIP 89 97 63 93 76 79 80 84 75 88 84 91 90 82 68 89 71 90 82 87 68 63 92 97 87 93 85 51 89 90 68 85 78 83 90 82 71 82 93 93 88 84 87 85 90 86 85 88 88 91 88 64 90

50 68 41 67 53 55 62 65 40 33 62 65 70 65 35 49 45 40 55 56 40 31 29 70 69 52 52 7 70 69 45 45 45 51 72 65 48 61 40 33 61 49 64 66 72 68 65 66 66 70 55 13 64


IN MEMORIAM – SEPTEMBER Death Benefit Claims for September 2019 Total Amount Paid $131,800.00 Total Union Labor Life Claims $6,000.00 Total Death Benefits $125,800.00 Total Number of Claims 78 Average Age 81.76 Average Years of Membership 52.49 MEMBER - LOCAL UNION

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YEARS YEARS OF OF AGE MEMBERSHIP

MEMBER - LOCAL UNION

BRANCH OF TRADE

YEARS YEARS OF OF AGE MEMBERSHIP

Hubbuch, David P. - 04, IN/KY

PC

76

49

Hurlock, Scott W. - 01, OR

B

60

5

Jackson, Reginald - 04, NJ

PC

50

4

Kampstrea, Jr, George - 21, IL

B

87

67

Kane, Bernard F. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B

84

63

Keeler, Jr., Erford E. - 03, NY

B, CM, P

89

67

Keen, Edward W. - 05, PA

FN

81

29

Kish, Louis M. - 04, CA

TL

94

56

Lazzaris, Sergio - 09, PA

B

84

62

Link, Sigmund - 05, OH

B

88

63

Loudermilk, Howard T. - 08, SE

B

93

68

Lovisa, Angelo - 07, NY/NJ

FN

92

30

Acchione, Sr., Nazzareno - 01, PA/DE

MM

84

64

Aguirre, Frank - 21, IL

FN

59

20

Lynch, Kenneth L. - 15, MO/KS/NE

B

75

55

Allman, Jr., Robert F. - 01, MO

B

61

44

Marino, Patrick F. - 03, CA

FN

78

29

Atene, Stephen E. - 01, PA/DE

PC, CM

65

20

Massey, David V. - 07, OH

B, PC

67

40

Balster, James - 01, MN/ND/SD

B, W

80

59

McGill, James H. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B, CM, P

90

66

Bertoncin, Giuseppe O. - 02, MI

TL

92

65

Nanni, Durando - 21, IL

B

96

64

Beshara, Joseph P. - 55, OH

B

88

67

Nardini, Rudolph - 02, ON

B

96

68

Bjornson, Melvin O. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B, W

91

67

Oldfather, Orville O. - 01, MO

B

90

52

Borg, Roderick J. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B, M

74

50

Olin, Richard A. - 09, PA

B, M

83

60

Breaux, Carol L. - 05, OK/AR/TX

B, W

67

46

Orlic, John I. - 07, NY/NJ

MM

77

31

Campion, Thomas W. - 04, NJ

B, CM, P

90

68

O’Shaughnessy, Peter F. - 01, NY

B

92

67

Carroll, Sr., Willard E. - 03, OH

B

86

56

Paolello, Jerry - 01, NY

B

93

71

Cautero, Charles G. - 01, NY

PC

76

48

Patterson, Jr., John C. - 08, SE

B

83

60

Cianfrone, Roy J. - 01, NY

B

72

31

Perozeni, Bruno - 05, OH

B

87

66

Cicerone, Antonio - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B, CM

83

52

Pimental, Jeff B. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

FN

51

2

Collins, John W. - 05, OK/AR/TX

B

87

68

Pimpinella, Giovanni - 01, NY

B

90

65

Czerwonka, Henry J. - 21, IL

FN

66

31

Pistacchio, Sr., Paul J. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B

86

62

DeGiusti, Angelo - 02, ON

B

91

63

Poehls, William B. - 02, WA/ID/MT

B

93

72

Deluca, Louis J. - 02, MI

B

84

63

Reiners, Christopher A. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B

46

21

DiChiro, Louis - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B, CM, M

74

35

Schaeflein, Laurence D. - 21, IL

B

87

63

Dohnel, Ralph E. - 04, CA

TL

79

56

Schafenacker, Richard R. - 04, IN/KY

B

92

70

Dzurnak, Stephen A. - 05, OH

B

87

64

Schindler, Sr., Richard A. - 02, WA/ID/MT

B, PC

64

22

Evangelisti, Sr., John W. - 01, PA/DE

TL

87

58

Skiba, Wilbur T. - 21, IL

B

81

58

Fischer, Kenneth G. - 03, IA

B, M

93

68

Skold, Roger P. - 21, IL

B, M

83

65

Forcione, Joseph T. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

B

82

62

Sordilli, Angelo - 01, CT

TL

87

63

Frison, Curtis A. - 02,WA/ID/MT

PC

59

1

Spears, Billie - 18, OH/KY

B, PC, TL

82

53

Gantner, Thomas B. - 01, MO

B

89

70

Spooner, John F. - 05, OH

B

85

50

Ganzeveld, Henry - 04, IN/KY

B

86

62

Swanson, Roland C. - 21, IL

B

83

65

Gettinger, Donald J. - 01, MO

B

80

57

Sytsma, Donald L. - 04, IN/KY

B

77

58

Gliwa, Richard E. - 21, IL

PC

77

56

Teeter, Warren - 03, NY

B

72

33

Gok, Ryan R. - 03, CA

PC

35

2

Turner, Lester J. - 01, MO

B

88

58

Gross, Fred P. - 05, OK/AR/TX

B, M

92

71

Yannotta, William J. - 05, NJ/DE/PA

B, CM, P

81

61

Guadagnino, Antonino - 02, NY/VT

CB, CM, M, B

89

54

Zamagni, Frederick - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

TL, B

91

63

Hadd, Richard G. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B

87

71

Hamrick, Fred A. - 40, OH

B, CM, W

81

64

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