BAC JOURNAL ISSUE 2 | 2020
IUBAC | International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
a secret garden built by
The Official Journal of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (ISSN 0362-3696) | ISSUE 2 / 2020 EXECUTIVE BOARD Timothy Driscoll President Robert Arnold Secretary-Treasurer Carlos Aquin Executive Vice President Jeremiah Sullivan, Jr. 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 7640 White Pine Ct., Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 534-1108
If I hadn’t been afforded the opportunity to
go to Job Corps, I don’t know where I’d be today. Certainly not here. I could’ve easily found
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
myself dead or incarcerated.”
— Jonas Elmore, BAC/IMI National Director of Job Corps
Editorial Staff: Brian Kennedy, Yin Yin
Mensaje Del Presidente
Members at Work
Safety and Health
News in Brief
Legislative and Political
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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.
Resilience is Our Strength
ince the last edition of the Journal, we continue to be tested in unprecedented ways — a global health pandemic has already claimed over 175,000 lives in North America alone; 32 million Americans and Canadians are unemployed; and widespread protests have erupted following events that cried out for social justice. Each of these challenges is unique, but all demand that we truthfully confront the reality of our circumstances, then dedicate the resources and take the actions necessary to meet the moment. The deadly potential of COVID-19 was all too real to BAC members and contractors, who, early on, negotiated social distancing, masks and vigilant hygiene practices to mitigate the spread of the virus on our jobsites. We did not wait for, and never received, leadership from US politicians, some of who belittled COVID-19 as a hoax that would magically disappear. But, while politicians may pretend that hope is a strategy, self-delusion is not an option for us as craftworkers, family members or citizens. Likewise, as workers who must put food on the table, we need action, not political grandstanding, to counter the devastating economic impact of the pandemic on communities across North
America. That is why BAC is fighting hard for assistance to displaced workers, such as healthcare subsidies, pension protection and increased unemployment benefits. The HEROES Act that passed the US House of Representatives months ago contains much of this needed relief but is blocked in the Senate by politicians beholden to corporate interests. (see page 23) On top of an unprecedented health pandemic and economic freefall, the murder of George Floyd provided the starkest reminder that, though we have come a long way, systemic racism still plays a role in our society. BAC supports the ensuing righteous calls for justice (see page 13). As a union with a long and proud tradition of protesting for workers’ rights, we embrace the right to seek redress through freedom of expression and peaceful protest. We must guard against politicians who would seek to fan the flames of racial division to distract us from their failures to address the COVID-19 crisis and the underlying economic and racial inequities that exacerbated it. The November elections in the U.S. present us with a stark choice between wishful thinking and real action on behalf of working families. BAC is proud to support Joe Biden for President; he is a
true believer in unions as the best advocates for safe workplaces and fair wages. Vice President Biden has a proven record of defending access to healthcare, and he has fought to protect the pensions BAC members and others have earned through a lifetime of hard work. His career-long support for us has earned him our support in return, and we are proud to stand with Joe Biden now as we unite to rebuild this country together. They say, “prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.” I am confident that this great Union and its members are more than up to the task. Stay healthy, stay safe!
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MENSAJE DEL PRESIDENTE
La resiliencia es nuestra fuerza
esde la última edición de la revista, seguimos bajo prueba de maneras sin precedentes. Una pandemia que afecta la salud mundial, la cual ya ha cobrado más de 175,000 vidas solo en América del Norte, 32 millones de estadounidenses y canadienses están desempleados y estallaron protestas generalizadas a raíz de varios acontecimientos que exigían justicia social. Cada uno de estos desafíos es único, pero todos exigen que enfrentemos con veracidad la realidad de nuestras circunstancias, que dediquemos los recursos y que tomemos las medidas necesarias para afrontar el momento. El potencial mortal de la COVID-19 era demasiado real para los miembros del Sindicato de Albañiles y Oficios Afines (Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, BAC) y los contratistas quienes, desde el principio, estuvieron negociando el distanciamiento social, el uso de mascarillas y las prácticas de higiene necesarias para mitigar la propagación del virus en nuestros lugares de trabajo. No esperamos y nunca aceptamos el liderazgo de los políticos de EE. UU., algunos de los cuales desestimaron la COVID-19 como una falsa alarma que desaparecería mágicamente. Pero mientras que los políticos pueden pretender que la esperanza es una estrategia, el autoengaño no es una opción para nosotros como artesanos, familiares o ciudadanos. Asimismo, como trabajadores que deben poner alimentos en la mesa, necesitamos acción, no grandilocuencia política para contrarrestar el devastador impacto económico de la pandemia en las comunidades de toda América del Norte. Por eso, BAC está luchando duro por ayudar a los trabajadores destituidos con medidas tales como los subsidios de salud, la protección de las pensiones y el aumento de las prestaciones por desempleo. La Ley de Soluciones Generales de Emergencia para la Salud y Recuperación Económica (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, HEROES Act), que la Cámara de Representantes
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de los Estados Unidos aprobó hace meses, contiene mucha de esta ayuda necesaria, pero está bloqueada por el Senado debido a que los políticos están evaluando los intereses corporativos. (ver página 23) Además de una pandemia que afecta la salud y una caída libre económica sin precedentes, el asesinato de George Floyd fue el recordatorio más claro de que, aunque hemos recorrido un largo camino, el racismo sistémico sigue desempeñando un papel en nuestra sociedad. BAC apoya los llamados para exigir justicia (ver página 13). Como sindicato con una larga y orgullosa tradición de protestar por los derechos de los trabajadores, apoyamos el derecho a buscar compensación a través de la libertad de expresión y la protesta pacífica. Debemos protegernos de los políticos que tratan de avivar las llamas de la división racial para distraernos de su fracaso a la hora de abordar la crisis de la COVID-19 y las desigualdades económicas y raciales subyacentes que la exacerbaron. Las elecciones de noviembre en los EE. UU. representan una dura opción entre nuestras ilusiones y las acciones reales en nombre de las familias trabajadoras. BAC se enorgullece de apoyar a Joe Biden para presidente, él es un verdadero creyente de los sindicatos como los mejores defensores de los lugares de trabajo seguros y los salarios justos. El vicepresidente Biden tiene un historial comprobado en la defensa del acceso a la asistencia sanitaria y que lucha para proteger las pensiones que los miembros de BAC y otros se ganaron a lo largo de toda una vida de trabajo duro. El apoyo que nos ha brindado a lo largo de su carrera hizo que se ganara nuestro apoyo y estamos orgullosos de estar junto a Joe Biden ahora que nos unimos para reconstruir este país juntos. Dicen, “la prosperidad prueba a los afortunados, la adversidad a los grandes”. Estoy seguro de que los miembros de este gran sindicato están más que a la altura de la tarea. ¡Manténganse seguros y saludables! //
MEMBERS AT WORK
LOCAL 3 CALIFORNIA
BAC Craftworkers Help Create the Salesforce Transit Center Grand Hall’s Secret Garden
ixteen colors. Three hundred and seventy-five waterjet-cut elements of brass and zinc. Five water-jet cut zinc “Japanese Clouds” and 248 sets of water-jet cut zinc “Diamond Dots.” A joyful collection of hummingbirds, poppies, 111 insects made of water-jet brass, and abstract shapes that had to complement the scale and architectural elements of the space. That was the vision local San Francisco artist Julie Chang had for the Salesforce Transit Center Grand Hall.
Ten years in the making, the 24,000-square-foot Grand Hall houses an exceptionally intricate public art installation in terrazzo. Chang’s vision, known as the Secret Garden, was brought to life by BAC Local 3 Northern California signatory contractor Associated Terrazzo and its exceptional BAC craftworkers. Master Terrazzo Mechanic, BAC member and project foreman Dan Danielson, along with Associated Terrazzo co-owner Scott Rocha, worked closely with
Chang to transform her computer screen vision to an old-world art of terrazzo reality. With 30 years in the trade, Danielson has worked on a number of high-profile projects, including the San Francisco International Airport, Disney Museum, Apple 2 campus, and many more. It is no wonder his co-workers call him “the Godfather of Terrazzo.” The project, recognized by the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association as the “2019 Job of the Year,” was a master undertaking ISSUE 2, 2020 // 3
MEMBERS AT WORK
From left, BAC Local 3 CA members Daryll Greene, Robert Stout, Danny Danielson, co-owner of Associated Terrazzo Scott Rocha, Ben Stout, Wily Tizoc, Eric Underwood, Joe Dinsdale and Humberto Romero.
Ten years in the making, the 24,000-square-foot Grand Hall houses an exceptionally intricate public art installation in terrazzo.” featuring various challenges. Some of the issues included an out of level slab, multiple architectural layout points, 375 waterjet-cut accent elements in multiple metal types that required exceptional care to polish to perfection and damaged shipments of custom materials.
In addition, the floor’s design and installation had to take into account a second phase of construction, in which large structural slabs were removed to install escalators that provided access to projected commuter and high-speed rail. Along with the Grand Hall installation, another 6,000 square
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feet of single-color epoxy terrazzo flooring was installed in five different areas of the building at the same time, including five staircases of precast terrazzo and 11 elevator cab floors. When installers were asked to expedite the six-month installation schedule, they trimmed a month off and
BAC member and project foreman Dan Danielson, left, with Associated Terrazzo co-owner Scott Rocha.
increased the quality of the bent divider strip patterns by pre-fabricating the divider strips on panels, many as large as 11 feet x 17 feet, which had to be aligned on the construction site. “Danny was my helper back in the day, but it is a case of the pupil surpassing the teacher,” says BAC member and journeyperson terrazzo mechanic Ben Stout, who has logged nearly 50 years in the business. “He is an artist at everything he touches. I believe the best mechanic in Northern California.” Danielson says his team used 16 different colors to bring to life Chang’s conceptual design. He
says he prefers the luster that can be achieved with a traditional cementitious terrazzo, but for a project like Transbay, there was no doubt there were more colors with far more brilliance with modern epoxy terrazzo. “When epoxy came on the scene with all the vibrant colors, I knew the craft was going to change; the colors are a crowd pleaser,” says Eric Underwood, BAC member and lead terrazzo finisher. “Danny is a shining jewel in our trade. Even our boss Scott Rocha cannot say enough about him.” The Associated Terrazzo team wanted to be sure that
they provide a superior terrazzo installation for such an amazing project. From the start, Danielson said that they made sure to set the project up for success, spending hours dealing with the terrazzo being installed on a topping slab that contained a radiant flooring system, which overlaid several inches of rigid foam insulation. In addition, they paid close attention to what terrazzo protection was required for the owner to maintain the items in the high ceiling for years to come. “Over my years representing Local 3 CA members and contractors, I have witnessed many ISSUE 2, 2020 // 5
MEMBERS AT WORK MEET THE ASSOCIATED TERRAZZO TEAM ATC Project Manager: Eddie Lourenco ATC Project Field Foreman/Supervisors: Scott Rocha & Rob Fontes BAC Terrazzo Mechanics and Finishers: + Devin A. Anderson + Gabriel A. Becerra + Jesse Chavarria + John C. Clinton + Danny D. Danielson + Allen N. DeLeon. + Joseph J. Dinsdale + Brian M. Dohring + Jamiz R. Durr. + Alexander L. Fluitt + Dean A. Fontana + Darryl G. Greene + Jose J. Hernandez + Philip C. Hill + Jesse C. Hinton + Michael E. Jackson + Manuel A. Lopez Pineda + Williams H. Lopez Pineda
high-end terrazzo installations by Associated Terrazzo,” says Dave Jackson, President of BAC Local 3 CA. “The Transbay Terminal may be their signature project, with its multiple colors and intricate metal divider strips professionally installed, creating a long-lasting work of art. This project will be enjoyed by millions of people over its long life. I cannot say enough about the performance of our skilled Local 3 craftworkers and Associated Terrazzo.” //
+ Williams H. Lopez Sandoval + Nestor O. Martinez + Roberto, Martinez-Anaya + Robert W. Mauricio + Steven A. Medina-Reina + Dossy J. Monroe + Michael Reynolds + Humberto Romero + Jared P. Schablaske + Benjamin M. Stout + Robert E. Stout + Wily V. Tizoc Valdez
Artist Julie Chang, left, with Scott Rocha, co-owner of Associated Terrazzo.
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+ Eric C. Underwood + Kevin J. Voelker
LOCAL 1 MANITOBA
BAC Local 1 Manitoba Helping Bring Mormon Temple to Winnipeg
he design draws inspiration from the churches of early Winnipeg. A red brick exterior. One ordinance room (stationary) and one sealing. A slate roof. A gold-colored spire with an Angel Moroni statue watching over the
main entrance. Original art glass windows that depict the prairie crocus. When the temple—the ninth Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints in Canada—is completed in the fall, it will rest on
a beautiful tract of land at the entrance to The Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater, located in the southwestern portion of the city that features sprawling green spaces and more than 18-plus miles of park trails. At the center of the temple’s construction efforts is BAC Local 1 Manitoba’s Signatory Contractor Alpha Masonry, the highly skilled trowel trades craftworkers from across Canada and the United States. The team includes bricklayers, stone and marble masons, and pointers/ cleaners/caulkers. Among the work BAC Local 1 Manitoba put into the 16,100-square-foot temple was laying brick on the front side of temple.
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MEMBERS AT WORK The church and its significance to Manitoba came during a 12-city tour of Canada in 1998 by the late Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints’ President Gordon B. Hinckley. With scores of church members making the drive to hear him speak, Hinckley vowed to bring a temple to the area. Not soon after the church broke ground in December 2016, contractors, along with BAC Local 1 Manitoba, set up shop to make Hinckley’s dream a reality. Signatory Contractor Alpha Masonry, led by foreman Manny Vaz, dep loyed some 10 BAC craftworkers to work on the job. Vaz says that jobs like these make him proud to be a mason.
“I’ve been in this trade for over 40 years. I have been lucky because this trade has been good to me. This job in particular—with this style of stonework, the inset arches and architectural design— is such a work of art.” //
BAC Local 1 Manitoba member Steve Egan on the job.
Foreman Manny Vaz, left, and second-year apprentice Apostolos Grigoridis.
From left, Foreman Manny Vaz, journeyworker Steve Egan, journeyworker David Hudson, second-year apprentice Apostolos Grigoridis, and other trades workers.
Exterior of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Manitoba.
At the center of the temple’s construction efforts is BAC Local 1 Manitoba’s Signatory Contractor Alpha Masonry, the highly skilled trowel trades craftworkers from across Canada and the United States.” 8 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS
SAFETY & HEALTH
CPWR’s COVID-19 Construction Clearinghouse Offers Latest in Pandemic News
s COVID-19 continues to make its presence felt, every day is a challenge—at work and at home—for our BAC members. As information flashes from myriad sources daily, the overload can be a lot to handle. To help make sense of it all, CPWR (The Center for Construction Research & Training) established a COVID19 Construction Clearinghouse for construction employers and workers. The site provides a central location for the influx of COVID-related information, and to identify and organize resources relevant to the construction industry from reputable sources. Information is broken down into different resource categories, such as information on the virus, statelevel requirements, examples of how construction sites are changing to prevent the spread, and webinars.
One of the latest webinars featured one of BAC’s own, Matt Eleazer, President, BAC Local 1 Oregon/Washington/Idaho/ Montana, and a member of the Oregon COVID-19 Joint Construction Safety Task Force. Eleazer discussed the efforts underway through the task force and his local.
You can watch the YouTube video at: youtu.be/N6T9fjqFx1c. In addition, the site includes links to selected sources of news and related information, all of which is updated weekly. To learn more, visit covid.elcosh.org. If you want to share what you are doing on your jobsites, email email@example.com. //
COVID-19 WEBINAR SERIES CPWR has joined forces with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health) to host a bimonthly webinar series focused on COVID-19. Each episode features presentations and a Q&A with a different panel of experts on some aspect of COVID-19 and the construction industry. Past topics have included updates on CDC and OSHA guidances, real-world examples of inventive jobsite solutions, and a look at the data on industry jobsite activity. You can view the series on-demand at YouTube and register for new webinars at www.cpwr.com/news-events. ISSUE 2, 2020 // 9
SAFETY & HEALTH
Members in BAC Neck Gaitors NEW JERSEY ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT COUNCIL
WISCONSIN DISTRICT COUNCIL
LOCAL 2 NEW YORK/VERMONT
Work Zone Safety: Preventing Struck-by Incidents on Construction Jobsites
truck-by incidents—struck by a flying, falling, swinging or rolling object—are one of the leading causes of death among construction workers. Since 1992, it has been one of the industry’s leading causes of nonfatal injuries. In April, the first “National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents” was held virtually to begin
raising awareness of the hazards and ways to work safely. The program was a joint effort between CPWR, NIOSH and other members of NIOSH’s NORA Construction Sector Council. If you missed the webinar, you can view it on demand at https://youtu.be/fHPsmirfyyw. Since these types of hazards are common and preventable, CPWR
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and the NORA Construction Sector Council also created an online listing of resources to help improve work zone safety year-round, including new materials such as infographics and toolbox talks that can be used by employers and workers during the year. For more information, visit https://www.cpwr.com/research/ work-zone-safety. //
SAFETY & HEALTH
CPWR Adds 2 New Resources to Address Hazards Facing Construction Workers
PWR — The Center for Construction Research & Training recently added head protection and suicide prevention to its growing collection of resources. The programs will address the high-priority topics with straight-forward, researchbased materials for workers.
HEAD PROTECTION According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, thousands of workers suffer or die each year from head injuries. While you can see some head injuries, such as cuts, burns and bruises, you cannot see
a brain injury. Common causes include falling and hitting one’s head, being hit by falling tools or materials, and contact with overhead electrical wires or equipment. You can find a new Hazard Alert Card and the recorded presentation, “Head Protection: Preventing Head Injuries,” at https://www.cpwr.com/ research/preventing-head-injuries.
SUICIDE PREVENTION Suicide rates in the US have risen dramatically in recent years. Today, it stands as one of the leading causes of death in the construction industry. The anxiety and uncertainty
surrounding COVID-19 has created even more undue stress, meaning it is critical to understand the signs of depression, and where to seek guidance if needed. CPWR’s Suicide Prevention Resources is a good place to start. The resources help people understand the risks, start a conversation about the topic, or train others on best practices for prevention. New resources include a Hazard Alert Card and Toolbox Talk, available in English and Spanish. The resource was co-branded with The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP). //
New Date: Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls, Sept. 14–18
OVID-19 forced the postponement of the “7th Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls” from its original May date. The new date is Sept. 14–18. The Safety Stand-Down, part of the OSHA-NIOSH-CPWR Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction, provides an opportunity
to pause every year and refocus on falls—one of the leading causes of death in construction. This year, employers and workers should participate virtually or with distancing measures in place on the jobsite. In support of the event, CPWR is working with OSHA and NIOSH to develop
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activities and materials to facilitate safe stand-downs, such as videos and webinars that can be viewed from anywhere, and easy-to-share infographics (see mast climbers pictured). For access to existing and new Stand-Down materials, including free 2020 hardhat stickers, visit stopconstructionfalls.com. //
NEWS IN BRIEF
BAC’s Statement on Justice for George Floyd
AC President Tim Driscoll issued the following statement in response to nationwide protests for justice: The inhumane and tragic killing of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer has gripped our nation. To a nation already reeling from an unprecedented health pandemic and economic freefall, it is the starkest reminder of the insidious role that racism plays in our society, and the struggle for justice that remains before us. The International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers (BAC) was founded more than 150 years ago on the proposition that workers have a right to collectively demand justice in their workplace and in their community. Our BAC Constitution reflects our mission “to promote, foster and develop the
physical, economic and social welfare of [our] members and all other workers, and their families.” The quest for justice for the family of George Floyd is a labor issue because it is a community issue. Our Union not only builds the schools, hospitals, churches and other vital structures that comprise our communities, we help build the lives of the workers that make those communities possible. Accordingly, we cannot stand by silently while an entire segment of our community, people of color, continue to be subjected to persistent racism and lives are taken so callously. We condemn the actions of those involved in the killing of George Floyd. We recognize that they do not represent the vast majority of police officers who faithfully serve their communities every day, just as those protestors
engaging in violence do not represent the vast majority of people who are peacefully, but passionately demanding justice. We must now guard against those politicians who would seek to leverage this moment for their personal and political advantage. Specifically, those who fan the flames of racial and class division to distract from their failure to deliver on the promise of the economic well-being and health of our nation. This current moment demands more of us than thoughts and prayers. As Dr. King proclaimed from the Birmingham jail more than 50 years ago, “True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice.” That struggle for justice must now be our focus as a labor movement, and as a country. //
The quest for justice for the family of George Floyd is a labor issue because it is a community issue. Our Union not only builds the schools, hospitals, churches and other vital structures that comprise our communities, we help build the lives of the workers that make those communities possible.” ISSUE 2, 2020 // 13
NEWS IN BRIEF
BAC Represents All and Welcomes All
very year BAC delegates from across the nation join thousands of fellow union leaders and activists at events such as the AFL-CIO’s MLK Civil and Human Rights Conference and the annual Convention of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to inform, educate and mobilize around issues that impact working families and communities of color. The BAC Journal took the opportunity to interview five of these leaders about their BAC experience and how unions can help achieve economic, political and social justice for every American.
GLENN HEAD, BAC LOCAL 4-IN/KY “THE UNION IS MY FAMILY” Glenn Head joined BAC 30 years ago to follow in his father’s footsteps as a bricklayer. While he was in the 12-week pre-apprentice class, his father passed away. “At that moment, I was determined to make it as a bricklayer. I noticed that there weren’t many people who looked like me on the jobsite, which was a lesson in itself as a 20-year-old apprentice.” “Looking back over the years, the Union is like my family. In fact, they are my family. The Union wants me to be successful. The Union has provided me various opportunities over the years, including the apprenticeship program, becoming a journeyman, steward, foreman, Fort Wayne JATC Board member, Field Representative for BAC Local 4 IN/KY, Management Committee member, BAC Executive Council At Large member, and most importantly, homeowner and provider for my family.” Now Brother Head sees his mission as providing those same opportunities to others. “There is nothing more satisfying than giving opportunities to new members as I watch them learn and excel at their trade, knowing that they are on track to have a great future with BAC. BAC’s efforts to diversify and expand 14 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS
these opportunities to communities of color isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do— to ensure that BAC thrives for years to come.”
ANGELA HENDERSON, BAC LOCAL 1 WA/AK “OUR UNION WELCOMES WOMEN AND MINORITIES” Angela Henderson, an 18-year bricklayer of BAC Local 1 WA/AK and member of BAC Executive Council, entered the trade after taking a class at a local college called Non-traditional Employment for Women. “I already had a son and was pregnant with my daughter, and I knew I needed to make a choice to provide for them,” she said. Impressed by her knack for the trade, her instructors encouraged her to join the Union’s apprenticeship program. She was 1 of 15 in her class to go on to pursue a career in the trades. “I just love this trade. I like being strong, being outdoors and working on buildings. I like looking back at projects that I’ve worked on and showing people the work that I’ve done. It’s gratifying,” she said.
BAC’s efforts to diversify and expand these opportunities to communities of color isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do to ensure that BAC thrives for years to come.” Henderson was appointed as an At Large Member at BAC’s 2015 Convention. “I am proud to advocate for women and minorities as a member of BAC’s Executive Council. Diversifying our ranks is key to BAC’s continued success,” she said. “Our Union helped sharpen my trade skills and shape my career. Nothing
is too hard or too heavy for a BAC woman as long as you have proper training; and our apprenticeship training program is top notch.”
GLENN KELLY, BAC LOCAL 8 SOUTHEAST “BAC INVESTS IN OUR COMMUNITIES” In 2009 at the age of 19, Glenn Kelly joined BAC as a second-generation cement mason. “I joined the Union because I wanted good wages, healthcare and retirement benefits,” Kelly said. He started working for the Local JATC as Safety Director in 2014 and later became a Field Representative of Local 8 Southeast, where he worked to organize new contractors and service the membership. He was elected President of BAC Local 8 Southeast in 2018. “BAC invests in our communities by providing lifelong career opportunities. Training and organizing are central to that effort. We have to protect our right to organize so that we can continue to raise wages and level the playing field for all craftworkers.” Kelly said the work as Union organizers requires everyone to engage workers of all ages, races and genders. “At the end, our work as union organizers requires us to engage workers of all ages, races and genders. At the end of the day the diversity of our membership is our greatest strength in ensuring that contractors can’t divide workers against each other. The support and inspiration that the NAACP and other related organizations provide is essential to that goal.”
TODD BUCKNER, BAC LOCAL 1 MD/DC/VA “OUR UNION REPRESENTS EQUAL OPPORTUNITY” A first-generation bricklayer, Todd Buckner was the only one from his high school and vocational classes who chose a masonry trade with BAC as a career path 34 years ago. “It wasn’t a hard decision for me as I saw that
union workers earn better wages and benefits than non-union workers,” Brother Buckner said. “I came to understand that the Union provides an equal opportunity for all who want to succeed.” Brother Buckner has been a Field Representative for Local 1 MD/VA/DC for 13 years and says that “ensuring that those opportunities to succeed are available to individuals from every part of our community is central to my work, and to the Union’s success.” He went on to observe that “our Local membership reflects the diverse population of the Washington metro area, and that diversity represents one of our greatest strengths.”
RUSSELL SMITH, OH/KY ADC “BAC REACHES OUT TO ALL COMMUNITIES.” Russell Smith joined BAC Local 5 Ohio as an apprentice in 1998. He worked with his tools as a bricklayer and marble mason on many prominent projects across Northeast Ohio, before becoming a field representative for the OH/KY ADC in 2012, and then advancing in 2017 to serve as a regional representative for the International Union. “My career in the masonry trade has been shaped by the people I have met throughout my career, the mentors I’ve had, and my drive to do better for myself and my family,” Smith said. “Anyone working in our trade knows that you earn your living every day, but BAC members know that the Union provides a better way to earn that living. That message needs to reach a wider audience.” Smith said that the chain of father to son and multiple generations of BAC craftworkers is a great story. “But we know that to prosper in the years to come, BAC has to expand the pool of future members even further. We need to reach out to communities that haven’t traditionally been served by our Union. I know we can do it, because I see it every day. We can always improve as craftworkers, and as a union. That’s what makes BAC the best in the business.” // ISSUE 2, 2020 // 15
NEWS IN BRIEF
Pushing the Dream Forward BY TERESA BARANOWSKI
am fortunate enough to be one of the 215 recipients of the Union Plus scholarship. With more than 6,300 people applying for the scholarship this year alone, I am beyond grateful to receive the honor and for everything the Union has done for my family and me.
wanted to start off my life by making money. I grew up working on cars, riding four-wheelers, fishing, kayaking, and just about any and all outdoor activities you could think of doing. I love working with my hands and learning new things. In high school, I was on the varsity soccer
I have met so many people who I have become friends with—many of whom are like family just from being in the trades.” The online application process, typically due around the beginning of the year, involves various components. For example, in order to apply, a parent and/or yourself must be a Union member. I am currently a fourth-year apprentice at Local 697 IBEW Electricians in Merrillville, Indiana. My father has been a bricklayer for Local 4 IN/KY out of Merrillville for more than 28 years. Before that, he was a laborer for nine years. In addition, one of my grandfathers was a Union boilermaker and the other was a steel worker. Growing up, I saw how hard my dad worked to provide for our family. That alone is empowering enough to realize college was not for me. I
team all four years, serving as captain in my junior and senior years. The day I chose to stop playing soccer and turn down my dream to play at Notre Dame with a partial scholarship for academics and athletics was heartbreaking. But I knew I could not provide for me and a future family by playing soccer, let alone not even knowing what I wanted to study. During my senior year in high school, I took a tour of the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) and realized it was what I wanted and needed to do. I believe I made the right choice. I have met so many people who I have become friends
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A PROGRAM THAT MATTERS For the past 30 years, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has helped fulfill the educational dreams of students representing more than 13 million working families across the nation. The program, an example of the U.S. labor movement’s commitment to higher education, presents scholarships annually to Union members or members of their families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. In 2020, 215 Union members and Union family members have been awarded $300,000 in scholarships, ranging from $750 to $4,000. For more information, visit www.unionplus.org.
Union Plus scholarship winner Teresa Baranowski, center, with her family.
with—many of whom are like family just from being in the trades. This Union Plus Scholarship is going to help me out tremendously by paying for books this fall and adding some new tools and clothes for work. //
AND THE WINNER IS...
BAC Names its 2020 U.S. Bates Scholarship Recipients
hree college-bound students from BAC were awarded US Bates Scholarship awards this year. Each year, BAC awards three scholarships to students whose parents or step-parents are US BAC members. The stipends are $5,000 per year for up to four years—up to $20,000 total. Following are insights from this year’s recipients.
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLAR ALEXANDER SCHMITT + Attending: Stanford University + Major: Physics + Family/IU Info: Martin Schmitt, Local 1 MD/VA/DC
WHAT DOES THIS RECOGNITION MEAN TO YOU?
represent both the Union and my family as an example of what can be achieved as a high school student as I continue my education at Stanford University.
WHAT DOES THE UNION MEAN TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY? For two decades, my father’s Union has provided my family with financial security and a positive outlook on our future. Even during difficult times for the country or my family, I knew that my dad was be able to provide for us. The Union has always been a source of pride for him, as it is essentially a better way of living. The happiness that comes from reliable retirement funds, income and insurance is something every family deserves to experience.
WHAT KIND OF ADVICE CAN YOU OFFER This scholarship does much more than YOUR PEERS AND YOUNGER STUDENTS? simply affirm all my accomplishments up to this point in my academic career. What I would offer is to never lose It proves to my parents that they have sight of your goals. My ultimate goal done an incredible job raising me. It in life is to become an astronaut and proves that my teachers have taught be among the first humans to step me beyond what was expected and on Mars. With every math, science, that I can achieve anything I dedicate English and history class, I am motiAlex Schmitt and his dad, Martin Schimitt. my time to. Being chosen for such a vated by the thought of how that selective award among some of the most exceptional knowledge will help me move closer to that first step. students in the nation is an unimaginable honor that I As I seek out internships, I think of what experiences will carry with me for the rest of my life. could be applied to life as an astronaut or how the For the next four years, I can seek nearly any people I meet can help me prepare for that future. opportunity imaginable without concern for any When the purpose behind every major decision in unnecessary financial burden because of this scholyour life is a single goal, it seems easy to achieve arship. It is also an incredible honor to be able to almost anything. ISSUE 2, 2020 // 17
NEWS IN BRIEF WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT TO? I’d like to thank the BAC and the National Merit Corporation for this award, as it will most certainly change my life and help me change the world.
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT TO?
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLAR ALYSSIA CARMICHAEL
I would like to say thank you for this scholarship, and thank you to my family for allowing me the opportunity to pursue my degree and dreams at a university that best suits me.
+ Attending: John Carroll University
+ Major: Biochemistry
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLAR ADAM FREDERICK
+ Family/IU Info: Noah Carmichael, Local 7, OH
WHAT DOES THIS RECOGNITION MEAN TO YOU?
to step back from all the outside voices and listen to what you really want for yourself. And don’t forget: You’re young. You have your whole life to change your mind if need be.
+ Attending: The Ohio State University — Columbus Alyssia Carmichael and her dad, Noah Carmichael.
Winning this scholarship allowed me to prioritize my educational needs over the financial needs of my family. With the additional money and support, I was able to choose a smaller, more expensive school where I will be able to be more engaged in my learning.
WHAT DOES THE UNION MEAN TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY? To my family, “Union” represents our connection to one another and the idea of backing each other up. For example, my parents have always been very supportive and given guidance during all my endeavors, and the search for the right college and pursuit of scholarships has been no different. I know my family is willing to make sacrifices to support each other and support our “Union.”
WHAT KIND OF ADVICE CAN YOU OFFER YOUR PEERS AND YOUNGER STUDENTS? When you start the college search process, I would say to trust your gut. I learned a lot about myself and my priorities when choosing my college. This time of your life is all about figuring yourself out, so don’t be afraid 18 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS
+ Major: Mechanical Engineering + Parent/IU Info: David Frederick, Local 46
WHAT DOES THIS RECOGNITION MEAN TO YOU?
Adam Frederick and his dad, David Frederick.
It is a great honor to be awarded this scholarship. It means a lot to me because it will certainly help me continue my education and eventually find a career that I will enjoy.
WHAT DOES THE UNION MEAN TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY? To me and my family, “Union” is about being a part of something that is more than just yourself. It’s about being a part of and positively contributing to a group or a family of people.
WHAT KIND OF ADVICE CAN YOU OFFER YOUR PEERS AND YOUNGER STUDENTS? Never be afraid to try new things or meet new people.
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT TO? Thank you so much to BAC for awarding me this scholarship. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. //
Social Media Etiquette Tips for BAC Members
ith 73% of the world’s internet users active in social media and 92% of recruiters using social media to find candidates, it is essential that you carefully consider your actions and follow proper etiquette when you post and engage with other users. It is critical to think about the effects that your words, pictures and videos have before sharing them with the public. You have worked hard to develop a reputation as a professional Union Craftworker. Don’t jeopardize that reputation with careless postings.
BE PROFESSIONAL. If you think what you do on social media has to do only with your personal life, there are facts you should consider: 60% of employers use social sites to research job candidates; 41% use social networking sites to research current employees; 26% have found content online that caused them to discipline an employee. Inappropriate photographs, videos, discriminatory comments, and use of vulgar, offensive or rude language are typical types of content that can have a negative impact on your professional image.
BE UPFRONT ABOUT OPINIONS THAT ARE PERSONAL. Social media is a great vehicle to promote the things that you are proud of or interested in. Many BAC members prominently display their BAC affiliation in their profiles, which is great. However, when people see that you are a BAC member, they often assume that your postings represent the position of the Union or your employer. And while you know that isn’t the case, the
general public doesn’t. So if your profile highlights your affiliation with BAC, be upfront about the fact that you are not speaking on the Union’s behalf. For example, you should consider a disclaimer on your social media profile, saying “The views posted here are my own.”
BE TRUTHFUL — MAKE CORRECTIONS IF NECESSARY. Social media is not a replacement for news. Before posting information on social media or sharing someone else’s post, consider the validity of the information and the impact it may have. If there appears to be more harm than good that could come from posting something, don’t post it. If you don’t know where the information came from, don’t post it. If you posted or shared inaccurate information, acknowledge the mistake and state the correction.
SHARE INFORMATION CAREFULLY. Think twice before sharing your location data, travel plans, personally identifying information, personal finance information, self-incriminating evidence, or anything you don’t want to make public.
FOLLOW SOCIAL MEDIA POLICIES. When you post or comment on any organization or company’s social media page, make sure that you follow their social media policy. For example, the BAC Facebook page has a “Do’s and Don’ts” guideline for its followers when posting or engaging with others on its page: https://bit.ly/32I9s3e. //
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LEGISLATIVE & POLITICAL
Where Trump and Biden Stand on Our Key Issues?
he Nov. 3 election between Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will give American voters a choice between two candidates with drastically different views on key issues related to the working people and our Union. Here is a detailed look at their policies and proposals on these key issues:
SO-CALLED “RIGHT TO WORK” (RTW) LAWS: Intentionally misnamed by a network of nonunion business interests that have championed their passage, right-to-work laws are currently in effect in 27 states. These laws have lowered wages, reduced benefits, diminished jobsite safety, and do not guarantee any rights that are not already offered under federal law. The average worker in right-towork states earns roughly $5,333 a year less than a worker in free-bargaining states. Donald Trump favors states with RTW laws because he thinks “it is better for the people” to not have to support unions with their dues payments. He has promised to sign a national Right-to-Work law if it comes to his desk. Joe Biden would ban Right-toWork laws because “these laws exist
only to deprive unions of the financial support they need to fight for higher wages and better benefits.” As President, Biden would repeal the Taft-Hartley provisions that allow states to impose RTW laws.
THE PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE ACT’S (PRO ACT): The PRO Act restores fairness to the economy by strengthening the federal laws that protect workers’ right to join a union. It protects the basic right to join a union, enforces penalties for companies that violates workers’ rights, expands workers’ collective bargaining rights and closes loopholes that corporations use to exploit workers, and strengthens workers’ access to fair union elections and requires corporations to respect the results. Trump threatened to veto the PRO Act. Trump administration issued a strongly worded statement opposing the PRO Act, one day before 224 members of the US House of Representatives from both parties voted to approve the bill. Biden strongly supports the PRO Act provisions instituting financial penalties on companies that interfere with workers’ organizing efforts, including firing or otherwise retaliating against workers.
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WORKPLACE SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS: Lawmakers, unions and other stakeholders have worked for decades to institute health and safety protections for workers on the job. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created OSHA, which sets and enforces protective workplace safety and health standards for workers in industries, including construction. Trump has gotten rid of several OSHA safety standards and reduced the number of investigations that OSHA is taking part in. The result has been an increase in workplace deaths. Biden would double the number of OSHA investigators to enforce the law and existing standards and guidelines to keep workers healthy and safe on the job.
APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING PROGRAMS: The Building Trades Unions have had more than 100 years of experience in running Apprenticeship programs for the various trades in construction. BAC members are highly skilled craftworkers because they go through the Union’s apprenticeship and training program, which provides them with a pathway to a
Biden proposed to ensure all workers have access to education and training beyond high school, including federally registered apprenticeships.â€? career with fair wages, good benefits and a secure retirement. Trump administration has proposed watering down the apprenticeship training program by developing Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). IRAPs would expand the
Apprenticeship model to new and emerging industries, and industries that have not been successful using the registered apprenticeship system. Biden proposed to ensure all workers have access to education and training beyond high school,
including federally registered apprenticeships. He promises to provide $50 billion in investments for workforce training and increase the number of apprenticeships in the nation by strengthening the registered apprenticeship programs and partnering with unions.Â // ISSUE 2, 2020 // 21
LEGISLATIVE & POLITICAL
BAC Supports Biden’s Build Back Better Plan to Increase Skilled Trades Jobs
AC Local 2 Michigan welcomed Jill Biden and Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) to a virtual visit of its training center in Warren, Michigan on July 17. Apprentices at the facility wore face coverings in observance of Gov. Whitmer’s executive orders and were separated to ensure social distancing. Jill Biden said providing training resources for skilled trades jobs is a critical part of Vice President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan to invest in apprenticeship training and rebuild the US economy, which has begun a slow path to recovery after being racked by the pandemic. “What’s going on in training facilities like this, that’s how you change lives. That’s how you rebuild our country. That is how you rebuild the middle class and give people paths to prosperity,” Gov. Whitmer said.
Tom Ward, BAC Apprentice Coordinator for the Warren training center, said during the virtual tour that connecting recent high school graduates with good-paying trade jobs is critical to Michigan’s manufacturing and construction industries. Students at the facility demonstrated some of the skills they’ve learned while pursuing free apprenticeship training. “Vice President Biden recognizes the values of unions to their communities and our workforce, understands that quality apprenticeship training provides careers, healthcare and pension benefits to our hardworking craftworkers and their families,” said Chuck Kukawka, President of BAC Local 2 MI. “Even though we are in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic, we still have a great demand for more apprentices, and we continue
BAC Local 2 MI apprentices, including Damari Covington-Woods, Logan Funk, and Charisma Carlisle, sharing their stories about how they discovered their trade and learned how Vice President Joe Biden’s plan will create millions of good-paying jobs.
BAC Apprentice Coordinator Tom Ward giving a virtual tour of the Warren training center to Jill Biden and Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI).
to train our members. Our Union looks forward to a Biden administration bringing forward a $1 trillion infrastructure program.” //
Voting by Mail is Easy, Safe and Secure
oting by mail is conducted by mail-in ballot before Election Day. In response to the COVID-19
pandemic, many states across the country are making it easier to vote by mail. All states will mail a ballot to voters if certain conditions are met. The voter may return 22 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS
the ballot in person or by mail. Some states will let voters apply for an absentee ballot in person before Election Day and then vote the ballot that same day. + Seventeen states require voters to provide an excuse for voting by absentee ballot.
+ Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia offer no-excuse absentee voting.
+ Five states have elections that are held by mail-in ballot.
Voting by mail is a safe way for people to cast their ballot amid the pandemic. Recognizing the risks involved in visiting polling places to vote in person amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of Americans have said in recent surveys they would support shifting to a vote-by-mail system for this year’s presidential election.
Voting by mail is not only safe, but a secure way for voters, especially those who have a long history of voting by mail and have established strong safeguards to prevent improper voting. Five states — Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii — that have a long history of all-mail elections haven’t seen any significant fraud. Oregon, which started running its elections by mail in 1993, only had 82 felony convictions under its election statutes between 1990 and 2019. Every state’s election rules are different and has its own rules for mail-in voting. Visit usa.gov/electionoffice to find out voting guidance in your state.” //
The HEROES Act and Moving Forward Act Show the Pathway for America’s Economic Recovery
he House of Representatives has recently passed two bills that could revive our economy, protect health care and pension benefits, and create thousands of good paying union jobs. Sadly, the Senate and the Trump Administration are blocking these bills. The HEROES (“Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions”) Act passed on May 15. This legislation would protect workers and help our economy recover from the disruption caused by COVID-19. Significantly, the bill also addresses priorities we worked with Congress to include. In April, BAC sent a letter to Congress outlining our priorities — pension security, health care security and economic security. The HEROES Act provides healthcare security by providing a 100% COBRA subsidy to workers who lose their healthcare because of reduced work; and it helps provide retirement security by including pension reforms that address problems in the multi-employer pension system. It also helps address economic security with improved unemployment insurance and direct payments to
individuals. Economic security was further addressed by the passage of the Moving Forward Act on July 1. The Moving Forward Act is a long overdue investment in our nations’ infrastructure. It provides a $1.5 trillion investment in spending across a range of infrastructure, including surface transportation, water, aviation, broadband, healthcare, and energy. It also includes investment in schools with the Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act, which provides $130 billion to rebuild high-poverty schools with crumbling facilities that endanger the health and safety of students and educators. This investment will not only help our students get back to school, but also create 1.9 million jobs to help our workers get back to work. The HEROES Act and the Moving Forward Act would create good paying jobs and put American back on the road to recovery. It is disappointing that the Senate and the Administration are blocking these efforts. But it shows how much progress could be made if the election brings us positive change in Washington. // ISSUE 2, 2020 // 23
IMI & IMTEF
IMI Certifications Helping Win Work for BAC Signatory Contractors & Members
hen architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals want to assure craftworkers on their projects are uniquely qualified to perform the work, they include the International Masonry Institute’s (IMI’s) certifications and certificates in their project specifications. The programs’ advanced training provisions signal a high level of expertise, whether in supervising a complex job, installing specialty tile or restoring an important landmark. With IMI certifications and certificates in specifications, BAC signatory contractors are better positioned to bid and win projects, which helps increase work hours for BAC members. It helped signatory contracting company Lorton Stone land the exterior marble restoration work on Baltimore’s 150-year-old city hall. Lorton Stone President Manny Seara says that having the Historic Masonry Preservation Certificate Program (HMPC) helped the company in the bid process and to secure the project. “There’s only one way to get the certificate, and that’s by being a BAC member,” Seara says. Seara’s crew soon will begin the delicate cleaning, repairing and stone carving necessary to bring the second Empire-style building back to its original splendor. While many of Lorton’s BAC craftworkers are seasoned restoration workers, the certificate serves as proof of its expertise to the larger AEC community. “It helps us project to our customers that we are more qualified than the non-union we are competing against every day,” Seara says. “We need all the help we can get in explaining to the customers why our prices are higher than the non-union. Our training and this certificate set us apart from them.” Anthony DiPerna, IMTEF National Director of Apprenticeship and Training, says it is important to make sure that each man and woman on the job are
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Baltimore City Hall. Photo credit: Mbell 1975 (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Specification language from Baltimore’s City Hall project. The superintendent and foremen assigned to this project shall each have a minimum of ten (10) years’ experience with this type of repair work, and International Masonry Institute Historic Masonry Preservation Certificate (or equal) and to provide evidence of certification.
highly skilled and productive. “Our claim to fame is that we do train. Advanced certifications help us live up to our name as the ‘Best Hands in the Business.’ When IMI certifications land in project specifications, we get work for our contractors and members. Not only that, but we raise the standard for the entire industry.” Over the last year, IMI certificates and certifications have shown up in hundreds of project specifications— further proof of their significance in helping BAC signatory contractors bid and win the work. In addition to helping bid and win jobs, advanced training, certificates and certifications are a great way to keep updated on industry happenings, prove your expertise to employers, and set yourself apart as a leader on job sites. BAC members with certificates and certifications in specialty areas often find themselves getting more work as a result of their proven, advanced skillset. If you are looking to expand your knowledge base or add additional work opportunities, pursuing a certificate or certification is a great place to start. As a reminder, IMI and IMTEF offer an array of certificates and certifications, including:
ADVANCED CERTIFICATIONS FOR TILE (ACT) Certifying installers’ skills in seven key areas: Gauged Porcelain Tile, Grouts, Membranes, Large Format Tile and Substrate Preparation, Shower Receptors, Mortar (MUD) Floors and Mortar (MUD) Walls. Requirements: BAC journeyworkers and advanced apprentices can choose to pursue any of the seven certifications by taking both a written and hands-on test. Each certification takes four to eight hours and requires several days of study time. Interested BAC members are given a study guide, including installation instructions and copies of the current “American National Standard Specifications (ANSI) for the Installation of Ceramic Tile” and the “Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook for Ceramic, Glass and Stone Tile Installation.”
HISTORIC MASONRY PRESERVATION CERTIFICATE (HMPC) This 50-hour program covers the role of craftworkers in the overall execution of a preservation project, including the theory and history behind the preservation movement, and an in-depth understanding of traditional materials/methods and advancements in preservation technology. Requirements: BAC members must attend the six-day program, and pass both a written exam and the hands-on components of the training.
PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS: IMI CERTIFICATIONS IN THE SPEC Project: Milwaukee Bucks Arena Owner: Milwaukee Bucks Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Signatory Contractors (Tile): Grazzini Brothers & Company and Hetzel Tile & Marble Inc. Other companies working on the project included Arteaga Construction Inc. (brick), Sids Sealants LLC (PCC), and Wisconsin Terrazzo & Tile Inc./ (terrazzo). Certificate: Advanced Certifications for Tile: Large Format Tile and Substrate Preparation Total Project Value: $524,000,000 Project: Mechanical Engineering Building Renovation and addition at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Owner: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Facilities and Services Location: Champaign, Illinois Signatory Contractor: Otto Baum Company Inc. Certificate: Grouting and Reinforced Masonry Total Project Value: $27,245,258 Project: New Columbia City High School Owner: Whitley County Consolidated Schools Location: Columbia City, Indiana Signatory Contractor: Weigand Construction
SUPERVISOR CERTIFICATE PROGRAM (SCP)
Certificate: Grouting and Reinforced Masonry
This 48-hour program prepares foreman, superintendents and other supervisors to successfully carry out the responsibilities of a job site leadership position. Requirements: BAC members must take the following courses: Foreman Training, Foundation for Safety Leadership, Plan Reading, Six Steps to Mentoring, OSHA 30 and CPR/First AID.
Total Project Value: $74,909,868
GROUTING AND REINFORCED MASONRY CERTIFICATION This eight-hour program covers fundamentals of structural masonry building, codes and standards,
Project: Cape Cod Regional Technical High School Owner: Cape Cod Regional Technical High School Location: Harwich, Massachusetts Signatory Contractor: Capital Carpet and Flooring Specialists Certificate: Advanced Certifications for Tile: Large Format Tile and Substrate Preparation, Membranes and Mortar (Mud) Floors Total Project Value: $44,096,194
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IMI & IMTEF reinforcement and connectors, grout placement requirements and safety. Requirements: Must attend the eight-hour class and show competency in hands-on training.
FLASHING CERTIFICATION This eight-hour program covers the latest techniques in masonry flashing systems and materials, including a review of masonry cavity wall drainage systems, code requirements and how specific components impact wall performance.
Requirements: Must attend the eight-hour class and show competency in hands-on training. In addition to these core programs, IMI and IMTEF partner with other organizations to offer additional certifications, including the American Welding Society’s Welding Certification, JAHN Certification, and the Air Barrier Association of America’s Self-Adhered and Fluid Applied Installer Certification. If you are interested in pursuing an advanced certification, contact your local training center today. //
3 Black Training Leaders Discuss How to Support People of Color in Your Union Editor’s Note: We sat down with three powerhouse training leaders in our Union to see how they ended up where they are today, as well as share their thoughts on how their brothers and sisters can help support people of color in the BAC.
ay Whigan stands 6 feet, 3 inches tall, and carries a deep and booming voice. A welding instructor at the BAC/IMI International Training Center, he admits that one of his biggest fears to becoming an instructor was how his students would perceive him. As a black man who grew up in Alabama, Whigan says he is no stranger to racism. So as an instructor, he worried that his appearance might be intimidating. But here is the thing with Whigan— it never takes his students long to realize that he is the exact opposite of being intimating. Instead, when they talk with him, they find a caring, supportive instructor who wants to see them succeed.
“I wasn’t sure I wanted to take the job,” admits Whigan, who said he was tapped some years ago for a foreman role. “They told me I’d be good at it because of how I carry myself and how I treat people. When I’m working with someone—whether it’s a student in the shop or a worker on the job—I want them to feel nourished and uplifted. We need to make a point to lend one another a helping hand.” That is the same reason why Kaydane Grant, a brick instructor for BAC Local 3 NY, loves being a leader. “If I’m on the job and I see someone struggling, whether they’re an apprentice or journeyworker, I’ll help them and show them how to do what they’re trying to do” he said. “That’s
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one of the qualities they were looking for in an instructor.” Originally from Jamaica, Grant was inspired to become a mason after watching his grandfather, a contractor, build great projects where he grew up. Both he and Whigan have shared the experience of being the only black worker on a jobsite.
Whigan in the welding shop with his students at the BAC/IMI International Training Center. He has successfully coached countless BAC members pursuing a certification in welding.
Grant at work on a project with BAC Local 3 NY.
Elmore helping designers and BAC craftworkers prepare for a mock-up project during Masonry Camp at the BAC/IMI International Training Center.
“As a foreman, oftentimes my white helper would get mistaken as the person in charge” Whigan says. Not only that, but Whigan often found himself encountering discrimination and judgment because of his success. While white people often assumed the only reason he received the job was to meet a diversity quota, people of color wondered who he brownnosed to get his position. Jonas Elmore says that giving people of color opportunity validates what BAC is all about— offering people the opportunity for a middle-class life and bringing them out of poverty. “If I hadn’t been afforded the opportunity to go to Job Corps, I don’t know where I’d be today, says Elmore, IMI National Director of Job Corps. “Certainly not here. I could’ve easily found myself dead or incarcerated.” Elmore, who grew up on the south side of Chicago, received his GED and a fresh start after enrolling in Job Corps. From time to time, he heads back to the Windy City to visit the students at the Paul Simon Job Corps Center, many of whom are black. “When I tell them I grew up right around the corner, that I went to the same high school
as their parents, they can’t believe it. Their jaws drop and their whole demeanor changes. It shows the students, ‘Here’s someone who looks like me. Maybe one day I can be in his shoes.’” Elmore believes the best thing any principal officer, local union or rank and file member can do to support minorities is to listen.” He credits executives like Ted Champ, President of BAC Local 4 IN/KY, as being supportive allies who are always there to listen.
EVERY VOICE MATTERS Anthony DiPerna, IMTEF National Director of Apprenticeship and Training, says that to be a leader in the building trades and construction industry, you have to make sure every voice is heard and represented. For Grant, that means not only people of color, but women, too. He believes that recruitment efforts should focus on attracting a more diverse set of candidates. “As long as you can do the work and have a passion for it, there’s a place for you in our Union.” Another key is to be a true advocate for the cause, including being brave enough to speak up and call out bad behavior when you see
it. “I was fortunate enough when I experienced racism as an apprentice that there was always someone who spoke up and said, ‘You can’t do or say that,’” Elmore says. Being a good person and minding your own business will not help solve the issue. Elmore says that when you take that stance you are giving people who engage in hate speech a platform—one that empowers them to think that what they are saying is right. “There is racism in this country, and it runs deep,” Whigan says. “But there are things each of us can do to rise above. When you’re confronted with racism, the question has to be, ‘How do you handle it and how do you conduct yourself ?’ I’m the kind of guy who believes in protecting my fellow workers, whether they’re black, Latino or white.” In fact, Whigan says he would stand up for someone even if it meant putting his own neck on the line. “I’ve heard aggressive things on the job before that forced me to say, ‘This is not going to happen as long as I’m here’ — just like a big brother would do for his sibling. That’s what the brother and sisterhood in our Union is all about.” Whigan believe that love and understanding matter, and that respect should go a long way. “I don’t just want things to get better for people of color; I want them to get better for everyone. We owe that to the next generation.” // ISSUE 2, 2020 // 27
IMI & IMTEF
Online Learning Offers Flexible Career Advancement Opportunities for Members
usie Sundblom was among the first group of members to take the online version of Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA). The training program, offered by the International Masonry Training and Education Foundation (IMTEF) through CPWR — The Center for Construction Research and Training, covers the specialized procedures for hospital construction and renovation work. Sundblom took the class with a small group of colleagues from BAC signatory contracting company Diverzify, which felt that understanding proper infection control procedures was critical to bidding and winning more hospital work, especially amidst the pandemic. “It’s been great,” says Sunblom, a tile setter with BAC Administrative District Council (ADC) 1 of Illinois. “I live an hour from the training center, so it’s a lot more convenient for me to log onto my laptop from my dining room
table than it is to commute after a long day at work. This is a strong direction for the Union to move toward to avoid having to shut down training. It also helps us as workers minimize our risk, particularly when we’re already rotating around to different job sites with different crews for work.” With the pandemic changing the world and how we approach everything, Anthony DiPerna, National Director of Apprenticeship and Training, believes that making its programs more convenient for members is a top priority. “At least for the time being, we can no longer come together in large groups, so online learning offers a safe and effective alternative,” DiPerna says. “Beyond that, it gives our apprentices and journeyworkers—many of whom have busy lives and families to care for—more flexibility to pursue their training when it works for them.” For members like Sundblom, who is loading up on training now, that advancement is key. Having weathered the 2008 recession, she wants to do all she can to improve her employability, which includes obtaining Advanced Certifications in Tile (ACT) and supervisor training, both of which will help build her skills and work opportunities.
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Thanks to efforts IMTEF, local training centers and JATCs, Sundblom and other members can continue to take IMTEF’s popular Supervisor/Foreman Certification Program (SCP) online. “We’re taking activities we typically do in the classroom and converting them to an online format to keep the students engaged,” says Dave Wysocki, IMTEF National Safety Director and North Central Regional Training Director. Wysocki is a part of a core team of certified instructors and training directors working to convert IMTEF’s curriculum for online delivery. “For supervisor training, each student will be mailed a set of blueprints in advance of the class, and we’ll use virtual breakout rooms to pair people together for an exercise on planning and managing the job.” Class sizes will not only be kept small to ensure students get the individualized attention they need, but also be held over several days to create a more manageable schedule. In addition to SCP and ICRA, IMTEF offers OSHA 10 and 30 online. It also will continue to expand its virtual learning opportunities to support member learning. For more information or class availability, contact your local training center or JATC. //
7 Ways to Maintain a Positive Outlook in the COVID-19 Age
s COVID-19 continues, “Stay calm and carry on” is an oft-cited mantra. But staying positive is not easy. No matter how resilient you are, these are unprecedented times. That is why you must strengthen your mindset for the challenges ahead. Eating and sleeping right, exercise and staying positive all help. Experts says that taking a positive approach can provide much-needed psychological breaks from COVID 19-related traumas. While it’s important to keep abreast of COVID developments, dwelling on the pandemic is unhealthy. Negative thinking can be contagious. Negative traps include: Jumping to conclusions — Assumptions are not the same as facts. For example, a mild cough does not mean you have contracted COVID-19. Follow your doctor’s advice about when testing is warranted and seek medical help rather than jump to conclusions. Magnifying — Don’t dwell on your fears. Balance your catastrophic thoughts with an equal focus on stories of human generosity and resiliency. Learned Helplessness — This “deer-stuck-inthe-headlights” phenomenon can emotionally shut you down. Rather than assume everything is hopeless, seek emotional support and practical help. Develop a proactive, positive coping perspective. Anxiety causes worry, not motivation, so take proactive steps to protect yourself practically and emotionally. Adopt a proactive stance — By taking stock of your strengths and vulnerabilities, you can help inspire yourself and your loved ones. Identify practical safety steps by educating yourself about COVID-19 by talking to your physician and visiting the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ communication/guidance-list.html?. Find your limits — Ask yourself what are you doing well to manage everything. What do you need to
improve? Evaluate your overall health to determine if you are at high risk because of diabetes, cancer or other chronic health conditions. Identify those who may be in need of extraordinary precautions (grandparents, for example). Stay updated on personal safety protocols: Maintain a positive coping perspective — Make sure you are taking every possible precaution to protect against COVID-19. Monitor your emotional health and watch for symptoms, and signs of anxiety and depression. For more information, visit the BAC Member Assistance Program (MAP) COVID19 resources page at https://bacbenefits.org/map/ coronavirus-covid-19. Stay on track — For those in substance abuse recovery, strengthen your abstinence/sobriety plan by attending online support group meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) (https://www.aa.org) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) (https://www.na.org). If you need help, call the BAC Member Assistance Program (MAP) toll-free at 888-880-8222 or directly at 301-741-5188. You can receive free professional guidance from a licensed mental health and addictions therapist. All calls are strictly confidential. // ISSUE 2, 2020 // 29
Canadian Government Invests in Skilled Trades’ Apprenticeship Training
o better position itself for an economic recovery, the Canadian government plans to invest $40 million over the next three years in the Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP). The investment will help ensure that apprentices have the quality training they need to access well-paying jobs. The program is open to all eligible unions, which can apply for funding through two streams: 1. Investments in training equipment that helps union purchase training equipment. 2. Innovation in apprenticeship that supports innovation and broadbased partnerships to address challenges that limit apprenticeship outcomes in Canada. Eligible projects will help unions across Canada improve the
quality of training and reduce barriers to participation and success in the trades among under-represented groups such as women, newcomers, persons with disabilities and visible minorities, including Black Canadians. “As the economy moves toward recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, our industry’s demand for skilled tradespeople remains strong,” says BAC Canada Regional
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Director Craig Strudwick. “About 700,000 skilled trades workers are expected to retire between 2019 and 2028. Meeting these demands will require the recruitment and training of thousands of additional skilled workers.” Eligible unions can apply for the UTIP funding by Aug. 28, 2020. For more information, visit the Government of Canada website: https://bit.ly/3jua8yR //
As the economy moves toward recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, our industry’s demand for skilled tradespeople remains strong.” — BAC Canada Regional Director Craig Strudwick.
Le gouvernement du Canada investit dans la formation des apprentis et de la main-d’œuvre spécialisée
our mieux se positionner sur la voie d’une forte reprise économique, le gouvernement canadien prévoit investir 40 millions de dollars au cours des trois prochaines années dans le Programme pour la formation et l’innovation en milieu syndical (UTIP). L’investissement permettra aux apprentis de recevoir une formation de qualité nécessaire pour accéder à des emplois bien rémunérés. Le programme est ouvert à tous les syndicats admissibles. Ces derniers sont invités à présenter une demande de financement dans le cadre de deux volets : 1. Investissements dans l’équipement de formation pour précisément aider le syndicat à acheter de l’équipement de formation. 2. Innovation dans l’apprentissage – projets destinés à soutenir des approches novatrices et des partenariats de grande envergure pour relever les défis auxquels sont confrontés les apprentis au Canada. Les projets admissibles aideront les syndicats répartis à travers le pays à améliorer la qualité de la
formation et à réduire les obstacles qui entravent la participation et le succès dans les métiers spécialisés parmi les groupes sous-représentés comme les femmes, les nouveaux arrivants, les personnes en situation de handicap et les minorités visibles, y compris les Afro-Canadiens. « Dans le contexte de la reprise économique post-COVID-19, la demande pour une main-d’œuvre qualifiée reste forte », explique Craig Strudwick, directeur régional du Canada pour le Syndicat international des briqueteurs et des métiers connexes (BAC). « D’après les données prévisionnelles, environ 700 000 travailleurs de métiers spécialisés prendront leur retraite entre 2019 et 2028. Pour répondre à la demande, il faudra recruter et former des milliers de travailleurs qualifiés supplémentaires. » Les organisations admissibles auront jusqu’au 28 août 2020 pour présenter une demande de financement au Programme. Pour plus d’informations, visitez le site Web du gouvernement du Canada : https://bit.ly/3jua8yR //
Dans le contexte de la reprise économique postCOVID-19, la demande pour une main-d’œuvre qualifiée reste forte” — Craig Strudwick – Directeur régional du Canada – BAC
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HOW TO REACH US WITH QUESTIONS
INTERNATIONAL PENSION FUND – IPF
BAC Save Financial Hardship Relief Under The CARES Act
mid the anxiousness surrounding COVID-19, there is some encouraging news for BAC members. The recently enacted CARES Act offers certain relief to participants of defined contribution plans that offer Financial Hardship Benefits like the BAC Save Annuity Plan. In light of this relief, the Plan now enables hardship withdrawals of up to $25,000 (up to $100,000 in the BAC Save 401(k) Plan) for participants meeting the requirements under the new law. It is important to note that the Plan allows only two (2) withdrawals in a Calendar Plan Year (the average Hardship withdrawal in 2019 was $10,977). A revised Financial Hardship application—which has been updated for COVID-19 withdrawals and tax withholding changes—is available from the Fund Office as noted in the box. The CARES Act does three things specifically with respect to the BAC Save Annuity Plan: No. 1 — The CARES Act relaxes how participants must demonstrate their financial need in order to receive a COVID-19-related distribution. For a regular (non-COVID-19) hardship distribution, BAC Save Financial Hardship applicants
must provide documents proving hardship, including foreclosure or eviction prevention, unreimbursed medical expenses, funeral-related expenses (spouse, parent, children or dependent) or other extraordinary financial hardship expenses permitted under the Plan. Under the CARES Act, applicants may instead provide a self-certification along with a completed application that the withdrawal is due to a COVID-19 diagnosis of the applicants or dependents, or that they are experiencing financial consequences as a result of being quarantined, furloughed or laid off, or working reduced hours due to the pandemic. This is similar to the application process previously applied in cases of hurricanes, floods or other natural disasters. No. 2 — The CARES Act waives the 10% early withdrawal tax penalty on COVID-19-related distributions. No. 3 — The income tax on distributions can be spread over a three-year period. Participants can lessen or eliminate the income tax entirely if they repay the distributed amount within three (3) years. While we are currently awaiting IRS guidance on the repayment feature, please note that these
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BAC participants and applicants can continue to communicate with the Fund staff by phone at 888-880-8222 (press #4 for RSP). Calls will be routed to staff cell phones so that you can reach a live person as often as possible. The RSP group emails also will be monitored with timely responses provided. Participants who have applied or want to apply for their BAC Save Annuity should email: RSPwithdrawal firstname.lastname@example.org
changes do not apply to other types of hardship distributions. Another thing the CARES Act does is waive Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) for all participants who attained the age of 70 1/2 in 2019 and 2020, and RMDs otherwise payable in 2020. The BAC Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) headed into the crisis with almost $190 million in assets. The RSP has always had a conservative investment allocation policy, which should serve to help shield the Plan from some of the losses in the broader equity markets. For 2019, the interest return that will be applied to participant accounts and will appear on upcoming 2019 Annual Statements is 14.43%. Be assured that every effort is being made to ensure that service to members continue with as little disruption as possible during these challenging times. //
INTERNATIONAL HEALTH FUND — IHF
Everything You Need to Know About COVID-19
s COVID-19 progresses, the stress and anxiety continue. Whether you are taking care of yourself, your family or your employees, we are here to help manage your anxiety at home and work.
KNOW THE FACTS COVID-19 is a respiratory infection that can spread from person to person. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) suggest myriad ways to protect yourself, including social distancing, washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and avoiding touching your face.
TESTING IS COVERED The International Health Fund (IHF) covers medically necessary COVID-19 testing (diagnostic and antibody) at no cost-share ($0 copay) for covered members during the national public health emergency period. To do so, tests must be FDA-authorized. Thanks to its UnitedHealthcare (UHC) partnership, IHF is waiving cost-sharing for the doctor visit related to COVID-19 testing (diagnostic and antibody related). The copay applies to health care provider, urgent care center, emergency department or telehealth visits. Remember to bring your UnitedHealthcare member ID card and to keep your primary care provider updated on any care you receive.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS If you believe you have been exposed or have COVID19 symptoms, call your provider immediately. You also can use our Buoy Technology powered COVID-19 Symptom Checker (www.myuhc.com) to test for the virus and assess appropriate actions.
HOW TO FIND SERVICES Log onto www.myuhc.com to find a testing location in your area. Locations are updated daily. Remember, some locations may not be in your plan’s network. IHF will only cover FDA-authorized tests. Remember to use your member ID card to help with the reimbursement process. There are two types of tests available for COVID-19— viral and antibody: + A viral test informs you if you have a current infection. + An antibody test determines if you may have had a past infection. It does not indicate if you are infected because it can take one to three weeks for your body to make antibodies after being infected. While antibodies may provide protection from reinfection, doctors have not discovered how much protection antibodies provide or how long the protection lasts.
IHF VIRTUAL VISIT SERVICES AT $0 COPAY While virtual services cannot detect a virus infection, they can help determine if a test is needed and where to get one. All IHF members are covered. Telehealth options include: + $0 Virtual Visits through our designated partners: Teladoc, AmericanWell and Doctor’s On Demand. All deductibles, copays and coinsurance will be waived until September 30, 2020.
+ $0 Local telehealth visits with your medical provider: Your cost-sharing obligation out-of-network telehealth visits related to testing was waived July 24, 2020. In-network-only virus-related telehealth visits will be waived until September 30, 2020.
Virtual visits can be used for a range of health services, to prescribe medication in some cases, and can be accessed at: www.myuhc.com // ISSUE 2, 2020 // 33
LOCAL 4 INDIANA/KENTUCKY
BAC Local 4 IN/KY Gold Card member Bernie Nicklasch, left, and his son, Mark, a 20-year member of Local 4 IN/KY. The Nicklasch family has four generations of bricklayers in the United States and 13 generations tracing back to Germany.
OHIO-KENTUCKY ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT COUNCIL
BAC Local 5 Ohio 71-year member Roman Klimkowicz standing in front of his brick house. He laid all the brick in 1952 and 1953. Roman Klimkowicz, a 71-year member of BAC Local 5 Ohio, turned 99 on July 18, 2020. Brother Klimkowicz joined the Union in 1949 and is the longest serving member of Local 5 Ohio. He is a World War II veteran who was drafted in August 1942, served in the 361st Field Artillery of the 96th Division, and was discharged in January 1946. “He is very active in the Local, attends the Union meetings every month, and helps out in every way he can,” Local 5 President Eric Puente said about Brother Klimkowicz. 34 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS
LOCAL 2 MICHIGAN BAC Local 2 MI recognized Gold Card members for their dedicated service last summer. Standing, from left, BAC Local 2 MI President Chuck Kukawka, 50-year member Franjo Mutavdzija, IU retired Executive Vice President Gerard Scarano, and 50-year member George Ferretti. Sitting, from left, 50-year members Kenneth Butt, Curt Bellew and Robert Gassel.
From left, BAC Local 2 MI Secretary-Treasurer Paul Dunford, 40-year members Walter Ostapiw, Edward Doran, Nancy Kreager, William Larkin, Tim Levely, and Local 2 MI President Chuck Kukawka.
From left, BAC Local 2 Secretary-Treasurer Paul Dunford, 25year members Gary Horne, Glen Piper, Local 2 MI Organizer Raul Zamarron, Richard Suida and David Simmons, BAC IPF Executive Director David Stupar and Local 2 MI President Chuck Kukawka.
IN MEMORIAM — FEBRUARY
MEMBER - LOCAL UNION
Death Benefit Claims for February 2020
BRANCH of TRADE
YEARS of MEMBERSHIP
Hillman, Edward W. - 01, PA/DE Hinchman, Charles E. - 03, CA Husbands, Grantley L. - 04, NJ
B B B, CM, P
87 86 73
64 32 39
Total Amount Paid
Isidore, Wilbur T. - 03, CA
Total Death Benefits
Jackson, Wayne A. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Jeffers, Otis L. - 04, IN/KY Jones, Michael T. - 03, CA
M, MM, CM B B
58 95 64
23 52 20
Kania, Richard M. - 04, NJ
B, CM, P
Labine, Karl R. - 11, WI Lacascia, Jr., James J. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI
Marson, Pietro - 06, ON May, Richard M. - 05, NJ/DE/PA McHugh, Martin J. - 03, NY McMath, David C. - 02, MI McNutt, Gary R. - 05, OK/AR/TX Mead, Max O. - 09, PA Metcalf, Sr., Aubrey J. - 05, OK/AR/TX Michnick, Jerome I. - 56, IL Mier, Julius R. - 04, IN/KY Miller, John W. - 04, CA Miller, Sr., Robert J. - 01, NY Musolino, Giuseppe - 01, MD/VA/DC
B B, CM, P PC B B B B, M, PC, W B B TL M, B M, MM, CM
89 89 74 79 90 88 89 85 93 89 67 88
65 69 38 60 71 69 69 67 69 69 14 69
Neaton, Joseph C. - 02, NY/VT North, Herbert L. - 06, IL
B, CM, M, P B
Olson, James H. - 21, IL Osborne, William L, - 03, OH
Perusich, Jr., Nick - 21, IL Picchi, Ercole - 21, IL Pohl, Ronald W. - 21, IL
B B B
89 91 84
63 55 64
Reimer, Anton L. - 11, WI Ruthven, Jr., Douglas J. - 05, OK/AR/TX
B, M, P B
Sanchez, Emilio A. - 03, AZ/NM Sanders, Sr., William E. - 04, IN/KY Saviano, Louis A. - 21, IL Seipel, Raymond A. - 19, WI Serra, Thomas P. - 01, NY Sletten, Rodney A. - 01, MN/ND/SD Smith, Jerry C. - 06, IL Snyder, Christopher E. - 03, NY Steiner, Jr., Thomas - 07, OH
B B B B B, CM, M, P B B B, CM, M, P B
94 84 91 86 71 76 90 78 81
64 66 68 59 52 52 65 54 60
Terrell, Sr., Purvis - 08, OH
Ulbrich, Mathias - 01, NY
Waldon, Sr., David - 05, OK/AR/TX Warbritton, Jr., Don L. - 05, OK/AR/TX Wroot, James - 18, OH/KY
PC B, MM B, M
85 99 86
50 82 64
Yung, Joseph W. O. - 01, HI
Zubak, Albert P. - 01, PA/DE
Total Number of Claims
Average Age Average Years of Membership
MEMBER - LOCAL UNION
BRANCH of TRADE
YEARS of MEMBERSHIP
Agee, Thomas G. - 01, NY Altosino, James F. - 21, IL Arsenault, Joseph E. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Arthur, Walter E. - 08, SE Aveni, Jr., Dominic N. - 05, OH
B B B B, M B
94 98 88 94 89
64 67 69 70 70
Bakkelund, Donald - 06, IL Barker, Charles D. - 21, IL Belmonte, Giovanni - 01, NY Birchenough, Allen W. - 02, NY/VT Boehme, Hans K. - 10, ON Bottari, Carmelo - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Brewer, Jr., Daniel J. - 05, OK/AR/TX
B B B B, P, TL B B B
99 95 79 81 92 84 89
72 73 32 55 66 54 70
Capellari, Jr., Gino - 04, IN/KY Charleson, Raymond R. - 02, NY/VT Chestnut, Walter A. - 01, MO Cichon, Benedykt A. - 21, IL Conway, Walter - 01, NY Cordova, Andrew - 04, CA Curti, Cesare - 02, ON
B B, CM, M, P B PC B B B
68 90 85 87 91 90 90
51 62 64 60 73 63 57
Delgadillo, Robert - 03, CA Derflinger, Neville H. - 01, MD/VA/DC Dunlap, Jr. Andrew T. - 05, OK/AR/TX
TL B TL
90 99 95
68 73 68
Eppinette, Horace - 03, CA
Flesch, Delmer O. - 11, WI Fero, Jimmie R. - 01, OR/WA/ID/MT Fritz, John C. - 04, IN/KY
B, CM,M B PC
90 75 66
69 23 20
Gaskins, Sr., Elijah - 04, IN/KY Gengo, Philip - 01, NY Golinski, Horst - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Grapes, Eddie J. - 15, MO/KS/NE Grosse, Jr., Nick - 09, PA Grulke, Michael D. - 06, IL Guess, Omar O. - 04, IN/KY Guizetti, Louis V. - 01, WA/AK
B B B B B M, B B TL, TW
82 85 82 74 93 70 84 81
53 68 55 41 69 50 63 57
Hale, Jr., Charles M. - 04, IN/KY
IU DEATH BENEFIT CLAIMS MUST BE FILED WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE MEMBER’S DEATH.
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IN MEMORIAM — MARCH Death Benefit Claims for March 2020 Total Amount Paid
Total Death Benefits
Average Years of Membership
Total Number of Claims
MEMBER - LOCAL UNION
BRANCH of TRADE
YEARS of MEMBERSHIP
MEMBER - LOCAL UNION
BRANCH of TRADE
YEARS of MEMBERSHIP
Auteri, Rosario - 01, NY
Goodell, Donald R. - 03, IA
Beckner, Frank H. - 05, WV Boyle, Jr., Henry J. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Bria, Sr., Raymond A. - 01, PA/DE
B B,PC B,M
91 73 85
67 54 63
Jeffers, Sr., Alphaeus - 21, IL
Kinsman, Vernon G. - 01, WA/AK
Calestino, Peter G. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Chess, Lenair - 03, CA Civitillo, Sr., Christopher A. - 01, CT Clark, James A. - 04, CA
PC B,M,MM B MM,M
70 75 73 82
40 50 15 52
LaJeunesse, Fernand - 04, QC Leonberger, Edward A. - 08, IL Lighthizer, Roy E. - 15, MO/KS/NE
B B B
81 87 95
16 68 71
Moore, John R. - 06, OH
DalMolin, John - 01, AB
Picchi, Angelo C. - 21, IL
Gallanthen, Daniel - 04, NJ Geraci, John - 21, IL
Sharkey, Richard F. - 21, IL Simonutti, Emilio - 02, MI
Towles, Corey R. - 02, MI
IN MEMORIAM — APRIL Death Benefit Claims for April 2020 Total Amount Paid
Total Death Benefits
Average Years of Membership
Total Number of Claims
MEMBER - LOCAL UNION
BRANCH of TRADE
YEARS of MEMBERSHIP
Allen, Milford R. - 08, IL
Campbell, Jr., Joseph P. - 01, PA/DE Centrella, Joseph J. - 05, PA
B B, CM, M
Evans, Larry R. - 15, MO/KS/NE
Galioto, Andrea - 01, NY Gerardi, John - 01, NY Graniti, Vincent - 02, MI
B B TL
Heath, Everett W. - 02, MI Hoch, Merlin F. - 05, PA
BRANCH of TRADE
YEARS of MEMBERSHIP
Morgen, Earl P. - 08, WI
B, M, P
Norlander, Gary J. - 01, OR/WA/ID/MT
Rembowski, Edward J. - 21, IL Robbins, Joel A. - 04, IN/KY
B PC, B
89 96 99
51 71 68
Smith, Elliott F. - 01, NS Stork, Leon M. - 05, PA
B B, M
Tolwinski, Roman - 01, NY
Jennings, Rehkeem R. - 01, NY Joyal, Sr., John C. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI
Whalen, Roy A. - 01, ON Wilkins, Jr., Robert F. - 06, WI Williams, Gerald D. - 03, NY
B CM CM, P, B
85 79 91
69 52 64
Lowther, Gus - 05, NJ/DE/PA
Martinotti, Raymond - 04, NJ
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MEMBER - LOCAL UNION
IU DEATH BENEFIT CLAIMS MUST BE FILED WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE MEMBER’S DEATH.
FRANCESCO ABATE Local 1 New York JOSEPH Q. ALSTON Local 1 New York WALTER AWDEY Local 2 Michigan CHARLES P. BESENFELDER Local 5 Ohio
REMEMBERING BAC MEMBERS LOST TO
s the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across North America, our BAC brothers and sisters are among the casualties. It is important for us to work together during this crisis to prevent further deaths and remember those we lost because of the coronavirus. This list on the right includes those deaths we have currently learned of. If you are aware of additional BAC members we should include on this list, please send details to email@example.com and we will add them.
MARIO DILULLO Local 8 Ohio JAMES L. DINEEN Local 2 New York/Vermont ROBERT G. FALZANO Local 2 New York/Vermont LINDSEY ARON JORDAN Local 7 Kentucky MCMILLAN KEALOHILANI KIHAMAHANA Local 7 Colorado/Wyoming GLENN LOGAN SMYERS, SR. Local 9 Pennsylvania JOSE RAFAEL OSTORGA-RAMIREZ Local 13 Nevada GAETANO ZERENGA Local 1 New York
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