BAC Journal (Issue 2, 2022)

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Craft Award Winners



The Official Journal of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers


President’s Message




Mensaje Del Presidente


International Funds


BAC Craft Awards




News in Brief



Timothy Driscoll President


BAC Profile


Local Compass

Robert Arnold Secretary-Treasurer


Legislative and Political


Sporting Life

Jeremiah Sullivan, Jr. Executive Vice President


Safety and Health


In Memoriam


JEFF LECKWEE, RETIRED BAC DIRECTOR OF THE ADC OF WISCONSIN, WAS ELECTED COUNTY BOARD SUPERVISOR On April 19, 2022, his 68th birthday, former BAC Director of the Administrative District Council of Wisconsin Jeff Leckwee was sworn in as the 27th District Supervisor of Columbia County. “We can influence our government agencies on how to use our budget to help the working people. My family and I benefited from our union, and I want more people to know about that,” said Brother Leckwee when asked why he ran for office. “My next goal is to serve on the Highway Committee," Leckwee continued," so we can tell our policy makers to hire skilled union craftworkers to build quality projects.”

(ISSN 0362-3696) | ISSUE 2 | 2022 EXECUTIVE BOARD

NORTHEAST Al Catalano IU Northeast Regional Director, Albany, NY Email: Office: 518-439-6080 SOUTH Ed Navarro IU South Regional Director, Lawton, OK Email: Office: 580-357-3048 NORTH CENTRAL Keith Hocevar IU North Central Regional Director, Cleveland, OH Email: Office: 440-534-1108 WEST Raymond Keen IU West Regional Director, Las Vegas, NV Email: Office: 702-254-1988 CANADA Craig Strudwick IU Canada Regional Director, Ottawa, ON Email: Office: 613-830-0333

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



Seize the Moment


he demand for skilled workers across the US and Canada is reaching record levels, while at the same time working families face growing costs for food, energy, health care, and other daily essentials. If ever there was a time for workers to band together to extract a fair share for their labor, that moment is now. Therefore, I ask that you take a moment to read the article on our broken economy (page 19) and provide your feedback on what priorities our countries and our union should focus on. BAC members have always understood that their skills, work ethic, commitment to each other and to their community are what distinguishes them. It is also what enables local unions to bargain for the wages and benefits that BAC members expect and deserve. Accordingly, it is only fitting that we recognize the skills and commitment of BAC members across our International Union as exemplified by the 2022 Craft Award winners (page 3). The winning projects, craftworkers, leaders, and individual members featured in this issue exemplify the best of what BAC stands for. These awards provide an opportunity to recognize excellence in our trades, in service to our union, and in our contributions

to local communities. While we celebrate these outstanding achievements, we know that thousands of BAC members live these values every day. There is no clearer demonstration of these values than the active role that seasoned BAC craftworkers take on every day in mentoring the next generation of craftworkers (page 23). It is an essential role that generations of BAC members have taken up, and one that we must build upon. Mentorship is not just an organizational priority to ensure the future of our union and our crafts, it is also about giving that younger worker the opportunity to create a better life. As the most successful mentors recognize, while we make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. The care and respect we owe each other as union members and craftworkers is never more important than on the jobsite, and safety is a paramount obligation for all workers and contractors. BAC is expanding its efforts in this area by providing online webinars for members, contractors, and the building industry, along with providing safety training through local training centers and IMTEF (page 29). The right of every worker to return home from work as safe and healthy as the morning they set out

is a basic right that should never be trumped by haste or ignorance. Accomplished tradespeople know that no building, no structure, no project is built by a single individual. Rather it is the product of many craftworkers harnessing their collective skills in harmony. Our union is the same. BAC is comprised of skilled and committed workers who collectively leverage the value of their labor in a local market and establish the conditions under which they will work. The ability of our union to deliver the wages, benefits, and work conditions we expect depends on the readiness of each member to assist in our ongoing efforts to organize non-union workers and contractors. So let’s build our union with the same care and precision that we exercise as skilled craftworkers.

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Aprovecha el Momento


a demanda para trabajadores calificados en los EE. UU. y Canadá está alcanzando niveles nunca antes vistos, mientras que al mismo tiempo, las familias trabajadoras enfrentan costos crecientes de comida, energía, atención médica y otros productos cotidianos básicos. Si alguna vez hubo un momento para que los trabajadores se unieran para obtener una porción justa por su trabajo, ese momento es ahora. Por lo tanto, les pido que se tomen un momento para leer el artículo sobre nuestra economía en pedazos (página 19) y brinden sus comentarios sobre las prioridades en las que nuestros países y nuestro sindicato deben concentrarse. Los miembros de BAC siempre han entendido que sus habilidades, ética de trabajo, y el compromiso mutuo y para con su comunidad son los rasgos que los distingue. También es lo que permite a los sindicatos locales negociar los salarios y beneficios que los miembros de BAC esperan y merecen. Por lo tanto, es lógico que reconozcamos las habilidades y el compromiso de los miembros de BAC a lo largo y ancho de nuestro Sindicato Internacional, tal y como lo ejemplifican los ganadores del Premio Craft 2022 (página 3). Los proyectos ganadores, artesanos, líderes y miembros individuales que aparecen en esta edición ejemplifican lo mejor de lo que BAC representa. Estos premios brindan la oportunidad de reconocer la excelencia en nuestros oficios, en el servicio a nuestro sindicato y en nuestras contribuciones a las comunidades locales. Y si bien hoy celebramos estos distinguidos logros, sabemos también que miles de miembros de BAC viven estos valores día a día. No hay demostración más clara de estos valores que el papel activo que los artesanos experimentados de BAC asumen todos los días para guiar a la próxima generación de artesanos (página 23). Es un papel esencial que generaciones de miembros de BAC han asumido y el cual debemos seguir desarrollando. La 2 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS

mentoría no es solo una prioridad organizacional para asegurar el futuro de nuestro sindicato y nuestros oficios, sino que también se trata de brindarle a ese trabajador más joven la oportunidad de crear una vida mejor. Como reconocen los mentores más exitosos, si bien nos ganamos la vida con lo que recibimos, hacemos una vida con lo que damos. La atención y el respeto que nos debemos unos a otros como miembros del sindicato y trabajadores artesanales nunca es más importante que en el lugar de trabajo, y la seguridad es una obligación primordial para todos los trabajadores y contratistas. BAC está ampliando sus esfuerzos en esta área ofreciendo seminarios en línea para miembros, contratistas y la industria de la construcción, además de brindar capacitación sobre seguridad a través de centros de capacitación locales e IMTEF (página 29). El derecho de todo trabajador a regresar a casa del trabajo tan seguro y saludable como la mañana en que partió es un derecho básico que nunca debe ser eclipsado por la prisa o la ignorancia. Los artesanos consumados saben que ningún edificio, ninguna estructura, ningún proyecto es construido por una sola persona. Más bien es el producto de muchos artesanos que aprovechan sus habilidades colectivas en armonía. Es igual con nuestro sindicato. BAC está compuesto por trabajadores calificados y comprometidos que colectivamente aprovechan el valor de su trabajo en un mercado local y establecen las condiciones bajo las cuales trabajarán. La capacidad de nuestro sindicato para llevar a la realidad los salarios, los beneficios y las condiciones de trabajo que esperamos depende de la disposición de cada miembro para ayudar en nuestros esfuerzos continuos por organizar a los trabajadores y contratistas no sindicalizados. Entonces construyamos nuestro sindicato con el mismo cuidado y precisión que ejercemos como hábiles artesanos.

BAC Craft Awards F

ounded in 1986, the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Craft Awards program recognizes the “Best of the Best” of BAC craftsmanship and service. This March, a total of 19 Craft Awards were presented at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, FL. These awards honored exemplary union and community service, and recognized outstanding masonry projects across the country, performed by skilled BAC craftworkers and signatory contractors.

“These awards are an important BAC tradition, and we feel privileged to serve as their stewards,” BAC President Tim Driscoll said in his opening remarks at the award ceremony. “It’s an honor to review all the outstanding projects submitted from across the union. They embody BAC’s proud craft traditions, along with the indispensable contributions of our signatory contractors, Local and ADC leaders, and—most importantly—our members.”


Randy Oliveira

Randy Oliveira—Local 3 California Brother Oliveira is a highly regarded, 37-year member of Local 3 California. He is known as one of the very best master marble masons/stone masons for the Northern California area. Brother Oliveira worked as project superintendent for many BAC contractors, overseeing prominent projects like the Harry Reid International Airport; the 21st Century Library & Community Learning Center in Hayward, California (the largest rain screen project in the country), as well as a Sufi temple in Lafayette, CA. Throughout his years as a foreman and superintendent, Brother Oliveira showed outstanding leadership, teaching ability and mentorship. He presents the very finest of BAC with his well-roundedness, positive attitude, and expertise.

Brother Oliveira on the job site

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BEST BRICK PROJECT New Billerica Memorial High School — Local 3 Massachusetts/Maine/ New Hampshire/Rhode Island Signatory Contractor: Acranom Masonry Inc. The 176-million-dollar Billerica Memorial High School includes two wings, a four-story academic wing, and a wing housing athletic, public, and assembly areas — including a 700-seat auditorium, and a 17,000-square-foot gymnasium. Members of BAC Local 3 Massachusetts/Maine/New Hampshire/Rhode Island worked for a year to build the 325,000-

square-foot building, which serves more than 1,600 students in grades 8–12, as well as a 200 student Pre-K program. Acranom Masonry Inc., in collaboration with the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the town of Billerica, the design firm Perkins and Will, and project manager Leftfield, designed a modern academic center to educate its


students in an innovative, healthy, and flexible environment. This impressive facility will be enjoyed by tens of thousands of students to come and will help Billerica become a top-tier destination for education, all thanks to the outstanding craftsmanship of the members of BAC Local 3 Massachusetts/Maine/New Hampshire/ Rhode Island.

BEST STONE PROJECT The Villanova Commons Project — Local 1 Pennsylvania/Delaware Signatory Contractor: D.M. Sabia & Co. Inc. BAC members constructed six buildings to house 1,135 students at Villanova University. They also built a campus restaurant, espresso & coffee bar, fitness center, six community rooms and four courtyards. A variety of materials were used on this project, including precast plank decking, over 5,000 tons of New England schist and Avondale field stone, brick, and colored mortar. This project was considered “an old school quality job.” Stone masons were constantly rotated so that a mason’s unique style would

be blended on the buildings. Over 150 stone masons and bricklayers from three different states constructed the buildings. A massive job, this project necessitated five forklifts operating on a daily basis, and five different size cranes ranging from 4-ton to 70-ton capacity to set cast stone and move materials. The project was started in March 2017, and masons worked yearround until February 2019, when the project was completed. The masonry cost for the project was $28 million, of a total project cost of $225 million.

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BAC CRAFT AWARDS BEST MARBLE PROJECT Palms Villa Sky Suites — Mountain West Administrative District Council Signatory Contractor: Superior Tile & Marble Designed by the Klai Juba Wald firm and installed by members of the Mountain West ADC, this was a complex project requiring infinite skill and talent. The project called for sourcing, fabricating and installing large format natural stone in six impressive suites, each with its own indoor swimming pool. Each suite utilized a different type of stone — sourced from Italy, Greece and Turkey — for a total of about 1,200 book-matched slabs. Setting each piece of stone for the floors and walls required three– four BAC craftworkers. To meet the timeline, this meant over 60 BAC members working 60-hour weeks for six months.

One of the suites called for the installation of over 100 custom stone butterflies inlaid into large format stone units, pool tiles, and bar tops — all with no visible seams. 6 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS

The final product is breathtaking and a beautiful testament to the hard work and dedication of the team who brought this vision to life.

BEST TERRAZZO PROJECT Transbay Salesforce Transit Center — Local 3 California Signatory Contractor: Associated Terrazzo Co. Inc. Artist Julie Chang’s design called for the transformation of the terminal’s 24,000 square foot Grand Hall floor into a stunning “secret garden.” The design is intricate and complex, demanding the master skills of BAC Local 3 California members to make it a reality. Over ten years in the making, this project uses 16 colors and 375 waterjet-cut elements of brass and zinc to form the collection of hummingbirds, poppies, brass insects, and abstract shapes that make up the secret garden. Unique requirements meant terrazzo was being installed on a concrete slab that contained a radiant floor heating system over several inches of rigid foam insulation. In addition to the Grand Hall installation, 6,000 square-feet of single-color epoxy terrazzo flooring was installed in multiple sites in the building, including

five staircases of precast terrazzo and eleven elevator cab floors. The superior skill required to complete this magical terrazzo installation is a testament to the master craftmanship of the BAC Local 3 California members. Their talent ensures commuters will be dazzled by the beautiful design for years to come. For more on this project, go to the “Members at Work” section of BAC Journal Issue #2, 2020.

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BAC CRAFT AWARDS BEST RESTORATION/REHABILITATION/MAINTENANCE PROJECT Montgomery Ward Building — Ohio-Kentucky Administrative District Council Signatory Contractor: WR Restoration and installing new decorative terra cotta elements, and re-glazing 150 square feet of spalled terra cotta surface to match. Upon completion, the Montgomery Ward Building’s original beauty was restored. A “new” Main Street in Ashland, Ohio provides economic benefits to every building owner. It is a downtown that will always be grateful for the talent of the OH-KY ADC members.

Originally constructed in the 1920s as a department store, and featuring a terra cotta facade crowned by "the Patroness of Commerce," Ashland, KY's Montgomery Ward Building lost its luster over the years. In the 1950s, the original terra cotta was covered with an aluminum screen façade. In 2016, the prominent East Main Street building was bought by Scott Donley of Good Deed Entertainment. A native to the area, Mr. Donley set out to return the building to its original

grandeur — restoring the terra cotta façade and the Patroness of Commerce figurine. Over a five-month timeframe, BAC craftworkers of the Ohio-Kentucky Administrative District Council rebuilt and restored the façade on this historic building. To achieve such a dramatic change to the building, workers had to remove, salvage, repair, re-glaze, and re-set existing terra cotta elements. They had to replace three I-beam lintels, in addition to designing, fabricating, supplying


BEST RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT Sperry Chalet, Glacier National Park — Local 1 Oregon/Washington/Idaho/Montana Signatory Contractor: Anderson Masonry Inc. Sperry Chalet was originally opened in 1914 by the Great Northern Railway. It is a National Historic Landmark and is used as a hotel for hikers and horseback tours. This striking building was devastated by the Sprague fire on August 31, 2017, leaving only the original stonework. Due to the talented members of BAC Local 1 Oregon/Washington/ Idaho/Montana, the Sperry Chalet was reconstructed to return to its former glory. Phase one started in 2018 with Dick Anderson Construction securing the stone walls to prepare for the heavy snow load that would soon settle over northwest

Montana. Phase two started in June 2019 and was awarded to Anderson Masonry. Anderson Masonry began with the mammoth task of getting all the materials and men up to the 6,560 ft elevation. This was a task only a helicopter could accomplish. The project required masons to live on-site all summer, since a hike out of the wilderness took six hours. After many trips transporting materials and members of BAC Local 1 OR/WA/ID/MT, the thermal shock from the fire had to be addressed. To ensure a safe interior environment free of falling debris, the Anderson Masonry crew used hand tools to remove “spalled” surfaces of stones which were damaged and loosened from superheating. Many surfaces had melted tar from the shingles cooked onto the faces of the gorgeous rock. Using hot pressurized

water, BAC Local 1 OR/WA/ ID/MT members were able to effectively remove the stains and return the stone to the unique shades of reds, browns, greens, and grays. Lastly, masons repointed the mortar joints on the entire structure, as the original mortar was failing at the exterior joints. As with the Sperry Chalet construction over 100 years ago, each stone was hand-selected from the nearby rockslide “quarry” and moved to the site. In 2019, the stones were transported 1,500 pounds at a time by helicopter to the construction scaffolding surrounding the walls. Despite the difficulties, BAC Local 1 OR/WA/ID/MT members persevered. Their work on this once in a lifetime project delivered a national landmark that will stand the test of time as a testament to BAC expertise. ISSUE 2, 2022 // 9

BAC CRAFT AWARDS BEST TILE PROJECT Tribune Tower — Administrative District Council 1 of Illinois Signatory Contractor: Contract Flooring Service Built in 1925, The Tribune Tower is a Neo-Gothic skyscraper and an iconic Chicago landmark located on the Northeast corner of Michigan Avenue. In 2016, it was announced that a major renovation would be taking place to convert the 36 floors of the Tribune tower into 162 residences with worldclass amenities. The renovation called for BAC members of Administrative District Council 1 of Illinois to spend over 43,000 hours completing the 50 unique bathroom layouts. The tile selected for the project would test their skills, as it covered the gamut of materials and sizes available in the industry. The marble tile in the master bathrooms cover the walls from floor to ceiling. All the floor and wall joints are consistent and align with each other to create an aesthetic appeal that is pleasing to all who see it. The secondary bathroom floors all have stunning mosaic inlays and strict layout guidelines. Sheet mounted mosaic tile was installed in each shower, requiring BAC tile layers to float shower pans throughout each residence with sand and cement with precise and consistent pitch to linear drains. Waterproofing was then performed according to the manufacturers recommendations to ensure a watertight installation. Quality control was very strict throughout the project. The tolerance on variation between one tile to the next was only 1 /32 inch and to complicate matters, each room had either a heated floor system or a rubber soundproofing underlayment installed under the tile. Multiple amenity areas featured porcelain and marble tile selections, including a large lap pool with a sun deck, multiple kitchens, public restrooms, a fitness center, lobbies, a resident lounge and stairways. The BAC members of the ADC 1 of Illinois delivered a quality product that proves their eye for detail is second to none. 10 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS

BEST TILE/MOSAIC PROJECT SLS Sahara Entry Lobby — Mountain West Administrative District Council Signatory Contractor: Western Tile & Marble The beautiful entryway floor design by Innovativo Design called for precision and skill, which members of Mountain West ADC delivered in abundance. 15,000 square feet of large format porcelain tile was installed, complete with an intricate glass mosaic inlay pattern. The three inch wide brass inlay added another

striking element to this installation. The registration, concierge, bell and valet counters were also treated to the talent of BAC Local 13 Nevada members. Thanks to BAC members’ craftmanship, the exquisite mosaics that grace the entrance to the Sahara Hotel are sure to welcome all the lucky guests who visit.

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BEST RAINSCREEN PROJECT 21st Century Library & Community Learning Center — Local 3 California Signatory Contractor: Cleveland Marble The three-story, 58,000-square-foot building, designed by Noll + Tam Architects of Berkeley, is setting the new standard in environmental sustainability. In addition to being 100 percent energy self-sufficient and carbon-free, it will conserve drinking water by capturing, filtering, and storing rainwater for non-potable uses such as flushing toilets and irrigation. This $60 million project suffered a series of construction delays for nearly two years. Cleveland 12 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS

Marble was asked to assist in getting the project back on track, and BAC Local 3 California members stepped up to the challenge. They installed 30,000 square feet of terra cotta on the exterior and numerous columns on the interior with 1/16 inch joints. A difficult backup system did not faze them. The horizontally and vertically installed aluminum channels shimmed precisely to the backup material, as well as beams attached to the substrate to match dissimilar materials.

BEST PLASTER PROJECT Springhill Suites Hotel — Administrative District Council 1 of Illinois Signatory Contractor: PBS Plastering, Inc. Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood is on a continuous rise. The growing businesses, tourist attractions and its proximity to Chicago’s downtown created a strong need for a new hotel in the area — and not just any hotel, but a hotel that truly resonated with the hearts and minds of its demographic, and accommodated every need of the 21st century traveler. With the scarcity of space in Chicago’s Chinatown, The Springhill Hotel was designed as a four-story addition to an existing structure. To accomplish a seamless transition from the old building to the new one, BAC members from ADC 1 of Illinois installed EIFS cladding and EIFS simulated brick to mimic the original design.

In addition to the traditional challenges of a complex project, BAC members worked safely near high voltage electric lines and next to the Kennedy Expressway. Despite being put to these tests, BAC members employed by PBS Plastering Inc. finished the project with the professionalism people have come to expect of skilled, union craftworkers. The new Springhill Hotel blends beautifully into the Chinatown neighborhood, showcasing the talent of BAC members in a blooming hospitality industry.

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BAC CRAFT AWARDS BEST REFRACTORY PROJECT No. 4 and 5 Walking Beam Furnaces — Local 4 Indiana/Kentucky Signatory Contractor: Barton Malow Company Northwest Indiana is the country’s top steel producing region, with US Steel and ArcelorMittal leading the way in 2020. As part of its Action 2020 Plan, ArcelorMittal invested $140 million into building two of the world’s largest walking beam reheat furnaces — the facility’s No. 4 and No. 5 furnaces located at its 80 inch Hot Strip Mill. The scope of this project was immense. BAC signatory contractor Barton Malow and Local 4 Indiana/Kentucky members were responsible for the refractory installation of the two furnaces (each 210 feet in length), the waste gas duct and heat recuperators, and the dual 217-foot-tall refractory lined stacks. The refractories included 308 tons of insulating and hard fire brick, 602 tons of castables, 544 fiber blanket modules and insulating boards, 2,800 pre-manufactured pipe shapes, and 260 tons of gunite. Another element of the installation process was the welding of refractory anchors. The bricklayers were awarded all the anchor welding inside the furnace, gas-ducts, recuperators, and stacks. The number of refractory anchors were in the thousands, amounting to hundreds of craftworker hours. Along with the scope and scale of this project, another challenge BAC members faced was segmentation of construction. Everything checkerboarded into small segments with firebreaks built into them to allow for better expansion and contraction of the materials to make them last longer. Nothing was continuous from floor to walls and roof; for example, one stack had more than 3,000 segments in it. These furnaces can improve surface quality and production, producing up to 500 tons each per hour, a 40 percent increase in productivity. In building two of the world’s largest walking beam reheat furnaces, BAC members created the first of its kind for steel, and jobs, made here in North America. 14 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS

BEST PRECAST PROJECT Glenstar O’Hare — Administrative District Council 1 of Illinois Signatory Contractor: Waubonsee Development The combined five-story office building and a four-level parking garage, Glenstar O’Hare, is an all-precast structure utilizing precast "double Ts," beams, columns, elevator and stair towers, stairs and landings, and architectural spandrels. Maintaining the design intent of Wright Heerema Architects and detailing the project to be precast friendly was not an easy

accomplishment. However, BAC members of ADC 1 Illinois met the challenge and delivered a striking, high-end building for the developer. This total-precast structure was selected over other options due to cost and speed of erection. The architectural panels consisted of white cement, limestone screenings, and a light abrasive blast to achieve an intense white color to

compliment the extensive glass areas around the building. BAC Administrative District Council 1 of Illinois members spent 3,365 hours erecting the building, and 1,723 hours detailing the project. Their efficiency onsite allowed Waubonsee Development to maintain the aggressive schedule and deliver a stunning final project indicative of BAC quality and expertise. ISSUE 2, 2022 // 15

BAC CRAFT AWARDS OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE BY A LOCAL/ADC Three Sons of Ispheming Monument — Local 2 Michigan Ishpeming, Michigan has a unique claim to fame. Three historically prominent Americans were born and spent part of their lives growing up there: aeronautical engineer Clarence “Kelley” Johnson, chemist Dr. Glenn L. Seaborg, and John D. Voelker—a lawyer, Michigan Supreme Court Justice and bestselling author. It had been a long-standing dream of retired Parks and Recreation Director Bob Mariette to honor their lasting and historical significance to America with a monument erected at the

Ishpeming Heritage Plaza. BAC Local 2 Michigan was brought in to fulfill the promise of ideas. The first order of business was to remove the old and broken up Heritage Bike Trail and reroute it slightly to accommodate the monument. Local artist Mike Leppinen began work on the clay models of the individuals to be placed on the monument. BAC member Alex Sovoy and Bob Mariette worked on the design. Two apprentices and one journeyworker joined Sovoy to start, but many other union brothers pitched

in as they could. Finally, the lettering was installed, and the bronze casting was mounted. The monument was dedicated on July 4, 2021, with family members of the honorees at the event. During the ceremony, all the BAC Local 2 Michigan members who volunteered on the project were recognized.

OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE BY AN INDIVIDUAL Jason ReQua — Local 3 New York Jason ReQua, a 29-year tile setter with BAC Local 3 New York, helped bring the dream of four boy scouts to life in Kendall, New York. These four boys, Ryan Barrett, Jayden Pieniaszek, Noah Rath and Brian Shaw, members of Kendall Troop 94, designed a stunning War Memorial for their four-phase Eagle Project. The Memorial, honoring the armed forces of the United States of America, has a 39-foot-long

red brick wall, with black granite plaques highlighting the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War 1, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and the War on Terror. Between the granite plaques are concrete medal lions representing the five branches of the military. Black granite engraved bricks border the memorial sidewalk in honor of veterans who died serving their country,


who served, and those currently serving. Additional bricks can continue to be added for veterans in future generations. This stunning Memorial took time and talent. In total Brother ReQua and his team donated over 1,762 hours to complete it.

OUTSTANDING LOCAL/ADC OFFICER James Allen — Administrative District Council 1 of Illinois Jim Allen is a third generation bricklayer who has dedicated his career to strengthening BAC. From the day that he entered his apprenticeship in 1974, Brother Allen took a keen interest in his union, and became a Field Representative of Local 21 Chicago in 1988. In 1993, he became a Business Agent. A few years later, he was elected Vice President of Local 21 Illinois, all while serving as a Trustee for the Bricklayers Local 21 Health and Welfare Pension and Annuity Fund. Brother Allen then became the President of Local 21 IL and District Council 1 of Illinois in 2004. During his

17-year presidency, Brother Allen facilitated numerous contract negotiations and invested in several crucial mergers. He moved Chicago Local 21 IL and District Council 1of Illinois to a new location, saving over $1.5 million annually on administration fees. Brother Allen's consensus-building skills were the catalyst for the creation of the world-class District Council Training Center in Addison, IL. By bringing together trustees from disparate tile, brick, and PCC training funds, Brother Allen was able to unify training for multiple BAC crafts at one of North America's premier training venues.

JOHN B. SCOLA OUTSTANDING INSTRUCTOR Gavin Collier — Administrative District Council 1 of Illinois Brother Collier is a 43-year BAC member, with eight years as a tile finisher and 35 as a tile setter. For 20 of those years, he worked as a foreman for Trostrud Mosaic & Tile, one of the top tile shops in the Chicago area. In 2013, Brother Collier accepted the position of instructor at the ADC 1 of Illinois Training Center. Brother Collier re-established the program and grew it from a handful of apprentices to the current roster of 95 finishers and 87 tile layers, a total of 182 apprentices. Since Brother Collier took over the program, a total of 63 tile finishers and 70 tile setters have become journey-level members. When the Advanced Certification for Tile Installers program started in 2013, Brother Collier became one of the first people in the nation to be A.C.T.-certified. He then put in the hard work necessary to make the ADC 1 of Illinois Training Center one of the A.C.T. testing centers.

Brother Collier expanded recruitment and outreach to women and minorities to add diversity to our workforce. He also led the planning and execution of many charity jobs in the Chicago area to foster good relations with the community and give the apprenticeship program real world experience. Brother Collier is an outstanding instructor, apprentice coordinator, and trade unionist.

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BAC CRAFT AWARDS OUTSTANDING UNION SERVICE BY AN INDIVIDUAL Edward Tiedt — Administrative District Council 1 of Illinois Brother Tiedt recently retired after 45 years of membership in ADC 1 Illinois. During his career, he worked for some of the largest restoration contractors in the city of Chicago, and restored some of the most prestigious landmarks in the Chicago area. Brother Tiedt started his career in 1976. He developed a reputation as a hard worker who could be depended on. In 1997, he became an apprentice instructor and union organizer. During his time in those

roles, Brother Tiedt mentored hundreds of apprentices and organized hundreds of members. He also persuaded many non-signatory contractors to do the right thing and sign with BAC. In 2000, a respirator program was started by Local 52 President Bill Meyers in collaboration with Brother Tiedt and other union leadership. This program provided fit testing, lung function tests, physicals and respirators to all its PCC members. The program was

a great success and protected its 1,200 members from the harmful effects of silica dust. Brother Tiedt spearheaded the respirator program and was in charge of it until he retired in 2021. Brother Tiedt has always been a great advocate for the union men and women in Chicago and the state of Illinois. He is a class act.

JOHN B. SCOLA OUTSTANDING INSTRUCTOR IN MEMORIAM Derek Neikes — Local 1 Oregon/Washington/Idaho/Montana Brother Neikes was a second-generation bricklayer who became a member of BAC Local 1 Oregon in 1989. His keen hand and eye coordination quickly had him working his way through his apprenticeship and into the panel shop. At each company Brother Neikes worked for during his career, he became a foreman and excelled at challenging and technical projects. In 2014, Derek began teaching part-time for Local 1 OR/WA/ID/MT. It was clear that he had a knack for teaching brick apprentices. His passion for masonry was noticed by everyone around him. In October of 2017, he was hired to teach full-time. Brother Neikes established strong connections with his apprentices. He was firm, but maintained the respect required to build relationships. He worked endless hours 18 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS

to make sure his students had the proper training to be successful. He volunteered after work and on the weekends to help apprentices sharpen their skills for the annual apprenticeship competition, leading to wins at the regional and national competitions. In September 2019, he was diagnosed with esophageal/thyroid cancer. Throughout his ensuing battle, he still taught classes and was there for his local and his apprentices. Brother Neikes was an exemplary role model for our apprentices, and was among our union's finest teachers. He used his experience, knowledge, and love for the craft to pass his lessons of life forward to the next generation. //

Fixing a Broken Economy We know how broken the economy is for working people. That’s why we fight together to take back the power from big corporations, both in the workplace and in the halls of government. And we’ve won key victories. Just in the past two years, we’ve: Saved essential public services.

Protected pensions.

Invested in critical infrastructure.

We prevented drastic cuts to essential public services by securing $350 billion in the American Rescue Plan that saved jobs for America’s front-line workers.

Union members fought to rescue the pensions of more than 1 million workers who were at risk of losing their hard-earned retirement. We made sure the pension fix made it into the American Rescue Plan.

We led the push for infrastructure funding to create hundreds of thousands of good-paying union jobs and repair our roads and bridges, improve internet access, and upgrade our water and sewer systems.

We’ve seen some real improvements. But we can’t stop when there’s so much more to do. From groceries to gas, higher prices are taking a toll on working families.

Disrupted supply chains.

Overseas manufacturing.

Corporate greed.

The pandemic disrupted our supply chains that were focused on squeezing out more corporate profits instead of being resilient.

With much of our manufacturing overseas, supply disruptions are even more painful and vulnerable to international events.

Corporate profits are at record highs and billionaires added $2 trillion to their wealth during the pandemic. Even as oil prices come down, gas prices have stayed high. Big corporations are squeezing working families so Wall Street gets richer.

How do we fix this? Upgraded infrastructure.

American manufacturing.

Higher wages.

We need to complete repairs and construction to our bridges, roads and ports to make our supply chains stronger and prevent disruptions.

We need to bring manufacturing jobs back home to create good union jobs and shorten our supply chains.

We also need to raise wages so that working people can afford everyday necessities. Workers organizing can check corporate greed and help build a more fair economy.

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BAC Executive Council: Empowering Workers in Our Trades


xpanding our union’s ability to improve the lives of workers engaged in our trades was the theme of the BAC Executive Council’s March meeting in Miami Beach, FL. To enhance members’ ability to provide for their families and enrich their communities, “we need to engage in conscious planning that strategically and methodically produces growth in membership, contractors, and work opportunities for BAC members,” BAC President Tim Driscoll said during his opening remarks. “The International Union will focus its efforts in the coming year on four primary functions: organizing, training, public advocacy, and industry advancement.” The BAC Executive Council members were provided with updates from the IU departments and reports from each region. They also heard from a line of inspiring

guest speakers, including Martin Helms, Executive Director of Helmets to Hardhats; Amy Walker, national editor for The Cook Political Report; Jon Soltz, Chairman of VoteVets; Anthony Shelton, International President of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM); and James Skretta and Arjae Rebmann of Starbucks Workers United. Four retired members of the Executive Council were recognized for their service to the union’s highest advisory body: former Wisconsin Administrative District Council Director Gary Burns, former President of Local 2 Michigan Chuck Kukawka, former Secretary-Treasurer of Local 2 Michigan Nelson McMath, and former Vice President of Local 1 New York Zach Winbush.

Arjae Rebmann, right, and James Skretta of Starbucks Workers United speaking to the Executive Council. “There is no shortcut around teaching workers what their class interests are and being able to get them to understand, on a personal level, why a union is something that they want to fight for,” said Arjae Rebmann, whose grandfather was a bricklayer and lifetime BAC member. 20 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS

The labor-management and craft committees also met for the first time in three years since the Covid pandemic. These meetings addressed how signatory contractors and the union can continue to work together to grow BAC membership, union contractor base, and market share. Speakers from the industry included Paul Hart, Vice President of Product Marketing and Data Innovation at ConstructConnect; Peter Cappelli, the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources; and Mike Clancy, Partner at FMI. Topics discussed during these presentations covered the construction economy, membership recruitment and retention, and contractors’ succession planning. //

BCTGM International President Anthony Shelton was one of the keynote speakers at the BAC Winter Executive Council meeting. “I want to thank all the BAC members who came out to the strike line and helped us…That labor solidarity is one of the ways that we won these strikes,” President Shelton said.

New Leaders Hone Their Organizing Skills


fter two years of meeting virtually, the International Union’s New Leaders Program was relaunched at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) in Linthicum Heights, Maryland on May 1–5. As one of the IU’s keystone educational programs, the meeting serves as a comprehensive orientation for newly appointed or elected Local/ADC officers and staff. Twenty-two new leaders from across the country spent the five-day intensive training sessions learning the union’s core functions, our organizing plans and strategies, and

The 2022 class of BAC New Leaders Program. From left, Dan Kuczkowski and Ernesto Garcia of ADC 1 of IL, BAC Executive Vice President Jerry Sullivan, Jordan Mondragon of Local 3 CA, Angela Henderson of Local 1 WA/AK, Jeremy Zackula of Local 15 MO/KS/NE, Paul Mooneyham of Local 5 OK/AR/TX, BAC President Tim Driscoll, David Calderon of Local 3 CA, Anthony Bobo of Eastern MO ADC, Dean Gottschalk of ADC 1 of IL, Esteban Carrion of Local 1 NY, Andy Jorgensen of ADC of WI, Allen Pennypacker of Local 5 PA, Sean Griffin of Local 2 MI, Adalberto Villalpando of ADC 1 of IL, Scott Wooldridge and Jeff Hays of Local 4 IN/ KY, Andrew Gerber of Local 4 CA, Jhon Sanchez of Local 8 Southeast, Jeremiah Hutson of Local 5 PA, Lowell Glodowski of Local 1 WA/AK, Manny Enriquez of Local 3 CA, William Becker of Local 5 PA, and BAC Secretary-Treasurer Bob Arnold.

hands-on skills to tackle their daily tasks. The program’s more than 20 sessions are designed to familiarize participants with the IU programs, resources, and personnel. Organizing was the week's main focus. “I’m really honored to be a part of this tradition,” said BAC Interim Organizing Director Luciano Padilla, who was the lead instructor. “This was a great opportunity for the new leaders to learn from one another, share experiences and successes, and develop relationships they will utilize throughout their careers.” BAC Local 4 California Secretary-Treasurer Andy Gerber

agreed, saying the program was “informative, productive, and fun…It provided a chance for new leaders throughout the different regions of the country to get to know each other and bond.” “We were able to share ideas and relate to one another,” he continued. “I got a lot out of it and will use the experience to help me in this journey moving forward.” “After gaining experience, all of the new leaders will mentor future new organizers at some point. This is the key to keeping our union strong,” Padilla concluded. //



AC women members from the US and Canada attended a webinar hosted by North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) on March 5, in lieu of last year’s canceled Tradeswomen Build Nations Conference (TWBN).

NABTU President Sean McGarvey and Founder Sheryl Sandberg, followed by three panels for attendees to choose from. The recorded webinar can be viewed for free at:

The webinar, “Women Empowerment in Union Construction,” featured opening remarks from

“Participation in Tradeswomen Build Nations is a milestone for many women in the trades,” said Liliana

Calderon, BAC Executive Council and Local 21 IL member. “Union tradeswomen build relationships and learn from shared experiences." The next in-person Tradeswomen Build Nations conference is scheduled for October 28-30 in Las Vegas, NV. More information of the conference can be found at: https://nabtu. org/twbn //

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Executive Vice President Carlos Aquin Retires


nternational Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Executive Vice President Carlos Aquin retired in April 2022. He served on the IU’s Executive Board for over five years, after being appointed in January 2017. Brother Aquin, a second-generation BAC marble mason, became a member of BAC Local 4 California in 1996 after having honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corp. In time he relocated to Nevada and worked

on numerous high profile projects in Las Vegas as a member of BAC Local 13 Nevada. He took leadership roles as Local 13’s Compliance Officer in 2004, Secretary-Treasurer in 2005 and President in 2006. Prior to joining the IU Executive Board, Aquin was also the Director of the BAC Mountain West ADC. He also served on the IU Executive Council for nearly 10 years. “Brother Aquin is a dedicated trade unionist who ably served

Retiring Executive Vice President Carlos Aquin

BAC throughout his career at both the local and IU. We wish him all the best in his retirement,” said BAC President Tim Driscoll. //

BAC Members Participate in World of Concrete 2022


embers from BAC and IMI/IMTEF participated in the 2022 World of Concrete in Las Vegas on January 17-19. The three-day event brought in 37,000 attendees and 1,100 exhibitors. During the Masonry Skills Challenge at the World of Concrete, BAC apprentices showcased their talents and took five out of nine top placements. Awards were presented to the top three apprentices in each of the three skill levels. First-year apprentices Frank Kocjancic of

The winners of the annual Masonry Skills Challenge at the 2022 World of Concrete.

BAC Local 9 Pennsylvania and Sebastian Fernandez of BAC Local 5 OK/AR/TX won 1st and 2nd places respectively. Kurtis Sutter of BAC Local 3 Ohio placed 3rd in


the second-year level. In the thirdyear level, Josh Rehme of BAC Local 1 MO and Marco Antonio Suruy of BAC Local 21 IL took 1st and 3rd places. //


Building Strong Union Relationships through Mentorship


ne of the cornerstones of a BAC apprenticeship is on-the-job training. When starting out, it’s not uncommon for apprentices to know barely the basics — if that — when they show up for their first day of work. Apprentices have a lot to learn in a short time in order to progress through the program — and ensuring that they stick with the trade through the tough patches is important for the future of BAC. We know that the culture of the jobsite is as big a factor for apprentices when deciding to continue as their skill at the craft. So, as we see the next generations of BAC apprentices come in, we need to provide a welcoming environment where they can grow to be the best craftworkers they can be.

MULTI-GENERATION GUIDES FIRST-GENERATION Bricklaying and BAC are in CJ Cooper’s blood. A third-generation bricklayer and BAC member, it’s no surprise that he chose masonry as his career. “I saw my dad building high schools and other amazing stuff,” Cooper said. When he joined Local 1 Washington / Alaska, he already knew a career as a union mason meant stability, benefits, and the best training.

In 2018, Coty Johnson didn’t have any firsthand experience with unions. However, after marrying and starting a family, he needed more pay, standardized hours, and stronger benefits than his jobs in the service industry provided. He applied to the Local 1 Washington / Alaska bricklayer apprenticeship after seeing a posting online. “I went in with my bootstraps ready to go,” Johnson said. Johnson immediately saw the benefits of joining BAC. “The union is an amazing thing,” he said. “You have different opportunities through the training. The benefits are great, the retirement is great, and it is fulling work. You can sit back at the end of the day and look at the things you built.” Today, Johnson is about to journey out of his apprenticeship — but after his first year, he was seriously thinking of putting down his trowel for good. He was doing his best on the job, but was routinely yelled at when doing something wrong, instead of being taught how to fix it. Luckily, that all changed when he came to work with Cooper’s crew on the Pioneer Square Hotel job in Seattle.

COMMUNICATE, DON’T BERATE Cooper completed foreman training in 2015. His instructor taught

CJ Cooper (left) and Coty Johnson

that yelling was not an effective strategy to get the best out of those working for you. “I thought back to how I would have liked to be taught as an apprentice,” he said. “From those ideas, I just started to learn as a mentor. I see what works for me and works for my apprentices… I communicate a lot with them and give them as many opportunities as I can to let them get better.” “Wall time is very important,” Cooper continued. “When there are things that are wrong, I try to step back and show them what I have seen, and then show them how to see that themselves, how to correct it, and how to avoid doing it again next time. I do this instead of just ISSUE 2, 2022 // 23

BAC PROFILE can get through it instead of ‘it is too hard.’”


Cooper and Johnson laying block

yelling and leaving them confused to what they actually did wrong.” The first time Johnson worked on a window on a job with Cooper, he “did it and got to the closing piece, and it didn’t fit,” Johnson said. “I didn’t know I did it wrong, the brick just didn’t fit, and I was like ‘What the?’… CJ came over and showed me that I laid my brick on the opposite side of the line than I was supposed to. He didn’t scream at me, just explained what I did wrong." “We had about nine more windows to do, and when I got to the next window, I was able to do it all on my own, and it fit perfectly,” Johnson continued. At jobsites before, the foreman would

just get frustrated with him and redo the line. Since the problem was not explained to Johnson, he didn’t know how to fix it when the next section would come up. This caused frustration all around. “You have to have a little trust in [your apprentices] that they can get up and figure these things out,” explained Cooper. Also, when making a mistake it is important to “give them some space to explain themselves, so you have a conversation. They then feel more included in the crew and are invested in what we do." “There is no reason to break them down, we're all going through enough as it is,” Cooper continued. “Teach the apprentices things on the job in a way that they think they

Brothers Cooper and Johnson show the value of true mentorship in the workplace – including off the jobsite. Johnson, now a father of three, is planning to purchase his first home after he journeys out. He has asked Cooper’s advice on this major personal milestone. Also, Johnson has now experienced our BAC family working with Cooper, his fellow bricklayers, and with Local 1 Washington / Alaska President Lowell Glodowski. “There is a brotherhood in this union,” Johnson said. “That is what keeps me coming back.” “The culture is changing, and it is important we are part of the culture shift,” said Glodowski. “It is our due diligence as craftworkers to give back what we have all learned.” Glodowski encourages journeypersons, especially forepersons, to take advantage of the Mentorship Matters program. The program “gives an opportunity for the journey-level worker to actually slow down and teach,” he stressed. “It gives them an opportunity to reflect on how they are delivering the content to the apprentice… if they are doing it in a way that will help the apprentice grow.” //




Our Movement, Our Moment: 2022 NABTU Legislative Conference Highlights Victories and Objectives


orth America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) convened its annual Legislative Conference with a theme of “Our Movement, Our Moment” in Washington, D.C., on April 3. BAC delegates joined thousands of national, state, and local building trades leaders at the three-day event. The speaker list showed the power of labor right now in American politics, including President Joe Biden, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, GA gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and numerous other members of Congress, labor leaders and champions for working people. President Biden’s keynote speech drew a close connection between good-paying jobs and infrastructure investment. The United States “can’t compete for the jobs of the 21st century if we don’t fix our infrastructure,” he explained. “Now not only has ‘Infrastructure Week’ finally arrived, it’s an infrastructure decade… It’s about rebuilding our middle class.” President Biden underscored the significance of mandating project

labor agreements on federal construction projects greater than $35 million. He also highlighted his support of unions, and their ability to grow the middle-class. When speaking about the need to pass the PRO Act he said, “the choice to join a union belongs to workers alone,” before directly calling out Amazon, “by the way Amazon, here we come.” Recognizing the importance of organizing proactively to bring all

President Biden addressing the delegation at the NABTU Legislative Conference on April 5.

workers into the fold, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler said, “it’s up to us to train the workforce and supply a steady stream of workers, especially women, people of color, veterans and the formerly incarcerated – folks who may not realize the power of a union apprenticeship… We are building a modern, dynamic and inclusive movement to meet the moment.”

BAC HOSTS LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON BAC local and ADC officers and representatives from across the country who attended the conference were joined by US Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) and Joe Morelle (D-NY) at a working luncheon hosted by BAC. Congresswoman Scanlon said though unionized labor has made progress and achieved success in recent years, we need to continue holding our legislators accountable. “We need to do more to address housing, schools, the VA hospitals and facilities,” Rep. Scanlon said. “In the meantime, we are going to focus on making sure that the Infrastructure Bill is properly implemented, these new jobs are paid with prevailing wages, and workers are safe and healthy on the job.” ISSUE 2, 2022 // 25


Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) addressing the BAC Local and ADC officers and representatives at the 2022 NABTU Legislative conference.

Speaking of challenges that we are facing, Rep. Morelle emphasized the importance of workforce development. “We know how important apprenticeship programs

From left, Tony DiPerna, BAC National Director of Apprenticeship and Training; Rep. Joe Morelle (D-NY), BAC President Tim Driscoll, Local 3 New York President Rick Williamson and Secretary-Treasurer Jason ReQua.

are. We know how much they add to individuals’ career life earnings. And we know that when things are union made, they are made right, and they are made well,” he said.

“Our Infrastructure Bill is also about investing in our families and people, making sure everybody has the right to join a union and to be involved in collective bargaining.” //

Department of Labor Proposes Rule to Strengthen Prevailing Wage


n March 11, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced stronger rules to enforce Davis-Bacon protections for construction workers across the US. The rule change “represents the most comprehensive review of the Davis-Bacon Act regulations in 40 years,” said the DOL press release. “The proposal seeks to speed up prevailing wage updates, creating several efficiencies in the current system and ensuring prevailing wage rates keep up with actual wages.” “The Davis-Bacon Act has played an important role making certain that federal government projects are done by skilled craftworkers,” said BAC President Tim Driscoll after the announcement. “The rule will restore and strengthen Davis-Bacon protections for federally assisted projects and make certain that the federal government does not depress local wage standards.” 26 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS

“Many of the proposed regulatory changes will improve the departments’ ability to administer and enforce DBRA labor standards more effectively and efficiently,” said the DOL. To read a list of the changes go to “Federal dollars should be used to create good jobs in local communities all across our country,” said Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. “These proposed regulations are good for workers, good for building high-quality infrastructure and for ensuring we have a strong construction industry, as we rebuild America.” “I applaud Secretary Walsh and the Biden Administration for taking strong action to protect local wage standards from low road employers, and ensure that construction workers are paid fair wages for their work,” President Driscoll continued. “This is what support of American workers looks like.” //

White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment


n April 2021, the Biden Administration announced the creation of a Task Force on Organizing and Worker Empowerment. The White House statement on the Task Force declared, “as the President has said: America was built by the middle class, and unions built the middle class. Throughout our country’s history, unions have been the driving forces for advancement in workers’ rights and improved living standards for union and nonunion workers.” The stated purpose of the Task Force was to promote unions and collective bargaining. It is another example of President Biden acting to fulfill his promise to be the most pro-union President in generations.

On Feb. 7, 2022, the task force issued a report containing 70 recommendations. The recommendations generally fit under three categories: 1. Position the federal government as a model actor; 2. Use the federal government’s authority to improve transparency and effectively enforce existing workers’ rights; and 3. Use the governments leverage as purchaser of goods and services to support pro-worker employers and workers interested in organizing.

The recommendations include strategies to: + Empower workers and remove obstacles to organizing

+ Ensure union access to employees

+ Facilitate first contracts + Improve transparency of antiunion campaigns by employers

+ Increase awareness of worker rights

+ Prevent and address worker misclassification

+ Apply strong labor standards on federally funded projects

+ Strengthen Davis-Bacon prevailing wage protections

+ Improve enforcement of existing labor standards

+ Require union participation on federal advisory panels

The report demonstrates the Biden Administration's continued support of workers and organized labor. To read this report, go to //


First row from left, Local 5 PA President Les Kauffman, PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Local 9 PA President Norm Ringer, Local 9 PA Field Representative Timothy Wachter, and Local 5 PA Field Representative Tom Smith; Second row from left, Local 5 PA Field Representative Randy Eberly, Local 9 PA Field Representative Bill Greer, Local 1 PA/DE Field Representatives Rich Newcomb and Steve Mokychic; Third row from left, Local 5 PA Field Representative Bill Becker, Local 5 PA Safety, Training and Apprentice Coordinator Dwayne Borowski, Local 5 PA Field Representative Jeremiah Hutson, Local 5 PA Field Representative Allen Pennypacker, IU Field Representative Matt Stafford, and Local 9 PA Field Representative John Mains. //


AC representatives from all three PA locals met Attorney General Josh Shapiro at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention held in Pittsburgh on March 29-31.

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BAC District Council of Wisconsin Endorses Alex Lasry for US Senate

B Director of BAC District Council of Wisconsin Jim Vick, left, and US Senator candidate Alex Lasry.

AC District Council of Wisconsin announced their endorsement of Alex Lasry for United States Senate on April 4, 2022. Jim Vick, Director of BAC District Council of Wisconsin said, “We know that Alex will be a champion for working families and their issues in Congress. Unlike too many politicians who just talk, we have seen firsthand Alex’s commitment through his work on the Fiserv Forum and the Deer District where he partnered directly with organized labor to build a world-class facility… Alex doesn’t just talk about supporting organized labor, he delivers.” //

BAC Applauds Historic Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the US Supreme Court


y a vote of 53–47, on April 7 the US Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the 116th justice of the US Supreme Court. BAC commends the Senate for voting to confirm Judge Jackson and applauds President Biden for nominating the first Black woman to serve on the highest court of the nation. Judge Jackson is product of a public high school, a Harvard Law graduate, a former Supreme Court clerk, a federal public defender, and a Court of Appeals judge. Her work experience and professionalism prove that she is more than

qualified for her seat on the bench. Throughout her career, Judge Jackson continues to demonstrate a steadfast commitment to equal justice under the law and impeccable leadership and ethics. Judge Jackson has a strong legal track record of fighting for workers’ rights. A champion for working families, she will continue to defend and protect our rights, including the right to organize in the workplace. The confirmation of Judge Jackson to the US Supreme Court is also a historic and long overdue milestone in the nation, paving


the way for better equity, diversity, and inclusion in our justice system. Judge Jackson sets a fearless example for every person in North America and will continue to inspire our future generations. //


Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones by Understanding Your Risks and Rights of Asbestos Exposure


ver a million construction and craftworkers, Exposure, containing information about the resources especially bricklayers and tile setters, are available. “The facts about asbestos exposure are stark currently at risk of asbestos exposure. When toxic and alarming,” said BAC President Driscoll in the asbestos fibers are released during cutting, drilling, or introduction for the pamphlet. “Bricklayers, and their sanding building materials, families, are amongst those they can lodge inside the workers at-risk from expolungs and other soft tissue, sure… Just as we did with the causing lasting and often silica standard, we will relentfatal damage. Workers not lessly pursue more stringent only suffer from illnesses, asbestos safety measures. And but also loss of income. Too we will help those already often those affected face exposed and suffering from the threat of personal bankasbestos-related illnesses get ruptcy due to devastating the help and compensation medical costs — all while they deserve.” trying to battle a potenWhether you are a current of Asbestos Exposure tially life-ending disease. or retired BAC member, if Bricklayers who work you believe you have been inside power plants, exposed to asbestos or find chemical and petroleum yourself diagnosed with refineries, steel mills, an asbestos related illness, foundries, shipyards, and you can contact the BAC for other industrial manassistance and support. ufacturing have likely “I encourage all BAC been exposed to asbestos members read the important contained within the equipinformation available in this ment and the buildings themselves. Activities such new resource,” said BAC Executive Vice President as cutting and laying mortared bricks, mixing mortar, Jerry Sullivan. “It contains information about what repairing walls with asbestos insulation, installing or asbestos exposure is, what diseases it can cause, and repairing chimneys, working on boilers or furnaces, or what members can do to get help from the medical remodeling older buildings, have also exposed brickcosts associated with mesothelioma, cancer, or other layers to asbestos. illnesses caused by known asbestos exposure.” To inform and assist members, BAC recently pubTo receive a free copy, please contact Bobbie Haut lished a new pamphlet, Risks and Rights of Asbestos at //


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BAC Webinar Held to Raise Awareness of Ladder Safety

Plan, Provide, Train to Prevent Falls



ach year in the US, more than 500,000 people are treated for, and about 300 people die from, ladder-related injuries. Unfortunately, many victims are tradespeople who thought they knew everything they needed to know about ladder safety. In recognition of National Ladder Safety Month, on March 29, the International Union hosted a webinar to raise awareness about ladder safety among BAC members and signatory contractors. The presenters were both from the union and International Masonry Institute National Training Center. BAC Executive Vice President Jeremiah Sullivan Jr. opened the webinar by introducing the two presenters — the IU Manager of Health and Safety Programs Liliana Calderon and IMTEF National Safety Director David Wysocki. “Information provided through this webinar is intended to serve as a reminder to be proactive and bring additional insight into keeping our members safe,” Sullivan said. Calderon started the discussion with a list of the most common ladder accidents, including missing the last step when climbing down and overreaching. She then went over a few examples to show the importance of choosing the right ladder for the job. Wysocki emphasized the importance of ladder safety training. “If you look at the most frequently cited federal OSHA ladder violations, most of them started with training. Employers must train all employees to recognize hazards related to ladders and instruct them how to use them,” Wysocki said. Resources for ladder safety and checklists were provided including how to choose the right ladder, how to inspect a ladder prior to use, and how to set up the ladder for use. The recorded webinar is available at: //


alls are the leading cause of death in construction, making up almost a third of all fatalities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) outlines three steps to preventing these tragic deaths — Plan, Provide, and Train. The first step towards reducing risk and saving workers’ lives is to create a well-designed, written fall protection plan. Secondly, employers must provide the right fall protection equipment, including the correct type ladders, scaffolds, and safety gear, for workers who are six feet or more above lower construction levels. All fall protection equipment should be inspected regularly to ensure it is in good condition and safe to use. Lastly, hands-on training must be provided to every worker who might be exposed to fall hazards. The training should enable workers to recognize the hazards of falling and instruct them on the procedures to be followed for each type of fall protection. You can find educational materials and resources about preventing falls at: //

From left, BAC Executive Vice President Jeremiah Sullivan Jr., Secretary-Treasurer Bob Arnold, President Tim Driscoll, US Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), US Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, and BAC Director of Collective Bargaining Mike Di Virgilio.

BAC Board Attend DOL Worker Memorial Event


his Workers Memorial Day, April 28, BAC joined our brothers and sisters across the country to remember those who suffered and died on the job, and renew the promise to ensure safe jobs for all workers. On average over 5,000 American workers die of workplace injuries every year. The construction industry accounts for 1 in 5 of those deaths. “The right to return home safe and healthy is an obligation that every employer owes each of its workers,” said BAC President Tim Driscoll. “Worksite safety should never be a secondary consideration.” On April 26, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Executive Board attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Memorial Garden in Washington,

D.C. The ceremony was hosted by Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), OSHA, and MSHA. The BAC officers laid a wreath for the three BAC members who tragically died in 2021 from injuries suffered on their jobsite: Frank Scabilloni, Brian James Cotter, and Cody Lee Wilson.

“BAC mourns the loss of Brothers Cotter, Wilson, and Scabilloni,” said President Driscoll. “Workers Memorial Day serves as a potent reminder that BAC needs to rededicate itself to combatting such tragic and unnecessary loss of life.” Go to to watch President Driscoll’s and Secretary Walsh’s remarks. //

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Meet BAC Members Committed to Lifelong Learning & Career Growth


t the BAC/IMI International Training Center (ITC), BAC members from across the country are working to expand their career opportunities. From apprentices just getting their start to experienced journeyworkers; meet some of the dedicated members taking advantage of IMTEF’s lifelong learning programs.


(L–R) Charles and Billy Leaisure

Charles and Billy Leaisure are a dynamic father-son duo from BAC ADC Ohio/Kentucky with experience in bricklaying and masonry restoration. They recently earned both their welding and JAHN certifications together at the ITC. Charles already has quite a few advanced trainings under his belt, with half a dozen certificates from

the ITC and over 70 certificates of completion from IMI’s webinar series. “I’m just a blue-collar guy,” he said. “When I was in school, I didn’t enjoy it much, but as I’ve gotten older, that’s changed. I want to learn until I can’t anymore. I’d like to one day be the smartest person in the room.” Charles instilled an appreciation for education in his son, Billy. “The welding certification will help me expand my opportunities, so that when work slows down, I can stay busy,” Billy explained. As Charles continues to enhance his skillsets, the opportunity to become a business owner became a reality for him and his family. “I work for a restoration company and the current owner would like to pass the baton to me, so we are in the process of finalizing the transfer,” expressed Charles. “Never in my life would I have imagined that I would own a business that I get to pass on to my children one day.”

SEGURA WEST, RESTORATION APPRENTICE, BUILDS HIS AMERICAN DREAM Before coming across a job advertisement online for apprenticeship opportunities with BAC Local 2 New York/Vermont, Nathaniel Segura West was working as an


Nathaniel Segura West

Uber driver. “I was looking for a stable, long-term career,” he explained. “I applied but had no idea they’d hire me, because I didn’t have any prior experience in the construction industry. It ended up being a really good choice.” West recently completed his pre-job training in restoration at the ITC, where he learned all the basics of his trade, along with important safety skills to prepare him for the jobsite. “This is a great opportunity for me. It’s a chance to live the American dream,” said Segura West, a Panamanian immigrant. “It’s not just a job. You’re learning a skill and improving your life. I look forward to growing professionally and becoming a journeyworker.” He is excited to return to the ITC for more advanced specialty training in future.

ANSELL, BRICKLAYING INSTRUCTOR, WALKS THE TALK FOR HIS STUDENTS As a bricklaying instructor for BAC ADC Ohio/Kentucky, Scott Ansell knows how critical continuing education is to mastering the craft and keeping up with the ever-changing construction industry. That’s why he decided to pursue his welding certification at the ITC.

Scott Ansell

“There’s always going to be another certification you can get. What we do is probably the hardest form of art there is,” Ansell said. “As an instructor, I want my students to know that there will always be room to grow.” Ansell encourages his fellow brothers and sisters to become teachers and mentors on the job. “I make it a point to give back to the next generation of craftworkers by teaching them skills on the jobsite and purposely moving slowly and providing instruction so they can learn. They’re the future of our union. Times have changed. We all need to be a little patient and

encouraging to our apprentices, or else they’ll leave for other opportunities,” he advised. Instructors like Ansell also visit the ITC for train-the-trainer programs, where they learn to teach IMTEF’s national standardized curriculum to members in their home local or ADC.

GRAJEDA READIES TO TAKE ON REFRACTORY WORK Alex Grajeda is a proud restoration apprentice with BAC ADC 1 Illinois, who enjoys restoring and maintaining Chicago’s skyscrapers. He visited the ITC this winter to learn more about another side of the trade he’s interested in: refractory. “For me, it was important to come and get better training, because I’ve been doing refractory work here and there and want to have more chances to land jobs,” Grajeda said. “This training alone shows how much our union takes pride in preparing us and teaching the craft. It’s not like the non-union

[companies], where they throw you to the wolves. I know what it’s like because I came from that side. I was tired of having no benefits. Being in the union to me means a better future.” Grajeda learned about that chance at a better future through a friend. Even as locals try new recruitment strategies – from online job ads, to targeted social media, and more — referrals from friends and family are still a powerful way to connect more people with middle-class careers in the union trowel trades. //

Alex Grajeda

GROW YOUR OWN SKILL BASE The BAC/IMI International Training Center offers a unique opportunity for members to learn from top-tier instructors and network with fellow craftworkers from coast to coast. From the 61,000 square foot, 2-story open bay training floor to the well-equipped dorms with dining hall and recreation spaces, the campus is designed to facilitate immersive, enriching learning. Look out for IMTEF’s fall training calendar at and contact your local training center or JATC to learn more about training programs that can help you advance your career.

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Masonry Materials & BAC Artisanship Make Loyola’s New Performing Arts Center Sing


t Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill., BAC members and signatory contractors are showcasing their skills building a vibrant new center for the performing arts. The star of the $25 million facility is the Leemputte Family Theater, a 550-seat auditorium with an arched stage. BAC ADC 1 Illinois members with signatory contractor Midwest Masonry just finished building the theatre’s exposed concrete masonry unit ground faced block walls. The complex installation involved rotated units and compound curvature that give the space great acoustics. This undertaking required close collaboration between the project team — enter the International Masonry Institute (IMI). Director of Industry Development and Technical Services Jeff Diqui saw a unique opportunity to bring together key project players for a hands-on day to address concerns related to aesthetics, constructibility, structure, sequencing, and cost. During the event, the team built a large-scale mock-up of the curved block wall at the District Council Training Center. Representatives from Midwest Masonry attended, along with architecture firm Krueck Sexton Partners, structural engineering firm

Thornton Tomasetti, and general contractor Valenti Builders. Krueck Sexton Partners called it an “amazing opportunity” to ensure “everyone is on the same page and shares the same goals.”

REMOVED REDUNDANCY One of those goals was to make the masonry as efficient and aesthetically pleasing as possible. Prior to the hands-on event, IMI and the Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition engaged Thornton Tomasetti early in the project to optimize the structural design for the auditorium. It was over budget, putting the block at risk of being value engineered out.

Project team at IMI’s “hands on” day for the project


Diqui and the coalition supporting the engineer successfully eliminated the redundant steel columns, making the masonry loadbearing and avoiding construction tolerance challenges where steel interfaced with block. They also reduced the size of the block units from 12 inch to 8 inch to better accommodate the curvature, improve aesthetics, and minimize potential shrinkage cracking caused by overly wide head joints. Finally, the team cut the expensive, custom horizontal joint reinforcement, designed to be installed every 16 inches. Instead, they introduced an alternate engineered method, using reinforcing

steel bent to the curvature of the wall that was placed in bond beams every four feet on center — a simpler, more cost-effective solution that also mitigates control joints. Mark Ligas, the project’s foreperson at Midwest Masonry, said the project was challenging, but nothing his talented crew of eight BAC craftworkers could not handle. “The geometry of the wall was really unique. We had projections that stepped out in certain places at both 1/16 inch and 1/8 inch intervals, so counting every course was critical to avoid making mistakes. I had to make special tools to rake the joints,” he explained. That’s because the wall had varying mortar joint profiles, with both raked vertical joints and weathered horizontal joints. With specially cut block and multi-faced block ranging from one-sided to three-sided, every unit had a specific place. Plus, all the receptacles for electric had to be carefully cut in the middle of the block without sacrificing the integrity of the material, and in coordination with other trades. When the walls were ready for grouting, the crew had to be especially careful to avoid staining, since all the block is exposed.

MASONRY PERFECT MATERIALS FOR PROJECT The block Ligas and his crew worked so hard to install provides

an ideal palette for acoustics, according to Scott D. Pfeiffer — FASA, Partner at Threshold Acoustics — who provided sound consulting on the project. “For a project that’s intended to be affordable to build, block allowed us to use one layer, rather than having to build up structure and finish separately,” said Pfeiffer. “Block is a massive material, and that makes it great for reflecting full frequency sound. Its porosity helps to keep a room’s sound warm and pleasant, rather than harsh.” As for the curvature, Pfeiffer explains: “The broad curves are meant to distribute the energy relatively evenly across the broad space, which allows you to hear more of what’s coming from the stage.” Ligas said the team noticed the space’s incredible acoustics as they were building. “The crew was laughing at me, because they could hear me really well from the floor when they were up on the scaffolding.” The performance sound wasn’t the only acoustical consideration; the project team also had to address traffic noise from the nearby Edens Expressway. The precast concrete exterior, installed by signatory contractor Continental Erectors, was selected to block sound on the outside from coming in. The precast also played a role in meeting the university’s sustainability goals. The panels and poured-in-place concrete were

Curved block walls installed at the Leemputte Family Theatre

made with fly ash, providing a 25% cement replacement. A C02 mineralization process further reduced the cement makeup of the poured-in-place. Together, these efforts helped reduce the building’s carbon footprint. Precast was also used on the interior staircases, installed by signatory contractor Cleveland Marble Mosaic Company. According to Jim Small, Regional Manager, the material was manufactured less than 500 miles from the site, another sustainable attribute. Masonry’s local availability reduces carbon emissions associated with shipping long distances. When the center opens this fall, it will be not only the heart of the arts on campus, but a shining example of sustainable, unionbuilt construction. “It’s rewarding to work on a project like this that will be seen by generations to come. These types of buildings are made to last,” Ligas concluded. // ISSUE 2, 2022 // 35


OTC COVID-19 Testing Coverage Required


n an effort to expand access to and affordability of at-home COVID-19 tests, on January 10, 2022, the US Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury released guidance requiring both non-grandfathered and grandfathered health plans to begin providing coverage of FDA approved over the counter (OTC) COVID-19 tests without cost sharing, beginning January 15, 2022. Plans must cover these tests without prior authorization, or other medical management requirements, and without an order or individualized clinical assessment by a health care provider. This guidance applies to fully, partially or self-insured or individual plans. Plans are required to cover eight OTC COVID-19 tests per 30-day period (or per calendar month) for each individual enrolled life in the plan. These eight OTC tests are in addition to tests ordered and read by a healthcare professional. The guidance provides two options for compliance, one of which provides a safe harbor. With the first option, plans would qualify for the safe harbor if they provide direct coverage of OTC COVID-19 tests through both its pharmacy network and a direct-to-consumer

shipping option, and allows the plan to limit reimbursement of OTC COVID-19 tests purchased through non-preferred pharmacies or other retailers to no less than the actual price, or $12 per test, whichever is less. The second option is a non-safe harbor option. With this option, participants must be reimbursed in full for both in-network or out-of-network claims. Under this option, plans may not limit the amount reimbursed for any test. The guidance was further updated on February 4, 2022. This updated guidance provides significant flexibility in how direct coverage access to tests can be provided, to include through network retail pharmacies, the plan, other retailers, in-house or other physical locations, as long as participants have adequate access to tests with no upfront out-of-pocket costs. Additionally, it further clarified that a direct-to-consumer shipping program is any program that provides direct coverage of OTC COVID-19 test without requiring the individual to obtain or purchase the test in-person, which can include online or by telephone, and can be provided through the pharmacy or other retailer, the plan itself, or any other entity (such as the PBM) on behalf of the plan.


Plans will also not fall out of qualification for the safe-harbor if they have established a direct coverage program that meets the safe-harbor requirements but are unable to provide adequate access to due a supply shortage. The combined guidance permits plans to take reasonable steps to prevent, detect, and address fraud and abuse, including establishing a policy that limits coverage of OTC COVID-19 tests from established retailers that would be expected to sell OTC COVID-19 tests, and can disallow reimbursement for tests purchased from a private individual (in-person or online), or from a seller that uses an online auction or resale marketplace. Plans can also require participants to complete an attestation form to indicate that the test is not for employment purposes. It will be important for plans to take steps to work with their medical carrier or pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) to establish coverage for OTC COVID-19 tests to ensure compliance with these new regulations. For any questions regarding coverage of OTC COVID19 tests for IHF participants, contact the IHF Fund Office at 1-888-880-8222. //


Watch For the IPF Retirement Blueprint


espite the historic COVID-19 pandemic, the International Pension Fund (IPF) continues on a trajectory to full funding. How soon that goal is met depends on a number of variables, including hours worked and investment returns on

IPF assets. Hours for 2021 were 2 percent higher than 2020. This trend combined with higher investment returns moved the projected year IPF reaches safe status from 2028 a year ago, to 2024 at the beginning of 2022.

The graph below (right) shows IPF annual hours all the way back to the great recession, during which IPF lost 40 percent of its reported hours. This effected hourly contributions, the funding level of the plan and investment returns.




2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021



100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0%















WAYS TO CONTACT THE INTERNATIONAL PENSION FUND OFFICE As the IPF continues to balance operational needs while keeping the health and safety of staff paramount, many of IPF staff continue to work a hybrid schedule of remote days during the week. During this time, the IPF encourage you to contact the Funds via the following email addresses. These emails are monitored by office staff including IPF Executive Director David Stupar and Deputy Director Michael Shelton.

+ Provide information/documentation that is required to complete the processing of the application

+ Report the death of a pensioner

+ Request a formal estimate of IPF retirement benefits

+ Inquire regarding the option chosen at retirement and benefit amount

+ Request a list of hours reported on their behalf by participating employers

To contact the BACSave International Retirement Savings Plan (Annuity) or 401k Plan, please email:

+ Request an application for retirement

To reach the International Pension Fund, please use the email addresses below:

+ Pre-retirement death/survivor benefits inquiries

+ Request an application for withdrawal

+ Any pre-retirement inquiries

+ File an application for withdrawal

+ Provide information to complete the application process

+ File a pension application + Updates to the status of applications that have been filed

+ Request pension verification or award letter + Request or submit a direct deposit form

+ Request a copy of a 1099-R form or T-4A form (Canada)

You can also contact the International Pension Fund office via the toll-free number at 1-888-880-8222. //

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Historic Policy Changes Included in 2022 Budget to Support Skilled Trades Workers in Canada


he Canadian federal government included a Labour Mobility Deduction for Tradespeople in its 2022 Budget that will provide tax recognition on up to $4,000 per year in eligible travel and temporary relocation expenses to eligible trades workers and apprentices. This tax deduction, which would apply to the 2022 and subsequent taxation years, recognizes the important role skilled trades workers play in Canada’s construction industry. “On behalf of BAC craftworkers, we thank the Canadian Building Trades Unions for working tirelessly over the last decade to fight for tax fairness for skilled trades workers,” says Craig Strudwick, BAC’s

Canadian Regional Director. “We also want to thank Prime Minster Justin Trudeau, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland, and Minister of Labour Seamus O’Regan for making this policy change that will better workers’ lives and improve labour availability across Canada.” The 2022 Budget also provides $84.2 million over the next four years to double funding for the Union Training and Innovation Program, helping 3,500 apprentices from underrepresented groups — including women, newcomers, people with disabilities, indigenous people, and Black and racialized Canadians — begin careers in the skilled trades through mentorship, career services, and job-matching. //



e gouvernement fédéral canadien a inclus une déduction pour la mobilité de la main-d’œuvre pour les gens de métier dans son budget de 2022 qui fournira une reconnaissance fiscale sur un maximum de 4 000 $ par année en dépenses admissibles de voyage et de réinstallation temporaire aux travailleurs de métier et aux apprentis admissibles.

canadien du BAC. « Nous voulons également remercier le premier ministre Justin Trudeau, la vice-première ministre et ministre des Finances Chrystia Freeland, et le ministre du Travail Seamus O’Regan pour avoir apporté ce changement de politique qui améliorera la vie des travailleurs et la disponibilité de la main-d’œuvre à travers le Canada. »

Cette déduction fiscale, qui s’appliquerait aux années d’imposition 2022 et suivantes, reconnaît le rôle important que jouent les travailleurs de métiers spécialisés dans l’industrie de la construction au Canada.

Le budget 2022 prévoit également 84,2 millions de dollars au cours des quatre prochaines années pour doubler le financement du Programme pour la formation et l’innovation en milieu syndical, qui aide 3 500 apprentis issus de groupes sous-représentés – notamment les femmes, les nouveaux arrivants, les personnes handicapées, les autochtones, les Noirs et autres Canadiens racisés – à entamer une carrière dans les métiers spécialisés grâce au mentorat, aux services de carrière et au jumelage d’emplois. //

« Au nom des artisans du BAC, nous remercions les syndicats canadiens des métiers de la construction d›avoir travaillé sans relâche au cours de la dernière décennie pour lutter en faveur de l›équité fiscale pour les travailleurs des métiers spécialisés », déclare Craig Strudwick, directeur régional 38 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS


Tips for Managing Conflict


or many, enduring life means navigating how to manage interpersonal disputes. Research shows a downward trend in terms of societal unity over the past several years; and in 2021, the United States ranked number one for perceived division amongst its citizens of all “economically advanced” countries surveyed (Canada ranked 11). Moreover, a January 2022 poll showed a 23 percent decrease in optimism over the nation’s ability to reconcile personal differences. Family discord and divorce rates are spiking, approximately 85 percent of workers experience negative workplace encounters, and the widespread accessibility of social media platforms has vastly accelerated the likelihood of becoming entangled in interpersonal conflict. Given the psychological, social, occupational, and even physical health issues that mismanaged conflict can cause, cultivating the skills to better de-escalate and resolve conflict is crucial. Here are some conflict management tips to help navigate any negative encounter.

constructive or destructive. If the answer is more destructive, attempt to ‘short circuit’ the damaging thoughts and behaviors. Immediately stop use of any threats and inflammatory language. De-escalate by setting limits, stepping away when feasible, thinking about your internal bodily sensations (such as a racing heart or tensed shoulders), or thinking about what the root issue of the conflict is.



Although we generally have a negative association with the word ‘egocentrism,’ it is a common tendency where people have difficulty seeing others point of view. Just knowing that this exists though allows us to start stepping out of it. Even when we don’t agree with another’s point of view, our acknowledgment that theirs feels as true to them as ours does to us, can help us be less rigid and more flexible as we approach resolution.

PAUSE AND ASSESS. With less rigidity and more flexibility, individuals can pause and assess the situation from a more balanced and empowered place. The simplest question to ask yourself at this point is whether your approach is more

IDENTIFY COMMUNICATION BARRIERS AND WORK TO BREAK THEM DOWN. Accusatory language, criticism, defensiveness, withdrawal, and avoidance are a few examples of communication barriers. Work to identify which barriers are hurting your communication in the situation at hand and make earnest efforts to overcome them. Perspective, mindfulness, emotional regulation, active listening and reserving judgement are examples of tools that are effective in helping to break down communication barriers.

Even when they seem nearly impossible to identify, there are almost always shared goals to be found amongst disputing individuals. By orienting your focus towards overcoming the problem versus the person themself, a collaborative effort can be made to arrive at a mutually agreed upon solution. Collectively aiming for forward movement is a strong predictor of successful conflict management. Whether it’s involvement in a dispute with a neighbor, a workplace conflict, or a pattern of arguing with one’s spouse, there are few people who wouldn’t benefit from improving their conflict management skills. If you or a loved one needs help with managing conflict, please call MAP for free, confidential support at 1-833-MAP-TALK, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. // ISSUE 2, 2022 // 39





From left, BAC Local 8 Southeast President Glenn Kelly, Gold Card member James Gentry and Local 8 SE member and Wasco Superintendent Jeff Tompkins.

Alan Hixson of BAC Local 8 Southeast, left, receives his 40-year service award from Local 8 Southeast President Glenn Kelly.

BAC Local 3 IA member Aaron Ewalt, left, receives his 25-year service award from Local 3 IA Field Representative Sammy Hoeger.

BAC Local 3 IA member Jason Schuhmacher, left, receives his 25-year service award from Local 3 IA Field Representative Sammy Hoeger. 40 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS


Gold Card member Ken Stemper received his service award. Front row from left, Local 11 WI President Ted Gumieny and 50-year member Ken Stemper. Back row from left, BAC WI DC Director Jim Vick, Local 11 WI Vice President Rick Thome, Financial/ Recording Secretary Mike Mentink, and Sergeant-At-Arms James Dyke.


Local 1 Maryland/ Virginia/District of Columbia


AC Local 1 MD/VA/DC held a soccer tournament on Feb. 19 with members, families and friends in attendance. “As we all work to restore life back to some normalcy, it is great to see so many members showing their union pride and taking part in our events,” BAC Local 1 MD/VA/DC President Scott Garvin (bottom right) said. “Congratulations to Janeiro Inc. for bringing home the trophy for the second time in a row!” //

WISCONSIN DISTRICT COUNCIL Gary “Hammer” Schweinler of BAC Local 13 Wisconsin harvested a buck in Green County, WI during the deer hunt season.

LOCAL 3 CALIFORNIA BAC Local 3 CA member Darin Compton and his great catch of sturgeon on Columbia River, Oregon and a king salmon on Sacramento River in Willows, California.

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IN MEMORIAM — NOVEMBER Death Benefit Claims for November 2021 Total Amount Paid


Total Union Labor Life Claims


Total Death Benefits


Total Number of Claims


Average Age


Average Years of Membership







Heffner, Kenneth B. - 09, PA Heflin, Jack L. - 08, IL Holman, Thomas M. - 05, OK/AR/TX Hood, Chester - 05, OK/AR/TX

B, M B B B

81 78 90 100

55 60 70 54

Johnson, Gust - 01, MN/ND/SD

B, M



Kalb, Michael J. - 03, IA Keebler, Jr., Edwin C. - 05, NJ/DE/PA Kosch, Jr., William F. - 01, NY


62 90 89

38 72 67

Labrenz, Egon - 01, NY Lewis, Jr., Ernest - 04, NJ Liverett, Thomas E. - 21, IL Lorenz, Jack - 21, IL


91 81 84 87

62 39 61 65

Manley, Thomas A. - 02, MI Mucker, Robert E. - 02, MI


89 79

57 36




O’Donnell, Francis X. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI




Abbott, Alden C. - 03, AZ/NM Anderson, Dallas W. - 21, IL


83 85

43 55

Pecoraro, John E. - 15, MO/KS/NE Powers, Edward F. - 01, PA/DE


79 78

58 57

Barila, Rosario - 04, NJ Barriere, Jr., Paul J. - 08, WI Bruner, Gayle L. - 07, CO/WY Bryan, Jr., James C. - 03, CA

B, CM B B, M M, MM

82 91 93 97

65 57 73 69

Ramler, Julius E. - 18, OH /KY Rehberger, Frank - 21, IL Rosa, Louis - 07, NY/NJ


90 83 84

62 65 51

Campagna, Domenick L. - 01, PA/DE Capozza, Jr., Joseph A. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Cassidy, Milo W. - 03, IA Cilibrasi, Francesco - 11, WI Cook, Alan F. - 06, IL Cronsilver, Benjamin L. - 02, ON Cunningham, Willie D. - 01, MO


84 87 90 91 73 94 87

67 64 73 55 47 74 56

Serrone, Dominic A. - 15, MO/KS/NE Sinfield, Brian A. - 01, AB Specht, Walter J. - 11, WI Sucharzewski, Eugene - 21, IL Sullivan, James H. - 01, NL Summerland, Franklin D. - 01, MN/ND/SD Surmay, Stanley G. - 06, OH Szmilek, Laszlo - 01, MB

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

93 85 91 91 92 90 82 82

37 56 55 63 67 70 64 55

DiCenso, Giacomo - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI




Ternberg, Ronald E. - 21, IL




Wassmann, Lester J. - 21, IL Weber, Sr., James A. - 46, OH Wells, Charles E. - 01, MN/ND/SD Whitfield, Jr., Floyd T. - 08, SE

B B, CM, W B, M P

93 89 89 93

68 60 65 71

Zimmer, Donald R. - 03, NY

B, CM, M, MM






Farago, Domenico - 07, CN Fisette, Earl L. - 04, CA Flowers, James W. - 09, PA Forrey, Sr., Merle B. - 05, PA Fragoso, Richard V. - 05, OK/AR/TX


70 85 93 86 99

52 61 70 33 62

Haakenson, Eugene A. - 01, MN/ND/SD




IN MEMORIAM — DECEMBER Death Benefit Claims for December 2021 Total Amount Paid


Total Union Labor Life Claims


Total Death Benefits


Total Number of Claims


Average Age


Average Years of Membership


MEMBER - LOCAL UNION Brown, Norma J. - 04, IN/KY




Cantamessa, Everett - 05, NY Carli, Natalino - 07, CN Conaway, Wayne R. - 03, AZ/NM


90 88 80

71 68 62

Dencker, John B. - 01, MN/ND/SD Douroux, Donald A. - 04, CA


78 87

62 59

Economy, Michael - 05, PA




Feigl, Herbert A. - 01, HI Fillion, Leopold - 01, NY Ford, Thomas P. - 01, PA/DE Foreman, Richard J. - 23, ON Francescon, Theodore L. - 01, PA/DE Fraser, Lyman M. - 02, MI


87 87 84 88 90 92

53 59 65 70 70 67




Halling, Leon C. - 01, MN/ND/SD Hollmer, Donald L. - 06, IL

B B, M

81 92

52 74

Aston, Arthur J. - 09, PA




Johnson, Louis J. - 01, MN/ND/SD

CB, M, B



Bacorn, Gary A. - 05, PA Bly, Anthony J. - 08, SE


74 88

44 69

McIalwain, Lester R. - 01, WA/AK Moroso, Ermi J. - 05, OH


95 95

73 70








Patrick, L. D. - 08, SE




Roden, Jr., Joe - 08, SE

Quellet, Robert N. - 01, AB Quinque, Mario B. - 09, PA


80 86

55 61

Sargent, Bruce N. - 01, MD/VA/DC Stewart, Matthew R. - 04, CA

Reeder, John J. - 09, PA Riel, Kenneth A. - 02, MI

B B, CM, M

59 71

30 48

Zetino, Juan C. - 01, MD/VA/DC


Total Union Labor Life Claims


Total Death Benefits


Total Number of Claims


Average Age


Average Years of Membership






Agugliaro, Giacomo - 05, NJ/DE/PA Allain, Leo J. - 08, NB Almberg, Ronald B. - 01, MN/ND/SD Ameil, Richard E. - 01, OR/WA/ID/MT Ash, John - 01, MO

B, CM, P B, M TL B B

73 76 82 80 87

54 53 53 57 69

Baumgarner, Franz - 02, BC Bennett, Jerry E. - 04, IN/KY Bernard, Edward M. - 01, CT Beth, John A. - 01, MN/ND/SD Blumenstock, Howard E. - 01, MO Bogard, Jack - 04, IN/KY Borek, Julius - 06, WI Brown, Gerald A. - 21, IL Budiac, Joseph M - 08, WI Buria, Barry A. - 01, MN/ND/SD


82 81 86 78 90 85 95 50 93 54

51 59 66 49 45 37 71 7 64 26

Calderon, Roy M. - 21, IL Cali, Vincent M. - 05, OH Carrubba, Alfred J. - 21, IL Cline, Jack E. - 09, WV Collins, Paul R. - 02, MI Cotter, Brian J. - 21, IL Cowell, Richard A.- 03, NY


89 88 78 84 95 44 68

51 54 52 63 74 23 44

DeCrescenzo, Philip - 01, CT Degano, Frank - 07, NY/NJ Dornbusch, Sr., Gerald L. - 22, OH Dowler, Ronald - 45, OH Duryea, Steven E. - 03, NY

B TW B, M B, M B

90 86 85 82 53

73 68 66 50 2

English, Michael J. - 01, NY Erickson, Timothy J. - 03, CA


86 72

25 33

Fifield, Dennis A. - 01, NS Funkhouser, John T. - 04, IN/KY


72 72

51 31

Gallo, Amedeo - 21, IL Geary, Robert F. - 01, WA/AK


89 90

64 59



B, W



B B, RE, W

68 69

34 49







Harper, Virgil D. - 06, IL Hearn, Dale J. - 01, MN/ND/SD Herman, Harold S. - 05, PA Hochstedler, David L. - 01, MN/ND/SD Hollmer, Robert H. - 06, IL Hookham, Douglas B. - 21, IL Horney, Dale A. - 55, OH


81 76 89 76 95 91 85

45 56 63 47 75 73 60

Jacobs, James C. - 03, OH Johnson, Arthur J. - 03, IA

B B, M

76 94

44 73

Katayama, Yoshio - 01, HI Kaufman, William R. - 06, IL Keane, James P. - 06, OH King, Larry T. - 04, IN/KY Klee, David W. - 19, WI Koehler, Jr., Frederick W. - 01, NY Kotch, Christopher - 01, NY


88 87 80 47 93 92 72

56 64 61 4 71 71 39

Lamprecht, Kenneth H. - 04, IN/KY Losch, Timothy W. - 05, PA


69 60

52 30

Malkowski, Ronald J. - 21, IL Mallett, Timothy - 04, IN/KY Manasia, Eppie - 01, NY Marcantonio, Luigi - 07, CN Martorina, Joseph - 04, NJ Masi, Sr., Nick J. - 09, PA Mastroianni, Saverio - 06, ON Morgan, Jr., Raymond E. - 04, IN/KY Mroz, Thomas F. - 05, NJ/DE/PA

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

85 61 91 74 89 97 76 72 85

61 29 71 55 54 71 53 47 66

Neilson, Greg A. - 01, OR/WA/ID/MT Newman, Richard H. - 01, MN/ND/SD Nickerson, Michael V. - 02, MI


76 70 72

39 44 47

Obreza, Anton - 02, BC Odar, William S. - 04, IN/KY Ortega, Edmundo - 01, NY


81 91 26

47 66 5

Park, Gerald E. - 21, IL Partoll, John T. - 21, WI Patin, Sr., Vern A. - 08, SE Paul, Jr., Carl F. - 09, PA Pereira, Amilcar - 07, CN Piazza, Nicolo - 01, NY Pick, Travis W. - 05, PA Plascak, John A. - 05, OH Portillo Segovia, Jaime - 01, MD/DC/VA Potter, George F. - 01, NY Powers, Edward F. - 01, PA/DE


84 85 86 80 79 79 51 68 67 83 78

56 53 69 59 52 38 3 47 31 23 57

Ragnone, Fulvio - 02, MI Randazzo, Edward F. - 01, NY Ream, Gerald L. - 05, PA

B B B, M

91 91 71

57 70 33

Sanchez, Gregory - 08, OH Sattler, Steven A. - 03, OH Schaaf, Francis E. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B CM, B CB, M, B

95 46 92

70 25 58


Death Benefit Claims for January 2022 Total Amount Paid




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Schifeling, George E. - 06, IL Schwatz, Roger W. - 01, MN/ND/SD Slimmer, Jr., Hershell - 05, NJ/DE/PA Sperduti, James V. - 03, NY Strain, George E. - 05, OK/AR/TX Summers, Timothy J. - 09, PA

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

92 81 83 87 83 73

74 60 53 63 56 55

Underwood, Michael E. - 01, NS





Total Union Labor Life Claims


Total Death Benefits


Total Number of Claims


Average Age


Average Years of Membership






Armstrong, Leslie B. - 01, MN/ND/SD Atwell, John H. - 09, PA

CB, B B, M, W

88 83

63 64

Baker, Sr., Donald D. - 08, OH Barrell, Sr., Donald R. - 04, IN/KY Barry, Robert J. - 01, NY Beegle, Cletus - 01, MO Bertolozzi, Louis - 01, NY Bialy, Robert J. - 02, MI Biason, Mario - 02, BC Boccalon, Natale - 01, ON Boisvert, Robert A. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Bomgardner, Frank H. - 05, PA Booth, Durwood E. - 01, MD/VA/DC Boser, Milton G. - 01, MN/ND/SD Briscoli, Carlo N. - 02, NY/VT


88 85 92 78 88 67 77 89 87 88 94 90 89

65 56 70 62 62 45 54 62 64 65 64 54 63

Calabro, Thomas - 04, NJ Caputo, Andrew J. - 01, NY Caramagno, Domenic - 01, NY Cennamo, Albert J. - 01, CT Chouinard, Francis R. - 01, MN/ND/SD Ciardi, James M. - 04, NJ Clifford, Eugene P. - 04, IN/KY Colbert, James R. - 01, WI Crawford, Mason A. - 01, PA Cromer, Michael J. - 21, IL Cunningham, Thomas E. - 04, NJ Czekalla, Werner H. - 04, CA

B, P B B B CS B, CM, P B, M, W B B B B, CM B, M

94 86 83 91 83 81 85 84 93 70 79 86

74 65 49 60 50 55 64 61 70 48 56 57

Daniels, Richard - 21, IL Dappert, Mark A. - 03, OH D’Antoni, Anthony - 13, WI D’Arezzo, Vittorio F. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Dattoma, John J. - 01, NY DiGiovanni, Anthony C. - 01, CT

TL B B, M B, CM, M B B

83 48 82 84 91 88

52 16 61 54 72 70





Wells, Reginald C. - 02, NY/VT Whalen, Harold - 07, CN Wichman, Dean W. - 01, MN/ND/SD Williams, Raymond W. - 01, NS Wirth, Earl A. - 03, NY

B, CM B B B, M PC, B, CM

90 100 85 79 77

66 70 61 60 50

Young, Monte E. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B, M






DuChemin, Morris R. - 22, OH




Eberline, Harry J. - 02, MI Edwards, Ive S. - 04, IN/KY Eisermann, Klaus J. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Emerson, John W. - 01, MN/ND/SD


91 95 84 91

71 70 60 64

Fierro, Ettore - 01, NY Frahm, Roger A. - 04, IN/KY Franco, Nicola - 01, NY


84 90 92

61 64 67

Geneske, Donald J. - 09, WI Glaze, Sr., George W. - 07, OH Gordon, Gerald L. - 04, CA Gordon, Robert M. - 04, NJ Gordon, William A. - 05, NJ/DE/PA Green, Sr., Elwood - 04, NJ Grieco, Frank J. - 01, NY Groat, Sr., Edward G. - 01, MO

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

90 83 81 72 88 97 92 83

70 65 37 54 65 61 53 66

Hafenmaier, Mathias J. - 05, NJ/DE/PA Harper, Stanley D. - 15, MO/KS/NE Hartlen, Dennis R. - 01, NS Havermann, Raymond P. - 01, MN/ND/SD Helton, Rickie L. - 04, IN/KY Hoag, Frank G. - 01, MN/ND/SD Huber, Philip F. - 03, NY Huett, Earl G. C. - 15, MO/KS/NE

B, CM B TL B B, M, RE, W CB B, CM, P B

83 85 77 94 67 65 87 85

63 67 53 71 47 37 64 47

Ienco, Armando - 01, NY Imbriaco, Paul J. - 05, PA


90 90

58 71

Johnson, Gary R. - 08, SE Juenger, Gary M. - 01, MO


82 67

52 42

Kairies, Walter - 21, IL Kitchens, William J. - 08, SE Kizer, David W. - 05, NJ/DE/PA Klausen, Richard S. - 15, MO/KS/NE Klee, Horst E. - 03, CA Koenig, Jr., Ralph W. - 04, NJ Kraus, Delano K. - 01, WI Krieder, John A. - 01, MD/VA/DC Kristel, Erwin - 07, CO/WY Kukis, Richard D. - 21, IL

B B B, PC B, M, MM B B, CM B, M B B PC

85 79 95 72 91 76 87 78 87 67

65 58 73 52 62 55 70 36 66 40

Laufer, Robert H. - 21, IL Leggo, Martin B. - 03, NY Lepes, Anthony J. - 08, IL Lindeman, George - 21, IL Loving, Julian R. - 08, SE Lutz, John E. - 02, BC

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

95 94 65 92 78 61

69 71 43 52 58 38

Mafua, Otulea - 03, CA Mancuso, Frank J. - 03, NY Manuel, Ronald S. - 01, AB Marostica, Jr., Joseph - 01, OR/WA/ID/MT


56 74 80 94

2 31 57 59


Death Benefit Claims for February 2022 Total Amount Paid







Massey, Billy R. - 08, SE Matko, Earl M. - 09, PA McNamee, Steven A. - 01, MN/ND/SD Metevia, James J. - 02, MI Mignardi, Fulvio - 01, NY Mongelli, Angelo A. - 04, NJ Montoya, Manuel J. - 07, CO/WY Mouland, Hurschel H. - 01, NL Moyer, Earl R. - 05, PA Myers, G. D. - 15, MO/KS/NE


83 75 67 74 85 90 62 100 93 95

63 53 38 54 61 60 38 75 63 74

Nolan, Byron D. - 01, MN/ND/SD Nuzzolo, Jerry - 04, NJ


96 78

68 60

Ogle, Orin J. - 04, IN/KY Owen, Jr., Arley E. - 08, SE

B, M, TL B, CM

86 98

57 69

Palmer, Robert D. - 01, MN/ND/SD Parise, Ralph E. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Pasquale, Vincent - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Peterson, Richard B. - 21, IL Petri, Jr., Joseph J. - 05, PA Prisco, Dominic J. - 04, NJ


87 86 89 86 94 93

70 65 65 66 74 70

Roberts, Allen D. - 05, OK/AR/TX Rusch, Richard - 21, IL

B, M B

86 93

61 75

Segovia, Jaime Portella - 01, MD/VA/DC








Serino, Thomas G. - 05, NY Shields, Walter D. - 02, NY/VT Souza, Robert A. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Sowards, Wayne N. - 09, WV Stortzum, Max L. - 08, IL Strack, Kenneth J. - 01, MN/ND/SD Sutton, Stuart C. - 01, MN/ND/SD

B, CM, M PC B, CM B B B, M B

90 86 77 93 74 83 78

68 67 53 70 56 63 51

Taylor, Robert C. - 01, WA/AK Testa, Anthony - 05, NJ/DE/PA Theut, Donald C. - 02, MI Tribby, Robert L. - 04, IN/KY Tyler, James R. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI

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

86 85 90 77 90

45 62 55 22 71

Urrea, Juan F. - 04, CA.




Valach, Edward J. - 74, IL Vice, Paul W. - 04, IN/KY Von Hoff, Stanley E. - 09, WI Vukotic, Tomo - 21, IL


94 79 100 100

69 54 75 64

Wishcop, Bruce W. - 07, CO/WY Wolf, James M. - 08, WI Wood, Danny W. - 09, WV Woody, Miller C. - 03, CA Woolery, Russell F. - 22, OH

B B, M B B B

79 82 68 83 83

54 60 43 63 53



t is with profound sadness that we announce Steve Nelms, Director of Organizing for the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, passed away on March 1. Brother Nelms was a talented plasterer and dedicated unionist, as well as a devoted husband, father, and uncle. Brother Nelms joined Local 56 Illinois in the summer of 1987, following in his father’s footsteps as an accomplished plasterer. He started to serve as a volunteer organizer for the Illinois Administrative District Council early in his career. In the late 1990s, he went on to serve the union as an apprentice instructor, before being called to his true vocation, as an organizer

for Administrative District Council 1 of Illinois. During his time at the ADC, Steve distinguished himself as a smart, aggressive, and relentless organizer. From plasterers, to precast erectors, to bricklayers — Steve knew how to talk with tradespeople about their hopes and dreams, and help them understand how the collective power of unions could bring those dreams to life. “Steve was known across our International Union and throughout the labor movement as a tireless champion for the fair and just treatment of workers,” said BAC President Tim Driscoll. “His passion and commitment to social justice was second to none. He will


be missed by all of those whose lives he touched.” Brother Nelms is survived by his loving wife, Carrie Nelms, and his beloved children, Xena and Kannon. Cards of condolences may be sent to the Nelms family at the address below: The Nelms Family 730 First Avenue Addison, IL 60101 Rest in Power, Brother. // ISSUE 2, 2022 // 45






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