IUBAC | INTERNATIONAL UNION OF BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS | ISSUE 1 | 2021
BAC members helped renovate iconic facilities in Ohio and New York
The Official Journal of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (ISSN 0362-3696) | ISSUE 1 | 2021 EXECUTIVE BOARD Timothy Driscoll President Robert Arnold Secretary-Treasurer Carlos Aquin Executive Vice President Jeremiah Sullivan, Jr. Executive Vice President REGIONAL DIRECTORS NORTHEAST Al Catalano IU Regional Director, Northeast 304 Kenwood Avenue, #4, Delmar, NY 12054 (518) 439-6080 SOUTH Ed Navarro IU Regional Director, South 6201 S.E. Beaver View Rd, Lawton, OK 73501 (580) 357-3048 NORTH CENTRAL Keith Hocevar IU Regional Director, North Central 7640 White Pine Ct., Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 534-1108
WEST Raymond Keen IU Regional Director, West P.O. Box 230460, Las Vegas, NV 89105 (702) 254-1988
Working people of Montana, including BAC members, standing in solidarity in opposition
CANADA Craig Strudwick IU Regional Director, Canada 2100 Thurston Drive, #3, Ottawa, ON K1G 4K8 (613) 830-0333
to the so-called Right-to-Work bill. 1
Mensaje Del Presidente
Safety and Health
Members at Work
News in Brief
Legislative and Political
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Editorial Staff: Brian Kennedy, Yin Yin The BAC Journal (ISSN 0362-3696) is published quarterly for $1.50 per year in advance, postage paid, for the U.S. and Canada ($1.75 per year in all foreign countries belonging to the Postal Union) by the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers. Periodicals class postage paid Washington, DC, and additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to the BAC Journal, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, 620 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004. Canadian Postmaster: Send address changes to PO Box 503, RPO West Beaver Creek, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4R6 Published for Bricklayers, Stone Masons, Plasterers, Tile Layers, Marble Masons, Cement Masons, Mosaic and Terrazzo Workers, Finishers, Pointers, Cleaners, and Caulkers.
“Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand.”
hese words ring as true today as they did when first delivered in 1857 by American abolitionist and social justice leader Frederick Douglass. Generation upon generation since then has recognized this enduring truth: without struggle there is no progress. This adage captures a founding principle for BAC and is central to our ongoing efforts to improve the lives of BAC members and their families. Justice in the workplace is earned, not granted. There are those that actively seek to reverse our gains on the jobsite. Whether it is the non-union contractor that seeks to undermine the wages and conditions that our local unions have struggled to establish, or politicians that attack the rights of unions to effectively represent workers, we must meet these foes head-on. Most recently, we did just that when the members and officers of Local 1 OR/WA/ID/MT along with the affiliates of the AFL-CIO defeated the misguided efforts of the GOP-controlled Montana legislature to enact so called “Right to Work” (RTW) legislation. (p. 19) BAC Local 1 members knew RTW was wrong and let their state legislators know that in no uncertain terms. But as we celebrate this
victory, we must also recognize that anti-union forces will not rest. Indeed, the struggle to suppress the rights of workers to have a say in the workplace is on prominent display as Amazon, the world’s largest company, vehemently fights the right of its warehouse workers in Alabama to organize a union. (p. 9) These workers know the benefits that unions bring to the workplace. Let’s face it if unions didn’t work, Amazon wouldn’t be fighting so hard to prevent its workers from unionizing. This much is clear though, whatever the outcome of this election, the demand for justice in the workplace remains constant. In the US the Biden Administration and the Democratically-controlled House and Senate passed the American Rescue Plan Act (without a single GOP vote) which provides funding for vaccine distribution, muchneeded unemployment assistance, healthcare subsidies for impacted workers, stimulus checks for working families, financial support for pension plans, and fiscal aid to states and cities that will support construction. (p. 21) 2021 is a year of promise and challenge for BAC members across the United States and Canada.
The roll out of vaccines across our two countries is progressing well, although we must continue to maintain our best virus prevention practices (Mask-Distance-Wash) over the coming months to maximize the effectiveness of the vaccination process. (p. 24) An improving health crisis will lead to improved work prospects. In fact, this past month saw the first rise in architectural billings since the onset of the pandemic which bodes well for future construction activity. Commitment to craft and union is what distinguishes BAC members — the recognition that jointly our skills and solidarity are the foundation of our voice in the workplace and our communities. Stay healthy and stay safe brothers and sisters!
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MENSAJE DEL PRESIDENTE
“El poder no concede nada si no se le exige”.
stas palabras son tan acertadas hoy como cuando las pronunció por primera vez en 1857 el líder abolicionista y de justicia social estadounidense Frederick Douglass. Desde entonces, generación tras generación ha reconocido esta verdad perdurable: sin lucha no hay progreso. Este adagio captura un principio fundamental de los Albañiles y Artesanos Aliados (Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, BAC) y es fundamental para nuestros esfuerzos continuos por mejorar las vidas de nuestros miembros y sus familias. La justicia en el lugar de trabajo se gana, no se concede. De hecho, hay quienes buscan activamente revertir nuestros logros en el lugar de trabajo. Ya sea el contratista no sindicalizado que busca socavar los salarios y las condiciones por las que nuestros sindicatos locales se han esforzado por establecer, o los políticos que atacan los derechos de los sindicatos para representar efectivamente a los trabajadores, debemos enfrentarnos de frente a estos enemigos. Más recientemente, lo hicimos cuando los miembros y funcionarios del local 1 OR/WA/ID/MT, junto con los afiliados de la Federación Estadounidense del Trabajo y Congreso de Organizaciones Industriales (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, AFL-CIO), derrotaron los esfuerzos equivocados de la legislatura de Montana, controlada por el partido republicano, para promulgar la legislación llamada “Derecho al trabajo” (Right to Work, RTW). (p. 19) Los miembros de los BAC local 1 sabían que el RTW estaba errado y se lo informaron a sus legisladores estatales en términos inciertos. Pero mientras celebramos esta victoria, también debemos reconocer que las fuerzas antisindicalistas no descansarán. De hecho, la lucha por suprimir el derecho de los trabajadores a expresar su opinión en el lugar de trabajo se muestra de manera destacada, ya que Amazon, la empresa más grande del mundo, lucha con vehemencia contra el derecho de sus trabajadores de
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almacén en Alabama por organizar un sindicato. (p. 9) Estos trabajadores conocen los beneficios que aportan los sindicatos al lugar de trabajo. Seamos realistas. Si los sindicatos no funcionaran, Amazon no estaría luchando tan duro por evitar que sus trabajadores se sindicalicen. Sin embargo, esto está claro, sea cual sea el resultado de estas elecciones, la demanda de justicia en el lugar de trabajo sigue siendo constante. En los EE. UU., la administración de Biden y la Cámara y el Senado controlados por el partido demócrata (sin un solo voto republicano) aprobaron la Ley del Plan de Rescate Estadounidense, que proporciona fondos para la distribución de vacunas, asistencia de desempleo muy necesaria, subsidios de atención médica para trabajadores afectados, controles de estímulo para las familias trabajadoras, apoyo financiero para los planes de pensiones y ayudas fiscales para los estados y ciudades que promoverán la construcción. (p. 21) 2021 es un año de promesas y desafíos para los miembros de los BAC en los Estados Unidos y Canadá. La distribución de vacunas en nuestros dos países está progresando bien, aunque debemos mantener nuestras mejores prácticas de prevención del virus (mascarilla-distancia-lavado) durante los próximos meses para maximizar la efectividad del proceso de vacunación. (p. 24) Una mejora de la crisis de salud conducirá a mejores perspectivas laborales. De hecho, el mes pasado se realizó el primer aumento en la facturación arquitectónica desde el inicio de la pandemia, lo que es un buen augurio para la futura actividad de la construcción. El compromiso con el oficio y el sindicato es lo que distingue a los miembros de los BAC — el reconocimiento de que, en conjunto, nuestras habilidades y solidaridad son la base de nuestra opinión en el lugar de trabajo y en nuestras comunidades. ¡Manténganse saludables y seguros, hermanos y hermanas! //
MEMBERS AT WORK
BAC members working on the C.T Branin Natatorium renovation include mosaic installation and epoxy grouting of pool deck and walls. From left, BAC OH-KY ADC members Alfred Miller, Mike Jacobs, Josh Brett, and Shawn McCallie.
Hall of Fame Effort How BAC helped renovate one of Canton, Ohio’s other iconic facilities
ocated just a couple hundred yards away from the iconic Pro Football Hall of Fame, the C.T. Branin Natatorium is one of Canton, Ohio’s other sports treasures. Opened on June 2, 1974, the facility is named after one of the state’s greatest high school dynasties—the McKinley High School boys swim team, coached by Ted Branin. From 1928–1972, Branin’s teams won 13
state championships and finished runner-up eight times. Considered one of the premier swimming facilities in the Midwest, C.T. Branin plays host to USA Masters swimming and diving championships, as well as ones for the Ohio High School Athletic Association, NAIA and NCAA, among others. Further ingraining itself in Ohio swim history, the
Natatorium has hosted every state boys swim meet since 1976 and every girls meet since 1980. When Jay Walton, a 25-year member of BAC Local 8 Ohio and Project Foreman for Youngstown Tile & Terrazzo LLC (YTT), first visited the jobsite to assist on the facility’s $3.2 million renovation, he was amazed to find all of the original tile work intact. Donated to the ISSUE 1, 2021 // 3
MEMBERS AT WORK Canton Schools Board of Education and City Recreation Department by the Timken Foundation, the facility’s original construction cost was just over $2 million. “It was in remarkable condition,” says Walton, a veteran of myriad large projects, including numerous shopping malls throughout the country. A national leader in contract flooring, Youngstown Tile & Terrazzo partnered with general contractor firm Norman Eckinger Inc., on the project—a job that called for providing a flat and accurate pool wall 2 feet x 600 linear feet along the perimeter. To help tackle the specifics, YTT and Norman Eckinger enlisted the help of workers from three different BAC Unions, including Local 8 Ohio, Local 36 Ohio, and Local 6 Ohio. Throughout the process, 12 members from the respective Locals worked on the project, generating 225 workdays, including weekends, with approximately 1,800 work hours. As one of the country’s
quality contractors and installers of tile, terrazzo, marble, granite for 70-plus years, YTT has been a valued partner and asset with BAC Local 8 Ohio, employing a majority of its highly skilled members. “The C.T. Branin Natatorium is unique because of the tight window we were allotted to complete the work,” Walton says. “Having BAC members made achieving our goal easily attainable. The challenges we had to endure are unique on every project, which is what makes our job so satisfying. I have worked with BAC members my whole career and know they are some of the most dedicated, skilled, professional craftsmen on the planet.” Walton’s team was tasked with renovating an authentic building, which he says delivers any number of existing difficulties. Coming into the process after a majority of the intrusive work was completed, the renovation team had to remove the old pool gutter system and replace it with a new stainless one—a process that takes a strategic amount of planning.
Skilled craftworkers of BAC OH-KY ADC working to restore the C.T. Branin Natatorium to its original glory.
With the complete resurfacing of the mosaic deck tile, the Natatorium has been restored to its original luster.” — Brian Collier, Field Representative of BAC Local 8 Ohio 4 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS
Mosaic flooring and tile walls finished by BAC OH-KY ADC members.
To knock out the job, the BAC team used Mapei Modified Mortar Bed to build the wall back— approximately 2 inches thick for the new Daltile CMT mosaics. All mosaics, which were 25,000 square feet, were installed and grouted via 100% solids epoxy. The pool wall also required the teams to rebuild all the built-in steps. “There was a lot of forming skill and patience required to execute this type of work,” Walton says. The demo of the original patterned CMT for the pool deck, wall, locker rooms, and showers was done by the general contractor. “We had to work closely with the crew to ensure the original mud beds
were sound and properly flashed with Mapei Quick Patch,” Walton says. “The substrates had to be sanded off smooth.” In addition to all the work YTT and BAC has done in the northeast Ohio area, Brian Collier, Field Representative of BAC Local 8 Ohio, says the Natatorium stands out for the attention to detail and craftsmanship the teams supplied. “The local high school swim meet staff is thrilled with the completed work. Having been built in the early 1970s, the staff informed me that much of the pool deck had been compromised due to the fact that over the years sections were cut open to repair fixtures underneath. With the complete resurfacing of the mosaic deck tile, the Natatorium has been restored to its original luster.” Collier says the C.T. Branin staff were so impressed with the craftsmanship that they decided to have Youngstown Tile & Terrazzo return to re-tile the main sporting event lobby and entrance. As for the finished product, C.T. Branin’s Aquatics Director Mike Davidson says the renovation upgrades help put the facility in a stronger position to host different events during the year. “These renovations have taken the NAT into the 21st Century with regards to the physical structure of the pool adding flow over gutter system. This will enhance the pool’s filtration
and the quality of the racing. The end result is spectacular in both vision and functionality. The response we’ve received has been tremendous and appreciated.” //
Front, Jay Walton, a 25-year member of BAC Local 8 Ohio and Project Foreman for Youngstown Tile & Terrazzo YTT, and Josh Brett, a six-year member of Local 6 Ohio and Tile Finisher of YTT.
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MEMBERS AT WORK
Next stop… Buffalo BAC helps renovate historic Amtrak station in the heart of Nickel City
Members of BAC Local 3 NY rebuilding the historic Buffalo Amtrak station.
he Buffalo Amtrak station is located on a stop along the Niagara branch of the Empire Corridor that strategically links Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Toronto. The station, long criticized as “too small and shabby” for a structure befitting a city of Buffalo’s size and stature, was designed to replace the existing structure built in 1952. Buffalo is the last major upstate New York municipality in 20-plus years to get a new train station, following Niagara Falls, Rochester, Syracuse and Schenectady.
Located on the same site and two times larger than the original, the 4,900-square-foot, three-story Buffalo Exchange Street Station features an expanded seating capacity for 40 people, putting it in compliance with American with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. The $27.7 million station also includes a highlevel platform for easier loading/ unloading, convenient pedestrian access to Washington Street and Main Street, a baggage check-in area, restrooms and an Amtrak administrative office.
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At the heart of the structure is its Buffalo-focused décor, which inspires references to the Buffalo Central Terminal, including a terrazzo floor with an image of a buffalo in the middle, an exterior clock and some art deco elements. Longtime BAC Local 3 New York signatory contractor, Manning Squires Hennig, worked with Union subsidiary contractor, Scurfari Construction, to help self-perform the station’s detailed and complex masonry work. For more than 20 weeks, a crew of four BAC Local 3 NY employees led by John McCulley also worked on the exterior and interior brick and precast elements, including 4,000 pieces of brick and 300 pieces of precast architectural concrete. Working around pandemic-related budget and scheduling constraints, McCulley’s crew also had to navigate a temporary station housed in a prefab building. The structure resembled a train-station-in-a-box, featuring a 25-seat waiting room, striped platform, and covered and uncovered outside seating. “The crew did a phenomenal job on this project,” says Matt Squires, CEO of Manning Squires Hennig. “While the quality speaks for itself, it is worth noting they beat productivity and scheduled
targets–quite the feat on such a detail-oriented project. The masonry has been the most complimented portion of the work.” Also assisting on the project was BAC Local 3 NY signatory contractor Tiede-Zoeller Tile Corp., which installed the station’s ceramic tile and epoxy terrazzo flooring. Supervised by foremen John Ladd on tile installation, and Marino Casali on terrazzo installation, the teams worked nearly 800 hours on the project. The installation featured 2,500 square feet of flooring and wall tile, and 1,840 square feet of terrazzo. The four different terrazzo floor colors and patterns were designed after the cement terrazzo floors in the original Buffalo Central Terminal. “It is always a pleasure to work on projects that improve and revitalize our hometown of the City of Buffalo,” says Tiede-Zoeller President Kent Randle. “We are proud to put our name to the hard surface portion of this project and proud of the work by our tile and terrazzo crew.” Working from September 22 through October 27, 2020, BAC had as many as 12 members on the project working 10-hour days, including Saturdays, installing concrete pavers for signatory contractor DeSpirt Mosaic and Marble Inc. The tradesmen were led by foreman Rick Nice, who handled the installation phase, and Joe Maccalupo, who oversaw
the mobilization/layout phase. Overall, approximately 4,000 work hours were spent on the project. Michael DeSpirt Jr., Project Manager of DeSpirt Mosaic & Marble Co., says that the job featured
approximately 3,500 linear feet of saw cutting to accept the 4-inchthick concrete pavers—a feat that presented quite a challenge. “We furnished and installed 17,500 square feet of 24-inch x 8-inch
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MEMBERS AT WORK x 4-inch, New York State DOT approved concrete pavers in a three-color pattern. On any given day, there were four to five tradesmen cutting for the entire day, which included multiple angle and radius cuts. Working under the phalanx of DOT inspectors all day—and keeping them happy—was an achievement in itself.” Rick Williamson, President of BAC Local 3 NY, says the Buffalo Exchange Street Station speaks to the commitment and passion BAC Members put into every job. “From its timeless brick walls to the cement terrazzo floors, the Station was more than just a transportation hub. It is a symbol of the pride and hard work of Buffalonians,” Williamson says. “BAC Local 3 NY is proud of the skilled journeyworkers and apprentices who built the new Amtrak Station, which now provides passenger train transportation and also symbolizes the pride and hard work of our City today. This long and impressive history continues by the hard work and hands of our members.” //
An overlook of the finished Buffalo Amtrak station.
BAC Local 3 NY member Mike Wachowicz installing pavers.
From left, BAC Local 3 NY members Shaun Lough, Evan Witul, Mike Wachowicz, Doug Wilkinson, and Rick Nice.
BAC Local 3 NY is proud of the skilled journeyworkers and apprentices who built the new Amtrak Station, which now provides passenger train transportation and also symbolizes the pride and hard work of our City today.” — Rick Williamson, President, BAC Local 3 New York 8 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS
NEWS IN BRIEF
BAC Stands in Solidarity with Alabama Amazon Workers
early 6,000 workers at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama are preparing for a vote on whether or not to be represented by the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) of the AFL-CIO. These workers are subject to grueling schedules, unsafe working conditions, and inadequate bathroom and meal breaks. According to RWDSU, more than half the workers in Bessemer have signed cards in support of union representation. BAC fully supports these workers’ right to join a union. In a recent interview on “The Rick Smith Show” podcast, BAC
President Tim Driscoll emphasized that unions lift all workers up—both union and non-union; “Workers know what unions bring to the workplace. Let’s face it if unions didn’t work, Amazon wouldn’t be fighting so hard to prevent its workers from unionizing.” “Workers’ rights were under attack the last 4 years in the Trump administration; now we have a President who is not afraid to say the word ‘union.” When President Biden said, ‘The choice to join a union is up to the workers—full stop,’ it doesn’t get better than that. We need to build on that and make sure everyone who wants to join a
union can do so. BAC couldn’t agree more with that and we’re proud to be in this fight.” On March 15, the BAC Executive Council voted unanimously and unreservedly to support the Amazon workers fighting for their union in Bessemer, recognizing them as heroes of the labor movement who are providing new hope to millions of workers, and offer to support their campaign as requested. //
New Report Lifts Up the Voices of Black, Latina and Afro-Latina Women in Construction Trades
new policy brief, Here to Stay: Black, Latina and Afro-Latina Women in Construction Trades Apprenticeships and Employment lifts up the voices of early career tradeswomen and underscores the many benefits they gain from working in the unionized construction trades. The report finds that women who do make it in the union building trades are paid much higher wages than women in many other professions, including
those professions that may require a college education. While the number of Black women apprentices grew by over 50 percent and the number of Latina apprentices nearly doubled between 2016 and 2019, more work remains to be done. Union apprenticeship programs are the key steppingstone to expanding opportunities to include more Black, Latina, and AfroLatina women. The full report is available at: https://bit.ly/3rcz5Bu // ISSUE 1, 2021 // 9
NEWS IN BRIEF
Liliana Calderon Named New Safety and Health Programs Manager
obsite health and safety has never been more important than during our response to COVID-19. That’s why BAC has been working diligently with Locals and members to continually address these issues. Part of that effort is the recent appointment of Lily Calderon as BAC’s Manager of Health and Safety Programs. In her new BAC role, Sister Calderon, a 14-year bricklayer of Local 21 Illinois, will promote new and current construction industry safety regulations and legislation, coordinate with IMI and IMTEF on safety initiatives and training resources, and produce BAC safety and health materials. She will also continue to work with the AFL-CIO, North America’s Building Trades Unions, and other partners and organizations to
foster and promote better safety and health environments. In addition, Calderon will serve as a line of communication between BAC Locals and members to assist with job safety and health concerns, and to increase worker safety and overall compliance. BAC Executive Vice President Jerry Sullivan says Locals and members will benefit from the wealth of knowledge and experience Calderon brings to the job. “Her unparalleled passion for the industry and steadfast commitment to our Union and members will help lead our safety and health programs to succeed. We look forward to working together to secure safe and healthy work environments for all BAC members.” //
BAC Celebrates Black History Month
AC Local 8 Southeast President Glenn Kelly joined the United Way Worldwide Labor Engagement team, AFL-CIO, and other labor partners for a panel discussion on Feb. 24. Moderated by Labor Heritage Foundation Executive Director Elise Bryant, the panelists shared their experiences as black professionals in the labor movement, including challenges, opportunities and the importance of inclusion. Brother Kelly says he’s grateful for what the Union apprenticeship and training programs have offered
him. “I was able to learn the trades skills through our union apprenticeship program. Training is the key to succeed in the industry. At BAC, we are tearing down many barriers for many to get in.” For example, prospective members can join BAC without a high school diploma or GED. “When you work hard and play by the rules, you can live decent lives with good benefits,” says Kelly, who joined BAC right after graduating from high school in 2009 and was elected president of Local 8 SE in 2018.
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While there are many challenges for young and black communities, Brother Kelly believes the evolution of the labor movement will continue to transform challenges into opportunities. “At our Local, we are carrying on conversations with members and contractors on diversity, equity and inclusion issues, implementing programs that focus on minority groups, reaching out to communities that we don’t always do, and making real changes in working people’s lives.” //
IMI & IMTEF
OH-KY ADC Connecting More People with Good-Paying Union Jobs
or many, a BAC apprenticeship is a ticket to the middle class. Take James Kerner. Before becoming an apprentice with BAC’s Ohio-Kentucky Administrative District Council (ADC), he was struggling to make a decent living. While he picked up construction work here and there, it wasn’t consistent. And he certainly wasn’t getting the money or benefits he needed to support himself. Enter BAC’s OH-KY ADC Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) for the Northern Ohio Regional Training Center. Like other BAC apprenticeship programs across the country, the JATC wants to connect more people with a golden ticket to a middleclass career. That’s why after closely reviewing its apprenticeship application requirements, the JATC decided to eliminate those that might prevent talented, hardworking people from applying—people who are enthusiastic about the trades, but just need to catch a break. Kerner is one of many apprentices who will benefit from the program’s updated and straightforward application process. The new application is a simple form—and it doesn’t require would-be apprentices to have a high school diploma, GED, driver’s license, car or that they take a proficiency test to be considered. In short, the new application favors ability and interest, and removes barriers related to opportunity and access unavailable to many qualified individuals. So, while Kerner doesn’t have a high school diploma, he does have a passion for the trades and an aptitude for restoration work. “I love the satisfaction of building something, taking something old and dilapidated, and making it new again. I’ve always taken pride in my work and I love at the end of the day, being able to point at a project and say, ‘I helped do that.’”
Kerner, who received a follow up immediately after applying for the program, was thrilled with the opportunity to follow his passion. “Within three days, Kerner gets ready to head I was going to work for Mid in for a day of work with State Restoration,” a BAC signaMidstate Restoration. tory contractor, he says. Ken Kudela, Director for the OH-KY ADC and the JATC co-chair, says Kerner’s experience reflects that of other hopeful apprentices. “If you come in and tell us you want to join, we’re going to do everything we can to get you working with a contractor and get you into the program.” Kudela was instrumental in spearheading the charge to simplify the program’s application process, noting that the old application requirements are in no way prerequisites to being a good bricklayer, tile setter or restoration professional. “That’s what we’re here for—to train our apprentices and journeyworkers, and to help them become competent and successful.” When he first joined the Union, Kudela recalls working with a number of bricklayers who didn’t have a high school education. “They were some of the best mechanics I worked with.” Likewise, Kudela feels strongly that apprentices don’t need a driver’s license or car to reliably get to work or class on time, given the prevalence of alternatives like public transit and ridesharing. “We’re very conscious of where people are coming from when they travel to the training center and try to group students with peers from the same area and encourage them to carpool.” Once they start working, apprentices have the financial freedom to start saving for a vehicle and investing in their futures in other ways. For example, through a partnership with Lorain County Community College, apprentices can get their GEDs. ISSUE 1, 2021 // 11
IMI & IMTEF Kerner hopes to pursue that option so he can take college courses someday. “I’d love down the line to start up my own company,” he says. “If you need something to look forward to and want a decent career,
as long as you’re willing to put in the work, this is the place to be. There’s no other place you’ll get guaranteed pay raises as you progress in skill, and the work environment is great.” //
2 Job Corps Grads, BAC Local 3 Apprentices Give New Meaning to Perseverance
othing could stop Zachary Allen and Natalia Hernandez from becoming apprentices with BAC Local 3 New York—not even a global pandemic or the challenge of learning a new language. Both students recently graduated International Masonry Institute’s (IMI) programs at the Iroquois Job Corps Center and were accepted into BAC Local 3’s apprenticeship program. Before Job Corps, Allen was making minimum wage working restaurant kitchen jobs. “I knew I wanted something better and to make a future for myself,” he says. After hearing about Job Corps from his girlfriend’s relative, he decided to give it a try. Hernandez, on the other hand, found Job Corps after dropping out of high school, where she struggled to keep up with coursework because she didn’t know English. A native Spanish-speaker, she took advantage of Job Corps’ English Language Learning Program, developing professional working proficiency of English and earning her high school diploma in the process. Job Corps also helped connect Allen with a reliable career to secure his future. “I got everything I needed in the Job Corps—my license, an education and a union apprenticeship,” he says. Allen, who became the first person in his family to purchase a home, says he was “entranced” by bricklaying the minute he toured the shop at Iroquois. “I like knowing that I’m giving back to my community and 12 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS
society. I take a lot of pride in the work we do. I would love to start my own union company, take on apprentices, and help them in their careers.” Hernandez, a restoration apprentice, continues to be inspired by the support and guidance she receives from her fellow BAC members. “I never get bored, and I’m learning a lot in the apprenticeship program. I’ve got to show people that women can do this, too.” Robert Kelichner, IMI Job Corps instructor, credits BAC Local 3 NY’s apprenticeship program for helping connect Job Corps students like Allen and Hernandez with these opportunities. “Zachary had the drive from day one and proved himself throughout the pandemic. I couldn’t speak highly enough about him. And Natalia has a great future,” says Kelichner, who adds that he is proud to have her as one of the first Job Corps students from his center pursuing restoration work with BAC Local 3 NY. With the support of their Local, apprenticeship program and employers, there is no doubt Allen and Hernandez will find fulAllen and Hernandez proudly show off filling lifelong careers in mockups they worked on at BAC Local 3 NY’s union masonry. // Training Center.
IMI’s Webinar Series Inspires More Union Masonry and Tile, Helping to Win Projects
ince the start of the pandemic, the International Masonry Institute’s (IMI) webinar series has reached more than 16,000 architecture, engineering and construction professionals. The goal: help educate and inspire the industry to use more union masonry and tile. But it doesn’t stop at inspiration—in fact, that’s often just the start. Building designers frequently reach out to IMI for project support after attending a webinar because they know they can count on the expertise of its technical directors. Take Brian Trimble, IMI Director of Industry Development and Technical Services, who recently presented on a perforated brick screen walls. “It’s kind of a niche topic that not a lot of people have expertise on,” says Trimble, who has consulted on myriad projects involving screen walls since the webinar, including Pennsylvania State University’s Engineering Building West, recently awarded to BAC signatory contractor Harris Masonry. IMI Director Tom Elliott also generated important project leads from IMI’s webinars. Eric Pros, Director of Design at DS Architecture and President of the American Institute of Architects Akron, reached out to Elliott after seeing a project in one of IMI’s webinars that
used special shaped brick to create a projecting façade. It inspired Pros to try something similar for a project he was designing—the Lakewood Fire Station #2 in Ohio.
Completed mock-up for Fire Station #2 at the Northern Ohio Regional Training Center.
With the help of Ken Kudela, Director for the Ohio Kentucky Administrative District Council and apprentices at the Northern Ohio Regional Training Center, Elliott created mockups to create a proof-of-concept for the design. The station will use angled brick to create a dimensional number 2 as a feature wall on the building’s exterior. Pros saw the combined expertise of IMI and BAC’s skilled craftworkers in action, which helped the project get awarded to BAC signatory contractor United Masonry. “I can’t wait for the first time people see it on Detroit road. I
think it’s going to look really sharp and be a great way to pay tribute to all those who serve at Station #2. Thank you, and all your apprentices for your hard work on this.” BAC signatory contractors also are benefitting from the webinar programs. For example, Greg Hess, President and CEO of Caretti Masonry, discovered new workforce development opportunities on a recent IMI webinar about terra cotta repair and restoration. Soon, his employees will be taking a new terra cotta repair and rebuild course offered as a part of IMI’s Historic Masonry Preservation Certificate Program (HMPC), with hands-on training provided by the International Masonry Training and Education Foundation. The course will help them prepare for an upcoming Homeland Security project in Puerto Rico— the San Juan Custom House, a two-story Spanish Colonial Revival listed on the National Register of Historic Places known for its ornate terra cotta. These are just a few of many exciting projects that IMI is currently supporting. Bringing together IMI’s technical expertise with highly skilled and trained BAC craftworkers and contractors is the key to winning more union masonry projects. // ISSUE 1, 2021 // 13
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COMMUNITY SERVICE GIVING BACK TO COMMUNITIES BAC members understand that communities stay together when we look out for each other, especially during challenging times. No matter what shape economy is in, our members are in their communities
helping countless individuals and their neighborhoods. The following community service activities are a few examples of our members’ commitment to “giving BACk.”
OHIO-KENTUCKY ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT COUNCIL
Outdoor Event Brings Community Together in Face of COVID
espite the challenges of COVID-19, BAC Ohio-Kentucky Administrative District Council (OH-KY ADC) and the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) kicked off the “8th Annual Sporting Clays Shoot” on October 3, 2020 in Owenton, Kentucky. With an impressive turnout of 94 participants, the event was one of the USA’s largest shoots of the year. To help offer a safe and fun environment, event organizers like Ken Kudela, Director of OH-KY ADC, and the USA staff got a little creative. For example, each shooting team had a golf cart to prevent large crowds walking from station to station. In addition, teams had their own tables during lunch, with social distancing and hand sanitation were encouraged throughout the event. Kudela says that after months of social distancing, people wanted to have a little fun. “Being part of the USA is a win-win because I get to participate in great events, but most importantly, I know the proceeds from those events go toward conservation improvement projects in the area.” Together, USA and OH-KY ADC sponsored 16 similar events throughout the region the past few years. To help bring the community together, OH-KY ADC did it all, including taking kids with special needs
From left, members of OH-KY ADC Dustin Shively, Steve Shively, Director Ken Kudela, John White (UA member), and Transportation Engineer of Lucas County Bryan Zienta.
on fishing trips, cleaning up and installing area lake piers, and building an environmental studies center for Ashland University. Kudela and his team have been working to grow the event each year by soliciting suppliers and encouraging OH-KY ADC’s 17 locals, and members of the Ohio and Kentucky building trades to participate. USA Shooting Programs Manager Chris Piltz says the event’s success was made possible by the strong commitment of BAC and its team—led by Kudela. The 9th annual BAC shoot will once again take place at the Elk Creek Hunt Club in Owenton, Kentucky, on Saturday, June 5. For more information, visit bit.ly/usa-BAC. // ISSUE 1, 2021 // 15
COMMUNITY SERVICE INTERNATIONAL UNION
IU Staff Spread Love and Support During the Pandemic
he IU staff stepped up during this past holiday season by raising $14,261 for the United Way Campaign, exceeding last year’s fundraising total. In addition to the United Way Campaign, the IU staff also donated $5,175 to local families through Toys for Tots and
$2,175 to two local families through Adopt a Family. “Since the food drive was not a possibility due to the pandemic, we chose a different direction by adopting two local families in need through the Community Services Agency’s Holiday Basket Program,”
Community Services Agency Director Sonte DuCote, left, and BAC Executive Board Secretary Roberta Haut delivering donations to Adopt a Family at the AFL-CIO.
says IU Executive Vice President Jerry Sullivan, who spearheaded the charity campaigns. “Although our fundraising efforts faced an unprecedent challenge, our staff showed solidarity to our communities.” //
LOCAL 2 MICHIGAN
Memorial Honoring 3 Notable “Sons” of Ishpeming, Michigan
hanks to the skilled craftsmanship of BAC Local 2 Michigan members, a memorial honoring three notable locals became a new landmark in Ishpeming, Michigan. The monument honors historically prominent figures who were born and raised in Ishpeming, including chemist and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Glenn Seaborg; author and noted lawyer John Voelker; and aeronautical engineer Kelly Johnson. In constructing the monument, BAC Local 2 MI members made full use of local materials, including
the Kona Dolomite stone—a semi-precious stone used to make jewelry. A large vein of the stone runs south of Marquette in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The multi-phased, engineered project began with members pouring 10 tons of concrete to build the foundation. Outside the monument’s radial base, members poured a concrete border and laid brick pavers in a herringbone pattern inside that border. A bronze bust of the Three Sons of Ishpeming was mounted on an 18-ton, 5-foot-tall Hematite iron
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From left, BAC Local 2 MI members Brian Lantto, John “Doc” Holliday, Adam Saari, Alex Sovey and Field Representative John Kleiber.
The Three Sons of Ishpeming monument built by BAC Local 2 Michigan members.
ore stone, which was donated by a local mine. The Hematite stone, measuring 7 feet long x 4 feet wide,
sits atop the massive pedestal base, which also was built by Local 2 MI members. Additionally, members completed a block radius wall behind the monument. “I was amazed to see the amount of skilled and detailed work that our members performed as volunteers to make this Memorial Monument a reality,” says Local 2 MI President Chuck Kukawka. “In
my mind, this is also a testament to the determination of our members to honor the Three Sons of Ishpeming.” Members of Local 2 MI donating their time and skills to the project included Apprentice Coordinator Alex Sovey, Brian Ranta, John “Doc” Holliday, Bill Eman, Brent “Buddha” Bleckiner, Victor Tullila and Adam Sarri, and apprentices Brian Lantto and Tim Etter. //
BAC Local 2 MI members pouring concrete to the foundation of the monument. From left, Alex Sovey, Adam Sarri, and John “Doc” Holliday.
LOCAL 1 MARYLAND/VIRGINIA/DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Renovating Offices and Residences for the American Gold Star Mothers
hanks to the joint efforts of Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) and building trades unions, offices and residences of the American Gold Star Mothers (AGSM) in Washington, D.C. were gifted with a fresh look. Coordinated with H2H’s Senior Program Manager Brother Walter Lopez Gomez Robert Schwarts, volunteers renovating a shower room for the from several building trades American Gold Star Mothers. unions, including BAC Local 1 MD/VA/DC, IUPAT Local 51 DC, Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 5, Steamfitters UA Local 602 and SMART, donated their time and materials to help spruce up AGSM’s offices and residences. “We provided tiles over in the existing shower since they were looking for a less invasive update of
the residences without getting into a complete overhaul,” says Andrew Skinner, Project Manager at D. Jarmer Flooring, a signatory contractor of BAC. “We were happy to do our part for both BAC and AGSM, because we support both ideas of helping former service members make the transition to civilian workforce, and of providing some small comfort for the mothers who have sacrificed so much.” BAC Local 1 MD/VA/DC President Scott Garvin says members were happy to be part of this project. “Brother Walter Lopez Gomez, a Local 1 member, did a great job turning a run-down and A finished shower done by BAC dated shower room into a Local 1 MD/VA/DC member Walter much nicer one.” // Lopez Gomez. ISSUE 1, 2021 // 17
COMMUNITY SERVICE EASTERN MISSOURI ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT COUNCIL
Handmade Mosaic Craftwork Made for the Community
he Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) received a special gift from members of BAC Eastern Missouri Administrative District Council—a handmade mosaic tile MDC logo in a wooden frame, designed and produced by apprentices of BAC Local 18 MO. Together, the apprentices—a mix of tile setters, terrazzo mechanics and finishers, marble and granite top installers—contributed 40 hours of work to create the mosaic piece. Amateur woodworker Matt Mauger handmade the wooden frame. “We are pleased to put our craftsmanship to use and create a
mosaic that can be shared with the community,” says Charlie Reiter, BAC Local 18 Vice President and Apprentice Coordinator/Instructor. “By displaying this mosaic logo at a local MDC facility, it will ensure that the apprentices and the public will be able to enjoy it for years to come.” The mosaic logo currently is on display in the main entry foyer of the MDC St. Louis regional office. Reiter says the project helped teach apprentices precision, problem-solving, cooperation and planning—all essential skills for BAC craftwork in granite, marble tops and terrazzo.
Members of BAC Local 18 of Missouri presented the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) with their hand-made mosaic craftwork at MDC’s St. Louis Regional Office in St. Charles. From left, MDC Regional Administrator Julianne Stone, Regional Infrastructure Maintenance Supervisor Mike Norris, Local 18 apprentices Nick Hardwick and Christian Moore, and Local 18 MO Vice President and Apprentice Coordinator/Instructor Charlie Reiter. 18 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS
BAC Local 18 MO Terrazzo Finisher Apprentice Nick Hardwick, left, and Residential Top Installer Apprentice Kwayera Jackson working on the mosaic project.
The project started with enlarging and printing a photo of the MDC logo, then placing a layer of mesh on top. Next came the precision work of custom-shaping every mosaic tile using cutters, followed by securing each one into place with tweezers and glue. “Every piece is different, and you have to line them up precisely and make sure each one fits,” says Christian Moore, a seven-month apprentice of Local 18 MO. MDC Regional Administrator Julianne Stone says the group was touched by the dedication and passion BAC members put into the project. “It was a pleasure to meet them, and we will proudly display their work. We at MDC always look forward to opportunities such as this to connect with partners in the community we serve.” //
LEGISLATIVE & POLITICAL
Working people of Montana, including BAC members, standing in solidarity in opposition to the so-called Right-to-Work bill.
BAC members and families are part of the organized efforts to defeat the anti-worker Right-to-Work bill.
Montana Working Families Defeated Right-to-Work Bill
he Montana House of Representatives voted down the so-called Right-to-Work legislation on March 2 after hundreds of working people filled the gallery and packed the Capitol hallways in opposition to the anti-worker bill. HB 251 would have implemented corporate-drafted policy to break up unions and hurt workers in Montana—a move that could have resulted in reduced wages, increased poverty, and more job-related deaths and injuries. “This outrageous bill ignores the fact that labor unions helped build Montana and continue to build the state,” says Matt Eleazer, President of BAC Local 1 Oregon/Washington/Idaho/Montana. “That’s why
so many working families are voicing their opposition to this bill.” BAC members of Local 1 OR/WA/ID/MT joined brothers and sisters in organized labor to lobby lawmakers not to turn their back on hardworking Montanans. They used technology to engage members, collaboratively drafted digital content to share with the public, made phone calls, and sent emails and texts to legislators. “I would like to thank everyone for their support and the endless hours of phone calls that were made to help defeat this anti-worker bill,” Eleazer says. “Together we made a difference and together we can keep Montana union strong.” // ISSUE 1, 2021 // 19
LEGISLATIVE & POLITICAL
House Passes Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act
he U.S. House of Representatives approved the H.R. 842, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act on March 9 with a 225–206 vote. This historic legislation would help level the playing field and provide workers the opportunity to freely exercise their right to organize a union. The PRO Act would strengthen workers’ rights to strike for better wages and working conditions, strengthen safeguards to ensure that workers can hold fair union elections and allow the National Labor Relations Board to fine supervisors who violate workers’ rights. In addition, the legislation clarifies the definition of independent contractor and supervisor to help prevent the misclassification of workers. Misclassification, which is far too common in construction
and other industries, prevents workers from exercising their rights, getting the pay and benefits they deserve, and deprives communities of much-needed revenue through tax evasion. In his letter to the House of Representatives, BAC President Tim Driscoll wrote: “BAC is proud of the relationship that we share with our signatory employers across the United States to provide vital building and construction services
The U.S. House of Representatives approved the H.R. 842, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act on March 9 with a 225–206 vote.”
LOVE BAC? WEAR A BAC MASK! On Feb. 24, U.S. Representative Andy Levin (D-MI) wore his BAC mask to the House floor as he acted as Speaker Pro Tempore on authorizing corrections in engrossment of H.R. 447, National Apprenticeship Act of 2021.
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to the communities we live in. However, our members, and just as importantly the contractors that hire them, are under assault by unscrupulous corporations and employers that abuse and deny their workers from having a meaningful voice in the workplace. The PRO Act would help address these abuses and provide workers a fair shot at forming a union of their choice to bargain for better wages, benefits and conditions in the workplace.” //
BAC Applauds Passage of American Rescue Plan Act
alling it the “right response at the right time,” BAC President Tim Driscoll praised the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The new law includes aid for pension plans, a much-needed COBRA premium subsidy, an extension and expansion of unemployment insurance benefits, direct cash payments to households, and potential investments in infrastructure. “For BAC Members and our Brothers and Sisters in the building trades, this bill passage means giving the essential workers, the working people who built this country and who keep this country going, a fighting chance,” Driscoll says. The $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill includes the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021, which will provide special financial assistance, in a single lump-sum payment, to certain underfunded multiemployer defined benefit pension plans to keep the promise of a secure retirement for those who have earned it. Because millions of working people lost job-based healthcare coverage during the pandemic, ARPA creates a premium subsidy. The free six-month period of COBRA coverage is designed
to help employees and their families who lost their group health plan coverage due to involuntary termination or reduced employment hours. In addition, ARPA extends the unemployment benefits that were set to expire after March 14. Now, millions of Americans can continue to receive benefits through unemployment insurance programs through September 2021. And there is more good news. The additional $10 billion for states under a new ‘Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund’ potentially provides investments in infrastructure.
Meanwhile states, territories and tribal governments would receive $219.8 billion, while cities, counties and other localities would get $120.2 billion to potentially provide resources for local building projects. In addition, these funds can be used to repair and improve K–12 school facilities. “It provides absolutely essential economic relief for American families, communities, and all working people,” Driscoll says. “As we work to recover from the pandemic, BAC members stand ready to work with the Administration to rebuild our nation.” // ISSUE 1, 2021 // 21
Opioid Overdose Deaths Skyrocket During Pandemic
t is easy to forget that prior to COVID-19, the United States was in the midst of one of the world’s deadliest opioid overdose epidemics—one that swept through the country in three, tsunami-sized waves. The first wave hit in 1999 when the pharmaceutical industry actively marketed synthetic opioids, including OxyContin, to unwitting physicians who heavily prescribed them to their patients. Adding to the dilemma, pharmaceutical companies made false claims about the safety and efficacy of the drugs. While erroneously advertising opioids as effective and safe, “Big Pharma” failed to tell physicians and patients about the extraordinary risks of accidental addiction and overdose death. The second wave ran from 2002 through 2012. During that time, aware of the risk related to synthetic opioids, knowledgeable physicians began scaling back dosages and limiting prescription refills. The move caused many patients to flock to the streets for an alternative fix, namely heroin. Cheaper and more widely available, heroin became the drug of choice for managing opioid withdrawal symptoms. Tragically, street heroin users often had no idea they were playing Russian roulette with every dose. In turn, accidental overdose deaths rose a whopping 286%. The third most disastrous wave started around 2013 with the entre and proliferation of
Fentanyl-laced heroin. A highly potent synthetic opioid created to relieve the pain of terminally ill cancer patients, Fentanyl is more than 50 times powerful than heroin and 50-100 times stronger than morphine. Unsuspecting buyers and dealers had no idea their heroin contained deadly Fentanyl—with only a few grains the size of salt needed to be lethal. Death can come within minutes. Tragically, during the resuscitation process, some first responders died from unknowingly absorbing the drug through bodily contact from the user. From too many of our nation’s cities—small and large—2013 was a nightmare, as drug mill-manufactured, Fentanyl-laced heroin inundated the landscape at every turn. With more than 100 people dying a day, the streets were seemingly littered with bodies. Many coroners throughout the country were even forced to rent storage space to house the dead.
COVID-19 HASTENS OPIOID EPIDEMIC COVID-19 has only increased our opioid nightmare. University of British Columbia Dr. Mark Tyndall says that the pandemic has disrupted illicit drug distribution, resulting in an extremely lethal opioid drug supply. “The risk of you injecting poison is higher than it was before COVID,” he says.
In the midst of the overdose epidemic, it is imperative that we learn to recognize the issues and how to intervene. Every minute counts during an overdose.” 22 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS
RECOGNIZING AND REACTING TO AN OPIOID OVERDOSE The opioid crisis continues to place everyday people in the center of one of our country’s biggest epidemics. If you witness any of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately: + They stop breathing or have a slow or no heartbeat + They appear unconscious, cannot be awakened or talk + Their face is cold, clammy and unusually pale; their body limp + They vomit or make gurgling noises While waiting for first responders to arrive, start CPR. Also, check your state laws about keeping the life-saving nasal spray drug, Naloxone, on hand. Naloxone can help revive someone who has overdosed until help can arrive. It has proven to be a valuable lifesaver in the fight against opioid abuse.
In 2019, synthetic opioid overdose deaths were 12 times higher than in 2013. From May 2019 through May 2020, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reported more than 81,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. alone. Ten western U.S. states reported a 98% increase in synthetic opioid deaths. In 2020, with opioid supplies weakened, many people turned to methamphetamine and cocaine, only to die from accidental overdose deaths because these drugs were also laced with Fentanyl.
PANDEMIC WORSENS MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE USE PROBLEMS Anxiety, depression, loneliness and trauma related to COVID-19 have become the perfect storm of substance use relapse, overdose and suicide deaths. Among the most vulnerable include people with pre-existing medical problems, the disabled, seniors and single parents. Each of these groups feel particularly isolated and stressed.
For example, domestic violence is on the rise, as survivors are forced to spend too much time at home with their perpetrators, while people recovering from substance abuse struggle to avoid relapse. On another front, children and teenagers, along with their parents, are having trouble adjusting to virtual learning, as well as being cooped up away from friends and extended family. And the loss of family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to COVID-19 extend the levels of our grief. These seemingly endless number of losses, including our sense of safety, security and way of life, continue to cause profound anguish and sorrow. In the midst of the overdose epidemic, it is imperative that we learn to recognize the issues and how to intervene. Every minute counts during an overdose. To help keep you informed, the American Red Cross offers an inexpensive, online first aid course at https:// www.redcross.org/take-a-class/classes/first-aid-foropioid-overdose.
HANG ON TO HOPE, ENCOURAGE HELP-SEEKING Spending so much time in isolation helps us reevaluate life priorities and what matters most. More than ever, we are searching for common humanity, meaning and purpose, both individually and collectively. We are connecting to our best selves to become more understanding, empathetic, caring and motivated. We value helping and supporting each other, pushing back on shame and stigma, and stepping courageously forward to pursue virtual mental health and substance use counseling. Each of us are working to stay healthy, so that when this pandemic ends, we will remain intact, healthy and strong. If you need help locating mental health, or substance use counseling or support group information, call the BAC Member Assistance Program (MAP) for free, confidential help. Call toll-free: 1-888-880-8222 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (EST), Monday-Friday, to speak to a licensed mental health professional. // ISSUE 1, 2021 // 23
SAFETY & HEALTH
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Construction
BAC Secretary-Treasurer Bob Arnold took the COVID-19 vaccine on March 2.
OVID-19 continues to be a serious problem across the United States and Canada, threatening both our health and economy. In addition to following CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) guidance to frequently wash hands, wear masks and practice social distancing, access to safe and effective vaccines is the best way to keep BAC members safe at work and in their communities. Vaccines are one of the most effective tools to protect your health and prevent disease. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective in preventing you
from getting COVID-19. Preliminary data suggests high vaccine efficacy in preventing COVID-19 following receipt of two doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine: Pfizer-BioNTech (95.0%) and Moderna (94.1%). Experts also say that vaccines may help keep you from getting seriously ill—even if contract COVID-19. “This past year will be one that we will not soon forget,” says BAC Executive Vice President Jerry Sullivan. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic effect on our lives. The science is clear, vaccinations are effective and are our best path to move beyond this pandemic to start to get us back to a fully functional economy and
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return our lives to some semblance of normal.” In collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), CPWR has developed several resources to help the construction industry understand the science and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information, visit CPWR COVID-19 Construction Clearinghouse: https://covid.elcosh.org After you receive the vaccine, you will need to continue to follow public health agency guidance for safety, including frequently washing hands, wearing masks and practicing social distancing. We owe it to each other and our families. //
BAC Executive Vice President Jerry Sullivan took the COVID-19 vaccine on March 6.
INTERNATIONAL FUNDS INTERNATIONAL HEALTH FUND (IHF)
Important COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Resources
t has been one year since the coronavirus engulfed the United States. In the early stages of the pandemic, COVID-19 testing became a key priority. Now, at the one-year mark, states across the country are in the early phases of vaccine rollout. In 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) and CARES Act were passed to help address some of the financial- and health-related issues experienced by people in the United States. The legislation included provisions specific to COVID-19 testing and vaccination. During this time, IHF made access to coverage and COVID19 resources to members a top priority. This article reviews these important provisions, and provides information on IHF’s response and resources for all members. As amended by the CARES Act, FFCRA requires health plans to cover COVID-19 testing during the national health emergency period. First declared on Jan. 31, 2020, and retroactive to Jan. 27, 2020, the national health emergency period was extended for an additional 90 days on Jan. 21, 2021. Since the beginning of the national health emergency period, IHF has covered COVID-19 testing in full, leaving members with a $0 cost-share (no copayment, coinsurance or deductible) for medically appropriate COVID-19 testing when ordered by a physician or health care professional for purposes of diagnosis or treatment. Now that vaccines are available, the CARES Act requires health plans to cover vaccine administration in full. Vaccines are critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19, and key to helping members and their
families. Due to limited supply, vaccines are being rolled out in phases, with people at the highest risk receiving their injections first. IHF members can receive COVID-19 vaccines at no cost through the United Healthcare medical plan, as well as through the SavRx prescription benefit plan. To help members during this uncertain time, UHC has rolled out a COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Locator Tool (https://covid19vaccinecenterlocator.uhc.com/cvcl). This important resource can help members across the country find COVID-19 resources in their area and help them take steps toward vaccination. The zip-code based tool finds online public vaccine resources available through state and local health departments, as well as national retail pharmacies. Additionally, pulled together from trusted sources, reliable and up-to-date vaccine information on cost, access and more is available to IHF members at www.UHC.com and www.myuhc.com. For IHF, motivating members to act means sharing what they need to know and where to go. The important resources and information provided through these UHC tools will help members find key COVID-19 vaccine information, and help them to navigate when and where they can receive a vaccine. The benefits referenced in this article are specific to IHF plan participants. For more information about your Local fund’s coverage of COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, contact your Local Fund Office. For additional information or other questions, IHF can be reached at 1-888-880-8222. // ISSUE 1, 2021 // 25
INTERNATIONAL FUNDS INTERNATIONAL PENSION FUND (IPF)
IPF Continues Serving Members During the COVID-19 Pandemic
s the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded last year, the International Pension Fund (IPF), like all public operations, faced balancing operational needs while keeping the health and safety of BAC IPF staff and community paramount. Accordingly, the IPF, in accordance with CCD Guidelines, adopted a remote work policy, which began in March 2020. The IPF’s customer service data shows that more participants are switching from telephone and mail inquiries to accessing benefit information and communicating with the Fund office via email and the BAC Member Portal.
of IPF U.S. and IPF Canada are urging you to take advantage of this service. With the continuing challenges to the Postal Service during the pandemic, processing of new IPF and BAC Save applications may take longer than usual. Members are urged to email (as noted below) or fax to (202) 347-7339 all applications and supporting documentation to the Fund Office. The following group Emails are monitored by the respective staff of each Department for timely response: + Participants applying for their IPF pension should email: IPFPensionapplicantinfo@ipfweb.org
+ Participants applying or have applied for their
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded last year, the International Pension Fund (IPF), like all public operations faced balancing operational needs while keeping the health and safety of BAC staff and community paramount.” Fortunately, the vast majority of IPF participants receive their monthly pension electronically with over 97% currently on electronic direct deposit. Similarly, the majority of IPF-Canada checks are sent electronically by Royal Bank of Canada. The Boards of Trustees 26 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS
BAC Save Annuity should email: RSPwithdrawal email@example.com
+ Pensioners similarly may reach the IPF Pension Payroll Department at: PensionPayroll@ipfweb.org
+ Participants interested in future pension estimate should email: Pensionestimate@ipfweb.org
When corresponding, please include your six-digit IU membership or a portion of your Social Security (Insurance) Number in the email. Participants and applicants can continue to communicate with the Fund staff by phone at 1-888-880-8222. In addition, the Fund Office is implementing a new service for Pensioners this year with the emailing of IPF 1099 forms and IPF Canada T4-A form. The service will start with the 2021 tax year. Members in good standing can find a 2021 Form 1099 / T4-A request form on the following page. The Fund appreciates your understanding and cooperation during these challenging times. //
ELECTRONIC DISCLOSURE INFORMATION AND CONSENT The Bricklayers and Trowel Trades International Pension Fund is required by the IRS / Canada Revenue Agency to annually furnish all Participants with a 1099-R / T4-A related to their retirement benefits. Participants may choose to receive these forms electronically in lieu of the paper version.
If you wish to receive 2021 your tax forms in electronic format, you can elect to do so in one of two ways: 1. Sign this form and return it by email to Pension Payroll@ipfweb.org or by fax to (202)347-7339 or by mail to IPF Pension Payroll, 620 F Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20004
2. Email PensionPayroll@ipfweb.org and state your name and “I consent to receive Form 1099-R / T4-A in electronic format in lieu of receiving a paper copy”.
Your consent is subject to the following. Please read all of the following Disclosure information. • IRS regulations require that Participants must affirmatively consent to receiving their Form 1099-R electronically. • A Participant who consents to receiving his/her Form 1099-R / T4-A online will not receive a paper copy. If a Participant does not consent to electronic delivery, he/she will continue to receive a paper copy of Form 1099-R / T4-A. • A Participant who elects to receive his/her Form 1099-R / T4-A online can also receive a paper copy by contacting the Pension Payroll Department at the Fund Office at (888) 880-8222 or PensionPayroll@ipfweb.org. Request for a paper copy does not withdraw the Participant’s consent for electronic delivery of future Form 1099-Rs / T4-As. • A Participant’s consent to receive Form 1099-R / T4-A by electronic format will remain in effect unless a written withdrawal is received. A Participant can withdraw his/ her consent and request a paper statement at any time. An Participant can withdraw his/her consent to online delivery either by emailing PensionPayroll@ipfweb.org or by
mailing a letter to the Pension Payroll Department at the Fund office at 620 F Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20004. If consent is withdrawn, it will be effective only for those Form 1099-Rs / T4-As not yet issued. • All Participants should be aware that the Form 1099-R / T4-A, even when provided electronically, may need to be attached to their annual tax returns, including federal, state and local tax returns. Participants may print as many copies as needed. • The hardware and software requirements needed to access the 1099-R / T4-A statement electronically include an internet connection, web browser, and Adobe Acrobat reader or similar PDF reader software. • It is the Participant’s responsibility to notify the Fund Office of any changes to their personal information, including their email address, by emailing PensionPayroll@ipfweb.org or by calling the Fund Office at (888) 880-8222.
Please sign and return to have your tax forms emailed to you at the following email:
Email I hereby permit the IPF to enroll me in the BAC Member Portal which is also a benefit of my union membership.
COVID-19 Construction Update
he federal government of Canada has released an updated COVID-19 vaccination timeline showing that at least 14.5 million Canadians should be immunized by the end of June with Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna approved shots. In addition, 42 million Canadians are slated for vaccines by the end of September. Since the onset of the pandemic, Canada’s Building Trades Unions has been working closely with provincial building trades councils to discuss, share and address best practices and challenges related to COVID-19 in the construction sector. The results show the stellar work that has been done in keeping jobs sites safe.
In British Columbia and Manitoba, COVID cases among building trades members only accounted for 0.20% and 0.16% of each provincial case total (see graphic). This demonstrates the importance of the construction industry’s economic recovery— with the industry delivering economic benefits while maintaining the safety and well-being of its workers. BAC Regional Director Craig Strudwick says BAC Locals and contractors will remain vigilant to ensure our members stay safe and healthy. “We will continue following health and safety best practices on our jobsites throughout Canada, so every BAC member can stay positive and test negative.” //
Mise à jour pour les membres des métiers de la construction au sujet de la COVID-19
e gouvernement fédéral du Canada a publié une mise à jour du calendrier de vaccination contre la COVID-19, selon lequel au moins 14,5 millions de Canadiens devraient être vaccinés d’ici la fin juin, avec des vaccins Pfizer-BioNtech et Moderna, qui ont été approuvés – un chiffre qui devrait
s’élever à 42 millions de Canadiens vaccinés d’ici la fin septembre. Depuis le début de la pandémie, les syndicats des métiers de la construction du Canada travaillent en étroite collaboration avec les conseils des métiers de la construction provinciaux afin de discuter, partager et aborder les meilleures
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pratiques et les difficultés liées à la pandémie de COVID-19 dans le secteur de la construction. Les résultats montrent le travail remarquable qui a été accompli pour assurer la sécurité des chantiers. En Colombie-Britannique et au Manitoba, les cas de COVID chez les personnes travaillant dans le
secteur de la construction ne représentaient que, 0,20 % et 0,16 % du total des cas dans chaque province respectivement (voir graphique). Cela démontre l’importance de la reprise économique du secteur de la construction – le secteur procurant des avantages économiques
tout en maintenant la sécurité et le bien-être de ses travailleurs. Le directeur régional du BAC, Craig Strudwick, a déclaré que les sections locales du BAC et les entrepreneurs affiliés demeureront vigilants pour s’assurer que leurs membres restent en parfaite santé
et que leur sécurité soit assurée. « Nous continuerons de suivre les meilleures pratiques en matière de santé et de sécurité sur nos chantiers partout au Canada, afin que chaque membre du BAC reste positif et tout en affichant des résultats négatifs aux tests du virus ». //
2021 Canadian Bates Scholarship
he International Union is accepting applications for the “2021 Canadian Bates Scholarship.” Three students are selected annually. First place receives a $3,000 (CN) stipend; second place, place, $2,500 (CN), and third place, $2,000 (CN) per year for up to four consecutive years. To be eligible, students must be the son or daughter of a Canadian BAC member in good
standing of a Canadian BAC Local, and a graduating high school senior who plans to attend college in fall 2021. The application deadline is April 28, 2021, 1 p.m. (EST). To learn more and apply online, visit bacweb. org. If you have any questions, call BAC’s Education Office toll-free at 1-888-880-8222, ext. 3887, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. //
Programme canadien de bourse Bates 2021
’Union internationale a ouvert les candidatures au « Programme canadien de bourse Bates 2021 ». Trois étudiants sont sélectionnés chaque année. La première place recevra une bourse annuelle de 3 000 $ (CAN); la deuxième place, une bourse de 2 500 $ (CAN); et la troisième place, une 2 000 $ (CAN), par année pendant un maximum de quatre années consécutives. Pour être éligibles, les étudiants doivent être le fils ou la fille d’un membre du BAC canadien étant
adhérant en cours d’une section locale du BAC canadien, et être en dernière année d’études secondaires étant inscrit à un programme d’études postsecondaires pour l’automne 2021. La date limite d’inscription est le 28 avril 2021, à 13 heures (EST). Pour en savoir plus et postuler en ligne, veuillez consulter le site bacweb.org. Pour toute question, veuillez contacter le Bureau de l’éducation du BAC au 1-888-880-8222 (numéro gratuit), poste 3887, ou par courriel à email@example.com. //
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LOCAL 3 MASSACHUSETTS/ MAINE/NEW HAMPSHIRE/ RHODE ISLAND
Paul Cantarella Jr. of BAC Local 3 MA/ME/NH/ RI receives his 25-year service award.
LOCAL 7 COLORADO
Gold Card member Steve Cleveland, right, receives his service award from Field Representative Jerry Gondek.
Gold Card member John Magee and his wife Regina.
From left, Michael Reeg, owner of Tri-Star Masonry, 25-year member Rodger Renck, Gold Card member Steve Cleveland, and Field Representative Jerry Godnek. 30 // BRICKLAYERS AND ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS
Forty-year member Eddie Fischer receives his service award.
Twenty-five year member Donato Vigil and his wife Juanita.
IN MEMORIAM — OCTOBER
MEMBER - LOCAL UNION
Death Benefit Claims for October 2020 Total Amount Paid
Total Union Labor Life Claims
Total Death Benefits
Total Number of Claims
Average Years of Membership
MEMBER - LOCAL UNION
BRANCH of TRADE
YEARS of MEMBERSHIP
Ahrendt, Eugene K. - 03, OH Alaya, Antonio - 07, NY/NJ Aulenback, Jr., Victor W. - 01, NS
TW, TL MM B, M
91 74 54
62 39 14
Benabio, Charles B. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Bonura, Andrew J. - 04, CA Borman, Robert L. - 04, IN/KY Boyd, Jimmie L. - 01, MO
B, M, MM, TL TW, TL B B
82 89 93 85
53 64 66 45
Campione, Anthony D. - 21, IL Carda, Larry F. - 01, MN/ND/SD Carniello, Marcello B. - 01, ON Cibischino, Alcide - 07, NY/NJ Cole, Harold M. - 01, NS Coletti, Daniel M. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Conway, Sr., Robert A. - 03, NY Crawford, James P. - 04, CA
B, M B B TW B B, CM, P B, CM, M, P M, B
89 70 83 94 84 94 93 91
51 25 60 56 47 68 73 66
D’Andrea, Marilio - 07, CN DeDominicis, Ermanno - 06, OH DiBenedetto, Emilio - 21, IL
TL TW, GP, TL B, M
85 82 87
68 57 63
Elkins, Jerry W. - 18, OH/KY Ethridge, Jr., Isaac C. - 08, SE
B B, M
Fasolo, Francesco - 04, NJ Ferdelman, Gary J. - 01, MN/ND/SD Fleeger, George D. - 05, PA Fowler, Eugene E. - 04, NJ Fox, Sr., Thomas J. - 02, NY/VT
B B, M, W B P B, M, P
82 74 67 94 81
57 54 34 64 54
Gentile, Joseph F. - 02, NY/VT Gentili, Luigi - 07, CN
B, CM TL
Hidaro, Clinton D. - 01, HI Holloway, Richard - 01, NY
IU DEATH BENEFIT CLAIMS MUST BE FILED WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE MEMBER’S DEATH.
BRANCH of TRADE
YEARS of MEMBERSHIP
Hord, Walter A. - 01, MO
Idema, David - 01, NY
Jones, John P. - 08, OH
Kanning, Charles K. - 04, IN/KY
Law, James W. - 04, CA
Mackereth, Okey L. - 15, WV Mackin, Elmer A. - 09, PA Manz, Joseph - 01, NY Maugeri, Carmelo - 04, IN/KY Meckes, Christopher S. - 05, PA Meng, Sr., Thomas R. - 05, NJ/DE/PA Michelin, Enrico - 02, ON Miller, Max L. - 04, IN/KY Miller, William B. - 09, PA Muchow, Darwin S. - 01, MN/ND/SD
B B, M B FN B B, M B B B B, M
83 90 90 90 54 93 87 85 86 75
49 71 58 31 31 71 63 26 52 45
Nichols, Leonard R. - 08, IL
Overbeek, Jarvis G. - 02, MI
Pesic, Boris - 07, CN Pimental, James F. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Porter, Edwin C. - 02, MI
TL P, B CM
65 87 82
7 62 40
Rantz, Stanley J. - 15, MO/KS/NE Rasmussen, Donald P. - 21, IL Rathert, Donald E. - 01, MO Rippole, Fred - 09, PA Robinson, James W. - 05, NJ/DE/PA Ruckman, Ronald W. - 01, MO Rykhus, Thomas H. - 01, MN/ND/SD
B TL B B, M B B B, M
77 93 83 96 90 75 86
35 69 40 68 73 37 68
Sager, Richard A. - 02, NY/VT Salvo, Vincent - 05, OH Sborlini, Albert A. - 01, PA/DE Schneidmiller, Donald C. - 09, PA Scorzelli, Nicholas D. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Silva, Ruben V. - 04, IN/KY Silver, Jackie J. - 08, IL Sousa, John P. - 04, CA
B, CM, M, P B B PC, CM B B B, M B
90 89 86 84 92 79 84 68
64 63 58 60 69 23 64 49
Terenzi, Marino J. - 02, MI Tiede, Leroy W. - 09, WI Tomsic, Ramon - 05, OH Trejo, Henry - 04, CA
TL B, CM, M, P B B
94 96 90 94
71 70 67 65
Vero, Richard M. - 21, IL Vitale, Bruce - 04, NJ Vohland, Kurt A. - 05, NJ/DE/PA Vonada, Sr., Lester C. - 05, PA
TL B, CM B, CM, P B
93 73 88 80
54 54 57 52
Wells, James R. - 05, PA Wilkinson, Matthew J. - 04, IN/KY
PC, CM B
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IN MEMORIAM — NOVEMBER Death Benefit Claims for November 2020 Total Amount Paid
Total Union Labor Life Claims
Total Death Benefits
Total Number of Claims
Average Years of Membership
MEMBER - LOCAL UNION
BRANCH of TRADE
YEARS of MEMBERSHIP
Adams, Jeffrey A. - 04, IN/KY Amoroso, Carmine J. - 01, NY Augustine, Sr., Carl B. - 18, OH/KY
B B B
61 91 92
33 71 74
Barcus, Jr., George M. - 05, OH Bauman, Donald F. - 03, NY Boe, Theodore H. - 21, IL
PC TL, B, MM B
91 91 89
66 67 70
Cade, Terry D. - 15, MO/KS/NE Chisholm, Thomas R. - 01, OR/WA/ID/MT Clarke, Grantley H. - 01, NY Cook, Robert G. - 01, MO Crayton, John T. - 01, OR/WA/ID/MT Czichray, Kirylo - 01, MN/ND/SD
B, M, W B B B B B
69 90 61 85 72 90
51 71 20 36 53 56
Dunaway, Paul E. - 55, OH
Englehart, Gerald L. - 01, MO Erdenberger, Ronald W. - 21, IL
Ferrara, Giuseppe - 01, NY Fiocchi, Caesar - 21, IL Foulke, Dean L. - 02, MI
B B B, CM
81 93 94
51 73 73
Gahan, Frank D. - 08, WI Gerstenmaier, Kyle M. - 01, PA/DE Ghezzi, Maximillian H. - 21, IL Goodman, Clarence A. - 03, NY Graves, Claude L. - 03, NY Green, Sr., Charles R. - 01, MO
B B B B, CM, P B B
83 31 89 87 92 87
51 11 39 70 72 70
Hayward, Lawrence M. - 08, SE Healy, Paul E. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI
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MEMBER - LOCAL UNION
BRANCH of TRADE
YEARS of MEMBERSHIP
Higashi, William K. - 01, HI Hogue, Amon C. - 04, IN/KY
M PC, B
Jackson, William E. - 07, CO/WY
Kavanaugh, Thomas J. - 4, IN/KY Kolopos, John S. - 02, MI
Leaf, Thomas B. - 06, IL Lehman, Calvin A. - 21, IL
B, M B
Macintosh, Guy V. - 02, MI MacMillan, Daniel W. - 02, NY/VT Maragi, Jr., Louis J. - 06, IL McKay, Henry - 04, NJ Meneses, Alfredo G. - 01, NY Meyers, James - 09, PA Miele, Ernesto - 04, QC Mollica, Guiseppe - 06, ON Morford, Rollin W. - 01, WA/AK Muehlbauer, Rodney J. - 01, MN/ND/SD
B FN B B PC PC, CM B, M B B B, M
94 49 87 87 43 82 99 88 91 65
67 21 63 52 13 60 58 63 67 44
Olson, Ivan A. - 01, WI Orndorff, Gregory J. - 05, PA
Peacock, Henry D. - 08, SE Popp, Mark J. - 02, MI Putnam, Arthur W. - 08, SE
B, M B, M B
79 66 75
34 46 57
Scarpulla, Giuseppe - 04, NJ Scott, Lonce - 01, PA/DE Sheehan, Paul M. - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Sisco, Sr., Donald C. - 04, IN/KY Stanton, Robert O. - 01, NY Starr, David E. - 15, MO/KS/NE
B B B B, CM, P PC B
82 85 79 86 83 83
45 53 35 55 40 64
Thompson, Kenneth - 02, NY/VT Tolin, Frank - 01, NY Tripp, Richard L. - 02, MI
PC B B
83 81 86
60 57 61
Valukievic, Janka - 06, IL Veale, Arthur W. - 01, OR/WA/ID/MT Venn, Thomas G. - 08, SE Vitali, Ray M. - 21, IL Vodicka, Robert E. - 74, IL
TL, B, MM B CS B B, M
89 66 93 72 88
54 46 54 48 70
Weilacher, Roger P. - 05, OK/AR/TX White, Jr., Lonnie M. - 08, SE Williams, Terry J. - 04, CA Wrona, Edward - 21, IL
B B, M B PC
79 78 76 77
39 41 50 50
Zeigler, Jr., Galen - 21, IL
IU DEATH BENEFIT CLAIMS MUST BE FILED WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE MEMBER’S DEATH.
IN MEMORIAM — DECEMBER Death Benefit Claims for December 2020 Total Amount Paid
Total Union Labor Life Claims
Total Death Benefits
Total Number of Claims
Average Years of Membership
MEMBER - LOCAL UNION
BRANCH of TRADE
YEARS of MEMBERSHIP
Andersen, Wayne R. - 04, NJ Anderson, Donald E. - 02, MI Antonucci, Thomas A. - 04, NJ Argo, Jr., Raymond F. - 05, OK/AR/TX
B, CM, P TL B, CM, P B, M
73 88 78 91
51 51 59 75
Battaglia, Frank - 01, PA/DE Booker, James E. - 08, WI Bryant, Luke A. - 08, SE
B, M B P
87 79 88
55 41 67
Chartier, Charles L. - 02, MI Colledge, William E. - 05, PA Contri, John A. - 01, NY
B, CM FN B
92 82 92
66 31 69
Darby, John L. - 05, OK/AR/TX Drobneck, Francis J. - 02, NY/VT
B B, CM, M, P
Fazio, Leonardo - 03, MA/ME/NH/RI Foica, Anthony J. - 04, NJ Francis, Jerome V. - 06, WI
B, CM, M B B
94 89 94
54 59 74
Gonzales, Walter - 05, NJ/DE/PA Grimaldi, Jr., Armand B. - 01, PA/DE Gruver, Stanley T. - 03, CA
B, CM B B
79 86 69
56 63 28
Hall, Willie - 04, IN/KY Hill, Douglas A. - 46, OH Howard, Thomas L. - 55, OH
PC B, CM, M TL, M, MM
79 47 80
36 20 44
Jeffries, Louis A. - 03, CA
IU DEATH BENEFIT CLAIMS MUST BE FILED WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE MEMBER’S DEATH.
MEMBER - LOCAL UNION
BRANCH of TRADE
YEARS of MEMBERSHIP
Jusic, Nijaz - 03, CA
Kasler, Max - 55, OH Kieffer, Scott A. - 06, IL Klimkowicz, Roman J. - 05, OH Konstanzer, George A. - 05, OH Kopatz, Craig S. - 03, WI
B B B B B, CM
71 61 99 93 61
46 17 71 72 36
Leek, Jr., Stephen F. - 04, NJ Lefler, Leighthon L. - 04, CA Lepore, Peter - 03, NY Lundell, Wayne G. F. - 08, WI
B B B, M B, M, RE
84 91 93 89
53 72 55 67
Maddalena, Gastone - 07, NY/NJ
Negulis, John W. - 06, OH
Orlowski, Richard J. - 02, MI
Panzella, Michael A. - 04, NJ Parkhill, Roland L. - 08, SE Pintado, Miguel - 01, NY
B, CM, P B B
89 88 60
49 71 17
Rende, Alfonse - 05, NJ/DE/PA Rhein, Jr., Arthur H. - 08, IL Rombach, Alexander - 01, MD/VA/DC Rordal, Tormod - 04, NJ Ross, Frank - 05, NJ/DE/PA Rue, Sr., Eugene - 06, OH Rutunno, Salvatore - 01, NY
B B B B B B M, B
81 92 90 91 90 86 91
52 74 58 62 70 64 68
Santin, Delfino - 02, ON Schroeder, Horst - 01, MD/VA/DC Sculco, Benito - 04, NJ Smith, William A. - 02, MI Stepp, Michael J. - 05, PA Stromberg, Vernon E. - 01, MN/ND/SD Strong, Robert G. - 05, OK/AR/TX Sullivan, Thomas M. - 04, CA Sunden, Ian M. - 07, NY/NJ
B B B B, CM, W FN CB B B, M H
90 89 82 64 61 96 66 76 30
60 69 52 36 28 64 46 49 1
Urban, John J. - 05, PA
Warwick, Michael P. - 01, OR/WA/ID/MT Wiersema, James U. - 06, IL
B, M B
Ziegler, Kenneth E. - 05, PA
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