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Trades&Unions TABLE OF CONTENTS From the publisher – p. 4 Camden Rising – p. 9 Inspiring growth – p. 12

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New H.S. in Trenton – p. 14 Opioid crisis – p. 18

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Masonry moves faster – p. 21 Local 14 plays Santa – p. 22 Local 322 toy drive – p. 24

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Unions protest – p. 27 Transportation bill – p. 28

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IUPAT history – p. 31 Financial wisdom – p. 35 Robotic hernia surgery – p. 36 Low back pain – p. 39 Work-related injuries – p. 40 Fraud protection – p. 44 Union sponsors – p. 52 Bits & Pieces – p. 56 Philly landmark restoration – p.58

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Trades&Unions From the publisher

Looking ahead in 2018

As my team and I put together the first edition of Trades & Unions in 2018, I can’t help but think about the sad events that occurred in Florida in February.

and county officials, we are reporting on their daily activities that impact every aspect of our lives. From the minimum wage fight to the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey and the ongoing attack on labor from WashBy reaching out to these young ington, we must be diligent and stay inpeople, maybe each of us can have formed.   better option, a tragic act can be avoided. If a struggling youth can witness the camaraderie and brotherhood of a union and become an appren-

Seventeen innocent lives were taken, and this has not only had a profound effect on Florida, but on the entire nation. While I won’t get into the ona positive impact on someone’s life going gun debate here, Currently, if you wantI believe we can all ed to track this activity, agree that a disturbed you would need to go 19-year-old, who has to each of their webhad a history of run-ins with sites to track down their legislatice, it will give them hope for law enforcement, was cleartive records. To make that inforthe future. Maybe, just maybe, ly mentally ill and should not mation more easily accessible, we can prevent another act like have had access to weapons.   we have launched a new webthe one that has destroyed lives site called New Jersey Political and devastated a community. However, what comes to mind News at www.njpoliticalnews. Keeping a watchful eye on as we prepare this edition is how com. Trenton and Washington   the building trades have engaged in many outreach programs to This website tracks the activity young adults and shown them of every one of New Jersey’s Right now, the activity in Trenthat there is a pathway to a good elected officials and what they ton warrants unions to monitor life after high school.   are doing to represent us. The them closely. To make sure you website is updated daily with are up to speed on the activities By reaching out to these new content, photos and video, of our elected officials, we have young people, maybe each of providing a one-of-a-kind source launched a new website designed us can have a positive impact for this information.   Please to keep you well informed.   on someone’s life who is othcheck it out, bookmark it and stay erwise struggling.   Maybe by informed about the day’s events From Congressional Represenshowing them that there is a in real time. tatives in Washington, to State Continued p. 6

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Trades&Unions From the publisher

Continued from p. 4

In this Edition We are proud to bring you yet another information-packed edition of Trades & Unions, reporting on all the activities and good works being done by the trades. At Christmas, so many locals provided toys for less fortunate children and food for hungry families, making the holidays a little better for those in need. Unions are also tackling the opioid crisis head on, with education and awareness programs for their members. Union members are particularly vulnerable due to the potential for injury while performing such physical jobs.   We know the opioid crisis started with prescription drugs being over prescribed. Union leaders are taking this seriously and making sure their members are well educated on the topic.   Construction is booming all around us and the trades are changing the skyline throughout South Jersey and Philadelphia. In Trenton, a new high school will soon be home to students who will enjoy a union-built facility.   As always, I want to thank our advertisers who are pro labor. Without their support, we could not continue to tell the great stories of American unions.  

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“Camden Rising” as new construction reshapes the NJ waterfront

The American Water building as it will be seen from Philadelphia. Architectural drawing courtesy of Liberty Property Trust. by Jane Yepez Photos by Mike Plunkett

There will soon be a new skyline view of Camden from Philadelphia as buildings spring up on the New Jersey waterfront. Highrise projects in development and others in the planning stage will become a reality over the next two years as a $1-billion project by Liberty Property Trust of Pennsylvania unfolds. It is a vision that George E. Norcross, III, chairman of Connor Strong Buckelew and the board of trustees of Cooper Health System, says has been realized with new developments and relocation of companies to Camden thanks, in part, to tax credits granted by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. “This is a long overdue re-

surgence of South Jersey’s premier city,” said Norcross, “that will provide an opportunity for people to work and live there. Camden will be transformed from an industrial mecca into an education and research city.” Plans for the mixed-use waterfront development are the latest steps to rehabilitate a city that was not long ago rated as America’s most dangerous. Today, the crime rate is down, vacant and derelict buildings that attracted drug dealers have been demolished, and companies that promise economic revitalization and jobs have relocated to Camden. Recently relocated companies include Holtec International, Subaru of America, Lockheed Martin and the Philadelphia 76ers practice facility. Now, construction activity is focused on a 20-acre Delaware River

waterfront property.

American Water building first to arise The first building scheduled for completion in the waterfront project is the 220,000-square-foot, five-story corporate headquarters of American Water Company. The $164-milliion building plus garage will consolidate nearly 700 employees from other locations in South Jersey. It is scheduled for completion in Fall of 2018. The structure, located at One Water Street, will be a green building utilizing energy-savings construction practices.

Office tower to be tallest on the waterfront A $245-million, 18-story office tower will be the tallest building on the site. The

building will serve as corporate headquarters to three New Jersey companies – Conner Strong Buckelew, NFI and The Michaels Organization. Construction of The Camden Tower, as it will be known, is scheduled for completion in August 2019. The tower will house 1,100 employees and includes 800 structured parking spots, a café, and health facilities in addition to the office space.

Residential complex to meet housing needs A 156-unit apartment rental complex is planned on Cooper Street. The 11 Cooper complex will include studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Eighty percent of the units will be rented at market rate and twenty percent will be affordable Continued on p. 10 9


Continued from p. 9 units. The project is the result of a partnership that includes Connor Strong Buckelew, NFI and The Michaels Organization. The development is intended to address a shortage of affordable places to live with modern amenities that will attract professionals that will spend money close to home. 11 Cooper will have 5,000 square feet of retail space facing Cooper Street and on-site parking for 190 vehicles. Construction is under way and apartments are expected to be available for occupancy in April 2019.

Hilton Garden Inn is planned A $52-million, 180-room Hilton Garden Inn is planned on

a half-acre adjacent to Campbell’s field. The hotel will be an asset to Camden businesses and organizations that attract visitors from out of town, and a benefit to entertainment venues such as the Adventure Aquarium and other waterfront attractions. The hotel will include a 140seat restaurant. No schedule has yet been announced for construction.

Plans for Campbell’s Field pending The stadium now known as Campbell’s Field will be demolished to make way for a $15-million multi-use sports complex for use by Rutgers University and the residents of Camden. It will feature facilities for football, baseball, soccer,

The American Water building with the Battleship New Jersey behind it and Philadelphia on the other side of the river. lacrosse and track. The development is a result of a partnership between Coopers Ferry and the Camden County Improvement Authority. No dates have been announced for demolition or construction.

Joint Health Sciences Center construction underway Not far from the waterfront at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Broadway, a Joint Health Sciences Center is under construction. The project is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Rutgers University, and Camden County College, overseen by the Rowan University Rutgers Camden Board of Governors (RURCBOG). The $72-million project is slated for completion in Spring 2019.

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According to Kris Kolluri, president and CEO of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, a Camden-based community development corporation: “The ‘eds and meds’ projects comprise the spine of the city. The joint center will offer a platform for research as well as local job training

in viable career fields.” It is anticipated that the project will add 580 full-time local jobs, bringing in $39 million in labor income and generating an additional $3 million in tax revenues, half from payroll taxes.

And more downtown The Rutgers School of Business, a $65-million project, will be erected at the corner of Fifth and Market Streets. Design of the building is under way and construction is likely to begin in 2019. The Walter Rand Transportation Center, a hub for two rail lines and multiple buses, is being redesigned to minimize congestion and make it easier for pedestrians to navigate in and around the Center. The design may include up to six stories for office and residential space, with retail and restaurant space on the ground floor. The design process is expected to be complete in 15 to 17 months, and the estimated cost of construction is between $150 and $200 million, an amount that the


The building in the foreground will become the headquarters of American Water Company. To the left is its parking garage. Under construction at the rear is The Camden Tower. State will have to determine how to fund.

Creating jobs In addition to the obvious need for workers from a broad range of building trades, a multi-pronged strategy of heavy port-related manufacturing, “eds and meds” and white-collar jobs will require a broad talent pool. To meet those needs, several companies have developed training programs. Holtec is training hundreds of people in collaboration with Camden County College. The Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors rolled out an initiative to spur employment in the field of health

At work on the exterior of American Water headquarters. care. Board members have geared the program to recruiting current Camden high school students with the goal of training, educating and employing them as medical assistants at area health care organizations. Health care employment in South Jersey is projected to grow by more than 17 percent through 2018—

adding nearly 50,000 new positions.

The bottom line Not only is the development a boon for Camden, bringing much needed training programs and jobs for its residents, but trade union talent will also be much in demand for the foreseeable future.

According to Dan Cosner, president of the Southern New Jersey Building Trades Council and business manager for IBEW Local 351, “Thousands of construction workers are being employed on these projects. There are at least 16 different trade unions currently involved, and more projects are on the horizon.” Cosner is referring to Resin Tech, Inc. and others that have expressed an interest in relocating to Camden. While no one has yet calculated what it means to unions in terms of total number of jobs, the consensus is that the trades will be busy and making an enormous contribution to Camden’s future.

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Inspiring South Jersey Growth hospital project creates up to 400 jobs

By Shannon Eblen Photos by Mike Plunkett

Construction of Inspira’s new state-of-the-art hospital in Mullica Hill, NJ, will be complete in December 2019.

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nspira Health Network, headquartered in Mullica Hill, NJ, broke ground in June 2017 on a $349-million medical center located just east of the intersection of Route 322 and Route 55, adjacent to the Rowan University campus. The new medical center will be approximately 467,000 square feet and sit on a 100-acre parcel.

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According to Mike Tierney, construction manager for XLE Metals Corporation, 25 iron workers are now actively erecting the steel structure. Construction jobs are expected to peak at approximately 400 at the height of construction.

An architectural drawing of the finished project courtesy of Inspira Health Network.

The five-story building is being constructed by Skanska USA. With 204 beds and associated medical facili-

ties, the project also includes a new central utility plant to provide electrical power, heating/hot water and chilled water for the hospital.

The project is expected to be completed in December 2019. Upon opening, about 1,400 employees will work at the new hospital.


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New high school arises in Trenton Over 200 union members at work By Shannon Eblen Photos by Michael Plunkett For more than 80 years, Trenton Central High School was a cherished part of the city. The school produced famous athletes, musicians, and even a New York City mayor. But it eventually began to crumble, its brick walls, Ionic columns and soaring clock tower felled by neglect and time. A new Trenton Central High is being built in its place by union labor, many of whom had family members who attended the school. “My father went to that school,” said Chuddy Whalen, assistant business manager of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 9. “A lot of our fathers probably went there back in the day.” Fred Dumont, business manager of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Local 89, went to a different area school but remembered having games in the old gym. “My father played basketball here,” he said, “I played basketball here, my sons played basketball here.” The school inspired a lot of pride, according to Whalen, and as it was being demolished, alumni showed up to take bricks from the old building. “You just looked at it and kind of marveled at its size,” Whalen said. “It was a beautiful facility.”

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New high school will be modern and efficient The new school, at 374,000 square feet, has a smaller footprint than the old school, but is designed to be more efficient. The 1,800 students will be divided into five Small Learning Communities (SLC) that each has its own wing or a floor of a wing, with its own entrance. Each area is designed with the elective focus of the SLC in mind. The visual and performing arts classrooms and studios wrap around a 1,000-seat auditorium. The STEM wing will

have exposed ceilings, with lines in different colors so students see how the plumbing and wiring works, said Andrew Oakley, the School Development Authority’s Deputy Program Director. Each SLC has its own learning resource center with meeting rooms. Off to the sides of the spacious, bright main entrance, the media center and cafeteria each feature a curtain wall that looks out onto a courtyard. Outside the library will be an amphitheater, and outside the cafeteria will be an outdoor dining area. Beyond those rooms will be two gymnasiums and an eight-lane swimming pool. On an average day, there are 225 to 240 workers constructing the new high school, Oakley said.

High school project part of rebirth of Trenton “The rebirth of Trenton Central High School is not only delivering hundreds of union jobs under a project labor agreement, it’s also part of the rebirth of Tr e n t o n ,” said Wayne DeAngelo, president of Mercer-Burlington Counties and Vicinity Building Trades Council, AFLCIO. “We’re putting Trenton and Trenton-area residents back to work.” Creadel Parker, Local 9, prepares pipe for co-worker Jamal Hardin.


The new auditorium under construction.

DeAngelo recalled putting new security systems in TCHS twenty-five years ago. “The school was already very old back then. But now,” he said, “students will have the latest and greatest including SMART boards and energy-efficient lighting and heating.” The $155.4-million school is a design-build project led by contractor Terminal Construction Corps and architectural firm Design Ideas Group Architecture + Planning, LLC, with the construction of the school overlapping with its design. With September 2019 as the goal for completion, some of the last fixtures to be added to the building will be artifacts from the original. Marble wainscoting, a WPA mural, and chandeliers, all salvaged prior to demolition, will be added to the new school as mementos of the old.

Local 9 members pause to memorialize their part in building Trenton High. Mark O’Brien of Local 9 went to school at TCHS in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. It had a lot of history and memories for him, he said, so it was sad to see the old one torn down, but it was good to be back. “I think it’s

going to be nice,” he said, looking around at the cement block halls and muddy floors, with months of work still to go. “I hope they keep it that way, keep it for 100 years like the old one.” Continued on p. 16 15


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Trade unions face the opioid crisis head on By Rebecca Forand and Jane Yepez Opioid-related addictions, overdoses and deaths have skyrocketed in recent years, leading the nation to declare it an epidemic and national crisis. In the state of New Jersey alone, heroin deaths doubled between 2013 and 2016, according to Addiction Treatment Services International, one of multiple rehabilitation centers in the state providing care for opiate addiction. Additionally, the number of individuals in 2016 that sought help for opiate addiction was nearly double that of those seeking alcohol treatment.

Pain relievers: An addiction gateway The National Institute on Drug Abuse attributes the sharp rise in opiate-related addictions to an increase in the amount of prescription opioid medications prescribed as pain relievers, a trend that began in the 1990s. Dan Cosner, president of the Southern New Jersey Building Trades Council and IBEW 351 business manager, confirms that’s a trend he 18

is seeing in the field. “I am a trustee for IBEW funds and we review healthcare costs annually. We discovered that over 200 people covered under our plan – that includes family members – were being overprescribed on the same medication. Of course, we don’t know who they are because of privacy laws, and we’re not trying to identify them. But it does show us there is a problem with prescription drugs.”

It can be anyone National statistics show the crisis crosses all socio-economic lines. For those in the trades, where injury on the job is a constant risk, pain medication can be the first step to drug abuse and addiction to heroin, cocaine and other illegal substances. Theresa Collins, a therapist at Holistix Treatment Centers in Philadelphia and a recovering addict herself, has seen the problem first hand. “What I hear from some of my union clients is that it’s culturally acceptable to get hurt on the job, but they really don’t talk about the dangers of opiate abuse,” she said. “From a cultural perspective, when we’re talking about the union guys, we’re talking about

men who grew up in hard-working families and they don’t always talk about their problems or ask for help.” According to Cosner, it’s affecting people you would never expect to become addicted. “I’ve known journeymen who don’t even drink and who always stayed pretty much on the straight and narrow, and suddenly, their work performance slips and we discover they are addicted because an injury led to the overuse of pain medication. I’d like to say this is uncommon, but it’s not.”

Offering treatment solutions Identifying a worker with a problem is not always easy, says Bryan Bush, assistant business manager and secretary/treasurer for Sheet Metal Workers Local 19. “We’ll get a call about a member whose performance has been affected and we’ll send a business agent out to see the worker. If we identify an issue,” he says, “we remove the individual from the work site and refer them to Total Care Network. They screen the person to determine what kind of program they need and find them treatment at either an inpatient or


outpatient treatment facility.” Michael K. Maloney, business manager and secretary/treasurer of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 9, has seen the issue take its toll on his union and is working to combat its spread. “Opioids are a problem in all of society, including my union,” he said. Once a year, at Local 9’s annual meeting, a journeyman who is in recovery from addiction addresses members to remind them of the pitfalls of addiction. The organization also provides a support center that members can access to get help. In 2017, Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 held a mandatory drug awareness seminar for its apprentices. “We didn’t have a template to follow,” says Bush. “We reached out to the community asking members and friends to share their stories of struggle, loss and triumph.” Among the speakers was Local 19’s Chris C. “The ripple effect of addiction is just devastating,” he said as he described his own battle with addiction. “We think we’re not

hurting anyone when we do drugs, but you know, we do. I’m one of the blessed lucky ones to have survived.” This type of assistance is exactly what Collins believes should be universal. In addition to providing resources for those who are in need, having policies in place to help a member overcome their addiction without losing their livelihood is key.

The challenges ahead A new concern for unions is the pending discussion about legalizing marijuana. “Working in the trades is a dangerous occupation,” says Cosner, “especially for electricians. Safety requires that everyone be clear headed. It is imperative that our job sites be drug and alcohol-free environments. I do not think they should legalize marijuana. Anything that inhibits performance is my concern.” “There’s a lot of resources for people who need help and a lot of them don’t interfere with employment,” says Collins. “They can still live their lives and get better.”

RESOURCES Locals each have services that can connect an individual with treatment programs and other resources. Below are just a few that are accessible in the NJ/PA region.

Caron Foundation www.caron.org Wernersville, Pa 610-299-8001 Holistix Treatment Centers www.holistixtreatment.com Philadelphia, PA 877-872-7730 Ambrosia Treatment Center www.ambrosiatc.com Medford, NJ 888-492-1603 Addiction Treatment Services International www.atsirehab.com Galloway, NJ 855-353-6740 Seabrook House www.seabrook.org Morristown, NJ 973-946-8200 Affected By Addiction Facebook group for family support

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Masonry moves faster for Local 5 with Thin Brick Article and photos By Charlie Sprang The two-story, tan-colored brick building currently under construction on Hurfville-Cross Keys Road in Washington Township will soon be home to another Rothman Institute site. The project, the latest in an ever-expanding network of Rothman orthopedic treatment centers, is scheduled to open early 2018 according to the welcome sign on the construction site. While the interior is still basically a shell, the exterior walls are almost finished. Back Brook Masonry of Hillsborough, New Jersey, used a new product called Thin Brick that doesn’t have to be laid one-by-one. Thin Brick is made like regular brick, but ranges in thickness from three quarters to five eighths of an inch. There is no visible difference between Thin Brick and traditional brick, but the lighter product can be installed faster and without the mess on any exterior application. “The cost of the material is relatively the same,” explained Mario Cerrito, field representative for the Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers Local 5. “You make your money on the installation. We installed about 2,500 to 3,000 bricks a day with three-man crews.” Americo Costa, masonry foreman for Back Brook Ma-

sonry, said that 70 percent of the time is spent on actual preparation, 20 percent on installation and 10 percent on grouting. To install the Thin Brick, the building was first wrapped with Tyvek Commercial Wrap to serve as an air and water barrier.

brick is installed. Two dabs of adhesive are applied to each brick and then installed onto the metal paneling and pressed into position leaving room for grout. Tabs are closed over the brick to hold it in place. Twenty-four hours later, all the brick that

uous and tedious process. The mortar, which is applied generously to form a bed to set each brick, is scraped away with a trowel, but is never completely wiped off. It hardens and needs to be scrubbed. Not so with Thin Brick which only must be

Thin Brick application will bring the Rothman Institute building to completion much faster. Two-inch insulation boards are installed over the Tyvek. Next, the TABS Wall System, a revolutionary paneling system, was installed using fasteners with washers already attached that elevates the paneling and enables any water that could penetrate the wall to flow down and out through drainage holes at the bottom. The metal paneling has tabs that can be used to lock the brick in place. Once the paneling is in place, the

has been installed is ready to be grouted.

wiped down with a cleaning solution and rinsed clean.

Joints and spaces between the bricks are overfilled with grout. Once the grouting is completed, a curved tool is used to smooth the grout and create a concave look. The whole process is quicker and cleaner than using traditional brick and that is what makes installation most cost effective.

Using Thin Brick, the masonry job was 90 percent complete by the end of the December, much faster than would have been the case with traditional brick. “The great advantage of using Thin Brick is only five percent of the total job is needed for clean up,” Costa explained. “With traditional brick jobs, you need a whole crew to clean the mortar off the brick. This is much easier and quicker.”

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Local 14 plays Santa

From L to R: Dylan Brown, Rick Stronski, Robert Cellucci, Derek Watson, Steve Rickert, Ryan Maldonado, Ronald Rickert, Mike Kaye, Bill Smith, Tom Besse, John Stahl and Dennis Kelley gather at the Local 14 with gifts for kids at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia. By Shannon Eblen Photos by Michael Plunkett Five thousand dollars-worth of Hatchimals, Tonka Trucks, basketballs, dolls and toys stretched across the room where young men in green shirts and elf hats worked just a few mornings before Christmas. But this wasn’t Santa’s workshop. It was the lobby of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 14’s union hall. The elves were a few of the union’s apprentices who were loading boxes and bags into pickup trucks bound for St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in North Philadelphia.

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Toys for hospitalized children is a Christmas tradition for the union and part of its effort to give back to the community. “You can see the excitement in the kids’ faces. It’s such a joy,” said Business Manager Stephen Pettit. “Christmas is a time for giving.” The first year Local 14 organized a toy drive, they took the gifts to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and were amazed by the number of other donations they witnessed being delivered. “They had tractor trailers pulling up with gifts and toys,” said Business Agent Robert Cellucci. “The next year, we redirected our donations to St. Christopher’s where we

felt our gifts could make more of a difference.” Prior to Christmas, members bring in gifts or cash donations that are then pooled and used to buy presents for children of all ages. Shopping day is fun, Cellucci said, but a challenge. It involves a six-to-seven-hour marathon where shoppers are tasked with making sure that they have a variety of gifts and stay within budget. Increasingly, tight hospital security keeps them from visiting the children or giving them gifts directly, but sometimes they see children coming and going from the hospital as they are unloading.


“They see the presents coming and they light up,” Cellucci said. “It’s a good feeling.” Tom Beese donned the union’s Santa Clause costume, complete with beard, while Steve Rickert dressed as Bumble, the vil-

Ryan Maldonado, left, and Derek Watson loaded gifts to be taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. lain-turned-hero Abominable Snowman from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” The costumes, though sweltering, were also a golden ticket – a chance for Beese and Rickert to interact with some of the patients at the hospital. They stood in the main lobby as children ran up to greet them and parents took photos on their cell phones. “Watching the kids interact with Bumble and Santa is the best part of the day,” Pettit said. “We’ve had several Santas over the years and they’ve all been very convincing. Our apprentices take pride in being Santa.” Of course, not everyone was totally convinced. “One kid looked at me, he Steve Rickert dressed as Bumble the Abominable Snowman.

was like, ‘You’re fake,’” Beese said laughing. The members also got to go downstairs to the hospital “store,” a room where the hospital sets out donated gifts. On Friday and Saturday before Christmas, parents were allowed to come down and select a few presents for their children. “It was nice that the parents get to come and select the gifts so it’s more personal,” said Ryan Maldonado. “I like that.” Even if a family has the means, Cellucci said, if their child is sick and in the hospital, they don’t have time to worry about buying gifts. And helping those families is what brings the union back to St. Christopher’s every year. The apprentices, participating in the delivery for the first time, agreed that they would like to do it again. “They’re going through a hard time,” Beese said of the children at the hospital. “It’s nice to put a smile on their faces.”

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UA Local 322 completes 20th annual holiday toy drive For the last 20 years, UA Local 322, has had an annual toy drive. Members have always enthusiastically supported the drive through good times and bad when construction was slow. Photos shown here are of members gathering to prepare the toys and bicycles for delivery to the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Camden where the

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gifts were distributed for Christmas. The toy drive is only a small part of the organization’s long history of giving back to the community supporting organizations such as Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Heart of Camden, food banks and veterans’ organizations to name a few. In conjunction with the

South Jersey Mechanical Contractor Association (SJMCA), they actively support the food bank of Egg Harbor Township. UA Local 322 represents plumbers, pipefitter and service technicians in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem Counties in New Jersey.


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1. Iron workers from Local 399, members of IBEW Local 351, and members of other building trades picket the construction site for a new medical building at the intersection of NJ routes 70 and 73 for using non-union workers. 2. Iron Worker Dave Rezes walks the line, protecting himself from the cold with a mask. 3. Picketers were out in force despite the cold at the site where Olga’s Diner stood as a New Jersey landmark for many years.

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Sweeney bill would boost transportation funding NJ Senate Budget Committee approves measure to boost infrastructure work Acting to expedite and increase funding for critical infrastructure work in New Jersey, a Senate committee approved in February legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney that will provide an additional $166 million for transportation infrastructure work this year. “This will expedite the needed investment in the state’s infrastructure and provide an increase in support for transportation work in the current fiscal year,” said Senator Sweeney. “It will put more people to work sooner, pump more funds into the economy and help address the more urgent projects. When we renewed the Transportation Trust Fund for the next eight years, we succeeded in addressing one of New Jersey’s most important priorities – this will put the plan to work faster and get more work done.”

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Light Rail train arrives at Hoboken. The Senate Budget Committee approved a total of $166 million (S-1519) in supplemental TTF funding that would be added to the $2 billion that’s already been budgeted for road, bridge, and rail improvements during the 2018 fiscal year, which runs through the end of June. The supplemental appropriation would increase the size of the state’s FY 2018 capital program from $2 billion for FY 2018 to $2.166 billion. The transportation investment would increase close to $3.8 billion with federal matching funds.  

“The failure of the Trump administration to come through with a real federal infrastructure plan means we have to get the work done ourselves here in New Jersey,” said Senator Sweeney. “We have an eight-year plan in place that will provide sustained investments that will address key transportation needs and continue to fuel economic growth.” The additional spending would be covered by the Transportation Trust Fund’s capital-reserve account, and it would fund dozens of projects throughout the state, including $100.5 million for road and bridge projects, and another $65.5 million for NJ Transit improvements. Two of the state’s preeminent transit projects, the Glassboro-Camden Light Rail and Hudson Bergen Light Rail 440 Extension, are among the projects.


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Continued from p. 31 1918, the Painters’ union successfully established the eight-hour day and a five-day workweek. In 1929, the world plunged into the Great Depression and membership in the union declined. By 1932, the American public effected a change in government by electing Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR’s New Deal legislation included important laws recognizing workers’ rights and the importance of unions.

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Next-generation union leaders need financial wisdom By Scott Rodgville, CPA Fostering the next generation of labor leaders is one of the most important challenges for the long-term viability of unions. With many union officers developing succession plans, it is critical to train young leaders to have savvy operational, business, and financial skills to ensure the longevity of their unions. While on the surface this is no small task, training the next generation to fully understand financial management and the implications of budgeting is achievable. In today’s political arena, labor unions are adopting a “cannot fail” attitude, especially when it comes to financial management. Keeping your financial house in order is crucial, and soon it will be up to a new generation of leaders to guide this sector into a bright future. Scott Rodgville, CPA, is an Officer at Gorfine, Schiller & Gardyn, a Maryland-based full-service certified public accounting firm. With more than 20 years of experience, Scott focuses on financial statement preparation and audit and tax services for not-for-profit organizations and labor unions.

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Survival often comes down to this simple “Money 101” lesson. Though this concept can often get lost when new labor union leaders are dealing with other day-to-day operational challenges.

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Hernia surgery is not what it used to be Robotic hernia repair offers faster recovery with less pain. surgeons can perform hernia repair through tiny incisions rather than the large incisions associated with traditional open surgery. The result is less damage to surrounding tissue, less pain for the patient and a much quicker recovery—often within days.

By Robert Perez, MD Hernia surgery used to be painful and often resulted in a slow, difficult recovery. But not anymore. Thanks to innovations in robotic technology,

Robotic surgery techniques have been used for years to provide advanced treatment for cancer as well as urologic and gynecologic conditions. Now, general surgeons trained in robotic techniques apply the same technology to other types of procedures, including hernia repair of the inner and outer groin (lingual and femoral); belly button (umbilical); previous surgery sites (incisional), and for reflux/GERD/upper stomach (hiatal).

What exactly is a hernia? Hernias are caused when an organ squeezes through a tear or weak spot in the tissue that surrounds it. Hernia repair surgery involves returning the organ to its proper place and fixing the tears in the surrounding tissue. Robotic surgery provides a number of advantages over traditional open surgery and standard laparoscopic procedures. While open surgery offers a full view of the abdomen and the ability to work freely inside the affected area, it requires a large incision through muscle and tissue. This type of incision can be more painful and take longer to heal. Laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery uses small incisions, but the instruments and surgeon’s visibility are limited. 

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Years ago, many people put off hernia repair because they were worried about pain and lengthy recovery times. Such delays can lead to dangerous complications and emergency surgeries. With today’s advanced technology, there’s no reason to put off hernia surgery. If you need a hernia repair, talk to your doctor about having a robotic-assisted procedure. To make an appointment with a Virtua surgeon trained in robotic techniques, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 or visit Virtua.org. Robert Perez, MD, is a fellowship-trained surgeon with Virtua Surgical Group in Hainesport, NJ, who specializes in robotic hernia repair for faster recovery with less pain.

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Dealing with low back pain and sciatica brosis. Poor diet and exercise habits or frequent bending, stooping and twisting at the waist can also weaken the disc.

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By Robert Greenleaf, M.D. Low back pain with or without sciatica may cause debilitating pain and is one of the most common causes of lost productivity and work in the US. Severe tightness and pain across the lower back is often referred to as ‘spasms’ and may be so incapacitating that one cannot stand, walk, or do any activities of daily living despite there being relatively little actual damage that occurred within the spine.

What is sciatica? Sciatica refers to a combination of shooting pain, burning, tingling, or weakness that typically travels from the back or hip area down the leg towards the foot. Both symptoms occur as result of injury or damage to the intervertebral disc or the shock absorber between the vertebrae of the spine. An intervertebral disc has two main parts: an outer shell of fibrous cartilage (the annulus fibrosis) and an inner filling of a jelly-like material (the nucleus pulposus). The outer wall of an intervertebral disc can become weakened for a variety of reasons. As people age, the fibrous material becomes more brittle. Excessive strain can rupture the annulus fi-

Treatment for either type of injury initially involves relative rest, although it is good to keep moving around as much as possible within pain limits rather than staying in bed, medications to alleviate pain and spasms, and therapy exercises. If these do not help over a course of four to six weeks, or if the pain is so severe that exercise isn’t possible, an epidural steroid injection should be considered. This procedure involves injecting a liquid steroid or cortisone medicine near the nerve root using x-ray guidance to help decrease the swelling and inflammation around the nerve.

Lumbar spine anatomy showing the central nucleus pulposus surrounded and held in by layers of annulus fibrosus. This tissue lies directly next to the spinal cord and nerve roots within the spinal canal.

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Seeking treatment for workrelated injuries in New Jersey healthy working state and ensure you are able to meet your financial obligations. While dealing with a workplace injury may be daunting and even frightening, following these simple steps will help to protect your rights and make the entire process easier.

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By Adam Malamut, Esquire Workplace injuries are very common today. Whether it’s hazardous work sites or the safest of offices, workers face the possibility of an unexpected accident. In New Jersey, if you are injured in the course of your employment, you are entitled to a number of benefits under the law. These benefits include medical treatment for any work-related injury, temporary total disability payments if you are unable to work while receiving medical treatment, and payments for permanent disability. If you don’t know your rights under the law, you may be denied benefits designed to return you to a

If possible, notify your supervisor or manager immediately following the injury and request medical attention. While New Jersey laws concerning notice allow up to 90 days to report a traumatic injury, hernia injuries are limited to 48 hours. The general rule here is “the sooner the better” to avoid any complications or potential denial of benefits. You may have to fill out a First Report of Injury form, which is standard for work place injuries. Some employers may have to immediately notify their workers’ compensation insurance carrier. Many employers will have arrangements with urgent care or occupational medicine facilities if your injury does not require immediate treatment in an emergency room. Unfortunately, sometimes reporting a work-related injury is not so simple. Some managers will not follow the proper procedures

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International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 5 12273 Townsend Road | Philadelphia, PA | (215) 676-2555 Edward Loomis, Business Manager | www.iuec.com

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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 351 1113 Black Horse Pike | Hammonton, NJ 08037 | (609) 704-8351 Daniel Cosner, Business Manager | www.ibew351.org

Brick Layers & Allied Crafts NJ 3281 Route 206, Suite 1 | Bordentown, NJ 08505 | (609) 324-9681 Richard Tolson, Director | www.bacnj.com BAC Local 4 14 Plog Road, Suite 1 Fairfield, NJ 07004 (973) 244-9962

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BAC Local 5 3281 Route 206, Suite 3 Bordentown, NJ 08505 (609) 324-0500


1502 South Olden Avenue | Trenton, NJ 08610 | (609) 587-8905 Fred B. Dumont, Business Manager | www.insulators89.org

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry Local 322 534 South Route 73 | Winslow, NJ 08095 | (609) 567-3322 Kurt R. Krueger, Jr, Business Manager | www.ua322.org

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 9 2 Iron Ore Road @ Route 33 | Englishtown, NJ 07726 | (732) 792-0999 Michael K. Maloney, Business Manager & Secretary/Treasurer | www.ualocal9.org

Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 1301 South Columbus Blvd. | Philadelphia, PA 19147 | (215) 952-1999 Gary Masino, President & Business manager | www.smartlu19.org

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Sheet Metal Workers Local 27 P. O. Box 847 | Farmingdale, NJ 07727 | (732) 919-1999 Andrew C. Caccholi, President & Business Manager | www.smwlu27.org

Ironworkers Local 399 409 Crown Point Road | Westville, NJ 08093 | (856) 456-9323 Richard Sweeney, President & Business Manager | www.ironworkers399.org

United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1360 400 Commerce Lane | West Berlin, NJ 08091 | (888) YES-1360 Sam Ferraino, Jr., President | www.ufcw1360.info

Cement Masons and Plasterers Local 592 2843 Snyder Avenue | Philadelphia, PA 19145 | (215) 468-0235 Bill Ousey, President & Business Manager | www.opcmia592.com

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Bits Pieces Bush named to SJTA Bryan Bush, assistant business manager and financial secretary and treasurer of Sheet Metal Workers Local 19, has been named a commissioner of the South Jersey Transportation Authority. SJTA was created by the New Jersey Legislature  in 1991 to manage transportationrelated services in six southern New Jersey counties including Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem. SJTA is responsible for coordinating South Jersey’s transportation system, including highways, airports and other transportation needs.

Philly construction up in 2017 Construction permits jumped 8.6 percent in Philadelphia in 2017 over the previous year, but the rate of construction growth has slowed. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of permits increased by 25 percent. While most permits were for “light residential” projects, high-rise construction is still active. There are currently 29 high rises projects underway. And tourism in Philadelphia is driving construction with 13 new hotels in the planning stage.

Skilled worker shortage presents opportunities & stumbling blocks According to the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, 80 percent of manufacturers in the nation have a serious shortage of qualified applicants for skilled production positions, and the talent shortage is creating a crisis in many industries. It has been projected that more than two million advanced manufacturing jobs will go unfilled in the next decade. Jobs expected to be in high demand include construction workers, electricians, plumbers, masons, machinists, welders, industrial

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machinery mechanics and HVAC technicians. While these jobs are paying more, they also require more education and training than they have in the past. New initiatives funded by state governments, industry associations and companies are aimed at reaching out to potential candidates with training and placement. In New Jersey, Senate President Steve Sweeney proposes to put a bond act on the ballot that would provide hundreds of millions of dollars to expand and equip New Jersey’s vocational-technical schools.

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AFLCIO video dramatizes effects of Right to Work laws To see how Right to Work laws can affect a project, check out the AFLCIO video at https:aflcio.org/issues/right-work to view “The Rulo Bridge: A Right to Work Story.” The video illustrates how right to work laws affected both Nebraska and Missouri workers as they built the bridge that connected the two states.

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Restoration of historic Philadelphia building in the capable hands of Local 19 Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 is actively restoring the exterior of the Hale Building at the corner of Juniper and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia. The project, managed by Premier Architectural Sheet Metal of Pennsauken, NJ, involves creating new copper on the windows, repairing cornices and replacing gutters that will be reinforced with stainless steel, water shield resin paper and copper. It’s a repair that should last for at least another 100 years. The original building was constructed in 1887 and designed for offices by Willis G. Hale, a few years before he would go on to design the Divine Lorraine on North Broad. By the early 1900s, it had become a theatre and in the 50s and 60s, it was used as a bath house and health club. In the early 2000s, the ground floor was used for retail space while the upper floors were vacant and deteriorating. In 2016, it was recognized as a Philadelphia landmark and the original building was restored. Today, the extension that was created in the 1920s, is receiving the same treatment.

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Trades & Unions March 2018  
Trades & Unions March 2018  

See what our skilled union workers are doing around the region. From Philly to Trenton, we have you covered.