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Table of Contents â€˘ Nov 2017
Trades&Unions 6 - From the publisher: An attack on Labor 8 - Donald Norcross: Why we need more labor representatives in Congress
12 - Campaigning for labor candidates
17 - SJ Young Dems seek members 21 - Labor leaders encourage activism 22 - Understanding NJ workers compensation 26 - UA Local 322 apprentice earns top honors
32 - Local 19 tackles drug addiction 39 - $16 billion for transportation funding 40 - Freeholder Gargiano promotes construction In Burlington County 50 - Our union sponsors
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An attack on Sweeney is an attack on labor Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) NJ-3rd is under attack by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). They have waged a $5-million TV campaign against him in an effort to unseat the second most powerful elected official in the state. Sweeney’s opponent, Fran Grenier, is the beneficiary of the NJEA’s deep desire to bring Sweeney down, but in the end, this move could prove costly for the state’s teachers. The NJEA’s backing of Grenier is a change in the political tide since they traditionally back democrats who are normally supportive of the middle class and the values that teachers represent. But the union representing them has been at war with the Governor and has wrapped Sweeney into their fight with Christie. By doing this, they may have crossed the proverbial rubicon. It is a big leap to go from
Woodstown Town Council and the Salem County Tax Board to the NJ State Senate, but Grenier is hoping to capitalize on NJEA’s hate for Sweeney. However, Grenier has not shown any sign of being a proponent of unions or labor. Grenier stands against the affordable healthcare act, family medical leave, drug treatment Senate President programs, expansion of affordable housing, preschool programs and an increase in the minimum wage. His stance on these issues alone is a threat to progressive values if he is elected. On the other hand, Steve Sweeney has always stood
in support of the men and women in labor, middle class families and the underprivileged. He has championed legislative initiatives, and supported an increase in the minimum wage, and project Labor Agreements (PLAs). His support of the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) has created many construction jobs across the state. Steve Sweeney
He has supported the investment of millions of dollars into vocational training to help create a young and highly trained workforce that will ultimately enter apprenticeship programs. He has championed legislation that guarantees unemployment
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An attack on Sweeney is an attack on labor Continued from p. 4 insurance to striking workers and made sure that locked-out workers won’t see their health care insurance skyrocket because they are standing up for themselves. On November 7, all of South Jersey should be turning out to support Sweeney’s bid for reelection into the 3rd legislative district.
Labor is already under attack from Washington. In New Jersey, we cannot afford to lose one of the strongest advocates who understands the needs of union members. Solidarity must be a mindset, a call to action and a rally to send Steve Sweeney back to Trenton where he can continue to fight for our members. Should Sweeney lose, the
Building Trades will also lose. Sweeney, a union iron worker by trade, is a second-generation union leader and the highest elected official in the state that comes from the trades. We need him to continue to fight for us and the entire middle class.
Chris Ferrari President & Publisher Trade Media LLC
“Labor is already under attack from Washington. In New Jersey, we cannot afford to lose one of the strongest advocates who understands the needs of union members. Solidarity must be a mindset, a call to action and a rally to send Steve Sweeney back to Trenton where he can continue to fight for our members.”
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Why it’s important to have labor representatives in the legislature – and why we need more. By Jane Yepez There are 211 lawyers in Congress, but only one electrician. According to that electrician -Donald Norcross -- there is little likelihood that a body of lawyers can relate to the needs of hard working American families that have to “choose rent over clothes, food over medicine, and today over tomorrow.” Norcross, the U.S. Congressman for New Jersey’s First Congressional District, represents over 700,000 people in 52 municipalities in three southern New Jersey counties. An electrician by trade, Norcross served as assistant business manager for IBEW Local 351, was president of the Southern New Jersey Building Trades Council and president of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO Labor Council for 16 years. Clearly, this is a man who understands the challenges faced by working men and women. Norcross has taken the lead in Congress on a number of issues that impact a full one-third of the nation’s workforce.
Creating jobs for America As co-chair of the Rebuilding America Task Force, one of five Democratic Caucus “Jobs for America” task forces, Norcross is focused on rebuilding the country’s crumbling infrastructure, expanding job opportunities in key industries, advancing school construction projects, hardening the power grid, improving storm resiliency, expanding internet access and getting lead out of pipes.
US Congressman Donald Norcross: the only electrician in the legislature. This initiative is “good for America,” says Norcross. “There isn’t a person who doesn’t believe infrastructure needs updating. In Flint, Michigan, it means no lead in the water; in Puerto Rico, it means generating power; in New Jersey,
it’s improving the roads. “The Society of Engineers who evaluate infrastructure in the nation gives us a D plus. Investment is needed to repair water pipe lines, to maintain airports and to
“Investing in infrastructure is good for America,” says Norcross. build schools, but it also results in jobs. The best social program is a good job. Infrastructure improvement creates employment here in America and enables people to maintain a decent standard of living. At the same time, it supports other industries by increasing buying power.”
Training workers for future growth A 529 plan is a college savings account that’s exempt from federal taxes. But parents whose children don’t go to college cannot take advantage of this plan. If Donald Norcross has his way, that will change. Norcross has sponsored a bill that would allow parents to use
money they saved in 529 college savings plans for tuition to trade and vocational schools as well as other training programs. In New Jersey, he said, nine out of 10 upcoming jobs do not require a four-year degree. “We need lawyers and we need doctors. But when the lights go out, you need an electrician. That’s why we need apprenticeship programs. They are directly related to jobs. College is a way for some, but not all. After all, somebody has to build the college.” Norcross reports that the bill is picking up support on both sides of the aisle. He and his colleagues are also studying European training models where apprenticeship programs begin at the age of 15 or 16. “It doesn’t preclude
college,” he said, “but it certainly gives the student an opportunity to develop a career path in the trades that provides employment with dignity.”
Leading the fight for fair wages Congress hasn’t acted to raise the federal minimum wage in over a decade and today it remains at $7.25 an hour, leaving many Americans who work full time living in poverty. “We see families struggling to make ends meet with stagnant wages and rising costs, unable to save enough money for their kids’ educations and worried about the threat of a health care overhaul that will mean higher costs and less care.” Continued on p. 11
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Continued from p. 9 Norcross is leading the fight for the Raise the Wage Act that will increase the minimum wage over the next seven years to $15 an hour. “While workers’ wages have been stagnant,” he says, “CEO salaries have grown exponentially. Their salaries used to be 20 to 40 times greater than that of the line worker. Today, it is over 200 times more. “Over 70 percent of Americans think the minimum wage should be raised. If we can just put the issue to a vote, it would pass by a wide margin. America’s families are experiencing a long-term decline in their economic security. It’s a real national crisis and we need to make it our business to fix it.”
Why workers need a voice in government According to Norcross, it’s important for people in the workforce to make their voices heard, espe-
“Focusing on infrastructure creates jobs and enables people to maintain a decent standard of living” - Norcross supported by Republicans and big business has another intent. “Republicans are seeking to weaken what’s left of traditional unions,” says Norcross. “The GOP effort to minimize unions is designed to cut off a major source of funding for Democrats. At the same time, Republicans have acted to relax restrictions on how much corporations and wealthy
“We encourage members in the rank and file to get involved in government. cially as it relates to decisions affecting their ability to work and be paid fairly.
individuals can donate to campaigns, some of it anonymously.”
The biggest issue looming on the horizon is Right to Work legislation that mandates that workers employed in unionized shops not be required to join the union. According to Norcross, the legislation
Just two Republican donors, says Norcross, casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam, spent $78 million on the 2016 election, more than one third of the entire $207 million spent by organized labor. Under Repub-
lican control of Congress and the White House, more than half of the states have Right to Work laws and a national Right to Work law has been introduced in both houses of Congress. Norcross points to another indicator that reflects the GOP view of labor: The renaming of the House Education and Labor Committee to the House Education and Workforce Committee. The change was interpreted by most union officials as a sign of an orchestrated plan to minimize the influence of unions.
Union members need to get involved “The fact that I am one of only four members in Congress that represents labor is a serious problem. We understand unemployment. We understand that bad weather stops us from working. We continue to encourage members in the rank and file to get involved in government and we are willing to share our experience with them.”
Campaigning for candidates who support labor By Shannon Eblen Photos by Michael Plunkett Union members have a vested interest in being involved in politics and helping to elect pro-labor candidates, whether Democrats or Republicans, who support health care, a living wage and project labor agreements. There’s an expression people use, said Jonathan Young, a Camden County freeholder and Carpenters 255 council representative. “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. It’s why members not only campaign for politicians, but often become politicians themselves. “They know their livelihood is what is at stake here,” Young said. “Everything their candidates stand for is their beliefs and values.” Going door-todoor works, organizers say. Get Out The Vote, or GOTV, starts seven weeks before an
Men in Blue, members of IBEW 351 Powering Politics, get ready to campaign. election, said Dan Cosner, president of the Southern New Jersey Building Trades Council and IBEW Local 351 business manager. “These Saturday events can bring out 100 or more members to each location in South Jersey. From there, they fan out across the area passing out fliers and talking to residents
about candidates and their policies. “We’ve been doing it for years,” Cosner said. “It’s very important that we get out there and get folks elected that support us.” It is an optional activity and not required, said Dan Christy, senior counsel representative for Carpenters Local 255, vice-president of the Southern New Jersey Building Trades Council and a Gloucester County freeholder. Still, he added, they don’t have any issue getting members out on Saturdays. Josh Thomas is a case in point. He had worked late the night before, but Thomas, a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19, was at the Camden County Democratic Committee headquarters early on a recent Saturday morning. Continued on p. 15
Dan Cosner, left, with Camden County Freeholder Jonathan Young, a Carpenters 255 council representative. 12
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Continued from p. 12 Although he lives in Pennsylvania, he was there promptly at 9 a.m. to help pass out campaign fliers in neighboring South Jersey towns. “Even though they encourage us to come to these, you’d be stupid not to,” Thomas said. “It supports our living, our way of life.”
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“We’re always fighting to put people in place who are in line with the values we hold dear,” Christy said.
with the values we hold dear”
The unions educate members on the political process, how it benefits them and why they should be involved, Cosner said. Seeing the results makes them want to continue to be a part of that process.
port do win,” Christy said. “We have had a system in place for a long time where we mobilize, we get out and we spread the message.”
“The majority of people we sup-
Nobody mobilizes like the unions, Young said.
He turned out to the event with other candidates, including Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones and Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt, to talk to their constituents and shake hands with them. “Candidates always show up to the different locations on Saturday mornings. It’s important for them to connect with the members and thank them for the time they spend campaigning for them,” Lampitt said. “We’re not just the faces they get on their door step.” They don’t stop at thanking them and talking to them, Young said, they hit the sidewalks with them. “It’s really showing that, one, I appreciate what you do, and two, I’m in the trenches with you,” he said.
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South Jersey Young Democrats Caucus seeks members to join the cause By Shannon Eblen Photos by Michael Plunkett Raised in union families, Ryan Doran and Vincent Cerrito have always being active in labor and politics. But they came to realize that wasn’t necessarily true for their 20-something peers. “We certainly know people who don’t want to get out and vote. They take it for granted,” Cerrito said. If the younger generation doesn’t get involved, said Doran, a member of the IBEW Local 351, rights and benefits gained by the labor movement such as fair wages and healthcare could go away. Doran and Cerrito met at a New Jersey Young Democrats event and realized they were the only two there involved in labor. After some discussion, they decided to found a caucus to support the organization. “Caucuses help bring a diverse group of people into the fold,” said John J. Mulholland, Jr., president of the South Jersey Young Democrats. They provide expertise on issues and concerns important to them. Unions do a good job of educating their members and encouraging involvement, so the labor caucus founded by Ryan Doran and Vincent Cerrito help bring a cultural and practical understanding that is beneficial to NJYD. “Just its very existence is a reminder labor is out there,” Mulholland said. “There’s sort of
Vincent Cerrito, left, and Ryan Doran, co-chairs of the South Jersey Young Democrats caucus. a disconnect on how important labor is to this country and also to this party.” Mulholland hopes the labor caucus will host panel discussions and other programming to edu-
cate non-union NJYD members on labor issues, although for now, the group is concentrating on building and organizing. “It is also beneficial that the stateContinued on p. 18
Continued from p. 17 wide committee charters the caucus,” Mulholland said, “because anyone interested in labor issues can connect with them not just through the South Jersey organization, but across the state. The group is open to anyone and everyone interested, Doran said. “Not just Camden County, not just Atlantic County, not just up north – the entire state,” he said. “We need people from the entire state involved in what we’re doing, that way we’ll succeed.”
Ryan Doran with NJ State Senator Nisa Cruz-Perez.
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Ryan Doran, left, and Derik Hargis, both of IBEW Local 351, gather canvassing materials before hitting the streets.
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Labor leaders encourage activism to protect union achievements By Lynda L. Hinkle
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On September 23 at the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters headquarters in Winslow, NJ, the New Leaders Council (NLC) held a summit with labor leaders from across the state. The keynote speaker, Congressman Donald Norcross, commented that “if you think you have it bad in New Jersey, nationally labor is struggling.” He raised the question of what work is going to look like in 5, 10, 15 years.
Analila summarized the position of the panel saying: “As the union movement shrinks, inequality goes up. Our children, our friends, our neighbors don’t understand that or see it as part of their own fight.” Charles Hall echoed that sentiment saying: “Labor is the last guard. You let labor out, the gate is open.
A panel on Union Organizing in a Changed Economy included AJ Sabbath, co-founder of the Advocacy and Management Group and former NJ Commissioner of Labor; Milly Silva, executive vice president of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East; Analila Meija, state director of the New Jersey Working Families Alliance; Charles Hall of Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Local 108, and Sean
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; Tricia Mueller of Groundwork Strategies, and Rex Reid of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. “You cannot be a good progressive if you do not care about the labor movement,” said Mueller. Leonard supported the idea, saying: “Unions still
“Unions still matter in this country.” Let’s lift everyone up.” The second panel was moderated by Lizette Delgado-Polanco, Political Director for the Northeast Carpenters and included Rob Angelo of Working Solutions LLC; Ginger Gold Schnitzer of the NJEA; Ian Leonard, Political Director for the International
do matter in this country but a lot of people have allowed the rhetoric to suggest they don’t.” According to Delgado-Polanco, “The attack on labor is not coincidental” and Leonard challenged the room: “If you go back and look at why unions were started in this country, it
was to protect workers. We are a fraction of what we were and if people in this room don’t step up, we’re in trouble.” Among the many activists in the room was Vincent Cerrito of the newly formed Labor Caucus for the New Jersey Young Dems, who summarized what he and many participants took away from the event: “There is a threat on the horizon to undermine the strides that unions have worked long and hard to achieve. As unions continue to be eroded by legislative acts such as Right to Work laws, the only rights the working class will gain will be the right to work for lower wages, unsafe working conditions, and reduced benefits. Counter actions must be implemented at both the political and grassroots level to advocate against the impending threat on the fair working conditions we all deserve.”
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UA Local 322 apprentice wins top honors in international contest Donald B. Adams, III, of Galloway, NJ, UA Local 322 apprentice, recently was honored as the winning participant in a plumbing contest at the 6th Annual Instructor Training Program at Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI. Competing in the contest were apprentices from the United States, Canada and Australia. Through a series of state, district and regional competitions, 32 out of 43,000 UA apprentices earned the right to compete in five different skills tests. The tests were categorized into five specific trades and the competition spanned five full days of intense work on complex projects within the specified field.
the trade and is certain to have a successful future in this industry. We are looking forward to working with him in the years ahead as he hones his craft and embarks on his career.” UA General President Mark McManus addressed the apprentices and ITP graduates at the Completion Ceremony, calling the members and apprentices the backbone and future of the organization.
United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta was the guest speaker at the ceremony. Secretary Acosta has supported apprenticeship programs as a tactic to close the nation’s skilled trade gap. He praised the apprentices for their persistence to become a skilled tradesperson. Acosta noted there are 6.2 million open jobs in the nation, many of them that cannot be filled because of a shortage of trained skilled tradespeople. He noted that apprentices are the future of rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure. “You will be profoundly impacting lives and, by extension, communities,” Acosta said.
The week-long event focuses on training instructors in the trades Plumbers perwho teach apprentices form work that and continuing education is essential to to the United Associathe health and tion of Journeymen and Apprentice Donald B. Adams at work during the plumbing competition safety of our Apprentices of the Plumb- at Washtenaw Community College citizens such as ing and Pipefitting Industry installing piping (UA). Adams was presented with for drinking water and waste, and the award at the ITP Comple“Our challenge – your challenge ducts for ventilating systems in tion Ceremony which marks the – is to produce the world’s best homes, offices, schools, hospitals graduation of UA instructors from craftsmen and women,” he said. and manufacturing facilities. With North America and Australia. Over After the event, he added that a growing focus on green tech2,400 UA members, contractors, “this was a top-notch group of nologies, water conservation and industry representatives and famapprentices. The skills they exhibenergy efficiency, the demand for ily members were on hand for the ited during the contest show the plumbers will increase significantweek-long event. strength of our training program. ly in the years ahead. To have this skill level so early in “We could not be more proud their careers is a testament of For more information on Local 322 of Donnie,” said UA Local 322 their dedication and commitment please visit www.ua322.org. For Business Manager Kurt Kruger, to their trade.” information on the United AssociJr. “He is tremendously skilled in ation go to www.UA.org.
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The Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 had enough.
“The ripple effect of addiction and how it hurts us is just devastating,” said Local 19’s Chris Cunningham 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.”
After too many funerals and too many lost friends and family members, the union was determined to tackle drug addiction head on. On September 16, Local 19 held a mandatory drug awareness seminar for its apprentices. Without any precedent or template to follow, union leaders reached out within and around their community, inviting experts to give advice, and asking members and friends to share their stories of struggle, loss
Having the tools to manage addiction is key, Cunningham said, and he is always willing to listen to or help someone in that same situation. That the union is there to help,
rather than to punish or judge, was the message the organizers were trying to get across to young apprentices. If a member came to them for help, they emphasized, that person would find a sympathetic ear, ready to connect them to resources, and not automatically be dismissed from their job. “We’re not looking to punish anybody, we’re looking to help,” said Bryan Bush, assistant business manager. Bush explained that he has lost family members to addiction, including his niece. “When I found my niece with three needles in her purse, I didn’t
know who to turn to,” Bush said. “When it comes to finding out one of your loved ones or someone you care about is addicted, do you know who to turn to?” In addition to members affected by addiction, Local 19 welcomed Father John Stabeno of the Diocese of Camden, to share a slideshow of some of those in the community lost to addiction. Patty DiRenzo spoke of her son’s overdose and the law she advocated for, New Jersey’s Good Samaritan law, that protects those seeking help in the event of a drug overdose. “It was easy to get people to volunteer to speak on this issue,” said Gary Masino, president and business manager. “Some of them are recovering addicts themselves and it’s therapy for them to deliver this message.”
darkness,” said Chris Carlough, education director for the union. “The stigma is what often prevents people from being open about addiction and seeking help. Only ten percent of those with an addiction seek treatment,” he said. “Those that are fighting addiction are fighting two battles – the addiction itself and the stigma,” said well-known restaurateur Tony Luke, Jr., who lost his son to addiction earlier in the year. Luke choked up as he shared his experiences with the audience. Society is ignorant, he said. He was ignorant. “You don’t know what you don’t know until you know it,” Luke said. “It’s what you do after you know it that defines you as a person.” After his son’s death, Luke decided to fight back. He started a social media campaign, #BrownandWhite, named for the primary colors of heroin. It is designed to lessen the stigma of addiction and boost awareness.
In 2015, there were 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in the country, said Robert Reed, from the office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General, during his From top: Gary Masino, President & Business Manager Local presentation. By 2016, Helping a family mem19; Tony Luke Jr., Owner of Tony Lukes and advocate for adthat number had risen ber or friend struggling diction and Bobby Paul, local pastor and member of Local 19. to around 65,000, far with drugs isn’t the time exceeding the number for tough love, he said, it of Americans who die from car is the time for support. accidents or firearms. “I think the more we talk about “Addiction is won by inches,” he and actually educate on addiction, Those numbers show no signs of said. “Addiction is won by one the more we can talk about having decreasing, he said. small miracle at a time.” empathy and pulling this out of the
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N.J. Chamber Executive Vice President Michael Egenton speaks at a roundtable forum at the State House on the reauthorization of the state’s Transportation Trust Fund. By Michael A. Egenton Executive Vice President, New Jersey State Chamber Governor Christie and the New Jersey State Legislature has adopted positive and transformational legislation that invests $16 billion in road and mass transit upgrades over the next eight years. The legislation also includes comprehensive tax reform featuring a phase out of New Jersey’s estate tax. This landmark transportation replenishment will benefit all citizens since it enables the state to upgrade roads, bridges and tunnels, as well as modernize its airports and expand the capacity of its ports. Improved infrastructure means less congestion and traffic for New Jersey commuters and improved efficiency. By investing in our trans-
portation infrastructure, employers know that they can get their employees to work on time and goods and services where they need to be. Additional positive transportation news came with the passage of Ballot Question 2 last year. This ballot question ensures that all revenue from the recently enacted gas tax must be dedicated to the Transportation Trust Fund, allowing the state to finally get to work on rebuilding New Jersey’s crumbling roads and bridges. The successful passage of Question 2 will end the misuse of funds allocated to transportation infrastructure, and it will provide a sustainable and steady source of funding for infrastructure. There are many organizations and individuals that should be thanked for the successful passage of the Transportation Trust Fund . One coalition that was instrumental in
combining the advocacy efforts of both business and labor was Forward New Jersey. Forward New Jersey was created to lobby for a long-term, sustainable, reliable and constitutionally dedicated source of funding for the Transportation Trust Fund. That goal has now been achieved. We finally resolved a vital policy issue that could not have been accomplished without the hard work and dedication of all the coalition members. For well over two years, they committed to working every day to ensure New Jersey had the kind of solution it needed. Equally important --- Forward New Jersey is now the “template” for business and labor working together --- finding common ground and resolving critical issues that grow jobs and improve the economy of the State of New Jersey.
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BCIT welders are a bead away from success By Dr. Christopher Nagy, Superintendent of Schools, Burlington County Institute of Technology Welding has been one of the most sought-after classes for daytime and post-secondary adult students at BCIT. As a result, it is now a major component of the School of Construction Technology established this year. Year after year, welding classes have been oversubscribed. This year, we expanded the footprint of the welding shop to double its size to include the addition of seven welding booths. The expansion has also allowed for the addition of a CNC Plasma Cutter which will enhance the technical welding skill sets of students while allowing for cross training and cross program uses.
piece of metal, and gives them confidence even before handson experience. Virtual welding enables students to learn and practice a hands-on technique in a safe environment, similar to a video game. After completing the virtual component, students only then work on live materials. As a by-product, we have found that virtual technology has decreased
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benefit from this technology which perfects student welding skills required in the automotive field as well as in other industries. Because our facility is state-of-theart, initial plans are being made for the BCIT Medford campus to host the NJ SkillsUSA Welding competitions. In addition, the BCIT Medford Campus for the first time will host a Construction Technology Career and Apprenticeship Expo on November 15 from 9am-2pm as part of National Apprenticeship Week. BCIT currently has 51 high school students and 32 post-secondary adult students enrolled this semester. Of those enrolled, some have jump-started their career through the School to Work program. Students who complete the Welding Technology program at BCIT have an opportunity to earn their American Welding Society Level 1 Welder certificate and possibly be positioned to seek a Level 2 certificate for accelerated learners. We are proud that the majority of our students who have completed the program have been successfully placed in jobs.
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Freeholder Garganio promotes construction in Burlington County By Gus Ostrum Throughout his lengthy political career, Burlington County Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio has relied on a tried-and-true formula grounded in his background as a union carpenter. “The bottom line is that moving new projects forward changes people’s lives in a positive way,” Garganio said. “Not only do new facilities, especially in the areas of education and medicine, provide great services, they also create jobs for our local citizens.
for re-election to their county seats on November 7, have helped initiate unprecedented growth at the Mount Laurel campus since its affiliation with Rowan University in 2015. RCBC has created the ultimate full-service campus experience in Mount Laurel through a $55-million project that includes a new state-of-the-art Stu-
The county plans to maintain the Mount Laurel campus as its primary facility and will phase out the Pemberton Township campus by 2018. “The transformation of Rowan College at Burlington County is incredible and none of it would have been possible without the support of our Freeholders, industry partners,
that is indistinguishable from the best university campuses in the nation.” Aside from the hundreds of jobs created by the construction, Garganio is proud of the lasting legacy the new RCBC facilities will bring to his county. In 2017, RCBC became the first community college in the eastern United States to offer junior-year courses
“I will never stop promoting new construction in Burlington County. It’s winwin all the way around.” Garganio brings a blue-collar perspective to the freeholder board, having been a foreman carpenter for 28 years, and now Council Representative for the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters. The venerable politician, a life-long resident of Florence Township who served as a local councilman for 12 years, is especially proud of construction projects that have taken place at Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) since 2015. He and Freeholder Linda Hughes, both Republicans who are up
The Rowan campus is part of the growth in Burlington County. dent Success Center and Health Sciences Center, and a completely redesigned campus quad. The complete transformation, which includes improvements in every building, took less than two years to complete.
community members and students and staff,” said acting RCBC President Michael Cioce in a released statement. “RCBC believes everyone should be able to access a high-quality college degree in an innovative environment
in a historic 3+1 partnership with Rowan University that allows students to earn a four-year degree for less than what most universities charge for a single year. Continued on p. 43
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Continued from p. 40 “Burlington County residents have a premier campus in a dynamic growth area of our county (Mount Laurel) and have access to a four-year education at a major university at an incredibly affordable cost,” said Garganio. “These campus projects are improving local citizens’ quality of life, and of course, we are proud of this accomplishment.” Burlington County will continue to have many more construction projects and jobs in the pipeline. One of the largest is a $1-billion hospital campus proposed by Virtua Health that will be constructed on 110 acres of farmland at Route 541 and Woodlane Road in Westampton Township over the next two years. The campus will replace the aging Virtua Memorial Hospital facility, built in 1927, currently in Mount Holly. The project, which in late July received approval from the State Department of Health of the hospital’s certificate of need, has been in the works since 2012. According to Virtua’s state application, the new 670,000-square-foot hospital will include a surgery center, critical care unit, and a “women’s and children’s pavilion” with OB/GYN care, birthing and lactation centers, treatment for high-risk pregnancies, and a special care nursery. The campus will also include a long-term and rehabilitative care facility, an assisted living facility and medical office buildings.
“Our citizens along the Route 295 and New Jersey Turnpike corridors will have access to some of the greatest facilities in the region thanks to these construction projects,” Garganio noted. “New construction is always a major factor in a vibrant economy and it helps promote a great quality of life.” The incumbent Freeholder Director noted that numerous other construction projects involving highways, medical and educational facilities, and others have flourished in Burlington County. A Freeholder for seven years, Garganio’s desire to promote construction projects is no surprise given his background in labor. He currently serves as the Senior Council Representative for Local 255 of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) which represents nearly 40,000 members in five East Coast states. Garganio has been a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America since 1982. He is proud of Burlington County’s Direct Hire Program, which allows the County to hire tradesmen directly out of union halls. “It’s important to hire local people on local jobs,” he commented. “We provide jobs, plus local employees help our tax base.”
Name: Bruce Garganio Resident of: Florence Township, NJ Family: Wife Linda, Daughters Kristin and Kelly Title: Burlington County Freeholder Director Party Affiliation: Republican Election Information: Running for 3-year term on Nov. 7 ballot Career Highlights: Employed as a union carpenter; Council Representative, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters; Freeholder for 7 years; former Florence Township Councilman.
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A Gallup poll published in August 2017 reported that in the U.S., 61 percent of adults say they approved of labor unions, the highest approval recorded since 2003 and five percentage points up from last year.
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