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April 27, 2020
April 2020 Newsletter


By Richard E. Dalton, Business Manager

‘April showers bring May flowers’ is the old saying, let us just not get too many April showers. Winter has been exceptionally mild as compared to the previous year, which has allowed numerous projects to work throughout the entire winter season. Unfortunately, sometimes without a hard freeze the germs don’t get killed, and the flu and virus season is extended, so try to limit your exposure with preventive care.

Labor History classes have completed across the districts, with 800 plus members in attendance. Michael Bertolone and Jason Baker did an outstanding job once again educating the membership on the history and current events of organized labor and Local 18. I wish to thank all the members who attended the Labor History class for their interest and involvement in the program.

The new three-night steward classes will begin shortly. If you have never been, or if you have been a steward and would like additional information, please check out the calendar for the dates in your district and call the hall to sign up. Local 18’s legal council will present one night of the classes, with valuable information to assist the stewards in carrying out their duties.

The regional training sites are in the midst of the new apprentice application process along with the three-week pre-apprenticeship classes. This year, we will again be indenturing a larger size apprentice class in order to meet the demands of our employers’ workloads. The past six years’ workload has allowed Local 18 the opportunity to bring in more apprentices.

As the work season is rapidly approaching, keep in mind that our work jurisdiction is our lifeblood; don’t look the other way if another craft is attempting to run the equipment. Call the union hall to report the violation so that the union representatives can come to the job and correct the issue. Every time another craft operates a piece of equipment, that is time a brother or sister operator should have been in the seat, and should have received a paycheck and fringe benefits. Today it is someone else’s job, tomorrow it could be your job. Stand up strong and proud for your industry.

As we begin contract negotiations with the OCA and the AGC, I would like to remind you that we negotiate fair contracts for wages, fringes, and working conditions with our employer associations. These associations agree to the negotiated settlement, and the employers signed to the agreements have agreed to the terms and conditions. As an Operating Engineer, you are entitled to every condition in the agreements, without compromise.

Work safe, be safe, and watch out for your brother and sisters on the jobsites. Have a great work season!

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