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June 1, 2020
June 2020 Newsletter

REPORT TO THE MEMBERS

By Richard E. Dalton, Business Manager

I want to thank everyone for your support in ratifying the OCA/AGC contract extension. The one-year extension with a $1.35 total wage package, less $0.25 to Health and Welfare, is a fair package for contractors and us alike. This package will put us to work and keep us working during these trying times. Thank You! Next year, full negotiations will again take place with the associations for a complete long-term agreement.

As everyone now knows, the April and May Advisory Board and regular membership meetings were canceled. The June Advisory Board and June membership meetings will resume on the regular schedule: the first two Mondays of the month commencing at 7:30 pm. As a precautionary measure, the retirees’ monthly meetings are still on hold for the time being.

These past few months with the COVID-19 virus have placed heavy burdens on many of our families; let us hope the worst is behind us as we move forward. It is imperative that we abide by the Governor’s rules in social distancing, handwashing, and sanitizing as we return to work for the summer months. Sanitize all hand contact points for ingress and egress of the equipment, sanitize the seat, armrests, controls, and control panel before operating the machine. Good hygiene habits should include frequent handwashing or sanitizing throughout the day. Social distance at lunch by eating on the equipment or in your personal vehicle, and do not congregate in crowds. These simple habit changes will help keep you and your coworkers safer in the months ahead.

The International Union has just advised the Local Unions that due to the pandemic and the reduced work hours for many members, the General Executive Board is suspending any per capita tax increase until January 1, 2021.

Work the past couple of months has continued for Local 18 members, but with rain in April and May, much of the work was slowed down. Highway work has been steadily increasing, and ODOT still has an aggressive schedule for this year. Speaking with the ODOT Director, he feels the 2020 construction funding cycle through June of 2021 should remain as planned. The 2021 ODOT construction cycle will be dependent on revenues from the gas tax on fuel consumption this year. So, when the restrictions are lifted, buy a lot of gas!

The District 2 union hall construction should be completed by the time you receive this edition of the Buckeye Engineer, although there has been a delay in getting the office furniture delivered. The outbreak of the coronavirus shut down the manufacturing company prior to Local 18’s order being built. Once the office furniture is delivered and installed, we will then schedule an open house for the membership. The open house will most likely be in the fall. Rudolph Libbe worked on the project throughout the pandemic by minimizing crew size and applying social distancing, which allowed the work to continue, but extended the construction cycle by a couple of weeks. The building is beautiful and something all members can be proud of for the years to come.

Work safe, work smart; keep your distance as you venture out in society for the next few months.

As always, it is a pleasure to serve this great Local Union, and thank you for your support of the administration.

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