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August 8, 2020
August 2020 Newsletter

REPORT TO THE MEMBERS

By Richard E. Dalton, Business Manager

It is hard to believe it is already August, and summer is almost over. This work season has been one that will no doubt go down in history as the most challenging, between the COVID-19 pandemic, the shutdown of the world economy for two and a half months, and the wet spring weather.

The Semi-Annual State Meeting on June 28, 2020, was lightly attended as one would expect. Due to the increased risk of COVID-19 exposure, and the associated health risks for the senior members, we did not have the 50- and 60-year members attend the Semi-Annual State Meeting to receive their recognitions. Instead, the business agents hand-delivered the recognitions to everyone who lives in Ohio, or one of the adjoining counties to Ohio, and mailed to those who live out of state, so that our members did not miss out on their recognitions. Additionally, those members will be invited to next June’s state meeting to get group pictures taken and have the opportunity to address the crowd.

In July, Local 18 restarted the satellite meetings across the state, as we attempt to return to some form of normal life. All satellite meetings will be at the same locations and times as before.

As of this writing, Local 18 has moved into the new offices in Toledo. The building is a beautiful new facility that will proudly represent Local 18’s membership for many years to come. The Toledo building is virtually identical to Akron on the exterior, with only minor variances on the inside. In October, we will conduct the Executive Board Meeting in the new facility and will host an open house for the membership that same afternoon.

The regional training sites have all opened back up, and pre-apprenticeship classes are ongoing across the state. Anyone interested in going to his/her regional training site is encouraged to contact the site the day prior and schedule so that the apprenticeship can manage crowd sizes and equipment availability. Several CCO tests are scheduled at the sites, so if you need to get the CCO test, contact your site to determine when the next test is going to be conducted.

With the unusual year we have been experiencing, one would think work hours would be down considerably, but as of the end of June, this year’s hours are only slightly down from the same time period last year. Road work should remain strong throughout 2020, as long as the weather cooperates. Building work across the state is down quite a bit from the past several years, and many of the building trade crafts are feeling the impact of no work.

The Stationary Division of Local 18 is beginning to return to pre-COVID times. Most of the membership has returned to their former positions with their respective companies. Gradually, work is increasing and returning to normal levels.

As we move forward, it is important to continue good health habits, such as hand washing, facemasks, and social distancing to keep the COVID-19 disease in check, and avoid rampant spreading throughout society once again.

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