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October 2, 2020
October 2020 Newsletter

REPORT TO THE MEMBERS

By Richard E. Dalton, Business Manager

With the official start of the fall season, leaves begin to turn colors, evenings become colder, and the days become shorter. These are the first signals that the summer work season will be winding down soon. Now it’s crunch time, as we like to call it. Contractors are gearing up to complete their projects before the weather turns ugly. Asphalt crews will be running hard before the asphalt plants shut down for the winter.

As we move toward fall, now would be an excellent time to get your flu shot before the flu season arrives. The Health and Welfare Fund has sent out Life Line screening cards for you and your spouse, so why not set up an appointment to get checked out at no cost to you? The fund will cover the expense for the screening.

If you have not been to the website in a while, check out the new look of the site. There is a vast array of information on the site for your convenience and usage. Also, install the mobile phone app to get all the latest news, including meeting reminders, your statewide agreements at a glance, H&W and pension summaries, plus much more.

2020 has proven to be an extraordinary and unique year with COVID-19, stay-at home orders, mask requirements, and social distancing, but through it all, Local 18 members have been on the job taking care of business. You should be commended for your dedication to providing a service to the citizens of Ohio and Kentucky.

Work has been decent this year, with work hours only slightly down from the same time frame last year. We should be somewhat over 15 million work hours this fiscal year, which is up from our normal years gone by. This shows that organizing pays off! Bringing in new contractors does offer more opportunities for the membership. We must organize to remain a healthy organization and continue to grow; otherwise, the organization would become stagnant, and as contractors go by the wayside, we would die on the vine. The Organizers, as well as the Business Representatives, are doing an excellent job working together to grow this great organization. If you know of a contractor that may be right for organizing, call the district office and let them know.

The equipment shops saw some layoffs during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, but most members have returned to work. Negotiations with the shops have been busy the past few months, and the members see a fair wage increase with the new contracts. Skyworks has added a Cleveland shop to our group of equipment dealers and is adding to the workforce.

The Stationary Department has seen its ups and downs with layoffs this year. In Cleveland, one of the major hotels has shut down, and the other is down to a skeleton crew due to the lack of tourism. The hotel industry projects tourism will not return to normal levels until sometime next summer. Government centers are down to minimal crew size as government employees continue to work from home for the time being. Other stationary industry jobs continue to work as usual, including Fresh Mark Foods, Anheuser-Busch, and Hepner Filters to name a few.

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