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i n t e r n at i o n a l<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong><br />

WWW.IUOE.ORG • WINTER <strong>2014</strong><br />

Work Heating Up<br />

Northeast natural gas expansion<br />

fuels jobs and training

i n t e r n at i o n a l<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong><br />

<strong>Winter</strong> <strong>2014</strong> • Volume 157, No. 1<br />

Brian E. Hickey, Editor<br />

Jay C. Lederer, Managing Editor<br />

10 Keystone XL Awaits Final Decision<br />

Gulf Coast segment complete, begins operations<br />

12 Right-to-Work Battles Spread<br />

New fights spring up across state, national borders<br />

14 Pipe Dreams Can Come True<br />

Jobs and training come to Connecticut local<br />

22 Canadian Local Invited to Asia<br />

British Columbia Trade Mission Includes IUOE<br />

Departments<br />

05 From the General President<br />

06 Education & Training<br />

18 Healthcare<br />

18 HAZMAT<br />

20 Local Spotlight<br />

24 GEB Minutes<br />

28 In Memorium<br />

[cover] A multi-billion dollar natural gas expansion in<br />

Connecticut is fueling more jobs and specialized pipeline<br />

training for IUOE Local 478 members.<br />

[photo] Sean Gallup/Getty Images News<br />

[right] The first pilings of a new span that will replace the<br />

existing Tappan Zee Bridge have been placed in the icy waters<br />

of the Hudson River in New York.<br />

[photo] EarthCam<br />

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James T. Callahan, General President<br />

Brian E. Hickey, General Secretary-Treasurer<br />

William C. Waggoner, First Vice President<br />

Patrick L. Sink, Second Vice President<br />

Jerry Kalmar, Third Vice President<br />

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Daren Konopaski, Eighth Vice President<br />

Michael Gallagher, Ninth Vice President<br />

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Terrance E. McGowan, Eleventh Vice President<br />

Louis G. Rasetta, Twelfth Vice President<br />

Mark Maierle, Thirteenth Vice President<br />

Randy Griffin, Fourteenth Vice President<br />

trustees<br />

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From the General President<br />

[James T. Callahan]<br />

Opportunities on the Road Ahead<br />

Proactive engagement will define success<br />

A NEW YEAR has begun, full<br />

of promise and opportunity. The<br />

economy has shown signs of life as we<br />

prepare to put this long term recession<br />

in the construction industry behind<br />

us. A productive summer gave back<br />

some of the gains towards the end<br />

of the year, as we slid back to double<br />

digit unemployment in the industry.<br />

However, bright spots abound with<br />

solid membership gains in many<br />

regions of the International. I’m<br />

cautiously optimistic that work will<br />

pick up across the board in the second<br />

quarter of this year.<br />

One of these bright spots has been in<br />

oil and gas pipeline work. The recently<br />

completed Gulf Coast segment of the<br />

Keystone XL Pipeline resulted in over<br />

2 million hours of work for <strong>Operating</strong><br />

<strong>Engineer</strong>s. A decision on building the<br />

Northern segment is still pending, but<br />

a recent environmental assessment<br />

issued by the State Department<br />

gives us hope that it will be approved<br />

this spring. Pipeline projects of all<br />

kinds will benefit from a new, three<br />

year National Pipeline Agreement<br />

negotiated between IUOE and the<br />

Pipe Line Contractors Association last<br />

month.<br />

As we emerge from the recession,<br />

we are still facing well funded and<br />

coordinated attacks on our collective<br />

bargaining rights. Capturing<br />

employment gains and defeating<br />

external threats means standing united<br />

with the other trades. To that end, the<br />

IUOE has re-affiliated with the Building<br />

& Construction Trades Department as<br />

of the beginning of the year. Raising<br />

our collective voice and acting with<br />

common purpose will benefit not<br />

only our members, but all union<br />

construction tradesmen throughout<br />

the U.S. and Canada.<br />

If the downturn has taught us<br />

anything, it’s to not pine over the<br />

current predicament, but to prepare<br />

and position ourselves to capture as<br />

many jobs as possible for <strong>Operating</strong><br />

<strong>Engineer</strong>s as demand for our highly<br />

skilled members increases. In that vein,<br />

I want to underscore the International’s<br />

role in assisting all local unions<br />

whenever possible, understanding that<br />

one size does not fit all.<br />

First and foremost, we will rise and<br />

fight alongside any state or provincial<br />

local that comes under attack by socalled<br />

“right to work” legislation or<br />

similar threats to the rights of <strong>Operating</strong><br />

<strong>Engineer</strong>s. Several state legislatures<br />

and the Ontario provincial government<br />

are moving in this direction right now.<br />

In addition, the mid-term federal<br />

elections this November could see<br />

an influx of lawmakers to Congress<br />

who would further advance an antiworker<br />

agenda. We will never be<br />

able to match the deep pockets of<br />

corporate political funding, but we can<br />

overcome it through member action. It<br />

is critically important that we engage<br />

in these political battles and that every<br />

member carry the union’s message to<br />

co-workers, families and friends.<br />

Second, we are moving forward<br />

with a comprehensive effort to gain<br />

market share in the South. Industry<br />

analysts believe that the Gulf Coast<br />

region is poised to see investment and<br />

development in the oil and gas sector<br />

as high as $190 billion over the next<br />

10 years. Industry heads have voiced<br />

concerns with the mega-contractors<br />

over their ability to meet the future<br />

demand for qualified workers.<br />

To address this, we must make a<br />

commitment to train more individuals<br />

and show them what the union<br />

advantage has to offer. Planning is<br />

underway to build a National Training<br />

Center based in the South to capture<br />

the work that we have traditionally<br />

enjoyed in other regions—notably<br />

Crane, Stationary, Heavy Highway, and<br />

Petrochemical. In turn, high quality<br />

training will serve as a foundation for<br />

an all out Southern organizing effort.<br />

There have been numerous<br />

inquiries from union crane and heavy<br />

equipment vendors who are interested<br />

in participating with us. They see the<br />

potential of shaping policy and safety<br />

regulations nationally with such a<br />

partnership.<br />

Some may say that these are lofty<br />

reaches and that it has the potential of<br />

becoming a white elephant. I believe<br />

that whether the Gulf Coast takes<br />

off as predicted or not, the potential<br />

to increase our market share in the<br />

Southern part of this country begins<br />

with training and is too important to let<br />

such an opportunity pass us by.<br />

Our union is poised to make solid<br />

gains in the coming year. We will be<br />

proactive instead of reactive; and we<br />

won’t shy away from a fight when<br />

warranted. Solidarity is the hallmark<br />

of the <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s and<br />

standing shoulder to shoulder with<br />

other building trades will benefit all<br />

members—past, present and future—<br />

as we pursue these new opportunities.<br />

Work safe and have a prosperous<br />

new year.<br />

WINTER <strong>2014</strong> 5

Education & Training<br />

Training Instructors Come Together<br />

for Crane Curriculum Review<br />


a crane curriculum review and rollout for 65 Training<br />

Administrators and Instructors in January at the Maritime<br />

Institute Conference Center in Linthicum, Maryland. The<br />

review included statements from many of the subject<br />

matter experts that helped design and guide this project to<br />

completion.<br />

Also included was a synopsis of the 31 modules in the<br />

new crane training instructor manual, with a snapshot of the<br />

31 power point presentations, including almost 1100 slides,<br />

many with embedded videos for the classroom. This new<br />

curriculum, which took approximately a year and a half to<br />

complete, met with the group’s approval and many requests<br />

for order information.<br />

IUOE Training Directors and Instructors who are<br />

interested in ordering copies of the manual can contact Steve<br />

Brown at (202) 778-2665 or sbrown@iuoe.org<br />

Stationary <strong>Engineer</strong>s Helping to Develop New National Skills<br />

Standards for Energy Management<br />


working with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to<br />

address new national energy management skill standards.<br />

IUOE training, including the NTF’s Energy Conservation<br />

curriculum, helps members develop state-of-the-art craft<br />

skills. In turn, IUOE Stationary <strong>Engineer</strong>s play a pivotal role<br />

in implementing energy management programs.<br />

IUOE members already have a tremendous impact<br />

on facility energy management as part of their day to<br />

day responsibilities and their craft skills will increase in<br />

importance as new technologies and work processes are<br />

implemented. The NTF is committed to maintaining the<br />

highest quality standards in the expected expansion of both<br />

training and certification activity for energy conservation.<br />

The DOE is currently working with the National Institute<br />

of Building Sciences on a project called “Better Buildings<br />

Workforce Guidelines.” The IUOE is represented on the<br />

project’s Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council<br />

Board of Advisors by Stationary Department Director Russell<br />

Duke.<br />

Several IUOE Stationary <strong>Engineer</strong>s are also helping to<br />

ensure the union’s voice is heard in setting national skill<br />

standards, by serving as industry practitioner subject matter<br />

experts or alternates. They are participating in a formal<br />

process called job task analysis which will describe in detail<br />

the essential skills needed for energy-related job categories.<br />

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Training Standard Project Puts Instructors Through the Paces<br />

A TRAINING STANDARD PROJECT (TSP) administration<br />

and evaluator training class was held at the Southern<br />

Apprenticeship Training site in Memphis, TN this past<br />

September. Twelve IUOE and Job Corps Instructors<br />

participated in the three day class. Instructors represented<br />

Locals 624, 513, 627, 3, 320, 841, 649, 627, 66, and 181.<br />

The training covered how to properly administer a TSP<br />

checklist on tasks performed with the excavator, backhoe,<br />

dozer, grader, loader, and scraper.<br />

Actual demonstrations with the equipment helped<br />

participants practice mock evaluations of an operator’s skill<br />

level in performing the task with the piece of equipment.<br />

WINTER <strong>2014</strong> 7

Healthcare<br />

Your Health: 20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors<br />

Learn about<br />

your condition<br />

and treatments<br />

by asking your<br />

doctor and<br />

nurse and by<br />

using other<br />

reliable sources.<br />

SADLY, MEDICAL ERRORS can occur anywhere in the<br />

health care system: In hospitals, clinics, surgery centers,<br />

doctors’ offices, nursing homes, pharmacies, and patients’<br />

homes. Errors can involve medicines, surgery, diagnosis,<br />

equipment, or lab reports. Errors also happen when doctors<br />

and patients have problems communicating. The best way<br />

you can help to prevent errors is taking part in every decision<br />

about your health care. These tips tell what you can do to get<br />

safer care.<br />

Medicines<br />

1. Make sure that all of your doctors know about every<br />

medicine you are taking. This includes prescription<br />

and over-the-counter medicines and dietary<br />

supplements, such as vitamins and herbs.2<br />

2. Bring all of your medicines and supplements to your<br />

doctor visits. Talk about them and find out if there are<br />

any problems. It can also help your doctor keep your<br />

records up to date and help you get better quality<br />

care.<br />

3. Make sure your doctor knows about any allergies and<br />

adverse reactions you have had to medicines. This<br />

can help you to avoid getting a medicine that could<br />

harm you.<br />

4. When your doctor writes a prescription for you, make<br />

sure you can read it. If you cannot read your doctor’s<br />

handwriting, your pharmacist might not be able to<br />

either.<br />

5. Ask for information about your medicines in terms<br />

you can understand—both when your medicines are<br />

prescribed and when you get them:<br />

• What is the medicine for?<br />

• What side effects are likely? What do I do if they<br />

occur?<br />

• Is this medicine safe to take with other medicines<br />

or dietary supplements I am taking?<br />

• What food, drink, or activities should I avoid<br />

while taking this medicine?<br />

6. When you pick up your medicine from the pharmacy,<br />

ask: “Is this the medicine that my doctor prescribed?”<br />

7. If you have any questions about the directions on<br />

your medicine labels, ask.<br />

8. Ask your pharmacist for the best device to measure<br />

your liquid medicine.<br />

9. Ask for written information about the side effects<br />

your medicine could cause. If you know what might<br />

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happen, you will be better prepared if it does or if<br />

something unexpected happens.<br />

Hospital Stays<br />

10. Ask all health care workers who will touch you<br />

whether they have washed their hands. Handwashing<br />

can prevent the spread of infections in hospitals.<br />

11. When leaving the hospital, ask your doctor to<br />

explain the treatment plan you will follow at home.<br />

This includes learning about your new medicines,<br />

making sure you know when to schedule follow-up<br />

appointments, and finding out when you can get back<br />

to your regular activities.<br />

Surgery<br />

12. If you are having surgery, make sure that you, your<br />

doctor, and your surgeon all agree on exactly what<br />

will be done.<br />

13. If you have a choice, choose a hospital where many<br />

patients have had the procedure or surgery you<br />

need. Patients tend to have better results when they<br />

are treated in hospitals that have a great deal of<br />

experience with their condition.<br />

Other Steps<br />

14. Speak up if you have questions or concerns. You have<br />

a right to question anyone who is involved with your<br />

care.<br />

15. Make sure that someone, such as your primary care<br />

doctor, coordinates your care. This is especially<br />

important if you have many health problems or are<br />

in the hospital.<br />

16. Make sure that all your doctors have your important<br />

health information. Do not assume that everyone has<br />

all the information they need.<br />

17. Ask a family member or friend to go to appointments<br />

with you. Even if you do not need help now, you might<br />

need it later.<br />

18. Know that “more” is not always better. It is a good<br />

idea to find out why a test or treatment is needed and<br />

how it can help you. You could be better off without it.<br />

19. If you have a test, do not assume that no news is good<br />

news. Ask how and when you will get the results.<br />

20. Learn about your condition and treatments by asking<br />

your doctor and nurse and by using other reliable<br />

sources.<br />

When you<br />

pick up your<br />

medicine from<br />

the pharmacy,<br />

ask: “Is this<br />

the medicine<br />

that my doctor<br />

prescribed?”<br />

WINTER <strong>2014</strong> 9

Politics & Legislation<br />

Keystone XL Gulf Coast Completed, Northern Leg Still Pending<br />


recently released a final environmental<br />

impact statement, the fifth one in five<br />

years, for the Keystone XL project, the<br />

1,179-mile northern leg that would<br />

stretch from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele<br />

City, Nebraska. The State Department<br />

conducts the environmental review<br />

and makes recommendations on a<br />

Presidential Permit for projects that<br />

cross international borders. In a<br />

previous review, the State Department<br />

called the Keystone XL its “preferred<br />

alternative,” stating that it’s a better<br />

environmental and economic option<br />

than other alternatives or even<br />

no project at all. The new study is<br />

consistent with past findings.<br />

In a statement, General President<br />

Callahan called on the Obama<br />

Administration to green light the<br />

project as soon as possible. “Thousands<br />

more skilled construction jobs—jobs<br />

that feed families, pay mortgages, send<br />

kids to college—hang in the balance of<br />

the President’s decision. Today, this<br />

decision just got easier. ”<br />

After earlier delays in the<br />

environmental review, TransCanada<br />

moved forward with the Gulf Coast<br />

segment of the project, which did not<br />

need a Presidential Permit. In January,<br />

the company began shipping crude<br />

oil through the recently completed<br />

segment. The Gulf Coast segment<br />

begins in Cushing, Oklahoma and<br />

extends south to Nederland, Texas.<br />

The construction of the 487-mile<br />

crude oil pipeline involved more than<br />

11 million hours of labor, including<br />

over 2 million hours of work performed<br />

by members of <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s<br />

Locals 178, 450 and 627. The Gulf Coast<br />

pipeline will have the initial capacity<br />

to transport 700,000 barrels per day<br />

with the potential to transport 830,000<br />

barrels per day to Gulf Coast refineries.<br />

In addition to the Keystone Gulf<br />

Coast segment, work has begun on<br />

the 48-mile Houston Lateral Project,<br />

which will transport oil to refineries<br />

in the Houston area. The final route of<br />

the Houston Lateral involves building<br />

a pipeline through the Texas counties<br />

of Liberty, Chambers and Harris to<br />

Houston’s refining center. <strong>Operating</strong><br />

<strong>Engineer</strong>s have already logged over<br />

200,000 hours on that project.<br />

Both pipelines are critical<br />

infrastructure projects for U.S. energy<br />

security and the American economy.<br />

Approval of the northern leg of the<br />

Keystone XL Pipeline has the potential<br />

to reduce the amount of oil the U.S.<br />

imports from Venezuela, the Middle<br />

East and other unstable regions of the<br />

world by up to 40 percent.<br />

U.S. crude oil production has been<br />

growing significantly in Oklahoma,<br />

Texas, North Dakota and Montana.<br />

Currently, producers do not have access<br />

to enough pipeline capacity to move<br />

their product to the large refineries<br />

along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Both projects<br />

will address this constraint.<br />

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U.S. Senate Races to Dominate <strong>2014</strong> Election Cycle<br />

CONTROL OF THE United<br />

States Senate hangs in the balance<br />

in the November elections. A<br />

spate of retirements by longtime<br />

Democratic Senators puts a number<br />

of highly vulnerable seats in play<br />

and jeopardizes the current 55-45<br />

majority held by the Democrats.<br />

Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA)<br />

Powerful Committee Chairmen,<br />

many of them close friends of the<br />

IUOE, are heading for retirement at<br />

the end of their terms, having had<br />

enough of the bitter partisanship that<br />

now characterizes American politics.<br />

After 30 years in the Senate,<br />

longtime champion of working people<br />

Tom Harkin of Iowa, Chairman of<br />

the Health, Education, Labor and<br />

Pensions Committee, will retire this<br />

year. General President Callahan<br />

thanked Chairman Harkin for his years<br />

of service. “Few elected officials have<br />

so proudly stood shoulder to shoulder<br />

with <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s to fight the<br />

good fight. Everyone knows where<br />

Tom Harkin stands on the bread-andbutter<br />

issues of working folks,” he said.<br />

Congressman Bruce Braley (D-<br />

IA) will attempt to fill the vacancy left<br />

by Harkin. He will face the winner<br />

of the multi-candidate Republican<br />

primary in November. Braley has<br />

been a fierce advocate for <strong>Operating</strong><br />

<strong>Engineer</strong>s since being elected to<br />

the House of Representatives in<br />

2006, consistently voting to uphold<br />

Project Labor Agreements, support<br />

Davis-Bacon prevailing wages,<br />

and to invest in rebuilding the<br />

country’s crumbling infrastructure.<br />

Carl Levin, Michigan’s Senior<br />

Senator and Chairman of the Armed<br />

Services Committee, will also retire<br />

after six terms. Another Congressman<br />

and staunch supporter of IUOE Local<br />

324 waits in the wings to replace him.<br />

Representative Gary Peters (D-MI),<br />

seeks to fill the vacancy created by the<br />

loss of one of the Senate’s giants. Peters<br />

knows that the middle class was built on<br />

the backs of hard-working Americans<br />

who play by the rules and that they are<br />

being squeezed by policies that favor<br />

millionaires and huge corporations.<br />

Peters is leading the fight against bad<br />

trade deals and working hard to restore<br />

the battered construction economy<br />

through investments in transportation,<br />

water and energy infrastructure.<br />

Other powerful Senate Committee<br />

Chairmen leaders are also choosing<br />

to retire this year: Jay Rockefeller, West<br />

Virginia’s Chairman of the Commerce,<br />

Science and Transportation Committee;<br />

Max Baucus, Chairman of Senate<br />

Finance Committee from Montana;<br />

and South Dakota’s Tim Johnson,<br />

Chairman of the Senate Banking,<br />

Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.<br />

A shift in power in the U.S Senate<br />

could see a slew of anti-worker<br />

legislation work its way through the<br />

chamber in coming years. Already,<br />

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell<br />

of Kentucky has signaled his desire<br />

to see a national Right to Work bill<br />

pass under his leadership, should<br />

the Republicans gain control.<br />

Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI)<br />


ACTION &<br />





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Right-to-Work (for less)<br />

New Battle Lines Are Drawn in Fight Over Worker Rights<br />

A NEW YEAR brings new legislative<br />

sessions, but an old foe is still targeting<br />

workers and their unions. IUOE<br />

locals in Ohio and Pennsylvania are<br />

continuing to battle against Right to<br />

Work supporters, while several other<br />

states have been marked for action by<br />

the American Legislative Exchange<br />

Council (ALEC) and the U.S. Chamber<br />

of Commerce. Workers in Missouri,<br />

Oregon and Anchorage, Alaska are<br />

under fire from anti-union, right-wing<br />

politicians bent on widening the huge<br />

wage gap between CEO’s and average<br />

employees.<br />

Unfortunately, corporate greed<br />

knows no bounds – not even<br />

international borders. In the US and<br />

Canada, anti-worker politicians are<br />

seeking to erode the basic workplace<br />

rights that employees have earned<br />

through negotiation over decades.<br />

Why? Anti-labor politicians are giving<br />

political payback to their billionaire<br />

financiers while dismantling Labor’s<br />

political power.<br />

The anti-labor, Tory conservatives in<br />

Canada are working to erode the Rand<br />

Formula (also known as automatic<br />

check-off) designed to protect against<br />

free riders – non-union employees<br />

who enjoy the benefits of membership<br />

without paying their fair share. (See<br />

related article on page 13)<br />

Conservatives say Right to<br />

Work is a worker freedom issue.<br />

Monte McNaughton, a provincial<br />

Conservative and labor critic from<br />

Ontario, Canada says “Our proposal<br />

is about worker choice. It is simply<br />

about the worker being able to choose<br />

whether they want to belong to a union<br />

and pay union dues or not.” Sound<br />

familiar? That’s because language<br />

similar to that is being used to move<br />

“workplace freedom” in Ohio.<br />

This is simply a race to the bottom<br />

for workers. In Anchorage, Alaska Local<br />

Ordinance 37 severely hamstrings the<br />

ability of public employees to bargain<br />

collectively. In Oregon, a citizen<br />

initiative there is designed to enact<br />

Right to Work on public employees and<br />

limit workers’ influence in politics.<br />

And in Missouri, anti-worker<br />

legislators have crafted a message<br />

around economic competition<br />

between states. They say the Show<br />

Me State will lose jobs to Michigan or<br />

Indiana, if they do not pass Right to<br />

Work legislation. When asked about<br />

the studies that prove wages are lower<br />

in Right to Work states, Missouri State<br />

Senator Ed Emory conceded, “sure<br />

they go down.” Makes you wonder who<br />

Senator Emory thinks he represents.<br />

Labor will never be able to match<br />

ALEC and the Chamber dollar for<br />

dollar in these fights. But what we lack<br />

in funding, we make up for in member<br />

action. The conversation has to move<br />

past meetings and the workplace. It<br />

needs to happen at the dinner table, in<br />

our communities, and at the ballot box.<br />

Whenever an opportunity appears, we<br />

must be ready to engage.<br />

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Could U.S. Style “Right to Work” Laws Come to Canada?<br />

WHITE ROCK M.P. Russ Hiebert’s<br />

Bill C-377 isn’t the only anti-worker<br />

legislation facing Canadian labour.<br />

There are strong indications that<br />

Conservatives want to bring U.S.-style<br />

‘right to work’ laws into Canada in the<br />

near future.<br />

Of course, the name is misleading.<br />

There’s nothing in these U.S. laws which<br />

guarantees or makes effort to improve<br />

or grow opportunities to work… only<br />

the right to avoid paying union dues for<br />

the services the organizations provide.<br />

which has been so important to trade<br />

union development in Canada.<br />

The ‘Rand Formula’ is an agreement<br />

between employers and unions that<br />

was put in place in Canada shortly<br />

after the 2nd World War. Following a<br />

bitter and lengthy auto industry strike<br />

in Windsor Ontario in 1946, Supreme<br />

Court of Canada Justice Ivan Rand<br />

established mandatory dues check-off<br />

as part of an arbitrated settlement. The<br />

‘Formula’ was subsequently adopted in<br />

all provinces, and has been a valuable<br />

cornerstone of Canadian labour law<br />

ever since.<br />

Rand rightly argued that collective<br />

bargaining, grievance handling,<br />

benefits administration, pension<br />

administration, and training is of<br />

benefit to all members of a union,<br />

added to higher wages and workplace<br />

representation. Rand therefore<br />

concluded that it’s only fair and<br />

reasonable for all union members<br />

to pay for these services which all<br />

members benefit from. His decision<br />

ultimately directed that employers<br />

must deduct union dues from each<br />

paycheck and remit those funds to the<br />

union to keep the agreements in place<br />

and the union functions viable.<br />

Imagine what trade unions and<br />

unionized workplaces would be like if<br />

this well established mandatory dues<br />

check off formula was eliminated.<br />

All union members would<br />

continue to benefit from the collective<br />

agreement—but individual members<br />

would be free to decide whether or<br />

not they pay dues. Obviously some<br />

members would decide not to pay<br />

(discreetly or openly, with or without<br />

any valid reason).<br />

That in turn would create “free<br />

riders” who would continue to benefit<br />

personally from the union contract<br />

without having to pay for it, while<br />

unions would still have an expensive<br />

obligation to represent and provide for<br />

all members, paid-up or not. Imagine<br />

the tension, conflict, and financial<br />

stress this would create in unions and<br />

workplaces. Members still paying dues<br />

would greatly resent those choosing<br />

not to, or simply join them.<br />

Both Ottawa area Conservative<br />

Eliminating the Rand Formula<br />

Minister Pierre Poilivere and Ontario’s<br />

is a deliberate recipe for conflict in<br />

provincial Conservative Leader The Rand decision basically says the workplace, disputes amongst<br />

Tim Hudak have recently expressed<br />

support for legislation to do away with<br />

that all members of a trade union<br />

should pay dues in exchange for the<br />

employees, and severe weakening or<br />

failure of their unions.<br />

mandatory dues check-off in Canada. services it recognizes that members<br />

They want to scrap the ‘Rand Formula’ receive from their trade union.<br />

Article: Kevin Willemse/IUOE Local 115<br />

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Pipe Dreams Can Come True<br />

Work in the political trenches pays off for <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s<br />

14<br />


Feature<br />

IN THE ICY DEPTHS of another New England winter,<br />

residents of Connecticut have peace of mind knowing that<br />

relief is on the way. That relief, besides the change of seasons,<br />

will be spearheaded by the men and women of IUOE Local<br />

478 as they trench and set enough new natural gas pipeline to<br />

connect over 300,000 homes and 75% of the state’s businesses<br />

to a cheaper and cleaner alternative to heating oil. The work<br />

is part of an estimated $7 billion home heating expansion<br />

championed by Governor Dannel Malloy, but supported<br />

from the very beginning by the <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s.<br />

Connecticut is home to Local 478, a 100 year old hoisting<br />

and portable local that has seen the pendulum of history<br />

swing between tremendous prosperity and economic<br />

distress. From the Great Depression of the 1930’s through<br />

the Great Recession of the past decade, Local 478 operating<br />

engineers have overcome adversity by taking whatever steps<br />

were necessary to reinvent themselves and their trade.<br />

When the recession hit in 2008, Connecticut was already<br />

in the midst of a jobs crisis as the State’s once strong<br />

manufacturing based economy was on life support. Many<br />

economists predicted that just as the Northeast was the first<br />

region hit by the recession; it would also be the last to recover.<br />

That made the saying “Find something else to do until 2022”<br />

ring true when it came to Connecticut’s heavy construction<br />

industry. Despite this dire prediction, Local 478 operators<br />

had three characteristics which had seen them through<br />

difficult times in the past. They had an active political<br />

program, a formidable new business organizing strategy and<br />

an unwavering commitment to training and retraining their<br />

members. As long as the Local kept those three objectives at<br />

the forefront, their chances of beating the odds were good.<br />

Opportunity knocked in 2010 when the Local met with<br />

then gubernatorial candidate Dannel Malloy and they seized<br />

it. Malloy was already well known to the Local as Mayor of<br />

the City of Stamford, where he had helped create thousands<br />

of new jobs and obtained more than $90 million in Federal<br />

and State funding for public construction projects. But there<br />

was more. Malloy had substantive policy papers detailing<br />

his plans to increase construction jobs by redeveloping the<br />

State’s university campuses, improving and expanding the<br />

State’s roads and bridges, and laying hundreds of miles of<br />

[left] Local 478 members practice manuvering sidebooms as part<br />

of the Pipeline Training Program.<br />

[photo] IUOE Local 478<br />

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pipelines to bring natural gas from shale<br />

plays in other states into Connecticut.<br />

Local 478 now had a gubernatorial<br />

candidate with a proven track record<br />

and innovative ideas to get behind and<br />

they went to work. During the campaign,<br />

Local 478 members phone banked,<br />

precinct walked and door knocked tens<br />

of thousands of Connecticut voters.<br />

The Connecticut AFL-CIO stated that<br />

Local 478 put in more campaign hours<br />

than any other local union in the state.<br />

In fact, they put in more political hours<br />

than all the other local unions put<br />

together.<br />

As soon as Dan Malloy was sworn<br />

in as Connecticut’s Governor, he<br />

began working in conjunction with the<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s on a number of<br />

his proposals including the $2 billion,<br />

10 year expansion of the UConn<br />

Campuses, rebuilding the State’s roads<br />

and bridges and, the crown jewel<br />

of his public construction plan, the<br />

Governor’s Comprehensive Energy<br />

Strategy. The plan would require<br />

constructing new transmission and<br />

distribution pipelines that would allow<br />

more than 300,000 homes and 75% of<br />

that State’s businesses to convert to<br />

natural gas for their energy needs.<br />

Still, the Connecticut Legislature<br />

needed to be convinced on the merits of<br />

the energy plan. So Local 478 Business<br />

Manager Craig Metz and COPE Director<br />

Nate Brown reached out to the gas<br />

utilities and joined forces with them<br />

to push the Governor’s energy plan<br />

through. The successful lobbying efforts<br />

by both the union and the utilities went<br />

on into the final hours of the legislative<br />

session. In the process, Local 478 hit<br />

its second objective of finding new<br />

business since the big three gas utilities<br />

were now in a solid alliance with the<br />

union.<br />

Through it all, the Local’s biggest<br />

challenge remained their ability to train<br />

and deliver enough operating engineers<br />

with pipelining skills to meet the<br />

manpower that was going to be needed.<br />

The best way for that to happen was for<br />

the International to send the National<br />

Pipeline Training Program instructors<br />

to Connecticut to teach their intensive,<br />

three-week program. With the<br />

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[top] Local 478 members taking part in the Pipeline Training Program show off their new<br />

skills to members of the media and invited guests.<br />

[below, left] IUOE General President Callahan and Local 478 Business Manager Craig Metz<br />

stand with local members, pipeline trainers and union staff at the training facility.<br />

[below, right] Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy spoke at the press conference.<br />

[photos] IUOE Local 478<br />

support of IUOE General President<br />

Callahan, Pipeline Training Director<br />

Mike Gavlock and his staff conducted<br />

two back-to-back pipeline training<br />

programs. Participants completed<br />

rigorous training on the sideboom, the<br />

angle dozer and the backhoe.<br />

During the first training session,<br />

Local 478 hosted a pipeline training<br />

showcase and press conference.<br />

Business Manager Craig Metz<br />

introduced General President Callahan<br />

and Governor Malloy who touted the<br />

benefits of natural gas and praised<br />

the union for their foresight and<br />

commitment to producing the nation’s<br />

best trained pipeline builders.<br />

General President Callahan<br />

assured the Governor of the IUOE’s<br />

commitment. “If this work is so<br />

plentiful, we’ll make sure that you have<br />

the best trained people to complete<br />

the job.” Callahan’s assurance that the<br />

International and Local 478 would<br />

ensure that Connecticut’s pipelines<br />

were built right, built safe and built to last<br />

was applauded by Connecticut DEEP<br />

Commissioner Daniel Esty, Connecticut<br />

AFL-CIO President Lori Pelletier, State<br />

Senator Dante Bartolomeo and State<br />

Representative Lonnie Reed who were<br />

also in attendance.<br />

Following the press conference, over<br />

100 attendees including elected officials,<br />

utility company representatives<br />

and pipeline contractors got to see<br />

a demonstration of IUOE pipeline<br />

training instructors and their students<br />

performing hands-on, in-theseat<br />

practical training as Local 478<br />

operating engineers began laying a new<br />

foundation for Connecticut’s energy<br />

future.<br />

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HAZMAT<br />

Local Union Instructors Achieve OSHA Master Trainer<br />

and Safety and Health Specialist Certificates<br />

WHY WOULD INSTRUCTORS pursue OSHA recognitions that require a minimum of 160 hours of training? Because<br />

these recognitions validate a high level of professional development that enables instructors to meet changes in workforce<br />

requirements and the needs of working safety professionals. The OSHA Certificate program provides instructors with a solid<br />

background in OSHA regulatory compliance requirements and complex occupational safety and health issues. This program<br />

has been designed by experienced safety and health professionals and includes training in key areas. Core courses give a<br />

strong foundation in the fundamentals of occupational safety and health. Elective courses enable instructors to focus on the<br />

specialized needs of their workplace.<br />

The IUOE NTF’s National HAZMAT Program<br />

congratulates the following 8 IUOE instructors who<br />

have recently achieved the OSHA Master Trainer<br />

Status from West Virginia University’s National<br />

Resource Center for OSHA Training.<br />

• Keith Adolf, Local Union 825<br />

• Bobby Barwick, Turner Job Corps<br />

• Hamona Dowell, Local Union 3<br />

• Kenneth Keirn, Local Union 158<br />

• Rodney Piper, Local Union 825<br />

• William Selzer, Local Union 181<br />

• Hugh Snow, Local Union 4<br />

• Darryl Wagler, Atterbury Job Corps<br />

The National HAZMAT Program also congratulates<br />

the following 3 IUOE instructors who have recently<br />

achieved the OSHA Safety and Health Specialist<br />

Certificate from West Virginia University’s National<br />

Resource Center for OSHA Training. These instructors<br />

may now choose to attend the Teaching Techniques –<br />

Beginner course, an additional 32 hours of training to<br />

earn the OSHA Master Trainer Status.<br />

• Kerry McCormack, Local Union 4<br />

• Sam Redden, Local Union 99<br />

• Henry Simms, Local Union 501<br />

IUOE instructors may refer to the HAZMAT Health and Safety Community for instructors on Blackboard for more information<br />

on the OSHA Safety and Health Specialist Certificate and the OSHA Master Trainer Status. Instructors may also contact the<br />

National HAZMAT Program at (304) 253-8674 or hazmat@iuoehazmat.org with questions.<br />

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National HAZMAT Program <strong>2014</strong> Trainer Course Schedule<br />

THE <strong>2014</strong> TRAINER COURSES are designed to meet instructors’ needs, maintain instructor credentials, and expand the<br />

instructors’ skills and knowledge to meet the changing requirements of the local unions’ membership. The following trainer<br />

courses are scheduled for <strong>2014</strong>.<br />

*Dates and courses are subject to change.<br />

Packets with complete information are being sent to Business Managers, Training Directors and Instructors with additional<br />

information including how to apply for a class and class location.<br />

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Local Spotlight<br />

Local 37 Dedicates New Headquarters in Baltimore County<br />


<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s Local 37 recently<br />

opened a new home located in<br />

Dundalk, Maryland. The ceremony<br />

was attended by a slew of local<br />

politicians, as well as many members<br />

of the Union’s executive board,<br />

including Joseph F. Shanahan, Robert<br />

A. Holsey, Jr. and Charles E. McGee,<br />

Jr. Local 37 represents approximately<br />

1,800 members.<br />

Baltimore County Executive Kevin<br />

Kamenetz opened the event by praising<br />

the union’s decision to relocate to<br />

Dundalk.<br />

“It’s good to have Local 37 here in<br />

Baltimore County,” Kamenetz said.<br />

“This is a great move for the union<br />

...and obviously the role that they will<br />

play in the community is exemplified<br />

by the turnout of elected officials,<br />

because we do value your presence.”<br />

Kamenetz followed his speech<br />

by presenting an Executive Citation<br />

commending Local 37 for over 113<br />

years’ worth of work.<br />

‘’The International Union of<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s has served as a<br />

valuable advocate for operating and<br />

stationary engineers, significantly<br />

enhancing the quality of Life for<br />

‘families throughout Baltimore County<br />

and the state of Maryland’ Kamenetz<br />

said. “Your commitment to protecting<br />

the rights of Maryland’s workers<br />

should be a source of great pride for<br />

your organization.”<br />

[above] Local 37 leaders and elected officials cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the new<br />

headquarters building in Dundalk, MD. [photo] IUOE Local 37<br />

Shanahan dedicated the new building<br />

to Ronald Buchholz, Jr., a member who<br />

died in 2012, from injuries incurred in<br />

an automobile accident.<br />

Buchholz rose up the ranks of the<br />

union in an extremely short amount<br />

of time, becoming the vice president<br />

in approximately seven years’ time.<br />

According to Shanahan, he was a<br />

beloved member of the union who had<br />

a future as bright as any.<br />

“Ronnie’s death has affected<br />

everyone differently, and we all have<br />

fond memories of our time with him,<br />

and each grieves in a different manner,”<br />

said Shanahan. “It is for that reason the<br />

sitting officers and our executive board<br />

and members have come together in<br />

wishing to honor Ron’s life.”<br />

A plague has been placed outside of<br />

the new home for Local37. “We wanted<br />

to put this plaque up so that everyone<br />

who comes in here knows about<br />

Ron Buchholz,” Shanahan said. The<br />

dedication was followed by a moment<br />

of silence in honor of Ron’s life.<br />

Joseph Shanahan, Local 37’s<br />

Business Manager and International<br />

Trustee, then had an opportunity to<br />

speak, saying that the day marked<br />

another milestone for an already<br />

storied union.<br />

After the ribbon was cut to signify<br />

the official opening of the building,<br />


Virginia Treacy: Dedicated Trade Unionist Calls it a Career<br />

BORN AND RAISED in the Bronx,<br />

the eldest of five siblings, in what<br />

she calls a traditional Irish/Italian<br />

household; Virginia “Ginny” Treacy<br />

wanted to be a nurse since reading her<br />

Nurse Nancy, Golden Book as a little<br />

girl. She pursued that dream graduating<br />

from the Beth Israel Medical School of<br />

Nursing in Manhattan in 1971.<br />

Ginny loved working with patients,<br />

but she soon realized fighting for<br />

fair wages, benefits, and working<br />

conditions for nurses would help<br />

elevate patient care. Nurses took care<br />

of patients and patients’ families, but<br />

who was taking care of the nurses? In<br />

her early days, Ginny realized nurses’<br />

awareness to issues beyond patient<br />

care was non-existent; nurses felt<br />

powerless in the face of management<br />

and/or physicians.<br />

After several years as a practicing<br />

RN at several New York /New Jersey<br />

hospitals, Ginny realized that<br />

organizing nurses at the facilities in<br />

which they worked was the only way<br />

for nurses to gain equitable treatment<br />

in the workplace. Her first effort as the<br />

internal organizing chairperson in the<br />

hospital where she worked resulted in<br />

an election loss but a new job as a labor<br />

representative for JNESO the labor<br />

division of the New Jersey State Nurses<br />

Association (NJSNA).<br />

Meanwhile, in the larger context<br />

the professional landscape for nurses<br />

was changing. In 1968, nurses began<br />

organizing in the public sector. In<br />

1974, there was a change to the law,<br />

the National Labor Relations Act<br />

that allowed private sector nurses to<br />

organize in their workplaces. Nurses<br />

and healthcare workers realized their<br />

collective voice was louder than<br />

speaking alone and soon nurses at<br />

facilities began exercising their rights.<br />

Ginny found her way into the Labor<br />

movement in 1977. She became the<br />

Executive Director at JNESO in 1980.<br />

In 1985, she led her membership, at the<br />

time 2,300 Registered Nurses, out of the<br />

NJSNA and started the independent<br />

professional health care union, JNESO.<br />

Ginny had cut her teeth negotiating<br />

several contracts and strikes and gained<br />

a fierce reputation with members, and<br />

management alike, for negotiating a<br />

tough but fair contract.<br />

In 1992 under Ginny’s leadership,<br />

JNESO members voted overwhelmingly<br />

to affiliate with the International Union<br />

of <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s becoming<br />

JNESO District Council 1-IUOE-AFL-<br />

CIO with a multi-state jurisdiction.<br />

Currently the District Council<br />

represents just over 5,000 RNs, LPNs,<br />

and professional/ technical members<br />

in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.<br />

A firm believer in educating<br />

membership, Ginny credits her<br />

Executive Board, Local Leaders,<br />

members, and staff for their zealous<br />

devotion to the Labor movement as the<br />

main ingredient to JNESO’s successes.<br />

Over the past 37 years, Ginny’s<br />

position at JNESO has evolved from<br />

her traditional duties of organizing,<br />

negotiating, and representing<br />

members to include varied educational<br />

presentations from assertive behavior<br />

workshops to steward and advanced<br />

steward training. Ginny has often<br />

expressed the belief that working for<br />

JNESO has been “nursing” on a slightly<br />

larger scale. Like the health care<br />

professionals we represent, trying to<br />

make life better, optimizing our quality<br />

of life while taking care of business.<br />

Ginny is married and is the proud<br />

mother of two adult daughters. She<br />

is a loving mother-in-law and the<br />

proud grandmother of 17 month old,<br />

Kylie. When not working she can be<br />

found on the golf course in any kind<br />

of weather or planning her next golf<br />

excursion. Although Ginny is retiring,<br />

she will remain available for advice<br />

and guidance and for special projects<br />

and educational programs in the years<br />

ahead. Ginny looks forward to spending<br />

quality time with her granddaughter<br />

Kylie and spending more time on the<br />

golf course.<br />

[above] Virginia Treacy, Executive Director<br />

JNESO-District Council 1, IUOE [below]<br />

Treacy in 1971 upon graduating from<br />

nursing school. [article & photos] JNESO-<br />

District Council 1<br />

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Canadian News<br />

Cochrane Part of Official BC Jobs and Trade Mission to Asia<br />

IN A SIGN of respect for the strong<br />

advocacy role played by IUOE Local<br />

115 on behalf of its members, Business<br />

Manager Brian Cochrane was invited by<br />

the province’s Premier, Christy Clark,<br />

on a recent Jobs and Trade Mission to<br />

China, Korea and Japan.<br />

Local 115 has been a strong critic<br />

of Clark’s right-of-center BC Liberal<br />

government on important issues like<br />

unemployment and workers’ rights,<br />

but also recognizes that obtaining<br />

needed investment to create jobs is best<br />

of jobs available to IUOE Local 115<br />

members,” says Cochrane. “We<br />

will work with local, provincial or<br />

national governments who respect our<br />

members’ interests and we will put<br />

aside differences to reach common<br />

goals of mutual benefit.”<br />

The government estimates that up<br />

to 70,000 jobs could be created through<br />

LNG exports, many of them in LNG<br />

plant construction.<br />

It is telling that Cochrane has also<br />

country to BC while denying jobs to any<br />

qualified Canadians who applied.<br />

While the Court case was not<br />

successful in overturning Temporary<br />

Foreign Workers permits, IUOE Local<br />

115 and building trades unions won the<br />

most important battle – in the court of<br />

public opinion, Cochrane said, which<br />

forced government to make positive<br />

improvements to the program.<br />

“IUOE Local 115 will continue to<br />

monitor the Temporary Foreign Worker<br />

Program and take action to protect our<br />

members’ jobs,” said Cochrane.<br />

The new role being played by IUOE<br />

Local 115 is an indication that effective<br />

public advocacy by the union is being<br />

noticed and that the importance of<br />

IUOE Local 115 as a key source of skilled<br />

workers for key resource sector jobs is<br />

being recognized.<br />

[L to R] Brian Cochrane (Business Manager, IUOE Local 115), Lee Loftus (President, BC<br />

Building Trades), Christy Clark (Premier of British Columbia), Tom Sigurdson (Executive<br />

Director, BC Building Trades), Glen Hilton (Business Manager, IBEW Local 993)<br />

achieved when labour, business and<br />

government can find agreement.<br />

So Cochrane joined other private<br />

sector labour leaders, business<br />

representatives and government<br />

cabinet minsters to support Premier<br />

Clark’s efforts to bring new jobs to<br />

British Columbia through investment in<br />

natural resource extraction, especially<br />

Liquified Natural Gas exports.<br />

“Our union’s most important role<br />

is to protect and increase the number<br />

played a prominent role in challenging<br />

Canada’s use of Temporary Foreign<br />

Workers from China to develop coal<br />

mining projects in northern British<br />

Columbia.<br />

Last year Canada’s Conservative<br />

Prime Minister Stephen Harper<br />

changed the Temporary Foreign Worker<br />

Program to end abuses after IUOE Local<br />

115 and other unions went to Federal<br />

Court to fight a government decision<br />

allowing HD Mining – a Chineseowned<br />

firm – to bring workers from that<br />

“<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s are<br />

acknowledged leaders in training<br />

workers for skilled jobs across North<br />

America,” Cochrane said. “Our union<br />

can help employers and governments<br />

meet labor market needs but there has<br />

to be support for our members and<br />

unionized jobs at the end of that process<br />

or it doesn’t work.”<br />

Cochrane says participating in BC<br />

Premier Clark’s Asian mission helped<br />

both the government, employers<br />

and IUOE Local 115 members, by<br />

showing potential investors that<br />

despite differences, all parties can work<br />

together to create jobs.<br />

“The previous Premier either<br />

attacked or ignored our union – we are<br />

still here and he is long gone,” Cochrane<br />

said. “We will work in good faith with<br />

governments of any political stripe so<br />

long as they respect our union and our<br />

members – that’s a bottom line that will<br />

never change.”<br />

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uOttawa Power Plant <strong>Engineer</strong>s Celebrate Long Careers<br />

chilled water, natural gas, telephone<br />

lines and electrical cable.<br />

The building is unique in that the<br />

side that faces King Edward Avenue<br />

is made entirely of tinted glass and<br />

exposes all the power plant’s pipes,<br />

wires and machinery to the view of<br />

passing motorists and pedestrians.<br />

[Back row, L to R] Shawn Casey (20 years),<br />

Mike Noonan (2nd Class Relief, Recent<br />

Hiree), Bob Guenette (retiree 23 years),<br />

Wayne Hedges (retiree 47 years), Henri<br />

Major (1971-1996 1st Class Shift <strong>Engineer</strong>,<br />

Plant Chief 1996-2008 - retired), Jean<br />

Bordeleau (retiree 43 years), Marc Paul<br />

(2nd Class Shift <strong>Engineer</strong>, 40 years), Julien<br />

Bedard (2nd Class day shift, retired 1995)<br />

AT A SPECIAL retirement event<br />

at the University of Ottawa, Local<br />

772 Power Plant <strong>Engineer</strong>s in<br />

attendance celebrated their years of<br />

experience and career highlights with<br />

great stories of working together and<br />

all the changes at the Plant over the<br />

years. The <strong>Engineer</strong>s in attendance<br />

constituted about 285 years of Power<br />

Plant experience. Marking 47 years<br />

upon his retirement, Wayne Hedges’<br />

colleagues tried to convince him stay<br />

on for another three years so he could<br />

hold a record of 50 years working for the<br />

university as a Power <strong>Engineer</strong>, without<br />

success. Wayne was anxious to enjoy<br />

his well-deserved retirement.<br />

The Power Plant is state of the art,<br />

built 40 years ago at a cost of $4.5 million<br />

and inaugurated in 1973, it is some<br />

20,000 square feet in size. The plant<br />

provides controls for all environmental<br />

and mechanical systems throughout the<br />

campus from one central location. Also<br />

located in this complex is a sophisticated<br />

computerized “watchdog” network that<br />

controls temperature, humidity, clocks<br />

and atmospheric conditions in several<br />

laboratories, as well as conditions in<br />

several other buildings. The building<br />

also houses administrative offices,<br />

shops, storage areas and two snowmelting<br />

pits. Some three kilometres of<br />

tunnels link buildings throughout the<br />

campus, centralize to meet at the Plant.<br />

These tunnels are used to carry steam,<br />

[Front row, L to R] Andre Forget (Shift<br />

<strong>Engineer</strong> 2001-2008, Plant Chief<br />

2008-present), Todd Nobert (2nd Class<br />

Shift <strong>Engineer</strong>, 25 years), Paul Lagasi (2nd<br />

class Shift <strong>Engineer</strong>, 26 years), Stephan<br />

Berger (3rd class shift <strong>Engineer</strong>, Recent<br />

Hiree)<br />

[below] The uOttawa Power Plant<br />

WINTER <strong>2014</strong> 23

In Memorium<br />

Death benefits paid<br />

October - December 2013<br />

October 2013<br />

Local 004<br />

Medway, MA<br />

Anthony Barbere<br />

William Bonito<br />

Frederick J. Daly<br />

Donald Medeiros<br />

Jesse L. Morse jr<br />

Robert W. Poland<br />

Frank J. Rines jr<br />

Local 012<br />

Pasadena, CA<br />

Lou Azevedo<br />

Clarence J. Benke<br />

Preston Bickerstaff<br />

Jimmie Brazelton<br />

Carl F. Brooks<br />

Alfred Castro<br />

Dewey Coffman<br />

Stanley Coker<br />

John Culbertson<br />

Miguel De quevedo<br />

David Elder<br />

Jerry Frugia<br />

Donald Gallon<br />

Ray Goin<br />

Robert Groesbeck<br />

Eddie Henderson<br />

James Holmes<br />

Albert Iannarelli<br />

Thurman Jones<br />

Ronald E. Knapp<br />

B. Knowles<br />

Nick Marez<br />

Joe E. Marks<br />

Edward Maxon<br />

John Moody<br />

Edwin Ramsey<br />

Fred J. Silberberger<br />

Dewayne Stout<br />

Clyde Thomason<br />

Francisco Yriqui<br />

Local 014<br />

Flushing, NY<br />

Walter E. Dearing<br />

Ernest V. Digiacinto<br />

William Edkins<br />

William R. Morrison<br />

Albert Scarpati jr<br />

Local 015<br />

Long Island city, NY<br />

James J. Fortune<br />

Henry E. Wallace<br />

Local 016<br />

Harold W. Carter<br />

Local 017<br />

Lakeview, NY<br />

George C. Dovey<br />

Harry J. Gerlach<br />

Leo J. Stoll<br />

Local 018<br />

Cleveland, OH<br />

Carl Auletta<br />

Eugene H. Barr<br />

Patrick A. Corcoran<br />

William P. Givens<br />

William B. Hilyard<br />

Daniel G. Kelovsky<br />

Charles Kiskadden<br />

Jerald B. Lenning<br />

Dan L. Meager<br />

Harlen Mercer<br />

Robert L. Morris<br />

Frank T. Perry<br />

Richard H. Schilling<br />

David N. Schunatz<br />

Wallace E. Servey<br />

John Shockley<br />

Talmadge J. Stephens<br />

Patrick J. Wright<br />

Local 034<br />

Louis Rassier<br />

Local 036<br />

Ilo Billings<br />

Local 037<br />

Baltimore, MD<br />

James J. Hartsell<br />

Local 049<br />

Minneapolis, MN<br />

Tingvald G. Evenson<br />

Otto A. Haake<br />

Darold E. Olberg<br />

Robert Sesser<br />

Vinal L. Severeid<br />

Local 066<br />

Pittsburgh, PA<br />

Michael J. Barbish jr<br />

James R. Ceyrolles<br />

George O. Dick<br />

Daniel F. Grega<br />

Larry E. Moore<br />

Frederick B. Neuner<br />

Carl L. Rea<br />

Edwin L. Smith<br />

Byron C. Steele<br />

Robert A. Strauser<br />

Paul R. Thompson<br />

Local 071<br />

W .D. Milroy<br />

Local 103<br />

Indianapolis, IN<br />

William H. Shafer<br />

Local 115<br />

Burnaby, BC<br />

Wesley K. Brooks<br />

Edwin F. Dobrindt<br />

Jake Enns<br />

John Kirkpatrick<br />

Tony Purcha<br />

Sandy Snihor<br />

Local 139<br />

Pewaukee, WI<br />

Adrian B. Cherney<br />

Eugene Dedolph<br />

Robert J. Johnson<br />

John Michalek jr<br />

David L. Wishau<br />

Local 150<br />

Countryside, IL<br />

Thomas R. Chiado<br />

David L. Goodfriend<br />

Odis H. Goodrich<br />

Warren Hall<br />

Dennis A. Heidmann<br />

Charles S. Novak<br />

Wayne Nuss<br />

Michele Santucci<br />

Local 158<br />

Glenmont, NY<br />

Donald B. Brinkman<br />

Francis Dolan<br />

Local 181<br />

Henderson, KY<br />

Bobby J. Vaughn<br />

Local 302<br />

Bothell, WA<br />

Harold Bibbee<br />

Travis W. Brock<br />

William E. Cooke<br />

Andrew F. Crane<br />

James B. Ellis<br />

James G. Mariotti<br />

George T. Ovenell<br />

Lee Young<br />

Local 324<br />

Bloomfield Township,<br />

MI<br />

Paul J. Brulla<br />

Gerald L. Diponio<br />

Robin Dougherty<br />

Lester J. Lutat<br />

Elmer Mott<br />

John Paull<br />

Richard D. Price<br />

Donald E. Riedel<br />

Norman Titsworth jr<br />

Rinaldo Vella<br />

Local 351<br />

Borger, TX<br />

Donald E. Hill<br />

Local 375<br />

Loyd N. Rowe<br />

Local 385<br />

Arnold J. Perdue<br />

Local 400<br />

Helena, MT<br />

George E. Linnell<br />

Local 406<br />

New Orleans, LA<br />

Vernon F. Hebert<br />

Local 428<br />

Phoenix, AZ<br />

Ray L. Edwards<br />

Local 450<br />

Mont Belvieu, TX<br />

Jimmy Pace<br />

Local 478<br />

Hamden, CT<br />

Edward Ryan<br />

Local 520<br />

Granite City, IL<br />

Roger J. Behrmann<br />

James D. Easley<br />

Larry J. Nalley<br />

Local 525<br />

Noah Everett<br />

Local 542<br />

Fort Washington, PA<br />

Robert H. Clark<br />

Local 552<br />

H .C. Ferguson<br />

Local 624<br />

Jackson, MS<br />

Billy L. Rogers<br />

Local 701<br />

Gladstone, OR<br />

Roger L. Larson<br />

Melvin Leikas<br />

Eugene Watkins<br />

Local 793<br />

Oakville, ON<br />

Douglas E. Brown<br />

William L. Hineman<br />

Local 825<br />

Springfield, NJ<br />

George R. Soehngen<br />

Local 826<br />

George C. Franklin<br />

Local 832<br />

Rochester, NY<br />

James Chest<br />

Local 841<br />

Terre Haute, IN<br />

Charles O. Hendricks<br />

Local 900<br />

Oak Ridge, TN<br />

Kenneth E. Thomas<br />

Local 912<br />

Columbia, TN<br />

Buster B. Hargrove<br />

Paul F. Lanius jr<br />

Local 917<br />

Chattanooga, TN<br />

Fred H. Brown<br />

Local 926<br />

Rex, GA<br />

R .B. Andrews<br />

Local 955<br />

Edmonton, AB<br />

Sidney J. Gould<br />

November<br />

2013<br />

Local 002<br />

St Louis, MO<br />

Thomas E. Jansen<br />

Joseph Knefelkamp<br />

Local 003<br />

Alameda, CA<br />

David A. Bardine<br />

Martin Best jr<br />

Ronald Burns<br />

Loyal R. Conde<br />

Henry D. Cosio<br />

Lawrenc E. Hale<br />

Leo W. Harrison<br />

Roy A. Harrison<br />

Ruben Hernandez<br />

Clarenc Hutcheson<br />

James Johnson<br />

Howard Kahue<br />

Jim D. Kepley<br />

Bill Lauderdale<br />

Cliff J. Lawrence<br />

Frank Lodl<br />

James E. Nevois<br />

Edward W. Peterson<br />

Wayne D. Poole<br />

Marcus H. Seaford<br />

William Tullis<br />

Elfawn Wall<br />

Local 004<br />

Medway, MA<br />

Francis A. Buchanan<br />

Richard L. Faulkner<br />

Louis J. Francioso<br />

Joseph A. Gauvin<br />

Dana Witham<br />

Local 009<br />

Denver, CO<br />

Claude D. Canton<br />

Osa A. Kelley<br />

Local 012<br />

Pasadena, CA<br />

Harold Allee, jr.<br />

W .D. Blakesley<br />

Darron Evans<br />

Robert Gillies<br />

Robert Gray<br />

Raymond Lawson<br />

Joseph Moreaux<br />

Chester Moreland<br />

Darrel Myers<br />

Delbert Nelson<br />

Mickey Phillips<br />

Theron Quinton<br />

Patrick Quiroz<br />

Robert Rasmussen<br />

Billy Sadler<br />

Hans Stoltenberg<br />

Kenneth Swanson<br />

Bill Tolbert<br />

Local 014<br />

Flushing, NY<br />

Martin Griff<br />

Jeremiah J. Sullivan<br />

Local 015<br />

Long Island city, NY<br />

James Margro<br />

Local 017<br />

Lakeview, NY<br />

Dale A. Barkewitz<br />

Local 018<br />

Cleveland, OH<br />

Duane E. Fry<br />

Ronald J. Gilgenbach<br />

Alton P. Myers<br />

Bruno Plavney<br />

Charles R. Sapienza<br />

Daniel L. Schomaeker<br />

Dennis W. Spieth<br />

Cloyce H. Swisher<br />

Rudy Veselko<br />

Local 039<br />

Sacramento, CA<br />

Stanley Andersen<br />

Lennard H. Anderson<br />

Charles W. Heatherly<br />

Local 049<br />

Minneapolis, MN<br />

James G. Beeman<br />

John Dannis<br />

Harley A. Johnson<br />

John E. Larson<br />

Charles Warner<br />

Local 066<br />

Pittsburgh, PA<br />

Eldon Baringer sr<br />

Jack Barr<br />

William Bowan<br />

Charles H. Brown jr<br />

Ronald P. Ferraro<br />

Ray E. Landy<br />

Thomas J. Lockaton<br />

Local 068<br />

West Caldwell, NJ<br />

William Gould<br />

Albert Pekarek<br />

Anthony Pikul<br />

Local 098<br />

East Longmeadow,<br />

MA<br />

Waldron W. Chesney<br />

Earl R. Daniels<br />

Clarence D. Macmahan<br />

George E. Thibeault<br />

Local 101<br />

Kansas City, MO<br />

Jim Fiser<br />

Anthony C. Wagner<br />

Local 103<br />

Indianapolis, IN<br />

Solomon Ratliff<br />

Albert J. Yates<br />

Local 138<br />

Farmingdale, NY<br />

John Albanese<br />

James J. Duffy<br />

Local 139<br />

Pewaukee, WI<br />

Clifford Fischer<br />

Danny V. Gunnlaugsson<br />

Victor P. Woellner<br />

Local 147<br />

Norfolk, VA<br />

Roger F. Robinson<br />

Local 150<br />

Countryside, IL<br />

Donald L. Fenn<br />

Paul Gumber<br />

Alfred Justak<br />

John P. Omeara<br />

Norman D. Spoor<br />

Louis M. Tedesco<br />

George Vomish<br />

Charles Watkins<br />

Thomas H. Wellman<br />

Local 158<br />

Glenmont, NY<br />

Eli F. Bickom<br />

H .Bohl<br />

Howard Foster<br />

Local 178<br />

Fort Worth, TX<br />

Jack D. Hubbard<br />

Local 181<br />

Henderson, KY<br />

Walter Emmitt<br />

James R. Gant<br />

Marshall L. Mc coy<br />

Leslie Willis<br />

Local 216<br />

Baton Rouge, LA<br />

Lee T. Cassels<br />

Local 302<br />

Bothell, WA<br />

Tony Arthur<br />

George W. May<br />

Local 310<br />

Green Bay, WI<br />

Donald Riebe<br />

Local 318<br />

Marion, IL<br />

Robert E. Ross<br />

Local 324<br />

Bloomfield Township,<br />

MI<br />

William Cummings<br />

Elwood C. Elwell<br />

Eugene Fortura<br />

Lyle E. Goss<br />

Lanny R. Haring<br />

Robert T. Harris<br />

Emery H. Johnson<br />

Paul A. Schmittou<br />

William Trimper<br />

Local 347<br />

Willie Frazier<br />

Local 351<br />

Borger, TX<br />

C .C. Chelf<br />

B .L. Ingram<br />


Local 370<br />

Spokane, WA<br />

Thomas L. Reilly<br />

Local 399<br />

Chicago, IL<br />

Donald B. Floeckher<br />

Dale E. Richeson<br />

Chester Woodworth<br />

Local 406<br />

New Orleans, LA<br />

George R. Newton jr<br />

Local 428<br />

Phoenix, AZ<br />

Richard J. Brown<br />

Local 450<br />

Mont Belvieu, TX<br />

Hulen Hopson<br />

J .D. Smith<br />

John I. Wiggins<br />

Local 463<br />

Ransomville, NY<br />

Edward A. Redmond<br />

Local 501<br />

Los Angeles, CA<br />

Fred R. Duncan<br />

Wayne L. Howard<br />

Robert Sweeney<br />

Local 513<br />

Bridgeton, MO<br />

Loyd Harthimmer<br />

Eugene J. Norton<br />

Local 520<br />

Granite City, IL<br />

James H. Spreter<br />

Local 542<br />

Fort Washington, PA<br />

Rudolph J. Czekalski<br />

Paul S. Mock<br />

Louis R. Paulo<br />

Bill Thornhill<br />

John P. Trahey<br />

Local 564<br />

Richwood, TX<br />

C .D. Dornak<br />

Local 571<br />

Omaha, NE<br />

Arlan G. Ehlers<br />

Local 612<br />

Tacoma, WA<br />

E .H. Turner<br />

Local 670<br />

Ardmore, OK<br />

Altus Gillaspy<br />

Elwood K. Morris<br />

Local 701<br />

Gladstone, OR<br />

John Carlson<br />

Calvin Curtis<br />

Theodore A. Renner<br />

Local 825<br />

Springfield, NJ<br />

Fred J. Bulas<br />

Local 826<br />

Cecil O. Ryals<br />

Local 841<br />

Terre Haute, IN<br />

Ernest Meador<br />

Local 891<br />

Brooklyn, NY<br />

James J. Lynch<br />

Frank N. Minissale<br />

Local 965<br />

Springfield, IL<br />

Leonard D. Cotton<br />

December 2013<br />

Local 002<br />

St Louis, MO<br />

Roy V. Hartman<br />

Local 003<br />

Alameda, CA<br />

Joseph Biasca<br />

James Dickey<br />

Charles C. Evans<br />

Walter E. Haws<br />

Wendell Kochis<br />

Terry C. Rasmussen<br />

Joseph Schneider<br />

Alvin Silva<br />

Robert Slater<br />

George W. Smisek<br />

Meritt Sterrett<br />

Jose T. Vargas<br />

Garin Watson<br />

Local 004<br />

Medway, MA<br />

Joseph A. Bruno<br />

William Caswell<br />

Adalbert J. Dipaolo<br />

Laurence Vitello<br />

Local 006<br />

Elzy Ragsdale<br />

Local 009<br />

Denver, CO<br />

Mark M. Martich<br />

Local 012<br />

Pasadena, CA<br />

Dale Barrett<br />

Samuel Bryan<br />

Gonzalo Contreras<br />

Elmer Doane<br />

David Elder<br />

Willie C. Epperson jr<br />

Ralph Farner<br />

Melvin Gilman<br />

Gerald Gort<br />

John Kimes<br />

Richard Langager<br />

Paul Limon<br />

Eliseo Lopez<br />

Donel Mount<br />

Annibale Muscolo<br />

Cecil Neal<br />

C. Norton<br />

Victor Norton<br />

Edward K. Nunes<br />

Kenneth G. Reifenstahl<br />

Ellsworth Riker<br />

Clinton Rogers<br />

Floyd Sharp<br />

Dave Shriner<br />

Loren Sundvall<br />

Verle Thomas<br />

Alvin Thompson<br />

Gonzalo Valenzuela<br />

Robert L. Weaver<br />

Local 015<br />

Long Island city, NY<br />

John Ferrara<br />

Edgar W. Sanderleaf jr<br />

Local 017<br />

Lakeview, NY<br />

Donald Nauert<br />

Local 018<br />

Cleveland, OH<br />

Don R. Arehart<br />

Helmer E. Carpenter<br />

Johannes K. Cats<br />

Herman M. Hostler<br />

Local 030<br />

Richmond Hill, NY<br />

Joseph Tucciarone<br />

Local 038<br />

Dennis Poledna<br />

Local 049<br />

Minneapolis, MN<br />

Milo A. Carroll<br />

Gordon J. Diethelm<br />

Leroy Doeden<br />

O .Doroff<br />

Robert C. George<br />

Le Keeler<br />

Bernard P. Kloss<br />

Local 057<br />

Providence, RI<br />

Marcel Cousineau<br />

Local 066<br />

Pittsburgh, PA<br />

Randall W. Baringer<br />

Robert S. Gavlak<br />

Lloyd D. Keith<br />

Gregor Peterson<br />

John M. Stacey<br />

Donald C. Trainer<br />

Harvey Underwood<br />

William J. Viscuso<br />

Local 095<br />

Pittsburgh, PA<br />

Jefferson A. Whalen jr<br />

Local 098<br />

East Longmeadow,<br />

MA<br />

Edward A. Cancro<br />

Christian J. Jensen<br />

Roger Pincince<br />

Local 101<br />

Kansas City, MO<br />

Howard Brown<br />

Everett Weber<br />

Local 106<br />

Glenmont, NY<br />

O .E. Boull<br />

Local 115<br />

Burnaby, BC<br />

Curtis M. Harris<br />

George A. Lemon<br />

John R. Rogers<br />

Local 132<br />

Charleston, WV<br />

Albert W. Maxwell<br />

Local 138<br />

Farmingdale, NY<br />

Paul Schimansky<br />

Local 139<br />

Pewaukee, WI<br />

Francis J. Wolfert<br />

Local 148<br />

Saint Louis, MO<br />

George W. Denning<br />

Local 150<br />

Countryside, IL<br />

Bob J. Addams<br />

William P. Crumpacker<br />

Richard D. Harris<br />

Donald N. Harris<br />

Joseph Lemler<br />

Wm H. Moellenkamp<br />

jr<br />

Philip E. Nichols<br />

Joseph P. O’malley<br />

Bernie E. Sarrett<br />

Louis Schiro<br />

Donald C. Tresselt<br />

Local 158<br />

Glenmont, NY<br />

Wendell R. Dowling<br />

Robert G. Earing<br />

Local 181<br />

Henderson, KY<br />

Robert E. Bugg<br />

Escar O. Coe jr<br />

Harmon F. Negley<br />

Local 280<br />

Richland, WA<br />

V .M. Belliston<br />

Local 302<br />

Bothell, WA<br />

Glen L. Grayson<br />

Hugh P. Wallace<br />

Local 310<br />

Green Bay, WI<br />

Kenneth R. Schuldes<br />

Local 312<br />

Birmingham, AL<br />

Jessie W. Smith<br />

Local 324<br />

Bloomfield Township,<br />

MI<br />

Roland P. Campbell<br />

Sammy D. Carson<br />

Roy L. Hess<br />

Kenneth E. Kolver<br />

Harold L. Prough<br />

William C. Rupprecht<br />

Carlyle Wyatt<br />

Local 351<br />

Borger, TX<br />

Harry L. Ehrlich<br />

Local 369<br />

Cordova, TN<br />

C .W. Jordan<br />

Local 370<br />

Spokane, WA<br />

Doil W. Clark<br />

John E. Spaulding<br />

Local 399<br />

Chicago, IL<br />

John P. O’sullivan<br />

Local 428<br />

Phoenix, AZ<br />

Earl Nugent<br />

Local 501<br />

Los Angeles, CA<br />

James R. Ebarb<br />

Robert A. Gagg<br />

Local 513<br />

Bridgeton, MO<br />

Eugene J. Burroughs<br />

Clem Weber<br />

Local 520<br />

Granite City, IL<br />

Charles A. Schleeper<br />

Local 537<br />

Walter W. Landers<br />

Local 542<br />

Fort Washington, PA<br />

William D. Forney<br />

Local 547<br />

Detroit, MI<br />

Francis Eckhout<br />

Local 564<br />

Richwood, TX<br />

W .W. Bartlett<br />

Local 701<br />

Gladstone, OR<br />

Ronald D. Paul<br />

Local 793<br />

Oakville, ON<br />

Clair Mclean<br />

Local 825<br />

Springfield, NJ<br />

Julio C. Gamio<br />

Local 826<br />

Arthur Jones<br />

Local 841<br />

Terre Haute, IN<br />

William L. Gray<br />

Local 865<br />

Thunder Bay, ON<br />

E .Jakubowski<br />

Local 882<br />

Coquitlam, BC<br />

H .E. Justesen<br />

Local 891<br />

Brooklyn, NY<br />

Charles Haughey jr<br />

Harry Nilsen<br />

Local 917<br />

Chattanooga, TN<br />

Robert Z. Luster<br />

Local 925<br />

Mango, FL<br />

Rufus J. Starling<br />

Local 926<br />

Rex, GA<br />

F .R. Archer<br />

Local 965<br />

Springfield, IL<br />

Carl L. Constant<br />

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Other terms and conditions apply. Rates and savings vary depending on type of vehicle, time of year,<br />

location and length of rental.<br />

l SAVE UP TO 25% on your rental.<br />

l ADDITIONAL DEALS on weekend and monthly rentals.<br />

l SAVE TIME. Quotes and reservations by phone or online.<br />

l MORE OPTIONS. GPS, E-Toll, and electronic receipts<br />

available, plus additional savings on upgrades.<br />

l PRIORITY SERVICES with loyalty programs.<br />

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180 420<br />

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480<br />

60<br />

540<br />

0 600<br />


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