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

www.iuoe.org • WINTER <strong>2013</strong><br />

Wrath and<br />

Recovery<br />

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

respond in wake of<br />

Superstorm Sandy


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

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

<strong>Winter</strong> <strong>2013</strong> • Volume 156, No. 1<br />

Brian E. Hickey, Editor<br />

Jay Lederer, Managing Editor<br />

08 Our Work: Energy<br />

Threading a gas pipeline under the Hudson River<br />

10 Member Spotlight<br />

Operation Walk Nicaragua: A Reflection of Gratitude<br />

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

What’s at stake as states take aim at unions<br />

16 Wrath and Recovery<br />

Restoring communities in wake of Superstorm Sandy<br />

Departments<br />

05 From the General President<br />

06 Education & Training<br />

12 Politics & Legislation<br />

20 Canadian News<br />

22 HAZMAT<br />

23 Healthcare<br />

24 GEB Minutes<br />

28 In Memorium<br />

[cover] <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s throughout the Northeastern<br />

United States have been part of recovery efforts in the<br />

wake of Superstorm Sandy.<br />

[photo] Tim Larsen/ NJ Governor’s Office<br />

[left] Local 302 members work to complete the Eva Creek<br />

Wind Farm near Healy, Alaska.<br />

[photo] Joe Ebertsch, Michels Wind Energy<br />

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From the General President<br />

A look back on the way forward<br />

A new year brings opportunities and challenges<br />

[James T. Callahan]<br />

At the beginning of each New<br />

Year, many of us resolve to make changes<br />

that will improve our lives, whether<br />

it is personally or professionally. These<br />

decisions and the choices we make going<br />

forward benefit from experiences<br />

we have gained. This is also true of our<br />

union. So before looking ahead, let’s<br />

look at what we can take away from the<br />

past year.<br />

In the course of one week last fall,<br />

the <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s experienced<br />

both tragedy and triumph. On October<br />

29, Superstorm Sandy unleashed a fury<br />

of wind and water upon the Northeastern<br />

United States not seen in my lifetime.<br />

Homes were shattered and communities<br />

decimated. Over 500 fellow<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s sustained damage<br />

to homes and vehicles, and many<br />

lost everything.<br />

Despite the overwhelming devastation<br />

and personal loss, thousands of<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s mobilized, bringing<br />

their skill and training, to assist<br />

rescue crews and utility workers gain<br />

access to homes and communities cut<br />

off by flood waters and buried beneath<br />

sand and debris. Just as quickly, our<br />

locals reached out to members within<br />

the affected areas offering aid, supplies<br />

and a helping hand.<br />

Last year, the IUOE National Charity<br />

Fund paid out over $1.7 million in<br />

claims resulting from the superstorm<br />

and other natural disasters in the Gulf<br />

Coast region. Our locals and many individual<br />

members stepped up to help,<br />

donating close to $500,000 to the Fund.<br />

Our unity is our strength and together<br />

we will rebuild our homes, our communities<br />

and our states.<br />

About a week later, we were buoyed<br />

by news of a completely different<br />

nature. After weeks and months of<br />

hard work in the political campaign<br />

trenches, IUOE members turned out<br />

to vote in large numbers across the<br />

United States and reelected President<br />

Barack Obama. Member volunteers<br />

and union staff on the ground in key<br />

states were also instrumental in increasing<br />

the number of labor-friendly<br />

lawmakers, from both political parties,<br />

to the House and Senate. By doing so,<br />

we sent a message that we stand for a<br />

strong middle class, better wages, quality<br />

healthcare, safer working conditions<br />

and a stronger voice in the workplace<br />

for all Americans.<br />

Although the campaigns have ended,<br />

the real work is just beginning. We<br />

must remain engaged and hold politicians<br />

at every level accountable. Last<br />

year, labor faced some of its fiercest anti-union<br />

attacks from state legislatures.<br />

Most notably, Indiana and Michigan<br />

passed so called “right-to-work” laws.<br />

Let’s be clear, the term “right-to-work”<br />

is a lie. Under these laws workers lose<br />

rights and no work gets created – they<br />

are a cynical attempt to cripple unions<br />

and dismantle collective bargaining.<br />

These laws drive down wages, on average<br />

14%, which damages the overall<br />

economy.<br />

Backed by well funded, ultra-conservative<br />

groups, “right-to-work” bills<br />

and ballot petitions are being introduced<br />

this year in places like Ohio,<br />

Pennsylvania, Missouri, New Hampshire<br />

and even Ontario, Canada. These<br />

attacks provide a vivid reminder that<br />

our enemies will use every opportunity<br />

to roll back our rights and drive down<br />

wages. The IUOE and our locals are<br />

taking proactive steps and partnering<br />

with allies to engage these attacks head<br />

on. We must bring the fight to them<br />

and we will.<br />

A positive carry over from last year<br />

is the economy, which finally started<br />

to show signs of life as work increased.<br />

We appear to have weathered the worst<br />

of the Great Recession and <strong>Operating</strong><br />

<strong>Engineer</strong>s are poised to seize the opportunities<br />

of <strong>2013</strong>. Leading economic<br />

indicators point to steady and continued<br />

growth in the construction industry<br />

as many sectors of our economy<br />

– oil, gas, power generation, housing<br />

and manufacturing – anticipate growth<br />

over the coming decade.<br />

A major priority for IUOE will be in<br />

infrastructure investment. The nation’s<br />

highways, bridges and rail systems<br />

have been neglected and underfunded<br />

far too long. Working in a bipartisan<br />

way, we must make the case for a bold<br />

and sustained commitment. President<br />

Obama made multiple attempts in his<br />

first term and has signaled that he will<br />

continue to do so in his second, even<br />

making mention of it his inaugural address.<br />

We will work with the Administration<br />

to make the case that smart and<br />

strategic investments in infrastructure<br />

are needed right now, both to support<br />

jobs in the short term and to build a<br />

productive economy for the long haul.<br />

So it seems that this year’s to-do<br />

list isn’t any shorter or less meaningful<br />

than those in years past. We will continue<br />

to bring the energy, talent and<br />

resources necessary to create and seize<br />

opportunities for IUOE members and<br />

their families throughout the United<br />

States and Canada. We will stand with<br />

our signatory contractors and companies<br />

to increase market share and work<br />

to bring others on board. We will stand<br />

up to those who wish to roll back workers’<br />

rights and drive down wages. In all<br />

these endeavors, let no one question<br />

our resolve to see the job through.<br />

Best wishes for a safe, healthy and<br />

prosperous New Year.<br />

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Education & Training<br />

Youth Helping Youth at<br />

Pittsburgh Job Corps Project<br />

The IUOE Job Corps National Training Fund<br />

has again partnered with a local community organization<br />

for a very positive outcome. Sponsored by IUOE Local 66,<br />

the Pittsburgh Job Corps Center successfully completed<br />

major renovations on a project for Hosanna House, a nonprofit<br />

organization aimed to benefit at-risk families and<br />

individuals located in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. The<br />

partnership between the organizations created a positive<br />

Sherwood project could not have been completed. He went<br />

on to say that the assisted value of work that the Job Corps<br />

Program has completed in the past two years at Sherwood<br />

totals well over $300,000.00.<br />

Mr. Haynes pointed out that, clearly, the youth of<br />

Wilkinsburg have benefited from the project, but equally<br />

important was that every Job Corps student who participated<br />

in the first year of the Sherwood project went on to become<br />

members of the Local 66 Apprenticeship Program. In<br />

appreciation of the work donated by the Job Corps students,<br />

Mr. Joseph Dixon, (then) lead instructor for the Job Corps<br />

program in Pittsburgh, was presented with the “Angel of<br />

Hope” award for going above<br />

and beyond in making a<br />

difference in the lives of<br />

young people.<br />

The work at Sherwood,<br />

as well as the positive<br />

cooperation between the<br />

Pittsburgh Job Corps Center<br />

and Hosanna House, will<br />

continue in coming years.<br />

Future plans include<br />

improvements to the storm<br />

water management system,<br />

installation of a deck<br />

hockey rink donated by the<br />

Pittsburgh Penguins, removal<br />

of existing tennis courts<br />

and the redesign of a large<br />

parking area.<br />

change for local youth, along with outstanding training for<br />

future operating engineers.<br />

Hosanna House joined with the Pittsburgh Job Corps<br />

Center’s program to create “Sherwood,” a facility open for<br />

youth of all ages, with a goal of helping them discover and<br />

develop their maximum potential in several aspects of<br />

their lives. Job Corps students worked to demolish many<br />

old on-site structures, construct a large retaining wall to<br />

accommodate the building of a new swimming pool, excavate<br />

and grade the pool area and develop an all purpose activity<br />

field. What makes the Sherwood project quite unique is that<br />

youth looking for change through Job Corps helped create a<br />

facility for youth needing a change at Hosanna House.<br />

Mr. Leon Haynes, Director of Hosanna House, reported at<br />

the Ambassador of Hope Gala held in December 2012, that<br />

without the assistance of IUOE Local 66 and Job Corps, the<br />

[top] Pittsburgh Job Corps members construct a retaining wall at<br />

Hosanna House.<br />

[above, l to r] Hosanna House Director Leon Haynes presents<br />

Joseph Dixon with the “Angel of Hope” award. [photos: J. Dixon]<br />

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Local 450’s new Union Hall and<br />

Training Center Dedicated<br />

IUOE Local 450 covers a large geographical portion<br />

of South-Central Texas including Houston, San Antonio,<br />

Austin, and Beaumont, and is heavily involved in the Petro-<br />

Chemical and pipeline industries. Early in 2009, Local 450<br />

began an internal re-structuring process under International<br />

supervision. In August of 2010, the Local conducted an<br />

election which ushered in a new administration headed up<br />

by Business Manager Mark Maher.<br />

Part of the re-structuring process included a 300 acre land<br />

purchase for the site of a new union hall and training center.<br />

The new facilities were dedicated in October by General<br />

President Callahan as part of the festivities enjoyed by Local<br />

450 members and their families.<br />

The new administration, facilities and training program<br />

have proven to be a tremendous benefit to the members and<br />

employers and represent a successful transition of returning<br />

control of the Local 450 back to its membership.<br />

Al Bove Elected to OECP Board of Directors<br />

Albert C. Bove has been elected to the OECP Board<br />

of Directors. Mr. Bove currently serves as Executive Vice<br />

President and Chief <strong>Operating</strong> Officer of AmQuip Crane<br />

Rental LLC headquartered in Trevose, Pennsylvania.<br />

AmQuip Crane Rental is a leading provider of crane rentals<br />

and related services in the United States. With eleven<br />

locations throughout the country, it is one of the nation’s<br />

largest employers of <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s.<br />

Mr. Bove joined AmQuip in 2010 and has over 40 years of<br />

experience in senior management of crane rental companies.<br />

As the former President and CEO of Maxim Crane Works, he<br />

also has extensive experience in managing large multi-depot<br />

crane facilities.<br />

The OECP is a joint labo¬r-management, non-profit<br />

testing entity that has been certifying crane operators<br />

since 2002. The program is managed by a Board of<br />

Directors representing both the International Union of<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s and signatory contractors from<br />

some of the nation’s largest crane rental companies.<br />

To date, the OECP has conducted over 17,000<br />

written examinations and over 12,000 practical<br />

(hands-on) tests for crane operators from all parts of<br />

the United States. In addition, in 2008 the program was<br />

officially recognized by Federal OSHA as meeting OSHA and<br />

ASME (ANSI) requirements for crane operator competency.<br />

The program is only available to IUOE members in good<br />

standing, thereby ensuring that its efforts and resources are<br />

not contributing to the support of non-union operators or<br />

unsigned contractors.<br />

Any member in good standing meeting the program’s<br />

eligibility requirements can participate in OECP testing<br />

anywhere it is scheduled – even if not a member of the local<br />

where the testing is being conducted. There are no out-ofpocket<br />

expenses for IUOE members to participate in OECP<br />

examinations.<br />

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Our Work: Energy<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s Thread Mile-Plus-Long Pipeline<br />

Under Hudson River to Expand Natural Gas Supply<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> engineers joined in a dramatic<br />

maneuver to connect New Jersey and midtown Manhattan<br />

with a 5,400-foot natural gas pipeline 140-feet beneath the<br />

Hudson River.<br />

The connection was a critical piece of Spectra Energy’s<br />

15.5-mile natural gas pipeline extension between Linden, NJ,<br />

through Bayonne, Jersey City and part of offshore Hoboken<br />

to its destination in Manhattan. Portions of the project are<br />

still under construction, which is scheduled for completion<br />

later this year. Spectra Energy (NYSE SE) of Houston, TX,<br />

is replacing and modifying existing facilities in New Jersey,<br />

New York and Connecticut.<br />

“Expanding pipeline capacity is intended to reduce<br />

bottlenecks and fill the demand for clean, reliable energy in<br />

the most densely populated areas of the country,” said John<br />

Rocco, Lead <strong>Engineer</strong> who works for contractor Henkels and<br />

McCoy.<br />

The Hudson River crossing followed months of<br />

preparation. The length of pipe needed to span the width of<br />

the river required approximately 135 forty-foot sections to<br />

be welded together, x-rayed to verify integrity of each joint,<br />

then doped. Each weld required a minimum of three hours,<br />

according to Rocco.<br />

Five thousand-foot lengths were assembled. A convoy of<br />

15 side-booms transported each thousand-foot section along<br />

busy 18th Street in Jersey City, parallel to the Hudson County<br />

Light Rail line on the border with Hoboken. At the river’s<br />

edge, the pipe was handed off to six lattice cranes positioned<br />

on barges in the river.<br />

Crane operators hoisted the pipe into an arch and<br />

guided it down to the water, where it was connected to the<br />

drillhead that had burrowed across from Manhattan. Once<br />

connected, it was slowly “pulled back” beneath the river. As<br />

each thousand-foot section was pulled in, a new section was<br />

[L to R] Fred Gear, Adam Snover, Billy<br />

Gebhardt, John Rocco, Greg Lalevee<br />

and Paul Izzo.<br />

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It took 15 sidebooms, six cranes, a flotilla of tugboats and<br />

barges and an army of <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s from 13 IUOE locals<br />

throughout the country. Together, they snaked a mile-plus-long<br />

Spectra Energy natural gas pipeline safely across the bottom of the<br />

Hudson River, from Jersey City to midtown Manhattan.<br />

welded to it at the river’s edge until the entire 5,400 feet was<br />

together. The pullback reached the Manhattan side over a<br />

two-day period and was connected there.<br />

“This achievement is a testament to the value of the<br />

extensive pipeline training we provide our members through<br />

our Local and through our International,” said Greg Lalevee,<br />

Business Manager of IUOE Local 825.<br />

“One day before the pullback was scheduled, we were<br />

asked to assemble an additional 36 engineers to take part,”<br />

said Lalevee. “Even on that short notice, we brought together<br />

an experienced team and integrated them seamlessly into<br />

the core group. In the busiest, most densely populated areas<br />

of the country, we executed this task flawlessly, safely and on<br />

schedule.”<br />

IUOE <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s from around the country<br />

participated, including Local 3 of Alameda, CA; Local 4 of<br />

Medway, MA; Locals 14 and 15 of New York City; Local 49 of<br />

Minneapolis, MN; Local 101 of Kansas City, MO; Local 137 of<br />

Briarcliff Manor, NY; Local 139 of Pewaukee, WI; Local 147 of<br />

Norfolk, VA; Local 178 of Fort Worth, TX; Local 624 of Jackson,<br />

MS; Local 627 of Tulsa, OK; and Local 965 of Springfield, IL.<br />

The project was approved by the Federal Energy<br />

Regulatory Commission (FERC) earlier in 2012 to transport<br />

new, critically needed natural gas supplies to high-demand<br />

areas of northern New Jersey, New York City and Connecticut.<br />

Local 825 has become known for its pipeline skills and<br />

experience during the Millennium pipeline in 2007, which<br />

connected Independence in Steuben County, NY, to Buena<br />

Vista in Rockland County, NY, to help meet the energy needs<br />

of Northeast markets.<br />

[story & photos] Local 825/Bill Carlos, Avow Communications<br />

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Member Spotlight<br />

In October 2012, around 60 medical professionals from Winnipeg and Los Angeles traveled to<br />

Nicaragua with Operation Walk, an organization that offers knee and hip replacements free of<br />

charge to people in North America and in developing nations. Clinical <strong>Engineer</strong>ing Technologist<br />

and IUOE Local 987 member Tabatha Roper was there. This is her personal account.<br />

Operation Walk Nicaragua<br />

A Reflection of Gratitude<br />

[above] Tabatha Roper (back row, fifth from right) stands with the Operation Walk Nicaragua team in front of Dr. Roberto Calderon hospital<br />

in Managua, Nicaragua. [right] A makeshift wheel chair. [far right] Roper gets instruction from a member of Operation Walk Los Angeles<br />

on how to operate a sterilizer. [story & photos] Tabatha Roper/IUOE Local 987<br />

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As I stood in front of the Dr. Roberto Calderon Hospital<br />

in Managua, Nicaragua, I couldn’t help but compare it with<br />

the medical facilities in my home town of Winnipeg, Canada.<br />

The one-story, green plaster building was much smaller than<br />

any of the community hospitals we have. It had many of the<br />

same departments as a North American facility, only in a<br />

fraction of the space. A room that would normally house four<br />

patients housed eight. There were no linens or pillows on the<br />

beds unless the patients brought them from home. Many<br />

patients lay on bare mattresses, and visitors brought in their<br />

own lawn chairs labelled with their names. There was also<br />

no air conditioning on the wards and, with temperatures in<br />

the mid to high 30sC (90sF), it made for a very different work<br />

environment.<br />

Still, the ingenuity they demonstrate<br />

is impressive, especially the wheelchairs<br />

fashioned out of plastic lawn furniture.<br />

This was true back-to-basics medicine.<br />

Some of the people seeking treatment are in far worse<br />

shape than we’d ever see in Canada, because they’re<br />

conditions had gone untreated for so long. Some had to<br />

be helped in by family members, and some of them hadn’t<br />

walked in years. They were very polite and grateful for the<br />

treatment they were about to receive.<br />

A lot of the equipment is ancient. Some of the adjustable<br />

patient beds are rusted or seized into a permanent position. In<br />

most cases, the medical gear we discard or retire in Winnipeg<br />

is in better shape. Still, the ingenuity they demonstrate is<br />

impressive, especially the wheelchairs fashioned out of<br />

plastic lawn furniture. This was true back-to-basics medicine.<br />

There was one patient who had been unable to walk for the<br />

last ten years. He was so excited to be mobile again that, two<br />

days after surgery, the physiotherapists had to remind him<br />

to slow down while walking down the hall during exercises.<br />

All in all it was hard work, but absolutely worth it. Over<br />

the course of five days in October, the team performed 49<br />

knee replacement surgeries on 38 patients. All the patients<br />

spoke about what we gave them, but in the end it was<br />

immeasurable what they gave to us. I feel so grateful to have<br />

been a part of this experience.<br />

Operation Walk Missions are 100% funded by the<br />

generosity of donors to the cause. On behalf of Operation<br />

Walk Winnipeg, Dr. Roberto Calderon Hospital and the<br />

patients, I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks.<br />

Your donations have done wonders. I would also like to<br />

thank IUOE Local 987 for their generous gift to this mission.<br />

Thanks to all who gave and participated!<br />

WINTER <strong>2013</strong> 11


Politics & Legislation<br />

Election Season Comes to a Close, Now the Work Begins<br />

Barack Obama was sworn in<br />

for a second term as President of the<br />

United States on January 21, <strong>2013</strong>, after<br />

winning the November election with<br />

over 51% of the popular vote. He is the<br />

only President to garner over 50% twice<br />

since Dwight D. Eisenhower. Obama’s<br />

opponent, Mitt Romney, received 47%<br />

of the popular vote.<br />

Despite persistent high<br />

unemployment and a sluggish<br />

economic recovery from the Great<br />

Recession, President Obama won<br />

a commanding Electoral College<br />

victory, 332-206. The Obama-Biden<br />

ticket surprised many observers<br />

by soundly defeating Mitt Romney<br />

and his Republican running mate,<br />

Representative Paul Ryan.<br />

The IUOE endorsed the Obama-<br />

Biden ticket for re-election. The<br />

President’s support for prevailing<br />

wages, collective bargaining and<br />

workers’ rights, as well as investing in<br />

all facets of America’s infrastructure,<br />

led to that support. Commenting on<br />

the union’s endorsement, General<br />

President Callahan said, “We have<br />

never doubted the President’s<br />

commitment to creating good jobs.”<br />

Mitt Romney also helped make it<br />

a clear choice. As Romney received<br />

the endorsement of the intensely<br />

anti-union Associated Builders and<br />

Contractors, he declared that on “day<br />

one” he would prohibit Project Labor<br />

Agreements, try to end Davis-Bacon<br />

prevailing wages, and lead the charge<br />

for a national “right to work” law. The<br />

contrast could not have been sharper<br />

on key bread-and-butter issues for<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s. While the IUOE<br />

has a number of solid Republican<br />

supporters in Congress, far too many<br />

Republicans think like Mitt Romney<br />

when it comes to core labor issues.<br />

In other federal elections,<br />

Democrats added seats in both<br />

chambers of Congress. Senate<br />

Democrats picked up two additional<br />

seats, creating a 55-45 majority. While<br />

Republicans maintained their majority<br />

in the House of Representatives,<br />

Democrats added eight seats, making<br />

it 234-201, after vacancies are filled.<br />

The challenge now becomes<br />

keeping our elected officials<br />

accountable, including the President<br />

of the United States. “Electing IUOEfriendly<br />

politicians to office simply is<br />

not enough. We need to be vigilant<br />

throughout the year, developing<br />

relationships and making our voices<br />

heard from the halls of Congress to<br />

city halls,” stated General President<br />

Callahan.<br />

The Legislative Year Ahead<br />

The 113th Congress (<strong>2013</strong>-2014)<br />

will have a full agenda of IUOE<br />

legislative priorities. After passage of<br />

a 27-month highway bill in summer<br />

2012, Congress will again be faced with<br />

enactment of a long-term funding bill<br />

for transportation. The current law,<br />

called Moving Ahead for Progress in<br />

the 21st Century or MAP-21, expires at<br />

the end of September 2014.<br />

The Highway Trust Fund – the lock<br />

box for federal gas-tax revenue, which<br />

must be invested in the nation’s roads,<br />

bridges, and transit systems – is quickly<br />

running out of money due to increased<br />

fuel efficiency and the growth in<br />

alternative-fuel vehicles. Finding<br />

a long-term solution to the United<br />

States’ transportation infrastructure<br />

crisis is absolutely necessary. The<br />

Highway Trust Fund will begin the<br />

2014 fiscal year in a $14-billion hole.<br />

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The competitiveness of the nation and<br />

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

simply cannot sustain a cut to this<br />

program.<br />

Other legislation to rebuild<br />

America’s infrastructure will also be<br />

on the congressional agenda. The<br />

Water Resources Development Act<br />

– legislation that guides the nation’s<br />

investment in ports and waterways –<br />

also requires reauthorization. In fact,<br />

it is years overdue. Committee leaders<br />

in the Senate appear ready to advance<br />

legislation early in the first session of<br />

Congress, though substantial obstacles<br />

remain. The law to renew the federal<br />

government’s program to assist local<br />

governments in financing water and<br />

sewer systems is 15 years overdue.<br />

The Clean Water Act-State Revolving<br />

Fund provides low-interest loans and<br />

other assistance to municipalities, but<br />

Congress has failed to renew the law<br />

since the late ‘80s, except on a stop-gap<br />

basis.<br />

2012 Political Program:<br />

Building Power for <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s<br />

Thousands of <strong>Operating</strong><br />

<strong>Engineer</strong>s across the United States<br />

engaged in the hard work of electing<br />

IUOE-friendly politicians, whether<br />

they were Republicans or Democrats,<br />

to city councils, state legislatures,<br />

Congress, and the White House. IUOE<br />

members turned out to vote in record<br />

numbers. In addition, thousands of<br />

IUOE members knocked on doors,<br />

made phone calls, passed out literature,<br />

and talked with their friends, family<br />

members, and co-workers about the<br />

issues that matter most to <strong>Operating</strong><br />

<strong>Engineer</strong>s and the middle class.<br />

“I couldn’t be more proud of<br />

the work that <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s<br />

did in 2012 to elect worker-friendly<br />

politicians,” said General President<br />

Callahan. “Winning elections is not<br />

all fun and games. It’s a lot of hard<br />

work, and the job of building power for<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s is never done.”<br />

Coordinating closely with local<br />

unions, the International Union<br />

focused its field efforts on tough U.S.<br />

Senate races and other key electoral<br />

fights in four states. International<br />

field staff joined local unions’<br />

political operations in Massachusetts,<br />

Michigan, Nevada, and Wisconsin.<br />

The IUOE-endorsed Senate<br />

candidate won in three out of four races.<br />

The United States Senate welcomed<br />

Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin and<br />

Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.<br />

Senator Debbie Stabenow, of Michigan,<br />

also won reelection to her third<br />

term. Unfortunately, IUOE supporter<br />

Shelley Berkley lost her effort to unseat<br />

incumbent Senator Dean Heller in<br />

Nevada.<br />

[p. 14, top] President Obama, Vice President<br />

Biden and their families celebrate on<br />

election night. [photo] AP/Chris Carlson<br />

[p. 14, left] Local 4 Business Manager and<br />

International Vice President Louis Rasetta<br />

and newly elected Sen. Elizabeth Warren<br />

(D-MA). [photo] IUOE Local 4<br />

[top] Using his GPS, Local 3 retiree Joel<br />

Lanstra gets ready to drop fliers on<br />

doorsteps for Obama in Nevada.<br />

[photo] IUOE Local 3<br />

[above] Local 3 members demonstrate<br />

their opposition to California’s Proposition<br />

32. [photo] IUOE Local 3<br />

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Politics & Legislation<br />

Michigan’s “Right-to-Work” Law Confers No Rights and Creates No Work<br />

Right-to-work laws confer no<br />

rights and create no work — they’re<br />

an attempt by employers and the<br />

politicians they bankroll to keep<br />

workers unorganized, unrepresented<br />

and underpaid.<br />

Nevertheless, the lame-duck<br />

Republican legislature in Michigan<br />

recently passed a so-called right-towork<br />

law, which was instantly signed<br />

by the governor. Here’s why that was<br />

a big mistake for Michigan’s<br />

workers and economy.<br />

Right-to-work proponents<br />

claim to be fighting “forced<br />

unionism.” But under current<br />

federal law, no worker is<br />

required to join a labor union.<br />

That same federal law,<br />

however, requires unions to<br />

represent everyone at a given<br />

workplace — member or not —<br />

in contract negotiations and in<br />

settling work-related problems<br />

with employers.<br />

Since it’s obviously not<br />

fair for dues-paying union<br />

members to pick up the tab for<br />

services provided to nonunion<br />

members, nonmembers are<br />

sometimes charged a service,<br />

or “agency,” fee. None of the<br />

money collected in agency fees<br />

can be used for political, social<br />

or any other activities besides<br />

employment representation.<br />

So in reality right-to-work<br />

is “right-to-freeload” — to get<br />

a very valuable service, union<br />

representation, without paying for it.<br />

As proof, consider that as labor<br />

has declined in influence in the past<br />

few decades under fierce attack by<br />

big money interests, we’ve seen the<br />

progress of the middle class stalled and<br />

the nation’s wealth gap widen.<br />

But because unions still do a<br />

good enough job of making sure the<br />

economy works for their middle-class<br />

members, the economic elite would<br />

like them completely destroyed. Rightto-work<br />

is their favored tool.<br />

And it’s effective. After all, if workers<br />

can get free union services under rightto-work<br />

laws, why would anyone pay<br />

dues? As dues decline, so does the<br />

strength of the union, until it finally<br />

disappears.<br />

Believers in the free market should<br />

be offended by right-to-work laws.<br />

They interpose the power of the state<br />

between the employer and the union<br />

by forbidding them to freely enter<br />

into an agreement on the kind of<br />

“union security clause” that creates<br />

the nonmember agency fee. In other<br />

words, it makes it illegal for the<br />

agreement to require employees to pay<br />

their fair share of representation.<br />

Proponents of right-to-work laws<br />

argue that enactment will lead to<br />

economic growth through a more<br />

business-friendly environment. Study<br />

after study has found this claim to be<br />

untrue.<br />

For example, a 2011 study by Gordon<br />

Lafer of the University of Oregon and<br />

Sylvia Allegretto of the University of<br />

California at Berkeley found<br />

that right-to-work laws have not<br />

positively impacted job growth.<br />

One part of the study<br />

examined the economic climate<br />

in Oklahoma after the 2001<br />

passage of right-to-work. The<br />

study found that unemployment<br />

had doubled in Oklahoma<br />

since enactment and that new<br />

business arrivals had actually<br />

declined.<br />

The study also found that<br />

the lower wages and economic<br />

insecurity of workers in right-towork<br />

states could make business<br />

less inclined to relocate because<br />

of declining tax revenues and<br />

consumer demand.<br />

Studies like this and a simple<br />

comparison of employment<br />

rates and wages between rightto-work<br />

states and non-rightto-work<br />

states makes it fairly<br />

certain that Michigan will not<br />

reap any economic rewards<br />

from the new law.<br />

Instead, it represents a step<br />

backward that the state cannot afford.<br />

Until we and our elected officials come<br />

to grips with the fact that a race-tothe-bottom<br />

has no winners, workers<br />

and the economy will continue to<br />

suffer from the short-sightedness of the<br />

misnamed “right-to-work” movement.<br />

[article] Don Kusler, Executive Director of<br />

Americans for Democratic Action.<br />

Reprinted with permission.<br />

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Local 18 Ramps Up the Fight Against Anti-Labor Legislation<br />

Last year, a Tea Party affiliated<br />

group filed a constitutional language<br />

amendment to make Ohio a so called<br />

“Right-to-Work” (RTW) state. The<br />

petition language was approved by the<br />

Attorney General and the amendment<br />

was named the “Workplace Freedom<br />

Act.” The amendment seeks to prohibit<br />

union security clauses in collective<br />

bargaining agreements in both public<br />

and private labor agreements.<br />

In light of these developments,<br />

Local 18 has taken action on several<br />

fronts. They have beefed up the RTW<br />

portion of the Labor History classes<br />

the local has sponsored since 1994.<br />

In addition, they have opened up the<br />

classes to non-members, bringing<br />

the message of RTW and its financial<br />

impact to workers across the United<br />

States to as many working people as<br />

possible.<br />

The local has also been working<br />

with other union allies and invested<br />

in polling and focus groups to gain a<br />

better understanding of the public’s<br />

view on labor unions and RTW. The<br />

results were eye opening and the<br />

local promptly began a statewide<br />

educational campaign on the issue.<br />

The most visible aspect of the<br />

campaign are billboard messages<br />

across the state which brand the<br />

Workplace Freedom Act as dangerous<br />

for Ohio workers. Deemed somewhat<br />

controversial, they garnered attention<br />

in newspapers and on local broadcast<br />

news stations when the billboards<br />

first went up. But that exposure has<br />

been another way to “spread the word<br />

on the dangers of right-to-work to a<br />

broader audience,” according to Local<br />

18 Business Manager and International<br />

Vice President Patrick Sink.<br />

“ B i g<br />

business has<br />

stripped this<br />

country of<br />

good jobs by<br />

outsourcing<br />

to cheap labor<br />

nations. Now<br />

they want to<br />

strip American<br />

workers of<br />

their ability to<br />

have strong<br />

unions, which<br />

will weaken<br />

collective<br />

bargaining.<br />

The attitudes and expectations of big<br />

business are taken from the business<br />

blueprints of the late 1800’s,” Sink said.<br />

The local has also launched a<br />

website and is using social media and<br />

internet ads to get the word out. (see<br />

www.protectohiosmiddleclass.org)<br />

Financial support for these<br />

initiatives is coming from several<br />

sources. “After consulting with<br />

General President Callahan, we have<br />

garnered his support and assistance<br />

to “educate the voters.” In addition,<br />

our membership overwhelmingly<br />

approved a dues increase to begin<br />

January 1 of this year and which is<br />

earmarked specifically to fund this<br />

effort,” Sink reported. “We are also<br />

working closely with the AFL-CIO and<br />

“We Are Ohio” groups for statewide<br />

education.”<br />

The goal is to continue educating<br />

union members, their families and the<br />

general public so that if the “Workplace<br />

Freedom Act” appears on the ballot in<br />

Ohio, it will be soundly defeated.<br />

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Feature<br />

Wrath and Recovery<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s Lead Efforts to Restore Communities Hit by Superstorm<br />

Three months after Superstorm Sandy slammed<br />

into the Northeastern United States, many coastal<br />

communities in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut are<br />

still without power, water or natural gas. The magnitude of<br />

the storm is stunning – over 150 lives lost, over $60 billion in<br />

damage, and thousands still unable to return to their homes.<br />

The National Hurricane Center now says tropical force<br />

winds extended 820 miles at their widest. Sandy’s pure kinetic<br />

energy for storm surge and wave “destruction potential”<br />

reached a 5.8 on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric<br />

Administration’s 0 to 6 scale, the highest ever measured.<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s have also been picking up the pieces,<br />

both personally and professionally. “While all of us were<br />

touched in some way by the storm and its aftermath, about<br />

50 of our members suffered devastating damage to their<br />

homes as a result of flooding, wind and fallen trees. Many<br />

of these brothers and sisters are still assessing the impact<br />

and deciding whether to rebuild or move on,” says Local 825<br />

Business Manager and International Vice President Greg<br />

Lalevee.<br />

Despite their personal hardship, IUOE members from<br />

hard hit areas and beyond answered the call. Within hours<br />

of the storm’s passing, heavy equipment operators took<br />

the lead, digging through deep sand and debris, so that<br />

rescue workers and utility crews could reach residents and<br />

communities stricken by the storm.<br />

The work has transitioned now, from emergency response<br />

to recovery, but the need for skilled <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s has<br />

only grown. Millions of tons of debris must still be cleared<br />

and crews are busy fortifying sand dunes and replenishing<br />

beaches to protect coastal communities from future weather<br />

events.<br />

Members Helping Members<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s were also quick to respond to their<br />

brothers and sisters in need. The IUOE National Charity<br />

Fund received close to $500,000 in donations from locals<br />

and individual members in the weeks immediately after the<br />

storm. To date, the Fund has paid out more than $1.5 million<br />

to more than 500 IUOE members who suffered storm related<br />

damages.<br />

“It was heartening to see Local 30’s tradition of members<br />

helping members continue, and as always, our great<br />

International was there immediately to help,” said Local 30<br />

Business Manager and International Trustee Jack Ahern.<br />

The first of the National Charity Fund checks for Local 30<br />

members were handed out by Mr. Ahern in early November,<br />

and since then Local 30 members have received 67 checks<br />

from the Fund. Mr. Ahern expressed his heartfelt thanks to<br />

General President Callahan and the IUOE General Executive<br />

Board for their quick response and unwavering support in<br />

the face of this natural disaster.<br />

Federal Relief Package Finally Approved<br />

On January 28, a staggering 91 days after Superstorm<br />

Sandy struck, the Senate passed, on a vote of 62-36, federal<br />

[left] A familiar scene throughout the storm ravaged region.<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> engineers have been working steadily to remove storm<br />

debris since late October. [photo] AP/Kathy Willens<br />

[right] Flood waters surged through lower Manhattan, inundating<br />

the World Trade Center construction site. [photo] AP/John<br />

Minchillo<br />

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legislation authorizing badly needed funding for recovery<br />

efforts. All 36 votes against the measure were Republicans.<br />

The House of Representatives had already passed the<br />

measure, H.R. 152, two weeks earlier by a margin of 241-180.<br />

Unfortunately, 179 Republicans saw fit to vote against the<br />

legislation to rebuild major sections of New Jersey, New York,<br />

and Connecticut, home to one in every six Americans. The<br />

Senate passage of the bill sent the long-awaited measure to<br />

President Obama’s desk, where he quickly signed it into law.<br />

Calling on Congress to pass the legislation, General<br />

President Callahan said, “No region in the country is immune<br />

to disaster…What is clear now is that the nation must come<br />

together to assist the region. There is no time for delay.”<br />

The package included over $50 billion in resources to aid<br />

people whose homes were damaged or destroyed, as well as<br />

to business owners who had heavy losses. It will also pay for<br />

replenishing shorelines, repairing subway and commuter<br />

rail systems, fixing bridges and tunnels, and reimbursing<br />

local governments for other emergency spending. These<br />

resources are in addition to $9.7 billion Congress had already<br />

approved for FEMA’s Flood Insurance Program.<br />

[left] High storm surge and heavy wave action washed away homes<br />

and carved a channel from the ocean to the bay, cutting the town<br />

of Mantoloking, NJ in half. A week later, <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s from<br />

Local 825 had reconnected the island and opened access to rescue<br />

workers and utility crews. [photo] AP/Doug Mills; AP, Mel Evans<br />

[above] With NJ Governor Chris Christie looking on, Local 825<br />

member Warren Kuhlthau operates the piledriver kicking off<br />

reconstruction of the boardwalk in Belmar, NJ. [photo] Tim Larsen/<br />

NJ Governor’s Office<br />

[right] Local 30 Business Manager and International Trustee Jack<br />

Ahern (center) hands out some of the first checks to members from<br />

the IUOE National Charity Fund. [photo] IUOE Local 30<br />

fall 2012<br />

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Canadian News<br />

Local 904, Province Invest $700,000 in crane Operator Training<br />

The Newfoundland and<br />

Labrador department of Advanced<br />

Education and Skills announced it will<br />

invest more than $490,000 towards a<br />

tower crane operator training program<br />

at the <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s College<br />

in Holyrood, 45 kilometres west of St.<br />

John’s, intended to train workers for<br />

offshore oil projects.<br />

“A total investment of over $700,000<br />

is being allocated<br />

for this program,<br />

provided through<br />

the Provincial<br />

Government, the<br />

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

College and the<br />

International<br />

Union of <strong>Operating</strong><br />

<strong>Engineer</strong>s, Local 904,”<br />

the province stated in<br />

a press release.<br />

“There’s a<br />

shortage mobile<br />

crane operators<br />

and a shortage<br />

of tower crane<br />

persons, not only in<br />

Newfoundland but<br />

across Canada. Now<br />

we’re bringing them<br />

in from across the United States,” said<br />

president and business manager of the<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s, Local 904, Roy<br />

Hawco.<br />

Touted by the province as a<br />

program that will help workers gain<br />

qualifications to work on ExxonMobil<br />

Canada’s Hebron offshore oil project,<br />

the program will include three 12-week<br />

training sessions. Students will be able<br />

to use a computerized simulator and<br />

a 16-tonne tower crane, the province<br />

stated.<br />

Enrolled operators can get the<br />

Red Seal certification required by<br />

contractors for work on the Hebron<br />

construction project. “The Tower<br />

Crane Operator Training Program<br />

will assist individuals in acquiring the<br />

qualifications needed to work on the<br />

Hebron construction site or any other<br />

project within Newfoundland and<br />

Labrador.”<br />

‘We have apprentices but they aren’t<br />

Red Seal certified yet,” said Hawco.<br />

The tower crane training program<br />

at the <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s College will<br />

be the only one in the province tailored<br />

towards training Red Seal tower crane<br />

operators.<br />

The <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s College<br />

trained 48 tower crane operators for the<br />

Hibernia project in the 1980s, which<br />

has been producing oil since 1997.<br />

IUOE Local 904 represents about 1,800<br />

workers in the province.<br />

The Hebron gravity-based structure<br />

project will build an offshore oil<br />

platform off the coast of St Johns, on the<br />

island of Newfoundland, by 2017.<br />

Local 793 Supports<br />

Medical Research<br />

Local 793 recently donated<br />

$102,000 to the Toronto General &<br />

Western Hospital Foundation. The<br />

money will be used for research into<br />

esophageal cancer. (L to R) Dr. Gail<br />

Darling, director of thoracic surgery<br />

clinical research at University Health<br />

Network, accepted the cheque from<br />

Local 793 business manager Mike<br />

Gallagher and president Joe Redshaw.<br />

The money was raised at the Gary<br />

O’Neill Memorial Golf Tournament<br />

held in summer 2011. The tournament<br />

is named in honour of Gary O’Neill, late<br />

president of Local 793.<br />

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Protecting Canadian Workers’ Rights, Local 115 Challenges<br />

Federal Government<br />

IUOE Local 115, in partnership<br />

with the Building Trades of British<br />

Columbia, has been in the media<br />

spotlight nationally since early<br />

November 2012 due to the high-profile<br />

challenge of the Canadian Federal<br />

Government’s Temporary Foreign<br />

Worker (TFW) Program.<br />

Local 115 was prompted to<br />

commence legal action when a company<br />

called HD Mining (HD) was granted<br />

TFW permits allowing it to conduct a<br />

100,000-tonne coal sampling, using 201<br />

workers brought in from China. “It was<br />

an unacceptable situation,” explained<br />

Business Manager Brian Cochrane.<br />

“We had qualified members on Local<br />

115’s dispatch lists and out of work<br />

members of our sister locals throughout<br />

Canada and the USA ready to assist<br />

with the exploration in Murray River.<br />

It was clear that HD hadn’t made a<br />

legitimate attempt to recruit Canadian<br />

workers first which is a requirement of<br />

the Federal Governments Temporary<br />

Foreign Worker program.”<br />

The Canadian Federal Government<br />

and HD Mining fought every step of<br />

the way in court, resulting in numerous<br />

pieces of litigation, from not only<br />

the Federal Government, but from<br />

HD and its shareholders as well. HD<br />

threatened at one point to close down<br />

other resource extraction projects in the<br />

Murray River region, which they quickly<br />

retracted.<br />

Local 115’s campaign has not been<br />

an easy one. After first winning the right<br />

to apply for a judicial review based on<br />

considerations of public interest, Local<br />

115 went on to win again in court to<br />

obtain access to hundreds of documents<br />

related to the approval of the Murray<br />

River permits. In early January, when<br />

key information was withheld by HD,<br />

and the government argued that it was<br />

unable to compel the firm to produce<br />

the missing data, the local forced full<br />

disclosure by filing a contempt of court<br />

application against Canadian Human<br />

Resources Minister Diane Finley. Again<br />

Federal Court ruled in favor of Local 115,<br />

stating the government must continue<br />

to obtain the documents from HD.<br />

In mid-January, HD finally complied<br />

with the Court order and turned over<br />

the 315 resumes of Canadians who<br />

responded to their job ads. Although<br />

HD Mining claimed there were no<br />

Canadian applicants qualified to do this<br />

work, the evidence from the resumes<br />

clearly shows that was not factual.<br />

Within days after releasing the<br />

resumes as a part of the court order,<br />

HD Mining announced it was going<br />

to send the Chinese workers that had<br />

already arrived in Canada back home<br />

to China. Local 115 has now filed an<br />

additional submission to the courts<br />

after reviewing the resumes of the<br />

people who had applied for these jobs.<br />

“There were people who applied that<br />

had over 30 years’ experience and why<br />

they were deemed unqualified by HD<br />

Mining is completely absurd,” said<br />

Business Manager Cochrane in several<br />

interviews with the media.<br />

The real issue is the Temporary<br />

Foreign Worker Program: it’s a broken<br />

system in urgent need of reform. Until<br />

the TFW program is changed to be both<br />

more effective and more transparent,<br />

these kinds of abuses will continue. The<br />

good news is that this story has garnered<br />

national attention and overwhelming<br />

positive support, and that puts pressure<br />

on the federal government to set up<br />

an independent review. The Local<br />

wants to try and find a better solution<br />

to protect Canadian jobs and provide<br />

opportunities for IUOE members from<br />

the United States when they become<br />

available.<br />

This campaign is not over, and there<br />

are more legal battles on the forefront,<br />

but taking on this challenge successfully<br />

has brought the importance of unions<br />

back into the national spotlight.<br />

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HAZMAT<br />

Revised HAZARD COMMUNICATION Standard<br />

OSHA published the final rule for the revised Hazard<br />

Communication Standard on March 26, 2012. The changes<br />

to the Hazard Communication standard include the long<br />

anticipated move toward the Globally Harmonized System<br />

(GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. There<br />

are three major changes to the Hazard Communication<br />

Standard:<br />

1. Hazard Classification: The definitions of hazards<br />

have been changed to provide specific criteria for<br />

classification of health and physical hazards, as well as<br />

classification of mixtures. These specific criteria will<br />

help to ensure that evaluations of hazardous effects are<br />

consistent across manufacturers, making labels and<br />

safety data sheets more accurate as a result.<br />

2. Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will<br />

be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized<br />

signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each<br />

hazard class and category. Precautionary statements<br />

must also be provided.<br />

3. Safety Data Sheets: The Safety Data Sheet will<br />

replace the familiar Material Safety Data Sheet and will<br />

now have a consistent 16-section format.<br />

The new rule will have a phase-in period given that it is<br />

such a widespread change. The table below summarizes<br />

the phase-in dates required by the revised Hazard<br />

Communication Standard:<br />

The Hazard Communication standard of 1993 was referred<br />

to as your right to know. The Hazard Communication standard<br />

of 2012 is being referred to as your right to understand. The<br />

system of hazard classifications communicated through the<br />

revised labels, pictograms, signal words, hazard statements<br />

and safety data sheets will provide workers with the tools<br />

necessary to protect themselves on their jobsites.<br />

The IUOE NTF National HAZMAT Program will provide<br />

material and assistance to local unions and local union<br />

instructors to meet the training requirements in the revised<br />

Hazard Communication standard. IUOE trainers and<br />

personnel are encouraged to order and review the new<br />

material. If you have questions please contact us at (304)<br />

253-8674 or hazmat@iuoehazmat.org.<br />

Effective Completion Date Requirement(s) Who is Responsible<br />

December 1, <strong>2013</strong><br />

Train employees on the new label elements Employers<br />

and safety data sheet (SDS) format.<br />

June 1, 2015*<br />

December 1, 2015<br />

June 1, 2016<br />

Transition Period to the effective<br />

completion dates noted<br />

above<br />

Compliance with all modified provisions of<br />

this final rule, except:<br />

The Distributor shall not ship containers<br />

labeled by the chemical manufacturer or<br />

importer unless it is a GHS label.<br />

Update alternative workplace labeling and<br />

hazard communication program as necessary,<br />

and provide additional employee training<br />

for newly identified physical or health<br />

hazards.<br />

May comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200<br />

(the final standard), or the current standard,<br />

or both<br />

Chemical manufacturers, importers,<br />

distributors and employers<br />

Employers<br />

Chemical manufacturers, importers,<br />

distributors, and employers<br />

*This date coincides with the European Union (EU) implementation date for classification of mixtures.<br />

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Healthcare<br />

Good Nutrition and Weight Loss:<br />

Key to Longevity on the Job and Beyond<br />

As <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s we work a<br />

lifetime of long, physically demanding hours<br />

often in remote locations away from home. With<br />

this lifestyle we work up a strong appetite that is<br />

too often satisfied by supersizing our burgers,<br />

fries, sodas or adult beverages at the nearest<br />

fast food joint or watering hole. We don’t eat<br />

properly, we don’t have the energy or time to<br />

exercise properly and getting a decent night of<br />

sleep can be a challenge. In other words, we<br />

work hard, we play hard and we eat and drink<br />

too much.<br />

Early in our careers we can seemingly get<br />

away with theses routines, but as we age and<br />

our systems start their inevitable slowdown<br />

our once buff, hard bodies start to soften. The<br />

calories we are accustomed to consuming and<br />

burning off are now expanding our waistlines<br />

and adding extra pounds to our frames.<br />

Unfortunately, this added weight not only makes it increasingly difficult to fit into that old varsity jacket, it also results<br />

in the development of a number of chronic conditions, too numerous to list here, that will impact your life financially and<br />

qualitatively as well as the lives of those loved ones in your family.<br />

For many of us these habits are very hard to change, but if you want to be around for the long haul and enjoy that well deserved<br />

pension, make the effort. A comprehensive set of resources that will aid you in making these difficult lifestyle decisions can be<br />

found online at www.nutrition.gov under the Nutrition and Health Issues section. So what do you say, give it a try!<br />

HAZMAT continued<br />

National HAZMAT Program <strong>2013</strong> Trainer Course Schedule<br />

The <strong>2013</strong> Trainer<br />

Courses are designed to<br />

meet instructors’ needs,<br />

maintain instructor credentials,<br />

and expand the<br />

instructors’ skills and<br />

knowledge to meet the<br />

changing requirements<br />

of the local unions’ membership.<br />

A<br />

four-hour<br />

(HAZCOM) Globally Harmonized<br />

System (GHS)<br />

course has been added<br />

to all trainer courses this<br />

year, with the exception of<br />

the OSHA 510 course.<br />

<strong>2013</strong> Dates* Trainer CouRSE # of Days<br />

Apr 8-12 rigging and Signaling Safety Trainer; GHS 4.5 days<br />

May 14-17 OSHA 3110 Fall Arrest Systems; GHS 3.5 days<br />

Jun 3-13 HAZWOPER Train-the-Trainer; GHS 10 days w/ 1 day break<br />

Aug 14-17 OSHA 510 Construction Industry Standards 3.5 days<br />

Aug 19-22 OSHA 500 Construction Industry Trainer; GHS 4 days<br />

Sep 10-12 OSHA 502 Construction Industry Update; GHS 3 days<br />

Sep 16-19 OSHA 2264 Confined Space Trainer; GHS 4 days<br />

Sep 17-19 MSHA Train-the-Trainer; GHS 3 days<br />

Oct 7-8 oSHA 5602 Disaster Site Worker Update; GHS 1.5 days<br />

Oct 7-10 oSHA 5600 Disaster Site Worker Trainer; GHS 4 days<br />

Oct 21-24 OSHA 521 Industrial Hygiene/Monitoring; GHS 4 days<br />

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

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