Operating Engineer - Summer 2014

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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 • SUMMER <strong>2014</strong><br />

The Next Highway Cliff<br />

Construction jobs, infrastructure projects<br />

hang in the balance

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

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

<strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2014</strong> • Volume 157, No. 3<br />

Brian E. Hickey, Editor<br />

Jay C. Lederer, Managing Editor<br />

18 Women in the Trades<br />

Annual conference breaks attendance record<br />

10 Member Spotlight<br />

Local 15 member a permanent part of 9/11 Memorial<br />

14 The Next Highway Cliff<br />

Solution to transportation funding still uncertain<br />

22 Union Plus Scholarship Winners<br />

IUOE has nine worthy recipients this year<br />

Departments<br />

05 From the General President<br />

06 Education & Training<br />

12 Politics & Legislation<br />

18 HAZMAT<br />

19 Healthcare<br />

20 Local Spotlight<br />

21 Canadian News<br />

24 GEB Minutes<br />

28 In Memorium<br />

[cover] Road and bridge work, like this project employing<br />

Local 150 members outside Chicago, rely on the federal<br />

Highway Trust Fund for financing. See story on page 14.<br />

[photo] Jay Lederer/IUOE<br />

[right] Beach replenishment along the New Jersey coast<br />

continues to bring work for members of Local 825 and Local<br />

25 almost two years after Hurricane Sandy swept ashore.<br />

[photo] FEMA/Rosanna Arias<br />

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SUMMER <strong>2014</strong> 3

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general officers<br />

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 />

Russell E. Burns, Fourth Vice President<br />

James M. Sweeney, Fifth Vice President<br />

Robert T. Heenan, Sixth Vice President<br />

Daniel J. McGraw, Seventh Vice President<br />

Daren Konopaski, Eighth Vice President<br />

Michael Gallagher, Ninth Vice President<br />

Greg Lalevee, Tenth Vice President<br />

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 />

Kuba J. Brown, Trustee<br />

Bruce Moffatt, Trustee<br />

James T. Kunz, Jr., Trustee<br />

Joseph F. Shanahan, Trustee<br />

In Memorium<br />

Local 30 Business Manager and International<br />

Trustee John “Jack” T. Ahern passed away June 17<br />

after a long illness. He was 60.<br />

Ahern began his career with the <strong>Operating</strong><br />

<strong>Engineer</strong>s as an apprentice in 1974. He was<br />

elected Business Manager and Financial<br />

Secretary of Local 30 in 1999.<br />

Ahern will be remembered as a dedicated union<br />

leader and activist. He was also very active in the<br />

Irish-American community, serving on the board<br />

of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center.<br />

From the General President<br />

Vote Like Your Job Depends On It<br />

Our livelihoods closely tied to political outcomes<br />

This summer we are receiving<br />

encouraging news from every region<br />

within the International about<br />

increased hours and opportunities for<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s. Many projects,<br />

large and small, that had been delayed<br />

or sidelined as we emerged from the<br />

recession are now underway.<br />

The pipeline industry in particular<br />

has seen steady growth, reaching an<br />

all time high for employment in that<br />

sector last month. Natural gas has been<br />

the primary engine behind this growth,<br />

bringing increased work for our<br />

members in Canada and the Northeast<br />

and North-Central Regions.<br />

Other energy projects have also<br />

contributed. The Plant Vogtle nuclear<br />

site in Georgia continues to employ<br />

many in the South Atlantic Region. The<br />

Western Region is beginning to see the<br />

benefits of wind power construction,<br />

while the Western Initiative for Nuclear<br />

promises to bring good jobs into the<br />

future. Two major tunneling projects<br />

in the Pacific Northwest, along with<br />

the return of traditional building<br />

construction to the Greater Los Angeles<br />

area and Hawaiian Islands are making<br />

this one of the best construction<br />

seasons we have seen in quite some<br />

time.<br />

This trend has also been evident<br />

among our Stationary membership. A<br />

committed effort to training and new<br />

organizing across all regions is proving<br />

very successful. In conversations with<br />

General Secretary Hickey and Business<br />

Managers representing Stationary<br />

<strong>Engineer</strong>s, they are reporting near full<br />

employment with organizing efforts<br />

underway in many sectors of the<br />

industry.<br />

While we continue to work on<br />

solidifying gains and creating new<br />

opportunities, political ideology and<br />

legislative malpractice threaten to slow<br />

this positive momentum.<br />

Once again we find ourselves in an<br />

uphill struggle to preserve our right to<br />

organize and to collectively bargain.<br />

Extreme right-wing politicians<br />

continue to try and weaken our union<br />

through so-called Right-to-Work<br />

initiatives at the state and local levels.<br />

In Congress, attempts to strip Davis-<br />

Bacon prevailing wage coverage from<br />

federal spending are offered regularly<br />

by anti-union lawmakers.<br />

But perhaps worst of all, the U.S.<br />

Congress is now playing games with<br />

the Highway Trust Fund. Funding<br />

the construction and repair of our<br />

roads and bridges is a basic function<br />

of government and we are working to<br />

ensure that they don’t drop the ball<br />

on this one. Too many construction<br />

jobs – our jobs – are at risk. Failure is<br />

definitely not an option.<br />

We know all too well that the<br />

livelihoods of IUOE members are tied<br />

to political outcomes. This is why I<br />

feel that the midterm elections on<br />

November 4th are such a priority for<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s. We must engage<br />

at every level, but I want to put specific<br />

emphasis on the U.S. Senate.<br />

A handful of competitive campaigns<br />

around the country will decide who<br />

controls the Senate. The IUOE has<br />

always looked at issues first and<br />

political party last, but if Republicans<br />

gain control, their leader Mitch<br />

McConnell has vowed that he will push<br />

to repeal Davis-Bacon prevailing wage<br />

and institute anti-union laws like Rightto-Work<br />

on a national scale. They will<br />

also be in control of the committees<br />

that will write the new transportation<br />

bill, giving non-union contractors like<br />

the ABC a primary seat at the table.<br />

Make no mistake, we cannot afford<br />

to sit this election cycle out. We must<br />

stand up and ask candidates the hard<br />

questions about collective bargaining,<br />

Davis-Bacon and the right to organize.<br />

[James T. Callahan]<br />

We must take the fight directly to<br />

politicians like Mitch McConnell in<br />

Kentucky and others who share his<br />

extreme agenda. We must send a<br />

message that anti-worker, anti-middle<br />

class positions will cost them the<br />

election.<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s make a real<br />

difference in federal, state and local<br />

elections. We will weigh all the facts<br />

and continue to support candidates<br />

from both sides of the aisle who vote<br />

along the lines I’ve spelled out here.<br />

Each one of us should put these<br />

important issues at the forefront of<br />

our decision making when we enter<br />

the voting booth November 4th. Our<br />

collective future depends on it.<br />

So once again, I urge you to vote for<br />

those who support our way of feeding<br />

our families, educating our children,<br />

and retiring with dignity when our<br />

time comes. Stand with those who<br />

stand with us. Visit the IUOE website<br />

and keep an eye on your mailbox<br />

for important information on the<br />

upcoming elections.<br />

As always, I consider it a great<br />

honor to serve as your General<br />

President. I have been blessed with<br />

an engaging General Executive Board,<br />

a tireless International staff, and<br />

knowledgeable field representation<br />

second to none, who all work to serve<br />

this great membership. For that I am<br />

truly grateful.<br />

Work safely and have a great<br />

summer.<br />

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SUMMER <strong>2014</strong> 5

Education & Training<br />

Massive Training Center Expansion Underway in Wisconsin<br />

Demand for Certifications on the Rise, the Union has it Covered<br />


addition to the Joseph J. Goetz Jr. Training Center near<br />

Coloma, WI. The addition is being built to allow members of<br />

IUOE Local 139 an opportunity to train on heavy equipment<br />

year-round, even during periods of severe winter weather in<br />

Wisconsin.<br />

[photo] Dave Backmann, Local 139<br />

Governor O’Malley Tours New IUOE Local 99 <strong>Engineer</strong> Center<br />


Murphy recently invited Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley<br />

to tour their new Training Facility “<strong>Engineer</strong> Center” in Largo,<br />

MD. While at the facility the Governor met with Training<br />

Coordinator Sam Redden and Business Representative<br />

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (center) visits with<br />

Local 99’s Sam Redden and Don Havard at the local’s new<br />

training facility.<br />

[photo] Executive Office of the Governor<br />

Don Havard to discuss the Apprenticeship Program and the<br />

Advanced Training Classes that are offered by Local 99. “The<br />

Governor was very impressed and complimentary of the<br />

facility, classrooms and the curriculum,” reports Murphy.<br />


work closely with their business agents to<br />

keep up with job market demands so that<br />

they may continue to offer the skills training<br />

and certifications the membership requires<br />

for job qualification and advancement. Many<br />

employers require specific certifications in<br />

order to even be considered for employment.<br />

Sometimes, an engineer will watch a great<br />

opportunity pass them by because they<br />

missed the chance to earn a certification<br />

which would have qualified them for a<br />

desired position.<br />

Local 399 <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s employed<br />

at the University Of Chicago (UIC) know this<br />

all too well. As a condition of employment,<br />

all of the UIC Utilities, Heat, Light and<br />

Power engineers are required to have the<br />

EPA 608 universal certification. This level<br />

of certification, like other credentials, help<br />

ensure that our union engineers can attain these highly<br />

skilled positions.<br />

Other areas of opportunity for engineers are in the energy<br />

conservation, sustainability and green technology fields.<br />

Those topics have been around for quite a while now, but have<br />

picked up momentum and show promising opportunities for<br />

our members.<br />

Spotting this trend, Local 399’s instructors Dave Arvans<br />

and Ralph White turned to the IUOE National Training<br />

Fund’s Energy Conservation course to educate members on<br />

the importance of being proactive in energy management, as<br />

well as understand what a critical role the operating engineer<br />

has in energy management in North America.<br />

The steady increase in the cost of energy has renewed<br />

interest and attention around sustainability and its effects<br />

on facilities operations. Perhaps the most recognizable<br />

accreditation in this area is the Leadership in Energy<br />

and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associates.<br />

Understanding and acquiring this accreditation can prove to<br />

be very beneficial for engineers, especially when seeking new<br />

positions in a wide range of facilities. Recently, instructor<br />

Barbara Hickey of Local 399’s Facilities Sustainability class<br />

provided guidance while assisting 12 of her students in<br />

receiving their LEED Green Associates<br />

accreditation.<br />

The training and credentialing offered<br />

through IUOE locals is an important part<br />

of our profession. It provides an enormous<br />

amount of power when showing current and<br />

prospective employers the importance of<br />

hiring an educated and professional union<br />

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

[above] <strong>Engineer</strong>s at UIC display their<br />

certification cards. L to R: Robert Franzese, Jack<br />

Brennan, John Campbell, Kevin Casserly, Brian<br />

Mahoney, Kevin Nagle<br />

[left] L to R: Mike Scanlon, Jim Tornabene, Mike<br />

Walz, Tim Hamilton, Shawn Marshall, John<br />

O’Shea, Tim O’Shea, Robert Davenport<br />

Bruce Langele, Kenneth Shipp<br />

[photos] Local 399<br />

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SUMMER <strong>2014</strong> 7

Women in the Trades<br />

Union Tradeswomen Conference Focuses on Career Support<br />

NEARLY 900 WOMEN, representing all of the skilled<br />

trades in construction, attended the <strong>2014</strong> “Women Building<br />

California and the Nation” conference April 25-27 in<br />

Sacramento, CA.<br />

The final attendance numbers represented an increase<br />

of almost 50% from the 2013 conference, a reflection of the<br />

growing numbers of women who are choosing a career path<br />

as a skilled craft construction professional.<br />

This year’s conference contained an international flair,<br />

as 22 attendees were from Canada and seven hailed from<br />

Australia.<br />

The conference was sponsored by the State Building<br />

and Construction Trades Council of California and<br />

North America’s Building Trades Unions and its Standing<br />

Committee on Women in the Trades.<br />

The central idea behind the entire “Women in the<br />

Trades” movement is to not only engage in the recruitment<br />

of more women into the skilled trades, but to provide the<br />

necessary support and preparation for those women who do<br />

choose such a career path. This support network is proving<br />

successful in preparing women to work in the trades, gaining<br />

access to jobs and career tracks that will help them and their<br />

families achieve greater economic security, and to groom<br />

and support a new generation of female leaders within and<br />

throughout North America’s Building Trades Unions.<br />

The <strong>2014</strong> Conference participants heard from a variety<br />

of speakers, including Lt. Col. Cherrie Davis of the United<br />

States Army who gave a motivational speech about rising in<br />

the ranks of a male-dominated industry.<br />

Gina Walsh, an Insulator by trade and the President of the<br />

Missouri State Building and Construction Trades Council<br />

and a member of the Missouri State Senator treated the<br />

conference to a great story about the rewards that come<br />

with stepping up, being accountable and becoming more<br />

involved.<br />

Kristi Tuemmler, a rank and file member of <strong>Operating</strong><br />

<strong>Engineer</strong>s Local 3, was a featured speaker and shared her<br />

own compelling story about how and why she chose a career<br />

path in the trades.<br />

On a more somber note, a Worker’s Memorial Day<br />

commemoration was included as part of the program, and it<br />

detailed the stories of 7 women who perished while working in<br />

the construction industry.<br />

A touching moment<br />

occurred when the<br />

lights were dimmed and<br />

conference participants<br />

held their cell phone lights<br />

aloft as a gesture of honor<br />

and remembrance.<br />

Aside from the plenary<br />

sessions were a wide array<br />

of workshops. The most<br />

well-attended workshops<br />

included:<br />

Tools of the Trades<br />

- An opportunity for<br />

pre-apprentices to meet<br />

women from different<br />

crafts in order to learn<br />

more about what they do.<br />

Career Ladders Beyond<br />

the Tools - Guidance for<br />

women who are interested<br />

in moving beyond the tools<br />

and into careers such as<br />

Inspector, Safety Manager,<br />

Compliance officer, or<br />

Apprenticeship Coordinator.<br />

Higher Education Options for Women in the Trades -<br />

Exploring the opportunities available for women in the<br />

trades to secure college degrees.<br />

Unions 101 - understanding the history of the American<br />

building trades union movement and the important role that<br />

it plays in the industry and in society at large.<br />

Leadership 101 - What women need to know if they are<br />

thinking about “taking the reins” of leadership<br />

Mentoring the Next Generation - Each one teach one.<br />

Solving Conflicts on the Job - Tips and techniques to<br />

navigate through a male-dominated industry<br />

[left] Local 3 was well represented at the <strong>2014</strong> Women Building<br />

California and the Nation Conference.<br />

[photo] Jan Jenson<br />

[above] Kristi Tuemmler, a rank and file member of Local 3, was a<br />

featured speaker and shared her own compelling story about how<br />

and why she chose a career path in the trades.<br />

[photo] Vicky Hamlin<br />

[right] Local 501 union sisters show off their IUOE pride.<br />

[photo] Vicky Hamlin<br />

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SUMMER <strong>2014</strong> 9

Member Spotlight<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>’s Words Part of Tribute at 9/11 Memorial<br />

The images of September 11,<br />

2001 are etched in the memories of<br />

everyone who experienced that fateful<br />

day. None are more deep than those of<br />

the men and women of Locals 14 and<br />

15 who dropped everything to rush to<br />

the site that day and who stayed on<br />

through the arduous recovery effort.<br />

A tribute to those skilled tradesmen<br />

is now part of the newly opened 9/11<br />

Memorial museum. Featured there are<br />

the words of one <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>,<br />

who summed up the sentiments of<br />

many who worked the site, etched in<br />

stone for all to see when they come<br />

back to remember and reflect.<br />

Joe Bradley, a 40 year member of<br />

Local 15, helped build the Twin Towers<br />

in the 1970’s. Even before the first<br />

piece of steel was set, Bradley knew he<br />

was part of something historic.<br />

“At the time, my brother was serving<br />

in Vietnam and we were able to connect<br />

via ham radio,” Bradley remembers. “I<br />

told him we were going to build the<br />

world’s tallest building. Times two.”<br />

On a recent visit to the memorial,<br />

Bradley described what it was like to<br />

return to the towers he helped build in<br />

the aftermath of the attack that brought<br />

them down, then a smoldering pile of<br />

rubble and twisted steel.<br />

“We had to walk in from many<br />

blocks away. The streets were buried<br />

in ash and everything was coated gray,<br />

it was like walking on the moon. Then<br />

the building debris blocked access to<br />

the site of the towers. The pile in the<br />

middle was ten stories high.”<br />

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

clearing pathways and streets to gain<br />

access for emergency responders. Days<br />

turned into weeks as tons of debris was<br />

removed. <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s from<br />

other locals joined the effort and all the<br />

trades lent there skill and dedication to<br />

the effort.<br />

The work was difficult and<br />

dangerous. Many workers inhaled<br />

smoke and toxic fumes and no one<br />

was immune from the mental toll the<br />

horrific scene inflicted on them. But<br />

in 1.5 million man hours of recovery<br />

work, not one serious injury occurred.<br />

All told, Bradley and his fellow<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s spent 37 weeks<br />

at ground zero. On May 28, 2002 the<br />

last column was cut down, marking the<br />

end of the recovery effort. Just before<br />

the torch was passed from one trade to<br />

another, taking turns to cut the column,<br />

Bradley spoke the words that would<br />

end up on the walls of the memorial.<br />

“Don’t ever forget these days, boys,”<br />

he said as work continued in the pit.<br />

“We came in as individuals. And we’ll<br />

walk out together.”<br />

The 58-ton steel column was then<br />

laid on a flatbed truck, wrapped in<br />

black muslin and an American flag,<br />

and stowed away in a corner of the pit<br />

for a public ceremony the next day.<br />

But this night was for the workers.<br />

As they marched up the ramp and out<br />

of the pit together, they were flanked<br />

by a Navy honor guard and each one<br />

handed an American flag.<br />

It wasn’t long before Bradley and<br />

many others got the call to come back<br />

and work on the reconstruction efforts.<br />

He worked at the trade center site until<br />

his retirement in 2012.<br />

Years had passed, but Bradley’s<br />

quote was not forgotten, especially<br />

by the people tasked with creating a<br />

memorial museum that would capture<br />

the many stories surrounding the<br />

event.<br />

“In searching for words to convey<br />

the sense of transcendent communal<br />

mission that emerged at Ground Zero,<br />

we came across Joe Bradley’s quote and<br />

felt that it summed up the sentiments<br />

perfectly - and succinctly,” explains<br />

Jan Ramirez, Chief Curator of the 9/11<br />

Memorial.<br />

Bradley was surprised and deeply<br />

honored when the memorial planners<br />

contacted him about putting his<br />

quote on the wall. Walking through<br />

the museum is a deeply emotional<br />

experience, but Bradley keeps an<br />

even keel regarding his experience<br />

at Ground Zero and his now famous<br />

quote.<br />

“There are two quotes on the walls<br />

of this museum. One by the Greek<br />

philosopher Virgil and one by Joe<br />

Bradley,” he mused. “Talk about two<br />

ends of the spectrum.”<br />

The last column and many other<br />

artifacts pertaining to the recovery<br />

effort are on display among the<br />

many fascinating exhibits at the 9/11<br />

Memorial.<br />

[above] Local 15 member Joe<br />

Bradley stands in front of the<br />

wall displaying his quote.<br />

[photo] Jay Lederer/IUOE<br />

[right] The final column is cut<br />

down in May 2002 at Ground<br />

Zero, marking the end of the<br />

recovery.<br />

[photo] AP<br />

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SUMMER <strong>2014</strong> 11

Politics & Legislation<br />

IUOE Hosts Legislative Conference on Capitol Hill<br />


local union political activists from<br />

around the United States gathered<br />

in Washington, D.C. on July 8-10 to<br />

discuss important legislative issues<br />

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

upcoming November elections.<br />

IUOE Legislative and Political<br />

Director Jeffrey Soth got the conference<br />

underway with an overview of the <strong>2014</strong><br />

political elections, in particular the<br />

fight for control of the U.S. Senate. Soth<br />

also briefed the audience on a recent<br />

legislative victory, the signing of the<br />

Water Resources and Development<br />

Act into law. In addition, he discussed<br />

ongoing IUOE legislative activities,<br />

such as the Highway Trust Fund crisis<br />

and other critical legislative issues.<br />

Featured conference speakers<br />

included the chairmen of two key<br />

congressional committees: Senator<br />

Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of<br />

the Senate Environment and Public<br />

Works Committee and Representative<br />

Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chairman of<br />

the House Transportation and<br />

Infrastructure Committee. Both Boxer<br />

and Shuster spoke about the state<br />

of the Highway Trust Fund and the<br />

prospects of a passing a comprehensive<br />

transportation bill.<br />

Later on the first day, attendees<br />

heard from Peter Rogoff, the Under<br />

Secretary for Policy and Planning<br />

USDOT, who spoke about the Obama<br />

Administration’s proposals pertaining<br />

to transportation reauthorization. In<br />

April, the White House introduced<br />

the “Grow America Act,” a four-year,<br />

$302 billion bill that relied mainly<br />

on corporate tax reforms to pay for<br />

infrastructure work.<br />

Attendees also participated in lively<br />

panel discussions which focused on<br />

important legislative issues facing<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s in the national<br />

and state capitols.<br />

On the final day of the conference,<br />

attendees were briefed by Charlie Cook,<br />

one of the top political handicappers<br />

in the country. He gave an in-depth<br />

rundown of the <strong>2014</strong> political and<br />

electoral landscape.<br />

The two-day conference included<br />

various speakers who discussed the<br />

many tools and techniques being<br />

utilized to influence legislative and<br />

political battles across the country and<br />

which local unions could use in their<br />

respective jurisdictions.<br />

At the conclusion of the conference,<br />

attendees visited Capitol Hill to<br />

lobby members of Congress to fix the<br />

Highway Trust Fund and pass a multiyear<br />

transportation bill, in addition to<br />

other issues important to <strong>Operating</strong><br />

<strong>Engineer</strong>s.<br />

[above] Rep. Bill Shuster<br />

[left] General President Callahan with Sen.<br />

Barbara Boxer.<br />

[photos] Jay Lederer/IUOE<br />


ACTION &<br />





The Fight is on for Control of the U.S. Senate<br />


Congress has been one of the most<br />

unproductive legislative bodies in U.S.<br />

history, the Democratically controlled<br />

Senate has reliably stood with working<br />

families and the <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s.<br />

The Senate has been a thorn in the<br />

side of the House of Representatives,<br />

which has been hijacked by right-wing<br />

extremists who have marginalized<br />

the small minority of moderates in its<br />

ranks.<br />

The U.S. Senate is what currently<br />

stands in the way of an onslaught of<br />

anti-worker legislation from making<br />

its way to the President’s desk. If the<br />

Republican Party gains control of the<br />

Senate in the mid-tern elections, it is<br />

likely they will aggressively push for<br />

repeal of the Davis-Bacon Act, limit the<br />

right to collective bargaining and put<br />

forward a national Right-to-Work bill<br />

in the next Congress.<br />

One of the most watched Senate<br />

races is in Kentucky. Republican<br />

Senator Mitch McConnell is in a tough<br />

fight against Kentucky Secretary of<br />

State and Democratic Senate nominee<br />

Alison Lundergan Grimes. A vocal<br />

critic of labor unions, McConnell has<br />

been a fixture in the Senate for the last<br />

30 years and is seeking a sixth term in<br />

office.<br />

If the Republicans capture the<br />

Senate, McConnell is poised to<br />

become the next Majority Leader and<br />

he will undoubtedly pursue an anti-<br />

union agenda. In recent remarks<br />

about funding for a bridge project in<br />

Kentucky, McConnell stated, “The<br />

Davis-Bacon Act is legislation from<br />

the Great Depression era that is even<br />

older and more obsolete than the Brent<br />

Spence Bridge itself. It needs to be<br />

repealed.”<br />

McConnell’s legislative record over<br />

the past eighteen months demonstrates<br />

the kind of Senate leader he would<br />

be. Four times he has sponsored or<br />

co-sponsored anti-union bills and<br />

amendments.<br />

IUOE Local 181 Business Manager<br />

Howard Hughes has urged his members<br />

to “vote for labor friendly candidates<br />

like Alison Grimes,” when they go to<br />

the voting booths this November. “Our<br />

future is at stake,” stated Hughes.<br />

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s anti-union agenda in the 113th Congress:<br />

June <strong>2014</strong>:<br />

Nov. 2013:<br />

March 2013:<br />

Jan. 2013:<br />

Sponsored legislation to repeal the Davis Bacon Act (S.2512)<br />

Sponsored the National Right to Work Act (S.Amdt.2011)<br />

Sponsored amendment to repeal the Davis Bacon Act<br />

(S.Amdt.493 to S.ConRes8)<br />

Cosponsored the National Right to Work Act (S.204)<br />

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SUMMER <strong>2014</strong> 13

Feature<br />

Congress Uses Patch to Avert Transportation Jobs Crisis<br />

Serious Long-Term Solution Becomes More Uncertain<br />


transportation related construction projects, Congress<br />

avoided catastrophe when they temporarily patched the<br />

looming hole in the Highway Trust Fund before adjourning<br />

for their August recess. But in doing so, they may have made<br />

it more difficult to achieve the type of long-term solution<br />

necessary to repair the nation’s crumbling infrastructure<br />

properly.<br />

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) had<br />

projected that as many as 700,000 construction jobs could<br />

have been lost if Congress failed to patch the hole in the<br />

Highway Trust Fund this summer. Thousands of <strong>Operating</strong><br />

<strong>Engineer</strong>s’ jobs were on the line.<br />

In the final days of July, Congress managed to cobble<br />

together $11 billion in funding for the program that will allow<br />

it to operate through May 2015. USDOT officials expected<br />

that money for the Highway Trust Fund would run short in<br />

early August, forcing the agency to cut back on the dollars<br />

it reimbursed to states for projects that had already been<br />

approved.<br />

By extending the law until the end of May, it likely means<br />

that a long-term solution will be even more difficult to find.<br />

“All this does is set us up for the crisis a few months from<br />

now,” President Obama said in a speech after the House<br />

passed the funding patch and before the Senate took up<br />

the measure. “Congress shouldn’t pat itself on the back for<br />

averting disaster for a few months. Kicking the can down the<br />

road a few months ... instead of barely paying our bills in the<br />

present, we should be investing in our future.”<br />

The law that governs federal investments in highways<br />

and transit, MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st<br />

Century), was set to expire on October 1, only weeks before<br />

the November 4 election. At that point, it was projected to<br />

have an annual shortfall of roughly $15 billion a year.<br />

Inflation has eaten away at the gas tax, which hasn’t been<br />

raised since 1993, thereby reducing the purchasing power<br />

of the Highway Trust Fund. At the same time, the recent<br />

recession and increased automobile fuel-efficiency has also<br />

reduced the amount of dollars flowing into the Fund.<br />

The IUOE lent its support to Environment and Public<br />

[right] Local 77 President T.J. Johnson was among hundreds of<br />

supporters at a recent “Rally for Roads” on Capitol Hill.<br />

[photo] Jay Lederer/IUOE<br />

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SUMMER <strong>2014</strong> 15

Works Committee Chairman Barbara<br />

Boxer’s (D-CA) amendment to the<br />

legislation to extend the law only until<br />

the end of the current year, helping<br />

to provide urgency to the Congress to<br />

enact a long-term bill during the lameduck<br />

session after the November 4<br />

elections.<br />

IUOE General President Callahan<br />

said, “We’re pleased that Congress took<br />

the minimum step necessary to avoid a<br />

disaster. But we can’t keep limping from<br />

crisis to crisis. It’s time for Congress<br />

to do its job and enact a long-term<br />

transportation bill.”<br />

The highway and transit program is<br />

the biggest infrastructure program the<br />

federal government administers. It is a<br />

key job-creating engine for <strong>Operating</strong><br />

<strong>Engineer</strong>s and the American economy<br />

overall. The Highway Trust Fund<br />

constitutes about 52% of all funding for<br />

the building and repair of the nation’s<br />

roads, bridges and highways.<br />

The short-term patch, H.R. 5021,<br />

was passed by both the House and<br />

Senate with huge bipartisan majorities,<br />

demonstrating that the highway and<br />

transit program enjoys broad support<br />

on both sides of the political aisle. But<br />

lawmakers in both parties have failed to<br />

show the leadership necessary to raise<br />

user fees and provide stable funding<br />

sources to keep the Fund solvent for the<br />

long-term.<br />

Our transportation network is the<br />

foundation on which the nation’s<br />

economy functions. American<br />

manufacturers, industries and<br />

businesses depend on this complex<br />

system to move people, products<br />

and services every day of the year.<br />

The U.S. economy requires a surface<br />

transportation infrastructure network<br />

that can keep pace with growing<br />

demands. A long-term federal<br />

commitment to prioritize and invest<br />

in our aging infrastructure and safety<br />

needs is essential to achieve this goal.<br />

As the World Economic Forum noted<br />

in its 2013-<strong>2014</strong> Global Competitiveness<br />

Report, infrastructure connects regions,<br />

integrates markets and provides access<br />

to markets and services. While its latest<br />

report places the U.S. economy fifth in<br />

its “Global Competitiveness Index,”<br />

America’s infrastructure network now<br />

ranks 15th globally.<br />

State transportation planners,<br />

the construction industry and labor<br />

unions have joined together in urging<br />

Congress to enact a multi-year surface<br />

transportation reauthorization bill this<br />

year. Only through long-term planning<br />

and multi-year investments in projects<br />

will the United States once again take<br />

the lead in transportation infrastructure.<br />

Simply put, the American economy<br />

is losing ground in relation to other<br />

countries as they invest in infrastructure<br />

at much higher rates than the United<br />

States. Moving freight and people<br />

efficiently and effectively through the<br />

nation’s transportation network is one<br />

of the best indicators of a country’s<br />

global competitiveness.<br />

General President Callahan called<br />

on Congress to pass a long-term bill as<br />

soon as possible. “There is nothing more<br />

important to the domestic American<br />

economy and the job opportunities<br />

of <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s than a robust,<br />

long-term transportation funding bill.<br />

No more excuses. No more games. We<br />

need a solution now. It doesn’t get any<br />

easier down the road.”<br />

Disaster was averted this time<br />

through a short-term patch, but the<br />

IUOE is committed to keeping the<br />

pressure on Congress for a multi-year<br />

solution.<br />


Are You<br />

Registered<br />

to Vote?<br />

Road improvement projects, like this one<br />

performed by Local 612 members on<br />

Stevens Canyon Highway in Washington<br />

State, require long-term planning and<br />

investment.<br />

[photo] Local 612<br />

Are You Sure?<br />

Sometimes people have their names purged from the voter list by mistake and<br />

are not informed. Sometimes county clerk’s offices make clerical errors. If this<br />

happens to you, your ability to vote this year could be compromised.<br />

If you have any doubts, we recommend that you re-register to vote.<br />

For more information, contact your IUOE local office or visit:<br />

www.vote411.org<br />

International Union of <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s, AFL-CIO<br />


SUMMER <strong>2014</strong> 17

HAZMAT<br />

Healthcare<br />

Warming Temperatures Carry Safety Threat: Avoid Heat Illness<br />

The Union Difference: IUOE Health & Welfare Funds<br />

THE ARCTIC FREEZE that gripped North America this<br />

past winter is but a memory now that we are solidly in the<br />

“dog days of summer.” It also means that heat illness weather<br />

is upon us. Each year, thousands of workers become sick<br />

from exposure to heat and far too many die from it.<br />

Imagine the following scenario:<br />

It is 85°F with relative humidity of 68%. A coworker is<br />

climbing up on his dozer when he suddenly seems to slip and<br />

falls backwards hitting the ground. He does not move and is<br />

unconscious. What caused your coworker to fall? Did he slip<br />

and fall? Did he have a heart attack or stroke? Did he have a<br />

seizure?<br />

With a temperature of 85°F and a relative humidity of<br />

68% the heat index is 91.9°F which, according to the Physical<br />

Effect to Humans chart, is at a temperature where we have to<br />

watch for possible heat cramps and exhaustion and physical<br />

activity could lead to heat exhaustion. Your coworker actually<br />

suffered heat exhaustion, became dizzy and fell hitting his<br />

head causing the unconsciousness. OSHA has a convenient<br />

mobile app you can use to get the heat index temperature.<br />

You can get the app for Apple or android format by going to:<br />

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_<br />

app.html.<br />

What exactly is heat illness? Heat illnesses range from<br />

heat rash and cramps to heat exhaustion and stroke. Heat<br />

cramps affect workers who sweat a lot during strenuous<br />

activity. Sweating depletes the<br />

body’s salt and moisture levels. Any<br />

worker exposed to hot and humid<br />

conditions is at risk of heat illness,<br />

especially those doing heavy work<br />

tasks or using bulky protective<br />

clothing and equipment. Other risk<br />

factors for heat illness include direct<br />

sun exposure, no breeze or wind, low<br />

liquid intake, no recent exposure to<br />

hot workplaces (acclimatized), 65<br />

years of age or older, overweight,<br />

have heart disease or high blood<br />

pressure, and those who take<br />

medication that may be affected by<br />

extreme heat.<br />

Symptoms of heat cramps<br />

include muscle cramps, pain, or<br />

spasms in the abdomen, arms, or<br />

legs. If you or one of your coworkers<br />

experience heat cramps, stop all<br />

activity, sit in a cool place, drink<br />

water with food or sports beverages<br />

(avoid salt tablets), and seek<br />

medical attention if you have heart problems, are on a lowsodium<br />

diet, or if the cramps do not subside within an hour.<br />

Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to an excessive<br />

loss of water and salt, usually through sweating. Symptoms<br />

of heat exhaustion include: rapid heartbeat, heavy sweating,<br />

extreme weakness or fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting,<br />

irritability, fast and shallow breathing, and a slightly elevated<br />

body temperature. If you or one of your coworkers experience<br />

heat exhaustion, rest in a cool area, drink plenty of water or<br />

other cool beverages, and take a cool shower, bath, or sponge<br />

bath (when this is not possible place cool towels on the body<br />

– strategic locations include the neck, armpits, and groin<br />

area).<br />

Heat stroke is a true medical emergency. It is a condition<br />

that occurs when the body becomes unable to control its<br />

temperature and can cause death or permanent disability.<br />

Symptoms of heat stroke include: high body temperature,<br />

confusion, loss of coordination, hot and dry skin or profuse<br />

sweating, throbbing headache, seizures, and coma. If a<br />

coworker experiences a heat stroke, request immediate<br />

medical assistance, move the worker to a cool, shaded area,<br />

remove excess clothing, and apply cool water to their body.<br />

[continued on pg. 19]<br />


union health and welfare fund as a means to receive health<br />

benefits for themselves and their families. These health and<br />

welfare funds are not in fact insurance funds, but are a cost<br />

effective means to purchase health benefits. As a member,<br />

you have an important stake in your health & welfare fund<br />

and should understand how they operate.<br />

The health benefits provided to you by your fund are all<br />

contingent of what is contributed into it, how well the fund<br />

is managed, how much is paid out in benefits and, most<br />

importantly, how well you as a member take care of yourself<br />

and how well you effectively use the benefits provided.<br />

Along with various IUOE pension funds, these health<br />

and welfare funds are commonly referred to as Taft-Hartley,<br />

multi-employer, jointly administered trust funds. Let’s try<br />

and break this down for you.<br />

Taft and Hartley were the two legislators who wrote the<br />

legislation that regulate these trust funds. They are multiemployer<br />

funds because multiple employers contribute on<br />

behalf of their employees. They are also multi-employer<br />

because participating members may work for multiple<br />

employers in a year or career without ever losing coverage.<br />

They are jointly administered trusts because union and<br />

employer trustees sit on their boards and decide how they<br />

effectively operate.<br />

Our health and welfare funds are funded by a set dollar<br />

amount or contribution rate for each hour worked by a<br />

participating member. This contribution rate is determined<br />

by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiated<br />

between your local union and the employers signatory to<br />

the agreement. The CBA spells out the wages, fringe benefits<br />

including health and welfare contributions and conditions<br />

HAZMAT [from pg. 18]<br />

Besides making sure workers are acclimatized to the heat,<br />

there are a number of ways you can help protect yourself and<br />

teach your coworkers to protect themselves including:<br />

• Monitor your physical condition and your coworkers<br />

for signs and symptoms of heat illnesses.<br />

• Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing<br />

such as cotton.<br />

• Gradually build up to heavy work.<br />

• Schedule heavy work during the coolest part of the<br />

day.<br />

• Take more breaks when doing heavier work, and in<br />

with which you work.<br />

When it comes to determining the health and welfare<br />

contribution rate for your fund there are a lot of factors that<br />

come into play and that is where you come into the picture.<br />

The factors that include the various health benefits provided,<br />

the cost of those provided benefits, health cost inflation, fund<br />

investment income, the work picture or hours worked in your<br />

local union area, and how you, your family and your fellow<br />

members and their families utilize their benefits.<br />

high heat and humidity.<br />

• Drink water frequently. Drink enough water that you<br />

never become thirsty. Drink often and BEFORE you<br />

are thirsty. Drink water every 15 minutes.<br />

• Be aware that protective clothing or personal<br />

protective clothing equipment may increase the risk<br />

of heat-related illnesses.<br />

• Avoid alcohol; it is particularly dangerous while<br />

working in a hot setting.<br />

According to OSHA remember these three simple words:<br />

Water, Rest, Shade. Taking these precautions can mean the<br />

difference between life and death.<br />

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SUMMER <strong>2014</strong> 19

Local Spotlight<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s Local 3 celebrates 75 Years<br />

More than 5,500 attend 75th Anniversary event at Six Flags<br />

Local 793 Memorial Garden Breaks Ground<br />


was held June 9 for a memorial garden<br />

and pavilion to be built at Local 793’s<br />

head office in Oakville, Ontario.<br />

More than 150 dignitaries, union<br />

staff, business reps and officers, safety<br />

officials, building trades representatives,<br />

construction employers, and family<br />

members of four operators who’ve died<br />

under such circumstances attended an<br />

hour-long ceremony at the site.<br />

The structure is being built on a corner<br />

of the union’s head office property to<br />

honor members who’ve been killed in<br />

construction site accidents or died as a<br />

result of an occupational illness.<br />

At the groundbreaking, Local 793<br />

Business Manager and IUOE Vice<br />

President Mike Gallagher spoke about<br />

the significance of the garden and<br />

pavilion to the union and also the<br />

importance of industry partners and<br />

health and safety agencies working<br />

together to make construction sites<br />

safer.<br />

He said that too many workers are<br />

still being killed in construction site<br />

accidents in Ontario and it is time for<br />

the industry to come together and<br />

put some mettle behind its words. He<br />

noted that 225 workers were killed in<br />

construction site accidents in Ontario<br />

between 2003 and 2013.<br />

Gallagher told the audience that<br />

the garden and pavilion will be a<br />

fitting tribute to those who’ve died in<br />

construction accidents.<br />

Local 793 President Joe Redshaw<br />

was emcee for the groundbreaking. He<br />

said worker deaths occur far too often<br />

on construction sites and are largely<br />

ignored by the media.<br />

Canadian News<br />

Ontario Labour Minister Kevin<br />

Flynn told the audience that industry<br />

stakeholders must work together to<br />

ensure the fatalities are stopped.<br />

“We owe it to the families who’ve<br />

come out here today to re-double our<br />

efforts,” he said, referring to family<br />

members of deceased operators who<br />

attended the ceremony.<br />

The garden and pavilion were<br />

designed by Hamilton-area artist<br />

Patrick Bermingham. The pavilion will<br />

consist of three outer arches and two<br />

inner arches, creating a quiet place for<br />

reflection for Local 793 members and<br />

the families of those who have died.<br />

Names of the deceased members will be<br />

engraved on the arches. The structure<br />

should be completed by September<br />

<strong>2014</strong>.<br />

Local 3 Business Manager Russ Burns<br />

gets drenched during the dolphin show.<br />

AT 9:30 A.M. SHARP, the gates opened on June 28 only<br />

for <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s Local 3 members, their families and<br />

guests at the giant Six Flags Discovery Kingdom theme park<br />

in Vallejo, California.<br />

Many had the mission of riding every roller coaster at<br />

least once, while others were excited about watching the<br />

tiger show, petting a stingray or sitting on an elephant. Some<br />

kids wanted to get as wet as possible on the water rides (Local<br />

3 Business Manager Russ Burns achieved this during the<br />

dolphin show), and several retirees just wanted to stay in the<br />

shade and visit.<br />

No matter what the guests did or how old they were,<br />

everyone had fun celebrating 75 years of Local 3 excellence,<br />

which began in 1939. When families walked through the exit<br />

gates at the end of the day, they were well-fed, well-exercised<br />

and happy.<br />

Besides being one of the largest construction trades locals<br />

in the country, Local 3 is also a lot of fun. Here’s to the next<br />

75 years!<br />

Local 3’s Joe Gaidosh, far right, enjoys an elephant<br />

ride with, from left: Matthew Cornejo, Leti Arroyo<br />

and Peggy McCormick.<br />


IUOE Family Members Awarded<br />

Union Plus Scholarships<br />

Winners Honored for Achievement and Union Values<br />

Union Plus recently awarded $150,000 in scholarships to 116<br />

students representing 39 unions, including nine winners<br />

representing the International Union of <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s,<br />

in the <strong>2014</strong> Union Plus Scholarship Program.<br />

“There are a lot of benefits to being a union member. Economic<br />

security is number one, and education is the first building<br />

block. Education sets up our kids for success, leadership and<br />

happiness,” said Leslie Tolf, president of Union Privilege, the<br />

organization behind Union Plus benefits and the scholarship<br />

program. “By awarding these scholarships we level the<br />

playing field - everyone deserves an equal shot at a quality<br />

education. We help union families feel just a little more<br />

secure in embarking on successful lives.”<br />

Learn More About the Union Plus Scholarship Program<br />

Union Plus Scholarship awards are granted to students<br />

attending a two-year college, four-year college, graduate<br />

school or a recognized technical or trade school. Since<br />

starting the program in 1991, Union Plus has awarded more<br />

than $3.6 million in educational funding to more than 2,400<br />

union members, spouses and dependent children. Recipients<br />

are selected based on academic ability, social awareness,<br />

financial need and appreciation of labor.<br />

Visit UnionPlus.org/Education for applications and benefit<br />

eligibility.<br />

Meet the <strong>2014</strong> IUOE Honorees<br />

IUOE Local 15—Alanna McAuliffe<br />

Alanna’s father joined IUOE long before she was born. For 30 years, she says proudly, he has worked long hours, often overnight,<br />

to help keep their community functioning. Alanna has taken his example of service to heart, stating that her personal<br />

goal is always “to improve the lives of those around me who are struggling or feeling out of place.” She hopes to major in<br />

journalism and use the written word to aid others, while shaping the future.<br />

IUOE Local 39—Kaley Sullivan<br />

Kaley’s activities while still in high school foreshadow her ultimate career<br />

aspiration. From working at the legal information center, to doing research at<br />

the local jail, to being a member of the Criminal Justice Student Association,<br />

Kaley has demonstrated a strong interest in the legal system, justice and public<br />

safety. So it is not surprising that, armed with a degree in criminal justice, she’s<br />

hoping for a career in law enforcement – one that may take her all the way to<br />

the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “I want to be a pillar of the structure of<br />

government,” she says, “to protect it and to protect the people of our country.”<br />

IUOE Local 49—Ellie Osborne<br />

Ellie’s father has spent a quarter-century in IUOE, and his father was a union<br />

man before him. Ellie grew up hearing plenty of lively political conversations,<br />

and also learning about her father’s tireless service as a union steward. And<br />

while Ellie is aspiring to a career in health care, she also says she has learned<br />

that it doesn’t take a degree in medicine to make a difference in the lives of others.<br />

Participating in the local Meals on Wheels program, for example, has been<br />

one of her most rewarding experiences.<br />

IUOE Local 139—Beau DeLaet<br />

Beau is an academically gifted young man whose high test scores and class<br />

rank attest to his abilities as well as his effort. But while Beau enjoys mental<br />

Ellie Osborne<br />

Beau DeLaet<br />

IUOE Local 150—Samantha Browne<br />

Samantha jokes that when she was growing up her father used to tell her “boys<br />

are bad, and the union is good.” In time, she’s made up her own mind about boys,<br />

but discovered that her father was right all along about unions, which have helped<br />

protect her family through three generations. Samantha plans to major in biomedical<br />

engineering and spend her career practicing medicine.<br />

IUOE Local 542—Erin Maher<br />

Basketball and softball, softball and basketball: through four years of high school,<br />

Erin trained and played hard in two sports while representing her school as a<br />

team captain in both. But she worked just as hard at her academics, even earning<br />

acceptance in the National Honor Society. All the while, her family’s IUOE local<br />

has helped to protect Erin’s family, and now she wants to return the favor to her<br />

community: with a career in law<br />

enforcement.<br />

Peter Forte<br />

stimulation, including participating in numerous academic bowls and quiz<br />

competitions, he’s also shown he’s no stranger to hard work. He’s worked on<br />

a farm, for example, where his jobs included mixing feed for hogs, clearing<br />

manure and milking cows. He’s planning for a career that will put both his head<br />

and his hands to the test, majoring in civil engineering.<br />

IUOE Local 139—Emma Lorenz<br />

Emma plans to become a registered nurse. It is a career that she believes will<br />

allow her to serve others, improve health and support her community. Her<br />

first meaningful experience with health care came when she was seven years<br />

old and was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. “Our health insurance from the<br />

union provided a phenomenal amount of support,” she says. “I owe a large debt<br />

of gratitude for my good health to IUOE.”<br />

IUOE Local 649—<br />

Brooke Bolliger<br />

Brooke counts her father, two<br />

Brooke Bolliger<br />

uncles, two grandfathers and four<br />

great-uncles in her family’s union<br />

legacy. “The union has enabled my family to make a living and provide me with<br />

a life that is very blessed,” she says. Brooke is celebrating her many blessings<br />

by studying hard, giving back to her community and preparing for a career as a<br />

nurse, which she says will be “an opportunity to touch lives.”<br />

IUOE Local 825—Peter Forte<br />

“I have been taught that nothing you get comes easy,” Peter says. He understands<br />

that both his parents worked hard to give him the advantages he has,<br />

and that his father’s IUOE membership made a big difference by fighting for<br />

good wages, job security and health insurance. “I believe in hard work and<br />

giving my all,” Beau says. He’ll have plenty of opportunity to do that as a civil<br />

engineer.<br />

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In Memorium Death benefits paid May-June, <strong>2014</strong><br />

May <strong>2014</strong><br />

Local 002<br />

St Louis, MO<br />

Earl Powe<br />

Local 003<br />

Alameda, CA<br />

John Barbaccia<br />

Marion Bell<br />

Jerold Bradbury<br />

Willard L. Center<br />

Willard Coats<br />

Lloyd Duncan<br />

Malone Edwards<br />

Robert L. Findley<br />

John J. Fitzgerald<br />

Charles H. Foote<br />

Julian Frazer<br />

Clyde E. Gann sr<br />

Milton J. Hendricks<br />

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Richard Herrmann<br />

John Hoover<br />

John E. Jones<br />

Eugene Lake<br />

Larry Lewellin<br />

Obie Lilly<br />

Robert J. Montgomery<br />

Jack W. Morrison<br />

Alvin C. Oxford<br />

John Rhodes<br />

Joe Rowan<br />

William L. Sweet<br />

Ray Walmsley<br />

Francis Weltz<br />

Harold White<br />

Local 004<br />

Medway, MA<br />

Kenneth Benedetto<br />

Richard L. Lovely<br />

Alcide G. Morrell<br />

Local 012<br />

Pasadena, CA<br />

Denver Grissom<br />

Jonah Johansen<br />

Louis Medina<br />

Jack Murphy<br />

Henry Pavich<br />

Roy Plume<br />

Thomas Redmond<br />

Edward Riethmayer<br />

Chester Rogers<br />

A. Sunderland<br />

Stewart Turnbaugh<br />

Leon R. Vankeirsbulck<br />

Local 014<br />

Flushing, NY<br />

Ivano Fariselli<br />

Patsy A. Galante<br />

Bernard Jenks<br />

Local 017<br />

Lakeview, NY<br />

Robert F. Leyman<br />

George Lowis jr<br />

Local 018<br />

Cleveland, OH<br />

Tony Canitia<br />

John A. Dombrowski<br />

Larry J. Grime<br />

Raymond Kuras<br />

Elson A. Lepley<br />

Harold T. Lewis<br />

Alex W. Nims<br />

Tommy J. Ralston<br />

Wesley C. Ramp<br />

John H. Rice<br />

Charles D. Thurston<br />

Harry Tighe<br />

Benjamin Webster<br />

Local 036<br />

Leonard G. Lund<br />

Local 037<br />

Baltimore, MD<br />

Robert T. Hobel<br />

George E. Mcallister<br />

Local 049<br />

Minneapolis, MN<br />

Teddy G. Erickson<br />

Albert J. Mueller<br />

Local 057<br />

Providence, RI<br />

Antonio A. Forte<br />

Local 066<br />

Pittsburgh, PA<br />

Robert E. Barzanty<br />

R .J. Buffington<br />

Louis D. Degrandis<br />

Jerome W. Dewalt<br />

jr<br />

Ray A. Mears<br />

Brooks Walters<br />

Local 089<br />

Myron V. Ryan<br />

Local 095<br />

Pittsburgh, PA<br />

Jack T. Talak<br />

Local 098<br />

East Longmeadow,<br />

MA<br />

Joseph Mieczkowski<br />

Hervy J. Ostiguy<br />

Local 101<br />

Kansas City, MO<br />

Ron E. Atwood<br />

George Ducoing<br />

Local 103<br />

Indianapolis, IN<br />

John Cheesman<br />

Local 106<br />

Glenmont, NY<br />

Wm F. Hausler<br />

Local 115<br />

Burnaby, BC<br />

Jerry Boldt<br />

Maurice M.<br />

Graydon<br />

Joseph Horvath<br />

Jack Mosterd<br />

Kevin O’flaherty<br />

Ervin Rolfes<br />

Local 132<br />

Charleston, WV<br />

Rodney B. Judy<br />

Local 137<br />

Briarcliff Manor,<br />

NY<br />

Charles Ligotino<br />

Local 138<br />

Farmingdale, NY<br />

Valentine Damm<br />

Richard A.<br />

Perkowski<br />

Joseph W. Ryan<br />

Local 139<br />

Pewaukee, WI<br />

Douglas A.<br />

Dohms<br />

Harley E. Duerst<br />

Robert G. Elbe<br />

Herbert F. Schaefer<br />

Local 148<br />

Saint Louis, MO<br />

Henry J. Calbreath<br />

Robert D. Galik<br />

Charles F. Hoog<br />

Local 150<br />

Countryside, IL<br />

Hal A. Braley<br />

Melton J. Dorris<br />

Ralph Douma jr<br />

Don W. Fernandez<br />

Frank H. Forbes<br />

Martin Kelly<br />

Oliver J. Martinez<br />

Millard N.<br />

Schneider<br />

Ronald Vaccaro<br />

Local 158<br />

Glenmont, NY<br />

Raymond C.<br />

Carswell<br />

Paul A. Cinqmars<br />

James J. Guyett<br />

Leo Ranalli<br />

Hollis Vansteenburg<br />

Local 181<br />

Henderson, KY<br />

Sam E. Keys<br />

Eugene Lepard<br />

Rex Saltsman<br />

Local 234<br />

Des Moines, IA<br />

Luvern H. Stockel<br />

Leonard Syphrit<br />

Local 260<br />

C .C. Jones<br />

Local 302<br />

Bothell, WA<br />

Harold C. Estabrooks<br />

Lawrence Griffin<br />

Dallas Guilkey<br />

Paul W. Jarrett<br />

Robert E. Johnson<br />

Bobby W. Jones<br />

S .M. Wiley jr<br />

Local 324<br />

Bloomfield<br />

Township, MI<br />

John H. Blakely<br />

Vincent J. Costa<br />

Donald Erickson<br />

Jerry H. Fairbrother<br />

Violando Fiorani<br />

Domenic Giandomenico<br />

Gerald Groleau<br />

Ronald L. Grove<br />

Donald B.<br />

Holmes<br />

Jerome Lema<br />

Charles F. Milliron<br />

Melvin Prill<br />

Kenneth Stone<br />

Thomas H. Wolfgram<br />

R .F. Zmudczynski<br />

Local 347<br />

Donald J.<br />

Thomas<br />

Local 370<br />

Spokane, WA<br />

Roger D. Hager<br />

Local 371<br />

Benny C. Dickson<br />

Local 399<br />

Chicago, IL<br />

William L. Madden<br />

Scott S. Stinson<br />

Local 400<br />

Helena, MT<br />

Richard Oconnor<br />

Local 407<br />

Lake Charles, LA<br />

Houston Fruge<br />

Grady L. Ward<br />

Local 478<br />

Hamden, CT<br />

Adrian P. Cyr<br />

Albert Ruwet<br />

Henry O. Weingart<br />

Local 513<br />

Bridgeton, MO<br />

Victor D. Elbert<br />

Louis Gloriod<br />

Harry Poertner<br />

Local 542<br />

Fort Washington,<br />

PA<br />

Ronald Althouse<br />

Robert E. Becker<br />

Biagio Desanto<br />

Paul Florick<br />

Harold Holdren<br />

Lamar E. Minnich<br />

Vincent Pironti<br />

Nevin Ream<br />

Patrick Rigg<br />

Charles Valencik<br />

Frank J. Woroniec<br />

Local 547<br />

Detroit, MI<br />

Donn L. Jackson<br />

Paul Provencher<br />

Local 564<br />

Richwood, TX<br />

Edwin J. Frazier<br />

Local 609<br />

Seattle, WA<br />

Charles E. Merritt<br />

Local 612<br />

Tacoma, WA<br />

Darrell A. King<br />

Local 627<br />

Tulsa, OK<br />

David A. Jones<br />

Harry L. Miller<br />

Otto Stieber<br />

Local 649<br />

Peoria, IL<br />

James A. Mcdowell<br />

Local 660<br />

W .H. Flippo<br />

Local 701<br />

Gladstone, OR<br />

Everett Grife<br />

Henry Watson<br />

Local 793<br />

Oakville, ON<br />

Edward Bianchi<br />

Local 825<br />

Springfield, NJ<br />

Francis G. Bertrand<br />

Robert J. Davis<br />

Anthony Fiorentino<br />

Ernest Heinze<br />

Daniel J. Sharp jr<br />

Local 826<br />

Harold D. Holland<br />

Local 832<br />

Rochester, NY<br />

Harry E. Becker<br />

Albert Franzese<br />

Marvin I. Kadrie<br />

Local 841<br />

Terre Haute, IN<br />

Billy P. Pierson<br />

Local 912<br />

Columbia, TN<br />

James F. Lancaster<br />

Local 917<br />

Chattanooga, TN<br />

Jimmy R. Hughes<br />

Local 920<br />

Pembroke, ON<br />

Wilfrid J. Chaput<br />

Local 950<br />

Milwaukee, WI<br />

Frederick W.<br />

Kraus<br />

Local 955<br />

Edmonton, AB<br />

Leonard A.<br />

Nelson<br />

Douglas Steffler<br />

Local 965<br />

Springfield, IL<br />

Leonard A. Fishburn<br />

Logan V. Sapp<br />

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Robert E. Crawford<br />

Raymond L.<br />

Nottnagel<br />

Anthony Rodrigues<br />

Arthur Tompkins<br />

Local 004<br />

Medway, MA<br />

Frederick W.<br />

Elliott<br />

John J. Emond<br />

Kenneth M.<br />

Haskell<br />

Donald R. Poussard<br />

Local 012<br />

Pasadena, CA<br />

Walter Bechtold<br />

Dean Edwards<br />

Robert Estus<br />

Longin Glogowski<br />

Robert Goss<br />

Harold Haines<br />

Jack Herman<br />

Jose Jimenez<br />

Larry Kopp<br />

Clinton J. Lathrop<br />

jr<br />

H. Lorenz<br />

Frank Machado<br />

Mickey Mcguire<br />

Hazel Myers<br />

Robert Reeves<br />

Vernon Seyfried<br />

Edwin L. Stipp<br />

Larry West<br />

Local 014<br />

Flushing, NY<br />

Joseph J.<br />

Nogueira<br />

Local 015<br />

Long Island city,<br />

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Salvatore J. Licari<br />

Local 017<br />

Lakeview, NY<br />

John F. Dial<br />

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Cleveland, OH<br />

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Richard G.<br />

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Earl L. Mcdaniel<br />

N .J. Ochocki<br />

Morris Paschal<br />

Thomas J. Rose<br />

Nathan Wigle<br />

Richard Wolfert<br />

Local 030<br />

Richmond Hill,<br />

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Robert T. Vanbloom<br />

Local 034<br />

Reinert Ege<br />

Local 049<br />

Minneapolis, MN<br />

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Kermit Olson<br />

Local 057<br />

Providence, RI<br />

Edward V. Magnelli<br />

Local 066<br />

Pittsburgh, PA<br />

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Andrew Guta<br />

Roy E. Layman<br />

George M.<br />

Massie<br />

Jay F. Mccabe<br />

Dennis E. Mccollum<br />

Robert H. Miller<br />

Alfred K. Sinclair<br />

Harry Tome<br />

Harry K. Wilson<br />

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White Bear lake,<br />

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Raymond<br />

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Local 077<br />

Suitland, MD<br />

John P. Curley<br />

Local 087<br />

Walter Kosmecki<br />

Local 098<br />

East Longmeadow,<br />

MA<br />

Raymond I.<br />

Johnson<br />

Local 099<br />

Washington, DC<br />

Marios Vouzikas<br />

Local 101<br />

Kansas City, MO<br />

Otha J. Harper<br />

Local 103<br />

Indianapolis, IN<br />

Wayne F. Solomon<br />

Edgar O. Vanderbur<br />

Local 106<br />

Glenmont, NY<br />

Donald W. Baker<br />

Local 115<br />

Burnaby, BC<br />

Lorne Allan<br />

Mauno I. Nurmi<br />

James Winter<br />

Local 132<br />

Charleston, WV<br />

Douglas D. Hunt<br />

Ivan C. Renne<br />

Donald B. Shamblin<br />

Local 137<br />

Briarcliff Manor,<br />

NY<br />

Zopito J. Frattarola<br />

Daniel Giordano<br />

Local 138<br />

Farmingdale, NY<br />

Frank Castellano<br />

Chester L. Dabalsky<br />

Warren Hart<br />

George J. Lymber<br />

Peter E. Zarcone<br />

Local 139<br />

Pewaukee, WI<br />

Herbert F. Schaefer<br />

Donald C. Wegner<br />

Local 148<br />

Saint Louis, MO<br />

Ralph W. Baird<br />

Curtis Fairless<br />

William G. Shaffer<br />

Herbert T. West<br />

Local 150<br />

Countryside, IL<br />

Edward G.<br />

Arnold<br />

Henry Blaszyk<br />

James Bonomo<br />

Hal A. Braley<br />

Clarence Burdick<br />

Jean L. Engberg<br />

Wilfred D. Hoggatt<br />

Carl F. Huscher<br />

Ernest P. Massino<br />

Robert L. Pitz<br />

Emil Sergo<br />

William E. Tegtmeier<br />

Robert M. Temske<br />

Charles E. Zaremba<br />

Local 158<br />

Glenmont, NY<br />

Kenneth W. Barry<br />

John Fichera<br />

Roger W. Vollmer<br />

Local 178<br />

Fort Worth, TX<br />

Cecil A. Price<br />

Local 181<br />

Henderson, KY<br />

Lloyd Mears<br />

Gene W. Tarkington<br />

Chester Vaughn<br />

Local 302<br />

Bothell, WA<br />

Robert G. Hemphill<br />

Robert L. Markee<br />

Marvin O. Wright<br />

Local 310<br />

Green Bay, WI<br />

Bruce Beiersdorf<br />

David L. Flory<br />

James Hooyman<br />

Ralph Schettl<br />

Local 317<br />

Oak Creek, WI<br />

William J. Collins<br />

Local 318<br />

Marion, IL<br />

Jesse E. White<br />

Local 324<br />

Bloomfield<br />

Township, MI<br />

Larry Coon<br />

Gerald L. Graham<br />

Junior Grove<br />

Earl C. Henzie<br />

Robert G. Robbins<br />

Oscar Williams<br />

Local 326<br />

William J. Tanner<br />

Local 347<br />

J .L. Atwood<br />

M .H. Ginzel<br />

Local 369<br />

Cordova, TN<br />

Johnnie W. Wilbanks<br />

Local 370<br />

Spokane, WA<br />

Clyde Ashby<br />

Local 382<br />

Earl R. Marvel<br />

Local 399<br />

Chicago, IL<br />

Allan M. Jackson<br />

Garcia D. Kaegi<br />

Carol L. Wood<br />

Local 406<br />

New Orleans, LA<br />

Garnet H. Bolen<br />

Local 407<br />

Lake Charles, LA<br />

Willie E. Burns<br />

A .P. Stevison<br />

Local 474<br />

Pooler, GA<br />

E .W. Boyles<br />

Local 478<br />

Hamden, CT<br />

Paul Clogher<br />

Adrian P. Cyr<br />

David A. Dejohn<br />

Orren H. Otis<br />

Ulde E. Provost<br />

George B. White<br />

jr<br />

Local 501<br />

Los Angeles, CA<br />

Loy R. Booher<br />

Local 513<br />

Bridgeton, MO<br />

James W. Crabtree<br />

Cecil L. Jobe<br />

Luther Kelsey jr<br />

Charles J. Noblitt<br />

Paul E. Thurman<br />

Ellis M. Wieda jr<br />

Local 542<br />

Fort Washington,<br />

PA<br />

Roy F. Alfree<br />

Donald Henry<br />

Local 547<br />

Detroit, MI<br />

Vichenty Burak<br />

Local 589<br />

Hobart Lapp<br />

Local 609<br />

Seattle, WA<br />

William H.<br />

Grimm<br />

Local 701<br />

Gladstone, OR<br />

Everett Grife<br />

Henry Harter<br />

Lee Stallings<br />

Bert W. Vanderwall<br />

Local 825<br />

Springfield, NJ<br />

John J. Mitchell<br />

Charles C.<br />

Thompson<br />

Local 826<br />

William W. Jackson<br />

Local 841<br />

Terre Haute, IN<br />

Harry D. Johnson<br />

jr<br />

Wayne E. Mccray<br />

Local 912<br />

Columbia, TN<br />

Raymond Brewer<br />

Local 950<br />

Milwaukee, WI<br />

Rudy Brunsch<br />

Local 955<br />

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Clifford Welsh<br />

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Charles W.<br />

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