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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>2016</strong><br />

Blazing New Trails<br />

Apprentice Operators build pathways<br />

to help returning veterans heal

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

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

<strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2016</strong> • Volume 159, No. 3<br />

Brian E. Hickey, Editor<br />

Jay C. Lederer, Managing Editor<br />

18 Zika Virus & Outdoor Work<br />

What to watch for and how to protect yourself<br />

10 The Doctor is In, Down at the Hall<br />

Healthcare comes to the union hall<br />

12 Cover: Peace Mission<br />

Apprentices blaze new trails for wounded warriors<br />

20 Union Plus Scholarship Winners<br />

Meet this year’s worthy recipients<br />

Departments<br />

05 From the General President<br />

06 Education & Training<br />

07 HAZMAT<br />

16 Politics & Legislation<br />

18 Canadian News<br />

24 GEB Minutes<br />

30 Union Death Benefit<br />

[cover] Some of Local 139 members involved in building a<br />

handicapped-accessible trail at Camp American Legion.<br />

L to R: Woody Wickersheim, training center site coordinator;<br />

apprentices Mike Jole, Matt Melvin, Leroy Miller, and Terry<br />

Tilson; Instructor Mike Burt; and apprentices Chase Freimark<br />

and Dave Sutter. Apprentice Nick Franda on roller.<br />

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

[right] Local 478 <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s working on the<br />

Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) Project, a natural gas<br />

pipelline in Connecticut.<br />

[photo] Albert Muzzi, IUOE Local 478<br />

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SUMMER <strong>2016</strong> 3

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general officers<br />

James T. Callahan, General President<br />

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

Jerry Kalmar, First Vice President<br />

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

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

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

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

Daren Konopaski, Sixth Vice President<br />

Michael Gallagher, Seventh Vice President<br />

Greg Lalevee, Eighth Vice President<br />

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

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

Mark Maierle, Eleventh Vice President<br />

Randy Griffin, Twelfth Vice President<br />

Douglas W. Stockwell, Thirteenth Vice President<br />

Ronald J. Sikorski, Fourteenth Vice President<br />

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From the General President<br />

Facts Trump Fiction Everytime<br />

Don’t be distracted by Donald’s three-ring circus<br />

IT’S BEEN SAID that just because<br />

you don’t take an interest in politics<br />

doesn’t mean politics won’t take an<br />

interest in you. This is absolutely true<br />

for the members of this union and the<br />

millions of other working families in<br />

this country. In a few short months,<br />

someone new will occupy the most<br />

powerful position in our democracy<br />

and we all have a stake in the outcome.<br />

That is why I feel so strongly that<br />

the men and women of the <strong>Operating</strong><br />

<strong>Engineer</strong>s must play an active role in<br />

this election. The stakes couldn’t be<br />

higher.<br />

We have been fighting against the<br />

rollback of our collective bargaining<br />

rights and the repeal of prevailing<br />

wages in the states and in Congress<br />

for many years now. Some of these<br />

fights have made their way into the<br />

courts and will likely be decided by the<br />

Supreme Court.<br />

At the same time, the National<br />

Labor Relations Board has been<br />

working diligently to level the playing<br />

field between workers and employers<br />

after years of one-sided decisions that<br />

put working people at a disadvantage.<br />

Many of these decisions may also<br />

find their way into the courts or be<br />

overturned by a new administration.<br />

That is why Senate Republicans<br />

have made it clear that they will do<br />

anything— mainly by not doing their<br />

jobs— to block any new judges from<br />

being named to the court. They know<br />

that having the power to appoint<br />

federal judges and Supreme Court<br />

justices is one of the most powerful<br />

tools a President possesses. And the<br />

decisions those judges make can last<br />

for generations— greatly affecting<br />

our rights on the job, our wages and<br />

benefits, and our retirement security.<br />

The power to appoint judges that<br />

have so much influence over our<br />

rights is only one consideration for<br />

evaluating Presidential candidates, but<br />

it’s a big one. The next President will<br />

probably appoint two, maybe three<br />

new Supreme Court justices.<br />

Clearly, the Senate Republicans<br />

are betting on Donald Trump. They<br />

know that Trump will appoint extreme<br />

conservatives who will side with<br />

big business over the interests of<br />

unionized workers. With Trump, they<br />

will continue their assault on working<br />

people and union rights, move forward<br />

with a national Right-to-Work law and<br />

repeal Davis-Bacon prevailing wages.<br />

The circus that is Trump’s campaign<br />

this year has been quite a show so<br />

far—noisy, rowdy, full of comedy<br />

and tragedy— but mostly mindless<br />

entertainment. And like any circus<br />

parade, after the elephants have passed<br />

by, all that’s left is a big mess.<br />

Trump claims to be on the side of<br />

blue-collar workers. That he’s the only<br />

one who can create jobs and make the<br />

middle-class strong. That he knows<br />

how “to build things.” But what the<br />

former “reality TV” star fails to mention<br />

is the actual reality behind his bogus<br />

claims and empty promises.<br />

On being a so-called friend to the<br />

working class, the truth is that he fights<br />

unions and tries to stop workers from<br />

organizing. Workers at his Las Vegas<br />

hotel voted to join a union despite<br />

Trump’s company spending over<br />

$500,000 on union-busters.<br />

When Trump visits a “Right-to-<br />

Work” state, he tells audiences that<br />

he “loves the right-to-work” and that,<br />

“my position on right-to-work is 100<br />

percent.” When he holds a press<br />

conference at the site of his new hotel in<br />

D.C., he trots out a non-union laborer,<br />

who is not being paid the prevailing<br />

wage, as a prop to claim his solidarity<br />

with workers.<br />

And what about those buildings<br />

[James T. Callahan]<br />

with “Trump” on the side of them?<br />

When he was developing condos and<br />

hotels in New York and Atlantic City in<br />

the ’80’s, we were on the job. Because<br />

our market share in those areas is so<br />

strong, he had no choice. But what<br />

about when Trump has a choice?<br />

A report by the IBEW found that<br />

for every union-built development<br />

outside of New York and Atlantic City,<br />

Trump built nearly two non-union. If<br />

there is no PLA, Trump hires union<br />

workers once for every four projects<br />

that go non-union.<br />

Our choice this year is very clear.<br />

In Hillary Clinton, we have a proven<br />

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

and working families. She is a strong<br />

supporter of the labor movement and<br />

understands how important unions<br />

are in building a strong middle class in<br />

America.<br />

Hillary has stood with us on<br />

prevailing wage, collective bargaining<br />

and project labor agreements. She has a<br />

plan to invest heavily on infrastructure<br />

and has made it a priority for her first<br />

100 days in office.<br />

So let’s not get distracted by the<br />

sights and sounds of the three-ring<br />

circus. Let’s stay focused on what’s<br />

best for <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s and our<br />

families. Let’s turn out, work on behalf<br />

of pro-labor candidates and then cast<br />

our vote.<br />

Have a great summer and work safe.<br />

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SUMMER <strong>2016</strong> 5

Education & Training<br />

To Be the Best, Learn from the Best<br />

World-class training starts with a solid core of instructors<br />

HAZMAT<br />

National HAZMAT Program Takes the Show on the Road<br />

Regional trainer courses score high marks from participants<br />


(NTF) strives to have the highest<br />

caliber training instructors who in<br />

turn produce the most skilled workers<br />

in the world. The first Basic Teaching<br />

Techniques class for <strong>2016</strong> was held<br />

in April at the Maritime Institute in<br />

Baltimore, Maryland.<br />

This course has proven to be<br />

instrumental for new, as well as<br />

seasoned, instructors and is one of<br />

many instructor training courses<br />

available annually through the NTF.<br />

The union’s commitment to worldclass<br />

training starts with a solid core of<br />

instructors.<br />

Find out more about future NTF<br />

train-the-trainer courses at www.iuoe.<br />

org<br />

[L to R] Seated: Jack Mucciarone, L877; Chris Treml, IUOE Director Construction Training;<br />

Skip Turner, Instructor; Ken Kroeger, Instructor; Frank Magill, L66.<br />

Second Row L-R: John Kilduff, L877; Preston Cole, L501; John Osika, L324; Tom Mc-<br />

Donough, L835; Melson Goodloe, L25; Jeff Braun, L649; Shane King, L624 Job Corps; Jeff<br />

Nedjoika, L9; Daniel Elliott, L66; Scott Reeves, L25<br />

Third Row L-R: Jeff Kimbrell, L835; Ed Lieber, L 835; Andrew Franzen, L4; Justin May, L318;<br />

David Litwhiler Jr, L542<br />


took a new approach to its Peer Trainer<br />

courses this year and began offering<br />

them regionally through collaboration<br />

with IUOE local unions. Regional<br />

classes give instructors the opportunity<br />

to take classes closer to home and<br />

observe what other training sites have<br />

to offer, while still receiving the gold<br />

standard training they have become<br />

accustomed to from the IUOE NTF’s<br />

National HAZMAT Program.<br />

The National HAZMAT Program<br />

would like to thank the following local<br />

unions for hosting the completed Peer<br />

Trainer courses to date this training<br />

season:<br />

Local Union 18 hosted the CPR<br />

Trainer Course at their Miamisburg,<br />

OH training site.<br />

[above] OSHA 2225 Respiratory Protection<br />

Trainer course held at IUOE Local 926 in<br />

Ellenwood, Georgia.<br />

Local Union 302 hosted the OSHA<br />

502 Construction Industry Trainer<br />

Update at the Bothell, WA union hall.<br />

Local Union 926 hosted the OSHA<br />

2225 Respiratory Protection course at<br />

their Ellenwood, GA training site.<br />

Local Union 12 hosted the OSHA<br />

510 Construction Industry Standards<br />

and OSHA 500 Construction Industry<br />

Trainer courses at their Las Vegas, NV<br />

training site.<br />

Local Union 37 hosted the<br />

HAZWOPER Train-the-Trainer at their<br />

Baltimore, MD training site.<br />

In addition to rating the training<br />

instructor’s knowledge and<br />

participation very high, Peer Trainers<br />

attending these courses also indicated<br />

they attending within the regional<br />

locations as was one of the best things<br />

about these courses.<br />

HAZMAT<br />

Working Safe After Major Flooding Events<br />

AFTER HISTORIC and catastrophic<br />

flooding hit the National HAZMAT<br />

Program close to home in West Virginia<br />

this spring, we would be remiss not to<br />

give IUOE members everywhere some<br />

safety information on the hazards to be<br />

aware of after floods occur.<br />

Severe weather events can happen<br />

anywhere at any time without much<br />

warning. That is what happened in<br />

West Virginia communities along small<br />

mountain creeks, not larger rivers. The<br />

rain fell so hard and so fast that the<br />

creeks caused major destruction from<br />

flash flooding.<br />

Now comes the clean-up and<br />

rebuilding of infrastructure. Many<br />

times when there is a natural disaster,<br />

operating engineers find themselves<br />

living and working in the affected area.<br />

Some may be dealing with personal<br />

loss or damage, but they are also called<br />

upon to work on the clean-up efforts<br />

and to rebuild critical infrastructure.<br />

On the job or off, if you are involved<br />

in the clean-up or rebuilding after a<br />

flooding event there are hazards you<br />

need to be aware of to protect yourself<br />

from being injured or becoming ill.<br />


Class <strong>2016</strong> Dates IUOE Local<br />

Union/Other Site<br />

Location<br />

OSHA 502 Construction Industry<br />

Trainer Update<br />

August 2-4 Local Union 450 South Dayton, TX<br />

(Houston area)<br />

Rigging Safety/Signaling Safety August 15-19 Local Union 150 Joliet, IL (Chicago area)<br />

Trainer<br />

HAZWOPER Train-the-Trainer August 22-31 Local Union 3 Rancho Murrieta, CA<br />

OSHA 511 General Industry<br />

September 13-16 Local Union 501 Las Vegas, NV<br />

Standards<br />

OSHA 501 General Industry Trainer September 17-20 Local Union 501 Las Vegas, NV<br />

OSHA 2264 Permit-Required<br />

Confined Space<br />

September 26-29 Local Union 15 Howard Beach, NY (NYC<br />

area)<br />

OSHA 5602 Disaster Site Worker October 4-5 Local Union 14 Flushing, NY (NYC area)<br />

Update<br />

OSHA 5600 Disaster Site Worker October 10-13 Local Union 324 Howell, MI<br />

Trainer<br />

OSHA 521 Industrial Hygiene October 28-31 Local Union 95 Pittsburgh, PA<br />

OSHA 510 Construction Industry<br />

Standards<br />

OSHA 500 Construction Industry<br />

Trainer<br />

October 28-31 Maritime Center Baltimore, MD<br />

November 1-4 Maritime Center Baltimore, MD<br />

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SUMMER <strong>2016</strong> 7

Safety & Health<br />

Zika Virus and Working Outdoors this <strong>Summer</strong><br />



(OSHA) and the National Institute for<br />

Occupational Safety and Health<br />

(NIOSH) are monitoring the Zika<br />

virus outbreak and have issued an<br />

Interim Guidance for Protecting<br />

Workers from Occupational<br />

Exposure to Zika Virus.<br />

Zika virus is primarily spread<br />

through the bites of infected<br />

mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can<br />

become infected when they bite<br />

infected persons and can then<br />

spread the Zika virus to other<br />

persons they bite. Aedes species<br />

mosquitoes are the principal<br />

carriers of Zika virus in the United<br />

States. Aedes aegypti (yellow fever<br />

mosquitoes) are typically concentrated<br />

in the southern U.S. as well as parts<br />

of the Southwest (see map). Aedes<br />

albopictus (Asian Tiger mosquitoes)<br />

are found in much of the southern and<br />

eastern part of the U.S. (see map). In<br />

some instances, having contact with<br />

infectious blood or other bodily fluids<br />

of an infected person can result in<br />

transmission of the Zika virus as well.<br />

Approximately one out of five<br />

infected people develop symptoms of<br />

the Zika virus, usually 2-7 days after<br />

exposure. Symptoms are usually<br />

mild and can last 2-7 days. The<br />

most common symptoms of Zika<br />

virus are fever, rash, joint pain,<br />

red or pink eyes, muscle pain, and<br />

headache. You may have also heard<br />

that the Zika virus has been found<br />

to cause neurological problems<br />

in adults. The Brazil Ministry of<br />

Health has reported an increased<br />

number of people who have been<br />

infected with Zika virus who also<br />

have Guillain-Barre Syndrome<br />

(GBS). GBS is an uncommon<br />

sickness of the nervous system in<br />

which a person’s own immune<br />

system damages the nerve<br />

cells, causing muscle weakness, and<br />

sometimes, paralysis. The Center for<br />

Disease Control (CDC) is investigating<br />

the link between Zika and GBS.<br />

Outdoor workers, those doing mosquito control, healthcare workers, and others with potential exposure<br />

to bloodborne pathogens may be exposed to the Zika virus. However, because outdoor workers may be at<br />

the greatest risk of exposure to the virus, OSHA along with NIOSH have developed recommendations for<br />

protecting them from exposure. These recommendations include the following:<br />

• Use insect repellants.<br />

• Wear clothing that covers hands, arms, legs and other exposed skin. Wear hats with mosquito netting<br />

to protect the face and neck. Wear socks/boots that cover the ankles and lower legs.<br />

• In warm weather, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.<br />

• Get rid of sources of standing water (e.g. tires, buckets, cans, bottles, barrels) whenever possible to<br />

reduce or eliminate mosquito breeding areas.<br />

• For females who are or may become pregnant or males who partners are or may become pregnant,<br />

talk to your supervisor about your outdoor work assignments.<br />

• If symptoms develop, seek medical attention promptly. Discuss any possible exposure to mosquitoes<br />

or infections spread by mosquitoes with a healthcare provider.<br />

You have to take into consideration the recommendation along with the type of work you are doing to make<br />

sure the recommendation itself does not create a hazardous work condition. For example wearing loosefitting<br />

clothing if it could be caught in moving parts on a piece of heavy equipment. Heat stress must also<br />

be taken into consideration when wearing clothing that will cover exposed skin during warm/hot weather.<br />

CDC’s Response to Zika<br />

ESTIMATED range of Aedes albopictus<br />

and Aedes aegypti in the United States, <strong>2016</strong>*<br />

CA<br />

CA<br />

HI<br />

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WA<br />

NV<br />

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ID<br />

AZ<br />

ID<br />

AZ<br />

UT<br />

UT<br />

PR<br />

PR<br />

MT<br />

WY<br />

CO<br />

NM<br />

MT<br />

WY<br />

CO<br />

NM<br />

ND<br />

SD<br />

NE<br />

TX<br />

KS<br />

KS<br />

OK<br />

Aedes aegypti<br />

ND<br />

SD<br />

NE<br />

TX<br />

OK<br />

MN<br />

MN<br />

IA<br />

IA<br />

MO<br />

AR<br />

LA<br />

MO<br />

AR<br />

LA<br />

WI<br />

WI<br />

IL<br />

MS<br />

IL<br />

MS<br />

IN<br />

AL<br />

IN<br />

MI<br />

TN<br />

AL<br />

MI<br />

TN<br />

KY<br />

KY<br />

OH<br />

GA<br />

OH<br />

GA<br />

WV<br />

WV<br />

SC<br />

FL<br />

SC<br />

FL<br />

PA<br />

VA<br />

NC<br />

Aedes albopictus<br />

PA<br />

VA<br />

NC<br />

NY<br />

NY<br />

VT<br />

NH<br />

MA<br />

RI<br />

CT<br />

NJ<br />

DE<br />

MD<br />

ME<br />

VT<br />

NH<br />

MA<br />

RI<br />

CT<br />

NJ<br />

DE<br />

* Maps have been updated from a variety of sources. These maps represent CDC’s<br />

best estimate of the potential range of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the<br />

United States. Maps are not meant to represent risk for spread of disease.<br />

MD<br />

ME<br />

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are<br />

more likely to spread viruses<br />

like Zika, dengue, chikungunya<br />

and other viruses than other<br />

types of mosquitoes such as<br />

Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.<br />

These maps DO NOT show<br />

· Exact locations or numbers of<br />

mosquitoes living in an area<br />

· Risk or likelihood that these<br />

mosquitoes will spread viruses<br />

These maps show<br />

· CDC’s best estimate of the<br />

potential range of Aedes<br />

aegypti and Aedes albopictus<br />

in the United States<br />

· Areas where mosquitoes are<br />

or have been previously found<br />

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SUMMER <strong>2016</strong> 9

Healthcare<br />

The Doctor is Now In, Down at the Local Union Hall<br />



MEMBERS OF IUOE LOCAL 101 now have a new option<br />

for their healthcare, their union hall. The Union Health and<br />

Wellness Center is open to the Local’s 4,500 members as<br />

well as their dependents and about 450 retirees. The Local<br />

encompasses 56 counties in Missouri and all of Kansas.<br />

Local 101 partnered with North Kansas City-based Cerner<br />

Corp., a health care information technology company, to run<br />

the health center.<br />

Members can see a primary care physician for physicals,<br />

immunizations, tests and other medical needs. It’s the first<br />

health care center for a building trades union in the Kansas<br />

City area. The center will be free for eligible users and there<br />

are plans to add a pharmacy to the clinic.<br />

The 5,500-square-foot center has three rooms ready for<br />

consultations and exams.<br />

Stacie Totta, Cerner’s<br />

director of population health<br />

services, said staff members<br />

at the facility will learn what<br />

ailments are common among<br />

operating engineers. Once<br />

they have that information,<br />

they can adjust the health<br />

center to meet more specific<br />

needs.<br />

Totta said union members<br />

can expect little to no wait<br />

time. The Cerner model for<br />

on-site health centers revolves<br />

around the patients, and the<br />

focus is on prevention.<br />

General President<br />

Callahan spoke at the center’s<br />

opening. He said he sees great<br />

potential in the memberfocused<br />

health center.<br />

has seen centers like it. The former Kansas governor said<br />

companies have found that on-site centers save money in the<br />

long run. Another benefit is healthier employees.<br />

“If it’s not convenient and it’s not easy, people will wait<br />

until there’s a crisis and then they’ll go to the doctor,” Sebelius<br />

said. “The easy choice should be the healthy choice, and<br />

that’s what this will be. It will make it far easier for people to<br />

actually do preventive care and take care of their own health.”<br />

But convenience isn’t the only factor. General President<br />

Callahan said <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s are the hardest people to<br />

get to the doctor.<br />

“We are all supposed to be macho and not go to the doctor<br />

until we have to,” he said. “When there’s an incentive there to<br />

get them, that’s how you can check these things out.”<br />

Nabisco/Mondelēz is slashing good middle-class American jobs and shipping them to Mexico.<br />

Do YOU know if your favorite Nabisco products are MADE IN MEXICO?<br />

Nabisco/Mondelēz has plants in Monterrey and Salinas, Mexico where low-wage workers, in<br />

workplaces with lax regulatory standards, are producing Nabisco products.<br />

Make sure your family only purchases Nabisco snacks made by your fellow American workers.<br />

CHECK THE LABEL on the back of every Nabisco package (near the expiration date and UPC<br />

code) before you purchase.<br />

There are TWO ways to tell if your Nabisco snacks are<br />

1<br />

Check for the words “Made in Mexico”<br />


2<br />

Check the plant identification code:<br />

DO NOT BUY:<br />

MM = Monterrey, Mexico<br />

MS = Salinas, Mexico<br />

DO BUY:<br />

AE = Chicago<br />

AH = Portland, Ore.<br />

AP = Fairlawn, N.J.<br />

AX = Atlanta<br />

AZ = Richmond, Va.<br />

XL = Naperville, Ill.<br />

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manager to stock ONLY AMERICAN-MADE Nabisco/Mondelēz snacks!<br />

“This thing is going to grow<br />

because of the fact that it’s<br />

their organization, their union<br />

and their wages that pay into it,” he said. “I see this being<br />

the model that will be duplicated all around the country,”<br />

Callahan said.<br />

[L to R] General President James T. Callahan, former Health and<br />

Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Local 101 Business<br />

Manager Scott Rettig, and Cerner Corp’s Mike Heckman cut the<br />

ribbon at the ceremonial opening the new healthcare center in<br />

Kansas City, Missouri.<br />


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SUMMER <strong>2016</strong> 11

Feature<br />

THE ECHO OF 9/11 still is heard here, resonating against<br />

the hilly pine forests and rippling across the serene lakes of<br />

north-central Oneida County.<br />

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, increasing<br />

numbers of physically and emotionally scarred Wisconsin<br />

veterans have signed up for a week of healing at the 300-acre<br />

Camp American Legion. Many of these survivors fought in<br />

the Wisconsin National Guard or in Army Reserve units. They<br />

served multiple tours of duty. They witnessed friend, foe and<br />

noncombatants maimed and killed.<br />

As it has served since 1925, the facility is a place offered<br />

free for weary servicemen and servicewomen to rest and<br />

decompress. It’s a place to swim, fish, play yard games and<br />

card games, to work at crafts, to try to rebuild the soul and<br />

to begin to reconnect with spouses and children who are<br />

welcome to stay with them in 21 lakeshore cabins.<br />

Peace Mission<br />

Apprentice Operators, most veterans themselves,<br />

are tasked with clearing handicapped-accessible<br />

forest trail at American Legion rehabilitation camp<br />

Turning off Highway D, southwest of the main camp, the<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s have built a handicapped-accessible<br />

trail through 228 acres, owned by the Wisconsin Department<br />

of Natural Resources and leased by the American Legion.<br />

The path follows an old logging trail, roughly 12 feet wide. It<br />

winds for about a mile through the American Legion State<br />

Forest adjacent to McGrath Lake. The paving surface is milled<br />

asphalt, reclaimed this spring from the rebuilding of nearby<br />

Highway 51.<br />

Mathy Construction Co., Onalaska, supplied the milled<br />

asphalt. James Peterson Sons Inc., Medford, donated trucking<br />

services to haul the material from Highway 51 east to the<br />

trail site. Case Construction Equipment, through its Miller-<br />

Bradford & Risberg Inc. dealership in Sussex, furnished<br />

two dozers, two excavators, a compact track loader, a wheel<br />

loader, a compaction roller, an asphalt paver, and a motor<br />

grader.<br />

David Kurtz, American Legion state adjutant, describes<br />

the trail as a symbolic path for veterans to follow in a manner<br />

similar to that walked by the man for whom it is named – Local<br />

139 member and Medal of Honor recipient Gary Wetzel.<br />

“This is the trail ahead for younger veterans, following<br />

Gary,” Kurtz said.<br />

[right] Local 139 Apprentice Chase Freimark, a Marine Corps<br />

veteran, runs a wheel loader to pile sand while creating a parking<br />

lot on one end of the forest trail.<br />

[article & photos] Dave Backmann, IUOE Local 139<br />

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SUMMER <strong>2016</strong> 13

Feature<br />

“He served in Vietnam, had<br />

injuries, found a career through the<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s, and has provided<br />

leadership for other veterans for many<br />

years. Now others have to navigate<br />

their trail ahead.”<br />

Kurtz said the <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s<br />

were a natural partner to carve out<br />

the trail largely because of Wetzel’s 41<br />

years in the construction union and<br />

lifetime membership in American<br />

Legion Oelschlaeger-Dallmann Post<br />

No. 434 in Oak Creek.<br />

Camp American Legion Director<br />

Kevin Moshea added, “To me, this<br />

trail is the first, initial step in an overall<br />

development plan for that land.” Future<br />

additional uses may include camping<br />

and hunting.<br />

Local 139 President/Business<br />

Manager Terry McGowan noted<br />

that while the Operators could<br />

provide manpower and machines for<br />

constructing a trail, the union was<br />

looking for a community project on<br />

which apprentices could enhance their<br />

skills.<br />

“We are extremely proud to partner<br />

with the Wisconsin American Legion<br />

on this project,” McGowan said. “This<br />

is a natural extension of our Combat<br />

2 Construction programwhich aims<br />

to help our veterans acquire career<br />

skills and find employment with our<br />

signatory contractors.”<br />

Apprentice Operators cleared and<br />

grubbed, excavated, and paved the trail<br />

over about a month in April-May. Most<br />

of the apprentices are veterans such as<br />

Leroy Miller of New Berlin.<br />

“I learned about the Camp<br />

American Legion project at our union<br />

meetings,” said Miller, a second-year<br />

apprentice who served in the Army’s<br />

10th Mountain Division, was wounded<br />

in combat in Afghanistan, and was<br />

an Army Ranger instructor. “I had a<br />

compelling feeling of wanting to serve<br />

[photos clockwise from top] Entrance to Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk,<br />

Wisconsin; men and machines crowd a section of the trail through the woods at the start of<br />

the work day; the trail is named in honor of Gary Wetzel, a Medal of Honor recipient and a<br />

41-year IUOE member.<br />

my country and, after leaving the<br />

military, I wanted to continue that and<br />

to build for America.”<br />

“When the project started, Woody<br />

(Local 139 Training Center Site<br />

Coordinator Woody Wickersheim)<br />

called me and asked if I wanted to be a<br />

part of it and I said ‘absolutely.’<br />

“To provide this type of service for<br />

other veterans is an overwhelmingly<br />

emotional experience for me, to get<br />

veterans out of their daily grind,<br />

veterans who are restricted to their<br />

homes, or their wheelchairs, and to get<br />

them out into the woods where they<br />

need to be for healing reasons. It’s also<br />

medicating for me.”<br />

Another Army veteran, Mike Burt,<br />

supervised the trail-building project.<br />

Burt is an instructor at the Joseph J.<br />

Goetz Jr. Training Center in Coloma.<br />

He watched some of the apprentices<br />

return to the site in the early evening<br />

hours of May 4, after eating supper<br />

at the mess hall at Camp American<br />

Legion, so they could get additional<br />

seat-time operating heavy equipment.<br />

“It’s fulfilling to watch them grow<br />

as Operators, from being tentative to<br />

being confident in what they’re doing,”<br />

he said.<br />

“We cut a hill and created a slope<br />

maybe two or three times. But that’s<br />

OK. That’s why we’re here, to learn.<br />

“These apprentices are learning<br />

basic techniques that we teach at the<br />

training center, like excavating below<br />

subgrade, topsoil stripping, and slot<br />

dozing.<br />

“Our days are the same number of<br />

hours as we would put in at the training<br />

center and even longer, sometimes,<br />

because some of these guys volunteer<br />

to come back and work after supper.”<br />

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SUMMER <strong>2016</strong> 15

Election <strong>2016</strong>: Special Series<br />

“In America, we put<br />

common interest before<br />

self-interest. We stand<br />

together because we know<br />

we’re stronger together.”<br />

Clinton has Real Plans to Create Real Jobs<br />

Infrastructure to be focus of first 100 days in office<br />

SPEAKING BEFORE A largely bluecollar<br />

crowd in a Los Angeles suburb,<br />

Hillary Clinton committed to sending<br />

“a comprehensive infrastructure<br />

proposal to Congress in her first 100<br />

days in office” if she is elected president<br />

this fall.<br />

“We will start working immediately,”<br />

Clinton told those who gathered in<br />

Buena Park, California in May, calling<br />

her infrastructure plan, “the most<br />

significant increase in infrastructure<br />

investment since Dwight Eisenhower’s<br />

Interstate Highway System,” a 1956<br />

act that built 47,856 miles of highway<br />

across America.<br />

“The state of our infrastructure<br />

is a national emergency,” she said.<br />

Clinton added that roads, airports<br />

and public water needs to upgraded.<br />

“We have bridges that are right now<br />

too dangerous to drive on—although<br />

people take a deep breath and drive<br />

right across them,” she said. “We have<br />

airports stuck in the mid-20th century<br />

instead of the 21st century.”<br />

Clinton’s infrastructure proposal --<br />

which was first rolled out at a November<br />

event in Boston -- will cost $275 billion.<br />

The plan looks to increase infrastructure<br />

spending over the next five years in<br />

order to “bankroll upgrades to roads,<br />

bridges, airports and public transit.”<br />

The plan also includes establishing a<br />

$25 billion national infrastructure bank,<br />

which would put up federal dollars to<br />

attract private investment.<br />

“To build a strong economy for<br />

our future, we must start by building<br />

strong infrastructure today,” Clinton<br />

said in Boston. “I want our cities to be<br />

in the forefront of cities anywhere in<br />

the world. I want our workers to be the<br />

most competitive and productive in the<br />

world. I want us, once again, to think<br />

big and look up, beyond the horizon of<br />

what is possible in America.”<br />

Increased investments in<br />

infrastructure will keep thousands of<br />

<strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s working and create<br />

thousands of new job opportunities<br />

over the next five years. Sixty-eight<br />

percent of jobs related to infrastructure<br />

investments are in the construction<br />

sector, generating good jobs for IUOE<br />

members and other construction crafts.<br />

“Think of all the people we could put<br />

to work,” with her plan, Clinton said.<br />

[top] Hillary Clinton joined striking Trump<br />

Taj Mahal workers in Atlantic City, NJ. The<br />

union is fighting for fair wages, decent<br />

healthcare, and secure retirement benefits.<br />

The Truth on Trump: No Friend to Veterans<br />


Trump has been vocal about the need<br />

to take care of our military veterans.<br />

His campaign materials promise that if<br />

elected, he’ll “put our service men and<br />

women on a path to success as they<br />

leave active duty.”<br />

However, Trump’s words ring<br />

hollow in light of recent controversies.<br />

The recipient of a draft deferral<br />

during the Vietnam War— he got four<br />

student deferments and a medical<br />

disqualification for bone spurs in his<br />

foot, despite being a student athlete—<br />

Trump’s actions on behalf of veterans<br />

fall well short of his campaign rhetoric.<br />

In May, Trump was asked to account<br />

for almost $6 million dollars he claimed<br />

he had raised— including $1 million of<br />

his own money— and had distributed<br />

to various veteran organizations.<br />

By having his public statements<br />

“There’s nobody bigger<br />

or better at the military<br />

[Donald Trump on the<br />

than I am.” O’Reilly Factor, 6/16/15]<br />

scrutinized, he had to admit that only<br />

a portion of the money was raised. It<br />

wasn’t until Trump was called out that<br />

his own pledged dollars were finally<br />

sent to support veterans. Instead of<br />

admitting his failure, he attacked the<br />

media for pointing out his shortcomings<br />

on the issue.<br />

Even more disturbing than his<br />

dishonesty towards charitable support<br />

are the documented accounts of<br />

veterans who have been mistreated by<br />

Trump businesses. A number of the<br />

controversies revolve around the now<br />

infamous, for-profit “Trump University”<br />

and associated companies.<br />

Veterans Who Attended “Trump<br />

University” Claim They Were Defrauded<br />

The so-called “Trump University”<br />

was never an accredited institution of<br />

higher learning. “Trump University”<br />

was actually a for-profit limited liability<br />

corporation and despite its use of terms<br />

like professors, adjunct professors and<br />

tuition, it was never an actual university.<br />

“Trump University” collected an<br />

estimated $40 million from up to 10,000<br />

students between 2005 and 2010.<br />

During this time frame the New York<br />

Department of Education said it was no<br />

longer allowed to call itself a university.<br />

The company changed its name to the<br />

Trump Entrepreneur Initiative and<br />

then promptly shut down in 2011. By<br />

the time it ceased operations, “Trump<br />

University” faced several lawsuits<br />

and multiple state attorneys general<br />

investigations.<br />

Many of the alleged victims of<br />

“Trump University” have told stories<br />


The IUOE has taken the time to research the records of the candidates on key pocketbook issues important to <strong>Operating</strong> <strong>Engineer</strong>s. We<br />

understand that your vote is a personal decision. We hope that you find this information helpful when you make that decision in the privacy of<br />

the voting booth. Please see www.engineersaction.org for more information.<br />


SUMMER <strong>2016</strong> 17

Canadian News<br />

Ontario Apprentices Go For The Gold In Skills Competition<br />

BC Provincial Government Invests in Local 115 Training<br />


received record-breaking rain on<br />

Saturday June 18th, but that didn’t<br />

stop more than 700 people from<br />

coming to the IUOE Local 115 Training<br />

Association annual heavy equipment<br />

rodeo and open house. The event, held<br />

yearly, gives children and adults alike<br />

the chance to try their hand at being an<br />

equipment operator.<br />

[above] Local 793 apprentices competed<br />

in an event recently at the Ontario<br />

Technological Skills Competition at Rim<br />

Park in Waterloo, Ont. From L to R are: (back<br />

row) Walter Hollasch (instructor), Craig<br />

Giles (OETIO lead instructor), Riley Geerts,<br />

Samantha Grant (Skills Ontario), Cassidy<br />

Frey, Grant Brown, Dalton Goodhill, Avery<br />

Moodie (instructor) and (front row) John<br />

DiRisio (bronze medalist), Bruce Cringan<br />

(gold medalist), Joe Dowdall (OETIO<br />

director of training and apprenticeship)<br />

and Nick Grolway (silver medalist).<br />

[left] Third-year crane apprentice Riley<br />

Geerts was one of seven Local 793<br />

crane apprentices who participated in<br />

a competition recently at the Ontario<br />

Technological Skills Competition at Rim<br />

Park in Waterloo, Ont. Riley, who works for<br />

Mammoet Canada Eastern Ltd., was trying<br />

to lower a drum filled with water into a<br />

cage. Judges put the apprentices through<br />

a series of practical exercises. They also<br />

had to complete a written test. Local 793<br />

apprentice Bruce Cringan was the gold<br />

medalist. Silver went to Nick Grolway and<br />

bronze went to John DiRisio.<br />

This year, however, it wasn’t just<br />

curious future operators who showed<br />

up. Provincial government officials,<br />

including Maple Ridge-Mission<br />

Member of the Legislative Assembly<br />

(MLA) Marc Dalton and Maple Ridge-<br />

Pitt Meadows MLA Doug Bing were<br />

in attendance to deliver some great<br />

news for IUOE Local 115’s Training<br />

Association (IUOETA). At the event,<br />

the BC government announced they are<br />

providing $323,000 to IUOETA through<br />

the end of March next year to help<br />

support trade training in the province.<br />

The funding amounts to 160 training<br />

seats at IUOETA, which means better<br />

safety on worksites in the province,<br />

and more: “The ministry has ensured<br />

the next generation of trades people<br />

trained by the IUOE Local 115 Training<br />

Association (IUOETA) receive industryleading<br />

training unmatched in British<br />

Columbia. I appreciate the ministry’s<br />

continued support and strengthened<br />

partnership. We look forward to working<br />

on future initiatives as we continue to<br />

build BC,” says Brian Cochrane, IUOE<br />

Local 115 Business Manager.<br />

The investment is part of the<br />

government’s objectives to help bolster<br />

demand-driven trades training, and<br />

IUOETA’s programs, including heavy<br />

equipment, mobile crane, asphalt<br />

paving/laydown technician and boom<br />

truck operator, were identified as highpriority<br />

trades.<br />

In addition to the training investment,<br />

the BC government also approved a<br />

10-year extension of the lease for the<br />

unique Maple Ridge training facility,<br />

which will allow IUOETA to expand<br />

programs in a secure environment. The<br />

facility is over 40 acres with more than<br />

30 pieces of equipment used in the field,<br />

and simulators to help students learn<br />

controls in a safe environment. The<br />

state of the art set-up allows instructors<br />

to give students hands-on training with<br />

realistic job site conditions.<br />

[above] A bird’s eye view of part of Local<br />

115’s training site.<br />

[below] L to R: Brian Lefebvre, Assistant<br />

Business Manager IUOE Local 115;<br />

Jeff Gorham, Administrator Training<br />

Association IUOE Local 115; Jerome<br />

Rodriguez, Manager of Industry Relations,<br />

Industry Training Association (ITA); Marc<br />

Dalton, MLA Maple Ridge – Mission;<br />

Shannon Hanson, Apprenticeship Advisor<br />

ITA; Dr. Doug Bing, MLA Maple Ridge – Pitt<br />

Meadows; and Brian Cochrane, Business<br />

Manager IUOE Local 115.<br />

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SUMMER <strong>2016</strong> 19

IUOE Family Members Awarded<br />

<strong>2016</strong> Union Plus Scholarships<br />

Winners Honored for Achievement and Union Values<br />

UNION PLUS RECENTLY awarded $150,000 in scholarships<br />

to 104 students representing 32 unions, including five<br />

winners representing the <strong>International</strong> Union of <strong>Operating</strong><br />

<strong>Engineer</strong>s (IUOE). This year’s group of scholarship recipients<br />

includes university, college, and trade or technical school<br />

students from 32 states.<br />

The Union Plus Scholarship Program, now in its 25th year,<br />

awards scholarships based on outstanding academic<br />

achievement, personal character, financial need and<br />

commitment to the values of organized labor. The program is<br />

offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation.<br />

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

more than $4 million in educational funding to more than<br />

2,700 union members, spouses and dependent children.<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. The<br />

selection process is very competitive, and this year over 5,700<br />

applications were received from 55 unions and all 50 states,<br />

plus the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories.<br />

Visit UnionPlus.org/Scholarship for applications and<br />

benefit eligibility.<br />

Meet the <strong>2016</strong> IUOE Honorees<br />

IUOE Local 18—Jonathan Clevenger<br />

Clevenger, whose mother, Lisa Clevenger, is a member of IUOE Local 18, has been awarded a $500 scholarship. A <strong>2016</strong><br />

college graduate, Jon begins pharmacy school in pursuit of a doctoral degree this fall and hopes to work in a hospital or<br />

as a research pharmacist. He earned bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and mathematics from Shawnee State University in<br />

Portsmouth, Ohio, in May. Jon was a member of the Shawnee State Honors Program and the chemistry club, for which he<br />

served as president in 2015, and he was named the 2015 Shawnee State Biochemistry Student of the Year. He was an assistant<br />

production chemist at Hadsell Chemical Processing during the summer of 2014, a pharmacy assistant at Relevant<br />

Compounding during the summer of 2015, and a sought-after math, chemistry,<br />

physics and English tutor at Shawnee State beginning in 2013. Salutatorian of<br />

his high school class in 2012, Jon was a member of the National Honor Society<br />

and was his school’s Wendy’s High School Heisman winner. He was baseball<br />

captain as a high school senior, leading the team to the state title, and he was<br />

a four-year Quiz Bowl team member, serving as captain his junior and senior<br />

years. Jon’s mother has been an IUOE member since 1984 and his grandfather<br />

was a United Steel Workers (USW) member from 1965 until his retirement. “I<br />

believe that our country depends on the strength of its citizens and that unions<br />

stand up for those citizens’ labor rights,” Jon said. “The benefits that our family<br />

has received through union membership have been irreplaceable.” Jon looks<br />

forward to supporting the union labor movement by joining a pharmacy union<br />

when he embarks on his career.<br />

IUOE Local 18—Alexander Comshaw-Arnold<br />

Comshaw-Arnold, whose mother, Kathryn Comshaw-Arnold, is a member<br />

of IUOE Local 18, has been awarded a $500 scholarship. Alex is an honors<br />

mathematics major at The Ohio State University and expects to graduate in<br />

May 2019. He plans to pursue graduate degrees in business and law, with the<br />

goal of becoming a prosecuting attorney and ultimately a judge. Alex is an Ohio<br />

State Stadium Scholar and an Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship<br />

Jonathan Clevenger<br />

Scholar. A 2015 high school graduate, he finished in the top 10 at state in the<br />

2013 Veterans of Foreign Wars essay contest and won Canton Repository Teen<br />

of the Month in January 2015. Alex is an avid powerlifter and placed first at the<br />

2014 push-pull high school state championship. He began enrolling in college<br />

courses as a junior through his high school’s post-secondary program. Alex’s<br />

grandfather was a member of the United Communications Workers union, and<br />

his mother sought union jobs while raising her family but endured substandard<br />

working conditions until being able to join IUOE. “She soon discovered that<br />

people were there to support her,” said Alex. “She had brothers and sisters in<br />

the union who became lifelong friends. And with the union’s help, she was able<br />

to let all of my five other brothers and sister go to college.”<br />

Devyn Everts<br />

IUOE Local 39B—Devyn Everts<br />

Everts, whose father, Scott Stutz, is a member of IUOE Local 039B, has been<br />

awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Devyn is a life sciences major at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She plans<br />

to continue her education with a graduate degree in veterinary medicine. Devyn, who works at the Riley Library in Roseville,<br />

Calif., is a 2015 high school graduate. A member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation,<br />

for which she also served as president, she was named Spanish Student of the Year and a California Girls State delegate as a<br />

junior. She was cross country team captain and Impact Athletic Honors recipient as a senior. Devyn was a freshman mentor,<br />

refereed for local youth-league games, was a teacher assistant at a local elementary school, and was a senior intern in her<br />

church youth group. As a working student, Devyn is grateful for the effort of unions to ensure reasonable work days for the<br />

American labor force. “My life was one of those impacted and improved by the labor unions,” Devyn said. “Unions fought for<br />

a better workplace environment and caused the creation of child labor laws. On school days, these laws limit my work day<br />

and allow me time to accomplish all my tasks as a working student.”<br />

IUOE Local 147—Taylor Mullins<br />

Mullins, whose father, Edgar Mullins, is a member of IUOE Local 147, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Taylor is a business<br />

major at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, one of the nation’s top liberal arts schools, from which she expects to<br />

graduate in May 2018. She has completed a year-long internship at a local insurance company and aspires to eventually open<br />

her own insurance firm. Taylor began taking classes at Virginia Highlands Community College while in high school, graduating<br />

with honors in 2015 with an advanced diploma. She was cheerleading captain, volunteered with local Remote Area Medical<br />

(RAM) events, and participated in her church’s back-to-school food drive. Taylor said her family experienced the value of<br />

union membership in 2012 when her father, who worked in the coal industry for two decades, was laid off and found a new<br />

job through the local IUOE. “It is because of the opportunities the union has provided us that I am able to look to my future<br />

and know that it will be great,” Taylor said. “Through my father, I have witnessed how the union positively affects employees’<br />

lives every day.”<br />

IUOE Local 150—Rion Schulz<br />

Schulz, whose father, Alexander Schulz, is a member of IUOE Local 150, has been awarded a $750 scholarship. Rion is a <strong>2016</strong><br />

high school graduate who plans to major in mechanical engineering at Illinois Valley Community College as a precursor to<br />

pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees. His goal is to work in machine design and hydraulic system manufacturing. Rion<br />

was a National Honor Society member, Illinois State Scholar, and Illinois Premier Boy’s State participant. He was active in<br />

band, Scholastic Bowl, and drama, where he served as section head for lighting, and he fosters dogs through the Humane<br />

Society. Rion worked several jobs throughout high school and plans to continue working through college, using that money<br />

to defray education costs. His father joined IUOE seven months after Rion’s birth in 1998. “I grew up in a proud union family<br />

and learned about the organization and purpose of unions,” said Rion, whose family was aided by IUOE when his father went<br />

through a period of unemployment. “The union was always there to support us in times of need.”<br />



In June <strong>2016</strong>, Limon told CNN that<br />

the course material was useless and<br />

devoid of any advanced real estate<br />

techniques. The one tip he does recall<br />

came from an instructor who detailed<br />

the benefits of paying off unpaid tax<br />

debts of elderly people— keeping them<br />

in their homes until they die— but then<br />

taking ownership of their properties.<br />

“When I saw that teaching, you had<br />

to steal somebody’s house? This is not<br />

right,” Limon said. “We were ripped<br />

off.”<br />

Veterans Employed by “Trump<br />

University” were Fired<br />

Veterans also worked for “Trump<br />

University” and associated companies,<br />

and at least two veterans have claimed<br />

that they were fired for their military<br />

service.<br />

Air Force Senior Master Sgt.<br />

Richard Wright, was fired from his job<br />

as a mentor at the Trump Institute, an<br />

affiliate of Trump University, after a<br />

deployment to Afghanistan.<br />

The Trump Institute hired Wright as<br />

a tele-consultant or “mentor.” His job<br />

was to speak on the phone with clients<br />

who had purchased “memberships”<br />

in the Trump Institute, and give them<br />

advice about investing in real estate.<br />

During his employment, Master<br />

Sgt. Wright’s reserve unit was called<br />

up for active duty and he spent three<br />

months serving in Afghanistan. Upon<br />

his arrival back home in Florida,<br />

his bosses told him that, “all of your<br />


absences” had forced the company<br />

to “reevaluate your position with the<br />

Trump Institute.”<br />


It is a violation of federal law to<br />


like that of retired Navy veteran penalize an employee for absences First and foremost remember your<br />

Felicisimo Limon. Mr. Limon believed<br />

the billionaire wanted him to achieve<br />

success, but after charging $26,000 to<br />

caused by military service. Wright<br />

sued for wrongful termination under<br />

the Uniformed Services Employment<br />

training! Remember what you learned<br />

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his credit card to enroll himself and his and Reemployment Rights Act. rules apply.<br />

wife in the program in 2008, he now The company ultimately reached a<br />

feels differently.<br />

settlement with Wright that forbids him<br />

from talking further about the case.<br />

Iraq War veteran Corinne Sommer<br />

was fired from Trump University in<br />

2007. In a deposition filed as part of an<br />

ongoing California court case, Sommer<br />

said she believed Trump University<br />

terminated her because her military<br />

commitments as a reservist interfered<br />

with her work as an events planner for<br />

the company.<br />

“I was fired because I was in the<br />

military,” she told attorneys as part<br />

of an unrelated fraud case against<br />

Trump University. “At the end of my<br />

[performance] evaluation, they wrote<br />

that it was a problem that I was in the<br />

military.”<br />

Sommer was an Army staff sergeant<br />

who had deployed to Iraq in 2003.<br />

After returning from active service she<br />

remained a reservist. Her reservist<br />

commitment amounted to two days a<br />

month, she said. Following a lawsuit,<br />

Trump University also settled with Ms.<br />

Sommer.<br />

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There a number of additional things<br />

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disaster area.<br />

• traumatic stress,<br />

• heat stress,<br />

• sunburn,<br />

• eye injuries,<br />

• noise,<br />

• breathing dust contaminated with<br />

toxic materials,<br />

• piles of debris and unstable work<br />

surfaces,<br />

• handling a variety of sharp and<br />

jagged materials,<br />

• flood water contaminated with<br />

raw sewage and other hazardous<br />

materials (chemicals),<br />

• carbon monoxide from gasoline or<br />

propane powered generators,<br />

• heavy equipment or tools,<br />

• the use of ladders,<br />

• operating a chain saw,<br />

• structural integrity,<br />

• mold,<br />

• trench foot (immersion foot),<br />

• food-borne disease,<br />

• insects and insect-borne disease,<br />

animals and animal-borne<br />

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