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October 28, 2021
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District 6 meeting (Anchorage, AK)
Oct 28, 2021
4001 Denali St. Suite A Anchorage, AK
District 1 meeting (Bothell, WA)
Nov 04, 2021
Union Hall, 18701 – 120th Ave. NE.
District 5 Meeting (Spokane, WA)
Nov 08, 2021
Union Hall, 510 S ELM
District 5 Meeting (Tri-Cities, WA)
Nov 09, 2021
2637 W Albany Ave Kennewick, WA 99336
District 286 Meeting (Auburn, WA)
Nov 09, 2021
18 E St SW, Auburn WA 98001
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Alaska Operating Engineers-Employers Training Trust
Operating Engineers Regional Training Program of Washington
International Union of Operating Engineers
Alaska AFL-CIO
The Stand - A project of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. DOL - Employment & Training Administration
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
U.S. Department of Labor - Wage & Hour Division
National Labor Relations Board
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Prevailing Wage in Alaska
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Prevailing Wage in Washington
Jeff Brown with Secon Construction loading trucks
Garco Con., CSO tank, Todd Trautman
Jerry Swihart - Steward for the City of Unalaska
John Carlson STP Apprentice
Heavy Equipment 2015 - Juneau Alaska
Dan Youso Running the Mammoet
JCM Northlink
Dirk Blanchet, Jeff Huffman, Terry Martin and Steward Pat Gould
Washington Membership Update - Covid Vaccination Mandate

Washington Membership Update – Covid Vaccination Mandate:

As you may have heard the State Workers’ Union recently withdrew their lawsuit and came to terms with the Governor regarding the vaccination mandate.  Essentially, the Union has bargained on behalf of their governmental employee members on a state-wide basis what we are doing daily for our members on a contract-by-contract basis.  The effects bargaining resulted in provisions ensuring that their members had appropriate time to obtain the vaccination if their exemption request was denied, the ability to use their earned leave up to 45 days while they get the vaccination, and an additional personal holiday as an incentive to get the vaccination. 

The terms negotiated were designed to be responsive to the mandate and are consistent with the negotiations and agreements that are currently being negotiated by Local 302 in its public sector Stationary bargaining units.  The Hoisting and Portable side of the house is a bit more complicated (as we have informed members at the membership meetings) given the nature of the Governor’s mandate to the site owners, which in turn is applied to the contractors working on these sites.  Thus, our signatory contractors have not initiated a mandate but rather are responding to the directives from the public agency construction site owners.  Nevertheless, we are doing our best to ensure that our members are represented and, where applicable, we are bargaining with employers to address the impacts of the mandate implementation. 

Based on our recent conversations with the Governor’s office this mandate is moving forward on schedule.  The hospitalization, covid positive tests, and deaths are all peaking at levels at or above the highest levels we’ve seen throughout this pandemic.  We were also advised that the availability of the Johnson and Johnson (one-shot) vaccination is on a drastic decline so the timing for complying with the mandate via the two-shot vaccination option is today in order to be compliant by October 18th.  Obviously, other work options are available outside the state public works arena, but we are seeing more and more local jurisdictions initiate similar mandatory vaccination provisions.  All this to say that we respect and appreciate our members personal decisions with respect to being vaccinated or not and we will do our best to support you. 

In Solidarity,

Daren Konopaski

Business Manager

September Meetings Update

Important Meetings Notice

Attention all Members: Due to the increased governmentally mandated restrictions in response to the rise in COVID-19 numbers, we are again requiring masks to be worn in order to enter our facilities for normal business operations as well as for union meetings for all districts. This decision is consistent with governmental mandates within our jurisdiction and is necessary for the health and wellbeing of our members. This mandatory mask requirement is effective immediately. We ask that you bring your own mask as we will not have masks on hand at our facilities.  You will not be allowed to enter the building if you do not have and wear your mask. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during these trying times and we all must work together to prevent further expansion of the virus. 

Daren Konopaski, Business Manager

Volunteers Needed - Ballot Counting for 9/3/2021

Volunteers Needed - Ballot Counting for Crane Agreement on 9/3/2021

Dear Western Washington Brothers & Sisters,

We are asking for anyone who is willing to volunteer to count ballots this coming Friday, 9/3/2021, for the Northwest Crane Owners Association Agreement.

If you are interested and able to, please call us at (425) 806-0302, and dial ext. 105 for Monique. Please be ready and at the Bothell hall by 8:30 AM.

Washington Membership Update - Covid Vaccination Mandate

Washington Membership Update – Covid Vaccination Mandate:

We wanted to alert the membership regarding Governor Inslee’s recent decision to mandate vaccinations by October 18th for state employees.  This mandate also extends to workers on all state public works projects.  First, we are discouraged that the Governor chose not to discuss this decision with us prior to his announcement as it affects a great deal of our members in both Stationary and Hoisting and Portable operations.  Second, as an affiliate with the Washington State Labor Council, we are working with them to understand the collective labor position on this matter.  Third, as a member of the Governor’s Construction Covid Roundtable, we are working with the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council to evaluate our options and the appropriate next steps moving forward under this new mandate.  Finally, we have hesitated to make any announcement or take an official position as we explore our options, including: analyzing the legal aspects and ramifications of the decision; considering our possible bargaining position(s); and understanding our recourse, if any, for situations where our members refuse or are unable to receive the vaccination. 

All this to say we are working on it and we will let you know if and when we have any further guidance or position on this matter.

In Solidarity,

Daren Konopaski
Business Manager

Haven't Received Ballot Yet? Give Us A Call

Dear Western Washington Brothers & Sisters,

If you have not received your ballot by now, we advise you call the Bothell hall ((425) 806-0302, option 1). We’re verifying anyone who is calling in that they should have received a ballot, and once we have verified we are calling each member back to find out if they would like a new ballot that we will either;

  1. Mail out a new ballot to the member after verifying the correct address is on file or…
  2. You can opt to come pick up your ballot (if you’re able to) in person at the Bothell hall during our regular business hours, the benefit is that we have a ballot drop box in the lobby so if you know how you’re voting, you can complete your ballot at the hall as well and drop off your sealed vote.

Ballots are due back by 8/23/2021 to be counted on 8/24/2021.

July Meetings - All Districts are Meeting

Important Meeting Update

Attention all Members: The Executive Board met today, June 30th and decided to hold all July District meetings. With the recent news about increased vaccination numbers and relaxed Covid restrictions, the Executive Board decided that the in-person hosting of union meetings should be reinstated in accordance and compliance with all state Covid requirements.

We are excited to once again be able to host union meetings in-person and look forward to seeing folks at the meetings. We respectfully request that any posted or stated guidelines at the meetings be followed and that we appreciate members on-going patience during these difficult times.

If you have any questions or need anything, don't hesitate to contact us.

District 286's meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the Auburn Union Hall.

Western WA Negotiations Update - Tentative Agreements

Dear Western Washington Brothers & Sisters,

Please head to the member home for a new a message and update from your bargaining team as of 6/15/2021 for the AGC, Independent, and NWCOA Negotiations.

Western WA Negotiations Update

Dear Western Washington Brothers & Sisters,

Please head to the member home for a new message and update from your bargaining team as of 6/14/2021 for the NWCOA negotiations.

Aid for our Fallen Brother

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Please see the link to the Go Fund Me page of our fallen brother's family and if you can, help provide some support for his family.

SR520 Incident

It is with a heavy heart that we report the loss of a Brother Operator on the SR 520 project last night.  We aren’t releasing any details out of respect for the family and the safety investigation that is underway.  We are deeply saddened by the loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and his fellow coworkers on the site. 

While a tragic accident, it is another example of the danger that exists on any construction site.  Be vigilant and conscientious of your surroundings and be safe out there in the field Brothers and Sisters.    

Any Operator needing assistance during this tragic time is encouraged to reach out to their Field Representative or Josh Swanson. 

My condolences to the family for their tragic loss. 

Daren Konopaski

Business Manager

June Meetings Update

Important Meeting Notice

Attention all Members: The Executive Board met on Friday, May 29th and decided to cancel all June District meetings.  With the increased vaccination numbers and the enhanced safety precautions that have been implemented across the states, we are hopeful that the Covid numbers are on a steady rate of decline and we will soon be back to normal operations.  We recognize the importance of having our meetings, especially in-light of the on-going MLA negotiations, however the Executive Board felt that at least one more month of meeting cancellations was prudent and necessary for the safety of our members.   

The Executive Board will be meeting again before the July meeting dates to reassess the situation and, depending on the states’ restrictions and the current Covid case outlook, determine the appropriate course of action. If we maintain the path that we are on we are hopeful that we will have regular meetings in July.  If these meetings are able to commence, we will likely have to institute some safety protocols for the health and safety of those members attending. 

In the meantime, please continue to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from Covid exposure and we look forward to returning to normal operations as soon as possible. 

If you have any questions or need anything don’t hesitate to contact us.

May Meetings Update

Important Meeting Notice

Attention all Members: The Executive Board met and decided to cancel all May meetings.  The data on new cases and lack of compliance with the CDC guidelines necessitated the Executive Board’s decision to not put members in harm’s way for exposure at local union meetings.  Unfortunately, the case numbers are on the rise again with many jurisdictions strengthening their restrictions to prior levels.  While we understand the membership’s desire to restart meetings, it is only prudent that we continue on a path of continued safety and decreased exposure protocols for our members. 

We are hopeful that as the vaccination levels increase, we will see a decrease in the case numbers and a restart to normal operations.  In the meantime, we will continue to provide updates on contract negotiations and other important information via our website and social media accounts.   It is unfortunate that the Covid exposure numbers have begun moving in the wrong direction, however, as more folks begin to consider receiving the vaccinations and continue to adhere to the additional exposure protections, we believe that we will soon be able to reopen our normal business and public activities. 

The Executive Board will be meeting again before the June meeting dates to reassess the situation and, depending on the states’ restrictions, determine the plan for reinstating meetings. In the meantime, continue being vigilant on protecting yourself from exposure to the virus and we look forward to returning to normal operations as soon as possible. 

If you have any questions or need anything don’t hesitate to contact us.

RIP Brother Justin Cox


In Memory of Brother Justin Cox

IUOE Local 302 is heartbroken to inform the membership that District 7 Agent Justin Cox passed away this weekend in a tragic accident at home. Justin just went over the 6-month mark working at the Local and was doing a great job representing the membership as the North Slope and Pipeline Agent in Alaska.

Justin told us that it was the greatest honor in his life to be selected to work at the Local and represent the membership. Justin had a big heart and was one of the nicest guys you would have ever met. We just celebrated his 40th birthday recently and we are still in disbelief and shock that he is no longer with us.

Brothers and Sisters, we lost a good one, rest in peace Brother Cox. You will be missed.

IUOE 302
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