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December 10, 2018
Upcoming Events
District 5 Meeting (Spokane, WA)
Dec 10, 2018
Union Hall, 510 S ELM
District 5 Meeting (Tri-Cities, WA)
Dec 11, 2018
CBC Health Science Center, 891 Northgate Dr.
District 4 meeting (Ellensburg, WA)
Dec 12, 2018
Union Hall, 403 S. Water St.
District 5 Meeting (Lewiston, ID)
Dec 12, 2018
Central Labor Council, 1618 Idaho St. Suite 102
District 3 meeting (Aberdeen, WA)
Dec 13, 2018
Eagles Hall, 200 W. Market St.
Important Links
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
Unemployment and Out-of-Work List

Unemployment and Out-of-Work List Member Update and Reminder:

Full referral union hall status is what affords our members the ability to be eligible for unemployment benefits without the weekly job search requirements.  In order to be eligible for unemployment benefits, you need to be a member in good standing and appropriately registered on the OWL. So don’t forget to register and/or re-register as the hiring hall rules require even if you have been given a return-to-work date.   Failure to do so could result in you being required to pay back any benefits received. 

Also, when you check in on the OWL it is a good time to ensure that your contact information is up-to-date.  

2018 Women Build Nations - Seattle, WA

2018 Women Build Nations - Seattle, WA

Celebration of Life for Richard Elliott

Celebration of Life for Richard Elliott:

Local 302 member, Richard Elliott recently passed away after suffering from a debilitating health event.

A celebration of life & potluck will be held on November 4th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at 15116 180th SE, Monroe, WA 98272.  Please feel free to bring a dish to share.  

Our thoughts and prayers are with Brother Elliott and his family.  A Go Fund Me site has been established for donations to Brother Elliott’s wife and family:

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Alaska Idaho Washington

Richard Elliot

Member Support Needed:

Local 302 member, Richard Elliot recently suffered a debilitating health event and is in critical care. Brother Elliott is a 22-year member who was working for McDowell. Brother Elliott and his family are in need of member support. Please consider contributing to his gofundme account.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Brother Elliott and his family.

Contract Vote - Friday - Sept 28


YES: 75%
NO:  25%

Contract Vote Update - Monday - Sept 17

Contract Vote Update:

Now that the ballots are out for the Third Tentative Agreement (TA) of the Western WA AGC Master Labor Agreement and you will soon be reviewing the offer and casting your vote I wanted to relay some thoughts and perspective on the offer.  First, I want to refer you to the compensation packages for both this TA and the new Master Labor Agreement of Western WA (MLAWW).  Both of these agreements reflect some of the most significant compensation increases we have had in as far back as I can remember.  In addition to our significant monetary increases, we also negotiated for the inclusion of some critical language changes relating to double-time after 12 hours of work and special shift premium. 

I realize that there is some confusion about the impact on the two rates and how that will affect the members working under these two agreements.  Simply put, public work will be prevailed at the higher of the two rates and private work will be paid at the contract rate that your contractor is signatory to.  The new Prevailing Wage law that we were successful in passing last year, provides: “For trades and occupations with more than one collective bargaining agreement in the county, the higher rate will prevail.” At this time, the new MLAWW includes a rate that is higher than the TA.   

With respect to the TA before you, I believe this TA reflects the highest financial offer the contractors are willing to make without further concessions on the language and retro pay.  I am proud of this organization and the membership for taking a stand!  The way we came together was phenomenal and, with the support of the other crafts, we were able to come back with a final counter offer that is worthy of your thoughtful consideration.  

Thank you for seriously considering this TA and casting your vote. 

In Solidarity,

Daren Konopaksi
International VP & Business Manager

Strike Fund Checks and Ballot Update - Wednesday - Sept 12

Strike Fund Checks and Ballot Update:

The Strike Fund Checks and the Third Tentative Agreement Ballot for the Western WA AGC MLA were both mailed today.  Thank you again for your support and service during the labor dispute and please cast your vote.

In Solidarity,
Daren Konopaski
International VP & Business Manager

3rd Western Washington Tentative Agreement - Tuesday - Sept 11

3rd Western Washington AGC Tentative Agreement
Contract Changes Summary

A Third tentative agreement was reached on Thursday, September 6, 2018, for the Western WA Master Labor Agreement.  The ballots will be mailed soon along with a cover letter, a summary of the proposed changes, and a breakdown of the new economic proposal.  The ballots must be received by the post office no later than September 27th.  Ballots will be counted at the District 1 hall on September 28th.

Agreement Summary Letter Language Changes Economics

Labor Dispute - Thursday - Sept 6

Western WA MLA and Strike Update:

A 3rd Tentative Agreement was reached for the Western WA Master Labor Agreement, and members are to stand down on all picketing actions and return to regular work status effective tomorrow, September 7th.

The new, tentative agreement will be posted on our website soon.  

MLAWW Signatory Contractor Update

MLAWW Signatory Contractor Update:

As has been reported in prior posts, we have been busy signing, voting, and implementing the new Master Labor Agreement of Western WA (MLAWW).  Many more are still in process, but currently the following contractors are signatory to the MLAWW: 

AAA Construction, ABI, Advantage Dirt, American Bridge, Axis Crane, Barnhart, Bianchi, Cascade Tower and Rigging, Columbia Crane, Continental Dirt, CTI, Del Hur, Duncan Crane, Ed’s Bulldozing, Ford Crane, Garner, Harbor Excavation, Hot Mix, HT Seattle (Owner), Greenfield Construction, Image Crane, Imhoff Crane, Interwest Construction, Jensen Drilling, Jordan Excavating, JR Hayes, Maroni Construction, Mayfield Hoisting, McCann Construction, Millican Crane Service, Ness Crane, Nordland, Olin Excavating, Olson Brothers, Olympic Paving, Omega Morgan, Omega Rigger, Orion Marine, NW Tower, Pacific Civil & Infrastructure, Rainier Crane, Rev Drilling, Rhodes Crane, Rognlin’s, Seaburg Construction, Seattle Tower Crane, Sierra Pacific, Springhill, Strickland & Sons, and Western Crane.

For any contractors interested in this option please see the post from last Thursday.

In Solidarity,
Daren Konopaski

International VP and Business Manager

Labor Dispute Update - Tuesday

AGC Contract Negotiation Update

We met again today with the AGC with negligible forward progress.  We are going to continue moving forward with our new Master Labor Agreement of Western Washington for those contractors that want to put our members back to work.  For any contractors interested in this option please see the post from last Thursday.    

We will be posting our MLAWW contractor list tomorrow and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

MLAWW Labor Day Update - Saturday

MLAWW Labor Day Update:

In just the past two days we have signed over 30 contractors to the Master Labor Agreement of Western Washington (MLAWW) with more in the queue for discussion, voting, and implementation.   These contractors recognize that this is a fair and reasonable contract for the work that our members do.  We intend to publish the list of these contractors by Tuesday, September 4th so folks know which employers have stepped up and are ready to get back to work after Labor Day.    

Since September 5, 1882, the date the first Labor Day was celebrated, this day has been in recognition and honor for the working men and women of this country.  With that, I want to say that I am honored to represent such a great group of men and women in the Operating Engineers and we are equally grateful and honored to have the support from the other crafts during this challenging time.  We look forward to the day when we are all back to work. 

For those of you able to enjoy and participate in the parades, backyard bbqs, community events, camping trips, and time with family over this Labor Day weekend I wish for you and yours safety and happiness.  For any of you in need of support or assistance see our resources link: or call the Hall.   

I want to conclude with some rumor control.  I’ve heard reports about questioning the lack of viability of the new MLAWW, our members’ strike reserves, and our general resolve in this effort.  I can assure those that doubt any of these will be sorely disappointed.  The MLAWW is taking hold and is continuing to grow.  Our strike fund is very healthy and able to fund this effort  As to our resolve, as any trades’ unionist knows, questioning our resolve is akin to insulting our mother.  Not a good idea.      

Finally, I’d ask that members be patient with my crew as we bring the MLAWW online, get some much needed rest, and keep up the good work!

In Solidarity,
Daren Konopaski
International VP and Business Manager

IUOE 302
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