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August 21, 2019
Upcoming Events
District 3 meeting (Silverdale, WA)
Aug 21, 2019
Union Hall, 3525 NW Anderson Hill Road
District 6 meeting (Anchorage, AK)
Aug 22, 2019
4001 Denali St. Suite A Anchorage, AK
District 5 Meeting (Boise, ID)
Aug 27, 2019
IUOE Union Hall, 225 N 16th
District 8 meeting (Juneau, AK)
Aug 27, 2019
Juneau IUOE 302 Hall: 9309 Glacier Hwy, BldgA-102B
District 5 (Pocatello, ID)
Aug 28, 2019
IUOE Union Hall , 456 N. Arthur
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Important Links
Alaska Operating Engineers-Employers Training Trust
Operating Engineers Regional Training Program of Washington
International Union of Operating Engineers
AFL-CIO
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
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District 2 Monthly Meetings Update

District 2 Monthly Meetings Update

District 2 membership meetings for August (August 15th, 2019) and September (September 19th, 2019) have been suspended per motion by the membership.


Alaska Coalition Health Fair 2019

Health Fairs:

Please be advised of the upcoming health fairs for all plan participants.  If you are planning on attending it is critical that you make reservations in advance to ensure that you are able to take advantage of the services offered.  These are open to members and their families and offer a variety of services: health screening, blood work, flu vaccinations, etc. with no out-of-pocket cost.


Washington Coalition Health Fair 2019

Health Fairs:

Please be advised of the upcoming health fairs for all plan participants.  If you are planning on attending it is critical that you make reservations in advance to ensure that you are able to take advantage of the services offered.  These are open to members and their families and offer a variety of services: health screening, blood work, flu vaccinations, etc. with no out-of-pocket cost.


Notice: IRAPs and the IUOE

Industry Recognized Apprentice Ship Program (IRAP):

The U.S. DOL has released proposed regulations governing a new form of apprenticeship called "Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs", or IRAPs. Registered Apprenticeship has set the standard for quality for over 80 years and counting - annually graduating hundreds of thousands of men, women, minorities, youth and veterans without cost to the government. IRAPs have lower wage and safety standards, less oversight, quality, and less opportunity for workers. Unlike registered apprenticeship programs, there are no universally respected criteria in place to evaluate the skills or shortcomings of credentials issued under the IRAP system. This dilutes the strength of certifications and the training curriculum. Registered apprenticeship programs are the best way to prepare for a career as an Operating Engineer. Our apprentices receive hands-on training and classroom instruction, all made available by employers and labor working together. Subject matter experts working in the field and contractors who perform make our program strong.

Call to Action: Please submit comments via this link here to urge the Administration to reconsider its use of IRAPs and, at the very least, to make the construction exemption permanent. The 60 day comment periods ends on August 26th, 2019.


Contract Vote - District 5

DISTRICT 5

EASTERN WASHINGTON – NORTHERN IDAHO

MASTER LABOR AGREEMENT:

RATIFIED

YES: 61%

NO: 39%


District 5 Update

Eastern Washington-Northern Idaho AGC Master Labor Agreement
Contract Negotiations Update May 23, 2019

The Negotiation committee and the AGC Employers met again on May 23, 2019. After several meetings we are still moving to get a tentative agreement to bring to the membership for vote. The next meeting is scheduled for June 3, 2019. We are still working to bring the membership the best possible agreement to the table for a vote. Please be patience with the process and the negotiation committee will keep you informed as things transpire.


Member Services


Crane Accident in Seattle

Tragic Crane Accident in Seattle:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives, were injured, or who were affected by the crane accident in Seattle today. We are grateful for the first responders who answered the call to this terrible accident to bring aid, comfort, and support to a chaotic and horrific situation.

While initial reports stated that two crane operators were killed, we have been informed that the two workers who lost their lives were brothers from another craft.  We offer our sincerest condolences to their families and we share in their grief and sorrow as we mourn for them.  

We do not know the cause nor will we speculate on how or why this tragic accident occurred.  We offer our full support in the investigation to prevent any such future tragedies and to further improve construction safety.

In Solidarity,

Daren Konopaski
BusinessManager

The following link was provided by the Ironworkers, Local 86 for donations to the families of Brothers Andrew and Travis.  

https://ironworkersfcu.org/ironworkerssupportingironworkers/


Clyde Wilson

Former Local 302 Business Manager Clyde Wilson passes April 9

We are saddened to inform the members of Local 302 of the passing of Clyde Wilson yesterday, April 9th.

Clyde Wilson followed his father Jack’s footsteps and began his career as a permit hand in 1960 while a student at Everett Junior College.  Jack Wilson joined Local 302 in 1947 in Anchorage and had served as Local 302 president. 

Clyde began his career at Manson as a permit hand.  He recalled trying to run a Link Belt crane while the regular operator took a coffee break until “I felt this big Swede hand on my shoulder” and being told “the day I know you can take care of this crane is the day I’ll show you how to run it.”  Becoming an “A” member in 1962, he worked sixteen years for Manson and General in marine construction and another eight years for crane rental contractors.   

In 1985, Clyde became dispatcher where he served three years.  In 1988,  Clyde was elected president and served until 1995 when Larry Johnson retired.  He was then elected business manager, serving in that position until 2001 when he retired. 

Clyde was respected by all for his strong work ethic and his pride in all things Local 302.  We will truly miss you, Brother Wilson. Our most sincere thanks to all you have done for Local 302.  Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

We will update you with funeral details and any other information we receive from the family.  


Bylaw Vote Results

Bylaw Vote Results

The elections committee tallied the bylaw votes this evening
and the results are as follows:

Option A (Bargaining Unit Choice): 80.65%
Option B (Vote in Person): 19.35%


Local 302 Hiring Update

Local 302 Hiring Update:

Two new staff members were recently hired in WA and AK. Please join us in welcoming Eric and Kim to the team. 

  Eric Arntson – Field Representative in District 3 (WA Peninsula)
  Kim Vincelette – Dispatcher in District 7 (Fairbanks)

 


New Member Education Class

New Member Education Class

We will be having a New Member education class on March 2nd from 8:00 am to noon. We will also be having a steward training class on February 16th from 8:00 am to Noon. 

Please call dispatch and get on the list if you are interested.


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.  




 
 
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