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March 04, 2021
Upcoming Events
District 1 meeting (Bothell, WA)
Mar 04, 2021
Union Hall, 18701 – 120th Ave. NE.
District 5 Meeting (Spokane, WA)
Mar 08, 2021
Union Hall, 510 S ELM
District 5 Meeting (Tri-Cities, WA)
Mar 09, 2021
CBC Health Science Center, 891 Northgate Dr.
District 4 meeting (Ellensburg, WA)
Mar 10, 2021
Union Hall, 403 S. Water St.
District 5 Meeting (Lewiston, ID)
Mar 10, 2021
Central Labor Council, 1618 Idaho St. Suite 102
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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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March Meetings Update

Important Meeting Notice

Attention all Members: The Executive Board met and decided to suspend all March Union District Meetings. While all signs are positive and we are seeing an increase in the opening of business and public activities in all the states, it is still critical and necessary for the health and wellbeing of our members to continue suspending meetings for just a bit longer.  We are hopeful that within the next few months we will be able to hold our meetings, possibly in a reduced capacity depending on the states’ restrictions, while we embrace our new normal as we come out of this pandemic. 

The Executive Board will be meeting again before the April meeting dates to reassess the situation. 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.


Apprenticeship Victory

The Operating Engineers applaud the Biden Administration for rescinding the Trump Executive Order that created the framework for industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs). Two years ago, the IUOE launched a campaign against the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed regulations governing industry-recognized apprenticeship programs. Those regulations, which were sought by greedy, anti-union contractors, would have lowered industry standards and undermined our investments in our own training and apprenticeship programs.  

The IUOE invests $180 million every year in training. Our apprenticeship programs produce the highest skilled, safest, most productive workers in the world who deliver projects on time and under-budget.  Workers who complete an IUOE apprenticeship program earn $300,000 more over the course of a career. They are also less likely to be injured or lose their life on the job.

In total, over 300,000 comments were submitted to the Department of Labor against the IRAP program. IUOE members submitted close to 15,000 comments and other construction union members submitted thousands more. As a result of our efforts, we were successful in exempting construction from the final IRAP regulations. The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and other anti-union organizations however, still strongly advocated to rescind the exemption for construction.  

The IUOE appreciates President Biden's leadership on strengthening registered apprenticeship programs and pulling the plug on an unaccountable corporate sop. Because of this decision, the Operating Engineers and other trade unions are better positioned to deliver the types of skill training required to rebuild this country.

In solidarity,

Engineers Action and Response Network (EARN)

District 5 Job Opportunity

Operating Engineers Needed (As of 2/9/2021) Forklift Operator with OSHA Cert and NCCCO TRC - will be utilied as backup/fill in for tower crane when needed. Pay scale is $32.88/hr - $34.90/hr. Concrete Pump Truck Operators - $34.21/hr HD Mechanic CDL w/Hazmat Endorsement - $34.90/hr Contractor is Granite, the project is a US Department of Defense facility at the INL.
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2020 Tax Documents

Attention Members:

The Front Office has received a large amount of calls asking in regards to where the 2020 Tax documents are at on being delivered. Please note that the Trust Office is who provides these, not the Union itself.

We have spoken to the Trust and they have already mailed out all W-2's and 10-99's, we ask that you have patience as they are on the way in the mail.

If you still haven't received them by the end of next week, please reach out to the Trust to see about getting a new form(s) mailed out to you. They can be reached at;

(206) 441-7574
For W-2's: Dial option 4 when you get to the machine.
For 10-99's: Ext. 3202 if your last name begins with A - J, Ext. 3211 if your last name begins with K - Z.

Sincerely,

IUOE Local 302 Front Office


Western Washington MLA Survey

Attention Members:

The Western WA MLA survey was recently mailed to all affected members for feedback and priority development.  We ask that you be on the look-out for this and please fill it out and return as soon as possible. 

If by some chance you do not receive your survey within the next few weeks, we’d ask that you contact your local field representative or office.   

In Solidarity,

Daren Konopaski

Business Manager


Customer Service Survey Update

Attention Members:

I just wanted to send a quick note out thanking all of the members that participated in our Customer Service Survey and to recognize the survey prize winners.  We received 2046 survey responses, which equated to over $50,000 in charitable contributions throughout our jurisdiction to those in need during these trying times.  I’d like to say thank you to all of those that participated in providing valuable feedback on ways we can and need to improve our operations going forward as a Local. 

I’d also like to say thank you to Stewards Frank Smith and Richard Jones who volunteered to assist in the process for selecting the members who will be awarded the random participation prizes.  As is customary with our processes, we did our level best to ensure for absolute fairness in the selection process. On January 7th, fifty envelopes were randomly drawn by our Steward volunteers.

Thank you again and congratulations to the winners and I can assure you that the check is in the mail. 

In Solidarity,

Daren Konopaski
Business Manager

$100.00 WINNERS

HERB MC CORD II, LORINE F JOHNSON, CLINT M HANSEN, BRUCE WYATT, DANIEL RIVERA, JOSEPH COLE, JAKE L REMME, ERIC J BODDING, RONNY G PUCKETT, LANCE R OYACK, JARED I MORGAN, LEIF OLSON, MICHAEL P ERDELAC, TERESA A TOBIAS, JOHN B ANDERSON, DEREK J BOICE, DUSTIN WIEDIGER, JOHN I LUNDSTRUM, DEVIN S REISS, DENNIS M MASANDA, MATT J MYERS, CHARLES A PEDE, DON DELLINGER, JAMIE R GREEN, RAY L WILLIAMS, RYAN J ACKELS, KEVIN P ROSSIGNOL, MARION J GARIS, MAUREEN K OKEEFE, CHRISTOPHER G FAY, MARK K MATTHEWS, JIMMY W WHITE, DAVID HART, MICHAEL G GIVENS, WILLIAM R MAINWARING

$250.00 WINNERS

DANIEL M SCHEFFLER, DANIEL D COKLEY, DENNIS COLLINS, GARY J HAGEN, ROBERT J AMMELL, RANDAL R WOOTEN, WILLIAM E HASELHUHN, DAVID L GORLEY, RAYMOND D CHEELY, JON H KESO

$500.00 WINNERS

ALLEN C EDENSO, EDWARD BEASLEY, NICK M DERENOFF, JESSE A DRAKE, CATHLEEN CUNNIFF


IUOE Statement on President-Elect Joe Biden's Nomination for Department of Labor

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Please see the following message from the International Union of Operating Engineers in regards to President-Elect Joe Biden's nomination choice for the Department of Labor.


IUOE Statement on U.S. Capitol Attack

Brothers & Sisters,

Please see the attached statement from the International Union of Operating Engineers in regards to yesterday's attack on the U.S. Capitol building.


DOL Rescission of AAM 212 exempting Surveyors from DB

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Please see the following message from the International in regards to a change in policy from the Trump administration relating to construction site surveyor work and Prevailing Wages coverage. Please see the attached article for more information on this change of policy.


Foss Maritime Families Petition

Attention Members:

Please consider signing on to this petition in support of our members and the other unions that work for Foss Maritime.  

In Solidarity, 

Daren Konopaski
Business Manager


December Meetings Update

Important Meeting Notice

Attention all Members: The Executive Board met today and decided to suspend all December Union District Meetings. This decision was necessary for the health and wellbeing of our members. The fact is that the Covid numbers are growing and in response the goverment restrictions on social contact and gatherings are being ratcheted down tighter throughout our multi-state jurisdiction. Also, as I stated last month, with the holidays coming and all of us spending more time with our families, it is critical that we are all vigilant in exposing others and preventing the spread of this virus.

Hopefully, everyone was able to watch our very first update from the President and Business Manager on our website. We fully intend to continue these updates until we are able to once again meet in person. The Exceutive Board will be meeting again before the January meeting dates to reassess the situation. You can find the videos on the site by looking at the left-hand menu options and scrolling down to "Member Resources" and clicking the "Union Video Updates" tab, linked here as well.

I know that we are all frustrated with the situation and I too am looking forward to the time when we are able to resume normal operations. Also, I wanted to remind folks to fill out their membership survey to help inform us of your priorities and feedback for improvement.

Be safe out there.

In Solidarity,

Daren Konopaski
Business Manager


Holiday Meetings

Attention Members:

We assume everyone has received the message but we wanted to be sure that all members understood that the Holiday Parties have been suspended for this year. The COVID-19 situation has put us in a position where we do not want to risk the health and safety of our members so the Executive Board made the decision to suspend the holiday parties.  We do not want to put any of our members and their families in harm’s way so we will not be hosting holiday parties this season. 
 

Also, in lieu of the holiday parties this season, the Local will instead be making a $25 charitable donation for every completed survey returned to the local. You will be receiving this survey very soon and it is designed to help us improve our operations. 

In Solidarity,

Daren Konopaski
Business Manager


Election Day

There's Still Time to Get Out and Vote!

Brothers & Sisters, it’s election day!

Did you forget to get a ballot by mail this year? Did you forget to register online in time? Still want to vote? You still can.

Our states of jurisdiction and others allow you to register in person and vote at the polls today before the polls close tonight. If you live in any of the following states, you can go your local polling station to register and/or vote;

Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Washington D.C.

If you’re going out to vote in person, please remember to social distance and wear a mask, your safety matters to us.

Go make your voice heard and vote today.




 
 
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