September 21, 2021
Friends of Iron Workers Local 498,
We really appreciate your sponsorship and/or participation in the return of our golf outing on June 13th, 2021. We hope everyone that played enjoyed themselves. We had 77 golfers this year, it was a great turn out! The Iron Workers Local 498 Golf Outing netted over $12,000 to donate to charities. We will return next year and do this again, so Mark your calendar for July 17th, 2022.
Just a reminder the Scholarship application process for the Blais Family – NW IL Building Trades Scholarship opens on Dec 1, 2021, at Community Foundation of Northern IL. www.cfnil.org which handles over 80 different scholarships.
Again, thank you for your donations and sponsorship. It was a success that we hope will get better every year.
The Golf Committee
Tomorrow is the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 please remember all of those who died and all of those that helped in the aftermath. Keep their families in your thoughts and prayers.
I just thought I would give you an update on what the Biden administration has done so far for Union Labor. I attached this Link to a video of Biden addressing the right to bargain.
In my lifetime I have not seen a President promote unionization so forceful as this one. Likely not since FDR have we seen a pro-worker president.
Some of the other things President Biden has done since taking office:
- Appointed Marty Walsh a lifelong union Laborer to become Labor Secretary. Not since the ’70s have we seen a Building Trades Union Official become the Labor Secretary.
- President Biden fired all the union-busting attorneys from the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board).
- President Biden has pushed all the Federal agencies back to the bargaining table after he fired all the members of the Bargaining Panel Trump used to override the Federal Workers’ contracts.
- He put an Executive order in place that was stronger and closed many loopholes companies used to get around the previous Buy American provisions.
- He appointed Peter Sung Ohr a pro-labor attorney as Lead Attorney to the Labor Board.
So far President Biden is shaping up to be the most Pro-Union President we have seen in a long time. Let’s hope he keeps pushing a pro-worker agenda that will only benefit workers and worker rights to collectively bargain.
January 2021 Connector is out!! Check it out here.
I didn’t get this in the Newsletter, but today I finally persuaded the Tri-State Welfare board to stop requiring the proof of qualified purchase with your HRA (Benefit Card) for purchases over $500 going forward. In short, you will not be receiving any 1099’s for the use of your HRA Card for a purchase over $500 at tax time going forward in including any from 2020. So pay your medical bills with your HRA card as you need to. If you need clarification do not hesitate to call me.
Iron Workers Local 498 will be taking applications for the apprentice program.
This will be your first test at following directions and ensuring you are prepared when you come to apply.
Attached below is the notice which will give you where to apply, when to apply, what you need to have when you apply, qualifications for the position, and information on the aptitude test performed by an independent organization.
The election is fast approaching, see the attached Local 498 Political Letter on the importance of voting and supporting Labor Friendly Candidates that insure our brothers and sisters of this great Local a solid foundation with great benefits. There is an attached Local 498 Endorsed Candidate List as well.
Vote for Labor and vote your pocketbook.
Check it out HERE.