John Bidwell of Painters DC 30 Local 607 and his daughter Jessie Bidwell did a fantastic job on our new logo in the meeting room. Very professional.
Thanks John and Jessie!!
I am encouraging EVERYONE to get out and participate in the primary and do your civil duty as a citizen of this great nation. We may not all agree on who we would like to see in the White House but we ALL need to do our part. Make sure your spouse also votes, the results will affect them too.
I am hopeful you will see the value in choosing a candidate that will promote your way of life, up to AND including your pension. This is what you look forward to at the end of a long career in a physically demanding job, after your body has broke down. Something very few of any if the candidates would understand directly.
They are not all equal.
If you need to renew your Wisconsin weld certs it is required that you retest. The test results must be attached by the renewal. That is the official answer. For those that have been fortunate to send in the renewal fee or the fee plus a copy of you continuity book and have been successful it may not always work. Just something to be aware of.
Women who are interested in Construction Trades are encouraged to come and learn what the trades have to offer.
The final Truss is was erected this morning at Chicago Rockford International Airport for AAR Corps. new Maintenance Repair and Overhaul facility or MRO for short. The Iron Workers Local 498 did a fantastic job erecting this structure. The erection for 2 identical buildings totaling 238K sq. ft. has been going on for quite a few months. The iron workers kept Rubb Building Systems on their toes at the rate they put this facility up. When complete it will be the largest Thermal Hull structure in the United States. It is designed to house Boeing 777 and 787 as well as wide body jets from Airbus for maintenance.
Great Job fellas!
March 7th and 14th will be First Aid and CPR training and certification. If your cards are expired now would be a good time to get them updated. It will be at the Hall at 6pm.
March 21st and 28th will be Fork Lift Training at the Hall 6pm if you are interested.
Let Dave, Me, or Penny know if you would like to participate.
You will receive a notice denying a claim on your spouse on their first claim of the year, this is normal. You must send a letter to the fund office whether your spouse is covered by another group plan. The letter should be faxed to 630-967-3080. This needs to be done so they can coordinate benefits if covered. This is their process for determining if your spouse has coverage each year. If you have questions or need clarification call me.
Another Dollar General going up Rat with an outfit from Missouri, Canyon Concrete. We are doing what we have to do. Unfortunately the Dollar Generals around here seem to always be bad. This particular one is relatively small, a one day set. If you look in the back corner of the picture that beam has been on the straps for 45 mins, and this is their 4th day setting. Not sure where Dollar General is saving money. On top of that a local townie had to spew his nonsense of our guys not knowing how to work. All he had to do was watch the non-union stumble around with one piece for almost an hour. He must be accepting of keeping the locals citizens in the area NOT working so some outfit from MO can come in and take the work. Then on top of it Dollar General expects the locals to spend their money in there business. Don’t Patronize #DollarGeneral they don’t hire local labor. Thanks John Wheeler, Ray Beardin, and Jason Archer for picketing.
I know our International has endorsed Hillary for President and I can understand their position, but the rank an file are overwhelmingly supporting Bernie with his lofty goals. One thing is clear the people want REAL change which is why Bernie and Trump are the so popular among the rank and file.
If Hillary is the nominee, no matter how much you dislike her she has been good to labor overall and will be hands down better for labor than the other side of the isle by a wide margin. By not voting this election you are giving your vote to the anti labor candidate. We have seen the result of that all around us including this state. That has all been a result of labors apathy or just willful ignorance of what will keep them making a reasonable living in America. Remember making a reasonable living will give you the freedom to fight the other issues that are passionate to you.
One thing is for sure Trump is a businessman FIRST and he will not be good for labor and how you earn a paycheck union or non-union. Every Governor that came from business has been devastating to anyone who works for a living. Government can’t be run the same way a business can nor should it be just look at Flint, MI. And after all that came to light Republican controlled Congress tried passing a bill the made it harder for EPA to protect citizens of this country from more Flint, MI type problems. The Republicans at the Federal don’t care about people who work for a living, not in the least. Trump will be good for Trump only!
MRO is coming along. Top notch Local 498 hands doing a phenomenal job with Area Erectors. Work safe brothers.