From the Business Manager:
Sorry it’s been so long since
we’ve updated you. Seems like we haven’t
had time to catch our breath since we had the flood here.
It was certainly good to see
everyone at our Grand Re-Opening we held.
Although we were close to maximum capacity, I would’ve liked to have
seen more of the working members. It’s
always great to see the retirees and reminisce about the “good ole days”. Those stories keep getting better every time
we tell them. LOL
Work has been pretty doggone
good for quite a while now. We had the
big hospital (MERCY) start late last year.
Harris-Davis did the rods with our excellent rod-busters, Area did an
awesome job erecting the structural (as always), and we’ve got an excellent
Ironworker-friendly company doing the curtainwall (Crown Corr). When you have a 500 million dollar project
that gets built with NO problems, that sure says a lot about the value of Union
As of right now, the Alliant
Energy project is in full swing and it’s off to a fabulous start as well. AECOM (the GC) is doing the bulk of the rebar
themselves. They started out to just do
some of the little preparatory work, but our guys did such a great job, AECOM
took back a lot of work from their rebar sub (SPE, who is also doing a great
job). Steel is scheduled to start
towards the end of this year. Boldt will
be doing the main building on that.
Other projects are in the works
and it looks like we’ll be seeing some exciting times ahead.
I hope everyone has a safe
and fun summer. Talk soon.
From the President/Organizer:
Dear Members,I know it has
been a while for the Connector. I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the
summer. Work has been pretty good for
Local 498, but that also means the Non-union will be picking up. I am out
trying to reach out to the unrepresented workers that may be interested in
becoming union Ironworkers. Many are
reluctant to even tell me their names. I will keep reaching out. We are
currently picketing Bob Wilcox Construction on a small addition in Sterling on LeFevre
Rd. Precision Building Solutions and
Caliber Construction are also doing some work in Delavan.
Classes will be starting in
the middle of August for the apprentices, which means the shop will be opened
in the evenings (M-Th) for JIW’s who want to practice welding and get
recertified. That is just one more tool in the toolbox for getting work.
Welding classes will be Mondays and Wednesdays, so the instructors will be
there those days. If you need to weld
test for IL or WI, let either Dean, Penny, or myself know. We will schedule a date if we have a couple
who are interested. Dean may also be able to schedule a re-cert on a weekday
evening if his schedule will allow. We
will also be having an OSHA 30 class in Oct/Nov for those who want to get current
on that. First Aid and CPR will available end of Sept or beginning Oct. Let me
know if you are interested.I would like to give a big congratulation to Craig
Nenneman who completed the Instructor certification program for Local 498 at
the Ironworker Instructor Training Program in Ann Arbor, MI. He is our second
Certified Instructor currently teaching our apprentices. I would also like to
welcome Noel Glastetter and Josh Johnston as new instructors to the program.
In addition, I have some
other news regarding Health and Welfare. When we merged with Tri-State, we had
to cover projected deficiencies because our reserves did not fill the funding
gap for our plan to fully merge with Tri-State based on our projected hours. I
am happy to report on July 14th at the last Tri-State Meeting I
found out our hours were higher than anticipated and we have covered our
deficiency early. The amount to cover the deficiency was .32 cents of the
12.27; therefore, the .32 cents will now move to your HRA account. That means
instead of .35 cents per hour going to it, you will have .67 cents per hour. At
our next contract (May 31, 2018), you can change this and move the .32 cents
somewhere else if the body chooses to.
Keep in mind this .32 cents along with the .35 cents are non-taxable and
can be used for any medical including orthodontics, dental, vison, deductibles,
and self pays for you or your dependents.
Just a reminder that this
year is our election on October 7th from 2pm to 8pm. All positions
are open for election:
Business Manager/Financial Secretary-Treasurer
Recording Secretary Vice President 5 Executive Board Members 2 Pension Trustees 3 Union Trustees
Sargent at Arms 3 Examining Committee Members
There will also be 3 Judges
of Elections elected on nomination night who cannot be on the ballot for this
All members running must be
in good standing and have not been late on dues 24 months prior to nominations
as determined by the International.
Notification will be sent out giving date and time.
From the Office Manager:
With deepest sympathy, I regret to
inform you we have had three members pass away since the last Connector.
John Mc Carty 6/1/2017 – Robert Brown 7/1/2017 – Roger Nass 7/19/2017
Only Robert Brown was a member of the death benefit
Local 498 Calendar
August 15th – Regular Member Meeting
September 4th – Annual Rockford Labor Day Parade
September 19th – Regular Member Meeting
October 17th – Regular Member Meeting
November 21st – Regular Member Meeting
November 23rd & 24th –
December 19th – Regular Member Meeting
December 25th – Christmas
Reminder, the Executive Board
meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month. The retirees’ meeting is the second Tuesday
of each month at 8:00 a.m. at the Alpine View Restaurant (Charles St. and
Alpine) in Rockford. Contact Ralph
Pedersen – 815/234-8163.
Roger Scott Nass, Sharon, WI
August 16, 1947- July 19, 2017
Roger Scott Nass, age 69, of Sharon, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a farming accident on Good Friday, April 13, 1990. Roger was born on August 16, 1947 to parents Martin and Ruth Nass. He grew up in Sharon Township. He attended Red School and graduated from Big Foot High School in 1965. Roger married Vicki Westergaard on July 28, 1973 in Clinton. He belonged to Iron Workers Local 498 in Rockford, IL. Those who knew him well will remember his infectious giggle and the fact that he had a nickname for most all of his friends.
Roger is survived by his wife, Vicki; three sons: Adam, of Greenfield, Zachary, of Sun Prairie, and Tyler, of Sharon. He is also survived by two brothers, Terry and Phillip Nass. Roger is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Rosemary.
A Time of Remembrance will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Monroe Funeral Home, 604 E. Walworth Avenue in Delavan. Memorials will be designated for an agricultural scholarship at Big Foot High School. Monroe Funeral Home in Delavan is assisting the family. Please visit us at delavanfuneralhome.com.
Thank you to the Sharon Community and members of the former Pella Lutheran Church in Clinton for their immediate support following Roger’s accident and for wrapping their arms around us with love on this incredibly long journey.
Roger was NOT in the death benefit program.
Robert R. Brown
( May 15, 1929 – July 01, 2017 )
Robert R. Brown, 88, of Machesney Park, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 1, 2017, in his home. Born May 15, 1929, in Dexterville, WI, the son of Ray D. and Edna M. (Hiles) Brown. Employed as an ironworker with Local #498 for 65 years. Survivors include three sons, R. Douglas Brown, Loren R. Brown and Gordon R. Brown; grandchildren, Jamie Brown, Holly Buss and Jill Block. Predeceased by parents and two sisters, Mary Jane Martinovich and Beverly Humpschel.
Memorial service at 10 a.m., July 7, Delehanty Funeral Home, Ltd., 401 River Lane, Loves Park, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. to service time. In lieu of flowers, donation to local charity of your choice.
He was in the Death Benefit program. Sorry for the delay, I was just notified today.
The new Tri-State App is available. Now you can get access right from your mobile device.
Local 498 has lost a member. We are sadden to inform you that John McCarty passed away June 1, 2017. He was a 35 year member of Local 498. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
The Contract was ratified last night. The body approved a 3 year contract for $3.25,$2.50, and $2.50. The Allocation is $2.04 to the check, .63 to 498 DB, .25 to the Mid America DB, and .33 to the H&W Fund. Thanks to all who participated.
Reminder: Meeting tomorrow at 5 pm, a tentative agreement has been reached in our contract. There will be a vote to ratify the contract and allocate.
Tonight is vote night at 5pm.
Also, if you are interested in working at Beloit’s Alliant Energy project they are requiring OSHA 10 or 30 within past 5 years.We have OSHA 10 scheduled for June 12,13, and 14th 6pm at Hall. Call Penny to get signed up.
Craig Nenneman and his Post Tensioning Class getting a little hands on training. Chad Barlass, Eduardo Bonilla, John Ruiz, Andrew Seekings, Joe Vincent, and Dan Wilson.
Check out the new mezzanine built by one of our apprentice classes. James Dixon, Jared Hobbs, Heath Jansen, Tanner Johnston, and Greg Spain. The instructor for the class was Dean Markee, thanks for designing it and over seeing this apprentice project. Turned out awesome! Thanks also to Painters Local 607 for painting it all up. Next project for next group, removable hand rail and ship ladder.
Great job fellas!!