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.
498 Journeyman who would like to renew their weld certification, the weld shop is open on Monday evenings with Paul Kauffman. Use the slow time to prepare for the busy time and make yourself more employable. The weld shop is also available Tuesdays and Thursdays during class hours.
OSHA 30 will be Feb. 6,7,13, and 14th. Let Eva or me know. Now is a good time to get current if you haven’t been or have lost your card.
Also, weld test is scheduled for Saturday March 5th. Let Dean, Eva, or me know. Welding certs will help maintain work for you in the upcoming year.
Take advantage of the slow time to get current.
9-11 Dedication & Memorial Services in Rockford. Iron was set at the Memorial this morning by Division 5 Metals, Tim Gulotta, Jeff Hobbs, Business Manager Dave Whitmore, and Apprentice and Marine Vet Matt Hippman. Great job!!
It was quite a turnout on the 14th Anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Flight 93 at the service here in Rockford.
September is approaching are you ready to take the challenge of becoming an Iron Worker? Applications will be accepted starting September 14th 8 -1pm.
See below for information on how to BUILD YOUR FUTURE!
From the Business Manager:
As you know, things are still slow here in Rockford. Believe me I’m as frustrated as many of you are. When things do start to go we’ll probably be short on help.
I have many of you on the July call for Chrysler (a good two week shutdown) and I’m hoping that by the time that’s finished (July 18) other work will be plentiful.
Jobs starting sometime soon are the hangars at the airport, a sizable grocery store in Janesville as well as a couple of factory/warehouse jobs up there. There’s talk of a St. Anthony’s addition and some decent jobs downtown in Rockford getting ready to start. I’ll let you know more when I know more. Hang in there.
From the President/Organizer:
Our new website is up and running I hope everyone likes it. The website will detect whether you are on a computer, phone, or tablet and will scale accordingly. It is designed to be simple for members and contractors. Soon, there will be a calendar on the site with important union information on what is going on. Let me know what you think of it. I am hopeful the meeting turn outs will continue to be good it is always great to see everyone.
Arning Canopy was in Byron at the new Casey’s and we had a couple guys there working. They did a stellar job, so much so the guy running it wanted to take them down state but it was a non-union job. There will be another Casey’s going up in Lanark soon as well. The Freeport Pot Farm fencing went to Dach Fence after some conversations with the GC. It appears Building Systems will be using Harvard Crane in Genoa at Custom Aluminum for a building addition. Mellum is at Johnson Tractor in Juda doing a metal building. It does appear that work is going to be picking up, though it is a shame that it won’t be starting until middle of summer. This is affecting all trades. There seems to be a fair amount of work coming according to what I have been hearing.
Since there are no classes in the summer the weld shop will be opened during dispatch hours if journeyman and apprentices would like to practice. There is no scheduled weld test, but if there is enough interest we can schedule something. Let Dean, Me, or Eva know if you need to test. We will be offering a boom lift training class to get certified once I get a couple instructors qualified.
Shout out to Dean, who had the apprentices in for make-up time and cleaned the shop, back area, tool crib, and made a rebar rack. Great job fellas!
Reminder to the Apprentices: Work reports are DUE the 10th of the month even in the summer when there are no classes. You all should know this by now, NO EXCUSES.
The new website (old) address is https://www.iwlocal498.org. It has become new and improved to help you get the information you need and more easily send emails to the office. Michael Laskonis of Sketch is the web designer and he has done a spectacular job redesigning the logo and yet keeping the basic design of the one we’ve had and updating our website to give you the information you need at the click of a mouse. Please look it over and give us your feedback.
The newsletter will be available without the need of a login or password and any fund contact information is readily available. If you need to change information for Health & Welfare the form is available for you at that tab. If traveler’s need reciprocity forms they are available there as well.
The calendar will be updated as events require. As we receive information for the membership it will be posted on the calendar portion of the website. We hope this will be informational and easy to use. Let us know what you think.
Defense Fund $0.84
Bldg. trades $0.06
Wkg. Assmnts. 4%-gross
Bldg. Fund $0.15
Pac Fund $0.05
The new wage rates that went into effect on June 1st are as follows:
Wages – $36.29 Project First Rate – $0.05
Local 498 Pension – $12.85 NIBC-IAP – $0.10
Health & Welfare – $10.24 IMPACT – $0.26
Mid-America Pension – $4.88 IW #498 Training – $0.50
Mid-America DC/SMA – $5.46 Total Package – $70.63
Health & Welfare Issues
On June 1, 2014, Zenith Health Solutions assumed the role as TPA for our Health & Welfare. Since we have had some issues we find it necessary to remind everyone that a process needs to be followed before the hall can get involved. We want to assist in every way possible to get resolution but the following steps must be taken first.
Please be sure that your provider has the current billing information for Zenith. Have them contact Zenith at 855/498-0498 to verify claim submission.
Depending on your health care needs please pre-cert as directed on the back of your medical card.
Prescription meds seem to have issues and again please follow up with customer service at 855/498-0498.
When you call customer service please note who you talked with, date and time. This is necessary to track your attempts if follow up help is needed.
If you are receiving EOB’s that are questionable call customer service and have them explain their rationale if not understanding the reasons please let us know.
If a medical invoice has not been paid and you are receiving statements, follow up with customer service and if not resolved please let us know.
We want this relationship to work and if issues are not resolved it can’t. They are there for your benefit and your concerns will be addressed.
Local 498 Calendar
June 16th – Member Meeting
July 4th – Independence Day
July 21st – Member Meeting
August 18th – Member Meeting
September 7th – Labor Day
September 15th – Member Meeting
October 20th – Member Meeting
November 17th – Member Meeting
November 26th & 27th – Thanksgiving
December 15th – 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.
These are photos of our members on various jobs currently being completed in our area. The sky is the limit!