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June 03, 2015
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District 1 meeting (Seattle area)
Jun 04, 2015
Bothell Union Hall 18701 120th Ave NE
District 5 meeting (Ellensburg, WA)
Jun 10, 2015
Ellensburg IUOE 302 Hall: 403 S. Water St.
District 4 meeting (Wenatchee, WA)
Jun 11, 2015
Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel 201 N. Wenatchee Ave. Wenatchee, WA 98801
District 3 Meeting (Aberdeen, WA)
Jun 11, 2015
Eagles Hall 200 W. Market St. Aberdeen, WA
District 3 meeting (Silverdale, WA)
Jun 17, 2015
Union Hall: 3599 Carlton Street
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Jerry Swihart - Steward for the City of Unalaska
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Keith Kaiser and Kent Laulainen
Prudhoe Bay, Alaska
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J. P. Downing - Running Concrete Pump for Ralph's
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John Sandberg running the Kroll for JCM Northlink
Taken by Steve Jackson running tower for Skanska
Master Labor Agreement Update - Washington

June 1, 2015

Master Labor Agreement Update - Washington

The Master Labor Agreement negotiations are continuing to push on for Washington.  While we were hopeful that we would have news of a contract nearing completion we are still working out the details. 

We have held several meetings with the employer representatives.  To date, these continue to be productive and we begun talking about the financials in addition to language changes.  We will be meeting again soon to continue our discussions. 

We realize that the negotiations have now entered into the next contract period. Also, you may have heard that the other crafts recently reached tentative agreement.  We are hopeful that the negotiations will be completed soon. 

In Solidarity,
Daren Konopaski

Business Manager


Joe Arrants

Joe Arrants


On Thursday March 12, 2015 an  extraordinary man who touched the lives of every person he encountered, tragically left the world far too soon.  He was doing what he loved, working as a carpenter foreman on the new 520 bridge project. Joe Arrants was an inspiring and bright light at our workplace. His personality was infectious, you couldn't walk away from Joe and not have a smile on your face. Even if you were having a bad day Joe had a way of always making everything fun and or funny...and, sometimes just downright hilarious. He was truly one of a kind and losing him is hitting us all really hard. I don't know what the future holds and how the rest of the job will play out. But I do know we are missing a huge piece of the puzzle...a piece we will never have back, a piece that is irreplaceable and a piece that is unimaginable to have missing.

Joe played such a huge role in a lot of our day to day lives over the past 3 years.  In his honor I personally am going to try my best to approach my life every single day the way that Joe did his. I want to challenge all of my co-workers from iron workers to carpenters, operators, laborers, electricians, foremen, apprentices, engineers, management and all the other trades I've missed to do the same.  Not just at work, But at home and in all aspects of our lives.  I don't think it will come as naturally for some of us as it was for Joe, but we can do our best to not take life for granted.  To be positive, happy, and live life to the fullest. Love and appreciate the people around us the way Joe loved and appreciated all of us. Embrace the moment and enjoy every single day that We are blessed with on this planet with just a bit of the unbridled passion Joe shared for life.

With the love and respect that Joe continuously gave his coworkers, it felt as though we were part of his extended family.  I can only imagine how much joy and love he showered his immediate family with.  Joe's family and close friends are in all of our thoughts and prayers.  Life is too short and can end at any second. I don't know about everyone else but I think leaving behind the legacy and the memory that Joe did is pretty special. Having the chance to be lucky enough to have known and work with someone of Joe's caliber is "once in a lifetime".   I hope we all can take on some of that positive energy and genuine spirit in our day to day lives to honor a man that we will sorely miss and meant so much to us all.

God bless you Arrant's family and all lives affected by Joe's passing. What a tremendous man and huge loss for this world.

Suzy Stone
Local 302
KGM Operator



From One Trade to Another

For the past 8 months I have been working as an apprentice Ironworker out of Local 86 on the SR 520 Bridge in Medina, WA.  Through the struggles of learning a completely new job, and the excitement of applying my newly acquired skills to a fast pace, I have been given tips and tricks from those around me. Coworkers have helped me up when I have fallen, have answered questions when I've asked them, and given me guidance when I have needed it. I have built friendships that will carry over to the next job site or the one after that. But the friendships, tips, tricks, answers, guidance and the hand to help me up did not just come from my ironworker brothers and sisters... But from my fellow carpenters, operators, laborers, electricians and every other trade I have worked with. I am learning that I am not just in a brotherhood of the Ironworkers, but a brother of a much bigger family.

On march 12, 2015 we, as brothers and sisters of all trades, lost one of our own to a tragic accident while working on the 520 floating bridge. While I did not personally know Joe Arrants (just in passing), many of my coworkers knew him very well. Some of them I work closely with everyday, some occasionally and some in passing. In particular my wife is an operator that has worked with Joe for the past 3 years.  The news of Joe's passing has been extremely hard on my wife, as well as my coworkers I now call friends.

In the short time I knew who Joe was, I could see that everything I have heard of him is true. Not once did I pass by Joe in the morning, or on the way out of work, without him making someone laugh or without a smile on his face.  It seemed that Joe knew everyone and everyone knew Joe.  It appeared as though Joe is glue that connected all the trades together.

The last few days I have realized that while we perform different tasks, we are all truly working together. From Ironworkers to carpenters, operators to laborers, foremen to apprentices and trade to trade.... We all help each other up, struggle together, succeed together, laugh together and cry together.

Thank you Joe Arrants for showing me, through the respect and joy that you gave to all others, the stories I have heard and the examples you set, how the industry can work together as a whole from one trade to another!

Sincerely,
Joseph Stone
Ironworkers Local 86


 
His memorial is April 11th at 1:00 pm at Grace Church in West Seattle.

Joe Arrants Memorial Fund


Memorial Services for Jeff Lucas

Memorial Services for Jeff Lucas

Brother Jeff Lucas will be laid to rest on Saturday, March 21st 2PM
The memorial services are being held at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 745 Front Street South in Issaquah, Washington.

 


First Quarter 2015 Loadline


First Quarter 2015 Loadline


Toy Drive

2014 - Toy/Food Drive

We recently wrapped up the Holiday Parties for 2014.  A wonderful time was had by all and I really enjoyed seeing and talking with members in both states.  A special thanks to all of you that provided gifts and non-perishable foods for those members in need.  This was truly appreciated and I am proud to say that we recieved well over a few thousand gifts and food items.  Every year the Reps work hard to get the word out to members to come to the parties and, if able, to bring unwrapped gifts and food to donate.  It has become quite a competition to increase the donations (toys and food) for us to share as far and wide as possible with our less fortunate members and their families.  I'm proud to say that this year, the first place award for the most donations was Fairbanks, AK with 223 guests and 384 donations (1.72%) followed closely by Port Angeles, WA with 51 guests and 74 donations (1.45%).  Your generiosity is truly amazing and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Happy Holiday and Seasons Greetings,
 
Daren Konopaski
International VP and Business Manager


Crane Operator Profile - Seattle Times

Please take a look at this Crane Operator profile by the Seattle Times.
Good stuff - Be sure to watch the video.

Seattle Times Article

Chad Saves The Day

Have a look at a video of one of our members in a rescue effort in Alaska.
Chad Hutchinson's heroic efforts are highlighted in the upcoming Loadline.

 

Drivers required to carry a CDL

Attention Drivers required to carry a CDL

All interstate CMV drivers must have a physical examination at least every 2 years; however, the medical examiner may determine that you need more frequent examinations. All commercial drivers whose current medical certification expires on or after May 21, 2014, upon the expiration of that certificate must be examined by a medical professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

How do I find A certified medical examiner?
Certified medical examiners are listed in a registry on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website. You can find certified medical examiners in your area—or anywhere in the country—by following these three simple steps:
Go to the National Registry website at https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov

Enter the City, State or ZIP Code to find a list of certified medical examiners in your area. You can also use the Advanced Search option to look up a medical examiner by specific search criteria.
Choose a certified medical examiner from the list and call to make an appointment.

It is recommended that you print the page with the certified medical examiner’s information as verification to keep for your records.

For more information, visit the National Registry website at:
https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov


Dan Sullivan compares unions to slavery


2014 GRADUATION

2014 GRADUATION

Graduation time for Apprentices Daniel Haessig, Tiffany English and Shayne Kirby.
More pictures here


“Inequality for All”

“Inequality for All”

Do you want to know how we fix America and revitalize the middle/working class? The 1st step is to understand the problem by watching the movie “Inequality for All” by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich; the  2nd step is to spread the word and ask your  friends and family to watch the movie; and the final step is to take action and hold politicians accountable!!!

Film Link - inequalityforall.com

Netflix Link - Inequality For All


North Slope FAQ

Prudhoe Bay Oil Field Work FAQ
Please review this document on common North Slope questions.


Buy American

Can't say it enough - Buy American




Changes to Pension Plan

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Click this link to access the member page with the change document

 


Members can download all contracts

The following contracts are publicly posted:

Alaska MLA with Associated General Contractors, 2013-2015

Washington MLA with Associated General Contractors 2012-2015

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