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November 27, 2020
Upcoming Events
District 1 meeting (Bothell, WA)
Dec 03, 2020
Union Hall, 18701 – 120th Ave. NE.
District 5 Meeting (Tri-Cities, WA)
Dec 08, 2020
CBC Health Science Center, 891 Northgate Dr.
District 4 meeting (Ellensburg, WA)
Dec 09, 2020
Union Hall, 403 S. Water St.
District 5 Meeting (Lewiston, ID)
Dec 09, 2020
Central Labor Council, 1618 Idaho St. Suite 102
District 3 meeting (Aberdeen, WA)
Dec 10, 2020
Eagles Hall, 200 W. Market St.
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Important Links
Alaska Operating Engineers-Employers Training Trust
Operating Engineers Regional Training Program of Washington
International Union of Operating Engineers
AFL-CIO
Alaska AFL-CIO
The Stand - A project of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. DOL - Employment & Training Administration
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
U.S. Department of Labor - Wage & Hour Division
National Labor Relations Board
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Prevailing Wage in Alaska
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Prevailing Wage in Washington
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Jeff Brown with Secon Construction loading trucks
Garco Con., CSO tank, Todd Trautman
Jerry Swihart - Steward for the City of Unalaska
John Carlson STP Apprentice
Heavy Equipment 2015 - Juneau Alaska
Dan Youso Running the Mammoet
JCM Northlink
Dirk Blanchet, Jeff Huffman, Terry Martin and Steward Pat Gould
Holiday Meetings

Attention Members:

We assume everyone has received the message but we wanted to be sure that all members understood that the Holiday Parties have been suspended for this year. The COVID-19 situation has put us in a position where we do not want to risk the health and safety of our members so the Executive Board made the decision to suspend the holiday parties.  We do not want to put any of our members and their families in harm’s way so we will not be hosting holiday parties this season. 
 

Also, in lieu of the holiday parties this season, the Local will instead be making a $25 charitable donation for every completed survey returned to the local. You will be receiving this survey very soon and it is designed to help us improve our operations. 

In Solidarity,

Daren Konopaski
Business Manager


Election Day

There's Still Time to Get Out and Vote!

Brothers & Sisters, it’s election day!

Did you forget to get a ballot by mail this year? Did you forget to register online in time? Still want to vote? You still can.

Our states of jurisdiction and others allow you to register in person and vote at the polls today before the polls close tonight. If you live in any of the following states, you can go your local polling station to register and/or vote;

Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Washington D.C.

If you’re going out to vote in person, please remember to social distance and wear a mask, your safety matters to us.

Go make your voice heard and vote today.


November Meetings Update

Important Meeting Notice

Attention all Members: The Executive Board met Monday, October 26th and decided to suspend all November Union District Meetings. The reason for this is that a significant uptick in COVID cases is being reported. Also, with the holidays coming and all of us spending more time with our families, now is the time to be extremely vigilant in preventing the spread of this virus.  We do not want to put any of our members or their families in harm’s way and the best mechanism to combat the spread of this virus is by limiting our exposure through decreased interactions. 

The Executive Board will be meeting again before the December meeting dates to reassess the situation. We are also looking into possible virtual options if state restrictions aren’t lifted soon. We will update the website in real time to alert you to any changes.

We are continuing to do our best to be responsible to our members and the general public in combating this virus. If you have any concerns with our course of action you can certainly contact me. Be safe out there.

In Solidarity,

Daren Konopaski
Business Manager

Sustainable Income Pension - Inland Empire AGC MLA

This short video is only applicable to IUOE Local 302 members who’s employers remit PENSION hours on their behalf per the Schedule A of the International Union of OPERATING ENGINEERS and INLAND NORTHWEST AGC Master Labor Agreement and Addendums (District 5 Eastern WA and Northern Idaho) after January 1,2021. If you do not work under the INLAND NORTHWEST AGC MLA after January 1, 2021 this DOES NOT apply to you 

 

Sustainable Income Pension (SIP) This video presentation only applies to 302 members with benefit hours being reported to the ENGINEERS-AGC RETIREMENT TRUST FUND OF THE INLAND EMPIREThat are working under the EASTERN WASHINGTON AND NORTHERN IDAHO, Master Labor Agreement (International Union of Operating Engineers and the Inland Northwest AGC). The new plan design will take effect on 1-1-2021. 

 

The Milliman Sustainable Income Plan (SIP) is an innovative retirement Plan design, combining the benefits of a defined benefit Plan (DB) and a defined contribution plan (DC). It provides the best of both worlds. 

The SIP is a smarter way to balance risk between sponsors and employees. It’s the first plan design that aligns the objectives of finance and human recourses. 

 

This is still a Defined Benefit Plan!


Creating Mining Jobs in Idaho

Help Create New Mining Jobs in Idaho!

Brothers and Sisters,

Help us support the permitting of a major mining project in Idaho by submitting comments in support using the link below. The Stibnite Mine would bring 600-800 new mining and construction jobs to central Idaho. We are currently in talks with management and hopeful about the possibility of a representation agreement. But in order for there to be mining jobs for us to pursue, the project first has to be permitted by the Forest Service. Here is a quick and easy tool to help you generate and submit a comment in support, entirely online. It is quick and easy and will only take you three minutes: 

https://midasgoldcomments.com/

This project has been well designed and well engineered, and will help clean up an already mined site in the process, potentially saving taxpayer money that would have to go towards a cleanup. If you want to learn more about the Stibnite Mine project, you can find detailed information here:

https://www.restorethesite.com/

We have until October 28th to submit comments to the Forest Service in support of them moving forward with the Stibnite Mine project.


WA, AK, and ID General Election Endorsements

Local 302 WA, AK, and ID
General Election Endorsements

Please see the attached document with our entire list of who we are endorsing in this year's 2020 General Election for the states of Washington, Alaska, and Idaho.


2020 Census & Voter Registration

It’s Not Too Late!
Complete the 2020 Census and Register to Vote!

 

Brothers and Sisters of Local 302, as many of you are probably aware, it is the first year of the new decade so the 2020 Census is currently on-going. Completing the Census is an easy task, it takes 10 minutes to do online. By participating in the Census, it helps our local and federal governments make plans for how to best serve our communities (local township, county, state, and/or federal level). You can find out more for exactly what helping complete the Census does for you and your community here. You can complete the Census online here.

 

If you were not aware either, it’s an election year. No matter who or what you’re voting for, it’s incredibly important that you’re registered to be able to vote in the first place. Below you will find how you can register to vote, depending on which state you reside in;

 

  • Washington: Washingtonians can register to vote via online at the following link, it can be as fast as 5 minutes of your day to complete your registration. Ballots are mailed to you directly automatically, you can then fill them out and either mail them back or drop them off at a local county ballot drop box by election day (November 3rd, 2020). If you plan to vote in person, you can find your local polling station here.
  • Alaska: Alaskans can register to vote via online at the following link. If you are wary of going to the polls to vote due to the pandemic, you can request an absentee ballot by mail at the following link. Please be aware though that the state must receive your request by the deadline date of October 24th, 2020 to get that request completed. Instructions on how to send your ballot back by mail will be included in your ballot. If you plan to vote in person, you can find your local polling station here.
  • Idaho: Idahoans can register to vote via online at the following link. If you are wary of going to the polls to vote due to the pandemic, you can fill out the mail ballot application here. Once you have filled out the application, you will mail the application to your local County Clerk’s Office, you can find your county clerk and their mailing address here. Please be aware though that your county clerk’s office must receive the form by the deadline date of October 23rd, 2020 to get that request completed. Instructions on how to send your ballot back by mail will be included in your ballot. If you plan to vote in person, you can find your local polling station here.
     
  • Any Other States: Are you someone that lives outside our states of jurisdiction? No worries, you can find out how to register to vote for your specific state here. You can find out how to sign up for mail in ballots, or absentee ballots, for your state here.

 

Getting registered to vote is simple and easy, please take the time to read the above links and take advantage of the tools provided to make your voice count.


October Meetings Update

Important Meeting Notice

Attention all Members: The Executive Board met on Thursday, September 3rd and decided to suspend all October Union District Meetings. The reason for this is that we have not seen the release of state restrictions because of on-going concerns regarding containment of the spread of the virus. We do not want to put any of our members or their families in harm's way and the best mechanism to combat the spread of this virus is by limiting our exposure through decreased interactions. That said, the Executive Board will be meeting again before the November meeting dates to reassess the situation. We will update the website in real time to alert you to any changes.

We are continuing to be responsible to our members and the general public in combating this virus. If you have any concerns with our course of action you can certainly contact me. Be safe out there.

In Solidarity,

Daren Konopaski
Business Manager


Election Results

Attention Members:

Thank you for your participation in the election. We are pleased to announce that the members of Team Daren won their elections.


Member Alert - New Due's Receipt Format

Members:  We wanted to alert you to a new format that will be used for our due’s receipts.  These modifications are as a result of our technology enhancement efforts to modernize and improve our operations.  Attached is a copy of the new receipt so you will know what to expect and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.


September Meetings Update

Important Meeting Notice

Attention all Members: The Executive Board met today and decided to suspend all September Union District Meetings.  The reason for this is that we have not seen the release of state restrictions because of on-going concerns regarding containment of the spread of the virus.  We do not want to put any of our members or their families in harm’s way and the best mechanism to combat the spread of this virus is by limiting our exposure through decreased interactions.  That said, the Executive Board will be meeting again before the October meeting dates to reassess the situation. We will update the website in real time to alert you to any changes.

We are continuing to do our best to be responsible to our members and the general public in combating this virus. If you have any concerns with our course of action you can certainly contact me. Be safe out there.

In Solidarity,

Daren Konopaski
Business Manager

ATTENTION: Licensed Engineers

Boeing Power Plant Operators – Watch out for SCABBING OPPORTUNITIES

IUOE Local 302 and Boeing Power Plant Operators have been in negotiations for more than 10 months. Without reaching a Fair Contract. In response to these difficult negotiations, Boeing has contracted Strom Engineering as a contingency plan if the Power Plant Operators must strike to get a Fair Contract.

BE AWARE – Strom Engineering is calling any Steam Licensed Engineers with Grade 1, 2 or 3’s to see if Engineers are willing to work in and around Seattle area.  This would be to SCAB IUOE Local 302 members’ work. PLEASE SAY NO!

Any questions, please contact Roberta Burnett or Jeff Frazier at 253-351-9095.

In Solidarity, IUOE Local 302, District 286.


Membership Announcement

The Local 302 Executive Board has approved the Strike Fund Committee’s recommendation to stay with the investment management team that has been managing the Rock Solid Strike fund, although the Management Team Scott Wealth has moved away from Wells Fargo and now independently working as Scott Capitol Advisors. Therefore the custodian bank will change from Wells Fargo to Fidelity and the management team name will be Scott Capital Advisors who are all the same from Scott Wealth Management.




 
 
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