OHIO LABOR CITIZEN
BY: THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF IRON WORKERS LOCAL 17
THE NEXT REGULAR UNION MEETING:
April 2, 2013
OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETINGS:
RETIREES' CLUB MEETINGS:
Officers Meeting: April 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Executive Board Meeting: April 17, 2013 at 5:30 PM
Wednesday, April 18, 2013 All retired members are welcome. The meeting begins at 10:00 AM at the Union Hall.
APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL:
|R RONALD SKINDER
|INTERNATIONAL LIFETIME PENSION
Deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the following deceased:
NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Please mark these important dates on your calendars concerning nomination and election of judges and officers.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Nomination and Election of Judges
Nomination of Officers
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Election of Officers
*If you are considering running for an office, please review the Eligibility Requirements for Candidates in the General Information and Rules booklet.
SUSPENSIONS & SUSPENSION WARNINGS
The following members are scheduled for suspension on April 1, 2013 if dues payment is not received by
March 31, 2013:
Effective March 1, 2013 the following members were suspended for lack of dues:
Effective March 1, 2013, the following apprentice was terminated from Local 17 and the Apprenticeship Program.
DO YOU KNOW WHO YOUR BENEFICIARY IS?
The Insurance fund, the Pension Fund and the Annuity Fund, all allow participants to designate a beneficiary. The beneficiary you named year ago may not be the person you want to receive the benefits today. Divorce, remarriage, birth, death and other major events change our relationships throughout life. Updating beneficiaries is a detail often overlooked. The consequences, though unintentional, can be a real headache for your heirs. We cannot stress enough the importance of having the beneficiary you want on file.
Call the Fund Office to be sure we have a designation card on file for each fund, and that the proper beneficiary is listed. Make sure the named beneficiary is a reliable and trusted person. For your information, if you are married, your spouse must be named beneficiary for the Pension and Annuity Funds unless your spouse completes and signs a waiver which can be obtained by calling the Fund Office.
PHONE NUMBERS: 216/241-1086 or toll free at: 1/800-788-8406.
LOCAL 17 APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINING CENTER INFORMATION
Applications for the Apprenticeship’s June 2013 class will be accepted February 1st through the end of March.…Applicants must be 18 years of age and have either a high school diploma or G.E.D. Applications are available at the Union Hall Office.
SIGNALING AND RIGGING CARD CERTIFICATON:
Presently International Signaling and Rigging qualification cards have been issued to all members who have been initiated and have completed their apprenticeship with Local 17. If you did not complete the apprenticeship and would like to obtain training for a Signaling and/or Rigging qualification card, please contact Jeff Carlson at the Training Center for more information and registration.
In order to protect our work, Local 17 needs members certified in stainless and innershield welding. With spring and summer approaching many scheduled Cleveland area projects will start breaking ground. If you do not have your welding certifications please take the time now in acquiring these certs. Remember protecting our work is protecting your paycheck. If you are interested in welding instruction or recertification, please contact the Training Center Office to schedule an appointment. All Training and Testing is done free of charge. With the exception of: A re-testing fee of $60.00 PER POSITION will be charged for all RE-tests due to lack of work record. Please Note: Due to the cost increase of materials, a motion to increase the weld testing fee from $50 per test to $60 per POSITION passed unanimously at the April, 8 2011 JATC meeting.
ATTENTION STATE CERTIFIED & INTERNATIONAL REGISTERED WELDERS: As a reminder to those members with State Welding Certification and registered with the International Welding Certification Program, it is your responsibility to keep your State Certification & International work recorded current. Welder employment records should be completed on the appropriate form, which includes the project name or number, the Contractor name, start and finish dates for the project on which you welded, supervisors name and their signature, along with a contact phone number. These forms must be submitted to ODOT and the International every six (6) months. If you are unsure on how to fill out these forms or you need additional forms, please contact the apprenticeship for assistance. Forms are available at the union hall or you can google “ODOT WELDERS UPDATE” and print out a form from your computer.
With regards to the STRUCTURAL WELDING CERTIFICATION, please remember you are responsible personally to keep continuity records for this certification. The structural welding certification that comes with your bridge papers do not expire, provided that you can show welding employment records for every six month period from the time you took your weld test. You are expected to be able to furnish these work records to employers upon request. It has come to our attention that more and more frequently these records are being requested by employers. Secure your work, please keep adequate records.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR IRON WORKERS:
As part of our Drug Free Workplace policy, Iron Workers Local 17 will provide assistance to any member who is seeking help for substance abuse. Through the EASE@WORK program qualified professionals are available to assist you in dealing with drug and/or alcohol related issues. These services are provided on a strictly private and confidential basis. Iron Workers Local 17 pays the full cost for Voluntary Self-Referral Services for Chemical Dependency Issues (Based upon three (3) sessions) and Positive Drug Screen Referrals (Based upon three (3) sessions) through the Ease@Work program. We feel this offering is an investment in your health and productivity.
This Employee Assistance Service is accessible to you twenty-four hours a day with weekend counseling appointments available throughout Northeast Ohio. You can access this service by calling:
216-241-3273(EASE) OR 1-800-521-3273(EASE)
Remember that the program is strictly voluntary, confidential, private, and pre-paid. We all have very busy lives that demand our attention and it is sometimes difficult to find the time to take care of ourselves. Know that help is available to you when you need it.
DRUG TESTING INFORMATION
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING RANDOM DRUG TESTING: It is imperative that those members currently holding a drug free card, be aware and understand the requirements of random drug testing. If you currently have a valid drug free card, you are required to comply with random drug testing. These random tests are many times scheduled right after or before your yearly testing is done. Even if you have just recently renewed your yearly drug card, and have passed, you are still required to appear for a random testing. Random drug testing is done at the discretion of MMC, and a special notice advising you of a scheduled (RANDOM TEST) is sent to your current address. Please be aware if you do not appear for a scheduled RANDOM TEST nor have a valid excuse from random, or do no go to a collection facility prior to the RANDOM TEST DATE, you will become INELIGIBLE under the terms of the Drug Policy.
DRUG TESTING DATES & TIME:
SATURDAY April 5, 2013 8:00 AM TO 11:00AM
SATURDAY May 4, 2013 8:00 AM TO 11:00AM