Friday, June 18, 2010

IBEW Exposes Carpenters Rouge Electrical Union

IBEW, Building Trades Call On St. Louis Carpenters-Affiliated Local 57 to Stop Undercutting Standards
June 16, 2010


The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is launching a sweeping campaign to convince St. Louis Carpenters Local 57 to stop performing electrical work that undercuts union standards of quality, safety and wages.

Billboards have been mounted in several locations, and the message can be seen and heard in radio and print ads this week. A unity rally June 15 drew more than 1,000 members from several craft unions to hear national leaders of the IBEW and other trades.

Said IBEW International President Edwin D. Hill:

It isn’t news that the construction market is depressed; IBEW members in St. Louis are facing 35 percent unemployment. We should be working together to win contracts to put building trades members back to work and preserving good jobs in St. Louis and across the country. Now is not the time to be fighting each other.

IBEW Local 1 in St. Louis is the gold standard of professional excellence for electricians in St Louis. IBEW members are trained in five-year apprenticeships that certify them as master electricians. Members are constantly upgrading their skills and experience as new technologies are introduced. Carpenters Local 57, by contrast, did not comply with federal standards on apprenticeship programs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Rolling billboards start circulating in other cities this week, including Las Vegas, Cleveland, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh.

Building and Construction Trades Department (AFL-CIO) President Mark Ayers headlined the event, joining leaders representing the wide range of skilled craft workers that have a tradition of respect for each other’s skills and specialties.

The IBEW’s distinguished history of skilled professionalism began in St. Louis, where the first local was founded in 1891. For nearly 120 years, the IBEW brand has conveyed quality, safety and value. IBEW members earn decent wages that allow them to raise families and be key members of thriving communities.

Said President Hill:

Journeyman IBEW electricians are honed by a five-year apprenticeships unrivaled worldwide in their scope and depth. When an IBEW member is on a site, customers can be assured that the job will be done right. When you’re working with high-voltage electricity, why would you want anyone else?

With more than 5,000 members, Local 1's jurisdiction encompasses the City of St. Louis and 25 Missouri counties. Local 1 members perform electrical construction for many specialty contractors, as well as electrical work with telecommunications firms, sign companies, maintenance operations, manufacturers, automatic door firms, appliance repair shops, lightning rod companies, alarm and security firms, motor repair shops and electrical supply houses.

Local 1’s apprenticeship is a five-year program of study, including one day each week in the classroom with professional instructors. Apprentices complete 960 hours of classroom training and qualify for 49 college credits upon completion of the rigorous program.

The IBEW is an international labor organization that represents approximately 725,000 workers in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Republic of Panama. The IBEW has members in construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Contractors On Orange Regional Medical Center Cheat Workers And NYS Taxpayers

Remember when the local construction unions were told that their contractors were NOT competitive enough with their bids to build the new Orange Regional Medical Center hospital?

Well, well, look at this one.

No wonder why legitimate union contractors prices were rejected as being too "HIGH".


Not to mention they brought in Out of State Workers to do it.

The Department of Labor announced Wednesday that it fined the three companies a total of $265,207. The workers were robbed of $118,000 in wages and illegal deductions from what little pay they did get.

It all seems pretty clear now who were the good guys, who were the bad guys in the construction of this hospital.

The ones working and building the hospital didn't pay their taxes on their pay and yet the unemployed locals paid the tax on their unemployment checks.

Thanks Orange Regional Medical Hospital for all you have done to and for our local LEGITIMATE CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS.

And thanks for showing the entire Hudson Valley and the union workers why you cannot believe the spin put on the "sin" of making a prevailing wage or that it is bad for business.

We will forever use the Orange Regional Medical Center as an example of how many contractors in the construction business submit that "lowest bid".