Saturday, July 10, 1999
Hi Brothers & Sisters:
Last week with a short 4 day week we still managed to dispatch a
total of 72 Ironworkers to various jobsites. Out of the 72, 18 were
apprentices. The contractors requesting Ironworkers are as follows:
1. Apex Steel: 2 JR's & 2 apprentices at University Center, & The Cancer
Center off Eastlake & Ward.
2. Baugh Construction: 1 JIW foreman & 1JIWCW stick at 10900 NE 8th Street
Bellevue. 1 JR at Hiway 520 & Northrop Way, 1 JR at Boeing Gate 38 Near
Boeing Flight Museum.
3. Cascade Steel: 1 apprentice at Microsoft Plaza, Issaquah.
4. Central Steel: 1 JR & 2 apprentices at Three Bellevue Center.
5. Columbia Wire & Iron: 1 JIW & 1 apprentice at the Experience Music
6. Cooney McHugh: 4 JIWCW wire & 1 apprentice at Port of Tacoma, Sealand
Terminal & 1 JIW structural at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle.
7. Construct-IT: 1 JR at Sun Industries.
8. Corona Steel: 1 JIWCW stick for Stafford Creek Prison, Aberdeen, WA.
9. Diamond B. Constructors: 2 JIW's at the Equilon Refinery in Anacortes & 1
JIWCW at Diamond B's Shop.
10. East West Aluminum Craft: 4 apprentices & 2 JIW's for the Concorde
Condo's at First & Eagle Street, Seattle. ( Signed agreement for balcony
11. Emerald City Erectors: 4 apprentices at 116th & Willows Road, Totem Lake
12. Erection Company: 1 JIW & 1 JIWCW wire at the Opus Project, Seattle.
13. General Construction: 1 JIW General Foreman 1 JIW Foreman & 1 JIW
Everett. 8 JIW structural hands & 1 apprentice for Boeing Renton 4 on days
4 for nights, 2-3 day shot.
14. K&L Rebar: 1 JIW Rodman at the Elliott Hotel, Seattle.
15. Lease Crutcher Lewis: 1 JIWCW stick at Children's Hospital, Seattle.
16. RPM Steel: 1 apprentice for the Shohomish River Bridge, Everett.
17. Seattle Stud: 1 JIWCW stick at Sunset North, Bellevue, WA.
18. Seacomm Erectors: 1 apprentice at Tiger Mountain Summit. Issaquah off
19. Sellen Construction: 2 JIWCW stick at KOMO TV Seattle.
20. Howard S. Wright: 2 JIW's at 2nd Ave & West Harrison, Seattle.
21. University Mechanical: 2 JIW Rodman at Central Washington State College,
22. Washington Crane: 1 JIW Foreman & 1 JIW for Boeing Renton, Gate K-9
23. Zesbaugh Doors. 1 JIW door man Union Street Station, Seattle.
AREA WORK: Work continues to hold steady with about as many going out as are
coming in to get on the out of work list. We are currently at 6 1/2 rows on
the A-1 List. By now most of you should have the Local 86 Newsletter, I
mailed 1700 of them on Thursday and I received mine in today's mail. The
newsletter covers what work is coming up, and ongoing projects reported by
Business Manager Ron Piksa, BA's Doug Glockner & Randy Pease in our
jurisdiction. As for my duties in the dispatch office, the phones ring pretty
steady starting about 6:15 am and continue throughout the day.
As I mentioned in the newsletter rebar work continues to take all
journeyman Rodman that walk into the dispatch hall and should continue
throughout the summer.
GOOD NEWS FOR UNION LABOR!!
Sound Transit Board votes to use PLAs on $4 billion system
In a 14 to 4 vote July 8th, the Sound Transit Board agreed to use project
labor agreements to build most of the 24-mile, $4 billion transportation
system. Board members voting against using labor agreements were Chairman
Paul Miller, a Tacoma city councilman; Lakewood City Councilwoman Ann Davis;
Sumner City Councilman David Enslow and Metropolitan King County Councilman
Voting for the agreements were: Edmonds City Councilman Dave Earling;
Metropolitan King County Council members Jane Hague, Greg Nickels and Cynthia
Sullivan; Snohomish County Executive Bob Drewel; King County Executive Ron
Sims; Pierce County Executive Doug Sutherland; Federal Way City Councilwoman
Mary Gates; Everett Mayor Ed Han Seattle City Councilman Richard McIver;
Seattle Mayor Paul Schell; Kent Mayor Jim White; Sumner City Councilman David
Enslow, and state Transportation Secretary Sid Morrison, the only non-elected
member of the board.
Gov. Gary Locke was "strongly in favor" of using labor
The vote does not put an actual PLA in place; but rather directs agency staff
to begin negotiating an agreement with contractors.
The resolution calls for all light rail construction contracts and commuter
rail station construction contracts to be covered under a PLA, with a few
Work on multi-modal stations -- such as the future Everett Station which will
accommodate several county and city transit systems in addition to Sound
Transit rail cars; and commuter rail projects where negotiation of the PLA
could delay the bidding or contract award process may not be required to use
PLAs require that all contracts be awarded only to contractors who agree to
recognize a designated union as the representative of employees on that job.
Also under the measure, apprenticeship requirements will be used for all
other contracts that are funded by Sound Transit and cost more than $1
million. Sound Transit will also provide for community oversight to ensure
the agency is committed to increasing the participation of low-income women
and minorities in terms of training and hiring practices.
Board members said that for several months, they have been flooded by
propaganda both supporting and opposing the agreements. For a more objective
analysis, Sound Transit hired national consulting firm Tucker Alan to prepare
a comprehensive study of PLAs.
However, the study didn't make a strong case for or against the agreement.
The bottom line: The success of PLAs depends on the terms of the agreement,
which varies among projects.
Bechtel Construction also chipped in some objective information, including a
cost study addressing the potential cost impacts of using a PLA on Sound
The report concluded that the agency could save a total of about $15.7
million by using PLAs.
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TAKE CARE & HAVE A SAFE WEEK
REMEMBER MONDAY IS SIGN IN DAY.
IF YOU ARE ON THE OUT OF WORK LIST, YOU MUST BE IN THE TUKWILA
DISPATCH OFFICE AND RESIGN TO MAINTAIN YOUR POSITION ON THE LIST. ( EASTERN
WASHINGTON MEMBERS WHO RESIDE EAST OF SNOQUALMIE PASS CAN CALL IN. :-)