April 2005 IBEW Journal
L.U. 6 (c,i,o,st&u), SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The work situation in San Francisco remains steady despite our biggest projects, the DeYoung Museum and the Letterman Digital Arts Center, winding down. These two projects employed close to 200 members over the past 18 months.
In January, Bus. Mgr. John O’Rourke was re-appointed to the California State Licensing Board. After being terminated by Recall Gov. Schwarzenegger in November, Bus. Mgr. O’Rourke was re-appointed by Speaker of the Assembly Fabian Núñez.
Local 6 is saddened to report the untimely passing of San Francisco Building Trades Council Sec. Treas. Stanley E. Warren. Stan was also the former business manager of Roofers Local 40. Stan will be sorely missed for his tireless efforts to improve the standards of building trades working people. Bus. Mgr. O’Rourke, who also serves as SFBTC vice president, worked closely with Stan in securing unionized projects throughout the city. Stan is survived by his wife, Geri, and three children, Trent, Spencer, and Gage. A trust fund is being set up through the San Francisco Building Trades Council.
Jeff Sweeney, P.S.
L.U. 8 (i&mt), TOLEDO, OH—The work outlook for 2005 appears much rosier than in the previous few years. The big projects include Jeep, the coking facility, Toledo Hospital, Menards Distribution Center, Johns-Manville, and Sun Oil. It’s anticipated that full employment may be reached at some point this year. Quite possibly, some traveling brothers and sisters may find temporary refuge here as well. We hope the arrival of spring will initiate the upcoming work boom.
As of this writing, a merger between Locals 8 and 1076 is under way. Upon completion of this merger, the improved Local 8 will pick up some 380 or so members. The move is being made for cost containment and efficiency reasons.
The Inside and Inside Maintenance agreements expire April 24, 2005. Certainly, amicable negotiations would be in the best interest of everyone involved.
Jim Szczerbiak, P.S.
L.U. 16 (i), EVANSVILLE, IN—This year the work situation is very slowly getting better We have the new Vanderburh County jail in the process of being built, and the Gateway Women’s Hospital in Warrick County has just begun another building.
Also slated to start work this year are: Orange County Casino, Tri-State Vocational School, Mt. Vernon Refinery, G.E. Mt. Vernon, Bristol Meyers, Cinergy Gibson Station, A.B. Brown, and the Culley Station. We are hopeful our new year will be more productive and prosperous.
In order to better assist labor-friendly candidates in the bid for political office, we have created a Political Action Committee. The committee will put on fund-raisers, raffles and "half-pots" to fund the PAC. A board of 10 members will be established to select committee officers and assist in the fund-raising.
Thanks again to all who volunteered at Fantasy of Lights this year, benefiting the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center. $137,253 was the fund-raising total this year, the second best year for the effort.
Connie A. Alburn, P.S.
L.U. 26 (ees,em,es,govt,i&mt), WASHINGTON, DC—Negotiations are underway in Roanoke, our new jurisdiction, for a new Inside and Residential agreement. We hope our members in Roanoke will attend their union meetings and keep abreast of the progress.
Local 26’s annual Dollars Against Diabetes golf outing is set for a May 2 tee off! Butch Ramos is coordinating the event again this year. Four courses will be used as in past years—and we have a fifth course being held should we not be able to accommodate everyone. Hope to see you there!
The Local 26 Scholarship Committee is receiving applications. Watch our newsletter and Local Lines articles for an announcement of this year’s winners.
The following brothers retired since our last article: Robert L. Coleman, David E. Liston, Ernest E. Wertz, Rodney B. Williams, Ronald P. Auth, Walter M. Barton, Charles E. Brown, Gaylord W. Cochran, John A. Cordone, William M. Haney, Erle W. Howard, Stephen R. Lewis, Kenneth R. Owens, Russell F. Sanderson, John W. McElwain Jr., Joseph N. Curtin and Joseph A. Ruiz.
We are saddened to report the following deaths: Sister Pauline Best, Bros. William A. Mattero and Gary Venis; and retired Bros. Charles H. Stepp and Robert C. Clark Sr.
Charles E. Graham, B.M.
Local 32, Lima, OH, Bus. Mgr. Dave Smith (right) and IBEW Fourth District Int. Rep. Donald W. Vidourek (left) present an IBEW service award to retired Local 32 member Homer Vance in recognition of his 55 years of service to the local.
L.U. 38 (i), CLEVELAND, OH—The accompanying photo is a shot of the crew from Ullman Electric at the Pinnacle Building downtown: Bros. Paul Davis, George Revlock, John Ferko, Craig Patton, Dave Hollish, Bob Carcioppolo and Steward Jeff Ockuly.
The Pinnacle Bldg. is a high-rise condominium project going up next to the "shoreway" on West 7th & Lakeside. You can tell by the picture that Dave Hollish is the foreman on the job because he is the only one sitting down.
This is one of three high-rise condo projects in progress downtown, and several more are planned. The next to break ground should be on West 9th Street at District Park. District Park will feature three new high-rises with over 300 units.
The officers and members express deepest sympathy to the entire Steele family on the untimely death of Bryan Steele, age 47. Bryan was the brother of Pres. Gil Steele Jr. and the son of Pres./Bus. Mgr. Emeritus Gil Steele, Sr. and had many friends and relatives in Local 38.
Dennis Meaney, B.R.