L.U. 405 (em,i,rtb&spa), CEDAR RAPIDS, IA—Our work picture in the local is still not doing well, and winter is coming on. The good news is that some of our members have found work in other locals. We thank locals that put some of our members to work. We hope we can reciprocate.
The local LMCC was a big player in our Local 405 JATC’s ability to move our apprenticeship program forward. They were instrumental in setting up financing that enabled us to move into our own building and do the necessary renovation. We are starting our first school year in our own facility. Many businesses donated time and materials. Our new JATC is something Local 405 and our contractors can be proud of.
Thanks to retirees helping with the local newsletter and political issues.
Gary Butz, P.S.
L.U. 429 (em,i,lctt,o,ptc,rtb&u), NASHVILLE, TN—Service pins were awarded to 113 active and retired members. Family and guests witnessed a ceremony whose honorees included two 65-year members and a host of others. The celebration culminated in a barbecue luncheon, merriment and brotherhood.
Attendees receiving awards included: 65-year recipient Woodrow West; 60-year recipients Lawrence Luttrell and Morris Slate; 55-year recipients William Conley and Stanley Morris; 50-year recipients Billy Anderson, Hugh Breen, James Gwaltney, Winford Shelby, Thurman Whitehead and Billy Woodside; 45-year recipients Charles Appleton, John Brown, Thomas Cobble, Harold Greene, Stanley Ham, Franklin Hazelwood, William Long, Pearre Marlin, Ronald Puckett, William Putman and James W. Smith. Additionally, 40-year recipients Charles Booker, David Cantrell, Michael Franklin, Earl Lehew and Phillip Petty; 35-year recipients William Akins, Jimmy Cartwright, Marshall Edwards, Michael Frankich, Troy Hampton, John Holton and Bob Sisco.
Milton L. Frazier, Asst. B.M.
L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, ID—In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, our prayers go out for all those affected by the storms. I am disappointed with the Bush Administration’s response to the devastation of Katrina, especially in New Orleans. Issues related to natural disasters and human suffering are not party issues or political opportunities. These issues need to be remembered at the polls in the future.
We are excited about our November centennial celebration and looking forward to welcoming International Officers who plan to attend.
Our condolences to the family of Bro. Eric Salvador, who passed away July 16, 2005.
Congratulations to Bro. Carl Haney on his recent retirement.
Russell Hill, R.S.
L.U. 479 (i&u), BEAUMONT, TX—We settled our contract at home this year. Basically, it is a three-year contract with a $2.10 increase over the duration of the contract. The new referral system was implemented Aug.1 and seems to be working out.
The week of Labor Day, members participated in a barbecue cook-off and other activities.
Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Many of our neighbors were forced to evacuate and over 1,200 found shelter at Ford Park Arena in Beaumont, TX. Local 479 reached out by providing a hot meal for the evacuees. Thanks to all who participated in this act of humanity.
Tony Hollier, Pres.
L.U. 481 (ees,em,i,mt,rts,s&spa), INDIANAPOLIS, IN—The demo on buildings for the new Colts stadium has taken off and the airport terminal started taking bids. The work will probably start in late fall or early spring. Both jobs are PLA projects, thanks to Bus. Mgr. Tom O’Donnell’s efforts at the State House. Work in our jurisdiction is still slow.
Congratulations to our 101 recent apprentice graduates. The December class “Solidarity” winner was Joseph Salter; apprentice-of-the-year, Thomas Stevens; and runner-up, William Inman. The May class Solidarity winner was Jonathon Hooker; apprentice-of-the-year, Max Davis; and runner-up, John Burchyett.
Bob Cadwell put together another successful Labor Day parade. He managed to get the union crafts in Indiana, politicians, and high school bands to participate in the parade. This is a great way for the union crafts to express their solidarity and to represent their home locals.
Local 481’s Web site frequently has new items of interest. Visit the site at www.ibew481.org to find out about upcoming local union events. If you have suggestions for the site, please contact the hall at (317) 923-2596.
Steve Montgomery, P.S.
November 2005 IBEW Journal
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