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    • BROTHERS AND SISTERS WE ARE SAD TO REPORT THE PASSING OF BROTHER 

      THOMAS (TOMMY) PORTANOVA

      THERE WILL BE A FUNERAL MASS SATURDAY OCTOBER 24th AT 11:00AM @ ST. ANTHONY’S RC CHURCH 1395 NEPPERHAN AVENUE, YONKERS, NY


      PROTECT YOURSELF THIS YEAR BY GETTING A FLU SHOT


      Flu season is underway, and with the continuous threat of the COVID-19 virus, IUOE Local 137 is offering a Flu Shot Clinic for our members and their family and friends. Now, more than ever, we know how important it is to keep our family healthy and safe.

      Be sure to get your flu shot, so we can help prevent the spread of illness.

       

      NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY
       

      Dates: October 26th and October 28th

      Times: 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

      Location: Local 137 Training Center, 2075 Albany Post Road, Montrose, NY.

      Please bring your family and friends!

      The Flu Shot is free with most insurances, so be sure to bring your insurance card, Pharmacy benefit card or Medicare Card.

      Social distancing protocols will be in place and masks will be required.



      WHAT'S AT STAKE IN 2020 ?

      Joe Bidens plan will enforce, protect, and extend the Davis-Bacon Act
      if he is elected President. This key labor law for Operating Engineers
      will reach more projects, and a Biden Administration will invest more
      in infrastructure than any past president. He has been outspoken
      in support of Davis-Bacon prevailing wages.

      President Trumps Republican platform continues its opposition to
      Davis-Bacon prevailing wages
      . Despite making repeated requests of
      PresidenTrump to publicly express his support for Davis-Bacon
      prevailing wages, contrary to the stated policy of the platform,
      he has been unwilling to do so.
      Trumps platform says:

       

      We renew our call for repeal of the Davis-Bacon law, which limits
      employment and drives up construction and maintenance costs for
      the benefit of unions.

       

      Current Prevailing Wage Survey vs. Bureau of
      Labor Statistics Data:

       

      A Trump appointee in the White House authored a sneaky plan to slash
      Davis-Bacon wage
      rates by as much as 60% by changing the way
      the prevailing rate is calculated – without any congressional
      involvement. They would change the way Davis-Bacon wages are
      surveyed within the US Department of Labor. They would shift
      away from the method used today at the Wage and Hour Division to a
      new approach used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). There is only
      one reason they want to do this – lower blue-collar workerswages on
      construction! The new BLS survey method contains no benefits –
      no contributions to pensions or health care are included in their
      prevailing-wage calculation. And wages are dramatically lower.
      Cuts on the check vary from location to location, but, generally, they
      are 30% lower than current survey levels in most areas. The Trump
      Administration could cut Davis-Bacon in the dead of night.

      What does this sneaky change in the way prevailing wage rates are
      calculated do to Operating Engineers

      pay on highway projects around the country?
      Check it out:

      City & State

      Davis-Bacon (Highway)
      Total Package

      BLS Total Package

      Reduction in Wages

      Des Moines, IA

      $45.90

      $26.85

      -$19.05

      Duluth, MN

      $56.64

      $29.96

      -$26.68

      Las Vegas, NV

      $68.87

      $25.56

      -$43.31

      Pittsburgh, PA

      $57.83

      $27.68

      -$30.15

      Madison, WI

      $64.42

      $33.33

      -$31.09

      Grand Rapids, MI

      $67.06

      $21.05

      -$46.01

      Brothers and Sisters,

      As you are aware, public health officials have discouraged all gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

      In light of the growing concern for the health and safety of our employees, we have decided to restrict the entry of
      non-employees to our offices. While both our Union and Welfare offices remain open at this time, we are offering reduced hours.
      The union hall will be open Monday thru Friday from 8:00am to 3:30pm - Lunch will be 12:30 to 1:00.
      We are asking members to make any deliveries and drop-offs in our drop-box at the main entrance. 
       Our phone lines also remain open for any questions or concerns

      Fraternally yours,

      Jeff Loughlin


      PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ALL MEMBERS MUST BE CURRENT IN THEIR DUES PAYMENTS.

      SHOULD MEMBERS FALL 6 MONTHS OR MORE BEHIND, AS PER OUR CONSTITUTION, THEY COULD BE SUBJECT TO EXPULSION.



      WORK CARDS ARE NOW DUE FOR JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2020

      THERE IS NOW A LOCK BOX AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE 
       


      NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY AS TO STUDENTS

      The International Union of Operating Engineers
      Local 137 Apprenticeship Fund admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

       

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