Business Manager’s Message
Valentino Ceria, Business Manager/Financial Secretary-Treasurer
We welcome aboard newly signed signatory contractors of Local 675, ACCO Engineered Systems, Furuta Plumbing, LLC, and Gordon Mechanical, LLC. In January of this year, I signed, as business manager for Local 675, a Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council PLA (Project Labor Agreement) for the JL Avalon Capbridge, LLC ("Developer") Sky Ala Moana project, which we will be monitoring closely.
(left to right) Business Manager Val Ceria, UA General President Mark McManus,
NABTU Secretary-Treasurer Brent Booker, and Govt Affairs/Public Relations Director Kika Bukoski at the
NABTU conference in Washington D.C.
Construction is still going strong. In June we opened up the apprenticeship recruitment on Oahu. The JATC will be setting up the waiting lists for the Plumber, Fire Sprinkler Fitter, and Steamfitter Welder apprenticeship programs. These will be our go to lists when the demand for manpower from our contractors begin to escalate.
Last month I attended the NABTU (North America’s Building Trades Unions) National Legislative Conference in Washington DC. While in Washington I met with our congressional leaders, Mazie Hirono, Brian Schatz, Ed Case, and Tulsi Gabbard’s Chief of Staff. We discussed infrastructure work, military projects, and basically requested an update on future projects heading our way.
In Washington, I met briefly with UA President Mark McManus who was also attending the retirement dinner for Giz Kaczorowski, former Director of Field Services for NABTU. We discussed our Union’s progress in addressing immediate concerns facing our Union.
Mark McManus had recently sent a letter on May 1st regarding the UA’s Organizing Contribution that was discussed at the Business Managers’ meeting in Denver, Colorado last September 2018. It was mentioned that the Organizing Contribution will provide key funding for the UA’s number one initiative – growing market share in all sectors of our industry, including funding for organizing campaigns, new market initiatives, research, and grants. The Organizing Contribution is $.10 for every hour worked by each UA member working in our jurisdiction. At this time the funding for the UA Organizing Contribution will need to come out of our Local Union General Fund. The UA’s new Organizing Contribution mandate will go into effect July 1st of this year.
Locally, in addition to our ongoing efforts to work with the State Building Code Council and other stakeholders at the state and county levels to preserve the integrity of Hawaii’s plumbing code, we have been working diligently with the County of Kaua’i to support and amend Bill 2612, to update the island’s plumbing code to reflect the most recently adopted version of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC). This measure is currently scheduled to be heard in Committee on July 10.
On a lighter note, the Union’s Imi Loa Foundation applications were due at the Union Office on June 15, 2019. The winners of the one-time scholarship of $1,000 will be announced in July and will be featured in the next newsletter and our website, Plumbershawaii.com.
Also incorporated on the website will be additional advertising for our contractors who will soon be able to add their own information and services online. The general public will be able to view our contractors and determine which company to utilize for their purposes.
My staff have been diligently working on the upcoming 100th year anniversary which will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballrooms on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Invitations will be going out in July and information posted on the website.
Our immediate goal is to keep you, the membership informed of your Union’s activities through announcements and keeping the pipelines open.
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