First I want to welcome you to what I hope is the first of many editions of Local 54’s second generation newsletter. Some of the older members may remember that Local 54 published the “Rusty Scupper”, a monthly mailing to members. In this new newsletter we will be publishing it to our new web site, and will only be available electronically.
As your Business Manager I have been resistant to changing to electronic communication via text and e-mail. I have always had a cell phone and I thought that was enough. I was wrong. If the Local is to prosper then we have to be on the leading edge of technology.
With that discussion our new web site is up and running and together with Facebook and now a newsletter the Local is moving quickly. With all of this you the members still need to involve yourselves in the running of the Local. You should plan on coming to our monthly union meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 PM. I know that we are all busy with family and other things in our lives and that time is short. To help you be in touch with the Local and what is going on here, I invite you to forward your email address to us so that we can communicate more effectively.
Last I hope that you members who are not challenged electronically, forward and pass around any information you think is helpful to other members and encourage them to contact us directly.
GET INVOLVED AND COME TO A UNION MEETING
Union meetings are the first Wednesday of each month and they start at 7 pm. At the end of each meeting there is a drawing for all members in attendance (at that meeting), of $25.00 cash. That drawing is always the same amount. There is a second drawing for an amount of money that changes each month. To qualify for that drawing, you must be a member in good standing and be in attendance at the meeting that your name is drawn. The amount can be as much as $500.00. This money will be deposited to you, via Qualstar Credit Union.
RESPECT FOR OTHER TRADES
Moving into summer we are working on larger job sites with many other crafts involved. Some of those crafts are negotiating contracts this year. You may be asked to cross or work behind pickets or job actions. The decision is yours to make, however you should treat those crafts the way you want to be treated. Union solidarity is very important in the construction industry, if we are to maintain a high wage standard. Solidarity for your union brothers & sisters is a must.
SUMMER HEAT PRECAUTIONS
Entering into the summer months we as roofers need to take extra care to remain hydrated. In simple terms drink lots of water and or fluids. This does not mean certain beverages that will cause you to dehydrate like coffee and alcohol. Most of you have worked in the summer heat, make sure to help the new people acclimate to the heat.
MARK THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDER
Local 54’s annual Holiday Party and Awards Banquet is scheduled for December 5th, 2015 at the Best Western Hotel it will start at 7 PM. A menu has not yet been decided, if you have a suggestion feel free to call the office.