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Common Construction Wage

APRIL 2015 NEWS

Let me start off by saying I don’t intend to offend anyone with this news update, but the facts are the facts. If you don’t like the facts then wake up and get involved and help change the facts going forward. If you are already involved please understand this article is not directed at you. Local 4 IN/KY thanks you for being involved and for understanding the importance of helping shape your own future.  

 Many members have heard me say in the past that the political process will kill us before we kill ourselves. You haven’t been paying any attention at the political process; Unions & Middle Class were delivered yet another blow to your standard of living, which means your wages and benefits.

The Indiana House and Senate have both voted to repeal the Common Construction Wage Law in Indiana. It is now on the way to the Governor for his signature and once signed it will become law July 1st, 2015. For those members that don’t have a clue about the Common Construction Wage Law, I highly recommend you look it up and read about it. It was a law that helped protected your wages and benefits.

The politicians that voted to repeal the Common Construction Wage will be posted soon. These Politicians get elected by talking about guns, gays and abortion. Although, you never hear anyone say crap about their continuous attack on Unions. Believe me that’s what this is all about. They will continue to do everything possible to hurt Unions, their doing it now and if they stay in office they will continue this attack.

The facts are that these politicians hate Unions. They talk out of both sides of their mouth and way too many of our own members vote for these people that is out to destroy organized labor. Then again, you have many that just set at home and say my vote doesn’t count. I say if you can’t see now that you need to get involved and vote for those that support your pocketbook, then you get what you deserve.

When these same people passed Right to Work in Indiana, we stood at the big rally at the Statehouse and said we will remember, we’re union, and we vote. We sure punished the ones that voted to pass Right to Work!! Before the vote they had a simple majority, then after the Right to Work vote the very next election, the way they were punished was now they have a Super Majority. By god we showed them; we sure punished them, all we did was give them more votes to continue the attack on Unions.

Don’t be fooled by the bull crap that these politicians are saying. They will not be happy until your union is at the bottom. This repeal doesn’t put us there, but it is sure another step in the wrong direction.  Then guess what, after the next election if they continue to have a super majority and in the Governors office these head hunters will continue their attack. I for one believe that Indiana has been in the news way to much. These people and the Governor have embarrassed Indiana enough. It’s time for the middle class and the working class to fight back, and the only way to do this is by voting. The middle class sure can’t out spend all the out of state money that is given to these politicians for voting to kill unions, but we can out vote them. Voting cost you nothing and that is where we can make a difference by getting off of you know what, and getting involved. Not only voting, but voting for people that support our issues!

Here are the unusual steps that both the House and the Senate were willing to take to repeal the Common Construction Wage Law. These steps may not be perfect order, but this did take place in the fight to stop repeal of Common Construction Wage.

First: It all started in the Indiana House of Representatives. The bill to repeal was going to the committee that would pass it and then be voted on the full floor of Representatives. The first problem they ran into was that the Chairman of that committee let it be known that he would not hear the bill and the bill would die right there in committee. So, the speaker of the House replaced him as chairman for that day and put in a new chairman that would hear the bill. So, it went through the dog and pony show (even the republicans that were sitting beside me said “they couldn’t believe how the house was handling this issue.) The vote was taken and it passed close to party lines for the repeal to go to the full House of Representatives for a vote, and it passed out of the house and was sent to the Senate for the Senate’s approval.

Second: Then it goes to the Senate, Senate Pro Temp is told by the chairman of the Labor committee which should have heard the bill that he will not hear the bill so it would have died in that committee. Instead Senate Pro Temp uses his power and assigns the bill to a different committee; one that he knew would hear the bill and pass the bill to the full Senate floor for a vote.

Of course this committee votes to send to the Senate floor for a vote, but the chairman gets amendments added to the Bill that believe it or not makes it even worse. Word was out that if the Repeal passed and became law that some bigger cities and towns would pass their own Common Wage Law. They could not let that happen, so they added amendments to the bill. One being that it’s against the law for cities and other elected identities to be able to pass ordinances that would set a Common Wage in their cities or counties. So in other words the people you elected at your local level are not smart enough to know what is best for that city or county they know best at the statehouse.

Third: The vote on the Senate floor was not heard right away because Senate Pro Temp was not sure they had the votes to pass the Repeal. So, they continue to put pressure on the Senate members that will vote no on the Repeal to change their vote. When Senate Pro Temp was not real sure he could get it done guess who now gets involved, our Governor! Yes, the one and the same that has embarrassed Indiana, starts calling members of the Senate. Even with both of these high ranking officers pressuring and calling it takes time before they feel like it will pass a vote on the Senate floor.

Fourth: Senate floor then debates the Repeal of the Common Wage for a lengthy time. With even republicans testifying that they were against this repeal, but even with some high ranking and well respected Senators speaking against this law the vote was taken and it passed. It was also pointed out that some of the amendments that were passed were not in the law as it was written and even then they still vote to pass. But with the amendments that the Senate approves the law has changed and must now go back to the house for yet another vote.

Fifth: The law goes back to House and of course they vote to pass the Senate version. I’m sure they were pleased that the Senates amendments made the law against Unions even worse, so they passed it real quick.

Sixth: Now it will go to the Governor for his signature and then it becomes law.

The point is these people in power changed a number of things to make sure this Repeal was passed. The fact is that they were willing to do whatever it took to pass this law and to continue their attacks on the Working Middle Class and Unions.

Quit worrying about issues that they continue to make a big deal because you’re listening to issues like your guns, abortion and gays. You better start worrying about jobs, food on the table, your pensions, your H&W and your wages. How you going to pay for your ammunition if you don’t have a job or have to take a huge pay cut, figure that one out. What will you do if your H&W and or Pensions have to change because the hours drop off? These are issues that we should be concerned about they affect us now.

The Governor and these politicians just hired an out of state PR firm to help the image of Indiana, but it’s really to help the image of the Governor before the next election. His approval rating is taking a big hit because of the stupid laws he has signed, but the worst part of this is the cost of the out of state firm they hired is Two (2) million dollars of mine and your taxpayer’s money! YES 2 million that could have went to creating jobs and putting people to work.

If you agree with what is happening in the State of Indiana then continue to vote for the same people. When your Standard of Living, your Union and everything else is affected that I mentioned in this article don’t blame those that have worked their ass off. For those that are not involved or those that vote for these politicians look in the mirror because you have no one to blame but yourself.

I for one believe that we can and will make a change, a change for the better when our wages and standard of living are continued to be attacked daily. After awhile people get sick and tired of these attacks and they begin to fight back. I truly believe that the time is now if you want a better future and you’re sick and tired of these attacks now is the time to fight back. There is still light at the end of tunnel and we will be around as a Union, but if your sick and tired of this crap help us fight back we can and will make a better tomorrow.

Lastly, I want to assure all that the Repeal of the Common Wage is a set back and will make things a lot harder to deal with. Local 4 IN/KY is up to the challenge!! We will never quit fighting for this membership, no one knows what tomorrow will bring but Local 4 IN/KY will be there to help lead the charge for a better tomorrow for its membership!

President Champ

   

Support Local Contractors

INVITES YOU TO

SUPPORT LOCAL CONTRACTORS

Oppose House Bill 1019:

Repeal of Common Construction Wage Law.

Contractors and tradespeople, please join The Indiana Building

Contractors Alliance for a RALLY to support construction businesses

around the state!

The Indiana Building Contractors Alliance remains concerned about:

The Loss of Business for Local Contractors.

The Loss of Fair Pay for Hard-Working Skilled Tradesmen.

The Inability to Attract a Skilled, Trained Workforce to the Construction

Industry.

A Devastating Effect on the Construction Industry Apprenticeship

Training Programs and the Indiana Economy.

RALLY INFORMATION:

WHEN: MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2015

TIME: 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: INDIANA STATEHOUSE SOUTH STEPS

ATTENDEES: PLEASE WEAR SHIRTS IDENTIFYING YOUR CONTRACTOR!

The Indiana Building Contractors Alliance: The Indiana Building Contractors Alliance

(IBCA) is comprised of more than 4,000 Hoosier contractors. Our member contractors

and associations represent the largest group of construction firms and the largest

volume of construction effort in Indiana. We oppose the repeal of the Indiana Common

Construction Wage.

Local Contractors. Local Workers. Strong Communities.

Contractors: Please register by emailing Michelle Boyd at ibcarally@outlook.com.

MEMBERS NEEDED NOW!

MEMBERS NEEDED NOW RIGHT NOW

 

There will be a rally on Monday at the Statehouse in protest of the repeal of the Common Construction Wage law. This law has helped level the playing field for a number of years so the contractors can compete against the companies that pay a sub standard wage.

 

This is the last chance to stop this law, there maybe no other chance after Monday. If this bill becomes law the contractors that pay a fair wage and benefits will be at a big disadvantage which means your work and hours will be reduced. We are just now coming out of the construction recession with some work already starting and more coming in the future we must stop this repeal attack now.

 

Read the flyer about the rally and make plans to attend. Seems like the attacks just continue coming this one will be the big one if it passes.

 

This is real we need bodies at the statehouse and lots of them! Again, read the flyer and plan to attend this function. If you set at home on your ass and do nothing things will change for sure! Help us fight this fight we need you there Monday! To get more info call your Field Rep.

 

Again this is a business rally so leave all your union stuff at home. If this is a Union rally they will pass it for sure because they are out to destroy us. So again read the Flyer and I will see you on Monday!

 

President Champ

Midwest Toxicology Services

   

ACTION NEEDED NOW

Indiana House passed the repeal of Common Construction Wage law by a 55-41 vote on Monday. At least 12 Republicans voted no along with all Democrats. The House Bill 1019 which would repeal the Common Construction Wage now moves to the Senate to the Tax Fiscal Policy Committee. We now need to turn our attention to the committee members below and send them emails or call them telling them to vote no on the Common Wage repeal. So if you live in any of these counties below don’t just set there call or email these members we have to be heard or this law will be repealed. Its not too late we must continue this fight we must act now.

We have just been advised that HB 1019 has been assigned to the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee.  Members of this committee are as follows:

Brandt Hershman, Chair      (Dist. 7)          Boone County, Carroll County, Clinton County, Jasper County, Tippecanoe County, White County

Travis Holdman, RM            (Dist. 19)        Adams County, Blackford County, Grant County, Huntington County, Jay County, Wells County

James Buck                         (Dist. 21)        Clinton County, Grant County, Hamilton County, Howard County, Tipton County

Ed Charbonneau                  (Dist. 5)         Jasper County, LaPorte County, Porter County, Pulaski County,Starke County

Luke Kenley                         (Dist. 20)        Hamilton County

Pete Miller                            (Dist. 24)        Hendricks County, Putnam County,

Ryan Mishler                        (Dist. 9)          Elkhart County, Kosciusko County, Marshall County, St. Joseph County

James Smith                        (Dist. 45)        Clark County, Jackson County,

Jefferson County, Scott County, Switzerland County, Washington County

Greg Walker                         (Dist. 41)        Bartholomew County, Johnson County

John Broden, RMM              (Dist. 10)        Johnson County, Morgan County, Owen County, Putnam County

Jean Breaux                         (Dist.34)         Marion County

Frank Mrvan                         (Dist. 1)          Lake County

Lonnie Randolph                  (Dist. 2)          Lake County 

Questions call your Field Rep or President Champ.

President Champ

MUST READ

THIS IS A WAKE UP CALL FOR ALL

BLUE COLLAR WORKERS & UNION MEMBERS

This message is very important and I hope you read and understood that this is not an attack on the Republicans. I know some good people that are Republicans. These are just the facts about the attack on organized labor which affects you and your family, just like it affects me and my family. So if you’re a Republican and you take offence to this article all I can say is look at the facts, see what this party is doing to you and wake up. I’m talking about the Republicans in the State of Indiana.

February 17th, I witnessed the best dog and pony show I have seen in the last few years. The only one that even compared to what I witnessed on this day was when the Republicans did the same show in the Indiana House of Representatives and then passed Right to Work.

This dog and pony show was the Repeal of the Common Construction Wage in the state of Indiana. This committee sat there for over 3 hours hearing testimony after testimony knowing how the vote would go at the end. Some testimonies were on how it would save tax payers money and others stating why repeal would not help this state, and in fact would hurt this state’s revenue. Worst of all it would hurt the workers on these job sites by lowering wages and allowing the low paying out of state workers and contractors to come into Indiana and take YOUR job!

The Republican Party is very good at playing politics. Back when this party took control of the state of Indiana did you ever hear one campaign on passing Right to Work? “NO” you didn’t, but we are now a Right to Work State. Then, last election when they took super majority in both Indiana House and Senate did you hear anyone even mention one single word about doing away with the Common Construction Wage? (Which is a direct attack on Unions just like Right to Work is and was). “No” you didn’t. All you hear from them is what they know you want to hear: gun control, abortion, and lower taxes. Let me address these issues: Gun Control: If you don’t wake up they continue to cut your wages & benefits and make it easier for non-union to take your jobs and lower your wages. You will no longer have to worry about your guns because you will have to sell them. You won’t be able to afford the ammunition and do you really think that the government is going to knock on your door and take your gun? I too own guns and I’m not real concerned about this issue, but Republicans know it’s dear to our hearts so they make it a big issue. Abortion: Everyone has their own thoughts on this issue and someday the almighty will be the judge on this issue. Lower Taxes: This one is a joke! Everyone wants lower taxes, but we also all want better schools, better roads, safe communities and as we can see right now we don’t have this, so how are you going to get it by lowering taxes? What you don’t hear from the Republican leadership is their hidden agenda which is to destroy Unions, to make you lay Brick, Block, Tile, and Terrazzo for lower wages and lower if any benefits.

Blue Collar workers (UNION MEMBERS) had better wake up and get involved in the political process before it’s too late! That old saying “you don’t know what you have till it’s gone” is so true the only problem with that is once it’s gone it maybe next to impossible to ever get it back.

Again, I state that this article may seem like an attack on the Republican Party, but it’s not this is just the facts. The republicans have some very good ideas, but when SOME stand on the House Floor and state that they have nothing against Unions and they think Unions are good for this state, but then continue to produce bill after bill after bill to destroy Unions, cut Union members pay and benefits, cut your unemployment benefits the list goes on and on. There is just one word comes to mind for these members of the House of Representatives that stand on the floor and make these comments and that word is “Liar”.

Common Wage is good for Indiana and has been and will continue to be. It keeps everyone on a level playing field. It keeps those willing to work for nothing at bay somewhat and it keeps those from out of state from coming in to our state and taking your jobs, lowering your standard of living and making it impossible to live the American dream.

Local 4 is doing all it can to stop the repeal of the Common Construction Wage Law. Local 4 would like to THANK all the members that get it and have done their part in stopping this attack. Now Local 4 is asking all members to step up and call your House of Representative and tell them to vote “NO” on the repeal of the Common Construction Wage.

And last but by no means least, to our contractors THANK YOU for stepping up becoming involved and helping on this issue. So the members know Local 4 signatory contractors have been helping fight this fight for months. We need them to continue to also call their Representatives and tell them to vote “NO” on the repeal of the Common Wage Law. Local 4’s Statewide Contractors have contacted representatives, attended meetings, mailed out information on the negative impact if repealed. They have to put it quite simple hit a home run so next time you see one of our contractors thank them for helping in the Common Wage fight. I, as President would definitely like to say thank you for those contactors and contractor representatives that have helped in this battle. This is one of many battles lately that we have stood side by side and fought for the same common good. I want you to know I’m proud and honored to be the President of Local 4, but never prouder than when we all come together, forget about our differences and work as one for the betterment of the Masonry Industry.

Your thinking how do I help? I like my standard of living, I like having Health & Welfare, I want to have a Pension so I can retire. The attacks on Unions and Blue Collar workers must stop, but how do I help on these issues? Call your Field Representatives, call you Indiana House Representative and Indiana Senator and get involved. 2016 is right around the corner go to the polls and vote for those that support our issues.

Wake up and get involved before it’s too late. It’s easy to blame others while some are setting doing nothing. All I can say is if your one that just wants to bitch about things, but never helps bitch to yourself cause some of us our working our ass off for the betterment of all.

President Champ

Ted Champ

February News

February

News to the Membership

I, President Champ would like to apologize for the delay of our new membership update. I have noticed that many of you go to the web-site and facebook for Local 4’s updates. Again, I apologize for the delay! Some of you may lose interest if you see that the articles are the same, so I will do my best to update these pages at least by the first part of each month or earlier. If there is anything that I believe that the membership should know about sooner I will make sure and post it to the site ASAP.

Our Market Recovery Program will start building its funds now. The benefits for January 2015 will not be paid in until February 2015. These funds again will be used to target jobs that the non-union has taken away from our Signatory Contractors. Local 4 is well prepared to start receiving these funds. The accounting in the Anderson Office will keep track of each and every penny. When this fund grows to the point of targeting jobs Local 4 will keep track of every job targeted and have a balance sheet to keep you the membership informed as to how this program is working.

Our BAC Member Portal is a program that the IU has developed. Below are just a few of the things you can check out and do on this web-site once you have registered.

  1. Demographic and Contact Information

  1. IU Membership Information

  1. IU Death Benefit Information Including Beneficiary Designations

  1. Recent Work History

  1. Reciprocal Information Including Blanket Authorization Forms and Transfer Histories Processed Through BAC Recip.

  1. Pertinent Forms and Documents

  1. This section just added (Job Information)! If a Local including ours, is in need of manpower the Local will post it on this site along with information like wages, benefits, hours worked and a contact number for the member to call to talk to the Local that is need of the manpower! (Take Advantage of This)

I encourage all members to sign up on the Member Portal! Our members asked for a site like the Portal and our IU responded wasting no time in getting the BAC Member Portal up and running for the betterment of this membership!

To sign up and began enjoying the BAC Member Portal go to www.bacweb.org click on the Member Portal Banner. First time visitors should look for CREATE AN ACCOUNT, and then just follow the instructions.

Few things you will need before creating your account is an active email account, your IU membership number which is 6 digits long, and your initiation date. Both can be found on your membership card. If you have any questions about our new Membership Portal please call our Anderson Office @ 1-800-322-2830.

This Portal benefits all members and I encourage you to sign up and use this program.

Once you have signed up and are using this Portal your feedback is more than welcome and should be sent to portal@bacweb.org.   

In closing, we will keep an eye on the statehouse to see if any bills begin to move that would hurt this membership. If these bills begin to move I will post this information on facebook and web-site. I will also email it to all that have signed up to receive information by means of email.

Again, thank you for allowing me to serve you the membership as your President. It is an honor and privilege, a job that I take very serious. Thank you for trusting in me to lead this organization.

President

Ted Champ

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