Brothers and Sisters,
I am happy to announce that, as of October 1st, we will have insurance for dental and hearing aids. I would like to thank all the Health and Welfare Trustees for their unanimous support of this benefit.
From our point of view, we want the Health Care plan to provide the best benefits possible. From our contractors’ point of view, they want to provide their employees with good benefits without increasing costs beyond what their customers will pay for electric work. When we meet as trustees of the Plan, we are obligated to take off our Union and Management hats and make sure that any decisions we make ensure the plan’s long-term survival while providing the plan recipients with the best health care possible. The evidence was clear that our fund can offer dental without increasing costs, and the trustees did their jobs accordingly.
Don Kanetzky, NECA Chapter Manager, asked me to thank all of you for your kind letters. I want to echo Don’s sentiment and thank all of you who took the time to advocate for yourselves as workers and as human beings. You spoke up and made your voice heard, and you did it together. This is what the Labor Movement is all about.
Summer is here again, and this summer looks to be especially brutal. Heat-related illness is serious, and over 50 construction workers die every year from heat stress. Don’t be one of them. Proper hydration is the key to keeping yourself safe in hot weather. OSHA recommends you drink one 8-ounce cup of water every twenty minutes you are exposed to excessive heat, whether you feel thirsty or not.
Section 5.12 of our agreement states the following: “The Employer shall see that cold water (in warm weather) and first-aid kits are available on all jobs and/or trucks.”
It is your company’s responsibility to see that you have sufficient water available to you to keep yourself hydrated, whether you are a hundred-electrician worksite, or two workers in a service truck. There have been many questions about employer-provided individual water jugs. It is our position that these jugs are allowable, as long as cold water is available to fill them throughout the day.
If you, or another brother or sister, is having trouble getting cold water on the job this summer, please call the Hall and leave a message at the business manager’s extension, or email me at [email protected]
Thanks for all you do.
In Solidarity, Ben Brenneman, Card No. 7698756