Retiree Meeting Minutes

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September 3, 2014  Minutes

  1. The meeting was called to order by President Bob Gonzales at 11:00 a.m. He led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States.

  2. Treasurer Brian Mulligan gave the minutes of the June,2014 meeting

  3. Reports

    • President Dan Prince reported that we are full employment in rebar industry and we have 600 to 700 active apprentices to date,  and more coming in all the time. This is good news because man hours are up in the trust funds. Seventy-five percent of our members voted against our current contract but it was ratified by the majority in the District Council. Thus  we are under a new agreement accompanied by hard feelings Danny closed with the statement that this is the time to close ranks and  prepare for negotiations in two years

    • Agent Terrence Dunnigan reported that there are currently 46 journeyman and 22 apprentices out of work. Herrick Corp. finished several jobs recently in the Bay Area. They are so busy that they gave the erection of one of their jobs to Olson Construction (which is mainly a miscellaneous company). Most of our work was in the rebar industry this year, but now we have work in the structural industry as well. We also have one job with 70 to 90 curtain wall people on this project.

    • Business Agent, Charlie Hernandez reported that there are 35 journeymen out of work at this time and there is shortage of welders, deckers, and rebar people, and raising gang help.  He also reported that  the Forty-Niner Stadium was completed and there are multiples new jobs starting in the South Bay Area, and maybe a problem with manpower on the Apple Project.

    • Recording Secretary, Eduardo Reyes reported on the Apple Project that they have two Manitowoc Cranes in the circle unloading rebar at this time. There are four main rebar contractors on the Apple Project.

    • Executive Officer/Trustee, Dennis Meakin spoke on the new contract and 75% of Local 377 voted against it. Local 378 voted 60% against it. Also, Sacramento voted against it narrowly. The contract was approved in Southern California to override our vote in Northern California. He spoke on the contributions to the pension and with new contributions we should reach 80% by 2018. This is the first time the contract was rejected by a huge number in Local 377. Now we can go to the District Council and International and ask for an improved contract. Dennis introduced Mr. Frederick Herberich from Segal Consulting.  He spoke about the cost of the medical plan and drugs, and how much they have gone up in the  last five years. One drug today costs $85,000 to $100,000 per prescription to  cure  Hepatitis C. There are other drugs coming on the market like this soon.

  4. The 50/50 drawing was won by Billy Fischer.

  5. The Meeting adjourned at 12:05 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Brian Mulligan
Book # 753592