WORK PICTURE California The first couple of months of 2020 started a little slower, compared to what had become the norm for 2019. The work plan wasn’t where is should have been with most of the work to begin to pick up after the first quarter, and the COVID -19 pandemic has put a lot… [Read More]
Washing your gloves and sleeves with mild soap as outlined in the ASTM F496 standard is the best way to ensure your gloves and sleeves are clean. Per the standard, “The gloves and sleeves shall be washed with a mild soap or mild detergent and water. After washing, the gloves and sleeves shall be thoroughly… [Read More]
Twenty-six year IBEW 1245 member John Trunnell has won the IBEW 1245 quarterly photo contest! His winning image depicts a Hotline Construction crew at work in Rancho Cordova. Ordinarily, Brother Trunnell would be invited to the next Advisory Council meeting so that the union leadership can recognize him and present him with his $500 in… [Read More]
On March 18, 2020, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA” or “Act”), H.R. 6201, which requires certain employers to provide employees with expanded sick leave and family leave (under the FMLA) for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Here are the important aspects of the new law: Covered Employers/Employees Under FFCRA, the paid… [Read More]
As part of our ongoing effort to keep members and staffers safe and healthy during the COVID 19 outbreak, access to our union hall and dispatch office are limited to the hours of 7am-9am, and 1pm-5pm. The doors remain locked throughout the day, and a staff member or security guard is regulating access to a… [Read More]
After a coordinated response across North America’s Building Trades Unions, including hundreds of thousands of letters, phone calls and comments from union construction workers, on March 10 the Trump Administration backed off its plan to undermine the century-old construction apprenticeship system.