Plumbers & Gasfitters Local Union No. 5, U.A. Local 5 Pipeline

Plumbers & Gasfitters
Local Union
No. 5, U.A.
Local 5 Pipeline
Local 5
Tim Haley
Jim Killeen
Business Manager
Financial SecretaryTreasurer
Jack Taylor
Assistant Business
Joe Short
Business Representative
Janice Boismenu
Recording Secretary
Jeff Guido
Vice President
Cedric Gooden
Inside Guard
Dan Garrison
Hugh Riddell
Jim Stacho
Calvin Perry
Executive Board
Chris Biondi
Bill Garity
Mike McKenzie
Finance Committee
Mike Bell
Percy Jackson
Scott Caudill
Examining Board
Things seem to be picking up a
bit and we are cautiously optimistic about our employment situation.
Employment in the construction
industry continued to grow with
20,000 jobs added in August.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate for the construction industry was at 7.7 percent
in August. The unemployment
rate is slightly higher than the 7.5
percent reported in July, but is
the lowest rate for the month
of August in seven years.
The construction industry has
added 232,000 jobs over the last
12 months with 192,000 of those
jobs being added in 2014. Construction employment was at
6,068,000 jobs in August and is
the highest it’s been since the
6,100,000 jobs reported in May
All sectors in the construction
industry saw job gains in August
with specialty trade contractors
adding 11,500 jobs in August.
The construction industry has
averaged 24,000 jobs added each
month in 2014.
Are we back? Not yet, but we’re
headed in the right direction. The
graph below shows steady gains
August 2013 - August 2014:
We send our congratulations to
the following members who
earned “Years of Service
Awards” in the third quarter of
2014 (July, August and September 2014):
 Sixty-five Years 
Raymond E. Mitchell
 Sixty Years 
John Z. Baltimore
Edwin T. Healy
James F. Martinez
 Fifty Years 
James R. Newman
Rodrick C. Wiser
 Forty-five Years 
John T. Beavers
Carlton R. Etter
Leonard M. Weakley
 Forty Years 
Joseph J. Deprato
Joseph Hehl
Connie D. Overton
William R. Wiles
 Thirty Years 
Michael H. Brown
Keep the date of Saturday,
April 18, 2015 free and clear!
Local 5 will be celebrating our
125th Anniversary on that date.
Final preparations are coming
together. The next newsletter
should include more details.
Midterm elections will be here in
about a month. Your vote is
your voice as an American citizen. It’s your opportunity to be
heard, to hold elected officials
accountable for their decisions
and to have a say in important
issues that affect your community. On Election Day, every vote
matters. If you’re not registered,
it’s not too late. Register and
vote! Make your voice heard!
Foreman, please fill out your
Foreman cards. If you don’t
have any, they can be downloaded here: http://
contractors_tool_box.asp . The
Foreman’s Form is the last item
on the page. We got a little lazy
when things were slow, but now
that things are picking up, we
really need the information these
forms provide.
Finally, we had a very poor turnout for “Heat’s On, Water’s
Off.” We had only six trucks
and nine plumbers to service
twenty-five homes. On a bright
note, we had ten apprentices
with a couple upper level apprentices who were able to cover
some of the calls. We need to
do better next year.
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Spotlight on the U.A. Constitution and Local Bylaws
SEC. 146. (a) No journeyman
member will be permitted to
work with an apprentice or
helper who is not a member,
except apprentices who have
made an application for
membership in the Local
Union and the United Association and who are covered
by a written apprenticeship
agreement and are serving a
probationary period of one
(1) year in a training program
under the administration of
an apprenticeship committee,
or if he is a helper, he is
working under the grace period of a union security clause.
Section 87. Any journeyman
and or apprentice plumber
working with a helper or laborer who is doing the work
of the plumber or an apprentice, or working on a job site
and has knowledge of this
abuse and fails to immediately notify the local union full
time officers of this violation
shall be subject to disciplinary
It is imperative that Burial
Benefit assessments be
paid up to date. As of this
newsletter, the fund has
$25,870.00 of unpaid
assessments. Let’s all hope
the wife that is turned
away, unpaid, is not ours.
Picture of first year apprentices first night of school, an open
house for family and friends. Very good event to let family and
friends see the five year requirement and commitment that
these apprentices are about to undertake.
Walls going up in the Welding Shop at the new Training Facility.
Second thru fifth year apprentices eager and ready to learn.
THEIR future is greater than their past. Challenge. Action.
Structural steel going up to support the roof of the auditorium at
the new Training Facility.
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Bits & Pieces
It is imperative that you get a
DC Journeyman’s license by
either testing for it or obtaining a waiver. We are approaching the enforcement
phase which means anyone
doing plumbing work in the
District of Columbia must
carry a DC Journeyman license.
Classes to assist with filling
out Waiver Application: Oc-
tober 3, 2014 and November
7, 2014 at 4 p.m. in “A”
Building at the UA Mechanical Trades School. Please call
Jack Taylor at (301) 899-7861,
ext. 1015 to sign up. The
class is free, but DC does
charge $175 for the waiver. If
you currently hold a DC License, please contact Jack.
He is compiling a list of DC
licensed journeymen.
Jim Killeen (l) and J. Russell Newman (r) receiving his 50-year
certificate at the September Union Meeting.
Membership News
We send our congratulations
to the following members
who retired on July 1, 2014:
Brother Julius E. Proctor,
with 25.6 years of service;
and Brother Jeffrey D. Taylor
with 29.6 years of service. We
send our congratulations to
the following who retired on
August 1, 2014: Brother David F. Ross with 30.3 years of
service; and Brother Philip I.
Posey with 18.6 years of service. We wish them all long,
happy and healthy retirements!
Upcoming Training
Med Gas 40-hour Course
Dec. 4, 9, 16, 23, 2014 and
Jan. 8, 13, 20, 27, February 5,
Test Date: February 12, 2015
Backflow Full Course
Nov. 18, 20, 25, Dec. 4, 5, 9,
11, 16, 18, 23, 2014
OSHA 30 Course
Feb. 17, 19, 24, 26, Mar. 5, 6,
10, 12, 17, 19, 2015
Open most nights at 3 p.m.
during regularly scheduled
Customer Service
March start date scheduled by
number of participants.
Rigger II Certification
Requirements: Current Rigger I
working with Rigger II. Letter
from Employer Required.
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2015
WSSC Journeymen/Master
Code Review and Prep Test
Oct. 21, 23, 28, 30, Nov. 6, 7,
13, 14, 2014
Classes are provided to members in good standing free of
charge. Interested members
should call the school at (301)
322-8810 to sign up for classes. First come, first served.
Our prayers and sympathy are extended to the
family of Brother
George C. Carlisle. Brother
Carlisle was born November
4, 1947, initiated March 10,
1971 and passed away on August 20, 2014.
We also send our sympathy to
the family of Brother Ronald
E. O’Bier. Brother O’Bier
was born October 26, 1960,
initiated June 9, 2014 and
passed away on August 29,
We send our congratulations
to Brother J. Russell Newman
who was recognized at our
September Union Meeting for
attaining Life Membership.
Those fifty years just flew by,
didn’t they?
We congratulate our incoming
apprentice class, “Class of
2019.” Nearly all have been
initiated and placed with contractors at this point.
Apprenticeship is the lifeline
of our union. Much of their
training is learned in the field
with active members. If you
find yourself working with an
apprentice, teach him or her
well. Our future depends on
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - Monthly Union Meeting at 5:00
p.m. at the U.A. Mechanical Trades School.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – Executive Board Meeting at
3:00 p.m. at the Union Hall.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - Veteran’s Day (Paid Holiday)
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - Monthly Union Meeting at
5:00 p.m. at the U.A. Mechanical Trades School.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – Executive Board Meeting at
3:00 p.m. at the Union Hall.
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - Thanksgiving (Paid Holiday)
Friday, November 28, 2014 - Day after Thanksgiving - Paid
Holiday per the Basic Construction Agreement. (See Supplemental Service Agreement for language).
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - Monthly Union Meeting at
5:00 p.m. at the U.A. Mechanical Trades School.
Monday, December 22, 2014 – Executive Board Meeting at
3:00 p.m. at the Union Hall.
Thursday, December 25, 2014 – Christmas Day (Paid Holiday)
The Medical Fund requires coordination of benefits with Medicare eligible retirees and eligible dependents. It is important
that you and/or your dependents enroll for Medicare at age 65, or if disabled prior to age 65, when you are eligible for Medicare coverage. Be sure to enroll in both “Part A” and “Part B” of Medicare. Failure to do so will result in lower medical protection and greater out-of-pocket expense. Refer to “Coordination with Medicare” in the medical plan’s Summary Plan Description.
Your medical coverage is under a reserve account. In order to qualify to use the reserve account, you must:
Remain available for work in covered employment on a daily basis. You must remain in the geographical jurisdiction covered by the Union unless you are working under a United Association or UA Local collective bargaining agreement outside the Union’s geographical jurisdiction (working as a Traveler).
Sign the referral book every thirty days. Cannot refuse more than two jobs in covered employment.
Cannot work at the trade for employers not signed to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, or to any United Association
or U.A. local union collective bargaining agreement.
Some of you let your assessments get way out of hand. Please do not put us in the position of telling your family there is no
death benefit for you upon your death because you are too far in arrears in your assessments. Currents assessments are available at the end of each monthly article, our website , or by calling the Union Hall.
125th Anniversary Gala Celebration is coming on April 18, 2015. Mark your calendars!
Special Order of Business
The Special Order of Business at our November 12, 2014 Union Meeting will be:
Vote on the Finance Committee’s Report.
Vote on Bylaws.
The Special Order of Business at our December 10, 2014 Union Meeting will be:
Vote on the Finance Committee’s Report.
Vote on Bylaws.
The Special Order of Business at our January 14, 2015 Union Meeting will be:
Vote on the Finance Committee’s Report.
Current Assessments Due: Death 1189 and Michael A. Collins Assessment (2014).
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