NEWS ARTICLE MONTH OF JANUARY 2017

From the Desk of Gary Peifer: Brothers and Sisters: As we say goodbye to 2016, I am reminded of what most members are calling, “a whirlwind year”. Together, we accomplished many things that are moving our Union forward in time. We were blessed with a strong increase in work hours, an increase in membership and subsequently, a steady growth in the number of apprentices entering our trades. As we entered 2016, I accepted the appointment as Chairman of the Brick 3 Joint Apprenticeship Training and Education Committee (JATEC). While I have served in this capacity before, the timing of this renewed my focus on the two aspects that affect our Union most. Apprenticeship and Training are truly the life blood of the craft and our Unions’ strength depends on our ability to command the wages and benefits we earn. In 2016, with the program at the Masonry Development Center approaching 200 apprentices, the JATEC increased the training staff with full time instructor Laurie Harris. A decision that provided for the continuation of smaller sized classes despite the expansion of hours in three of the seven crafts. The replacement of the programs CA. DAS Consultant resulted in revision of training standards, student rules, regulations and policies in preparation for state and federal audits. Recent staff training for IMI JATEC Tracking software scheduled to go live in March will allow Apprentice...

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