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January 28, 2020
January 2020 Newsletter


By Richard E. Dalton, Business Manager

As January 2020 rolls in, so begins a new decade. Let us hope this new decade begins as a prosperous start to the next chapter of our lives. Winter is here yet another time, seems as we get older the winters get closer together.

Now is the time to renew your certifications or upgrade your skills at the regional training centers. Everyone should have received a training schedule booklet in the mail from the apprenticeship program. Check out the class schedule and contact the regional training center to enroll in the classes of interest to you. If you have misplaced your training booklet, the district offices have copies available.

The work forecast for 2020 looks promising. ODOT should have another great year of funding for construction and maintenance. There are several new gas power plants to be built. The PTT cracker plant has begun site work, but we are still waiting on the official announcement to build the complex. There still remains some transmission pipeline work in the state, as well as distribution maintenance work.

The Executive Board granted approval at its last meeting to allow the Business Manager to have a Local 18 phone app developed for the local union. The app should be ready to roll out to the membership by the time you receive this edition of the Buckeye Engineer. As you download the phone app, register your information to unlock access to features not available to the general public. Items included in the app are: the state-wide Building and Highway Agreements, access to Health and Welfare’s Member XG, which shows your MRA money available, pension projector, contribution received on your behalf, and other valuable information including access to the Medical Mutual website. You will also be able to track you hours, see your dues paid-thru date, access the Buckeye Engineer, and find your state legislator through the app. Local 18 will be able to send push notifications for meeting reminders, event reminders, or to inform you of important issues affecting our Local Union. I believe once you load the app, it will be an incredible tool to assist you. Scan the QR code found on page 34, and register to gain access to a new wave of information exchange.

Work on upgrading the headquarters building and parking lot is complete. This year, Local 18’s headquarters installed a new roof, waterproofed the footer where water was entering the building, replaced the clogged sewer system in the parking lot, and finally a new parking lot and lighting were installed. The headquarters building should be in good shape for the next 20 years or so, an asset of the Local everyone should be proud of.

District 2’s new office is underway, the footers and steel are installed, and by this time the exterior masonry brick and siding should be going up. Rudolph Libbe is the general contractor for the project. Completion date for the new building is scheduled for end of May. Once we have relocated into the new facility, the existing building will be demolished to make way for parking. Local 18 will conduct an open-house of the facility in the fall and you will be duly advised.

These projects complete our scheduled capital investment projects approved by the Executive Board for the near future. I want to personally thank the wisdom of the Board to spend the monies required to maintain the assets of this organization. Should the economy take a downturn, the Local will not be facing any major capital expenditures when it can least afford to spend the money.

Stay safe and healthy in these winter months!

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