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December 31, 2020
December 2020 Newsletter


By Richard E. Dalton, Business Manager

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The Officers and staff of Local 18 wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Enjoy the holiday season, be safe, remember safe distance, and wear masks when out in public.

If you are laid off this winter, please check your certifications, and if they need to be renewed, check the training centers class schedule and sign up before classes begin to fill up.  The Apprenticeship staff is prepared to meet your needs in certification renewal or increase your skillset and knowledge in additional equipment.

2020 will go down in history as the most problematic year in the past 100 years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Never has the entire world been shut down like it was this past year. The pandemic is far from being over, so if everyone does their part to minimize exposures, it will help control this disease.   Let us hope 2021 is a much better year!

Looking back at 2020, we see that our work continued as essential workers and 2020 ended up a decent work year with all the diversity we faced.  Person hours were slightly down from 2019, but still way above 2011-2013 hours prior to Ohio’s pipeline boom.  Work continued throughout the year, and the Organizing Department has been able to sign up over 60 new contractors to Local 18 agreements.  Hard work and perseverance can not be replaced in this world.  The Organizers do not give up; they do not take “NO” for an answer, which shows with these numbers.

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