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May 31, 2021
March 2021 Newsletter

REPORT TO THE MEMBERS

By Richard E. Dalton, Business Manager

Joe Biden was just sworn into office as the 46th President of the United States of America on January 20, 2021.  It didn’t take him long to start undoing some of the Trump big business appointees. On his first day in office, he fired Peter Robb, General Counsel at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and a day later, Robb’s deputy Alice Stock was terminated.  Both people were management representatives stacking the deck at the NLRB against worker’s rights to organize.  President Biden has so far been picking pro-union people as his appointees, including Marty Walsh for Labor Secretary.

Along with the good, there is some bad; Biden is against Pipeline work and has stopped the Keystone XL pipeline, which will affect thousands of Operating Engineers jobs.  Biden is an environmentalist and wants renewable energy such as windmills and solar farms, not fossil fuel.  It is expected that President Biden will try to get a massive Infrastructure program going, which is Local 18’s bread and butter for work.  We will have to see which direction our construction programs go under President Biden and his administration.

By the time you read this article, you should be able to pay your dues via the Local 18 App. If you have not downloaded the phone app, please do so.  To pay your dues on the App, open the App, click on My Profile, then My Member Tools, and then Dues Information, and follow the steps.  It has taken a bit of time to get credit card payments in place, but we had to make sure the bank security was proper before the membership utilized it.  The bank and the App developer have assured us that all security protocols have been met.

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