|From Our Business Manager|
Greetings Brothers & Sisters:
Right now, almost all of our members are back to work. We are all tired of sheltering in place; however being considered essential workers has allowed us to continue to work and provide for our families. I am hoping everyone can stay safe until we can return to normalcy. We lost our first member to the virus: Brother Joel Saldana. It hit us all extremely hard. It was heartbreaking and an eye opener to how devastating Covid can be, and a reminder that any one of us can succumb to this deadly disease.
Losing someone brings home the reality that we really need to follow the mask, social distancing, and hygiene protocols. In the past if you got hurt on the job, it only affected you. But with Covid, if you or someone next to you is negligent, the lives of your whole family and everyone you love may be put at risk.
Our union contractors are doing a good job adhering to health and safety protocols, but we’ve been hearing reports of employers from other trades becoming lax and putting our members at risk. If that is the case, contact your 332 representative. We will do our best to support you in ensuring a safe worksite.
In other news, I want to thank our members for turning out strong for our fall political program. We elected 57 out of 61 labor-friendly candidates and passed over $100 million in bond measures. This will create numerous work opportunities for our members. The more Local 332 is seen as a political force, the more receptive our leaders become. We are now working with many of these newly elected leaders on expanding and protecting our work. Our future looks brighter because of your political participation. Thank you, and let’s keep up this trend.
Finally, we are starting contract negotiations for inside electricians and material handlers, which you can read about in the following pages.
As this crisis continues, I encourage you to stay engaged in the union. We are a local that like to gather, but until it’s safe to do so, I hope you can connect online and via phone.
** Contract Negotiations **
Local 332 shall begin contract negotiations for our inside commercial electricians as well as material handlers this spring.
Because of Covid, we will not be able to meet in person. However, our bargaining survey, contract vote, and wage allocation vote will all be conducted securely online with your union card numbers. We did this in 2020 with our residential contract and actually had nearly twice the participation we normally do.
Links go out via email. If you are not receiving them, please call the union hall immediately to ensure we have your correct email address: (408) 269-4332