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Friday, May 29, 2009

Restrictions to E-Mail Addresses

I intended to post "ALL" candidate's e-mails but I need their permission to do so. I only have a handfull of individual candidate's e-mails addresses. I have asked everyone that I have been able to contact to help spread the word about this site. I've done what I can.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Contractors' Strategic Plan

I was the one that found that the contractors had established a "Strategic Plan", which raised concerns that they were looking into affecting our upcoming election. It is publicly posted on the MCA Website. http://www.mcamw.org/aboutus.php#strategicplan

Under STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES and then 2009 STRATEGIC PLAN you will find the following:

B. Through management’s legal counsel, we will clarify "management rights" during negotiations and union elections:

1. What can we communicate to workers during contract ratifications?
2. Can contractors give incentives to union employees to encourage them to vote in an election?
3. What can contractors do to encourage participation in union elections?

C. During 2008 –2009… At the end of the June 2009 election, suggest that the newly elected officers of 602 go to dinner with the 2009 Board of Directors and invite Local 5 officers to attend.

You could argue that the contractors have a right to plan for the next negotiations in 2010 but what the heck are they talking about when they bring up our Union election? Perhaps some candidates are comfortable with their language but your President is not.

John P. Sullivan

Monday, May 25, 2009

Rumor Control: Organizing the I-81 Corridor

There is a persistent rumor that the United Association ordered our Business Rep. and Organizer, Bill Durkin, to back off in his efforts to expand our work along the interstate I-81 corridor. I spoke personally to our UA International Rep., Brad Karbowsky, about the rumor this morning. No such thing ever happened.

In fact, UA International Rep. Mark McManus went with Bill for two days on a trip to view the commercial and industrial work that is up and down Route 81. Along the way, Mark got involved personally in convincing an owner to take a look at the local Unions and their affiliated contractors to do their work. He was successful and the UA’s marketshare was expanded. Contrary to the rumor, the UA is excited about Bill Durkin’s campaign.

Bill Durkin worked with Bob Engelbach, an organizer from the Maryland States Pipe Trades to help set up this campaign. The Baltimore, Cumberland, Richmond, and Roanoke local Unions were kept abreast of their progress. When a potential lead was located, the information was passed on through the appropriate channel.

Bill Durkin’s official title is Business Representative and Organizer. Our jurisdiction includes Winchester, Virginia. That is where the campaign began and it spread from there.

When our neighboring local unions are unable to man their work we send in our members. Bill Durkin’s efforts have led Boland Services, Carrier, Dominion, Kirlin, and HPS to bid work that had been previously surrendered to our non-union competition. Brother Bill Durkin’s hard work is entirely appropriate and he should be applauded for it.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ron O'Bier's Endorsements

Ron lists two endorsements in his bid to unseat Kevin Sullivan as the Business Agent of Local 602. The first is Bernie Thornberg, the former Apprentice School Coordinator. The second is former Business Manager, Mickey Lucas. Let’s examine them one at a time. Some of this may appear as "ancient history" but it is applicable to our Union officers' election on Monday, June 1st at the Apprentice School. (12-6:30 PM).

Bernie knows full well that when the first Apprentice School Coordinator was hired in 1972, that it was fully understood that the Apprentice School had to function outside of the politics of the Local Union. Bernie also knows that James R. Sullivan, Kevin’s father, had to resign from his job as the Assistant Business Manager of Local 602 in order to become the first Coordinator. Bernie further knows that he had to resign as the Recording Secretary of Local 602 to become the second Apprentice School Coordinator in 1974. Bernie knows that I was asked to resign as President if I wanted to succeed him.

Unfortunately, the politics have been allowed to creep back in under the design of the current Coordinator, Ron O’Bier. Ron did not resign as the current Apprentice Coordinator in preparation for his bid for full time office. Nor did his assistants in order to run for Local 602 Business Representative and Organizer and the Recording Secretary of Local 602. All three of them believe that they have nothing to loose by running this time and every time thereafter. They all believe that they can go right on with their jobs at the Apprentice School without suffering any penalty.

On the second endorsement, Mickey Lucas, let us understand that Mickey has opposed every Sullivan that has run for office in Steamfitters Local 602. He opposed my father, James R. Sullivan. He opposed my brother, Kevin Sullivan. He has opposed me as President of Local 602. Mickey is continuing a one sided, nearly fifty year old, feud. You will have to ask him why he is still so bitter, after all these years.

Yes, Mickey was our former Business Manager. But you should know that he was driven out of office by the rank and file members when he betrayed us in the mid 80’s. He first tried to give back the second year raise to the contractors but the membership rebelled and he pulled back. Then he successfully gave back the last year’s raise. We lost a buck fifty an hour under his leadership. He was defeated when he ran again for Business Manager. Ron may be the only member desperate enough to win office to seek and then gain his endorsement.