Union is better
wrong to say that unions have outlived their purpose, or
that they are no longer needed. Unions have provided benefits and
their members for over a century. America owes the 8-hour day and the
40-hour week to unions.
Today unions are
fighting against discrimination, for fairness,
progress, and for decent living wages. These ideals are under attack
now more than
carpenters are experienced, well-trained professionalswho
enjoy fair wages and good benefits. Contractors
benefit from having a pool of dedicated, highly
skilled craftsmen available for any size project. Carpenters with
skill and safety certifications are readily available.
know that union jobs run more smoothly and with fewer
benefit from safe
work places, and from the
training and experience of union
workers. Union signatory contractors tend to be well-established firms:
insured, and bonded. Society
benefits from having solid infrastructure built for the ages, by stable
workers who take pride in their work. Union
wages set the standard for the wages of all workers.
the UBC has developed the Carpenters' Bill of Rights and
Responsibilities to let all the men and women who put on their tools
morning know what they deserve and what they should expect to produce
employers and for their communities. We believe that all working
people have a
good job with benefits
living wage that can support a family
and dignity in work and retirement
safe and secure workplace
and training to reach your full
productive, efficient workers
work of the highest quality; work that
we stand behind
fellow workers achieve safety and security
in the workplace
active citizens and informed voters
founding, we have always believed in a fair day's pay for a
fair day's work.
||Mark Bitto Joel Pogose
|| Jeff Dick
of officers and delegates as of July 1, 2019.
We hold our
at the VFW Post
#4308, 130 East Grand
Ave, Lake Villa, Illinois 60046, on the second Monday of
the month at 7:00 PM. The VFW post is located in
front of the Metra station parking lot. besides the VFW parking
lot, additional free parking is available
in the Metra
lot at that hour.
Bitto is retiring on July 1 after many years of service to our Local.
He joined the Libertyville Local in 1976, and has worked tirelessly as
an officer since 1993. Joel Pogose is taking over as interim President
until we can hold elections.
CRCC Resources: Visit
the CRCC website to sign up, or text "WORKING4U" to 22828 and
enter your email, to get updates about the great new benefits
improvements being made.
commercial wage contract.
Effective June 1, commercial journeyman wages in the 8-county area is
$48.55 (less in Iroquois and Kankakee). First through fourth-year
apprectice wages will be 40%, 50%, 65%, and 80% of that amount.
Healthcare and pension benefits
are also expanded.
- Have you signed up for the career-building
Program, held in Las Vegas, that develops leadership,
coaching, and communication skills for journeymen? There are openings
this fall. See short video here
On October 31, 2018, The Chicago Regional Council of
Carpenters changed the organization and jurisdiction
of area Locals. Former Locals 1307 and 2087 have joined with
us into a new and larger Local 250, and we welcome all the new
membersinto our fold.Combined, we will be
stronger. Please see the revised list of Locals below, and read the details at the CRCC
- Local 250 has issued a coin commemorating
125 years of
existance. You can get one at the meeting.
You may come
in to the office to
pay your dues, and Linda would
love to see you. Or you can mail them in, or
our meetings if that is more convenient for you.
to more than 60 members who attended our June meeting. Our
next meeting will
be held on July 8
7:00 PM at the VFW post in Lake Villa. Bring your co-workers who are
members. Members of other locals who are in good standing are
also welcome. Our meetings now provide the opportunity for even more
networking in our larger jurisdiction, with over 2000 members.
The Brotherhood is not a
elected officers, or some kind of
abstraction. It's people, you and me, members who work to make a better
for all of us.
Handbilling and Bannering
campaign will be starting up again soon,
right in Lake County.
Want to join us? We are no longer doing the dues-credit compensation,
but paying an hourly wage. Please
you are interested, and help us win back the work!
work situation is still strong although we have some
members out of work at present. 2019 is looking good. We are still
back more former members. New
projects are starting up. Contractors
plans for millions of square feet of building area.
- Thinking of taking a skill advancement class
at the Training Center? Be prepared; these classes are becoming more
important for establishing your qualification for critical jobs in
various specialties of the trade. Hardware, hospital, or scaffolding
certifications are absolutely required in some situations. The
schedules are now online here
with job openings right
Lake and McHenry Counties. Hospitals and libraries are adding on and
improvements. School projects are gearing up. There
is also continuing improvement in the residential area. It's
to rejoin us if you have been away.
in other states:
urgently needed to
work in the Rockford
and Quad Cities areas,
placed some members there. The pay and benefits may vary. If you are
working there you
should make adequate preparations. Always
complete the reciprocity
forms before going out of state to work.
that in order to qualify
during February-March-April, you must
earned during the October, November, December quarter, or
in the past 12
Visit the Carpenters Benefit Funds
a full explanation.
- If you see fly-by-night contractors
working on jobs where they don't belong, let the BA know. We can't let
them steal our work, and we are succeeding in taking it back.
always easier to renew
your expiring card than
to be recertified.
This photo does not reflect the changes made in 2019
For the latest information please
call the office.
Kenney – George Vest Jr. Scholarship provides
financial support to college-bound children of members of local unions
affiliated with the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters. Local
250 had a winner in 2018, two winners in 2017, and one in
application period for the $1,000
scholarships begins in April and ends on July 1. :
2018 Scholarship Award Winner
Local 250 President Mark Bitto presenting the $1000.00 check from the George Vest memorial fund to Lynn Douglas, the father of award winner Joel Douglas, at the Libertyville High School’s new pool addition.
Expands Scholarship Program.
Board of Directors expanded its scholarship program this year. They now
offer three ($2,000/year)
scholarship awards and two 2-year awards
($1,000) to high school seniors planning to
college; and (2)
two-year continuing education awards ($1,000/year) to union members or
contractor employees. The
deadline is in February. For
more information visit the CISCO website - www.cisco.org
call CISCO at 630-472-9411.
Scholarship - Each year, the Chicago
Federation of Labor awards 10 scholarships to high school seniors,
valued at $2,000 each, to five winners of the Academic Competition and
five winners of the Random Drawing. The funds may be used at
any accredited college or university in the United States. Applications for
the William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship close in
The Union Plus Scholarship Program
- Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded
more than $4 million to students of working families who want to begin
or continue their post-secondary education. Over 2,700 families have
benefited from our commitment to higher education. The Union Plus
Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education
Foundation, supported in part by contributions from the provider of the
Plus Credit Card. (You do not need to be a Union
Plus Credit Card holder to apply for this scholarship.) The
Scholarship application period opens in mid-June, and awards are
announced on May 31 of the following year.
can watch 12
OSHA Videos online to Protect Workers from Construction Hazards
to Last® Season 6 starts in May 2019 on ABC Television
is a TV series that details
what goes into a professional quality construction project.
- Watch Episodes of Built to
Last® Online -
Now you can watch all of the episodes of
seasons one, two,
three, four, and five on
the Built to Last® website. Season
from the conceptual design to the final eco-friendly landscaping.
viewers can see what it takes to build a quality green home.
third season of Built to Last® showcases the newest
building practices that use energy-efficient
methods and materials in residential and commercial
construction. Our host, architect Bruce
industry experts to discuss and often demonstrate a specific
technology, technique or trend relating to the topic at hand. All past episodes are now
online. Season 5, the
2018 season, is now
airing online on ABC and on Youtube.
Sisters (Video) - Learn
more about the Sisters in the Brotherhood.
Construction Is Now a Core UBC Curriculum
- All members are encouraged to read
News for Union Carpenters
email alerts. Send an email
to Gene Tenner or call 312-787-0588 to subscribe.
- You might
have missed an issue of The
magazine, but it's always online at https://www.carpenters.org
The Construction Safety
Council website has safety posters and information. http://www.cpwr.com/sites/default/files/publications/Hot-Weather-Hazard-Alert_1.pdf
Center for Construction Research and Training has hazard alert cards
that you can download or order for posting on jobsites. They have
concise information on aerial lifts, CO poisoning, nailgun
safety, heat exposure, fall protection, confined spaces, and many other
topics for construction workers, in English or Spanish. The Construction Safety Council
Tired of Smoking? Quit For Life®
Dear Participant and Family Members:
The Chicago Regional Council of
Carpenters Welfare Fund is excited to offer the Quit For Life® Program,
brought to you by the American Cancer Society® and Alere
Wellbeing. The Quit For Life® Program is the nation's leading
tobacco cessation program. The program helps people overcome
their physical, psychological and behavioral addiction to tobacco using
a seamlessly integrated mix of medication support, phone-based
cognitive behavioral coaching and web-based learning and social
If you join the Quit For Life
Program, you can create a Quitting Plan that is designed to meet your
individual needs and provide you with as much help as you need, when
you need it. You will have access to an online learning and
social support community, a printed workbook, nicotine replacement
therapy support and toll-free access to dedicated Quit Coaches® who are
always ready to offer you expert support.
The Quit For Life Program is
provided free of charge to you and your eligible
dependents age 18 and older. This program will teach you the
techniques and provide the tools needed to be ready, both physically
and emotionally, to quit using tobacco for life.
Call 1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE (866-784-8454)
to register. When you call, it will be necessary to identify
yourself as a member of the "Chicago Carpenters." You can
enroll online at www.quitnow.net/crcc.
Select "Enroll online now" to begin the registration process.
You must be eligible for benefits
at the time of your enrollment. Quit For Life
personnel are available to answer your questions and guide you through
the process. You can do this!
is the gateway for
information for our members. Pension, insurance, and benefits
registration, political action, organizing, and safety programs.
Out More About Benefits
of the Chicago
Regional Council of Carpenters Welfare and Pension Funds.
website will answer most questions about our Union benefits for
active, and retiree members.
Or go directly to any of these areas:
News and Announcements,
Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse,
Vision Plan, Dental Plan,
Prescription Drug Plan,
Comprehensive Medical Benefits,
Disability Coverage and
lose your insurance coverage: An
important thing to remember about Continuation
Coverage is that if
you lose your regular Carpenters health plan coverage due to
hours, you are eligible to continue the same coverage you had while
working, or select alternative coverage with reduced benefits. If you
continuation coverage but your spouse's employer offers insurance, the
law gives you the right within 30 days to get covered through special
at any time of the year without waiting for the open enrollment period.
Training Center website
Get on the
email list to be notified of new classes starting, at email@example.com
Regional Council of Carpenters is also on Facebook
United Brotherhood of
read the article 5
Reasons Why We Love Labor Unions and Need Them More Than Ever
The AFL-CIO is
a federation of 55 distinct unions. https://aflcio.org/
has many resources. They strive to build and support the rights of
working people and fight to vanquish social and economic injustice for
members and non-members alike.
are affiliated with The
Lake County Building
Trades Council. Visit their website at http://www.lakecountybuildingtrades.com/
Chicago Federation of
the central labor body for more than 300 Chicago-area unions
affiliated with the AFL-CIO. The membership of the
Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial
exceeds 500,000. The main
objective of the CFL is to stand up for working men and women by
supporting organizing efforts to ensure that workers' rights are upheld
both on the job and in the courts.
to Work? The same forces that are giving tax breaks to the
and planning to reduce Social Security and Medicare benefits, are
to Work a nation-wide policy, overriding states' rights to make their
own labor decisions. What would this mean? See Right
to Work Hurts Workers
to Hardhats is a national program that
connects retired and transitioning active-duty military
service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities
in the construction industry.
County gateway for the Affordable Care
Act http://health.lakecountyil.gov/Primary/Pages/AffordableCareAct.aspx How,
when, and where to apply locally for health care insurance under
the Federal plan.
real-time traffic congestion maps, road construction
status, and travel times. The County
now has a smartphone app
for traffic conditions and other county business. You can also
listen to a
updates on road closures on
AM 1620 radio.
For those lacking other insurance,
health care coverage is available
under the Affordable Care Act. But there are severe restrictions this
year. Although the Open
health care insurance
under the ACA ended on Dec 15,2017, a month and a half before
still a Special
Enrollment Period available at any time of the
year, if you or your dependent loses
existing coverage. For example, let’s say
retire and your daughter loses the coverage you had. Or a marriage, a
birth, a move, or other Qualifying
changes your circumstances. In those cases, you can still get coverage
within 60 days of the
event. Go to https://www.healthcare.gov/
and the website have been vastly inproved and streamlined. And
remember that if you
kind of insurance at all, including Medicare,you are entitled
a free annual wellness checkup/preventive screening.
Compensation laws have been
weakened in 33 states
We have new guidebooks that explain your rights. Get experienced
counsel in case of injury. See http://cisco.org/workers-comp/
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and mesothelioma are diseases that are more common among
workers than among the general public. Asbestos was formerly used
widely in building and insulating material, and it can still be found
in older buildings. Some of our workers have been exposed to this
carcinogenic material in the past. Besides needing specialized medical
treatment, victims may need the services of a law
firm that specializes in mesothelioma and asbestos litigation like https://www.vogelzanglaw.com/
your Illinois State Legislators and
your County Board Representative. If you live in Lake
find your house on this map and the information
Disease Information Alzheimer's
Disease and other dementias
are becoming an epidemic in America. The numbers are startling. If you
don't already, the chances are good that you will know someone who
suffers from this terrible condition. The
Alzheimer’s Association launched the Union Engagement Program in 2016
to help families affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Here is some information you can
see without leaving the Local 250 website, but you can learn more
or check the
is a recording "Supporting
Couples Living With Dementia: How Spouses' Roles Change."
isn't all bad. Click
here for some benefits
available to Illinois residents of a certain age.
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the #1 type of constuction accident. You have the right to say "no" to
unsafe working conditions.
|Don't let people tell you
that unions are obsolete.
States law supports collective
bargaining. Unions are the backbone of the
middle class, and union wages
set the standard for the pay and working conditions of all
workers. Therefore, Unions benefit every
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