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Carpenters Local 1243 Update

Another amazing work season is drawing to a close here in Fairbanks. We have performed a vol- ume of work, the likes of which have not been seen since the “Pipeline” days. To put this into per- spective, consider there were 205,000 hours of work in 2000. We had 350 members at the time. The number of hours worked has increased steadily from 2000. Last year, we worked 480,000 hours with 500 members. The long and the short of it is Local 1243 and its signatory contractors are kicking some major butt! Please let me take this opportunity to thank our members and con- tractors for all the hard work you have done this year.

Jeff Pruss I had the extreme privilege of attending the 39th General Convention of the UBC this August in Las Vegas. This was my first General Convention and it left me wishing that all of our members could have the chance to experience something like it. Our General President Douglas McCarron, ARCC Vice President/ is a very visionary leader who has placed our Brotherhood at the forefront of the American labor

Senior Business Representative, Local 1243

movement. Many strong unions, such as the SEIU with its 1.3 million members, look to the UBC to see how to grow their membership and market share just as we have. Just like in the beginning of the labor movement, the carpenter is out there showing others the right way to organize, train,

and ultimately get our work back.

(907) 452-3862

jpruss.ubclocal 1243@acsalaska.net

I was further privileged to attend the delegate meeting of the Alaska Regional Council of Carpen- ters in Anchorage this October. This was one of the most cooperative and productive meetings the ARCC has had to date. Much of the credit belongs to our EST John Palmatier. John has the unenviable job of coordinating the efforts of the entire Carpenter, Millwright, Piledriver and Diver organizing and service efforts in this state. He also sits as a trustee on all the boards for the vari- ous health and welfare, pension, and apprenticeship trusts. Needless to say, his plate is very full but he conducts himself in the professional and efficient manner needed to represent a wide vari- ety of interests. With the strong level of leadership at the international and regional levels, I think that the carpenters in the state of Alaska can be rest assured that their future is a bright one.

The Local 1243 Christmas Party will be held on December 9th in the Westmark Gold Room. We extend a welcome to all UBC members that are working in our area and are able to attend. Tick- ets will be available at the union hall.

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We will be having our Annual Pinning Ceremony on February 7, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. to honor our members for their ser- vice to the Brotherhood. This year we have six Brothers that have each attained 55 years of membership that will be honored as well as 101 other Brothers and Sisters with various lengths of service. Please plan on attending this meeting as it should be a fun evening for all.

Continued from page 5 (Piledrivers and Divers Local 2520 Update)

John Hauser and Steve Abel returned from the Las Vegas training center where they took a nine day Certified Welding Inspector seminar and test. We are hopeful that they will receive their CWI certifications. The International is committed to “flooding the market with CWI’s”. If you are interested in becoming one please contact either our office or the training office to find out the schedule.

I have recently been appointed to the Workman’s Compensation Appeal’s Board by the Governor to replace out going board members.

We received our 2006 pocket calendars and will be distributing them at the December meeting. Dick Wilson a long time member is suffering with brain cancer in Seattle and isn’t expected to live, so let’s keep him and his family in our thoughts during this holiday season.

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