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Written by Administrator Monday, 07 March 2011

Newsletter May 2011






MAY 31, 2011

5:30 PM


Local 47 Union Hall, 6501 Massachusetts Ave Indianapolis, IN 46226


This special called meeting is to DISCUSS and VOTE on our increase of .50 cents for the June 1, 2011 thru May 31, 2012 contract year.   



June 1, 2011 – May 31, 2012


*The negotiated increase for June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012 is a total of .50 cents for ‘A’ journeyman, .25 cents for ‘B’ journeymen and .10 cents for ‘C’ journeymen.  The membership of Local Union 47 reserves the right to apply the increase to wages and/or fringes as needed.

‘A’ journeymen shall receive a .50 cent  increase** above the June 1, 2010 – May 31, 2011 Level 5 journeyman rate, 100% health insurance contribution, and 100% pension contribution.

‘B’ journeyman shall receive a .25 cent increase ** above the June 1, 2010 – May 31, 2011 rate of $ 22.00 / hour, 100% health insurance contribution, and 100% pension contribution.

‘C’ journeyman shall receive a .10 increase **  above the June 1, 2010 – May 31, 2011 rate of    $18.00 / hour, 100% health insurance contribution, and 100% pension contribution.

‘New hire’ journeyman base wage shall be the same as ‘C’ journeyman, 100% health insurance contribution, and 50% pension contribution.



June 1, 2011 - May 31, 2012…….…47 cents per mile




House Bill 1216 Passes Both Indiana House and Senate

Despite all our efforts, House Bill 1216passed the Indiana Senate 30-20and the Indiana House 52-47.  It is now on its way to Governor Daniels who is expected to sign it.

The following is how the bill reads:

Public works projects. Provides that the state president of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana appoints a member of a common construction wage committee currently appointed by the governor. Raises the threshold for the application of the common construction wage statute from $150,000 to $250,000 for contracts awarded after December 31, 2011, and before January 1, 2013, and to $350,000 for contracts awarded after December 31, 2012. Provides that a committee must consider any written reports with respect to wage scales submitted by the Indiana State Building and Construction Trades Council or the Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana when making a determination of the common construction wage for a public works project. Provides that a public works project may not be artificially divided to avoid application of the common construction wage statute. Urges the legislative council to assign the following topics to a study committee during the 2011 legislative interim: (1) the use of an agreement with a labor organization on public works projects covered by a public works statute. (2) Job classifications used in a common construction wage determination. Makes technical changes.



JULY 30, 2011


TIME: 12:00 NOON – 5:30 PM                                   

Food will be provided, please bring your own drinks.  If you are going to attend the picnic, you must call the hall and put your name on a list as well as the number of people attending with you. We need this information to get an accurate head count for food. You will be required to put a $10 per person or $20 per family, refundable deposit down before July 9, 2011.  You will get a receipt showing you put a deposit down and the amount. This deposit will be given back to you on the day of the picnic when you provide the receipt that was issued to you.  If you write a check for the deposit, the check will be held and returned back to you at the picnic. If you do not show up to the picnic, you will forfeit your deposit. We are looking for anyone that has corn hole, horseshoes, croquet, badminton, volleyball etc., to let us know and please bring them to the picnic. If you would like to see what else is available to do at the park beside the games we will have go to; www.Eaglecreekpark.org.

Fraternally Yours,


Kevin Popa

President Local 47



The retirees of Local 47 cook hotdogs and burgers before EVERY Union meeting along with chips, salads, cookies, etc.  Food is served beginning at 4:45 pm until the meeting starts. Come and have some food and conversation before the meeting. Thank you to our retirees who volunteer to cook.



Brothers and Sisters,


It has come to my attention recently, as it has before, that some of us don’t know our Local 47 Contract rules and conditions.  Let me take this opportunity to remind you that you can pick up a copy of our Contract at the Union Hall during office hours.  The following is what your Contract reads pertaining to travel pay:


All employees who work on a jobsite that is over 40 miles, mileage calculated by MapQuest, from their home, or from the Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, shall be responsible for registering their jobsite with Local 47 within 24 hours of working on said jobsite.  To register a job, call the Local 47 office @ (317) 546-5638 or toll free @ (877) 284-0685.  If you receive a recording when trying to register a job, state your name, a phone number in which you can be contacted, and the address of the jobsite.  If you have any difficulty in determining if your jobsite should be registered, call the Local 47 office for assistance.  Employees who fail to register an applicable jobsite shall be subject to charges and financial penalties from the Local 47 Trial Board.

Fraternally Yours,

Dave Miller

Field Rep / Organizer



TEAM stands for Together Educating & Activating Members.  The IUPAT TEAM Training Program is an in-depth course on where the labor movement has been in North America and where it is now, where it is going, and how the IUPAT needs to Organize to create opportunities for its members.  We will offer TEAM Training at the Local 47 Union Hall on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm.  This is not a mandatory class, but we strongly encourage you to take the time to attend.  If you are interested in attending, please contact the Union Hall.


OUR food pantry is for all of our members. Our food pantry is stocked with non-perishable foods and is FREE to our out of work members. Remind any out of work members you may know about the food pantry. Food pantry is open Monday thru Friday 9am until 4pm.    



We have lost a long time member; Jackson Ely passed away April 2, 2011. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.  As we have stated many times before, everyone needs to make sure their beneficiary card is up to date. WHO will receive the life insurance benefit and Local 47 Death Fund?? Whoever is on the card at the time of death is the person who will receive the benefit. 


This is a reminder to everyone who was not grandfathered at the start of our new contract June 1, 2010. You have until June 1, 2011 to complete the training requirements and do the skills test oryou will fall back to $18 an hour. You must have; OSHA 10, OSHA 30, First Aid /CPR (after 06/01/05), Scaffolding, Boom & Scissors, Insurance Awareness, and Drug & Alcohol Awareness before you are able to take the skills test.  Study guides are available at the Hall for the written portion of the test.  Testing times are limited due to prep work that has to be done between tests. We have only tested 5 (five) painters & 24 (twenty four) finishers since December 2010. We have 149 members that need to test before June 1, 2011.We have 100 painters and 49 finishers. We have 3 weeks left for testing before June 1, 2011.