21 Resolutions Adopted at the 68th BCTD Convention

21 Resolutions were adopted by the delegates to the 68th BCTD Convention held August 18-19, 2010 in Minneapolis, among them: Establish the Term of Office for the Chairman of the Canadian Executive Board; Title of the Director of Canadian Affairs;  and Eligibility to Serve as a Building Trades State, Provincial or Local Council Officer. All resolutions are listed in this article, along with a highlights VIDEO from the convention.

Video Highlights Video Resolutions Adopted by the 68th Convention of the
Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO
August 18-19, 2010
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Resolution #1 – Establish the Term of Office for the Chairman of the Canadian Executive Board

“The Canadian Executive Board shall elect a Chairman from among its members for a term of 3 years. The Chairman shall preside at all Board meetings and shall have the right to cast a deciding vote in all cases before the Board. The Chairman may appoint committees and shall work in an advisory capacity with the Director of Canadian Affairs. In the event of a vacancy, the Canadian Executive Board shall elect a successor Chairman, who shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term.”

Resolution #2 – Title of the Director of Canadian Affairs

“The Director shall be the Canadian Operating Officer responsible for the Department’s operations in Canada.”

Resolution #3 - Constitutional Amendment Adopted by the Governing Board of Presidents Since the Last Convention

Article VIII, Section 1(b) – “A per capita tax of sixty (60) cents, per member per month, paid by each affiliated National and International Union upon its membership engaged in building and construction work.”

Resolution #4 – Eligibility to Serve as a Building Trades State, Provincial or Local Council Officer

All State, Provincial and Local Building and Construction Trades Councils strictly adhere to the Department’s Constitution and Solidarity Charter program by requiring that all officers of State, Provincial and Local Building Trades Councils be members in good standing of a National or International Union affiliated with the Building and Construction Trades Department or members in good standing of a Local Union or District Council that has a full Solidarity Charter.

Resolution #5 - The Building Trades Multi-Craft Core Curriculum for Pre-Apprenticeship: Gateway to Careers in the Construction Crafts

All Building and Construction Trades Councils and their affiliates, as well as affiliated joint apprenticeship and training committees, support efforts to establish partnerships with community-based organizations, public schools, community colleges, and public agencies to establish and maintain the Building and Construction Trades Department’s Multi-Craft Core Curriculum Pre-Apprenticeship programs; and that all Building and Construction Trades Councils develop strategies to utilize the Multi-craft Core Curriculum as a vital community link in the negotiation and implementation of project labor agreements/community benefits agreements.

Resolution #6 – Emerald Cities Collaborative

The Building and Construction Trades Department and its affiliated National and International Unions continue to support the Emerald Cities Collaborative; and that all Building and Construction Trades Councils seek to establish an ECC program in their area in order to green our cities in ways that address the threat of climate change and chart a high-road path to economic revitalization, to build our communities in ways that create good jobs and promote equality, and to strengthen our democracy in ways that give greater voice to community and labor groups and increase access to consequential decision-making about the urban future.

Resolution #7 – Value on Display…Every Day

The Building and Construction Trades Department will continue and expand its “Value on Display . . . Every Day” branding and marketing effort, and that all Building and Construction Trades Councils in the U.S. and Canada actively support the program and instill every rank and file member with the idea that we are all ambassadors for the union construction industry “brand,” and that through our combined actions, attitudes and performance, we will collectively advance the unionized sector of the construction industry.

Resolution #8 – Helmets to Hardhats Program

The Building and Construction Trades Department commends and continues to support the Helmets to Hardhats program; and all State and Local Building Trades Councils and their affiliated Local Unions are encouraged to give their full support to our returning service members and members of the National Guard and Reserves by registering with the program and listing membership, employment and apprenticeship opportunities on the Helmets to Hardhats website.

Resolution # 9 – Memorial Resolution

Delegates were asked to stand in a moment of prayer and remembrance in honor of our departed brothers and in respectful memory of their many contributions to the Trade Union Movement and to our Nations.

International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers: Thomas Allen, Don Cain, Noble Cain, Richard Howard, Thomas Kilroe, William Leslie, George Ripley, III, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: John ‘Jack’ Barry, BernardWilliamson, Richard Dowling, Clyde Bowden, International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers: William J. Cartwright, Martin T. Byrne, Ronald Karas, Sidney S. Stoddard, James E.Moran, Jacob F.West, Charles Most, James J.Willis, Sr., Edmund Lojko, Robert F. Arric, Sr., RayWatt, William N. Coleman, James A. Hathman, International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers: Roger Hamilton, James Amellin, George Snyder, James Mulhern, George Boylan, James Dwyer, John Griffiths, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades: Jack T. Cox, GuyW. Leber, Fred C. Hagen, Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association of the United States and Canada: Dominic A. Martell, Robert T. Beam, Ronald K. Bowser, James J. Boyle, Ronald E. Thelin, Allan K. Erwin, James W. Thomas, Orlando J. “Raleigh” Balotta Richard J. Gonzalez, Freddie M. Lucero, Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association: Raymond Boucher, Joseph F. Demark, Frederick Kirschner, William S. Mazur, John T. O’Connor, George Tapling, United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers: Earl J. Kruse, Salvatore J. Ponzio, William K. Penrose, Richard Zatkoff, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada: Marvin J. Boede, Joseph A. Walsh, Louis J. Ackerman, Donald J. Devitt, Jack Pennington, J. Russ St. Eloi

Resolution #10 – Revising the H-2B Temporary Worker Program

Instructs the Building and Construction Trades Department to support rapid regulatory reform of the H-2B process to require State Workforce Agency review of employer applications for H-2B temporary labor certifications and to revoke regulations authorizing employer attestation; and support an end to three-year “temporary” labor certifications in the construction industry, and suspension of the issuance of all temporary work visas to fill positions in the construction industry during any period of moderate to high unemployment, except in the unusual circumstance of geographically-isolated skill shortages, particularly related to power outages; and that the Department support changes to the Temporary Worker Visa program to require employers to demonstrate that they have unsuccessfully sought to recruit American workers by offering wages and benefits exceeding those rates and benefits determined by the U.S. Department of Labor to prevail in the area where the work is to be performed; and support adoption of a mechanism to debar from the H-2B program, for a period of up to three (3) years, employers, attorneys, and agents who commit willful violations of its requirements.

Resolution #11 – Safe Green and Sustainable Construction

The Building and Construction Trades Department and its affiliated National and International Unions shall pursue with the Obama Administration the adoption of a Presidential Executive Order modeled on EO 13514 that calls for the Federal Government to use high performance safety and health practices in green and sustainable construction; and that the Building and Construction Trades Department’s non-profit research and training organization, CPWR -The Center for Construction Research and Training, and its Federal Government research partner, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, continue to explore ways in which to incorporate construction safety and health considerations into green and sustainable construction.

Resolution #12 - A Program to Eliminate the Disproportionate Health Risks Faced by High Risk Professions

Encourages efforts to eradicate the disproportionate health and safety risks of populations designated as "high risk professions" and enable health plans serving such populations to meet the preventive services requirements of the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program by developing, testing and deploying preventive, health promotion, wellness and health care quality interventions specially designed for the health plans that cover such populations and their employers; and because health and welfare funds stand in the shoes of employers in providing employment-based health benefits, such funds should form the cornerstone of a program to address the disproportionate risks of these professions, working with their participants and the unions and contractors that are signatory to the collective bargaining agreements; and that the Building and Construction Trades Department and its affiliated National and International Unions urge the Administration, acting through the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, to implement the program by awarding cooperative agreements to organizations with demonstrated track records of working with high risk professions, for the purpose of (1) developing and testing prevention, health promotion, wellness and quality of care interventions and (2) creating outreach campaigns through employers, unions, and their qualified health plans, to reach employees engaged in high risk professions and the families of such employees, to promote prevention, health promotion, wellness and quality of care; and that the Building and Construction Trades Department and its affiliated National and International Unions urge the Appropriations Committees of Congress to direct funding for such a program under the authority granted them in Section 4002(d)of the Act; and that the Building and Construction Trades Department request the National Coordinating Committee for Multi-employer Plans’ Research and Education Corporation and the CPWR -The Center for Construction Research and Training to seek funding from the available funds in the Prevention and Public Health Fund to develop, test and deploy the requisite preventive, health promotion, wellness and health care quality interventions, building on the experience they have gained from the United Against Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease (UAD/CVD) program, and enlisting such national expertise as is available to produce the best possible results for our members, their dependents, and our health and welfare funds.

Resolution #13 – Ban on the Use of Asbestos

Instructs the Building and Construction Trades Department to support initiatives and work with groups, such as the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and the Mesothelioma Advanced Research Foundation (MARF), to educate the general public and Congress on the devastation caused by asbestos and to find a cure for mesothelioma and other diseases caused by asbestos exposure; and that the Building and Construction Trades Department propose and support a complete ban on the importation, manufacturing, processing, and commercial distribution of asbestos-containing products in the United States and Canada.

 

Resolution #14 - Mechanical Insulation for Job Creation and Building Energy Efficiency

Instructs the Building and Construction Trades Department to authorize and direct its leadership to contact members of Congress to support the Building Star Energy Efficiency Act of 2010 (Senate Bill S.3079, and House Bill H.R. 5476) and the Mechanical Insulation Installation Incentive Act of 2009 (Senate Bill S. 3716, and House Bill H.R. 4296), to promote the use of mechanical insulation for the benefits it provides in creating jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving the safety and health of America’s workers, and protecting our environment, through encouraging adherence to energy efficiency building guidelines; incorporating mechanical insulation in such guidelines and facility certification programs; supporting the creation of incentives and rebates for undertaking energy efficient building measures, including the use of mechanical insulation; and helping to advance nationwide education and awareness efforts for commercial and industrial sectors on the importance of mechanical insulation and overall energy efficiency measures.

Resolution #15 - Native American Initiatives to Promote Training and Secure Jobs

Encourages the Building and Construction Trades Department and its affiliates to continue to work to expand their relationship with these Native American entities to provide training, work and apprenticeship opportunities for Native Americans on Indian lands, while simultaneously expanding work opportunities for the membership of the affiliates.

Resolution #16 – Loan Guarantees

The Building and Construction Trades Department will continue to support thoughtful implementation of a Title XVII loan guarantee program that removes improper rule-based impediments and arbitrary limits that are inconsistent with the underlying statutes and congressional intent; and that the Building and Construction Trades Department urge the President and his Administration to provide direction to OMB, DOE and Treasury on the proper implementation of this critical Federal Credit program.

Resolution #17 – Industry Partners

The Building and Construction Trades Department will continue its efforts to work with its industry partners to strengthen existing relationships, while endeavoring to develop new industry partnerships within key, growth-oriented industries.

Resolution #18 – Bipartisanship

Encourages the Building and Construction Trades Department continue its efforts to work with and support elected officials at the state, provincial, local and federal levels – regardless of their political party affiliation – who seek to promote and advance an agenda that fosters growth and sustainability for our industry and the workers we represent.

Resolution #19 - “Project Type Zero” – A Program to Support Diabetes Research until the Diabetes Epidemic is Eradicated

The Building and Construction Trades Department and its affiliated National and International Unions are directed to renew their twenty-five year-old commitment to finding a cure for diabetes by continuing to raise funds on behalf of the Diabetes Research Institute through a new umbrella organization titled “Project Type Zero: The Hope for a Diabetes Free Tomorrow;” and that this program continue to raise funds with the help of State and Local Building and Construction Trades Councils around the country and their annual Dollar’s Against Diabetes programs; and that it be the responsibility of Project Type Zero to support the efforts of the State and Local Building and Construction Trades Councils through continuously improved communication and an up-to-date website; and that Project Type Zero also continue to organize the annual Labor of Love golf outing, by marketing the event to the Building and Construction Trades Department’s largest friends and supporters; and that Project Type Zero uphold the Building and Construction Trades Department’s recent commitment to the Diabetes Research Institute of raising $5 million in the next five years; and that Project Type Zero and the Building and Construction Trades Department work for a minimum of five years towards finding a cure for diabetes, with the intent of supporting this effort until a cure for this growing disease is found.

Resolution #20 – Misclassification of Workers as Independent Contractors

Directs this Convention to stand united against the misclassification of workers as independent contractors, and that the Department and its affiliates take steps to educate the general public, as well as lawmakers, about the gravity of the misclassification crisis, and that the Department and its affiliates work tirelessly to ensure passage of EMPA and the TRAC Acts, as well as similar legislation in Canada designed to end this underground practice.

Resolution #21 – State, Provincial and Local Building Trades Council Bylaws

The first paragraph of Article XII of the Department’s Constitution be amended by adding the following sentence at the end of the paragraph:

“A Local Council must have Bylaws that have been approved by the Department not more than five years, but not less than 90 days, prior to the Convention in order to be entitled to have representation at the convention.”

The second paragraph of Article XII of the Department’s Constitution be amended by adding the following sentence at the end of the paragraph:

“A State or Provincial Council must have Bylaws that have been approved by the Department not more than five years, but not less than 90 days, prior to the Convention in order to be entitled to have representation at the Convention.”