January 2016

Shop Department Ready for 2016

Let me start by wishing you and your family a happy new year. The year 2016 is fast upon us and we have an enormous amount of work ahead of us to tackle and accomplish, so let’s roll up our sleeves and get down to it.

For far too long we have operated our shop local unions without any real way to measure or be accountable for our performance, productivity, market recovery, political action, apprenticeship and training and local union operations and standards. We are excited to announce the implementation of the Shop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

• To increase recruitment to address attritions and growth
• To ensure that the shop local union training program meets or exceeds minimum quality standards or the shop local is working towards a training program
• To increase union density and secure more work for our local union and our employers
• To have members vote in local, state/provincial and national elections
• To provide owners with a drug-free work force
• To provide employers with a work force with positive attitudes and behavior
• To ensure the local union remains solvent and financially viable
• To have the staff in place and trained to successfully operate the local union
• To ensure active and informed participation of members and employers in the local union
• Establish documentation to protect and preserve the jurisdiction of the shop ironworker (grievances, mediation & arbitration records)
• Use technology to gain greater operating efficiencies and services to members and employers

Your local will be scheduled for a one-on-one session with your designated shop representative to review the Key Performance Indicators, which will assist us and your local in gaining a better understanding of your local’s strengths and weaknesses. This information will assist us and your local for its future needs to better serve our membership on a local and national level in order for us to move in a forward and positive direction.

The Shop Restructuring Project was launched in late 2012 and is just another tool, which will assist all of us in rebuilding our Iron Workers Shop Department and our local unions. A quick snapshot of the accomplishments we have been successful in by working together in a very short period of time.

1.  International Support for the Shops
2.  Shop Steward Training Courses
3.  Shop Supervisor Training
4.  Canadian Lobbying Campaign against Foreign Steel
5.  Shop Job Hotline
6.  Shop Key Performance Indicators
7.  Shop Mergers/Restructuring 
8.  Organizing: Internal, External and Joint Campaigns 
9.  Increased Membership and Market Share
10. NO International Dues Increase for 2016

We are like the phoenix rising from the ashes from the greatest recession our country has ever experienced. As true ironworkers, we pick ourselves back up off the ground, brush ourselves off and do what we do best, produce the finest quality products with pride that build our two great countries, the United States and Canada. Through representation, education, servicing and organizing, we are mobilizing our Shop Department and have created a “New Found Labor Movement” from within ourselves. This year, make an extra effort to get involved in your local union, whether it is showing up at a meeting, participating at a function or running for a local union office. This is your union and each and every member counts so take charge. Join the movement!