|Gore says USDOT will use PLA's
At the National Building and Construction Trades Legislative Conference in April, Vice President Al Gore announced that all DOT agencies may use project labor agreements on federal, state and local projects that use federal funds.
In making the announcement, Gore noted the success of PLAs in creating efficiencies that help bring projects in on-time and under-budget, while guaranteeing workers decent wages, benefits and working conditions. "Its good for union members who get the work; it's good for nonunion workers whose standards are raised; and it's good for American taxpayers," the Vice President said.
Laborers' to start Campaign for Working Families
Many issues have a direct impact on members and their ability to provide for themselves and their family. The Laborers Campaign for Working Families is designed to inform members about these issues and hold candidates accountable to them once they are elected.
Tim Thompson, Local #317
Letter to legislator regarding prevailing wage issue.
Tom Klein and Miles Mertins, Local #1086, Calls to legislators regarding prison labor, project labor agreements and prevailing wage issues.
Loren Bloyd, Local #1407 Campaign to pass the Wisconsin Rapids school building and maintenance referendum.
Charlie Fecteau - Jerry Schneider -
Marty Kalising - Ron Burnside -
Russ Leaman - Daryl Foren -
Rodney Glinski - Howard Cooper Jr. - Richard Lidberg - John Swan -
John Schmitt - Joel Bechitsao -
Stephen Lerner - Peter Rake -
Earnest Mitchell - Robert Baker -
Dave Ashley - Jim Annis - Bill Johnson - Nacarsi Feaster - Alvin Ross, Local #113, for various campaign activities associated with recent state Assembly and Senate special elections.
Ask Your Lawyer
How important is the proper reporting of a work injury?
by Thomas J. Flanagan
Previant, Goldberg, Uelmen, Gratz, Miller & Brueggeman, S.C.
Besides giving a complete work injury history to your doctor, properly reporting the injury to your employer is the next most important step in a workers compensation case. It is the first foundational step in the claim process.
If your injury was witnessed by co-employees, it will make the filing of your claim much smoother and easier.
However, many injuries are not witnessed by anyone other than the injured person. In this situation, it is essential to report the injury to a supervisor.
It is very common, and part of human nature, to think that the pain will get better. Consequently, the injury will go unreported for a period of time. This is the wrong approach. You are better off, in almost all cases, to report the injury, because you dont know what the consequences of the injury might be.
You have 30 days to report an injury to your employer. Some employers will deny a workers compensation claim if it is not reported within a certain time pursuant to a work rule (i.e., not reported within two days according to a labor contract). This is not a basis for denying a work injury. (It may be a violation of a work rule, however.) The 30 day rule should be adhered to, but it is usually not fatal to making a claim. The employer must show it was misled by not receiving the 30 day notice, and this is very difficult for the employer to do.
If the injury was not witnessed and there is no supervisor immediately around to whom to report the injury, tell a co-employee about the injury and how it happened. That co-employee may become a witness in your claim should you be forced to a hearing.
Finally, a properly recorded and reported injury at work can sometimes work in your favor when trying to clarify the injury to your treating doctor.
Many times the initial history given to the doctor is not fully understood by the doctor (or perhaps because of the situation, the injury was not described at all to the doctor, only the symptoms themselves at the first visit).
The employers written record of a properly reported injury at work can be given to the doctor to help the doctor understand the fact that there was an injury and how it happened, thereby making the doctor more comfortable about writing a report linking symptoms to a work injury that was not initially properly reported to the doctor.
Be prompt and accurate in reporting all injuries.
Thomas J. Flanagan is with the law firm of Previant, Goldberg, Uelmen, Gratz, Miller & Brueggeman, S.C.
Union members may call the law firm for a free consultation regarding all personal injury matters at 414-271-4500 (Milwaukee); 920-863-3500 (Green Bay) or 414-549-6300 (Waukesha), or toll free at 800-841-5232.
Laborers mourn the loss of Alice Jensen
It is with great sadness to Laborers
All of us who knew Alice, will remember her as the warm and talented Secretary and Office Manager of the Laborers' Training Center in Almond, Wisconsin.
Alice handled registration, answered our questions when we called, and generally worked behind the scenes to make sure everything associated with the Training Center ran smoothly.
Alice was also the wife of Training Director Dean Jensen, mother to two daughters, Jacqueline and Jill, and two sons, Jon and Jay.
In addition to her work at the Training Center, Alice was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Waupaca.
Wisconsin Laborers extend our thoughts and prayers to Dean, and to Alice's family and friends. Within our family of Laborers, she will be deeply missed.
and Safety Fund of North America
Leading causes of death on the job
Far too many Laborers are killed or injured each year at the worksite. Most of these accidents are preventable, and most of those that are not would have been made less severe if proper safety procedures had been followed.
Of the four leading causes of death among LIUNA members, "struck by's" account for nearly half the accidents. Our research indicated the following accidents as causes:
The first step in preventing deaths and reducing injuries is to inform you about the dangers themselves and the kinds of safety procedures and common sense precautions you should take.
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