602 JOURNAL - Steamfitters 602

January 2015
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From Joe Savia, Sr., Business Manager
Dues Paid for the Year 2014
Journeymen – 7 X $120.00 + 2 X $122.00 + 3x
X $138.00 = $1,498.00; Retiree Dues @ $30.00 –
12 X $30.00 = $360.00; Retiree Dues @ $27.00
– 12 X $27.00 = $324.00; Retiree Dues @ $21.00
– 12 X $21.00 = $252.00; 1st Year Apprentices – 7
X $61.00 + 5 X $58.00 = $717.00; 2nd Year Apprentices - 7 X $69.00 + 5 X $67.00 = $818.00;
3rd Year Apprentices - 7 X $77.00 + 5 X $92.00
= $999.00; 4th Year Apprentices – 7 X $89.00 + 5
X $105.00 = $1,148.00; 5th Year Apprentices – 7
X $96.00 +5 X $112.00 = $1,232.00; Metal Trades
– 12 X $46.00 = $552.00; Residential Tradesman/
MES – 12 x $52.00 = $624.00; Unemployed/Sick
Dues – 12 X $28.00 = $336.00.
Deaths of 2014
There were 38 deaths in 2014, last death number
1509. Currently, the death number is 1509, if you
are not paid through 1509 you are in arrears, please
make every effort to get your deaths caught up.
#1472 Oluremi Thomas#
#1473John “Jack”
#1474 William R Bonner
#1475 Darnel W Talbert
#1476 P Richard Compher
#1477 Philip L Robinson
#1478 John S Morhiser Jr.
#1479 Herbert Toney
#1480 Theodore Kuczarski
#1481 Michael Hoelman
#1482 Harry Jenkins
#1483 Michael Marquis
#1484Charles S “Chuck”
#1485 James A Merical
#1486 Harry B Kemp Jr.
#1487Christopher A
#1488 Charles W Flinn
#1489Lee R “Randy”
#1490 Theodore J Seman
#1491 Jacob Lash
#1492 Homer L Revis Jr.
#1493Michael “Scott”
Murphy Sr.
#1494 Roger Stovall
#1495William A “Tony”
#1496Robert “Pete”
Spalding Jr.
#1498 Gary T Baugh
#1499 Howard Oakes
#1500 Warren O’Quinn
#1501Stephen D
#1502 Steven L McDaniel
#1503 Richard E Cecil III
William C Lamm
Calvin C Seebode
Leon Grant
Rodney Harris
Richard P Wood
Samuel T Baxter
2015 Dates
January 1, 2015 New Year’s Holiday
January 19, 2015
Martin Luther King Day
February 16, 2015
**Only Applies to Service**
Presidents Day, if you worked the day after
Thanksgiving as a scheduled work day
March 3, 2015
Apprentice Initiation
March 28, 2015
Bull Roast
May 9, 2015
Awards and Dinner Dance
May 25, 2015
Memorial Day
June 1, 2015
Local Union Election
June 5, 2015
Apprentice Graduation
July 3, 2015Independence Day observed
(4th of July)
September 7, 2015 Labor Day
November 11, 2014 Veterans Day
November 26, 2015 Thanksgiving Day
November 27, 2015 Day after Thanksgiving Holiday (does not apply to service companies
that had Presidents’ Day Holiday)
December 25, 2015 Christmas Day
William C Lamm
William “Bill” C Lamm, Age 75, A longtime
resident of Mayo, MD and recently relocated to New
Bern, North Carolina, passed away on December
11, 2014. Bill was also involved with the Steamfitters Local 602 for a good part of his life, beginning
with his initiation on June 16, 1960. Bill served on
the Finance Board of Local 602 beginning in 1976
and became the Financial Secretary Treasurer of the
Local from 1982 – 1995, at which time he became
the Business Manager/Financial Secretary Treasurer
of the Local serving from 1995 until his retirement
in 2003. While serving his Local Union bill also
served on the Finance Committee of three UA Conventions, was Chairman of the Service Bureau, UA
Reciprocity Committee, Medical Fund, CAUSE
Trustee, By Laws Trustee, Pension Fund Trustee,
Apprenticeship Trustee , served the Building Trades
of Metro DC, Maryland State Pipe Trades and the
Multi States Pipe Trades. In addition to the Local
Union, Bill is survived by his wife of 56 years Barbara Lamm, daughters Vickey Peake, Jackie Gorzo,
Linda Curgis and son Craig Lamm.
A Mass of remembrance will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of
Perpetual Help, 515 Loch Haven Road, Edgewater,
MD 21037.
I think we all need some reminders from Time to
What Your Union Does for You:
1. Negotiates your contract.
2.Handles your grievances, polices your contract
3.Gives you job protection
4.Finds jobs for you
5.Organizes the unorganized, thus protecting you
6.Provides special services
7.Provides apprentice and supplemental journeyman training
8.Joins with other groups to enact legislation favorable to working people
9.Provides the Strength of Numbers and the
Spirit of Solidarity
We learn something new everyday
The Sign of the Order
The “Ritual of the United Association” requires
that during the opening services of a meeting of the
local union, all members present shall make the sign
of the order.
The sign of the order is a reminder to the member to “erase, obliterate, wipe out” everything on entering here, as the draftsman erases useless lines. It
further reminds the member that upon retiring from
the meeting, they will keep “profoundly secret” everything seen, heard, said or done.
Shop Stewards/Foremen Meeting
Just a reminder there will be a Shop Steward/
Foreman Meeting on Tuesday, February 3, 2015
before the Union Meeting, at 4:30 p.m. at the UA
Mechanical Trades School, 8509 Ardwick Ardmore
Road, Landover, MD 20785. Please bring a manpower listing with you. Please plan to attend.
Unpaid Dues & Assessments
The Executive Board has begun bringing members before the Board for outstanding amounts due.
Please check your receipts or call one of the Secretaries in the Hall to get the status of your Death Assessments. Don’t wait until you have a letter to appear before the Executive Board or are being pulled
from your job to get your assessments caught up.
Substance Abuse Issues
We are still holding our Substance Abuse sessions
on Thursdays in the hall at 4:30 p.m. This issue still
seems to be a problem for a lot of our members.
Please call ahead to make sure the session is being
held. Remember there is no cost to attend, all are
welcome. The Hall does not need to know who is
attending. We encourage anyone who is need to join
Sidney Bonilla was the winner of the 50/50 Raffle
at the January, 2015 Union Meeting. Sidney donated his winnings to “Charity Begins at Home”.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and
friends of the following members:
Brother, Richard E Cecil III passed away on December 16, 2014. Brother Cecil was 32 years old and
had been a member since December 1, 2008. Death
Retiree, William C Lamm passed away on December 11, 2014. Brother Lamm was 75 years old
and had been a member since June 16, 1960. Death
Retiree, Calvin C Seebode passed away on December 20, 2014. Brother Seebode was 87 years old and
had been a member since February 3, 1970. Death
Brother, Leon Grant passed away on December 24,
2014. Brother Grant was 49 years old and had been a
member since February 4, 1986. Death #1506.
Retiree, Rodney Harris passed away on December
15, 2014. Brother Harris was 57 years old and had
been a member since May 15, 1981. Death #1507.
Retiree, Richard P Wood passed away on December 31, 2014. Brother Wood was 84 years old and
had been a member since June 4, 1957. Death #1508.
Retiree, Samuel T Baxter passed away on December 5, 2014. Brother Baxter was 93 years old and had
been a member since May 3, 1955. Death #1509.
On December 19, 2014 Retired Brother Kenny
Smith’s granddaughter had a fire in her trailer home
in Ruckersville, Virginia. She was able to get her
youngest son to safety; however, her four year old
son perished.
Local 602 retirees breakfast club, Warrenton,
Virginia is raising funds to help the family. If you
would like to help, please send your donations to:
Mr. Kenny Smith
324 Good Hope Church Road
Aroda, VA 22709
From Dan Loveless,
Assistant Business Manager
Brothers and Sisters,
Work: It’s after the holidays, the start of a
new year and still no new signs of work. We have
reached out to every contractor that could possibly
have something coming up soon; nothing has materialized. We do have an upcoming outage at Calvert
Cliffs on the 9th of February and hopefully, by the
time this letter gets to you, there will still be time
for any unemployed members to make the outage.
We are, for the first time, going to be able to provide
100% of the labor force, provided the member has
the necessary skill set and certifications for the project. The reason for the change is that a new contractor is overseeing outages. During early discussions with this contractor and other trades, we made
it abundantly clear that we wanted complete control
of the manpower and if we fell short, we would
reach out to the other Locals who have helped us
in the past. The co-gen project on Billingsley Road
in Saint Charles, Maryland is ahead of schedule
and should be looking to our members to provide
underground work in March. We are scheduled to
meet with the Project Superintendent next week and
hope to develop a more definitive schedule to present to our membership. This month, Whiting and
See Loveless on page 5
There will not be a Retirees Club meeting in February!
Our next meeting will be
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
11 am
U.A Mechanical Trades School
8509 Ardwick Ardmore Road
Landover, Maryland 20785
1. Retirees Spring Calendar
2. Local 602 Special Events
Bull Roast March 28
Awards Dinner May 9
EXPO May 21
7th Annual
Bull & Oyster Roast
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015
@ Martin’s Crosswinds, Greenbelt, MD
All You Can Eat:
Pit Beef
Raw Oysters
Ribs, Chicken,
Beef, Pork, Salad Bar
Ice Cream Bar
Free Beer & Sodas
Door Prizes
Raffles • Games
Cash Bar Available
Entertainment & Music
Kid Friendly
Presented by Steamfitters Local 602 Class of 2015
$45.00 per person
For Tickets Call: (301) 333-2356
Loveless continued from page 3
Turner will be accepting bids on three other areas
of the MGM Casino project. We hope to hear word
of their decision soon and we will keep members
abreast of any developments that arise.
Skill sets: The re-emergence of industrial work
in our area has put us in a corner in terms of skill
sets required to perform this work. Twenty five
years ago, when we had all of the work at Pepco’s
coal fired power plants: Chalk Point, Morgantown,
Benning Road, Dickerson, Alexandria, not to mention the work at Calvert Cliffs and Cove Point, a
different set of skills was required of our members
in order to accomplish the work in these plants. In
all of these aforementioned plants, a majority of
the welding required a TIG root and, depending on
the process, TIG all the way out or partial TIG with
filler and cap being done with stick. Now, with the
diminishing workload in all of those plants, our
membership has not found it to be a skill set that
keeps them employed; nor can they maintain a high
performance standard with those skills when not
utilizing them on a regular day-to-day basis as was
done back then. Well, all of that has changed. The
contractors performing the work at Cove Point and
at the Billingsley Road project will be looking for
members who have those specific skill sets along
with other new welding process skills. The welders looking to maintain employment on these plants
will have to be proficient in TIG and stick, as well
with various MIG processes. The change in skill
sets is not just restricted to welders; the pipefitter
will have to look at a different process of fitting up
a joint for the welder as well. In order for a pipefitter to be proficient on these jobs they will have to
be familiar and capable of fitting up an X-Ray joint.
These skills and processes are not something new
to our training department and our instructors are
more than capable of helping our membership to attain these skills, so if you’re unsure of your abilities
to perform these tasks, please speak to our Training Director, coordinators or instructors. We’re not
saying that that is the only type of work becoming
available in this jurisdiction; it’s just that these 2
projects alone will require a workforce of nearly 800
with those skill sets when underway.
Local Agreement: If you look to the Local
Agreement, under the category of: Working Rules
for Journeymen Pipefitters and Apprentices, you
will find a paragraph pertaining to members who are
55 and older. It reads as follows: In all shops where
five or more men are employed, every sixth man
shall be 55 years of age or older, if available, and
provided he is physically fit. Rest assured that the
word men and man are not gender specific. The reason for the inclusion of this paragraph in the newsletter is that a few members have inquired as to how
we handle this sort of enforcement of our Agreement. Quite simply, we rely on information given
to us by our Shop Stewards and members. The shop
Stewards on most jobs have been given a Stewards
report form to include the names of members on the
job, the day hired in, the skill set, and age. When
we receive these reports, we review them and if they
are not in line with the previously written paragraph,
the contractor is notified and a resolution soon follows. On a few occasions this has helped us to keep
members who are 55 or older when it comes lay off
time. If you have any further questions regarding
the agreement, or how we handle certain paragraphs
in the Agreement, please don’t hesitate to call us at
the Hall, we will be more than happy to clarify any
interpretation of the Agreement or answer any questions you may have. We welcome these calls.
Pension Reports: I have never before included
any information in the newsletter regarding the Pension plan. I have relied on the information getting to
the members at the Union Meeting, which includes
that report every other month, and through occa-
sional letters sent to the membership through our
actuaries. But this month, I feel compelled to inform the membership that this past year has been the
best in the history of our plan. We have made over
$72,000,000, over the course of last year. Along
with that historic news, we’d like to add that your
plan is safely in the Green Zone and is well ahead
of the projections we set a year ago. Just recently
some members called us about the changes in the
law allowing pension benefits to be cut and asked us
if this is a possibility for our plan. We’d be lying if
we said that it’s not a possibility, but it is extremely
unlikely. Our plan ranks up there in the top ten percent of Multi Employee Benefit Plans and we are
comfortable stating that our plan is well managed
and heading in the right direction. If ever you have
any questions regarding our plan please feel free to
reach out to any one of the plans trustees.
Union Historical Facts: *In the history of
America’s trade and labor unions, the most famous
union remains the American Federation of Labor
(AFL), founded in 1886 by Samuel Gompers. At
its pinnacle, the AFL had approximately 1.4 million
members. The AFL is credited with successfully
negotiating wage increases for its members and enhancing workplace safety for all workers. The Congress of Industrial Organizations CIO) (under John
L. Lewis and the larger AFL federation underwent
a huge expansion during World War II. The AFLCIO merger occurred in 1955. Union membership
and power peaked around 1970. At that time, private
sector union membership began a steady decline
that continues today. However, membership in public sector unions continues to grow consistently. According to a 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistic report,
union membership is over 14 million in the United
States and in the public sector has grown to over
*From UnionPlus.org
From Kevin Sullivan,
Business Agent
The Washington Building Congress is the only
local organization that recognizes the skills of
craftsmen with its Craftsmanship Awards Program.
This Program is an annual celebration of excellent
work performed in our local industry. WBC created
the Craftsmanship Awards Program to honor those
who individually provided exceptional workmanship on buildings throughout the Washington, DC
area. Additionally, firm members benefit from the
credibility that comes with having skilled workers recognized for their excellence by this highly
respected professional organization. Awards are
made for a wide range of skills: for elaborate and
technical installation of mechanical systems, beautiful cabinet and woodwork, artistic painting, and
masonry and stone work. Drawing the Mechanical
Piping honors in 2014 are the following members
and the respected contractors that also played a big
part in the success of the project. The 2014 awards
were swept by our members and their Contractors.
No open shop won any award for the first time I can
— US Engineering
Project Name: NGA Technology Center - Third
Floor Fit-Out, Ft. Belvoir, VA
Fitting out the third floor included large amounts
of mechanical work, including the installation of
more than 50 computer room air conditioning units,
chilled water pumps, and a hydrogen detection system. The piping systems for the Technology Center
and the Central Utility Plant required a complex
installation of steel, copper, and PVC materials that
supply chilled water to the critical data center and
main office building areas, as well as various support spaces around the NGA campus. The complex
design, existing conditions of the operational facility, and the coordination required in the installation
of the new work in and around the existing work
were all challenges that were overcome while providing this high quality installation.
— W.E. Bowers, Inc.
Project Na0me: 5601 Fishers Lane Central Utility Plant, Rockville, MD
The CUP is comprised of two separate plants
that work together. One is for the building’s HVAC
systems and the other provides cooling for the highdensity data center. Redundant systems ensure that
the data center always has cooling. W.E. Bowers’
outstanding personnel was brought in beginning
with the 3D trade coordination process to the prefabrication shop, and ultimately, to field installation.
The advanced coordination employed on this project allowed for W.E. Bowers to provide the client
with a superior product at a competitive price and
impressive schedule. The finished work is not only
functional, it is visually impressive- a testament to
the solid engineering and excellent craftsmanship
provided by W.E. Bowers.
SCOTT SISK — Pierce Associates, Inc.
Project Name: George Washington University
Ross Hall - 5th & 6th Floor Renovation, Washington, DC
The ceiling space in the laboratory areas was
marginally sufficient for the HVAC systems which
are a combination of chilled beams, terminal supply
and exhaust units and hot water reheat coils. The
plumbing systems coupled with the many electrical
and fire protection systems resulted in a very congested ceiling space. Prior to demolition, much of
the equipment in the main mechanical room on the
third floor was accessible only by crawling under
duct and pipe. The equipment in this mechanical
room is now very accessible, even though there are
many more pieces of equipment in the space now
then were prior to renovation.
— Pierce Associates, Inc.
Project Name: FDA at White Oak Cogeneration
Plant, Silver Spring, MD
Pierce Associates installed all HVAC piping systems for the new $213 million CHP plant at the
FDA’s White Oak Federal Research Center. The
new plant includes two 7.5MW and one 4.5MW
combustion turbine generators with heat recovery
steam generators (HRSGs), one 5MW steam turbine
generator, two 2.25MW diesel black start generators, a 25KPPH dual fuel steam boiler, three 2,500ton and one 2,000-ton electric centrifugal chiller and
a two million gallon thermal energy storage system.
The new CUP will operate in parallel with the existing CHP plant. Piping systems installed include
three classes of steam, compressed natural gas, fuel
oil, reverse osmosis, boiler feed water, condensate
return, heating hot water, chilled water, condenser
water, compressed air, aqueous, and vaporized ammonia and deionized water.
— Dominion Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Project Name: Novant Health Haymarket Medical Center, Haymarket, VA
The project size was 236,000 square feet with
43,250 square feet of shell space. It included work
on 121 patient rooms and the composite steel frame
superstructure. Dominion Mechanical performed
work on levels one through four, the penthouse
level, and in the central energy plant. In the central
energy plant, Dominion Mechanical worked on two
chillers, one heat pump chiller, two cooling towers,
two steam boilers, three heating hot water boilers,
two domestic hot water heaters and two generators.
— W.E. Bowers, Inc.
Project Name: USAMRIID Chiller Replacement
and New Chiller Plant, Ft. Detrick, MD
This design-build project included the installation
of a new variable primary chilled water distribution
system which provides 3,300 tons of cooling capacity with N+1 redundancy. The four new chillers and
cooling towers are located within a new precast
building structure which also contains the heat exchanger, pumps, and chemical treatment system.
The new chilled water piping traverses the existing
roof and ties into the existing system in the penthouse mechanical space. Due to the mission critical
nature of the facility and its research activities, all
outages and tie-ins were closely coordinated with
the facility management staff to minimize impacts
to the building’s operations. The tight project site
posed a significant challenge which the team overcame with an effective design and the use of prefabrication wherever possible in order to safely and
efficiently install the new piping systems.
Look for the Union Label!
Next Regular Meeting
February 3, 2015
at the UA Mechanical
Trades School
8509 Ardwick Ardmore Road,
Landover, MD 20785
5:30 p.m.
Steamfitters Local 602
8700 Ashwood Drive, 2nd Floor
Capitol Heights, MD 20743