IKORCC Volunteers

Operation Victory Dedicates 3rd Home

Community service is a value that runs deep in union members.  This is especially true in Louisville, Kentucky where they have just completed their third home renovation for Operation Victory.

Operation Victory is a coalition of Greater Louisville Area Unions, Non-Profit/Community Organizations, and Local Area Businesses joined together to rehabilitate vacant and abandoned homes for Homeless Veterans.

IKORCC VolunteersLocal 175 Members Volunteering

The Carpenters had over 25 members, spouses, and family members volunteer their time through the various phases of this project.  “Through [the] generous support and the dedication of our members to volunteering and community service, this home has been the smoothest, quickest turn around yet”, Local 175 and IKORCC Representative Noah Grimes said of the project.

The veteran, Torre Harris, who received this home was a former Marine who was actively homeless before this project. He does odd-jobs remodeling abandoned homes around Louisville and, with permission, frequently utilized those homes for shelter. Upon completion of renovation in the Operation Victory home, Harris was asked to install blinds inside – little did he know the home would soon be his.

(Operation Victory – Facebook)

“I was just speechless,” Harris said. “I thought it was somebody’s house I was just working on like I normally do.”

Lacking a stable residence, he found it incredibly difficult to re-enter society and develop gainful employment to maintain a decent lifestyle. This home will provide much needed stability for him and relieve a major burden that would hold anyone back.

Thanks to M&M Interiors for donating drywall, Parco Constructors Group for donating the mud,  Quality Interiors and Valley Interior Systems for donating the manpower to finish the drywall, and L&W Supply for delivering and providing any discounts, etc. Without the help of contractors, important community projects like this would not be possible.

An further in-depth look at this project can be found as featured on Insider, Spectrum News 1, and several local news outlets.

 

Read more about the Operation Victory project IKORCC members worked on last year.

Sisters Gather Donations for Local Foster Home

Local 175 and Industrial Local 2501 out of Louisville are working together to gather donations for an area foster home. Uspiritus is a foster home working to “provide greater care for vulnerable children and families throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky”.

The Local Sisters are combining efforts to collect daily necessities and a Christmas list to support the foster home.  Local 175 SIS Chair Amanda Wigge and Co-Chair Meah Jessup and Local 2501 SIB Chair Shannon Porter and Elaine Osorio visited Target to set up a registry for the charity drive.

“It’s all about giving back to the community or those in need – letting them know that we’re here for them”, Shannon Porter told IKORCC about setting up this drive.

Local Sisters shopping for donations.

Some everyday items in need include:

  • Toilet paper
  • Clorox wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Body wash
  • Twin sheet sets
  • Diapers
  • Socks
  • Boxers
  • Birthday candles

The Christmas wish list includes gifts such as:

  • Action figures
  • Hot wheels
  • Legos
  • Batteries
  • Bath body sets
  • Gas gift cards
  • Watches
  • Comic books
  • Posters

If you would like to help support these efforts, you can visit: http://www.target.com/gift-registry/gift/SIBS1752501. You can ship donations to the Louisville Training Center at 1245 Durrett Lane, Louisville, KY 40213. 

The last day to donate through this IKORCC charity drive will be December 9th, 2019.

Learn more about Uspiritus here: http://uspiritus.org/about/history-mission/.

Local Sisters setting up target charity registry.

Prevailing Wage Protects Kentucky’s Taxpayers

Construction workers in Kentucky contribute $20 million to state and local taxes. This allows policy makers to balance budgets and fund infrastructure and public safety without raising taxes on everyone else.

However, workers NOT paid prevailing wage are eligible for up to $8,000 in public assistance, which costs taxpayers for additional reliance on cash assistance, food stamps and unpaid visits to the emergency room. Taxpayers don’t save without prevailing wage, they SUBSIDIZE low-wage jobs.

Prevailing wage is the wage paid to skilled construction workers on publicly funded projects estimated to cost more than $250,000. The wages are set by Kentucky’s Labor Cabinet based on what construction workers in the area make on private sector projects. This forces big government to abide by local private sector economies.

[i]  Kentucky’s Prevailing Wage Law, an Economic Impact Analysis, Peter Philips, Ph.D., 2014.
[ii]  Economic Policy Brief, Working Partnerships USA, 2011.

Prevailing Wage Drives Kentucky’s Economic Development

Every dollar spent on a prevailing wage project generates $1.50 in economic activity – that’s money spent at local businesses such as restaurants, shops and grocery stores – spurring additional job creation that keeps local businesses and economies strong.

In fact, the economic activity generated by prevailing wage projects supports 2,643 non-construction jobs in Kentucky!

Prevailing wage is the wage paid to skilled construction workers on publicly funded projects estimated to cost more than $250,000. The wages are set by Kentucky’s Labor Cabinet based on what construction workers in the area make on private sector projects. This forces big government to abide by local private sector economies.