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Tax Fraud Days of Action 2021

The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters joined UBC members across the United States and Canada to raise awareness for construction industry tax fraud. Check out highlights from IKORCC Tax Fraud Days of Action events in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

Indiana Tax Fraud Day of Action Event

The Tax Fraud Day of Action event in Indianapolis was a tremendous success. Business representatives and members of the IKORCC Executive Board spent a few hours educating lawmakers on tax fraud, with a special emphasis on solutions to tax fraud. Of the 150 elected officials invited, 62 lawmakers, both republican and democrat, visited the event and learned more about construction industry tax fraud. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett also attended the event.

The Indiana event was held at the Indiana State House atrium. To drive attendance to the event, IKORCC reps handed out tax fraud toolbox/lunchboxes packed with concrete solutions to fight tax fraud. The theme of the giveaway was, “You already have all the tools you need to fight tax fraud”. The toolboxes were a big driver to our event.

The solutions inside included: enforcing existing laws, creating a tax fraud task force, sharing information amongst government agencies and responsible bidder ordinances or RBOs.

In addition to the in-person event, the IKORCC created a new website, endtaxfraud.com. The website focuses on the actual solutions to tax fraud and what lawmakers and the public can do to help.

 

Kentucky Tax Fraud Day of Action Events

We held a two day Tax Fraud Awareness event in Louisville, Kentucky this year. On the first day, we visited a dorm under construction at the University of Louisville, with predominantly union subcontractors. We educated members of all crafts about Tax Fraud and how important it is to get involved politically with elected officials to help eliminate this illegal business model. It was an extremely successful event. We also educated and built relationships with company management teams.

On the second day, we took our messaging to a non-union led job site in Louisville. We used this as an opportunity to educate owners, workers and management teams while also gathering info on Labor Brokers, potential future members, and accurate counts of employees being paid cash or with a 1099. This gave us a new angle on how to fight tax fraud.

Ohio Tax Fraud Day of Action Event

Tax Fraud Days of Action in Columbus was a successful day of educating legislators and the public on why tax fraud is a danger to everyone. Legislators from both sides of the aisle and even some who we didn’t have a previous relationship with us, showed up to learn more about tax fraud. Legislators loved the tax fraud lunchboxes and were excited to talk about upcoming projects in their areas and what our organization has going on.

All IKORCC Representatives onsite had legislators from their area represented in the turnout.

Check out a video interview with Democrat House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes about tax fraud.

Here is another video with Republican House Representative Jay Edwards

Former Industrial Representative and UBC instructor Steve Griffith also stopped by and gave us an interview.

New Solar Training Energizes IKORCC Partners

The renewable energy industry is expanding at an incredibly rapid pace. In fact, industry analysts believe that solar power generators, alone, will produce most of the energy needed around the world within 50 years.

To stay competitive in the industry, the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters has embraced this new industry – expanding our capabilities with superior training. Today, we were proud to show off this training to representatives from Pepper Construction.

IKORCC Executive Secretary-Treasurer Todd Pancake and Training Director Jerry Burke joined Matt McGriff, Wallace Turner and representatives from Pepper Construction for a solar meeting and observation of a solar class in session.

Today, hundreds of IKORCC carpenters and millwrights are working on solar farms all over Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. To learn more about our IKORCC solar training click here.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Village Signs Historic PLA

CANTON – Last week marked a monumental moment for the Canton area and potentially the future of project labor agreements.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame has recommitted to the next phase of their Hall of Fame Village Project being completed using local, union workers.  Michael Crawford, president and chief executive officer of the Hall of Fame Resort, and the East Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council President Dave Kirven jointly signed a PLA to confirm the commitment on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021.

“A PLA is a prehire pact with at least one [labor organization] that sets employment terms and conditions for all workers on a building project, regardless of whether their employers are unionized or nonunion contractors”, Bloomberg Law reports.

Canton has the most PLA’s than any other city in the United States with over 100 according to William Sherer, Business Manager for Ironworkers Local 550 and Canton City Council President.  A PLA with the Hall of Fame Resort sets a standard for the area and will help spur others’ interest in the agreements, according to Sherer.  He said economic development [like this project] spurs more economic development.

Part of this labor agreement includes cooperation with the Stark County Minority Business Association (SCMBA).  The goal set by SCMBA and the Hall of Fame Resort is 12% minority participation in all aspects of the project.  Kirven told us ongoing projects on site are currently at 19%, exceeding the goal.  In a speech at the signing given, Michael Crawford said “we fumbled the ball on community and diverse involvement on the first phase of the project” when talking about the importance of the SCMBA partnership and the Hall of Fame’s commitment to making inclusion a priority in these new phases of construction.

(Left) Michael Crawford, Hall of Fame Resort stands with Kevin Ennis, Senior Business Representative (Right)Labor leaders and other government officials were present for the signing as well.  City Councilman Jason Scaglione was excited to see people working and bring ‘vacation spending’ back to the region.  Fellow councilmember John Mariol was also invested in the importance of the PLA bringing good, union, middle-class jobs back to Canton.

This next stage of construction on the Hall of Fame Village means ongoing work for the carpenters in the area.  Senior Business Representative Kevin Ennis says, “continued work at the Hall of Fame has meant a lot of man-hours for our members”.  Ennis also said the Council has signed several new minority contractors thanks to the partnerships at the project with continuous requests for manpower on separate jobs.  “This [PLA] means steady work for our members for at least another two years if not more.”

 

Training Centers Reopen April 5th

IKORCC training centers will reopen on Monday, April 5th, 2021. We will continue to honor ALL State and CDC (National) guidelines to promote a safe environment for staff and apprentices as we reopen our training centers. If you are sick, not feeling right, have a fever, or someone in your household is ill, please stay home.

Here are the things you can expect at the training centers:

  • We will practice social distancing at all times, maintaining CDC 6’ requirements
  • Signage will be on doors with instructions
  • PPE will be provided and practiced to all State requirements
  • Each individual entering the building will have their temperature checked by a staff member wearing gloves and a mask. If a fever is 100.4° and above according to CDC (you will be sent home)
  • UBC COVID-19 Preparedness training will be required for those who have not had the opportunity to complete it yet
  • Each individual will be required to answer questions from COVID-19: Screening Checklist
  • Each individual is required to use hand sanitizer
  • All interior doors to be propped open when possible
  • Hand washing breaks will be provided every two hours or less
  • Hand sanitizing stations will also be available
  • Apprentices can feel free to take their break and lunch in their vehicle
  • Training centers will be sanitized daily or at a minimum of three times weekly
  • Please continue to call in advance and make an appointment to speak to someone on the admin staff

Please contact your training center for individual questions.


Indiana Training Centers:

Newburgh: 812.853.9312
Merrillville: 219.947.3348
Lafayette: 765.447.5959
Muncie: 765.288.9015
Indianapolis: 317.807.1116
Warsaw: 574.267.5264
Terre Haute: 812.466.7899

Kentucky Training Centers:

Ashland: 606.929.1362
Louisville:502.366.8668
Paducah:812.853.9312

Ohio Training Centers:

Columbus: 614.236.4205
Monroe: 513.539.7849
Richfield: 330.659.9495
Rossford: 419.872.4651

Carpenters Refurbish Historic Church

Carpenters have been constructing historic buildings for as long as the United Brotherhood of Carpenters has existed. In every state, province, and city across the United States and Canada union carpenters have made an impact on the legacy. Whether it’s bringing buildings down to put a new one back up or rehabilitating an existing structure, union carpenters prove their skills with each new project.

In Canton Ohio, carpenters have been working on an important renovation at a significant site. At 530 Tuscarawas St W, in a city almost as old as the state itself, Christ Presbyterian Church sits on the same land dedicated for the city’s first house of worship back in 1805 by the city’s founder. Leer más

IKORCC Millwrights Build Wind Turbines

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT

Check out the great work Millwright Local Union 1076 members are doing at a wind farm in Losantville, Indiana.

Aprendiz destacado: Myles Gotcher tiene una visión para triunfar

Myles Gotcher es un aprendiz increíble y tiene una visión única de la vida. Debido a una condición hereditaria, el monocromatismo del cono azul, la vista no es uno de sus puntos más fuertes, un hecho que no le ha impedido destacar en su aprendizaje de molinero en Monroe, Ohio.

Myles creció en el área de Dayton y asistió a Stebbins High School, donde compitió en el equipo de atletismo y se inscribió en manufactura en una escuela de tecnología profesional vecina. Allí recibió un premio por ser el alumno más perseverante.

Poco después de la secundaria, Myles se inscribió en la escuela de soldadura y obtuvo las mejores calificaciones. Brian Carson, un conocido de la familia Gotcher y carpintero en el área de Columbus, luego presentó a Myles al IKORCC. Carson explicó el programa de aprendizaje y que la fuerza laboral tiene una gran necesidad de ingenieros.

En su primer año completo como aprendiz, Myles se convirtió rápidamente en uno de los favoritos entre sus compañeros y profesores. Su capacidad para entablar relaciones profundas con las personas le ha permitido crear una red de apoyo dispuesta a hacer todo lo posible para lograr su éxito. A pesar de no poder conducir, Myles puede aceptar trabajos que no están cerca de casa e incluso a veces fuera del estado. Su familia y amigos se turnan para llevar a Myles hacia y desde los lugares de trabajo.

Ishmael Vaudrin, un compañero constructor de molinos, se ha convertido en el compañero de conducción de Myles cuando salen del estado. En el momento de esta entrevista, Myles estaba en el auto con su abuela. Condujo dos horas hasta Lima, Ohio, para buscar a Myles. De eso se trata la Unión. Hacemos por nosotros mismos lo que hacemos por nuestra familia.

Si bien la vista de Myles afecta su capacidad para conducir, no afecta su efectividad como constructor de molinos. Brian Slone, instructor de Monroe, dice que está impresionado con Myles desde el primer día. Slone dice que un día su clase estaba aprendiendo a leer planos con detalles muy finos. Algunos aprendices se quejaron de que la escritura era demasiado pequeña y no podían hacerlo. Myles, sin embargo, tenía una lupa analizando las impresiones hasta la minúscula letra. Slone no se contuvo, “¿¡Cómo te quejas cuando este niño tiene una maldita lupa !?”

Myles ha trabajado constantemente durante el último año y ha crecido profesionalmente. En su primer trabajo de andamios, Myles tuvo que subir a la cima de una torre de 14 pisos. Fue demasiado para él y tuvo que retirarse. Pero ahora, nada de eso le molesta, “dejé de preocuparme por el suelo”.

Trabajar como carpintero requiere una precisión increíble y Myles es un hombre de práctica. En casa, aprendió a pintar figuras, lo que le permite seguir perfeccionando sus habilidades para los detalles. Un mal día para Myles es cuando sabe que no se ha esforzado al máximo y aprendido algo.

“Tienes que ser una esponja y hacerte amigo de tus jornaleros”, dijo Myles.

Para Myles convertirse en un ingeniero es su sueño y no se detendrá ante nada para lograr sus objetivos. Tiene un cubo de pruebas de soldadura que ha pasado. Es su recordatorio de que puede hacer esto y tiene esos marcadores para demostrarlo. Con solo 21 años, Myles tuvo la amabilidad de compartir ideas sabias que ha aprendido de su aprendizaje:

1: Ponte a un nivel más alto. Todo lo que hacemos [los fabricantes de molinos] requiere una precisión mayor que la que deberíamos tener en la vida.

2: Nada es fácil, pero si está dispuesto a aprender, puede obtener el conocimiento haciendo preguntas.

3: No tenga miedo de ponerse manos a la obra. Así es como aprendemos la habilidad.

Todos podemos tomar algunas páginas del libro de Myles. Él ha perseverado, puede y continúa. Cualquier desafío que enfrentemos en la vida puede superarse. Si puede hacer eso y hacerlo con una sonrisa, tiene un futuro brillante.