Important Message from EST Pancake

An Important Message from EST Todd Pancake:

Brothers and Sisters,

With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in most every conversation, it has now been declared a national State of Emergency in the U.S., and we are monitoring the situation all across the IKORCC too. It is important to note that, as of 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020, there are currently 12 confirmed cases in Indiana, 11 in Kentucky, and 13 in Ohio with no fatalities in our jurisdiction.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update you as necessary. We have had a few job sites that have halted operations temporarily, should you be affected by this situation please contact your local business representative for employment opportunities. The safety of our membership, their families, and our staff will continue to be our highest priority. We appreciate your cooperation and attention to this situation.

Additionally, we are taking the actions necessary to protect the health and safety of our membership, representatives, and staff. The IKORCC Council offices will remain open with standard business operations. In addition, our training centers will remain open and operating on their regular schedules.

Like with any illnesses if you’re feeling sick and have any fever please stay home. Let your instructor or training director know. These challenges need us to be prepared and responsible for our actions.

Please consult the precaution and preparedness recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly (20 seconds minimum)
  • Cover your cough
  • Do not congregate in large groups and parties
  • Disinfect surfaces regularly including cell phones, doorknobs, countertops, tools, etc.

Please let your employer know should you become ill and do not go to work if you are sick. Most importantly use common sense to limit your exposure to potential opportunities for infection. I cannot stress enough this is not the time for panic, but for patience and common sense. Think about protecting your families, friends, and coworkers. Be safe!

 

In Solidarity,

 

Todd Pancake

Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Building our Future with Skills USA

When it comes to recruiting the best & brightest apprentices, hosting Skills USA competitions all over Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio is a great place to start. The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters hosted Skills USA competitions in Richfield, Rossford, Columbus, Monroe, Merrillville, and Greenwood. More competitions are scheduled in Kentucky in the coming weeks as well.

SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.

Contestants frame walls using wood and/or steel studs, cut and install rafters, gable end overhangs, fascia board, and soffit installation, install sheathing and/or exterior siding and trim. Contestants are judged on accuracy, ability to read and interpret blueprints, workmanship, safety and the proper use of tools, equipment, and materials.

Congratulations to all contests participants and the winners who advance to their state finals.

Richfield

On Friday, 02/21/2020, the Richfield Training Center hosted the North Central Regional SkillsUSA Carpentry competition.  The contest showcased 10 high school carpentry students, representing 8 different high schools and joint vocational programs.  While the contestants were hard at work, Richfield Instructors, Apprentices, and IKORCC Business Reps gave tours to the spectators, family members, fellow students, and Career Tech teachers that came to support their contestants.  At the end of the competition, the students’ work was scored by Richfield Instructors David Knight and Joe Mursencavage.  The scores were announced to the crowd of about 85 spectators, with the top three finishers advancing to the Ohio SkillsUSA State Competition, which will be held on 04/07/2020, at the Columbus Convention Center.

1st Place was Blake Yates from Wayne County Career Center

2nd Place was Alex Jutte from Lorain County JVS

3rd Place was Nathan Coudriet from Cuyahoga Valley Career Center

The following schools had contestants entered the event:

Wayne County Career Center, Lorain County JVS, Mayfield/Excel TECC, Medina County Career Center, Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Maple Heights High School, and Polaris Career Center.

Rossford

First place – Matthew Sayers with Tri-Rivers Career Center
Second place – Mark Rice with Vantage Career Center
Third place – Jeffery Flory Jr with Penta Career Center
Fourth place – Matthew Chappell with VSCTC – Sentinel Campus

Columbus

1stPlace – Cameron Grimes, Jefferson County JVS

2nd Place – Derrick Dunlap, Buckeye Career Center

3rd Place – William Langley, Mideast Career Center

4th Place – Shawn Nethers, C-Tect

Columbus/ South Central Regional Winners

1st Place – Javen Kohn, Pike County JVS

2nd Place – Abigail Averwater, US Grant JVS

3rd Place – Devin Mays, Southern Hills

4th Place – Bryon Frye, Scioto CCTC

Monroe

Congratulations to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from Diamond Oaks Career Center, Scarlet Oaks Career Center, and Butler Tech-Northwest High School. Good luck at the SkillsUSA State Competition in April. A special thanks to this year’s judges also, Joe Pittman Sr., Scott Fletcher, Todd Bluss, and Jeff Schlarman.

Greenwood

Aldo Jara – Area 31

Davis Beckham – Central 9

Charles Held – Central 9

Jackson Paris – Central 9

Ignacio Andres – Richmond

Merrillville

Check out the great video created by Hammond School’s Multi-Media Broadcast Class showcasing the Skills USA competition in Merrillville.

 

 

Training Center

New Pre-Apprenticeship Opportunity in Ohio

It’s even easier than ever to get started in a new career. The Ohio Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program is offering a new direct-entry pre-apprenticeship program at no cost.

This 40-hour class offered during evenings or weekends acts as a condensed orientation into carpentry, millwright, pile driving, and floor covering careers.  Enrolling now for classes beginning in March, Pre-Apprentices will learn to use power tools in a safe manner and will receive college credit for the hours.

Ohio Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program will be offering these classes statewide.  Training centers are located around the state near Columbus, Toledo, Cleveland, and Cincinnati, OH. The class is designed to offer an option to work around a full-time job and test out a new career path. Upon competition of the pre-apprenticeship, participants receive direct entry into the IKORCC apprenticeship.

This new program is designed to create flexibility for working adults.  For those who may want try out the trades or who just aren’t able to quit their day-job yet, this evening and weekend option is a great opportunity.  For more information on this program, please contact your local training center.

 

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Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) represents over 35,000 men and women tradespeople in 40 locals in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and parts of West Virginia and Tennessee. A proud affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, which has a century-plus tradition of representing the best of building trades.

The apprenticeship is a four-year program that offers a solid education, in the classroom and on the job. Apprentices learn from a hands-on approach within the training centers and in the field. We take an “earn-as-you-learn” approach to our apprenticeship, ensuring you can earn a good, living wage with benefits for your family – right from the start.

IKORCC apprenticeships offer a direct path to a rewarding career and a financially solid future. Financial security, high demand careers, pride in your skills, and a sense of community: the IKORCC apprenticeship delivers it all in a comprehensive, highly respected program. 

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.

Ohio Millwright

Army Engineer uses Millwright Skills to Help Rebuild the Middle East

Ohio Millwright

IKORCC & Local 1090 member SSG Arthur utilizes skills learned from his millwright apprenticeship to help soldiers and civilians working in Afghanistan.

The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters is proud to work with our nation’s military veterans. Veterans like Local 1090’s SSG Jamie Arthur, who is currently stationed overseas with the Army’s 486th Engineer Company out of Monclova, Ohio.

SSG Arthur is using skills learned as a UBC Millwright to build relocatable buildings, essentially connex container housing units. His work helps give more housing options to military and civilians who work in the Middle East.

He sent the following update to his union reps and the training center:

“First I would like to thank the UBC for working with the Helmets to Hardhats program to give me the opportunity to participate in the Millwrights apprenticeship, which allowed me to learn a trade that I could make a career out of. It also allowed me to learn skills that I could take back to my Army Reserve Engineer unit and utilize these skills overseas to make a difference. Second, I’d like to thank Dave Schultz for teaching me these skills. Thanks again. Have a Happy New Years and I’ll see you this summer when I redo my welding test. Thanks again for your support.

A huge thanks to SSG Arthur for his service and dedication to our country and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. You inspire us.

SSG Arthur is part of the IKORCC’s Helmets to Hardhats program. Helmets to Hardhats is a national, nonprofit program that connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry. The program is designed to help military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the construction industry.

This year the IKORCC had over 400 Helmets to Hardhats veterans working on their apprenticeships at training centers across Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.

IKORCC is First to Offer New Certification

Local 413 member Jeremy Feltz was the first to earn his DSI certification.

Several IKORCC training centers are now offering Door Safety Inspection Certification. Obtaining the Door Safety Inspection (DSI) Certification gives our members the ability to inspect doors inside healthcare or educational facilities to ensure they are compliant with the National Fire Protection Act. This new certification also helps the IKORCC break into a new market and secure additional work in facilities that require Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) trained carpenters.

The IKORCC is the first council in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters to offer this DSI Certification. Since the creation of the class and the first members obtaining their credentials, we’ve made major progress.

Over 25 members have taken the DSI prerequisite test to qualify for the course. Eight members have successfully passed the rigorous DSI course and certification. Four members in Northwest Indiana are actively inspecting doors, including one at the University of Notre Dame with over 10,000 doors.

Business Representatives have met with lawmakers in Indiana to start the process of adopting DSI with stricter enforcement. They also met with the Greenwood School Corporation to start a plan for DSI in all their facilities. In Akron, Ohio business reps hosted a DSI lunch & learn with local fire departments. Reps also met with contractors in Louisville to garner interest in the certification and inspections.

The IKORCC also started a marketing campaign for DSI, including informational flyers, brochures, and a webpage. Reps are also putting in groundwork in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio presenting to contractors, hospitals, schools, and at the Innovation Summit and Midwest Engineering Conference.

To learn more about Door Safety Inspection Certification contact your local training center or visit ikorcc.com/DoorSafetyInspections.

A Message from IKORCC EST Todd Pancake

IKORCC EST Todd Pancake

EST Todd Pancake walks in the Terre Haute Labor Day Parade with his family and Local 133.

Brothers and Sisters,

On April 1st, 2019, I was appointed to fill the Executive Secretary Treasurer’s position vacated by then EST Mark McGriff with his appointment as the Midwestern District Vice President. I’ve been a proud member of the UBC and Carpenters Local #133 for 39 years. I completed my apprenticeship in 1984 and worked with general contractors including Circle B & Terstep. I also had a few pile driving opportunities. Building layout and concrete were definitely my favorite areas.

In 1991, I became a training instructor and worked for 15 years before I was hired as the Director of Education for the IN/KY Training Trust. After 12 years, I went to work for then EST McGriff as his Chief-of-Staff.  In July 2019, IKORCC delegates elected me to the EST position for a four-year term. It’s an honor and privilege to serve as your new EST.

This year we welcomed the merger of 7 industrial locals, 2,591 new members, 32 new delegates, and hired four industrial representatives. We now have a total of 282 delegates and 40 locals within the IKORCC.

While the last eight months have been a whirlwind, we’ve managed to keep our membership employed, increased our market share, and continue to look for new markets. In 2020, work opportunities are projected to increase across the council.

In my almost 40 years in the Brotherhood, this is the best I’ve seen our work opportunities! With that said, it is not the time to sit back and enjoy the ride. Now is the time to build our numbers with not just membership, but contractors and new owners. It’s time to continue looking for new untapped markets, securing work for the coming years.

I’m a firm believer in setting goals and know how important member participation is to helping us achieve them. Our 2019-2021 IKORCC Goals are as follows: increase membership by 1%, industrial membership by 5%, work hours by 340,000, and reduce suspensions by 5%.

Your participation is critical for our success. How can you help? Mentor a new member, spread the word to an unorganized worker, let business representatives know about new work, talk to friends working in unfair shops or factories that we might be able to organize. I encourage you to be an active member by attending local meetings and participating in MAC (Membership Action Committees) to ensure your voice is heard.

I’d like to personally thank all .300 hitters that attended Journeyman Leadership Programs and contractors that participated in our Collaborative Training Programs at the ITC. The dividends and buy-in from our contractor base are paying off. Please reach out to your contractors and let them know about these opportunities.

Our training programs continue to produce the most skilled and productive journey workers in the industry. This year alone we’ve graduated over 550 apprentices and have more than 5,250 currently enrolled.  The articles in this magazine will cover training, organizing & exciting things happening in your area, as well as across the Council.

It’s an honor working with you as we take on whatever crosses our path, knowing that our pride and commitment runs deep. I believe our success rests on good communication and want you to feel comfortable sharing your ideas with our leadership, to make us the best we can be.

General President McCarron has a saying, “If it’s going to be, it’s up to me.” Our membership gets it and that’s why this Council is so successful. In closing, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!

 

Fraternally,

 

M. Todd Pancake

Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters

Carpenters help with medical bills after tragic car accident

Carpenters Help Family Recover After Head-On Collision

On a foggy Thursday morning in April, Adam Stampley boarded a flight from Indianapolis to Las Vegas. He took his seat and smiled. This was a huge moment in his career with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, a culmination of three years of hard work and dedication.

Union officers selected Adam to attend the Journeyman Leadership Program at the Carpenters International Training Center, a recognition of his leadership potential and dedication to the brotherhood. “Everything is coming together,” he thought as he glanced at his phone hoping to hear from his wife Erica before the flight.

It was odd he hadn’t heard from her yet, despite repeated calls and texts. His wife and two kids dropped him off at the airport less than two hours before. As the plane taxied slowly down the runway, Adam was relieved when he felt his phone vibrate and he saw Erica’s name on the screen.

That relief was short-lived. It didn’t take long before Adam registered what the man on Erica’s phone was saying.

“Your family was in a head-on collision with a semi, you need to get here immediately,” a police officer said.

The moments that followed were some of the worst of Adam’s life. The officer said his wife and daughter may not survive. The flight crew couldn’t stop the plane. He had only a minute or two to make a call before his phone lost signal. So, Adam called a friend, lost signal, then sat on a flight for four grueling hours, wondering if he still had a family to go home to.

 

Union Helps Family After Tragic Accident

The Stampley’s vehicle after a head-on collision with a semi nearly killed three members of the family. (Photo provided by Adam Stampley)

 

The Aftermath

When the flight landed, Adam got an update from the hospital. One of Erica’s kidneys was destroyed in the accident, the other was failing. She was bleeding internally. Her femur was broken in half. She’d died and been revived three times already. Doctors gave her less than a five percent chance of living.

His six-year-old daughter Araya was at a different hospital in a coma. Her appendix ruptured, her bladder was punctured, and she’d undergone surgery to repair injuries to four areas of her spine. She would survive, but her dreams of being an Olympic gymnast were over.

Eight-year-old Thomas fared better. He broke three ribs and fractured his finger but remembered the entire accident and was scared.

Carpenters help with medical bills after tragic car accident

6-year-old Araya recovered at Riley Hospital for Children after a serious car accident in 2019.

Miracles

Now in Las Vegas, Adam reached out to Local 133 members Jason King and Greg Tucker. They helped him navigate the airport and get a flight back to Indianapolis. It took a total of twelve hours before Adam saw Erica, and days before he saw the kids.

At the hospital, Erica’s condition was so grave doctors had Adam make two sets of plans: one if she passed away and another if she survived and couldn’t walk. He wouldn’t need either of them.

Despite the odds, Erica survived. Thomas was released two days after the accident, and Araya almost two weeks later. To help with expenses, Locals 133 and 301 took up a collection at their union meeting and on job sites, raising over $2,000 for the family.

With Erica recovering in a rehabilitation hospital and expenses mounting, Adam went back to work for Circle B. Union brothers and sisters donated hours so he could see his wife and still get paid.

“Something like this shows you the meaning of brotherhood. I couldn’t believe how good people were to my family,” Adam Stampley said.

In August, the kids started school. For Thomas, it was nothing new, but Araya was in the first grade and it was her first day of school ever. It was her first day without her mom, in a neck brace, with hair lovingly styled by her dad. “I wouldn’t say we were thriving, but we were surviving,” Adam said, adding that he learned a lot about princesses over the summer too.

Indiana Carpenters Raise Money for Family in Need

Adam Stampley and his children visit the Indiana State Fair where carpenters raised money for his family.

Carpenters Care

Adam smiled for his kids, but he still worried a lot. He worried about Erica, wondered if she’d be able to walk again, about the house, and how to get it ready for her eventual return. He had a lot of things to worry about, thankfully how to pay for the over $3 million dollars in medical bills was not one of them.

“I didn’t have to worry about how much it would cost to save their lives, because that’s what union insurance is all about,” he said.

Thanks to his union benefits, Adam will only owe a fraction of the cost of medical bills, around $10,000. Much to his surprise, his union family stepped in once again to help with that burden. The Stampleys were recipients of money raised for “Carpenters Care”, an annual fundraiser that benefits an IKORCC family or families in serious financial need.

Business representatives, apprentices, and MAC members built and sold raffle tickets for a large playhouse. Members from Ohio and Kentucky joined brothers and sisters from Indiana for a charity ride in Greenwood. Altogether, members raised over $7,000 for the family.

Indiana Carpenters help family recover after car accident

Adam Stampley and his daughter Araya build a toolbox at the Indiana State Fair, where IKORCC members raised money for their family.

Nearly seven months after the accident, Erica was released from the hospital. In October, she walked by Adam’s side as he went from apprentice to journeyman at his IKORCC graduation. Just days before Christmas, she will have what they hope to be her last leg surgery, the 30th one since that fateful April morning.

Adam is looking forward to a brighter 2020.

“When I walked into that hospital room, I fell to my knees,” he said. “I am so thankful to everyone that helped me and my family back up.”

Carpenters help family recover after tragic car accident

Adam & Erica Stampley with EST Todd Pancake at Adam’s apprenticeship graduation in October.

 

 

Cincinnati Carpenters Help Orphans

Locals 2 & 1090 Help Orphans at Christmas

Cincinnati Carpenters Help OrphansThis holiday season Locals 2 and 1090 in Cincinnati made sure no child was left behind. As part of their ongoing partnership with St. Joseph’s Orphanage, IKORCC carpenters and millwrights made sure kids in the home had something to wake up to this Christmas.

The orphanage often gets toy donations for the younger kids but struggles when it comes to making teens’ wishes come true. That’s where IKORCC members stepped in to help. Locals 2 and 1090 donated a total of $1,000 to help.

Items on the teen girl’s wish list included nail polish, art supplies, Bath and Bodyworks lotions, and headphones. The boys asked for sporting equipment, footballs, basketballs, and headphones. This is the third year Cincinnati members have made sure all the kids at St. Joseph’s had something to open.

“A lot of people think orphanages don’t exist anymore or they don’t realize there are still kids in these places. We don’t want them to be forgotten. Most importantly, we want the kids to know people care about them,” said Chris Lamantia, a business representative with the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters.

In 2019, Cincinnati-area members have taken St. Joseph’s kids to see the Cincinnati Reds, to Kings Island, and invited them to their annual summer picnic.

St. Joseph’s Orphanage serves children and families in 10 counties across Southwest Ohio and operates offices in Cincinnati (Hamilton County), Dayton (Montgomery County), and Fairfield (Butler County). Since their founding 190 years ago, they remain dedicated to building hope and strengthening lives as they support children and families on their journey to hope and healing. St. Joseph’s provides comprehensive behavioral health and educational treatment services to more than 4,300 children and families each year, many of whom have experienced neglect, abuse, or other forms of trauma. To learn more visit www.stjosephorphanage.org.

Rossford Campus Wins Veteran’s Award

Rossford Carpenters win awardThe Rossford IKORCC campus works hard to honor military veterans. This year that hard work helped them win a national award from the Veterans Health Administration for their Community Partnership Challenge. The Rossford campus partnered with the Toledo V.A. Clinic for the Helmets to Hardhats program. Helmets to Hardhats helps military veterans get back to work quickly after service.

 

“These veterans tend to be natural leaders and end up as foremen and superintendents. As they go through their careers, they bring more veterans in. We’d like to have a nice flow of veterans coming into our program every year,” said Mike Gibson, a senior representative at the Rossford campus.

Thanks to the recruitment of veterans and other hard workers, membership in Locals 351, 372, 744, and 1090 has grown more than 120 members since last year. Even with the growth, the Rossford-area still needs experienced help. Business representatives are actively recruiting at job fairs, career days, and visiting trade schools to create connections.

The work outlook is good with several large projects in the works, including the Lucas Convention Center, a new Hyatt Hotel, Park Inn Hotel renovation, I-75 DiSalle Bridge replacement, Amazon Fulfillment project, Interstate Chemical, and Cleveland Cliffs.

To protect market share, business representatives are actively fighting tax fraud in the Rossford-area. Banners at several sites have led to meetings with city councils, tax departments, permit and zoning departments, and mayors. Several politicians joined business representatives for job site visits and were able to see the 1099 and cash abuse first-hand. Thanks to these efforts, Toledo is considering individual carpenter licensing with testing to help limit 1099 abuse.