Due to COVID-19, Union Meetings will take place by Video Conference on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 5PM CST. Members can gain access to the meeting at https://meeting.iwl8.org Please login 10 minutes prior to the meeting as you may need to download the Zoom app to your device. As Mass Gathering restrictions ease, we will resume in-person Union meetings in conjunction with Video Conferencing.
The May 2020 Union meeting is cancelled.
Ironworkers Local 8 will conduct a drive-thru ballot for wage allocation on,
May 13, 2020 between 3:30-6:30 PM
Ironworkers Local 8
12034 West Adler Lane
Milwaukee, WI 53214
President Brad Cyganek has appointed Vice-President AJ Gregovich, Executive Committee Members Rich Kangas, Rich Snelson, Juan Alvarez, John Rauch and San Juan Yepez to act as Voting Judges. As you enter the parking lot, remain in your vehicle! You will be directed to 4 areas in order.
Area 1 - The judge will ask you your name and book number. The judge will check a list of current dues paid members, provided you are current on monthly dues you will be directed to Area 2. Dues payments will not be taken during voting. Dues receipts will not be checked. Please make sure you are current before May 13th. If your name is not on the list, you will not be eligible to vote.
Area 2 - The judge will provide you with a ballot and a pen and direct you to Area 3.
Area 3 - No judge will be present. Mark approve or disapprove and fold your ballot in half. Keep the pen. Proceed to Area 4.
Area 4 - The judge will collect your ballot and direct you out of the parking lot.
In these uncertain times, extraordinary measures need to take place to keep everyone safe if we are to vote democratically. Be considerate of others health
& safety during voting. Also keep in mind the judges will be here to conduct our business, not to debate issues. The results of the vote will be
posted and distributed at a later date.
The April 2020 Union meeting is cancelled.
The International will host a virtual forum on Thursday, April 16 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm EST on how our union is pushing government to help Ironworkers in the COVID-19 pandemic.
I ask that you attend the forum. This is a chance for every Ironworker to get informed and take action in an uncertain time. You must RSVP to participate through the link on the attached invitation - see below:
Below is a link to a recorded webinar hosted by the Ironworkers International related to COVID-19. The guest panelists Dr. John Howard and Lee Welsh, industry experts in the field of Health and Safety. This webinar provided factual information about what is known about coronavirus and preventative steps that could be taken to keep the workforce safe. It is a rather long video. The first half is a presentation from these experts while the second half is a questions & answers segment. At the least, I highly recommend watching the first half for a better understanding about COVID-19. Enjoy,
As always, I will continue to provide trustworthy information as it becomes available.
Ironworkers Local 8
Linked are the Executive Orders issued by Gov. Whitmer of Michigan https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-522626--,00.html and Gov. Evers of Wisconsin https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf Michigan is allowing construction deemed essential to infrastructure, see Sections 5(c) & 8. Wisconsin is exempting construction from the order, see Sections 10 & 13(n). In both cases, employees are required to follow the safe practices in the Orders. Please make sure you are familiar with the attachments. Please feel free to share this. The same information has been passed on to our signatory contractors. Below are statements provided by each Governor’s office.
Question to the Governor’s office: Is construction allowed under the executive order?
Answer from the Governor’s office: Some limited forms of construction are permissible, including construction to maintain and improve essential public works like roads, bridges, the telecommunications infrastructure, and public health infrastructure. Construction workers may also undertake such projects as necessary to maintain and improve the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences. In addition, businesses may designate construction firms to provide necessary support to the work of the businesses’ critical infrastructure workers. All construction work that is carried out while the order is in effect must be done in accordance with the mitigation measures required under section 5(c) of the order.
Individuals do not need special permission to leave their homes, but they must comply with this order as to when it is permissible to leave home. Similarly, if a business is an Essential Business or Operation as defined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue its work that is done in compliance with this order.
Protecting the health and safety of Wisconsinites across our state is the Governor’s top priority. As we work with public health experts to respond to the health crisis, we have been careful to listen to the science and mindful of the impact our protective measures will have for EVERYONE.
Today the Governor issued Emergency Order #12 to institute a Safer At Home policy. Please read the order carefully! [attached]
The order is effective at 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and remain in effect until 8:00 am Friday, April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order
Wisconsin residents must comply with this order. As outlined in the order, individuals can leave their home to perform tasks essential to maintain health
and safety, get services and supplies necessary for staying home, and care for others.
After reviewing the order, if a business believes their business is doing essential work and they are not exempted in this order please go to this link
These are important steps to ensure we working to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we all need to do our part and work together to protect each other.
The Governor did not take this decision lightly, but we know what Wisconsinites can do when they care about each other.
Essential services will continue to be provided to our communities. We ask that you recognize the efforts of those who are providing those services.
We are implementing Mass Texting to keep open lines of communication with our members. If you receive a text message from 414-676-2661, it is from Ironworkers Local 8. We will continue to post information on Facebook and our Newsfeed on the website and mobile app. As new information continues to develop, I will share only factual information our members can rely on. Please continue safe hygiene habits.