Annual Joint Council seminar brings solidarity, education

Our 38th annual Joint Council Seminar was just held in mid-June. This was our eighth seminar since the merger of Joint Council 38 and 7. The educational programs are excellent and the seminar always provides the opportunity for Representatives and Executive Board Members to learn and be exposed to the most recent legal, legislative, union and pwension plan developments. It also gives us all a chance to get to know each other and compare notes. Those relationships are invaluable to the strength of our united Local Unions and the high level of representation we provide the membership.
For those of us who have been around awhile, we remember the mostly friendly divide between the two Joint Councils that had developed over the years prior to 2010. What a difference the merger has made, we are now all united in Northern Nevada and Northern and Central California, combining our resources for the betterment of our members.
We now have the resources to have a full-time political coordinator. With the leadership of Doug Bloch and our united Local Union leaders, we have expanded our political influence significantly. In last year’s election cycle, we elected more labor-friendly candidates than ever before and have continued to pass more legislation that protects our members’ lives and provides us the opportunity to organize new workers.
We have used our combined strength and cooperation to support each other’s negotiations to maintain the standards in both the Bay Area, Nevada and Valley contracts. Locals are now forging new alliances, building upon each other’s strengths, to organize new members. Just recently Local 856 and 533 have come together to share resources to organize new targets in Northern Nevada’s gaming and warehouse industries.
I could not have been more pleased with the solidarity of our Local Unions to work together for the betterment of our members and, as this seminar ended, I already look forward to next year’s seminar.

Dave Hawley, President