A Message from Business Manager Mark Burri

 

May 19, 2020

Thank you for your patience as we continue to monitor and make adjustments to accommodate Local 467 members' needs and concerns throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, while also focusing on a safe re-opening of construction throughout San Mateo County.  As the county works to limit the spread of COVID-19 within our community, you may be aware that the county will utilize contact tracing, a process that identifies individuals who may have been exposed to the virus and warns them of exposure in order to stop chains of transmission.  While contact tracing will help minimize transmission of the virus, it comes with privacy concerns.  We understand Local 467 members’ privacy concerns and we conveyed those concerns to the county and our employers.

In order to comply with the San Mateo County Shelter-In-Place order, everyone entering job sites is required to provide their name, phone number, home address, and personal email address.  If you decide not to provide the information, your access to the work site may be limited.

While we understand this may be frustrating for some, it’s critical that we comply with the San Mateo County public health officer’s directive to ensure we continue to move forward with the safety and well-being of everyone in mind.  Local 467 continues to take your concerns seriously and we appreciate your cooperation in this matter. 

In solidarity,

 

Mark Burri

Business Manager

 

A Message from Business Manager Mark Burri

 

April 3rd, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.  The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly upended the San Francisco Bay Area construction industry, not to mention the entire world.  Local 467 is dedicated to providing all members with as much information and support as possible to get through these challenging times.  The safety, health, and security of all members has been and remains the highest concern of Local 467.  Please review the information, links, and resources below.

LOCAL 467 COMMUNICATIONS:  Please encourage Local 467 members you know who may not receive Local 467 emails to contact Local 467 at (650) 692-4730 to update their contact information and bookmark the Local 467 website at www.ualocal467.org.

LOCAL 467 SAFETY:  The United Association maintains a COVID-19 safety resource webpage here… https://uanet.org/pdf/COVID-19%20Resource%20Center%20Page.pdf.  Cal/OSHA also provides guidance on requirements to protect workers from COVID-19 here… https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/Health-Care-General-Industry.html.

LOCAL 467 MEETINGS:  Local and state restrictions on gatherings continue to prohibit membership meetings until further notice.  Executive board, officers’, delegates’, and joint labor-management apprenticeship & training meetings will be soon be conducted by video conferencing.  Details will follow.

LOCAL 467 POLITICAL & LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS:  Local 467, along with our Building Trades Unions' affiliates, are communicating with local and state government providing suggestions for COVID-19 industry site safety and exposure control plans and guidelines.  The United Association, along with the North America’s Building Trades Unions, are communicating with Congress providing suggestions for structuring worker stimulus packages.  While several bills have already been approved, more are likely on the way, so it's vital Local 467 members' needs are reflected in any future legislative relief packages.

LOCAL 467 HEALTH & RETIREMENT BENEFITS:  If you've been laid off or furloughed and worked full-time with a full bank of hours, you will have as many as six (6) additional months of Local 467 family health insurance.  Call Local 467 at (650) 692-4730 or the benefits office at (408) 288-4455 for your current bank of hours balance and health insurance coverage status.  Local 467’s health and retirement benefits plans' trustees are working with legal counsel to draft and approve enhancing Local 467 benefits by allowing defined contribution plan (401a/401k) hardship withdrawals, loans, and waiving loan payments for twelve (12) months.  If COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders cause prolonged unemployment and jeopardizes active Local 467 members’ health insurance benefits, the trustees may consider extending health insurance benefits.  Details will follow.

LOCAL 467 TRAINING:  The training department is issuing laptops to all apprentices to resume spring semester training remotely.  If you’re an apprentice, you must respond to training department email instructions as to how laptops are issued.  If you know an apprentice, please encourage them to communicate with the training department if they haven’t already.  Apprentices who do not participate in remote training will not advance through the apprenticeship.

UA SCHOLARSHIP CONTESTS:  Each year, the California State Pipe Trades Council (CSPTC) and the United Association (UA) offer college scholarship contests that have awarded thousands of dollars to families of Local Union 467 members in good standing.  The CSPTC Scholarship Contest deadline has been extended to Thursday, April 30, 2020.  Rules, instructions, and an application are here… http://www.calpipes.org/scholarship.aspx.  The UA College Scholarship Contest deadline is Sunday, June 7, 2020.  It's advertised in the January, February, March, and April issues of the UA Journal.  Rules, instructions, and applications are available at https://uascholarshipfund.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx.

FREE COLLEGE:  The Union Plus Free College Benefit makes it possible for you and your family members to earn an associate degree completely online – for FREE.  Learn more here... https://www.unionplusfreecollege.org/

LOCAL 467 MEMBERSHIP DUES:  In response to Local 467’s extensive unemployment caused by shelter-in-place-orders to prevent the continued spread of, and exposure to, COVID-19, the Local 467 executive board unanimously approved crediting all non-retired active members (trades, apprentice, and journey level) the equivalent to twelve (12) monthly dues payments at the Building Trades Journey-Level rate of $31 per month, totaling $372 which will be credited toward Local 467 monthly membership dues.  The funds needed to provide the credit and pay per capita to the United Association will be drawn from the Local 467 general fund.  Please make sure you're current on your membership dues.  ONLY NON-RETIRED ACTIVE MEMBERS WHOSE MEMBERSHIP DUES ARE PAID THROUGH JUNE 2020 AS OF JULY 1, 2020 WILL QUALIFY FOR THE $372 CREDIT.

CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (EDD) BENEFITS:  California EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California.  General information about California’s unemployment insurance program is available here… https://edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/.   To file an unemployment insurance claim online, click here… https://edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Filing_a_Claim.htm.   To file an unemployment insurance claim by telephone, click here… https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Telephone_Numbers.htm.   For California unemployment insurance changes and updates relating to COVID-19, click here… https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm.

FEDERAL STIMULUS REBATE CHECKS:   Anyone with a Social Security number who is not a dependent of anyone else should be eligible for a check under the income caps.  Adults who earn $75,000 or less per year should receive $1,200, while that amount will reduce on a sliding scale for people who earn up to $99,000.  Anyone with a higher income will not qualify.  There is no minimum qualification.  This amount applies to each member of a married couple and families will receive an additional $500 for every dependent child under 17.  The payments are classified as advance tax rebates and will not be taxed.  More information is available at the nation’s leading independent tax policy nonprofit organization, the Tax Foundation… https://taxfoundation.org/federal-coronavirus-relief-bill-cares-act/.

PAID SICK AND FAMILY LEAVE:  Last month, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides employees with paid sick and family leave related to COVID19.  The bill is summarized here... https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave.

INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX RETURNS:  Tax Day has been moved from April 15 to July 15 for California and federal tax return and payment deadlines.

SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER ISSUED TUESDAY MARCH 31, 2020 BY SF BAY AREA COUNTY HEALTH OFFICERS:  The Tuesday, March 31, 2020 order supersedes the March 16, 2020 order.  The new order is stricter and extends the shelter-in-place through Sunday, May 3rd, 2020.   The following are construction-specific excerpts from the new order:

 

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13. Definitions and Exemptions

13.f.v. Construction, but only of the types listed in this subparagraph below:

1. Projects immediately necessary to the maintenance, operation, or repair of Essential Infrastructure;

2. Projects associated with Healthcare Operations, including creating or expanding Healthcare Operations, provided that such construction is directly related to the COVID-19 response;

3. Affordable housing that is or will be income-restricted, including multi-unit or mixed-use developments containing at least 10% income-restricted units;

4. Public works projects if specifically designated as an Essential Governmental Function by the lead governmental agency;

5. Shelters and temporary housing, but not including hotels or motels;

6. Projects immediately necessary to provide critical non-commercial services to individuals experiencing homelessness, elderly persons, persons who are economically disadvantaged, and persons with special needs;

7. Construction necessary to ensure that existing construction sites that must be shut down under this Order are left in a safe and secure manner, but only to the extent necessary to do so; and

8. Construction or repair necessary to ensure that residences and buildings containing Essential Businesses are safe, sanitary, or habitable to the extent such construction or repair cannot reasonably be delayed;

13.f.xii. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the habitability, sanitation, and operation of residences and Essential Businesses, but not for cosmetic or other purposes;

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ADDITIONAL WEBSITES AFFILIATED WITH LOCAL 467:

The United Association (UA)

ua.org

 

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO)

aflcio.org

 

North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU)

nabtu.org

 

State Building & Construction Trades Council of California

cabuildingtrades.org

 

San Mateo County Central Labor Council / Community Services

COVID-19 Information & Resources

 

Union Plus Benefits

unionplus.org

 

Stay strong, healthy, and resilient.

In solidarity, 

 

Mark Burri

Business Manager

San Mateo County Plumbers & Pipefitters

Local Union 467 & Apprenticeship Training Center

ualocal467.org

 

 

 

March 25th, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

LOCAL 467 REMAINS OPEN TO SERVE YOU
We're working to maintain 'business as usual’ during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Your patience is appreciated.  The Local 467 union office, training facility, and benefits office are temporarily closed to visitors to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  The health and safety of Local 467 members and staff is our top priority.  We're in the office following health and social distancing guidelines and, in some cases, working remotely providing member services.  

We're in continuous contact with government agencies, the United Association, legal counsel, local and state building trades labor councils, and affiliated unions to keep the flow of information as up to date as possible to keep our responses as universal and consistent through these times.  Working with our benefits advisors and trustees, we're exploring options of how Local 467 can offer enhanced benefits to help ease any financial burdens during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Local 467 apprenticeship and training department is also dedicated to continue providing apprentices a path to advance their training through remote online training.  The tentative start for spring semester remote online training is Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

MEETINGS
After careful consideration and following direction from the San Mateo County Health and the United Association, all Local 467 membership, officers, executive board, delegates, examining board, and joint labor-management apprenticeship & training meetings are canceled until further notice.

SHELTER IN PLACE
San Mateo County Health issued the order on March 16, 2020 directing everyone to shelter at their place of residence (stay home) except to provide or receive essential services, engage in certain essential activities, and work for essential businesses and governmental services.  These measures have successfully proven to reduce the spread of the virus in other regions, so it's important to respect the order.  The order went in effect March 17, 2020 12:01am and continues through April 7, 2020 11:59pm.  Read the order in its entirety here.  If you have questions regarding the order, call San Mateo County Health at 211.

ESSENTIAL SERVICES
The following are excerpts from the the March 16, 2020 San Mateo County “Shelter in Place” order that may apply to Local 467 office staff and members.  The same order was issued by all other San Francisco Bay Area counties:

10. Definitions and Exemptions.
10.a. For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following “Essential Activities.”  But people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay in their residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care.

10.c. For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence to provide any services or perform any work necessary to the operations and maintenance of “Essential Infrastructure,” including, but not limited to, public works construction, construction of housing (in particular affordable housing or housing for individuals experiencing homelessness), airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services), provided that they carry out those services or that work in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as defined this Section, to the extent possible.

10.f. For the purposes of this Order, “Essential Businesses” means:
ix. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses;

10.g. For the purposes of this Order, “Minimum Basic Operations” include the following, provided that employees comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined this Section, to the extent possible, while carrying out such operations;

10.g.i. The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions.

10.g.ii. The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.

10.j. For purposes of this Order, “Social Distancing Requirements” includes maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.

Many Local 467 members’ work and jobs are exempt.  However, construction workers who choose not to work due to COVID-19 will not be punished for doing so.  Furthermore, construction customers and construction employers may choose to stop certain construction activities.

COVID-19 TESTING
You don't need to be tested for COVID-19 if you aren't showing symptoms such as fever, tiredness, and dry cough.  If you are concerned that you or a family member are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider first before going in, as you need an appointment to get tested. COVID-19 tests are only available by a doctor's order for high-risk patients who meet specific criteria.  If your doctor determines a COVID-19 test is needed, there will be no costs related to screening or testing.

HEALTH PLAN PHONE NUMBERS

Kaiser Permanente HMO
(866) 454-8855

Anthem Blue Cross PPO
(866) 670-1565

LOCAL 467 SERVICES PHONE NUMBERS

Membership
(650) 692-4730

Apprenticeship & Training
(650) 692-4730

Health Insurance
(408) 288-4455

Retirement
(408) 288-4557

COVID-19 is uncharted waters for Local 467, but I have no doubt we'll face the challenges ahead and come out at the other end, better and stronger.  I hope you and your family stays safe and follows health and social distancing guidelines.  Please stay in contact with your union brothers and sisters and help them out when needed, especially our retirees.  Most importantly, stay strong for your loved ones and keep them safe through these challenging times.

Best wishes for good health and continued resilience.

In solidarity,


Mark Burri
Business Manager

 

March 19th, 2020

A message from General President Mark McManus regarding COVID-19.

March 17th, 2020

Workers Affected by COVID-19

Brothers and Sisters, in these extraordinary times there has been a constant and consistent flow of calls requesting information and direction. To this point, we have put together a FAQ list and will be providing updates periodically in an effort to inform you and help guide you through your next steps. Below are 2 links, the first will bring you to EDD's website and allow you to file an unemployment insurance claim. The second, is a link to San Mateo County’s Health web site. Additionally, we have implemented a mass e-mail and texting campaign. Alerts will be sent informing you that new information has been posted. It is imperative that your information be current and accurate.

Unemployment Insurance Claim:

https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm

San Mateo County’s Health site:

https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus

FAQ:

Questions and answers you may have regarding your employment during the COVID-19 San Mateo County shut down.

1) Q: What number can I call for medical health advise.

A:   Local 467’s 24/7 Health Advice Phone Numbers:

Kaiser Permanente

(866) 454-8855

Anthem Blue Cross 

(866) 670-1565

2)Q: Is my employment considered an essential service?

A: At this time UA Local 467 is recommending all members and contractors follow the Shelter in Place Order that was put into effect as of 12:01 am on 3-17-20 by the County of San Mateo. smchealth.org/coronavirus

3)  Q: Do I need to be laid off and sign the UA Local 467 " Out Of Work List “to apply for unemployment benefits with the state of California?

A: At this time being laid off from your current contractor is not required to apply for unemployment benefits through the state of California. Please see the attached link to more information regarding applying for unemployment benefits due to reduced employment hours due to COVID - 19  https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm

Reduced Work Hours 

If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.

The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

4) Q: Are my health benefits “bank of hours” drawn down during my period of unemployment?

A: Yes, the necessary hours to provide benefits are drawn down each month.

*Attention all UA Local 467 members. At this time UA Local 467 is not requiring members to sign the out of work list in order to return to their current contractor. However, if you would like to be notified of current and upcoming employment opportunities through UA Local 467 you will be required to contact the employment office at (650) 692-4730 or by emailing either Scott Beale or Eric Tassio. Do not report in person to UA Local 467 employment office as we are closed. The UA Local 467 office staff will be working remotely and will make every attempt to continue “business as usual”. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call.

For HVAC/R questions, please email Scott Beale at Sbeale@ualocal467

For Plumbing, Welding and Pipe-fitting questions, please email  Eric Tassio at eric@ualocal467.org 

March 16th, 2020

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) 

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