|From Our Business Manager|
Greetings Brothers & Sisters:
We are starting to see the first signs of normalcy after 18 months of the Covid crisis. Our members are working, and we are looking forward to having in-person union meetings this summer. As soon as the county lifts its restrictions on large gatherings, we’ll be sending out notices to the members. We are shooting for our July 6th meeting, depending on the county, and if not, our August 3rd meeting.
I’ve missed our meetings because we can answer questions, get the members input, and hear your ideas for improvements. Some folks think that the union does things for the members. But the truth is, it is the members who drive the union, and the union responds to what the members want.
Local 332 is known for its strong member participation. When the community sees that we are a local that can organize our forces, it shows our strength. Our members have always been good at answering the call, and we’ve got boots on the ground when needed.
Those boots are going to be critical this fall to fight the recall election. Whether or not you agree with Newsom’s politics, he is a friend of the building trades. Should he be recalled, it would put our work in jeopardy. So stay tuned for opportunities to get politically engaged.
Finally, participation also builds camaraderie. Our brother- and sisterhood is the foundation of everything we do. I’m so proud of the participation of our members and that we can count on you. Without our members, we wouldn’t exist!
So keep your eyes and ears open for a notice for our next union meeting. And also sign up and bring your family to our next event: the San Jose Giants game when Local 332 will be taking over the ballpark.
We’ve all been locked up for a long time and seeing our members will be like seeing our family again – we miss you.
P.S. On Our Contract Settlement
With a $15 per hour raise over three years, it’s Local 332’s second largest contract increase in our union’s history.
It’s always hard to settle a contract after negotiating for months. There’s a fine balance between winning as much as we can for our members and not going so high that we price ourselves out of the market and lose our work.
Overall, I think we landed exactly where our union should be: top notch wages with an eye towards remaining competitive. I look forward to continuing to work with with you to increase our market share to protect our work.