The National Association of Construction Boilermaker Employers (NACBE) recently announced two major leadership changes.
Following the recent resignation of NACBE President Greg Purdon of Enerfab, NACBE Vice President Robert (Bob) Gabrysiak of Hayes Mechanical has assumed the top role. "Greg has been a guiding light in NACBE's joint efforts with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers during these challenging times as our industry finds its way toward succeeding in a 'new marketplace,'" said NACBE Executive Director John Erickson in a statement. "Greg will be missed."
Erickson went on to announce that he was also stepping down, having informed the NACBE Board three years ago of his intention to retire. "Effective July 1, 2017 Ron Traxler (CBI Services), current Board member and Secretary/Treasurer of NACBE, will become NACBE's Executive Director as well as Common Arc's Executive Administrator," Erickson said. "I will continue to assist Ron during the transition period leading up to my retirement...Whether it be chairing employer negotiating committees, serving on Boilermaker trust funds as both a trustee and as chairman, or just there for all when questions arose that he could help with Ron has always been a steady influence on our efforts. I believe that the NACBE Board has made an excellent decision that will benefit the industry going forward."
NACBE Board member Mike Bray (Shelby Mechanical) will replace Traxler as Secretary/Treasurer on July 1.
What will a Trump presidency mean for the union construction and maintenance industry - and, for that matter, the economy as a whole?
That's the question on everyone's mind as 2016 roars to an end. But the answer - at least for now - remains elusive, even for some of the most powerful people in Washington, D.C. Only one thing is certain: when it comes to Donald Trump, throw the crystal ball out the window, because it won't do anyone any good.
"Quite honestly, nobody knows" what Trump will do as president, said Sean McGarvey, President of North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU). Speaking at TAUC's State of the Union Construction Industry Forum on December 8, he added, "We don't know. [The business community] doesn't know. I think President-elect Trump knows - some of it."
Jim VandeHei, co-founder of POLITICO and one of the sharpest political minds in Washington, echoed McGarvey's sentiments. "Welcome to Trump Land," he joked to the packed crowd of contractors, labor reps and owner-clients. He went on to describe the President-elect's approach as "a mixture of impulse and improvisation."
"Big things are going to happen in wildly unpredictable ways," VandeHei said. "We don't know…nobody knows. His kids know. That's it. So unless you're talking to [son-in-law] Jared or Ivanka, maybe Steve Bannon, no one knows exactly what he's going to do. [Even] he probably doesn't know exactly what he's going to do."
Anatomy of a Victory
McGarvey gave Trump credit for tapping into the "deep-seated fears and feelings" of many union members across the country. Based on research stretching back to 2007, NABTU knew that a lot of craftworkers were frightened about what the future held for their careers and families. Trump's message resonated with these men and women - and in several crucial states, cross-over votes from Democrat union voters helped him win.
"When we polled our members, Hillary Clinton was clearly the one that they supported, but Donald Trump was number two with our members, going back to the fall of 2015," McGarvey said.
"Exit polls were probably off a little bit," VandeHei said, "but in those states where Donald Trump did better than anyone thought, it's clear Hillary Clinton underperformed among union members." VandeHei said union voters agreed with Trump's message that globalization and other economic trends over the past 20 years haven't benefited the vast majority of Americans. "I think there are a lot of union members who are very open to what Donald Trump is talking about," he added.
Infrastructure & Energy
When it comes to infrastructure spending, NABTU is "all in," McGarvey said. However, he stressed once again that no one really knows what President Trump's actual proposal will look like.
When it comes to energy, McGarvey said he and his colleagues have been "heartened" by the picks Trump has made for his administration thus far, and they feel that energy policy is about to take a "dramatic turn." Although NABTU supported Clinton, he added that Trump was the second-best option.
"We can no longer continue to have private sector companies plan and invest capital into energy projects when there's no predictability that, when they follow the rules, the end result is they can actually build and operate that facility," McGarvey said. He also blasted the "politicization of energy projects" under President Obama.
Despite the seismic shift that occurred on November 8, McGarvey stressed that NABTU's strategy hasn't changed. "It's one of engagement - engagement with the owner community to invest in projects with their capital, and the opportunity to put our members to work." He also expressed a commitment to create opportunities through apprenticeship and training programs for communities of color, women and veterans.
"I am more optimistic about the growth trajectory that the unionized construction industry is on and will continue to be on for the foreseeable future," McGarvey added. "When we agree with President-elect Trump we'll do it publicly, and when we disagree we'll do it respectfully, just like we did with President Obama, and just like we did with President Bush before him. But in any case, I think the future is very bright for the unionized construction industry and there are lots of opportunities."
Two key Congressmen, both with decades of experience in the construction industry, expressed cautious optimism about a Trump administration.
Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), one of only two professional engineers in Congress, told the TAUC Forum audience he is encouraged by discussions he has had with the Trump transition team regarding the proliferation of federal regulations. He predicted Trump will slow down on imposing new regulations that make it harder for businesses to operate.
"If we can get our regulations under control, we can unleash a potential we haven't seen in generations in this country and put our people back to work," Rep. McKinley said.
Regarding infrastructure spending, McKinley's message was simple. "You want to change the economy, [make it] robust and vibrant again? Put our construction people back to work…use our infrastructure as a vehicle to put Americans back to work quickly."
As for Trump's victory, McKinley said he had "never seen a more seismic shift in our political landscape…I'm excited to see what's going to happen. He wasn't my first choice, but he's the President of the United States."
Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) is the only electrician in the House of Representatives and worked for years installing power lines in refineries and on the tops of bridges. He rose through the ranks and eventually became assistant business manager for IBEW Local 351 and President of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO.
Like McKinley, Norcross said he was "absolutely thrilled" over the potential for Trump to engage in a robust round of infrastructure spending.
"I dealt with Donald Trump for [many] years in Atlantic City…one thing I understood about the Trump organization, they understood the art of the deal… I think there is real opportunity here. There is also some peril; I certainly have some issues, and I'm not suggesting everything Donald Trump is doing is the right thing. But he is talking about things that make a difference to the people I represent…it's about building again."
The Trump Doctrine
VandeHei predicted that President Trump will be just as unconventional in terms of political strategy as candidate Trump. Despite calls from some corners for Trump to give up tweeting once he takes the oath of office, he doubts that will happen.
"That Twitter account, one of the reasons he's not going to give it up is that it gives him leverage." As a successful businessman, Trump understands the power of leverage better than almost anyone, he noted.
"You think what he did to Boeing and Carrier isn't going to have a huge impact on other companies?" VandeHei asked. Any corporation considering moving jobs to Mexico will think twice, knowing that a single tweet from President Trump could unleash a torrent of negative publicity.
Trump's social media prowess could also come in handy when clashing with more conservative members of his own party, who may not approve of his plans to spend big on infrastructure, VandeHei said. "Conservatives are scared of him. Any time some poor guy in Congress thinks he's going to make a stand against Donald Trump, all he's gotta say is, 'Want me to tweet? Want me to talk to my friends at Breitbart? You ready for hell?' They're going to buckle like they already buckled, which will give him even more leverage. He really is upending the ideology of his own party, and it's my guess he'll upend the ideology of the Democrat Party, too."
VandeHei summed up Trump's win as a "profound disruption to how this city works." He said the expansion of executive power under Presidents Bush and Obama have laid the groundwork for "an extremely powerful imperial presidency."
"When you have all-Republican rule in this city, you can do a hell of a lot fast," VandeHei said. "There are no checks on his power. He is going to be able to do massive, massive things."
Tim Driscoll will be named Secretary-Treasurer of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) effective January 1, 2017, the union said in a recent press release.
Driscoll, currently BAC Executive Vice President, will take over for the retiring Henry Kramer, who has served in the Secretary-Treasurer role for seven years. Driscoll will fulfill the remainder of Kramer's term.
BAC President James Boland remarked, "Henry has been a great partner to me and a great steward of the Union's financial and administrative interests. On behalf of our Union, I thank Henry for his counsel and perspective on the Executive Board, and for his nearly four decades of service to BAC. We all wish him a long, healthy and happy retirement."
Driscoll has held the position of Executive Vice President since February 2010. A second generation member, Driscoll joined BAC Local 3 Massachusetts in 1985. In 1993, he moved to the Washington, D.C. metro area and joined Local 1 Maryland/Virginia/D.C. In 1995, Driscoll joined the IU's Government Relations department, and then as Assistant to the President. In 1999, he was promoted to the position of Director of Trade Jurisdiction.
Driscoll is recognized throughout the building trades industry for his reasoned approach to issues and ability to solve problems and get things done. Driscoll holds a BS in Economics from the University of Maryland, and is a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program. Said President Boland of the appointment, "Tim has excelled in every position he has held at the International Union, and I expect he will do the same as Secretary-Treasurer. I look forward to working closely together with Tim to maintain and advance our vibrant and strong Union."
"As a labor representative for the Bricklayers in the NMAPC Program for many years, Tim has proven himself to be a hardworking champion for our industry," said Steve Lindauer, TAUC CEO and Impartial Secretary/CEO of the NMAPC. "He's going to do great things in his new role, and we look forward to a continued positive relationship with Tim, General President Boland and the entire Bricklayers union."
BAC also announced that Carlos Aquin will fulfill the remainder of Driscoll's term as an Executive Vice President.
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Here's a roundup of some recent news items of interest to the union construction and maintenance industry!
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