SMW Local 73 celebrates, honors veterans

Sheet Metal Workers Local 73

Sheet Metal Workers Local 73 in Hillside held its annual Veterans Luncheon Nov. 6 as a way to give back to its veteran members. During the event, it donated $224,000 to Salute, Inc., a veteran organization that provides financial support for military men and women. Jennifer Rice/staff photographer

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By Jennifer Rice
Managing Editor
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2016
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HILLSIDE — A recent SMART Regional Convention in Chicago proved to be a catalyst for fundraising efforts by Sheet Metal Workers Local 73 to help a local veteran organization — Salute, Inc.

Donations received during the convention, and matched by SMART, totaled $224,000, which was donated Nov. 6 to Salute, Inc. founders Will and Mary Beth Beiersdorf, during SMW Local 73’s annual Veterans Luncheon.

“I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done,” SMW Local 73 President Rocco Terranova told his members in attendance at the veterans luncheon. “This organization does what it says it does,” he explained.

Salute, Inc.

Salute, Inc., founder Will Beiersdorf, holding T-shirts, and his wife Mary Beth pass out shirts to veterans at Sheet Metal Workers Local 73. Jennifer Rice/staff photographer

Salute, Inc., a non-profit organization, provides financial support for military men and women through a variety of fundraising activities.

This is the 12th year the SMW Local 73 Veterans Committee has held a luncheon for its veteran members. The committee fundraises through its monthly 50/50 union meeting raffles, and donations and proceeds from the sale of ads in its Veterans Committee luncheon booklet.

Sheet Metal Workers Local 73

Members enjoy a lunch, conversation, and raffle opportunities at Sheet Metal Workers Local 73 union hall Nov. 6. Jennifer Rice/staff photographer

Veterans Committee Secretary Mike Roche said this year, the committee has been able to give out more than $5,400 to various organizations.

A new, younger member was recently added to the Veterans Committee, bring some “new blood” to the committee, said SMW 73 Local Veterans Committee Director of Veterans’ Affairs Eric Olson.

Sheet Metal Workers Local 73

Two Sheet Metal Workers Local 73 veterans, Dominic LaCaria, left, and Paul McNutt, right, were the BIG raffle winners Nov. 6 during the union’s annual Veterans Day Luncheon. They both won a 50-inch Samsung Smart TV. Jennifer Rice/staff photographer

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“Our newest committee member is currently an apprentice, and I’m happy to say, we have 16 apprentices right now that our veterans,” Olson explained. The committee is looking to bridge the gap between the older and younger veterans.

Hillside Mayor Joe Tamburino, who is a familiar face at the luncheon, came again this year. Tamburino served in the Army from 1968-70.

Federal project, or tenant build out?

Obama archives labor protest

A labor dispute broke out in Hoffman Estates at the facility along Golf Road that will temporarily house archives for the future Barack Obama Presidential Center. Union members are trying to find out if the conversion is a federally funded project, or a tenant build out. Jennifer Rice/staff photographer

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HOFFMAN ESTATES — It seems inconceivable that a temporary archives facility, set to house archives for our DEMOCRATIC president in the Barack Obama Presidential Center, destined to be built in CHICAGO — ground zero for the LABOR MOVEMENT, is currently being worked on by non-signatory contractors.

What’s unclear, and what union leaders are trying to determine, is if the conversion of the archives facility is a tenant build out, or a federally funded project that should adhere to the Davis-Bacon Act.

Until it’s figured out, one thing is clear: Union members will be out along Golf Road with Scabby the Rat fighting this labor dispute.

Davis-Bacon, passed in 1931, requires private contractors to pay “prevailing wages” to employees on all construction projects receiving more than $2,000 in federal funding.

“If this is a federal project, Davis-Bacon applies,” said Sheet Metal Workers Local 73 Organizer Eric Olson.

Obama archives labor protest

Sheet Metal Workers Local 73 Organizer Eric Olson, left, brings State Rep. Marty Moylan up-to-date on the status of the building trades labor dispute against Mid-Continental Management. Moylan came out Aug. 22 to talk to union members about the situation. Jennifer Rice/staff photographer

Unfortunately, Olson is being told by Mid-Continental Management owner Andrew Staskevicius that it’s not a federal project and that the end-user will be the National Archives and Record Administration.

The building is owned by Hoffman Estates Medical Development LLC, which hired Mid-Continental Management as the general contractor. Local 73 put up Scabby the Rat Aug. 17. A labor rally was held Aug. 22, where several building trades members, retirees and local politicians, like Representative Marty Moylan and State Sen. Laura Murphy, came out.

Obama archives labor protest

From left, Mid-Continental Management owner Andrew Staskevicius talks with Sheet Metal Workers Local 73 Organizers David Sylvester and Eric Olson about signatory contractors that may have bid on the job for the conversion of the former Plunkett Furniture store that will house the temporary archives of the future Barack Obama Presidential Center. Jennifer Rice/staff photographer

As he has in days past, Staskevicius came out Aug. 22 to talk with members, specifically SMW Local 73 Organizers Olson and David Sylvester. Again, he indicated the conversion project is a tenant build out.

“I’m getting paid by the owner of the building. He is leasing to the government. There are government funds when the government actually taking over,” Staskevicius said, indicating the project is partially funded by the government.

Obama archives labor protest

State Sen. Laura Murphy, talks with Chicago & Cook County Building and Construction Trades Council President Ralph Affrunti about the situation during the construction at the Barack Obama Presidential Center. Jennifer Rice/staff photographer

Sylvester said it’s a federally funded job that was a no-bid contract. “This is a 74,200-square foot facility that’s being leased out for $11.6 million for four years, with a two-year extended option.”

Staskevicius indicated women would be working on the project. “For cleaning, and stuff like that, it’s going to be women.”

Obama archives labor protest

State Rep. Marty Moylan gives his full support to union members who are involved in the labor dispute. Jennifer Rice/staff photographer

Unions making things better for the future

Sergeant Major Tom Morrissey, U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.) and Army Master Sgt. Kirk Havens

Sergeant Major Tom Morrissey, U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.) and Army Master Sgt. Kirk Havens have an opportunity to talk during the Sheet Metal Workers Local 73 Veterans Day luncheon. Both Morrissey and Havens were injured in war. Jennifer Rice/staff photographer

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HILLSIDE — The brotherhood of union members and veterans are similar — there’s solidarity, commitment and pride.

For these reasons, it was only fitting that members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 73 formed its Veterans Committee. This year, it marked its 10th anniversary.

SMW Local 73 President Rocco Terranova couldn’t thank this members enough for their service and their sacrifice to their country.

Over the past 10 years, the Veterans Committee has raised money and donated to several worthy causes, from providing postage costs for overseas packages to furnishing a room for a wounded veteran at Hines VA Hospital. Members also visit Hines to play bingo.

“Those men and women there are so grateful we took a little time out of our day to visit them. We’ve touched so many lives and helped so many veterans,” Terranova said.

Sergeant Major Tom Morrissey, U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.) was invited to speak to members and he instilled the message the need to give back to others.

Retired Sheet Metal Workers Local 73 members

Retired Sheet Metal Workers Local 73 members enjoy their veterans luncheon Nov. 8. From left are Mac McCoy, peacetime Navy veteran; George Litynski, Army Vietnam vet; Steve Ziroli, Army Vietnam vet and Larry Kalchbrenner, Army Vietnam vet. Jennifer Rice/staff photographer

“Veterans Day is about sharing my experiences with how I’ve been helped, and how I’ve tried to help others.

Morrissey works for, and serves on the board for Transitional Living Services in McHenry, which helps homeless veterans and veterans with drug and alcohol problems.

“We do the dirty work. We deal with veterans that have a hard time dealing with life and we all need to understand that the more we can do to help those people, we’re helping ourselves,” he explained.

Terranova’s son, Mike, a Marine veteran, thanked the Veterans Committee for donating $500 to Salute, INC., a non-profit organization that provides financial support for our military men and women through a variety of fundraising activities.

Mike was quick to point out that donations to Salute go to a good cause — not someone else’s bank account.

The organization is near and dear to his heart because it helped his brother-in-law, Kirk Havens and his family, after he was injured in Afghanistan in 2013. The Army Master Sgt. now walks with a limp.

Sergeant Major Tom Morrissey, U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.)

Keynote speaker Sergeant Major Tom Morrissey, U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.) spent 32 years in the Special Service. He reminded members that Veterans Day is not just about the people who have served, but those who will serve. Jennifer Rice/staff photographer

While recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, several organizations contacted Havens with mailers, hoodies and decal stickers, but when he reached out for real help — in terms of executing a plan to continue his civilian life — he discovered none really wanted to offer help beyond hoodies and bumper stickers.

“But Salute reached out to [Haven’s wife] and they said, “we’ll pay off our bills this month, just to give you one less thing to worry about,” Mike explained. “The money that your donating is making a difference. It’s not going to be clouded in administrative costs. It’s going to be put in veteran’s pockets.”

Salute, INC

Sheet Metal Workers Local 73 Veterans Committee donated $500 to Salute, INC. in its continuing efforts to support veterans and their families.

Hillside Mayor Joe Tamburino, who’s been coming to the Veterans Committee luncheon for all 10 years said no greater honor can be bestowed on an individual than to serve their country. Tamburion served in the Army from 1968-70.

“This is our day to sit back and think back and keep alive the memories, the times the places and the people — because that’s the hard part. As a Vietnam veteran, I can say today that I’m extremely proud of the way its country treats veterans and how they recognize them. It didn’t happen in our day. But that’s ok, because in our heart, we did what was right,” he explained.

The Veterans Committee is able to make donations through funds raised at its monthly 50/50 union meeting raffles, donations and proceeds from the sale of ads in its Veterans Committee luncheon booklet.

Prior to the start of the luncheon, colors were posted by the Northlake Howard H. Rohde American Legion Post 888.