|Date of Record:
||January 1, 2014|
|Comment Period Ends:
||January 31, 2014|
||Comment Period has Ended|
Date Submitted: 01-30-2014
Source: Ben Juhl - LaRusso Concrete, Inc.
Dear PWR Coordinator,
My name is Ben Juhl. I am with LaRusso Concrete. We are signatory with the Cement Masons and the Laborers. I wish to provide some clarification regarding the current revision request.
The revision is intended to address only work that is historically and currently performed by Masons. There is no intention of moving work that is currently under the either the Cement Mason’s or Laborer’s jurisdiction to another definition. The requested revision is needed only to correct a previous revision. We believe the previous revision may have been made inadvertently, as it had not been requested and was not mentioned or even noticed at the time.
The current BOLI Group 1 classification for Cement Masons includes this item: “Grinds or chips concrete in preparation of patching or to produce a finished concrete product.” As the line item states, this work is performed in the course of achieving specified finishes, which is the heart of the trade. This work may require an array of tools and equipment, including grinding and polishing equipment to provide exposed finishes which are currently popular, and which may sometimes be corrective in nature, but is all focused on the finished product.
This particular work exposes our Masons to silica dust and is therefore an elevated hazard which requires training and protective precautions more comparable to Cement Mason Group 2 activities, which include sandblasting and bush hammering. Prior to 2006, the classification item was in fact part of Group 2. We believe moving it to Group 1 may not have been intentional. In any case, the current revision request is based solely on the need to move the item from BOLI Group 1 classification back to BOLI Group 2.
Please note that the item in question is in Group 2 in our contract with the Cement Masons (where it has always been).
There is an objection to the request, on the basis that it would be a change of jurisdiction for work that is currently being performed by Laborers. This is not the case. We wish only to properly classify work that is currently and has historically been performed by Masons, and to ensure that they are paid appropriately for the typical hazards that are encountered in the course of this work.
Thank you for your consideration.
Estimator / Project Manager
Date Submitted: 01-29-2014
Source: Greg Held - Oregon & Southern Idaho Council of Laborers
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Date Submitted: 01-27-2014
Source: Eric Hill - American Concrete Cutting