Holds First Annual Labor/Management Conference
|Joseph Hunt, Ironworker general president, opened the conference
with a discussion on how labor and management can join forces
to provide skilled workers and successful contractors to meet
More than 525 contractors and ironworkers participated in the inaugural
Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT)
annual labor/management conference, which took place in Las Vegas,
January 28-29, 2008. IMPACT is a labor management partnership of
local unions and their signatory contractors that works to address
mutual problems and to create solutions to those problems. Some
of the issues the group focuses on includes training, safety and
creating a drug-free workforce.
The goal of the conference was to share information, dialogue with
each other and offer ideas and programs that can benefit both labor
"Ironworkers work a great deal with glass," says Eric Waterman,
IMPACT chief executive officer. "We unload, prepare, install, caulk
and seal various types of glass systems in the buildings and structures
that we erect."
Joseph Hunt, Ironworker general president, and William Brown, president
and chief executive officer of Ben Hur Construction Co., opened
the conference. Brown began by praising both management and labor
representatives for coming together to discuss ways they can overcome
common challenges together. Hunt also talked about how labor and
management can join forces to provide skilled workers and successful
contractors who can meet the construction demands in the United
States and Canada.
|Vic Cornellier, president of TSI/Exterior Wall Systems, provided
a contractor's perspective on how the organization meets the
needs of labor and management.
Vic Cornellier, president of TSI/Exterior Wall Systems, a contract
glazing firm located in Hyattsville, Md., was the second speaker.
Cornellier spoke about "the impact of IMPACT," providing a contractor's
perspective on how the group is meeting the needs of labor and management.
He said contractors and local unions should work together to support
the group's efforts, which could strengthen its ability to capture
market share. In addition, he said the greatest benefit through
IMPACT is that contractors are getting a trained, safe and drug-free
In addition, Collette Nelson, executive vice president of the American
Subcontractors Association, gave a presentation on understanding
prompt pay and learning how to avoid claims and litigation.
Plans for next year's conference are currently in the works. Exact
dates have not yet been set, but organizers say the event will take
place in early February of 2009 in Las Vegas. To learn more visit
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