08/2014 Alameda County Report - FITTERS : 342 Pipefitting News
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08/2014 Alameda County Report - FITTERS

by Robbie Nash (eff 1/15/16) on 08/22/14

Greetings, I hope this summer is finding all of you in good health. The work outlook in Alameda County for the steamfitters has been picking up.  We had a lull in short calls over the past few months, but there are many projects that are now calling in for manpower.

Tesla Motors – S/X Expansion Upgrade Project is utilizing 4 of our contractors. OC McDonald has 9 members hired on for a portion of that project. SilMan Construction hired 342 member, Bob Kiser, to oversee the pipefitters at Tesla. They currently have 11 members employed on that project. Pacific Mechanical Corp. (PMC) continues their ongoing maintenance and new construction work at that facility. RAM Mechanical, from the central valley, checked-in with the business office in mid-July and are looking at doing some work on that project as well. At this time, they have only hired one member, but will hire approximately 5-6 more pipefitters.

ACCO has several projects being manned by UA Local 342. They have 9 members working at Delta AmericasHeadquarters in Fremont and 7 members at Apple in Newark for a tenant improvement. They are fabricating for both projects at their shop with manpower already on hand. ACCO also has a small project at Revance in Newark that is currently employing 2-3 UA 342 members and another small project at Tesla Motors. They were able to man both sites by transferring between jobs.

Murray Company has picked up some manpower from the hall for a small project in Hayward at the Intarcia Pharmaceuticals Facility. We have also been able to help out with apprentices and certified riggers for a project they are running in Local 467’s jurisdiction.

ICOM Mechanical has an Underground Storage Tank (UST) Project at Highland Hospital. They currently have 9 members working on that project.

Many members have inquired about the SEAGATE Project that THERMA has at the old SOLYNDRA Facility. They will begin hiring for manpower in the shop for fabrication early this month. Dispatching manpower for the site will not be until the late August/early September.

We would like to give a special thank you to all the members who took their time to get the OSHA 10 card, tube bending assessment test, and orbital welding certification. The business office will dispatch accordingly, based on the contractor requests for this project. If you do not have any of these certifications and still need to get them, you have time. Please contact Steve Apperson for OSHA 10 and the tube bending assessment and Steve Eckley for the orbital welding certification.  I would like to personally thank Steve Apperson, Steve Eckley, Mike Baptista, Steve Upton, and Bryan Baker for facilitating all of the current certifications that our members have achieved so far. 

See you all at the next union meeting.