The LMC mourns the the passing of Tom Lyon, Ph.D, Rockhurst University professor. Tom was a great mentor to many students and business leaders, and consistently promoted ethical, humane and smart business practices. Tom joined Rockhurst in 1975 and in addition to teaching served as director and co-founder of the MBA and Executive MBA programs, interim dean of the Helzberg School of Management and other leadership roles. Tom's visitation is Thursday, Feb. 27, 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Muehlebach Funeral Home, 6800 Troost Ave. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Feb. 28 at 10:00 a.m. at Cure’ of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Road.
The LMC congratulates John Bluford on his announced retirement as CEO of Truman Medical Centers. However, we will miss his tremendous leadership in health care, in the community and particularly his approach to labor-management collaboration. He received the LMC's Leadership in Labor-Management Collaboration Award in 2001.
Construction Industry Steering Team Summary of Minutes
8 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, Mark One Electric Co., Inc.
Attending: Terry Akins, Sam Alpert, Troy Carlson, Brian Dietz, Theresa Garz Ruiz, Jerry Helmick, Scott Hoisington, Joe Hudson, Matt Johnson, Dennis Joyce, Kevin King, Greg Lever, Bill Livingston, Alise Martiny, Joe Mabin, Kevin Sexton, John Tompson, Colleen White, Bob Jacobi.
•Introductions and thanks to Rosie Biondo and Mark One for hosting.
•Congratulations to Rosie Biondo for her appointment to the Economic Development Corp. of KC board of directors.
•Bid packages went out on the KCMO Crime Lab/East Patrol Station project two days ago, with more later this month. A meet and greet for bidders that can also include crafts will be held in early March.
•The Missouri House Workforce Development and Workplace Safety Committee approved HB 1143 (“right-to-work”), HB 1306 (re-defining maintenance for prevailing wage) and HB 1594 (volunteer labor on public projects). A concerted effort coordinating among four coalitions and groups is working to oppose “right-to-work.” Protect Missouri Families has speakers for union and community meetings who can present and encourage letters to legislators; contact Joe Hudson at the Carpenters District Council. A recent study by Dr. Kelsey at UMKC explains the negative economic impact of "right-to-work." The study can be found at http://www.kcaflcio.org/docs/An_Economic_Analysis_of_the_Adoption_of_RTW_on_Missouri_Families___2_10_14.pdf
•KCCP is working on the public works portion of a retail development in Sugar Creek.
•NICE’s iBuild event April 17 is signing up sponsors, booths and volunteers. Forms are available at www.nice-kc.com.
•The BSA 500, which will attract 15,000 boys aged 15-18, will include a Union Village in the garage pits featuring trades.
*SMACNA-KC Trade Show, Feb. 14-18, 2014
*KC CREW luncheon “Putting the Pieces Together” Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., Mission Hills CC
*Turning Around a Job Going Bad seminar from MCA, Feb. 19, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., JCCC
Capitol Federal Conference Center
*Jackson County hearing on proposed Minority/Women Business Enterprise Ordinance,
March 6 (note: a new date), 1 p.m., downtown courthouse 2nd floor.
*Midwest Construction Safety Conference, March 12-14/2014, Adams Pointe Center
*KC CREW luncheon “Lenexa City Center Development” March 25, 11:30 a.m.,
Mission Hills CC
*Boy Scouts Skilled Trades Day, April 5
*iBuild Showcase, April 17, Bartle Hall
*LMC Anniversary Celebration and Awards Dinner, April 17, Argosy Casino
*ASA Awards Dinner, May 8
*Missouri Legislative Session ends, May 16
*BSA 500, Kansas Speedway, May 17, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
*Builders’ Association Scholarship Golf Tournament, May 19, Milburn Country Club
*NAWIC Scholarship Golf Tournament, June 9, Adams Pointe Golf Club
*Mid-America Labor/Management Conference, July 6-9, Camden on the Lake
*LMC Golf Tournament, July 21, Oakwood Country Club
*Boy Scouts George Meany Award dinner Aug. 21; nominations of union members active in
scouting can be sent to IBEW Local 124, Laura Watson.
Congratulations to Richard Bruce, Joe Pink and Philip Thomas at the Builders' Association: •Richard Bruce has succeeded Joe Pink as the Builders' Director of Education. Richard taught at Missouri State University and currently also serves as president of the National Institute for Construction Excellence (NICE). •Joe will continue as Special Projects Director for the rest of the year focused on improvements to the Builders' North Kansas City training center. Joe has served the Builders' since 1991 and has been a strong supporter of the LMC. •Philip Thomas has begun his one-year term as Chairman of the Board of the Builders', succeeding Jerry Daugherty. Phil is president of A.L. Huber, Inc. Scott Hoisington, Turner Construction Co. and LMC Co-Chair, also now serves as a an assistant chairman.
The LMC's thoughts are with the family of Scott Grandon, Pipefitters Local 533 business manager, whose father Jerry Grandon died. Jerry Grandon was a 61-year member of Local 533. Services will be today, with visitation 5-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Paola, and the funeral tomorrow, 10:30 a.m. at the church.
The LMC congratulates Sherwin Carroll, Kansas City director of SEIU Local 1 and an LMC Board Member, on his retirement beginning at the end of this week. Sherwin has served the local for more than 30 years, and has been a solid supporter of the LMC. He will be succeeded by Lindsay Walker, who is returning to KC after serving in Washington, D.C. with SEIU's efforts to pass immigration reform. She was an active leader in community issues before going to DC and we look forward to her return next week.