It is with the deepest regret that we report the death of Brother Charlie Gladden who passed away this morning March 14, 2014. This is DA #254. Please remember the Gladden family in your thoughts and prayers. Arrangements will be posted as they become available.
The Gadsden/ Anniston JATC will be accepting applications for the year 2014. Applications can be picked up at the Cecil C. Sherman Training Center. Applications will be given out on Monday and Tuesday nights from 6:30 PM-9:30 PM during the following time frames: Jan 1 – May 31 2014 and Sep 31 – Dec 31 2014. You must have a high school education or GED equivalent. You must be 18 years of age. All applications MUST be picked up and returned in person. The Gadsden/ Anniston JATC is an Equal Employment Opportunity.
Greetings Brothers and Sisters! Hope you all had a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Work was slow this past month even tho we have a small outage going at Gadsden Steam Plant and have had good luck on sending people out of town. As I write this, TVA negotiations are finishing up on hourly wages with annual wages to take place next week. We have $0.97 to divide up at our next union meeting on Dec. 13. Come down and take a part in the business of your Local Union. It appears that Local 91 has a lot of power house work coming and will need a lot of help. Thanks to all our sister locals for working our people this past year. Just a reminder that a lot of places will not accept laminated S.S. cards and Southern Company is one of them. As always we are looking for contractors and skilled craftsman that want to be a part of us so if you know of anyone send them down to talk to us. A local that’s not growing is a local dying. There continues to be a growing need for welders across the country and if they are willing to travel it don’t take long to put them to work. With the holidays coming, please keep safety in mind as it is easy to get distracted at this time of year. Your family wants you home in one piece. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! From me and Joyce: Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thanks for all you do.
It’s time again for our annual get-together/fundraiser. Click below to get a copy of the flier and help spread the word. Note the location change. Also, if anyone would like to donate any door prizes to be raffled or know any businesses that would like to donate, it would be greatly appreciated. More info to come as the date draws near.
Well…it’s becoming a bit of a tradition but I wanted to announce that David Underwood has went to represent Local 498 again in the state competition for plumbing and has once again come out on top. Congratulations to David and to all the others that won in their respective areas. David was also presented with a belt buckle for best overall plumber. Pictures should be here soon as well.
We at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 498 in Gadsden, would like to thank the people and businesses of Northeast Alabama for making our picnic last year a huge success. We had a chili-cooking contest along with door prizes and other things to do.
Even though it rained, we had more than 400 people come through and raised some $4,000 for those affected by the tornadoes on April 27, 2011. A special thanks goes out to our Gold Sponsors, Colvin’s Welding & Plumbing, D & O Motors and Rainsville Glass. We also would like to thank The Gadsden Times for its coverage of the event.
We will repeat this event on July 28 with another picnic. This time we will have an ice-cream making contest, and all money raised will go to the United Way. Everyone is invited. To take part, make a donation, furnish a door prize or for more info, contact Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 498 at 256-546-6791.
Garry “Gabby” Frost
CONGRATS TO ALL THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ALABAMA APPRENTICE CONTEST! THE WINNERS ARE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT IN THE PICTURE:DAVID UNDERWOOD LOCAL 498-PLUMBING, JOSH SMITH LOCAL 91-FITTING, DEREK FREEMAN LOCAL 498-WELDING, AND MICHAEL DANIELS LOCAL 52-HVAC. THESE YOUNG MEN WILL BE GOING TO NEW ORLEANS NEXT WEEK TO COMPETE IN THE REGIONAL.
Congrats to Derek Freeman and David Underwood for winning the Welding and Plumbing devisions in the State Apprentice Contest for Our Local. Great Job! Also Congrats to Local 52 HVAC winner( Montgomery), Local 91 Pipefitter winner ( B’ham) and all contestants. Anyone that could have been at the competition could not argue that UA Appretices ARE the BEST in the business. Good Luck winners in New Orleans in June. Not sure I will get to see you there but, I will be at the Nationals in ANN ARBOR, MI in August so hopefully I will see our guys there. -Chris Bell
During our meeting Friday, Business Manager Garry Frost was presented the charter for the Gadsden chapter of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO). IAPMO Region 8 Manager and UA member, Bob Carpenter, was there to present the charter and install the officers. Please take the time to visit their website to read more about what they do and you can also click here to become a member.
Click here to download or print the flyer to share and as always, we welcome your comments and ideas.