Nashville Trades gathered in Downtown last week to give free cold water to workers. Tempuratures have been in the mid to high 90's. Building Trades members talked with workers about Hydration and benefits of working in the Nashville Building Trades Union.
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The Knoxville Building and Construction Trades are Proud to report that the first annual KBCTC/Labor Management Golf Outing was a huge success. Twenty Two Teams Competed with a total of around one hundred total attendance. Special Thanks to all the Trade Reps. for organizing the food, prizes, etc. We raised a total of $6,000.
.In a recent meeting with Shelby County Interim Mayor Joe Ford and Labor Union Representatives, Mayor Ford responded to a question from the crowd asking, "What can Labor do for you, for Shelby County?" It didn't take long for the Mayor to answer. It was obvious from the way he answered that it was something that truly bothered him. "Air conditioners. With limited funds and one death resulting from the heat this summer, we need air conditioners."
On Thursday, July 15, 2010, Mayor Joe Ford received an estimated $10,000 in air conditioners from the Memphis Building Trades Council, along with Lowes contribution of $2,500 as well to this worthy cause, which brought the total to $12,500 in air conditioners donated. The air conditioners were handed over to Shelby County Government officials during a press conference held at the Lowes store located at Perkins Rd. and Summer Ave.
A simple question asking how Labor organizations could help our County eventually took on a snowball affect and has so far resulted in not only $12,500 worth of air conditioners for our County, but also in the media joining the cause and challenging others to jump on board and reach a goal of $30,000 worth of air conditioners for those in need in our County.
Members of our community reaching out to others with acts of kindness, such as those demonstrated here, prove how coming together and working together to help others affects our community in such a positive way.
After several busy weekends in the spring of 2013, union volunteers put the final touches on a new bridge leading to some of the most popular areas of Tennessee’s Montgomery Bell State Park as part of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) Work Boots on the Ground program. The new bridge replaces one that was washed away in the 2010 floods, and the small, temporary bridge had stood in its place since then.
USA’s Work Boots on the Ground (WBOTG) program brings together union members willing to volunteer their time and expertise to tackle conservation projects. As a branch of WBOTG, USA’s Adopt-A-Park initiative focuses those efforts specifically on America’s parks. Looking to complete one of its inaugural Adopt-A-Park projects near the organization’s headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., USA Executive Director Fred Myers met with Montgomery Bell State Park Manager Pat Wright and later Nashville Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) President Anthony Nicholson to discuss possible conservation projects. When Wright identified the need for a new bridge, the Nashville BCTC quickly offered to help.
“There was an obvious need for repair to this bridge that was unfortunately washed away in the floods,” Myers said. “Anthony and the rest of the Nashville Building Trades didn’t hesitate to volunteer their time and skills as well as supplies for the rebuild. Their support is a tremendous help to the Middle Tennessee community.”
While Tennessee State Parks receive an average of 25 million visitors each year, budget constraints still make it difficult for all needed repairs to be addressed. According to the National Association of State Park Directors, there are 6,624 state parks in the U.S. that receive nearly three-quarters of a billion annual visits and generate $20 billion in economic benefits. Yet these parks are continually faced with budget cuts and have a backlog of repair and restoration projects. Through Adopt-A-Park, USA members volunteer their time and unique skills to renew, rebuild and restore America’s parks, whether by restoring a weathered visitor’s center, rebuilding the park ranger station or modernizing the facilities.
“Growing up near the park, I felt a personal obligation to be a part of this project,” said Nicholson. “Thankfully, the Nashville BCTC shared my passion for it. It really is a great show of local support, all around, for the community and conservation. Even the cost and labor to turn the fallen trees in the park into lumber were donated by Spann Brothers Lumber.”
Beginning May 11 and ending June 8, union members spent four Saturdays at the park completing the bridge rebuild with a total of 362.25 volunteer hours. All lumber used in the project was reclaimed wood from fallen trees in the park and building supplies were generously donated by the Nashville Building Trades. Over the course of the project, the USA and the Nashville BCTC saved Montgomery Bell State Park $7,323.65.
“We would really like to thank the Union Sportsman Alliance and the Nashville Building Trades for all of their hard work and time that they contributed in building the bridge that crosses Four Mile Creek,” said Wright. “With the completion of the bridge, hikers can once again be connected to the Spillway Trail, the Montgomery Bell Overnight Trail and some of the most important recreational areas of the park.”