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DC7 Newsletter - August 2021

30 Aug 2021

Update from Brian Baumgartner

Painters, drywall finishers, and glaziers around the State of Wisconsin continue to stay busy. Construction is going strong, and the future is looking good as well. I wish it were the same for our brothers and sisters of Local 770. Covid-19 has decimated the sign and display industry and we can only hope that after we get through the pandemic, Local 770 will get back to work. Our construction contractors say the work picture looks good but are concerned about procuring materials. Lead times on paint, caulking and aluminum are getting longer, and in some instances, suppliers cannot even determine delivery dates.

Over this past year and a half of the pandemic, meeting attendance has been low. Attending the monthly meetings is the best way to get information firsthand before it gets embellished and hits the rumor mill. Communication within membership is key to the success of our organization and will always be a work in progress. There are so many ways to communicate with different social media platforms and the fact that we all have a cell phone in our pocket, that we will continue and try to deliver information using all these different ways to keep everyone informed.

There have been some changes in leadership at DC7. Dan Martin is now the Director of Organizing for District Council 7. As these changes continue to develop, I look forward to working with Dan and the entire organizing team. Organizing and servicing go hand-in-hand, and I believe in the direction moving forward. I am excited about the changes that are being made and have already seen the benefits. There is already more continuity and transparency between the reps and the organizers, which puts us all on the same page. It is absolutely crucial that that these two departments work together as we focus on organizing the un-organized and promote the high standards that we hold ourselves accountable to.

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work."

— Stephen King

Brian Baumgartner
Director of Service
Business Representative, Glaziers 1204 and 941
Office: (262) 910-9071
Email: brian@iupatdc7.com

STAR Event and Family Picnic Thank You

Thank you to everyone who attended last weekend's STAR event and family picnic! We had a lot of fun, enjoyed seeing everyone's families and gave away a ton of great prizes.

Remember to get your training hours in so you can qualify for next year's prizes.

IUPAT DC7 Retiree Club

The IUPAT DC7 Retiree Club meetings begin at 11:30 am on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Lunch is served at Noon.

The Retiree Club meeting dates are:

September 21, 2021 Labor Day Celebration (Build your own Sub Sandwich)
October 19, 2021 Halloween Fright
November 16, 2021 Happy Thanksgiving (Roast Turkey Dinner)

Desserts are always welcome!