Posted March 25, 2022


Have you taken Supervisor Certification Training 1 (SCT1)? The correct answer is probably NO, even if you have. WHAT? Ok here is the 411, The STAR Committee has hit the reset button and created a new SCT1 that all members will need to take in order to qualify for the STAR Rewards Event. Yes, even if you have qualified in the past by taking the Mark Breslin Survival of the Fittest Class or the ICRA Class you will need to take the new SCT1 Class to qualify. All other rules of qualification still apply. I will be taking the Train the Trainer class for the New SCT 1 on Saturday 3/26/2022. Future dates for the class will be coming out on the STAR website and should be available at all Training Locations. Don’t Miss Out on the Rewards event simply because you did not take this class!


With 2022 comes the midterms, we will be focusing on Local area City Council Races, Local Area School Board Races State and Federal Races. It is very important that the VAC stand tall when reached out to. All of the Project Labor Agreements we have secured are because of Local, State and Federal Politicians that we worked hard to get elected. We have so much more work to do not only to maintain the current level of Labor Friendly Politicians but to expand our base.

We have a lot of money coming to the Central Valley from the recent Infrastructure bill that was signed by President Biden and without support from our political leaders we can lose a lot of that work to the Non-Union. Please take my words seriously. When choosing a candidate to vote for understand where they stand on Labor Issues no matter what party they identify under. Everyday, we as a whole, fight off legislation that will do away with Davis Bacon and State Prevailing wage laws. We cannot exist without these laws in place. Without them it is a big race to the bottom and everything is out the window when it comes to Prevailing wages Working Conditions and Safety Conditions.

Please be ready to volunteer for at least three VAC Political Events this year. YOUR WAGES AND BENEFITS DEPEND ON IT.

The following are Candidates that have been endorsed by the membership of Local 294 at recent Regular Union Meetings.

  1. State Assembly District 27 Esmeralda Soria
  2. State Assembly District 31 Joaquin Arambula
  3. State Assembly District 14 Anna Caballero
  4. Fresno City Council District 1 Annalisa Perea
  5. Fresno City Council District 3 Miguel Arias
  6. Fresno City Council District 5 Luis Chavez
  7. Fresno City Council District 7 Nelson Esparza
  8. US Congress 21st Jim Costa
  9. Tulare County Board of Supervisor District 4 Eddie Valero
  10. SCCD Trustee Area 4 Magdalena Gomez
  11. Madera County District Attorney Sally Moreno
  12. US Congress #13 Adam Gray
  13. FUSD Trustee Area 5 NUETREAL Adam Levine
  14. FUSD Trustee Area 5 NUETREAL Daniel Renteria

The Fresno Madera Tulare Kings Central Labor Council have been conducting Political Interviews and have recommended several endorsements. Those recommendations cannot be publicized until after State Labor Fed Approval.

The Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings Building Trades has endorsed all that Local 294 has endorsed. We will be continuing to endorse Candidates at upcoming regular Union Meetings focusing on Candidates that support Labor’s Agenda.

Jeff Roberts
Reginal Director
Business Representative LU 294


Contract Suggestions Needed!

Dear members of Local 507, Our second meeting of the year will be on Tuesday February 28, 2023 at 6:30 PM at 2149 Oakland Rd San Jose CA 95131. Painters, please make an effort to attend as your suggestions for your upcoming contract are needed. Please see suggestion questions below. Please let me know if […]

January 31, 2023

AFL-CIO 2023 Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

In January I attended the AFL-CIO 2023 Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference where I heard from many influential speakers such as: Fred Redmond, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO; Muriel Bowser Mayor, Washington, D.C and Maya Wiley, CEO of the Civil Rights Organization, just to name a few. Some of the key takeaways were that […]

January 30, 2023