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Community Outreach Horicon Marsh

In 2013 the Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin (BTC) hosted a conservation dinner with Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA).  Following the dinner, Tim Bindl the director for USA’s ‘Work Boots on the Ground’ brought a list of projects to BTC, included on that list was the Horicon Marsh Pavilion.  Dave Branson, Executive Director for the Building and Construction Trades Council Of South Central Wisconsin, chose this project.  Dave began by reaching out to the area Labor Councils who in turn passed the message on to its delegates.  The delegates then recruited their respective trade members to help with the project.  The work to be done included building a new pavilion along with replacing all the boards on a 91’ foot bridge with PVC planks made from recycled materials.  On June 13th, 2014, with the help of Union members representing the Electricians, Sheet Metal, Bricklayers, Plasterers/Cement Masons, and the Pipe Trades the general public will now be able to enjoy the use of these the next time they tour Horicon Marsh.  Just another example of Union trades giving back to the local community.  For more information about ‘Work Boots on the Ground’ or USA please visit the following link: ‘unionsportsmen.org’.  Take note, we are represented on the ‘Work Boots on the Ground’ committee by Jerry Westerholm IBEW Director of Construction and Maintenance. 

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Relocation of General Douglas MacArthur

June 7th marked the culmination of a week full of activities leading up to the rededication of the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial at Veteran's Park north of the War Memorial. Through IBEW Local 494's Community Outreach Program and Veteran's Electric, all electrical services and materials to light the statue were provided at no cost. We also worked with Boldt and Doral on the nearly $65,000.00 worth of donated services. Business Representative Kurt Jante spearheaded the operation for Local 494's effort, engaging with the Veteran's Community Relation Team (VCRT)

Speakers from Australia, the Philipines, Japan, South Korea and great Britain presided at the event. This collaboration between organized Labor, management and the public sector is a shing example of Community cooperation which set the stage for a spectacular International experience.

"Big Fish" Caught on LU 494 Custom Lure

Chase Miller (Local 388- Stevens Point, WI) caught this 42" 23lb
Northern Pike, on Little Turtle Lake in Ontario Canada.
Chase used Local 494's custom Lure. Way to go Chase!

Dan Bukiewicz New President of MBCTC


Dan Bukiewicz with Local 494 Will Lead the Building Trades

January 17, 2014 (Milwaukee, Wis.) – The Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO (MBCTC) has elected Dan Bukiewicz as its new President to a three-year term. The election took place Thursday, January 16 in Waukesha at the Sheet Metal Workers, Local 18 b59 MBCTC delegates voting under secret ballot.

The current MBCTC President, Lyle Balistreri is set to retire in February after 18 years in the role. Bukiewicz is only the sixth President in its 100-year history, and will follow Balistreri who successfully helped broker work and Project Labor Agreements in excess of $7 billion throughout his tenure.

This is an important milestone for the Milwaukee construction industry,” stated Balistreri. I have confidence that Dan will continue to work on behalf of our union brothers and sisters, and do his part at keeping them working.

Bukiewicz, who has been involved in the construction industry for the past 28 years, became a Journeyman Electrician in 1990 after completing his apprenticeship with Electrical Workers, Local 494.

He is currently a Business Representative with Local 494 and a Second District Alderman serving his third term in Oak Creek.


After 18 years, I know this role inside and out, and I will work hand in hand with Dan so the transition between Presidents is seamless,” added Balistreri. It’s important that the industry, our industry partners, and all of the stakeholders involved with the Building Trades know we’ll continue to play an integral role in this city’s future.”

The newly-elected President will be sworn in on February 20 at the MBCTC delegate meeting, and will immediately begin working to represent the men and women of the Milwaukee Building Trades.

I’m honored and proud to represent the Building Trades as its President,” stated Bukiewicz.

I’m looking forward to building upon the tireless work Lyle has done over his career, and continue working with our industry at building Milwaukee.


I know we are just coming out of a recession that hit our industry very hard,” he added. But, the upcoming projects are encouraging, and we remain committed to putting our union brothers and sisters to work.”

Bukiewicz is talking about the nearly $1 billion worth of work in the downtown area including Northwestern Mutual, the Couture and the Irgens project by the US Bank building. The MBCTC is poised to perform all of the work, and is also partnering with other developers, contractors and communities across the area on other projects.

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