Local 776 Newsletter

April 2020, Issue 171

Due to the COVID-19 the April union meeting on April 8th will be available to the membership through Zoom video conferencing only (Only necessary officers will be present at the meeting).  The meeting will be for information only and the president will not be taking motions via video conference.  If you are interested in viewing please call the hall or email Melissa at mselby@ualocal776.com and we will send you a link a few days before.  With this program you can use a laptop or smart phone to join in.  Please also note the date change from the original date.


Fraternal News

  • Congratulations: Brothers David Spitnale and Terry Leppla had babies!

  • Death: It is with great sadness to report that Brothers Russell Mason and Lawrence Perkins have passed away.  Our condolences go out to the Mason and Perkins families.

  • Death Benefit: We are on Death Benefit #335 Russell Mason.  Death Benefits can be paid over the phone, in person or online at www.ualocal776.com.



Future Events to put on the Calendar

Union Meeting:  Union Meeting Wednesday April 8th at 7PM (Available via Zoom Meeting)

UA Weld Test: No weld testing will be performed until further notice.




  • Apprenticeship:  The Training center has been closed due to the coronavirus sanctions and Jim and Jason are both working from home.  If you need to contact them please call the hall and Melissa can give you their contact information.

  • Classes:  All classes are now online until further notice.  If you have questions with your online classes or need help, please call Jim or Jason.

  • State Apprenticeship Contest: The Ohio State Apprenticeship contest in Canton has been canceled for 2020 due to the Coronavirus.



Business Manager Comments  

          This COVID-19 pandemic has really hit the construction industry hard.  With the safety and health of our office staff, officers and members in mind we have been forced to make several changes in the hall, all of which we have sent notices out to the membership for.  Recently we have changed the days that people are at the hall.  Mondays and Friday’s all the office staff will be working from home and on Tuesday’s,


Wednesdays and Thursdays, we will be at the hall normal hours.  Please bear with us during these difficult times as we are trying to work through this ourselves. 

As you read above, this month’s union meeting will be available to the membership via Zoom video conferencing.  We believe this is a good way to still get information out to the members without bringing everyone together in the same room.  Although we won’t be taking motions or reading financials, the membership will still be able to ask questions either through the app on their phone or via laptop.  Please call in advance to sign up for the meeting and a link will be sent to your phone via text or to your email a few days in advance, whichever you choose.  This isn’t something that we plan to continue to do after the pandemic ends, but we feel it is important for the membership to know what is going on.

There has been some limited work on the road, if you are interested in working on the road please make sure to sign the travel card list.  Also, now is a great time to make sure you have an OSHA 10 card on file at the hall and your drug test is up to date.  If you have an OSHA but don’t have it on file, please get us a copy so we can store it in your file.  Many of the jobs require a copy of your OSHA card and drug test before work can be started.  If you don’t have an OSHA cert, please contact us and we can get you set up with an online class.  Please use good judgement when going out into public and keep your health and the health of your loved ones first and foremost!


Brad P. Wendel

Business Manager/ Financial Secretary - Treasurer

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