News and notes from New York state's UBC/tribal partnership

News and notes from New York state's UBC/tribal partnership

The Seneca Nation recently implemented a Project Labor Agreement with the UBC for the construction of several Seneca civil projects, worth about $100 million. Work includes creating a new administration building, two sports complexes, a water storage facility, a wastewater treatment plant and an addition/renovation to an existing Health & Wellness Center.

One immediate success story involves pile driver Travis Redeye. Travis became a pile driver apprentice in September 2004, with zero experience, including never having even seen a pile driving rig. In May 2008, Travis accepted an offer to become foreman of a pile driving crew working on the Seneca Nationís Buffalo Creek Casino. Congratulations, Travis!

We also welcome ERW Enterprises, a solely-owned Seneca contractor, who became a UBC contractor on July 7, 2008. Owner Eric White, who became an apprentice in June of 1993, first formed a joint venture with union contractor LC Whitford in 2004 to build the Seneca Allegany Casino. Just a few short years later, Eric has now ventured out on his own. Congratulations and good luck, Eric!

Itís clear that because of the uniqueness of TERO and the opportunities it creates, Eric and Travis have the opportunity to climb that career ladder.

(PHOTO) Native American apprentice graduates received their certificates on July 10th, 2008. Pictured here are Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters EST Patrick Moran; William Macchione, Council Training Director; Fred Crogan (Local 289), Darren Boon (Local 66), Travis Redeye (Local 66), Joshua Benton (Local 289), Thomas Rivera (Local 289) and Jeff Aiken, Local 66 Apprenticeship Coordinator.