Every Local Union elects Regional Council delegates; according to the Regional Council bylaws, the number of delegates is proportional to the Local’s membership. Every elected delegate from every Local serves on one of five Regional Council committees.
Delegates and committees meet quarterly, and sometimes more often. They establish policies, priorities and goals for the Council. They also serve as the conduits of information and initiatives back and forth between members, Local Unions, Local Union committees, and the Council.
• Executive Committee/Financial Oversight Committee
This committee oversees Regional Council business. Every Local Union in the Council has one elected representative on the Executive Committee. The President, Vice President and Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Regional Council serve on the Executive Committee, as do the Council’s three trustees. The trustees have supervision of all funds and properties of the Council, and audit all accounts.
• New Member Education
Committee members work with the Directors of Education and the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees to receive overview of curriculum and specialty training for our members. Curriculum is designed to meet the needs of Regional Council markets and the priorities of the Area Standards Committee. The committee also oversees education of new members in union principles and responsibilities.
Committee Chair: Paul Trudeau
• Newsletter/Member Retention/Community Involvement Committee
Committee members discuss the Regional Council magazine, Local Union newsletters, Council website and other forms of communication. They also encourage involvement of rank-and-file members in community service projects and volunteer opportunities, promote the member retention programs in place in each Local Union, and support the mentoring of new members.
Committee Chair: Matt Scott
• Organizing Committee
Committee members work with the Director of Resource Management to discuss strategic plans for Area Standards. Goals focus on recruiting new members and contractors, and increasing member work opportunities by retaining and expanding market share.
Committee Chair: Jesse Gregerson
• Political Action Committee
Committee members work to strengthen the union’s impact on legislative and electoral politics. This includes developing working relationships with political and community allies, developing strategies for effectively promoting our union’s objectives, and increasing the percentage of members who are registered to vote and who regularly participate in voting and related activities.
Committee Chair: Kyle Makarios
Felicia Hilton – Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota
Kyle Makarios – Minnesota and North Dakota
Mark Reihl – Wisconsin