Volume 39, Issue 5, May  2004


National Labor College 
Offers Ironworking Degree 

A new program, designed by the Ironworkers Apprenticeship and National Fund in conjunction with the George Meany Center’s National Labor College, offers ironworkers the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in construction technology. Through the program, ironworkers who have completed their apprenticeship and have on-the-job work experience can gain up to 56 credits toward a bachelor’s degree from the National Labor College.

To earn a bachelor’s degree, candidates must already have either a high school diploma or G.E.D. They must also complete 120 semester credit hours, designated by the National Labor College. While the cost of the program varies based on whether candidates already possess required, credits, and the way by which the classes are pursued (i.e. community college, Internet classes, etc.), the average cost is $3,500.
Info www.georgemeany.org or call 800/462-4237.

CNA’s Surety Rating Downgraded
As another sign of the uncertainty among surety companies (see related story in the February 2004 USGlass, page 28) insurance analyst A.M. Best Co. has downgraded its financial strength rating of CNA Surety Corp. Group, which provides bonds to many glazing contractors. The rating is down to an A (excellent) from A+ (superior). According to Engineering News Record, “the change is another sign of the losses, shake-ups and drastic changes now reshaping sureties.”

The article noted that much like other sureties, CNA has tightened up on underwriting standards and increased prices in response to drops in profits in recent years.

Some Treated Wood Corrosive To Metal Parts
Health concerns over wood treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA) has lead to the use of substitute treatments that use other chemicals. Some of these new treated wood products can have corrosive effects on metal connectors and fasteners. 

According to reports, “corrosion of untreated steel is four times or greater than for hot-dip, galvanized steel.”

East Coast Gets in the Game on Two Southern Arena Installations
Based in Richmond, Va., East Coast Glass Systems recently enjoyed a bit of its own March Madness, securing contracts for two indoor arenas in the Southeast.

“It is unusual that two major sports facilities are being built simultaneously in the same region,” said Bruce Costner, vice president of sales and marketing. “The fact that we happened to have ended up with both glass and glazing contracts is somewhat unusual.”

In Charlotte, N.C., the company will be working on a new arena that will be home to the NBA’s newest franchise, the Bobcats. In Charlottesville, Va., East Coast will be working on the University of Virginia’s new multi-purpose arena.

Both facilities will feature glass curtainwalls, as well as canopies, handrails, partitions walls and doors.

The two district iron working councils of New York State, the District Council of Greater New York and Vicinity and the District Council of Western New York and Vicinity, have merged. The organization is now known as the New York State Ironworkers District Council ...


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