New Local 38 Business Agent, Steamfitter Examiner Named

Local 38 Steamfitter Examiner John Corso has been appointed to the position of Local 38 Business Agent, Business Manager Larry Mazzola Jr. announced earlier last month.

"John has already proved himself a great asset to Local 38," said Mazzola Jr. in announcing the appointment. "He has built a reputation as a great hand in the field and has shown himself to be dedicated to his trade, his brother and sister members, and to Local 38.

"In addition he has done an outstanding job as the local’s Steamfitter Examiner," Brother Mazzola Jr., continued. "I’m delighted that Brother Corso accepted the position of Business Agent, and I look forward to working with him. I believe he is among the best Local 38 has to offer, and I’m sure he will do an outstanding job for the members, the contractors and the union."

Brother Corso steps into the Business Agent position that has been vacant since Brother Mazzola Jr. was named Local 38 Business Manager. At the same time Mazzola Jr. named Local 38 Instructor Kevin Dimic to replace Brother Corso as the local’s Steamfitter Examiner.

A strong background

A native of New York, Corso joined Local 38 in 1995, following a stint in the Navy as an Aviation Structural Mechanic. Initially stationed in San Diego and Bremerton, Washington, Brother Corso finished his service in Alameda, where he met his wife Marie and decided to settle in the Bay Area.

A graduate of the Local 38 Apprenticeship program, Brother Corso spent his early career working for ACCO and Spencer. For the past 15 years he has worked as a Foreman, General Foreman and Piping Field Superintendent for Critchfield Mechanical (CMI). He was appointed to the position of Local 38 Steamfitter Examiner in 2011.

"This is a great trade, and Local 38 is a great union," said Brother Corso. "Thanks to everyone in Local 38, members and officers, I have been able to build a career for myself and a life for my family that is even better than I could have ever imagined.

"I’m truly honored to be chosen to serve as a Local 38 Business Agent, and look forward to giving everything I can to the trade, the members and the local," he continued. "This is an exciting opportunity to work with the best union, the best people, I can imagine."

Brother Corso, 44 years old, has 2 daughters, Ava who is 7 and Addison who is 5.

Steamfitter examiner

Local 38’s new Steamfitter Examiner, Kevin Dimic, is also a product of the Local 38 Apprenticeship program, having turned out in 2004. He started with CMI and Kinetics during his apprenticeship, but has been with ACCO for 13 years, working his way up to a General Foreman.

Brother Dimic already has a long history of giving back to Local 38 and his trade, having served as the Steamfitter shop teacher for the past seven years. He is a graduate of the five-year UA Instructor Training program held annually at Ypsilanti Community College in Michigan.

A native of Canada, Brother Dimic’s family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when he was three months old. He graduated from Hayward High before entering the Local 38 Apprenticeship Program.

Kevin became one of two Local 38 Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI) and an Authorized Testing Representatives (ATR) in 2009.

He and his wife Melissa have two children, Cooper who is 2 and Ella who is 1.

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Local 38 Takes Statewide Softball Title

Riding some excellent pitching, outstanding fielding and power hitting, Local 38’s two softball teams dismantled local after local to finish first and third in this year’s UA Statewide Softball Tournament, held earlier this month in Stockton. (Click here for photos)

Team 1 won 3 games on Sunday to earn their way into the championship match against Local 250 out of Los Angeles, which thanks to the pitching of Steve Venturi, the defensive play of Travis Gonzaga and Tommy McGee and the hitting of Shaun Wetteland, they won 19-7. Because of the tournament’s double elimination format, Team 1 played Local 250 three times, losing the first match up, and then winning the second game 17-10.

Local 38’s Team 2 finished in third place out of 17 teams, the highest Team 2 has finished in the tournament. It was the sixth time Local 38 has taken home the statewide crown in 20 years of participation.

Team 1 was coached by Larry Mazzola Jr. and RJ Ferrari, while Team 2 was coached by Bill Blackwell and Jimmy Kazarian Jr.

"We are incredibly proud of the performance of both our teams," said Local 38 Business Manager Mazzola Jr. "It’s nice to bring home the trophy, but it’s just as gratifying to know that we fielded two out of the top three teams in the tournament. It was a great weekend for Local 38’s softball teams."

Team 1 finished the tournament with a record of 6-1, with all seven games pitched by Venturi. Gonzaga was named the defensive MVP of the tournament for his outstanding play at shortstop, and Wetteland took home the tournament batting crown with an average of over .700.

Local 38 second baseman Darren Irwin was injured (broken leg) in a collision at second base during the first games between Team 1 and Local 250. The team proudly dedicated their tournament victory to Irwin.

Team 2 was powered by pitcher Mike Wetteland and the power hitting and outstanding fielding of Ken West. Perhaps the most bittersweet moment of the tournament was when the two Local 38 teams faced off against each other twice.

"This was another great tournament," said Mazzola Jr., "and I want to say a special thank you to Bill Taylor and Luis Montalbo of Local 442 for hosting this event once again. It’s great to get a chance to compete against, well as visit with, UA brothers and sisters from throughout California."

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I want to start off this month by welcoming our two new officers, Business Agent John Corso and Steamfitter Examiner Kevin Dimic.

I don’t want to say we’re lucky to have the officers we have, because I believe it goes much deeper than that. I believe that the tradition, the reputation, the excellence of Local 38 builds a culture that attracts the best, most dedicated members to become involved with the union.
So it is from the "cream of the crop" that we get to choose our officers, and certainly these two are no exception.

John Corso

Brother Corso has been a Local 38 member for just under 20 years, including three years as our Steamfitter Examiner. During that time he has built an exceptional reputation, both as a mechanic and as a union member.

I’ve had the honor of knowing and working with John, and I’m very excited about everything he brings to the position of Business Agent. His knowledge of his trade, his dedication to his brother and sister members, and his loyalty to Local 38 will, I’m sure, make him a valuable asset to our leadership team. I’m excited to have him as part of Local 38’s future.

Kevin Dimic

Brother Dimic has spent the past seven years working as the Local 38 steamfitter shop teacher, and has also proven himself an invaluable asset to our union. Kevin is a "good union man," which is one of the highest compliments I can give anyone. I look forward to working with him and believe he will make an outstanding contribution to our local.

Choosing the right officers for Local 38 is not always easy. Not only do our officers need to be the best in their trade, they need to be loyal and dedicated to the union and the members, while being able to negotiate and work with our signatory contractors.

I am extremely proud of the current Local 38 leadership team. I am well aware of the proud tradition of outstanding leadership that has made Local 38 one of the premier labor unions in the entire country. We have big shoes to fill and a bright future to build. I believe our current team of officers is up to the challenge and I look forward to working with each and everyone of them.

softball tournament

While we’re handing out accolades, let’s hear it for Local 38’s two softball teams who competed against 15 other teams in the UA Statewide Tournament earlier this month. Not only did Local 38’s Team 1 take home the tournament championship, but Team 2 finished third in the tourney, an unheard of showing for one local.

I want to congratulate all of our players for a great performance. The tournament is 28 years old, and has become a great tradition throughout the state. We get a chance to play against locals from all over California, so we can meet and visit with UA members from across the state. And the icing on the cake, Local 38 has won six titles in its 20 years in the tourney.

The tournament’s lots of fun, and taking home the first place trophy isn’t half bad, either. I want to say a personal thank you to Bill Taylor, Luis Montalbo and all our brothers and sisters from Local 442 for hosting the tournament. It’s a great weekend.

I also want to send a "get well soon" wish to Team 1 second baseman Darren Irwin, who was injured in the tournament. Darren, and all the other Local 38 members who played or just came to root our teams on, all deserve a special thank you for their outstanding representation of Local 38.

One final note...a special thank you to Locals 250 (LA), 246 (Fresno) and 442 (Stockton), who along with many individuals, made generous financial contributions to Darren Irwin. We all know that injuries are a part of our trade, but being laid up and out of work because of a softball tournament is tough. Thanks, everyone, for your support. It will certainly help.

COPE endorsements

Click here to find our COPE endorsements for the upcoming Nov. 4 election. It’s impossible for me to overstate the importance of every Local 38 member voting in the upcoming election.

For years we have seen an unprecedented and unrelenting political attack on labor unions. Why? Because we represent the needs of working men and women, as opposed to large corporations. But the truth is we can’t compete with corporate interestes when it comes to expensive campaigns. We simply can’t match their campaign contributions, which means candidates representing our interests can’t afford as much advertising, paid staffing, and television exposure, for example, as our anti-union opponents.

Our only advantage is our numbers. There are simply more workers than bosses. But that advantage only works if we use it. This means voting and making sure our friends and supports make it to the polls.

Your COPE goes to a lot of trouble to determine which candidates and issues are most important to Local 38 and labor as a whole. So please, put aside page 2 and whether you vote absentee or at the polls, use it to vote for COPE endorsed candidates. Your future depends on it.

Local 38 Picnic

Finally...GREAT PICNIC! Thanks everyone for the hard work that goes into making this a wonderful event. This was our largest picnic in years, and I think our best. Well done workers and picnickers, alike.

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