Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Please be aware that we are planning to discuss any progress on our ongoing Building Trades
contract negotiations at the April Union Meeting. The meeting will be held as follows.
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
SMART Local 71 Union Hall
24 Liberty Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14215
Also at this meeting, we will be discussing and holding a vote on the Executive Board’s proposal
to purchase the building located next door at 20 Liberty Avenue.
Over the past couple of years, we have been discussing the long and short range plans for Local
71. We recognized the need for additional parking, so the first action item was acquiring the vacant lot on
Kensington Avenue. Before we closed on the purchase of the property, we addressed and discussed the
issue with our membership at our Union Meeting. The vote to acquire the additional property was also a
commitment to the City of Buffalo as well as our current location.
The next step that was discussed was acquiring the building next door. The price for the building
is being negotiated. If and when the latest purchase has been completed, Local 71 would own ¾ of the
city block, a substantial asset for our local and our membership. We realize that there will be additional
costs before we can use the building (primarily the roof), but once acquired, we can continue remodeling
at our own pace utilizing our own services when possible to allow us to improve and expand without
borrowing or taking on debt.
Please make every effort to attend this important meeting.
John Helak & Paul Crist