On April 27, 1966 a special meeting was held to discuss this new piece of equipment that had just showed up on the property. The Bucket Truck!
Carl Carpenter, Paul Pitt, Bob Morehead, and W.F. Heim represented the Davey Tree Company. Tom Walsh, Fran Murray, John Taylor, Richard Bujak, Charles Conway, and Paul Douthett represented Local 1919. Safety rules were discussed and these items were agreed to:
- The crews would be two men, a Crew Leader and 'journey-man' trimmer
- No climbing tools or ropes allowed in the basket except one 1 /2" rope.
- No saws allowed in the basket except the 'airtext' saw
- Buckets will remain folded when-
-Chipper is in operation
-Crew Leader is securing permits
-Crew Leader doing time reports or other reports
-If the job required the use of power' saws and ropes, then another crew will work with the bucket.
-There would be no decrease in the work force because of the bucket truck.
The greatest accomplishment for Local 1919 came about on October 1, 1990 when the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training recognized that Line Clearance Tree Trimmers were worthy of Apprenticeship.
We contacted the Department of Labor and set the wheels in motion for this recognition of our trade. Standards were compiled and recognized and where none existed they had to be drawn up and adopted. It took many years.
Finally all the paperwork was completed, the Trust Fund Document was written and signed, the curriculum compiled and printed. On January 22, 1992 the first class of the only certified Line Clearance Journeyman Tree Trimmers in the United States graduated.
These members were of that first graduating class: