November 2004 IBEW Journal
L.U. 35 (i), HARTFORD, CTOn June 23, Local 35 held its election of officers. Elected are: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Robert Murray Jr., Pres. John Sardo, Vice Pres. Bruce Silva, Rec. Sec. Jean deSmet, Treas. John Simeone; Executive Board members Gary Cote, William Moriarty and Craig Smith; and Examining Board members David Gordon, Jamie Lamitie and Dennis Machol. Delegates to the International Convention are Robert Murray Jr. and John Lurate; alternate delegate is Brian Canny. Congratulations to our newly elected officers.
The U.S. presidential election is upon us. We must vote George Bush out of office. If reelected, Bush will continue his efforts to dismantle every union in the United States.
Dont forget to vote in November!
John Sardo, Pres.
L.U. 41 (em,es,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NYOrganizing in Local 41 has been a major part of this organization for many years. It has completely changed this local in the past 10 years. We now have as many members who came into the local through organizing as we have through apprenticeship. Our market share has increased from 30 percent to 75 percent and the nonunion have not been able to expand.
The local is looking for members to become active in organizing. We need members to help with salting, to reach out to the unrepresented workers and to contact nonunion employers. Salting a nonunion contractor is a tremendous opportunity to show your skills to the nonunion contractor and his employees. While salting, members gather information about the nonunion contractor. A salt can find the names and addresses of employees, wage rates, jobs, company policies and rules, suppliers and other useful information. If you are unemployed and cannot travel, salting is a good way to earn a wage and help with your unemployment.
Please call your organizer today and get into a salting class to better prepare yourself for the future. Organizing is here to stay; it is the future of this local.
Charles P. Moore, P.S.
L.U. 47 (lcct,mo,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CALocal 47 has regained the Outside Line jurisdiction it lost in 1982. President Hill made the decision to restore the jurisdiction effective August 1. We are honored and look forward to representing all IBEW Outside Line Construction and Teledata members who are working in Southern California. The combined strength that comes from representing both construction and utility workers in the region will allow for stronger representation for both groups.
Our members at Southern California Edison ratified a new benefits agreement. The new package improved the Cash Balance Plan, 401(k), Group Life, AD&D, and several other benefits. The company wanted major reductions in medical benefits for active employees and future retirees. Ultimately, the company was able to achieve only minor concessions.
Both the General and Utility units at City of Banning ratified contracts. Wage increases ranged between 2 percent and 17 percent for 2004 and an average of 5.1 percent for 2005. A Retiree Medical Insurance Fund was established and improvements were made to the benefits package.
The Water and Wastewater workers at the City of Colton voted by a 174 margin to join the IBEW.
Live WellWork SafeBuy Union!
Stan Stosel, P.S.
L.U. 53 (lctt,o,rts&u), KANSAS CITY, MOLine construction is steady at the time of this writing.
At press time Local 53 is still in negotiations with Grundy Electric Cooperative and the City of Butler, Missouri. We continue to hope for a successful outcome for the members at those locations. We are getting ready to start negotiations with Laclede Electric Cooperative, City of Independence Power & Light and Channel 5 TV.
We extend deepest sympathy to the families of the following members who recently passed away: Bro. J. Perry "Pappy" Stewart, a 59-year IBEW member from the construction unit; Bro. Ed Pastrovich, who worked at the Thomas Hill Power Plant; and Bro. Nick Lane, also of our construction unit.
Local 53 and all Eleventh District locals were deeply saddened by the recent death of retired Int. Rep. Carl Tutorino. Carl faithfully served our local as well as other district locals for many years and was respected not only by his IBEW brothers and sisters but also by management representatives he dealt with over the years.
Duane Pearce, V.P./P.S.
L.U. 73 (c,em&i), SPOKANE, WAThanks to all the members who attended this years picnic. It was a great success. The kids games were popular and, thanks to our many generous sponsors, everyone walked away with some sort of prize.
We have been busy in the hall getting acclimated to the new positions, as most of the staff has changed. New apprentices are arriving on jobsites as we get set to fill new first year slots.
At press time our political coordinator, Machelle York, was busy mobilizing our membership for the November elections with her main focus on ensuring that every one of our members is registered to vote.
Please get involved and vote your paycheck.
Jon Rice, P.S.