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IBEW National TV Commerical Ad Camoaign

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

In Fall 2012, the IBEW decided to invest in running a national ad campaign to promote awareness and the branding of the IBEW as leaders in our industry. Spots are running during NFL football games and during political talk shows on CNN just to name a few. No actors were used in these spots, all the ads were produced in-house by IBEW members. Check out both ads below. Good work! 

 

The Comeback

 

Powering North America

 

Direct link to the IBEW Vimeo page;

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IBEW 320: Energy Giant's Financial Mismanagement Leaves Workers and Community On the Hook

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Striking utility workers in New York State's Hudson River Valley agreed to return to work Dec. 14th, ending their five week walkout against Dynegy. But for the 60 Poughkeepsie Local 320 members who work at the Danskammer Generating Station - one of the two plants on strike - there won't be a job to return to. On Dec. 10 the troubled Houston-based energy giant - which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last spring -   announced that it had successfully auctioned off both stations as part of a court-supervised restructuring deal. New owner ICS NY Holdings LLC plans to tear down the 60-year-old Danskhammer plant and sell it off for parts. The Roseton station will continue operations. Workers went on strike Nov. 8 after rejecting Dynegy management's last and final contract offer. The company demanded a pension freeze and elimination of retiree benefits, jeopardizing the economic security of current and retired employees

 

"We had made a lot of concessions already," says Local 320 Business Manager John Kaiser. "But this would have gutted our entire retirement plan. It was too much." The company, which emerged from bankruptcy in October, refused to budge on its demands, although the union agreed to extend a 2-year wage freeze. The local also offered to extend the current contract until after bankruptcy proceedings were completed. Dynegy declined.

 

While Kaiser says he understands the constraints faced by the company, he contends Dynegy's financial woes were largely the product of its top executives' mismanagement, many of whom will walk away with their jobs and bonuses intact. Says Kaiser: "Dynegy isn't some mom and pop business. This is a structured bankruptcy which means investors will make money off of this no matter what. But it's my people who will pay the price."

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from IBEW 94

Thursday, December 20, 2012

 

All of us wish the Brothers and Sisters and families of Local 94 a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It was a wild year from the constant workload before the storm, the contract extension and then the super storm itself. No lack of tests for everyone. The members of the Local have done a great job joining the Firemen and Police as first responders for the public. That also includes our Line Clearance members who are true first responders clearing the path for everyone else to be able to come in and help. The Trimmers never seem to get an "honorable mention" and they deserve it.

 

You will be seeing some different things from the Local in '13 and we hope that members log in to the website when it is revamped and ready to roll. We hope that you like what we are doing. Please take the time to let us know if you like or don't like something. We know its tough pleasing everyone, but our efforts are going to be more concentrated on getting the message out to all or our membership so everyone stays informed.

 

We wish all a prosperous and safe 2013 and remember "United We Bargain-Divided We Beg".

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Young IBEW 94 Members meet

Thursday, December 20, 2012

On December 14th at the Union Office in Hightstown, we hosted a Young Members Meeting. This was a meeting of members in their twenties and early thirties. Much information was discussed such as the dissemination of info, fact v. fiction on the pension and health plans, and ways to increase membership participation. A plan has been put in place to formalize the committee and hold another meeting in February 2012. Overall it was a productive meeting and follow up needs to happen to make considerable progress. Thank you to the following members for attending; NICK GERRITY, JOE CHECKLEY, MIKE MULLANE, SHAWN SAWICKI, MATT NEE, MICHAEL GREGORY, DONALD BRETT, JOE DAVIS, ARTHUR ANDERSON, ANDREW DeBONTE and ROBERT NAGEL.

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Sandy Recovery Toolkit

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO has created the "Sandy Recovery Toolkit" which can be found by clicking HERE. This page makes it as easy as possible for union families and New Jerseyans to get the information they need during these difficult times. If you need to apply for FEMA aid, if you lost your job due to the storm, if you are concerned about the hazards of cleaning your home, if you would like to volunteer or donate to the cause, or if you are not sure where to begin, the "Sandy Recovery Toolkit" will be a helpful resource to you. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and national AFL-CIO staff, continue to meet with affiliates to assess and respond to the needs of union members. We are all in this together, and our goal is to be there for our members and the community and to do everything we can to make everyone's lives easier.

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Our Radio Ads during Sandy Restoration

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

It was of great concern when we heard that a radio personality on 101.5 was advising listeners to stand in front of utility trucks and demand answers about when their power is to be restored. This is not only crazy advise but dangerous advise as well, especially when working around downed wires. So we ran ads on New Jersey 101.5, on 92.7 WOBM Ocean County's Soft Rock and on WCHR The Hawk, plus we wrote a Letter to the Editor which is at the bottom of this email that was printed in a few newspapers across the State. The text of the radio ad is below and you can listen to the ad above.

Our community has been through so much these past couple weeks. Home destroyed, lives lost and thousands of our neighbors lost their power. The hardworking union members of IBEW 94 have been working around the clock to access damage, trim trees and restore gas and electric service. IBEW 94 members have restored power at record numbers but there is still work to be done. The members of IBEW 94 are working 24-7 to restore power to our neighbors and we will not rest until everyone has power. So when out and about please yield to all utility trucks and stay away from downed wires. Safety comes first...for us and for you. New Jersey is coming together, giving to charity and volunteering, so thanks for your support and patience and hang in there because tough times don't last, but tough people do. We Are IBEW 94, We Power New Jersey and empower our communities.

 

 

The following is a letter to the editor which ran in newspapers across New Jersey;

 

The Times of Trenton

Just when NJ thought we had braved some serious storms, along came Sandy. The destruction is unbelievable. No one would have thought that electric and gas service, two of our most dependable commodities could be taken away for so long. Sandy left New Jersey's infrastructure crippled, and the body of the electric system had to be operated on before getting to the arms and legs which is everyone's service to their homes and businesses. Thousands of people are working day and night to get the power back on, both union and non-union. IBEW members from Local 94 based in NJ and hardworking utility workers from around the country are doing everything possible to restore power. Please be patient and do not buy into the scare tactics of NJ radio station 101.5 complaining about the lack of information being offered. Having their personalities suggest that the listeners follow utility crews to get the next news bite is not only irrational, but dangerous. Please allow these tired yet dedicated first responders the opportunities to do their job and do it safely without interruption. We couldn't be more proud of the restoration efforts of everyone and hang in there because tough times don't last, but tough people do.

Chip Gerrity, President/Business Manager
IBEW Local Union 94
published November 14, 2012

 

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