IBEW Local 94 marched this year in the South Plainfield Labor Day Parade. We were proud to have been joined by Democratic candidate for Governor Phil Murphy. Dozens of members showed up to represent our local.
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On Saturday, September 16th, IBEW Local 94, along with 200 members and guests, paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of this year’s retirees, at its annual dinner dance held at Harrah’s, Atlantic City. The event also took the time to recognize the efforts of the Young Workers Committee and their contributions to the Local for the year 2017, including the 3rd Annual Food Drive, organization of the Labor Day Parade, and participation in the 5K walk for children with cancer. Special recognition was given to Committee member Adam Neuman, who recently completed training at the prestigious Mid-Atlantic Labor Leadership Initiative, an intensive year-long leadership development program for top-level national leaders in the labor movement and the broader movement for worker justice.
[Featured here (from left to right) is Business Manager and President Buddy Thoman, and retirees Barbara Brantley, Paul Lipyanek, Rich O’Brian, Ron Lauch, Dave Wittman, and Local 94 Treasurer and retiree Tim McGovern.]
If you’ve ever experienced a power outage – especially in the dead of winter or during a sweltering heatwave – and breathed a sigh of relief when the lights came back on, take a second this July 10 to thank a lineworker for making it happen.
The IBEW and the Edison Electric Institute, an association of investor-owned electric companies, have designated July 10 Lineworker Appreciation Day.
Over the last half-decade Lineworker Appreciation Day has been celebrated at different times and with different names including Lineman Appreciation Day. One of those dates was chosen by a nonunion utility executive to coincide with his father’s birthday, neither of whom were lineworkers.
In 2016, U.S. Reps. Linda Sánchez of California, David McKinley of West Virginia and Donald Norcross of New Jersey – who’s also a member of Folsom, N.J., Local 351 – introduced legislation to designate July 10 as National Journeyman Lineman Appreciation Day and included Miller’s story in the bill’s text.
“Highly skilled lineworkers are critical to ensuring that all Americans have access to safe and reliable electricity,” said International President Lonnie R. Stephenson in a statement. “On Lineworker Appreciation Day, we are pleased to honor these men and women and to voice our sincere appreciation for their commitment to their customers and their communities.”
July 10 was chosen in part to honor IBEW founding father Henry Miller. On that day in 1896, after organizing countless electricians across the country, Miller died when he fell from a pole while working in Washington, D.C.
“Henry Miller’s legacy lives on in the spirit of the union and every one of our brothers and sisters,” Stephenson said.
Lineworkers are on the front lines, delivering energy across the country, in every state, often working 24-hour shifts, quickly responding to power outages and other emergencies in all types of weather. It’s a physically demanding job requiring heavy lifting, climbing poles, trenching for the installation of underground cable and working in overhead buckets more than 50 feet off the ground.
“Every day our nation’s lineworkers install and implement the many innovative technologies that are improving grid reliability and resiliency to better serve our customers,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “Their dedication and skill in the face of complex challenges should be applauded.”
The 2016 congressional legislation followed the lead of two Golden State locals. In 2014, July 10 was designated Lineman Appreciation Day in California, thanks in large part to the efforts of Diamond Bar Local 47 and Vacaville Local 1245.
“If there is to be a national day honoring linemen, IBEW Local 1245 believes that union linemen should ‘own’ this date, just as union linemen have ‘owned’ the work since the days of Henry Miller,” reads a post on the local’s website. “Rather than picking some arbitrary date, we believe the appropriate day to honor linemen is the date in 1896 that Henry Miller himself made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Join the conversation online this July 10 by using #ThankALineworker on social media.
Every year the National Association of Letter Carriers and the United States Postal Service, along with the United Food and Commercial Workers, AFL-CIO and more host the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. It is one of the largest single day food drives in the country. It is so successful because it is so easy to participate. All you have to do is leave your donation by the mailbox this Saturday, May 13th and your union mail carrier will pick it up when they deliver the mail. Click here or the image below for more information.
National Lineman Appreciation Day is a time to express our utmost appreciation to the great men and women that work so hard for us every day. It's our honor to celebrate the hard work, innovation, and dedication of Electrical Lineworkers. #thankalineman.
While a few days are set aside to honor linemen, April 18th is the day that Congress has designated as the official Lineman Appreciation Day. Through rain and hail, snow and wind, hurricanes and tornadoes, linemen are there to keep the power turned on.
Today is Equal Pay Day, but rather than being a day to celebrate, it is a reminder of the continued work that is needed to reduce the wage gap between men and women in our country. Congressman Donald Norcross, our union brother, is an unwavering advocate for pay equity, and we encourage you to read and share his below op-ed, reinforcing the need to address wage inequality.
As you will read, this is not just a women’s issue, this is an issue that impacts our families as a whole. There are commonsense steps we can take right now to close the pay gap, and we are committed to working with our steadfast allies like Congressman Norcross to achieve justice.
10 More Years of Rent Payments: Why I Support Equal Pay
By Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01)
April 4th is National Equal Pay Day, the date signifying the extra three months that women must work just to earn what their male counterparts did in the year before. As companies close the books on first quarter of 2017, we must sadly acknowledge that an American woman has to work five quarters to earn as much as the average man did in four. That’s unacceptable.
In South Jersey, the average woman earns about $10,000 less at work than her male counterpart. That gap is why I am again joining my colleagues in re-introducing The Paycheck Fairness Act in Congress.
The Paycheck Fairness Act is a commonsense way to help eliminate the gender wage gap and help families. It ensures that employers who try to justify paying a man more than a woman for the same job must show the disparity is not sex-based, but necessary and related to the job. It also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who discuss or disclose salary information with their co-workers.
I am a son, husband, father and grandfather – I admire the women in my life and am outraged that blatant discrimination still exists. But let me be clear, while pay inequity certainly affects the women in our lives, it also affects our children, our families and our economy as a whole. Nationwide, 40% of all households include mothers who provide either the sole or primary source of income for their family and over 417,000 of New Jersey households have a woman as their chief breadwinner.
Lower wages create hardships for South Jersey families, making it harder to afford childcare or proper health care, and many are not able to save for their retirement. Conversely, if the large, unfair annual wage gap was eliminated, the average New Jersey woman would have enough money in her lifetime for:
- 90 more weeks of food for her family,
- Five more months of mortgage and utilities payments, and;
- Nearly 10 more years of rent.
Equal pay for equal work is something we should all be able to rally around in our workplaces, in our homes and here in Congress. I promise this year, and every year that I am representing the people of New Jersey in Congress, I will fight against gender inequality because it must never be overlooked until it is overcome.
WILD women are leading the way forward. This much was made clear during the rousing 14th Annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) Conference held at the East Brunswick Hilton from March 3-4, 2017.
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More than 250 union sisters participated, representing every union sector, age group, and job category as well as the labor movement’s deep racial and cultural diversity – a concept that cannot be taken for granted these days. The atmosphere of unity and sisterhood was remarkable as both first-time and long-time WILD sisters joined together to listen, learn, and lead in the fight to strengthen our labor movement and nation.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan stated that “While these may be challenging and unprecedented times, we have survived before and this time will be no different.” New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech stated that, “As the only state federation in the country to host an annual union women’s conference, participants have a unique opportunity to empower themselves and their unions.”
Every year, WILD offers new and enlightening insights into building leadership skills, women’s labor history, and the fight for our economic future. The conference featured various accomplished speakers in the areas of leadership and civic engagement, including UFCW International Secretary-Treasurer Esther López and Connecticut AFL-CIO President Lori Pelletier as well as Princeton University Adjunct Professor Jeanne M. Fox and LaRuelist Report Founder Jeannine, who engaged with participants as part of a leadership forum.
We were also privileged this year to be joined by four Bangladeshi women labor leaders as part of an international exchange program. They traveled to the United States to gain an understanding of the challenges facing working people in our country and to acquire tools to empower their own brothers and sisters back home in Bangladesh. We take great pride in knowing that the lessons and connections these women made at WILD will have a global impact.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO once again expresses its enormous gratitude to the speakers, union sisters and affiliates that make WILD possible. It is thanks to your efforts that labor will continue to persevere and thrive no matter what challenges we face.
Even with a record turnout of union women and young workers, WILD will continue to raise the stakes in the coming years by doing what it does best: elevating ourselves, our unions, and communities through leadership training and the bond of sisterhood and solidarity.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO applauds IBEW Local 94 on its recent organizing victory at Linden Cogen, and we are proud to welcome 39 new members to our union family. As Local 94 reports, this campaign took a lot of organizing from both within the union and within the workplace. We are proud to recognize the hard work of all parties involved in securing this victory.
Despite the political attacks, when workers resolve to come together for a common purpose, there is nothing that can prevent us from exercising our collective voice. In addition to this victory, IBEW 94 has been hard at work all year. A contract was successfully ratified for 2 Line Clearance Tree Trimmers. This is a 3-year agreement that provides a 3.3% increase for each year of the agreement.
Local 94 is continuing to work hard for all of the members of Local 94 to make sure that workers get fair contracts and that jobs are protected. Once again, we recognize Local 94 for its leadership and solidarity. As we know, every local’s success strengthens our movement as a whole.
After months of organizing, making calls, attending hearing and holding rallies, Trump and his selection for Labor Secretary, Secretary Wife Beater Andy Puzder withdrew his nomination. Good, because we're sick of writing about him.
The move came after a video of his ex-wife speaking on Oprah about being abused by Puzder surfaced and was passed around the Senate HELP committee. After seeing the video, Top Republicans in the Senate informed Trump that he would need to withdraw the nomination after 4 Republicans vowed to vote against him and 8 more told leadership that they were on the fence. A loss of 12 Republicans would have sunk his nomination. Yippie Skippie!