The New Jersey state Assembly passed a bill last week to allow striking workers to collect unemployment benefits, sending the legislation to Republican Gov. Chris Christie's desk, writes NJ.com's Samantha Marcus. The bill was drafted during the six-week Verizon worker strike earlier this year, when about 40,000 Verizon workers on the East Coast walked off the job (4,600 of whom were in New Jersey). Marcus writes that the state Senate approved the bill in August, as 1,000 workers at the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City entered their second month of striking.
Due to the incoming Tropical Storm, many IBEW Local 94 members have been scheduled to work so unfortunately, we have to CANCEL our participation in the South Plainfield Labor Day Parade scheduled for Monday, September 5, 2016. Please help us spread the word and if you are going into work, please be safe. Happy Labor Day Local 94.
This year's joint Local 94 and UWUA 601 picnic was a great success. We had over 500 attend between the two locals. Below are some photos from the picnic.
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July 10 is Lineman Appreciation Day, commemorating the contributions of the men and women who bring electricity to the U.S. economy and honoring the legacy of Henry Miller, one of the founders of the IBEW on the anniversary of his death.
On June 15th, the NJ IBEW hosted a fundraiser for 3 of our IBEW brothers,Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo, Assistant Business Manager, IBEW Local 269, Assemblyman Joe Eagan, Business Manager, and IBEW Local 456, Assemblyman Eric Houtaling, electrician IBEW Local 400 who have been elected to the NJ Assembly. The fundraiser, held at Bar Anticipation, Lake Como NJ, was attended by 89 people from different unions and companies. In total we raised over $100,000 for our brothers.
Local 94 has recently received been named the Best Labor Organization the Greater Hightstown area. A large contributing factor to winning the award was our continued support of the community through our Young Workers Food Drive. We have also received a Certificate of Recognition from the IBEW for the work that our Young Workers Committee has done. Great job everyone.
Our young Workers recently participated in the Tackling Kids Cancer 5 K run. The run helped to benefit the Children's Cancer Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center. The proceeds of the run will go to fund important clinical care and research for children with cancer.
On Friday, April 29th, NxtUp94, the young workers' committee of IBEW, Local 94, donated over $6,500 of food to Rise Food Pantry, located next door to Local 94 headquarters in Hightstown, NJ. The young workers placed donation containers at every work location, in addition to collecting monetary donations from members, in lieu of food. This was the third annual food drive organized by NxtUp94. "I am overwhelmed by the how much our Young Workers Committee has accomplished in just four (4) short years," said Buddy Thoman, President/Business Manager of IBEW, Local 94.
On Friday May 20th, the Executive Board of Local 94 unanimously elected Joseph Checkley to fill the unexpired term of Executive Board, Nuclear. The Officers and Staff are very excited to have Joe on our Executive Board. Serving as the Chairman of our Young Workers Committee for the last 3 years, Joe has demonstrated strong leadership skills, dedication and hard work. Joe's unique organizing skills and advocacy of the Nxtup94 committee will bring a fresh, young perspective to our Executive Board.