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Union vote at Cogen

Thursday, January 26, 2017

In New Jersey, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 94 is hard at work organizing new job sites.  One site, the Cogen Plant in Linden is set to have their union vote on Thursday, January 26th.

The Co-Gen plant in Linden NJ employees 39 people and provides steam and electricity to the oil refineries outside of New York City. It also provides 700 Megawatts of power to New York City through an underground cable. While it is not the biggest power plant, it plays a vital role in the electrical grid. 

The plant has been privately owned since 1992 and has been non-union the entire time.  According to Local 94 Business Manager Bud Thoman, for most of the 25 years the workers were treated pretty well. They were well paid and had a good benefits package.  However in the last few months, the company, which is still profitable, has tried to takeback many of the benefits.

The organizing campaign started 3 months ago, when one of the employees called Local 94 based in Hightstown, New Jersey.  Thoman and his Business Agent sat down with the workers and talked to them about the new cutbacks that the company was making. After the meeting, Local 94 and the interested employees began collecting union authorization cards.  On January 4th, Local 94 filed for an election with 26 of the 39 employees in the bargaining unit signing cards.  The cards were certified by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and an election was scheduled for January 26th.

Since the organizing drive began, the company has spent significant amounts of money to try and break the union.  They hired a high priced anti-union law firm from Philadelphia to come in and pressure the employees to vote no.  Thoman said that the employees are now subjected to daily captive audience meetings that can go on for hours.  While the company is spending their profits trying to break the organizing drive, Local 94 is continuing to hold meetings with the employees and reassure them to vote for the union.  All of this is done without the Local receiving one cent from the Linden employees.  That is because IBEW locals do not charge perspective members’ dues until they receive their first contract and the membership ratifies it.

While Local 94 expects to lose a few votes due to the ardent anti-union campaign, they are still hopeful that they will win the election.  Thoman said that part of the reason why they file with more than 50% of the employees is to build in a buffer against the anti-union campaign.  20 votes are needed to join the union. At a meeting on Monday, the members seemed excited about the upcoming vote and were looking forward to a positive result.

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UCOMM Blog: Bringing Electricity to the Third World

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

At the 39th IBEW International Convention there were fifty-two Resolutions put to the delegates to be voted upon. In the future I will be discussing some of these resolutions with you.Today, I would like to let you know about Resolution #8 "Electrical Workers Without Borders North America."   There are several groups around the world that are participating in an international initiative to bring access to electricity and or water to areas to support development. The IBEW has long been a leader in the electrical industry and acknowledges the importance of electricity as a resource, especially in developing nations. Read more on UCOMM Blog.

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Line Clearance Membership ratifies 3 year contract

Thursday, December 8, 2016

On the evening of December 6th, IBEW Local 94 Line Clearance Tree membership overwhelmingly voted to accept a 3 year contract that provides for 9.9% increase over the length of the agreement. I would like to thank the negotiating Committee that included, Bob Schultz (Business Agent), Jeff Brunstetter (Executive Board member), and Christian Maguire. In addition to an increase in wages, this agreement provides for paid days off, and financial security towards their Health and Welfare benefits.

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IBEW Local 94 reaches 3 year tentative agreement with Line Clearance Tree Contractors

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

IBEW, Local 94 and the Line Clearance Tree Contractors have reached a tentative agreement that provides for a 9.9% increase over the 3 years of the contract. The CBA covers the jurisdiction of PSE&G and JCP&L property’s in New Jersey.

Below are the agreed upon changes, pending ratification of our membership, scheduled for a meeting on December 5th at 6pm. Unless specified below, all other contractual language in the existing agreement shall continue with this new agreement, through December of 2019.

Your negotiating Committee, Bud Thoman, Bob Schultz, Jeff Brunstetter, and Christian McGuire recommend acceptance of this agreement.

Effective 1-1-17             1.5% increase to all wages

1.3% increase to the hourly rate for the Health and Welfare Fund.

Employees with one or more years of service shall be entitled to two (2) days off with pay, to be used during     calendar year.                                       

Effective 12-31-17          1.5% increase to all wages

1.3% increase to the hourly rate for the Health and Welfare Fund

Employees with one or more years of service shall be entitled to three (3) days off with pay, to be used during     calendar year.

Effective 12-30-18          1.5% increase to all wages

1.3% increase to the hourly rate for the Health and Welfare Fund

Employees with one or more years of service shall be entitled to four (4) days off with pay, to be used during     calendar year.

Article VI, Section 15     Section 15.  It shall be the responsibility of each employee within 180 ninety (90) days of employment to obtain, and thereafter maintain, a valid first aid and CPR card.

Addendum B) 1 – Safety Incentive Bonus – An employee who incurs an OSHA recordable on the job injury, in which the employee’s rule violation contributed to the injury, will forfeit the safety incentive payment for the quarterly period in which the injury occursEmployees who fail to maintain a current First Aid/CPR Certification, DOT Medical Card, and Driver’s License for the vehicle assigned to operate shall be disqualified for the quarter in which the lapse occurred.

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NJ Assembly extends unemployment to striking workers

Saturday, October 8, 2016

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. Read more on UCOMM Blog.

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Labor Day Parade CANCELED

Saturday, September 3, 2016

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.

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