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Lineman Appreciation Day

Sunday, July 10, 2016

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.

Electrical lineworkers construct and maintain the vast energy infrastructure that brings power to hundreds of millions of homes, factories and businesses. Their skill and sacrifice is often overlooked. The IBEW and the investor-owned utilities that are members of the Edison Electrical Institute have been pushing for a single national day to honor their work.

“Our nation’s highly trained lineworkers make sure that all Americans have access to safe and reliable electricity,” said IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson. “IBEW salutes our nation’s lineworkers for their dedication to their work, their communities and their commitment to excellence.”

Representatives Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) have introduced legislation in support of designating July 10 as National Lineworker Appreciation Day, and 12 members of Congress have co-signed the bill.

“In every city and town in America, journeyman linemen constantly put themselves in danger to ensure reliable access to electricity for all,” the resolution begins.

It goes on to tell Miller’s life story, how he was one of the original 10 delegates that met in a boardinghouse in St. Louis in 1891 to draft a constitution and form the National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Miller was working in Washington, D.C., five years later when he was electrocuted and fell from a pole. He died later that night.

The bill closes, “it is in his honor that we hope to recognize all journeyman linemen on that day.”

Lineman Appreciation Day has been celebrated on many different days of the year in the last half-decade. The first time Congress designated Linemen Appreciation Day, the date was chosen by a nonunion electrical utility executive to coincide with his father’s birthday. Neither man was a lineman.

“We wanted a day with more meaning,” said Diamond Bar, Calif., Local 47 Business Manager Pat Lavin, who is also a member of the International Executive Council.

July 10 was first designated Lineman Appreciation Day by California, largely as the result of the efforts of Local 47 and Vacaville Local 1245. 

It won’t just be the lineworkers marking the day. Many utilities cross the U.S. will also be participating.

“It takes hundreds of thousands of dedicated, hard-working people to maintain the energy grid in the United States, and our nation’s lineworkers are on the frontlines. Every day, lineworkers are installing new technologies to modernize the energy grid, and they are among the first responders when storms and natural disasters strike our communities,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn.

Members and family of lineworkers are encouraged to post pictures and express gratitude on social media using the hashtag #thankalineman.

 

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NJ IBEW Hosts Fundraiser for Allies in Assembly

Thursday, June 16, 2016

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.

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Local 94 awarded for their Community Service

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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.

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Nxt Up 94 spearheads 3rd Annual Food Drive

Monday, June 20, 2016

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. "They are involved in Social, Political, and Community events all throughout New Jersey, which help further the goals of our Local Union and the Labor movement." NJ State Assemblyman, and President of IBEW, Local 269, Wayne DeAngelo, commended his Brothers and Sisters for putting together this much needed food drive. "This is a great way to get our young members involved, and to help our community at the same time." Leslie Koppel, Executive Director of Rise Community Services, and Councilwoman of Hightstown, NJ, noted that the food donated in the drive helped to feed 2,000 people, including 600 families and 700 children, for over a month.

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Chairman of the Youth Workers Committee (NxtUp94) elected to the Local Union 94 Executive Board

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

 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. We are looking forward to having Joe's strong work ethic on the Board, where he will have a terrific opportunity to further his knowledge of our Local Union and the greater Labor Movement. Congratulation's Joe. 

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Contract Ratified

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

On March 24th, Local 94 ratified a 4 year agreement with PSEG.  The Agreement provides for a 3% wage increase in each year of the agreement, beginning January 1 of 2017 and running through April, 2021.

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3rd Annual Food Drive

Monday, March 28, 2016

IBEW Local 94

3rd Annual Food Drive

Supporting the Rise Food Pantry in Hightstown, NJ

Collection dates

March 7, 2016 – April 22, 2016

Suggested Non Perishable Food Items:

Canned Meats (tuna, chicken, salmon)

Canned and Boxed Meals (soup, chili, mac n cheese)

Peanut Butter and other Nut Butters

Pasta, Rice, Cereal

Canned Fruits and Vegetables

100% Fruit and Vegetable Juice

Cooking Oil

Shelf Stable Milk/ Baby Formula

Low Fat, Low Sodium, Multigrain- Healthy Items

Baby Supplies and Personal Care items are also accepted

Please be generous and help feed families in need.

Thank you for your support!

Sponsored by the IBEW Local 94 NxtUp Committee

Click here to download the flyer.

 

 

Contact the Local 94 office for more information 609-426-9702

or see your local shop steward.

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Union Phone bank gets results

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

We are proud to announce that thanks to the hard work of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 94, Tony Ciasca a Local 94 member was elected to the Burlington, New Jersey, Township Board of Fire Commissioners.  Tony becomes the 866th labor candidate to win in New Jersey under the NJ AFL-CIO’s Labor Candidate Program.  Members of Local 94 held phone banks at the 94 offices where 94 members and NJ AFL-CIO members called union members in the district Tony was running in.  By the end of the phone bank over 1,000 union members had been contacted. Tony won the election by 74 votes.  Below is a statement from the NJ AFL-CIO on the win. 

NJ State AFL-CIO Notches 866th Labor Candidate Victory

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is excited to report its 866th labor candidate victory with the election of union brother Tony Ciasca of IBEW 94 to the Burlington Township Board of Fire Commissioners.

Brother Ciasca won his re-election easily because of the support of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s labor candidate program, the Burlington County Central Labor Council and IBEW 94. These combined efforts including direct mail and phone banking propelled Brother Ciasca to election victory. We thank all our affiliates and staff for their hard work in this successful effort.

We all win when labor stands united!

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO oversees the most successful Labor Candidates Program in the country. Since its inception 19 years ago, there have been 866 election victories to offices at all levels of government: U.S. Congress, state Senate and Assembly, county Freeholder, Mayor, Alderman, Committee and Council member, Fire Commissioner and School Board.

These victories have a positive impact on all union households because labor elected officials understand our unique struggles and work hard to enact policies and laws that benefit working families.

Congratulations again to Brother Ciasca on his election victory and a heartfelt thanks to all of those who help our Labor Candidates Program to unparalleled success.

 

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