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NxtUp94 Donates food to the Rise Community Food Pantry

Thursday, May 1, 2014

On April 28th NxtUp94 (the Youth Caucus of IBEW, Local 94) donated thousands of pounds of food to the Rise Community Services, located next door to IBEW, Local 94 headquarters. Front row, left to right, Business Manager Buddy Thoman gives the donation of food to Leslie Koppel, Executive Director of the Rise Community Services and Councilwoman of Hightstown, NJ, along with Wayne DeAngelo, Assemblyman from the 14th District and President of IBEW, Local 269. NxtUp94 Committee members Joe Checkley, Nick Gerrity, Adam Neuman, Joe Davis, Matt Nee, Shawn Sawicki, Bob Blache, Art Anderson, Jeremy Rowand, and staff member Carla Wolfe were in attendance with Business Agents, Frank Brennan, Scott Campbell, Moe Hufsey, Carl Romao, Bob Schultz, and Bob Weber.

"This is about giving back, and giving to those that are less fortunate than us", said Buddy Thoman, President and Business Manager of IBEW, Local 94. "I am very proud of the job that our NxtUp Committee has done. On behalf of the Next Up Committee, Officers, and Staff of IBEW, Local 94 I would like to thank all of those who were generous enough to donate to our recent food drive to benefit the Rise Food Pantry, here in Hightstown, NJ. The success of this endeavor is a shining example of what our Local Union is all about. We power our state and empower our communities."

Leslie Koppel, Executive Director of the Rise Services and Council Vice-President in Monroe Township said, this donation of food could not have come at a better time. "We were extremely low on supplies for the needy and this will help many families who are struggling to put food on the table. I want to thank everyone at IBEW, Local 94 for all their efforts and helping to make the lives of the people in Hightstown, a little bit better these next few months."

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Workers Memorial Day 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Every year on April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. This year the struggle continues to create good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy and to ensure the freedom of workers to form unions and, through their unions, to speak out and bargain for respect and a better future.  It's time for our country to fulfill the promise of safe jobs for all. Four decades ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job.  Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality-winning protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses.

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**UPDATED** 5th Annual Army Tank Pull Challenge

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Knights of Columbus will be holding their 5th annual 80,000 lb. Army Tank Pull on Sunday, June 22, 2014. The event will start at 9:00 a.m. and go until 4:00 p.m., rain or shine at 1100 Clifton Ave, Clifton, NJ between St. James Place and Olga B Ter.

Come enjoy the tank pull competition, entertainment, food and games. Free parking!

Register online at tankpullkofc.org or call 973-220-4601
-assemble a team of 20 members, elect a captain and select a team name
-Silver $1,500(minimum 75.00 per person), Gold $3,000 and Platinum $4,500+
*Teams must submit the minimum $1,500 by June 14th to get a pre-assigned Tank Pull Time

If you can’t join a team or attend, please make a tax deductible donation to:
Knights of Columbus- Tank Pull, 797 Valley Road, Clifton, NJ 07013

90% of proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors project and the remaining 10% of proceeds benefit local veterans.

TO MAKE A DONATION CONTACT: Your Shop Steward or Carl Romao at 609-426- 9702 ext. 3

Click here or the image below to download the flyer.

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NXT UP 94 Food Drive

Friday, April 25, 2014

Your Local Union is asking for your help to support the community surrounding Wolfe Hall in Hightstown New Jersey. We will be collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Rise food pantry which operates out of a church adjacent to our Union Hall.

Rise is a non-profit community organization that provides assistance through a wide range of programs that help struggling members of our local community build independence and achieve their full potential.

  • LIST OF SUGGESTED FOOD ITEMS:
  • CANNED MEATS (TUNA, CHICKEN, SALMON)
  • CANNED AND BOXED MEALS (MAC AND CHEESE, SOUP, CHILI)
  • PEANUT BUTTER AND OTHER NUT BUTTERS
  • CANNED OR DRIED BEANS AND PEAS (BLACK, PINTO, LENTILS)
  • PASTA, RICE, CEREAL
  • CANNED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
  • 100% FRUIT AND VEGETABLE JUICE
  • COOKING OIL
  • SHELF STABLE MILK
  • LOW FAT, LOW SODIUM, MULTIGRAIN ITEMS-HEALTHY ITEMS

This food drive is sponsored by the IBEW Nxt Up 94 committee. The drive will run from Monday March 10th to Friday April 25, 2014 -see your NXT Up committee member or local shop steward for more information. Collection points will be available at all PSEG locations. Please help us help others on their way to achieving the American Dream!

Click here to download the below flyer.

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Roger Schwarz testimony on Energy Strong

Thursday, February 27, 2014

April 4th Brief

Click here to view the statement submitted by Commissioner Joseph Fiordaliso.

 

Statement of Roger M. Schwarz
On behalf of the PSE&G Unions

In the Matter of the Petition of Public Service Electric and Gas Company
For Approval of the Energy Strong Program

BPU Docket Nos. EO13020155 and GO13020156

Before the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
February 25, 2014

I am here this morning on behalf of the four PSE&G labor unions that have participated in this Energy Strong proceeding.

The unions collectively represent well more than five thousand non-management employees who are engaged in all aspects of the operations at Public Service Electric and Gas Company.

Local 94 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has 2,275 members who are employed in electric distribution and transmission, gas distribution and appliance service, and other work in support of those operations (another 1,400 members work at nuclear and fossil electric plants owned by PSE&G’s affiliate, PSEG Power).

Local 855 of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry has 1,400 members who do the construction and maintenance of PSE&G’s gas distribution lines and who work in appliance service.

The 1,300 members of Local 601 of the Utility Workers Union of America are employed in meter reading, billing, collection and customer service among other assignments. Members of the local also conduct damage assessment following storms.

Local 153 of the Office and Professional Employees International Union represents approximately 250 members who provide clerical and technical services in PSE&G’s four electric divisions.

PSE&G describes Energy Strong as a series of investments and initiatives to improve the durability and stability of its electric and gas distribution infrastructure, making it better able to withstand the impacts of hurricanes and other severe weather events, enabling faster response to customer outages, and quicker recovery and restoration.

The four unions are participating in this proceeding because their members are PSE&G’s front-line responders to severe weather events. They were there for Hurricane Irene and the October snowstorm in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

PSE&G has repeatedly been honored as the country’s most reliable electric utility. It’s the men and women of these four unions who have made that record of reliability possible.

But as good as they have been, they were no match for Hurricane Sandy, a storm so unprecedented that hurricane couldn’t describe it. We have to call it Superstorm Sandy.

The four unions are participating in this proceeding because their members saw before anyone else the damage that Sandy caused up and down the state.

The storm surge from Sandy knocked out substations and other distribution facilities that had never been flooded in the 110-year existence of PSE&G. Hundreds of miles of gas distribution mains suffered water infiltration and nine metering and regulating stations were underwater.

Two-thirds of the state had no heat, no lights and no work for ten days.  Rutgers estimated that the storm cost New Jersey more than $7 billion in State Gross Domestic Product.

To help protect its customers from a repeat of those losses, PSE&G’s Energy Strong proposal would invest $2.6 billion over the next five years to strengthen the electric and gas infrastructure.

The four unions are participating in this proceeding because their members are the people who will do the work of implementing the various Energy Strong initiatives – either directly, as in the case of the electric and gas distribution employees – or indirectly in support of that work.

The Energy Strong projects will not only supply work for the members of the four unions, but much of the electric substation work and gas main replacement work will also be done by outside contractors using union labor.

The construction projects will mean jobs – good quality, skilled jobs – for thousands. Jobs that are badly needed at a time when New Jersey’s unemployment rate continues to lag behind that of the rest of the country. Jobs that can’t be outsourced out of state or out of the country.

I was on the Asbury Park boardwalk on Sunday afternoon. It was sunny and in the 50s. But it likely will snow again tonight, and Wednesday and Thursday night the temperature will drop below ten degrees.

We’ve become all too conversant with the phrase “polar vortex.” Yet, according to the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, worldwide this January was the third warmest on record dating back to 1880. It almost seemed like Atlanta had more snow than Sochi.

Yesterday’s Storm of the Century is followed by tomorrow’s Storm of the Century.

It seems like a simple choice. We can continue reacting to what Mother Nature dishes out, or we can act now to better prepare for the next Superstorm. Acting now – and creating jobs in the process – just makes sense.

The start of the 2014 hurricane season is just over three months away. As Casey Stengel used to say, “You could look it up.”

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Working Families United

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. Launches Statewide Campaign in Support of Earned Sick Time:  Following its successful "Raise the Wage" campaign, Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. was honored to once again be asked by legislative leadership to shepherd another social economic justice campaign for working families on earned sick days.  The campaign will seek to educate the public and elected officials about the importance of establishing an earned sick time policy for workers - a policy that brings social and economic justice to the workplace. Recently, earned sick time laws have been passed in New Jersey's two largest cities - Newark and Jersey City.  The hard work of the Time to Care Coalition in educating residents and elected officials was key to their passage.  These city laws have also built much needed momentum to begin a statewide campaign... READ MORE

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Food Drive Planned

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Our NxtUp94 (Youth Caucus) Committee has decided to start a food drive for those that are less fortunate than us. The "Rise" food pantry, is the building between our Union Hall and the Church. Flyers and containers will be put out at all locations, with a list of items they could use. If you could find it in your heart to support this effort it would be greatly appreciated. Our NxtUp Committee also came up with an idea of having a Local Union dinner dance, where all members, and their families, throughout the State could have a chance to get together and meet each other and their spouses for a fun evening. The Local Union executive Board and the membership have approved this affair, and a date in September is being set with more info to come. If you have not yet already done so, make sure you visit Local 94's official facebook page and encourage your fellow Local 94 members to do the same.

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