Message from Business Manager Buddy Thoman;
Business Managers Message
By now you have heard that the legislation intended to ensure continued operation of Salem I and II and Hope Creek stalled again in Trenton last Monday. The legislation, Senate Bill 877, would recognize the environmental and reliability benefits of nuclear and boost rates to allow fair competition. The bill is sponsored by our good friend, Senate President Steve Sweeney, whose district includes all of Salem County.
Over the weekends of March 2, IBEW 94 was proud to take part in the 15th Annual WILD Conference. The conference is for Women in Leadership Development and helps to promote women within our union movement. New Jersey is the only AFL-CIO state affiliate that holds a separate conference to help promote women. This year Dr. Gil Kirton and Dr. Geraldine Healy came all the way from the United Kingdom to speak about women's labor leadership in a post-Trump and post Brexit world. Below I have provided some more information on the conference as well as a picture of our members with Dr.
There is a bill in the New Jersey Legislature that would help to ensure the continued operation of Salem 1 and 2 and Hope Creek by boosting rates for nuclear-generated electricity. That bill is Senate Bill 877 and it will be considered in committee on February 5. Its fate is uncertain right now.
Thanksgiving is here again. There is no better time to think of the reasons why you are thankful over this long holiday weekend. As union members, there is a lot to be thankful for like our wages and benefits. We can also be thankful in knowing that thanks to our union and the solidarity of our friends and coworkers we will be working in a safe workplace that allows us to go home and see our families every night. As you sit with your family on Thursday, remember to give thanks for this hard earned privilege and remember that your family is why we fight.
On Tuesday, voters across New Jersey will head to the polls to vote for a new Governor. After 8 years of Governor Chris Christie, we will finally have a new Governor. It is no secret that Christie was not very friendly to unions during his tenure, which makes your vote on Tuesday all the more important. I believe that we have the choice on Tuesday to elect a real friend to labor, Phil Murphy. He has reached out to the labor community and marched with us at the Plainfield Labor Day Parade. With Murphy in Trenton, we will have a Governor that works with us, not against us.
This Monday, we celebrate you the worker. For one day every year, we thank the workers who work hard every day. At Local 94, we thank you for the hard work and professionalism that you show daily. While our work can be dangerous, you work hard to always meet and exceed the high standards that are set for you.
Here at Local Union 94, our number one priority is jobs. Jobs, and more specifically, dependable Union jobs, provide financial stability for not only the individual and families, but also state and local economies. Today, both of these things, essential to our success as a community, are at risk.