On Friday, May 5th, NxtUp94, the young workers' committee of IBEW, Local 94, donated over $7,000 worth of food to Rise Food Pantry, located next door to Local 94 headquarters in Hightstown, NJ. Heavy rain and high winds that day could not impede upon their strong sense of dedication to their community, as they worked tirelessly to pick up and deliver their donations. This was the fourth annual food drive organized by NxtUp94.
Mondelez International, parent company of Nabisco and the maker of Oreos and other popular snacks is in the process of firing 600 workers from its Nabisco plant in Chicago and sending the jobs to Mexico. The good middle class union jobs being sent to Mexico to be done by low wage workers in workplaces with lax regulatory standards. The good paying middle class American jobs will be done by Mexican workers who can work for the minimum wage of $4.19 per day working 12 hours a day 6 days. That's right $4.19 per day! But it's not too late to try and save these middle class American jobs.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers President Lonnie R. Stephenson issued the following statement regarding a tentative contract between the IBEW/CWA and Verizon.
“I offer my deep gratitude to Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director Allison Beck for all their efforts to help us reach a fair and mutually beneficial agreement that gets our members back on the job.
“This tentative contract is an important step forward in helping to end this six-week strike and keeping good Verizon jobs in America.
The month of May is National Electrical Safety Month. It serves as a foundation to educate people about the steps that can be taken to reduce the number of electrically-related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property loss. For our union, Electric Safety is paramount. According to OSHA, following proper lockout/tagout procedures prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year. Electricity ranks sixth among all causes of occupational injury in the United States. Currently, fewer than 200 people die annually from household electrocutions. Nearly one-half of U.S.
Tonight, the Mercer County CLC and Mercer County YES hosted a Common Sense Economics workshop for over 30 young workers. On behalf of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Young Workers Advisory Committee, I’d like to thank the council for its leadership in promoting this valuable educational opportunity and power-building experience for young workers. I also thank all those young workers who took part in the program, for sharing their own experiences, and committing to build towards an economy that works for all.
Help out IBEW 94 for their 2nd Annual Food Drive is happening through April 24th. your Union is asking you to help the community that surrounds Wolfe Hall in Highstown NJ. Donations will go to the Rise Food Pantry which operates out of the church adjacent to the Union Hall. Look up donation bin locations at your work location, contact your NXT 94 committee member, or contact your shop steward for details. Check out the flyer below for more information.