Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Message from Business Manager Bud Thoman
2016 was a busy year for Local 94. This year we settled a 4 year contract with PSEG as well as a 3 year contract with the Line Clearance Tree Contractors. These contracts will provide labor peace for our members for the next few years.
Our Young Workers have also stepped up to provide leadership and support to the union. Once again they organized the Third Annual Food Drive in the Spring, raising over $6,500 for the Rise Food Pantry. Two of their members, Joe Checkley and Adam Neuman have joined our Executive Board this year. Thanks to their leadership, we are training the next generation of IBEW leaders here in New Jersey.
2016 also saw our members active in the larger union community. 94 Member Tony Ciasca was elected to the Burlington Township Board of Fire Commissioners thanks to the support and hard work of many of our members. We also walked the picket lines with the striking IBEW and CWA members at Verizon as they went on strike for seven weeks in a successful attempt to get better wages and working conditions. In fellowship with our brothers and sisters at UWUA Local 601, we held our Annual Picnic in August. Our members also knocked on doors and made phone calls for countless candidates during the 2016 election. Thanks to the hard work of union members, New Jersey has had one of the most successful labor candidate programs in the country. This work has helped to elect and give a voice to union members at the local level, in Trenton and in Washington D.C.
Your hard work and dedication to the labor movement makes me grateful to represent you this Holiday Season. On behalf of myself the staff and officers we want to wish you a very Happy Holiday and a Safe, Healthy and Happy New Year.
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