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May 2005 IBEW Journal

Blood Drive

L.U. 349 (em,i,mps,rtb,spa&u), MIAMI, FLWe would like to wish a happy retirement to former Int. Sec.-Treas. Jeremiah J. OConnor and former Fifth District Int. Vice Pres. Melvin W. Horton. We also would like to welcome our newly appointed Fifth District Int. Vice Pres. John Schantzen.

In February Bob Jeffries and the Entertainment Committee held a blood drive. Members and friends donated 77 pints. Thanks to all who helped.

In June we will have election of officers so be prepared to get out and vote.

Remember to attend your union meetings, a great place to obtain information and see friends.

Frank Albury, P.S.

New Members


Local 351s newly organized members are
sworn in at the locals January 2005 general
meeting.

L.U. 351 (c,cs,i,it,lctt,mt,o,se, spa&t), FOLSOM, NJCongratulations to our 78 new members sworn in at our January meeting. Sworn in were: 41 inside journeyman wiremen, 15 inside apprentices, two teledata journeyman, 13 residential wiremen and seven residential trainees.

The two new contractors are Ray Angelini Inc. and Ralfs Heating, Plumbing and Electrical Contractor. Both of these organizing campaigns lasted two years.

Ray Angelini Inc. has been in business for 30 years. The 125 employees were divided amongst four locals unions; Local 351 received 68 new members. Negotiations made sure 17 IBEW locals also received signed Inside Letters of Assent.

Ralfs Heating, Plumbing and Electrical Contractor will help us control more work in the Camden economic recovery.

We thank everyone who helped with the organizing effort, including Int. Reps. Wyatt R. Earp and Randy L. Kieffer, Local 351 Bus. Mgr. Edward H. Gant, Org. Bill Hosey, Bus. Agent Don Norcross and our sister locals.

Daniel Cosner, P.S.

Photovoltaic Grant

L.U. 363 (catv,em,govt,i,t,u&ws), NEW CITY, NYMembers and contractors of the Hudson Valley, NY, region are anxious to bask in the sunlight. The state agency, NYSERDA, provided grants to locals across upstate New York. We have been extremely fortunate in receiving a New York state-sponsored grant for a photovoltaic installation on our training facility. The International Office has been instrumental in supporting local unions throughout New York State in this pilot project, which introduces solar power to the Northeast.

The project consists of an array of 320 solar panels mounted on the buildings roof and will produce approximately 72,000 kw hours per year of clean energy. Our project will also test an exciting new technology for installing solar without penetrating the roof. Our apprentices will benefit by having hands-on training along with classroom photovoltaic training. Mechanics and contractors alike are eager to complete the installation and provide the training facility with this alternate power source. Inclement weather has slowed our progress but has not slowed our spirits. Local 363, in conjunction with Hudson Valley NECA, is planning corporate seminars to present the benefits and cost savings of solar power.

Timothy Poulin, P.S.

Contract Negotiations


Local 387 Bro. Bruce
Willingham cooks ribs
at a work-site safety
celebration.

L.U. 387 (em,lctt&u), PHOENIX, AZWe have been in negotiations with our smaller companies. Arizona Water Co.1 year contract, 3.2 percent wage increase; Asplundh Tree1 year contract, 10.5 percent wage increase plus benefits; Trees Inc.1 year contract, 10.5 percent wage increase plus benefits; Uni-Source5 year contract, 3 percent wage increase for first 3 years, reopen 4th year for wages; Graham County Electric Co-Op negotiating July 2005; Navopache Electric Co-Op negotiating November 2005; Arizona Public Service Company currently negotiating the contract.

There is a lot of work for the crews due to the recent storms.

2004 was an exceptional year for the bargaining unit. Safety records were set and Generation set records in megawatt hours. The photo shows one of the many safety celebrations around APS.

As usual, the bargaining unit was very generous, giving $347, 421 to the United Way!

Sam Hoover, P.S.

Irvine Hospital Project

L.U. 441 (as,i,o&rts), SANTA ANA, CAAs of this writing, an all union work force will be used to build the University of California, Irvine Hospital project. Local 441 had to strategically pull out all stops for our contractor Sasco Electric to win this $23 million electrical project.

The first problem to overcome for the business manager and his staff was working to assure that Helix Electric was not allowed to bid this project. Second, was working to have the original bids disqualified and a new bid to other design/build teams take place. This took the participation of politicians, our contractors, and other friends of labor. Doug Chappell and staff met with the vice chancellor, the university architect and others to give presentations that showed them the positive aspects of our apprenticeship, our QSP safety training, the Code of Excellence, our drug testing program, as well as our past record of safety and productivity building most of the universitys major projects.

It truly took a team effort of staff, our electrical contractor and the general contractor, the university and our many friends of labor to secure this project. This project will employ many IBEW members in the near future, as demolition is now in progress.

Steve Igoe, P.S.

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