L.U. 197 (em&i), BLOOMINGTON, IL—Local 197 members and their families marched in our Labor Day parade. After the parade we had a great picnic at the hall with volleyball, golf and Frisbee for kids and adults. Tom Peasley and Paul Spencer won the first place trophy in horseshoes. Our softball team took first place in the annual Labor Day softball tournament hosted by the Laborers.
At our July meeting newly elected officers were sworn in: Bus. Mgr. Lance Reece, Pres. Rich Veitengruber; Vice Pres. Bernie Uszcienski, Treas. Terry Spencer, Rec. Sec. Frank Kuhns; and Executive Board members Dave Ashenbremer, Keith Ashenbremer, Brian Graves, Larry Mathis, Ken McLean, Bill Swindle and Mark Schweitzer.
Congratulations to all. We also thank outgoing officers for their dedicated service. They include: Jerry Dehart, Gary Eichelberger, Clint Miller, Dan Miller, Jack Roberts and Dan Uhlir.
Mike Raikes, P.S.
L.U. 245 (govt,lctt,o,rtb&u), TOLEDO, OH—Labor Day 2005 was an occasion to reflect on recent developments in the labor movement, which, to this person, are “much ado about nothing.” Apparently some unions have different thoughts on how to accomplish the same goals. Unions were born for a reason and those reasons still exist today. As long as workers face struggle, we will have unions. Labor Day is a chance to remember that we were all there to support labor no matter which road we traveled to get there.
Outside work is going well. We’ve had crews doing storm work in the South. Negotiations are underway at Bryan Municipal. On the TV side of the business, the local recently was informed that our Liberty Corporation CBS affiliated station Channel 11 was bought out by Raycom Media. Raycom currently owns our NBC affiliated station Channel 24. More on this drama as it unfolds.
The Fellowship Committee’s first venture was a huge success thanks to all participants.
Congratulations to our newly elected officers. And special thanks to those who served the last three years.
Ray Zychowicz, P.S.
L.U. 269 (i&o), TRENTON, NJ—The local union grabbed media attention by flexing its political muscle against two local establishments. The Hyatt Regency was the focus of one print article, based on the local union’s request that their political friends boycott the hotel and conference center during the upcoming election season. The response was overwhelming, thanks to members who hand-billed. These same efforts contributed to the less than spectacular opening of a Bob Evan’s Restaurant, where again area officials respected the union’s wishes.
Bro. George Grant motivated members to show support for our troops by wearing red shirts on Friday. Members passed a motion for the local to design and sell shirts with all proceeds going to the families of IBEW Local 269 members serving in the military.
The Good of the Union Committee continues its service to the community. The bi-annual blood drive is scheduled for this fall, as well as two Adopt-A-Highway programs in New Jersey/ Pennsylvania.
Congratulations to Gino Pasqualone on his promotion into the local office as an organizer.
Trevor Marciante, P.S.
L.U. 295 (em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), LITTLE ROCK, AR—In these hard economic times, we are fortunate to have several out-of-state contractors doing some small projects as well as the steam generator change-out at Arkansas Nuclear One. Many local contractors’ work and bidding remain slow.
We are in negotiations at press time and hope to have many or all issues resolved by the time this is published. We encourage members to stay in touch and come to union meetings. Your work and earnings future depend on these as well as other negotiations.
Our prayers go out for all of our members and others affected by Hurricane Katrina. In solidarity, we support you in your efforts to regain and rebuild all that you have lost.
Bobby Thornton, A.B.M./Org.
L.U. 317 (i,o,rts,t&u), HUNTINGTON, WV—The high-line job is progressing and providing many jobs for outside members. Thanks to travelers helping staff the work. Many new members joined our local to work on this project and we wish them a long, safe and prosperous career.
Our prayers go out to all those affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Although many have already made donations to help, the need is still great and we can assist IBEW members in need.
The IBEW established a relief fund to aid members devastated by this catastrophe. Checks may be made payable to “The IBEW Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund” and sent to: The IBEW Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, Chevy Chase Bank, 7501 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814.
Ted Kinder, Pres.