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IBEW 1049 must be at the table

Kris LaGrange's picture
Mar 01, 2013

 On February 25th IBEW 1049 held a Q&A on LIPA: Unasked, Unanswered - Will the new model provide lower rates and better service to Long Island? Over 60 people attended the Long Island meeting with community leaders and ratepayer advocates. The union outlined hard truths that the current LIPA model keeps all the electric and gas utility workers available for storm response. For example, when a storm hits, National Grid utilizes all employees in the restoration effort. A gas mechanic who traditionally works on the gas pipeline is also trained and qualified to install residential electric lines during emergency response. 1049 Business Manager Don Daley's presentation showed exactly how gas and electric ratepayers benefit from daily workforce synergies and how many Long Island workers will be staying home in the next storm. "We have been communicating our concerns with this deal for 15 months now, even before Hurricane Sandy hit us", said Daley. "There will be less people who are cross trained to respond during storm restoration when the next major storm hits." The union is calling on elected officials to hold public hearings to discuss this extremely dangerous reality in the hopes that any future re-organization plans for the battered Long Island utility include cost-effective workforce synergies. 
 
Training the Next Generation. Jobs with Justice Long Island is facilitating: Messaging Training for Young Organizers. The class is like $20 on Saturday, March 2nd from 9am-6pm at the Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW Office in Mineola, NY. Contact Anita Halasz at ahalasz.lijwj@gmail.com // 631-348-1170 ext. 310 
 
Madoff monies. News from the US DOL: Thousands of workers and retirees who were victims of Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme will soon get a little good news. The department reached a settlement that provides for payment of more than $34 million to compensate employee benefit plans for losses suffered through investments in funds managed by Austin Capital Management, which was connected to the Madoff scheme.

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