Electricians are Answering the Call
Two letters thank the men and women who are keeping the lights on
Essential workers come in all shapes and sizes. UCOMM Blog has focused on grocery store workers who have kept us fed through the quarantine, healthcare workers who have taken care of our sick, and Laborers who are rushing to build overflow hospitals. Another essential workforce that is being called on during this time of trouble are electricians. They are being asked to wire both new overflow hospitals and keep the power running at New York's old ones. They are also being asked to hook up trailers to keep the deceased. Below are two letters that were submitted to the NY Daily News about their work, about their commitment, and about the importance of doing it right the first time.
Thoughts from a proud electrician
White Plains, N.Y.: I’m honored to be on the frontlines bringing power and lights to the makeshift tent hospitals. We in the building trades are always at the front. During 9/11, I worked the first five days on The Pile doing everything to save one life. Unfortunately, I wasn’t so lucky. I hope that my work this time may save someone.
We know the nurses and doctors are doing an unbelievable job. But what about the people keeping the hospital sanitized, or the engineers, electricians, carpenters, and laborers making sure the hospital runs when it’s probably overworked on every front? The truck drivers delivering all the masks and essential hospital supplies to make sure they can save a life? The parking attendant probably not making a fair living but who is still showing up every day?
You may be able to get away during good times with cutting corners and putting unqualified workers into these jobs, but when the going gets tough, the skilled tradesmen and women of our nation are the ones we all must count on. We don’t back down! We don’t fail at our jobs!
I’m very proud to serve our city, our citizens and our state. We work for others not just for ourselves! So next time you see that dirty electrician, plumber, carpenter, laborer, tin knocker, fitter, police officer, firefighter, EMS, give them a wave, no words are necessary!
Sincerely, a proud Local Union 3 electrician from New York City. Alex “Archie” Alcantara
Local 3 fan
Forest Hills: I am one of the many New Yorkers who applaud all of our essential workers every night at seven. I appreciate our doctors, nurses, hospital workers and all of those who are keeping us safe and all of those who are keeping our city running. I would like to include the members of IBEW Local 3, of which my sons are members. They are working long hours putting up tent hospitals all over the city. Thank you. Yvonne Alvarado