This week we celebrate Thanksgiving. As you sit down to eat with your family and friends, take a moment to reflect on what you are thankful for. I know that I am thankful to be the Business Manager of Local 1049, one of the strongest local unions around. I am also thankful for the IBEW. When our union formed, being an electrician was a job with a high mortality rate. Now, thanks to the hard work of IBEW members before us and current IBEW members, we rarely even have injuries on the job. Thanks to our union, our members come home safely every day, receive good compensation, are able to retire. This is because of your work. Thank you for being a great membership. To you and all of your families, I would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.