Negotiations, Organizing, Grievances and Political Action

The Local 1049 Business Staff and I have been busy with contract negotiations, organizing, political activity, and resolving grievances. Along with our negotiating committee members, President Ed Conklin, Recording Secretary Tommy Dowling, Asst. Business Manager Jim Brown, Business Representative Steve Borrelli, and union stewards Tom Carey and John Lupski we completed contract negotiations with HomeServe delivering an improved agreement that was overwhelmingly ratified by our members employed there on September 10th. Business Representative Brian Hughes and I have finished negotiations with Riggio Valve and we are presenting a tentative agreement to the members employed there for ratification. Ongoing contract negotiations continue at WRS.
 
Election season is upon us and our Local remains politically active supporting those lawmakers that support us. Next month we will release our list on political endorsements to give you the knowledge to make an informed decision on Election Day. Please remember to vote as we must ensure that our interests are protected in an eclectic political environment. This Saturday morning we are hosting a Labor to Neighbor Walk for Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsey. I encourage you to participate in this walk. Bill has been a good friend to our Local and he needs our help. For information on participating, contact Senior Business Representative Pat Guidice at 631-234-1800 or pguidice@ibew1049.com
 
As union members, we appreciate the wages and benefits that we have earned through collective bargaining. Our hard fought gains provide us with means to live with dignity and respect. The strength needed for successful collective bargaining comes directly from a committed and resolute membership. In order to maintain a strong union we must never stop organizing new members. Our union's Organizer, Bill O'Leary is currently engaged in a campaign to organize non-union workers employed at Premier Locating Services. Please take the time to read Bill's report on organizing below and please help by talking to the Premier employees about how your life is better through union membership. To inquire on how to help organize new members, contact Bill at 631-234-1800 or woleary@ibew1049.com
 
Next month is Breast Cancer Awareness month and we are hosting a "Wear Pink" Ladies Night at the union hall on October 16th at 6:00 pm.  The cost of the event is only $20.00 and the proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research. Tickets are on sale now and you should get yours by October 9th.  For more details contact Business Representative Robin Rodriguez at 631-234-1800 or rrodriguez@ibew1049.com