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    1049 Honors Black History Month: The CBTU

    The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) is a nonprofit organization of African American trade union members that's affiliated with the AFL-CIO. The CBTU was started in September 1972 when more than 1,200 black union officials and rank and file members from 37 national unions met in...

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    Tell the PSC: Let us power NY

    Brothers and Sisters please take the time to read and act on the following matter, it is important for all New Yorkers. With the Energy Highway proposal we are attempting to keep all jobs in the State of New York by upgrading the already existing NY State transmission system.  Our current "energy...

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    FiOS in Brookhaven

    Over 500 people came out to a Brookhaven Town Hall Meeting about Verizon FiOS being expanded to the town. The environment was overall positive and click here to watch the video of all the speakers with Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine's message to Verizon.

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    Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King jr.

    King's activism focused on civil-rights battles but he was no stranger to the struggles of workers of all colors. Though he never delivered a Labor Day speech, he spoke many times about the importance of workers being organized. King was assassinated while down in Memphis, Tennessee lending support...

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    Save Long Island Jobs NOW

    National Grid has filed a petition with the New York State Public Service Commission to allow the utility to seek exemption from the New York State Public Service Law so it may move customer assistance positions to areas outside the community it now serves. The current New York State legislation...

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    Call to Action: Petition to keep Call Center jobs here!

    Call to Action: An important message from Business Manager Donald J Daley Jr. National Grid has notified the New York State Public Service Commission of its intent to move over one hundred Local 1049 jobs, off Long Island.  These jobs cover positions in the gas business unit handling the Call...

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    Join the IBEW Youth Caucus

      We are proud and excited to announce that "Next Up! The Young Worker Caucus" is finally here. We have had our first meeting on August 20th and it was a fun and informative event. The focus of Next Up! will be on education, networking, capacity building and union solidarity. We are looking to come...

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    Bloomberg: Utility Line Worker Cuts Hobble Emergency Storm Response

    Originally Reported in Bloomberg News: An electrical crew works on overhead lines in Melville, New York following Hurricane Sandy. Four days before Hurricane Sandy struck in October, Consolidated Edison Co. (ED) sought 1,800 power-line-repair workers from its fellow utilities to help respond to the...

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    Our role as Union Members to Protect Democracy

    This Fourth of July let's not forget the true national spirit of courage, integrity, sacrifice, liberty and independence that our country has fought for.  As we celebrate our freedom with family, friends and neighbors this holiday weekend, let us not forget to thank all those who have served this...

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    "For the past 14 years, this workforce has been number one in New York State."

    Newsday, June 6th by Mark Harrington.  Close to 300 people packed the second of two public meetings Thursday night on the future of LIPA as Suffolk residents offered a long list of proposed improvements to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to have PSEG take over the utility. Even some who supported the...

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    LIPA Overhaul Hearings: Program Bill #6 puts 1049 in Jeopardy!

    As it currently stands, IBEW 1049 is opposed to Governor Andrew Cuomo's Program Bill #6.  It has been brought to our attention that the Executive Chamber’s plan to overhaul the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) will be discussed at two public hearings, scheduled for Wed., June 5th at 6:30 pm, at...

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    May Electric Safety & Lineman Appreciation

    On April 10th, the United States Senate passed a Resolution making April 18th, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day. Recognizing linemen, the profession of linemen, the contributions of these brave men and women who protect public safety, and expressing support for the designation of April 18...

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