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                                   IBEW Endorses John Kerry for President
                                    O     n behalf of the 750,000 members of the Inter-
                                         national Brotherhood of Electrical Workers,
                                    President Edwin D. Hill announced on March 26,
                                    2004 the union’s endorsement of Senator John
                                    Kerry (D-Mass) for President of the United States.
                                      “America needs a leader who will address the
                                    pressing needs of working families, especially jobs.
                                    John Kerry’s long record as a military man and an
                                    elected official shows that he has the courage and
                                    vision to lead this nation in challenging times,”
                                    President Hill said at a IBEW Construction Confer-
                                    ence attended by approximately one thousand local
                                    union leaders.
                                      Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-MO), representing the
                                    Kerry campaign, addressed the conference to accept
                                    the IBEW’s endorsement on behalf of the Massa-
                                    chusetts senator.
                                      President Hill noted that for the past three years,  Pictured with AFL-CIO President John Sweeney (right) is presidential candidate
                                    working families have suffered while President         John Kerry (D-Mass). IBEW President Edwin Hill announced the IBEW’s
                                    Bush has cut taxes for the wealthy and rewarded        endorsement of John Kerry for president on March 26, 2004.
                                    corporations for taking American jobs overseas.       unprecedented degree in preparation for the and promote balanced economic policies,”
                                                       “It’s time for those who built this country        November elections. (See article on Edwin                    President Hill said. “John Kerry is the
                                                     to take it back,” President Hill said. “A            Lopez on page 2).                                            candidate who can lead our nation to a
                                                     nation that doesn’t work for all its citizens           “Our union had chosen not to endorse a                    brighter future.”

    On The Inside                                    no longer deserves to be called the land of
                                                     opportunity. Working families need the sup-
                                                                                                          candidate earlier in the process. We be-
                                                                                                          lieved that our unity in November would
                                                                                                                                                                          Founded in 1891, the International
                                                                                                                                                                       Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is a
                                                     port of a President who values their contri-         be the most valuable support we could                        750,000-member union representing work-
  • Edwin Lopez to head                              butions to American society.”                        provide the eventual nominee. Now is the                     ers in utilities, construction, telecommunica-
                                                       President Hill said the IBEW is already            time to stand together to fight for job                      tions, manufacturing, broadcasting, railroads
    IBEW National Election                           mobilizing its members and resources to an           creation, address the issue of health care                   and government.
    effort ............................5
  • Mobilizing Local 3’s
    Membership ........1, 2, 3                       Local 3 Mobilizing Membership
  • Local 3 files petition to
    represent former Local
    150 Electricians ...........3                    For 2004 Elections
  • Editorials .....................4                   “Insuring the election of John Kerry
                                                     to the presidency of the United States
     a) Electronic Voting                            is of the highest priority,” stated Local
     b) Health Care Cost                             3 President John E. Marchell. At each
                                                     meeting among the members of Local
     c) Overtime Regulations                         3, President Marchell has reiterated
  • Undermining                                      the commitment of Local 3 to oust
                                                     George W. Bush from the White House.
    Worker’s Unions ..........5                         “Under the direction of our Business
  • Bush on Safety &                                 Manager Thomas Van Arsdale and by
                                                     a resolution of the Executive Board,
    Health ..........................5               this union is being mobilized to effect
  • ‘Labor’s Champion’                               this change in national leadership.
                                                     Business Manager Thomas Van
    Book Review ...............9                     Arsdale has put the education of Local
                                                     3’s membership on the issues of im-
  • Financial Report .......10                       portance to them as American workers
  • Scholarship                                      as the highest priority.”
    Breakfast ...........12, 6, 7
                                                                         (Continued on page 2 and 3)
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                                                                                                (Continued from page 1)                 10 point plan of Local 3 to mobilize its
                                                                                                                                        members. It also points out the dam-
                                                                                                 James Robson, business representa-     age that has been done by the present
                                                                                              tive representing the DBM Division        Bush Administration pertaining to
                                                                                              has been assigned the coordination of     worker issues including health and
                                                                                              voter registration and education of all   safety, establishing the Department of
                                                                                              members. Previous to Representative       Homeland Security as a non-union
                                                                                              Robson, Representative Edwin Lopez        agency of the federal government, and
                                                                                              was handling the assignment. In early     the Administration’s support of the
                                                                                              March International President Edwin       outsourcing of American manufactur-
                                                                                              Hill requested the temporary assign-      ing jobs. In addition the presentation
                                                                                              ment of Lopez to the International of-    points out the false and misleading
                                                                                              fice in Washington, D.C. to lead and      statements of the Administration on
                                                                                              coordinate the international’s national   almost every subject of importance to
                                                                                              efforts to mobilize every member for      the American people.
                                                                                              the upcoming national elections. With        “President Bush fails to tell the truth
                                                                                              Lopez reassigned, Business Manger         every time he opens his mouth. The
                                                                                              Van Arsdale looked to Representative      members of his administration from
                                                                                              Robson to fill the gap created with the   the vice-president down through his
                                                                                              shifting of Lopez’s responsibilities.     cabinet to the very roots of his govern-
                                                                                                 Rank and file DBM member Michael       ment fail to speak openly and honestly
                                                                                              Yee, along with Assistant Business        to the American people. He has lost all
                                                                                              Manager of the Maintenance Divisions      credibility, not only with the Ameri-
                                                                                              Christopher Erikson, developed a          can people but within the international
                                                                                              power point presentation outlining the    community as well.” stated Robson.
Edwin Lopez to Head
IBEW 2004 Election Drive
                               Effective        state has assigned an IBEW coordinator as
                            March 1, 2004,      well.
                            Local 3 Busi-          “This is of great importance for the
                            ness Represen-      over-all effort to mobilize every member
                            tative Edwin        of the IBEW in this year’s national elec-
                            Lopez        was    tion cycle,” states Lopez. “Every state is
                            appointed by        unique. As former Speaker of the House
                            International       Tip O’Neil once said, ‘All politics is lo-
                            President           cal.’ We cannot be successful in our effort
                            Edwin Hill to       without the input, cooperation and coordi-
                            oversee the co-     nation of national goals within in each
                            ordination of       state. Every state has unique circumstances
                            the IBEW’s na-      and issues and our members have to be
                            tional cam-         informed how the re-election of George
      Edwin Lopez
                            paign to elect      W. Bush will effect them and their fami-
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) president of the       lies and how John Kerry is committed to
United States.                                  governing in their interests.”
   Lopez has been active in politics on            Local 3 Business Manager Thomas Van
behalf of Local 3 and the New York City         Arsdale reported to the general member-
Central Labor Council throughout his ca-        ship at the March meeting that Lopez, who
reer as a union member. He comes from a         ordinarily represents construction electri-
tradition of trade unionists. His father,       cians in The Bronx, will be temporarily
Jose, was a former organizer and staff
representative of the AFL-CIO who was
beaten severely during the campaign to
                                                assigned to Washington D.C. and that an
                                                arrangement has been made with the inter-
                                                national office for reimbursement of the
                                                                                                   “A” Contract Negotiations
                                                                                                At the time of press, the “A” Construction Contract Negotiation Committee has
organize farm workers in California.            cost of the temporary assignment. “We are
                                                                                                met with the employers thirteen times. Each session has been prolonged as
   His assignment from the IBEW is to           extremely proud of Edwin Lopez and are          both sides attempt to hammer out an equitable agreement. Topics discussed
develop strategies and assist in their imple-   confident he will perform an outstanding        include the continued delivery of benefits presently enjoyed under the existing
mentation in every one of the 50 states.        job on behalf of the Brotherhood and his        agreement. In addition lengthy discussions pertaining to the work sharing plan,
Each of the 11 district vice presidents         actions will reflect well upon the caliber      pension plan, and welfare plan have taken place. The present agreement is set
of the IBEW assigned a staff member to          of men and women that make up the rank          to expire on May 13, 2004.
assist in the effort and in addition each       and file of Local 3, IBEW.”
April 2004                                                      ELECTRICAL UNION WORLD                                                                                         Page 3

   Local 3 has begun to hold meetings
among its members who are presently
not registered to vote. Although it is
                                                   Local 3’s
estimated that 75% of the membership
is registered it is the goal of Robson to        10-Point Plan
expand that number and include the
                                             1. Recruit key contacts within each Local
family members as well in the regis-            3 Division, Club, and at specific
tration process.                                worksites.
   Robson and Erikson have presented         2. Distribute leaflets at all union work-
the PowerPoint to thousands of mem-             sites.
bers as the program expands. Edwin           3. Maximize communication from Local
Lopez has utilized it in his efforts in         3 Officers and Business Representa-
Washington and has sent copies of it to         tives.
all the state IBEW coordinators and          4. Maximize contact through the “Elec-
vice-presidential districts within the          trical Union World” and the Local 3
IBEW.                                           web site www.local3.com.
   Every member is asked to partici-         5. Update the Local 3 membership lists
pate in educating themselves and their          and increase voluntary contributions
families on the issues confronting them         to COPE.
as middle class working Americans.           6. Increase the number of Local 3 mem-
An educated electorate is the best pro-         bers and their families registered to
tection from the extreme policies of            vote.
the Bush Administration and Local 3          7. Build coalitions throughout our local
believes an educated electorate will            communities with voter registration and
oust the present Administration in No-          voter education drives.
vember. “But this can only happen if         8. Maximize impact of union phone calls
you educate yourself and your fam-              and phone banks.
ily,” states Robson, “Like charity, the
education must begin at home.”
                                             9. Massive Get Out The Vote campaign.
                                            10. Link politics to organizing.              Local 3 Seeks Representation
                                                                                          of Garment District Electricians
“J” Street Light Division Picks                                                              On April 5, 2004 Local 3 filed for an
                                                                                          election among the employees of the Indus-
                                                                                                                                          expand outside the agreed-to area. The em-
                                                                                                                                          ployers took advantage of the new locals
                                                                                          trial Electrical Contractors Association. The   lack of knowledge pertaining to Local 150’s
 2004 Negotiation Committee                                                               IECA consists of 11 electrical contractors
                                                                                          who traditionally did work in the garment
                                                                                                                                          relationship to Local 3 and began to bid on
                                                                                                                                          general electrical construction contracts.
                                                                                          district of Manhattan. In recent years they     Local 174 fell into difficulty and was put
                                                                                          have expanded into public work and private      into trusteeship by the UFCW and eventu-
                                                                                          work outside the garment industry.              ally its contracts were transferred into Local
                                                                                             The employees of the IECA members are        342-50.
                                                                                          presently represented by Local 342-50              During the period of trusteeship, Local 3
                                                                                          United Food and Commercial Workers,             Business Manager Thomas Van Arsdale,
                                                                                          AFL-CIO. They originated out of the former      along with Assistant Business Manager of
                                                                                          Local 150 Furriers Union. Since the late        Construction Raymond Melville met with
                                                                                          1950’s there was an understanding between       the vice president of UFCW in an attempt to
                                                                                          Local 3 and the Furriers that once these        educate the UFCW as to the undermining of
                                                                                          employers sought work outside the garment       Local 3’s standards by these contractors.
                                                                                          industry that they would use Local 3 electri-   After much discussion, Local 342-50 en-
                                                                                          cians for such work.                            tered into a service agreement with Local 3.
                                                                                             Local 150 had a proud history of repre-      The agreement authorized Local 3 to act as
                                                                                          senting workers of contractors who prima-       Local 342’s agent in the administration of
                                                                                          rily constructed sewing machine shops. Most     the agreement between IECA and Local
                                                                                          of their work was mechanical and it was not     342-50. It was hoped such an arrangement
                                                                                          until the contractors obtained electrical       would result in the development of a cordial
                                                                                          licenses to perform that part of the sewing     relationship between the employers and
 Pictured above are the members of the 2004 “J” Division Negotiation Committee.           machine installation that required such a       Local 3. This failed.
 The Committee was selected at the Division’s April 2004 meeting. The “J” Division        license, that these workers began to perform       The unit consists of approximately 150
 consists of members who are responsible for the installation and maintenance of          limited electrical work.                        electricians and helpers who are performing
 all New York City street lights and traffic signals. The commitee is pictured with          With the merge of Local 150 into Local       general construction, maintenance and re-
 Division Business Representative Brian M. McLaughlin (center standing) and               174 UFCW upon the retirement of Local           habilitation work on electrical systems
 Division Chairman Pete Manno (to McLaughlin’s right) and Vice Chairman Carl              150’s leadership, the employers began to
 Belgornio (to McLaughlin’s left).                                                                                                                             (Continued on page 4)
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           Editorial Comment
Raising Cost of Health Care
  The delivery of health care to Americans is in jeopardy.
  Presently over 43 million Americans are without health insurance. Cost are
skyrocketing. Over the last three years the cost to the electrical industry in
New York City has increased at a rate of 15 percent per year.
  With present costs at approximately $230M per year, it is estimated that
over the next four and one half years the cost will increase to $430.6M. An
astronomical amount. This is the effect in just one industry. It can be                                                                                American workers should not be fooled. Every worker should contact the
multiplied throughout the economy and the result is mind boggling.                                                                                   Department of Labor and the White House and express their continued
  One of the factors effecting cost is the requirement to pay a surcharge by                                                                         outrage and demand every working American be guaranteed their right to
insurers to cover the cost of the uninsured. This translates into increased cost                                                                     receive overtime for work performed in excess of 40 hours in any week.
of goods and services. It also creates a system where employers who provide
health insurance are subsidizing those who do not.                                                                                                   Electronic Voting
  We believe the time has come for some form of national health care.                                                                                   Since the voting debacle of 2000, there has been a surge to implement
Implementation of a mandated national health care delivery system would                                                                              electronic voting as a replacement of paper ballots and the traditional voting
resolve two problems facing America. First, it would provide a basic level of                                                                        methods that have been utilized throughout the 50 states. Voting systems are
coverage for every American. Second it would level the economic playing                                                                              state controlled. There are no national standards for the purpose of voting.
field for American corporations on a global scale.                                                                                                   One state many have a “chad” system, another the use of traditional voting
  Most industrialized nations in the world presently have some form of                                                                               machines, another paper ballots while another has electronic voting.
national health care. By not having a national health care system, American                                                                             In the wake of the 2000 election fiasco Congress passed legislation in an
businesses are at a disadvantage and are forced to compete against foreign                                                                           attempt to address the concerns raised in the last presidential election. This
corporations that do not have the additional cost of providing health care to                                                                        hastily constructed legislation has only created a potentially much bigger
their employees. The cost is shared across the broad economic landscape of                                                                           problem. Election technology has not advanced to the point where it can
the individual nation, rather than upon individual employers.                                                                                        provide electronic systems that are reliable enough for us to trust.
  A healthy workforce is to America’s advantage as a society, economically                                                                              Presently over 37 states use electronic voting machines produced by
and competitively. The time has come for the establishment of a mandated                                                                             Diebold Inc. Unfortunately, the president of Diebold, Walden W. O’Dell, is
national health care delivery system in these United States.                                                                                         on record as stating, “I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral
                                                                                                                                                     votes to the president [George W. Bush] next year.”
                                                                                                                                                        Every American has the right to back any candidate. Under ordinary
Overtime Smoke and Mirrors                                                                                                                           circumstances such a public stance is every American’s right. However, when
                                                                                                                                                     the president of the company that produces the very voting machines that will
  Over the last year the Bush Administration has used the federal regulatory
                                                                                                                                                     determine the outcome of our elections makes the statement, every American
process to alter the regulations defining workers rights to overtime pay.
                                                                                                                                                     should become concerned…especially after the manner in which this American
Indeed, it has gone so far as to publish on the website of the Department of
                                                                                                                                                     president attained the Oval Office.
Labor “Tips on how to Avoid Paying Overtime” to employers.
                                                                                                                                                        President George W. Bush lost the popular vote and only through the
  The White House claims the new regulations will increase the number of
                                                                                                                                                     intercession of the United States Supreme Court became president.
workers eligible for overtime pay. It does on the low wage side, but eliminates
                                                                                                                                                        The American people should choose the occupant of the Oval Office….not
an estimated 644,000 on the higher income side. The original changes created
                                                                                                                                                     the Supreme Court.
an uproar from working Americans. 75,000 emails were received against
                                                                                                                                                        Critics of electronic voting point out that the Diebold voting machines
implementation. On April 21st the Administration announced that the new
                                                                                                                                                     provide zero security against election fraud. In July 2003, professors at Johns
regulations would exempt “first responders”…police officers, firefighters,
                                                                                                                                                     Hopkins University and Rice University analyzed the software code for the
emergency medical technicians, some blue-collar workers and licensed
                                                                                                                                                     company’s touch-screen voting machines and concluded that there was “no
practical nurses. This is nothing more than an attempt to pit one worker
                                                                                                                                                     evidence of rigorous software engineering discipline” and that “cryptography,
against another in order to suppress the outrage that the American worker has
                                                                                                                                                     when used at all, is used incorrectly.”
already expressed.
                                                                                                                                                        Present day electronic voting machines are not reliable. Defective hardware
                                                                                                                                                     and bugs in software could decide who wins an election. Manual recounts will
                                                                                                                                                     be impossible in districts that don’t allow voters to inspect a paper record of
                                                                                                                                                     their votes.
                                                                                                                                                        In other words there is no protection against “rigging” a ballot.

      UNION                                                                         WORLD                                                               We encourage every American to support legislation that was introduced
                                                                                                                                                     to the Congress by Representative Rush D. Holt (D-NY) that would require
                                                                                                                                                     that computerized voting systems produce a voter-verified paper ballot and
                                        Founded in 1940 by HARRY VAN ARSDALE JR.                                                                     that the software code be publicly available.
                               Published by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 3
                                    158-11 Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Avenue, Flushing, NY 11365

Bus. Mgr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . THOMAS VAN ARSDALE
                                                          Tel.: (718) 591-4000

                                                                     Financial Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . VINCENT McELROEN
                                                                                                                                                       Garment Electricians
President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JOHN E. MARCHELL       Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JAMES JONES
                                                                                                                                                       (Continued on page 3)
Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LUIS G. RESTREPO      Recording Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . JOSEPH R. BECHTOLD
                                                                                                                                                     throughout Manhattan. All of the electrical   the exception of one which is based in
                                                            Executive Board                                                                          employers are based in Manhattan with         Brooklyn.
JOHN DITUSA                                                 ELLIOT HECHT                                               MICHAEL O’NEILL
                                                                                                                                                                                                      On April 12, 2004 Local 3 filed for elec-
ROBERT SIMONIELLO                                                                                                       GORDON YOUNG
                                                                                                                                                                                                   tions among the individual employer mem-

                                                           Examining Board
                                                           GEORGE K. SCHUCK                                                FRANK TORRES                    Correction                              bers of IECA.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      The employees of the employer members
                                                                                                                                                                                                   have indicated they want Local 3 as their
THOMAS VAN ARSDALE                                                                                    VINCENT McELROEN                                   In the March edition of the Electrical
                                                                                                                                                                                                   representative. They indicated this 18 months
                 Editor                                                                                       Managing Editor                         Union World, on page 2 Defending the
                                                                                                                                                      Nation, Kenneth Gratto Jr., was listed       ago when Local 342-50 held a general mem-
                                                                                                                                                      that he serves in the US Marine Corps, he    bership meeting and asked them who they
                                                                                                                                   Labor Press                                                     wanted to have represent them and they
                                                                                                                                   Council            is serving in the US Army.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   unanimously stated Local 3, IBEW.
April 2004                                                            ELECTRICAL UNION WORLD                                                                                         Page 5

Bush Assault On Worker Rights
                                                                                                                                                 geous consequences.
                                                                                                                                                    The IBEW has taken a leadership role in
                                                                                                                                                 all phases of this fight including the devel-
                                                                                                                                                 opment of strategy and coalition building
                                                                                                                                                 among other unions and the public. The

At Department of Defense                                                                                   by Presdent Edwin D. Hill, IBEW
                                                                                                                                                 IBEW Government Employees and Politi-
                                                                                                                                                 cal/Legislative Departments are working
                                                                                                                                                 very closely to coordinate efforts on this
                                                                                                                                                 battle in Congress.
   We are in trouble, reports IBEW Presi-        and its own labor-management board out-          asked DOD to identify any elements of
dent Edwin R. Hill via a recent letter to                                                                                                           This is a life and death situation for all
                                                 side of the requirements of current federal      collective bargaining that have ever caused
                                                                                                                                                 unions in the United States. We are com-
every IBEW local union. “We,” meaning            employee collective bargaining law.              problems with national security. DOD re-
all union members in the United States.                                                                                                          municating with all members of Congress
                                                    On February 6, 2004, DOD presented            fused to answer, stating that they would
                                                                                                                                                 to convince them to rein in DOD, compel
The Bush Administration has begun an             the unions with its specific proposals for       discuss their proposals only and not the
                                                                                                                                                 it to withdraw its illegal proposals and
all-out assault on employee unions and           this new labor-management system. Their          reasons for them.
their collective bargaining rights. Its goal                                                                                                     work with the unions to develop a system
                                                 proposals go far outside the boundaries             DOD’s claim that the creation of this
                                                                                                                                                 that complies with the current law and
is to end collective bargaining and “due         authorized by the Congress in the Defense        system is for national security reasons is a
process” for the working people of this                                                                                                          provides true collective bargaining pro-
                                                 Authorization Act. If implemented by             lie. This “Rumsfeld Proposal” is aimed
country. The first tier of the                   DOD on October 1, 2004, as planned, it           solely at destroying employees’ rights.
                                                                                                                                                    To do this, we need you to contact your
administration’s attack on union rights is       will end collective bargaining for DOD           There is no other reason for its existence!
the over 700,000 civilian employees that                                                                                                         U.S. Representative and Senators now!
                                                 employees, as we know it today. There               We must all be concerned with this
                                                                                                                                                 Tell them that DOD’s proposed collective
work for the Department of Defense (DOD)         will be no collective bargaining agree-          attack on collective bargaining because
agencies. Unfortunately, it has made con-                                                                                                        bargaining system for its employees is far
                                                 ments and no negotiated grievance proce-         this is only the beginning. When they
                                                                                                                                                 outside what the law allows. Urge them to
siderable progress toward this goal.             dures. Negotiation will be replaced by           finish destroying DOD employee unions,
                                                                                                                                                 take the action necessary to make it clear
   On November 24, 2003, President Bush          “consultation.” After 60 days of consulta-       the next step will be to bring down unions
signed into law a provision that gives the                                                                                                       to DOD that it must adhere to the law in
                                                 tion with the respective unions, if DOD          and collective bargaining rights in the pri-
                                                                                                                                                 establishing the NSPS.
(DOD) the authority to design a new per-         does not like the union proposals it will        vate sector — all in the name of “national
sonnel scheme called the National Secu-                                                                                                             In addition to the above, it is vital that
                                                 implement its own.                               security.” It seems that when President
                                                                                                                                                 all local union members and their fami-
rity Personnel System (NSPS). The NSPS,             Representatives at DOD stated that the        Bush tells Congress that certain legisla-
                                                                                                                                                 lies, friends, religious leaders and com-
also known as the “Rumsfeld Proposal,”           personnel system changes were needed             tion is necessary for national security rea-
gives the DOD the authority to create its                                                                                                        munity leaders contact their congressional
                                                 for “national security” purposes. The            sons, many members of Congress are re-
                                                                                                                                                 delegations with the same message.
own labor-management relations system            IBEW and other union representatives             luctant to disagree regardless of the outra-

Administration Puts Worker                                                                                             SAMPLE LETTER
                                                                                                                                         April 14, 2004
Safety and Health in Deep Freeze                                                                   (Please hand write and address individually to your U.S. Representative and Senators)

   Since taking office in January 2001, the      OSHA’s entire history, with no plans to            Address for U.S. Representatives:               Address for U.S. Senators:
Bush administration has turned its back on       issue any new rules during its 4-year term.
workers and workplace safety. Siding with           • Favored Employer Voluntary Pro-               The Honorable (insert Rep.’s name)              The Honorable (insert Senator’s name)
its corporate friends, the administration has    grams over Enforcement and Excluded                U.S. House of Representatives                   U.S. Senate
overturned or blocked dozens of important        Workers and Unions — The administra-               Washington, DC 20515                            Washington, DC 20510
workplace protections and weakened job           tion has made expanding voluntary pro-
safety programs, leaving workers in danger.      grams and outreach to employers a top pri-         Dear Representative/Senator______________:
Here are some of the highlights of the Bush      ority. Bush’s OSHA has set up partnerships
Administration’s long record of failure on       and alliances with dozens of employers,              I am writing concerning the new personnel rules proposed by the Department of
workplace safety:                                largely excluding unions. Union representa-       Defense (DOD). These new rules, authorized but not required by the National Defense
   • Killed Workplace Ergonomic Pro-             tives critical of the administration have been    Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2004, go well beyond what Congress
tections — The Bush administration started       removed from all agency advisory commit-          intended, and I urge you to reject them.
its assault on worker safety soon after taking   tees in an attempt to silence opposition.
office joining with anti-worker business            • Tried to Dismantle Worker Safety               Based on a request from the Bush administration, and in the interest of national
groups to repeal OSHA’s ergonomics stan-         and Health Training Programs — While              security, Congress sought to grant DOD some additional flexibility in managing its
dard. The standard, 10 years in the making,      expanding outreach to employers, the Bush         workforce. Instead, DOD has usurped congressional authority and proposed that DOD
would have required employers to protect         administration has tried to gut training and      be allowed to:
workers from the nation’s biggest job safety     education programs for workers, proposing                Replace good-faith bargaining with unions over personnel changes to mere
problem — injuries caused by heavy lifting       to slash the worker training budget by 75%             “consultation;” Allow DOD to unilaterally determine which changes are
and repetitive work. The administration’s        and eliminate funding for union-run pro-               sufficiently significant to merit “consultation;”
promised “comprehensive plan” to address         grams. Thus far, unions have successfully
ergonomic hazards has turned out to be a         fought these cuts, but the administration’s              Allow DOD to unilaterally implement personnel changes where it cannot
sham. In 3 years, only one voluntary non-        efforts to eliminate these important worker            reach agreement with the unions. In such a case, DOD would be permitted to
enforceable guideline — for nursing              programs continue.                                     cease all post-implementation negotiations;
homes— has been issued.                             • Appointed an Industry Anti-ergo
   • Repealed Record keeping for Ergo-                                                                    Create an unlevel playing field at the new Defense Labor Relations Board
                                                 Leader as DOL’s Chief Lawyer — A few
nomic Injuries — Adding insult to injury,                                                               (DLRB) because its members would be selected solely by the Secretary of
                                                 weeks after killing the OSHA ergonomics
the Bush administration repealed the OSHA                                                               Defense; and
                                                 standard, the President nominated Eugene
rule requiring musculoskeletal disorders to      Scalia, one of the leaders of the industry              Discriminate against DOD employees because, as a result, up to 200,000
be identified on the workplace injury log.       campaign to kill the ergonomics standard, as           DOD employees could lose their right to join unions.
Instead of requiring hazards to be elimi-        the chief lawyer at the Department of Labor.
nated, they are hoping reports of injuries       Scalia called ergonomics “quackery” and             These changes are unnecessary and have nothing to do with national security or the
will simply disappear.                                                                             “war on terror.” Ironically, many of the current personnel rules were developed during
                                                 “junk science” and claimed workers injuries
   • Shut Down All New Workplace Safety                                                            America’s Cold War with the Soviet Union. Is there any argument as to who won that
                                                 weren’t real.
and Health Rules — The Bush administra-                                                            conflict?
                                                    • Moved to Slash the Job Safety Bud-
tion killed dozens of worker protection mea-     get - For 3 years straight President Bush            It is time for Congress to assert its authority and tell DOD to follow the law. To that
sures under development at OSHA and              proposed to cut the OSHA, MSHA and                end, I respectfully request that you sign-on to the letters being circulated by Represen-
MSHA, including rules on cancer causing          NIOSH budgets, reducing money for                 tative Chris Van Hollen and Senator Ernest Hollings. It strongly urges DOD Secretary
substances, reactive chemicals, and infec-       enforcement and standards programs in favor       Donald Rumsfeld to withdraw his proposal and submit one that is consistent with the
tious diseases such as TB. They have even        of voluntary assistance programs for              intent of Congress — something the current proposal is clearly not.
refused to issue a rule requiring employers      employers. Due to the unions’ efforts, the
to pay for personal protective equipment,        Congress has rejected these proposed cuts          Sincerely,
particularly important for immigrant and         and maintained the budgets for the job safety      (Your name)
low wage workers. This Bush administra-          agencies.                                          (Your address)
tion has the worst record on safety rules in
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 Richard Paul Ascatigno           Liza Marie Vall0                 Michael Trapani                 Inga Shalmiyeva              Kyell David Schwartz                  Ryan Hughes                    Jamie Hope Rosenberg         Lillian Mary Reilly        Courtney-Marie Prezioso          Paul Pikman            Alison Marie Perry            Dimitri Papadatos        Juliana Josephine Pace     Nicole Elizabeth Noon        Sarah Gan-Ming Ma
     Efrem A. Kahn                  Felix Hirsch                   Sigurd B. Oslen                    Gus Smith                George W. Kleinknecht          Father William J. Kelley O.M.I.      James L. O’Hara Memorial    Paul V. Dooley Memorial       Samuel Collins Memorial      Harry Van Arsdale Jr.      Robert A. Goller Sr.          William Nawrocky               Louis Stein          George T. McSpedon            Dion Larry Haring
 Memorial Scholarship               Scholarship                 Foundation Scholarship               Scholarship              Schol. (Father Accepted)           Memorial Scholarship                     Scholarship                 Scholarship                  Scholarship            Memorial Scholarship      Memorial Scholarship          Memorial Scholarship            Scholarship          Memorial Scholarship        Memorial Scholarship

                                                                                                                                                                                                   On the first anniversary of Sep-
                                                              15th Annual Essay Contest - First Place Essay                                                                                     tember 11th, I felt completely dazed:
                                                                                                                                                                                                could it have been a year already? It                                            46 Scholarships Awarded
                                             “How Does Increased Security & the Threat                                                                                                          was as if I was living my life from
                                                                                                                                                                                                September to September, from the                                                                                   (Continued on from page 12)
                                                  of Terrorism Impact Your Life?                                                                                                                marking of the tragedy to its tearful
                                                                                                                                                                                                remembrance. I thought of every-
    Kasey Joy Basch                                                              by Cassianne Giammarino                                                                                        thing that had happened in my life                 The director of the Educational and     many fine applicants who although             Association followed. Albert J.           Olsen’s daughter, Christina, for the            Marisa Lauren Miller
     A. Lincoln Bush                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cultural Fund, Dr. Finkel, outlined        not chosen, had demonstrated high             Samilenko, president of the Associa-      presentation of the five Sigurd B. Olsen        Walter D. Whitelaw
  Memorial Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                                                                between the two 11ths — yes, events
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Awards. Christina noted that her fa-                Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                                                                had gone on as they always do, holi-            the history of the Scholarship Pro-        levels of academic ability.                   tion of Electrical Contractors, pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                                days, birthdays, school and summer              gram while highlighting the extended          Following a breakfast of sausage,          sented the A. Lincoln Bush Memo-          ther, Greg, who normally presents the
                                                                                                                                                                                                — but it seemed too pale to have                menu of the Educational and Cultural       eggs, and potatoes, the six annual            rial Scholarship; David Pinter, presi-    awards, was in training for a trip as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                really existed. Then I thought yes,             Programs offered to members during         Memorial Awards were presented.               dent of the New York City Chapter         cosmonaut with the Russian Space pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                but life did go on. It may have con-            2003. He then congratulated the re-        Cornell University presented the Fa-          of the New York Electrical Contrac-       gram. The awards are a tribute to Greg’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                tinued in an altered mood, but there            cipients and their families noting that    ther Kelley, O.M.I. award. The Dr.            tors Association presented the Will-      father’s emphasis on education.
                                                                                                                                                                                                was something different about that              the average S.A.T. score for this group    Martin Luther King Jr. award pre-             iam A. Hogan Memorial Scholar-               Raymond Melville, Assistant Busi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                first year that was not filled with             was 1307 and the average G.P.A. was        sented by Trevor Green, president of          ship; Assistant Business Manager          ness Manager of Construction, Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                despair and anxiety. There was a                95. Dr. Finkel also commended the          the Lewis H. Latimer Progressive              Christopher Erikson presented the         3, IBEW then presented the William
                                                                                                                                                                                                revived sense of solidarity among                                                                                                        Armand D’Angelo Memorial Schol-           Nawrocky Memorial Award. Mr.
  Robert Francis Beagen, Jr
                                                                                                                                                                                                the human race. The New Yorker’s                                                                                                         arship; and Vincent McElroen,             Melville cited the concern of Mr.             William Edward McCrea, II
      Sigurd B. Olsen                                                                                                                                                                           customary reputation for rudeness                                                                                                        financial secretary of Local 3 pre-       Nawrocky, a Local 3 A-journeyman                Jerome J. Rosenberg
   Foundation Scholarship                                                                                                                                                                       had all but disintegrated. People from                                                                                                                                             for the education of working people                  Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         sented the Harry Van Arsdale Jr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                everywhere spread a newfound com-                                                                                                        Memorial Scholarship.                     and how he demonstrated this with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dr. Finkel next reintroduced Chair-    his endowment of a scholarship.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         man Jacobson for the introduction of         Thomas Van Arsdale, Business Man-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   But the resilience that I had                                                                                                         the Keynote Speaker, the Honorable        ager of Local 3, IBEW and the Vice
                                                                                                                                                                                                   hoped and prayed for has                                                                                                              Alan G. Hevesi, New York State            Chairman of the Educational and Cul-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   shined through in this                                                                                                                Comptroller who noted that the            tural Fund presented the closing ad-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   nation’s darkest hours, and                                                                                                           American Constitution provides us         dress. Mr. Van Arsdale congratulated
                                                                                                                                                                                                   instead of shutting ourselves                                                                                                         with many more freedoms that can          the recipients and their families and
                                                                                                                                                                                                   off in hostility forever, we                                                                                                          be found in any other nation. Yet         hoped that the day’s program would
                                                                                                                                                                                                   are slowly emerging from                                                                                                              within those freedoms, he noted we        inspire others to participate in future
     Jamie Boccia                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        have the right to make a national         competitions. Mr. Van Arsdale noted             Christine Marie Mauro
  Christopher Plunkett         Robert Weber, vice-president of the Educational & Cultural Fund’s Alumni Association of Scholarship winners                                                         the desolation of devastation                                                                                                                                                                                                     William A. Hogan
  Memorial Scholarship         presented the 1st and second place winners of The Association’s Essay Contest with checks amounting to                                                              every day.                                                                                                                            political change every four years,        that while others may refer to President        Memorial Scholarship
                               $500 and $250 respectively. (L to r): Cassianne Giammarino, Weber and Kristie Velazquez.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and that it seems time to remove an       Bush as a “nice guy”….”nice guys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         administration that has “systemati-       don’t do what this president has been
                                  On September 11, 2001, I climbed                                                                    fringed upon: barricaded, guarded,                        passion wherever they went and with                                                                                                                                                doing to this country and this govern-
                                                                                     sound of an era falling, the sound of                                                                                                                                                                                                               cally misled the public with lies and
                               up ten flights of stairs in a neighbor-                                                                and hushed so as not to create any                        everything they did, assuaging the                                                                                                                                                 ment.” He then recounted the many
                                                                                     thousands of innocent souls being                                                                                                                          Robert Erikson (rear left) the great-grandson of Harry Van Arsdale, Jr.                  misstatements.” Mr. Hevesi docu-
                               hood apartment building and pushed                                                                     more reason for another attack that                       anguish that was once so predomi-                                                                                                                                                  examples of actions, which have not
                                                                                     taken from this earth, the sound of a                                                                                                                      is pictured with family members after winning the Hy Greenblatt                          mented these efforts to keep the pub-
                               open the heavy door to the roof. I                                                                     was never our fault in the first place.                   nant. Yes, there was security every-            Scholarship. (L to r): brother Nicholas Erikson, Robert, great aunt
                                                                                     new world being invoked: one of                                                                                                                                                                                                                     lic blinded to the administration’s       been beneficial to this nation or its
                               could smell the acridity of the air as                                                                 I understood the fears that people                        where — no one is yet allowed back              Margaret Van Arsdale, brother Thomas Erikson, grand mother Kathryn
                                                                                     fear and sadness, but also of strength                                                                                                                                                                                                              true goals. He ended by urging the        workers. Mr. Van Arsdale stressed the
                               the wind blew fiercely around me. I                                                                    now held, but every day I prayed for                      into the Statue of Liberty or prob-             Erikson and mother Denise Erikson.
                                                                                     and humanity. Thunder from clear                                                                                                                                                                                                                    members of the audience to get out        importance of voters becoming
                               searched the horizon cursorily; it did                                                                 the resilience of the American hu-                        ably ever will be, the car-ferries do
                                                                                     blue skies.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and vote because another Bush term        acquainted with the facts and then
                               not take me long to spot the angry                                                                     man spirit to quickly return.                             not run anymore, and airport secu-
 Krista Marie Carbonetto
                                                                                        After that day, almost immedi-                                                                                                                                                                                                                   would prove disastrous for the            acting accordingly. The program closed
                                                                                                                                                                                                rity is so tight, I had to hand over my                                                                                                                                                                                             Greg George Mangini
    Edward J. Cleary           pitch-black clouds of smoke billow-                   ately, I began to feel like a prisoner in           Every day, I passed the New York                                                                                                                                                                nation.                                   with a thank you to the Joint Industry        William Liebfried Memorial
       Scholarship             ing from the city’s skyline. Once tran-                                                                City skyline on my way to school.                         nail file as a potential weapon — but                                                                                                                                                                                                   Scholarship
                                                                                     my own hometown. When once my                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The next portion of the program        Board staff
                               quil and picturesque from this perch,                                                                  My stomach lurched every time I                           it no longer incites an oppressive or
                                                                                     parents wanted me to experience                                                                                                                                                                                                                     focused on the presentation of awards     and to the
                               it now seemed terribly marred and                                                                      saw the strange emptiness of it: my                       uneasy feeling within me.
                                                                                     Manhattan face-to-face and enjoy all                                                                                                                                                                                                                with each recipient being called to       participants
                               disfigured by the unfathomable act of                                                                  favorite buildings gone, not even a                          September 11th and its effects re-
                                                                                     it had to offer, they were now petri-                                                                                                                                                                                                               the stage. The Scholarship Commit-        in the event,
                               hatred performed upon it. Visions                                                                      trace left. It was almost disorienting;                   sounded throughout our city, our
                                                                                     fied of letting me anywhere near the                                                                                                                                                                                                                tee, Robert Accetta, Fred Orestuk         and further
                               and sounds flashed through my mind                                                                     I couldn’t tell the skyline apart from                    country and the world. Not one per-
                                                                                     City. I was forbidden to explore my                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and Gerald Grow called the names of       congratula-
                               as I stood there, tears streaming from                                                                 any other anymore. Both of them, I                        son can say they were not affected
                                                                                     enchantments with it, which made it                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the recipients as Alan Hevesi posed       tions to the re-
                               my eyes not from emotion, but numb-                                                                    always thought, They knocked both                         by it in some manner. But the resil-
                                                                                     all the more difficult to cope with the                                                                                                                                                                                                             for a picture and a congratulatory        cipients and
                               ness from the wind and my own as-                                                                      of them down just like that. .. but                       ience that I had hoped and prayed for
      Ian Lerner Cassidy
                                                                                     tragedy. I now saw the City as af-                                                                                                                                                                                                                  handshake.                                their proud
                               tonishment. I could hear the screams                                                                   how, and why? For a year afterward,                       has shined through in this nation’s                                                                                                                                                                    Meghan Jeanne Cochran
        Sigurd B. Olsen                                                              flicted with the quarantined disease                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Dr. Finkel then introduced Greg        parents.              George Schuck Sr.,                Jully Li
   Foundation Scholarship      and sirens in the background of the                                                                    I watched the fear flash in people’s                      darkest hours, and instead of shut-                                                                                                                                                                                               Naftel Bedsole Memorial
                                                                                     of “Orange Alert,” and I wondered                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Memorial Scholarship
 (friend of family accepted)   frenetic phone call I made to my fa-                                                                   eyes as the tragedy was mentioned;                        ting ourselves off in hostility for-                                                                                                                                                                                                     Scholarship
                                                                                     constantly if things would ever be
                               ther as he stood in the middle of the                                                                  I heard of acquaintances suffering                        ever, we are slowly emerging from
                                                                                     the same again. They had already
                               storm of debris minutes after the tow-                                                                 from post-traumatic stress disorder;                      the desolation of devastation every
                                                                                     blocked off the beautiful landmarks
                               ers fell. The news footage looped in                                                                   I knew that everyone was too afraid                       day. Two years later, I climb up to
                                                                                     of my childhood, like Ellis Island
                               my mind of the plane slamming into                                                                     to visit my City, or else too saddened                    the roof of that apartment building,
                                                                                     and the Statue of Liberty, which
                               the first building, then the second, as                                                                by the mere prospect. The war on                          and instead of looking upon the sky-
                                                                                     seemed to me were now under a sort
                               everyone watched, dumbfounded.                                                                         terrorism began and the emergency                         line with melancholy, I gaze at it
                                                                                     of suicide watch. I felt like all that
                               Second period, I thought, in chemis-                                                                   status of the city glared its angry,                      with hope and admiration for its
                                                                                     America stood for, and all that I loved                                                                                                                    The Scholarship Class of 2004 is pictured with Educational & Cultural
Carmine Salvatore Cataldo      try class that morning, I heard the                                                                    upset orange.                                             history to come.                                Fund Director Dr. Gerry Finkel, (standing extreme right).                                       Christopher Gordon Young    Joseph Arthur Weston      Elizabeth Mary Walpole       Daniel Noah Leyzberg
                                                                                     about this country was being in-
 Charles Louis Scharfe Jr.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Sigurd B. Oslen       Henry Thomas Memorial     Herbert Flaum Scholarship       Sigurd B. Oslen
  Memorial Scholarship                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Foundation Scholarship          Scholarship                                      Foundation Scholarship

     Brian Richard Colgan          Michelle Lynn Condon          Jessica Christen Deluca          Brittny, Maria Dorset        Megan Elizabeth Dubatowka           Robert Gerald Erikson              Meaghan Siobnan Fahfey     Patrick Joseph Gazzini       Theresa Parsell Giacopasi      John Giaimo, Jr.                                      Mark Michael Goreczny      Jennifer C. Heyman       Katherine Rose Holland        Leo Anthony Inglima
       Armand D’Angelo         Frederick Mathew Hansen, Sr.            David Coyne                                            Monte M. Hurowitz Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Daryl Christopher Gleiche         Morton D. Hoffman            John C. Shea            John Thomas Kelly
                                                                                                 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.                                           Hy Greenblatt                       William Beck             Joseph Jacobson               Gordon M. Freeman          Benjamin Salzhauer                                                                                                                      Robert McCormick Sr.
     Memorial Scholarship          Memorial Scholarship           Memorial Scholarship            Memorial Scholarship               (Father accepted)                 Scholarship                     Memorial Scholarship      Memorial Scholarship           Memorial Scholarship       Memorial Scholarship   William Gillin Scholarship            Scholarship          Memorial Scholarship       Memorial Scholarship             Scholarship
Page 8                                                                     ELECTRICAL UNION WORLD                                                                                          April 2004

Lawmakers Pass First Measure Against Outsourcing
   WASHINGTON—By a 70-26 vote, the                                                                                                                           • A bill by Baucus, top Democrat on the
Senate passed the first measure aimed at                                                                                                                 powerful Senate Finance Committee, and
corporate “offshoring” of white-collar jobs—                                                                                                             Sen. Norman Coleman (R-Minn.) to extend
but not before its’ ruling Republicans wa-                                                                                                               trade adjustment assistance to service indus-
tered it down.                                                                                                                                           try workers who lose their jobs to imports—
   The proposal, by Sen. Christopher J. Dodd                                                                                                             or to foreign workers with U.S. visas.
(D-Conn.) would ban companies from using                                                                                                                     When TAA is granted at all, it is restricted
federal funds to send jobs offshore and to                                                                                                               to factory workers, not service workers.
ban states from using federal grants to do the                                                                                                           “When a factory relocates to another coun-
same thing. “Today, 40 states outsource                                                                                                                  try, those workers are eligible for TAA,”
jobs,” he said.                                                                                                                                          Baucus told senators. “But when a call cen-
   Dodd also banned agencies that privatize                                                                                                              ter moves to another country, those workers
government services—a favorite GOP                                                                                                                       are not eligible for TAA. They should be.”
cause—from getting a contract to do so “if it                                                                                                                “If we want more people to be employed,
again displaces American workers in favor                                                                                                                we have to get serious about retraining them
of offshore workers.”                                                                                                                                    ... And I have a warning: In the short run,
   Dodd cited Minnesota as a case. There,                                                                                                                jobs will be destroyed. There will be losers
food stamp recipient requests have been                                                                                                                  as well as winners,” Baucus told a Brookings
turned over to a private agency for handling.                                                                                                            Institution offshoring seminar.
It outsourced the jobs to India.                                                                                                                             • A second Baucus bill, which he sought
   “There are 14 million additional jobs in                                                                                                              to include in the business tax bill, to give a
danger of being shipped overseas,” Dodd                                                                                                                  larger tax credit to factories here that create
said of the private-sector job exodus.                                                                                                                   U.S. jobs. The AFL-CIO Industrial Unions
   “Office support areas, some 8 million                                                                                                                 Council is pushing such tax credits for U.S.
jobs; business and financial support, 2 mil-                                                                                                             job-creators.
lion; computer and math professionals, close          of fields, while creating 10,000 similar jobs    get no federal funds until they reverse those         • A proposal by Sen. John Kerry (D-
to 3 million; in the area of paralegal, legal         in India.                                        numbers.                                          Mass.), the presumptive Democratic presi-
assistance, diagnostic support, medical tran-            High-tech and IT layoffs, though a small         “The taxpayer should no longer provide         dential nominee, to order call center work-
scriptions and the like, the numbers are in           part of the overall U.S. job loss—2.214          tens of billions of dollars a year in corporate   ers to tell customers where the call center is
the thousands.                                        million—since January 2001, are alarming         welfare to those corporations who are throw-      physically located. That would let custom-
   “It isn’t just these low-wage jobs that are        to workers, their families, their communi-       ing workers out on the street and taking our      ers decide whether they want to deal with a
going ... We’re talking about jobs in Silicon         ties and their lawmakers.                        jobs abroad,” Sanders said. “It’s absolutely      call center in India, as opposed to one in, say,
Valley. I guarantee you we are not talking               Besides Dodd’s measure, other proposals       insane and an insult to the middle class of       Indiana.
about low-wage jobs at all,” he said.                 to combat offshoring include:                    this country” when those firms “say to the            But Baucus said prospects are uncertain
   Dodd’s amendment, on a corporate tax                  • A bill by Rep. Bernard Sanders (Ind.-       American people: ‘Thanks for the welfare,         for other immediate action regarding
bill, is the first success by lawmakers alarmed       Vt.) to force companies getting federal sub-     chumps. But we’re closing your plant and          offshoring, except for the factory tax-break
by offshoring of thousands of white-collar            sidies to disclose job creation and destruc-     taking your job to China.’ ”                      bill that both parties want to pass—and that
jobs and the specter of millions more. The            tion numbers, here and abroad. Citing a             Companies—either traditional factories         now includes Dodd’s plan.
AFL-CIO Department for Professional Em-               conservative think-tank, Sanders says those      or white-collar service industries—that               The House version of the bill lacks Dodd’s
ployees campaigns against offshoring.                 subsidies total $87 billion.                     “don’t let the government know how many           plan, meaning congressional negotiators
   But prospects range from positive to un-              The companies would have to tell how          workers they have in the U.S., and how            must solve the difference, and could dump
certain, depending on the complexity of a             many jobs they create and abolish here and       many outside the U.S. should not be asking        the idea.
particular bill, politics, and the White              how many they create and abolish abroad.         the taxpayers of this country for corporate           “By no stretch of the imagination is that
House’s stand, influential Sen. Max Baucus            Those with a larger net job loss here would      welfare,” Sanders explained.                      bill a silver bullet,” Baucus concedes.
(D-Mont.) said.
   Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell
(R-Ky.), speaking for the GOP leadership,
watered down Dodd’s plan by making it
conditional on Commerce Department “cer-
tification that this will not result in the loss of
more jobs than it will protect.”
   “The question is not just will jobs move
offshore, but will good new jobs be created
                                                           Less Fortunate
here?” said economic columnist E.J. Dionne,
after Baucus outlined one set of proposals.               On Wednesday April 14th, while some
   The list of U.S. companies offshoring              were struggling to finish their annual tax
high-tech, information technology (IT) and            ritual, members of the St. George Associa-
white-collar jobs—sometimes using federal             tion Chapter 80 of the Electrical Industry
aid to do so—stretches from IBM to Silicon            were going through what has become their
Valley. Examples:                                     mid-April ritual. They were gathering at the
   • Boeing outsourced design work on its             Church of the Ephiphany at 74th and York
airplanes to China, Russia and Japan, cost-           Avenue to once again give a little back to the
ing 135,000 workers—including highly                  community. For the second year in a row,
trained U.S. aircraft engineers—their jobs            the members provided, prepared and served
since 1990. Boeing engineers are in a Pro-            Easter Dinner to New York City’s homeless
fessional and Technical Engineers local.              community.
   • IBM fired 15,000 workers since 2001,                By the time the last person leaves the
while signing deals to train 100,000 soft-            church, bellies are full, smiles and thanks
ware specialists in China over the next three         are passed around, and the last of the pots
years. A CWA affiliate, Alliance@IBM, is
trying to organize “Big Blue’s” workers. It
reports IBM orders many to train their for-
                                                      and pans have been scrubbed clean. As has
                                                      happened each of the past nine years, the
                                                      members of the St. George Association are
                                                                                                       Benjamin Arana Installed As
eign-born successors.
   • Citibank moved much of its back-of-
fice operations, and thousands of jobs, to
                                                      heading home with a good feeling of a job
                                                      well done.
                                                         ‘The number of people served at the soup
                                                                                                       President of Santiago Iglesias
India since 1999. It’s helped by loan guaran-
tees from the federal Overseas Private In-
vestment Corp.
                                                      kitchen has increased over the past year,”
                                                      says Soup Kitchen Coordinator Janette
                                                      Goutierre, “where we used to get 70-80 we
   • Bank of America fired 4,700 IT and                                                                 On January 29 2004 the Santiago Iglesias Educational Society swore in their new
                                                      are now getting 85-95 each week.” “Of             officers in the balcony lounge of the JIB auditorium. Brother Benjamin Arana
back-office workers since 2002, and                   course when the word gets out that the St.
outsourced 1,000 of those jobs to India.                                                                was sworn in as new club president replacing Humberto Restrepo. Guest
                                                      George Association is cooking the number          speakers included President of Local 3 John Marchell, JIB chairman Larry
   • Lucent, whose workers are also repre-            swells to well over a hundred. We can’t           Jacobson, Assistant Business Manager Christopher Erikson, Business
sented by CWA, has announced layoffs of               thank them enough”.                               Representative Edwin Lopez and Business Manager Thomas Van Arsdale who
more than 10,000 U.S. workers in a variety                                          R. Ayello P.S.      swore in the new president and officers.
April 2004                                                             ELECTRICAL UNION WORLD                                                                                            Page 9

RAVE Review for “Labor’s Champion”
   The following is a review of the book,         health and hospital workers, the United Fed-     employee assistance program for the union;        and economic conscience of our nation
“Harry Van Arsdale Jr., Labor’s Cham-             eration of Teachers strike, the New York         established scholarships, lecture programs,       and the only means by which American
pion” that appeared in the January 2004           City sanitation strike, the United Farm Work-    cultural events, libraries, and retirement en-    workers could confidently provide a bet-
publication “Industrial and Labor Rela-           ers organizing campaign, the air traffic con-    richment programs; purchased and devel-           ter life for their families.
tion Review.” It was reviewed by Thomas J.        trollers’ strike, and the strike and national    oped a rest and convalescent home for Local          Van Arsdale understood that the key to
Germans, who is the director of the Center        boycott of the Farah Manufacturing Com-          3 members that was expanded and trans-            successful labor organization was the sys-
for Labor/Management Relations and Dis-           pany.                                            formed into an educational center and a           tematic involvement of the greatest pos-
pute Resolution at Dowling College in                Van Arsdale perfectly illustrates former      summer camp for children of members, dis-         sible number of its members, and he be-
Oakdale, N.J.                                     Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill’s state-        advantaged youths, and Boy Scouts; was the        lieved the best way to empower members
   Harry Van Arsdale, Jr.: Labor’s Cham-          ment that “all politics is local.” While Van     driving force behind the formation of the         and the union was through education. He
pion. By Gene Ruffini. Foreword by                Arsdale’s political access and influence         Labor College of the State University of          mandated that every member of Local 3
Theodore Kheel. Lebanon, Pa.: M.E. Sharpe,        reached the highest levels of government,        New York, the first accredited labor college      attend the labor college and achieve no less
2002. 304 pp. ISBN 0-7656-1044-2, $29.95                                                                                                             than an associate degree in a curriculum that
(cloth).                                                                                                                                             encompassed not only labor studies but lib-
   In the Foreword to this book, noted labor                                                                                                         eral arts as well.
mediator Theodore Kheel refers to Harry
Van Arsdale, Jr., as a “practical realist.” In
the book’s preface, the author, Gene Ruffini,
                                                                Harry Van Arsdale Jr.                                                                   In the book’s Afterword, Hy Greenblatt,
                                                                                                                                                     President of the Harry Van Arsdale, Jr.
                                                                                                                                                     Memorial Association, writes,
calls Van Arsdale the most powerful labor
leader in New York City, a champion, a
legend accorded the respect of a saint. By
                                                                    Remembered                                                                          To sum it up, if I had to say in one word
                                                                                                                                                     what Harry held most dear, it would be
                                                                                                                                                     education. It was what Harry was most con-
the time I got to the first chapter, I expected                                                                                                      cerned with and he saw education as the
this biography to be little more than an                                                                                                             means to help find solutions to the chal-
experience in public relations hyperbole.                                                                                                            lenges that will continue to face working
However, after reading the book, I would                                                                                                             men and women. He saw education as the
describe Van Arsdale as a pragmatist,                                                                                                                justification for higher standards and ulti-
visionary, and icon, and one of the most                                                                                                             mately he saw education as the path to a
powerful, influential, and productive leaders                                                                                                        better and more just society.
in the history of American trade unionism.                                                                                                              The author quotes one of Van Arsdale’s
   The struggles, influence, and accom-                                                                                                              closest friends who spoke with Harry just
plishments of Van Arsdale are so far-reach-                                                                                                          before he died:
ing that they continue to have a major impact                                                                                                           Before he passed away, I visited him and
on labor—management relations. Speeches                                                                                                              he was in bed and he could hardly talk. He
and programs made and initiated by Van                                                                                                               motioned me to come over to him and I
Arsdale more than 50 years ago are as rel-                                                                                                           pressed my ear against his mouth and he
evant in today’s world as they were vision-                                                                                                          said, “Tell me the truth. How many students
ary a half-century ago.                                                                                                                              do we have at the Labor College?’ He knew
   The author details a number of strategies                                                                                                         he was dying and he wanted to know how
and tactics applied by Van Arsdale as he                                                                                                             many students there were at the college.
struggled to rid Local 3 International Broth-                                                                                                           After more than 60 nears in the labor
erhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) of                                                                                                               movement, Van Arsdale died at age 80 on
corruption and to overcome the heavily                                                                                                               February 16, 1986. In a fitting tribute to a
biased anti-union reporting of the media.                                                                                                            man who believed so much in education and
The strikes and boycotts he managed to lead                                                                                                          the trade union movement, Empire State
despite such impediments resulted in collec-                                                                                                         College’s Center for Labor Studies, State
tive bargaining agreements and union orga-         Pictured above is the monument to Harry Van Arsdale Jr. located at the intersection               University of New York, was renamed the
nizing campaigns; and yet, notwithstanding         known as Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Plaza. It is located at the juncture of 160th, 161st               Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. School of Labor
his readiness to fight when necessary, ulti-       and 162nd Streets in the Electchester Housing Cooperative Community in Flushing,                  Studies; and on December 5, 2001, Harry
mately a more important means by which he          N.Y. A wreath was place at the monument by the Electchester Community in his                      Van Arsdale, Jr. was inducted into the AFL-
bettered union members’ lot-shortening their       memory on the 18th anniversary of his death, February 16, 1986. Van Arsdale                       CIO’s Labor International Hall Fame.
                                                   served as the business manager of Local 3, IBEW from 1932 to 1967. He was the
work hours while increasing their pay and                                                                                                               This book leaves no doubt that Van
                                                   prime mover behind the creation of the Electchester Community. He also served
benefits-was by paving the way for an un-          as the international treasurer of the IBEW from 1968 – 1978 and as the president                  Arsdale’s reputation as labor’s champion
precedented level of labor-management co-          of the NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO from 1957 until his death in 1986.                      is well deserved. But he was more than
operation.                                                                                                                                           that: he was and is a champion and role
   The book traces the roots of Van Arsdale’s                                                                                                        model for the human race-which, the author
family from the Revolutionary War to twen-        unions, and corporate America, his power         in the United States; in 1962 negotiations,       tells us, Harry often wished everyone
tieth—century New York City, where his            base was always New York Cite, where he          gained Local 3 electricians a 5-hour work         would someday rejoin.
father, an electrical worker who was a staunch    served as Business Manager of Local 3 of         day (meaning, in practice, that they worked
union advocate, strove to improve the lot of      the IBEW and President of the New York           5 hours per day at a straight time rate of pay,
his fellow workers by fighting not only           City Central Labor Council.                      then a sixth mandatory and seventh volun-
contractors, but also factions within the elec-      Reading this book, which at times ap-         tary hour at overtime rates) and, for their
tricians’ union itself. The author spares nei-    pears to be more of a novel and twentieth-       families, an educational trust fund; funded a                   Purchase
ther union nor individuals in recounting          century labor history text than a biography,     program to help handicapped and disabled
these struggles. The disorganized, greedy,        one cannot help but be overwhelmed by the        workers find jobs; spearheaded voter regis-         Harry Van Arsdale Jr.
corrupt, and sometimes violent activities of      vision, tenacity, dedication, integrity, and     tration drives; formed community alliances
various union members and leaders are ex-
posed. Even the arrests, convictions, and jail
                                                  ultimately the accomplishments of this truly
                                                  astonishing labor leader. Among many other
                                                                                                   with racial, ethnic, religious, business, and
                                                                                                   social agencies; created the National Coun-                “Labor’s
time of the book’s hero Harry Van Arsdale         things, he led the fight for a 7-hour day and    cil of Unemployed for union and non-union
are detailed, as are the eventual over-turning
of his criminal convictions.
                                                  35-hour work week in 1931; established a
                                                  Joint Labor-Management Industry Board
                                                                                                   workers; opened the union and all of its
                                                                                                   benefits to African-American, Latino, Asian,
   The author devotes much of the book to a       based on his belief that labor and manage-       and all other minority and immigrant popu-
number of historical strikes and organizing       ment could accomplish more benefits for          lations; and advocated for civil rights with         by contacting the
drives in New York City and the nation. He        each other working together than working         Martin Luther King, Bayard Rustin, and A.
focuses on the critical roles Van Arsdale
played in these events, which include con-
                                                  separately; organized the entire electrical
                                                  industry in New York City; established the
                                                                                                   Philip Randolph.
                                                                                                      The author makes a convincing case that
                                                                                                                                                       Harry Van Arsdale Jr.
flicts with department store giants Gimbel        first employer-paid pension plan in 1937;        Van Arsdale’s life was his work and the
Brothers and R.H. Macy, United Electric,          formed the first multi-employer pension plan     union was his life. “Without a union,” Van          Memorial Association
New York Edison, the Lincoln Tunnel               for the building trades in America; con-         Arsdale said-speaking as a skilled and
project, the city-owned Independent Sub-          structed inexpensive cooperative housing         hard-working craftsman, not just a union                     at
way System, Brooklyn Edison, Bronx Gas            for Local 3 members; established a loan          activist- “a worker has no chance.” He
and Electric Company, and Con Edison.
Also described are Van Arsdale’s important
                                                  fund, death benefit plan, and insurance and
                                                  supplemental pay for members during ill-
                                                                                                   believed that the only purpose of the union
                                                                                                   is to serve the membership, and viewed
part in the Local 1199 drive to organize          ness or injury; created a medical, dental, and   the trade union movement as the social
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56th Annual Scholarship Awards Breakfast
   A chilly April mist and appropriately gray                                                                                                    state of our nation. He urged people to make
skies greeted the nearly 700 people who                                                                                                          a concerted effort to make a change in the
attended the Educational and Cultural Fund’s                                                                                                     coming fall elections because the president’s
Scholarship Breakfast. The Electrical In-                                                                                                        stewardship has even been harshly criti-
dustry Center Auditorium was set aside for                                                                                                       cized by the leading members of the Repub-
the first Saturday of the month so the indus-                                                                                                    lican Party. He also pointed out that the
try could honor 46 successful scholarship                                                                                                        present administration has “the worst record
applicants.                                                                                                                                      on jobs since the Great Depression.”
   The program began with the introduction                                                                                                          Dr. Finkel then introduced Robert Weber,
of the dais guests and the presentation of                                                                                                       a scholarship recipient from 1950, and Vice
colors by the Girl Scouts of America Troops                                                                                                      President of Career Counseling for the
from the Electchester community. Soprano                                                                                                         Alumni Association of Scholarship Win-
Caterina Acqua Marina led the audience in                                                                                                        ners. After explaining the history of the
the Star Spangled Banner and a powerful                                                                                                          Alumni Association of Scholarship Win-
rendition of God Bless America. Reverend                                                                                                         ners and encouraging the new recipients to
Gerald Blaczczak, S.J. of Fordham Univer-                                                                                                        become active in the organization, Mr. Weber
sity provided the invocation.                                                                                                                    presented the Alumni Association Essay
   Dr. Finkel, director of programming for                                                                                                       Contest awards to:
the Educational and Cultural Fund, intro-                                                                                                           First Place – Cassianne Giammarino -
duced Larry Jacobson, Chairman of the Joint                                                                                                      $500
Industry Board, for his welcoming remarks.                                                                                                          Second Place – Kristie Velazquez - $250
The Chairman noted the joint commitment                                                                                                             Third Place – Anaila Shakur - $100
of management and labor in executing these
                                                      NYS Comptroller Alan Hevesi addresses the 2004 Scholarship Breakfast.
awards. Mr. Jacobson went on to explain
that he felt “duty-bound” to focus on the                                                                                                                       (Continued on page 6 and 7)

                                                                                                options – like a spouse with an insurance           The Inglewood battle took on a moral as

Wal-Mart Hits a Wall
   The rapid proliferation of suburban big-      the community than the owners of mom-
                                                                                                plan – may wind up depending on state-
                                                                                                subsidized health programs or local emer-
                                                                                                gency rooms.
                                                                                                   Further, the entry of such an especially
                                                                                                                                                 well as an economic tone. A coalition of
                                                                                                                                                 business, union, religious and community
                                                                                                                                                 leaders led the opposition, and residents
                                                                                                                                                 voted against the store by a ratio of three to
box stores hit a pronounced bump when            and-pop hardware stores disapproved.           tight-fisted employer in a community com-        two. Wal-Mart has said it will press ahead
Wal-Mart failed in an aggressive effort to          Elected officials in Inglewood had al-      pels competitors to whittle at their own labor   with its larger plans to construct 40
build at least 130,000 square feet Super         ready rejected Wal-Mart’s overtures last       costs. That translates into lost jobs and        supercenters around California. It may have
Wal-Mart to sell everything from clothing to     year. The ballot initiative would have by-     smaller paychecks for everyone. The recent       to give up on Los Angeles, which may ban
car tires in suburban Los Angeles. The           passed not only that decision but also any     long strike by California grocery workers        megastores. Other communities will be
world’s largest retailer spent $1 million on a   scrutiny of the effect a superstore may have   had its roots in stores that fear they could     emboldened by Wal-Mart’s setback. In the
ballot initiative and a charm offensive, but     had on the town. The chain dangled the         eventually be put out of business by Wal-        end, people may love low prices, until they
residents weren’t buying.                        promise of hundreds of jobs and help for a     Mart “Supercenters,” which also sell             take a closer look at the real costs.
   This was more than the familiar battle        community in which many residents are          groceries.
between superstores and Main Street shop-        unemployed and many more are underem-
keepers fearful of competition. With             ployed. One-fifth live below the poverty
superstores now ubiquitous, the corpora-         line. That apparently did not allay concerns
tions that build them have been grabbing for     over increased traffic, the environment and
increasingly inappropriate parcels of land to    Wal-Mart’s low-wage, nonunion jobs.                          The Educational And Cultural Fund
continue their expansion. The results of the        In many places, Wal-Mart workers are
vote in lnglewood. Calif., a community of
113,000 mostly black and Hispanic resi-
                                                 among the working poor. The company picks
                                                 up health costs for fewer than half its em-                      of The Electrical Industry
dents, showed that a much broader slice of       ployees nationwide, and those without other
                                                                                                                  28th Spring Art Festival
Passover for Seniors                                                                                                            OPENING RECEPTION
                                                                                                                    ELECTRIC INDUSTRY CENTER THEATRE
                                                                                                                     SUNDAY, MAY 23, 2004 - 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
                                                                                                             Reservations and entry tickets to the reception are a must!
                                                                                                                        Displays will be open to the public from
                                                                                                                      Monday, May 24 through Sunday, May 30
                                                                                                                                     Noon to 6:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                               Admission is free-of Charge
                                                                                                                    Featuring Over 300 Exhibits On Display
                                                                                                            Submitted By Local 3, IBEW Members & Their Families.

                                                                                                                             Electric Industry Center Theatre
                                                                                                                                67-35 Parsons Boulevard
                                                                                                                                   Flushing, New York
                                                                                                         (Corner of Parsons Blvd & Harry Van Arsdale Jr./Jewel Avenue)
                                                                                                      For further information or ticket requests to the Opening Reception,
                                                                                                                    contact the Educational & Cultural Fund
                                                                                                                           (718) 591-2000 ext. 1350
 J Division volunteers helping deliver Passover food to shutins and senior citizens
 in the Flushing, Queens area.