I was hired by Penelec in the summer of 1978 into the newly created Mobile Maintenance group as an assistant electrician. At the time I was employed by a small non-Union electrical contractor. The
only thing I knew about Union electricians was their hourly rate was more than twice what I was being paid.
When I was first asked to put together an article about a look back of my career, I thought “Wow, I’ve been employed in Generation for nearly 42 years!” As they say, the days go slow but the years go fast.
My first 20 years didn’t see much change.
Every year we organize social outings to bring the membership together. (List what is going to be planned for this year)
April 16, 2020 – Local 459 Shop Steward Workshop. The leadership of 459 prides itself with conducting this annual steward training session for all shop stewards since 2013.
LABOR MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
The Penelec Labor / Management Committee consists of representatives from the company and the union. The company is represented by senior management and the union is represented by our business manager, business reps and a cross-section of our union brothers and sisters from our various craft lines and locations throughout Penelec.
A team of researchers from Drexel University studying union members’ views about energy in the US, reached out to the local for input for a very important study. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation and is being led by sociologists at Drexel.
Wage adjustments for Village of Westfield Members
The Village of Westfield is a small community in southwestern New York with 29 members in the Streets, Water/Sewer, Police, Clerical/Janitorial and Electrical departments.
Our members enjoy a good benefits package, their wages, however, have fallen behind.
2019 Look Back
Gary Hummel, Business Rep.
As we head into 2020, we have accomplished many important things including numerous successful contract negotiations which brought good benefits to our brothers and sisters. We have fought many grievances in which we have won our share and returned back to our members over $4.7 million dollars since 2013.
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IBEW Local 459
408 Broad St
Johnstown, PA 15906 814-535-7655