IBEW Local 459, PA
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Message from Business Manager Paul Cameron

Welcome to the inaugural e-mail of 459 Online.  As this edition is circulated, your Local 459 staff and designated shop stewards are in negotiations with 6 employers affecting approx. 360 members and their families. They are: Allegheny Manufacturing and Electrical Service, Atlantic Broadband Uniontown, West Penn Oil, NRG Homer City plant, Jamestown Board of Public Utilities and an expired contract with the Village of Westfield, NY. The most common issue for all of the contracts open at this time is health insurance.  More updates to come.

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The Labor Day themed picnic's held last September was a huge success and I hope it becomes an annual tradition, as well as Local 459's participation in the Labor Day parade every year in Pittsburgh. Those who organized each district picnic deserve much of the credit for such an outstanding job. In future editions of this e-mail it is our goal to keep the members informed of all relevant news and activities within our union.

We are excited to begin to improve our union's communications. We have a series of new communication tools planned. The first is this email newsletter. We are in the process of building our email list so please send your personal email and cell phone number to ibew.local459@gmail.com.

We will also be sending you on occasion blast text messages. When we launch our new and improved website, we will have the technology in place to blast out quick text messages that will keep you in the loop.  Our new mobile friendly website will have a photo gallery, high resolution graphic banner images, a video library, social networking links and buttons, RSS news feeds, newsletter submission forms, upcoming events listings, recent news updates, and an easy to use navigation menu bar. Our new website at ibew459.org will be mobile friendly so all the important information that you need will be viewable with ease on your tablets and smartphones. With this, we are also developing a shortcut like mobile app for you tech junkies out there.

In the meantime, make sure you get your fellow Local 459 members who did not receive this inaugural email to contact the union office or their union steward with their email and cell number. I look forward to working with you all in the months and years to come and be safe out there.