IBEW Local 459, PA
Monday, December 22, 2014
Message from Business Manager, Paul L. Cameron
 
With the Holiday Season here, I want to take a moment to not only wish you and yours a Happy Holiday and New Year. Before we dive right into 2015, let's look at this past year and all we have accomplished together.
 
We once again fought back right to work laws introduced in the state legislature, we were part of the huge rally that broke out at the state legislature at the end of January. Along with other unions, we were part of a coalition to raise the minimum wage statewide in the Pennsylvania. We set a local union record and successfully negotiated several contracts with our employers. We were honored by the PA AFL-CIO and accepted the Boyer-Uehlein-George Award for community services. We once again stamped out hunger with the annual Letter Carriers Food Drive in May and had a successful union outing at the Pittsburgh Pirates game in June.
 
Working with other unions and our community allies we elected a Democratic governor - getting rid of governor Corbitt who spent his entire career demonizing unions.  Corbitt even tried to privatize the wine and spirits stores and we were vocal against that crazy idea. Our local union brought in some new Business Agents and appointed a new President to carry the heavy workload to better service the hardworking membership.  We worked closely with other unions to push the EPA to rethink its clean power plant rule and our union won a major settlement - winning $3.8 million for affected members at the Homer City Power Generation facility. We once again participated in the Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh and conducted a special presentation for the member's to discuss the Affordable Care Act.
 
We developed and invested in our younger members, creating the Active Member Outreach committee (A.M.O.) and represented our union proudly by earning first place overall at the Linemen Rodeo to benefit the families of IBEW utility lineman who gave the ultimate sacrifice while performing their jobs. Finally, we most recently released a full report on the state of our local union, showing the progress of our organization - highlighting the investment in our unions' communications.
 
All this progress didn't come easy. We all worked hard to make gains, and 2015 will sure to be full of challenges. So this Holiday Season, we all deserve a much needed breather and time to spend quality time with our loved ones.  We have earned it, and no matter what you celebrate or believe, the mission of charity, community, peace and goodwill is not just seasonal for us, it's a way of life and it's what we do all year round.
 
Happy Holidays, hold your heads high and be proud to be union.
 
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