Monday, July 30, 2018
Welcome 2018 PSI graduating class into Local 459! I encourage you to attend your district union meeting and to be active in your union. For your district union meeting location and date go to www.ibew459.org. Check out the new member video located in the new member tab. Remember, it is not the local leadership who is the union, the union is us. We are all 'the union' and we are together in supporting our sisters and brothers of this local.
The company is continuing the PSI - lineman and substation school and filling vacancies throughout Penelec. Also, two agreements are in the final stages that will add jobs. The network departments in Erie and Richland will increase the compliment. And the Relay Tech classification will increase in some areas as we secure future work that will soon come as a result of ever changing Technology.
Our Labor / Management safety committee deserves much appreciation for recognizing the importance of AED's and developing a plan to make these important lifesaving devises available. This is an ongoing project and the commitment and work done by the safety committee has been outstanding!
At the Windber Area Authority in Windber, PA., thanks to Shop Steward Lee Hoffer for his hard work during contract negotiations. Together with the Windber Manager and the Windber Board, the Union was able to negotiate a 5-year contract with 2.5 percent wage increases each year and maintained current benefit levels at basically the same throughout.