Business Managers Message Updates

  • Hours of Work Agreement

    Concerning the "Hours of Work" Memorandum of Agreement, or as it is more commonly referred to "17/7." This agreement was made for the safety of thepeople working for NYSEG. No other reason! It certainly was not created for management to manipulate! It was created for your safety. Go home and rest...

  • Work Safely

    We recently attended a 3rd District Workshop in July. These meetings are a free exchange of information, questions and ideas between Business Managers of IBEW Local Unions in the 3rd District. Topics can include contracts, accidents, arbitrations, organizing, etc.   The reason I bring this up to...

  • Your Right to Vote

    Voting for Americans is a civic duty. A privilege that has been hard fought to win and keep. To vote you must be a United States citizen and eighteen years of age. You cannot be a felon currently serving your sentence or mentally incompetent and vote. Voting is free and voluntary. It has also been...

  • What is a union?

    The dictionary tells us that Unions are: An organized association of workers, often in a trade or profession, formed to protect and further their rights and interests.  Fair enough, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Unions began in the mid-nineteenth century. They've been around a long time....

  • Memorial Day Message

    Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, as Labor Day is generally recognized as the end. Bar-b-ques and parties will be plenty. Many will attend memorials and visit cemeteries also, remembering those in the Armed Forces that gave their lives. Memorial Day is a Federal Holiday that is...

  • Safety is our responsibility

    I can think of no more important of a subject to talk with you about then going home after work in the same condition as when you came to work. Safety, it is our responsibility.  To make sure we do everything we can do to make our job safe.  From the planning of the job, the execution of the job,...

  • Safety is our top priority

    As Business Manager of Local 10, I have to make a lot of decisions, some easier than others. You may not be aware that IBERDROLA USA at the time, and now AVANGRID put together the "Strategic Safety Board/Skilled Safety Panel" to align the safety practices of NYSEG, CMP and RGE. This includes the...

  • What is the TPP?

    Message from Business Manager Gary L. Bonker    I would like to talk with you about something that could hurt the working men and women of America. It's the "Trans-Pacific Partnership" (TPP). The TPP is an outsourcing deal, not a trade deal. The auto rules of origin are so low that a car or truck...

  • Unions make a difference in people's lives

    Unions have long been part of our nation's history, fighting for BETTER pay, safer working conditions, health care and retirement benefits, educations and civic participation. Unions have brought different voices together and their struggles have elevated the working conditions, the standard of...

  • Training the new generation of Stewards

    Local 10 has started 2016 with training.  Officers received their training in January.  Stewards are being trained February 4th and 16th.  International  Representative Julie Cosenza, International Representative Jim Ayrer conducted the training at the Local 10 office.  The training included topics...

  • Injury free for 3 and a half years

    On January 27, 2016, I had the pleasure of attending the Plattsburgh Division of N.Y.S.E.G.'s annual Safety Breakfast. Local Union Officers have been attending this event for about sixteen years. What made the Safety Breakfast this year special was that they were celebrating three and one-half...

  • Steward Training

    Happy New Year and I hope you had an enjoyable holiday season.  Local 10 IBEW started off the year with training for all its officers.  I requested the training from the International IBEW Representatives in an effort to give the officers of Local 10 the tools to represent the members to the best...

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