Local 97 relies on the help of our elected representatives in state and local government to assist us in our efforts to protect our jobs and provide a quality work environment its members. This page will provide you with the latest developments on the political front. Please contact us with questions or suggestions.
IBEW 97 understands the importance of being politically active. Our Council’s involvement in Legislative Issues and our members IBEW 97 Local Union Political Action Committees are vital if we intend to succeed in our constant battle for the good paying jobs and safe working conditions that our members deserve. When our members participate in Labor Walks, lobby days or simply gather together at town hall meetings and at the NYS Capital, we create the foundation along with strong relationships that are essential in lobbying for important legislation that benefits all utility workers.
This type of involvement not only helps IBEW 97 union membership, but all other unions and non-union working people alike. When seeking the support of key Political figures, we must first show that we are familiar with the issues in order for them to take serious action. Elected officials often witness IBEW 97 members mobilizing in great numbers in support of new legislation or candidate support. The political community instantly recognizes how valuable we are in the political process. When we lobby for laws to protect working people, elected officials are often reminded of the impact that was demonstrated through our Political efforts. They know that when we care about an issue or a cause, we commit our full support wherever and whenever necessary.
To get involved with the Local 97’s Political Action Committee, or to find out how you can help your union gain a voice in local, state and federal legislation, contact the Local 97 Union Office. You can also speak with your shop steward or attend a General Membership Meeting and discuss politics there. And remember, when it comes to politics, all politics are local!
Political Action Committee
Theodore J. Skerpon – Pres./B.M. -Local 97
James Card - Chairman - Syracuse
Ron Gosson - Syracuse
Dan Machold - Albany
What is COPE?
The Comittee On Political Education of the IBEW is a group of members who keep other members informed on legislative issues related to the workplace. These include labor, worker safety, workers compensation, licensing, unemployment insurance and many other issues. COPE members get involved in local, State and National elections. They lobby for legislation that affects workers at the General Assembly. You don’t have to be on the committee to participate in COPE. You can voluntarily contribute to COPE through payroll deduction. By signing a COPE “check-off” card, $0.03 per hour of your wages goes to help fund the activities mentioned above. You will be supporting candidates, regardless of party affiliation, who have a proven record of supporting the working families of New York. If you don’t currently participate, please consider helping your brothers who work very hard to make sure that workers in New York have a voice in political matters. We encourage all members to get involved in politics at any level but especially at the locality in which you live. Educate yourself on the issues and make an informed decision when you vote. Participate in “grass roots” campaigns on issues that you are interested in. Together, we can make the IBEW a political power.
To donate to COPE please contact the union office via email or call us at 315.476.9797 and a payroll deduction card will be sent to you.