On January 8 we lost active member Walt Delmonaco. Walt was a Chief Service Rep. for National Grid in Schenectady. He was involved in a motor vehicle accident before Thanksgiving while at work. He underwent surgery the same day and was on the road to recovery at the time of his passing. Everyone who new Walt will remember his sense of humor and his willingness to help on a moment's notice. We would like to send our deepest condolences to Walt's wife Maria and his adult sons, Joe and Steven. We also thank all of his union brothers and sisters who came to pay their respects and send Walt on to his Lord. Full obituary
Seven members of IBEW Local 97 have been honored by The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Pictured above are Sean Demarest, Roger Ellis, Christopher Murphy, Christopher Rhodes, Michael Garufi and Thomas McGrail Jr. ( Eric Dahl is not present), who received either the International's Life Saving Award or Certificates of Recognition for their actions saving the life of a fallen Brother.
We Have sent the Annual discipline review list to the company for 2020.
Eastern Division Staff: As has been reported on at the meeting this month the Eastern Division union hall has been undergoing some staffing changes. We're happy to welcome two new business representatives to the staff Bill Vincent and Bill Maloney, both having a long history with the Local and strong union backgrounds, they will be great advocates for our brothers and sister as we move forward.
I'd like to recognize another dedicated brother who has spent the last 10 years working tirelessly on behalf of the Eastern Division. Chuck Milos will be returning to the field in February. Chuck has been a great advocate for our brothers and sisters in his role as an ABM and will continue to be in the field as a Chief Steward. Please join me in thanking him for all he's done for the Local and wishing him all the best.
BR Bill Vincent reports: Continued working with System Safety Committee and National Grid negotiating the Safety Handbook.
Meet with and finalized the N. Albany Substation Group work rules, and in the process of setting up a date with the Gloversville Substation group for their work rules.
Continuing with the grievance process on non-senior job awards.
Will be attending the 3rd district workshop in Atlantic City on 01/22-24/2020
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St Lawrence Gas: The Liberty Utility negotiations are on-going in Massena. We have been working through the list of proposals with the company and are hoping to finalize a tentative agreement we can bring back for ratification soon.
As I reported last month, we
've begun a campaign to organize the area Spectrum employees. We've met with one barn in which we had a positive turn out and have a meeting with the next barn scheduled. The committee continues to work diligently to bring that group into Local 97!
The Eastern division Ignite group sends it thanks and appreciation out to all those who attended the holiday party on Jan 3rd. This was a great opportunity to enjoy a fun night out with your Local 97
brothers and sisters!
NYISO: The NYISO contract that was ratified in 2019 and immediately had some interpretation issues has been finalized. The company and Union have settled the issue's and this contract has finally gone to print.- Steve Givney Assistant Business Manager Central Division Assistant Business Manager - Eastern Division