By Kevin B. Casey

Sisters and Brothers,

As I sit here and write this article of the Conduit, Memorial Day weekend has just passed. Employment is still very good. The Calverton Solar Farm is starting to wind down and should be completed in the next couple of weeks. Employment should be steady for a while. Some other nice jobs that should be getting ready to start by the end of the year: the Brookhaven Lab Welcome Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Jakes 58 extension, UBS Retail Village, and the Northpoint project on Sills road, just to name a few.

Since the last Conduit article, the “A” Construction and CW/CE Contracts were overwhelmingly ratified by the membership. Both were three-year contracts, and both contracts saw the highest monetary increases in the history of Local 25. Some highlights of the contract besides money were an additional holiday off for Martin Luther King Day, some added temporary light language, some changes to the tool list removing chain wrench and adding wire strippers, adding scope of work language to include all renewable energy which includes solar, photovoltaic, wind, biomass, wave, hydropower, battery storage, fuel cells and micro turbines. Also added to the contract was a 6:00 am and 6:30 am start time. With the way traffic and gas prices are here on Long Island, we felt this would benefit the members if they wanted to utilize these start times. We also increased the Annuity from 10% to 12%. The annuity has been 10% since 1987. Local 25’s Negotiating Team was President John Guadagno, Treasurer Ryan Casey, Business Reps Jack Majkut, Tim McCarthy and myself, Business Manager Kevin Casey. I would like to thank the Negotiating Team for a great job.

This past May was the IBEW 40th International Convention. The convention is held every 5 years, and this year it was held in Chicago, Illinois. At this year’s convention there were 1750 Delegates from 539 locals. Local 25’s Delegates to the convention were President John Guadagno, Vice President Chis Callahan, Financial Secretary Jim Malley, Treasurer Ryan Casey, Business Reps Jack Majkut, Tim McCarthy, Jim Pena, Tom Lawless and myself, Business Manager Kevin Casey. Each day’s session was packed with information with 42 Resolutions and 31 Amendments that had to be voted on. There were many guest speakers that spoke at the Convention. Some of the speakers were: National Building Trades President Sean McGarvey, AFL/CIO President Liz Shuler, Mayor of Chicago Laurie Lightfoot, Governor of Illinois JB Pritzker; with the highlight of the Convention coming when the President of the United States addressed the IBEW delegation. It was the first time in the history of the IBEW a sitting United States President addressed the IBEW delegation.

Some Local 25 events for this summer are the Yankee Game bus trip July 31st, Local 25 Block Party on Saturday, August 13th, and the Local 25 Softball Tournament will be held August 26th, and 27th and 28th. Please try to make your Union Meetings this Summer.

Brothers and Sisters, that ends my report for this issue of the Conduit. Remember to work safe, turn off energized circuits, and always remember to stick together out there.