Greetings Brothers & Sisters,
I’m honored to continue serving IBEW Local 332’s members in my new role as business manager. For those who don’t know me, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to hold many positions in my 30 years in the IBEW, from apprentice to general foreman, IBEW organizer under Bob Tragni, JATC instructor, and training director. Most recently, I served as assistant business manager for Dan Rodriguez.
My three biggest goals coming into leadership are to:
- Protect our scope of work
- Ensure the solvency of the pension funds and the equity of benefits for both new and old members
- Support the training and mentoring of the next generation of leaders both in the field and in the union
Our members have been fortunate to have had plenty of work, but the challenges will manifest when things slow down. We are battling other trades as they attempt to increase their scope at the expense of the IBEW. We must continue to be vigilant when it comes to protecting our work and expanding our market share.
We’re doing just that and should celebrate the wins when they come. Congratulations to our organizing team that was able to bring Blue Arc Electric into our union. They are a 40-man shop that has plans to grow as an IBEW contractor. Another victory is that our compliance officer and team documented and were able to collect a $111,742 settlement from a non-signatory contractor for not hiring out of our hall on a job that was part of a Project Labor Agreement.
These victories are a testament to the strength of our Local. I am excited to serve in my new capacity. I would like to thank the membership for putting your faith and trust in me.
Stand Together & VOTE
The brothers and sisters in IBEW Local 332 are part of a larger family: the labor family. What’s good for the labor family is good for the IBEW, so we support labor-friendly elected leaders, ballot initiatives, and legislation.
The California primary election is on June 7th, and I urge you to vote. It’s always critical to flex labor’s muscle by voting at the ballot box. The labor movement is under attack, so we need to stand together, fight back, and vote in the primary election.
We’ve enclosed Local 332’s endorsements in this issue, and mail ballots will be sent on May 9th.