September 19, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Niagara Falls, NY – Months ago, Mayor Paul Dyster approached International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 237 “for its help,” Business Manager Russ Quarantello tells WNYLaborToday.com, to step up efforts to train minorities in the City of Niagara Falls for good-paying jobs in the local construction industry.
But now, with electrical work failing to be awarded to IBEW Local 237 Members who live in Niagara Falls at the new Tulip Molded Plastics Corporation plant that’s being constructed on Highland Avenue, Mayor Dyster is “failing to return” Quarantello’s phone calls inquiring why the city’s top elected official isn’t front and center in order to make it happen.
“The mayor ‘wants us’ to get involved and ‘work with’ the city’s community groups to ‘get more’ Minority Workers trained with the IBEW,” Quarantello told WNYLaborToday.com today (Thursday, September 15th) after the second day of his Union conducting what he described as a “peaceful job action” outside the Tulip Molded Plastics’ construction site.
“I called (Dyster), but ‘he did not return my phone call,’” Quarantello continued, “and I texted him to let him know that we would be picketing the site. Instead, he had one of his representatives call me and ask us to ‘back off,’ but he’s ‘never returned any of my calls.’ We’re ‘out here to get jobs for our people’ and ‘we will continue to do this until we do,’ but ‘we seem to keep going through this same thing (with the mayor) over and over again.’”
IBEW Local 237 represents 235 area Construction Workers, including nearly 50 who live in the City of Niagara Falls, Quarantello said. To read more click on the following link