August 25, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Scriba NY – If you weren’t in attendance for the formal announcement Governor Andrew Cuomo made regarding the effort to save the James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County, you would have never known that International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 97 and Organized Labor in Central New York had played such an important role in the process.
And it appears that Cuomo’s positive comments that focused a spotlight on Labor’s involvement were largely ignored in mainstream media reports of the governor’s speech earlier this month at the Scriba plant, where representatives of IBEW 97 and the Central New York Labor Movement gathered to celebrate the announcement of the plant’s new owner – Exelon Generation, the State Public Service Commission’s (PSC) just announced and new set of energy standards that favorably impacted the nuclear plant, and ultimately – the saving of 615 good-paying jobs at the facility, including 300 represented by the IBEW.
“I ‘believe’ in the workforce in Upstate New York and ‘I think it’s time’ New York State ‘steps in to help’ the workforce,” said Cuomo to a very loud round of cheers from those who attended the news conference that was held in early August outside the plant. “I ‘believe’ in the Union Movement that ‘built’ the Middle Class and is ‘protecting and rebuilding’ the Middle Class. And I ‘believe’ in the IBEW and (Local 97 President and Business Manager) Ted Skerpon and his leadership and the workforce that is the IBEW.” To read more click on the following link