November 10, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Jamestown, NY – Just days before Western New York Union Members head to the polls to not only cast their vote for president, but also for an array of Congressional, New York State and local candidates, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Third District Vice President Don Siegel cautioned all who attended the Chautauqua County Democratic Committee’s Salute to American Labor Dinner that: “We’ve forgotten that ‘we’re all part of this” and “We ‘can’t believe everything will be taken care of just by voting.’”
It was a feather in the cap of the three Western New York IBEW Locals: Most notably for 106 in Jamestown and its President Bob Whitney and Business Manager David Wilkinson; 41 in Orchard Park (with Business Manager Mike Gaiser in attendance); and 237 in Niagara Falls (with Business Manager Russ Quarantello and Business Rep Mark Grozio, who also serves as a Niagara County Legislator, there to listen), to have Siegel – who oversees 124 Locals that combine to represent more than 135,000 Members across four states (New York, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey) – in attendance to address the annual Labor Dinner that was hosted at Local 106’s Union Hall in Jamestown on Thursday (November 3rd).
And – it was not only representatives from the IBEW who were there.
Also speaking at the dinner and listening to Siegel was Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) President Richard Lipsitz and Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Western Region President Flo Tripi.
In addition, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Southwestern Regional Director Anna Geronimo (who also heads the Cattaraugus-Allegany Central Labor Council), Southwestern Building & Construction Trades Council President Steve Thorpe, and a variety of both Public and Private Union Representatives from the Southern Tier attended the dinner.
“Labor and politics is ‘synonymous.’ I was ‘in politics before I was in a Union,’” said Siegel (Pictured Below/WNYLaborToday.com Photo), who worked on President Jimmy Carter’s Staff in 1976 and said Carter was the “most honest man” ever to serve in the White House. To read more click on the following link