October 3, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Niagara Falls, NY – In the early morning darkness on Wednesday (September 28th), an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) picket line (Pictured Above/Photo Courtesy of IBEW Local 237) began to swell as representatives from a number of Niagara County Unions joined IBEW Local 237’s fight to ensure that electrical work on the Tulip Plastics Plant construction site goes Union.
Local 237 has been picketing outside the new Tulip Molded Plastics Corporation plant that’s being constructed on Highland Avenue in Niagara Falls to call attention to the fact that the electrical work being performed inside the plant is not being done by city residents (For More on This Labor News Story, Read WNYLaborToday.com’s September 15th Labor News Report, Headlined: IBEW Local 237 Pickets Outside Tulip Molded Plastics Plant Construction Site To Focus Public Attention On Mayor Dyster’s Failure To ‘Stand Up’ For Local Employment Of Minority Workers In Niagara Falls).
“This makes our Union and our Members ‘feel great’ as we ‘continue to fight’ for future work for ‘not only our’ Members, but those City of Niagara Falls residents we train to become Union Electricians,” Local 237 Business Manager Russ Quarantello told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper. “It ‘makes me feel good.’ You ‘don’t know how much it means to us.’ We’re looking to get a ‘fair crack’ at the work and seeing this support was ‘great.’”
Representatives from the Communications Workers of America (CWA), brother IBEW Local 2104 in Niagara County, Niagara Falls Firefighters, United Steelworkers (USW) and the Teamsters marched in Wednesday morning’s picket. More than 50 area Union Representatives joined IBEW Local 237's 50 or so Members on the line.
Quarantello told WNYLaborToday.com that as a result of the recent picketing, which has also garnered media coverage in Niagara Falls, an exchange of e-mails has gone back and forth between the IBEW Local and the plant’s manager. With that said, Quarantello said he was “hopeful” of securing future work for his Niagara County Membership in the future. To read more click on the following link