Local 3 Business Manager Chris Erikson is taking on a larger role within the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Erikson was named Chairman of the International Executive Council effective January 1, 2016. The move comes after the current chairman, Bob Pierson, announced his retirement after 50 years with the IBEW. "When Bob decided to retire, I wanted to fill the position with a strong leader from one of our strongest locals," said Lonnie Stephenson, President of the IBEW. "Chris has provided impeccable leadership while guiding Local 3 through the economic crisis and it continues to be a force in New York construction. His commitment to our ideals is unwavering." Originally reported on UCOMM Blog.