Wednesday, May 12, 2021
On Wednesday, April 28th the IBEW Utility Labor Council (ULC) of NYS held an election for the new Chair of the organization. After a vote, IBEW 1049 Business Manager Patrick Guidice was elected. Guidice replaces IBEW Local 97 Business Manager Ted Skerpon. We would like to thank Ted for his years of service to the organization.
"Utility workers are essential, frontline personnel who ensure that our homes and businesses --from Niagara Falls to Long Island - stay safely and reliably connected to power," Guidice stated in accepting this position. "As our state and our nation continues to move towards new technologies and new sources of energy, it is essential that our trained and dedicated IBEW members have a voice in these matters. I am honored to serve as that voice on behalf of 15,000 hard-working professionals."
The 15,000 member ULC has played a pivotal role in protecting utility workers from across the state. Some past legislation includes the Utility Worker Assault Bill, a bill to protect the jobs of New York' Utility Call Center workers, and the "Hot Sticks-Gloving" bill, just to name a few.
"Whether working with electric, gas or steam power, utility professionals across New York State deserve the highest levels of safety in the field, security in their careers, and respect for their professionalism," Guidice noted. "The ULC combines the strength of our 18 IBEW Locals into one unified advocate in the halls of government on these issues, and I am excited to get to work on behalf of all the membership."
At the conference the ULC began constructing their 2021 legislative agenda. This includes opposing a few bills that will hurt the utility workforce of New York State. The ULC opposes a public takeover of utilities as well as being opposed to taking underground utility work away from the highly skilled and trained IBEW workforce. The ULC also opposes a bill that would prohibit the development of any new major electric generating facilities that would be powered by natural gas.
Guidice, a 40 year member of the IBEW has been in union leadership since 2002. He was elected Business Manager of Local 1049 in 2020.