Helping Albany Make the Right Decisions

Date Posted: 
Friday, June 9, 2017

Message from President, Ted Skerpon

This past Tuesday IBEW Local Unions  from across the state came to Albany to lobby the State Senate and State Assembly on three bills that are very important to our members, the environment and to energy consumers.  Two of the bills work to make sure that New York's energy is produced in New York and is produced by energy sources that meet New York's high environmental standards.  The third bill extends protections of health and employment rights for those who will lose their jobs when a power plant closes.  This bill is especially important for the working families at Indian Point, which is slated to close in the coming years.  Minus a few exceptions, we got a very positive response from legislators from across the State and across political parties.   We ask that you join us in sending the message to Albany so that we can continue to protect good jobs that are safe and healthy for our precious environment now and for generations to come.   

ULC Lobby Day

Pictured above: Members of IBEW 320 lobby Senator Patrick Galvin's staff on S6127, a bill that would extend health, safety and employment rights from 60 to 100 days in the event of the loss of employment due to the closure of their nuclear power plant.  

Pictured Above: IBEW Local 36 Business Manager Jeff Sondervan and IBEW International Rep Julie Cosenza speak with Utility Labor Council lobbyist Glen Casey following a meeting with Senator Dave Valesky. 

Pictured above is IBEW 1049's Senior Business Representative Patrick Guidice and Executive Board Member Connie Fritzlo, speaking with Assemblyman Steve Englebright's counsel about supporting nuclear power in the Clean Energy Standard.

Pictured above is IBEW Local 97, led by Business Manager Ted Skerpon as they lobbied Independent Democratic Caucus leader Senator Jeff Klein on bills A 07685 and A 03628 which work to ensure that New York's power is coming from New York.