Friday, May 22, 2009



GET WORK: The primary purpose of any union is to facilitate employment for the membership – Get Work! Until you have work, wages, benefits, and working conditions are not an issue. To that end, you will never hear me say, “ We are not a hiring hall.” The subtext for everything we do is to create jobs for our members. When you call the hall. We will put you in touch with the people who hire engineers at every IBEW Local 1212 signator. I will do anything
and everything in my power to get the word out to producers that IBEW Local 1212 is the place to come for the finest broadcast engineers in the industry.

JURISDICTION: Communication technology is an ever-changing art. From two cans and a string, to rabbit ears, to film, to tape, to DVD, to digital, HD, and the World Wide Web, the bottom line is that as much as technology has changed, the industry has not. Regardless of the acquisition and delivery format, you must still capture video and audio, edit the images and
sound, add graphics and effects, then transmit the finished product to the public. The fact remains that no matter how this is accomplished, whatever devices and methods are used, the jurisdiction, now and for all time, belongs to us.

ORGANIZING: I will work closely with IBEW District 3 and the IBEW International as we endeavor to organize the non-represented workers in every shop where an IBEW Local 1212 collective bargaining agreement is already in place. In addition we will promulgate a standard agreement with competitive wages, benefits, and working conditions to make it easy for production companies to work with IBEW Local 1212 crews when they shoot in the New York metropolitan area.

UNION DEMOCRACY: Going forward, any and all members with an interest in the issues on the table may participate in the discussion. All information regarding negotiations will be shared with the members at every step of the process. You get the union you deserve. We are only as strong as your willingness to participate. Your leaders have an obligation to make operating transparency and member participation a priority. To that end, we must revisit our local policies and make any and all changes necessary to increase operating transparency, member representation, open communication, and support union democracy in the way we conduct union business on behalf of this membership.

PROACTIVE REPRESENTATION: There will be regular shop visits by the business representatives to all shifts, regular shop steward training and meetings, monthly e-mail reports to the membership specifically stating how your union is addressing your concerns. Grievances and arbitrations will be filed, and followed up on, in a timely manner. We will seek out and publicize employment and training opportunities. Our temps and per diems deserve benefits, wages, and working conditions equal to those enjoyed by our members with staff positions. You work hard to earn the money to pay union dues and in return you have the right expect prompt, efficient, proactive representation.

COMMUNICATION: The privilege of representing the membership of IBEW Local 1212 is an honor that comes with the responsibility to aid, support, and protect every staff, temp, and per diem member of this Local. We must also reach out to our brothers and sisters in the other unions and guilds in our industry in a spirit of cooperation to help protect and expand jurisdiction, training opportunities, and promote employers and vendors bringing more production to the N.Y. metropolitan area. I pledge to continue to make myself available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to address the concerns of this membership.


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