Peoria • Galesburg • Quincy
Business Manager - Paul Flynn


Labor Paper


Brothers and Sisters:

     The past two weeks have been filled with sadness for Local 34.  We have lost several members who have been taken from this earth too soon.  On January 15th, 35-year IBEW member Kevin Niemann, at age 56, passed away in Galesburg.  Kevin resided in Monmouth, Il and was working off book 1, he will be sorely missed by all.  On January 12th, 20-year IBEW member Joshua Greene, at age 42 passed away in Morton, IL.  Joshua was employed by Heart Technologies as the Operations Manager.  I would speak with Joshua occasionally as working conditions would come up and he would always say “I want to make sure to do what is right by the collective bargaining agreement.”  Joshua will be sorely missed by all.  On January 13th, Local 668 Lafayette, Indiana Business Manager James Ogden passed away.  He was 59 years young, served his local as Business Manager for the past 17 years and was a friend.  Rest in peace Brothers.

     In trying times, we as members can take some comfort in knowing, that the families of our brother’s will be taken care of. The IBEW stands ready and willing to do as much or as little as the family desires.  We, the membership, have provided monetary death benefits that may not ease the pain of loss but will ease some of the financial hardship.  Each member of Local 34 pays $5.80 per month so that when our number is called by the man upstairs, our families receive $5000.00 as soon as possible.  It is never easy delivering one of these checks to a family who is grieving the loss of a loved one.  But there is comfort in knowing that all 1000 members of Local 34 participated in the process.  All 1000 members names are united in supporting our departed members, many who we never knew personally.  Thank you to the members who started this fund years ago, it does and has made a difference.

     Recent negotiations with the Central Illinois Chapter of NECA over the Residential Agreement have concluded successfully.  The Residential membership will vote to ratify on January 30th.  If approved, the new agreement will go into effect March 1, 2018.  The membership of the Inside agreement voted at the January union meeting and unit meetings to divvy up the March 1st wage increase.  This marks the beginning of the 3rd year of the Inside Agreement which will expire end of February 2020.  Thank you to all the members who participated in the process. 

     By Paul Flynn, Business Manager.


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