Peoria • Galesburg • Quincy
Business Manager - Paul Flynn




Brothers and Sisters of Local 34.

     I hope this spring issue of the Local 34 newsletter finds you well. Every Union member has the responsibility to vote. Every election, every time. It is that time again for Local 34.  Saturday June 8th, 2019 is election day for Local 34. Peoria polls will be open from 8am until noon. Galesburg and Quincy, polls will be open from 8am until 10am.  Absentee ballots will be available for those members who are unable to vote in person. 

     Up for election will be the offices of Business Manager/Financial Secretary, President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Treasure, five (5) Executive Board members, at least one (1) of which shall be from the Quincy, Illinois area, Three (3)
Exam Board members, Two (2) delegates to the 40th I.B.E.W. International Convention to be held in Chicago, Fall of 2021.

     Nomination and election of the election board and election judges shall be held at the April 2019 Union Meeting.
Nominations of officers shall be held at the May 2019 Union Meeting. All members will be receiving further election
information in the mail. You can also keep up to date by visiting the Local 34 website. 

     I encourage all the members of Local 34 to consider running for office. We especially need election tellers to help and count votes. Consider being more involved with your Local Union this election cycle. At the very least, cast a ballot. Participate in the democracy of the Union to which you belong. Brotherhood and strength in numbers is what makes us powerful. The last election cycle, voter participation was about 33%. That number is disappointing. The membership can do better and Local 34 deserves better. If we had 95-100% voter turnout, that would be a powerful statement. It would improve our bargaining strength at the next contract negotiations. It would improve the strength of the Local with our politicians. Your voice, your vote, your choice, your Union.

     I wish to remind all members of the following.  The I.B.E.W. Constitution under Article 20, “Admission of Members” Sec. 4, states:  Each applicant admitted, shall, in the presence of members of the I.B.E.W. repeat and SIGN the following
obligation: “I, (name), in the presence of members of the I.B.E.W. promise and agree to conform to and abide by the
Constitution and laws of the I.B.E.W and it L.U.’s. I will further the purposes for which the I.B.E.W. is instituted. I will bear true allegiance to it and will not sacrifice its interest in any manner.”

     This is legal and binding.  It gives the I.O. and Local 34 the ability to fine, suspend, or expel members for violations of the Constitution, bylaws and collective bargaining agreements. The day you swore into the Union is recorded in the Union meeting minutes. Your signature of the oath is on file with the local and the I.O. in Washington D.C. 

     Unfortunately, in the past year the local has been forced to hold trials for members who have violated the constitution, bylaws and CBA’s.  Monetary fines have been imposed and enforced. If a member does not pay an assessed fine, the local is bound by the constitution, to pursue collection in a court of law.  As part of court’s proceedings: the Constitution, bylaws and CBA’s are presented as evidence as well as the member’s signature to the above oath. We have never lost in court. Another unfortunate event is, that in addition to fines imposed by the Local’s trial board, the member then also incurs all court costs.  All members put on trial with the local are entitled to pursue an appeal process through the I.O.

     I can tell you that myself and the officers of this local take absolutely no pleasure in bringing charges against and assessing fines to our own members. We hate it.  But it is what we were elected to do. The officers of this local also swear an
additional oath when sworn into office. Under I.B.E.W. Constitution, Article 3 Sec. 6.; Each officer elected shall SIGN and file in the I.O. the following pledge and oath of office: “I, (name), do hereby solemnly pledge on my honor, that I will faithfully discharge my duties as an officer of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. I will support by every means within my power its Constitution, and I will enforce it to the best of my ability. At the expiration of my term of office, I shall deliver to my successor all books, papers, money and other property in my possession belonging to the I.B.E.W. or its L.U. and I shall not be relieved from any bond or obligation unless and until I comply with this law.” 

     Being a member of the I.B.E.W. is a privilege and an honor.  I sincerely hope you feel the same way.

Paul Flynn, Journeyman Wireman, Card #A148075





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