That's a message we strive to exit each year with and along with expressions of good will to all. During this time of year, wishes for peace and prosperity are everywhere to be said and heard. Hopes are abundant for a better new year or perhaps renewed hope that we have the strength and good fortune to overcome any challenges that may burden our lives. Among our good fortune is the brotherhood that we share. We have each other to look up to and to look after. We have no more important duty than to see that we keep each other safe and protected during each day that we are together. We have worked hard throughout decades to gain all that we have and we must always believe that to preserve our way of life, we need to continue to envision the future together as one. We have much to be thankful for when it comes to the good work and accomplishments of our Brothers and Sisters in this Local and the many labor affiliates that stand with us everyday.
Our officers and executive board members took on many assignments this year and deserve our thanks. Our young members, as part of the Third District Youth Caucus, volunteered many hours of time from their personal lives to give to our community through several successful fundraisers and volunteer projects. Thank you for showing the Hudson Valley a truly positive and caring IBEW Local 320. Thank you to our members who volunteer their time and resources. We, as Local 320 members, contributed a great deal of food and many hours of labor to our area food banks. Thanks to our members from Catskill, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Newburgh, the Roseton Generating Station, and Sylvan Lake Telephone. Thanks to all of you, we contributed hundreds of toys for "Toys for Tots" this year. The outpouring of generosity from our members this year is truly inspiring and we will continue to grow that relationship with our communities in the Hudson Valley. We will continue the initiatives of our members who lead the way as volunteers to help improve the lives of those in need.
Thank you to our IBEW Utility Labor Council, that represents more than 15,000 utility workers throughout New York State, for the hard work and accomplishments on our behalf.
Most recently, on December 17th, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed Senate Bill 66198 which would require public hearings by the Public Service Commission for the closure or relocation of gas & electric call centers. The law will be referred to as Chapter 520 of 2014.
Thank you to the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation staff for all of their tireless work and to all of our member affiliates for their strong support. Together, we will continue to work hard to convince our public and our elected officials that utility companies must be held to an obligation to maintain adequate staffing of their physical workforce and rely less on outsourcing work to maintain and repair the utility infrastructure.
I wish for the new year to have us work safely, work together, and to have us help our Brothers and Sisters succeed at every opportunity.
I wish us all a Happy New year filled with good health, good fortune, and prosperity.
Yours in Solidarity,
John P. Kaiser
80 Washington Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Tel. (845) 471-3232 Fax (845) 473-2218