March 10, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Clay, NY – Since 2009, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 43 and its nearly 1,200 Members have made a concerted effort to give back where their Members work, live and raise their families across Central New York – and as a result, a number of worthwhile agencies and organizations have been the recipients of nearly $400,000 to help fund an array of programs designed to aid Working People who need a hand up.
This week, Local 43 made check presentations of $30,000 to the United Way of Central New York, $15,000 to the United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica Area (Mohawk Valley) and another $10,000 to the United Way of Greater Oswego County – for a grand total of $50,000 for the year 2017. However, those ceremonial checks brought the overall total to an amazing $381,500 in donations that Local 43’s Members have made across the Syracuse Region during the past nine years.
“These donations were all made ‘because’ of our Membership, who ‘wanted to share some of what they’ve earned’ with our local communities,” Local 43 Membership Development Coordinated Alan Marzullo – whose Union represents just under 1,200 Members across 11 Central New York Counties, including Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Tompkins and Wayne, told WNYLaborToday.com.
“Over the years, since 2009, our Executive Board looks at the number of man hours our Members work. A recommendation is made by our Executive Board as to whom we should donate money to and our Members vote on it,” explained Marzullo, who added Local 43 also donates to a number of other worthwhile groups and efforts, including local rescue missions and Habitat for Humanity.