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Past and Future : A message from Business Manager and Financial Secretary Richard Schraeder
I would like to pay tribute to all of our past members whose sacrifices, energy, imagination, and commitment have brought us to the end of our first century as a local union. What a tremendous legacy they have given to us and to those who will follow.
The benefits of their existence and determination are so very evident to all of us today. The struggles of the past have provided the rewards of the present. A fair wage, life and health insurance, an annuity plan, vacation fund, a national pension plan, and the home of our local union, "The IBEW Building," are just part of the legacy our past members and retirees have given us. Our 110th Anniversary is the right time for all of us to pause and reflect on these blessings.
As we look back over the past 110 years, we can be very proud of our accomplishments. I am convinced we cannot wait for the future. We must shape it. We must have a clear vision of what we have to do to stay in the leadership position in the electrical construction industry. I am extremely confident about our future and with good reason. I continue to believe that we are in the right business at the right time with the right people.
We must continue to build on our past through organizing and education. Those two initiatives got us here today, and only increased activity of both those initiatives will keep us going long into the future. We've made tremendous progress in recent years building the infrastructure to organize and educate our members.
Our local union has received national awards from the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for each of the past twelve years for having at least 75% of our membership in journeyman training classes. We will continue to train, because training is one of our most irreplaceable assets. We understand that a highly trained, highly skilled workforce with a strong work ethic is a critical part of our growth strategy for the future.
To stay ahead of the competition, we have to find new and better ways to get the job done. We must continue to deliver the highest quality electrical work to all of our contractors' clients anywhere, anyway, anytime.
I believe that the most important investment we can make is in our members. They have been and will continue to be the essential ingredient in our success. In fact, it was their persistence through the first 110 years that ended our first century of service with such strong momentum.
Our members are our most important strategic advantage, whether it is on a construction site or at the Scranton Housing Authority. We believe a diverse workforce best equips this local union to lead our industry. As a result, we are committed to attract, develop, reward, and retain the best talent in the industry. There is no mystery about our motives. We have never lost sight of why this local union was formed 110 years ago. Its mission has been and will continue to be to serve the working men and women within it with a good quality of life, respect, and dignity.
I'm confident we will be able to stay focused to pursue the many opportunities ahead and to shape our future successes. In brief, I'm optimistic about Local #81's future and about the long-term outlook for the industry.
PLease feel free to contact me, anytime, with your comments and questions!