Working people and union members have been gaining momentum coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the value of labor has been proven. From organizing drives to strikes, workers are standing together.
IBEW Local 96 Business Manager Tommy Maloney has worked to create more work for the members of Local 96 while focusing on a tradition of excellence. His members are also standing in solidarity with others who are making their voices heard. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss this and more.
Creating more work for Local 96 members
Maloney has made a great effort to increase the amount of work opportunities for members of Local 96 through collaboration with IBEW Local 103 of Boston. The two Local Unions decided that the best way to do this was to support each other on large projects throughout the state.
The first of such projects was Polar Park, a minor league baseball stadium in central Massachusetts that the workers finished on-time and with great skill, just in time for baseball season. The effort proved the two Locals could combine forces and create more work opportunities on larger projects for their members.
Another reason why Maloney believes they are able to secure a good amount of work for their members is their adherence to the IBEW Code of Excellence. Following the Code of Excellence means having a dedication to being properly certified to work on certain projects and dedicating their efforts to completing projects on-budget, on-time and with the highest quality.
Standing in solidarity with striking nurses
There is currently a strike going on at Saint Vincent Hospital against Tenet Healthcare. The nurses are striking for their safety and the safety of the patients they are sworn to provide care to.
Maloney said the nurse to patient ratio has reached one to four. Tenet Healthcare claims this labor shortage does not exist and has not resolved the problem. Nurses are also being asked to take on additional duties that they have not been trained for.
The company is also accused of using cameras to spy on workers, following union activists after work hours and all of the other typical anti-union scare tactics. The members of Local 96 have committed to standing with these frontline workers in the middle of the pandemic.