Dear Membership,

Earlier this week, IBEW Local 1212 relocated to a new space on the 11th floor of 225 West 34th Street. We are currently experiencing some technical issues with our phone system resulting in a delay with the phone ringing in our office. If you call the office, please allow the phone to ring several times.

We are also available via email. Feel free to email Business Representative Ryan O’Boyle @ or the Office Manager Donna Seniscalchi @ with any questions. You can also contact me at the email address

We are working to resolve this matter as soon as possible and apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused.


-Ralph Avigliano

Business Manager

IBEW Local 1212

In Memoriam

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of Deron Castro. Deron is the younger Brother to Ben Castro, Sr. Ben serves as Assistant Business Manager at CBS. Our prayers are with the Castro family at this difficult time.
Funeral Arrangements are listed as followed.


Fairchild Funeral Chapel

1570 Northern Blvd.

Manhasset, New York


Wednesday August 1st

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Thursday August 2nd

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Funeral Mass

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

215-35 38th Avenue

Bayside, New York

Friday August 3rd

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Ralph Avigliano
Business Manager
IBEW Local 1212

In Memoriam

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is with sad news that I inform the membership that Terry Leitz at the age of 71 died peacefully of natural causes while recovering from pneumonia on July 7, 2018. Terry’s hire date as a member of IBEW Local 1212 was November 1985. His work spanned four decades at CBS while working in the maintenance shop.

Terry’s roots began in New Orleans before leaving for New York. He worked as a broadcast engineer at WWL New Orleans. There he also served the title of Business Manager of IBEW Local 1139. Terry also had stops at NBC Burbank, WOR-TV, Reeves Teletape; and eventually CBS.

For those who knew Terry; he was described as a nice but quiet guy who was very knowledgeable in the field of Broadcast. He worked overnights for many years at CBS but managed to service this local with designing the Union’s website in the early 2000’s before handing it off to one of our current administrators. It should also be recognized and noted that Terry was a member of the Marine Corp and served in the Vietnam War.

Terry was survived by his wife, Lucille O’Brien Leitz; sister, Mary Ann, his children, Barbara Leitz Barnes and Robert Terrence Leitz; grandchildren, Blake Harris Barnes, Madison Barnes, Cameron Barnes, Robert Terrence (Beaux) Leitz, Jr. Lacey Leitz, Meghan Leitz McLeod and great grandchildren, Ayden Leitz, Rylee Leitz, McKenzie Leigh Leitz; as well as many others that knew and loved him.

Terry’s services were last week with a viewing and a Mass service. He is already missed, and our condolences go out to his family at this time. Thank you for serving our country and thank you for your time as a member of this local Brother Leitz. Rest in peace.



Business Manager – IBEW Local 1212

Ralph Avigliano

Election results

Election Results!!!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am pleased to announce that the 2018 Election has been tabulated.  Please join me in congratulating the Executive Board and supporting them over the new term. 

It is with my deepest gratitude that I thank previous Board Members for their involvement with the well-being of IBEW Local 1212.  Your time, dedication and support are very much appreciated.

 I would like to thank the entire membership for supporting me as Business Manager.  I am proud and humbled to serve the membership of this great local.


Ralph Avigliano

Business Manager/Financial Secretary



President – Michael Naeder

Vice President – William Zizza

Recording Secretary – Perry Russell

Business Manager/Financial Secretary – Ralph Avigliano

Treasurer – Joseph Gerardi


Executive Board

Thomas Cassidy

Maria DeWitt

Phil Doyle

Frank Dulzaides

Dan Ham

Timothy Long

Joseph Palumbo

Richard Ross

Cheryl Thomas

Union workers on strike from Golf Channel

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

IATSE went on strike against the Golf Channel on January 13, 2018.  As you may know, the Golf Channel is owned by Comcast NBCU.  The collective bargaining agreement expired last June 2017.   

Many IBEW members have been inquiring about the possible impact of the strike on the work we do for CBS or Fox Sports.  The IBEW does not have any collective bargaining agreements with the Golf Channel.  However, we do work for CBS, which is contractually obligated to the PGA to provide early round coverage, wherever it airs.

It has been and will remain one of our core tenets not to perform struck work.  Section 1.07(b) of our agreement with CBS specifically provides that CBS will not “use the services of any Technician for the purpose of assisting any company in breaking any strike or effectuating any lockout.”    If CBS is doing work for the PGA, as it has done in past years, that work is not considered struck work and will remain a work assignment from CBS.

However, if the Golf Channel asks a member to come work for it directly, that would be performing struck work.  Section 1.07(b) also provides: “No Technician shall be penalized by the Employer for refusing to cross a picket line which is lawfully established as a result of a strike by members of the AFL-CIO” but does not obligate CBS to pay any Technician who refuses to cross a picket line.  It is an individual decision whether to cross a lawful picket line. 

I hope this clarifies some of the questions that have been raised by members.  If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Ralph Avigliano

Business Manager

IBEW Local 1212

Work: 212-354-6770

Cell: 917-991-0011


In Memoriam

Brothers and Sisters,

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of Bother Tom Micklas. Tom’s long tenure totaled six decades ending as a CBS Evening News Editor. He started in 1954 and worked until 2009.

For any wishing to attend – The family will be having services Tuesday 1/2/18. A viewing will be from 8:30-9:30am at Riewerts Memorial Home in Bergenfield, NJ and then a Catholic Mass Service at 10am at St. John’s Church in Bergenfield.

We pray for his family at this time. Thank you Tom, Rest In Peace Brother.

-IBEW Local 1212.


In Memoriam

Sisters and Brothers,

It is with sadness that we report the death of our brother, Isaac “Ike” Pardo – September 3, 1958 – December 14, 2017.  Rest in peace, Brother Pardo.

Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, December 17 at:

IJ Morris

21 East Deer Park Road

Dix Hills, NY 11746

(631) 317-1172

Registration and Election Information for the 2017

Registration and Election Information for the 2017

General Election November 7, 2017

General Information


  1. You must be a US Citizen to vote
  2. You must be at least 18 years of age
  3. You must reside in a town or city within your State
  4. You must not be in prison

Voter Registration deadlines in local States


New York

Registration deadline for in person-no later than Oct. 13.

Mail in-Postmarked no later then Oct. 13.

You must reside at your address for at least 30 days.

New Jersey

Registration deadline- Oct. 17.

Must be a resident of your County for at least 30 days.


Registration deadline for mail in, postmarked by the 7th day before the election.  In person, with your Registrar by the 7th day before the election.

You may register on the day of the election at designated Election Day Registration Locations in each town.

The General Election is Tuesday November 7, 2017

Further information about voting as well as Absentee Voting can be found at the following websites:  NY –

NJ –   CT  

League of Women Voters  

Pulitzer Prize winning


Please get out and Vote!!!

Local 1212 Election Registrar


IBEW/CBS Ratify New Contract

Dear Brothers and Sisters:


I am pleased to inform you the tentative agreement between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and CBS Broadcasting Inc has been ratified by the membership. I would like to thank the membership for their support during the negotiation process. Further, I wish to extend my gratitude to negotiating committee members, President Michael Naeder, Vice President William Zizza, Business Representative Ryan O’Boyle, Ben Castro, Maria Dewitt, Phil Doyle, Dennis Graiani, Daniel Ham, Roger Hirsch, Timothy Long, Neil McCaffrey, Joe Palumbo, John Pumo, George Rothweiler and Rob Smolanoff for their time and continuous dedication.


A copy of the official joint press release from the IBEW and CBS Broadcasting Inc is attached.


Fraternally, ​



Ralph Avigliano

Business Manager

Local 1212, IBEW

225 West 34th Street, Suite 1120

New York, NY 10122



In Memoriam

Steven Donald Eppolito Eppy

December 28, 1961 – August 19, 2017

Steven Donald Eppolito (Eppy), 55 of Ridgefield, NJ passed away peacefully

on Saturday August 19, 2017.

Steve is survived by his wife Lynn, two sons Kevin and Michael, his mother

Diana Eppolito, sisters Renee and Lisa, brother John, and late father Donald

Eppolito and many loving family members.

Steve was born on December 28, 1961 in Bronx New York. He grew up in

Fairview, NJ and graduated from William Paterson College with a bachelors

degree in communications. He became an EVS Operator and Tape Operator. He started

his career at Vision Cable Channel 10 News and eventually went on to work

at “The View” and MLB winning Emmys at both, and also worked at Yes

Network, and has done New Years Rockin Eve for many years, along with

countless other jobs in the TV field.

Steve’s passions were golfing, and love of sports, being a diehard NY Giants

and NY Mets fan.

Steve made an impact on all our lives with his infectious smile, humor, and

kindness to all people he encountered in his life.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A Prayer Service will be

held on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 6:00pm at the A.K. Macagna Funeral

Home 495 Anderson Avenue Cliffside Park, N.J. Cremation will be private.

The family will receive their friends Friday 1-8pm. In lieu of flowers

donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association 2451 Suite 900

Arlington, VA 22202.

CBS/IBEW Tentative Agreement reached.

The IBEW and CBS have reached an early 39 month tentative agreement effective February 1, 2018. The current agreement does not expire until January 31, 2018. Details and more information will be made available to our members in the upcoming days.

On a side note, I wish to personally thank the LU 1212 committee for there hard work, commitment and dedication to our membership. A membership that are true professionals in this great industry of ours.


Ralph Avigliano
Business Manager
IBEW Local 1212

New Organized Members, Welcome!

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

It is with great pleasure that we announce that IBEW in-house technicians employed by the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ recently exercised their rights under the National Labor Relations Act to elect to be represented by IBEW Local 1212.  We applaud the strength and solidarity of these workers who stood steadfast in their efforts to seek representation.  

The Prudential Center opened its doors in 2007 and is home to Devils hockey, Seton Hall basketball, along with events that vary from Disney on Ice and college graduations to concerts and Monster Jam. 

Please join us in congratulating the newest unit in our strong and committed Union. We look forward to getting to work on their first contract. 


Ralph Avigliano 

Business Manager

IBEW Local 1212