Dear Brothers and Sisters:


It is with great pleasure that I inform you of the newly elected Executive Board.  Please join me in congratulating the E-Board and supporting them over the new term. 


We would also like to thank previous Board Members for their time, dedication and support.  And for helping to make Local 1212 a better union.


On a personal note I would like to thank the entire membership for supporting me as Business Manager.    It is with great pride and honor that I do so. 


President – Michael Naeder

Vice President – William Zizza

Recording Secretary – Perry Russell

Business Manager/ Financial Secretary – Ralph Avigliano

Treasurer – Thomas Ferrante


Executive Board

Thomas Cassidy

Philip Doyle

Frank Dulzaides

Elliot Greenblatt

Daniel Ham

Timothy Long

Scott Magliola

Richard Ross

Cheryl Thomas


Delegates to the International Convention

Ralph Avigliano

Philip Doyle

Daniel Ham

Keith Morris

Michael Naeder

Cheryl Thomas

William Zizza


Ralph Avigliano

Business Manager/Financial Secretary


Election Information


Hilton Times Square Hotel

234 West 42nd Street, New York, NY


Polls Open @ 11am Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Polls Close @ 2pm Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Voting runs continuously for 27 hours.

IBEW International President Retires!

This is a letter from Edwin D. Hill former President of IBEW:


Dear International Office staff,

After nearly six decades of service to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, I am retiring as International President effective June 1.
I came to this decision after much thought and reflection, concluding it was the right time for the next generation of IBEW leadership to come to the fore.
Upon my recommendation, the International Executive Council has appointed Sixth District Vice President Lonnie Stephenson to be the next International President.
I wish Brother Stephenson all the best in his new endeavor. And I ask you to give him your complete support as he moves into his new role.
I also ask you to continue to support International Secretary-Treasurer Sam Chilia. I have been lucky to have him as my working partner and I thank him for all that he does for the IBEW. From overseeing health care to planning for the 2016 convention, Brother Chilia plays an invaluable role in our union – and will continue to do so.
And I have been blessed to have such a talented and devoted staff – both at the IO and across North America. The things I have accomplished in the last 18 years are due in large part to your energy and efforts. I want to thank every last one of you for everything you have done – not only for me but for our great brotherhood.
It has truly been an honor to work with all of you. I wish you well as you continue to serve the IBEW.

Edwin D. Hill

Election Information. Don’t forget to VOTE!

Election Information


Hilton Times Square Hotel

234 West 42nd Street, New York, NY


Polls Open @ 11am Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Polls Close @ 2pm Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Voting runs continuously for 27 hours.


For those unable to make it to the poll site at the designated time here is the information to obtain an absentee ballot:

Any member desiring an absentee ballot must apply in accordance with the provisions of the following bylaw:


Article III, Section 4(c)–Members in good standing and qualified to vote and who expect to be unable to visit the polls on election day may, at any time after nominations, but not less than five days prior to the date of the election, make application in writing to the election judge for an absentee ballot.  Any such qualified applicant shall be furnished an official ballot and two envelopes.  One envelope shall be smaller than the other and shall be marked only with the words “OFFICIAL BALLOT”.  The larger envelope shall be preaddressed to the Election Board and shall contain a space in the upper left hand corner where the member shall write his/her name and address.”


(d) Upon a member receiving an absentee ballot, he/she shall mark same and enclose it in the smaller envelope marked “OFFICIAL BALLOT”.  This envelope shall then be placed in the larger envelope and mailed to the Election Board in time to be received before the polls are closed on election day.”


To request an absentee ballot a member may contact the office at 212-354-6770 and an Absentee Ballot Request form will be forwarded to them.


Today is Nomination day!!!

A quick reminder that the nominations for Officers of Local 1212 will be held today May 11 beginning at 4:30pm at the local Union Office. For those unsure of the address. It’s 225 West 34th Street – NY, NY 10122. The Suite # is 1120.

In Memoriam

We take a moment to honor one of our brothers who passed away last week, Bruce Levin.

Bruce Levin 1954-2015
Bruce Levin

2015 Local 1212 Scholarship Info




 Please fill out 2015 Application.  You can Contact the Union office for Applications.  Completed application must be submitted by April 15, 2015.

 Entrants must be high school seniors or accelerated juniors who are entering college in the Fall of 2015.

 Only children of Local 1212 members are eligible.

 Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, character and school citizenship.

 Applicants must request a high school transcript to be sent to:

Scholarship Awards Committee

Local 1212

225 West 34th Street, Suite 1120

New York, NY 10122

Recipients will be notified prior to graduation.

Employers must post 300A injury/illness summary form February through April

OSHA is reminding covered employers to post OSHA’s Form 300A, which summarizes the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2014 and were logged on OSHA’s Form 300, the log of work-related injuries and illnesses. The summary must be posted betweenFeb. 1 and April 30, 2015, and should be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted.

Employers with 10 or fewer employees and employers in specific low-hazard industries are normally exempt from federal OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping and posting requirements. Due to changes in OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements that went into effect Jan. 1, 2015, certain previously exempt industries are now covered. Lists of both exempt and newly covered industries are available on OSHA’s website. Visit the Updates to OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule Web page for more information on recordkeeping requirements.

Technical Difficulties

Please be aware that the e-mail system @ibew1212.org was experiencing some technical difficulties.  

If you have sent any e-mails from 1/12/15 to 1/13/15 please resend them as the office has not received

them as of yet.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Thank you for your patience.  



Your Admin

Happy Holidays!




Brothers and Sisters


Wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday Season and the very best for the New Year.




Ralph Avigliano

Business Manager

IBEW Local 1212


Flex Plan Enrollment Information


You may enroll 12/05/2014 through 12/31/2014

Pre–tax elections must be processed online by 12/31/2014

A representative from the Flex Plan Administrative Office will be at:

CBS Broadcast Center
Cafeteria Annex
524 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

to answer any questions you have about Open Enrollment and the Flex
Plan on:
Tuesday 12/09/2014 10:00am – 05:00pm

To expedite your enrollment, please make sure you can log into your account online prior to the meeting. If you need help logging in, please call Member Services.

Open Enrollment is your only opportunity to make changes to your
Flex Plan elections for 2015.

If you need assistance from Member Services with Open Enroll- ment or Pre-tax Elections, please call by Wednesday, 12/31/2014. We anticipate that as the deadline approaches call wait times will increase. Please do not wait until the last minute.

You may reach Member Services at 323/993-8888 or 888/353-9401
Monday through Friday between 7:30am – 5:00pm PT.
See our holiday schedule at www.flexplan.com

Questions about your Flex Plan Account or the benefits offered by the Flex Plan should ONLY be addressed to Flex Plan Administrative Office Staff.

FCC and OSHA hold unprecedented event; announce working group to prevent fatalities in telecommunications industry

OSHA launches a national dialogue on hazardous chemical exposures and permissible exposure limits in the workplace

dangerOSHA is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances. The first stage of this dialogue is a request for information on the management of hazardous chemical exposures in the workplace and strategies for updating permissible exposure limits.

“Many of our chemical exposure standards are dangerously out of date and do not adequately protect workers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “While we will continue to work on issuing and updating our workplace exposure limits, we are asking public health experts, chemical manufacturers, employers, unions and others committed to preventing workplace illnesses to help us identify new approaches to address chemical hazards.”

OSHA’s PELs, which are regulatory limits on the amount or concentration of a substance in the air, are intended to protect workers against the adverse health effects of exposure to hazardous substances. Ninety-five percent of OSHA’s current limits, which cover fewer than 500 chemicals, have not been updated since their adoption in 1971. The agency’s current PELs cover only a small fraction of the tens of thousands of chemicals in commerce, many of which are suspected of being harmful.

The comment period will close on April 8, 2015. In the coming months, OSHA will announce additional ways for the public to participate in the conversation. For more information, see the news release and visit OSHA’s Web page on preventing occupational illnesses through safer chemical management.


FCC and OSHA hold unprecedented event; announce working group to prevent fatalities in telecommunications industry

graphIn an unprecedented event Oct. 14, the Department of Labor and the Federal Communications Commission joined leaders in the telecommunications industry, including major carrier AT&T, to discuss new and continuing efforts to prevent worker fatalities on cell towers.

“The fatality rate in this industry is extraordinarily high – tower workers are more than 10 times as likely to be killed on the job than construction workers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “But these deaths are preventable.”

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and FCC Chairman Thomas E. Wheeler also announced a new working group that will collaborate in the development and implementation of recommended safety practices for the growing telecommunications industry.

“The cellphones in our pockets can’t come at the cost of a worker’s life,” said Secretary Perez. “We know we can’t solve this problem alone though, and that’s why I am so glad to be joined in partnership on this issue with the FCC and major carriers like AT&T. It’s a perfect example of federal agencies and industry breaking down barriers and identifying common goals to save workers’ lives.”

For more information about the new working group, view a recording of the event and read the news release. To learn more about worker safety in the telecommunications industry, visit OSHA’s Communication Towers Web page.


Fed OSHA and Cal-OSHA info and fact sheets on Ebola.


For the latest updates go to CDC site:










In Memoriam…

In Memory of those Brothers and Sisters that lost their lives on September 11, 2001. “We will never forget!”


Labor Day Parade

Labor Day Montage1On Saturday, September 6, 2014, IBEW members and Executive Board members marched in solidarity in the Labor Day Parade.

To view more pictures from this event please Click Here


Labor Day Parade Tomorrow

For your enjoyment, please watch and share this video about the 2014 LDP – One City.  5 Boroughs.  All Workers. starring many of your brothers and sisters in the Labor Movement.


Don’t forget, we march rain or shine!


A couple of quick reminders:

  1. Buses waiting for marchers park on 5th Ave north of 70th/71st Sts.
  2. Motorcycles line up on 47th St from 5th Ave east.  If you are having bikes ride with your contingent and you haven’t let me know, please do so.
  3. Until about 11am the CLC will have a table set up on 44th St on the East side of 5th Ave.  Any problems or questions look for us there.  After 11am we will be on 5th Ave moving north as the assembly area empties.
  4. I was asked to remind folks not to throw things (like t-shirts) into the crowds.
  5. Speaking of t-shirts, if you have any extras, keep in mind the hard working volunteers (wearing orange vests) who have sacrificed marching with their union to help facilitate the parade.


Thank you once again for all of your work!


Any questions, give me a call.


Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.


Brendan Griffith
Chief of Staff
NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
212-604-9552 (office)
646-245-9118 (cell)