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“Many of our chemical exposure standards are dangerously out of date and do not adequately protect workers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr.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.


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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)

***FREELANCERS/PER DIEM/TEMPS, Please read this post.***

*** If for any reason you were having trouble entering your information on the member profile, this has been fixed, please try again. Sorry for the inconvenience.***  

If you are a Freelancer, Per Diem or Temporary worker for IBEW 1212 please look at our new tab labeled “Member Profile” and click the welcome page link.  Let us know who you are so we can further assist you.  Staff and 403.g’s are welcome as well to fill out the info page.

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IBEW/CBS 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement has been Ratified.

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CBS volunteers George Klimcsak (front left) and Glen Kucera (back left) helping to count the contract votes. Accompanied by local President Mike Naeder (back right) and Senior Business Rep. Vinny Butler (front right).

The IBEW / CBS 2015 – 2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement has been overwhelming ratified by the membership. As your Business Manager I wish to thank the Local 1212 Negotiating Committee as well as our International Representatives for all of their hard work and dedication. The efforts of the team are greatly appreciated by this office and the entire membership. We look forward in continuing our good relationship with CBS.



Ralph Avigliano
Business Manager
IBEW Local 1212

Registration information for upcoming June Primary Election

Registration information for upcoming

June Primary Election

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

Voter Registration deadline in local states

Primary Election is Tuesday June 24

Registration deadline – Friday May 30th by mail or in person

Primary Election is Tuesday June 3rd

Registration deadline – May 13th by mail or in person

Primary Election is Tuesday August 12th

Further information about voting as well as Absentee Voting can be

Found at the following websites: NY www.elections.ny.gov NJ

www.njelections.org CT www.ct.gov/sots

State voter information may also be found at the League of Women

Voters information website VOTE411.org

Please VoteLocal 1212 Election Registrar

New York

New Jersey


Registration deadline is August 7th

WPIX Negotiations



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WPIX negotiations

IBEW Local 1212 and the WPIX Negotiating Committee commenced negotiations with The Tribune Company on  Wednesday April 23, and Thursday April 24, 2014. The next scheduled dates for negotiations are Wednesday May 27 and Thursday May 28, 2014.

***CBS Contracts Ballots are Out.***

CBS Employees:


On April 28, 2014, your ballots for the new contract, spanning from 2015-2018, have been sent out.  Please check for their arrival in the next few days.  All ballots are due back Friday, May 16, 2014.



March Madness Visit

BM ralph avigliano and Sal AugugliaroBusiness Manager Ralph Avigliano and fellow technician Sal Augugliaro.


Earlier today Business Manager Ralph Avigliano went to MSG to visit some of the members working the March Madness tournament. Fellow members work tirelessly to make this tournement a success every year.

National Safety Council asks for our support.

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NSC is working to encourage as many NSC advocates as possible to contact

their Members of Congress this week to request that they sign onto Congressional “Dear Colleague” letters being sent to Congressional leadership in support of adequate, stable funding for OSHA and NIOSH. NSC has posted advocacy alerts to our constituent advocacy website

that allow NSC members to identify and easily send customized letters to their elected officials in a matter of minutes. The advocacy alert in support of OSHA funding should be of special interest to labor division members. The deadline for Members of Congress to sign onto the letter is Wednesday, April 2nd. Please utilize the alert on the NSC constituent advocacy today to contact your elected officials today.


Thank you,


Joe Grabinski
Labor Division Chairman
National Safety Council | divisions@nsc.org | http://www.nsc.org

1121 Spring Lake Drive
Itasca, IL 60143

IBEW/CBS proposal discussions.

BM Ralph Avigliano and IO rep Domanic Macchia


On Friday March 14, 2014 Business Manager Ralph Avigliano, International Rep. Dominick Macchia and the IBEW negotiation crew met at the Holiday inn to answer and inform the CBS members of the upcoming contract proosals.