JOIN US AS WE ANALYZE, EXPLORE, AND CELEBRATE THE DIFFERENT FACETS OF ORGANIZED LABOR.

SIMPLY PUT: THIS IS THE SITE FOR ALL THINGS UNION.

IN THE SPIRIT OF EUGENE DEBS, (an American union leader and one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World) WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US AS WE CHAMPION THE CAUSE FOR A SAFE, EQUITABLE, AND UNIONIZED WORKPLACE. SADLY, LIKE MANY MODERN UNIONS, WE ARE OFTEN FORCED INTO A DEFENSIVE POSTURE AS WE FIGHT TO RETAIN OUR HARD-EARNED BENEFITS AND SECURITY. CORPORATE CUTBACKS ARE FOREVER NIPPING AT OUR HEELS. THE PANDORA’S BOX HEARTLESSLY OPENED BY RONALD REAGAN IN THE EARLY 1980S – REMEMBER THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS? – SERVES AS AN AMPLE WARNING THAT ORGANIZED LABOR MUST AND WILL REMAIN ON ITS GUARD. PLEASE USE OUR “BLOG PAGE” AS A PLACE FOR THE FREE EXCHANGE OF UNION-RELATED VIEWPOINTS. PLEASE INFORM US ABOUT ISSUES YOU ARE DEALING WITH IN YOUR LOCAL. THROUGH THE UNIFIED EFFORT, WE CAN SAFEGUARD THE RECOGNITION, GOOD PAY, AND HUMANE BENEFITS THAT ALL WORKERS DESERVE.
ORGANIZED LABOR HAS MADE TITANIC LEAPS IN THE 20TH CENTURY. HISTORY BUFFS MIGHT WANT TO ACQUAINT THEMSELVES WITH THE TRIANGLE SHIRT WAIST FACTORY FIRE , A 1911 DISASTER THAT HORRIFIED NEW YORK CITY AND THE NATION, AND BECAME A SPRINGBOARD FOR SAFER WORKING CONDITIONS AND BETTER COMMUNICATION BETWEEN MANAGEMENT AND LABOR. WE’VE COME A LONG WAY SINCE THE DEPLORABLE AND PREVENTABLE TRAGEDY OF 1911. THE SWEATSHOP ERA IS A DIM MEMORY. AND AS PROUD UNION MEMBERS, WE OWE IT TO OUR PREDECESSORS IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT TO REMAIN BOTH VIGILANT AND UNITED AS WE CONTINUE TO PROTECT THE CONCERNS OF AMERICA’S HONEST, STRONG, AND ADMIRABLE WORKING CLASS. IN A WORD, IT ALL COMES DOWN TO DECENCY.

 

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Panel 1

About

Local 424 is located throughout New Jersey. We are employed by the Elizabethtown Gas Company, a subsidiary of Southern Company of Atlanta Georgia. Our job descriptions include Emergency Response (gas leak & carbon monoxide), distribution system maintenance, fleet and building maintenance, meter reading, meter changing, and parts distribution.

For many years we were an independent Local who handled issues with our company on our own and with the help of lawyers. Those were the days when fairness and respect on both sides were still a part of the Union/Company relationship. However, with the increase in disrespect that Corporate America shows towards Unions and the constant push to reduce our hard-earned benefits, we were forced to look for additional help.  In 1982 we found and merged with The Utility Workers Union of America to gain strength in numbers and add to our resources. The vote to do so was unanimous amongst our membership.

Panel 2

Officials

Executive Board
President
Tom DiFranco
Vice-President
Jeff Sylvester
 Secretary
Joseph Detweiler
 Treasurer
Mike Kelly
Divisional Vice Presidents
(Div VP’s are also Executive Board Members)
– Union Division –
Ed Pier Jr.
Mike Powell
– Northwest Division –
Jim Norton
Shop Stewards

– Union Division –
First Responders
Milt Januse
Cody Brenn
Construction & Maintenance
Lenny Niro
Jeff Wernes

 

Garage & Warehouse
Al Catananzi

 

Meter Reading
Mike Noble

 

Erie Street
Glen Csordos

 

– Northwest Division –
Flemington
Kyle Hovanec

 

New Village
Rich Gordon

 

 Andover
Bill Shackleton

 

Trustees
Lou Balarinni
Howie Bauer
Larry Burns

 

Sergeant-at-Arms
John Gordon
Russ Reed
Mike Blendon

 

2018 Safety Committee, Green Lane Div.

Members have not been chosen yet

since the Company seems to have no desire 

to have safety meetings. Over 3 months have passed

since the last one

2018 Safety Committee, NW Div.
Retirement Party Committee
Oscar Vieni
Ed McGeehan
Ray “Robo” Castillo
Cody Brenn
Larry Mruskovic
Web Site Design and Contributions
Larry Mruskovic
Rick Donovan
Ray “Robo” Castillo
Panel 4

Contact