Local 134 June / July Update
Good Afternoon Brothers and Sisters,
I wanted to give you a brief monthly update for the month of June. With the State of Illinois moving into Phase 4 of Governor Pritzker’s plan to reopen Illinois, Local 134 is still unable to hold monthly Union Meetings. I am in the process of petitioning the Mayor and the Governor to allow us to hold a modified monthly meeting in August with social distancing practices in place. When I receive a final decision from both offices, I will notify you immediately. The NERDA agreement remains in place and continues to frustrate our Members, your Administration and your Business Manager. I understand what the initial intent was for this agreement, but that objective does not apply to every Local Union. Local 134 is a prime example. I have and will continue to try and reach an agreement with our Local NECA Chapter to address the pandemic and employment for the near future.
I also have a few announcements that I would like to share with you. First, I have announced that because of Coronavirus the annual Local 134 Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) Delegate Scholarship Golf Outing had to be canceled. The annual Helping Hands Fundraiser has been rescheduled to October 4, 2020. With that being said, it is with great excitement that I let the Membership know that both the Helping Hand Fund and the Local 134/CFL Delegate Scholarship Fund have received two very generous donations from Powering Chicago. Both Funds will receive $50,000.00 dollars each. These exuberant donations will cover scholarship costs for the children of Local 134 Members attending college. Equally important our Members and their families will receive assistance in a time of need which the Helping Hand Fund provides. I would like to thank both Committees for the incredible amount of work and dedication required to administer these phenomenal causes. Remember all CFL Delegate Scholarship Applications are due: July 15, 2020. Lastly, Brothers and Sisters as we head into Fourth of July weekend this year, more than ever, may we realize our country is not perfect but we as a UNION have an obligation every day to try and make it better than the day before.
May God Bless You and Your Families and May God Bless Local 134! Happy Fourth of July.
Business Manager/Financial Secretary