Sunday, October 31, 2010

Former President Bill Clinton Visits IBEW Local 363 To Speak On Behalf Of Congressman John Hall

Bill Clinton thinks this year’s elections in the Hudson Valley, in New York State, and around the country are “fact-free.” The former President spoke at a rally on Saturday night at the IBEW Local 363 Training Facility in Harriman to benefit Congressman John Hall.

Our local was asked if we could host the event and it turned out to be a huge success.

Our Business Manager John Maraia Sr. was asked to be the Master of Ceromonies for the event. At our October Union meeting, he invited all of our members to attend and asked them to help spread the invitation to other 363 members.

Over 550 people packed the union hall in response including NYS AFL-CIO President Dennis Hughes who gave a rousing speech.

The rally included live music by Congressman John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Joe Bouchard, playing, among other songs, the Orleans hits “Dance With Me” and “Still the One”. Congressman Hall was a member of the "Orleans".

Clinton took the stage and reinforced the claim that voters have been mislead by accusations and smear campaigns on behalf of Republican candidates. He urged Hall’s supporters to look into recent legislation such as the Wall Street Reform Act, provisions of which ban future bailouts and provide a means to ensure that another recession does not arise.

He spoke of the Democrats’ “Pay-as-you-go” system of balancing the national budget, a system that Clinton’s administration used that the current administration has reinstated.

“How did we balance the budget? Because the Congress then had a rule called Paygo, pay-as-you-go,” Clinton said. “You wanna do something new? You gotta stop doing something else or go tell the people you need to raise money to do it.

The pro-labor former President urged everyone in attendence not to believe the hype against President Obama and the Democratic Congress. "It took them 8 years to dig the hole we are in, we can't dig out of an 8 year hole in 2 years."

IBEW Local 363 and the entire labor movement in the Hudson Valley stands behind John Hall and hope to push him to victory!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Apprentice / Retiree Dinner A Huge Success!

On Friday, October 22, 2010 the Local 363 Joint Apprenticeship Committee invited all members and their guests to the 2009 and 2010 Apprentice Graduation Dinner and the honoring of Local Union 363 2008 and 2009 Retirees at the Pearl River Hilton.

The invite was answered in typical IBEW 363 style with over 300 members and their guests enjoying each others company, dinner and dancing at the beautiful Pearl River Hilton.

Honoring our newest journeyman, along with our journeyman who are now enjoying their retirement, calls for a celebration and is a well deserved and unique celebration to hold. It demonstrates the connection between generations of members and the journey that is taken to begin and complete a career in our field.

There have been nothing but RAVE reviews since and everyone who attended is excited to have been a part of such a great night. If you missed it this year - make sure you attend next time - you won't be sorry.

Once again, congratulations to all of our IBEW local 363 graduates and retirees!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Apprentice / Retiree Dinner To Be Held October 22 - Reserve Your Seat Now.

The Local 363 Joint Apprenticeship Committee cordially invites all members and their guests to the 2009 and 2010 Apprentice Graduation Dinner and the honoring of Local Union 363 2008 and 2009 Retirees on Friday, October 22, 2010 at the Pearl River Hilton.

There will be a cocktail party at 7pm and dinner and dancing will begin at 8:30pm. Come and join your Brothers and Sisters in honoring our newest journeyman along with our journeyman who are now enjoying their retirement.

It is a very nice combination of IBEW members to see at the same function together. It says alot about our business and our union.

Tickets are $100 per couple. Invitations have gone out to all. Send in your reservation now to have a seat for you and your guest.