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  The Officers, Board Members and every member of the Local 420 would like to use this website for information it is always being updated so check back often.

September 2014 monthly meeting in Waterbury the local held its nominations for officers and e-board members.
The current officers and e-board members ran unopposed.

NRG and Yankee Gas members have started negotiating.

Local 420 led by Business Manager's John K Unikas and Frank E Cirillo, along with help of the membership has raised $127,000 over the last 10 years for the IBEW COPE Fund.

  Current Events  
  Monthly Meetings   at 5:30 pm  
  American Italian Club 476 Boyden Ct. Waterbury, CT  
October 24th 2014
November 21st 2014
December 19th 2014
  Turmoil 6/6/2014   
  About a year ago I wrote a piece called “What it takes to run this local”. I think it made some members mad, but it was the truth. Yesterday, on a vacation day, I got a text asking me to update the webpage with more current letters and info. So I thought why not a follow up from last year’s letter with a piece of what the leadership is going through today. Forgive me if you heard some of this already but I have to be as accurate with the info which means going through the history.

”Turmoil, What we are going through today”

In Oct 2012 both green and the blue book members shot down the contracts with a 98% “reject” vote. The exit polls all said the members rejected it mostly because of the “trouble shooter plan” put forward by the company and then second because of the “meet and negotiate” job duties. Hurricane Sandy hit and the membership took the high road and instead of going out on strike worked to get the power restored. In early 2013 the contracts were then accepted when the company negotiated trouble shooters and trouble work with each Area Work Center ABA's and did away with their “trouble shooter plan”. The test/techs and clerical were just starting the Negotiations process in early May 2013 when the companies new officers started to demand meetings about the “trouble shooter plan”. Along with the current negotiations, helping other groups wanting to organize because of other company poor decisions, grievances, arbitrations, International commitments, and the other commitments to other members in other companies and the communities we serve, now the new bosses wanted to meet on something that you turned down.

Reluctantly, the leadership met with these people. We never want to not meet if there may be something in it good for the members. There was no demand for mid-term bargaining just demands to meet. The meetings turned to threats of breaking the contracts and using local 42 to willfully violate them. We had a two week period when almost every ABA and some chosen stewards went to convex to discuss combining the contracts. These discussions all turned back to their “troubleshooter plan”, the plan the membership rejected. We gave proposals to the company and they didn’t want to talk about them, it was “do it our way or we’ll use Local 42”. What’s next, meal time, rest time, time and half, double time, or the sick policy, if we fight to keep those is will it more threats of bringing in more local 42. How long until they start attacking local 42.

Now, why am I writing the history for all of us that lived this. Several reasons, not all members keep themselves informed and some actually believe some of the propaganda that comes from the company. I am writing this mostly because of the burdens this puts on the leadership in both locals. In the 10 plus years John Unikas and Frank Cirillo have been office they have never had to deal with such an open attack on the IBEW, these locals, and its members. In fact, no Business Manager in the history of420 has had to deal with the likes of people we are dealing with today. John said to me yesterday he doesn’t know how Frank is doing it, the job is stressful enough but adding on this extra turmoil may have done in a lesser man. We have had 3 known deserters in local 420 that couldn’t handle it for 1 week and ran away only to talk garbage about Frank, garbage which we all know were lies. These guys never had a paycheck without overtime. Deserters were court martialed when I was in the ARMY. Company supervisors and ex-employees are making personal attacks on Frank not knowing the truth themselves and that real soon the locals will have their day in court. Members are asking for rules, rules that don’t exist. They’re asking what to do, again, things that we legally can’t answer. Any direction the local leadership gives can be considered a job action by the company. I will tell you to do the right thing, no one has to give me man lessons. I know what’s right and I know what to do. We have had members asking Frank to put something in the papers, when he does the company turns around and says he is misleading the public and distorting the truth. How many of us have called the newspapers or wrote them to say it isn’t him distorting the truth and the only misleading was done by the company, to its employees, the politicians, and the public. We have had members just not sticking together and others that are fighting with each other right in front of the company. Turmoil, in my opinion, which was all created by the company and its officers. Turmoil, in my opinion, created to turn us against each other and eventually blame the IBEW instead of those that created it. Frank has had the bravery and the intestinal fortitude to stand up and continue the fight, filing the charges, grievances, and calling the newspapers. Making the meetings in Norwalk, Simsbury, Bridgewater, Torrington, and Waterbury is the easy part when comparing it with completing and signing sworn statements or talking with the press. All while still doing what it takes to run this local. The company watches and monitors everything that he does and he still does it standing right up against these millionaires and their lawyers. Does he want our gratitude, probably not, but would it hurt to give it to him. Why is he doing it? He’s doing it all for something he cares dearly about, the IBEW, this local and its members.

Now,on the anniversary of what was one of the bloodiest battles in American History, can we please get behind and back Frank and get into the fight, or if not, at the minimum don’t side with the company or against the locals.

Joseph A Malcarne ABA
Recording Secretary
IBEW 420 Veterans Committee Chairman
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"I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Keeping up the fight!! Business Manager Frank Cirillo with opening statements at the PURA hearings against the Closing of Area Work Centers across CT. Also speaking (not pictured)from the IBEW Local 420 is Assistant Business Manager John k Unikas and retired Brother / ABA Doug Wright
  Blue and Green do get along - 

This past September in their annual event Keith Boczer and John Burke hosted the Blue Vs. Green softball game in Norwalk. Another successful outing put together by union sisters and brothers. John Burke and the green book won the game....

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  420 / 457 Golf Tournament - Proceeds going to CCMC

Another Great Outing put together by Brother Al McConnell, Brother Mario Bacchiocchi, and Brother Grainger.

All proceeds went to the Ct Children's Medical Center Only union members (non management) are allowed to play in the tournament. This year we raised $20,000. In picture are the brothers mentioned above plus Brothers Joe Malcarne, John Unikas, Frank Cirillo from local420 Larry Polaski...

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  Pictures from the clambake - 

Here are two pictures from the 2014 clambake various members Nancy and Elizabeth...

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   NRG negotiating committee - 

Trying to stop more Corporate greed here is the NRG Committee...

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  Frank E. Cirillo - Business Manager & Financial Secretary

Mr. Cirillo presently sits on the board of directors for the Connecticut AFL-CIO and is on the AFL-CIO health and safety committee and is a delegate for the Western Connecticut Central Labor Council. Mr. Cirillo is also on the board of directors of the Greater Waterbury United Way. Mr. Cirillo became the chairman of Local 420's COPE fund in 2004, as of Oct 2010, with the help of his brothers a...

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  John K. Unikas - Assistant Business Manager

John spent 15 years as a Transmission Lineman with General Operations, 18 years as a Distribution Lineman for CL&P in Norwalk, Wilton, Bethel, and New Milford and 8 years as Business Manager and Vice President of Local 420 from 1999 to 2004. In 2004 John was elected Business Manager and held that position until he resigned on April 29th 2011. John is currenty our Assistant Business Manager in W...

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  Ed Collins - IBEW International Representative

IBEW 2nd District International Representative for New England States

While an employee of Western Massachusetts Electrical Company, Ed was initiated into IBEW Local 455 in Springfield, MA in January 1967 after having served in The US Navy as a Machinist Mate aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS America (CVA 66).

In 1969 he was elected Recording Secretary of the local. In the 1971 local ...

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