Thirty New Members and Seven New Signatory Contractors
Worcester, MA – IBEW Local 96 recently reported that in 2017 the local union has shown substantial growth in its membership and also has added seven new signatory contractors.
In the period from May through December 2017, the Worcester-based, Central Massachusetts electrical union organized 30 new members, composed of 28 journeymen electricians and two VDV (voice/data/video) technicians. The union now has 371 member electricians and technicians.
The list of new signatory contractors to IBEW Local 96 includes: Evermore Light & Power, of Somerville; Renewable Construction Services, of New Bedford; Lynnwell Associates, based in Quincy; Healy Electrical Services LLC, of Boylston; Beaumont Solar Company, of New Bedford; Hickman & Sgroi Electric, Inc., of Springfield and Westfield; and E.W. Audet & Sons, based in Providence, R.I.
In September, Local 96 also introduced 33 first-year apprentices into the Worcester JATC five-year electrical training program, representing the largest apprentice class in more than a decade.
Local 96 Business Manager Thomas J. Maloney and Business Agent David Martinelli spoke of the growth of the union and its significance to the Central Massachusetts community. “IBEW Local 96 is dedicated to delivering the most skilled electrical workforce to public and private construction projects throughout Worcester and Central Mass,” said Maloney. “We are proactively organizing member electricians and technicians, as well as welcoming electrical contractors from throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Members have outstanding career opportunities in joining our skilled labor force; and contractors are experiencing growth opportunities by bidding and being awarded dynamic projects throughout our region.”
Martinelli commented, “The growth of Local 96 takes a collaborative effort, and providing bright career opportunities to dedicated high school and vocational school graduates is a definite focus. We are proud of our growing, skilled workforce, and of the union’s signatory contractors. Our focus and commitment is to the union’s continued growth, and the capacity for Local 96 to uniquely serve diverse projects throughout Worcester and Central Massachusetts with the industry’s best trained and safest electrical workers and technicians.
Maloney and Martinelli were sworn into their IBEW Local 96 management roles in late March 2017.