Equal Opportunity Committee (EOC)

National Grid Day of Service makes a Huge Difference in Oakdale Thanks to the EWMC and IBEW Local 1049

By Anthony Scotto

The Volunteer Event on Friday September 17th turned from taking down an unsafe rear deck to an almost total overhaul of the property due to the efforts of The Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC) and the dedicated members of IBEW Local 1049.                                                             

The Family of Mario P. (a 90-year-old disabled Korean War veteran) were in distress, needing the rear deck removed from their Oakdale, NY residence because they would not be considered for a reverse mortgage with the weathered structure standing.

National Grid approached the EWMC to help with the volunteer event, and finding people willing to help came easy as GFO supplied both equipment, volunteers, and a strong desire to help a Veteran in need. In no time, we had 30 people providing 210 manhours of helpful service.

Our Group, which included Asplundh & National Grid Employees, took down & removed 17 trees and bushes, trimmed two large oaks trees in contact with the secondary lines, dismantled and removed two dump trucks of wood and cement from the failing deck,                                                                                                       replaced a number of flowering bushes, power-washed the house and walkways, removed the old mail box (which was on the ground) and replaced it with a newly purchased model (thank you National Grid).

“Grid had 20 different events going on that day but this one and the difference it made, was special”- one of the many who volunteered.

Special thanks to National Grid for asking for help and donating the Company’s time to allow this good work to get done. Thanks to the office of Councilman John C. Cochrane and Marlene Johnston his Legislative Aide for their involvement and attention to the family.

Volunteering is its own reward and IBEW Local 1049’s EWMC chapter has made that its focus and mission.

Please come down to a meeting and see what we are all about, 6 – 7 pm Local 1049 Union Hall, 3rd Tuesday of the month.

“Life’s most persistent urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ “ - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Our EOC is committed to working together to ensure that everyone is treated equally with dignity and respect regardless of their race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation. A joint committee comprised of Local 1049 Members and Management representatives is available to address member/employee concerns of this nature. Our EOC is chaired by Business Representative Robin Rodriguez.