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Local 614 is a utility local representing members employed by Exelon/PECO Energy and Veolia Energy.
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                  4613 West Chester Pike, Upper Level, Newtown Square, PA 19073                                                        Office: 610-359-1015 – Fax: 610-359-1016

 

LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

We want to remind everyone that we are fearfully and wonderfully made and that no modern, technological medical miracle can ever fully restore us to that condition whereupon we first entered the world. Please let LIFE and SAFETY  be your first and lasting choice throughout this busy day. For without Life; Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are mere vapors in the wind..

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As I’m sure you recall, in 1621 the Pilgrim settlers held a feast with the Wampanoag Indians to celebrate God’s goodness and a bountiful harvest. Following a brutal first winter, in which almost one-half of their party died, the Pilgrims had experienced an amazing increase in their harvest. This led one of their company to write, “by the goodness of God, we are… far from want.” So they celebrated… for three days!
In 1789, President George Washington declared November 26 “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God.” What is less known is that President Washington’s declaration also included a call for a unified prayer for forgiveness: “And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions…”
But it wasn’t until many years later, in 1863, that Thanksgiving became established in our national consciousness as an annual celebration. During the darkest nights of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln called on the nation to pause and give thanks:”It has seemed to me fit and proper that [the gifts of God] should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens . . . to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”Following Lincoln’s example, in the midst of today’s challenging times we need to take time to thank God for all He has done — and join in Washington’s call for a unified prayer for forgiveness!

‘Right to Work’ Designed to Keep Black Workers Poor

In times like these it is important to remember that union-busting legislation like paycheck “protection” and “right to work”  have an ugly history in our country. Our Labor movement will not back away from standing up for working people of all backgrounds, races, creeds, gender or orientation.

Check out this op-ed from St. Louis’ Lew Moye of CBTU featured on the AFL-CIO website:

“From the beginning, right to work was designed to weaken unions and divide workers with a goal of keeping black workers poor and weakening their fight for equality and justice.

Today, more black workers than ever are represented by a union. According to the Economic Policy Institute’s August 2017 report, roughly 10.6 million of the 16.3 million workers covered by a union contract are women and/or people of color, and 14.5% of black workers age 18-64 are covered by a collective bargaining agreement, compared with 12.5% of white workers and 10.1% of Hispanic workers.”

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who understood the importance of unions, not only to the black community, but to our society as a whole said this:

In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as “right to work.” It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone. Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped. Our weapon is our vote.

PECO Energy assists FP&L restoring power in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma as Local 614 provides the muscle that propelled the effort!

 

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The Fort Meyers area was brutal. Truck access was nearly nonexistent.

 

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Miami, although hit hard at least allowed for the use of bucket and line trucks.

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Assessing the damage to the FP&L distribution system in Miami. The environment also suffered as damaged transformers released their insulating oil after falling to the ground.

See more photos of our Brothers and Sisters heroic efforts to bring order to the mayhem left in Hurricane Irma’s wake!

 

 

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NBC News Channel 10 captures LU 614 Brother Franklin Man, ALM in PECO Fault Locate, in an act of loving kindness, giving his own shoes to a homeless man in Center City Philadelphia. See the story here

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“Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours, and supplied supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor”                              John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the U.S.A

 

LU 614 Supports & Sponsors the Delaware County Veterans Memorial. Scenes from the Third Annual Freedom Medal Award Gala

Legendary DSO Troublemen Rich Walker (USN) and Lee Gerstenfeld (USA), both now retired enjoy giving and receiving the just honor and respect that was denied them during the Vietnam era. It was great being in their company and sharing these most important moments together once again.

Legendary DSO Troublemen Rich Walker (USN) and Lee Gerstenfeld (USA), both now retired enjoy giving and receiving the just honor and respect that was denied them during the Vietnam era. It was great being in their company and sharing these most important moments together once again.

LU 614 retirees including former Assistant Business Manager and organizer John "Whit" Whitaker (USA) and Ken Daws, (USMC) Vietnam Era, enjoy company with current LU 614 Business Agent Larry Anastasi (USAF). Brother Anastasi was awarded the Air Medal for meritorious service during Operation Enduring Freedom and continues to exhibit that same over the top character in his service to the LU 614 Brotherhood and the customers and neighbors he serves as a Lineman for PECO Energy.

LU 614 retirees including former Assistant Business Manager and organizer John “Whit” Whitaker (USA) and Ken Daws, (USMC) Vietnam Era, enjoy company with current LU 614 Business Agent Larry Anastasi (USAF). Brother Anastasi was awarded the Air Medal for meritorious service during Operation Enduring Freedom and continues to exhibit that same over the top character in his service to the LU 614 Brotherhood and the customers and neighbors he serves as a Lineman for PECO Energy.

 

THE TRUE SPIRIT BEHIND THE CONTINUING ATTACK ON THE WORKING CLASS BY THE PROPONENTS OF PAYCHECK PROTECTION

NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER, NEVER LOOK DOWN UNLESS IT’S TO HELP… 

How a Homeless Man Spent $100                                                                                                                                                                                                     The young man on the right gave A Homeless Man $100, then was SHOCKED with what He Did With It.

 

LU 614 Supports & Sponsors the Delaware County Veterans Memorial. Scenes from the First Freedom Medal Award Gala

Viet Nam combat veterans Brothers Ray Mowday and Bill Pratt (retired) at the Freedom Medal Awards. Brother Bill was recognized from the podium as a recipient of the Bronze Star. (Read his citation below.)

Viet Nam combat veterans Brothers Ray Mowday and Bill Pratt (retired) at the Freedom Medal Awards. Brother Bill was recognized from the podium as a recipient of the Bronze Star for valor. (Read his citation below.)

“Award of the Bronze Star Medal for Heroism”

“For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of VietNam: Corporal Pratt distinguished himself by valorous actions on 12 May 1967 while serving as a member of a highway security patrol during an ambush by a Viet Cong force. With fearless determination, Corporal Pratt exposed himself to the hostile machine gun fire by leaving his vehicle to assist wounded patrol members. He quickly moved between vehicles to help injured drivers and became instrumental in moving the patrol to a safe area. Upon reaching safety, Corporal Pratt immediately began administering first aid to his wounded comrades and then led them to the nearest hospital.  Corporal Pratt’s personal bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army. By direction of the President under the provisions of Executive Order 11046, 24 August 1962.”
Brothers Bill Pratt, (Viet Nam, retired) and Larry Anastasy, ALM Baldwin SB, Enduring Freedom, representing two generations of combat veterans from LU 614 and PECO Energy who attended the Freedom Awards Dinner as guests of LU 614. Also attending was Jorge Rivera, combat veteran Enduring Freedom, and recipient of the Bronze Star for valor. (read Jorge's citation below)

Brothers Bill Pratt, (Viet Nam, retired) and Larry Anastasy, ALM Baldwin SB, Enduring Freedom, representing two generations of combat veterans from LU 614 and PECO Energy who attended the Freedom Awards Dinner as guests of LU 614. Also attending was Brother Jorge Rivera, combat veteran Enduring Freedom, and recipient of the Bronze Star. (read Jorge’s citation below)

” TO ALL WHO MAY SEE THESE PRESENTS, GREETING: THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AUTHORIZED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER, 24 AUGUST 1962 HAS AWARDED THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL TO STAFF SERGEANT JORGE RIVERA, TASK FORCE WARRIOR FOR EXCEPTIONALLY MERITORIOUS SERVICE: while serving as a member of the Combined/Joint Task Force – 180 in Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Rivera’s technical and tactical proficiency, selfless service and commitment to mission accomplishment in a combat zone, under the most extreme of circumstances, greatly contributed to the success of Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sergeant Rivera’s outstanding performance of duty reflects great credit upon him, The Combined/Joint Task Force – 180, and The United States Central Command.”

 

 

LU 614 is grateful to all who have sacrificed in service to our nation and those who are still active and on station at home or abroad. God Bless you and keep you until you safely return!

 

Brother Dan Dawson and a fellow Airman proudly display the IBEW LU 614 flag on station in Kuwait. The flag was presented just before his departure. Happy Veterans Day to all active and retired service members!

Brother Dan Dawson and a fellow Airman proudly display the IBEW LU 614 flag on station in Kuwait. The flag was presented just before his departure. Happy Veterans Day to all active and retired service members!


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Have you heard of the 4th verse of the National Anthem? This former marine stuns the crowd and bursts them into thunderous applause! Please view the photo/link below lest we forget…

Marine Sings Forgotten Verse of National Anthem

 

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LU 614 Brother Dan Dawson, Preventative Maintenance Tech, Facilities at his send-off celebration. Dan's ANG Unit is being deployed overseas for 1 year. Standing with Dan from left to right: Emil Meyer LU 614 President / Business Manager, Tim Conroy Vice President / Asst. Business Manager, Dan Dawson and Larry LeMaitre President EMAC who presented Dan with a $100 phone card. We wish Dan a safe journey both to his destination and back home again once his deployment is completed.

LU 614 Brother Dan Dawson, Preventative Maintenance Tech, Facilities at his send-off celebration. Dan’s ANG Unit is being deployed overseas for 1 year. Standing with Dan from left to right: Emil Meyer LU 614 President / Business Manager, Tim Conroy Vice President / Asst. Business Manager, Dan Dawson and Larry LeMaitre President EMAC who presented Dan with a $100 phone card. We wish Dan a safe journey both to his destination and back home again once his deployment is completed.

Dan Dawson is presented with an IBEW LU 614 banner to post at his deployment station by his Brothers in the Facilities group including Steward and Executive Board Member Bob McGourn, Vice President / Asst Business Manager Tim Conroy and President / Business Manager Emil Meyer. Dan and his family will be in our thoughts and prayers throughout his deployment.

Dan Dawson is presented with an IBEW LU 614 banner to post at his deployment station by his Brothers in the Facilities group including Steward and Executive Board Member Bob McGourn, Vice President / Asst Business Manager Tim Conroy and President / Business Manager Emil Meyer. Dan and his family will be in our thoughts and prayers throughout his deployment.

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“Now it’s time to practice hanging tough. That’s a necessity, because every accomplishment, every success, has to go through tough times… Patience is the possibility thinker’s all-powerful secret weapon.”
Robert Schuller:

 

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THE IBEW COPE FUND Unions across the country are under attack! HAVE YOU JOINED? Download a CARD and… Give it to your Shop Steward or an Officer or: Mail it to: LU 614 IBEW 4613 West Chester Pike, Upper Level, Newtown Square, PA 19073

Raising Political Money – The name of the game in political action is fundraising.
The bigger IBEW-COPE gets, the bigger our voice in Washington, D.C., as well as in the State Houses.
Contributions to the IBEW C.O.P.E. FUND help gain passage of favorable legislation; support candidates for office who demonstrate concern for working men and women and objectives of the entire trade union movement.

The International IBEW recommends that each member contribute only $3 per month….$36 per YEAR!!
Contact your shop steward to sign a COPE card and hand it back today
Truly a …. “if we all do a little, no one has to do a lot” situation
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The IBEW Code of Excellence

The IBEW Code of Excellence is turning heads around the industry. In this video feature, President Emeritus Hill talks about using a common language to deliver on our promise to the customer – quality, professionalism and giving 8 for 8.

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