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Letter to IBEW Local 43 Members Regarding COVID-19

Brothers and Sisters,

As the United States and nations throughout the globe are facing concerns related to the new coronavirus known as COVID-19, I feel it's important to speak directly to all IBEW Local 43 members and share the following information.

IBEW Local 43 is taking this pandemic very seriously and its impact on our members and the industries in which they work. We are working with our local NECA chapter and our local and state leaders to put in place protocols to ensure we best serve our members and your needs during this crisis.

We are also following directives given to businesses and organizations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Local 43’s leadership have taken several steps to limit potential exposure to our members by working with our local NECA chapter and our signatory contractors to ensure our job sites are safe and have the proper cleaning and disinfecting materials for our members use.

We also are currently working with our benefits professionals to help our members cope with anxiety, pressing financial concerns such as credit counseling, mortgage and rent relief and have provided those resources on our website.

In addition, we are pressing both federal and state governments to adopt measures that protect the health and safety, as well as the financial security of working people, including paid sick leave.

As a union representing more than 1,200 unionized electrician professionals we are working with our International Union, the AFL/CIO, & the National Building Trades to push for measures that protect the health of those working on construction projects that are deemed essential to our state and nation.

For now, there are several steps that everyone can continue to take to keep yourself safe and help stop the spread of the virus, including these basic hygiene practices recommended by the CDC:

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or cloth when you sneeze or cough or use your elbow. Dispose of the tissue immediately.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

Also, please follow all guidelines issued by your state and local governments, particularly in the nation's hot spots, such as New York State.

Throughout the past several weeks, Local 43 has posted several resources via mass email and text and have them on our website at under the COVID-19 section. Included is current recommendations of the CDC and WHO. We will continue to update this information as it becomes available.

Thank you all for the caution you're showing to keep yourself, families and co-workers safe during this very difficult and uncertain time. Your union is standing beside you and your family and is working to protect you and our construction industry.

The safety and well being of our members and their families will ALWAYS come first.

In Solidarity,
Alan Marzullo
Card# D869954


  • Conservation Dinner has been rescheduled to October 8, 2020

All attending will have a chance to win a Savage Axis II Rifle or 40-qt. Orca Cooler!


The CNY Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO are reviving the Syracuse Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month. New meeting location is 450 W. Kirkpatrick St. 2nd floor. Syracuse, N.Y. 13204

Open to ALL union members. For more information contact King Davis @ 315-415-9954 or

Syracuse METS Baseball Tickets

Call or stop by the union office to pick up your vouchers for tickets to any home game. Maximum 4 vouchers per member.

Through donations made by members who contribute to the Brotherhood Fund, we have once again purchased tickets to the Mets home games in Syracuse.

And while games are postponed right now the METS will be back stronger and better than ever! And we will have tickets.

All Members

6:00PM at the ETA Training Center
4566 Waterhouse Rd.
Clay NY 13041

Tuesday - May 5th, 2020
General Agenda UNLESS Canceled by the Business Manager Check here for updated info.

Tuesday - June 2nd, 2020
General Agenda

Retirees Club

The Retirees Club Meetings are Postponed Until Further Notice.

We hope to see you there as soon as these meetings resume, stay tuned for information.

Our Retirees’ Meetings are a great way to stay in touch! All retirees, wives and retirees’ widows are welcome. Please join us!

Quarterly Dues Payment
Increase Effective January 1, 2020

The Delegates to the 39th IBEW International Convention approved amendments to Article IX of the IBEW Constitution. Accordingly, effective January 1, 2020, there will be a per capita increase of $1.00/month or $3.00/quarter for all members. The following rates will apply for dues payments covering January 2020 thru December 2020:

"A" Members - $118.50 per quarter
Breakdown - Per Capita $60.00/month
Pension Fund - Per Capita $57.00/month
Basic Dues - $1.50/month

“BA” Members -- $20.00 Per Capita a month plus working assessment
You can pay either:
One quarter (3 months) $118.50
Two quarters (6 months) $237.00
Three quarters (9 months) $355.50
Four quarters (12 months) $474.00

According to the IBEW Local 43 By-Laws dues are to be paid quarterly in advance:
First Quarter due January
Second Quarter due April
Third Quarter due July
Fourth Quarter due October

Listed below are some jobs our members have recently worked on:
Due to our organizing efforts, some of Local 43's Successes in the construction field
Apartment Remodel - Warren St $7,750,000    Dollar General - Sylvan Beach $250,000 
New Compass FCU0 - Fulton $1,3000,000   Dunkin Donuts Park St - Syracuse $400,000 
Taco Bell Utica Remodel $400,000    O'Reilly's Auto Supply - Fulton $800,000 
New Hartford Urgent Care  $775,000   Steet Ponte Car Dealership $1,750,000 

 Please Please visit these businesses in support of Local 43 and Union labor
The Preserve - Syracuse Strong Hearts Café - Syracuse
4 Seasons Car Wash - Syracuse Rescue Mission - Camillus
Port City Café - Oswego Red Sun Fire Roasting Co. - Oswego
Helping Hounds - Syracuse Wendy’s - Utica


In the wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19), all Apprentice, CE & CW class cancellations have been EXTENDED.

Classes will resume on MAY 4TH unless circumstances prevent.

Note: We will be revisiting these cancellations on a weekly basis. Please visit for the most current information.

This event has been CANCELED—Will be rescheduled in the Fall

6th Annual IBEW #43 William Towsley Memorial 2020 Bowling Tournament
This event has been CANCELLED

Anyone who paid in advance for either events, will be getting a refund after we return to normal


You can update your contact information anytime via the new Referral portal, go to and make sure all your contact information is correct. Or email any changed information to

GO GREEN Switch to the digital newsletter? Just email Chris at

New options for paying dues... local 43 on the move...
    •You still can mail a personal check or money order, then we will mail your yellow Dues Receipt to your home address.
    •You still can have your bank auto-pay from your account with a bank check, then we'll mail the Receipt to your home.
    •You can always visit us in-person at the union office and pay with cash or a check, or now...
    •Pay with a credit card. Note: an Electronic Convenience Fee (ECF of approximately 3%) is added to all credit/debit card dues transactions.
    You can now pay your dues On-line from the convenience of your PC or late model smartphone via the Referral Portal. On-line payments will incur an ECF.

  Local 43 notes the passing of these members, with gratitude for their service to the IBEW.

Mike Lebiednik passed away in March 2020 at age 78. Brother Lebiednik was initiated into Local 181 in 1961. He was an IBEW member for 59 years.


Coronavirus Disease:
Manage Anxiety & Stress

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Self-quarantine. Shelter in place. Safe at home. Social distancing. Asymptomatic carrier. Novel coronavirus. New phrases that have become an everyday part of our lexicon.

We’re standing at least six feet away from people. Working virtually. Avoiding face-to-face visits with parents, grandparents and grandchildren.

It’s unsettling, even frightening. It’s a completely abnormal situation that’s becoming our new normal. For how long? We don’t know.

We do, however, have IBEW Local 43 resources to assist with all of the above challenges that may be impacting you and your families during these unprecedented times. Please contact one of the organizations listed below if you are stressed or anxious because of job uncertainty, social isolation and health concerns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

  • eni offers professional short-term counseling. Members and Family receive up to 8 sessions with a counselor at no cost ($) for each separate issue that arises during a calendar year. If needed, eni will assist you in finding long term counseling that is covered by IBEW Local 43’s Health Plan.
    Call Eni at 1-800-327-2255 for assistance.
    Our Member ID is: 93793410 Our Group ID is: 8413

  • Optum Emotional Support Help Line is free of charge during the pandemic and available to anyone, so you can share it with family and friends. Call Optum at 1-866-342-6892.


Free, Confidential Counseling Services provided by Mental Health Professionals are available either in-person or over the phone. We encourage you and your eligible family members to take advantage of this benefit whenever you feel that life is getting too stressful.

Call 1.800.327.2255

Our Membership ID is: 93793410

Our Group ID is: 8413

Reminder to all Journeymen:

In our current contract - Section 2.19 Tool List - it states In addition, "Journeymen shall be responsible to have verifiable OSHA-10 training and CPR Certified Training." Please call the CNYETA (315-546-0221) to see when the next scheduled classes are available. 

OSHA-10 and CPR training are needed to work in Local 43's jurisdiction as a Journeyman.



Union Office 315-422-0435 - Al Marzullo, Business Manager - Kevin Crawford, President - Job Referral - Dues - Membership Development

Funds Office 315-474-5729 - Sheila Fitzmaurice, Fund Administrator - Pension - Health Insurance - Benefits

ETA Training Center 315-546-0221 - Jon Leubner, Training Director - Apprentice Program - Training and Safety Classes