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Tuesday March  2, 2021
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Sisters and Brothers,

In a continued effort to keep you informed, I wanted you to be aware that all private sector workers in NYS are now covered under the state’s new sick and safe leave law, regardless of industry, occupation, part-time status, overtime exempt status, and seasonal status.

The law requires employers with five or more employees to provide their employees with paid sick and safe leave.

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has notified all signatory contractors of their obligations under this new law. We will continue to work with our contractors regarding this responsibility.

  • September 30, 2020: Covered employees in NYS will start to accrue leave at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked.
  • January 1, 2021 Employees may start using accrued leave.
  • Employees will receive an amount of sick leave depending on the size of their employer:

# of Employees Employer Sick Leave Requirements

  1. 0 - 4   ---    If net income is $1 million or less in the previous tax year, the employer is required to provide up to 40 hours of unpaid sick leave per calendar year.
  2. 0 - 4   ---    If net income is greater than $1 million in the previous tax year, the employer is required to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year.
  3. 5 - 99  ---    Up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year.
  4. 100+    ---   Up to 56 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year.

Please GO TO the following websites for additional answers to your questions regarding NEW York State’s Paid Sick Leave Program:

Alan Marzullo
Business Manager

The Syracuse Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists are holding virtual meetings the third Tuesday of every month @ 5:30 pm. Please contact King Davis @ 315-415-9954 or to Renew or Register for membership and to receive a ZOOM meeting invite for the meetings.

The CBTU welcomes all union members!

All Members

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

Tuesday - March  2nd, 2021
General Agenda
Call Union Office for Reservation (see Pandemic General Meeting Criteria below)

Tuesday - April 6th, 2021
General Agenda
Call Union Office for Reservation (see Pandemic General Meeting Criteria below)

The VIRTUAL Retirees Club

Next Zoom meeting is February 17th, 2021 @ 10AM

If you would like to participate in this virtual meeting, please contact Ray Vivlemore via email at He will send you a link allowing you to easily log into the meeting.

We hope to see you there Virtually!

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, 2021

The Delegates to the 39th IBEW International Convention made no amendments to Article IX of the IBEW Constitution. Accordingly, effective January 1, 2021, there will be NO per capita increase for 2021. The following rates will apply for dues payments covering January 2021 thru December 2021:

"A" Members - $118.50 per quarter (Paid by each individual member)
Breakdown - Per Capita $60.00/quarter
Pension Fund - $57.00/quarter
Basic Dues - $1.50/quarter

“BA” Members -- $20.00 per month + working assessment (Dues Check-off by Employer)
Breakdown - Per Capita: $20.00/month
Pension Fund: N/A
Basic Dues: N/A

You can pay either:
1 quarter  (3 months) $118.50
2 quarters (6 months) $237.00
3 quarters (9 months) $355.50
Full Year  (12 months) $474.00

According to the IBEW Local 43 By-Laws dues are to be paid quarterly in advance:

  • 1st Quarter owed January 2021
  • 2nd Quarter owed April 2021
  • 3rd Quarter owed July 2021
  • 4th Quarter owed October 2021

REMINDER -  A $30.00 Reinstatement Fee will be added if your dues are not paid before the end of each quarter.

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
Ollies—Rome  $250,000    Oswego Credit Union—Oswego  $4,000,000
McLean Solar Project—Cortland  $20,000,000   Amazon Distribution Center—Dewitt  $60,000 
East River Rd. Solar Project—Cortland $20,000,000    Dollar General—Palermo  $1,200,000 
Fitness Mill—Utica  $10,000,000    O’Reilly Auto Parts—Ilion  $2,000,000
Taco Bell—Cortland $75,000    Camillus Heights Apartments—Camillus  $750,000

 Please visit these businesses in support of Local 43 and Union labor
Ollies—Rome Chase Bank - Town Center Fayetteville
Aldi’s—Cicero Oswego Credit Union - Oswego
Fitness Mill—Utica Taco Bell - Cortland
O'Reilly Auto parts - Ilion Peachtree Sandwich Shop - DeWitt

Continuing Education Courses for the SPRING Semester are now open for enrollment!

  • Code Calculations
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Motor Control
  • Motors & Transformers

Please call the Training Center for more information at 315-546-0221, or make your registration on the website by selecting the appropriate class in the “SHOP” tab at the top of the screen.

Need OSHA 10?? Get it safely online by going to — be sure to choose the course labeled “Construction Industry”

Please continue to watch for important details and updates!


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. 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.

IBEW Local 43
General Membership Meeting Criteria

Brothers & Sisters,

Due to the Corona-virus/COVID-19 pandemic and to keep our membership safe, we will be following these safety precautions listed for all future General Membership Meetings held in person.

Thank you for cooperation and understanding during these uncertain times, and please remember the safety and well-being of our members and their families will ALWAYS come first.

All future General Membership Meetings will be held in person, with the following safety precautions in place:

  • Limited occupancy to 50 members maximum (Please call the union office to sign up for attendance).
  • Temperature Screening before entering.
  • Facial Coverings will be required throughout the meeting.
  • There shall be no loitering before or after the meeting.
  • You will be asked the following set of questions upon entry to which a “No” reply will be required to attend.
    1. Have you traveled outside of New York State? If so, to one of the present Quarantine States?
    2. Have you had contact with anyone that you know has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
    3. Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days?
    4. Have you had or currently have any of the following symptoms within the last 10 days?
      • Fever (above 100.4)
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Cough
      • Difficulty Breathing/Shortness of Breath
      • Nausea/Vomiting
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat, congestion, or headache
      • Diarrhea

In order to facilitate the meeting starting on time, those members with your last name beginning with A-H, please arrive by 5:40 pm, those members with your last name beginning with I-Z, please arrive by 5:50 pm.

We look forward to safely seeing you!

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

James F. O’Reilly, passed away on January 23, 2021 at age 72. Brother O’Reilly was initiated into Local 328 in 1974. He was an IBEW member for 46 years.

Edward Labuz, passed away on January 26, 2021 at age 75. Brother Labuz was initiated into Local 181 in 1971. He was an IBEW member for 50 years.



Published by our partner, MeMD

While seeing a therapist used to be activity shrouded in secrecy, today it’s something that many people feel comfortable discussing openly in their social circles.
Still, there’s stigma that surrounds mental healthcare and many misconceptions that continue to keep people from getting the care they need. If you think you might benefit from speaking with a therapist but you’re having trouble getting started, you’re not alone. It’s common to hesitate to take that first step. However, in the age of coronavirus, beginning therapy may feel more approachable thanks to the availability of telehealth appointments via video chat. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started.

Don’t wait until you feel “bad enough” to start therapy.
You don’t need to reach a breaking point or feel internally damaged to benefit from therapy. In fact, talk therapy can have benefits for just about anyone. Just like you shouldn’t wait until you have a heart attack to worry about your heart health, you shouldn’t wait for stress to overload you before you look for help. Therapy can be a resource for anyone to help find more meaning, balance, and emotional coping mechanisms in their daily lives.

Expect a settling-in process.
Therapy is not a quick fix, and it may take some time to settle in with your therapist. You may even find that you need to talk to one or two providers before finding the right one. Often, the first therapy session will be a test-run for both you and your therapist to decide if it’s a good fit. During this visit, you can gain clearer expectations of how progress and healing will be defined in your therapy sessions.

Create a positive space for your therapy sessions.
Attending therapy online can help you feel more comfortable since you’ll be in familiar surroundings at home. Still, it’s important to ensure that you have a private, positive space for your therapy. If you live in a busy household, that might mean attending sessions from your car in the driveway or in a space you’ve set up in the garage

Things to Remember When Starting Therapy
  • Do it for yourself
  • Not all therapy is, and not all therapists are, the same
  • Don’t rush the process
  • Not every session will be the same
  • Be open and honest
  • It’s not being selfish to talk about yourself
  • Not every session will be the same
For more information please contact us online at:

With direct deposit you can put money in your Vacation Club account every time you get paid—automatically!

Visit your local AmeriCU Financial Center or open an Account online at

Questions? Contact your Member Partner Advisor, Gail Rizzo-Spika at 800-388-2000 ext. 6241

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 - Pat harrington, 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