From Your IBEW 77 Business Manager
Hello Brothers and Sisters,
It has been a wild ride these past three months. We have been dealing with so many different issues on a daily basis. One thing that is consistent as we navigate through these uncertain times is the dedication and work ethic of our membership.
I would like to thank all of you who have been doing an incredible job for our employers and contractors. They could not continue to function without your support and the fact you are either showing up to work or working from home.
We have had very few cases of the COVID-19 virus amongst our nearly 8,000 members. This is directly related to taking personal responsibility to ensure we social distance, wear masks and look out for each other.
With the death of George Floyd at the hands of police and the demonstrations that have followed, many of our members have been on the front lines both participating and working to keep areas safe for all. Today, with the silent day of protest and general strike call, thousands of our members will be participating in both. We must come up with a way to address the problems of race in this country. There can be no more just talking about it. That does not work. I ask every member to make this a priority in their lives. Legislation will not fix the problems. We need to fix the problems. Please if you take part today, be safe and responsible.
Past Business Manager Lou Walter was involved in an auto accident last week. He is recovering at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane. Lou has been making steady progress, but has a long recovery ahead. There is a Go Fund Me link and a CaringBridge link on both our Facebook and web page. We have been posting daily updates on Lou’s condition.
Brother Mike Hanson passed away on June 8th. Mike was Assistant Business Manager in the Spokane office from the mid 80’s to the mid 90’s. Mike was a great Brother and did a good job representing the membership. Mike was 82 years old. There is no service information at this time, but we will provide more details as they become available.
On a final note, I would like to thank all who have sent their thoughts and prayers to my family with the passing of my mother-in-law Dorothy. To see the amount of love and outpouring of support for the family only solidifies my belief that the world is full of kind, compassionate people.
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