Brothers and Sisters,
Local 130 is updating the way we do business. Please be patient while we work out the kinks in our referral system, along with a few we created along the way. The International Office has introduced new software to conduct our business, which includes a new referral system. It has been installed, and we are currently in the testing phase before it goes into operation and is fully implemented. The referral hall is now open all day, as long as there are jobs on the books. We are available for referrals, resigns, sign-ins or supplying information.
The referral system isn’t the only upgrade we are making. Our FB page has 5,000 friends, mainly IBEW members, and can be viewed by anyone. Smart phones, laptops and i-Pads have become the tools of the future, so we are also transforming the Referral Waiting Area into a resource and information center. We are currently installing a computer, scanner/fax/printer and webcam to assist our members in completing on line applications for credentials needed locally or on the road. Members can also print maps or documents at will. Further, we are utilizing the wi-fi system to include online searches. We have designated a wall for work opportunities from sister locals who are in need of workers.
Also, as a convenience to our members, Billy Buckel will begin accepting emails for resigns at email@example.com. If you are currently using the fax system please continue to do so, because it is still the best way to send forms. If you are wondering whether you have been updated, please contact Billy and he will confirm. We are human and we do make mistakes so a quick check does not hurt.
We are open to all suggestions and will work hard to improve the way we do business at Local 130. New Orleans is recognized for its fun, food and hospitality all over the world. Local 130 wants to extend that hospitality to all of our traveling brothers and sisters. Our wages may not be the highest now, but stay awhile – the work is good and the people are better.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. Give us a call the hall at (504) 831-1372. Thank you.
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) – Residents in the Hollygrove area say they feel a little safer after new security cameras are installed, free of charge on several homes. The goal is to prevent crime, by showing criminals, there’s always someone watching.
Gracie Atkins has lived in her Hollygrove home for 40 years. “We look out for each other, we don’t want bad things happening in this neighborhood,” said Atkins.
Knowing so many people, Atkins has a pulse on the comings and goings of her neighborhood explaining, “Our issues and our problems used to come from a couple blocks down the street and my car has been hit four or five times from people running away from gunshots, things like that.”
Atkins thinks a new camera installed on her home Saturday, will deter some of that crime.
New Orleans City Councilwoman Susan Guidry started the project. “When cameras go up, the criminals are finding out about it, they’re not being in those areas, it’s really working well,” Guidry said.
Over the past year, Guidry’s been helping different neighborhood groups apply for grant funding which they then use to purchase cameras with.
Chet Held is with the local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Held gathered 16 of his guys Saturday, who are volunteered their time, to install the cameras. “You never want to hear of a loved one or a friend that’s been hurt so by helping to put these crime cameras up, its personal, its personal for everybody,” said Held.
Ten cameras were installed Saturday on nine different homes, bringing the total to 50 in District A so far this year. Project Nola will monitor the cameras, free of charge.
Bryan Lagarde, with Project Nola, explains, “We were concerned the more cameras we put up, the more work we’d have. But it’s actually going just the opposite. The more cameras we put up, the less work we have because crime goes down.”
Gracie Atkins certainly hopes that’s the case in Hollygrove and that this little piece of equipment will do it’s job. “We want a safe neighborhood,” said Atkins.