A union of giving

By Ellen Cooke

New IBEW 1049 group is all about helping minorities thrive … inside the company and out in our communities

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new group of hard-working men and women – both National Grid and PSEG-LI – working together to help those in need across Long Island. The group is IBEW Local 1049’s Chapter of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC). The group’s mission: To promote employment and equal opportunities for minorities in all positions; provide assistance and address complaints of local union members; and, motivate and guide minorities to become active in Local Union affairs and in their communities.

Says proud member Anthony Scotto of Gas Customer Fulfillment, “The members of EWMC are community-focused, well-motivated, and have a strong desire to be active where it’s most needed. They really show the true nature of our Union brothers and sisters and the companies we work for, and I’m honored to be part of it.

“If this works inspires one person to do something – anything – for others in need, then we all live in a better place.”

Here’s a snapshot of the good works they’ve done just this year:

January 11 – 15: Donated 12,000 pounds of potatoes at the EWMC National Conference in Anaheim, CA

January 30: Sorting and packaging donated items to make them ready for distribution at the L.I. Cares Hauppauge warehouse

February 24: Painted and repaired Thursday’s Child offices, which badly needed updating

April 6: An Island Harvest event, organized through National Grid’s Week of Service


April 26: L.I. Cares Brentwood Schools family food distribution

May 16: ’Shopping’ with veterans at the L.I. Cares Northport Veterans Food Pantry – also part of National Grid’s Week of Service.

July 25: Members of the EWMC executive board took part in the Marcum Challenge 3.5 mile run/ walk.


August 4: Another visit to the L.I. Cares Hauppauge warehouse, sorting and packaging donated items to make them ready for distribution.

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