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IBEW Local 375 celebrates 100th anniversity of their Unions’ Charter

12.03.14

DECEMBER 2014, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

IBEW Local 375 celebrates 100th anniversary of their Unions’ Charter

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, November 14th- The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 375, Liberty Street in Allentown, in 2014 celebrated their 100th year of the charter of the union by the IBEW.

IBEW Local 375 represents workers employed within the construction industry within the Lehigh Valley and workers employed within several other industries in the region. Local 375 active membership is around 900.

Local 375 moved from their previous office in Whitehall Township to their current building at 1201 Liberty Street in Allentown on January 1st, 1999. The previous location was sold to the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 36. Local 36 previously rented space in Bethlehem.

Last year the Iron Workers Union sold the building after Local 36 was merged into Local 420 of Reading. Also, some of the jurisdiction of Local 36 was transferred to Iron Workers Local 489 of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Gary Martin is the Business Manager of Local 420 and Kevin McHugh is the Business Manager of Local 489.

The IBEW Local 375 Whitehall office had only 6,000 square feet while the Liberty Street building increased the space to more than 19,000 square feet. The Allentown location also includes a second floor which is used for training new members and continued training for current members.

The first floor of the building provides general office space, meeting rooms, and the memberships meeting hall.

The Liberty Street location was previously used as a factory and was vacant for several years before the Union purchased it.

William Newhard, IBEW Local 375 Business Manager in 1999, told the newspaper according to a story published in February 1999, that the additional space was needed because of the increase in membership due to organizing gains for several years. “Our membership continues to grow and we needed more space,” Mr. Newhard was quoted stating in the newspaper in February 1999 edition. Paul Anthony Jr. is the Business Manager of Local 375 currently serving his first four-year term.

“This is a very proud moment in Local 375’s history. We’re pround to play such an important role in building the Lehigh Valley, and I’m sure we’ll continue to do so for another 100 years,” stated Dave Reichard, President of Local 375.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for one of the oldest unions in the state, and I’m pround that they are a member of the Lehigh Valley Building and Construction Trades,” said Jim Reilley, Business Representative of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Union Local 542 and President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Lehigh Valley.