To commemorate his retirement and his unwavering commitment to the union, 39-year member Michael Scafani was honored by the Executive Board at the quarterly Advisory Council meeting in Reno.
Brother Scafani was initiated into the union in 1978, and served on numerous committees, mostly on the Gas side, during his lengthy career. He also briefly served as a member of the IBEW 1245 Executive Board from 2013-2014.
President Art Freitas presented Scafani with a plaque, which read:
In appreciation for your participation on the many committees you have served with to promote the well-being of our Brothers and Sisters of Local 1245.
You have always stood up for all members and their rights, working to enhance a better workplace and benefits for them and their families.
You have been instrumental in the ongoing endeavor to bring the Gas Department classifications and rates to a higher standard through your knowledge and endless work to enlighten the Company.
If it needed to be said, you were always ready to say it.
On behalf of the members of IBEW Local 1245, the Executive Board extends our gratitude and our best wishes to you and yours for a very enjoyable retirement.
Before he departed, Scafani took a moment to share his appreciation for the union.
“Everyone in this room knows how far 1245 has advanced … In my opinion, we set the mark all across this nation,” Scafani told the Advisory Council. “I’ve been to many conferences, and wherever I go, people are always asking me, ‘What’s 1245 doing?’ They want to see our contracts, because they know we set the bar. I hope you all realize that.”