Hello Brothers and Sisters,
Firstly, I want to take a minute to thank Brother Jeffrey Klein for his time and dedication over the years to IBEW Local 589. I have had the pleasure of not only working with him on the shop floor, but also on the e-board as well as working for him when he was President. I also have the privilege to call him my friend. Jeff worked hard for all of us every day and he will be greatly missed. I wish him all the best and thank him for the service he provided for our local.
For those that may not know me, my name is Steve Schmitt and I started with the LIRR in 1999. In 2001 I became a union rep, in 2004 I was elected to the executive board and in 2007 I was elected as Financial Secretary where I have been ever since. I have handled CBA negotiations for all 5 of our divisions, as well as worked on many grievances and arbitrations. I am honest and always aim to be fair. As Acting President, I will continue to dedicate myself to doing the best job for our Local. I look forward to this new chapter in my life and hope you all give me the chance to prove myself in my new role.
Steven Schmitt, Acting President
IBEW Local 589