A T T E N T I O N!

Public Statement Dated: May 15, 2020


IBEW Local 106 will resume operation beginning May 18, 2020 with adjusted staffing. We will implement the following guidelines as listed:

  • Business hours will be Monday – Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm.
  • Facemasks will be required upon entry to the lobby.
  • IBEW Local 106 will provide all necessary paperwork (resigns, referral signs, payment envelopes, HRA claim forms, etc.) in the lobby for membership use.
  • We would request all business that can be transacted through the mail, via electronic means or telephonically continue at this time.
  • In person meetings with any staff will be provided upon request with approval by the Business Manager.
  • Member access will be limited to the lobby only at this time.

Guardian is offering their Employee Assistance Program free through the end of July. A flyer outlining the services provided has been mailed to all members.

We realize these are trying times, I would like to take a moment to thank the members and their families for their patience and cooperation as we navigate our way through this pandemic. As to date the membership of Local 106 has not had an active case reported and we want to keep it that way. Please continue to cooperate and follow the guidelines listed to ensure the safety of your families, the members and staff of IBEW Local 106 and the community. If you have any questions feel free to direct them to me.

David Wilkinson
Business Manager

Public Statement Dated: April 7, 2020


As previous posts had suggested, the Union hall was scheduled to resume normal operation as of April 6th.  Unfortunately, this will not occur as the pandemic situation is ongoing and has enhanced itself.  Therefore, the physical operation of the facility shall remain on a holding pattern until further notice.  I understand this to be disturbing but careless behavior will lead to unspeakable issues of which 106 will not perpetrate.  Please review the following:

  • The Union office will function at a limited capacity, although we will maintain and process claims, payments etc.
  • All correspondence or transactions should be mailed or electronically submitted to the appropriate entity (please be advised mail will be picked up and “quarantined” for 3-5 days before being processed.)
  • Apprentice classes shall resume on a remote basis.  Please be advised all rules shall apply regarding attendance.  The JATC will contact all apprentices with the necessary information.
  • All functions of Local 106 shall be canceled until further notice.  The Executive Board shall take the necessary action required.

If you need further assistance contact as follows:

  • David Wilkinson: business.manager@ibew106.org
  • David Wilkinson: 716-720-1002
  • Benefits: benefits@ibew106.org
  • Apprenticeship: apprenticeship@ibew106.org
  • Union Business: general.info@ibew106.org
  • Referrals: referral@ibew106.org

I anticipate issues moving forward and will adjust IBEW Local 106’s response as necessary. I ask you to make good decisions regarding the safety and health of the community

Thank you,
David Wilkinson
Business Manager

2016 Graduating Apprentices

It is our honor to congratulate the 2016 graduating apprentices of IBEW Local 106’s Inside Apprenticeship Program.  Both graduating apprentices joined several instructors and members of the JATC board for a dinner to celebrate their accomplishments.  Pictures of the dinner are attached.

IBEW Local 106 would also like to congratulate, Levi O’Brien, for being this years Top apprentice.

During this years dinner Local 106 also recognized long time instructors Steven Stoeltzing and Thomas Powell for their many years of service to the JATC.  We congratulate you both on your retirement.

Training Director David Wilkinson, Graduating Apprentices Adriano Conti and Levie O’Brian and Chairman Phil Binkiwitz

Steven Stoeltzing, David Wilkinson, and Thomas Powell

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Local contractor Ahlstrom Schaeffer Electric has just installed an Electric Vehicle Charging Station at Jamestown Community College.  As plug-in hybrid electric vehicle ownership is  growing in Chautauqua County, so is the need for charging stations.  IBEW Local 106 is proud to provide members trained in all aspects of electrical installation.

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Babe Ruth Sponsors

IBEW Local 106 was presented with a baseball and commemorative plaque as a thank you for their 2015 sponsorship of the Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series host team.

Local 106 Organizer Michael Haines and Business Manager David Wilkinson accepted the gifts from IBEW Member James MacTavish who is assistant coach to the team and his son Cole MacTavish.



2015 Graduating Apprentices

It is our honor to congratulate the 2015 graduating apprentices of IBEW Local 106’s Inside Apprenticeship Program.  Four of the five graduating apprentices joined several instructors and members of the JATC board for a dinner to celebrate their accomplishments.  Pictures of the dinner are attached.

IBEW Local 106 would also like to congratulate, Kelly Vaccaro, for being this years Top apprentice.


Houghton College Solar Project

Solidarity Rally and Food Drive

Join the Jamestown Area Labor Federation for pizza on the picket line to show your support of the RHI Monofrax strikers.

From now through December 3, the Jamestown Area Labor Federation will be collecting non-perishable items to be donated to the RHI Monofrax workers currently on strike. These workers are fighting for a fair contract and are only making $100.00 per week while they do it. Please help us gather food to be distributed at December Third’s Solidarity Rally.

Non-Perishable items can be dropped off at the IBEW Local 106 Union Hall located at 322 James Avenue, Jamestown, NY.

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2013 Apprentices

IBEW Local 106 would like to congratulate our 2013 graduating apprentices, who successfully completed five years of hard work in the training program.

The new journeyman are:  Ian Carnahan, Owen Cimo, Terence Couchenour II, Jason Craumer, Adriel Jacobs, Steven Laska, Lynn Minor, Jerermy Morrison, Willard Palmer, Barry Paulus, Jon Printup and Justin Wallace.

This years top apprentice was Owen Cimo.  During the annual apprentice graduation dinner Owen was presented with a set of Klein tools provided by  the Goodman Agency.

2013 Ritzer Award

The Jamestown Area Labor Council AFL-CIO honored David Wilkinson with the 2013 George Ritzer Memorial Award at a ceremony held at Bergman Park, September 2nd at 4:00 p.m.

The award was named after local labor leader, George Ritzer, who served as president of the Jamestown Area Labor Council for over twenty years.  He organized and served as president of the Food and Commercial Workers Local 1.

In 1984 the late Ben Spitale, wanted to give recognition to a labor leader who was affiliated with the Jamestown Area Labor Council AFL-CIO.  The committee felt that Labor Day would be the most appropriate time for this recognition.  The committee consisted of the late Ben Spitale, the late Anthony C Raffa, Pete Thorenson, Doug Card, George Spitale and Michael Piazza.

The award is given to an individual who volunteers and contributes towards the Labor Movement, and volunteer’s time to community organizations.

Mr. Wilkinson was presented with a plaque and medallion, from the Jamestown Area Labor Council AFL-CIO.

David E. Wilkinson has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 106 since December 1986.  During his time with Local 106 Dave has been appointed Union Steward on several jobs.  Dave was an executive board member from 1991 to 1992, and then held the office of Vice President from 1992 through 1995.  Dave has sat on the Negotiating Committee during 5 contract ratifications.

In 2007, Dave was elected Business Manager/Financial Secretary of Local 106 and continues to serve in this capacity.  Dave also serves as the Training Director for the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, as well as serving as Co-Chairman to the Trust Funds Committee.  As such Dave is responsible for overseeing all of the day to day business associated with the Local Union. 

The IBEW Local 106 membership consists of:

176 Inside Journeyman Wireman
30    Apprentice Wireman
15 Waste Water Treatment Workers.

Dave is currently seated on the following boards:

  • Chautauqua County Workforce Investment Board (since 2009)
  • Cattaraugus County Workforce Investment Board (since 2012)
  • Vice President/Secretary-Treasurer of the Southwestern New York Building and Construction Trades Council (since 2007)
  • Delegate to the Jamestown Area Labor Coalition
  • Delegate to the Dunkirk Area Labor Coalition
  • Chairman of the Chautauqua County labor Coalition
  • United Way of Southern Chautauqua County Board  of Directors (since 2010)
  • Member of the Chautauqua County Workers’ Memorial Committee

On April 25, 2013 Dave was presented with the We Are One Award by the Western New York Labor Federation for his efforts in assisting and mobilizing on behalf of the workers and residents of the Chautauqua County Home as well as the entire Chautauqua Community.  Dave is currently engaged in the repower of the Dunkirk NRG facilities

Dave resides in Cassadaga, New York with his wife Kim Wilkinson.  They have 4 grown daughters and 3 grandsons with another on the way.

New York State Lighting Controls Training Program

The New York State Lighting controls Training Program upgrades the skills of New York State Certified Electricians by providing them with state of the art training and certification in the installation and commissioning of lighting control systems.


  • Reduce energy consumption using advanced lighting controls
  • Encourage the proper installation of advanced lighting control systems through trainings and certification
  • Provide New York State certified electricians with a training opportunity to increase their skills in the usage of energy efficient lighting systems
  • Conserve energy through the use of building management systems
  • Adapt environmentally friendly techniques and decrease the facility carbon footprint
  • Educate contractors on the benefits of promoting energy efficient lighting control systems to their customers


On-Line Training

  • Intro to Energy Savings Strategies
  • Lamp Technology
  • Dimming Technology
  • Occupancy/Vacancy/Daylighting

Classroom Training

  • Intro to Light Sources
  • Switching/Dimming Controls
  • Lighting and Power Management
  • Codes and Emerging Technologies

Hands-on Labs




New technologies in building lighting control systems provide greater overall energy savings and improved control and reliability.  The New York State Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NYS JATC), a joint effort of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), developed this program in response to this energy savings opportunity.

The rigorous curriculum includes hands on laboratory training combined with classroom instruction and an on-line portion.  Master Trainers conduct the trainings throughout New York State.