Ralph started his career with Commonwealth Edison Company on September 14, 1981 in the Meter Reading Department at the Mt Prospect HQ. At that time the hourly wage was $6.78 an hour and Ralph was glad to have it as a young future husband to Karen and father of Anthony and Lauren. The steady work and good benefits were a welcomed security that only working for a good, reputable company and being part of a Union could bring. Ralph went on to become an apprentice in the Overhead department in 1985 and eventually progressed to Journeyman Overhead Lineman then Overhead Electrician Special and lastly Overhead Crew Leader. At the same time Ralph was representing his co-workers as a Steward and Chief Steward until 2007 when then President of Local 15 Dean Apple appointed Ralph Business Representative for Northern Region. Ralph has truly been a driving force behind the Labor Movement advocating for the working men and women of Local 15 for decades, retiring with over 40 years of service.
Ralph honed his skills in the trenches as a Steward in preparation for arguing grievances, participating in arbitrations and negotiating agreements; meaningful things like the Cable Injection settlement, (AMI) automated metering infrastructure and the Timestep arbitration to name a few. Ralph had a fondness for technology and helped forge the way for updating the grievance handling system. He also streamlined the Lateral and Promotion process as well as modernizing the way Local 15 tracks the seniority of every member in the Local, no easy task! “Ralph is a friend to many and is a fierce advocate for all Union members here at Local 15 and will be sorely missed, We all wish him well in his retirement” said by Local 15 Staff. Ralph plans on relaxing, spending time with his family and traveling. If you see Ralph wish him farewell, his last day is April 1, 2022.