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President’s Message

Dear brothers and sisters,

Welcome to the website for the Santiago Iglesias Educational Society.  Our organization is one of the oldest Latino labor organizations in the United States of America, being established in 1958.  Our start can be proudly traced to Harry Van Arsdale Jr. and a study tour that he with the help of Cornell University took to the Island of Puerto Rico.  Their aim was to better understand the Puerto Rican labor force that was growing not only in New York City but was also very prevalent in the manufacturing division of Local 3 IBEW.

Over the fifty plus years of this societies existence it has endeavored to support and answer the call of our great union, Local 3 IBEW.  Our founding members believed on the tenants of education, justice, and activism.  It is our goal to continue that legacy and tradition today.  Today’s membership is reflective of the progressiveness that those founders showed.  We have members from every Spanish speaking country on the globe. They represent many of the divisions in Local 3, they have multifaceted positions in and outside of our union.

We encourage you to come and be a part of that membership and attend our monthly meetings on the last Thursday of the month.  We offer many and varied ways that you can join in and help to contribute to help in labors fight to better the lives of everyone around us.  A fight that is led by Local 3.


Michael Felipe


Monthly Meetings

Attend our monthly meetings held in the heart of Queens, NY. 

Upcoming Events

View our calendar of upcoming events the Society will participate in. 

Union News

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Mission Statement

1.  To develop an interest in Latinos living in New York.

2.  To further an understanding among each member and to aid them in their social, economic and educational development.

3.  To join together with other organizations having similar purposes and interests in the labor movement, and to encourage the participation of Latinos in their political and social affairs by urging all to exercise their civic duties of voter registration and the right to vote.

4.  To provide services for information and education regarding our community.

5.  To promote education; to protect those members from industrial and economic discrimination and to assist in the social betterment of our community.

Let us know your skills

The Santiago Iglesias Educational Society encourages all members to further their job training and higher education pursuits through the benefits offered by the Educational and Cultural Fund.  These benefits are offered free of charge to all qualifying members. Please take the time to fill out the quick survey below as this will inform us as to the skills of our membership.

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