Eternal Vigilance is the price of Good Unionism
Harry Van Arsdale Jr.
Bronx Business Representative,
Local Union #3, IBEW
Benjamin Arana was born in Bridgeport Connecticut and raised in Yonkers. He is the youngest of 6 children. His parents, Jose born in Utuado, P.R. and Carmen was born in Ponce, P.R. Benjamin attended Gordan High School in Yonkers. In February of 1985 he was initiated into the Local Union #3, where he worked as an apprentice electrician in the Apprentice Program. He received his “A” Journeyman‟s Card in July of 1990.
Benny attended Empire State College where he received his Associate Degree in Labor Studies. He furthered his training with classes available from the Educational Cultural Department. The certificates and training he received were; Citizenship Responsibility Class, Confined Space, Lead Abatement, Asbestos Supervisor, Rigging, CDL permit, Transit Safety, OSHA 10, High Voltage Safety and Lock Out Tag Out. He also holds a New York City, Master Electricians License.
Ben has worked as Sub Foreman, Foreman, General Foreman with various shops and was employed as Superintendent for PJS Electric and Five Star Electric. He has served on the Foreman‟s Committee and the Wage & Policy committee of Local #3. Ben was appointed to serve as Examining Board Member from 2005 to 2009. In April of 2009 he was appointed to serve as Business Representative of the Bronx, High Voltage Testers and Instrumentation Technicians of Local #3.
Ben has been a member of the SIES for over 25 years where he has gone through the ranks and served as Sergeant of Arms, Board of Directors, Treasurer, Vice President and President. He has co-chaired and been the Chairman for several of the Society‟s Dinner Dances. The Santiago Iglesias Educational Society has played a large role in mentoring Ben for the career that he has accomplished to date. Ben is also a member of the Bronx Acorn Electrical Club, Keystone Club, the Local #3 Motorcycle club and is a member of The Electrical Workers Minority Caucus.
Benjamin lives in Flushing. He enjoys biking, running and exercising. He is the proud father of two beautiful daughters, Michele and Gabriele.