Eternal Vigilance is the price of Good Unionism

Harry Van Arsdale Jr.

Edwin Lopez

Edwin Lopez was born in New York City, his parents Jose and Gloria were born in Puerto Rico. Edwin is a third generation Local #3, I.B.E.W. member. He started his career in Local #3 in 1977 when he began his electrician apprenticeship. Edwin also earned his Associates Degree and Bachelors Degree in Labor Studies at Empire State University Labor College. Edwin has just completed the Cornell University School of Industrial Labor Relations Masters Program.

Edwin received his “A” Journeyman card in 1982 and was a Shop Steward until he was appointed as the Bronx Business Representative for Local 3‟s Construction Division by Thomas Van Arsdale in 1992. During this period, he had been both a community and political activist, serving as the National Political Coordinator for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington, DC. He had developed and coordinated the national grassroots political campaign: “Get Out and Vote Campaign”. His industry activities include being a director on the boards of The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills and The Bronx Economic Development Corporation. He is a board member of the “Somos el Futuro” Foundation. He is also a Building Trades Employers Association Executive.

Edwin Lopez has been the Executive Director of the New York Electrical Contractors Association since 2005, as well as the Chapter Manager of The National Electrical Contractors Association, New York City Chapter; a 230-member union trade association.

Brother Lopez has been an active member of the Santiago Iglesias Educational Society since 1977. He has served as a Board Member, Vice-President, and President and presently serves as a Trustee. Edwin has co-chaired and been the Chairman for several of the Society‟s Dinner Dances. He was also an active member of the Bronx Acorn Electrical Club, Colony Club and Officer of the Hispanic Labor Committee. He is a member and was an officer of The Electrical Workers Minority Caucus. Edwin has been honored by The Santiago Iglesias Educational Society, Hispanic Labor Committee and the Lewis H. Latimar Association and received the Israel Bonds Achievement Award.

Edwin resides in Flushing with his wife Christine and are proud parents of their daughter Emilia.