With the approval of the membership at the July 2010 meeting, Business Manager Christopher Erikson appointed John Baker as Business Representative to oversee the “M” Division.
John was initiated into Local 3 in January 1982. He received his “A” journeyman's card in 1987 after completing the “A” Apprentice Training Program. He has worked as a journeyman, sub-foreman, foreman and general foreman. At the time of his appointment in 2010, he was the shop steward at Madison Square Garden. John was a sub-foreman for S&V Electric at the Shore Towers in Astoria, Queens, a sub-foreman for Hugh O’Kane at the American Airlines Terminal at JFK Airport, a sub-foreman for Five Star Electric at the Williamsburg Savings Bank in Brooklyn and a general foreman for Shelden Electric at the Chrysler Building on 42nd Street in Manhattan.
A native son of Electchester Housing, he was born in Jamaica, Queens and graduated from St. Nicholas of Tolentine Elementary School and Holy Cross High School. His father was Local 3 member Joseph Baker and his uncle was James Baker, a former Executive Board member of Local 3.
John is a graduate of the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School of Labor Studies at SUNY Empire State College where he received an associate degree in labor studies. He also holds an associate degree in criminal justice from St. John’s University.
John served on the Wage & Policy Committee and was the president of the Sportsmen’s Club from 2005 to 2010.
John and his wife, Helen, reside in Lynbrook, New York and are the proud parents of Timothy, Shannon and Connor