At the November 2016 General Membership meeting, Richard F. McSpedon Jr. was appointed Business Representative upon the recommendation of Business Manager Christopher Erikson and the approval of the membership. Upon his appointment, Richard resigned from his position on the Executive Board.
Richard is a third-generation member of Local 3, IBEW. His father, Richard F. McSpedon Sr., was an “A” journeyman and shop steward in Manhattan for many years. His grandfather was George “Duke” McSpedon who served as a Business Representative in the Bronx.
Richard was born to Richard and Anne McSpedon in 1968 in Yonkers, New York. He lived in Hastings-on-Hudson with his two sisters and brother before marrying his wife of 19 years, Maura. They now reside in Pleasantville, NY with their four children, Molly, Jack, Claire and Dermot.
Richard graduated Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, NY. He then attended Coastal Carolina College in South Carolina before being sworn in as a member of Local 3 in July 1992. He worked in the Supply Division for Midtown Electric and Tremont Electric and in the ADM Division for L.K. Comstock before entering our apprentice program where he graduated from the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School of Labor Studies at SUNY Empire State College in March 1998. He went on to be a journeyman and sub-foreman. In 2002 he became a steward and has worked with seven Business Representatives in the Bronx, midtown Manhattan and in Transit, where he was last assigned to the World Trade Center Transit Hall.
Richard belongs to several affiliated clubs of Local 3: Bronx Acorn Club, Catholic Council of Electrical Workers, Colony Club and the Westchester Mechanics Association, which he was president of from 2003 to 2006. He is active in his community as a Little League and CYO coach.
In 2006 he was nominated and elected to the Executive Board of Local 3. He served on the Board of Directors of the IBEW Disaster Relief Fund. In 2015 he was honored by the Staten Island Electrical Club as their “Man of the Year.”
Richard was a delegate to the 38th IBEW Convention in 2011 and a delegate and sergeant at arms at the 39th IBEW Convention in September 2016 in St. Louis, MO. He has continued to be active in trade union issues and political campaigns throughout his career.