“F” Division member Anthony J. Esponda was appointed a business representative at April 13, 2006, general membership meeting.
Brother Esponda is a twenty-eight-year member of the union. Initiated in 1979, he has been employed in the fixture industry his entire time. He was active in union affairs under former Assistant Business Manager Louis Stein and has performed services on behalf of the fixture division throughout his career. From 1992 through 2001 he worked as a foreman.
Highly skilled in the arts of manufacturing and its changing technology, Brother Esponda was initially trained in CNC computerized manufacturing techniques in 1989 and has continued his education at every opportunity. He has been the co-chairman of the Fixture Division since 2001. He was appointed chief shop steward at Edison Price Anthony J. Esponda Appointed Business Representative in Manufacturing in 2001. Local 3 has been on strike against Edison Price Manufacturing since November 2004. Brother Esponda has served as the strike captain, maintaining the solidarity of the striking workers throughout.
As a rank-and-file member in the manufacturing division, he has worked in nearly every facet of the manufacturing sector of the industry. He began his career as a general helper, became a sheet metal mechanic, worked in the engineering department and as a fabricator programmer where he learned AutoCAD and CNC computer software programs for production purposes. Since 1992 he has worked as foreman in various capacities in the manufacturing process.
In July of 2005, he was hired to be the night foreman for the Utility Workers at Madison Square Garden. The work consists of the set-up and break-down as well as clean up of the Garden during special events such as concerts, circuses, sporting events and any other scheduled events at the Garden.
He is a member of the Electrical Security Loan Fund Committee; the 419 Spartan Club, where he served as its treasurer; Local 3 IBEW Manufacturing Employment Committee and is an instructor in the Citizenship Responsibility Class. He is a graduate of the former Eli Whitney Vocational High School (now the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. High School). He has also completed the 2-year course in sheet metal and blueprint reading, the BayberryLand Manufacturing Critical Thinking Classes and has represented Local 3 at various IBEW Manufacturing Conferences.
In his remarks to the general membership, he stated he is proud to accept the position and grateful for the confidence expressed by Business Manager Van Arsdale and the general membership in their support of his appointment. He pledged to continue to work to serve the interests of the membership of the Union with the same enthusiasm he has had throughout his 28-year affiliation.
Brother Esponda and his wife Wanda have three children Christina, Anthony Jr. and Vanessa.