“A” journeyman Raymond Kitson was appointed an organizer by Business Manager Christopher Erikson. The appointment was announced at the June general membership meeting.
The membership authorized the hiring of three organizers by the business manager at the April general membership meeting. Under the IBEW’s mandate, every local union is required to have a full-time organizer.
He will be working under the direction of Local 3 Organizing Director Vincent McElroen. Currently the Building and Construction Trades Council has a task force concentrating on specific targets for organizing. Targets such as the non-union Flintlock organization and other developers who have had limited success at building and developing in New York City.
Organizer Kitson will be assigned to be Local 3’s liaison to the task force as well as other assignments pertaining to organizing in the construction industry in both New York City and the Westchester/Fairfield counties areas of our jurisdiction.
In addition, it is anticipated that with the recent recommencement of negotiations with the United Electrical Contractors Association, he will be instrumental in re-establishing Local 3’s position among its member contractor employees.
At the time of his appointment, Five Star Electric employed Brother Kitson as an assistant superintendent.
Raymond Patrick Kitson was born April 16, 1964, the last of 7 children. He was raised in Levittown, LI, and graduated Holy Trinity High School; he later attended Nassau Community College. In 1988, he entered Local 3, IBEW as a 1st year helper and attended Mechanics Institute where he graduated in 1992 and in 1995 became an “A” journeyman. During his twenty-plus years in Local 3, Ray has served in many job capacities including sub-foreman, foreman, general foreman and is currently the assistant superintendent of former 5 Star Electric.
Ray has been an active member of the Catholic Council and Allied Club of Queens. He has served as the president of the L.U. Golf Club for the past 10 years. He is also a member of the Colony Club in Manhattan. Ray is currently engaged to Alycia Campbell and is the proud father of Sara Kitson, age 9.