Business Representative

The general membership approved the recommendation of Business Manager Christopher Erikson to appoint Richard N. Duva Jr. a business representative at the September 2013 General Membership meeting.

Brother Duva was initiated into Local 3 in February 1984 as an “A” Apprentice. Prior to becoming an apprentice he had attended NY Institute of Technology at Westbury then both Nassau and Suffolk Community Colleges.

Throughout his apprenticeship, he was active on the “A” Apprentice Advisory Committee serving as a Class Representative. In addition, as an avid softball player, he played on the Local 3 Softball Team for many years. He became an “A” Journeyman in August 1989.
He has worked in the industry as an apprentice, journeyman, sub-foreman, foreman, general foreman, and superintendent. He was a superintendent for Thirau LLC, an outside line contractor at the time of his appointment.

Brother Duva assisted Business Representatives Austin McCann and James Bua in the development of the Outside Line Division where he served as a member of its sub-committee on the development of Local 3’s first collective bargaining agreement to cover the outside line jurisdiction and the establishment of Local 3’s participation in the IBEW’s Lineman’s apprentice training program.

An active member of the Allied Club of Queens, he has served as a trustee, corresponding secretary, financial secretary, and its vice-president. As a member, he Chaired the Club’s St. Patrick’s Day Party, Dinner Dance, and numerous other Allied events. He is also a member of the Local 3 Motorcycle Club, Catholic Council of Electrical Workers and the Keystone Club.

He is a member of the Wage and Policy Committee, the Local 3 Election Board, served as secretary of the Local 3 Laws and Resolutions Committee and was a member of the 2013 Negotiation sub-committee. In addition, he is a Boot Camp and Apprentice Mentor and served as chairman of the Queens PDO Committee, Dodge Report Committee, Job Tracker Committee, and as Chairman of the Christopher Columbus Festival Committee in 2012.

A third-generation Local 3 member, he is married to his wife Karen for 25 years and has two children, daughter Krystina and son Nicholas, a Local 3 apprentice.