IBEW Local 164 spends $50k on PPE, food for 17 hospitals in Bergen, Hudson, & Essex

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The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 164 spent about $50,000 on personal protective equipment and food for 17 hospitals in Bergen, Hudson, and Essex counties last week.

Photo courtesy of IBEW Local 164

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“On behalf of IBEW Local 164 and our 3,000 members, thank you to all of our hospitals for your courage and leadership during these trying times,” IBEW Local 164 Business Manager Daniel Gumble said in a statement.

“Your experience and expertise saved countless lives and your work brought pride to our community. As this pandemic continues, IBEW Local 164 will continue to support you in any way we can.”

The donations consisted primarily of KN95 masks, gowns, hand sanitizer, and food, and in Hudson County, the labor union visited the Bayonne University Medical Center, Christ Hospital in Jersey City, and the Hoboken University Medical Center.

“At this time, we have beaten this virus back, but the fight is not over. We are hopeful these supplies will ensure you will be sufficiently stocked up for the second wave we all fear,” said Assistant Business Manager Thomas Sullivan.

IBEW Local 164 is an electrical union based in Paramus, with more than 3,000 current members who live and work in Bergen, Hudson, and Essex counties.