Vets succeed when given the chance; more opportunities are needed
The October 29 CBS Thursday Night Football (TNF) show was in Gillette Stadium for the Miami Dolphins/New England Patriots game. CBS employed 500 people and 66 cameras to broadcast the game; they hire their utility workers through Local 1228. CBS employed 8 utility workers for the September 27 Jacksonville Jaguars game; in contrast, the TNF game put 37 local utility workers to work.
CBS insisted on 4 hour shifts for some workers to load equipment during the game from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM. To fill the loading shifts, Local 1228 reached out to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston for help, and four veterans answered the call -- John DeCoste, John Doherty, Ken Robinson, Charles Washington. The four veterans were greeted warmly by CBS staff and IBEW members, especially our veterans.
Local 1228 member Bridgitte Prince, also a veteran, said that “As veterans, we served the United States of America in combat and in many other roles. We proved our value to our country; we need a chance to prove our value, our skills, our pride and dedication to employers. The IBEW is in the forefront of supporting veterans with training and job opportunities. If given the chance, veterans will show that they have what it takes to succeed.”
Over the years, Local 1228 has provided financial support to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans. Assistant Business Manager John Murphy said that “CBS Sports was pleased with the veterans’ hard work. Local 1228 will to continue to give veterans a chance, especially homeless vets.”