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Arthur C. Bruczicki

A “jack-of-all-trades” is Arthur Bruczicki, business agent for the Electrical Workers’ Union, Local B-86.

Born in Rochester back in the “gay nineties,” he attended No. 17 Grammar School and went to night school at the Rochester Business Institute, Mechanics Institute and West High School.

A first baseman in the old Industrial Baseball League for two years, Bruczicki used to wager his teammates he could catch their drives bare-handed. Experienced at the initial sack, he regards his fellow Rochesterian, James “Ripper” Collins as the greatest first baseman of all time.

An electrical worker since he was fifteen years old, he was a full-fledged journeyman at the age of 17 and has carried a union card for 32 years.

Elected president of his union in 1915, Bruczicki is serving his fifth two-year term as business agent of the organization.

He has been a delegate to the American Federation of Labor’s convention in St. Paul during 1915, the Montreal convention in 1925 and the New York City convention in 1939.

At present Bruczicky is on the legislative committee of the State Association of Electrical Workers and is secretary-treasurer of the Allied Building Trades of Rochester.

During 1917, previous to the entry of United States into the war, he was an operator on what was then the highest lift-lock in the world located in the Barge Canal at Little Falls, N.Y.

Serving as a corporal in the 502nd Engineers during the war, Bruczicki was in charge of a camp of German prisoners. “They were a pretty good bunch of fellows,” he asserted.

Treasurer of the No. 13 School Parent-Teachers Association, he is also a member of the Warren C. Hubbard Lodge, No. 994, of the Masonic Order and the Frank L. Simes American Legion post.

In reference to the present split in the labor movement, Mr. Bruczicki stated, “It’s too bad that certain ambitious leaders have the power to keep labor apart."

Reticent in speaking of himself, he is quick to tell of the exploits of his friends. Bruczicki lists as one of his interesting experiences the case of a friend, Delos Humphreys joined the naval submarine during the pre-war period. Humphreys joined the naval submarine service, enlisting three times, and Bruczicki happened to be going through a list of bidders on an out-of-town electrical jon and he found that Humphreys had become a retired lieutenant-commander of the United States navy and was in the electrical contracting business.

In his summer camp at Honeoye Falls, which he has erected unaided, Bruczicki has an outside fireplace and a well which he drilled, dynamited, and piped to the house. An inveterate “putterer,” his hobby is improving his home in the city and his camp at Honeoye Falls.

Proud of his democratic organization, Bruczicki states that the electrical workers are at present working a thirty-two-hour week in order to make steady employment for all members of his union.

Interested in sports, he has seen the major league baseball teams in action and has witnessed the Army play football.

Married, he has a son 11 years old.