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Hill/Chilia/Pierson Leadership Team Re-Elected

September 20, 2011

More than 2,000 delegates at the 38th International Convention unanimously elected International President Edwin D. Hill and International Secretary-Treasurer Sam Chilia to five-year terms September 19.

International Executive Council Chairman Robert Pierson was also elected by acclamation.
President Hill told delegates that:

it is an honor to serve you as I have done all of my adult life.   I wear proudly the honor of my membership in this, the greatest trade union in the world – and I will stand side by side with you all as we move this Brotherhood forward.

Telling delegates of the importance of continually changing to meet the challenges of today’s economy, Hill stated:

Not everything that we have had to do has been popular at first.  But you – the leaders of your locals – have recognized the need to join together to forge a new reality, one that is necessary and desirable for our future and the future of this Brotherhood.

President Hill expressed the need for leaders to face the tough questions and be willing to engage the membership in the big discussions about the future of the Brotherhood, referring to the many comments posted by IBEW members on the union’s official Facebook page:

Believe me you’ve got to have a tough hide not take it all personally – but I take the criticism and I welcome it. Because I know while the pushback comes from frustration and anger – it also signifies a willingness to talk – and to listen – to absorb a new way to look at the issues and gather new ideas.

New York City Local 3 Business Manager Christopher Erikson placed Hill’s name into nomination, praising him for providing leadership by example and “never forgetting that he is one of us.”

International Secretary-Treasurer Sam Chilia said he was humbled by the show of confidence delegates placed in him, saying that:

I thank God for the IBEW and the labor movement, because without it, our members and the greater community would be lost.

Pierson thanked delegates for the honor and privilege of serving as IEC Chairman, and that he pledged to:

do my part to work with all the officers to keep the course steady and the flags flying.

 

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