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Convention Closes on Note of Solidarity and Goodwill
The 38th IBEW Convention adjourned at noon on Friday, Sept. 23rd following the close of discussions on reports from the Resolutions and Law committees.  

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Resolutions Committee Finishes Debate
The Resolutions Committee chaired by Boston Local 104 Business Manager Tiler F. Eaton and with Bloomington, Ind., Local 2249 Business Manager Carven B. Thomas serving as secretary, continued deliberations Friday morning on resolutions presented to the membership.  

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Law Committee: Debate Continues on Amendments
Law Committee Chairman John O’Rourke of San Francisco Local 6 and Secretary Ross Galbraith of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Local 37 guided the delegation through discussion and debate continuing Thursday and Friday. 

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Delegates Continue Action on Resolutions
Delegates continued consideration of resolutions presented to the membership by the Resolutions Committee, chaired by Boston Local 104 Business Manager Tiler F. Eaton and Bloomington, Ind., Local 2249 Business Manager Carven B. Thomas served as secretary.  

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Delegate Profile: Midwest Leaders’ Message - ‘Always Stay Mobilized’
Nowhere have working people been more under the gun than in Wisconsin, but Racine Local 430 Business Manager Chris Gulbrandson says Gov. Scott Walker’s attacks on collective bargaining rights has woken up the labor movement, and built a massive pro-worker grassroots mobilization that few predicted possible.  

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IBEW Convention’s Pin Brigade
It’s a swap meet that gathers every five years, a kind of Antiques Roadshow, eBay and labor history association all in one. Several members—with hundreds of years in the Brotherhood—began networking before the word was even used. Kim Craft, Los Angeles Local 11 assistant business manager, says they came together to trade local union pins, but the focus was always about people and history.  

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Delegate Profile: Tenn. Leader Supports Building Stronger Workplace Relationships
IBEW delegate Winfred Gearrin came to Vancouver after helping negotiate a new contract at the Thomas & Betts electrical components plant in Athens, Tenn. Gearrin, a 34-year member of Chattanooga, Tenn., Local 175 who is an assistant business manager says: 

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Texas Delegate: ‘A Low Wage Economy Doesn’t Work’
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running for president on a pro-jobs platform, boasting that the Lone Star state has created more than jobs than anywhere else in the United States.  

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Delegates Endorse Funding for Ambitious Growth
Delegates at the 38th International Convention approved continued support for the IBEW’s aggressive organizing efforts with an overwhelming voice vote in favor of a per capita tax increase to provide resources for the program.  

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Convention Ratifies IVP, IEC Choices
Convention delegates unanimously ratified the choices of district caucuses that selected nominees Monday for International Vice President and International Executive Council.  

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Shuler Champions New Tactics, Youth Engagement
The last time Liz Shuler attended an IBEW International Convention, she was a behind-the-scenes dynamo, helping ensure that the union’s 2006 meeting in Cleveland was a success.  

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Ed Schultz: 'We Didn't Make Our Countries Great by Vilifying Workers'
Talk show host Ed Schultz fired up delegates at the Vancouver Convention Center Sept. 20 with a passionate call to save the middle class and keep the fight for working families alive.  

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Exelon CEO: ‘High Honor to Share This Industry With You’
Exelon CEO John Rowe addressed delegates, praising the International leadership of the IBEW which represents nearly half of the corporation’s 19,000 workers, most of them working in nuclear power plants.  

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Activists Bring Concerns and Experience to Convention Proceedings
An IBEW convention is no ordinary gathering. Trade union activists arrive from small rural towns and huge urban settings bringing a wealth of experience in organizing, collective bargaining, day-to-day representation, training and grassroots political action. 

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IVP, IEC Caucus Results
Convention delegates met in district caucuses Sept. 19 to nominate candidates for International Vice President and members of the International Executive Council. Under the IBEW Constitution, delegates hold elections in a caucus to “nominate” a candidate and those choices are formally ratified by the full convention later in the week. 

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Hill Keynote—Reclaim the Union’s Birthright
Thanking IBEW members and leaders for courage in standing up to a failing economy and right-wing, anti-labor politics, International President Edwin D. Hill brought delegates to their feet as he asked them to reject fear and pursue the timeless mission of the IBEW and the labor movement. 

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Hill/Chilia/Pierson Leadership Team Re-Elected
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.

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Opening Ceremonies Offer Dazzling Spectacles, Solemn Tributes
IBEW members and leaders from across North America convened at the opening ceremonies of the 38th International Convention Monday, Sept. 19, setting a tone of reverence for tradition and the optimism for the work ahead.

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Young Worker—Battling Ohio’s Anti-Union Offensive
James Jette, a member of the 38th Convention’s young member contingent, is in Vancouver to get some ideas on how to get his young co-workers to “take some ownership” in the union.

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Veteran Denver Member Hopeful for IBEW’s Future
Timio Archuleta, a 39-year member of Denver Local 111, didn’t pull seniority when it came time to plan this year’s Electrical Workers Minority Caucus meeting. He personally stuffed hundreds of packets with information for those who would attend.

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IBEW Has Talent: First District Act Wins with Living Tribute to Brotherhood
Finalists from each Vice Presidential district warmed up their voices and cranked their guitar amps in pursuit of top honors in the first-ever IBEW Has Talent competition Saturday afternoon at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver.

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Strategy and Inspiration Power EWMC Meeting
With urgent calls to action, inspiring speeches, poignant memorials and panel discussions on strategy and tactics, the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus at the 38th Convention, put members in attendance on their feet and ready to take another step at building a more diverse and inclusive IBEW and labor movement.

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Los Angeles Organizer Likes Convention’s Focus on Youth
Gary Parker, a journeyman inside wireman, participated in a panel discussion entitled “Mission Possible” at the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus meeting on Saturday.

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Cross Border Political Conference Mobilizes Delegates
Delegates gathered at the 2011 IBEW Political Conference made union history September 16 by bringing together IBEW political activists from both sides of the border for the first time.

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IBEW Women’s Caucus Challenges Members to Break Boundaries
IBEW Women’s Caucus Challenges Members to Break Boundaries

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Delegate Profile: Quebec Delegate Facing Challenges, Eyeing Opportunities
Quebec’s French cultural and linguistic heritage makes it unique among Canadian provinces. It also boasts a distinctive system of labor law that prioritizes workers’ right to collectively bargain, making it one of the most unionized jurisdictions in North America.

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Technological Advances Featured at Electrical Industry Expo
The 38th IBEW Convention’s industry expo features exhibits highlighting the union’s growing involvement in the rapidly-developing renewable energy industry.

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‘Brotherhood Beyond Borders’- 38th International Convention Begins in Vancouver
Thousands of IBEW members will convene in coastal Vancouver, B.C., this week for the 38th International Convention, starting on Monday, Sept. 19.

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Convention Energized by Young Worker Delegates
Attracting young workers and developing a fresher message for tomorrow’s labor movement are more than just lofty goals at the 38th Convention.

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Delegate Profile: Washington Leader Keeps Focus on Organizing
A sour economy, a fresh crop of anti-worker politicians and union-busting corporations are making it harder than ever to be a labor activist. But Tacoma, Wash., Local 483 Business Manager Alice Phillips – in attendance at the IBEW’s 38th International Convention in Vancouver as a delegate – is not in the habit of letting obstacles slow her down.

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