the 36th IBEW International Convention
October/November 2001 IBEW Journal
The following is a summary of the resolutions
adopted by the delegates to the IBEWs 36th Convention.
Resolution No. 1 recommends that all local unions affiliate and
participate in the affairs of the National Safety Council and
its Labor Division.
Resolution No. 2 recommends the IBEW support the continuation
and ongoing improvement of the Jobs Board on the IBEW web site
for construction members and strive for 100 percent participation
of local unions with construction jurisdiction; and that all participating
local unions continuously update and post all job information.
The committee recommended that the I.O. expand the IBEW Jobs Board
to all applicable branches.
Resolution No. 3 notes that thousands of IBEW manufacturing members
have benefited from the Enhanced Training Opportunity Program
(ETOP) and recommends that a jointly administered training program
be established for every IBEW represented bargaining unit; that
all such programs become part of the collective bargaining agreement;
that the convention endorse ETOP as the training program of choice
for manufacturing members; and that employers of IBEW manufacturing
members be encouraged to utilize ETOP.
Resolution No. 4 condemns excessive corporate pay and recommends
the IBEW pledge to expose abuses in corporate executive compensation,
and continue to support targeted shareholder resolutions as well
as legislation to establish a cap in the ratio of CEO pay to that
of the average worker.
Resolution No. 5 puts the convention on record in support of
the National Consumers Leagues Child Labor Coalition (CLC), which
works to end child labor exploitation and exposes responsible
Resolution No. 6 calls for support of nuclear energy through
legislative initiatives, regulatory reform, research and development
and other measures. The committee found it could not concur with
one portion of the resolution stating that nuclear energy is the
"only" practical and economical large-scale source of
electricity that does not pollute the air. Therefore, the committee
substituted a revised resolution in support of nuclear energy
stating that nuclear energy is "a" practical and economical
large-scale source of electricity that does not pollute the air.
Resolution No. 7 calls for IBEW support of efforts to enact a
living wage sufficient to raise a familys income above poverty
Resolution No. 8 recommends the IBEW prevent employer intrusions
into workers privacy and support legislation to restrict and
regulate all forms of electronic monitoring and electronic work
evaluation of employees.
Resolution No. 10 recommends the IBEW negotiate an agreement
with the National Building and Construction Trades Council (NBCTC)
to uphold the jurisdictional (HVAC electrical work) interpretation
of the Business Managers Construction Jurisdictional Handbook,
known as the "Green Book"; and reinstitute allegiance
to the September 3, 1988, revised edition of the "Green Book."
The committee, having determined that the NBCTC is not responsible
for enforcing jurisdiction, substituted a revised resolution that
the IBEW take a strong position with the other building trades
to uphold the jurisdictional (HVAC electrical work) interpretation
of the "Green Book," and that there be a reinstitution
of allegiance to the March 1, 2000, revised edition of the jurisdictional
Resolution No. 11 puts the IBEW on record in support of the March
Resolution No. 12 supports the IBEWs defense of project labor
agreements (PLAs) on large public construction projects, as PLAs
are currently under attack by the Bush administration; and declares
IBEW resolve to support passage of legislation to allow contractors
and unions to voluntarily enter into project labor agreements.
Resolution No. 13 puts the convention on record in support of
the Davis-Bacon Act (now under assault by the Bush administration),
which requires that all workers on federally funded construction
projects will be paid the areas prevailing wage and benefits.
The resolution calls for the IBEW to use every means at its disposal
to preserve the prevailing wage at both the federal and state
Resolution No. 14 reconfirms the IBEWs support of labor involvement
with young people and with helping establish labor education programs
in public and private schools.
Resolution Nos. 15 and 16 (which address the issue of "rollovers"
of traveling construction workers pension benefits) were combined
for consideration by the Resolutions Committee. Resolution No.
16, which expresses the intent of both resolutions, puts the convention
on record in support of all appropriate efforts to enhance the
portability of traveling participants, and requests the I.P. and
I.S.T. to take steps in that regard.
Resolution Nos. 17, 21, 22 and 23 pertain to earlier retirement.
The committee combined the four and submitted a substitute resolution
supporting these concepts and requesting that NEBF trustees continue
to strive for a lower age for full retirement, as well as a lower
age for early retirement opportunities with lesser penalties,
within legal and actuarial guidelines.
Resolution Nos. 18, 19, 20, 24, 25 and 26 call for expanding
NEBF plan language to either improve benefits or to adopt more
liberal plan language. The committee combined the six resolutions
and submitted a substitute resolution recommending to the NEBF
trustees that they give these issues due consideration; and that
the trustees attempt to achieve these improvements while maintaining
their fiduciary responsibilities in accordance with actuarial
and legal guidelines.
Resolution Nos. 27 and 28 point out the abuses under the existing
blanket "right-to-reject" language in the standard IBEW-NECA
Referral Procedure; put the convention on record in support of
a change in this provision in the Referral Procedure which would
allow a right-to-reject only for cause, and would require an employer
to provide the reason for rejection of an applicant; and calls
on the IBEW to meet with NECA to seek new language to accomplish
Resolution No. 29 reaffirms the IBEWs commitment to fight all
forms of discrimination and harassment; resolves that all IBEW
members shall be treated with dignity and respect and afforded
fair representation in handling of discrimination issues; and
resolves that the IBEW will continue to lead by example in taking
proactive steps to reinforce tolerance and diversity in its policies,
procedures, education programs and employment practices.
Resolution Nos. 31 and 32 request that the I.O. continue its
opposition to deregulating the electric utility industry, support
local unions in their effort to fight utility deregulation and
provide additional staffing for this effort; and put the convention
on record in support of principles to ensure a reliable, safe
and low-cost supply of electricity throughout North America.
Resolution No. 33 puts the IBEW on record in support of the annual
United Way Campaign.
Resolution No. 35 urges all IBEW local unions to support endeavors
of the Variety Club, an organization that aids children in need.
Resolution No. 36 deals with trusteeship and addresses the conduct
of assigned trustees while maintaining the affairs of a local
union. With committee clarifications, the resolution was adopted.
Resolution No. 38 puts the convention on record in support of
the Girl Guides of Canada and the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
Resolution No. 39 relates to employee participation programs;
advocates communication between labor and management; affirms
the concrete bond of the collective bargaining agreement; and
emphasizes that employee participation programs must remain separate
and distinct from the collective bargaining agreement.
Resolution No. 40 regards international trade and the global
economy; advocates continued IBEW defense of labor interests and
workers rights in this arena; and puts the convention on record
as promoting core convictions of the International Labor Organization.
Resolution No. 41 puts the IBEW on record in support of the Boy
Scouts of America and Canada.
Resolution No. 42 deals with application of the IBEW sexual harassment
policy. Although the committee endorsed most of the "whereas"
clauses, it could not, in view of its findings on certain issues,
concur and therefore submitted a substitute resolution that includes
reaffirmation of the IBEWs commitment to fight sexual harassment.
Resolution No. 43 concerns Social Security and Railroad Retirement;
addresses the detrimental impact that "privatization"
could have on Social Security; and supports passage of the Railroad
Retirement Survivors and Improvements Act of 2001 in its entirety.
Resolution No. 44 proclaims the 100-plus years of solidarity
between the Brotherhoods Canadian and U.S. members; celebrates
the centennial of that unity; and supports continued and increased
Resolution No. 45 puts the Convention on record proclaiming the
IBEWs 110th anniversary and encourages all members to recognize
this anniversary through appropriate functions and festivities.
Resolution No. 46 supports lowering the 10-year pension vesting
requirement under the Railroad Retirement Act and declares strong
support for passage of the Railroad Retirement Act of 2001 in
Resolution No. 47 supports prescription drug reform in the interests
of older Americans and recommends that IBEW work with the AFL-CIO
to introduce legislation regarding prescription drug prices.