June 2004 IBEW Journal
L.U. 110 (em,i,rts,spa&u), ST. PAUL, MNThe slow economy continues, causing 321 local members to be listed on Book I. Remember this when you vote!
The following members retired on I.O. pension in 2003: Warren Anderson, Charles Bergevin Jr, Robert Bielenberg, George Blais, Richard Brennan, Johnny Cotton, Dennis Day, Roger Dickhausen, Thomas Doe, Peter Eggen, James Engstrom, Ernest Erickson, Franklin Gurney, John Houle, Ronald Jenson, Douglas Karels, Robert Kratzke, Richard Lalonde, Gordon Leeman, Leslie Lindholm, Richard Maloney, Robert Olsen, David Scearcy, James Schauer, Darrel Skogen, Roger Strecker, Frederick Suess III, Jerome Wamhoff and Martin Weddington. Congratulations and best wishes to all!
The Faribault Units annual picnic will be held Friday, June 11, at North Alexander Park in Faribault, MN. This is an excellent event to fill a summer evening with plenty of good food and fellowship.
Steve White, P.S.
L.U. 124 (ees,em,i,mar,rts,se& spa), KANSAS CITY, MOWith the arrival of spring, the hope of some work breaking loose here is on the horizon. With almost 500 hands on Book I, its been a long hard winter, as elsewhere across the county.
For the second straight year, Local 124s float took first place in the Trades Division in the Kansas City St. Patricks Day parade. We placed ahead of the Carpenters and CWA.
IBEW Local 124 is spearheading the grassroots campaign in local elections. We already have 11 members in public office. Local 124 has eight more members out of 29 labor candidates seeking political office. The influence of labor on area school boards is beginning to show progress. Our lobbyists in the Missouri Legislature are busy educating politicians about the benefits of union labor. The end result boils down to one thing: The Individual Vote! All our progress is null if people dont vote. Its time to make a change, and the one sure way is to vote for candidates who will support labor and work toward a better future.
We remember the following deceased members: Ned Doughty, Lloyd Frayling, Tom Sawyer and Robert E. Schaaf.
Congratulations to Bro. John Hinton on his retirement.
Frank Mathews Jr., P.S.
L.U. 134 (catv,em,govt,i,mt,rtb,rts, spa&t), CHICAGO, ILThe work picture remains slow in our jurisdiction at this writing, but shutdowns at the Ford plant, proposed construction of the Rosemont casino, a new McCormick building and ongoing work at OHare Airport will we hope return our members to the jobsite.
Congratulations to Local 134 Bus. Rep. Tom Villanova on his election as president of the Chicago and Cook County Building Trades Council.
The talent and training of Local 134 members was showcased at the UIC-Chicago College of Medical Research Lab project where members from M.G. Electric, Automated Control Technology and JNS Power are completing another quality electrical installation.
The Local 134 Apprentice Class of 2004 enjoyed a beautiful night at the Navy Pier Ball Room for their graduation. Sister Kelli Brannon received the 2004 Andrea Hall Apprentice Excellence Award.
We thank former press secretary, Bus. Rep. Rich Rioux, for his hard work and dedication producing the locals article for the Journal. Let us not forget our brother and sister members who have gone before us. May their contributions, large or small, remain in our memory.
Mike Nugent, P.S./B.R.
L.U. 146 (ei,i&rts), DECATUR, ILMarch 16, 2004, was primary election day in Illinois and several Local 146 members were elected precinct committeemen. Along with those running for office, many volunteered time to walk precincts and operate phone banks encouraging voters to go the polls. Bro. Dave Wolfe was elected vice-chairman of the Macon County Democrats at a meeting held March 29, 2004.
The RF-9 outage at the Clinton Nuclear Power Station was successful and ended on schedule at the end of February. Many tasks occurred during the outage but the most important was the replacement of a reactor recirculation pump and motor in the drywell. Local 146 thanks all of those involved in making RF-9 a success.
Work in our jurisdiction remains extremely slow. We thank all IBEW local unions that have put our members to work.
Shad E. Etchason, Pres.
L.U. 150 (es,i,rts&spa), WAUKEGAN, ILOur work situation is slow at present. There are 154 journeyman wiremen on Commercial Book I, and 225 journeyman wiremen on Commercial Book II. We have 22 residential wiremen on Residential Book I and 27 residential wiremen on Book II. Also, nine voice-data-video journeymen on Book I, and 30 VDV journeymen on Book II. We also have 21 commercial apprentices out of work.
Local 150s election of officers will take place at the June 2 union meeting, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nominations of officers took place at the May 5 union meeting.
The Apprentice Graduation Banquet is June 4. Scheduled to graduate are: 39 commercial apprentices, 10 residential trainees and seven VDV technicians.
The locals annual golf outing will be held June 12 at the Nippersink Golf Course near Richmond, IL. The locals annual picnic will be July 31 at the Lakewood Forest Preserve, Shelter E.
The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 2 presidential election is Oct. 5. Anyone may register at the hall, or contact a business representative for information. The survival of the IBEW and the building trades depend on your vote. Pres. Bush was elected by the Supreme Court, 5 to 4. Your Vote Counts!
Scott Klepac, P.S.