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December 2004 IBEW Journal

Market Recovery

L.U. 158 (i,mar,spa,mt&i), GREEN BAY, WIAt this writing, Local 158 is putting travelers to work at the two nuclear plants located within its jurisdiction. Upcoming projects include a new casino and construction at MPU. Work has been slow up to this point, and we are actively pursing new projects by engaging members to participate in market recovery.

Our PAC committee has been active, not only with the national elections, but also with regional local elections. The outcomes of these elections will affect us for years to follow.

Membership involvement is the key to our future success. Those already involved in Local 158 need to encourage other members, including apprentices, to attend meetings and to talk to Local 158 officers about getting involved with the union. Working together will build a stronger Local 158.

Your suggestions for any upcoming negotiations in spring should be heard now. Have a happy holiday season. See you at the next meeting.

Jack Heyer, P.S.

Remembering 9/11


Local 180 helped make possible the
"Healing Field" flag installation in Vacaville,
CA.

L.U. 180 (c,i,o&st), VALLEJO, CAOn Sept. 11, the state of California hosted one "Healing Field" to remember those lost on that day three years ago. 3,031 flags were placed in a park located in Vacaville, 30 miles north of San Francisco. The event was made possible by our LMCC and the diehard dedication of both Local 180 Pres. Dan Broadwater and Pete Halver, our NECA representative. These two led an army of volunteers to get the job done. We wish we had the space to thank all the volunteers, half of whom are serving our country at nearby Travis AFB.

The result was an immense event free of corporate sponsorship and politics. People came to visit, remember, cry, pay their respects and find flags that represented lost friends and family. All thanked us for putting forth the effort to show the scale of the loss. And in conversation, they learned about a union that partners well enough to provide an event such as the Healing Field and also funds so many more activities for the community. Well, we are not "just a bunch of thugs" after allwe have a heart. All it took to prove it was 3,031 flags.

Michael C. Smith, B.A.

Annual Poker Run

L.U. 196 (govt,mt,o,t&u), ROCKFORD, ILAt this writing, our work picture is still good. We do see a slowdown around December and January for our Outside Construction. Telephone and CATV is very slow with all the CATV rebuilds close to being done in most areas.

We thank all who showed up at our second annual Poker Run. Special thanks to Steve Reineck and family for the great job roasting the hog. We also thank our Administrative Asst. Deidre Southard and friend Lisa Gillham for making sure all went well distributing raffles and prizes. We hope everyone had a great day and we look forward to next summers event.

We hope that by the time you read this article we will have a new president in the White Housea president who will help labor in our struggle to win worker-friendly legislation, to aid organizing efforts and to restore some of what we lost over the last four years. Remember to vote in all elections and attend your monthly union meetings. Have a happy and safe holiday season.

Edgar R. Mings Jr., B.M./F.S.

Albany Labor Parade


Local 236 proudly carries the IBEW banner in the Albany Labor Parade.

L.U. 236 (catv,ees,govt,i,mo,rtst), ALBANY, NYOn Oct. 2, 2004, IBEW Local 236 marched in the annual Albany Labor Parade. Local 236 took to the streets to show support of labor. Our local union again had a great showing and marched with pride.  Thanks to all who participated.

On Sept. 18, 2004, Local 236 held its annual steak bake at Lanthiers Grove. With over 400 in attendance, everyone had a great time.

Special thanks to Bro. Mike McCloskey for putting the event together and to all the members who donated their time at the bake to make it a great success.

Mark LaJeunesse, P.S.

OSHA TRAINING

L.U. 246 (ees,i,rts&spa), STEUBENVILLE, OHPlease see the "Currents" section on Page 17 of this months Journal for a report on Brother Donald Jones, a 4th year apprentice who was recently deployed for active duty as a U.S. Army reservist. The brothers and sisters here in Steubenville are proud of Don and thank him for his service to the IBEW and to our country. Our thoughts and prayers are with Don and with all the men and women serving our country in this time of strife.

Work is currently winding down with the completion of the largest electric arc furnace in the world. We had over 100 travelers working when the majority of our area was suffering from the Bush economy. Thank you, brothers, for your assistance and professionalism.

The SJATC recently sponsored OSHA 10- and 30-hour courses. More than three-fourths of local union members have now completed the OSHA courses. Major customers in our jurisdiction now require an active OSHA 10 for employment.

Phil Diserio, Pres.

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