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January/February 2005 IBEW Journal


Michael Callanan

On September 1, 2004, Michael Callanan was promoted to Executive Director of the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) to replace A.J. Pearson who retired. Callanan previously served as NJATC’s assistant executive director.

Callanan joined the staff of the NJATC in 1995, leaving Philadelphia where he held a full-time teaching position with the Philadelphia Electrical JATC.

A member of IBEW Local 98, Callanan graduated first in his inside wireman apprentice class in 1986 and worked as an electrical foreman. He served as co-chairman of the IBEW Eastern Code Advisory Group and as an executive board member of the eastern section of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors. He holds IAEI certifications in one- and two- family dwellings, electrical general and plan review.

Director Callanan has an extensive background in code and safety standard development with the National Fire Protection Association and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Callanan has a B.A. in political science from West Chester University and an M.A. in political science from Villanova University.

The officers and staff of the IBEW wish Brother Callanan a long and successful tenure leading the NJATC.


Richard Rogers

After 22 years of service to the IBEW, Ninth District International Representative Richard Rogers retired on January 1, 2005.

Brother Rogers, who was initiated into the IBEW in 1957, previously served as business manager and financial secretary for Seattle, Washington, IBEW Local 77. He began his service to the local on labor/ management negotiations and building committees.

During his service as an International Representative, Rogers was assigned to utilities, construction and telecommunications. He also traveled to Alaska where, he says, he assisted locals representing broadcasting workers and "just about everything else."

Rogers was born in Monroe, Washington, in 1940. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960.

Brother Rogers looks forward to having time to indulge his love of sports and travel. "I’ll get in as much baseball as I can take," he says. After traveling to Peoria, Arizona, for the Seattle Mariner’s spring training, he plans a trip to Ireland in August or September.

The IBEW extends best wishes to Brother Rogers in his well-deserved retirement.


Everett W. Lehmann

The IBEW is saddened to report the death of Everett W. Lehmann, retired director of the Council on Industrial Relations Department, on November 17, 2004. He was 72.

During a distinguished 36-year IBEW career, Brother Lehmann served the labor union movement with great dedication. He was appointed director of the CIR in 1992 and served at the IBEW International Office in that position until he retired in July 1995.

Appointed an IBEW International Representative in 1975, Brother Lehmann was assigned to the Appeals Department at the International Office. He was director of IBEW Special Services from 1976 to 1992.

A native of New York, Brother Lehmann began his IBEW career in 1959 with his initiation into Long Island Local 25. He served as local union president from 1970-1975, was a member of the Executive Board and served on numerous local committees. He was a Local 25 delegate to IBEW International Conventions in 1970 and 1974, and attended all subsequent IBEW conventions.

Brother Lehmann’s labor-wide service was extensive and included work on the AFL-CIO Community Services Committee. He was vice president of the National Council of Senior Citizens, co-chair of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, Union Privilege coordinator and a member of the President’s Committee on People with Disabilities. In addition, Brother Lehmann represented the IBEW on AFL-CIO International Affairs trips to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. He coordinated the IBEW Archives exhibit at the union’s 100th anniversary convention.

Brother Lehmann attended Brooklyn Technical High School in New York City and New York State College in Farmingdale, New York. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he served in the military from 1951-1955. Brother Lehmann enjoyed golf, video photography and was an avid Navy football fan. He was born August 8, 1932, in Rockville Center, New York.

IBEW officers, staff and members extend heartfelt condolences to his wife, Frances, and their entire family.