An IBEW career that began at the start of the computer revolution, ended July 1, 2005, with the retirement of Sixth District Vice President Pat Curley.
When Brother Curley began work as a technician at Univac in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1967, main frame computers were so immense that one could walk inside them. The industry was expanding and the 5,000 members of St. Paul IBEW Local 2047 were in need of good leadership. Curley answered the call, accepting an appointment as assistant business manager in 1968. He was elected business manager in 1970, serving until 1977. As business manager, Curley organized several companies in the Twin Cities area, increasing the local’s membership by over 1,000. In 1977, he was appointed as an International Representative by then-International President Charles H. Pillard.
Curley’s service as International Representative encompassed diverse duties from negotiating contracts to organizing new units and presenting arbitrations. Among his most memorable organizing victories were the still hard-fighting Comcast unit in Chicago and a 400-member call center in Westfield, Indiana.
To enhance his effectiveness as a Brotherhood leader, Curley took labor-related courses at the University of Minnesota, the University of Illinois and the University of Indiana.
In January 2001, Brother Curley was appointed by President Edwin D. Hill to fill the unexpired term of Sixth District Vice President Jeremiah J. O’Connor, who had just become International Secretary-Treasurer of the Brotherhood.
"We went to work," says Curley, setting up residential wiremen programs in the overwhelming majority of construction locals in the district that did not already have them, increasing the IBEW’s market share.
A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Curley attended Cathedral High School and Browns Technical in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964 as a cryptographer.
"It’s been a wonderful 38 years," says Curley of his IBEW career. "I hope that none of us will ever forget our responsibility to represent the brothers and sisters and to keep organizing."
Curley and his wife, Sharon, have been married 37 years and have three grown sons, Robert, John and Mike; a granddaughter, Chelsea and two young grandsons, Sean and Mathew. His immediate plans are to travel and "actually stop to see the sights," and to get back to some overdue fishing.
The IBEW extends best wishes to Pat, Sharon and their family for a long and healthy retirement.
The IBEW is pleased to announce the July 1, 2005, appointment of Joseph "Jeff" Lohman as International Vice President for the Sixth District to replace Pat Curley, who retired.
"I’m following in the footsteps of some great Sixth District vice presidents," Brother Lohman said.
Brother Lohman was initiated into Local 481 in Indianapolis, Indiana, as an inside wireman apprentice in 1966. Achieving journeyman status and serving as shop steward on several jobs, he was elected vice president, serving from 1978 to 1981 and was appointed business agent.
Elected as Local 481 business manager/financial secretary in 1983, Lohman served for five years until his appointment as an International Representative by then-International President J.J. Barry. Among the accomplishments in which he takes great satisfaction is being "part of the team" that developed the COMET program.
In 1991, Lohman was assigned as organizing coordinator for the Sixth District. "We steadily increased our ‘A’ membership," says Lohman, "from 45 percent market share in 1995 to 70 percent in 2000." In 2002, he became assistant to Vice President Curley.
An Indianapolis native, Lohman was the first Indiana graduate of the B.A. program at the George Meany Center for Labor Studies in 1988. He has served as secretary of the Indiana State Building Trades and as a board member of the Central Indiana Labor Council.
The officers, staff and members of the IBEW wish Brother Lohman all the best in his new position.
July/August IBEW Journal
Swearing-in of Joseph Lohman by International President Edwin D. Hill and International Secretary-Treasurer Jon F. Walters.