September 2005 IBEW Journal
L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,rtb,t&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL—We celebrated our independence on July 4th and Local 51 would like to acknowledge and thank all members of the military who put their lives on the line every day so we can continue to enjoy the freedom that we as Americans cherish so deeply.
Local 51 member Dennis Brown recently returned home after a 13-month tour of duty in Iraq. Welcome home, Dennis. Ryan Perry, Local 51 apprentice lineman, was deployed to Iraq on May 18, 2005; he expects to be deployed until June 2006.
Please see “IBEW On Duty” in this month’s Journal for a tribute to our members’ military service. Our thoughts and prayers are with all IBEW members who are risking their lives and have put their careers on hold in service to our country.
Local 51 mourns the deaths of two of our brothers. Jim Burns, a 42-year member, passed away as a result of an automobile accident. Jim Stevens, a 30-year member, passed away as a result of an on-the-job accident. These brothers will be sadly missed. Our condolences go out to their families, friends and co-workers.
Attend your union meetings; this is where it all begins.
Dan Pridemore, B.R./P.S.
L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA—Congratulations to the 132 electrical apprentices and the 57 telecommunications apprentices who advanced to journeymen/women and techs at the 59th annual graduation ceremony June 9. Over 1,000 friends and family members attended. Also, over 100 new apprentices and techs were sworn in. Special congrats to our second-generation “Brotherhood Members X-traordinaire.”
Local 103’s Pin Night held June 28 honored members awarded for their years of service to the electrical industry.
On Father’s Day weekend, Local 103 members participated in the Building Trades’ annual “Dollars Against Diabetes” (DAD) fund-raiser to benefit the Diabetes Research Institute. Thanks to all!
Also held Father’s Day Weekend was the annual Journeymen’s Golf Tournament at President’s Golf Course in Quincy. Proceeds went to the Brotherhood Fund.
This year’s Apprentice Harley-Davidson Raffle winner was Jim Mastrullo. Raffle proceeds benefit the Apprentice Night.
Bro. Tom McInerney participated in a 14,686 mile motorcycle ride to 31 NFL stadiums to raise money and awareness of the Fallen Heroes Fund Organization. Special thanks for their support to: IBEW Locals 613, Atlanta; 130, New Orleans; 292, Minneapolis; and 103, Boston. For information visit www.motorcycleride2004.com.
Congratulations to the recently organized electrical workers and techs at ADT and Malden Mills. Welcome to the union!
Bill Molineaux, P.S.
L.U. 153 (em,i,rtb,rts,se,spa&st), SOUTH BEND, IN—In June the “Jimmy Carter Work Project” chose Harbor Habitat for a 20-house “Blitz Build.”
Twenty new homes in Benton Harbor, MI, were completed during an aggressive five-day schedule. Through the guidance of Bros. F. Jay Mummey (Membership Development) and Ken Wagner (Garman Electric)—and with the support of the IBEW Sixth District and many participating local unions—all houses were completed without exception!
More than 180 volunteer wiremen came from across the local union and the District (including Sixth District reps) for the project. Although volunteers brought varying degrees of residential experience, everyone worked together in the true spirit of the IBEW! Just another example of the quality training provided to all IBEW members.
Witnesses to the Blitz Build event registered astonishment. It’s been said that never before has a single group of craftsmen come together and accomplished such a task without a single “punch list” item!
We will continue to support the effort made by volunteers by awarding the “+5 Electrical Protection Plan” to all the new home owners!
Thanks to all who volunteered and to sister locals that supported our effort with a financial contribution.
Mike Taff, P.S.
L.U. 159 (i), MADISON, WI—Approximately 275 members and their families turned out for a day of fun in the sun at the IBEW Local 159 “Day At The Mallard’s” outing! This festive event was held on Father’s Day June 19. The Mallards are a successful semi-pro ball team in Madison. Local 159 is one of many proud local sponsors of this organization.
On June 13 our Local 159 Retirees Club held their monthly meeting at the labor temple. Seventy members and their guests attended this luncheon. Everyone enjoyed a delicious catered meal and an afternoon of good conversation and shared memories.
On April 25 a special meeting was held to ratify our inside contract. It is a three-year contract with an average of 3.8 percent increases each year. The residential contract was also ratified at a specially called meeting and the statewide VDV contract has been approved as well.
Job calls remain steady and our work picture looks promising for the inside this summer. Our residential sector has been slow at gaining momentum, while the VDV sector remains strong and looks to continue to improve in our area.
Billy C. Harrelson, B.M.
L.U. 177 (bo,ees,i,mo,o&pet), JACKSONVILLE, FL—June 3, 2005, marked yet another special evening for Local 177 members. The last of our five-year apprenticeship classes and the first and second of our new year-round “5 in 4” year apprenticeship classes all joined together for the 2005 apprenticeship graduation. Congratulations to all 56 of Local 177’s newest journeyman wiremen.
Congratulations are also in order for our newly elected Local 177 officers: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Russell Harper, Pres. Alan Jones, Vice Pres. Bill Stuart, Rec. Sec. John Campbell and Treas. Kent Williamson; Executive Board members Ron Anderson, David Bryant, Todd Jolly and Ron Scarle; Examining Board members Mike Bickle, Pete Matthews and Daniel Pine. Delegates to the International Convention: Russell Harper, John Campbell, Alan Jones, Joe Roberts, Paul Vickers and Kent Williamson. Unit 1: Chmn. Roger O’Connor, Vice Chmn. Wynn White, Rec. Sec. Elwood Castle and Executive Committee members Michael O’Brien, Warren Powell, Sam Stage and Al Stahl.
In the words of Theodore Roosevelt: “Success—the real success—does not depend upon the position you hold, but upon how you carry yourself in that position.”
Lisa M. Stuart, P.S.
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