L.U. 8 (i,mt,as,em,mar,rts,s&spa), TOLEDO, OH—To all our Gulf Coast IBEW brothers and sisters affected by the hurricanes, Local 8 members send out their thoughts and prayers.
The state of Ohio, pivotal in the 2004 presidential election, may once again be ground zero in 2008. To exert substantial influence in that election, it is vitally important for Ohioans to rid state government of scandal plagued and inept politicians. Republicans have controlled nearly every state office in the last 12-15 years, but have shown very little for their efforts. Because of term limits, our current Republican governor, recently convicted of ethics violations, is prohibited from running.
Currently, two Democrats are eyeing the governor’s office. One such candidate, U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland, recently paid a visit to the Local 8 hall. Northwest Ohio Democrats attended this public forum, assembled as a means of introducing the congressman to our area. Rep. Strickland spoke about developing new opportunities in Ohio, citing the need for good jobs and decent wages.
Work opportunities have significantly improved since last year, but are somewhat short of earlier expectations. The Jeep and Toledo Hospital projects are moving along, but the long awaited coking facility is still in limbo.
Jim Szczerbiak, P.S.
L.U. 26 (ees,em,es,govt,i&mt), WASHINGTON, DC—Demolition on the interior of our new headquarters in Lanham, MD, began in the fall. We are excited about this move and we project a relocation date of late May 2006.
Pension trustees raised the benefit from $78.50 to $80.50 per month for each service year. Present retirees received a 3 percent increase.
Thanks to all who donated to help Hurricane Katrina victims.
Local 26 Christmas parties are: Fri., Dec. 2, 8 p.m. at Sardo Hall in Forestville, MD; Fri., Dec. 9, 7 p.m. in Winchester; and Fri., Dec. 16 in Roanoke at 7 p.m.
Local 26 held picnics in the D.C. area and in Roanoke. Apprentices graduated, a pension seminar was held, and the Local 26 softball team placed second in the IBEW National Tournament. Retirees held a crab feast in October and a raffle drawing in November.
Recent retirees: Richard D. Cates, Douglas M. Clow, Walter R. Everett Jr., Kenneth Hampton Jr., James E. McGrail, Oral E. Folks, Lorian R. Moore, James S. Moreland and Patrick M. Burke.
We mourn the deaths of: Bros. Robert Kurtz, Darryl H. Streichert, Harold Hook and Stephen Judy; and retired Bros. Adron Fizer, John Strickland, Billie Pitts, Ronald Essex, Harold Dubbs and Robert Jones.
Charles E. Graham, B.M.
L.U. 32 (i&u), LIMA, OH—Local 32 had a great turnout for the Labor Day parade in downtown Lima. Our local had more than 100 people in attendance with eight service vehicles, a retirees car and two floats. A chicken dinner was held after the parade with Carpenters Local 372 (see photo).
Two scholarships were recently awarded. Jason Bockey, son of Bro. Mike Bockey, received the Larry Clements scholarship. Jon Kroeger, son of Bro. Larry Kroeger, received the Mark Hesseling scholarship. Congratulations to Jason and Mike, and best wishes in their educational pursuits.
A work day was held at the union hall Sat., Sept. 17. Trash was picked up, trees trimmed, painting done, a new mail box put up, old light poles taken down, fluorescent lights repaired and more. Thanks to all who volunteered to help out at the hall.
Larry Kroeger, P.S.
L.U. 38 (i), CLEVELAND, OH—Bro. Rick Eisenhardt shot the accompanying photo of Local 38 members Jerry Hastings, Mark Casselberry and Shawn Carter 185 feet atop the new West 3rd St. LED billboard with downtown Cleveland as a backdrop.
Cleveland is the test market for the new LED boards on view around the city. Our members working for Clear Channel installed seven new boards in the greater Cleveland area. Each board required a 200-amp, three-phase service upgrade to a sign-and-display communications controller. Two-inch pipe runs up the structure to feed four 60-amp subpanels, which were also needed on each sign, as well as one-inch pipe runs for data lines. The crew started work in a blizzard in March and finished in July. More new boards may be installed if they are a hit.
Lake Erie Electric was awarded the $5 million processed electrical contract for Charter Steel and may need up to 80 wiremen on the project working two shifts.
Herbst Electric has the water treatment facility and the bag house at Charter. Ullman Electric has the cranes, and Bruce and Merrilees Electric from Pennsylvania has the substation. So we may have 100 members on site at the peak of the project if it goes as scheduled.
Dennis Meaney, B.R.
L.U. 80 (i&o), NORFOLK, VA—In September we celebrated our annual picnic. We thank Bro. Terry McPhillips and his wife, Maureen, for their hard work and planning. It was appreciated and enjoyed by all.
Our outlook on work this winter is good. Several large projects on the horizon should carry us into spring. We thank Int. Reps. Terry A. Luckett and James B. “Jim” Kauffman for their help and support in implementing a strategic organizing plan.
Local 80 wishes everyone happy holidays and a prosperous New Year.
Dave Schaeffer. P.S.