June 2009
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Jersey City Training Center Hosts Labor Secretary,
N.J. Governor

New Study Calls
for Reforms to
Transmission Grid

Boston Local Installs
Wind Turbine on
Historic Nantucket Farm

Coalition Touts Nuclear Power's Benefits

MasTec Satellite Technicians Install
IBEW in Georgia

IBEW Mayor Reaches out
to President to Save Garment Jobs

Online Electrical Worker Gets New Look

North of 49°
New Work Ferries In Vancouver Island Shipyard's Comeback

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Reprise de la construction de nouveaux traversiers
sur les chantiers navals de la Colombie-Britannique.


Panama, IBEW Sign Training Agreement for Panama Canal Expansion

A delegation of Panamanian government officials came to Washington, D.C., in April to sign a training agreement with the IBEW and the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee to help meet the needs of a new generation of electricians at home.

The agreement makes available the educational resources of the NJATC to the Panamanian government's job-training authority, INADEH, to assist it with the development of its own electrical training program.

The Panama Canal, one of the most ambitious engineering projects in the world, is undergoing an expansion that will create a new water lane along the canal to accommodate increased traffic.

The expansion, the largest construction project in Panama since the canal's construction in the early 20th century, will require thousands of trained electricians and the government wants to make sure that the majority of work will be done by Panamanian citizens.

The new two-mile lock, which officially began construction in 2007, is expected to cost more than $5 billion and could begin operations as early as 2014.

"We are expecting to see growth in all crafts, particularly electrical construction," said Ivette Millan from the Panama Canal Authority.


China Trade Must Be Fair, Justice for MasTec

Maryland Members Help Pass Wage Law, Advanced Clean Coal, and more...

Remembering Robert G. McWillie and Kenneth L. Olsen

Surviving Rocket Attack, Mass. Troop Soldiered On

Federal Court Decision Protects Construction

A Strong Foundation, Making the Grade,
Sincere Thank You

April 2009

Chicago Shop Steward Committed to Workers Rights