January 2010

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L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa, st&ws), ST. LOUIS, MO—Happy new year to all. The good news about 2009 is that it's over!  It would be easy to dwell on all the negatives in today's economy and area work situation. However, there is some good news out there.

Local 1 continues to work tirelessly in the St. Louis community, volunteering a helping hand to charities, organizations and families in need. Annual opportunities to volunteer abound, such as with Habitat for Humanity projects, the "Lights Out" program, etc. The volunteer work donated by Local 1 is remarkable, and every member should be proud of our local's commitment. Additionally, volunteers are always needed to help elect labor-friendly candidates to office.

The upcoming annual Valentine's Day Dance in February is always a great way to catch up with old friends and enjoy a wonderful evening.

Local 1 wishes all a happy, and hopefully prosperous, new year.

We mourn the following members' deaths: Louis Kornhardt, John Behlmann, Alex Gibson, Eugene Jones, Kenneth Brooks, Arthur Knight, James McCutchen, James Wheeler Jr., Kenneth Mauer, Michael Stuckel, William Germer, Arthur Moran, Robert Spence, William Forshee, Joseph Thiemet, Bernard Walker, Morgan Trigg, Neal Moenigmann, Robert Boelloeni, Giuseppe "Joe" DiMaggio, Thomas Roling and James Reinheimer.

Matt Gober, P.S.

Proposed NFL Stadium Project

L.U. 11 (i,rts&spa), LOS ANGELES, CA—Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, bowing to pressure from labor, signed a bill allowing development of an all-union NFL stadium project in the City of Industry.

The proposed 75,000-seat Los Angeles area stadium will meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building standards and incorporate sustainable energy features. Approximately 60 local union members attended the bill-signing ceremony. Touting green careers and quality union apprenticeship programs, the governor promised hundreds of construction jobs to California residents. Thank you to all our members who attended the event. Members wishing to stay informed, to volunteer, or participate in future events should sign up at the local's Web site www.ibew11.org to receive e-mails.

The 11th Annual Local Wide Picnic was great. Thank you to the contractors who generously donated prizes and to dozens of volunteers who helped make the picnic a success. Local 11 members and their families enjoyed a fine barbecue, music, prizes, games, rock climbing and more.

The Electrical Workers Minority Caucus L.A. Chapter purchased needed school supplies and backpacks as part of an ongoing community outreach project. Barrett Elementary School was chosen to receive support. EWMC is also participating in a winter clothes drive for the Los Angeles Mission. Congratulations to the EWMC for their dedication and support for worthy causes.

Bob Oedy, P.S.

Model of a proposed Los Angeles area NFL stadium development.

Hope for a Turnaround

L.U. 15 (u), DOWNERS GROVE, IL—We hope everyone had a happy holiday season—and may 2010 be the year of an economic turnaround. It's time!

As is the case for many IBEW locals, Local 15 has experienced a slowdown in work associated with housing starts. Consequently many of our members were declared excess by the ComEd Company. Fortunately, through discussions with the company, we were successful in placing members in other positions.

We recently reached a three-year agreement for our ComEd System Services group members that will include a 3 percent annual wage increase, improved sick leave pay and other benefit improvements, including future employment opportunities.

Our local continues to work toward finalizing an Overhead Transmission Agreement as well as a final resolution to the Pole Hauling Arbitration Award with ComEd.

In addition, we have agreed to allow the coal plant operators to vote on whether they want a paid lunch period.

At this writing, all of our members employed by Dominion Energy, Exelon Corporation and Midwest Generation are currently making their benefit selections for 2010.

Our local mourns the untimely death of two fellow union members, Bro. Mike Infelise and Sister Tasha Wells Lee.

May 2010 be a prosperous year for all our IBEW brothers and sisters.

Ronald V. Welte, P.S.

Code of Excellence

L.U. 17 (catv,em,lctt,o&u), DETROIT, MI—Bro. Bob Sigouin was honored at the November 2009 general membership meeting with a 45-year service pin. Bob has served the local in many capacities over the years including as business manager/financial secretary.

Work is still quite lean for our contractor work force, despite the October 2009 hiring of 17 crews. However, our Line Clearance Tree Trimming agreement is going strong with 640 tree trimmers currently working. Our Regional Utility Training Center began training its first class of lineman apprentices for employment at Detroit Edison in late 2009.

Local 17 started training and implementation of the IBEW Code of Excellence. We as IBEW members have always demanded fair and equal treatment and that management live up to our agreements. We also made the commitment to workplace excellence and must live up to it every day. Our skills, knowledge and safety record are what we bring to the bargaining table, and nothing less than the best will sustain the future of our livelihood.

We are saddened by the passing of Bros. Ray Williams, Lyn Caig, Clifford Shortridge, Carl Snyder and James Casey. We also wish to pay our respects to the family of Bro. Robert Kress, a pole haul driver and 44-year member, who passed away in August 2008. These brothers are missed.

Dean Bradley, P.S.

2009 Line Worker Class

L.U. 29 (u), PITTSBURGH, PA—Congratulations to the Duquesne Light Company line worker class of October 2009. [See photo, below.] The 13 men graduated from pole climbing and ground school training. They are now qualified to work with and learn from their Local 29 union brothers as they continue toward their goal of becoming journey line workers.

Joe Meyers Jr., Ed Scherer and Chris Goring are on their way to becoming second-generation linemen. Their fathers are longtime IBEW Local 29 linemen. Congratulations and good luck, brothers.

Other news around the local: Negotiations with Reliant Energy are complete and the contract was ratified. The company and the union agreed to a contract on Oct. 30, 2009.

Our community services team is out and about. They served a Christmas dinner to disadvantaged children at the Holy Family Institute.

Remember safety both in the home and the workplace. Be safe, not sorry.

Thanks to senior hot stick worker Joe Meyer for contributions to this article. Joe is currently serving as a subject matter expert (SME), providing training in hot stick line work for the Safety and Workforce Development Department.

Kim Washburn, R.S.

IBEW Local 29 congratulates the Duquesne Light Company line worker class of October 2009. On pole at left, from top to bottom, are Steve Kahle, Joe Meyers Jr., Todd Covel, Chad Buczinski, Kris Anderson, Chris Gorring; and on pole at right, Scott Brimmer, Ed Scherer Jr., Drew Brown, Lonnie Rotondo, Ryan Brown, Scott Hutton and Chris Bruder.

Dragon Boat Fundraiser Success

L.U. 37 (em,o&u), FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA—Local 37 members have a growing history of getting involved with community events. Just this past September IBEW Local 37 sponsored two teams in the 5th Annual Saint John Dragon Boat Festival: Point Lepreau's "Positive Energy" and Coleson Cove's "Generate-oars." The IBEW/Lepreau team was the event's top fundraiser, raising over $25,000! Together the two teams raised close to $30,000 for the St. Joseph's Hospital foundation.

The very first Point Lepreau Dragon Boat entry occurred three years ago, when a Local 37 member, who had recently returned to work after an illness, organized and registered an IBEW /Lepreau Dragon Boat team as a way to give back to the hospital that had treated him so well. The generosity and hard work of this team turned out to be such a great success that Local 37 developed a pilot project that provides financial support to teams of IBEW members wishing to participate in community-based, charitable fundraising events.

This program has been, and continues to be, incredibly successful, and to date, Local 37 has sponsored a variety of teams that have raised thousands of dollars for New Brunswick communities!

Ross Galbraith, B.M.

Mohawk Valley Career Day

L.U. 43 (em,i&rts), SYRACUSE, NY—Local 43 participated in the 6th Annual Mohawk Valley Industry Career Day, held Oct.15, 2009. More than 450 area high school juniors and seniors participated in this year's event.

Local 43 members who participated in the event included: JATC Training Dir. Pete Dulcich, Bernie Coffay, Ken Caldwell, Conrad Dorn and Mike Smith. These brothers showed the students various displays on branch circuitry and conduit bending. Our members explained to the students that there is a significant advantage to learning the electrical trade in a union-run JATC program. Thank you to all members who donated their time and expertise for this day-long event.

Jim Corbett, P.S.

Syracuse, NY, Local 43 members staff Mohawk Valley Industry Career Day. From left: members Bernie Coffay, Ken Caldwell, JATC Training Dir. Pete Dulcich, Conrad Dorn and Mike Smith.

Transmission Line Projects

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA—Happy new year. We certainly hope 2010 is better than 2009. The entire nation has been hit hard. In California, unemployment is 12.5 percent, and even higher in construction trades. Local 47 has some minor setbacks, but has fared well.

Outside Construction has been helped by several large transmission projects that will bring renewable power to SoCal, including a 170-mile line from Blythe to the Palm Springs area.

Congratulations to our members who competed at the International Lineman's Rodeo—including Local 47 Bus. Mgr. Pat Lavin's team, which included Joel Bell, business manager of IBEW Local 769, as well as Rod Peterson, Local 47 member working for Henkels & McCoy. Award winners included: Jeff Hinojos, Alex Ramirez, Ted Durnerin, John Satterfield, Lorenzo Deliso, Clayton Loback, Enoch Verdin Jr., Josh Regalado, Raudel Ruiz and James Booth.

Our 6th Annual Brotherhood Motorcycle Run was held Oct. 24, 2009. The ride was followed by a barbecue and live music.

Mike Asam, a Riverside lineman, his wife and son were tragically killed in a traffic accident. Aaron Dineen, a Local 1245 apprentice lineman who worked in our jurisdiction, was killed in a work-related incident. We deeply mourn these losses. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased.

Live safe, live well, work union!

Stan Stosel, P.S.

'Strength and Solidarity'

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,rtb,t&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL—Local 51 wishes all IBEW members and their families a safe, prosperous new year. As we begin 2010 the work picture for our outside construction and LCTT membership is good. Fortunately, our local has not experienced the work slowdown that other locals across the country have and we are thankful for that. Hopefully, as the economy continues to improve, the work outlook across the nation will improve also.

Our line clearance members at Spoon River Electric Co-op recently ratified a new labor agreement, while negotiations continue with American Line Builders (NECA), Henkels & McCoy, Asplundh Power, Nelson Tree, Wright Tree and the L.E. Myers shop mechanics. As always, the key to success lies in our strength and solidarity. If we remain strong and unified we will succeed through the negotiation process.

I encourage members to get involved with not only our local but also in the communities where we live—and remember to work safe, give a full days work for a good days pay and attend your union meetings.

Dan Pridemore, Pres.

Recently retired Havana Power Station union steward Charlie James (far left) is joined by fellow Local 51 members Al Riley, Bus. Mgr. Jim Bates, Davey Sayers and Asst. Bus. Mgr. John Johnson.

A Career of Service

L.U. 57 (lctt,mo,o, t&u), SALT LAKE CITY, UT—On June 26, 2009, Local 57 Senior Asst. Bus. Mgr. Ronald May retired after a longtime IBEW career of service. Ron served for 17 years as assistant business manager and was a 41-year member.

Former business manager Blaine A. Newman hired Ron as a business representative in 1992. Ron was initiated into the IBEW in 1968 and served as a steward, a negotiator, and on several committees. In 1983 he was elected treasurer and served on the Local 57 Executive Board. Prior to going to work on the Local 57 staff, Ron worked as a journeyman lineman/troubleshooter for Utah Power. He and his wife, Priscilla, look forward to travel and spending time with their family.

Local 57 officers and members thank Ron for his hard work and dedication to the union. We all will miss Ron, and we extend heartfelt congratulations on his well-deserved retirement.

Roberta Wilson, P.S.

Local 57 former Senior Asst. Bus. Mgr. Ronald May retired in June 2009.

50-Year Service Awards

L.U. 111 (em,govt,lctt,mt,o,rtb,spa&u), DENVER, CO—Congratulations to Don Shaputis and Claude Chapman, who each recently received their 50-year IBEW service award pins.

Shaputis, former assistant business manager, joined the IBEW in 1957. He was appointed as an agent in 1976, and was tapped to join the International Eighth District staff as an International Representative in 1987, servicing all the Eighth District states at one time or another. He retired in July 2003.

Claude Chapman, former lineman, joined the IBEW in 1959. He remembers being a top apprentice in the five-state lineman competition and receiving the first gold watch given out for the achievement. He served on the Executive Board, attended two International Conventions, served as the Unit 1 chairman and as recording secretary, participated on several negotiating committees, and was chairman of the Lineman's Test Committee for the five-state region, before retiring in January 2009, from Sturgeon Electric.

We wish both brothers the best on their future endeavors. We are proud to acknowledge all their many achievements, and we sincerely thank them for their longtime service to the Brotherhood and the local union.

Dennis Z. LeTurgez, P.S.

Local 111 Bus. Mgr. Mike Byrd (right) and Pres. Duane Lawlor (left) congratulate 50-year service award recipients Claude Chapman (second from left) and Don Shaputis.

Jobs & Apprenticeships

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR—The 2009 IBEW Political/Legislative Conference was held recently. With topics like health care reform, climate change, and the Employee Free Choice Act dominating discussion, workers' primary concern—jobs—was a continuous theme.

Throughout this nation, more discussion has been focused on restoring vocational and technical education in secondary schools; however, students may be sorely disappointed. Why? Community colleges have taken a proactive and leading role in technical training which is challenging apprenticeships. In today's times many employers want apprentices or pre-apprentices to have college degrees, which affects our ability to maintain and enhance existing, or create new, apprenticeships.

For more information, read Local 125's section of the Northwest Labor Press in December issue.

Marcy Putman, P.S.

‘Stuff-A-Bus' Food Drive

L.U. 153 (em,i,rtb,rts,se,spa&st), SOUTH BEND, IN—The South Bend JATC held the banquet for the graduating apprentices on Oct. 10. All the apprentices were recognized for their dedication and achievements. William Grubbs, VDV technician, was recognized for the highest GPA and Kennen Schafer as apprentice of the year. Congratulations to all the apprentices; you will find that just because you have topped out in no way means your education is done.

On Halloween the local helped with the 14th annual Stuff-A-Bus food drive for the South Bend Center for the Homeless. IBEW Local 153 manned four of the 23 local Martins stores; also involved in the event are WRBR radio station and numerous student and church groups. Last year's Stuff-A-Bus drive collected nine months worth of food for the shelter. Due to the economy, if we collected the same amount of food this year it would only last six months. We are reminded to thank God for our blessings and remember those who have not been so fortunate. Work in the area is slow and it will be a hard winter, not only for many IBEW members but also for a great many in our communities.

Troy D. Warner, B.R./P.S.

Some of IBEW Local 153's top-notch volunteers collect food for the South Bend Center for the Homeless.

Strong Spirit of Brotherhood

L.U. 159 (i), MADISON, WI—Work in our area has remained slow. As the holidays approached, our members continued to exhibit the true meaning of brotherhood by volunteering for our annual Holiday Fantasy in Lights display. This season marks our 21st year of providing this free lighting display to our community. It is always a bright spot during the holidays and especially now, during these difficult economic times. In addition to providing these displays, money is also raised and donated to local charities.

Like many IBEW locals across the country, we expect to see our work picture gradually improve as we get closer to spring. We do have some good-sized projects coming up and more still in the bidding process. With triple digits on both book I and II, it will be a while before we see the bottom of either book.

These past few years have been a difficult time for many of our brothers and sisters. May the new year bring better times for all members and their families.

Joel Kapusta, B.A.

Work Picture Slow

L.U. 177 (bo,ees,i,mo,o&pet), JACKSONVILLE, FL—Thanks to many volunteers, Local 177 had another successful Labor Day picnic. There was good barbecue and brotherhood for all.

Local 177's Membership Development Volunteer Committee has been meeting on the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. for the last six months. Bus. Mgr.Russell Harper and our MVDC members have been attending city council meetings and monitoring the city courthouse project, which is being wired nonunion. The work picture in the Jacksonville area is currently worse than anyone around here can remember. There isn't much on the horizon presently for northeast Florida. Thanks to all the locals that are working our traveling members.

Alan Jones, Pres.

At the Local 177 Labor Day picnic, Bus. Mgr. Russell Harper takes a dip in the dunking booth.

Class of 2009

L.U. 191 (c,i,mo,rtb&st), EVERETT, WA—We are extremely proud of our 46 graduating apprentices. They all did an outstanding job. The graduation ceremony was held at the Tulalip Resort Hotel. It was an exciting evening, which began with speeches from: IBEW Local 191 Bus. Mgr. Dave Howson, Cascade Chapter NECA Exec. Mgr. Cindy Austin, and NWJATC Instructor Joe Peters. The graduates received wonderful gifts for their outstanding performances.

The top three apprentices in the class of 2009: are Philip Honeycutt, inside wireman; Dominic D'Agostini, residential wireman; and Zachary Thomas, Sound & Communications technician.

Class of 2009 graduates are as follows. Inside wireman graduates: Todd Albachten-Degolier, Ted Button, Shawn Curtis, Jordan Dovich, Justin Dugger, Whitney Gonzalez, Jack Grove, Paul Hanko, Austin Howrey, Tracy Jenks, Jeremy Knabe, Beau Hannafious, David Hansen, Brent Hockman, Philip Honeycutt, Dale Laing, Russell Lautensleger, Monte Maestas, D. Brian Magnuson, Joseph Mamac, Diana Marchel, Christopher Norde, James Odegaard, Johnathan Ohlund, Brian Pence, Jorge Perez, Ruben Perez, Jason Porter, Trevor Qualsund, Lucas Raymond, Travis Rosencrans, Dan Schmidt, Joshua Schoener, Robert Sesko, Ray Tanner, Michael Thorpe, Aleksandr Verovoy, David Vezzani, Brian Wall, Dorian Webster and Paul Weiland. Residential wireman graduates: Joshua Armstrong, Dominic D'Agostini and Kevin Kiper. Sound and Communications graduates: Zachary Thomas and Adam Townsend.

Congratulations to all the graduates. You are our future.

Rob De Velder, P.S.

Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 241 (i), ITHICA, NY—Congratulations to our class of 2009 apprentice graduates, who have become Local 241's newest journeyman wiremen. All successfully completed the inside wireman apprenticeship program. The graduates are: Kathryn Boucakis, Joshua Cooley, John Pensyl, Sean Rooker and David Swearingen.

We thank the travelers who came to work in our local over the summer months. Your help in getting jobs done was appreciated by all.

Work productively and safely.

Michael A. Creasy, P.S.

Local 241 class of 2009 apprentice graduates, from left: David Swearingen, Joshua Cooley, Kathryn Boucakis and Sean Rooker. Not pictured: John Pensyl.

Food Collection Drive

L.U. 245 (govt,lctt,o,rtb&u), TOLEDO, OH—As we reported last fall, Local 245 won an NLRB election in 2009 with the Darlington Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. This unit represents approximately 24 licensed practical nurses. At press time, we are in ongoing negotiations for a first-time contract and things are going pretty well. We should reach a settlement very soon. Congratulations to the Darlington nurses for taking the first step to secure their future wages and conditions and gain a voice in the workplace.

It was a personal privilege to witness the changing of the guard at the 2009 AFL-CIO Convention. What a historic convention! During his tenure former president John Sweeney helped pave the way for labor's continued progress under newly elected AFL-CIO Pres. Richard Trumka and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, former executive assistant to IBEW Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill.

As with many areas, we are in a severe economic downturn. The economy has affected every branch of our local union. Our major utility employer, First Energy, has downsized its work force. Recently we did hear that some work should pick up soon.

Local 245's food collection drive helped brighten the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays for area families. Thanks to all members for their contributions.

We are fortunate that we have not had any work related accidents. Please continue to work safely!

Philip LaCourse, Pres.

2009 Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 257 (em,i,rtb,rts,spa&t), JEFFERSON CITY, MO—Local 257's annual picnic was held Sept. 19, 2009. It was a good time for all ages. Years-of-service pins were awarded. We thank all members who received pins for their great years of service to the local. A special thanks to all second-year apprentices who helped out at the picnic, with guidance from Don Bruemmer and Jim Winemiller.

On Sept. 12 last year we had our Labor Day parade. It was a beautiful day. Thanks to all who turned out to support Local 257 and all who helped with the float—it was great.

Shown in the photo below are the 2009 graduating apprentices. The photo was taken at the local's graduation ceremony/dinner in their honor. Congratulations to the new journeymen.

The work picture and the economy are still slow in our central Missouri area. We definitely hope for a big turnaround in 2010. We hope everybody had a safe and happy holiday season and that the new year will bring us a much brighter work picture.

Support your local unions, so we can keep our union strong.

Ryan Buschjost, P.S.

Local 257 congratulates 2009 apprentice graduates. From left, front row, are: Justin LaValley, Kelly Baker, John Hickman, Curt Libbert, Sean Chapman, Robbie Hart; back row, Chris Vinson, Beau Cook, Matt Henning, Thomas Ballew, Daniel Murphy and Justin Crane.

Service Award Recipients

L.U. 291 (i,o,rts&rts), BOISE, ID—We hope all had a happy holiday season.

Congratulations to all service pin recipients honored at Local 291's annual picnic last summer. Special congratulations to 60-year members Bill Stith and Albert Siron Jr., and to 50-year members Arthur Castagnola, Theodore Marrone, Del Ray and Phil Stewart. Irene McMillin, now deceased, received a 55-year pin. Work is still very slow here in southwest Idaho with 248 Book 1 hands out of work. A few larger projects—Sorrento Lactalis, Boise State University Science Building, Portico, and Middleton High School—recently started staffing up, helping the situation along.

Thanks to Bro. Mark Zaleski and all the volunteers for their time donated to three Habitat for Humanity projects and the ANSER Charter School project currently underway.

We regret the passing of Bros. Ken Hubbard, Cecil Dean and Thomas Rowley. Our condolences go out to their families. We also regret the passing of the wives of Mike Wagner and Aaron, as well as the passing of Irene McMillin, who worked as secretary of our local for 37 years.

Even though many of our members are on the road, let's do the best we can to maintain contact with our local and attend our monthly meetings. Here's wishing all a successful 2010.

Ron Ely, P.S.

Mountain Ridge High Scoreboard

L.U. 307 (ees,es,i,o&u), CUMBERLAND, MD—In October 2005 Gill-Simpson began work on the new Mountain Ridge High School project in Frostburg, MD. The school was fully funded except for approximately $3 million needed to complete visitor side bleachers, scoreboards, a concession stand and rest room building, field house and other items not included in the price of the school. Various events were planned to raise money for the stadium.

On Jan. 3, 2008, IBEW Local 307 and Western Maryland Chapter of NECA donated $73,000 for purchase of the video scoreboard at Mountain Ridge Stadium. In addition they committed to the installation of the scoreboard at no additional cost to the school system. Gill-Simpson, Consolidated Electric and S&S Electric donated material and labor. Bros. Ed Crowe, George Koontz, Mike Lehman, Robert Duncan, Mark Fost and Todd Sheally volunteered to make this project a huge success.

Local 307 congratulates our new apprentices who were sworn into membership: Dustin Clayton, Travis Bradley, Shawn Miller, Stephen DeShong, William Weisenmiller, Joseph Taylor, Robert Dellone, William Carlisle and Jeremy Metz.

Jon "Rosey" Rosenberger, R.S.

Mountain Ridge High School scoreboard donated by IBEW Local 307 and Western Maryland Chapter of NECA.

Ballpark Stadium

L.U. 349 (em,i,mps,rtb,spa&u), MIAMI, FL—Some of the electrical temporary installation work for the Florida Marlin's new ballpark stadium trailer compound was awarded to one of our employers, Outlook International. As of this writing, Outlook International also was awarded the twelve 135-foot reinforced super columns that supply power and will support the new Marlin stadium's 8,300-ton retractable roof. We hope that by this publication date, the majority of the stadium work will have been awarded to our contractors.

Our annual picnic was held in October. Nice weather, lots of fun for members and kids. Some 920 members and their families showed up for the fun, food and refreshments. The Entertainment Committee outdid themselves, again. Lots of effort and planning goes into the picnic and other events during the year. The committee did a great job and we thank them.

Retired Bro. Leo Flynt, a 55-year IBEW member, passed away in October 2009. Bro. Leo served on the Local 349 Executive Board and Entertainment Committee for many years. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp, Marine Amphibious Reconnaissance, participating in campaigns on Saipan and Okinawa in the South Pacific during World War II. Bro. Leo will be missed.

Remember: Support our troops here and overseas.

Attend your union meetings. Help make your union strong. Work smart and work safe.

Frank Albury, Exec. Bd./P.S.

Apprentice Graduation Dinner

L.U. 351 (c,cs,i,it,lctt,mt,o,se,spa&t), FOLSOM, NJ—On Oct. 24, 2009, Local 351 held its 15th annual graduation dinner. Congratulations to the graduates: Donald Cosner, Bruce Crowe Jr., James D'Alessandris, John Davis, Michael DiMarco, Michael Fitzgerald, Robert Foster, Daniel Gonzalez Jr., Matthew Griffith, Timothy Ichinaga, Eric Konczyk, Frank Laspada, Michael Magilton, Steven McAleer, Christopher McFarland, Adam Meany, Matthew Moore, Matthew Neborak, Brian Olsen, Jason Olsen, Eric Ore, Anthony Pacana, David Pangia, Brandon Parkin, Travis Pearson, Scott Pezzato, Christopher Powell, Marc Principato, John Quinn Jr., Marc Raffa, Joseph Roberson, Eric Scannapieco, Daniel Scarle, Philip Smith, Robert Sneathen, Richard Thomas, Justin Toscano, Sean Unitis, Nicholas Vitola, Ryan White, Brian Wilson and Jeffrey Kosden.

Outstanding Apprentice Awards went to Michael DiMarco and Nicholas Vitola. Awards for perfect attendance went to Robert Foster, Timothy Ichinaga, Anthony Pacana and Marc Principato.

Congratulations to all the apprentices on their achievements.

Please remember to stay involved in the local and participate in our many functions throughout your career.

Daniel Cosner, P.S.

Local 351 congratulates 2009 apprentice graduating class.

Local Union Clambake

L.U. 363 (catv,em,govt,i,t,u&ws), NEW CITY, NY—On Sept. 19, 2009, we had our annual clambake at the German Masonic Lodge grounds in Tappan, NY. The local provided bus transportation to and from various areas of our jurisdiction. We had a lot of good food and of course clams on the half-shell. It was good to see retirees and brothers and sisters at the bake. It was a beautiful sunny, warm day and everybody had a great time. The local thanks the clambake committee, our training director and apprentices, contractors and supply houses, and Local 363 Bus. Mgr. John Maraia.

Timothy Poulin, P.S.

Work On the Horizon

L.U. 369 (em,es,i,lctt,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), LOUISVILLE, KY—The work picture in our jurisdiction is somewhat bleak at this juncture. With several jobs on the horizon it should improve in the near future.

The University of Louisville has several projects in the works that will result in some much needed work for our members. The university is building a new $230 million basketball arena in downtown Louisville with an opening date scheduled for next fall. There is an expansion to the existing Papa Johns football stadium that hopefully will be completed in time for the next football season. The university also is in the process of a $40 million renovation to its dental school that should take approximately two years to complete.

The Blue Grass Army Depot, a U.S. Army facility in Richmond, KY, is starting to gear up. This project will take years to complete and at its peak should employ hundreds of our members. This project has also been designated as a Code of Excellence site.

I wish everyone a safe and happy new year; hopefully 2010 will be a prosperous year for all.

John E. Morrison Jr., P.S.

IBEW Local 369 members are starting work on the University of Louisville's ne w sports arena construction project getting under way.

Union Members Rally

L.U. 375 (catv,ees&i), ALLENTOWN, PA—Last September a busload of IBEW Local 375 members attended a union-wide rally at Harrisburg, PA, to protest a proposed change to Pennsylvania's project labor agreement law. We outnumbered supporters of this bill by a margin of about 10 to 1! We must remain vigilant regarding this and other labor issues. Many thanks to all members who stepped up when called, especially on such short notice!

Last summer we hosted a breakfast honoring our retired members with the presentation of service pins for the year. Everyone had a wonderful time reminiscing together.

In October 2009 we hosted a friendly competition between IBEW Locals 375 and 743 at a clay pigeon shoot at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays. The friendly, competitive spirit shared between the two sister locals was great fun. All who attended after the meet enjoyed a pig roast and refreshments.

Please remember that we are still supporting our active duty soldiers, our fellow members deployed in the Middle East, by contributing to "Brother Boxes." Currently, Bro. Bruce Snyder is on active duty in the Middle East. We wish him well and extend our heartfelt thanks for his service to our country.

Roger D. Gaydos, P.S.

Local 375 hosts a service award breakfast for retired members.

Donation to ‘Coats for Kids'

L.U. 385 (as,catv,ees,em,es,et,fm,govt,ptc,rtb,rts,s, se&ws), PITTSBURGH, PA—At a company cookout on Sept. 25, 2009, IBEW Local 385 members in the bargaining unit at Cooper Crouse-Hinds Outlet Boxes in Meadow Lands, PA, celebrated an important safety milestone.

Their plant was among only three out of 134 Cooper plants worldwide (and the only U.S. plant) to earn the Cooper $1,500 Bi-Star Award for Safety. They earned this award not for having the best safety record in Cooper but rather to recognize the plant's outstanding achievements in improving the health and safety of employees through actions, programs and innovative solutions.

The plant's Labor-Management Safety Committee decided to reach out to families less fortunate, especially during this difficult economic period, and donate the $1,500 check on behalf of the employees of Crouse-Hinds Outlet Boxes and Cooper Industries to provide winter coats to kids this season. The $1,500 check was presented during the cookout to Major Gene Foster, of the Salvation Army, for the area "Coats for Kids" Foundation.

Special thanks to all bargaining unit members for helping to make this happen. Together we can make a difference.

Scott C. Baker Sr., Pres. & B.M./F.S.

Eco-Friendly ‘Tree of Light'

L.U. 413 (em&i), SANTA BARBARA, CA—Local 413 members decorate the 100-foot tall "Tree of Light" in Santa Barbara, CA. This latest effort marks 85th consecutive holiday season that the members of the IBEW have lit the community Christmas tree. That's a truly remarkable service record by any stretch of the imagination.

It is said that the Tree of Light can be seen from La Cumbre Peak, to ships 30 miles out at sea. But, of course, there is an associated cost for such a display. The traditional lighting design, though very bright and powerful, did not consider protecting the environment or controlling energy related costs. The traditional lighting utilized 500 40-watt incandescent lights, consuming approximately 20,000 watts of power. At today's electricity rates, that equated to approximately $29 per night to operate.

In August 2009, the members of IBEW Local 413 donated an entirely new energy efficient lighting system for the city's tree. The previous light design was replaced this season with over 3,300 eco-friendly LED lights. This new system will consume less than 200 watts and will cost about 29 cents per night to operate. That's 99 percent more energy efficient!

John Hughes, B.R.

Local 413 members donated LED lighting system and decorated the holiday Tree of Light in Santa Barbara, CA.

Apprentice Graduation Banquet

L.U. 429 (em,i,lctt,o,ptc,rtb&u), NASHVILLE, TN—The Nashville Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee held a banquet and graduation ceremony in August 2009 for the recent class of 13 apprentice graduates, who completed the five-year NEJATC training program. Congratulations to the new IBEW inside journeyman wiremen: Henry Perez, Matthew Visocky, John Wooten, Robert Huffer, James Tucker, Robert York, Shane Ferrell, Ryan Engdahl, Jason Nesbitt, Scotty West, David Day, Matthew Brown and Nicholas Prebonick.

Our work picture is still very slow but looks good for next year. Remember that TVA and other projects now require OSHA 10. We are offering a number of journeyman classes, so check Local 429's Web page www.ibew429.org.

Remember our deceased members and soldiers; honor our retirees; support our troops; and help the returning soldiers adjust.

During these hard times, remember to help each other and support your local union. Our union meetings are the first and third Monday of each month.

Gerald A. Grant, P.S.

At the NEJATC graduation banquet, some of the Local 429 apprentice graduates gather for a photo.

'Delegate of the Year'

L.U. 441 (as,i&rts), SANTA ANA, CA—On Sept. 26, 2009, Bus. Rep./Political Coordinator Doug Mangione was honored as "Delegate of the Year" by the Orange County Labor Federation at the Costa Mesa Hilton. Doug has spent tireless hours at city council meetings, board hearings, community events and political functions to help spread the voice of working families in Orange County.  Among those in attendance for the September event were AFL-CIO then-president John J. Sweeney, U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, area politicians, families and friends of labor. Local 441 is extremely proud and honored to have Doug as a spokesman for our local and the union affiliates in our county.

Local 441 then-president Ken Bock and then-vice president Howard Autrey recently retired. We thank them for their dedicated service to the local and wish them both a happy retirement. 

Richard Vasquez, B.R.

Health Care Debate

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, ID—Best wishes to Gordon "Scott" Hadley and Donald Patterson for good health in their retirements.

The health care debate continues, as of this writing in November, and hopefully the working people's needs are not completely overshadowed by insurance and pharmaceutical lobbies. What impact would we see if we didn't have to base our retirement decisions on the ability to maintain necessary health coverage? Would we see a change in our ability to compete if the playing field was leveled regarding health care costs? Unfortunately, many people are swayed by media that is not reporting news or factual information upon which to base decisions, but rather carrying out a specific agenda that has been paid for to mold opinion to a pre-conceived outcome rather than generate thoughtful debate. These very words are political in that I am trying to influence the reader to look beyond the hype and look at what goes on with the money. "Follow the money and learn the truth," as it has been said. I expect that the health care debate continues and I hope you actively participate by contacting your representatives with your priorities.

In closing, we are saddened by the passing of Ron Nugent.

Don Watters, Pres.

Circle of Lights

L.U. 481 (ees,em,i,mt,rts,s&spa), INDIANAPOLIS, IN—We thank recently retired business manager Tom O'Donnell for his hard work and dedicated service throughout his career. We wish Bro. O'Donnell all the best in retirement and the best of luck in his new endeavors. Jason Haltom was appointed business manager to fill the unexpired term and is ready to lead and serve our members. Kevin Marshall was appointed treasurer to fill the post vacated by Jason.

The annual Labor Day parade was Sat., Sept. 5, 2009. Members and their families marched together with all the trades in central Indiana to show their solidarity. We had a good turnout and want it to continue to grow.

Local 481 is in its 47th year of volunteering for the Circle of Lights. What a great way to be seen in our community and help give back. This Thanksgiving weekend tradition is a special way to kick off the holiday season for Indianapolis. Thank you to all the volunteers and retirees, who always make it look so easy.

As the New Year is upon us, we hope 2010 is a prosperous year for all.

Jonathon Hooker, R.S.

Kudos for Excellence

L.U. 483 (catv,lctt,o&u), TACOMA, WA—Congratulations to IBEW Local 483 member Amy Middleton, who is this year's recipient of the Dan Ross Award. Amy is not only an active member of IBEW Local 483, but also a founding member of our Relay for Life team, a shop steward, bargaining team member and Brotherhood Fund board member. Cheers to Amy!

Big congratulations also to IBEW Local 483 members Kevin Kelley and Ray Leske, who are the 2009 Washington State Pole Top Rescue champs! Kevin and Ray have competed in this competition for years and have finally achieved a well-deserved first place finish this year at the Governor's Safety Conference, beating out seven other teams from across the state for the coveted title.

Alice Phillips, B.M.

Local 483 Bus. Mgr. Alice Phillips (left) and Pres. Mike Shook (right) congratulate award recipient Amy Middleton.

Tribute to Service

L.U. 503 (t&u), MONROE, NY—Happy new year, brothers and sisters! I'll start this year off with good news about one of our injured members.  First-class lineman Steve Altieri is finally home from the hospital! He's doing well and happy to be home.

On a bittersweet note, a fond farewell goes out to Local 503's treasurer and longtime shop steward, Joe Hosking. After 37 years of service, Joe is throwing his hat into the retirement ring!

Joe started his career in 1972 as a third-class lineman and progressed through the ranks until Underground Line was formed in 1974, where he remained until his retirement. He served as steward for nearly 30 years and as treasurer for almost 10 years. Joe says his retirement will be enjoyed with his wife, Nancy, and their family. He will continue running his family farm and will also continue to serve as Town Justice of Otisville and Mount Hope, NY, as he has for the past 24 years.

We all thank Joe for his hard work and dedication to Local 503. All the best of health and happiness in your retirement, Joe!

Mary M. Casey, P.S.

ITT Industries Contract Ratified

L.U. 543 (mo&t), SAN BERNARDINO, CA—I wish to personally thank Local 543's negotiating team members who dedicated many hours to ensuring that we properly represented our members at NASA's Deep Space Network facility located on the U.S. Army's National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, CA. Congratulations for a job well-done to members Scott Heck, Geoff Hewitt, Sandi Irby, Mike Lucero, Mark Chen, Dave Clark, Jeff LaGrange, Frank King, Larry Schrader and Seymour Unpingco. The negotiating team developed a survey and instructed our members to prioritize our mission to be accomplished during negotiations.

We separated our non-economic changes from our economic issues and presented them separately to the company, ITT Industries. This team was prepared with financial spreadsheets, data, and the justifications that supported our requests and presented them to the company via a formal presentation using a projector and screen. We controlled the negotiating process by focusing on our non-economic tentative agreement, which was signed and set aside, and then we proceeded with our economic proposal.

We negotiated a five-year collective bargaining agreement with a 13 percent raise, a 5 percent reduction of monthly medical premiums, the IBEW/NECA medical insurance, emergency response team bonus, and mid-shift and maintenance & operation differential increases.

Jerry Koger, B.M.

Local 543 members maintain NASA's 70-meter deep space communications antenna.

Sonoma Village Project

L.U. 551 (c,i&st), SANTA ROSA, CA—After more than two years of negotiations with many groups in the North Bay, Codding Enterprises agreed to comply with living wage ordinances and "union neutrality" on hiring, at the Sonoma Mountain Village.

This community being developed by Codding Enterprises on more than 200 acres in Rohnert Park will be the first in North America and the fourth in the world to be endorsed by One Planet Communities, which enables the entire community to live within a sensitive ecological footprint. The $1 billion sustainable, mixed-use community calls for 1,900 homes and will be the largest development in Sonoma County. Local 551 Bus. Mgr. Jack Buckhorn was a big part in making this "Community Benefits Agreement" a reality.

Check out IBEW Local 551's Web site www.ibewlocal551.org, where the business manager sends out daily happenings on Twitter.

We are training our journeyman wiremen in state-of-the-art solar technology. Photovoltaic design and installation classes are now being offered. Participants who complete the 48-hour course receive credit toward state certification requirements. Check out the Local 551 Web site for details.

We hope everyone had a happy holiday.

Denise D. Soza, BR./P.S.

Rally at State Capitol

L.U. 557 (i,mt,rts&spa), SAGINAW, MI—The message was loud and clear on the steps of the state Capitol in Lansing, MI, on Oct. 6, 2009. Put us to work! For more than two years the state legislature has held up what would be two outstanding projects for this area. The projects in question: two clean coal-burning power plants, totaling over $3 billion worth of construction. Approximately 3,000 construction workers, from all across the state, came together to show their support for the two projects. The projects have bipartisan support from both the House and Senate in Michigan, but have one last obstacle: the governor. With Saginaw and the state of Michigan seeing the highest unemployment rates ever, it would be a huge boost to surrounding communities to have these projects get underway, and soon.

Members attending the rally were treated to speeches from many friends of labor. With so much support for the projects and so much turmoil in Michigan's economy, it is a wonder how things are not moving forward. The clock is ticking. Soon some of the permits that are in place for these jobs will expire and the approval process will have to start over again. The rally was necessary in order to put pressure on our local governments before it is too late.

Evan Allardyce, P.S.

Project Stabilization Agreement

L.U. 569 (i,mar,mt,rts&spa), SAN DIEGO, CA—On May 27, 2009, the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education agreed to a Project Stabilization Agreement with the $2.1 billion Prop S Construction Bond. The PSA went into effect on Oct. 27, 2009.

IBEW Local 569 members led the fight and eventual victory of the PSA. Our members showed up by the hundreds at these board meetings, some participating with heartfelt speeches about the superior training and many benefits of having a union construction career.

I had the pleasure of being on hand to hear Board of Education Chair Shelia Jackson—through the exterior loudspeakers at the capacity-filled auditorium—announce that the PSA had passed.

The celebratory atmosphere, with hundreds of union members cheering, was fantastic. Thanks go to SDUSD Pres. Shelia Jackson, Richard Barrera and Dr. John Lee Evans for enduring the massive campaign for and against the PSA, and for doing the right thing for thousands of union workers. Congratulations to all the community, environmental and faith groups; elected officials; and our local members who came out in support of this historic agreement.

Nicholas J. Segura Jr., P.S.

Some 300 IBEW electricians turned out to support the San Diego School Board's vote to enter into a Project Stabilization Agreement.

Training Agreement with DOE Lab

L.U. 595 (c,govt,i&st), DUBLIN, CA—An exciting new training partnership was launched Oct, 27, 2009, with the signing of a training agreement between Local 595, NECA, our JATC, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

With this agreement, Local 595 apprentices will be dispatched to the U.S. Department of Energy Berkeley Lab for training and work experience. "The idea of a partnership between Berkeley Lab and the JATC emerged from the recognition of the growing importance of green technology and science, and the need to train the future work force to contribute to the local community with employment," said Bus. Mgr. Victor Uno, announcing the partnership at a press conference.

At a recent membership meeting Local 595 recognized 18 recipients of our annual Thomas J. Sweeney Scholarship grants, named in honor of our past business manager. Apprentice and College Grant winners were: Suzanne Anderson, Joshua Edwards, Megan Farro, Anthony Guerrero, Christina Lau, Eric Murray, Amanda Owyoung and Alexandra Sheffield. Graduating High School Student Scholarship recipients were: Andrew Guilford, Karlie Hayes, Alanah Joseph, Gabrielle Koizumi, Torrie Lewis, Maiyah Matsumura, Julious Orejudos, Sophia Real, Benjamin Stoakes and Chantel Wiederholt.

We mourn the passing of a great electrician and union advocate, Ingrid Harder. Ingrid was a graduate of our apprenticeship, a well-respected wireman, a steward, a teacher and a JATC committee member, who was taken from us way too young. Our hearts go out to her family at this difficult time.

Tom Mullarkey, B.R.

Among those gathered for signing of the Berkeley Lab apprenticeship training agreement are, front row, from left: Byron Benton, JATC training facility director; Don Campbell, executive director, Northern California Chapter of NECA; IBEW Local 595 Bus. Mgr. Victor Uno; and Jennifer Ridgeway, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's facilities division director.

JATC Training Director

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Congratulations to Local 611's newest journeyman wiremen. The recent apprentice graduates are: Eliberto Calderon, Ray Cantrell Jr., Brian Chavez, Levi Cortez, Christopher Darley, Phillip Dillard, Ronald Ferguson, Martin Garcia, Joseph Garcia Jr., Raul Gonzalez, James Granger, Jared Hanes, Adam Jaramillo, Alex Jaureguiberry, Sherry Mouton, Ryan Phillips, Mario Saavedra, Steven Solis, Christopher Sweeney, Nathan Tinker, Alexander Ukestine and Aaron Yatsattie. This year's outstanding apprentice was Aaron Yatsattie. The C.S. Mitchell Award went to William Rigo. Congratulations to all.

After several years of serving as our JATC training director, Dean Dopson has decided to retire. Thanks, Dean, for all your years of service to the local. Taking over for Dean will be Charles "Hank" Humiston. Hank has been involved with JATC for many years and will do an outstanding job as the new training director.

The local recently elected two new E-Board members: Alan Shepherd and Pete Trujillo. Congratulations, guys, and good luck.

Local 611 extends condolences to the families of members who recently passed away: Max L. Quintana, Lawrence F. Reyos, Martin J. Petersen and Kyle A. Spreacker.

Darrell Blair, P.S.

Local 611 congratulates JATC apprentice graduating class.

Advanced Lighting Controls Training

L.U. 617 (c,i,mo&st), SAN MATEO, CA—In recent city and county elections, 37 of our 49 endorsed candidates were elected and will soon join incumbents in voting on issues important to working families. New housing developments, hospitals, and project labor agreements are in San Mateo County's future. Thanks to all the Local 617 members who participated in the extensive phone banking and precinct walks. You've made the difference once again!

The San Mateo JATC leads the Bay Area as one of only two training centers in the state of California to offer training in Advanced Lighting Controls. Thanks to the untiring efforts of Training Dir. Kathleen Barber and Instructor Ranee Davall, trainees are provided with a detailed examination of a multitude of lighting control devices and state-of-the-art labs for hands-on instruction. This program is designed to prepare journeymen and apprentices to secure the work that will be generated by the state Public Utilities Commission mandated reduction in energy consumption in California by 1 billion kilowatts by 2020.

Bro. Wayne K. Thomas passed away Nov. 2, 2009. Bro. Thomas served as Local 617's business manager from 1971 until 1986, when he retired. We appreciate his years of distinguished service, and keep his family in our thoughts and prayers.

Dan Pasini, V.P.

Local 617's inaugural Advanced Lighting Controls journeyman upgrade class gathers for a photo.

Update at Year's End

L.U. 625 (ees,em,i,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA—2009 was a slow year work wise, both locally and across the country. At this writing, we have 450 members unemployed and only 30 members travelling for work with other Canadian locals. Thank you to Locals 586, Ottawa; 1687, Sudbury; 529, Saskatoon; and 424, Edmonton for the calls for manpower.

As of this writing, we have only four retirements to report so far in 2009: Bros. John Doyle, James Williams, James Wentzell and Phil Wallace.

With great sadness I report the passing of several members: Bros. Robert Blackadar, Kevin Challenger, Wayne Coyle, Claude Langley and Harold Davis. Our condolences to their families.

As of press time, 28 members had achieved their Red Seal Journeyperson status in 2009. Two more classes will have concluded before the end of 2009. Congratulations to Morgan Hodder and William Pashkoski for becoming journeypersons in August 2009, and Joseph McCarthy in November 2009.

Another four units are just being completed for Habitat for Humanity. Special thanks to our Membership Development representative, Bro. Barnaby McHarg, for his time and effort coordinating volunteers and materials to see this project through to completion. Also thank you to members who gave their time and skills to make this happen for four more families just in time for winter.

Tom Griffiths, Pres.

Ohio State Conference

L.U. 683 (em&i), COLUMBUS, OH—The 51st Annual 25-Year Club Dinner-Dance was held Oct. 2, 2009, at Villa Milano. The newest club members are: Mario Balzano, Edward Cutler, Larry Cutler, Chris Daubitz, Shelley Fravel, Larry Jones, Ted Manos, Norman Mucci, Tim Novotni, Tom Rathbun, John Sapp Jr., Bob Stansberry, Tim Strawn and Robert Truelove. Congratulations to all pin recipients and especially the 60-year members: Ralph Bickel, Joe Donovan, Bill Harris, Jack Maurey, Dale Metcalf, Emmit Stephenson and Robert Trowbridge.

Local 683 hosted the Ohio State Conference of the IBEW on Oct. 9, 2009, at the Crowne Plaza North. Speakers were: Joe Rugola, Ohio AFL-CIO president; Ohio Attorney Gen. Richard Cordray; Ohio state Rep. Vernon Sykes (44th Dist.); IBEW Utility Dept. Dir. Jim Hunter; Jennifer Garrison, candidate for Ohio Secretary of State; and IBEW 4th District Int. Vice Pres. Salvatore "Sam" Chilia. All Ohio locals were well-represented at the meeting.

Thanks to all who participated in the blood drive held Oct. 22, 2009, at the Apprentice Training Center. Job well-done by "Chief" Dan George and Dave Swackhamer.

We extend condolences to the families of our recently deceased members James Gallagher, James Binkley and Marc Levison.

Rick Deime, V.P./P.S.

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray addresses the Ohio State Conference of the IBEW.

A Union Career of Service

L.U. 773 (as,em,i,mo&o), WINDSOR, ONTARIO, CANADA—Greetings from Local 773. I'd like to dedicate a portion of this article to former business manager, Bro. Neil McLean, who passed away last year. Neal served in World War II and saw active duty in Italy and France. He was initiated into IBEW Local 773 in 1947. He served as business manager/financial secretary from 1974-1980. Neal was a great guy who headed up the local through some very difficult times. You could always talk to Neil; he was a passionate man and had a great demeanor about him. Neil retired in May 1987 and passed away Sept. 19, 2009. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

The work picture in Local 773 is very slow presently; however, some wind farm projects that we have in our jurisdiction will staff up in the spring. We thank the locals that put Local 773 members to work last year. The calls for manpower were very much appreciated. Thank you.

We wish everyone a successful and healthy 2010.

David Spencer, P.S.

Volunteers Assist Organizers

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL—Local 915 rallied the membership to help volunteer with the Fifth District international organizers as well as the field organizers of Florida and local unions to reach out to workers who once showed an interest in our union. These were people who either attended one of our industry nights or were contacted on jobsites. Our goal was to contact them to remind them that the IBEW is still here and we are still interested in having them joining our ranks.

We had 22 volunteers help with the phone banking and home visits. These volunteers helped the locals' organizers contact a large list of people in our area. Lindey Wooten received special recognition for volunteering all four days. Harry Platt, Jennifer Warbar, Karen Hill and Louis Matos donated two days.
Additional volunteers included: Bart Gilkes, Bob Adams, Caleb Bretbach, Demetrius Green, Donald Dever, Eugene Swisher, Graham Hadley, Gregg Roberson, Jeff Davis, Larry Johnson, Mark Teague, Michael Dearden, Mike Buhr, Pete Dorizas, Rob Ray, Theresa King and Tyler Morrow.

Local 915 thanks these members for going the extra mile to help grow our membership for the future.

Theresa King, P.S.

Tampa, FL, Local 915 volunteers assist IBEW organizing effort. From left, back row, are: Local 915 Pres. Randall King, Mike Buhr, Jeff Davis, Bob Adams, Eugene Swisher, Theresa King, Lindey Wooten, Tyler Morrow, Organizer Jon Dehmel; front row, kneeling, Michael Dearden, Louis Matos, Jennifer Warbar, Karen Hill and Harry Platt.

COPE Drive

L.U. 1049 (lctt,o,u&uow), LONG ISLAND, NY—We recently welcomed Long Island Power Authority's senior vice president of operations, Mike Hervee, to our October 2009 general meeting. Mike expressed his gratitude and praised the Local 1049 work force for their hard work and dedication in maintaining the transmission and distribution system. Mike also discussed LIPA's recent decision not to exercise its right to purchase the Barrett Generating Station, the renewal of and the bidding process of the Maintenance Services Agreement, which expires in 2013. Going forward he made a commitment to keep our leadership involved and to strongly consider our interests as LIPA continues its self-evaluation process.

Several months ago our Governmental Affairs Committee started a COPE drive. More than 700 members are now participating in COPE. Bus. Mgr. Robert Shand and the Governmental Affairs Committee thank the 200 members who either registered for the first time or increased their contributions.

As of this writing, we are beginning negotiations for our members who work in the Line Clearance Tree Trim Division. Prior to commencement of negotiations, the main Negotiating Committee met, surveys were sent out, and a membership information meeting was held.

Bus. Mg. Shand and the main committee are cautiously optimistic that they will bring to the members a new contract which will be ratified by the members.

Thomas J. Dowling, R.S.

Stetson II Wind Farm

L.U. 1253 (i), AUGUSTA, ME—Our local held its annual family picnic in Canaan, ME, on Sept. 12, 2009, with a large turnout in attendance. There were raffles and prizes, miscellaneous IBEW items for sale, music by a DJ and fun for all. The food served was outstanding—thanks to the cooks and the fourth-year JATC class! Also, a wellness clinic offered free blood pressure and cholesterol screening. Some service pins were presented as well.

We are pleased to welcome Northline Utilities as a signatory contractor. We've begun work at the Stetson II Wind Farm and are looking forward to many years of working together.

The Maine AFL-CIO Convention was held in Bangor on Oct. 22–23, 2009. State AFL-CIO Pres. Ed Gorham announced his retirement and will be greatly missed for his many years of service. Congratulations to our sister Local 567's Allan Shepard, who was elected as Maine AFL-CIO secretary- treasurer.

Maria Duffy of the U.S. Department of Labor's Philadelphia Wage and Hour Division presented a Davis Bacon Wage Survey seminar in Augusta on Nov. 4, 2009, sponsored by the Building and Construction Trades Council.

William Gifford, P.S.

Local 1253 retirees gather for a photo at the local's 2009 family picnic. From left, front row, are: Earl Wallace, Dick Neville; center row, Harold Casey, Ray Ayer; and back row, Reggie Dumont, Dave Hinckley, Don Dupont, Sid Dupont, Bill Gifford, Gary Bellefleur, Mike Dumont and Norm Rodrigue.

Kudos to Retirees & Volunteers

L.U. 1307 (u), SALISBURY, MD—We congratulate Local 1307 retirees Larry Fisher, Eugene McNair and Jo Anne Lank.

Bro. Fisher started at Delmarva Power in 1968 and worked at the Vienna and Indian River Power Plants. His posts included power plant machinist, qualified electrician and maintenance operator. Larry retired in March 2009 from NRG, which now owns the power plants. He was a Local 1307 E-Board member, steward and negotiating committee member.

Bro. McNair began at Delmarva Power at Indian River Power Plant in 1974. His positions included plant equipment operator, control room operator and power plant machinist. He retired from NRG as a qualified machinist in February 2009.

Sister Lank started at Delmarva Power as a cashier in 1977. She held clerical positions in the Salisbury District, at Indian River Power Plant and in Harrington District. She retired from NRG as a senior clerical associate in April 2009.

Recently, IBEW members at NRG Indian River Power Plant contacted the town of Millsboro, DE, and volunteered to perform a community service. The Cupola Park needed mulch around the playground area, so our members accepted the challenge. NRG provided the mulch and 10 members of Local 1307 volunteered for the work. Union volunteers were: Jimmy Andrie, Jim Ricci, Desiree Moore, James Hummer, Kevin Parson, Andrew Steen, Michael Moore, Andy Genga, Toni James and Deanna Frazier.

E.D. Sparks, F.S.

Local 1307 members from Indian River Power Plant volunteer to make improvements at a town park in Millsboro, DE.

Annual Lineman's Rodeo

L.U. 1439 (u), ST. LOUIS, MO—The 26th Annual Lineman's Rodeo in Bonner Springs, KS, was the place to be on Oct. 17, 2009, when the Local 1439 Construction Team took first place. On the team were: journeymen Jorden Drummond, Ted Walsh, Jeff Fleming and alternate Kris Covert. Also, Local 1439 then-apprentices David Kearns and Mike Myers (both of whom are now journeymen) took second and third place, respectively. Big thanks to the union hall, the stewards and apprentice advisors and trainers for being such great teachers and mentors to those up and coming.

Don't forget your out-of-work brothers and sisters in IBEW locals. Contact your union office for details on how you can help.

Ken Carroll, P.S.

Assembled at the 2009 Lineman's Rodeo in Bonner Springs, KS, are, from left: IBEW Int. Reps. Richard Michel and Mark Hagar; Local 1439 member David Kearns; Eleventh District Int. Vice Pres. Curtis E. Henke; Local 1439 member Mike Myers; Apprentice Advisor Marty Politte; Trainer Ted Howle; Local 1439 Pres. Billy Howle; Local 1439 members John Farris, Ted Walsh, Jeff Fleming, Kris Covert and Jorden Drummond.

Team Analex Contract

L.U. 1501 (ees,em,mo,pet,rts&t), BALTIMORE, MD—We negotiated a new five-year contract with Team Analex (Qinetiq North America and Jackson & Tull).

We thank the negotiating committee of Bob Denhardt, Fred Richards, Robert Taminelli, Neil Becker, Jason Strawhorn, Delany Burkhart, John Phillips and Bus. Mgr. Dion Guthrie.

The negotiated agreement provides a 4 percent wage increase for each year of the contract. The agreement also features a number of new language changes on seniority, transfers and job bidding. Additionally, it includes improvements in health benefits. With the fact that the average increase nationwide is 2.8 percent and the cost of living increase this year is 0.09 percent, this is an outstanding settlement. We appreciate all the work of the negotiating committee and the long hours they put in; it has paid off in a job well-done.

Thomas Rostkowski, R.S.

Local 1501 members working at Goddard Space Flight Center for Team Analex wear their Local 1501-2 "We Are a Team" shirts to show their unity.

Safety Record Strong

L.U. 1523 (u), WICHITA, KS—We had a safe year. Our safety record is going strong. Westar Energy saw a 37 percent reduction in employee injuries from 2007 to 2008. Additionally, as of this writing, another 48 percent reduction in injuries was realized from 2008 to 2009. These gains are based on total company employees, including members from two different IBEW locals.

We had nine major off property storms, in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Iowa and Missouri and several major storms in the Westar Energy service area. Through all of this, Local 523 members had no injuries.
Labor and management are involved in several joint committees working together on safety, job hazards and training to improve the work environment. With cooperation and collaboration between Local 1523 and Westar Energy, we will have a safe work culture.

The second lineman-apprentice school class started in October 2009. Kyle Hazelwood, a Network journeyman, was from the first class and was selected to fill one of the apprentice lineman vacancies in the line department. The school is going well and is successful in bringing out the attributes needed to become a lineman apprentice. Congratulations, Kyle.

Our Pres. Russ Whitley and Vice Pres. Darrel Wilson attended the Negotiation Training Institute in Dallas last November. Thank you, guys, for your service to our union.

Candy C. Cruz-Dodd, P.S.

Jobs for IBEW

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA—The accompanying photo was taken just outside a major project near Augusta. There are many projects in Georgia that are going to out-of-state, nonunion contractors. Local 1579's jurisdiction covers 12 counties in Georgia and five counties in South Carolina.

The current unemployment rate in Georgia is 10.1 percent and the South Carolina rate is even worse at 11.6 percent. This number could be reduced if this work went to local contractors that hire local people.
In order for this work to go to IBEW members, we all have to take the time to do work that does not pay. This work involves writing letters to politicians, participating in demonstrations and electing working family friendly candidates.

When you see your local union business manager, assistant business manager, president and organizer standing on the side of the road with a sign in their hands, stop and help them out. The rewards will be great.

Local 1579 recently held a pinning ceremony. We presented service award pins to 154 members eligible for 65-year pins to 5-year pins. Congratulations and thank-you to all awardees for their many years of IBEW service.

Until next time, God bless.

Will Salters, A.B.M.

Augusta, GA, Local 1579 Bus. Mgr. Ken Ward (left), Asst. Bus. Mgr. Will Salters and Pres. Raymond Hawkinberry display signs at a union demonstration on jobs.

‘Extreme Home Makeover'

L.U. 1701 (catv,ees,i,o&u), OWENSBORO, KY—The Executive Board appointed the following to the Examining Board: Joe Fulkerson, Joe Brown, Tom Brown and Tim Howard. Their terms will run until the next local union election. The board gave the JW exam in October 2009 to Shane Booker, and Chmn. Joe Fulkerson reports he passed the exam.

Local 1701 performed electrical work for an Extreme Home Makeover project, aired on ABC-TV on Nov. 1, 2009. Bro. Travis Thompson oversaw the project for the IBEW and the following members also volunteered: Mike Buskill, David Carrico, Andy Daniel, Brent Ebelhar, Brett Hermann, Ashley Payne, Robert Pillow, Tim Therber and Jim Weakley. Retired Bros. John Bethel, Mike Buskill and Jim Weakley also volunteer their time for Habitat for Humanity. Thanks, brothers, for a job well-done.

Bus. Mgr. Gary Osborne reports that Downs Electric will team with Beltline Electric from Owensboro on a new hospital in Owensboro. This project should be under way by the second quarter of 2010.

Local 1701 had a good turnout at the Labor Day picnic. We thank all who attended.

The JATC purchased a training center building on Ewing Road in Owensboro, and renovations will begin soon. We thank Asst. Bus. Agent/JATC Sec. Larry Boswell and the committee, who worked diligently to accomplish this task.

Remember union meetings held the third Monday of each month.

Tim Blandford, P.S.

Local 1701 members volunteer for ABC-TV's Extreme Home Makeover project in Maceo, KY. From left are: Ashley Payne, Mike Buskill, Brent Ebelhar and David Carrico.

Service to Country

L.U. 1739 (i&o), BARRIE, ONTARIO, CANADA—Fourth-term apprentice Grant Kemster has taken a temporary leave from his electrical apprenticeship. Grant is a reservist with the Canadian Armed Forces and is currently training for his first tour of duty in Afghanistan next spring. Our local is very proud of Grant and his service to our country. From all of your brothers and sisters in Local 1739—we say thank you, Grant.

Frank Kastle, P.S.

Barrie, Ontario, Local 1739 recognizes apprentice Grant Kemster, serving in the military.

IBEW Lifesaving Award

L.U. 2273 (rr), ALTOONA, PA—On May 26, 2009, at the Norfolk Southern Juniata Locomotive Shop, a near-fatal accident was curtailed.

Local 2273 Bro. Kevin Hanlin, an electrician of 33 years, received an electrical shock while performing his work. He fell to the floor with burns on both hands and the electrical shock stopping his heart. Machinist Robert Stoltz (IAM Local 1639) came to the rescue.

Local 2273 electrician Eric Cover and Stoltz performed CPR until Local 2273 electrician Jess Hall arrived with an automated external defibrillator. Local 2273 electrician Jim Little called 911 for EMS. Stoltz and Cover began the process to shock Hanlin with the AED. Hanlin responded and began breathing on his own. A life was saved.

Bro. Hanlin is recovering from this ordeal and was on hand with other members of his local for an awards presentation dinner for Stoltz and Cover. IBEW Lifesaving Awards signed by Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill and Int. Sec. Treas. Lindell K. Lee were presented Oct. 17. Local 2273 thanks Int. Pres. Hill and Int. Sec.-Treas. Lee, as well as Third District Int. Vice Pres. Donald C. Siegel, for his efforts to secure the award.

Local 2273 also thanks state Rep. Rick Geist and the Pennsylvania General Assembly for Citation Awards presented to Stoltz and Cover.

Don A. Rabenstein, V.P.

Attending IBEW Local 2273 Lifesaving Awards presentation dinner are, from left: Local 2273 Vice Pres. Don Rabenstein, Local 2273 members Eric Cover and Kevin Hanlin, IAM Local 1639 member Robert Stoltz and Local 2273 Pres. Ken Kumpf.