April 2010

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St. Patrick's Day Parade

L.U. 6 (c,i,st&u), SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Local 6 is preparing its annual entry for the St. Patrick's Day parade. Parade committee co-chairs Lou Sullivan and Brendan Greene are working with volunteers and liaison Jeff Phillips to organize and build a triple-faceted entry including a float, a marching contingent of our membership, and a motorized cable car for our retired members.

Work in the jurisdiction is still slow. Apprentice furloughing administered by training director Steve Powers and assistant Tom Lauchenauer has been very successful in helping apprentices share the work. A reduced four-day work week has been instituted to help journeymen share the available work. A great deal of the planned development in our jurisdiction has been stalled as a result of the financial crisis and the banking industries' failure to lend. Hopefully the Obama administration's focus on job creation will inspire Congress to enact a second round of stimulus to rehabilitate our aging infrastructure and get America back to work.

Phil A. Farrelly, Pres.

Standing Up for Jobs

L.U. 8 (as,em,i,mar,mt,rts,s&spa), TOLEDO, OH—Work in our area is still a bit slow, but we're grateful in these tough times to have a little movement on the book. There are a few good-size projects coming our way, but not until later this year. There should be some good school work coming to the Sylvania area, thanks to our members and the Building Trades members who attended school board meetings and helped turn around work that would have otherwise gone nonunion.

Please keep in mind the Home Depot boycott. Let all your friends and family know how the company is doing bad business in our area. The more people who participate in the boycott, the better we get our point across to the people in charge. Let's send them a message that northwest Ohio is no place to bring out-of-towners to do our work. With that in mind, spend your locally earned money locally with businesses that support us with jobs.

Ben "Red" Tackett, P.S.
Jim Kozlowski, B.M.

Value of IBEW Construction

L.U. 16 (i), EVANSVILLE, IN—Members of Local 16 donated their skills to make the 16th annual Ritzy's Fantasy of Lights possible again last year. The 2009 show featured 61 holiday-themed displays, including reindeer, Santas, dancing bears, toy soldiers, etc. With a new emphasis on energy conservation at the IBEW-NECA sponsored display, the installation went "green" with LED lamps powered from a portable trailer that provided both solar and wind-generated electricity. This lowered the wattage from 11,500 to 805. Funds raised benefited rehabilitation services for handicapped children and needy adults.

A $9,573,669 electrical project recently was awarded to a local signatory contractor. Some of the reasons the job went fair included drug testing, excellent apprentice training and rigorous journeyman licensing. Unfortunately, this might still not have been enough had it not been for the diligent efforts of the local's leadership to clarify the value of IBEW construction. They advanced the cause of quality construction in our area.

Donald P. Beavin, P.S.

‘Polar Bear Plunge 2010'

L.U. 24 (es,i&spa), BALTIMORE, MD—I am extremely proud of one of Local 24's latest endeavors. On Sat., Jan. 30, we joined thousands of others for the Special Olympics Maryland Polar Bear Plunge. This is a fundraising event where people sponsor participants to jump into the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The Polar Bear Plunge is held at Sandy Point Park, MD, located at the western end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Local 24 has had members participate in the past, but this is the first year we formed a Local 24 team. Our team is now at 39 members strong and growing. We raised more than $16,000.

Approximately 25,000 people participated in the event—and 15,000 went into the 18 degree water (7 degree wind chill). More than $3 million total was raised. We hope to grow our team and contributions year to year. Thank you to all who participated (plungers, sponsors and cheerleaders). It was a great event for a great cause.

Gary R. Griffin, B.M.

IBEW Local 24 team gathers for the 2010 Special Olympics Maryland Polar Bear Plunge.

Spring Golf Outing

L.U. 26 (ees,em,es,govt,i&mt), WASHINGTON, DC—Preparations have begun for our spring golf outing and our picnic is on the horizon as well! The golf outing will be Monday, June 14. Send in your registration as soon as possible! It can be found in the quarterly magazine or you can download it from our Web site, www.ibewlocal26.org. The local's picnic will be Sat., Aug. 7. Mark your calendars and join the fun!

The Local 26 Scholarship Committee is reviewing the many scholarship applications and will make a decision soon for this year's two recipients. Thanks to all the outstanding applicants for their participation.

Please be sure the Finance Office has your correct address since elections for your local union officers will take place in June. Ballots will be mailed to your home address.

We mourn the recent death of several members: Richard K. Sams, William D. Godfrey, Robert E. Goldsmith, Richard E. Hardin, Vincent E. Hawkins, Mark W. Gingrich, Jeffrey L. Kaufman, Gaylord W. Cochran, Christopher G. Pilkerton, Philip W. Spelta and Allen C. Warf.

Best wishes to recent new retirees: Gary L. McKinney, Glenn J. Murray, Byoung H. Bhak, Fletcher A. Smith and Granville X. Walker.

Charles E. Graham, B.M.

Appreciation to Retirees

L.U. 32 (i&u), LIMA, OH—Retired members were invited to a Dec. 16, 2009, Christmas luncheon by the local membership. The membership wanted to express appreciation to the retirees for the good job they have done over the years promoting the IBEW, creating and maintaining a good image of our union with the customers and communities in the jurisdiction. It is the retirees' hard work and dedication that helped build the reputation and strong foundation on which the IBEW is built. The retirees are the reason we have jobs today, and it is also up to us to continue the tradition for the future of the IBEW.

We also wish a happy retirement to the following members: Louis Boughan, Len Meyer, Jerry A. McClure and Gary Bias. We thank them for their longtime, dedicated service. The Local 32 Retirees Club meets on the second Wednesday of every month, 2 p.m. at the Local 32 union hall.

Our December 2009 union meeting was well-attended; pizza was provided and presents were given away. At this writing, the work situation is as slow as it has been in a long time. Code of Excellence and journeyman education classes are being scheduled for 2010.

Jerry Dickrede, B.M.
Doug Beining, P.S.

Retirees attend IBEW Local 32's Christmas luncheon. Front row, from left: Jim Reynolds, William McKnight, Retirees Club Pres. Cloyne Stouffer, Larry Thomas, Jim Hoskins; back row, Gary Bias, Boyd Arnold, Cynce Cooper, Tom Overly, Tim Martin, Mike Bockey and Jerry Fraber.

Upcoming Projects

L.U. 38 (i), CLEVELAND, OH—Good news was announced regarding several upcoming projects in our area. [See pg. 5.] Huron Hospital, which is part of the Cleveland Clinic, announced plans to expand at its property along Euclid Avenue in East Cleveland with a $20 - $30 million addition. Zenith Electric was recently awarded the new Center for Emergency Medicine ­The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland announced plans to construct a new $29 million building at University Circle.

Ground was broken at the new $100 million Veterans Administration complex and we should have members working on-site soon. Pre-bid meetings were held for the $300 million East Bank Flats job on the Cuyahoga River and the developers anticipate starting work in May.

Members are reminded to help themselves and help the local become stronger by upgrading their skills and enrolling in the free journeyman classes held at the JATC. Having the skills and certifications, such as a fire alarm license, temperature control, motor control, welding and OSHA 10 and 30, increases your employment opportunities.

Dennis Meaney, A.B.M.

A crew of IBEW members from Locals 38 and 306 are working for Didado Electric on the new Cleveland State University student housing project. CSU continues to expand its downtown campus, providing job opportunities for the membership.

EWMC National Conference

L.U. 48 (c,em,i,rtb,rts&st), PORTLAND, OR—IBEW Local 48 was proud to host the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus 20th National Conference, which took place over the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day national holiday weekend. The conference was held Jan. 14 - 17 at the historic Benson Hotel. The theme was "The Courage to Lead - The Power to Make a Difference."

Local 48 Bus. Mgr. Clif Davis, Pres. Eric Hayes, officers and members were truly honored that Portland was chosen as the site for the 2010 conference.

IBEW members traveled from across the United States to attend the EWMC conference and provide volunteer service. The City of Portland received more than 200 volunteers, who provided 1,200 hours of service in various Portland area communities. Volunteers worked at food banks, provided repair work at treatment centers, installed electrical service at a community church, performed electrical repairs for low income and disabled senior homeowners, and much more. The volunteers also donated cell phones for local domestic violence support.

The delegates attended leadership workshops and received information about the green electrical industry. Guest speakers included U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and Portland Mayor Sam Adams.

The primary goal of the EWMC is to promote and develop leadership of minorities in the IBEW. Local 48 has supported and embraced the EWMC since 1991.

Bob Blair, P.S.

Rockfish Tournament Benefit

L.U. 50 (u), RICHMOND, VA—Congratulations and special thanks to Doug Williams, Ray Cassidy, Bill Peeples, Sharon Herring, IBEW Local 50, Virginia Natural Gas, Nancy Cobb from Cobb's Marina, and all those who participated in the 6th Annual Rockfish Tournament held Nov. 14-15, 2009. Although the event had to be moved from Friday to Sunday because of the nor'easter; it was still a huge success. A total of $3,525 was raised to benefit the United Way of South Hampton Roads, VA.

First place for the 2009 tourney went to Tim Perry. IBEW Local 50 Bus. Mgr. Jack Wells and Local 50 Senior Bus. Rep. Roger Sulenski were on hand to assist in the tournament.

Bill Peeples from Virginia Natural Gas helped Doug and Ray in organizing the event. Because of extensive damage to Cobb's Marina during the storm, Virginia Natural Gas paid to have the event catered. Special thanks to VNG for its support in making the event a success. Nancy Cobb, despite the damage to her marina, welcomed all participants with open arms. She is commended for her hospitality and giving spirit in such trying times. Thanks, Nancy. Also, thanks to all those members and participants who turned out despite the weather and made the tournament a great success.

Mike Barclay, R.S.

Local 50 members Ray Cassidy (left) and Doug Williams (right), standing in front of Doug's VNG line truck, present a check for $3,525 to Desi Nichols (center), director of labor participation from United Way of South Hampton Roads, VA.

Members Hold Public Office

L.U. 68 (i), DENVER, CO—"The world is run by those who show up." How many times do we hear that quote and simply pass it off as just another cliché? We are very fortunate to have some who indeed step up and show up and therefore help to run the world. Colorado State Rep. John Soper (House District 34) is a retired Local 68 member, as is Thornton City Council member Mack Goodman. Current Local 68 member Mike Ciezlak is a Federal Heights City Council member. Step right up, brothers and sisters; there are leadership positions waiting for you!

Local 68 is included in the recent green jobs training grant, and the local continues to lead the way in renewable energy, green jobs, and photovoltaic installation and training. The grant will enable the building of a wind turbine simulator for training, which will include climbing certification, wiring techniques, first responder first aid and rescue operations.

With summer just ahead, dress accordingly and drink plenty of water. Keep safety for yourself and your family in mind when planning your outdoor activities!

We extend deepest sympathy to the families of our recently deceased brothers: George Allenbach Jr., Ivan L. Bolter, Richard Klassen, Robert G. Dunmire, Anthony Gattar and Robert McNulty.

Ed Knox, Pres.

Report from Dayton

L.U. 82 (em,i,mt&rtb), DAYTON, OH—Last year was an eventful one for Local 82, from elections to illnesses. Work is scarce here in Dayton and we are now working to build our city back up.

We have many small jobs in progress and our largest projects include the Human Performance Wing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base being done by ESI Electrical Contractors, and the Southeast Edition ("Heart Tower") at Miami Valley Hospital being done by Chapel Electric. While our economy is still in trouble and we still have many members on the books, we are recovering. It has been a battle but we are confident here in Dayton that we will pull through. Our brother and sister members have done it before us, and we can do it today.

As the recently appointed Local 82 press secretary, it is an honor to be able to report on our local. I look forward to keeping the tradition of reporting on our local union alive.

Claire Rairden, P.S.

Local 82 members working at Wright Patterson Air Force Base for ESI Electrical Contractors include journeyman Lucas Bates (left) and apprentice Gabe Thomas.

Legislative Session

L.U. 90 (i), NEW HAVEN, CT—Local 90 members and their families had a great time at our children's Christmas party last December. More than 125 attended for food, fun and a visit with Santa. We thank our Christmas party committee for the great job they do to make this event a success every year.

For the 2010 Connecticut state legislative session, we are hopeful we can get some decent legislation passed that will benefit our members and their families.

We had a terrible accident with a gas explosion at a power plant under construction in Middletown, CT. There were five fatalities , none of which were IBEW members. We want to keep the families of all those who were tragically lost in our prayers.

Sean Daly, V.P.

Contract Negotiations

L.U. 96 (i), WORCESTER, MA—2010 contract negotiations are under way. All members are encouraged to vote on the contract in June.

Thanks to all members who assisted with the campaign and to those who voted for Martha Coakley in her bid for a U.S. Senate seat. Her defeat is a strong reminder of how every vote counts.

The new Wal-Mart construction was completed. This was the only Wal-Mart contract to go union in the Northeast and the job was completed without concessions. The accompanying photo of Local 96 workers at the Wal-Mart site includes: Dave Martinelli, Tom Travers, Abe Lempicki, Moe Salinas, Matt Mooskian, Miguel Galindo, Peter Roy, Frank Chionchio, Sean Courtney, Dick Roy, Kevin Courtney, Mike Feeley, Angel Torres, Justin Nordquist, Jeff Plotczyk, Cory Gustafson, Steve Tagney, James Burke, Jacob Kilgore, David Coll, Mike Castillo, David Mikles, Brian Duteau, Rich Pelosi, John Barnett, Arnold Melanson, Scott Wagner, Nick Gouveia, James Morrill, Joe Bianchi, Russell Willett, Stan Skamarycz, Rich Gagnon, John Ledger, Jerry Johnson, Rob Horner, Rob McDonald, Jorge Rodriguez, Pete Valinski, Derek Gilroy and Luke Austin.

For more information visit us online at www.ibewlocal96.org.

Luke E. Carpenter, P.S.


Volunteer Service Award

L.U. 100 (c,em,i,rts&st), FRESNO, CA—Work is slow in Local 100's jurisdiction. The potential for full employment is hopeful with an underground natural gas storage project in Mendota, a possible 650 megawatt power plant in Avenal and several solar projects expected to start soon.

The election of local union officers will be held in June 2010. If you are able to invest three years to better our union, consider running for a position as an officer.

Habitat for Humanity of Tulare County requested that Bros. Denis Doran and Ronny Jungk attend Habitat's annual board of directors meeting Jan. 21, 2010. Denis, Ronny and Kevin Cole attended the meeting and, on behalf of Local 100, received the President's Volunteer Service Award. Local 100 was presented a certificate and letter from the White House, signed by Pres. Barack Obama, in recognition of volunteer work done for Habitat for Humanity on its Celebration House. Local 100 members who helped wire the Celebration House were: Denis Doran, Jeff Hall, Lou Gutierrez, Rafael Adame, William Hodge, Joshua Fleming and Ronny Jungk.

We mourn the loss of Bros. Cecil Owens, Al Bardone, Robert "Zap" Zapoli, Rudy Orona, Loye Casey, John Fierro, John Williams, Ken Clerkin and Roy Allen.

Think safety always.

M.A. Caglia, R.S.

Local 100 Organizer Ronny Jungk (second from left) and Asst. Bus. Mgr. Kevin Cole (at right) talk with a veteran at the "Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet" job fair in Kings County, CA.

Service Awards Presented

L.U. 104 (lctt,o&u), BOSTON, MA—Our annual Christmas meeting was held Dec. 17, 2009, in Charlestown, MA. For the second year in a row we invited our retirees to meet before this meeting. Every year we honor our members and retirees with years-of-service pins. Among those in attendance last year were Bro. Paul Boufford, who received a 50-year pin, and Bro. Frank Place, awarded his 55-year pin!

Honorees not in attendance to receive their service pins included Bro. Edward Ellies, for 55 years of service, and Bro. Herb Chapman, for 50 years' service. The late Bro. Stanley Swiecicki was honored posthumously for 55 years of service. We are grateful for our retirees' contributions to Local 104.

We are trying to establish a meeting for the retirees, scheduled every four months. The next meeting will be on April 15. Please contact the hall for details.

Hugh Boyd, Treas./B.R.

Solar Photovoltaic Project

L.U. 124 (ees,em,i,mar,rts,se&spa), KANSAS CITY, MO—The availability of stimulus money means one thing, jobs! Where are they? When will the projects start? Questions everyone is asking.

With work slowing to a standstill in recent months, the time is right for journeyman upgrading. Education, classes, training to improve our skills to be the best we can be. Local 124 is doing just that. We have answered the call for green technology training. The first class of journeymen finished solar photovoltaic training last December and more training is scheduled for spring. Green technology is here and Local 124 is going after the market.

A major project is under way at Local 124. Solar photovoltaic panels are being installed on our meeting hall and business office. Future plans are to also install solar panels on our training center. The solar panels and equipment are 100 percent American made, installed by a union contractor using IBEW wiremen.

Marketing tools have been prepared to help our contractors sell prospective clients on our training and abilities. Local 124 has made an entry into the Green Book to claim this work, and with the partnership of our contractors we intend to capture green work.

We remember the following deceased members: Robert N. Gentry, Frank W. Hays, Glenn A. Long, Gary S. Olson and Claude T. Owen.

Congratulations to recent retired members: William F. Joyce, Joseph E. Powell and Glen Leehy.

Frank D. Mathews Jr., P.S.

New Orleans Celebrates

L.U. 130 (i), NEW ORLEANS, LA—At this writing, there is excitement in the air in New Orleans. The New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl. Go Saints! The other buzz is that labor-endorsed candidate Mitch Landrieu won the mayoral race. Thanks to Local 130 members who rallied to help elect a new labor-friendly mayor.

For the past eight years, we've had an anti-organized labor mayor and the slow work pace that goes with it. Our city urgently needed a new leader who supports working people.

Our local's longtime safety director, Bro. John Bowers, announced his decision to retire. Congratulations, John. Congratulations to our new safety director, Bro. Charles Weatherly

Bus. Mgr. Clay Leon has been in many discussions with our local contractors about the upcoming work picture. Our contractors have informed Bro. Leon about new projects, which should break soon. Hopefully our work situation will break wide open in the spring.

The local thanks Sister Janelle Dejean and Bro. Alvin Riley for their recent participation at the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus national conference in Portland, OR.

Remember, brothers and sisters, to keep all your safety courses and certifications up to date so we can staff the industrial jobs in our jurisdiction in an emergency event. Please apply for your TWIC (Transportation Workers Identification Credentials) card if you haven't already done so.

Sandy Theriot, P.S.

Negotiations Under Way

L.U. 146 (ei,i&rts), DECATUR, IL—We congratulate Asst. Bus. Mgr./Recruiter John Taylor on his announced retirement and wish him the very best. Also, congratulations to Bro. Ron Cummings on his appointment to the position vacated by John, and we wish him well in his new post.

The next few months will be very active for Local 146 as our contractual agreements will be opened for negotiations. The sign shop bargaining began in February; the inside agreement expires in May, and the residential and Eastern Illinois University agreements in August. With the current economic conditions we expect tough negotiating.

We encourage all members to attend their respective union meetings and get the facts, not jobsite rumors. Have a safe, productive spring.

Rich Underwood, R.S.

Scholarships Available

L.U. 150 (es,i,rts&spa), WAUKEGAN, IL—The SPARKS 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off was held and if you didn't attend, you missed a great variety of good chili. There were 15 different entries so everyone could find one that they liked. If you missed the event, mark your calendar next time it comes around and be sure to attend.

It comes as no surprise to those of us in the building trades, but unemployment in the construction industry continues to run in excess of 18 percent. It is heartbreaking to see so many good brothers and sisters out of work and struggling to hang on financially.

Brothers Larry Grams, Jim Spychala and Fred Russell recently retired. Congratulations to them and many warm wishes for long and healthy retirements. Brother Leonard Taylor retired on disability.

Scholarship applications are available at the hall. The scholarship is open to all full-time students. Applications must be returned by Friday, April 30, 2010.

Please take a few minutes to read your Safety Newsletter from our Safety Committee. It contains important information regarding temporary panel boards and power distribution safety. If you have any ideas on how to keep unauthorized personnel from accessing jobsite panel boards and switchgear please contact the safety committee.

Wendy J. Cordts, P. S.

Photovoltaic Training

L.U. 158 (i,it,mar,mt&spa), GREEN BAY, WI—We had a pretty busy November and December 2009. Some of the work we were planning on for early 2010 at Point Beach Nuclear Plant got postponed, hopefully to a future date. The spring outage will not require the manpower that was originally thought. We had a few larger commercial jobs that took members off the book also come to an end. There are a few other larger commercial jobs starting in 2010 that we are doing whatever we can to secure. Our local, like many other locals, is trying to get through the rough economic times and get back to work.

Local 158 had 15 members complete an advanced photovoltaic systems training class. At this writing, 20 additional members are enrolled in another class. Interest in the classes has been very good. Our three trainers—Jesse Michalski, Andrew Reinhard and Keith Ruben—are doing an outstanding job. The more trained the better for our local as well for the industry.

Donald C. Allen, B.M.

Barry Hammond Mourned

L.U. 164 (c,em,i,o&t), JERSEY CITY, NY—Local 164 sustained a tremendous loss on Dec. 20, 2009, with the passing of Vice Pres. Barry M. Hammond as a result of cancer.

Bus. Mgr. Richard Dressel called Barry "The Very Best Brother" in the entire union. Barry could have been the original model for the Code of Excellence. He worked for more than 20 years as the foreman at a large corporate complex, keeping the customer happy and the facility running like a clock. He always treated the men and women who worked for him with dignity and respect. He upheld the rules and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Barry was perhaps the most active member of the local. He headed our Volunteer Committee as well as the Project Grandma Committee, a committee dedicated to raising money to help breast cancer patients, survivors and their families.

Barry was constantly out working with the volunteer committee members helping many civic organizations in need of a helping hand by doing what we do best, installing electrical equipment with donated material and labor. He was chairman of the outing committee for numerous years; he always came out for labor walks and rallies and he was a constant that we could always count on whenever anything needed to be done.

Billy Joel said in one of his songs, "Only the Good Die Young." He was right on the mark with Barry. He was the best of the best, and he will be sorely missed by all at Local 164 who knew and loved him.

John M. DeBouter, Pres.

Local 164 mourns the passing of Vice Pres. Barry M. Hammond.

Local to Dedicate Memorial

L.U. 176 (es,i,rts&spa), JOLIET, IL—On Workers Memorial Day, April 28, Local 176 will dedicate a memorial to the 12 known local members who lost their lives due to illness or injury suffered on the job. The bronze memorial will read: "The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers owes its existence to the concept of working men and women in the electrical trade standing united. When one of our own loses his or her life in the course of making a living at our trade, it is a loss to the entire IBEW family. In honor of our brothers and sisters who have lost their lives on the job, we, the members of IBEW Local 176, dedicate this Memorial so that they will be kept alive in our Brotherhood."

We honor the late Lloyd Butterfield, Olvin Davis, Walter E. Ollom, Joseph E. Colmane, Delmar C. Schulte, Don Bilyeu, Donald F. "Syd" Hammen, Stokley Henderson, Brad Dado, James F. Elliot, Greg Briddick and Lloyd Tinsman on April 28 and will remember and appreciate their service and sacrifice forever.

Mark Ferry, V.P.

Scoreboard Installations

L.U. 180 (c,i&st), VALLEJO, CA—The local provided a number of scoreboards to fields and courts in 2009. These projects were funded by the membership under the theme, "IBEW & California Schools Building Careers Together." Vacaville's Georgie Duke Center—installed by A&F Electric; Vacaville Christian School—installed by Mills Electric; Justin-Siena High School in Napa—installed by Napa Electric.

Funding difficulties for future community benefit projects require us to think more creatively. For most of 2009 we assisted in the development of green jobs that will improve our efforts in returning the hundreds of existing green collar IBEW members out of work. So as the scoreboards relay the message of building careers together, we are now stimulating the green movement for renewable and retrofit projects.

Our first project includes teaming with a local renewable developer and Camp Fire. We will host a one-week photovoltaic (PV) boot camp for the Camp Fire's Green Team. Afterward, one of our local contractors will supervise the Green Team's installation of a PV power pumping system at the elementary school farm. Those who wish to help with this worthy cause and put a local face to IBEW should contact Michael Smith at Local 180.

Michael C. Smith, B.A.

Dave Mills (top right), of Mills Electric, donated labor for a scoreboard installation under less than ideal weather conditions. IBEW Local 180 provided scoreboards for several area projects.

Stewards Training Class

L.U. 196 (govt,mt,o,t&u), ROCKFORD, IL—Our outside construction remains very slow as of this writing. Many thanks to the surrounding locals for providing work opportunities for our members.

We recently held a stewards training class presented by Sixth District Int. Rep. Don Woolridge and Int. Rep. Clarence "C.J." King, regional trainer for the Education Department. [Photo above.] The class went very well. Our members who attended provided positive feedback on the class and we appreciate the reps and stewards giving up a Saturday to attend.

Chuck Harrington, our organizer, retired after 35 years of IBEW service. We wish him a happy retirement. He is union through and through and we appreciate his contributions to our local.

We have ongoing problems with one of our line contractors in our jurisdiction, as the company continually attempts to circumvent its obligations under the contract. The company now claims it does not have to provide PPE, personal protective equipment, (flame resistant clothing) to our members who worked for them on a wind farm, and we have grieved the violation. "Safety First" must mean "safety when convenient or cost effective" to some contractors. Stay involved in your local union; work safe and make your voice heard in every election. Vote!

Eric Patrick, B.M.

Local 196 holds a stewards training class.

Monterey Bay Green Business

L.U. 234 (i&mt), CASTROVILLE, CA—Local 234 recently achieved certification as a "Green Business" for the Monterey Bay area.

The Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program is a partnership of local governments, environmental agencies, utilities and nonprofit organizations that assist, recognize and promote businesses and government agencies that volunteer to operate in an environmentally responsible way. To be certified "green," participants must be in compliance with all regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste. More information and our green business listing may be found at http://bit.ly/ibewgreen.

Andy Hartmann, Pres.

Local 234 receives certificate for the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program. From left are: Training Dir. Ed Sudyka, Bus. Mgr. Ken Scherpinski and Pres. Andy Hartmann.

Facebook Data Center Project

L.U. 280 (c,ees,em,es,i,mo,mt,rts&st), SALEM, OR—Good news for Local 280 came this winter with Facebook company breaking ground on its custom data center in Prineville, OR, as this article is written. This job will employ approximately 60 of our members, employ all our-out-of work apprentices at its peak and should last seven months to a year in duration. Bro./Organizer Bill Kisselburgh is teaching "Code of Excellence" classes to make sure that the general contractor, DPR Construction of San Jose, CA, sees the best in IBEW trained wireman.

A pat on the back is deserved for Bus. Mgr. Tim Frew and Dispatcher Tom Baumann for working with Local 424, Edmonton, Alberta, to send our members to work on the oil sands projects. Both Tim and Tom spent countless hours working through the red tape of customs, licensing, referral, etc., to get Local 280 members working again.

2009 is behind us and it was a very tough year economically and in brotherhood. We lost some very good union brothers in 2009 and Local 280 grieves for deceased members Bernard Cooke, Scott Hurst, Ross Westbrook, Ron Meyers, Derek Keith, Jeff Clontz, Dave Campbell, John Howard and Ron Petsch. We all will miss them. Please have a safe 2010 and come to the union meetings!

Jerry Fletcher, P.S.

IBEW Local 280 members gathered for a "Save our Jobs" rally at the Oregon state Capitol, sending a message to political leaders in advance of upcoming elections. Carrying the IBEW banner were members Phil Garcia (right) and John Payne (obscured from view). Organizer Bill Kisselburgh coordinated the rally.

Support for Vermont Yankee

L.U. 300 (govt,i,mt&u), MONTPELIER, VT—Despite a vote by the Vermont Senate to close the state's only nuclear power plant, a coalition of construction unions maintain their support for Vermont Yankee, a unionized nuclear power facility whose license is up for renewal in 2012.

The Vermont Building and Construction Trades Council is a partnership of 15 labor unions that represent several thousand workers—many of whom work at Vermont Yankee as both year-round employees and subcontractors. A founding affiliate of the council, IBEW Local 300 represents approximately 200 permanent, full-time Vermont Yankee employees. In addition, IBEW electricians and apprentices have logged thousands of hours working for subcontractors at the plant. A typical refueling outage temporarily employs 1,100 trade workers.

"Closing Vermont Yankee will effectively squash hundreds of union jobs that pay wages far exceeding the norm for our area," said IBEW Local 300 Pres. George Clain. "Eliminating these careers, along with the almost certain rise of statewide electricity rates if Vermont Yankee exits our energy portfolio, is not in the best interests of working Vermonters. Nor is it responsible to chase off an employer that annually pumps millions in payroll, state and local taxes, as well as $100 million in economic activity into the coffers."

Vermont Yankee, a 650-megawatt power plant, employs 650 people and provides more than one-third of the state's electricity at the lowest costs in New England. Vermont Yankee personnel get intensive, year-round training—a key factor in recently receiving a Green Mountain Voluntary Protection Program STAR flag from the Vermont Department of Labor for exemplary commitment to workplace safety.

"Given our turbulent economy, Vermont is in need of quality jobs and access to reasonably priced, low-carbon, domestically-produced energy. Vermont Yankee provides both," said Clain. "Renewable power sources and efficiency should definitely be in the mix and will create jobs, but cannot reasonably be expected to replace Vermont Yankee in the near term. Now is not the time to gamble with so many livelihoods."

Matthew Lash, P.S.

2009 Lineman's Rodeo

L.U. 304 (lctt,o&u), TOPEKA, KS—Local 304 sponsored 28 members at the 26th Annual International Lineman's Rodeo held Oct. 17, 2009. The construction apprentices helped in preparing the grounds. Seven journeyman teams and seven apprentices competed, with the winning team from Wichita receiving top place in three events, and taking 3rd Place in Overall for World Champions Luke Justice, Clint Tankersley and Donnie Johannsen. Midwest Energy sponsored four teams and three apprentices.

Congratulations to all who participated: Randy VanNess, J. J. Pitts, Nathan Pineau, Nick Krueger, Cody Krueger, Dan White, Jonah Longenecker, Jake Adkins, Drew Sweany, Sam Lobb, Greg McDaniel, Dave Shockley, Justin Kennedy, Todd Theel, David Evans, Loren Zook, Rob Mattal, Rich Toledo, Shane Wente, Justin Church, Derek Jones, Travis Dinges, Nathan Schippers, Bill Nowlin, Kevin McCarvill, Mike Stremel, Kevin Renz, Alex Breeding, Chris Traylor, Daniel Hodges, Ryan Janzen, Brad Fairbanks, Carl Wiseley II, Mark Gustafson, Brandon Jones, Jarrod Konecny, Michael Finnegan, Dustin Kibel, Tru Knudsen and Jake Dozier.

We are proud of all who participated in the rodeo. Thanks also to all judges who volunteered.

Paul Lira, B.M.

Service Award Honorees

L.U. 306 (i), AKRON, OH—Service awards were presented at our December 2009 monthly meeting. Honoring hundreds of cumulative years of membership and service, in good years and bad, in all kinds of weather, these awards represent what mere words cannot express.

Presented 60-year awards were: Robert Adolph and Wilbur Repp Sr. Receiving 55-year awards—Harold Albright, Franklin Bowers, Robert Cannady, Anthony Felber, Norman Hisao, Donald Kingan, Ronald Peck, Donald Schofield, Alvin Tasker, Joseph Tassone and John Weber; 50-year awards—Frank Bindreiter, Gary Carpenter, Richard Dewitt, Gerald Ferrell, William Hose and Glenn Stoltz.; and 25-year awards—Blaine Peck, David Romito, Michael Sutter, Frank Tyler and Thomas Wright.

Congratulations to all the awardees and thank you for mentoring our younger members during your careers.

The economy is news, along with national health care—and the situatiom reminds me of the TV game show "Wheel of Fortune." Congress keeps spinning the wheel, collecting money from various sources while doing so, and we keep waiting for it to land on the right spot!

Get current with CPR, wear your PPE (personal protective equipment) everyday; and most of all, may you have work.

Bob Sallaz, P.S.

Solar PV Safety Training

L.U. 332 (c,ees,i&st), SAN JOSE, CA—IBEW Local 332 and the San Jose International Association of Fire Fighters are working together to educate union fire fighters from across northern California about the electrical hazards first responders encounter from the increasing number of solar photovoltaic installations in the region. At our Santa Clara Electrical JATC, the latest class of new recruits to the San Jose Fire Department participated in sessions geared toward general utility hazard awareness and specific hazards present at occupancies with solar PV systems installed.

At another recent event, The ‘Nobody Gets Left Behind' Training Group (http://leerescue.com) held workshops for fire fighters at the IBEW Local 332 union hall. Fire fighters from across northern California participated. We are proud to work with our brothers and sisters in the IAFF to provide safety education for our dedicated emergency responders.

David Bear, Organizer

Local Honors All Veterans

L.U. 340 (i,rts&spa), SACRAMENTO, CA—Last fall, Local 340 unveiled the IBEW Local 340 Veterans Memorial Park, built in honor of all IBEW Local 340 active, retired and deceased veterans of all wars. This park is a small token of the appreciation we feel toward the courageous men and women who sacrifice their lives so the rest of us can be free. The idea for this small gathering site was the inspiration of Local 340 Bro. Lud Larson, now deceased; Bro. Larson's family planted a tree in the park in his honor. The labor for the park was done by our JATC instructors and some rank and file members. Be sure to check out the site when you come by the business office. The Memorial Park is located right behind our Training Center.

Local 340 is still holding its own in 2010. So far, no big jobs have laid off members and we feel very fortunate our work has remained steady since August 2009. At the time of this writing in February, a good majority of our members are working.

I am saddened to report the passing of Bro. Herbert Clements, Art Stone, Lloyd Dunwald, Jerome Milota and Willie D. Mock Jr.

A.C. Steelman, B.M.

Attending dedication of IBEW Local 340's Veterans Memorial Park are, from left: JATC Asst. Tom Okumura, Instructors Jim Hegarty and Ken Irwin, and JATC Training Dir. Dennis Morin.

Members Politically Active

L.U. 364 (catv,ees,em,es,i,mt,rts&spa), ROCKFORD, IL—One of Local 364 Bus. Mgr. Darrin Golden's most often spoken adages regarding politics is when he rhetorically asks: "Who better to represent organized labor politically than members of organized labor?"

In February Local 364 Bros. Ray Pendzinski and Paul Williams ran as Democrats for Illinois State Representative of the 69th and 68th Districts, respectively, and they both garnered our PAC's endorsement as well as that of the Illinois AFL-CIO. Bro. Pendzinski has the primary for the Boone/northeast Winnebago County area sewn up, having no opponent; while Bro. Williams was unfortunately bested by his Democratic challenger in the northern Winnebago County area.

In other election news, numerous Local 364 members ran unopposed as Democratic Party precinct committeemen to better represent working families and organized labor within the Winnebago County Democratic Party. They are: Bros. Patrick Elliott, Ed Ure, Tim Tammen, Matt Horn, Chris Dismuke, Matt Shutte, Jimmy Liebgott, Paul Williams, Oscar Garza, Patrick Cooling, Tony Satterlee, Gary Adams, Matt Michel, Tyler Hillman, Patrick Tomlin, Tom Sink, Charlie Laskonis and Darrin Golden Thanks to all of them for making this commitment.

Please remember to vote and encourage your friends and family to vote for friends of labor at every opportunity.

Ray Pendzinski, P.S.

Spearville Wind Energy

L.U. 412 (u), KANSAS CITY, MO—Local 412 is engaged in contract negotiations with Kansas City Power & Light Company.

The Spearville Wind Energy Facility added 100.5 megawatts of emission-free, environmentally friendly energy generation to KCP&L. There are 67 towers currently. The size of the site is approximately 5,000 acres, and each turbine takes up about one acre of land, while the remainder is farmed.

Three jobs have been posted for this facility, with three more coming by year's end. These positions were secured by Local 412. These positions were not previously covered by the Local 412 collective bargaining unit agreement. The city of Spearville, KS, is located approximately 130 miles west of Wichita, KS, and 200 miles northwest of Oklahoma City and has a population of 813.

Debi Kidwiler, P.S.

‘A Bright Future'

L.U. 456 (i&o), NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—As we begin the next decade, the strength of our members and the work of our leaders have painted a bright future for our local. Even through last year's economic crisis, we have been able to battle back and improve our employment future. The leadership has worked hard in tackling the many critical issues we have had to face as a local. Between unemployment, benefits, political backlash, and the non-stop war to preserve our craft, the officers of this local and our membership have shown that we are committed to maintaining our way of life.

The money we invested into the market recovery fund has, again this year, shown to be a valuable tool and has helped us to maintain employment. One project alone created more than $2 million in salaries and benefits. With President Obama's Recovery Act and the responsible use of employment tools such as the market recovery fund, we have been able to move ahead through this economic climate.

Please make every effort to attend meetings.

Wayne Martiak, P.S.

New Brunswick, NJ, Local 456 members work on Habitat for Humanity project. From left, front row, Pres. Michael McLaughlin and young "assistants" Kevin, Ryan and Nick, Michael Villanueva, Steve Amador, Carlos Gomez; back row, John Mulvey, Bryan Georges, Steve Tatarka, Ken Tallman, retired member Bill McEvoy, Kevin Stevens and Tim Kenny.

Members Complete NFPA Course

L.U. 538 (i), DANVILLE, IL—Congratulations to recent retirees: George Pratt, Steve Pratt, Tom Boyle, Clarence "Reggie" Mullins, Frank "Doc" Norman, Michael "Mick" Burch and Steve Millspaugh. You will be missed.

Members who completed a NFPA 70E course last December are: Jim Bailey, Sky Bailey, Scott Callahan Sr., John Gallez, Kevin Goeppner, Matt Hinchee, Wylie McIntosh, John Millspaugh, Kim Millspaugh, Errol Mussatto, Chris Nelson, Jeff Owen, Tom Peach, Kathie Porter, Mark Price, John Scott, Bob Singleton, Jim Seibold and Mike Walters. The JATC thanks the journeymen for their interest in continued education. Special thanks to Eric Biernbaum, of Terre Haute, IN, Local 725, who taught the course. Please contact the JATC office with any education requests and/or questions.

The local's 2009 Christmas party, held after the December meeting, was enjoyed and well-attended by members, a few retirees, and former business manager Steve Myers.

Volunteer work continues with Habitat for Humanity. Leading the project is Rex Modglin. Member volunteers on various area projects include: Mike Noel, Rey Teran, David Boothe, Zach Montgomery, Joe Stelzer, Scott Price, Amanda Rice, James Garrett Jr., Mark Price, Sue Modglin, Larry Van Vickle, Chuck Briggs, Doug Hamilton, John Moore, Reggie Mullins, Kathie Porter and Jim Bailey. Material was donated by Illinois Chapter Danville Division NECA. Please contact Rex if you wish to volunteer.

Union meetings: 3rd Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Kathie Porter, Training Dir.

Among Local 538 members who recently retired are, from left: Frank "Doc" Norman, Michael "Mick" Burch and Steve Millspaugh.

The Puck Drops in Stratford

L.U. 636 (as,catv,em,spa&u), TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA—The City of Stratford is known worldwide for its Shakespeare Festival but this community took center stage in a different production this past January, as host site for the 10th annual Tim Hortons Hockey Day in Canada.

Electricity filled the air as this municipality prepared for a starring role in a Canadian tradition celebrated from coast to coast, and around the globe. With numerous activities planned—both indoors and outdoors—and the CBC broadcast trucks rolling into town for this event, crews from Festival Hydro were called off the bench to make sure that all their energy needs were met.

Members of Local 636 (Unit 15) supported the team in a variety of ways: hanging banners and billboards (that included the IBEW logo); installing temporary transformers; running secondary lines through surface ducts; connecting sea containers that served as distribution centres and; making sure that there were plenty of lights on the Avon and Lake Victoria—for family fun and a little ‘shinny' on the many rinks made by volunteers. All proceeds from the day were shared by Stratford Hockey and the Hockey Night in Canada Help Fund. The IBEW is proud of our sisters and brothers for lending a helping hand in an event that scored a victory for kids and their community!

Paddy Vlanich, P.S.

Stanley visits Stratford: Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson (left) joins IBEW Local 636 Bus. Rep. Tracy O'Meara (center) and Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Rick Wacheski for a photo with hockey's holy grail, the Stanley Cup—on display as part of Hockey Day in Canada.

Innovation & Market Share

L.U. 640 (em,govt,i,mo,mt,rts,spa&u), PHOENIX, AZ—Two of our contractors, G&S Electric and Parsons Electric, along with Local 640 are currently promoting innovative programs geared to IBEW members that will simplify the process for journeyman wiremen to install solar voltaic systems on their homes. The companies will offer assistance in obtaining permits, engineering, rebates and financing. Both will provide training, enabling the journeymen to perform the complete installation. These new programs will showcase IBEW craftsmanship and pride within the communities where members live, and should prove to be effective marketing tools for our involved contractors to expand our industry's market in the renewable sector.

G&S Electric has successfully obtained numerous solar projects at Arizona State University in various capacities around 1.5 megawatts. G&S Electric takes great pride in its use of union made panels and inverters. In addition to its expanding renewable energy sector work, Parsons Electric secured the contract for the new Arizona Diamondbacks training facility. We appreciate all of our contractors that continue to exhibit the innovation and ability to think outside the box and find success in this extremely competitive market.

Frank Cissne, P.S.

A Better Year Ahead

L.U. 648 (em,i,spa&u), HAMILTON, OH—The Local 648 Kid's Christmas Party was a huge success last year with more than 100 children and grandchildren and their families celebrating the holiday season with a visit and a gift from Santa.

This past year has been a tough one for Local 648 members with the rough economic times, but work has picked up a little and the EPA permit was issued for the new coke plant coming to our area. This project should put nearly 100 of our members to work, along with more than 400 additional building trades members. With this project off the ground, 2010 should be a much better year for our local.

Jeff McGuffey, P.S.

Centennial Celebration in May

L.U. 666 (i,mt&o), RICHMOND, VA—Congratulations to recent graduates: Enrico Adkins, Robert Allen, Donald Anderson, Dawn Bein-Rivera, Richard Bradley, Omar Burrow, Billy Butler, Kenneth Dean, John Edmundson III, Cody Garrett, Mark Graves, Charles Gresham,, Jesse Gunn, David Hague, Cameron Harler, Demond Harris, Aaron Heidlebaugh, Brandon Jones, Telly Keys, James Lewis, John Merridew, Mark Mobley, Boyd Payne, Michael Roberts, Gerald Thomas, Arvin Thornton, William Utley and Brian West. Recipients of the Outstanding Apprentice of the Year Award were: Cody Garrett, David Hague and Michael Roberts.

Cody Garrett also received the Virginia Outstanding Apprentice Award for 2009, awarded by Virginia Apprenticeship Council at a ceremony held Dec. 10, 2009. Thank you, Cody, for giving our union some much-needed attention!

Our new retirees are: Lloyd Deane, David Chambers, Ronald Jackson, Dennis Sims, Donald Shinn, Robert Game, Bruce Bachman and John Owen III.

We mourn the loss of Michael Schooff and Donald Welch.

On May 28, Local 666 will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The Centennial Committee is planning a memorable celebration.

Work is slow in our area with many projects being pushed back or cancelled. It is more important than ever that we stick together during these tough times. Please make every effort to get involved with your local.

Kendra Logan, P.S.

May 15 Union Picnic

L.U. 684 (c,i,rts&st), MODESTO, CA—The arrival of a new year means it's time to plan our events. At the January meeting it was announced that the union picnic has changed venues and will now be held at Winton Park in Winton. Winton Park is located at the corner of Winton Way and Olive Avenue. Winton Park has everything Hagaman Park has with the addition of two more horseshoe pits, at least 10 more covered benches and a volleyball court. The IBEW Local 684 picnic will be held May 15. It will be great fun as it always is—see you there. If you wish to be in the horseshoe tournament, please RSVP to Linda at the hall with you and your partner's names.

IBEW Local 684, in conjunction with the Northern California Chapter of NECA, donated another scoreboard, this time to Modesto Junior College East Campus. The work was done by Matt Paine, Adam Jautaikis and Bus. Mgr. Billy Powell. Local 684 and NorCal NECA have donated a total of five scoreboards to help get our name and services out to the public.

A reminder: the Retirees Breakfast is the last Wednesday of every month at the Old Mill Café at 9 a.m.

Allen Avalos, P.S.

Update from Mansfield

L.U. 688 (em,i,t&u), MANSFIELD, OH—We welcome apprentice Jared Clady, who was inducted as a new member on Oct. 13, 2009.

A delicious dinner and fine show featuring an Eagles tribute band was held at the Palace Theater in Marion on Oct. 10, 2009. Thank you to Owens Electric and the IBEW Local 688-NECA Labor Management Committee for sponsoring the event.

John Wallery was appointed as Local 688 president in October 2009. Dan Lloyd was appointed as the new Local 699 vice president in November 2009

The AFL-CIO entered a float in the annual Mansfield Holiday Parade. IBEW Local 688 members who participated were Jerry Conrad and his daughter Madison; Dan Lloyd and his family; and Carl Neutzling.

Local 688 raised $224 for the United Way through member donations.

Thank you to Jim Herrick and Harold Walker, who cooked walleye and perch for our annual Christmas party last year. Congratulations to Rich Rondy on the birth of his new twins, and to Andy Biglin, Mike Dishon and Don Geary for the new additions to their families.

We mourn the passing of former contractors William Linkenbach and Leo Laffey. We extend condolences to their families.

Dan Lloyd, P.S.

Work Outlook Picks Up

L.U. 692 (i,mt&spa), BAY CITY, MI—We have 135 on Book 1 and almost 900 on Book 2. And we don't foresee getting into Book 2 in 2010. The work outlook has picked up with a couple of bigger jobs and school work.

Local members recently completed the DCS 8 Upgrade at Consumers Energy's Karn/Weadock plant. With more than 5,000 terminations, many obstacles and one big hurdle, members were able to complete their outage work on schedule in a window of just over a month. There was plenty of support from CE Local 144 during the outage.

Many organizations opposing clean coal do not fully understand how far American coal plants have come. Coal is still the No. 1 source for energy. America has the biggest coal reserves in the world. Today plants are far cleaner and safer than they have ever been, thanks to regulations and upgrades. Americans really need to help America.

Continued thanks to all our brother locals for helping keep our members employed in these times.

Tom Bartosek, P.S.

IBEW Local 692 members working at the Karn/Weadock plant include, from left: Jeff Kehoe, Nick Calkins, Bob Parr, Sid Render, Mike Sitkowski, Tom Bartosek, Mike Eddy, Adam Thompson, Jerry Montgomery, Bob Hurley, Chuck Combs and Brian Ciesla.

Projects Starting Up

L.U. 716 (em,i,lctt,rts&spa), HOUSTON, TX—The 2010 work picture started out slower than we anticipated. Some projects were put on hold because of the weather and the economy. Now that our weather has cleared, projects are starting up and contractors are putting in calls. Our books should be clear by summer.

Thanks to all who participated in the Aetna Wellness Program, we had a great response. This should help us when our medical insurance comes up for renewal. If you did not participate in this program, please make note that your deductibles and co-pays did increase. For more information, call the Electrical Medical Trust office for a list of changes.

The hall conducted a Foreman Training Class and hosted a New Contractor Seminar. We also participated in the Houston St. Patrick's Day event, the Cesar Chavez parade, and the Extreme Home Makeover project in Kemah, TX, for a Local 66 member and his family. Many thanks to all who donated time and support for the Home Makeover project.

A reminder to members: The last Code Update Class for state licensing for this year will be held Sat., May 8.

Keep up to date about local union business; visit our Web site www.ibew716.net.

John E. Easton Jr., B.M./F.S.

IBEW Local 716 members, joined by Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. John E. Easton Jr. (front row center, dark shirt), participated in an Extreme Home Makeover project.

Prevailing Wage Attacked

L.U. 756 (es&i), DAYTONA BEACH, FL—On Feb. 17 the local newspaper published a front-page article about the new privately funded aerospace company SpaceX. Less than a month prior it was announced that NASA will abandon the Constellation program that has already spent $9 billion, in taxpayer dollars, and turn space exploration over to private companies. [ See "Outsourcing Space: IBEW Workers Face End of Shuttle Era," The Electrical Worker, January 2010.]

These private companies are stilled funded with public money. Space X doesn't hide the fact that NASA has contributed more than $200 million to their experiment. Because this endeavor is labeled "private," it has been exempt from the Davis-Bacon Act throughout construction on U.S. Air Force property.

Watch out, America—big business couldn't get Davis-Bacon repealed so now they figured out how to work around it. It's not just construction either; maintenance workers enjoying service contract protections are also under attack. These private companies that will be funded publicly will also be exempt from paying prevailing wage for maintenance. And those nonunion workers enjoying union-negotiated wages at the space center without joining our ranks—there will be a surprise in their paychecks, too.

A rally themed "SOS — Save our Space Industry" was held Feb. 27 in Titusville, FL, a city that neighbors the space facility. We hope to grab the attention of the public and the politicians. Maybe we can stop or slow down this race to the bottom. I apologize for not sounding more upbeat, but I'm watching a place where tradesman could make a decent wage, while participating in the awe-inspiring space industry, go down the drain. I hope I'm wrong.

Daniel Hunt, P.S.

‘On The Move'

L.U. 760 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), KNOXVILLE, TN—IBEW Local 760 is on the move in 2010, with political activity, volunteering, contract negotiations and more.

Recently two elected officials—Tennessee state Sen. Tim Burchett (Knox County mayoral candidate) and Tennessee state Rep. Harry Brooks—stopped by the local union offices and met with members.

State of Tennessee 2010 election dates are as follows: May 4 - county primary; Aug. 5—state primary and county general election; and Nov. 2—state general election.

2009 was "the year of contract extensions," with one-year extensions for the following contracts: Inside Construction, Knoxville Utilities Board and Sound and Construction.

For 2010, scheduled Local 760 contract negotiations include: Sevier County Utility, Inside Construction, Lenoir City Utility Board, Sound and Communications, TN Statewide Outside, and Knoxville Utilities Board.

George A. Bove, B.M./F.S.

‘Not the Time to Retreat'

L.U. 776 (i,o,rts&spa), CHARLESTON, SC— "Now is not the time to retreat." —Those were the words spoken to us by AFL-CIO Executive Vice Pres. Arlene Holt-Baker at a recent jobs rally/town hall meeting here in Charleston.

In a tribute to the 10th anniversary of the historic and victorious solidarity movement to "Free the Charleston 5" (ILA Local 1422 longshoremen who stood courageously in the struggle to defend dockworkers' union jobs at the Port of Charleston ), Holt-Baker took the time to listen to the concerns of all the different unions locally.

Among the speakers at the jobs rally was one of our own, King Singletary of IBEW Local 776, who spoke about having sporadic work over the past two years, interrupted health insurance and the resultant toll on family life. After listening, Holt-Baker gave an inspiring speech on not giving up and reminding us that we have to be bold to turn around the economy. Referrals have been slow, but we are far from giving up.

Chuck Moore, B.M.

Family Fun Day & Solidarity

L.U. 824 (t), TAMPA, FL—Recently Bus. Mgr. Robert Prunn asked for volunteers to form a Solidarity Committee. The goal was to find ways to get more members involved and strengthen unity. The first event planned was a Family Fun Day at the hall on Sunday, Jan. 31. More than 350 members, family and friends attended making the day an outstanding success.

Solidarity Committee planners were: Ben Navarre, Jody Irish, April O'Neal, Zaida Menendez, Harry Kooshak, Fred Lauper, Melissa Vivian, Lynette Ettouati, Tina Tyler, Pam Elleby and Frank Leonetti. The Fun Day included bounce houses, face painting, volleyball, sack races and more. The dedicated cooking crew was led by Bobby Bellott with assistance from Jeff Lane, Bob Dixon, Scott Craddock, Noah Kaaa, Wendell Greenhalgh and Robert Bellott Sr. The cooking team got started at 2 a.m. and provided a great spread including ribs, pulled pork and much more.

Pres. Erik Jones arranged a special appearance by Alli Owens, an ARCA race car driver sponsored by the IBEW and NECA. Owens talked to members, signed autographs and thrilled the stock car buffs by displaying her race car.

Many volunteers assisted the Solidarity Committee and cooking crew. Thanks to all who helped make the day a huge success, reminding everyone that the union helps us keep our families strong.

Dawn Livingston, P.S.

Local 824 Pres. Erik Jones greets IBEW/NECA-sponsored ARCA race car driver Alli Owens at the local's Family Fun Day.

Service Pins Awarded

L.U. 910 (ees,i&t), WATERTOWN, NY—Local 910 members received service pins at the December 2009 regular meeting in Watertown and at the satellite meeting in Plattsburgh. For those who reached a service milestone last year but were unable to attend the meeting, pins were sent out by mail. For additional photos of members receiving their pins, please go to the Local 910 Web site www.ibew910.org and click on the announcements page. Congratulations to all!

Bro. Paul Cochran received his 70-year award and pin. Bro. Cochran was initiated in 1939. He stayed active in the trade for 42 years as a journeyman wireman until his retirement in 1981. Congratulations, Bro. Cochran!

Last winter work slowed down some. Projects this spring will increase with more wind farm work on Fort Drum and college work.

Roger LaPlatney, P.S.

Local 910 retired Bro. Paul Cochran receives his 70-year award and pin.

‘Respect Earned'

L.U. 1116 (em,lctt&u), TUCSON, AZ—Respect among union members is something that Bro. Jesse Eckenrod earned during his 37 years of service at Tucson Electric Power, serving as an E-Board officer, steward and sitting on various committees. Jesse and Bros. Pete Roll, Chuck Hart, Cal Ishikawa and Ben Alvarez (who were also involved in various committees or stewardship, benefiting our local) retired in February. All had 30 or more years of union membership. Our local wishes to express great appreciation for their dedication and we wish them all the best. As in the past, our local now looks to all fellow members to get involved.

In late winter, our region experienced snow storms that kept Bro. John Dungan, Trico Electric Cooperative unit chairman, and other Trico members busy until power was restored with some assistance from TEP and Bro. Al Cain operating the TEP snow cat. Just goes to show that management and union can work together when the need arises to get power restored and meet the customers' needs.

R. Cavaletto, P.S.

Local 1116 Bro. Jess Eckenrod gives a "thumbs-up" at his retirement breakfast, noting that it's a sure thing this time.

Georgia Labor Leader of the Year

L.U. 1316 (i&o), MACON, GA—Local 1316 Bus. Mgr. Johnny Mack Nickles was recognized as Georgia Labor Leader of the Year for 2009, by the Georgia State AFL-CIO Labor Awards Committee, in Atlanta, GA. Bro. Nickels entered the electrical trade in 1967 and completed his IBEW apprenticeship in 1972.

Bro. Nickles was elected president of IBEW Local 1316 in 1981. He became assistant business manager of Local 1316 in 1990, and was appointed to fill the unexpired term of business manager in 1992. Nickels has been a trustee from IBEW Local 1316 on the Health Insurance and Pension Fund for the last 17 years. He has been a member of the JATC for 29 years.

He is secretary-treasurer of the Central Georgia Federation of Trades & Labor Council AFL-CIO. In 2005, he was appointed by IBEW Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill to serve on the Council on Industrial Relations. In 2006, he was appointed as trustee on the IBEW/NECA Family Medical Care Plan.

Bro. Nickles represents labor on the Workforce Development Tack Force in Bibb County, GA. He was appointed to the Job Training Partnership Act and Workforce Investment Board in 1994 by former Georgia governor Zell Miller.

Michael H. Gardner, P.S./Organizer

IBEW Local 1316 Bus. Mgr. Johnny Mack Nickles (second from right) is named 2009 Georgia Labor Leader of the Year. Attending the ceremony are, from left: Georgia State AFL-CIO Pres. Richard Ray, an IBEW Local 84 member; IBEW Int. Rep. Fielding Gurley; Nickles and his wife, Pat Nickles.