May 2010

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Making Progress

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa,st &ws), ST. LOUIS, MO—Congratulations to retired Bro. Harry Mauchenheimer Sr., who celebrated his 100th birthday on Jan. 10. At his birthday party a proclamation, written by journeyman wireman and state Sen. Tim Green, was read celebrating Harry's achievements.

As a young man, Harry graduated from trade school and later worked for Union Electric Company in St. Louis. When the Great Depression struck he lost his job. As World War II loomed, Harry landed a job at the small-arms plant in St. Louis, which soon was organized by Local 1. Harry became a Local 1 member with a plant maintenance classification and worked to journeyman wireman status. He retired at age 65, some 35 years ago!

Attending the celebration were Harry's son, retired journeyman wireman Harry Mauchenheimer Jr., and Harry's grandsons Dan and Marty Mauchenheimer, both Local 1 journeyman wiremen. Special thanks to Harry Jr. for the photograph.

We mourn the death of members William Brant, Edward Pettit, Quinten Campbell, John Gray, Gerald Kientzel, Wayne Kupferer, David Young, Denvy Sayles, Herbert Boehme, John Hiles, Ernst Kolbenschlag, Joseph Moonier, Eugene Gradl, Joseph Brubin Jr., Walter Petri, Dennis Curry, Jack Crigler, Melvin Pitman, Everett Holloway, Robert Stuhlman Jr. and Roy Underwood.

Matt Gober, P.S.

Local 1 retired Bro. Harry Mauchenheimer Sr. (seated) celebrates his 100th birthday. Joining him at the party are family members, standing, from left: Local 1 journeyman wiremen Dan Mauchenheimer and Marty Mauchenheimer, and retired Local 1 journeyman wireman Harry Mauchenheimer Jr.

AFL-CIO President Tours ETI

L.U. 11 (i,rts&spa), LOS ANGELES, CA—AFL-CIO Pres. Richard Trumka recently toured the Local 11 Electrical Training Institute and dropped in on an apprenticeship class to introduce himself and offer encouragement to the surprised students. Trumka spoke admiringly of the opportunities offered by IBEW apprenticeship programs. He complimented the Local 11 leadership and the Electrical Training Institute for investing heavily in renewable energy training and skill-improvement classes.

Congratulations to our members at CSI Electrical Contractors Inc. for collecting more than 6,800 pounds of canned goods for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Your efforts to assist the community during these challenging economic times are greatly appreciated.

Please note we've upgraded our Web site to accept credit card payments for basic dues. Utilizing this convenient feature will help free up staff for organizing additional contractors and bringing in more work for our members.

Thank you to everyone who signed up to receive our e-mails through the Local 11 Web site. Members are volunteering in record numbers to help us get project labor agreements passed in cities throughout our jurisdiction. Your participation at public hearings, rallies, phone banking and precinct walking is vital to our securing union jobs.

Bob Oedy, P.S.

Local 11 Asst. Bus. Mgr. Kim Craft (left) greets AFL-CIO Pres. Richard L. Trumka at the Electrical Training Institute.

Agreements Approved

L.U. 15 (u), DOWNERS GROVE, IL—Local 15 members in the System Services Group overwhelmingly approved an agreement by a 70-1 vote. The three-year agreement included 3 percent raises.

Our members in the Overhead Department also approved a package by a vote of 297-143. Highlights include establishment of two new job titles, "crewleader planner" and "lead crewleader." The lead crewleader wage rate will be a 6 percent increase above the crewleader rate.

Bus. Mgr./Pres. Dean Apple met with the Illinois Attorney General's office to discuss concerns regarding the fossil division, mainly environmental issues.

Local 15 representatives and Exelon management signed several Nuclear Agreements. We signed two different reciprocal Travel Agreements, one with Clinton Power Station (IBEW Local 51) and another with Three Mile Island (IBEW Local 1289). We also signed an Outage Agreement for 2010, covering hours of work, overtime, per diem and travel issues. Finally, an Operations Package was agreed to, covering shifts to be worked, required training for promotions, etc.

We remain committed to educating members and sent six stewards to an arbitration school at the University of Illinois.

Our members at Kincaid donated more than $18,000 for United Way.

The fossil division has kept safety on the right track. Will County Station achieved two years without any accident and Kincaid Station achieved three years without a lost time accident.

Doug Vedas, P.S.

Code of Excellence

L.U. 17 (catv,em,lctt,o&u), DETROIT, MI—At this writing, the local is in contract negotiations on the line clearance tree trimming (LCTT) agreement, the 6-17-A construction agreement, as well as for the newly organized Substation Design Group and the municipality of Sebewaing, also recently organized. All have their challenges, as the economy continues to fuel management's desire for concessions.

Work remains slow for our 6-17-A agreement. Many of our construction linemen are forced to travel in order to provide for their families.

We extend a special thanks to Bro. Tim Head for his many years of service to the local as a union representative and officer.

The LCTT apprentice program will turn out the first class of journeymen this summer after receiving recognition by the Department of Labor in August 2009 for our Tree Trim Apprentice Program. Work remains strong with more than 600 trimmers currently working.

Local 17 is proud to announce the completion and implementation of the IBEW Utility Code of Excellence training program. We thank all of our utility brothers and sisters for stepping up to the plate and taking the lead on a workplace Code of Excellence.

Congratulations to Bros. Tom Helig, Pat Fogerty, Dennis Lixey, Paul Ashford, Mark Mitchell and Charley Bonner for retiring safely after long, prosperous careers.

Dean Bradley, P.S.

‘COPE'ing With Challenges

L.U. 21 (catv,govt&t), DOWNERS GROVE, IL—Members continue dealing with the anxiety and challenges of an ever-changing and quickly transforming telecommunications industry. Changes in technology and the increasing pace of competition are translating into a speedy loss of union jobs. These are just some of the reasons we must be involved daily with changing regulatory issues at the state and national level. Topping this list is the Illinois Telecommunications Act rewrite, set to expire this year, and the continuing push by industry giants like AT&T and Verizon to eliminate current consumer protections and exit the landline business altogether. Brothers and sisters, let's be clear—emerging technologies plus deregulation equate to job loss, period!

In these trying times, the funding of higher education is difficult for individuals and families alike. Each year, ten $1,000 scholarships are awarded through the Local 21 scholarship program, available to all Local 21 members and their immediate family members. Congratulations to all 2010 scholarship winners: Jason McGrady-Szremba, Melissa Bagnara, Michelle Benegas, Aimee Jalley, Giulia Lino, Eric Keith Mullins, Christopher Stancato, Joseph M. Stancato, Caitlin Sullivan and Kevin Yatsushiro.

Stay informed by attending monthly unit meetings and signing up for news updates and e-mail action alerts at

Thomas Hopper, P.S.

Senior Stewards Recognized

L.U. 37 (em,o&u), FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA—As part of Local 37's Senior Steward Recognition Program, 23 members were recently designated as senior stewards for the exemplary leadership and commitment they have demonstrated in the role of shop steward. At a special meeting, they were formally recognized by the Executive Board and IBEW First District Int. Vice Pres. Phillip J. Flemming.

The purpose of this new program is to recognize shop stewards who are committed to ongoing training, involved with committees, and take on leadership roles within the union. In order to be considered, shop stewards are required to meet certain eligibility criteria and go through an application and review process. The goal of the program is to further develop shop stewards as leaders, identify potential mentors, and make the union stronger. Eligibility Criteria:

  • Shop steward for at least three years
  • Held (or holds) positions such as Executive Board member, IBEW committee member, unit executive member, workplace committee member, etc.
  • Attended at least three role-related training courses or conferences
  • Participates in union meetings and events.

On behalf of the union, Bus. Mgr. Ross Galbraith congratulates the new senior stewards and all shop stewards for their dedication to Local 37.

Ross Galbraith, B.M.

Among attendees at a Local 37 meeting to recognize members designated as senior stewards are, front row: Bus. Mgr. Ross Galbraith (center, light blue shirt), Pres. Steve Hayes (second from left) and IBEW First District Int. Vice Pres. Phillip J. Flemming (fourth from left).

Work Picture Brighter

L.U. 41 (em,es,govt,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NY—Work slowed down considerably over the winter months. With the approach of spring, the work picture looks better. Our contractors have been awarded many projects that should start by late spring. Employment looks as though it will be good through the summer.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to work on the Eisenhardt family home. More than 24 members helped make the project a success for this family that has two boys with special needs. Special thanks to Bro. Dennis Pollinger, who did a fantastic job organizing this effort.

Once again our children's Christmas party was a huge success last year. Thank you to Bro. Jim Devany and his committee for making this event possible every year and for arranging a visit from Santa as well.

At this writing, New York state's political climate is changing almost daily. Now more than ever, we need to be politically active to advance the cause of working people and hold elected officials accountable. Remember, their actions affect all of us.

Michael J. Gaiser, A.B.M.

‘Heart Run & Walk' Benefit

L.U. 43 (em,i&rts), SYRACUSE, NY—Our work picture is still slow. One of the bright spots will be a refuel outage at the Nine Mile Point Nuclear facility. Although anticipated to be only a 19 to 26 day outage, the pre-outage and shut down work is expected to employ more than 140 journeymen.

Local 43 again put a team together for America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk, held in Utica, NY, at Utica College. Local 43 has participated in this annual event for three years and we have raised more than $6,000 to date. The event itself started in 1974 with five runners. This year was a new record with 8,740 walkers and runners, who raised $1,125,032 for the one-day event. Pictured in the accompanying photo is our team taking a "refresher" break at the home of retired IBEW Local 97 member James Cook, president emeritus of the Central New York Labor Council.

Jim Corbett, P.S.

IBEW Local 43 Heart Run & Walk team takes a break at the residence of IBEW Local 97 retired member and Central New York Labor Council Pres. Emeritus James Cook (front row, second from left). From left, front row, are: Local 43 Asst. Bus. Mgr. Pat Costello, J. Cook, Al Marzullo, Andy Gadek, Natasha Wells, Jeff Cassano; back row, Jim Corbett and Pat Harrington.

Making Progress

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA—As summer approaches let's hope the worst of Bush's recession is behind us. Despite the bad economy, Local 47 and our members are making progress on several fronts.

We organized workers at two line-clearance companies—Mowbray and Guzman Gardens. Contract negotiations have begun.

The line-clearance employees at Asplundh and Davey Tree ratified multi-year contracts with general wage increases averaging 3 percent to 3.5 percent per year and improved medical insurance.

Our municipal employees are struggling. We have extended several agreements for one year with no changes, assisting the cities and protecting jobs.

Our Smart Meter Installation Agreement with Corix has already created more than 250 union jobs. Corix is installing new meters throughout SCE territory.

Our treasurer, Roger Heldoorn, stepped down due to a promotion out of the bargaining unit. Heartfelt thanks to Roger for all his good work. Greg Vetter was appointed our new treasurer.

We are sad to report the passing of: Chris Bernal, SCE garage foreman from TSD; former member Michael Wayne Spence; and Kirby Joiner, IBEW Local 222 journeyman lineman. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of our brothers.

Live safe, live well, work union!

Stan Stosel, P.S.

Local Union Election

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,rtb,t&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL—2010 is an election year for Local 51 officers, unit officers and delegates to the 2011 International Convention. Ballots will be mailed in early May and tallied on June 4. Construction unit member Jason Carl will serve as election judge, and Springfield unit member Dick Wood as alternate judge. I urge all members to participate in the election process.

Local 51 recently re-negotiated agreements with: American Line Builders NECA (power and LCTT), Henkels & McCoy (power), Asplundh (power and LCTT), Nelson Tree Service, Wright Tree Service, Frontier Communications, Village of Chatham and the L.E. Myers Shop. As of this writing, negotiations continue at the Village of Riverton, Aqua Water, Corix Utilities (meter changers), Donco (meter readers), City of Peru and Corn Belt Energy. On the organizing front, the local filed for an election at the City of Geneseo (water department). The local thanks all members who assist during the negotiation and organizing process.

As of this writing, the work scene is slow compared with past years. Hopefully with the arrival of spring, our work outlook will improve.

Dan Pridemore, Pres.

Dustin Ames (center) receives his journeyman certificate at Local 51’s March Construction Unit meeting. With Dustin are his father, Dale Ames (left), and his uncle Steve Rapinac, both Local 51 members.

Contracts Ratified

L.U. 57 (lctt,mo,o,t&u), SALT LAKE CITY, UT—Two contracts were recently ratified. The membership voted to ratify a two-year Intermountain outside line construction agreement, effective through March 2012. Also ratified was the tree unit agreement with Trees, Inc. This is also a two-year agreement, for tree trimming work on Rocky Mountain Power property.

The work picture is slow. There are several projects out for bid that have been postponed until late spring or summer. The biggest is the Oquirrh 345-kv transmission project from Mona to Tooele, UT.

The local recently organized a group of Fairpoint Telecommunications combination techs in St. Anthony, Idaho. We are in negotiations for a first contract with Fairpoint. The local is also pursuing additional campaigns in our jurisdiction. As the economy continues to drag and corporate America implements takeaways, workers are turning to the only real choice—the IBEW, the right choice.

Scott Long, P.S.

Working for Labor Agenda

L.U. 77 (lctt,mt,o,t&u), SEATTLE, WA—IBEW Local 77 attended the annual Democratic Crab Feed fundraiser on Feb. 15. Special guests included Gov. Chris Gregoire, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, and U.S. Reps. Jim McDermott, Rick Larsen and Adam Smith. The Puget Sound Dungeness crab, steamed clams and barbequed salmon served were delicious.

Local 77 has worked diligently on several pieces of legislation. Among them are Arbitration Bills SB 5492 and HB 1389, which allow our workers at the Columbia Generating Station binding arbitration. We have also worked to raise Washington to one of the top five states in providing adequate unemployment insurance benefits to our less fortunate brothers and sisters. This effort is now under attack by some state business leaders. The Building Industry Association of Washington may run an initiative reducing workers' coverage.

We have been at odds with our area's environmental community. They want the only coal-fired power plant in the state shut down. This could cost the region's economy $200 million per year and 600 workers their livelihoods.

As a leader for the labor agenda presented by organized labor in Olympia, we will continue to work to maintain and improve working conditions for our membership.

Pat Darling, P.S.

Attending Democratic Crab Feed fund-raiser are, from left: Local 77 member Jeffrey High, Jana High, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, Debbie Guillot and Local 77 Bus. Mgr. Don Guillot.

Members Aid Charities

L.U. 111 (em,govt,lctt,mt,o,rtb,spa&u), DENVER, CO—In these tough economic times, the local union is proud to witness the generosity of our union members, who continue to donate their time and volunteer to help area charities.

In December 2009, the area fire and emergency medical services departments of southeast Colorado were presented with benefit funds, which were previously raised in July at the 22nd Annual Southeast Charity Classic.

Kudos to all the great members and sponsors who participated in the Southeast Colorado Power Association 22nd Annual Fundraiser. The annual golf tournament raised more than $10,000, which was distributed to fire and EMS departments throughout Southeast Colorado Power Association's service areas. Departments receiving funds were those in Hasty/McClave, Wiley, Granada, and Holly, CO. In the 22 years of this fundraising event, approximately $500,000 has been raised for local charities.

Dennis Z. LeTurgez, P.S.

All Member Meeting

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR—Mark your calendars and plan to attend the June 12 All Member Meeting. The meeting begins at 9 a.m., and Local 125 members will receive a state of the local update and hear from various guest speakers including IBEW Ninth District Int. Vice Pres. Michael Mowery and International Executive Council member Patrick Lavin. This meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites located near the entrance of the Portland International Airport. Reminder: Bring your dues receipt or IBEW membership card for entrance to the meeting.

On June 11, training will be held for our shop stewards, unit chairs and unit recorders. If you hold one of these positions and have not received your training registration information, contact the Local 125 business office at (503) 262-9125. Members who are interested in becoming a shop steward, unit chair, or unit recorder should contact their business representative about attending this training.

Marcy Putman, P.S.

Memorial Day

L.U. 159 (i), MADISON, WI—Happy Memorial Day to all.

On a sad note, I wish to report the passing of four Local 159 members: Bros. Tim Polnow, Robert Behling, John Kelch and Robert Cushing. Bro. Polnow was killed in a car accident and Bro. Kelch in an all terrain vehicle accident. Reminders to everyone: Please stay safe always, especially during the holiday weekend.

Local 159 has a little bit of good news lately, with a couple of good-size projects going our way. However, we still won't clear Book I anytime soon. The only project that might have helped us with that was put on hold until 2014.

We look forward to our Local 159 family outing at the Mallard's baseball game on June 13, as well as our annual golf outing to benefit our Suchoman Scholarship fund.

Let's hope to hear that many of our brothers and sisters are finding work this summer and that the work outlook around the country continues to improve.

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day.

Joel Kapusta, B.A.

‘Jobs for Jacksonville' Rally

L.U. 177 (bo,ees,i,mo,o&pet), JACKSONVILLE, FL—Recently, our Membership Development Volunteer Committee (MDVC), the driving force behind "Jobs for Jacksonville" turned out approximately 400 protestors to rally around the construction site of the new county courthouse and then march to city hall for the city council meeting. More than 100 attended the city council meeting, getting the attention of the council on our issues of local jobs for local workers. Jacksonville's unemployment rate is more than 20 percent in the construction industry and our municipal jobs are being given to out-of-town contractors and out-of-town workers. The MDVC worked hard to make the rally a success, utilizing phone banks, mailings and flyers.

Work in the Jacksonville area remains dismal, with the only two jobs of any size being done nonunion. I thank those locals that are able to employ our brothers and sisters during these times.

Alan Jones, Pres.

Local 177 Bro. Jeff Powell displays banner for the Jobs for Jacksonville rally.

Above and Beyond

L.U. 191 (c,i,mo,rtb&st), EVERETT, WA—On Jan. 15, Local 191 had a 4th Bone Marrow Drive on behalf of Turner Patterson, 12-year old son of Local 191 Bus. Rep./Dispatcher Travis Patterson. Thanks to the Washington Stealth (Everett's new lacrosse team) and Puget Sound Blood Bank for helping host the yearly event. We had a great turnout with 94 new registrations for the National Bone Marrow Registry. From a previous drive, there's an apprentice who is a potential match for a child with leukemia. What an amazing feeling to give the gift of life. Special thanks to our members who volunteered: Donnie Lewis, Melinda Barnett, Darrell McGlaughlin, Cheryl McGlaughlin, Beau Hannifious, Kellie Sagen, Rob De Velder and Travis Patterson.

Local 191 was proud to have our members volunteer on a Habitat for Humanity house located in Sedro-Wolley, WA. The volunteers roughed in the electrical work on Feb. 6 and 7. Their work was greatly appreciated. Many thanks to the volunteers: Sanya Hardin, Monica Quist, Ralph Leavitt, Devyn Johanson, Pat Gallatin, Chris Rader and Jodi Howson.

Please contact the Everett union hall if interested in volunteering. We could always use your help. Thank you.

Rob De Velder, P.S.

Kudos to Volunteers

L.U. 197 (em&i), BLOOMINGTON, IL—Last winter our members, including many apprentices, volunteered to help area charities. At Christmas our apprentices held a canned food drive for a food pantry. The first-year class headed up the drive and delivered food collected. Our bowling team (Brian Graves, Daryl Erschen, Jim Suppan, Dale Glasscock and Matt Strupp) raised money for the Great Plains Foundation. At this writing, Josh Mathis, Phil Crabill and Mike Raikes were scheduled to be on TV as volunteers for the Easter Seals telethon. Thanks to all members for their community service.

We are seeing the benefits of union friendly politicians at the federal and state level. The Transportation Center in Normal, IL, received $22 million in federal stimulus TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) funds. The project is shovel-ready and will put our people to work in coming months. The state of Illinois ruled that work performed on residential housing on the campus of Illinois State University in a public/private venture will be done under prevailing wage. In upcoming elections we must continue to work hard to elect labor-friendly candidates.

Recently we had to picket a job at China Star Buffet. The picket turned out a success in only a few hours. Thanks to the other trades for their solidarity, as they would not cross our picket. Thanks to Dale Glasscock, who took charge of picket duties. Take pride in your union and stay involved!

Mike Raikes, P.S.

Annual Awards Dinner

L.U. 237 (i), NIAGARA FALLS, NY—We are saddened to report the unexpected passing in January of Bro. Robert M. Johnson.

Local 237 journeymen and apprentices volunteered countless hours for last year's United Way Holiday Lights of Niagara extravaganza. The light display ran from Thanksgiving 2009 until the New Year. See IBEW Web site photo and article, "Niagara Falls Local Lights Up the Holidays," at Click on "Read More News" to see the Dec. 28, 2009, article.

Local 237 held its Annual Awards Dinner on Sat., Feb.13, at the Crowne Plaza in Niagara Falls, NY. Ladies in attendance received a beautiful rose and vase (thanks to Bro. David Stewart's wife, Nancy). Everyone enjoyed a scrumptious dinner and music by the Jamie Holka Band. Jamie is the son of retired Local 237 member Henry Holka.

Among those honored were the following retired Local 237 members: For 55 years of service—Roger Augerot, Donald Carter Jr., Karl Krueger, Fillmore Rickard, David Robbins; and for 50 years of service—John Anderson, Robert Allen, Henry Holka, Clarence Krull and Aldo Ruta.

Local 237 members Douglas J. Anderson and James K. Anderson assisted in presenting their dad, John Anderson, his 50-year IBEW service pin. It was truly a proud moment for the Andersons.

Russ Quarantello, B.M.

Attending Local 237's annual awards dinner are: from left, back row, Fin. Sec. Salim Kinan, Bus. Mgr. Russ Quarantello, Vice Pres. Larry Krueger; front row, members Doug Anderson, John Anderson and Jim Anderson.

River Cleanup

L.U. 269 (i&o), TRENTON, NJ—Morrisville Borough officials were pleasantly surprised at this year's annual Delaware Canal Cleanup. An event that usually musters only a few volunteers got a taste of what the power of IBEW Local 269's brotherhood can accomplish.

Approximately 20 Local 269 members converged on Delaware Canal State Park armed with nets, grappling hooks, branch cutters, gloves and waders—along with motivation to serve their community. Members removed debris (cans, bottles, logs and branches) to both maintain the historic beauty of the canal and keep the waters flowing to help prevent flooding. The river dredger team was spearheaded by Morrisville Borough Councilman and Local 269 Bro. Dave Rivella. Another job well-done by our members, who continue to make an impact on the communities and organizations they belong to.

With anticipation that the economy and, consequently, our work picture will pick up, members have used their downtime wisely updating their skills. Members are participating in CPR and AED first-aid classes taught by Bro. David Pinelli, as well as journeyman welding courses conducted by Senior Welding Instructors Mark Waladakewics and Michael Rinkus.

We hope spring will bring employment for our members and their families.

D. Brian Proctor, P.S.

Fourth-year Apprentice Instructor Chris Mains (center) instructs students Mark Locane (left) and Timothy Rivella at the Local 269 Rupert Jahn Trade School's motor control lab.

Anti-Worker Bills Defeated

L.U. 291 (i,o,rtb&rts), BOISE, ID—So far this year organized labor together with the Idaho AFL-CIO banded together to defeat three bills before the state legislature that were very anti-labor. Two were firmly directed at unions regarding project labor agreements and market recovery, while the third was focused on county options for permitting, which was a shot at our industry as a whole. We can fight the fight when we stick together!

Opening letters were sent out to begin negotiations on our Residential and VDV agreements.

Thanks to all the volunteers on the recent Habitat for Humanity project. At press time, we have completed two units out of a three-house complex.

Local union nominations for all elected positions are coming up in May with elections in June.

Congratulations to our 2010 JATC inside graduates: Steven Amado, Chris Ankrom, Ray Atkinson, Mathew Bruns, Russell Colburn, Jesus Coronel, Aaron Granden, Luke Hardy, Nicholaus Harris, Justin Hugo, Travis Hust, Ryan Jenkins, Michael Jeske, Phil Keetch, Jennifer Logan, Joshua Mangum, Samuel McConnell, Wayne Nihart, Paul Perala and Craig Shively.

Ron Ely, P.S.

Brothers Lend a Hand

L.U. 309 (i,lcttt,mo,mt,o,rts,spa&u), COLLINSVILLE, IL—In February journeyman wiremen Steve Bendick and Bob Frisse traveled to Memorial Christian Hospital located in Malumghat, Bangladesh. The national power grid there is unreliable and fails several times each day. The missionary hospital compound uses two generators for back-up and both automatic transfer switches had failed. Bros. Bendick and Frisse went in with new parts and replaced both with new switches.

For the Inside branch, the work picture remains slow with 101 journeymen and 35 apprentices currently out of work. We hope the second half of the year will show improvement.

Line construction has steadily improved into the spring. All of our apprentices and journeymen are employed. A few operators are still off.

Negotiations have begun with Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville for the maintenance electricians. The negotiations should be concluded by the time this is published.

Our Annual Golf Tournament is set for June 11. Sign up your teams early as the event is always a sell-out.

Remember: Our strength depends on the quality of our work.

Scott Tweedy, A.B.M.

Local 309 journeyman wiremen Steve Bendick (left) and Bob Frisse.

Jobs Campaign Rally

L.U. 349 (em,i,mps,rtb,spa&u), MIAMI, FL—The new casinos opened at the Flagler Dog Track and Calder Race Track, with the help of our union electricians from Tri-City Electric and Parsons Electric. These two casinos opened on time and with a fast-pace build. Our electricians showed their skills of the trade in completing these projects. With the opening of Calder's Casino, we were able to put one additional electrician to work in the Electrical Maintenance Department.

The AFL-CIO national jobs campaign held a kick-off rally in Titusville, FL. Budget cuts could eliminate human spaceflight by NASA. More than 1,200 high-skilled union jobs could be lost. [See "Outsourcing Space: IBEW Workers Face End of Shuttle Era," The Electrical Worker, January 2010.] AFL-CIO Pres. Richard Trumka , IBEW Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill and IBEW Int. Sec.-Treas. Lindell K. Lee attended the rally.

For the Edison Festival of Lights parade, our Local 349 West Coast Division and the Southwest Florida Chapter AFL-CIO entered the apprenticeship's photovoltaic trailer with lights and decorations. Bus. Asst. Mike Nagle, Local 349 members and members of Southwest Chapter AFL-CIO did a great job decorating and our entry won the grand prize trophy, The Edison Lighting Award. A total of 198 floats entered the event. Congratulations to all on a job well-done.

Remember to attend your union meetings.

We remember our troops here and overseas.

Frank Albury, P.S./Exec. Board

Local 349 members, Bus. Mgr. Bill Riley, IBEW Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill and Int. Sec.-Treas. Lindell K. Lee gather for a big "Save our Jobs" trade union rally in Titusville, FL.

Bill Signing Ceremony

L.U. 351 (c,cs,i,it,lctt,mt,o,se,spa &t), FOLSOM, NJ—On Jan. 11, then-acting New Jersey Gov. Steve Sweeney signed Assembly Bill 4293 into law at our Local 351 union hall.

This was a very historic and important day for the IBEW in the state of New Jersey.

The bill—sponsored by Assemblyman Joe Egan, IBEW Local 456 business manager, and Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo, IBEW Local 269 assistant business manager—guarantees that all solar projects in the state are covered by prevailing rate. With the huge list of solar projects proposed in the state, this is a very significant event for IBEW labor.

This bill levels the playing field and will help ensure these projects are completed by IBEW labor, the best trained and skilled workers in the state.

Daniel Cosner, P.S.

IBEW Bus. Mgrs. Edward Gant (front row, third from left) of Local 351, Denny Doyle (front row, second from left) of Local 269 and Pete Geronimo (front row, fourth from left) of Local 400 look on as then-acting New Jersey Gov. Steve Sweeney (seated) signs solar bill into law at the Local 351 union hall. Also attending are: IBEW business agents; New Jersey Sen. Donald Norcross (far left) of IBEW Local 351; and New Jersey Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (foreground, standing) of IBEW Local 269.

New Hiring Hall Dedication

L.U. 357 (c,i,mt&se), LAS VEGAS, NV—On Dec. 10. 2009, Local 357 held its annual retirees Christmas party honoring our retired members. Food was served and a live band performed. Among those presented service pins were: Gene A. Goodnough—for 45 years of service; Benjamin L. Sims—for 50 years; Dayton H. Barney and Richard M. Tinney—55 years; and Otto Hurst, Roy R. Pease and Lucines S. Perkins—for 60 years. For the many retirees eligible for pins who could not attend, their pins were to be mailed.

Last year, Local 357 broke ground on a new 35,000 square-foot hiring hall. We now have more than 4,000 members and have outgrown our current hiring hall. Our new hall will combine IBEW's local history with future technology, and will feature a state-of-the-art photovoltaic system.

Clark and Sullivan, the general contractor, along with Bombard Electric Co., Bombard Renewable Energy, Sun City Electric Co., and S.A.F.E. Electronics Co., with the help of local technicians and wiremen, have managed to get the building ready for dispatch. The building will be dedicated on May 15. Local 357 will be dispatching calls from the new hall, at 808 N. Lamb Blvd., toward the middle of 2010.

Timothy Bolton, P.S.

Local 357 members, along with Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. David R. Jones (second row, standing, far right), gather at the new hiring hall site.

Support Union Activities

L.U. 359 (u), MIAMI, FL—It's been a tough year with the loss of jobs in all areas.

The president worked hard to win health care reform, fighting heavy opposition from the other side in Congress. Everyone in this country has a right to health care coverage at a reasonable cost. We all need to support our president and elected officials who are with us on the issues. When we are asked to call or e-mail our congressmen, we need to respond and push for legislation beneficial to working families.

The local is busy trying to keep up with the many changes managers are implementing in the field, which affect our members in their daily work environment. This isn't only affecting the Florida Power & Light work force but also our sub-locals with the Cities of Homestead and Lake Worth. The cities are trying to withhold negotiated wages and benefits due to the loss of tax revenue.

Even FP&L is cutting back on major projects, since the Public Service Commission denied a requested rate increase, including the apprentice lineman program.

In the nuclear plants, however, the situation is quite the opposite. The nuclear apprenticeship program in the three journeyman fields is still working out after the apprentices graduated from the college program with two-year degrees. The third-year training is progressing in the plant. We expect the first graduating class to top out in May or June. Local 359 commends the union instructors teaching at the college and at the plant for the hours they devote designing programs to teach future journeymen.

Steve Flynn, F.S./P.S.

Local 359 line crew gathers outside FP&L's Turkey Point nuclear power plant to work on a pole and wire down. From left are: journeymen Gary Sands, Chris Molnar, Abel Garcia, Mack Mincey and Jonathan McMorris.

New Web Site Launched

L.U. 363 (catv,em,govt,i,t,u&ws), NEW CITY, NY—We recently launched our new, interactive Web site. Both active and retired members contributed positive feedback and have reported it is remarkably user-friendly and informative. We encourage everybody to visit us at

Bus. Mgr. John Maraia appointed a bargaining committee and bargaining began in March. At press time, a small works agreement is being discussed between the committee and the contractors.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer.

Timothy Poulin, P.S.

'On the Road to Recovery’

L.U. 405 (em,i,rtb&spa), CEDAR RAPIDS, IA—It has been nearly two years since the flood of 2008 left our city and our hearts in ruins, but we are well on the road to recovery. A good number of businesses in the affected areas are back and we continue to see former tenants return.

According to numbers given to us by, the flood left Cedar Rapids with $1 billion in damage. Just over 9 square miles of this town were affected, including 5,400 homes, 1,049 commercial properties and 486 non-profits.

Notable industries affected include Quaker Oats, Penford, Cargill, Diamond V Mills and our two main power plants. One hundred percent of the reconstruction work at those sites was done by IBEW members and signatory IBEW contractors.

We could not have done this without the help of our brothers and sisters from other locals. During the one-year period immediately following the crest, Local 405 referred 817 travelers from throughout the United States. The majority of these came from Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

So, to those of you who traveled here to help us get back on our feet—thank you! We will not forget your hard work and generosity.

Dan Hopper, P.S.

Flood of 2008 Cargill day crew. IBEW members aid reconstruction efforts in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Work Picture Difficult

L.U. 415 (c,govt&i), CHEYENNE, WY—We just had one of the toughest winters for quite some time in this jurisdiction. Traditionally, Wyoming has been fairly insulated from the rest of the construction industry nationally, because of our energy sector. But this year has proven otherwise.

Although several good projects are going on in our jurisdiction, union contractors are not getting very much of this work. State-funded and private-sector work is also going nonunion. Our officers are working hard to turn this trend around and our contractors are doing what they can, but it seems our efforts are never well-received.

We are witnessing a change in the construction business, with unscrupulous, at-risk construction management firms coming in and corrupting the legitimate work picture with illegal tactics.

If any one of the current projects had been awarded to a fair contractor, our books would be clear; and if two had gone fair, we would need traveling members to help staff this work. So we have a lot of work to do with our legislature, to ensure that this disturbing trend could be reversed.

We also have some changes to our referral procedure, so please check with the hall or our Web site to review these changes.

John Voytko, P.S.

Cities Honor Union Members

L.U. 441(as,i&rts), SANTA ANA, CA—With the help of Local 441 Bus. Rep. Ernie Oviedo, the City of Anaheim honored its Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3173. Ernie was instrumental in working with his VFW Post to coordinate and design a placard to be placed at the city’s entrance. Ernie is a lifetime member who is very active with his Post. After months of planning, the VFW Post #3173 sign was displayed on the Harbor Boulevard entrance in February 2010 at a dedication ceremony hosted by City Councilwomen Lorri Galloway and Lucille Kring.

In the City of Placentia, retired Local 441 member Joe Samaniego has made a habit of brightening the day of morning commuters and recently received special recognition for his friendly routine. Now age 89, Joe sits near a busy Placentia street corner and waves to morning passersby for several hours each day. The mayor of Placentia has taken notice and recently honored Joe at a breakfast ceremony. Joe has also been featured in local newspapers for his positive act of citizenship.

Rich Vasquez, B.R.

IBEW Local 441 Bus. Rep. Ernie Oviedo (right) attends dedication ceremony with VFW Post Cmdr. Gary Mason and Anaheim City Councilwomen Lorri Galloway and Lucille Kring.

Report from Idaho

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, ID—Twenty-four out of 40 counties in Idaho fall under the jurisdiction of IBEW Local 449—that’s over half the state. With our large jurisdiction, construction members find themselves meeting in the wee hours of the morning to carpool. The roads are torturous and often Mother Nature does her thing with horizontal snow, high winds, ice, rain—and sometimes sunshine. Then there is the wildlife, and I don’t mean the other drivers; there are antelope, deer, elk, moose and skunks. Many hazards put our members in peril when they travel to and from their jobsites. I’m trying to convey just how large our jurisdiction is and what many members face each and every day—even before they get to work. Wearing seat belts, having a four-wheel drive and driving defensively helps; however, timing, luck, karma whatever you want to call it plays a big part. I take comfort in knowing that should something happen, there is a brother or sister not far away—ready and willing to help.

Congratulations on their recent retirement to: Scott Hadley, Gary Jester, Donald Patterson and John Qualls.

With their passing, we will miss Lloyd Berg and Leland Staten.

Laurie Watters, R.S.

Annual Food Drive

L.U. 459 (ees,em,govt,so&u), JOHNSTOWN, PA—Since 1983, Local 459 has conducted annual food drives, and our contributions have grown each year. For the recent drive, the local was very successful in the amount of monetary contributions and non-perishable items received.

Local 459’s 2009 Food Drive collected and distributed a total of $10,378, for a grand total of approximately $150,500 in cash donations since 1983.

Our donations are received from Local 459 members, employers of represented members and friends of the community. Local 459 represents members in Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland. The donations are distributed to food pantries in those areas in which our members work and reside. Food drive funds were also used to purchase food coupons that were distributed to members who were off work because of long-term illnesses.

The success of the drive is a great tribute to Local 459 members, who generously supported this valuable initiative. The local thanks all who contributed. Thanks to all the union stewards who collected funds and a big thank-you to Mary Perdew, chairperson of the 2009 Food Drive.

Kenneth L. Richards, Pres./A.B.M.

Scholarships for the Future

L.U. 543 (mo&t), SAN BERNARDINO, CA—In our endeavor to provide the best "day to day" service to our membership by taking care of the grievances, contract negotiations, problem solving, etc., we cannot lose sight of the future needs of our members. We, at Local 543, have taken a step to further this effort by establishing a scholarship fund for the children and grandchildren of Local 543 members. Applicants this year competed for the scholarships by submitting an essay on "Why should I buy union made, American products." The essays show that the ideals of the "union concept" are alive and well in America.

Scholarship recipients this year are: Chance Erwin, Kurt Bernardin and Sarah Schrader. Congratulations to these students for outstanding essays, which are posted on the local’s Web site

We hope that by investing in the future of a member’s children and grandchildren, we can present an alternative to the "corporate America" mindset by promoting the ideals of "unity through union." We hope we can, in a small part, provide a positive influence for these young adults to help ensure their future and ours.

Larry Schrader, Exec. Brd.

Tribute to a Union Brother

L.U. 551 (c,i&st), SANTA ROSA, CA—It is with sadness that we report the loss of retired Bro. Richard Clarey, a former business manager of Local 551. Bro. Clarey was born in August 1931 and passed away in January 2010.

Bro. Clarey was initiated into Local 551 in February 1957. After graduating the apprenticeship and becoming a journeyman, over the course of his career he held every local union office and sat on numerous committees. Bro. Clarey worked for several contractors in the area prior to serving as business manager. He retired in 1996 after serving as business manager/financial secretary of Local 551 for 18 years. He looked forward to receiving his 50-year membership pin, which was awarded in 2007, and was very proud of this accomplishment. A mention in the Congressional Record was made by U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey noting his fine contribution to labor, and this honor was presented at his funeral service.

I would like to thank Sue Miller, 30-year honorary member, who contributed the information for this article.

Denise D. Soza, B.R.

Local 551 retired former business manager Richard Clarey (1931-2010).

Important Decisions

L.U. 557 (i,mt,rts&spa), SAGINAW, MI—This spring will be an important time for the local’s membership. As we begin contract negotiations and elect local officials, we must decide what direction to take our local in. In these uncertain times, with an unstable economy and high unemployment, we must all pull together to make the right choices for our future. Leadership is especially important in these trying times. This local, as well as the entire state of Michigan, has felt the impact of the economic downturn. With some members off work for long periods, it is time to come together as a body and figure a way out of this mess. Only by coming together in solidarity can we make a bright future for ourselves.

In the midst of all the economic woes, our local found time for some fun recently. On Jan. 29, a bus full of members and friends took a road trip to see the Detroit. [See photo above.] Red Wings hockey team play in Detroit. The Wings beat Nashville by a score of 4-2! It was a great way to spend a winter weekend night and have fun together. We hope this can be the start of a great tradition for us.

Evan Allardyce, P.S.

Local 557 members and friends celebrate a Detroit Red Wings win after a game in January.

Advocacy for Recovery Agenda

L.U. 569 (i,mar,mt,rts&spa), SAN DIEGO, CA—On March 8-9, IBEW Local 569 electrical workers Kevin Alvin, Tammy Spinks, Glenn Wallis and Dave Taylor joined other union members in Sacramento to advocate for a recovery agenda to attract good jobs to California, put Californians back to work, repair the safety net, increase corporate transparency and accountability, and protect workers’ rights. Our 2010 California legislative agenda includes bills that will put us back on the road to "Renewing California’s Promise."

Nicholas J. Segura Jr., P.S.

Joint Legislative Conference of California attendees include, from left: Local 569 members Tammy Spinks and Kevin Alvin; Speaker of the Assembly John Perez; Local 569 members Dave Taylor, Glenn Wallis and Jen Badgley, political director.

Community Service Volunteers

L.U. 573 (as&i), WARREN, OH—Warren is known throughout the state for its annual Relay For Life. It is the largest such relay in the state, raising approximately $1million annually for the American Cancer Society. Our secretaries at the training center hold basket raffles for the relay.

Last fall, Local 573 office secretaries put on a rummage sale with items donated by members and area residents. Special thanks to the secretaries, Jewel and Dee, for their hard work to benefit this worthy cause. Thanks also to all Local 573 members and IBEW travelers for their support.

Our apprentice food drive came to a close. The five apprentice classes held a friendly competition to collect the most canned and dry goods for donation to the Warren Family Mission. [See photo above of winning second-year class.] These donations made the holidays brighter for approximately 50 area families. We thank our office staff and all Local 573 members who helped make the food drive a success.

David Bush Jr., P.S.

Local 573 second-year apprentice class members, joined by Instructor Bill Beck (left), include: Steve Morse, Wilbert Collins, David Folley Jr., Justin Fisher, Nick Ocheltree, Jacob Paridorn, Jason Pate and Mark Phillips.

‘Brighter Days Ahead’

L.U. 595 (c,govt,i&st), DUBLIN, CA—After a dismal 2009 and early 2010, full employment for our apprentices and calls for journeyman wiremen indicate brighter days ahead. Several larger projects will provide much of the hiring, but the small private work that is the bread and butter of our industry has been the slowest sector to recover. With the in troduction of Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill’s mandated Market Advancement Initiative, we will continue to organize workers and contractors to regain market share.

In California we need to elect a Democratic governor to begin to repair Arnold’s damage to organized labor. Trying to get a timely state budget out of Sacramento is also a huge challenge. Our good friend U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney (11th Dist.) will be in a fight for re-election in November, and Local 595 members will work to ensure that he continues his great work for labor, veterans, alternative energy and workers’ rights.

Through our Building Trades Council, we are securing project labor agreements throughout the jurisdiction and hope this continues. Our biggest project is the Solyndra solar manufacturing plant being built in Fremont. Ironically, it is just down the block from our proud NUMMI plant, which recently stopped production after 40 years of successful car manufacturing. Although the decommissioning process hired a number of our electricians, it is a sad day to see the plant close. We hope these manufacturing jobs will be replaced by green tech jobs making products for America’s future.

Tom Mullarkey, B.R.

First phase of construction at Solyndra plant, a Local 595 project, will be a 600,000 square-foot photovoltaic manufacturing facility.

Going Green

L.U. 601 (i&rtb), CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, IL—Local 601 looks forward to spring after a very slow winter. At press time, there are 102 journeyman wiremen on Book I, 22 on the Apprentice Book and 643 travelers on Book II.

Green has been the color of work in the 601 jurisdiction. A total of 364 wind turbines have been completed or are finishing up at this writing.

At the Krannert Center for Performing Arts at the University of Illinois, a green lighting project was recently completed, replacing 575 150-watt fixtures with 32-watt LED lights. The project was completed by our local contractor, Coleman Electric Service, and Local 601 members. Michael Williams, lighting director at Krannert, said the new fixtures save energy and last 50,000 hours compared with 2,000 hours for the incandescent bulbs. The new LED fixtures run on a computer system and the new LED bulbs have a color range of 16.9 million different colors. The project was funded in part by the Student Sustainability Committee, using income from a $2 a semester clean-energy fee paid by UI students.

Dan Hatter, P.S.

IBEW Local 601 members Stuart Weiss (left) and Chris Lueth (obscured from view) work on a green lighting project at the University of Illinois.

Kudos to IBEW Switchgear Crew

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM—In a previous article I inadvertently left out a few names of the recent graduating apprentices. They are: Patrick L. Candelaria, Michael J. Green, Jonathan Locker, Joshua A. Montoya, Tony L. Read Jr., Stuart Smith, Jonathan B. Thompson, Christopher E. Thornton and Adrian Valdez. Congratulations, guys! You are a great asset to the local.

We are working under a new three-year contract, effective Nov. 1, 2009, through Oct. 31, 2012. The wages will increase $0.50 on Nov. 1, 2010; $0.50 on May 1, 2011; $0.50 on Nov. 1, 2011; and $0.60 on May 1, 2012.

Shown in the photo above is the switchgear crew from Rosendin Electric working on the P1268 project at one of the world’s largest chip manufacturing plants, located in Rio Rancho, NM. The employees received a $50 Lowes gift card for their safe work practices, quality of work and meeting all schedule requirements. The major portion of their scope involved replacing two unit substations and dual module UPS systems with two new double ended 400A substations, multiple 800KVA UPS modules, static switches, battery racks, load bank terminal boxes and all associated conduit. Great work, guys.

Local 611 extends condolences to the families of recently deceased members: Roger Abeita, Thomas W. Sturtz, Gerald Vincent Garcia, James C. Ray, Paul L. Bridges, Kenneth R. Beeson, Albino C. Garcia, Henry L. Gallegos, Eloy E. Gomez and Franklin G. Rosewell.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.

Local 611 switchgear crew with Rosendin Electric Inc.: from left, front row, Ruben Martinez, Matthew Ramsey, Henry Ortega, Richard Aragon, Bobby Martinez.; back row, Austin Johnson, Adelaido Sanchez, Andrew Romero, Gabe Moranttes, Adolf Garcia, Garland Leatherman and Mark Trujillo.

High-Speed Rail Project

L.U. 617 (c,i,mo&st), SAN MATEO, CA—High-speed rail is coming to Northern California and Local 617 stands ready to provide competent and skilled labor for the project. Dedicated members of the local along with those of the building trades recently attended an open forum for public comment and supported our leadership as they spoke in favor of the project and effectively overshadowed those who oppose it. While it is just the beginning and the process will take time, local members and leadership will meet the challenge every step of the way.

A vote on Measure M a few years ago is about to translate into big benefits for local workers, residents, families and their students. The School Board of the San Mateo Union High School District has voted to install solar systems at all the district high schools with Project Labor Agreement projects starting this year. This $30 million investment will offset energy costs for decades, allowing the district operating budget to pay for education and not utilities.

The local has launched the long-awaited All Electrical Service. AES advertises trained, experienced and licensed electrical service to the community and will increase our market share and broaden opportunities for our contractors and members in the service sector.

Dan Pasini, V.P.

In Tribute to a Brother

L.U. 625 (ees,em,i,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA—The work picture is still slow as of this early March writing. Hopefully a little hiring will start soon at the Tufts Cove Generating Station and a shutdown in May at the Refinery.

Bro. Lenny Shaw received his 50-year pin at the January unit meeting, as well as a certificate signed by Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill. The following received 45-year pins: Bros. Wayne Christie, Irving Marshall and Henry Moore. Congratulations, brothers, on reaching these great milestones in your IBEW careers.

The IBEW lost one of its proudest members on Feb. 11 when Bro. John Wayne "The Duke" Fougere suddenly passed away. Wayne was a Local 625 Executive Board member and a past president of the local. As a 40-year member, Wayne traveled the U.S. and Canada. From the "Big Dig" in Boston to the "Tar Sands" in Alberta, the Duke was well-known for his passion for the IBEW. One of his proudest moments was when, as local union president in 1991, he served as a delegate to the 34th IBEW International Convention and centennial celebration in St. Louis, MO. The Duke went suddenly due to heart failure while boarding the bus at the Scotford Upgrader Project in Alberta. Wayne was 58.

Tom Griffiths, Pres.

IBEW Bowling Tournament

L.U. 683 (em&i), COLUMBUS, OH—The local will host the 66th Annual IBEW International Bowling Tournament on May 21-23 at the Columbus Palace Bowling Lanes. Competing locals need to contact Local 683 for further information. Bob Garich and his crew have planned a good time for all. The local will also host the IBEW Softball Tournament; details are available at the hall.

I also wish to remind Local 683 members to sign up and attend classes required by our contract, Code of Excellence, OSHA 10 or 30, and NFPA 70 E.

It is time, by use of the Internet or other means, to update the methods of our out-of-work members to find jobs in other locals. This would assist our out-of-work members who travel to find work. Are there any suggestions or ideas?

We extend condolences to the families of recently deceased members: Michael Burchett, William New, George Spires Jr., Charles Holley and Michael Casey. Our brothers are deeply missed but not forgotten.

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

Alternative Energy Grant

L.U. 725 (i,rts&spa), TERRE HAUTE, IN—Local 725 was awarded a $42,580 alternative energy federal grant administered through the Indiana Office of Energy Development under Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman. Our journeymen and apprentices will volunteer to install a 60-panel 14.1 kW solar system. The final installation will be available for public inspection and educational tours. Additionally, we were able to secure a net-metering agreement with Duke Energy to offset our electric bill.

Our local took the lead on behalf of the local building trades to secure passage of a second Responsible Bidder Ordinance (RBO) within our jurisdiction. Bloomington, IN, implemented the ordinance on Oct. 21, 2009, and Terre Haute passed the RBO on March 11, 2010. These steps will assist our contractors to secure more jobs. Bus. Mgr. Todd Thacker and staff worked hard for passage, and these successes prove the importance of political involvement and participation in local organizations. Monroe County and Vigo County are next. We thank all apprentices and journeymen who attended meetings and contacted our councilmen.

Bus. Mgr. Thacker, Rep. Brian Wood and I thank members Larry Boyles, Mike McNabb, Kent Mundy, Jason Newton, Eric Tingley and Leon Trosper for attending the Whirlpool rally in Evansville to protest the loss of 1,100 jobs.

Tom Szymanski, Organizer

IBEW Local 725 was awarded an alternative energy federal grant.

Annual Work Party Volunteers

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL—We had our annual work party in February and what a cold morning it was. To say our members care about their local union is an understatement. Even though it was only about 38 degrees, we had our greatest turnout yet. More than 50 members brought their rakes, chainsaws and strong backs and went to work early maintaining our local union grounds. We even had some retired members come out to help, and they must miss being in the trenches because they tried to work us long into the day. We had a great cookout for lunch and enjoyed great brotherhood all day. Many thanks to all who took time out of their busy schedules to help take care of our home local.

We continue to struggle in this economy. The need for jobs for our members is great. That said, this is an election year. Let’s all be diligent in screening and endorsing candidates who support union labor. It is up to each of us to educate ourselves so we make the right decisions at the ballot box.

Theresa King, P.S.

Local 915 members volunteer for the local’s annual work party.

Business Manager Retires

L.U. 949 (em,t&u), BURNSVILLE, MN—Local 949 bids a happy retirement to Vince Guertin, who served as business manager. Effective March 11, Vince joined the ranks of those too busy enjoying life to go to work every day.

Vince came on board at Local 949 as a business representative in 1990 and was elected business manager/financial secretary in 1998. He brought with him energy, experience, commitment and dedication—confirmed by the growth of the local, necessitating three additional business representatives, and by success in making the local financially secure.

Vince liked to say his role was to provide the members with a "tool box with the right tools." These tools included member participation in stewardship education, in national conferences, and the creation of a Web site bringing the local into the digital age.

We wish Vince Guertin the very best!

Cy Grover, P.S.

Local 949 Bus. Mgr. Vince Guertin retired March 11, 2010.

Move to New Headquarters

L.U. 965 (em,govt,ptc&u), MADISON, WI—Local 965’s investment in its future is coming into fruition as it moves into its new headquarters at 701 Watson Ave., Madison, WI.

Much of the minor work done prior to moving in was accomplished by member volunteers during February and March. Our heartfelt thanks go to all our members and families who worked to fix up the building and assisted in the actual move. We look forward to better serving our membership, as well as spreading the message about the benefits of union affiliation, from this wonderful new facility.

The local is well along in conducting listening sessions with those members who work for Wisconsin Power & Light Co., a subsidiary of Alliant Energy. The listening sessions are in preparation for contract negotiations, which begin next year. WP&L is the largest employer of Local 965 members.

The local will soon announce recipients of the 2010 IBEW Local 965 scholarships, which are available to current high-school seniors who are dependent children of Local 965 members.

Local union elections are scheduled for June. Nominations for officers, delegates and the Executive Board/unit chairs were accepted during unit meetings in April.

Kurt Roberts, P.S.

Rio Grande Valley VA Clinic

L.U. 1015 (em&i), WESLACO, TX—Local 1015 and L&O Electric joined together in the opportunity to construct a lifelong dream for Rio Grande Valley military veterans who fought hard for many years to be able to receive the health care they need closer to home. At this writing, the new South Texas VA Health Care Center at Harlingen, TX, is now under construction.

Our RGV-Laredo/ JATC is also proud to report that as of press time six apprentices are among the union members working at the L&O clinic project. This is a great experience for our brothers, especially considering one of our apprentices is a veteran and proud to work on a facility that will help many Rio Grande Valley veterans receive medical attention.

Although, work in the Local 1015 jurisdiction has not yet bloomed, members have taken a turn toward education in the industry.

Thank you all for your support of the union.

Ray R. Duran, P.S.

Local 1015 journeymen and apprentices are working with L&O Electric on construction of the new VA health care center in Harlingen, TX. From left, back row, are: Aaron Bazan, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Jesus Salinas, Antonio Iruegas, Hector Banda, Wenceslaco "Willie" Castaneda, Frank Eckert, Juan Arevalo, Felipe Espinoza , Miguel Sanchez, Jesus R. Rodulfo, Dereck Crockett, Juan M. Contreras; front row, Robert Mujica, David Juarez, Robert Juarez, Elpidio Ortiz, Mario Villegas and Guadalupe Villareal.

A Strong, United Voice

L.U. 1049 (lctt,o,u&uow), LONG ISLAND, NY—We continue to closely follow the relationship between the Long Island Power Authority and National Grid. There has been much speculation as to what the future holds, specifically which company or companies will own, operate and maintain the electric generating stations and the Electric T&D System. Currently, the Maintenance Services Agreement is out for bid and the power plants are for sale. LIPA Chmn. Kevin Law was quoted in several news articles praising the hard work and dedication shown by IBEW Local 1049 members. He has given us many assurances that the members will not be hurt by any changes that may occur.

In our Craft Division, Bus. Mgr. Robert Shand formed a Health and Welfare Committee, tasked with lowering costs for our Health and Welfare Fund. This fund was recently hit with a 23 percent increase in premiums. The committee is reviewing all available health-care plans, carriers and plan designs.

Our leadership met with all the local unions that work on the various properties of National Grid. In attendance were five IBEW locals along with representatives from the Steelworkers, Utility Workers and Transport Workers. It was an opportunity for all of us to work together and to speak with company representatives with one strong, common and united voice.

Thomas J. Dowling, R.S.

Labor Lobby Day

L.U. 1253 (i), AUGUSTA, ME—Elected officers participated in an interactive training program in January presented by Int. Rep. Mike D’Amico.

Feb. 4 was Labor Lobby Day at the Augusta State House. We were pleased to participate in this annual event sponsored by the Maine AFL-CIO.

The Legislative Breakfast, sponsored by the Eastern Maine Central Labor Council, was held Feb. 20 in Brewer. This was a good opportunity for members to discuss pending bills with lawmakers. Inside Apprentice Scott Cuddy represented us well in his presentation of misclassification of employees as independent contractors.

Work opportunities seem to be picking up as we continue to work with our signatory contractors to overcome this harsh economy.

Congratulations to recent retirees Ken LeGasse and Bob Thompson. Thanks to both for longtime, dedicated service to the IBEW. We wish them a happy, healthy retirement.

William Gifford, P.S.

Local 1253 Dir. of Business Development Calvin Murphy (right) discusses issues with state Rep. Tim Driscoll of the Labor Committee at the Augusta, ME, state house on Labor Lobby Day.

Contract Negotiations

L.U. 1307 (u), SALISBURY, MD—By the time this finds print, we should be in negotiations with Delmarva Power. With the current economy, we expect a difficult negotiation. On our negotiating committee are: Local 1307 Bus. Mgr./Pres. David Adkins, Fin. Sec. Michele Horner, Rec. Sec. Debbie Fidderman, E-Board members Vaughn Horner, Chuck Harris, Heather Adkins and Eddie Sparks; and member Jeff Shrieves.

In these tough times, working people need all the friends they can find. COPE is the union’s political action fund to help elect friends of labor. COPE also keeps score of how major elected officials vote on issues important to labor. You can check the voting records of elected officials to see if they are really voting in your best interest.

Most of our employers offer payroll deductions for contributions to COPE. For less than $1.50 per week, you can help make a difference in the lives of working families. Big business contributes millions to elect candidates who support their positions. We also need a voice. COPE helps provide that voice. Please contact your steward to participate in COPE. If your employer does not allow for payroll deduction for COPE, the local will also accept COPE contributions. Be part of this important program to maintain and improve the lives of working people.

Edward D. Sparks, P.S.

‘We Continue Forward’

L.U. 1357 (t), HONOLULU, HI—Local 1357 elections are over and our members overwhelmingly re-elected Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Scot Long and Pres. Ted Furukado, recognizing their strong leadership over the previous three years.

Now, we continue forward preparing to elect a new state governor, working to retain favorable representation in the U.S. Congress and to secure the seats of our state representatives who have supported labor.

Of course, these efforts are in addition to the local’s daily representation and protection of labor. This Local 1357 team, along with IBEW Ninth District Int. Rep. Harold Dias Jr., is ready for the challenges ahead.

Karenann Wedge, P.S.

Slots at Racetracks

L.U. 1501 (ees,em,mo,pet,rts&t), BALTIMORE, MD—Our neighboring states demonstrated to Maryland how to successfully implement slot machine gambling at racetracks. A good example is Charles Town, WV. There a rundown facility was turned into a booming showplace, bringing in needed revenue enabling the track to offer larger purses and attract the best horses. A visit to Charles Town parking lots reveals many autos with Maryland tags as Marylanders travel there to play the slots. Yet there is resistance to slots by those who oppose gambling. I am sure our neighboring states appreciate that sentiment, for as long as Maryland does not have slots, Marylanders will travel to states that do.

Why our state Legislature abandoned this money-making formula of slots at racetracks and instead opted to build free-standing casinos is hard to comprehend. One venture proposed was to build a gambling facility near a giant shopping mall, Arundel Mills. The nearby community objected to gambling near the mall and this proposal has an uncertain future as the citizens are trying to get it on the ballot this fall to defeat the proposal.

At least 25 states are considering expanding their gambling facilities in hopes that gamblers can fill budget sh ortfalls. Will Maryland join this group with slots at racetracks? Our members employed at Amtote certainly hope so.

Thomas J. Rostkowski, R.S.

IBEW Local 1501 Bus. Mgr. Dion F. Guthrie (second from left) and state labor leaders meet with Maryland governor. From left: Metropolitan Baltimore Council AFL-CIO Pres. Ernie Grecco; Guthrie; Gov. Martin O’Malley; and Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO Pres. Fred Mason. At issue: reaching an agreement on slots in Maryland at the tracks.

Updates from Wichita

L.U. 1523 (u), WICHITA, KS—Later this year negotiations will open up with Sedgwick County Co-op, City of Coffeyville, and Asplundh Tree Experts.

The Local 1523 election of officers is approaching. Nominations will be made at the May meeting. Elections will be held in June, and officers will be sworn into office in July.

We welcome Seventh District Int. Rep. Todd Newkirk as our new district representative. He brings much skill and knowledge fro m Washington. Recently retired Int. Rep. Dwayne Nordick takes with him a fine legacy and we wish him the best in his retirement and future endeavors. Todd will have his hands full with the many issues affecting our members.

A new apprentice class begins in May. Class sizes have been averaging 15-20, with an average of only about five making it through. It seems that it isn’t as easy as it looks. There are eight instructors per class, which is good because this allows students more one-on-one instruction. Excellent training and basics fundamentals are keys to keeping our linemen safe—and to keep them climbing.

Candy C. Cruz-Dodd, P.S.

Looking Ahead

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA—Construction is still slow, but the future looks bright for the Augusta area. The Mixed Oxide and the Salt Waste Projects at the Savannah River site have both had setbacks. Once the wrinkles are ironed out, both these projects combined will employ about 300 journeymen and apprentices. Units 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle will receive the construction site permit in late 2011 and will employ about 350 journeymen and apprentices at its peak.

Plant Vogtle was rumored to be nonunion for several months and if left up to the previous administration in Washington, DC, it would have been. Local 1579 Bus. Mgr. Ken Ward made several trips to Washington to meet with political leaders and communicate our message on why Vogtle needs to be a union job. He also met and communicated with power company officials and worked with trades council members to help secure this work.

Thank you, Bus. Mgr. Ward, for a job well-done.

Will Salters, A.B.M.

Projects in the Works

L.U. 1701 (catv,ees,i,o&u), OWENSBORO, KY—The Examining Board gave the journeyman wireman exam recently to William Curl, and the board reports he passed. Congratulations and welcome, brother.

Bus. Mgr. Gary Osborne reports that Melkay Electric was awarded the Owensboro Public Works project and will be staffing up soon. We reached an agreement on the Cannelton Dam project, which will utilize the building trades to perform the work. At this writing, Bus. Mgr. Osborne is working on a possible project labor agreement at the Kentucky NewGas project in Muhlenburg County, KY.

JATC secretary Larry Boswell reports the committee has OSHA 30, BICSI training and continuing education ongoing. The committee is also offering stick, MIG and TIG welding classes at the community college. These classes will count toward college credit when completed. Contact the hall for more information.

Local 1701 will hold its election of officers in June; candidate nominations will be held in May.

2010 is also an election year here in Kentucky, with the primary elections on May 18.

Brothers and sisters, please exercise your right to vote. We ask that you vote for labor-endorsed candidates. Contact the hall for a list of these candidates.

In sadness we report the passing of retired Bro. Don Clark. May he rest in peace.

Tim Blandford, R.S.

Focus on Union Principles

L.U. 1739 (i&o), BARRIE, ONTARIO, CANADA—During these tough economic times in which many members are struggling, it is important as union members to focus on the principles this union was founded upon. These include cultivating feelings of friendship, assisting each other in sickness or distress, and seeking security for the individual. Together we can build a better union if we focus on these areas.

We are sad to announce the passing of Bro. Bill Woods. Bill joined the IBEW in 1982 and was known as a great mechanic, with a very good work ethic. Our sincere condolences to the Woods family.

Local 1739 also wishes Bro. Ron Lambert a speedy recovery. He was involved in a serious head-on collision in Sudbury on Jan. 31.

Our hockey team is looking forward to the OPC Hockey Tournament April 16-17, 2010, in Windsor. We will see everyone there.

Frank Kastle, P.S.

Register & Vote

L.U. 1749 (u), NEW JOHNSONVILLE, TN—This is a big election year—remember to register and vote. Your job depends on it!

State Sen. Roy Herron is a candidate for the U.S. Congress, running for the seat being vacated by our friend Rep. John Tanner. I thank the following for making possible our presentation of a COPE check to Sen. Herron: Local 1749 Bus. Mgr. Chester Dawson, Int. Rep. Keith Craig, Int. Vice Pres. Robert P. Klein and Local 1749 members. Sen. Herron thanked all of us and asked for our support and vote in this race. For information go to

People don’t believe politics affects their jobs. They are wrong! Who did we write last time we faced threats to shut down the Johnsonville, TN, steam generating station? We wrote to Democrats in Congress—Reps. John Tanner, Bart Gordon and Jim Cooper! Some blame Democrats for strict EPA rules—but they create many union jobs on installation!

It was under former Pres. Bush that we saw policies—pertaining to the EPA, the NLRB, OSHA, wage and hour commission, etc.—creating havoc for brothers and sisters in the labor movement.

Former Republican senator Bill Frist could not pass legislation to privatize TVA, so he jammed provisions into the 2005 budget that opened up the TVA Act. Consequently, the nine-member board was created, no longer comprising employees of TVA. Look at us now—top heavy with management and under-staffed. Look at the multimillion dollar bonuses—and the condition they let us get into.

Every year since, Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning, both of Kentucky, have sponsored bills to privatize TVA, so their rich friends can pick us apart. Remember, we do not have a successor clause in our agreement—so they can throw us out on the street if TVA is privatized. Nothing the unions can do about that.

We can thank the IBEW Political/Legislative Affairs Department for helping with the new TVA board appointees that Pres. Obama nominated and the Senate confirmed, giving us a majority.

So—don’t tell me politics doesn’t affect your job!

Mark J. DeJuliis, P.S./E-Board

IBEW Local 1749 Political Registrar/E-Board member Mark DeJuliis (right) presents COPE check to state Sen. Roy Herron, a candidate for the U.S. Congress.


March Club Meeting

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 1, ST. LOUIS, MO—Local 1 retirees held their first meeting of 2010 on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Old friends greeted each other and enjoyed social activities after the business part of the meeting. We encourage retired members to come and enjoy the good fellowship of club meetings. The retirees present were made more aware of the catastrophic employment situation by a presentation of the facts from Bus. Mgr. Stephen Schoemehl. The work picture is heartbreaking for unemployed members, their families and the Local 1 family at large. We were urged to help in any way possible, and will surely do so.

We continue to welcome new retirees. We respectfully acknowledge those who have passed away and pray for their souls.

All Retirees Club officers were unanimously re-elected: Pres. Dick Weller, Vice Pres. Rich King, Sec. Don Appelbaum, Treas. Dale Missey, Sgt. at Arms Ted Laventure, and Exec. Board members Ron Breeden, John Pils and Paul Lammert.

Local 1 retirees pray the year ahead will bring good news of renewed prosperity and hope for the future.

Don Appelbaum, P.S.

North Florida Annual Party

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, NORTH FLORIDA CHAPTER—Our chapter held its annual Christmas/Hanukah/New Year’s party at Benvenuto’s in Boynton Beach on Jan. 8, 2010. The food, one-man band and dancing were excellent and fun! Attendees had a great time, thanks to Norma Modena and her helpers who made the arrangements. A barbecue was held at the Delray Beach South Civic Center on March 12 and all Local 3 retirees were invited.

Our meetings feature informative talks by area doctors and others. Currently we are having lively discussions about the new contract and other union benefits. The chapter meets the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Delray Beach South County Civic Center, from October to May. Many of our members are "snow birds" and we welcome all Local 3 retirees to our affairs and meetings. This is a good time to meet old friends.

Dick Dickman, P.S.

Attendees enjoy the Local 3, North Florida Chapter, Retirees Club annual party at Benvenuto’s.

26th Pensioners Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, NORTH NEW JERSEY CHAPTER—Our chapter attended the 26th Pensioners Luncheon in Westin Beach Resort, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The weather was a bit cool, but look at those warm, smiling faces (see photo)—all having fun reminiscing. It was a great time.

At the meeting our Local 3 pension director, Thomas Gallagher, gave us updates. We hope we can get our brothers and sisters back to work soon.

Those who could not attend the luncheon were missed. We look forward to going to the new Education Center, in Cutchogue, Long Island. May all be well.

Anthony LaBate, P.S.

Local 3, North New Jersey Chapter, Retirees Club members attend Pensioners Luncheon. From left, front row: Abe Fichtenbaum, Annette Giuliano, Barbara Kimkowski, Cathy McCormick and Ed Kimkowski. Back row: Charlene Blow, Reva Dickman, Sandy Fichtenbaum, Marty Beck, John McCormick and Bob Rosenhouch.

Annual Pension Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, SOUTHWEST FLORIDA GULF COAST CHAPTER—On Feb. 13, the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Local 3 Retirees Chapter traveled from the west coast of Florida across Alligator Alley (I-75) to the Westin Hotel and Conference Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, to attend the 26th bi-annual pension luncheon. The banquet hall was filled with 700 Local 3 retirees and their spouses. More than 30 members from the SWFL Gulf Coast Chapter attended. Local 3 retired or visiting members living or visiting Florida look forward to this reunion held during the month of February in even-numbered years.

After enjoying a great lunch and camaraderie amongst old friends, those attending heard Local 3 Bus. Mgr. Christopher Erikson report on the general health of the construction industry in New York City. Local 3 Pres. John E. Marchell gave a detailed report of Local 3 activities in 2009 on behalf of retirees and the entire membership. Pension Dir. Thomas Gallagher also attended, greeting and making everyone feel at home throughout the day.

More News: A golf outing is planned for April and a ladies night is planned. We meet 12 months a year in Fort Myers, FL. If in Florida, send an e-mail to for information on the chapter’s meeting times and dates. Hope to see you soon.

George Dondero, Chmn./P.S.

Local 3 Pres. John E. Marchell (second from left) and Local 3 Bus. Mgr. Christopher Erikson (right) proudly sport their newly designed Southwest Florida Chapter hats with logo. Making the presentation for the Retirees Club chapter are Haberdashery Chmn. Del Grosso (second from right) and Chapter Chmn. George Dondero (left).

Special Events Planned

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, WESTCHESTER/PUTNAM CHAPTER—Spring is here. We had quite a winter, heavy duty snow, winds and rain. But we survived. Our meetings had a good turnout despite the weather.

The special events committee is in full-swing planning events. The Putnam Golf Classic is May 13. A visit is planned for April 22 to the aircraft carrier Intrepid, which served in the World War II Pacific fleet and is now a museum. We will have a trip to the Local 3 Educational Center in Cutchogue, Long Island, NY, in July or August—no date yet; will keep you informed of these events in future letters.

Local 3 set up a Web site for Retirees news: Password is: wflocal3. New contract 2010. Send any suggestions to local negotiating committee.

Our chapter mourns the loss of member Paul Pavia, a Korean War veteran and longtime Local 3 member; and Alfred White, former Local 3 apprentice director and U.S. Navy veteran.

We join in support of our working brothers and sisters in this economic downturn and hope working conditions will improve. We also support our military service men and women and wish them success.

Happy spring. Live for the day.

Edward A. Rubow, P.S.

Local 3, Westchester/Putnam Chapter, Retirees Club officers attend annual Retirees Christmas/Hanukah luncheon at Travelers Rest in Ossining, NY. From left: Chmn. Dominic Peronti, Rec. Sec. Martin Hogan, Treas. Dick Mills, Trustee Dominic Malandro; William Robertson, Special Events; Fin. Sec. Vincent Panzarino; and Genaro Pasquale, Golf Committee.

Invitation to Participate

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 11, LOS ANGELES, CA—Local 11 Retirees Club Pres. Marty Cohen wishes to remind everyone that the retirees meet on the second Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Metro facility in the city of Commerce. Please plan to attend our fun-filled meetings. There are many ways you can remain active in Local 11. Retirees host a booth at the annual local-wide picnic, serve on the organizing committee, and participate in other activities.

The Retirees Club is busy planning this year’s summer luncheon. This is a wonderful event, so please plan to come and stay awhile. An RSVP is required in advance so we know how much food to order.

The Local 11 Retirees Club enjoys earnings from the Price Worley Fund, set up by a longtime member and retiree. This kind and selfless gesture by a former member of the club has helped retirees living on fixed incomes to participate in club activities they might not otherwise afford.

We mourn the loss of club member Dan Ginsburg. During his career Dan was head of the University of Southern California maintenance department. He is missed by all his friends in the club.

Bob Oedy, P.S.

Local 11 Retirees Club Pres. Marty Cohen and Diana Limon, Local 11 Compliance Dept., attend club function.

Welcome to Club Activities

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 21, DOWNERS GROVE, IL—The Orland Park Chapter meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Orland Bowl located at 8601 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, IL. All Local 21 retirees and their spouses are encouraged to attend the meetings. For information on joining the club, send an e-mail to lu21ofretireeclub@ The club is social by nature but communicates with the Local 21 retiree liaison on issues affecting retiree health care benefits.

The Orland Park club continues planning events for 2010. During April, we enjoyed dinner out at the Robert Morris Culinary College. An upcoming outing is the Chicago White Sox against the Seattle Mariners, scheduled for July 26. Send an e-mail to the Orland Park club president at lu21ofretireeclub@ to get detailed information and tickets for this event.

If you wish to establish a new IBEW Local 21 retiree chapter in your area, it’s easy to do. Just contact IBEW Local 21 retiree liaison Larry Moeller at (630) 432-3836 for more information. To receive information on issues affecting local union retirees, e-mail Larry at and your name will be added to the Local 21 retiree e-mail list.

Thomas Hopper, P.S.

Local 21 retirees fight for health care at AT&T Illinois shop.

Fall Bus Tour to Vermont

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 58, DETROIT, MI—Greetings to all IBEW retirees. Michigan’s weather is trying to break through. The work picture is still desperate for our unemployed members. Some have been unemployed for several years. But hope reigns eternal.

Congratulations to Local 58 Bus. Mgr. Joe Abdoo on his re-election.

Club Pres. John Ahern attended the luncheon in Florida set up by former president Bill Rushford. Some 35 members and guests attended. At age 80+, Bill has reluctantly turned the reins over to Syl Ludwic for next year’s Florida extravaganza. Tremendous gratitude goes out to Bill for all his efforts and good will on behalf of our Local.

The 2009 Christmas party luncheon was a huge success with some 100 attending. Lunch was exceptional, the company superb and the stories great.

In February some 90 members and guests convened at our favorite haunt in Warren, MI—The Gazebo. In March we met at Vladimir’s Banquet Hall on Grand River in Farmington with more than 70 gathered for a wonderful time. It was great to have an influx of new members attending.

We currently have one full tour bus scheduled for Vermont in the fall. If interested, call Rick Koerber for information at (248) 421-2636 as soon as possible. If there’s enough interest, another bus will be opened for new registrations.

Frank A. Maisano, Registrar

98th Birthday Celebration

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 68, DENVER, CO—We certainly were blessed at our recent retirees meeting. One of the finest ever, Gabe McDuffee, was honored to celebrate his 98th birthday. What a great man he is, a loyal union member. We sang happy birthday to him and were honored to share our love for him. I had the pleasure of working with Gabe during 1965 in Rockford, IL, through Local 364 at the Chrysler plant.

We must say a fond farewell to Lucille Hecht, who recently stepped down as our longtime recording secretary of many years. We thank and salute this lady who has been so gracious with her talent, energy and dedication.

I know we are happy to see the health care bill passed. It’s not perfect, but we now have our foot in the door and hopefully this issue will be built upon to achieve better health care for all of us.

We also hope to see continued gains in all of our "green energy" endeavors. Colorado is a leader in green energy efforts; of course we still have to try to protect our environment at the same time we are drilling for gas and oil. And of course we remember all our disappointments in the previous presidential administration’s missteps.

At our March meeting, 37 members signed in.

Ron House, P.S.

Update from Rochester Club

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 86, ROCHESTER, NY—We had our annual St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17. More than 70 retirees and spouses enjoyed the meal catered by McGinnity’s.

Recently many retirees, led by Ed Lindskoog, completed electrical work for renovation of the benefit office for the Eastern Service Workers Assoc. Lighting fixtures for the project were purchased through the NLMCC Fund.

Also, many retirees are working at the area Boy Scouts office and camp updating lighting systems. In recent months, we have been selling cookbooks under the direction of Nancy Schneider. Since our last article, we also enjoyed our annual picnic, clambake, Halloween and Christmas parties.

With spring arriving we look forward to our annual pin party and golf tournament.

Donald L. Peters, P.S.

A Legacy of Union Service

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 103, BOSTON, MA—Russell F. Sheehan of Whitman, MA, and formerly of Dorchester, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on March 11, 2010. He was 64. Russell was born in Boston and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a proud and honorable member of IBEW Local 103 for more than 40 years.

Bro. Sheehan was a former officer of Local 103 and served as past business manager, Trust Fund administrator and in other posts. He was a graduate of the Harvard Trade Program and was an official observer of past El Salvador democratic elections. A proud two-time member of "The Hole-in-one Club," he was also a member of Preferred Liar’s Golf Group at Ridder Country Club. May he rest in peace.

Golf dates for 2010 are the following Wednesdays: May 5, May 19, June 23, July 14, July 28, Aug. 11, Aug. 25, Sept. 8, Sept. 22 and Oct. 13. Golf is at President’s Golf Course, North Quincy, MA. We negotiated the same rates as 2009.

Leo Monahan, Pres./P.S.

St. Paul Retirees Report

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 110, ST. PAUL, MN—Local 110 hosted the annual luncheon for retirees at the Prom Center on Oct. 6, 2009, in Oakdale, MN, with more than 357 retirees, widows and guests attending.

A 60-year pin was awarded to George E. Hill. Awarded 55-year pins were: Richard L. Elgaard, Kenneth L. Farber, Robert C. Karel and Richard N. Svoboda. Awarded 50-year pins were: Roy W. Anderson, Richard L. Lundahl, Charles L. Wagner, John J. Wagner and Walter D. Weber.

Asst Bus. Mgr. Mike Dufour thanked the honorees for their years of service.

April Lyons from the Local 110 office did an outstanding job planning the event. We extend deepest thanks for all her hard work.

The Local 110 Retirees Club is an active group meeting monthly with 75-120 people attending. All retirees are welcome to attend and meet new friends. The retirees serve food to members at the Local 110 picnic. Additionally, retirees stuff 600 Christmas stockings with candy for the children’s Christmas party and they also decorate the hall for the party.

Many thanks to Local 110 for supporting their retired members.

Jon "Jack" Buchal, P.S.

Officers and service-award recipients attend Local 110’s annual luncheon for retirees. From left: Asst. Bus. Mgr. Mike Dufour, John Wagner, Charles Wagner, Richard Lundahl, Richard Elgaard, Roy Anderson, Robert Karel, Kenneth Farber, George Hill and Retirees Club Pres. John Heuer.

V.P. Ronald Gurtner Mourned

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 130, NEW ORLEANS, LA—Our Christmas party was held Dec. 9, 2009, and was catered by Capdeboscq Catering Services. We had an outstanding 250 members attend with either their spouse or a guest.

As of March 2010 our casino trips have been postponed/cancelled due to an illness of Sec./Treas. Harry "Buddy" Carver. Bro. Carver has been actively involved in the bus trips for the past 12 years.

Our club held its election of officers in March 2010. We had to revoke the election of our vice president and secretary/treasurer, due to a death and an illness. We are saddened by the passing of Vice Pres. Ronald A. Gurtner. We wish Bro. Buddy Carver a good recovery.

We wish to inform brother members that several members are currently in an assisted living center: Henry Daries, Winfield Salathe and Warren L. Seher.

We mourn the passing of: Bros. Edward J. Landry, Anthony D. Cado, Maurice Bersuder Sr., Charles Zeringue, Darryl J. Gallaty, Gregory T. Arnold, Edgar L. Cretin Sr., Edward J. Newman, Frances W. Kolb and Vice Pres. Gurtner. May they rest in peace!

Until next time, God bless our brothers and sisters.

George Clesi, Pres.

Election of Club Officers

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 134, CHICAGO, IL—We welcome the arrival of spring. I can’t wait to get on the golf course.

On March 10, the following club officers were elected: Pres. Mario Coletta, Vice Pres. Richard Sipple, Treas. Bernard Martin, Sec. Don Mahoney; and Board members Robert Smedberg, Lou Leneggert, Jerry Warchol and David Chapman. Congratulations to you all and thanks to the prior officers for their work the past two years.

Now comes the time to say this is my last article. I enjoyed writing in the IBEW Journal and The Electrical Worker. I also want to thank the people in the IBEW Media Department. They were very cordial to me.

Richard E. Bronars, P.S.

Chicago Local 134 Retirees Club members enjoy Christmas holiday dinner at The Irish Club.

Officers Elected

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 223, BROCKTON, MA—At the March 3 meeting, members elected a new slate of officers. Pres. Burton Bouldry, Vice Pres. Charles Wise, Rec. Sec. Steve Bowers and Treas. Richard Bradbury will fill the current administrative positions. The new appointees to the Executive Board are: Ronald Dutra, Ralph Gronlund, Richard Joerres, Herbert Lewis and Ronald Moniz.

Pres. Bouldry thanked the previous administration for their past service and outlined his vision for the future of the club. He hopes to introduce community service projects, maintain stronger ties with the local’s working force and involve more members and their spouses in the club’s activities. Tim Cayton spoke to the club on various work-related issues and then introduced Robert Revil as the new Local 223 apprentice director. Deputy Chief David Goodfellow of the Lakeville Fire Department delivered an informative presentation on the latest in life safety and fire prevention.

Condolences were extended to the families of the recently deceased members: Benjamin King, Edward Rovas, Fred Schofield and Bruce Wyman.

Burton Bouldry, Pres.

Retirees Club Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 291, BOISE, ID—The club’s election of officers was held in February. Joe Sirani was elected president and Herb Churruca accepted the vice presidency. The new secretary/treasurer is Linda Sirani. The newly elected officers held their first lunch meeting in March at Idaho Pizza in Boise with 24 members and three visitors attending. The club continues to grow as baby boomers retire and snowbird retirees return home from Arizona.

Everyone looks forward to the warmer weather so we can enjoy outdoor activities, such as the picnic at Settlers Park in June. Our lunch meetings are held every second Thursday of the month, except for July and August, when we break for the summer. The club wishes to express their gratitude for the fine work of the previous officers. See you at the next meeting.

Joe Sirani, Pres.

Among those attending a Local 291 Retirees Club luncheon with the members and newly elected officers are, standing, from left: Pres. Joe Sirani, Sec./Treas. Linda Sirani and Vice Pres. Herb Churruca.

Skills USA Testing

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 313, WILMINGTON, DE—Local 313 hosted Skills USA to test both residential work and motor knowledge of students attending the six vocational schools of Delaware. The Local 313 retirees served as judges. Local 313 apprentices and the training director put up the cubicles.

The students, after taking a test, now have to do hands-on of what they read and wrote using "romex." The students are given three hours. When they are finished, the local union feeds them a healthy lunch (pizza) and they go back to their schools.

For the recent event, the retirees were given lists to rate the installation. The students had a plan and isometric view of the cubical to locate the devices to be mounted. The retirees asked each other if they could still read a ruler, read a meter, etc. Then we went to work checking the NEC, terminal correctness, neatness, etc., for each of eight categories for points. The training director then totaled everybody’s sheets and scored the students. The next day a different group of students went through the same procedure for the motor wiring using EMT.

Greg Stilwell, P.S.

Local 313 retirees judged a recent Skills USA event. Observing a student taking the test are, from left: Gary DeShong, Press Sec. Gregory Stillwell, Dan Laczo, Training Dir. John Hagelstein, Ed Davis and Jake Good.

New Club Welcomes Retirees

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 415, CHEYENNE, WY—We continue to gain members in our newly certified Local 415 Retirees Club. I invite any retired local member to attend our next meeting.

At our February meeting, our guest speaker was Joel Steward from the Milliman actuarial group that does work pertaining to the Eighth District retirement plan. Joel gave us an overview of the current status of our pension plan. This really gave us some insight as to the commitment shown by our union, our trustees, and our officers in dealing with difficulties faced during these hard times. They have had to make some hard choices, but things look good and our plan remains very solvent.

One of the things we look forward to at our meetings is an informative report and a question-and-answer period with Local 415 Bus. Mgr. Harvey Humphrey. It’s a great way for us to keep up with the local we love.

My "Picture Diary" of the retired members and history of the local is taking shape. Retirees, if I haven’t gotten your picture for the diary let us know. I am also looking for pictures of past apprenticeship classes. I hope to include a photo of every Local 415 class that has graduated. Can’t do it without lots of help. Some of the pictures I already have are pretty cool (see photo).

John J. Occhipinti, P.S.

Local 415 apprentice graduating class of 1956. Front row (from left): James Price, Francis Magrath, David Day, Frank Morrow, Lawrance Rezac and Instructor Van Horn; back row, Cecil Westil, Robert "Mike" Forister, William Curran, Robert Switzor and Clearaonce Webster.

Sarnia Happenings

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 530, SARNIA, ONTARIO, CANADA—Our members gathered on March 17 at the Point Edward Casino for our annual St. Patrick’s Day lunch. This outing was well-attended and we enjoyed the fellowship.

Our club members appreciate all the time and effort that our Pres. Bo Kohut and his wife, Marie, and our Sec.-Treas. Ed McCormack and his wife, Carol, devote to the success of our club. They put in many hours planning wonderful destinations for our travelling pleasure, and enjoyable events for us to attend. We need only sign up, pay for our tickets and enjoy. Our membership wishes to say, "Thank you very much!"

With deep sadness we report the death, on Jan. 19, of club member Elsie Morrison, wife of Local 530 retiree Bob Morrison. Elsie had a wonderful gift of making everyone feel welcome with her warm smile and kind words. Elsie never hesitated to contribute her talents for the success of our club. We extend heartfelt sympathy to Bob and his family.

We also mourn the death of Dave Tayles, retired Local 530 electrician. We extend condolences to his wife, Jean, and family.

Nancy Stinson Philbin, P.S.

The Local 530 Retirees Club gathers for a bus trip to Toronto on April 29, 2009.

Fundraisers a Success

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 558, SHEFFIELD, AL—2009 was a good year for our club! We had two successful dinner meetings with 80 or more in attendance, and one included the election of officers and board members. For the last few years we have held fundraisers for needy families—and 2009 was the most successful of all. We were able to give $300 to each of 27 families.

This success was due to a lot of hard work and generosity on the part of club members, active local union members, our contractors, local businesses and area politicians. To all of these, we extend our thanks. Special thanks to Bros. Fred Pendergrass and Tommy Alexander for putting together and completing our charity golf tournament, which raised $2,700. Bros. Tommy Thompson, Danny Joe Rickard, Kenneth Bishop, Joe Boyd, Tommy Brown, Tommy Bottoms, Don McMeans, Mickey McGuire and Tom Whitfield also helped make the tournament a success! Hopefully we can do as well again this year. See you all in June.

Tom Whitfield, Pres.

Tribute to Union Brother

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 611, ALBUQUERQUE, NM—The late Bro. Albino "Al" Garcia, past Local 611 president, recording secretary and organizer, will surely be missed. Bro. Garcia was also a past Retirees Club president. He was a good example of servant leadership and a strong IBEW member and volunteer. His children, grandchildren and yours truly were at his bedside when he passed on.

Work in the jurisdiction is a little slow. As of late March, 135 were on Book I and 234 on Book II. Steady jobs are: the uranium facility in Eunice and the General Mills plant in Albuquerque; and Sandia Base and Los Alamos are both holding their own.

The JACT opened up a new 1,900 square-foot training facility in Eunice and started training classes there on April 29.

We extend condolences to the families of the following brothers who recently passed away: Roger Abeita, Thomas W. Sturtz, Gerald V. Garcia, James C. Ray, Paul L. Bridges, Kenneth R. Beeson, Albino C. Garcia, Henry L. Gallegos, Eloy E. Gomez, Franklin G. Rosewell, and Michael P. Murphy.

Attend your union meetings and stay in touch with a call or note.

Tracy Hall, Pres.

Bro. Albino "Al" Garcia (left) received his 55-year certificate, presented by Local 611 Retirees Club Pres. Napoleon "Nap" Duran, at a Retirees Club meeting on Nov. 4, 2004.

Meeting Update

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 613, ATLANTA, GA—The Local 613 Retirees meeting was held March 17. There was further discussion about Health & Welfare and International benefits. We talked about a way for the out-of-work books for other locals to be signed on the Internet and notification sent via e-mail when someone’s name comes up. Also when that person goes to work have it set up where one click removes him from all out-of-work books that he signed.

We sadly mourn the following members, who passed away: Bill Watson, Daniel Pickering, Bud Gentry, James Moody, Thomas Jennings, Earl Bartsch, James Walters, Jack Drew, John Hendrix and William Martin.

Blake McLeod, Pres.

Retirees Luncheon Gathering

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 654, CHESTER, PA—At this writing, Local 654 has suffered the loss of four members this year: Bro. Stanley Strazala Jr. and retired Bros. B.F. Hutchinson, Wayne Edwards and Gerald E. Beebe. We express our condolences to their families.

Our retirees held their Christmas luncheon last December and we enjoyed the company of old friends. These luncheons are always nice, well-attended get-togethers. Please see the accompanying photo, courtesy of retired Bro. Larry Baker.

In the future if you are in the area and able to attend one of these functions it would be great to see you again and hear about your "retirement years." You earned it. We try to have a Christmas and summer luncheon each year.

Reading recent issues of The Electrical Worker, the unemployment picture reported in "Local Lines" sounds bleak. Hopefully, if some of the money out there gets to some cities, instead of Citibank, our members could again be gainfully employed.

Remember, years ago the signs read: "Buy union—the job you save may be your own." Then signs read: "Buy American—the job you save may be your own." Now we should have signs that say: "Buy American—the life you save may be your own."

T. Francis "Jeep" Hanley, P.S.

At a previous Local 654 retiree luncheon party, Local 654 office manager, Mrs. Jeanie Swift, speaks with retired Bros. Steve Sop (left) and Frank Powell.

Union Rally in New York

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 1245, VACAVILLE, CA—Leaders of the Reno-Sparks Chapter of the Local 1245 Retirees Club brought the union’s campaign against corporate greed to the streets of New York on March 25 to protest an award being given to their former employer—Nevada-based utility NV Energy.

Pres. Ron Borst, Vice Pres. Tom Bird and organizer Rita Weisshaar were joined by some 200 members of IBEW Local 3, Unite-Here Locals 6 and 100, the New York City Central Labor Council, and Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice in a boisterous picket and rally at Chelsea Piers 60 in Manhattan, where NV Energy was receiving an award for "excellence in benefits" by New York-based Assets International. IBEW Local 1245, which represents retirees and current employees at NV Energy, says the company did not deserve the award because it has broken its promise to pay the retirees’ health are premiums.

IBEW Local 3 Bus. Mgr. Chris Erikson sounded a rousing call to action at the rally, pointing in the direction of a nearby jail and suggesting that’s where NV Energy’s leader belonged.

A three-minute video of rally highlights can be seen at

The retirees’ corporate accountability campaign has included picket lines in Reno and Las Vegas, newspaper ads by religious leaders, canvassing of local businesses, window and yard signs, as well as outreach through Google banner ads and Facebook. To become a Facebook friend or to view the Google ad campaign, visit

Eric Wolfe, P.S.

Spearheading the New York rally for IBEW Local 1245 were Nevada retirees Tom Bird (right), Ron Borst (center) and Rita Weisshaar (left). Speaking for Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice at the rally was Father Brian Jordan (obscured from view).