July 2010

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Dedicated to Training

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es, et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa, st&ws), ST. LOUIS, MO—The NJATC electrical training center has historically been blessed with talented, dedicated instructors who work tirelessly with apprentices and journeymen to further our members’ education in this ever-changing industry. Recently, NJATC instructor Linda Little received her doctorate in curriculum development from St. Louis University. [See "For St. Louis Apprentices, There’s a Doctor in the House," The Electrical Worker, June 2010.] Linda’s hard work and passion for this local drove her to continue her education in the interest of providing the best possible education for our members.

Linda joined Local 1 in 1982, and has been an instructor for 14 years. Her duties include classroom education and curriculum development for day and evening classes. Additionally, Linda is a member of the National Electrical Code Panel and the first woman from the IBEW to serve as one of 19 principals of that group.

Local 1 and all the members she has taught thank Linda for her dedication to Local 1 and her commitment to members’ education. Congratulations, Linda!

We mourn the death of the following members: Gregory Jones, Daniel Heeney, Ahmed Hamada, Edward Schoenbein, Joseph Lupicki, Bernice Sapp, Harvey Heidemann, Joseph Novogoratz, Daniel Specker, Harry Baird, Tilford Griffis, Donald Bradshaw, John Rufkahr Jr., Bernice Forir, Donald Sebacher, Clifford Lindsey, Walter Lallis, Arthur Kemp and Carl Bock.

Matt Gober, P.S.

Local 1 JATC Instructor Linda Little recently earned her doctorate.

Solar Array at Family Residence

L.U. 11 (i,rts&spa), LOS ANGELES, CA—Retired Pres. Emeritus Dean Todd recently decided to have a solar array installed atop his family’s home in Santa Clarita, CA. He chose Independence Power, a local union signatory contractor to do the work. Owner Fred Cherrick and his son Robert were responsible for designing the 10,000 watt system to Dean’s exacting specifications. It was installed by member Larry Wernli and apprentice Brian Meck.

The Todd family is extremely proud of their new system and has placed a huge IBEW logo on the equipment for visitors to see. Their monthly power usage is far less than what is produced, causing their meter to run backward and forcing Edison to purchase power from the Todds. "That’s just the way I like it," says Dean. The recent remodel of the home incorporates other green features such as skylights and solar-powered attic fans.

Congratulations to the members of both organizing committees for their active participation in the local’s organizing efforts. Together we’ve secured numerous project labor agreements resulting in contractors being signed and jobs being created. All our members are invited to participate by signing up to receive e-mail alerts through the Web site at www.ibew11.org.

Bob Oedy, P.S.

Local 11 Bro. Dean Todd stands in front of newly installed solar panels at his home in Santa Clarity, CA. Todd is retired president emeritus of the local.

Master Craftsman Award

L.U. 15 (u), DOWNERS GROVE, IL—Local 15 instrument mechanic and chief steward Brian Burant won LaSalle Nuclear Station’s Master Craftsman Award for 2009. The prize was a Master Craftsman toolbox valued at more than $5,000. Bro. Burant immediately donated the prize to the LaSalle Pink Warriors, a group dedicated to fighting breast cancer.

Dominion offered 19 of our members at Kincaid Station a voluntary separation plan, which included up to 20 months of pay and six months of medical coverage. Of these 19 members, nine accepted the package.

A travel agreement was signed to allow our members to travel to Limerick Nuclear Station for their spring outage and we also agreed to a one-year pilot program regarding emergent travel to non-Local 15 represented sites. The Zion Nuclear Station decommissioning talks have resumed after a one-year break.

We are currently in negotiations with Midwest Generation concerning the benefits portion of our contract. The benefits package of the contract expired on June 15, 2010.

For the first time in the history of the Exelon African-American Members Association, a Local 15 member, Bro. Leroy Barnes (steward/Chicago North), was elected president of the EAAMA. Congratulations, Bro. Barnes!

Doug Vedas, P.S.

Local 15 congratulates union steward Bro. Leroy Barnes on his election as president of the Exelon African-American Members Association.

Senior Stewards Recognized

L.U. 37 (em,o&u), FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA—As part of a new recognition program that IBEW Local 37 recently launched, 23 union members received the "senior steward" designation for the exemplary leadership and commitment they have demonstrated in the role of shop steward. On Feb. 25, the group gathered at the Riverside Resort and Conference Centre in Mactaquac, NB, where they were formally recognized during a special meeting of the Local 37 Executive Board and IBEW Int. Vice Pres. Phillip J. Flemming.

The purpose of the Senior Steward Recognition Program (SSRP) is to recognize those who have taken on the role of shop steward and remain committed to ongoing training, being involved with committees, promoting the union, and taking on other leadership roles within the union.

In order to be considered for this designation, shop stewards are required to meet certain eligibility criteria and go through an application and review process. The long-term goal of the program is to further develop shop stewards as leaders, identify potential mentors, and make the union stronger.

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

Ross Galbraith, B.M.

Local 37 recognizes union members receiving Senior Steward designation. Among those attending are, front row: Local 37 Pres. Stephen Hayes (second from left), Int. Vice Pres. Phillip J. Flemming (fourth from left), and Bus. Mgr. Ross Galbraith (fifth from left).

Political Season

L.U. 41 (em,es,govt,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NY—Local 41 again participated in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Some quick thinking and improvising were needed to do a last-minute repair of the float, but it all came together just fine. Thanks to our members and their families who braved the cold weather to attend.

In April we were proud to be a participant in this year’s IBEW Ontario Provincial Hockey Tournament. A special thanks to Windsor, ON, Local 773 for their hospitality and a wonderful tournament. It was good to see so many IBEW members coming together for this event.

The work has been slow to start. As of this writing, we still have several new projects that have been delayed. These projects should start to bring people on by early summer.

We are currently in negotiations with the Town of Evans and on the Residential agreements.

The political season is soon upon us. So much of our future depends on decisions made by politicians. We have a good relationship with many of them. Some will need our help in the fall. Our COPE Committee will investigate all candidates seeking our endorsement. Please try to stay informed on the issues. The future of working people depends on it.

Michael J. Gaiser, A.B.M.

Bus. Mgr. Towsley Mourned

L.U. 43 (em,i&rts), SYRACUSE, NY—Local 43 mourns the loss of Bus. Mgr. William Towsley.

On March 20, 2010, Bus. Mgr. Towsley lost his courageous battle with cancer. Bill performed his duties as business manager up until a few days prior to his passing. His work ethic and his passion to improve the lives of those he represented will forever be an inspiration to those he left behind. To his surviving sons Kenneth and William, both members of Local 43, and his daughters Tracy and Jennifer, we extend our sincere sympathy.

The community’s outpouring of best wishes and sympathy after Bill’s passing serves as a testament to his life’s work to improve the lives of working people. Bill’s many accomplishments, his involvement in numerous charitable foundations, his membership on boards and committees that benefited the working families of Central New York, are too numerous to list.

On April 17, at the IBEW Construction Conference in Washington, D.C., the business managers of New York state presented the Towsley family with a plaque to honor Bill’s career. The plaque read, in part: "Presented as an honorarium to the memory of our friend, our colleague, our teacher and most of all our Brother Bill Towsley. The members of the IBEW, their families and all working people are better off as a result of Bill’s lifelong dedication to the labor movement."

On the bottom of the plaque was written, "Thanks for sharing your father’s talents with us." Local 43 officers and members could not agree more with what was written on this plaque. Godspeed, brother.

Jim Corbett, P.S.

Local 43 Bus. Mgr. Bill Towsley passed away in March.

Annual Stewards Conference

L.U. 47 (lct,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA—Happy Independence Day.

Our annual Stewards Conference was May 8 in Costa Mesa. Bus. Mgr. Pat Lavin welcomed more than 150 stewards. Brian Baker, IBEW Political/Legislative director, discussed current federal legislation and the respect for the IBEW in Washington, due to our membership.

At the conference, our business manager discussed the growth of Local 47 over the last 11 years. Art Murray reviewed the history of organized labor and the IBEW. Dr. Richard Grossman from the Grossman Burn Center, where members of IBEW 47 have been treated, gave a graphic and riveting presentation on burn treatments. The results were incredible.

We assisted the locked-out Rio Tinto mine workers represented by ILWU in Boron, CA. Local 47 staff barbequed for more than 500 locked-out workers and their supporters. The lockout recently ended with a new agreement.

On April 23-25, approximately 300 members and their families enjoyed our 4th Annual Desert Days held in Stoddard Wells.

Ongoing contract negotiations include the Original Mowbray, Guzman Gardens, and the Cities of Banning and Colton. We concluded a one-year agreement with Bear Valley Electric with a 3.75 percent wage increase.

We are sad to report the passing of Craig Wehrly, SCE D.O.C. support specialist from Ventura.

Live safe, live well, work union!

Stan Stosel, P.S.

IBEW Local 47 members and their families attend the 4th Annual Desert Days in Stoddard Wells.

Locals Amalgamate

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,rtb,t&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL—On May 1, members of IBEW Decatur, IL, Local 1306 became members of Local 51. The amalgamation creates a very diverse local with more than 3,200 members with a vast array of classifications. With this addition, our local is well-positioned to continue to meet any challenges ahead through added strength and solidarity. On behalf of the membership of Local 51, I would like to welcome the brothers and sisters from Local 1306 into our local.

The current work scene has slowed considerably for our outside power members, due to the rejection of the host utility request for a rate increase.

The current situation results from decisions that get caught up in the political process. Hopefully with several wind-generation projects getting ready to start, the manpower losses we have suffered on utility property will be offset by requests for manpower on the wind farms.

Remember to work safe, give a good day’s work for a good day’s pay and attend your union meetings.

Dan Pridemore, Pres.

Local 51 journeyman linemen Jason Crabb and KenYokem are joined by apprentice linemen Joe Kindred and Jason Scott on a job for L.E. Myers, working under foreman Bill Steffey.

Graduates Honored

L.U. 53 (lctt,o,rts&u), KANSAS CITY, MO—As of this writing, our work picture for construction remains very slow. We are experiencing the worst unemployment in many years and the work situation does not look promising for the near future. Thanks to all of the locals that have provided work for our members.

On April 8, we had our dinner and awards ceremonies for recent graduates of Missouri Valley Line Constructors Training Program, our construction lineman training program. Congratulations to the new journeyman linemen: Dustin Acklie, William Boyd, Jeff Carpenter, Dan Danuser, William Dever, Arron Farrar, Don Ginther, Matt Hazelton, Russell Hermreck, Jacob Kurtz, Richard Perks, Michael Rew, Justin Schmidt, Richard Shaffer and Clint Dew.

Our 22nd Annual Crappie Tournament was April 24, and although the weather was terrible we had 28 teams participate. Winners were: for 1st place—Gary Spoor (construction) and Roger Wainright (construction); 2nd place—Norm Quinn (construction) and Mark Henke (AECI-Thomas Hill); 3rd place—Darin Langford (construction) and Rick Stoneking (construction); 4th place—Nathan Warstadt (S.W. Co-op) and Jason Maupin (S.W. Co-op); and 5th place—David Johnson (Laclede Co-op) and Steve Hodges (Laclede Co-op).

Support your local union by attending your unit meetings. Remember: work smart and work safe.

Robert E. Stuart, B.M./F.S.


L.U. 57 (lctt,mo,o,t&u), SALT LAKE CITY, UT—In March of this year, Staff Sgt. Jesse Davis returned home safely after serving a third deployment overseas. He was met at the airport by family and friends and then returned home to Spanish Fork, UT, for a Soldiers Welcome Home Parade with escort provided by the Spanish Fork Firefighters and Rocky Mountain Power crews.

Jesse is an apprentice lineman in American Fork, UT. After serving in the Airborne Infantry in Iraq and Afghanistan, and being recently married, he was called back to active duty with the Georgia National Guard in November 2008. With his apprenticeship hold, Jesse headed for Georgia for training and deployment to Afghanistan, first to Orgun-E and then to Gardez. Jesse was given the nickname "Bob the Builder" because of his ability to build just about anything that was needed.

After narrowly escaping the attempt of a suicide bomber at the base where he was stationed, Jesse is back home in Spanish Fork, completing the tasks of climbing poles and keeping the lights on.

Welcome home, Jesse, and thank you.

Scott Long, P.S.

Followed by Rocky Mountain Power trucks, Staff Sgt. Jesse Davis (center), a Local 57 apprentice lineman, rides aboard a fire department truck during his welcome home parade.

60-Year Membership

L.U. 77 (lctt,mt,o,t&u), SEATTLE, WA—Inland Power & Light shop steward/fleet mechanic Paul Atkins and journeyman lineman Rick Luiten recently presented Milt Strong with his 60-year IBEW membership pin and certificate.

In 1946 Milt’s brother was offered a job at Inland Power. On the day his brother was to start, Milt went in his place, starting his 40-year career at the cooperative. In the early years Milt’s wife, Betty, said she would act as the call center for the cooperative when there were power outages. The customers just called the Strong’s house.

Milt can remember building the first power line to Mount Spokane and many others during his career. He recalled rescuing a fellow lineman, called Blacky, who was electrocuted while on a pole. There were no bucket trucks back then, so Milt put his hooks on, climbed the pole, threw Blacky over his shoulder and climbed down the pole. Milt retired from the cooperative in 1987 as a line serviceman in the Deer Park area. He had worked on the Inland Power system as far south as the Palouse, WA, area during his tenure there.

John Trumble, B.R.

Marcia Rae Tamlyn

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR—On March 8, 2010, Marcia Rae Tamlyn died unexpectedly. Marcia worked at Local 125 for 35 years and many of our members had the privilege of hearing her kind voice on the telephone even though they had never met the helpful woman on the line. Services for Marcia were held on March 19 in Vancouver, WA.

Marcia was born Dec. 21, 1946, in Watertown, SD, to Lucille and Ray Tamlyn. She graduated from Goldendale High School in 1965, and then moved to Vancouver where she continued her education at Clark College. Marcia’s interests included being with friends and family, gardening, traveling, gourmet cooking and reading. Some of her generous volunteer work included assistance in creating Life Story Books for children being adopted in Clark County.

Marcy Putman, P.S.

Marcia Rae Tamlyn (1946-2010).

New Facebook Page

L.U. 131 (i,rtb,rts,se&spa), KALAMAZOO, MI—Nominations for officers were held at the May 3 meeting. Michigan state Rep. Robert Jones (60th District) spoke to the membership and asked for support in his upcoming race for the Michigan Senate’s 20th District.

The annual golf outing was held June 26, followed by the afternoon picnic at Prairie View Park. It was good to see all who attended, enjoying sharing great stories and great times.

For all those computer savvy brothers and sisters, we now have a Facebook page (Electrical Workers Local 131). This helps to make quick notifications to the membership, and currently more than 10 percent of the members use this resource. Also, the apprenticeship’s Facebook page gives updates on upcoming events and classes. Both are accessible through the local Web site at www.ibew131.com.

We are saddened by the loss of our brothers Dick McDaniel, David Hatton and Mike King. We offer sincere condolences to their families.

On a positive note, Local 131 extends best wishes to our recent retirees: Vickie Wight, Russ Sandefur and Paul Stewart.

Daniel C. Ranck, P.S.

Thanks to Union Volunteers

L.U. 177 (bo,ees,i,mo,o&pet), JACKSONVILLE, FL—Local 177’s Membership Development Volunteer Committee remains energized with Bus. Mgr. Russell Harper’s leadership and Field Organizer Carlos Nunez’s hard work organizing activities for the MDVC to participate in. The MDVC has been volunteering at public events such as the Mud Run for Multiple Sclerosis, Walk for MS, Walk for Diabetes and even set up a booth at the Clay County Fair. They have been getting the face of the IBEW out to the public letting the community know who we are and what we stand for. For anyone interested, the MDVC meets at the union hall on the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. Thanks to all the members, their families and friends who have volunteered at the various events.

The work outlook in the Jacksonville area remains dismal, and we all look forward to better times in northeast Florida. Thanks to all the locals that have been able to employ our traveling brothers and sisters. We look forward to the day when we may be able to reciprocate.

Alan Jones, Pres./A.B.M.

Local 177 volunteers David Gates (left), James Elliott, Eric Burns and Mack Williams help distribute cold bottles of water to participants at a Walk for Multiple Sclerosis event.

Fun Summer Events

L.U. 191 (c,i,mo,rtb&st), EVERETT, WA—The first annual Eastside Retirement and Service Pin Dinner was held at Chateau Faire Le Pont in Wenatchee, WA. It was a great success. Retired member Jack Eidukas was instrumental in getting the event off the ground. Special thanks to him and the others who volunteered. Union brothers and sisters had a great time with good food and lots of laughs. We hope the event is even bigger next year. Thank you to all who attended.

We have an exciting summer packed full of events:

• The westside golf tournament is at Eaglemount golf course
in Mt. Vernon, WA, on July 10.

• The eastside picnic is at Hydro Park in Wenatchee, WA,
on Aug. 7.

• The eastside golf tournament is in Wenatchee on Aug.14.

• The westside picnic is at Hillcrest Park in Mt. Vernon, WA,
on Aug. 29.

• The Westside Retirement and Service Pin Dinner will be sometime in September.

What great occasions to see brothers and sisters you know or new faces you have not yet met. Hope all can attend the union events. Any questions about dates or times please call the hall.

Work is still slow in the local with little signs of improving. Stay strong; we will get through these tough times together.

Rob De Velder, P.S.

A New Union Hall

L.U. 193 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL—The new Local 193 union hall is now open! The last meeting at the old hall was held and attended admirably! The new hall is fabulous! There are six new training classrooms with room for expansion.

May 18 was the first union meeting in the new hall. IBEW Int. Sec.-Treas. Lindell Lee and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn were just some of the special guests scheduled to attend the open house on June 10.

Three Local 193 contractors—Anderson Electric Inc, Haenig Electric Co., and Lewis Electric Inc.—have successfully completed several solar-powered commercial projects. A wave of future solar projects is coming out in our area. Congratulations to all on boldly applying new green technology in the Local 193 area. Anderson Electric installed solar panels at the new hall.

The work scene is slow, but Scheels Sporting Goods is to break ground at the new MacArthur Extension soon. The construction project is a 200,000 square foot building. Please check out our Web site at www.ibew193.com.

Please remember our local brothers who passed away: Russell Carmean, John Luka, Richard Smith, John Thoele and David Wanless.

Don Hudson, P.S.

Solar Panels "hatched" by Springfield, IL, Local 193 contractor Lewis Electric Inc. at the Ostrich Farm site.

Work Outlook Hopeful

L.U. 197 (em&i) BLOOMINGTON, IL—As we move into warmer weather, the work outlook is optimistically hopeful. The White Oak Wind Farm will gear up soon as well as the Transportation Center in uptown Normal, IL.

We are happy to report we have turned out another fine apprentice class. Congratulations to Dirk Banks, Robert Black, Ryan Brown, Steve Fuller, John Grizzle, Randy Holland, Ned Karr, Mario Major, Rob Sipes and Adam Stubblefield, all of whom completed their apprenticeship. Brothers, we look forward to working with you on the job and wish you luck in your careers.

In honor of their daughter Keira, third-year apprentice Clint Johnson and his wife, Jayme, hosted a benefit for the American SIDS Institute. The night was filled with good food and fellowship. The Johnsons were able to raise more than $15,000 in one evening. Thanks to all who attended and helped with the event.

An early morning ceremony was held at Illinois State University in lieu of Workers Memorial Day. It was a somber event, listening to the names of those who lost their lives on the job. Every day we must remember to work safe. Thanks to all who attended the ceremony; we had a great turnout.

Remember, get involved in your local union and stay involved!

Mike Raikes, P.S.

Local 197 congratulates recent apprentice graduates. At top, from left: Inside wireman graduates Mario Major, Dirk Banks, Randy Holland (high class average), Steve Fuller, Adam Stubblefield, Ned Carr and Rod Sipes; and Instructor Ken McLean.

At bottom, from left: Instructor Jake Knobloch and teledata graduates John Grizzle (high class average), Robert Black and Ryan Brown.

Summer Activities

L.U. 237 (i), NIAGARA FALLS, NY—Summer is here and Local 237 has a busy few months planned with loads of activities to ensure fun for everyone.

On May 8, apprentices and other volunteers from Local 237 helped with the annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. This community service is one of our most successful volunteer projects every year.

Our Apprentice Graduation Dinner was held June 19 at the Crowne Plaza in Niagara Falls. Congratulations to the Inside graduates, Andrew Janese and David Plivoda, and the Residential graduate, Jacob McPherson.

Several times a year, the local enjoys camping out at the beautiful Allegany State Park. We have a kids camp-out, a couples camp-out and a stag camp-out. Due to a scheduling conflict, we combined the kids camp-out and couples camp-out this year; that will take place the Fourth of July weekend. With nature trails, creeks, wildlife and nights around the camp fire, this is a magical weekend for the children.

Our Annual Family Picnic will be on Sat., July 17, at area theme park Martin’s Fantasy Island, which includes a water park. For details, please call the union hall. It will be a day of family fun. Have a safe and fun summer!

Russ Quarantello, B.M.

Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 291 (i,o,rtb&rts), BOISE, ID—Congratulations to all our newly elected officers. Your dedication and passion for our local and its membership do not go unnoticed and are greatly appreciated by all of us. Hopefully with good weather and a changing economy, the Treasure Valley’s work situation will improve to where we can create some jobs to put our many unemployed members back to work.

Congratulations to Organizer Joe Schneehagen on the signing of MECI, an outside line contractor, to Local 291. Good job—and welcome to the new members.

Congratulations to Local 291’s recent class of graduating apprentices. You graduates have done your local, your training director, your instructors and, most importantly, yourselves proud. Walk tall and be proud to be a journeyman wireman within the ranks of the IBEW. The graduates are: Jesus Coronel, Hank Amado, Paul Perala, Justin Hugo, Ray Atkinson, Chris Ankrom, Matt Bruns, Phil Keetch, Travis Hust, Rusty Colburn, Ryan Jenkins, Josh Mangum, Luke Hardy, Sam McConnell, Mike Jeske, Jenni Logan, Wayne Nihart, Craig Shively, Nick Harris and Aaron Granden. Once again, congratulations and welcome.

Ron Ely, P.S.

Local 291 congratulates the recent apprentice graduating class. From left, front row, are: graduates Jesus Coronel, Hank Amado and son, Paul Perala, Justin Hugo, Ray Atkinson and Chris Ankrom, and Instructor Kelly Lamp; back row, Eighth District Int. Rep. Benny Antunes, Training Dir. Mike Gregory, graduates Matt Bruns, Phil Keetch, Travis Hust, Rusty Colburn, Ryan Jenkins, Josh Mangum, Luke Hardy, Sam McConnell, Mike Jeske, Jenni Logan, Wayne Nihart, Craig Shively and Nick Harris. Not pictured is graduate Aaron Granden.

Hope for a Rebound

L.U. 309 (i,lctt,mo,mt,o,rts,spa&u), COLLINSVILLE, IL—The Inside branch is still suffering unemployment with no large projects planned in the near future.

Local 309 is still involved in an ongoing battle with the Carpenters District Council of St. Louis over their organizing and signing of nonunion electrical contractors forming a new electrical union well below our wage and fringe package for our area. This dispute started more than one year ago in St. Louis and has started to impact our jurisdiction. The general public as a rule can’t distinguish or even comprehend the difference, which makes it hard to explain to the customer.

Our Outside Line Construction has yet to feel the full weight of the decision of the Illinois Commerce Commission’s rate case filed by Ameren Illinois Utilities.

Illinois regulators voted on April 29 to cut the proposed increase by more than 90 percent. The ICC granted only $4.7 million of the $162 million that Ameren had been seeking.

Hopefully the economy will rebound and many of our unemployed members will be called back to work soon.

Scott Tweedy, A.B.M.

Graduating Apprentices

L.U. 357 (c,i,mt&se), LAS VEGAS, NV—On May 3, Local 357 started dispatching members from our new hiring hall at 808 N. Lamb Blvd., Las Vegas.

Local 357 officers and members congratulate the 79 new journeyman electricians and 25 installer/technicians who graduated in 2010. This year’s graduating apprenticeship class had the honor of being the first class to hold their graduation ceremony in the new hiring hall. We wish them all the best; they are our future.

Tim Bolton, P.S.

Local 357 graduating apprentices, joined by Training Dir. Madison Burnet (front row, left) and Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. David R. Jones (back row, right), gather at union training facility.

Local Hosts Retirees Luncheon

L.U. 443 (i,mo&o), MONTGOMERY, AL—Local 443 hosted its first annual retirees luncheon on March 18. The turnout exceeded all expectations with more than 70 retirees, spouses, friends and guests attending.

Bro. James McGowan Jr. was the oldest retiree in attendance at age 89. He also had the oldest ticket—he was initiated into the IBEW on May 1, 1942.

Local 443 was honored to have Fifth District Int. Vice Pres. Joe S. Davis as a special guest for the event. Vice Pres. Davis spent the day mingling with those in attendance and said he enjoyed hearing the stories retirees shared with him. Several active members also stopped by to see old friends and brothers.

The luncheon gathering was a great success. Everyone enjoyed the food and fellowship and said they look forward to making this an annual event.

Brandon Cardwell, P.S.

Local 443 retirees, spouses and guests gather at the hall for the retirees luncheon.

A Vote for Representation

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, ID—At this writing we are waiting for the certification of election on InteGrow LLC, formerly GModelo, a malting facility whose employees first contacted us in late June 2009.

The election was held Oct. 23, 2009, and we won the vote by 17 to 9. The company filed an objection to the conduct of the election, was granted a certification hearing to determine supervisor’s authority compared to case law history of Harbor Side Health Care. After a well-deserved wait of two months, the board agent recommended certification of election on Jan. 28, 2010. The company filed an exception to the agent’s recommendation, and after being granted yet another extension, the company’s attorney was untimely in filing the exception. In March, Pres. Obama made a recess appointment of two Democrats to the National Labor Relations Board, and we hope this will expedite our pending certification in our favor, as well as benefit the labor movement as a whole in the future.

The work picture remains good and we are grateful to have 60 traveling brothers and sisters help us fill our calls.

Our condolences to the families of two members who recently passed away, Bros. Albert Nyman and Robert Chadwick.

Congratulations to retirees Gary Creek and Stephen Drayton.

Mike Lee Miera, V.P./Organizer

A Brother Mourned

L.U. 453 (govt,i,rtb,rts&spa), SPRINGFIELD, MO—A memorial was held Sunday, March 14, for Bro. Joshua Jackson with more than 100 people in attendance. Josh was a well-liked fourth-year apprentice, who was respected for his extremely strong work ethic and his dedication to the Brotherhood. Josh will be missed.

The Southwest Power Station II project has Local 453 at near full employment with several traveling members employed. Remember to treat our traveling brothers and sisters with respect, as you may be working in their local next!

Union meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Please try to attend. With contract negotiations coming up this year, your participation is greatly needed.

Kevin McGill, P.S.

Community Project

L.U. 459 (ees,em,govt,so&u), JOHNSTOWN, PA—Our state of Pennsylvania has a program through which an organization can adopt a section of highway to clean up the trash, and the state posts a sign letting everyone know which group or organization keeps that section clean. Local 459 members adopted a two-mile section that passes the Keystone Generating Station, where some of our members are employed.

On April 17, the sisters and brothers pictured in the photo below spent their morning improving the community by taking part in the Local 459’s project to clean up along the stretch of Pennsylvania state Rt. 210 that is designated as our section of highway to maintain as part of the PA Clean Ways Project. IBEW Local 459 receives the recognition for our union’s efforts, and the state and community reap the benefits of volunteers’ hard work.

Thank you to our Vice Pres./Bus. Rep. Paul Cameron, who organized this effort—and many thanks to all members who took part in the road cleanup project.

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

Local 459 highway cleanup crew volunteers.

Congratulations to All

L.U. 503 (t&u), MONROE, NY—Congratulations to Scott Jensen on his appointment as business representative; and congratulations also to Mary Casey, who was voted in by the Executive Board to replace Scott as vice president. We wish them both the best of luck in their new positions. Scott Jensen replaces Brian McPartland, and we thank Brian for his many years of service and dedication to the local.

Congratulations are also in order for the latest class to have completed line school. The graduates are: Gary Schmoeger, Anthony Chessari, Jimmy Mills, Dan Fischer and Judd Pollack. They started the apprentice program with a class of 21 on Sept. 5, 2006, and have now completed 24 months of training split between classroom, yard work and on-the-job training. Thanks to Local 503 trainers, Line Chief HV Mark Angeloni, Jeff Wilbur and training coordinator and Line Chief Kenny Titland.

Glenn Smith, P.S.

Local 543 Members Work Aloft

L.U. 543 (mo&t), SAN BERNARDINO, CA—Local 543 members perform scheduled maintenance on NASA’s Deep Space Network 70-meter antenna while working from an aerial lift. The 70-meter antenna has been shut down for a period of six months so that the hydrostatic and elevation bearings can be replaced along with several subsystem components that require overhaul.

IBEW workers perform maintenance on all the systems of these "small" communications devices located on NASA’s Goldstone Deep Space Communication Complex, which is on the Army’s Ft. Irwin National Training Center. This is no small feat, as this satellite dish is larger than a football field. The IBEW technicians perform maintenance and operations for ITT Industries on this dish and 11 others located on the Goldstone Complex.

A total overhaul on this antenna caught the attention of National Geographic’s "World’s Biggest Fixes" television crew recently, as they have been filming the proud workers of IBEW Local 543 performing a major overhaul to this antenna that was built in 1966.

Jerry Koger, B.M.

Scheduled maintenance for NASA’s 70-meter antenna is performed by IBEW Local 543 members.

New Phone Bank System

L.U. 551 (c,i&st), SANTA ROSA, CA—The work picture remains slower than we are used to seeing in our jurisdiction. Our saving grace has been the Humboldt Power plant, where our generators are now in place. We now have more than 80 brothers and sisters on-site, with a few traveling brothers picking up calls as of late March. The economic crisis has tightened the belt on money going out for future projects on the horizon. Wall Street and the banks need to now release that bailout money to Main Street so we can all get back to work.

We are happy to report our new phone bank system is up and running; many thanks to the installation volunteers, Trevor Clarey, Anthony Erigero and Jeff Swift. With the central labor council renting space in our union hall, as well as the building trades, we can truly call Local 551 a "house of labor."

So it is not only our IBEW brothers and sisters phoning for our labor candidates for this year’s elections, it is "all" of our trade union brothers and sisters. Volunteers strengthen our union movement; I can’t stress enough how important you are. Thank you all! Now get on those phones! Call your union hall now and get involved. We need you!

Denise D. Soza, P.S.

Photovoltaic Systems Training

L.U. 569 (i,mar,mt,rts&spa), SAN DIEGO, CA—Our San Diego Joint Apprenticeship Training Center offers a solar photovoltaic class to our fourth- and fifth-year apprentices, and an abbreviated version to our journeyman wiremen. The 16-week course includes once-a-week classroom instruction and eight Saturdays of hands-on training.

The course covers the basic requirements for safe and reliable PV system installation in accordance with national and local codes and standards; how to identify and conduct site surveys for photovoltaic systems; PV electrical and mechanical design issues; how sunlight and temperature affect PV system performance; relationships of PV cells, modules, panels and arrays; how to analyze common problem areas in the electrical design of PV systems, and much more.

Each student designs a PV system for his or her home including site plan, materials list, product info, rebate research, and cost analysis. Students receive rigorous classroom instruction and intensive hands-on experience. Big thanks to Sullivan Electric for its commitment to training our apprentices and journeymen in efforts to keep up with the cutting edge of this renewable energy technology.

Nicholas J. Segura Jr., P.S.

Contract Extensions Ratified

L.U. 595 (c,govt,i&st), DUBLIN, CA—We have had some real ups and downs in the work picture, and at press time the outlook is still uncertain. We are excited to have full employment of our apprentices, but a sizeable number of journeymen are still out of work. We are not yet out of the woods of this construction recession.

We are pleased to have our new extended contracts in place and to continue our healthy relationship with our strong NECA partners. The members understand the difficulties that the industry is having, and we realize we must stick together to come out of this with a strong bond between labor and management.

We are all filtering through all the information about the Obama health care bill and how it will affect multiemployer plans. We understand that in the short run there may be an impact due to new rules like dependent children coverage to age 26 and the protections for pre-existing conditions and plan maximums, but of course we’re excited about costs eventually being controlled and coverage being expanded to many millions of workers and their families who have been without health care. Now it’s on to pass the Employee Free Choice Act.

We mourn the passing on Feb. 21 of Bro. Bert J. Young at age 93. Bro. Young was a longtime, passionate educator in our industry and will be missed.

Tom Mullarkey, B.R.

Local 595 members vote to ratify new contract extension at special-call meeting.

Annual ‘Steak Stag’ a Success

L.U. 601 (i&rtb), CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, IL—Our local recently held its annual Steak Stag. Approximately 200 members attended and enjoyed the tasty menu of steak, ribs, shrimp, raw oysters and all the trimmings. The local supply houses provided prizes for the raffle drawings.

Our appreciation goes to Bob Woodard, a Local 601 retiree, for heading up the committee that planned the event and secured the food and supplies. Thanks also to Local 601 Apprenticeship Dir. Bob Withers, who enlisted apprentices to cook the food and help clean up. We also thank the businesses that supplied prizes. Everyone had a great time.

The work in our area continues to be very slow. We have approximately 118 local members and 22 apprentices on Book 1 at the time of this writing.

National elections are coming up in November. It is the responsibility of the membership to investigate what the candidates stand for, then go to the polls and make their votes count.

Dan Hatter, P.S.

Volunteers and participants gather for Local 601’s Steak Stag. Back row, from left: apprentices Paul Rubenacker and Kyle Smith. Front row: apprentices Dustin Block and Lucas Bocook, journey-man wireman Shawn Davis, coordinator Bob Withers, retiree Bobby Woodward, local cooking friend Columbus Boykins, retiree Wendell Merry, and another cooking friend, James Culp.

New Mexico Local Wins Grant

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Our JATC recently received a $10,000 grant from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.

Apprentices (fourth- and fifth-year) were asked to write an essay on their role in the field of green technology. The JATC committee then decided, based on the essays, who would attend one of two train-the-trainer seminars. The first class, on LED lighting systems, was held in Boston. Apprentices attending that class were: Bobby Getts, Damian Roybal, Jerry Bustamante, Jose Renteria, Eloy Jaramillo and Jason Sartain.

The second class, on photovoltaics, was held in Arlington, TX. Attending that class were: Logan Wilson, Joshua Hutchings, Frank Hanish, Ed Tavenner III, Ryan Wood and Randy Harker. Participating apprentices said the classes were very helpful and informative. Congratulations to all the apprentices chosen for the seminars.

As of April 2010, members can now pay their dues by phone with a credit card. There are no fees, as of yet, associated with the transaction and you can only call during local union business hours.

Please make every effort to attend the regular union meetings, held in Albuquerque on the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.

Local 611 extends condolences to the family of Ted A. Lopez, who recently passed away.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.

Local 611 Training Dir. Hank Humiston (left) congratulates apprentices who attended a train-the-trainer class. From left: Humiston, Bobby Getts, Eloy Jaramillo, Jerry Bustamante, Logan Wilson and Randy Harker.

‘National Rebuilding Day’

L.U. 617 (c,i,mo&st), SAN MATEO, CA—The star of the 2010 Service Pin Party on April 9 was 70-year pin recipient, Bro. Robert Terwilliger. His son, 40-year pin holder Bro. Roddy Terwilliger, was on hand to make the presentation along with Bus. Mgr. Dominic Nolan and Pres. Mark Leach. Congratulations also to Bro. Ernie Howe for 65 years of service, and Bros. Lido Dalmaso and Richard Korfman for 60 years of service to Local 617.

On April 24, approximately 20 members with family joined the local work force for National Rebuilding Day. Pres. Mark Leach once again greeted participants with a gourmet breakfast before they were dispatched to various projects throughout the county.

The following participants spent the day at community centers and private residences repairing fixtures and services with the support of Armor Electric, C&E Electric and Rosendin Electric: D.J. Siegman, Joe Sweeting, Alan Sheehan, Irvin Hemingway, JaDaun Williams, Randy Williamson and son Julian, Randy Wetzel, Bob Harkins, Kit Venable and wife Kathrine, Dave Huston, Steven P. Kennedy, Jim Robertson, Steroling Able, Robert Simon Jr., Jessie Magana, Chris Carrillo, Marc Ellingsen, Art Lee and Burleigh Maples.

Our local grieves the recent loss of our brothers Bill Hecht, Ken LaBounty, Floyd W. Eiferle and Dan Simpson. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families. We honor our brothers’ service to our craft and industry.

Dan Pasini, V.P.

Steps to Gain Market Share

L.U. 625 (ees,em,i,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA—In April, Local 625 members voted to amend their agreement to create new rates for smaller commercial, residential and communications jobsites. This is a bold move to address the growing problem of market share losses in these sectors. With only a handful of members employed in the residential and communications sector combined, our officers and Executive Board determined it was time to ask the membership for their approval to move to a more competitive position. Members agreed by more than 2-1.

The smaller commercial sector is the breeding ground for nonunion shops; from there they grow their business into the 25-30 man shops doing larger commercial and institutional projects—the very sector where most of our members are employed and where it has become increasingly difficult for our contractors to win tender packages.

Some have said the local is catering to the contractors. The truth is: An electrical contractor can exist without a union, but a union can’t exist without signatory contractors! Our next job depends on our signatory contractor’s ability to win the next bid.

There are 3,557 journeyman wiremen and 974 registered apprentices in Nova Scotia as of May 25, 2009. Locals 625 and 1852 combined represent only about 900 journeyman wiremen and 300 apprentices. We can’t expect to do the majority of the work with 25 percent of the work force. The goal is to regain market share and organize the workers and shops. Only then can we hold our heads high and say we’ve honoured the memory of our founding fathers, 19 young men from Nova Scotia who had a dream 102 years ago that "there be no one working at our trade outside of our Brotherhood."

Tom Griffiths, Pres.

Local 625 member Lenny Shaw (center), joined by fellow service-award recipients, proudly displays his 50-year award. Also celebrating the occasion are: 30-year members James Oickle (left), Stan McCulloch and Ross Tofflemire; and 20-year member Wayne MacMillan.

Tribute to Service

L.U. 673 (catv,i,rts,spa,t&u), PAINESVILLE, OH—Local 673 member Staff Sgt. John Rusnak, stationed in Iraq, proudly displays his Local 673 T-shirt (photo above). This was just one of the many items from the care packages that our membership sent him. John sends thanks to the membership for the packages and is proud to an IBEW member.

This is John’s second deployment over there; the first time he was deployed he was a third-year apprentice. Then he came back and finished his apprenticeship in 2008. John was married to his wife, Chrissy, in May 2009 and then was notified of redeployment in the fall of 2009. He will return home by the end of this year.

Local 673 members would like to thank you, Staff Sgt. John Rusnak, for your continued service and dedication in the armed forces.

Local 673 welcomes our newly organized contractor SFI Electric and its employees into the Brotherhood.

Remember to check the Local 673 Web site www.ibew673.org for upcoming events.

Hope to see everyone at the picnic this month.

Danny Lastoria, Mbr. Dev. Rep.

IBEW Local 673 member Staff Sgt. John D. Rusnak proudly displays his local union T-shirt for everyone to see back home.

Local Events Update

L.U. 683 (em&i), COLUMBUS, OH—Our members’ interests are wide and varied outside of electrical work. Here is one such example: Local 683 member Steve Nole, a 35-year IBEW member, has been a wrestling official for the Ohio District High School Wrestling program for 30 years (see photo). Bro. Nole is also an avid bowler.

Local union news: The Retirees Pizza Party Luncheon was held March 16. The Uncle Roy Euchre Tournament was March 27. At the April 8 regular union meeting, we had a visit from U.S. Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy. The Rebuilding Central Ohio project, which assists the elderly and disadvantaged homeowners of Central Ohio, was held April 17 and April 24. The Golf League began April 26 at The Links in Groveport. The blood drive was May 13. And for the May 14-16 trip to Gettysburg, "Muley" was in charge.

Also taking place are ongoing Code of Excellence, OSHA 10 & 30, and NFPA 70E classes.

We extend condolences to the families of recently deceased members: Salem L. Dudley, Jack L. Thomas, Emmit O. Stephenson, Donald E. Stiverson, Carl H. Steele and Brian Kennedy.

Remember, regular meetings are held the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 8 p.m. Input is needed by all members because of important matters ahead for us all. Front row seats available (reservations are recommended).

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

Local 683 member Steve Nole referees at a high-school wrestling match.

New Leadership … New Direction

L.U. 827 (catv&t), EAST WINDSOR, NJ—On April 5, 2010, the membership of Local 827 elected local union officers, and the new leadership recently was sworn into office. Three past presidents came together, united, focused and determined to build our membership. Bill Laing (former president from 1992-1995) is newly elected business agent/Executive Board-Essex Unit. Dominic Turdo (former president from 2001-2007) is newly elected business agent/Executive Board-Northern Unit. And myself, Bill Huber (former president from 1999-2001), newly elected president/business manager. Three strong-minded men, united in rallying the state membership, focused on the issues and determined to grow our membership in a declining economy. The task is tall, yet not impossible.

Others elected were: Vice Pres. Joe Penna, who formerly served as business agent/Executive Board member, International Telecommunications director and Third District International Representative; re-elected, Treas. George Ippolito; elected, Rec. Sec. Joe Mastrogiovanni; re-elected, Georgeanne Scarpelli, business agent/Executive Board-Hudson Unit, and Rich Spieler, business agent/Executive Board-Southern Unit; elected, Ed Cocliff, business agent/ Executive Board-Central Unit, and Joe Lambert, business agent/Executive Board-Raritan Unit.

IBEW and CWA unions on the East Coast recently negotiated with Verizon an enhanced voluntary offer for members to leave the company. The unions recognized that they also needed to take advantage of this incentive package and negotiate language to protect the junior members. This offer provided increased monies, both in lump sums and pensions. This one-time offer also provides language which prevents Verizon from increasing sub-contracting during a one-year period. If 12,000 members in the footprint accept this offer, post Aug. 2, 2003, hires will be protected against layoff until May 1, 2011.

Bill Huber, Pres./B.M./F.S.

Cookout & Pin Presentation

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL—Our April cookout and annual pin presentation was well-attended. We were honored to have former business manager Gary Hill with us; Bro. Hill led us in the pledge to our flag at the union meeting. The cooks fed us a great meal as well as homemade strawberry pie. Thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work.

Two members in attendance received 50-year service pins. Congratulations to Bros. James Allums and Phillip Humphrey on their awards.

The 45-year pin recipients were Jack Runckle and Charles Shelton. Receiving 40-year pins were: Kenneth Brewer, Jerry Dye, James Fowler, Victor Moore, Ernest Riske and Jessie Weeks; 35-year pins, Carl Payberg, Mannuel Tamargo and Leon Ward; 30-year pins, Stephen Carter, Billy Keene, Rocky McPheron, Robert Schaefer, John Sours and Clyde Tucker. Congratulations to these and all the other members who received service pins.

Our Brother of the Year Award went to Bro. Jim Becker. Throughout his tenure as an IBEW member and throughout his hardships, he never stopped helping others and serving the sick and needy. Bro. Becker exemplifies the meaning of giving back to those in need and we honor him.

Theresa King, P.S.

Local 915 honors two 50-year service award recipients. From left are: Pres. Randall King, 50-year members James Allums and Phillip Humphrey, and Bus. Mgr. William Dever.

2010 Scholarship Winners

L.U. 965 (em,govt,ptc&u), MADISON, WI—The local is happy to announce recipients of the 2010 IBEW 965 scholarships. The scholarships are available to dependent children of Local 965 members who are currently high school seniors.

The 2010 winners are: Nicholas Braun, son of Brian Braun of the Beaver Dam subunit; Cody Jackson, son of David Jackson, North Area subunit; Miranda Kissinger, daughter of Gloria Kissinger, also of the North Area subunit; and Ashley Swenson, daughter of Steve Swenson, Village of Mazomanie subunit. Our hearty congratulations go out to the winners and our best wishes go to all the entrants in this year’s competition.

We thank all those who attended the Local 965 bowling outing. Everyone had a great time and many said they hoped to see this event continue in the future. The Solidarity Committee is looking to hold this event annually with hopes of participation growing each year.

On Saturday, May 22, the local’s Annual Solidarity Picnic along with an Open House for the new union office was held. Activities included tours of the building, games for the kids, a pig roast, prize drawings and other activities. The event was very well-attended and the weather was beautiful. Thanks to all who participated.

Kurt Roberts, P.S.

Skills Development Grant

L.U. 1015 (em&i), WESLACO, TX—Local 1015 has partnered in consortium with our local community, South Texas College, the Texas Workforce Commission, contractors, and the Rio Grande Valley/Laredo Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee. Our partnership involvement wasted no time in figuring out what upgrades were needed to train local electricians. Consequently, the consortium was awarded a Skills Development Fund grant of more than $844,000 in stimulus money to educate electricians. Our thanks go out to President Obama for his major role in the passage of stimulus legislation providing grants to give citizens an opportunity to train for future jobs and enhance employment options.

Local 1015 is pleased with the dedication and effort workers have put into participating in the Skills Development classes. After performing a hot day’s work, participants take care of training at night. The participation of the contractors who want to enhance worker training has furthered the success of this SDF training and set a great example for other electricians around our area.

The outcome: To be unsurpassed in having all electricians follow OSHA safety procedures and have all workers committed to "safety first." The rumors are true! This is how the IBEW has simply created the best hands in town. We take care of our workers by making sure they are educated in safety and in the line of their duties.

Ray Duran, P.S.

Local 1015 members attend a CPR/First Aid class.

Tribute to Service

L.U. 1049 (lctt,o,u&uow), LONG ISLAND, NY—It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Asst. Bus. Mgr. Joe Herbert. Joe has been a dedicated member of IBEW Local 1049 for 31 years. During his career he has been an integral part of the local. As a steward he was active on numerous committees. In 1998 he joined the staff as a business representative and since 2007 served as assistant business manager. Joe’s quiet strength and perseverance served as an example for the entire membership. His leadership and guidance will be missed. On behalf of Bus. Mgr. Robert Shand, the business staff, the officers and Executive Board I wish Joe and his wife, Lisa, all the best in retirement.

National Grid recently announced the sale of its Home Energy Services Division (Keyspan Home Energy Services) to Home Serve Inc. Because of successor language in the collective bargaining agreement, we will continue to represent the members who work in that division. The current CBA expires Sept. 1. As of this writing there have been preliminary discussions about the possibility of a contract extension. We look forward to working with the new owners so that they can become another successful IBEW employer.

We continue to meet with Long Island Power Authority as they prepare to send out proposals for bidding on the new Maintenance Services Agreement. We are working with LIPA to further enhance our current worker protection language.

Thomas J. Dowling, R.S.

‘Victory for Maine Taxpayers’

L.U. 1253 (i), AUGUSTA, ME—Passage by the Maine state legislature in April of the bill LD 1565—"An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Knowing Misclassification of Construction Workers"—is a big victory for Maine taxpayers. The bill allows for stop-work orders and appropriates funding for personnel to enhance enforcement. [See related article, "Cheating Workers Out of Rights, Benefits: Lawmakers Go After Employers Who Misclassify Workers as Contractors," The Electrical Worker, June 2010, pg. 3.]

Eleven members participated in the Code of Excellence Steward Training Class on April 27. This course was presented by IBEW Int. Reps. Mike D’Amico and Kevin Cash.

We are sorry to report the deaths of retired members Richard Lerette and Frank Lockhart. Dick was a longtime member and signatory contractor. Frank was a past state director of apprenticeship and vice president of the National Apprenticeship Director’s Association. Both will be greatly missed.

We offer our prayers and support to 4-year-old Phebe Guido and her family. Phebe, who has diabetes, is making daily progress during an extended stay at a Bangor hospital. She and her three siblings are children of member John Guido and wife Gia, and also grandchildren of Local 99 Treas. James Anderson and wife Ann.

William Gifford, P.S.

Young Phebe Guido, daughter of Local 1253 journeyman wireman John and wife Gia, is making daily progress during her recovery in a Bangor hospital.

Kudos to Retirees

L.U. 1307 (u), SALISBURY, MD—Congratulations to four members who retired this year: Jeffery Breasure, Bruce Willey, Jehu "Jay" Justice and Jim Ritchie.

Bro. Breasure began work at Delmarva Power at Indian River Power Plant in 1971.

Over the years he worked as fuel handler, assistant control operator, power plant machinist, and in other posts. He retired as a qualified welder on May 28.

Bro. Willey started at Delmarva Power’s Vienna Power Plant in 1974. Among the positions he held were: fuel handler, auxiliary operator, machinist and control room operator. He retired as lead operator on Jan. 10.

Bro. Justice began work with Delmarva Power in 1976 at Indian River Power Plant. He worked as a power plant machinist and welder. and retired as a qualified machinist on March 31.

Bro. Ritchie started at Indian River Power Plant in 1991. He held the jobs of fuel handler, and assistant plant equipment operator. He retired on Oct. 30.

All four of these brothers retired from NRG Energy, which purchased the power plants from Delmarva Power. May they all enjoy a long and happy retirement.

Until next time; save jobs, limit imports.

Edward D. Sparks, P.S.

Union Night at Baseball Game

L.U. 1501 (ees,em,mo,pet,rts&t), BALTIMORE, MD—Summer came early to Maryland. We went from the snowiest winter on record to record breaking hot in the spring. Spring brings the beloved baseball season and our great Baltimore Orioles. Annually we have AFL-CIO Union Night at Camden Yards. This year it was held June 25. The local had 50 tickets for our members this year. As with years past, it’s always a great time to get together with fellow workers and members from other companies, to root on the greatest ball team ever, the Baltimore Orioles.

Thomas J. Rostkowski, R.S.

Local 1501 Bus. Mgr./Pres. Dion F. Guthrie and wife Dianna head to an Orioles game.

OSHA ‘Star Award’

L.U. 1523 (u), WICHITA, KS—Murray Gill Energy Center is the second Local 1523-represented energy center to receive the Voluntary Protection Program prestigious award. This distinguished honor was also presented to Gordon Evans Energy Center in June 2008. The prestigious Star designation from OSHA is the highest level of recognition in the VPP program honoring facilities committed to the health and safety of employees by exceeding OSHA’s national standards. Murray Gill and Gordon Evans power plants join an elite group of approximately 2,300 work sites nationwide labeled as VVP Star sites. Congratulations to all of our members who made this possible.

By the time you read this, Local 1523 will be installing newly elected officers; election results were not yet available at this writing. Please take the time to congratulate those elected. Please show your support and solidarity to our new officers.

Congratulations to the following on their promotions: James Day Jr., Wichita System Control Center, promoted to junior distribution system operator; Jon Weakley, Wichita Service Building, promoted to cable splicer apprentice; Daniel Craft, Ripley Tech Ops, promoted to relay technician ll; Philip Dooley, Murray Gill Energy Center, promoted to operations & maintenance person 04-M4.

Congratulations to former business manager Merv Wiltshire on his retirement. From Merv: "In parting I want to say I have enjoyed working with all [at] Local 1523. … Keep working together in solidarity; thank you for your trust, support and input."

Be safe, always.

Candy C. Cruz-Dodd, P.S.

Class of 2010 Graduates

L.U. 1547 (c,em,i,o,t&u), ANCHORAGE, AK—IBEW Local 1547 is proud to announce the following 2010 graduates of the Tom Cashen Electrical Training Facility in Anchorage.

Wireman class graduates: Gwen Beecher, Mike Basargin, Jarred Calcote, Eric Urena, Sabastian Lennon-Rodriguez, Patricia Bravo, Louis Young, James Bysheim, Kyle May, Terrance Trudell, James Calhoun, Allan Rusenstrom, John Wallace, Matt Zabinko, Kalen Glover, Steven Wright, Richard Bekoalok, Dawn Brender, Steven Boyd and Elliott Marlow.

Communications class graduates: Tim Digan, Jason Huseman, Cassidy Deckert, Shaun Rodgers, Chad Botirius, Shawn Woodhead, Ricky Lusk, Dennis Kananowicz, Bobby Hale and Dave McAllen.

Lineman class graduates: Deb Kelly, Ian Whitmore, Travis Bonnet, Josh Henrick, Garrette Francis, Jacob Soboleff, Steven Johnson, Jeremiah Mullican and Ricky Richardson.

Congratulations and every good wish to all the graduates!

Melinda Taylor, P.S.

Local 1547 Bus. Mgr. Larry Bell (back row, left) and Instructor Dave McAllen (back row, third from right) gather with the graduating wireman class of 2010 for a group photo. Front row, from left, are Gwen Beecher, Mike Basargin, Jarred Calcote, Eric Urena, Sabastian Lennon-Rodriguez; back row, Bus. Mgr. Bell, Patricia Bravo, Louis Young, James Bysheim, Kyle May, Terrance Trudell, James Calhoun, Allan Rusenstrom, John Wallace, Matt Zabinko, Kalen Glover, Steven Wright, Richard Bekoalok, Dawn Brender, Instructor McAllen, Steven Boyd and Elliott Marlow.

Plant Vogtle

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA—As much of the country is aware, Augusta, GA, is getting two new reactors at Plant Vogtle.

Many are not aware that getting an agreement on this project was not easy. It started a couple of years ago when it was announced that Shaw was awarded the project. Ken Ward, IBEW Local 1579 business manager and Augusta Building Trades president, immediately went to work, contacting Shaw officials.

The Bush administration was still in office and the possibilities were not looking good. Bus. Mgr. Ward started looking toward the national Building & Construction Trades and the IBEW International Office and asked for their help.

With the Obama administration entering into office and with the help of IBEW Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill and BCTD Pres. Mark Ayers, the agreement was negotiated. Over the next few months, we should put some of our Book I members to work.

The work on the new reactors at Plant Vogtle will fall under the strict guidelines, the same as nuclear outages. There will be strict background checks, drug tests and several days of job-related education classes before physically going to work.

The new contract will expire in 2015 for all work on Vogtle and upcoming nuclear reactors across the country. Everybody is watching Vogtle. We are aware that this project will be a test run and may have an impact on union agreements on future work.

Other jobs in our jurisdiction look promising. Of course, it is very hard to predict when we will get into Book II, but I would encourage brothers and sisters to call our job line at (706) 724-6586 or visit our Web site at www.ibew1579.org for future details.

Will Salters, A.B.M.

Code of Excellence Training

L.U. 1701 (catv,ees,i,o&u), OWENSBORO, KY—The Examining Board gave the journeyman wireman exam to our fifth-year apprentices recently. Chmn. Joe Fulkerson reports all passed. Graduates are: Robert Pillow, Adam Gish, Jeremy Anderson, James Benningfield, Joe Brown, Thomas Brown, Jacob Brown, James Humphrey, Montez Mayfield and Jeff Barr. JATC Sec. Larry Boswell reports most of the fifth-year graduates have taken the Kentucky State Electrical Licensing exam and they passed as well. Congratulations, brothers and sisters.

We thank Int. Reps. Ed Hill Jr. and Don Vidourek for conducting a Code of Excellence class and a Code of Excellence steward training class in April for our local union officers and NECA contractors. The training was well-attended and we will implement the Code of Excellence on future projects.

The Owensboro Council of Labor held a Workers Memorial Ceremony at the Owensboro Daviess County court house lawn on April 23. Local 1701 member and council Pres. Donna Haynes organized and conducted the event. We had a good turnout. Thanks, Donna, for a job well-done.

In sadness we report the passing of retired Bro. Frank Hancock. May he rest in peace.

Remember the union meetings, held the third Monday of each month.

Tim Blandford, R.S.

Local 1701 class of 2010 apprentice graduates gather with Examining Board and JATC members. Back row, from left, are: Mike Van Winkel, JATC member; Joe Fulkerson, JATC member/ Examining Board; graduates Robert Pillow, Adam Gish, Jeremy Anderson, James Benningfield and Joe Brown. Front row: graduates Thomas Brown, Jacob Brown, James Humphrey, Montez Mayfield and Jeff Barr. This was the first class to take the journeyman wireman exam at the new training center.

Congratulations & Welcome

L.U. 1749 (u), NEW JOHNSONVILLE, TN—Congratulations and welcome aboard to the latest class of "student generating plant operators" at the New Johnsonville, TN, generating station: Shane Morris, Kyle Sanders, Steven Sweazea, Brian Horner, Brian Gunn, Neal Thorne, Matthew Frady, Holly Holmes, Patrick Payton and Adam Watts. Randy Russell is the instructor.

Ask your steward about the benefits of becoming an "A" member—death benefit fund, IBEW retirement, and for anyone with a construction background, the NEBF fund. It’s well worth the difference in dues, and also complies with the resolution that passed at the last International Convention.

The stewards and officers need to pass this on to their new members.

Some updates in the statewide Tennessee elections:

• At this writing, gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter
is unopposed in this year’s Democratic primary.

• State Sen. Roy Herron is running for the U.S. Congress
in the 8th Congressional District.

• Dr. Greg Rabidoux is a candidate for the U.S. Congress
in the 7th Congressional District.

And we need to work hard in capturing three Tennessee state house seats to regain control of the state house! If not, we could set the party of the working folks back 20 years.

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

Local 1749 congratulates the recent class of SGPOs at the new Johnsonville, TN generating station. From left: Shane Morris, Kyle Sanders, Steven Sweazea, Brian Horner, Brian Gunn, Neal Thorne, Matthew Frady, Holly Holmes, Patrick Payton, Instructor Randy Russell and Adam Watts. Not pictured: Local 1749 Training Rep. Jimmy Phy, shop steward.

Support for WGME-TV Workers

L.U. 1837 (rtb&u), MANCHESTER, ME—All of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Maine’s June 8 primary election decided not to purchase campaign advertising on WGME-TV in Portland, in order to demonstrate their support for members of IBEW Local 1837.

The refusal of the five candidates to buy ads there came in response to a request from the IBEW local that represents more than 40 workers at the station. That request came after WGME-TV and parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. unilaterally declared an impasse in contract talks, cut wages, and implemented parts of their last contract offer that forced concessions on the workers.

While the full financial impact of the candidates’ decision is difficult to estimate, it is likely to lead to the loss of tens of thousands of dollars in ad revenue for the local CBS affiliate.

"We’re grateful to the candidates for their support," said Local 1837 Bus. Mgr. Cynthia Phinney. "We think it sends a strong message that Mainers don’t like the unfair treatment of workers at WGME. They think that Maine workers deserve good jobs to help support their families and communities."

The company admitted that the pay cuts were not because of any financial crisis, but simply because the company felt that its workers were overpaid.

Matthew D. Beck, Organizer