August 2010

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Wind Turbine Training

L.U. 8 (as,em,i,mar,mt,rts,s&spa), TOLEDO, OH—The first "Wind Turbine/Competent Climbing" training class was completed. Congratulations to those who endured the physical requirements of the climbing class! We hope to see these members utilize their new skills and certification with some renewable energy jobs in the future.

We thank our outgoing business manager Jim Kozlowski for his many years of service to the Brotherhood. From his apprenticeship to his recent retirement in July, Jim’s career in the electrical industry revolved around service to members. His selfless giving should be an inspiration to us all. He has made our local a better place to work and make a living for our families. Good luck, Jim, in all that you do, and thank you again for your longtime dedication.

The annual summer picnic and Labor Day parade on Sept. 6 are just around the corner! Remember the great times we had last year? They can all be relived again this year. Keep that date open for more family fun and good times with friends. The planning is underway and things are shaping up for another great event.

Ben "Red" Tackett, P.S.

Jefferson Award Recipient

L.U. 16 (i), EVANSVILLE, IN—Evansville was the focus for the national labor crisis when AFL-CIO Pres. Richard Trumka earlier this year led more than 5,500 marchers in protesting Whirlpool Corp.’s decision to move its local factory to Mexico, idling more than 1,100 union workers. The IBEW was well-represented, with members coming from all over the Midwest in solidarity with these loyal employees. Whirlpool received large tax abatements over its 50+ years in the area and subsequently forced concessions on its workers, who were then abandoned when the Evansville plant closed its doors in June, even though the company shows healthy profits. Whirlpool also received $19 million in stimulus money.

In the spring, Local 16’s annual Easter Egg Hunt for the kids was again a resounding success with approximately 150 in attendance. Many thanks to all who generously contributed to make it happen; special thanks to Mr. Monquale Owsley for again suiting up as the big fellow, ears and all!

The IBEW congratulates member Kathy Boyd, one of our newest contractors and a recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service. In June, Kathy represented the tri-state area at the National Jefferson Awards event held in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and others, the Jefferson Awards honors volunteers from across the country.

Donald P. Beavin, P.S.

Scholarship Awards

L.U. 26 (ees,em,es,govt,i&mt), WASHINGTON, DC—Local 26 is proud to announce the winners of this year’s scholarship award—Taylor J. Good and Amber L. Ridings. Taylor is the son of Bro. Gary Good. He plans to attend Boston College. Amber is the daughter of Bro. Albert Ridings, and she plans to attend Bethany College. Congratulations to all!

Local 26 enjoyed its golf outing on June 14 and our picnic in Manassas, VA, on June 19. Our picnic in Edgewater, MD, will be Aug. 7. The golf outing is a great day of fellowship, and we thank everyone for supporting a great cause—Dollars Against Diabetes. The picnics provide fun for the families of our members, and we had a fabulous turnout for these events.

We mourn the recent passing of several members: Linda Jordan, Raymond G. Vincent, Curtis L. Rowland, Raymond A. Dicus, Gerry W. Hance, Anthony L. Tomczak, Charles R. Kelly, Patrick J. Dougherty, Gerald L. Waybright, William T. Buckeridge and Walter E. Shoemaker Jr.

Best wishes to new retirees: James Antonovich, Robert Crawford III, Noe Flores, Richard Kaplan, Samuel Kivett, Fred Prevenslik, Sherwin Rowland, George Scuffins, Robert Staton, Gregory Ledbetter Sr., William Clark Jr., John Hanna, Albert Orrison Jr., Charles Sweitzer Jr., Alton Rhoden, Charles Ferguson, Stephen Hopper, Keith Jones, Darryl Travis, Cecil Satterfield and Frank Waterhouse.

Charles E. Graham, B.M.

Community College Project

L.U. 38 (i), CLEVELAND, OH—A crew of IBEW Local 38 members is working with Gateway Electric on a Cuyahoga Community College project. The project is called the Hospitality and Management Training Center and will be equipped with a restaurant. It is in the old May Co. building on Public Square and is part of the renovation projects for the new Euclid Corridor.

All of the land was finally secured for the new $425 million Medical Mart and convention center. Work should begin this fall.

The Ohio Gaming Board was formed per the new constitutional amendment passed last November, and the board gave permission to casino owner Dan Gilbert to build his Cleveland casino in phases. The first phase of this project could start this fall in the Higbee building on Public Square.

Work has begun on the new 74,000-square-foot Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Parma on Brookpark Road, where the old driving range was located. Fireland Electric, which is a subsidiary of Lake Erie Electric, has the project.

Dennis Meaney, A.B.M.

A crew of IBEW Local 38 members from Gateway Electric includes, from left: Gerald Lepre, foreman Steve Kramer, Craig Besserer, steward Dan Bell, Luis Nieves, Sam Wingard, James Kania and Beth Seymour.

New Training Opportunities

L.U. 40 (em,i&mps), HOLLYWOOD, CA—IBEW Local 40 newly appointed Training Dir. John Davis, a 40-year member, is helping move the local forward in the right direction, introducing many new training classes.

Classes offered are designed to prepare our members for the new challenges that face our electrical industry. This training will also help those who work under the new Market Advancement M.O.U. become trained in a broader spectrum of work so that the IBEW can obtain a larger market share of the electrical work.

Among the classes offered are: solar power (basic and advanced), conduit bending, code classes, low voltage/telecom, OSHA 10-30 safety classes, and PLC training as well as HVAC classes, since Local 40 covers both HVAC and sound work as well. The electrical industry is growing and we must keep up with technology in this rapidly evolving environment.

Thanks to the efforts of members like John Davis and many others, IBEW Local 40 is heading in the right direction.

Marc Flynn, R.S.

Apprentice Graduation

L.U. 42 (catv,em,govt,lctt&o), HARTFORD, CT—On Sat., April 24, IBEW Local 42 held our 4th Annual Dinner Dance and Apprentice Graduation at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Hartford. Distinguished guests included: IBEW Second District Int. Vice Pres. Frank J. Carroll; retired Int. Rep. Richard Panagrossi; Jason Ianneli, training director of Northeastern Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NEAT); and Jack Skilton, assistant training director of NEAT.

IBEW Local 42 Bus. Mgr. Milton R. Moffitt Jr. and Int. Vice Pres. Carroll presented R. William Risley Jr. with his 50-year service award and pin. Over the past 50 years, Bill has worked in many capacities in the field and as an officer and continues to be an asset to the Brotherhood.

Local 42 also celebrated the graduation of 11 journeyman linemen. These graduates of the NEAT apprenticeship were each presented with a wooden commemorative plaque of a journeyman lineman and an IBEW logo watch. Congratulations to Bros. Shaun Bienkowski, Brian Dowling, Marco Gagliardi, Sean Goins, Christopher Grey, Nathan Kitchen, David Lien, Louis Richardson, Sergio Rodriguez, Darius Stepniewski and Alexander Voronkov.

Jacquelyn Moffitt, Mbr. Services

Attending the Local 42 dinner/dance and apprentice graduation are, from left: Local 42 Treas. R. William Risley Jr., IBEW Int. Vice Pres. Frank J. Carroll, Local 42 Pres. Mark Fusco, and Local 42 Bus. Mgr. Milton R.
Moffitt Jr.

Solar PV Array Ceremony

L.U. 48 (c,em,i,rtb,rts&st), PORTLAND, OR—Saturday morning, May 15, looked like a "Who’s Who of Oregon" as friends of labor attended the commissioning of a Local 48 solar photovoltaic array.

Distinguished speakers included U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and former governor John Kitzhaber, 2010 gubernatorial candidate. Local 48 thanked the Oregon friends of labor in attendance, including: U.S. Rep. David Wu; Oregon Sec. of State Kate Brown; then-candidate for Metro Council member Duke Shepard, a Local 48 member; then-candidate for Metro Council president Rex Burkholder; and candidate for state representative Claudia Kyle, Local 48 member.

Other partners present included representatives of Energy Trust of Oregon, the Oregon Department of Energy and PGE.

IBEW Local 48 and Iron Workers Local 29 volunteered to create a 360 PV panel system that is optimally designed, structurally robust and adaptable to future solar technologies. This was a 100 percent union volunteer labor effort that included journey level, apprentice, and training center workers.

The NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center in Portland has trained more than 1,000 members in solar technology. It is also working on electrical vehicle (EV) charging stations, wiring new streetcars, and mass transit systems.

The commissioning ceremony was a celebration of IBEW’s leadership and commitment to the future of green technologies.

Robert Blair, P.S.

IBEW Local 48 is recognized for being in the forefront on green energy. Among members and officials attending the May 15 ceremony are: U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (at podium) and, from left, Local 48 member Duke Shepard, John Kitzhaber, Rex Burkholder, Local 48 member Claudia Kyle and Local 48 Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Cliff Davis.

Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 60 (i), SAN ANTONIO, TX—Congratulations to IBEW Local 60’s newest journeymen, who completed the South Texas JATC apprenticeship program. You graduates have done well for yourselves and your families, and you should take pride in what you have accomplished. We hope you look forward to all the responsibilities and rewards that come with the title "journeyman wireman."

The 2010 Apprentice of the Year for Local 60 is Thomas Buntyn. Congratulations, Tom! Congratulations also to: graduates Manolito Rodriguez, Bryan Untereiner, George Rocha, Alfonso Martinez, Ben Rymers, Fabian DeLeon, Russell Bledsoe, Bobby Burnham, Robert Alvarado, Roman Avila, Rodolfo Perez III, Juan Martinez, Saul Reyes, Gregory Sheppard, Adam Martinez, Quisto Morantes, Raymond Diaz, Richard Reyes, Michael Lopez, Alvano Herrera, Johnathan Harris, Gustavo Gonzalez, Tommy Fey, Ricky Regalado, Shaun Drummonds, Heath Stobaugh, Joseph Brezinsky, Victor Olivares, Edward Shierk, Antonio Ramos, David Martineau, Edward Stuart, Roy Leinweber, Hasan Vega, Nestor Rendon Ibarra and David Castillo.

Reynaldo Vasquez, A.B.M.

Local 60 congratulates the new journeyman inside wiremen.

‘Have You Seen Them?’

L.U. 68 (i), DENVER, CO—Have you seen them? I refer to the beautiful "stress balls" distributed across the U.S., specifically at Veterans Administration hospitals, etc. The balls have a red, white and blue background and are imprinted with "U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs," a toll-free telephone number and a statement about the courage of warriors who ask for help. (That refers to those of us who are veterans and may have difficulties coping after military service.)

Guess where these balls are made—in China! As a veteran, I find this an insult to those who fought for our country. Companies in the U.S. could manufacture these balls and hire veterans. We should shout: "We insist that first hiring priorities go to companies in the U.S. These companies will receive greater priority when they hire veterans, especially disabled veterans."

One important avenue to assist veterans is the Building and Construction Trades’ Helmets to Hardhats program, providing veterans work opportunities with the option of collective bargaining agreements.

We extend deepest sympathy to families of recently deceased members: John Nordlander, Robert Otava Sr., David B. Lomme, Peter Hickman, Charles Elfeld, Charles L. Jackson, Maddie Robertson, Paul M. Mettam and Norman Young.

Ed Knox, Pres.

Work Outlook Improving

L.U. 80 (i&o), NORFOLK, VA—The work outlook has continued to improve over the spring and early summer. Several contracts were awarded and members are returning to work. The Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach is progressing. This is the first large-scale project in the area to use the CW/CE program, and it has progressed smoothly. Through the CW/CE program, we have been able to secure jobs previously not even considered by contractors.

At the September meeting, we will award service pins. If you have been a member for 20 or more years and will be receiving your pin, please make every effort to attend this meeting. Contact the union hall if you are unsure about your years of service.

The Local 80 annual family picnic will be held Oct. 9 at the Chesapeake Campground from noon until 4 p.m. Make plans now to come out and bring the family. This is always a good time for everyone.

W. Dennis Floyd, A.B.M.

Contractor Training Course

L.U. 90 (i), NEW HAVEN, CT—On May 21-23, IBEW Locals 35, 90 and 488 and NECA sponsored a Contractor Business Training course at Local 90’s hall. We had a great turnout of 34 IBEW members who have a desire to become signatory contractors. The 21-hour class was given by Matt Kolbinsky of Pro Union Consulting.

This course was fantastic for those who attended, and full of all the information needed to start an electrical contracting business. We thank all the participants for their involvement and also wish them great success in future endeavors. If they need further assistance we are here to help. We all know the future of our local unions depends on more union contractors, more market share, more jobs.

Sean Daly, V.P.

Contractor class participants gather at the Local 90 union hall.

IBEW Lifesaving Award

L.U. 94 (lctt,nst&u), CRANBURY, NJ—Bro. George Stubblebine received the IBEW Lifesaving Award for saving the life of fellow Local 94 member John Wilson. Bus. Agent Buddy Thoman presented the award to Bro. Stubblebine at the April 8 general union meeting in Hightstown, NJ.

On Jan. 4, 2010, John Wilson was leaving work because he was not feeling well. George noticed that something was not quite right with him and would not let him go home. George immediately contacted paramedics; he could tell that John was having a heart attack. The paramedics, with George’s assistance, administered the care John needed to make a full recovery. George’s quick thinking and attention to detail undoubtedly saved Bro. Wilson’s life. On behalf of all Local 94 members, we thank Bro. Stubblebine and congratulate him for this well-deserved award.

Chip Gerrity, P.S.

Local 94 member George Stubblebine (left) receives IBEW Lifesaving Award presented by Bus. Agent Buddy Thoman.

National Grid Solar Project

L.U. 96 (i), WORCESTER, MA—National Grid’s Solar Generation Facility in Whitinsville, MA, is now complete. This is the largest solar generation facility in Massachusetts. The system, consisting of 4,683 solar panels, is estimated to produce more than 1 million kilowatt hours per year, enough power for 200 homes annually. The panels will help reduce carbon emissions by more than 1 million pounds each year, which is equal to taking approximately 400 cars off the road. The project was completed on time and under budget by Local 96 workers.

The annual apprenticeship banquet was held in June; perfect attendance awards were presented and graduating apprentices were honored. David Wallace, director of the Massachusetts Division of Apprenticeship & Training, provided words of encouragement for the graduating apprentices. The keynote speaker was William F. Kearney Jr., project executive for Gilbane Construction. Congratulations!

Mark your calendar: the annual Golf Tournament, to benefit the Children’s Christmas Party, is set for Sept. 24. Also, a bus trip to Foxwoods is being coordinated for October. For more information visit us online at

Luke E. Carpenter, Treas., P.S.

IBEW Local 96 members successfully completed National Grid’s new Solar Generation Facility in Whitinsville, MA.

Green Energy Seminar

L.U. 102 (c,catv,i,it,o&t), PATERSON, NJ—The National Photovoltaic Construction Partnership came to our union hall and gave a presentation on solar panels to approximately 150 members in attendance. Samara Levine from NPCP led the demonstration. The event was coordinated by Local 102 Bus. Rep. Nick Castello. Anthony Maciorski, Local 102 JATC solar instructor, also attended to share his expertise with members.

NPCP works in partnership with the IBEW and Sharp Industries, which manufactures union-made solar panels.

Along with all the new information provided at the seminar, NPCP offered our members site evaluations and discounts on purchasing solar panels for their own homes.

NPCP is sponsored by the IBEW to help unions, contractors and building owners install solar power and support the growth of the solar power industry.

For more information about NPCP, visit Web site

Ed Fredericks, P.S.

Apprentice Wins Gold

L.U. 120 (c,i&o), LONDON, ONTARIO, CANADA—Congratulations to Local 120 fourth-term apprentice Mitch Robertson, who won a gold medal at the Skills Canada Ontario Competition, held at RIM Park in Waterloo, Ontario, on May 18. Mitch went on to represent IBEW Local 120 at the National Competition for Team Ontario, and received a bronze medal, placing third for all of Canada in the category of "Electrical Wiring in Construction."

Local 120 has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help achieve the "Ten for Ten" this year, as Habitat plans to build 10 homes for 10 families in London. Partnering with the Electrical Contractors Association of London, and with Local 120 retiree Murray Currah directing the crew of volunteers, we will help to make this a success for Habitat and for the families involved.

We currently have two apprentices serving Canada at home and abroad. Third-term apprentice Josh Waring is currently serving in Afghanistan, and fifth-term apprentice Mike Fischer is stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We are honoured that these men have risen to the call of duty for their country, and we are proud to have them as members.

Thanks to our sister Locals 424, 529, 530 and 804 for all the calls for travelers over the past year.

Paul Dolsen, V.P.

Local 120 apprentice Mitch Robertson (left), with Joint Apprenticeship Council member Virginia Pohler, at the Skills Canada Competition held May 18-30 at RIM Park in Waterloo, Ontario. Mitch won first place for the Ontario competition and placed third at the nationals for all of Canada.

‘Update Work Credentials’

L.U. 130 (i), NEW ORLEANS, LA—Summer has come to New Orleans and our work situation has picked up just a little bit. Our contractors are putting in a couple of referrals every week, some for short-term calls and a few long-term calls.

Bus. Mgr. Clay Leon asks members to update all of their work credentials—such as TWIC cards, safety training, first aid and CPR training, and city electrical licenses. This could mean the difference between your ability to take a referral or remain on the bench.

Bro. Leon wishes to thank all members who volunteered in the recent runoff elections for District 92. Thanks to Bro. Chad Lagua, our political organizer, for his hard work and dedication in keeping us informed on the political scene.

Our latest class of apprentices completed their five years of schooling and on-the-job training. Congratulations to all our new journeymen; may your lives be filled with success.

To Local 130 members: Now that summer is here with the longer daylight we would love to see more attendance at union meetings. Remember: When you do not attend, your voice will not be heard.

Congratulations to our Pres. Manuel Galle, who witnessed his grandson Cody Galle being sworn in as a third-generation IBEW member. Congratulations to all.

Sandy Theriot, P.S.

IBEW Galle family members, from left: Local 130 Pres. Manuel Galle, Cody Galle and Todd Galle.

Organizing Success

L.U. 136 (ees,em,i,rtb&u), BIRMINGHAM, AL—The work situation has slowed a little, but there is a lot of work in the planning stages and we are actively pursuing everything.

We have added another full-time organizer, James "Pewee" Reece, who joins organizer Jeff "Pedro" Morris; they have already been successful in signing four new contractors since May 1.

We welcome Pro-Electric, Iron City Electric, Bolt Electric, and AC&E to join forces with our existing group of excellent contractors in reclaiming our share of the work in our jurisdiction.

We are also in talks with two major contractors doing work in our area, trying to iron out details so that everyone benefits. We are also in preparation for an end-user blitz, a valuable tool in organizing. This blitz puts us in contact with the actual customers, where we can briefly discuss the highly skilled, state licensed work force, JATC, green energy, and much more.

We are also supporting the Jobs4Alabama group, which is concerned about local Alabama jobs going to undocumented and out-of-state workers while Alabama has an 11 percent unemployment rate. Next article: BJATC class of 2010.

Bobby Hamner, P.S.

IBEW Local 136 welcomes newly signed contractor Pro-Electric. From left are: Local 136 organizer Jeff "Pedro" Morris, Bus. Mgr. Jerry Keenum, Robert Humbar of Pro-Electric, and organizer James "Pewee" Reece.

Union Activities Planned

L.U. 146 (ei,i&rts), DECATUR, IL—Local 146 recently graduated 12 Inside, one Residential and three Telecom apprentices. Congratulations to the following new journeymen—Nick Buckley, Ryan Frantz, Tom Golding, Ben Hoyt, Eric Karr, Travis Martin, Doug Moffet, Robin Ray, Ken Roland, Dan Shewmaker, Nick West and Matt Wood; Installer/Technicians—Eric Cloe, Scott Hunter and Phil Myers; and Residential wireman—Nathan Phillips. Outstanding Academic Achievement Award recipients are Doug Moffet and Eric Cloe.

Local 146 elections were held in June. Officers elected are: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Shad Etchason, Pres. Bret Krutsinger, Pres. Mary Sapp, Rec. Sec. Rich Underwood and Treas. Donna Edwards. Executive Board members are: Dennis Harshbarger, Chris Hays, Lynn Richards, John Shores, Steve Tilford, Susan Varvel and Chad Young. Congratulations to those elected and to everyone who took part in the election to help make us a better union.

Our annual golf outing was a great day, and we will volunteer once again this year at the Macon County Fair and the Decatur Celebration. We will field a team at the Local 601 softball tournament, and Labor Day activities are also being planned.

Congratulations to Scott Northway and Paul Dial on their recent retirement.

We send heartfelt condolences to the families of Roger Riley and Frank Mercer, who passed away.

Have a great and safe summer.

Rich Underwood, R.S.

Local 146 congratulates the class of 2010 apprentice graduates.

‘Careers Start and End’

L.U. 150 (es,i,rts&spa), WAUKEGAN, IL—The JATC graduation banquet was held recently. While it is always an accomplishment to complete anything in life, it is truly something to be congratulated to finish a training program given the bleak economic times we are in. The Inside apprentice graduates are: Michael Berggren, Jacob DeFilippis, David Eulberg, Colin Fanning, Nicholas Furlan, Joseph Gagliardo, Anthony Gallo, Eric Godin, Michael Guidry, Justine Hamel, John Lopez, Christopher Michels, Michael Nyrkkanen, Gregory Rawlings and Jonathan Wirtz. The 2010 Robert C. Hansen Scholarship Award for the highest GPA for the 2009-2010 scholastic year was given to Michael Nyrkkanen. The 2010 Outstanding Apprentice Award for the highest overall GPA for five years was given to Nicholas Furlan. The sole Residential Trainee graduate was Tyler Schaufel. The 2010 Voice, Data, Video apprentice graduates were Marc Findlay, Catalin Hategan and Scott Karg. The 2010 Outstanding VDV Apprentice Award for the highest overall GPA for four years was given to Scott Karg. A hearty congratulations to all the graduates and many wishes for long and rewarding careers.

Recently Bros. Mike Sodaro and Don Houghton retired. Don has been a teacher with the JATC for many years, the last three full-time. Don was a past business rep. Mike also was a business rep for the past nine years. He also served as job steward many times. Thanks to both for their many years of service.

Wendy J. Cordts, P. S.

Positive Work Picture

L.U. 158 (i,it,mar,mt&spa), GREEN BAY, WI—Our local has been very fortunate for the most part for the last three years regarding work. We have had a lot of work at our two nuclear plants (Kewaunee and Point Beach), marine work (at Sturgeon Bay and Marinette Marine), work at the Proctor and Gamble paper mill, a large job at Tetra-Tech wiring a PCB dredging purifying plant, and some major renovations at several area hospitals and clinics.

We celebrated our 90th anniversary as Local 158 at our annual banquet on April 17. It was well-attended by approximately 240 guests. IBEW service pins were presented to members, and our graduating class of apprentices was recognized. It was a joyous event. Many a person mentioned what a great time they had.

Donald C. Allen, B.M.

Local 158 retiree Florian Jankowski (left) receives his 70-year service pin presented by Bus. Mgr. Don Allen.

Election of Officers

L.U. 164 (c,em,i,o&t), JERSEY CITY, NJ—The membership came out on June 3 for the election of Local 164 officers and delegates to the Convention. Sixty-two members ran for various positions, a record number of candidates for a Local 164 election. The successful candidates are: Richard "Buzz" Dressel—business manager/financial secretary/delegate; John M. DeBouter—president/delegate; Tom Sullivan—vice president/delegate; Daniel Gumble—recording secretary/delegate; Charles J. Mattson—treasurer/delegate. Executive Board members: Harold Bender, Vincent Casey, Manny Espinoza, Todd Heuer, Ray Manfred, Paul Zawartkay and Eric Zebrowski. Examining Board: Ivan Benitez, Frank Cappa, Ron Luppino, Kerwin "Bo" Sampson and William Watts. Delegates to the Convention: Stephen Clay, R. Jeff Gallup, Keith Misciagna, Martin Schwartz and Ed Werner. Alternates to the Convention: Kevin Marion and Tom Walker.

Congratulations to all the winning candidates. A "great job and heartfelt thank-you" to Election Judge Bruce Englebrecht, Asst. Election Judge Russ Solleder and all the election tellers. Also, special thanks to all members who exercised their democratic right and voted. Voting is a great privilege, but it is also an obligation in a great society. Thank you, one and all!

John M. DeBouter, Pres./Tr. Dir.

Local 164 members gather for election of officers.

Bus. Mgr. Udstuen Retires

L.U. 176 (es,i,rts&spa), JOLIET, IL—Bus. Mgr. Dave Udstuen retired at the close of his term in July 2010. Bro. Udstuen has been a loyal member of Local 176 for 35 years, serving 14 years as assistant business manager and the last seven as business manager.

Dave’s commitment to the IBEW is unquestioned and will long be remembered. The local also appreciates the sacrifice and commitment made by the Udstuen family, wife Jayne and daughters Kimberly Udstuen Mareno and Lynette Lewis. Without the support of Jayne and Dave’s family, Local 176 would have suffered. Dave and the Udstuen family battled and persevered through personal difficulties, all the while putting the IBEW and its members first.

Udstuen said, "I hold many fond memories throughout my 35 years. The IBEW has been an extended family to both my family and I, and I will never forget the friends I’ve come to know over the years."

In retirement, Bro. Udstuen plans to spend more time with his grandsons, Alec and Jacob, and travel with Jayne. Additionally, Dave has plenty of work to do around his shop and will always have an ear for a member in need. We thank Dave and his family for their longtime dedication to the IBEW and its members. We wish Dave and Jayne a much-deserved, long and healthy retirement.

Mark Ferry, R.S.

Local 176 congratulates then-Bus. Mgr. Dave Udstuen (right) on his retirement. Extending good wishes at a "Sick, Injured and Needy" (S.I.N) Bash is retired member Bernie Shreffler.

A Special Memorial Day

L.U. 180 (c,i&st), VALLEJO, CA—On Memorial Day, May 31, 2010, at 1300 hours the Lance Cpl. Phillip West flagpole was dedicated during a somber, but celebratory, dedication ceremony in memory of all who have fallen in serving their country. In attendance were U.S. Marine Corps representatives of Phillip’s unit, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Lance Cpl. West was killed Nov. 19, 2004, as the result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.

This project, 18 months in the making, was inspired by the vision of IBEW Local 180 member Steve Garcia, a U.S. Navy veteran. Steve was proud that Phillip’s hometown of American Canyon renamed the aquatic center in Phillip’s honor. Steve was concerned that no lighted flag was planned and took on the mission to see the flag fly above this special place in memorial of all who have fallen. You can find this memorial at the Phillip West Aquatic Center, 300 Benton Way, American Canyon, CA.

Michael Smith, B.A.

The Lance Cpl. Phillip West flagpole was dedicated on Memorial Day 2010.

Work Safe!

L.U. 196 (govt,mt,o,t&u), ROCKFORD, IL—Work opportunities for our Outside members remain very scarce in northern Illinois. There is plenty of work that needs to be done on the local utility system but the utility company seems to be rolling the dice that it can skate through another year without performing necessary maintenance and upgrades to ensure system reliability.

Local contractors were awarded several lighting jobs in the area that are starting to kick off.

In these times when bids are tight and employers want the work done "yesterday," all members need to stay focused on doing their jobs safely. Shortcuts and safety violations have no place in our trade. Safety is a huge part of the training we receive and should be the No. 1 priority while working. If a supervisor expects you to cut corners or work faster than you safely can, push back and let them know you are there to do your job safely. Discussing safety is a good start but must be followed with a well-thought-out plan and action. The employer is obligated to provide you a safe workplace free of hazards. An injury or fatality does not speed up a job or make the contractor any more money; it has the exact opposite effect. Live, work and play safe!

Eric Patrick, B.M.

Contract Negotiations

L.U. 222 (o), ORLANDO, FL—Local 222’s NECA contract expires this year and the negotiating committee has prepared for the upcoming negotiations with the employers. The membership has given their input and provided innovative ideas for this year’s contract bargaining. The negotiating team this year will be Robert Parker, Bill Hitt, John Whittle and Mike Bell.

With the heat of summer comes the threat of hurricanes. The 2010 hurricane season which officially began June 1, is predicted to be more active than the average. The December 2009 report estimates approximately 11-16 named storms, six to eight hurricanes and three to five major hurricanes occurring during the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season. Experts warn that the oil spill in the Gulf could actually increase the intensity of storms in the gulf. The oil does not allow for evaporation, which is how the gulf cools itself. So everyone should be prepared for a busy hurricane season.

We hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July.

Please attend the union meetings and take an active part in your local union.

Bill Hitt, P.S. Pro Tem

Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 234 (i&mt), CASTROVILLE, CA—On behalf of Local 234, we extend our sincerest congratulations to all the IBEW apprentice graduating classes and especially to our own graduating Inside class. We honor their dedication and hard work. We look forward to their significant contribution to our industry. This class also has the distinct honor of being the last one taught by Fifth-Year Instructor Dennis "Mike" Ihnot, who is retiring after 23 years of teaching.

Stephen Slovacek, P.S.

Local 234 congratulates the recent Inside class graduates. From left are: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Ken Scherpinski, Instructor Dennis "Mike" Ihnot, Keith Rudd, Martin Jara, Christopher Burditt, Manuel Valdez, Tony Lazaro, Jose Parra, JATC Training Dir. Ed Sudyka, Scott McGrath, Willie Dietz, Steven Luiz, Tyson Towles and Will Rust.

National Training Institute

L.U. 252 (ees,i,rts&spa), ANN ARBOR, MI—IBEW Local 252 and the University of Michigan are proud to host the NJATC’s 21st Annual National Training Institute. The NTI relocated the yearly event to Ann Arbor in 2009. With a very successful first year already accomplished, we look forward to making NTI’s second visit to the University of Michigan even more memorable.

NTI is the annual training event for the organized electrical industry. The seven-day event takes place this year from Sat., July 31 through Fri., Aug. 6. The first two days include a trade show where industry training partners can showcase their latest innovations to NTI participants. This also offers an excellent opportunity to network with those in our industry.

Training offered by NTI is for instructors, training directors, outstanding apprentices, JATC committee members, electrical contractors, business managers and industry leaders. Technical classes are also offered to JATC instructors who have completed a four-year instructor training program, allowing them to update and expand their classroom skills.

Ann Arbor is also home to national training for UA Pipe Trades and Ironworkers. With so many great opportunities to learn, grow and connect, be sure to make NTI one of your essential union events to attend.

Jayson Ouillette, P.S.

Recovery Act Project

L.U. 270 (i&o), OAK RIDGE, TN—As of this writing, work in the area has been slow. We have had a few small jobs that have kept most of our local membership working.

The largest job we have going is the Modernization of Laboratory Facilities (MLF) project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This job has approximately 37 wiremen and apprentices and is estimated to peak at 60. Completion date is May 2011. It is part of the American Recovery Act. The project is a joint venture with Tennessee Associated and PayneCrest Electric of St. Louis.

Recently PayneCrest purchased new lighting for the Girls and Boys Club of Oak Ridge. We thank all the volunteers who donated their labor for a good cause, and special thanks go to PayneCrest for the much needed donation of lights and material.

Special congratulations to the following Local 270 apprentices who completed their apprenticeship and graduated June 4, 2010: Matt Bullock, Joe Moore, Chad Acres, Scott Russell and Todd Walker.

Also, congratulations to Local 270 members who completed EPRI 1 certification: Tim Tudor and Derek Reed.

Remember to attend your local union meetings!

Regina Guy, R.S.

IBEW volunteers helped with a lighting project for the Girls and Boys Club of Oak Ridge, TN. From left are: Tim Shellnutt, Local 595; Tim Tudor, Derek Guy and Regina Guy, Local 270; Steve Duessel, Local 1; Daniel Lawson and Travis Rather, Local 270.

Welcome to New Journeymen

L.U. 280 (c,ees,em,es,i,mo,mt,rts&st), SALEM, OR—Congratulations to our class of 2010 apprentices, who finished their last day of class on May 22! Bus. Mgr. Tim Frew and Dispatcher Tom Baumann gave advice on how to conduct themselves here and on the road while Pres. Drew Lindsey grilled hamburgers for our new journeymen.

Inside apprentice graduates are: Nathan Allen, Todd Apperson, Michael Archdeacon, Brandy Bankus, Jacob Bishop, Cory Boggs, Thomas Brown, Charles Cain, Brendan Chase, Troy Claspill, Michelle Cleland, Curtis Crane, Jason Damgaard, Clayton DeHann, Billy DeLoe II, Aaron Donahue, Sean Doolin, Jayson East, Nathan Fisher, Todd Hanson, Darrin Hill, Sean Johnson, Travis Johnson, Chris Knori, Brock Kocyan, Giovani Lima, Jeffery Lockman, Curtis Mann, Keith Martin, Gabriel Morrison, Jacob Neet, Michael Nicholson, Joel Purvis, Mike Randall, Adam Schmidt, Damian Shepherd, David Strahan, Adam Underwood, Daniel Walder and Arnie Watts.

Limited Energy Apprentice graduates are: Chad Alber, Kevin Bell, Brandon Chandler, Jered Doremus, Kenneth Follis, Sean Garrett, Trent Merton, Eric Reed, Christopher Rodea, Christopher Schubert, Jason Tamamoto, Brian Trammell, Ryan Wampler and Dennis Wimberly.

Of the apprentices who took the Oregon State Electrical Exam on May 24, a total of 26 out of 27 passed the difficult test with an average of 82.3 percent. A pat on the back also goes to our outstanding instructors!

Jerry Fletcher, P.S.

The Local 280 graduating class of 2010 poses for a group photo on the last day of school.

Member Earns Solar Credential

L.U. 300 (govt,i,mt&u), MONTPELIER, VT—An IBEW Local 300 fourth-year electricians’ apprentice recently earned the renewable energy industry’s preeminent certification for solar electric installers.

Matthew Murphy, 28, is now certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, which implements voluntary credentialing and certification programs for green energy practitioners. All NABCEP professionals must meet an extensive experience prerequisite then pass an intensive exam developed in accordance with the trade’s best practices. There are currently 16 NABCEP installers in Vermont.

"My NABCEP certification, along with the training I received through the IBEW Local 300 electricians’ apprenticeship, reassures my customers that our installations are done safely and reliably," Murphy said. "By hiring an electrical professional who is NABCEP affiliated and well-versed on the National Electrical Code, the consumer can rest assured they are receiving the quality craftsmanship they need for solar installations."

Murphy works in the solar division at South Burlington’s Peck Electric, one of the largest signatory energy contractors in the state. He instructs the union’s solar photovoltaic program—Vermont’s only year-round training of its kind for electricians. He has trained nearly 100 electricians in solar technology and is approved to teach by the NJATC.

"Electricians are uniquely qualified to install solar photovoltaic systems," said Kip Myrick, a licensed master electrician and part of Peck Electric’s ownership team. "Matt’s generation will be the key to transitioning Vermont trades people to the green technology future of our state.

Under Murphy’s leadership, Peck Electric completed a 62-kilowatt solar installation at the Montpelier Wastewater Treatment Facility. The company has several more in the pipeline for 2010.

Matthew Lash, P.S.

Craftsmanship & Skill

L.U. 304 (lctt,o&u), TOPEKA, KS—Joseph Brown recently received his IBEW 60-year pin. He retired from Centel approximately 18 years ago, and it was an honor to present this certificate to him.

Joe fits the pattern with our retirees, with a well-maintained home and manicured lawn. This tells me that the union ideology of craftsmanship and pride lives past the paycheck. The next generation of union members would do themselves a tremendous service to adopt this philosophy.

If you find yourself at a bluegrass music festival, you may see one of Joe’s approximately 300 handcrafted dulcimers. Two special ones he made are called the "Hammer" and the "Courting" dulcimer.

We all need to do our part to make Bro. Brown and other longtime members proud of what they helped accomplish for the union. Let’s not let their hard work and sacrifice turn out to be for less than what they fought for and earned for us. Pass on the tradition and pride of IBEW Local 304.

Join the Retirees Club, which meets at the hall every three months for good conversation and lunch.

Paul Lira, B.M.

Local 304 retired 60-year member Joseph Brown, joined by Mrs. Brown, displays dulcimers that he handcrafted.

Training for our Future

L.U. 306 (i), AKRON, OH—Completing our apprenticeships created a skilled pool of electricians for the electrical industry, which we never imagined would slow down. In fact, a skilled work force is still the IBEW benchmark. However, we now face an economy that is stalled in the "global" mode, while manufacturing jobs have rapidly moved overseas. Until some of the trade and economic issues are resolved, we need to concentrate on things that we can do to improve our situation—such as taking advantage of opportunities for training.

If you find that your employability needs a tune-up, sign up for available classes! Are you current on your CPR and First-Aid training? Have you completed OSHA 10 and 30 classes? How about NFPA 70E, Lead and Asbestos Awareness, PLC, Instrumentation, Solar, Wind and Fuel Cell basics? If you anticipate supervising work, have you completed Foreman and Supervision training? Remember: "The job you save may be your own."

We send our condolences to the families of retired Bros. George Abraham, Maxie Young and John Hays.

Work safe!

Bob Sallaz, P.S.

Advanced Training Opportunities

L.U. 332 (c,ees,i&st), SAN JOSE, CA—We continue to provide training opportunities for our members, ensuring that we have the advanced skills to compete, excel and succeed. Fortunately, our members recognize this and are taking advantage of advanced training in motor controls, instrumentation, project supervision, photovoltaic systems and other specialties. Additionally, along with other JATCs in California, we received grant money to provide training in Advanced Lighting Controls (CALCTP).

One of the most important aspects of our training is the ability to share it with our apprentices. On June 25, Local 332 presented a total of 63 Inside wiremen, 10 Residential wiremen, and 14 Sound and Communication technicians for graduation.

Our congratulations to all graduates. Special congratulations go to the top apprentices of each group. They are as follows: for Inside wiremen—George M. Melendez, outstanding apprentice (with David L. Bini, Eric E. Burr, Mike P. Mucci and Manuela Sauve a very close second); for Residential wiremen—Nathan T. Morris; and for Sound and Communications—Richard D. Robling.

Andrew Rogers, Apprentice Coordinator

Local 332 top-apprentice challenge participants, from left: Mike P. Mucci, Manuela Sauve, George M. Melendez, Eric E. Burr and David L. Bini.

2010 Scholarship Winners

L.U. 340 (i,rts&spa), SACRAMENTO, CA—These days college fees have escalated to a point where some young people, as well as members who want to further their own college education, cannot necessarily afford to do so without scholarships. The IBEW provides the opportunity for members and their dependents to apply for scholarships each year, (i.e., Union Plus, IBEW Founders Scholarship, Five Counties Central Labor Council, etc.)

This year, our local was proud to present awards to dependents of three of our members. Winners of the 2010 IBEW Local 340 Harry R. Bain Scholarship were: Shannon Stowers (granddaughter of Bro. AL Romitti), Kaitlyn Hurwitt (daughter of Bro. Peter Hurwitt) and Rachael Higginbotham (granddaughter of Bro. Bill Smith.)

Each winner wrote an essay on why unions are good for America. It was great to hear how unionism is perceived in such a positive way by these young people, due mainly to their grandfathers’ and fathers’ dedication to IBEW Local 340 and the union way of life.

Our work picture is very slow. Projects are finishing and the slow economy has adversely affected the start of new projects. Thanks to the traveling brothers who helped us this last year!

I’m saddened to report the passing of retired Bro. Junior D. Jester.

A.C. Steelman, B.M.

Local 340 Bros. Bill Smith (far left), Peter Hurwitt (back row, center) and Al Romitti (front row, far right) and their families join Local 340’s three scholarship winners (front row, holding awards) for a group photo.

Legacy of Service

L.U. 354 (i,mt,rts&spa), SALT LAKE CITY, UT—Local 354 lost two retired business managers this year. Bro. Joseph Lamoreaux passed away May 11. He served the membership in several capacities prior to his service as the business manager/financial secretary from 1983-’86.

Bro. Jack Anderson passed away May 27. He served as business manager/financial secretary from 1966-’83, and as International Representative for the IBEW Eighth District office from 1983-’97. The officers, members and staff send their sincere condolences to the families of these two dedicated union leaders.

Work in Utah is slowly picking up; we hope to be back to full employment later this year.

The members of Local 354 re-elected Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Richard Kingery to another term. Shown in the accompanying photo with the business manager are several Local 354 members who were delegates to the Utah State Democratic Convention.

November midterm elections are right around the corner; please become familiar with the candidates in your area who fight for working people and support them with your vote.

Manya Blackburn R.S.

Local 354 Bus. Mgr. Rich Kingery (fifth from left) gathers with several members who served as delegates to the Utah State Democratic Convention. From left are: Larry Mariano, Carl Brailsford, Russ Lamoreaux, Joe Reilly, Bus. Mgr. Kingery, Kim Barraclough, Cory Williams, George Halliday and Steve Woodman.

Officers Elected

L.U. 364 (catv,ees,em,es,i,mt,rts&spa), ROCKFORD, IL—On June 24 we held an election of Local 364 officers. All incumbents who sought re-election ran unopposed and were re-elected. They include: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Darrin Golden, Pres. Patrick Tomlin, Rec. Sec. Chris Molander, Executive Board members Sam Watkins, Brad Williams, Dan Schlittler, Theresa Fernbaugh; and Examining Board members Tim Tammen and Craig Thompson.

Members not seeking re-election were: Bros. Ray Pendzinski, former vice president; Dave McNamara, former treasurer; Rich Anderson, former Executive Board member; and John Linquist, former Examining Board member. Thanks to these brothers for their years of outstanding service.

New officers who ran unopposed and won election are: Vice Pres. Mike Miller, Treas. Paul Straight, Executive Board member Dave Cargill, and Examining Board member Dave McNamara.Thanks to them for taking on this responsibility.

On April 28 our Central Labor Council hosted the annual ceremony for Workers Memorial Day in Rockford. A monument has been erected in honor of departed union sisters and brothers who accidentally sacrificed their lives while performing their occupation. Tragically, a Laborer and a Fireman were both killed while working last year. Unionists from the community mourned their deaths.

Please work safely. Workers shouldn’t be incapacitated due to injury or lose their life because of work.

Charles Laskonis, B.A./Org.

Participating in the Workers Memorial Day ceremony in Rockford, IL, are Local 364 members and officers: Brian Troy, Greg Cote, Bus. Mgr. Darrin Golden, Tim Casserly, Bus. Agent Charlie Laskonis, Training Dir. Todd Kindred and Matt Horn.

Outstanding Apprentice Awards

L.U. 388 (em,i,rts&spa), STEVENS POINT, WI—At Local 388’s June meeting Bus. Mgr. Dave Northup awarded two Klein tool kits to the two Outstanding Apprentices who just completed the five-year apprenticeship program. Congratulations to Andy Crowbridge and Andy Osowski. The local also extends congratulations and good wishes to all the newest electricians who also completed the program.

Local 388 expects the work picture to pick up in the future for our members with upcoming projects, but we do not anticipate work for travelers. Our brothers and sisters have been finding work on the road. Many thanks to those locals that have been putting our members to work; it is greatly appreciated.

If any of our members plan to travel to look for work, contact the union hall for the latest information on possible locations to sign.

For members who wish to get involved politically this summer, there will be opportunities for volunteers. Keep an eye out for more information to come. By becoming involved you can make a difference, even if it’s making phone calls to politicians. You need to let your voice be heard, and by banding together our voices become even louder.

Guy LePage, P.S.

Local 388 Bus. Mgr. Dave Northup (center) congratulates Outstanding Apprentice awardees Andy Crowbridge (left) and Andy Osowski.

Picnic & Service Pins

L.U. 428 (govt,i,rts&spa), BAKERSFIELD, CA—Our annual picnic on April 17 was a smashing success as usual—plenty of good food, great prizes (thanks to our generous sponsors), lots of fun and great fellowship. Thanks to all the volunteers who prepared and served; without them we would have no picnic.

At the top of the pin presentation were two 70-year members, Richard Eastman and Claude Swonger. Neither could attend due to health issues.

Our 60-year members were Ronald Macey, Embert Smally and Lora "Bud" Spears; 55-year members—John Campbell, Edward Cook, Gale Howe, Carroll Matheny, Jack Pettijohn, James Simpson, John Young; and 50-year members—Allan Fox, Charles Sanders, Robert Shugart, James Wallace, Jerry Welch, Richard Hedberg, Donald Stanley and Steven Torell. Many other members also received service pins for 20 or more years of service, but space limitations prevent a listing of all the names. Congratulations to all award recipients.

At the present, work in our area is pretty slow. We hope the work picture will improve this summer.

Ivan Beavan Jr., P.S.

Overhead Crane Installed

L.U. 502 (c,em,i,it&t), SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA—The Local 502 training center continues to be very busy lately offering courses in Confined Space Awareness, Fall Protection, WHMIS, Construction Safety, Arc Flash Awareness and Forklift Operation. The new overhead crane is now completely installed. All Local 502 members will now be able to receive crane and rigging training—as opposed to only a select few chosen by employers.

The Potash Corp Mine in Sussex continues to ramp up. This project, two at the Irving Oil Refinery, the Pt. Lepreau Generating Station refurbishment, a new boiler at the Lake Utopia Paper and various commercial and residential projects in and around Saint John should keep our local close to full employment this summer.

Our local’s generosity is alive and well with a donation of 12 computers to the Saint John Rotary Boys and Girls Club.

The annual IBEW Dave Chilton Memorial Bass tournament was held at the Palfrey Lake Lodge in June and the IBEW Family Picnic was held at the Glenn Carpenter Center in July. Thanks to all volunteers who helped make these very popular events happen.

We mourn the passing of Brother Ed Martin.

Dave Stephen, P.S.

New Gorbel overhead trolley crane is installed at the IBEW Local 502 Training Center in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

‘Best Value Scorecard’

L.U. 508 (i,it&o), SAVANNAH, GA—The Chatham County Detention Center expansion project includes approximately 340,000 square feet of new construction and renovation. In response to the outcry of local tradespeople, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners presented a scorecard that incorporates several pass/fail criteria which all potential bidders must meet in order to be eligible to submit a bid for this project. The scorecard is called the Best Value Scorecard and gives local contractors an edge on work. The total number of possible points that can be awarded is 331. In order to be considered, a firm must achieve a minimum score of 281 points or 85 percent. Only firms that achieve the cutoff score will be allowed to submit a bid.

The local Building and Trades Council has been instrumental in establishing the Best Value Scorecard—with assistance from Tony Edgerly, from IBEW Local 508; Dave Cornelius, IBEW International lead organizer; Brett Hulme from Savannah Regional Central Labor Council; and Meddy Settles from Carpenters Local 256 in Savannah.

Work in Savannah has improved in the past few months. Government work, particularly at Fort Stewart, has been a great blessing to our members and our local union. God bless the military!

Judith U. Sheahan, P.S.

Solar Farm Project

L.U. 530 (i,o&rtb), SARNIA, ONTARIO, CANADA—April 25 marked the International Day of Mourning, a day to remember all workers who died on the job or from job-related illness. As always Local 530 was there and we thank our members who attended.

On May 20 we held our annual Apprenticeship Banquet, recognizing the graduation from apprenticeship to journeyman from the past year. This event was, as always, well-attended and a great evening. Congratulations to all the new journeymen.

Recently Windsor, Ontario, Local 773 hosted the annual men’s hockey tournament. At this time we would like to thank them for allowing us to capture both the "A" and "B" division championships.

The ongoing solar farm project in Sarnia continues to roll on, employing many locals and travellers. North America’s largest solar farm should be completed this fall.

June marked Local 530’s elections. Elected were: Bus. Mgr. Mick Cataford, Pres. Raphael Camden (by acclamation), Vice Pres. Gary Barnes, Treas. Wes Segade, Rec. Sec. Al Byers, and Executive Board members Rob Tella, Mike McCullough and Mike LaLonde. Thank you to all who ran and all who voted.

We thank Kitchener, Ontario, Local 804 for continuing to employ our members.

Local 530 is saddened to report the passing of Bros. John O’Conner, Hartley Scarrow and Igor Janes.

Al Byers, P.S.

Retirees Luncheon at Hall

L.U. 570 (i,mo,spa&u), TUCSON, AZ—Local 570 hosted a catered luncheon April 15 at the union hall for the retirees. The Retirees Club meets the second Thursday of every month except June and July. This was a great way to get together before the group takes their summer break.

The following Local 570 retirees were in attendance: Lloyd Talbot, Jack Duffy, George Vinson, John Baumer, Tom Wilson, Don Kohler, Ed Gilbert, Carlos Vasquez, Harvey Ward, Jim Baumer, Charlie Reed, Clarence Reese, Ross Teeple, Bill Turner, Dale McCray, Johnny Chavez, Gilbert Almada, Ed Pepper, George Cooper and Don Gyuro.

Scott Toot, Organizer

Local 570 hosts April 2010 retirees luncheon at the union hall.

Business Manager Retires

L.U. 606 (em,es,i,rtb,spa&u), ORLANDO, FL—Former business manager Bro. Harry Brown decided to retire after 38 years of working in the IBEW. Bro. Brown served as business manager for 18 consecutive years. He has always been fair and committed to the truth, even when it was not what people wanted to hear. He will be sorely missed.

Local 606 held an election of officers in June. Congratulations to newly elected Bus. Mgr. Bob Carr and all those elected. Bro. Carr is highly qualified to lead our local in the endeavor to increase our market share in our jurisdiction. Congratulations also to all the excellent candidates who participated in the election.

One of our contractors, Greenway Electrical Services, was featured on Electric TV for the work they perform on backup emergency generators. Greenway Electrical is a small company that completes jobs in record time. The customers are very happy with the skilled electricians who come to their jobs. This is a great example of the IBEW and NECA working together for the satisfaction of the customers. Keep up the good work. Visit Web site

Our deepest sympathy goes to the families of Bros. Burr Matson, William Watson and Densol Long, who passed away. They will be missed in our Brotherhood.

Janet D. Skipper, P.S.

Local 606 retiring Bus. Mgr. Harry Brown (front row, center) enjoys his retirement luncheon, joined by well-wishers. From left, back row, are: Jenny Kenny, Tom Allen, Barry Krumwiede and Kenny Reiter; front row, seated, Joe Riehm Sr., H. Brown and Robbie Durrance.

‘It Takes a Village …’

L.U. 636 (as,catv,em,spa&u), TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA—"It takes a village to raise a child." Building on this theme, members from Orillia Power joined with community partners (including Hydro One, the Ontario Provincial Police, C N Police, area fire departments, First Student bus, and the local EMS) in a special initiative: building a portable Children’s Safety Village. This unique, educational model debuted in the local primary schools within Orillia and surrounding townships in 2009.

The portable, three-dimensional model village—with a fire hall, police station, hydro substation and pole lines—is transported in a 28-foot trailer from school to school and to community events. Children can drive battery-operated cars around the village and are taught safety messages via numerous posted safety banners as they travel.

The village remains set up in the school gym for a week, with representatives from sponsor organizations visiting to instruct the students. Orillia Power linemen Chris Evans and Dave Morris, IBEW Local 636 members, instruct students about the dangers of electricity and the proper use of electric equipment.

The safety village has made a strong and positive impact on the school community. It has been welcomed with smiling faces by students, teachers and school administrators. If but one child is saved from any possible accident because of this unique safety initiative, we have succeeded in our mission: to protect and educate our youth, who are our future.

Dave Morris, E-Brd./Unit Chair

IBEW Local 636 members Chris Evans (left) and Dave Morris, from Orillia Power-Unit 6, demonstrate "Hazard Hamlet," a teaching tool used in the portable Children’s Safety Village that they helped bring to life.

Local’s 100th Anniversary

L.U. 666 (i,mt&o), RICHMOND, VA—On May 28, Local 666 celebrated our 100th anniversary as a chartered IBEW local serving central Virginia. We began our celebration with a night at the ballpark with the Richmond Flying Squirrels. We had more than 500 people attending the game. Retired Bros. Raymon Roberts and Nick Ware, both 70-year IBEW members, tossed out the first pitch.

The Centennial Picnic was held June 19 at Cobblestones Park. We enjoyed the barbecue from Buz & Ned’s along with many activities planned for the families. Thanks to those who participated in the dunk tank to raise money for our brothers and sisters in need.

The first Code of Excellence job in our jurisdiction is the Appomattox Bio-Energy job in Hopewell, VA. Van Ert Electric was awarded the contract. We appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to quality work through the Code of Excellence program.

We have one new retiree, Bro. James T. Summers. Congratulations, Jimmy!

We mourn the passing of Bro. Richard Ashley Wilkinson.

During these hard times we need all of our members to get involved. How long has it been since you attended a union meeting? We meet on the second Friday of each month.

Kendra Logan, P.S.

Thanks to Members

L.U. 688 (em,i,t&u), MANSFIELD, OH—The work outlook in our area is very slow, with 49 journeymen on the out-of-work list.

Thank you to the members who have helped around the union hall painting the outside wall and re-roofing the entrance to the JATC training center. Those who helped include: Josh Archibald, Jon McMillan, Shannon Salyers, Andy Soliday, Jeremy Thoman and John Wallery.

We are saddened to report the loss of members Bob Garey and Joe Sellers Jr. We send our condolences to their family and friends.

Dan Lloyd, P.S.

Lineman’s Rodeo

L.U. 702 (as,c,catv,cs,em,es,et,govt,i,it,lctt,mo,mt,o,p,pet,ptc, rtb,rts,se,spa,st,t,u,uow&ws), WEST FRANKFORT, IL—The World Championship Lineman’s Rodeo was a huge success. Local 702 member Jason Novak won Best Overall Lineman; his team of 702 members Brandon Diekemper and Dave Bailey took second in the Best Overall Team. Local 702 apprentices Jeff Goetting, Clayton Gulley, Steven Lewis and Jacob Lewis ran away with individual awards. We were represented well by several 702 teams and individual members. The rodeo was held in the new indoor arena at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, IL.

Local 702’s Annual Retiree Luncheon was held April 14 at the Rend Lake Convention Center. We exceeded our attendance from last year and everyone had a good time.

Union meetings are held the first Friday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the union hall. Please make every effort to attend.

Marsha Steele, P.S.

Local 702 apprentice Shawn Francis (left) receives first place Overall Champion award in the apprentice division of the World Champion Lineman’s Rodeo. Forty-one apprentices from the U.S. competed.

Election of Officers

L.U. 716 (em,i,lctt,rts&spa), HOUSTON, TX—Congratulations to our recently graduated new journeyman wiremen. Also, congratulations to Jonathan Henley, who recently took top honors as Outstanding Apprentice at the Seventh District Apprenticeship Competition.

Our retired members recently received their 50-, 55-, 60-, 65-, 70-, and 75-year service pins at the Retirees Pin Ceremony. The retirees and their families enjoyed a catered meal and visiting with old friends. We appreciate their service to the IBEW and Local 716. Congratulations to all of our retirees.

Local 716 held its 2010 election of officers. Congratulations to the officers, elected for a three-year term: Pres. David Alley, Vice Pres. E. Dale Wortham and Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. John E. Easton Jr. Elected to the Executive Board: Clyde Benoit, John Bogney, Fred Ellis, James "J.D." Riley, Gary Strouz, Ken Sumberlin and Carlos Villarreal. Examinging Board: Stephen Gonzales, Cesar Montemayor, Mike Muhl Jr., Bruce Ponce and Adrian Sauceda.

Thanks to the election judge, Robert Fulcher, and to all the tellers, for a job well-done. Also, thanks to all the members who participated and voted in this election.

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

Apprentice Graduation

L.U. 756 (es&i), DAYTONA BEACH, FL—Local 756 is proud to present the 2010 apprentice graduating class. The IBEW/NECA’s JATC program is the benchmark of excellence in the electrical industry. The economy the past few years has been tough on maintaining full employment for our apprentices, but this group hung in there and rolled with the adversities. They attended class twice a week and completed the standards and requirements set by the National JATC. These apprentices also were required to take and pass the Florida journeyman’s exam before being upgraded to journeyman wireman status. A graduation ceremony was held in August at the union hall meeting room. Officers of the local and JATC were present to acknowledge the graduating class and their families in attendance. Congratulations to our new journeyman wiremen.

The Local 756 Retirees Club held their annual spring fish fry May 13 at the local. Officers Jimmy Warren, Dow Graham, Joe Gardener and Greg Stone were in attendance for an afternoon of fried fish and brotherhood. Members from neighboring Locals 606 and 177 also joined the festivities. The retirees will be back from a summer break hosting a fall fish fry the second Thursday of September. All members retired or active are invited to their monthly meetings and cookouts; if you’re in the area contact Retiree Pres. Jimmy Warren for details.

Daniel Hunt, P.S.

Instructor Jimmy Downs (right) congratulates Local 756 JATC apprentice graduates, from left: Sean Jegede, Heather Roy, Joseph Largent, Mike Shorter, Michael Elias, Aurelio Gavlin Jr., James Dillon and Eric Waters. Not pictured: Derrick Hatter.

Knoxville JATC Graduates

L.U. 760 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), KNOXVILLE, TN—Congratulations to the Knoxville JATC Class of 2010. There were 16 apprentice graduates in this year’s class. Seven graduates have passed the NECB craft certification. Outstanding Apprentice Award recipients Stephan Locke and Jeremy Bentley passed the NECB and the EPRI certification. "This is an outstanding class," noted JATC Training Dir. A. J. Pearson.

Also congratulations to our service pin recipients of 2010. Bus. Mgr. Bove and Pres. Lonnie Hunley presented eligible members in attendance with awards for 20 or more years of IBEW service. Thanks to all awardees for their longtime service!

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

Progress Meeting

L.U. 776 (i,o,rts&spa), CHARLESTON, SC—Work has remained slow throughout our jurisdiction and contract negotiations are upon us, but that didn’t dim our annual Tenth District Progress Meeting.

Int. Vice Pres. Robert P. "Bobby" Klein set the tone for a very positive and upbeat meeting. The setting was not here on the coast but up in the mountains of Asheville, NC, at Local 238. However, the Carolinas’ Electrical Workers Association was co-host which included all of us from the mountains to the sea. As the current association president, I have been extremely proud of the attendance, commitment and support of all of the locals in the Carolinas that participate in our newly formed Electrical Workers Association. Work and contracts may go up and down, but brotherhood will always remain the solid bond of our IBEW.

Chuck Moore, B.M.

New Photovoltaic Training Lab

L.U. 934 (catv,i,o&u), KINGSPORT, TN—We thank all the traveling brothers and sisters for their hours of service and hard work at our AEP fossil fuel facility in Carbo, VA. We hope to see you back when our work picks up. Until then we will miss the brotherhood of all those who helped showcase the IBEW’s skills and commitment to excellence.

Local 934 members are embracing "Green Energy Technologies" with the addition of our new photovoltaic training lab, with instructors certified to train tomorrow’s work force today. All those completing classwork and meeting installation requirements will be certified P.V. technicians. Our local is providing the skills needed in today’s work force, while helping to reduce our carbon footprint for the future.

Local 934 has adopted small-works agreements, which has allowed us to keep Book I moving and has shown an increase of our man-hours worked. Coupled with the local’s goal of 100 percent of the membership having Code of Excellence and OSHA Safety courses completed, this helps us to be more valuable to our signatory contractors.

The combined cycle project at TVA’s John Sevier facility will not clear Book I until late winter or early spring. Work safe and God bless.

Bob Light Jr., P.S.

Several Kingsport, TN, Local 934 members and officers gather at the union hall. From left, front row, Jeremy Basham, Josh Basham, Pres. Kevin Street, Molly Bird, Bus. Mgr. Roger Farmer, Pete Hooven, Ken Green, Doug Hamm; middle row, Harold Riddle, David Jamison, John Van Bremen, Rec. Sec. Christy Brady, Josh Groomes; back row, Charlie Hatfield, Larry Lawson, Ronnie Leach, Rick King, Bob Light Jr. and Jared Carter.

Memorial Tribute

L.U. 1116 (em,lctt&u), TUCSON, AZ—We are fortunate at times to work with union brothers or sisters who strive to make a difference. Ken Saville was just one of those persons; he believed that passing knowledge of craft work on to an apprentice is the foundation of our industry, a proud tradition handed down through generations. He represented the very best of this tradition. During his 30-plus year career, he worked as a journeyman lineman/cableman, a crew leader and served as steward and president of our local. Perhaps his greatest contribution was as a trainer and mentor.

Ken passed away in 1998, but through his dedication, perseverance and TEP involvement from the beginning in 1995, the Skills Training Center continues to thrive today. A memorial in Ken’s name was built this year that includes brick pavers stenciled with the donor’s name and craft classification. The funds collected from brick purchases will go to a scholarship fund in Bro. Saville’s name. Thanks to Bro. Mike Maibauer and other union members and company workers who helped construct this memorial and brick pathway honoring Bro. Saville.

Welcome to new members William Henley, Kyle Studenski, Kiefer Thorton, Richard Arevalo, Henrietta Noriega, Alonzo Durazo, David Corbin, Kirk Bradley and Jesus Chavez.

Our local bids farewell and congratulations to recent retirees Manny Ruiz, Sharon Miller, Sherry Lambert and Sharon Barker-Conway, all longtime members.

R. Cavaletto, P.S.

Local 1116 thanks Bro. Mike Maibauer and other union members and company workers who helped construct the memorial and brick pathway in tribute to the late Ken Saville.