September 2010

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Unity Rally in St. Louis

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa,st &ws), ST. LOUIS, MO—On June 15, a rally was held at St. Louis' Forest Park by building tradespeople from across the area, joined by IBEW Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill and leaders of eight other trade unions.

Attending the 3,000-strong rally were union electricians, laborers, bricklayers, sheet metal workers, painters, sprinkler fitters, plumbers, pipefitters, and cement masons.

The rally was held to protest the Carpenters "union" in St. Louis. The Carpenters' "leadership" is organizing nonunion electrical contractors in St. Louis and performing electrical work under the "Local 57" umbrella. The attack on IBEW Local 1 in St. Louis is also being fought by other building trades across the country, as the Carpenters try to take the work of other trades. The St. Louis rally was just the start of an AFL-CIO national campaign to stop the Carpenters from raiding the work of other trades. Thanks to all Local 1 members who attended. [See "IBEW, Allies Fight Carpenter Competition, The Electrical Worker, August 2010; and videos on IBEW Web site]

We mourn the death of 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 Sr., Bernice Forir, Donald Sebacher, Clifford Lindsey, Walter Lallis, Arthur Kemp, Carl Bock, James Prunty, Brian Eudy, Erhard Teuber, Charles Foster, Louis Duchinsky, Thomas Warner, James Foerster, Kirby Lintner, Matthew Ervin, Kenneth Jennewein.

Matt Gober, P.S.

Rally for Jobs and Justice

L.U. 11 (i,rts&spa), LOS ANGELES, CA—Thank you to our organizing committee members, elected officers and staff who rallied to challenge bureaucrats to hasten stimulus spending and adopt project labor agreements. These efforts and more have resulted in good paying jobs in our community. Adopting such measures ensures a level playing field for our contractors and promotes local hiring at key projects. Your dedication to this worthy cause is greatly appreciated by everyone who benefits from these projects.

The 12th Annual IBEW Local 11 Local-Wide Picnic is scheduled for Sat., Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—at the L.A. Police Revolver and Athletic Club, 1880 N. Academy Dr., Los Angeles. There will be games, prizes, food, bingo and fun for the entire family. Don't miss this opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Bring your lawn chairs! No pets allowed. No alcoholic beverages may be brought to the picnic. Beer and wine may be purchased at the picnic. Donation of $6 per person. Children 10 years and under are free. Be sure to get your ticket request with payment into the Local 11 office by Friday, Sept. 17. We hope to see you there.

Bob Oedy, P.S.

IBEW Los Angeles Local 11 members attend jobs rally.

Safety Medal Awarded

L.U. 15 (u), DOWNERS GROVE, IL—On July 19, newly elected Local 15 officers were sworn in. Congratulations to Bus. Mgr./Pres. Dean Apple, Vice Pres. Terry McGoldrick and Rec. Sec. Christine Watkins on their re-election, and to Treas. Tom Christ on his election. Congratulations also to our elected Executive Board members: incumbents Tom Tibbles, Joe Alvarez and Jose Rodriguez, and newly elected, Tom Hinspeter, Richard Lewis, John Gavin and Ricky Johnson.

Local 15 announced that 10 $500 scholarships will be awarded to Local 15 members or their families. Application forms and guidelines are available at our Web site

Exelon Nuclear received the prestigious Green Cross Safety Medal from the National Safety Council, in recognition of efforts in safety, community service and corporate citizenship. Congratulations to our IBEW members at Exelon.

Our members at Midwest Generation continue in the right direction on safety. Will County Station is approaching 1 million man-hours without a DART injury, and Powerton Station set a station record of more than 577 days without a lost-time accident. Their benefits package expired June 15 and talks have started on a new package.

The pole hauling arbitration is finally settled, with negotiations resulting in the return of the work and establishing 12 new jobs.

Local 15 held new steward training in May; all Local 15 stewards have now attended steward's school.

Doug Vedas, P.S.

Promoting Values of Unionism

L.U. 21 (catv,govt&t), DOWNERS GROVE, IL—Local 21 member Brian Mellenthin was awarded the Robert E. Gibson Community Service Award in June. The award is named for the Illinois AFL-CIO's first director of community services, who went on to become a president of the state federation and who was committed to community service throughout his 32-year association with the Illinois AFL-CIO.

Among Bro. Mellenthin's numerous volunteer activities: he adapts and adds switches to toys so children with physical and intellectual disabilities can enjoy the toys. Brian Mellenthin is one of the much-appreciated human beings of the world, fulfilling the values and decency of pure volunteerism. Congratulations, brother!

On July 4, member Mark Evans completed a massive effort, arranging delivery of pizzas for our troops in the Middle East and other countries, on five different continents! This is Evans' third year of providing a slice of home for our troops. He's enlisting your help. If you would like to know more, please visit his Web site IBEW Local 21 supports Mark in his efforts.

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

Thomas Hopper, P.S.

United Way Award

L.U. 29 (u), PITTSBURGH, PA—We are proud recipients of the United Way Paul Stackhouse Sr. Award. The late Paul Stackhouse Sr. was a former president of the Allegheny County Labor Council who truly believed in the United Way. The award recognizes the local's involvement in contributing to the United Way campaign and its dedication to community service. The award was presented to Bus. Mgr. Jeff Davis.

The always highly anticipated annual golf outing was held in June. Local 29 members and friends gathered for a day of golfing followed by dinner.

Community Services donated two HDTVs to the Holy Family Institute. The institute is temporarily housing orphans from the earthquake-torn island of Haiti.

Scheduled for September is the second annual gun-bash. This event raises money used to help those in need in the community. A special thank-you to members Mark Benkart and Bill Webb for making sure this event takes place and getting the help to where it is most needed.

Please remember safety at all times, on the job and at home.

Kim Washburn, R.S.

A Career of Service

L.U. 41 (em,es,govt,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NY—A fond farewell to Local 41 Pres. Michael J. Franey. After 31 years as president of the local and 41 years as an IBEW member, Mike announced his retirement effective July 1, 2010. He gave a heartfelt message about his years as president, and the membership responded with a standing ovation. Best wishes, Mike!

The Executive Board of Local 41 appointed Matthew J. Hilmey to fill the vacancy of president. We all wish Matt well in his new position.

Local 41 proudly announces the 2010 graduating class of Inside and Residential wiremen. Joining our ranks are Raymond Ayala Jr., Kevin Bacon, Joshua Braunscheidel, Matthew Cercone, Michael Forant Jr., Karl Kulu, Nicholas Machelski, Mark Mahoney, James Pike, David Strianese, Jeremy Vito, Joseph West, Thomas Donohue, Thomas Ryan, Charles Shanahan and Matthew Tisdale.

Anthony S. Coppola, B.M.

Work Picture Improves

L.U. 43 (em,i&rts), SYRACUSE, NY—The work picture for our area improved dramatically through July and August. School work was slow to start but once it got rolling the members took advantage of it. There are some future projects that should carry through the winter months at St. Joseph's Hospital, the Veterans Hospital and Onondaga Community College. Also the James A. Fitzpatrick nuclear plant has a refuel outage planned for September.

We held our apprentice graduation dinner this year at Coleman's Irish Pub & Restaurant. Unfortunately, I could not access their photos in time for the print publication. Congratulations to the new journeymen: Frederick Eaton IV, Joshua Fagan, Bradley Galton, Kevin Mullen, Nikolay Senkiv, Patrick Twomey, Jerrett White and Joseph Wilcox.

Jim Corbett, P.S.

Local 43 congratulates apprentice graduates: from left, standing, Jerrett White, Nickolay Senkiv, Kevin Mullen, Patrick Twomey, Bradley Galton, Frederick Eaton; front row, beside statue, Joseph Wilcox and Joshua Fagan.

Organizing Success

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA—Happy Labor Day! With fall approaching, work at our Outside Line Construction is beginning to pick up. Work at Southern California Edison remains steady, but several of our municipal utilities continue to struggle.

Organizing continues to be a bright spot for the local. In addition to organizing electrical utility contractors, we are in the process of organizing the few remaining line clearance contractors in our jurisdiction.

We are gearing up for the November elections and encourage all our members to register and vote.

We have a new Executive Board member, Tyrone Chamois, an SCE journeyman lineman; and a new recording secretary, Chris Avila, a trouble shooter from the City of Riverside.

The 2010 SCE/Local 47 Lineman's Rodeo was held June 12. Overall winner in the journeyman team: Ryan Araujo, Andy Cervantes and Juan Romano (SCE). The winning senior team was Bruce Thompson, Dale Lorz, and Richard Jimenez (SCE). The winning apprentice was Aaron Wirt (SCE), and the winning groundman was Chris Sanchez (SCE). Congratulations to all the competitors!

We are sad to report the passing of Kent Greathouse, Mark Cassidy and Bruce Balderas.

Live safe, live well, work union!

Stan Stosel, P.S.

Local Holds Elections

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,rtb,t&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL—On June 4, Local 51 election ballots were counted. Congratulations to our elected officers: Bus. Mgr. Jim Bates, Pres. John Powers, Vice Pres. Walter Westfall, Treas. Julie Brandt and Rec. Sec. Deb Perry. Elected to the Executive Board: Tom Kane (Wood River unit), Bill Toohey (Clinton unit), Dusty Swanson (Galesburg unit), Corey Stone (Springfield unit), Paul Behl Jr. (Lincoln unit), Chris Blount (Construction unit), Bob Colby Jr. (Champaign unit), Mike Scott (Bloomington unit), Dennis Trowbridge (Jacksonville unit), Dan Smith (Peoria unit), Tom Hocking (LaSalle unit), Roger Beran (Baldwin unit), Rodney Montague (Decatur unit) and Josh Mibbs (Havana unit).

Thanks to election judge Jason Carl, alternate judge Dick Wood and all the tellers who helped.

With the amalgamation of former Local 1306, an additional unit (Decatur Clerical) will be added after the membership approves a bylaw change.

Congratulates to our golf outing scholarship winners: Robert Stockham, son of Havana unit member Randy Stockham; and Bryanna McDormand, granddaughter of member Carol McDormand, a Clinton Power Station employee. Winners received $500 to further their education.

Another $500 scholarship will be awarded at our Sept. 18 annual picnic at Clinton Lake.

At this writing, work remains slow for construction unit members.

Work safe; give a good day's work for a good day's pay; and attend union meetings.

Dan Pridemore, Bus. Rep.

Local 51's 2010 Golf Outing Championship team, from left: Charlie Barre, Tim Foran, journeyman lineman, Ameren-IP; Curtis Hayes, journeyman lineman, Ameren-IP; and Kyle Dines.

Contracts Ratified

L.U. 57 (lctt,mo,o,t&u), SALT LAKE CITY, UT—The local recently completed negotiations on two contracts. A one-year agreement with the City of Idaho Falls was ratified by the membership. A newly organized group with Fairpoint Communications in St. Anthony, Idaho, ratified their first contract. We welcome the new members to the IBEW.

As of press time the work picture is currently slow, but steady. At this writing, the Populus to Terminal 345-kV line is winding down, with completion slated for late August. The light rail expansion underway in the Salt Lake Valley should continue for a couple of years. The consensus is that work should pick up in late summer or early fall.

At a recent AFL-CIO Convention in Idaho, the delegates had the opportunity to meet with Jim Klatt of the Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA). The Alliance is doing great things across the country, working with local unions, in conjunction with state wildlife departments and conservation organizations. If you have an opportunity to visit with USA or check out the Web page,, do so. Union members are already working with these organizations, but are not getting wider recognition for their service. This is one way to show our communities who we are. Join USA and get involved. The strength is in the numbers.

Scott Long, P.S.

Projects Move Forward

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA—Two major projects that will be a great benefit to our members, both in construction and permanent jobs, and to our area continue to move forward. The Cape Wind project and the casinos have been discussed and debated for several years. Both, hopefully, will come to fruition.

A major reason these jobs may start soon is the tireless effort of Local 103's officers, members and their families. Both projects, despite their environmental and economic benefits, have met with staunch opposition. Local 103 must be even more steadfast in our resolve to get these projects off and running. Please keep up the great work.

Kenny Tallent, P.S.

Annual Meeting & Training

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR—Local 125's annual meeting and shop steward, unit chair, and unit recorder training were held June 11-12 in Portland, OR. More than 130 participants attended either unit chair/ recorder training or one of two shop steward classes—basic and advanced. The annual meeting was well received by those who attended, and members have requested that we plan another meeting for 2011. In an effort to improve attendance by avoiding conflicts due to graduation season, the local is looking at hosting the next meeting in April 2011. Local 125's section of the Northwest Labor Press August issue will feature details and photographs from the training and meeting.

At this writing, Local 125's annual golf and softball tournaments were scheduled for Aug. 13-15 in Bend, OR. Proceeds from each event benefit the Oregon Burn Center. For more information, please visit

The local's new Web site has been launched. To access members' only information, you need to have a log-in and password. If you have not registered for a log-in and password yet, please go to and follow the registration instructions.

Marcy Putman, P.S.

Brighter Work Picture

L.U. 139 (i&u), ELMIRA, NY—Recently, Local 139 elected officers for a three-year term. Elected were: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Ernest Hartman, Pres. David Patton, Vice Pres. Joshua Benjamin, Rec. Sec. Jerry Steed, Treas. Brett Patton. Executive Board: Steve Spaziani, Steve Janeski, William Corbett, Robert Holden and Glen Decker. Examining Board: Daniel Staub, Jeff Reynolds and Brian Jones. Alternate to the Convention: Dave Blauvelt. Officers were sworn in at the July meeting.

Over the summer, members helped with Habitat for Humanity projects. As of press time, a current project in Corning, NY, has kept our members busy, thanks to Johnny Balch and retired member Mike McLaughlin; the service has been completed and rough-in has begun. At this writing, more work was scheduled for upcoming weekends. Many thanks to all volunteers.

Work in the jurisdiction has brightened. The CVS Distribution Warehouse project was awarded to a union contractor back in December, only after Local 139 discovered undocumented workers working for a Tennessee ABC contractor. Local 139 worked with local officials to have CVS remove the nonunion contractor and hire a union contractor. As of this writing, the union contractor has employed 40 brothers and sisters for the past six months, and that is phase one. Phase two should begin soon with the same union contractor in charge.

Dave Blauvelt, P.S.

Apprentices Graduate

L.U. 145 (em,i,o,rts,spa&u), ROCK ISLAND, IL—Our local proudly announces the inside journeyman wireman graduating class. Congratulations, graduates! After five years of hard work, you have earned the status of journeyman wireman. We welcome you to an industry where your skills and contributions will be needed to help meet the ever increasing and constantly changing demands.

Local 145 wishes to acknowledge the passing on June 22 of member Paul Lartz. Paul was a dedicated union brother who served as our apprenticeship coordinator for 13 years. A stalwart representative for the apprentices in his charge, Paul oversaw the education of scores of future JWs. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2010. Our prayers also go out for all of our recently deceased members and their families.

Summer events for Local 145 included the QC Blues Fest during the Fourth of July weekend—plus our Local 145 annual picnic, held July 31 at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. As always, there were lots of picnic activities for children, bingo for adults, door prizes, great food, plus service pins awards. Thanks to the members who volunteered their time to make these events possible and a great success! We look forward to great participation again this year in our upcoming Labor Day parade and picnic.

Steve Long, P.S.

Local 145 congratulates the recent apprentice graduating class. From left are: Michael Harl, Cory Neff, Ryan Skoff, Steve Clark, Matt Siebel, Tom Allardyce, Jake Ortiz, Zachary Smith, Danny Hankner, Tony DeBaillie, Joel Catour, Jarrid Griffith, Mark Hessman, Craig Weeks, Tony Ortega, Rod Perrin and Rob Adams. Not pictured: Chad Sieverding.

'Jobs for Jacksonville' Drive

L.U. 177 (bo,ees,i,mo,o&pet), JACKSONVILLE, FL—Our Membership Development Volunteer Committee (MDVC) participants—the driving force behind "Jobs for Jacksonville"—are still attending city council meetings twice a month and asking questions about the city's contracting policies. Hopefully, in the future we will be able to get some legislation insuring the use of local workers for city projects. The MDVC is currently working to educate the public about the IBEW and unions. The MDVC also is making plans to volunteer at future events. The committee is looking for more volunteers and invites the members to attend MDVC meetings every first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the union hall.

As I talk to our members who are running out of unemployment compensation or can't make it on the dismal amount of unemployment compensation we have in Florida, I remind them to let their congresspersons and senators know just how bad it really is and ask the public officials if they support our issues important to working people. If they don't, then let's elect someone who will.

Our work picture in northeast Florida is still very bleak; I thank all the other IBEW locals that are able to employ our brothers and sisters in these tough times.

Alan Jones, Pres.

IBEW Local 177 Bros. Steve Serago (left), David Bryant, Allen Hester, Bill Stuart and Julius Chick, wearing "Jobs for Jacksonville" T-shirts, stand in front of the Jacksonville City Hall and invite everyone to join in for the city council meetings.

Veca Electric Lifesaving Award

L.U. 191 (c,i,mo,rtb&st), EVERETT, WA-On the morning of May 26, member Bob Gilmore felt some chest pains and went to see his steward, Charlene Clack. He wanted the address of the nearest clinic that opened at 8 a.m.

Charlene initially insisted that she drive him to the clinic and Bob reluctantly agreed. Charlene then noticed Bob sweating profusely and looking pale. She asked him how he felt and he said his fingers were tingling and he had chest pains.

Thanks to Charlene's close observation, she saw that something was severely wrong—and she quickly took appropriate action. She convinced Bob to go to the emergency room at the hospital where they were working on a Veca Electric project.

Sometime after Bob was rushed into the emergency room, the doctors informed Charlene that Bob had told them to treat her like family. After surgery the doctors told Charlene she had saved Bob's life. She received a Lifesaving Award from Veca Electric.

Charlene later passed a card and the hat around the job site, with approximately 150 wiremen on the job. She also organized a group of wiremen to finish a fence and various other household jobs at Bob's residence. Charlene said it best, "The Brotherhood is still alive and it shows." Thanks to all who helped a brother in his time of need. It's greatly appreciated.

Rob De Velder, P.S.

Open House for New Hall

L.U. 193 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL—The open house for the new hall was quite the 193 event! Int. Sec.-Treas. Lindell K. Lee and Sixth District Int. Vice Pres. Joseph F. Lohman were guests of honor. Retired Bro. Tom Rachford, age 100, and Int. Sec.-Treas. Lee cut the "wire" to open the fabulous new hall!

Six new first-year apprentices were hired. The work scene has some jobs starting in Local 193's jurisdiction for the following projects: Scheels Sporting Goods, District 186 Schools, Springfield Sanitary District, St. Johns and Memorial Hospitals, as well as "cutback detail" at the Illinois State Fair.

The Local 193 softball team will enter the IBEW State Tournament. The Annual Rick Ross Memorial Golf Outing at Greenview was held Aug. 21.

This current Illinois economic downturn can turn into a job-filled recovery anytime soon.

Please be advised of the passing of Bro. Ralph Webber.

Don Hudson, P.S.

Retired member and centenarian Bro. Tom Rachford (third from left) and Int. Sec.-Treas. Lindell K. Lee (third from right) cut the "wire" at the dedication ceremony for Local 193's new building. From left are: Asst. Bus. Mgr. Paul Moore, Asst. Bus. Mgr. Glenn Baugh, Bro. Rachford, Int. Sec.-Treas. Lee, Int. Vice Pres. Joseph F. Lohman and retiree Ed Maxey (seated).

Labor Day Parade & Picnic

L.U. 197 (em&i), BLOOMINGTON, IL—We are happy to report that Bro. Sean Tibbs has made it home from Afghanistan. Bro. Tibbs is a teledata apprentice and had spent the last nine months fulfilling his Marine Corp obligations. Thanks to Bro. Tibbs for fighting the war on terrorism. Be sure to welcome him home; as of this writing, he is going back to work for Zeller Digital.

We are still waiting for the work to pick up. There are a few projects that were supposed to be staffing up by this time. Hopefully soon we will get all our brothers and sisters back to work.

The November elections are approaching and it is very important to get out and vote for candidates who back organized labor. Without our friends in Springfield, IL, and Washington, D.C., our fight will be that much more difficult.

Sadly, we report Bro. Jack Klem has passed away. Let's keep his family in our thoughts.

We hope to see all members at the Labor Day parade and picnic. Local 197 officers and members attended a Workers Memorial Day ceremony. Remember, stay involved in your local union!

Mike Raikes, P.S.

Local 197 members and officers attend a Workers Memorial Day ceremony on the campus of Illinois State University. From left are: Gary Eichleberger, Zeke Paire, Bus. Mgr. Lance Reece, Pres. Rich Veitengruber, Terri Spencer, Dustin Hall, Derek Bauer, Mark Wagner, Scott Wissmiller, J.R. Gordon, Mike Raikes, Brian Graves, Matt Strupp and Al Longworth, ISU foreman.

First Camp-Out of the Season

L.U. 237 (i), NIAGARA FALLS, NY—The local enjoyed our Family Camp-Out over the Fourth of July weekend at the beautiful Allegany State Park. Everyone enjoyed canoeing, hiking nature trails, fishing and nightly camp fires. Our annual camp-outs include the Kids Camp-Out, the Couples Camp-Out and the Stag Camp-Out, but due to a schedule conflict at the park we had to combine the Kids Camp-Out with the Couples Camp-Out, thus the Family Camp-Out. It was an overwhelming success; we may have started a new tradition in our lineup of camp-outs! The Stag Camp-Out will be in November. If you're in the area and like to camp in the wilderness, come join us!

Our Annual Golf Tournament is Sept. 11. It is a "stag" event. Several members are excellent golfers and some participate just to enjoy a day of brotherhood, laughter and good food

The local held elections in June. Congratulations to new officers: Pres. David Naus; Executive Board members Jeffrey Davis, Paul Pawlak, Fred Dumais; and Rec. Sec. Josh Hagar. And congratulations to incumbents who were re-elected: Bus. Mgr. Russ Quarantello, Vice Pres. Larry Krueger; Executive Board members Mike MacDougall, Joe Bielec III, Randy Shepard; and Examining Board members Dennis Schmidt, Jeff Janese and Ken Smith.

Also, a sincere thank-you goes to all outgoing officers for their countless hours of support to our local union.

Russ Quarantello, B.M.

Members Help Injured Veteran

L.U. 257 (em,i,rtb,rts,spa&t), JEFFERSON, MO—Members of the Local 257 helped wire Army Staff Sgt. Robert Canine's new handicapped-accessible house. More than 30 of our retirees and journeyman wiremen helped work on this wonderful house to get it ready for Sgt. Canine. Bus. Rep. Jim Winemiller helped coordinate the labor effort for the "Homes for Our Troops" nonprofit organization. Jim got workers from the pipefitters, bricklayers, plumbers and sheet metal trade unionists to help in the effort. Thanks to all Local 257 members and other union trades who helped make this a great blessing for Sgt. Robert Canine and his family.

In June we held our election of officers. Elected were: Bus. Mgr. Don Bruemmer, Pres. Greg Schrock, Vice Pres. William Cunningham, Rec. Sec. Nancy Giofre and Treas. Dave Hurst. Elected to the Executive Board were: Jim Winemiller, Mike Fanning, Glenn Bruemmer, Frank Wansing, Mike Winemiller, Dave Apperson and Don Hurst. Elected to the Examining Board: Sam Luebbering, Bill Luebbert and Daniel Murphy. Thanks to all members who voted.

Work is steady in the central Missouri area. We are hopeful for a few more big projects to go union to clear off our books. Our Local 257 meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Support your local unions so we can keep our unions strong.

Ryan Buschjost, P.S.

Local 257 members assemble to work on a "Homes for Our Troops" project. From left are: Rick Stokes, Bob Kauffman, Joe Rowland, Chris Schaefer, Joe Winemiller, Jerry Rehagen, Jim Winemiller, Rob Kemna, Glenn Bruemmer, John Krchmar, Ryan Buschjost, Randy Surls, Bart Pendelton and Jonathan Chott.

Labor Day Tribute

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN—As of this spring writing, our local has high unemployment like many other construction locals. At press time, our contract is presently being negotiated. By Labor Day we hope to have a fair contract in place and employment increasing.

The phrase "global economy" seems to be becoming more of a reality. With the help of our union leadership, we as individual members must continually work at being more knowledgeable, better trained and more innovative.

This Labor Day let us again remember and appreciate the brothers and sisters who have gone before us. They banded together and worked for better wages, better benefits and better working conditions for all working men and women.

Phil Heim, P.S.

Election of Officers

L.U. 347 (em,i,mt,rtb,rts&spa), DES MOINES, IA—Our local held a runoff election for the office of business manager/financial secretary, and Kevin Clark won the election. Assistants are Jerry Kurimski and Bob Thomas. Elected as our new president is Pat Wells. Randy Tucker was elected as the new recording secretary and Jason Ballard was re-elected to the position of treasurer. Executive Board members are: Doug Buchman, Scott Farnsworth, Chris Keiser, Mike O'Brien, Dave Reid and Doug Wolf. Delegates to the Convention are Doug Buchman, Scott Farnsworth and Doug Wolf. We wish the new local officers well and realize that they have their work cut out for them.

We also call to mind the efforts of all the brothers and sisters in the military, and we especially recognize Travis Bougher, as he deploys for the third time to the Middle East. Godspeed, Travis.

Mike Schweiger, P.S.

Kudos to Class of 2010

L.U. 415 (c,govt&i), CHEYENNE, WY—This summer our work picture finally began showing some relief. After a tough winter, we now see some movement. Gillette area contractors have a couple of projects moving forward, as well as some movement in Cheyenne. Please call Local 415 if interested; our dispatcher will be helpful.

We achieved some legislative success as well, with passage of bills that will require public bid openings on all projects funded with state monies. Congratulations and thanks to all who worked to help bring integrity back to the construction industry in Wyoming.

Congratulations to the outstanding Class of 2010 graduates on a job well done. Our apprenticeship requires extensive travel away from home as well as rigorous attention to academics. The graduates and their families should be proud! Class of 2010 graduates: Ben Nordvick, Ryan Scott, Jayson Willson, Ryan Terry, Antonio Gonzales, Jared Talkington, Jeremiah Brown, Art Hansen, Scott Rorabaugh, Dave Hurlbert, Bill Fliris, Eric Mann, Bradlee Hooper, Mike Collamer, Jesse Roseberry and Jordan Gose. We look forward to working with you.

Jordan Gose, a fine young brother in the class of 2010, was tragically killed in an automobile accident. Our condolences go out to the Gose family. Bro. Jordan was third-generation IBEW, and the Gose family has a long history of service to the IBEW.

John M. Voytko, P.S.

Local 415 congratulates class of 2010 apprentice graduates, from left: Ben Nordvick, Ryan Scott, Jayson Willson, Ryan Terry, Antonio Gonzales, Jared Talkington, Jeremiah Brown, Art Hansen, Scott Rorabaugh, Dave Hurlbert, Bill Fliris, Eric Mann, Bradlee Hooper, Mike Collamer, Jesse Roseberry and, posthumously, Jordan Gose.

Fortunate Work Picture

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, ID—So far this year we have been very fortunate with work in our local. We have about 65 to 70 traveling brothers and sisters working and we thank them for helping us staff the work. At this writing it seems that work for the summer will be good, but still unsure about the winter. It appears that we will have some bigger projects coming in the future so we are crossing our fingers.

We just went through our elections and have some new officers; we are excited for some more member involvement.

Congratulations to our completing apprentices: James Smith, Dustin Chandler, Jared Trimble, Sean Roberts, Russell Smythe and Chet Cawley.

We also congratulate Bud Schrand and James Weimer for reaching that goal that we all want to reach someday and that they have worked hard for. Happy retirement, brothers.

We extend our condolences to the family of Bro. Steve Uttich, who passed away.

Rodney James, Pres./Organizer

Tribute to Longtime Contractor

L.U. 453 (govt,i,rtb,rts&spa), SPRINGFIELD, MO—Philip Leon Roper passed away June 30 at 89 years of age. Mr. Roper owned and operated Roper Electric for the past 60 years, providing many brothers and sisters with a fair and decent wage over the years. Our condolences go out to the Roper family.

At press time, our local is still at full employment with recent powerhouse calls going into Book II. Don't forget to thank our traveling brothers and sisters for helping us staff our work. Work looks slow after the powerhouse finishes, so hopefully everyone will be able to prepare for possible hard times.

With contract negotiations ongoing we should try to make our regular meetings so we can have some input on our future. Meetings are the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Please try to attend.

Kevin McGill, P.S.

Election of Officers

L.U. 459 (ees,em,govt,so&u), JOHNSTOWN, PA—Local 459 held its election of officers and Bro. Donald J. Hoak was re-elected as business manager/financial secretary. Other elected officers: Pres. Kenneth L. Richards, Vice Pres. Paul L. Cameron, Rec. Sec. Mary M. Perdew and Treas. Kevin N. Poling.

Elected as Executive Board members: Robert L. Ashbaugh, Tony Henry, Larry D. Himes, Donald M. Hull, Ronald D. Itell, Keith G. Kinsman, Joseph L. Oliver, Jay S. Schlegel III and Joshua A. Young.

Congratulations to all the newly elected officers. Local 459 thanks Michael S. McGuirk, who served as judge of elections, and the entire Election Committee for their many hours of hard work.

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

Awards for Rescue Assistance

L.U. 547 (rr), GALESBURG, IL—It was roughly 22 below zero on the day that Paul Siewing, Mark Rogers and John Reinert, an IBEW Local 547 member, assisted survivors of a fatal car accident.

The three Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway employees noticed a pick-up truck that had left the snowy, icy roadway in Montana and rolled. All four occupants of the vehicle—teenagers on the way to school in Hinsdale—were ejected from the vehicle. After determining that one of the truck's occupants was fatally injured, the three BNSF Railway employees took action to provide warmth, comfort and first aid to the three survivors. Emergency responders arrived and transported the youngsters to regional hospitals for treatment.

The three BNSF Railway employees recently were presented with awards by CEO Matt Rose in Fort Worth, TX.

Terry R. Pind, R.S.

Three BNSF Railway employees receive awards. From left are Maintenance (BMWE) welders Paul Siewing and Mark Rogers, and IBEW Local 547 member John Reinert, telecommunications.

Power Plant Job Completed

L.U. 551 (c,i&st), SANTA ROSA, CA—Congratulations to class of 2010! To all of our brand new Inside journeyman wiremen and Sound and Communications installers, we wish you the very best!

Also congratulations to re-elected Bus. Mgr. Jack Buckhorn. And to all of our new officers, we know that all of you will do the hard work it takes to run Local 551. Elected are: Pres. Jim McQuaid, Vice Pres. John McEntagart, Rec. Sec. John Lloyd; Executive Board—Gary Giuliani, Larry Metz, Mitch Clarey and Patrick Wheeler. Delegate to International Convention—Denise Soza. Examining Board—Charlie O'Neil, Thomas Ritch and Steve Stobel. Thank you for serving this great local!

Local 551 has partnered with Green Ray LED Lighting. Their technology will save commercial and residential structures 50 percent to 60 percent on their lighting usage. Organizer John Lloyd is working to get lighting retrofits to create much-needed jobs for our local, at the same time greening our economy.

Thank you to all the brothers and sisters who completed the Humboldt Bay Power project. This was a great job for Local 551. We had close to 100 union electricians on board. We were even able to put some of our travelling brothers to work. Thanks to all for the help!

Denise D. Soza. B.R./P.S.

IBEW members gather at the job site of the Local 551 Humboldt Bay Power project.

Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 573 (as&i), WARREN, OH—Our local recently held its elections for all offices including president, vice president and business manager. Local 573 congratulates all its newly elected officials and wishes to thank their predecessors for their time of dedicated service.

Our hall also recently held its graduation for our fifth-year apprentice class. We congratulate our brothers and look forward to working with them in the field as journeymen.

David Bush Jr., P.S.

Local 573 congratulates graduating fifth-year apprentice class members, from left: Michael Pawcio, Raul Sanchez, James Mackenzie and David Bush Jr.

Railroad Local Reports

L.U. 589 (rr), JAMAICA, NY—Local 589 is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Local 589 was chartered on April 18, 1934. and represents more than 800 members employed by the Long Island Railroad and AirTrain. Our members keep the LIRR on schedule. It is the largest commuter railroad in the country with thousands of commuters a day. Local Union 589 members are very dedicated and proud IBEW members playing a vital part in the transportation system in the New York City metropolitan area. We thank all of our members for their hard work and dedication.

Augie Maccarone, R.S.

Pres. Obama Visits Jurisdiction

L.U. 595 (c,govt,i&st), DUBLIN, CA—I recently attended my 30th "pre-job" markup meeting in an eight-week period, all resulting from the successful negotiation of project labor agreements. We work closely with our allies in local agencies and with elected officials to reach agreements that protect both the customer and the workers. Our work situation remains difficult in this deep recession.

We held celebrations in June for 66 graduating apprentices from our Inside and Sound and Communication programs in Stockton and Alameda County. Congratulations to all new Inside wiremen and installers. We are starting a new class of 1st bracket Inside apprentices in Alameda County, the first in two years.

Our organizing department has been working hard to set up the CE/CW guidelines for Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill's Market Advancement Initiative. We hope this program helps our contractors regain markets and put more members to work.

Great summer activities included: a retirees barbeque, our annual union picnic and the Ninth District softball tournament.

Lots of activity is underway for November elections. With our crucial governor's race, and with Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Jerry McNerney up for reelection, our members are busy. Our COPE leader, Greg Bonato, led a successful voter registration drive and attended campaign school sponsored by the state federation. Thanks to Greg and the volunteers.

We thank Pres. Obama for his words of encouragement when he visited the Solyndra solar manufacturing plant being built in our jurisdiction, and we welcome the signing of the partnership of Tesla Motors and Toyota at our old NUMMI plant to manufacture electric cars here in America.

Tom Mullarkey, B.R.

Pres. Obama shakes hands with construction workers at the Solyndra solar manufacturing plant promoting green jobs for Local 595.

Service Pins Awarded

L.U. 601 (i&rtb), CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, IL—Seven apprentices were indentured at the July 6 Local 601 union meeting. In addition to recognizing the achievement of our apprentices, four members were presented service pins: E. L. Ruthstrom for 60 years, Joseph Berbaum for 55 years, and Chuck McCartney and Ronald Weidner each for 50 years of service.

The Local 601 annual softball tournament was held Aug. 14 -15 with 16 teams from across the state of Illinois competing. This is a family event with members' families and friends coming out to cheer on the Local 601 team and to enjoy the cookout.

At press time the annual golf outing was scheduled for Aug. 22 and the annual clay shooting competition for Aug. 28.

Work is still slow with 65 members on Book One and 493 travelers on Book Two. At this time, there are no apprentices on the Book.

Dan Hatter, P.S.

Local 601 Bus. Mgr. Micheal Herbert (right) presents IBEW 50-year service award to Bro. Chuck McCartney.

Work Picture Slow

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM—In the July issue of The Electrical Worker, a photo submitted with the Local 611 article did not appear in the print edition (because it was not sufficiently high resolution for print publication.) However, if you wish to see the picture online, see The Electrical Worker Local Lines, July 2010 and scroll down to the Local 611 entry.

This year's picnic was once again a success—lots of food, great prizes, fun for the kids and a great turnout. Again the picnic committee did a fantastic job as always.

As of this writing, work has been slow except for an occasional call to Eunice.

Local 611 extends condolences to friends and families of members who passed away: Joseph E. Lynch, F. Glenn Frazier, Luis S. Maez and Tony W. Bruce.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.

Attending Local 611's annual picnic are, from left: Bill Thompson, Hunter Wood, Alan Jander and Patrick Pollard.

IBEW 613 Annual Picnic

L.U. 613 (em,i,o,rts&spa), ATLANTA, GA—The work situation in Atlanta is about the same as around the country. Jobs are slowly coming in, contractors are not winning many bids, and this does not mix well during our contract negotiations. At a recent meeting, we had more than 300 in attendance who voted almost unanimously to freeze our wages and benefits for two years and add 55 cents to our H/W fund.

Though things look a little bleak, smiles were on every face during our annual picnic. On July 17, nearly 3,000 members enjoyed a fun day at Stone Mountain Park. Each year members get a chance to win valuable prizes. Bus. Mgr. Gene O'Kelly started the drawing off by pulling the winning ticket for a 65" television, won by 38-year member Arthur "Bobby" Searles. Some of the prizes were donated by our contractors. The prizes included: Dewalt 18" cordless drills, iPods, large boom boxes, surround sound systems, five-piece Dewalt sets, socket sets, laptops, microwaves, 46" televisions and many more.

All attendees received a wristband that allowed them to enjoy every amenity the park offers. They could ride the train around the mountain, take the sky lift up the mountain, play golf, ride the riverboat, climb the ropes, play in the sand, and top it all off by staying for the fireworks. Each year gets better and better.

Beatrice Andrews, A.B.M.

Attendees enjoy the Atlanta Local 613 picnic at Stone Mountain Park.

Hospital & Wind Farm Projects

L.U. 625 (ees,em,i,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA—Hiring at the Truro Hospital finally started in June after a 14-month delay in awarding the contract. The members in Unit #2 had a long wait for this project to finally start. Work on two wind farms in Unit #2 and a third in Unit #5 will be carried out this summer.

On behalf of Local 625, I wish to thank Bro. Greg Gaudet of IBEW Local 529 for the calls to our local for travellers. In these slow times, every job helps. Thank you.

I would like to make very special mention of those members who recently received their journeyperson status in the construction electrician trade: Bros. Dan Jordan, Howard Pancura, Trevor Wilson, Scott Malloy, Jonathan Hart, Matthew Rafuse, Robert Handley, Jasper Jordan, Mike Smith, Peter "Luke" Duggan, Daniel Henneberry and Tyler McMahon. Congratulations on your great achievement! The local is proud of you for completing the apprenticeship program.

Retiring in the first half of 2010 are Bros. Richard Pyne and Robert Salsman. Congratulations and best of health in your retirement years.

Tom Griffiths, Pres.

Perry Power Plant Project

L.U. 673 (catv,i,rts,spa,t&u), PAINESVILLE, OH—Work at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant, Dry Cask Storage Facility project, was recently finished. This project employed Local 673 wiremen for more than seven months.

Congratulations to elected officers: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. David C. Thomas, Pres. Robert M. Gamiere, Vice Pres. Joseph P. Gamiere, Rec. Sec. Gretchen A. Bryan, Treas. Craig M. Egeland; Executive Board members Mike Kubacki, Rory Breedlove, Brian Gillespie; and Examining Board members Mark Rutkowski, Chuck Dedich, Andy Erickson, Sean Mcvoy and Dave Parisi. Delegate to the International Convention—Daniel A. Lastoria. Alternate delegate—Gretchen A. Bryan.

Looking forward to seeing all members at our annual Local 673 Golf/Clambake, to be held Sept. 25 this year.

Mark A. Rutkowski , P.S.

Local 673 members suited up for work on the Dry Cask Fuel Storage Facility project at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant are, from left: Joe Berninger, Bob Horesh, Mark Rutkowski and Brian Coons. Not pictured: Dan George.

Hope for Work

L.U. 681 (i,o&spa), WICHITA FALLS, TX—Work has slowed around the jurisdiction but there is some hope for the future. Some projects are scheduled to happen in the upcoming year, and we are working with as many contractors as we can to secure these jobs. On a brighter side, we recently turned out another group of new journeymen to the trade. We had eight apprentices graduate, all of them with a journeyman license in their pocket. James Wolf was the Outstanding Apprentice for the group.

Leland Welborn, A.B.M.

Local 681 congratulates recent apprentice graduates, from left: Dustin Stone, James Wolf, Matt Wachsmann, Daniel Walker, Kenneth Cates, Kenny Ochoa, James Riley and Ryan Graham.

Graduating Class of 2010

L.U. 683 (em&i), COLUMBUS, OH—Local 683 congratulates the graduating apprenticeship class of 2010. The new journeyman wiremen are: Alison Berens, Jeremy Boomershine, Jeffrey Bowling, Gregg Divelbiss, De Quincy Fields, Adam Frost, Christopher Gearing, Joe Gockenbach, Ryan Hartman, Richard Kohler, Michael Lamar, Jordan Mills, Keith Moton II, Randall Priestas, Eric Roth, Varghese Samuel, Dale Schmidt, Guy Schooley, Jonathon Stenson, Anthony Stepp, Justin Thirtyacre, Andrew Totten, Jared Troyer; and Installer Tech Phillip Lawless. The topping out party was May 14. The emcee was Apprentice Dir. Steve Lipster; speakers included Local 683 Bus. Mgr. Mario Ciardelli and Andy Maciejewski, Ohio Apprenticeship Council.

Thanks to Malcolm Giffen and Dillon Isaac, co-chairs of the May blood drive.

Congratulations to local members who took their local union pension effective May 1, 2010: Robert Bray, Ronald Coleman, Richard Herrell, Richard McPommell, Daniel Morris and Steve Scheel.

The retirees had a busy summer with the annual picnic, a breakfast meeting and a trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Condolences go to the family of recently deceased member Joe D. "the Roper" Wright Jr., a 47-year member.

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

Columbus, OH, Local 683 members meet on the battlefield of Gettysburg. From left are Terry and Sally Hassell, Dwayne Vanscoy and Brett Zwahlen. Rick Deime snapped the photo.

NFPA Arc Flash Training Class

L.U. 697 (c,es,i,mt&se), GARY, IN & HAMMOND, IN—Local 697 provided a National Fire Protection Association 70E Arc Flash training class for apprentices and journeymen July 7-8 at Dynasty Conference Center. In cooperation with Sargent Safety, the class was designed to educate members to the dangers of arc flash. The training seminar was formatted to define responsibilities within a safety program, analyze electrical hazards and train those working with potential arc flash situations to utilize the proper tools for safe work and identify the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The course provided information about the hidden dangers in the design of specific equipment within the Flash Protection Boundary established by the NFPA 70E and procedures for safe working clearances.

The fact that more than 2,000 workers are admitted to burn trauma centers every year, coupled with the knowledge that arc flash can create temperatures of up to 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit, speaks to the need to make sure that injuries due to arc flash are prevented, through the training of all electrical workers to provide knowledge of the hazards.

On July 3, a group of 12 members from Local 697 provided water to participants running in the Annual Hobart, IN, 5-Mile Brickyard Run. It was a beautiful Independence Day weekend.

Dave A. Soderquist, P.S.

First Comcast Election

L.U. 827 (catv&t), EAST WINDSOR, NJ—Local 827 recently won a first election with Comcast in the cable industry. [See "Comcast Workers Choose IBEW Local 827," The Electrical Worker, April 2010.] These new members from Fairfield, NJ, will, for the first time, involve themselves in putting together their collective bargaining demands. Because this is a new CBA, the task ahead will be a challenge. Since the election, our new members have met and started the process of putting forth demands and have elected who will represent them locally in negotiations. Bus. Agents Rich Spieler and Bill Laing and Chief Steward Dennis Slaman chair the bargaining. Local 827 currently represents two other Comcast locations in New Jersey. Bargaining began May 21, 2010.

Local 827 obtained a settlement with Verizon over a pending lawsuit dealing with subcontractors doing buried fiber service wire. The agreement defines language, eliminates subcontracting, and provides new work into our bargaining unit. The second item dealt with the New Jersey Fiber Solution Center (NJ FSC). Our NJ FSC members will be given first priority routing to deal with New Jersey customers. This center is an area where our membership declined, due to layoffs last year. These negotiations also protect the two titles in the NJ FSC. The Fiber Customer Service Analyst and the Fiber Network Technicians cannot be laid off prior to May 1, 2011. Our goal is to increase membership in this center. Currently calls are re-routed to nonunion FSCs around the country.

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

JATC Graduation Banquet

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL—The JATC Banquet and Completion Ceremony for 2009-2010 was chaired by Chmn. Bob Coopersmith. We had a combined class of 29 graduating to become Inside journeyman wiremen.

One graduating apprentice had perfect attendance for the entire apprenticeship: Nicholas Mora. Six graduates had perfect attendance for their fifth year: Eric Fabiani, Mitchell Hackney, Chris Hallock, Jeffery Klein, Eric McCabe and Nicholas Mora.

We had two fifth-year year outstanding apprentices. The August 2009 outstanding apprentice is Jeffery Klein, and the April 2010 outstanding apprentice is Nicholas Mora. They each received a plaque from both the JATC and Local 915, and also a tool set donated by Klein Tools as well as a certificate of achievement personally signed by Thomas Klein.

The Local 915 Brad Felker Award recipient is Timothy Cline. The Felker award goes to an individual who displays qualities consistent with the award's intent and who has taken on increased responsibilities, become an asset to the union and represents the IBEW in character.

Local 915 extends our best wishes for each of these graduates for a successful and prosperous career.

Theresa King, P.S.

Local 915 congratulates the 2009-2010 JATC graduating apprentices, from left: Eric McCabe, Eric Fabiani, James Burdick, Nicholas Mora, Timothy Cline, Ryan Kroeger, Michael Hammond, Jeffrey Klein, Matthew Norton, Stephen Glover, Roberto Bruzos, Michael Slicker, Michael Maquire, Jonathon Daniels, David Jacobs, Moises Abreu, Michael Prevatt Jr., Donald Steele, Alexander Meadows, Shane Mullins and Chris Hallock.

November Elections

L.U. 1049 (lctt,o,u&uow), LONG ISLAND, NY—In November, we will have the opportunity to elect a new governor and our representatives for Congress. It is imperative that those we elect support and understand labor's issues. Throughout the year our Governmental Affairs Committee strives to ensure that our members and elected officials are educated about the issues affecting labor. Currently the committee's voter registration drive is in full swing. The goal is to have 100 percent of the membership registered to vote.

The Long Island Power Authority recently sent out a request for formal proposals for the Maintenance Services Agreement. In those proposals, there is language that protects and ensures that the Local 1049 work force is and will be the work force going forward.

This fall we will begin contract negotiations on behalf of our members who work under our Waste Recycling Solutions Inc. collective bargaining agreement. As of this writing we are currently in negotiations with National Grid Home Energy Services and Home Service USA. This year we will also be negotiating with our largest employer, National Grid.

With all that is going on, I encourage the membership to attend the general meetings. Using our state-of-the-art media center, we are now able to more effectively communicate all current information so the membership is thoroughly informed.

Thomas J. Dowling, R.S.

Teledata & Inside Graduates

L.U. 1253 (i), AUGUSTA, ME—Local 1253's graduation was held June 18. Teledata graduates are Dustin Campbell, Christopher Gray, Joshua Perry and Andrew Thurlow. Inside graduates are Chancellor Burris, Scott Cuddy, John Libby and Michael Meader. Congratulations to Scott Cuddy, who was voted Outstanding Apprentice. Also congratulations to Scott and wife Kate on the birth of their new son.

Local elections were held June 19. Thanks to all who participated in the process. Congratulations to all elected to serve as officers for a three-year term.

The local was pleased to host an AMPS meeting held June 29. All Maine IBEW locals were invited and participation was excellent. Thanks to all International Representatives for their coordinated effort.

William Gifford, P.S.

Local 1253 congratulates recent apprentice graduates. From left, front row: Josh Perry, Instructor Amy LeGasse, Andy Thurlow, Chris Gray, Dustin Campbell, Scott Cuddy, Chance Burris, JATC committee member Rick Broad, Instructor Bill Heavener, Instructor Ed Peteraf, John Libby; back row, Bus. Mgr. Jeff Rose, Instructor Pat Dauphinee, Instructor Mike Varney, Mike Meader.

Power Plant Member Retires

L.U. 1307 (u), SALISBURY, MD—Congratulations to Bro. Thomas Jackson on his recent retirement. Bro. Jackson started with Delmarva Power as a stock handler in the Cambridge District in 1973. He transferred to Vienna Power Plant as a laborer in 1974 and later worked maintenance helper and fuel handler jobs. In 1979, Tom was promoted to auxiliary operator. In 1980 he transferred to Indian River Power Plant. He accepted a plant equipment operator position in 1981 before transferring back to Vienna Power Plant in 1985. He remained in that post until he retired April 1, 2010. We wish Bro. Jackson a long and happy retirement.

We ask those members who do not contribute to COPE to contact your steward and get signed up. COPE channels funds to candidates who support us on key issues affecting working people. In these turbulent times we need all the friends we can get in government. Big business contributes to help elect people who vote in their favor. COPE is our answer. If you are already contributing, thank you. If not, please reconsider. The job and way of life you save could be your own.

Save jobs, limit imports.

Edward D. Sparks, P.S.

'Show Me' Missouri

L.U. 1439 (u), ST. LOUIS, MO—Local 1439 and the other IBEW bargaining units on Ameren's Missouri property received the Edison Electric Institute Emergency Recovery Award for outstanding performance restoring power following the January 2009 ice storm in the Missouri Bootheel region and surrounding southeast Missouri. Recognition also was extended by both the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate. Additionally, recognition from U.S. Rep. John Dingell of Michigan (D-15th District) resulted in a certified U.S. flag, which was flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

As a result of intervening in the utility rate case, Local 1439 members will benefit by $3.2 million. The money is specifically set out for hiring 13 new members, training, and an addition to the training center to address smart-grid related technology.

We welcome our brothers and sisters of IBEW Local 4, representing the broadcasting division, who recently moved into our offices. Their presence is welcomed and further fosters union solidarity in St. Louis.

Ken Carroll, P.S.

Slots at Racetracks

L.U. 1501 (ees,em,mo,pet,rts&t), BALTIMORE, MD—Gov. Martin O'Malley is quoted as stating he would rather see slots at racetracks than at a mall in a residential area. His views are not shared by Dave Cordish, the Baltimore developer who won the license to build a casino.

At stake is a billion-dollar Arundel Mills Mall casino, which Cordish is determined to build despite community opposition. Those residents successfully petitioned the Anne Arundel County Council's slot zoning law, putting it on the November ballot allowing county residents to vote on it. Cordish went to court and had this taxpayer petition ruled invalid, only to have the Maryland Court of Appeals reinstate it. Both sides realize this vote will have statewide impact. With the country in a recession, these endless delays have cost the state much-needed slot revenue estimated at $100 million. Though Maryland approved five casinos, none have opened. It appears that the only people making money off slots in our state are lobbyists and slot machine manufactures, as the state had already approved the purchase of machines.

This is a fight no one wanted. The irony is that racetracks want slots, but the business community wants them near Maryland's largest mall as they think customers who frequent the mall will also visit their casino.

Bus. Mgr./Pres. Dion F. Guthrie states that the horse racing industry in Maryland—which includes our members at Amtote—needs help and we will continue to do everything possible to put slots at the racetracks.

Thomas J. Rostkowski, R.S.

Green Team Active in Kansas

L.U. 1523 (u), WICHITA, KS—A big thank-you to Local 1523 members Bob Rising, Jerod Vathauer, Chad Lynnes, Leo Rhea, Mike Branscum and Pete Winans, all from Wichita; and from Arkansas City, Jim Poynter, Shawn Stoner, Hughe Stewart, Andy Daughhetee and Billy Bob Lemon.

These fine members volunteer for the Westar Energy Green Team, a group of employee and retiree volunteers who take on environmental projects across Kansas. [For more information about the Westar Energy Green Team see Web site:] Coordinator Mike Nolan's phone rings off the wall with requests on all types of environmental projects—from building bridges, wind turbines and bird house kits to rescuing eagles.

One recent project involved construction of an obstacle training course built using 20 60-foot poles milled by Green Team members from recycled poles. The course will be utilized as a physical fitness ropes course at Clearwater High School in Clearwater, KS. it will also be used for training by Kansas City area firemen.

The Green Team recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. After tornados in Greensburg and Chapman, KS, the team set up three-year projects to plant trees in those two towns. The team is committed to building a better environment throughout Kansas. Hats off to all Local 1523 members who participate in this program.

Congratulations to Mike Jones for his promotion to substation foreman. Be safe.

Candy C. Cruz-Dodd, P.S.

IBEW Local 1523 members who volunteer for Westar Energy Green Team projects helped build a physical fitness obstacle training course at a high school in Clearwater, KS.

Working Families

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA—When we look at the work situation in the Augusta area, we feel fortunate compared to other locals in the state. We must acknowledge that a lot of our work would not have been possible without the help of our working family friendly politicians.

If you watch the news or read your local newspaper, you are reminded every day that Election Day is right around the corner. As Nov. 2 gets closer, go ahead and do some research on these candidates. Check to see if a candidate is going to benefit your family and community by supporting good paying jobs in your area. Call your local union and find out who the IBEW is supporting. Vote for candidates who will support the interests of working families.

Condolences and prayers go to all IBEW members and their families who are out of work or in need.

Will Salters, A.B.M.

Election of Officers

L.U. 1701 (catv,ees,i,o&u), OWENSBORO, KY—The local union held its election of officers in June. Officers elected are: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Gary Osborne, Pres. Larry Boswell, Vice Pres. Gary Brown, Rec. Sec. Tim Blandford, Treas. Steve Kaelin; Executive Board members Riche Cook, Joe Fulkerson, Cliff Greenwell, Byron Hunt, Ashley Payne, Mike Vanwinkle and Tim West; Examining Board members James Benningfield, Joe Brown, Tom Brown and Tim Howard. Bus. Mgr. Osborne is 1st delegate to the 38th IBEW International Convention to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, in September 2011. Other convention delegates: Tim Blandford and Larry Boswell.

Results of Big Rivers Electric Generation election held in May: Chmn. Tim West, Vice Chair Donna Haynes, Recorder Jim Gregory and Executive Committee members Keith Harley, Ray Jenkins, Jerrame Swift and Jerry Wilson.

Results of Big Rivers Electric Transmission election held in June: Chmn. Tom Howard, Vice Chmn. Ron Tucker, Recorder Marty Hite, and Executive Committee members Danny Gish and Kenny Wright. Congratulations to our newly elected officers.

The Examining Board gave the journeyman wireman exam recently to Craig Wheatley. Chmn. Joe Fulkerson reports he passed. Congratulations, brother, and welcome.

In sadness we report the passing of retired Bro. James Weakley. Bro. Weakley served as treasurer for Local 1701 for approximately 36 years before retiring. May he rest in peace.

Tim Blandford, R.S.

Nobel Transformer Project

L.U. 1739 (i&o), BARRIE, ONTARIO, CANADA—Shown in the accompanying photo are IBEW members from Local 1739 and Sudbury Local 1687 working for S & T Electric at Hydro One's Nobel Station transformer site in Ontario.

Approximately 30 IBEW members were employed on this job.

Frank Kastle, P.S.

IBEW Locals 1739 and 1687 members display S&T Electric sign at the Nobel transformer job site.

Midterm Elections

L.U. 1749 (u), NEW JOHNSONVILLE, TN—Congratulations to recent Student Generating Plant Operator graduates: Justin Maples, Chad Mitchell, Robin Taylor, James Andrews, Brian Minniehan, Tyler McMillan, Jessica Walker, Ronnie Watson and John Gamble.

Remember to update your voter registration (change of name, address, etc.) by Oct. 2 for the general midterm election! Or by Sept. 14, for early voting.

Remember these candidates:

• State Sen. Roy Herron, candidate for the U.S. Congress in Tennessee's 8th Congressional District, will preserve gun rights and is a pro-life, very moderate Democrat. He started Christians in politics in the state legislature and has published recommended books. He is a friend to TVA employees!

• Greg Rabidoux, candidate for U.S. Congress from the 7th Congressional District, is a professor at Austin Peay State University. He is challenging incumbent Marsha Blackburn, who supports big corporations, not working people.

• Ben Leming, retired Iraq war veteran, is running for the U.S. Congress from the 6th Congressional District, seeking retiring U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon's seat. It is very important to retain these seats.

• Kim McMillan, candidate for mayor of Clarksville, TN, is a friend to working folks.

• Mike McWherter, candidate for governor, is a businessman and good friend to TVA!

Candidates listed above are friends of labor—unlike the following: Ron Ramsey (who opposes workers' comp and prevailing wages and has cut firefighters, school teachers and police); Bill Haslam (owner of Pilot gas stations, who favors big oil and big banks); and Zack Wamp (no friend of working families).

Remember: We need three state House seats to regain control of the Tennessee legislature. A loss of seats would set working families back 20 years!

Mark J. DeJuliis, P.S.

Advanced Steward Training

L.U. 1837 (rtb&u), MANCHESTER, ME—Stewards from eight of our represented companies enjoyed a daylong advanced training presented by Charley Richardson, an award-winning labor educator and former instructor for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Labor Extension Program. IBEW Local 1837 stewards talked about some of the challenges and concerns facing our union, and they developed strategies we can all use to help deal with them.

Bro. Richardson led a great discussion about how the difficult economic landscape facing workers impacts all of us—even though we enjoy many benefits by belonging to a union. Stewards also explored the pros and cons of the grievance process. While everyone agreed that the grievance and arbitration process plays a vital role in the representation of our members and the defense of our collective bargaining agreements, they also recognized that resolving problems outside of the process can have real benefits on our relationships with employers and for actually building solidarity within our union.

"Charley Richardson's presentation was a clear call to action," said assistant steward Anthony Zeli from WGME-TV. "Stewards must engage our members in new ways if we are to beat back the constant assault on our rights. We cannot wait for contract negotiations to activate the workplace."

Matthew D. Beck, Organizer

Local 1837 stewards attend advanced training session.


St. Louis Unity Rally

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 1, ST. LOUIS, MO—Local 1 retirees enjoyed their annual attendance at the St. Louis Cardinal's ballgame on May 13. Everyone had a great time. The Cards lost, but they are looking good this year.

The second Retirees meeting of 2010 was held May 19. The usual business was conducted, followed by lunch. The club also met on July 21, and upcoming meeting dates for 2010 are: Sept. 15 (luncheon) and Nov. 17.

A rain-shortened golf outing was held June 8. We all got wet but enjoyed the event. Funds were raised for the Local Relief Committee.

The job situation is still desperate and relief does not appear to be close. The new working agreement, recently signed, reflects the willingness of Local 1 to adapt to the changing economy, but makes the promise of renewed effort to insure a dynamic future for our craft.

A rally attended by thousands was held in St. Louis on June 15 to protest raiding tactics of the Carpenters union leadership. Many retirees were present, as distinguished speakers from many trades urged unity in a national effort to stop these policies of greed and dissension.

Don Appelbaum, P.S.

Local 1 retirees celebrate the camaraderie at a June 8 golf outing and fundraiser. From left are: V. Sims, L. Hepburn, M. Muckler and J. Callahan.

Club Activities

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, WESTCHESTER / PUTNAM CHAPTER—Members visited The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. U.S. aircraft carrier Intrepid served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. The outing was hosted by chapter member Dick Mills and retired members of the Intrepid crew.

The Golf Classic in May was well attended and a good time for all. A golf outing is planned for October. Golf chairman is Gerry Pasquale.

In June the "Family Day in the Park" outing for Local 3 members, family and guests was a success.

A fishing trip is planned for Sept. 15. Fishing chairman is Dick Mills.

At this writing, plans were underway for an August trip to the Local 3 Educational Center in Cutchogue, Long Island.

At the June meeting, our chapter and members donated $700 to the Sloan Kettering Research Fund in memory of Andrew White, former Local 3 apprentice director.

Results of the June election: Chmn. Dominic Pironti, Vice Chmn. William Robertson, Treas. Dick Mills, Fin. Sec. Dominic Malandro, Rec. Sec. Martin Hogan, Sgt.-at-Arms John Wasilko, and Trustees John Hansen, Robert Cuneo and Vincent Panzarino.

Vincent Panzarino retired after 15 years as financial secretary. Job well done, Vinny.

Our chapter supports our military service men and women. We wish them home safe. And we hope job conditions improve for working members.

Edward A. Rubow, P.S.

Local 3 Retirees Club, Westchester/Putnam Chapter, members enjoy a visit on the flight deck of U.S. aircraft carrier Intrepid at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Annual Summer Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 11, LOS ANGELES, CA—The Local 11 Retirees Club held its annual summer luncheon at the Electrical Training Institute. Member Harvey "Butch" Bachand and his wife, Sharon, served a wonderful gourmet meal. The group enjoyed salads, salmon, tacos, chips and salsa, along with other traditional Mexican food.

Joanne Keller, assistant administrator for the Health and Pension Trust, answered questions and greeted attendees. Don Davis briefed retirees on changes to the apprenticeship from night school to day school. Local 11 Pres. Joel Barton thanked those present and all the retirees for fighting for the conditions enjoyed by members today. Retirees Club Pres. Marty Cohen acknowledged all the volunteers who helped make the occasion a special one. Photos are available on the IBEW Local 11 Facebook page.

Congratulations to Harvey Fiederer, who recently announced his retirement after 40 years of service as an apprentice instructor. His dedication to the trade and the labor movement helped countless students lead successful careers. We all are grateful for his contribution. We wish him many years of health and happiness ahead.

Thank you to all retirees who remain active through the organizing committees. Your participation is appreciated.

Bob Oedy, P.S.

Local 11 apprentice instructor Harvey Fiederer, recently retired, attends the Retirees Club's annual luncheon.

Club Officers Elected

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 21, DOWNERS GROVE, IL—Officer elections for the Oak Forest Retirees Club were held in May. Members re-elected Brenda Howington as president and Rich Ratzel as vice president. Leonard Trentz was elected secretary-treasurer. Congratulations to all.

This has been a great year for our members and spouses. In June we enjoyed the musical comedy "Sugar" at Drury Lane Oak Brook, and enjoyed dinner at Papa Joe's in Orland Park. On July 26, we sizzled as we watched the red-hot Chicago White Sox defeat the Seattle Mariners.

By now, retirees should have received information about the IBEW Local 21 Retiree Vision Program. Negotiated by our local union, the VSP Vision Plan offers a great value on your eye care and eyewear, and provides for many options, savings and other discounts. Please pass the word to other Local 21 retirees who may not know about the plan.

For more information about the Oak Forest Retirees Club, e-mail a request to For other retiree issues or to establish a Local 21 retirees club in your area, contact Local 21 retiree liaison Larry Moeller at (630) 432-3836 or by e-mail at

Thomas Hopper, P.S.

Attendees enjoy a Local 21 Retirees Club dinner at the Robert Morris Culinary College in April.

Alaska Cruise in August

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 26, WASHINGTON, DC—At the Retired Members Club in September, we saw some fresh faces as we celebrated many years of service by awarding pins, jackets and plaques to longtime members!

Our fourth cruise for 2010 took more than 60 retirees and guests to Alaska in August! We look forward to sharing their excitement, photos and stories at the September meeting.

In October we will hold our Annual R.M.C. Crab Feast at Mike's Restaurant in Annapolis, MD, as well as a new steam train adventure and a tour of a Pennsylvania dairy farm.

We will soon be making plans for 2011. Our trip to the Amish Farmer's Market—followed by lunch on the Eastern Shore—is a delight and regularly sells out. It's never too early to add your name. So, contact our V.P. and travel guru, Rick Warner, for information about trips. Phone: (240) 472-0430).

If you wish to help with mailing our club meeting minutes, we generally meet at the hall the Tuesday following our meetings at 7:30 a.m. Coffee, donuts and laughter are usually our pay scale.

Special thanks to members who keep us connected to those who have not joined the growing number of e-mailers. If you would like a tutorial before you buy your first computer, just ask at a meeting!

Susan Flashman, P.S.

News From The Great Lakes

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 38, CLEVELAND, OH—On this spring day, as I look out the window, I hear some hammers working in the distance on a new house being built. I hope this means work is picking up somewhat. At our retirees meeting last month, word was that things are getting better in this area—thank God.

Our retirees have many planned events and speakers scheduled at several of our meetings. At a recent meeting we enjoyed our annual chicken dinner.

At our March meeting, we had our traditional corned beef & cabbage meal as well as Irish singers to entertain us. Very well done!

In April, we had a bountiful brunch at a local party center with our club president as the main speaker on events to come and our retirees' election.

We took a trip to Michigan in May. As of this writing, our 2010 picnic and clambake were upcoming.

As retirees, we hope that all you active IBEW members are finding more work in your area.

Till next time, God bless America, God bless our troops, and God bless our families. Peace be with you all.

Arthur Lesjak, P.S.

Service Pins Awarded

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 99, PROVIDENCE, RI—Once again our local has supported the Retirees Club and hosted a May breakfast. It was well attended as usual, with visits from Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts and state Rep. Peter Kilmartin.

Local 99 Bus. Mgr. Allen P. Durand and Local 99 Pres. John Shalvey assisted club Pres. Robert Pierce in awarding service pins and certificates to our honored guests, Michael Carty, Richard Irace, William Lepore Jr., Paul Forest and Gerald Trottier.

Bus. Mgr. Durand gave a brief report on the poor work picture in our state.

We are saddened to report the recent deaths of Robert Corry, Edward Davies, Thomas Finnegan, J. Edmund Brennan Jr., Michael Messier and Melvin Sarkisian. May they rest in peace.

As of this writing, Bro. Robert Beardwood was planning three fishing trips for the summer. These trips are always a great success.

We sincerely thank our local for all the support they give our group; surely the spirit of brotherhood has never been greater.

We hope everyone had a great summer with good health to all. Please note: Our next club meeting is Sept. 21 at noon.

Raymond Germershausen, P.S.

Luncheon Celebration

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 104, BOSTON, MA—We had our tri-annual Retirees Club luncheon April 15, 2010, at Doyle's Café in Jamaica Plains, Boston. The nine brothers shown in the accompanying photo represent more than 450 years of service to the IBEW.

Bro. Edward Ellies was presented with his 55-year service pin at the April meeting. Everyone enjoyed a good time and lots of laughs this day; you wouldn't believe some of the stories shared by these guys.

We will hold our next Retirees Club meeting in October. Please contact the hall for time and location. As always your attendance at club meetings will ensure that the club will be able to continue for all of the retirees.

Chris Blair, P.S.

Attending the Local 104 Retirees Club's April luncheon are: from left, standing, Chet Marsh, Ray Brady, Bob Salvati, Fran Fitzgerald, Armand Cabral, Charles "Mickey" Rooney; seated, Hugh Boyd Sr., Edward Ellies and Rich Rock Sr. (Photo by Hugh Boyd Jr.)

Awards for Outstanding Service

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 130, NEW ORLEANS, LA—At the June 27 meeting, we awarded two plaques. Henry Daries received a plaque for 25 years of outstanding service and Harry "Buddy" Carver for 17 years of outstanding service.

Buddy Carver is out of the hospital and staying with his daughter through his recovery. We all wish him well.

We have new leadership: Durel Legendre, secretary and Michael Dupius, treasurer.

The officers scheduled a July 22 bus trip to the Hollywood Casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and everyone had a great time.

The weather is finally cooperating and they have finally capped the oil spill, which has been contaminating our water for the last 85 days as of this writing. We pray every day that this procedure will work.

We are saddened to report the passing of: Bros. Alton "Bill" Raines, George Albert, Philip G. Creger, John Carey Jr., Joseph S. Barocco, Gregory C. Hoffman Sr., Herman A. Richard Jr., James E. Carter and Lloyd April. May they rest in peace!

Until our next reading, God bless America.

George Clesi, Pres.

Longtime Members Honored

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 134, CHICAGO, IL—Anniversary greetings to all the 50-, 55-, and 60-year members of Local 134 Retirees Club. They are as follows: Thomas Bahde, Marvin Ball, John Burchall, Richard Casale, Edward Dewbray, Ervino Elmy, James Enright, Daniel Fegan Jr., Ronald Fibiger, James Flaherty, James Fliris, Richard Grove, Sam Guzzo, Michael Harris, Robert Hennessy, Richard Howe, John Jaeger, James Kassner Sr., Jerome Koch, Eugene Lewaniak, Steven Lindskoog, Robert Lobojko, Ronald Marsden, Donald Meisinger, Daniel McCarthy, James McNamara, Robert Mersch, Henry Mueller, Kenneth Mueler, George Randle, Wayne Schroeder Jr., Gerald Thompson, James Walsh and Claude Wolcott.

Brothers, we are proud to honor and acknowledge your contributions to your union and country. Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do to make this a better Local 134 Retirees Club. You have Local 134 members' admiration and respect.

All enjoyed a wonderful luncheon and live musical entertainment. There are no strangers at Local 134 only friends we haven't met.

We welcome all retirees. The Retirees Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Noon to 1 p.m. is "greet & meet" time and the regular meeting continues until 2:30 p.m. at the union hall, 600 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago.

Louis Rodriguez, P.S.

Local 134 Retirees Club pays tribute to longtime IBEW members.

Proud & Active IBEW Retirees

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 164, JERSEY CITY, NJ—The longstanding Local 164 Retirees Association offers Atlantic City trips, golf outings, fishing trips, baseball trips, financial seminars, holiday parties and more.

We contribute to the Wounded Warriors Project, Bold, Brave & Courageous, and Habitat for Humanity.

This year we started a scholarship for retirees' grandchildren. Proceeds from our Oldies Show, Hawaii vacation raffle and other fundraisers enable us to give a total of $15,000 to five recipients this year.

We have 250-plus members. Approximately 100, including spouses, attend our monthly luncheon/meetings. Treas./Sec. Tom Barry sends out a monthly newsletter. And we are proud of our Web site, designed by Dave Judovin's daughter. It is updated often with news, events, photos and useful resources. Our e-mail group also sends notices of events, etc.

Seeing union friends at meetings, the camaraderie stands firm and stories fly—of fish caught, grandkids' graduations, etc. As retired IBEW electricians, we enjoy being together and we pray for everyone's well-being.

Retirees appreciate the support extended by Local 164, Bus. Mgr. Richard Dressel Dressel and Pres. John DeBouter. Retirees volunteer during critical elections and we teach the public about the IBEW. We worked hard as IBEW electricians, and we continue our union activism. We attend meetings, support union events and enjoy friendship. Being a part of this union was the best choice we ever made.

David Judovin, P.S.

Community Service Project

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 223, BROCKTON, MA—On June 9, a combined business meeting/cookout was held with 43 people in attendance.

Treas. Dick Bradbury reminded the members that it is important for all members to pay their dues if the club is to become financially self-sufficient.

Pres. Bouldry told the membership that one of the purposes of the club is to be a resource to the community. He then introduced his wife, who spoke about a community service project that would serve the entire geographical area covered by Local 223. She hoped everyone would support "Gifts to Give," a nonprofit organization that provides clothing, school supplies and books to needy children in New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Brockton and Cape Cod. Several members signed up to participate in a three-hour work shift to be held this fall at Gifts to Give on Cove Street in New Bedford. Spouses who knit were asked to make children's hats and mittens, to be delivered to Gifts to Give.

The monthly raffle included a portable gas grill and clothing with the IBEW logo.

A moment of silence was held in remembrance of recently deceased members: Bruce Higgins, Richard Maxwell, Tom Peters, Albert Dumais, Donald LaJoie and Mrs. John (Joanne) Revil.

Burton Bouldry, Pres.

‘Homes for Troops' Volunteers

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 257, JEFFERSON CITY, MO—The Retirees Club held a monthly luncheon/meeting Tues., July 27, at the Knights of Columbus in Westphalia, MO.

Officers were elected at our June 29 meeting. Our officers have done a great job and were re-elected by acclamation. They are: Pres. Jerry Rehagen, Vice Pres. Betty Nichols, Sec./Treas. June Lenger; and Executive Committee members Alice Murray, Bob Kauffman and Juanita Fischer. We appreciate their efforts planning our luncheons and activities.

Certificates were presented to members who volunteered at the Skills USA Competitions at Linn Tech, helping judge the electrical and VDV competitions.

The club is getting the float ready for the Labor Day parades in Mokane and Jefferson City. For November, Juanita scheduled our group to see a play at the Lyceum Theater. More activities will follow.

On June 27, keys to a new home in Columbia, MO, were presented to Army Staff Sgt. Robert Canine through Homes for our Troops. Volunteers and donations made the project possible. Labor unions that provided material and labor included: IBEW Local 257, Sheet Metal Workers, and Plumbers and Pipefitters. Many Local 257 members and retirees volunteered. Staff Sgt. Canine will re-join his family at their new home after he completes rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. We thank Jim Winemiller, of Local 257, who helped coordinate this project.

Delores Melloway, P.S.

IBEW L.U. 257 members and retirees volunteered to help with the Homes for our Troops project in Columbia, MO. From left are: Gary James, Bob Kauffman, Rick Stokes, Jim Winemiller, Danny Melloway, Jerry Rehagen, Emil Fischer and Herman Grothoff.

Spring & Fall Picnics

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 291, BOISE, ID—June is generally the time for an outdoor picnic. However, Mother Nature fooled everyone with a chill, which almost resulted in cancelation. But you know, the proud die-hard electricians of Local 291, who never let the weather stop them, showed up for hamburgers and hotdogs. They were there to support the club, even in the cold. So we had our June lunch/picnic at Settlers Park in Meridian and everyone enjoyed the meal, even though they had to wear coats, as seen in the picture. Approximately 40 people attended. Local 291 supplied a retiree's license plate frame as a door prize, which was won by Roberta Stith.

Now we're preparing for our September picnic and hoping for warmer weather without coats. It will be held at Settlers Park, 12 noon, on Sept. 9, which is our normal second Thursday luncheon. I encourage all retirees to come and break bread while enjoying our fellowship. See you at the next meeting.

I hope everyone had a safe and healthy summer.

Joe Sirani, Pres.

Local 291 Retirees Club members enjoy June lunch/picnic gathering at Settlers Park.

Service Award Honorees

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 313, WILMINGTON, DE—For our last spring meeting until September, Retirees Club Pres. Moe McKinley gave out service pins to all those eligible who attended.

The most notable were those who received awards for 50-, 55- and 60-years of service. We took a picture of the group, joined by the Local 313 president, the business manager and club Pres. McKinley.

It should be noted that the service of these brothers was the glue that held our local together for many years.

Greg Stilwell, P.S.

Local 313 retirees, joined by officers, display awards for longtime service. From left are: Local 313 Pres. Paul Campbell, Steve DiSabatino (accepting the award for Olley DiSabatino, who was unable to attend), Thomas Clark, John Healy, John Kachmar, Raymond Ademski, Ray Burton, James Keating, Warren Snavely, Retirees Club Pres. Moe McKinley, Richard Cutone, Local 313 Bus. Mgr. Douglas Drummond and Scotty Hudghton. (Retiree Vince Jankowski shot the photo.)

Charlestown, WV, Retirees

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 466, CHARLESTON, WV—The hills of West Virginia weep for the 29 miners we lost at the Upper Big Branch mines in early April. We send our condolences to all the miners and the families of those lost. Hopefully, elected officials will take major steps to make conditions safer for miners.

Our club's monthly meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at our union hall. We also have a breakfast meeting at Suzi's, in North Charleston on 4th Avenue, on the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Please come and share your memories with us.

The pictures I took at the golf outing are at the union hall if you wish to see them.

We pay our final respects to recently deceased members Wilbur Brown, Jackie Bennett, Jerry Mondy, Daniel Myres, Jim Meddings, Ross Stone, Manuel Legg Sr., Richard Holder, Arleigh Ellis, Arthur Ostrin and Dave Hardman; and also to longtime housekeeper Velma Reed.

At press time we were looking forward to the summer picnic. Also, remember the upcoming New Year's Eve dinner.

Larry Fogarty, Pres.

New Members Welcomed

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 611, ALBUQUERQUE, NM—The accompanying picture (above) is a collector's item. Bro. Glen Frazier passed away on June 24, while two of the other brothers, Nap Duran and Harold Paschke, and their wives were unable to attend meetings this year due to health problems. Members Carl Brown and Vivian "Rainbo" Romero are still active at our meetings, with only five of us left attending currently. We have changed our meetings to Fridays, hoping more retirees will attend. We need you younger members to attend and help us boost our membership. We welcome two new retirees: Jose Crespin and Robert Avery.

Did you know there have been 12 IBEW local unions in New Mexico? Two locals were organized before Local 611, but went defunct by 1909. There have been locals in locations including Albuquerque, Belen, Gallup, Hobbs, Roswell, Santa Fe and Silver City. Four locals merged with Local 611. Still active out of Albuquerque are: Local 611; Local 1199 (railroad) in Belen; and Local 1988 (Kirtland Air Force Base).

We extend condolences to the families of Bros. Michael P. Murphy, Ted A. Lopez, Joseph E. Lynch and Glen Frazier. Bro. Frazier was truly an asset in sharing his stories of the local's history for the upcoming 100th anniversary celebration.

Attend union meetings and stay in touch.

Tracy Hall, Pres.

Attending April meeting of the Local 611 Retirees Club are, clockwise, from left: Glen and Wanda Frazier; Yolanda and Carl Brown; Harold and Christine Paschke; Vivian "Rainbo" Romero; Nap and Erlinda Duran. (Bro. Tracy Hall snapped the photo.)

Tribute to Members

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 613, ATLANTA, GA—Our meeting was held June 17. We sadly mourn the following members: Bill Watson, Daniel Pickering, Bud Gentry, James Moody, Thomas Jennings, Earl Bartsch, James Walters, Jack Drew, John Hendrix, William Martin, Charles Rolling, Lamar Abbott Sr., Milton Clowers, James Williams, Thomas Hanekamp and Bruce Clark.

Blake McLeod, Pres.

Fort Lauderdale Retirees
Fort Lauderdale, FL, Local 728 Retirees Club members gather for a club meeting at the union hall. From left, front row, Larry Duggar, Remie Hammond, Don Love, Willie Spangler, Mike Bogar, Hank Perry, Rosemary Inglis; back row, Norb Ritter, Steve Cunningham, John Meagher, Bob Cummings, Hugo Inigi, John Nydam, Harold Shrewsbury, Butch Grosenbaugh, Raleigh Masters and Carl Wuest.