November 2010

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Missouri AFL-CIO Convention

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa,st& ws), ST. LOUIS, MO—September marked the 25th Biennial Convention of the Missouri AFL-CIO, held at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in downtown St. Louis. Local 1 was well represented by delegates Greg Booth, Rob Dussold, Matt Gober, Bob Muckler, Tom Sansevere, Bill Waterhouse and Tom George. Tom George also serves as Missouri AFL-CIO vice president.

The economy and midterm elections were the main topics. Numerous guest speakers stood up for the rights of workers. AFL-CIO Pres. Richard Trumka spoke of the need to create good jobs by rebuilding America's infrastructure. Gov. Jay Nixon said it is vital to Missouri's economy to put union labor back to work. Missouri Sec. of State Robin Carnahan, candidate for the U.S. Senate, urged union members to get out the vote. Other candidates, including U.S. Reps. Russ Carnahan and Ike Skelton as well as State Auditor Susan Montee, echoed these sentiments. The informative meeting emphasized that union get-out-the-vote efforts are vital for the gains of workers and encouraged support for all union-endorsed candidates.

We mourn the following members' deaths: James Tyler, Earl Eckelkamp, Willis Hall, Arthur Bussmeyer, Charles Heineman, Eugene Stabenow, William Hepler, Rita Gale, Oliver Hein, Jerry Pease, Leonard Hammontree, Anthony Velasco, George Akers Jr., Frederick Fischer, Aloysius Myers, Gerald Hall, Timothy Harris, David Wright, Herbert Pfingsten, Ralph Weilmuenster, James Goddard, Vincent Provenzano, Grace Smith, James Cunningham, Richard Stack and Mario Ciuffa.

Matt Gober, P.S.

Annual EWMC Drive

L.U. 11 (i,rts&spa), LOS ANGELES, CA—Local 11 members participated in the 31st Annual Labor Day Parade & Rally in Wilmington, CA. High school marching bands, motorcycles, hot rods, kids on scooters and people walking their pets made up the procession. Members provided balloons and candy to spectators along the route. The weather was perfect for the march, which ended at Banning Park where Local 11 volunteers had a barbeque waiting.

Members of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus have held weekly mentoring sessions throughout the community, in addition to monthly mentoring sessions at the Electrical Training Institute. The EWMC will conduct their annual clothes drive for the homeless one week before Christmas at the ETI. Please consider donating to this worthy cause.

The D-1 Organizing Committee recently held a Bowl-Out Night at Jewel City Bowl in Glendale. More than 40 members with family and friends participated filling eight lanes. All participants signed a commemorative "game ball," which will be displayed for the members to enjoy. A grand prize was given for the highest average score in the tournament and to the winning team. Thank you to everyone who helped make this and other events successful.

Bob Oedy, P.S.

Los Angeles Local 11 members and their families march in the Labor Day parade and rally.

10 Scholarship Winners

L.U. 15 (u), DOWNERS GROVE, IL—Local 15 awarded $500 scholarships to 10 children of local members. The selection committee did a great job picking winners from among 40 applicants.

We had seven members attend the 2010 Women's Conference in Washington D.C. in July.

Negotiations with Midwest Generation (fossil generation) on a benefits package are moving forward. The company is looking for major changes in the medical, disability and 401(k) plans. The current package expired June 15, 2010.

On the nuclear side, we are having ongoing discussions on nuclear "work hour rules" and establishing a "working foreman" position. After almost two years, we signed an agreement on Zion Station's decommissioning.

Local 15 congratulates Bros. Vince Miller and Sheldon Williams on their induction into ComEd's "101 Club." They gave more than 100 percent effort, stopping to help people involved in vehicular accidents. Also with ComEd, the pole hauling issue is coming to an end; at this writing, Local 15 members were to take the work back by the end of September. The "drive-cams" are being turned off in many vehicles, with "driver observations" taking over. Furthermore, we recently negotiated a Meter Reader bonus plan.

We ratified a three-year agreement with GoodCents Solutions/Enertouch Inc. that included wage increases and additional paid time off.

Local 15 participated in two Labor Day parades—in Rockford, IL, and Springfield, IL.

Doug Vedas, P.S.

Solidarity & Safety

L.U. 17 (catv,em,lctt,o&u), DETROIT, MI—Earlier this summer with no other acceptable options remaining, our 623 line clearance tree trimmers hit the bricks after being locked out by several tree trim companies. The lockout lasted nine days before the International Office stepped in and ended the dispute. The solidarity demonstrated by our tree trimmers and support given to them financially by the rest of our membership were awe-inspiring and a true testament to our membership's determination and strength. You would have never imagined that our local hasn't been in a situation like this in 42 years by the actions of our members on and off the picket line.

We are immensely proud of our entire membership for standing as one when the chips were down. After months of negotiations, our 6-17-A agreement was finally settled by the Counsel on Industrial Relations (CIR).

The work picture here is starting to pick up slightly with approximately 60 local hands still on the books. DTE Energy has officially made it mandatory for 100 percent fall arrest, with many of our line contractors following suit.

On a sad note, Bro. Michael Parks was tragically killed while performing his duties as a lineman in August 2010. Please work safe, brothers and sisters. Your families are counting on it.

Dean Bradley, P.S.

Local Leader Accepts New Post

L.U. 21 (catv,govt&t), DOWNERS GROVE, IL—We bid farewell to Kevin Curran, who served as Local 21 vice president and assistant business manager. Bro. Curran accepted a position as an International Representative assigned to the IBEW Telecommunications Department.

In 1987, Curran started in Chicago as a collection specialist, working for the Midwestern RBOC Ameritech. Kevin became shop steward in 1993 for former Local 188. In 1995, he was promoted to the position of area rep in the south division and became editor of the local union newsletter, The Telephone Flash. In 1997, Curran became assistant business manager. On Sept. 1, 1998, IBEW Local 21 was newly chartered after an amalgamation of former T-4 System Council Locals 165, 188, 336, 383 and 399. At Local 21, Curran became business rep and E-Board member. In 2005, he became vice president and assistant business manager.

Curran has excelled at educating and involving members in workplace issues, and teaching workers what it truly means to be union. His dedication to working people and his tireless commitment fighting for social and economic justice gained him the support of union members and hard-earned respect from employers. Curran's talent, vision and leadership will be locally missed. We wish you the best of luck, brother!

Thomas Hopper, P.S.

IBEW Local 21's Pat Urban (left), Nick Urban, Eddie Fernandez, Amanda and Natalie Urban assemble for the Labor Day parade.

Officers Sworn In

L.U. 37 (em,o&u), FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA—Local 37 recently held an election of officers. The newly elected officers were sworn in July 8 at Ponds Resort and Lodge in Ludlow, New Brunswick on the beautiful Miramichi River. Rec. Sec. Peggy Galbraith facilitated an entertaining, team-building exercise that provided members an opportunity to problem solve as well as socialize.

Local 37 and all its members are sincerely indebted to departing Executive Board members Derek Gallen, Allison Porter, Cathy Shea and Doug Wallace for their service, dedication and loyalty to the ideals of the labour movement.

Ross Galbraith, B.M./F.S.

Local 37 officers and representatives, joined by Int. Rep. Brian J. Matheson (standing, fourth from right), attend swearing in. From left, kneeling: Local 37 Bus. Mgr. Ross Galbraith; Mike Gould, Nuclear rep.; Wanda Hierlihy, Northern Distribution rep; Vice Pres. Romeo Bourque; Don St Pierre, Head Office & Marketing Distribution rep; Glenn Hubbard, Southern Generation rep. Standing: Don Dickson, Nuclear rep; Sue Dunham, Nuclear rep; Phil Hepditch, Transmission rep; Scot Hale, Central/ Western Distribution rep; Gerard Kenna, Transmission rep; IBEW Int. Rep. Matheson; Rec. Sec. Peggy Galbraith; Pres. Steve Hayes; and Greg Wright, Nuclear rep. Not pictured: David Brown, Northern Generation rep; and Ted Robertson Southern/Eastern Distribution rep.

Union Stands for Quality

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,rtb,t&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL—As IBEW members, taking responsibility for our future is of utmost importance. We have the opportunity to show our employers, customers and the public that our union stands for quality and professionalism. We must understand that being active in our local and listening to what our leaders have to say is also very important as we chart our future.

As Thanksgiving approaches, remember to give thanks for all who came before us; it is because of their courage and sacrifice that we today enjoy the fruits of our labor.

In September, Local 51 members participated in several Labor Day events across the area and also enjoyed the annual picnic at Clinton Lake. Local 51 thanks all members who participated and attended.

As of this writing, our work scene is still slow with 32 journeymen on the out-of-work list and the majority of apprentices working out of jurisdiction. Local 51 thanks all the locals that have provided employment for our out-of-work members until our work picture improves. Remember to work safe, give a good day's work for a good day's pay and attend your union meeting.

Dan Pridemore, B.R.

IBEW Local 51 members and their families join the Labor Day parade in Bloomington, IL.

'You Are the Union'

L.U. 53 (lctt,o,rts&u), KANSAS CITY, MO—Our outside construction remains very slow with very little movement on the books. We have many members working out of town, and we thank our surrounding locals for providing these work opportunities to our members.

I am sure most of you read the article in the August edition of the Electrical Worker about the rally in St. Louis against the Carpenters District Council of Greater St. Louis for stealing the IBEW's work as well as that of other trades. Thanks to everyone who came to Missouri to support the rally. A few other trades are doing the very same thing in some locations. They seem to find it easier to go after the already organized work rather than try to organize their own.

We held our annual retiree luncheon at the union hall on Aug. 5 and presented service pins. Receiving 55-year pins were William S. Glover, Freddie H. Imgarten, Gary F. Martin, Robert J. Miller and Benny F. Rector; 60-year pins, Claude Kendall and William E. Rust; and a 65-year pin, Bobby W. Walraven.

Congratulations and many thanks to all the retired members who fought for the wages, benefits and conditions we all enjoy today. Now it is our job to make things even better for future generations.

Support your local union—attend meetings and get involved.

Remember: No job is so urgent that we cannot take time to perform our work safely!

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

Union Activities Update

L.U. 55 (lctt,o&u), DES MOINES, IA—Work in our area is finally starting to pick up. We cleared Book 1 and are working on Book 2. Work looks good through the end of the year.

We had a great Labor Day picnic and parade. We also reenacted a picture that is displayed in our meeting room. That vintage photo was taken on Labor Day 1910. The new picture (below) was taken on Sept. 5, 2010, at the same location, the Cathedral of St. Paul, in Des Moines. We had a great turnout for the photo shoot, although several members were on storm work.

We especially thank Int. Rep. Jim Lynch, retired Int. Rep. Ken Sawyer, and all retirees who joined the Labor Day fun. We had a great turnout for the parade with trucks supplied by Par Electrical Contractors, Hydaker-Wheatlake, and Missouri Valley Apprenticeship. The apprentices built a fantastic float for the event.

We have had a turnover in the local with a new business manager and a new unit rep. Several contracts must be negotiated by year's end. Several will be rough with the current economy, so our work is cut out for us.

We are also working on new training for some of our members in hopes of regaining outside work from the nonunion companies. We met with a union general contractor and the architect regarding the new union hall that we will build soon near our existing building.

We will also be negotiating our outside construction contract. Rusty McCuen, our arborist rep and organizer, has been traveling talking to our members in the line clearance units and holding safety meetings. He is working hard to educate and organize the nonunion arborist on one of our major utilities.

Michael J. Brookes, B.M./F.S.

On the weekend of Labor Day 2010, Local 55 members and IBEW officers reenact a Labor Day photo that was taken 100 years ago at the same location, the Cathedral of St. Paul in Des Moines, IA. The vintage 1910 photo is displayed at the union hall.

Lineman's Rodeo & Golf Tourney

L.U. 57 (lctt,mo,o,t&u), SALT LAKE CITY, UT—The 19th Annual Utah Lineman's Rodeo was held June 5 in West Valley City, Utah. Activities included bucket rides, face painting, castle bounce and other activities for the young kids as well as a classic car/motorcycle show for the big kids. Rodeo teams and apprentices from Rocky Mountain Power, local contractors, Portland General Electric, Arizona Public Service and Megan County REA participated. The Arizona Public Service team (Scott Marlatt, Art Garcia, Scott Kahrs and Brett Minihan) took top honors in the team competition, while Portland General's Craig Randall and Dustin Miller placed 1st and 2nd in the apprentice competition. Rocky Mountain Power's Lance Sheppard placed 3rd. Thanks to sponsors, volunteers and participants for making the rodeo a success. Proceeds from the event's fundraising activities are donated to the University of Utah Burn Center.

On Aug. 20, the Local 57 Annual Charity Golf Tournament was held at Talons Cove Golf Club, with some 120 golfers participating. There was also a barbeque lunch and awards/raffle presentation. Again, thanks to all sponsors, volunteers and participants. Proceeds from this event are also donated to the University of Utah Burn Center.

Scott Long, P.S.

Memorial Salute to a Brother

L.U. 77 (lctt,mt,o,t&u), SEATTLE, WA—A memorial service was held for Bro. Bill Green, a retired Puget Power Western Division service lineman and a longtime member of Local 77. The memorial tribute took place July 16, 2010, at the Bremerton Elks Lodge.

Bro. Green was initiated into Local 77 in 1953 and retired from Puget Power in 1992. His son Kirt is a serviceman with Puget Sound Energy and a member of Local 77.

To honor their deceased brother, Puget Sound Energy service linemen from Port Townsend, Poulsbo, and Port Orchard saluted Bro. Bill Green at the entrance to the Elks Lodge with their utility trucks aligned and buckets raised.

Patrick Darling, P.S.
Lynne Moore, P.S.

Local 77 service linemen with Puget Sound Energy align bucket trucks at memorial service for Bro. Bill Green.

Solar Photovoltaic Course

L.U. 81 (i), SCRANTON, PA—Thirty Local 81 journeymen, apprentices and contractors recently completed a weeklong, 40-hour, Solar Photovoltaic Systems course. The class was presented by Rich VanWert, an IAEI inspector and brother member of IBEW Local 380. Rich did a tremendous job presenting the information using hands-on training and a PowerPoint presentation.

On Wednesday training was held outdoors in the parking lot of our building, where the class constructed and operated a solar photovoltaic system that was grid connected. All attendees participated in the construction, wiring, and testing of DC and AC voltages. Class members took a certification exam on Friday afternoon to wrap up the week.

This training was made possible because of a grant from the Workforce Investment Board with the help and cooperation of Gary MacCready from the Energy Industry Partnership Program.

Michael McDermott, P.S.

Participants successfully completed a Local 81 Solar Photovoltaic Systems class.

Wind Training Certification

L.U. 99 (govt&i), PROVIDENCE, RI—Local 99 recently has devoted considerable time and effort to training and safety during these tough economic times, knowing full well that we will rebound and forge forward in the labor movement. Most notable is our ongoing Code of Excellence Training, which educates our member in how to practice responsibility on the job while incorporating a higher degree of safety. This training will become a necessary tool for our membership as we move into the 21st century.

As of this writing, we have graduated 36 members through the Toledo, OH, Local 8 Wind Training Certification Program. These skills will be called on shortly, due to the recently negotiated power purchase agreement between National Grid and Deep Water Wind, which will develop the first off-shore wind farm in the United States, around Block Island, RI. Our goal is to provide the best trained individuals in this bourgeoning new field and effectively capture this wide-open market.

Construction is finally underway at the new Ridgewood methane co-gen power plant in Johnston. The project includes a four-turbine, 45 megawatt plant with an accompanying switchyard.

At press time, Local 99 wishes best of luck to Bro. Ray Medeiros Jr. in his run for state representative.

Steve Callaghan, P.S.

Labor Day Family Picnic

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA—On Sunday, Sept. 5, Local 103 hosted our annual Labor Day Family Picnic. Hundreds of members and their families attended a great event highlighted by games, rides, face painting, ice cream, burgers and dogs. Additionally, every child attending received a Local 3 T-shirt. The weather was outstanding as we said goodbye, unofficially, to summer.

This celebration can also be an opportune time to teach our kids about the significance of Labor Day and the history of sacrifices made by earlier generations, particularly in the effort to establish an 8-hour work day. In earlier decades, rather than playing at climbing rock walls made of plastic in a union hall parking lot, kids were climbing into mines. Rather than playing on moon bounces, children worked in mills. Due in large part to the labor movement, that scenario is no longer the case in our country.

Thank you to all the members and their families who came out to enjoy such a wonderful event, and an even bigger thanks to the members who organized it and those who volunteered to make it a day the kids won't soon forget.

Kenny Tallent, P.S.

Local 103 members and their families celebrate at the Labor Day family picnic.

Solidarity & Strength

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR—Local 125 would like to acknowledge our members employed at Columbia River PUD. In June, shop steward Jake Carter and unit recorder Colleen Pellham attended training that was held in conjunction with our All-Member Meeting. During the training, participants were encouraged to identify ways of creating more cohesive work groups by focusing on the strength of the IBEW brotherhood.

After their employee association that normally held an annual picnic cancelled plans for the picnic, Carter and Pellham began planning an event for Local 125 members to show the strength of their IBEW membership. In August, 34 participants representing 10 union families attended this inaugural event. They coordinated a fun, low-cost, family-focused event for their IBEW brothers and sisters.

"Colleen and Jake heard an idea during training and implemented it successfully," said Bus. Mgr. Travis Eri. "I hope other units coordinate activities that help unite their work group. Social events can do a lot to promote solidarity and brotherhood."

If your unit has held or plans to host an off-work social event, call the local's business office at (503) 262-9125. We'd love to share your story, too.

Marcy Putman, P.S.

Project Labor Agreement

L.U. 153 (em,i,rtb,rts,se,spa&st), SOUTH BEND, IN—Congratulations to the IBEW Local 153 apprenticeship class of 2010. The class took part in Ivy Tech graduation ceremonies in May, receiving their associate degrees.

August saw several good Local 153 events. On Saturday, Aug. 14, the annual picnic was held at Potawatomi Park in South Bend. As usual the Zoo is a big draw. Attendance was more than 250. The HELP 153 Committee held its 2nd Annual Corn & Sausage Roast fundraiser. That event brought in more than $1,600 for the HELP effort, which assists members in need.

A project labor agreement was recently signed by the local Building Trades and IBEW Local 153 along with the Salvation Army for a $40 million Kroc Community Center, and ground has been broken. Also, the University Of Notre Dame has begun a $50 million hockey facility. It is a fast-paced project; the team expects to practice on the ice in September 2011.

November 2 is Election Day. At press time, the Local 153 COPE Committee was interviewing candidates and arranging to send out its endorsed list of candidates. Local members may contact the hall with any question about where any candidate stands on working family issues. Candidates who have fought for our issues and to protect our work always need our support and our votes.

Troy D. Warner, B.R.

U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly (left) and Local 153 COPE Chmn. Dan Mattimore discuss the midterm elections at Local 153's August picnic.

Unions Lobby to Create Jobs

L.U. 191 (c,i,mo,rtb&st), EVERETT, WA—Local 191 along with other trade unions around the area lobbied our state a great deal to support the creation of new jobs. Approximately 80 jobs have been created directly as a result of passage of a Data Center bill. The bill was aimed at giving the Data Centers a tax break incentive to build in Washington state. There are talks of more major companies building as a direct result of the tax breaks.

Local 191 along with other trade unions successfully lobbied our Snohomish County Councilmen to adopt a county ordinance mandating that projects totaling more than $250,000 use 15 percent of the labor force as certified apprentices. This will help ensure that a big portion of our tax dollars creates union jobs in Snohomish County.

A special thank-you goes to all the members, other trade unions, family and friends who participated in lobbying our legislators and local government officials to remind them that a thriving union middle class equals a strong economy.

Please help support the efforts with volunteering. There are many things that need to be done and we can find a place for everyone to help. Please contact the Everett hall at (425) 259-3195 for details.

Rob De Velder, P.S.

Nehemiah Expansion Project

L.U. 193 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL—Nehemiah Expansion Inc. Affordable Housing, Phase 2, is a dream—and now reality—of Bro. Silas Johnson, Local 193 journeyman wireman and pastor of Calvary Baptist Church. Bro. Johnson promised to have this entire project wired by IBEW members and that is the reality. The mission to provide quality housing, child care, after-school programs and education is a bright star in our community development. Brothers like Silas have insured the Nehemiah Project has the best wiring and the best chance for a blessing from the Lord and Silas' Local 193. Pastor/Bro. Silas Johnson is held in highest esteem for his pride and perseverance in all aspects of this project. A job well done, Bro./Pastor Johnson! Congratulations on your City Water, Light & Power (CWLP) retirement, Silas!

Work is slow for our Inside journeyman wiremen. We still have approximately one-third of our Inside members on Book I.

A great time was had by Local 193 members and families at the Local 193 Annual Labor Day Picnic.

Our sympathy goes out to the families of members Bernie Robinson and Ralph Webber Jr., who passed away.

Don Hudson, P.S.

Local 193 member Steve Clarke (left) and Isaiah Johnson, employed by Lewis Electric, work at the Nehemiah Expansion Project.

Annual Picnic Events

L.U. 237 (i), NIAGARA FALLS, NY—What a summer we had! We tried something new and held our Local 237 Annual Family Picnic at a local amusement park called Fantasy Island. Active members and their families, as well as retired members with their children and grandchildren attended. The park has exciting rides, a water park, and a whole section dedicated to children, including a petting zoo.

The local held its Stag Picnic in August. Our new first-year apprentices did the honor of cooking for their upperclassmen and the journeymen. The event coordinator, Joseph Bielec III, did a great job. Donations were raffled off with all proceeds benefitting our Sick Committee Fund. Among numerous items donated were: restaurant gift certificates, golf balls, a driver, T-shirts and hats. This picnic also hosts our annual horseshoe tournament; this year���s winners were Kevin Martin and Russ Quarantello (myself).

With the arrival of fall, we remind our fellow members to work safely on all jobsites. Let us finish this year with pride in our accomplishments and the knowledge that the job was completed with our highest commitment to quality and safety.

Russell Quarantello, B.M.

Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 241 (i), ITHACA, NY—Congratulations to our recent apprentice graduates, who have become Local 241's newest journeyman wiremen. All successfully completed the inside wiremen apprenticeship program. They are: Asa Bartholomew, Albert Budd III, Ken Gower, Brad Jump, Steve Martin, Anthony Page, Eric Quinn and Don Rummel. We also commend all of our Apprentices of the Year: 1st year—Scott Bordoni, 2nd year -Matt Whittaker, 3rd year—Jeremy Frederici, 4th year—Jesse Buchanan and 5th year—Asa Bartholomew and Don Rummel.

On a sad note, we all mourn the passing of Margaret "Peggy" Amici. She was the administrative assistant for Local 241 for more than 25 years. No matter what the problem was, she would resolve it. I am sure God is happy to have her up in heaven to help put things in order. We were truly blessed to have her.

Work productively and safely.

Michael A. Creasy, P.S.

Local 241 class of 2010 graduates, from left: Anthony Page, Steve Martin, Albert Budd III, Eric Quinn, Asa Bartholomew, Ken Gower, Brad Jump and Don Rummel.

2010 December Meeting

L.U. 257 (em,i,rtb,rts,spa&t), JEFFERSON CITY, MO—Local 257 members congratulate the new journeyman wireman members.

Also, we thank everyone who attended our local Labor Day parade in Jefferson City, MO, on Sept. 11. It was a success once again this year. This tradition shows our mid-Missouri community that we are here and we are involved.

Although our work picture looks to slow over the winter months, we are still confident that we will pick up work in our near future.

We remind everybody of our meeting on Dec. 8. We will have refreshments for everyone and a meeting to discuss our upcoming contract. We as a local would like to see more participation out of our members as we are going through a crucial time. Look forward to seeing everyone there.

Support your local unions, so we can keep our unions strong.

Ryan Buschjost, P.S.

The 2010 graduating class of Local 257: from left, front row, James Taylor, Will King, Kevin Glore; back row, Dustin Moore, Seth Rudroff, Stephen Heckman and Seth Luebbering.

Pilot JATC Program

L.U. 309 (i,lctt,mo,mt,o,rts,spa&u), COLLINSVILLE, IL—Work on the Inside Branch is still slow, while the Outside Branch has improved.

Numerous contracts will expire between now and the end of the year. These include Metro, Outside Line Construction, Line Clearance, and American Steel.

On Sept. 1, 2010, a new school year started for Local 309's JATC. This year we have been selected by the National JATC as a pilot JATC for the new Core Curriculum Training Program. This a great honor to be selected as a pilot JATC and also will allow our JATC to train for work in our specific markets. Our JATC now can customize both apprentice training and journeyman skill improvement courses. In the spirit of the new Core Curriculum program, we are adding instrumentation trainers to our training facility, and along with that, a PV system with a course for NABCEP entry-level exams. With all these new tools in our tool box, the JATC looks forward to a great new school year.

Many thanks to the third-year apprentice wireman class for their help in making our annual picnic a success.

Work safe and work smart.

Scott Tweedy, A.B.M.

Organizing Drive Success

L.U. 347 (em,i,mt,rtb,rts&spa), DES MOINES, IA—For years, the mandate to organize felt like uphill sledding. That all changed with a significant vote by the employees of Trinity Structural Towers on Aug. 13, 2010.

Trinity employees voted in favor of IBEW Local 347 representation, by 69-62.

The organizing campaign started during the tenure of previous business manager Gerald Granberg, assisted by former business agent Pat Flaherty and former local union organizer Tim Miller. In July 2010, after current officers, including Bus. Mgr. Kevin Clark, were sworn in, the campaign resumed in earnest, with assistance from Asst. Bus. Mgr. Jerry Kurimski, Membership Development Coordinator Bob Thomas and others. Through all of this, there was much help from Int. Reps. Brian Heins (regional coordinator), Frank "Tad" Gusta, Jeff Rose and John Bourne. Additional support came from neighbor Locals 1362, 163, 347 and many others.

One of the more rewarding aspects of the campaign was the picnic Local 347 hosted at Maytag Park in Newton, Iowa, where TST employees were able to meet each other, as well as some of the IBEW membership.

We welcome the Trinity Structural Tower employees to Local 347 and look forward to engaging in productive discussion with TST. A big thanks to all involved with this undertaking.

Mike Schweiger, P.S.

Local 347's organizing drive for Trinity Structural Towers workers yields success.

Code of Excellence Class

L.U. 349 (em,i,mps,rtb,spa&u), MIAMI, FL—Our Code of Excellence Steward Class was instructed by then-Fifth District Int. Rep. Harold Higginbotham and Int. Rep. Carmela Cruse, IBEW Education Department. Both did an outstanding job presenting the class, providing excellent information for participants. Thirty journeymen took the class, with a very positive end result.

The late Bro. Steven Hayes, a decorated World War II veteran, passed away June 22, 2010. He was 86. Bro. Hayes was a member of Local 349 for 55 years. He served in the U.S. Marines and U.S. Army. His numerous awards for military service included: a First Marine Division unit award for action in the Solomon Islands; the American Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal for service in the Marine Corps 1941–45; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Metal with four Bronze Stars for participation in the capture and defense of Guadalcanal, and the Eastern New Guinea and Bismark Archipelago operations; The American Campaign Metal and Victory Medal for World War II service.

Remember to attend union meetings. Your local depends on you to help make this local strong.

Frank Albury, P.S./Exec. Brd.

Officers Elected

L.U. 351 (c,cs,i,it,lctt,mt,o,se,spa&t), FOLSOM, NJ—On June 15, Local 351 held our election of officers and delegates to the 38th IBEW International Convention. The successful candidates were: Bus. Mgr. Ed Gant, Pres. Bill Hosey, Vice Pres. Dennis Murphy, Rec. Sec. Tim Scannell, Treas. Bob Nedohon; Executive Board members Tim Carew, Duke Collins, Dan Cosner, Roy Foster, Andy Helsel, Dennis Kleiner and Mark Miller Sr.; Examining Board members Chuck Dellavecchia, Don Morgan and Joe Trumbetti. Delegates to International Convention: Duke Collins, Dan Cosner, Roy Foster, Dennis Kleiner and Dennis Murphy.

Thank you to all the members who came out to vote, with a special thanks to election judge Bill Dewey and the election day tellers for a job well done.

Daniel Cosner, P.S.

Some of the newly elected Local 351 officers gather for a photo: front row, from left, Dennis Murphy, Roy Foster, Dan Cosner, Ed Gant, Don Morgan, Bob Nedohon and Tim Carew; back row, Tim Scannell, Duke Collins, Andy Helsel, Dennis Murphy, Bill Hosey and Mark Miller Sr.

District Progress Meeting

L.U. 441 (as,i&rts), SANTA ANA, CA—Local 441 was honored to co-host the 66th Annual IBEW Ninth District Progress Meeting, along with co-host Local 47. The conference took place at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim, CA. Approximately 350 delegates, representing IBEW locals in the Ninth District, attended the three-day event.

During opening presentations, local politicians spoke about the economic outlook in their respective areas. Among guest speakers were California Assembly member Jose Solorio and Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Harry Sidhu.

Both Int. Vice Pres. Michael S. Mowrey and Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill gave motivational speeches to the delegates addressing the IBEW's membership and the direction of the Ninth District. The conference's tone was one of concern during these hard economic times but confidence in the IBEW's ability to endure the downturn.

On the final day of the meeting, delegates were treated to a humorous satire by actor/comedian Hal Sparks. Addressing political views and world events and tying them to the IBEW, he provided a morning boost to all who attended.

Rich Vasquez, B.R.

���Extreme Home Makeover'

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, ID—This summer was filled with many union functions that brought the members together to enjoy each other's company. One highlight was the outstanding response we received in making the Extreme Home Makeover project a reality. With more than 45 volunteers doing the electrical work, we helped complete the home in seven days. This home was built in Pocatello, and the entire community pitched in to make the deadline on time. Thanks to Mike Miera and Rodney James for heading up this project, and a big thanks and congratulations to all the brothers and sisters who helped.

Keep the Brotherhood alive in everything you do. A strong union insures a future where members can work their careers, raise their families and retire with security. As we close out this year, let's pledge to support our union, organize the unorganized, create harmony within the ranks, and work for a better future for ourselves and our posterity.

The membership wishes to recognize Bros. Gary Cover, Tom Irving and Richard Kelley on their retirement. May they have many good years ahead of them.

The local union extends our condolences to the family of Bro. Allan Morrison, who passed away. He will be remembered.

Bob Bodell, B.M.

Kudos to a Champ

L.U. 453 (govt,i,rtb,rts&spa), SPRINGFIELD, MO—Congratulations to fourth-year apprentice Justin Anderson for winning the International Sport Combat Federation heavyweight division crown. This is Justin's fourth year of cage fighting. At the time of this writing, he was scheduled for another championship match on Sept.11, 2010, for the Midwest Cage Combat heavyweight belt. Justin currently is working for McClancy Electric here in Springfield.

A big thank you to our negotiating committee for all the hard work trying to get a fair contract for our members. If you see Tom Drake, Chris Horton, Roger Mayfield or Josh Ummel out and about let them know you appreciate their time and effort.

With the Southwest 2 Powerhouse coming down and no major jobs on the horizon, it is important to be strong union members through the tough times. Union meetings are the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Please try to attend.

Kevin McGill, P.S.

Local 453 apprentice Justin Anderson won the International Sport Combat Federation heavyweight division crown.

Utility Mergers

L.U. 459 (ees,em,govt,so&u), JOHNSTOWN, PA—Local 459 is preparing for another round of mergers and acquisitions. The utility world as we once knew it is constantly changing.

Local 459 represents the employees at First Energy. Currently, First Energy has a proposed $8.5 billion acquisition of Allegheny Energy. First Energy is an Akron, Ohio, based company that has generation, transmission and distribution in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, while Allegheny Energy is a western Pennsylvania-based company with generation, transmission and distribution in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Local 459 also represents employees at RRI Energy at four generating facilities here in western and central Pennsylvania. They are making preparations to merge with Mirant Corp. in a $1.6 billion all stock deal. The new company will be called GenOn Energy. RRI Energy is based in Houston, TX, and Mirant Corporation is an Atlanta, GA, based company.

Mergers and acquisitions are nothing new to Local 459. We will wait and see what good will come to the members in this ever changing utility industry.

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

IBEW Career of Service

L.U. 481 (ees,em,i,mt,rts,s&spa), INDIANAPOLIS, IN—On July 7, after 15 years as president, John Payne stepped down from his position. John has spent his professional career serving this local. He was an officer in some capacity for 29 years and has attended well over 400 consecutive union meetings without missing one. His passion and dedication to IBEW Local 481 will be missed. Good luck in your retirement, Bro. Payne.

The IEJATC held its annual apprentice graduation ceremony Aug. 21 at the Marriot Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. Diplomas and certificates were handed out to graduates. The Apprentice of the Year Award for the December class went to David Fesmire. The runner-up was Brandon Carlino. For the May class, the Apprentice of the Year Award recipient was Richard Watson. The runner-up was Paul Meyers.

The December class Solidarity Award winner was Chad Ison and the honoree was John E. Payne. The May class Solidarity Award was presented to John Curley and the honoree was John Schowengerdt. The Solidarity Award is the most prestigious award presented by the local. Congratulations to all the graduates and award winners.

We wish everyone a safe and joyous upcoming holiday season.

Jonathon Hooker, R.S.

Members Ratify Contract

L.U. 503 (t&u), MONROE, NY—After a two-year wait, the Local 503 members who man the Bowline Power Plant in Haverstraw, NY, can finally shout, "We have a contract!"

Pres. Brian W. Scott and his negotiation team worked tireless hours toward bringing a contract to the membership that would be satisfactory and one they could all live with. If not for the show of support, strength and solidarity exhibited by the members and their ability to stand together behind their leadership through these most difficult times, this day may have never come to pass. Due to the diligence and dedication of all, a contract was ratified in August.

Local 503 members Frank Carella and Lenny Anderson were among those recognized by the Purple Heart Hall of Honor board of directors during a July luncheon ceremony in Cornwall, NY. Bro. Carella works as underground line chief and Bro. Anderson works as service layout estimator. General David H. Petraeus presented the heroes with a commemorative medal in recognition of their sacrifice and commitment to our country.

Lenny had received his Purple Hearts for injuries received involving two land mine incidents during his deployment in the Vietnam War and was stationed in the northern most area known as the DMZ.

Glenn Smith, P.S.

Welcome to New Members

L.U. 543 (mo&t), SAN BERNARDINO, CA—Congratulations to the 23 new IBEW Local 543 members who joined the Brotherhood on Oct. 1, 2010. The new members are employed by Rome Research Inc., which performs the satellite communications operations and maintenance for the U.S. Navy at the Point Mugu Naval Station located in Oxnard, CA. I wish to personally thank members Josh Collas and Mike Whiteford for providing their assistance prior to and during the negotiation process. These two individuals assisted me in achieving the best collective bargaining agreement yet this year for Local 543. We were successful in achieving a 5 percent pay raise for the next three years, height pay, shift differential of 10 percent and 25 percent on Sundays, and many other benefits.

I also thank the I.O. Membership Development Dept. staff for their assistance in organizing this group. Organizer Ray Nichols and regional coordinator Ray Strain provided the support I requested and assisted me throughout the entire process. I look forward to working with these gentlemen in the years ahead to grow the membership of Local 543.

Jerry Koger, B.M.

Retirement Congratulations

L.U. 551 (c,i&st), SANTA ROSA, CA—We congratulate and send our warmest regards to former president Bruce Piper. Hanging up the old tool bag, along with his gavel, he has officially retired. Bruce was initiated into the local in 1972. His last employer was W. Bradley Electric Inc. (WBE), where he had an 18-year run and where he was also a job steward.

Bruce served as Local 551 president for three terms and did the job well. Our newly elected Pres. Jim McQuaid said, "I have some pretty big shoes to fill and hope I will do the job as well as Bruce has."

You will be truly missed, Bruce! Thank you for all you have done for this local. Your hard work and dedication is appreciated. Now get on that motorcycle, hit the big open road, and don't forget your brothers and sisters here at Local 551. Send us some postcards from the cool places you visit. Have a great retirement, brother. You've earned it!

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

Local 551 congratulates former president Bruce Piper, decked out in a special "WBE" hat, on his retirement.

Federal Stimulus & Green Jobs

L.U. 569 (i,mar,mt,rts&spa), SAN DIEGO, CA—Federal stimulus dollars from Pres. Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are currently funding the largest solar photovoltaic system on a Marine Corps base in the United States right here in San Diego County at Camp Pendleton. This $9.4 million green project is creating union jobs for IBEW Local 569 that are good for local workers and the environment.

The 1.48 megawatt project was awarded to Synergy Electric on Dec. 3, 2009, and is employing approximately 15 IBEW Local 569 members.

Foreman Leo Zapata and Project Mgr. Jerry Zapata, both graduates of Local 569 apprentice training, are thrilled to be a part of this exciting project. Leo Zapata notes, "It's a great feeling to see our tax dollars at work creating union jobs that are putting local San Diegans to work and improving our environment." Jerry Zapata adds, "I feel fortunate that Synergy Electric and IBEW Local 569 have the opportunity to be a part of this historic project."

The final project will consist of 6,300 235-watt modules, which will feed into three 500 kW inverters. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.

David B. Taylor, P.S.

IBEW Local 569 members work at the Camp Pendleton photovoltaic project jobsite.

Kudos to Scholarship Winners

L.U. 595 (c,govt,i&st), DUBLIN, CA—By the time you read this, midterm election results will be in. At this writing, Local 595 was working hard to elect Jerry Brown as governor and to re-elect Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Jerry McNerney. With the onslaught of corporate America trying to buy elections, working people must stand up and fight back!

Our work picture improved greatly through the spring and summer, but lots of those projects are now complete and we are still seeing a real slowdown in the small, private work that supports our local. Some larger projects will help somewhat but we need to see an increase in our contractors' backlog of work. Our organizers have done a stellar job putting together the CE/CW program mandated by Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill to go after areas of work where we have no presence. It's now up to the contractors to bid this work and try to recapture these markets.

At our July membership meeting, Local 595 member Vic Rolita presented scholarships to 17 recipients. A total of $14,000 was distributed by the East Bay Community Foundation and our Thomas J. Sweeney Scholarship Fund. We congratulate the winners, who are IBEW members or dependents of Local 595 members.

Local 595 hosted the 14th Annual Ninth District IBEW softball tournament at Big League Dreams Sports Park in Manteca in August. Thanks to manager Gary Damele for organizing a wonderful tournament, won this year by San Diego Local 569.

Approximately 600 members and their families enjoyed a wonderful union picnic Aug. 21 at Rowell Ranch. Congratulations to David Nelson, his picnic committee and volunteers.

Tom Mullarkey, B.R.

Several of the Local 595 scholarship award recipients gather at the local's July membership meeting.

Annual Picnic & Local Events

L.U. 617 (c,i,mo&st), SAN MATEO, CA—Congratulations to the local's newly elected officers. Returning for a second term are: Bus. Mgr. Dominic Nolan, Pres. Mark Leach, Vice Pres. Dan Pasini, Rec. Sec./Treas. D.J. Siegman; Executive Board members Paul Martin, Frank Thomas and Scott Wright; and Examining Board member Long Nguyen.

Welcome to new officers Dave Mauro, Executive Board member, and Lisa Booker and Irving Hemingway, Examining Board members.

The local's annual picnic on Aug. 21 at Flood Park in Menlo Park was a huge success, thanks to a sterling volunteer committee made up of retirees, officers, staff and members. Their hard work and dedication resulted in an outstanding day that included an excellent steak barbecue, entertainment for members' children, booths staffed by the EWMC and journeymen MC volunteers, pie eating contests for all ages, and the joy of sharing it all as sisters and brothers.

Other local events included: August's IBEW Ninth District Softball Tournament in Manteca; September's Ride to Defeat ALS in Napa/Sonoma, Second Annual George Bastidas Memorial Run, and Fifth Annual Day at the Range; and October's Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's Ride for Kids in Fairfield.

Dan Pasini, V.P.

IBEW Local 617 team members gather at the Ninth District Softball Tournament in Manteca, CA.

New Web Site Launched

L.U. 625 (ees,em,i,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA—Local 625's new Web site was launched late August and is proving to be popular with IBEW members allover North America. Our new logo, "Energize 625" is now on hats, T-shirts, golf shirts and coming soon on F.R. shirts. Visit us at

A big thank you to Locals 586 Ottawa and 115 Kingston for the calls for apprentices to help with the solar farm work. Our apprentices needed the opportunity to get to work.

Bus. Mgr. Tim Swinamer and Membership Development Rep. Barnaby McHarg, along with two representatives of the Construction Association, met with the Minister of Labour and Workforce Development to drive home the point for the need for enforcement of the Apprenticeship and Trade Act. For too long, governments of every stripe have allowed unscrupulous contractors to snub their noses at the Act and employ excess apprentices, or unregistered workers in the Compulsory Certified Trades. This creates an unfair advantage for nonunion contractors over union contractors. No society should reward law breakers by awarding them public-funded contracts and turning the other cheek to their exploitation of workers. Hopefully, Nova Scotia's first NDP Government will make its mark on fair competition and take the proper steps to correct this injustice.

Tom Griffiths, Pres.

Election of Officers

L.U. 649 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), ALTON, IL—Local 649's first election of our second 100 years was held on June 14, 2010. Bus. Mgr. Jack Tueth had no opposition and will serve a sixth term. Former vice president Mark Woulfe is our new president. He succeeds Bro. Fred Redd, who held the office since 1995. Ed Taylor replaced Bro. Woulfe as vice president. Ryan Griffin will serve a second term as recording secretary. Bill Gottlob is treasurer for a fifth term.

On the Executive Board, Scott Wagner, Ron Miller and Dave Burns will represent the wiremen. John Gottlob will represent the linemen. From Olin, we have Rick Kessinger and from Global Brass and Copper, Joe Elliott. Pete Dochwat, and Dave Mahanay will represent members employed by ConocoPhillips Refinery. Scott Frenz and Tim Kusmierczak will represent members at Ameren and Tim Zini will represent the tree trimmers. Jesse Landers, Dan Mandorca, Robert Moore and Tim Wieckhorst will serve on the Examining Board.

Also, we have a new organizer, Alan Rubenstein. He replaces Ron Miller, who decided to go back to the tools. We thank Bro. Miller for all his hard work and we welcome Bro. Rubenstein. It's a tough job.

Charles Yancey, A.B.M.

Annual Picnic & Golf Tourney

L.U. 673 (catv,i,rts,spa,t&u), PAINESVILLE, OH—Local 673 held its annual picnic July 31 at Heritage Hills Campground. There was plenty to eat and drink for all, as well as games, prizes and a bouncy house for the kids. Special thanks to Bro. Jim Howard for supplying and cooking the delicious pulled pork. There was also a journeymen vs. apprentices softball game. Apprentices won a close one 27-12! The day ended with a corn hole tournament, won by the team of Bros. Joe Gamiere and Brandon Lastoria. Hats off to the picnic committee for a terrific job.

Congratulations to the graduating apprenticeship class of 2010: Adam Blaker, Nathan Balaban, Joshua Seames, William McPeak, Nick Pampanini and Steve Billhardt.

Local 673's Wireman's Golf Association hosted the 53rd annual tournament. More than 350 golfers from locals in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. participated. Big thanks to retired Bros. Dick George, for an outstanding job making the tournament a great success. Also we thank the golf committee, members, members' spouses, retirees and widows, all the hole sponsorships, ad booklet sponsors, contractors and the local LMCC, which sponsored the hospitality room.

Check the Local 673 Web site for upcoming events.

Hope to see everyone at the Local 673 Charter Party on Dec. 4, 2010.

Mark A. Rutkowski, P.S.

Local 673 WGA golfers and volunteers gather at the banquet, displaying "In Memory" signs in remembrance of Bros. Chuck Maille and Daryl Kelsey. From left are: Mike Hall, Jan Echle, Jim Piatak, Bob Horesh, Ron Giangiacomo, Dale George, Dan Lastoria, Les Richmond, Joe Pierce, Jim Triplett, Bob Southall, Cliff Fenner, Steve Barrickman, Ed Pollock, Dave George and Don Digiovine.

'Optimistic for the Future'

L.U. 681 (i,o&spa), WICHITA FALLS, TX—It's time to start a new school year and we have seven brand new apprentices starting out this year. The list of applicants was very good this year making it a hard decision to select only seven; but due to the work situation in our jurisdiction, that is all we felt like we could keep employed. The work situation continues to be slow in both the Wichita Falls and Abilene areas. I remain optimistic for the future because there seem to be a lot of jobs in the bidding stages. Now let's see if they all get started as planned, as delays can be a problem also.

Leland Welborn, A.B.M.

Summer & Fall Activities

L.U. 683 (em&i), COLUMBUS, OH—We had a busy summer and fall, including our annual fish fry, blood drives, golf league, retiree meetings and camping trips, while also hosting the IBEW Bowling and the IBEW Softball Tournaments. Thanks to all the members who volunteered on all the committees.

The local congratulates Mark Bubenchik, Roger Ferguson, Sylvan Goelz and Charles Humphrey on their recent retirement. Thanks to all for your years of service.

The work picture is still very slow here, as it seems to be in a lot of our areas. Hopefully, our political allies will be able to do more to help the working people of this country. We know we cannot hope for help from the other side. Keep the faith; it has to come back our way soon.

Local 683 extends condolences to the families of our recently deceased members: Lee Ripley, William O. Curry and Leo Gerhold.

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

Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 725 (i,rts&spa), TERRE HAUTE, IN—Congratulations to the Class of 2010 apprentice graduates. [See photo above.] We had a class of 11 graduates, and Nathan Brown was recognized as the Outstanding Apprentice. We wish you all the best in your new careers. Stay active and involved to keep your union strong!

Work at the new Duke Energy coal gasification plant in Edwardsport, IN, continues to keep our members busy. We have been blessed to have plenty of work, and the outlook for the upcoming year looks very bright with steady employment. On Book II, there are more than 1,000 signed and we continue to regularly send out our traveling brothers and sisters.

If you want work information by means other than calling the job line, you can now visit our Facebook and Twitter sites, and home page at to view the daily job call updates. Visit our Web site for complete details.

Congratulations to our newly elected officers from the June election!

We are sad to report that Charlie Nettles, a 20-year member and a Local 725 business representative, passed away July 28, 2010. Our condolences go to the Nettles family. Charlie is irreplaceable and will be greatly missed.

Tom Szymanski, Organizer

Local 725 graduating class of 2010: back row, from left, Matthew Cribelar, Travis Cribelar, Nathan Brown, Brent Boyd, Aaron Williams; front row, Ryan Young, Todd Eaton, Mark Chickadaunce, Tanner Jones, Jason Large and Jason Neal.

Update from Windsor

L.U. 773 (as,em,i,mo&o), WINDSOR, ONTARIO, CANADA—We have one of our own stationed in Afghanistan, Bro. Roger Miner. We wish Bro. Miner a safe return to Local 773 and congratulate him on his valiant efforts to keep us safe fighting the war on terror.

The work picture in Windsor has been poor with the highest unemployment rate in Canada for quite some time now.

Projects we have been working on include six wind farm projects, which are soon to be completed.

At this writing, the Dr. David Suzuki School is now complete and ready for school to start. This school is an environmental LEED platinum rated building. It is one of three major school projects completed with members of Local 773.

We currently have two large projects, a school in Tecumseh and the Engineering Building at the University of Windsor.

Hopefully when you read this, the new correctional facility will be a job for 2011.

Local 773 thanks all of the locals that have put Local 773 members to work this year. We thank you all.

David Spencer, P.S.

Windsor, Ontario, Local 773 member Roger Miner is stationed in Afghanistan.

Voluntary Incentive Offer

L.U. 827 (catv&t), EAST WINDSOR, NJ—In April, IBEW and CWA unions on the East Coast bargained with Verizon on an enhanced one-time voluntary incentive offer. The company believed this enhanced offer would reduce the 12,000 employees declared surplus. In New Jersey, more than 1,000 IBEW Local 827 members took advantage of this agreement.

The enhanced offer included a $50,000 bonus, $2,200 per each completed year of employment up to 40 years, which could total $88,000, and an increased pension band of 3.75 percent. Members who are pension eligible receive full medical benefits; a protected interest rate used for pension lump sum conversion to assist with different off payroll dates; and the elimination of age-based pension reductions for service pension eligible members under the age of 55 with less than 30 years of service.

Our off-dates established were July 3, Sept. 19 and Nov. 21, 2010. While we did not meet the company's surplus numbers in New Jersey, talks have continued to work toward protecting less senior members.

To all Local 827 members who took advantage of this enhanced offer, either retiring or leaving employment, your officers, business agents, and stewards wish you all well in your next stage of life.

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

Labor Day Festivities

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL—On Labor Day, Local 915 joined along with the West Florida Central Labor Council and affiliated local unions in celebrating the holiday that labor made. Working families came to share in brotherhood and solidarity. The main themes were jobs for working class families and restoring the middle class.

Festivities were chaired by the CLC president, our very own Robert Ray. We were also honored to have in attendance Florida AFL-CIO Pres. Mike Williams, gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink, and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor. Many others also spoke on our behalf, and they know that we are many and our voices will be heard.

Many Local 915 members attended with their families. Looking out among all my brothers and sisters, I was humbled and filled with pride to be part of this great Brotherhood. We remember the sacrifices of our forefathers that brought us the Labor Day holiday. As a unified union, we will work hard never to lose hard-fought gains made on behalf of working families across this great nation.

Theresa King, P.S.

IBEW Local 915 members, joined by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (center), attend Labor Day celebration. From left: Clyde Tucker, Tony Prevatt Sr., Tony Prevatt Jr., Bruce Barrow, Mark Ellis, U.S. Rep. Castor, Donald Dever, Randall King, John Keffer, Roy Gochenuar and Tom Meggason.

'Blue Hats' for Safety

L.U. 965 (em,govt,ptc&u), MADISON, WI—Safety has always been a major benefit of union affiliation, and again this has been demonstrated this year with the addition of another "Blue Hat" at one of our local's employers.

A Blue Hat is a union-represented employee of Wisconsin Power & Light Co. whose sole responsibility is worker safety. The Blue Hat position gets its name from the color of the hardhat worn by the person when visiting work groups. The Blue Hat employee meets with union members to discuss personal safety and strongly encourage our members to help ensure the safety of their co-workers. Blue Hat employees participate on the Safety Leadership Teams at each location and share "Best Practices" that have worked well at other locations to improve job safety.

Hazard recognition is another area of focus toward achieving the goal of "Nobody Gets Hurt." The Blue Hat for Energy Delivery is Rick Irwin, and newly appointed for Generation is Mike Cichocki. They report to the managers of Energy Delivery and Generation for WP&L, as well as to the business manager of the local.

More than 75 people turned out for the Brad "Animal" Anderson Memorial Ride on Sat., Aug. 28. Proceeds of this event will go to the Brad Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Kurt Roberts, P.S.

Labor Day & Unity

L.U. 1015 (em&i), WESLACO, TX—Local 1015 gathered union brothers and sisters with family members on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at a local park to celebrate Labor Day.

Despite the downturn in the Rio Grande Valley and resultant unemployment, along with difficulties following hurricane and tropical storm damage, members and their families volunteered their time to cook for the picnic to commemorate a day of unity.

Local 1015 thanks all who contributed to the event, especially members Marcos Hernandez, Wenceslao Castaneda and Sergio A. Salinas, who pitched in at the break of dawn and helped with preparation of the meat for the picnic.

It was pleasing to see members come together and enjoy the Labor Day festivities, which included fun and prizes, with family and friends. Although, during this time of turmoil many of our members have felt the impact of unemployment in south Texas, it was pleasant to see friends and family show neighborliness for their brothers and sisters.

Ray Duran, P.S.

Local 1015 members attend Labor Day celebration.

Contract Negotiations

L.U. 1049 (lctt,o,u&uow), LONG ISLAND, NY—As of this writing we have begun contract negotiations with our largest employer, National Grid. Although the current contract expires in February 2011, Bus. Mgr. Robert Shand, the officers and Executive Board felt it would be mutually beneficial for all parties involved to negotiate early. In preparation for negotiations we hosted a stewards meeting and two membership information meetings. Soon, we will also be negotiating new agreements for our members employed by Asplundh Tree Expert Company Flag Division, Riggio Valve and Waste Recycling Solutions Inc.

We concluded negotiations with Home Service USA, the company that recently purchased National Grid HomeEnergy Services. Members overwhelmingly ratified a two-year agreement, which includes general wage increases of 2 percent each year plus an equity raise in the first year. Since the company will no longer be doing installation work, the company agreed to re-train all the installation technicians to become service technicians. We were also able to protect the seniority of the "direct hires" and our "transfer" employees. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Home Service USA.

We welcome our newest signatory contractor, All State Environmental Drilling.

Congratulations to the Local 1049 Gold and Blue Softball teams for a job well done in the 40th Annual IBEW Long Island Softball Tournament. Everyone had a great time.

Thomas J. Dowling, R.S.

2010 Family Picnic

L.U. 1253 (i), AUGUSTA, ME—On Aug. 28, we held our annual family picnic at the KOA Campground in Canaan. More than 150 members and their families attended. Our thanks to the cooks for a job well done! There were blood pressure and body composition screenings for those interested. Many prizes were given as well. A hay ride was offered by the campground management to all attendees.

Service pins were presented to the following: 45-year member Sidney Dupont; 25-year member Thomas Staples; 20-year members Pres. Charles Fraser and John Silke; and 15-year members Shawn Chandler and Michael Varney. Retirement pins were presented to Sidney Dupont, Peter Mayo and Head Steak Chef Terry Stevens. We congratulate these brothers on their years of service and dedication.

What a terrific summer! Hope our fall and winter will be enjoyed by all.

William Gifford, P.S.

Local 1253 members and their families share good food and camaraderie at the annual picnic.

Members Ratify New Contract

L.U. 1307 (u), SALISBURY, MD—On Aug 19, Local 1307 members employed by Delmarva Power ratified a new three-year contract. The contract includes a $1,200 lump sum in the first year and 2 percent wage increases in each of the following two years; improvements in vacations; increases in safety shoe reimbursements and increases in FR clothing allowance. Changes were also made in the sick leave and pension plans. Negotiations were difficult with the state of today's economy, but the negotiating committee was united and worked hard to get the best deal we felt was achievable in these difficult times. Many thanks to our Int. Rep. Kenny Cooper for his steady guidance. Negotiating Committee members were: Pres. David Adkins, Rec. Sec. Debbie Fidderman, Fin. Sec. Michele Horner, E-Board members Chuck Harris, Vaughn Horner, Heather Adkins and Eddie Sparks, and local members Jimmy Schnepel and Jeff Shrieves.

Congratulations to Bro. Jeffery Breasure, who retired from NRG Energy's Indian River Power Plant on May 28. Bro. Breasure was hired as a laborer in 1971 and later worked as a maintenance helper, fuel handler, auxiliary operator, assistant control operator, power plant machinist and qualified welder. We wish Bro. Breasure a long and happy retirement.

Edward D. Sparks, P.S.

Baltimore Port Council

L.U. 1501 (ees,em,mo,pet,rts&t), BALTIMORE, MD—Our local union Bus. Mgr./Pres. Dion F. Guthrie also serves as president of the Baltimore Port Council, an organization of AFL-CIO unions and local leaders with the goal of maintaining a union presence in the great Port of Baltimore. The port built our city and contributes to the prosperity of the state of Maryland. The port's proximity to the Midwest, with a great railroad network, made the port an important commercial hub. Unfortunately, where we once shipped American-made goods all over the world, the port is busy with foreign-made products being imported for American consumption. What happened to Baltimore is symbolic of what's happened to America. Our nation's manufacturers moved their operations overseas with the goal of using cheap labor to produce goods for the U.S. market, failing to realize that Americans needed jobs and income to buy these products.

Everyone is now aware that America needs jobs, good jobs with a union living wage. Organized labor is needed to help put America back to work.

The Port Council comprising AFL-CIO unions is in competent, motivated hands. We wish Bro. Guthrie and our other labor leaders success in achieving these goals because it means work for all of our union members.

Thomas J. Rostkowski, P.S.

IBEW Local 1501 Bus. Mgr./Pres. Dion F. Guthrie (left) and Metropolitan Baltimore Council Pres. Ernie Grecco attend a recent Baltimore Port Council meeting.

Newly Elected Officers

L.U. 1523 (u), WICHITA, KS—We have newly elected officers, sworn into office in July. Our new business manager is Ben Roloff, elected to his first term. Bus. Mgr. Roloff has 14 years of IBEW service. Also elected were: Pres. Russ Whitley (second term, 14 years of IBEW service); Vice Pres. Darrick Wilson (second term, 14 years' service); Rec. Sec. Carly Winans (1�� terms, six years' service); and Treas. Candy C. Cruz-Dodd (second term as treasurer, 3�� terms on the E-Board, and 20 years' service).

E-Board members are: Steve Vaughn (fourth E-Board term, 33 years' service); Jerod Vathauer (first term, five years' service); Billy Bardin (first term, 15 years' service); Andy Daughhetee (first term, 5 years' service); and Duane Nordick (who formerly served for 16 years as IBEW Seventh District International Representative, for six terms as Local 1523 business manager, and has 41 years of IBEW service.) Following Duane's 2009 retirement from the International, he has chosen to continue on with Local 1523.

Many of us have also served as stewards. Thank you to all officers for their dedicated service to our local. Do you know who your steward is?

Stay safe and enjoy your Thanksgiving and Christmas. Remember: "Solidarity will be the key to our success."

Candy C. Cruz-Dodd, P.S.

Union Sportsmen's Event

L.U. 1547 (c,em,i,o,t&u), ANCHORAGE, AK—Several Local 1547 members participated in Alaska's Union Sportsmen's Alliance event held in Wasilla, AK. Local 1547 members John Feree, Todd Fitzgerald, Jay Quakenbush and Karm Singh participated in the June 26 sporting clays shoot. The team placed fourth in a field of 16 teams.

A Union Sportsmen's Alliance trap shoot was also held on June 22 in Juneau, AK. For information about the Union Sportsmen's Alliance, visit Web site

Melinda Taylor, P.S.

Local 1547 members John Feree (left), Karm Singh, Todd Fitzgerald and Jay Quakenbush gather for the Union Sportsmen's Alliance shoot in Wasilla, AK.

Health Care Costs

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA—Once again, a portion of our raise is going into health and welfare. Although it is understood that the cost of health care will go up, it is hard to understand its rapid increase compared to income.

In discussions with other labor leaders, we discovered that insurance rates are bad but could be worse. Other locals are suffering through the same health insurance issues we are.

In Local 1579 our insurance premiums more than doubled in the 10 years since Bill Clinton left office. In 2000, our members paid $3,360 per year; 2005 was $6,888; and $9,122 in 2010.

The average family health premium in the U.S. is $13,375. This figure tell us that we are still paying below the national average, but the cost of health care is going up at a faster pace than salaries.

Why is health care more expensive in the U.S. than other countries? 1) Many do not have health insurance; so when they need medical care, it costs hospitals or the taxpayers; 2) The U.S. is less healthy than other countries; and 3) The U.S. as a nation pays doctors and hospitals more than other countries do.

Perhaps our health insurance prices would decrease or stabilize if: 1) we get healthier through exercise and improved eating habits; and 2) if everyone has health insurance. Think about it!

Will Salters, A.B.M.

G-8 Summit Project

L.U. 1739 (i&o), BARRIE, ONTARIO, CANADA—Local 1739 members proudly worked on a big construction project in preparation for the 2010 G-8 Summit, which was held in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada, this summer. The G-8 is an informal group of eight of the world's leading economic powers.

Thirty IBEW members installed and then dismantled more than 860 temporary housing units in a four-month period. The job involved installing fire alarm, communications and distribution systems as well as kitchen facilities, which included dining areas for 1,800 people. The camp provided sleeping accommodations for 4,500 people. Reportedly, this was the largest such camp set- up in North America in that short a time frame.

Theelectrical contractor for the job was JMJ Electric from Edmonton, Alberta.

Frank Kastle, P.S.

IBEW Local 1739 successfully completed a large construction project for the 2010 G-8 Summit, held in Canada.