May 2011

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L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa, st&ws), ST. LOUIS, MO—In early February, Local 1 was honored to have Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill in attendance at a union meeting. Pres. Hill discussed current trends in our industry, the state of the IBEW on a national scale, and the battles faced by the IBEW in Washington, D.C. In addition, Pres. Hill discussed methods used to maintain and increase market share around the country, as well as in St. Louis. He opened the floor for a question-and-answer session, focusing largely on the use of the construction wireman classification in the Local 1 jurisdiction. Pres. Hill pointed out that while no effort to regain market share is perfect, steps need to be taken to maintain and improve the amount of work for our out-of work members.

In addition, Bus. Mgr. Stephen Schoemehl announced his retirement before the membership. Bro. Steve Licari was appointed as the new business manager of Local 1 by the Executive Board.

Local 1 mourns the death of several members: Theodore Fox, Marvin Yavitz, Milton Spitz, Harry Mauchenheimer Sr., Robert Bueker, John Schad, Chris Patrick, Frederik Jepsen, Raymond Summers, William Mueller, James Beck, Oren Smith, Vito Gowatch, John Johnson, Jerry Bales, Willard White Jr. and Alphonse Bruckerhoff.

Matt Gober, P.S.

August Golf Benefit

L.U. 9 (catv,govt,lctt,o&u), CHICAGO, IL—Congratulations and best wishes to Asst. Bus. Mgr. Gerald Byrne on his retirement. Jerry has been a member of Local 9 for more than 40 years and has served the membership as an assistant for the past 11 years. We wish Jerry all the best. Good Luck, Bub! We also welcome John Dowling as a new assistant business manager. John has been a member of Local 9 for 20 years. John will work with our line clearance members.

The 45th annual Local 9 Old Timers' Dinner was held April 8. More than 1,000 Local 9 members attended to honor the 25 members who retired in 2010 as well as all the past retirees of Local 9. We thank these hard-working members for their dedication to and support of Local 9.

Mark your calendars for the sixth annual Local 9 Golf Outing benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The outing will be Aug. 13 at Glen Eagles Country Club. Don't miss this great event.

The new and improved Local 9 Web site has been launched. Please visit the site at Many new features have been added. Check it out.

Robert W. Pierson, B.M.

Attending a Local 9 annual golf outing are IBEW officers and local union members. From left: Jerry Byrne, Tom Harrington, Jerry Boland, IEC Chmn. and Local 9 Bus. Mgr. Robert Pierson, Bill Decker, Sixth District Int. Rep. Michael E. Daugherty, Paul Kane, and IEC member Patrick Lavin, business manager of Local 47.

L.A. Mayor Praises IBEW Work

L.U. 11 (i,rts&spa), LOS ANGELES, CA—Congratulations to apprentice Erica Marquez Villegas on being chosen to represent Local 11 at a recent press conference held by the mayor of Los Angeles in front of the YWCA project being built by Walton Electric Corp. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa praised the quality work by Villegas and other IBEW Local 11 members. He championed project labor agreements and stimulus spending to create needed construction jobs.

Local 11 sent 10 members to Wisconsin in a show of solidarity to support the protests against the Wisconsin governor's attempt to take away union members' collective bargaining rights. The membership was able to follow their progress and voice encouragement to members on the front lines through the local's Facebook page. We are very proud of our members for volunteering on such short notice to join in the protests.

Congratulations to retired member Butch Bachand and Asst. Bus. Mgr. Dick Reed, who were elected to the board of directors of the L.A. Electrical Workers Credit Union. We know they will do a fine job!

With great sadness, we report the passing of Bro. Jack Webster, a 51-year retired member. He will be missed by all.

Bob Oedy, P.S.

IBEW Local 11 apprentice Erica Marquez Villegas joined Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at a press conference, where he lauded the excellence of IBEW members' work.

Utility Local Update

L.U. 15 (u), DOWNERS GROVE, IL—Pres./Bus. Mgr. Dean Apple and Vice Pres. Terry McGoldrick represented Local 15 at an awards dinner honoring Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill as Labor Leader of 2010.

In January, eight members attended the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus.

In February, Local 15 hosted an IBEW Code of Excellence class. Attendees included Local 15 officers and guests from Exelon/ComEd management.

Talks are continuing for an Underground reorganization package.

On the Nuclear side, we are discussing a "working foreman" position and will revisit nuclear travel agreements after the spring outage season. Our Nuclear business reps attended a public hearing at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission headquarters and work-hour rules were discussed.

In the Fossil Station area, safety continues to improve. Will County has gone three years injury free, completing 1 million man-hours. Fisk has two years without a lost-time accident. Kincaid went one calendar year without an OSHA recordable and 1 million man-hours without a lost-time accident. Kincaid Station set a station record for longest run on a unit (Unit 1, 126 days) and highest summer Equivalent Availability (99.6 percent). In December 2010, as part of an agreement with the Illinois EPA, Midwest Generation shut down Units 1 and 2 at Will County Station.

ComEd call centers (Chicago North and Oakbrook) and the commercial center (Oakbrook) will relocate to Lincoln Centre (in Oakbrook).

Local 15 has a new, improved Web page:

Doug Vedas, P.S.

'Tough Battles'

L.U. 21 (catv,govt&t), DOWNERS GROVE, IL—Through tough negotiations at AT&T, we were able to reach an agreement to prevent more than 800 members from being laid off. As a result of the talks, an enhanced separation package was negotiated which allowed more than 200 members to voluntarily leave AT&T; and others were able to move into new jobs in other areas of the company. Tough choices had to be made during these negotiations, but in the end jobs were saved—jobs along with the hardships their losses would have had on our members and their families.

John Tracy, who recently retired from the AT&T Dundee garage, is very proud of his son Army SPC Adam Tracy. While serving in Afghanistan, SPC Tracy was awarded the Purple Heart and the Medal of Valor. He was the gunner for the lead vehicle during a combat patrol. The vehicle was disabled by an IED. While under heavy machine gun fire, SPC Tracy crawled out of the vehicle and fired back at several enemy machine gun positions. His actions enabled others to maneuver and recover sensitive items from the disabled vehicle and evacuate the wounded. All Local 21 members gratefully congratulate SPC Adam Tracy.

Thomas Hopper, P.S.

Local 21 members worked in some of the toughest conditions in years after the blizzard of 2011 dumped nearly 20 inches of snow over the region. Pictured are members working in St. Charles, IL.

Promoting Career Possibilities

L.U. 37 (em,o&u), FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA—Once again, Local 37 demonstrated its strong support for promoting the many career possibilities in the trades and technologies by sponsoring and participating in the 2010 New Brunswick Skills Networking Dinners for Young Women. These dinners, hosted by the NB Chapter of Women in Nuclear (WIN), are designed to bring female high school students together to listen to, and learn from, professional female mentors (many of whom are IBEW members) working in non-traditional fields such as electrical technology, chemical technology, instrumentation, power engineering, welding, pipefitting, nuclear response, etc. Local 37 looks forward to supporting this event again in 2011!

More than 100 students, 35 mentors, a variety of exhibitors, government and employer representatives, several parents, and teachers all took part to make these dinners a resounding success! The students' feedback was very positive and clearly indicated that they left feeling empowered and inspired about the many exciting career opportunities available to them.

Ross Galbraith, B.M.

Local 37 staff member Annette Perry (far right) speaks with high school students about the IBEW.

GM Engine Plant

L.U. 41 (em,es,govt,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NY—As of this writing, based on our work outlook, we expect to put travelers out to work this summer. With close to full employment and with our General Motors engine plant in Tonawanda, NY, about to start staffing up, we hope to share our good times with some out-of-work brothers and sisters.

We prepared our Local 41 float for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade, an event that usually has a nice turnout and is fun for everyone involved. Thanks to Bro. Pete Czaster for acquiring the trailer for the float, putting it together and using his truck to pull it!

This summer Local 41 will host a family night out at a Buffalo Bison's Friday Night Bash to be held June 22, and also the Miss Buffalo cruise on Aug. 5. Hope to see you there!

The election this November will be very important to us all, and it is never too early to start focusing on candidates. Here in Buffalo, we have a very important county executive election upcoming, along with some redistricting we'll be watching. We are always looking for candidates to evaluate. Any input from our members would be greatly appreciated.

Gregory R. Inglut, A.B.M.

Acts of Service & Brotherhood

L.U. 43 (em,i&rts), SYRACUSE, NY—Our work picture is slow, but better than most. One of the bright spots in March was the refuel outage at Nine Mile Point. Although only a three to four week duration, the pre-outage and outage kept more than 75 journeymen busy. This summer also looks good for employment. We have signed project labor agreements in place for both the Syracuse and Utica School District renovations, as well as one for work to be done at Hancock International Airport.

This past March Local 43 participated in "America's Greatest Heart Run/Walk" in Utica, NY, and the American Heart Walk in Syracuse. Local 43 Bus. Mgr. Don Morgan, himself a survivor, is on the Executive Committee for the American Heart Association. IBEW Local 43/NECA again sponsored the "red hats" worn by survivors of heart disease.

All unions talk of brotherhood and have examples. Let me share one of ours. Two of our younger members had tried to practice and qualify as nuclear certified welders but didn't pass the "make or break" test. Enter recently retired member Dave Wierowski. On his own time Dave set up a class at our Training Center, donated the steel, built a "coupon bender" at a friend's machine shop and then adapted it to the hydraulic Greenlee bender from class. Both journeymen passed on their next test and are now certified. When asked why he did all of this, Dave simply said it was to give something back for all he had received through the IBEW during his career. Thank you, Dave.

Jim Corbett, P.S.

Mobilizing to Stop Attacks

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,rtb,t&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL—With their anti-union and anti-worker rhetoric at a fever pitch, Republicans along with their Tea Party (so-called) patriots are showing everyone their true colors. These enemies of organized labor and working people must be stopped in their tracks, and it is up to every one of us as union members to contribute to the cause. To borrow a phrase (revamped somewhat) from the late John F. Kennedy: Ask not what your union can do for you, but what you can do for your union. Organize and mobilize, brothers and sisters! The threat is real.

Local 51 recently reached agreements with American Line Builders (NECA), Henkels & McCoy, and Asplundh Power covering outside power work. Agreements were also reached with L.E. Myers Co., and Donco Electrical Construction (meter readers). Negotiations continue with: WMBD (radio-television broadcasting) and Corix Utilities (AMR meter readers). Additionally, negotiations are underway for a first-time agreement with the City of Ladd, a newly organized municipality.

As of this writing, work remains slow for our outside power membership. However, there are several nice-size projects in the planning stages. Hopefully with the arrival of spring we will return to full employment.

Remember to work safe, give eight hours' work for eight hours' pay and attend your unit meetings.

Dan Pridemore, B.R.

Local 51 journeyman lineman Rick Bumgarner (left) and apprentice lineman Jim Reardon are at work on the job for BBC Electric on Prairie Power property.

Former Officer Mourned

L.U. 53 (lctt,o,rts&u), KANSAS CITY, MO—Local 53 mourns the death of retired Bus. Mgr. William H. "Bill" James. Bro. James passed away Jan. 9, just eight days after his 94th birthday. Bill was initiated into IBEW Local 55, Des Moines, Iowa, in 1942.

In 1948 he went to work for Kansas City Power & Light and in 1951 became business manager of then-Local 1464, representing the physical unit employees of KCP&L. He retired as business manager of then-Local 1464 in 1969.

In 1972 Bill came out of retirement and returned to work in Local 53 and became a business representative. In 1975 he was elected business manager of Local 53 and held that office until 1981, at which time he again retired. To the best of my knowledge, Bill is the only member of the Brotherhood to be elected and retire as business manager from two IBEW locals.

Bro. James was respected throughout the IBEW. He was one of the great labor leaders of our time. Local 53 owes a great deal to Bro. James. He came to the local when it was going through difficult times and turned the local around. He will be sadly missed by all of us at Local 53.

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

Local 53 mourns retired former business manager William H. "Bill" James.

Worker Solidarity Rallies

L.U. 77 (lctt,mt,o,t&u), SEATTLE, WA—On Thursday, Feb. 24, Bus. Mgr. Don Guillot, Executive Board member Pat Darling and I went to Wisconsin to represent our local in the protest rallies at the state Capitol in Madison, WI.

The issue at hand was Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to take away collective bargaining rights for state workers—including teachers, office workers, snow plow drivers and many others. Thousands of supporters, both union and nonunion, joined the rally in an attempt to persuade the governor and controlling Republican Party to withdraw their anti-worker legislation.

We attended rallies every day we were in Madison, from Feb. 24-27. Approximately 100,000 people attended on Saturday, in 15 degree weather and heavy snowfall. This stripping of basic human rights to bargain collectively was not only wrong, but an attempt to bust unions in Wisconsin. The domino effect could no doubt move state to state.

The outpouring of concerned workers was overwhelming. We met people who had come from across the country to show support. It was the most heartfelt and proud moment in this union man's career.

On April 8 here in Washington state, Local 77 members participated in a big labor-wide "Save Collective Bargaining Labor Rally" at the state Capitol in Olympia to continue our support and solidarity against assaults on union workers and families.

Rick Strait, B.R.

IBEW Seattle Local 77 members attend rally at the Wisconsin state Capitol, joining union members from Madison, WI, and elsewhere to show solidarity. Holding the Local 77 banner are, back row, Bus. Rep. Rick Strait (wearing glasses) and Executive Board member Patrick Darling.

Contract Negotiations

L.U. 97 (u), SYRACUSE, NY—Recently the Local 97 leadership team has been negotiating several contracts for different properties we represent.

The service employees secured a three-year contract with a 3 percent annual wage increase.

The NYISO (New York Independent System Operator) contract agreement is for four years, seven months. Wage increases are 2.4 percent for two years and 2.5 percent for the remainder. Language was added so supervisory personnel cannot perform bargaining unit work.

The NRG Energy contract was difficult because under the current economic conditions the company's generating plants are often off-line. The Brotherhood agreed to a regional work force, working between plants. Per diem and transportation allowances were agreed to. The agreement is for two years from the expiration of prior agreement. Wage increases of 2.5 percent per year were included along with shift differential increases. A Voluntary Separation Agreement was also established.

Constellation Energy contract talks will begin May 3.

National Grid, our largest employer, recently announced it will be reorganizing again. The company stated the union would "not be included at this time," when it announced the elimination of 1,200 non-represented jobs in the U.S.

At this writing, political forces are trying to weaken the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions in different states across the country. Beware! As a member of this union, no matter what political party you support, this is an attack on your standard of living. If you are not affected now, then you may be tomorrow. Please become active in your local—you need it and it needs you.

John Delperuto, P.S.

Strong Show of Solidarity

L.U. 99 (govt&i), PROVIDENCE, RI—IBEW Local 99 members turned out to show their support at the American Federation of Teachers rally held March 2 at the City Hall in Providence. AFT Pres. Randi Weingarten led the rally of some 1,000 strong. Union electricians, pipefitters, laborers, fire fighters, police and teachers from across Rhode Island showed support for the those teachers caught up in mass firings by Providence Mayor Angel Tavares. The new mayor fired all 1,962 teachers rather than honoring the collective bargaining agreement with layoff notices and negotiating with the teachers.

If we continue to allow this national anti-union parade to go on without a strong showing of brotherhood, we will be run over by the corporate minded, right-wing agenda. No one knows this better than the throngs of Local 99 supporters, who understand that "an injury to one is an injury to all." Solidarity and support for those whose bargaining rights are being attacked is a must and should be expected from our membership through these perilous times.

We at Local 99 recognize recently retired Bus. Agent Ron Leddy and thank him for his dedication and stewardship to keep our union strong. Bus. Agent Leddy previously served as Executive Board chairman, and as trustee to our local pension and annuity funds. Best wishes to Bro. Ron and his wife, Ann, for a happy retirement.

S. P. Callahan, P.S.

IBEW Providence, RI, Local 99 members and fellow trade unionists turn out in force for the March 2 AFT rally at City Hall.

Tribute to Service

L.U. 111 (em,govt,lctt,mt,o,rtb,spa&u), DENVER, CO—On Feb. 24, Bus. Mgr. Michael Byrd and Pres. Mike Kosteleckly presented member Pru Rinne of Tri-State G&T with her retirement pin and a gold IBEW ladies watch in recognition of her tireless contributions to Local 111. Pru began her career with Colorado Ute in April of 1980 moving through the various classifications in her department and retiring in the position of Work Order Material Control Specialist in April 2011. She survived the strike of 1984 and when Tri-State took over Colorado Ute following bankruptcy, she paved the way for workers in her department.

Pru was essential for the clerical workers of Colorado Ute before and after their three-week strike in 1984. She was and is the glue that held this unit together cementing a working relationship with not only her coworkers, but the labor force as well. She served on numerous committees, participated on the negotiating team, served as a steward for years, and went above and beyond the commitment made to this local union.

We sincerely wish her the best on her retirement and future endeavors, and will miss her unending efforts in the labor movement.

Mike Kostelecky, P.S.

Local 111 Bus. Mgr. Mike Byrd (left) and Pres. Mike Kostelecky present member Pru Rinne with her retirement pin and gold watch.

Attacks on Union Workers

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR—By now, most Americans are aware of aggressive actions taken by Wisconsin's governor in a fight involving state budget issues. To be clear, Wisconsin is not the only state targeting public employee unions nor is Scott Walker the sole governor leading the effort. Many states, including Oregon, have said that they cannot afford to sustain existing benefit levels. What's different about Wisconsin? Gov. Walker eliminated collective bargaining.

Local 125 members need to focus on understanding their own collective bargaining agreements. The local has numerous contracts open, and employers will continue raising their expectations. Beyond the act of collective bargaining, members must focus on demonstrating professionalism by working efficiently and safely to demonstrate the quality and craftsmanship associated with the IBEW.

This local represents numerous members employed by public employers. These are your union brothers and sisters who are performing the same work that you do. Don't get involved with attacks on other union members. You may be asked to contact your legislators, sign a petition, or attend a public event. It's your personal choice on how you represent this local, but remember that Local 125 will not be immune from the attacks on organized labor. Do your part and educate your friends, family and neighbors on the positive attributes that are associated with the IBEW.

Marcy Putman, P.S.

Work Picture Brighter

L.U. 129 (i,mt&spa), LORAIN, OH—The work picture in our area has started to pick up. At this writing, the Cleveland Clinic project is taking off with about 20 to 30 members on-site. Also our steel mill Lorain Tubular has started manning up with approximately 35 members on-site. Both projects are being done by Firelands Electric.

Additionally, E.C.A. Inc. has projects at Lubrizol and PolyOne chemical plants. There are also school construction projects in our area. The $50 million battery plant project is going out to bid shortly.

We had several members attend the wind mill school in Toledo, OH. A Code upgrade session was held at the hall Feb.23 and 24.

Local 129 member Terry Monroe passed away and will be greatly missed.

Dennis Pedings, P.S.

Fight for Workers

L.U. 159 (i), MADISON, WI—Officers and members of IBEW Local 159 extend sincere thanks to all the union brothers and sisters across the United States and Canada for their support and concern regarding our struggle with Gov. Scott Walker's budget bill and the underlying Republican agenda of union busting.

We also thank and recognize Local 159 Bro. Mark Roughen, who was inside the Capitol since the initial days of the protest, providing online live streaming on what transpired inside our Capitol rotunda. Mark has been dedicated to providing this service to keep the public informed, despite numerous obstacles and attempts to shut down the transmission of this information.

Despite decisions of the Republican majority in the Assembly to ramrod legislation that eliminated collective bargaining rights of our public sector workers, the fight continues. We are not only fighting for Wisconsin, but for the survival of this nation's middle class. At this writing, recall efforts are underway as well as pending lawsuits.

We held our biggest rally yet on Saturday, March 12, with more than 100,000 protesters. To keep updated on this movement throughout Wisconsin, visit

Again, we truly appreciate all the solidarity and support we have received.

Joel Kapusta, B.A.

IBEW members, including Local 159 members, join massive protest rallies in Madison, WI, against attacks on workers' rights.

Union Appliance Technicians

L.U. 191 (c,i,mo,rtb&st), EVERETT, WA—Judd & Black Appliance has had a lot of growth in its 70-year history. Since the days when Bob Long Sr. would manually change the scoreboard for the Everett Giants (now the Everett Aqua Sox), Judd & Black has been a first-class, community-minded neighbor for all. The company's belief in taking exceptional care of the customer before, during, and after a sale or repair has never changed.

Judd & Black has the only factory-trained union technicians in the state of Washington. The company has one of the largest Parts & Service Centers around. Judd & Black has been under a collective bargaining agreement for more than 40 years. The technicians go through a two-year, 4,000-hour apprenticeship—which includes classroom and hands-on training by the factory—before they receive their journeyman card. After their apprenticeship, the journeymen take continuing education classes yearly to keep up with constantly advancing technology and National Electrical Code changes. Eight Judd & Black technicians are on the road six days a week to service the community. They include Mike Trushinsky, Daniel Isbelle, Jeff Smith, Ken McPherren, Oliver Christian, Luke Kroeger, Mike Jones and Shop Steward Marty Kortekaas.

Judd & Black offers a discount to all IBEW members on sales or service. Special thanks to Judd & Black and the union technicians for their continued hard work and professionalism. The IBEW is proud to have members like you.

Rob "Bulldog" De Velder, P.S.

IBEW Local 191 union technicians are, from left, back row: Shop Steward Marty Kortekaas, Mike Trushinsky, Daniel Isbelle and Jeff Smith; front row, Ken McPherren, Oliver Christian and Luke Kroeger. Not pictured: Mike Jones.

'Save the American Dream' Rally

L.U. 193 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL—Several labor unions, teachers and trades, along with their families rallied on the Illinois State Capitol steps on Feb. 26, under the gaze of the Abraham Lincoln statue, to support Wisconsin public workers' bargaining rights. The spirit of Mother Jones was flowing throughout the rally. Local 193 made a great showing along with union brothers and sisters from all across Illinois. Local 193 Bus. Mgr. David Burns gave a good speech, letting all know that Local 193 stands strong with our labor friends, nationwide!

Future Gen is still progressing; the sequestering sight has been determined in Morgan County. If the project stays on schedule, the start date is fall of 2012. Local 193 will continue to work closely with those involved to assure that the $1.5 billion project comes to fruition.

At press time, spring looks promising for getting our Book I members to work.

Our condolences go to the families of recently deceased members: Bros. Dan Hart, Walter Goodman and Maurice Shofner.

Don Hudson, P.S.

Among the Local 193 members attending the rally at the Illinois state Capitol to "Save the American Dream" are, beginning third from left: Bros. Glenn Baugh, Paul Moore and Don Hudson, joined by Susan Solon's daughter, Angela (right).

'Wearin' & Workin' Green'

L.U. 269 (i&o), TRENTON, NJ—Congratulations to Local 269 Asst. Bus. Mgr. and state Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo on being selected grand marshal of the Trenton St. Patrick's Day parade at Hamilton. In addition to the Trenton parade, members also marched in parades in Mt. Holly, NJ, and Buck's County, PA. Along with the continuous good works performed by our members, participating in these local parades provides an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of our union within the community.

On the work front, solar initiatives are starting to bear fruit within our jurisdiction and throughout New Jersey. Along with Bro. DeAngelo, Local 269 has numerous members sitting on boards and committees that are responsible for the allocation of funds involved with these solar installations and other municipal construction projects. Having a pro-labor voice directly involved in budgetary decisions can only better our local's prospects.

In an effort to keep our members in the forefront of the skilled labor market, the Rupert A. Jahn Trade School has started classes in solar technology and installation. Given the increasingly competitive work environment facing our members in today's labor market, we need every edge we can get.

Brian Jacoppo, P.S.

An IBEW Local 269 crew gets ready for a wire pull on the solar panel installation at PSE&G's Yardville, NJ, location. Members are, from left: Mark McTamney, Ray Kramer, Don Clegg, Derrick Chapman and Rob Hoffman.

PAC Golf Tournament

L.U. 309 (i,lctt,mo,mt,o,rts,spa&u), COLLINSVILLE, IL—A letter sent to Bus. Mgr. Scott Hassall from our recently retired office service administrator Judy Baczewski is reprinted in the "Letters to the Editor" section of this issue (page 19). The letter is a thoughtful one and we wanted to share it with readers.

Judy worked with the local for 14 years. Her late grandfather, Theodore Czarnecki, was a Local 309 journeyman wireman. Her husband, Stanley Baczewski, also worked as a Local 309 journeyman wireman until he became disabled. Judy expresses her appreciation to the IBEW and notes the benefits of association with a great union.

Good luck to Judy and Stan on a long and healthy retirement.

The local's annual PAC golf tournament is June 24 at Locust Hills Golf Course. We look forward to seeing everyone there, as the tournament is always a success.

Scott Tweedy, A.B.M.

Collective Bargaining Rights

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN—At this writing, the right of collective bargaining is under attack in the state of Wisconsin. Collective bargaining has given working people, union and nonunion, not only better wages but also better pensions, health care and working conditions. In this present economy, most members will be reasonable in negotiating contracts, but the right of collective bargaining must be maintained. Samuel Gompers was asked in 1893, "What does labor want?" He replied, "We want more schoolhouses and less jails, more books and less arsenals, more learning and less vice, more constant work and less crime, more leisure and less greed, more justice and less revenge." Have our wants changed from then to now?

Phil Heim, P.S.

Continuing Education Classes

L.U. 349 (em,i,mps,rtb,spa&u), MIAMI, FL—The work picture seems to be holding its own. There's enough work to keep our local members working some.

Dale Evans hosted another great Super Bowl party. Everyone had a good time with good food and family fun. Many thanks, Dale.

Our continuing education classes are ongoing. So, make sure you get enrolled. Also, other journeyman classes are available. Call John McHugh at the apprenticeship office for class schedules.

Remember our troops here and overseas. We hope for their safe return.

Attend your union meetings. Strong attendance helps make this a strong local union.

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

Solar Farm Project

L.U. 351 (c,cs,i,it,lctt,mt,o,se, spa&t), FOLSOM, NJ—Local 351 members and Lucas Electric recently constructed a 6.2 megawatt solar farm in West Deptford, NJ. This project was completed within a very aggressive 10-week time frame and was within budget. As of 2010, this solar field project was the largest in New Jersey, consisting of more than 26,000 panels over a 76-acre tract. The project's energy production ties directly into PSEG's electrical grid helping to power approximately 1,600 homes. American Capital Energy, the integrator for this project, was pleased to have a single electrical contractor perform all aspects of the solar farm development.

Another job well done by IBEW labor.

Daniel Cosner, P.S.

IBEW Local 351 members working with Lucas Electric constructed a 6.2 megawatt solar farm project in New Jersey.

District Progress Meeting

L.U. 357 (c,i,mt&se), LAS VEGAS, NV—Local 357 was proud to host the 67th Annual Ninth District Progress Meeting at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, March 2-4. Officers and representatives of the Ninth District were addressed by: Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill, then-Int. Sec.-Treas. Lindell K. Lee, Ninth District Int. Vice Pres. Michael S. Mowrey, IEC Chmn. Robert W. Pierson, IEC member and Local 47 Bus. Mgr. Patrick Lavin, as well as many special guest speakers. The events and trends of our trade and our nation were discussed. Pres. Hill also addressed implementation of the construction electrician/construction wireman classifications nationally and the necessity for the CE/CW classifications to reclaim markets that we are not competitive in. Pres. Hill assured everyone that this is our program and not NECA's.

We have an opportunity to emerge from this economic depression stronger than we have ever been. We have emerging markets such as solar, electric vehicles and nuclear power. We are in a climate where working people are under attack and fighting back. Now is the time to take action!

Aaron Jones, P.S.

Attending IBEW Ninth District Progress Meeting are, from left: then-Int. Sec.-Treas. Lindell K. Lee, Int. Vice Pres. Michael S. Mowrey, Local 357 Bus. Mgr. David R. Jones, Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill, and IEC member and Local 47 Bus. Mgr. Patrick Lavin.

Stand in Solidarity

L.U. 363 (catv,em,govt,i,t,u&ws), NEW CITY, NY—Greetings to all our IBEW brothers and sisters.

We all have heard stories about how bad work was in the 1970s—mostly as a lesson about appreciating full employment or learning to save for the bad times.

Unfortunately, for the last decade we have been living those '70s all over again. There are finally some signs of things starting to improve, but there is still a long way to go. What is most important now is that we stand for what we believe in and that we come together and support the union and what it stands for.

With bad times come the attacks on unions. We need to be out there and ready to counter the public brainwashing put forth by some Republicans, some confused Democrats and all of the anti-union business groups that promote having a war against the workers.

Together we can make it through these bad times and come out stronger and smarter than ever before. The secret is that it will take all of us to make that happen. IBEW members are smart and will surely rise to answer that call.

Kevin Keeley, P.S.

Rec. Sec. Ruhland Retires

L.U. 441 (as,i&rts), SANTA ANA, CA—Over the last 25 years, Local 441 has experienced many changes. One constant fixture throughout has been our current recording secretary, Dave Ruhland. As we prepare for his retirement, we are reminded of his impressive 40-year tenure with the local.

Dave was initiated in 1971 and graduated from Local 441's apprenticeship in 1974. Certified as a high voltage cable splicer in 1982, he also assumed his first officer's position with Local 441's Examining Board. In 1986, Dave became recording secretary, a position he has held since.

Dave has served selflessly in his position for 25 years. Since becoming recording secretary, Dave has donated the majority of his officer's pay to Local 441's Health & Welfare Fund, which was designed to offer dues assistance to members in need. It is because of his commitment to the perpetuation of this fund that we have decided to refer to it as The Dave Ruhland Health & Welfare Fund.

We hope this is viewed as a testament to Dave's hard work as a servant to the local and the integral role he has played in Local 441's development over the last four decades. On behalf of the entire local—thank you, Dave, for your dedication, friendship and brotherhood.

Rich Vasquez, B.R.

Local 441 Bus. Mgr. Doug Chappell (left) and Asst. Bus. Mgr. Richard Samaniego (right) congratulate retiring Rec. Sec. Dave Ruhland (center).

'On Time & Under Budget'

L.U. 453 (govt,i,rtb,rts&spa), SPRINGFIELD, MO—After about a year of getting to employ travelers on our local powerhouse, we are now relying on other jurisdictions to keep our members employed. A big thank-you goes out to all the traveling brothers and sisters who helped us finish our jobs on time and under budget, and also to all the area locals that are keeping our members working.

Nominations for officers will take place at the May 12 meeting and anyone interested in seeking office must either accept the nomination in person or in writing at that meeting. Regardless of whether you are working at home, on the road or not at all, voting for your representation is a responsibility everyone should take seriously.

Union meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Please try to attend.

Kevin McGill, P.S.

Annual Food Drive

L.U. 459 (ees,em,govt,so&u), JOHNSTOWN, PA—Since 1983, Local 459 has conducted annual food drives and the contributions have grown each year. This year, the local has been very successful in the amount of monetary contributions and non-perishable items we received. The local's 2010 Food Drive collected and distributed a total of $8,410 for a grand total of approximately $158,910 in cash donations since 1983.

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

The local feels this is a great tribute to the members of Local 459 who generously support this valuable initiative, and we thank all who contributed their hard-earned dollars. Thanks to all the union stewards who collected funds and a big thank-you to Mary Perdew, chairperson of the 2010 Food Drive.

Kenneth L. Richards, A.B.M.

2011 Scholarship Winners

L.U. 543 (mo&t), SAN BERNARDINO, CA—Congratulations to the 2011 scholarship winners: Tyler De La Houssaye, Jamaal Martin, Chance Erwin and Sarah Schrader.

The essay question for applicants was: "In What Ways Are Unions Good for America?" Following are quotes from some exceptional responses.

Chance Erwin wrote: "Union—It is the act of joining, which [symbolizes] the foundation of this country. Even appearing on one of the nation's founding documents: 'In order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense [and] promote the general welfare.' [These words] ... from the preamble to the U.S constitution … embody the same ideas that labor unions represent today. The formation of unions helped create the middle class, opening new doors for millions of poverty stricken American workers."

Sarah Schrader wrote: "Unions provide the support to ensure that workers can avoid being exploited by employers. … Unions ultimately benefit the foundation of America, the working class, and give workers a stronger voice so they can receive a fair share of the economic growth they helped to create."

It is comforting to know that some of our youth today realize the importance of unions!

Jerry Koger, B.M.

LED Retrofits

L.U. 551 (c,i&st), SANTA ROSA, CA—Congratulations to Bus. Mgr. Jack Buckhorn on his re-election as president of our North Bay Central Labor Council. Thank you, Bus. Mgr. Buckhorn, for all your hard work and dedication to unionism and the labor movement. Also congratulations to the new delegates to our Central Labor Council: John Lloyd, John McEntagart and Michael Donegan. Thank you all for your commitment to labor!

On the organizing front, LEDTronics and Local 551 have partnered to give the IBEW an edge in the LED retrofits. LEDTronics has offered a special distribution price to the IBEW. We felt that we were large enough that we wanted to be able to buy for our projects at a better rate. This deal will give the IBEW an advantage in the retrofits of street lighting, parking lot lighting and all other retrofits being done. Visit Web site to see what is available for our contractors. When ordering, all our contractors and other locals have to do is mention IBEW Local 551 for the pricing discount.

The Retirees Club would like to see more active retirees and/or local members join them at their monthly lunches. They meet faithfully the second Tuesday of every month. Call the hall for more details.

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

Code of Excellence

L.U. 553 (i,mt,o&ws), RALEIGH, NC—A Code of Excellence class was held in February at the local union hall with some of our members attending. Over a period of time, we can have the entire membership onboard with the Code of Excellence. And then the electrical contractors can get on board also.

At the time of this writing, there is a small amount of work generated at Fort Bragg, Spring Lake, NC. Fort Bragg is a major U.S. Army installation. White Electric is working with Johnson Controls on soldier support facilities and some of the barracks for soldiers. An outside contractor is coming to the area for work in nearby Fayetteville, NC, and this will generate more work for our membership for 2011 utilizing the CE/CW program.

We extend solidarity to our union brothers and sisters in the state of Wisconsin in their fight to stand up for workers and collective bargaining rights.

David A. Ingram, P.S.

Act Now, Not Later

L.U. 557 (i,mt,rts&spa), SAGINAW, MI—Local 557 is doing its part in the ongoing battle between unions and politicians who are foes of working people. Many members of our local have been active in standing up for workers; thanks to all for taking a stand when we need them the most in these difficult times. Around the state of Michigan, it is almost a daily occurrence to hear of a demonstration to bring union members together. These fights can only be won with total solidarity and mass numbers.

Recently, Local 557 joined up with members from other locals all across the state. A whirlwind of measures have been taken statewide to combat anti-worker legislation. These demonstrations include literature drops, marches on the Capitol, handing out flyers, or going door to door. In February, 10 Local 557 members joined another 1,600 union members from all walks of life to tell our state representatives that we oppose their new policies. We and all union members are enraged at the lack of compassion shown by our state leadership.

Solidarity is the key in these trying times. Everyone, young and old, must get involved and do it right now! If we do not act now, there may not be a later.

Evan Allardyce, P.S.

Local 557 members prepare to protest at the state Capitol, in Lansing, MI. From left are: Scott Gale, Phil Barnett, Robb Stannick, Gary Neuenfeldt, Walt Stroik, Brent Boehm, Joe Gomez and Dan Combs.

'Fast-Start' Sound Technician Training Program

L.U. 569 (i,mar,mt,rts&spa), SAN DIEGO, CA—San Diego Electrical Training Center's Sound and Communications Training Coordinator Tim Moylan has launched his second accelerated training program class for sound technicians called "Fast-Start." This program provides participants with a strong foundation as they start their four-year Sound Technician Apprenticeship Program.

The 10 individuals selected have met the stringent physical and mental requirements for entering the Fast-Start program. The program consists of a seven week, eight-hour day rigorous training schedule. Training starts off with physical training and material handling. This is followed by lectures and hands-on training for Structured Cabling, Fiber Optics, Constructions Class, Basic Fire Alarm Systems and Safety and Basic Electricity. After successfully completing this seven-week program, students will have earned certifications in Premise Cabling, Fiber Optic Technician, Fiber Optic Cleaning, Hilti Qualified Operator, CPR/First Aid and OSHA 10.

With this valuable skill set, these individuals become productive employees at their first job with our IBEW signatory contractors, and solid Local 569 members. After completion of their training, this high quality class of individuals has already been snapped up for employment by Audio Associates, Baker Electric, Construction Electronics, COSCO Fire Protection, Dynalectric, Neal Electric, and Pyro-Comm Systems Inc.

David B. Taylor, P.S.

Local 569 San Diego Electrical Training Center's "Fast-Start" class provides a strong foundation. From left, back row, are: Duncan Abrams, chairman, Sound Technician JATC; Patrick Seeger, Anthony Milazzo, Nadar Salahuddin, Guy Glover and Training Dir. Patrick Knighton. Front row: Christine Schmidt, Damone Rodriguez, Steve Wilson, Hector Murrieta, Nick English, Lito Aguilar, and Sound & Communications Coordinator Tim Moylan.

National Instructor of the Year

L.U. 595 (c,govt,i&st), DUBLIN, CA—Congratulations to Local 595's Mel Switzer, recipient of the first IBEW National Instructor of the Year Award. Mel and his wife, Nancy, were flown to Washington, D.C., to receive the award at the IBEW Construction Conference in early April. Everyone is proud of Mel and our entire JATC staff, who turn out the best-trained workers in the industry. Keep up the great work!

After a very slow fall and winter, we hope spring will brighten our work picture. With the power plants starting and the hospitals finally hiring, we expect greater employment for our members the rest of this year and next.

We will hold our May 12 General Membership meeting at our new JATC site to discuss our upcoming wage allocation and to hold nominations for all of our elected offices that are up this June. Nominations will be held also for delegates to the International Convention to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, in September. We look forward to a large turnout of members for this important meeting.

As California struggles with our state budget and as attacks on public sector workers continue across the nation, we still think things are slowly getting better. This recession hit all unions hard, but we cannot allow this to weaken us. As the economy starts to rebound, we in labor must seize the opportunity to strengthen our ranks and position ourselves for better times ahead.

Tom Mullarkey, B.R.

Winner of the IBEW's first National Instructor of the Year Award is Mel Switzer, Local 595, joined here by his wife, Nancy.

Work Picture Slow

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM—At this writing the work picture has been slow with just a few calls coming in for the cities of Eunice and Farmington, NM.

Sandia Resort was the site of our recent apprenticeship banquet. The night started with a nice dinner and speeches, and our newest journeymen received their certificates. Congratulations to this year's graduates: Manuel Candelaria, Jeremiah Charley, Ali Baba Duran, Ian Eller, Robert Garcia Jr., Frank Hanish, Randy Harker, Todd Hasse, Joshua Hutchings, Harry Johnson, Lambert Julian, Edgar Kau, Steven Ledezma, Jessie Miera, William Monette, Greg Morgan, Jose Renteria, Jedidiah Rogers, Marvin Romero II, Damian Roybal, Eric Rouse, Joshua Sartain, Melissa Shive, Edward Tavenner III, Diego Vigil, Michael Williamson and Ryan Wood. Frank Hanish was this year's apprentice of the year.

This is an election year for our local. Each election year the local sends out self-addressed, stamped envelopes to all members but most of them don't get returned. This year let's get as many back as possible.

Union meetings are held the third Thursday of the month. Please try to attend some meetings this year.

Local 611 extends condolences to the families of recently deceased members: Leonard D. Pearson, Burton A. Brown, Joseph J. Faykus, Frandk T. Casados and Terry G. Caddell.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.

Albuquerque, NM, Local 611 honors graduates at apprenticeship banquet.

Work Picture Looking Up

L.U. 625 (ees,em,i,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA—The work picture is looking up as hiring in Unit #2 has reached into all other units. As of March 4, Ainsworth has 76 members on the Truro Hospital project, which is scheduled for completion in March 2012. Black & McDonald has 44 members at the Daewoo Wind Turbine Plant renovation at the old (1878) Trenton Works Railcar Plant.

Bond & Coolen is slow for the time being with only 14 members on the payroll. Before they finished up at the Life Sciences Research Institute and other projects at Dalhousie University, they were at 50 members. The situation should improve by the time you read this. The RCMP forensics lab project will be ramping up and the Canadian Blood Services building should be close behind.

This spring will also see the Medical Centre in Greenwood (Unit #3) start hiring. The Bluenose Academy in Lunenburg (Unit #4) should be coming out of the ground. Also, the new high school project in Yarmouth (Unit #5) will be manning up.

Bro. John Ross retired in January. Good health and enjoy your retirement, Bro. Ross.

Tom Griffiths, Pres.

Local 625 members in Unit 2 receive service awards: from left, Bros. Howard Smith, for 40 years of service; Hugh MacInnis and Vince Novak, for 35 years; Paul Carpenter, for 45 years; Glenn DeYoung, 30 years; and Phil McGee, 25 years.

Green Training Grant

L.U. 673 (catv,i,rts,spa,t&u), PAINESVILLE, OH—Local 673's JATC has been very busy in training our members in wind, solar, and building automation green technology.

This was all made possible through the Ohio Green Renewable Opportunities for Workers (GROWS) program—when the Ohio LMCC (NECA/IBEW) applied for and was awarded a Green Training grant from the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

JATC Instructor Ken Farabaugh is teaching the Solar Photovoltaic class and as of this date has trained more than 50 members. JATC Instructor Tony Gambatese is currently teaching the Energy Efficiency/Building Automation class, which has more than 30 members to be trained. Local 673 also has more than 20 members trained as wind technicians.

Remember to check the Local 673 Web site for upcoming training classes and entertainment events at

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day.

Daniel A. Lastoria, Mbr. Dev. Rep.

Local 673 member and JATC Instructor Ken Farabaugh demonstrates to his Solar Photovoltaic class how to set up the Sun Path Calculator, used to evaluate shading at potential array locations.

Attacks on Workers

L.U. 683 (em&i), COLUMBUS, OH—Brothers and sisters, the onslaught has begun. It only took the Republican Party six weeks to begin legislative attacks on public sector collective bargaining rights in Ohio, Wisconsin and other states. Their next target is the prevailing wage law in Ohio. Additionally, anti-worker "right-to-work" bills have been filed in numerous states. If any union member still does not believe that the Republican Party is against organized labor, ask the teachers and auto workers in this country. Who or what's next?

On a local level, we thank the donors to the January blood drive. Thanks to Dillon Isaac and Malcolm Giffen for coordinating the effort.

Current journeymen classes offered are: Code of Excellence, Electrical Contractor Business, Solar Photovoltaic and Building Automation.

The Retirees Club holds monthly luncheons at the union hall, which are well attended. Thanks to the officers for their continued efforts.

We extend condolences to the families of recently deceased members: Ronald Riffle, Timothy Yost, Damon Rutledge, John Stenson, Mark Armintrout, John Thompson and Joseph Scherler Sr.

Rick Deime, Exec. Brd./P.S.

Historic Stand for Workers

L.U. 725 (i,rts&spa), TERRE HAUTE, IN—We are witnessing an attack from unfriendly Republican state legislators. At the time of this writing, "right-to-work" for less, a ban on project labor agreements, and gutting our common construction prevailing wage laws were on the table. Under Republican proposals, as of this writing, teachers would lose their collective bargaining rights, taxpayer money would fund vouchers and charter schools would compete for public money.

In response, Democrat representatives refused to participate in the radical agenda of the Republicans. At this writing, Democratic representatives had taken refuge in Illinois away from the Statehouse to block the bills. We thank the legislators who are standing with the working families of Indiana!

[Editor's Note: On Monday, May 28, after 36 days of protest at the Indiana Statehouse, working people welcomed back to the Capitol the House Democrats who boycotted and took a stand to protect Indiana's working families. Standing together helped prevent some of the worst anti-worker legislation from being passed into law, although the fight for workers continues. Compromises secured include: "right-to-work" legislation taken off the table, preserving collective bargaining rights; changes to proposed project labor agreement provisions and prevailing wage law proposals; changes regarding private school vouchers; and other worker issues.]

We thank Local 601 in Illinois, which hosted an appreciation luncheon for our Indiana House representatives. Local 725 Reps. Joe Kerr, Tom Szymanski and I made the trip to thank the Indiana Democratic representatives, including those who represent our jurisdiction.

Finally, we thank Local 725 Organizer Tom Szymansk for his service. After graduating as Outstanding Apprentice, he finished his master's degree at UMass, completed an NLRB internship, and has always been a dedicated union member. After nearly seven years on staff, Tom accepted a position with an AFL-CIO affiliated state federation outside of the building trades sector. We wish him the best!

R. Todd Thacker, B.M.

IBEW Local 725 officers and staff greet several Indiana House representatives who decamped to Illinois in their stand for workers' rights. From left, back row: Local 725 Reps. Joe Kerr and Tom Szymanski, Indiana Rep. Matt Pierce, Local 725 Bus. Mgr. Todd Thacker; front row, Indiana Reps. Dale Grubb, Peggy Welch and Clyde Kersey.

Stewards Conference

L.U. 827 (catv&t), EAST WINDSOR, NJ—In February we held our 42nd Stewards Conference at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel. More than 200 stewards attended. A former great leader of our union once said, "If delegates don't know the history of their organization, they don't know where they are going themselves." That was the late Morris D. Murphy, a former I.O. department director in earlier decades.

Statewide unity was the February conference theme. Training sessions covered: the grievance procedure, the Family & Medical Leave Act, on-duty accidents, and members' Weingarten rights dealing with investigatory interviews. On the second day of the conference, we discussed our bargaining strategies with Verizon and Verizon Connected Solutions. Both contracts expire Aug. 6, 2011. I thank the chief stewards, stewards and those alternate stewards who gave up their time to attend. The conference was held over the weekend to save the cost of lost wages. I again extend our thanks to everyone who helped make the conference a success.

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

'Stand Up for Brotherhood'

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL—We had our annual work party in February with a turnout of approximately 40 members. Lindy Wooten astounded us with a breakfast fit for kings to start the day. We refurbished our folding tables, laid 6 yards of rock, and cleaned around the lake. Work was also done in the apprenticeship workshop area making room for the new journeyman wireman Certification Testing space. Once again, we made great use of a pretty day—and a good day for brotherhood.

With the attacks in our great USA on labor, I would like to awaken our members to become active as if your job depended on it. And it does. The middle class is under attack and our right to collectively bargain will slide away from us if we don't become proactive. It is up to each member to remember why you became a union member in the first place and stand up for your rights against those who wish you and your families the greatest struggle of your life. Issues range from health care and unemployment benefits, to your pension and collective bargaining. Nothing is safe. So contact your local union and ask how and where you can help. We all need to stand up for labor. Educate yourselves, read and watch the news—then get involved. Labor is depending on you.

Theresa King, P.S.

Local 915 members gather for February work party.

Negotiations & Protests

L.U. 965 (em,govt,ptc&u), MADISON, WI—Negotiations with the local's largest employer, Alliant Energy/Wisconsin Power & Light, have begun. On Feb. 21, the local traded contract proposals with the company, followed by a union solidarity meeting at the local office where proposals from both the company and union were presented to the members. Union proposals include improvements to working conditions, use of accumulated sick time at retirement, job security enhancement and other improvements to the agreement. The company's proposals include transferring more insurance costs to the employees, replacement of the overtime meal policy, elimination of the last week of earned vacation for those who haven't earned it yet and other changes to the agreement. Also at that solidarity meeting was a celebration to tear-up the mortgage on the local's building, which is now completely paid off.

While these negotiations are important, the big news out of Madison is the protests against Wisconsin's governor and state legislature. We have more than 100 members who will lose their collective bargaining rights if Gov. Scott Walker's bill is implemented. We were honored to join IBEW Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill on Feb. 22 as he marched and addressed thousands of protestors outside the state Capitol building. At the time of this writing, the protests continue. …

Kurt Roberts, P.S.

Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill addresses union protest rally in Madison, WI, on Feb. 22.

Excellence in Training Award

L.U. 1015 (em&i), WESLACO, TX—IBEW Local 1015 and the Rio Grande Valley Laredo Electrical JATC are working together and realizing that the impact of the recession has yet to budge for the fiscal year 2011. Though the recession does not help the work situation in any way, it does help the local and the JATC produce many new angles of organizing and ideas to get through these tough times, as well as to visualize the jurisdiction in many different ways.

As for the JATC, apprentices and members of Local 1015 are still training and expanding their knowledge and work performance in the electrical industry. Since 2004, the RGV/Laredo Electrical JATC has planted its roots in the Rio Grande Valley, working together with Local 1015. Organizing and training electrical workers provides the contractors with certified, skilled employees.

At the 2010 IBEW Seventh District Progress Meeting, Local 1015 was honored to receive our first award for skilled training of journey workers at a high percentage within our local by Southeast Texas Chapter of NECA. The Excellence in Training Award was presented to Local 1015 Bus. Mgr. Sergio Salinas by IBEW Int. Vice Pres. Jonathan B. Gardner.

Our respect goes out to the members who take the time to participate in training opportunities the IBEW offers.

Ray R. Duran, P.S.

IBEW Seventh District Int. Vice Pres. Jonathan B. Gardner (right) presents Excellence in Training Award to Local 1015 Bus. Mgr. Sergio A. Salinas.

Initiatives Mobilize Members

L.U. 1245 (catv,em,govt,lctt,o,pet,t&u), VACAVILLE, CA—Local 1245 has launched new initiatives to mobilize our members in the worker struggles playing out around the country.

Local 1245's Solidarity Action Network aims to collect personal contact information for 1,000 members willing to participate in upcoming solidarity actions—rallies, e-mail campaigns, etc. Our new Facebook page has sparked an overwhelming response, with members contributing ideas, photos, videos and links conveying news about the Wisconsin fight as well as our local actions and social activities.

Among those activities: A bowling tournament for members at Turlock and Modesto Irrigation District; the Apprentice Graduation Dinner for Outside Construction apprentices, held Feb. 26; the upcoming Gold Cup Soccer Tournament in Livermore; the upcoming Perry Zimmerman Golf Tournament in Vacaville, CA; and the upcoming Northern California Sporting Clays Shoot on Nov. 12 in Dunnigan, CA.

The union has sharpened its focus on training. We are holding several two-day conferences on grievance handling.

We launched a Leadership Training series to bring younger members into leadership roles. Guest speaker at the first training, held Jan. 24 in Berkeley, was former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.

The local began its "Hold the Pull" safety program, which focuses on peer-to-peer communication among linemen to increase job safety awareness. Initial presentations were for PG&E linemen in San Francisco and SMUD linemen in Sacramento, with additional presentations scheduled.

In Nevada, the Public Utilities Commission, in response to the local's petition, has launched an investigation into staffing at Sierra Pacific Power, where the aging of the work force is a concern.

Eric Wolfe, P.S.

Local 1245 members rally at the state Capitol in Sacramento, CA, in support of Wisconsin public workers on Feb. 22. From left: Gracie Nunez, Ralph Armstrong, Fred Ross, Darryl Norris, Liz McInnis and Ron Cochran.

Battle for Workers' Rights

L.U. 1253 (i), AUGUSTA, ME—Workers' rights are under attack in Augusta as they are in other states across the nation. This includes a fight against "right-to-work" legislation LD 788. Sisters and brothers, this is our livelihood and our country. We must do our part to protect basic rights for our children and generations to come!

Recent Central Labor Council events included a legislative breakfast held in Brewer on Saturday, Feb. 11, and another held in Augusta on March 3.

Attendance by IBEW members was strong at an Augusta State House rally Saturday, Feb. 26, as Maine participated in a national show of support for workers in Madison, WI. Our members turned out again on March 3 at a rally to support Maine state employees. Additionally, there was participation from all Maine AFL-CIO locals on March 22 for Labor Lobby Day.

We're sad to report the death of Tom Smith, who just retired last year. We extend our sympathy to his family.

William Gifford, P.S.

Local 1253 members and others attending a Feb. 11 legislative breakfast at the Solidarity Hall in Brewer, Maine, listen to an address from U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud.

Tribute to Six Retirees

L.U. 1307 (u), SALISBURY, MD—Local 1307 recognizes six recent retirees:

Edward Mitchell joined the local in 1995 as a building services repairman in Delmarva Power's Salisbury District; he previously held a non-bargaining unit position. He worked at Indian River Power Plant; in Salisbury as a utility service person; and as a relay tester. He retired Feb. 1, 2010.

Jane Adkins began at Delmarva Power in 1981. She worked as a customer information specialist in the Ocean City District and as division helper. She retired July 1, 2008.

Elias Carmine started as a meter reader in 1978 at Delmarva Power's Millsboro District. He later worked as stock keeper and retired Aug. 1, 2009.

Wayne Whitney began work in 1989 at Delmarva Power's Millsboro District as a groundman; completed the apprentice lineman program and became a journeyman lineman. He retired on Dec. 1, 2009.

Betty Brittingham joined the local in 1981 when Delmarva Power purchased Centreville Electric. She was a Customer Information specialist and senior dispatcher. She retired April 15, 2002. She served Local 1307 as a shop steward and served one term on the E-Board.

Walter Dukes started as a groundman in Delmarva Power's Federalsburg District in 1972, completed his apprenticeship and became a journeyman lineman. He was a lead lineman in the Cambridge District, and meter tester in Salisbury. He was a senior lineman instructor when he retired.

We wish all a happy retirement.

Edward D. Sparks, P.S.

New Journeyman Linemen

L.U. 1439 (u), ST. LOUIS, MO—At this writing, the snow and ice storms have moved on leaving a new class of journeyman linemen for the next batch of storm restoration. Future linemen will be needed as many members of the current, aging work force plan for retirement. Our association with Ameren/Missouri and its Apprentice Training Dept. is a working partnership to secure top quality linemen.

We are also testifying on behalf of the proposed Ameren/Missouri rate case with the Missouri Public Service Commission.

At this writing, so-called "right-to-work" legislation has hit the Missouri Senate but has been put on the informal calendar. Every state must fight to defeat this anti-worker, anti-union legislation at the local, state and federal levels.

Michael D. Walter, B.M.

Several Local 1439 journeyman linemen, some of whom recently topped out, gather for a photo. From left are: Joe Tharp, Marty Politte, Jeremy Lynch, John Berra, Chad Zust, Ken Utley, Rendel Hoenes, Abe Akers, Mike Cole, Kevin Becker, Alex Boggs and Ted Howle.

Stewards Training Course

L.U. 1501 (ees,em,mo,pet,rts&t), BALTIMORE, MD—On March 10, Local 1501 along with Local 1805 held a Stewards Training course presented by the IBEW Education Dept.

The training was held at the Maritime Trades Institute Conference Center in Linthicum, MD, from 12 noon to 8 p.m. This program is well presented and very informative. It covers nearly every situation a steward would come across and how to handle the situation. Trainers reminded stewards that they are always a steward, even off the job, and that it is important to always conduct oneself in such a way as to best represent the IBEW for its members. We had in attendance: Nathan Allen, John Arter, Neil Becker, Delaney Burkhart, Web Burrier, Travis Devor, Victor Fontain, Paul Jonas, Richard Keim, David Kinsler, John Phillips, Fred Richards, Jeffrey Stinchcomb, Jason Strawhorn and Phillip Weber. Also attending were: Local 1501 Administrative Asst. Margo Milliken, Local 1501 Bus. Mgr./Pres. Dion F. Guthrie, Local 1805 Bus. Mgr. Kenneth Morris and Int. Rep. James Kauffman. Participating stewards gave four hours of their own time. We thank the stewards for their time and dedication.

Thomas Rostkowski, R.S.

IBEW Locals 1501 and 1805 hold a Stewards Training course.

Every Role is Important

L.U. 1523 (u), WICHITA, KS—Utilities have a longstanding tradition for neighbor helping neighbor, even if that neighbor is hundreds of miles away.

In late January and early February 2010, Local 1523 and other locals assisted with storm restoration efforts following the storm that resulted in 64,436 customer outages across Oklahoma. Parent company Westar Energy received the Edison Electric Institute's Emergency Assistance Award for 2010. Congratulations to all the union members who helped make this happen.

When our members work together as a body, good things happen. A key role of that union body is filled by your union steward. Stewards volunteer their time and effort to make a better future for members. Stewards are the ones who hear firsthand the issues members have, the ones who take note of and respond to the frustrations members encounter. That requires a lot of a person, but the stewards serve with dedication. I have said this many times: Do you know who your steward is? Your steward is the link who presents your issues to your business agent. Take the time to say thank you.

Candy C. Cruz-Dodd, P.S.

Local 1523 journeyman lineman Todd Weakley works to restore power after an ice storm.

Davis-Bacon Wage Survey

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA—The Davis-Bacon Wage Survey is completed and has been submitted for our jurisdiction. This survey is very important to the IBEW as well as other building trades unions and will keep our wages competitive for our contractors, especially the ones that bid work at Fort Gordon.

The data for this survey takes months to collect and the U.S. Department of Labor guidelines are very specific. The information collected is complicated and takes a lot of cooperation from the contractors.

When you start asking contractors for information such as peak times and cost of jobs, they are sometimes hesitant. However, with a little convincing they realize you are trying to help them. In the end, the contractors play a vital role in keeping our Davis-Bacon wages where they need to be and we thank them for their cooperation.

Our work situation looks promising. The Vogtle plant project will have a gradual buildup. It is hard to predict if and when this work will get into Book II. Check our Web site at for the current work situation.

Until next time, God bless.

Will Salters, A.B.M.

Projects Getting Started

L.U. 1701 (catv,ees,i,o&u), OWENSBORO, KY—At our December monthly meeting, we presented service pins to our 20- to 60-year members eligible for awards. We also recognized all 2010 retirees. Congratulations to all.

The Executive Board in January appointed Bro. Scott Coleman as Local 1701 president to fill the unexpired term until the next regular local union election. Also, Bus. Mgr. Larry Boswell appointed Bro. Mike Vanwinkle as Membership Development coordinator. We ask the membership to stand behind all our local union leaders. We wish all good luck in their new positions.

Job calls are starting to come in, and our Book 1 is beginning to move. Beltline Electric is manning up at the OMHS new hospital and has approximately 50 on site. The Cannelton Hydro Electric plant just recently got underway and should build to about 70 workers at peak. IES has several projects breaking and will be calling for manpower. Additionally, the Owensboro downtown development projects should be underway by press time. We thank all locals that have employed our traveling brothers and we hope to return the favor soon.

In sadness we report the passing of retired Bros. Leroy McCully, James McCarthy and Ed Nave. May they rest in peace.

Tim Blandford, R.S.

Local 1701 members receive their 30-year IBEW service pins. From left: Bruce Laney, Tim West, Jerry Frey, Richard Whittaker and Alan Rafferty.

Mobilization & Solidarity

L.U. 2325 (t), WORCESTER, MA—As scheduled, on March 1, the local moved into our new union hall. It was a lot of work but worth every drop of sweat equity. Our local's enduring vision of becoming property owners would not have been possible without the hard work of Bus. Mgr. Dave Keating, Pres. Keith Herrick, Vice Pres. Chris Doyle and Bro. Colin Plante.

With contract expiration fast approaching at press time, arrangements have been made to start local bargaining in Rye, NY. Meanwhile, the local continues to prepare by meeting with other IBEW regions to discuss bargaining strategies, holding membership meetings and coordinating mobilization activities. As we know, solidarity is crucial to successful negotiations.

As of this writing, all eyes are on Wisconsin and Ohio and the future of collective bargaining rights. Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Although the protesters were an amazing 100,000 strong, unionized workers only represent 11 percent of the work force. We have changed the world before and perhaps this challenge to collective bargaining rights is the very catalyst needed for resurgence in organization that workers desperately need.

United we bargain, divided we beg.

Dawn Nelligan Rosa, P.S./R.S.

Local 2325 Pres. Keith Herrick stands outside the new local union hall.


'Let's Fight with Our Votes'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 1, ST. LOUIS, MO—Local 1 retirees have witnessed a harsh winter and harsh attacks on working people. These ongoing attacks are a shame on our national conscience—and should bring all Americans to the ballot box next election to throw out those who would destroy workers' rights. We must not allow political dictators to take workers back to the 19th century by destroying hard-fought gains organized labor has won. They blame budget shortfalls on workers, not on the politicians and corporations that created them. Their agenda: bust unions, destroy the middle class and reap the rewards of greed. Let's fight with our votes!

At a St. Louis area labor rally March 11, thousands of union members and supporters protested threats made to their futures. Local 1 was well represented.

Steven P. Schoemehl resigned as Local 1 business manager. We wish Bro. Schoemehl good luck in future endeavors and thank him for his dedicated service to Local 1. Stephen A. Licari was appointed to fill the unexpired term.

The March 16 club meeting was informative and a great opportunity to socialize with old friends. Bus. Mgr. Licari addressed the gathering.

We mourn the passing of Bro. Vito J. Gowatch. He was 102. We will miss him.

A golf outing is planned for mid-May. Upcoming meetings are: May 18, July 20, Sept. 21 (luncheon) and Nov. 16.

Don Appelbaum, P.S.

Annual Holiday Party

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, NORTH FLORIDA CHAPTER—Our chapter held its annual Christmas/Hanukah/ New Year's party at Benvenuto's in Boynton Beach on Jan. 7. The food, excellent one-man band and dancing were fun! All the brothers and sisters had a great time, thanks to Sandy Rosenhouch and her helpers who made the arrangements. A terrific barbecue was held at the Delray Beach South Civic Center on March 11 and all Local 3 retirees were invited.

Our meetings feature informative talks by invitees; currently we are having lively discussions about employment and other union benefits.

The chapter meets on the second Friday of each month (from May to October) at 10 a.m. in the Delray Beach South County Civic Center. Many of our members are "Snow Birds" and we welcome all Local 3 retirees to our events and meetings.

Dick Dickman, P.S.

Attendees socialize at the Local 3, North Florida Chapter, Retirees Club's Jan. 7 holiday party at Benvenuto's.

Celebration of Brotherhood

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER—The Central Florida Chapter of the Local 3 Retirees Club celebrated the 99th birthday of their honor member Leo Raffio on Nov. 11, 2010, at the club's regular meeting.

Joseph P. Golan, P.S.

The Local 3, Central Florida Chapter, Retirees Club celebrates the 99th birthday of Bro. Leo Raffio (front row, third from left). Attendees include: from left, front row, Chm. Harvey Liebman, Tom Adams, Bro. Raffio, Trustee John Grecco, Rec. Sec. Vanessa James-Foxe, Treas. John Baggott; and back row, Trustees Tom Doidge and Joe Steinbeck, Press Sec. Joe Golan and Walt Matuzzak.

Summer Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 11, LOS ANGELES, CA—The Local 11 Retirees Club meets the second Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m., at the Electrical Training Institute in the City of Commerce. We invite all Local 11 retired members to join our club. Please plan to attend one of our upcoming meetings. Retirees have many opportunities to remain active in Local 11—by hosting a booth at the Annual Local Wide Picnic, serving on the organizing committee, and participating in other activities.

The club is busy planning this year's summer luncheon, to be held Wed., June 8. This is a wonderful event so please plan to attend. An RSVP is required in advance so we know how much food to order. Last year, club member Harvey "Butch" Bachand, our new vice president, catered the event with his wife, Sharon. We are happy to report they agreed to treat us to another delicious Mexican fare. Don't miss it!

We are saddened by the passing of longtime club member Jack Webster. Jack was initiated into the local in 1959 and remained active for many years. He was well-respected and will be missed.

Bob Oedy, P.S.

Local 11 Retirees Club member Harvey "Butch" Bachand and his wife, Sharon, will cater the club's summer luncheon.

Farewell to a Brother

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 26, WASHINGTON, DC—Time marches on and some of us are still going on trips, while others are glad to be on the right side of the grass. This year our club bid farewell to our retired brother and Club Chef, Nick Dell'Erba. He was 93 years young and we all miss him.

We have already been on a bus trip to Delaware Park—and we didn't mind the rain shower, because we were indoors! With our warming weather we will soon be doing more travel, or just checking out our famous cherry blossoms.

This year we are scheduling two different cruises. The first will be going to the Mediterranean in May, and another in September to the Caribbean.

Last September, we awarded more 45-, 50-, and 60-year service pins. That's a lot of experience!

More good times are in store for 2011.

Susan Flashman, P.S.

Local 26 Retirees Club members gather for a service-pin presentation held in September 2010.

Invitation to Retirees

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 42, HARTFORD, CT—The Retirees Club invites anyone who's a retired member of Local 42 to join them. The club meets several times a year at Local 42's hall.

The retirees get together and talk about old times; they share funny stories, enjoy each other's company and have coffee and donuts.

They also have a successful 50/50 raffle every year at the Local 42 Family Picnic. The Retiree's Club donated some of the 50/50 raffle money to help with the flag poles and the flags on each side of the Memorial Monument dedicated to our departed Local 42 brothers. Also, the money was used to help other organizations. Retirees thank the members for their support and the ladies in the office for all their help.

If you would like to join the retirees' get-togethers, the club would love have you.

For more information, please call the union hall at (860) 646-7297.

Jacquelyn Moffitt, P.S.

Service Award Honorees

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 110, ST. PAUL, MN—Local 110 hosted the annual luncheon for the retirees at the Prom Center on Oct. 14, 2010, in Oakdale, MN, with more than 350 retirees, widows and guests attending.

Service pins were awarded to eligible recipients. Receiving 70-year pins were Roy Achilles and Harold Ameter; 60-year pins—Doug Ackley, Arthur Fransen, Richard Kenney; 55-year pins—Maurice T. Foster, Lloyd Glancey, Montell Rustad, Kenneth Swanson, David Youngren; and 50-year pins—Bruce Campbell, Bil Denn, David Kuhn, Gordon Nielsen, Paul Schmidt, Tony Vilgos and Filby Williamson;

Bus. Mgr. Mike Redlund thanked the honorees for their years of service. The Local 110 Retirees Club is an active group, with monthly meetings with 70 to 125 in attendance. All retirees are welcome to attend. The retirees cook and serve food at the Local 110 picnic, stuff 600 Christmas stockings with candy and decorate the hall for the holiday party.

Many thanks to Local 110 for supporting their retired members, and our deepest thanks to April Lyons for her outstanding job in planning the annual luncheon and all the service pin awards.

Jon "Jack" Buchal, P.S.

Local 110 officers and service award recipients attend Local 110's annual luncheon for retirees. From left, front row, are: Maurice Foster, Arthur Fransen, Harold Ameter, Roy Achilles, Richard Kenney, Kenneth Swanson and Retirees Club Pres. John Heuer; back row, Bus. Mgr. Mike Redlund, Gordon Nielsen, Anthony Vilgos, Lloyd Glancey, Paul Schmidt, Filby Williamson, Montell Rustad, David Youngren, William Denn, David Kuhn and Bruce Campbell.

Celebrating a 96th Birthday

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 130, NEW ORLEANS, LA—Retirees Club members honored M.E. Joseph, retired former business manager, with a celebration of his 96th birthday.

We invite all new Local 130 retirees to join the Retirees Club. Our yearly dues are $35. The club has quarterly meetings for the members and a guest; food and refreshments are served.

Please mark your calendars; we have monthly bus trips to various casinos.

Until our next meeting, God bless all.

George Clesi, Pres.

Retired Local 130 former business manager M.E. Joseph (left) receives birthday greetings from his daughter Gail (right) and Bro. Harry "Buddy" Carver.

Upcoming Retiree Events

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 134, CHICAGO, IL—Board members elected on March 9 are: Irv Blaszynski, Vito Alberotanza and Hugh O'Connell. Nominations were held at the February meeting. We also had a delicious $1 luncheon for members.

The speaker for the May meeting will present information about asbestos exposure.

Don't miss the June 8 event: a $1 luncheon celebration and live entertainment to honor our members who have 50-, 55- and 60-year service anniversaries.

The July 13 speaker, a representative from the Citizens Utility Board, will answer your utility bill questions. Also in the summer, we will go to Arlington Racetrack.

The Aug. 10 speaker, from the Silver Connection, will discuss seniors' V.A. aid and benefits.

On Sept. 14 we will have a $1 luncheon. Also, our annual golf outing is in September and includes breakfast and cart for each pair, plus lunch and prizes Contact Hugh O'Conner for details.

To join the Local 134 Retirees Club, contact Mario Coletta at (773) 736-1480. We welcome all Local 134 retirees. There are no strangers at Local 134, only friends you haven't yet met.

Club meetings are 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 officers include: Board member Vito Alberotanza (left), Pres. Mario Coletta and Board member Irv Blaszynski.

Trip to Foxwoods

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 223, BROCKTON, MA—Our quarterly meeting was held March 2 at the union hall, where members and spouses enjoyed a pizza luncheon and cribbage tournament.

A committee was formed to make arrangements for a trip to Foxwoods. In order to charter a bus, a minimum number of 45 participants is required. Plans for the trip will be finalized at the June meeting.

Members were reminded to contact Bob Revil for information about continuing education for renewing licenses.

A moment of silence was held for deceased members: retiree Eli Ferguson and working member Bruce Wyman.

Our June 1 meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. and will feature a cookout.

The Sept. 7 meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. Following the business meeting and luncheon, a yard sale will be held. If you plan to attend the luncheon, please RSVP by Aug. 31 by calling Patty at the union hall at (508) 947-8555.

There will be information about dinner choices for the Christmas party. Personal checks or money orders for the dinners must be received by Nov. 23. The Christmas party will be Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m., at the Fireside Restaurant.

Burt Bouldry, Pres.

Welcome to New Members

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 257, JEFFERSON CITY, MO—The Retirees Club met for their monthly luncheon meeting on March 29 in Westphalia, MO. Everyone enjoyed this family-style meal and the blackberries that Pres. Jerry Rehagan supplied for the blackberry cobbler.

Guests were Local 257 Bus. Mgr. Don Bruemmer, Organizer Jim Winemiller and Apprenticeship Training Dir. Rick Stokes. We thank Don and Jim for talking and handing out information on the pending Missouri "right-to-work" bill. Our group can help defeat the bill by attending rallies and talking to friends and family.

Rick Stokes talked to the group about volunteering to help judge and grade the competition at the Skills USA Competition at Linn State Technical College March 31 and April 1. This makes the seventh year that Local 257 and retirees have volunteered as judges.

Also, we thank Local 257 for hosting our Christmas luncheon at the Labor Temple last December. We had a record crowd and the event was appreciated by all. During the winter a few new members joined our group and we welcome them. After our long winter with record-breaking snow, we look forward to spring!

See photo of several members who recently received service pin.

Delores Melloway, P.S.

Several Local 257 retirees recently received service pins. From left are: Paul Gallatin (55 years of service), Herman Grothoff (45 years), Emil Fischer (50 years), Phil Butts (40 years) and Bob Kauffman (45 years).

Springtime & Fellowship

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 291, BOISE, ID—The March luncheon was held in Nampa at the Golden Corral Restaurant. There were 30 in attendance with one visitor who is a 50-year IBEW member. He plans to visit our club again, since he had such a good time. We have a few snow birds missing, but they will be back soon. Our members enjoyed the food and fellowship as always.

At this writing, it is beginning to look like spring, but this is Idaho and it might snow tomorrow—like it did earlier in the week. We were excited that all members who attended the March meeting were in good health and no new health issues were reported. However, a few members were not there because of health issues and we wish them a speedy recovery. Congratulations to Dave and Carol Barr, who are expecting grandchild #13.

We feel for our brothers and sisters who are currently unemployed and hope they will be back to work soon. We pray for our country and everyone who is struggling in this economy. Defend and protect our rights to be union members!

Joe Sirani, Pres.

Local 291 Retirees Club members enjoy a springtime get-together.

Three or More Generations

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 306, AKRON, OH—The following families are among those who have produced three or more generations of wiremen in our local union: the Kingan, Oaks, Pease, Peck, Portis, Romito and Schwerdtfeger families. These families were inadvertently "electronically omitted" from our article in the February 2011 issue paying tribute to the 20 families who achieved this honor. I apologize for the error.

Pres. John Felber has been busy working on the summer golf schedule and has completed it.

Attendance at the March meeting was down because the late blooming snowbirds flew the coop! A moment of silence was observed for Retired Bros. Joe Vatovec, Daniel Bocko and Ed Repp Jr., who passed away recently. Ed passed away within three hours of his daughter, both in the same hospice unit.

We also sadly note the passing of Edmund Romito. Ed served as an apprentice instructor for many of us and was the driving force in creating our Pension Annuity Plan.

Stay well and keep smiling!

Bob Sallaz, P.S.

Jobs Day Rally

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 611, ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Sorry I didn't have a picture in the last article. I attempted to place a photo of two of our oldest retirees attending the Christmas buffet into a collage, but unfortunately the photo could not be reproduced for publication. We won't let that happen again.

Our annual Jobs Day Rally in Santa Fe at the Capitol "round house" was the usual success. Local 611 rented a school bus with 35 to 40 union supporters taking the ride to Santa Fe, mostly retirees from other crafts. Noticeable also at the rally was a much larger group of Local 611 members than in previous years; and 350 union members joined the march to the Capitol, also a larger turnout than usual. During the march, spectators and the general public gave us a "thumbs up" as we passed. Even though the legislature was not in session that day, the speaker of the House and several union representatives gave speeches on the theme of jobs.

We offer condolences to the families of several retired journeyman wireman brothers who passed away this year: Joseph J. Faykus, Burton A. Brown, Frank T. Casados, Leonard D. Pearson, Terry G. Caddel and Jerry M. Gonzales.

Please call or visit those members who have health problems and can't get around.

Tracy Hall, Pres.

Local 611 retiree Joe Romero (left), his grandson Eric and Local 611 member Richard Mendoza gather for the Jobs Day Rally and march to the Capitol in Santa Fe. Bro. Romero and his grandson carried the retirees' banner at the rally.

Retirees Picnic in June

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 613, ATLANTA, GA—We the retirees of Local 613 held our 2010 Christmas meeting on Dec. 22. We had a lot of fun and gave away many prizes. More than 200 members attended.

Our March 23, 2011, meeting was a success, with 120 members and spouses attending.

We are excited about what is planned as the first Annual Retirees Picnic in June at the union hall.

We mourn the passing of: Donald Deen, Danny Meeks, Holland Booth, Charles Whitten, Rufus Gates, Richard Gehman, Kristina Adkins, David Sturdevant, Lew Wigley, Isaac Smith, Henry Evans, Donald Deen, Danny Meeks and Holland Booth.

Blake McLeod, Pres.

'Gems of Brotherhood'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 654, CHESTER, PA—I started writing as press secretary for Local 654 in the former IBEW Journal in 1968 and now write in the Electrical Worker for the Retirees Club.

I enjoy reading the publication. "Local Lines" includes reports about: the work situation—good or bad, apprentice graduations, union picnics, retired and deceased members, solar photovoltaic and green energy training, members who save lives by using CPR skills learned in a union program, etc.

Then there were articles about the 2010 mid-term elections. In one Electrical Worker article online, Local 654 Bus. Mgr. Paul Mullen is pictured with former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a friend of labor who ran for the Senate [Oct. 2010 online issue]. Unfortunately, Sestak did not win. Did you vote?

There was a "Who We Are" article about a line crew who saved a family of eight from a house fire [March 2011 issue]. I was particularly struck by a "Letter to the Editor" from Bro. Warren Duvieilh of New Orleans Local 130 [November 2010 issue]. He thanked Bro. Gary Buresh, Seventh District Int. Rep. of Arlington, TX, for his kind offers of help and the gift of his tools to Bro. Duvieilh, who had lost everything in Hurricane Katrina.

It's great to pick out gems of brotherhood such as these.

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

Annual Retiree Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 702, WEST FRANKFORT, IL—IBEW Local 702 held our Annual Retiree Luncheon to honor our retirees on April 5 at the Rend Lake Resort. Approximately 125 retirees attended and everyone had a good time. Bus. Mgr. Steve Hughart wanted to express our local's gratitude for all the struggles and challenges the retirees endured, which helped to make life better for all the members who followed.

Currently, the middle-class, blue collar, union made American worker is under attack by corporate America and politicians who support union busting agendas. We must rely on everyone to help in this struggle, and who better than our retired members who have been through the same and/or similar battles.

We appreciate each and every one of our retirees.

Marsha Steele, P.S.

A group of retirees attend the Local 702 Annual Retiree Luncheon held April 5.

Tennessee Contingent
The Fort Lauderdale, FL, Local 728 Retirees Club sends greetings to three Local 728 retired brothers and their wives living in Tennessee, who get together once a month for lunch.

In the Tennessee contingent are, from left: Barry "Corky" Schmoll with wife Rita, Al Kimball with wife Pam, and Bill Smith with wife Cindy.

May 14 Fishing Tournament

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 1205, GAINESVILLE, FL—Our Christmas parties were a terrific opportunity to bring members and their families together for fun and food. We are fortunate that our local's president knows Santa and could get him to attend the children's party. The children had fun and many took pictures with Santa … including one of myself! Retirees in attendance were: James Brown, Wesley Green and Mary Jo, Dub Fowler and Nyla, Wayne and Quincy Sparkman.

The 2011 first quarter Retiree Dinner Meeting was held at the union hall on March 18 at 5 p.m. It was a beautiful day and we all enjoyed barbecue under the awning outside. Attendance was great and included more than 20 retirees, a few Executive Board members and the local's officers.

We look forward to the annual W.S. Brown Brim Fishing Tournament for both the fishing and the second quarter Retiree's Lunch Meeting. All members, retirees and their families are welcome to join us at Earl Powers Park on Newnan's Lake on Sat., May 14, with a 5:30 a.m. breakfast to begin the festivities and a lunch after weigh-in. Anyone interested in attending, please see the local's Web site or contact the hall at (352) 376-7701!

Thanks to all who participate in our events!

Wayne Sparkman, P.S.

At the Local 1205 children's Christmas party, a youngster visits with Santa.