July 2011

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Rebuilding Together St. Louis

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa,st& ws), ST. LOUIS, MO—Thanks to the nearly 100 IBEW Local 1 members who donated a Saturday in April for the annual Rebuilding Together St. Louis Campaign. Members volunteered to help those in need with residential electrical issues. Volunteers worked on more than 49 homes, installing ceiling fans and porch lights, and making repairs.

Since 2003, Local 1 has volunteered with the Rebuilding Together St. Louis campaign. Every year the number of members has grown, as well as the need for help. Numerous contractors donated tools and vehicles to complete the projects. Metro Electric Supply provided ceiling fans and porch lights to the Rebuilding campaign.

This year, the majority of the work was centered around the Fairgrounds Park area, in the 21st and 4th wards of St. Louis. In addition, a few homes were helped in the North County area. Thanks to all the volunteers for a wonderful day.

We mourn the death of members Curtis Cookson, Vincent Morrell, Lawrence Campbell, Bill Lindsay, Tony Zakibe, Dennis Murphy and Lawrence Killian.

Matt Gober, P.S.

Local 1 journeyman wireman Kevin Renaud (left) and Bus. Agent Tom Sansevere volunteer for Rebuilding Together St. Louis project.

Career of Union Service

L.U. 9 (catv,govt,lctt,o&u), CHICAGO, IL—Congratulations to Asst. Bus. Mgr. Paul Kane, who retired after 45 years of membership. Paul has been a member of Local 9 since February 1966. He has served the membership for the past 16 years as an assistant business manager. Paul will be missed by all. Best wishes, Paul!

Robert W. Pierson, B.M.

Local 9 Bus. Mgr. Robert Pierson (left) presents Asst. Bus. Mgr. Paul Kane with his 45-year membership pin.

City of Carson Approves PLA

L.U. 11 (i,rts&spa), LOS ANGELES, CA—The City of Carson recently approved a project labor agreement covering approximately $66 million of work for the Housing Authority. Members attended many meetings in support of the measure and we are grateful for their support.

Members are reminded to keep their California State Certification up-to-date, as the state recently released information that pass-rates have fallen from previous years. Certification Preparation classes and ongoing training are being offered through the Electrical Training Institute. Take advantage of these valuable resources available to our members.

Thank you to the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus members who participate in mentoring candidates every month at the Electrical Training Institute. Mentoring helps individuals prepare for a successful electrical career. Many candidates credit EWMC mentoring as vital to their entering the apprenticeship program. EWMC members also remain active in community outreach at the Los Angeles Downtown Mission. This is the fifth year Local 11 members have supported the Skid Row Career Fair.

Plans are being finalized for the 2011 Annual Local-Wide Picnic in late October. This year's picnic will be bigger and better than ever. We have outgrown the facility at the L.A. Police and Revolver Club and are seeking a new, larger location that will accommodate our growing numbers.

Bob Oedy, P.S.

Utility Local Update

L.U. 15 (u), DOWNERS GROVE, IL—The City of Chicago has a proposed Clean Air Ordinance that, if passed, could force the closure of Fisk and Crawford power stations by July 2012. Hundreds of our members attended a city meeting to oppose air pollution standards that are impossible to meet in the given time frame. As of press time, there was no vote on the ordinance so the council would have more time to study the issue.

This year Local 15 is offering 13 $500 scholarships to our members or their families. Ten of the scholarships were approved by the membership and three are the result of donations from members. Bus. Mgr./Pres. Dean Apple appointed a committee of five from across the divisions to select the recipients.

On the nuclear side, two of our business reps attended a Nuclear Energy Institute workshop on the "new" work-hour rules. At our semi-annual State of Nuclear meeting, top level representatives from Local 15 and Exelon discussed the biggest issues we face.

Many Local 15 members attended rallies for workers' rights. Our local sent a bus to Wisconsin, and members also attended "We Are One" rallies across Illinois in April.

Members attended the IBEW Utility Conference in Maryland, the Illinois State Conference and a "Taking Back Your Workplace" workshop. Additionally, our BAPP (Behavioral Accident Prevention Process) facilitators went to a safety conference in Tennessee.

Our Johnson Controls members ratified a five-year contract, giving them a 13.5 percent wage increase over the term of the agreement.

Doug Vedas, P.S.

Local 15 members rally to save jobs.

Power of Collective Bargaining

L.U. 17 (catv,em,lctt,o&u), DETROIT, MI—It's just my opinion, but I sometimes think that even union members underestimate the value of collective bargaining. Nonunion workers obviously don't have a clue. According to a 2005 Stanford University study, union membership wages and benefits are 43 percent higher on average than nonunion workers for the same job. Watching Republicans launch a full-blown attack against unions across the nation to limit our rights at the table indicates the power of collective bargaining. When the union sits down at the negotiating table and speaks on behalf of the entire group and has done all the necessary research and preparation—that, my brothers and sisters, is power. Going in alone and unprepared is a recipe for disaster.

As of this writing, employment remains strong for our LCTT agreement with nearly 600 members working. Our 6-17-A Contractor brothers are starting to see some signs of life also with fewer than 40 members on book one. Our Traffic Signal and Commercial agreements are doing fairly well with most members working in our jurisdiction. DTE Energy hired nearly 25 journeyman linemen this spring and is expected to hire apprentices later this summer. At press time, we were looking forward to another Softball Summer Classic in June. Special thanks to Chuck Dortenzio for organizing the game every year.

Dean Bradley, P.S.

'Charged Up for Change'

L.U. 37 (em,o&u), FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA—Recently the IBEW Local 37 Training Trust Fund held a conference, "Charged up for Change." With nearly 100 members and invited guests in attendance, the conference was the first event of its kind for the Training Trust, and it was a fantastic event!

Friday night's banquet dinner was followed by comedian Marshall Button, who had everyone in stitches. Internationally renowned speaker Jim Clemmer gave Saturday morning's keynote address, "Growing @ the Speed of Change." His insightful, entertaining presentation was well-received and his friendly approach encouraged participation.

Breakout sessions on various change-related topics got positive reviews. Professional speaker Carol Lesbirel gave a funny and engaging closing keynote address on "Choices Today Impact Tomorrow." She kept the room in stitches while she doled out thought-provoking insights.

Kids who attended with their parents spent the day making art projects and visiting a fun, interactive science centre. The kids loved the entertaining and educational activities!

This was a great event and its success has Local 37 looking forward to doing it again this fall!

Ross Galbraith, B.M.

Attendees gather at Local 37 Training Trust Fund conference.

Summer Work & Union Events

L.U. 41 (em,es,govt,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NY—Our union hockey team, which was formed only last year, participated in the 48th Annual OPC Hockey Tournament, held April 29-30 in London, Ontario. The team has grown from 12 to 17 players including journeymen and apprentices. It's always exciting to see camaraderie in the Brotherhood growing.

As summer is in full swing, so is work in our area. Thanks to the traveling brothers and sisters who have helped man our jobs.

Along with our summer being busy with work, it is also filled with local union sponsored events: July 22—Buffalo Bisons game; Aug. 5—Miss Buffalo Cruise; Aug. 20—our Annual Union Outing; and Sept. 17—the Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Anyone interested in attending these events, please contact the union hall for more information. Please take the opportunity in attending these events to meet new brothers and sisters.

Gregory R. Inglut, A.B.M.

'Days of Action' Rallies

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA—Independence Day—the day set aside to celebrate ourselves, our ideals and our country. It is a day to acknowledge men and women, past and present, who have served in the Armed Forces to defend our freedoms. This year we all owe a special appreciation to Navy Seal Team 6.

Work remains steady at the local. A few construction projects have been delayed while environmental and other issues are worked out, but others are already in progress.

We held our annual Desert Days in April. More than 200 members enjoyed a weekend of off-road recreation. Local 47 members on dirt bikes, dune buggies and quads, were all over the Stoddard Wells area.

Local 47 members remain very active in "Days of Action" rallies. The attack on organized labor is real and we must fight back before it's too late.

The local has taken a lead role against an effort to disincorporate the City of Vernon. We represent the workers at the city-owned utility.

We mourn the passing of members Ryan Bennett, Pauline Walker and Ron Green. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.

Work safe, live well, work union.

Stan Stosel, P.S.

Local 47 Bus. Mgr. Pat Lavin (left) and Rec. Sec. Chris Avila (center) present a $35,000 check to Riverside, CA, Mayor Ron Loveridge for the Sendai (Japan) Relief Fund to aid earthquake/ tsunami victims.

Welcome to New Members

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,rtb,t&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL—The 128 employees who perform operations and maintenance work at the E.D. Edwards and Duck Creek power stations won their NLRB election with 97 percent of these employees voting in favor of joining the IBEW. Contract negotiations have started with the company, AmerenEnergy Resources. We welcome our newest brothers and sisters into the local union.

Congratulations to Sister Sarah Sylvester Drake, customer service representative at Ameren Illinois, for winning the 2011 Women of Excellence Helen Duncan Labor Award.

Work is looking up for our construction members this summer. We currently have one wind project underway, another starting mid-June, and various transmission maintenance jobs to look forward to.

Have a safe summer and please attend your monthly unit meetings!

Karlene Knisley, B.R.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

L.U. 55 (lctt,o&u), DES MOINES, IA—On March 18, Local 55 held a groundbreaking ceremony for our new union hall, which will be built on the lot adjacent to our existing building. Construction began in June, using an all-union work force, including IBEW Local 347 brothers and sisters. We are shooting for a completion date in December.

We have been fortunate to keep our Book 1 members working through the winter and spring, as well as many from Book II. The summer work outlook seems very encouraging.

Our Unit Rep. Allan Meacham has been working hard to settle several of our unit agreements. As organizer, I have been following up on leads and cold leafleting several nonunion tree contractors in our state. As a result, at press time a representation election was scheduled to be held June 28 for Asplundh Tree on MidAmerican property, in Waterloo, Iowa.

Our members have attended several rallies at our state Capitol in support of public sector workers in Wisconsin and Iowa. I am proud, as I attend these rallies, to see a mix of people coming together, in the face of oppression. History has taught us that we will win, and now is the time to stand up and fight. "Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it is taken by the oppressed."– Dr. Martin Luther King

Rusty McCuen, A.B.M.

Attending Local 55 groundbreaking ceremony, from left: Ken Sawyer, retired International Representative; Local 55 Pres. James Blair; Phil Stender, former business manager; Bus. Mgr. Michael Brookes; Don Barrow, former business manager; and Dave Turner, former president.


L.U. 57 (lctt,mo,o,t&u), SALT LAKE CITY, UT—IBEW Local 57 members working for Rocky Mountain Power and Idaho Falls Power continue to volunteer in their communities, recently preparing and serving a community dinner at the City of Refuge in Idaho Falls. Members have committed to providing the meal every month. We are striving to help out in the community, while getting name recognition in our communities. Many who participate in the meal ask who we are and what IBEW stands for.

We are also helping out at the local Big Brothers/Big Sisters golf tournament with a hole sponsorship and volunteers. Get out and participate in the community. Many of our members have quietly supported and volunteered in their communities. This can, potentially, be one of the best ways to promote ourselves and the union movement. The time is right.

On the work outlook, construction is slow with the potential for work to pick up this summer. The light rail project should start up this summer, as well as a 345kV transmission project, outside of Salt Lake City.

Scott Long, P.S.

IBEW Local 57 members volunteer at the City Of Refuge in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Solar Energy Project

L.U. 99 (govt&i), PROVIDENCE, RI—At this writing it is a very busy time what with elections, contract talks, a graduating apprentice class and more.

Bro. Mike D'Amio and many Local 99 volunteers were again a big part of Rhode Island's Rebuilding Together campaign. Their hard work to help those less fortunate certainly merits recognition. Bro. D'Amico's dedication to this annual event is unparalleled.

The Local 99 JATC graduated 32 inside wireman "A-rate" apprentices and nine teledata technicians on June 2. We wish these fine young graduates good luck in their careers.

Although work remains slow in our area, several projects are in the works. One is a renewable energy project at a local manufacturer. Toray Plastics Inc. will have one of the largest solar arrays in Rhode Island to date. E.W. Audet will be the contractor in charge of the 1,600 panel installation.

The National Electrical Code cycle has begun again at Local 99's union hall. Local 99 is also offering a Contractor Business course for members on how to run successful union shops. JATC Dir. Joe Anderson has other journeyman courses available on an "as filled" basis.

Efforts continue at Local 99 to strengthen Electrical License laws. Bus. Mgr. Al Durand and Organizer John Shalvey, with lobbyist Paul MacDonald, continue to push for increased fines for violations of the Rhode Island Electrical Licensing laws. The continued disregard of rules by many nonunion shops must be stopped. All the membership needs is a level playing field to outperform the nonunion competition.

S.P. Callaghan, P.S.

All-Member Meeting

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR—Local 125 hosted annual training for unit chairs, unit recorders and shop stewards on April 15 and its All-Member Meeting on April 16. To help fulfill their roles and responsibilities, participants received instruction, suggestions and information on current topics, basic labor relations fundamentals and upcoming issues.

On behalf of the Executive Board and staff, thank you to our members who participated in this year's events. These are difficult times which require the commitment, presence and unity of the membership. The local thanks John Bishop, John Mohlis, Int. Vice Pres. Mike Mowrey, Christy Piti, AFL-CIO Sec.-Treas. Liz Shuler and Steve Wright for addressing the membership during the meeting. (Shuler participated via video.)

Bus. Mgr. Travis Eri shared information on current events, finances, negotiations and safety. "This was a good opportunity for members to learn from each other and hear what is happening throughout the local," said Eri. During the meeting, Eri fielded questions from the membership and inquired whether the meeting should be held in the future. Attendees overwhelmingly supported a meeting in 2012.

Thank you to everyone who donated items and those who made purchases which generated $1,800 for the Brotherhood Fund.

Visit the local's Web site www.ibew125.com for information about these events.

Marcy Putman, P.S.

Protest/Unity Rallies

L.U. 159 (i), MADISON, WI—Protest/unity rallies continue at our state Capitol. At press time, the biggest issues include recall efforts. Democrats won back a seat in the state Senate that was vacated by an appointment to the governor's staff. Unfortunately, Republicans remain in control of both the state Senate and Assembly.

On May 14 another huge rally took place around our Capitol square. The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, local labor organizations and unions are working to keep the issues of working people alive and to keep the momentum going through the 2012 national elections.

The work outlook remains slow for all sectors, but we are putting out more referrals currently than last year at this time.

Our 18th Suchoman Scholarship Golf Outing—now known as the Robert Palmer Classic, in memorial tribute to our former business agent—will be held Aug. 20. All proceeds go to our scholarship fund for members or their children attending college.

Father's Day was celebrated by Local 159 members and their families/guests at the annual IBEW Day at the Mallards, our local semi-pro baseball team.

Thanks again to all the IBEW members from locals across the country who have sent their support to Wisconsin. All your efforts in this fight are greatly appreciated and have helped make a difference. We sincerely thank you.

Joel Kapusta, B.A.

Solar Contractors Signed

L.U. 163 (ees&i), WILKES-BARRE, PA—Greetings. 2011 has engaged us in many new and challenging projects. Our fifth-year apprentice class is in the process of taking the craft certification hands-on performance evaluations.

Construction is complete on our new solar systems and they are online generating power. The system consists of a 2 kW tracking array for training and a 36 kW system to power our building. This solar system will give us firsthand knowledge of the new technology and a presence in the solar construction market. Thank you to all who have donated their time. Bus. Mgr. Michael Kwashnik and Member Development Rep. Jeremy Moderwell have been active in organizing area solar contractors and have signed Endless Mountain Solar and Mid Atlantic Solar. We welcome our new contractors.

In November 2010, we held our annual retiree dinner. Our retired members shared their insight and stories, danced and had a wonderful time. And finally, Santa visited our members' children at our annual Christmas party. The children enjoyed a puppet show, participated in a Christmas play, and received a gift and picture with Santa. Visit us at our Web site www.ibewlocal163.com.

David Novak, P.S.

Local 163's new solar array.

2011 Graduating Class

L.U. 175 (c,em,i,lctt,mt,o&u), CHATTANOOGA, TN—Congratulations to the Local 175 inside apprenticeship class of 2011.The 2011 graduates are Pete Adkins, Tim Anderson, Justin Baggett, John Barker, Jon Barnes, Jay Birdwell, Brian Blevins, Matt Borden, David Bunch, Kris Calhoun, Matt Collins, Cain Collison, Michael Corvin, Nick Cunningham, Coby Curvin, Nick Davis, Almir Dizdarevic, James Edwards, Nathan Evers, Ronald Forrest Jr., Jimmy Frederick, Ronald Galloway, Jeff Gentry, Kris Gilreath, Ricky Gladden, Scott Hastings, Travis Hicks, Clifton Hookey Jr., Brandon Jenkins, Jason Jordan, Ryan Kelley, Chatt Lavender, Tony Lovelady Jr., Joey Massey, Sergey Maystruk, Josh McAlpin, Micah McKinney, Michael McNabb, Luke Moyes, Dale Mull, Jeremy Nolan, Tracey Price, Jason Ricketts, Cory Rigsby, Jameson Rogers, Chris Rose, Jasmin Sahbaz, Chip Saucier, Max Scoggins, Rusty Sells, Heath Shoemate, Casey Shotts, Eric Smith, Stacy Smith, Michael Spade and Derek Wilburn. We wish all these new journeymen the best of luck in the future.

Support your local union. Meetings are the first and third Monday of each month.

Keith Owensby, P.S.

'Fight Back Florida' Rallies

L.U. 177 (bo,ees,i,mo,o&pet), JACKSONVILLE, FL—Although the work picture in our area hasn't improved and doesn't show much promise for the near future, Local 177 has been heavily involved in the fight for working people in our state. The middle class is under attack across the country and the Florida governor and his cronies have been taking lessons from politicians in Wisconsin and Ohio in the attempt to eliminate unions and the middle class.

Thanks to retired member Marvin Murphy for his work as the volunteer mobilization coordinator for the North Florida Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, during the Florida legislative session. Bro. Murphy has been doing a great job organizing and recruiting members to attend rallies every week of the session to show the politicians that we will be heard and we will fight for Florida. Bro. Murphy will carry this momentum on even after the legislative session is over.

Bros. Ron Scarle and Charles Moody were in an accident recently and both received second- and third-degree burns from a 4,160 volt flash. Both brothers are overwhelmed by the cards and gestures of brotherhood from around the country and wish to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers. Both are continuing to heal at home now and look forward to returning to work as soon as their lengthy recovery allows.

Alan Jones, Pres./P.S.

Local 177 Bro. Rahman Noorali attends "Fight Back Florida" rally in downtown Jacksonville, FL.

2011 Summer & Fall Events

L.U. 191 (c,i,mo,rtb&st), EVERETT, WA—Local 191 invites all members to come enjoy family fun this summer and fall. Come invigorate unionism and solidarity to help build a stronger union family. Following is the schedule of our upcoming events.

July 16—Westside Golf Tournament at Avalon Golf Course, 8 a.m., in Burlington, WA.

Aug. 6—Eastside Picnic at Hydro Park, 12 noon, in Wenatchee, WA.

Aug. 13—Eastside Golf Tournament at Highlander Golf Course, 8 a.m., in Wenatchee, WA.

Sept. 18—Westside Picnic at Hillcrest Park, 12 noon, in Mt. Vernon, WA.

Sept. 24—Retiree & Service Pin Dinner at Angel of the Winds Casino, 11 a.m., in Arlington, WA.

Sept. 30—Apprentice Graduation at Tulalip Casino, 6 p.m., in Marysville, WA.

The EWMC will have upcoming Union Solidarity events for the North End and Eastside. Please contact Jodi Howson (360) 391-9990 for information.

You should receive all the information in the mail. Make sure the union hall has your current address. Please call the Everett Hall at (425) 259-3195 to RSVP for all events. We encourage all members to get involved. Volunteers are needed for all events. If interested, please call the Everett Hall. Thanks to all who volunteer.

Rob "Bulldog" De Velder, P.S.

SkillsUSA Championship

L.U. 193 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL—Bros. Mike Conklin and George Moore volunteered as judges at the Illinois SkillsUSA Championship held April 14-15 in Springfield. SkillsUSA, a national student organization, complements technical skills training with instruction in employability skills at public high schools and colleges. The event begins with contests in classrooms, and winners advance through district and regional events, to state competition. IBEW Local 193 is proud to sponsor the Illinois SkillsUSA Championship, which shows everyone how vital career and technical education is to America's future.

The "We Are One Rally for Workers' Rights" hosted by the Springfield and Central Illinois Trades and Labor Council on April 7 on the Illinois State Capitol steps was well-attended. Our own Local 193 Bus. Mgr. David Burns was one of the union keynote speakers. Thanks to all participants for attending and standing against the assault on America's middle class.

Congratulations to all the City Water, Light & Power, Inside, Voice Data Video, and Residential apprentices who graduated this year. Twelve new Inside apprentices and three VDV apprentices have been started. Nelson Tree Service has hired six line clearance tree trimmers.

Our condolences go to the family of our Bro. Jessie Griffin, who passed away.

Don Hudson, P.S.

Local 193 Bros. George Moore (left) and Mike Conklin (second from left) judge residential wiring competition at SkillsUSA Championship.

Work Picture Improves

L.U. 245 (govt,lctt,o,rtb&u), TOLEDO, OH—Our local's work picture is really picking up. We have several wind projects and associated work in conjunction with the wind generators.

More good news: Local 245 worked with Quanta Services and Quanta's Labor Relations Dir. Bob Asher to bring into the IBEW another Quanta family acquisition, the Can-Fer Company. We also brought into Local 245's membership 20 new members from Can-fer. Congratulations to Quanta and to our newly organized Can-Fer members.

Congratulations to Local 245's new ALBAT graduates: journeyman linemen Jason Kehres and Jonathan LaCourse, and Traffic Signal & Lighting journeyman Michael Tscherne.

Our district has gained a new vice president. Kenneth Cooper was appointed Fourth District International Vice President. Cooper replaces Salvatore "Sam" Chilia, who was appointed International Secretary-Treasurer. We congratulate both Vice Pres. Cooper and Int. Sec.-Treas. Chilia. We wish Sec.-Treas. Chilia the best and look forward to working with Vice Pres. Cooper.

Local 245 is working with state and local AFL-CIO labor organizations to gather signatures for the petition drive to put the Ohio Senate Bill 5 referendum on the general election ballot in November. To help gather petitions and register voters, please contact our office. Please sign this petition. Your basic rights to bargain are next to be targeted.

Our Treas. Lisa Tracy is throwing a benefit for her sister-in-law Heather, who has leukemia. Please call our office to purchase tickets or assist.

Philip C. LaCourse, Pres.

Pitching In

L.U. 269 (i&o), TRENTON, NJ—Local members and their family members, along with community volunteers from the Friends of the Delaware Canal, teamed up to provide a needed cleanup of the Delaware Canal State Park in Morrisville, PA. Morrisville Borough Council Pres. Dave Rivella, a Local 269 member, organized the event with a lot of help and support from local members. This event was another example of the local's commitment to serve the communities in which they work and live.

On the work front, crews have started work on the new Mercer County Courthouse located in downtown Trenton, NJ. Having good paying jobs in high-profile, downtown locations has always been a staple of union employment and it is nice to see this trend continue, especially with so much anti-union rhetoric hanging in the air around our city and town halls. Also, the various ongoing solar projects throughout our territory will give our members a chance to apply what they have learned from the recently offered solar training courses. Local leaders are working hard to keep project labor agreements intact for the upcoming summer work on area public schools and facilities.

Brian Jacoppo, P.S.

Local 269 members and their families help clean up state park.

80th Anniversary

L.U. 357 (c,i,mt&se), LAS VEGAS, NV—Local 357 celebrates its 80th anniversary this month and we are proud of everything our local has evolved into. Our membership and our leaders have accomplished so much over the last eight decades.

We thank our JATC for the many hours of instruction and education they provide for our members. Local 357 is honored to have graduated the class of 2011 on May 14. With 127 journeyman wiremen and 23 installer technician graduates, this class is our largest yet.

With this new decade of representation also comes new leadership. After serving Local 357 as business manager/financial secretary, Bro. David R. Jones was appointed International Representative assigned to the Ninth District. And Bro. Al D. Davis was appointed by the Executive Board on April 26 to lead the local as business manager/financial secretary to fill Bro. Jones' unexpired term. We thank all of our leadership past and present for fighting for a living wage, better conditions and a safe workplace.

Aaron L. Jones, P.S.

Local 357's graduating class of 2011, joined by JATC Dir. Madison Burnett, Assistants Robert Buntjer and Jerry White, Bus. Mgr. Al Davis and Int. Rep. David R. Jones.

Standing Strong for Workers

L.U. 363 (catv,em,govt,i,t,u&ws), NEW CITY, NY—There has never been a more critical time for all union members to band together than the time we live in now. Unions are under attack from all angles and directions. The corporations have taken control of the Republican Party on a national level and they are not shy in expressing their hatred for all unions. The most popular Republican proposals of the year would take us closer to a past where there was no unemployment insurance, no Social Security, no pensions, no health care and no right to organize.

With that said, you can rest assured that Local 363 members will do everything possible to educate all working people about the importance of standing strong for the rights of American workers. There is no time in the history of our country where the anti-union movement has been so blatant in their open disdain toward the middle class. The distinct difference is now they are trying to take away what rights were fought for and won by our forefathers.

Let's unite and organize ourselves now to defeat the political corporate shills who are calling for our demise.

Kevin Keeley, P.S.

Veteran Receives Medals

L.U. 379 (i,o&rtb), CHARLOTTE, NC—Retired member and Korean War veteran, Bro. Earley Brown, was recently presented seven medals by the Korean War Veterans Association, Golden Circle, Chapter 244. Family and fellow IBEW members were there for Earley's big day. The medals he received are as follows: Korean Peace, Korean Defense Service, National Defense, Good Conduct, USA Korean Service, United Nations Korean Service and Purple Heart. Some of these medals were developed since the time of the war and were overdue, and some were replaced after an unfortunate fire.

Bro. Brown is from "The Electric City," Anderson, S.C., and it's very fitting that he became an electrician. He was originally initiated into then-Local 908, Greenville, SC, on Feb. 10, 1964. His three sons, Edgar, Mike and Earl "Nick" Brown, followed their dad into our Brotherhood and their family has 132 years of service combined! When discussing his electrical career, he states, "I am the proudest man to be in the IBEW, and won't forget what [the Brotherhood] did for me."

Earley, we won't forget what you did for us. We thank you for your honorable service to our country and the IBEW!

Circuit 379 open for now. …

Guy B. DePasquale, P.S.

Local 379 retired member Earley Brown (center) with family and friends.

Transitions Reported

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, ID—Local 449 thanks former business manager Bob Bodell for the years he dedicated to Local 449 and wishes him the best of luck in his new position as the Idaho National Laboratory site labor coordinator. INL is a nuclear R&D facility outside Idaho Falls. The Executive Board appointed Rodney James as business manager, Mike Miera as president and Zeke Martin as vice president.

With the current attack on the labor movement across America, I urge all members to participate in rallies and volunteer when needed in pro-union activities to help protect the rights our forefathers fought and died for.

The membership congratulates the following apprentices on completion of their apprenticeships: Chris Brunson, Isamu Burton, Cain Calzada, Luke Carpenter, Aaron Dill, Wesley Freeman, Cory Gneiting, Ross Harrington, Brandon Harris, Wayne Harris, Kyle Jones, Vickie Lish, Scott Mackowiak, Travis Newsom, Jake Stevenson, David Taufui, Brody Winmill, Kelly Worthington and Scott Yearsley.

Congratulations and best wishes to Arlyn McCulloch, Laurel Orr, Alan Christensen and Torry Peterson on their retirement.

Local 449 members extend condolences to the families of recently deceased members: Bros. Harry Blessinger, Marshall Rapp, Harlem Wilson, Eugene Campbell and Bobby Smout.

We congratulate former Int. Sec.-Treas. Lindell Lee on his retirement and thank him for his service to the IBEW.

Mike Miera, Pres./Organizer

Bus. Mgr. O'Rourke Retires

L.U. 455 (em&u) SPRINGFIELD, MA—Bill O'Rourke, pictured above with his wife, Joanne, retired effective March 1 as business manager/financial secretary of Local 455 after 22 years of service to the local.

Bill holds the distinction of longest serving business manager in the local's history, which is a testament to the job he did fighting for better wages and benefits for his brothers and sisters. Bill will be missed by all of us here at Local 455. We thank him for all the years of hard work and wish him well in his retirement.

Following Bill's retirement, Brian Kenney was appointed business manager to fill the unexpired term; Jim DiBernardo was appointed president; and Tom Albano was appointed recording secretary.

Jim DiBernardo, P.S.

Local 455 former business manager Bill O'Rourke and wife Joanne.

Attacks on Workers

L.U. 531 (i), LAPORTE, IN—The GOP in Indiana, as in many other states, has become emboldened as a result of the last election. In the past when our friends controlled at least one of the legislative bodies, we were able to fend off many of the attacks by the right wing. We owe a debt of gratitude to the Democrats who fled the state to stop the anti-worker legislation and also to those few Republicans who do understand and support our positions. The GOP's whole strategy now is to eliminate collective bargaining and weaken the voices of the middle class. I thank all of our members who joined us at the Indiana Statehouse for demonstrations.

As important as politics are to our local unions, it is just as important to be involved in our communities. Thanks to our members who participated in the United Way Dodge Ball Challenge, Rebuilding Together in Valparaiso, and the L.U. 531 Annual Blood Drive. The leaders in our communities recognize IBEW Local 531 as a force in the community because of what you do.

Welcome to our new Local 531 apprentices: Bryan Michalski, Mike Camplan, Johnathon Appelman and Adam Levendoski.

Dean Harmon, Pres.

Local 531 contingent attends March union rally.

Keith Bergeron Retires

L.U. 547 (rr), GALESBURG, IL—IBEW Local 547 Local Chairman Keith Bergeron retired June 9 from the BNSF Railway after nearly 37 years of service. Bro. Bergeron served our local for more than 15 years in various positions including president, local chairman, financial secretary and Executive Board member. Keith retired as an electronic technician foreman and had previously held the telecom line foreman position. The knowledge and service he so tirelessly provided to the members and officers of our local will not be forgotten or easily replaced. Bro. Bergeron, we hope you and Roberta only the best in your much deserved retirement. Thank you, from all Local 547 members.

Terry R. Pind, P.S.

Workers Day Rally

L.U. 551 (c,i&st), SANTA ROSA, CA—I wish to express great gratitude for the brothers who came out for the International Workers Day march and rally on May 1. We marched two miles through the streets of Santa Rosa. The march ended in Julliard Park, where we enjoyed entertainment and some fine wild turkey barbecued by Bro. Russell Heath.

Every union member should know the importance of this day. The plight of Wisconsin is a clear step backward. Yes, back in time—where workers had no rights, were forced to work 12-16 hour work days. No weekends, no overtime, and of course no safety standards. Local 551 will not stand idly by and let this happen again. I urge all IBEW members to attend every rally you can get your feet and voice in.

A big thank-you to Charlie O'Neil, who took charge of wiring the two solar Habitat for Humanity homes in Healdsburg! Your volunteerism and skilled commitment are the best of the best! What? You missed this build? Not to worry—two more solar homes are breaking ground now, and we will be looking for volunteers in July; give your hall a call.

Be active in your union; be safe—without "U" there is no union.

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

Attending Workers Day rally, from left: North Bay Labor Council Exec. Dir. Lisa Maldonado, IBEW Local 551 member Russell Heath, California Assembly member Michael Allen, Local 551 Pres. Jim McQuaid and member Dan Carroll.

OSHA & Steward Training

L.U. 553 (i,mt,o&ws), RALEIGH, NC—In April Local 553 held OSHA 10-hour training for our members to be on board with safety training requirements for jobs with our contractors.

Also, the local had a steward training class, which provided valuable instruction for stewards who represent our members. Thanks go to Int. Reps. Carmella Cruse and Benny Hunnicutt for teaching the informative steward training class.

Contractors have been calling from other areas of the country for a wage package, indicating that maybe they will be on work in our jurisdiction for future projects. Maybe our members can prosper at home, instead of having to work in other jurisdictions.

The AFL-CIO held a labor rally at the state Capitol in Raleigh. Labor unions joined together to show solidarity and support for the rights of working people. The business manager and the organizer of Local 553 attended the labor rally in support.

David A. Ingram, P.S.

Int. Rep. Benny Hunnicutt instructs a Local 553 steward training class.

Promising Spring & Summer

L.U. 557 (i,mt,rts&spa), SAGINAW, MI—As nice weather moves into Michigan, Local 557 looks forward to what could be a promising summer. After a tough winter for much of the local, we are excited for some projects to come our way.

Nearby Gratiot County will play host to a new state-of-the-art windmill farm. This will be the first big venture into the new "green" energy wave for our local. Many members are excited to have a chance to work on this rare project. Funding is finalized and our local is ready to spring into action to help build these magnificent structures.

With summer, come school projects. Several key remodels and additions are coming up in the area. These projects can be counted on every summer to help keep our members busy with work that benefits the community.

Perhaps the most intriguing project in the area is the construction of a brand new International Airport Terminal. MBS International Airport is currently constructing a brand new state-of-the-art airport terminal in Freeland, MI. The 75,000 square foot terminal should attract many business travelers to our area. Having a wonderful new, easy to use airport is an invaluable tool to attract new business to the area. Local 557 is proud to be part of this construction and will guide the project to completion.

Evan Allardyce, P.S.

New Climbing Tower

L.U. 573 (as&i), WARREN, OH—At Local 573, we are having a busy year. In May construction of our Climbing Tower was completed by local union contractors under the direction of our Training Dir. Eric Davis. The 60-foot tall tower has a 12-foot diameter and three interior ladders with cages. It will be used by our members to train for the wind turbine certification; and when not in use, local safety forces will utilize it for training. The tower is one of only two in our state and only a few nationwide. It was funded by a grant and we partnered with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. We are excited and proud to offer this training to our members and enable them to receive their Capstone certification. All classes required for Capstone are now offered through our local, and our training director already has many classes filled to capacity.

We have also been active with our Relay-For-Life fundraising, and many Local 573 members have attended rallies protesting Senate Bill 5, which would strip state union employees' collective bargaining rights. Our governor wishes to remove all collective bargaining and attack prevailing wage and project labor agreements in Ohio. A petition drive to put SB 5 on the general election ballot is circulating and we all need to do our part to repeal this bill. We thank all our fellow locals that have supported this endeavor.

David Bush Jr., P.S.

Local 573's new training tower.

Oakland 'We Are One' Rally

L.U. 595 (c,govt,i&st), DUBLIN, CA—Local 595 members joined hundreds of trade unionists and supporters at the April 4 "We Are One" rally at Oakland's City Hall Plaza. Local 595 member Lawrence Sanders, whose wife is a public school teacher, urged all union members to stand together and fight the anti-union, Republican-led war against workers. Thanks to all who rallied to stand in solidarity with Wisconsin's workers.

The work situation remains slow; job dispatches are trickling out to a few large area projects. Like many locals, we also have hard decisions to make regarding funding of our Health & Welfare plan. The H&W plan recently mailed information to all members; at our May 12 meeting, attendees discussed the H&W survey and made recommendations to the trustees.

We are holding CALCTP classes at our training center and encourage members to get this certification. We foresee an increase in hiring in this area as our contractors do more of the work greening our buildings. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 2X, which increases renewable energy mandates from 20 percent to 33 percent by 2020. This will bring increased production of renewable energy and create jobs in the process.

Plans for our new JATC build-out are progressing with a projected completion date of summer 2012. The state-of the art facility aims for a "net zero" energy use goal and will serve our industry for years to come.

Tom Mullarkey, B.R.

Local 595 member Lawrence Sanders (at podium) addresses "We Are One" rally at Oakland's City Hall Plaza.

Prospects for Future Projects

L.U. 601 (i&rtb), CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, IL—As of this spring writing, the work situation in our area is still slow. There are some prospects for improvement with five wind farm projects slated to start in 2011 that will produce 593 wind turbines. Carle Hospital has plans for a large addition that will start soon, which will help clear some of the 65 members we have on Book I. At press time, we still have eight apprentices out of work and Book II has 241 brothers and sisters looking for work.

Our local has approximately 100 electricians working at the University of Illinois Physical Plant. While there are several small remodel jobs, there are no plans of any big projects in the near future.

The annual Local 601 Steak Stag was held April 9. Once again many members, both active and retired, stepped up to make the event a great success. The large group shared in the great food and fellowship.

Dan Hatter, P.S.

Jobs Day in Santa Fe Rally

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM—This year's Jobs Day in Santa Fe rally drew its usual large crowd. The unions met at the Eagles Club where we were treated to great food, speeches by a congressman and the Santa Fe city manager, and then the crowd marched to the state Capitol to show union unity.

If you recently moved or changed your phone number, please call the union hall to update your information. This is a convention year and we need every member counted so we can have as many delegates as possible.

This year's annual picnic is now in July. Make every effort to attend.

Also remember to attend union meetings, held the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. (In a previous article, the day for meetings was mistakenly listed incorrectly.)

Local 611 extends condolences to the families of members who recently passed away: Jerry M. Gonzales, Eugene F. Getz, James E. Smith and Herman L. Sieboldt.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.

Local 611 members Guillermo Trujillo (left) and Adolph Chavez attend Jobs Day Rally.

Worker Solidarity Rally

L.U. 617 (c,i,mo&st), SAN MATEO, CA—IBEW Local 617 members proudly stood with brothers and sisters of all unions at the April 4 San Mateo County We Are One events. Wisconsin tactics have surfaced in our county and we are joining public workers to protect the rights unions have won for the American people. Local teachers, first responders and municipal workers know they can count on determined IBEW support in the battle to secure decent wages, pensions and health care for families who live in this county.

Under the direction of our local's officers, staff and EWMC Chapter, the Rebuilding Together program continues to thrive. Thank you to Bus. Mgr. Dominic Nolan, Pres. Mark Leach, Sec.-Treas. D.J. Siegman, EWMC Pres. Joe Sweeting and Local 617 members Irving Hemingway, Jadaun Williams, Art Lee, Abe Kasitalea, Jim Robertson, Jerry Accristo, Daniel Eaves, Robertson Gembe, Ruben Pacheco, Dave Huston and Steve Kennedy for all their efforts and hard work. We also thank local contractors Armor Electric, Liberty Electric, Palmer Electric, Morrow Meadows and Redwood City Electric.

Dan Pasini, V.P.

Local 617 Bro. Steven Booker addresses We Are One rally.

Summer Work Picture

L.U. 625 (ees,em,i,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA—On July 11 this year, the 115th anniversary of the untimely death of our founder Henry Miller will be marked. I urge all IBEW members to wear your local's shirt, hat, jacket, etc. and go donate blood in Brother Miller's honor.

The offshore gas development work should pick up in July or August with the arrival of the production facility for Encana's four-well Deep Panuke Project. Maybe this will pick up the slack from the waning gas wells operated by ExxonMobile on the Sable Island Scotia Shelf.

An expansion at the Springhill Institute Federal Penitentiary, and construction of a new provincial corrections facility in Thorburn, should provide for some hiring provided both are awarded union. These jobs will come to Unit #2, which to date still has 80 members employed at the Truro Hospital.

Retired member Clayton Brown passed away May 4, 2011. He was 85. Our condolences go to his family.

Congratulations to our newly certified journey persons: Corey Graves, Jason Stewart, Sander MacMillan, Addison Hawes, Chris Goodie and Duncan MacEachen. Well done, brothers.

Tom Griffiths, Pres.

California Valley Solar Ranch

L.U. 639 (i&rts), SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA—We thank the traveling brothers and sisters for their help during the recent refueling outage at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. The California Valley Solar Ranch project was approved by the County Board of Supervisors on a 5-0 vote in April. It is a 250 megawatt photovoltaic power plant, built by union electricians. Check our Web site for information on this and other large projects that we might have at www.ibew639.org. This large solar installation will put San Luis Obispo County on the map as a leader of large-scale photovoltaic projects installed by union labor.

Local 639 has been busy in the community, with journeyman wiremen and apprentices working with Habitat for Humanity in San Luis Obispo. Local 639 has worked with Habitat for years to serve the community. Organizer Mark Satterfield was featured on the cover of Local 639's newspaper, New Times, making the case for union workers.

The San Luis Obispo JATC is busy completing another year of apprentice training and offering a special program in cooperation with the local Unemployment/One Stop office to offer a pre-apprentice, multi-trades 10-week course to 25 local unemployed people with an interest in a future in one of the building trades. The course is unique in our area and we look forward to many new apprentice applicants.

Our May meeting featured officer nominations and at this writing, elections were scheduled for June. Please drop by our July 21 meeting to congratulate our newly elected officers. A barbecue starts at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 6:30 p.m.

John Ponzetti, P.S.

Local 639 Organizer Mark Satterfield on the cover of New Times.

'The Battle Continues'

L.U. 683 (em&i), COLUMBUS, OH—The battle for Ohio continues. We've lost a few skirmishes but not the war. Union members have attended multiple rallies at the Statehouse. The next battle is to gather enough signatures to get Ohio Senate Bill 5, the attack on collective bargaining, on the ballot in November. The law was passed by the Republican controlled House, Senate and governor. By getting this on the ballot we will let the voters decide. We need to get the word out that the Republicans are attacking workers, not just unions, all over the country. The only firewall some states have is that one branch of their state government is controlled by Democrats. They can put in roadblocks to prevent the legislation even coming to the floor for a vote. Ohio has none. We need to protect what was fought and sometimes died for by our past brothers and sisters. We need to come together not just as union members but as Americans to stop the greed of corporations and Wall Street manipulation.

We extend our condolences to the families of recently deceased members: Frank W. Kollmer Jr., Richard M. Miller, Thomas H. Savage, Dolph D. Slone and Cecile M. Jeffers.

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

Service Pins & Cookout

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL—Our annual April cookout and service-pin presentation brought out the brothers and sisters ranging from those with 55 years of service down to first-year apprentices. The cooks did a great job. The brotherhood and fellowship among attendees was a joy to be a part of. Thank you to all who pitched in to make the event a success.

Congratulations on 55 years of service to: Bros. Armand Chaves, Glenn Lane and Howard Ritchie. Our 50-year award recipients were: Bros. Alton Banks and Kenneth Letzring. For 40 years' service: Bros. Robert Bass, Russell Dehmel, William Dever, Harold Kronz, Dennis Kuhn and Greg Labuda. For 35 years of service: Bros. James Lyle and Richard Smith. For 30 years: Bros. Steven Lariviere and Roosevelt Lawrence. Congratulations also to all the others who received service pins and thanks to all for your commitment to the IBEW.

Our "Brother of The Year" Award went to Sister Linda Campbell. Sister Campbell has dedicated herself to her union with her whole being. She is a fine example of what giving back represents. We are proud to have Linda be the first sister to receive this accredited award.

Theresa King, P.S.

Local 915 Bus. Mgr. William Dever (left) and Pres. Randall King congratulate award recipient Sister Linda Campbell.

Stand for Workers' Rights

L.U. 965 (em,govt,ptc&u), MADISON, WI—At press time, we are continuing to negotiate with Everbrite, our manufacturing sub-unit in Pardeeville, WI. We continue to work through language issues but the big ticket items, medical, wages and other current benefits, are tough to get to an agreement.

A tentative agreement was reached with Alliant Energy. At this writing, the membership was scheduled to be voting throughout the month of June, and votes were to be counted on June 30, 2011.

As Bus. Mgr. Tony Bartels posted on the local's Facebook page: "It has become very apparent in these negotiations how important it would be to elect labor friendly politicians. The state of Wisconsin anti-worker rights [attacks] led by the current governor are certainly hindering our ability in these negotiations. … I hope labor is awake and ready to right this wrong in the next election, or we will have a lot of lean years ahead of us. Weakening labor unions through an attack on workers' rights will take from the workers and give to the rich and businesses."

This year's Solidarity Picnic will be Sat., July 23, at the Local 965 office in Madison.

Kurt Roberts, P.S.

'Labor is the Solution'

L.U. 1049 (lctt,o,u&uow), LONG ISLAND, NY—Local 1049 represents more than 3,500 members who work under 11 collective bargaining agreements. In 2010 we renegotiated seven of those agreements. We recently completed negotiations for members in the Electric Craft Division (NECA). This two-year agreement includes general wage increases as well as employer funded increases to the Health and Welfare Fund, Health Reimbursement Accounts and the Annuity Fund. We also introduced a new 401(k) plan. At this writing, we are negotiating on behalf of our Gas Craft members.

With the bulk of our negotiations complete, Bus. Mgr. Robert Shand has taken the opportunity to communicate information about the current state of affairs of labor in America. For too long, we have allowed ourselves to become scapegoats for the economic woes this country faces—when, in fact, labor is the solution. Once again labor can, and should be, the voice of all working Americans. I encourage members, on the third Tuesday of each month, to attend a general meeting—where we can get the facts and discuss real solutions to the problems labor faces.

At the March general meeting Bus. Mgr. Shand, all incumbent officers and Executive Board members were re-elected to new three-year terms. On behalf of the business manager, the business staff, my fellow officers and the Executive Board, I thank the membership for their vote of confidence.

Thomas J. Dowling, R.S.

Rollins Mountain Wind Project

L.U. 1253 (i), AUGUSTA, ME—The Rollins Mountain wind turbine project is nearing completion at the time of this writing, but we expect it's the beginning of a long-term relationship with signatory contractor Three Phase Line Construction of New Hampshire. The First Wind project near Lincoln employed a number of members over the winter months.

We're saddened by the death of retired member Michael Perry Sr. and extend our sincere sympathy to his family. A longtime member, Mike will be missed.

Plans are underway for our Annual Family Picnic, to be coordinated by the third-year apprentices.

Enjoy the summer months and stay safe!

William Gifford, P.S.

Secondary terminations at Local 1253 Rollins Mountain project.

Seven Retirees Recognized

L.U. 1307 (u), SALISBURY, MD—With this article we recognize seven Local 1307 retired members: John "Jay" Truitt, Gary Caldwell, David Coulbourne, Joseph Fooks, Patricia Foxwell, Gloria Maull and Vance Elbert.

Bro. Truitt began work at Delmarva Power in 1970. He worked as meter reader, engineer's helper and engineering fieldman 1st class. He retired April 1, 2010.

Bro. Caldwell began at Delmarva Power in 1981 as an apprentice lineman and advanced to journeyman. He was a lead lineman, meter reader, senior lineman in the Training Dept., and trouble serviceman. He retired May 1, 2010.

Bro. Coulbourne started with Delmarva Power in 1993. He was a journeyman lineman and lead lineman. He retired Feb. 1, 2009.

Bro. Fooks started at Delmarva Power in 1973. He entered the apprentice lineman program and became a journeyman lineman, lead lineman and a trouble serviceman. He retired March 1, 2009.

Sister Foxwell started in 1972 as a junior clerk in Salisbury and became a customer information specialist. She retired Oct. 1, 2008.

Sister Maull began as a junior clerk with Delmarva Power in 1969 and became an engineering fieldman. She retired April 1, 2010.

Bro. Elbert started at Delmarva Power in 1969. He worked as engineering fieldman and engineering fieldman 1st Class. He retired Feb. 1, 2009.

May these retirees enjoy a happy retirement.

E.D. Sparks, P.S.

'We are Indiana' Rally

L.U. 1393 (catv,lctt,o,t&u), INDIANAPOLIS, IN—Numerous IBEW Local 1393 members participated in the "We Are Indiana" rally March 10 at the Indiana Statehouse with thousands of other union sisters and brothers protesting anti-union legislation in the 2011 Indiana General Assembly.

Thanks to George Arhos, ALBAT area coordinator, for providing OSHA 10-hour and OSHA 30-hour classes for our outside construction members last fall and again this spring of 2011.

Union sisters and brothers of Duke Energy in the Terre Haute district demonstrated union brotherhood recently. When a fellow union brother was suspended by Duke Energy unjustly, the union members at this location collected money and donated to the brother so he would not experience any loss of wages while his grievance was pending. This has been a long-standing practice in this District.

On September 3-5, members will participate in the 125th Labor Day Celebration at the Princeton, IN, fairgrounds; this is possibly the second oldest Labor Day celebration in the nation. For more information, go to www.labordayassoc.com.

Robert C. Fox, P.S.

Local 1393 officers and members gather for rally at Indiana Statehouse.

Rodeo & Storm Restoration

L.U. 1439 (u), ST. LOUIS, MO—St. Louis was proud to sponsor four apprentice linemen at the 1st Annual IBEW 702 Lineman's Rodeo in DuQuoin, IL, on Saturday, April 30.

Outstanding performances by Nathen Reed and Phil Barnowski almost resulted in trophies, and also noted were great performances by Ryan Czajkowski and Steve Sach. They competed in Hurt Man Rescue, two mystery events and the "egg-cepetional" speed climb. This outing is great training for the upcoming 28th Annual International Lineman's Rodeo in Bonner Springs, KS, on Oct. 15, 2011. At the International Rodeo event, Local 1439 has won first place for journeyman team and our apprentices consistently place in the top three.

Our journeyman teams were called away for storm restoration in Alabama and they also assisted in restoration following the two tornados that ravaged St. Louis on Good Friday. Local 1439 members worked safe and with no accidents.

Mike Walter, B.M.

Local 1439 apprentice linemen Nathen Reed (left), Phil Barnowski, Ryan Czajkowski and Steve Sach participated in the Local 702 Lineman's Rodeo.

Labor Council Conference

L.U. 1501 (ees,em,mo,pet,rts&t), BALTIMORE, MD—The 20th Annual Leadership Conference of the Metropolitan Baltimore Council of AFL-CIO Unions was held Jan. 5­-7.

In attendance were Local 1501 Bus. Mgr./Pres. Dion F. Guthrie and the undersigned, Rec. Sec. Thomas Rostkowski. The conference, under the dynamic leadership of Council Pres. Ernie Grecco, draws delegates from AFL-CIO unions in the area as well as federal and state officials.

The conference, which covered issues important to labor, was opened by Maryland Attorney Gen. Doug Gansler. His remarks were well-received. Keynote speaker was Gen. Pres. Jimmy Williams, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Agenda items included: health care reform and union health care benefits; workers' compensation benefits and clarification of occupational disease; and, for those delegates covered by the Federal Employee Compensation Act, "Your Rights and Benefits." Presenters included the law firm that represents Local 1501, Abato, Rubenstein and Abato. Most informative was the Q&A session, which showed that similar problems are encountered by many of the unions. With labor benefits and unions under attack, it is more important than ever for union representatives to meet together with the goal of being informed of the latest laws and their interpretation in order to better serve the members.

Thomas Rostkowski, R.S.

Local 1501 Bus. Mgr./Pres. Dion F. Guthrie (second from right) joins, from left, Joe Hiltz, Dianna Guthrie, Metropolitan Baltimore Council Pres. Ernie Grecco and Local 1501 Rec. Sec. Thomas Rostkowski.

Wichita River Festival

L.U. 1523 (u), WICHITA, KS—The River Festival has been going strong here in Wichita since 1971 and Local 1523 members have volunteered in many ways throughout the years. Anywhere from selling tickets at the food court to selling buttons, and of course leading off the Sundown Parade in 2010 and 2011. We were scheduled to lead the 2009 parade, but the weather didn't cooperate.

Being part of the community is who we are. Our members' participation ranges from storm restorations, to having a great time supporting city events.

We have been able to weather the storms that come our way and hold steadfast to our solidarity. With strong ethics and a will to succeed, that's what it takes to be winners—and winners we are. Be safe, be happy and be content. Hope all are having a great summer.

Candy C. Cruz-Dodd, P.S.

IBEW Local 1523's float leads parade in Wichita, KS.

2011 Graduating Classes

L.U. 1547 (c,em,i,o,t&u), ANCHORAGE, AK—Local 1547 graduated two classes from the Tom Cashen Electrical Training Center in Anchorage.

The 2011 third-year telephone class was instructed by Bill Merry and Tim Digan. The graduating students are: Chris Bond, Brandon Duvlea, Hunter Hegge, Jeremy Heral, Adam Moore, Tyler Nelson, Shane O'Leary, Michael Pfalmer, Tim Rathbun, Michael Rogers, Dana Sherfick, Kevin Stevens and Brian Wood.

The 2011 third-year lineman class was instructed by Pete Leov. The graduating students are: Jon Birkholz, Sam Clyde, Jacob Fraley, Rocky Fraser, Byron Grenier, Esau Lealaisalanoa, Joe Peters, Aaron Reynolds and Nick Smith.

Melinda Taylor, P.S.

Local 1547 Electrical Training Center graduates.

Organizing Success

L.U. 1579 (i&o) AUGUSTA, GA—It has been 16 months since the National Nuclear Powerhouse PLA was signed. That was the time when the Vogtle Project made a transition from nonunion to union. Although that transition was rocky, current conditions are good and continue to get better.

There were 15 nonunion electricians on that project who stayed on the project during and after the transition. Since Georgia is a so-called "right-to-work" state, these electricians had the option to stay or go. At first that went over like a lead balloon. Bus. Mgr. Kenneth Ward, the job steward and the organizing staff did an excellent job identifying potential qualified electricians and apprentices for organizing into the IBEW. That project is now 100 percent IBEW. This is an organizing success.

Bus. Mgr. Ward was injured in an accident that caused him to fall about 10 feet. He was in the ICU Trauma Unit at the Medical College of Georgia for some time. He is now recovering at home, receiving physical therapy and getting stronger every day. Bus. Mgr. Ward asked me to let everyone know that he appreciates all the flowers, cards, calls, thoughts and prayers.

A reminder to all: If you are fortunate enough to have a job, do your best, be thankful, come to work on time and give eight for eight. Many IBEW members are still desperate for a job.

Will Salters, A.B.M.

Organizing Activities

L.U. 1701 (catv,ees,i,o&u), OWENSBORO, KY—The Examining Board gave the journeyman wireman exam recently to our fifth-year apprentices; the board reports all passed and most have taken and passed the Kentucky state licensing exam. Good luck, brothers, as journeymen—and let's not forget to pass on our knowledge and skills to our upcoming apprentices.

Bus. Mgr. Larry Boswell reports our inside negotiations are continuing and we hope to have a new contract by press time. We thank the negotiating committee brothers—Bus. Mgr. Boswell, Mike VanWinkle, Pres. Scott Coleman and Executive Board member David Carrico—for their time and efforts.

Membership Development Coordinator Mike VanWinkle reports we have ongoing organizing activities with Tag Electric, Peay Electric and Luthan Technologies. We have NLRB charges filed on Luthan and should be hearing from a board agent soon. Bro. VanWinkle asks that if anyone knows of a nonunion electrician interested in becoming an IBEW member or anyone interested in salting, to please contact him at the hall.

A workers memorial was held at the Owensboro-Daviess County courthouse lawn on April 29. Local 1701 was well-represented and we thank all who attended.

In sadness we report the passing of retired Bro. James Gay. May he rest in peace.

Tim Blandford, R.S.

Local 1701 graduating class of 2011, from left: Matt Royal, Kurtis Frederick, Jason Sharp, Travis Hendrix, Andy Daniel, Matt Roe, Keith Jernigan (kneeling), Cody Manley, Donovan Kirtley, Justin Boggess and Matt Bayles.

2011 OPC Hockey Tournament

L.U. 1739 (i&o), BARRIE, ONTARIO, CANADA—Local 1739's hockey team attended the 48th Annual OPC Hockey Tournament held April 29-30 in London, Ontario, Canada. Our local is very proud of our team. Thanks go out to IBEW Local 120 of London, Ontario, for hosting an entertaining and fun weekend. The competition and brotherhood amongst the 20 teams involved was nice to see.

Frank Kastle, P.S.

Local 1739 hockey team members.

United in Solidarity

L.U. 2325 (t), WORCESTER, MA—The local has been actively promoting solidarity with strike preparation activities and community events. Every Thursday, members are wearing red, walking into work locations together and observing a moment of silence.

Our bargaining team is fighting for our livelihoods in negotiations with Verizon. Check the Web site www.ibew2325.com, the audio tape, Facebook or Twitter for updates. Stay tuned for details on upcoming events. A final rally before contract expiration will be held in Boston and the strike authorization vote will be mid-July.

Brothers and Sisters, we and our brethren in the public sector are under attack. We have been unfairly vilified in the media; been blamed for the current economic crisis; and been the target of atrocious legislation.

So what do we do? We become activists. Be:

An advocate for the middle class,
Organizer to the unorganized,
A protester to injustice,
A lobbyist to legislators,
A mentor to the future of labor,
Press agent to the public,
A recruiter for the cause,
A vocal constituent to elected officials.

We are hard-working, middle-class, American union members and it is our time and our responsibility to ensure the middle class and the labor movement survive this assault. Participate in your survival now. United, we shall overcome. We are one.

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

Local 2325 members wear their solidarity colors in Marlboro, MA.