October/November 2011
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Delegates endorse

Cross-border political activism

First-ever IBEW youth delegation

Employer cooperation highlighted

Convention seeks community engagement

Discussion, diversity flow
at conferences

Speakers offer vision, enthusiasm

Vice Presidents re-elected and International Executive Council members

Amendments and resolutions

Convention committee members
Panoramic convention photo

President Hill's keynote speech

Union products featured
at Expo

First District act wins
talent show

Behind the Scenes in Vancouver

Attendees donate to families of members
killed on the job

Building trades members scholarships

NEAP notice
NEAP summary report

June IEC meeting

Sept. IEC meeting

Fee payers plan



38th IBEW Convention Lights Course for Change, Progress

From the opening gavel to closing, "Brotherhood Beyond Borders," the theme of Vancouver's IBEW 38th International Convention, gained greater prominence and meaning with each day's gathering of delegates.

Speakers, from International President Edwin D. Hill to leaders of labor and industry, didn't simply note the common aspirations and challenges of U.S. and Canadian members, however significant or vividly represented in a young and progressive city harboring the Pacific Ocean.

"Borders" was even more broadly defined. President Hill led the way, calling upon delegates to restore labor's standing in our communities, taking on those powerful interests who seek to "isolate us from each other."

In his keynote address, President Hill who, along with Secretary-Treasurer Sam Chilia and International Executive Council Chairman Robert Pierson, was unanimously re-elected, spoke to the solemn duty facing each delegate:

"This is the time to stand up against all odds and reclaim our birthright, a society where those who labor for a living have dignity and opportunity and justice because those things are not guaranteed—they have never been given freely and they have never been won cheaply. They are the things we hold most dear and we will hold on to them and fight for them, and pass them along to those who follow us."

Building Diversity

Meetings of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus and the IBEW Women's Caucus outlined the progress made in building a more inclusive union. But they went further—hosting practical summations of exemplary work to help local unions better reflect the best qualities of a diverse, democratic society.

And, for the first time in convention history, the dual boundaries of experience and age were bridged as states and provinces sponsored a group of young IBEW activists to attend, observe and offer their unique perspective to the convention.


Next Step after Vancouver: Win New Allies

Michael H. Namadan;
Arthur J. Jones;
Gary Klinglesmith;
Douglas Saunders

God and Country, continued;
Honoring Labor's Legacy;
Four More Years;
A Grandson Remembers

August 2011
September 2011

83-Year-Old IBEW Activist:
‘If I Can Do It, Anyone Can'