January 2012

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Happy New Year

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa,st&ws), ST. LOUIS, MO — Happy New Year to all! As we move forward into 2012, let us all be thankful that we belong to the greatest labor organization in the world, the IBEW. Despite these poor economic times, we look forward to what the future holds for our members. Please keep those members who are suffering through tough times in your prayers, as we keep those members who have passed in our thoughts and prayers.

We mourn the death of the following members: Farrell Suber, Henry Dussold, Daniel Schaefer, John Radosevich, Ronald Jacquemin, Harry Pfeifer Jr., James Bohn, Norman Abbott, Gerald Baumann, Roy Hines, Jack Stevens, Kenneth Reynolds, Don Davis, Joseph Hoechst, Craig O'Toole, Jack Hardy, Frank Clark, Joseph Bowen, Joseph Bonagurio, William Talleur, Charles Daniele, Raymond Smith, Andrew Sivley, James Shell, Ralph Landherr, John Venegoni, Bernard Callanan, John Simokaitis, Fred Goodiel, Jack Wilson, Raymond Zehnle, William Waldrop, John Tokraks, Carl McDaniel, Nancy McLemore, Donn Rech, Charles Wolfe, James Jacobs, Harrison Raley, Wayne Mabery and Raymond Baldridge.

Matt Gober, P.S.

Solidarity for Success

L.U. 9 (catv,govt,lctt,o&u), CHICAGO, IL — The voices of working families in Illinois were heard loud and clear last fall. State legislators overrode the veto of the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (SB 1652) by Gov. Pat Quinn. SB 1652 will bring an investment of $2.6 billion to modernize and strengthen the electric grid in Illinois and will create approximately 2,500 jobs. Many of our members have had to seek work out of state. The passage of this bill will bring our members back home to Illinois and bring a positive work outlook to our local. We thank all of our members and their families who helped in the passage of this bill by phoning and/or writing to the senators and representatives of Illinois. This is an example of how critical it is to participate in the political process, and the passing of this legislation is proof that when we work together we can have an impact on our future.

Congratulations to our Bus. Mgr. Robert Pierson for his re-election as chairman of the International Executive Council at the 38th International Convention in Vancouver. Bob looks forward to serving the brotherhood for another five years.

Our visit with Santa at the holiday party was a great success. Thanks to everyone who participated. We wish everyone a safe and prosperous New Year.

Mary Beth Kaczmarek, P.S.

EWMC's Community Leadership

L.U. 11 (i,rts&spa), LOS ANGELES, CA — The Local Wide Picnic was a big success. Thank you to all who attended and volunteered. The new location allowed for more activities. In addition to games, food, music and prizes, the event included a Classic Car Show sponsored by The Knights of Labor. First-place winner was Ernie Hidalgo with his 1941 Chevy half-ton pickup truck. Second-place winner was Herbert Alarcon with his 1969 Chevy Chevelle, and third place winner was Jim Hernandez with his 1970 Chevy El Camino S/S. All three winners received trophies.

The Los Angeles Chapter of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus held their second annual Day of Pampering at the Electrical Training Institute. This is a signature community event to help women victims of domestic violence or those who lost a child through gang violence. Distinguished guest speakers were Jan Perry and Wendy Gruel, both mayoral candidates. Participants were treated to a delicious breakfast, and then treated to a spa/salon visit. Information about opportunities for women in the trade was provided. We are proud of the EWMC's leadership in addressing the needs of our community.

Members are reminded to keep their California State Certification up-to-date. Certification preparation classes and ongoing training are offered through the Electrical Training Institute. Take advantage of these valuable resources available to our members.

Bob Oedy, P.S.

Local 11 member Ernie Hidalgo (left), first-place winner of the Knights of Labor Car Show, is congratulated by Asst. Bus. Mgr. Richard Reed at the local wide picnic.

Illinois Smart Grid Bill

L.U. 15 (u), DOWNERS GROVE, IL — In October, thanks to a big push from labor and especially the IBEW, the Illinois Legislature overrode the governor's veto and overwhelmingly passed SB 1652, the smart grid bill. It is considered a "jobs bill" and, at the peak of the effort, will result in 2,500 additional jobs for workers.

Twelve of our members traveled to Vancouver as delegates to the IBEW International Convention. At the convention, Local 15 proudly submitted and supported two significant resolutions. Resolution No. 17 deals with support of nuclear energy. Resolution No. 47 supports advanced coal-fired electric generation technology. Both resolutions passed successfully.

Five members attended the Young Workers Summit in Minneapolis, MN. Five other members went to the Utility Workers Coalition Conference in Madison, WI.

Our fossil members agreed to a two-year contract extension with Midwest Generation. The extension included 2½ percent wage increases each year of the agreement plus improvements to the shift differential and meal allowance. Eighty-six percent of the members who sent in ballots voted "yes" for the agreement. Also on the fossil side, Joliet and Powerton were the last two stations in 2011 to hold safety fairs, bringing a focus on safety to the forefront for all.

Our members participated in two Labor Day parades — in Springfield, IL, and in Rockford, IL. In Rockford, a Local 15 member's daughter, Hannah McGoldrick, was named Miss Labor Day of Rockford.

Doug Vedas, P.S.

'Picking Up Steam'

L.U. 17 (catv,em,lctt,o&u), DETROIT, MI — Our 6-17-A agreement workload is picking up steam. Our books are nearly clear of journeyman linemen with a few standing calls as of this writing. In 2011 our jurisdiction was hit with 21 storms, and a couple of trips out East to assist with a hurricane and an early winter snow storm. We expect 2012 to be a busy year! Renewable energy work has kept our commercial members working throughout 2011, with an additional four wind-farms projects to be completed this year.

The Public Lighting Dept. of Detroit continues to struggle, including financial deficits. As of this writing we are unable to confirm a rumored takeover by DTE Energy.

Our line clearance tree trimmer work force is rocking 742 members including 135 apprentices. Negotiations with DTE Energy will begin in late June. The utility is earning maximum profits, yet we expect that they will demand concessions at the table. It's simply amazing.

Congratulations to Ron Heaton, Bruce Meade, Chuck Kin, Ernie Gardner, Bob Peterson and Mark Russ on their retirements.

Happy New Year, everyone. Work safe and remember that union membership is the ladder to a middle-class lifestyle.

Dean Bradley, P.S.

'We Must All Be Part of the Solution'

L.U. 21 (catv,govt&t), DOWNERS GROVE, IL — This year our local union faces many challenges. With a still-struggling economy, we will enter negotiations with many of our employers, hold local officer elections and more as we continue to protect hard-working families under attack from every direction. Then as 2012 closes, the presidential election takes place.

Our flagship agreement with AT&T expires at midnight on June 23, 2012. Negotiations are sure to be even tougher than 2009, when the full effects of the collapsing economy were still unknown. There was a time when getting a job with the telephone company brought a promising future, but deregulation changed all that. Corporate greed has become the true driving force behind every decision. Managers must continually raise productivity and cut costs, which in turn helps raise the stock price, which brings in more investors. Sad — but that's the business model. Workers are nothing more than disposable items affecting a company's bottom-line.

Yes, this year will be challenging. It will require solidarity and support from all local members, our Brotherhood, and the rest of the 99 percent to pull us through one of the most challenging years our local will ever face. Play your part. Be involved. That's what makes us union!

Our condolences go to the families of deceased members Calvin Griffin, Myron Binion and Anthony Rasmussen. Our brothers will be missed.

Thomas Hopper, P.S.

International Convention

L.U. 37 (em,o&u), FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA –Eight delegates represented Local 37 at the 38th IBEW International Convention in Vancouver last September.

Congratulations to Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill and Int. Sec.-Treas. Salvatore "Sam" J. Chilia on their re-election, as well as to returning First District Int. Vice Pres. Phillip J. Flemming and newly elected IEC member Solomon Furer, Windsor Local 773.

Throughout the week, delegates deliberated over many resolutions such as Resolution No. 5 (submitted by locals representing members in broadcasting, including Local 37), which addressed improving copyright protection. Many IBEW members receive royalties from work they produce, and the theft of intellectual property negatively impacts their ability to earn a living. The resolution, which was passed, urges the IBEW to support the Canadian and U.S. governments to enforce and improve this protection.

Local 37 thanks all of the IBEW locals responsible for assisting the International Office in putting on this convention. Your hard work paid off considerably! Your hospitality was remarkable and we are very grateful to you for sharing your amazing city with the delegates to the convention.

Ross Galbraith, B.M.

Local 37 delegates attend the Vancouver Convention: from left, Romeo Bourque, Don Dickson, Annette Perry, Local 37 Bus. Mgr. Ross Galbraith, First District Int. Vice Pres. Phillip J. Flemming, Local 37 Pres. Steve Hayes, Wanda Hierlihy, Gaëtan Chiasson and Sue Dunham.

2011 An Eventful Year

L.U. 41 (em,es,govt,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NY — Happy New Year, brothers and sisters. What a 2011 Local 41 had! Last year saw: a number of travelers, local union elections, a Bison's game family outing, a Ms. Buffalo Cruise, the stag outing, golf outing and a UB Bulls football game.

At our stag outing, we drew winners for our annual Buffalo Bills season ticket raffle. The raffle raised $5,100 for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Thanks to everyone who bought tickets.

Last year at our Retiree's Luncheon, several members were awarded service pins. Among the many service pin recipients were: Howard Martin and Joe Moran — for 60 years of service; and Darwin Borshel and Paul D'Ostroph — for 65 years' service. Thanks, gentlemen, for leading the way!

Thanks also to all the members who were active in the union this year. I can't thank you all here individually, but keep it up. Without an active membership, we cannot better our brotherhood.

Most jobs that included our traveling brothers and sisters have wrapped up. Many thanks to those who came and worked here. We couldn't have done it without you.

Gregory R. Inglut, A.B.M.

Local 41 members and travelers working for Ferguson Electric at Global Vascular Institute in downtown Buffalo, NY, display IBEW banner.

Winter Work Picture Good

L.U. 43 (em,i&rts), SYRACUSE, NY — The work picture for our area continues to look good through the winter. We have project labor agreements with the City of Syracuse on some large school renovations that started in November, as well as security upgrades at Syracuse Hancock Airport. One of our nuclear plants, Nine Mile Point, continues to hire in preparation for its six- to eight-week outage in April. The shutdown should top out at 120 electricians.

Local 43 was honored to send five delegates to the 38th IBEW International Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia. Almost as one the delegates were impressed by how beautiful and clean Vancouver was. Local 43 delegates were: Al Marzullo, Kevin Crawford, Pres. Pat Costello, Jim Corbett and Bus. Mgr. Don Morgan. Additionally, Bus. Mgr. Morgan was chosen by Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill to serve on the International Executive Council Report Committee as committee secretary.

Jim Corbett, P.S.

International Lineman's Rodeo

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA — Happy New Year! Local 47 thanks our Canadian sisters and brothers for their hospitality and for hosting a great International Convention.

We joined with the Teamsters, UFCW and Machinists to defeat an attempt by the speaker of the California Assembly to disenfranchise the City of Vernon. Bipartisan support in the state Senate helped kill the legislation.

At the 28th International Lineman's Rodeo, the Southern California Edison team of Jeff Hinojos, Alex Ramirez and Ted Durnerin took 3rd place Overall and 2nd place in the Investor-Owned Division. SCE's Willie Rios, Jack Flavin and Juan Pulido took 5th place in the Senior Division. Nick Heidel, Vinnie Santos and Dave Aguon from Anaheim captured 3rd place in the Municipal Division.

More than 100 riders participated in our 8th Annual Brotherhood Motorcycle Run to raise money for Casa Colina.

Gary Wheelwright, electric utility inspector at the City of Anaheim, passed away nine days after a pad-mount transformer exploded causing severe burns. The transformer was being serviced at the time.

We are also sad to report the passing of: Charles Wilkins, Joseph Van Noy, Darrell Quessenberry, Jim Condon, Robert Richter and Frank Pedro. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.

Work safe, live well, work union.

Stan Stosel, P.S.

Illinois Senate Bill Victory

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,rtb,t&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL — The local worked diligently to support the Oct. 26, 2011, override of Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of Senate Bill 1652. SB 1652 will help create 2,450 Illinois jobs to modernize our electric grid. Thank you to all our brothers and sisters who supported this important legislation.

Our electric distribution members working at Spoon River Electrical Co-op were backed by family and friends on Oct. 15 with an informational picket as they continue to fight for a fair contract with no unwarranted takeaways.

The local is struggling with Nexstar Broadcasting negotiations. We anxiously await the NLRB ruling on charges we filed. The latest move by the company was to suspend dues deductions, and we anticipate filing more board charges over the company's action.

Negotiations have begun with Custom Underground, Inc. This telecommunications contractor has been squeezed due to telephone deregulation and the sale of telephone properties. We all stand united to secure a reasonable agreement.

Our construction work outlook continues to look good. We are starting apprentices in both the line and substations classifications. Tree trimming remains steady.

Happy New Year! We wish you a full year of happiness and success. Work safely today and every day. Please attend your monthly unit meetings.

Karlene Knisley, B.R.

Local 51 conducts a Spoon River Electrical Co-op informational picket.

Workers Memorial Day Service

L.U. 57 (lctt,mo,o,t&u), SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Last April 28, 2011, Workers Memorial Day, the Eastern Idaho Central Labor Council honored deceased IBEW Local 57 member Dennis Grant, who was fatally injured in an electrical contact in 1994. The service took place near the tree and stone monument that were placed there in Dennis' honor. His family members, as well as IBEW members who worked with Dennis and were at the scene of the accident, attended the ceremony. A representative from OSHA was also present and the mayor of Idaho Falls read the Worker's Memorial Day Proclamation.

The family was presented the certificate for the Brick of Remembrance to be placed at the National Worker's Memorial on the campus of the National Labor College in Silver Spring, MD. After 17 years, the pain and sorrow was still apparent on many faces.

Endeavor to fight for safe work conditions and look out for each other. "Pray for the dead, but fight like hell for the living." – Mother Jones.

Scott Long, P.S.

Attendees gather at Workers Memorial Day ceremony to honor deceased IBEW Local 57 member Dennis Grant.

NTI Habitat Project Volunteers

L.U. 81 (i), SCRANTON, PA — Four members of Local 81, who serve as instructors in our apprenticeship program, volunteered to wire a house for Habitat for Humanity while attending the 2011 National Training Institute in Ann Arbor, MI. Usually, Wednesday afternoon is free time for those attending the Instructor Training Program, but Brien Wedlock, Clinton Muir, Michael Brust and Michael McDermott gave up their free day to wire the Habitat for Humanity project.

All four instructors were recognized by NJATC Executive Dir. Michael Callanan at the NTI graduation ceremony on Thursday evening, which was attended by IBEW Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill, International Vice Presidents, and NECA's top officers.

Michael McDermott, P.S.

At Habitat for Humanity project are, front row, Bill Dunphy (left) and Judy Lobato of Habitat for Humanity, and Local 81 instructor Clinton Muir; back row, Local 81 instructors Mike Brust, Brien Wedlock and Mike McDermott.

Election of Officers

L.U. 83 (u), BINGHAMTON, NY — An election of officers for Local 83 was recently held. Elected were: Pres./ Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Leo Yanez, Vice Pres. Gary Bonker, Rec. Sec. Linda Lord, Treas. Dan Baschmann; Unit Chairs and Executive Board members Mike Bonkiewicz, Fred Veitinger, Joe Mustico, Jeff Roderick, Joe Gentilcore, Chris Smith, Kevin Place and Kevin Lyon. Appointed business agents are Anthony Todi and Don Tuttel.

Local 83 members and officers thank Danny E. Addy, Jim Clines, Frank LaBombard, Tom Addy and John McDonald for their years of hard work and dedication to the membership.

Don S. Tuttel, P.S.

Local 97 members stood in solidarity on the picket line during 2010 strike at Constellation Energy Nuclear Group.

Negotiations & Solidarity

L.U. 97 (u), SYRACUSE, NY — Last year was very busy for Local 97, completing six contract negotiations in 13 months. Negotiations with Constellation Energy Nuclear Group were extremely difficult. The company, which owns two nuclear plants operated by Local 97 members, was demanding such extreme concessions on pension issues that the membership voted overwhelmingly to strike. This resulted in an 18-day strike (the first in Local 97 history) before negotiations succeeded in limiting the changes to the pension so that the membership could return to work and resume safe operation of the plants.

Negotiations with Entergy, owner of another area nuclear plant, also were very difficult. The company was demanding benefit and work practice changes. The local successfully fought off any major changes to benefits while agreeing to acceptable changes in work practices.

Local 97 also continues to pursue National Grid, our largest employer, for updated benefit documents as required by federal law. Though National Grid is long overdue in providing these documents to our members, the company continues to drag its feet in producing documents that accurately reflect results of negotiated contracts.

Although these negotiations were stressful for our membership, a result has been increased union solidarity. This solidarity is growing despite ever increasing attacks on members' way of life. As we go forward together, Local 97 will continue to lead the way in "Restoring the Pride" in the labor movement and the American middle-class.

John Delperuto, P.S.

Sportsmen's Alliance Event

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR — Members participated in the Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) shooting tour event held in Gervais, OR. The local had 13 members participate. Keri Bryson earned top honors for women while the local's team of Ryan Showerman, Matt Unger, Lucas Buyas and Mike McGriff earned third-place overall. Note: McGriff is not a member.

This was the USA's first event in Oregon. The USA is a union-dedicated outdoor organization whose members hunt, fish and shoot. Committed to conservation, members aim to unite the labor community while advocating for improved and expanded access to hunting and fishing habitats throughout North America. Nearly $10,000 was raised. For more information, visit www.unionsportsmen.org.

According to Travis Eri, Local 125 business manager, USA events promote union solidarity by encouraging interaction among unions and communities while advocating for a cause that many members support. "This was our first year participating, and I hope to see more members involved in the future," Bus. Mgr. Eri added.

Marcy Putman, P.S.

Local 125 members and guests attend Union Sportsmen's Alliance event.

Big Turnout for Labor Fest

L.U. 129 (i,mt&spa), LORAIN, OH — Bus. Mgr. Jeffrey Bommer, officers and members congratulate the 2010 class of apprentice graduates: Michael Bazar, Michael Cruz, Adam Gilbert, Philip Gilbert, Nickolas Hall, Brian Hodkey, Stephen Ireland, Steven Johnson, Eric Messersmith and Douglas Mihalic.

Our 2011 local election of officers was held June 13. Elected were: Bus. Mgr. Jeffrey Bommer, Pres. Andrew Kasubienski, Vice Pres. Barry Blakely, Rec. Sec. Timothy Koperdak, Treas. Steve Rister; Executive Board members Byron Flores, Dennis Pedings, Tom Nagy, Jeffrey King, Dave Shaffer and Marc Schueszler. Thanks to Election Judge Dan Clement and the Election Board of Tim Davis, Jim Tomaseck and Mark Tomaseck. Congratulations, gentlemen, and thank you for your willingness to serve the local.

Once again last year the Labor Day Festival was held at the Black River Landings in downtown Lorain. Participants enjoyed the food, refreshments, games, rides and entertainment. Many local politicians were in attendance, including U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton. People were given the chance to meet union members personally, and be inspired to defeat Issue 2 in November. Despite the weather there was a large turnout. Thank you to the volunteers who participated in the event, and special thanks to Kyle Kasubienski for all his help.

Please attend your local union meetings held the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

Frank A. Sturbleng, P.S.

Several Local 129 apprentice graduates gather for a photo.

Quad City JATC Mobile Classroom

L.U. 145 (em,i,o,rts,spa&u), ROCK ISLAND, IL — We are excited to show off the new interactive trailer used by our Quad City Electrical JATC! This new mobile "hands on" classroom is used at high school career fairs. Inside, students can learn about wiring switches and lights; they can bend conduit; see how fire alarm & data systems work plus see several samples of motor control work. Plans to install solar panels and meters are in the works. The Quad City Electrical JATC launched an improved Web site, www.KnowWatt.org. Individuals will find lots of useful information on our electrical industry training program and career opportunities available.

Work has been slow for journeyman wiremen, with 125-plus members on Book I. However, we anticipate being a big part of the $300 million project at the ALCOA plant in mid-spring. Plus, our nuclear plant in Cordova, IL, is scheduled for a shutdown in mid-March. Work for our linemen has been plentiful and we expect this trend to continue throughout 2012.

We extend condolences to our deceased members' families and to all those who have lost loved ones.

On behalf of Local 145 officers and members, we wish our IBEW brothers and sisters a happy, safe and prosperous 2012!

Scott Verschoore, B.M.

Quad City Electrical JATC's new mobile, interactive classroom.

'A Year for the History Books'

L.U. 159 (i), MADISON, WI — 2011 in Wisconsin was one for the history books. Collective bargaining rights stripped from our state workers, months of protest rallies and recall elections have dominated the lives of Wisconsinites. The most remarkable effects from these events have been a resurgence in the labor movement. Hopefully we will be able to recall Gov. Scott Walker and the momentum continues through the 2012 presidential election.

Once again we have given our local community the gift of our Holiday Fantasy In Lights displays on view from Nov. 11, 2011, through Jan. 3, 2012. We also enjoyed the union sponsored semi-annual retiree's luncheon in December.

We look forward to the new year and an improved outlook for work. Wishing all our brothers and sisters a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012 — and thank you all for the support you have given Local 159 in our recall efforts and political battles.

Joel Kapusta, B.A.

Chattanooga JATC Addition

L.U. 175 (c,em,i,lctt,mt,o&u), CHATTANOOGA, TN — The Chattanooga Electrical JATC recently broke ground for a 6,000 square-foot addition. Included in the addition will be a much needed 3,600 square-foot lab area with an 18-foot ceiling. This will greatly enhance our training program by allowing us to get more hands-on training in our program.

2012 will be the 100 year anniversary of Local 175. Bus. Mgr. Barry Key has multiple events planned throughout the year with the largest occurring in June. Call the hall to receive more information.

Support your local union. Meetings are held the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:30 p.m. Work safe and work smart.

Keith Owensby, P.S.

Local 175 delegates attend 38th IBEW International Convention.

'We Have a Voice'

L.U. 197 (em&i), BLOOMINGTON, IL — For most of 2011, the work situation in our local was very slow. Recently it has picked up as journeyman wiremen get back to work accepting referrals to the Mitsubishi plant in Normal, IL. It doesn't seem we will get into Book II, but all are welcome to check our Web site www.ibew197.org for updates. Thanks to those locals that have helped put our members to work.

Our local had a nice turnout for the McLean County Labor Day parade. As we marched through the west side of Bloomington passing out candy, we proudly represented our local and all labor organizations. In October a labor rally protest was held by the McLean County Building Trades at the newly opened Sonic drive-in. Thank you to members who participated. It is important to have strong showings at these events to let the businesses that bring in workers from other states for lower wages and benefits know that we have a voice in our community. Please do not patronize Sonic or other businesses on our Do Not Patronize list.

The membership recently voted to adopt language in our bylaws dealing with furlough. Thanks to all who attended the meeting — it shows brotherhood is strong in our local.

We wish all IBEW members health and prosperity in 2012. Remember to get involved in the local and stay involved!

Mike Raikes, P.S.

Among Local 197 members who joined the labor rally to protest Sonic's use of lower skilled, out-of-state workers are, from left: Matt Wall, Dale Glasscock, Eric Riddle, Shawn Dehaven, Tom Peasley, Larry Bartosik, Stephanie Ashenbremer and Greg Potter.

Major Power Station Project

L.U. 223 (em,govt&i), BROCKTON, MA — Over the past two years, we have had a major project at the Brayton Point power station. The work included two 500-foot cooling towers, a new switchyard, and associated work involved with upgrades to the existing plant. The contractor for the project, Kiewit Construction/Mass Electric joint venture, employed more than 70 electricians at the peak of construction. The second phase of the project, a new air quality control system, is starting to hire and should continue through the winter months. The workers on-site were recognized by Dominion, Kiewit, and Mass Electric for a quality job well-done. Thanks and congratulations to all members who have worked on this challenging project.

Under Secretary of the Air Force Erin C. Conaton came to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for two new wind turbines erected on the Massachusetts Military Reservation on Cape Cod. The new turbines are part of an ongoing effort for the military going green in renewable energy on bases all across the country. We hope the next two turbines start construction in early 2012.

From the officers and staff we wish everyone a prosperous 2012.

Doug Nelson, A.B.M.

Local 223 electricians work with Kiewit Construction on power station project.

IBEW Convention & Service

L.U. 229 (em&i), YORK, PA — Days come and days go, but our work and our union will stand the test of time! This was the sentiment at our 38th IBEW International Convention. Local 229 Bus. Mgr. Matthew Paules and member Steve Stabley attended as delegates. Many critical issues were debated and voted on, ensuring a strong future for our Brotherhood. Bus. Mgr. Paules also was honored to serve on the International Secretary-Treasurer's Report Committee. Congratulations to all elected officers.

Journeyman wireman Chuck Fricke and apprentice Jack Green donated their expertise to the Hanover, PA, Red Cross. They installed the power supply for a conveyor in the building's basement making it easier to move supplies. Thanks, brothers, for your community involvement!

Organizer Steven Selby helped sign Pro Call Electric LLC and Myers Electric as signatory contractors. We are excited to assist the companies in the growth of their businesses.

The local JATC hired IBEW Local 229 electrician Tim Griffin as training director. Congratulations, Tim!

As a whole, work seems to be slowing. However, several projects are scheduled to begin in early 2012. One will be at the Raven Rock Department of Defense site in Adams County.

Trade stories and talk shop at the Retiree Breakfast held the last Wednesday of each month, 8:30 a.m., at Dover Valley Restaurant.

Tony Palermo, P.S.

2011 Graduating Apprentices

L.U. 257 (em,i,rtb,rts,spa&t), JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Happy New Year. At this writing, Book A looks good with a few calls coming in every week. Some Local 257 members just completed a successful refuel at the Callaway Nuclear plant. The 2012 work picture looks promising.

Some big University of Missouri projects, like the hospital patient tower and power house jobs, should keep many busy in 2012. The Callaway plant plans to build a solar farm next to the plant to supply 10 percent of its power. Also, much work is planned at Missouri S&T in Rolla. Bidding on the new St. Mary's hospital is under way, with a 2012 fall start date planned.

Congratulations to recent apprentice graduates. We did not take in a fall first-year apprentice class, but are now putting a class together.

Local 257 phone workers had two arbitrations with Centrylink; we hope that proceeds favorably. Thanks to all who helped at the 2011 Labor Day parade, themed "We Are One!" Mike Winemiller organized a great Local 257 golf tournament at Railwood Golf Course.

We need to negotiate a new contract by March 1, 2012. At the December meeting, we put together some offers. Last year we got just above 1 percent and signed a one-year contract. With a promising work picture, hopefully we can work on a little bit better contract this year with the help of all members' input.

Ryan Buschjost, P.S.

Local 257 apprentice graduating class of 2011, from left: Aaron Willingham, Brian Buschjost, Pete Loaiza, Jacob Massman, Nick Turner, Gavin Jones and Clinton Stundebeck.

Tribute to a Brother

L.U. 309 (i,lctt,mo,mt,o,rts,spa&u), COLLINSVILLE, IL — Thank you to all who helped achieve the state Legislature's override of the governor's veto of Senate Bill 1652. This bill will allow the state's electric utilities to modernize Illinois' energy infrastructure. For Ameren Illinois, this will mean a $625 million investment over a 10-year period. SB 1652 will help create 2,450 jobs in Illinois to modernize our electric grid.

Local 309 Bro. Jason Brandmeyer died tragically in a car accident July 9, 2011. Jason was a journeyman inside wireman since 2009. He served a five-year apprenticeship through the Southwestern Illinois JATC. Jason was an active member and is missed by all. Jason left behind his wife, Megan, and daughters, Lilly and Lydia.

On Friday, Oct. 28, in Germantown, IL, a "Children of Jason Brandmeyer Benefit Dinner and Dance" was held in Jason's memory. The benefit featured a Halloween costume contest, auctions, raffles and attendance prizes. All proceeds went toward Jason's daughters' future education expenses. Bro. Chris Hankins thanks everyone, especially Local 309 members, for their support and donations for Jason Brandmeyer's family.

Our 50-year dinner was held Nov. 5, 2011, at Sunset Hills Country Club. Honored for 50-years of service were: Felix Bolinski, James Duncan, Gerald Faughn, Barry Kastel, Richard Kwedras, Ronald McCaw, James Noble, William Race and Donald Southard. Congratulations!

Scott Tweedy, A.B.M.

Special Guests Attend Meeting

L.U. 349 (em,i,mps,rtb,spa&u), MIAMI, FL — Our July 2011 meeting was with special guests Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill, Int. Sec.-Treas. Salvatore J. Chilia and Fifth District Int. Vice Pres. Joseph S. Davis. Int. Pres. Hill initiated the oath of office to the recently elected Local 349 officers. The officers spoke of the path and the future of the IBEW, of what is needed and how we should help in its success.

At the 38th IBEW International Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Local 349 Bus. Mgr. Bill Riley was nominated and elected as Fourth District International Executive Council member. Congratulations to Bro. Riley on a well-deserved honor.

In June I had the pleasure of taking a 65-year service pin to Bro. Daniel Morrison. Daniel is age 97 and a proud IBEW retired member. Even if he can't dance like he used to, I told him I would be back in five years to give him his 70-year pin.

We remember our service men and women here and overseas and hope for their safe return.

Your local union is only as strong as you make it. Attend union meetings and be there when help is needed.

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

Report on Events & Activities

L.U. 357 (c,i,mt&se), LAS VEGAS, NV — Many events have taken place for our local since our last article. In September last year, officers and delegates experienced a busy week at the 38th IBEW International Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, as participants in sculpting the future of our Brotherhood. Officers, volunteers and our EWMC worked hard to have a very successful picnic on Oct. 1. Three weeks later, Brotherhood Welfare hosted their annual charity golf tournament.

On Nov. 5, with the driving force of our patient advocate, we hosted our annual health fair for members and their families. With more than 50 vendors, the fair included everything from pension planning to free flu shots.

To celebrate the holidays, retirees had their annual Christmas dinner on Thursday, Dec. 8, and the kids Christmas party was Saturday, Dec. 10.

From celebrating the holidays to thanking our veterans, we have participated in local parades and our members have donated their labor to help local charities. With all of this activity it is unfortunate that many members have been unable to participate due to their search for employment.

We thank many of our members who have gone overseas to support our troops. It is good to know that the men and women of our military are being backed by skilled wiremen.

We wish all a happy, safe and prosperous New Year!

Aaron L. Jones, P.S.

Local 357 Bros. Richard Work (left) and Chris Wyle register voters at the localas Nov. 5 health fair.

'Proud To Be IBEW'

L.U. 363 (catv,em,govt,i,t,u&ws), NEW CITY, NY — Happy New Year to all of our IBEW brothers and sisters throughout the United States and Canada. We hope we can all begin to look forward to a better and more prosperous 2012 and the start of the recovery that we all need so badly.

Local 363 delegates to the IBEW 38th International Convention were: Bus. Mgr. Sam Fratto, John Dickson, Gil Heim, Kevin Keeley, Steve Neugebauer, Ross Olivieri Sr., Ken Sutton and Frank Sylvester. The delegrates were photographed with Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill up on the dais. Pres. Hill was very gracious and personable to all of us, and when you speak with him he makes you proud to be an IBEW member. Also, many new, longtime relationships were developed between our local and others at the 2011 convention. We are proud to be IBEW.

Our 2011 Annual Clambake was a huge success, the food was great and we started a new tradition — the "young bloods" against the "old bloods" softball challenge. This time the young bloods were victorious. Let's see what happens next year when we bring along the ace bandages and those heat strips for our backs.

Kevin Keeley, P.S.

Local 363 convention delegates gather with Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill at the 38th International Convention. From left: Steve Neugebauer, Frank Sylvester, Ken Sutton, Int. Pres. Hill, John Dickson, Bus. Mgr. Sam Fratto, Kevin Keeley, Ross Olivieri Sr. and Gil Heim.

Thanks to MDA Volunteers

L.U. 379 (i,o&rtb), CHARLOTTE, NC — We are proud of our affiliation with the Muscular Dystrophy Association here in the Carolinas. This past year we added yet another avenue to assist the MDA's cause. On Aug. 10, Local 379 officers and members volunteered for a day at Camp Bethelwoods in York, SC. More than 100 people attended the week-long MDA camp, half being volunteers who assisted the children who have this disease. Thanks to all of you who donated time and effort in putting smiles on these campers' faces!

For the past seven years, Asst. Bus. Mgr. Tommy Hill has served as our MDA coordinator, and serves as our liaison with television station WAXN64 in Charlotte, NC, for the MDA Telethon. This was the fifth year for Local 379 to take pledges on the phones while bringing recognition to the IBEW for our community service. Our IBEW Local 379 Star Board was seen for the first time on prime time!

Uptown Charlotte's Labor Day parade saw Asst. Bus. Mgr. Nick Brown's 9-11 themed float design, which honored our fallen IBEW brethren. Pres. Scott Thrower and Bus. Mgr. Bob Krebs designed this year's parade shirts. Thanks to the membership for their many efforts in making this the most successful parade yet!

Circuit 379 open for now...

Guy B. DePasquale, P.S.

Local 379 members volunteer at MDA Camp. Beginning second from left, standing, are: Earl Sides, Asst. Bus. Mgr. Tommy Hill, Treas. Mike Hill, Chris Dosio, Bus. Mgr. Bob Krebs, Chris Wegener, Rene Eslick and Training Dir. Jason Schumm, joined by MDA campers and fellow volunteers.

Three-Year APS Contract

L.U. 387 (em,lctt&u), PHOENIX, AZ — Local 387 officers elected in 2010 are: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Dave Vandever, Pres. Sam Hoover, Vice Pres. Kevin Keenan, Treas. Jeff Marino, Rec. Sec. Mike Bohannan; Executive Board members Mike Craig (Arizona Power Plants), Gilbert Foster (Four Corners Power Plant), Chase Lord (Northern Area), Edward Ford (Southern Area), Dave Potter and Scott Ray (Phoenix Area), and Dan Esparza (other than APS).

Local 387 delegates to the IBEW 38th International Convention were: Bus. Mgr. Dave Vandever; Pres. Sam Hoover; Ervin Jackson (Steam Plants); Chase Lord (Electric); and Toby Claude, Ed Ford and Mike Hintz (At-Large). Delegates participated in conducting business to keep the IBEW moving forward.

The Brotherhood ratified a three-year contract with Arizona Public Service Company. Thanks to the Negotiating Committee for all their efforts.

IBEW Local 387 and "The Brotherhood Gives Back" held a silent art auction for the Phoenix Children's Hospital "Create for Cancer" event on Sept. 24, 2011, at the union hall. The evening was a huge success and raised $23,271. All the art work was done by the kids battling cancer. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated to help make this a moving experience.

Sam Hoover, P.S.

'Honor Flights'

L.U. 405 (em,i,rtb&spa), CEDAR RAPIDS, IA — Work remains steady in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City as we continue with flood projects from 2008.

After a protracted battle with our new governor, we lost project labor agreements on two separate projects in the jurisdiction. These had been agreed to prior to the election, but the anti-labor governor made the executive order banning PLA's in the state of Iowa his first official action. Elections have consequences and we must support those who share our beliefs.

Three retired members of Local 405 were on the Honor Flights to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 13, 2011. Jim Ryan (a 61-year member), Don Smith (a 63-year member) and Art Taylor (a 63-year member) were able to visit the World War II Memorial and were given a hero's welcome when they returned to Cedar Rapids. We thank these members for their service to the country and to the IBEW.

Bill Hanes, B.M.

Local 405 retired members Jim Ryan (left) Don Smith and Art Taylor participated in Honor Flights to visit the World War II Memorial.

Data Center Project Success

L.U. 441 (as,i&rts), SANTA ANA, CA — In October, Stout & Burg Electric Inc. successfully completed the electrical infrastructure installation of the Latisys OC2 Data Center in Irvine. The 90,000 square-foot facility opened for business on Sept. 22, 2011, with an open house celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony. More than 500 guests attended, including Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang and representatives from the California Legislature.

This ground-up project required close coordination among all the contractors involved. Stout & Burg Electric Inc. is a city of Tustin-based electrical contractor experienced with industrial and commercial lighting, power, communications, mechanical and temperature control installations, maintenance and repair. The company possesses expertise with emergency generator power, AC and DC electrical power plant requirements, mission critical systems, building monitoring systems (BMS) and HVAC systems integration and is a preferred installer of solar systems for various solar panel manufacturers and solar systems sales companies.

Project specifications included: 20 megawatts of expandable utility power capacity, 20 megawatts of expandable N+1 emergency generator backup, associated switch gear, and paralleled N+1 UPS modules. Construction required 90 tons of underground concrete electric vaults, 40,000 cubic feet of underground conduit concrete encasement, more than 24 miles of electrical feeder cable, and 2,700 electrical terminations. More than 40 IBEW electricians were employed for this project.

Richard Vasquez, B.R.

IBEW Local 441 electricians worked with Stout & Burg Electric Inc. on the big Latisys Data Center project in Irvine, CA.

Training Center Dedication

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, ID — With winter in full swing, our work has slowed down, but later this year looks promising with the Areva/Eagle Rock project coming.

With the New Year also comes the attack on the labor movement and unions via the Idaho 2012 legislative session — just as last year. To protect our way of life, the Southeast Idaho Building and Construction Trades hired a lobbyist so we can be informed of what's happening in the Statehouse and be on the offensive and get the membership involved to participate in our survival.

Our JATC held a Nov. 18 building dedication ceremony for the new Training Center, dedicated to retired Int. Sec-Treas. Emeritus and Local 449 member Jon F. Walters. Special guests also included IBEW Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill and Eighth District Int. Vice Pres. Ted C. Jensen and his staff. Our Local Auxiliary Club provided refreshments and the event was well-attended.

Hopefully by the time of this reading we will have a binding contract in place for employees of InteGrow Malt in their 2½ year campaign.

Congratulations on their retirement to Bros. Gary Jester, Richard Webb and Randy Waldron.

The local extends condolences to families of deceased retired Bros. Gerald Newton, Glen Myers and Robert Vincent.

Mike Lee Miera, Pres./Organizer

The Legacy of Joseph R. Kelly

L.U. 457 (u), MERIDEN, CT — It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joseph R. Kelly, retired Local 457 business manager/financial secretary. Bro. Kelly passed away Oct. 19, 2011, at age 81. He proudly served as business manager/financial secretary from 1972-1996, running unopposed for 25 consecutive years. Prior to that, he served as treasurer of Waterbury, CT, Local 420.

Bro. Kelly represented Local 457 on the Law Committee at the IBEW International Convention in Kansas City in 1974 and played a major role in organizing the Clerical and Technical positions for CL&P in the early 1980s, winning contract approval by the critical margin of only one vote. He was a member of the Connecticut State Electrical Association and the New England Utility Council. Joe was passionate and committed to safety in the workplace and negotiated new safety standards for the Connecticut Yankee Power Plant with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Joe Kelly set a standard for our local union that will be hard to duplicate.

John Fernandes, Pres.

Community Service Fund

L.U. 459 (ees,em,govt,so&u), JOHNSTOWN, PA — On July 30 last year, Local 459 members participated in a benefit dice run for 6-year-old Emily Whitehead. Emily, the daughter of Tom and Kari Whitehead, was diagnosed with leukemia in May 2010. She was scheduled to receive chemotherapy treatments until August 2012. However, on Oct. 9, 2011, while in treatment Emily had a relapse. Local 459 members have been very supportive of Bro. Whitehead and his family in their time of need through donations to the local's Community Service Fund.

The local thanks all those who have shown their generosity in the past to support the Community Service Fund for our annual food drive. Every year, Local 459 Rec. Sec. Mary Perdew does a great job organizing the drive, collecting the donations and distributing assistance to the many food banks throughout the different communities in our local.

Paul L. Cameron, Pres.

Local 459 members and family members, from left: Shop Steward Dean Vantassel; Amy and Tony Henry, E-Board member; Shop Steward Josh Ponchel; Pres. Paul Cameron; Emily Watson and dad Tom Whitehead, E-Board member.

Hope for the New Year

L.U. 477 (i&rts), SAN BERNARDINO, CA — Greetings to brothers and sisters of the IBEW from Local 477. I hope everyone is doing well. This year seems to be very promising for us. We have a 400-megawatt solar plant well under way and, at the time of this writing, employing more than 100 members. We are also currently in negotiations with several other solar plants scattered across our desert regions, but nothing signed yet. San Bernardino County was one of the hardest hit in the recession, but I feel as if we are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Work is slowly starting to pick up for us. We are also starting to see more contractors bid work in our area. It will be a long road ahead of us, but I know our membership is ready for the challenge. I think now is a great time to rebuild our market share as we rebuild our economy.

Kenny Felts, Pres.

Indiana Workers Rally

L.U. 481 (ees,em,i,mt,rts,s&spa), INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Indiana working families are again under attack. The threat of "right-to-work" legislation is greater than ever. Our business manager, Sean J. Seyferth, has been working diligently to protect the rights and interests of our membership. Thanks to Sean and all the members who have participated in lobbying efforts and rallies.

Indianapolis is proud to host the 2012 Super Bowl. This event has provided work for many of our contractors and will help employ many of our members. Our current work picture is improving steadily. The construction of Wishard Hospital, under a project labor agreement, has also put many members to work. Our local has been fortunate to have an abundance of work in nearby jurisdictions, allowing our members to maintain employment through much of these harsh economic times. We look forward to better times as our contractors continue to secure more work and provide the opportunity for our travelling members to come back home.

The Circle of Lights celebration has been a holiday success for the last 49 years thanks to the members who have volunteered to install the lights on what is reportedly the world's largest man-made Christmas tree.

Tony Inman, R.S.

IBEW Local 481 members are among those participating in a labor-wide rally held in Indianapolis.

70-Year Award

L.U. 531 (i), LAPORTE, IN — On Aug. 27 last year, Local 531 held our biennial 2011 Awards Banquet at the Blue Chip Casino and Spa, built with 100 percent union labor.

Service pins were awarded to eligible members with 10 or more years of IBEW service. Many awards were presented, but the most memorable was the presentation of a 70-year service award to Bro. Ralph Odle. Congratulations, Bro. Odle.

Thanks also go to members who attended rallies in Indianapolis last spring to protest so-called "right-to-work" proposals in Indiana. The fight is not over yet. Word just came through at this writing that Ohio defeated anti-worker legislation, and I can only hope we will be that fortunate in Indiana.

Our work picture remains slow, but we are hopeful that we will be able to keep our local members working this winter.

Dean F. Harmon, Pres.

Local 531 retired member Ralph Odle (center) receives 70-year award, presented by Pres. Dean Harmon (left) and Bus. Mgr. Jaye Fuller.

Tribute to A Life of Service

L.U. 551 (c,i&st), SANTA ROSA, CA — It is with deepest regret that we report the sudden passing of our late president, James Michael McQuaid. "Jimmy," as he was known here in Local 551, passed away Oct. 14, 2011.

Jimmy McQuaid was born Jan. 25, 1956, and was initiated into the local in 1978. He completed the inside apprenticeship program and turned out as an inside journeyman wireman in 1981. Jim held numerous offices in the local, most recently that of president, and devoted many hours as a loyal unionist. He was a proud member of Local 551. Words can't express how he will be missed.

We will always remember you, Brother Jimmy, the man of many words. Please keep Jimmy's family in your thoughts and prayers.

Denise D. Soza, P.S.

Local 551 Pres. James M. McQuaid (1956-2011)

Members Attend Next Up! Summit

L.U. 595 (c,govt,i&st), DUBLIN, CA — Eight Local 595 young workers attended the Next Up! Young Workers Summit held Sept. 29–Oct. 2 last year in Minneapolis. Delegates to the AFL-CIO youth conference were: Executive Board member Tanya Pitts, Treas. Jason Gumataotao, Sound and Communications board member Brian Wynn, Labor Council delegate Rachel Bryan, journeyman wireman Josh Gleave and apprentices Carroll Braxton, Emily Chen and Mia Rivas. Approximately 800 people from across the country attended.

These young trade union activists are our future IBEW leaders! They returned with an enthusiasm to bring the lessons learned back to our membership. It was clear from their reports at the General Membership meeting in October that they were moved by the experience and excited to increase their participation in Local 595.

As we enter election year 2012, it will be extremely important for working people to do the right thing. As disappointed as we've sometimes been in some of our leadership, we know we are far better off with a Democrat in the White House and in Sacramento as well as supportive legislators to work with them. We must educate all union members about the importance of electing leaders who will help organized labor.

The Occupy movement throughout the country has galvanized people around the financial injustices and lack of jobs that the 99 percent are facing. We hope that message remains clear, continues to grow and brings about change.

Tom Mullarkey, B.R.

Local 595 young workers speak out for jobs at the Next Up Summit. (Not pictured: Mia Rivas.)

Apprentice Graduation

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Due to a problem in the first election, we were required to do the election again and Chris Frentzel was re-elected as our business manager. Congratulations to Chris and all other winners of the recent election.

Sept. 16 last year was the date of a Local 611 Apprenticeship Graduation Banquet. Most recent graduates are: Leonard Barela, Paul Begay Jr., Armando Belmonte, Jerry M. Bustamante, Chris P. Eden, Bobby Getts Jr., Jacob A. Gurule, Elroy A. Jaramillo, Eric J. Jiron, Samuel Lahoff, Ruben Lujan, Jesse L. Martinez, Nevin P. Scott, Sean "Logan" Wilson and Larry L. Yazzie Jr.

Bobby Getts was Apprentice of the Year and Eugene Clarke received the C.S. Mitchell Award. Congratulations to all.

Alan Jander and Aubree Espinosa received the Local 611 Apprenticeship Achievement Award. The criteria for the award are: to have attended six union meetings in one year, to be a member in good standing, and to have a 92 percent or above grade average or perfect class attendance.

Local 611 sends condolences to families of recently deceased members: Charles J. McDermott, Ivon J. Curtis, Everett "Dutch" Robertson, Diane L. Dressel, James "Jamie" Howard and Maurice W. Ford.

Union meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. Please make every effort to attend.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.

Some of the recent Local 611 graduating apprentices gather.

IBEW Community Service

L.U. 613 (em,i,o,rts&spa), ATLANTA, GA — When it comes to community, IBEW Local 613 members believe in assisting those in need. Some people may not agree with or understand the purpose of a union, but a union's purpose is not limited to collective bargaining. Local 613 members serve their surrounding communities as well. Recent weather took a toll on people worldwide, leaving many with nothing. Last year, local members themselves experienced need when disastrous weather forced some out of their homes, without food and other necessities. Local 613 members provided food and clothing to those in need during this crisis.

Often, individuals in need aren't aware of available resources when a crisis strikes. The participation of IBEW Local 613 members gave people hope that their situation would improve.

The IBEW apprenticeship program does more that train electricians, it builds character. Apprentices are always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Their generosity is reflected by the program director, Russell Smith, who always strives for excellence. He emphasizes to members the importance of representing themselves and the union well in all areas of life.

We thank fifth-year apprentice Quintana Richardson for providing information for this article.

Beatrice Andrews, A.B.M.

IBEW Local 613 members and apprentices gather to help with a food drive.

'Oath of Obligation'

L.U. 639 (i&rts), SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — Brothers and sisters, how often have you thought about the Oath of Obligation you took before becoming an IBEW member? Maybe it's been a long time since you said the oath, or maybe in front of the membership, you were caught up in the excitement of the moment and don't recall what you said. Whatever the reason, let's all look at the oath once again.

"I (your name), in the presence of members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, promise and agree to conform and abide by the constitution and laws of the IBEW and its local unions. I will further the purposes for which the IBEW was instituted. I will bear true allegiance to it, and will not sacrifice its interest in any way."

So, next time you go down to the union hall, ask for a copy of the IBEW Constitution, the local bylaws, and a current copy of the agreement you are working under. It is information you agreed with when you took the oath, so take the time to understand what it says. It will be time well spent. Stay informed, and attend your local union meetings.

John Ponzetti, P.S.

Refinery Project Completed

L.U. 649 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), ALTON, IL — The $4 billion Coker Unit at ConocoPhillips Refinery is completed and operating, refining heavy Canadian crude oil. As we look back, this project has been a lifesaver for Local 649 and for many of our traveling brothers and sisters. In these bad economic times we have prospered. We thank all the wiremen, especially our traveling brothers and sisters, who helped complete this project. We especially thank our customer, ConocoPhillips, for giving us the opportunity to show what the IBEW can accomplish when given the opportunity.

After all the fits and starts, construction of our new union hall is progressing nicely. We will move in soon. Those of us who remember our old dilapidated hall on Central Avenue all agree that we have come a long way.

Bus. Mgr. Jack Tueth and Asst. Bus. Mgr. Charles Yancey represented Local 649 members at the IBEW 38th International Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was great to be part of such a large gathering of IBEW members.

We mourn the passing of Bros. Vick Walter, Harold Kendall, Matt Terpening and Tom Underwood. Our heartfelt condolences go out to their families and friends.

Charles Yancey, A.B.M.

Local 649 wiremen, joined by IBEW traveling members, worked on the Coker Unit project at Conoco Phillips Refinery.

Year in Review

L.U. 659 (c,catv,em,i,lctt,o,st,t&u), MEDFORD, OR — 2011 started off with the books filled and an uncertain work picture. Outside line construction projects improved with a standing call for linemen by summer's end. The wireman work remained slow with most either out of work or traveling to other locals to find work. Line clearance tree trimming was constant with the Oregon P.U.C mandate keeping those members working.

In January last year the local hired Bro. Chris Murphy as assistant business manager to fill the opening left by Bro. Steve Roberts, who resigned December 2010. Chris stepped up to the challenge and despite a steep learning curve has done an excellent job.

The local staff was very busy in 2011 with 17 different agreements settled along with numerous grievances and arbitration cases. I thank the entire staff at the local for their hard work and dedication. Also thanks go to the many committee members who have volunteered their time to serve on all the committees. This is thankless work, with the outcome often appreciated by few and criticized by many.

Thanks go out to the Lane Unit for hosting the picnic in July. The hard work showed in a great event.

May 2012 bring us full employment for all.

Tom Legg, Pres./P.S.

Local 659 new journeymen. Back row, from left, Chris Cullen (lineman); Kristi Wheeler, Jared Albers, Darrin Perkins (estimators); Ursal Miller (lineman). Front row, Shannon Watson and Rylan Wood (estimators).

Voters Defeat SB 5/Issue 2

L.U. 673 (catv,i,rts,spa,t&u), PAINESVILLE, OH — I am happy to report that Ohio made history in November by voting to repeal Senate Bill 5, Gov. John Kasich's plan to strip the collective bargaining rights of 360,000 unionized public workers in Ohio, which would have included policemen, firefighters, nurses and teachers. The measure was voted down by 2,089,187 to 1,318,568.

This was just part of Gov. Kasich's anti-worker, anti-middle class agenda. We, the private sector unions, would have been next on his attack against the working people of Ohio.

This was a big win for us as we all stood together with the public and private sector, union and nonunion and sent Gov. Kasich a wake-up call from the hard-working middle class of Ohio.

Local 673 thanks all the members who helped out with jobsite fliers, phone banking, and door-to-door walks when called upon by Bro. Jim Howard, who was put on staff to organize and get out the vote for this very important issue.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday. Hope to see you at the next union meeting.

Daniel A. Lastoria, Mbr. Dev. Rep.

Local 673 members who helped repeal Ohio Senate Bill 5, along with AFL-CIO staff assigned to area, attend November union meeting, from left: Painesville Power Plant Steward Steve Newman; retired member Bob "Flash" Southall; Bus. Mgr. David C. Thomas, AFL-CIO staff Katie Gjersten and Austin Keyser; apprentice John Hodge; Registrar Tiffany Kosmerl; member Jim Howard; and Executive Board member Brian Gillespie.

New Union Hall Complex

L.U. 697 (c,es,i,mt&se), GARY AND HAMMOND, IN — Chartered on June 12, 1911, Local 697 last year celebrated 100 years of commitment to excellence. Our local has not only promoted reasonable methods of work and feelings of friendship with those in the industry, but also has always given our time and support to community and civic efforts. We also recently moved into a new union hall complex, which includes the Benefit Funds Office, Credit Union and a state-of-the-art Apprenticeship Training Center. Our new complex is the first LEED building in Lake County, IN, and the project was completed on time and under budget. Our work picture has improved as well. We have much to be thankful for.

A defining year for labor, 2011 saw the middle class attacked in extremes not experienced since the early 1900s. The political system has become polarized to a point where to be conservative means to consider working men and women expendable serfs who should be seen and not heard. The union movement — which allows us to collectively bargain with the wealthy and privileged who see themselves as rulers rather than fellow citizens — is portrayed as evil and something to be exterminated. The working people of this nation must make their voices heard this election year. Register to vote! It's not just a right, it's a responsibility.

Let's start this year in appreciation for the many blessings we enjoy.

David A. Soderquist, P.S.

Bus. Mgr. Furer Elected to IEC

L.U. 773 (as,em,i,mo&o), WINDSOR, ONTARIO, CANADA — The 38th International Convention was a huge success and a well-deserved thank-you goes out to everyone who helped pull off this first-class event.

A highlight of the week for Local 773 was when Bus. Mgr. Sol Furer was elected to serve as an International Executive Council member. This is a first for Local 773 and I'm sure Bro. Furer will represent our local and country very well. We wish to thank Bro. John Briegel for his work and dedication while serving on the IEC.

In 2011 Local 773 was fairly busy and we completed more than 500,000 man-hours worth of work. Winter is now upon us and at press time work in our jurisdiction has started to slowly wind down.

The new year looks to be positive with various projects on the horizon including: two 55-unit wind turbine installations, an Olympic-sized swimming pool facility, a new public library, a long-term rest home, and an additional solar farm installation as well as some institutional work in our hospitals. Remember to work safe. Have a happy New Year.

Dave Spencer, P.S.

Negotiation vs. Corporate Greed

L.U. 827 (catv&t), EAST WINDSOR, NJ — On June 22, 2011, IBEW and CWA started negotiations for the East Coast members employed by Verizon and Verizon Connected Solutions. More than 45,000 members stood ready for a contract that expired on Aug. 6. The strike that was called will more than likely go down as one of the most united fronts between two unions against a corporation that has deep pockets. As I write this article, it is four-plus months and we still are in negotiations, and we are no closer than when we started. Verizon laid down a comprehensive proposal that gutted more than 50 years of collective bargaining agreements. Verizon has record profits, pays millions in compensation bonuses to its top five executives and pays no federal income tax. Verizon wants to cut costs and jobs that are the core of middle-class America. Verizon has become the poster child of corporate greed. Verizon, like other big business in America, moves jobs overseas and continues to shrink good union jobs. The unions' goals are to remain united and press our bargaining agenda to get a fair agreement.

Avaya has contacted the IBEW to begin negotiations for a two-year extension. This contract is due to expire in May of 2012.

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

Founders Scholarship Award

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL — With great pleasure we recognize one of our own who recently received the IBEW Founders Scholarship Award. Bro. Jonathan Dehmel was presented the award in October 2011 by Fifth District Int. Vice Pres. Joe S. Davis.

Bro. Dehmel joins five other Local 915 members who previously received this honor. Previous recipients are: Bros. Robert Miles, Jim Grace, Benny Collins, Stan Smith and Scott Evarts. Local 915 is proud to have had so many fine members achieve the high standards and merit this accredited award stands for. Bro. Dehmel is truly deserving and we are very proud of him and wish him much success.

We held Local 915 elections in June and are proud to announce the re-election of Bus. Mgr. Bill Dever to another three-year term.

It is still tough times here, but we are striving for a strong future for our local union. As members of this great union, we all must be diligent in our efforts to make the IBEW the best and only choice for all electrical needs in our community and beyond.

Theresa King, P.S.

Local 915 member Jonathan Dehmel (third from right) receives IBEW Founders Scholarship Award. From left are: Local 915 Field Organizer Felix Gonzalez, State Organizing Coordinator Rodney Alvarez, Fifth District Int. Vice Pres. Joe S. Davis, Bro. Dehmel, Bus. Mgr. William Dever and Asst. Bus. Mgr. Randall King.

Focus on Safety

L.U. 1245 (catv,em,govt,lctt,o,pet,t&u), VACAVILLE, CA — Our local redoubled our focus on safety after several workplace fatalities and injuries. We rolled out our "Hold the Pull" peer-to-peer safety program for members in electric-related jobs, and also our "Control the Pressure" peer-to-peer safety program for members in gas-related jobs. Both programs, by design, were created chiefly by rank-and-file members. Direct peer-to-peer interaction about the importance of working safely makes a big difference. A third program will focus on members working in the line clearance tree trimming industry.

The importance of these initiatives was reinforced when three members recently died on the job. Carlos Amezcua, a line clearance tree trimmer, died Sept. 28 last year when the bucket he was working in tilted and ejected him. Linemen Ryan Miles and Aaron Weiss died Oct. 13 when their truck went into a river. Two other members escaped that accident with minor injuries.

Younger members play an important role in our local. Four young members attended the IBEW Convention in Vancouver. We also sent 15 young workers to the AFL-CIO's NextUp! Young Worker Summit, and dispatched several young workers to Ohio to assist campaigns on behalf of working people there.

Work remains strong for Outside Construction members. We anticipate substation work employing many workers through the winter.

PG&E seems to be getting serious about upsizing its work force. PG&E's new CEO and its new executive vice president for gas operations visited the union hall to meet with union members. Both stressed they will look to the employees for ideas to correct some of PG&E's long-standing problems.

Eric Wolfe, P.S.

A Trees Inc. crew recently brought down two white fir trees, each more than 100 feet tall, to protect nearby PG&E power lines. Standing, from left: Ruben Castaneda, Francisco Garcia, Mike Garner and Rodney Owens, joined by Local 1245 Business Rep. Junior Ornelas; kneeling, Jose Macias and Elfego Pacheco.

Welcome to New Members

L.U. 1253 (i), AUGUSTA, ME — We would like to welcome our new members to include inside apprentices Albert Condon, Shelley Francis, Keith Hurley, Nathan Lyons, Richard Monkman, Harlan Small, and Nathaniel Walden; teledata apprentices David Long, Richard Rattary and Travis Yahn; journeyman wiremen Doug Petersen and Marc Leighton; teledata tech Ken Sibley; and construction wiremen Reginald Johnson, Andrew Higgins and Dylan Nelson.

First Aid/CPR training and man-lift training classes were held this fall as well as another OSHA 10 course prior to this publication. For more up-to-date offerings visit our Web site at www.ibew1253.org.

It seems we have weathered the storm. Things have picked up briefly. The future looks bright, but is developing slowly. Many of our efforts have produced jobs that we would not have had otherwise and brought new members into our local. In following our objectives per the constitution, we seek to represent all who work in our trade and have made it through tough times by being innovative and adapting to our local conditions. We secured work at schools, hospitals, a civic center and wind turbine projects by being competitive while still safely and efficiently offering a quality product.

We extend our best wishes and appreciation for many years of service to outgoing Press Sec. William Gifford. Thanks, Bill.

Timothy G. Bickford, P.S.

Local 1253 apprentice Harlan Small (left) and journeyman wiremen Gorden Tinker and Scott Cuddy pause while participating in an August 2011 Habitat for Humanity project in Bangor, Maine.

Members Receive IBEW Award

L.U. 1307 (u), SALISBURY, MD — Four Local 1307 members recently received IBEW awards for actions they took after encountering an accident scene. In December 2010, line crew Bros. Mike Daly, Robbie Kinnamon and Jeremy Cunningham were headed to the jobsite when they noticed something wrong in a wooded area. They stopped to investigate and found a car with a man hanging out of a side door. He was alive but severely injured. They called 911 and then contacted Bro. Mark Whitby, a deputy chief of the Volunteer Fire Department. Mark went to the scene to assist while awaiting paramedics' arrival. Our members assisted the fire company in flagging traffic and scanning the area for more victims; fortunately there were none. Without the quick thinking and attentiveness of these members, more time would have passed before the accident victim was discovered.

Congratulations to three recent retirees: Bros. William Bailey, Edward Cannon and Martin Redington. Bro. Bailey started in 1976 as a power plant laborer; he worked as auxiliary operator, plant equipment operator, control room operator and maintenance operator. He retired Feb. 23, 2011.

Bro. Cannon began as a power plant laborer in 1972. He became an auxiliary operator, control room operator and lead operator. He retired Jan. 6, 2011.

Bro. Redington started as a power plant maintenance helper in 1976. He worked as a fuel handler and qualified machinist. He retired June 30, 2011.

E.D. Sparks, P.S.

Championship St. Louis

L.U. 1439 (u), ST. LOUIS, MO — Local 1439 has so much to be proud of: the 11th World Series Championship Cardinals; our first ever hole-in-one at the 9th Annual Local 1439 South Guy "Boomer" Barton Charity Golf Tournament; another well-attended Labor Day parade and picnic; the start of a successful "A" Membership Drive for all of our members; another fine showing at the 28th International Lineman's Rodeo in Bonner Springs, KS, winning fourth-place in Apprenticeship and other placement wins; a voluntary separation package for our age-58-and-older members at Ameren/MO; our first "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" Walk (raising $3,500 for the American Cancer Society); and hosting the IBEW Media group to film a story on organizing the City of Potosi, which will be instrumental to all locals in organizing efforts. Wonder what 2012 will bring!

Mike Walter, B.M.

Local 1439 journeyman lineman Jeff Gottman, Potosi District, with his "hole-in-one" 4 iron.

A New Year

L.U. 1523 (u), WICHITA, KS — It's a new year. Out with the old and in with the new. And welcome to our new members. We did pretty well in 2011 with our membership development. We need your input to continue to best represent you. Times are hard all over, but we have proved our solidarity. Congratulations to all members. Safety was No. 1 and we did a great job.

We have a new meeting place: 1330 East 1st St., Wichita. It's good to be in a location filled with other unions. Remember that your steward is your first line of contact. Do you know who your steward is? Attend union meetings, held the second Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. If you want to speak to the E-Board, they meet the first Monday of each month. Contact an E-Board member and set up an appointment.

We have made good strides — let's continue to do so. Nothing will ever be perfect; what we can do though is to continue to move forward as we have.

Please contact office manager Kourtnie Negron for your information needs. Thank you, Kourtnie, for putting up with us and staying on top of Local 1523 projects.

We wish a good 2012 to all our members and their families.

Candy C. Cruz-Dodd, P.S.

Local 1523 journeyman meter man Jeff Harris (left) and first-year apprentice meter man Tad Woodard at work on the job. Not pictured is Amy Poynter, second-year apprentice meter man.

Election of Officers

L.U. 1547 (c,em,i,o,t&u), ANCHORAGE, AK — IBEW Local 1547 recently held its statewide leadership election.

Larry Bell was re-elected to a third three-year term as Local 1547 business manager/financial secretary. He received more than 72 percent of the vote in a two-way contest. "Our membership believes we are on the right course and I am honored to have their continued trust in leading our local union," Bell said. "Over the next three years, my top goals will be making certain that our members are safe on the job, implementing our Code of Excellence and fostering the continued financial growth and stability of our union," Bell added.

Also elected to a three-year term are: Pres. Knute Anderson, North Pole; Vice Pres. Danny Gillette, Fairbanks; Sec. Laura Bonner, Anchorage; Treas. Charlie Breitenstein, Anchorage; Executive Board members Cecil Colley III, Tom Minder, Rodney Hesson, Sven Westergard; and Examining Board members Curtis Dunham, William "Mike" Clay, Dennis Olsen and Cache Carr.

Larry Metzler and James Matt Stedman were appointed to the Exam Board.

Melinda Taylor, P.S.

Former E-Board member Mike Bavard (left) gives oath of office to newly elected Local 1547 officers and board members.

New Training Facility

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA — Technology is constantly changing in the electrical world and Local 1579's upcoming new training facility will keep us updated in that world. As the construction is still ongoing, plans are being made to start having classes in the new facility in April 2012. Welding classes will play a vital role in this local as there are two major projects in our jurisdiction that will need many. Of course, there will be other classes available in the future also.

Bus. Mgr. Ken Ward recognizes that training is the key to being competitive. As IBEW members, we should all feel fortunate that we have the opportunities to have training available to us.

IBEW Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill was at Local 1579 recently. It is not every day that you have someone like Pres. Hill in your union hall but I can tell you, he is a good person to have on your side. It was truly an honor.

I thank all the retired members for their many years of service and all they have done for this local and the IBEW. When you see a retired member, walk up and let him or her know how special they are.

Until next time, God bless.

Will Salters, A.B.M.

Bus. Mgr. Ken Ward (right) and Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill visit the IBEW Local 1579 Training Facility construction site.

Work Picture Looks Good

L.U. 1701 (catv,ees,i,o&u), OWENSBORO, KY — The Examining Board gave the journeyman wireman exam recently to: Todd Crooks, Tom Puckett, Todd Mayfield, Ron Lynch, Brian Evans, Wesley Gillispie, Mike Deese and Charles Brewer. The board reports all passed. Congratulations and welcome, brothers.

We thank Local 1701 and the Owensboro Council of Labor president, Sister Donna Haynes, for organizing and conducting the 2011 Labor Day picnic festivities, which were held at the Owensboro Sportscenter. Our local was well-represented. Congratulations also to Local 1701 Bro. Tim West for receiving the J.R. Gray labor person of the year award.

Our picnic last year was held at Golfland in Owensboro on Sept. 10. The weather was beautiful and all enjoyed good food and fun. We thank all volunteers for their time and efforts; plans are under way for next year.

We are proud to report that work in the jurisdiction is good and looks good for 2012. We have been getting into Book 2 to fill some of our calls. We welcome all traveling brothers and sisters and extend thanks for helping us out.

In sadness we report the passing of retired Bros. David Worthington, Jack Wilson and Ronald Roberts. May they rest in peace.

Tim Blandford, R.S./P.S.

Attending the Local 1701 Golfland picnic are, from left: John and Sue Bethel, and Joe Voyles.