March 2012

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Programs Benefit Members

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,rm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa,st&ws), ST. LOUIS, MO — In December, Local 1 members launched two programs to benefit those members and their families who are suffering through hard times due to unemployment. A "Food Bank" and "Adopt-a-Family" program were initiated to provide assistance.

The Food Bank is located at Local 1 and accepts donations during normal business hours, as well as before and after regular union meetings. Nonperishable food items are requested. Additionally, those willing to donate but unable to drop items off during the above times can make special arrangements by using the "Adopt-a-Family" hotline number on Local 1 Web site Those wishing to receive donations from the Food Bank are invited to drop by during normal business hours. Thanks to all who have donated. The need continues.

The Adopt-a-Family program has resulted in members providing more than 17 families with toys for Christmas, gas cards, grocery gift cards, and other "wish list" items. Many members, who remain anonymous, have gone above and beyond to donate such items to deserving families.

Thanks to Roxanne Dimariano and Heather Kehoe for their countless hours donated for both programs. Their tireless efforts bring a smile to the faces of many in need. To those who are able, please continue to help your fellow brothers and sisters.

We mourn the death of: Ralph Woelbling, James DeWitt, James Byrnes, Glenon Williams, Charles Byrd, Richard Gearhart, Robert Knoten and Artie Stegall.

Matt Gober, P.S.

Bikes to 'Toys for Tots' Drive

L.U. 7 (i), SPRINGFIELD, MA — On Dec. 9 last year, IBEW Local 7's Chris Paluck went to Highland Bike Shop to purchase bicycles to be donated to Toys for Tots.

The money had been raised through contributions from Local 7's brothers and sisters. Totaling more than $1,100, the donations made it possible to purchase 10 high-quality bicycles/tricycles as well as four sleds. Assisting Chris with the fundraising was Bill Horgan, and assisting with loading and transporting the bikes were apprentices Matt Lucey and Matt Jenkins. The bikes were delivered to the WWLP-22 News studio. Local 7 thanks all the staff at Highland Bike, including Rob and the bike mechanics, for helping us to make this happen.

Mark Kuenzel, Tr. Dir.

Toys for Tots Drive: Local 7 apprentices Matt Jenkins (left) and Matt Lucey (second from left); Local 7 installer technician Chris Paluck (right); and Highland Bike employees.

A Strong Voice for Workers

L.U. 9 (catv,govt,lctt,o&u), CHICAGO, IL — Congratulations to Bro. Robert Koehler and Bro. Daniel Kubil, who were presented with a Local 9 Service Award at our January general membership meeting. Bros. Koehler and Kubil are journeyman linemen at the Chicago Transit Authority. Our brothers received the service award for their efforts in assisting a distraught CTA passenger looking to inflict harm on himself and the general riding public. Bros. Koehler and Kubil succeeded in distracting the passenger by talking to him and moving him away from the platform until authorities arrived. We commend Bros. Koehler and Kubil for their action.

The Illinois primary election will be held March 20. Early voting began Feb. 27 and ends on March 15. You can find a listing of candidates endorsed by the Chicago Federation of Labor on the Political Action section of our Web site We cannot stress enough how important it is to be involved in the political process. We must join together to be a strong voice for the working families of Illinois and our country.

As winter turns into spring, we are seeing a positive outlook on the work situation. The passage of the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (SB 1652) last fall is creating more jobs for our local. We look forward to a prosperous 2012 for Local 9.

Mary Beth Kaczmarek, P.S.

Local 9 Vice Pres. Allan Bartosik (left) presents Bro. Daniel Kubil with his Service Award.

'Can You Hear Me Now?' —
Help Organize Verizon Wireless in Your Town

L.U. 21 (catv,govt&t), DOWNERS GROVE, IL — Several Verizon Wireless workers contacted our organizers about forming a union at their workplace. The IBEW is serious about raising the standards of all workers in our industry and Local 21 is committed to helping these workers in Illinois and northwest Indiana. To be successful we need the assistance of the entire membership.

Verizon Wireless has more than 100 stores in our jurisdiction with large numbers of workers who face fear and intimidation every day they stand up for their rights at work. In an effort to build stronger communications with an even larger group of Verizon Wireless workers we need your help. We are requesting all members to talk to neighbors, friends and family members working at Verizon Wireless about the benefits of joining the IBEW. Share a good union story with them. We then need you to forward us their contact information so we can have a more candid conversation with them about joining our union.

If you know of anyone working at Verizon Wireless in Illinois or northwest Indiana, please contact Local 21 Bus. Rep./Organizer Dave Webster in our union hall at (630) 960-4466 ext. 449 or on his cell at (630) 222-9121. He can also be reached by e-mail at Solidarity!

Thomas Hopper, P.S.

Thanks to Union Volunteers

L.U. 41 (em,es,govt,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NY — In November 2011, we saw one of our volunteer efforts come to fruition with the election of a new county executive. I am proud to say that 2012 has started out with continued member participation.

Local 41 volunteers spend numerous hours assisting at a community outreach/educational house in the city of Buffalo. This house will teach the younger, less fortunate in the area basic skills to become a productive person in society. Thank you to members Mike Allen, Aaron Arnold, Calvin Goins, Tim Horton, Dan Tillman, Grady Williams and the man who took the lead, John Tucker. Good job, men!

A house belonging to a block club leader was firebombed by some vandals. Journeymen Ed Dunatov and Paul Wasik gave their time to help repair this house.

Just as the new year began, Local 41 donated numerous bags of warm clothing items to "Friends of the Night People," a charity that provides food, clothing and medical care to the poor and homeless. Volunteering your time for the good of the union and for projects to assist those less fortunate is a very important part of the organization. Please continue to support your local union. Thank you.

Gregory R. Inglut, A.B.M.

Holiday Charity Fundraisers

L.U. 43 (em,i&rts), SYRACUSE, NY — Work slowed down quite a bit from Thanksgiving to mid-January, but as of this writing we anticipated a number of jobs to start hiring after that time period. Our first- and second-year apprentices again worked all year on can and bottle drives, car washes and cash contributions for the 2011 "Cans-4-Kids" program. They were able to raise $5,000 in total. Of this amount, $3,000 was used to purchase children's toys, distributed at Christmas to seven hospitals in our jurisdiction. The remaining $2,000 bought 2,252 pounds of food, delivered to the Food Bank of Central New York, also in time for Christmas.

Through the generosity of Klein Tools, the NJATC's negotiations and Lee Goodman of the Goodman Agency, our Training Center is the beneficiary of tools, meters, EMT benders and materials valued at more than $10,000. The tools will be available for journeyman wiremen, apprentices, and CWs/CEs to use in our conduit bending labs, motor control lab and throughout the Training Center.

Jim Corbett, P.S.

Receiving tools for the Training Center are, from left: Local 43 instructor David Nichols, Training Dir. Peter Dulcich, Lee Goodman and Instructor Jeff DeSocio.

Contract Agreements

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA — Happy St. Pat's Day. Our members at Southern California Edison did a commendable job restoring power to more than 430,000 SCE customers after the early December 2011 windstorms wreaked havoc in southern California.

A new agreement with SCE has been reached and was ratified by our members at SCE. The three-year agreement includes a 2.75 percent wage increase each year and improvements in other economics.

We recently completed negotiations for two of our "Underground" utility contracts and our Pole Test and Treatment agreement. Despite the economically challenging times we were able to get wage increases for all three agreements.

We held our Annual Christmas Party on Dec. 16.

Diane Cortez, an administrative assistant with the local, retired after 33 years of service.

The local was a host sponsor for Union Sportsman Alliance, Southern California Sporting Clays Shoot. The team of Greg O'Brien, Pat Jelensky, Stan Santos and Dave Aguon from Anaheim's Public Utility captured first place in the Class "B" Division.

Local 47 member Mike Evans was elected to the Blythe City Council in November last year.

We are sad to report the passing of Richard Dolenar. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Work safe, live well, work union.

Stan Stosel, P.S.

Local 47 Bus. Mgr. Patrick Lavin with administrative assistant Diane Cortez, who recently retired.

Contract Negotiations

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,rtb,r&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL — A new four-year contract and benefit package was ratified by our members at AERG on Nov. 23 last year. We also ratified contracts at Enerstar Power Co-op. At the time of this writing, we are in contract negotiations with AmerenIP MDF; Spoon River Electrical Co-op; Nexstar Broadcasting; Custom Underground Inc.; Illinois Water, Sterling and Lincoln Divisions; City of Geneseo Water and Electric; Village of Ladd; Aqua Water; and our outside power agreement (6-51-A).

A successful refuel outage at Clinton Power Station was completed with 56 IBEW Local 51 members who worked on the temporary outage project through the holidays.

We are in the process of organizing four new members at the City of Sullivan's electrical department. Cards have been signed by all employees.

With the passing of Illinois Senate Bill 1652, the work outlook for our construction and utility members looks good for 2012. We still have some jurisdictional disputes regarding wind farms.

Our retirees in Decatur meet at 8 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Diamond's Family Restaurant, 2959 N. Oakland, Decatur. Not only will you enjoy a good breakfast, but you will also see some of your fellow IBEW brothers and sisters that you've worked with throughout the years and enjoy their friendship and fellowship.

Karlene Knisley, B.R.

'Great Things are Happening'

L.U. 53 (lctt,o,rts&u), KANSAS CITY, MO — We are off to a good start for 2012 and have some good things happening here with Local 53. After 19 months of negotiations we have settled with the Board of Public Utilities.

Also, we have newly organized workers with the City of Carrollton, although at this writing we are still in the process of finishing the negotiations.

We were also able to get a one-year extension at Channel 4 WDAF for our members who work there.

We are looking forward to the excitement of our 24th Annual Crappie Tournament scheduled for June 9. This is a great fishing event and fish fry, just a great time for bonding in the Brotherhood.

Hope all finds and keeps you well ... Local 53!

Tracy A. Riley, V.P.

Organizing New IBEW Members

L.U. 55 (lctt,o&u), DES MOINES, IA — Over the past two years our staff has directed our focus to the importance of organizing new members and building strength and solidarity within our own rank and file. Though our numbers may not be massive, we have been able to increase our membership by signing more than 150 new members in construction, line clearance, and our REC (Rural Electric Cooperative) and municipal units. We have been able to do this in many ways including winning an NLRB Election, signing a Letter of Recognition and internal organizing.

Bus. Mgr. Mike Brookes also worked hard putting together a new Telecommunications Agreement, which has already been signed with Michels Communications, a division of Michels Corporation. Bus. Mgr. Brookes and two of the assistants have also worked on an easier process to bring nonunion linemen into the IBEW, which has been successful so far. Our next plan is to start going after the nonrepresented RECs and Municipals in our state. Our goal is to continue to move this local forward and to not stop until everyone in the electrical field is represented.

Rusty McCuen, A.B.A./Organizer

Tribute to an IBEW Brother

L.U. 57 (lctt,mp,o,t&u), SALT LAKE CITY, UT — While responding to trouble calls on Nov. 25, 2011, the day after Thanksgiving, James "Jimmy" Westwood stopped his truck to assist a stranded motorist who had slid off the icy highway. Jimmy was struck and killed by another motorist who had lost control of a vehicle. Jimmy was a Rocky Mountain Power employee and member of the IBEW for more than 30 years, holding various positions in the IBEW, including that of steward and policy representative. In these capacities, he served the local and the membership extremely well. His friendship and compassion for his fellow brothers and sisters will be sorely missed. We ask in these tragic times that the IBEW family take a moment and remember Jimmy's family in their thoughts and prayers.

Scott Long, P.S.

IBEW Local 57 members pay tribute to the late Bro. James "Jimmy" Westwood. Flags were raised utilizing utility bucket trucks lined up for Bro. Westwood's service.

Transmission Lines

L.U. 97 (u), SYRACUSE, NY — Local 97 has joined with several upstate New York legislators to lead the opposition of the proposed construction of a new transmission line from Canada to New York City. The new line would be entirely separate from the existing transmission system in New York, with its sole purpose being to allow the importation of power from outside the United States.

The local acknowledges the huge demand for power downstate, but firmly believes the solution to the problem can be found in New York, not outside the country. Upstate New York presently has a large excess generating capacity, but the lack of investment in the upstate transmission system prevents the excess capacity from fulfilling the downstate demand. Upgrading existing transmission lines and substations would eliminate the bottlenecks that prevent the electricity from reaching downstate.

Eliminating the bottlenecks would allow upstate generators to have a market for their product. The upstate generators would then be in a position to invest in their plants and hire more employees. Upgrading aging transmission lines would allow the transmission system more flexibility in moving power to where it is needed, while mitigating environmental issues the new construction being proposed will cause.

John Delperuto, P.S.


Annual Sports Night in March

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA — The 29th Annual Pension Dinner was held Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011. It brought 70 retired members, families and friends together for a night of celebration and reminiscing in the union hall.

In November, two of our members were re-elected in their hometown elections. Mike Smart, councilor in District 6 of Weymouth, defeated a challenger. Glenn Jones, councilor-at-large of Franklin, was also re-elected.

The Annual Children's Christmas Party was celebrated Sunday, Dec. 4, in the union hall. Children made their requests to Santa while Santa's helpers delivered gifts. Thank you to Gary Walker for organizing and to Joe Lawlor, Jeff Sheehan, Keith Stearns, Dave Comerford and all the apprentices for their help.

Coming March 17 — The Annual Sports Night will be held at UMass Boston. The Member's Children's Hockey Game starts at 3 p.m., and the Journeyman vs. Apprentice Hockey Game and Journeyman vs. Apprentice Basketball Game will immediately follow. Please join the party at Local 103 following the sporting events.

Kevin Molineaux, P.S.

Kudos to Newly Elected Officers

L.U. 105 (catv,i&o), HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA — Congratulations to Lorne Newick on his recent election as business manager. Congratulations also to: our two new assistant business managers, Brad Gold and Steve Fox; the new organizer, Rich Dipietro; and to all newly elected officers. The election was judged by Terry Lewis, who did an excellent job.

On the home front our work picture is picking up and the prospects on the horizon are promising. Thank you to the locals that have given us work in Canada and also in the USA; we will return the favour. We continue our fight against C.L.A.C. and C.U.S.W. and nonunion contractors. Our new officers and members are stronger than ever and definitely up to the challenge.

In the recent provincial election, we were able to get seven out of 10 candidates elected that we support. A big thanks goes to our new Political Action Committee and to volunteers who tirelessly went door-to-door and put up signs — well done.

Our hockey team is getting ready for the year ahead and we expect a good, strong team. We wish to recognize Ron Lewis, who once again will be team coordinator. Ron has generously volunteered his time to this for 49 years now.

Local 105 wishes all our brothers and sisters a strong, prosperous new year.

Phil Brown, P.S.

Union Volunteers Serve

L.U. 111 (em,govt,lctt,mt,o,rtb,spa&u), DENVER, CO — As each year draws to a close, many of our union brothers and sisters again volunteer their time and resources to help the less fortunate. One of our annual events is the "Feed the Homeless" drive held in downtown Denver. Many of our Public Service Company of Colorado members, outside construction members, and the EWMC of Local 111 donate their time and monies to purchase undergarments, hats, gloves and socks, and prepare food to feed hundreds of less fortunate individuals and their families.

PSCO also donates the use of its vehicles for power as well as chairs and tables, and also furnishes hot coffee, condiments, utensils and paper products.

This community service event has been held every year since approximately 1979, regardless of inclement weather conditions, and is held outside in an empty parking lot.

IBEW members who volunteer do not want recognition or praise; they are simply helping out their community and fellow Americans.

Mike Kostelecky, P.S.

IBEW Denver Local 111 volunteers help serve the homeless.

[Photo provided by Ramone Vera from Local 68.]

Skilled & United Union Members

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR — Local 125 is preparing for a busy year. This year the local will place increased focus on promoting you — the membership. Often, the news media have depicted union members as greedy and unskilled workers. They don't recognize your contributions as community volunteers and leaders. We want to end these types of anti-union attacks by promoting what you do and who you are.

If you work for a utility, you're assumed to receive direct benefit of a rate increase. Those of you working in construction are feeling the effects of poor trade agreements and inter-agency government bureaucracy, which are preventing you from building much-needed infrastructure. It's time to educate elected officials of their decisions' effects and help the public understand the regulations and laws that govern our industry.

The local is working on plans to help educate, engage and encourage our membership to enhance solidarity and show our importance not only at work but within communities. We cannot control the economy or employer-business decisions, but we can work safely and efficiently to show why the IBEW matters. You are skilled and knowledgeable professionals. We must stay united and not let outside influences move us away from our core values.

Marcy Putman, P.S.

Tribute to Charles Patton

L.U. 139 (i&u), ELMIRA, NY — With great sadness I report the passing of Charles B. "Charlie" Patton, former business manager. Charlie lost his courageous battle against cancer on Jan. 2. Bro. Patton was surrounded by his family, which includes four journeyman wiremen and two apprentices.

For those throughout the country who knew Charlie, he was the epitome of a trade unionist. Charlie lived and breathed the IBEW for his nearly 50-year career. He put his members, the IBEW and organized labor first. He was well-respected by his peer business managers and admired for his leadership. When you think back to the old guard that helped to shape the Third District, Charlie was there. His word was his bond and you could take his handshake to the bank.

All of you who knew Charlie can take comfort in knowing your friendship meant a great deal to him. He loved to tell stories from the road and I could see from the look on his face how much you guys, his brothers, meant to him.

On a personal note, when I got the call that I was accepted into the apprenticeship program, it was Charlie Patton on the other end of the phone. He was the IBEW to me through my career. I will always be grateful to have had Charlie Patton as my leader, my friend and my brother.

Ernie Hartman, B.M.

Local 139 former business manager Charlie Patton (right), joined by former Int. Sec. Jack F. Moore (left) and Third District Int. Vice Pres. Donald C. Siegel.

'True Union Spirit'

L.U. 145 (em,i,o,rts,spa&u), ROCK ISLAND, IL — The winter holiday season was a busy one with many of our members working feverishly on several community service projects. Our largest holiday lighting project every year is at Eagle Point Park in Clinton, Iowa. After the initial display was completed, the park experienced vandalism but thanks to our hard working volunteers, the great annual lighting display was up and running again proving the great holiday spirit within the community.

Our members showed their true union spirit on a chilly December Saturday morning on an "informational picket" at a local car dealership. After several attempts by our local union to convince the dealership that union craftsman would be the better alternative, the dealership chose to use a nonsignatory contractor for a lighting project. The picket was well-attended in a very busy locale with a great response from people driving by honking and giving the pickets a "thumbs up" show of approval.

We send our condolences to the families of our deceased members and to those who have lost a loved one. To our injured and ill, we wish you a speedy recovery to health.

Please attend your union meetings on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.

Justin M. Giem, P.S.

Local 145 members assemble to conduct an informational picket.

100 Year Anniversary

L.U. 175 (c,em,i,lctt,mt,o&u), CHATTANOOGA, TN — The December 2011 "Eating Meeting" was a tremendous success. Bro. T.J. Wehunt did a wonderful job supplying all the food for more than 200 members and guests.

2012 marks the 100 year anniversary for Local 175. The January pancake breakfast was the start of many events planned for the year. The main event will be in June. More information will be available in our article for the May issue.

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

Keith Owensby, P.S.

Work Outlook More Promising

L.U. 197 (em&i), BLOOMINGTON, IL — Happy new year. The work outlook in our jurisdiction looks more promising than 2011. We hope Bridgestone-Firestone gets the tax incentives it needs to invest in new equipment at its plant, which will provide work for our members. Work at Mitsubishi Motors is winding down as the UAW gets close to starting production. Our members have done a great job getting a new line up and running. The work provided much-needed employment for our members and they responded to the challenge very well.

In 2012 we enter an election year. We look to our borders and witness state governments trying to weaken unions. At press time, workers in Indiana are fighting an anti-union "right-to-work" bill, and Wisconsin workers continue to fight anti-union legislators. We can't get complacent at home. Be aware that lawmakers will try to do the same here if given the chance; we cannot allow this to happen. We need to get out and support those who will support us. Local 51 member Julie Brandt will run for the McLean County Board in the upcoming election to provide a voice for working families and she will need our votes.

Over the holidays, a pin ceremony honored members who reached a milestone in the IBEW. Thanks to those who participated in festivities at the hall and congratulations to pin recipients. Remember to stay involved in your local!

Mike Raikes, P.S.

Local 197 service pin recipients and officers. Front row, from left: Bus. Mgr. Lance Reece, and pin recipients Renee Riddle, Stephanie Ashenbremer, Matt Strupp, Dale Glasscock, Scott Schunke, Mike Russell and George Kletz Jr. Back row: Pres. Rich Veitengruber and pin recipients Keith Ashenbremer, Greg Geshwilm, Rob Strasser, Mike Cavitt, Bill Day and Dennis Nolan.

Success in Numbers

L.U. 229 (em&i), YORK, PA — The economic environment has given rise to numbers like "99 percent" and "1 percent." Voices of an economically damaged work force in turmoil struggle to express their outrage over a system in chaos.

But here at home and in locals across America and Canada, IBEW union electricians have another number to become familiar with, one that's just as striking: 11 percent. What's the deal with 11 percent you might ask? Well listen up!

Brothers and sisters, 11 percent represents our market share of electrical work. The numbers say that of all electrical work being done in the USA, only 29 percent of it is by IBEW members! Are we going to be satisfied with that? What if we saw a 4 percent or greater increase to our contractor list and in the number of jobs our current contractors win? Where would this put us? Is it possible?

The answers lie in organizing and workmanship. New members mean new work. We are worth more than 11 percent! We have to be the example of excellence in our profession! If not us, then who? Problems have solutions. We must regain our share! Our future depends on it!

Thanks go to Membership Developer Steven Selby for his efforts in 2011. A big welcome also goes to our new partner contractors, Purdy Communications Inc. and T.E.S Electrical Services LLC.

Tony Palermo, P.S.

Deck the Hall!

L.U. 269 (i&o), TRENTON, NJ — Lack of snow and unseasonably warm temperatures couldn't keep Santa from making his yearly visit to Local 269's union hall last year to spread goodwill and holiday cheer. All official business was suspended while Santa and his helpers gathered Christmas wishes from members' children and grandchildren alike. Santa handed out presents and everyone was treated to hot chocolate and holiday snacks. Special thanks go to Santa's helpers including: Sean Cullen (code name, "Big Red"), Terri (code name, "Mrs. S."), and Eddie Stackhouse (code name, "Ears"), the business office staff, and Santa's official photographer, Senior Press Sec. D. Brian Proctor. Their hard work showed in the smiling faces of the kids and parents. Events like this remind us all of how truly fortunate we are to be part of an organization in which members care and families matter.

Solar projects throughout the state are still demanding manpower and are in danger of being usurped by a number of trades seeking to make the work their own. Our resolve is being tested every day by those who would seek to do our work.

Brian Jacoppo, P.S.

Local 269 welcomed Santa, Mrs. Claus and Ears the Elf at holiday party.

'Recovery Agreement' — Market Share Gains

L.U. 295 (em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), LITTLE ROCK, AR — Miller Electric, using the "Recovery Agreement," was able to secure a data center project in our jurisdiction. A prominent nonunion company already had temporarily started on the job making it a pleasure to see them load it up and remove it from the site as our members were starting to install underground on the project. As of this writing, the local has 10 journeymen, 12 apprentices, five CEs and six CW's on the project, with a good shot at the next phase and future maintenance at the facility.

The local has also signed a project labor agreement with a well-established nonsignatory contractor that will employ 20-25 members for approximately a year at one of our National Guard facilities where we had not been successful in securing work in a long time. We are proud of the way our members have welcomed these new members and worked with them as a team, to ensure both projects are a success. While there are challenges that come with change, we would not have this opportunity without the new tools that have been put in place, along with the willingness of our members and contractors to step up to the plate to regain our market share.

David Stephens, A.B.M.

Market recovery successes are reported at Local 295.

'A Fight for Workers'

L.U. 305 (i&spa), FORT WAYNE, IN — As I write this, we are in a fight for our lives to stop the so-called "right-to-work" anti-labor legislation at the Indiana Statehouse. Gov. Mitch Daniels announced new 2012 "security policies" to keep union members out of the State Capitol Building so we couldn't talk to our representatives during the session. We will not be detoured by this unscrupulous disregard of our rights as Indiana citizens. We will speak out against this anti-union legislative session as we did March 10, 2011.

[Editor's Note: On Feb. 1, the Indiana state Senate passed a "right-to-work" (for less) bill, which Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) signed. Working families will continue the fight against such anti-worker agenda.]

We have been blessed with work opportunities for our members and others. We are working on organizing contractors from within and outside to meet the small commercial needs of our jurisdiction. We don't want to potentially miss out on projects available with the current signatory contractors we now have.

To assist in this endeavor we built a new JATC hands-on training center next to our IBEW Office. The additional 7,000 square-feet of space, with the existing 6,000 square-feet, now opens up many opportunities for our instructors and students to keep our contractors competitive in any market. To help with materials and equipment, our contractors increased their hourly contributions to the program. A special thanks to the apprenticeship administrator and instructors, who have gone above and beyond taking our program to the next level.

Joseph Langmeyer, B.M.

Projects Slated for 2012

L.U. 347 (em,i,mt,rtb,rts&spa), DES MOINES, IA — It's been a long, hard slog. I've had a hard time finding good things to write about. The economy has everyone on pins and needles. The right-wing power brokers try to blame organized labor for every ill known to mankind. The American public now expresses the least amount of confidence in elected leadership ever.

Yet, pockets of humanity are revealing the goodness of people of this great land. Local 347 members again supplied manpower to provide the Make-A-Wish Foundation with electrical pedestals to put on a Christmas Light Show as a fundraiser. Kudos to all the brothers who made this possible. Local 347 is also very involved in promoting Toys for Tots. The union hall is a drop-off site for toys, and Bus. Mgr. Kevin Clark is featured on TV spots for the promotion.

The last time I wrote of boom employment in this local, the economy was in a nose dive by the end of that year and projects were either being downsized or outright canceled. So, it is with much caution that I report the work outlook for 2012 looks promising in central Iowa. Sizable projects are slated for West Des Moines, Ankeny, Mitchellville and just west of Fort Dodge.

Pin Party/Recognition Night will be held March 3.

At this writing, 115 are on Book I, and 75 are on Book II.

Mike Schweiger, P.S.

Solar Installations

L.U. 351 (c,cs,i,it,lctt,mt,o,se,spa&t), FOLSOM, NJ — Local 351 has been very busy with solar installations throughout the area during the past year. We have done a wide variety of installations. We've installed rooftop mounts, canopy mounts and some very large ground mount arrays. Some of our larger projects were as big as 135 acres and produced as much as 18 megawatts of power.

This particular project pictured is the Medford Solar Inverter installation. The project was completed on time in December 2011. All work was performed 100 percent by IBEW members. The project maxed out at 85 members and was completed in about 14 weeks. The solar array produces approximately six megawatts of power. The plan in 2012 is to double the size of this site. This means more work for the IBEW and our members.

Daniel Cosner, P.S.

Medford Solar Inverter installation, an IBEW Local 351 project completed in December 2011.

Consumer Electronics Show

L.U. 357 (c,i,mt&se), LAS VEGAS, NV — With the month of March comes the end of the convention "season" for Local 357. Las Vegas is host to many corporate events year around but most of the events start in the fall and go through the early spring. Though a convention may last for less than a week, it takes much planning and labor to put in a show in the weeks preceding it and the same goes for tearing it out and preparing for the next one.

The Consumer Electronics Show is our most demanding. Taking place the second week in January, the CES covers 1.8 million square feet of exhibit space and has 150,000 attendees. More than 500 wiremen were dispatched to support the event this year. These tradeshows give us the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with our customer and give our visitors a positive experience. Our stewards stay busy with ever-changing faces and securing our work with the plethora of activity and changing exhibits. [Editor's Note: To view a video on the CES, visit IBEW Web site]

Our Instructors Renee Jones, Raquel Dexter, Samantha Masten and Bobby Baumgardner teach orientation classes for this unique environment. Monitor mounting and hoisting and rigging classes are also encouraged. Our members having these skills ensure that we are the most qualified on the job and we control the work.

Aaron L. Jones, P.S.

New JATC Building Dedicated

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, ID — As of this writing, we have an agreement in principle with InteGrow Malt, LLC, formerly GModelo. It has taken more than two years to get to this point. The certification of the vote to become union took more than a year and negotiations took about nine months. Thank you to all the employees and their negotiating team for their perseverance and determination. We are looking forward to creating a good relationship with them.

Our new JATC building was dedicated to retired Int. Sec.-Treas. Emeritus Jon F. Walters. Among those in attendance for the celebration were: Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill, Int. Sec.-Treas. Salvatore J. Chilia, Eighth District Int. Vice Pres. Ted C. Jensen and Ninth District Int. Vice Pres. Michael S. Mowrey. There was a big turnout of members, retirees and other guests. The new building will allow our JATC to expand the classes that they are able to offer to our apprentices and journeymen.

Our Building Trades Council has hired a lobbyist to keep us apprised of what is going on in the state legislature. We hope this will help us be more proactive in the fight for workers' rights.

Chris Lochridge, A.B.M.

'A Great Brotherhood'

L.U. 455 (em&u), SPRINGFIELD, MA — At our Dec. 13 Unit Meeting last year we honored Bros. Barry Smith, Lyle Augusto, John Anastasio Jr., Jim Hanson and Shawn Hunt for their heroic efforts in rescuing Bro. Steve Perry, who was injured when making electrical contact while climbing a 23 kV riser. We thank all of the brothers and sisters of the Second District for their support for Steve and his family. It truly shows what a great Brotherhood we have.

James P. DiBernardo, Pres.

From left: Local 455 member Barry Smith, Int. Rep. Edward W. Collins Jr., Local 455 Bus. Mgr. Brian Kenney and Local 455 members Steve Perry, John Anastasio Jr. and Lyle Augusto.

Two New Service Contracts

L.U. 543 (mo&t), SAN BERNARDINO, CA — Organizing in tough economic times is not the easiest job. However, with the assistance of Organizer Ray Nichols, we were able to organize Rome Research employees located at the Point Mugu Naval Station, and to secure their first contract in the fall of 2010. A few employees who transferred to Rome's other defense contract location in Colorado Springs, CO, at Schriever Air Force Base, subsequently contacted me and asked if Local 543 could represent them in Colorado. Another employee located at Rome's Prospect Harbor, Maine, location asked Local 543 to represent them as well. Many thanks to Ninth District Int. Vice Pres. Michael S. Mowrey for clearing the path with the Second and Eighth Districts, along with Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill's approval of Local 543's organizing these two contracts that were outside of the local's jurisdiction in the Ninth District. I sincerely appreciate everyone's cooperation in helping to grow our union!

Welcome to our newest members employed by Rome Research located in Colorado Springs, CO, and Prospect Harbor, Maine. A thank-you goes to Karen Irish and Samantha Dolecki of Colorado Springs, who assisted me in developing the contract language and also accepted steward appointments. Thanks as well to Denny Ihle and Rene Wiesner of Prospect Harbor, who assisted me in developing the contract language and also accepted steward appointments.

Jerry Koger, B.M.

Organizing & 2012 Projects

L.U. 569 (i,mar,mt,rts&spa), SAN DIEGO, CA — IBEW Local 569's jurisdiction includes both San Diego and Imperial Counties. Imperial is approximately 120 miles east of San Diego and is a farming community in a desert environment. A few years ago, our local decided to commit more organizing resources to Imperial County, especially because of the emerging renewable energy industries there, so we purchased a 5,000 square-foot building and opened an Imperial County office and training center. The "Grand Opening" of that facility in 2009 kicked off the real work — organizing this rural area with the highest unemployment in California.

Now, two years later, we are proud to announce several significant achievements. The JATC just took in our largest apprenticeship class to date in Imperial County. We have built new community alliances and strengthened existing ones, particularly at the influential Imperial Irrigation District. We've also built strategic relationships with area elected public officials, school districts, Imperial Valley College and San Diego State University.

And, saving the best for last, Bus. Mgr. Johnny Simpson has signed project labor agreements for more than 1,000 MW of solar PV work and several proposed geothermal plants. We expect the first project to break ground in spring 2012 and look forward to putting members to work!

David Taylor, P.S.

IBEW Local 569 members and Imperial Irrigation District board members gather at the El Centro Unit 3 Repower Project site. Dynalectric is signatory contractor on the job.

Business Manager Honored

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The annual Rank-and-File Banquet put on by the Central New Mexico Labor Council was held recently at the Marriott Hotel. The labor council recognizes people who have made contributions to the labor movement and among those honored at the recent banquet was Local 611 Bus. Mgr. Chris Frentzel.

Tracy Hall has taken a number of old photos by our union hall and would like some help identifying some of our members from the 1950s and '60s. If you get a chance please drop by and view the pictures to see if you recognize any past members.

Our annual Christmas party last year was once again a huge success, as always. Thanks to all of you who volunteered to make this annual event so enjoyable.

On Nov. 5, 2011, O.L. Davis was presented with a 70-year pin, and Robert Atencio received a 50-year pin. Congratulations, guys.

Local 1 sends condolences to families of the following members, who recently passed away: Estal Brown, Bill P. Wilson, Eddie A. Cuesta, Ralph R. Cunnar and Napoleon "Nap" Duran.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.

At the Local 611 Christmas party, Bus. Mgr. Chris Frentzel (center) takes photos of the kids with Santa.

Holiday Spirit & Solidarity

L.U. 617 (c,i,mo&st), SAN MATEO, CA — The holiday party for the children of IBEW Local 617 is a long-standing tradition and its popularity continues to grow. Last year more parents and children came to the hall on that sunny Saturday morning in December than ever before. Families enjoyed music, model trains and snacks while waiting for the most important visitor this local sees every year. Elves and staff helped Santa pose for photographs as he visited with each child and listened to their wish lists. Some local families had three generations in the room but it was clear the youngest were more interested in Santa than talking shop. The local thanks all the great volunteers and parents for making this a wonderful event every year.

The 617 Journeymen Motorcycle Club was recognized by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation as the Second Place Fundraising Club for the Northern California Ride for Kids event bringing in a total of $9,485. The hard work of club members and the generosity of IBEW brothers and sisters and their families and friends made it possible. The club also joined Local 6 once again for their Annual Toy Run in support of the San Francisco Firefighters' commitment to bringing Christmas to the city's many needy children.

Dan Pasini, V.P.

Three generations of the Griggi family celebrate Christmas at Local 617's hall.

Tribute to Union Brothers

L.U. 625 (ees,em,i,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA — I regret to inform the members of the loss of Bro. James Mattatall, 23, who died tragically on Dec. 17, 2011. The local is also mourning the loss of Bro. Garnet Dodge, 57, who passed suddenly on Jan. 3, 2012. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of those two members.

Earlier in 2011 we lost two retired members. Bro. Chester Williams, 81, died July 26 last year; and Bro. James Delaney, 66, died Aug. 6. Bro. Williams had four sons in IBEW Local 625.

In 2011 we had six retirements: Bro. Reginald Robicheau retired in January; Bros. Gary Cunningham, Darrell Lawlor, Mike Armstrong and Jim Tidgwell in September; and Bro. David Bremner in August. Bro. Cunningham was a trustee on Local 625's Health and Welfare Committee as well as our Pension Plan Committee for over three decades. Thank you, Gary, for all your time and effort.

Congratulations to our newly certified journeyman construction electricians: Bros. Greg Campbell, Michel Gauthier, Chris Laundry and Jeff Campbell. Well done.

The Local 625 Christmas Dinner and Dance last year was well-attended. Thank you to Dave and Deb Rudolph for all their work to make sure it went well.

Tom Griffiths, Pres.

Improving Work Picture

L.U. 659 (c,catv,em,i,lctt,o,st,t&u), MEDFORD, OR — The work this year should continue to pick up as the year goes along. 2011 ended slightly better than 2010 did. Any improvement is a step in the right direction. The reps are all staying busy with 10 contracts open this year. Organizer John Hutter is also continuing his member-to-member campaign.

The following members, some of whom were retired, passed away in 2011: Charles D. Bolerjack, Robert D. Cart, Clarence V. Childers, Charles Curtis, Sarah N. DeLeon, Ronald D. Erickson, John B. Foster, Lloyd Gallop, Christine A. Gamble, Richard M. Gosney, Duane Hanneman, Jim Henderson, James Tucker, Todd Kennedy, Richard T. Rosemus, Perry Skeeters, Orville L. Smith, Gordon O. Sundby, Norman Svensen and Henry Tucker.

How long are we going to have to hear about the "Bush tax cuts." Time and again it has been shown that tax cuts for the wealthy do not do much for the middle class. If we must always go back to something, why not the "Clinton tax code." This tax rate along with the idea of a smaller military had the budget balanced and the economy rolling.

Tom Legg, Pres./P.S.

Officer Transitions

L.U. 673 (catv,i,rts,spa,t&u), PAINESVILLE, OH — On Dec. 12, 2011, the Local 673 executive board appointed Dan Lastoria our new business manager. Former business manager Dave Thomas was appointed by the International as a Professional and Industrial lead organizer in this area. Good luck to both Dan and Dave!

One of Bus. Mgr. Lastoria's goals is to open up lines of communications with the membership. With that goal in mind you can expect more information posted on our Web page, and sent out directly via mass e-mails. Please get your e-mail information to the hall. If you would like your information delivered on a more personal level, please come to our next union meeting!

At our December union meeting, years-of-service awards were handed out. A big round of applause was given to: 40-year member Ron Giangicomo, 50-year member William Davies, and 55-year members Art Greenwald and Roger Freeman. Their years of service are greatly appreciated.

Also at our meeting, outstanding apprentices were recognized. The top apprentice for each class was given a check equal to the cost of their books for the year. While these apprentices were excited about their awards, we are equally as excited that the quality of apprentices who will fill our ranks continues to be outstanding.

Jim Braunlich, P.S.

Training Dir. Rich Goodmanson (left) congratulates Local 673 Outstanding Apprentices Tiffany Kosmerl, fifth year; Ryan Goss, fourth year; David Mealy, second year; and David Gaeta, third year.

Members Celebrated for Service

L.U. 683 (em&i), COLUMBUS, OH — In the closing months of 2011, Local 683 celebrated many members for reaching milestone years of service ranging from five years to 70 years. We thank our brothers and sisters for their dedication. Special thanks to Bros. Stephen Lipster, Jeff Deckard and William Maloney for hosting our 53rd Annual 25-Year Club Dinner Dance, at which we honored several members who reached this milestone, as well as newly retired members.

Local 683 also assisted in the defeat of a union busting effort presented to the Ohio voters on the November ballot last year. This issue was watched nationwide and gave the politicians in the country a reality check: An attack on one union is an attack on all unions. Thanks to everyone who helped in this effort and to those who voted.

A big thank-you to all the members who participated in the "Rhodes Family" Extreme Makeover House, which aired in December. Many hours were donated to a great home, for a well deserving family. Let's continue to do great things in 2012 and strengthen Local 683.

Eric M. Evans, V.P., R.S.

Fighting Assault on Workers

L.U. 725 (i,rts&spa), TERRE HAUTE, IN — At this writing, our local is fighting against big money lobbyists, the Chamber of Commerce, the National Right to Work Committee, and anti-worker Republicans who are unyielding on passing the deceptively named "right-to -work" (for less) legislation. We have been working with our brothers and sisters in the Building Trades and AFL-CIO affiliates, community activists, and friendly elected representatives to stop the assault on workers' rights and the attempt to silence our union voice.

Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels rescinded his decision to limit the crowd size allowed into our Statehouse for lobbying after public outrage criticized his actions as a political ploy, and not a safety issue as originally announced. Daniels and other R's continue to deceive the public claiming RTW will create jobs, instead of telling the truth — they want to bust unions! [Editor's Note: On Feb. 1, the Indiana state Senate passed a "right-to-work" (for less) bill, which Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) signed. Working families will continue the fight against such anti-worker agenda.]

Bus. Mgr. R. Todd Thacker, a member of the Union Sportsmen's Alliance, appeared in a January episode of Brotherhood Outdoors, a TV series on the Sportsman Channel, for a turkey hunt. Check out the Web site for details and pictures.

We congratulate dispatcher and inside journeyman wireman Norman Cheesman on his retirement in December. Thank you for a great job in the office and 36-plus years as a union member!

Tom Szymanski, P.S.

Local 725 Bus. Mgr. R. Todd Thacker turkey hunting on Brotherhood Outdoors TV show.

Apprentice Offers Aid

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL — Our local's 5th Annual Christmas Party was once again a huge success, with our chairman Bro. Roberto Rosa and his family and volunteers going way above the bar to provide holiday cheer to Local 915 members and their families. This annual event brings together a brotherhood in fellowship with renewed enthusiasm among our union brothers and sisters. It is truly a pleasure to be a part of such a caring group of united union members.

Recently we had a fourth-year apprentice go above and beyond the call. Bro. Jonathan Dzaidaszek had witnessed a terrible accident in which a grandmother with two grandchildren in the car was hit by another driver. Jonathan rushed to the scene to help pull the children out of the car as the grandmother was too injured to be moved until the first responders could make it to the scene. Jonathan was instrumental in giving aid where needed and continued to be a service to the first responders after their arrival. Local 915 would like to recognize Bro. Dzaidaszek for his unselfish act to help others in their time of need.

Theresa King, P.S.

The 2011 Christmas party for Local 915 members and their families.

Success in Organizing

L.U. 965 (em,govt,ptc&u), MADISON, WI — We have had some success in organizing efforts at the old Mid-American Stoneman power plant in Cassville, WI. A well-attended informational meeting was held with several people ready to sign cards to trigger an election. The 24 workers overwhelmingly voted in favor of being represented by the IBEW through Local 965. We are now beginning negotiations with DTE Energy, the owners of the plant.

As reported by Local 965 Unit 6 Chairperson Kent Schumann in the local's newsletter:

"First off, I need to give a shout out to our Brothers and Sisters at the Richland Center Public Utility, a majority of whom will remain 965 members. They stood up and said no to (Governor) Scott Walker and his corporate handlers who thought busting unions in Wisconsin would be easy. The members who have elected to stay with 965 will have to mail a check every month to cover their dues, but they know that workers in this state are under attack and if they wish to be in this fight they need to be union members. Solidarity is a word that gets tossed around quite a bit and these people are showing us how it works. If you meet one of them, give them a pat on the back and say thank you."

Kurt Roberts, P.S.

A Union Career of Service

L.U. 1049 (lctt,o,u&uow), LONG ISLAND, NY — After 38 years of dedicated service, Bus. Mgr. Robert Shand has decided to retire. There is not enough space here to convey the hard work and commitment that Bob has shown for his country, his community, the IBEW and Local 1049. Bob has always been a soldier, coach, leader, mentor, entertainer and most importantly, a friend to many. It has been an honor to know and work with Bob. The entire local wishes Bob and his family all the best that life has to offer.

After Bob's announcement, the Executive Board met and unanimously elected then-assistant business manager Don Daley to the position of business manager. During his 30-year membership, Don has held numerous leadership positions within the IBEW. Prior to the amalgamation of Locals 1049 and 1381, Don was business manager of Local 1381.

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has awarded the new Operations Service Agreement (OSA) to PSE&G. For many of our utility members, this will not be their first transition from one employer to another. PSE&G has committed to recognizing our current Utility Collective Bargaining Agreements. We look forward to forging a relationship with our newest partner. The transition naturally leads to questions. I encourage the membership to attend the general meetings to have those questions addressed.

Thomas J. Dowling, R.S.

Ongoing Training

L.U. 1253 (i), AUGUSTA, ME — The local was proud to award a number of plaques and service pins to retired members. Reginald Dumont, Daniel Morang Jr. and Simon Thibeau were recognized for 60 years of service. Edmond Brissette, Donald Dupont, Sheldon Leighton, Frederick Schuerman, Dwight Wheeler and the late Robert George received 55-year awards. Richard Neville, William Potter Jr. and Allen Simmons received 50-year awards.

Recent training offered by the JATC includes Health Care Facilities and First Aid/CPR. Upcoming courses include NFPA70E 2012 Edition, Code of Excellence, PLC's /Lighting Design and Electrical Project Supervision. For the latest offerings check out the training calendar on our Web site or call the JATC office to enroll.

The first quarter 2012 AMPS meeting of all Maine IBEW locals was held at the Local 1253 hall on Jan. 18.

The first Labor Lobby Day for 2012, sponsored by the Maine AFL-CIO, was held Jan. 4 at the statehouse. It provided an opportunity for our members to speak with their representatives about current legislation including workers' compensation, so-called "right-to-work" and unemployment compensation.

We mourn the loss of retired members Quentin Smith and Milliard Pinkham and extend our sympathy to their families.

Timothy G. Bickford, P.S.

A wheelbarrow containing 1,000 postcards was delivered to the office of Maine Gov. Paul LePage on Labor Lobby Day.

[Photo by Tom Farkas, Maine State Employees Association, SEIU 1989.]

Christmas Party Celebration

L.U. 1307 (u), SALISBURY, MD — On Dec. 8 last year, Local 1307 held its Christmas party for members. After a brief union meeting the party began. There was a buffet Christmas dinner and door prizes were given as Christmas gifts. It was well-attended and all had a good time. A special guest, Bro. Tom Willey, was presented his 65-year membership pin. Tom is a retired International Rep and former Local 1307 president. Tom has long been a great friend of our local.

Bro. George F. "Hoot" Pruitt started work with A&N Electric Co-op in 1984 as a plant operator. Bro. Pruitt was born on Tangier Island, VA, and has lived there his whole life and worked on Tangier Island his entire career with A&N. Hoot retired Oct. 30, 2011, as district coordinator. Here's wishing Bro. Pruitt a happy retirement.

As this is an important election year, it's time for us as the working middle-class to get involved and to contribute to COPE (Committee on Political Education). Most of the companies Local 1307 represents offer payroll deduction for COPE. Deductions would be about $1.20 per week. This money goes to help candidates with favorable views toward workers. As you see benefits erode, this is a way to try and change the tides. Please contact the union hall or your steward to contribute and help elect candidates who look out for your interest.

E.D. Sparks, P.S.

Retired Int. Rep. and former Local 1307 president Tom Willey claims a door prize at the local's Christmas party.

Workers Locked Out at Holidays

L.U. 1393 (catv,lctt,o,t&u), INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Corporate scrooge locks out Indiana workers a week before Christmas: More than 260 Indiana workers were facing an uncertain holiday season after their employer, Vectren Energy Delivery, locked them out Dec. 16, 2011. The company made its move after the workers overwhelmingly rejected the utility's latest contract offer.

Last March, the company closed 16 of its 29 field offices across the state — a move that not only inconveniences employees but raises serious safety concerns.

Both IBEW and the United Steelworkers, along with 14 mayors, fire chiefs and customers, filed a complaint with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission over the closings. At this writing, hearings were scheduled to begin in February; for more information, go to Web site The unions are also critical of new work rules that require technicians to be on call 24 hours a day and respond to calls at least 50 percent of the time or face discipline.

After a five-day lockout the union and company reached an agreement with the help of a federal mediator; members were back to work on Dec. 23, 2011.

At this writing, the fight continues on the "right-to-work" (for less) bill in Indiana. Hundreds of members protested at the Indiana State Capitol in January 2012.

[Editor's Note: On Feb. 1, the Indiana state Senate passed a "right-to-work" (for less) bill, which Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) signed. Working families will continue the fight against such anti-worker agenda.]

Robert C. Fox, B.A.

Local 1393 Bro. Dallas Swafford, who works at Vectren in the Bloomington, IN, location, posts signs in response to the earlier lockout.

Local 'Adopts' Families

L.U. 1439 (u), ST. LOUIS, MO — With the help of every work group and every garage, Local 1439 members collected approximately $9,000 for laid-off brothers and sisters in Locals 1 and 2 in St. Louis.

This averaged about $355 per family. Christmas is a time for giving and our members stepped up to help those brothers and sisters going through tough economic times. This is a further example of what our International stands for in reaching out and extending a hand to others. A presentation was made to both locals in the shape of a box with all donors' names listed.

We regret to announce that the right wing in Missouri has formally announced a bill, as well as a petition, to make Missouri a so-called "right-to-work" state.

Mike Walter, B.M.

From left are: Local 1439 Bus. Rep. Mark Staffne, Local 1 Bus. Mgr. Greg Booth, Local 1439 Bus. Mgr. Mike Walter and Local 1439 Executive Board member Rick Deters.

'Brotherhood Beyond Borders'

L.U. 1501 (ees,em,mo,pet,rts&t), BALTIMORE, MD — The theme for the IBEW 38th International Convention was "Brotherhood Beyond Borders," which was fitting since our Brotherhood is truly an international one that includes Canadian and American members across the North American continent. This is also true in Local 1501. We have members employed by Amtote International, which makes and services equipment used in the wagering industry in Canada and the USA. As delegates at the convention, Bus. Mgr./Pres. Dion F. Guthrie and I both agreed that there was an air of optimism among those present, though we all are aware of the economic problems facing our two great nations.

One of the greatest U.S. presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt, once said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." America came out of a great depression and entered decades of prosperity. Many people in subsequent generations never knew hard times. Some became corporate officials, turned greedy and moved American industry overseas to increase profits. Sorry to say, American greed has changed the American way of life. Congress must work to enact policies that will help our jobs stay in North America.

Horse racing in Maryland will continue to suffer as the Maryland Jockey Club, breeders and state regulators continue to hold discussions on how to save the business. Amtote reports a loss on revenue and jobs.

Thomas J. Rostkowski, R.S.

Gov. Martin O'Malley (standing, at right, behind dais) addresses the Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO Conference regarding keeping jobs in Maryland, keeping the racetracks functioning, and working to get slots.

Report from Anchorage

L.U. 1547 (c,em,i,o,t&u), ANCHORAGE, AK — Journeyman wireman Larry Bell tendered his resignation as business manager of Local 1547 effective Dec. 30, 2011. Under his invaluable stewardship, IBEW experienced successful organizing campaigns and an increase in the local's visibility. Bro. Bell will join the National Electrical Contractors Association as manager of the Alaska Chapter.

Journeyman lineman and Asst. Bus. Mgr. Mike Hodsdon was appointed by our Executive Board to fill the position as business manager. Bro. Hodsdon has been an assistant business manager for six years and a member of our union for more than 30 years. Bro. Hodsdon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new position.

Local 1547 recently issued awards at our Shop Steward and Leadership Conference in Anchorage. The following awards were presented: Outstanding Business — Temptel; Retiree of the Year — Laura Bonner (retired journeyman, CO PBX I/R); Volunteer of the Year Unit 101 — Jean Sauget, analyst programmer; Volunteer of the Year Unit 102 — Michael Nicholson, journeyman wireman; Volunteer of the Year Unit 103 — "Bing" Carrillo, journeyman wireman; Volunteer of the Year Unit 104 — Danny Smith, mechanic; Organizing Shop Steward of the Year — Garret VanEck, newly organized; Rookie Shop Steward of the Year — Scott Magnus, mechanic; Shop Steward of the Year — Jesse Carter, journeyman I/R; Political Volunteer of the Year — Tim Evans, journeyman I&R; and IBEW Safety Award — Skip Boomershine, journeyman wireman.

Melinda Taylor, P.S.

Business Mgr. Meets with DOE

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA — Bus. Mgr. Ken Ward has been meeting with U.S. Department of Energy officials. His objective is the long-range mission of the Savannah River Site. Bus. Mgr. Ward has shown the DOE facts and figures on the safety and the quality work that IBEW members have done at the site and over the next few months will secure a commitment with DOE to partner with us on future missions for the site.

It is recognized that our area will have work for the next several years but you have to ask yourself, what are we going to have after that? We appreciate the leadership's ability to look down the road to pursue future work for our members.

Our work situation is good. We currently have many sisters and brothers working here from other locals and we thank you for all your help.

Remember, our union meetings are held the third Monday of each month with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 8 p.m. Let's all make a commitment to attend our union meetings.

Until next time, God bless.

Will Salters, A.B.M.

Work Picture Good

L.U. 1739 (i&o), BARRIE, ONTARIO, CANADA — Pictured in the photo is longtime member Walter Tricco receiving his retiree's watch from Bus. Mgr. Tom Leduc. We thank Walter for his contributions to the local.

The work picture in our area is good with several large projects on the go and full employment in the local. We are presently able to assist some of our sister locals with jobs and we thank all those members for their efforts.

Local 1739 is looking forward to the 49th OPC Hockey Tournament in Kingston on April 13-14 this year.

Frank Kastle, P.S.

Local 1739 Bus. Mgr. Tom Leduc (left) presents retirement watch to member Walter Tricco.

50-Year Membership Awarded

L.U. 1959 (u), HURON, SD — Retired substation electrician Robert "Bob" Coyle recently received a certificate and pin for his 50-year membership in the IBEW.

Bob became a member of Local 426 in Sioux Falls, SD, in 1961 at the age of 19. He first worked as a groundman on the construction of a steel double-circuit transmission line that would run between Watertown and Fort Thompson, SD, and later on to Fort Randall Dam. In 1985 Bob accepted a position with Western Area Power Administration as a substation electrician in Phillip, SD, where he moved his ticket to Local 1959. Less than three years later, Bob transferred to Watertown, SD, where he worked until retiring in December 2005. Bob continues to live in Watertown with his wife, Judy.

Paul T. Eiler, B.M./F.S.

Bob Coyle (center), retired Local 1959 member, receives his 50-year membership award presented by Pres. Greg Schafer (left) and Bus. Mgr. Paul Eiler.

IBEW Local Heroes

L.U. 2321 (t), MIDDLETON, MA — On Oct. 10, 2010, Lynn police officer Patrick McGuire was brutally attacked at a Verizon work site in front of the Lynn, MA, City Hall.

IBEW Local 2321 members Richard Weir and James Hart were working for Verizon in City Hall Square when Officer McGuire was attacked. It was reported that: "The officer attempted to protect himself, and at one point, one of the utility workers attempted to assist the officer. At some point during the struggle, the suspect was able to wrestle the officer's service weapon out of its holster. The suspect then shot himself with the officer's weapon."

Brothers Weir and Hart acted selflessly putting their own lives in danger to assist the Lynn police officer against a deranged attacker. Weir, Hart and Officer McGuire were honored at the Lynn Policeman's Ball in November 2011.

Bryan Lindgren, Pres.