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L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa,st,ws), ST. LOUIS, MO — In early April, volunteers from Fire Fighters Local 2665 in St. Louis conducted a training session called "Fire Ops 101." The course was designed to give elected officials the opportunity to see what exactly firemen do on an everyday basis and the training that is required to perform the job. The course consisted of hands-on residential fires, commercial fires, CPR, vehicle extrication and EMS transport.

Bros. Lou Cunningham and Matt Gober were invited by Fire Fighters Local 2665 to attend the daylong session, and they were thrown "right into the fire." Lou serves as Fire Board director in the Spanish Lake Fire Protection District, while Matt serves as Fire Board director in the O'Fallon Fire Protection District. Both members were impressed with the professionalism and training that was evident during the daylong affair at the Firefighters Training Center in St. Peters, MO.

Local 1 has a history of members holding public office and ensuring projects in the districts are done favorable to labor. Thanks to Fire Fighters Local 2665 for an informative, eye-opening day!

Please be advised of the following members' deaths: Robert Killian, Richard Dickhaner, Avon Lewis, Roy Denny, Frank Byer, Robert Foerstel, Ronald Claridge, Mark Newman, Patrick Dougherty, Hermann Mohrmann, Leo Rufkahr, Larry Weston and Robert Wallace.

Matt Gober, P.S.


IBEW Local 1 journeyman wiremen Matt Gober (left) and Lou Cunningham spent the day in a crash course in firefighting.

'We Are One' Rallies

L.U. 9 (catv,govt,lctt,o&u), CHICAGO, IL — On April 17, Local 9 members joined with other union brothers and sisters from the state of Illinois to rally against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Gov. Walker was hosted by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. He is trying to persuade Illinois businesses to relocate to his neighboring state — taking good jobs away from Illinois residents. Thousands of union members turned out to tell Gov. Walker he is not welcome in Illinois.

Bus. Mgr. Robert Pierson recently honored our longstanding members at the 50-year service pin dinner. Congratulations to these members who have reached 50 or more years of service: 50 years of service — Michael Doll, Ronald Gibertini, Henry Jordan; 55 years — Donald Birmingham, William Bryers, James Cloud, John Kane, William Madigan, William McNulty, William Nelson, John Olson, Edwin Paulson, Lloyd Schneiderman, William Spencer, Roy Steigerwald, Bert Viverito; 60 years — Frank Adamczyk, James Durkin, Edward Hastings, Fabio Mercado, William Roelle, Robert Thurber; and 65 years — William Hennessey, James Kiley. We appreciate your dedication to the IBEW.

Mark your calendars for the following upcoming events. The annual Local 9 Golf Outing will be Saturday, Aug. 11, at Glen Eagles Country Club. Join us on Saturday, Sept. 8, for the annual Local 9 Family Picnic. Check our Web site for complete details for both events.

Mary Beth Kaczmarek, P.S.


Sixth District Int. Vice Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson (in red shirt) and Asst. Bus. Mgrs. Joseph Notaro (front row, left) and John Burkard (front row, third from left) with Local 9 members at the We Are One Illinois Rally.

Local Update

L.U. 15 (u), DOWNERS GROVE, IL — On April 28, many members participated in Workers Memorial Day events across the state. Retired Local 15 member Ron Welte was master of ceremonies at Rockford.

A Commercial Clerical Stewards Meeting was held in March. Talks continue on the Call Center consolidation, with members providing input on various issues.

Business reps and members participated in the We Are One Rally in Springfield, protesting Wisconsin Gov. Walker's visit to Illinois.

In April, our representatives attended the IBEW Safety Caucus in Wisconsin; members gained valuable information to help our people continue working safely.

At this writing, we were also close to holding a vote on a new Nuclear Outage Agreement. Business reps went to each nuclear station in May to explain the package and take questions.

On the fossil side, Midwest Generation announced that Fisk and Crawford are scheduled to close in September 2012. Meetings are being held to discuss a possible severance/retirement package and the reduction in force process.

Pres./Bus. Mgr. Dean Apple selected the 2012 Local 15 Scholarship Committee: Christine Watkins, Roberta Hibler, Mike Keating, William Genz and Nery Fajardo. They will select winners of the 10 $500 Scholarships. They also will award a special scholarship donated by the family of Dylan Van Cura in memory of Dylan, a Local 15 member who died in 2011 in a car accident.

Doug Vedas, P.S.

Work Picture Promising

L.U. 17 (catv,em,lctt,o&u), DETROIT, MI — It was recently announced that DTE Energy is the biggest capital investor in the state of Michigan. This news is part of the reason the work picture in 2012 looks very promising for Local 17. We are currently working on numerous distribution, transmission, substation and renewable energy projects. Our Line Clearance Tree Trimmer group is also scheduled to trim out 4,300 line miles this year. In the last two years, 22 companies have signed letters of assent, and our membership has grown by 700 members. There are 144 apprentice tree trimmers working on the property, bringing the number of line clearance tree trimmers to just over 700. The work picture for our Commercial Agreements is also steady at this time.

Our Tree Jamboree and Local 17 picnic are scheduled for Aug. 11. Our 18th annual Linemen's Rodeo is scheduled for Aug. 4; for details please see our Web site at Contract negotiations with DTE Energy started the last week of June and will continue through August.

We congratulate the following members on their retirements: Dave May, Chuck Parmenter, Mike Scheible and Bob Runstrom. A special recognition goes to newly retired member Tom Machi, who has helped and supported this local for more than 30 years. Thanks, Tom.

Dean Bradley, P.S.

'Full Slate of Activities'

L.U. 41 (em,es,govt,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NY — Let the summer begin! With a full slate of activities planned again this year, we are excited to hopefully see some new families get together and take part in the camaraderie of the Brotherhood.

It is never too soon to discuss this year's presidential election. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stated to an ABC audience that if elected president, "On day one, I will end the government's favoritism towards unions in contracting on federal projects and end project labor agreements and I will fight to repeal the Davis Bacon Act." I think we know whose side Mr. Romney is on.

We also have other important upcoming elections this year and will be looking for volunteers for the phone bank and to knock on doors. Please take a part in your union — that's when it works best.

Gregory R. Inglut, A.B.M.

Anniversary/Tribute Dinner

L.U. 43 (em,i&rts), SYRACUSE, NY — Work continues to hold steady in our area. Our Book I is clear of all who want to be working, as well as putting out a number of Book II brothers and sisters.

On April 13 we celebrated our 115th anniversary in the IBEW with a Tribute Dinner that also honored recently retired Third District Int. Rep. and past Local 43 business manager Jeremiah "Jerry" F. Comer. Over 400 people attended, including Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill and Third District Int. Vice Pres. Donald C. Siegel. Both Pres. Hill and Vice Pres. Siegel spoke as part of the program to toast/roast Jerry Comer on his retirement. It was an honor to have both of them be a part of our celebration. Hats off to the dinner chairmen (Bus. Mgr. Don Morgan, Pres. Pat Costello, Peter Dulcich, Al Marzullo and Pat Harrington) along with the dinner committee (David Brandhorst, Paul Kloc, Tim Lazore, Chuck Palmisano and Jason Spagnola), who made this a very special night for all who attended.

Jim Corbett, P.S.


Attending Local 43 dinner celebration, from left: retired Int. Rep. Jeremiah "Jerry" Comer, Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill, Bus. Mgr. Don Morgan, Int. Vice Pres. Donald C. Siegel, and retired former business manager and Int. Rep. Dan Bova.

Annual Stewards Conference

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA — Happy July Fourth. Celebrate, and thank a veteran on the most American of holidays.

We had our Annual Stewards' Conference on May 5 in Temecula. More than 250 stewards, staff and officers attended. Among the guest speakers were: Int. Sec.-Treas. Salvatore J. Chilia, Ninth District Int. Vice Pres. Michael S. Mowrey, Eighth District Int. Vice Pres. Ted C. Jensen, IEC Chmn. Robert W. Pierson, Construction and Maintenance Dept. Dir. Jerry Westerholm, Int. Rep. Charles Randall, retired Int. Rep. Art Murray, and Daniel E. "Rudy" Reutigger from Notre Dame.

Three separate Outside Line Construction agreements were ratified in May. Agreements with Western Line Constructors NECA, Henkels & McCoy and Asplundh were ratified by over 85 percent on average. The agreements run three years with 2.25 percent, 2.75 percent, and 3 percent wage increases and an additional $ .75 to NEAP through May 31, 2015.

Our Annual Desert Days event was held in March at Stoddard Wells, CA. Every year a Local 47 mini-city springs up in the desert as motor homes, trailers and tents packed with IBEW families and friends get together for off-road fun on dirt bikes and ATVs.

Local 47 mourns the loss of Bros. Larry Scott and Mike Perez. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.

Work safe, live well, work union!

Stan Stosel, P.S.


Local 47 Bus. Mgr. and IEC member Pat Lavin (left) and Int. Sec.-Treas. Salvatore J. Chilia at the Local 47 Annual Stewards Conference.

Great Things to Celebrate

L.U. 53 (lctt,o,rts&u), KANSAS CITY, MO — Local 53 awarded retiree service pins at a recent luncheon.

Congratulations to Lyle Keith Querry, former longtime Local 53 business manager and past IEC member, who received his 55-year service pin (see photo). In Keith's 55 years, he has accomplished great things for Local 53 and the Brotherhood. You are truly appreciated, Brother Querry, for all your hard work and dedication.

Also receiving retiree pins at the luncheon: for 70 years of service — Kenneth Young; for 65 years' service — Vergil Endicott, Charles Jones, Eldon Judd, Clarence Sledd, Jimmie Weber, Raymond Widener; 60 years — Blane Bollinger, Bill Harber, Jean Hickman, John Mooneyham, David Switzer; 55 years — Jerome Servart, Melvin Simmons, Richard Williams; 50 years — Earl Dymond and Carl Wilson.

Retirement: from New Madrid Power Plant — Greg Goff, journeyman machinist/mechanic, May 1, 2012, after 18 years of service.

Labor Day Celebration: Our annual Labor Day parade is coming up soon. Welcome to locals from all over to come join in. Plan on attending; there will be good food, family fun, games and recognizing organized labor at its best. More details, dates and times will be provided at the general meeting; or please call (816) 421-5464.

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

Tracy A. Riley, V.P.


Local 53 Vice Pres. Tracy Riley (left), Pres. Steve White,retired former business manager and IEC member Lyle Keith Querry, and Bus. Mgr. Robert Stuart.

Work Picture Update

L.U. 71 (lctt,o&rtb), COLUMBUS, OH — Distribution and URD work has slowed on American Electric Power (AEP) property due to the Public Utilities Commission revoking the rate increases that they just approved last year. The new amended rates that were submitted should be ruled on by July. Transmission and station work has remained steady with more work in the pipeline, and we continue to fight the uphill battle to win back our commercial work and protect our jurisdiction.

Cincinnati Unit Chmn. Jack Reincke presented a check to Bro. Bruce Brinson, on behalf of the membership, for victims of the tornado outbreak in southern Ohio (see photo). Thanks to Bro. Brinson for his efforts in volunteering to help those in need.

I would like to ask everyone to please keep our longtime secretary, Mrs. Phyliss Price, in your prayers as she recovers from surgery. Phyliss started working for the membership in the late 1960s under then B.A. Buck Wooddell. Good luck, Phyliss! And remember — no one fights alone!

Bryan Stage, B.M./F.S.


Cincinnati Unit Chmn. Jack Reincke (left) presents check to Local 71 Bro. Bruce Brinson.

Local Purchases New Building

L.U. 77 (lctt,mt,o,t&u), SEATTLE, WA — IBEW Local 77 recently purchased a new building in the Seattle area located at 19415 International Blvd., Seatac, WA. At their recent Unit Conference, members of the Building Committee provided a Powerpoint presentation of the layout of the new building (see photo).

The new building will serve the membership needs of Local 77 for the next 50 years.

Pat Darling, P.S.


Front row, Local 77 Bus. Mgr. Don Guillot (left), Pres. Rick Johnson, Executive Board member Steve Easton and Rec. Sec. David Wheeler; back row, Executive Board member Gary Lawson, Building Committee members John Cone, Ben Little, Mark Johnston and Randy Coleman.

Transmission Infrastructure

L.U. 83 (u), BINGHAMTON, NY — Work continues in Albany to fight the proposed Champlain-Hudson power line that would bring power directly from Canada to New York City. This line would be devastating to the power plants and IBEW workers. We need to rebuild the New York transmission infrastructure and get the power generated in New York to New York City. On May 15, New York state Sen. George Maziarz introduced legislation to stop such practices as the proposed Champlain-Hudson power line from happening. His bipartisan-sponsored bill will additionally result in the right outcome for upgrades to the current New York state transmission systems and create jobs here.

If you are not registered to vote, please do so as soon as possible. Call the Local 83 office for help. Election season is upon us and we will need to help those who have helped us!

Don Tuttel, P.S.

Hospital Construction Projects

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA — Local 103's Annual Sports Night was held Saturday, March 17, at UMass Boston. The journeyman vs. apprentice basketball game was close, however, the apprentices defeated the journeymen by two points; final score 75 to 73. It was a different story on the ice as the journeyman hockey team defeated the apprentices 16-5. The MVPs of the basketball and hockey games were Mike Paulson and Bob Rosata, respectively. In the peewees-squirts-mites hockey game played by Local 103 members' children, the green team won over the white team with a final score of 18-11.

On Saturday morning, April 28, members from Local 103 took part in Boston Shines. This is a citywide project happening throughout Boston's neighborhoods to help pitch in with spring cleanup. Our members focused their efforts in the Dorchester neighborhoods.

The Lowell General Hospital and UMass Lowell's new Emerging Technologies Center are two large jobs won by Local 103 signatory contractors Sullivan & McLaughlin Co. and Broadway Electrical Co. These are just two of the many hospital construction jobs that have been awarded to our contractors. Hospital owners are seeing the results of the premium health care provided to our members in the quality of our craftsmanship and productivity.

Kevin Molineaux, P.S.


IBEW Local 103 members gather to pitch in for Boston Shines citywide project.

'To Define a Canadian'

L.U. 105 (catv,i&o), HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA — We thank our fellow IBEW brothers at several Ontario locals for the work in their area, particularly: Barrie Local 1739 (Bus. Mgr. Tom Leduc); Sudbury Local 1687 (Bus. Mgr. Bruce McNamara); Ottawa Local 586 (Bus. Mgr. James Barry); and St. Catharines Local 303 (Bus. Mgr. Peter Wall).

Congratulations to our hockey team for its good strong effort in Kingston. Kudos to manager Ron Lewis and coach Rick Mowit for all their hard work and dedication to our team.

Local 105 Bus. Mgr. Lorne Newick set up a photovoltaic solar installation course, which will be running continually. It is important for us to continue to train ourselves in these fields in order to continue the fight against the nonunion.

To our U.S. brothers and sisters who are not familiar with Canada and your fellow members up North, I offer the following. First, check out the music of Stompin' Tom Conners, a true Canadian and artist. On a more serious note, here are the words of the Canadian Pledge of Allegiance: "I am a Canadian, a free Canadian; free to speak without fear; free to worship God in my own way; free to stand for what I think right; free to oppose what I believe wrong; and free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and for all mankind."

Phil Brown, P.S.


IBEW members at Detour Lake gold mine job site in Ontario: Zach Oheron, Local 894; Matt Tunks, Local 530; Dan Robitaille, Local 530; Andy Leonard, Local 586; Steve Byrne, Local 1739; Phil Brown, Local 105; Shawn Roberts, Local 586; Don Hardman, Local 1739; Jesse James, Local 1687; Nino Lavro, Local 1739; Sylvains Royers, Local 568; Gilles Goudreault, Local 1687; James Kelly, Local 773; and Blaine Neville, Local 1739.

'A Friend to Labor'

L.U. 111 (em,govt,lctt,mt,o,rtb,spa&u), DENVER, CO — I must take this opportunity to sincerely thank Ms. Mary Gibson, who has been our newsletter editor for 31 years as well as author of the Local 111 Journey History Books, for her dedication, participation and unwavering support to Local Union 111.

Mary has taken on many hats over the years, but she will always be regarded as a friend to labor and our causes. Her accomplishments for this local are vast; she has won several awards and recognition from her peers for her work. She is the one person who I can say has captured every important and challenging moment for this union. Her graciousness to our members, retirees, officers and staff cannot go unnoticed. Her experience and skill in interviewing many individuals over the years provided the membership with an insight into the trials and tribulations of the local.

Mary will be deeply missed, but we also sincerely wish her well as she ventures into retirement. Thank you, Mary Gibson, for all you have done for this local.

Mike Kostelecky, P.S.


Local 111 Pres. Mike Kostelecky (left), Mary Gibson and Bus. Mgr. Mike Byrd.

Dedicated Service

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR — For the past 16 years, Doug Shaffer has served as the treasurer of our local's Executive Board. With more than 22 years of service, the Portland General Electric employee has accepted a new position, which has required him to resign from the Executive Board.

Doug's commitment to our local has been felt by more than IBEW members. His leadership and support of the Oregon Burn Center has been instrumental in the local's successful fundraising efforts for many years. He has worked tirelessly to educate our membership on the value that the facility provides, not only for our members when unfortunate events happen, but for the Pacific Northwest, in general. Burn prevention education and the construction of the Healing Garden both have been marked by Doug's commitment to the center.

On behalf of the membership, staff and fellow Executive Board members, thank you, Doug, for the support, commitment and vision that you have provided to our great union. Best of luck, Doug!

Marcy Putman, P.S.


Doug Shaffer, former Local 125 Executive Board member.

Project Development Pending

L.U. 159 (i), MADISON, WI — Greetings, sisters and brothers. At this writing, we are in the final stretch of our recall efforts, with the recall election scheduled for June 5. By the time you read this, we will know the results; at press time, things are looking very uncertain. Hopefully, all the hard work over the past year and a half will bring us victories in the gubernatorial and state Senate seats. The outcome of these elections will not only impact the citizens of Wisconsin but our entire country.

[Editor's Note: Although Gov. Scott Walter, aided by a flood of secret corporate cash, retained his seat in the June 5 recall election, Wisconsin working families continue to show steady resolve in their courageous stand for hard-working people. At press time, it appears that working families won back the state Senate with former state Sen. John Lehman's victory over the Walker-ally incumbent. If that win holds, it will reclaim the Democratic majority in the state Senate.]

On the work front, we will see a much improved work picture. But with 180 on Book I and over 200 on Book II, we will have to see how these projects develop and eventually man up. At least we should see Book I numbers go down significantly.

Have a safe summer and remember to vote in November!

Joel Kapusta, B.A.

Strong Showing at Rally

L.U. 193 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL — As of this writing, contract negotiations with City Water Light and Power have not been good. At press time, the contract is being voted upon again after not passing. Nelson Tree Trimming Service signed a one-year contract. The work scene for the Inside has 94 on Journeyman Wireman Book 1.

Local 193 made strong showings at the April 19 "Anti-Scott Walker Rally" in Springfield along with thousands of other union members. Gov. Mitch Daniels was in Champaign County, to speak to GOP board members. Local 193 members and thousands of others let "Rat to Work" Daniels know where he was. Every organization in Sangamon County, along with Local 193, is embracing "Changing the Face of Tomorrow," a program to increase diversity in all apprenticeship programs.

Mark Ayers, president of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades, passed away April 8. Ayers was a former IBEW Local 34 business manager and previously served as director of the IBEW Construction and Maintenance Department. We mourn Mark's passing and will miss a true "Labor Man!"

Chris Godefroid and Tom Rachford passed away recently. Tom was the oldest member of Local 193 at age 101. We miss all of our deceased brothers and cherish their memory.

Projects of big box stores, St. John's and Memorial Hospitals are on the horizon. Four apprentices were hired at Dallman Power House. Ten inside apprentices may be taken. Never forget to vote for your union contract and government officials; the dividends are huge!

Don Hudson, P.S.


Local 193 members attend April labor rally against Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' visit to Champaign, IL. Former business manager Mike Patsche (front, left side) is interviewed by Channel 3 of Champaign.

Members Active & Involved

L.U. 197 (em&i), BLOOMINGTON, IL — We topped out another fine group of apprentices. Congratulations to Ryan Black, Trace Brim, Daryl Erschen, James Evans, Cory Gerdes, Dax Hedden, Jeremy Johnson, Cory Leake, Jonathon Leman, Matt Mulford, Jason Petri, Brian Schrof, Rod Taylor, Brock Werner and Mike Wyatt. Mike Wyatt earned the highest GPA for the year, and over the course of five years James Evans earned the highest GPA. We look forward to working with you all.

Thanks to all who have attended the labor rallies in Springfield and Champaign. Some politicians are conducting an onslaught against working people and trying to bust the unions, affecting the way we make a living.

We cannot compete with the massive funds corporate America pumps into elections. What we do have are loud voices and active members fighting for our rights. Now is the time for our members to unite and get active promoting union friendly candidates. Show up at rallies, call legislators and knock on doors. Otherwise, we could find ourselves in a so-called "right-to-work" state and our collective bargaining rights stripped.

On April 28 we had a Workers Memorial Day Ceremony at White Oak Park. Despite rain and cold, several members attended: John Moss, Don Armstrong, Tom Peasley, Steve Rousey, Lance Reece, Jacob Goar and Matt Strupp.

Remember to stay involved.

Mike Raikes, P.S.


Local 197 members attend rally to oppose so-called "right-to-work." From left: Clint Johnson, Tim Kubiak, Matt Strupp, Alan McKimmy, Tom Peasley, Jim Suppan, Troy Prescott, Jacob Goar, Steve Rousey, Mike Raikes, Mike Russell, Aaron Liming and Josh Scaggs. Not pictured: Clint Miller, Zeke Paire and Eric Riddle.

Apprenticeship Training Success

L.U. 229 (em&i), YORK, PA — Every university, tech school and trade school touts the merits of its training as the best. As training goes, folks want the most bang for their hard-earned (or borrowed) buck. This is where we have the advantage! Sadly, however, some seem to think of apprenticeships as antiquated methods from a bygone area.

A solid system, in place for millennia, apprenticeship training has been overshadowed by marketing strategy, guidance counselors and even parents. Somehow the idea of success has been interwoven with promissory notes to Sally Mae. But this is not the truth!

IBEW electrical apprentices are proof that union apprenticeship training programs are excellent and provide a great track to make a decent living. In most cases great training and OJT (on-the-job training) hours are available in the electrical field as well as other trades — for free!

Locally, we have taken training by the horns. Led by third-year NJATC Instructor Shane Schaale, construction has been completed on four craft-certification booths that will be used to evaluate apprentices as they demonstrate the skills necessary to become journeymen. Journeymen will also be able to use the booths to refresh their skills.

Kudos to volunteers who helped make our training facility a reality: Bruce Brown, Travis Brown, Jack Green, Ron Hilbert, Joel Kauffman, Chris LaCroix, Evan Meyers, Eric Plank, Jim Ross, Zach Roth, Shane Schaale, Mike Shoell, Chace Stewart, Ian Tipping and Darin Wolf. Thank you for your commitment to training and to your local!

Anthony Palermo, P.S.


Local 229 training booth.

'Signing Our Work with Pride'

L.U. 269 (i&o), TRENTON, NJ — Burlington Township Fire Department (Fire District No.1) found out the real benefits of building union. When the firemen of Burlington Township hired MJF Electrical Contractors of Trevose, PA, they had no idea just how far Local 269 members go to support our friends in the community.

After electrical construction was completed at the new facility under a project labor agreement, Bus. Mgr. Stephen Aldrich and former business manager Dennis Doyle decided that a great way to add Local 269's signature to this project would be to donate the labor and material as well as purchase the sign itself for the new firehouse.

This project was a team effort by our brothers who invested their time and talents to completing the project. Operating Engineer Bruce Chambers, IUOE Local 542, provided the garage for the team of electricians to build, weld and wire the sign. MJF Electric owner and Bro. Michael J. Fuchs installed underground conduits; Powers Electric Co. owner and Bro. Rick Arnold provided electrical materials. Electrical contractor and Bro. David Cray of Ed Cray Electric Co. augured the holes and poured the concrete foundation and anchor bolts. SM Electric Co. provided the crane to lift the sign into place.

The sign itself was manufactured by Fair Play, an IBEW manufacturing company.

See accompanying photo of members who performed the electric work as well as construction and installation of the sign. Great job, gentlemen. Your message to our community is clear: "Local 269 signs their jobs with pride."

D. Brian Proctor, P.S.


Local 269 members support the community. Back row, from left, Mark Waladkewics, Chris Krosnodomskie, Matthew Hullfish, Bob Dombroski, Gerry Hullfish, Mike Rinkus, Patric Meighan, Ken Brophy; front row, Joe Waladkewics, Ken Norcross, Greg Wargo, Rick Donovan and Gino Pasqualone. Not pictured: Bros. Vincent DeGuzman and David Mazzochi.

Local Update

L.U. 347 (em,i,mt,rtb,rts&spa), DES MOINES, IA — There's good news and bad news. Which do you want to hear first? So here's the good news — organizing efforts in the wind generation industry seem to be bearing fruit. Workers at Trinity Structural Towers in Newton, IA, ratified their first labor agreement with the company. A lot of hard work went into this by both parties to the agreement. This is evidence that labor relations can work for the benefit of all. Congratulations to all on your successful outcome.

An organizing effort has begun at TPI, a wind-blade manufacturer, in Newton. Initial interest looks hopeful. Translux in Des Moines is looking at hiring for a new product, a four-foot LED fixture.

The bad news is that contracts awarded for continued construction of wind-generation facilities in the state of Iowa have been going nonunion. This is a very disappointing development to Local 347.

There is some evidence of construction spending in central Iowa, but there is much room for expansion. As of this writing, a solar photovoltaic class is being offered to journeymen.

Have a safe and fun Independence Day.

Mike Schweiger, P.S.

Miami Town Hall Meeting

L.U. 349 (em,es,i,mps,rtb,rts,spa&u), MIAMI, FL — Local 349 was the location for the first in a multi-city series of town-hall style meetings launched by Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill and Int. Sec.-Treas. Sam Chilia.

More than 500 IBEW members from 14 south Florida IBEW locals participated in the Miami meeting in March. Int. Pres. Hill, Int. Sec.-Treas. Chilia and IBEW Political/Legislative Affairs Dept. Dir. Brian Baker spoke about the future of the IBEW and the labor movement, revitalizing the membership and the upcoming 2012 elections. Int. Pres. Hill praised the success of IBEW's Florida Initiative and answered questions from the members. Lunch was served after the Town Hall meeting by Local 349 Pres. David Karcher and the Entertainment Committee.

This election year, your job may depend on how you vote. Mitt Romney said at a meeting of the Associated Builders and Contractors: "If I become president of the United States, I will curb the practice we have in this country of giving union bosses an unfair advantage in contracting. One of the first things I will do — actually on day one — is I will end the government's favoritism toward unions in contracting on federal projects and end project labor agreements. I also will make sure that workers in America have the right to secret ballot and I will fight for right-to-work laws. I will fight to repeal the Davis-Bacon Act." We don't need him as president.

Attend your union meetings. Make your union strong. Get registered and vote for labor-friendly candidates.

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


South Florida members attend IBEW Town Hall meeting held at Miami Local 349.

Union Members Honored

L.U. 351 (c,cs,i,it,lctt,mt,o,se,spa&t), FOLSOM, NJ — At our April general meeting we honored all of our members who have retired during 2011. They each received IBEW watches engraved with their names. We wish them the very best in their retirement and hope they remain active in the local and participate in all our events and functions.

On Saturday, April 21, we held a cocktail reception and a dinner dance at Bally's hotel and casino in Atlantic City. IBEW service pins were distributed to members who had 20- plus years of service. It was a great evening and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time. I urge all our members to take advantage of the many events within our local. They are always good times and are always well attended.

Daniel Cosner, P.S.


At April meeting are, standing, from left, Local 351 Pres. Bill Hosey, Dirk Rannels, Brian Molloy, Nash Lowry, Mark Miller, Mike Walsh, Jim Debeer, Neil Anderson, Jim Gray, Bus. Mgr. Ed Gant; sitting, Nick Krementz, Bob Rowson, Kathy D'Aonzo, Rich Durboaw, Tony Vazquez and Bill Comfort. The empty chair is in tribute to deceased Bro. Bob Menna and other retired members who have passed.

Kudos to JATC Graduates

L.U. 357 (c,i,mt&se), LAS VEGAS, NV — Summer is here, brothers and sisters, and the Las Vegas sun is pounding down. Let us all remember to drink plenty of water, protect our skin, and make sure our co-workers are doing the same. We must watch over our brothers and sisters and be aware of the signs of dehydration, sun and heat stroke.

We wish to recognize and thank our local EWMC for creating and coordinating the Easter "Eggstravaganza" held at the hall on Saturday, April 7. As the local's first event of this kind, it provided the opportunity for members to bring their families for games, an Easter egg hunt, a visit with the Easter bunny, and a movie with hamburgers, hotdogs and popcorn.

We also congratulate this year's graduates. We thank our JATC and appreciate the many hours of instruction and education provided for our members. Local 357 is honored to have graduated the class of 2012 on May 16, with 131 journeyman wiremen and 10 installer technician graduates. We look forward to working alongside you all and recognize your commitment to being a highly skilled union worker.

Aaron L. Jones, P.S.


Local 357 congratulates 2012 JATC apprentice graduates.

Career Day a Great Success

L.U. 363 (catv,em,govt,i,t,u&ws), NEW CITY, NY — Career Day at Rockland Community College was once again a great success. Co-chairman Craig Jacobs, Local 363 JATC director, has for the 13th year helped direct the Annual Hudson Valley Construction Career Day into a great event for all. Along with the IBEW, the Pipe & Steamfitters, Bricklayers, Teamsters, Painters and Operating Engineers set up displays, demos and hands-on booths that provide a great day for about 900 high school students from five counties.

The students are bused in, given a hard hat and a brown bag lunch, walked through all the booths and given insight into a possible union-trade future. What's also great is we get a large turnout and support of many politicians on a county and a state level. Also thanks to Local 363's instructors and volunteer apprentices for their help in set-up and breakdown.

Kevin Keeley, P.S.

Big Solar Park Project

L.U. 375 (catv,ees&i), ALLENTOWN, PA — While the work picture remains very slow, a long-awaited solar project has started in our jurisdiction. The Nesquehoning Solar Park Project is owned and developed by Consolidated Edison Company of New York and has been in the planning stages for four years. Parkside Site & Utility Company Corp. of Rhode Island is the electrical contractor on this project and has reached its peak manpower projection with 75 Local 375 journeymen and apprentices manning the project.

This 10-megawatt AC (11.5 megawatt DC) facility on 134 acres with an approximate cost of $63 million will reportedly be the largest solar array in Pennsylvania. It will have over 40,000 solar panels when completed sometime in early fall. We are certainly grateful for the work opportunities this project has provided for our membership. Hopefully the projected Phase 2 becomes a reality and our members can extend their employment into this next phase.

Dave Reichard, Pres./A.B.M.

IBEW Lifesaving Award

L.U. 413 (i&mo), SANTA BARBARA, CA — At our March 15 union meeting Pres. Joe Furino presented the IBEW Lifesaving Award to Bro. Edwin Morales. Morales took quick action while coming to the aid of another Local 413 brother in need on Aug. 14, 2011. Bro. Morales's quick action saved Bro. Robert Day's life.

Work at this writing is very scarce in Local 413. Local 413 purchased a new building across the street from the hall to expand hands-on-apprenticeship and journeyman training.

The LMCC-sponsored Boys and Girls Club Bowling Fundraiser held Feb. 25 was a huge success, raising $2,887 for the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Maria. Fifteen teams of apprentices, journeymen, contractors, vendors and families took part in the event.

Another "corporate power grab" funded by right-wing billionaires aimed at silencing union members' voices in California has qualified for this November's ballot. Some experts are saying that if this ballot measure passes it will be the day California will start to become a so-called "right-to-work" state. We need to turn out to defeat this measure! For more information visit

Chuck Huddleston, B.M./F.S.


Local 413 presents IBEW Lifesaving Award. From left: Bus. Mgr. Chuck Huddleston, Bro. Robert Day, award recipient Bro. Edwin Morales and Pres. Joseph Furino.

Effort to Silence Workers

L.U. 441 (as,i&rts), SANTA ANA, CA — Once again anti-union millionaires from Orange County aim to attack union members in California, introducing a misleading ballot measure that will be voted on at the general election in November. The measure, disguised as an initiative to get special interest money out of politics, really only targets union members and their ability to have political contributions deducted from their paycheck, while healthy corporations reserve the right to spend unlimited amounts on politics. Corporations already outspend unions 15-1 in political campaigns. Presented as reform, the result of this measure would effectively silence the worker and increase corporate influence in the political arena. Our free speech rights as union members — the same rights corporations claim for themselves — should not be subject to the popular mood. To learn more, visit

Rosendin Electric recently landed several projects in Orange County's jurisdiction, some of which involve solar. One of the projects in particular has been contracted with the County of Orange and provides for construction of carports with photovoltaic panels on top that will create energy for the building facilities. Rosendin will construct this application at several county facilities, which promises to provide lots of job opportunities.

Rich Vasquez, B.R.


Local 441 Rosendin Electric crew at the Orange County Operations Facility job site in Santa Ana, CA.

Parade Float Wins Award

L.U. 457 (u), MERIDEN, CT — IBEW Local 457 participated in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Hartford, CT, and received the Judge's Award for best float. Members who participated included: Int. Rep. Edward W. Collins Jr., Bus. Mgr./Fin.Sec. Rich Sank, Pres. John Fernandes, Joe Uhouse, Vincent DiMauro, Brian Coggshall, Russ Mollica, John Leahy, Mike Cassidy, Paul Smith, Mike Kozyra and Jim Mastria.

Rich Sank, B.M./F.S.


Local 457 received award for St. Patrick's Day parade float.

Welcome to New Apprentices

L.U. 531 (i), LAPORTE, IN — At our March 2 union meeting, new apprentices were inducted (see photo). Welcome to all.

On April 14, Local 531 hosted a very successful blood drive with the American Red Cross. Thanks to all who participated.

On July 3-7, Purdue North Central will host the American Traveling Tribute honoring veterans of foreign wars; it will include a replica of the Vietnam Wall, a display of gold dog tags for soldiers who lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghan wars, and other displays of patriotism. Local 531 will offer electrical support for that event. It will be a great event and anyone in the area should come and pay tribute.

Our local union picnic will be held Aug. 4.

With upcoming 2012 elections, it is our job as union members to defeat candidates who want to deprive us of our right to belong to a union and collectively bargain. We must not allow divisive social issues to divert our attention from the real bread and butter issues, such as earning a living wage and providing for our families. One thing is certain, we must motivate our members to get out and vote their pocketbook. The chants at the worker rallies in Indianapolis opposing so-called "right-to-work" proposals still echo in my head: "Remember November."

Dean F. Harmon, Pres.


Local 531 inducted new apprentices, from left: Zachary Cripe, James Allsop, Jonathan Schwoegler, Brandon Purkal, Beau Sich, Joshua Tillema, Sean Kalsow, Jacob Ellis and Andres Hurtado. Not pictured: Ken Trusty.

Work Picture

L.U. 553 (i,mt,o&ws), RALEIGH, NC — The 2012 presidential elections are fast approaching. So, everybody remember to register and vote. Remember, our unions need to survive, so support labor-friendly candidates and cast your vote.

During the month of April, our local had a good work picture. As of this writing, the Shearon Harris Nuclear Powerhouse has some work consisting of a three-week shutdown. A new contractor in the area is doing work on the Highway 540 loop as well as some traffic-signal work. A steel mill in our jurisdiction also had a four-day shutdown project.

There was a glass plant project in Henderson, NC, at the Verallia Plant. We were fortunate to have a couple of electrical contractors on site — J&J Electric from Indiana, and a Local 8 contractor, Laibe Electric, from Ohio. Fortunately all crafts were mostly union also, even the general contractor.

The local's organizer is communicating with the local for e-mail addresses for communications regarding the local's events.

David Ingram, P.S.


IBEW members from Local 553 and Local 8 in a joint venture on Laibe Electric project at Verallia glass plant project.

Collective Bargaining Rights

L.U. 557 (i,mt,rts&spa), SAGINAW, MI — Collective bargaining is at the forefront of a fight to save our way of life. A petition to get collective bargaining language in our state constitution is well underway. We need at least 320,000 signatures to get this on the November ballot. If we succeed in getting this on the ballot and passed, it will make most of the anti-labor bills passed in the last year null and void. Having collective bargaining rights in the constitution will ensure that the middle class won't be systematically wiped out by the other side.

The only way to get this on the ballot and passed is if we all do our part in getting signatures and encouraging others to get involved. This ballot is going to help preserve the middle class that was fought for with the blood, sweat and tears of our forefathers. If we don't fight for this it will make all the sacrifices the older generations have made in vain.

Our work outlook is very slow at this time. The slump in our area is the worst since the 1980s. However, there is always light at the end of a tunnel and hopefully we will see it sooner than later.

Jason Rivette, P.S.

Rebuilding Together San Diego

L.U. 569 (i,mar,mt,rts&spa), SAN DIEGO, CA — Volunteers gathered at the Local 569 hall April 28, for what is lightheartedly called "Good Karma Day." That's because the last Saturday of April is the annual day of action when electrical workers put their skills to work for volunteer community service. It's a yearly tradition for IBEW Local 569 workers, who spend the day doing much-needed electrical work for low-income residents, veterans, elderly and disabled residents. This year, Wounded Warriors and Big Sister League Facilities were also beneficiaries of this impressive Rebuilding Together San Diego renovation event.

San Diego's Freedom Station is one of the places renovated by a team of Local 569 electricians and other community volunteers. Transitional housing for injured warriors, it is an important place for all San Diego veterans. Local member and veteran Richard Jacob, electrical team leader at Freedom Station, performed work such as replacing wiring and installing solar light fixtures and had this to say: "I participate in this event every year, and as a veteran I am glad I can make a difference for the vets." San Diego is a military town — and, for members, helping ensure that warriors get a hand-up is not just good karma, it's deeply personal.

David B. Taylor, P.S.


Local 569 Bus. Mgr. Johnny Simpson (right) and member Richard Jacob assist veterans.

Political Season Heating Up!

L.U. 595 (c,govt,i&st), DUBLIN, CA — The work picture is very bright in Local 595 and it is very welcomed. We continue to have full employment for our journeymen and apprentices and are fortunate to be employing 30 apprentices from our sister locals that currently have a slower work picture. We expect this trend at Local 595 to continue through 2012.

We have begun work on the build-out of our new JATC facility, which will be twice the size of our current site and a "Net Zero" energy-use building. We hope to be moved into a substantial part of it by August when the fall semester starts. The future training of our apprentices and journeymen will only improve with this incredible new facility.

We are finalizing our contracts in both the West and East jurisdictions, and maintenance of benefits seems to be the order of the day. We can only hope that when we re-elect President Obama in November the economy continues to rebound and that work in our jurisdiction remains plentiful. I was fortunate to be able to listen to President Obama's address on April 30 at the Building Trades Legislative Conference, where he committed to continue the hard work every day to turning this great nation around. Pres. Obama said that our country has seen harder times and we're ready to fight!

We must engage our members and do what it takes to win in November!

Tom Mullarkey, B.R.


Local 595 instructor extraordinaire Mel Switzer (right), David Christensen (center) and Paul Tyler (left) cast their ballots at the wage allocation meeting.

Union Get-Togethers

L.U. 613 (em,i,o,rts&spa), ATLANTA, GA — Former Columbus, GA, Local 779 was merged into Local 613 in 2004. All Local 779 members, apprentices and assets came with them. Some of the Columbus hands went to Albany, GA, a few to Alabama and some dropped their tickets altogether. Even though they are all Local 613 members now, they still get together the first Saturday of each month and head to their old union hall for breakfast. They also host a meeting the first Monday in the month to keep other members in the Columbus area involved in the union. Many in that area do not get a chance to come to Atlanta for the regular meetings, barbecues or other social events held downtown, so they hold a breakfast near home and catch up on things. Many retirees come along, also. They want to be in familiar surroundings and they do want to know what is going on with other members, new members and in their new local. Sometimes, some of the assistants or the president joins them.

Beatrice Andrews, P.S.


Local 613 members gather for a breakfast in Columbus, GA.

'Happy Canada Day'

L.U. 625 (ees,em,i,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA — Happy Canada Day to all Canadian brothers and sisters. As of this May 1 writing, work is slow and has been for a bit. We currently have 16 members working in Lab City at the Iron Ore Company in Labrador. Thanks to Will John Doyle, business manager of Local 2330 in St. John's, Newfoundland, and Local 2330 Pres. Ann Geehan for the job calls. We also have 45 members in Regina, Saskatchewan, 40 at the Co-op Refinery, and five at the Potash Mines in Rocanville. Thanks to Doug MacCallum, acting business manager of Regina Local 2038, and Brian Pastuch, Local 2038 assistant business manager and dispatcher. By the time this is printed I expect these numbers will be higher.

I regret to report the passing of a 49-year IBEW member, retired Bro. Charlie Zwicker, on April 25 at age 70. Charlie was well-loved and respected by all who worked with him.

On a brighter note, Bros. William Bonang and Trevor Harris achieved their Interprovincial Red Seal Journeyman Construction Electrician status in April. Congratulations!

I must apologize to Bro. Dave Rudolph's wife, Barb, for mistakenly referring to her as Deb in the last issue. Sorry, Barb. I did find out quickly that people do read my article.

Tom Griffiths, Pres.

Active & Informed Members

L.U. 649 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), ALTON, IL — Organized labor is under an attack unlike anything we have seen in this lifetime. Invigorated by the passage of right-to-work-for-less in Indiana and the frontal assault on collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin, our enemies are turning their attention to Illinois.

Several members of Local 649 recently attended labor rallies in Springfield and Champaign when those fine Illinois cities were visited by leading advocates of the anti-labor movement. It was great to be a part of the rallies. We enjoyed sharing a bus ride to Champaign with our brothers from Local 309. Those of us who attended came away energized. I just wish more of us had participated.

When Reagan busted PATCO, the air traffic controllers union, we stood by and watched. Our enemies were emboldened by our passivity. Now, they are winning and we are losing. What has been gained through collective bargaining is being stripped away through legislation. I call on all union members to become politically educated. Be active citizens and informed voters. Vote your economic issues. Don't be distracted by phony social issues. Apathy and ignorance will end our way of life.

Charles Yancey, A.B.M.

Business Manager Retires

L.U. 659 (c,catv,em,i,lctt,o,st,t&u), MEDFORD, OR — June 30 marked the retirement of Bus. Mgr. Ron Jones. Ron was initiated into the IBEW in 1967. He worked 14 years on Outside Construction and became a journeyman lineman. Ron served as a shop steward, on the outside line negotiating committee, the safety committee, and as the Construction Unit recording secretary.

In 1981 Ron went to work for Pacific Power working in the Medford Construction Dept. and Roseburg District. He served as shop steward, Roseburg Unit recording secretary and was elected to the Executive Board.

Former business manager Jim Mclean hired Ron in 1992 as an organizer and in 1995 Ron became assistant business manager. In 1998, after McLean's retirement, Ron was appointed by the Executive Board as business manager. He was elected in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011.

Ron was only the fifth business manager the local has had since its charter in 1937. He has served on many national committees and as a trustee on many trusts funds. Ron's commitment and dedication to the local have shown in the many hours he has spent representing us.

Thanks for all the years of service, Ron, and congratulations on your well-earned retirement.

Tom Legg, Pres./P.S.

Cleveland Electrical Expo

L.U. 673 (catv,i,rts,spa,t&u), PAINESVILLE, OH — The Local 673 JATC recently sponsored a bus trip for our apprentices and journeymen to the Electrical Expo in Cleveland. Our members had the opportunity to view and try out some of the latest tools and technologies in our industry. Besides the cool exhibits, we also had the chance to engage in an evening of brotherhood over food and refreshments.

It appears that so-called "right-to-work" legislation in Ohio may be postponed for a year due to fears by Republicans that this issue might bring out a large number of voters who might not vote for Romney. With this little bit of a reprieve we will need to stay vigilant in our education of the electorate. The anti-union opposition's clever way of labeling this as "right to work" makes it quite a challenge to get out our message.

Some of our young apprentices are getting a taste of some fast-paced work that needs to be accomplished to meet schedules at our local mall. At this writing, Ullman Electric is running two shifts to finish a new H&M store that must be completed in six weeks. Under the guidance of Bro. Jerry Scott out of Local 38, our apprentices are getting the hands-on training of putting together a difficult project like this. Great job!

Jim Braunlich, P.S.


IBEW Local 673 brothers working on H&M store construction at Great Lakes Mall: Dave Gaeta (left), Lloyd Brannon, Tony Suhadolnik and Tom King.

Celebration for Brothers

L.U. 681 (i,o&spa), WICHITA FALLS, TX — We recently had a retirement celebration luncheon at the Lake Kickapoo Tracking Station. Those honored were Jackie Carlton, Roger Ferguson and Donald Heflin. We would like to say a great big thank-you for their many years of service. They are part of the original group that was organized into the IBEW when the Lake Kickapoo Tracking Station was organized in 1987.

The inside work situation is still slow but we hope for some work to come our way soon. On the outside, it is a different story; it is very busy with the transmission work that is being done in most of Texas right now.

Leland Welborn, A.B.M.


Local 681 congratulates recent retirees Jackie Carlton (left), Roger Ferguson and Donald Heflin.

'Volunteers Spring into Action'

L.U. 683 (em&i), COLUMBUS, OH — As spring arrived in central Ohio, some organizations called upon the great electricians of Local 683 to donate to their cause. More than 45 members donated their time and experience to Rebuilding Together Central Ohio during two weekends, to make homes safe and comfortable for nine families.

Members also donated time cleaning and landscaping the Worker's Memorial Park, in preparation for the May 12 dedication ceremony. Some 25 members sacrificed a Saturday to install power pedestals for campers at the Hoover Y Park. Leaders at the park offered tickets for all the volunteers to come out to their annual bluegrass festival.

Thanks to the Local 683 leaders, who lead by example, and to our retirees who continue to give back to the community and support our local. Thanks to our members, apprentices and helpers who came out, and brought their children along to see what Local 683 and community service is really about.

The season for giving has just begun. Please volunteer when our local needs you most. Find your opportunity to give at the union meetings; plan to attend.

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


Local 683 volunteers Bro. John Plottner (left) and Bro. Todd Roddy (right), joined by Bro. Roddy's son Todd (center).

'Great Night of Brotherhood'

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL — It was a great night of brotherhood at our annual Service Pin and Brother of the Year Awards presentation and cookout. We were honored to have members with as much as 65 years of service attending, as well as 16 new members being sworn in to our Local 915 family.

Congratulations to the following brothers on your years of service: for 40 years of service — James Niemeyer, Jim Potts; 50 years — Jesse Harris, Henry Marks, David Slazas; 55 years — Harold Hudson, Franklin Johnson, Robert Kaiser, Nelson Perez; 60 years — William Patrick; and 65 years — Joseph Cain and John Graham.

Our James H. Phillips Brother of the Year Award went to a brother who has devoted his life to the betterment of his union. He served as recording secretary for 16 years, serves on our Examining Board and has spent countless hours selflessly serving his local in whatever capacity was needed. He is an outstanding and loyal IBEW member and we are honored to name Bro. Larry Campbell as this year's Brother of the Year Award recipient.

Recognition also goes out to Bro. Leon Ward on his 4th Annual Fishing Tournament and his dedication each year to unite our members in this event.

Theresa King, P.S.


At Local 915 awards presentation, from left: John Graham, 65-year member; Pres. Randall King; Larry Campbell, brother of the year; Bus. Mgr. Bill Dever; and Joseph Cain, 65-year member.

RGV-Laredo/JATC Graduates

L.U. 1015 (em&i), WESLACO, TX — The Rio Grande Valley Laredo JATC congratulates the class of 2012 inside wireman graduates.

The graduates set a fine example of dedication in their apprenticeship, which has inspired our new apprentices to move onward with their studies and look beyond the theory of an electrical worker in training — to successfully completing their apprenticeship and meeting their goals through education. The keys to the successful education of our members are strength and dedication — which have led the RGV-Laredo/JATC graduates to this day of a new career in the electrical industry. We look forward to continue educating and training electricians seeking to utilize the opportunities for learning and working as highly qualified electrical workers.

Local 1015 has experienced high unemployment, but in 2012 the work picture has started to improve as members are going back to work. Local 1015 has increased its membership through organizing efforts, as a means to improve opportunities for electrical workers' success.

At this writing, the Local 1015 election of officers was scheduled for June 2012. At press time results were pending.

Ray R. Duran, Training Dir.


Local 1015 Training Dir. Ray R. Duran (left), apprentice graduate Francisco Hernandez and Seventh District Int. Rep. Gary Buresh.

Solidarity & Support

L.U. 1049 (lctt,o,u&uow), LONG ISLAND, NY — On April 28, Local 1049 observed Workers Memorial Day, a national day of remembrance for workers who died at the workplace. We remember those men and women who, while trying to provide for their families, never returned home. We honor them by continually improving, not only our lives, but the lives of those around us. We should strive, on a daily basis, to make our work places safer and more worker-friendly.

Sadly, in recent times, we have had several members pass away too early in life. Many of our members supported the families of those lost in numerous ways. Maybe you bought a raffle ticket, attended the annual Car Show/Chili Cook Off, participated in the Poker Run, or maybe you reached into your pocket. Whatever you did, your help was greatly appreciated. On behalf of those families, I want to say thank-you.

After a long run of steady employment, we have seen a downturn in work. Unfortunately, we have experienced layoffs in three of our Outside branches. Bus. Mgr. Donald Daley has been reaching out to all of our employers and has been successful in getting some of our members back to work.

Bus. Mgr. Daley is continuing to meet with representatives from LIPA, National Grid and PSEG. He is ensuring that all of our members' needs will be met during the transition from one employer to another.

Thomas J. Dowling, R.S.

Union Activities & Events

L.U. 1245 (catv,em,govt,lctt,o,pet,t&u), VACAVILLE, CA — Play ball! Bus. Mgr. Tom Dalzell is spearheading numerous sporting events to build camaraderie among our members and reach out to our communities.

The IBEW 1245 Sacramento Regional Charity Bowl drew together nearly 50 members and supporters in late April. The event raised $1,013 for the Shriners Children's Hospital. Event organizers also registered new voters, getting an early start in labor's campaign to defeat the Corporate Deception Act on the California ballot in November.

Some 40 people turned out for the Second Annual bowling showdown in Modesto, pitting local members at the Turlock Irrigation District against those at the Modesto Irrigation District. Said MID's Mike Gomes: "We're just trying to keep the different companies together and keep good relations going."

Coming up: the Local 1245 Soccer Tournament with 14 teams signed up to go toe-to-toe in Ripon, CA; and the Perry Zimmerman IBEW Local 1245 Golf Tournament. Also on tap: a Clay Shoot jointly sponsored with other northern California IBEW locals; a trip to Kansas City to compete in the Lineman's Rodeo; and another shot at a title in this year's Ninth District Softball Tournament.

Rich Lane (Turlock Irrigation District) and Jerry Debaca (Pacific Gas & Electric) manned an IBEW table at the recent Pacific Coast Safety Fest in Dublin, spreading the word about our local's new First Responder Training Program, which provides information to police, firefighters and other first responders on how to respond safely to electrical emergencies.

Our Outside Line department reports that 2011 was a record year: 191 percent above our five-year average. New contractors are being signed up at a very fast pace.

Eric Wolfe, P.S.


Members from Turlock Irrigation District and Modesto Irrigation District faced off in a bowling showdown. A few members from City of Lodi and PG&E joined in the fun. A Turlock team won top prize: a monogrammed set of IBEW Local 1245 poker chips.

'Things are Looking Up'

L.U. 1253 (i), AUGUSTA, ME — We are experiencing an upsurge of the work due to a number of efforts taken by this local. Our contractors are finding ways to employ our members utilizing these efforts. We have been successful with a number of school jobs that have kept many of us working. Recently, such agreements have resulted in jobs at the new MaineGeneral hospital project, a multiple year project, and the Bangor Convention Center project, which is slated at over a year's worth of work. E.S. Boulos has utilized these efforts in areas of gaining commercial work.

Currently, Sullivan & Merritt and Hillside Electric have also contracted industrial work in Old Town, Brewer and Verso Paper in Bucksport. Other efforts have produced substation and wind tower work. It seems for the moment most of our local is employed. We have a new three-year contract and things are looking up.

We welcome former members Dave Arnold and Don McInnis back into our ranks. We extend our condolences to one of our contractors, Pat Guimond, who recently lost his wife to cancer.

Timothy G. Bickford, P.S.


Construction is under way at the new convention center in Bangor, Maine, employing a number of IBEW Local 1253 members.

Members Approach 600-Day Milestone

L.U. 1307 (u), SALISBURY, MD — Local 1307 members employed by NRG Energy are approaching a milestone. As of this writing, they have achieved 584 days without a lost-time or recordable accident. Local 1307 represents bargaining unit employees at Indian River Power Plant in Delaware and Vienna Power Plant in Maryland. Congratulations to all on a job well-done and preformed safely.

Local 1307 would like to recognize 10 recently retired members.

Members who retired from NRG Energy in 2011 include: Gary Gray, machinist, who retired Feb. 1; and Richard Era, lead operator, who retired Aug. 1.

Members who retired from Delmarva Power in 2011 include: Judy Powell, utility service person, retired June 1; Sally Yates, senior outreach specialist, retired June 1; Donald Dennis, trouble serviceman, retired June 1; and Kenny Johnson, trouble serviceman, retired Sept. 1.

Members who have retired from Delmarva Power in 2012 include: Paul Skorobatsch, engineering fieldman, who retired Jan. 1; Ken Dunning, meter reader, retired Jan. 1; Benn Simpson, a trouble serviceman who also served on the local's E-Board and Negotiating Committee, retired Feb. 1.; and Sam Kaufman, service associate and local E-Board member, retired March 1.

We thank these members for their many years of service and wish all a long and happy retirement.

Edward D. Sparks, P.S.

Solidarity in St. Louis

L.U. 1439 (u), ST. LOUIS, MO — St. Louis IBEW locals hosted a Solidarity Rally/Town Hall meeting with Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill and Int. Sec.-Treas. Salvatore J. Chilia on April 19.

Approximately 800 were in attendance to hear about current events and benefits for all IBEW members. The message was: "Solidarity — Strength in Numbers." Local 1439 originated the plan to rally members as the start of contract negotiations with the local utility company. With the influx of other IBEW locals to also attend, the location was changed to the newly built, all-green Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 Hall and Training Facility. The message from our leadership was well received. We encourage all locals to engage in this Town Hall opportunity.

Mike Walter, B.M./F.S.


IBEW St. Louis locals attend Solidarity Rally/Town Hall meeting.

IBEW Members Save a Life

L.U. 1523 (u), WICHITA, KS — When you go to work you never know how the day will turn out. For journeyman linemen Bob Wells and Justin Jackson, a routine day at work turned out to be a lifesaving day.

On Jan. 21 the crew went out on a call. Justin was in the bucket changing out a transformer and switch. Foreman Ed Love and Bob Wells were at the truck gathering material for the job. When Bob turned around, he found Ed Love on the ground. Bob rushed to Ed and called for Justin to come down.

As Bob called 911, Justin checked Ed's vital signs and found that he had gone into cardiac arrest. Justin immediately started CPR. When Ed began gasping for air, Justin called for Bob to retrieve the AED machine from the line truck. The ambulance arrived very quickly. Happy to say, Ed recovered and is back at work.

Our members' CPR training has paid off. Safety is a core value at Westar and with IBEW Local 1523. Justin and Bob demonstrated that training and teamwork can help save the life of a fellow worker. Local 1523 and Ed Love thank Justin and Bob for their courage. Westar honored Justin and Bob with a Lifesaver Award.

Candy C. Cruz-Dodd, P.S.


Local 1523 members Bob Wells (left), Ed Love and Justin Jackson.

Voter Registration

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA — The election year is upon us. Re-election of President Obama and other union-friendly candidates is very important. With Davis-Bacon and project labor agreements being threatened by Mitt Romney, we can't afford not to re-elect the president. Many of our projects in our jurisdiction are covered under Davis-Bacon and PLAs; it would be devastating to lose these valuable tools for organized labor.

You and your family can help prevent losing future work on Davis-Bacon jobs by voting for union friendly candidates. Many IBEW members know people in their family who are not registered to vote. Contact your local union and ask them for information on how to help people get registered.

Local 1579 had 24 apprentices graduate this year. These new young journeymen are the future of the IBEW and will need your support. Congratulations and thanks to all IBEW graduating apprentices on all your hard work.

Attend your union meetings. The IBEW's greatest enemy is the indifference of those who do not regularly attend their union meetings. No one should be indifferent to their own welfare.

Until next time, buy American.

Will Salters, A.B.M.

Union Spirit Strong in Barrie!

L.U. 1739 (i&o), BARRIE, ONTARIO, CANADA — Congratulations to our team for winning the "B" Division and to Sarnia Local 530 for winning the "A" Division at the hockey tournament. I would also like to congratulate coach Ray Tripp on winning coach-of-the-year honors. And congratulations to all the members who came out and supported our team. Local 1739 would like to take this opportunity to thank Kingston Local 115 for a great tournament and a fun weekend.

Frank Kastle, P.S.


Barrie, Ontario, Local 1739 hockey team.

System Operators Represented

L.U. 1837 (rtb&u), MANCHESTER, ME — In an NLRB election in late March, the system operators at Bangor Hydro Electric voted 8-0 to be represented by IBEW Local 1837 for collective bargaining. These highly skilled workers are often referred to as "dispatchers."

During the union organizing campaign, the system operators raised issues of unfair treatment in the past, but their primary motivation was the desire to negotiate improvements for their future. Despite the company's efforts to persuade them to vote against the union, the system operators stuck together, producing the lopsided vote in favor of organizing. The system operators enjoyed support from their co-workers at Bangor Hydro and from members of IBEW 1837 at other represented companies.

"Everybody's relieved and feels great about it," said System Operator Gregg Wallace. "We're happy to move forward."

Local 1837 Bus. Mgr. Dick Rogers commended the workers for their decision to unionize. "On behalf of all of our members at Bangor Hydro and our other represented companies, I'd like to congratulate the system operators for their unanimous vote in support of their union," said Bus. Mgr. Rogers. "It's really a great day for those workers."

A few weeks later, the meter representatives at Maine Public Service unanimously decided that they would also like to be represented by Local 1837 and were granted voluntary recognition by management. Both companies are owned by Emera Inc. of Nova Scotia.

Matthew D. Beck, Organizer


Local 1837 congratulates workers on successful union vote. From left: Chief Steward Bob Economy, System Operator Gregg Wallace and Bus. Mgr. Dick Rogers.