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Welcome to New Contractors

L.U. 8 (as,em,i,mar,mt,rts,s&spa), TOLEDO, OH — Hello, brothers and sisters. I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and increased work opportunities. Work has remained fairly steady with the numbers hovering around 200 on Book 1. With Jeep, the flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) project at the coal burner, the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) plant in Dundee, and many school projects at the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University, hopefully we will see the number on the book drop very soon.

Local 8 welcomes several new contractors: Christ Electric, Advanced Distributed Generation (ADG), Perrysburg Electric, and CNC Electric. Thank you to our organizers for their hard work in signing on new contractors. More employers means more work for our members.

Congratulations to Local 8 members who recently announced their retirement: Steve Rockwood, Charlie Wistinghausen, Pat Boyle, Eugene McCarthy, Wally Tackett, Nelly Haffner, Ned Steele, Norm Weiser, Richard Cooper and Mike Ringger. Thanks to all for the years of service and quality work. Enjoy your retirement!

Remember to work safe.

Bryan Emerick, P.S.

Graduating Apprentices

L.U. 12 (i,o&se), PUEBLO, CO — Congratulations to the class of 2011 graduating apprentices of the Pueblo Electrical JATC, who were honored at the 112th Anniversary Banquet of the IBEW Local 12. Good luck to these brothers in their careers (see photo).

We are sad to report the passing of 60-year member Joseph Flanders, who was also honored at the banquet and will be missed. Rest in peace, brother.

Clif Thompson, P.S.


Local 12 honors graduating apprentices. Front row, from left, Carlos Martinez, Jeff Zane, Dawn Bernal (representing her father, graduate James Bernal), Chad Ashley, Frank Rogers, Alfonso Maes and Scott Marten; back row, Training Dir. Ron Scott. Not pictured: Jonathon Grenard and Justin Conner.

Political Action Necessary

L.U. 16 (i), EVANSVILLE, IN — After several challenging weeks of difficult negotiations, Local 16 ratified a new three-year agreement with the NECA chapter. This contract provides enabling language for a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) /Sub fund and economic gains for the membership while allowing the contractors more opportunity with shift work. Talks highlighted the strengths (integrity, training, skill level, market recovery programs) of the IBEW and clarified future actions the partnership may have to take. Thanks to all who stood behind Bus. Mgr. Paul Green and his negotiating committee, especially Sixth District Int. Rep. Paul Noble, who consistently encouraged both parties to find a workable solution.

The anti-labor juggernaut empowered by the 2010 elections has made it crystal clear that pro-union people must become politically, legislatively and socially active. To this end, the IBEW Local 16 Political Action Committee was recently reorganized. PAC meetings are at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the hall. Any member or retiree in good standing is welcome to join. After witnessing the damage to common construction wages, new unemployment restrictions, and Indiana Republicans forcing so-called "right-to-work" legislation without a public referendum, it should be obvious that changes are desperately needed.

Donald P. Beavin, P.S.

New Signatory Contractor

L.U. 22 (i,rts&spa), OMAHA, NE — Local 22 has a new signatory contractor, A/C Lightning Protection Inc., as of April 2012. Employees of A/C Lightning Protection were working under a contract with another union before, but did not feel it was best suited to the type of work they were doing. Thanks to the help of Bus. Rep. Brett Johnson, Bus. Mgr. Gary Kelly and Int. Rep. John Bourne, a new classification was made so the men could join the union. We welcome the new members to our local.

Congratulations to the 2012 apprenticeship class graduates. Graduates are: Telecommunications — Bruce Cady, Randy Gorman, Jeffrey Lentz, Kirk Pulliam and Shawn Woodring. Residential — Eloy Avalos, Julio Gomez, Kenneth Gomez II, Jeffry Hazen, Dan Hiller, Russell Luschen, Ryan Olsen, Jesse Trede, Justin Voycheske, and Lance Zimmer. Inside Journeymen — Ryan Andress, Joseph Arellano, Orion Berg, Matthew Converse, Jared Devore, Michael Evans, Shane Foote, Jordan Gegzna, Sean Grover, Jeffrey Hamilton, Douglas Ignowksi, Ryan Jacobsen, Ronald Karnett, Anthony Kelly, Michael Kocsis, Colby Ladehoff, Christopher Langer, Cody Lantis, Corey Madden, Justin Mass, Richard Mathouser, Jeffery Mikovec, John Minshall, Michael Myers, John Sak, Timothy Saucier, Daniel Sievers, Weston Spaustat, Bryan Spicer, Andy Swanger, Russell Swanson, Matthew Talmon, Joseph Woosley and Jason Zubrod.

Chris Bayer, P.S.

Maryland Live Casino

L.U. 24 (es,i&spa), BALTIMORE, MD — The first phase of the Maryland Live Casino project was completed with the help of 150 IBEW Local 24 members. The project was the third casino in Local 24's jurisdiction in the last several years and all three projects were awarded to union electrical contractors.

The Maryland Live Casino at Arundel Mills Mall in Anne Arundel County is the largest casino in the state. The 350,000 square-foot casino floor includes: 4,800 slot machines; 150,000 square feet of office space; and 1.5 million square feet of parking. The installation included: 1,350 LED garage fixtures; two 2,500 KW diesel generators; and 22,500 linear feet of LED cove lighting, which included 6,000 feet of programmable color changing lighting. Additionally, 300 exterior LED color changing fixtures created the largest theatre controlled venue in the Baltimore region. The project is powered with a 10,000 amp 480 volt service.

BK Truland was the union electrical contractor on the project, and it was managed by general foremen Dave Stachowiak and Michael Berman, and foremen Jamie Collins, Chad Dwyer, Sean Handley, Brian House, Sean LeBrun, Mathew Lince, Frank Matkins, David Piel, Daniel Richmond, Robert Rogers and Darren Stachowiak. The data work was installed by 25 IBEW members at peak with Tech Inc., and was managed by foreman Chris Yowell. Local 24 shop stewards on the project were Harry Godlove and Constance Williams.

Our thanks go to every Local 24 member who worked on this project.

Roger M. Lash Jr., B.M.


IBEW Local 24 members successfully completed the first phase of the Maryland Live Casino construction project.

Local Union Update

L.U. 26 (ees,em,es,govt,i&mt), WASHINGTON, DC — Agreements were reached on both the Inside and Residential agreements. The new contracts were ratified at special-called meetings in April. The new Inside and Residential Wireman Agreement books will be printed and mailed to members.

Local 26 congratulates 2012 JATC graduates. At graduation ceremonies on June 2, it was a delight to see so many supportive family members and happy graduates! Best wishes to you all as journeyman electricians!

The DAD's golf outing was again a huge success. We spanned four golf courses with over 400 golfers participating. Thanks to everyone who sponsored, volunteered and participated! We made a very sizeable donation to Dollars Against Diabetes, thanks to Local 26 members and sponsors.

The Manassas, VA, picnic was June 16. The Edgewater, MD, picnic is Aug. 4. The picnics provide fun for families of our members. It is great to have such a fabulous turnout for these events and the health fair.

We mourn members who passed away since our last article: James D. Wright, Rudis G. Flores, George M. Norfolk Sr., Michael A. Kennedy, William L. Smith and Elmer J. Statter.

Best wishes to recent retirees: Lewis J. Dehnam Jr., Kevin J. Colbert, Charles T. Cusack, Steve Penska, Russell A. Perry, Ronald L. Rohrbaugh, Gary L. Hammett, John M. White, Richard W. Kagle, Larry S. Catlett, Milton G. Connor, Dennis K. Levesque, Andrew J. Oreilly III, James P. Tetlow and Larry T. Grenier.

Charles E. Graham, B.M.

New Re-Sign Dates

L.U. 34 (em,i,rts&spa), PEORIA, IL — In June, Local 34 implemented the new re-sign dates — beginning on the 10th and ending on the 16th of each month. There were only a few wrinkles that had to be ironed out; other than that the transition was a success.

Work in the area looks promising this summer. The new construction projects haven't staffed up yet and we have travelers working in the local. Thanks to the travelers who have helped us staff our work. For the travelers, if you are in the area come in and sign our books.

We had our first Spring Golf Outing and our 5th Annual Steak Fry, and both events were a good time. As you all know, when you have a gathering with a bunch of wiremen, the stories, the memories, the history and the camaraderie all under one rooftop is just a feeling that words can't describe.

Our Training Dir. Paul Flynn recently put on the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) for our journeyman wiremen. Eighteen journeyman wiremen took the class and received a certification.

Congratulations to IBEW Local 34's newest journeymen, the apprenticeship graduating class of 2012. Good luck and be safe.

Meredith Booker, Pres.


Local 34 congratulates inside graduates. Front row, seated: Mike Mullens (left), Mick Hayworth, Beau Brummitt, Ryan Mattes, Todd Greene, Dave Bushnell, Justin Allison and Landon Parker. Middle row: Brandon Currie, Matt Johnson, Josh Knox, Fred Rogers, Adam Smith, Jarod Lambrich, Sean Leatherman, Charlie Buffam, Shawn Smith and Training Dir. Paul Flynn. Back row: Justin Phillips, R.J. Mercer, Jake Corbly, Justin Ramsay, Greg Porter, Scott Cornelison and Chris Wilson.

Annual DinnerDance / Apprentice Graduation

L.U. 42 (catv,em,govt,lctt&o), HARTFORD, CT — On Saturday, April 21, Local 42 held our 6th Annual Dinner Dance and Apprentice Graduation at the Marriott Hartford Downtown hotel in Hartford.

Local 42 Bus. Mgr. Milton R. Moffitt Jr. presented Charles "Red" Sharpe, charter member, with his IBEW 55-year service pin award and John Shane with his IBEW 50-year service pin award. Although both are retired, Bros. Sharpe and Shane continue to be assets to the Brotherhood and are prominent members of the IBEW Local 42 Retirees Club.

IBEW Local 42 also celebrated the graduation of 22 apprentice journeyman linemen. These graduates of the Northeastern Apprenticeship and Training (NEAT) program each received a wooden commemorative plaque of a journeyman lineman and an IBEW logo watch. Congratulations to the graduates: Bros. Brian Andrychowski, Todd Barker, Jason Boucher, John Chiarella, Michael Duval, Joshua Edwards, James Evans Jr., Scott Fontaine, Gleb Frolov, Michael Hollis, Joshua Hume, Richard Hume, Anthony Marciano Jr., Patrick McCabe, Matthew Mockler, Christopher Morello, John Pettway Jr., Robert Post, Jose Ramos, Matthew Sawin, David Thomas and Michael Winoski.

Jacquelyn Moffitt, P.S.


Local 42 Bus. Mgr. Milton Moffitt Jr. (center) presents 50-year awards to retired members Charles "Red" Sharpe (left) and John Shane.

Local 48 Family Night

L.U. 48 (c,em,i,rts&st), PORTLAND, OR — Don't miss IBEW Local 48's second annual "Family Night" during the general membership meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Family night has transformed our August general membership meeting from the lowest-attended meeting to one of our best attended. Family Night provides spouses and family members a better understanding of union membership and how IBEW Local 48 operates. The meeting will be light on business in order to welcome families and will include our traditional summer barbeque and special entertainment for kids of all ages. Hosting our families at their home local will give even more opportunity to show that IBEW 48 is good for members and their families. Please plan to attend and introduce your family members to your union brothers and sisters. Visit Web site for details.

Robert Blair, P.S.


Last year Local 48 member Brent West’s son Luke West, age 11, wowed Family Night attendees, including at least 100 kids, with his artistic skills. Luke was inspired by the temporary tattoo distributed at the event and used chalk for his free-hand drawing on the black top.

Register to Vote

L.U. 68 (i), DENVER, CO — The importance of being a registered voter has never been greater. Yet there is more confusion among more voters regarding "active status" than ever before.

You might think you are in the category of "active" simply because you received a primary ballot. Unfortunately, this isn't true. Colorado law says that you are NOT "active" if you didn't vote in the November 2010 general election. There is no correlation with whether you voted in the June 2012 primary election. Being "active" was not required in order to receive a ballot for this most recent primary election. (Easy to see why that would create confusion.)

Here's an easy remedy for the confusion: Go to: If you don't have access to the Internet, please contact the Office of the Secretary of State at (303) 894-2200 Ext. 6307. You may also call Local 68 at (303) 297-0229 for further assistance.

Our Local 68 picnic will be Aug. 18, noon–3 p.m., at the Westminster Elks Lodge. The horseshoe tournament begins at 11 a.m. Take Lowell south from 72nd, and take the first right after the railroad tracks — onto West 69th Place/Elk Drive. Call the hall for more information!

Our deepest sympathy goes to families of our recently deceased brothers: John A. Romes, Earl A. Burch, Paul S. Thompson, Daniel L. Stratman, Richard T. Fisk, Edmund Fischer, Guy A. LaFrance, Ralph V. Wackerly and Edward J. Daly.

Ed Knox, Pres.

'Life of a Veteran Apprentice'

L.U. 76 (c,i,rts&st), TACOMA, WA — On May 24, IBEW Local 76 held our Annual Service Pin Night. Service pins awarded represent a combined total of 6,275 years of service. We were proud to present three 70-year pins, four 65-year pins and 10 60-year pins. Retired journeyman inside wireman Louis Beaudoin was in attendance to receive his 70-year service pin. Also present were: James Cassidy Sr., who received a 60-year pin, and his son James Cassidy Jr., who received a 55-year pin. James Cassidy Sr. is a retired marine wireman and will celebrate his 100th birthday this year.

IBEW Local 76 third-year apprentice Matt Todd is the subject of a video called "A Day in the Life of an H2H Vet," produced by the national Building & Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO. Matt is a military veteran and currently serves in the Air National Guard. He is one of many armed service veterans who have come into the building trades through the Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) program. Our thanks go out to Matt and all of our veterans who have served our country, and we welcome vets who have entered the building trades. To view the video, visit Web site

Mac McClellan, P.S.


Local 76 Bus. Mgr. Dennis Callies (left), 70-year service pin recipient Louis Beaudoin and Pres. Mike Church.

A Battle Won for Workers

L.U. 90 (i), NEW HAVEN, CT — Work in our jurisdiction is slowly improving for the summer. Some long-awaited projects have begun.

We recently won a year-long battle against the anti-union Associated Builders & Contractors Inc., on a $222 million project labor agreement for two schools in Meriden, CT.

The ABC also filed suit in superior court to ban PLAs in Connecticut on publicly funded projects. Because of this action, our state governor stepped up to the plate and submitted a bill that passed both chambers to make PLAs in Connecticut legal. Thanks go to Gov. Dan Malloy. Thanks also to all our members who attended the rallies at the Capitol and the building committee meetings in Meriden. All of us working together brought victory. Our legislative session is over for the year with bills passing to help us and none that would hurt our cause.

We now have to focus on the upcoming elections and keep our friends in office and also help remove those who have the decimation of organized labor on their agenda.

Some of our annual fun events are on the horizon — our golf and softball tournaments and summer outing. We hope all will attend.

Sean Daly, Pres.

IBEW Members Featured in PBS Program

L.U. 94 (lctt,nst&u), CRANBURY, NJ — IBEW Local 94 members who work as live-line coordinators were recently featured in a PBS program, "America Revealed: Electric Nation." The program focused on the U.S. power grid and the people who deliver electricity through 200,000 miles of high-tension transmission lines. Bro. Tom Verdecchio, chief steward and PSE&G's senior live-line coordinator, helped develop a helicopter program in 2002 that allows workers to make repairs when the lines are energized. This work is vital to the operation of the grid.

Politicians Attend Local Meetings: To get the membership more involved in politics, we invited elected representatives to attend the monthly meetings. Invited visitors have included: U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, who at this writing is in a hot primary election, chiefly due to redistricting; New Jersey Assemblyman Joe Cryan; and Shelly Adler, a candidate for the U.S. Congress. Shelly is running for the Third District seat that her late husband, former U.S. Rep. John Adler, previously held. Shelly is running against incumbent Rep. Jon Runyan, former Philadelphia Eagle, who offers nothing on behalf of working people. We thank Local 94 members for their attendance at the meetings and encourage their increased participation from the floor with the visitors. New Jersey is among the states that are not "right-to-work-for-less" — and we want to keep it that way!

Carla Wolfe, P.S.

Fundraisers for Charity

L.U. 108 (ees,em,es,lctt,mar,mt,rtb,rts,s,spa,t&u), TAMPA, FL — On March 24, we held our 12th Annual Golf Tournament in memory of our fallen brothers. We raised $15,000 and Tampa Electric Company matched our contribution — for a total donation of $30,000 to Tampa General Hospital Burn Unit. Special thanks to Jeff Woodlee, Mike Miley, Chris Parsels, Ron Smith, Dave Davis and all the volunteers for their hard work.

On March 31, Local 108 members and Tampa Electric held the 5th Annual Charity BBQ Cook-Off. Thank you to Dallas Smith and the many volunteers who helped raise $4,500 for the Make a Difference Fishing Tournament, a nonprofit organization that helps children with disabilities.

On April 21, we held our 112th anniversary celebration at our newly remodeled hall. Thank you to Pres. Chris Parsels for spearheading the event, and special thanks to Bros. Russell Brown, Lee Childers and Burt Galloway.

Local 108 members at Sensor Systems negotiated and ratified a new contract. Thanks to Asst. Bus. Mgr. Doug Bowden, Pres. Chris Parsels, Unit Chairperson Joan Cobin, Unit Vice Chairperson Don Delancey and Judy Allen for their hard work.

We will begin accepting proposals in August for upcoming negotiations with Tampa Electric; negotiations are scheduled to begin in early 2013.

Congratulations to former TECO Unit Chmn. Thad Lopez on his new position as operations manager for Tampa Electric. We thank him for the longtime service and dedication to our local.

Bill Cate, P.S.

JATC Graduation

L.U. 150 (es,i,rts&spa), WAUKEGAN, IL — Recently the JATC held a graduation banquet for this year's graduates. The following members are now journeymen: Casey Bassler, Matthew DeFilippis, Ryan Hubert, Adam Bassler, Eric Blackburn, Joshua Blough, Aaron Brean, Gerald Houghton, Michael Pierce, Omar Reyes, Mario Sanchez, Cody McLaughlin, Justin Zorc, Chris Katzel, Eric Randall, and Mike Moran. The sole VDV graduate is Joe Conte. The outstanding apprentice was Aaron Brean. A hearty congratulations to them and many wishes for a long and profitable career.

The new contract was voted on at a special meeting in May and has been settled. Pat Garrity was sworn in as our new Executive Board member in May.

Work continues to be extremely slow to nonexistent — a sad state of affairs especially since the number of permits issued each month is in excess of our out of work list.

Our annual picnic will be held Aug. 18, at the Lakewood Forest Preserve. It is always a nice day of camaraderie for our members and their families so please try to attend.

Eight new apprentices have been accepted into the program in addition to two current members who are upgrading. Much has been made recently about the JATC program and its monies. The JATC is a school; not something to be run at a profit. Changes have been made to the program in view of the economic downturn including only having one full-time teacher.

Wendy J. Cordts, P.S.

Standing Up for Workers

L.U. 158 (i,it,mar,mt&spa), GREEN BAY, WI — Local 158, like the rest of the Wisconsin state locals, was busy with the recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The recall election took place on June 5. The outcome of this election will have a large impact on the future of collective bargaining rights as well as so-called "right-to-work" agendas in this state. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett ran against Walker for a second time with hopes of unseating the union-busting governor; however, unfortunately, this did not happen.

We had many members helping out with leaf drops, member-to-member walks, phone banking, attending rallies and doing whatever was needed to help out. This battle started over 16 months ago and we had our opportunity to unseat the governor, but did not do so. One bright spot was that we regained majority in the state Senate with a recall victory over Republican Van Wanggaard. This election will have a huge impact on what happens in the rest of the country.

Our local work outlook has slowed up quite a bit with the completion of two nuclear plant outages. These outages served our local well and also provided some much-needed work to some travelling brothers and sisters. We are employing several members at Lambeau Field for a renovation project going on there as well as some people going out to a project at Green Bay's new Veterans Clinic. Looking forward to more work to come.

Donald C. Allen, B.M.

Selfless & Courageous Act: IBEW Bone-Marrow Donor

L.U. 196 (govt,mt,o,t&u), ROCKFORD, IL — In the true spirit of brotherhood, Local 196 member Jeremy McCollum registered nearly two years ago to become a bone-marrow donor to possibly help an "unknown someone" who may be in need of his healthy marrow. Jeremy recently received a call that a 40-year-old cancer patient desperately needed donated marrow to help her survive and that he was a match. Jeremy answered that call. On May 17, he was admitted and went through the painful process of donating his marrow so that the patient's odds of surviving cancer could increase. What a selfless, generous and courageous decision for a young man to make and then follow through on.

At the time of this writing, work continues to be good and Local 196 has started more than 25 apprentices in the first two quarters of 2012 to prepare for the upcoming workload. Check the job board to get up-to-date information on our work outlook.

Stay focused, watch out for every brother and sister on the job site, work safe and be a positive part of your local union!

Eric Patrick, B.M.

New Journeyman Linemen

L.U. 222 (o), ORLANDO, FL — Greetings. As of this spring writing, we already have a named storm in the Atlantic. So by the time you read this in August, we will probably be very busy. Everyone please stay safe.

Seven new journeyman linemen topped out since the beginning of the year: Eddie Gibbons, Tony Elrod, Raudel Jimenez, James Cody Phillips, Donald Dupuis, Chad Vlaeminck and Greg Bombard. Congratulations to all.

Local 222 member Dale Smithmier built a display case and delivered it to the union hall. Some of our members have already donated vintage insulators, switches and IBEW line work memorabilia for display. Thanks to them and a special thanks to Bro. Smithmier.

Stay safe, work smart.

William "Bill" Hitt, Pres.


Local 222 Bro. Dale Smithmier with display case he made for the union hall.

2012 Service Award Dinner

L.U. 226 (em,i,rtb,rts&spa), TOPEKA, KS — Shown in the accompanying photo are Local 226 service award recipients who attended the 2012 service awards dinner.

All members who received service awards this year are as follows:

For 65 years of service — Dale Hunter; for 60 years' service — Lawrence Bodle, Cecil Combs, Harry Gallaway, Robert Kopp, Roy Vern Love, Roy Mannen, Robert McNeely, Leslie Meek, Robert Nelson, Luke Pell, Vernon Pickert, Lloyd Rumold, Harry Self, Delmar Stice, Charles Turner, Myron Wilson, Chauncie York; for 55 years — Jule Fowler, Merlin Geisler, Ronald Hewitt, David Norris, John Stice; 50 years — Richard Fiest, Donald Harris, David Mlynek, Frank Nelson, Donald Roberts; 45 years — Larry Eby, Gary Herriman, Franklin Hess, Jerry Hutton, Robert Norris, Virgil Stewart; 40 years — James Goodyear; 35 years — Leroy Duncan, William Hart, Terry Jordan, Mark Pottorf, Max Wentworth; 30 years — Scott Bond, Robert Nickoley, Gary Robbins, Andre Sanchez; and for 25 years — Philip Bleil, Rex Cullison, Rick Ferguson, Douglas Kramer, Darren Ousdahl and Ronald Smith.

Local 226 congratulates and thanks all award recipients for their dedicated service.

Robert Bausch, Organizer


Local 226 Bus. Mgr. Brian Threadgold (left), Seventh District Int. Vice Pres. Jonathan B. Gardner (second from right, back row) and Pres. Josh Gann (far right) congratulate service award recipients, front row, beginning second from left: Dale Hunter, Dave Mlynek, Charlie Turner, Gary Robbins, Roy Mannen and Andy Sanchez.

Scholarship Award Recipients

L.U. 234 (i&mt), CASTROVILLE, CA — This year saw the most Local 234 Scholarship Essay entrants ever. Our Executive Board chose the following winners at the April meeting: Jordan Borg for Monterey County, Reno May for San Benito County, and Jackie Yeung for Santa Cruz County. Each scholarship recipient receives $500 payable to the college of his or choice. Congratulations to this year's winners. Our Bus. Mgr. Andy Hartmann will present the scholarships at the awards ceremony. It is encouraging to learn so many new ways that union members' children appreciate and express their understanding of the many benefits unions offer our working families.

Although by some standards ours is a small local, it is an honor to report that 15 members have successfully completed the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) to date.

We had a good turnout of members for the Annual Artichoke Festival Parade, where the weather was perfect and everyone had a good time.

Stephen Slovacek, P.S.

Training Center Expansion

L.U. 246 (ees,i,rts&spa), STEUBENVILLE, OH — It's all about training. In April, our JATC officially opened the 4,000-square-foot Anthony L. Shreve Annex to the K.W. Gasser Training Center. It consists of labs featuring conduit bending, motor control, green technologies, craft certification and instrumentation. This space allows our instructors to take the classroom theory to hands-on practice for consistent instruction for our students. It is crucial for apprentices to have hands-on labs in the fast pace of today's construction industry where there often is not enough time on the site to train to the fullest extent necessary. That was the motivation for Director Shreve for our expansion — training to the fullest extent.

On May 19 at our graduation dinner, we welcomed 13 new journeymen to the ranks of the IBEW. All were also presented an Associate Degree of Technical Studies by Dr. Laura Meeks, president of Eastern Gateway Community College. Special recognition goes to Bro. Steven Barkoci, our outstanding apprentice, who graduated summa cum laude from EGCC. Congratulations to all graduates on a great job.

The realities of modern day competition in electrical construction and our responsibilities to our industry were brought to life by NJATC Dir. Michael Callanan. We were also honored to be addressed by State of Ohio Apprenticeship Dir. Andy Maciejewski.

Kyle N. Brown, B.M.


Local 246 apprentice graduates: front row, Ken Jackson (left), Ian Myers, Dan Abrams, Steve Barkoci, Alex Lewis; back row, David Burdette, Ryan Taylor, Josh Williams, Buster Bowman, Todd Triplett, Travis Jenkins and Rob Glover. Not pictured: Rachael Jordan.

Top Apprentice Honours

L.U. 254 (ees,em,mo,o,rts&u), CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA — Bro. Neil Gilchrist, Power Systems Electrician (P.S.E.) and Bro. Dustin Buchanan, Powerline Technician (P.L.T.), earned the highest ranking in their final year of apprenticeship studies. This makes them tops in their fields, in the Province of Alberta, Canada, based on their grades and performance on the job.

Congratulations from the Executive Board and members of Local 254 to these brothers, and to all the new and upcoming journeymen and electrical workers.

As young and new members enter into the trades, we all must remember our brothers and sisters who mentored us as they move into their retirement.

In solidarity, IBEW Local 254 supports the members of the past, present and future!

Douglas McArthur, R.S.

Thanks to Apprentices / Instructors

L.U. 280 (c,ees,em,es,i,mo,mt,rts&st), SALEM, OR — Local 280 thanks the 48 apprentices that we graduated this year and the fine instructors who taught them. Our barbecues at both Tangent and Redmond were fantastic to give our new journeyman wiremen a great send off.

Awards were also presented to JoAnne Fletcher, along with an honorary membership plaque signed by Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill, for her outstanding performance as our JATC secretary for 16 years and also as "mother to her babies" to the many excellent IBEW apprentices she has guided through the years. Rich Lofton received the coveted "Trainer of the Year" award, selected by the apprentices as the journeyman who really leads by example either on the job or in the union. Bro. Rich has been a tireless servant for our local for many years, having served as president, business agent and assisted with anything our local needs. Both JoAnne and Rich are truly "IBEW Proud" and represent our union in the highest light.

Work has really picked up in our local with calls coming close to Book Two recently.

Please vote wisely in November. Candidate Mitt Romney has promised to press anti-union "right-to-work-for-less" legislation and remove project labor agreements (PLAs) from federal projects!

Jerry Fletcher, P.S.


Local 280 honorary member JoAnne Fletcher receives honorary plaque presented by JATC Dir. Dave Baker.

Members Step Up — Great Strides

L.U. 292 (em,govt,i,rtb,rts&spa), MINNEAPOLIS, MN — We have made great strides in the political arena thanks to volunteer efforts of our members. Our members stepped up to make the phone calls and attend the rallies at the state Capitol to fight the unnecessary, unsafe and unfair so-called "right-to-work" legislation. Our sisters and brothers have solidly supported both the Bonding and Vikings Stadium bills as well as keeping our current prevailing-wage laws in effect. Two delegates, Dan McConnell and John Hall, from Local 292 were elected to attend the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina. Labor had a strong showing at the Minnesota DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party) state convention, and we thank every member who participated in the political process.

Our work picture looks slightly better, and we have dipped below 760 on the Inside Out-of-Work Book. Upcoming work includes possible expansion at the Mall of America and construction of the "The People's Stadium" for the Minnesota Vikings. Again, we thank the traveling sisters and brothers for the sacrifices you are making. You have pulled away from your family to provide for them when there is no work locally. This is no small task, and we want you to know that we thank you for your dedication to the IBEW. Our business manager, Rodger Kretman, thanks the locals that are providing work for our members.

Carl Madsen, P.S.


Local 292 members attend June 2 Minnesota DFL Convention. From left: Brandon Duerr, John Hall, Dave Callaway, Bill Toninato, Tony Maghrak, Dan McConnell, Pete Lindahl, Bus. Mgr. Rodger Kretman, Ric Chantry, Larry MacDonald, Andy Snope, Jeff Lange, Rick Ramberg, Shawn Ulm, Peggy Griffin and Randy Pullis. Not pictured: Everett Pettiford and Roy Lanners.

Solar Installation Venture

L.U. 300 (govt,i,mt&u), MONTPELIER, VT — Congratulations to Andrew Czeck, awarded "Inside Wireman Apprentice of the Year" for calendar year 2011-2012. Andrew's achievement bestows great credit on himself and the IBEW. Keep up the good work.

It appears that we will have a busy construction season in the solar installation field. We appreciate all the members who cooperated in the new guidelines to help kick off the new venture. As long as the sun keeps shining, we'll keep installing.

The merger between Green Mountain Power and Central Vermont Public Service continues to roll forward. We are currently working with the IBEW members from both utilities to work toward an agreement that is beneficial to all parties. When completed, the utility will service 70 percent of residences within Vermont. We are working toward creating an agreement that incorporates the best of both worlds and focuses on the members, safety and working relationships.

Local 300 sends its heartfelt thanks to all members and local unions that contributed to the Local 300 members (Bruce Lamb and Richard Seguin) involved with accidents this year. Your donations and words of encouragement reach beyond the boundaries of thanks. Best wishes.

Be safe, be well this summer.

Jeffrey C. Wimette, B.M./F.S.


Local 300 Inside Wireman Apprentice of the Year Andrew Czeck.

'Charting a New Course'

L.U. 302 (i,rts&spa), MARTINEZ, CA — Two seemingly unrelated events may chart a new course for our local.

Members of our local honored community leaders as diverse as bankers, senior living specialists, green development promoters, and local politicians in a kick-off honoring the City of Concord for its leadership in a large development project on former U.S. Navy land.

In the end, conservation groups, community organizations and labor unions joined forces to come up with an eco-friendly, largely union project that will not only meet the growing needs of our population, but also preserve its natural amenities as well.

At another event on May 17, our local hosted representatives from the International Office and IBEW Ninth District officers for en educational evening highlighting a member-to-member outreach campaign known as "M2M."

Local member volunteers visited the homes of our own members, reaching out to them in the spirit of brotherhood — inviting them to become re-invigorated with our local and attend local meetings, and reminding them of the benefits of union membership.

Both of these two events highlighted our local's engagement with the community and with our own membership.

Gone are the days when we can take our membership — or our political power — for granted. We are proudly taking our message to the public!

Bob Lilley, P.S.

Safety Milestones Achieved

L.U. 304 (lctt,o&u), TOPEKA, KS — IBEW Local 304 members got a surprise at their construction unit meeting in Wichita, KS. Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill was in town for the Seventh District Progress Meeting and decided to drop by. Pres. Hill swore in five new members and took questions from the audience of approximately 40 linemen. Topics included the work outlook in the country, the state of the labor movement and politics. When asked by a journeyman lineman what motivated him to continue to serve, his response was, "I love what I do."

Employees at the Westar Energy Power Plants reached two very important and first-time milestones. As of March 11, the 225 represented employees at Jeffery Energy Center went one year without a recordable injury. Also, the entire Generation Business Unit, with 400 represented employees, reached 1 million man-hours without a recordable injury on May 16. This shows the professionalism of our crafts.

The wind blows hard in western Kansas. Because of that and the drive to offset carbon emissions by utilities nationwide, Kansas has more wind construction currently happening than any other state.

Local 304 members are on several jobs throughout the state, from high-line transmission work to constructing substations and underground collection.

Paul Lira, B.M.


IBEW Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill speaks with members at a Local 304 construction unit meeting.

JATC Apprentice Class of 2012

L.U. 306 (i), AKRON, OH — On May 11, a graduation banquet was held at Todaro's Party Center to honor our newest journeyman wiremen. Guest speakers and presenters of diplomas and awards included: Bus. Mgr. Mark Douglas Sr., JATC Chmn. Larry Thompson, JATC Training Dir. Paul Zimmerman, NECA Chmn. John Kellamis and from the U.S. Department of Labor, Dean Guido.

Our residential graduate was Adam Paul, whose graduation was delayed due to an Army tour of duty in Iraq. Thank you, Adam, for your service to our country.

Commercial graduates included: Eric Armbruster, Alexander Athens, Michael Bounce, Danielle Burant, Thomas Carter, Timothy Cole, Edward Glaser, James Jansen, Dustin Jordan, Allen Lambes, Jodi Lassiter, Christopher Lewczyk, Jeffrey Mallory, Todd Newnham, Jody Palmer, Russell Pease, Christopher Peck, Hugh Pennell, Michael Prock, Cody Ulmer and Jason Zenner. Awards for highest grade point averages went to: Christopher Peck, 95.7 percent GPA; Hugh Pennell, 95.1 percent; and Michael Bounce, 95.0 percent. We congratulate all of these fine sisters and brothers and wish them best of luck!

With sadness we mourn the loss of several retired brothers: Anthony Felber, Robert Yates, Cleon Billings, Earl Witsaman and Lawrence Bryner. We extend condolences to their families.

Please remember in this most important election year to register to vote. And come November, exercise your right to vote. Our jobs and our future depend on it.

Thomas Wright, Exec. Brd. Chmn./P.S.


Local 306 congratulates the class of 2012 apprentice graduates.

Energy Star Award

L.U. 340 (i,rts&spa), SACRAMENTO, CA — The Sacramento Area Electrical Training Center/JATC received the 2012 Energy Star Award presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This award is presented to recognize superior energy performance in using 35 percent less energy and generating 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings across the nation. Energy Star-certified buildings nationwide have prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to emissions from the energy use of nearly 1.3 million homes a year, protecting people's health, while saving more than $1.9 billion.

Local 340 Pres. Tom Meredith presented the first President's Award to graduating apprentice Sister Alsester Williams-Coleman for "persistence and heart." Sister Alsester's fellow graduates voted for her to receive this award for showing the most union love and for her unending desire to help, learn and grow. We are very proud of this young woman, who "shows up" every time she's asked! Congratulations to all the graduates!

On the work front, there is not a lot to report for the Sacramento area. Thanks to the locals that are supplying work to our members.

We mourn the passing of: active member John T. McDonald, and retired members Floyd Wicklander, Robert Thompson, Manuel Sequira, James Picotte, Samuel Heredia, John P. Carr Jr. and Augustine "Augie" Adame (father of Local 340 Bros. John and Gene Adame and grandfather of Local 340 Bro. Wayne Chism).

A.C. Steelman, B.M.


Local 340 Pres. Tom Meredith (left) presents the Local 340 President’s Award to Sister Alsester Williams-Coleman.

Congratulations, Graduates

L.U. 364 (catv,ees,em,es,i,mt,rts&spa), ROCKFORD, IL — This spring, Inside and VDV apprentices topped out and became new journeymen in their classifications. This year's Inside class is the first to graduate with an associate degree from Rock Valley College. Of 13 members who graduated, seven received honors and three received high honors! This year's co-apprentices of the year were Zach Spitzmiller and Dave Wedwick. Congratulations, new journeymen!

The Wisconsin AFL-CIO and IBEW Local 890 of Janesville, WI, requested help in Rock County, WI, for the recall election effort to defeat anti-union Gov. Scott Walker. Because of the election's importance, 20 Local 364 members went door-to-door to union members' houses to get out the vote.

This year-long fight has been brewing since Walker unilaterally eliminated bargaining rights of 380,000 public employees and reduced their retirements. Unionists from all over, including Rockford, IL, traveled north on multiple winter days in 2011 to join massive protests; some protests totaled over 100,000 people.

Despite our efforts, unfortunately, Walker's multi-million dollar, anti-union, corporate-backed campaign donors outspent us by 8 to 1 and he survived the recall drive. We did help carry Rock County for the Democrats. And there was a silver lining — Democrats won one of the recalled Senate seats gaining a majority, which puts an end to Walker's ability to ram through his anti-union agenda.

Charles H. Laskonis, B.A./Organizer


Local 364 Inside wireman graduates with Bus. Mgr. Darrin Golden (far left). From second left are graduates Matt Stormont, Charles Weaver, Kyle Smith, Reed Hartman, Kyle Dornink, Zach Spitzmiller, Dave Wedwick, Chad Johnson, Chad Arnold, Matt Drew, Bret Nelson, Rosa Gibson and Jeremy Weaver.

2012 Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 440 (i,rts&spa), RIVERSIDE, CA — The Local 440 graduating class of 2012 is one of the largest classes to complete our program (see photo). With sincere respect and admiration, we congratulate our new journeymen on their accomplishment. Though we are celebrating the end of your apprenticeship journey, graduates, and the fact that you no longer have to attend school two nights a week, I urge everyone to continue to strive and learn.

Take journeyman upgrade classes, not because we need our 32 hours of continued education, but because we want the knowledge that will make us that much better. Give our contractors a sincere "8 for 8" and teach our apprentices the importance of being efficient, while still maintaining the level of quality that we boast of. Spread the word to other electricians, and if things get slow, or if your hall asks for the help, salt a nonunion contractor. Salting can be an effective method to show a nonunion shop what we have to offer!

Congratulations, graduates. Here's to a long, safe and prosperous career as an IBEW wireman!

Bernie J. Balland, Organizer


Local 440 congratulates the 2012 apprentice graduating class.Local 586 office staff, from left: Samantha Forbes, Angele Harvey and Micheline Taillefer.

Local Hosts Special Olympians

L.U. 494 (em,i,mt,rts&spa), MILWAUKEE, WI — For the third consecutive year, Local 494 members invited the Wauwatosa Special Olympians to enjoy a Milwaukee Brewers' luxury suite. Local 494 proudly promotes charitable giving and this event and charity are great examples of our outreach.

I have never witnessed such an unassuming, appreciative group of young people. The athletes were engaged from the first pitch to the final out. They clapped, cheered and chanted the entire game.

This group epitomized true baseball fans and Local 494 was fortunate to host such a wonderful event on behalf of the local membership. The Special Olympics motto is: "Let me win. But, if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This motto is a testament to these true winners. I have been reminded of how important giving is and I hope that through Local 494's continued philanthropic outreach, we can all take away something positive from this experience.

Local 494 recently launched a Community Outreach Committee dedicated to finding and helping other deserving organizations within our area. We look forward to helping others and to next year's Brewers game with the Special Olympians.

John Bzdawka, B.M.


IBEW Local 494 hosts Special Olympians from Wauwatosa, WI.

Austin JATC Graduates

L.U. 520 (i&spa), AUSTIN, TX — Congratulation to the Austin Electrical JATC graduating class of 2012.

Ben Brenneman represented Local 520 at the 7th District Apprentice Competition and took top honors, scoring the highest score since keeping records.

The graduating class of 2012 includes: Walter L. Butler, Scott D. Cancellieri, Jason C. Cox, Matthew R. Daniel, Michael S. Dever, Shane M. Emerson, Mario A. Flores, Alfredo T. Gaspar, Adam D. Hill, Ismael Jaimes, Jason C. Johnson, William S. Ladd, John L. Larkin, Luis C. Leon, Daniel P. Lovelady, Rogelio L. Nunez, Jesus Perez, Arthur D. Puckett, Gilberto E. Ramirez Jr., Devin W. Remmert, Raul R. Rendon, Clifford A. Roberson, Matthew W. Winfield and Sean T. Witt.

The graduating class also completed the Seventh District Foreman Training series. The Annual Apprentice Banquet was held in May at the Omni Hotel. Congratulations to all on your accomplishments and good luck for a successful future.

Lane Price, Pres./P.S.

Thanks to Fellow Locals

L.U. 530 (i,o&rtb), SARNIA, ONTARIO, CANADA — In April, Local 530 was successful in recapturing our title as hockey tournament champs in Kingston, Ontario. We thank the hosts for a great time and for showing our team their city.

April 28 marked The International Day of Morning. Once again Local 530 was present to honor those lost through workplace accidents and workplace illness.

With the work picture past, present and future slow, we wish to take this opportunity to thank the following locals for employing our members: Local 529, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Local 2038, Regina, Saskatchewan; Local 1687 Sudbury, Ontario; Local 1739, Barrie, Ontario; Local 105, Hamilton, Ontario; and Local 2330, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Local 530 is saddened by the recent passing of Bros. Yves Goulet and Cecil Mills Sr.

Al Byers, P.S.

Successful Spring Outage

L.U. 558 (catv,em,i,mt,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), SHEFFIELD, AL — Local 558 thanks all the local and traveling brothers and sisters who assisted on the spring outage at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant. With your help and support we have another successful outage in the books and another one coming this fall.

Work in the jurisdiction is beginning to slow down but the anticipation of some upcoming projects has us optimistic for the near future.

Appreciation is also due to our fine group of Habitat for Humanity volunteers who donated their time and effort on the electrical installation of houses in the Huntsville and Phil Campbell areas for the storm victims in north Alabama.

Our third annual spring picnic was May 5, with a great turnout of members and their families. Everyone enjoyed the good food and entertainment. Don Burbank won the car show this year with his slick 1966 Ford truck. Congratulations, Bro. Burbank!

Reminder to all members: Service pins for 25 to 70 years of service will be presented at our Aug. 13 union meeting. Letters will be mailed to members who are eligible to receive a service pin this year.

Mac Sloan, Mbr. Dev.

Kudos for Terrific Job

L.U. 586 (em,i&o), OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA — Generally when people think of a local's office, the elected officers come to mind. Often overlook are the office staff who are a very important part of the work that goes into the efficient job that is needed to keep the many facets of the office running smoothly.

Our local is blessed with three of the finest — Angele Harvey, Samantha Forbes and Micheline Taillefer, who look after the following duties: dues, security forms, banking, payroll, accounting, travel arrangements, researching members' info and verification, advising members about pensions and health, etc. Thank you, ladies, for the terrific job.

Doug Parsons, Pres./P.S.


Local 586 office staff, from left: Samantha Forbes, Angele Harvey and Micheline Taillefer.

Big Thunder Mountain

L.U. 606 (em,es,i,rtb,spa&u), ORLANDO, FL — Kudos to two IBEW apprentices, Kevin Krumwiede and James Cummings (pictured in accompanying photo). As fourth-year apprentices, together they terminated the entire lighting controls for a refurbishment project at Big Thunder Mountain in Walt Disney World.

The quality of work they performed was as good as any done at the journeyman level. On the Thunder Mountain project, the electrical room they worked in had four panels with four contactor cabinets and 25 rheostat dimmers, two distribution panels and two motor control panels, along with two transformers. This electrical room controlled the majority of emergency, show and normal lighting throughout the Thunder Mountain ride. By the time Kevin and James finished this job they had become fifth-year apprentices. They did want me to mention the gutter above the panels was not their work but was pre-existing. Good work, brothers.

Our sympathy goes to the families of members who passed away: Bros. Bob Hamburg, Lafayette Michael, and Richard Larity. Bro. Hamburg was a longtime IBEW member and served as president of the Local 606 Retirees Club. He and his wife, Betty, organized many meetings and gatherings for the central Florida retirees. All three of these brothers will be sorely missed.

Janet Skipper, P.S.


Local 606 apprentices Kevin Krumwiede (left) and James Cummings.

Charter of Champions

L.U. 636 (as,catv,em,spa&u), TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA — More than a decade ago, Rob Ellis began his campaign to "inspire courage and influence change." As he travels across North America to raise awareness among young workers, Rob delivers a simple but compelling message — we must all be "champions" in the cause of workplace safety.

Our local is proud to be a partner with this hometown hero and we thank members who have added their voice to the chorus. Recognizing the importance of this campaign, proceeds from this year's golf tournament — totaling more than $8,000 — were donated to MySafeWork.

To signify their commitment to this mission, students, employees and employers were invited to sign on to a Safety Charter in the form of a Team Canada hockey jersey. To date, more than 11,000 names have been added — including those of Local 636 leaders.

In addition, students receive a card to remind them of their rights and responsibilities regarding workplace safety. It reads, in part: "I believe safety is a priority; I am committed to safety [for all]; … I ask when I am not certain; I do not take risks; I address safety concerns; I report all incidents; I promote and maintain a safety culture." Using these as signposts along the "Road to Zero" injuries, we will ensure a safe journey for all workers.

Paddy Vlanich, P.S.


Local 636 Executive Board Rep. (and "champion") Erin Edwards greets Rob Ellis, MySafeWork founder, at the 2012 Day of Champions event in Chatham-Kent.

New Journeyman Wiremen

L.U. 654 (i), CHESTER, PA — The class of 2012 graduates celebrated the completion of their apprenticeship training and the beginning of their careers as journeyman wiremen. A graduation ceremony was held at the Concordville Inn, on Friday, June 8. Officers and members of Local 654 wish all the graduates a safe and prosperous future.

We are pleased to announce the purchase of the idled Conoco Oil Refinery by Delta Airlines and its commitment to use union labor.

We are also pleased that our Bus. Mgr. Paul Mullen was appointed to the Delaware County Economic Development Oversight Committee. Bus. Mgr. Mullen was also recently elected president of the Delaware County AFL-CIO.

Please remember to attend union meetings — get involved, and buy American-made products!

James E. Thompson Jr., P.S.


Local 654 congratulates apprentice graduates. Front row, from left: graduates Tim Boyd, Brian Gardner, Steve Brough, Dave Younger, Jim Hilton, Kevin Friday, J.J. Kaczenski, Jamaal Sterling and John McGinley, and Instructor Mike Anderson. Back row: graduates Anthony Valente, Brad Peterson, Don Tucker, Will Macey, Brad Coyle, T.J. O’Neill, John Phillips, Morgan Tyson and Vince Cedrone.

Data Center Project

L.U. 666 (i,mt&o), RICHMOND, VA — A compressed schedule has meant a busy spring at the data center project. There have been over 300,000 man-hours on the project in nine months, much of that since the beginning of the year. One week in April, over 20,000 hours were logged. As of this writing, the project is starting to wind down. Everyone on the project should be proud of their efforts making a safe and productive job. Special thanks to all the travelling brothers and sisters who worked with us.

During March and April, 19 volunteers worked in conjunction with Rebuilding Together to help make improvements in the electrical systems of several senior citizens' houses. Skilled labor volunteers are the hardest for the Rebuilding Together coordinators to find, so many thanks to all who donated their time and skills. Hope we can see an even better turnout next year!

Congratulations to recent retirees: Joseph U. Boykin, David Girard, Thomas N. Gregory, Ronald B. Dodson and Roger A. Young.

Charles Skelly, P.S.

Lineman Rodeo Championship

L.U. 702 (as,c,catv,cs,em,es,et,govt,i,it,lctt,mo,mt,o,p,pet,ptc,rtb,rts,se,
spa,st,t,u,uow&ws), WEST FRANKFORT, IL — Our 2nd Annual Lineman's Rodeo Championship was held inside at the DuQuoin State Fair Grounds Pavilion on April 21. The event was well attended with teams from California, Arizona and Virginia, as well as neighboring states. All who competed exhibited true sportsmanship and camaraderie during and after the competition. Our Local 702 members excelled in the events. Placing first in the Apprentice Overall Category was Victor Munoz; placing third was Random Neal; and placing fourth was Jonathan Hayes. The team that ranked first in the Journeyman Lineman Overall was that of Local 702 members Jason Novak, Kent Diekemper and Kevin Koester.

Local 702 thanks Asst. Bus. Mgr. Scott Kerley and all of those involved for their hard work associated with making this year's rodeo another success. We look forward to next year.

We cannot stress enough the importance of being politically active in your communities. Supporting political leaders who support labor equals an educated decision.

Marsha Steele, P.S.


IBEW Local 702’s 2nd Annual Lineman Rodeo Championship.

Restoring Warehouse District

L.U. 704 (catv,em&i), DUBUQUE, IA — Pictured is the crew from Paulson Electric Company at the job site of the first building in this historic district of Dubuque to be restored. The original Caradco Window and Door Factory will be converted into 72 apartments on the second and third floors. The first floor will be reserved for commercial and retail uses.

Thank you to Local 55 of Des Moines for sponsoring the Iowa Solar Training Workshop. This four-day, 40-hour SPV2000/SPV3000 Accelerated PV Design and Installation Workshop builds knowledge and skills to allow participants to take the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam. I am told that the classes were well attended. The knowledge and skills gained in these workshops will certainly keep the IBEW in step with future trends of the solar industry.

Ron Heitzman, P.S.


Local 704 crew from Paulson Electric Company, from left: Bros. Ron Heitzman, Steve Mueller, Tom Ellwanger, Bob Wirzbach, Craig Marx, Brian Strohmeyer, Ron Means, Kevin Kutsch, Scott Didesch, Jamie Schrobilgen, Charlie Sisler and Russ Friederick.

Graduation & Pin Ceremonies

L.U. 716 (em,i,lctt,rts&spa), HOUSTON, TX — I hope all is well with all members. By the time this article appears, our 50-year-pin ceremony will have taken place. Without the sacrifices of our good members before us we would not exist today — many thanks to them all. I must acknowledge the recent retirement of Bro. Daniel Hetzel, Local 479 member, who served as Seventh District International Representative and serviced our local. Best of luck, Bro. Hetzel!

Along with our sister Local 66, we had the privilege of hosting two visiting trade unionists, Stuart Traill and Dave McKinley, from the Electrical Trades Union in Australia. These ETU representatives were also present at our Apprenticeship Banquet with words of encouragement. This Local 716 group of graduating apprentices may be one of the best and was acknowledged as such by IBEW Seventh District Int. Vice Pres. Jonathan B. Gardner.

We are hopeful the work picture will improve soon in our area. Many large projects have been bid on and we hope they will be approved, but as is the case everywhere the political climate is a problem. The upcoming elections at all levels of government will have a profound effect on all of labor. Register to vote and encourage all family members, fellow workers and neighbors to do so — and VOTE.

John E. Easton Jr., B.M./F.S.

'Remember in November'

L.U. 776 (i,o,rts&spa), CHARLESTON, SC — As we prepare for our Labor Day celebrations, let us not forget to take a few moments to remember the ones who fought, were killed, beaten, maimed, financially devastated, broken emotionally and ostracized by their communities. Workers who didn't let police or state militia scare them into giving up on their values. Men and women who were not willing to accept conditions as they were because they could see the future of their children and grandchildren and didn't like what they saw.

This Labor Day the labor movement is under attack. History is repeating itself because we may have failed to educate our children about the things our grandparents fought for.

Remember these things this Labor Day. And remember in November.

Chuck Moore, B.M.

Summer Work & Dry Heat

L.U. 1116 (em,lctt&u), TUCSON, AZ — Arizona summers not only test the electrical world we live in, but also test the focus of fellow union members who have to work in the 100-degree plus conditions. Staying hydrated is the key to working through the day.

IBEW Int. Rep. Debra Harget conducted a Stewards Training class for our new and more experienced stewards in May. It was a good mix of role playing and group discussions, explaining how a steward is a union member's "go to person" for dealing with contract/policy related issues; a resolution without a grievance is possible and documentation is the key.

Contract negotiation committees have been dealing with four different contracts this year and of course, medical premiums and wage increases are the hot topics.

Congratulations to our 12 new journeyman linemen, who turned out in June after a four-year apprenticeship. Being a union journeyman in any craft shows management that having union workers is a great investment for years to come.

A "union shout out" to all members statewide for putting in the extra hours to keep the power on and to those who volunteer in various activities in their communities!

Richard Cavaletto, P.S.


IBEW Local 1116 Tucson Electric Power linemen perform a yearly practice of Pole Top Rescue procedures at the Ken Saville Training Center.

Protesting Anti-Worker Bills

L.U. 1316 (i&o), MACON, GA — This past legislative session in Georgia, the state Senate tried to pass a bill that would have made any peaceful protest or picketing illegal, plus carry a $1,000 fine for an individual and a $10,000 fine for an organization.

The bill also included language directed at the collection of union dues. The U.S. Constitution guarantees us rights to assemble and the right to belong to a labor organization.

On March 17, a thousand union members, with community and religious groups, met at the state Capitol in Atlanta to march and protest this legislation. IBEW members and their families from several Georgia locals — Albany Local 1531, Atlanta Local 84, Atlanta Local 613, Augusta Local 1579, Savannah Local 508 and Macon Local 1316 — took an active role in the protest.

Through intensive lobbying efforts, phone calls, E-mails and visits to House members, we were able to defeat this legislation in the Georgia House.

This victory may be short-lived, because we are sure the GOP-controlled state House and Senate and the governor will push this anti-union legislation the next legislative session. We must register to vote and educate our members on this issue.

Michael H. Gardner, P.S.


IBEW Local 1316 members stand up for workers at March 17 labor rally in Atlanta, GA.

Officers Appointed

L.U. 1466 (u), COLUMBUS, OH — Local 1466 congratulates former business manager/president Charles W. "Chuck" Tippie on his appointment as IBEW Fourth District International Representative. We thank Int. Rep. Tippie for his longtime, dedicated service. He served Local 1466 as an officer for 28 years, as Executive Board member, recording secretary, assistant business manager and for more than four years as business manager/president. Although we hate to lose Bro. Tippie at the local level, he will be a great addition to the Fourth District staff.

The Executive Board appointed Kim Johnson as business manager/president to fill the unexpired term. Sister Johnson worked with Chuck for the past four-plus years as assistant business manager. She has served as an officer for 10 years, including positions as Executive Board member and treasurer. Kim did a great job as assistant business manager and will hit the ground running in her new role.

Bus. Mgr. Johnson appointed Dan German assistant business manager. Dan has been the recording secretary for both Local 1466 and Local 981, and a union officer for 10 years.

Congratulations to everyone on their new roles.

The Local 1466 Spring Cookout/Open House was held at the union hall Saturday, May 5. Everyone enjoyed burgers, brats and great weather.

The local will host our Annual Fall Picnic the last weekend in September. Details will be posted on the Union Boards.

Jimi Jette, P.S.

'Welcome to All'

L.U. 2150 (em,govt,lctt,o&u), MILWAUKEE, WI — Local 2150 has seen a lot of changes in its full-time staff during the past year.

In June 2011, J. D. Allen returned to Local 2150 as business rep after working in line clearance for Wright Tree Service. Also in July 2011, Craig Lukasavitz and Hollie O'Neill joined the staff of Local 2150 as business reps. Lukasavitz previously worked as a troubleshooter for WE Energies. O'Neill worked as a district sales rep for We Energies.

In August 2011, Organizer Randy Sawicki retired. During his 10 years as Local 2150's organizer, he was involved in organizing approximately 1,000 members.

In August 2011, Bus. Rep. Mike Lewin resigned and returned to work as a journeyman lineman at We Energies.

In August 2011, Local 2150's Executive Board appointed Mike Follett as business manager/financial secretary. Bus. Mgr. Follett was recently elected to a three-year term. He replaced Forrest Ceel, who resigned in July 2011 due to health reasons, as previously reported in the April 2012 issue of The Electrical Worker.

In March 2012, Mike Chartier, assistant business manager, retired after 15 years on the Local 2150 staff.

In April 2012, Cathie Tikkanen succeeded Mike Chartier as assistant business manager. Cathie began as business rep for the local in 1998.

Welcome and congratulations to all!

Nancy Wagner, P.S.

Apprentice Lineman's Competition

L.U. 2286 (em,mar,mo,rtb&u), BEAUMONT, TX — Local 2286 hosted the Seventh District annual apprentice lineman's competition held April 13 in Beaumont, TX. The winner of the John Bellows Award is Local 2286 Bro. Casey Lopez, a seventh-period apprentice. The award was presented to Casey at the Seventh District Progress Meeting held in May in Wichita, KS. He will also attend continuing education classes this summer in Ann Arbor, MI. Casey is a third-generation IBEW member and was accepted into the apprentice program six months after graduating high school in Brookeland, TX. Instructors Jonathan Underwood and Raymond "Guido" Harris said the competition was very close locally, with Bro. Nathan Calcote coming in second place with a score one point lower than Casey's.

The outside line construction work picture continues to look good in our area.

Our utility workers have gone through storm drills preparing for hurricane season, which began June 1.

Have a great summer and stay safe!

Mona Mack, P.S.


Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill (left) congratulates Local 2286 apprentice Casey Lopez, award recipient.