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Work Picture Picks Up

L.U. 8 (as,em,i,mar,mt,rts,s&spa), TOLEDO, OH — Hello, brothers and sisters. Work in our jurisdiction has been on the increase all year long and, at this writing, going into the fall is no different. The numbers on Book 1 have dipped to fewer than 10 as of press time. That is something we haven't seen in a long time. Let's hope it continues for some time to come.

Our annual Labor Day parade was well attended this year as was the picnic that followed. With attendance over 800, it was one of the largest picnics in many years. A huge thank-you goes out to Jim Pfeifer, entertainment chairman, and the rest of the entertainment committee for a job well done.

At this year's picnic, the park and shelter house at the Industry Building were dedicated to former business manager Dennis Duffey. During his five terms as business manager, Dennis was an advocate for the men and women who dedicated their lives to our industry. Thank you, Dennis, for your years of dedication and hard work.

Everyone have a safe winter.

Bryan Emerick, P.S.


At Local 8's park and shelter house dedication in tribute to Dennis Duffey (center) are, from left: Executive Board Chmn. Shawn Robaszkiewicz, Duffey, Ohio State Rep. Matt Szollosi, and Bus. Mgr. Joe Cousino.

'Homes for Our Troops' Project

L.U. 16 (i), EVANSVILLE, IN — Larry Stofleth and the crew of Completely Wired Electric recently established the new company's character by donating their skills to electrify Indiana's first Homes for Our Troops house. This organization builds handicap-accessible, no-cost housing for disabled American veterans. Because of their efforts, Sgt. Kenneth Harker, a double amputee who served in Iraq, will now be able to more easily parent his young daughter. Thanks to Completely Wired for demonstrating what the IBEW brings to every electrical project!

Local 16 was joined in the 126th Annual Labor Day Parade by many pro-worker candidates. Among them were the following elected officials and candidates who were running for election in November 2012: Dave Crooks, former member of the Indiana House of Representatives and a candidate for the U.S. Congress; U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, candidate for the U.S. Senate; and John Gregg, candidate for governor. The type of bipartisan progress each of these gentlemen wishes to bring about was readily apparent when Mr. Crooks graciously stepped out of the parade route to speak to and shake hands with one of his opponent's supporters. [Editor's note: Election results were not available at press time.]

The local's Political Action Committee (PAC) recently held its first golf scramble on a beautiful September day. Flights were filled with working people from many trades and like-minded politicians from both parties. Local 16 hosted lunch afterward. Thanks to Bubba Fenton and his crew for making it a great success.

Donald P. Beavin, P.S.

'Industry Night' a Success

L.U. 22 (i,rts&spa), OMAHA, NE — On Aug. 16, Local 22 held our first Industry Night.

A lot of planning went into this event, including bringing in organizers from other locals to help with the mapping and job site visits of nonunion projects. In all, we investigated 508 permitted jobs manned by nonunion competition. The work ranged from small strip-mall remodels to hundred-plus-unit condominium projects. It was a sober reminder that we have a long way to go to secure more work for our members.

At the Industry Night itself, eight of our largest signatory contractors participated, along with representatives from our Apprenticeship Training Center, the Local 22 Exam Board, and Milwaukee Electrical Tool Corp.

Nearly 75 nonunion electricians and low voltage technicians submitted résumés or came to the career fair wanting to learn more about opportunities in the area. By the end of the week, three residential electricians, 13 construction electricians/construction wiremen, and three low voltage technicians with experience were immediately hired. The rest were able to visit with our contractors and representatives and learn more about who we are and what we do. Additionally, word of the Industry Night put our nonunion competition on notice that we are actively organizing our jurisdiction and want to help all workers in our trade enjoy our benefits and security.

In all, it was a successful night and we hope to have more such events in the future.

Chris Bayer, P.S.

New Contractor Training Course

L.U. 24 (es,i&spa), BALTIMORE, MD — Maryland Chapter NECA and IBEW Local 24 sponsored a New Contractor Training course Aug. 23-25. The course was presented by IBEW Local 212 member Matt Kolbinski, owner of Pro Union Consulting, who has presented this course to IBEW locals and NECA chapters across the country.

Thirty-eight IBEW members and six spouses attended the three-day seminar, which focused on starting a business, solar installations and lighting retrofit installations. The cost of the course was subsidized by the LLMCC (Local Labor Management Cooperative Committee) and Local 24. Additionally, Maryland Chapter NECA offered a subsidized four-hour course for existing contractors on Aug. 22 on estimating and installing solar and lighting retrofit work. The course revealed that the State of Maryland offers excellent rebates and union contractors can be competitive once these methods and rebates are used.

The response from participants on the quality of the course was excellent. Several contractors are pursuing the lighting retrofit and solar work in our area as a result of the course, and several members are meeting with the local union to discuss starting new businesses.

Roger M. Lash Jr., B.M.


Local 24 members and contractors completed a three-day New Contractor Training course.

Holiday Parties/Meetings

L.U. 26 (ees,em,es,govt,i&mt), WASHINGTON, DC — I'm sure everyone is busy getting ready for the holidays. I do hope, however, that you plan to take an evening out for some brotherhood and holiday cheer by attending one of our Local 26 Christmas parties/meetings: the D.C. area party is Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.; Front Royal's will be Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.; and Roanoke's will be Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.

Congratulations to the Local 26 softball team for bringing home second place from the Long Island IBEW tournament held in August.

On behalf of the officers and staff, I'd like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday.

We mourn the passing of several members since our last article: Robert C. Allen, Francis A. Griffin Jr., Bernard J. Smith, Stephen T. McNally, Jimmie Miles and Philip A. Dornberger.

Best wishes to the following new retirees: Richard J. Bedard, John V. Blood, Theodore R. Halkett, Charles E. Hoffman, Gregory L. Jones, Howard A. Rivenburg, John R. Haines, David S. Harne, Forrest J. Hatcher, Robert W. Hazen, Samuel N. Holder, Kenneth R. Hunt, Nicholas J. Novak, Glenroy A. Phillip, Jay K. Roland, Lyman D. Sholl Jr. and Milton E. Sidler.

Charles E. Graham, B.M.

Attend Union Meetings

L.U. 34 (em,i,rts&spa), PEORIA, IL — Happy holidays to all! Hopefully, this finds everyone working. Unfortunately, around here construction slows around Christmas and layoffs occur. We are hopeful that 2013 will be a better year for us.

2013 is a union election year for Local 34. If you want to know what is going on, if you have ideas, if you want to be part of the solution — then monthly union meetings are an excellent place to start. To all of our members: please attend a union meeting on the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. in Peoria; or unit meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of every month in Galesburg, or the fourth Wednesday of every month in Quincy. The election is on a Saturday in June. Nominations for officers, Executive Board members and Examining Board members are made at the May union meeting. See you there!

Mark McArthy, Sec.-Treas.

Work Picture Strong: Projects Coming Our Way

L.U. 38 (i), CLEVELAND, OH — Work is the best that it has been in several years. We expect the trend to continue with all the projects that are coming our way, although we don't expect to get into Book 2. The downtown projects like the Medical Mart/Convention Center and East Bank Flats will have a lot of our members working through summer of next year. The hospital work continues to be strong for the next year, including the upcoming Southwest Hospital job. The contracts for American Greetings Co. and Crocker Park should be let soon. Work on more downtown housing has started with the conversion of the Hanna Annex Building in the Playhouse District into 102 apartments.

Shown in the accompanying photo are Local 38 members Don Juan Shelton, job steward Joe Hlavity and Steve Edmonds, who are all working at the new Medical Mart/Cleveland Convention Center project, which is a $50 million electrical job that will produce over 300,000 man-hours for Local 38 members.

Remember that union meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. At the meetings, we get you all the important information and usually have you on your way by 5:30 p.m. So come on down and find out what's going on in your local union.

Dennis Meaney, B.M./F.S.


IBEW Local 38 members Don Shelton (left), job steward Joe Hlavity and Steve Edmonds, working at the Medical Mart/Cleveland Convention Center project.

Annual Golf Tournament Benefit

L.U. 40 (em,i&mps), HOLLYWOOD, CA — On May 5, Local 40 held our annual golf tournament and luncheon at DeBell Golf Course in Burbank. It was a beautiful day to golf and it was an honor to see so many union brothers and sisters show their support to Local 40 by spending their day benefiting many causes.

This years' golf tournament focused on raising funds and awareness for the National Korean War Museum, The Wounded Warrior Project, and St. Jude's Children's Hospital. We raised $1,000 for the National Korean War Museum; $1,000 for The Wounded Warrior Project; and donated a truck load of toys as well as gift certificates and cash donations to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Local 40 appreciates the support we have received to raise these funds and raise awareness for these important causes. United as a team we can achieve and accomplish many things! We also thank our many sponsors who contributed to this cause. Without all your support we could not accomplish these goals to help others. We look forward to next year's tournament, for which we will select other causes to contribute to.

Marc Flynn, Pres.


IBEW Local 40 donates contributions to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Work Picture Report

L.U. 42 (catv,em,govt,lctt&o), HARTFORD, CT — Our membership has increased to 437 "A" members and 475 "BA" members as of September 2012. This does not include the travelers who are currently working on our property.

At press time, we are hoping the utility agreement between Northeast Utilities and IBEW Locals 420 and 457 will be settled soon. We will be able to work on the property again, and then distribution work should pick up for all of us. At press time, the work picture is strong and steady for the substation, highline and the railroad work. We are down to about 40 journeyman linemen on Book I. Local 42 has been working very hard trying to keep work steady for all the members. For the future, the work picture for Local 42 is slow and steady.

Jacquelyn Moffitt, P.S.


Local 42 linemen and apprentices pose for a photo. They are working on a substation addition, as well as regular maintenance of the substation, in New Haven, CT.

Local 46 Organizing Blitz

L.U. 46 (as,c,cs,em,es,et,i, mar,mo,mt,rtb,rts&st), SEATTLE, WA — IBEW locals in the state of Washington held seven organizing blitzes across the state in 2012. Five Washington locals provided boots on the ground with participation from business managers, staff and member volunteers.

In September, Local 46 proudly hosted the largest blitz yet. What we are doing here is building an army that not only consistently shares the opportunity we have as union members with the unrepresented industry, but also reminds our own ranks of the opportunities they enjoy as IBEW members.

On the first day of this event, Greg Boyd and Tracey Prezeau did a brilliant job teaching a class they created together, "Member to Future Member."

A Labor History class taught by Mark McDermott on the second day was inspiring and informative. A video of this class is available at

IBEW Ninth District Int. Vice Pres. Michael S. Mowrey came out to share some encouragement with our army of volunteers and he knocked on doors with two young upstart labor activists. The Vice President is a pretty good organizer and house caller. In just three short days, we had 76 participants and we are proud to say we knocked on over 400 doors.

Angela Marshall, Rep.

Founders' Scholarship Recipient

L.U. 48 (c,em,i,rtb, rts&st), PORTLAND, OR — Brothers and sisters, I have several special items to report:

First, Jennie Kordenat of IBEW Local 48 received a Founders' Scholarship from the IBEW. Jennie was one of two 2012 recipients of the scholarship. The Founders' Scholarship is awarded annually to a working member of the IBEW based on academic achievement and potential, character, leadership, social awareness and career goals. "Jennie is a dedicated, hard-working unionist," says Local 48 Bus. Mgr. Clif Davis. "Members, officers and staff of IBEW Local 48 are extremely proud of her accomplishment winning this scholarship." [For more information see, "2012 Founders' Scholarship Winners: Two Bright Lights of the IBEW," November 2012 issue of The Electrical Worker, pg. 19.]

Second, Local 48 will host its Centennial Gala on Friday, May 17, 2013, at the Oregon Convention Center Portland Ballroom to celebrate the Local's first 100 years. Gala invitations have been mailed to IBEW Local 48 members, retirees and guests. Please visit for reservation details.

Finally, our centennial celebration themed T-⁠shirts have been a wonderful success. We kicked off the series at the September general meeting with the theme "Politics" and followed in October with "Jobs." Please visit to view.

Robert Blair, P.S.


Portland, OR, Local 48 member Jennie Kordenat.

GE Service Technicians Ratify New Contract

L.U. 58 (em,i,rtb&spa), DETROIT, MI — Twenty-two service technicians of southeastern Michigan have again used collective bargaining to negotiate a mutually beneficial contract agreement with GE. This marks 50 years of union labor at GE represented by Local 58. The technicians were assisted in contract negotiations by Business Agent Grace Trudell. The contract was ratified by a unanimous vote and everyone walked away happy. This stand-alone contract has been in force since the 1960s, and we are proud to represent these strong union members who work for GE. Jon Reno, steward, points out "GE manufactures the last appliances that are factory serviced."

The technicians have weathered through tough times in GE's appliance division, which was actually on the auction block four years ago. A large portion of the manufacturing had been exported overseas to China, and the servicing of foreign-made appliances became a quality control issue. In order to rectify the problem, GE has invested a billion dollars in its Louisville, KY, Appliance Park manufacturing facility. With the improvements they were able to bring back the manufacturing of several of their appliances, doubling the size of their work force and ensuring the need for service technicians wherever GE appliances are sold.

Lynda Rusu, P.S.

Congratulations to Graduates

L.U. 76 (c,i,rts&st), TACOMA, WA — On Aug. 24, the SW Washington JATC met and held graduation ceremonies at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA. With a total of 52 inside construction and two low voltage apprentices, the class of 2012 is the second largest class to graduate in the last five years. On behalf of the IBEW Local 76 membership and staff, we congratulate the entire class on this accomplishment. Graduates, you now possess the knowledge and training that will enable you to have a career not just a job. We wish you all great success.

Mac McClellan, P.S.


Local 76 congratulates the 2012 JATC apprentice graduating class.

Retirement Dinner & Summer Gathering

L.U. 90 (i), NEW HAVEN, CT — With the arrival of winter, we have some projects progressing and hiring — not enough to clear our book, however.

We had our summer membership outing in September with a great turnout as usual. Besides food, fun and brotherhood, we held a fundraiser for our injured brother Paul Gontarski. Thanks to our generous friends and members, we raised over $4,200 for Paul and his family.

In October we held our Retirement/25-Year Pin Dinner. This event is an annual favorite and a great way to say goodbye to our retiring brothers. We wish them all the best and thank them for all they've done for the Brotherhood and our local union. This year's retiree honorees are: James Fainer, Dale Leger, Steve MacLaren, Bob Philips, Lou Plano, Dan Prindle, Craig Rogers, Gene Schlebach, Sam Wearing and the late Bro. Ken Palmer, who passed away prior to the dinner.

Congratulations also to the 25-year-pin recipients: Dave Buonome, Mario Capozzo, Paul Costello, Polly Cummings, Tom Fenton, Tom Griffing, Morris Hodge, Glen Leger, Pete Paduano, Ed Pierpont and Chris White.

Local 90 wishes all a happy new year for 2013.

Sean Daly, Pres.


Local 90 honors 2012 retirees.

'Visit Our Web Site'

L.U. 94 (lctt,nst&u), CRANBURY, NJ — Congratulations to the Local 94 officers and Executive Board members for being re-elected to their current positions unopposed. Only one position would have required that an election be held, which was the Executive Board At-Large. There were three nominations made; two of them were incumbents. The third nomination was for Bro. Walter Pavolick, who offered to withdraw his nomination, so no election was required. On behalf of the membership, we thank Walter.

The local hired Kris LaGrange from UCOMM Communications to upgrade our Web site to assist us in effectively communicating important news and information to our membership. We encourage all members to visit the Web site at and sign up for updates.

Thirty golfers went to Ocean City, MD, for our annual golf trip. [See accompanying photo.] Everyone enjoyed four days of golf, camaraderie and plenty of laughs. Chalie Hassler is in charge of trying to get the group around to the different courses on time, and that is no small challenge! Thanks, Chalie.

We wish all our members and their families a happy and healthy holiday season.

Carla Wolfe, P.S.


Local 94 members enjoy annual golf trip.

Local Union Update

L.U. 134 (catv,em,govt,i,mt,rtb,rts,spa&t), CHICAGO, IL — There have been numerous personnel changes in the last year due to the resignation of our former business manager, the replacement of four business agents and the retirement of another five business agents. Bus. Mgr. Terry Allen has implemented many cost-saving programs as we deal, like many, with ongoing high unemployment. On that note, we thank all of the locals that employed our members over the past couple of years and in particular: West Frankfort, IL, Local 702; Terre Haute, IN, Local 725; Alton, IL, Local 649; Collinsville, IL, Local 309; and Gary & Hammond, IN, Local 697.

Other cost-saving measures include: converting the staff pension plan, revamping our referral process with online bidding, and the business manager waiving his pay increase — to name a few steps taken.

We also have a new 10-year labor agreement for the exhibition shows at McCormick Place and Navy Pier. Bus. Mgr. Allen has also met with nearly every classification seeking their input on ways to improve our local going forward.

On behalf of Bus. Mgr. Allen and his entire staff, we wish all of you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season. Merry Christmas and happy New Year.

Frank Cunningham, R.S.

Downtown Decatur Holiday Lights

L.U. 146 (ei,i&rts), DECATUR, IL — From everyone at Local 146, we wish you a happy holiday season. May the New Year be prosperous and work prospects plentiful.

We held the annual John Workman Steak Fry in October and also the annual Poker Run. Both days were filled with great fellowship and brotherhood. It is also good to see so many apprentices participating in these events.

We once again, with the strength of the entire apprenticeship program, installed the Christmas lights throughout downtown Decatur. This has become an annual event. The lighting is greatly appreciated by everyone and is just one of the numerous activities the IBEW gives back to the community.

We are happy to report that contract negotiations for the South Central Illinois Telecommunications Agreement (SCITA) and the Decatur Industrial Electric Motor Shop Agreement came to a settlement, and the agreements were ratified by the membership.

Congratulations to the Local 146 apprentice graduating class of 2012. Pictured with some of the graduates in the accompanying photo are Mark Laughery representing NECA and Local 146 Bus. Mgr. Shad Etchason. Class of 2012 graduates are: Jeremy Allen, Jeremy Barker, William Fitzpatrick, Matthew Grissom, Matt Hall, Jared Harris, Michael Hayes, Kerry Hector, Stacy Kelly, Kevin Kersey, Zachary Killam, Karl Koester, Ed Lozano Jr., David Nash, Shane Osterholt, Lyndon Sill, Brandon Simmons, David Spengler, Jeffriee Taylor and Roger Zumbahlen.

Congratulations to Bill Singleton on his recent retirement.

We extend condolences to the family of Bro. Roy L. Peters, who passed away. Bro. Peters was a 54-year IBEW member and will be missed.

Rich Underwood, R.S.


IBEW Local 146 class of 2012 apprentice graduates, joined by Bus. Mgr. Shad Etchason (standing, far right) and NECA representative Mark Laughery (standing, far left).

2012 Draws to a Close

L.U. 150 (es,i,rts&spa), WAUKEGAN, IL — Well, another awful year closes. As of this writing the presidential election hadn't yet taken place, but let's start holding our elected official accountable for all of their behavior from now on. Make phone calls, write letters or send an e-mail … they all have toll-free phone numbers and government e-mail accounts. I am sick of the brinkmanship and inaction and I plan on letting my officials (and others too!) know about it.

We have brothers and sisters traveling for work, both near and very far away. So to the two-county boomers who are on the road for the first time and for the seasoned travelers: Christmas greetings to you all! We hope you are able to come and enjoy the season with your family and friends. If not, please know you are not far from the thoughts of your loved ones and friends.

Since the start of the year we have lost eight members: Michael Giampa, Garth Oglesby, Joseph Elfering, David Sarich, Robert Cable, Duke Noble, Bud Miller and James Tisch. It is difficult to lose members and there is a great depth of experience and history represented here. All good men who helped make Local 150 what we are today. Godspeed.

Have a safe and blessed season. Here's hoping for brighter days in 2013 for all.

Wendy J. Cordts, P.S.

Happy Holidays from Local 222

L.U. 222 (o), ORLANDO, FL — As you read this, the rains of the summer storm season and tropical storm Isaac are months in the rearview mirror. But for one of our L.E. Myers crews working in south Florida, it is still a soggy memory. The job to rebuild and "reconductor" the 230-kv line was a little wet when it started, but after Isaac the only dry spot on the job was the levee where they parked their cars. As you can see from the picture [on pg. 10], even the dumpster was in 3 feet of water and the only way to the job was by terra tiger. The crew did a fine job finishing up, pushing through chest-deep water, 100 degree heat and having to push the occasional alligator off the mats — a job well done.

Local 222 will hold our annual holiday party Dec. 15 at the union hall in Reddick, FL. We hope everyone can attend. Be safe, have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

William "Bill" Hitt, Pres.


IBEW Local 222 crews with L.E. Meyers in south Florida rebuild following tropical storm Isaac.

Thanks to Union Volunteers

L.U. 236 (catv,ees,govt,i,mo,rtb&t), ALBANY, NY — Here we are in December already, and for many this is the season for giving. I am happy to report that our members have been giving all year.

Our fundraising and volunteer efforts began with Bro. Neil Garneau going "Over the Edge" for the Special Olympics. Over the Edge was a fundraiser that sent participants rappelling down the side of an 18-story hotel. The event was a huge success, raising nearly $60,000 for the Special Olympics.

In September, the Local 236 Motorcycle Club hosted a scenic ride through the Schoharie Valley to raise money for a local animal shelter, the Scotia Animal Rescue Foundation. Over 50 riders came out to enjoy the day, which included a 100-mile ride, lunch and entertainment.

Also in September, our members volunteered their time to install a 9.6 kW solar array on the Schenectady City Mission. This array will help reduce the mission's electric bills and allow them to spend money where it is needed most, providing food and shelter for those in need. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported these events.

May all of you and your families have a safe and happy holiday season!

Michael Torres, P.S.


Local 236 volunteers at the Schenectady City Mission: Ian Hess (left), Bill Chabot, Dan Lavigne, Mark Opar, Pat Dunn, Charlie Agnew, Tom Letendre and Ed Knott. Not pictured: D.J. Myer and Louis Smith.

Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 270 (i&o), OAK RIDGE, TN — As of this writing our work picture remains very slow. Upcoming work will be affected by the outcome of the November elections and whether labor friendly candidates were elected. We have several members working in other jurisdictions and we thank those locals for helping our members go to work.

We congratulate our most recent apprentice graduating class for their years of hard work. Recent graduates are: Justin Aslinger, Justin Eubanks, Josh Hawes, Melton Hawn, Jared Irwin, Aaron Blake King, Travis Lamb, Charles Maples, Stephen McNutt, Mark Murphy, Travis Peters, Bryan Ross, David Singelton, Michael Wampler and Jeffrey Wilson. Bro. Josh Hawes was named "outstanding apprentice of the year," and Bro. Bryan Ross was recognized for maintaining the highest grade point average throughout his five-year apprenticeship.

Also, we congratulate Sister Nora Tweed, who recently retired. In special recognition, she was presented with an IBEW watch at a recent union meeting. Sister Tweed was Local 270's first female officer ever elected and served on the Executive Board until her retirement. She dedicated her career to the IBEW and Local 270, not only with her work in the trade, but also by starting a mentoring program for young sisters starting in the trade.

Please attend your union meetings to keep up with upcoming events. You can find us now on Facebook.

Regina Guy, R.S.


Local 270 Oak Ridge JATC apprentice graduates of 2012, joined by JATC Training Dir. A. J. Pearson (seated, at front).

'Officers Welcome Input'

L.U. 280 (c,ees,em,es,i,mo,mt,rts&st), SALEM, OR — We enjoyed such a great picnic at Timber-Linn Park this summer! Attendance was excellent and everyone had a great time, with good weather and fantastic football games by the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. Mike Stitzel did his usual delicious barbecue and everyone walked away with a full stomach and a big smile.

Bus. Mgr. Tim Frew and Pres. John Close are also looking for volunteers for a "By-Laws Committee" for updating our current by-laws. Also an "Agreement Committee" will be organized to craft some language for our agreement that ends at the end of 2013. Please give the hall a call to contact Bro. John or Bro. Tim to see how you can make a better local and union.

Our work picture has improved with projects on substations and Apple starting to hire and we even dipped into Book II already. The Facebook project is still going steady and should last until this spring.

The officers and staff wish all of you a merry Christmas and happy holidays. Please work safe and have a happy 2013!

Jerry Fletcher, P.S.


Two "future IBEW members" enjoy the Local 280 summer picnic.

A Move to New Office Space

L.U. 292 (em,govt,i,rtb,rts&spa), MINNEAPOLIS, MN — We are moving into the new office space that was recently remodeled. We are proud to have used union contractors throughout this job, and as many "Made-in-America" furnishings and materials as available. All of the chairs and most of the furniture were built by the Marvel Group, a union furniture company represented by the Teamsters. The conference room table and all of the cabinetry were built by Aaron Carlson, a union millwright company here in Minneapolis.

On Aug. 27, Local 292 members in the western 12-county area of our jurisdiction voted on a new agreement. Since this area has historically had low union density and minimal union market share, an agreement was negotiated to give Local 292 and our contractors better tools to regain market share. The agreement passed with 92 percent voting yes.

The work picture is improving; as of this writing we have 573 members on Book 1. We thank all the locals that are providing work for our members, and we look forward to a busy 2013.

Carl Madsen, P.S.


With its move to a newly remodeled office space, Local 292 utilized union contractors and "Made-in-America" materials.

'Member to Member' Project

L.U. 302 (i,rts&spa), MARTINEZ, CA — Our local has been very involved with the International's outreach project known as the "Member to Member" program.

Several of our members received training on how to reach out to our local members who may have gotten away from local union involvement. We visit these members at their homes to see how they are doing. It gives us the opportunity get to know them all over again. It is a way of saying: "Hello, brother — welcome back!"

Local unions are more than just hiring halls, and their members are much more than workers. We are also family members, parents, students and citizens. We share more than a vocation; we share the common experience of belonging to a community. We not only care about jobs, we care about quality of life outside the workday as well — the one we share with our families and neighbors.

The Member to Member project not only brings our brothers back to our local union, but it also puts our local union in touch with its members and their families — and the part of their lives that happens outside the workplace.

Brothers and sisters are part of a family, and our Brotherhood is our family in the community. Welcome back!

Bob Lilley, P.S.

Brotherhood in Action

L.U. 306 (i), AKRON, OH — Sometimes it seems that politicians in this country don't really listen to what we have to say. One such example was the decision to hold the Democratic National Convention in a "right-to-work" state, with little regard to the concerns of organized labor. So IBEW Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill and other leaders from organized labor decided to hold a rally to vocalize our concerns and make known what we think should be included in the Democratic platform.

On Aug. 11, the Workers Stand for America rally was held in Philadelphia, PA. An estimated turnout of 40,000 was in attendance, and of that total it appeared that the IBEW was the majority of attendees. Local 306 was well represented along with many members from sister Local 540, who shared the long bus trip with us. What a great example of brotherhood in action!

On Aug. 4 the Annual Local 306 Family Picnic was held at Sluggers and Putters. With a turnout of nearly 600, it was a huge success. We thank Cyndy Colley, Mike Kammer, Sharon Huddleston and Carole Jackson for all their hard work.

With sadness we report the loss of retired Bros. David Haught and George Cooley. We send our condolences to their families.

Thomas Wright, P.S.


Local 306 and Local 540 members traveled by bus to Aug. 11 rally.

Solar-Powered Charging Station

L.U. 332 (c,ees,i&st), SAN JOSE, CA — Several years ago the rooftop solar installation on the IBEW Local 332 union hall was one of the largest in northern California. We now have our first 100 percent solar-powered charging station for our electric vehicle. As green sources of electrical energy become more popular, IBEW electricians not only stay ahead of the curve, but are industry leaders.

David Bini, Rep.


IBEW Local 332 solar-powered charging station for electric vehicle.

2013 Work Outlook

L.U. 364 (catv,ees,em,es,i,mt,rts&spa), ROCKFORD, IL — Our annual Local 364 Christmas party for the children and grandchildren of members is planned for Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those who attend will have lots of holiday food and fun and a visit from Santa Clause, portrayed once again by apprentice instructor Ty Hillman. Kids will also receive a gift from "San-Ty" Claus.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Local 364 had much to be thankful for with a decent amount of work for our members this year. Next year in 2013 it appears the work outlook will increase for the better compared to this year if all goes as planned. A four-unit combined cycle power plant, two wind farms, a new factory and a regularly scheduled nuclear power plant refuel outage should help put most of our local members to work.

Congratulations to Local 364 Bus. Mgr. Darrin Golden, who was elected to a full two-year term as one of the Illinois AFL-CIO's vice presidents and executive board members. He was elected by assembled delegates from the Illinois labor community at the recently convened Illinois AFL-CIO Convention held in Rosemont, IL, a suburb of Chicago.

Charles H. Laskonis, B.A.


At a recent filming of the "Ed Show" in Freeport, IL, protesting Bain Capital's shipping of U.S. jobs to China are: foreground, from left: Local 364 Asst. Bus. Mgr. Tom Sink, Bus. Agent Charlie Laskonis, Ed Shultz, and Bus. Mgr. Darrin Golden.

2012 Apprenticeship Graduation

L.U. 380 (ei,es,i&it), NORRISTOWN, PA — The Local 380 JATC held its 2012 apprentice graduation banquet at the Crowne Plaza in King of Prussia, PA.

We celebrated the accomplishments of the graduates, who just five years ago entered the electrical field with little or no electrical background. First, the new apprentices learned that they had signed up for more than just a job. They had signed up for a true apprenticeship. They would work on the job 40 hours a week, learning the craft from highly skilled journeymen. They would also attend school two evenings a week, maintain the required grade average, study and complete all homework assignments. Additionally, there were some Saturday classes such as CPR/First Aid and Comet, and community service projects. Through all this, they succeeded with the support from their families, friends and the dedicated JATC staff and instructors.

Each year the graduating class votes for one of their classmates to receive the leadership award. This year the Stephen Malinowski Leadership Award went to Vincent T. Barone.

An award for fifth-year perfect attendance went to Joseph P. Mastrangelo. Perfect attendance awards for all five years of apprenticeship went to Vincent T. Barone and David J. Betz. Overall achievement awards went to: Joseph P. Mastrangelo, for third place; Stephen Girman, second place; and for first place, the James W. Mayall Award went to Vincent T. Barone.

Scott R. Sheldon, P.S.


Local 380 JATC apprentice graduates of 2012: front row, Paul Hollup, Vincent Barone, William Bach; middle row, David Spurlock, Schuyler May, Joseph Mastrangelo, Robert Wise, Jerome Fegely; back row, Richard Matthews, Matthew Andrews, David Betz, Brandon Truesdell, Michael Sim, Ronald Rurode, Stephen Girman and Jamey Eisenberger.

Golf Outing Benefit

L.U. 464 (mt), COVINGTON, VA — On June 2, IBEW Local 464 held a golf outing at Cliff View Golf Club to benefit a couple of area residents who are battling cancer.

Approximately 60 enthusiasts participated in this Captain's Choice event. Numerous local businesses as well as vendors for the Covington Paper Mill sponsored holes. Alleghany Motors, an area car dealership, donated a car to be given away in the event of a hole-in-one.

All in all, $2,600 was raised for the two area citizens fighting cancer. No one involved with this event left empty handed as there were door prizes, donated gifts, or just a wonderful time with friends … all received something.

Cliff Persinger, P.S.


IBEW Local 464 Bus. Mgr./Pres. Rodney Bell, (foreground) and co-pilot/navigator Donnie Bennett at golf benefit event.

Report from Austin

L.U. 520 (i&spa), AUSTIN, TX — On Oct. 1, Local 520 celebrated 106 years of service to Austin and central Texas. We thank all those members and founders who went before us so that we could be here today.

Bro. Ben Brenneman was selected to fill the office of vice president. Congratulations, Ben.

At this writing, we were preparing to hold our annual Local 520 picnic in late October and looking forward to a great time of fun and fellowship.

Also at press time, we had stepped up our political activities with phone banks for U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, who ran for re-election, and other candidates. We look forward to a great success of seeing candidates who are supportive of organized labor and recognize the importance of a strong working middle class for a strong America. We are America, we are union, and we are the IBEW.

Lane Price, Pres./P.S.

'Thanks Go to Fellow Locals'

L.U. 530 (i,o&rtb), SARNIA, ONTARIO, CANADA — Again at the time of this writing Sarnia has very little work, but some projects are on the horizon. Because of this we would like to thank Regina Local 2038 and Sudbury Local 1687 for continuing to employ our members during these difficult times.

Local 530 is saddened by the recent passing of Bro. Ed Franz.

Al Byers, P.S.

Auto Manufacturing Facility Expansion

L.U. 558 (catv,em,i,mt,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), SHEFFIELD, AL — Greetings, brothers and sisters. As of this writing, work in the jurisdiction is good. At press time, we are approaching completion of the fall outage at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant and are making preparations to start manning up the Toyota Motor manufacturing facility expansion soon.

Local 558 participated in the annual Labor Day festivities this year and won first place for the best float presentation in the parade. The local extends gratitude to everyone who donated their time working on the float to make it a great success. It is great when brothers and sisters work together to make the IBEW recognized in the community. Shown in the accompanying photo are members of the local union's staff on Labor Day. Our newly appointed Bus. Mgr. Ralph Mayes, president of the Shoals Central Labor Council, headed up the Labor Day festivities, which included the parade, a live band, political speakers, door prizes and delicious barbeque for all attendees.

Mac Sloan, Mbr. Dev.


Local 558 officers and staff members at Labor Day festivities: from left, Asst. Bus. Mgr. Joe Ray, Membership Development Coordinator Mac Sloan, Pres. and Asst. Bus. Mgr. Tony Quillen, Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Ralph Mayes, and Asst. Bus. Mgr. Charles Lamon.

Darwin L. Snyder Mourned

L.U. 596 (i,o&u), CLARKSBURG, WV — With a heavy heart, Local 596 announces that former business manager Darwin L. Snyder passed away Oct. 10. Darwin owned his own businesses, completed an apprenticeship program and worked as an electrician before being organized into Local 596 in 1980. As a union master electrician, he worked at the U.S. Capitol, the White House and at the U.S. Embassies in Ethiopia and Algeria.

In 1993, he was elected Local 596 business manager and served for 18 years. He served on the NJATC and was secretary/treasurer of the West Virginia State Electrical Worker's Association. He was a trustee and president of the North Central West Virginia Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO; and West Virginia State Building Trades Council vice president.

Darwin was dedicated to training and he was the driving force in construction of the Clarksburg JATC Training Center.

Darwin leaves behind his wife, Judy Crawford Snyder; daughter Natalie and her husband Jonathan, both IBEW Local 596 members; and granddaughter, Caitlyn Rae. Local 596 officers, staff and members will miss his "great big personality." We extend our sympathies to Bro. Snyder's family.

Shane Ferguson, B.M.


Darwin L. Snyder

Member Appointed to Phoenix Advisory Board

L.U. 640 (em,govt,i,mo,mt,rts,spa&u), PHOENIX, AZ — Retired Bro. Earl Pierce was recently sworn in to his appointed position with the City of Phoenix Development Advisory Board (see accompanying photo). Vice Mayor Michael Johnson conducted the meeting as he swore in all the newly appointed boards and commissions. Bro. Pierce's position on the Board is a priority for the electrical contracting industry and IBEW Local 640, as this committee provides oversight and recommendations to the city council on construction-related issues and standards. We appreciate the time and effort Bro. Pierce has committed to this effort. Special thanks go to Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilman Daniel Valenzuela for his appointment to the board.

The arbitrator's decision for the 2012 - 2014 collective bargaining agreement awarded Local 640 inside wiremen 2½ percent increases on the wages per year of the contract, plus 4 percent increases in the H&W (Health & Welfare) each year, in addition to a 3 percent increase in the foreman premium beginning in 2013.

Mandatory community service hours have been agreed to by the Local JATC for apprentices; this has dramatically increased participation by not only the apprentices, but also by our journeyman wiremen as well. This is putting Local 640 in a good position to grow in a very anti-union state. Great job, everybody!

Shawn Hutchinson, B.R.


Local 640 retired Bro. Earl Pierce (back row, right) is sworn in to the City of Phoenix Development Advisory Board.

Community Impact Award

L.U. 666 (i,mt&o), RICHMOND, VA — The annual awards dinner was held Sept. 28, with IBEW service pins presented and a new batch of graduating apprentices. There were far too many pins awarded to list everyone here, but thank you to all for your years of dedication to the local.

There were two classes of apprentice graduates. Congratulations to all the new journeyman wiremen. The outstanding apprentices were Christopher M. Chassereau and John A. Grady.

Our local was recently honored with a Community Impact Award from the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg. Many people in the local are involved in helping the community — join them when you can.

As this article is written, we still have many people on the out-of-work list. Work this year has still been better than the last several years, and there are several small-to-medium projects that should continue placing some people into the fall.

With the holidays coming up, remember to help your brothers and sisters on the sick list and chip in to the fund if you can. Also as you are buying things for holiday celebrations, look at the label. There are still many quality American-made and union-made items available.

Charles Skelly, P.S.

Correction: Because of a printing error, several retirees' names were mistakenly omitted from Bay City, MI, Local 692's Local Lines article in the October issue of The Electrical Worker. Also among the members honored for their retirement, but whose names were not published, were: Patrick Bouchard, Terry Brandenburg, Matthew Gottleber, Jerry Potter, Carl Ruffertshofer, Douglas Stickley, Gerald K. Stranaly, Dennis Voisine, Kenneth Kaczmarek, Arthur Archambo, Robert Calkins and Bobby Hulon. We regret the error.

Recognizing Members

L.U. 692 (i,mt&spa), BAY CITY, MI — As mentioned in our last article, Local 692 held a joint 75th Anniversary and Retirement Celebration earlier this year. We wish to thank the Retirement Committee — Brian Klele, Karl Shawl, Mike Haskin, Jeremy Kiley, Rich Rytlewski and Ryan Charney — for putting on this wonderful celebration for our local.

We also thank special guests for attending the Local 692 celebration. Thank you to: Robert Redman, Bay County financial analyst; Kurt Asbury, Bay County prosecuting attorney; John Miller, Bay County sheriff; Michigan state Rep. Charles Brunner (96th House District); Richard C. "Dusty" Houser, staff member for U.S. Sen. Carl Levin; IBEW Sixth District Int. Rep. John Briston; Local 948 Bus. Mgr. Wayne Carlson; Local 445 Bus. Mgr. Steve Claywell; and Local 557 Bus. Mgr. Dave Small.

We congratulate Michael L. Provoast, Adrian J. Kennard and Christopher W. Dice on passing the State of Michigan electrical journeyman's examination with a score of 100 percent.

Our sympathy goes out to the families of the following members who passed away: Ken Schabel, Donald Pfruender, Richard Ramsden, James Burley, Francis Bleicher, Ivan Kimberlin and Jim Stump Sr.

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2013.

Tammy Gottleber, P.S./R.S.


Recent Local 692 retirees.

Labor Day Parade at State Fair

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 Local 702 turned out in a big way for the Labor Day parade and picnic at the DuQuoin State Fair. We set a new record in members and their families walking in the parade. On Labor Day, we celebrated with our union brothers and sisters from the Egyptian Building Trades with a barbeque, music, and free arm bands for the kids to enjoy the carnival rides. This event is enjoyed tremendously by our members and always draws a crowd.

As this article goes to press we are still in negotiations with Frontier, and Ameren members are voting on a proposed contract.

Also at press time, everyone was gearing up for the final push in this election year. Our members have been going door to door, phone banking and doing everything in our power to re-elect President Obama and the other candidates who support working families. It is always of utmost importance to make sure our own brothers and sisters get out and vote!

Marsha Steele, P.S.


Local 702 members turn out for the 2012 DuQuoin State Fair twilight parade.

'704 Recent Events'

L.U. 704 (catv,em&i), DUBUQUE, IA — As the summer of 2012 has passed quickly, I will catch you up by reporting here on recent events in Dubuque.

Shown in the picture below are some of our retired members enjoying the Local 704 summer picnic.

Congratulations to Local 704's five newest journeyman electricians: Sister Callie Gronen, Sister Stephanie Millman, and Bros. Chad Kaiser, Spencer Pins and Kurt Weinschenk. This five-year commitment to the apprenticeship program involves much hard work both in the classroom and the on-the-job training. We welcome these members to the journeyman ranks! We hope this training will lead to long and fruitful careers.

Local 704 members extend condolences to the families of recently deceased Bros. Carl Oppelt and Paul Shuhert. Carl Oppelt was a strong supporter of the IBEW throughout his lifetime. Initiated in 1963, he was a member for 49 years and retired in 1998. Carl was Local 704 vice president from 1984 to 1987. He also served as Local 704's president from 1986–2000. He passed away June 12, 2012.

Bro Paul Shuhert was initiated in 1947. He was a member for 65 years and retired in 1986. He worked as foreman at Paulson Electric and was the local's recording secretary from 1964–1966. He passed away Sept. 26, 2012.

Ron Heitzman, P.S.


Retired members enjoy the Local 704 summer picnic: from left, front row, Bros. Frannie Frommelt and Bill Eichman; back row, Bros. Milt Avenarius, Wayne Gartner, Dick Oeth, Stan Thor and Dan Hammel.

Local Union Updates

L.U. 756 (es&i), DAYTONA BEACH, FL — I was sworn in as interim business manager at the June meeting, appointed to serve out the last year of retired Bus. Mgr. Stephen R. Williams' unexpired term.

We negotiated a new three-year contract with NECA in July.

We topped out a new crop of journeymen in August: Michael Loggins, Ryan Morgan, Mathew Bradshaw, Mark Cymbolin, James Donaldson, Bryan Blair, Kevin Williams and Donald Harris. Congratulations to the class of 2012!

Apprenticeship Dir. Scott Jarvis and the committee have interviewed and seated a new first-year apprentice class. Good luck to all.

Local 756 wired a Habitat for Humanity house in the city of New Smyrna Beach in September. Thanks to all who participated.

Also in September, the retirees fired up their monthly meetings after a summer break. All enjoyed an afternoon of brotherhood, fried fish and refreshments. Retirees Club Pres. Jimmy Warren presented Dow Graham with his 55-year membership pin. Congratulations to Bro. Graham.

Unfortunately, the work picture in Daytona has been very slow. Members have been traveling on the road, and many have caught calls at neighboring Local 606 in Orlando. Thanks to all those locals that have put our members to work.

Local 756 staff and officers wish a merry Christmas to all IBEW members and their families. May the New Year bring prosperity to our great union and our great country.

Daniel P. Hunt, B.M.


Local 756 Retirees Club Pres. Jimmy Warren (right) presents 55-year membership pin to Bro. Dow Graham.

Annual Labor Day Family Picnic

L.U. 776 (i,o,rts&spa), CHARLESTON, SC — Our Annual Labor Day Family Picnic was enjoyed by all who came. Our special T-shirt this year was a hit with everyone. We proudly presented Bro. John Kindt with his 65-year pin and Bro. Dennis Easterling with his 40-year pin for all of the families to witness. Thank you to these brothers for their long service to the IBEW and Local 776. We pray everyone had a safe and happy Labor Day.

We look forward to the coming years of solidarity for the IBEW and the union way of life.

Chuck Moore, B.M.


IBEW Local 776 special Labor Day T-⁠shirt was a great hit.

A Stand for Workers' Rights

L.U. 824 (t), TAMPA, FL — Standing up for workers' rights is nothing new for the IBEW and with the continual purge of workers' rights, our members have stood up once again.

On Aug. 11, eight of our Local 824 members were on hand for the workers' rally in Philadelphia. Those members included our Bus. Mgr. Robert Prunn, Pres. Erik Jones, Greg Flick, Norwood Orrick, Christina Regalado, Grace Smith, Mary Bouffard and Jim Carruba. The rally drew 44,000 people. Our membership was proud to be represented at this rally and proud to once again stand up for workers' rights and America's Second Bill of Rights.

Then again on Aug. 29, during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, our members, along with members from IBEW Locals 108 and 915, answered the bell once again. We called on all candidates for public office to support the middle class and hardworking Americans everywhere. During the RNC, our IBEW brothers and sisters passed out America's Second Bill of Rights and urged government leaders to stand with us.

Keith LaPlant, P.S.


IBEW members from Locals 824, 915 and 108 stand up for workers' rights at the RNC in Tampa, FL.

Wrapping Up 2012

L.U. 1116 (em,lctt&u), TUCSON, AZ — Our TEP Tucson/ Springerville membership recently ratified a new three-year contract to take effect January 2013. We completed negotiations on our three Southwest Energy Services contracts and will be working on the Asplundh Tree Trimmers contract.

Our members participated in the annual Labor Day picnic hosted by the Pima Area Labor Federation. We also assisted many armed service veterans with some yard and home maintenance during a United Way Days of Caring event.

Congratulations to our first two Designer Journeyman graduates, Bros. Chuck Leon and Stephan Garcia.

Our October Local 1116 picnic was a great success. Picnic Chmn. Sister Susan Trumbull and her volunteer committee did a great job. Thanks to all of you!

Also, eight of our local linemen competed and showed off their skills (despite the rain), at this year's Linemen's Rodeo in Kansas City. As of this writing, the final results were not available.

The local extends our deepest sympathy to the families of 32-year member Bro. John Clark and seven-year member Bro. Steve Long, both of whom passed away.

R. Cavaletto, P.S.


At sunrise in Arizona, Tucson Local 1116 operators fly the booms, as part of pre-trip inspections, before leaving the yard for work.

Annual Fall Family Picnic

L.U. 1466 (u), COLUMBUS, OH — On Saturday, Sept. 29, Local 1466 held our annual Fall Family Picnic. We were glad to see many members in attendance, and more families joining in the festivities. There were door prizes, great food and lots of fun. Two 51-inch big screen TVs were the grand prizes, won by Judson Gutliph, a meter reader from Columbus, and Pete Harvey, an underground mechanic from our Columbus Genwood facility. We also had a successful COPE raffle, which allowed us to make a donation on behalf of the local. Aaron Cross, a line mechanic from Columbus Northwest, won the COPE raffle for a Remington 870 Express shotgun. Everyone had a great time. Hope to see you at next year's event!

We welcome Jasan Wright, meter servicer from Columbus, as our newest officer. Jasan was appointed by the Executive Board to fill the vacant Columbus E-Board spot, after Jimi Jette stepped down to take a position as recording secretary for the local. Jasan has been the workers' comp rep as well as a shop steward for Local 1466 for the last few years. We are excited to have him on board to represent Columbus as our newest E-Board member.

Have an enjoyable and safe holiday season and a happy new year!

Jimi Jette, P.S.

A Legacy of IBEW Service

L.U. 2166 (i), FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA — Local 2166 mourns the passing of Local 2166 Executive Board member Jim McCormack. Jim was a long-serving member; he was our instructor on various courses within the local, serving on our Executive Board, Training Trust, and Entertainment committees. Jim was often a foreman on projects within the local over the years and affectionately called his co-workers "Jimmie's babies." Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

Local 2166 wishes office administrator Nancy Colpitts a happy retirement. Nancy is leaving the office after 15 years on the job. Nancy will be missed for her dedication to duty and being the go-to person on Health and Welfare issues.

On behalf of our membership, I would like to thank the locals that have employed our members in the past year: Local 502, St. John, NB; Local 529, Saskatoon, SK; Local 2038, Regina, SK; Local 424, Edmonton, AB; Local 2330, St. John's, NL; and Local 586, Ottawa, ON.

Kim MacRae, Pres.

A Career of Union Service

L.U. 2286 (em,mar,mo,rtb&u), BEAUMONT, TX — On Aug. 1, our local union came to the end of an era. Our longtime Bro. Johnny Wilson retired after 46 years of service. He began as a groundman in 1966, then entered the apprenticeship program and worked his way up to journeyman.

In 1981, Johnny was appointed assistant business manager of then-Local 390 in Port Arthur, TX; in 1988 he was elected Local 390 business manager. In 2004, Local 390 merged into Local 2286 and Johnny continued to serve as assistant business manager. Johnny also served on the Southwest Line Constructors Joint and Apprentice Training Committee for many years. He has exemplified what it means to be a union leader. Johnny and his wife, Trudy, made many sacrifices over the years and now it's time to wish them well in the next phase of their lives. We congratulate Bro. Wilson and say thanks for the memories.

Our local is continuing efforts of internal and external organizing. Construction remains steady.

As always stay safe at work and at home. God bless our union.

Mona Mack, P.S.


Recently retired Local 2286 Asst. Bus. Mgr. Johnny Wilson (seventh from left), with the Southwest Line Constructors Apprentice Committee. Front row, from left: Joe Garland, North Houston Pole Line; Local 66 Bus. Rep. Eddie Riddle; Local 611 Bus. Mgr. Chris Frentzel; Southwestern Line AJATC Dir. Alex Trujillo, Local 611; Local 769 Bus. Mgr. Joel Bell; Joe Mitchell, chapter manager, NECA; Johnny Wilson, Local 2286 retired assistant business manager; Local 66 Bus. Mgr. Greg Lucero; Local 304 Bus. Mgr. Paul Lira; and Southwestern Line AJATC Asst. Dir. Jim Baca, Local 611. Back row: IBEW Int. Rep. Laurence D. Chamberlain; Southwestern Line AJATC Asst. Dir. Gary Fitzgerald, Local 66; Scott Olsen, Local 769; and Charley Young of Local 304, retired director of Southwest Line AJATC.


'Join Us for 2013 Meetings'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 1, ST. LOUIS, MO — The retirees of IBEW Local 1 wish to express condolences to the family and loved ones of business manager Greg Booth, who died Aug. 26. He succumbed after a courageous fight with cancer. We will pray for his soul in heaven. He will be missed by all.

The retirees meeting of July 18 was informative and enjoyed by all. A guest expert spoke on handling finances after retirement.

The annual luncheon was Sept. 19. A very good buffet meal was well received, with a large attendance on hand. Many old friends were reunited and a good time was enjoyed by retirees and their families. The ladies auxiliary as usual were raising funds for the welfare committee with their beautiful quilts.

Frank Jacobs was appointed business manager of Local 1, and the retirees wish him the best in his endeavors to lead the local forward. Recent signs of improvement in the economy have raised hopes for increased employment for our members.

Meetings for 2013 are as follows: March 20, May 15, July 17, Sept. 18 (luncheon), and Nov. 20. Please mark your new calendar and join us.

Don Appelbaum, P.S.

Evening at the Races

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER — The Central Florida Chapter of the Retirees Association of IBEW Local 3 held an "Evening at the Races" at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club in Daytona Beach, FL, on Aug. 8. [Photo, pg. 15, top left.] The chapter, which normally does not meet over the summer months, decided to hold the event to keep members in contact with each other in a social atmosphere with all spouses and friends invited. The occasion was organized by Vice Chmn. and Social Committee Chair Harvey Lydecker.

The Aug. 8 event started at 6 p.m. with first a dinner (prime rib was the special) followed by a 15 race card for greyhound racing; or attendees could try their luck in the poker room. The racing started at 7:25 p.m. as we continued to enjoy refreshments in the dining room. It was rumored that Jim Eckardt (see photo, third clockwise from left), was the big winner betting the dogs — but due to the family theme of this article, we cannot reveal his betting strategy.

The Central Florida Chapter also maintains their club's Web site at Additional photos from this and other events and information can be found on the site.

Joe Golan, P.S./Treas.


Local 3, Central Florida Chapter, Retirees Club group at dinner on Aug. 8.

2012 Retiree Events

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, NASSAU CHAPTER — As we approach the start of another year and 2012 comes to an end, we look back and remember all the places we visited and things we did as a club over this past year.

2012 club activities included an inspiring trip to Ground Zero. We also made a trip to "Sight and Sound" to see the production of "Jonah." Our annual picnic was again a success; we enjoyed good weather, good food and lots of fun, and we look forward to next year's picnic. Our October Fest was also a success and well-attended.

At this writing, club members were looking forward to our Thanksgiving dinner and the annual Christmas/Hanukkah celebration, both of which are always well attended.

The club (the largest in the New York City area) has many things to keep us busy, and soon the 2013 itinerary will be out with different places for us to see.

Amid all the smiles and laughter, we mourn the loss of our brothers and sisters who have passed this year. They will be remembered.

Bob Cooper, P.S.

Trip to Educational Center

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, NORTH NEW JERSEY CHAPTER — Our club had a pleasant time at the Long Island Educational and Cultural Center in Cutchogue, NY. Tom Gallagher gave a welcome talk. The importance of getting out the vote was discussed. Gallagher talked about the opening of the "Meeting House." Wow — it's beautiful, so many memories … a history of Critical Thinking Seminars. The view from the upper deck is breathtaking. Well done, Local 3.

Thanks to the men who cooked a good barbecue for lunch. That evening we enjoyed a delicious buffet. Thanks to the Kimkowskis and others who did a great job. The cleanup went well. Then it was on with the games, cards and laughter.

The weather helped us enjoy the new nature trail walk — that was a nice touch. We missed all who were unable to attend, including the Piscitellis and Sorecos … maybe next time.

Thanks to Abe Fichtenbaum, our photographer, for the great picture. Everyone fit, as usual.

At this writing, we were looking forward to a cruise in October, New England states. Also at press time, we were planning our December Luncheon, so snowbirds can head to Florida.

Be well, be happy.

Anthony LaBate, P.S.


Local 3, North New Jersey Chapter, Retirees Club visits Long Island Educational Center in Cutchogue, NY.

Long Island Educational Center

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, SUFFOLK CHAPTER — Our chapter was invited for a three-day stay at the Long Island Educational and Cultural Center in Cutchogue, Long Island.

When we arrived at the center, we were greeted by Pension Dir. Thomas Gallager. He spoke about how important it is that the retirees stay active.

We had a busy schedule while there. We enjoyed swimming, water aerobics, tai chi, a barbeque and ice cream sundaes. In the evenings we played card games, left right center and our own horse racing game. The trip also gave us a chance to meet with old friends. We enjoyed a tour of the new center and our members were impressed with the state-of-the-art décor. I personally liked the memorabilia section, which tells some of the history of Local 3.

We thank the entire staff at the Educational Center for all their hard work to help make our stay fun and safe.

Our chairman, Jack Foley, discussed all the events that were coming up, which at this writing included: plans to hire a bus for the Labor Day parade, the Holiday Party, the end-of-the-year barbeque and our Annual Food Drive to help those less fortunate. The chapter was happy to march and support the NYC Labor Day parade.

The club thanks John Kromer, our longtime treasurer, for all his hard work and dedication to the chapter. We wish him a happy 93rd birthday.

Harvey Goldman, P.S.


Local 3, Suffolk Chapter, Retirees Club participates in Labor Day parade.

Fisher House Foundation

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, WESTCHESTER/ PUTNAM CHAPTER — The Fisher House Foundation located in Rockville, MD, builds housing on military bases to house families of wounded service men and women, free of charge. Donations to this cause were implemented with a goal to raise $2,000; this goal has been surpassed and we're still receiving donations. Thanks to all chapter members for their generous donations. Thanks also to our sister chapters for their donations and support.

Our trip to the Long Island Educational Center in Cutchogue, NY, was received with a warm reception. Pension Dir. Thomas Gallagher addressed our group with helpful information concerning upcoming events. Special thanks to Stephanie Saladino and her staff for going to great lengths to ensure our stay was enjoyable.

Our personal tour of the newly constructed Meeting House was especially informative, with so much attention to detail, historical artifacts, pictures and a beautiful view from the upper patio of Long Island Sound.

John Rich, P.S. Bob Cuneo, P.S.


The Local 3, Westchester/Putnam Chapter, Retirees Club enjoyed a trip to the Long Island Educational Center. From left are: Dominic Malandro, Dominic Pironti, Thomas Gallagher, Jack Sarich, Stephanie Saladino and Dick Mills.

A Tribute for Club Service

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 22, OMAHA, NE — Louis Masters took office as club president six years ago and has served the club with dedication during that time. In September, Pres. Masters decided to step down and spend more time with his wife, kids and grandkids. Lou has kept our group going through some hard economic times. Next time you see him, give him a pat on the back for a job well done. Press Sec. Chris Bayer has volunteered to finish out the term, which expires Dec. 31, 2013.

During the upcoming holiday season, our retired members will be ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, as they have done for many years. Bro. Leo Huse is in charge of organizing this event. Thanks, Leo! It is a great way for our retired members to get out and do a little for our community. We will also deliver holiday fruit baskets to our members who are disabled and can't make it to meetings.

Since the last time reported, Local 22 has lost 10 members. Let their names not be forgotten: Gary Hoffman, Tony Vajgrt, Don Jorgensen, James Martin, Ken Voss, Cary Phalen, Clarence Johnson, Mark Gall, Jorge Cervantes and Thomas Harvey. God rest their souls.

Chris Bayer, P.S.

'Invitation to Join Retirees'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 42, HARTFORD, CT — The Retirees Club invites anyone who is a retired member of Local 42 to come and join them. The club meets several times a year at Local 42's hall. The retirees get together and talk about old times; they share funny stories, enjoy each other's company and have coffee and donuts.

The retirees also thank all the ladies in the office for their hard work planning all the events that we have and also for their help and warm smiles. If you like to get out of the house for a couple of hours, come and join them; the club would love to have you. If you are interested give us a call at 860-646-7297.

Local 42 held their annual family picnic in August and it was a great success — as well as the Retirees raffle. The winner was nice enough to give a donation back to us. We thank that winner. Also Local 42 held their second dinner cruise, which was a great time as well. The next event will be the annual smoker, which is held at the December union meeting.

Everyone have a safe and healthy holiday season.

Jacquelyn Moffitt, P.S.

'Club Back in Full Swing'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 60, SAN ANTONIO, TX — After a short break for the summer, the club is back in full swing. At the September meeting, club Pres. Gene Chamberlain awarded Bro. Bill Wurzbach his 65-year pin. Bro. Wurzbach was initiated in 1947. Imagine all the changes in the construction trade that Bro. Wurzbach has witnessed during those 65 years.

After many years of hard work and dedication, Peggy Schulz (president of the Ladies Auxiliary) and Maxine Meyer (decorations) decided it was their time to step down and pass the torch to Sandy Rogers and Jenny Hall. Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Peggy and Maxine by club Pres. Gene Chamberlain with a hefty round of applause from the club's members.

Once again for this year's Christmas project, the club will be honoring our American heroes, the Wounded Warriors, with donations of personal items collected by the retirees. After the December meeting the items will be transported to Fort Sam Houston to be distributed.

To all Local 60 retirees, please come and join us the second Thursday of each month, 12 noon, at the Plumbers and Pipefitters training building, 3630 Belgium Lane. Hope to see you there.

Sandy Rogers, P.S.


Local 60 Retirees Club Pres. Gene Chamberlain (left), Bill Wurzbach, Peggy Schulz and Maxine Meyer.

New Haven Retirees' Report

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 90, NEW HAVEN, CT — Since the passing of club president Jerry Esposito, we have elected a new club president, Robert Mantovani, with Fred Ciastko remaining as vice president and Hugh Mcguire as secretary. Still undecided is treasurer, with the stepping down of Bob Gallager. Thanks to Bob for many years of service and thanks to Hugh Mcguire, who volunteered to handle both jobs until a treasurer can be found.

On Oct. 9, Local 90 held its annual retirement dinner at the Groton Motor Inn. Those honored were: James Fainer, Louis Plano, Kenneth Palmer (in memoriam), Craig Rogers, Eugene Schlebach, Dale Leger, Stephen MacLaren, Daniel Prindle and Robert Philips. Congratulations and good luck to all. Hope to see you at our club meetings.

Our club will hold its annual Christmas holiday luncheon on Dec. 4, at Fantasia in North Haven. This is always an enjoyable event with great food and friends.

We wish all IBEW members and their families, both active and retired, a joyful holiday season and a safe, healthy and prosperous new year.

Richard Launder, P.S.

2012 Annual Retirement Party

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 103, BOSTON, MA — The 30th Annual Retirement Party was held Saturday, Sept. 29. We are happy to report that 105 members took advantage of our great retirement program and many were in attendance with friends and family to enjoy the fine dinner, dancing, cocktails, door prizes, complimentary gifts and fellowship of the members.

Bus. Mgr. Mike Monahan gave a quick address to all and reminded everyone how fortunate we, as members of Local 103, are to have a defined benefit pension in the green zone and defined contribution retirement plans. The programs we enjoy are due to the foresight of past leaders, the membership and the continuing vigilance of our current administrator, Rich Gambino, and trustees. Our funds and programs remain some of the finest in the IBEW and we all should be proud of this fact.

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy holiday season and New Year.

Rich Leary, P.S.


The Local 103 Annual Retirement Party was a great success.

Retiree Get-Together Dec. 20

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 104, BOSTON, MA — We had another successful retiree get-together at the famous Doyle's Café in Boston on Oct. 18. With over 800 years of combined IBEW experience represented at the table, the stories were priceless.

In attendance were: Roy Davis, Jack Riccio, Peter Dyer, Ray Brady, Dick Hayes, Richie Rock, Freddie Tompson, Armand Cabral, Mickey Rooney, Frannie Fitzgerald, Jim Flynn, Hugh Boyd Jr., Bob Ward, Hugh Boyd, Dave Matrisciano and Jim Stone.

Our next get-together will be Dec. 20 at Raffael's in Walpole, MA, at 5:30p.m. Please come and help us celebrate the longtime service of several 55- and 60-year members. Hank Barry, Paul Cleveland and Wally McCann have 55-years of service; and Hugh Boyd and Al Lefrancois have 60 years of IBEW Local 104 service.

We are also planning a get-together in April 2013. If you know of someone who is not on our retiree mailing list, please call the hall in Walpole or New Hampshire to get them on the list.

Hugh Boyd, B.R./Treas., Local 104


At October Local 104 retiree get-together: standing, from left, Roy Davis, Jack Riccio, Peter Dyer, Ray Brady, Dick Hayes, Richie Rock, Freddie Tompson, Armand Cabral; seated, Mickey Rooney, Frannie Fitzgerald, Jim Flynn, Hugh Boyd Jr., Bob Ward, Hugh Boyd and Dave Matrisciano. Jim Stone snapped the photo.

Welcome to Retirees

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 134, CHICAGO, IL — Greetings, Local 134 retirees. Our club's 25th anniversary will be celebrated in June 2013. I look forward to seeing all retirees at our celebration! Check our local newsletter for more details.

What a wonderful luncheon our retirees had at September's meeting. Speakers from E.I.T. (Electrical Insurance Trustees) answered questions and explained past and present coverage by Medicare and Health and Welfare benefits. Also, representatives from the Cook County Tax Review Board provided useful information about property taxes.

On Sept. 29 the annual Local 134 Benefit Fair was held at our union hall. Many E.I.T. representatives attended; nurses gave flu shots; and state of Illinois driver's license and ID cards were processed. Also provided were: financial advice, retiree information, and advice from attorneys. Attendees enjoyed popcorn and beverages, and many other booths provided additional valuable information.

Come to Retirees Club meetings and remember: There are no strangers at Local 134, only friends you haven't yet met! Welcome to all Local 134 retirees. To join the Retirees Club, please contact Mario Coletta at 773-736-1480. Noon to 1 p.m. is "Greet and Meet" time at club meetings, held the second Wednesday of the each month. The regular meeting continues until 2:30 p.m. at the Local 134 union hall at 600 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago.

Louis Rodriguez, P.S.


Local 134 Retirees Club members Allan and Gerry White (standing); and seated, board member/editor Mario Coletta (left) and Carmela Alberotanza, spouse of a member.

Invitation to Join Activities

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 150, WAUKEGAN, IL — We have had an active summer, including a club trip to see a play in Racine, WI. Then in August we had our annual trip to White Pines State Park for a lunch, play, dinner, overnight in a cabin (with the required campfire and camaraderie) and then a huge breakfast in the morning. Then we all headed home with more great memories.

On Labor Day we participated (along with the local members) in a huge parade in Zion, IL. [Photo, bottom right.] In September we had a potluck at Holst's in lieu of a meeting. At this writing, we were making plans to go to Grand Geneva in December for a play and luncheon. Also at press time, we were preparing for the kids Christmas party scheduled for Dec. 2. The early shopping is already finished.

As you can see, we keep active and enjoy ourselves. We hope some of you younger retired members will join us. Unless we supplement our membership, the club will gradually disappear. Our meetings are the second Tuesday of each month and are held on the apprentice side of the union hall.

Diane Holst, P.S.


Local 150 Retirees Club members are active and involved.

Club's 40th Anniversary

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 212, CINCINNATI, OH — The Local 212 Retirees Club, chartered in August 1972, is now 40 years old. Many members have volunteered to serve our club over the years. Most of these members are no longer with us, but the fruit of their effort still remains. We salute and thank these devoted members.

Our current officers are: Pres. Elwood Schneider, Vice Pres. Bud Brown, Sec. Klaus Grismayer, Treas. Dick Warman, and E-Board members Bob Simon, Kurt Kube, Ralph Stalf and Dennis Methven. Kurt Kube also serves on the H&W Committee, keeping our members well informed about changes in health-care coverage, new features, and solving billing and payment problems. This information is very helpful, especially when used with Medicare.

A hearty "thank-you" goes to our club officers, Local 212, and staff for all the support given to the Retirees Club. All retired 212 members are invited to participate.

The annual holiday party for members and guests is scheduled for Dec. 5, 11 a.m., at "The Meadows" near Addyston. Drinks, a catered meal and old friends make for a fun time. Be sure to bring a door prize.

Several of our members are having health problems. Please remember them in your prayers.

Best wishes for a joyous holiday season.

Bob Schaefer, P.S.

Holiday Luncheon, Dec. 11

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 257, JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Retirees Club met Sept. 25 for our monthly luncheon meeting at Donita's in Jefferson City.

Our Oct. 30 luncheon was at the Claysville Restaurant in Claysville, MO; the restaurant is owned by Local 257 member Mark Hooibrink and his wife, Laura. We had a family-style dinner of fried chicken and country ham, always a favorite with our group.

Local 257 had their annual picnic in Jefferson City on Sept. 15 and, as always, the food and activities were great and enjoyed by everyone. Two of our members were recognized with 60-year service pins: Herb Bruemmer and John Taggart.

Sadly we lost member Dwain Manley, on Aug. 11. Our prayers go out to his family.

There was no meeting in November, but on Nov. 15 some of our members went to a play at the Lyceum Theater in Arrow Rock, MO. We thank Juanita Fischer for making all the arrangements for this event.

We will meet on Dec. 11 for our annual Christmas luncheon, hosted by Local 257.

Delores Melloway, P.S.


Local 257 retired members John Taggart (left) and Herb Bruemmer receive their 60-year service pins.

Retirees Club Luncheons

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 291, BOISE, ID — The October luncheon was held in Meridian at The Great Wall of China Restaurant. There were 53 members and guests and all enjoyed a great meal. We had so many in attendance that we overflowed outside the meeting room. It was a beautiful fall day with a very bright sun!

Fires plagued the Boise National Forest over the summer; it was hot and dry. At the time of this late October writing, the Trinity Ridge Fire continued to burn, but with no immediate danger to residents.

A few of our members have been sick and we ask for your prayers. The majority of club members are enjoying good health.

Congratulations to Joe and Linda Sirani on the birth of their ninth grandchild, Karsen, who was born Aug. 25.

We hope everyone made it a priority to vote in the November election. Defend and protect the rights for us to be union members, always! Continue to pray for our troops, country leaders, and the struggling economy.

Our luncheons are held the second Thursday of each month. Please contact any club member or the union hall for times and locations.

Joe Sirani, Pres.

Two Retirees Honored

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 464, COVINGTON, VA — On May 17, 2012, Local 464 celebrated the retirement of two distinguished instrument journeymen. Daniel "Danny" Taylor and William "Bill" Baith, who worked with MeadWestváco, were honored with a dinner at the Best Western in Covington, VA, for their years of IBEW service.

Danny retired in September 2011 with 31 years. Bill, who retired in March 2011, served a total of 26 years. Danny's tenure was all with the Covington Mill. Bill, however, saw 16 years at the Tyrone, PA, facility prior to finishing his last 10 years in Covington.

Attending the celebration were numerous former co-workers of Bro. Taylor and Bro. Baith, along with family members. Following the dinner, Local 464 Pres. Rodney Bell read a brief history of each honoree and then presented the retiree with a very nice watch.

After the dinner attendees posed for group, family, and retiree pictures. Everyone had a great time. See group picture (below) of retirees in attendance.

Cliff Persinger, P.S.


Local 464 retirees attend May 2012 celebration. From left: Bill Baith, Marvin Wagner, Danny Taylor, Freddie Ambrose, Mack Humphries, Wayne Mann, Richard Pedigo, Larry Bolt, Richard Carter, George Brown, Mont Anderson, Danny Hill, Jud Howard and Clyde Landis Sr.

Sarnia Happenings

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 530, SARNIA, ONTARIO, CANADA — Our Retirees Club had a busy summer. We attended an event every month followed by dinner. Our entertainment outings come about due to the planning by members who step forward and do what needs to be done. Some volunteers are: George Mathieson, Brenda Barnes, Cathy Coates and our Sec.-Treas. Ed McCormack. There are others whom I will mention later.

On Sept. 5 we held our Annual Golf Tournament. This year, again, thanks to the work and organizational skills of Herb Burdett and Bob Friedrich, it was a runaway success. We had 47 retirees and their spouses sit down together for dinner following the tournament. A sincere thank-you goes to Pete Schenk and Tom Randall for their assistance with arranging for prizes. Winners for low score this year were: Ann Randall, Tim Swales, Reg Lamoureux and Bo Kohut. Closest to the Line (female) - Jackie McLellan; Closest to the Line (male) - Jack McLellan; and Closest to the Pin - Gord Neely. We had eight teams in competition and many newer retirees came out.

Again, our club success is due to the participation of those offering their talents to make things happen.

Nancy Stinson Philbin, P.S.


Trophy winners at the 2012 Local 530 Retirees Golf Tournament included: Ann Randall (left), Tim Swales, Reg Lamoureux and Bo Kohut.

Appreciation for Retirees

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 702, WEST FRANKFORT, IL — We thank all our retirees for manning the IBEW booth at the Labor Pavillion during the DuQuoin State Fair.

Our IBEW 702 members want to thank all the retirees for their years of service to our local and for their commitment to be engaged politically in this election year.

At this writing, the Nov. 6 election was fast approaching. At press time, we did not yet know the election results. The outcome of this year's election will affect the way of life not only for our current and retired members, but also our future members. Members have been politically active and all were encouraged to vote for everyone's quality of life. We hope we had a strong turnout to "Vote Obama"! Let's protect what we have for the years to come.

Marsha Steele, P.S.

Fish Fry at Sept. Meeting

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 756, DAYTONA BEACH, FL — At the monthly meeting of the IBEW Local 756 Retirees Club held Thursday, Sept. 13, we had 55 brothers and sisters in attendance. The menu was a fish fry with hush puppies and a covered dish. Without Bro. Greg Stone, our cook, we could not have made it happen. Thanks to him and all the brothers who helped him out!

Bro. Dow Graham was also presented with his 55-year pin at this meeting. Congratulations to him on this very important milestone!

We would like to invite any retired brothers and sisters and their spouses to come to our meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Our meetings are held at the Local 756 union hall in Port Orange, FL.

Diane Gibbs, P.S.


The Local 756 Retirees Club held a fish fry at a recent monthly meeting.

Volunteer & Social Activities

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 804, KITCHENER, ONTARIO, CANADA — It has been another busy year for Local 804 Retirees Club members. We volunteered for many worthwhile causes, attended social events with other clubs in southern Ontario and enjoyed theater events. Bro. Frank "The Arranger" Ische lined up two great shows — a musical, "All Shook Up," with an Elvis theme at Stage West in March, and the "Walters Family" in June.

Our hard working crew wired Habitat for Humanity Homes, generating publicity for the local; Bro. Don Schiedel's picture appeared in the KW Review, with tributes to the IBEW. Congratulations to Bro. Doug Richards and his crew; keep up the good work.

Volunteers also participated in fundraisers for worthy causes, such as a walk/run for cancer and multiple sclerosis charities. In June, the retirees took a training course in the use of a portable A.E.D. resuscitation device.

Each May, retiree volunteers assist young apprentices, and potential future IBEW members, in the "Skills Canada" competition, held this year at the RIM center. Retirees introduce high school students, college students and electrical apprentices to our trade. Approximately 35,000 people attend each year.

We thank our sister retiree clubs of Locals 105, Hamilton, and 353, Toronto, for including us in their annual dinner/dance; we look forward each year to joining those clubs in an afternoon of good food, dancing, great fun and camaraderie.

Our seventh annual Oktoberfest celebration at the Concordia club was a huge success. Guests from retirees clubs from Hamilton, Toronto and Ottawa joined us for a fun-filled afternoon of dining, dancing and great entertainment in the true Oktoberfest Bavarian style. [See photo, bottom right.] Everyone said they had a wonderful time and look forward to next year's event.

Ken Woods, P.S.


Guests from the Ottawa, Ontario, Local 586 Retirees Club enjoy the annual Oktoberfest celebration held by the Kitchener, Ontario, Local 804 Retirees Club.

'Come Join Us'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 915, TAMPA, FL — The Local 915 Retirees Club has been having good attendance at our meetings. We meet the first Monday of the month at 12 noon at the Local 915 meeting hall. Lunch is served. We invite all retirees to attend.

One of our members reached a milestone back in March. Bro. Bob Mcdonald turned 95. Bro. Mcdonald always gives us an inspiring grace prayer before our lunch meeting. We wish him much health and happiness.

A reminder that on the third Monday of the month, some of us meet for lunch at Lupton's BBQ on Busch Blvd. just east of 56th St. We meet at 11:30 a.m. Come join us.

Dennis Field, P.S.

Three Club Members Mourned

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 1340, NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Our Retirees Club has lost three members, who recently passed away: Wilbert Irvin Guilford, a charter member with 65 years of service who also served as a former president of our club; Bill Smith, another past president; and George Martin, a longtime supervisor. Thanks for the memories, brothers. Our brothers will be missed.

Thanks also go to Joey Watterton, our president, and to Kermit Ames Jr., our treasurer, for the great job they do.

The following club members received their service pins: for 50 years of service — Kermit Ames Jr.; for 55 years — Leo Barbour, Glenn Hollifield, Carl Murphy; and for 65 years — W. Irvin Guilford and Edward Crosby.

We enjoy reading The Electrical Worker and catching up on our brothers from around the country and what is happening nationwide.

Edward Crosby, P.S.