June 2013
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Also In This Issue

Rank-and-file members
as organizers read_more

IBEW to customers:
'Let us build that' read_more

Formerly homeless veteran honored at White House read_more

´╗┐Fired for organizing, workers become IBEW members read_more

Young workers movement: building, learning,
growing read_more

North of 49°
Union Members Decry Abuse of Temporary Foreign Worker Program read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Les membres du syndicat dénoncent un abus du Programme des travailleurs temporaires étrangers read_more





  Cover Photo

IBEW Members Build the
World's Largest Light Sculpture
in San Francisco

It's tough to be the second prettiest bridge in San Francisco.

When the Bay Bridge opened 75 years ago, Oakland and San Francisco threw a four-day party to celebrate. On that day it was the longest, most expensive, most advanced bridge in the world.

Six months later, the Golden Gate Bridge opened just a few miles away and few people have given the Bay Bridge much love — let alone a party, let alone a four day party — since. Except if there is a problem, like when part of the roadway collapsed during an earthquake in 1989. Then people talked about the bridge, but nothing nice. Nothing like the love, the songs, the poems and the books showered on the competition.

Of all the hearts that have been left in San Francisco, has one ever been lost to the Bay Bridge? A few? None?

It is a testament to the success of a monumental new work of public art on the 1.8-mile-long, 500-foot-tall suspension bridge, built in large part by IBEW members, that maybe for the first time since that four-day party in 1936, people are falling in love with the second prettiest bridge in town.

Creating a Digital Campfire

The sculpture, known as the Bay Lights, is the brainchild of Ben Davis, founder of a public relations firm hired to promote the diamond anniversary of the bridge. Back in 2011, Davis asked artist Leo Villareal to transform the bridge into the largest light sculpture in the world.

Villareal's plan was to attach thousands of white LEDs — highly-efficient and extremely bright lights — to 300 support cables that hang from the main cable as it arcs its way out of San Francisco.

The LEDs would then create vivid patterns of light and dark based on abstract images inspired by the bridge itself. read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Hill & Chilia: Stand with
Low-Wage Workers read_more

CircuitsReturning High School Graduate Brings Back Solar Power and Sunshine;
IBEW: The Backbone of Construction Tradeswomen Meeting read_more

TransitionsJonathan Gardner;
Steven Speer;
Ronald L. 'Ronnie'
Raspberry read_more

Organizing WireAlberta Oil Sands Workers Vote IBEW read_more

LettersA True Labor Party?;
A Storied Career:
Divide and Conquer? read_more

In MemoriamApril 2013 read_more

Who We AreDaughter Follows Trailblazing Mother into the IBEW read_more


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