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15th Annual Local Wide Picnic at
Pico Rivera Sports Arena

L.U. 11 (i,rts&spa), LOS ANGELES, CA — The Annual Local Wide Picnic will be held at a new location this year. The picnic is scheduled for Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Pico Rivera Sports Arena, 11003 East Rooks Rd., Pico Rivera, CA.

Our picnic attendance continues to grow each year and this year's event promises to be bigger and better with the addition of our members from the Engineers and Architects Assoc. We anticipate over 3,000 in attendance. This is a great event to mingle with friends, family, and union brothers and sisters for the day! There will be plenty of kid's games and prizes, carnival rides, bingo, raffles with generous giveaways, live music, and lots of food and drinks. There will also be a health fair, a mini rodeo and a car show (bring your show cars). All of this is included in the price of the ticket donation. Go to for more details. We all know you work hard; it's time to play hard. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Diana Limon, P.S.

Utility Local Update

L.U. 15 (u), DOWNERS GROVE, IL — The Illinois Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act passed both the Senate and House and at press time awaits action by the governor. The legislation is aimed at getting the "smart grid" back on track, creating jobs and reducing power outages.

At the fossil stations, Kincaid Station owner Dominion announced that Energy Capital Partners bought the station and will use its operating division, EquiPower, to run the station. All employees will be offered jobs; the date of transfer is expected to be during 2013.

Midwest Generation, in the midst of bankruptcy, announced a "lean operations" initiative that will result in a reduction of approximately 90 bargaining unit positions. We negotiated a severance package of up to 16 weeks of pay for members electing severance or getting laid off.

In the nuclear stations, we got a favorable ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, stating that NRC regulations do not prohibit the use of a third party arbitrator in cases involving denial of access.

Our Transmission Underground Group was recognized for working nine years without an OSHA recordable injury.

Local 15's newly formed Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC) meets at the Local 15 office monthly and volunteers in the community.

Bus. Mgr./Pres. Dean Apple selected Local 15's 2013 Scholarship Committee comprising six members: Christine Watkins, Lynette Faje, Eric Harris, Amy Allison, Felicia Ibarra and Scott Fitzwater. These members will select winners of the ten $500 scholarships Local 15 awards annually.

Doug Vedas, P.S.


Local 15's 2013 Scholarship committee: from left, front row, Christine Watkins, Lynette Faje; back row, Eric Harris, Amy Allison, Felicia Ibarra and Scott Fitzwater.

Work Picture Is Good

L.U. 17 (catv,em,lctt,o&u), DETROIT, MI — We congratulate Bro. Robert Capling for his 65 years of IBEW service. Robert's "traveling card" was accepted by Local 17 on March 18, 1954. After serving in World War II, Robert joined the IBEW as a groundman. A short time later, he was promoted to apprentice lineman and completed the program in fine fashion. Upon completion and after serving five years with Local 876, he was hired by Detroit Edison Co., where he worked for 38 years before retiring. It was an honor to have him at our March general membership meeting to accept his certificate of recognition and his 65-year pin.

The 2013 work picture looks good. We have approximately 75 contract crews working on various distribution and transmission projects throughout the jurisdiction. There are currently 660 line clearance employees working for DTE Energy and International Transmission Co. There are three wind farms, all slated to be complete by the end of the construction season. We hope to have a busy year and keep on our minds the most important goal: "Safety First."

Dean Bradley, B.M.


Local 17 service award recipient Bro. Robert Capling (second from left) shakes hands with Pres. Mike Kozlowski. Bro. Ronald Capling is at left and Vice Pres. Timothy Head at right.

Contracts Ratified

L.U. 21 (catv,govt&t), DOWNERS GROVE, IL — Our members and those in locals who are part of the SCT-3 Council ratified a new four-year agreement with AT&T. The membership was concerned about protecting their wages, benefits and jobs in emerging technologies, as well as retiree health care. The officers and delegates of the IBEW SCT-3 feel the agreement fulfills many of those goals. The contract also contains "successorship" language in the event AT&T decides to sell off any part of the company.

Members working for Frontier MIFA#2, Johnson Controls and Comcast West also voted to accept new agreements with their employers. We thank our members for their hard work and solidarity, without which reaching these agreements would not have been possible. Contracts still need to be reached this year for members working for CenturyLink, Peoria and Vermillion Counties, and members at Frontier not in MIFA#2.

During the midst of the ratification process, Local 21 members displayed their true professionalism as they assisted in the cleanup and restoration of services disrupted by devastating floods that hit our area. Their commitment to safe, quality craftsmanship is unwavering.

Bob Przybylinski, R.S./P.S.


Local 21 Executive Board and election judges: back row (L-R), Pat Ferkel, Joe Pavlic, Tim Strutz, Eric Slattery; middle row, Karen McGrady, Joe Quagliano, Mike Scime, Errick Houston, Heather Brown, Don Marcus; front row, Lou Sacco and Jim Locke.

Niagara Transformer Expansion

L.U. 41 (em,es,govt,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NY — One of Local 41's represented manufacturing facilities, Niagara Transformer, has begun its expansion. In 1933, John H. Darby formed Niagara Transformer; 80 years and two generations later the company is ready to position itself for the future under current owner John F. Darby, great-nephew of the founder. The $13 million expansion will give the IBEW represented facility a humidity and dust controlled environment, positive pressure building with 150-ton crane capacity, state-of-the art paint booth and prep areas that will only increase Niagara's reputation as one of the premier transformer manufacturers in the world.

The 47,600-square-foot expansion, which is slated to open in the fourth quarter of 2013, will increase Niagara's quality and improve production time, allowing for more of a workload. The new capabilities made possible by the expansion will allow Niagara to put on a full second shift with hopes of increasing the company's total number of employees to 100. Niagara's future appears to be headed in the right direction with the help of the skilled IBEW members making the highest quality transformers they can. Thanks to those members for their commitment to excellence!

Gregory R. Inglut, A.B.M.


Owner John Darby (left) and Local 41 Steward Ron Bailey stand in front of Niagara Transformer's building expansion.

Donation to Community College

L.U. 43 (em,i&rts), SYRACUSE, NY — Our work continues to improve. Jobs such as the addition at Turning Stone Casino and the Upstate Hospital Cancer wing started hiring. New projects in our area that could bring more work for the members are: Bass Pro Shop and a proposed clean-room facility at Griffis Air Park, both in the Utica area.

Recently, IBEW Local 43 and the NECA Finger Lakes Chapter partnered to give Onondaga Community College a generous gift totaling $350,000. This five-year endowment will be used to add additional funds to the existing "IBEW/NECA Community Scholars" program. It also supports the college's SRC Arena and Events Center with the newly dedicated IBEW/NECA Box Office.

We are saddened to report the death of longstanding member and past officer, Ken Spears. A veteran of World War II, Bro. Spears was initiated into Local 43 in July 1953. Kenny was first elected treasurer in 1968 and held that position until 1983. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Jim Corbett, P.S.


Attending dedication ceremony at Onondaga Community College, from left: John Zacharek, OCC vice president for development; Margaret O'Connell, OCC interim president; IBEW Local 43 Bus. Mgr. Donald Morgan; and NECA Finger Lakes Chapter Exec. Mgr. Marilyn Oppedisano.

Contract Agreements Ratified

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA — Happy Fourth of July to all! One day a year we are not red or blue states, we are all Red, White & Blue states.

It was a productive spring at Local 47. Bus. Mgr. Pat Lavin successfully negotiated an agreement with Southern California Edison requiring that all transmission, distribution, substation, line clearance and communications work be done by IBEW Local 47 contractors. The agreement was long in the making. It was accomplished with a combination of pressure on and support for SCE.

On June 7 Edison International announced its decision to permanently shut down San Onofre nuclear plant, which has been closed since January 2012. IBEW Local 47 testified at numerous hearings in support of earlier SCE efforts to restart the station.

Agreements were ratified at the Cities of Anaheim and Banning. Organizing continues to be a focus and our membership continues to increase.

Tragedy struck the Local 47 family when SCE lineman Jose Raul Ros was killed in an underground 12KV accident.

We are also sad to report the passing of David Quijas and Eddie Campos. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of our departed brothers.

Work safe, live well, work union!

Stan Stosel, P.S.


Jose Raul Ros (1974 ~ 2013)

Contract Negotiations

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,ptc,rtb,t,u&uow), SPRINGFIELD, IL — Our labor and benefits agreements with Dynegy were scheduled to expire June 30. At this writing, Dynegy has proposed to freeze our current defined benefit pension plan, eliminate retiree medical insurance, reduce employee medical insurance benefits, and slash hourly wage rates. This will likely be a tough round of bargaining and we will face difficult decisions. Additionally, Dynegy recently acquired Duck Creek, Edwards Station, Coffeen, Newton and Joppa stations. Dynegy stated it will honor all labor contracts for bargaining unit employees. This transaction is expected to be finalized by the end of 2013 and Local 51 has filed at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as interveners.

The local recently organized clerical and technical workers at EnerStar Power Corp. in Paris, IL. We have submitted our contract proposals and, at the time of this writing, just started negotiations with the company.

We have open calls for linemen, substation techs and apprentices. We will also start more apprentices this year. Tree trimming has picked up and there may be a need to hire additional trimmers soon.

Our annual picnic will be Saturday, Sept. 21, at Clinton Lake. We will have a great fish fry and there will be plenty of children's activities. Bring your family for the day!

Bus. Mgr. Jim Bates is running unopposed in our upcoming election. This is a tribute to Jim's character and passionate dedication to our local and our members. Good luck to all candidates in our election.

Please work safely and attend your monthly unit meetings.

Karlene Knisley, B.R.

IBEW Day Kick-Off

L.U. 53 (lctt,o,rts&u), KANSAS CITY, MO — The clerical unit employed by Missouri Gas Energy has kicked off IBEW Day. To show solidarity and togetherness, we are wearing IBEW T-shirts on the day of our monthly meetings each month.

Labor Day Celebration: We will celebrate labor at its finest again this year on Sept. 2. Details will be posted on our Web site, or you can call the hall for the details. Hope to see you there!

Lineman's Rodeo: The Lineman's Rodeo will be held this year on Oct. 19.

Local 53 Recognizes Longtime Members: For 60 years of service — Lynn R. Coats; for 55 years of service — Donald Darrah; for 50 years of service — Larry D. Baker, Robert C. Brandon, R.J. Brown, Russell M. Kendall, Harry B. Nowlin, Joe Padilla and Melvin D. Simmons. Congratulations to all!

Hope all finds and keeps you well … Local 53!

Tracy A. Riley, V.P.


Attending Local 53's IBEW Day kick-off: front row, from left, Virginia Jackson-Johnson, Claudia Newman, Debbie Simpson, Wanda Bussey, Michelle Smith, Janet Winstead; back row, Gregory Pace, Rosemary Gaskin, Paul Johnson, Annette Young, Julie Useldinger, Ollie Washington, Mary Lewis, Pam Robins and Rosie Kimbrough.

Workers Memorial Monument

L.U. 57 (lctt,mo,o,t&u), SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Since April 28 fell on a Sunday this year, the Workers Memorial Day Service was held Saturday, April 27.

A sandstone monument was placed on the banks of the Snake River at Freeman Park, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Both state and city proclamations were read to proclaim April 28 as Workers Memorial Day. This year's service was in memory of Local 57 member Jimmy Westwood, who died on the job in 2011.

Approximately 100 family, friends and union members attended the ceremony. Thanks to the hard work of East Idaho Central Labor Council Pres. and IBEW Local 57 member Rory Cullen, along with the rest of the East Idaho CLC and Idaho State AFL-CIO, this permanent memorial can be viewed by all who walk along the banks of the river. An engraved brick in honor of Jimmy Westwood will also be installed at the Workers Memorial in Silver Spring, MD. Remember every day to "mourn for the dead and fight like hell for the living."

Scott Long, P.S.


East Idaho Workers Memorial

Annual Sports Night Results

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA — Results are in for Local 103's 26th Annual Sports Night. The first game had 40 children, consisting of sons and daughters of Local 103 members, playing in the Mite, Squirt and Peewee hockey game. This year, the Red team defeated the Blue team 12-6. Ryan Losordo scored four goals for the Red team to help win the game.

Journeymen and apprentices took the rink next. This year's game was close, all the way to the final minute of the third period, as journeyman Dan Hall assisted A.J. Kern, who scored the winning goal to break the 1-1 tie with 43 seconds to go in the final period. Kern was named MVP for his game-winning goal.

On the court just down the hall, the journeymen and apprentice basketball game was held. It was another close game all the way through; the first half ended with the apprentice team leading 29-28. However, the journeymen won the game with a final score of 49-46. Apprentice Mike Paulsen had the most points overall tallying at 15. Named as the MVP was journeyman Otilio Quinones Jr., who had 11 points for the winning team.

Thank you to everyone behind the scenes who made this day possible.

Kevin C. Molineaux, P.S.

Negotiations Underway

L.U. 111 (em,govt,lctt,mt,o,rtb,spa&u), DENVER, CO — It's been busy around the hall. Nominations for officers and Executive Board and Examining Board members were completed the end of April 2013, with ballots mailed to the membership in May. At press time, ballots were scheduled to be counted June 7. Results are to be reported.

At press time, negotiations continue for the following groups: San Miguel Power, WECC, and the PSCO I&C Techs. While noticeable progress has been made with WECC, the process for San Miguel Power and PSCO I&C Techs has been at a snail's pace as of this writing.

The Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC) has been in full event swing. Their mission is to involve, encourage, educate and train union members, creating solidarity and community participation. The EWM has been instrumental in getting the younger workers involved by hosting events and gatherings where members can get to know their fellow union brothers and sisters. This is essential in educating our younger generations on the importance of building a better environment for working families through community involvement.

Mike Kostelecky, P.S.

'Join Us for Summer Activities'

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR — Summer is in full swing, and your local is busy preparing for several annual events. We hope that you'll join us and take the time to visit with friends and co-workers. Often, we're so busy focusing on job duties and responsibilities that we forget a founding tenet of our union — fellowship. Please join us at these events because they're not just about us. Money raised at these events support the Oregon Burn Center, which is our flagship charity. If you have any questions about the upcoming events, contact our business office at (503) 262-9125.

July 13, 2013: The 20th Annual Pacific Northwest Lineman Rodeo will be held in Gresham, OR. Visit for more information.

August 16, 2013: The local's annual Bend golf tournament will be held at the River's Edge Golf Course. Registration forms will be available at

August 17-18, 2013: Grab your bats and gloves for the local's annual Bend softball tournament. The kid's raffle gets bigger every year and is a highlight of the event. Visit for more information.

Marcy Grail, P.S.

'An Abundance of Work'

L.U. 141 (ees,i,o&u), WHEELING, WV — We are fortunate to have an abundance of work in our area due mainly to the construction of several natural gas facilities. There has also been an increase in our commercial work, as well as a rising demand for campsite and hotel project jobs to accommodate the increasingly large presence of the gas industry workers.

As of this writing, we are preparing to negotiate a new contract. Also at press time, we are planning our annual picnic.

We congratulate our most recent class of journeyman inside wiremen: Dave Kovalski, Travis Locke, Manny Dehner, Derek Leach, John Garrett, Dustin Rice and Kurt Paulus.

Michael Parker, R.S./P.S.

Service Pins Awarded

L.U. 153 (em,i,mt,rtb,rts,se,spa&st), SOUTH BEND, IN — The local has a Retirees Breakfast the first Wednesday of the odd-numbered months, at 9 a.m., at Honker's Restaurant in Mishawaka, IN. The May gathering was well attended with several of our "snow bird" retirees back home. Those receiving years-of-service pins that day were: 55-year members Bill Haase Jr. and Hank Bahr, and 50-year members Eugene Snyder and Dave Dressen. On hand for Hank's 55-year pin presentation was his son Rob Bahr. Rob Bahr is a third-generation electrician; the Bahr family has a long tradition in the electrical industry.

At this writing, the work outlook was still slow. A lot of school work is planned for this summer and we hope it gets our members back to work. Our local union elections recently took place and we wish the newly elected officers well over the next three years.

Stan Miles, Pres./P.S.


Local 153 service award recipients: Bill Haase Jr. (left), Eugene Snyder, Dave Dressen and Hank Bahr.

Member Elected to School Board

L.U. 159 (i), MADISON, WI — We have been very fortunate this year helping many Book II brothers and sisters get work in our area. We expect steady employment this summer with calls going into Book II. We thank the many travelers who have come here to help us man our work and provide well-trained and qualified workers for the projects we have going.

One member of our local ran a write-in campaign for a local school board and was elected in April. Since that district will be doing some major construction soon, it is good to have a member on the board. Often we are faced with trying to get local elected boards to see the value of good contracting and using union labor. Instead of trying to convince elected officials to do the right thing rather than just use the lowest bidder, have those local officials be union members. This helps prevent corporate attorneys and management from pushing anti-union policies behind closed doors, because we are then in those closed meetings keeping them honest. So next election don't just vote for a pro-union sounding candidate, be the candidate.

David F. Boetcher, Pres.

Upcoming 2013 Summer Events

L.U. 191 (c,i,mo,rtb&st), EVERETT, WA — As I write this article, summer is rapidly approaching and the work picture on the west side remains slow, while the east side is picking up. There are a lot of projects being talked about on the west side, but so far there hasn't been much activity. The work on the east side should last into the fall and beyond, with enough work for those willing to cross the hump.

For many of our members, the IBEW is a family tradition. "Young" Dave Brune sent in a couple of photos showing five generations of Brune wiremen. Young Dave is the great-grandson of Dave, grandson of Morrie, son of "Big" Dave and the father of Aaron and Ian. Rounding out the member tree is Big Dave's brother Ed. The Brunes represent almost 60 years of active membership.

Upcoming 2013 events include:

  • Westside Golf Tournament, July 20, Avalon Golf Links, Burlington
  • Eastside Picnic, July 27, Hydro Park, East Wenatchee
  • Westside Picnic, Aug. 10, Nile Golf & Country Club,
    Mount Lake Terrace
  • Eastside Golf Tournament, Aug. 10, Highlander Golf Club,
    East Wenatchee

Volunteers are always welcome to help at these events. Contact the hall for information.

Tim Silsbee, P.S.


Local 191 Brunes family members, from left: Dave, Morrie, Ed, Ian, "Big" Dave, Aaron and "Young" Dave.

New Projects Underway

L.U. 193 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL — The St. John's Hospital addition and remodel is ongoing and Huen Electric has been hiring. Memorial Hospital's new wing is coming out of the ground with B & B Electric as the contractor. City Water, Light and Power's new Water Building & Pump Station facility is underway with Anderson Electric on the job. Ten apprentice wiremen were started by the JATC, and City Water, Light and Power hired three apprentices.

The Workers Memorial Day had a nice turnout from Local 193 at the AFL-CIO Building in Springfield. Habitat for Humanity just finished a house on Enos Avenue in Springfield and has a new project starting on West Washington. Thank you to all Local 193 members for wiring "H for H" with outstanding, unmatched skill and dedication to "Abe's Hometown." The Local 193 softball team will be in the IBEW State Softball Tourney this year.

Contract negotiations this year resulted in ratification of the Outside Power Agreement, as well as the Inside Wireman, St. John's Hospital, S.E.A. Group Inc. and Nelson Tree Service agreements; and a wage opener for City Water, Light and Power. Negotiations for the South Central Illinois Telecommunications Agreement are underway.

Summer is slowly arriving in Illinois. Have a cool one!

Don Hudson, P.S.

Apprentice Graduates & Building Trades Job Rally

L.U. 197 (em&i), BLOOMINGTON, IL — Congratulations to our apprentice graduates of 2012/2013. We are proud of our new journeyman wiremen and look forward to them becoming leaders in the IBEW. A nice dinner was held at the Ozark House, and certificates and awards were handed out. Congratulations to Clint Johnson, awarded student of the year, and to Jim Suppan, who won the academic achievement award for having the highest grade point average over five years. This class has been involved with our local's activities and we hope they will continue. This was Ken McLean's last year of teaching. The JATC and the local are tremendously grateful for Bro. McLean's dedication and knowledge he brought to the program.

We held a Building Trades Job Rally at the Kroger store on College Ave. Thanks to our retirees and members who showed up in solidarity against nonunion, out-of-town workers being handed our jobs. Also, thanks for calling the store management and sending e-mails to the Kroger corporate office. The work picture remains pretty slow in our jurisdiction. Anyone on Book I should be signing other books. We are grateful to other locals that have helped put our members to work.

Our 25th annual golf outing will be July 27 at Fairlakes golf course in Secor. We encourage everyone to sign up and get on a team. Remember to stay involved in the local union!

Mike Raikes, Pres.


Local 197 congratulates 2012/2013 apprentice graduates. From left: Instructor Ken McLean, JATC Dir. Renee Riddle, Jim Suppan, Josh Scaggs, Clint Johnson, Mike Russell, and Jake Goar. Not pictured is Josh Linton.

'Marching Into Spring'

L.U. 269 (i&o), TRENTON, NJ — Although the trees were mostly bare, there was plenty of green to be seen throughout our territory early this spring as union members marched in St. Patrick's Day parades in Mercer and Burlington counties in New Jersey, and in Buck's County in Pennsylvania. The parades were spread out over three weeks turning the holiday into a month long event. Participation was up from past years. The electricians' marching groups were led by a pick-up truck decorated with a brand new advertising wrap proudly displaying our local and International IBEW logos.

As April arrived the good works of our members continued, most notably with the annual cleaning of the Morrisville, PA, section of the Delaware-Raritan Canal Park and our ongoing Adopt-a-Highway efforts on both sides of the Delaware River. The canal crew took to kayaks and canoes to aid their efforts, while the highway volunteers used a boots-on-the-ground strategy to accomplish their mission. It was a job well done by our members and their families, and they deserve great credit. Through volunteering, our members can raise the profile of our organization and experience the reward of helping others. Thank you, everybody.

Brian Jacoppo, P.S.


Local 269 members gather for one of the many highway clean-ups performed throughout the year.

What's It Worth?

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN — As building trades craftsmen know, the construction pendulum swings to feast or famine. The present indicators identify this summer and fall as a feast. There are projects spread throughout our jurisdiction. Use the Web site. Stay informed. Use your membership. Be involved. What's our IBEW membership worth? What's it even for? Some apprentices ask, "Why should I pay dues?" The quarterly dues are $96; $45 goes to OUR retirement; $45 goes to the International Office; $6 goes to Local 343. The $51 helps fund the organization that is our livelihood.

Surely, you can be an electrician without the union. You can have the freedom to negotiate — one on one with your boss, every time you change contractors — your wages, health care, retirement, vacation time, holidays, time off, job conditions, start/stop times, breaks, overtime, tools, safety equipment, or as simple a thing as a way to wash your hands. Our current job conditions didn't appear overnight or by themselves. The union will take care of you if you take care of the union.

The Local 343 summer picnic is Aug. 3 at the Oakwoods Trails Campground near Austin. Bring a dish to pass. Just kidding! It's free food and fun … another benefit of union membership.

Look for "Made in USA."

Tom Small, P.S.

Strong Work Picture Projected

L.U. 347 (em,i,mt,rtb,rts&spa), DES MOINES, IA — Should all the pieces fall in place, this local will be looking at a lot of work in the foreseeable future.

There is a $1.5 billion Facebook project that, as of press time, was scheduled to start in June 2013; that project may potentially require approximately 150 electricians. Other possible projects include: a new substation for the Microsoft Data Center, a Marshalltown Power House project, and a Lake Red Rock hydroelectric generating facility project. These are the larger projects that are poised to enter the Local 347 pipeline. There are many other smaller parts to this generally rosy picture.

The local held its annual Pin Party & Recognition Night on March 9. Top service pin honors went to Patrick O'Brien for 60 years of service, and to Phillip Johnson for 55 years of service. We congratulate all the award recipients for their years of service and dedication to the IBEW!

Just for fun, a golf outing was scheduled, as of press time, for June 1.

Mike Schweiger, P.S.


Local 347 retiree Phillip Johnson displays his 55-year award.

IBEW Labor Day Bike Run

L.U. 349 (em,es,i,mps,rtb,rts,spa&u), MIAMI, FL — Our annual Easter Party had a good turnout. Plenty of hot dogs, drinks and Easter eggs. Prizes and surprises were for the children. The Entertainment Committee did another fine job, roping off the fields for the different age groups and setting out all the eggs. All the children had fun.

IBEW Local 222's satellite Miami office is putting on a Ride with Pride Labor Day bike run to be held Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 - Sept. 1. It will start in Miami and wind through the state ending in Ocala, FL. Plans call for visiting a couple of IBEW locals along the way for some end-of-ride get-togethers and celebrating both days. It will be a nice two-day ride. All proceeds will go to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Visit IBEW Local 222's Web site or contact Willy Dezayas at (305) 219-8234 for more information. Have fun and ride safe.

Our Continuing Education classes, for your Certificate of Competency-Metro card, are about to end. Contact John McHugh at the apprenticeship office to find out about the classes and dates.

Remember to work safe and work smart. Attend your union meetings. Where there is unity, there is strength. Let's keep our local strong.

Remember our soldiers and our union brothers and sisters working overseas. Bring them home safe.

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

Apprentice Graduating Class

L.U. 357 (c,i,mt&se), LAS VEGAS, NV — Congratulations to the apprentice graduating class of 2013:

A. Abalos, A. Ada, R. Aguilar, J. Alaimo, G. Aldebot, P. Allen, J. Alongi, M. Alvarez, M. Ayoub, B. Bailey, N. Barnes, J. Bascones, J. Bell Jr., C. Bell, R. Birrell, J. Bispo, E. Blair, G. Blair, S. Boettger, A. Bolda, R. Boom, B. Borchardt, J. Brooks, R. Bualle, B. Carter, O. Carter, R. Cerda, B. Coffee, J. Cook, F. Cudia, S. De Gracia, S. Doles, J. Domingo, J. Edmonds, M. Esmeier, S. Esparza, R. Esquivel, W. Evans, J. Ferguson, J. Fotsch, A. Frizzell, R. Gabie, H. Gambee, J. Garcia, R. Garcia, J. Garde, J. Hamon, A. Harker, J. Hathaway, T. Haverlock, A. Henderson, J. Higgs, K. Houck, T. Intrapairote, T. Jackson, W. Jefferson, T. Jordan, C. Kaczmar, J. Karuga, J. King, K. Klein, D. Koeb, T. LeVasseur, N. Lee, B. Leivas, J. Lemon, R. Lim III, J. Lopez, R. Lopez, J. Luce, C. Martin, R. Martin, A. Martinez, A. Martinez, C. Martinez, B. Maxwell, C. McGill, D. McGlothlin, V. Meamber, G. Meyers, R. Milliken, G. Montoya, B. Moore, D. Moore, S. Moore, B. Muffoletto, G. Murray, T. Napolitano, J. Ochoa-Vega, L. Osborne, D. Patterson, I. Paulson, J. Perkins, C. Picard, M. Porter, R. Potain, L. Randolph, E. Rasmussen, M. Robinson Jr., S. Rojas, . Rood, R. Rosinski Jr., J. Ross, J. Ruiz, J. Russell, D. Sanders, E. Sandoval, B. Scott, W. Sharpe, N. Shue, M. Skelton, J. Smith, C. Solorzano, B. Sprague, J. Tanney, P. Terzoli, R. Thoroughgood, M.Threats, J.Tobler, B. Tom, J. Van Ness, M. Vance, L. Varela, S. Villalobos, P. Villanueva, J. Vondruska, M. Wagatu, D. Wanjohi, H. Weinstein, T. Wergin, T. Wilkes III, K. Willhite, W. Willhite, and R. Young.

Thank you to all the members who helped with the Member to Member drive. Because of you, we had a great response.

Jennifer Tabor, P.S.


Local 357 congratulates the 2013 apprentice graduating class.

Retirement & Pinning Party

L.U. 405 (em,i,rtb&spa), CEDAR RAPIDS, IA — Local 405 held its annual Retirement & Pinning Party on March 23. It is always a good time bringing members together at these banquets to hear the "war stories" from jobs they worked on and brothers they have worked with, but this year was a very special time. Not only did we recognize our new retirees (you know who they are by the permanent smiles on their faces), but this year we also were honored to present two 65-year pins and a 75-year pin. It is humbling to see these gentlemen and realize the contributions they have made to our industry and to our local.

Thank you and congratulations to new retirees Harry DeLancey, Jim Dermody, Ed Gibbs, Farl Greene and Steve Herman — and a heartfelt thank you to 65-year members Don Smith and Art Taylor and to 75-year member Manfred "Whitey" Johnson.

The local initiated into membership 24 new apprentices at the April general meeting, and in May we acknowledged the accomplishment of 29 new journeyman inside wiremen, two voice-data-video technicians and one residential wireman at a cookout held at the local union offices.

Bill Hanes, B.M.


Local 405 Bus. Mgr. Bill Hanes (right) presents 75-year award to Manfred "Whitey" Johnson.

Dedicated Leadership

L.U. 441 (as,i&rts), SANTA ANA, CA — After 15 years, Doug Chappell has concluded his service as business manager. Bro. Chappell recently decided to move to another position with Local 441, as well as assume the office of local president; during May's nomination night, Doug was nominated and ran unopposed for the position as president.

Bro. Chappell's IBEW service history is extensive. He was initiated into the union in 1971. He served on the Executive Board in 1992 and again from 1994-1996. He was a business representative and assistant business manager in the late 1990s. From December 1997 to June 2013 he served as business manager.

During his time in office, Doug has been a strong, understanding and progressive leader, always with the working people's and the IBEW's best interest at heart. Doug has spent years putting Local 441 at the forefront of the labor movement in Orange County, and through his dedication we have every reason to believe the local will continue to flourish and set the standard for organized labor.

Richard Vasquez, B.R.


Local 441 Pres. Doug Chappell

WWII Day of Honor

L.U. 457 (u), MERIDEN, CT — On April 27, members of IBEW Local 457 assisted World War II veterans off the bus and onto the last five flights headed to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II Memorial for the Day of Honor.

Thank you to the following members who volunteered their time: from the Middletown group — Tom Cook, Jim Mastria, Sebby Pandolfo, Joe Quinones and Charlie Thomas; and from the Hartford group — Gary Johnston, Larry Polaske, Carm Serrantino and John Walsh.

John Fernandes, B.M./F.S.


Local 457 member Tom Cook (right) assists a World War II veteran.

Class of 2013 Graduates

L.U. 531 (i), LaPORTE, IN–Congratulations to the apprentice graduating class of 2013. The graduates completed the inside journeyman wireman apprenticeship program.

The 2013 graduates are: Ryan Pierce, Chris Trzeciak, Robert Allen, Matt Lessner, Joshua Payne, Adam Grass, Andrew Brenda, Sean Ryan, Ryan Belstra, Brad Kerkes, Andrew Tillema, Allen Easton, Alvin Udvare, Scot Kelly, Ryan Wildfang, Dan Chmielewski, Wesley Wright and Russell Prichard.

We wish you all much success in your careers as tradesmen and as leaders within the local. Take advantage of the upgrade classes the JATC offers to keep improving your skills. Also, please attend local meetings and help with volunteer projects. This is your local now; take stock in it, consider running for office. At union meetings, you will gain valuable knowledge regarding the inner workings of the local and things happening on the jobsites that you should be aware of.

The volunteer projects help us befriend other community organizations, businesses, politicians and decision makers.

Dean F. Harmon, P.S.


Local 531 apprentice graduating class of 2013.

Work Picture: Full Steam Ahead

L.U. 551 (c,i&st), SANTA ROSA, CA — Greetings from the North Bay! Our work picture is in full steam ahead putting all hands on deck! We have also had the great fortune to put travelers to work, and we expect to have a great work picture through the summer.

And now we wish to present our Graduating Class of 2013. Congratulations! Work safe and have a prosperous career!

Inside wiremen graduates: Justin Adiego, Admin Alcazar, Jacob Berg, Timothy Bowser, Mark Dohner, Andrew Elliott, Andrew Geoffrion, Jeff Hutcheon, Brian Kelly, George LaFave, Jose Lopez, Ryan Modell, Jared Mumm, Ian Muskar, Nicholas Paglia, Gianluca Parenti, Kyle Payton, Brad Pierce, Victor Sangervasi, Blake Schindler, Quran Strane and Christopher Thomas.

Sound and Communications graduates: Gabriel King and Christopher Kruger.

Call your hall, brothers and sisters, and see how easy it is to become involved in your union and your community. Right now we are looking for volunteers at our building trades' booth for the Sonoma County Fair in late July and early August.

Thank you and work safe!

Denise D. Soza, B.R./P.S.

'Work Outlook Warming Up'

L.U. 557 (i,mt,rts&spa), SAGINAW, MI — Finally the cold, dark days of winter are behind us and the work outlook for spring and summer is starting to warm up.

With General Motors investing $246 million at the Saginaw Metal Casting Operations, that should help in keeping local hands busy for the immediate future. Additionally, school building work should be starting as soon as the school year ends, and a few other decent projects are also in the pipeline. Hopefully this work will get all the local hands back to work soon.

A remodel project to help revitalize the downtown area has been a fight for local labor. A picket line was set up at the Eddy Building downtown to encourage an out-of-town developer to hire skilled local union labor to complete the project instead of posting help wanted ads on Craigslist to acquire the labor. I hope they come to their senses on this one.

Local 557 welcomes and congratulates our new first-year apprentices: William Brickel, Dan Christensen, Zachary Plank, John Roedel and Josh Williamsen.

Jason Rivette, P.S.


IBEW Local 557 members at the Eddy Building in downtown Saginaw, MI, include: Craig Wark (front row, left), Bill Miner, John Hagarty, Dave Gregory, Phil Barnett, Russ Combs and Jason Rivette.

IBEW 569 Volunteers: Rebuilding Together San Diego

L.U. 569 (i,mar,mt,rts&spa), SAN DIEGO, CA — Local 569 journeymen and apprentices turned out on a Saturday for our Christmas in April charity event. Over 55 members helped in the rehabilitation of a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Hall, a church, a Masonic Lodge and four houses. We joined together with other volunteers from Rebuilding Together San Diego to clean, paint, and install electrical upgrades for low-income families and other worthy groups. It's always rewarding to know that we have improved these homes for the families who live in them and helped make their lives just a little easier. We are always especially pleased when we have a chance to work on a VFW Hall or a Veterans Center.

A big thank-you goes to Dynalectric, Morrow Meadows, HMT Electric, Chula Vista Electric, Baker Electric and Southland Electric; altogether, they donated 12 service trucks for the projects.

Longtime member, agent and organizer Tom Kunde is retiring effective July 1. Tom was initiated in 1977 and graduated our apprenticeship in 1981. He was originally hired by then-business manager Al Shur in 1997, and then promoted to assistant business manager in charge of membership development by Bus. Mgr. Johnny Simpson in 2010. Thank you, Tom, for your many years of dedicated service.

David Taylor, Pres./P.S.


IBEW Local 569 Rebuilding Together San Diego volunteers gather for a community service project.

Congratulations, Young Workers!

L.U. 595 (c,govt,i&st), DUBLIN, CA — We look forward to journeyman upgrade and apprenticeship classes starting in our new ZNE Center this August.

The work picture remains steady and we are cautiously optimistic about the outlook for upcoming years. We are expanding use of the CE/CW program and hope to have more of our contractors embrace the concept as we see the success it brings to the IBEW and NECA.

We sent members to Legislative Conferences and IBEW Construction and Progress meetings recently; the information shared and training received are invaluable. Some incredible challenges are ahead in the discussions about: health care, implementation of the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect multi-employer plans like ours, immigration reform, fights to protect Social Security and Medicare benefits, and the need for jobs. Serious decisions will be made soon that will affect policy for years to come.

Sadly, Local 595 lost one of its great leaders of the "We Generation," Jack Bollinger. Jack was an inspiration to us all. A World War II veteran, he was a leader in the field and a Local 595 Retirees Club member. Jack passed away on March 22 at age 88. He will be sorely missed. Our condolences go to Eleanor, Shawn and the entire Bollinger family.

Congratulations to Local 595 "Young Workers" Rachel Bryan, Jason Gumataotao and Tanya Pitts! The Alameda Labor Council honored these young trade union activists for their work fighting, and defeating, Prop 32.

Tom Mullarkey, B.R.


Local 595 Pres. Greg Bonato (left) with young apprentices Winfield Lee (3rd bracket) and Barry Ochsenfeld (4th bracket) volunteering at a Rebuilding Together home in Oakland, CA.

Apprenticeship Program

L.U. 601 (i&rtb), CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, IL — IBEW Local 601 is very proud of its apprenticeship program. Currently there are 12 apprentices in the first-year class, 11 in the second-year class, six in the third year, 14 in the fourth year, and 20 in the fifth year.

Bob Withers is our invaluable apprenticeship coordinator and also teaches the first-year apprentices; he has served as coordinator since 2003 and has taught since 1979. Brent Stull teaches the second-year class, John Mingee the third year, Allen Halberstadt the fourth year, and Rich Mingee and Dana Nichols the fifth. Mike Aper is the Telecom instructor. Todd Nicholas, Robert Mishler and John Allen also teach specialty courses for the apprentices. All of our teachers have been with the apprenticeship program for many years. We can never thank them enough for their dedication, time and expertise. When Local 601 built its new facility in 2006, the apprenticeship program was also able to build a new state-of-the-art building of its own to provide advanced training for both apprentices and journeymen. [Photo, top left.]

Our work outlook appears better for this summer. At this writing, there are 71 on Book 1, and 211 on Book 2; five apprentices are on the books.

At this writing, Local 601 was scheduled to hold its election of officers on June 4.

Dan Hatter, P.S.


Local 601 first-year apprentices: Shawn Gillespie (left), William Stone, Dustin Bateman, Anthony Street, Chris Doxtator, Thomas Dickey and Alex Hosier.

Make Workers' Voices Heard

L.U. 625 (ees,em,i,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA — Congratulations to our new journeymen: Andrew White, Blake Davidson and Ryan Leblanc. It's always good to see more brothers completing their apprenticeship.

Recently retired members are: Bros. John Boyd, Gary Riggs, Wayne Marchand, Oscar Arsenault and Gary Langille. We are fortunate our local has had a pension plan in place since 1979.

Retired Bro. Sherman Jamieson, 78, passed away April 2. Our condolences go to his family.

With a provincial election coming up soon, members of organized labour must have their voice heard. Try asking the candidates questions such as: "What is your position on growing the middle class?" or, "What are you going to do to help the working family improve their living standard?" Regardless of what political party they belong to, all candidates must be held answerable to the worker. We, the worker, are the clear majority. Everyone should at least vote and be counted.

Thank you to the following locals for the job calls for our traveling members: Local 2330, St. John's, NL; Local 2038, Regina, SK; and Local 993, Kamloops, BC. We appreciate the chance to visit your jurisdiction to work alongside your members.

Tom Griffiths, Pres.

Advanced Stewards Training

L.U. 627 (u), FORT PIERCE, FL — IBEW Int. Reps. Brian K. Thompson and Carmella L. Cruse recently conducted an Advanced Stewards Training seminar with Local 627. The local is very grateful for the excellent session they conducted. We wish Int. Rep. Cruse all the best in her new position as International Organizing Coordinator, Region 4; may she continue to affect so many people in a positive manner.

Nuclear apprentices Casey Kraus and Jason Hampson became new Local 627 members at our April meeting.

The local also recognizes the graduation from Indian River State College of nuclear employees Sid Pennington, Kevin Hewitt, Zaak Faulkner, Dan Lobo and Danny Hall.

Apprentice linemen Chris Herrera, Gary Aleknavich Jr. and Kellen Lewis are now in the field and learning new techniques and skills as they advance to journeyman status.

Local 627 is proud to share a partnership with the City of Port St. Lucie in the "Adopt a Street" program. On the second Saturday of every month, we will gather litter and recyclable materials. I believe this action will send a positive message to all residents of this city.

Ray Vos, P.S.


Local 627 Advanced Steward Training participants, joined by Int. Reps. Carmella L. Cruse and Brian K. Thompson (standing, left).

Line Construction Work

L.U. 659 (c,catv,em,i,lctt,o,st,t&u), MEDFORD, OR — The outside line construction work picture continues to improve in Local 659's jurisdiction. NECA contractors International Line Builders Inc. and Christensen Construction have been working on "re-conductor" and pole replacement projects with more work scheduled to be put out for bid.

The reps will be busy this summer with several contracts coming open.

All the line clearance contracts with Asplundh, Trees Inc. and Wright Tree will be open. The four inside agreements will also be open along with The City of Bandon for wages only.

There is no union picnic scheduled for this summer. This is the first summer in several years that it will not be held. This event is a fundraiser for our Brotherhood Fund and hopefully will be back on next summer.

Congratulations to Portland, OR, Local 48 on their 100th anniversary.

Tom Legg, Pres.


IBEW linemen Scott Downer and Dillian Irvin at work on a Local 659 project with ILB Inc. at Lone Pine substation in Medford, OR.

Project Benefits Veterans

L.U. 673 (catv,i,rts,spa,t&u), PAINESVILLE, OH — Retired member Danny Ziemak has collected phones for our service men and women for quite some time now, and recently he has requested that we save used prescription eye glasses for donation to our veterans.

Danny called the other day to let me know of the effort put in by Bro. Gary Hogan and his mother. They dropped off more than 200 pairs of eyeglasses that will be put to great use. Thanks to Bro. Dan, Bro. Gary and Gary's mother for their work in support of our veterans.

The Magnus construction project continues in Painesville Township. [Photo, top right.] To meet the schedule on this project, crews are working two shifts six days a week as of press time. Lake Erie Electric is doing this project and has indicated that everything is going well. Thanks to our traveling brothers for their help on this project.

Jim Braunlich, P.S.


A view from the new tower at the Magnus International Group site shows the progress on the rest of the construction project, where IBEW Local 673 members and travelers are working.

Labor Roundtable Discussion

L.U. 777 (u), READING, PA — Bros. Richard Drey and Mark Power represented the IBEW and Local 777 at a labor roundtable discussion with U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr.

The event was sponsored by the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, the Central Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation and the Harrisburg Regional Central Labor Council and hosted by our friends at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 520 union hall. A collective of local unions from several trades attended ranging from the IBEW, Plumbers & Pipefitters, and Steelworkers as well as transportation workers, tin workers, state workers, teachers and carpenters. All had questions pertaining to battles on the political forefront that will affect labor going forward. Local 777's question was about EPA regulations on coal-fired power plants and the closure of numerous plants across Pennsylvania and the U.S. — and the effects this will have on the job market, the cost of electricity, and the availability and reliability of electricity on the national grid. Sen. Casey understood and committed to discussing the matter with the EPA administrator.

Mark Power, P.S.

Newly Elected Officers

L.U. 827 (catv&t), EAST WINDSOR, NJ — On April 2, former Local 827 president/business manager Joe McLaughlin swore in newly elected officers, as follows: Bus. Mgr./Pres. Robert W. Speer, Vice Pres. Karen S. Lane, Treas. Glenn R. Puzo Jr. and Rec. Sec. Suzanne M. Wallin.

Suzanne M. Wallin, R.S.


Local 827 former president/business manager Joe McLaughlin (far right) swears in officers. From left: Rec. Sec. Suzanne Wallin, Treas. Glenn Puzo Jr., Vice Pres. Karen Lane and Bus. Mgr./Pres. Robert Speer.

Awards Presentations

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL — It was a great night of brotherhood at our annual Service Pin and Brother of the Year Awards presentation and cookout. Attendees ranged from members with 60 years of service to new members being sworn in to our Local 915 family.

Congratulations to the following brothers for their years of service: 60-year members Alfred Reid and Charles Wade; 50-year member Dennis Field; 45-year member Robert Fran; and 40-year members Bruce Barrow, Paul "P.D." Carlisle, Kenneth Cyphert, Marco Perilla, Jimmie Powell and Randy Tew. Special congratulations to Bro. Robert McDonald, who was able to come to the hall to receive his 75-year plaque.

The Brother of the Year Award recipient has served as our local's vice president and as delegate to our Central Labor Council for many years, as well as wherever needed to help further the Brotherhood. His heart is IBEW and he is a loyal member and friend. Our 2013 James H. Phillips Brother of the Year Award goes to Bro. Jim Froonjian.

Sincere congratulations go to Robert Miles, who is retiring after spending his life serving Local 915. Bro. Miles has served in too many capacities to list and is noted for his loyal devotion to our Brotherhood as our Trust Funds attorney.

Theresa King, P.S.


Attending Local 915 awards ceremony, from left: Pres. Randall King; Brother of the Year Award recipient Jim Froonjian; 60-year service pin recipients Alfred Reid and Charles "Buddy" Wade; and Bus. Mgr. Bill Dever.

Transition Process

L.U. 1049 (lctt,o,u&uow), LONG ISLAND, NY — We, at IBEW 1049, are currently weathering the process of the work force being bifurcated between two employers. On Jan. 1, 2014, approximately 1,400 of our Utility Division members are scheduled to begin working for PSEG. Those members will continue to maintain and operate Long Island Power Authority's electric Transmission & Distribution system. The remaining 1,200 Utility Division members will continue to work for National Grid. This entire process has been influenced by political factors. As of this writing Gov. Andrew Cuomo may be adjusting the plan. Bus. Mgr. Don Daley has assigned Sr. Bus. Rep. Pat Guidice to be our political liaison for the rest of the bifurcation process.

At our April general meeting we welcomed Dave Daly, PSEG senior vice president. He addressed the membership on the upcoming transition of our members from National Grid to PSEG. We look forward to a long, positive, productive and prosperous relationship with PSEG.

In our Outside Division, we recently completed negotiations on behalf of our line clearance tree trimmers and NECA members. Each three-year agreement included general wage increases as well as employer funded increases to the Health and Welfare, and Annuity Funds. Both contracts were overwhelmingly approved by the membership.

Thomas J. Dowling, R.S.

Safety on the Job: Volunteers Raise Awareness

L.U. 1245 (catv,em,govt,lctt,o,pet,t&u), VACAVILLE, CA — Approximately 100 volunteers from electric, gas and tree trimming classifications met for two days in May to explore new ways of promoting job safety. These volunteers serve as "safety stewards" to raise awareness and resolve safety issues on a peer-to-peer basis. This initiative is a response to fatalities and serious injuries in recent years.

Our 100-plus units sponsor community sporting events and engage in charitable activities. Recent projects include: sponsoring a "relay for life," numerous high school and Little League baseball teams, and restoring a famous San Francisco mural. Our Sacramento-Area Organizing Committee's recent charity bowl benefited the Boys and Girls Clubs. Members at Turlock and Modesto Irrigation Districts held their annual bowling tournament.

The local sponsored two soccer tournaments for our line clearance tree trimming members — in Merced and Fairfield, CA. The local is also sponsoring a sporting clays shoot, a motorcycle rally, a golf tournament and other activities that build solidarity.

Members at Sacramento Regional Transit competed in rodeos for light rail workers and bus workers. Members from several employers participate in lineman rodeos, including the International Lineman's Rodeo in Kansas this fall. We are also exploring participation in a gas rodeo.

On Earth Day, members deployed to 10 locations to make our communities cleaner and greener.

Outside Construction work remains strong. Our Outside membership grew by 350 in 2012.

Seven local members received the IBEW Life Saving Award for rescuing crew foreman Rayshawn Neely, who was attacked by a deranged motorist. Award recipients were: Richard Gonzales, Steve Hakker, Nicolas Starkey, Ken Simon, Nelson Pereira and Anthony Esposito.

Eric Wolfe, P.S.


Local 1245 Pres. Mike Davis (left) and Bus. Rep. Mark Rolow (right) present IBEW Life Saving Awards. From left: M. Davis, Nicolas Starkey, Richard Gonzales, Steve Hakker, Rayshawn Neely, Ken Simon, Nelson Pereira and M. Rolow. Not pictured: Anthony Esposito and Stan Zamora.

'Maine Initiative' Gains

L.U. 1253 (i), AUGUSTA, ME — We recently came through our best winter in years, recording at or near full employment for the whole season. While large projects such as the Maine General Medical Center (MGMC) have meant a lot to us, smaller projects like the new Bangor Auditorium, the Woodland Mill liquefied natural gas project, switchyard work, the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building, and numerous projects at paper mills around the jurisdiction have employed the majority of the local.

While large and industrial projects account for a large percentage of our employment, we have also seen great success with our CE/CW driven recovery work. We have ongoing work in educational settings and on small-scale hospital projects that we wouldn't be able to win without the improved crew mix provided by our recovery agreement, The Maine Initiative.

Over the past year we have increased membership and look to do the same this year, using the CE/CW program and the apprenticeship program to continue to grow our numbers.

Over the past three months we draped the charter for the loss of several retired members. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of our members who passed away.

Scott Cuddy, P.S.


Local 1253 members and travelers working for E.S. Boulos Co. at the MGMC project in Augusta, Maine, have shown what skilled IBEW craftspeople can do. When the completion date was moved up, the 120-plus members on the project responded with expertise.

Photo credit: Dean Denis

Congratulations to Retirees

L.U. 1307 (u), SALISBURY, MD — Congratulations to our new retirees. From Choptank Electric Cooperative we have: Walter Walley Sr., electronic & load management technician; and James Harmon, operation utility person. From Delmarva Power we have: Marlene Griffin, customer information specialist; Gerald Riddle, hydraulic & equipment technician; Howard Slaughter, substation technician senior; John Hill, hydraulic & equipment technician; Herman Jackson, hydraulic & equipment technician; Gloria Milbourne, senior community outreach specialist; and Jack Kohland, stock keeper. Thank you, brothers and sisters, for a job well done.

Local 1307 mourns the loss of Bro. Pat Sharkey. Bro. Sharkey retired from Delmarva Power as a journeyman lineman. He had also served in the U.S. Air Force and had many outdoor hobbies. Bro. Sharkey will be missed by many friends and family.

Even though the summer gets busy, try to make time to attend monthly union meetings. It's a great time to get information and see some friends.

Charles T. Harris Jr., P.S.

IBEW Career of Service

L.U. 1393 (catv,lctt,o,t&u), INDIANAPOLIS, IN — At this writing, our local union election of officers was scheduled to take place in June 2013. As of press time, election results were not yet available.

A newly elected business manager/financial secretary will replace our longtime business manager/financial secretary of nearly 24 years effective July 18, 2013.

Thomas "Joe" Bailey decided not to seek a ninth term as business manager/ financial secretary after more than two decades leading our local. Bro. Bailey is a second-generation IBEW member and the son of former Local 1393 business manager/financial secretary and retired Int. Rep. Everette Bailey.

Bro. Joe Bailey, an IBEW member for over 38 years, has been a relentless advocate for labor and has provided countless hours of support and aggressive representation in the minefield of corporate greed for our members. During his administration he brought the local from a difficult financial standing to an improved financial picture to position the local for the future. Thank you, Bro. Bailey, and good luck with your future endeavors.

Robert C. Fox, P.S.


Local 1393 Bus. Mgr. Thomas "Joe" Bailey.

Safety Revisited in St. Louis

L.U. 1439 (u), ST. LOUIS, MO — Safety should always be first and foremost on your mind when handling power lines, but sometimes the unexpected happens and lives are affected dramatically.

We mourn the loss of Bro. David Burns, who was killed by an electrical contact while working storm restoration during a spring storm. Dave was known to be a safety advocate and safety rep for the local. Another brother lost a limb in October 2012 while working a routine transformer change.

Safety rules are designed for a reason. We applaud all members who serve on Joint Safety Boards, volunteer to be safety representatives for their work groups or participate in other aspects of safety on the job. We have come a long way since 1891. Safety is also a principle set out in our Code of Excellence.

"Right to Work" (for less) legislation, among other anti-workers bills, continues to be a major battle in Missouri. It appears that our defensive approach and tactics will be successful again in this 2013 session.

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


Local 1439 Bro. Dave Burns.

50-Year Certificate of Service

L.U. 1501 (ees,em,mo,pet,rts&t), BALTIMORE, MD — At a 2009 meeting of IBEW delegates, Bus. Mgr./Pres. Dion F. Guthrie was honored for achieving more than 50 years of continuous service to the IBEW. Int. Sec.-Treas. Salvatore J. Chilia, then Fourth District Vice President, was among those present and extended his congratulations to Bus. Mgr. Guthrie.

Bus. Mgr. Guthrie stated it was an honor achieving such a milestone and reflected on those years with the delegates, who gave him a standing ovation. Shortly after the delegates meeting, Bus. Mgr. Guthrie received his 50-year IBEW Certificate of Service.

Thomas J. Rostkowski, R.S.


Local 1501 Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Dion F. Guthrie.

2013 SBP Star Awards Luncheon —
School Business Partnership

L.U. 1547 (c,em,i,o,t&u), ANCHORAGE, AK — Anchorage School Business Partnership (SBP) is one of many organizations Local 1547 works with to enhance our community. Local 1547 has been actively involved in the SBP program and has worked directly with Anchorage School District, the district schools, staff, students and families since 2001. The SBP program provides opportunities for students, teachers, businesses and community agencies to enhance educational experiences that nurture future employees and citizens.

Each year SBP holds a luncheon to recognize businesses and organizations that help make the program successful. Among those attending the 2013 SBP STAR Awards Luncheon from our local were: Local 1547 Bus. Mgr. Mike Hodsdon; Local 1547 Assoc. General Counsel and state Sen. Bill Wielechowski; Local 1547 Organizer and state Rep. Chris Tuck; and Local 1547 Records Mgr. and SBP board member Dora Wilson. Others in attendance included students, school officials and SBP officers.

Melinda Taylor, P.S.


2013 SBP STAR Awards Luncheon attendees include: Local 1547 Bus. Mgr. Mike Hodsdon (second from right); SBP Exec. Dir. Cheri Spink (third from left); Local 1547 Assoc. General Counsel and state Sen. Bill Wielechowski (far right); Local 1547 Organizer and state Rep. Chris Tuck (far left); and Local 1547 Records Mgr. and SBP board member Dora Wilson (third from right).

Recover Our Work

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA — The work picture in the Augusta metro area for the IBEW is improving. With the help of our local contractors as well as our out-of-town union contractors, this local is gaining market share.

Although we have most of the large projects in the area, such as the project labor agreement work at Savannah River Site and Plant Vogtle, we want more. Although this local has its members working, as well as many travelers, that is not good enough. We want it all! We should never be happy with the work we have until we achieve 100 percent of the work.

Currently, IBEW Local 1579 has about 36 percent of the employment share. Just imagine if we had 60, 70 or even 90 percent. Of course, this takes dedication and time as most of us want overnight results.

To achieve this, we have to all do our part. From an administrative and a representation standpoint, we have worked hard staying on top of potential jobs for union contractors to bid and will continue to do so. The contractors are doing a good job bidding and getting work from nonunion contractors that pay their employees less than half of what we make. The IBEW (in many cases) is doing some jobs with half as many workers as their nonunion competition. This is what it is going to take to take all of this work.

Until next time, God bless.

Will Salters, A.B.M.