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Charity Fair Volunteers

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa,st&ws), ST. LOUIS, MO — We had a great 2013 Labor Day parade. The Fox High School marching band led the way as Local 1 honored our retirees, including Bro. Bertrand Mahoney, who at age 93 is a 73-year IBEW member. Our apprentices' creativity was also on display, as each year's class created their own T-shirts for the parade.

IBEW Local 1 and NECA, through the Electrical Connection, donated time, funds and materials to modernize the temporary electrical service for the Overland Lions Charity Fair. Two new disconnects and thousands of feet of temporary cabling and lighting were installed by Local 1 volunteers: Bus. Reps. Dave Roth, Steve Muehling and John Kahrhoff, as well as members Tim Backwell, Jim Stout, Russell Bayer, Mike Newton, Jack Granicke, Fritz Uhle, Mark Callahan, Chris Abele, Bryan Siebel, Pete Sexauer, John Sanderson, Marty Sanderson, Sam Licare, Justin Viets, Quentin Crayton, Eddie Simon, Eddie Hook III and John Moyle. Special thanks to: Schaeffer Electric for supplying a bucket truck, PayneCrest Electric for providing a service truck, and Sanderson Electric for donating permits and providing service trucks.

With mourn the death of several members: Bros. Edward Hastie, Earl Weber, Larry Handshy, John Maynard, John Neymour, Arthur Lutz Jr., Daniel Harris, John Calcaterra, Ralph Handley, Charles Watts, Robert Muller, Donald Musick, Ronald Robinson, David Buchholz, William Sandrock and Tom Beussink.

John Moyle, P.S.


Local 1 retirees honored at 2013 Labor Day parade.

Annual Retirees Picnic

L.U. 7 (i), SPRINGFIELD, MA — On Aug. 13, IBEW Local 7 enjoyed the company of more than 50 retirees at their annual retirees picnic. It was great to see so many retirees show up. It is nice to see them enjoying the retirement they worked so hard for. Everyone enjoyed good food, good stories and a lot of laughs. Every day is Saturday for this crew!

Mark Kuenzel, P.S.


Local 7 holds 2013 annual retirees picnic.

2013 IALC Award

L.U. 9 (catv,govt,lctt,o&u), CHICAGO, IL — Congratulations to our Bus. Mgr. Robert Pierson for being chosen as the Italian American Labor Council of Greater Chicago's Man of the Year for 2013. The council is honoring Bob for his tireless efforts to improve the lives of IBEW members. Bob is also the chairman of the IBEW International Executive Council and serves on the executive boards of the Chicago Federation of Labor and the State Conference of the IBEW. He has been a devoted IBEW member for 47 years. A dinner dance in Bob's honor was hosted by the IALC.

We congratulate the following members for completing the Local 9 Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training program: Brian Browne, Alex Delago, Dan Fleck, John Harris, Terry Holcomb, Joseph Jamrozy, Vincent Larsen, David Lewis, Christopher Rempert and Monique Rhivers.

The 8th Annual Local 9 Golf Outing was in August. More than 200 participants enjoyed a beautiful day on the course. In September, attendees had a great time at the Local 9 Annual Family Picnic. Great food, games and friendship highlighted the day. Thank you to Pres. John Conroy and his many volunteers for their hard work to make the day enjoyable.

We extend heartfelt wishes to our members and their families for a wonderful holiday season.

Mary Beth Kaczmarek, P.S.

LCTT Boot Camp

L.U. 17 (catv,em,lctt,o&u), DETROIT, MI — Expectations were surpassed with the introduction of Local 17's Line Clearance Tree Trimmer first-ever boot camp in August. The intense nine-day training program took groundmen interested in becoming apprentices and introduced them to the arborist equipment and techniques required to work aloft. The training included open and closed climbing systems, knot tying qualification, first aid/CPR, CDL preparations, aerial rescue and rigorous daily climbing exercises that excluded the use of gaffs in order to get into the working positions required of proper line clearance.

Not only will the advent of this pass/fail process raise the bar for the LCTT apprenticeship, but it will also provide a very uniform "first step" apprentice to signatory contractors and utilities. Out of the 12 applicants, nine quality apprentices were accepted into the LCTT program to begin their training.

On the line side, the 6-17-A agreement is in full swing with the books almost completely cleared and a full work load to keep our hard-working members busy.

As always, work safe, work hard and make a good name for yourself.

Dean Bradley, B.M./F.S.


At the Local 17 LCTT boot camp are, barely visible among the tree branches: Chris Owens, Tim Stutterheim, David Gilliam and Andrew Eastlake.

Steward Training & Organizing

L.U. 21 (catv,govt&t), DOWNERS GROVE, IL — In July more than 65 new stewards attended a two-day training class conducted by Int. Rep. C.J. King. The class covered an array of topics including: welcoming new members, duty of fair representation, Weingarten rights, grievance procedure, and the importance of organizing new members into our ranks. There will be another class this fall for those new stewards who could not attend the July training.

Bus. Rep. Dave Webster is helping employees working at DirectSat, a subcontractor of Direct TV, join our union. As could be expected, management began pulling out all the union busting stops when they found out their employees wanted to organize. Within days of their first meeting with Dave, one of the workers who was most vocal about joining the IBEW was fired. The following week, DirectSat CEO Daniel Yannantuono flew to Chicago to tell his employees life would be better without a union. That's easy for the million-dollar man to say — he doesn't have to worry if he will make enough to pay his bills or have time to spend with his family. If you have any information about DirectSat or know someone who works there, please contact Dave at

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


IBEW Local 21 welcomes DirectSat CEO Daniel Yannantuono to Chicago.

Building Grounds Project

L.U. 41 (em,es,govt,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NY — While the leaves have changed, so has the appearance of Local 41's office and grounds. Beginning in spring, Bus. Mgr. Mike Gaiser and Pres. Matt Hilmey decided to make some improvements to the outside of our union hall. It began with our sign getting a retrofit by one of our sign contractors, Flexlume, making a new face and installing high-efficiency lighting for the sign. Seeing the way the new sign looked meant it was time for some shrubs and flowers around the sign and in front of the building. We had our apprentices add some outlets to the front of the building and also install a conduit for our last piece of the puzzle, a fiberglass buffalo. The buffalo was mounted on a concrete pad with LED lighting installed to light up the buffalo at night.

Thanks to 55-year IBEW member and retiree Ed Wesolowski for getting the ball rolling when he contacted us as to where we could find a buffalo. It was a fun project with retirees, journeymen and apprentices participating. It's times like this, when everyone is involved, that make me proud to be a part of our union.

Gregory R. Inglut, A.B.M.


Local 41 renovation project was a participatory effort.

Tribute to Career of Service

L.U. 43 (em,i&rts), SYRACUSE, NY — A service plaque was presented to James Corbett by Bus. Mgr. Don Morgan and Pres. Pat Costello on behalf of a grateful membership, to acknowledge Bro. Corbett's long and distinguished career in IBEW Local 43. Bro. Corbett retired effective June 28 this year.

Jim's career with Local 43 spanned 39 years. For the last 14 of those years, he served the membership as referral agent with integrity as always. Jim was elected to the IBEW Local 43 Executive Board in June 1983, and his 30 years of continuous service on the board mark a record for length of service in that post in the history of Local 43.

Jim has dedicated himself not only to the welfare of the IBEW, but also to all working men and women. His sense of community can be measured by his involvement in countless community based activities, including his many years as an elected member of the Onondaga County Legislature.

God speed to you and your family, Bro. Corbett, and may the road rise to meet you!

Gene Townsend, P.S.


Local 43 Pres. Pat Costello (left), retiree Jim Corbett and Bus. Mgr. Don Morgan.

Golf Tourney & Motorcycle Run

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA — Happy Thanksgiving and Veterans Day to our IBEW brothers and sisters. Remember to take the time to thank veterans for the sacrifices they have made.

In July we held our 13th Annual Injured Workers Memorial Golf Tournament. All 144 available positions were taken — making the event "sold out" every year since its inception.

In September we had our 10th Annual Brotherhood Motorcycle Run. More than 125 riders as well as around 250 members, family, friends and supporters showed up for the ride. Joining Local 47 for the last several years has been a group from the "Teamsters Riders." Funds from both events went to Casa Colina, which supports injured veterans, and to our Injured Workers Fund, a 501(c)(3) account established to assist members who are hospitalized for three or more days or who miss work for 10 or more days due to a work related injury.

At press time, we are negotiating contracts with the Cities of Riverside, Anaheim, Vernon, and Colton.

We are sad to report the passing of member Austin Hammond. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Work safe, live well, work union.

Stan Stosel, P.S.


Chris Erikson (right) and Pat Lavin, business managers from Locals 3 and 47, respectively, at IBEW Local 47's Brotherhood Motorcycle Run.

Dynegy Contract Ratified

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,ptc,rtb,u&uow), SPRINGFIELD, IL — Thank you to all our members who supported the Bloomington, Champaign and Peoria Labor Day parades.

Congratulations to our Champaign Unit on winning the Champaign, IL, County AFL-CIO Annual Labor Day Softball Tournament!

The Local 51 membership ratified a four-year contract and benefit agreement with Dynegy Midwest Generation.

Local 51 and Dynegy Inc. reached an agreement concerning the terms, conditions and benefits related to the acquisition of the Ameren Energy Resources plants in Illinois.

We wish to welcome the clerical workers employed at IBEW Local 197 into our local union as members.

Please work safely and attend your monthly unit meeting. Have a blessed holiday season!

Karlene Knisley, B.R.

Labor Day Celebration

L.U. 53 (lctt,o,rts&u), KANSAS CITY, MO — The Labor Day parade was a huge success. We celebrated labor at its finest. The event was bigger than ever. Plenty of union workers came out to celebrate the day with family, friends and co-workers. There was great food and it was a great time for Local 53.

We had two teams participating in the Labor Day BBQ Contest this year. Local 53 Team #3 participants included: Tom Clark, Adam Heater and Mike Matthews (all from Independence, Power & Light); they took first place in the chicken category and second place in the brisket category. Local 53 Team #5 included Randy Dearing, apprentice lineman, and his REDD's Rub Crew; they took third place in the pork rib category. Overall, grand champions!

Service Pins Awarded: Congratulations to Tim Bopp and Todd Shull for 25 years of IBEW service.

Hope all finds and keeps you well … Local 53!

Tracy A. Riley, V.P.


Local 53 Team #3 members Tom Clark (left), Adam Heater and Mike Matthews, with Bus. Rep. Bruce VanCompernolle.

60-Year Service Award

L.U. 71 (lctt,o&rtb), COLUMBUS, OH — Our work remains very good as of this writing with no signs of slowing down. From transmission to underground we have seen increased man-hours worked in all facets of our industry. Unfortunately, we have also seen an uptick in safety infractions, with a couple resulting in primary flashes. Brother and sisters, we are our "brothers' keepers." Always remember to diligently practice safety on the job; let's all do our part to build on our strong reputation and the pride that our fellow members have in our trade.

Thank you to the 1,100 combined members, family and friends who attended this year's local picnic at Cedar Point Amusement Park. Thanks to all participants for making it a successful event.

Congratulations to retired Bro. David Fissel, who was presented with his 60-year service award at a recent meeting.

Our new bimonthly newsletter was sent out to all members; let us know what you think or would like to see in future publications.

Condolences go out to the families of retired Bros. Ed Sexton and Charles Hemke, who recently passed away.

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


Local 71 retiree David Fissell (center) receives 60-year service award presented by former business manager Wally Sickles (left) and Fourth District Int. Rep. David Appleman, former assistant business manager.

Contracts Ratified

L.U. 83 (u), BINGHAMTON, NY — Efforts supporting the Cayuga Power Plant repowering project have been underway at Local 83. The project would switch the plant from coal to two gas turbines, which would save jobs at the plant and in the community.

New contracts have been ratified at Otsego Electric Cooperative and Delaware County Electric Cooperative. Thank you to the stewards for their help with negotiations.

Don Tuttel, P.S.

Union Tribute to Heroes

L.U. 97 (u), SYRACUSE, NY — IBEW Local 97 members participated in "Operation Please Remember Me," a tribute to fallen soldiers within the Capital District, organized by retired Local 97 lineman Thomas Regan. The tribute included hanging 140 decorated American flags on utility poles along Route 9 in the Colonie area. Each flag represented four soldiers of the 560 veterans from the Capital District who made the ultimate sacrifice. The flags were displayed from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July. Local 97 is proud of Thomas Regan and the union members who participated in this tribute to our fallen heroes.

Congratulations to Bus. Mgr. Theodore Skerpon and his team on their re-election in 2013. Ted has successfully negotiated several contracts this year including a four-year extension agreement with PSEG and a three-year contract extension with National Grid.

Local 97 continues to oppose the proposed Champlain-Hudson Transmission Project and is supporting a transmission rebuild in upstate New York utilizing IBEW members to complete the work. The local also remains active in the re-power of NRG's Dunkirk Plant outside of Buffalo, NY.

James Zabinski, V.P.


Local 97 retiree Thomas Regan, of "Operation Please Remember Me."

'Massachusetts Stand Down'

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA — The motto is "a hand up, not a hand out," which is what Volunteers of America, the Department of Veteran Affairs and IBEW Local 103 worked together to accomplish at this year's Massachusetts Stand Down event Aug. 23-24. The mission was to provide free services to homeless veterans or veterans at risk of becoming homeless. Knowing the obstacles veterans face on a daily basis, the sponsors arranged the event to provide services including housing, medical and mental care, food and clothing, VA benefits, employment support and much more. Over 1,000 men and woman received a "hand up" on those two days. The event was hosted in the Local 103 union hall and the parking lot. A special thanks to Gary Walker, Dennis Sullivan and Paul Roche for their time and hard work setting up the temporary electrical power and lights.

The annual Labor Day Family Outing was held in September for Local 103 members and their families. It was a good opportunity for members to catch up and for kids to enjoy activities like face painting, sand art and bouncy houses. Thank you to Lou Antonellis for organizing and running the event, and to the staff, and members of Local 103 for all their help.

Kevin C. Molineaux, P.S.


Local 103's Annual Family Outing was a great success.

Anti-union Forces in Canada

L.U. 105 (catv,i&o), HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA — Anti-union forces are gaining momentum in Canada. Late last year in the U.S., Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder stunned voters by ramming "right-to-work" legislation through the lame duck legislature. He is bringing the anti-worker law that can be historically found in the Deep South to a state many consider the birthplace of the labor movement.

Tory leader Tim Hudak has signed onto right-to-work legislation here in Ontario, Canada, with the aim to cripple employees' ability to collectively bargaining. He is obviously a "sheep in wolf's clothing." It is important that we as an influential group each have our Political Action Committees take action on this.

Here on home turf, we have finally achieved full employment and have 150 travelling brothers and 100 mobility travelers. We have a B.A. to B.A. (business agent to business agent) local for dispatch. Our American brothers are welcome to phone our dispatcher, Doug, for work — but remember that a proper social insurance number and paid up dues receipt are required.

Penny for your thoughts! Feb. 4, 2013, was officially the last day of the Canadian penny.

Phil Brown, P.S.

IBEW Life Saving Awards

L.U. 111 (em,govt,lctt,mt,o,rtb,spa&u), DENVER, CO — In August, Local 111 proudly presented the IBEW Life Saving Award to Bros. James Kissell, Henry Schroder, Chris Valdez and Derek LeTurgez, whose quick thinking and heroic actions in March 2013 potentially prevented many casualties from a massive gas explosion in Grand Junction, CO.

The situation surrounded a contractor bore crew, who accidentally hit and ruptured an intermediate pressure natural gas line, filling a city sewer main with natural gas in a city block area. The brave men from the Xcel Energy crew quickly stepped into action after calling the Grand Junction Fire Department; the crew started opening manhole covers, shutting down the regulator station that controls gas pressure, shutting down electricity, and quickly evacuating area houses and an apartment complex.

Unfortunately, there was a house explosion during the incident and two young residents were injured. The crew jumped into action and assisted the fire department in moving the injured young men to safety. While the scene was chaotic and tragic, the level-headed actions and quick responses of these four Xcel Energy employees possibly saved the lives of the injured men, and also prevented other casualties on that horrific day. The IBEW Local 111 members deserve recognition for their heroic actions.

Mike Kostelecky, P.S.


Local 111 presents IBEW Life Saving Awards. From left: Sr. Asst. Bus. Mgr. Dennis LeTurgez, Henry Schroder, Chris Valdez, Bus. Mgr. Mike Byrd, Derek LeTurgez, James Kissell and Pres. Mike Kostelecky.

'Fellowship & Service'

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR — As a union, we try to ensure that we never lose focus on fellowship and service. Each year the local hosts multiple events that allow members to gather and socialize while raising money for various causes, primarily our Brotherhood Fund and the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel. At the August 2013 annual golf and softball tournaments in Bend, OR, we raised more than $9,000 for the Oregon Burn Center.

Whether active or retired, our members matter, and we try to never lose sight that we're about more than wages and benefits. Are you a member of the Death Benefit Fund? Please consider joining if you are not. For those who have ever lost a loved one, you know how difficult it is to balance expenses while waiting for funds from insurance or other sources. The DBF enables our local to disburse funds very quickly, so the deceased's family can focus on what needs to be done not worrying about money. Please contact the Local 125 business office at 503-262-9125 for more information.

Marcy Grail, A.B.M.

Celebrating Union Service

L.U. 139 (i&u), ELMIRA, NY — On Aug. 24, Local 139 held its annual membership outing. It was great to see so many members and retirees that we don't usually see. During our outing we honored some of the retirees with a presentation of their service pins. It's always a privilege to be able to acknowledge those who helped make our local union great. Our hats are off to those who came before us.

Ernie Hartman, B.M./F.S.


Local 139 Bus. Mgr. Ernie Hartman (right) presents service pin to 60-year member Robert J. Walker.

Work Picture Improves

L.U. 141 (ees,i,o&u), WHEELING, WV — Work continues to improve in our jurisdiction thanks to numerous gas and oil projects currently under way. We also look forward to several commercial jobs in the coming months.

Apprentice interviews have also wrapped up with two new first-year classes of future wiremen starting their training.

We had our annual picnic, which was well­received by the membership and their families. We also participated in the Paden City Labor Day parade. Thanks to our members and sponsors who made our picnic a success. Also thanks to those who participated in the parade.

We are preparing for our annual Christmas party, as well as the Wheeling Christmas parade. Happy holidays to the Brotherhood and may the upcoming new year bring you all good fortune.

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

2013 Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 153 (em,i,mt,rtb,rts,se,spa&st), SOUTH BEND, IN — The class of 2013 apprenticeship graduates are: Scott Applegate, Nick Carson, Jacob Carter, Anthony Cenkush, Joseph Ciesielski, Mike Cook, Dan Corwin, Cody Curl, Dan Gearhart, Joseph Hannah, Tim Hein, Jacob Korenstra, Curtis Morey, Andrew Moubray, Jeffrey Nihart, Alex Pajakowski, Chad Rohacs, Brett Shearer, David Sirk, Justin Smith and Jesse Upham. Special congratulations to Dan Corwin, who won the Byron Wayne Donoho Award for outstanding apprentice of the year and the Bill Haase Jr. Award for top academic honors throughout his entire apprenticeship. We wish all the new journeymen a safe and prosperous career.

Congratulations to recently elected Local 153 officers: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Mike Compton, Pres. Mike Leda, Vice Pres. Shawn Huffine, Rec. Sec. Marshall Kaminsky, Treas. Keith Swiatowy; Executive Board members Bob Banaszak, Sean Compton, Rich Erickson, Chris Grove, Eric Grounds, Mark Navarre and Gary Roberts; Examining Board members Robbie Britton, Christopher Dean, Rich Mason, Don Morrow and Tim Noonan. Convention delegates: Bill Haase III and Ron Michaelis.

Work in the area again got into our Book 2 for DC Cook Nuclear for the fall outage, and we thank all those who traveled to our area to help us man this work. The next scheduled outage at Cook is in the fall of 2014.

Stan Miles, Mbr. Dev.


Newly elected Local 153 officers: front row, Shawn Huffine (left), Keith Swiatowy, Gary Roberts, Chris Grove, Mike Leda, Eric Grounds, Sean Compton and Ron Michaelis; back row, Marshall Kaminsky, Mike Compton, Rich Erickson, Bill Haase III, Bob Banaszak and Christopher Dean.

Contract Negotiations

L.U. 177 (bo,ees,i,mo,o&pet), JACKSONVILLE, FL — Local 177's annual Labor Day picnic was a great celebration. There was plenty of brotherhood, food and drink for everyone. Many thanks to all those who volunteered to help make the day a success.

Bro. David Gates was awarded the annual "Brother of the Year Award" for his relentless efforts in helping with the causes of our great union.

The work picture for Local 177 remains not very good for our area, with no real relief in sight for this year. We hope 2014 will be more prosperous for our members. We hope and pray that all of our traveling brothers and sisters are kept safe in their travels throughout the country to earn a living. Thank you to the locals that are blessed with work and can employ our traveling brothers and sisters.

At press time, negotiations are ongoing with EML service contractors, GCR service contractors and for our newly organized unit for the Duval County School Board maintenance workers.

Alan Jones, Pres.


Bro. David Gates displays his Brother of The Year Award, presented by Local 177 Pres. Alan Jones.

Activities for Members/Families

L.U. 191 (c,i,mo,rtb&st), EVERETT, WA — Local 191 enjoyed golf tournaments and picnics on both sides of the mountains this summer. The west side united with Local 46 for a joint picnic complete with a friendly inter-local tug of war. We joined NECA's Cascade Chapter for a barbecue at an Everett Aquasox baseball game and started our unit meetings with a pot luck barbecue. These and other events at the Comcast Arena provided many activities for our members and their families to enjoy.

Our annual Retiree and Service Award Dinner was at the Comcast Arena. This year we recognized members with service award pins and honored the following members who retired: Danny Abad, Phillip Bentley, Roger Bradt, Allan Brost, Steven Candy, Robert Carlstrom, Scott Chandler, Bruce Deane, Raymond Gabert, Robert Kramer, Jim Lawlis, Wilfred LeBlanc, Robert Mara, Joel Montoya, Jack Myntti, Steve Norman, Patrick Ryan, William Stinson, Jerry Weaver, Gregory Weston and Benjamin Young.

We mourn the passing of Sister Sharon Howson and Bros. Doug Ackerman, Daniel McNamee, Don Bye, Jerry Peart, Steve Dryden, Dennis Patterson, John Peel, Steve Gyory, Ken Romerdahl, Stan Schneller, Gary Kilpatrick, William Viger, Larry Mauk and Roy Frank Weaver. RIP.

Tim Silsbee, P.S.

'Thanks to Volunteers'

L.U. 193 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL — Local 193 thanks all the volunteers who helped set up the Labor Day picnic at Center Park and drove vehicles in the annual Labor Day parade. Local 193 work continues, as there are still 60 IBEW members on the job at St. Johns' Hospital.

OSHA 30 classes will start soon. All apprentices and journeymen are invited.

A Habitat for Humanity house is underway at 1104 N. 6th Street. Thank you to all journeymen and apprentices volunteering their time.

A recent meeting on the Future Gen Plant conversion at Meredosia went well. A visitors' center will be constructed in Jacksonville, to accompany this project.

The annual Members Memorial Golf Outing was another success. Thank you to all hard-working volunteers who helped make it a nice IBEW 193 outing!

The annual Local 193 Charity Ride raised cash for Mary Bryant Home for the Blind, the H.E.L.P. Fund and the Scholarship Fund. Thanks to volunteers and all donators: Boondocks' Saloon, Lake Fork Fertilizer, Palace Theatre in Edinburgh and Neuhoff Media. A total of $11,500 was raised!

We regret to report that Bro. John Kelly, a World War II veteran and survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, passed away. We appreciate his service to our union and our country. Our condolences are extended to his friends and family.

Don Hudson, P.S.

Labor Day Celebration

L.U. 197 (em&i), BLOOMINGTON, IL — The McLean County Labor Day parade is the largest parade in Illinois. We had a good showing and once again many people lined the streets to celebrate our day with us. Thanks to all who came to march. It is important to celebrate with our fellow brothers and sisters — and to show that we are still a huge part of the community. At the parade we are on display to university presidents, business owners, home owners and politicians.

This summer our 25th annual golf outing was held in Secor, IL. Thanks to all who participated. Everyone enjoyed the day golfing, having a few beverages and a steak dinner afterward. Congratulations to the team of Local 34 who took first place: John Gruber, Ralph Henderson, John Zobrist and Tony Espinosa. Special thanks to the golf committee: Jack Roberts, Robin Roberts, Matt Wall and Beth Sylvester. For more info on the golf outing, watch for the Retirees Club article in the December 2013 issue of The Electrical Worker.

At this writing, the Hancock Stadium project at Illinois State University was winding down as the home opener approached. Saturday, Oct. 19 was Union Day against Indiana State, with a tailgate event before the game. All were invited to come out. Illinois State University has employed many of our members over the years and this was a time to show our appreciation and also have some fun.

Remember to get involved in the local and stay involved.

Mike Raikes, Pres.


Carrying JATC banner at the Labor Day parade are Local 197 apprentices James Towle and Brian Stufflebeam

Golf Tournament Benefit

L.U. 265 (i,mt,rts&spa), LINCOLN, NE — On Aug. 10, the Nebraska Chapter of NECA and IBEW Local 265 hosted their 2nd Annual Golf Tournament at Pioneers Golf Course in Lincoln. Twenty-two golf teams participated with 75 percent of the proceeds going to a local charity or community outreach program. This year's proceeds totaled $1,500, which was given to the Lincoln & Lancaster County United Way. The initial estimate of a $1,000 donation (see accompanying photo) was exceeded. The Lincoln & Lancaster County United Way is a great charity that helps with youth outreach programs in Lincoln.

NECA and IBEW Local 265 thank all who participated in the tournament. We also thank tournament sponsors: Rehm, Moore & Bennett law offices; ABC Electric; IBEW Local 1597; Nebraska AFL-CIO; Kriz-Davis of Lincoln; OCMIA Local 538; Plumbers Local 16; Sampson Construction; Designwear; Thompson Electric; Blake & Uehlig law offices; Commonwealth Electric & Communications; Angela Amack Legislative Consulting; Central Nebraska Central Labor Council; Lancaster County Democrats; Sens. Sara Howard and Gwen Howard; Baxter-Kenworthy Electric; 3E Electrical Equipment & Engineering; Lincoln Central Labor Council; and the Lincoln Building Trades Council.

Chris Callihan, B.R.


IBEW Local 265 members Justin Petty (left) and Chris Callihan; Lincoln & Lancaster County United Way Exec. Dir. Brian Wachman; and Lincoln & Lancaster County United Way Labor Liaison and IBEW Local 2366 member Lori Meyers.

Construction Project Underway

L.U. 269 (i&o), TRENTON, NJ — While members and their families enjoyed their summer break, construction crews broke ground on the new 1.2 million-square-foot Amazon retail warehouse. The facility is located in Robbinsville, NJ, right along the New Jersey Turnpike in Matrix Business Park. Other warehouses already situated in the vicinity include: Seamans Furniture, Amway Corp. and Grainger Supply. The job called for men in early August and will continue to add manpower as needed. The project is seen as a boon to the local economy in the form of jobs in the skilled and unskilled labor markets and as an added source of tax revenue for the state. Although not a miracle cure for a lagging job market, any project using a skilled, knowledgeable and legal work force is certainly a step in the right direction.

With union elections settled, the membership now turns its attention toward the upcoming local, state, and federal contests. As always there are myriad issues to sort out and a lot of political fog to cut through, but the fact that we still have choice in this country is not to be taken lightly.

Brian Jacoppo, P.S.


Local 269 members on the job at Amazon's new 1.2 million-square-foot warehouse site in Robbinsville, NJ.

Event-Filled Season

L.U. 291 (i,mo,o,rtb&rts), BOISE, ID — Greetings from the Gem State! Our local had a busy summer. Work has picked up in our jurisdiction. We held elections for officers; and we had a great summer picnic and service pin award ceremony. Congratulations to all incoming officers and also to the 110 members who received years-of-service pins at the picnic. Clarence Frerichs and William Morriss received 65-year pins.

Kelly Lamp was appointed JATC Training Director; his commitment over the years as an instructor demonstrates that he will be a leader in his new position. In September, JATC Student Council Pres. Jeremy Redman hosted an open house to provide information to anyone interested in our trade.

As of this writing, we are heading into contract negotiations for our Inside Agreement and two P&I agreements. We look forward to favorable outcomes.

When you cross paths with another brother or sister, give them a warm, fraternal greeting to show you appreciate them as a member of the IBEW.

Nick Baumann, P.S.


Local 291 retired Bro. William Morriss receives 65-year award.

Labor Day Camaraderie

L.U. 309 (i,lctt,mo,mt,o,rts,spa&u), COLLINSVILLE, IL — At the Belleville Labor Day parade, Local 309 was well-represented by active members and retirees, who later gathered for a picnic at Hough Park.

On Sept. 20, Local 309 hosted an event at Fairmount Race Track.

Lee Bradley was appointed utility agent. Lee has worked for Ameren in East St. Louis and as general foreman for J. F. Electric. He has been involved with Ameren negotiations and served on the ALBAT subcommittee.

Negotiations have begun with American Line Builders on the Outside Construction agreement. Also, negotiations are underway for the Nelson Tree agreement for line clearance.

I thought it appropriate to reprint something from the 1987 IBEW Journal written by the late Donny J. Schmeder, journeyman wireman and then-press secretary, as follows:

"Union workers [know] what foreign competition and the nonunion element are doing to the economic base and standard of living in North America.

"But are we aware of ourselves? At one time workers believed that unionism [would] buy them freedom. Too many workers today believe unionism will buy commodities, boats, imported sports cars, etc. They have become indentured servants of installment purchases and cannot afford to stand up for the union cause for fear of losing the beloved Winnebago.

"Brothers, North American unionism is not doomed! I predict the demise of worker apathy; because when the boats and sports cars are gone, union workers will once again be welded together by the fervor, dedication and moral strength that were once ours!" – 1987 IBEW Journal

Scott Tweedy, A.B.M.

'Who is The Teacher?'

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN — Coincidence? Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2013. On Nov. 28, 1891, the National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers was founded. In 1899, the NBEW became the IBEW with the inclusion of Canada. Brothers and sisters, we may not have the world by the tail, but because of the Brotherhood we are better off. Solidarity works!

Apprenticeship school is in full swing. We have 81 indentured apprentices. Dan Goodew is an outstanding instructor. He has taught for 14-plus years and graduated from the NJATC Instructor Training Institute. Local 343 has had a day school for five years. Dan teaches all classes, first through sixth periods. Apprentices attend classes one day a week, every other week, September through June.

Training starts in the classroom, and continues onto the jobsite. We, the journeymen are responsible for teaching and mentoring apprentices at work. Make the time to be a mentor. Share your knowledge and experience. Teach by example. Be involved in our local's functions. Graduating apprentices: Attend the Awards Banquet. Stewards: Attend the union meetings. Members: When the local brings the meeting to your area, show up! If you are not involved, you become an outsider. The local will not survive with everyone on the outside. Get "INvolved." … Do the right thing.

Tom Small, P.S.

Labor Day & Solidarity

L.U. 347 (em,i,mt,rtb,rts&spa), DES MOINES, IA — Des Moines was once again this year witness to a labor-wide Labor Day parade and picnic. Thank you to all who came out to participate. Again, of all the building trades, IBEW Local 347 had the greatest participation. This inspires hope for organized labor, at a time when the political winds are blowing hard against working men and women.

As of press time, Bus. Mgr. Pat Wells is currently sitting at the table with the Firestone unit for contract negotiations. Job calls are beginning to pick up.

Mike Schweiger, P.S.

Service Award Honorees

L.U. 349 (em,es,i,mps,rtb,rts,spa&u), MIAMI, FL — At our August union meeting, we had a small pin presentation, giving out 50-, 55-, 60- and 65-year pins.

Bros. Earl Chandler, Norval "Hildy" Hilderbrand and Stanley "Whitey" Nelson received 50-year pins. Bros. John Kenney and Carl Nagel received 55-year pins.

Bro. Lawrence "Larry" Olson received a 65-year pin. Bro. Olson is 97 years old. His daughter Bonnie requested to speak in his behalf, because he has had a stroke. She expressed that she enjoyed the family events at the local and appreciated the brotherhood and friendship that Local 349 has given Bro. Olson and his family.

Bro. Michael Schmidmayer (a 55-year member) and Bro. Frank Figurelli (a 60-year member) were unable to attend. Their pins were mailed to them.

Congratulations to all the pin recipient honorees for the high quality of their work and their longtime service to this local. We thank you all.

Friendship isn't about who knows you the longest. It's about who came and never left your side. Remember our working members and our troops working and serving overseas.

Attend your union meeting. It is a great place to meet old friends.

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

Officers Elected

L.U. 351 (c,cs,i,it,lctt,mt,o,se,spa&t), FOLSOM, NJ — Local 351 held its election of officers June 18. Thank you to all the members who ran for office. Thank you also to all the members who came out to vote and participated in the election process. Also a special thanks to all the election tellers for a job well done.

Congratulations to all elected officers: Bus. Mgr. Ed Gant, Pres. Bill Hosey, Vice Pres. Don Morgan, Treas. Bob Nedohon, Rec. Sec. Tim Scannell; Executive Board members Dan Cosner, Andy Helsel, Chuck DellaVecchia, Dennis Kleiner, Roy Foster, Duke Collins and Tim Carew; and Examining Board members Joe Trumbetti, Jim Bresch and Scott Groff.

We held our Annual Union Picnic on Saturday, Aug. 3, at Morey's Pier in Wildwood, NJ. Once again our total attendance passed last year's record year. We had 660 members attend with a total of 2,113 people coming through the gate. More than 545 donated door prizes were presented. Thanks to the entire picnic committee for another successful picnic and a great day.

Dan Cosner, P.S.


Local 351 elected officers.

Utility Local Update

L.U. 359 (u), MIAMI, FL — Our System Council U-4 business manager and negotiating team along with the various U-4 locals are faced with cutbacks and possible layoffs at our employer FPL Group/Next Era Energy. The council has negotiated an Enhanced Retirement Package for approximately 100 of the more senior members.

In other areas, several workers completed their apprenticeship program — about 30 plus at the nuclear site, and numerous others in the distribution unit. We commend the instructors including: Bill Brodhead and Eddie Armstrong, Mechanical instructors; Bill Wood and Chris Betancourt, for the Instrument group; and Nick Cook, for the Electrical group. The T&D instructors, Johnny Hart and Bob Kennedy, are getting individuals ready as new journeymen. We also thank all the seasoned journeymen who mentor these new journeymen on safety and professionalism. We also note the efforts of the Joint Apprentice Committee and others.

The Homestead local and the Lake Worth locals are having issues involving negotiations, and issues with the local government elections trying to support the best candidates. The municipalities are having their own issues with less mileage coming in due to various economic factors in their areas. Jose Landrian from Homestead and Roger Timmons with our Lake Worth local and their members always attend council meetings to keep abreast of issues.

In October Local 359 members participated in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities.

See you at the union meeting on the first Tuesday of each month.

Steve Flynn, F.S.

'Get Out the Vote'

L.U. 363 (catv,em,govt,i,t,u&ws), NEW CITY, NY — This edition of The Electrical Worker is coming just in time for one of the most important public votes in New York — whether to allow legalized gambling in the state. Of course, New York just happens to be surrounded by states that allow gambling but now it has finally come to a vote of the public. We have been working hard with all of the players to secure the work for any casinos that will be located in Local 363 territory. We have registered many of our members to vote and we have played a big part in all public activities to support the cause and get the public out to vote. We urge all New Yorkers to VOTE YES! on Question #1! It means many job opportunities for many of our members all across the state.

Kevin Keeley, P.S.

Election of Officers

L.U. 375 (catv,ees&i), ALLENTOWN, PA — The IBEW Local 375 Annual Family Picnic was May 25 at Dorney Park and Wild Water Kingdom. Approximately 650 members and their families attended and had a great time.

On June 4 we held our local union elections. Congratulations to all the elected officers: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Paul Anthony Jr., Pres. Dave Reichard, Vice Pres. Craig Siegfried, Rec. Sec. Bruce Snyder, Treas. Alan Rex; Executive Board members Michael Alabovitz, Douglas Hall, Andrew Kubik, Brett Martucci; Examining Board members Duane Kerr, Todd Parton and Matthew Rompilla. Welfare Trustee: Vincent Collis. Vacation Fund Trustees: Brett Martucci and Randolph Parks. Delegates to the I.O. Convention: Andrew Kubik, Alan Rex and Bruce Snyder. Alternate delegate to the I.O. Convention: Michael Alabovitz.

At the general membership meeting on July 3, the membership decided to change the starting time of the monthly meeting from 8 p.m. to 7 p.m. We are mailing notices to all members of this change, which will become effective Nov. 6, 2013.

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


Local 375 newly elected officers: Brett Martucci (left), Dave Reichard, Todd Parton, Doug Hall, Mike Alabovitz, Al Rex, Bruce Snyder, Andy Kubik, Craig Siegfried, Vince Collis, Randy Parks, Paul Anthony Jr. and Duane Kerr.

Local Hosts RENEW Event

L.U. 405 (em,i,rtb&spa), CEDAR RAPIDS, IA — Local 405 hosted a RENEW Conference on July 12-13. Participants from Iowa and Nebraska attended the two-day RENEW event (Reach out and Energize Next-gen Electrical Workers). In addition to conference delegates from six IBEW locals, business managers and labor leaders from around the state attended. Delegates attended from Locals 204, 265, 288, 405, 704 and 1362.

The conference began with registration and a trivia contest on Friday night followed by a full day on Saturday. Jennifer Sherer, from the University of Iowa Labor Center, presented a labor history class, followed by a RENEW program led by IBEW Int. Rep. C.J. King. To wrap up the day, Iowa Federation of Labor State Political Dir. Betty Hunter led a session on "Why Politics Matter."

Reviews by attendees were overwhelmingly positive and it is our hope that these young members go back to their home locals and start a RENEW program there. It was refreshing to listen to the questions and to hear the ideas and conversations that took place at the event. I thank the locals that sent delegates, as well as local leaders who attended, for making the conference a success.

Bill Hanes, B.M./F.S.


At Local 405 RENEW Conference are delegates from six Iowa and Nebraska locals along with IBEW Int. Rep. C.J. King (back row, right); Betty Hunter (front row, far left), Iowa Federation of Labor; and Jennifer Sherer (middle row, far right), University of Iowa Labor Center.

Three New Contractors Signed

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u) POCATELLO, ID — I wish to thank all our members for their help in signing up our two new union contractors on the western side of Local 449, Eagle Mountain Electric and Larry's Electric & Heating. We have been working hard to organize new contractors and it is an honor to say that Local 449 now has three new contractors, including one in the eastern counties, Evans Electric.

James Smith, membership development rep, and I recently attended the IBEW Membership Development Conference in Las Vegas. We look forward to bringing what we learned back home to the local to be even more successful for our members.

We had our second Local 449/Central Labor Council Picnic in Twin Falls. There were six different unions at the picnic and about 200 people. Ryan Van Leuven, Idaho AFL-CIO president, told attendees that we need to look at what is coming up on the ballots this year, including the "Sandwich Bill," and learn what these measures are about, get behind such bills that are good for workers and make a stand together.

With deep regret we report the deaths of Bros. Richard Henry, Armando Archuleta and James Harrington. The local sends condolences to their families.

To all of our hunting brothers and sisters of Local 449, good luck this year and be safe.

Joe Maloney, Mbr. Dev. Rep.

Union Brother Recognized

L.U. 459 (ees,em,govt,so&u), JOHNSTOWN, PA — Bus. Mgr. Paul Cameron presented Ronald Itell with a plaque in gratitude for his nearly 20 years of dedicated service to the Executive Board of Local 459. Ron served as recording secretary and set a great example as an Executive Board officer.

Ron kept a keen eye on the treasury and asked tough but sincere and relevant questions while serving on the board. He may have ruffled a few feathers along the way but always with the best interests of the membership in mind. Thank you, Bro. Itell!

Keith G. Kinsman, Pres./A.B.M.


Local 459 Bus. Mgr. Paul Cameron (right) presents Ronald Itell with plaque.

2013 Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 477 (i&rts), SAN BERNARDINO, CA — On June 8, the 2013 Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony was held at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, CA. IBEW Local 477 graduated 18 apprentices.

Those newly minted journeymen are: Christopher Abbey, Jose Baez, Joseph Espino, Jose Gamez, Kelley Gardner, Craig Gildart III, Karen Haberman, Ryan Livingston, Erick Mejia, Christopher Miller, Daniel Mitchell, Johnny Nguyen, Steven Otondo, Ian Pollard, Richard Thomas, Casey White, Benjamin Pratt and Edward Schmid II. Congratulations to all of these fine graduates on their accomplishments in becoming IBEW wiremen.

Our program continues to grow thanks to all of our fine contractors, who continue to bid aggressively in our area.

Rick Purper, Tr. Dir.


Local 477 apprenticeship graduating class of 2013.

75th Anniversary Banquet

L.U. 531 (i), LAPORTE, IN — Local 531 celebrated our 75th Anniversary on Aug. 17 at the Blue Chip Casino and Spa, which was built 100 percent union and has provided our members with continued employment over the years.

Awards for years of service were also distributed at the banquet. Congratulations to two members who were honored for 65 years of service: Chester Matuszak, who was accompanied by his wife, Lorraine (see accompanying photo); and Norbert Borzych, who was not able to attend. It is hard to imagine the many ways our trade has changed from the time these members started work to the present day, with the largest changes coming since their retirement.

Our local grieved the death of former business manager and local union activist Tom Hunt in August. Our condolences go out to the family along with heartfelt thanks for Bro. Hunt's longtime service to the local.

Dean F. Harmon, P.S.


Local 531 honoree Chester Matuszak and wife Lorraine.

Labor Day & Union Activism

L.U. 551 (c,i&st), SANTA ROSA, CA — We had a great turnout for our annual Central Labor Council Labor Day Pancake Breakfast with 500 union members!

We also had many area politicians in attendance, ranging from school board members all the way to Congress. One Board of Supervisors member exclaimed to me, "Wow! This is a fantastic turnout!" We care about politics in our counties and the momentum is growing. Thank you to all our IBEW members who attended this fun and delicious event! Labor Day is the kickoff for everyone to get our labor candidates in office and to also hit the phones and the pavement for labor initiatives. Please call the hall and lend a hand and make your voice heard. Thanks for all you do for the labor movement! Yes on Measure F Marin General Hospital.

We welcome and congratulate Hannah Dolan, our new Executive Board officer. We know she will do a great job for the union.

Denise D. Soza, B.R.


Local 551 Bus. Mgr. Jack Buckhorn speaks at Labor Day Pancake Breakfast.

Community Service

L.U. 577 (em&i), APPLETON, WI — Local 577 Bus. Mgr. Greg Young accepted a plaque on behalf of the Local 577 membership for their 25 years of partnering with the Paperfest Celebration in Kimberly, WI.

Commemorating 25 years, the annual three-day celebration is a fun, family oriented festival that raises money for nonprofit and civic organizations in the Fox Valley. Local 577 has been a sponsor of the event since its inception and has donated countless man-hours by supplying the event with temporary electrical power as needed. A special thank-you to all the IBEW Local 577 members who have donated their time to help make this event a success over the past 25 years!

Daniel Rickel, B.R.


Local 577 Bus. Mgr. Greg Young (third from left) accepts plaque on behalf of local membership.

Kudos to Graduates

L.U. 589 (rr), JAMAICA, NY — Our local had a busy summer. Congratulations to all the Local 589 officers re-elected to their positions. Thank you to all our members who took the time to vote; we are only as strong as our membership.

At press time, contract negotiations are underway and everyone is working hard on that.

We had a recent M of E (maintenance of equipment) electrician class graduation. We wish the graduates a safe and productive career with the Long Island Railroad. Congratulations to the graduates on their success — all the hard work paid off.

We hope to see many of our members at our next general meeting. And we remind everyone to be careful and work safely.

Augie Maccarone, R.S.


Local 589 congratulates the class of 2013 "M of E" (maintenance of equipment) electrician graduates.

Celebrations & Union Service

L.U. 595 (c,govt,i&st) DUBLIN, CA — Local 595's annual summer picnic was at Rowell Ranch with some 1,100 members and their families attending. This amazing carnival style event was a great success thanks to the hard work of our picnic committee and volunteers.

Congratulations to Local 595's softball team, who once again brought home the Ninth District trophy. They represented our local "with great class and humility." Kudos to team manager Gary Damele, Ashley Abate, Al Brady, Jacob Brahmst, John Small, Jason Kaneko, Anthony Martinez, Jesse Martinez, Rick Mayer, J.D. Taylor, Rob Ericson, Anthony Locicero, Mark Davis, Herman Tovar, Kevin Ward, Scott Roeder and Travis McIntyre.

Our departed business manager Thomas J. Sweeney will be memorialized through the scholarship named in his honor. This year, 17 young men and women received the Thomas J. Sweeney Scholarship Award.

Former business representative and 40-year IBEW member Tom Mullarkey celebrated his retirement with family, friends, assemblymen and a state senator at his retirement party.

Hour Power's first Instructor of the Year, our beloved Mel Switzer, also retired. Mel inspired countless apprentices and journeymen throughout his career; the only facility large enough to accommodate the celebration was the Oakland Coliseum during an A's game. IBEW 595 members took over the entire right field section and cheered Mel as he threw out the opening pitch Sept. 21.

Bob Tieman, B.R.


Local 595's team wins 2013 Ninth District softball championship.

100 Year Anniversary in 2014

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM — As of this writing we are in the middle of negotiations with the NECA contractors. Hopefully by the time this goes to print we will have ratified a decent contract.

February 2014 will mark the 100th year of IBEW Local 611. We received our charter Feb. 17, 1914, so the local is planning a 100 year anniversary party; mark your calendar for the last weekend in February.

Remember to attend local union meetings the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.

Local 611 extends condolences to family and friends of recently deceased members: Otis L. Davis, Phillip M. Cook and Hugo V Schulte.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.


Local 611 Pres. Carl Condit (left) swears in newly elected Bus. Mgr. Mark Trujillo (middle) and Rec. Sec. Cliff Trujillo.

System Council Election

L.U. 627 (u), FORT PIERCE, FL — Utility System Council U-4 recently held an election of council officers. Gary Aleknavich was re-elected SC U-4 business manager. Local 627 is represented on the council by: Mark MacNichol as SC U-4 vice president, Kevin Mueller as SC U-4 recording secretary, and Mark Pierce as system committeeman on the negotiation committee.

Local 627 is pleased to report that the "Adopt a Street" program has been officially recognized by the city of Port St. Lucie. An IBEW Local 627-sponsored "Adopt a Street" sign is posted prominently for area residents to view as they travel this main artery of the city. This effort that we have undertaken projects to the residents in a very visible way our commitment to the community. Let us keep up the great work.

Our annual fundraising event took place in July. "The Ironman" event held true to its name. A day of golf, dart throwing and billiard shooting tested all participants. The work done behind the scenes by our volunteers made the fundraiser a great success. Proceeds greatly benefit the area programs for children as always.

Ray Vos, P.S.


Local 627 "Adopt a Street" sign.

Retiree Breakfast

L.U. 673 (catv,i,rts,spa,t&u), PAINESVILLE, OH — One of the longstanding union functions that truly is a treasure of this local is the Retiree Breakfast. This is a great opportunity for our retirees to get together and catch up on what is going on with each other and with the local. The lineup changes from month to month as members return from winter homes and sometimes just return for a visit.

Retiree Bob Southall writes an article for our newsletter highlighting a different retiree each issue. The breakfast is usually where he gets a photo and does a quick interview. It is always great to hear about their adventures as they enjoy retirement.

Our retirees are a valuable asset to our local as they call in with information on work, volunteer for political functions, help out around the hall, and attend local union meetings and social events. They continue to have quite an influence on our membership.

Jim Braunlich, P.S.


Local 673 retirees Ken Lipovich (left), Steve Barrickman, Don Digiovine and Bill Renshaw.

Work Picture Improving

L.U. 773 (as,em,i,mo&o), WINDSOR, ONTARIO, CANADA — Our 95th Anniversary Banquet on April 13 was a great success. This event gave us a chance to reacquaint and reminisce, and enjoy a nice dinner dance afterword. Many members received their years-of-service pins, ranging from 15-year pins to 60-year pins. Thank you to the volunteers who worked hard to make the evening a successful event.

The work picture is slowly improving with projects including: the Herb Gray International Parkway, Schlegel Village, the new Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Tunnel building, and the QSS (Quality Safety Systems) project.

As of this writing, Bro. Barry Heeney was initiating plans to start a retirees club, so please contact the hall for details.

We welcome the new members from Great Lakes Electric and A&K Electric into Local 773. This is a great success; thanks to our new organizer, Bro. Joe Logan. Keep up the good work.

We had favorable weather for this year's Labour Day parade. After the parade we had a barbeque at our union hall; this gathering will become our newest annual event.

David Spencer, P.S.

Work Outlook is Strong

L.U. 861 (i), LAKE CHARLES, LA — Local 861 elections were held in June. Bus. Mgr. Jeff Sanders was re-elected with 77 percent of the vote. Also elected were Pres. Butch Brown, Rec. Sec. Dwayne "Tink" Reeves, Treas. Carlos Perez and Vice Pres. Arnold Hinton. Elected to the Executive Board: Lance Corner, Jesse Fontenot, Greg Hulin, Kris Hemker and Terry Mudd. Also elected were Maintenance Board member Jesse Coltrin and Homeowner Board members Steve Gatlin, Steve Gatlin Jr., Alvin LeDoux and Hubert Rasch. Congratulations to all!

The local also congratulates the 2013 Apprentice of the Year, Jared LeJeune.

The work outlook for Local 861 is very good over the next five to seven years. The Sasol project alone is estimated at $25 billion and is scheduled to start in October 2014 and run through 2019.

As always, Local 861 remains focused on organizing and increasing market share.

Dwayne "Tink" Reeves, R.S.

Annual Clambake a Success

L.U. 1249 (catv,lctt,o,t&u), SYRACUSE, NY — In August Local 1249 held its annual Clambake at Hinerwadel's in Syracuse. It was a perfect day with sunshine, food and drinks flowing. We had an excellent turnout with more than 600 in attendance. We were thrilled to see everyone, from retirees to young apprentices and all those in between.

We take pride in being able to put together an event that our members can take their families to for a day of fun. It is a great way for our members to reminisce with longtime friends or meet new ones! Thanks go to our Executive Board and all others who donated great prizes. Even those who had to "work" at the event enjoyed themselves. We thank everyone who helped to plan the clambake and make sure everything ran smoothly. Local 1249 looks forward to seeing everyone again next summer!

Jennifer Schneider, P.S.

Service to Community

L.U. 1253 (i), AUGUSTA, ME — While we continue to struggle with a slow construction market in Maine, we've stayed active and engaged.

We recently assisted in construction of the New Hope Women's Shelter in Solon, Maine ( This 26-bed facility will help house women in the second poorest county in Maine. Sadly, there is great need for this kind of service.

Local 1253's JATC graduated nine apprentices on June 21. The Inside Wireman program graduated: Mary Milliken, Travis Williams, Chris Dunlop, Tim Dyer, Nick Kelley, Kemp Lybrook, Nate Shaw and Mark Reynolds. Mark Reynolds was Outstanding Apprentice for the year. From the Teledata program, Alinda "Sonny" Stevens graduated.

Scott Cuddy, P.S.

Delmarva Power Contract

L.U. 1307 (u), SALISBURY, MD — A new four-year contract with Delmarva Power was ratified on July 11. Through the long negotiations, there were issues that got resolved, a lot of language changes and wage increases. A job well done by the Negotiating Committee including: Pres./Bus. Mgr. Vaughn Horner, Asst. Bus. Mgr. Heather Adkins, Rec. Sec. Vanessa Cuffee, Executive Board members Chris Wheatley and Charles Harris, and Bros. Mike Wallace, Robert Wigfall and Craig Pusey. Special thanks to Fourth District Int. Rep. Charles W. "Chuck" Tippie for all the help and support.

Congratulations to Bro. Gene Collins and Donald Cecil on their recent retirement. Bro. Collins retired from NRG as a qualified control specialist and Bro. Cecil retired from Delmarva Power as a journeyman lineman.

As we encounter more hazards on the jobsite, keep in mind there is no such thing as a routine job. Even the smallest and easiest jobs can go wrong. Stay focused on the tasks involved and watch out for your brothers and sisters.

Save jobs, limit imports.

Charles T. Harris Jr., P.S.

Leadership Conference

L.U. 1357 (t), HONOLULU, HI — Newly elected Bus. Mgr. Kimi Koge recently completed a two-day training conference for shop stewards, Executive Board members, and Unit chairmen and recorders.

Int. Rep. Harold J. Dias Jr. provided valuable Code of Excellence training for our union leaders. And in keeping with COE values, Bus. Mgr. Koge partnered with Hawaiian Telcom CEO Eric Yeaman to have the employer provide paid time off for our union team to attend the conference, as both leaders work toward fostering a greater spirit of cooperation. With a five-year collective bargaining agreement in place, there is plenty of opportunity to start working on the next Hawaiian Telcom contract.

Bus. Mgr. Koge and Pres. Ted Furukado head to Saipan to put recent training to use, as they and Unit 10 leaders Cherlyn Obichang and Gwen Mariur help deal with IT&E issues, as well as prepare for next year's bargaining.

Finally, as our sisters and brothers in the armed services fight to defend our country, we pray for their safety and quick return. God bless our union and God bless America.

Scot Long, P.S. Pro Tem

Longtime Service Recognized

L.U. 1393 (catv,lctt,o,t&u), INDIANAPOLIS, IN — During the August Executive Board meeting, Bus. Agent Fred Jones was recognized for his longtime dedication to the Brotherhood. He served as business agent for 24 years. Bro. Jones retired from Local 1393 effective Sept. 20, 2013.

He was initiated in September 1976 and worked at Public Service of Indiana. He topped out as a journeyman lineman in August 1980. His experience and knowledge will be greatly missed. Local 1393 congratulates Bro. Jones and thanks him for his longtime service. We wish him the best in retirement.

The local now accepts VISA/MasterCard for dues and purchasing merchandise.

Numerous members walked in the 127th Labor Day parade in Boonville, IN. Some 60 labor unions participated in the march through the city with several thousand union members and supporters.

Robert C. Fox, B.M./F.S.


Local 1393 retired Bus. Agent Fred Jones.

Dinner Get-Together

L.U. 1501 (ees,em,mo,pet,rts&t), BALTIMORE, MD — Bea Harris, a secretary at the Metropolitan Baltimore Council of AFL-CIO Unions, initiated a get-together of the office secretaries who work at the unions affiliated with the Metropolitan Baltimore Council.

As part of their work, the secretaries take many office phone calls but rarely get a chance to meet the person on the other end of the conversation. The get-together was an opportunity to put a face with the name. Those attending enjoyed getting to know one another and discussing their many years working for the union. Although not everyone was able to attend, there are plans to meet again.

Margo Milliken, P.S. Pro Tem


IBEW Local 1501 office secretary Margo Milliken (standing, left) attends get-together. Fellow trade union secretaries attending represent 100-plus years of service.

'Thank a Retiree'

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA — Recently, Local 1579 held a pinning ceremony for retired members. The longest serving member of 65 years was present to receive his pin. Numerous 60-, 55-, 50- and 45-year members were also in attendance.

We often forget what our retired members have done for us as well as other locals across the country. If not for the retired members who did a quality IBEW job in recent decades, we might not have a job today. Retired members (over the years) put a part of their annual raise into pension and health insurance. In return, they are enjoying a great pension today and have paved the way for us to have an even better pension in the future.

When you see a retired member, thank him or her for the hard work they've done and let them know you are working hard to grow our union in order to preserve future jobs.

We must continue to fight to keep our work and increase our market share. Although we have made progress, until we get 100 percent of the market, our fight is not over. Key to our success is to go to work and do a great job. If everyone does his part, our market share will grow significantly.

Local 1579 officers and staff wish all IBEW members and their families a happy Thanksgiving.

Will Salters, A.B.M.


Local 1579 member Lee Thompson (left) receives 65-year pin presented by Bus. Mgr. Ken Ward.

Unitil Contract Ratified

L.U. 1837 (rtb&u), MANCHESTER, ME — The electric system operators at Unitil Service Corp.'s Centralized Electric Dispatch (CED) in Portsmouth, NH, ratified their first collective bargaining agreement. A majority of the workers voted last year to be represented by IBEW Local 1837.

"We're pleased that the system operators have ratified their first contract," Local 1837 Bus. Mgr. Dick Rogers said. "Our union negotiating team all thought it was a good agreement and had recommended its passage."

The Unitil electric system operators will enjoy improvements in their pay, health insurance coverage and vacation selection as a result of the new agreement.

"Vacation scheduling in the contract means we can take time off when we want to take it instead of when the company says we can," System Operator Mike Pouliot said. "That will mean a big improvement in our quality of life."

Matthew Beck, Org.


IBEW Local 1837 negotiating team included: Asst. Bus. Mgr. Tom Ryan (left), Unitil System Operator Mike Pouliot and Bus. Mgr. Dick Rogers.