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Business Development Workshop

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa,st&ws), ST. LOUIS, MO — Seventy-five members attended the local's first business development workshop held with the support of the JATC and NECA in St. Louis. The goal of these workshops is to expand market share by assisting interested members with starting contracting businesses.

Timothy Green, 30-year member, was appointed director of Governmental Relations for the Electrical Connection, a partnership between the St. Louis Chapter of NECA and IBEW Local 1. He will be responsible for monitoring and lobbying legislative proposals and assisting members and contractors with government issues.

In memory of past business manager Greg Booth, Local 1 created the Greg Booth Community Service Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize members who go above and beyond as volunteers and advocates in our communities.

Twelve-year member Rodney Cook, an industrial electrician at GKN Aerospace, is the first recipient of this award. Bro. Cook and his wife, Gretchen, are the founders of Mission: American Gratitude, an organization that helps honor veterans as they return home and transition into civilian life.

With regret we report the death of several members: Eugene Mayfield, Chapin Johnston, Joe Larry, Lamont Scherer, Robert Kurtzeborn, John Roche, Burnes Courtois, Chester Wittich, Leroy Struckmeyer, Bret Bonney, Robert Voges, Larry Viero, Edward Wright, Timothy Jones, Harry C. Cummings, Ralph Rudy, Ronald Hastings and Alois Wolf.

John Moyle, P.S.


IBEW Local 1 officers present Rodney Cook (fifth from left) with the first Greg Booth Community Service Award. From left: Bus. Rep. Dave Roth, Fin. Sec. Jim Douglas, Pres. Tom George, Bus. Rep. Rob Dussold, honoree R. Cook, Bus. Mgr. Frank Jacobs, member Tom Booth; Bus. Reps. Chuck DeMoulin, Steve Muehling, Tim Murray and Ken Landwehr; and GKN Chief Steward Kevin Mattingly.

2014 Meeting Schedule

L.U. 11 (i,rts&spa), LOS ANGELES, CA — Following is a list of scheduled monthly IBEW Local 11 meetings with times and locations for 2014:

  • General Membership Meeting: 3rd Thursday, 5 p.m.,
    in Commerce (or TBD).
  • District 1 Unit Meeting: 2nd Wednesday, 7 p.m., in Commerce.
  • District 2 Unit Meeting: 1st Wednesday, 5 p.m., in Commerce.
  • District 3 Unit Meeting: 1st Thursday, 7 p.m., 8333 Airport Blvd., Los Angeles.
  • District 4 Unit Meeting: 1st Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.,
    400 Chatsworth Drive, San Fernando.
  • District 5 Unit Meeting: 2nd Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.,
    1817 East Ave. Q #A-16, Palmdale (moving soon).
  • District 6 Unit Meeting: 4th Wednesday, 7 p.m.,
    330 N. Azusa, West Covina.
  • Civil Service Unit Meeting: 4th Thursday, 5:30 p.m.,
    in Pasadena or Commerce.
  • Sound and Communication: 4th Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.,
    in Commerce.
  • Next Generation Youth Caucus: 2nd Wednesday, 4 p.m.,
    in Commerce.
  • EMPOWER: 2nd Thursday, 4 p.m., in Commerce.
  • Organizing Committee: 1st Tuesday, 4:30 p.m., at District 4; and 2nd Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., in Commerce.
  • Electrical Workers Minority Caucus: 3rd Saturday, 9 a.m.,
    at Commerce.
  • Engineers and Architects Assoc., Unit 1894: Board of Governors Meeting, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
  • Stewards Meetings: 4th Thursday, 5:30 p.m.,
    350 S. Figueroa St. #600, Los Angeles.
  • District 1 and Commerce located at: 6023 S. Garfield Ave., Commerce, CA.
  • Pasadena Office: 297 N. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, CA.

Diana Limon, P.S.

Members Ratify Contracts

L.U. 21 (catv,govt&t), DOWNERS GROVE, IL — Recently our members at CenturyLink ratified a new agreement. After months of tough bargaining, our members working for Vermilion County hammered out an acceptable agreement with the county. The Vermilion County Nursing Home was renamed GardenView Manor; our members have entered into negotiations with the new owners to bargain a new contract.

Not only did our members at the Peoria County Bel-Wood Nursing Home bargain a new contract, they also helped facilitate a move into a new, modern nursing home, which is now known as Heddington Oaks. As a demonstration of their true professionalism, they were able to get their patients moved from Bel-Wood and settled into Heddington in only a few hours.

In 2014, we are encouraging our members to "Get Back to the Basics" by: working safely, going to union meetings, following their contracts, showing their union pride by wearing union pins and displaying their union stickers, and helping out in the communities where they live and work. Doing all these things makes us stronger as union members. Our "young" members have been working to form a RENEW group (Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers) that we hope will be up and running this year. We feel that by taking the time to "get back to the basics," we will be able to make great gains not only in the IBEW, but also the larger labor community.

Bob Przybylinski, R.S.


Local 21 members working at the AT&T Peoria, IL, call center.

'RENEWed' Youth Participation

L.U. 41 (em,es,govt,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NY — In the fall of 2013, four Local 41 members attended two different IBEW conferences. Ken Scheifla and Matt Gaiser attended the IBEW RENEW conference in Washington, DC, while Nick Peters and Dave Edwards attended the Third District Youth Caucus conference in Atlantic City.

During the Third District Youth Caucus, the brothers and sisters who attended made a trip to Ventnor, NJ, and spent the day helping repair some of the houses that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy. They removed rotting drywall, studs and insulation and replaced wiring.

At the RENEW conference brothers and sisters networked with others from around the country, discussing ideas to get other newer members involved. Another discussion included getting the message out about what others before us went through to get what some take for granted today.

All four members called the experience enlightening and returned with "RENEWed" interest to get together with a group of the next generation of Local 41. This group has already volunteered at a local mission, helping to pack up 1,200 meals that were given away at Thanksgiving. Great job!

Last September, former Local 41 business manager John Pavlovic passed away. Bro. Pavlovic served as organizer from 1987-2002, assistant business manager from 2002-2003, and as business manager from 2003-2005. He will be missed.

Gregory R. Inglut, A.B.M.


During Third District Youth Caucus, Local 41 journeyman Nick Peters volunteered to repair a house damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Trade Union Flags Fly — Turning Stone Resort Project

L.U. 43 (em,i&rts), SYRACUSE, NY — Local 43 can be very proud of the members employed by contractors Ridley Electric and Huen Electric of New York at the new Turning Stone Resort, a multi-venue entertainment complex. This fast-track $25 million project was completed on time largely due to our members' craftsmanship and work ethic. The resort is located about 30 miles east of Syracuse at NYS Thruway, Exit 33. This was the latest in a string of union-only, building trades-only projects with the Oneida Indian Nation.

The relationship between the Oneida Indian Nation and the IBEW, along with the building trades, has never been stronger. All those who worked on the Exit 33 project were invited by the Oneida Nation to a party to show off the new venues. More than 700 workers and their families attended. During the party the Oneida Nation announced that each trade on the project would have its union flag, signed by each tradesman, hanging permanently in the Tin Rooster venue. These flags [accompanying photo] are a very visible sign of the relationships that our unions have established with the Oneida Indian Nation.

Thank you to all who worked on this project and once again proved if you want it done right, on time and under budget, call the IBEW.

Gene Townsend, P.S.


Signed Building Trades flags hang in the Tin Rooster at the Turning Stone Resort.

Contract Negotiations

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA — Happy New Year! We hope all our brothers and sisters had a great holiday season.

We are currently negotiating agreements with the cities of Anaheim, Riverside, Colton, and Vernon and will start soon with Bear Valley Electric. We are also negotiating several of our Line Clearance agreements.

Work remains steady at our Outside Construction unit and several new projects are on the drawing board.

Local 47 members brought home some hardware from the International Lineman's Rodeo. First place Journeyman Pole Climb and fifth place Hurtman Rescue — Josh Regalado, Enoc Verdin, Steve Lekvold; third place Overall Journeyman, IOU Division — Ryan Araujo, Raudel Ruiz, George Murillo; third place Overall Journeyman, Contractor Division — Bryce Munday, Bruce Thompson II, Bruce Thompson; fifth place, Journeyman Contractor Division — Pete Santibanez, Lorenzo Deliso and Gary Bates. Steven Escamilla captured first place in the Apprentice Pole Climb. Congratulations to everyone who was selected to compete in this event!

We are sad to report the passing of Bros. Brandon Orozco, Martin Andrade and Collin Cartier. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.

Work safe, live well, work union!

Stan Stosel, P.S.


Local 47 group at the International Lineman's Rodeo.

Illinois Construction Projects

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,ptc,rtb,t,u&uow), SPRINGFIELD, IL — The local is starting to see a large influx of nonunion telecommunication contractors. Representatives are working together to put a plan in place to address this issue.

We currently need journeymen for all the construction projects we have going on in Illinois. We have no journeymen on any of our books.

Please work safely and attend your monthly unit meeting. Have a blessed New Year!

Karlene Knisley, B.R.

New Look for Union Hall

L.U. 53 (lctt,o,rts&u), KANSAS CITY, MO — Local 53 has a brand new look! As promised, here is a picture of the newly remodeled look [see accompanying photo]. After all the hard work and sweat, the project is done. The building was constructed in 1965 and it needed to be updated. While there are still minor things in the works to be done, it is a job well-done.

New Construction "A" members are: Toby Baker, Joel Hale, Jacob Hochard, Gary Johnson, Nicolas Langley, Jacob Mills, Daniel Myers, Jacob Norman, Tyler Perry, Cliff Santanen, Christopher Smith, Brad Watring and Chadd Yeager. Welcome to each of you.

On Oct. 24, 2013, the members employed with Laclede Electric Cooperative in Lebanon, MO, ratified a three-year agreement extension, which provides wage increases as follows: first year, 2.5 percent wage increase; second year, 2.0 percent; and third year, 2.0 percent.

Hope all finds and keeps you well … Local 53!

Tracy A. Riley, V.P.


Local 53's newly remodeled union hall.

A Successful Year

L.U. 71 (lctt,o&rtb), COLUMBUS, OH — Happy New Year! Here's hoping work in 2014 is as plentiful as it was last year.

The amalgamation of Local 986 was completed and became effective Oct. 1, 2013, with Bro. Fred Sabol remaining on staff to service our telecom members. Welcome aboard to members from former Local 986.

Thanks to all the members, officers and staff for all your hard work and dedication in making last year one of our best ever. Keep up the good work and let's do even better this year.

With great sadness I report the passing of our longtime, devoted secretary Phyliss Price. Phyliss lost her brave battle with cancer in October. She will be missed.

Work safe and think safety.

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

Union Appreciation Day

L.U. 97 (u), SYRACUSE, NY — This past September Local 97 held its Union Appreciation Day across its three divisions. Attendance in each division was outstanding. It was nice to see our retired members as well as our current members having a great time.

We hope to continue the Appreciation Day on a yearly basis and anticipate larger participation every year.

Local 97 congratulates our Gas and Line mechanics who participated in their respective rodeos. The Natural Gas Rodeo was held in Illinois in September and the Lineman Rodeo was held in Kansas in October. We are very proud of our members who participated in the events and congratulate them on a job well done representing our local.

In August, Local 97 ratified a two-year contract extension with NRG. The contract covers our members from the Huntley, Dunkirk and Oswego Steam Stations. We continue to support the re-powering of the Dunkirk Station in order to save jobs, stabilize the community tax base and provide clean energy in a safe and reliable manner.

James Zabinski, V.P.


Local 97 officers and staff at Union Appreciation event in Saratoga, NY.

'A Vision for the City'

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA — Boston Mayor Tom Menino steps down after 20 years of service. Over the years, Menino implemented a vision for the city that improved the quality of life for all people in and outside the city of Boston. By investing in many areas of the city, such areas have become safer for the community and attractive for investors. Those redevelopment projects have kept many Local 103 members working for many years, and we are sad to see Menino go. Marty Walsh, a native of Boston, a state representative and member of the Laborers' Union Local 223, was elected to serve as the next mayor of Boston.

Local 103 held its 31st Annual Retirement Party last September. This event is a night to recognize and honor retiring members of Local 103. In the electrical industry, specifically in the building trades, we form deep bonds with one another. We work side-by-side as tool partners and often spend more time with each other than with our own families. Thank you again to all retirees for your service, and good luck in your new endeavors.

Kevin C. Molineaux, P.S.

'Happy Union Year'

L.U. 105 (catv,i&o), HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA — We welcome the newly organized members from Nadalin Electric and Superior Boiler Works. This was a great achievement by our organizers. Welcome also to Bro. Joe Brogley, the new organizer for Local 105, hired by Bus. Mgr. Lorne Newick. Joe has always been a great asset to the local.

We have two new brothers appointed to the E-Board: Brad Smith and Rob Nelson. I'm sure they will bring enthusiasm and wisdom to this committee.

Remember, we have to fight every day to increase our market share. Our local is making good progress, but we must not rest on our laurels; we must continue to put pressure on nonunion companies.

Once again our Local 105 Appreciation Dance was a fantastic success. The pin night committee and those who volunteered are commended on such a well-organized and fun night.

Last year we had to say goodbye to some well-respected and loyal union members, gone but never forgotten: Bros. Wayne Cahill, Garnet "Toggle Bolt" Knight and Brian "Bones" Jones. Keep the lights on above, brothers, till we meet again.

Phil Brown, P.S.

Welcome to New Groups

L.U. 111 (em,govt,lctt,mt,o,rtb,spa&u), DENVER, CO — IBEW Local 111 happily welcomes its new members employed by two newly represented groups — San Miguel Power Association and Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). Local 111 recently negotiated and successfully ratified our first agreements with these two new employers.

WECC members are the final authority for the entire western grid in transmission power. Today there are 28 new Local 111 members at WECC — with 14 members in Loveland, CO, and 14 in Vancouver, WA. These members are high-tech workers with responsibility to oversee the entire western inter-connection from Canada to Mexico, including all the U.S. states west of Nebraska, with companies and utilities in every state.

San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) is situated in western Colorado and has a service territory of approximately 3,600 square miles, with more than 13,500 member customers. SMPA has lines that feed a ski lift at 12,500 feet, and its largest customers are in the Telluride ski area, at mines, a desalinization plant and hotels.

Today at SMPA we represent 24 new bargaining members who work in electric line classifications, at substations, and as meter AMI techs.

We greatly look forward to representing our new members and working with these new employers.

Mike Kostelecky, P.S.

'Your Voice Matters'

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR — Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a safe and fun-filled holiday season.

Our local is preparing for a busy year in 2014, and we're looking to you, our membership, to help make it successful. Starting with our annual Casino Night to be held Feb. 8, we encourage you to join us in our various activities. Organize your work group and attend to support our Brotherhood Fund.

The Oregon labor movement will be working diligently to prevent "right-to-work" legislation from being passed. We know that this type of legislation is not good for workers and families — organized or not. Let's ensure Oregon does not go down the same path as Wisconsin and other states that decided that working families don't matter. Say NO to "right-to-work."

As with any given year, there will be multiple contracts open, and 2014 is no exception. Make attending unit meetings a priority now before the primary purpose is bargaining. Set a goal for yourself to attend at least half your unit meetings in 2014. Your voice matters but cannot be heard if you're not present.

Marcy Grail, A.B.M.

'A True Pioneer'

L.U. 153 (em,i,mt,rtb,rts,se,spa&st), SOUTH BEND, IN — Local 153 recently celebrated the retirement of Sally Barber. She was the first female member of our local, indentured in 1974. She held a variety of leadership roles from Executive Board member to treasurer and served on various committees. She also was recognized by our membership as "Member of the Year."

In the field, Sally was the first woman not only from our local but also the first female craft worker to work at D.C. Cook Nuclear during initial construction of the facility.

She held the position of foreman in the field and also at D.C. Cook Nuclear. Sally is proud of her two children, a son and a daughter. Her son, Nate Barber, a Local 153 journeyman wireman, has followed in his mother's footsteps.

We wish Sally well in future endeavors as she enjoys her retirement. We know that from time to time, we will find her playing in one of the local bands, as she is also a talented musician.

On another note, thanks to all the travelers who came to our local to help staff the D.C. Cook outage that took place in October 2013. The next scheduled outage will take place in the fall of 2014.

Stan Miles, Mbr. Dev.


Local 153 newly retired member Sally Barber receives congratulations from co-workers at D.C. Cook Nuclear.

Anticipating a Busy 2014

L.U. 159 (i), MADISON, WI — There was a lot of work in Local 159 in 2013. A big thank-you to all the travelers who helped us get it done.

We celebrated the 25th anniversary of our public installation Holiday Fantasy in Lights at Olin Park. Thanks to a corps of dedicated members, this was one of our best displays ever.

Congratulations to Local 159 apprentice graduates who topped out in 2013: Troy Cibulka, Justin Deminter, David Hannemann, Mandy Held (Apprentice of the Year), Andrew Johnson, Lue Lor, Cody O'Connell, Timothy Reddy, Joshua Richardson, Ryan Schmelzer, Antonio Small, Kyle Syverson, Nathan Tuggle, Justin Wahl, Brian Wineke, Kevin Wirth, and VDV technician Reed Miller.

Good job, graduates! Our union is stronger, and our future more promising, because of your accomplishments.

Our office looks forward to a busy 2014. We will continue to strive to do the next right thing.

Robert Doyle, B.M.

Shared Brotherhood & BBQ

L.U. 177 (bo,ees,i,mo,o&pet), JACKSONVILLE, FL — Over the summer, Local 177 started having dinner prepared before every union meeting. This has been a great means to promote a little brotherhood prior to the union meetings. Bro. Kenny Hopwood was appointed chairman of the food committee and is doing a great job. Bro. Adam Morrow, owner of Backyard BBQ, has been cooking some great BBQ for the members. Bro. Hopwood has more great meals planned for the brothers and sisters for upcoming months.

The work outlook in our jurisdiction still does not look very bright for the near future. We hope and pray that 2014 will get better for all of our members. As always, we thank those locals that have been able to employ our traveling brothers and sisters.

Alan Jones, Pres.


Local 177 Bros. Pat Galvin (left) and Kenny Hopwood cook a "Low Country Boil" for a union meeting.

Promising Work Picture

L.U. 191 (c,i,mo,rtb&st), EVERETT, WA — Happy New Year, brothers and sisters. 2014 brings with it a very promising work picture. Once again the east side will provide plenty of opportunities for members to find work. Add to that the additional refinery and aerospace work on the west side and work looks promising going forward.

The New Year also brings with it the usual resolutions. This year make one of those resolutions to become active in your local. There are many ways of getting involved and being active in Local 191. Attending your unit meeting is a great place to start. Last year the local started having BBQs before the unit meetings allowing members to socialize beforehand.

Along with the meetings, there are many other ways for you to participate in your local union and your community, such as joining the Safety, Political Education or Picnic committees to name a few. For those brothers and sisters interested in becoming local officers, this is also an election year in Local 191. Contact the local for information on committee opportunities and the requirements for running for office. Unions are only as strong as their weakest member. Be active and participate.

Tim Silsbee, P.S.

Habitat for Humanity Project

L.U. 193 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL — At this writing, Local 193 was making plans to participate in the Dec. 7 Annual Christmas Parade. Also at press time, our Local 193 Christmas Party was scheduled for Dec. 13 at Erin's Pavilion.

All IBEW Local 193 members, retirees and apprentices are strongly encouraged to submit e-mail address to the hall. It is very helpful in terms of cost savings for postage, and e-mail is faster than the "Pony Express."

Classes in Instrumentation and Welding are being filled.

The 6th Street Habitat for Humanity house is complete. The Springfield community and all of Local 193 extend yet another "thank you" to all Local 193 volunteers for another outstanding community project!

City Water, Light & Power (CWLP) has hired five new apprentice linemen — welcome aboard to all! Most work on the Inside has slowed, as many projects are being filled.

Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox on the World Series Championship. Also, hats off to the Cardinals ("Birds on the Bat") for another National League pennant and a great season.

Happy New Year and peace be with you.

Don Hudson, P.S.

Community Service Volunteers

L.U. 197 (em&i), BLOOMINGTON, IL — As we move into 2014, we hope work picks up in our jurisdiction. It has been many years since we cleared the book. If you are on our out-of-work list, we encourage you to sign the books in other locals. We hope the $32 million project in Normal starts by early 2014 to begin getting our members back to work at home.

Local 197 members are volunteering in our community. Thanks to Don Armstrong and Wilcox Electric for doing work for Lydias Place, a nonprofit that helps abused women. Dale Glasscock and Ken McLean wired a Santa's house, displayed in Uptown Normal. Apprentices collected food for the needy during the holidays and participated in the Turkey Bowl fundraiser benefiting the Great Plains Life Foundation.

We know other members are also doing great things in our community; please let us know what you are doing. We also like to let the community know that we are an asset. We are putting information out on twitter; follow us @ibew197. We will also upgrade our Web site in 2014.

The Christmas Party and service pin ceremony was Dec. 13. Congratulations to all honorees; photos will be posted on the Web site.

Thanks to our journeymen who participated in the Medium Voltage Splicing class. We must continue to hone our skills so we can stay the best. Stay involved in the local!

Mike Raikes, Pres.


Local 197 Bros. Tom Peasley (left) and Adam Stubblefield show off their handiwork at the Medium Voltage Splicing class.

New Training Center & A Big Year for Solar Work

L.U. 223 (em,govt&i), BROCKTON, MA — As we move into the new year, we anticipate moving soon into our new training center union office. As we look forward to new work opportunities we welcome the needed state-of-the art training center. Our new building will have classrooms that allow hands-on training in each room and a shop area to further allow our instructors to simulate work site experiences. It has been a huge undertaking for officers of the local and we thank all who have helped out to make the building our new home.

With many delays now in the past, we have finally begun the solar projects on Cape Cod. These projects include solar panels on schools, open spaces and capped landfills. As Massachusetts continues promoting renewable energy, we look forward to 2014 as another big year for our solar work.

Doug Nelson, B.A.

'Flurry of Activity'

L.U. 269 (i&o), TRENTON, NJ — Summer last year ended with a flurry of activity including picnics, fundraisers, graduations and special training courses. All these events and others made for a busy transition from summer to autumn.

The Local 269 family picnic was once again a big success thanks in large part to the hard work of all involved in the planning. Music, food, and fun for the kids made the day special for all.

Activities continued at a fundraiser hosted by Bro. Jake Soley in honor of his late son. The annual event raises money to help the family of a terminally ill child deal with their hardships — a worthwhile cause indeed.

The local also welcomed the class of 2013 apprenticeship graduates into the main hall for their swearing-in ceremony. [Photo below.] The new journeymen received their certificates of completion and an accompanying gift. They then embarked on their new career path to the sound of a rousing round of applause by brothers and sisters in attendance. We wish the graduates luck in all their endeavors.

Finally, members attended heavy equipment training provided by the trade school to add to their skill set.

Brian Jacoppo, P.S.


Local 269 apprentice graduating class of 2013, with trade school Dir. James Stover (far left), Asst. Bus. Mgr. Wayne DeAngelo (center, back), and Bus. Mgr. Steve Aldrich (far right). Photo by D. Brian Proctor.

Spirit of Brotherhood Strong

L.U. 317 (i,o,rts,t&u), HUNTINGTON, WV — Although work has continued to be slow in our jurisdiction, the spirit of brotherhood remains strong. This past year has left many members on the book for extended periods and sent some on the road to provide for their families. As we reflect back on the year, we can take pride in the fact that we have stood together as brothers and sisters through the hard times.

Local 317 hosted many events for its members last year including: the Trap Shoot, Dinner Dance, Family Picnic, Softball Team, Golf Scramble. These and other events have given the members some solidarity even if they are not able to be on a jobsite.

Members have also been generous in helping our community with various donations, including a successful coat drive sponsored by the newly formed RENEW Committee.

As we head into a new year we are optimistic that as the economy recovers, so too will our work. We encourage everyone to "like" our Facebook pages to keep up with what's going on at Local 317. Connect with us at and

James Stacy, P.S.


Local 317 members, with Bus. Mgr. Jim Gillette (third from left) taking a shot, at Trap Shoot.

Recent & Future Awards

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN — During the Sixth District Progress Meeting in Rochester last September, member Ben Lochner received from Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill an IBEW Life Saving Award. Only a few weeks earlier, Ben and his tool partner, Mike Gillard, were working in an elevator equipment room. Mike came into contact with 480-volt direct current. Mike was gripping a pipe with one hand when his opposite elbow contacted exposed live voltage and he was unable to free himself. Ben kicked the ladder out from under Mike, but he did not fall. Ben then kicked Mike enough to free his grip and Mike fell, striking objects on the way down resulting in further injuries. Mike has since recovered and returned to work.

Also in September, retirees John Guyse and Tom Huiting each received the 2013 President's Leadership Award during the 7th Annual Convention of the Minnesota State Retirees Council AFL/CIO. They were recognized for "distinguished service and dedication" to the retiree council and "exhibiting unusual leadership for building a strong voice for retired union workers and their families."

Save the date: On March 1 the Annual Local 343 Awards Banquet will be held in Rochester. Share the spirit of brotherhood and extend best wishes to our new journeymen and retirees.

Whenever possible, buy Made in USA.

Tom Small, P.S.

The Volunteer Spirit

L.U. 347 (em,i,mt,rtb,rts&spa), DES MOINES, IA — Local 347 hopes you and your family have enjoyed a wonderful holiday season. In preparation for the holidays, the Local 347 brothers and sisters of the volunteer spirit were involved with the Make a Wish Foundation and Toys for Tots. These annual events are fantastic ways the membership has chosen to give back to the community during the season of giving.

The local also threw a Family Christmas Party Dec. 14 at the Fairgrounds. Santa showed up with many gifts and lots of fun. Local 347 wishes you a most prosperous new year.

Mike Schweiger, P.S.

'Still Standing Strong'

L.U. 349 (em,es,i,mps,rtb,rts,spa&u), MIAMI, FL — On Jan. 30, 1950, our IBEW Local 349 new hall was dedicated. This building was second to none in the country for its type and time, as a meeting place and with offices to take care of expanding needs. This Jan. 30, 2014, will mark 64 years and still standing pretty.

In 1950 many dignitaries were on hand for the dedication. Then-Int. Pres. Daniel W. Tracy and then-Fifth District Vice Pres. G. X. Barker attended the celebration. Among other local union officers and politicians attending was then-Sen. Claude Pepper, who helped dedicate the new IBEW Local 349 union hall.

Over the years this great hall has been the site for countless events — union meetings, breakfasts, luncheons, dinners, blood drives, AFL-CIO meetings, other locals' special events and many other occasions. People are still amazed when they come inside and see the beauty of this hall. It makes you proud to be an IBEW Local 349 member. Thanks to all the members who have helped build and take care of this great building and Local 349.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift: That's why they call it the present.

Remember our troops and union members overseas and may we bring them back safe. Attend your union meetings and keep your union strong.

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

Active Union Volunteers

L.U. 351 (c,cs,i,it,lctt,mt,o,se,spa&t), FOLSOM, NJ — As of this writing we have been very busy in Local 351. Our local conducted a GOTV (get out the vote) drive for the November 2013 election. We conducted weekly labor walks on Saturday mornings in four different locations in our jurisdiction. We also ran phone banks during the week. Thank you to all our members who volunteered their time to come out and help. Our members realize the importance of electing the candidates who are friends of labor and will be supportive of jobs for working people. We have been successful in securing more than 120 project labor agreements in our area and we want to make sure this continues.

We will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Local 351's charter year with a dinner dance in the spring of this year. This will be a great night with all our new members as well as the members who came into Local 351 with the amalgamation in earlier years of three former locals (211, 439 and 592). In total, the locals' combined histories represent more than 275 years of IBEW strong union heritage. It will be an honor to share the memories with fellow brothers and sisters of Local 351.

Daniel Cosner, P.S.

Highlight Events a Success

L.U. 357 (c,i,mt&se), LAS VEGAS, NV — Greetings, brothers and sisters! We have had a very busy couple of months.

Our 12th annual Gary Pitts Golf Tournament was super successful and we thank everyone who came out and made it another memorable day.

The 2nd Annual Health Fair & Chili Cook-off was so popular that our judges had a hard time choosing the top three. Congratulations to Richard Ranalli on his first-place win; Ray Takeda came in second and Treven Rowberry rounded out the top three. Good luck to everyone next year and keep on cooking!

Trunk or Treat was a well-liked addition to the Health Fair, with all the decorated cars and sweets for the children. We had a great time and plan to again next year!

We wrapped up the year with the always fun Retirees Dinner. It's always good to see our fellow retired members around the holidays.

Once again, the children's Christmas party made it a super fun way to end the year. Thanks again to all the volunteers who helped out at each of these events. We always appreciate all you do to make our events such a smooth success!

Happy New Year and let's have another fun-filled one to come.

Jennifer Tabor, P.S.

At the 'RENEW' Conference
IBEW Fourth District Int. Vice Pres. Kenneth W. Cooper (left) meets with Louisville, KY, Local 369 Executive Board member Greg Mudd at the IBEW's first ever Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers (RENEW) conference, held in Washington, D.C.

Kudos to Union Champs

L.U. 453 (govt,i,rtb,rts&spa), SPRINGFIELD, MO — Thanks to our Local 453 brothers for organizing a team to play in the Springfield Central Labor Council slow-pitch softball tournament last year. More than $1,100 was raised for the United Way at this one-day event.

The Local 453 team [pictured in the accompanying photo] won second place in the Labor Division at the tournament. The team included: Michael Hansen, Randal Hyde, Shawn Doles, Doug Horton, Mike Horton, Jeb Venable, Zach Hohlt, Sean Jackson, Brandon Atchison and Justin Willard.

Randy Appleby, B.M./F.S.


IBEW Local 453 team at the Springfield Central Labor Council slow-pitch softball tournament to benefit United Way.

Membership Communication

L.U. 459 (ees,em,govt,so&u), JOHNSTOWN, PA — In July last year, Local 459 embarked on a communication campaign to increase information flow within the local and thereby increase membership participation. Given the local's demographics — more than 40 units comprising 1,900-plus members located in more than two dozen counties across Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania, and representing several branches of the IBEW — time, distance, and continuity in communication have proven to be the largest challenge to ensuring effective communication. Consequently, the local engaged the expertise of a well-established communications resource to meet this task. With some help, we devised an aggressive and technologically current plan to increase membership awareness and participation. Members are encouraged to participate by providing their personal e-mail address and/or personal cell number for text message updates by sending an e-mail to: or by clicking on the website link at

Paul L. Cameron, B.M./F.S.


IBEW Local 459 campaign increases membership communication and participation.

Fishing Trip & Brotherhood

L.U. 477 (i&rts), SAN BERNARDINO, CA — Hello to all from IBEW Local 477. I hope all of you are doing well. This month we would like to share a photo taken on our latest 477 fishing club trip. This was a deep-sea fishing trip chartered out of H&M Landing of San Diego. It was a great time for all, and as you can see by the accompanying photo it was a good day of fishing.

Here in Local 477 we not only encourage members to participate, but also invite family and friends to join in as well. This fishing trip was put together by Bros. Ben Pratt and Jeff Kilgore, who with the help of our executive board made this a great trip to remember. We also thank the Local 477 brothers who joined in: Dan Tedder, Jose Chipez, Dean McKernan, Dave Sweeney, Ternnel Jackson, Winston Martin and Bobby Avinger.

In closing I wish to thank all of our members who participate in all of our clubs. Until next time be safe out there.

Kenny Felts, Pres.


Members display IBEW Local 477 banner on chartered deep-sea fishing trip.

Graduating Class of 2013

L.U. 531 (i), LAPORTE, IN — Congratulations to the Local 531 apprenticeship graduating class of 2013. I wish to thank Training Coordinator Roland Hunter for making the graduation banquet a special night for the graduates and attendees.

The 2013 graduates are: Matthew Lessner, Alvin Udvare, Wesley Wright, Daniel Chmielewski, Andrew Tillema, Bradley Kerkes, Robert Allen, Adam Grass, Ryan Wildfang, Allen Easton, Ryan Belstra, Andrew Brenda, Scott Kelly, Joshua Payne, Ryan Pierce, Russell Prichard, Sean Ryan and Christopher Trzeciak.

Other highlights of the banquet included awards presented to Fred Matuszak for 20 years as a JATC instructor and to Duane Seifert for 20 years as a JATC committeeman.

A message to our new journeymen: Get involved. Take the knowledge you have gained and use it to advance the interests of Local 531 and the IBEW as a whole. Take time to attend union meetings, upgrade training, participate in volunteer projects and don't be afraid to run for office or take a committee appointment. The future is in your hands and I am confident you are up to the task. Good luck and congratulations.

Dean F. Harmon, P.S.


Some of the recent Local 531 apprenticeship graduates.

Sonoma County PLA Project —
VIP Grand Opening Celebration

L.U. 551 (c,i&st), SANTA ROSA, CA — Happy New Year from the Northbay.

We recently completed our largest project labor agreement (PLA) construction project to date in Sonoma County, the Graton Rancheria Casino, with almost 200 IBEW members on this fine build. The VIP Grand Opening was Nov. 2 last year with 2,000 invited guests, among them our great Gov. Jerry Brown.

On Nov. 5, Election Day, we had all hands on deck with a get-out-the-vote campaign for our next "big one," Measure F in Marin County. Great news — the measure passed, making possible another PLA project with the potential for a few years of work for our members. This success is a result of all the hard work Local 551 volunteers contributed. If we had not come out to work the phones and knock on doors, we would not be celebrating today. This was a big effort with the Marin General Hospital, which came to us last year asking for our help to get the bond measure passed.

A must mention: We had a great group of travelers help us on our Sonoma County PLA job. Thank You! We made this project on time with all of your help. We welcome you back on the next "big one!"

We hope all had a safe and happy holiday season. Onward to a prosperous 2014.

It is with great regret that we remove our hard hats for Mark Wetjen (1957-1913) and Daniel "Dano" Howes (1964-2013). They will be missed.

Denise D. Soza, B.R.


Union members proudly display IBEW banner at Local 551 Graton Rancheria Casino PLA construction jobsite.

'Work Outlook is Good'

L.U. 557 (i,mt,rts&spa), SAGINAW, MI — Work was very good for our local and surrounding locals this past summer. It's good to see construction finally starting to make a comeback albeit slowly, but at least in the right direction. With work continuing at the VA hospital and Saginaw Metal Castings (GM) and upcoming work at other local hospitals, the work outlook should continue to be excellent for local hands.

We hope all members and their families have enjoyed a safe and happy holiday season — and that 2014 brings a fresh start and prosperity for all.

Jason Rivette, P.S.

Green Energy Success

L.U. 569 (i,mar,mt,rts&spa), SAN DIEGO, CA — In the Imperial County desert east of San Diego, IBEW Local 569 members have completed projects totaling more than 500 megawatts of renewable wind and solar energy.

Enduring temperatures often exceeding 120 degrees in the summer and dropping below freezing at night in the winter, our members have completed these projects on time and on budget, once again proving the superior value of union workers.

In fact, one developer commented that IBEW built the project faster than any other solar project they had done anywhere else in the world.

At peak, these projects have employed more than 1,500 brothers and sisters in good middle-class jobs, many of these being local hires new to the IBEW. These are desperately needed jobs, in an area with almost 30 percent unemployment, that are also good for the environment. With all the future new projects scheduled, we expect more green work for the next three to five years.

David Taylor, P.S./Pres.


IBEW Local 569 members at the jobsite of a 23-megawatt NRG solar project in Borrego Springs, CA.

Port of Oakland Project

L.U. 595 (c,govt,i&st), DUBLIN, CA — Local 595's exceptional employment streak is winding down from the past three years. The power plants and new hospitals are nearing completion and our available-for-work list is getting longer. On the upside, we still have our core industries with project labor agreement (PLA) projects in progress or shovel ready.

The Port of Oakland (Maritime and Aviation) celebrated the completion of two successful projects. Thanks to the hard work and skills of our members, the port has a new state-of-the-art air traffic control tower and new maritime shore power berths with plug-in utility power, virtually eliminating diesel emissions of ocean going vessels while docked.

We are proud to announce the graduating apprenticeship class of 2013. Congratulations to the 40 inside wireman and three sound & communication graduates. The graduation ceremony was held at the historic Claremont Resort in Berkeley.

Member involvement is the cornerstone of our achievements. Our December general membership meeting featured a special program to recognize the volunteers and family who have stepped up and generously offered their valuable time giving back to their local that has given so much to them.

Bob Tieman, B.R.


Among attendees at Federal Aviation Administration ribbon-cutting at Port of Oakland are: Local 595 Bus. Mgr. Victor Uno (second from right); JATC Training Dir. Byron Benton (third from right); foreman Rich Zemloc; journeyman Theo Green; and apprentices Ashley Ablate, Josh Winter and Dustin Baker.

2014 Work Picture

L.U. 601 (i&rtb), CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, IL — On Aug. 10-11 last year, Local 601 held its 37th Annual Invitational Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament. Fifteen teams participated in the two-day tournament. Congratulations to IBEW West Frankfort, IL, Local 702, who won the tournament. IBEW Peoria, IL, Local 34 was the proud winner of the consolation bracket. Thank you to all the teams for a weekend of fun, fair play and brotherhood. Our local thanks the members and their families who helped to make it such a successful weekend.

Our work picture is dropping off at press time. The shutdown at the LaSalle Nuclear Powerhouse will be the first chance we see to hire off of book II. At this writing, Local 601 has 37 on book 1; 197 on book 2; and 11 apprentices on the book.

We look for the spring and summer 2014 work picture to pick up. A great deal of work is being planned and bid at the University of Illinois as well as new construction at the hospital.

Local 601 congratulates William Bowie for completing his drill sergeant U.S. Army training in the Army Reserves. William has served a tour in Afghanistan.

Dan Hatter, P.S.


At Local 601 Invitational Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament: front row, Cliff Ruthstrom (left), Blake Withers, Shane Street; middle row, Mark Lowry, Rick Mueller, Daniel Chapa, Brett Shilts, Keith Grob, Justin Henderson, Chris Shields; back row, Anthony Street.

Tribute to a Brother

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM — With great sadness we announce the passing of Bro. Robert Atencio, journeyman lineman. Robert was a 52-year member and assistant business manager to four business managers beginning in 1981. He was a committeeman and trustee on the SW Line Constructors Apprenticeship Committee. He served on the Executive Board and was a job steward and Outside Line Unit chairman. He volunteered widely and served on the Negotiating Committee, the IBEW 611 Labor-Management Committee and many others. He also worked in the Seventh District office in membership development. Bobby was well-respected throughout the industry. He was a true union leader and will be greatly missed.

Feb. 17, 2014, marks our local's 100 year anniversary. On that day, we will have an all-day open house at our union hall — drop by anytime.

On Saturday morning, Feb. 22, anniversary festivities will begin at the Isleta Casino. There will be a golf tournament, fishing at the lakes, fun center for the kids and poolside relaxation. The Celebration Gala welcome reception will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.; and casino night, 8 p.m. - midnight. There will be a band with dancing from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Room block rates are available for $99 a night; mention event code IBE0214. The deadline for the discounted rate is Jan. 21. Tickets for the event are $25; please call Gloria at the hall to purchase tickets.

Local 611 extends condolences to the families of our late Bros. Charles H. Brown and Robert "Bobby" Atencio.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.


Local 611 mourns Bro. Robert "Bobby" Atencio.

'Active & Thriving'

L.U. 617 (c,i,mo&st), SAN MATEO, CA — Happy New Year, sisters and brothers! May 2014 bring us all peace and prosperity.

This last fall was a thriving time for the local. September saw the Annual Health Fair with record attendance and the George Bastidas Memorial Run. In October, members brought their shooting irons up to the range for the 8th Annual Day at the Range, and the San Mateo County Central Labor Council launched its yearly Union Food and Toy Drive. November brought local school board and city council elections. In December we joined forces with Local 6 for their Annual Toy Run while Santa stopped by the hall on Dec. 14 for his yearly visit!

And all the while the work picture was improving, with a few bumps along the way.

On behalf of Local 617 and IBEW members, I presented $13,330 to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation at the Northern California Ride for Kids Event in Fairfield. The members of nine IBEW locals (Locals 6, 40, 100, 302, 332, 340, 595, 617 and 639) all responded generously to the Local 617 Journeymen Motorcycle Club's annual "Buck-A-Member" Campaign aimed at raising funds for the foundation and its critical work. Many thanks to all the sisters, brothers, family, friends and community partners who made this possible!

On a special note, please keep our beloved sister Lisa Booker in your thoughts and prayers.

Dan Pasini, V.P.

Newly Certified Journeymen

L.U. 625 (ees,em,i,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA — Congratulations to newly certified journeymen: Bros. Jared Saulnier, Jason Saulnier, Joel Deveau, Darren Frizzell, Peter Swan, Travis Hawley, Benjamin Robinson, Justin Richard and Alex MacGregor. This is a very important time in your career. Time for you to start being a mentor to apprentices.

Members who retired recently include: Bros. Alex Bresson, Allan Naugle, Gordon Embree, Vince Novak, Howard Smith and Dave Rudolph. Hope to see you at the Annual Retirees Dinner and Dance every October.

Condolences to the family and friends of Bro. Stephen Williams, who passed away Oct. 21 after a brief illness. Steve had three brothers in the local and his father was an Executive Board member. His passing was felt throughout the local.

A big shout-out to Edmonton, Alberta, Local 424 for the large number of calls out to the East Coast for manpower. It is greatly appreciated. On behalf of the 54 members who worked in Long Harbour, Newfoundland, last year, Local 625 thanks Local 2330 for the calls. We hope to be able to help out on Phase 2.

In closing, I would like to remind members to finish the job call you accepted. Don't ask for a layoff when one is not available. Never quit a job to get on a travel call or a job with more time — and if you do, accept the penalties imposed according to the local's hiring rules.

Tom Griffiths, A.B.M.

Retirement Celebration

L.U. 627 (u), FORT PIERCE, FL — This article is monumental in that our local has 29 members who accepted the company-offered retirement package at Florida Power & Light, a subsidiary of Next Era Energy. Among those members are Bro. Jim McCune, a restoration specialist who has more than 44 years of service on the nuclear side, and Bro. Roger Thomas, a nuclear mechanic with 43-plus years of service. The honorary withdrawal ceremony was held for everyone after the December union meeting. A celebration included tall tales that began with "honest to God" and "I kid you not," along with abundant cold refreshments.

Plant St. Lucie has completed refueling outage #25 for Unit 1; this is always a time of heightened awareness with a few extra thousand people on site. Congratulations to everyone for watching out for each other.

The retirement of so many members creates a vacancy on our E-Board and also for the recording secretary position. Please think about taking that extra step, and making the loss of those members less stressful to the local union, by volunteering. The experience you gain benefits everyone.

Ray Vos, P.S.

Multiple Contracts Settled

L.U. 659 (c,catv,em,i,lctt,o,st,t&u), MEDFORD, OR — 2013 was another challenging year for Local 659. The reps were able to settle 12 contracts. Four agreements for the Inside Wireman Unit were especially tough with NECA coming to the table proposing a 30 percent reduction in the entire package. All four agreements were settled for a one-year contract and no wage increase for 2014, but they did manage to get the increase in Health and Welfare picked up.

The situation was better at Consumers Power, where the committee was able to settle a three-year agreement with a 2 percent wage increase each year.

The local's only manufacturing agreement is with Pacific Crest Transformers, which continues to do well with a backlog of orders for the custom-built transformers it ships worldwide. The Ninth District training staff will hold a Code of Excellence class there in January 2014.

The labor management committee at Central Lincoln PUD continues to make progress on a lot of issues. A new general manager was hired who is more willing to sit down and work on the issues than was the previous manager.

The local's man-hours were up for 2013 compared to the previous two years but are still lower than our historical averages.

Our annual union picnic will be June 21 at Richardson Park outside of Eugene, OR. Make plans to attend this family friendly event, as it is a great fundraiser for our Brotherhood Fund.

Tom Legg, Pres.

Coast Guard Station Project

L.U. 673 (catv,i,rts,spa,t&u), PAINESVILLE, OH — This past year was a very uneven year for employment. The year began with full employment and even some jobs for travelers, but it was followed by a very sluggish summer and fall. Many projects did not materialize and the economy, along with the government shutdown, did not help.

One of the projects that are under construction is the Coast Guard Station. This project was designed to meet the federal LEED standards (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design). Besides being energy efficient, this building must also meet all the criteria associated with the Department of Homeland Security. It is so refreshing to be on a project where our quality craftsmanship is still important.

James Braunlich, Mbr. Dev.


Local 673 member Jerry Jasinski at the Fairport Harbor Coast Guard Station.

100th Anniversary Celebration

L.U. 681 (i,o&spa), WICHITA FALLS, TX — We recently completed our 4th Annual Local 681 Friends and Family Golf Scramble benefiting our local Brotherhood Fund. Around 35 players came out to participate in the scramble. The event raised approximately $600 for the Brotherhood Fund and we had a good time doing it.

On another note we are getting ready to celebrate our local's 100th anniversary. We have a party planned for Feb. 8, which is one day early but we think it will be OK.

We had a small group of members who maintained the NAVASPUR station, which, we regret to report, has been shut down due to military budget cuts. We hate to lose this group and we hate to see the closure of this surveillance system, which played a major role in the defense of our country. Reportedly it will be a few years until a replacement system can be installed in its place.

The inside work picture continues to be slow and the outside work picture is slowing down. We hope we will have a shut-down project after the first of the year. Additionally, there is a hope for some more wind turbine activity in the year ahead.

Leland Welborn, A.B.M.


Local 681 held its annual Friends & Family Golf Scramble benefit.

'A Brighter 2014'

L.U. 855 (c,i&spa), MUNCIE, IN — The Muncie JATC celebrated with the Class of 2013 at the Randolph Grille on June 18. The local congratulates top apprentice graduate Bro. Aaron Dotson and the entire 2013 class of graduates. We are proud to call these outstanding men journeyman wiremen!

Work in the jurisdiction continues to lag due to the incredible loss to manufacturing the area has suffered in recent years. The local is poised for a brighter 2014 with a few projects ready to take off in the first and second quarters. Several Local 855 members have been fortunate enough to find traveling work opportunities throughout the region over the past year. We extend a huge thank-you to those locals that helped our members out in 2013.

Local 855's annual pinning ceremony was held during the October union meeting. Service pins were given to 44 members, including 60-year member Bro. Dean Gosnell.

The local mourns the recent passing of Bros. Dick Wiseheart, Harold "Stoney" Stonerock, Jim Estes, Dennis Patty and Jim Denney.

Here's to a year of progress ahead!

Kevin Cope, B.M.


Local 855 congratulates apprentice graduates of 2013. Front row: Shane Shreve (left), Daniel Sharrett, Tom Sciscoe, Bret Buchanan. Back row: JATC Dir. Dave Blackford, Shon Willoughby, Aaron Dotson, Derrik Heinzen, Instructor Matt Rhoades and Instructor Dave Lehman.

Year in Review

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL — 2013 saw Local 915 members volunteering in our local work party. We helped with the electrical installation for a community program that will help feed the homeless in the Tampa Bay area.

Also in 2013 we honored our years-of-service award recipients; one member was recognized for 75 years of service. We've had a job market that helped put many local members to work, and even a few traveling brothers. Also last year, as previously reported, we saw the resignation of the sitting business manager and the appointment of our new business manager. Additionally, we signed more contractors to our signatory contractor list. We also shared in brotherhood and fellowshipped with one another at cookouts and at our 2013 Christmas party.

I encourage all of our brothers and sisters to remember the oath that each of us took to advance the IBEW. That is with our tool belts and our voting ballots. That is by attending your local union meeting and being a part of the solutions for our future.

Let's make 2014 the year that we regain our market, build our membership, help our contractors be successful so they can be competitive in this volatile job market, and truly make IBEW the right choice.

Theresa King, P.S.

Working to Ensure Success

L.U. 1049 (lctt,o,u&uow), LONG ISLAND, NY — As of this writing we are continuing our preparations for the scheduled Jan. 1, 2014, bifurcation of our Utility Division between two employers, National Grid and PSEG-LI. Bus. Mgr. Don Daley and the business staff are working diligently to ensure all of our rights are protected.

We look forward to forging a positive relationship with our newest partner PSEG-LI, as well as strengthening our relationships with all of our current partners. One of our goals has always been to ensure success for all of our partners.

Our Gas and LCTT (line clearance tree trimming) divisions have been working steadily. In the Gas Division we had some hiring and promotional opportunities. PSEG-LI has committed to an aggressive tree trim program. In our Electric Division we are currently seeing a slight downturn in some of the work. However, we remain cautiously optimistic that we will be very close to full employment in January.

It is with mixed enthusiasm that Bus. Mgr. Daley has announced the formation of a Local 1049 Widows and Widowers Fund. Recently we have lost too many members at young ages. We hope our efforts will help ease the pain and suffering our members' families endure due to a tragic loss.

Have a safe, healthy and happy New Year.

Thomas J. Dowling, R.S.

'A Day-Long Celebration'

L.U. 1245 (catv,em,govt,lctt,o,pet,t&u), VACAVILLE, CA — Two Local 1245 members traveled to Illinois to spend three weeks assisting the IBEW campaign to organize a Greenlee tool manufacturing plant in Rockford. Victory was achieved Oct. 30 when employees voted for union representation. Kudos to Bros. Casey Salkauskas and Jammi Juarez.

Local 1245 celebrated the 10th anniversary of moving into its Weakley Hall headquarters in Vacaville with a day-long celebration that also recognized the 60th anniversary of the local's newspaper, the Utility Reporter. The union presented comic book artist Tom "tk" Christopher with an award from the International Labor Communications Association for his role in creating "First Day," a comic book history of the local. Bro. Mike Grimm was honored for his extraordinary service in the three-year campaign to defend retirement medical benefits at NV Energy. Walmart strikers and activists presented Local 1245 Bus. Mgr. Tom Dalzell and officers with a cake to recognize the local's logistical support for the Walmart workers' campaign.

Also added to Weakley Hall is a framed copy of the poem "The Tramp Lineman," by member Bubba Avery. The poem hangs in the dispatch office where tramp linemen can read the tribute.

The outlook remains bright in Outside Construction, with a ton of work in both California and Nevada.

Local 1245 mourns the passing of former assistant business manager Roger Stalcup and former president Ed Mallory, union men of the first caliber.

Eric Wolfe, P.S.

Organizing Initiative

L.U. 1253 (i), AUGUSTA, ME — We recently launched a new organizing initiative targeting nonunion electricians in our jurisdiction. The support of the membership has been overwhelming, and no organizing plan can be successful without the support of the members!

Our Apprenticeship Council is actively participating in the RENEW program and is taking the reins in the effort to increase the public presence of the local union. There is a blood drive in the works, as well as other volunteer efforts that will coincide with a public relations campaign.

Scott Cuddy, P.S.

Community Awareness Campaign Kickoff

L.U. 1393 (catv,lctt,o,t&u), INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The kickoff of the Community Awareness Campaign started in October 2013 with members receiving yard signs that say: "IBEW Local 1393 Proud Union Family — We live in your community."

Those who received the signs included the Gardner family [see accompanying photo], which has three generations of IBEW members. Pictured are: Kayla Ripley, traffic signal apprentice; Tyler Gardner, equipment operator; Randy Gardner, Local 1393 business agent; Terry Gardner, retired Local 1393 business agent; Brian Gardner, journeyman lineman; and Casey Gardner, journeyman wireman, Local 305.

Bro. Steve Moore from the Unit 2 Executive Board retired effective October 2013 after more than 20 years on the board. Bus. Mgr. Robert C. Fox presented Bro. Moore with a certificate and an IBEW Local 1393 jacket in appreciation for his service. Bro. Jim Alexander was sworn in as his replacement. The Executive Board approved a new website for the local to kick off in 2014, which will allow all the members to pay dues online and get updates regarding meeting locations.

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


Local 1393 "Proud Union Family" sign is displayed by the Gardner family, which includes three generations of IBEW members.

'Value of a Union Contract'

L.U. 1501 (ees,em,mo,pet,rts&t), BALTIMORE, MD — The 2013 federal shutdown has far reaching consequences and has had a direct effect on our members employed by Team Analex, a federal contractor working at Goddard Space Flight Center [GSFC]. Here, once again, is the value of a union contract. It made clear that our members would be paid. We are proud to report that our stewards kept on top of all this, with our local union standing firm, but allowing the company a reasonable amount of time to address the timekeeping on employees' timesheets.

There is some very good news from Amtote. After nearly 30 years, our local is back in New York with the New York Racing Association contract that covers Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga racetracks. It took a long period of negotiations, preparations and union jurisdictional disputes. Some former members of Local 1501 were rehired after having been laid off when New York Off-Track Betting shut down. Also, some former members of Local 3 were hired and became members of our local. The opening went very well — and Local 1051 Bus. Mgr. /Pres. Dion Guthrie thanks IBEW Locals 3 and 25 for their help and cooperation during this transition period. We extend best wishes and good luck to Amtote on its efforts in California.

Thomas J. Rostkowski, R.S.


Local 1501 members work on project at Goddard Space Flight Center.


L.U. 1523 (u), WICHITA, KS — When I think of the word "negotiations" I think of making things better for both parties. A mutually agreed upon outcome with each side listening to the other. At press time, we are in negotiations with Westar and have begun negotiations with Asplundh in Coffeyville and Sedgwick County Electric Cooperative. That's a lot of work on the shoulders of our union leaders. I know they put a lot of time, thought and effort into negotiations. So, thank you to our officers for all their hard work on behalf of the membership.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving and Christmas. With another year gone by and a new year beginning, let's take stock of where we have been and what we have been through. We have a fresh start in 2014 and it will be exciting to see what comes of it. This year please take time to learn more about your union, your rights and privileges. Your wages and the way we are treated are tied to our solidarity. Continue to be safe and happy.

Candy C. Cruz-Dodd, P.S.


Local 1523 substation crew members Richard Baldwin (left) and Andy Laury fill oil tanker.

Key to Labor's Success

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA — The future looks good on our big jobs, but we have a long way to go on our commercial and metro Augusta work.

Organized labor in the U.S. is at a crossroads. No longer is it business as usual, depending on our past reputation to move forward. Today, the unorganized forces are no longer unorganized. They, too, have training programs. Their workmanship is terrible but on each job they learn more. If the lights come on when they flip the switch, the owner is usually satisfied. What can organized labor do to combat this crisis? We don't have to give away all the gains we have negotiated, but we must always give eight hours' work for eight hours' pay. We cannot lay out simply because we don't feel like going to work.

It is no longer union labor vs. union management — now it's union labor and management verses nonunion labor/nonunion management. We have many opponents including our own governor, senators and congressmen. To think otherwise is our demise.

Best wishes for a happy New Year.

Will Salters, A.B.M.

Service Award Recipients

L.U. 1925 (i,o&u), MARTIN, TN — Several retirees were recognized and presented service awards at a recent union meeting. Those in attendance were: Bros. Weldon Sanderson (with 55 years of service), Joe Moss (60 years of service), James Pierce (50 years) and Larry Roberts (50 years). [See accompanying photo.]

Also receiving service awards but not in attendance were: 60-year members Billy Fry, Charles A. Green and James Hearn; 55-year member Robert Jordan; and 50-year member J. Roberts.

We certainly appreciate the hard work and dedication of these brothers and wish them many more years of well-deserved retirement.

Carsten Kradenpoth, R.S.


Retirees receive service awards at Local 1925 meeting: Weldon Sanderson (left), Joe Moss, James Pierce and Larry Roberts.