January 2014
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Also In This Issue SPECIAL: Ed Hill on growing the IBEW read_more

Auditor's report read_more

North of 49°
Nova Scotia Utility Threatens Outsourcing read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
L'entreprise de services publics de la Nouvelle-Écosse menace d'utiliser la sous-traitance read_more

International Executive Council meeting minutes read_more





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Ill. Tool Plant Triumph Aided by Calif. Organizers

In the chemistry of union organizing, sometimes elements bond together so tightly that campaigns are nearly indestructible.

In October, a unique, member-driven effort to overcome an arrogant, uncaring management triumphed as workers at Greenlee Textron Tools — many of them highly-skilled machinists — voted 44 to 22 for representation by Rockford, Ill., Local 364. Organizers were put to the test after an NLRB election — scheduled prior to the federal government shutdown — was delayed, giving the company more time to mount opposition.

The victory reversed three prior IBEW organizing losses at the plant. In a remarkable model of union solidarity, Vacaville, Calif., Local 1245 dispatched two organizers to Rockford, not once, but twice, to help seal the win.

"It was very rewarding to help steer a great group of workers at Greenlee in the right direction and win this campaign," says Local 364 organizer Charlie Laskonis, who conducted frequent hand-billing at the plant's gates and accompanied the California volunteers on visits to workers' homes.

The drive's components came together after IBEW received an e-mail from a 15-year machinist asking for help organizing his co-workers at the subsidiary of Textron, a multinational company that declared $113 million in income during the second quarter of 2013. read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Hill: Open Discussion,
United Action read_more
Chilia: Keepers of
the Faith read_more

TransitionsJuanita Luiz read_more

CircuitsWho We Are: New TV
Spot Showcases IBEW Members read_more

LettersThanks, Gov. Walker;
A Worthy Investment;
Lessons in Life read_more

In MemoriamNovember 2013 read_more

Who We AreLinemen's Wives Group Brings Financial, Emotional Help to Families read_more