February 2014
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Also In This Issue Community rallies to save power plant read_more

Vets get preference in
L.A. apprenticeship read_more

Workers' rights cases in the hands of the courts read_more

N.H. utility workers win a voice with the IBEW read_more

Local 25 members mobilize against ALS read_more

New exhibit highlights Portland local's past read_more

Gone fishing: Local 3 member competes for
big bass read_more

North of 49°
Utility Workers Return to Work after Lockout read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Retour au travail pour les travailleurs des services publics qui étaient en
lock-out read_more





  Cover Photo

Winning Back the Work
Buckeye State IBEW on
Road to Recovery

Five years after the end of the worst recession since 1929, Ohio is inching its way back to economic recovery.

The state lost tens of thousands of jobs in manufacturing, services and construction as a result of the 2008 crash. Cuyahoga County, home to the state's largest city, Cleveland, shed 120,000 jobs alone.

As elsewhere, construction was particularly hard hit. Industry unemployment spiked to more than 20 percent in 2010.

Jobs are finally returning, with the construction industry adding more than 190,000 jobs in 2013, but there is still a long way to go before full recovery sets in.

For the IBEW and the building trades in general, the Great Recession wasn't the beginning of tough times, but the continuation of a challenging environment that had eaten into union market share for decades. Outsourcing had eroded Ohio's industrial base — bread and butter work for the IBEW — while aggressive nonunion competitors dominated the small construction market, as big industrial jobs became scarce.

Nonunion contractors had also been making big strides in other sectors traditionally strong for the IBEW, including large commercial and hospital jobs.

These are the circumstances IBEW's recovery agreements are meant to address: winning work where the IBEW isn't doing it and taking back market share from the competition.

And in Ohio, these efforts are starting to bear fruit, at last putting the Buckeye State IBEW on the road to recovery. read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Hill: The Debate We
Need to Have read_more
Chilia: Diverse Pathways to Community Engagement read_more

LettersA Winning Play;
IBEW Family Tree;
Shout-out to Standout 'Brothers' read_more

Transitions Paul Simon III;
Tony Buccella read_more

Organizing WireMaine Verizon Business Techs Join IBEW;
Workers' Rights Victory in Saskatchewan read_more

In MemoriamNovember 2013 read_more
December 2013 read_more

Who We AreLocal 3 Member Beats Cancer with Help from Friends and Strangers read_more