March 2014
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Also In This Issue IBEW's New Union Activists
Culture changes and hybrid stewards. read_more

High Voltage Lines, Under Construction Near You
Construction boom is both an opportunity and a challenge for the IBEW. read_more

Starting a Business?
IBEW is launching a new program. read_more

North of 49°
Helmets to Hardhats Connects Vets with IBEW Careers read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
La FIOE accueille les vétérans qui ont accédé à une carrière grâce au programme « Du régiment aux bâtiments »read_more

International Executive Council meeting minutes read_more





  Cover Photo

Water Worlds, Weather & Wonder
16th Annual IBEW
Photo Contest Winners

Since the earliest days of the IBEW, images of linemen climbing poles have gone from common to iconic. And this year's photo contest winner offers a frigid take on a classic.

Levi Gossard of Casper, Wyo., Local 322 snapped this year's winning shot of two members performing emergency storm repair work in the icy hinterland of the Bighorn Mountains just south of the Montana border.

More than 500 entries sent from across the U.S. and Canada vied for honors in the 16th year of competition. After a team of judges narrowed the field to 15 finalists, thousands of IBEW members and the public picked their favorites in online voting at in January.

Miami Local 349 member Chris Zischka scored second place for his novel shot of Florida linemen performing repairs — from the deck of a small motorboat idled in the Gulf of Mexico under a utility pole.

By capturing the annual Sept. 11 memorial to victims of the 2001 attack, Long Island, N.Y., Local 25 member Tom Lawless' crystal-clear shot of searchlights beamed skyward earned third place honors.

This year's contest also featured many dynamic shots that would have made the final cut, if not for some representations of unsafe work practices. Next year, if you submit a photo for the competition, please make sure you are showcasing IBEW workmanship that exemplifies the high standards of safety we all should adhere to on the job. Portraying unsafe work practices isn't just a problem of image — proper safety gear and procedures exist to ensure that everyone gets home at the end of the day. read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Hill: Collective Bargaining is the Answer read_more
Chilia: Saying No to
Fast-Track read_more

LettersGet on the Bus;
Classes for Contractors;
Yours in Brotherhood read_more

TransitionsTed Jensen;
Jerry Bellah:
Doyle T. Burnett read_more

In MemoriamJanuary 2014 read_more

Who We AreMo. IBEW Activists Fight Right-to-Work Push read_more