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Trades March in Unity

L.U. 6 (c,i,st&u), SAN FRANCISCO, CA — San Francisco's 163rd annual St. Patrick's Day parade was second to none. Hats off to our members who contributed their time and effort to create a float with that much character.

With the use of a pipe bender and math skills, our volunteers created beautiful shamrocks and letters to complete our float. The St. Patrick's Day parade has been a means of organizing against injustice and fighting for better conditions for working people. It has always been a great meeting place for workers from all the trades to gather and march in unity. Erin go Bragh!

Tom O'Rourke, A.B.M.

IBEW Midwest Softball Tourney

L.U. 8 (as,em,i,mar,mt,rts,s&spa), TOLEDO, OH — Hello, brothers and sisters. As analysts continue to say the recession is over, our work situation proves that construction is the last to recover. We hope that by the time this is published, those long-awaited projects that were supposed to man up in the spring will be in progress and our number on the book will have decreased significantly. Thanks to our sister locals for welcoming our traveling brothers and sisters.

For the first time, Local 8 will host the IBEW Midwest Softball Tournament, to be held July 26 & 27. We expect to have 30+ teams participate in this 43rd annual event competing in two divisions. We'll have good times and great games in T-town so bring your sluggers.

Work safe, play safe and have a great summer.

Mike Brubaker, P.S.

Anniversary & Awards Banquet

L.U. 12 (i,o&se), PUEBLO, CO — We held our 114th Anniversary Banquet and Awards Ceremony on Feb. 22 and had a good turnout. We awarded service pins, and we had 11 new retirees who received watches. We also acknowledged our graduating apprentices from 2013. We hope the new journeymen enjoy of a long and fulfilling career. We wish the retirees a long and well-deserved retirement! Congratulations to all!

At this writing, the work picture is still pretty slow since the few big jobs have ended in our area. We hope the warmer weather brings an improved word picture.

Susan J. Johnson, P.S.


Local 12 Bus. Mgr. Dean Grinstead (left); 55-year-pin recipient Chuck Trent, Main Electric contractor; Local 12 Pres. Kelly McGlamery; and Int. Rep. Guy Runco.

Promote Union Message

L.U. 16 (i), EVANSVILLE, IN — Many thanks to the Entertainment Committee and all who helped with the Easter Egg Hunt. Although it is a lot of work to gather the supplies, stuff thousands of eggs, make the arrangements and maintain a semblance of order with 100+ children and adults, their enjoyment makes it all worthwhile.

The Political Action Committee has been very active with a spring cornhole tournament and their annual golf scramble. These events, along with the pre-meeting cookouts, allow the local to raise funds to promote the union's message and help elect like-minded candidates. During this midterm election year, it would be advantageous to all working people if Indiana's anti-labor super majorities could be brought into balance.

Thanks to Rick Koressel for giving his time to attend the IBEW's school for election judges. The local's election is its opportunity to form one voice that will be heard, to decide the tone it will take with the contractors and the community, and to chart the future course for the membership. It is imperative that everyone accepts the responsibility to participate and support the Brotherhood.

Donald P. Beavin, P.S.

IBEW Presence in Nebraska —
Work Outlook is Strong

L.U. 22 (i,rts&spa), OMAHA, NE — IBEW Local 22 has started a joint venture with fellow Nebraska IBEW Local 265 in an effort to expand the IBEW presence in outstate Nebraska. A new Greater Nebraska Collective Bargaining Agreement has been created that merges counties in Local 22's Area B, with 50 Local 265 counties. The agreement creates a new Labor Management Cooperation Committee and Apprenticeship Trust and will have its own joint negotiations for contracts and wage packages. The IBEW presence in greater Nebraska has been growing. This new agreement gives the IBEW members in that area their own identity and offers increased flexibility for contractors seeking work opportunities across the state.

At this writing, we are fortunate to have a lot of work in our area. We have more electricians currently working in our local than ever before. More than 2,000 inside wiremen are working, plus our residential and low voltage technicians. The Council Bluffs Facility South project accounts for a little under half of our currently employed manpower, and continues to grow. This project is designated a Code of Excellence Project. The work outlook for the jurisdiction looks good for the foreseeable future. We are working closely with general contractors and builders in the area to stay on top of projects as they emerge.

Chris Bayer, P.S.

AFL-CIO/Building Trades Rally

L.U. 24 (es,i& spa), BALTIMORE, MD — Thank you to all the members who braved the cold on March 24 to attend the AFL-CIO/Building Trades rally in Annapolis.

Congratulations to Dave Springham, who won the March 29 run-off election for the fifth seat on the Executive Board. Thank you to all members who exercised their right to vote.

At this writing the weather seems to be breaking, and hopefully work will break as well.

The annual picnic is scheduled for Aug. 10 at Conrad's Ruth Villa. I hope to see you there. Have an enjoyable and safe summer.

Gary R. Griffin, B.M.


Local 24 Bus. Mgr. Gary Griffin addresses AFL-CIO/Building Trades rally at the Maryland State House.

Fundraisers a Great Success

L.U. 26 (ees,em,es,govt,i&mt), WASHINGTON, DC — Thanks to everyone who participated in the Poker Run for Special Love on May 3 and our Dollars Against Diabetes Golf Outing on June 2. These events were a huge success and we were able to make a generous donation to both of these worthy causes.

Also, local union officers and agents have been extremely busy. The Minority Coalition recently held its Annual Black History Month Luncheon; we attended the IBEW Construction Conference and the National Building Trades Conference downtown; and we attended the JATC graduation. Also, we have finalized plans for the Manassas, VA, picnic on June 21 and the Edgewater, MD, picnic on Aug. 2.

At this writing we are awaiting the announcement of scholarship winners for this year. A total of 18 applications were submitted.

We mourn the loss of members who passed away since our previous article: Joseph F. Massey Jr., James M. Grof, Kenneth L. McCloud, Robert O. Hardesty, Matthew S. Regalia Jr., Paul E. Horan, Waller T. Jenkins, Matthew P. Slattery, Ralph W. Robinson and Frank L. Morris.

Best wishes to recent retirees: Francis E. Abner, Robert J. Atwell, Earl L. Barrett, Thomas J. Bridges, Andrew Butler, Stanley M. Lee, David E. Abbott, William N. Herbert III, Freddie M. Motes, Roderico A. Ordonez, Samuel C. Roseberry, Glenn E. Davis, James R. Coggins and Teresa L. Watson.

Charles E. Graham, B.M.

'Big Projects Coming Our Way'

L.U. 38 (i), CLEVELAND, OH — Our work outlook continues to improve because of several big projects coming our way. At the time of this writing, the new American Greetings building in Westlake has just gone out to bid for its $20 million electrical package. Work is scheduled to begin this fall.

Construction has started on the new 600-room Hilton Hotel next to the convention center. Lake Erie Electric will be on-site soon.

Gateway Electric was awarded the site work for Phase II of the East Bank Flats, which recently broke ground. This phase includes 250 apartments, seven restaurants and music venues, a new office building and a new boardwalk along the Cuyahoga River.

The accompanying photo shows a Local 38 crew on the jobsite at the Maple Park Apartment project located in Maple Heights. This project is a three-story, 44-unit senior living residence being wired by Gateway Electric.

Dennis Meaney, B.M./F.S.


At the jobsite of a Local 38 project in Maple Heights, OH: Tina Goebel (left), Ed Devine, Scott Wilke, Bryan Lufkin, Kyle Vanderkaay and Rich Taylor.

2014 Apprentice Graduation

L.U. 42 (catv,em,govt,lctt&o), HARTFORD, CT — Local 42 held its Annual Dinner Dance & Apprentice Graduation on Saturday, April 26, at the Marriott Hartford downtown. We congratulate all the Local 42 apprentice graduates. The new journeyman linemen members are: Jesse Belanger, Michael Chemerka, Shane Ezyk, Gary Guyette, Michael Johnson, Justin Martin, Christopher Munday, Jacob Percy, David Williams, Andre Brown, Bronson Dean, William Fisher, Thomas Hoefle, Michael Jurovaty, Gregory McNamee, Robert Oleksak and Frederick Sharpe Jr.

Reminder: dates for upcoming 2014 union functions are as follows. The Dinner Cruise is June 14; the Chartered Fishing Trip is July 12; the "BA" Member Picnic is July 26; the "A" Member Picnic is Aug. 23; and the Fall Fishing Trip is Sept. 27.

Congratulations once again to our graduates. It truly is an honor to become a journeyman lineman. Most importantly, remember to always work hard and be safe out there.

Jacquelyn Moffitt, P.S.

100th Anniversary Party & Political Education Meetings

L.U. 58 (em,i,rtb,spa&t), DETROIT, MI — Local 58 wishes to thank Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill; Sixth District Int. Vice Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson; Brian Baker, senior executive assistant to the International President and the International Secretary-Treasurer; and the many other distinguished guests for attending our local's 100th Anniversary Party. This event could not have happened without the hard work and dedication of our great volunteer members. Copies of "100 Years of Brotherhood" are for sale at the union hall. Don't miss out on the chance to own this piece of Local 58 history.

We have been holding monthly political education meetings at the Port Huron Labor Temple. These are necessary to help facilitate educated political conversations with our members, families and friends. Michigan faces an uphill battle against the anti-labor movement. We will need as much help as we can get to return our state to the forefront of the labor movement. Our goal is to help members become comfortable talking to others about the issues that affect our communities. Being a part of the labor movement gives us a perspective that many others are unfamiliar with. Get involved. Stay involved. Fight back with PAC.

Andy E. Dunbar, Pres.

'Calls Reach Book II Daily'

L.U. 68 (i), DENVER, CO — Greetings, brothers and sisters. Local 68 is still seeing calls reach Book II daily. Not much overtime showing up yet but if you are thinking about seeing Colorado, come by and check in with the dispatch office; or if you haven't decided to visit yet, call our dispatcher at 303-297-0229 to check the call status.

Organizing efforts are going well for us, but we can still use apprentice applicants as well as CE/CW prospects. Anyone interested can call the DJEATC at 303-295-1903 or Local 68 at 303-297-0229.

On March 15, Local 68's WBF (Wireman's Brotherhood Fund) bowling tournament was a great success. With a sellout crowd, more than $1,000 was raised to benefit sick and injured members, as well as Widows & Orphans at Christmas time. Everyone had a great time and brotherhood was in the house.

A political season is here again. We must get labor friendly politicians in office to promote jobs and fair wages. Please help out with election efforts at your local level and "Get Out to Vote."

Mark your calendars: On Aug. 16, our Annual Summer Picnic will be held at the Westminster Elks.

Stay safe out there and take care of your fellow members.

We extend deepest sympathy to the families of our recently deceased brothers: Edmund T. Harden, John R. Goldsworthy, James H. Williams and Roger Keaton.

Jack Cox, Pres.

Work Picture Picking Up

L.U. 80 (i&o), NORFOLK, VA — Local 80 congratulates the brothers who retired in the last year. Bros. Thomas Bosio, Edward Ferebee, Glenn Fleming, Mark Frazier Sr., Donald Koonce, Lee Norton, Joseph Thornton Jr., Cornelius Turner and William Wessells all put their tools down for the final time in 2013. Thank you for all your years of service in the local and enjoy your retirement, brothers.

Work is beginning to pick up in our jurisdiction with several jobs beginning over the summer. This should put all of the local brothers back to work as well as get many brothers working off of book II. If you sign book II and accept a call from Local 80, you must be registered on ERTS through your home local.

Local 80 recently held a steward training class; more than 20 brothers and sisters completed the training and are able to serve the local in an additional capacity. Thank you to all who took part in this training for your participation and your dedication to the IBEW.

W. Dennis Floyd, A.B.M.

Solar Energy Projects

L.U. 96 (i), WORCESTER, MA — Congratulations to Ekaterina "Kat" Pashkevitch, Local 96 journeyman electrician, for making it to the 2014 Winter Olympics Games in Sochi, Russia. Becoming a part of the Russian Women's Olympic hockey team takes hard work and dedication and is a great accomplishment. Your fellow brothers and sisters of Local 96 are proud of you, Kat. Ekaterina is pictured in the accompanying photo with the graduating apprentices in 2012.

Thank you to Kenneth Balkus for spearheading the retiree luncheon. It was a nice afternoon and a great opportunity for our retired members to reconnect. If you are interested in participating in future retiree events, please contact the hall.

The sun is still shining for Local 96. Solar energy jobs, throughout Worcester County, are keeping our brothers and sisters at work. In addition to providing jobs, these solar farms are providing a green energy alternative.

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Luke E. Carpenter, Treas./P.S.


2014 Olympian and IBEW Local 96 member Ekaterina Pashkevitch (second from left) at apprentice graduation banquet in 2012.

Union Solidarity & Pride

L.U. 124 (ees,em,i,mar,rts,se,spa&t), KANSAS CITY, MO — Local 124's work outlook is good. We expect to stay busy in our local through the summer.

Organized labor is under attack from the right-wing ideologues elected to represent us. The "right-to work" threat brought out organized labor for a rally on our Statehouse lawn. This was an incredible show of force by an estimated 2,000 people from all across Missouri. We heard inspiring speeches from the governor, state representatives including two IBEW members, and other speakers. This show of solidarity will make all members proud to be union. Thanks to all who participated.

We remember recently deceased members: Clifford E. Altis, Donald L. Burke, Richard J. Cavanaugh, Donald L. Clifton, John S. Dick, Aaron M. Dieckman, Robert L. Elkins , Richard L. Hartsock, Ralph Q. Hensley, Joseph R. Herndon, James L. Kennard, Paul A. Kiefer, Andrew Moszcynski, Elbert J. McNabb, William F. Noel, Kenneth R. Ward, Ernest E.L. Wehr, Gary L. Welborn, William J. Zeller, Roy David Shriver, Paul J. Trester, Donald L. Laney, Roger Bohlman, Melvin C. Lewis and Emmert S. Hansen.

Congratulations to recently retired members: Scott F. Bryant, Samuel T. Kelly, Kevin Kissinger, Steven W. Miller, Gerald L. Tilk and Jerry S. Weimer.

Steve Morales, P.S.


IBEW Local 124 contingent meets with Missouri state Rep. Joe Runions (front row, second from left) and state Sen. Paul Levota (front row, center).

Elections, Directions & Cranes

L.U. 134 (catv,em,govt,i,mt,rtb,rts,spa&t), CHICAGO, IL — Midterm elections are always crucial. Our St. Patrick's Day PAC Party exceeded all others in politician participation. A steady flow of members and politicians streamed through our union hall including: the mayor, the speaker of the Illinois House, the Cook County Board president, various aldermen and local township office holders. These politicians know that Local 134 will get out the vote. The always entertaining dancers of the Dillon-Gavin School of Irish Dancing and the Shannon Rovers marching band kept the mood festive.

Our local's first ever "State of the Union" event was held Saturday, March 29. Nearly 1,000 members attended to hear the message of where we have been, where we are, and more importantly where we plan on going together in the future. The floor was then opened for discussions on comments and concerns. Overall, this was a very positive endeavor and favorable to the membership.

Also, it is projected that the City of Chicago will be releasing close to 30 permits for construction cranes this year. Here's hoping that this turns out to be a very good sign of things to come for the entire area.

Frank Cunningham, B.R.

Support for Proposed Plant &
Power for Summer Festivities

L.U. 146 (ei,i&rts), DECATUR, IL — Congratulations to Galen Garrett, Rich Underwood, Dave Robison, Kelly Robison and Danny Weatherford on their recent retirement.

Several happenings are going on at Local 146. At press time, negotiations were ongoing for the inside agreement and the residential agreement, with an expiration date of May 31, 2014, for the current agreements.

We graduated apprentices on May 17. Congratulations to the graduates on their successful completion of apprenticeship training.

Several members and officers traveled to Champaign, IL, to show support for construction of a proposed $1.2 billion Cronus Fertilizer Plant in the region. It's good to report that a related water agreement was passed by a district board and the Cronus project is still progressing.

We will once again be powering the party at the Decatur Celebration and the Macon County Fair this summer.

The work picture is still slow in the local; we are thankful for the sister locals that are able to put some of our members to work.

Rich Underwood, R.S.

Upcoming Events

L.U. 150 (es,i,rts&spa), WAUKEGAN, IL — Plans are proceeding nicely for the 100th anniversary banquet for Local 150. By now the ice breaker at the Lake County Fair Grounds has already been held and hopefully a good time was had by all. Please watch for a mailing about the banquet in which ticket information is provided. You will have until July 31, 2014, to purchase tickets and then the opportunity has passed. Please come celebrate this historic event in Local 150 with us.

The annual picnic will be held June 21, 2014, at the Lakewood Forest Preserve. We will be at our usual spot…Shelter B. This is always a fun event for the entire family and a chance to catch up with old friends. Plan on attending!

There will be a golf outing this year. Time, location and date are to be announced soon.

New apprentices will be starting soon. Take the time to introduce yourselves and help them out. We were all green and just out of the box once too! Best wishes to them all for long and profitable careers.

Lastly, if you have any photographs of jobs that you have worked on outside of Local 150's jurisdiction please see me at a union meeting or drop them off at the Hall. I just want to scan them and they will be returned to you.

Wendy J. Cordts, P.S.

Solar Array Installed for Green Bay Boys & Girls Club

L.U. 158 (i,it,mar,mt&spa), GREEN BAY, WI — The month of March was very rewarding for Local 158. At the IBEW Construction and Maintenance Conference in Washington, D.C., in early March, our very own Marsha Nebel received the Hour Power Journeyman Mentor of the Year award. It was thrilling to see her receive this award and watch the video featuring her that was shown. She gave a moving acceptance speech and represented our local to the highest degree.

Also in March, our local received the 2014 AFL-CIO Greater Green Bay Labor Council's Gerald Koester Award for our volunteer community service work on a solar installation at the Green Bay Boys & Girls Club. In partnership with Eland Electric and Wisconsin Public Service, Local 158 members volunteered their time and knowledge toward this worthy cause. The Boys & Girls Club staff and the kids were very appreciative of our combined efforts. As we were working on the roof, the kids were on the ground eating ice cream bars that we provided and they all at once thanked us for what we were doing. That was worth it right there. I was honored to accept this award for our volunteers.

Donald C. Allen, B.M.


IBEW Local 158 volunteers installed solar panels at Green Bay Boys & Girls Club.

Foremanship Training Course

L.U. 164 (c,em,i,o&t), JERSEY CITY, NJ — In 2007, Local 164 began offering a 40-hour Foremanship Training Course. The course was developed by our own Ken Bieber and has been supported by Local 164, our JATC staff, and guest speakers.

The course teaches foremanship concepts and strategies for managing jobs and talent in all divisions of the IBEW. To date, 400+ journeyman, apprentices and telecommunication members have attended classes.

Foremanship Concepts Training was offered as technical instruction at the National Training Institute in Ann Arbor, MI, in 2012 and 2013; the course was taught by Local 164 instructors Ken Bieber and Paul Lagana. They are also slated to instruct the course at NTI in August 2014.

NJATC Exec. Dir. Michael Callanan has called the course one of the finest foremanship training classes he has seen. "Each year we review all of our training classes conducted at NTI, and the Local 164 foremanship class has consistently received the highest marks from our participants," Callanan said.

Local representatives who have attended the course received a Local 164 class-training packet, handouts, personal training exercise CDs, and our Code of Excellence sign-on program.

We acknowledge and thank NJATC Exec. Dir. Callanan and staff for their support and encouragement and for the opportunity to provide our Foremanship Concepts Training at NTI.

Warren Becker, V.P.

Top-Notch Skills & Training

L.U. 196 (govt,mt,o,t&u), ROCKFORD, IL — A construction upgrade on our union hall wrapped up recently and the final product is top notch! The all union, multi-trade workforce provided a very positive reminder of the benefits a customer should expect when using well-trained, efficient and professional tradesmen.

As a result of our recent negotiations with the American Line Builders NECA Chapter, I am happy to announce that on April 7 our new full-time training director, George Arhos, reported for work and is currently building a program from the ground up to provide our membership with all the training and safety tools they need to show our customers and contractors how beneficial a well-trained and safety minded workforce can be.

This commitment to safety and training will help move the outside electrical construction industry forward as the program is developed and implemented in our area. This will also provide one more benefit to any nonunion contractors that are considering becoming signatory with our local union.

The new and improved safety and training program will give the local one more avenue to work cooperatively with our contractors to put out a better product for our customers. The outside construction work picture in our area continues to improve and our local union continues to grow.

Work safe, attend your local union meetings and have a great summer!

Eric Patrick, B.M.

Strong Work Picture

L.U. 222 (o), ORLANDO, FL — The work picture in Local 222 has been very good, and we are working quite a few travelers as of press time. We thank those brothers and sisters for coming down and helping out. As you read this, we are getting ready for the summer storm season. Please remember to work safe, everyone, and watch out for your pole-buddy and crew.

The 2014 meeting of Southeast LAMPAC (Labor and Management Public Affairs Committee) will be held in Florida in September. IBEW Fifth District Int. Vice Pres. Joseph S. Davis also serves as SE LAMPAC vice president and co-chair. Local 222 looks forward to the opportunity to help sponsor the meeting in our jurisdiction. The LAMPAC mission of co-operation between the utility companies and the construction industry is vital to our future.

In the last 12 months, we lost Bros. Michael Gross, Fredrick "Dean" Cowder, Barry Cowins, George Matcovich, Cecil Jordan, Richard Giroux, Tommy Johnson and John "J.J." Griffis. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families, friends and co-workers. They will be missed.

Continue to work safe and please attend your union meetings.

William "Bill" Hitt, Pres.

Presentation at Career Day

L.U. 234 (i&mt), CASTROVILLE, CA — On March 25, Local 234 made a presentation at San Benito High School's annual Career Day. The always popular "Jacob's Ladder" exhibit, and having the only booth with lights, proved once again a hit for garnering student attention. The enthusiasm displayed by some students to pursue a career as an electrician right out of high school was very encouraging. Encouraging too was the interest shown by other students, whom we expect to see again in the future. Also of significance, a number of other presenters visited our booth to get information on how their spouses could advance their stalled careers through our apprenticeship program.

Although we are a relatively small local, this has not slowed our enthusiastic drive to implement the latest training for emerging technologies. Our local takes great pride in being the first ever to run the new NALCTP 5.0, National Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program. The program, which initially began in California as CALCTP, was a means of preparing electricians to properly install energy-saving complex lighting control systems and has evolved into one that is now being put to use throughout our nation. Thank you, NALCTP.

Stephen Slovacek, P.S.


Local 234 display at San Benito High School Career Day.

Community Service Volunteers

L.U. 236 (catv,ees,govt,i,mo,rtb&t), ALBANY, NY — This spring, our Tri-City JATC Class of 2014 put down their books and pencils, left the classroom and spent three days volunteering on a project that we hope will make the lives of families with seriously ill children just a little bit easier. The Ronald McDonald House of the Capital Region — which provides rooms and meals for families with children who are being treated at nearby hospitals — recently acquired a home next to its original home in Albany, NY. This newly acquired home was totally gutted, and our fifth-year apprenticeship class installed a new 400-amp service and completely rewired the house. When completed, the home will provide an additional 10 rooms and a larger kitchen area to the existing 16 rooms, which are at full capacity most of the time.

The original Albany Ronald McDonald House, when renovated in the 1980s, was also wired by volunteers from our local union. It is great to see our members still giving back to the community!

Thank you to Schenectady Hardware and Electric; JATC Dir. Rick Cataldo; JATC Instructors Sal Genovesi and Rob Fitzgerald, and the entire fifth-year apprenticeship class for all their hard work!

Michael Torres, P.S.




Three crews of Local 236 apprentice volunteers renovated and rewired a Ronald McDonald House as a community service project.

Standing in Solidarity

L.U. 292 (em,govt,i,rtb,rts&spa), MINNEAPOLIS, MN — During our IBEW Day on the Hill, members met with their state representatives and rallied in support of a responsible contractor bill, helping to move it out of committee. The show of red shirts throughout the Capitol was impressive, showing the politicians that the IBEW is strong.

The committee "IBEW Sisters in Solidarity" is continuing its meetings and remains very active in the local; we thank the participants for helping out at our events. The history committee continues to have monthly movie nights, and is organizing a walking tour of the 1934 Teamsters' strike in the north loop of Minneapolis. The EWMC committee is growing in numbers and will apply to the IBEW-EWMC for recognition of the Minneapolis Local 292 Chapter.

FMS Corp. is a medium-size manufacturer that employs 82 IBEW members. During contract negotiations, the company insisted on 12-hour work days and the members stood united, voting it down 75-0. Red IBEW T-shirts were worn on payday and IBEW 292 members not affiliated with FMS called the company asking for support of their IBEW brothers and sisters. These actions brought the company to the table, ready to work with the members; because of the strong unionism the 12-hour work day was no longer under consideration and a contract was approved. We thank everyone who helped with the FMS campaign; if we stand together, there is no end to what can be accomplished.

Carl Madsen, B.R.


Minnesota IBEW unions assemble for annual IBEW Day on the Hill.

'We Are the Community' —
Introducing the IBEW

L.U. 302 (i,rts&spa), MARTINEZ, CA — We need to introduce our union to our community!

We are a diverse, multicultural, well-trained — and continually trained — workforce. We are men, women, young and old. We are educated. Many are veterans.

We build America's future. We make buildings and manufacturing facilities out of molehills. And when it rains, we get wet. When it is hot, we sweat. When it freezes, we shiver.

We know our job so well that we are not just installers; we are often also the quality control. In return, we demand a locally negotiated living wage, a family health plan, and safe working conditions. That makes us a productive tax-paying asset rather than a burden.

And we are local! Some large companies siphon capital away from a community. Not us. We live in the communities we build and spend our hard-earned dollars there.

We are wiremen 40 hours a week, give or take. But we are friends and neighbors, Little League and football coaches and community volunteers for 160+ hours.

We bring a lot to our cities and counties — and to America. Brothers and sisters, when you speak with your neighbor or local grocer, tell them what you do. I want them to know what a wireman looks like!

Bob Lilley, P.S.

Important Election Year

L.U. 306 (i), AKRON, OH — By now the snow has finally melted and with the arrival of spring we hope the work outlook will have warmed up. Local 306 thanks the surrounding Ohio and Pennsylvania locals for the work opportunities during our slow season.

One thing that is heating up in Ohio is the upcoming election. If we are to fight the threat of so-called "right-to-work" legislation and the further eroding of the middle class, then we need to prevent Gov. John Kasich from being re-elected to a second term. We in Ohio have not forgotten what he tried to do to us with SB-5. And if re-elected we know he will push for "right to work" (for less). Add to that his aspirations to run for president in 2016 and this election could be extremely important, not just for Ohio, but for the entire country for years to come.

On a lighter note, the annual Easter Egg Hunt was April 12. As always the social committee did an exceptional job and the kids had a wonderful time. Also, thanks to the Easter Bunny for hopping by.

It is with sadness that we report the passing of retired Bro. Marvin "Mickey" McEndree. We send our deepest condolences to his family.

Work safe; vote smart.

Thomas Wright, Mbr. Dev.

Burt & Ken: IBEW Members
And U.S. Park Service Workers

L.U. 322 (govt,i,it,lctt,o&u), CASPER, WY — Burt Russell, a Native American member of IBEW Local 322, started working at Grand Teton National Park in 1964 at age 19. Six years ago he was informed he could become a member.

Bro. Russell has been a dedicated seasonal employee with the National Parks trails program for 50 years and has worn out probably 30 pairs of hiking boots. He has trained hundreds of other trail workers around the country, and his peers note that "He is a patient, respectful and thoughtful teacher." Bro. Russell has never called in sick during his 50-year career.

Kenneth Haslett, age 87, is also a seasonal worker and has been a truck driver at Yellowstone National Park for 21 years. He is a faithful 10-year member of IBEW Local 322. When a supervisor asked Ken why he comes back into membership each spring and implied it wouldn't help him, Ken replied: "Because my membership can help someone else." Ken loves driving his truck. Speaking of Ken, a co-worker said, "We are lucky to have him."

At Local 322, we feel both of these men show integrity that should be recognized.

Chris Morgan, Pres.


Local 322 members Burt Russell (left) and Kenneth Haslett.

Stewardship Committee —
Participation Strengthens 332

Local 332 (c,ees,i&st), SAN JOSE, CA — About three years ago with the economy barely limping along, we knew the recession would one day end. We also knew a re-energized economy could mean a huge backlog of large construction projects breaking ground around the same time. With that foresight, our Stewardship Committee was formed to meet the coming challenge of on-site contract protection.

Now the large jobs are in progress and on the near horizon; the training and discussion in the Stewardship Committee are showing results. We have a pool of members we can count on and entrust as job stewards.

Though not every member of the Stewardship Committee will ultimately be an official steward, each one is contributing to the strength of our local by actively participating. Each member gives of his or her time to learn about what can be done to keep our agreements and our local strong.

David Bini, Organizer

'Member to Member' Class

L.U. 340 (i,rts&spa), SACRAMENTO, CA — Our local recently held a Member to Member class conducted by IBEW Int. Reps. Tracy Prezeau and Greg Boyd along with IBEW State Organizing Coordinator Henry "Hank" Lewis.

Promoting union morale and volunteerism among IBEW members is a major focus of Member to Member classes. This was my first introduction to the class and as I sat there with 20 other IBEW Membership Development Volunteer Committee members, it hit me that this is exactly what Local 340 (and maybe other locals) need right now — members talking to other members in a positive way. For me, the class drove home the fact that even when the work picture slows down, we don't have to be down! We can still show our union spirit and IBEW pride by staying involved in union events and in the communities where we live. It is good to promote our IBEW local union and let the public know we're here to stay.

Part of this Member to Member class was for us to go knock on the doors of other brothers and sisters to both share ideas and hear their concerns. We distributed a list of the many opportunities available to members who want to increase their participation with the local. I am happy to report that, as a result of the March 2014 Member to Member class, member involvement has definitely increased.

Tom Okumura, B.M./F.S.


Participants gather for Local 340 Member to Member class. Bus. Mgr. Tom Okumura snapped the photo.

Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 354 (i,lpt,mt,rts&spa), SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Local 354 held a graduation banquet for the 94 recent apprentice graduates. Congratulations to the new journeymen and to our new communication technicians.

The new journeymen and journeywomen are: Michael Adams, James Asay, Blaine Austin, Eric Barlow, Aaron Bartlett, Chad Bell, Jake Bond, Mike Boswell, Tyler Brothersen, Benjamin Carey, Andrew Cazier, Emmett Chase, Cody Christiansen, Jeremy Clarke, Thomas Cooley, Jack Correia, Austin Cox, Andrew Cunningham, Bryson Davis, Josh Denys, Matthew Dougherty, Tracy Druce, Benjamin Ellis, Russell Evans, Trevor Ewell, Jason Fisher, Devlin Flynn, Sione Fonua, Natalie Frank, Todd Garber, Rod Garn, Jay Gibson III, Daren Gray, Shahab Hajarian, James Haley Jr., Dustin Halling, Brandon Hansen, Stephen Hansen, Steven Haskett, Adam Hathaway, Joshua Heyrend, Nick Howard, Bill Hoyt, Code Jenson, Cory Jex, Charles Johnson, Derek Johnson, Kendall Johnson, Douglas Larsen, Mark Leavitt, Robert Lewis, Andrew Longoria, Mike Lopez, Patricia Markland, Ryan Marsden, Jett Marshall, James Martin, Lucas Mascarenas, James McGee, Marty McIntyre, Ryan Miller, Cody Moore, David Moser, Cody Nalder, Joshua Newman, Martin Pesantes, Casey Peterson, Eric Rasmussen, Miguel Robles, Russell Rogers, Michael Russon, John Sadowski, Admir Salijevic, Sheldon Sartor, Scott Shane, David Sorenson, Justin Stanley, Steven Stauffer, Jonathan Strebel, Daniel Taylor, Jared Thurgood, Jared Tilley, Nelson Valle, Tanner Venema, Nicholas Weston, Samuel Westwood, Zachary Whetman, Eric Winn and Clayton Worthington.

The new communication technicians are: Trystan Bond, J.C. Flores, Tyler Janiszewski, Vincent Lucero and Shane Nielson.

Jeb Bruce, P.S.


At Local 354's recent apprentice graduation banquet.

Young Workers Group

L.U. 440 (i,rts&spa), RIVERSIDE, CA — At last year's Ninth District Progress Meeting, all locals in attendance had one or more delegates present to represent the new and upcoming generation of IBEW workers, union activists and labor leaders.

It was requested that on their return home, locals establish a Young Workers Group of members ages 18 to 35.

Here in Riverside County, we established such a group and our membership is enthusiastic to help make the YWG successful. We elected a chairman, co-chairman and recording secretary. We established a mission statement: "We will build on the optimism and energy of our younger brothers and sisters, to influence excellence within our craft and promote positive involvement within our community, in order to secure a brighter future for our Brotherhood." We are finalizing our logo for stickers and shirts. Group members agreed to monitor city councils, planning commissions and school boards.

YWG meetings are held at 4 p.m. the same day as our general membership meeting. Meetings are agenda based and goal oriented and will not run past 5:30 p.m.!

Group members volunteer in their communities. They are leading the way in making the IBEW presence known. Local 440 allows members of all ages to participate in our "Young Workers Group." We welcome any and all to help foster brotherhood and camaraderie — and to promote IBEW Local 440 as a positive community group.

Bernie J. Balland, Mbr. Dev.


IBEW Local 440 Young Workers Group participants assemble for a meeting.

'Bringing the Union to You'

L.U. 494 (em,i,mt,rts,spa&t), MILWAUKEE, WI — It isn't every day that a business manager and several business representatives visit a jobsite to say "thanks" and update members on recent efforts. Local 494 made the decision to start bringing information shared at the union meetings directly to the membership.

"I realize our members are busy at work and in life, so to keep them informed I felt I needed to go to them," said Bus. Mgr. John Bzdawka.

So far the officers have visited three projects and updated more than 70 members on the union's current and future efforts, while at the same time growing their relationship with the contractors.

Bzdawka is aware of what the officers' presence means to members, and the jobsite visits also help to stay ahead of potential problems. Sixth District Int. Rep. Terry Roovers also attended one of the jobsite visits.

"The [union's] future leadership as well as the entire union construction industry should take note of 494's efforts," Roovers said. "Seeing firsthand how important it is for members to have direct union leadership contact on the jobsite is paramount."

The goals are simple: Connect with contractors, show members and contractors support by touring jobsites, thank members for their hard work, and inform them of important union information.

John Bzdawka, B.M./F.S.


Local 494 Bus. Mgr. John Bzdawka (left); members Chris Wenner, Mike Moody, Rob Schultz and Tim Klatt; and Int. Rep. Terry Roovers.

A Day of Remembrance

L.U. 530 (i,o&rtb), SARNIA, ONTARIO, CANADA — Once again, Local 530 participated in the International Day of Mourning on April 28 at Centennial Park. This is an important day, as it is to remember all workers who have died on the job or through occupational illness.

While we still have many members unemployed at the time of this writing, we would like to thank Local 1687 (Sudbury), Local 105 (Hamilton) and Local 424 (Edmonton) for helping our members with jobs.

Local 530 is saddened to report the recent passing of Bro. Ron Best.

Al Byers, P.S.

A Legacy of Service —
Former Apprenticeship Director

L.U. 558 (catv,em,i,mt,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), SHEFFIELD, AL — Greetings, brothers and sisters. At Local 558, we are in the final stages of our annual spring outage at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant as of this writing. We had a very successful outage and anxiously await the fall outage scheduled for this year. Work has been steady throughout the jurisdiction for the first quarter of 2014. It appears that 2014 will be a busy year with several projects in the making.

We wish to recognize the late Bro. William B. "Mickey" McGuire Jr., who passed away on Feb. 4 at the age of 91.

A World War II veteran, Bro. McGuire formerly served as Local 558 assistant business manager and as south regional director of NECA. Most notably, Bro. McGuire was our first apprenticeship director at Local 558. He was obligated by IBEW Local 558 on Jan. 18, 1946. Bro. McGuire faithfully served this great union for 68 years. His efforts and dedication have had a long-term impact on the lives of many. He deserves recognition and will be greatly missed by all of us.

Tony Quillen, Pres./A.B.M.


Local 558 "Obligation of IBEW" card signed by Bro. William McGuire Jr. in 1946.

Negotiations Underway

L.U. 570 (i,mo,spa&u), TUCSON, AZ — Local 570's work picture is still slow for the inside group. Fortunately, some of our members have had the chance to work in outlying areas of the jurisdiction on mine projects at Freeport-McMoRan in Morenci, AZ. Others have traveled just northwest on I-10 to work out of Local 640 on the Cascade project in Mesa, AZ.

In the hope of more jobs, Local 570 has continued our support for the Rosemont Mine, proposed to be built southeast of Tucson.

As for our unit members, we have ratified the contract with the San Carlos Irrigation Project and are in negotiations with Exelis and ASARCO.

Scott W. Toot, Pres./Org.


Hundreds of members and their families gather to enjoy the Local 570 annual picnic.

'Holding Steady'

L.U. 654 (i), CHESTER, PA — Ongoing projects include: the Enbridge railcar unloading project at Eddystone Power House, multiple projects at the Sunoco Logistics Marcus Hook facility, a data center at SAP Corp., multiple school and hotel construction jobs, etc.

The work picture is bright, but we face an ongoing battle with our current anti-union governor, "One Term Tom" Corbett, who appears determined to silence us. The biggest issue facing union workers in Pennsylvania right now is HB 1507, otherwise known as the "paycheck deception" act — which, if passed, would be the beginning of right to work (for less) in Pennsylvania.

We recently won a major victory when the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania withdrew a resolution that supported legislation to prohibit the collection of membership dues by unions. This would be a mirror image of what happened in Wisconsin. Passage of this legislation would weaken unions by decreasing dues revenue and political support; right to work would surely follow. We cannot overemphasize how important this fight is! Get out and vote, be involved, be heard — be union!

James Thompson, P.S.

IBEW Community Service

L.U. 666 (i,mt&o), RICHMOND, VA — There has been a systematic campaign for decades to portray unions and union members in a bad light. Some people may forget that we are simply their neighbors and community members who simply want a fair day's pay for a fair day's work.

The labor liaison to the United Way is gathering stories of union members in central Virginia who give back to their community. So many good things we do escape notice. Please call me at the hall if you are active in our community and tell me what you do. We are looking for the stories of members who coach Little League; participate with the PTA; volunteer for scouting, etc.

Congratulations to recent retirees: Davis B. Gooding, James E. Farmer, Dudley B. Ledford, Herbert B. Warren, Carl E. Pippin and G. Jerzy Pianko. Enjoy your retirement, brothers.

Charles Skelly, P.S.

Looking Toward Summer

L.U. 692 (i,mt&spa), BAY CITY, MI — Our members are starting their Code Update classes. Paul LeVassuer, apprenticeship director/instructor, is conducting these classes for our members. We appreciate his taking time to do this for our membership.

We had a cold and snowy winter season in Michigan. It was a good winter for the great outdoor winter sports of Michigan. We thank our members who kept the jobs going, working with steadfast endurance through the very cold and snowy winter.

Let us all be ready to take some time to volunteer during this midterm election year. It is so important for all of us to be involved.

We are sad to report the passing of retired Bro. Gerhardt O. "Gary" Behmlander and retired Bro. John "Clem" Johnroe. Our sympathy and prayers are with their families.

We thank our military men and women for serving and sacrificing for our great country! God bless America!

Be involved in our country and our union!

Tammy Gottleber, P.S.

Line Clearance Agreements

L.U. 702 (as,c,catv,cs,em,es,et,govt,i,it,lctt,mo,mt,o,p,pet,ptc,rtb,rts,
se,spa,st,t&u), WEST FRANKFORT, IL — In February, we received a favorable decision from the Council on Industrial Relations (CIR) in Washington, D.C., for our Line Clearance Agreements covering Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The three-year agreements include a 3 percent wage increase each year of the agreement; meal stipends increased from $12 to $15; and an additional 25 cents for any Lineco increase during the three-year term.

We welcome Bro. Kerry Ferguson from the Mattoon Unit as a new Executive Board member, and we are proud to have Bro. Scott Kerley back on staff as business representative.

Our local is hosting the Outside Business Manager's Conference at Rend Lake, June 9-11, for the Fourth, Sixth and Eleventh Districts.

The IBEW Local 702 Golf Tournament will be Friday, June 20, at the West Frankfort Country Club.

We congratulate Bro. Jay Kruger (pictured at left), chairman of the Sikeston Unit, for being one of the first winners this year in the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's Gun-a-Week Giveaway calendar; he won a Browning A Bolt 12 Gauge Slug Wood.

As of this writing, our referral books are as follows: Inside Construction — 93, Outside Construction — five, and Line Clearance — nine.

To stay up on the latest Local 702 news and information, please visit us at

Mark Baker, B.R./P.S.


Local 702 Bro. Jay Kruger, Sikeston Unit chair, wins a Union Sportsman Alliance gun giveaway prize.

Summer Construction Season

L.U. 704 (catv,em&i), DUBUQUE, IA — After a long and brutal winter in the Midwest, Local 704 members welcome the change of seasons.

Thanks to all of our traveling brothers who worked with us on the Rentech Fertilizer Plant located in East Dubuque, IL. During this major expansion, it was great to know that when the need arose, we had IBEW brothers willing to travel in and assist in filling the calls.

We are proud to announce our recent apprenticeship graduates: Bros. Scott Didesch, Mitch Haufe, Craig Marx and Tyler Kennedy. Congratulations on successfully completing this five-year commitment, brothers. It may seem like a long process when you are just a first-year apprentice, but now as you join the ranks of journeyman wiremen you appreciate the accomplishments you have achieved. We wish you a long, fruitful career with the IBEW.

Local 704 also wishes to acknowledge the lifelong accomplishment of a group of journeymen who recently retired: Bros. Tom Ellwanger, Bob Wirzbach, Dave Meyers, Dan Dolter and Rick Ackley. It is has been my pleasure to work alongside these brothers. Congratulations, gentlemen, and thank you for your longtime dedicated service in the electrical industry.

Our local is on the second year of a three-year agreement. With no negotiations scheduled, we can concentrate on current projects and focus on keeping all our members actively employed.

Ron Heitzman, P.S.

JATC Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 776 (i,o,rts&spa), CHARLESTON, SC — Congratulations to our newest journeyman inside wiremen: Michael Harding, Carter Moore, Corey Morris and Demond Taylor. Kudos to these JATC apprenticeship graduates for putting in the long years that it took to be the finest electricians hands down.

Chuck Moore, B.M./F.S.


Local 776 Bus. Mgr. Chuck Moore (left); apprenticeship graduates Carter Moore, Michael Harding, Demond Taylor, Corey Morris; and CJATC Training Dir. Jason Steele.

Steward Training Class

L.U. 1466 (u), COLUMBUS, OH — On Saturday, April 5, Local 1466 held a stewards training class at the union hall in Columbus. We wish to thank everyone who took the time to attend. Your dedication to helping your brothers and sisters, and to creating a more fair and equitable workplace, is invaluable and will ultimately strengthen our local for the future. We also thank the International for helping to put the training together and make it a success.

In other news, for those who have not heard, American Electric Power's wage offer of a 2.5 percent increase has passed. This offer was approved by the members of Local 1466, as well as a majority of locals on Utility System Council U-09. As usual, for our local, our raise will go into effect in July. Thank you to all who voted and made their voices known.

If this coming summer's heat is anything like last year's, it could get pretty brutal. Please continue to look out for one another and stay safe.

Jimi Jette, P.S.

Workers Memorial Day

L.U. 2324 (t), SPRINGFIELD, MA — On April 25 and April 26, IBEW Local 2324 members attended two ceremonies for the annual Workers Memorial Day put on by The Western Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. [See accompanying photo.] Workers Memorial Day is the day we set aside to recognize the many workers who were seriously injured or killed on their jobs and to commemorate the signing of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970. Along with members of the Berkshire Central Labor Council and the Pioneer Valley Labor Council, our members attended an organizing seminar and ceremonies for our fallen brothers and sisters. Always remember we must mourn for the dead and fight for the living.

Christine Casino, Exec. Brd.


Members of the Berkshire Central Labor Council stand in the rain to honor workers killed while on the job.


Annual Barbecue a Success

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, NORTH FLORIDA CHAPTER — Our chapter held its annual barbecue at the Delray Beach South Civic Center on March 14 and many Local 3 retirees attended.

Our meetings feature informative talks by invitees, primarily about retirement. Currently we are having lively discussions about employment and the new contract benefits; and questions are answered about other union benefits.

The chapter meets on the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Delray Beach South County Civic Center, from October to May. Many of our members are "snowbirds" and we welcome all Local 3 retirees to our affairs and meetings.

Dick Dickman, P.S.


Local 3, North Florida Chapter, Retirees Club members at annual barbecue with co-chairmen Bob Rosenbouch and Martin Freifeld.

Christmas/Hanukah & Gold Members Club Recognition

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, WESTCHESTER/PUTNAM CHAPTER — On Dec. 17, 2013, our annual Christmas/Hanukah luncheon was held at the Leewood Country Club in Eastchester, NY. Although we had inclement weather, 94 members and guests attended.

As we entered this impressive dining and adjoining cocktail room, the holiday decorations appeared, beautifully arranged. Representing our servicemen, each table had a miniature stand, holding the American flag and flags of all armed services. Stands and flags were given away as gifts.

The food was outstanding; there was a cocktail hour and a beautiful Viennese table, filled with numerous desserts.

Eight members, who had reached the golden age of 80, received a Certificate of Special Recognition and were entered into the Gold Members Club.

Accepting their awards were John Rich and Frank Campo. Unable to attend were: Edward Smith, Robert Hecker, Simon Kelly, Walter Piekarz, George Cancel and Donald Bohmann. Their awards were delivered.

What is a party without a song? "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was conducted by Dominic Pironti and Martin Hogan.

John Rich, P.S.
Bob Cuneo, P.S.


At Local 3, Westchester/Putnam Chapter, luncheon are: Martin Hogan (left), Dominic Pironti, Frank Campo, John Rich, Dick Mills and Dominic Malandro.

Thanks to Guest Speakers

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 11, LOS ANGELES, CA — Club members wish to thank our guest speakers for the March meeting, Local 11 Asst. Bus. Mgrs. Kevin Norton and Kim Craft, who gave an outstanding report. Though we're no longer working with the tools, old habits die hard. Information about current and future jobs still gets us excited. We'll continue to root for our active brothers and sisters, in the hope that they will have many opportunities to provide for their families and build for a secure future and retirement!

Congratulations to Local 11 members, the negotiating committee and staff on the ratification of a new five-year Inside Wireman's Agreement.

On the topic of Social Security: The Los Angeles Times recently published two informative articles by Pulitzer Prize-winning business columnist Michael A. Hiltzik. Pass the knowledge on to the youngsters who are interested/uninformed. The articles by Hiltzik are as follows:

1) On the Reality of Social Security, She Tells it Like it Isn't," LA Times, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (Details false "facts" on Social Security.)

2) "Don't Let Paul Ryan Near Your Money," LA Times, Sunday, April 6, 2014. (Describes Ryan's designs on Social Security's trust fund.)

Remember to RSVP for the Retirees Club's Summer Lunch, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the ETI, on Wednesday, June 11.

Harvey "Butch" Bachand, Pres.


At a gathering of the Local 11 Retirees Club.

2014 Meeting Schedule

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 42, HARTFORD, CT — The Retirees Club wishes to invite anyone who's a retired member of Local 42 to come and join them. If you would like to get out of the house or take some time out of your busy life for a couple of hours, then stop in and join them.

Club meetings are held bimonthly on a Tuesday at Local 42's hall; this year's schedule is listed below. Annual dues are $12. The Retirees Club meeting starts at 9 a.m. They start the meeting by discussing upcoming business and upcoming events. That is followed by talking about old times and sharing funny stories while relaxing and enjoying coffee and donuts. The Retiree's Club would love to have you join them. If you're interested call us at (860) 646-7297.

The Retiree's Club wishes to thank all the ladies in Local 42's office for all their hard work and for making everyone feel welcome. They work very hard putting all the events together and making them enjoyable. The ladies of Local 42 greet everyone with a warm smile and are always ready to help attendees with whatever is needed.

Scheduled upcoming meetings for 2014 are as follows: May 20, July 15, Sept. 16 and Nov. 18. The December meeting has not yet been scheduled.

Jacquelyn Moffitt, P.S.

Spirit of Brotherhood

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 60, SAN ANTONIO, TX — Over the past nine months, the club shared some really great fun and laughter, along with some really good food.

We regret the passing of friends and together we honor their memory.

It is summer time, time for our summer break (for June, July and August) from monthly meetings. Communication among members will still go on; the practice of brotherhood does not take a break. The purpose of this club shall be to carry out "the spirit of the Brotherhood, to aid and assist each other as necessary, and to promote the Social, Economic, Health and Political Welfare of its members." Membership consists of any Local 60 retired member or honorary member, and/or spouse or widow/widower. Please join us the second Thursday of each month, starting in September, 12 noon, Plumbers and Pipefitters training building, 3630 Belgium Lane.

At the time of this writing, the club's second annual golf tournament fundraiser is almost upon us. The results will be published in our next retirees article in the September publication. We hope this golf tournament is just as successful as the first one, since the tournament is the club's only source of funding. Have a fun and safe summer, everyone … from our family of retirees to yours.

Sandy Rogers, P.S.

Holiday Party & Service Pins

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 99, PROVIDENCE, RI — The Local 99 Retirees Christmas Party was Dec. 17 last year at the West Valley Inn in West Warwick, RI. We had a feast of family style soup, pasta, chicken, pot roast and salad.

Retirees Club Pres. Robert Pierce reminded us of brothers who passed away in 2013 and led a moment of silence in tribute.

Pres. Pierce and Local 99 Bus. Mgr. Michael Daley also presented service pins to 75 retirees. Sixty-year pins were awarded to Bros. Ernest Imondi, Edward Lewis, Thomas O'Neill, Arthur Shaffell and Arthur Watson. A 65-year pin was presented to Bro. Francis L. Derouian.

We thank Bus. Mgr. Daley and Local 99 for their support in keeping our Retirees Club active.

All the retirees of Local 99 wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe 2014.

Frank J. Colucci, P.S.

Summer Month Meetings

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 113, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — At this writing we are all anxiously awaiting spring, after what seemed an unseasonably cold winter. Those of us who have lived very long in the Rocky Mountain region know that Mother Nature plays mind games with us during this season, 70 degrees one day, followed in a couple of days with yet another winter storm warning.

Some in our group were fortunate enough to enjoy the warmth of the Sonoran Desert for part of the winter, where they met for an "unofficial" retirees' luncheon followed by a boat cruise on Saguaro Lake near Mesa, AZ.

Official business at home included nomination of officers for our club. Election results will follow in our next article.

Our Bro. Jim Polders has suffered a setback in his recovery from an accident of last fall. Please continue to remember him in your prayers as he fights to regain his health and mobility. He enjoys visitors. Please call the hall for his current location.

Remember, our monthly meetings continue through the summer months at 11:30 a.m. on the second Friday of the month. Meeting location is the Country Buffett at the Citadel Crossing shopping center.

Bill Campbell, P.S.


At a Local 113 Retirees Club gathering, from left: Terry Turner, Bill Campbell, Linnea Campbell, Phyllis McNamara, John McNamara and Linda Turner.

Club Activities

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 130, NEW ORLEANS, LA — On March 17, we had our monthly bus trip to the Silver Slipper Casino in Bay St. Louis, MS. We enjoyed coffee and donuts in the Alexander room before we loaded the bus. Everyone had a wonderful time, especially those who had the pleasure of winning.

Our quarterly meeting was March 24 and was catered by Hobnobbers Café. We had 48 retired members in attendance. Everyone enjoyed the meatballs and spaghetti, with plenty of extras to take home.

At the time of this early spring writing we were making preparations for our annual crawfish boil scheduled for May 22, 2014.

With deep regret we report the recent loss of several brothers: Frank I. Bauer, LeeRoy J. Breaux, Sebastian J. Guerrera, Seymour J. Hirsch, Walter A. Johnson, Anthony V. Lamonte, Malcolm J. Rouquette and Junius Tate. May their souls rest in peace!

Until our next meeting, God bless America.

George Clesi, Pres.

Board Members Elected

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 134, CHICAGO, IL — On March 12, we had nominations and elections of Local 134 Retirees Club officers; we also had a delicious catered luncheon. Unfortunately the weather was cold and snowy in Chicago that day and the turnout was approximately 50 members. We had plenty of extra food attendees could take home.

On June 11 we will celebrate and honor all of our members who have
50-, 55-, 60-, 65-, and 70 years of service. All members, if able, should attend; it will be a good opportunity to have a great time with members you may have lost touch with.

Let's give a big thank-you to all the newly elected board members, who will serve and enhance our Retirees Club. Our new board members are: Pres. Mario Coletta, Vice Pres. Jim Fliris, Rich Connolly, Kevin Gibbons and Jim Jennings.

Come to the meetings and remember: There are no strangers at Local 134, only friends you haven't yet met! We welcome all Local 134 retirees. To join the club, call Mario Coletta at (773) 736-1480. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at the union hall, 600 W. Washington Street. Noon to 1 p.m. is "greet & meet" time, and the regular meeting continues until 2:30 p.m.

Louis Rodriguez, P.S.


Some of the Local 134 Retirees Club board members at the March election meeting, joined by Bus. Agent Don Finn (fourth from right). From left: Mario Coletta, Bernard Martin, Kevin Gibbons, Jim Fliris, Bus. Agent Finn, Jim Jennings, Lou Rodriguez and Walter Felde.

'Rest in Peace, Brothers'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 212, CINCINNATI, OH — With deepest sorrow I report the passing of several members: William Day, IBEW member for 67 years; Phil Allen, a member for 65 years; Cecil Dickey, 53 years; Joseph Walser, 44 years; Joseph Scott, 44 years; and Frank Frondorf, 33 years. Rest in peace, dear friends.

Welcome to new club members: Dale Brunner, Denny Dickerson, Jim Amend and Tom Babel.

A 212 Historical Committee has been formed, with a focus on honoring deceased members from throughout our local's 113-year history. The goal is to create a permanent Wall of Honor with accurate information on each departed member, such as initiation date, date of death and years of service. Members making significant contributions — such as charter members, and those with longtime IBEW membership or military service, etc. — will also be recognized. Preliminary research has identified approximately 1,000 departed members from 1941 to the present; members from 1901 to 1940 are yet to be identified. Help is always welcome. We have boxes of photos to be identified, records and minutes to be researched, and artifacts to be cleaned. This information will eventually be displayed throughout the union hall.

The Retirees Club Picnic will be July 2 at Fernbank Park. The Local 212 Annual Family Picnic will be some time in August at Stricker's Grove.

Bob Schaefer, P.S.

Monthly Luncheon Meetings

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 257, JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Although our winter season was very cold, the Retirees Club was able to have all of its monthly luncheon/meetings. Our Christmas luncheon was again hosted by Local 257 and we appreciated their doing this for us. Instead of exchanging gifts at our Christmas luncheon, a collection was taken with the proceeds sent to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Our monthly luncheon/meetings for January, February, March and April were held at the Golden Corral, in Columbia, MO; the American Legion in Jefferson City, MO; the Knights of Columbus in Westphalia, MO; and the American Legion in Ashland, MO, respectively. Although we took no trips over the winter, we do have a few in the planning stages for spring.

Volunteers again helped judge and grade the Skills USA Competition held at Linn State Technical College in April.

We congratulate Jim Winemiller, Local 257 organizer, on his retirement. We appreciate everything he has done for our Retirees Club. We wish him and his wife, Linda, the best.

Delores Melloway, P.S.


Local 257 Retirees Club members at Westphalia, MO, in March 2014.

Service Awards Presentation

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 270, OAK RIDGE, TN — Our latest meeting was combined with the December union meeting, and all members of Local 270 had refreshments and fellowship afterward. This combination of active members and retired members was a great success and everyone had fun. Years-of-service pins were presented to retired members who were celebrating 50 and 60 years of service. We invite all retirees to join us the next time we meet.

Regina Guy, P.S.


Local 270 retirees receive service awards. From left: 50-year member Bill Sanford; and 60-year members Johnny Wright, J.P. Hickman, A.J. Gentry and Otis "Blackie" Butler.

'Welcome to Join Us'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 291, BOISE, ID — The March luncheon was held at The Great Wall Chinese restaurant in Meridian, with around 30 in attendance. We are patiently waiting, as of this writing, for the return migration of the snowbirds after the long cold winter. It is always a colorful and story filled event.

Club elections were held in January. Elected were: Pres. Dave Wolff, Vice Pres. Dave Barr and Secretary Janette Wolff. We extend a huge thank-you to Joe and Linda Sirani, who together held the position of president/secretary for the past four years. They will be a hard pair to follow.

We still have a few members who are in ill health and we continue to wish them well. The majority of the club members are well and looking forward to the warm Idaho spring weather.

Dawn Walsh and Mark Zaleski, from IBEW Local 291, attended the luncheon. Bus. Mgr. Zaleski reported that the local work is improving, but more work is necessary to bring home the traveling members.

Our luncheons are the second Thursday of each month. Please feel welcome to join us if you are in the area. Contact the union hall for time and location.

Dave Wolff, Pres.


Participants gather for Local 291 Retirees Club event.

Retirees Stay Involved

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 306, AKRON, OH — Summer has finally returned and so have our "snowbirds." But many of our retirees never leave and stay involved by helping with social and political events, volunteering their electrical knowledge and abilities for charitable causes, and staying active for the good of the union. One such instance was the recent informational picket we set up on a nonunion project where we were joined by four of our retired officers. Thanks to these brothers and the many more who continue to give back to the IBEW long after they have retired from the trade.

The retirees wish to thank pension Bro. John Felber, who recently stepped down, for his many dedicated years as president of the Retirees Club. The retirees also wish to invite all Local 306 retirees to join their large group for a breakfast meeting at the Waterloo Restaurant on the third Friday of each month.

With deep sadness we report the passing of retired Bros. Marvin "Mickey" McHedron and Clifford Boggs. We send our condolences to their families.

Thomas Wright, Mbr. Dev.


Local 306 retired members picket nonunion project. From left: George Manus (left), Bentley "Buz" Hudson, Jim Betz and Vern Saylor.

Annual Pin Presentation

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 353, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA — Our Retirees Club is enjoying its 29th year and wishes to welcome IBEW retirees from former Locals 894 (Oshawa) and 1739 (Barrie) as amalgamation is being finalized.

This year, at our 4th Annual Pin Presentation Breakfast for members with 50 years of service or more, Local 353 will honour 118 members with pins. This brings Local 353 living pin recipients to more than 500 members.

We will present one 70-year pin (to Edwin Hoyle); eleven 65-year pins; eight 60-year pins; and fifty 55-year pins. Forty-eight 50-year members will receive pins and watches. Congratulations, brothers.

At a Local 353 special called meeting in April, it was announced that both our pension plan and benefit plan performed well in 2013, and the votes gave comfort that Local 353 working members and retirees and their spouses will continue to enjoy pensions and health and welfare benefits. Thanks to TEIBAS (Toronto Electrical Industry Benefit Administrative Services) and our staff and Local 353 trustees.

The Local 353 Sports, Entertainment & Retirees Trust Fund also enjoyed some topping up through improving employment and additional funding, which will allow working members and retirees to continue to participate in planned events. … "Continuing to Raise The Bar."

Robert Rynyk, P.S.

Retirees Spring Meeting

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 570, TUCSON, AZ — Retirees had the spring meeting in April before the summer break. We look forward to seeing many retirees at the meetings when they start back up Oct. 9. Have a safe and healthy summer.

Mark Gibson, Vice Chair


At Tucson, AZ, Local 570 Retirees Club's April meeting.

100th Anniversary Celebration

RETIRESS CLUB OF L.U. 611, ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The Retirees Club, six years ago, took on a project of researching the history of Local 611 for its 100th anniversary.

This involved searching through numerous minute books, IBEW archives, local records, library city directories and personal interviews from past members. The project paid off with the printing of a 100th anniversary book, and a wonderful 100th anniversary celebration.

To mark 100 years of service in New Mexico, on Feb. 17 the local held an open house display of local history dating from 1914 to the present; exhibits included tables set up to display plaques, charters, old JATC and agreement books, etc. Members and guests also enjoyed a video featuring almost 1,000 pictures from years past.

The actual celebration was Feb. 27 at the Isleta Fun Center and Hotel/Casino. The all-day family events included golf, fishing, bowling, billiards, laser tag and an arcade for all ages, along with plenty to eat. The celebration closed in the evening with a dinner/dance and free casino table games. The Isleta Hotel/Casino went all out to help make the occasion a success.

The 100th year anniversary was a once-in-a-lifetime celebration! A special display case is being built to house the 100th year artifacts. Order the 100th anniversary book, read it and be proud to be an IBEW Local 611 member.

Tracy Hall, Pres.


Local 611 Pres. Carl Condit (left) and Retirees Club Pres. Tracy Hall, historian, stand beside 100th anniversary display.

Club's 40th Anniversary Year

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 640, PHOENIX, AZ — This June is a special occasion for us "Golden Age Road Runners," as we celebrate our 40th anniversary as an organization.

Through the benevolence of Mr. Fred Ponting, an electrical engineer and member of Local 640, a sum of money was donated to form and maintain a retirees group. This money was wisely invested and has helped sustain this changing group over the years. Fred has long since traveled to that "Big Bench" in the sky, but the Roadrunners continue to serve as a meeting post for Local 640 retirees.

We are now enjoying our summer hiatus, from June until October.

It was a good year for our club. We hosted some very interesting speakers at many of our meetings. We set up a booth at our union picnic in March, at which time a handmade rocking horse was donated and raffled off by our treasurer, Jim Weaver, for the benefit of the club. We also had our board member nomination meeting in March, and we held elections in April, along with a BBQ lunch. There will be some new smiling faces on the board when we reconvene in October.

It was a very good year!

Daryl Knupp, P.S.


Local 640 Retired Members' Club charter.

2014 Retirees Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 702, WEST FRANKFORT, IL — The 2014 Retirees Luncheon was Tuesday, April 22, at Rend Lake Resort Conference Center with approximately 180 in attendance. Local 702 Bus. Mgr. Steve Hughart opened with a welcome to all. He extended a thank-you to Jim Nolen, who retired as president of the Retirees Club, and introduced new club Pres. Gary King.

The local office staff were introduced to the retirees and then Bus. Mgr. Hughart extended his appreciation to the members and their families for their continued dedication and loyalty to IBEW Local 702.

Retirees Club Pres. King read the names of those who departed in recent months and a moment of silence was held in their honor. Pres. King then encouraged all retired members to join the Retirees Club.

Door prize winners were: Loretta Deason (St. Louis Cardinals tickets, April 30 game); Alan Morgan and Bob Gott (Logan's Roadhouse gift certificates); Howard Jarrells and Dave Clark (Cracker Barrel gift certificates); Steve Dailey and Martin Lee (Red Lobster gift certificates).

After a brief presentation by insurance representative Estel Hoffard about post-retirement medical coverage, the luncheon was concluded.

To stay up on the latest Local 702 news and information, please visit us at

Mark Baker, P.S.


Incoming Local 702 Retirees Club Pres. Gary King (left) receives the gavel from outgoing Pres. Jim Nolen.

'Spring Report'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 756, DAYTONA BEACH, FL — The February meeting was a good one with our delicious low country boil enjoyed by all. Our March meeting was a BBQ, again cooked by Greg Stone and the guys. We are lucky to have some great cooks in our club who take their own time to prepare our main dishes. We are very grateful to all of them. April brings us southern fried chicken. Our last meeting in May before our summer break was the popular fish fry.

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Kenneth "K.P." Coleman, a 57-year member and a Navy veteran. He loved working with the apprentice program and taught so many the art of knot tying and rigging. He will be missed by all.

We wish you a safe and happy summer and as always, we wish to invite any retired and unemployed brothers and sisters and their spouses who are in the area to come and join us. Our meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m., at the Local 756 Union Hall, Port Orange, FL.

Diane Gibbs, P.S.

Luncheon Meetings

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 995, BATON ROUGE, LA — On March 3, the club held a lunch meeting at Drusilla Seafood. We had a good turnout and the food was super.

At our regular meeting in April, we planned our June luncheon. This luncheon will include the wives and we all have to bring some type of dish. It will be held at the union hall on June 2 at 11 a.m. I hope to see all club members there.

W. Roland Goetzman Sr., P.S.


Attendees enjoy a Local 995 Retirees Club luncheon.