June 2014
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Also In This Issue Manufacturer Fights
Cheap Knockoffs

Counterfeits threaten
IBEW jobs read_more

Proudly Union
New 'IBEW-Made' websiteread_more

Little Chips and Big PLAs
Under construction in N.Y. read_more

Wis. manufacturing
success read_more

…and the Winner Is
Member wins IBEW quiltread_more

Ensuring grid reliability read_more

Possible FairPoint sale? read_more

Sunny skies for solar wiz read_more

New tech, chances
in Sask read_more

Recovery after Wash.
mudslide read_more

North of 49°
Ontario Tories Target
Trades College read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
L'Ordre des métiers de l'Ontario dans la mire des Conservateurs read_more

International Executive Council meeting minutes read_more




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Locals Chart Course to Manufacturing Success

After two decades of offshoring and plant shutdowns, North American manufacturing is making a comeback. The U.S. economy added approximately 500,000 manufacturing jobs from 2010 through 2013, and expects to see more growth this year. That still doesn't come close to making up for the 6 million manufacturing jobs lost in the 2000s, but it does show that there can be a future for the Made in the USA and Made in Canada labels.

But as IBEW members, our concern isn't just bringing back jobs — it's creating good jobs that provide workers with a solid spot in the middle class. And that means reviving union manufacturing.

Articles in this issue of the Electrical Worker highlight success stories from the IBEW's manufacturing branch, shooting down conventional wisdom that union plants can't compete in today's global economy.

From actively promoting IBEW-made products to consumers and signatory contractors, to building links with manufacturing unions around the planet, to adopting the Code of Excellence in every IBEW-represented facility, local unions are taking the lead in renewing union manufacturing in the United States and Canada. At many of these facilities, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is a leading force in their success, working with management to win back even more work from overseas.

It continues to remain a rocky path to full recovery, but the articles in this and future issues of the Electrical Worker show that the IBEW is hard at work creating the blueprint for manufacturing success in the 21st century. read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Hill: IBEW-Made,
IBEW Proud read_more
Chilia: Messin' With Texas read_more

TransitionsRay Edwards read_more

CircuitsPress Play: IBEW Videos Come to Your Smartphone;
CLUW Helps Train Next Generation of Union Women;
2014 IBEW Women's Conference Sept. 17-20 read_more

LettersCalling All Hands: Organize;
A So-Called Patriot?;
Solidarity, Brothers and Sisters read_more

In MemoriamApril 2014 read_more

Who We AreState Lawmaker is
Union Member First and Foremost read_more