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'A Distinct Honor'

L.U. 8 (as,em,i,mar,mt,rts,s&spa), TOLEDO, OH — Greetings, brothers and sisters.

Last September retired Local 8 business agent Ken Roach was accorded the distinct honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC. A wreath laying ceremony also is typically performed by the president of the United States on Memorial Day in the spring.

Brother Roach was chosen along with fellow Vietnam War veteran Al Segur, former executive secretary of the Northwest Ohio Building Trades Council, to lay the wreath at the September ceremony.

Former Local 8 business manager Dennis Duffey, a Vietnam veteran himself, was instrumental in arranging and witnessing this touching moment.

Bro. Roach said: "It was such a great honor, perhaps the most amazing experience of my life, being one of the very few to make this tribute."

Congratulations to our brothers, and may we keep all of our service men and women and those missing in action in our thoughts and prayers.

Mike Brubaker, P.S.


Al Segur (center, foreground) and Local 8 Bro. Ken Roach prepare to lay a wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Labor Leader Award

L.U. 12 (i,o&se), PUEBLO, CO — In October, Local 12 retired member Ken Griffin received the Bob Scarlet Award for Labor Leader of the Year in recognition for his outstanding contributions in the advancement of the labor movement.

Although he officially "retired" in 2008 with 45 years in the industry, Ken is still one of our most active members. In addition to serving on numerous Local 12 committees over the years, he also has been extremely involved with the community to push forward the labor movement and our electrical industry.

Ken has served on the State Electrical Board and the Pueblo Community College Advisory Board, fulfilling his term limit of 10 years for each. He also sat on boards for Pueblo Manpower, United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado State Fair Parade Committee, and the Wake Up With Pueblo Committee.

Ken has served on the Local 12 Apprenticeship Committee for close to 30 years and is presently the journeyman update coordinator for our JATC and also aids in state licensing renewal and training.

Ken Griffin is a prime example of union participation, and we can never thank him enough.

Susan Johnson, P.S.

115th Anniversary Celebrated

L.U. 16 (i), EVANSVILLE, IN — On Dec. 13 last year, IBEW Local 16 celebrated its 115th anniversary of giving southern Indiana the highest quality, best trained electricians available anywhere. Many changes have come and gone in the electrical industry since the union's humble beginning. However, the pride and integrity of the IBEW membership have remained strong and continue to serve as an excellent foundation for our future.

Congratulations to industrial contractor Skanska for 50 years in business as a highly regarded union electrical contractor. Best wishes to the company for a strong future.

Local 16's retiree breakfast is held twice a month. On the fourth Tuesday of every month, the retirees meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Carousel restaurant on Evansville's east side. The retirees group also meets at 8 a.m. on the second Friday of each month. Locations for 2015 are as follows: Jan. 9 — Darmstadt Inn; Feb.13 — Golden Corral; March 13 — Lamasco Bar; April 10 — Rosie's; May 8 — Pie Pan; June 12 — Water's Edge; July 10 — Darmstadt Inn; Aug. 14 — Red Wagon; Sept. 11 — Steak'n'Shake (west); Oct. 9 — Merry-Go-Round; Nov. 13 — Darmstadt Inn; and Dec. 11 — Pie Pan. For more information, please contact Wayne Fehrenbacher or Tom Schuler.

Donald P. Beavin, P.S.

Tributes to Service

L.U. 24 (es,i&spa), BALTIMORE, MD — On behalf of all Local 24 members, I wish to thank Bros. Bob Hastings and Tom Benjamin for their many years of service.

Tom Benjamin was initiated into the local in June 1968, and he retired on Nov. 1 last year. At the time of his retirement, Tom was serving his second term as financial secretary.

Bob Hastings was initiated into the local in June 1972 and retired on Dec. 1 last year. At the time of his retirement, Bob was an assistant business agent working as the business manager's right-hand man.

Both Bob and Tom leave big shoes to fill. Thank you again, brothers, for your longtime service, both in the field as well as in the office. We wish each of you happy, healthy and lengthy retirements. You will be sorely missed!

Gary R. Griffin, B.M.

'Great Upcoming Events'

L.U. 26 (ees,em,es,govt,i&mt), WASHINGTON, DC — Applications are currently being accepted for the 2015 Local 26 scholarship. The award is for $2,500 per year, for up to four years of college. Visit our website at to download an application form and get details. You may also contact the union hall at 301-459-2900, and request that an application be mailed to your home. The deadline to submit scholarship applications is March 31.

Mark your calendars for some great upcoming events. Here are a few of them to note. The Minority Coalition's Black History Month Luncheon will be Saturday, Feb. 21, at the union hall in Lanham, 12 noon to 3 p.m. The Electrical Workers Motorcycle Riding Club (ERMC) will host their 4th Annual Poker Run on Saturday, May 2. Also, plans are underway for our annual Dollars Against Diabetes golf outing on Monday, June 1. For additional information, please see our quarterly magazine, "In Charge," or visit our website.

We mourn Local 26 members who passed away since our last article: Lawrence E. Kaplan, James W. Vorce, James Mason, Tim Bradley, Richard N. Textor and Ralph W. Souder Jr.

Best wishes to recent retirees: Robert N. Craig, Robert J. Raesch, John A. Roy Sr., Kenneth L. Fristoe Jr., Charles E. Rice Sr., Jose A. Matute, Lothar R. Reimann, Kevin M. Colburn, Norman D. Cornwell, Michael E. Delonge, Charles L. Kirkpatrick and Eduardo Zurita.

Charles E. Graham, B.M.

Participation & Solidarity

L.U. 34 (em,i,mt,rts&spa), PEORIA, IL — Thanks to some heavy commercial and light industrial work, most of our book one members have been employed this winter. Local 34 thanks all the locals that have been employing our members who have not been able to work at home this winter. This spring should also keep most of book one working and maybe even some book two members. As of right now Powerton plans on doing the second and third phases of upgrades to its facility. Additionally, there are a few new schools being built in our jurisdiction.

Last year Local 34 had eight members attend 10 out of 12 meetings; two members attended 11 out of 12 meetings; and 16 members attended 12 out of 12 meetings.

By attending the local union meetings, members can be more fully informed and actively involved in strengthening our local.

Meeting attendance translates into a stronger collective bargaining unit; a stronger unit translates into better conditions, better pay and even political capital. So please attend your local meetings and become a well-informed member.

Marc Burnap, P.S.

IBEW Lights Winterfest 2014

L.U. 38 (i), CLEVELAND, OH — Mayor Frank Jackson and New Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish took a moment for a group photo with Local 38 members at the 2014 Winterfest celebration.

Winterfest marks the night when all of the Christmas lights are powered up and revealed to the public. The public officials thanked IBEW Local 38 for all of our volunteer work decorating downtown Cleveland for the holiday season.

Seventy volunteers from Local 38 came out to install all of the Christmas lights and decorations over two Saturdays. Local 38 members worked from the ground to the air in JLG lift equipment and bucket trucks decorating the shrubs, trees, lights poles and buildings from Public Square to Playhouse Square.

On the work front, if everything goes according to schedule, Lake Erie Electric should be hiring for several projects including the renovations at Progressive Field. A lot of work needs to be done there before the Cleveland Indians' opening day.

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


At Winterfest 2014: Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (left); Local 38 members Kevin Frey, Barry Frey and Bus. Rep. Mike Muzic; and County Executive Armond Budish.

Work Picture Steady

L.U. 42 (catv,em,govt,lctt&o), HARTFORD, CT — Our work picture is holding steady at this time. We are waiting for the railroad project to pick up in the early part of the new year. Also, a reminder: Make sure that all of your certifications are all up-to-date.

We congratulate and thank the members listed below for their years of service with Local 42.

"A" members: 35 years of service — Patrick Navin; 30 years — Robert Landry, Scott Shane, Curtis Wood II; 25 years — Stephen Arguin, Bernard Bates III, Kevin Bernier, David Chandler, Thomas Edmonds II, Colin Fraser, Stephen Jackson, Charles Mazzabufi Jr., Thomas Rebeiro, Michael Williams; 20 years — Robert Johnson, Robert Shea; 15 years — Sean Amara, Marc Belanger, Daniel Bryk, Timothy Duda, Frank Gallaghe Sr., Joseph Haase, Alexis Hebert, Christian Mathon, Leeroy Robinson, Martin Ryan, Thomas Towne, Robert Violette; and 10 years — Everlito Anor, Jesse Belanger, Thomas Cahalan, F. Michael Flanagan, Joshua Fuller, Jeffrey Langlois, Jose Sanchez, Marc Sorano and Barend Steevels III.

"BA" members: 25 years of service — Paul Tobin; 15 years — Joshua Germain, Rudy Matias, Breck McKim, Alvaro Palacios, Anthony Simmons; and 10 years — Jonas Bussiere, Jason Johnson, Steven Minard, Ronald Neilsen and Dennis White.

We wish everyone a happy New Year!

Jacquelyn Moffitt, P.S.

RENEW Charter Presented

L.U. 58 (em,i,rtb,spa&t), DETROIT, MI — Local 58 was honored to welcome Int. Vice Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson to our December RENEW meeting. This was a great opportunity for our younger members to meet Vice Pres. Stephenson and ask him questions about how the Sixth District is run. Reaching out to the younger members is one of the most important things we can do to further the cause of the IBEW. A solid RENEW Committee enables us to do that as well as teach brotherhood, pride and fellowship among members young and old alike. Support from the more seasoned journeymen has been tremendous. They are eager to pass on the lessons that have been handed down to them. RENEW — the IBEW's Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers initiative — creates a forum to do so.

Thanks to the Entertainment Committee for providing food for the 180+ apprentices in attendance. There were lots of smiles and laughter at every table. After dinner, Bus. Mgr. Michael Richard spoke about the importance of union involvement. Vice Pres. Stephenson shared some apprentice stories, then presented us with our official RENEW Charter. Local 58 is helping to pave the way by being only the second local to receive such a charter. RENEW meetings are held at the hall on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

Andy E. Dunbar, Pres.


Local 58 RENEW Committee receives official charter. From left: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Michael Richard, Int. Vice Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson, Co-chair Michael Kustarz, Chmn. Adam Hentschel and Pres. Andy Dunbar.

Code of Excellence Classes

L.U. 68 (i), DENVER, CO — Greetings, brothers and sisters. At this writing, the work picture had slowed somewhat with the holiday season, but still a few calls were trickling in.

On Oct. 3, we had our Apprenticeship Turnout Dinner for 14 new journeyman wiremen, and one new voice-data-video technician. There was a good attendance to celebrate the graduates' accomplishments.

All of our office staff and the agents stayed extremely busy during the 2014 midterm election cycle working to elect labor-friendly candidates. Although we were not able to realize all of our hoped for wins, we were able to hold the state House majority and the governor's office here in Colorado. We did a little better than some states did, but still had a disappointment on some levels.

October saw a continuation of Code of Excellence classes (with 44 participants), as well as Code of Excellence Steward classes (with 25 participants). Those classes, held here at Local 68, were presented by Eighth District Int. Rep. Guy P. Runco. We must continue these training efforts to protect our industry as well as our members' interests.

I hope everyone had a safe, happy holiday season. We also remember our departed brothers and sisters and their families.

We extend deepest sympathy to the families of recently deceased members: Bros. Richard S. Lionberger, Sam Luong and John V. Goebel.

Jack Cox, Pres.

Active Membership & Strong 2015 Work Picture

L.U. 70 (lctt&o), WASHINGTON, DC — We are a month into the new year and work in our area is still very good. We have a contract with Pepco for the utility's system reliability, and with the safe and productive work of our members working at Riggs Distler, the year ahead looks great.

We thank all of our members and our fellow brothers working here as travelers from other locals for their safe and productive work.

We also thank our members for their continued support at our local union meetings. The input of the membership is greatly appreciated. We have had standing room only at meetings, and this is making for a strong local and very productive meetings.

Our local mourns the passing of Bro. James Fitzgerald. We extend our condolences to his family. Bro. Fitzgerald will be greatly missed.

Jimmy Horton, B.R.


A Local 70 crew works at Riggs Distler. From left: Jesus Valtierra, Justin Shafer, Forbes Coup, Josh Bowers, Curtis Myers, Robert Orange, Jake McCormack, Cody Neal, Brian Clubb, John Lucas, Stephen Krueger, Shawn Tipton, Cody Yost, Chris Ventura, James Pullins Jr., Paul Scovronski, Alex Hernandez and Billy Hayghe.

Work Picture Positive; Pre-Apprenticeship Program

L.U. 100 (e,em,i,rts&st), FRESNO, CA — Work continues to be good in our jurisdiction, with many solar projects in progress. Signatory contractor Wild Electric has the temporary power and lighting work at the Herndon and Highway 99 laydown yard for the High Speed Rail project. Collins Electric has the Fresno waste water project, scheduled to start in February.

Local 100 welcomes new contractors: E-Light Electric, Klondyke Construction, D&R Electric, International Line Builders, Imperial Electric, Old Town Electric and Adamson Electric.

Local 100 has established a pre-apprenticeship program in collaboration with our local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs). We have been able to secure work policies for various projects, one of which is the California High Speed Rail project. These programs are run through our local building trades, and the IBEW has taken the lead by providing the core curriculum. We provide the training, and the agencies we partner with provide the jobs.

We welcome and support our new Ninth District Int. Vice Pres. John J. O'Rourke. We also thank former Int. Vice Pres. Michael S. Mowrey for a job well-done!

We reflect on the lives of our recently deceased brothers: Haige Brown, Ray Watkins, Bill Hammond, Edwin Green, Richard Gillingham, Vernice Welborn, Michael Pierce and Leo Edwards. Their dedication to this trade bettered all of our lives.

Think safety always.

M.A. Caglia, P.S.


IBEW Local 100 Bus. Agent and Building & Construction Trades Council Fin. Sec./Treas. Chuck Riojas (left) and Mike Lopes (right) of the Sheet Metal Workers greet visiting U.S. Rep. Jim Costa at a training class.

Kudos to Congressman Norcross

L.U. 102 (em,govt,i,mt,o&ws), PATERSON, NJ — Congratulations to newly elected U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, an IBEW member from our state of New Jersey. Folsom, NJ, Local 351 Asst. Bus. Mgr. Norcross was elected to Congress on Nov. 4 last year.

At Local 102 we have always been proud of the representation the IBEW has in our Statehouse. IBEW members Joseph V. Egan (a member of New Brunswick, NJ, Local 456) and Wayne P. DeAngelo (a member of Trenton, NJ, Local 269) serve in the state General Assembly. Bro. Norcross previously served in the state Senate.

It is certainly nice to say we now have a true friend in Congress, a friend who will bring our voice to Washington, DC. Imagine that, a union electrician on Capitol Hill. Congratulations, Congressman!

With the election of Bro. Norcross, I started thinking about all of our members who work tirelessly to fight for our rights at the local level. They may not make the front page, but their job is no less important! To all of our members who serve our communities — as mayors, council members, boards of education and planning board members — whatever it may be, we thank you for bringing our voice to your community.

Bernie Corrigan, Pres.

65 New Apprentices Sworn In

L.U. 104 (lctt,o&u), BOSTON, MA — On Nov. 22 last year, Bro. Jason Lauze and the Northeastern Apprenticeship and Training (N.E.A.T.) program conducted a workshop for its 178 indentured apprentices. The workshop featured a presentation by Rick Hoogkamp and William Martin of Northline Utilities LLC. The class was on "Equal Potential Grounding." All ears were open on potential hazards and proper industry standards required for a safe work environment.

[Editor's Note: The National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) has rebranded this year and transitioned into the Electrical Training Alliance. See " NJATC Transitions into the Electrical Training Alliance," The Electrical Worker (Sept. 2014), and at]

Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Brian Murphy also addressed the apprentices and reconfirmed the hazards of our trade, explaining that no shortcuts are acceptable practices. "We all need to get home safely to enjoy our families," Bus. Mgr. Murphy said. "This is a great trade and we need to take care of our brothers and ourselves."

Bus. Mgr. Murphy next introduced Pres. Ryan Demeritt, who gave advice on being a good union member. "We all need to be thankful for our opportunity to be a union member," Murphy said, "and doing so depends on … your actions and your participation [in] the local's meetings and governance."

Pres. Demeritt then asked all 65 apprentices who were not members to come forward to take the oath of the IBEW. It was the largest group to be sworn in at one time in Local 104's 115-year history. It was a great honor to witness this event, one that I will never forget.

Congratulations to our new members. Remember, you are your brothers' keeper! Be well.

Hugh Boyd, A.B.M.


Local 104 swears in new apprenticeship members.

'Stand Up & Speak Out'

L.U. 124 (ees,em,i,mar,rts,se,spa&t), KANSAS CITY, MO — The 2014 midterm election results should concern union members. This past midterm election cycle in Missouri, just as with so many other places, was brutal. Voter turnout was a dismal 35 percent, and as a result the Republican supermajority grew, making Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto pen useless. One thing is certain — the Republican Party gets their voters to the polls. If working folks would do the same, maybe then the "attack labor" agenda would stop. We cannot continue to give up seats to those who oppose or do not understand our issues, and yet expect not to give up our hard-fought wages and conditions. The corporate agenda prevails. Before we can change the legislative balance, the candidates and Democratic Party will need to develop a message that resonates with everyday working folks. Our job will be to "stand up and speak out" against all the attacks on labor.

We remember recently deceased members: Kenneth Bunney, Lawrence B. Faeth, Steven McIlvene, Donald P. Robinson, Terry L. Sims and Michael P. Sullivan. They will be missed.

Congratulations to recently retired members: David L. Baldridge, David A. Dykal, David D. Hooper, Melvin A. Klinge, Robert J. Lusignan, Edward T. McCormick, Frank D. Mathews, Mark W. Norris, Donald L. Stewart, Donald G. Vincent and James T. Wadlow Jr.

Steve Morales, P.S.

Newly Elected Officers

L.U. 130 (i), NEW ORLEANS, LA — On Sept. 6 last year, Local 130 held an election of officers. The membership voted in the following:

Bus. Mgr. Paul Zulli, Pres. Steve Lamantia, Vice Pres. Herb "Herbie" Henderson, Rec. Sec. William "Billy" Buckel, Treas. Sean Mauberret; Executive Board members Thomas Chestnut, Corky Cortez, Jeffery Johnson, Otto Munch, Kurt Zemke; and Examining Board members Kenny Bauer, Julius Gray, Mike Nauck, Melody Schexnaydre and Rodney Wallis. Convention delegates: Steve Lamantia, Corky Cortez and Chad Lauga.

This new administration has high hopes for our future and looks forward to working together to meet the challenges that lie ahead. Our work picture has been good the last few months and the future looks positive for the year ahead.

William Buckel, P.S.


Local 130 Rec. Sec. Billy Buckel (left), Pres. Steve Lamantia and Bus. Mgr. Paul Zulli.

'Tribute to a Remarkable Leader'

L.U. 134 (catv,em,govt,i,mt,rtb,rts,spa&t), CHICAGO, IL — "This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one … being a true force of nature," as playwright George Bernard Shaw once wrote.

Terry Allen was a true force of nature. In his 1,136 days as business manager, he transformed Local 134. By putting together a coalition team that spanned our entire membership, he brought historic change to established policies and practices. Terry also put us back on the political map by aggressively nurturing relationships with local, state and national politicians.

Bro. Allen mentioned that the last 3½ years were the happiest of his life. He put more living into that short time than some people put into their entire lifetime. He played this game of life up to the last minute and left absolutely everything on the field.

Thousands upon thousands came to pay homage as Bro. Allen was put to rest on Nov. 15, 2014.

Under the leadership of Allen's successor, Bus. Mgr. Don Finn, we are committed to carrying on Terry's legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Allen family … and as Terry said numerous times, "Onward and upward!"

Frank Cunningham, R.S.


IBEW/NECA sign displays a tribute to late Local 134 Bus. Mgr. Terry Allen.

Continuing Education Classes

L.U. 150 (es,i,rts&spa), WAUKEGAN, IL — The JATC has scheduled continuing education classes. Please watch your mail for information or go to their website and sign up. It is always better to be pro-active about our knowledge and skills. [Editor's Note: The National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) has rebranded this year and transitioned into the Electrical Training Alliance. See " NJATC Transitions into the Electrical Training Alliance," The Electrical Worker (Sept. 2014), and at]

In 2014 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the local. It was a historic occasion.

Last year we lost the following members: Jim Corcoran, Tulio Servi, Jerry Webster, Gary Pease, Leonard Taylor, Dan Swan, Leathel McDaniel, Dave Williams, Bob Boettle and John Giles. They will all be missed.

Wendy J. Cordts, P.S.

Holiday Spirit of Giving

L.U. 158 (i,it,mar,mt&spa), GREEN BAY, WI — Local 158 once again was in the holiday giving spirit.

Local members, retirees and staff donated clothing, toys and more to The Freedom House and The Golden House in Green Bay. The Freedom House is a not-for-profit organization that provides services to homeless families with children. The Golden House provides assistance and shelter for victims of domestic violence. Both organizations are very appreciative of our annual efforts to make the holidays brighter.

Additionally, Local 158 members working for B&B Electric at Marinette Marine donated 560 pounds of food items for a local food drive. B&B matched their donated amount. Now that's an awesome effort.

Our local members along with Eland Electric also were in the giving spirit and volunteered their labor for a solar installation for a not-for-profit called The Bridge Between Retreat Center. This is the seventh such project we have teamed up together for. Local members also worked on a project to upgrade the electrical system on a house for a worthy veteran, one of several such projects we have done.

And finally, once again for the holiday season our local and the LMCC sponsored the caterpillar display for the Holiday Garden of Lights at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens. This is a wonderful event, which grows in size and attendance every year. Thanks to all involved.

Donald C. Allen, B.M.


Local 158 members employed by B&B Electric at Marinette Marine donate for food drive.

New Training Director

L.U. 164 (c,em,i,o&t), JERSEY CITY, NJ — At our monthly meeting last November, Bus. Mgr. Dan Gumble and Pres. Tom Sullivan were proud to announce the selection of Bro. Richard Paredes as our new training director.

Rich has been a member of Local 164 for 28 years. He became a part-time instructor, teaching nights in our residential program in 1992. He was then asked to be a full-time instructor for our apprenticeship program in 2001.

Rich graduated the National Training Institute program in 2000 and is a licensed electrical inspector in New Jersey. Last November he also had the honor of being appointed as an alternate to NEC Code-making Panel 19. He is and has always been a very dedicated instructor and will surely bring that dedication and passion to his new position.

We as a local congratulate Rich and wish him luck in his new position as training director of IBEW Local 164.

Warren Becker, V.P.

Work Safe Always

L.U. 196 (govt,mt,o,t&u), ROCKFORD, IL — As 2015 rolls in, we all have the opportunity to stop and review last year. What struck me most about 2014 was the number of tragic accidents and fatalities in the Outside Branch of the IBEW. There were way too many. Average hours worked are up, jobs are on deadlines, more work is on the horizon and most of the contractors need more good hands. I get it. Our trade absolutely has to put safe work practices as priority No. 1. That can only be accomplished with a cooperative effort from the customer, employer, local union, superintendent, general foreman, foreman and crew. Obviously, none of the parties I just listed want an accident, injury or fatality to occur. If a task is not safe, don't do it. If your co-worker is taking short cuts, stop him or her. Focus your attention on the task at hand and constantly be aware of your surroundings and hazards.

We need more IBEW members doing the Outside work across the United States and Canada, not less. Let's sharpen our focus on safety and make 2015 a much less tragic year. We lost too many good brothers in 2014 to workplace fatalities, and we have to reverse that trend. Work safe.

Eric Patrick, B.M.

Tributes at Annual Picnic

L.U. 234 (i&mt), CASTROVILLE, CA — On Saturday, Sept. 20, during our annual picnic last year, it was an honor and a pleasure to recognize Alphons De Vos, Donald Hughes, Lloyd Marchant and Vernon Walker, retired members with 60 years of service each. Proud IBEW since 1954!

Additionally, we recognized seven 55-year members: Johnny Baker, Kenneth Boner, Glen Johnson, Clarke McCarty, Robert Nicholas, Charles Perkins and Bob Wilson. The annual picnic was also our time to recognize the many proud centuries of IBEW service provided in total by the membership. Over 70 of our local members received service awards.

Once again, with excellent weather, plentiful tasty food, games, activities and record numbers in attendance, our local was pleased to bring together so many members along with their families for this traditional annual gathering at Toro Regional Park. We look forward to reporting on next year's gathering.

Stephen Slovacek, P.S.

Younger Members Step Up

L.U. 236 (catv,ees,govt,i,mo,rtb&t), ALBANY, NY — Election season has passed and although we may not have achieved all the results we desired, I think in the end we here in Local 236 came out winners. I am proud to say that throughout the election season, many of our younger members got involved and helped man the phones as we called thousands of local households to remind people to vote and to educate them about labor friendly candidates who were running for office. It was great to see these young men and women step up and get involved in the election process.

Another group of our younger members has been stepping up also. Before the holiday season, with a little encouragement and guidance from Apprenticeship Training Dir. Rick Cataldo, our fifth-year apprentices decided to begin a fundraising committee to raise money for donation to local charities. Each class chose two representatives to be on the committee that decides how to raise money and which charities would receive donations. The committee has held raffles and raised money for organizations such as Karen's Kids, the Unity House of Troy, Catholic Charities and the Capital City Rescue Mission. Great job and keep up the good work!

Michael Torres, P.S.


Local 236 members take a break from phone banking.

Work Picture Improving

L.U. 292 (em,govt,i,rtb,rts&spa), MINNEAPOLIS, MN — IBEW Local 292's work picture is improving, as of the last quarter of 2014 and into 2015 — a direct result of continued growth in construction in the Twin City metro area, and organizing efforts throughout the local's jurisdiction. As of this writing we still have over 411 members on the out-of-work book No. 1, which accounts for slightly over 10 percent of our entire inside membership.

IBEW Local 292 will be negotiating 18 separate collective bargaining agreements in 2015, starting with the Inside Construction and Maintenance Agreement. In brotherhood with other IBEW locals in Minnesota, the State-Wide Limited Energy Agreement will be negotiated, covering nearly 1,200 technicians in the state. Sixteen other agreements, which will cover a range of a few members to as many as 100 members, will be negotiated throughout 2015.

Safety has always been a cornerstone in IBEW Local 292, and recent events at Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka, MN, have emphasized the need for diligence. General Growth Properties, the corporation that manages the large shopping mall, insists on hiring contractors that put the safety of workers and customers in question. On Black Friday a leaflet campaign was conducted to inform the public of these safety considerations.

Carl Madsen, B.R./P.S.


Minneapolis Building Trades and IBEW Local 292 members inform the public of safety issues at Ridgedale Center. From left: Dave Holzer, Chris Kohn, Kent Blachowiak, Greg Johnson, Sonny Katz, Ted Swenson, John Kripotos, Pres. Dan Ferguson and Bus. Mgr. Pete Lindahl.

IBEW Storm Restoration Crews

L.U. 300 (govt,i,mt&u), MONTPELIER, VT — The IBEW thanks all the members involved with storm restoration efforts in Vermont as well as around New England, both during past years and for the years ahead. Vermont tends to have its fair share of winter storm events that affect sustainability of power for all Vermont residents. Thank you to all for your support and continued efforts during our most severe weather season; and I don't mean mud season. We'll keep the lights on for you.

Congratulations to Bro. Dick Deering on his appointment as Second District International Representative. Local 300 wishes him well in his new endeavors and looks forward to what he will bring to his new position. I hope by the time this article is read the Fair Point issue will have been resolved favorably. Local 300 sends thanks to fellow unions, the business community and individuals who have helped support the members who work at Fair Point.

I wish you all well in the upcoming construction season, as well as the inevitable future negotiations that will surely be adventurous. Be creative, be wise and work together. Be well and be safe.

Jeffrey C. Wimette, B.M./F.S.


Local 300 Bro. John Cordner, chief line worker for Green Mountain Power, prepares for a winter storm.

New Project Labor Agreement —
IBEW Quality & Community Pride

L.U. 302 (i,rts&spa), MARTINEZ, CA — 2014 was a challenging, yet fortuitous year.

In regional elections, we won some and lost some. That's politics. But some new faces have already become friends, and that is politics, too, if it is done properly.

It takes more than money to win an election. It takes votes. It takes people walking door-to-door — making our case for the working middle class. We have the winning argument. We have to take it to the people.

We got the first citywide project labor agreement (PLA) in Contra Costa County in our home town of Martinez. There was opposition and enough intrigue for a spy novel, but we prevailed by making our case before the City Council.

We have to show our friends and neighbors that we are the right choice for building our cities, our state and our country. We must explain that it is about more than just price. When we add quality and community pride, we get the job.

We at Local 302 sincerely hope you, your family and friends enjoyed the holiday season. Best wishes to all for the new year ahead.

Now it is time to get back to work, building the future for our nation.

Bob Lilley, A.B.M.

Annual Service Award Dinner

L.U. 332 (c,ees,i&st), SAN JOSE, CA — Our Annual Service Pin Award Dinner was attended by 150 members and family. Pictured in the accompanying photo are four 65-year members, who were the most long-term members in attendance.

Work continues to be good, with multiple projects beginning in 2014 and 2015. We remind traveling brothers and sisters that California requires a state certification while working as an electrician anywhere within the state.

Apprentice of the Year, Sergio Rosa, attended the Western States Competition, where the skills of top apprentices are highlighted. Sergio is one of about 350 apprentices currently indentured in the local, including 91 new apprentices accepted in 2014.

David Bini, Organizer


Local 332 service award recipients James Shields, Royce M. Ford, Clarence Fagalde and Willis O. Hays.

Holiday Fundraiser

L.U. 340 (i,rts&spa), SACRAMENTO, CA — Once again, the Annual IBEW/NECA Operation Christmas Basket Fundraiser in December was a big success. Over the years, donations totaling over $300,000 have been presented to local charities during the holidays. These charities focus on helping union workers and their families who just need a "hand up" at Christmas. The incredible generosity of our members and all who donate makes this possible every year. On top of these cash donations, our very own Santa's Sleigh, manned by JATC Instructor/Santa Claus Bro. Ken Irwin, was overflowing again with toys and food donated by our office staff and members.

I am very grateful to the locals that were able to employ our members the last few years while work was down in our jurisdiction. I am also happy to report that Local 340's work picture is beginning to look better this year. I hope that is the case for all of our fellow IBEW locals. I wish all of you a happy and successful new year!

It is with great sorrow I report the passing of Bros. Paul Bertrams, John Divecchia, Gordon Duncan, William French, Ray Romo, Jim Rowe and Richard Sharp. Rest in peace, brothers.

Tom Okumura, B.M.

Vice Pres. Biden at Rally

L.U. 364 (catv,ees,em,es,i,mt,rts&spa), ROCKFORD, IL — Vice Pres. Joe Biden came to Local 364 for an "early vote rally" on Nov. 27, 2014.

At the time of the vice president's visit, it was just one week before the election for the Illinois governor's office, as well as some hotly contested races for state, federal and local offices on the line. The Democratic Party sent Vice Pres. Biden to Rockford, IL, at the last minute to help get out the vote.

Local 364 received three days' notice before the arrival of the vice president. On the day of the rally the Secret Service and the media descended on Local 364 in a swarm. No stone or ceiling tile was left unturned.

Sharing the stage with Vice Pres. Biden at the rally were then-Gov. Pat Quinn, Sen. Dick Durbin, and Rep. Cheri Bustos. [Editor's Note: Sen. Durbin and Rep. Bustos won re-election. Then-Gov. Quinn lost his re-election bid.]

Chris Molander, P.S.


U.S. Rep Cheri Bustos (left), Sen. Richard Durbin, Vice Pres. Joseph L. Biden and then-Gov. Pat Quinn.

Spearville Wind Farm

L.U. 412 (u), KANSAS CITY, MO — On a quarterly basis, Local 412 Bus. Mgr. Bill McDaniel and Pres. Jim Williams make the five-hour trip to Spearville, KS, to touch base with our members there and ensure that communication lines stay open. Last fall, the plant "employee involvement facilitators" also made the trip with them.

Six members work at Kansas City Power & Light's Spearville Wind Energy Facility: working foreman Tim Durler, and wind technicians Travis Stephenson, Scheon Elledge, Matt Huston, Aaron Walker and Jeff Interman. Stan Lister is the manager of Spearville Wind Farm and the combustion turbines.

The Spearville Wind Farm is divided into two units: Spearville 1 (started in 2006) and Spearville 2 (started in 2010).

Spearville Wind Farm facts:

  • The wind farm has a 148.5 megawatt hour capacity with 99 turbines running.
  • Spearville Unit 1 has 67 turbines and Spearville Unit 2 has 32 turbines.
  • The wind farm encompasses 13,500 acres.
  • With 8 mph winds, the turbines will start producing power.
  • With 21 mph winds, the turbines produce 1 megawatt; with 31 mph winds, the turbines produce 1.5 megawatts.
  • Turbines have automatic "storm shutdown" at 56 mph winds.
  • Turbines are designed to withstand winds of up to 120 mph.
  • It is 391 feet to the top of the blade if it is pointed straight up.
  • It's 272 feet to the controls box at the top.
  • Fields that surround each turbine are farmed for crops.

Debi Kidwiler, P.S.


IBEW Local 412 members and officers gather at Spearville, KS, Wind Energy Facility.

75th Anniversary Celebrated

L.U. 440 (i,rts&spa), RIVERSIDE, CA — Local 440 celebrated 75 years of service in Riverside County. A celebration was held Nov. 8, 2014, at the newly remodeled Riverside Convention Center, where the renovation project was completed by signatory contractor Morrow Meadows. The location matched the event, and it was a great night for all of us to remember.

Over 300 guests filled the room, and we were grateful for all in attendance. An event like this was not easy to plan, and could not have gotten done without our secretary Vanessa Sandavol. Milestones like these are not easily reached and would not be possible without teamwork. For anything to make a 75 year mark, it has to be cared for, nurtured and sustained. Local 440 has seen our share of ups and downs. We have made tremendous gains and positive impacts not only with our local, but also within our community. We have seen setbacks, but through it all we have grown stronger, not only as a union membership, but also as a brotherhood. Our membership is doing all we can to make sure that our next 75 years are even more successful than these last, and I pray that all are willing to do their part to help. Here's to reaching more milestones, brothers and sisters.

Bernie Balland, Mbr. Dev.


Local 440 Bus. Mgr. Robert C. Frost (left) receives award, presented by Pres. Roger Roper, for 33+ years of dedicated service to the local.

Advancing the IBEW

L.U. 520 (i&spa), AUSTIN, TX — Since our last report, we have been very busy at Local 520.

We have moved our regular meeting nights from the second Tuesday of each month to the third Friday of each month.

Local 520 has also gotten into the forefront of branding, to get the word out that we are the best deal in town, by advertising with the Longhorn Network, programing for University of Texas Sports. Additionally, we are utilizing a local television station, KEYE-TV of Austin, TX, to get information about Local 520 and the Austin Electrical JATC out to the public.

We held our annual picnic in October with a great turnout. We also held a pin/certificate ceremony acknowledging the years of service for 27 retirees. Those in attendance included: 50-year members — Bob Monaghan, Alton Petrosky, John Polvado; 55-year members — Roy Cameron, Lee Schuenemann, James Wier; 60-year members — Al Fritcher, Granville Lyckman, Jack Lyle, Max Ladusch, Bob Edgar, Walter Timberlake; and 65-year member — Earl Kanetzky.

Lane Price, Pres., P.S.

73rd Annual Banquet

L.U. 530, (i,o&rtb), SARNIA, ONTARIO, CANADA — November 21 last year saw our local host our 73rd Annual Dinner Dance Banquet. Members and retirees along with their spouses enjoyed a great meal, followed by dancing and fellowship. This is also the night when years-of-service pins are awarded. Most notable were recipients Jim Foster and Ted Winsor, who received their 60-year pins.

Our annual Children's Christmas Party was held again last year at the Point Edward Arena and Community Centre. Parents and kids were invited to skate from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. After the skating, Santa Claus showed up with gifts for all the children and took Christmas wish lists.

Local 530 wishes all IBEW brothers and sisters a healthy and prosperous new year.

Al Byers, P.S.

Toyota Plant Project a Success;
Memorial Tribute to a Brother

L.U. 558 (catv,em,i,mt,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), SHEFFIELD, AL — At the time of this publication, Local 558 will be celebrating 97 years! Our charter was established in Florence, AL, on Feb. 28, 1918. Although there have been many changes since then, our objectives and efforts remain the same.

As of this writing, work has been great in the closing months of 2014. We are near the final stages of the Toyota Engine Plant project in Huntsville, AL, and we experienced another successful fall outage at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens, AL.

In October we had a small Service Pin Ceremony, and we had to also schedule another one in December due to inclement weather earlier. It is uplifting and encouraging to honor those who have given back so much to our local.

We held a special memorial tribute during our December meeting, as we hung a plaque in honor of our fallen Bro. Chris Williamson, who was tragically taken from us on June 5, 2014. His family members were the special guests of the evening and we reserved the honorary hanging of the plaque to his wife, Mrs. Andrea Williamson.

We hope the holidays were pleasant for everyone. We look forward to another great year in 2015.

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


Standing in front of memorial plaque for Local 558 late Bro. Chris Williamson are his widow, Andrea Williamson (right), and their children Avery, Brody and Lilly.

'Happy New Year'

L.U. 570 (i,mo,spa&u), TUCSON, AZ — Local 570 finished up 2014 by participating in community service projects. At press time, the members were setting up and taking down the 75 mile start for the El Tour de Tucson cycling race, preparing food boxes for hundreds of union members who needed a little help at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and putting up the downtown Christmas lights for the City of Tucson.

Local 570 recently invited Int. Rep. Debra Harget from the Education Department to put on a member-to-member training class. After the training, participating members went door to door to visit our fellow members, asking for more participation at local meetings and events.

We hope everyone had a good New Year's. We look forward to seeing you all at the annual picnic in March.

Scott W. Toot, Pres.


Local 570 first-year apprentices receive Code of Excellence certificates: Justin Eikenberry (left), Marcos Escarcega, Christopher Harris, Stephen Phininzy, Christopher Perry, Dillon Dastrup, Karl Otto, Christopher Smith, Jaime Burgos and Kevin Cunningham.

Shale Gas Work

L.U. 654 (i), CHESTER, PA — Work remains steady, with our largest project, the Sunoco Logistics Mariner East project, getting ready to break very soon. The project, which will eventually receive, process and ship regionally extracted shale gas out to market, has been a boost to our local economy and appears it will be for many years to come.

Congratulations to the 2014 Horseshoe Tournament winners, George Horn and Mike Hagner. The tournament was held during our Annual Crab Feast in October. We had an especially large turnout and look forward to topping it next time.

Local 654 wishes everyone a happy, safe and prosperous new year!

James Thompson Jr., P.S.


Local 654 Horseshoe Tournament champs George Horn (left) and Mike Hagner.

EV Charging Stations

L.U. 666 (i,mt&o), RICHMOND, VA — The last few articles, I have gotten far behind on our recent retirees. Congratulations to: Ted Dzierzek, Michael Glover, Donald Sykes, Robert Buckner, Charlie Poindexter Jr., David Madison, William Thomes, Richard Lobaugh, Franklin Barrett, Rocky Boykin, Barry Deal, George Johnson, Robert Gary, James Slosjarik, Thomas Grau, Earl Kelley Jr., Christopher Mason, Wayne Harris, Michael Robertson and Shelby Bounds.

On Dec. 1, we had the official opening of the electrical vehicle (EV) charging stations at the apprenticeship building in Ashland, VA, just outside Richmond. The charging stations were installed by current students. Many thanks to Eck Supply, which donated the charging stations! Also thanks to Mac of Mac's Service Center and Daryl of the Virginia Sierra Club for bringing electric vehicles for the event. You can find our Ashland, VA, charging station online at

Charles Skelly, P.S.


IBEW Local 666 apprentices installed newly opened electric vehicle charging stations.

International Lineman's Rodeo

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 — Once again, IBEW Local 702 was well-represented at the International Lineman's Rodeo in Kansas City. With 17 members participating in the Journeyman and Apprentice divisions, we brought home a lot of hardware. Out of 204 Journeyman teams, Bros. Mike Smith, Matt McElroy and Andy Ahner took first place in the Pole Climb and third in the Hurt Man Rescue. In the Apprentice Division, out of 255 total participants, in the Contractor Division, Isaac Eggemeyer finished first, Ronnie Gill finished fifth, and Billy Hofmann finished ninth. In the Apprentice Pole Climb, Kye Worthen placed fifth and Rusty Hamilton placed 15th. In the Apprentice Hurtman Rescue event, Rusty Hamilton placed sixth.

We had a big turnout of about 50 members at the City of Olney Christmas parade. Members working at the City of Olney, Nelson Tree Service, Frontier Communications, and Dynegy Inc. attended.

We have new agreements with SEMO Electric Cooperative (for the Clerical Group) and with Mount Carmel Public Utility.

Our outside construction and line clearance work is steady. As of this writing, our referral books are as follows: Inside Construction — 64, Outside Construction — 10, and Line Clearance — 4.

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


IBEW Local 702 participants at 2014 International Lineman's Rodeo.

RENEW Day of Action

L.U. 1466 (u), COLUMBUS, OH — Local 1466 thanks everyone who took the time to be a part of the RENEW United Day of Action, by helping out at the Columbus Community Kitchen on Saturday, Oct. 18, last year. Giving back and building up our communities is a big part of what the IBEW is all about, and our hope is that this event, and future events, will encourage members of all ages to become more active and realize that we're all in this together.

In other news, we plan to host a stewards training session in March at the union hall in Columbus. The training will be presented by the International, and offers great tools and information for both current union stewards and rank-and-file members who wish to educate themselves and become more effective IBEW members. This is a very valuable course that is being offered, free of charge, to any and all members who are interested. Please contact the union hall at (614) 866-6411 if you are interested.

Finally, we thank our members for their hard work and participation. Remember to stay safe out on the job.

Jimi Jette, P.S.

'SFA Honoree Award' —
NASA Recognizes IBEW Members

L.U. 2088 (mt,pet,t&u), COCOA BEACH, FL — Congratulations to IBEW Local 2088 members Francisco Miron and Alan Dunn for receiving one of NASA's most prestigious awards.

Fran and Alan were nominated for the Space Flight Awareness Program's SFA Honoree Award by their employer Abacus Tech Inc. They were the Orion Capsule EFT-1 SFA honorees from Abacus.

The SFA Program's mission is to ensure that all employees involved in human space flight are aware of the impact their actions can have on astronaut safety and mission success.

The SFA Honoree Award is one of the highest honors presented to employees and industry, and is for first-level management and below. This award is presented to employees for their dedication to quality work and flight safety. To qualify, individuals must have: "contributed beyond their normal work requirements to achieve significant impact on attaining a particular human space flight program goal; contributed to a major cost savings; have been instrumental in developing modification to hardware, software, or materials that increase reliability, efficiency or performance; assisted in operational improvements; or have been a key player in developing a beneficial process improvement."

NASA established the Space Flight Awareness Program in 1963.

Shawn Patrick Beal, A.B.M.


Kennedy Space Center Dir. Bob Cabana (left), IBEW Local 2088 award recipient Francisco Miron, and Program Mgr. Patty Stratton, Abacus Tech Inc.

Best Wishes for 2015

L.U. 2324 (t), SPRINGFIELD, MA — In December, the IBEW Local 2324 E-Board got together for their annual Christmas dinner at the Delaney House in Holyoke, MA. Members of the E-Board hope all of our union brothers and sisters have a happy and healthy 2015!

We would like to start your year with some inspirational advice from "The Union Worker's Bible." This is the Union Member's Labor Creed: To continually strive for compensation that is fair and equitable, to assure the individual dignity of every worker, to provide an atmosphere of free expression within the union and out, to guarantee "fair play" to all, to spare no effort to provide safe working conditions and to always help make your job the best place in the world to work. Happy New Year.

Christine Casino, P.S.


Local 2324 Executive Board members Andy Weaver (left), Paul Danielczuk, Brian Stanton, Marty Feid, Christine Casino, Sandra Torres, Joe O'Brien, Todd Lincoln, Kathy Collins and Bus. Mgr. John Rowley.