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IBEW Amateur Boxing Champ

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa,st&ws), ST. LOUIS, MO — IBEW Local 1 congratulates 25-year-old apprentice Jurmain McDonald on his victory at the Frost Electrical Supply trade show and amateur boxing event, bringing his amateur record to 6-1 with four knockouts. McDonald put on an energizing performance winning his fight early in the second round with a technical knockout. We look forward to following both his IBEW career and his boxing career.

Special thanks to our brothers and sisters in the St. Louis Electrical Worker Minority Caucus for their successful annual children's coat drive. For the recent drive, more than 200 coats were collected — bringing the 11-year total to more than 6,000 coats provided to needy children throughout our area. Thank you to Local 1 members Leon Arties, Jim Brown, Yvette Goods and Sylvester Taylor as well as Local 1439 members Curtis Tungstel, Carl Burke and Derrick Carter for their outstanding community service.

We invite everyone to visit our new website at Bro. John Kahrhoff, Local 1 recording secretary and business representative, has done an amazing job coordinating the modernization of our website and the addition of new functionality for our members and visitors alike. Check it out and stay tuned for more improvements soon.

We mourn the death of several members: David Emanuel, James Blankenship, Raymond Eisele, Clara Williams, Donald Jacquemin, Carl Webb, Timothy Jones, Charles Wick and John Martin.

John Moyle, P.S.


IBEW Local 1 apprentice Jurmain McDonald (facing camera) won his bout at the Frost Electrical Supply trade show's amateur boxing event.

Solar PV Installation

L.U. 7 (i), SPRINGFIELD, MA — The crew from IBEW Local 7 installed another quality product for electrical contractor E.S. Boulos Company Inc. at the Cottage Street solar photovoltaic site in Springfield. Congratulations to all involved for a job well-done.

Mark Kuenzel, Tr. Dir.


IBEW Local 7 crew at a solar installation jobsite in Springfield, MA.

In Tribute & Service — EWMC National Conference

L.U. 11 (i,rts&spa), LOS ANGELES, CA — In honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Local 11 members attended several events in January. These included the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's MLK breakfast and 30th Annual MLK Day Parade, held Jan. 19. Also in January, an 18-member delegation from the Los Angeles Chapter of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus attended the 25th Annual EWMC National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA. The EWMC event included a Young Workers Conference and a Day of Giving and Community Service.

California recognized Cesar Chavez Day in 2000. Cesar Chavez was a farm worker, labor organizer and civil rights leader who co-founded the United Farm Workers. Most of our collective bargaining agreements in Local 11 recognize this day as a holiday, observing it the same day as the Los Angeles Unified School District. If you have the day off, join us in our Cesar Chavez Golf Tournament on April 6, 2015 (location to be determined). Last year 30-40 members participated. Contact Mario Barragan by email at for more information.

Remember to vote on March 3 in citywide primary elections. Look for our endorsements on our website

Diana Limon, P.S.


At a Local 11 golf tournament (from left): Eric Brown, apprentice coordinator/treasurer; Luis Arida, civil service business agent; Gary Tomlin, dispatcher/business agent; and Mario Barragan, organizer.

RENEW Committee Takes Action

L.U. 17 (catv,em,lctt,o&u), DETROIT, MI — Congratulations to Don Stone, Tom Ford and Al Schroeder for taking the lead and starting the Local 17 RENEW (Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers) Committee. They wasted no time putting together a coat drive that provided more than 500 coats for underprivileged families just days before Christmas. Our RENEW Committee is looking for more volunteers. The committee is already planning the next couple of entertainment events here at the hall. Please contact our office for more information, or visit our website at

The work picture remains great with standing calls for linemen. Most agreements are at full employment and are expected to stay that way. Contract negotiations for our Outside Utility Agreement were settled at the Council on Industrial Relations (CIR). We received a fair decision and felt "very represented" by the members of that committee.

Local 17 is one of three National Utility Industry Training Fund (NUITF) locations in the country. We are currently using that site to train cable splicers, traffic signal apprentices, and line clearance tree trim apprentices.

God bless the IBEW. Please remember to work safe!

Dean Bradley, B.M.


Local 17 members Don Stone (front row, far left), Tom Ford (back row, third from left) and Al Schroeder (back row, right) present coats to Children's Aid Society.

'21 Days of Giving' — Community Outreach Program

L.U. 21 (catv,govt&t), DOWNERS GROVE, IL — In 2015, we are continuing our "21 Days of Giving" community outreach program. The idea for the program began during the 2013 holidays with our first ever local-wide food drive. We built on that success in 2014 and held a school supply drive followed by a toy/coat drive during the holidays.

Now that we've completed a few different types of fundraisers and are working with more charities, we are learning what works and are making some adjustments to be more successful.

One of the important lessons we learned is that many organizations hold food drives during the holidays and that generosity, while appreciated, overwhelms many food banks. What many don't realize is that by the time summer arrives, many food banks need to be replenished. Throughout the school year many children rely on school lunches for nourishment. During summer break many kids go hungry. To help with that need we will move our food drive to the spring season.

Our community outreach program is a work in progress. We believe that by getting involved in the communities where we live and work we will become a stronger union.

Bob Przybylinski, R.S./P.S.

Military Veterans Honored

L.U. 25 (catv,i&rts), LONG ISLAND, NY — Local 25 took some time out of our November and December general meetings to honor our military veterans. We invited all veterans to attend and presented attendees with a special IBEW Local 25 collared shirt with "IBEW veteran" printed on the front. Some veterans could not make the November meeting, so Bus. Mgr. Kevin Harvey extended the invitation again for the December meeting. We had a great turnout at both meetings. Thanks to Bus. Mgr. Harvey and Pres. John Guadagno for making this happen.

We congratulate retiring Bro. Brian Kearney for his more than 40-year career with Local 25 as a journeyman electrician, shop steward, recording secretary and fund trustee. Brian sat on many contract negotiations and served Local 25 members and the IBEW well. We wish Brian and his wife a long and healthy retirement.

Saturday, Dec. 13, was the Local 25 Christmas party for all members and their families. Each child received a gift from Santa. All had a great time.

Work safe; turn off those circuits. Happy new year!

Tom Lawless, P.S.


IBEW Local 25 honors its military veterans at a union meeting.

Triple Success for Safety

L.U. 37 (em,o&u), FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA — IBEW Local 37 members are celebrating a triple achievement for safety!

Our members achieved 2 million person-hours worked safely in each of three separate generating stations — Belledune, Coleson Cove and Point Lepreau generating stations — for a total of 6 million person- hours worked without a lost-time accident.

Ron Zinke, IBEW co- chair for the Belledune Joint Health & Safety Committee (JH&SC) says this achievement doesn't happen without a strong focus on safety. "Two million person-hours without a lost time accident is an amazing and impressive achievement," Zinke said. "It is a testament to the focus of our members and their ability to get the job done right, and to get it done safely."

Coleson Cove JH&SC IBEW co-chair Malin Johnston noted that all workers had a role to play in safety. "It takes an effort by everyone to achieve such a milestone of 2 million person-hours worked," Johnston said.

Congratulations to our members in all three generating stations for reaching these safety milestones!

Ross Galbraith, B.M.


IBEW Local 37 members have achieved safety milestones.

SCE Contract Negotiations

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA — Happy St. Patrick's Day greetings to all!

We have begun negotiations with Southern California Edison for our General and Benefits Agreements. We had a commitment to limit the scope of negotiations to wages and a few other issues. The company reneged on that agreement and came to the table with dozens of proposals — mostly all takeaways. This was at a time when the company's stock recently hit an all-time high. The company has retained outside counsel to handle its negotiations. Adam Abrahms, who identifies himself as a "union avoidance" attorney, is the company's chief spokesperson. Our negotiations committee is standing firm in the face of these challenging negotiations.

We recently ratified a three-year successor agreement with Davey Tree Experts, one of our line clearance contractors. The contract includes a 2 percent wage increase in January 2015; a 2.5 percent increase in January 2016; and a 3.6 percent increase in January 2017.

Our members at Bear Valley Electric also ratified a three-year successor agreement calling for a 2.5 percent wage increase in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

We are sad to report the passing of Luis Lambaren, Haw Chang and Guadalupe "Lupe" Martinez. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.

Live long, live safe and well. Work and buy union!

Stan Stosel, P.S.


At Local 47 Christmas party, Santa and Mrs. Claus (Riverside line crew supervisor Walter White and wife Mary) present children's gifts. Greeting Santa are Executive Board member and SCE lineman Rich Paul (back row, second from right) and family.

Steward Training & Organizing

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,ptc,rtb,t,u&uow), SPRINGFIELD, IL — On Dec. 16 last year, we conducted new steward training at our hall and 23 members attended. Thanks to IBEW Int. Rep. Clarence J. "C.J." King for conducting the training. Also, thanks to all our new stewards for their willingness to take on this important role.

In the state of Illinois, unions have the right to collectively bargain for the purpose of establishing an initial agreement for public employees. The process involves the employees signing a representation card and contacting the Illinois Labor Relations Board, which will in turn notify the employer to meet with the union. The parties have 90 days to sign a collective bargaining agreement, and if they fail to reach it, the union may request mediation and arbitration.

Local 51 has successfully organized municipalities with this process. Our municipal contracts include agreements with the: Village of Chatham, City of Geneseo Electric & Waste Water, Village of Ladd, City of Oglesby, City of Peoria, City of Peru, City of Princeton Water & Electric, Village of Rantoul, Village of Riverton, and the City of Sullivan; our most recent additions are the City of Bushnell clerical workers, and the Village of Arthur.

Local 51 has a new website format and we encourage our members to visit it at We will post updates to our job board as necessary, as well as get important information out to members in a timely manner.

Karlene Knisley, B.R.


Participants gather at a Local 51 new steward training session.

Annual Lineman's Rodeo: Solidarity of Membership

L.U. 97 (u), SYRACUSE, NY — Asst. Bus. Mgr. Charles Milos (a chief line mechanic A hot stick, National Grid, Eastern Division) attended the Annual Lineman's Rodeo in Bonner Springs, KS, back in October.

Following is what Bro. Milos had to say about the experience:

"While definitely a competitive event, on display were values we all hold sacred: solidarity, safety, knowledge, and pride in our livelihood. From the Expo, to the BBQ, and the competition, followed by an awards dinner, this was an event for the men and women who have dedicated much of their lives to the trade.

"In a competition, where one two-point deduction means the difference between 24th and 58th place in the individual events, acts of camaraderie were evident from start to finish. It was amazing to see the number of different teams who had completed the task share information and suggestions with those waiting in line to compete. Others in line, checking their gear and tools, would notice a broken tool, only to be given a spare from the lineman next to him.

"In a time when the negative issues seem to get [much of] our attention, it was refreshing to witness the strengths of our membership."

James Zabinski, V.P.


Local 97 journeymen (left to right) Joshua Barnes, William Hansbury, Robert Connors and Stephen Popps at Lineman's Rodeo.

Lighting Display at Union Hall

L.U. 99 (govt&i), PROVIDENCE, RI — Local 99 held its first Christmas/Holiday Lighting event at the union hall. Our local plans to make this an annual event.

Bus. Mgr. Mike Daley stated: "The response was tremendous. The room was filled practically to capacity, and this is only year one! Santa surprised wide-eyed children, and the adults [enjoyed] a potluck meal. Thanks to all who helped to build the display, set up for the event, prepare the food and beverages, and assist with event cleanup. We look forward to having the entire union in the lot next year!"

The holiday lighting is an LED display that runs for next to nothing in electricity. The display was planned to run for 60 days, from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m., every day of the week. And the design for next year's display is already underway!

"Feed 1000" had its annual Christmas dinner to feed those who may be homeless or in need. The dinner was held at the Rhode Island Convention Center — and Local 99 members once again manned the serving tables. Thanks to those who volunteered and remembered the true meaning of the holiday season. May you all have a happy and prosperous 2015!

William Smith, P.S.


IBEW Local 99 holiday lighting display installed at union hall.

2014 Holiday Festivities

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA — Last December was a month of celebration and festivities for Local 103, starting with the Annual Children's Christmas Party. Over 400 children attended the event. They were entertained with face painting, magic and holiday movies. Even Frosty, Rudolph and the Grinch made an appearance, but it was Santa who stole the show. Santa spoke with all of the children and gave each of them a toy made by union labor. Thank you to all the volunteers who came down and helped out.

Our Brotherhood Christmas Party took place following our regularly scheduled union meeting. We were joined by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who addressed the membership to express his enthusiasm about working closely with Local 103 during his term, and to wish us all a Merry Christmas. The night was full of smiles and laughter as members had a chance to talk with family, friends and past tool partners they had not seen in some time.

Recovery has been slow, but positive. Having had one-third of our membership unemployed at the height of the recession, Local 103 has now put many of our members back to work. With cranes continuing to appear on the Boston skyline, the projected work picture looks bright.

Kevin C. Molineaux, P.S.

'Transitions at Union Hall'

L.U. 111 (em,govt,lctt,mt,o,rtb,spa&u), DENVER, CO — In August 2014, journeyman lineman Christopher "Chris" Beckett joined the Local 111 staff as the new contact for Membership Development Construction. Chris brings 23 years of experience and knowledge to the IBEW. Always an active participant with the IBEW, Chris stepped up his game in 2012. He renewed his service as a union steward; was elected to the Executive Board; remained actively involved with training as a part-time instructor with Mountain States Line Constructors; participated on the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus; served as a delegate to the Denver Area Labor Federation; and participated in COPE and the Young Workers Caucus.

In December 2014, Senior Asst. Bus. Mgr. Bruce J. Lawlor retired after 25 years as an active agent representing our membership. We wish Bro. Lawlor the best in his future endeavors, new adventures and travels. Bro. Aaron Snyder, from PSCO Energy Supply, was hired as Lawlor's replacement to represent our members in the Denver power plants, Pawnee Power Plant, Rocky Mountain Energy, Blue Spruce and Fort St. Vrain.

Also in December 2014, Bro. William Ashley was appointed to the Local 111 Executive Board. Bro. Ashley is a journeyman lineman out of Unit 1 Construction and looks forward to this opportunity to serve in this capacity.

Please take the time to welcome the new faces around Local 111 as we embark on a new year with many challenges ahead.

Mike Kostelecky, P.S.


IBEW Local 111 Bro. Christopher "Chris" Beckett.

Safety & Organizing

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR — Happy new year! As we are fortunate to begin a new year, let's all commit to focusing on core IBEW principles: safety and organizing.

Our employer partners have a variety of safety programs designed to promote safe work environments. IBEW members should never lose sight of the responsibility to work safely. One of the most challenging circumstances that any of us face involves on-the-job injuries, because they affect not only the injured but also the co-workers. Please stay focused on your job each day. Use your training and make sound decisions to ensure not only your safety but also that of your fellow IBEW members and the public.

Everyone is urged to assist with organizing. We bring value each day through our safe, quality work — so, we must ensure that employers are not diminishing our wages, hours, and working conditions, or jeopardizing customers by selecting what employers may perceive as cheap labor. Please keep your business representative updated if your employer uses nonunion contractors.

Marcy Grail, A.B.M.

Festival of Trees Parade; 2015 Work Picture Promising

L.U. 145 (em,i,o,rts,spa&u), ROCK ISLAND, IL — Greetings, brothers and sisters. We hope your holiday season was filled with family, friends and happiness! We extend best wishes for a wonderful and prosperous 2015 to your and your family.

IBEW Local 145 and the Quad Cities Chapter NECA joined hands for the annual Festival of Trees Parade. This cheerful parade is our community's kickoff to the winter holiday season. Together Local 145 and NECA sponsored and participated in the parade as helium "balloon handlers." We had a tremendous turnout of members and families. This show of community involvement is just one of the many ways we promote the IBEW/NECA partnership.

We wish to pay tribute to the memory Local 145 members who passed away in 2014. They are missed and will long be remembered.

We also wish to recognize all the brothers and sisters of this great Brotherhood. Let us remember everyone's hard work and commitment to our industry.

2014 was a good year for the Local 145 membership. The 2015 work outlook for our local is also very promising!

Dan Larson, P.S.

Strong Work Picture

L.U. 191 (c,i,mo,rtb&st), EVERETT, WA — The work picture for the year ahead looks great. The amount of work we are looking at should provide many opportunities for our members, as well as brothers and sisters from other locals, to find work.

Our local Christmas parties were very successful with almost 500 members, children and grandchildren present at the two events. Each year we have Christmas parties for members on both sides of the mountains. This year the west side enjoyed the Everett Children's Museum, where the kids participated in all kinds of activities. The east side had their party at the Toyota Town Center in Wenatchee, where the participants enjoyed ice skating. Food was provided for all who attended, and "Santa" also showed up and gave presents to the children. Thank you to everyone who helped to make these events a success.

There are many opportunities for our members to help out; for information on the various activities, please call the union hall. These events are only successful as long as the members volunteer to help out.

Remember, the union is only as strong as its weakest member.

Tim Silsbee, P.S.

Two-Year Contract

L.U. 193 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL — Greetings, brothers and sisters. City Water Light & Power and IBEW Local 193 recently signed a two-year contract. Included in the contract is a modest wage increase of 1.2 percent for year one and a wage opener only for year two. CWLP will take three apprentice linemen in the upcoming fiscal year.

The 2014 "midterm massacre" by anti-labor GOP will become a bitter pill to swallow. We have a long two years ahead, as the GOP won control of the U.S. Senate and House — as well as many state legislatures — as a result of the midterm elections. Can we expect that so-called "right-to-work" laws will be proposed? That is indeed the case. Such measures always leave labor with "The Right to Work for Less!" New Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, never a friend to labor, will show us soon how bad it can be with a new "austerity" governor.

The IBEW Illinois State Conference will be held March 19-20 in Springfield. This will provide the opportunity to discuss issues before the IBEW and the state of Illinois.

We look forward to a spring that hopefully will bring more 40-hour workweeks to the Local 193 jurisdiction. Illinois is saddled with debt and solutions are tough to enact.

The Chicago Cubs look to be more competitive this year, hopefully making for an interesting Cub/Cardinal series rivalry.

Donald Hudson, P.S.


Bro. Nick J. Frasco (center) receives 65-year pin at Local 193 Christmas party. Pres. Mike Patsche II (left) and Bus. Mgr. Glenn Baugh extend congratulations.

Solidarity & Participation

L.U. 197 (em&i), BLOOMINGTON, IL — We wish everyone a happy new year. In early December we held our annual Christmas party and pin ceremony. Congratulations to the service award recipients. The local thanks the pin recipients for their professionalism and longtime dedication to the IBEW. From the looks of smiles and sounds of laughter, it seemed clear that everyone had much fun. There was plenty of food and drinks, and some lucky attendees won door prizes.

As we move into the new year, we hope that others will get involved with the local's functions, whether by attending monthly meetings, volunteering for various projects, walking picket, or participating in any local union event. The "B" in IBEW is for Brotherhood — and we all can strive to strengthen the Brotherhood in 2015.

We thank the locals that are keeping Local 197 members working on the road. We hope we can get our members home this year. At the time of this writing the ground is frozen and there aren't a whole lot of projects getting ready to start.

In late spring/early summer, Illinois State University plans to build a new Center for Visual Arts, a $54 million project. The state should soon be awarding contracts for the medical marijuana facilities, which could lead to putting our members to work.

Please stay active and involved with the local!

Mike Raikes, Pres.


Attending Local 197 service awards presentation: Kelly Gorman (left), William Perschall, Bus. Mgr. Rich Veitengruber, Derek Bauer, Justin Powell, Robert Vesper, Shawn Dehaven, Russell Roberts, Pres. Mike Raikes, Dan Uhlir, Tom Bunn, Matt Alsman and Chad Morris.

Newly Elected Officers

L.U. 245 (govt,lctt,o,rtb&u), TOLEDO, OH — Local 245 held its election of officers for a three-year term in September 2014. Re-elected to office were: Bus. Mgr. Larry Tscherne, Treas. Lisa Tracy and Rec. Sec. Mike Tscherne. Elected for a first term were Pres. Ray Zychowicz and Vice Pres. Robert Coffman. Re-elected to the Executive Board were: Ken Kurtz, Joel Reeder, Kris Szmania, Jack Schell and Tim Tscherne. New faces elected to the Executive Board: Steve Kirian and Bob Hamilton. We thank all the outgoing officers for their service and look forward to working with all those elected.

Local 245 continued its tradition of ringing the bell for The Salvation Army Red Kettle drive on the day after Thanksgiving. This tradition started several years ago and continues with the help of our many volunteers, whose ages range from 5 to 85. Everyone participating has a good time and enjoys giving back to the community. Local 245 collected $855 for the cause last year. We thank all who volunteered.

We will face some challenges in 2015, but if we work together we can overcome them. That's our strength in being union. Remember to work safe; your family depends on you.

Ray Zychowicz, P.S.


Local 245 Executive Board Chmn. Joel Reeder rings Salvation Army bell.

University Stadium Project

L.U. 257 (em,i,rtb,rts,spa&t), JEFFERSON CITY, MO — IBEW wiremen worked on the Mizzou Memorial Stadium renovation as part of the University of Missouri Tigers' move to the Southeastern Conference. The 16-month electrical project was completed by a 100 percent union workforce from IBEW L.U. 257 along with IBEW travelers from all across the area, often working six to seven days a week.

The total project was valued at $46.5 million. The electrical portion of the project was a joint effort by Meyer Electric, Kaiser Electric and Guarantee Electric — and it was completed on time, on budget and accident free.

The renovation added 4,100 upper deck seats and 1,200+ premium seats. The project also included: new lighting as well as upgrades on the fire alarm, electrical power, data, phone, and speaker systems. New spectator amenities include: an expanded concourse; expanded/enhanced concession and restroom areas; new ticket office locations; more points of entry; and new field lighting.

The project was finished just in time for the Tigers' first football game of the 2014 season, and it set the team up for a great season. The university has plans for more renovations in 2015 and is expected to continue using union labor.

Note: Thanks to L.U. 257 Bro. Dave Hurst for providing information for this article.

Joel Vanderslice, P.S.


Local 257 members and IBEW travelers at University of Missouri Memorial Stadium project jobsite.

'Hope & Spirit of Giving'

L.U. 269 (i&o), TRENTON, NJ — Local 269 recently swore in the graduating apprenticeship class of 2015 as the local's newest journeymen. We wish the new journeymen all the best as they pursue their goals and aspirations. Their success is our sincere wish, for as we all know, a high tide raises all boats. As some of our older members begin a well-earned retirement, our new members will do their part to help keep the ball rolling.

Once again the spirit of giving was displayed at Bro. Jake Soley's annual benefit for the family of a terminally ill child. The family received a needed financial boost to help them deal with the overwhelming costs of supporting a sick child. Though the money may not change the ultimate course of events, it certainly may ease the burden.

And finally, what would the holidays at the hall be without a visit from old Saint Nick? The festivities brought smiles to the young (and not so young) alike. Members' families were invited to the union hall and the children had an opportunity to visit with Santa. Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. Happy 2015!

Brian Jacoppo, P.S.


Local 269 welcomes Santa and office staff helpers Rachel Chamberlain (left), Terri Nagel, Sherri Bowe, Tara Monte, Taryn Krin and Tracy Warney.

New Unit Welcomed

L.U. 295 (em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), LITTLE ROCK, AR — Congratulations to the grounds maintenance employees who work for Pride Industries at the Little Rock Air Force base!

These employees chose to be represented by IBEW Local 295. They won a March 5, 2014, National Labor Relations Board representation election. We have since been able to negotiate a three-year contract, which is the start of building a better way of life for these employees.

It was good to see our local union staff working in a team effort with the IBEW International Professional & Industrial Organizing staff to make this happen. Welcome to the new IBEW brothers and sisters.

David Stephens, A.B.M.

Work Picture Improves; Contract Agreement Ratified

L.U. 309 (i,lctt,mo,mt,o,rts,spa&u), COLLINSVILLE, IL — The inside jurisdiction work picture has improved dramatically over just the last six months. There are currently 28 journeyman wiremen off as of this writing. Local 309 is actively helping the Southwestern Illinois Building Trades seek approval for construction of a new St. Elizabeth Hospital in O'Fallon.

The outside branch remains stable, while the outlook for 2015 appears better than last year.

Negotiations with Nelson Tree went smoothly with the ratification of a two-year agreement. We received a 3 percent wage increase for both years with a 25 cent increase to LINECO in the second year to be picked up by the contractor.

We will take a wait and see approach with the new Republican governor. We hope his pro-business stance won't be too anti-union. A poor showing at the polls by our members and the general public at large should be a lesson to all of us that an apathetic populace does not work in our best interest.

Our Annual 50 Year Luncheon was held at Sunset Hills Country Club last November. This event is always well-attended. Last year, we celebrated two special honorees: Billy N. Lewis, retired journeyman wireman with 70 years of service; and Robert L. Hartman Jr., retired journeyman lineman with 75 years of service. Congratulations to all those who received service awards at the luncheon.

I hope to see you at the next union meeting.

Scott Tweedy, A.B.M.

Wanted: Member Involvement

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN — Our contract expires in June this year. It is our contract. We are an assembled body — a union of members deciding what factors will influence our livelihoods, our careers and our trade. The business manager and staff do not decide our contract; they administer it. We, the membership, through the negotiating committee, make the decisions.

Area meetings to gather the membership's input concerning negotiations either have started or will be coming soon to your corner of the jurisdiction. The local union is making an effort to empower your involvement in the decision making process. This is the opportunity to suggest changes in contract language that will benefit the membership and the industry. Your direction is needed. Remember, it's not all about wages. Our working conditions are also of great importance.

Keep Americans working — buy "Made in USA."

Tom Small, P.S.

Holiday Festivity

L.U. 351 (c,cs,i,it,lctt,mt,o,se,spa&t), FOLSOM, NJ — On Sunday, Dec. 7, last year we had another successful Children's Christmas Party at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Williamstown, NJ. Thanks to all the Christmas party committee members for all their hard work. They include: Wayne Bumm, Jim Bresh, Don Morgan, Bill Hosey, Ray Listman, Dennis Kleiner, Joe Trumbetti, John Biondi, Chuck Della Vecchia, Ed Riser, Dan Cosner and Kathy D'Alonzo. Santa Jim Ruff also did a great job.

Dan Cosner, P.S.


Local 351 Christmas party committee members.

Volunteers Step Up

L.U. 357 (c,i,mt&se), LAS VEGAS, NV — We wish to congratulate retired Bro. Al Harris on receiving his 35-year service pin! Brother Al has volunteered countless hours of his time and has served on many committees and on the Executive Board.

Throughout each year we have many gatherings for the members — from the Gary Pitts Golf Tournament to the family Christmas party.

We also have many pickets and banners around town in the constant fight for the rights of electricians. All of these events would not be possible without the constant support of the brothers and sisters of this local. We thank all of the volunteers who step up and step out to make all this happen!

Jennifer Tabor, P.S.

Local Celebrates 100th Year

L.U. 375 (catv,ees&i) ALLENTOWN, PA — On Nov. 15 last year, Local 375 celebrated its 100th anniversary. The event was held at the beautiful, union-built ArtsQuest Center at Steelstacks, in the shadows of the now refurbished blast furnaces of the former Bethlehem Steel Co. site. These blast furnaces serve as a symbol of the great American Industrial Revolution. Labor history was made here! Since some of the original 17 chartered members were steelworkers, it was fitting that this location was selected to cherish our 100 year history as well as celebrate our promising future.

Honored guests and speakers included IBEW Third District Int. Vice Pres. Donald C. Siegel, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez, Jeff Scarpello, executive director of NECA Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter, and many political friends.

The evening began with a presentation by the Liberty High School Grenadier Pipes & Drums. Approximately 539 members and friends attended the event and all had a great night of good food, conversation and dancing. We thank all sister locals for their participation and support in making this evening possible.

The annual Christmas Party at our hall was Dec. 7. Over 200 members and their children attended and were treated by Santa (retired member Dale Clauser) and Elf (granddaughter Kaida). A magic show by Tom Yourasats delighted everyone.

Dave Reichard, Pres./A.B.M.


A night of celebration at Local 375 marks 100 years.

Political Action is Key

L.U. 429 (em,i,lctt,o,ptc,rtb&u), NASHVILLE, TN — 2014 saw a busy work picture with calls going unfilled at times. We appreciate our travelling brothers and sisters who helped us to staff this work and keep our jurisdictional lines strong.

We call on the strength of the Brotherhood to keep in contact with elected public officials to encourage labor-friendly legislation and discourage anti-labor legislation.

In the past, we have seen harmful bills avoided as a result of our members' correspondence with legislators. Even when the opposition in Tennessee had a supermajority, such contact discouraged the state legislature from passing some bad bills that would have negatively affected working people.

Today we see the U.S. Congress controlled by members of the opposition. What worked in Tennessee could work nationwide. Pro-labor bills need our support to ensure passage. Lawmakers must be reminded that we are politically active and we vote. They must hear from us more frequently than from the opposition (which is daily). We must make our voices heard on matters important to workers.

Whether we give to COPE, assist in campaigns, vote for or correspond with labor-friendly lawmakers, we need to stay involved with our elected leaders. If we don't, our livelihood could be in jeopardy.

Please remember our Memorial Easter Egg Hunt and Pin Ceremony coming up this spring.

Cameron L. Bennett, P.S.

IBEW Members Volunteer

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, ID — The summer of 2014 found Local 449 members extending a hand and volunteering their time and skill to wire a Habitat for Humanity house in Idaho Falls. With the help of the current fifth-year apprenticeship class, the JATC instructor, and one of our new small shops, we were able to rough the house in and complete it later that summer. [Editor's Note: The National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) rebranded in 2014 and transitioned into the Electrical Training Alliance. See "NJATC Transitions into the Electrical Training Alliance," The Electrical Worker (Sept. 2014), and at]

The local really came together to help the community and less fortunate families. A reporter from the local daily newspaper came down to the Habitat jobsite and interviewed a couple of us and wrote up a nice article, published in the Post Register. Community service projects like this and other Local 449 service projects have made a positive impact on residents in the community.

We wish Bros. Bob Hansen, Richard Byington, Ulan Ben Gregory, Kevin Norby and Kirk Thurman a well-deserved happy retirement!

We mourn the deaths of Bros. Charles Burk, Dean Wilhite and Melvin Danielson. They will never be forgotten!

James Smith, Mbr. Dev. Rep.

Officers Elected

L.U. 453 (govt,i,rtb,rts&spa), SPRINGFIELD, MO — Our 2014 election of officers resulted in new leadership. Newly elected officers are: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Roger Mayfield, Pres. Kevin McGill, Vice Pres. Zack Holt, Treas. Tom Drake and Rec. Sec. Keith Jones. Keith Jones was also appointed as our new training director. Boots Wilson was appointed as organizer/assistant business manager.

Work has picked up in our jurisdiction, even going into Book 2 on some calls. The immediate work outlook is good, and Bus. Mgr. Mayfield has some ideas on increasing our market share.

Shown in the accompanying photo is the IBEW crew working on the new nine-story patient tower at Cox Hospital in Springfield.

Brad Cox, P.S.


IBEW Local 453 crew at jobsite of Cox Hospital construction project.

2015 Work Picture Strong

L.U. 479 (i&u), BEAUMONT, TX — The work picture into 2015 is good with steady, continuous employment for Local 479 members along with traveling brothers and sisters. At this writing, approximately 275 traveling brothers and sisters are working in our jurisdiction. A big thank-you goes out to them for helping man our work.

Bro. Robert Truncale, who served as business manager/financial secretary in 2003-'04, passed away last Dec. 2. From 2002-'03 he served as an assistant. Robert served Local 479 well and will be missed.

Organizing is critical to our success. We have a market share of 47 percent. That is not enough. Our organizers are actively beating the bushes to find qualified workers to be a part of our family. We are in conversation with nonunion contractors in an effort to bring them into our union family. We are working with other crafts to gain overall market share. There is strength in numbers.

Congratulations to the class of 2014 apprentice graduates, who are now journeyman electricians. Special congratulations go to John Miller. He not only was our Apprentice of the Year but also won the Seventh District apprentice contest held in Oklahoma last May. John is now a full-time instructor for our first-year and second-year apprentices.

Jimmy Burk, B.M./F.S.


Local 479 class of 2014 apprentice graduates. Back row: Chad Morphew (left), Deborah Love, Mike Marioneaux, Kenneth Botley, Andrew Paulsen, Justin Weber, Brandon Hoffpauir, Jake Bradford, Justin Griffin, David Roccaforte, Tony Venable, Kevin DeLord and Taylor Williams. Middle row: Will Tanner, Doug Foster, Alberico Racomora, Dalton Holbrook, Nicolas McCormack, Justin Wilson, Josh Atwood, Blake Coutee and Josh Leblanc. Front row: Matt Foster, Kenneth Edwards, David Hayes, Richard Taylor, Josh Horton, Johnathon Miller, Brad Dorr, Brad Martinez, Kyle Bailey and Cade Reeves. Not pictured: Mark Rinando.

Tribute for Career of Service

L.U. 527 (i,rts&spa), GALVESTON, TX — Local 527 announces the retirement of Sister Faye Trotter. In her 35 years at Local 527, Faye worked as assistant office manager for four business managers and has been an integral part of keeping the local on course due to her attention to details, dedication and genuine concern for the well-being of our members. She is greatly respected, appreciated and loved. We wish her a happy retirement.

Cathy Henderson, R.S. Apprenticeship Dir.


Local 527 Sister Cathy Henderson retires.

Thanks to Volunteers

L.U. 557 (i,mt,rts&spa), SAGINAW, MI — We thank everyone who volunteered their time during the 2014 midterm elections. Unfortunately, most of our candidates did not win the positions we hoped they would. On a good note though, state House Bill 5977, the bill that would have eliminated local prevailing wage laws, did not gain enough support for a vote in the Statehouse and is now considered dead. This is very good news for our state, as the next two years will be very challenging for organized labor in Michigan.

We are proud to congratulate Andy Brickel and James Lamb for their completion of the apprenticeship program in January.

We wish to remind everyone to always be involved in your communities and at your local union hall. Please attend all union meetings as possible. That is a great way to learn more about what is happening at the local union level and receive information about upcoming events.

Howard Revard, P.S.


Local 557 member Nick Iles installs new lights for remodeling project at Kmart building in Saginaw, MI.

IBEW Apprentices Volunteer — Community Service Project

L.U. 567 (i&mt), PORTLAND, ME — IBEW Apprentices contributed to a very worthy service project in the city of Portland, Maine.

A family in Portland was impacted by a tragic ATV accident in which the father was seriously injured. Area signatory contractors came together to remodel the family's home to make it handicap-accessible. IBEW Local 567 apprentices have contributed over 80 man-hours of combined labor to install the electrical work. NECA contractor E. S. Boulos Co. furnished material and supervision.

This was a commendable community service project and an excellent training opportunity for the apprentices, as well as being the "right thing to do." Please thank these apprentices for their contribution of time and effort during a busy season of the year. The apprentice volunteers included: Geoffry Hosley, Travis Hale, Caleb Mulkern, Dan Morin, Dave Burns, Adam Jalbert, Dave Duquette, Coty McGahey and Dave Tremblett.

Portland JATC is also working on other projects in the community and more will be reported about that in the future. [Editor's Note: The National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) rebranded in 2014 and transitioned into the Electrical Training Alliance. See "NJATC Transitions into the Electrical Training Alliance," The Electrical Worker (Sept. 2014), and at]

Makes one proud to be IBEW!

Allan Shepard, Pres.


Local 567 apprentice volunteers Geoffry Hosley (left), Travis Hale, Caleb Mulkern, Dan Morin and Dave Burns.

'A Year of Great Progress'

L.U. 569 (i,mar,mt,rts&spa), SAN DIEGO, CA — 2014 was a year of immense progress for IBEW Local 569 and our members. We initiated 431 new members and organized 23 new contractors into the IBEW family. A record number of members volunteered during the midterm election season with 425 individual actions. Nearly 75 percent of our endorsed candidates won their elections. Nephi Hancock was our "super volunteer" and our own Nicholas Segura was elected to a school board.

We continue to benefit from California's "solar gold rush." New solar projects were recently approved with our support by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, which means more jobs for our members. We coordinated a new report that describes how California's solar boom generates good-paying jobs. Additionally, IBEW Local 569 celebrated the installation of 1,000 megawatts of clean, renewable energy in Imperial Valley.

Our local Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC) conducted numerous outreach events to create new career opportunities. Kat Sax was awarded an IBEW International Founders Scholarship. San Diego City Council overturned its ban on project labor agreements. IBEW 569's softball team won the 2014 IBEW Ninth District softball championship.

2014 was a great year and we're heading into 2015 as a stronger local and labor movement, thanks to all of you and your hard work!

Gretchen K. Newsom, P.S.


IBEW Local 569 members won approval by Imperial County Board of Supervisors for Wisteria Ranch Solar Energy Center project. The 250 megawatt solar power project will create hundreds of green jobs.

Bay Area Rapid Transit Work

L.U. 595 (c,cs,govt,i,mt,o,se&st), DUBLIN, CA — Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is extending the Fremont line six miles to our neighbors in the South Bay. IBEW Local 595 is supplying this project with more than 75 inside wiremen and sound & communication members.

In the 1960s when BART started construction on the three main lines, the contact rail (also known as the "third rail") was properly assigned to the IBEW. Over the past 25 years as BART expanded, another labor organization claimed all rails, including the contact rail, in their scope. Before the recent project started, Local 595 former business manager Victor Uno, Bus. Rep. Matt Maloon and current Bus. Mgr. Daniel Chivello successfully re-claimed the contact rail work.

On the BART project, the IBEW crew members have not only met the expectations of the contractor's unit rates but have also exceeded them, proving the lowest wage craft is not always the most profitable.

A 1 megawatt solar project for a Walmart store in Stockton was constructed by IBEW/NECA signatory contractor Bockmon & Woody Electric Company Inc. under a 25-day timetable. B&W was able to get competitive on the project by utilizing the CE/CW program. Contractors willing to utilize the Market Advancement Initiative are getting back into private markets that we haven't been in for a long time. The inside wiremen, apprentices and CWs on the project have demonstrated the skill level and professionalism of IBEW Local 595 craftsmen.

Bob Tieman, B.R.


IBEW Local 595 contact rail crew members, from left: John Palacios (foreman), Jonah Gabriel, Joshua Williams, Jarred Douglas and Mark Lewis. Not pictured: Adam McAroy.

Longtime Career Highlights

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The 2014 children's Christmas party was a great success. Highlights included photos with Santa, great food, jumpers for the kids and a face painter. Thank you to all the volunteers and attendees.

After 41 years, Angela Horchheimer recently decided to retire. She started working with the local in 1973 as a secretary at the JATC. In those days, the JATC was located at our old union hall on 105 Texas Street. Subsequently, Angela worked as a clerk typist for Local 611's then-business manager John Milosevich. Over the years, she worked for 10 different business managers at Local 611, most recently as a secretary and bookkeeper. Angela was formerly married to John Webb of J&S Electric, and she has a son who is a Local 611 member. Highlights of her career included witnessing the local's construction of its new building and the local's celebration of its 100th year anniversary. Local 611 members will miss Angela. In retirement, she looks forward to traveling, gardening and more time with her husband, Steve, a retired member. We wish Angela all the best for a happy retirement.

Local 611 extends condolences to families of recently deceased members: Howard L. Collier, Robert E. Laird and James O. Wood.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.


Recently retired Angela Horchheimer (second from left) with co-workers at Local 611 office.

IBEW Lifesaving Award; Bright Work Picture for 2015

L.U. 617 (c,i,mo&st), SAN MATEO, CA — At our December 2014 general meeting, fifth-year apprentice Walter Diaz received the IBEW Lifesaving Award. Bro. Diaz had decisively employed his first-aid training and saved his 11-year-old son from choking. Ninth District Int. Vice Pres. John J. O'Rourke, Local 617 Bus. Mgr. Mark Leach and SMJATC Training Dir. Kathleen Barber presented Diaz with a plaque, letter and pin commemorating his heroic action. Int. Reps. Dominic Nolan and Victor Uno were also in attendance for the presentation.

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

On Dec. 13, members and their families enjoyed the annual Christmas party at the hall. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped gather commemorative photos, gingerbread men, food and drink, seasonal arts and crafts, gifts for the children and a phenomenal electric train display for the festive occasion. Special thanks to Santa. His visits and photos with the children are always highlights of the local's holiday celebration.

The work picture continues to be the best the local has seen in several years. There is a variety of work, with projects that have a lengthy timeframe. 2015 is projected to be a new year of prosperity for Local 617 members and San Mateo County.

Dan Pasini, Pres.

Review of 2014 Events

L.U. 625 (c,ees,em,i,it,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA — Congratulations to the 32 members who achieved journeyman status in 2014. Those not previously reported are: Bros. Egbert Kroezen, Shawn Nguyen, Dustin Cummings, Spencer Armsworthy, Joe Dutin, Jeff Morris, Andrew MacInnis, Viorel Vasile and Sister Cheyenne MacDonald.

Only 12 members retired in 2014 so we are staying ahead of the "looming labour shortage." Not yet mentioned in previous articles was Bro. Clyde Barnes, who retired early in 2014.

The late Sister Catie Miller, who went missing in July 2014, tragically was determined to have been murdered. A memorial service was held Nov. 29, 2014. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family.

Fifty members and spouses attended the Retirees Dinner & Dance on Oct. 4.

On Nov. 22, approximately 140 parents and kids enjoyed a day on the farm with rides, games and food. Santa brought gifts for the children.

On Dec. 6, some 150 members and spouses attended the local's Annual Christmas Dinner & Dance. Everyone received a door prize, a great meal and an evening of good cheer. Spot dances were popular and great prizes were presented. Service pins were awarded to 22 members. Bros. Irving Marshall and Henry Moore received a special award for 50 years of service.

Thank you to all the members, spouses and families who attended these events, contributing to the spirit of Local 625. I hope more members attend events next year. They are memorable times for all.

Tom Griffiths, A.B.M.


Local 625 Bus. Mgr. Tim Swinamer (right) presents 50-year membership certificate to Bro. Irving Marshall.

Workplace Safety

L.U. 627 (u), FORT PIERCE, FL — Brothers and sisters of Local 627, we must always remember the importance of workplace safety. Safety is not just a six-letter word. It is a way of life for IBEW members working in our industry.

Safety practices always require the utmost attention to detail. If you happen upon a situation where safety can be reinforced, stop what is happening and reinforce what you know. The safety record is not just a number — it reflects the lives of human beings.

Please support Local 627 in keeping our workplace safe and workers free from injury.

Ray Vos, P.S.

Awards Meeting — Camaraderie & Solidarity

L.U. 673 (catv,i,rts,spa,t&u), PAINESVILLE, OH — Local 673 celebrated with members, both young and old, at our Dec. 3 Awards Meeting. It is always great to swap stories with longtime members and former coworkers. One "old-timer" really caught my attention when he asked me to explain more about our relatively new construction electrician/construction wireman program.

He listened attentively as I described the CE/CW program and its intended result. I thought he might stop me and interject that this was just another load of bull classification that would create infighting and lead to our downfall. But he heard me out and then said: "Jimmy, these kinds of issues are nothing new."

He explained a divisive issue that the local had to deal with when he was a young journeyman. The issue then was residential work. He told me about all the huge housing developments throughout our jurisdiction that were wired by inside wireman. The local was beginning to lose this work to the nonunion and it was proposed to adopt a then-new classification of "residential wireman."

The resistance at that time was great and many members were unhappy when this classification was approved — but it was either change or lose the work. His point was that we will always be under attack and we must be willing to do what it takes to preserve our work. It was a great evening and a great reminder that we have always faced great challenges, and that difficult decisions are just part of the job description for IBEW members.

Jim Braunlich, P.S.


Local 673 members Joe Gamiere (left), Rich Goodmanson and retiree Dan Ziemak look at a program from an early 1970s awards banquet.

Work Outlook Positive

L.U. 683 (em&i), COLUMBUS, OH — With the election and holiday season over, we are turning our attention to our upcoming contract negotiations. Our inside wireman contract expires in May this year.

Work has been slow, but the 2015 work outlook is very optimistic. Upcoming jobs starting in 2015 include a college dormitory project, county jail, casino hotel, hospital expansions, a county morgue and data centers.

A big thank-you goes to the 20+ members who volunteered for the "Union Cares/Union Shares" program, helping numerous unemployed union families from all trades with a week's worth of groceries during the Christmas holiday season.

Tracy Starcher, V.P/P.S.

Spring Season Agenda

L.U. 697 (c,es,i,mt&se), GARY AND HAMMOND, IN — With major league baseball right around the corner, we welcome spring weather and the opportunities we will soon have to get outdoors more often.

Coming up on our spring agenda are several events. Our annual Spring Blood Drive will be Friday, March 20. In April we will have the Credit Union Annual Meeting and the start of the golf league. On Sunday, May 3, we will participate in the March of Dimes fundraiser.

These events offer opportunities to get involved and participate in local union activities with your fellow local union brothers and sisters. Additionally, the blood drive and March of Dimes events offer the opportunity to participate in community service.

At this early January writing, we don't yet have specifics to report regarding activities of the current state legislature, but we know for sure that the attack on labor, both union and nonunion, is still quite alive in Indiana. Unemployment and workers' compensation affect all working men and women in Indiana. Common Construction Wage protects wages and benefits for all construction workers in Indiana on state and municipal projects. Issues such as watered-down state licensing and certification requirements, "company store" legislation (the list goes on) stand as a reminder that we must stay engaged and active in the political arena.

Dan Waldrop, B.M.

Training Facility Open House;
Kudos to RENEW Committee

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL — Our annual Christmas party last year was put on by our local's RENEW (Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers) Committee — and what a fine job they did.

With our usual Spanish flair dinner menu, a balloon bounce and a corn-hole-toss competition, there were activities for both the young and the young at heart. Lots of toys were donated as gifts for underprivileged children in the Tampa Bay area.

Jon Dehmel, the RENEW advisor, said the group took on the party as part of a larger mission where they were to pick one of the "objects" of the IBEW, as listed in the IBEW Constitution, and then do a project exemplifying that object.

Our recent open house for the new addition of our apprenticeship training facility was well-attended by members, city dignitaries and a crew from Electric TV. The new facility was dedicated in honor of Bro. Phillip Humphrey, who served as Local 915's apprenticeship director for 35 years. Much of the equipment was donated by area vendors, and the electrical work was installed by our own apprentices under the direction of our in-house instructors.

Remember the importance of saving Americans jobs. Look for the union label and buy "Made in the USA."

Theresa King, P.S.


Local 915 RENEW Committee members and volunteers: Jennifer Risk (left), Michael Hubbard, Garrette Wright, LaQuan Ford, Bret Hardman, Steven VanOrder, Wilbur Crozier and Michael Slicker.

Spirit of Generosity; 2015 Safety Campaign

L.U. 1393 (catv,lctt,o,t&u), INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Local 1393 members are awesome! The union won a grievance settlement in which one of our members was owed some back pay. This member chose to donate his back pay to a charity of our choice. Subsequently, the local's RENEW (Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers) Committee worked with the Jefferson County Salvation Army in Madison, IN, and we were able to "adopt" a family to assist during the Christmas season. Members from the greater Indianapolis area shopped for the family, and the office staff at the hall wrapped the gifts. Madison area members helped deliver the items to the family. Due to the generosity of the member who made the donation, we were able to spend $2,000 to bring a family some needed cheer at Christmas.

For 2015 we have started a safety campaign to draw attention to the state's Move Over/Slow Down law, which applies to utility vehicles as well as emergency vehicles and tow trucks. The law requires that drivers change lanes if it's possible to do so safely. If not, drivers are to reduce their speed to 10 mph below the speed limit, and proceed with caution. The local had a reflective bumper sticker designed and many of our signatory companies have jumped on board and are placing the safety stickers on their vehicles.

At press time, we are in contract renewal negotiations with Duke Energy. Our current contract expires May 1, 2015.

Robert C. Fox, B.M./F.S.


Local 1393 RENEW Committee and volunteers delivered donated holiday gifts for a needy family.

'Reason to Celebrate'

L.U. 1439 (u), ST. LOUIS, MO — Local 1439 will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2015. The local was chartered March 16, 1945. We are grateful to members both past and present who fought for the quality of life we enjoy under our collective bargaining agreements. Within the next five years the "boomer" generation will pass the torch to the "X" and "Y" generations. It's imperative that the younger generations stay active in the local and continue to fight for our job benefits, wages and conditions.

Late in 2014 the local received positive news regarding Ameren's commitment to begin much needed apprenticeships in several different job classifications. Additionally, Alliant in Iowa has added two apprentice linemen within our jurisdiction. It is noteworthy that even in a so-called "right-to-work" state, all of the Local 1439 members at Alliant are active dues paying members.

In November the union hall conducted an informational meeting for those members interested in a lineman apprenticeship. Instruction was provided in the basic skills required to get into the overhead program. We thank Billy Howle, Tim Luley, Randy Eichholz and Chad Fletcher for giving their time on a Saturday to provide instruction to our prospective apprentices. The hall will continue to conduct training seminars for all job classifications where an apprenticeship is anticipated.

We foresee a number of anti-union bills being introduced during the 2015 Missouri legislative session. Please contact your state legislators to tell them you oppose any anti-worker legislation.

Matt Curry, R.S./P.S.

IBEW Members at NASA

L.U. 1501 (ees,em,mo,pet,rts&t), BALTIMORE, MD — Our members working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, are employed by Sierra-Lobo, a subcontractor that recently bid on and won the subcontracting work being performed by our members. New employer Sierra-Lobo outbid QinetiQ NA.

Prior to winning the contract, Sierra Lobo met with our union and agreed to accept the existing labor agreement, if the company's bid was successful. When it was announced that Sierra Lobo won the contract, the company signed the collective bargaining agreement, and the existing union contract was extended for another year. The company also stated that health care would be "substantially equal" to what the previous employer had provided. Unfortunately, it soon became obvious that there were many differences, and our union requested negotiations in an attempt to resolve the differences. Some agreement was reached, but issues remain.

At a Local 1501 membership meeting on Dec. 16, 2014, a vote was taken not to accept the company's proposal. Other areas of the agreement were discussed. As of this writing, negotiations are continuing and are headed by Local 1501 Bus. Mgr./Pres. Dion F. Guthrie and Vice Pres. Fred Richards.

Thomas J. Rostkowski, R.S.


A view of one of the projects Local 1501 members work on at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

IBEW Members Re-elected To Alaska Legislature

L.U. 1547 (c,em,i,o,t &u), ANCHORAGE, AK — IBEW members Chris Tuck, journeyman wireman, and Bill Wielechowski, associate general counsel, were re-elected to the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska Senate, respectively. State Rep. Tuck will serve as minority leader in the House.

Local 1547 has commissioned writer Shannyn Moore to record its history. Moore, a nationally recognized writer, is based in Alaska. The book, expected to be completed in July 2015, will focus on the essential role that IBEW members played in building the electrical and communications infrastructure for Alaska.

Melinda Taylor, P.S.


Alaska Rep. Chris Tuck, a Local 1547 journeyman wireman.

Wyoming Utility Local Update

L.U. 1759 (u), CASPER, WY — Greetings, brothers and sisters. Local 1759 has been busy with spring just around the corner.

The Western Area Power Administration and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are gearing up for the maintenance season. With our power plants and transmission grids all across the western United States, it is important to stay aware of what projects our members are working on. As IBEW professionals, we will get the jobs done on time and in a safe manner.

Local 1759 wishes to congratulate Bro. Orry Lesh on completing his apprenticeship as a substation electrician. Kudos, Orry!

Jason Mengwasser, F.S.


Local 1759 Bros. Jeff Lord and Jack Hatcher lower a lifting device down to a river outlet gate at Canyon Ferry Dam.


Support for Kids Foundation

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, NASSAU CHAPTER — At our December 2014 meeting, we presented a check to the Michael Magro Foundation for Kids with Cancer, at Winthrop Hospital. Our club has been a supporter of this foundation for the last six years. Our late Bro. Joe Terino was an active volunteer at the children's cancer ward and through his efforts our club became involved with the Magro Foundation. With this recent check, our club will have donated more than $10,000 in total as well as hundreds of toys for children in the hospital.

Retirees Club Treas. Joe DePuy, Chmn. Ed Weiss, Bro. Charles Frake and Sec. Ron Boehning presented the check to Mary Terino for the Magro Foundation. We hope this support helped bring enjoyment to the children in the hospital during the holiday season.

John Milligan, P.S.


Local 3, Nassau Chapter, Retirees Club Treas. Joe DePuy (left), Chmn. Ed Weis, Bro. Charles Frake and Sec. Ron Boehning present check to Mary Terino for Magro Foundation.

Retirees Assist Holiday Drives

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, SOUTH JERSEY CHAPTER — During the holiday season last year, members of our Retirees Club volunteered to assist the U.S. Marines with a Toys for Tots drive.

Twelve or more brothers went to the armory each day during the week to help with the project. We processed approximately 50,000 toys for the drive. We helped to take in, sort and then send out the toys to needy families.

On our one-day break for a holiday luncheon, we also raised $1,300 for American Recreational Military Services (ARMS), a group that sends needed supplies to our military service people overseas and assists military families.

Retired Bro. Bill Fosgreen, who served in the Marines, has been a driving force for ARMS and the Toys for Tots drive. Special thanks go out to all of our members who have participated in these volunteer efforts.

Frank Liffner, F.S.


Local 3, South Jersey Chapter, Retirees Club volunteers assist Toys for Tots drive.

Annual Food & Toy Drive

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, SUFFOLK CHAPTER — Thanks to the generous support of our club members, our Annual Food & Toy Drive was a great success. We donated 350 pounds of food to Long Island Cares, and we donated two boxes of toys for the Toys for Tots drive.

Our Annual Holiday Party was a great affair. Attendees enjoyed lots of great food and music for dancing. It was a fun time for all. It was great to see old and new friends. Jack Foley, our chapter chairman, presented a service award to Eileen Doyle for all her hard work on behalf of the club. Thank you to our Chmn. John Schoenig and his wife, Cathy, for a wonderful holiday party and toy drive.

Many thanks also go to Eileen Crisostomo for making all the beautiful favors for our holiday party.

We look forward to planning some interesting trips and informative guest speakers for our upcoming monthly meetings.

We wish everyone a happy and healthy year ahead.

Harvey Goldman, P.S.


Local 3, Suffolk Chapter, Retirees Club Chmn. Jack Foley (left), award recipient Eileen Doyle and John Schoeng, holiday chairman.

Gold Club Members & Christmas/Hanukkah Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, WESTCHESTER / PUTNAM CHAPTER — On Dec. 17 last year, our annual Christmas/Hanukkah luncheon was held, for the second year, at the Leewood Country Club in Eastchester, NY. There were 109 members and guests in attendance. A northeastern storm, with heavy rain and wind, did not deter our members from attending this holiday affair. Brave souls!

Six members, 80 years of age, received a Certificate of Special Recognition for their longtime service and dedication to the IBEW, and were installed as Gold Club members. Honored members in attendance were Frank Carnazza, Genaro Pasquale, Douglas Reid and David Urban. Honorees William Johnston and Joseph Masi were unable to attend; their certificates were mailed.

Former Chmn. Dominic Pironti was honored with a plaque for his 10 years of service as chairman of the Westchester/Putnam Retirees Chapter. Dominic was also presented with a gift of a new Calloway Hot X driver, to help him improve his game.

Dominic's wife, Roseann, was presented with a bouquet of flowers, in appreciation for her hard work at all of our events.

Chet Maliszewski was awarded a trophy for making the lowest score at our annual Fall Golf Classic.

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


Local 3, Westchester/Putnam Chapter, Retirees Club honorees: David Urban (left), Frank Carnazza, Genaro Pasquale and Douglas Reid.

'Senior Sixes' Extend Welcome

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 6, SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Greetings from the Senior Sixes retirees club. We have had a good year at Local 6 and we wish all our IBEW brothers and sisters, active and retired, the same in 2015. Thanks go out to the Senior Sixes officers, the Local 6 business manager, all local officers and membership for their support. We also thank the Local 6 and EISB (Electrical Industry Service Bureau) office staffs for their help in keeping things running smoothly for our monthly meetings.

We meet each month at our local's auditorium for a short business meeting and social lunch. In most cases the menu is selected and prepared by the retiree volunteers. The best part is sharing our experiences as we navigate and enjoy retirement. If you are a Local 6 retiree, get on the EISB mailing list to receive the monthly meeting agenda. Grab a fellow retiree and join us.

Steve Walsh, P.S.


Local 6 retirees and guests at the 2014 Senior Sixes Summer Barbecue.

Benefit Raffle & Travel Plans

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 26, WASHINGTON, DC — Our club raffles off five cash prizes every November to raise money for our Medical Equipment Program. The winners last year were: Greg Tewell, Edward Moscati, Tina Campbell, Patrick Latham III and Marvin Wood. Thanks to all who bought raffle tickets. The funds raised keep our program that supplies medical equipment to our members and their families at no cost to the member! Items we supply include walkers, wheelchairs, hospital beds and much more.

Last year we traveled to England and Eastern Europe. In June we will fly to Hawaii, travel by cruise ship around the islands and then return via Vancouver, Canada. We would love to meet some of our Hawaiian brothers and sisters. We have 40 some members and their families joining us this year!

Also in June, we will take our annual bus trip to the Amish market in Annapolis and then head for a crab feast. If you plan to be in the area, let Bro. Rick Warner know. This trip generally sells out.

Last November we presented service awards to four brothers: 30-year member Charles Cusack, and 40-year members George Harrison, Raul Barrientos and Joseph Brehon.

Susan Flashman, P.S.


Local 26 Retirees Club Pres. Dick Bissell (second from right) with service pin recipients George Harrison (left), Charles Cusack and Raul Barrientos. Bissell is sporting his Santa beard. Not pictured: Joseph Brehon.

Retirees Annual Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 35, HARTFORD, CT — On Oct. 15 last year, the Local 35 Retirees Club enjoyed a luncheon at Adams Mill in Manchester, CT. The retired members and their spouses or guests were treated to a wonderful lunch compliments of the local. Bus. Mgr. Bruce Silva and officer manager Vicki Dougherty also attended the luncheon. It was great for all of us to get together and enjoy catching up with one another.

We remember those members who passed on in 2014. Included in memoriam are: Sebastian Amenta, Donald Cassells, Robert Fuller, Joseph Gollner, Raymond Rector, Frank Rejman, Mark Carter, Thomas Finnie and Lance Schors.

The Retirees Club has been on its winter break. Club meetings resume in March. We hope to see everyone there.

Best wishes to everyone for a great year ahead.

Kenneth R. White, P.S.

2015 Events Scheduled

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 42, HARTFORD, CT — The Retirees Club invites anyone who is a retired Local 42 member to join them. If you would like to get out of the house or take a few hours from your busy schedule, come and join them.

Club meetings are held bimonthly on Tuesdays at the Local 42 union hall. Annual dues are $12. Meetings start at 9 a.m. The meetings begin with discussion of upcoming business and events. Then attendees enjoy talking about old times over donuts and coffee. The Retiree's Club would love to have you. If interested, call us at 860-646-7297.

The Retirees Club thanks all the ladies in Local 42's office for their hard work to make these events enjoyable, and for all they do to make everyone feel welcomed.

Save the following 2015 dates: April 25 – Dinner Dance/Apprentice Graduation; (tentative) May 2 –Trap Shoot; June 6 – Annual Bike Run; June 27 – Dinner Cruise; July 11 – Chartered Fishing Trip; Aug. 29 – Annual "A" Picnic; Sept. 12 – Cod Trip; and Dec. 10 – Union Meeting/Christmas Party.

Jacquelyn Moffitt, P.S.

Officers Elected

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 43, SYRACUSE, NY — The Retirees Club held its election of officers in late 2014 for the upcoming year. Elected officers are: Pres. Dave Wierowski, Vice Pres. Fred Henecke, Treas. Jim Pagano and Rec. Sec. Jim Corbett.

Pres. Wierowski presented ideas on future meeting locations, including some where our local was involved in the electrical installations.

To date we've held a meeting at Local 43's new training building (featured in "Local Lines," The Electrical Worker, January 2015 ), and at the Honeywell Visitors Center on the shore of Onondaga Lake. The restoration work for the lake is in its final phases and has been a steady source of employment for Local 43 members. Other destinations mentioned included the Turning Stone Casino and the Destiny USA mall complex.

Jim Corbett, P.S.

2015 Events & Volunteers

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 60, SAN ANTONIO, TX — Once again Retirees Club members showed their appreciation and gratitude to military veterans by collecting funds and needed items for the Wounded Warrior Project. The donations were transported to the WWP headquarters at Fort Sam by Retirees Club Pres. Gene Chamberlain and his wife, Marilyn, after the Christmas meeting/luncheon.

Saying goodbye to the year 2014 was easy. Saying our goodbyes to our friends and brothers who passed on in 2014 was not easy. We will miss: Eric H. Constantin, Lamar Clanton, Robert "Bob" Bouble, Eugene L. Nitschmann, Robert A. Schmidt and Sigrid "Buddy" Swenson.

This new year brings two exciting events hosted by the Retirees Club. At this writing a Silent Auction was scheduled for the February 2015 meeting; and the club's third annual Benefit Golf Tournament will be held April 25. For information about the golf tournament, call Gene Chamberlain at (210) 262-1927. Both of these events will raise funds necessary to finance the club's monthly meetings/luncheons.

The club meets the second Thursday of each month (excluding June, July and August) at 12 noon, at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Training Build., 3630 Belgium Lane., San Antonio. To all L.U. 60 retirees: Please join us.

Sandy Rogers, P.S.

Service Award Recipients

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 99, PROVIDENCE, RI — The Local 99 Retirees Christmas Party was Dec. 16, last year at the West Valley Inn in West Warwick, RI. We enjoyed a delicious five-course family style feast.

Retirees Club Pres. Robert Pierce and Local 99 Bus. Mgr. Michael Daley led a moment of silence in memory of brothers who passed away in 2014. Walter Chenes gave an invocation of prayer and love.

Pierce and Daley also presented 62 retirees with service pins in recognition of 25 or more years of service. George W. Smith received a 65-year pin. Service pin recipients also included 60-year members Milton Demers, Charles Peterson and Umberto Zannini; 55-year members Ernest Audet, Alfred Paolo and Robert Day; and 50-year members Alan Marchand, Joseph Precourt, Roger Therien and William Nash.

Awarded 45-year pins were: Stephen Clarke, Richard Cottle, James Crandall, Kenneth Demers, Thomas Dodd, Robert Ensher, Ernest Folco, John Gioffreda, William Goodreau, Normand Jodoin, Joseph Karpowich, Raymond Lambert, Frederck Leigh, Ronald Mailly, George Micielli, Raymond St. Jean, William Tabele, Robert Tulli, John Vinnitti, Barry Wakefield and Roger Williams.

Awarded 40-year pins: John Boretos, William Carbone, David D'Agostino, Richard Ethier, Robert Ferreira, Ronald Fuoroli, Robert Giacobone, Curtis Hymel, Robert Ide, John Lemme, Paul Marchesseault, John McElheny, Frank Oster, John Piccirilli, John Poland, Edward Rezendes, Kenneth Rooney, John Santagata, Anthony Simeone, Daniel Simoes, Thomas Sorafine, Joseph Truppi and Donald Waddington.

Frank Colucci, P.S.

Annual Retirees Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 110, ST. PAUL, MN — We had our Annual Local 110 Retirees Luncheon on Oct. 2, 2014.

Approximately 475 retirees and guests were in attendance at the Prom Center for a great lunch and service awards presentation.

Service pin award recipients included: for 60 years of service — Richard Elgaard, Kenneth Farber and Richard Svoboda; 55 years — Roy Anderson, Richard Lundahl, Charles Wagner, John Wagner and Walter Weber; and for 50 years — Leslie Croswell, John Heuer, David Jacobson, Alan Kaufenberg, Joseph Langevin, Alton Larson, Dale Malm, Kenneth Renfro, Richard Schmidt and Dwain Stowman. Congratulations to all.

Peter A. Koegel, R.S.


Service pins were presented at the Local 110 Retirees Annual Luncheon.

IBEW Service Pins Awarded

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 130, NEW ORLEANS, LA — We had our Christmas party Dec. 4, with 96 people in attendance. Hobnobber's Restaurant did an amazing job decorating the hall and catering our party. The food was excellent!

On Dec. 16, we had service pin night. Yours truly George Clesi, Harry "Buddy" Carver, Donald Ordonge, Ralph Zulli, Philip Fielding and Sidney Theriot received an IBEW watch for 60 years of service and five years in the Retirees Club. Dinner and refreshments were served and everyone had a great time. There were two 70-year pin recipients, and a host of members received pins for 50 to 25 years of service. Our next Retirees Club meeting is in March.

It is with sadness that I report the passing of two retired brother members. Robert Rodriguez, a 62-year member, passed away Dec. 21 last year. Jerry Tonglet, who was a 75-year member, passed away Dec. 22.

May God bless America and bring our military service men and women home. Best wishes to everyone for a happy new year ahead.

George Clesi, Pres.


Local 130 Bus. Mgr. Paul J. Zulli (left) presents service pins to Harry "Buddy" Carver (center) and Retirees Club Pres. George Clesi.

Tribute to Life of Service

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 134, CHICAGO, IL — We are deeply saddened by the passing of Irvin Blaszynski on Dec. 14, 2014. He was our club's first president and founding member.

Bro. Blaszynski was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was also a past president of North American Knights of Columbus.

In 1988 Bro. Blaszynski, with the help of Tim Bresnahan, then-Local 134 business manager, sent out 3,000 letters to retirees to form our Retirees Club. In February 1988, a total of 75 retirees attended the first meeting, and Irv Blaszynski was voted the first president of the Local 134 Retirees Club. Bob Regosh was elected vice president.

At that meeting Irv Blaszynski asked for seed money to start the club, so the seed money was raised by establishing a $2 initiation fee. When Irv also asked for volunteers to serve as executive board members, 20 members volunteered to be nominees.

In 2012 Irv was designated President Emeritus of the Retirees Club. He stayed active in the club until his passing. His two sons are also Local 134 members.

Our sincere sympathies go out to the Blaszynski family. On Dec. 14 the Retirees Club lost a brother and friend. He will be missed. I can imagine Irv now forming the first "angels retirees club" in heaven.

Louis Rodriguez, P.S.


Local 134 Retirees Club late-Pres. Emeritus Irvin Blaszynski with honorary plaque.

Holiday Party & Camaraderie

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 164, JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Local 164 retirees association had their holiday party on Dec. 17 last year at the local union hall in Paramus, NJ. It was a rousing success. The food was great, the music was fantastic, and everyone enjoyed seeing familiar and "once-in-a-blue-moon" brothers and sisters. Over 120 people attended the gala party.

A large bouquet of thanks to Eileen and Tom Barry for putting the holiday party together, with help from Jim Myers (food) and Dave Judovin (music and photos). We had more helpers setting up, cleaning afterward and working behind the scenes. And of course, many thanks go to association Pres. Rich Dougherty and Jane Dougherty.

We also thank Local 164 Bus. Mgr. Dan Gumble and Pres. Tom Sullivan, who presented service award watches and pins to eligible members with 50 or more years of service.

We still have more events in 2015 to accomplish. Join in. There will be fresh- and salt-water fishing trips, golf outings, a Yankees baseball game, Atlantic City trip, monthly luncheons, and much more to enjoy.

To see the 30 photos taken at the holiday party, visit our popular, informative website at

David Judovin, P.S.


Local 164 presents service awards to retired members with 50 or more years of service.

Welcomes & Farewells

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 212, CINCINNATI, OH — The Retirees Club Annual Christmas Party, held Dec. 3 at the Meadows, was one of the best attended events ever. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed great food, refreshments, door prizes and sharing stories from the past. Thank you to Local 212 officers and staff for their support and kindness toward the retirees through the years.

All Local 212 retirees are invited to join the club and renew old friendships. We meet the first Wednesday of every month at 11 a.m. at the union hall.

Welcome to our new members: Ronald Lawhorn, Donna Ruehl, Paula Smith, Joseph LeBar, Ray Schrand, Richard Springer Jr., James Housefeld, Wilber Scroth, Bill Burkhart and Steve Jaeger.

Several of our members are having health problems. Please remember them in your prayers.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to families of recently departed Local 212 members: Thomas Crowell, Robert Kettner, Cola Harvey, Richard Durham, Palmer McGhee and Everett "Bud" Brown. Farewell, dear brothers. "The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord." – Job 1:21. On a personal note, Bob Kettner and Bud Brown were two of the finest people I have ever known.

Bob Schaefer, P.S.

40th Anniversary Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 236, ALBANY, NY — The Local 236 Retirees Club invites all Local 236 retirees to join us at our next club meeting. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every other month, at 10:30 a.m., in the second floor conference room at the Albany Labor Temple. Besides planning the annual luncheon and reminiscing about the old days, the club distributes gift baskets and makes house visits to provide comfort to our retired members and their spouses during times of need.

The Retirees Club thanks everyone who helped plan last year's 40th Annual Luncheon, held Oct. 15 at Treviso in the Italian American Community Center. Once again the luncheon was a great success with more than 60 retirees and their spouses attending. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting and our next luncheon.

Jim Porter, P.S.


Local 236 Retirees Club Pres. Phil Clemens, former local union president, addresses the club's 40th Annual Luncheon.

Two Brothers Remembered

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 257, JEFFERSON CITY,MO — Our club had their last luncheon/meeting of 2014 as guests of Local 257 for our Christmas get-together. We thank Local 257 for the hospitality. Many thanks go to the decorating committee, Elaine Jurgensmeyer and Juanita Fischer, for the Christmas decorations. As in years past, instead of giving gifts we gave to a charity. Last year we collected $800 for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Thanks to all members for donating.

Sadly, we recently lost two members, B.J. Nichols and John O'Bannon. Bro. Nichols passed away Nov. 7, 2014. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. While in the Pacific Theatre, he worked as a signalman on tank landing ship USS LST-1079. He worked for 29 years as a dragline operator for a coal company in five different Eastern states. He retired in 1989 from Central Electric Co.

Bro. O'Bannon passed away Dec. 5 last year. As a young man, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as Electrician's Mate 2nd Class. In 1947 he joined the IBEW as a union electrician. He was a member for more than 65 years and taught apprenticeship classes for Local 257 in Jefferson City for 30+ years.

We will greatly miss these two members. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families.

Best wishes to all for 2015.

Delores Melloway, P.S.


Retirees Club members enjoy Christmas luncheon at Local 257 Labor Temple.

Breakfast & Service Awards

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 306, AKRON, OH — On Dec. 19, our retirees monthly breakfast meeting was held at our training facility to accommodate a larger turnout. Everyone enjoyed the catered breakfast buffet while catching up on the latest news. In addition, the retirees elected a new club president, John Hornacek. Congratulations and good luck, John.

At the local union meeting that night many retirees received service awards. A 65-year award went to Wilbur Repp. Awards recipients also included: for 60 years of service — Harold Albright, Franklin "Jerry" Bowers, Robert Cannady, Norman Hisao, Donald Kingan, Ronald Peck, Alvin Tasker, Joseph Tassone and John Weber; for 55 years — Frank Bindreiter, Gary Carpenter, Richard DeWitt, Gerald Ferrell, William Hose and Glenn Stoltz; and for 50 years — Myron Stewart.

Also we were privileged to have in attendance, along with current Bus. Mgr. Mgr. Michael Might, two former business managers. They were: former business manager and former Fourth District international representative Dennis Johanyak, and former business manager and current Fourth District Int. Rep. David Moran.

Local 306 thanks all retired members and officers for their longtime dedicated service.

Unfortunately, we lost a few retired members last year. Gone but not forgotten are: retired Bros. Clifford Boggs, William Brant, Rodney Hubbard, William Monchack, Norman Toler, Duane Ganyard and Laverne "Bill" Dutt. We extend condolences to their families.

Thomas Wright, Mbr. Dev.


Local 306 retirees attend December 2014 breakfast meeting.

'Building our Community'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 353, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA — On Nov. 30, 2014, we held our annual Christmas Dinner/Dance. More than 650 retirees and guests attended. Attendees included retirees who traveled from Locals 105, 120, 303, 586 and 804. What a great gathering of friendship and brotherhood.

On April 15, we will honor 329 Local 353 members at a service awards presentation. At our Annual Pin Presentation Breakfast, award recipients will include: four members to receive 70-year pins; 17 members to receive 65-year pins; seven members to receive 60-year pins; 44 members to receive 55-year pins; and 257 members to receive 50-year pins. This large group of award recipients is the result of Local 353's having organized the high-rise sector in Toronto in 1964-65. Local 353 has approximately 750 living members with 50 or more years of service.

As recently reported in The Electrical Worker, the Local 353 NextGen committee acknowledged the challenge of our Retirees Club to organize a clothing drive benefit. [See "Toronto NextGen Growing, Giving," in the January 2015 issue of The Electrical Worker, pg. 9.] Monies raised will help fund two summer camps: Camp Kivita, a two-week camp for children with kidney transplants; and Camp Dorset, a summer camp for kidney patients and their families that offers 18 dialysis machines on-site. Both camps improve the quality of life for kidney patients and are within Local 353's jurisdiction. We are "Building Our Community Together."

Robert Rynyk, P.S.

Sarnia Happenings

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 530, SARNIA, ONTARIO, CANADA — Our club recently completed another successful year. Monthly attendance is healthy, peaking at 42 members who attended our annual Christmas luncheon. Janet Burdett and Marion Lawton planned the holiday affair, and our club sincerely thanks them.

Our former president, Bo Kohut, and former secretary-treasurer Ed McCormack retired from office last November, after 13 years leading our organization. Our group appreciates all they have done for us and we say, "Thank you, men, for everything."

George Mathieson is our new president, and Fred Sterling is our secretary-treasurer. We wish them much success in their new positions.

In 2015 we will continue to come together to discuss old times, and make new memories. Our membership continues to change. We lost quite a few faithful members in recent years, but we also welcomed newly retired members to our club. At our January meeting we held a minute of silence for a faithful member, Ralph Camden, who passed away Jan. 2. Also at the January meeting, we welcomed recent retiree Bob Laframboise. We are fortunate to have newly retired members joining us, bringing their energy and talents. Our club has so many talented people who give of themselves for the benefit of all.

Best wishes to all for good health and happiness in 2015.

Nancy Stinson Philbin, P.S.


At Local 530 Retirees Club's Christmas luncheon in December 2014.

'We Can Make a Difference'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 611, ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Greetings, brothers and sisters. The Local 611 Family Christmas Party in December was great. Volunteers fed about 550 people, adults and children. Santa Claus (Bro. Bill Thompson) gave the children Christmas stockings and posed for pictures, taken by Bro. Darrell Blair. Approximately 12 retirees and their guests attended.

November 2014 elections didn't go as we wished in New Mexico or across this great country — but we can make a difference in the 2016 election, not that far away. Our New Mexico Senate is holding its own; but if only three Democrats vote the wrong way, New Mexico could possibly become a so-called "right-to-work" state — and that is scary. Unfortunately, here in New Mexico, only 39 percent of eligible voters actually voted last November. I wonder how many union members voted, including retirees — apparently not as many as should have. We retirees must continue to support and encourage our younger brothers and sisters to register and vote. We can't complain about how things are for our children and grandchildren if we don't vote.

If any of you retirees are soon due for a service pin, please contact the hall to receive your pin.

We extend condolences to the families of several retirees who passed on since my last article (and through December 2014): Joe Hill, Robert F. Nelson, Tom Bachicha, Howard L. Collier and Robert E. Laird.

Tracy Hall, Pres.


At Local 611 Family Christmas Party: George Romero (left), Jenaro "Jr." Pedroncelli and Marlin Spreacker.

Retired 'Working Buddies'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 640, PHOENIX, AZ — The union hall was decked in its finest, and those attending our December meeting were treated to a free breakfast and special prizes in the raffle drawings. Jim Weaver, our treasurer, raffled off another of his rocking horse creations, won eventually by Mike Houston. Jim donates funds collected from ticket sales directly to the club. Thanks, Jim!

One of our senior members in attendance was Warren Williams, a club member since 1990. Bro. Williams has been married to his wife, Denise, for 60+ years; he is a military veteran who served in the Korean War; and he is a spry 86 years old! Warren moved his family here from Iowa in 1954 and became an IBEW apprentice in 1955. He worked the next 35 years for contractors in and around Phoenix. Warren is proud of his union service, and he wears all of his earned service pins on his Roadrunner name badge.

We Roadrunners look forward to seeing Warren, as well as our many other members, at our monthly breakfast meetings, held the third Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m. We do our best to have informative speakers, and it's always fun just to get together with old working buddies. We welcome your attendance.

Daryl Knupp, P.S.


Local 640 retired Bro. Warren Williams at December Retirees Club meeting.

April 7 Retiree Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 702, WEST FRANKFORT, IL — The Retirees Club met Dec. 4 last year at Bennie's Italian Restaurant in Marion, IL, with 20 members and three guests present.

Pres. Gary King called the meeting to order, thanked everyone for coming and wished attendees a Merry Christmas. The financial report and minutes from the Oct. 2 meeting were read and approved. The names of our fallen sisters and brothers were read for the months of October and November and a moment of silence was observed.

During discussion of new business, a request for the next meeting to be held at Ryan's in Marion was made by Bro. David Cosimi with no objections to the request. Bro. Cosimi was appointed sergeant at arms, and approved by those present. Jim Nolen won the drawing and $36 was deposited in the club's account. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

On Friday, Dec. 19, retired staff attended the local's staff Christmas dinner with current staff and Executive Board members.

The Annual Retiree Luncheon will be Tuesday, April 7, at Rend Lake for all retired Local 702 members and spouses. Please watch for a flier in the mail or contact the office at (618) 932-2102 to RSVP.

Mark Baker, P.S.

'Welcoming a New Year'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 756, DAYTONA BEACH, FL — First, we wish you a happy and healthy 2015. We started our year off with our Annual Chili Cookoff. We had cool weather, which made it all the better. Congratulations to Bonnie Pettingill, our cookoff winner for this year. We thank everyone for participating. We also thank our judges for the event, including Rex Rawlins and Al Gurley. February brought our popular Low Country Boil, which is always well-attended. March is the month for our barbecue. We look forward to seeing everyone at upcoming club meetings.

With sadness, we report the passing of Bro. George "Hambone" Hamilton and Bro. John Oliver. Bro. Hamilton, a member since 1957, was well-known locally and by many across the country. Bro. Oliver was also a longtime member, since 1970. Both will be missed and we send our condolences to their families.

We invite any retired or unemployed brothers and sisters and their spouses who are in the area to come and join us. Our meetings are the second Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m., at the Local 756 union hall, Port Orange, FL.

Diane Gibbs, P.S.


Local 756 Retirees Club Treas. Dow Graham congratulates Bonnie Pettingill, prize winner at the Annual Chili Cookoff.

Retirees Volunteer; Club Recruiting Members

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 948, FLINT, MI — For those of us in this part of the country, spring is just around the corner — which means the annual cleanup and lawn maintenance around the union hall will get underway.

For many years the Retirees Club has provided the lawn care service for the grounds around our union hall. This has been a great way for those of us who are retired to give back to our local union. Our number of volunteers has dwindled over the past couple of years, and as a result additional manpower is needed to continue providing lawn care service and other maintenance for our union hall. The Retirees Club wishes to invite all retired members to consider joining the club and to also come out and lend a hand. This is a great opportunity to give back to the organization that has provided so much to us throughout our careers.

Our volunteers meet every Monday morning at 8 a.m. to provide services at the union hall. Hope to see you there. Please contact the hall for information.

The Retirees Club meetings are held the first Monday of each month starting at 9 a.m. Please join us.

Jim Harris, P.S.

Holiday Dinner/Dance

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 995, BATON ROUGE, LA — We had a combination Christmas dinner and dance on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Our attendance was down somewhat with approximately 70 people attending. The food as usual was excellent and the music was furnished by our local members.

A reminder: Our meetings are held the first Monday of every even month, at 8:30 a.m.

It is with regret that I report the loss of two of our retirees: Joe E. Watts and Garland "Bo" Davis. They will be missed but not forgotten.

The Retirees Club wishes all our brothers and sisters a blessed year ahead.

W. Roland Goetzman Sr., P.S.