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'Organizing Road Show'

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

In January Local 8 officers, staff and rank-and-file members attended an informational organizing meeting at Local 252 in Ann Arbor, MI. The IBEW Sixth District Office hosted the Michigan Organizing Road Show to discuss why we organize and why it is important to our survival. Topics discussed included the future retirement of our baby boomers and the possible impact that will have on our industry's need for skilled electricians. Market recovery and the CE/CW program were also discussed.

At RENEW (Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers) meetings in January and February, professor Timothy Messer-Kruse, labor specialist from Bowling Green State University, addressed Local 8 members on the subject of labor history. Messer-Kruse is chairman of the Ethnic Studies Dept. at BGSU. The presentation was educational for all in attendance.

Negotiations are underway as of press time for the Inside and Residential contracts, which expire in May. Happy spring!

Mike Brubaker, P.S.


Labor specialist professor Timothy Messer-Kruse addresses IBEW Local 8 members at a RENEW meeting.

Union Festivities Build Unity

L.U. 12 (i,o&se), PUEBLO, CO — Local 12 celebrated the holiday season with a night of union brotherhood. The evening's activity was well-attended at the local's meeting hall with food and drink for all. There were lots of laughs as old friends reminisced and new friends were welcomed. The children received gifts, and the raffle gave cash prizes to a few lucky adults. It's good to see the membership having fun together. This is what builds unity.

The work picture is fairly steady. No big jobs are in the immediate future, but our signatory contractors are staying busy.

Susan Johnson, P.S.

'Fantasy of Lights' Volunteers

L.U. 16 (i), EVANSVILLE, IN — Local 16 members were able to both demonstrate their abilities and bless clients of the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center by volunteering their skills for the 21st Annual Ritzy's Fantasy of Lights. For two months volunteers hauled, set up, and maintained displays that allowed the center to raise over $154,643, one of the highest totals to date. These funds will help to underwrite up to 3,222 sessions of physical, occupational and speech therapy for tri-state children and adults who couldn't otherwise afford these life-changing services. Since its inception, Fantasy of Lights has underwritten 59,029 therapy sessions and generated over $2,833,407 to benefit the center.

The membership wishes to acknowledge Mr. William Mattingly for 19 years of devoted service to the JATC. Bill has consistently advanced the program while doing all he could for every apprentice. His presence on the committee will be greatly missed. Best wishes, Bill, for a well-deserved "retirement."

Many thanks go to Paul Green, John Brady, Dan Gretler, Jeff Brady and Steve Nellis for their efforts to negotiate a fair and equitable collective bargaining agreement that will serve the needs of the membership and promote the unionized electrical industry.

Donald P. Beavin, P.S.

IBEW Member Elected to Maryland Legislature

L.U. 24 (es,i&spa), BALTIMORE, MD — We are proud to announce that Local 24 now has one of our own members in the Maryland House of Delegates looking out for working families. On Jan. 14, at the Statehouse in Annapolis, Bro. Cory McCray was sworn into office for a four-year term as state delegate for the 45th district. We look forward to working with Delegate McCray on labor and social issues that affect all of us. Please stand with me in wishing Bro. McCray much success.

New prevailing wage rates went into effect in January. I am pleased to announce that through the diligent work of Local 24's staff and the contractors that participated, we have been successful in maintaining our Baltimore inside rate as the prevailing rate for the Baltimore jurisdiction. Now let us hope that our newly elected governor keeps the enforcement in place so our contractors can compete on the same playing field.

Our work picture remains slow as of this writing. If you are on the out-of-work list, please remember to re-sign between the 10th and the 16th of each month.

Have a safe spring and summer.

Gary R. Griffin, B.M.


Maryland Delegate Cory McCray (left) with Local 24 Bus. Mgr. Gary Griffin.

Spring & Summer Events

L.U. 26 (ees,em,es,govt,i&mt), WASHINGTON, DC — It's finally springtime in Washington, DC! Union representatives for Local 26 members are hard at work negotiating a new Inside and Residential Agreement. Thanks to those of you who sent in suggestions.

Mark your calendar for some great upcoming events. Here are a few of them to note. The Local 26 Electrical Workers Motorcycle Riding Club's 4th Annual Poker Run will be Saturday, May 2. Our annual Dollars Against Diabetes golf outing will be Monday, June 1. The Manassas, VA, picnic will be Saturday, June 20; and the Edgewater, MD, picnic will be Saturday, Aug. 1. For additional information, please see our quarterly magazine, In Charge, or visit our website

Several members passed away since our last article: Rodney M. Spaulding, Joseph F. Orlando Jr., Steven T. Moxley II, Ali R. Blackhear, Serge E. Salles, Richard G. McGowan, James B. Blackman, John J. Noone, Stephen R. Lewis and Everett Gerardi. They will be missed.

Best wishes to recent retirees: David E. Allison, Michael A. Acree, Daniel C. Morehead, James E. Nugent, Ezzard R. White, Banjerd B. Wongcharoenth, Trent H. Bergendahl, Brian H. Brigden, Robert B. Craig, Christopher D. Dykes, James A. Hass, Ronald R. Jackson, Joseph V. Sobnosky Jr., Jorge Heredia, Gregory A. Coffren, Tyrone E. McKoy, Domingos J. Miranda, John F. Roberts and William F. Tydings III.

Charles E. Graham, B.M.

Training & Market Share

L.U. 34 (em,i,mt,rts&spa), PEORIA, IL — Local 34 has taken a huge step to securing the local's future in central Illinois. On Saturday, Jan. 24, local members decided to take 40 cents of their upcoming hourly wage increase and re-allocate it to the funding of our JATC. With this additional income into the JATC budget, we will be able to buy the training tools necessary to make sure that all of our members, from apprentices to journeymen, will be able to master any new technology required to perform our work. Local 34 officers congratulate all the members who helped make this dream of a newly modernized JATC a reality. Congratulations also go to all IBEW members of other locals who also have made similar sacrifices to ensure the future of our industry. Our 100+ years of experience illustrate that there is no substitute for quality training when it comes to increasing our market share.

Finally, our thanks also go out to Bus. Rep. Dave Lowder and the members who participated in our annual blood drive. With Dave's hard work, all of the time slots for donations were filled and then some.

Marc Burnap, P.S.

Work Picture Update

L.U. 38 (i), CLEVELAND, OH — At this writing, the weather had slowed down construction on multiple projects in our jurisdiction. So, as soon as the weather breaks we will see much more activity on projects like the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, the American Greetings building, the Hilton Hotel, the CWRU Medical Center and the East Bank Flats.

Recently I was in a meeting with the developers of the East Bank Flats project. They told me that it is their plan to have all of the restaurants and retail shops open by this summer. If that comes to fruition, then there is a lot of work that needs to be done between now and then. At press time, many of our members are currently working onsite for Gateway Electric on the apartments. The first floor of the 250-unit apartment building will feature multiple restaurants and retail shops. There will also be several stand-alone buildings for other restaurants and music venues along the 1,200 foot boardwalk to be built along the Cuyahoga River.

Shown in the accompanying photo is an IBEW crew who recently worked with P.J. Ellis Electric Co. to install two 1,500 kilowatt CAT diesel generators that will provide emergency power to the recently expanded Expedient Data Center, located at Neo Parkway in Garfield Heights, OH.

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


Local 38 crew on a P.J. Ellis Electric project for Expedient Data Center: project foreman Daniel Wise (left), Frank Medancic, John Kurowski, Robert Gross, Andrew Wise and Eric Gross.

EWMC Convention Volunteers

L.U. 40 (em,i&mps), HOLLYWOOD, CA — Hello, IBEW. Over the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Local 40 member and Vice Pres. Juan Rodriguez, along with the Southern California Chapter of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus, traveled to Atlanta, GA, for the 25th Anniversary of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus Convention. The Southern California EWMC comprises members from IBEW Locals 40, 45, 47, 440, 441 and 569. Convention participants included EWMC Chapters and IBEW members from across the U.S.

Over the four-day convention, Juan and the EWMC were extremely busy. When they were not team building or attending seminars on how to actively bring members into our unions, they were visiting the birth and resting place of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Juan was also able to visit Dr. King's church.

Additionally, Juan and the EWMC members performed a day of service/volunteer work at a local church installing ceiling lights, repairing fans, electrical outlets, switches, and some light yard work; the church also serves as a community men's shelter.

It was a great pleasure for Juan to represent his IBEW Local 40 and give back through service, to show that IBEW members are all about brotherhood, service and community.

Juan Rodriguez, V.P.


A group of EWMC participants from several IBEW locals gather for a day of community service.

Training Classes Offered

L.U. 42 (catv,em,govt,lctt&o), HARTFORD, CT — At this writing, our work picture is slow for our "A" members. We hope work will pick up soon, although we don't yet have a definite timeframe as of press time. For our "BA" members, work slowed down for the winter months. We hope the work picture will improve in a couple of months.

We increased our "A" and "BA" membership throughout 2014. This does not include the travelers working in Local 42's jurisdiction.

We had two major snow storms in late January and early February. The first snow storm dumped almost 3 feet of snow, and the second one almost another foot of snow.

Those storms kept all of Local 42 very busy with restoration work.

IBEW Local 42's OSHE Safety & Training Department is offering classes that are scheduled through June. The department is offering a Mass Hoisting Continued Education class for 2A and 1B endorsements only. Classes do fill up quickly. To sign up, please call 860-643-4048.

Everyone out working in the field, please stay safe.

Jacquelyn Moffitt

Safety Teamwork Wins

L.U. 48 (c,em,i,rtb,rts,st&tm), PORTLAND, OR — Local 48 Bus. Mgr. Gary Young is extremely proud of the outstanding performance of the IBEW members at the 224-megawatt Port Westward Unit 2 project near Clatskanie, Oregon. The $300 million facility is powered by 12 Wartsilla 18V50SG natural gas fueled engines.

Pacific Gas & Electric and the construction management company, Black & Veatch, gave kudos to the professionalism of the 150 IBEW wiremen employed at the facility.

Talk with these 150 IBEW brothers and sisters and you will learn that this project held special significance because of the safety teamwork attitude that permeated the entire jobsite. Local 48 Pres. Erik Richardson worked on the project and noted: "We all looked out for each other to keep everyone safe." This project is another example that safety is much more than training. IBEW safety is an attitude of respect and concern for our brothers and sisters.

Bob Blair, P.S.


Port Westward Unit 2 facility jobsite for Local 48 project.

Habitat 'Blitz Build' Volunteers

L.U. 58 (em,i,rtb,spa&t), DETROIT, MI — For the past four years, Habitat For Humanity of Detroit has held a red carpet awards ceremony to honor the hard work of their volunteers. Their annual Blitz Build takes over 3,000 volunteers to build seven houses in a seven-day period. IBEW Local 58 and NECA have been involved with this Blitz Build project for the last two years. In total, Habitat has constructed over 100 homes on Detroit's east side.

Habitat for Humanity presents "Habbies" awards to notable volunteers, faith groups, and many other categories. One such category was Community Partner of the Year.

IBEW Local 58 Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Michael Richard was present at the recent ceremony to accept this very special award Community Partner of the Year award on behalf of the hundreds of Local 58 sisters and brothers who helped during the 2014 Blitz Build.

IBEW members have the skill and knowledge to excel in the electrical industry, and that provides unique opportunities to give back to our community. When a Habitat house is completed, we help an entire family for a lifetime. For decades, IBEW Local 58 has provided labor on over 100 Habitat homes in the metro Detroit area, and we look forward to the 2015 build this August.

Andy Dunbar, Pres.


Local 58 members receive award: Carlos Cardona, left, Ron Oldani, Stephanie Conflitti, Mike Kustarz, BM/FS Michael Richard, Treasurer Mike Conflitti, WXYZ-TV Channel 7 anchor Alicia Smith, Pres. Andy Dunbar, Rob Zawadzki, Felicia Wiseman, Kevin Mack, Chris Keeling.

New Organizer Training

L.U. 68 (i), DENVER, CO — Greetings, brothers and sisters. Hope you all had a great Christmas and rang in a happy new year. Santa here at Local 68 got wish lists from 443 happy children.

On Jan. 12-14 at Local 68, we hosted New Organizer Training presented by the I.O. Education Dept. for IBEW Seventh and Eighth District organizers. A total of 64 members including organizers, rank-and-file members and officers received a wealth of helpful information during three days of training. Thanks to all who attended and generously donated to Local 68's Wireman's Brotherhood Fund, which helps our sick and needy members and their families.

Local 68 members carried our banner in the Jan. 19 Martin Luther King Jr. parade on downtown streets to celebrate Dr. King's battles on behalf of working families.

On Jan. 24, we held an informational seminar here at the hall. The main guest was Celinda Campbell, from Compusys of Utah, which manages the Health, Pension & Annuity Benefit Fund for the IBEW Eighth District Trust. Campbell answered questions regarding member and spouse health benefits.

Our work picture dimmed somewhat around the winter holidays but seems to be back on the upswing. Thanks to all our traveling brothers who have come in to help build ongoing projects.

Work safe and take care of your union brothers and sisters.

We extend deepest sympathy to families of our recently deceased brothers: Roger R. Lee, Jay E. Davis, Gilbert L. Williams and Clifford A. Harvey.

Jack Cox, Pres.


Local 68 hosts New Organizer Training session, presented by Int. Rep. Tracy Prezeau.

Young Workers Group

L.U. 80 (i&o), NORFOLK, VA — Our local's young workers group, The Young Brotherhood, has been busy over the winter, representing Local 80 in the community. They have been actively working with Habitat for Humanity and recently worked at the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia. They will continue their volunteer work this spring aboard the battleship USS Wisconsin in Norfolk.

The Young Brotherhood group meets the second Thursday each month, 6 p.m., at the union hall; they invite anyone, regardless of age, to participate.

Local 80 extends our sympathy to the families of several brothers who passed away in the last year: Seabron A. Adamee, Keith Callow, Lawrence Horner, Allan Edwards and Albert "Robbie" Robinson.

W. Dennis Floyd, A.B.M.

Annual Awards Ceremony

L.U. 82 (em,i,mt&rtb), DAYTON, OH — On Aug. 8 last year, Local 82 held its Annual Retiree Pin Dinner, Charles E. Toon Scholarship Awards and Hall of Induction Ceremony.

A 65-year pin was presented to Wilbur Fink, and a 60-year pin to Claude E. Krug. The 55-year pin recipients were: Jerry A. Bell, Graham T. Boyd, John L. Carmody, Robert G. Carmody, Thomas E. Frye, Ronald D. Howard, Fredrick J. Hurst, Elisha C. McCulley, John M. Molnar, Paul Napier, Jack A. Reasor, Robert H. Saunders, John E. Schmid, John R. Stoops and Arnold B. Thomas. The 50-year pin recipients were John Alley, Harold A. Bogard, Joseph D. Caserta, Nelson W. Craport, James B. Holderman, Michael J. Manley, Jerry L. Miller and Denny H. Wells. A total of 156 brothers received service awards, ranging from 5-year pins to 45-year pins. Congratulations to all.

Local 82 also recognized two members who volunteered their time and energy to help start Local 82's Pension, Health & Welfare Funds, and the local's first journeyman test. These two brothers, Bud Manley and L.B. Alley, will be enshrined in the Local 82 Hall of Fame.

Twenty-three apprentices received $250 scholarships to help pay for their books and school expenses. The local 82 softball team helped the cause by donating some of the money they raised during their fish fry. Thanks to all who help raise funds for this great cause!

Doug Searcy, P.S.


Local 82 Bro. Wilbur Fink (center) receives 65-year service pin. With him are his sons, Local 82 members John Fink (left) and Tom Fink.

Bus. Mgr. Appointed to NJEDA

L.U. 102 (em,govt,i,mt,o&ws), PATERSON, NJ — On Jan. 16., Gov. Chris Christie, upon recommendation of state Sen. Pres. Stephen M. Sweeney, appointed Local 102 Bus. Mgr. Pat Delle Cava to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. All of us at Local 102 congratulate our business manager. This appointment is a testament to Pat's hard work and the respect he has garnered throughout the state. He will serve the state of New Jersey with the same passion he brings to work every day at Local 102.

Christmas has come and gone, but it's never too late to thank all the volunteers who run our annual children's Christmas party. It's always great to see our members and their families enjoy the day, but it's what happens after the party that we are most proud of.

Thanks to the continued support of the membership, after the party concludes and each child has received a gift from Santa, the Christmas party committee loads up the trucks with all the remaining gifts. They drive to Paterson, NJ, where they drop the gifts off at the Pediatric Unit of St. Joe's Hospital and the Battered Women's Shelter. It's what the IBEW does best — give back to the communities we serve. Thanks, brothers and sisters!

Bernard Corrigan, Pres./B.R.


IBEW Local 102 Bus. Mgr. Pat Delle Cava.

Toys for Troops' Families

L.U. 104 (lctt,o&u), BOSTON, MA — For the past seven years, the Plymouth-Bristol Central Labor Council (PBCLC) of Massachusetts has put on a toy distribution event for families of Massachusetts veterans. The opportunity for Local 104 to be part of this event is especially wonderful. For years we have contributed to help these military families in need and the veterans who have fought for our freedom.

A 47-year member and Local 104 journeyman lineman, Bro. Ernie Dechene, recording secretary, and his wife, Patti, have been strong advocates for the event and have attended it for years. They have always tried to encourage me to go, and for this recent drive I made the opportunity happen. What a gift it was to attend. The opportunity to witness the event firsthand and see how our IBEW local, along with other local unions in the PBCLC, can make a difference in the lives of others was priceless. My calendar already has next year's event scheduled. That we also had time to connect with state Sen. Marc Pacheco, (see accompanying photo) a strong advocate for working families in Massachusetts, only added to the experience of the day.

Hugh A. Boyd, A.B.M.


Local 104 Rec. Sec. Ernie Dechene (left), Massachusetts state Sen. Marc R. Pacheco and Local 104 Asst. Bus. Mgr. Hugh Boyd.

K2 Wind Energy Project

L.U. 120 (c,i&o), LONDON, ONTARIO, CANADA — Local 120 congratulates the new members who were sworn in at the December 2014 monthly meeting. Welcome to all! We hope that our new members take their newfound status in our union close to heart as we all do.

The K2 Wind Power Project in Huron County continues toward its near completion at the time of this writing. With 140 wind turbines, a 500 kilovolt substation, a 230 kilovolt transformer station and the first full IBEW switchyard, the project kept many IBEW members employed throughout its duration. Local 120 extends thanks to Locals 105, 303, 773 and 804 for their travellers who also worked on the project.

Thanks to Local 424 for calls for the Surmont 2 project; to Local 993 for the Kitimat Modernization Project; and to Locals 530 and 1687 for their calls to various projects. Those jobs kept good brothers working and that is very much appreciated.

Dave Vossen, P.S.

Standing Up for Workers

L.U. 124 (ees,em,i,mar,rts,se,spa&t), KANSAS CITY, MO — The 2015 Missouri General Assembly has convened and as expected, the GOP super-majority has filed more than two dozen anti-worker bills. Numerous right-to-work (for less), prevailing wage, unemployment and workers compensation bills have been filed. All introduced by ultra-conservatives who do not understand labor issues, or just don't care about workers. We are fortunate to have a governor who will use his veto pen if any of these bills reach his desk, but we expect the GOP super-majority to limit his ability to stop anti-labor bills. It is important to let your state legislators hear your opposition to bills that will have a negative impact on your job. Members can contact our State Political Coordinator/Local 124 Pres. Rudy Chavez with any questions or for assistance reaching your legislator.

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

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

Steve Morales, P.S.

Politically Active Membership

L.U. 134 (catv,em,govt,i,mt,rtb,rts,spa&t), CHICAGO, IL — On Jan. 12, Republican Bruce Rauner was sworn in as state governor. Illinois is a "blue island" surrounded by red states. We must remain diligent in protecting worker rights and getting out our message.

At this writing, the city of Chicago mayoral and aldermanic elections were scheduled for Feb. 24, 2015. At press time, election results were not yet available. As always, Local 134 continues to be a force in working to elect labor friendly candidates. Bus. Mgr. Don Finn reported that we have a 92 percent win rate for endorsed candidates.

At press time, we were gearing up to host the March 14 post-St. Patrick's Day parade PAC Party at Boyle Auditorium. Regardless of the weather, our PAC Party, the largest of its kind, is always well-attended by members, their families and friends, and many politicians.

The work outlook is very promising. We hope that by the time this article is published, we will have put hundreds of our approximately 1,000 unemployed members back to work.

Frank Cunningham, R.S.

Spring Work Picture Picks Up

L.U. 146 (ei,i&rts), DECATUR, IL — Work has picked up somewhat this spring. Work at the Fuyao/PPG glass plant has started and there will be a 20-day outage at the Clinton Nuclear Power Plant at the end of April. Work however has not started for the Enbridge pipeline or the Cronus Fertilizer projects.

Local 146 will be negotiating six different agreements in 2015 including the Motor Shops and the Inside Agreement.

Congratulations to the following members on their recent, well-deserved retirement: Dennis Harshbarger, Gary Plummer, Lionel Sanders, Al Henn, Marvin Knox and Jim Schable.

We extend our sincere condolences to the families and friends of Local 146 members who recently passed away: Herman Hilligoss, Johann "Haunzy" Zielder and John "J.T." Slaughter. Our brothers will be missed.

Richard C. Underwood, R.S.

IBEW Member Appointed to Serve on County Board

L.U. 164 (c,em,i,o&t), JERSEY CITY, NJ — Local 164 is proud to announce that local union Pres. Thomas J. Sullivan Jr. was chosen to fill a vacant seat on the Bergen County Board of Freeholders. He was chosen by the county Democratic Committee to fill the seat formerly held by newly elected Bergen County Exec. James Tedesco. Bro. Sullivan was sworn in to his new position by the county executive at a public ceremony on Jan. 28 this year.

Bro. Sullivan has always been committed to serving our communities. He previously served as councilman in Bergenfield, NJ, from 1998-2002 and in Montvale, NJ, from 2005-2007. Local 164 Bus Mgr. Dan Gumble, officers, staff and members congratulate and support Pres. Sullivan in his new leadership role as Bergen County freeholder. We know he will do a great job and will stand up and work hard for the residents of Bergen County just as he has always done for Local 164 members in his leadership roles within the local.

We look forward to the future with Tom representing not only union labor but also all the residents of Bergen County. He will bring his previous experience, new ideas and a fresh perspective to his new role as Bergen County freeholder. Congratulations and best of luck, Tom!

Warren M. Becker, V.P.


Local 164 Pres. Thomas J. Sullivan delivers acceptance speech at Bergen County Democratic Committee meeting.

Steward Training Sessions

L.U. 236 (catv,ees,govt,i,mo,rtb&t), ALBANY, NY — We thank Int. Rep. Craig Duffy, from the IBEW Education Department, for joining us in January to provide IBEW Construction Steward Training and Code of Excellence steward training to our members. The training provided great information on topics such as: the role of the steward, the legal rights and obligations of the steward, problem solving and communication skills. This training will help provide our members with the tools necessary to be effective in their role on the jobsite. We also thank Lachut Electrical sales representative Mike Fallacaro for providing "medium voltage splicing/termination" training and certification to a group of our members.

We are happy to announce that more than 300 service pins were distributed to Local 236 members in 2014. Service awards, which ranged from five-year pins to 65-year pins, were presented to eligible active and retired Local 236 members. Congratulations to all pin recipients, and thank you for your service to the IBEW.

Michael Torres, P.S.

EWMC & IBEW Volunteers

L.U. 292 (em,govt,i,rtb,rts&spa), MINNEAPOLIS, MN — During the week leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, 14 members of IBEW Local 292 attended the annual conference of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC) in Atlanta, GA.

As a Local 292 first-year apprentice, Dana Jefferson had a unique opportunity not only to attend workshops on social media, technology, communications and organizing — but also to volunteer at the Hope Woman's Shelter. Several years ago Dana stayed at that shelter before moving to Minnesota. Being able to give back to the shelter that had once helped her gave Dana a great sense of accomplishment and pride. The highlight of Dana's visit to the conference was the opportunity to meet retired IBEW business manager Sister Robbie Sparks, an original member and later president of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus. Dana noted her admiration of Sister Sparks' great vision, drive and achievements.

On Feb. 7, Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors handed over the keys to a new, accessible house to veteran U.S. Marine Sgt. Colin Faust. IBEW Local 292, with the Minneapolis Chapter of NECA, is proud to support this build by providing volunteers and covering the cost of the entire electrical system.

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


Local 292 apprentice Dana Jefferson (second from right) stands with other EWMC volunteers at the Hope Women's Shelter in Atlanta.

Hockey Tournament

L.U. 294 (ees,em,i,rts,spa&u), HIBBING, MN — Local 294 is proud to announce that our hockey team placed third at the Como Oil Hockey Tournament in Hibbing, MN. Local 294 also receives high praise for our jerseys and we are happy to say that they are made in Minnesota. Ages on the team varied from 19 to 60 and no major injuries were reported.

Dan Hendrickson, B.M.


Hibbing, MN, Local 294 hockey team.

Frigid Winter Work;
Solar Projects & Organizing

L.U. 300 (govt,i,mt&u), MONTPELIER, VT — Hello, brothers and sisters. Hopefully by the time you read this article, the temperature in Burlington, VT, will be much higher than 15 below zero, which was recorded here on a mid-winter day earlier this year.

Since our last article, Entergy has implemented its first reduction of labor at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Facility. We are thankful that the majority of the laid-off workers have secured employment in facilities elsewhere in the nation.

Our inside construction unit experienced a busy 2014 and seems to be accelerating into 2015. This is in most part due to the many solar installations being performed by one of our contractors. This has allowed us to organize many workers, experience relatively full employment, and to have travelers from many locals come to our jurisdiction. All indicators point to construction continuing at this pace through 2015.

We extend our thanks and praise to all the brothers and sisters who last winter were out there breaking a sweat in -20 degree weather. You are the IBEW!

Timothy J. LaBombard, Mbr. Dev. Dir.


Bro. Larry Drake of Local 1253 winters in "balmy" southern Vermont while working as a traveler on a Local 300 project.

Service Awards Presented

L.U. 306 (catv,ees,govt,i,mo,rtb&t), AKRON, OH — Local 306 thanks our social committee, officers, members (active and retired) and their families for their help with planning and conducting our local's many social functions. This participation has always been a labor of love and brotherhood, and it is greatly appreciated. One such event was our Dec. 6 Christmas party last year, and as usual all had a wonderful time. Festivities included entertainment by ventriloquist Daniel Jay, face painting, temporary tattooing, a toy giveaway and a visit from "you know who."

Our December union meeting is always well-attended, and service awards are presented afterward. Wilbur Repp received a 65-year service award. Award recipients also included: for 60 years of service — Harold Albright, Franklin "Jerry" Bowers, Robert Cannady, Norman Hisao, Donald Kingan, Ronald Peck, Alvin Tasker, Paul Textor, Joseph Tassone, John Weber; for 55 years — Frank Bindreiter, Gary Carpenter, Richard DeWitt, Gerald Ferrell, William Hose, Glenn Stoltz; for 50 years — Myron Stewart; and for 25 years — Brian Christ, Kevin Delsavio, Richard Fieldson, Ellen Herman, Wendy Michl, Michael Paull, David Welch, Michael Wenger and Duane Whittaker. We congratulate all and thank them for their longtime IBEW service.

With sadness we report the loss of active Bro. Daniel Trettel and retired Bros. William Monchack, Norman Toler, Duane Ganyard, Laverne "Bill" Dutt and Eugene Baker. We extend our condolences to their families.

Thomas Wright, Mbr. Dev./P.S.

Youth Caucus Going Strong

L.U. 320 (catv,t&u), POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — It is no secret that the Third District Youth Caucus is making a real impact throughout the IBEW. I first became familiar with this program at the 2013 Progress Meeting in Atlantic City, NJ, where a group of young workers from several IBEW locals received recognition for their volunteer work repairing homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The youth demonstrated that working together makes us stronger, and they showed the community the good work that union members do.

Local 320 Bus. Mgr./Pres. John Kaiser and I began listening to monthly conference calls of the Third District YC, and its co-chairs Chris Erickson Jr. and Tara Chupka provided information about how to get a youth caucus started in our own local.

On July 18 last year, Local 320 held our first Youth Caucus meeting and we are going strong. In 2014, we brought members Cory Fleischman and Brandon Mergendahl as delegates to the Progress Meeting in Pittsburgh. We participated in the Community Day of Action by hosting a golf fundraiser to benefit local fire departments and we volunteered at a local food bank. We are planning a bowling fundraiser for lymphoma/leukemia research.

The enthusiasm of these young workers is inspiring wider interest among all members. Our current YC members include: Heather Landry, John Fanelli, Cory Fleischman, Brandon Mergendahl, Allison Fusaro, Joelle Rima, Scott Bradley, Matt Brunke, Glen Guadagno, Ed Hanley, Marcia Delgado, Casandra James, Jessica Aufiero and Kate Kelly.

Youth Caucus members have also inspired other unions. Many are impressed with the IBEW Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers (RENEW) program and want to know how to get younger members involved.

Allison Morris, R.S./P.S.


IBEW Local 320 congratulates its Youth Caucus members.

Thanks to Volunteers

L.U. 332 (c,ees,i&st), SAN JOSE, CA — Thanks to our volunteers, our local was well-represented at the campaign kickoff for Tim Orozco, candidate for the San Jose City Council. We hope to see Tim elected to the city council in the April 7, 2015, special election for the open seat in District 4.

Local 332 volunteers not only give their time, but also give of themselves in other ways as well. Thanks to local volunteers, our quarterly blood drive in partnership with Stanford University Medical Center collected over 120 pints last year.

The work picture remains steady here. The San Jose Earthquakes soccer stadium is now completed, as is the new San Francisco 49ers stadium, both in Santa Clara. To see an IBEW Media Department video on the construction of the San Francisco 49ers stadium, go to:

David Bini, Organizer


Local 332 volunteers gather at union hall: Francis Whiston (left), Juan Alvarez, Jon Rodriguez, David Torres, Gabe Cobos, David Piercy, Robert Godinez, J.P. Wolfe, Tom Watt, Dan Jones, Enrique Ramos and Brandon Quibelan. Not pictured Alberto Chipres.

Portable Training Classroom

L.U. 340 (i,rts&spa), SACRAMENTO, CA — Local 340 recently purchased and completely remodeled a portable classroom, which is now being used primarily for CE/CW apprenticeship training as well as journeyman inside wireman exam testing, fifth-year foreman classes and continuing education classes for journeyman wiremen. This classroom sits behind our apprenticeship building and has been a great addition to our training facility. We are also in the process of sprucing up the grounds around our union hall with new lights, flag poles, etc. while also making some much-needed improvements inside our hall. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by to see the changes.

We have gotten many good reviews from the members regarding Local 340's brand new website. Log on to and have a look.

The work picture has picked up in our jurisdiction and since January, we have been putting our members back out to work after a very bad three-year dry spell. We believe this improved work picture will continue for at least the next two years.

It is with regret that I report the passing of retired Bro. Thom Rhorabough. Rest in peace, brother.

Tom Okumura, B.M.

Appointments Announced

L.U. 364 (catv,ees,em,es,i,mt,rts&spa), ROCKFORD, IL — On Dec. 6, the local held its annual kids Christmas party. There were toys for all the children as well as a hot dog lunch complete with chips, cookies, etc. A big, heartfelt thank-you goes out to our newly retired member who serves as Santa. Bro. Ty Hillman does an excellent job and the kids love him. Ty greets each and every child and brings a lot of joy to all.

At our December membership meeting, Honor Pins were presented for IBEW years of service. Gold watches were awarded to recently retired members: Ronald Anderson, William Bloom, David Carey, James Cook, Neil Cuthbertson, Randy Genna, Steven Herdkoltz, Dale Manning, Roy Montgomery, Dennis Nighswonger, Terry Reglin, Timothy Reigle, Michael Salbego, Daniel A. Smith and Thomas Troxell. We also enjoyed hot-off-the-bone ham sandwiches with all the sides, and of course the spirit of brotherhood that only an IBEW member would understand.

Chris Molander, P.S.

Habitat for Humanity Project

L.U. 440 (i,rts&spa), RIVERSIDE, CA — On Jan. 10, a group of 15 IBEW brothers gave up their Saturday to help rough in three Habitat for Humanity homes being built in Riverside.

This opportunity not only allowed us to give back to the community, but also to put our differences aside and work side by side with one of the nonsignatory contractors located in our jurisdiction. Everyone worked well together; we even had a chance to break bread, crack some jokes and assist one another in tasks throughout the day.

IBEW Local 440 thanks everyone who participated, and a special thanks to Bro. Ray Garcia. Every brother who volunteered did so because they wanted to give back. Bro. Garcia not only took the lead on this project, but he also did Local 440 a great service by contacting other brothers and getting their commitment to participate.

Some brothers signed up for the project on a list at the hall, and a couple showed up just by word of mouth. Again thank you all! And to all members reading this: Please let us know if you would be willing to participate in future community service projects so that we can start making commitments in advance for such projects.

Bernie Balland, Mbr. Dev.


IBEW Local 440 members volunteered their skills for a Habitat for Humanity project.

Celebrating the Century

L.U. 446 (i), MONROE, LA — Our local turned 100 this year. A 100th anniversary celebration is planned for April 25. Please mark your calendars and help celebrate the occasion.

We congratulate two local union members who recently achieved significant milestones. Bro. James R. Robinson recently was awarded his IBEW 60-year service pin. Bro. Douglas W. Smelser is our most recent retiree and he was awarded an IBEW retirement watch.

We thank both of these brothers for their longtime service and wish them the very best in the years ahead.

Joshua Palmer, B.M./F.S.


Recently retired Local 446 Bro. Douglas W. Smelser (center) with Pres. Ken Green (left) and Bus. Mgr. Joshua Palmer (right).

Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 464 (mt), COVINGTON, VA — 2014 was quite a year for the Local 464 apprentices. The union and MeadWestvaco reached a Dual Craft Apprenticeship Agreement approximately three years ago and both are starting to reap the rewards.

Classroom apprenticeship instruction is accomplished with online computer-based training. Time is allotted every month for apprentices to attend a session at a training center staffed by union members. Also during this time, the different disciplines are paired up and assigned either electrical jobs or instrument jobs. Instrument specialists working on electrical jobs will serve as the apprentices — likewise, the electrical specialists working on instrument jobs will be apprentices for that part of the training.

Early 2014 saw the first graduation as Tim Morgan received his electrical certification. Complementing Tim's accomplishment, three members' external licenses were also re-evaluated and shown to comply with state requirements. Those three members — Craig Chambers, Tim Elmore and Matt Hall — were immediately stepped up in pay and utilized in the dual craft capacity. As the year progressed more members would complete their certification. Additional 2014 graduates included: for electrical certification — Jerry Craghead Sr., Jerry Craghead Jr., Scott Harris, Gary Smith, Tim Warlitner and Paul Wright; and for instrument certification — C.R. Anderson, Sam Arrington, Tim Baldwin, Todd Cook, Roger Gibson, David Horn, Mike Newman, Jerry Rice, Bernie Teaford and Andy Wiseman. Congratulations to all of these brothers.

In other news, on Oct. 4 last year, the local held its 5th Annual Fundraiser Golf Tournament. Well over $1,000 was raised. This event typically draws a full crowd and is the highlight event capping off the end of great summer golf. Hope you have a chance to join us for this year's wonderful event.

Cliff Persinger, P.S.


Local 464 members Craig Chambers (left) and Tim Elmore.

100th Anniversary Celebration

L.U. 466 (em,es,i&rts), CHARLESTON, WV — January 23, 2014, marked the 100th anniversary of our local's founding. On April 12 last year the local held an awards dinner and 100th year celebration at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel. Special guests included: West Virginia Sec. of State Natalie Tennant; a representative from the office of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin; retired IBEW international representative Greg Gore; and pension fund consultant Pete Smith.

We had 272 members and guests in attendance. Retired Bro. Bill Jeffers, a 66-year IBEW member, was the most longtime member present and at age 85 also the oldest member in attendance. A total of 57 members received service awards ranging from five-year pins to 45-year pins. Many recipients were present to receive their award in person.

Each member received a copy of a very nice history of our local, a booklet produced by Union Histories. Members also received several 100th anniversary commemorative items with the Local 466 logo, including a lapel pin, a 2-inch brass coin, a tall glass and more. We thank everyone who helped make our 100th year celebration such a memorable occasion.

Reminder: Retirees Club meetings are the first Wednesday of every month, 1:30 p.m., with lunch provided. Retirees also meet for a Dutch breakfast on the third Wednesday of every month at Mo's Dinner in St. Albans, WV. The retirees appreciate the support of Local 466 officers and members. Thank you for 100 great years!

Larry Fogarty, P.S.

Work Picture & Brotherhood

L.U. 530 (i,o&rtb), SARNIA, ONTARIO, CANADA — At the time of this writing Local 530 is experiencing full employment and would like to thank our sister locals for helping us man the jobs in our jurisdiction.

We also wish to thank several locals for continuing to employ our members who choose to help man jobs away from home; this is a freedom we enjoy. Our thanks go to: Windsor, ON, Local 773; Sudbury, ON, Local 1687; Kamloops, BC, Local 993; and Edmonton, AB, Local 424.

Local 530 is saddened by the recent passing of Bros. Ralph Camden and Jack Edwards.

Al Byers, P.S.

Contracts Ratified

L.U. 558 (catv,em,i,mt,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), SHEFFIELD, AL — Greetings, brothers and sisters. We have been extremely busy with finalizing and negotiating several contracts.

Through our strong partnership with Wolf Creek Federal Services on the Installation Support Services contract at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL, we bridged a multi-year contract and organized all of the fire-alarm mechanics who were added to this project.

At the Toyota Engine Plant project in Huntsville, AL, the final phases of work are being successfully completed. The project has experienced no interruptions and is on time — validating the importance of a workforce that has the required skills, aptitude and knowledge.

At press time, wage negotiations for Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) annual and hourly employees have been completed, as well as negotiations with Muscle Shoals Utilities.

We are excited to have ratified contracts with: Packaging Corp. of America, Tuscumbia Utilities, and Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corp.

As of this writing, we are in the process of opening discussions and negotiations on several other agreements.

The outlook for this year appears very positive with a scheduled annual outage at the TVA Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, and the possibility of several hydro projects under discussion.

We send our best to everyone throughout the Brotherhood and wish all a successful, productive 2015.

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

'Spring into Union Meetings'

L.U. 692 (i,mt&spa), BAY CITY, MI — As of this writing in late winter, work was a little slow, but projects were being bid.

We have seen success with our business and membership development efforts, using the CE/CW addendum at full rate to secure work for our members on the Meijer store construction project in Alpena, MI. We are the only union craft on the project, with about 12 brothers on the job.

In January, our local hosted the Sixth District Organizing Road Show. Approximately 70 members from neighboring IBEW locals attended. Members participating were presented an overview of the future outlook and received information about the critical importance of organizing to ensure a strong future for our members.

We are sad to report the passing of retired Bro. Thomas H. Voisine. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

This is contract year; please attend your union meetings to get the latest information. It is always important to go to the meetings when you can. By attending union meetings, you will know what is going on and have an opportunity to voice your opinion on matters.

Work safe!

Tammy Gottleber, P.S.

2015 Contract Negotiations

L.U. 702 (as,c,catv,cs,em,es,et,govt,i,it,lctt,mo,mt,o,p,pet,ptc,rtb,rts,se, spa,st,t&u), WEST FRANKFORT, IL — We are proud to once again host our annual Retiree Luncheon at Rend Lake Conservancy District, on Tuesday, April 7. Please inform any Local 702 retired member whom you know about the event and encourage them to contact the union hall for details.

We will be negotiating numerous new agreements this year. Negotiations on the following contracts will be underway: Dynegy, Outside Line Construction, Alcoa, Mt. Carmel Public Utility, SIUC Broadcast Engineers, Mt. Vernon Neon, Consolidated Communications (ICTC), Washington County, Flora School District, Ozark Border (clerical), and the City of Poplar Bluff (municipal utilities) Electric Department.

Newly elected Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has rolled out his anti-labor agenda, which includes "right-to-work-for-less" zones throughout the state. Members must engage locally to make sure their elected representatives do not support this damaging legislation, which seeks to lower the standard of living for all working families.

Our outside construction and line clearance work is steady and looks promising. As of this writing, our referral books are as follows: inside construction - 54; outside construction - 12; and line clearance - 1.

To stay up on the latest Local 702 news and information, or to order IBEW Local 702 merchandise (now available at our online store), please visit our website

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

Kudos to Recent Retirees

L.U. 1066 (u), DAYTONA BEACH, FL — In the past year the following Local 1066 members have retired: Toni M. Brinklow, Steven Dale Mullins, Stephan Francis Spanik, and Lisa K. Welch.

Sister Brinklow worked as a meter electrician B. She has 30 years of service as an IBEW member.

Bro. Mullins, who has 35 years of IBEW service, started as a helper in Miami and finished his career in Port Orange working as a cable splicer.

Bro. Spanik, a 40-year IBEW member, worked as a chief substation electrician.

Sister Welch worked as an "operation clerk A steno" and has 37 years of IBEW service. She was a local union officer and job steward; she also was instrumental in encouraging members to volunteer and step up to participate within the local.

I would like to thank all of our retirees for their longtime and continued service to the union and the membership.

Mario Menir, B.M./Pres.

'Highest Level of Dedication'

L.U. 1116 (em, lctt, u), TUCSON, AZ — This year's outstanding apprentices from Local 1116 are, from left, Christopher Hengsteler, journeyman lineman/cableman; Susie McCann, journeyman designer; and Jason Nash, journeyman mechanic. Susie was also awarded the prestigious Chuck Huggins Community Service Award, which is presented to an outstanding apprentice who has contributed his or her time to the community. Susie has also been recognized as the first female to have been given this award.

All three recipients have shown the highest level of dedication and commitment to their training and crafts, so we would like to congratulate them for the extra effort and hard work!

Roger Asplin, P.S.


Local 1116 outstanding apprentices Christopher Hengsteler, left, Susie McCann, and Jason Nash.

Contract Approved

L.U. 1466 (u) COLUMBUS , OH — We have ongoing contract negotiations with AEP, since our agreement is set to expire in 2015. Our local, along with our System Council, has spent the majority of 2014 and the first part of 2015 trying to work out our master contract, local contract and wage agreement with the company. We are glad to report that, after voting, our members have approved a final contract, which includes the first steps toward wage equalization between the IBEW Locals on AEP property, as well as significant increases in many classifications that will start to bring our wages in line with our peers in the utility industry. We have been pushing for this for years, and because of our members standing up and speaking out at every opportunity, we are finally starting to see some good results. Thank you for not being afraid to make your voices heard. We would like to thank the other Locals on the System Council for sticking together to help get this done. We still have a ways to go, but the hard work and perseverance of our members will continue to push things in the right direction, and get us to where we need to be.

In ongoing membership development campaigns, we have recently had success in organizing some of the non-members we had on the property.

Jimi Jette, P.S.

Holiday Remembrance

L.U. 2324 (t), SPRINGFIELD, MA — On Dec. 13, IBEW members partnered with New Vision Pioneers to sponsor 40 graves at the annual Wreaths Across America event at the Agawam Veterans Cemetery. The goal of the organization is to see that every veteran's grave across America has a wreath for the Holidays. The wreaths cost $15 each.

Nearly 8,000 veterans and their spouses are buried in the Agawam cemetery. 1,692 wreaths were laid on graves. Organizers hope in the future, they'll have enough wreaths for each gravestone.

Christine Casino, P.S.


Local 2324 Brother Martin Feid places a wreath on a veteran's grave.