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2015 Apprenticeship Graduates

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

Local 8 congratulates the Toledo Electrical JATC class of 2015. The commencement banquet was held in July, graduating 22 inside wiremen, seven voice-data-video wiremen, and five residential wiremen. Tracy Busch, from the residential program, was named Outstanding Apprentice, and Gregory McCann, from the inside program, was named "Apprentice of the Year." Best wishes to all the graduates reaching this milestone. We wish them well in their careers as journeyman electricians.

The Toledo Electrical JATC was awarded the Journeyman Education Award at the Fourth District Progress Meeting in July. Congratulations to Training Dir. Dave Wellington and all the instructors and board members on this awesome achievement.

[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]

Mike Brubaker, P.S.


Local 8 apprentices present Journeyman Education Award. From left, apprentices Shaun Solly and Josh Brint; JATC Training Dir. Dave Wellington; JATC board members Eric Grosswiler and Ken Fischer. [See Editor's Note in article.]

Contracts Ratified;
October Election of Officers

L.U. 10 (u), JOHNSON CITY, NY — Local 10 officers have been busy with negotiations in the last year or so. Contracts were negotiated and ratified at New York State Electric and Gas, Somerset Power Plant, Otsego Electric Cooperative, Cayuga Power Plant, Oneida-Madison Electric Cooperative and Delaware County Electric Cooperative.

At the time of this writing, nominations for Local 10 officers have begun, with the local union election scheduled for October.

We would like to say thank-you to the officers appointed by the International at the time of the amalgamation of several locals to form then-newly chartered Local 10, effective April 2014. Their work is very much appreciated.

Please check the schedule for union meeting times and locations in your area.

Don S. Tuttel, P.S.

New Apprenticeship Director

L.U. 12 (i,o&se), PUEBLO, CO — This year Local 12 and Local 667 joined forces for the 2015 IBEW Annual Picnic. The Pavilion in Pueblo West was the venue of choice this year with the swimming pool close by. The menu included burgers and hotdogs with plenty of side dishes and dessert. Everyone from retirees to apprentices had a great time. Big thanks go out to all those who helped, from planning to cooking to clean up.

Local 12 has recruited a new apprenticeship director. Bro. Dan Kraus is taking the reins and we look forward to working with him. Dan went through Local 12's apprenticeship program and will use his expertise to help propel the JATC forward. Our appreciation goes out to Bro. Brian Miller for his relatively brief but highly productive stint as the Pueblo Electrical JATC director.

[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]

Susan J. Johnson, P.S.


Local 12 Apprenticeship Dir. Dan Kraus.

Local Union Picnic Oct. 18

L.U. 16 (i), EVANSVILLE, IN — IBEW Local 16 congratulates the apprenticeship graduates of the 2015 Inside Wireman program: Brad D. Addington, Aaron J. Cartwright, Marvin E. Cayce, Darren M. Cloud, Seth D. Comer, Scott B. Flagg, Mark J.A. Grossman, Phillip M. Hasty, Luke M. Houchin, Dakota J. Huff, Justin R. Johnson, Mark E. Marshall, Idris G. Mitchell, Erick N. Voelker, and Michael J. Wiley. This year, the academic award and the John D. Brenner Memorial Award both went to Brad D. Addington. Best wishes to these new IBEW journeymen.

Local 16 will hold its family picnic on Sunday, Oct. 18. This annual event features excellent food, nice door prizes, gifts and entertainment for the children, award ceremonies, and a great opportunity to connect with other brothers and sisters. Volunteers are always very welcome, so if you can make some time available, please come on out to help. For more information, check your mail or contact the union hall.

As of this writing, Evansville Teamsters have been going through challenging negotiations with the school board that potentially could have a lasting negative effect on their union. Many thanks to all who have shown solidarity and who realize that harm to any trade is a threat to all.

Donald P. Beavin, P.S.

Apprenticeship Graduation

L.U. 24 (es,i&spa), BALTIMORE, MD — The officers and members of Local 24 congratulate the Baltimore JATC graduating class of 2015. When this class started five years ago, there were 80 apprentices. On July 17 at the graduation event there were 43, of those original 80, who persevered and successfully completed the five-year program to graduate. Of those 43 graduates, seven had perfect attendance for all five years. Two of the graduates received the Highest Average Award with a 94 percent grade average over five years. We wish all the new graduates a long, healthy and prosperous career.

[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]

Gary R. Griffin, B.M.


Baltimore Local 24 congratulates apprenticeship graduating class of 2015.

Scholarship Award Recipients

L.U. 26 (ees,em,es,govt,i&mt), WASHINGTON, DC — Local 26 is proud to announce the four winners of this year's scholarship award: Ryan Brode, Carly Herber, Katelyn Murphy and Anna Nelson.

Ryan is the son of Bro. Douglas Brode and will attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to pursue a degree in engineering, with the goal of becoming an aerospace engineer. Carly is the daughter Bro. Stephen Herber and will attend Liberty University to pursue a bachelor's degree in business administration. Katelyn is the daughter of Bro. Richard Murphy and will attend Towson University to purse a degree in education. Anna is the daughter of Bro. Mark Nelson and she plans to attend St. Mary's College to pursue a degree in biology/environmental science.

I'd like to remind everyone of the importance of the elections on Tuesday, Nov. 3. It is extremely important that you help re-elect friends of labor in the state and local races.

We extend condolences to the families of members who passed away since our last article: Joseph K. Neuland, Howard W. "Smitty" Smith, Albert N. Miller and Steven B. Reba.

Best wishes to new retirees: Harry W. Hardy, Michael B. Liller, Anthony A. Lewis, Eugene P. Sanchez, Robert F. Cunningham, Dennis W. Brown, George O. Buckler, Warren L. Crites, James W. Foley, Hoa T. Khong, Lawrence L. Nevitt, Thomas M. Ohagan, Richard C. Patterson and John K. Jones.

Charles E. Graham, B.M.

Tribute to a Life of Service

L.U. 32 (i&u), LIMA, OH — Local 32 is saddened to report that then-Pres. Richard "Stimpy" Kohli Sr. passed away on June 17.

With Bro. Kohli's passing, the local lost a leader; our office secretary Penny Kohli lost her husband; and Local 32 member Nicholas Smith and apprentice Richard Kohli Jr. lost their dad. Bro. Richard "Stimpy" Kohli fought a courageous battle with cancer. He served the local with dedication to the end and he did what leaders do — he led! Even in illness and adversity, he had a smile for all of us! Bro. Richard "Stimpy" Kohli is sadly missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace, brother!

Thank you to Randy Striff, former recording secretary, for providing information for this article.

Larry Cox, B.M./F.S.


Local 32 late Pres. Richard "Stimpy" Kohli Sr.

Groundbreaking Ceremony For New Training Facility

L.U. 34 (em,i,mt,rts&spa), PEORIA, IL — On July 24, the long-anticipated groundbreaking ceremony for our new JATC facility took place.

The $2.5 million, 22,000-square-foot facility was carefully designed through many meetings over the past year with the members of the JATC board. Local 34 members understand that excellent training sets us apart from nonunion workers, and so voted to take 40 cents an hour off base wages to help fund construction and operations of the new facility. Not only will it accommodate training for apprentices, but also will provide a modern training facility for journeyman update classes as well.

Welding booths, manholes for confined-space training, and an overhead crane to teach rigging are just a few highlights of the school. There are future plans to install solar and wind technologies to train our members in those booming, high-tech power generation and distribution systems.

The JATC committee also took a tour of the Marvel Furniture factory in Chicago to look at the furnishings planned for the new training facility. All furnishings are union-made and installed. Keeping pace with the aggressive timeline, the general contractor hopes to have the facility built and ready for apprentices by the start of the second semester in January 2016.

[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]

Dave Lowder, B.R.


At the groundbreaking for Local 34's new training facilty. From left, Adam Larson, JATC; Dave Zeller, NECA; Local 34 Pres. Tim Sprout; Ron Mauerman, JATC; Training Dir. Brandon Currie; Mark Kawolsky, NECA; Mike Snyder, NECA; Local 34 Bus. Rep. Dave Lowder; Steve Gardner, NECA; and Local 34 Bus. Mgr. Paul Flynn. [See "Editor's Note" in article.]

Construction Projects Are Underway in Cleveland

L.U. 38 (i), CLEVELAND, OH — Tens of thousands of man-hours have been worked by Local 38 members at the East Bank Flats project under a project labor agreement negotiated by the Cleveland building trades. Tenants are starting to move into the new 250-apartment complex, and the restaurants and night clubs are beginning to open. It all looks great including the new 1,200-foot boardwalk along the Cuyahoga River, with all of its decorative lighting.

Interest in downtown Cleveland continues to grow. There are at least another 1,000 apartments planned to go into the Standard, Leader and Huntington Bank buildings, which should bring additional man-hours starting this fall.

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


Cleveland, Ohio, Local 38 members working for Zenith Systems at Case Western Reserve University's Maltz Performing Arts Center project.

Certification Requirements

L.U. 42 (catv,em,govt,lctt&o), HARTFORD, CT — Local 42 held its chartered fishing trip, "BA" members picnic, "A" members picnic, and cod fishing trip. The events were all very successful and everyone had a great time.

A note to the "A" members and travelers who would like to sign Local 42 Out-of-Work Books: Journeyman linemen and apprentices are required to have completed all required classes for First Aid, Basic Life Support, Bucket Rescue and Pole Top Rescue, and to have current certifications. All other classifications should have completed classes and have current certification for First Aid and Basic Life Support at a minimum. Commercial Driver's License holders must have an updated medical card issued by a physician registered with the Department of Transportation.

A reminder from the Local 42 OSHE Safety & Training Department: The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation is in the process of changing the Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL-A) testing requirements. If you hold a CDL-B license at this time, we strongly encourage you to get it upgraded to a CDL-A as soon as possible. All CDL-A license holders will be grandfathered in automatically.

Continuing education classes were held for Connecticut Electrical License holders on Sept. 12 and Sept. 19.

The "BA" membership has been growing steadily throughout the year. Local 42 and Lewis Tree Service Inc. have started a Safety & Training program, which is going well. We have seen a positive growth in the number of stewards this year as well.

Upcoming events include the trap shoot on Oct. 3 and the union meeting and Christmas party (smoker) on Dec. 10.

Jacquelyn Moffitt, P.S.

Union Members & The Ultimate Right to Vote

L.U. 48 (c,em,i,rtb,rts,st&tm), PORTLAND, OR — Oregon ranks fifth in the nation for voter turnout with just under 70 percent voter participation. Local 48 members take politics seriously and are actively participating in the election process in record numbers. Bus. Mgr. Gary Young is leading the charge with the support of our Political Rep. Joe Esmonde and all our Local 48 members and their families.

The next election cycle will require union support to defeat anti-worker efforts such as the so-called "right-to-work" initiatives. Such anti-union efforts have succeeded in some other states with low voter participation. The message on some corporate news networks is that politicians "are all the same, so why bother voting." Meanwhile, anti-union factions whip up a high voter turnout among their base. Thankfully, the seeds of voter apathy have not taken root in Oregon — our union brothers and sisters are well aware of political strategies and the importance of their votes.

Our union leadership works hard to determine which candidates will fight for the rights of working people and then shares the list with Local 48 members. The list can be found by logging in as a member on Local 48's website and clicking the "Political Conversations" tab. IBEW Local 48's goal is 100 percent member participation in exercising the ultimate American right.

Bob Blair, P.S.

Industry Nights & Specialized Training Sessions

L.U. 68 (i), DENVER, CO — Greetings, brothers and sisters.

Work remains steady here in Local 68. We are still hitting Book II with job calls.

On June 10-11, Local 68 held Organizing Industry Nights in Ft. Collins and in Denver. We had a good turnout for both events and have signed up several new members as a result.

On June 18, IBEW Int. Rep. Guy P. Runco was at our hall to conduct the eight-hour Stewards Class for 12 members. Thanks to Guy and all who participated.

The Denver Joint Electrical Apprenticeship Training Committee (DJEATC) hosted Interview Training at our building on 54th Avenue. It was well-attended and will help keep us on track with consistent and meaningful interviews. [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]

Local 68 and the other IBEW Colorado locals hosted the Eighth District Progress Meeting held July 27-29. We had good presentations and workshops downtown at the Denver Convention Center. Thanks to those who worked to help make this event a success. Local 68 thanks all members who attended. Hope all the out-of-town brothers and sisters in attendance had an enjoyable time in Denver.

Local 68's summer picnic was Aug. 15. I will give an update on the picnic next time.

Remember to work safe and professionally as always, brothers and sisters.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of our recently deceased members: Merton F. Brooks, Gregory B. Coffman, James R. Tucker, James A. Meissner, Paul Karuzas, Donald Musich, Matthew D. Lamb, Joshua J. Pina and Anthony R. Deckert.

Jack Cox, Pres.

'IBEW Workers Get it Done'

L.U. 70 (lctt&o), WASHINGTON, DC — Here at Local 70, we wish to thank the local union members and signatory contractor Henkels & McCoy Inc. for all their safe and efficient work in the D.C. area.

Henkels & McCoy has been working on Pepco projects, under the reliability contract, for some time now. IBEW members working with H&M have been replacing poles, reconductoring primary wire, changing out open-wire secondary with triplex and quadraplex wire, replacing transformers and transformer banks, installing reclosers, etc., in an area that is congested with traffic and where the streets are lined with trees to camouflage the pole lines. Their safe and efficient work has kept some of the work out of nonunion hands and has proven to the power company that union working people can get it done. The outlook is very good for our members to be working on this system for some time.

We mourn the passing of Bro. Wayne Bangs. He will be greatly missed.

Jimmy Horton, B.R.


Local 70 members are working with Henkels & McCoy Inc. on Pepco projects.

2015 Apprentice Graduates;
Young Worker Volunteers

L.U. 80 (i&o), NORFOLK, VA — Local 80 recently held the apprenticeship graduation ceremony for the class of 2015. The graduates are: Ken Young, Kevin Hill, Shawn Hoffman, Chris Uzzle, Daniel Hernandez, Kyle Hewitt, Robert Reyes, Joshua Bryant, Jeremy Francisco, Matthew Lessard, Mark Agnese, Joshua Taraskiewicz, Council Lennon and Ed Hickey. Congratulations to all of these new journeymen. For the first time in Local 80, three apprentices received the Outstanding Apprentice Award: Daniel Hernandez, Jeremy Francisco and Matthew Lessard. Joshua Taraskiewicz received an award for perfect attendance throughout his apprenticeship.

The Young Brotherhood of Local 80, the local's young workers group, has been busy. They have continued to volunteer their time, recently working to install new lighting on the battleship USS Wisconsin at Nauticus in Norfolk. They also worked for a weekend with the Union Sportsmen's Alliance building a walkway through a portion of the Great Dismal Swamp. The Young Brotherhood meets the second Tuesday of each month and is open to any member interested in helping represent Local 80 in the community.

W. Dennis Floyd, A.B.M.


From left: Local 80 Training Dir. Mike Iacobellis; apprentice graduates Ken Young, Kevin Hill, Shawn Hoffman, Chris Uzzle, Daniel Hernandez, Kyle Hewitt, Robert Reyes, Joshua Bryant, Jeremy Francisco, Matthew Lessard, Mark Agnese, Joshua Taraskiewicz, Council Lennon; Bus. Mgr. Matthew Yonka; and apprentice graduate Ed Hickey.

Politically Active Members

L.U. 98 (as,catv,em,i&it), PHILADELPHIA, PA — Philadelphia's IBEW Local 98 had another outstanding success in the recent primary election.

Local 98 former political director Bobby Henon is unopposed in his Philadelphia City Council race. Henon, one of council's rising stars, will begin his second term in January 2016.

Ed Neilson, another former Local 98 political director, won the Democratic nomination for an Aug. 11 special election for state representative in Pennsylvania's 174th District. Neilson previously served in both the State House and on the city council. [Editor's Note: Ed Neilson won the Aug. 11 special election.]

Local 98 and most of the city's public and private unions supported Democrat Jim Kenney in the mayoral primary. Kenney won the primary in a landslide and is the prohibitive favorite to win in the fall.

Finally, Kevin Dougherty, administrative judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and brother of IBEW Local 98 Bus. Mgr. John J. Dougherty, won one of three Democratic spots in the nomination to run in the November general election for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

With the continued incursion of Koch Brothers-funded organizations that are pushing so-called "right to work" and other anti-union measures, the opportunity to place Judge Dougherty on the state's highest court is one that labor must capitalize upon. As we approach the fall election season, Local 98 political activism remains in high gear.

Bryan Burrows, P.S.


Local 98 rallies support for worker-friendly political candidates.

Motorcycle Run Benefit

L.U. 102 (em,govt,i,mt,o&ws), PATERSON, NJ — Our 2nd Annual Motorcycle Run and Cruise-In was July 25. It was a great turnout on a beautiful day. Over 100 bikers enjoyed a one-hour ride, while classic cars were enjoyed back at the union hall. More importantly, in true IBEW fashion, we were happy to give back to the communities we serve. Over $30,000 was raised that day for The Seeing Eye, a guide-dog school in Morristown, NJ, which is reportedly the oldest guide-dog school in the world. The school's mission is to enhance the independence, dignity and self-confidence of people who are blind, through the use of specially trained guide dogs. We thank Dave Fiore and all the volunteers who made this event possible.

We are happy to report that, since our last article, another Local 102 member has joined our ranks of public servants. Local 102 training instructor and Executive Board member Dan Petrozelli will be serving the Bridgewater Raritan School District. Dan will take his seat on the school board effective November 2015. We are certain Dan's passion for educating the members of Local 102 will translate well as he begins advocating for the children of his district. Congratulations, Dan!

Bernie Corrigan, Pres.


Local 102 Treas. and event coordinator Dave Fiore (kneeling, at left), event volunteer Matt Schwartz (center) and Pres. Bernie Corrigan (far right), with volunteers for The Seeing Eye Inc. and guide-dog puppies in training.

Mobilizing & Moving Forward

L.U. 134 (catv,em,govt,i,mt,rtb,rts,spa&t), CHICAGO, IL — At our August membership meeting, we heard a strong pro-labor, anti-right-to-work speech by Illinois state Rep. Lou Lange. Local 134 is mobilizing now, to help ensure that Rep. Lang and all labor-friendly state legislators retain their seats in next year's election. Also, in an effort to broadcast our message, our members will be wearing T-shirts every Friday with an anti- right-to-work message. We hope this mobilization campaign will grow with the participation of other labor organizations in Illinois.

In July, Bus. Mgr. Donald Finn appointed Carole Pollitz as a business representative. Carole is the first female construction business representative at Local 134. Carole, a 28-year member and former apprenticeship instructor, brings a wide range of experience to the administration. Our best wishes go with her in this new endeavor.

In other news, our first local union picnic was a success. The local plans to make this an annual event, and we look forward to double the attendance next year.

At press time, plans were underway for the grand opening of the new Solar Teaching Facility at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute in Alsip. The facility will be used to educate a whole new generation of electrical workers.

Frank Cunningham, R.S.


Local 134 T-shirt broadcasts a pro-worker message.

'Healthy Work Picture'

L.U. 136 (ees,em,i,rtb&u), BIRMINGHAM, AL — The Local 136 bowling team would like to thank IBEW Detroit Local 58 for hosting the 71st annual IBEW Bowling Tournament and looks forward to seeing everyone next year in Las Vegas for the 72nd annual event.

Local 136 continues to see work opportunities develop. Several environmental projects ongoing with our local powerhouses, an upcoming steel mill project, and more commercial work are the basis for a healthy work picture.

The local has ongoing steward training classes and will expand training with the IBEW Education Department on other topics.

Congratulations go out to our recent apprenticeship graduates and to the incoming class.

Service pins were awarded to several members in the first half of the year. Most notably were: 50-year pins presented to Bros. Louis R. Baker, Bill H. Dickie, William R. Harris, Guy D. Scott; and a 60-year pin presented to Bro. James L. Landrum. Special thanks to these brothers for their many years of faithful service to the IBEW.

Bruce Morrison, B.R.

Officer Transitions

L.U. 146 (ei,i&rts), DECATUR, IL — Congratulations to our former Local 146 business manager/financial secretary Shad Etchason. Shad was appointed by IBEW Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson as a Sixth District international representative.

Josh Sapp was appointed as Local 146 business manager/financial secretary to fill the unexpired term of office; Bus. Mgr. Sapp previously served as an assistant business representative/organizer. Congratulations also to former vice president John Warner, who was appointed local union president to fill the office vacated by former president Brett Krutsinger. Jeff Taylor was appointed vice president, and Jeff Westendorf was appointed to the Executive Board.

The 15th Annual Golf Outing was held in June, and this year's team of Shannon St. Pierre, Daniel McSperritt, Kevin Leveck and Kevin White were victorious. Local members this summer have volunteered at the Macon County Fair, the Decatur Celebration and the Annual Labor Day Picnic.

Our condolences go out to the families and friends of three members who recently passed away: Bros. Arthur Thies, Matthew Grissom and Kenneth Gordon.

Rich Underwood, R.S.

Historical Photographs Needed

L.U. 150 (es,i,rts&spa), WAUKEGAN, IL — Local 150 will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year. I am still looking for photos and other memorabilia, particularly photos of old jobs. This is your last chance to contribute something to our 100th anniversary celebration and let all our members see these items, so take a look at your old photos. Please see me at any union meeting or leave items at the hall in my name. Thanks for any and all contributions and just to clarify: all items will be returned to the owners.

The JATC has scheduled many journeyman update classes for the upcoming months ranging from conduit bending, CPR/first aid, PLCs, foremanship, license prep, NFPA 70E, OSHA 10, OSHA 30, building automation, troubleshooting, code calculations, Code NEC1-21, and significant changes to Code NEC1-21. What a great opportunity to brush up on our skills, review past course material and earn continuing education units. Please take this opportunity to check it out and sign up for a class or two. Many of these would be helpful if you plan on going on the road.

[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]

I am also looking for any photos our members might want to share with the membership of places they might have worked on the road in the past.

See you at the union meeting.

Wendy J. Cordts, P. S.

Training Facility Additions

L.U. 158 (i,it,mar,mt&spa), GREEN BAY, WI — At our July membership meeting, the local approved plans to build an addition to our current facilities for some new classrooms, a training lab and an expanded parking lot. If everything goes well we should be done with construction by early 2016. Local 158 has experienced a resurgence in the need for training for our current members and hoped-for future members. Our Education Committee is working hard at setting up classes, including new classes, and also recruiting teachers. We eagerly anticipate the achievement of these positive new developments.

We have been fairly busy this summer in terms of our work picture, and we should be busier this fall, with some projects starting and a shutdown at Point Beach Nuclear Plant scheduled. We hope the work will last through the winter.

Donald C. Allen, B.M.

A Career of IBEW Service

L.U. 164 (c,em,i,o&t), JERSEY CITY, NJ — Local 164 wishes to congratulate and thank Bro. Jeff Gallup, who retired June 26. Jeff has served our local with distinction throughout his 40-year career. He served in many capacities, both in the field and as an officer. He was a Local 164 Executive Board member, recording secretary, treasurer and business agent. Jeff has also served our local as our longtime substance abuse counselor, and he is committed to serving our members in this capacity in retirement.

Jeff has always been there for his fellow brothers and sisters and their families and will continue to do so, because brotherhood is something we share for life. We thank Jeff for his service and commitment to this local and we wish him a long and healthy retirement.

Warren M. Becker, V.P.

Tribute to Leadership;
Annual Picnic in October

L.U. 234 (i&mt), CASTROVILLE, CA — Our local wishes to commend Int. Pres. Emeritus Edwin D. Hill for his tireless efforts on behalf of IBEW members, as well as all electricians and everyone who works to provide a living wage for their family. It has been an honor and privilege to uphold and serve the principles of the IBEW under his leadership. We extend our congratulations on his years of successful leadership. Pres. Emeritus Hill, you deserve all the best in retirement and we wish that for you. Thank you from each of us here at Local 234.

We also congratulate newly appointed Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson. We proudly pledge to uphold and serve the IBEW principles under his leadership.

As we round out the summer here on the Monterey Bay, it is time to note that our Local 234 Annual Family Picnic will be held Oct. 10. The picnic is our opportunity to recognize our members for their years of excellent service and share great barbecue on a fun-filled day.

Stephen Slovacek, P.S.

Newly Elected Officers

L.U. 236 (catv,ees,govt,i,mo,rtb&t), ALBANY, NY — On July 7, the newly elected officers of Local 236 were sworn in by former business manager Donald Rahm. After serving as business manager for 12 years, Don decided not to run for re-election. We would like to say "thank you" to Don for his many years of great leadership, service and dedication to the IBEW, our local union and the Capital District building trades. We also thank all of our outgoing officers for their service and wish our new officers the best of luck as they begin their new leadership roles.

Newly elected officers include: Bus. Mgr. Mark Lajeunesse, Pres. John Mosher, Rec. Sec. William Bulger, Treas. Michael Torres, and Executive Board members Steven Rifenburg, Kyran Chesterfield, Geoffrey Hayden, Michael Mastropietro, Eric Folmsbee, Michael Martell and Gary Merritt.

Michael Torres, P.S.

2015 Apprenticeship Graduates

L.U. 270 (i&o), OAK RIDGE, TN — Congratulations to the apprenticeship graduating class of 2015. The graduates are: Scott Beaty, John Bowers, Jasmine Carrigan, Dustyn Copeland, Kevin Foust, Bekki Graham, Jacob Lequire, Greg McFalls, Wes Rowland, Allen Russell, Bryan Shackelford and Michael Thomas.

At the time of this writing, our work picture is still very slow. We have a large project at the Y-12 DOE (U.S. Department of Energy) facility in Oakridge that should start sometime in the fall of 2016.

Please remember to attend our union meetings and support your local.

Regina Guy, R.S.


Local 270 apprenticeship graduates: front row, Jasmine Carrigan (left), Bekki Graham, Greg McFalls, Kevin Foust, Scott Beaty, Allen Russell; back row, Wes Rowland, Michael Thomas, Bryan Shackelford, John Bowers, Jacob Lequire and Dustyn Copeland. Seated is Training Dir. A.J. Pearson.

'Trade Night' at the Ballpark

L.U. 292 (em,govt,i,rtb,rts&spa), MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Monday, June 22, was Trade Night at Target Field ballpark. Approximately 100 members from Local 292, along with nearly 1,000 other trade union members, took in a Minnesota Twins baseball game and enjoyed a pre-game barbecue. At the game, fellow Local 292 member and retiree Brian Peterson threw out the first pitch. Brian, who is both a longtime IBEW member and a dedicated supporter of veterans, was instrumental in the construction of the All Veterans Memorial in Richfield, MN. is building a new order-fulfillment/warehousing center in Local 292's jurisdiction. "Code of Excellence" is the theme. We will prove yet again that the IBEW is the right choice. Amazon will build more of these centers. The IBEW's goal is to build all of them.

At the time of this writing, our work picture outlook is improving, and we are even occasionally getting into Book 2. The Vikings stadium is 60 percent finished and is employing more than 150 electricians and more than 1,000 other trades working people. The stadium project is reportedly the largest construction job in the history of Minnesota. Additionally, there are numerous tower cranes in and around the metro area, which means only good news for our members and other trades.

Eric Peterson, B.R.

Dragon Boat Festival Award

L.U. 300 (govt,i,mt&u), MONTPELIER, VT — Local 300 members from the inside construction and utility groups took home second place at the 10th annual Dragon Boat Festival and charity fundraiser on a beautiful August day in Burlington, VT. The "IBEW Solar Dragons" consisted of 21 members: 20 members who paddled and one drummer, who kept the team in sync. The Solar Dragons also raised over $3,500 to help support the continued efforts on behalf of those who have cancer. The team was captained by Jazmine Thompson, apprentice journeyman wireman.

The construction season went well; however, it can always be better. We look forward to the continued positive attitude and motivated drive of the next generation of journeymen and apprentices to continue the forward momentum of improving customer, contractor and member relations. Kudos to all for your continued support of the IBEW.

Keep your eyes on the upcoming political debates and the agenda of our political officials; they should be interesting.

The holidays are soon approaching and we wish all IBEW members a safe, happy holiday season. Cheers and best wishes!

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


Local 300 members win second-place award at Dragon Boat charity race in Burlington, VT.

Steward Training Via Webinar

L.U. 340 (i,rts&spa), SACRAMENTO, CA — In June, Local 340 held a Steward Training class in Sacramento for 25 attendees (17 inside wiremen, one county employee, and seven sound and communication installers).

What was different about this class from those we've had in the past was the fact that our Redding members were saved from having to travel the 300 miles roundtrip to Sacramento, by participating in the training via Webinar. Thanks to Int. Rep. Tracy Prezeau, from the IBEW Education Dept., who worked closely with our organizers and our Redding Asst. Bus. Mgr. Andrew Meredith to make this happen. Congratulations to all of Local 340's new stewards. With work picking up the way it has in our jurisdiction, this training will definitely benefit all of our members.

Speaking of work, at this midsummer writing, Local 340's biggest job — the Sacramento Entertainment & Sports Center, home of the Sacramento Kings basketball team — is in full force and going very well. You can log on to our website for a live feed of this project.

Rest in peace, Bros. Wilbur Benedict, Herb Mather, Ilie Nedelcu, Carl Vining and Farris "Doc" Wadsworth.

Tom Okumura, B.M.

Officers Sworn In;
Member Runs for State Office

L.U. 400 (es,i&o), ASBURY PARK, NJ — On July 24, recently elected officers were sworn in at the monthly union meeting. Re-elected officers include: Bus. Mgr. Guy Peterson, Pres. Ed Wells, Vice Pres. Larry Scisco and Rec. Sec. Brian Hruska. Treas. Thomas J. Tucker was elected for a first term. Executive Board members are: Pat O'Keefe, Lee Sanborn, Robert Shimko, Joe Volpe and Rich Volpe III. Examining Board members: Pete Dinicolas, Bill Mansfield, Mike Ricca and Brian Waterman. The leadership strives to represent each and every member and to ensure Local 400 a steady and strong future.

Local 400 is also active on the political front to advance the cause of workers. Bro. Eric Houghtaling, a longtime Local 400 member, is running for a seat in the New Jersey State Assembly. Eric is officially endorsed by the state AFL-CIO and the New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades.

Local 400, under the team name Circuit of Hope, participated in its very first Relay for Life in Wall, NJ. We are proud to report that the team raised over $2,800 for the American Cancer Society to aid in the fight against cancer.

Raven Morris, P.S.

Summertime Union Activities

L.U. 424 (as,ees,em,es,i,mo,o,ptc,rtb,rts,spa&u), EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA — Here in the "Great White North" summers are often brief, so we make the most of warm weather fun and social activities.

First was Unit 2 Calgary's successful June 26 members Golf Tournament. Next was their Pancake Breakfast & BBQ Lunch for the start of the 10-day Calgary Stampede & Exhibition. The venue moved north to the Unit 1 Edmonton 8th Annual Family Picnic, where Tina Stevenson (the organizer behind this event from the beginning) did a superb job once again, along with husband Scott, of keeping the kids and parents entertained with games and activities, face painters, balloon animals and great food. Thank you, Tina and Scott!

Unit 1 Retirees held their Annual Pancake Breakfast & BBQ Lunch on the July 17 start of Edmonton's 10-day Exhibition, raising $479 for future projects. Finishing off a month of summer fun was the July 24 Unit 1 Golf Tournament, with a few Local 424 signatories participating. Thank you to the many volunteers and everyone who helped make all the events a success.

We salute Bro. Larry Gatner, who retired in June after 19 years as a Local 424 assistant business manager in Calgary. Previously, he served for 14 years on the Local 254 E-Board, (before those "A" members were amalgamated into Local 424 in 1998). Larry has been a dedicated, hard worker for the local and will be missed. We will still have the benefit of his many years of knowledge as a trustee on our Education Trust Fund, since he will remain in that post.

Dave Anderson, P.S.


Local 424 Unit 1 Retirees Pancake Breakfast crew.

Solidarity for Success

L.U. 466 (em,es,i&rts), CHARLESTON, WV — Hello from "Almost Heaven" West Virginia. Our local is in its 101st year as a chartered IBEW local.

We wish to acknowledge the following Local 466 members for their service in positions of leadership: Bert McDermitt, IBEW regional organizing coordinator; Dave Efaw, secretary-treasurer, West Virginia State Building & Construction Trades Council; John Boyd, IBEW state organizing coordinator; and Roy Smith, former secretary-treasurer of the West Virginia State BCTC. We thank them for their dedicated service.

We thank Pres. Terry Turley, Sec./Treas. Mike Anderson and member Josh Milam for the successful Bass Fishing Tournament at Sutton Lake. Despite relentless rain, everyone had a great time. The rain continued during our annual picnic at Shawnee Park in Dunbar, WV, which also was a great success. We thank Bus. Mgr. Joe Samples and committee members Jason Cobb, Jason Samples and Chris Samples for their work to make the picnic a great time for all, especially the members' children. We thank all those whose generosity contributed to the success of the picnic.

We have much to be thankful for, but we do face challenging work ahead in order to divert a political disaster, given that the last election turned our state "red," as in the GOP. Please go vote in the next critical election in 2016. This is crucial to the survival of our union trades. I am proud to have a "Proud Union Home" sign in my front yard; the signs are available at our union hall.

Larry Fogarty, P.S.

Summer Golf Tourney

L.U. 530 (i,o&rtb), SARNIA, ONTARIO, CANADA — Our annual summer picnic was July 19 at Tecumseh Park and everyone there enjoyed a great time.

On July 24-25, our local ball team competed in Windsor. We thank all who participated and extend a special thank-you to Local 773 for the hospitality.

Aug. 7 brought the annual Local 530 golf tourney at Huron Oaks. We had a perfect day and everyone enjoyed a steak dinner and left with a prize. This year the winning scramble team had a score of -14. Congratulations!

We thank our sister locals for helping us provide manpower during our short busy times.

Al Byers, P.S.

2015 Apprenticeship Graduation

L.U. 558 (catv,em,i,mt,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), SHEFFIELD, AL — Greetings, brothers and sisters.

On May 28, we held our annual Apprenticeship Graduation Banquet recognizing the class of 2015. We are proud of the graduates' accomplishments and dedication, and we look forward to their part in shaping our future. This class had 10 wiremen and seven linemen. Apprentice of the Year awards went to wireman graduate Bro. Matt Corsbie and lineman graduate Bro. Chadwick Oliver.

At the graduation ceremony, special recognition went to Bro. Ron Weaver, then-training director, who has served with dedication and devotion. This occasion marked Bro. Weaver's final apprentice graduation banquet as director; he is beginning a new future in electrical contracting. Bro. Weaver devoted 11 years to crafting a world-class training facility and we wish him success in his new endeavor. We are pleased to announce that Bro. Mac McCreless was appointed as the new training director. He will continue to guide this program in a positive direction.

We are excited to report that we have reached a five-year agreement with Tombigbee Electric in Hamilton, AL. The work picture here was slow throughout the summer. However, we do foresee several major projects later this year. We extend our gratitude to all the fellow IBEW locals that were able to provide employment for our members this summer. We wish the entire Brotherhood and all fellow members the best for the upcoming season.

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


At Local 558 apprentice graduation banquet. Front row: wireman graduates Matt Corsbie (left), Randy Hallman, Daniel Sullivan, Andrew Borden, Robert McGee III and Chase Smith. Back row: then-Asst. Training Dir. Mac McCreless, recently appointed as the new training director; wireman graduates Andrew Huggins, Bart Gillis, Daniel Bates, Lakin Newton; and then-Training Dir. Ron Weaver.

Honors for 50-Year Members

L.U. 568 (c,ees,em,i&o), MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA — Local 568 is proud to count among its members three individuals each holding more than 50 years of membership!

During the regular August meeting, Bus. Mgr. Laurent Talbot proudly presented the honorees with a watch and a certificate of honors. It is a great privilege to count these retired 50-year members among us. They have remained faithful IBEW members throughout the years despite all the changes and challenges that organized labour has ever known. We wish to strongly thank and extend our warmest congratulations to Mr. Raymond Labbé, Mr. Roméo Paquette and Mr. François Painchaud.

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L.U. 568 (MONTRÉAL) — Le local est fier de compter parmi ses membres trois personnes détenant plus de cinquante ans de membership ! C'est lors de l'assemblée régulière du mois d'août que le gérant d'affaires monsieur Laurent Talbot leur a offert avec fierté une montre ainsi qu'un certificat d'honneur. C'est un immense privilège de les compter parmi nous. Ils sont restés fidèles à la I.B.E.W. malgré tous les changements et bouleversements qu'a connus le monde syndical. On tient fortement à remercier tout en présentant nos plus sincères félicitations à monsieur Raymond Labbé, monsieur. Roméo Paquette ainsi qu'à monsieur François Painchaud.

Laurent Talbot, B.M./F.S.


Local 568 congratulates 50-year members François Painchaud (left), Roméo Paquette and Raymond Labbé.

Active RENEW Committee

L.U. 606 (em,es,i,rtb,spa&u), ORLANDO, FL — Local 606 is proud to announce that we have a vibrant and active RENEW committee. In May this year, Local 606 Pres. Clay McNeely and journeyman wireman David Ramos led their first RENEW (Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers) meeting and immediately started planning how they could help the local.

The RENEW committee's first project was volunteering for the Industry Night event the organizing department was planning for July. Twenty-five volunteers were at the Industry Night to direct traffic, assist the organizers in gathering and entering data from attendees, and translate for those whose first language was not English. The event was a huge success and the RENEW committee played a major part in making that happen.

The RENEW committee now meets on a monthly basis and plans on expanding their membership and continuing to make an impact on the local.

With great sadness we report the death of several Local 606 members: John Griffis, Keith Johnson, Willie Edgar, Joe Hill, Robert Light and Bill Waites, who was a 65-year member. These gentlemen all personified what it means to be an IBEW brother, and they will be sorely missed.

Fernando Rendon, R.S./P.S.


Attendees gather for first meeting of the Local 606 RENEW committee.

Apprenticeship Graduates

L.U. 640 (em,govt,i,mo,mt,rts,spa&u), PHOENIX, AZ — Congratulations to our most recent apprenticeship graduating class of the Phoenix Electrical JATC. The graduates are: Chakir Chaabane, Jasen Ericson, Sergio Gonzalez, Anthony Hernandez, Daniel Spanbauer, Jorge Tec and Oleary Yazzie. Good luck, brothers, in your career as journeyman wiremen.

[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]

Our work outlook is still very slow here in Phoenix. We hope the work picture will start picking up toward the end of the year and get some of our brothers and sisters back to work. We send a big thanks to all the locals out there that are employing our members who are currently traveling.

Our condolences go out to the families of our recently deceased members: James W. Sylvander, Wayne Key, Charles T. Robinson, Dale O. Faust and Harry W. C. Smith. Rest in peace, brothers.

Remember to work safe always. In solidarity.

Jeff Sears, P.S.


Local 640 apprenticeship graduates: Jasen Ericson (left), Oleary Yazzie, Sergio Gonzalez, Anthony Hernandez, Jorge Tec, Chakir Chaabane and Daniel Spanbauer.

Election of Officers

L.U. 666 (i,mt&o), RICHMOND, VA — The election of local union officers took place in June. A great big thanks goes out to everyone who ran for an office; our local is strongest with interested and involved members.

Officers elected include: Bus. Mgr. Jim Underwood, Pres. Harry "Freddie" Zahn IV, Vice Pres. J. D. Jenkins, Rec. Sec. Chris Horton, Fin. Sec. Larry Jarvis and Treas. Tom Cox.

Re-elected to the Executive Board: Bill Faina, Chris Phillips, David Clarke and Henry White. New Executive Board members: Thomas Beach and Eric Lambert. Elected to the Examining Board: Anthony Coleman, Michael Clark, Chris Adams, Scott Rowe and Brad Bullock.

There was greater participation in this election than the last. As always, a good democracy requires involvement. Turn out, cast your ballot next election, and attend your union meetings between now and then!

Recent retirees are: Vance D. Harris and Robert B. Winfree.

Charles Skelly, P.S.

Outstanding Work Picture

L.U. 684 (c,i,rts&st), MODESTO, CA — Greetings, brothers and sisters. This year has been outstanding for us so far. The Quinto Solar Project is still going strong and Gallo Glass Plant is still hiring more help. Our books are almost empty. The upcoming Wright Solar Project has been delayed a few months, but as of press time it is still expected to man up toward the end of the year. We should be able to roll right into it, and the future looks bright for next year too. Many thanks to all the traveling brothers and sisters who have helped man these projects.

As this article went to press, Local 684 was looking forward to our Sept. 12 annual picnic at its new location — The Turlock Sportsman Club. With all the traveling members working in our jurisdiction, we were hoping for a great turnout and good opportunity to spend some time away from the jobsites with the many new faces we have met. All were welcomed to join us at the picnic.

Dave Jones, P.S.


Local 684 Electric Motor Shop day crew at Gallo Glass in Modesto, CA.

Training Director Retires

L.U. 692 (i,mt&spa), BAY CITY, MI — We wish former Training Dir. Paul LeVassuer a happy and healthy retirement. Paul started his inside wireman apprenticeship in 1982 and topped out of the apprenticeship program in 1986. Paul served as Local 692 training director from 1993 until his retirement. He retired on April 1 this year.

A reminder to members: Please remember to take your morning and afternoon work breaks. These work breaks are a negotiated provision of our contract agreement. We need to remember that our members, both past and present, have worked very hard to win the benefits we enjoy every day. We do not want them taken away.

We have some important elections coming this fall for seats on the City Commission in Bay City. Elections for Wards 2, 4, 6 and 8 are scheduled. If we win these seats, we could possibly make gains in securing prevailing wage. Please contact your state legislators about the importance of our state's prevailing wage law.

We are saddened to report the passing of three retired members: Bros. John H. Gilmore, Anthony W. Konwinski and Ronald J. Voisine. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.

Tammy Gottleber, P.S.


Former Local 692 Training Dir. Paul LeVasseur with his grandchildren.

New Contract Agreements

L.U. 702 (as,c,catv,cs,em,es,et,govt,i,it,lctt,mo,mt,o,p, pet,ptc,rtb,rts,se,
spa,st,t&u), WEST FRANKFORT, IL — We have new contract agreements with Dynegy, Clay Electric Cooperative, and Washington County.

The three-year Dynegy contract, retroactive to July, features annual wage increases of 2.65 percent, 1.15 percent and 1.15 percent in each respective year of the contract. It includes the NECA/IBEW Family Medical Care Plan, and secured post-retirement medical with a $1 million lump sum contribution by the company.

The five-year contract with Clay Electric Cooperative, for Clerical & Physical workers, features annual wage increases of 2.5 percent, 2.5 percent, 2.5 percent, 2.5 percent and 3.0 percent in each respective year of the contract. It includes LINECO insurance and no concessions.

The Washington County contract provides 8.75 percent in wage increases over four years; progression to the top paying classification, as applicable; and no concessions.

At this writing, negotiations were scheduled to begin in September at Mt. Vernon Neon and in October at the City of Poplar Bluff - Municipal Utilities, Electric Department.

Our Outside work remains strong with several jobs in all three states of our jurisdiction, and many of the jobs have overtime.

On the Inside, construction projects that receive (Illinois) state funding are in jeopardy of being shut down due to the political stranglehold of Gov. Bruce Rauner. As of this writing, our referral books are as follows: Inside Construction — 51; Outside Construction — 6; and Line Clearance — 4.

Keep up with the local's events and happenings by checking us out on Facebook or visiting our website at

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


Local 702 members Mike Bumgarner (left), Jimmy Yost, J.T. Savage and Jerry Williams (not pictured) participated in the 2015 Illinois AFL-CIO 8th Annual COPE Golf Day, winning the tournament and the $600 prize money, which they graciously donated back to the COPE fund.

2015 Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 704 (catv,em&i), DUBUQUE, IA — Five individuals recently completed our JATC apprenticeship programs. The graduates were honored at a recent Apprenticeship Graduation Dinner (see accompanying photo). Inside wireman graduates are: Bros. Wesley Veach, Jared Kruser, Trevor Udelhofen and Dan Schumacher. Bro. Nicholas Johnson graduated as a telecommunications technician/installer.

[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]

Congratulations to graduates of the five-year journeyman wireman program and the three-year journeyman technician program. We all know that the apprenticeship process can be very challenging at times. Local 704 fellow brothers and sisters wish all of the graduates a smooth start to long and successful careers as IBEW journeymen.

Local 704 members extend condolences to the family of Bro. Elmer Sisler, a longtime member who passed away July 21. Elmer was a World War II veteran who served in the South Pacific. In 1942 Bro. Sisler was initiated into the IBEW. Elmer proudly celebrated a 73-year IBEW membership. His family is carrying on the IBEW tradition. Elmer's son Mike Sisler is a journeyman and owner of Sisler Electric, and his grandson Charlie Sisler is a journeyman.

Ron Heitzman, P.S.


At the Local 704 Apprentice Graduation Dinner are: JATC Committee Chmn. Dennis Dietzel (left); JATC Training Dir. Owen Leeser; graduates Wesley Veach, Jared Kruser, Trevor Udelhofen, Dan Schumacher; and Local 704 Pres. Dave Wilson. Not pictured: graduate Nicholas Johnson. [See "Editor's Note" in article.]

TVPPA Lineman's Rodeo, Motorcycle Ride & Golf Outing

L.U. 760 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), KNOXVILLE, TN — Lenoir City Utility, Plateau Electric Cooperative and the Sevier County Electric System participated in the TVPPA (Tennessee Valley Public Power Association) Lineman's Rodeo in June this year.

Local 760 is proud of its members and their participation and wishes to thank everyone who helped make the event a success. There was a touching ceremony with the raising of the American flag, along with the state flags, and a tribute to our fallen brothers and sisters we have lost over the past year. Solidarity is the greatest strength in a union, and Local 760 members represented the IBEW and our local very well in displaying their unity and camaraderie. Members also participated in a motorcycle ride through the east Tennessee mountains while others played in a golf outing. Both events went well and were enjoyed by all. Special thanks to Sevier County Electric System for hosting the event this year and to Walters State Community College, Service Electric and the Sevierville Golf Club for their hospitality.

Jason Leary, Organizer


IBEW Local 760 members participated in TVPPA Lineman's Rodeo weekend event in June.

Officers Re-elected

L.U. 824 (t), TAMPA, FL — On June 6, the membership of IBEW Local 824 overwhelmingly re-elected the entire slate of officers and Executive Board members for a three-year term.

Elected officers are: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Danny Alfonso, Pres. Erik Jones, Vice Pres. Jim Emminger, Rec. Sec. Dora Mullis, Treas. Pam Elleby; and Executive Board members Todd Bolick, Tom Huston, Sue Jerome, Ricky King, Keith LaPlant, Zaida Menendez, John Riddlebarger and Jason Smith.

All of the officers and the Executive Board had the honor of being sworn in by Harrison Thornhill, past president of Local 824 (from 1987-2009) and a 58-year IBEW member.

The officers and board members are humbled to be re-elected and look forward to serving the membership.

Keith LaPlant, P.S.


Local 824 officers and staff: Keith LaPlant (left), Josh Saladino, Dan Wagner, Tom Huston, Dora Mullis, Erik Jones, Harrison Thornhill, Zaida Menendez, Ricky King, Danny Alfonso, Michelle Agne, John Glye and Todd Bolick.

Tribute for Longtime Service

L.U. 1116 (em,lctt&u), TUCSON, AZ — We would like to recognize our 2015 retirees who retired during the first quarter of this year and thank them for their many years of service and commitment to the IBEW. Without the struggle of these men and women, we would not have the benefits, wages and safety standards that we enjoy today. They are a testament to the principle that "Every Member Counts!"

Congratulations to the recent retirees: James Hartnett (29 years of service), Wayne Terpstra (41 years of service), James Morris (35 years), Edward Hermosa (34 years), Jon Agguirre (34 years), Steve Spencer (33 years), Christopher Buck (27 years), George Martinez (42 years), Bruce Buffum (44 years), Nancy Kane (16 years), Martin Overholtz (41 years) and Michael Riesgo Jr. (35 years). Thank you to these brothers and sisters for their years of service.

Roger Asplin, P.S.

Labor Hall of Fame Honoree

L.U. 1316 (i&o), MACON, GA — Congratulations to Bro. Johnny Mack Nickles! On July 25, the Georgia State AFL-CIO inducted our retired former business manager/ financial secretary into its Labor Hall of Fame. The award recognizes Bro. Nickles' career and dedication to working for the benefit of not only our membership but also to working families throughout Georgia.

At the awards ceremony, Nickles was overheard saying, "If you ever see a turtle on a fence post, you can be sure he didn't get there by himself." Just one of the nuggets of wisdom from the wise old man on the mountain top.

Harry Murray, Mbr. Dev. Dir.


Local 1316 Bus. Mgr. Ralph Snowden (left), retired former business manager Johnny Mack Nickles, office manager Marsha Selby and Pres. Harry Murray.

Solidarity & Strength

L.U. 1466 (u), COLUMBUS, OH — So far, 2015 has been a good year for Local 1466.

In addition to ratifying our three-year agreement with American Electric Power, we have been busy swearing in new members and working to add to our ranks. It is our hope that the recent trend of hiring new apprentices in the Line Department, combined with our continuing organizing efforts in all classifications, will help our local to grow and gain strength.

We welcome our new members and encourage them to attend their union meetings to find out more regarding what the Brotherhood is all about. We also thank all of our shop stewards for stepping up and taking the time to sit down and talk to new members about the IBEW. By sticking together and having each other's backs, we will continue to build solidarity and strengthen IBEW Local 1466 for years to come.

Jimi Jette, P.S


Local 1466 new line apprentices Adam Price (left) and Josh Ridenhour (center) are sworn in by Pres./Bus. Mgr. Dan German.

Officers Elected

L.U. 1988 (mo), ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Local 1988 recently held its election of officers.

The local union membership, employed at Sandia National Labs, elected local union officers for a three-year term. Officers elected are: Bus. Mgr./Pres. James G. Jaramillo, Fin. Sec. Debbie Duran, Vice Pres. Ceasar Maestas, Treas. Gene Wade, Rec. Sec. Steve Goodrich; and Executive Board members Ernest Trujillo, Shawn Baca, Floyd Lopez, Jason King and Vince Urvanejo.

Ernest Trujillo, P.S.


Local 1988 Bus. Mgr./Pres. James Jaramillo (seated); standing, Vice Pres. Ceasar Maestas (left), E-Board members Ernest Trujillo and Shawn Baca, Rec. Sec. Steve Goodrich, E-Board member Floyd Lopez and Treas. Gene Wade. Not pictured: Fin. Sec. Debbie Duran, and E-Board members Jason King and Vince Urvanejo.