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New Signatory Contractor

L.U. 7 (i), SPRINGFIELD, MA—IBEW Local 7 would like to welcome RGS Communications to its list of signatory contractors. RGS owner is Robert Simkiss. We welcome our new members employed by RGS. They include: Bros. Jeremy Moran, Kane McCord, Evan Markham, Rich Laviolette, Alex Almquist and Dan Duford.

The weather didn't stop us from running the Holyoke, MA, St. Patrick's Day 10K Road Race in March. It snowed all morning and the sun came out at 1 p.m. Congratulations to all of the runners who participated this year.

Mark Kuenzel, Tr. Dir.


IBEW Local 7 members gather for St. Patrick's Day 10K Road Race: Jim Houlihan (left), Mark Kuenzel, Matt Howard, Bill Horgan and Garrett Howell.

World-Class Line Clearance Training Program

L.U. 17 (catv,em,lctt,o&u), DETROIT, MI—I am proud to report that all 650 journeyman line clearance tree trimmers with our local have completed the Local 17 Journeymen Continuous Education Program. The training is designed to enhance the journeyman skill set, review changes in the industry, and continue to provide world-class line clearance tree trimmers to our utilities.

Local 17 is in the process of purchasing our very own training facility. Our membership is growing. We now have five apprentice programs and more than 2,600 members. The time to step up and invest in our training is now! Providing the very safest, best trained craftsmen to all of our customers is without question the smart thing for our union to do.

All is good at the local, and we remain at full employment. DTE Energy is investing big dollars in its tree trimming program. Therefore, we are looking for qualified LCTT journeymen. Please contact Adam Kimbler at 313-790-1868 for the particulars.

In closing, please work safe and continue to look out for one another on the job. When you think about safety, think about your family and think about the safety of your co-workers.

Dean Bradley, B.M./F.S.

'Welcome, Sisters & Brothers'

L.U. 21 (catv,govt&t), DOWNERS GROVE, IL—We are pleased to welcome the Lake County, Indiana, emergency call dispatchers to our union family.

A representation election was held and 72 votes were tallied with 68 in favor of IBEW representation. The dispatchers are excited about joining our union. Local 21 Bus. Mgr./Pres. Paul Wright said, "The dispatchers protect the county's citizens every day … and we look forward to working with county representatives to negotiate a contract that rewards the dispatchers for their service to the residents of Lake County." Bargaining began on Aug. 25 and at this writing contract negotiations were underway.

In June, Local 21 officer elections were held. Bus. Mgr./Pres. Paul Wright, Vice Pres. Bill Henne, Treas. Jacquie Fields and Rec. Sec. Bob Przybylinski were re-elected. Members re-elected to the Executive Board are: Devon Jennings, Errick Houston, Michael Scime, Eric Slattery, Tim Strutz and Jim Locke. Susan Elder, from Unit 4, was elected to a first term on the board. We thank our sisters and brothers for participating in this election!

We are proud of our members who donated to the IBEW 21 Days of Giving - Back to School Supply Drive. Our goal was to provide a backpack filled with supplies to the 100 families whose homes were destroyed when a tornado hit Coal City, IL. Not only did Local 21 members deliver all the backpacks, but we also donated supplies to the three charities we helped last year. The groups were very grateful for our members' generosity.

Bob Przybylinski, R.S.


Local 21 members Chris Jarchow (left) and Gary Vidal delivered 100 backpacks to help children whose families lost their homes when a tornado struck.

Dragon Boat Fest Volunteers

L.U. 37 (em,o&u), FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA—Members of Local 37 have a proud history of actively supporting their communities. To help boost community involvement, the IBEW 37 Health, Wellness & Benefits Committee has a program that provides financial support to teams made up of IBEW members participating in community based, charitable fundraising events.

Just recently, a team of 25 Local 37 members employed at NB Power's Coleson Cove Generating Station participated in the Saint John Dragon Boat Festival, raising $2,040 to help purchase a new ultrasound machine and a state-of-the-art computer system for a local hospital.

Since it started in 2007, the program has helped several IBEW teams raise tens of thousands of dollars for worthy causes like the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Saint Joseph's Hospital Foundation, Mindcare New Brunswick and the Canadian Cancer Society.

To be eligible for funding, specific criteria must be met: the event must be sponsored by a nonprofit group, be related to health and wellness, and involve physical activity. The majority of participants on the team must be IBEW members and the team must represent itself as being sponsored by the IBEW.

Ross Galbraith, B.M.


Coleson Cove Dragon Boat Team members sponsored by Local 37 include: Ronnie Oldfield, Andy Mawhinney, Steve Petrie, Chad Crawford, Kristen Ricketts, Michelle Danks, Bill Halpen, Harry Halpen, Laura Magee, Jerry Brennan, Achsah Losier, Matt Losier, Malin Johnson, Colin Toole, Michelle Toole, Aaron Theriault, Katelin Spence, Jesse LaPaire, John Mason and Deirdre Johnston.

2015 Apprenticeship Graduates

L.U. 41 (em,es,govt,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NY—Our 2015 inside apprentice graduation was held at the recently organized Lucarelli's Banquet Center. Congratulations to the graduates: Scott Guerra, Anthony Cieslikowski, Reinardo Castoire Jr., Brandon Dziura, Richard Doersam, Salvatore Rapasadi, Hutch Hepinstall, Terry Magierski, Patrick Dodds, Douglas Schifferle, Matthew Szal, Ronald Kennick, Eric Grabenstatter, Andrew Strianese, Mark Gaiser, Aaron Arnold, Jaeling Williams and Scott Hassett.

Eric Grabenstatter received the Dr. Anthony Renzi Award, given to the apprentice with the highest five-year cumulative grade point average. Doug Schifferle received the Dave McNamara Award, given to the apprentice with the second highest five-year cumulative average. Great job, men! Awards were also given to apprentices with the highest grade point average for each class year. Those award recipients are: Juan Negron Jr. – 4th year class; Vince Majchrzak – 3rd year; Wayne Rich III – 2nd year; and Scott Tyx – 1st year. Congratulations to all!

Every election year is important. Deciding which political candidates to vote for may sometimes be difficult, but please consider candidates who have our best interest in mind. If you do not take part in the process, you are unable to have a voice. Be sure to exercise your right to vote. United we bargain, divided we beg.

Gregory R. Inglut, A.B.M.


Local 41 inside apprentice 2015 graduates: Scott Guerra, Anthony Cieslikowski, Reinardo Castoire Jr., Brandon Dziura, Richard Doersam, Salvatore Rapasadi, Hutch Hepinstall, Terry Magierski, Patrick Dodds, Douglas Schifferle, Matthew Szal, Ronald Kennick, Eric Grabenstatter, Andrew Strianese, Mark Gaiser, Aaron Arnold, Jaeling Williams and Scott Hassett.

Annual Graduation Ceremony

L.U. 43 (em,i&rts), SYRACUSE, NY—The Central New York Joint Electrical Apprenticeship & Training Committee's annual apprenticeship graduation ceremony was June 26 at Justin's Tuscan Grille in East Syracuse. The occasion marked the graduation of 25 apprentices from the inside wireman program.

CNY JATC Training Dir. Jeff DeSocio had kind words and advice for the graduates in both his welcome and closing remarks. "I'm proud of all of the graduates here tonight, as this is a huge accomplishment, one to be proud of and honored by," DeSocio said. "I would like to remind you all to work hard, work safe, become foreman, challenge yourself to be great, and enjoy all your successes in the future."

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

Award recipients were also honored. Jon Reitz received the Scholastic Achievement Award, courtesy of Greenlee Tools. Jon finished the program with a final classroom average of 94.59 percent and over 8,000 on-the-job training hours. The Outstanding Attendance Award went to Michael Perez, courtesy of Fluke. Local 43 Bus. Mgr. Donald Morgan presented Andrew Halladay with the Bill Towsley Union Activist Award for Halladay's continued dedication to the IBEW.

Congratulations to the newest journeyman wiremen of IBEW Local 43!

Gene Townsend, P.S.


At Local 43 apprenticeship graduation. Front row: graduates Christopher Snyder (left), Clint March, Henry Marrero, Eric Elford, Tyler Bulluck, Kevin Klee, Jeffrey Penny, Michael Hartmann and Teylor Cherchio. Back row: Training Dir. Jeff DeSocio (left); graduates Andrew Halladay, Christopher Gebhart, Steven Gentile, Jack Mincolla, Gary Stelter, Michael Perez, Michael Welsh, Jon Reitz, Craig Branch, Adam Mulcahey, Robert Prince, Douglas Hillman and Noah Cunningham. Not pictured: graduates Donald Pierson, Joshua Shoff and Jason Tyler.

Solidarity & Brotherhood

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA—Local 47 wishes all IBEW members a safe and bountiful autumn.

At the City of Colton every represented position where wages were determined to be under market will receive a wage increase retroactive to July 3, 2015. Any represented position that was under the medium by more than 5 percent will receive an increase of up to 5 percent now and the remainder in January 2016.

In July our members at the City of Banning in both Utility and General Units received an across-the-board 3 percent wage increase, per the agreement.

Over 1,900 members and their families attended the Local 47 Family Picnic held in San Dimas. Everyone had a great time. The local plans to make the picnic an annual event. See all the official photos at

We are sad to report the passing of retired member Harvey Richard Beck and Michael Dohrer. May they rest in peace. Condolences to Bro. Troy Mendenhall and his family on the untimely passing of his wife, Dani. Also, Local 47 wishes a full and speedy recovery to injured member Juan Morales.

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

Tracy Dougherty, P.S.


Local 47 Bus. Rep. Mitch Smith and his family enjoy IBEW Local 47 Family Picnic.

NTI Graduate Recognized

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,ptc,rtb,t,u&uow), SPRINGFIELD, IL—Bro. Lynn Turner, journeyman lineman/ALBAT instructor, recently completed his studies and graduated from the National Training Institute. The IBEW, NECA and other business organizations play major roles in supporting this educational experience. NTI recruits some of the finest professors in the field to educate our IBEW inside and outside apprentice instructors. Bro. Turner joins Local 51 Vice Pres. Wes Heckman Jr. as a fellow graduate of NTI. "With the help from NTI, I hope to continue to inspire our future," Bro. Turner said.

Our sincere condolences to the family of Gerald Hawkins, past business manager of former Local 1306, who passed away Aug. 1.

Thanks to all who attended our annual picnic and fish fry. A special shout-out to Bro. Kurt Leith for his hard work to help make this event a success year after year.

At the time of this writing, our work outlook is promising. Be safe and attend your monthly unit meeting.

Karlene Knisley, B.R.

Annual Crappie Tournament

L.U. 53 (lctt,o,rts&u), KANSAS CITY, MO—Bus. Rep. Dexter Drerup reported on Local 53's annual crappie tournament, which took place Saturday, June 6. While the lake was 11 feet high, members still managed to catch a few fish and have a fish fry afterword. Everyone had a great time!

First place went to Josh Sadver and Chris Collins with 9.99 pounds caught. A close second went to Nathan Warstadt and Jason Maupin with 9.36 pounds. Third place went to Jimmy and Ronnie Gaylord with 6.66 pounds. Fourth place went to Adam Combs and Don Hell with 6.38 pounds. And fifth place went to Roger Wainwright and Gary Spoor with 5.59 pounds.

James Burks, V.P.

Election of Officers

L.U. 81 (i), SCRANTON, PA—On June 13, Local 81's membership elected officers for a three-year term. Bus. Mgr. Rick Schraeder, Pres. Paul Casparro, Vice Pres. Mike McDermott and Executive Board member Mike Brust were re-elected to office.

Elected for a first term are our new Rec. Sec. Ed Scott, Treas. Sean Loughman, and Executive Board members Jeff Addley, Pat Hartman, Eddie O'Donnell and Nick Waitulavich.

Thank you to the Local 81 membership for coming out that day to elect officers to lead their union for the next three years. We also thank our outgoing officers for their hard work and dedication to Local 81 over the years.

A new apprenticeship class was selected, and the new class started school in September.

Michael Brust, P.S.


Local 81 elected officers. Front row, from left: Bus. Mgr. Rick Schraeder, Pres. Paul Casparro, E-Board member Pat Hartman and Rec. Sec. Ed Scott. Back row: E-Board members Eddie O'Donnell, Mike Brust and Jeff Addley; Treas. Sean Loughman; Vice Pres. Mike McDermott; and E-Board member Nick Waitulavich.

Tribute to Leadership

L.U. 97 (u), SYRACUSE, NY—Local 97 congratulates Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson on his June 1, 2015, appointment. We look forward to supporting Pres. Stephenson as he leads our great union into the future.

We also extend our sincere gratitude to Int. Pres. Emeritus Edwin D. Hill. During the many years that Pres. Emeritus Hill served as our leader, the IBEW was taken to a new level within the labor movement. During times of a changing corporate climate and notable challenges, his wisdom and steadfast leadership served the IBEW well. Under his leadership, the IBEW has made great strides. During challenging times, the IBEW knew it could not continue business as usual. Pres. Emeritus Hill knew change would be tough but that without it we would not survive. His leadership preserved the well-being of the IBEW and its local unions. Pres. Emeritus Hill has long been recognized as one of the most highly respected union leaders in the country. We wish him the best in his retirement and thank him for everything he has done for the "IB–of–EW."

Jim Zabinski, V.P.

Family Day Festivities

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA—On Aug. 16, Local 103 held the Annual Lowell Spinners Family Day event. Things started off with a big barbecue for the members—serving up steak tip, ribs, fried chicken and much more. After the barbecue, members and their families watched the Lowell Spinners take on Tri-City for a tough seven innings. Unfortunately, the Spinners lost by 2-0, dropping out of first place, but attendees enjoyed a great day of food, fun and camaraderie.

Local 103 held its annual Labor Day Family Outing celebration on Sept. 6. The local provided food and fun for the members and their children. As always, there were many activities for the children, including sand art, clown shows, face painting and a rock-climbing wall. This was truly an amazing event celebrating the hard-working members of Local 103 and their families. Thank you to all who attended and helped out to make the day so successful.

Kevin C. Molineaux, P.S.

United Way Fundraiser

L.U. 109 (u), ROCK ISLAND, IL—Active and retired members of IBEW Local 109, employed by MidAmerican Energy, were part of our recent United Way fundraising campaign. Our members, both active and retired, realize the importance of coming together to give back to the communities we live in.

We thank all Local 109 members for their participation in community service projects.

Denise Newberry, R.S.


IBEW Local 109 members volunteer for United Way fundraiser: Les Kline (left), Troy Hartman, Lori Shaffnit, retiree Paul Johnson and Frank Buchman.

2015 National Gas Rodeo

L.U. 111 (em,govt,lctt,mt,o,rtb,spa&u), DENVER, CO—Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo) and IBEW members made a mark at the 25th National Gas Rodeo in Colorado Springs, CO.

All four PSCo teams participating ranked within the top 20 against 18 utilities from across the country on Aug. 29. A total of 12 PSCo participants, members of Local 111, competed in two two-man teams and two four-man teams against 154 contestants.

These members competed in events that highlighted their professional skills while performing them safely. Rodeo participants compete in four timed events, and must meet safety requirements. Events include: meter set, service installation, pipe cut, and hand-dig followed by a relay event. PSCo had one four-man team (designated "3½ Men") that qualified directly for the relay; the other three teams participated in a Mystery Event to qualify for the relay.

Every year, people come out and support their co-workers at the rodeo because of their dedication to, and pride in, their trade. We thank our IBEW members for their passion and hard work throughout the year.

Two-man teams were: 15th place - "Fittin' For ALivin'" with Wayne Kircher and Tony Madsen (Lipan Distribution Center); and 16th place - "Operator & Monitor" with Chris Phillips and Josh Voss (Ft. Collins).

Four-man teams were: 10th place - "3½ Men" with Matthew Bradley, Aaron Brown, Logan McNulty and R.C. Walker (Grand Junction); and 16th place - "Dirty Metfits" with John Dean, Eric McBartlett, Jeremiah Votruba and Brett Weitl (Ft. Collins).

Mike Kostelecky, P.S.


IBEW Local 111 members on a PSCo four-man team at National Gas Rodeo include Matthew Bradley, Aaron Brown, Logan McNulty and R.C. Walker.

SDS Pipeline Project — Water for the Future

L.U. 113 (catv,ees,em,i,mo&o), COLORADO SPRINGS, CO—In Western states water is a precious commodity. Colorado Springs Utilities' Southern Delivery System is building 50 miles of pipeline from Pueblo Reservoir on the Arkansas River, three pump stations and a water treatment plant to back up its aging pipeline from the western slope.

The electrical contract for the SDS project was secured by McDade-Woodcock. During a tour of the water treatment plant, I was not at all surprised by the exceptional, quality product being installed by our IBEW members. Hats off to them for another quality job by American unionized labor!

The work picture this year has been exceptional with many calls going into Book II. Many thanks to the brothers and sisters who helped man these jobs.

In June the local hosted its annual picnic at a new venue called Wonderland Ranch. Located in Black Forest, it was spacious and family friendly. Everyone had a great time.

With regret, Local 113 reports the death of several retired members: Kevin Suddarth, Dennis Hedrick, Steve Kelly and Walt Ridenour. These brothers will be sorely missed.

Congratulations to our recent apprenticeship graduating class of 2015. Thanks for your hard work and dedication, graduates. We wish you well in your careers.

Brian Putnam, P.S.


Local 113 congratulates apprenticeship graduates. Front row: Randall McGaw (left), Nathaniel Cinocco, Daniel Sternthal, Bobby Lombardi, Samuel LaCombe. Back row: Ian Wilcox, Bradley Hartman, Evan Lehman and Josh Rincones. [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]

Solidarity & Participation

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR—The local concluded its summer events with the annual softball and golf tournaments in Bend, Oregon. This year, those events and the Pacific Northwest Lineman's Rodeo had a massive amount of support from participants, spectators and sponsors. Approximately $10,000 will be donated on behalf of IBEW Local 125. Visit for pictures from these activities.

As in years past, labor unions are standing up for working people as certain special interest groups try to continue stifling working families throughout our country. Too many corporations want to expand their profits at our expense. Anti-union groups are attempting to make us scapegoats for a variety of issues while they search for ways to improve their bottom lines. Don't fall for the trap. Stay focused on what matters to us as a labor union and don't let outsiders divert our attention from the priorities at hand.

Please keep attending your union meetings and working with the many volunteers who serve on your behalf. Take the time to thank a shop steward or any committee member who is advocating for your wages, hours and working conditions. Everyone has a duty to get educated, stay engaged and communicate. Stay focused; stay safe.

Marcy Grail, A.B.M.

Apprenticeship Graduates

L.U. 139 (i&u), ELMIRA, NY—Local 139 is proud to present our 2015 apprenticeship graduating class. Congratulations to the graduates, our newest journeyman wiremen: Keith Barnstead, Jerimiah Clark, Bob Hendee, Tyler Southard, Mike Tierney and Jason Zeigler. These mechanics are doing a great job for their local and the community. Don't let their fancy clothes in the accompanying photo fool you—these guys are the real deal.

Ernie Hartman, P.S.


Local 139 apprenticeship graduates: Jerimiah Clark (left), Keith Barnstead, Jason Zeigler, Mike Tierney and Bob Hendee. Not pictured: Tyler Southard (whose "tux" didn't come back from the cleaners in time).

Governor's Anti-Worker Agenda

L.U. 159 (i), MADISON, WI—Prevailing wage was axed in July, another casualty of the Gov. Scott Walker administration's sweeping changes.

The controversial Voter ID law is now in effect in our state, requiring voters to show an approved photo ID at the polls. The Walker administration now wants to dismantle Wisconsin's nonpartisan Government Accountability Board, which oversees the state's elections, campaign finance, ethics and lobbying laws.

Local 159 seeks to be an agent of change, on the ground locally. We're working with building trades partners and elected officials to implement Community Workforce Agreements and project labor agreements locally. We are also partnering with area high schools to bring students to the now-completed training center for an introduction to the trade. We hope someday some of these students will be working on Community Workforce Agreement jobs as IBEW members.

At the time of this writing, we have 20 new apprentices coming aboard.

Our RENEW members are hitting the ball out of the park, enthusiastically helping put on several events, including a poker ride, trap shoots, polar plunges and more. They were also charged up about the September RENEW conference in Detroit.

At this writing, we were all-hands-on-deck preparing to host Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson and Sixth District Int. Vice Pres. David J. Ruhmkorff, as well as local dignitaries, at our Oct. 10 Training Center Grand Opening.

Lisa Goodman, B.A.


Local 159 hosted two groups of energetic high school students at the training center in July and plans to host more students soon.

'Good Things Happening'

L.U. 191 (c,i,mo,rtb&st), EVERETT, WA—Local 191's work picture remains strong. Thank you to our members and travelers for filling the calls!

We have several upcoming social events for the members and their families. The Westside Christmas parties will be held Dec. 5 in Everett and Bellingham. The Eastside Christmas party will be Dec. 20 in Wenatchee.

We are pleased to announce that we will be starting an Associate Member Program beginning in January 2016. This will allow unrepresented electricians to take Continuing Education Unit (CEU) classes, attend social events and meet and mingle with union members and contractors. We hope when the unrepresented electricians learn more, joining the IBEW will be an easy choice for them.

IBEW Local 191 was successful in getting the Data Center Bill extended during the last session of the state Legislature. This bill creates incentives for developers building data centers in Washington state and has created millions of hours of work for IBEW members. Thank you to our members, and to our sister IBEW locals, who helped in this effort.

Special thanks to the members and their families who volunteered for the summer Relay for Life fundraiser in Bellingham to benefit cancer research.

Lastly, all retirees are reminded of our monthly Retiree Luncheon, held in Bellingham on the second Thursday of each month.

Bill Mirand, P.S.


Local 191 volunteers at Relay for Life fundraiser included: from left, Kelly Brune, Dave Brune, Tim Freeman (wearing cancer survivor medal) and Mike Potter.

'Stand Up for Working People'

L.U. 193 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL—Once again this year, we celebrated Labor Day in September. That is traditionally also the time for kickoff of the political season … but not anymore! Issues that affect all Illinois citizens are on the plate every month. There are just more speeches as election time approaches. Labor needs to have all of its members and families vote for those who will defend the gains and conditions organized labor has fought for. Please see the registrar at the union hall and be sure your voter ID is up to date. Vote pro-labor! Citizens United, offshoring jobs, "right to work for less" and unemployment continue to dog U.S. working people. That must change!

The Sugar Creek Sanitation Project is underway and the Jacksonville Water Plant work is ongoing. City Water, Light & Power (CWLP) is taking eight apprentices and also hired three journeymen at Dallman Station.

With regret we report the passing of the following members: Paul Jepp, Edwin Weiskopf Jr. and James "Mick" LaRue Jr. Our condolences go out to their families and friends.

Hope you had a safe and happy Labor Day. Remember to stand up for working people. Cardinals/Cubs in the major league baseball playoffs? Could be?

Donald Hudson, P.S.


IBEW Local 193 participates in 2015 Labor Day parade.

2015 Apprenticeship Graduates

L.U. 229 (em&i), YORK, PA—We are pleased to announce the graduation of our inside wireman apprenticeship class of 2015. (See accompanying photo.) All apprentice graduates completed the Electrical Training Alliance curriculum as well as the Craft Certification Level 6 written and proficiency examinations.

The class also completed a volunteer senior project for Habitat for Humanity that included building an electrical service, installing branch wiring, temporary lighting and panel rough-in for a new home. The Habitat project participants included apprentices, instructors and union staff. Chuck Whitman from CapitalTristate awarded each student and recognized the Outstanding Apprentice Award recipients.

We are thankful for the hard work of all of our instructors and the assistance of our training partners. This is an outstanding graduating class and we are proud to have the graduates represent Local 229.

Timothy Griffin, P.S


Local 229 congratulates apprenticeship graduating class. From left: fifth-year instructor Lee Berkheimer; Pres. Scott Moul; graduates Matt Mejo, Zach Roth, Tyler Crone, Chris LaCroix, Brad Claar, Jared Barley; and Bus. Mgr. Matt Paules. Not pictured: graduates Steve Schrum, Andy Jamison.

Upcoming Events

L.U. 245 (govt,lctt,o,rtb&u), TOLEDO, OH—At press time negotiations are still ongoing for several units. The newly organized S&N locators, Lake Township employees and fire fighters are in negotiations for a first contract. The First Energy Agreement and the 71/245 Agreement are renewals of existing contracts.

In August, Local 245 members enjoyed a summer ballgame and dinner in a spirit of great comradery. Big thanks to Lisa Tracy and Amanda Parker for making all the arrangements for the event. The ladies have already started planning the winter social event, a hockey game in January. More details will follow.

To encourage more young people to get involved with the union, the local is planning a Christmas party for our young members and their families scheduled for Dec. 6. The party will include gifts for the kids, and Santa will make an appearance! Admission to the party will be a dozen cookies to be shared with the rest of the attendees.

The local will also participate in a Salvation Army Adopt a Kettle fundraiser on the day after Thanksgiving. Those who are interested should contact the hall for more information.

Have a safe and wonderful fall season! Go, Bucks!

Ray Zychowicz, P.S.


Local 245 members and their families enjoy a dinner outing and a ballgame.

Data Hub Project

L.U. 257 (em,i,rtb,rts,spa&t), JEFFERSON CITY, MO—Local 257 apprentice wireman Kyle Schlotz is pictured, in the accompanying photo, tightening lugs on a new 300-kilowatt natural gas generator. The new generator is part of an upgrade done by signatory contractor Richard W. Howerton Electric Inc. for Central Bank's main data hub at Central Technology Services. The new generator will supply backup power for the server rooms, uninterruptible power source systems and emergency equipment.

Joel Vanderslice, P.S.


Local 257 apprentice wireman Kyle Schlotz on the jobsite.

Informed & Politically Active

L.U. 269 (i&o), TRENTON, NJ—Another election cycle is upon us and many of us will be headed to the voting booth to exercise our civic duty. It is true that some members may find politics in general distasteful, but it is critically important that we stay informed, engaged and politically active as union members.

Some political entities in this country would love nothing more than to see the middle-class worker/voter lose patience and become disenfranchised. We never want to see the "Don't Blame Me, I Voted for …" bumper sticker give way to one that reads: "Don't Blame Me, I Didn't Vote"!

There is no bad time to educate yourself about local and national issues and legislation that directly affect your ability to earn an honest paycheck to raise a family on. Here in the Mercer County and Bucks County areas of our local's jurisdiction, the political landscape is constantly shifting and we must stay informed to know which candidates support the interests of working people.

If you do not attempt to shape your own future, there are plenty of others who would be more than happy to do it for you.

Brian Jacoppo, P.S.

Apprenticeship Graduates

L.U. 317 (i,o,rts,t&u), HUNTINGTON, WV—Local 317 congratulates the Huntington Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee class of 2015 for successfully completing their inside wireman apprenticeship! The class of 2015 began their apprenticeship training while the work picture in our local was very slow; as a result several people dropped out of the program because of the lack of work. Six brothers and one sister were determined to succeed. For all of their hard work and dedication, on behalf of Local 317 and the HEJATC, I wish the best of luck to the graduates as a they begin a new chapter of their IBEW careers!

[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]

James Stacy, P.S.


Local 317 congratulates apprenticeship graduates. Front row: Local 317 Instructor James Stacy; Apprenticeship Dir. Tim Akers; committee member Travis Smith; graduates Schyler Elkins, Ami Rose, Joey Barr; committee member Tom Braley; graduate Dustin Dalton. Back Row: Instructor Carol Jones; committee member Matt Simms; graduates Eric Mollette, Adam Roush and Terry Hughes.

Veterans Day & Giving Thanks

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN—World War I was "the war to end all wars." Fighting between Allied Forces and Germany ceased on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. November 11 became known as Armistice Day, a day to honor World War I veterans.

According to the book "Dreams of Dignity, Workers of Vision," a history of the IBEW, wiremen in 1918 earned wages varying from 55 cents an hour at 48 hours a week in Atlanta, to 75 cents an hour at 44 hours a week in San Francisco, to 82.5 cents per hour at 44 hours a week in Denver.

In 1954, veterans of World War II and the Korean War lobbied Congress to replace the word "Armistice" with the word "Veteran." November 11 became Veterans Day, a day to honor veterans of all wars.

Veterans continue to join or return to the IBEW after military service. Local 343 has 176 members who are veterans; 115 of those veterans are IBEW retirees. Of the 61 who are active members, four are currently deployed. All five branches of service are represented. Veterans Day has been a provisional holiday in our contract since the 2002-2005 agreement. On this Veterans Day, remember those who fought in battle so that we may live in freedom.

Please remember to buy American, union-made products.

Tom Small, P.S.

Volunteers Help Build New Trade School in Haiti

L.U. 349 (em,es,i,mps,rtb,rts,spa&u), MIAMI, FL—Several of our journeyman wiremen went to Port au Prince, Haiti, in June and July to help build a new trade school. Our school instructor Sergio Mayor led the group, along with Local 349 Pres. David Karcher, Bros. Wally St. Hilaire and Marc Zamor, as well as the Haitian participants.

The National School of Art and Trade, operated by the Congregation of the Salesians of St. John Bosco, was built in about 6 weeks. The Port au Prince school is a two-story building with 14 classrooms and two offices. Each classroom accommodates 25 to 30 students. The school provides instruction in several trades including the electrical and plumbing trades, as well as computer repair and secretarial courses, etc.

Attending the opening ceremony for the school were: IBEW Int. Pres. Emeritus Edwin D. Hill, Int. Sec.-Treas. Salvatore J. Chilia, Fifth District Int. Pres. Joe S. Davis, IEC member and Local 349 Bus. Mgr. William W. Riley, school officials and guests.

Congratulations to Local 349 members on another job well done. Supplies for the project were provided by the South Florida Chapter of NECA.

Remember to attend your union meetings. Let's get the work, do the work and work safe. Make Local 349 proud and strong. This will be my final article for this space. Thank you to the readership and good wishes to all.

Frank Albury, P.S./Exec. Brd. (retiring)

2,000 Attend Union Picnic;
Active GOTV Volunteers

L.U. 351 (c,cs,i,it,lctt,mt,o,se,spa&t), FOLSOM, NJ—Local 351's annual union picnic was Saturday, Aug. 1, at Morey's Pier in Wildwood, NJ. The weather was perfect and we had over 2,000 people in attendance. This marked our largest picnic ever. More than 500 door prizes were given out to attendees. Thanks to all who participated and those who contributed to help make the event a great success. Special thanks also to the picnic committee members for all their hard work.

As of this writing, we are again gearing up our get-out-the-vote (GOTV) activities for November 2015 state elections. We are conducting labor walks on Saturday mornings and running phone banks in various locations throughout our jurisdiction. Thank you to all the members who volunteer their time to come out and help.

Dan Cosner, A.B.M./P.S.


Local 351 picnic committee members: Chuck Dellavechia (left), Dan Cosner, Tim Carew, Bill Hosey, Buddy Blatcher, Joe Trumbetti, Jim Fletcher, Ryck Signor, Don Morgan, Ray Listman, Eric Quinn, Wayne Bumm and Ed Reiser.

Community Services Institute;
Sportsmen's Alliance Event

L.U. 375 (catv,ees&i), ALLENTOWN, PA—The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO held its Community Services Institute on July 22-25 at the newly completed, union-built Renaissance Hotel in Allentown. We were honored to participate and welcome the opportunity to host this event in the future.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, the Union Sportsmen's Alliance held a shoot at the nearby Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays facility. AFL-CIO Pres. Richard Trumka attended as well as a good number of shooters from neighboring states. Our IBEW Local 375 Team represented us well by winning first place in the Class B competition. That team included: Michael Kilpatrick, Jonathan Treskot, Brian Shuey, Brett Martucci and Lee Fiorini. Congratulations to all!

Mark your calendars for the annual family Christmas party scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6, beginning at 11 a.m.

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


Local 375 first-place team at Union Sportsmen's Alliance event: Mike Kilpatrick (left), Jonathan Treskot, Brian Shuey, Brett Martucci and Lee Fiorini.

Ascend Amphitheatre Opening

L.U. 429 (em,i,lctt,o,ptc,rtb&u), NASHVILLE, TN—On July 30, Nashville's Ascend Amphitheatre opened on schedule with a sold-out concert featuring Eric Church. The opening was a hit, and Nashville now has a riverfront venue for its locals and tourists alike.

After a nonunion electrical contractor fell behind on the Amphitheatre construction project, Local 429 signatory contractor Senergy Electric was able to establish a relationship with Skanska construction company, the general contractor on the job. This picked up valuable work for our sisters and brothers. Due to this effort, Local 429 and Senergy can now look forward to working with Skanska on the Hospital Corporation of America's towers project in downtown Nashville.

The HCA job is proposed as two towers with a hotel between them. With the effort of Local 429 members, Senergy was put in the front running for this project and was awarded the work on the shell and core of the tower. This has also led to Senergy being the first considered for the tenant buildout of this project.

This situation just proves that every job you go on is an audition for the next one. I want to personally thank the sisters and brothers who made this positive development happen.

John "Tadpole" Ledwell, B.M./F.S.

Industry Night a Success

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, ID—Local 449 held an Industry Night event on Aug. 20, in Twin Falls, Idaho. The local could not have done it without the help of Locals 291, 233 and 113, the state organizing coordinator, and a number of our local members. We were able to knock on 300+ doors and stop by more than 50 jobsites to talk with nonunion electricians. Seven of our signatory contractors, along with NECA and the JATC representatives, attended the event as well. Electricians from up to 65 miles away attended and showed interest in the IBEW. Overall, Industry Night was a success, highlighting the IBEW's presence in our community and showing that the IBEW is looking to represent everyone in our industry. A three-week TV campaign helped drive that message home.

[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 449 congratulates several members on their well-deserved recent retirement: Bros. Brent Inskeep, Dennis Sucher and Joseph Demmon and Sister Deborah Pein. We thank them for their longtime, dedicated union service.

It is with deepest regret that Local 449 reports the passing of Bros. James Gibson and Byron Roskelley.

Joe Maloney, Mbr. Dev.

'Trees of Honor Memorial'

L.U. 457 (u), MERIDEN, CT—Our local hosted a "Cigarbeque" fundraiser to benefit the Connecticut Trees of Honor Memorial in Middletown, CT. The memorial is located at Veterans Park, where a tree has been planted for every military veteran from Connecticut killed in the Middle East. At the fundraiser event, everyone enjoyed a potluck lunch and cigars. Thanks to the efforts of many, we raised $1,800 for this worthy cause.

John Fernandes, B.M./F.S.


Some of the attendees at Local 457's fundraiser for Connecticut Trees of Honor Memorial.

Local 459 Renovations

L.U. 459 (catv,ees,em,govt,mt,so&u), JOHNSTOWN, PA—Local 459 recently renovated its local union hall. Upgrades to the building have been completed and at press time were scheduled to be unveiled to the membership at an open house in October.

If not for the foresight of members and local leadership before us who acted on the recognized need for a permanent location, the local would not be where it is today.

We are grateful to Bros. Charles Meo, Joe Sanna, Jeff Kehl and Milt Nichols as well as deceased members Deneen Brant and Billy Parsha, to name just a few.

Past business manager Billy Parsha had the vision to know that a union hall was needed and was instrumental in making it a reality. In 1977, after the Johnstown Flood, Local 459 purchased the Holtzman Building at 408 Broad St. in Johnstown. After the mud was shoveled up and the building cleaned out, that structure became a local union hall for the IBEW and has remained substantially the same since then.

A few years after Bro. Parsha's passing in 1978, a ceremony was held in the mid-1980s and the "Parsha Hall" placard was placed on the front of the Local 459 union hall. Fast forward nearly 40 years later, and the current membership and leadership recognized the need for updates. Congratulations to all for a job well done.

Brendan M. Wolf, A.B.M.


Before and after views of Local 459 meeting room renovation.

Apprentice Graduation Banquet

L.U. 481 (ees,em,i,mt,rts,s&spa), INDIANAPOLIS, IN—In August, our annual apprenticeship graduation banquet was held to recognize the newest graduating classes of journeyman wiremen and journeyman installer technicians. Congratulations to the 36 graduates on a job well done.

Apprentice of the Year Award recipient for the December 2014 class was Jeff Russell; runner up was Benjamin Bell. Apprentice of the Year Award recipient for the May 2015 class was Antwaun Armstead; runner up was Michael Hornberger, and the Telecommunication Apprentice of the Year was Wayne Stevens. Winning the Solidarity Award for their commitment to the Brotherhood during their time as apprentices were: Evan Tafflinger (December 2014 class), Antwaun Armstead (May 2015 class) and Wayne Stevens (telecommunications). Solidarity honorees were: Shane Harden, Ronald Christ and Richard Clements. Best wishes to all of our new journeymen! Continue to stay active and involved in your local union, graduates. You are the future of the industry!

Also in August, Local 481 Bus. Rep. Shawn Christ was unanimously elected as president of the Central Indiana Labor Council. This is the first time a member of IBEW Local 481 has held that position. Good luck, brother, on this new leadership role!

Blake Andrews, R.S.


At the Local 481 annual apprenticeship graduation banquet.

Tribute to a Life of Service—
Second Anniversary of Passing

L.U. 499 (u), DES MOINES, IA—Bro. Donald D. Kruase Jr., retired former business manager, died unexpectedly on Nov. 3, 2013. He was a lifelong IBEW member and a great source of knowledge and inspiration for the local. He was also a moderator for the Gas Workshops at the Inter-Union Gas Conferences and was known by members nationwide for his great service in that role.

Bro. Krause previously served Local 499 as secretary, vice president, president and assistant business agent. During his tenure as a meter reader, power plant operator and gas foreman, he was a steward and chief steward. Devoted to the union, he was a hard worker and dedicated to making the job better and safer for all. In his 37 years at the local, he ushered in many new ideas, schedules and new technologies. Computers, websites and local union newsletters marked his forward thinking. He was instrumental in the merger of former Locals 1302 and 189 with Local 499 in January 1991.

He was recording secretary for the Iowa Utility Workers. He also received the Richard L. Noland Memorial Service Award from the Nebraska Utility Workers in 2010 for his outstanding service.

Bro. Krause was an excellent negotiator at the bargaining table. He was tough and determined but also adept at resolving stalemates when negotiations stalled.

Bro. Krause is still remembered in casual conversation for his expertise. He had a superb memory and was a "walking contract book." His friends and family miss him, and when together they fondly recall stories about Don. Some make you laugh, some make you sad, but all give you a great memory of a man who loved his family and his union.

George Fong, P.S.


The late Donald D. Krause Jr., a former Local 499 business manager.

PLA Project Ramping Up

L.U. 551 (c,i&st), SANTA ROSA, CA—Greetings from northern California.

Our casino hotel project broke ground Sept. 2. At this writing, construction was scheduled to start ramping up in October or November. This is a project labor agreement job with Native American preference hiring. Our books are quite thin and we look forward to help from travelling brothers and sisters. We are surrounded by beautiful redwoods, rivers and oceans. Spend your weekends in this great land fishing, hunting or just enjoying the award-winning landscapes.

In September we enjoyed the North Bay Labor Day Pancake Breakfast, which has a great turnout of labor union members and their families, as well as favored political candidates and office holders. At this writing we were also looking forward to our annual union picnic with games, swimming and delicious food.

The fall schedule of journeyman classes also started in September. Classes on transformers, motor controls and foremanship are among those taught, to name just a few. These classes will continue through February and count toward your Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Call the hall and check out what's going on!

This has been a great work year for our members and we are grateful all are out there working. Stay strong, work safe, and don't miss the Christmas union meeting this year!

Denise D. Soza, B.R./P.S.

Annual Family Picnic;
New Employee Joins Team

L.U. 553 (i,mt,o&ws), RALEIGH, NC—Local 553 celebrated our 2nd Annual Family Picnic on Oct. 10. We had games, activities, food and other fare to celebrate our local's growth throughout the year and a job well done. It was a rousing success. Thanks to all who attended and we hope to see you at next year's picnic!

Local 553 has also retooled our website to better serve our members and prospective members in our rapidly growing local. The new website is up and running and is updated on a regular basis with news, information and events from our local, our state and the country at large.

Local 553 congratulates new employee Josh Nixon for joining the IBEW team! Josh recently graduated from Berea College in Kentucky and came home to North Carolina. He has a background in history, political science and information technology (IT). He is currently working as office support and dispatcher for the local. As the local's press secretary, he also writes the monthly newsletter and is working on the Local 553 website and Facebook page.

Josh Nixon, P.S.

Battles for Working People

L.U. 557 (i,mt,rts&spa), SAGINAW, MI—In the state of Michigan many projects have been underway to help boost the economy. Many people throughout our state have been put to work, helping bring jobs to many families. With work in our area being at a moderate rate in recent months, many of our members are working in neighboring locals. This has been an enormous benefit to our community, and we thank our fellow locals.

Our state is in a continuous battle with the attack on prevailing wage. Big money is pushing for the repeal of our prevailing wage law. Many working people have joined together throughout the state to bring awareness to the issue. Prevailing wage is of great importance in the building trades and for working families throughout our great state. We hope to win this battle and keep bringing fair paying jobs to families all across Michigan.

As the holiday season approaches, we wish everyone safe and happy travels with their families.

Howard Revard, P.S.


Local 557 Bus. Mgr. Dave Small (left) and Pres. Russ Combs (right) present 50-year service pin award to retired member Lowell Jones.

Softball Team Champions;
Apprenticeship Hall of Fame

L.U. 569 (i,mar,mt,rts&spa), SAN DIEGO, CA—For the second year in a row, the Local 569 A Team are champions of the IBEW Ninth District Softball Tournament!

Local 569 had three teams compete in the tournament at the Santee Sportsplex from Aug. 15-16. A total of 19 teams from all across the Ninth District, as well as a team from Canada, competed. In the final game, our local's A Team won against Orange County 16-11. We commend all the contenders and congratulate our IBEW 569 A Team!

We also congratulate Local 569 members Jim Westfall and Mike Sparks, who were inducted into the Apprenticeship Hall of Fame located at the U.S. Department of Labor Building in Washington, D.C. This marked the first time our members have been inducted into the Hall of Fame!

Finally, we congratulate the 227 local members who received service pins for 20+ years of IBEW membership. Award recipients included four 70-year IBEW members: Fred Hill, Robert Morse, Kenneth Myron and Thomas Walker.

Gretchen K. Newsom, P.S.


IBEW Local 569 A Team, champions of the Ninth District Softball Tournament.

Tribute to a Life of Service

L.U. 595 (c,cs,govt,i,mt,o,se&st), DUBLIN, CA—Local 595 grieves the loss of fallen brother Scott Lunger, who was a former Local 595 member. During his IBEW career, Scott completed Local 595's apprenticeship and rapidly advanced to general foreman. During his last five years as an IBEW inside wireman, I had the honor of working with Scott until 2001, when he concluded his IBEW career to pursue his calling to serve in law enforcement.

Sgt. Scott Lunger served the Hayward Police Department for the past 15 years. He was on the SWAT team and was assigned to the Gang Unit in addition to his patrol supervision duties. Sgt. Lunger was slain during a traffic stop on July 22 this year. He was 48.

Scott Lunger was an IBEW member for 26 years. His brother Mike Lunger is a 26-year IBEW member and his father, Paul Lunger, is a retired 51-year member.

More than 5,000 people, including thousands of police officers from the Bay Area and beyond, attended the funeral service at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Speakers included: Gov. Jerry Brown, U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and other dignitaries.

The Oakland Athletics baseball team held a Sgt. Lunger Day. Scott's father Paul threw out the first pitch to his son's all-time favorite player, hall of famer Rickey Henderson. Scott's father and two daughters were presented with Oakland A's jerseys. A Lunger jersey with Scott's police badge number was hung in the A's dugout.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the Lunger family.

Bob Tieman, B.R.


Local 595 mourns the late Scott Lunger.

2015 Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM—This year's apprenticeship graduation was held at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel on Aug. 14. Class of 2015 graduates are: Charles Wilson Allen, John R. Alvarez, Nathan Arellano, Ricky Charley, Gene Clarkie, Walter A. Diaz Jr., Gregory E. Garcia, Roger Hubbard, David V. Martinez, Abinadab Mendoza, Darwin F. Mitchell, Oscar Olivas, Fernando L. Sanchez, Robert I. Tapia, Adrian Trujillo and Levi D. Wilson.

This year's outstanding apprentice was Nathan Arellano. The recipient of both the C.S. Mitchell Award and Kee Littleman Award was Andrew Russel. The apprentice with perfect attendance over five years was Oscar Olivas. Congratulations to 2015 apprentice graduates and to all award recipients.

Local 611 extends condolences to the families of members who recently passed away: Robert L. Wilcox, Christopher Tester, Fred W. Ringe, James W. Holdman, Charles Atkinson, Richard Safki, James J. Hicks, Kenneth T. Miller, Hildon O. Simmons, Philip J. Garcia, Jose D. Renteria and Vernon F. Clark.

Just a reminder, Local 611 union meetings are on the third Saturday of each month.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.


Local 611 congratulates class of 2015 apprenticeship graduates.

2nd Annual Motorcycle Ride

L.U. 627 (u), FORT PIERCE, FL—The holidays are approaching and our state's seasonal visitors from colder climates have arrived. Always remember to focus on safety at work and elsewhere. Watch out for the other guy, and remind yourself to be mindful of your own present situation. Happy stories are easier to retell.

Our members enjoyed three successful Union Night at the Mets events. If you did not have a chance to attend, please come out and enjoy next season's events. We always have a great time.

The 2nd Annual Motorcycle Ride will be Feb. 27, 2016. If you will be visiting in the area and are interested in seeing a portion of less-traveled Florida, please join us. For more information, please email

In December, after the union meeting we will share food, stories and camaraderie.

Brothers and sisters, always remember to practice workplace safety and stay focused on the task at hand for everyone's sake.

Ray Vos, P.S.


Volunteers gather for Local 627 Union Night at the Mets event.

IBEW Community Volunteers

L.U. 659 (c,catv,em,i,lctt,o,st,t&u), MEDFORD, OR—IBEW Local 659 electricians donate their time and their skills for Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity projects. With combined efforts including donations and skilled labor, Habitat is able to build houses for those in need in the southern Oregon community. These houses help bring opportunity to families who need handicap access or a safe neighborhood for a child from a single-parent family to play.

JATC Training Dir. Lance Corley and journeyman Mark Nelson helped to coordinate efforts from IBEW Local 659. At press time, a dedication ceremony was planned for the fall season to invite the families into their new homes.

[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]

John Hutter, Mbr. Dev.


IBEW Local 659 members volunteer for Habitat for Humanity project: Chris Farrell (left), Lance Corley, Aric Todd, Dan Parrish, Pat Boeggeman, Hunter Gallagher and Jesse Livingston. (Photo by Mark Nelson.)

Steward Training Class

L.U. 667 (u), PUEBLO, CO—Greetings to IBEW sisters and brothers.

Congratulations to our members who completed the IBEW Steward Training course, conducted by Int. Rep. Guy P. Runco. We thank them for their service and welcome any member wanting education or training!

We also enjoyed a summer's end picnic with our brothers and sisters from IBEW Local 12. It was a great time and allowed members of both locals to get to know "the ones on the other side of the socket."

Stay safe, stay united, and be sure to check out the local's new website at

Richard Koetting, B.M./F.S.


Local 667 members attend a Steward Training course.

Community College Partnership

L.U. 673 (catv,i,rts,spa,t&u), PAINESVILLE, OH—Long-term business relationships with valued customers can be harder to maintain in this current economic climate. Some friends and customers we have long counted on to use our services are being overridden by accountants and lawyers. One of our longtime, loyal customers is Lakeland Community College.

It has been 40+ years since the college was established, and from the very beginning IBEW members have done the electrical work on the LCC campus. About 15 years ago, Local 673's connection with LCC took a step to a new level as we partnered with the college on a new Electrical Construction Technology degree program. LCC students now have the opportunity to become IBEW members through our partnership with the college.

Over the years our local developed a strong working relationship with Lakeland Community College that continues to this day. The school reached out to us to help with support for a proposed new construction levy this fall. We will be there for the school with funds and a grassroots effort that will have a huge impact on the levy's passage.

We completed the final phase of a science facility renovation project on the LCC campus in August. There are plans for a major renovation and addition to the Health Sciences Building next spring. Lakeland currently has about $60 million worth of construction on the board and we are confident that we will be doing this work. Our partnership with Lakeland has been a win for the community, a win for Lakeland, and a win for our members.

Jim Braunlich, P.S.


Local 673 members Scott Sopko (left), Bob Szabo and Joey Gamiere, of Goulder Electric, at Lakeland Community College science facility renovation jobsite.

Midwest Softball Tournament

L.U. 683 (em&i), COLUMBUS, OH—I know it is cold out, but let's think back to summertime union activities. Local 683 congratulates New York Local 3 A Team for winning the upper division bracket and Cleveland Local 38 B Team for winning the lower bracket at the 44th Annual IBEW Midwest Softball Tournament. The Local 683 combined teams are pictured above (at top, right). Kudos to all who participated.

As we prepare to do our holiday shopping, we should do all we can to spend our hard-earned money with the businesses that support labor's cause and working families. Please everyone have a safe and fantastic holiday season.

Tracy Starcher, P.S.


Local 683 combined softball teams assemble at ballpark.

VDV Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 697 (c,es,i,mt&se), GARY AND HAMMOND, IN—Congratulations to the voice-data-video apprenticeship graduating class of 2015. Members Chase Donovan, Ben Fennema, Jordan Graegin, Jason Gonzalez, Anthony McCullough and Jeff Stephan celebrated the completion of their apprenticeship as telecom technicians in July. This is the first class to start and finish their training in our new training facility, and they are a very accomplished group. Training Dir. Ken Jania and Instructor Joe Dancho gave the graduates well-deserved accolades for being very committed throughout their training, which included earning an associate degree from Ivy Tech Community College.

While we eagerly await the upcoming holiday season (and many anticipate the deer hunting season), we won't be able to forget that politics never seems to take a break. The presidential, national and state election season is well underway with the Indiana primary scheduled for May 2016. In addition, our state legislators are currently knitting together their agendas for the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January. We must, and will, pay close attention to the anti-labor lobby, which is very effective at glossing over their intent while decimating the rights and opportunities of working Hoosiers. Be safe, and remember to be extra careful when that first snowfall hits.

Dan Waldrop, B.M.


At Local 697 apprenticeship graduation banquet: VDV graduates Ben Fennema (left), Chase Donovan, Tony McCullough, Jordan Graegin, Jeff Stephan and Jason Gonzalez.

Contract Extension & Mobilization Campaign

L.U. 723 (govt,rtb&t), FORT WAYNE, IN—On July 3, Local 723 members at Indiana's News Center (WISE-TV) in Fort Wayne ratified a one-year contract extension with a 1.5 percent general wage increase. The sale of WISE-TV, currently owned by Granite Broadcasting, to Illinois based Quincy Publishing is pending FCC approval and the contract extension will facilitate the negotiation of a successor agreement with Quincy Publishing once the sale is final.

IBEW Steward Training for Local 723 stewards was held Saturday, Oct. 3. The class included training on the IBEW Code of Excellence and Member to Member projects.

Unit 5 Executive Board member Jason McGee is heading up a mobilization effort with our CenturyLink members to educate and motivate them to action in what will likely be difficult contract negotiation with CenturyLink in 2016.

At press time, we are continuing our political efforts to elect labor-friendly city council members in the November 2015 election in the city of Fort Wayne, in hopes of restoring collective bargaining for employees of the city of Fort Wayne in the coming year.

Bruce L. Getts, B.M./F.S.


Local 723 Bus. Mgr. Bruce Getts (left) presents 60-year service award to member David Nussbaum, retired from WKJG-TV in Fort Wayne, IN.

Apprenticeship Graduates

L.U. 861 (i), LAKE CHARLES, LA—Local 861 is proud to announce the class of 2015 apprenticeship graduates: Joshua Bowling, Christopher Butts, Johnathan Chavis, Robert Hebert, Larry Johnson, Daniel Kelley, Jacob McBride, Albert Newlin III and Spencer Vincent Jr.

Outstanding Apprentice Award recipient Albert Newlin III subsequently attended the National Training Institute in Ann Arbor, MI.

Lance Corner, Mbr. Dev.


Local 861 Bro. Albert K. Newlin III (right) receives Outstanding Apprentice Award presented by Training Dir. Carlos Perez.

RENEW Committee Steps Up

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL—Congratulations to Local 915's RENEW (Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers) Committee for being the first in Florida to be chartered by the IBEW. These brothers and sisters have really stepped up and taken the activity of this committee to a higher level.

The RENEW Committee's Keep Tampa Beautiful project is a success, with a cleanup project for a road near our union hall. The IBEW Local 915 Adopt-A-Road sign is displayed on Orient Road between Hillsborough Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

The RENEW Committee helped host last year's Christmas party and plans to take on the task again in 2015. They also have volunteered at the Saint Petersburg Science Center remodel project as well as a radio tower project. Additionally, they are active in the Florida Young Workers of Tampa Bay. The RENEW Committee participants have even stood in solidarity against Walmart in support of working people.

The IBEW Local 915 RENEW Committee's Facebook page is also a testament to the heart and dedication of this fine group of young electricians. I am proud to call this new generation of members my brothers and sisters in solidarity.

Theresa King, P.S.


Local 915 Bus. Mgr. Randall King (left) and the local's RENEW Committee display charter.

Festive Labor Day Picnic

L.U. 1015 (em&i), WESLACO, TX—Although the temperature reached over 100 degrees on Saturday, Aug. 29, that didn't stop the brothers of Local 1015 and their families from coming out to enjoy the annual Labor Day picnic in Weslaco. The pavilion at Harlon Block Sports Complex was alive with music playing, children laughing, and the members and their families socializing with one another. Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Sergio A. Salinas raffled off electrical prizes for the members. One by one, each member stepped up with a smile to receive the small token of appreciation given out by Bus. Mgr. Salinas and Training Dir. Servando Munguia.

Once all the members had received a prize, Rec. Sec. Pablo Puente surprised all the children by bringing in a star-shaped piñata full of candies and treats. The kids were ecstatic as they each took a turn hitting the piñata, each child doing his best to crack it open. After 10 minutes and one broken stick, 20 kids, ranging from 2-10 years old, ran to the middle to stock up on the candies that littered the pavilion floor. Local 1015 can't wait for next year's Labor Day picnic!

Maria A. Estman, P.S.


Local 1015 attendees gather to enjoy Labor Day picnic.

Peppers Ranch Volunteer Project

L.U. 1141 (em,i,mow,rts&spa), OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—Giving back: it's not just the right thing to do, it's what creates stronger communities.

That's why more than 30 journeymen, apprentices, officers and staff members volunteered their weekends beginning in early spring to help wire a massive new horse riding facility for Peppers Ranch in Guthrie. The organization offers therapeutic horse riding activities for children who have been abused or have been in crisis situations.

As of this writing, we are about 95 percent finished with the project, which will benefit the dozens of youngsters aged 5-17 who participate in the program. It's been a blessing to be able to use our talents as electricians to truly give back to some of the children who need assistance the most in our nearby communities.

We'd like to offer a huge thank-you to Ron and Brenda Evans of signatory contractor All Star Electric, who donated the materials.

Please watch our new video at, which shows some of our members hard at work on the project.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, and we will see you at the next union meeting. Until then: work hard, and work safe.

Dewayne Wilcox, B.M.


Local 1141 members help rebuild after a house fire in south Oklahoma City. From left: Carlos Amaya, Sean Wallace, Jimmy Griffy, Keith Bell and Tim Chappell.

California Wildfires & IBEW Restoration Work

L.U. 1245 (catv,em,govt,lctt,o,pet,t&u), VACAVILLE, CA—In the wake of two large-scale wildfires that have torn through northern California this summer, Local 1245 members have been hard at work, repairing and replacing transmission lines, distribution circuits and utility poles that were destroyed by the fires. Local 1245 units are also working to raise money for a Local 1245 retiree who lost his home in the "Rocky Fire" over the summer.

Our newly redesigned website was awarded first place for content and design by the International Labor Communications Assoc.

Two work groups at Pacific Gas & Electric recently voted to join Local 1245. PG&E computer client field analysts overwhelming voted to join IBEW Local 1245, with 90 percent voting "yes." Gas distribution coordinators at PG&E's Bishop Ranch facility voted to join Local 1245 by a margin of 2-to-1.

In recent months, Local 1245 members and leaders have been collecting donations of tools and safety supplies to send to fellow linemen in the economically developing country of Suriname. In July, the union filled an entire shipping container with safety equipment for their Surinamese brothers, including 300 pairs of electrical hazard (EH-rated) safety boots and 1,000 pairs of safety glasses. This fall, a delegation from Local 1245 will travel on a mission to Suriname to serve as instructors at the Lineman School that IBEW Local 77 member Brady Hansen has set up there.

In Outside Construction, the work outlook remains steady in distribution, with some increases in transmission work in both California and Nevada.

Rebecca Band, P.S.


IBEW Local 1245 members Hollis Hadley (left) and Don Lee from PG&E replace a power pole that was destroyed by the "Rocky Fire" in Clearlake, CA.

Annual Clambake a Success

L.U. 1249 (catv,lctt,o,t&u), SYRACUSE, NY—Once again, we had a fantastic summer! It ended with a bang with our Annual Local 1249 Clambake. The weather was great and as usual the food and drinks were terrific. Attendance was extraordinary—more than 600 people attended!

The number of prizes was astounding. Members and family had the chance to win 40 different prizes! A huge thank you to the Executive Board, which makes possible the purchase of prizes by the local, and to all who contributed to the festivities. Many thanks also to the members, staff and families who helped pull off a successful event! We hope to see even more members, both active and retired, at next year's clambake.

The event was also the kickoff for Mark Lawrence's new career as business manager for Local 1249. He was appointed by the Local 1249 Executive Board to fill the unexpired term of former business manager William Boire, who retired. Bus. Mgr. Lawrence has big shoes to fill, and we have no doubt that he will be a great leader for the local and do great things! Congratulations, Mark!

Jennifer Schneider, P.S.

Graduates & Fresh Starts

L.U. 1439 (u), ST. LOUIS, MO—Congratulations to the members who completed the Heavy Underground apprenticeship in August. In late July, apprenticeships started for the substation electrical mechanic and overhead lineman classifications. Both work groups are on Ameren/Missouri property.

A contract agreement was reached with Entergy Arkansas. Joint bargaining took place with Locals 1439, 647, 750 and 1703. Contract explanation meetings were held and IBEW members ratified the contract in September.

It is with regret that we report the passing of Bro. Tom Fagan and Bro. Bob Wiesehan, to whom we owe a debt of gratitude for their contributions to our local. Since Bro. Fagan was a proud Irishman, we plan to hold an annual Tom Fagan Memorial Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner in March of each year beginning in 2016. Additionally, at that event we will honor retirees from the previous 12 months.

Matt Curry, R.S.


Local 1439 late Bros. Tom Fagan (in red sweater) and Bob Wiesehan (in cap).

COPE Award Presentation

L.U. 1501 (ees,em,mo,pet,rts&t), BALTIMORE, MD—Bus. Mgr./Pres. Dion F. Guthrie recently was presented with a COPE (Committee on Political Education) Award for our local's outstanding participation and contributions. Int. Sec.-Treas. Salvatore J. Chilia presented the award to Bus. Mgr. Guthrie at the Fourth District Progress Meeting, held this year in Cincinnati.

This is the 19th COPE Award presented to Local 1501 since 1990. COPE is a very important part of our union's involvement in the political system. So keep those voluntary C.O.P.E. dollars coming in, brothers and sisters, because that is one important way we can help elect political candidates who support the interests of labor and working people.

Thomas J. Rostkowski, R.S.

Labor Day Barbecue

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA—Wow! Another Labor Day has come and gone! Our Local 1579 Labor Day Barbecue was a great success! With several hundred members and families showing up to eat, to fellowship and laugh with each other, I would say good job!

Our work situation is still booming. We tend to have more work than electricians. We are working hard at the local to take in and employ more apprentices, as well as stripping the best electricians from the nonunion sector. In addition, we have many traveling brothers and sisters working in the jurisdiction. Thank you to all for your support.

At this time of Thanksgiving, we pause to count our blessings: the freedom of this great country in which we live, and the blessing to belong to a great union such as the IBEW where we enjoy opportunities for achievement as well as the brotherhood we demonstrate daily. For all these things we are deeply thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Will Salters, B.M./F.S.