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December 2015

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An Investment in History

When we meet next year in St. Louis to celebrate the 125th anniversary of our founding, we will be able to do something we have never done before. We will be able to walk down the hallways our founding father Henry Miller once walked, adding our footprints to the foundation of our union.

A lot has changed since 1891, but in some ways we are still fighting the same fights. We're still negotiating for fair wages and working conditions, and respect in the workplace. Being able to visit the house where it all started will remind us not just how far we have come, but how possible change can be.

The Henry Miller house will be our touchstone for inspiration. By visiting and learning from the history of this great union, we can move forward with the knowledge and strength to fuel our current battles. Our tool chest may have grown over the past 125 years, but the principles remain the same.

With the establishment of the Electrical Workers Historical Society, we can restore and maintain the house for future generations. The board of the 501(c)(3) will manage the funds and oversee operations and ensure that this real life representation of where we come from remains in solid condition, both structurally and in terms of its mission: to educate and enlighten the work of the Brotherhood and the broader labor movement. It is our home and we have the chance to open its doors to all who believe in the cause of giving working men and women a voice.

This time of year is one of reflection for me and for giving thanks for all that I have, and much of that is due to this great union. I never forget how fortunate I am to be able to go to work every day to a job that I love, and one that allows me to help so many others.

The Henry Miller boarding house was the beginning of the journey of the Brotherhood that continues to this day, and a testament to his legacy. I hope you will join me this holiday season in contributing to this indispensable piece of our history.


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Lonnie R. Stephenson

Lonnie R. Stephenson
International President