February 2016
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Also In This Issue Health Care Tax Delayed
Last-minute reprieve sought by unions read_more

Battling State,
Judicial Onslaught

Right-to-work on
the march read_more

Jack Moore Dies
Dynamism, commitment remembered read_more

Membership Privileges
Wages, benefits, empowerment read_more

Presidential candidates allies in labor dispute read_more

Spotlighting Excellence
Partnership reaps gains read_more

Members as
First Responders

Quick thinking,
training aid boy read_more

Next Generation Partnership
Tradecraft training
in schools read_more

Reversing Offshoring
Local jobs for local
projects read_more

North of 49°
Young IBEW Volunteers a Force in Election read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Les jeunes bénévoles de la FIOE prêtent une force à l'élection read_more





  Cover Photo

New York City Local Lights up The Late Show with
Stephen Colbert

"Right now it's a pile of dust, but it's going to be beautiful."

That's what Stephen Colbert told GQ last August about the renovation of The Ed Sullivan Theater, where he hosts "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Thanks to the hard work of New York Local 1212, he was right.

"A tremendous amount of work was done and in a very short amount of time. I can't tell you how proud I am of our guys," said Local 1212 Business Manager Ralph Avigliano.

When the first "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" aired on Sept. 8, viewers saw not just a new host but a new set complete with state-of-the-art technology. And it was all done in just over three months.

At its height, the renovation, which included removing the previous set vacated in May by David Letterman, employed close to 100 members, said CBS Vice President Richard Hart. About 30 members work on the show as in-house technicians.

The newest incarnation of "The Late Show" broadcasts from the same space as its predecessor in the historic Ed Sullivan Theater. But the look is entirely new and reveals much of the original architecture.

The 13-story historic landmark dates back to 1927 and was originally a Broadway theater. That near-90-year-old design was what Colbert wanted to uncover. So Local 1212, along with other trades, removed the post-Broadway layers, peeling off years of entertainment history.

While the architecture harkens back to days gone by, the sound system is entirely new, along with other modern technological advances. The cutting edge set includes an all-digital projection mapping system that plays in the newly uncovered dome, LED lights covering one-third of the set and new seats.

"When you see this dome, and the architecture of the old and the new technologies coming together to create this environment, you can see that it was an incredible undertaking," Avigliano said. "And the expertise of the IBEW is exactly what was needed to make it happen." read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Stephenson: Your Paycheck, Docked read_more
Chilia: Excellence in Broadcasting read_more

Organizing WireIBEW-run Studio is Perfect Fit for Self-Described Conservative read_more

CircuitsIBEW Women Join CLUW to Tackle the War on Women;
Devastating Northwest Storm Highlights IBEW Linemen's Skill, Professionalism;
Ore. Governor Appoints Portland Business Manager to Port Commission read_more

LettersCongrats, Dad!;
Proud to be Union;
Work Safe read_more

In MemoriamDecember 2015 read_more

Who We AreLos Angeles Member Takes His Trade with his Faith Across the Globe read_more


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