September 2016
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No Higher Stakes
Working families in the
balance in Mo. read_more

It's Clean and Green
Nuclear industry
seeks reboot read_more

North of 49°
Promoting Safety and
Transparency in the Workplace read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Promouvoir la sécurité et la transparence sur le lieu de travail read_more





Change of Address


  Cover Photo

Celebrating 125 Years,
IBEW Returns Home

The IBEW's 39th International Convention convenes this month just a mile and a half from the St. Louis boardinghouse where 10 delegates met 125 years ago to form what would become the greatest union of electrical tradesmen and tradeswomen in the world.

We return to the banks of the Mississippi River at an important juncture for the United States, for the IBEW and for the state of Missouri.

"Coming back here to St. Louis, the birthplace of our union, is a reminder of the sacrifices our brothers and sisters have made over the years fighting for better working conditions, higher wages and secure retirements," said International President Lonnie R. Stephenson. "We owe them so much, and it's a privilege to be here in this city celebrating their contributions to our way of life."

In 1890, when Henry Miller arrived in St. Louis, the booming Gateway City was a hotbed of labor activism. That year, Miller and other electricians working at the city's grand Exposition Hall formed Local 5221, affiliated with Samuel Gompers' American Federation of Labor. But Miller had bigger dreams, and just a year later, he and nine delegates from around the country came together at 2728 Franklin Ave. and drew up the constitution for what became the National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

With that legacy in mind, and in the shadow of the city's famous Gateway Arch, more than 3,000 IBEW delegates, alternates and guests will gather this month to elect leaders, debate laws and resolutions and to celebrate the Brotherhood and its origins in St. Louis.

And this year, convention delegates plan to give back to the city, holding the IBEW's inaugural Day of Service on Sept. 15. Delegates and guests will fan out across St. Louis to volunteer at homeless shelters, food banks, local parks, ballfields and more. "It's a fitting way to head into our convention," Stephenson said, "to give back to a community that has given us so much." read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Stephenson: At the IBEW's 39th Convention, Shaping Our Destiny read_more
Chilia: This Year, Down Ballot Races Are Key read_more

TransitionsHarold "Bill" Crews;
Tommy Maynard;
Robert D. Myers;
George Crawford;
Jeffrey Radjewski read_more

Circuits'Unescorted Access' Changes Threaten to Leave Nuclear Workers at Risk;
This Vermont Local is the First in the State to Install Tesla's Home Battery;
RENEW Opening Opportunities in New 
Places read_more

LettersIBEW's Trump Investigation;
Saluting Another Trailblazer; Labor's Candidate?;
Getting Rid of Unions the Easy Way read_more

In MemoriamJuly 2016 read_more

Who We AreIn St. Louis, A Monument Comes to Life read_more