February 2017
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Also In This Issue New Rail Jobs?
Passenger rail upgrades sought for Northeast Corridor read_more

Top-Notch Skills
Members dominate
first-ever competition read_more

Dire States
Your job, paycheck, voice — at risk read_more

North of 49°
IBEW Wins Indigenous Inclusion Award read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
La FIOE remporte le prix pour l'inclusion du peuple indigène read_more

Special NoticeThis issue contains important new information for "A" members of the IBEW regarding the Pension Benefit Fund and their rights under ERISA, which should be read and retained for future reference. read_more




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First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Opens off Atlantic Coast

Business Manager Michael K. Daley and everyone with Providence, R.I., Local 99 had reason to celebrate when the first offshore wind farm in U.S. waters became fully operational in mid-December.

"It was awesome," Daley said. "It was a feeling of so much pride that the IBEW had been a part of this."

There could be even better news on the deep blue horizon. Deepwater Wind's Block Island Wind Farm — which Local 99 not only helped build, but helped get off the ground because of its ongoing dialogue with Rhode Island officials — could lead to more work for IBEW members.

Hopefully, a lot more.

"The real prize was not the five turbines," said Paul MacDonald, Local 99's legislative director. "I look at that as a demonstration project. The real prize is what's going to come."

About 50 Local 99 members were involved in the construction, most at a temporary mainland facility at the Port of Providence. Block Island is 13 miles south of the Rhode Island coast.

The project is tiny compared to the massive offshore wind farms that have sprouted up around the world during the last two decades, particularly in European coastal areas.

It showed, however, that they have a place in the United States. MacDonald said wind generation helps hold down energy costs, which could also make it more attractive to businesses.

"It has to come because the cost of energy is getting out of hand," he said. "In the Northeast, it's getting so expensive that it stymies business. People are thinking of ways to stop that."

"This [the Block Island project] is a demonstration that it's feasible and that it works," he added. "When we have these things with 200, 300 or 500 turbines, that's when you're really going to see a lot of jobs." read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Stephenson: Excellence off the Job read_more
Chilia: Raising the Stakes read_more

TransitionsJohn Easton Jr.;
Louis M. Gauthier;
William 'Bill' Warchow;
Harrison West read_more

PoliticsNow Hiring: New Life
and New Jobs at Illinois Nuclear Plants read_more

Circuits'We're in a Union …
We Have All We Need': Why These Members
Give Back read_more

LettersA Universal Experience;
Dollars and Sense;
Nothing New Here read_more

In MemoriamDecember 2016 read_more

Who We AreDetroit's 'Wobbly' Kitchen:
Serving Up a Healthy Dose of Community Spirit read_more