April 2017
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Granite State Resolve
Citizen legislators say “No” to corporate, GOP effort to attack workers read_more

Standing Against Hatred
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Grid 2.0
Stephenson urges electrical infrastructure investments read_more

North of 49°
IBEW Members Chosen for Leadership Conference read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Les membres de la FIOE ont été choisis pour la conférence sur le
leadership read_more

IEC Minutes
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NEBF Annual Notice read_more





Change of Address

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Construction Roars Back
Post Recession

Construction is on an upswing in Evansville, Ind., a city of about 120,000 people nestled on a bend in the Ohio River.

Evansville Local 16 members worked on a downtown hotel that was recently finished. They're now working on a new casino, new elementary school and a new Indiana University Medical School research center. Two local hospitals are involved in large-scale projects.

It's all led to near full employment for its 970 members, Business Manager Paul Green said.

"There's been some pretty positive trends here," he said.

The situation in Evansville isn't unique. Construction is booming across the country, leading to more work for IBEW members. But this new growth brings with it challenges the IBEW must meet if it wants to continue growing and seize the opportunity to build market share.

The hot construction market has revealed a growing skilled worker shortage, which is being felt across the industry. For the IBEW, that makes organizing the top priority.

"It's hugely important," Construction and Maintenance Director Jim Ross said. "If we can't supply the workers, our signatory contractors won't bid on projects."

Nationally, Dodge Data and Analytics estimated new construction starts to increase 5 percent nationally this year over 2016. Job growth showed no sign of slowing down nationally as 2017 dawned. An estimated 36,000 construction jobs were added in January.

For members enjoying steady work, that's great news.

But the IBEW's Membership Development Department reports that 42 locals across the country were experiencing open calls and 15 are expected to have a worker shortage of 100 or more during the next six months.

That may just be scratching the surface. Phoenix Local 640 expects to be between 400 and 800 workers short later this year as construction rebounds in the Valley of the Sun.read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Stephenson:
Filling the Gap read_more
Chilia: Fix Health Care, Don't Destroy It read_more

TransitionsLawrence C. Farnan;
Austin Keyser;
Michael Grunwald read_more

CircuitsRecord Snow Turns Out Calif. Lights; IBEW Turns Them Back On;
Looking to the Past for the Future of Organizing;
RENEW Gets Political in Iowa read_more

LettersHow 'Clean' is Nuclear?;
What's Wrong with
Heroes in the Snow;
Healthy Members, Healthy Unions read_more

In MemoriamApril 2016 read_more
January 2017 read_more
February 2017 read_more

Who We AreIn Albuquerque, IBEW is a Family Affair read_more