July 2017
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Also In This Issue A Seat at the Table
Law enforcement, bailiffs and prosecutors join IBEW in Iowa read_more

Former IEC Chairman Bob Pierson Dies
'He led with conviction, compassion' read_more

Like a Rock
Prudential Center workers
join Team IBEW read_more

Fall 2017 New
Contractor Training read_more

North of 49°
CN Railway Workers
Ratify Contract after
Strike Threat read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Les employés du chemin
de fer au CN ratifient leur contrat après la menace
de grève read_more






Change of Address

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At Long Last, a Monument to Canada's Worker Rises

On May 16, side cutters in hand, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau snipped the No. 4 bare copper wire marking the opening of a permanent monument to the men and women of Canada's building trades.

"Let this memorial inspire us to always push for progress and never forget the importance of the building trades in shaping the country we know and love," Trudeau said to the assembled crowd, which included Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Patty Hadju, International President Lonnie R. Stephenson, First District International Vice President Bill Daniels and International Executive Council member Ross Galbraith.

Located in Major's Hill Park, just a stone's throw from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the Canadian Building Trades Monument is the result of a near-decade-long effort to erect a tribute to Canada's working men and women.

Featuring two oversized plumb bobs carved from Quebec-quarried black granite, the 11.6 meter by 7.5 meter (38 feet by 24 feet) plaza is surrounded by benches featuring etchings of tools from each of the 14 represented trade unions. Plumb bobs are among civilization's oldest-known builder's tools, tapered weights that, when attached to string, serve as the vertical equivalent of a level. For its bench, the IBEW selected a pair of old-style side cutters representative of the early days of the electrical trade.

"Tradesmen and women built this country," Trudeau said at the unveiling, "and we are so proud to host this monument in our nation's capital to celebrate the work of the building trades in creating our communities, to remember sacrifices made and to inspire a better future."

That sentiment, said Robert Blakely, chief operating officer for Canada's Building Trades Unions, is what inspired his organization to seek a permanent monument to tradespeople nearly a decade ago.

"This was a long time coming," Blakely said. "We have worked hard and long to create a national monument in Canada's capital that will celebrate the contributions made to society by the women and men who work in the building and construction trades and commemorate the losses they have endured in carrying out their work." read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Stephenson:
The Trump Record read_more
Cooper: Health Care for Us, by Us read_more

TransitionsDonald C. Siegel;
Michael D. Welsh;
Paul O'Connor;
Brian S. Maher;
Dale McCoy;
Alan Goddard;
Grady Parks read_more

PoliticsWorking Missouri Families Get Rare Win;
President Trump: Infrastructure not a Priority;
N.C. GOP Pushes Constitutional
Right-to-Work read_more

Organizing WireNew Award Honors
Non-Members Who
Save IBEW Lives read_more

Letters'We are a Family';
NEC as History;
Dad's 'Lighting the Sky' read_more

In MemoriamMay 2017 read_more

Who We AreAmerican Legion Post
'Binds Us from
Generation to Generation' read_more