December 2017
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Also In This Issue A Vicious Toll
How an intractable strike wreaks havoc on NY lives, families read_more

NEAP Summary
Annual Report

NEAP benefit notice read_more

North of 49°
Trudeau Demands
Right-to-Work Rollback read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Trudeau exige d'abolir le droit au travail read_more







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Everything about the
Electrical Industry is Changing

Energy generation and power distribution — an $880 billion a year business — has changed more in the last 20 years than in the preceding 100, and that change is likely to accelerate in the coming years.

It amounts to a quiet revolution in the industry that provides jobs for nearly two-thirds of the IBEW's members.

How and where we generate power is changing. When we use it is shifting. The grid itself is transforming from pipelines of electrons to supercomputers with millions of sensors and controllers that IBEW members will install and service and utilities will wield like a conductor of a symphony.

For the nearly 400,000 IBEW members who work in generation, transmission, distribution, construction and rail, those changes will have a dramatic impact. Job responsibilities will change. Some traditional jobs will disappear while entirely new ones will arise, often in other places.

The demand for workers who can light up the nation has never been higher — but there are no guarantees that the new jobs will continue to be good jobs.

"The IBEW will look different in 20 years," said International President Lonnie R. Stephenson. "There are momentous changes coming to some of the best blue-collar jobs in North America. The first step in meeting the needs of a changing world and providing an honorable living for the men and women who build and maintain it, is understanding the change that is already here." read_more

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Officers Column Stephenson:
Energy's Future read_more
Run. Fight. Win. read_more

TransitionsJammi Juarez;
Jeff Rose;
Guy Runco read_more

PoliticsMassachusetts IBEW Member Wins State
Senate Seat read_more

LettersWanted for
Higher Office: You;
Getting the
(Safety) Message;
Unions Give Back read_more

In MemoriamOctober 2017 read_more

Who We AreA Years-Long Journey Ends, Delaware Wireman Gets Life‑Saving Gift read_more


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