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IBEW Community Service;
Multiple Contracts Negotiated

L.U. 9 (catv,govt,lctt,o&u), CHICAGO, IL — 2017 was an exceptional and busy year for Local 9. The members of our local enjoyed a year of steady work. Bus. Mgr. Bill Niesman and his assistants successfully negotiated the following agreements for our membership: a four-year agreement with the Middle States Electrical Contractors Association for our outside construction and telecommunication work; a three-year agreement with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago; a five-year agreement with the City of Chicago; a three-year agreement for our line clearance tree trimmers; and a one-year extension with the Chicago Park District.

Thank you to Local 9 members and their families for their continued generosity in supporting: Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, the Letter Carriers Food Drive, West Suburban Cook County Boys and Girls Club, and the Veteran Women's Health and Wellness Day. We look forward to continued community outreach by supporting these organizations in 2018, as well as support for the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics.

Congratulations to former Pres. John Conroy and former Fin. Sec. Phil Dote, who both retired in 2017. We thank them for their longtime union service and we wish them a happy, healthy retirement. We welcome Bro. Todd Pierson as president and Bro. Brian Lewis as financial secretary.

Phase II of construction at our Training Center is complete, and as of this writing we are breaking ground on Phase III. Education is the key to success and an investment in the future of our local.

As 2018 gets underway, we look forward to a prosperous year.

Mary Beth Kaczmarek, P.S.


IBEW Local 9 members supported 2017 Letter Carriers Food Drive. From left: Local 9 Asst. Bus. Mgr. John Dowling, Bus. Mgr. Bill Niesman, Asst. Bus. Mgr. John Burkard and then-Fin. Sec. Phil Dote.

2017 Holiday Meeting

L.U. 19 (u), AURORA, IL — On Dec. 20 last year, Local 19 brothers and sisters got together for our annual holiday meeting. We would like to thank Lisle, IL, Local 701 Bus. Mgr. Frank Furco for allowing us to use the Local 701 facility for the event. Congratulations to Bros. Norm Tatum and Mike Matlock, who went home that evening with new TVs that were donated to raffle off. Thank you all who made contributions for donations.

Please make sure to attend your local union monthly meetings and don't forget to visit us on Facebook for updated information on Local 19.

Wishing you all a safe, healthy and prosperous 2018!

Natalia Guzman, Exec. Board


Local 19 members attend annual holiday meeting in 2017.

Worker Solidarity;
Elect Friends of Labor

L.U. 41 (em,es,govt,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NY — The president of the United States has made it very challenging for the future of unions with his lifetime judicial appointments to numerous U.S. District Courts. Many of the candidates he has appointed have little experience, but have extreme ideals that include destroying unionized labor.

The impending decision of the Supreme Court in the case known as Janus vs. AFSCME most likely will go against public-sector unions. The court's decision in that case will affect us all and we must prepare for what comes next. [Editor's Note: As this article went to press, the U.S. Supreme Court was scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case, Janus vs. the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, in late February 2018. To read more, see news article "Facing Hostile Court Ruling, How to Save Your Union," posted on the IBEW website at]

In the November 2018 midterm elections, we must elect individuals who share our ideals regarding the right to collectively bargain for a decent wage, health insurance, a pension, and the ability to retire with dignity.

This past winter had some terribly cold spells, but as we welcome the thaw and look forward to spring and summer, keep an eye out for our upcoming events. These events allow sisters and brothers to get to know each other in a different light and help to create a stronger bond of brotherhood. Please join us to meet some new sisters and brothers at one of these events and have fun too!

Gregory R. Inglut, A.B.M.

Fire Restoration Work;
Contract Negotiations

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA — Our IBEW Local 47 members did another great job on the Ventura Thomas fire restoration work. The fire, which started Dec. 4 last year, covered over 283,000 acres and burned 1,000 buildings.

Local 47 members employed at Morongo Casino voted by a vast majority in favor of a tentative contract agreement, following lengthy contract negotiations. However, subsequently, we were informed by the Morongo lead attorney that when presented to the tribal members for acceptance and ratification, the contract was rejected by the tribal members. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 21 has issued a complaint against the tribe for bad-faith bargaining.

A Southern California Edison (SCE) NLRB hearing was conducted to determine proper work groups allowed to vote in a SCE representation election.

Update for City of Anaheim engineers: At the time of this writing, negotiations continue for the new engineer group.

Our IBEW Local 47 Holiday & Christmas Party last year was a great success. Over 2,500 attended. Santa did a great job. Thanks to all who attended.

We are saddened to report the death of members Robert Ochoa, Patrick Ross, Martin Escamilla, Kenny Bechtol, Daniel Stengle, Randy Bierl, Samuel Casillas and Don Vela. Condolences and prayers go out to their loved ones.

Live free and safe. Work hard and buy union.

Mitch Smith, P.S.

Award for Heroism

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,ptc,rtb,t,u&uow), SPRINGFIELD, IL — In December 2017, Frontier Communications offered a voluntary separation package to all our construction members. The construction group at Frontier is already in a bare-bones state; as of this writing, no members had expressed interest in the offer.

The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission recently announced its award winners. One of the winners awarded posthumously was an IBEW member, the late Thomas Petruszak. Bro. Petruszak was a member of IBEW Local 9 and worked as a traveler in Local 51's jurisdiction, employed by Wright Tree Service, performing line clearance for Ameren and ComEd. Thomas passed away in September 2016 while trying to save a man who fell into a Lake Michigan bay.

Dale "Bud" Fallon, journeyman tree trimmer, was seriously injured earlier this year due to a fall out of a tree. Dale attended our Construction Unit meeting in December to receive his five-year pin and thanked the members for their monetary and moral support while he recovered.

Construction line work is slowing with layoffs at press time. Meter changing work is moving to Local 309's jurisdiction. Lack of sufficient amounts of distribution work could cause some of our apprentices to have to travel out of our jurisdiction to find distribution work. We have full employment in line clearance tree trimming (LCTT) with Wright Tree doing some hiring.

Karlene Knisley, B.R.

Service to Community —
Generosity of IBEW Members

L.U. 109 (u), ROCK ISLAND, IL — IBEW Local 109 members purchased gifts for two families at Christmas. We sponsored a family from Iowa and a family from Illinois. With monetary donations, and actual items purchased by some of our members, we were able to provide over $2,000 worth of gifts to the families. Member Al Shafer provided his Santa services to a shelter for young children as well.

The amazing contributions and generous hearts of our members allowed two families in need to enjoy a very bountiful Christmas. We look forward to being able to provide for more families in the future. This wouldn't be possible without our hard-earned union dollars!

Denise Newberry, P.S.


Local 109 members provided holiday gifts for two needy families. Member Al Shafer played the role of Santa.

Contract Negotiations;
Community Outreach Project

L.U. 111 (em,govt,lctt,mt,o,rtb,spa&u), DENVER, CO — We ended the year 2017 with our annual Feed the Homeless event. This community outreach project is a huge undertaking. Members and their families volunteer, and some of our signatory companies provide the tools necessary to make the event such a successful contribution to the less fortunate and those who are suffering through tough times. Thank you to all who participated in the preparation and service — we could not do this without you.

As we usher in 2018, we celebrate the 111th Year Anniversary of IBEW Local 111. The contentious negotiations with PSCO/Xcel Energy continue as of press time, and the union is holding steadfast to keep the traditional working-class values like medical, pension benefits, and job security as our top priorities. The current political environment has sparked a wave of employees contacting Local 111 for representation in an effort to combat corporate greed. Our membership is growing and solidarity is only making us stronger and more vigilant in fighting for workers' rights.

In 2018 make a point to attend your union meetings, Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC) events, and the quarterly Union Safety Meetings. Be proactive and make your voices heard.

Patrick S. Quinn, P.S.

Union Sportsmen's Alliance Dinner & Fundraiser

L.U. 113 (ees,em,i,mo&o), COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — In the fall of 2017, IBEW Local 113 hosted a Union Sportsmen's Alliance dinner and fundraiser with many hunters and fishermen from different local unions participating. Attendees were treated to a fabulous steak and chicken dinner, as well as a night filled with lots of raffles and a live auction. This was a great chance for many members of all trades with similar interests to get together for a common cause, and win some fantastic prizes.

About $40,000 was raised, with half of it going toward a conservation project of our local's choice, which is still to be determined at the time of this writing. With so much interest and the popularity of the fundraiser, we plan to host the event again next fall.

As of this writing the work picture is steady. Some of the jobs are winding down, while other jobs will be starting to man up. We hope 2018 will be a safe and profitable year for everyone across the IBEW.

Keep in mind that on March 17, we will participate in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, with a barbecue afterward at the hall. It's a good time for members and their families to get together and show the community that we are IBEW strong! As always, work safely. In solidarity.

Brian Putnam, P.S.


Attendees enjoy Union Sportsmen's Alliance dinner/fundraiser hosted by IBEW Local 113.

Stand for Working People;
Focus on Safety & Solidarity

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR — Change occurs in all aspects of our lives, and it is happening in our workplaces. In 2018, we must focus on safety, solidarity and leadership. Everyone is responsible for his or her actions each day. Use your knowledge, skills and abilities to make sure that you go home safely each day. Acknowledge the positive things that happen each day.

It is time to stop letting things divide us. You took an oath to uphold the IBEW Constitution. To stop the political, legislative and regulatory attacks on working people, we must stand up and protect our interests. That means focusing on our common interests: wages, hours and working conditions.

Leadership does not occur because of a title; it is earned. People may not like what you do or say, but you must do it for the right reason at the right time, not only when convenient or easy. Our country faces threats to our economic, political, racial and social justice. So-called "right-to-work" legislation is designed by anti-worker foes with the goal of destroying unions. As union workers, we do things right. Let your voice be heard to educate, engage and communicate with friends, family, neighbors and communities about our interests. You are a leader. We need you.

Marcy Grail, A.B.M.

'Thanks to Volunteers'

L.U. 177 (bo,ees,i,mo,o,pet&govt), JACKSONVILLE, FL — Local 177 thanks the many volunteers and officers who made our Children's Christmas Party and Retiree Christmas Party a huge success. Retired Bro. Bill Gehm just finished his 42nd year playing the part of Santa for the Children's Christmas party. Everyone who attended seemed to have a wonderful time.

Work in the area has slowed up again, after we enjoyed a busy November that actually helped out a few travelers for the month. We look forward to the possibility of some new projects in the area for 2018. A big thank-you goes out to all those locals that have been able to employ our traveling brothers and sisters.

We hope the new year brings prosperity and good health to all our brothers and sisters.

Alan Jones, B.M.


Local 177 members and their families celebrate the season at the local's Annual Children's Christmas Party.

Holiday Festivities;
'A Bright Future'

L.U. 191 (c,i,mo,rtb&st), EVERETT, WA — IBEW Local 191 members and their families enjoyed three different holiday parties, all with great attendance. Wenatchee (274 attendees), Bellingham (305 attendees) and Everett (353 attendees) enjoyed food, gifts and a visit from Santa.

Special thanks to the chairs for each of the holiday events: for Wenatchee — Aaron and Londa Van Kirk; Bellingham — Tony and Sheila Wilson; and Everett — Colleen O'Brien.

We also want to let members and retirees know the dates for the upcoming awards banquets: Westside banquet (at Skagit Casino) — May 12; and the Eastside banquet (at Chateau Faire Le Point) — May 19. Please call the office for more details and to register.

Our organizers continue to plan and conduct "Mini Blitzes" in different parts of our jurisdiction recruiting several classifications.

Our work picture remains strong and we thank our members and travellers for manning the work.

Lastly, remember our Member Volunteer Program, where you can earn points by helping out. There are many great prizes including weekend getaways, apparel and gift cards. It is open to all members. Give it a try!

Bill Mirand, P.S.

New Solar Energy Incentive

L.U. 193 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL — Here in the Land of Lincoln we are still feeling Gov. Bruce Rauner's attacks on unions and the middle class. This hurts funding for working people including IBEW Local 193. It might help to contact the governor?

We have a project at Levi, Ray & Shoup Inc. coming out of the ground. Two hospitals in Springfield, St. John's Hospital and Memorial Medical Center Hospital, have projects just starting. Employment has improved for this time of year in Local 193.

A flagger training school is in the works for safety training.

A new solar energy incentive program is being funded for Local 193's jurisdiction. Projects at Lincoln Land Community College and Springfield High School are among the first such projects, with funding from Ameren and Commonwealth Edison. $600 million is being earmarked for this progressive new statewide program, with projects being funded at six high schools and six community colleges.

We hope everyone managed to stay safe and warm this winter while working in the frigid temperatures!

Our condolences go out to the families of the following members who passed away: Tom Schafer and Mike Keafer.

Don Hudson, P.S.


Local 193 Bus. Mgr. Neil Hervey (fourth from right) and Asst. Bus. Mgr. Chad Vacek (right) present 70-year awards. Displaying awards are: Gregory "Chad" Fitzpatrick (far left), who picked up an award for his grandfather Gregory Fitzpatrick; Robert McAffe, Harry Paull and James Enlow.

2017 Food Bank Drive —
Apprentices Serve Community

L.U. 197 (em&i), BLOOMINGTON, IL — Local 197 members celebrated the Christmas season at year's end and welcomed the new year of 2018. We had our annual Christmas Party & Service Pin Ceremony in early December. We thank all the members and families who could come and take part in the festivities. Congratulations to those who received service pins for their commitment and dedication to the IBEW. The ceremony provides us an opportunity to reflect on the year and get together to spread holiday cheer with our brothers and sisters.

Our apprentices were busy over the holidays taking up canned food donations for a local food bank. It is great to see the apprentices giving back to the community, and we appreciate the effort they put forth. We hope 2018 is a great year for our local and the IBEW. Remember to get involved in the local and stay involved.

Mike Raikes, Pres.


Local 197 members receive service pins: Steve Fuller (left), Chris Neumann, Dirk Banks, Lester Parker, John Lubben, Tim Mattson, Matt Wall, Tom Trunell,, Rich Veitengruber, Dennis Rexroat, J. R. Gordon, Clint Miller, Dave Hogenson, Ken McLean, Mark Staples, Mike Raikes and Greg Mullins.

Stand in Solidarity;
2018 Midterm Elections

L.U. 245 (govt,lctt,o,rtb&u), TOLEDO, OHIO — While 2018 brings us a new year, we still have the same old challenges. The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station will start its refueling outage; however, the fate of the power station, along with the fate of the entire nuclear power industry, is in the hands of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the federal government. Also, the sale of Bay Shore Plant is still pending at the time of this writing.

The work picture on the outside remains good and should remain that way with warmer weather coming.

As far as negotiations go, at press time preparations are being made to start WNWO-Channel 24 negotiations shortly.

2018 is a very important year politically with midterm elections coming this fall. As you can see, politics play an important role in our future with organizations like FERC, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and the Federal Communications Commission making important decisions that shape our industries. We need to understand the political candidates' positions on these issues and support those who support us, because our families and our way of life depend on it.

Until next time, work safe and try to stay warm.

Ray Zychowicz, P.S.

The Spirit of Giving
Proud Traditions Celebrated

L.U. 269 (i&o), TRENTON, NJ — The holidays are about friends, family and tradition. One tradition that we are extremely proud of here at Local 269 is the annual visit by none other than Santa Claus himself. For three days straight Santa and his very capable helpers listen to the Christmas wishes of the children of our members while providing snacks and fun activities for all the little ones. Every child also gets to take a gift home from the gift table, just to get the ball rolling for the big day. I'm sure I speak for everyone in the local when I extend a big thank-you to Santa and all his helpers!

Outside the walls of the union hall, the spirit of giving was on display in Levittown, PA, where local electrical contractor QPI, along with other local union trade members, donated their time and materials at a soon-to-be-opened mentor/work café.

The café will be run like a traditional coffee shop and young adults with special needs will run the shop with the help of their mentors. It is hoped that this work/life experience will aid them on their journey to a more independent life. Once again, kudos to our brothers and sisters for lending a much-needed hand.

Brian Jacoppo, P.S.


Santa (identity withheld) and his helper Terri at Local 269's Christmas for the Kids event at the union hall. Photo by D.B. Proctor.

Rally to Support Charter/Spectrum Strikers

L.U. 275 (catv,em&i), MUSKEGON, MI — In support of the IBEW's national campaign against Charter/Spectrum, Local 275 hand billed a Grand Rapids call center on a cold winter morning. We were not well-received by management of course, but we were welcomed by the employees receiving the literature. [Editor's Note: To read more about New York, NY, Local 3 members on strike against Charter/Spectrum, see archived 2017 news articles posted (in June, August and November) on the IBEW website at]

This was the second visit to this call center, where management turned the sprinklers on us and called the police on three different occasions. Thank you to the Grand Rapids police department for your support as well!

We also thank all those who participated, including: Lynn Arwood, IBEW Professional & Industrial regional organizing coordinator; Joe DiMichele, P&I lead organizer; Mike Moran, state organizing coordinator; Paul Kanary, Michigan Initiative; Michael Leda and Bob Banaszak, from Local 153; Steve Brown, Local 252; and Phil Barnett, Local 876.

Also present were Local 275 members: journeyman inside wireman Ryan Headley, and second-year apprentices Cale Gould, Pete Zuzelski, Kaleb Kerkstra, Jordan Vorgias, Mark Wallis and Adam Engle. Thank you to Local 275 organizers Geoff Yonkers and Walt Christophersen for their efforts in coordinating all the day's events.

Jonas Talbott, B.M.


Local 275 members and fellow IBEW participants handbilled against Charter/Spectrum. From left are organizers Michael Leda of Local 153; Steve Brown, Local 252; and Bob Banaszak, Local 153.

Transmission Projects;
Storm Restoration Crews

L.U. 309 (i,lctt,mo,mt,o,rts,spa&u), COLLINSVILLE, IL — As 2017 wound down, the work picture for the outside branch slowed somewhat due to projects wrapping up. 2018 still looks promising for the outside as transmission projects across the state of Illinois continue.

As of this writing, eight linemen have been in the Virgin Islands helping with hurricane restoration since the beginning of October and at press time looked to be there until sometime in February this year.

Ameren sent trucks and equipment to Virginia and crews were mobilized from both Illinois and Missouri to help in the much-needed storm restoration in Puerto Rico.

At press time, the work picture for the inside branch is very slow. Thank you to neighboring locals for help in employing our members.

At the time of this writing, the Metro Light Rail joint agreement with Local 309 and St. Louis, MO, Local 2 was scheduled to expire at the end of February. At press time, negotiations were underway.

2018 is shaping up to be a very important year on the political stage in both the state of Illinois and for both houses of the U.S. Congress on the national level.

Our way of life depends on how these 2018 midterm elections turn out. Please get registered and turn out the vote.

Remember to work safe as we look forward to a healthy and happy 2018.

Scott Tweedy, A.B.M.

Member Participation is Key

L.U. 313 (i&spa), WILMINGTON, DE — This initial letter from the new officers of Local 313 finds us in good shape. With a few breaks, we hope to have as good a year as the second half of 2017 was.

A real test for this year is the same as usual: creating ways to get members involved. It already started in January with asking the members of the E-Board to each month come up with ways to increase our market share, our contractor list, and spirit of brotherhood. The aim consistently is more work opportunities for our members, and without their input and effort, we would be spinning our wheels. The goal is to get everybody who wants to participate involved in the process. To swap ideas call the Local 313 union hall at 302-328-0773 or send an email to

Another big challenge is to live up to the standards and passion of those who have preceded us. The combined efforts of members, officers and agents have made us leaders in the industry and in the state of Delaware. Carrying the torch is both humbling and an honor. We will continue the battle for better working conditions and higher living standards for the good men and women of this local.

Bruce W. Esper, P.S.

'We Are Union'

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN — Harry S. Truman, the U.S. president from 1945-1953, was quoted as saying, "The right to join a union of one's choice is unquestioned today, and is sanctioned and protected by law." How some things have changed in 65-plus years. Minnesota is an island surrounded by so-called "right-to work" states. Because of these laws, our fellow IBEW brothers and sisters living and working in "right-to-work" states are battling for their livelihoods. We are all electricians, but more importantly we are union electricians. The union is us. We must realize that our pay, benefits and retirement are not guaranteed. We cannot allow legislation to be passed that will weaken organized labor. The strength of our union is up to us.

Nineteen Local 343 members passed on last year. We honor and remember: David Campion, Peter Waitikowich, John Winkels, Lyle Bloedow, Jeff Coy, Tom Higgins, Paul Ravn, John Parker, Les Haber, Ron Monson, John Bulowski, Raymond Schuenke, John Roozen, Stan Gillman, Bob Sylvester, Jordon Hove, James Stanton, Al Tupper and Randy Olson.

Remember to RSVP for the 31st annual Local 343 Awards Banquet, scheduled for April 7, in Red Wing.

Spend it where you earn it. Buy "Made in USA."

Tom Small, P.S.

New Training Center

L.U. 347 (em,i,mt,rtb,rts&spa), DES MOINES, IOWA — Beginning with hours reported in June of 2017 and continuing for 24 months, Local 347 and our NECA contractors have been contributing an additional 2 percent of gross labor payroll to the Des Moines JATC.

This investment in the apprenticeship and journeyman training program is facilitating the purchase and remodeling of a new training facility.

The new building will have seven classrooms, a BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Services Int'l.) lab, a dedicated conduit bending lab and many other hands-on labs. A photovoltaic array is being planned for the near future. The new building is 34,000 square feet, which is approximately four times the size of the old training center. LED lighting is featured in the classrooms and PoE (Power over Ethernet) lighting in the administration wing. Another attraction of the new training center is the wooded area that surrounds it; a Living History Farm is adjacent to this new property.

The new training center is an investment in the future of the union electrical industry for central Iowa, of which every contributing member can be proud.

Work in the area continues to be good.

Mike Schweiger, P.S.

'Appreciation to All'

L.U. 351 (c,cs,i,it,lctt,mt,o,se,spa&t), FOLSOM, NJ — Thank you to all Local 351 committees for all their help throughout 2017. The Children's Christmas Party was the largest ever, with over 700 attendees. At the party, members and their families enjoyed our retired Local 351 member Jim Ruff in the role of Santa. To all sisters and brothers, may you have good health, enjoy your families and return home safely every day throughout 2018.

Bill Hosey, Pres.


At Local 351 Christmas party: back row, standing, Ed Reiser, Joe Trumbetti, Ray Listman, Pres. Bill Hosey, Kathy D'Alonzo, Don Morgan, Colleen Dillion, Chuck Della Vecchia, Jim Bresch, Steve DiMatteo, Ryck Signor, Wayne Bumm; front row, "Santa" Jim Ruff and Bus. Mgr. Dan Cosner. Not pictured: Lou Jiacopello, Natalia Del Beato and Conrad Schaffer.

Health Center Clinic Opens;
Strength in Community

L.U. 357 (c,i,mt&se), LAS VEGAS, NV — We thank everyone who was involved with the opening of our new clinic. The Union Family Health Center is available for all members and their families. The center provides "no-out-of-pocket" visits and lab work to members and their dependents. Please come down to the center and meet our providers and see what they can do to help you!

Following the shooting tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas last October, we found strength in our community. Several of our members worked hard to help create a memorial park for those whose lives were taken on Oct. 1. In a few short days, our members helped turn an empty lot into a comforting place where people could go to try and make sense of the senseless. Thank you to all who helped.

Veterans Day weekend in November 2017 was the occasion for the grand opening of a center to help local veterans here in Las Vegas. In just a few weeks, many of our members and contractors stepped up and worked hard to make sure the Veterans Village in downtown was up and running.

Jennifer Tabor, P.S.


Local 357 members at site of Veterans Village project.

Holiday Celebrations

L.U. 375 (catv,ees,et,govt,mo&i), ALLENTOWN, PA — Local 375 had several celebrations throughout the month of December 2017. First, we had a Christmas party that featured entertainment from a magician and then Santa Claus, played by retired member Dale Clauser. The kids received gifts and all in attendance enjoyed lots of holiday goodies. This family fun event was made possible by the wonderful ladies in our office, who ensure that it is a success each year.

The following week, we hosted our 2nd Annual Christmas Dinner Dance, organized by Todd Jones and the District Youth Committee (DYC). Members and their significant others enjoyed an evening filled with food, drinks and music. Our guests received gifts and then many also left with special prizes from our auction/raffle, which successfully raised $315. All funds were donated to the Neighborhood Center in Allentown, a place where our community children go to have fun and stay off the streets.

Local 375 officers and staff wish all our brothers and sisters throughout the United States and Canada a happy new year!

Justin Grimshaw, B.R.


At Local 375 Christmas party, Santa Claus (Dale Clauser) greets attendees. Standing, from left: Diane Bechtel, Debbie Howells, Mary Roberts and young Kaida Heintzelman, as an elf.

IBEW Float in 2017 Parade

L.U. 429 (em,i,lctt,o,ptc,rtb&u), NASHVILLE, TN — Last year, local union members voiced their wish to see a Local 429 float included in Nashville's 2017 Christmas parade. Bus. Mgr. Randy Clark set into motion the local getting back involved with the parade. Local 429 brothers and sisters put in some extra time to help build the local's float.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, Nashville hosted its Annual Christmas Parade. The IBEW Local 429 float featured a "Warm Home" scene with a fireplace and tree, and family members rode on the float as it toured through downtown Nashville. It was an experience for all involved and the local was well-represented. Our hats are off to the crew who helped build, transport and ride the float. From the staff, officers and members of Local 429, thank you to all who participated!

Local 429 enjoyed good employment through the holiday season. At press time, we were looking forward to a good work picture continuing through the winter. In solidarity.

Mark Poole, A.B.M.


Participants gather at Local 429's Christmas parade float. From left: Pres. Dayton Layne, Samantha Poole, Joesiah Scott, Carrie Poole, Terry Poole, Safety Chmn. Rick "Augie" Augustyniak, Treas. Kim Sansom, Davis Smith, Dawn Clark, Hailey Smith, retiree Benny Smith, Janie Smith, Bus. Mgr. Randy Clark and Sarah Clark.

Idaho National Laboratory
Groundbreaking for Facility

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, IDAHO — Brothers and sisters, I am proud to announce the groundbreaking of the new expended fuels facility at the Idaho National Laboratory site. As with everything out at the site, the new project is starting slowly. INL is one of the national laboratories of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Congratulations to Sister Laurie Watters on her retirement! Best wishes to you, Sister Watters.

We pay tribute to the memory of late Bro. Daryl Walters. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends.

Craig McDonald, Pres.

Service Awards Presentation;
Children's Roller Skate Party

L.U. 545 (i), ST. JOSEPH, MO — The local's annual Christmas party was Dec. 7 last year. The local had the honor to award 52 IBEW years-of-service pins. Sixteen of those pins were presented to members with 40 or more years of service! Two members were awarded for 70 years of service: Leroy Hausman and Clarence B. Miller. Three members were recognized for 60 years of service: Thomas R. Lotz, Robert L. Flach and Larry Bowman.

Local 545 also held a children's roller skate party in December. Twenty-five children and grandchildren of local members attended. Local 545 member Chad Moore also reached out and invited the children from the Noyes Home for Children to participate in the fun! The Noyes Home is a safe home-away-from-home for infants, young children and teens.

Brandon Osteen, R.S.

'On the Comeback Trail'

L.U. 557 (i,mt,rts&spa), SAGINAW, MI — Local 557 hosted a Strategic Organizing Planning Workshop to help propel this local into better days. A great deal of thanks for a great meeting goes to Virgil Hamilton, director of Construction Organizing, IBEW Membership Development Dept., and all the other district organizers and state organizers who were in attendance from the super Sixth District. Free-flowing discussion was held and allowed members to dig deeper into some problems and roadblocks that the IBEW and this local face. We will now put together the plan for a comeback.

In the recent past, the work picture for Local 557 has been slow, leading members to seek work in sister locals. While we are thankful for these opportunities, putting members to work in their own jurisdiction is the ultimate goal. With the help of the Organizing Workshop, we can hopefully look forward to better days in this local. A few key projects will be going this spring and summer that will help us to rebound and move our local in the direction to make it beneficial for all electricians in the area.

Evan Allardyce, B.M.

Tribute to Volunteers;
75-Year Service Pin Award

L.U. 595 (c,cs,govt,i,mt,se&st), DUBLIN, CA — 2017 wound down in December with our annual Santa at the Hall festivities, followed by the volunteer recognition meeting, and our Old-Timers Night celebration a few evenings later.

Our Santa at the Hall celebration brings members and their families together to share in the holiday cheer, and all children receive a gift bag full of union-made-in-the-USA treats and toys.

All members who take time and volunteer on behalf of Local 595 are recognized each year at our volunteer recognition meeting. This is a longstanding tradition to honor the sisters and brothers who help carry our local. Thank you to all our 2017 volunteers!

We were fortunate to have one 75-year pin recipient at Old-Timers Night last year. Bro. Al Real was honored on Dec. 9, 2017, for his commitment to our local, the IBEW and our industry. After 75 years of service, Bro. Al continues to demonstrate dedication to Local 595. We are eternally grateful to Bro. Al and were honored to share that moment with him.

Jason Gumataotao, Org./P.S.


At Local 595's Old-Timers Night celebration, from left: Ninth District Int. Vice Pres. John J. O'Rourke, Int. Rep. Victor Uno, 75-year member Al Real, and Local 595 Bus. Mgr. Daniel O. Chivello.

Contract Updates;
Facebook Construction Project

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM — After 50 years of separate contracts on "the hill" (Los Alamos National Laboratory), the maintenance and construction contracts were combined in December 2017. Construction and maintenance will now work under the same agreement except for the wages; construction will still be tied to the state agreement.

The Annual Children's Christmas Party last year was again a huge success. We had a change of venue in 2016, and last year's event once again was held downtown at the Wool Warehouse. The committee did a great job as usual, and of course Santa was there to take pictures and hand out stockings.

The Facebook construction project has staffed up to 350 men on the job, with more hiring still to come. Late last year Facebook announced it would be building two more phases, so things should be busy over there for some time.

In January the ruling was announced that there would not be another run-off election for business manager, so the current staff will stay in place.

Local 611 extends condolences to families and friends of recently deceased members: Jimmy L. Elliott, Milton E Sifford, Russell E. Bolin, Vivian C. "Rainbo" Romero, Jack R. Marker, Peter M. Calderon, Raymond A. Cordova, Ralph E. Cochrane and Danny Jaramillo.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.


At Local 611's Christmas party for children of members: journeyman wireman Antonio Baca (standing) and third-year apprentices Eric Mondragon and Alan Hammack (seated).

2017 Events a Success

L.U. 625 (c,ees,em,i,it,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA — Congratulations to members who recently completed their apprenticeship program and received their Certificate of Qualification: Bros. Jacob Mason, Kyle Olsen, Matt Russell, Tony Handspiker, Ernest Perrin and Richard Boutilier.

Recently retired members include Bros. Norman Collier, Rod McNeil and Kim Newcombe. Congratulations to all and the very best in your retirement!

Sadly, we lost one retired member, John MacKinnon, who passed away in October. He was 72. Our sympathy goes out to his family.

On Nov. 18, our Next Gen Committee rented a skybox at a Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) game. The skybox was full — 24 members attended and all had fun. The Mooseheads won 6-5 against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

Our Annual Kids' Christmas Party was Dec. 2 at Hatfield Farm in Hammonds Plains, with 216 members and family in attendance. Our Annual Christmas Dinner and Dance was held at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel in Halifax on Dec. 16. Live entertainment featured The Usual Suspects. We had a record attendance of over 266 members and spouses! These events are made possible through our Recreation Fund.

We held a Job Steward Course on Dec. 13-14, and we had a full class of 22 members in attendance.

Brad Wood, Organizer/B.R./P.S.

75th Anniversary Celebration

L.U. 639 (i&rts), SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — IBEW Local 639 celebrated our 75th Anniversary/Christmas Party on Dec. 16 last year at The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.

Distinguished guests included Ninth District Int. Vice Pres. John J. O'Rourke, Ninth District Int. Vice Pres. Emeritus and former business manager Mike Mowrey, Int. Rep. Ken Scherpinski, and State Organizing Coordinator Claude "C.J." Johnson. The festivities were well-attended, dinner was exceptional, numerous prizes were raffled and everyone received special gifts commemorating the 75-year anniversary.

Congratulations to retired members and service pin recipients: 70-year member Wilburn "Woody" Woods, and 50-year members Stan Garland Sr. and Roy Weipert. [Editor's Note: We are saddened to report that Bro. Wilburn Woods subsequently passed away, on Jan. 9, 2018.]

With near full employment, 2017 was a good year for the local. Congratulations to Local 639 Bus. Mgr. Mark Simonin for receiving the 2017 Tri-Counties Central Labor Council "Labor Leader of the Year Award." Simonin goes above and beyond the call of duty as business manager. He is very active in all levels of local politics, serving on several local Community Advisory Boards and as delegate to the central committee and the state convention. It is this type of dedication to the IBEW and the labor movement that makes the IBEW a leader of the industry.

Kurt McClave, P.S.


Attending Local 639's 75th Anniversary Party in December 2017: Int. Vice Pres. John J. O'Rourke (left), 70-year member Wilburn "Woody" Woods, Int. Vice Pres. Emeritus Michael S. Mowrey and Local 639 Pres. Joe Fitzer.

Generosity of Members —
Annual Competition/Fundraiser

L.U. 1249 (catv,lctt,o,t&u), SYRACUSE, NY — In the fall of 2017, Local 1249 held the 2nd Annual Beard for Brothers Competition. Over $4,000 was raised and was once again given to the NSUJL (National Sisterhood United for Journeyman Linemen) to help fallen or injured brothers and sisters and their families. We raised more money in 2017 than in 2016, and we hope it continues to grow each year. We cannot wait to see what we can do next November. Thank you to everyone who participated! We also had a record-breaking collection of toys for Toys for Tots in 2017. Thank you to everyone who contributed! We are very proud of the generosity of our members.

Accompanying this article is a digital rendering of the new office building for the Local Union Hall, the New York State Lineman's Safety Training Fund, and Local 1249's Pension and Insurance Funds. After months of meeting with the builders and architect, and after a very cold winter, construction should be starting soon!

Jennifer Schneider, P.S.


A rendering of the new Local 1249 office building scheduled for construction.

Standing Strong in Protest;
Appreciation to Travelers

L.U. 1253 (i&mo), AUGUSTA, MAINE — Local 1253 Pres. and Membership Development Dir. Nick Paquet was protesting the "tax sham bill" at the office of Sen. Susan Collins of Maine when he and four other union-affiliated members were arrested (see accompanying photo) for not leaving Collins' office. The sorry part is all they wanted was a phone conversation with Collins. She wouldn't call so they stayed and were arrested. The sad part is Collins voted in favor of the tax bill over her constituents' protests throughout the state. Thank you, Nick, for standing strong for all Americans. [Editor's Note: To read more, see news article "Local 1253 President Joins Sit-In to Fight 'Dead-Wrong' Tax Bill," posted on IBEW website at]

Local 1253 wishes to thank the traveling brothers who are helping with our paper machine rebuild project. The local also apologizes to the traveling brothers who were affected by an ill-timed layoff just before Christmas. Unfortunately, we need those brothers to help finish the project. Now it will be the union's fault when manpower becomes a problem. Some things never change.

The work picture for our local remains strong through 2018, so we ask that traveling sisters and brothers please stay in touch.

Chuck Fraser, B.M.


Local 1253 Pres. and Organizer Nick Paquet gets arrested for staging a sit-in at the office of Sen. Susan Collins to protest the tax bill.

Volunteers Step Up —
Holiday Community Service

L.U. 1347 (ees,em&u), CINCINNATI, OHIO — On Dec. 13 last year, Local 1347 members donated stuffed toy animals to the day care center for The Children's Home of Cincinnati. Several members hand delivered the toys to a class of children under the age of six, who were delighted. We look forward to donating again next year.

On Dec. 21, the Local 1347 membership donated 600 stuffed animals to Cincinnati Children's Hospital to give each child a present for the holidays. These donations were made possible by the membership through the selling of union pins and license plate covers.

Before Thanksgiving, Local 1347 members did a wonderful job giving back to the community by participating in the Fall Feast 2017 event at Duke Energy Center Convention Center, providing Thanksgiving meals for those in need. Members also participated in the winter coat drive effort.

On Dec. 30, IBEW members from several Ohio locals volunteered for a community service project at Matthew 25 Ministries in Cincinnati. Participants included members from Locals 71, 212, 1224 and 1347. The volunteers helped sort and distribute needed items (such as clothing, personal care items, books, etc.) to help people from all across the country whose lives have been interrupted by tragedies beyond their control.

On Dec. 2, Local 1347 volunteers also delivered stuffed toy animals for the young children at St. Joseph Orphanage in Cincinnati to brighten their Christmas season.

Andrew A. Kirk, B.M./F.S.


The Local 1347 membership donated 600 toys to Cincinnati Children's Hospital in December 2017.

Strong Work Picture

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA — The work situation in Augusta remains strong. In addition to the big project at Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, we also have multiple other projects under construction. Although there are too many to name, I will report on a few.

The Georgia Cyber Innovation & Training Center project is coming up soon. It is a $100 million construction project located across the street from the union hall with a view of the Savannah River. Our members on this job have been making 10 percent over our commercial scale; this is additional pay that the contractor and the union hall agreed on and, with all the work going on in the area, has greatly helped staff the project.

Across the river, the Augusta GreenJackets stadium will be completed just in time for the first ballgame in April — another quality project done by the IBEW.

At Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament, we completed a large retail complex that will be opened for the tournament. This job also paid an additional 10 percent, which helped man the project. The quality and craftsmanship are amazing. You can tell the IBEW installed this job.

Several projects for the city are coming up. I am working with the mayor to stay on top of this work and will make sure we get our fair share. All the work coming to our area will keep us busy for several years.

The Savannah River Project should gain more projects soon. The Mixed Oxide Project (MOX) is hanging in there. There is a threat every year to cut funding; that is a continuing battle with our legislators, but it's a battle we will fight to win. The Liquid Waste Contract was awarded to a new contractor; once the transition is fully complete, there should be some hiring for that project. The Salt Waste Processing Facility picked up additional work and should be hiring more. The SWPF agreed a few years back to pay 15 percent over scale to attract and maintain manpower. The previous main project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. Good job, IBEW!

Remember to save for the future. Many members are working a lot of overtime. The extra money will help your family at a future time when overtime may not be as plentiful.

Until next time, God bless.

Will Salters, B.M./F.S.

2018 Member Participation —
'The Key to Our Success'

L.U. 1701 (catv,ees,i,o&u), OWENSBORO, KY — Reflecting upon 2017, work in the area was great. However, it was a year of loss legislatively, with Kentucky becoming a so-called "right-to-work" state and repealing our prevailing wage. The beginning of 2018 does not look much brighter in that regard. There is, however, a light at the end of the tunnel with the November 2018 midterm election. We have a chance of getting back much of what has been lost. It is vital that all the membership get involved with the election since it so directly involves our livelihood.

The first annual apprenticeship competition was a huge success. The winners for each class are as follows: Anthony Gerteisen (first-year apprenticeship class), Chris Clark (second-year), Cory Belt (third year), Zack Hayward (fourth year), and Logan Settle (fifth year). Congratulations to all the winners! The winners received prize packages of over $500 each, which were made possible through donations from our signatory contractors and some of the local vendors.

The Local 1701 retirees wish to extend an invite to anyone who would like to attend their monthly lunch get-togethers. The lunches are held the third Wednesday of the month, at 11 a.m., and are $5 for all you can eat. The menu varies every month and attendees always enjoy it.

Nathan M. Knott, B.R.


Local 1701 Bus. Mgr. Tim Blandford (left) and Pres. Andy Daniel (right) present a union-made retirement clock to 37-year member Gerald Frey.

'Honor at Vimy Ridge'

L.U. 2067 (o&u), REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA — It is with great admiration and gratitude that IBEW Local 2067 acknowledges the sacrifice of the soldiers who fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in World War I. While armed conflict was and is nothing new, that battle was a defining moment for The Canadian Corps. Just as IBEW Local 2067 is proud to honor that past, we are also appreciative of the present.

Representation of the Saskatchewan Dragoons (a unit of 38 Canadian Brigade Group) at the April 9, 2017, centenary commemorative service of Vimy Ridge was by an IBEW Local 2067 member, Cpl. Danny Malesh from Coronach, Saskatchewan.

An active Canadian Armed Forces reservist, Bro. Malesh was selected not only to attend the ceremony, but was also chosen as wreath-bearer for Prince Charles.

Bro. Malesh spent a week touring the war memorial, World War I cemeteries and other battle sites as part of the experience. Employer Westmoreland Coal has been very supportive of Bro. Malesh's second career in the Canadian Armed Forces. IBEW commends Bro. Malesh for representing at Vimy Ridge, as well as his continued service to our country, and would like to congratulate him on his recent promotion to master corporal.

Curtis Lizée, A.B.M.


Local 2067 Bro. Danny Malesh (far right) bearing wreath for Prince Charles (center, right) with Gov. Gen. David Johnston (center, left) at Vimy Ridge centenary commemorative service.


Spring 2018 Activities

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, NORTHERN NEW JERSEY CHAPTER — Greetings and belated good wishes for a happy, healthy, fun new year to all! At this writing, we were experiencing a very cold, snowy winter, as several of our snowbirds had taken off for warmer climates. We continue our monthly meetings and enjoy keeping in touch with each other!

We had a wonderful holiday party in December at Seasons Catering in Washington Township. Everything was great including the food, decor, ambiance, DJ, and of course getting out on the dance floor and having a great time!

We look forward to upcoming activities in the spring, including a casino bus trip, our spring luncheon, and a June bus trip to Niagara Falls and Toronto. Area clubs are welcome to join us on this trip in June!

John Krison, P.S.


Local 3, Northern New Jersey Chapter, Retirees Club members enjoy a dance at December holiday party.

Christmas/Hanukkah Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, WESTCHESTER / PUTNAM CHAPTER — On Dec. 6, our Retirees Club chapter held its 28th annual Christmas/Hanukkah luncheon at the Leewood Golf Club, in Eastchester, NY. Members and their wives in attendance were treated to an outstanding cocktail hour and a wonderful lunch, including assorted tempting desserts.

At the luncheon, Steve DiDonato, a newly retired member who is an accomplished accordionist, entertained us during the cocktail hour and accompanied our carolers during the traditional Christmas carol sing-a-long. Retiree Peter Snyder provided over 50 handmade wooden Christmas tree ornaments, as gifts for the ladies.

Of our eight new Gold Card members reaching their 80th birthdays, only one could attend. Nick DeVito was awarded his well-deserved Gold Card member plaque.

As we have done at our past luncheons, we held a 50/50 raffle, which raised $400 for the Fisher House Foundation in support of our wounded servicemen and servicewomen and their families.

Dick Mills, Treas.


Local 3, Westchester/Putnam Chapter, Retirees Club Treas. Dick Mills (left); Fin. Sec. Dominic Malandro; Press Sec. John Rich; award recipient Nick DeVito; Local 3 Asst. Bus. Mgr. Elliot Hecht; and chapter Chmn. David Torres.

Meetings Resume in March

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 35, HARTFORD, CT — The Retirees Club had a great Christmas lunch meeting in December. We look forward to resuming our regular meeting schedule on March 14.

Local 35 retired member Charlie Rose has agreed to serve on the executive board of the American Retirement Association. He will fill the position on the ARA board previously held by Paul Venti, of the Plumbers & Steamfitters, who has retired. Thanks to Charlie for stepping up to the position.

At this time of year, we would like to remember those members who passed away in 2017. Included in memoriam are: Robert Arnold, Edward Bolles, Glendon Bonday, Frank Bramanti, Gregory Buell, Steven Coffey, Francois Dupuis, John Ekenbarger, George Forler, Rudolph Hardie Sr., Melvin Hendershot, James Keenan, Robert Kelley, Leslie Kerr, Donald Machol, Richard Sutter and John Wakely.

Happy spring!

Kenneth R. White, P.S.

Strength in Solidarity

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 53, KANSAS CITY, MO — Brothers and sisters, by the time you read this, we will be well into the new year. For most of us it was a very cold and nasty start for early 2018. Hopefully everyone had a great holiday season. If you didn't make it to the 100th anniversary celebration, you missed one heck of an event.

2018 will be a very busy year. We will have our retiree luncheon in May — more information on that to come. We will also have our 30th Annual Crappie Tournament/Fish Fry on June 9. Contact the union hall for more info. This is always a great event and very well attended.

As most of you know, this is a big election year. We must elect people who support unions and the working men and women in this country. Also, on the November ballot in Missouri is a measure to repeal the anti-worker "right-to-work" law. We must defeat right-to-work and send a strong message to the politicians that we are not buying their lies and deceit. We can do this, but it will take all of us working together. Contact the union hall to see how you can help.

Duane Pearce, P.S.

Golf Tournament in April

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 60, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — As members anticipate what 2018 will bring, we also reflect on the brothers lost in 2017. These departed members and friends will always be remembered for the ways each one of them touched our lives. We remember: Bros. Dale Woodlard, Ralph Frazier, Antonio Bratton, Leroy Joost, Donald Strackbein, James Pierce and Robin Johns.

Local 60 has made getting news and information out to its retirees much easier by adding a special "Retirees" section on the Local 60 website at This section will be used to communicate news and information to retired members.

Planning is underway for the annual Golf Tournament. The tournament will be on April 28 this year, at the Devine Golf Course in Devine, Texas. Entry forms will be made ready soon. Every year this fundraiser grows bigger and better. The Retirees Club extends a special thank-you to Betty Cannon for her exceptional planning and organization skills.

Local 60 retirees meet the second Thursday of each month at the Plumbers & Pipefitters training building, 3630 Belgium Lane, starting a 12 noon. Please join us.

Sandy Rogers, P.S.

Holiday Party —
Service Pins Awarded

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 99, PROVIDENCE, RI — The Local 99 Retirees Christmas Party was on Dec. 12 last year, at Ralph's Catering and Kitchen in Cranston, R.I. We had a feast of family style soup, pasta, chicken, dessert and coffee.

Retirees Club Pres. Robert Pierce and Local 99 Bus. Mgr. Michael K. Daley paid tribute to the brothers who passed away in 2017 by leading a moment of silence. Walter Chenes gave an invocation of prayer and love.

Pierce and Daley presented service pins to 35 brothers.

Fifty-year pins were awarded to: Allan F. Anderson, James R. Cannon, Frank J. Colucci, Robert L. Conforti, Norman E. Desplaines, Egidio R. Dipinto, Richard A. Edwards, Constanti Gianetis, James J. Harrington, Charles E. Hill, Jerry R Johnson, Francis J. Lavin, Donald G. Mancini, Joseph F. Marsella, John I. McGee, Robert L. McGrath, Raymond J. McMullen, Kenneth J. Nanini, David J. Nardolillo, Terry W. Nolin, Thomas A. Paolino, Anthony R. Parente, Donald D. Simpson, William J. Tierney, David Tirrell, Keith P. Wesley and Frank J. Zammiello.

Awarded 55-year pins were: Thomas H. Quarto, Robert F. Reilly, Clifford E. Smith and Joseph L. Walsh. Awarded 60-year pins: Charles E. Carberry and Pasquale M. "Pat" Colucci. And awarded 65-year pins were: Kenneth R. Clark and Louis B. Kelley.

Local 99 retirees wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe 2018.

Frank J. Colucci, P.S.

2018 Events Scheduled

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 105, HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA — It is a great pleasure to announce that George Gower is the new president of the Local 105 Retirees Cub.

With sadness we announce the passing of longtime Bro. George Ruttle, one of the very first brothers to help begin the Retirees Club.

2018 began with euchre and bowling, and on Jan. 24 we enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Michelangelo's.

We welcome our new members and encourage others to come out and participate. To become a Retirees Club member, you must be age 55 or older; the annual fee is $25.

2018 club events scheduled at the time of this writing include: euchre on Mondays, 1 p.m. at the union hall; bowling on Wednesdays at 1 p.m.; lunch at the Mandarin in Burlington; Valentine's party at Michelangelo's; cabbage rolls and perogies at Michelangelo's; Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory; Irish Kitchen Party at Bingemans Conference Centre; and in April a visit to Cairn Croft - Niagara Falls.

So please come out and join the IBEW Local 105 Retirees Club. Remember our motto: "Don't Wait — Participate."

All of the above activities and events are made possible by our hard-working local members and Executive Board, both past and present. Our sincerest thanks to every one of them!

Eden McLean, P.S.


Local 105 Retirees Club Pres. George Gower.

Celebrations & Camaraderie

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 134, CHICAGO, IL — With the arrival of March, we look forward to spring. Call me crazy but I love working in my yard. For those of us who are gardeners, it's a challenge every year to transform our winter-looking yards into beautiful, green spring/summer yards. A bonus for retirees is having time to enjoy the outdoors. When working 40-plus hours a week, there's hardly time to get the lawn mowed. I'm sure some of you can relate to this. So, bring on the warm weather.

Now I'd like to flash back to December 2017 celebrations. The Retirees Club Christmas party luncheons are always a good time for everyone, a great way to end one year and look forward to a new year ahead. A special thank-you to Mr. Rich Sipple and wife Diane, Mr. Mario Coletta, all the Retirees Club helpers, and employees of The Irish American Heritage Center. Your hard work reflects in the delicious lunch served, our fun raffles, and the camaraderie of our retired members attending club events.

The new home for Local 134 is almost complete as of press time. The administration and staff are all moved in. I look forward to our first Retirees Club meeting in our new union hall.

Hope all are having a happy, safe new year.

Sue Kleczka, P.S.


Local 134 Retirees Club thanks Mario Coletta and Rich Sipple.

2017 Gala Festivities;
Spring & Summer Events

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 164, JERSEY CITY, NJ — In early December, Local 164 retirees were guests at the Local 164 Gala Dinner Dance in Mahwah, with over 400 attendees, active and retired. Thank you, Local 164!

And just weeks later, the Local 164 Retirees Association had its own holiday party. Over 125 retirees and spouses attended. We had holiday music and a sumptuous three-course luncheon. Also, a few 50-year service awards were presented. Everyone had a great time. Please visit website to see the happy faces. Once again, thank you to Tom and Eileen Barry, Jim Myers, Tom Grippo and all the many helpers and participants who helped make it a wonderful party.

The club's upcoming events include: our Annual Golf League event in the spring; fresh-water and salt-water fishing in the summer; and our Atlantic City bus trip. And, of course, we look forward to our monthly luncheons, where we catch up with friends, tell outrageous (and mostly true) stories, and discuss health issues and coverage. Some lifelong friendships were forged through the IBEW, many in this local. It's a good life.

David Judovin, P.S.


Retired members enjoy Local 164 Retirees Association 2017 holiday party.

'A Great Idea' For Service —
Toys for Tots Donation

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 212, CINCINNATI, OHIO — Our Retirees Club Christmas Party was a grand success. Great food, drinks, games and conversation all made for a fun afternoon. Pres. Bill Himes came up with a great idea. Instead of donating a door prize of a screwdriver, flashlight, or a bottle of "Two-Buck Chuck" wine, we brought gifts for the Toys for Tots collection. A tabletop full of gifts and a cash donation of $1,127 were given for the needy kids in our community. Thanks to all who participated for your kindness.

Our deepest sympathy to the families of dearly departed brothers: Joseph Walser, who was an IBEW member for 66 years; Joseph Wellman, a member for 61 years; Bill Heinzelman, for 60 years; John Wood, 48 years; Michael Wood, 41 years; Larry Reid, 40 years; and Samuel Adams, a member for 20 years. Rest in peace, brothers.

A new year always brings changes, and Bro. Kurt Kube did a great job of explaining the new ins and outs of our health care plan at the January meeting.

Welcome to new members: Paul McCabe, Allen Douglas, Eric Naegle, Richard Brinkman, Bill Morris, Joe Ecklar and Ron Christman.

Bob Schaefer, P.S.


Local 212 Retirees Club members made donations in December to Toys for Tots.

Holiday Auction Benefits Children's Research Center

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 257, JEFFERSON CITY, MO — On Dec. 12, the Retirees Club met for our annual Christmas luncheon hosted by Local 257. We thank Local 257 members for catering the luncheon. We appreciate their hospitality. After the luncheon an auction was held. All proceeds went to the St. Jude's Children's Research Center. We thank Mike Fanning, Local 257 organizer, for being the auctioneer and we also thank those who brought items to be auctioned.

We were saddened by all the members we lost during 2017. Two members, Paul Gallatin, 87, and Richard Owen, 83, passed away on Dec. 16. Both were Local 257 electricians. We will miss them. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families.

We thank all our members for making 2017 a successful year. A lot was accomplished, and we had a lot of good times.

2018 started out very cold. A vote to repeal the newly enacted anti-worker "right-to-work" law in Missouri will be on the ballot in November. We need to see that all our members and families get out and vote to repeal the "right-to-work" law. The state governor is trying everything possible to keep "right-to-work" in Missouri — so be sure to vote.

Delores Melloway, P.S.

'Celebrating 2017-2018'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 353, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA — A highlight of our 2017 events was our 32nd Annual Retirees Christmas Dinner/Dance, which was enjoyed by over 740 retirees and guests from IBEW Locals 105, 120, 303 and 804. The event took place at the Parkview Manor Banquet Hall.

2018 brings exciting adventures to Niagara Falls with "Oh Canada Eh" theatre in March, and our Annual Pin/Award Breakfast on April 18, at which Local 353 will present IBEW 50-year service award watches, as well as service pins for 50 or more years of service.

Those eligible for service awards this year include: 188 members — for 50-year pins and watches; 43 members — for 55-year pins; 39 members — for 60-year pins; 16 members — for 65-year pins; and four members — for 70-year pins. A total of 290 service awards will be presented. This will bring our list of living members with 50 or more years of service to more than 1,000 members.

Also, we will be acknowledging four retired members who are 100 years of age or more. They include: Frederic Cooling, age 108; Earl Clarke, 105; Vaivada Stanley, 101; and Sydney Woolnough, 100.

The retired members of our North Unit, East Unit and South Unit all continue to enjoy the events and benefits provided by Local 353 Sports, Entertainment & Retirees Fund and all the efforts of Local 353 staff, our retiree executive and volunteers.

Robert Rynyk, P.S.

Club Trips Planned

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 595, DUBLIN, CA — Happy new year from out West! We finished last year strong and jumped into 2018 with both feet. We elected club officers at our January luncheon. Welcome to new executive board member Kay Archuletta. Kay joins Pres. Abreu and fellow board members stepping up to serve another year. We thank former executive board member Mike Schaffer for his longtime participation and service to the club and wish him and his wife, Liz, the best as they relocate to El Dorado Hills.

We look forward to some neat day trips in upcoming months. We'll head to San Francisco and Fisherman's Wharf to tour the Boudin Bakery and Museum; to Pacific Grove with lunch at Fandango's; and take a trip to Filoli Gardens in April. We plan overnighters to Reno on the train in March, Yosemite and Chukchansi Gold Resort in June, and our 11-night cruise from Quebec City to New York City in October. We also have fun at our monthly themed luncheons, held the second Friday of each month, 11 a.m., at the union hall in Dublin. Sign up for our club if you haven't already done so and join the fun.

Congratulations to club Treas. Linda Bratset! At our Christmas luncheon, Bus. Mgr. Dan Chivello presented Linda with a certificate, and later a plaque, giving her honorary membership in the IBEW. Linda is the backbone of our Retirees Club, serving as longtime treasurer and go-to person for everything. She is only the fifth person in the 110-year history of our fine local to receive this well-deserved honor. Congratulations, Linda!

Tom Mullarkey, P.S.


Local 595 Bus. Mgr. Dan Chivello presents certificate of honorary IBEW membership to Retirees Club Treas. Linda Bratset.

2018 Workers Memorial Day

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 611, ALBUQUERQUE, NM — In December, Local 611 held its annual family Christmas Party at the old Wool Warehouse on First Street. About 500 attended, and plenty of delicious food was served by Hacienda Restaurant. A separate company was in charge of decorations, disco, face painting etc. for the kids, as well as the cleanup afterward. So, it was nice that rather than having a team of Local 611 members responsible for all the work involved, everyone could instead just enjoy the festivities. Many retirees and their families attended and everyone had a wonderful time.

We retirees, when able, should volunteer to help fellow retirees who may need assistance because of age or health problems. Generally, retirees are reluctant to ask for help, so we need to reach out and assist when we see the need. Our famous slogan is: "Brothers Helping Brothers."

Saturday, April 28, is the annual Workers Memorial Day event at Workers Memorial Park. Every year on this date, we honor those workers who have died on the job. The City of Albuquerque donated a piece of land for our Memorial Park on San Mateo Boulevard a few years ago, and it is an excellent way to pay tribute to those who lost their lives at work.

We extend condolences to the families of retired members who recently passed away: Jimmy L. Elliott, Milton E. Sifford, Russell E. Bolin and Vivian "Rainbow" Romero.

Tracy Hall, Pres.


Among Local 611 retirees attending the local's annual family Christmas party are: Carl Brown (left), Joe Romero, Tracy Hall, "Santa," Ralph Molina, Chuck Garcia and Al Trujillo.

Retirees Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 702, WEST FRANKFORT, IL — The Retirees Club met on Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Golden Corral in Carbondale, IL. Pres. Gary King opened the meeting at 11:30 a.m. with a welcome to everyone.

The minutes from the last meeting were read and approved. The financial report from the last meeting was read and approved. Lunch orders were taken and the meeting subsequently resumed.

An announcement of deaths for the months of November and December 2017 was presented, followed by a moment of silence.

Under new business, it was announced that the next meeting will be the Annual Retiree Luncheon, scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, in Mt. Vernon, IL, at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.

New member Mark Hubbard and his wife were introduced to the club and welcomed.

Winners of two large poinsettias, donated by Gary King, were Arroll Mandrell and John Skaggs. Additional door prizes donated by Jr. Marlow were won by Arroll Mandrell and Jim Nolen. Bro. Bob Caby won the 50/50 drawing and the total deposit was announced. The meeting adjourned at 2 p.m.

Mark Baker, P.S.


At Local 702 union meeting in December, Bus. Mgr. Steve Hughard (second from right) and Pres. James Sanchez (far right) present service awards to retirees with 50 or more years of service. Award recipients, front row, Gary Killion, Donald Wheat, James Haggler; back row, Gary Bickings, Joseph Smith, Jim Nolen and Gale Sizemore.

Service Awards Ceremony

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 756, DAYTONA BEACH, FL — In December we had our Service Pin Ceremony. Two service award recipients were present to accept their pins, 60-year members Dow Graham and Wilbur Wright. Notably, Dow Graham, Wilbur Wright Jr. and John W. Scott Jr. are the last remaining members from the apprenticeship class of 1961. We had pins for years of service ranging from 45 to 70 years. We thank all the honorees for their longtime dedication and service to the IBEW and Local 756.

Our chili cookoff winner will be announced in our next article. We look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming meetings.

With sadness we report that since our last article two members have passed. We send our condolences to the family and friends of Fred G. Lindsay and Paul E. Woodard.

We invite any retired or unemployed brothers and sisters and their spouses who are in the area to come join us. Our meetings are the second Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m., at the Local 756 union hall, Port Orange, FL.

Diane Gibbs, P.S.


Local 756 retirees Dow Graham and Wilbur H. Wright receive 60-year pins at December ceremony.

Pin Ceremony & Party

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 760, KNOXVILLE, TN — The IBEW Retirees Club's Christmas party and pin ceremony took place at Local 760's hall on Dec. 2.

We thank everyone who had a hand in organizing the event and appreciate everyone who celebrated with some of our most loyal members. Congratulations to the retirees and service-pin recipients. Sharing their wisdom and experience as members of the IBEW is of vital importance to our brotherhood and sisterhood. The passion and strength of one's convictions are valued traits that must always be passed from generation to generation.

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death." – Thomas Paine

Jason Leary, P.S.


Local 760 retirees receive service pin awards at 2017 Christmas party.

2017 Holiday Luncheon;
IBEW Service Pins Awarded

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 995, BATON ROUGE, LA — Our club's 2017 Christmas luncheon was Monday, Dec. 4, with spouses also attending. The excellent meal included barbecue chicken and ribs along with covered dishes brought from home.

For the special occasion, we had a picture made of our group. (See accompanying photo.) Among those pictured are: Bro. A.D. Carter, who received a 65-year service pin; Kenneth Barbier, who received his 60-year pin; and Paul LaSalle, who received a 55-year pin.

Quite a few of us received our 50-year pins and watches the first week in December, myself included.

Wishing all a blessed new year.

W. Roland Goetzman Sr., P.S.


At the Local 995 Retirees Club's 2017 Christmas luncheon.