The Electrical Worker online

July 2018

Local Lines

Click here for a list of Trade Classifications

index.html Home    print Print    email Email

Go to

CEREA Award Recipient;
Puerto Rico Storm Restoration

L.U. 15 (u), DOWNERS GROVE, IL — Greetings, brothers and sisters.

Local 15 would like to thank retired Bro. Wayne John, a recent award recipient, for his longtime service.

ComEd/Exelon's Retired Employee Association (CEREA), sponsored by Local 15, recognized Bro. Wayne Johnson for his outstanding service to its members and presented him with a Service to Membership Award. Wayne is "one of a kind" and has been with CEREA from its beginning. He currently serves as secretary-treasurer of the organization. CEREA Pres. Thomas Turngren and Local 15 Pres. Dean Apple stated that no one is more deserving of this award. Wayne has helped countless ComEd, Exelon, Midwest Gen and NRG retirees and their families navigate through medical insurance, life insurance and pension plan issues. Wayne also works as a research specialist for Local 15.

Local 15 members assisted with storm restoration in Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck. Approximately 125 Local 15 members joined the more than 5,000 electrical workers assisting with the Puerto Rico restoration process. Members from Overhead, Heavy Hauling, Supply, Fleet and Clerical departed for Puerto Rico on Feb. 17 this year and returned on April 7. Our members worked flawlessly. For this we thank them and all the IBEW electrical workers involved for their assistance.

Sam Studer, P.S.


IBEW retired member Wayne Johnson (right) receives CEREA award presented by Local 15 Bus. Mgr. Dean Apple (left) and CEREA Pres. Thomas Turngren.

Career of Service

L.U. 19 (u), AURORA, IL — On March 29 this year, Local 19 said goodbye to one of our retiring business representatives. Lisa Roscoe was the clerical business representative for the past 21 years. Her passion and dedication to the local and our membership have been second to none. We wish Lisa and her husband, Scott, who also recently retired as a business representative from Pipefitters Local 597, a long and relaxing retirement.

Visit IBEW Local 19 on Facebook. And be sure to attend your monthly union meetings!

Natalia Guzman, E-Board


From left, front row: Local 19 Bus. Rep. Dean Bourdages, retiring Bus. Rep. Lisa Roscoe, Bus. Mgr./Pres. Chris Harris. Back row: Vice Pres. Terry Haggerty, and Bus. Reps. Mark Klinefelter, Jim Lanzrath and Andy Nacke.

Lending a Helping Hand;
IBEW Members Wire VFW Hall

L.U. 25 (c,catv,es,i&rts), LONG ISLAND, NY — In the fall of 2017, our area Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Medford, NY, reached out to our Local 25 Pres. John Guadagno for help with some electrical issues at the VFW's 100-year-old meeting hall.

Pres. Guadagno and Bro. Tom Skladel, an E-Board member and chairman of the shop stewards committee, organized 24 of our Local 25 members to come together and help rewire the VFW meeting hall. The wiring was so antiquated that we pulled most of it out and totally rewired the new kitchen and basement. All new air conditioning was also installed.

After the project was completed, the VFW on April 13 hosted a dinner for all the trades at the newly renovated meeting hall. Many of the veterans were on hand for the occasion and thanked us for our support. During the event, Local 25 was presented with two separate awards. One was a plaque for an outstanding job on the project. The other was a special proclamation, presented by Suffolk County Legislator Robert Calarco, stating gratitude to IBEW Local 25 for our generous community service.

Thank you to Pres. Guadagno and Bro. Tom Skladel for their leadership. Kudos to all who participated in the project for doing a great job.

Tom Lawless, P.S./E-Board


Local 25 Bro. Tom Skladel (front row, center) displays plaque presented to the local for VFW renovation project. Also among those assembled are some of the Local 25 members who worked on the project, along with several officers and representatives.

Apprenticeship Graduates

L.U. 35 (i), HARTFORD, CT — Local 35 is proud to recognize the apprenticeship graduating class of 2018.

Congratulates to all the graduates on successfully completing their JATC apprenticeship. Graduate Phillip Drummond was recognized as outstanding apprentice.

The following brothers graduated on May 21: Colin Abrahamson, Ryan Bollenbach, Phillip Drummond, Evan Dumas, Connor Dundon, John Harper, Adam Kies, Gavin King, Heath Kowal, Shawn Meduna, Jonathan Nurczyk, John O'Sullivan, Justin Viens, Trevor Vizard and Josh Zwingelstein,

Good wishes to all the graduates on their IBEW careers.

Christopher Brown, Training Dir.


Local 35 apprentice graduates: Evan Dumas (left), John O'Sullivan, Colin Abrahamson, Trevor Vizard, Phillip Drummond, Heath Kowal, Josh Zwingelstein, Gavin King, Jonathan Nurczyk, Justin Viens, Ryan Bollenbach, John Harper, Adam Kies, Connor Dundon and Shawn Meduna. Also pictured is Robert Eckert (back row, center), now a Local 96 member.

Workplace Safety Champions

L.U. 37 (em,o&u), FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA — Members of Local 37 at NB Power's Coleson Cove Generating Station celebrated an amazing achievement recently — 13 years without a single lost-time accident. On April 11 this year, Coleson Cove employees gathered together to celebrate their remarkable safety record.

It's very clear that this team of over 100 people is committed to working safely and keeping their workplace safe. And that's what it takes to achieve a major milestone like this. They are all true safety champions.

To commemorate the day, employees were presented with a framed copy of a group picture. Undoubtedly it will always serve as a reminder of their achievement and that safety is what brings us home every day.

I'm proud of all Local 37 members for their continued commitment to safety and how they show it — by making safety their No. 1 priority in everything they do.

Ross Galbraith, B.M.


Local 37 members employed at NB Power's Coleson Cove Generating Station are recognized for a milestone safety achievement.

Political Action for Workers;
RENEW Food Drive a Success

L.U. 41 (em,es,govt,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NY — Our RENEW group held a food drive and volunteered at our area food bank. RENEW collected and delivered almost 350 pounds of food, then packed meals to be made available for children to eat on weekends. Thank you to our volunteers: Jim Badaszewski, Dave Cole, Matt Gaiser, Kyle Gietler, Cole Huston, Tyler Kostrzycki, Brandon Romalewski, Mike Sargente, Ken Scheifla, Adam Schwab and Scott Tyx.

Over the years we have had a decent working relationship with our elected officials, but at the county level we have recently had a majority that was not always labor friendly. This past November, we were able to help regain the majority in our favor. One item we lobbied for, and the Erie County Legislature passed, was a requirement that contractors performing work on Erie County projects of over $250,000 now must have apprenticeships that graduate at least 30 percent of their apprentices in the type and scope of work they are bidding on. Without the relationships we have with our legislative majority, this would never have happened.

We must continue to work to elect candidates who hold the same values we believe in, but to do this it takes time and money. We must volunteer at labor walks and phone banks; we must talk to our relatives and neighbors about the importance of voting in every election; and we must ensure we do what we can to help those candidates who help IBEW Local 41. Please be involved in the election process — our jobs depend on it.

Gregory R. Inglut, A.B.M.


Local 41 RENEW group conducted a food drive and volunteered at a community food bank.

Tribute to Career of Service

L.U. 43 (em,i&rts), SYRACUSE, NY — March 31 marked the retirement of Local 43 Pres. and Asst. Bus. Mgr. Patrick Costello. During Pat's 43-year career of service to the IBEW and Local 43, he also held positions as Executive Board member, vice president, business manager and trustee.

It is difficult to explain in this limited space the dedication and time Pat has devoted to the labor movement. Pat has dedicated himself to not only the welfare of the IBEW but for all working men and women in central New York and the Mohawk Valley. His hard work has strengthened the labor movement in our area. As an IBEW member, Pat embodies all that the IBEW Constitution stands for.

For me personally, he has been a close friend and working partner for the past 38 years. We will all truly miss his quick wit and sense of humor around the union office.

Bro. Costello's efforts to improve the lives of our entire membership and their families will never be forgotten. On behalf of the officers and members of IBEW Local 43, a big thank you, Pat, and we wish you a long and healthy retirement. Enjoy, brother!

Don Morgan, B.M.


Retiring Local 43 Pres. Pat Costello (left) presents gavel to newly sworn in Pres. Kevin Crawford (right).

Contract Negotiations Update

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA — Greetings, brothers and sisters.

Summer is just around the corner. Local 47 took first place in the 2nd Annual IBEW SoCal BBQ and Chili Contest in San Diego, hosted by Locals 569, 465 and 47.

At the time of this writing, bargaining with the City of Anaheim and Utiliquest continues. Southern California Edison Pony Driver bargaining is complete.

SCE Planners: The National Labor Relations Board has finally ruled — and at the time of this writing, ballots were to be mailed on May 7.

Morongo: As of press time, a hearing was scheduled for an unfair labor practice (ULP) over refusal to bargain a union security clause. The tribe is now claiming sovereign nation.

Davey Tree Service: Bargaining was completed for a two-year agreement that features a 2 percent wage increase in 2018 and a 2.25 percent increase in 2019.

Irvine Ranch Water District: General units continue to bargain, and the supervisors have been recognized; more sessions are scheduled at press time.

Alta Gas: Members overwhelmingly ratified a three-year successor agreement that features increases of 2.75 percent, 2.5 percent and 2 percent. The agreement was ratified by a 100 percent vote.

Siemens, Bear Electric and St. Francis traffic agreements are all due in June.

Upcoming events: Steward & Safety Conference — June 2; 18th Annual IBEW members Memorial Golf Tournament — July 27; and the Local 47 Picnic — Aug. 11.

We are sad to report the death of the following brothers: Michael Dengler, Juan Villa, Kirk Williams, Enrique Arroyo Sr. Our condolences and prayers go out to their loved ones.

Live free and safe — work and buy union.

Mitch Smith, P.S.


Local 47 Bus. Mgr. and IEC member Pat Lavin (third from right) with, from left: Rick Garcia, Chris Cadilli, Jorge Flores, Erin Koh, Naty Soto, Tyrone Chamois and Joe Awad.

Annual Family Picnic —
Sept. 22 at Union Hall

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,ptc,rtb,t,u&uow), SPRINGFIELD, IL — Mark your calendar! The local's annual family picnic will be Sept. 22 at the union hall. This is always a great occasion for members to enjoy fellowship and camaraderie. Additionally, our RENEW Committee will raffle off an IBEW Local 51 neon sign and you must be present to win. Bring your kids and grandkids as they will enjoy the inflatables.

Sister Kristi Sullins, operations support representative working in Centralia, was recently selected by an Ameren judging panel to sing the national anthem at the company's annual shareholders meeting. Additionally, she will perform our national anthem at the July 30 St. Louis Cardinals baseball game when the team takes on the Rockies. Congratulations, Sister Sullins!

On April 9 this year, Vistra Energy Corp., the parent company for TXU Energy and Luminant, announced it has completed its previously announced merger with Dynegy Inc. At the time of this writing, Vistra communicated that it will continue its fleet evaluation to find savings and try to improve the bottom line for each plant, but will not be making any rash decisions.

There is not a moderate Republican candidate currently in Illinois. They are anti-worker, right-to-work supporters, and their labor voting records prove it. In November, it is crucial to elect politicians who will stand with labor. If you have moved or are newly married, your voter registration may be invalid. Contact the hall if you need help registering to vote.

Karlene Knisley, B.R.

Years of Service Award;
2018 Officer Transitions

L.U. 55 (c,lctt,o&u), DES MOINES, IOWA — Hello, brothers and sisters. We had a great Christmas party in early December last year. Approximately 200 members and their families attended. A lot of kids attended, saw Santa and had lots of fun.

Mike Brookes retired as business manager on Dec. 31 last year. Mike served two and one-half terms as business manager and achieved many accomplishments. He will be greatly missed!

Mike Sawyer was appointed business manager/financial secretary to fill the unexpired term of office. Bus. Mgr. Sawyer previously served as an assistant business manager, from 2008 until taking office as our new business manager. Let's all wish him the best!

On Feb. 13, Bus. Mgr. Sawyer, retired member Ed Kooker and myself went to Albia to present Local 55 retiree Butch Mahon his 50-year pin. During his career, Butch traveled all over the country as a longtime, devoted member of the IBEW.

We now have around 1,100 members in our local, and it seems that we could use a few more linemen if you're looking for work.

PAR Electric lost the Cost Plus contract with Mid America, but PAR is still doing bid work and just getting ready to start 27 miles of 345-kilovolt line near Ottumwa. Intren, a signatory contractor out of Unionville, IL, has now picked up the Cost Plus work for Mid America in the Des Moines metro area. Signatory contractor J.F. Edwards Construction has just picked up a large windfarm project near Everly, Iowa.

We also have a retiree breakfast the first Monday of each month at 9 a.m. sharp at the Triple Crown Buffett at Prairie Meadows in Altoona.

Remember to work safely.

Myron Green, P.S.


From left, Local 55 retiree Ed Kooker, 50-year award recipient Butch Mahon, Bus. Mgr. Mike Sawyer and retiree Myron Green.

Work Picture Strong

L.U. 71 (lctt,o&rtb), COLUMBUS, OHIO — Our work picture remains strong with a few open calls remaining and all paying per diem. Contact Larry at the hall for more information. Local 71 has been using all the tools in the tool box to keep up with the demands from our contractors. From starting new apprentices, to using our conditional lineman program. We have been laboring to keep up with the demands lately. Now with the new conditional pre-apprentice lineman classification, we have another option. Hopefully this will give us a chance to bring in those who are graduating line colleges before the nonunion employer can put them to work.

Local 71 is honored to be awarding years-of-service pins this year to a fine group of brothers. These award recipients include the following: For 50 years of service — Charles Bragg, James Carmack, Nelson Duncan, Isom Ison, Clarence Johnson, William Meese, Frank Miller, James Pickenpaugh and Harold Pyle; for 55 years of service — David Crabtree, Wesley Reeves and Allen Sallee; for 60 years of service — Fritz Ogrady; and for 65-years of service — David Fissel.

Local 71 just turned 64 in February, so these award recipients are some of the men who were fighting back in the early days for the working conditions, pensions and wages we all enjoy today. Let us never forget that and hopefully every one of us reading this article today will live by the same principle: "To leave this trade better than how we found it."

Happy Fourth of July, brothers and sisters!

Bryan Stage, B.M./F.S.

Retirees Honored at Luncheon

L.U. 81 (i), SCRANTON, PA — IBEW Local 81 held its 23rd annual retirees luncheon recently at Al Mia Amore Restaurant in Dickson City, PA. There were 12 new retirees: Eugene Arcurie Jr., Samuel Basta, Robert Bernatovich, Anthony Carito, Donald Kearney, Archibald Lafferty, James Page, Joseph Pohutsky, Nicholas Riggi, Richard Schraeder, Michael Schuler and John Zielinski. We had one member, Joseph McDonnell, receive a 70-year pin. Receiving 55-year pins were: Edward Bozcar, Michael Holmes, John McNulty and Robert O'Leary. Presented 50-year pins were: Joseph Davitt, James Doherty, Gerald Foley, Richard Kearney, James Langan, Gorge Lutz, Bradley Nash, James Ryan, Robert Timlin and John Walsh.

Bus. Mgr. Paul Casparro thanked everyone who came to the luncheon. He extended a special thank-you to those who received their 70-, 55- and 50-year pins for all they have done for Local 81 to make it what it is today.

Mike Brust, P.S.


At Local 81's annual retirees luncheon and awards presentation.

Volunteer Crews Aid Puerto Rico Restoration

L.U. 97 (u), SYRACUSE, NY — As of this writing our line rodeo team is preparing for the NSUJL Linemen's Rodeo. The NUSJL, or National Sisterhood United for Journeymen Linemen, is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting families of fallen/injured IBEW line workers. We are also pleased to be a sponsor of this event. Good luck, team!

On our Brookfield property we are glad to report a long-term contract extension with general wage increases each year. It passed by an overwhelming majority.

Thanks to all who volunteered to participate in restoration in Puerto Rico. We sent three separate waves of restoration crews. When the crews returned they told stories of the devastation they saw, the teamwork they experienced, and the gratitude of the local people.

It is with sadness that we report the passing of former president/business manager Thomas Primero II. Tommy was stricken while assisting with restoration efforts in Puerto Rico. We'll always remember his determination, tenacious bargaining, and dedication and service to the workers of our local and predecessor Local 137. May he rest in peace.

Dan Machold, B.R., P.S.

Annual Blood Drive & Wellness Event a Success

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA — On April 10, Local 103 hosted its Annual Blood Drive & Wellness Event. More than 1,000 members and their families attended throughout the day.

Routine health screenings were offered that could uncover risk factors for chronic diseases. Since time spent at a doctor's office often means unpaid time off the job, the event offers the convenience of completing these screenings at the union hall. The screenings included blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index, melanoma and hearing exams.

The event also serves as an important opportunity for members to give back through blood donation. "The IBEW 103 Annual Blood Drive & Wellness Event is a great opportunity for our members to stay fit for work and give back to the community," Local 103 Bus. Mgr. Lou Antonellis said. "This time of year, around the anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing, we are reminded how important it is to donate blood. The Red Cross is always in need of more donors, and at IBEW 103 we are proud to answer the call."

Thank you to all who participated. We look forward to next year's event.

Jimmy Fleming, P.S.

'Welcome to New Members' Contract Ratification

L.U. 111 (em,govt,lctt,mt,o,rtb,spa&u), DENVER, CO — The officers, staff and Executive Board would like to congratulate and welcome our newest members from United Power Member Services Dept. These courageous workers made the move to organize last June, they certified in August, and began negotiating their contract in September 2017. The company employed every union-busting technique it could, but the employees remained focused, united and solid. On March 24, the new Local 111 members successfully ratified a new collective bargaining agreement, which they can be very proud of. They were able to maintain their retirement, health and welfare insurance, and vacation benefits.

Asst. Bus. Mgr. Richard A. Meisinger Jr. was able to secure seniority provisions, work rules, and pay rates reflecting what similar classifications and co-ops pay. Some of these new members were previously so underpaid it took a $7 an hour increase to get them where they needed to be. Congratulations and welcome to the IBEW family!

Save The Date: On Sept. 8 this year, Local 111 will celebrate our 111th year anniversary. We will host a family friendly evening at the Denver Zoo. Please visit the local union website at and click on the 111th Anniversary tab for more information and registration.

Patrick S. Quinn, P.S.


Local 111 welcomes new members. Back row: Linda Reiter, Britany Olson, Delores Behrhorst, Blanca Ordaz, Gail Winn, Lou Oliveros, Bea Armendariz. Front row: Samantha Riblett, Mayda Morgan, Angeline Velasquez, Tina Pralle, Julie Vogel, Ana Pollack, Erma Martinez, Jovanny Alvarez, Julie Miracle, Ericka Sweet. At front center, kneeling, is Asst. Bus. Mgr. Richard A. Meisinger Jr.

VOC Training Session;
Focus on Member Education

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR — Bus. Mgr. Travis Eri wanted to focus on member education in May. More than 35 attendees took part in a Volunteer Organizing Committee Education training session — with the theme "I'm Staying IBEW Strong" — conducted by Int. Rep. Tracy Prezeau. Participants learned how important it is to engage members and empower our workplaces against attacks that weaken our union.

Among other topics, Eri and Prezeau shared the history of "right-to-work" legislation. Many attendees were surprised to learn about the racist roots of destructive "right-to-work" proposals. The leaders noted that our union was built on fairness, equality and opportunity. "Our contracts were originally based on dignity, hope, respect and security, not material things," Prezeau explained.

Our local also joined IBEW Locals 77, 483 and 659 along with our NECA partners to host its Safety Summit. The keynote speaker focused on how communication, leadership, accountability and morale affect safety results. Attendees learned how they can individually focus on building stronger cultures at their respective workplaces.

Lastly, more than 40 members attended shop steward training. Eri said: "These members are intelligent, passionate and committed brothers and sisters who are serving the membership each day. We should all thank these members who serve in this challenging role to promote the IBEW's values."

Marcy Grail, A.B.M.

Apprenticeship Graduates;
Annual Golf Outing in July

L.U. 197 (em&i), BLOOMINGTON, IL — Congratulations to our newest journeyman wiremen and teledata installers who graduated from the apprenticeship program this spring. A graduation dinner was held at Alexanders Steak House to honor our newest leaders in the electrical industry. The graduation class size was small in number, but the quality we are turning out is top notch. Graduates, as you progress in your careers, we hope you stay grounded and involved in the local.

Reports from around the country show that there is a shortage of electricians. We thank those locals that are able to provide our brothers and sisters with work while our work picture continues to be slow. One day we hope to return the favor. For those out of work locally, we encourage you to sign other books for employment and help those locals man the work. It is imperative that the IBEW is able to supply the manpower. It will be beneficial to you and your family as well as the IBEW.

We look forward to our annual golf outing on Saturday, July 28, at Fairlakes Golf Course. Call the union hall to sign up. Remember to get involved in the local and stay involved!

Mike Raikes, Pres.


Local 197 congratulates recent apprenticeship graduates. Front row, from left: Pres. Mike Raikes; Keith Tay (NECA); graduate Josh Roig; and instructor Bernie Uszcienski. Back row: graduates Dave Hines, Matt Schifferer and James Towle; JATC Dir. Renee Riddle; Seth Zeller (NECA); instructor Jake Knoblach; and graduate Tyler Walsh.

100th Anniversary Celebration

L.U. 229 (em&i), YORK, PA — Local 229 proudly celebrated its 100-year anniversary on April 7 this year. We had a fantastic celebration that was well-attended, and all had a great time.

We were honored to have Int. Pres. Lonnie R. President Stephenson, Int. Sec.-Treas. Kenneth W. Cooper, Int. Vice Pres. Michael D. Welsh and Gov. Tom Wolf attend and extend their congratulations to the local on this milestone. Thank you to the many IBEW locals that supported our event. Thank you to IBEW representatives, retired Int. Vice Pres. Donald C. Siegel, and nearby local union officers and agents, as well as Local 229 members and retirees for attending. All in attendance helped make it a wonderful evening. The Brotherhood is truly alive and well.

Local 229 is very busy with a couple hundred travelers working. We are into Book 2 for most calls. The work picture looks very good through 2018 and 2019. This year we have the ongoing Calpine gas-fired project, two new hospital projects ramping up, an expansion at Harley Davidson, a scheduled outage at Peach Bottom nuclear station starting Oct. 15, and numerous other nice projects. Travelling brothers and sisters can sign Book 2 Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. — all you need is a current dues receipt.

Matthew Paules, B.M.


Local 229 celebrated its 100th anniversary in April this year.

Contract Negotiations

L.U. 245 (govt,lctt,o,rtb&u), TOLEDO, OHIO — There is a new face in the office at Local 245 with the addition of Ken Kurtz, the new business manager. Ken fills the position previously held by Phil LaCourse, who retired in April after many years of service to the local. We welcome Ken aboard and wish Phil a long and enjoyable retirement.

Well, the pending sale of the Bayshore Power Plant came to be with the purchase by Olympus Power LLC from Morristown, NJ. As of this writing, the local is currently bargaining with Olympus and hoping to have everything wrapped up by July.

Members employed at Channel 24-WNWO have a new contract, with the ratification of an agreement with Sinclair Broadcasting.

Negotiations are currently underway with Nelson Tree as of press time.

First Energy Solutions announced the closing of its nuclear plants including Davis-Besse to take place in 2020. Although this was very disturbing news, there are still some options out there with the possible sale of the plant or government intervention, to name a few.

Energy Delivery has added to its workforce with the hiring of 16 Power Systems Institute (PSI) students in the line area.

On the Outside, the work picture is good and everybody is working. Calls have slowed down for now.

On the social front, our next Local 245 outing will be a Toledo Mud Hens baseball game on Aug. 19. Members and their family can sign up to attend by calling the hall and talking to Lisa or Amanda. The deadline to sign up for the event is July 31.

Until next time, work safe and enjoy the warm weather.

Ray Zychowicz, P.S.

Retirees Honored

L.U. 269 (i&o), TRENTON, NJ — Members looking forward to the annual dinner honoring our retirees were not disappointed. Every year our brothers and sisters gather to pay tribute to those who made our present and future possible. Great food, fine spirits, and music throughout the evening help ensure a good time for all.

Over 200 guests attended the May 18 event this year, and it was a great success as always. After the pledge of allegiance and a moment of silence for our fallen service members, the festivities began with Bus. Mgr. Steve Aldrich handing out service pins based on years served. Members celebrating their 30th year in the local received a handsome gold watch and a rousing round of applause.

After the ceremonies, members sat down to a five-star meal served in an elegant atmosphere. After dinner, members were invited out to the patio to enjoy a cigar, hand rolled on the spot by the professional cigar rollers, who have become a fixture at the event.

Much time and effort go into a big event like this and we thank all who participated. We would be remiss not to thank two members in particular: Bro. Mike Lucuski, who sang and played guitar throughout the evening, and Bro. D. Brian Proctor, who snaped photos all evening. They along with many others ensure that this dinner remains one of the best nights in our local.

Brian Jacoppo, P.S.


Bro. Mike Lucuski entertains the crowd at Local 269's annual retirees dinner.

Local Celebrates 100 Years;
ATV Ride a Great Success

L.U. 317 (i,o,rts,t&u), HUNTINGTON, WV — Greetings, brothers and sisters. Local 317 recently celebrated our 100-year anniversary. The picture accompanying this article was taken at the 100th anniversary celebration and shows Bus. Mgr. James Gillette and retired Bro. Pete Boggs, who has 67 years with the IBEW.

We also recently enjoyed our Annual ATV Ride with some of our sister IBEW locals this past May. There was plenty of food to go around for everyone to enjoy, and everyone had a great time. We would like to thank our brothers who did an amazing job preparing food for all in attendance at the ride.

Work at the time of this writing has been slow on the inside. 2018 is anticipated to be a good year with projects on the table. Outside work remains steady with more work upcoming on high line projects and substations in 2018. At the time of this writing, we still have members working in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as storm restoration continues. We would like to thank members for their good work and remind everyone to stay safe.

Danny Doss, P.S./Organizer


Local 317 retired 67-year member Pete Boggs (center) and Bus. Mgr. James Gillette, at local's 100th anniversary celebration.

'Rules and Wages'

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN — Our collective bargaining agreement (CBA) expresses the relationship between the employer and the union. The first seven articles within the CBA explain: grievances, employer rights and union rights, wage payment and working conditions, referral, apprenticeship, benefits, and safety. Related information continues through Article 15.

When there are questions on the job or at the break table about the tool list, wage rates, apprentice pay, the local's jurisdiction, or the bylaws the local union operates under, remember to open up your copy of the CBA. These rules are negotiated to ensure that "a working system and harmonious relations are necessary to improve the relationship between the Employer, the Union, and the Public." (See Page 6 of the current CBA.) We should not pick and choose what rules are convenient at the time. Because of these rules, we receive our earned and negotiated wages and benefits. The CBA covers all members at all times. Each one of us is a steward for the IBEW.

Congratulations to the nine recipients of the $500 Apprentice Scholarship for successfully attending or volunteering at union functions: Joseph Aul, Nate Espenson, Johnathan Mastrey, Owen Sannes, Travis Schindeldecker, Paul Spevacek, Kevin Vogt, Allen Wacek and Milo Weckworth.

Buying "Made In USA" makes dollars and sense for all Americans.

Tom Small, P.S.


Local 343 Bus. Mgr. Chad Katzung (back row, right) congratulates apprenticeship scholarship recipients: front row, from left, Milo Weckworth, Nate Espenson, Allen Wacek and Kevin Vogt; back row, Travis Schindeldecker, Johnathan Mastrey, Joseph Aul and Paul Spevacek. Not pictured: Owen Sannes.

'Getting the Work' —
Active IBEW Membership

L.U. 363 (catv,em,govt,i,t,u&ws), NEW CITY, NY — IBEW Local 363 is on a roll. Our work picture, like that of many local unions in the country, is extremely busy — and it is not by accident.

We have been meeting all prospective builders at "the gate" of our local and then at the public planning board meetings, and we want to know one question: "Are you building this project union or not?"

We find that most builders are receptive and take advantage of the help we can bring in the approval process.

There are others who have told us they are not going to build union and they don't care what we do. Accompanying this article is a photo taken at a recent public meeting where the developer thought he could get away with that in Local 363's jurisdiction. The project was shot down and that developer didn't get his approvals. If you look hard at the photo, perhaps you can find the developer's three guys somewhere among our 200 IBEW Local 363 members in attendance at the public meeting. There's power in the union!

Sam Fratto, B.M.


IBEW Local 363 members turn out 200-strong at a public planning board meeting.

'Best Union Float' Award
At St. Patrick's Day Parade

L.U. 369 (em,es,i,lctt,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), LOUISVILLE, KY — The annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Louisville was March 10. Local 369 has been involved for many years, as have several other unions from our area.

This year Local 369 won for Best Union Float. Those who were involved included: Kris Carney, Lisa Stiireman, Melanie Brooks-Mudd, Greg Mudd, Grant Medley, Tim Redmon, Tanya Thompson, Mitch Houck, Pres. Kevin Kazunas, and E-Board Chmn. "Electric" Bob Bartsch. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make the event a success.

Gene Holthouser, B.R.


Among the Local 369 contingent at St. Patrick's Day parade were, back row: Kris Carney, Lisa Stiireman, Melanie Brooks-Mudd, Greg Mudd, Grant Medley and Tim Redmon.

Grand Opening for New Union Hall & Training Facility

L.U. 375 (catv,ees,et,govt,i&mo), ALLENTOWN, PA — In April we celebrated the grand opening of our brand-new union hall and training facility. It was a great day for our local. Many members attended the opening to show their support and take a tour of the new building — and many business leaders and politicians stopped by as well.

The new training center is located in downtown Allentown, where the city is currently going through a complete revitalization. The training center has over 13,000 square feet of real estate to ensure that we continue to provide our partners with the best trained electricians in the Lehigh Valley. The facility includes five theory classrooms, a safety classroom, motor control lab, tele-data lab, fire alarm lab, power distribution lab, conduit-bending lab, and a craft certification area. There is even a manhole buried in the parking lot for confined-space training.

The best thing about our new facility is that it was built 100 percent union, down to the lighting package, which was produced at an IBEW facility in our great state of Pennsylvania. Local 375 is excited that with such a long history, we now have a brand-new beginning.

Justin Grimshaw, A.B.M.


At Local 375's Open House wire-cutting ceremony: Vice Pres. Lonnie Hill, Pres. Craig Siegfried, Bus. Mgr. Paul Anthony, Int. Rep. Randy Kieffer, Treas. Alan Rex.

Strong Work Picture;
Training & Job Fairs

L.U. 379 (i,lctt,o&rtb), CHARLOTTE, NC — As of this writing, the Carolinas have moved on from a cold winter right into summer and are looking forward to a prosperous season for our members. Work here is still booming. We are working close to 1,000 people across our 29-county jurisdiction and we are on the hunt for skilled electricians and would welcome travelers to stop on in.

Education continues to be a focus. We have completed a third round of Foreman's Development Series, turning out 20 new graduates, and will be doing another course over the summer.

We have participated in multiple job and career fairs this spring, including one sponsored by the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System, attended by over 4,000 high-school seniors. These have been great opportunities to let students who are about to enter the workforce know about the advantages of a career in the electrical trade. We are also partnering with our local workforce development board to find ways to ease the shortage of skilled trades people.

Ashley Hawkins, Organizer

'New Organizer Message'

L.U. 459 (catv,ees,em,govt,mt,so&u), JOHNSTOWN, PA — A special note of appreciation goes out to Bus. Mgr. Paul Cameron for the opportunity to work for the members of Local 459 as their newly appointed organizer/business representative.

I am grateful for the faith and confidence given to me by my brothers and sisters, and excited to serve the local and its membership. I look forward to meeting Local 459 members in my travels throughout the state at the various district meetings. I am tasked with one of the hardest jobs in the labor movement today, which is organizing working men and women to help them gain union representation.

The business manager and I agree that growing our local and supporting the labor movement is the only way to ensure our success for the future. We have several promising prospects in the works. And we are pleased to welcome eight new members, who recently voted in a new first contract. A small but significant win nonetheless.

Come out to the union meetings, meet your new organizer, and help our local union to grow and prosper. Thank you.

Barry Hixson, Organizer/B.R.


Local 459 Bus. Rep./Organizer Barry Hixson.

IBEW Member Participates In 'Fight for Air Climb'

L.U. 499 (u), DES MOINES, IOWA — Local 499 Executive Board member Mike Buntz, line crew foreman from Des Moines, participated in the American Lung Association's "Fight for Air Climb" on April 8 in remembrance of co-workers Bro. Jeff Sanders and Bro. Dave Shipp, who both passed away from lung complications.

Buntz raced up the steps of four downtown Des Moines buildings, totaling 85 floors with 1,796 steps. He accomplished the race in a time of 15 minutes 43 seconds, which placed him second in his age division, with an overall placement of 56 out of 939 climbers.

Buntz plans to participate in the event again next year and hopes to get more of his co-workers involved in the future. Thank you, Mike, for being a great example to fellow IBEW brothers and sisters!

Sarah Faber, R.S.


Local 499 E- Board member Mike Buntz, line crew foreman, displays helmet inscribed in memory of two deceased co-workers.

Apprentice Graduating Class

L.U. 545 (i), ST. JOSEPH, MO — The members and officers of Local 545 would like to extend congratulations to the apprenticeship graduating class of 2018.

The recent graduates are: D.J. Adams, John Blanchard, Nicholas Boyer, Philip Eiberger, Spencer Richter, Adam Schermerhorn, Jacob Stock and Derrick Stith.

May you brothers have a long and safe career in the IBEW.

Brandon Osteen, R.S.


Local 545 congratulates recent apprenticeship graduates. Front row, Spencer Richter (left), Nicholas Boyer, John Blanchard, Training Dir. Mike Kovac, Philip Eiberger, D.J. Adams; back row, Adam Schermerhorn and Jacob Stock. Not pictured: Derrick Stith.

Building Better Communities

L.U. 569 (i,mar,mt,rts&spa), SAN DIEGO, CA — Recently, over 100 IBEW 569 electricians and power professionals donated 500+ hours toward Rebuilding Together San Diego (RTSD), a nonprofit that coordinates renovations of low-income homes and community facilities.

IBEW 569 replaced faulty electrical systems for a veteran, disabled seniors, and families in need, as well as two homes that provide housing counseling, and social services to 34 mentally ill, homeless and/or abused women. We are grateful for the outpouring of support from our members and the contributions of materials and resources from our signatory contractors. Together, we are strengthening our communities.

We also wish to extend sincere congratulations to our officer manager, Dana Morgan, on her well-deserved retirement! Dana has been with IBEW 569 for 29 years! Bus. Mgr. Nick Segura said: "Dana has helped our lives and work immensely by being our Rock of Gibraltar — keeping us together, running our operations smoothly, and deftly taking on new challenges with compassion and perseverance." Notably, Dana Morgan is a third-generation staff member. Her grandmother (known as "Mrs. B.") in the early 1950s was our bookkeeper, and Dana's mother worked for our training center for 20 years! Thank you, Dana, for your outstanding service.

Gretchen K. Newsom, P.S./Organizer


IBEW Local 569 members build better communities. Photo by Timothy Dunbar.

Members Receive LIRR Awards

L.U. 589 (rr), JAMAICA, NY — We would like to congratulate three of our members whose hard work and dedication were recognized by the Long Island Rail Road.

Local 589 LLR electricians William Benkurt, Anwar Sheikh and Boris Katelevskiy were awarded special plaques in recognition for their innovative workplace contributions. These three members are responsible for new ideas and suggestions that will be put into practice by the Long Island Rail Road.

Among those who attended the awards presentation were LIRR officers and representatives, IBEW Local 589 Pres. Jeff Klein, the IBEW honorees and others.

The innovative ideas proposed by the three IBEW electricians will increase the reliability of our transportation service, the safety and efficiency of our members' work, and will benefit the next generation of IBEW Local 589 electricians.

Thank you, brothers, for all your hard work. Congratulations!

Augie Maccarone, R.S.


IBEW Local 589 members William Benkurt, Anwar Sheikh and Boris Katelevskiy received awards from Long Island Rail Road. Those attending the awards presentation included Local 589 officers and representatives from LIRR.

Organizing Success;
Outstanding Apprentice Award

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM — As of this writing, we have 350 men working at a Facebook jobsite, with calls coming in daily for more workers. Our organizing efforts have been a huge success to date.

We started our contract negotiations a couple of months ago. As of press time in late May, we have not yet ratified a contract. By the next writing, we hopefully with have a fair contract in place.

This year's Outstanding Apprentice Award went to Christopher Baker. Chris also competed in the IBEW Seventh District Apprenticeship Contest, which was held at the uptown Marriott Hotel in Albuquerque. Chris competed against 17 other competitors from the Seventh District, which consists of Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico. It is the first time in many years that Local 611 has won the event. Congratulations, Chris, for a job well done.

Local 611 extends sincere condolences to the friends and families of the following members who recently passed away: Alan B. Shepherd, Jerry J. Lynch, Charles E. "Chuck" Clevenger, Graham Smith, Danny F. McCarson, Claudia T. Martinez and Royce M. Mogensen.

Remember to attend your union meetings and support COPE.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.


Local 611 Outstanding Apprentice Award recipient Christopher Baker (second from left) with JATC member Tom Ross, Training Dir. Hank Humiston and JATC member Joey Solis at Seventh District Apprenticeship Contest.

IBEW Volunteers —
Youth Center Renovated

L.U. 613 (em,i,o,rts&spa), ATLANTA, GA — In January, the United Way reached out to Bus. Mgr. Kenny Mullins with a request for our local union to help out on a project in an underserved area of Atlanta. Winston Taylor, with the New City Project, had a building that needed a lot of renovation for use as a youth center and therefore asked for partners to make improvements. Thanks to volunteers from Local 613, including its EWMC and RENEW programs, who have worked on the project over the last few months, it is great to say the electrical work is almost complete.

We are proud to be a part of the New City Youth Center. With the help of Mr. Taylor, our Local 613 organizing team is reaching out to the neighborhood and the schools in the area. The local is recruiting students and residents into the apprenticeship program. This facility also allows us to reintroduce ourselves and educate the community on the benefits of being part of the IBEW and organized labor.

James Williams, P.S.


Local 613 contingent of volunteers helped wire a building for use as a youth center. From left: Rafiq Saddiqui, James Williams, Bus. Mgr. Kenny Mullins, Ian Whitchey, Ian's son Walker, Janice Lynn Hodge, Harley Peck and James Carr.

Apprenticeship Graduates;
Service to Community

L.U. 625 (c,ees,em,i,it,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA — Congratulations to Bros. Mitchel Swan, Tim Rees, Alexander Weltz, Adam Gilchrist, Kyle Walsh and Mike MacDonald for completing their apprenticeship program and receiving their Certificate of Qualification.

We recently lost the following members: Bro. Stephen Dexter and Bro. Mark Viglasky passed away in March, and Bro. Leigh Biggar in April. Our sympathy goes out to their families.

Our local had our hockey team play in the IBEW Local 1928 Hockey Tournament in Merbertou in Sydney, Nova Scotia, April 6, 7 and 8. There were 12 teams, and Local 625 finished fifth this year, unable to retain a back-to-back championship.

Our NextGen Committee took part in the Threads for Life "Steps for Life" walk on Saturday, May 5, at Point Pleasant Park in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is a charitable organization founded to help families affected by workplace tragedies. Local 625 donated $200 and had 13 members and families in attendance.

Brad Wood, Organizer/B.R.

Strong Work Performance;
Newly Appointed Officers

L.U. 627 (u), FORT PIERCE, FL — The past few months have been significantly productive and rewarding for our members. The local continues its support and dedication to the Puerto Rican Restoration Project. The people of Puerto Rico are very grateful for the efforts of the Brotherhood. With a large percentage of the island being restored, there is still much work to do.

We've welcomed a new Clean Energy Center to our local! The station is nearing completion and is expected online June of 2019.

The refueling outage at the nuclear plant was successfully completed. Many high-standard and first-time quality man-hours from our members aided in the speedy return of the reactor to service.

Our former president, Mark MacNichol, accepted a position with the International Office as an international representative effective April 2. Thank you, Bro. MacNichol, for your leadership and dedication to our local; best wishes from the Brotherhood.

The Local 627 Executive Board at its April meeting made several appointments to fill vacated positions. Bro. Matt Jenkins was appointed Local 627 president to fill the unexpired term of office. Bro. Marshall Smith was appointed as vice president, and Bro. Rob Fenell as System Council delegate. Also, Bro. Fernando Salcedo was appointed press secretary.

Safety and solidarity always.

Fernando Salcedo, P.S.

Spring Events a Success;
IBEW Service to Community

L.U. 697 (c,es,i,mt&se), GARY AND HAMMOND, IN — The IBEW Local 697 EWMC hosted our fourth annual Charity Basketball Day on Saturday, March 24, and it was a total success. Bros. Mark Patrick, Dan Soderquist and Tony Patrick won the 3-on-3 tournament, and Bro. Mark Patrick also won the Hot Shot contest. All proceeds from the event went to help Bro. Chris Ortell and his family.

Also in March, we held our Annual Spring Blood Drive and broke our record by collecting 163 pints of blood. Since 2011, Local 697 has collected over 1,700 pints and will be adding to our total at our Fall Blood Drive on Friday, Oct. 19, this year.

Local 697 was the lead sponsor and chaired the annual American Heart Association Gala for Northwest Indiana. The event was successful as we led the way with our building trades by joining forces with our end users to raise funds and awareness to fight heart disease.

Ryan Reithel, B.M./F.S.


IBEW Local 697 EWMC hosted 4th Annual Charity Basketball Day on March 24.

Brotherhood & Solidarity;
'Our Past, Present & Future'

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL — A true testament of brotherhood within a local union was experienced at Local 915's annual cookout and service-pin presentation. Approximately 200 sisters and brothers attended, ranging from those who paved the way to the newest members just finding their path.

The local is honored to have an 80-year service award recipient, Bro. Robert McDonald, although he was unable to attend the event. Twelve in attendance received service awards ranging from 45-year pins to 65-year pins. Additionally, 21 new members were sworn in. True solidarity was a highlight of the day, and everyone enjoyed the occasion.

Congratulations to all honorees, including the following brothers, for their loyal years of service: 65-year members Alfred Reid and Charles "Buddy" Wade; 55-year member Dennis Field; 50-year members David Adams, Robert Franz and B.J. Weeks; and 45-year members Bruce Barrow, Paul Carlisle, Kenneth Cyphert, Robert LaPierre, Glen Sanchez and Randy Tew.

Our local's prestigious Brother of the Year Award usually goes to the sister or brother who exemplifies service within our local, our community and beyond. As a well-deserved honor, this year's award went to Local 915's RENEW Committee. Our future is in great hands.

Theresa King, R.S./P.S.


At Local 915 cookout and awards presentation, attendees included: Pres. Michael Weeks (far left); RENEW Committee members; 65-year pin recipients Alfred Reid and Charles "Buddy" Wade (center); and at far right, Bus. Mgr. Randall King.

65-Year Service Award

L.U. 993 (catv,em&i), KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA — Retired Bro. Fred Dick recently received his IBEW 65-year service pin. Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Glen Hilton presented Fred with the award at Local 993's Annual Awards Banquet on Dec. 9, 2017, in Kamloops, BC.

Fred is a dedicated, loyal member of Local 993, and he is proud to be part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Glen Hilton, B.M./F.S.


Local 993 retired member Fred Dick (left) receives IBEW 65-year service award, presented by Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Glen Hilton at December 2017 Awards Banquet.

IBEW Training Opportunities;
New Journeymen Welcomed

L.U. 1015 (em,i), WESLACO, TEXAS — Being from Texas, we have big dreams that we are very proud of. We are helping more of our fellow brothers and sisters accomplish their dreams — success in obtaining that piece of paper which shows your name in bold print, your photo, and the word "journeyman." For new journeymen, showing that off to their families and friends brings a big smile to their face.

We call on all the men and women out there, who may have hesitated for a long time, to take that first step and allow us to help them advance by taking advantage of the best opportunity that IBEW Local 1015 has to offer — and that is knowledge gained through IBEW and JATC training and education.

Local 1015 would like to congratulate our new journeymen: Aaron Hutton, Jose Guadalupe Solis and Angel Castillo. We are also proud to welcome our first female apprentice, Bridgette Bickerstaff. Welcome to all!

We have started venturing into a new era and are keeping up with the electrical industry in the Rio Grande Valley. In planning ahead for our near future, and to fill the need for skilled electricians in this high-demand occupation, we are partnering with area high schools to offer students the pre-apprentice career path with IBEW Local 1015 after graduating high school.

Sergio A. Salinas, B.M.


Local 1015 Bus. Mgr. Sergio A. Salinas (left); journeymen Jose Guadalupe Solis and Aaron Hutton; and JATC trainer Servando Munguia.

Puerto Rico Power Restoration;
Actively Engaged Membership

L.U. 1245 (catv,em,govt,lctt,o,t&u), VACAVILLE, CA — Twenty-six members of IBEW 1245 who work for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) recently returned from a mutual aid assignment in Puerto Rico, where they worked around the clock to assist with the power restoration effort following last year's devastating hurricanes.

"We interacted with the locals constantly … and everyone we met was very helpful and appreciative," said SMUD Line Foreman Ben Bassett, an 11-year IBEW 1245 member. "They saw that we were away from our own families in order to help their families out, and everyone welcomed us with open arms."

Local 1245 is actively engaged in several critical pieces of utility-related legislation that are currently moving through the California Legislature. On Tuesday, April 17, several Local 1245 rank-and-file members came to the state Capitol to testify on behalf of these bills. At the end of the day, thanks in large part to the powerful presence and compelling testimony that Local 1245 members delivered, both bills passed out of committee and will be proceeding through the legislative process.

In Outside Construction, there is no shortage of work, only manpower. Local 1245 expects that will continue to be an issue, not only in our jurisdiction, but across the nation.

Rebecca Band, P.S.


Local 1245 members Levi Schoennauer, Paul Duncan and Brent Sambel setting a pole in Puerto Rico. Credit: Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

Miami Fort Station Cooling Tower Project

L.U. 1347 (ees,em&u), CINCINNATI, OHIO — In North Bend, Ohio, directly across from the Indiana/Kentucky border sits Dynegy's Miami Fort Generating Station, a dual-fuel powered generating facility. While some may believe that fossil fuel power plants are headed out the door, it is still just as strong and powerful as ever. Since its initial establishment in the early 1900s, Miami Fort Station has undergone many improvements.

This latest endeavor is one of the largest projects this site has ever seen. This multi-million-dollar upgrade to enhance the cooling tower has taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but it's incredibly worthwhile for the viability of the station.

Our Local 1347 brothers and sisters working at Miami Fort Station are prepared for many more years of providing safe, reliable power for the Tri-State area for years to come.

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


Local 1347 members are employed at Dynegy's Miami Fort Generating Station. Standing at the site are, from left: office coordinator Rachel Glover, Bus. Mgr. Andrew Kirk, Asst. Bus. Mgr. Kenny Gross, Rec. Sec. Robert Todd and Pres. Kent Evans.

The 'B' in Brotherhood

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA — The work outlook in Augusta is still very strong and getting stronger. Our ongoing nuclear powerhouse, Plant Vogtle is still increasing in manpower and should do so for some time. In addition, we are also picking up smaller projects around the area.

Many of the traveling brothers and sisters have come to our area to help us man our work. I would like to thank them for their help and support throughout our strong work situation.

Let's all remember that the "B" in IBEW stands for Brotherhood. Let's work together for a stronger Brotherhood, more standing together, more compassion and more teamwork with a focus on building our union in solidarity.

Until next time, God bless.

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

'Growth Achieved —
In the Face of Adversity'

L.U. 1791 (em), WAUSAU, WI — Our story is much like the rest of the country regarding the hostile political environment our unions have faced in Wisconsin. Here in Wausau, we have survived, but that's not good enough. With an eye on the future, we are going to thrive. As a matter of fact, it's happening as this article is being written. New product lines are being brought to Wausau right now. Without a doubt, our members will be up to the challenge.

What happens to be highly unusual about this expansion is that it's occurring within a month of contract negotiations. This is a true vote of confidence on behalf of the company toward its working relationship with Local 1791. It's vitally important that our members understand that this relationship will benefit them and it's our duty as union leaders to see that it does just that.

Corporate America, along with some federal and state government officials, would have you believe, once again, that "trickle down" economics will be good for the workers. Been there, done that — and no, it wasn't good for workers.

It's time to shine the spotlight on the benefits of union membership by ensuring we get our members their fair share of the "trickle down." That being said, we want to thank all the hard-working members of Local 1791 and extend a welcome to all new members. In solidarity.

Mark Pisca, B.M./Pres.

'Humboldt Strong' —
Volunteer First Responders

L.U. 2067 (o&u), REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA — Friday, April 6, 2018, will never be forgotten in the province of Saskatchewan. Early that evening, at the junction of Highways 35 and 335 in the province's northeast, tragedy struck.

A bus carrying 29 members of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Humboldt Broncos was struck by a tractor-trailer unit, ultimately causing 16 deaths and sending over half of the passengers to the hospital.

Volunteer first responders — including IBEW Local 2067 members Bro. Ryan Steinhaeusser and Bro. George St. Amant — quickly arrived at the scene, providing care and lifesaving assistance on-site. Ryan (gas inspector, Tisdale) and George (electrical inspector, Tisdale) are members of the Tisdale Volunteer Fire Dept. and were two of the first to arrive at the accident site.

The IBEW Local 2067 leadership offers condolences to the families and friends of those who suffered loss, best wishes for recovery to those who survived, and immeasurable gratitude to the first responders who assisted after the accident.

Local 2067 understands it is impossible to fill the void for the families who have suffered such immense loss. We also recognize that survivors and first responders may never fully recover from the mental and emotional trauma, though physical injuries may heal in time. "No amount of money will make anyone involved whole," Bus. Mgr. Tibbs stated. "We donate what we can, but we make a real difference with our thoughts, prayers, and by showing support in the communities.

To read more, see article on Local 2067's website at:

Curtis Lizée, A.B.M.


IBEW Local 2067 members were among the first responders who assisted at the site of a tragic traffic accident that involved a bus carrying team members of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Humboldt Broncos