November 2018
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Freshwater Wind
on Horizon read_more

Outside Training Upgrade
Chicago Local Raises
the Bar read_more

North of 49°
Polar Opposites:
PLAs Embraced in B.C., Attacked in Manitoba read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Deux pôles opposés : les projets de conventions collectives ont été adoptés en C.-B., mais attaqués au Manitoba read_more

IEC Minutes
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In the Wake of Janus:
Staying IBEW Strong

From union-bashing flyers to deceptive emails, targeted ads on social media, intrusive phone calls and even unwelcome visitors at the door, the crusade against America's public workers has gone into overdrive since the Supreme Court's bruising decision in Janus v. AFSCME in June.

But for all the millions being poured into arm-twisting campaigns, union members are standing their ground.

Crediting member-to-member outreach, Vacaville, Calif., Local 1245 reports that less than 1 percent of the 2,400 public employees it represents have stopped paying the agency fees that support bargaining unit work.

"I am rarely at a loss for words, but seeing all of you and knowing what you accomplished is awe- inspiring," Local 1245 Business Manager Tom Dalzell told more than 100 member-organizers at a post-Janus summit in July.

Their efforts have been so effective that some fee-payers, their eyes opened to the dollar-and-cents value of unions, have joined the IBEW as full dues-paying members.

"We've given you the resources and training, and you've gone out and moved mountains," Dalzell said, referring to the volunteer organizing committee program the local established for internal organizing at its 34 public-sector work sites. "Your work has exceeded any expectation or dream that we had. You've proved that there's nothing more effective than member-to-member communication."

Janus opened the door for public workers to freeload off their unions, just as state right-to-work laws create free riders in the private sector. Both scenarios let workers withhold agency fees, their share of the bill for contract talks, grievances and other ways unions represent members and nonmembers alike. Contrary to opponents' talking points, the fees are entirely separate from unions' political action funds.

With the most union members of any state, California's labor movement began preparing long in advance for the Supreme Court's expected blow.

Local 1245 played a leading role, sending staff and VOC emissaries to help other IBEW locals, conducting Central Labor Council trainings and even designing the popular "I'm In" logo, a symbol of ever-growing solidarity as workers sign cards pledging to stick with their unions. read_more

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Officers Column Stephenson: Strength Through Organizing read_more
Cooper: Coming Together read_more

TransitionsBill Dever read_more

PoliticsIBEW's Norcross
Makes Case for
Pro-Worker Reforms;
Court Victories for
Nuclear Workers in
Illinois and New York;
NLRB Moves to Undo
Joint Employer Standard read_more

Organizing WireYears of Hard Work Pays Off for New Jersey Altice Employees read_more

CircuitsPennsylvania's Governor Delivering for the IBEW;
Verizon Deal Extension Avoids Another Painful
Work Stoppage;
California Members' Push Last-Ditch Wildfire Bill
Across the Line read_more

Spotlight on SafetyIndiana Local Earns Major Safety Award read_more

LettersA Message to Young Members;
Sticking Up for Federal Workers;
Thanks to Storm Responders;
A Win for Workers read_more

In MemoriamSeptember 2018 read_more

Who We AreRhode Island Locals
Sponsor Honor
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