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Tribute to Career of Service;
2018 Health Fair a Big Success

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa,st&ws), ST. LOUIS, MO — On Saturday, Oct. 6, IBEW Local 1's 2018 Health Fair took place at the union hall. It was available to all Local 1 active members, retirees, covered spouses and adult dependents.

"Some 1,100 members and their families took advantage of the free health services and activities," said Denice Schulz, IBEW Local 1 Health & Welfare Fund representative. The free health services included: wellness, hearing and memory screenings; mammograms; flu shots; and massage therapy. A free lunch was provided by Picnic People. There was a Kids' Corner, petting zoo, face painting, balloon art and Delta Dental Theater. Also, there were attendance prizes to the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Science Center, City Museum and the St. Louis Blues.

Also, congratulations and very special thanks to Jim Douglas, who retired as IBEW Local 1 financial secretary Oct. 31. Bro. Douglas has been a member for 38-plus years. His hard work and dedication have helped make the lives of members and their families better.

In tribute to Douglas, Bus. Rep. John Kahrhoff stated: "Congratulations to one of my favorite people on his well-deserved retirement! During his almost four-decade career, Jim Douglas was a talented wireman, a devoted IBEW officer, and a true trade unionist. Best wishes to a great man!"

We mourn the loss of several members: Lloyd Gan, Randolph Jackson, Billy Burden, Gary Zugmaier, Daniel Kackley Jr., Patrick O'Neill, Robert Harris, Carl Winkler, Ronald Hubbs, Patrick Moylan, Robert Muelken, Norman R. Moss, James Walker Sr., John Jablonski, Frank Ferrera and Keith Powell.

Jan Bresnan, P.S.


Former IBEW Local 1 financial secretary Jim Douglas (left) and Bus. Rep. John Kahrhoff.

Tribute to Retirees

L.U. 7 (i), SPRINGFIELD, MA — The local's 2018 Retiree Picnic was well-attended. It was great to hear old stories shared by those in attendance and to reflect on the lives of those who are no longer with us.

IBEW Local 7 would like to thank our retirees for laying the foundation for what most take for granted today. Their hard work is appreciated. We look forward to seeing everyone again at the next gathering.

Mark Kuenzel, Tr. Dir.


The Local 7 Retiree Picnic in 2018 was a great success.

A Winning Team —
For a Winning Cause

L.U. 37 (em,o&u), FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA — Congratulations to IBEW members who played on the 2018 Local 37 Bubble Soccer team that won the 2nd Annual Bayview Credit Union Bubble Soccer Tournament — a fundraiser for the New Brunswick Children's Wish Foundation.

Bubble soccer is an action-packed game that puts soccer players inside huge, bouncing, inflatable suits so they can bump and bounce into each other in hopes of getting the ball and putting it into the net. And it's no exaggeration to say that players spend most of their time laughing and rolling, often finding themselves upside down!

Bubble soccer is an incredibly fun and silly game, but these teams took the goal of raising money very seriously — raising over $14,000 for the New Brunswick Children's Wish Foundation.

The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada is the largest and only all-Canadian wish granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For more than 30 years, Children's Wish has granted heartfelt wishes to more than 25,000 children and their families.

The work and spirit of this team is yet another reason why Local 37 continues to be so proud of its long history of supporting organizations and events that have a positive impact on what matters to members, and to the communities where they live and work. Well done, Team IBEW 37!

Mary Williams, A.B.M.


IBEW Local 37 team participated in 2018 Bubble Soccer Tournament to raise funds for New Brunswick Children's Wish Foundation.

'Making Our Voices Heard'

L.U. 41 (em,es,govt,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NY — Happy new year, sisters and brothers! It was exciting to see how many more people were engaged in the democratic process and voted this past November. Some gains were made in electing individuals to office who understand middle-class values and the importance of working people. We will also continue to have conversations with our current elected officials and educate both new and old regarding the concerns of our members and their needs. Voting is an important venue we have where we can collectively inform our elected officials how we think they are delivering for working families. Please make sure you are educated on the candidates and their voting records on issues important to our union — and vote.

As many may already know, our dispatcher, Rick Guerra, retired at the end of June. After working a trouble truck for many years, Rick served the local as dispatcher for the past three years. His kindness and humor will be missed. Thank you for your service, Rick!

Gregory R. Inglut, A.B.M.

Local 47 Members Awarded
Certificates of Recognition

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA — Anaheim negotiations continue with the new engineering group. Also, bargaining continues at Utiliquest, the City of Colton, and at Irvine Ranch Water District. Southern California Edison (SCE) program writers, outage coordinators and schedulers first contract negotiations also continue.

IBEW Local 47 Anaheim utility department members were recognized for helping an Anaheim police officer subdue a deranged citizen and facilitate an arrest. Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Pat Lavin and Pres. Tyrone Chamois presented IBEW lineman Don Otrombo, lineman Ruben Delgado and foreman Stan Santos with IBEW certificates of recognition. Congratulations, brothers.

Our Motorcycle Rally on Oct. 6 was a great success, and Local 47's holiday party drew over 2,000 members and families.

We are sad to report the deaths of Michael Montez, Kent Wilson and John May. Condolences and prayers are with their loved ones.

Live free and safe — work and buy union!

Mitch Smith, P.S.


Local 47 Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec and International Executive Council member Patrick Lavin (left); lineman Don Otrambo; foreman Stan Santos; lineman Ruben Delgado; and Local 47 Pres. Tyrone Chamois.

'Team IBEW Local 51'
Active RENEW Committee

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,ptc,rtb,t,u&uow), SPRINGFIELD, IL — Whether we've faced it ourselves, or someone we love has, almost everyone has been affected by breast cancer. A team of women from Local 51 participated in the 2018 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K event in October. Team "IBEW Local 51" placed third in most donations raised, collecting $2,841. Thank you to our members, family and friends who donated to help the American Cancer Society make a difference.

On Dec. 31, 2018, longtime senior nuclear steward Bobby Dean retired from the Clinton Power Station. Bobby has saved Local 51 much time and work through his dedication and service to our members. He has helped many a member in times of need, and members have benefited from his service in countless ways. He and his wife, Vicki, plan to retire to their newly purchased home in southern Alabama. Thanks, Bobby, and good luck!

Save the date! Our 2019 Golf Scholarship Outing will be June 1, at the Piper Glen course.

Our RENEW Committee has: hosted a "bags" tournament for all members; sent members to the Sixth District Conference; helped with AFL-CIO phone banking for the midterm election; and visited the Capitol during the November veto session. Additionally, they will host a blood drive at the local union; we encourage members to stop by and give blood.

Happy new year, brothers and sisters! Union meetings are where members debate the issues they face — so please attend your meetings. As always, be safe.

Karlene Knisley, B.R.


Team "IBEW Local 51" placed third in most donations raised during 2018 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraiser.

Contract Negotiations;
International Lineman's Rodeo

L.U. 53 (lctt,o,rts&u), KANSAS CITY, MO — At this writing, we are in negotiations with Se-Ma-No Co-Op; West Central Co-Op; Kansas City, Kansas, Water Pollution Control (KCK-WPC); and our line clearance tree trimmer (LCTT) contractors.

Congratulations and thank you to all our rodeo teams and apprentices who competed in the 35th annual International Lineman's Rodeo in Bonner Springs, KS. This is where the best of the best come to compete. Local 53 sponsored 11 lineman apprentices and two journeyman lineman teams. Some of our members were sponsored by the contractor or the municipalities we represent.

  • Eric Ferguson, David Westfall and David Shore, who work for BPU, finished 19th in the Municipal Division.
  • Arron Farrar, Shawn Henderson and Chris Ackerson work for Par Electric, and they finished in 11th place in the Contractor Division.
  • Jacob Hoesli, Joey Suitt and Tyson Kane work for Capital Electric, and they finished in 2nd place in the Contractor Division.
  • Local 53 sponsored teams finished as follows: Andrew Redger, lineman apprentice, finished in 5th place in the Lineman Apprentice Division.
  • Allen Robertson, Richard Summers and Johnny Whitaker finished in 1st place in the Contractor Division.
  • Blake Barber, Steve Ferguson and Kurt Schnakenberg finished in 5th place in the Contractor Division.
  • Chad Marriott, Jason Rails and Ozzie Lieber finished in 6th place in the Contractor Division.

Congratulations to all the teams that competed.

We wish you all a happy new year from Local 53.

Brett A. Stone, B.M./F.S.


A Local 53 sponsored team displays Lineman's Rodeo trophy: Allen Robertson (left), Richard Summers and Johnny Whitaker.

Bargaining Units Vote
Overwhelmingly to Recertify

L.U. 55 (c,lctt,o&u), DES MOINES, IOWA — I recently was driving along I-35 North near Story City, Iowa, and I stopped to visit with a local union crew working for Burns Electric. They're doing cost-plus work for Story City Municipal Electric Utility. Burns Electric is doing a good job of going after work for our members and apprentices. Thanks, guys, for doing a good job!

The state of Iowa passed a law in 2017 stating that bargaining units had to recertify their units each time their contract comes up for negotiation. That law was designed to force unions out of the workplace and take away workers' rights, and to eliminate many benefits won during previous negotiations. We are excited to report that five of our bargaining units voted overwhelmingly to recertify.

Our Line Clearance Units are working 50-60 hours a week. We're also in the process of adding AT&T technicians from Nebraska to our bargaining unit.

I hope members were able to listen to KIX 101.1 radio between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our local was a sponsor for the Helpful Elves program to raise money for needy families for Christmas! Thanks, Shane! Local 55 also sponsored a Golf Tournament that raised over $36,000 for Cradling New Life.

At press time, contract negotiations are ongoing. Wherever I drive, I see Local 55 members working for various contractors building or rebuilding new lines, and I see a lot of directional boring going on, too. I see members following safety rules — and when the jobs are done they look great! Thank you to Local 55 members for their excellence and professionalism. Our No. 1 goal is to do a good job and work safely. It's all about going home to your family at the end of the day!

Remember: Our Retiree Breakfast is the first Monday of each month at 9 a.m. I get to hear a lot of stories!

Myron Green, P.S.


Local 55 crew working for Burns Electric on a cost-plus job for Story City Municipal Electric Utility. From left: Nick Dougherty, Chris Lichty, Andy Brodahl and foreman Brian Opstvedt.

Dedicated Career of Service

L.U. 97 (u), SYRACUSE, NY — We would like to recognize Bro. Rick Geddis, who recently retired after 50 years of service as a chief line mechanic and very active member of the local union. During his career he served as a steward and chief steward, sat on numerous company/union committees, and was most recently the electric safety advocate in the Eastern Division. He has been a mentor to two generations of linemen within the local. Rick very rarely missed a monthly meeting in Albany. Every new member in the last several years should remember him standing up following their swearing in, and with a firm voice but a smile on his face advising them, "Don't let this be your last union meeting!"

Congratulations to Rick and all our recent retirees. May you enjoy a long and happy retirement!

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


Local 97 recently retired Bro. Rick Geddes (center) and Bro. Isaac Mujimbre (left) supporting IUE/CWA strikers in Waterford, NY, in 2017.

IBEW Members Restore
Utility Service in Mass. Towns

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA — On Sept. 13, 2018, excessive pressure in natural gas lines owned by Columbia Gas caused a series of explosions and fires in as many as 40 homes, with over 80 individual fires, in the Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts, towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. As a result, gas service to 9,000 homes and businesses was immediately interrupted.

With colder weather bearing down on the region, the need for heat only weeks away and no gas service for the foreseeable future, local officials from Colombia Gas called upon IBEW Local 103, as well as two of our contractors, All-Pro Electric and Fischbach & Moore Electric, to do immediate electrical assessments for portable electric-space heaters and cooktops. Around 350 IBEW electricians, including Local 103 members joined by 150 travelers, were dispatched in three days and have been wiring boilers and hot water heaters, upgrading electrical services, and installing smoke detectors ever since.

Local 103 Bus. Mgr. Lou Antonellis said, "This is a very sensitive situation. The people of the Merrimack Valley can count on the members of IBEW Local 103 through this disaster and we'll stay up here every single day until each family has working heat and hot water." This situation is just like hurricane and storm-relief efforts. When power needs to be restored, the IBEW is always there.

Displaced families have been provided alternative housing in hotels and campers while the recovery continues. Work is expected to last into and through the holiday season.

Jimmy Fleming, P.S.

New Year's Resolutions;
IBEW Safety Advocates

L.U. 111 (em,govt,lctt,mt,o,rtb,spa&u), DENVER, CO — The officers, staff and executive board hope you and your families had a safe and prosperous holiday season.

In a new year we all make resolutions to stop smoking, lose weight, get in shape, etc. This year I will ask you, as members, to make additional resolutions.

Resolve to attend union meetings, even if it's just a few. This is where you have a voice in the workplace. You decide work rules, conditions of employment and your leadership. Resolve to do some organizing — make other tradespeople aware of the benefits of being IBEW.

Resolve to take a journeyman upgrade class or other training that makes you, the IBEW worker, a more sought-after employee than your nonunion competition. Volunteer to help teach apprentices and trainees at a class or two. You are the best trained and most efficient workers in the business. Resolve to be a safety advocate and lead by example. Resolve to not take shortcuts, bend rules or procedures, or to become complacent. Our safety manuals and policies are written in the blood of our sisters and brothers, and we dishonor them and their sacrifice when we violate rules or take shortcuts.

Wishing you a safe and prosperous 2019!

Patrick S. Quinn, P.S.

Transmission Projects;
Union Sportsmen's Alliance

L.U. 113 (ees,em,i,mo&o), COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — On behalf of Local 113, I would like to wish you all a happy new year and hope you had an enjoyable holiday season. Some of the larger jobs in the area should be winding down soon, but we are hopeful for a great 2019!

We are proud to announce that late last summer Main Electric negotiated a sweet five-year contract with the Colorado Springs Utilities. This will enable us to keep a couple of outside crews busy for a very long time!

Our Outside Unit was extremely busy last year with over 70 linemen, groundmen, and apprentices working various transmission projects in the Eastern Plains as well as contracts in El Paso, Teller, and Park counties.

On Oct. 26, our local hosted its annual Union Sportsmen's Alliance fundraising dinner at the hall. Some 190 people enjoyed a top-notch dinner and we raised $50,000 for the Union Sportsmen's Alliance. In spring of 2019 we are looking to put the money raised to good work in the local community toward conservation projects. Consider attending this wonderful fundraiser in 2019 where we hope to double the participation.

Brian Putnam, P.S.


In 2018, IBEW Local 113 posted a large banner to send a message to Colorado Springs Utilities.

Active & Engaged Retirees

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR — The IBEW's founders as well as every member since have worked to protect our heritage through education and activism. Our local is fortunate to have many retirees who still attend unit meetings, local union events, and/or the monthly Retirees Club luncheon. As they gather to fellowship, share stories about the past, and inquire about the current state of our local, it is an amazing opportunity for us to recognize their commitment, hard work and unwavering support to the labor movement.

"We're fortunate to have such a long history," said Bus. Mgr. Travis Eri. "Our retirees put us in a great place to do the work necessary today. I'm thankful for their guidance, friendship and support as we continue efforts to fulfill our obligations under the IBEW Constitution."

If you're interested in joining the IBEW Local 125 Retirees Club, please call the local's business office at 503-262-9125. Terry Judkins is president of the club, which meets on the fourth Monday of every month. This is the same day that both the Executive Board and the Examining Board meet, which provides additional opportunities to visit with friends, staff and officers.

Marcy Grail, A.B.M.

2018 Election Wins —
Progress for Working People

L.U. 197 (em&i), BLOOMINGTON, IL — At the time of this writing, we were one week away from a very important election for union families. We were busy knocking on doors, educating the membership as well as the public on candidates who support our issues and paychecks. Leading up to the election, many people were participating in early voting, which was a good sign and we were hopeful that the candidates who support us would prevail. Here in Illinois the current governor, Bruce Rauner, has tried to weaken and harm us from his first day in office, and the voters in Illinois will send him back to the private sector where he belongs. [Editor's Note: In the November 2018 election, J.B. Pritzker was elected governor of Illinois.]

The local's referral process will be changing to a phone call-in system Jan. 1, 2019, so please pay attention to the changes. The referral rules are listed online at and every member should have received a notice in the mail.

We are staying on top of the solar permits that have passed the County Board and are hoping for an uptick in work in 2019. Two wind farms should be getting started as well. Thanks to those locals that have been putting our members to work, and thanks for our members who answer the call to help other locals. It is important that the IBEW can man the work.

We wish everyone a happy new year. Remember to get involved in the local and stay involved!

Mike Raikes, Pres.


Local 197 congratulates new members recently sworn into the IBEW: from left, Matt Kyrouac, Alex Dickey, Noah Johnson, Austin Eddy, Jason Funk and Reece Weber.

Newly Organized Members

L.U. 245 (govt,lctt,o,rtb&u), TOLEDO, OHIO — Welcome to 2019! It's a new year but some of the old problems persist. With only months left to make a final determination of the Davis Besse plant's future, there is still no clear answer as of press time. Local 245, along with Local 1413, continues to work toward a legislative solution.

Local 245 continues to monitor the Raycom/Grey Media merger and how it will affect WTOL Channel 11 and our members.

The Walleye Energy Plant (formerly Bayshore) has everything in place and is working well at the time of this writing.

Energy Delivery is currently going through diversity and innovation training, and a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) should be in place for a flame-resistant (FR) clothing allowance for 2019.

Negotiations with Nelson Tree have concluded as of press time, with a vote scheduled to take place soon.

Local 245 would like to welcome the NASA group to the IBEW; they are the newest group to be organized and under contract.

On the outside sector, work seems to be picking up and we need people.

On the social scene, Lisa Tracy and Amanda Parker are working on the details for our annual Walleye game, which is scheduled for Feb. 2. Those interested should call the hall to sign up.

Until next time, work safe and enjoy the new year!

Ray Zychowicz, P.S.

'Welcome, Brothers'

L.U. 269 (i&o), TRENTON, NJ — While the political cycle dominated the headlines, other events in our local occurred that deserve our attention. The local welcomed its most recent class of newly minted journeymen and journeywomen as they took their oath in front of the membership at a recent meeting. We hope they fully appreciate the opportunity afforded them by the IBEW to provide for themselves and their families while working safely and with dignity. If they do not realize it now, I'm sure they will in time. Good luck, brothers and sisters!

The Knights of Labor held their annual dinner in October. It was well-attended by brothers and sisters from trades all across the labor spectrum. The dinner honors those who give their heart and soul to the labor movement, and the event provides a well-deserved recognition to the selected individuals for their tireless effort and unwavering commitment to the labor movement.

And finally, the midterm elections came and went and the local dedicated its resources and manpower to help ensure that our labor-friendly candidates get elected. Our boots-on-the-ground approach helps keep our local relevant and reminds our adversaries of our commitment to defend our way of life.

Brian Jacoppo, P.S.


Local 269 apprentices work the phones during the 2018 midterm elections. Photo by Jim McMahon.

'Brotherhood & Dedication'

L.U. 313 (i&spa), WILMINGTON, DE — We hope you all had a nice holiday and are looking forward to another good year.

The tradition of our Local 313 Christmas Party is always a highlight of the holiday season. We all would like to give a big thank-you to Frank Clymer for being the "real" Santa Claus for almost as long as anyone can remember (31 years). So, thank you, Santa, for bringing joy to our members and their families. He is easily the most photographed electrician we have ever had.

The person who has taken the most pictures for 20 years or so is Vince Jankowski (pictured right). His passion for his craft and devotion to our local brings Vinny and his camera out to all our festivities. We greatly appreciate this act of brotherhood and dedication.

We also would like to acknowledge Richie Wagner for his pictures and contributions to the local over the years. So, thank you to Frank, Vinny and Richie.

Let's build on these examples and make 2019 a year to be full of union pride.

Bruce W. Esper, P.S.


Local 313 member Vince Jankowski, photographer.

'Involvement Has its Rewards'

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN — Happy new year, brothers and sisters!

Solidarity is the backbone of the Brotherhood. Membership involvement may be the backbone of a local union. Recently, four members of our local displayed their desire to leave the comfort zone and take the opportunity to promote the IBEW and also experience the NECA side of the industry. Sarah Koehler, Scott Schroepfer and Anthony Miner attended Construct Tomorrow job fairs. The Construct Tomorrow program provides high-school students information about apprenticeships and careers in the construction industry. It is a statewide program and partially sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Labor.

Eric Klassen and Scott Schroepfer attended the 2018 NECA National Convention in Philadelphia. They received a quick introduction to the role NECA contractors play in the IBEW/NECA relationship.

Make a new year's resolution to buy "Made in USA."

Tom Small, P.S.

Political Action is Key;
Project Labor Agreements

L.U. 351 (c,cs,i,it,lctt,mt,o,se,spa&t), FOLSOM, NJ — Members of Local 351 take election season very seriously. Leading up to the November 2018 midterm election, we were out in force every Saturday morning since Labor Day, participating in labor walks and phone banks in seven locations throughout our jurisdiction.

This is one of the reasons we are so successful in obtaining so many project labor agreements (PLAs) in our area. We currently have signed over 380 PLAs. Keep up the great work, brothers and sisters of Local 351.

On a sad note, it is with regret that I report the passing of an IBEW brother, George J. Fenwick III, former president of Local 351. George also served as business manager of former Local 211 before the local's merger. God bless him and his family.

Dan Cosner, B.M./F.S.


Local 351 members participate in a Saturday morning get-out-the-vote effort in Cherry Hill, NJ. U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, a Local 351 member, is in the second row, fifth from right.

Tribute to Strong Membership

L.U. 363 (catv,em,govt,i,t,u&ws), NEW CITY, NY — Happy new year to all from Local 363. This article is a shout-out to our great membership across the state of New York. Local 363 is a very diverse local with the many branches of our tree, which makes us all one.

Local 363 represents members employed by many towns, highway departments, public utilities, lighting manufacturers, major metal-container manufacturers, and even a publisher. Our local represents electricians, telephone workers, delivery workers, and electrical supply house workers.

Our local's style is the same for every branch and every group of members: Ensure our workers are treated fairly and compensated as best as possibly could be wherever they work. God bless Local 363 and our strong membership.

Sam Fratto, B.M.


Local 363 extends new year's greetings from the Rockland, NY, side of the new Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge, which replaces the old Tappan Zee Bridge.

LEJATC Director Retires

L.U. 369 (em,es,i,lctt,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), LOUISVILLE, KY — Steve Willinghurst, training director of the Louisville Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, is retiring after the 2018-'19 classes are completed.

Steve has guided the committee for 21 years, having watched more than 750 apprentices graduate and become journeyman wiremen. When asked what he is most proud of in those 21 years, he replied, "our growth." The LEJATC has come a long way in 21 years and Steve, his teachers and the apprentices all share in those accomplishments.

Steve believes the JATC is on a trajectory that will bring even more growth with new technologies and students looking not just for a job but also for a profession. The value of learning a trade, as an option in lieu of attending a four-year university, is increasingly recognized. There is a new type of thinking and a new type of apprentice applicant. And that will only help grow our industry.

Thank you, Steve, for your years of service. Godspeed to Steve Willinghurst.

Gene Holthouser, B.R.


Local 369 Bus. Mgr. Charlie Essex (left) congratulates LEJATC Dir. Steve Willinghurst.

IBEW Community Involvement

L.U. 375 (catv,ees,et,govt,i&mo), ALLENTOWN, PA — We are proud of our local's long history of being very involved in our community. One of our most recent projects was at the Bethlehem Community Fellowship Church. Our training director, Robert Franklin, and five apprentices worked on the community room to brighten it up. The work entailed removing the T12 fixtures and replacing them with state-of-the-art LED lights.

Soon we will be renovating the community room at Liberty Bell Church. The work there will include removing room dividers, installing conduit, and installing receptacles in the kitchen. We are excited to assist Liberty Bell Church in turning the corner to a new era as its rich history includes guarding the Liberty Bell, the nation's most famous symbol of freedom.

Along with our church work, we also are committed to cleaning up our streets. Twice a year, Bro. Craig Lesko, journeyman wireman, leads a team down Route 222 as part of the Adopt a Highway program. The most recent one was in November. We thank each and every member who gets involved to help make our beloved Lehigh Valley a better place to work and a better place to live as well.

Justin Grimshaw, A.B.M.


IBEW Local 375 contingent participates in Bethlehem Community Fellowship project: from left, Kevin Schartel, Christopher Phillips, Bradley Davis, Kyle Schaffer, Robert Franklin and Michael Xiques.

Work Picture Strong

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, IDAHO — With winter fast approaching here in southern Idaho, our work picture looks strong. Projects on both the eastern and western sides should keep our members busy throughout the winter months. The summer months have kept us busy with many unfilled calls being taken by new members. As our numbers overall increase, both regionally and nationally, I would like to ask that we all take the time on the job site to welcome these new brothers and sisters to a new way of life within the IBEW.

Congratulations to our recently retired brothers, Scott Scherbinske and Kirk Edge.

We pay tribute in memory of recently departed retired Bro. Michael Morgan, who will be truly missed. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends.

From all of us at Local 449, we hope all members and their families had a safe and happy holiday season.

Dan Green, Organizer/Mbr. Dev. Rep.

Success in Securing Work

L.U. 557 (i,mt,rts&spa), SAGINAW, MI — Local 557 has been fortunate enough to work on some significant projects in the area recently. In the summer of 2018, work hours reached the highest number they have been in quite some time. Saginaw, much like the state of Michigan as a whole, seems to be mounting a comeback. In 2018, members of Local 557 worked on a Meijer store remodel, two large-scale windfarms, and large-scale hospital projects — and the securing of work will continue into 2019.

Knowing what it takes to secure a project is one of the most important components for a local. Competition in the electrical industry is very tight, and encouraging aggressive bidding is the way to keep the work coming into the local. In 2019, Local 557 will work on four more high-profile projects including the new Saginaw County Jail, the Delta College Downtown Saginaw Center, a second Meijer store remodel, and the Saginaw Valley State University College of Business addition. Aggressively pursuing projects will continue to be a priority for the local.

Evan Allardyce, B.M./F.S.


On the job site at Local 557's Meijer remodel project: Joe Gomez (left), Bill Smith, Don McMall, Josh Williamsen, Ron Miner, Bob Dupuis, Troy Lapine and Coreyon Chandler.

Looking Back & Lighting
The Way Forward

L.U. 569 (i,mar,mt,rts&spa), SAN DIEGO, CA — 2018 was a year of great progress for IBEW 569 and our members!

First, we received a $3 million grant to build a new training facility in El Centro. The project is estimated to create 332 jobs.

Second, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that puts California on track toward 100 percent clean energy by 2045. IBEW members have built more than 1,600 megawatts of clean energy since 2002, and we're committed to strengthening our clean energy economy. Plus, we were successful in killing a bill that jeopardized more than 100,000 IBEW jobs.

And congratulations to our RENEW, Retirees Club and United Sparkies on getting chartered — all in 2018! And congratulations to our Bus. Mgr. Nick Segura for being honored as Labor Leader of the Year by the John Lyons Foundation.

Additionally, our IBEW Local 569 electricians wrapped the Sullivan Solar Power installation at Petco Park for the San Diego Padres. This solar system is reportedly the largest in Major League Baseball, said to be bigger than seven other systems combined.

We also had the largest turnout for our election season, union picnic, and Padres tailgate event.

2018 was a great year and we're heading into 2019 as a stronger local thanks to you and your hard work!

Gretchen Newsom, P.S./Organizer


In 2018, IBEW Local 569 saw the greatest participation of its members in an election season ever!

Apprentice Graduation Banquet

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Our annual Apprenticeship Graduation Banquet was held in September at the Marriott Pyramid. We had 11 graduating apprentices this year: Christopher Baker, Waylon Beebe, Rudolph Duerson, Carlos Garcia, James Maldonado, Zachary Martinez, Oscar Montes, Rigoberto Montoya Jr., Leonard Nious, James Robertson and Aaron Seymour. Congratulations to all the new journeymen.

This year we had two C.S. Mitchell award recipients: Michael Moya and David Salazar.

Thank you to JATC Dir. Hank Humiston and all of his staff for doing the usual great job.

Good wishes to everyone for a happy and prosperous new year.

Local 611 extends condolences to the families of members who recently passed away: Eduardo Gomez, Roy N. Hopwood, James H. Lowe and James R. Wade. Our brothers will be missed.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.

2018 Annual Fall Fest;
Tributes Honor Veterans

L.U. 617 (c,i,mo&st), SAN MATEO, CA — On Oct. 27, we held our third annual Veterans-Halloween Fall Fest. Costumed children and adults filled the union hall, as families gathered to enjoy a pancake breakfast. RENEW's Haunted House was open to the public this year and activities included movies, games, face painting, jumpers and a costume parade. It was a union family day filled with laughter. Thanks to all who make events like this possible.

Local 617 is committed to honor and respect the sacrifices made by our military veteran brothers and sisters. On Nov. 4, the Veterans Group and the EWMC helped set up the Menlo Park VA Annual Car Show and spent time with our disabled vets. On Nov. 11, our Motorcycle Cub and union members participated at a Veterans Day ceremony. The EWMC held its day of service at Legion Post 409. To all veterans who have served, you will never be forgotten.

Thanks to Bro. Steven Booker for all his hard work in organizing election season phone banking, precinct walks, school workshops and more. His work with the Labor Council and community has built bridges within our community.

Happy, healthy and safe new year!

Kenn Perfitt, P.S.


Local 617 IBEW Halloween pumpkin on display at fall festival.

Light the Night Walk;
Annual Golf Tournament

L.U. 625 (c,ees,em,i,it,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA — We recently lost the following members: Bro. Larry Connolly and Bro. Jack Pope. Our sympathy goes out to their families.

Congratulations to Bros. Kevin Myette, Stan MacCulloch and Rodger Grover on their recent retirement.

On Sept. 23, we had our Annual Golf Tournament, which was held at the Links at Penn Hills. We had 70 members in attendance. The weather was excellent, and the game was followed by a dinner and prizes.

We had our Annual Retirees Reunion on Oct. 13, which was held here at our Training Centre. There was a dinner and dancing, and all who attended had a wonderful time. Fifty-year service awards were presented to Bob Fader, Laurie Card and Murray Conrod.

On Oct. 27, we had members attend the Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The members raised over $1,000.

Brad Wood, B.R./Organizer

A Career of IBEW Service

L.U. 673 (catv,i,rts,spa,t&u), PAINESVILLE, OHIO — On Dec. 1, Bro. Danny Lastoria capped a 39-year IBEW career and retired as Local 673's business manager/financial secretary. One of the last to retire from the class of '82, he has always answered the call to serve his IBEW brothers and sisters. During his apprenticeship and as a young journeyman, he volunteered for political activity, picketing, house calls, or literature drops. He also stepped in as a job steward whenever called upon. Danny served on the E-Board from 1995-2001; as president from 2001-'04; as trustee on the ETA from 2001-'18; trustee of the local pension fund from 2001-present; Healthcare trustee, 2001-'08; and as Membership Development representative, 2004-'11. In 2011 he was elected Local 673 business manager.

With Danny's lifetime of dedicated IBEW service, I am proud to have served as his organizer, and to consider him a close friend and mentor. Most people in our local have been touched by Danny's generosity, integrity and hard work in some way. He is a stand-up guy and would give anyone the shirt off his back if they needed it.

A huge thank-you, Danny, from all your local brothers and sisters for your sacrifice though the years! Our organization is better thanks to your service.

I also welcome Bro. John Rusnak to his new position as Membership Development representative. With his varied experiences, between 16 years in the local and nearly 20 years in the Army, I am confident he will be an excellent fit as my new tool partner and have a seamless transition into his new role.

Dave Phillips, B.M./F.S.


Recently retired Local 673 Bus. Mgr. Danny Lastoria.

Annual 25-Year Club Dinner

L.U. 683 (i), COLUMBUS, OHIO — On Oct. 27, Local 683 hosted our 60th annual 25-Year Club Dinner held at the Hollywood Casino. This event is where Local 683 honors our members we have lost over the past year, our newly retired members, and members with 25 years of service. Over 500 members and guests enjoyed dinner and drinks while 25-Year Club Pres. John Grcic presented service pins and certificates.

Work in our jurisdiction continues to be strong! Thank you to the many travelers who have helped us man our work!

A special thank-you to longtime Treas. Kenny Dean for his many years of service. Bro. Dean has recently retired. Bro. Dan Sime was appointed treasurer to fulfill the remainder of the unexpired term.

Patrick Hook, Pres.


New 25-year members receive service pins at Local 683's 60th annual dinner. From left: Kerry Crampton, Dave Lipster, John Engle, Chris Croft, Eric Evans, Mike Chretien, Dave Maynard, Wayne Nutter and Scott Smetanko.

'Sisters of 697' Committee;
Family Fishing Day a Success

L.U. 697 (c,es,i,mt&se), GARY AND HAMMOND, IN — We are proud to have launched the "Sisters of 697" committee in February 2018. The women meet monthly, and we sent Sisters Kelly Carlson and Julianne Guidotti to the IBEW Women's Conference in June 2018. They are a part of 697 history, as this was the first time our local participated in the IBEW Women's Conference.

As they continued to gain traction, the Local 697 sisters decided to think outside the box with their first fundraising event. They created the first Local 697 Family Fishing Day and plan to make it an annual event. All of this year's proceeds benefited the family of Local 697 Bro. Chris Ortell. The event took place Sept. 22, 2018, and mother nature cooperated with a perfect, sunny fall Saturday for fishing. Local 697 had their own stocked pond at Fish-A-While Lakes in Griffith, IN, that the sisters set up with fundraising events which included fishing contests, raffles for gift baskets and a 50/50 drawing. Sister Jackie Darnell's son caught the biggest fish and won the Local 697 medal for 2018!

With the support of the membership, the Sisters of 697 raised over $7,000 for Bro. Ortell's family. You can view all the photos at in our photo gallery. The Sisters of 697 continue to be an asset to our local and have filed for their charter. Congratulations, sisters!

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


Sisters of Local 697, joined by Bro. Chris Ortell's young daughter, Britney Ortell.

Grove Street Memorial

L.U. 827 (catv&t), EAST WINDSOR, NJ — On Sept. 20 last year, Local 827 representatives, members and retirees, along with Verizon management, got together to unveil a memorial constructed at the Grove Street (Jersey City) garage.

Built entirely out of telephone poles by fellow Local 827 member and steward Keith Henning, the memorial bench, planter and pole memorialize three members who passed away (The Final Climb) while employed and working at the Grove Street garage.

Those departed members were Alvin Walker, Craig Andrew Benjamin and Vincent Drezek. The moving ceremony was attended by Hudson Unit representatives and included: Bus. Agent Thomas Kelly; chief stewards Andrew Newman and Patrick Glover; stewards Keith Henning, Frank Ferrante, Luis Sierra, Oscar Pannella and Nancy Davis. Also attending the ceremony were the families of our fallen members. More pictures from the memorial event can be seen on our Local 827 website at

Suzanne Wallin, R.S.


Memorial bench, planter and pole constructed to memorialize three fallen Local 827 members.

Political Action Volunteers;
JATC Graduation Ceremony

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL — Local 915 was a continual hub of activity during Florida's effort to elect labor-friendly candidates during the 2018 midterm elections. Our members who volunteered worked not only with the Central Labor Council on canvass walks and phone banks, but they also showed up in full force at our local union hall for our member-to-member phone banks. Each volunteer knows the importance of labor's voice in activism and showed solidarity in the process.

Florida's final election results, after the mandatory recounts, successfully overturned the Commissioner of Agriculture cabinet seat and secured a labor-endorsed state Senate seat and a House seat by the slimmest of margins. This only proves that every vote in every election is important and every vote does count.

The Tampa JATC held its completion ceremony in September with 26 apprentices graduating to journeyman status. A special recognition goes to Bro. Noe Rodriquez for perfect attendance for all five years. Bro. Jonathan Bernacki received the 5th year Outstanding Apprentice Award, as well as our local's unique Brad Felkner Award, both for showing outstanding leadership and aptitude throughout his program. Congratulations to all the graduates. We wish each of you a long and prosperous career.

Theresa King, R.S.


Local 915 volunteers at an IBEW member-to-member phone bank event held at the local union hall during 2018 midterm election season.

2018 Labor Day Picnic —
Celebrating Growth & Success

L.U. 1015 (em&i), WESLACO, TEXAS — IBEW Local 1015 is proud to announce that we have reached our 200-membership mark. Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Sergio A. Salinas is happy to share this great accomplishment with the entire IBEW. It's taken leadership and hard work to get the local to reach this great point in IBEW history.

IBEW Local 1015 started back in Aug. 10, 2002, with 23 members, who had a great vision to make this local into something that would stand out in the Rio Grande Valley. We have had several charter members retire by now and many can remember the good and bad times and the struggles it's taken to get here. IBEW Local 1015 is a shining star in the lower Rio Grande Valley and an example for all to follow.

Local 1015 celebrated 16 years of growth and success at our annual Labor Day Picnic held Sept. 2, 2018, for members and their families. Attendees enjoyed the great camaraderie and shared memories of all the good times. The event was held at the local water park in McAllen, Texas. We had great food for all to enjoy and lots of fun for the children.

Sergio A. Salinas, B.M./F.S.


At Local 1015's Labor Day picnic in September 2018.

Rebuilding After Hurricane

L.U. 1205 (em,govt,i&u), GAINESVILLE, FL — On Oct. 10 last year, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, Hurricane Michael made landfall in Mexico Beach, FL, with 15-plus feet of storm surge and left a path of destruction across Local 1205 that will be told for generations. The most intense hurricane to make landfall in the United States in the last quarter century has had a profound impact on the lives of our members and the whole community.

In the aftermath of the storm, the call to action was heard loud and clear by Bus. Mgr. Lanny Mathis, Glen McClure, Andy Starling, Kayla Kholemoos, David Barnett, Chris Medina and Matt Goodheart. They brought supplies, chainsaws, gas and the basic necessities that are hard to come by.

As our members begin to rebuild, we take solace in the fact that the losses are to property and not to people. The rebuild process will be long and arduous. However, with the help to the community on a local and national level, we can all make a difference in the lives of those impacted by this storm. The IBEW Unity Fund is one of the best resources available to those affected. Let's keep the fund strong so when disaster strikes we have a resource to turn to.

Local 1205 mourns the death of Letcher Worley of Hawthorne, FL. As an IBEW member, Letcher's skills went far beyond the technical. He was an assistant business agent, served on the Apprentice Committee, and was a steward on many jobs. Letcher believed in unions and the benefits of collective bargaining — and that was obvious to those who spent time working with him not only here in Local 1205, but also across the country.

Jonathan Howell, P.S.

IBEW Solidarity on Display

L.U. 1245 (catv,em,govt,lctt,o,t&u), VACAVILLE, CA — IBEW solidarity was on full display in Nevada during the November election. Together with our brothers and sisters from Las Vegas Local 396, and with support and assistance from 10 other IBEW locals, IBEW 1245 led the successful charge to defeat Question 3, a costly and risky ballot question that would have deregulated Nevada's energy market.

In October, 80 IBEW 1245 gas members provided mutual aid in Massachusetts, where they helped restore gas service for thousands of Columbia Gas customers who were impacted by the series of gas explosions that occurred in September. Companies from all over the country participated in the extensive effort, but the IBEW 1245 members from PG&E were recognized as one of the most productive groups.

Local 1245 members and retirees were hard-hit by the massive Camp Fire that tore through northern California in November. As of this writing, we are aware of at least 82 members who were displaced and/or lost their homes in the fire. The local is doing all it can to assist these brothers and sisters as they begin the arduous task of rebuilding their lives. Learn more and donate at

Local 1245 has also been busy organizing the massive influx of new line clearance tree trimmers coming into the jurisdiction as part of PG&E's wildfire-risk-reduction initiative. Many of these workers and the tree contractors that employ them have never had any contact with a union before. Getting them signed up with Local 1245 and teaching them about their new union rights is a herculean endeavor.

For the second time in five years, an IBEW 1245 team won first place overall at the annual International Lineman's Rodeo held near Kansas City, KS. The winning team, composed of PG&E linemen Dustin Curry, Jacob "Floppy" Hunt and Jordan Chene, beat out 219 other journeyman lineman teams from around the world to take home the big trophy.

The work picture in Outside Construction remains very strong with no end in sight for both California and Nevada. The series of wildfires this summer has left our jurisdiction with more work than imaginable and we are routinely running open calls, which we are posting regularly in the Outside Construction section of our website.

Rebecca Band, P.S.


Members from a dozen IBEW locals came together in October to help defeat Nevada ballot Question 3. Photo by John Storey.

Dedicated Career of Service

L.U. 1253 (i&mo), AUGUSTA, MAINE — Local 1253 wishes to express its gratitude and congratulations to Bro. Harry Lyons on his retirement.

Brother Lyons is a 42-year member of Local 1253 where he served on the Executive Board for a year before being appointed recording secretary. Harry served as recording secretary for over seven years while also serving as Local 1253's part-time training director for approximately 10 years. After a much-deserved break during the 2000s, Bro. Lyons finished his service to Local 1253 as our treasurer for the last eight years.

Enjoy your retirement, Harry — you earned it! Local 1253's Executive Board appointed Bro. Chris Stone to the position of treasurer. Thank you, Chris, for stepping up.

Chuck Fraser, B.M.


Local 1253's E-Board, from left: Chris Stone (new treasurer), Rick Morin, Lee Whitaker, Vice Pres. Chuck Young, retired treasurer Harry Lyons, Pres. Nick Paquet, Rec. Sec. Tim Fader and Mark Higgins.

'One of a Kind' Gas Turbine —
At Dicks Creek Site in Ohio

L.U. 1347 (ees,em&u), CINCINNATI, OHIO — We visited a "one of a kind" gas turbine located out of Monroe, Ohio, at the Dynegy/Vistra/Luminant site known as Dicks Creek. The utility operates and maintains this one-of-a-kind 110-megawatt gas turbine along with three other units of a more conventional style.

The "Bird Catcher," as it's known, has 10 LM-1500 jet engines, placed in a circle, that spin the 24-foot in diameter turbine blades, which turn the generator and power this massive unit. Built in 1965, it reportedly is only one of two ever built in the world. The other one was in France and is now gone, making the Ohio turbine the dinosaur that survived. The Dicks Creek site in Ohio continues to have plenty of visitors who come to take a look at this monster on a regular basis. It's really something to see. This unit also provides "black start" capabilities to provide power for other areas during system blackouts.

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


Local 1347 contingent visits site of "Bird Catcher" turbine: Bus. Mgr. Andrew Kirk (standing on lower rung of steps), office coordinator Rachel Glover, and Asst. Bus. Mgr. Kenny Gross.

International Lineman's Rodeo

L.U. 1393 (catv,lctt,o,t&u), INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The International Lineman's Rodeo is a fun and unique event that allows linemen from all over the world to display their skills and abilities in line work. The 2018 event was full of firsts. It was the first time that Local 1393 sponsored members to compete in the International Linemen's Rodeo. It was the first time that four apprentices were sponsored by Local 1393 and competed in the rodeo at Bonner Springs, KS.

All four apprentices placed within the top 10 of their divisions. Local 1393 member Drew Batty took first overall in the apprentice division for outside construction, and Colton Baird took second in the same division. This event was truly memorable for the hall and for those support-staff members (pictured right) who braved the cold, wet, muddy conditions to cheer on the competitors. Thanks to Buckingham Manufacturing Co. Inc. for the sponsorship and support.

The Rodeo Team also competed at the Whiskey City Rodeo in Lawrenceburg, IN, on Sept. 29, 2018. All these apprentices placed in the top 16, with Drew Batty taking first overall in the apprentice division.

These lineman rodeos represent so many things to many different people, but for those of us at Local 1393, these events are evidence that the politicians can give us the "right-to-work-for less," and we will choose the "right to work union"!

Robert C. Fox, B.M./F.S.


Local 1393 contingent at 2018 International Lineman's Rodeo. Front row, Drew Battty (left), Colton Baird, Clay Willis and Trent McQuay; back row, Bus. Mgr. Robert C. Fox, Randy Gardiner, Phil Jennings, Chris Wilson, Ethan Stoneciphler, Alex Vandonselaar and Steve Ybarra. Not pictured: Jarrett Rose.

Maryland Space Business
Roundtable Annual Luncheon

L.U. 1501 (ees,em,mo,pet,rts&t), BALTIMORE, MD — Recently, Bus. Mgr./Pres. Dion Guthrie attended the annual Maryland Space Business Roundtable luncheon at Martin's Catering in Greenbelt, MD. U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland was the guest speaker. It was extremely gratifying that Sen. Hollen was so well-informed on the issues we face at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where Local 1501 represents well over 200 IBEW members.

These IBEW members are now building the new James Webb Space Telescope, which will go 1.5 million kilometers into space. That is almost three times as far as the Hubble Space Telescope, which Local 1501 members also built.

The Maryland Space Business Roundtable is a nonprofit organization for aerospace and technology businesses, universities and individuals in Maryland, as well as the surrounding national capital region, that share a mutual interest in promoting a robust space community. The Roundtable provides a common ground for these companies and unions to meet, interact, learn and act on initiatives for future growth.

James Boyd, F.S./P.S.


U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (left) and IBEW Local 1501 Bus. Mgr./Pres. Dion F. Guthrie at the Maryland Space Business Roundtable luncheon.

Pinning Ceremony

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA — On Aug. 20, Local 1579 had a pinning celebration. IBEW service pins were presented for years of service ranging from five years to 70 years. Seventy-year member Lee Thompson is our longest-serving member. What a blessing to be able to serve this long. Bro. Thompson continues to serve the membership and, with his sharp memory, informs and entertains us by telling us about what happened in the local union decades before many of us were even born.

I would also like to mention that former business manager Ken Ward received his 50-year pin. I can't name everyone who received service pins but would like to congratulate all the members who recently received their pins. Thank you to all for your service.

Our work situation continues to be strong. We have work available for all our members as well as members from other locals. Thanks to all the travelers who are assisting us in manning our work.

Until next time, God bless.

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


Local 1579 Bus. Mgr. Will Salters (right) presents IBEW service awards to 70-year member Lee Thompson (center), and 50-year member and former business manager Ken Ward (left).

Contract Extension Ratified;
Update for Union Meetings

L.U. 1701 (catv,ees,i,o&u), OWENSBORO, KY — We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and is ready for what the new year brings.

After a lengthy negotiating session with Big River Electric, a one-year extension to our Generation Division Collective Bargaining Agreement was ratified. We will begin negotiations again in the summer with hopes of agreeing to a new three-year agreement.

We had our annual union picnic in September. The weather did not cooperate, but we made the best of it as always. We would like to thank all those who attended and especially all those who helped make it happen.

We would also like to report that we have moved our regular union meeting to the third Tuesday of each month, and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. This move was done to give the apprentices the opportunity to attend without missing on a school night.

In sadness, we report the passing of Bros. Richard Sampson, Samuel Daniel, William O'Bryan, Stephen Foster, Clarence Elder, John Wenzler, Darrell Sparks, Ted Nance, Tony Burch and Hunter Henderson. May they rest in peace.

Nathan M. Knott, B.R.


Some of the Local 1701 cooking crew assembles for a union event.

IBEW Utility Local's Work
Covers Many Square Miles

L.U. 1759 (u), CASPER, WY — Local 1759 is not a small local area-wise, as we cover four states: Colorado, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming. We have approximately 154 members working for the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA). Our business manager/president is Austin Pfeifer, and Ronnie Rogers is vice president. Executive Board members are: Justin Becker, Bill Hanks, Joe Haskins, Luke Wiedman and Tracy Merritt. Cody Kriewald is our financial secretary, and Jake Elwell is treasurer.

We also represent BOR operators in Mills, WY, who remotely operate 20 dams in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming from 5:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and 24 hours a day Friday through Sunday and holidays. Our other BOR members are electricians, communications and instrumentation mechanics, plant mechanics, powerplant operators, building repairmen, utilitymen, and laborers. Members at WAPA work throughout our jurisdiction, performing substation work, "high line" construction and maintenance. This includes journeyman linemen and converter technicians.

So, when you are on vacation next summer in our jurisdiction and you drive by a substation or dam, more than likely that facility is home of your brothers and sisters from IBEW Local 1759!

Tracy Merritt, E-Board/A.B.M.

'On the Fast Track With IBEW'

L.U. 2067 (o&u), REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA — Hobbies and pastimes are a great way to create work/life balance. IBEW Local 2067 encourages work/life balance, believing a good balance improves overall well-being.

Local 2067 member Bro. Gavin Dayman recently took his hobby to a new level, also providing an opportunity for Local 2067 promotion in the community. This past spring, Bro. Dayman jacked up his commitment to mud racing and the Canadian Mud Racing Organization (CMRO). This dedication meant he needed help for his team, Lucky Sevens Racing, to compete at the highest level in western Canada.

Enter IBEW Local 2067 (and other sponsors). Bro. Dayman secured sponsorship from Local 2067 Executive in return for visibility at CMRO and other events.

"The local became one of my primary sponsors, receiving event announcements and permanent decaling on the truck (Wild Child) and race trailer," stated Bro. Dayman. "It takes a surprising amount of finances to perform at such a high level for a summer. I couldn't have done so much without IBEW and other sponsors."

Accomplishments this season include: 1st place, 2nd place, and three 3rd place wins. Great results considering the top-two trucks both have larger engines and 15+ years' experience. Keep on truckin', Bro. Dayman.

Curtis Lizée, A.B.M.


Bro. Gavin Dayman piloting his IBEW Local 2067-sponsored truck, Wild Child, at Winnipeg Beach racetrack.

Kimberly-Clark Mill Projects

L.U. 2129 (mo), PRICHARD, AL — There is a lot going on in Local 2129 at the Kimberly-Clark Paper Mill in Mobile, AL. This past year, four E&I technicians retired. They were: George Schaffer (40 years of service); Randy Conner (34 years); James Kiper (21 years); and Eugene Threadgill (32 years of service). We wish them all a happy and well-deserved retirement for many years to come. With their retirement, opportunities open for others to come in to fill these positions.

Kimberly-Clark is investing over $200 million in the Mobile mill. We are in the process of building a new power generating plant that will supply steam and electricity to the mill. Also, a massive rebuild on one of the paper machines as well as associated converting equipment. All these investments will result in additional workers for IBEW.

These positions require knowledge of: electrical safety practices, general electricity, instrumentation, PLCs, A/C and D/C drives, and DCS systems. If you would like to be a part of our exciting workforce and an exciting and challenging job, you can send your resumé to IBEW has negotiated competitive wages, health insurance, and a 401(k) for its members.

Bruce McPherson, B.M.

'Welcome to New Members'

L.U. 2359 (u), CIRCLEVILLE, OHIO — Recent months brought some encouraging changes, continuing work, and sad goodbyes for Local 2359. Most prominent has been the increase of younger membership with several new apprentice linemen being brought into the union. This influx means that the next generation is in place to keep the IBEW strong and continue the benefits of IBEW membership.

In addition, our June election of officers resulted in new members being sworn in by Bus. Mgr. Dave McChesney. Welcomed to our ranks were Vice Pres. Justin Waugh and Fin. Sec. John Lawhead.

Several young members were also in attendance at the Fourth District Progress Meeting in July and got a chance to meet the leadership and experience the support that the Fourth District provides for our local members.

While we enjoy the addition of our new union members, Bus. Mgr. McChesney and int. Rep. Steve Crum continue to work on negotiating a new contract for our members at a southern Ohio co-op. At this writing, optimism is high that a contract will soon be worked out.

Lastly, Local 2359 bids a sad goodbye to former local president Larry Smith, who passed away in 2018. Rest in peace, brother.

Forever union strong! Union proud!

Lonnie Roberts, P.S.