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2019 Labor Leader Award

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa,st&ws), ST. LOUIS, MO — The distinguished St. Louis Irish fraternal organization, the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, honored IBEW Local 1 Bus. Mgr. Frank Jacobs with its 2019 labor leader of the year award.

He was recognized, along with civic leaders and first responders, at the March 7 event known as the "Judge James Dailey Wahl Memorial - Hoses, Handcuffs and Hardhats," held at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 union hall located at 2319 Chouteau Avenue in St. Louis.

Bro. Jacobs is a proud 37-year member of IBEW Local 1 and leads the over 7,000-member local union, which for 128 years has supplied the construction industry with the most highly skilled and safest electrical and communications workforce. In addition, he chairs The Electrical Connection, which is a partnership of IBEW Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, as well as the IBEW/NECA Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund, which oversees workforce training at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Training Center in St. Louis. He also serves on the board of the Regional Union Construction Center, which helps minority and women owners of union construction companies grow businesses via a structured program that helps them improve their business skills. Congratulations, Bro. Jacobs, for your service and dedication to IBEW Local 1 and labor!

We mourn the recent passing of several members: Paul Stevens, James Weller, Harry Kuhnert, Lee Ank, William Bennett, Roy Nelson, Lawrence Maddock Jr., Dominic Bauza, Richard D. Thompson Sr., Richard Dulie, Harold Griffin, David Wells, Paul Struttman, James Vierheller and James Osborn.

Jan Bresnan, P.S.


IBEW Local 1 Bus. Mgr. Frank Jacobs.

'New Job Opportunities'

L.U. 15 (u), DOWNERS GROVE, IL — Local 15 is excited about the new job opportunities available with ComEd. After a long negotiation we were able to agree on entry level positions within the company. The construction wireman (CW) positions will provide opportunities for the remaining internal members searching for jobs after the wrap up of the Automated Meter Installation Project. Next the positions will be offered to external candidates based on qualifications determined through an assessment and interview process. Once found eligible for hire, candidates will work as CWs assisting Overhead, Underground and Sub Station Construction departments. Entry level CWs will work with crews as laborers while learning what is expected of them should they decide to bid on and qualify for a job in the work group. Local 15 is happy to have an avenue into the local through employment at ComEd at the entry level again.

Local 15 members working in the nuclear stations were instrumental in keeping the plants running at full strength throughout the January cold snap. Temperatures dipped to negative 35 degrees with windchills of more than 50 below zero for approximately 36 hours. Congratulations to the Braidwood, Dresden, LaSalle, Quad Cities and Byron stations.

Sam Studer, P.S.

EHRC Awards Ceremony —
Honors for Training Program

L.U. 37 (em,o&u), FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA — At the annual awards ceremony hosted by the Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC), a number of individuals and organizations were recognized for their achievements as leaders in the electrical industry. The IBEW Local 37 Training Trust Fund (TTF) was one of them — receiving the 2018 Innovation in HR Practices Award of Excellence for an Educational / Training Institution. This award was established to acknowledge organizations that educate/train the next generation of employees for the electricity sector.

According to the EHRC evaluation committee, the IBEW Local 37 TTF is "an excellent example of a program designed to support and encourage training and people development ensuring their members future success in an ever-changing work environment."

The Local 37 Training Trust Fund recognized long ago that technical skills alone are not enough to be truly effective in the workplace. For almost 30 years, IBEW Local 37 has been providing learning opportunities to its members through the Training Trust Fund. With a board of trustees representing both union and employer partners, the TTF works to encourage a common goal: to support and encourage training and development activities that contribute to success in the workplace and career development.

Mary Williamson, A.B.M.


At EHRC awards ceremony, from left: Jim Kellett, EHRC chair; Kathy Lerette, board of director member; Michelle Branigan, EHRC CEO; Ross Galbraith, IBEW Local 37 business manager; and Ali Heighton, Local 37 TTF program coordinator.

Construction Season Update

L.U. 41 (em,es,govt,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NY — Happy spring! We had a bit of a longer winter this year but were fortunate to have work available in our nearby sister locals to help our out-of-work sisters and brothers keep earning a paycheck and continue to put money into their funds. Our construction season should bring us full employment again this year, with some projects lasting through the winter. The Buffalo airport, the Buffalo State College Science & Math building, and the Albright-Knox museum expansion and upgrades are a few of the projects that will continue into next year.

We welcome Shawn Creighton as the new Local 41 membership development coordinator. He has already hit the ground running and promises to give his best to the members of Local 41. Thank you, Shawn!

We are also looking for members to play for our local's softball team. We play against other union trades, so come out and earn bragging rights on the job or come meet new sisters and brothers. Our softball team picked up some momentum near the end of last season and hopes to continue our progress this year. Please contact me if you are interested in playing for the team.

Gregory R. Inglut, A.B.M.

IBEW Life Saving Award

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

Local 47 Bus. Mgr. and Seventh District IEC member Patrick Lavin presented journeyman lineman Devon Jared with the IBEW Life Saving Award at our outside construction meeting on Jan. 19. Bro. Devon came to the aid of a woman trapped in a rolled over vehicle and waited there for first responders to arrive. Bro. Devon's actions are a fine example of what the IBEW stands for. Congratulations, brother.

Anaheim bargaining continues for the new engineering group, and as well for UtiliQuest, Colton, and Irvine Ranch Water District with more bargaining dates scheduled at the time of this writing. Members ratified a contract for Southern California Edison (SCE) program writers, outage coordinators and schedulers; the ratification vote was held Feb. 22 and passed by 95 percent. Congratulations and welcome to all. There are ongoing issues with the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) and Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) regarding their attempt to steal IBEW Local 47's work.

Local 47's Steward & Safety Conference is June 21. The Local 47 golf tourney is July 19, and the Local 47 Family Picnic is Aug. 10.

We're sad to report the deaths of: Bros. Joseph Martinez, Russell Bomgardner, Richard Dorn, Thomas Laffoon, Frank Rios, Alejandro Venegas and Robert Stanley Avery.

Work safe & buy union!

Mitch Smith, P.S.


Local 47 Bus. Mgr. and Seventh District IEC member Patrick Lavin (right) presents IBEW Life Saving Award to journeyman lineman Bro. Devon Jared.

2018 Lineman's Rodeo Team;
Members Brave Brutal Weather

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,ptc,rtb,t,u&uow), SPRINGFIELD, IL — Local 51 journeyman lineman Ted Brinkoetter, along with Local 702 linemen Buck Rodgers and Jacob Carr, competed as a trio in an event at the 2018 International Lineman's Rodeo in Kansas City, MO. In the Journeyman Pole Climb event, the trio took first place. The team made it up and down the pole in a safe relay sprint in just under 28 seconds. The second-place team took 8 seconds longer. Congratulations to all!

In anticipation of 5G "small cell" technology, we recently trained 15 members who will now be able to install the next generation of mobile broadband.

At the time of this writing, the brutal blast of cold winter weather in Illinois had shown little sign of easing. The local appreciates the dedication of our members including those who work long hours outside on line, water, tree, gas, telephone, meter changing and coal yard crews, etc. Please continue to work safe and give 8 hours of work for 8 hours of pay.

Karlene Knisley, B.R.

'Welcome to New Members'

L.U. 71 (lctt,o&rtb), COLUMBUS, OHIO — The officers, staff and executive board would like to welcome all of our newest members as well as their families to the IBEW. A big thank-you to all our members for extending the olive branch to our new members and welcoming them with open arms. This is how you maintain a strong brotherhood. Equally important is to educate them about the union, safety rules, working conditions and the importance of attending union meetings. Because we are our brothers' keepers.

One of the objects of the IBEW is to organize all workers in the entire electrical industry, and I believe that this local union has taken that objective very seriously under the leadership of our Bus. Mgr. Bryan Stage. A rising tide lifts everyone. Work remains strong in all areas of work; contact Larry Moore for more information.

I would like to thank our retirees for their continued support of the local union. Their attendance at our union meetings shows the membership the commitment it takes to maintain a strong brotherhood. We all will forever be thankful to all for laying the groundwork for what we receive today.

May this year bring blessings to all. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Todd Kessler, V.P./A.B.M.

Active Membership Wins Organizing & Legislative Gains

L.U. 77 (lctt,mt,o,t&u), SEATTLE, WA — Greetings from the Pacific Northwest.

In the wake of Janus, Local 77 has been very proactive in engaging our membership through our "I'm In" campaign and our Volunteer Organizing Committee. Despite the potential negative impact of the Janus ruling, this has turned into a very successful internal organizing blitz.

Our recently established Women's Committee held a charitable dinner raising $15,000 for the Harborview Burn Center.

Through our Political Action Committee and legislative activity, we were successful in winning passage of the Move Over Law, which mandates drivers move over when utility workers are working on roadways.

We recently formed a veterans group as a grass-roots program to help military veterans in our local's jurisdiction transition into electrical industry trades.

Our SeaTac office hosted Smiles for Veterans, an event that provided free dental care for veterans in need. Breakfast and lunch were also provided at this event.

Executive Board member Helen Berglund was recognized for quick action and awareness at work when she encountered and assisted a senior citizen in need of lifesaving medical attention.

Rick Luiten, P.S.


Local 77 members working at the City of Ellensburg and Kittitas County PUD built a parade float, which won first place in the annual Ellensburg Labor Day parade.

Agenda to Advance Utility Workers' Interests

L.U. 97 (u), SYRACUSE, NY — It is legislative season in New York state and we would like to highlight the work that Bus. Mgr. Ted Skerpon is doing in the advancement of our local union's agenda as well as that of all utility locals in New York. As well as being our Local 97 business manager and president, Ted also serves as president of the Utility Labor Council of New York State. This association of IBEW utility locals was instrumental in winning passage of the Utility Worker Assault Law, making it a felony to assault one of our workers.

This year's agenda includes the following: support of the Climate Leadership Act with the inclusion of a utility labor representative to the Climate Action Council; support for the enabling language authorizing the New York Power Authority to design/build energy station projects including large scale renewables, provided that private utilities be given the same authority and that proper labor protections are enacted; and support for utility involvement in the construction and maintenance of fast electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations recently approved by the Public Service Commission. Additionally, lobbying continues for re-powering efforts for our dormant generating plants in Huntley, Dunkirk and elsewhere across the state.

Through these efforts we seek to ensure the security and prosperity of this generation and future generations of skilled IBEW utility workers. Thanks, Ted!

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

Solidarity Ride Benefit

L.U. 99 (govt&i), PROVIDENCE, RI — Every May since 2015, Local 99 has held a Solidarity Ride to raise money for a variety of community charities.

Last year's run had 200 bikes, with riders from locals all across the Northeast. We raised over $30,000 for three great organizations: Rhode Island Honor Flight, Rhode Island Military Organization, and the Rhode Island chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The Honor Flight sent Rhode Island military veterans (most of whom served in World War II) to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials and be honored for their service. The RI Military Organization operates the military lounge at T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island and assists veterans with various services.

This year's bike run will be May 19, rain or shine. This year's charities are: the Providence Canteen - First Responder Support; the Shriners Hospital for Children, Boston; and Rhode Island Cares, an opioid-recovery organization. After the ride, there will be a barbecue lunch and tons of raffles and entertainment. Check out the event on Facebook by searching "Solidarityride2019" or at our Local 99 website: All are welcome and encouraged to donate and participate!

Nicki Kent Scambio, P.S.

Classes Offered at JATC

L.U. 113 (ees,em,i,mo&o), COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — As you may know, Colorado changed the way we renew our Colorado State Electrical Licenses by requiring us to complete 24 hours of upgrade classes, also known as PDU classes. Of those class hours, eight of them must be on code changes.

Much of the information can be found on the Local 113 website at Class reservations can be made by calling John DeLuke or Francis Vigil at the JATC. Also consider keeping your certifications up to date, as many employers are requiring them to be recently completed.

Our local has lost far too many members this last year. Among the fallen were: Robert Menslage, Randall Newendyke, Bobby Phillips, Larry Foster, Isaac Arnold, Gary McKibben, Stephen Davis, Earl Garner, Thomas Weems, William Elliott, Donald Guier, Fred Warner and Joseph Collins. We are thankful for our brothers' service to the IBEW and they will be sorely missed but never forgotten. Our prayers go out to their families and friends.

Brian Putnam, P.S.

Membership Participation Strengthens Union Solidarity

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR — When was the last time you thought about our labor union? Specifically, our history and why it matters today? Do you think about what must be done to move our union forward and ensure future generations can enjoy the benefits of the union? You are critical to making that happen.

With all of the anti-union rhetoric in the world, employers' continued attempts to exercise management rights, reduced manpower, and a host of other challenges, it is extremely important that ALL members engage in organizing, educating, and communicating with new and existing members. Your business representative is a great resource, but there is no one more credible than you when talking with your colleagues. Let's work together and get better at introducing members to Local 125 and helping them become active.

Consider participating in our 2019 events — the Oregon Golf Classic, which benefits the Oregon Burn Center; the Pacific Northwest Lineman's Rodeo; and the IBEW Local 125 Annual Golf and Softball Tournaments. These are great opportunities to raise money for the Local 125 Brotherhood Fund and Oregon Burn Center, and to simply fellowship with your union family. Hope to see you at one of these great events.

Marcy Grail, A.B.M.

Apprentice Graduation Dinner;
Plant Construction Anticipated

L.U. 141 (ees,i,o&u), WHEELING, WV — On Jan. 19 this year, a dinner was held at the Wheeling Island Racetrack Casino to celebrate IBEW Local 141's graduating apprentice class of 2018. Congratulations to our newest group of journeyman wiremen for reaching this important milestone in their career: Brett Merryman, Ryan Balsei, Jacob Harris, Mike Snyder, Jesse Schroeder, Boone Robertson, Jesse Coen, John Keller, Bobby Bennett, Cody Cumpston, T.J. Ney, Brandon Rine, Jason Ashton and Buddy Varner.

Our work picture as of this writing is slow, with 28 members on Book 1. The area building trades have been eagerly awaiting the announcement by local government officials regarding the construction of a very large industrial facility, an ethane cracker, to be built in our area. The projected magnitude of this project will keep the tradespeople of our region working for several years.

IBEW Local 141 mourns the recent passing of the following brothers: Jim Kinnison, John P. McClellan, Jay Kuntz and Michael Fedzcak. May they rest in peace.

Kurt "Bug" Reed, P.S.


At Local 141 apprenticeship graduation celebration. Front row, seated: Brett Merryman, Ryan Balsei, John Keller, Mike Snyder, Jesse Schroeder, Boone Robertson. Back row: Jesse Coen, Jacob Harris, Bobby Bennett, Cody Cumpston, T.J. Ney, Brandon Rine, Jason Ashton. Not pictured: Buddy Varner.

'Freezin' For a Reason!'

L.U. 159 (i), MADISON, WI — On Feb. 16, with an outside temperature of 24 degrees Fahrenheit, five members of IBEW Local 159's Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers (RENEW) Committee — Pablo Baxter, David Boetcher, Kevin Bracken, Mitch Johnson and Josh Stern — jumped into the icy water of Lake Monona at Olin Park located in Madison, WI, to participate in the Polar Plunge. Together they raised $1,425 for Special Olympics Wisconsin. The money raised will be used for sports training, equipment, jerseys and anything athlete related.

Our RENEW Committee has been active with several events and outings. Earlier this year, the group organized a snowmobile outing up in Carter, WI. In March members volunteered with the Second Harvest Food Bank to help fight against hunger in south central Wisconsin by sorting and packing food donations, preparing backpacks for hungry children and assisting with special events.

Other planned activities this year include a Highway Clean-up project, Grill & Chill event, a Chicken Shoot, and the annual Tough Mudder outing. We are particularly proud of our growing IBEW Local 159 RENEW Committee and all they do to help and support our community.

Michael Grassy, B.M./F.S.


Local 159 RENEW committee members participate in Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin.

Contract Negotiations

L.U. 193 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL — Contract negotiations are pending for members employed by the state of Illinois Department of Central Management Services and the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

As of this writing, negotiations are underway for the St. John's Hospital contract.

The training program held classes for first aid and OSHA.

Good voter turnout recently put more worker-friendly representatives back in the Illinois State House. Our votes did count for a big win.

I must berate the "groundhog" that indicated we would get an early spring. We've seen no such thing as of this writing, with all of this unpleasant weather rolling in on Local 193.

The Beardstown Sewer District project has taken on a few journeyman wiremen and apprentices for work.

Our condolences go out to the families of the following members who passed away since our last article: Edward Maxey, Gregory Gilmore, Terry Marks and Gilbert L. Hunter. Gilbert Hunter was the second of three generations of IBEW Local 193 members, and he was a member for over 71 years.

Don Hudson, P.S.

New Projects Break Ground

L.U. 229 (em&i), YORK, PA — The 2019 work picture for Local 229 is strong. A new hospital project is underway and other specialty medical facilities are planned to break ground this spring. The York 2 Energy Center (Calpine) is in its finishing stages. Thank you to the countless travelers who helped man this challenging project over the past three years.

Securing projects and organizing our jurisdiction continues to be our highest priority. With more projects, contractors and members, we can secure better livelihoods for all electrical workers in our area. Organizer Edson Morales recently signed DM Electric LLC as a new signatory contractor. DM has already hired Local 229 members and is looking to target more work and grow its company.

Our JATC changed its name to the York Electrical Institute and is establishing a multi-school district pre-apprenticeship. YEI staff is diligently working to keep ahead of the needs for future electrical workers and reach aspiring young workers.

We would like to recognize our former business manager Matthew Paules, who accepted a position at the International Office as an international representative in the Construction & Maintenance Department. Thank you, Matt, for your hard work over the years on behalf of Local 229, and good luck in your new role.

Steve Selby, B.M./F.S.


Local 229 instructor Scott Brenneman (foreground) demonstrates conduit threading techniques to Red Lion High School pre-apprentice class. From left: Logan Axe, Boyd DuJack, Zak Keener, John Kunce, Cody Gotwalt, Spencer Barganier, Aiden Naugle (partially obscured) and Kohl Moore. Not pictured: Eli Storck.

Outside Construction Strong

L.U. 245 (govt,lctt,o,rtb&u), TOLEDO, OHIO — 2019 has gotten off to a good start for outside construction. We have more work than workers right now and more work on the horizon as the weather warms.

Contract negotiations have concluded with Hancock Wood Electric Cooperative and are continuing with the Rossford Fire Department. Negotiations for WTVG Channel 13 will start sometime this spring.

For the Davis-Besse nuclear power station, efforts are still underway to look for legislative relief to save the plant, as the latest agreement reached between First Energy Solutions and the creditors only keeps the plant open until May 2020.

Energy delivery members are staying at home so far this year after having a very busy 2018, with 10 trips to other First Energy properties for mutual assistance and two trips to other utilities. Their help was greatly appreciated by all that they served.

On the social scene, 389 members and their families attended the local's annual Toledo Walleye hockey game and dinner. Big thanks to Lisa Tracy and Amanda Parker for putting it together.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, Local 245 and Local 1413 jointly sponsored Code of Excellence and steward training for the stewards of both locals. Thanks to all those who took the time to attend. Knowledge is an important part of being a good steward.

Hopefully when you read this article spring is in the air. We had a terrible winter with snow, ice, wind and minus 40-degree wind chill factors. Even with these unfavorable conditions, we were a lot better off than much of the rest of the country. Until next time, work safe and stay warm.

Ray Zychowicz, P.S.


Int. Rep. Larry Neidig III (at back) teaches Code of Excellence as part of steward training at Local 245.

'Marching As One'

L.U. 269 (i&o), TRENTON, NJ — In a yearly celebration of culture and solidarity, local members gathered at three different locations on consecutive Saturdays to march in three separate St. Patrick's Day parades.

Brothers and sisters, along with family members, gathered in Mt. Holly and Hamilton, NJ, and also in Bucks County, PA, to participate in parades and show their pride in their union and their communities.

All parades were well attended both by organized labor and by the crowds lining the parade routes. Perhaps the biggest winners of the day were the kids who eagerly scooped up the candy being distributed by our members, with a little help from their own children. Smiling faces and cheers from the crowd were the order of the day as high spirits and good weather combined to help make each celebration one to remember.

Marching together, our members and their families were the epitome of pride and solidarity, proud to show their friends and neighbors in their communities what the IBEW is all about. Events such as these are (and should be) embraced by the local membership to show their true colors, and on St. Patrick's Day that color is green!

Brian Jacoppo, P.S.


A contingent of Local 269 members and their families march in 2019 St. Patrick's Day parade in Hamilton, NJ.

Graduation Ceremony & Service Awards Presentation

L.U. 291 (c,i,mo,o,rtb&rts), BOISE, IDAHO — As of this writing we are fresh off the completion of our annual Apprenticeship Commencement Ceremony & Years of Service Pin Celebration. Congratulations to our newest journeymen: Nicholas Brown, Joshua Craig, Ivan Grigorkiv, Dimitrios Gyfteas, John Nate, Eric Owen, Tanner Profitt, Reuben Royce, Jason Stevens and Marcus Stevens.

Years-of-service pin recipients this year totaled 207, including 60-year recipients Arthur Castagnola, Dell Ray and Theodore Marrone. (Regrettably, Bro. Marrone passed away just a few weeks prior to the awards ceremony and his award was accepted by his daughter and his granddaughter).

The annual ceremony was a great night out with all the sisters and brothers and their families.

The work picture remains good in the Treasure Valley area with near full employment, and we should be even busier by the time this article is published.

Our new JATC building is up and running with classrooms now completed and work continuing on the new labs.

This summer we will head into negotiations for two separate AT&T/DirecTV contracts, one for the Premise Technician unit and one for the Call Center unit.

Work safe and best wishes to all for a great summer!

Mark Zaleski, B.M.


Local 291 graduating apprentices, from left: Marcus Stevens, Jason Stevens, Reuben Royce, Tanner Profitt, Dimitrios Gyfteas, Ivan Grigorkiv and John Nate. Not pictured: Nicholas Brown and Joshua Craig.

IBEW Day at State Capitol —
Politically Active Membership

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN — Local 343 joined forces with other Minnesota IBEW locals to make our presence known at the state Capitol.

Nearly 40 local members — including local union staff, retirees, journeymen and apprentices — registered to attend the annual IBEW Day On the Hill event.

Our newly elected Democratic Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) Gov. Tim Walz welcomed the delegation, addressing us in the governors' reception room. Office visits were scheduled with our individual legislators, thus allowing us time to present the issues relevant to the future of our trade in Minnesota.

Face-to-face meetings can help build meaningful relationships with our politicians and elected public officials. Seven apprentices were in the mix. For some, it was their first IBEW Day On the Hill visit. Hopefully their positive experience will encourage more of their peers to join us next year. Today's apprentices are tomorrow's journeymen. Some of those journeymen will be the future leaders of Local 343.

Support American workers — buy Made In USA!

Tom Small, P.S.

Activities & Events

L.U. 347 (em,i,mt,rtb,rts&spa), DES MOINES, IOWA — There is always something happening at the union hall. Briefly, some of the highlights are listed here.

The Jolly Holiday Lights event was a great success as always. The community loves this Make-a-Wish fundraiser. Seventy-seven wishes were granted, and the event provides Local 347 members a way to show our appreciation to the community during the holiday season.

At the upcoming Pin Party, more than 16 brothers will receive IBEW service pins recognizing 50 or more years of service. We celebrate these brothers: William Rhodes, Richard Bird, Richard Fazio, Grant Harter, Philip Johnson, Wayne Jones, Ron Ballard, James Becker, Ronald Collins, George Fuller, Dennis Gurnsey, David Hamilton, David Hawkins, Walter Lee, William Rodger, Richard P. Smith and Craig E. Wallace. Talk about being in it for the long haul!

The RENEW (Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers) program has been established in our local with a charter from the I.O. This initiative fosters greater involvement and connection between members 35 and younger and the IBEW. This committee will be looking at the needs and concerns of those in this demographic and will attempt to address those issues with participation from all members with the focus on the young workers.

The Local 347 work picture looks strong for this summer. Data centers have been a big contributor to this position we find the local in. Other work is also abundant.

Upcoming events include the summer picnic on June 8, and the golf outing on July 13.

As the weather moderates, stay strong and stay safe. We're in this thing together.

Mike Schweiger, P.S.

Apprentices Volunteer —
Community Service Project

L.U. 351 (c,cs,i,it,lctt,mt,o,se,spa&t), FOLSOM, NJ — When Northfield Habitat for Humanity in Atlantic County, NJ, reached out to the building trades and asked for help in the renovation of a Habitat "ReStore" facility, Local 351 apprentices came out strong.

On Saturday, March 2, a group of 22 apprentices helped out by volunteering and working all day that weekend to get the project done. Thank you to all the apprentices for their hard work and assistance with community service. Keep up the great work.

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


A large contingent of Local 351 apprentices volunteered for a recent Habitat for Humanity project.

Strong Work Picture —
Membership is Growing

L.U. 441 (as,i&rts), SANTA ANA, CA — The year 2019 has been prosperous for the brothers and sisters here in Orange County as work continues to thrive throughout the area.

Larger projects like the Huntington Beach power plant and Disneyland expansion are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, where the new four-diamond hotels in Anaheim are starting to take shape. Membership has continued to grow to new heights as multiple Community Benefit Agreements have been negotiated with "local hire" provisions, meaning members are getting the chance to work close to home.

The early part of 2019 brings out some of the best family events the local participates in. Recently we enjoyed our first two with over 700 members and families attending the Monster Jam in February, and over 300 members and family attending the Anaheim Ducks game and after-game ice time in March.

We look toward continued prosperity as we approach contract negotiations for the Inside Wireman Agreement this summer.

Neal Lauzon, Pres./A.B.M.

Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, IDAHO — IBEW Local 449 turned out seven apprentices as journeyman inside wiremen this year. We congratulate the new journeyman wiremen: Kris Brangham, Wylie Casperson, Jaron Day, Justin Scholes, Sergio Tinoco, Josh Wilson and Cary Wise. We wish each of them a long and prosperous career.

Congratulations to our recently retired members, Michael Young and Richard Packard. Brothers, you have earned it and our best of wishes to all!

With regret we report the passing of a local member. In memoriam: Bro. Jerome "Jerry" Lange. He will be truly missed. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends.

Clay Hirning, A.B.M.

Plaque Presentation —
Longtime Career of Service

L.U. 459 (catv,ees,em,govt,mt,so&u), JOHNSTOWN, PA — In appreciation for his service to Local 459, former Executive Board chairman Bro. Joe Oliver was presented a plaque from the members of Local 459. Bro. Oliver retired as our E-Board chairman on Nov. 1, 2018.

Since he was initiated in 1985, Joe has been instrumental in the many successes of our local and a part of the many improvements made over the years. Joe has always made helping others and improving his community a priority, and he is always up to any challenge when asked.

Over the years he has served the membership as: delegate to the Central Labor Council; Executive Board member for five terms; shop steward; participant in Labor Walk events; strike assistance coordinator; board member of the United Way of Laurel Highlands; chairman of Local 459 Retiree Committee; chairman of Local 459 Scholarship Committee, and much more.

From the members of Local 459, thank you, Joe! Best wishes on your retirement.

Paul L. Cameron, B.M./F.S.


Local 459 former Executive Board member Joe Oliver (center) receives plaque presented by Pres. Tony Henry (left) and Bus. Mgr. Paul Cameron.

Service to Community;
Work Picture Improving

L.U. 531 (i), LAPORTE, IN — We have seen a slight slowdown in the amount of work locally over the winter, but by the time this publishes things should be back to full speed with school projects, residential jobs, another large hospital, and some large industrial projects beginning. It has been a seemingly long cold winter here in northwest Indiana, so we are all looking forward to some summertime activities. The golf outing and picnic are always popular events.

Our local tends to donate money to various causes, including support for political candidates who are labor friendly and for local charities that are important to the members. One such event took place recently for the special-needs students bowling tournament of the Kankakee Valley school system. That bowling tournament is a yearly event and it's very popular locally. Local 531 members from the Kerkes family represent Local 531 with their participation and the presentation of funds donated by the local union.

Jeremy Woolever, P.S.


Local 531 Pres. Gary Kohler (third from left) and three members of the Kerkes family, including Brad (second from left), Buster (fourth from left) and Chris Kerkes (second from right), present a donation at special-needs students bowling tournament fundraiser.

Political Action is Key —
A Voice for Working People

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM — March 16 was the last day of the New Mexico Legislature's 60-day legislative session for 2019.

A huge thanks to all the union brothers and sisters who showed up to support New Mexico House Bill 85. Currently there are 10 counties in New Mexico, as well as the village of Ruidoso, that have enacted so-called "right-to-work" laws. HB 85 would bar counties in New Mexico from enforcing local "right-to-work" ordinances. The bill passed the state House 43-23 and the state Senate 23-19. Thanks again to all the people who showed up to the Roundhouse to make the voice of working families heard.

As part of our ratified collective bargaining agreement, members are now required to take a Code of Excellence course every three years. If you want to sign up for a class, call the union hall to get registered.

On June 2, we will hold our IBEW Local 611 picnic. This year's picnic will be held at Cliff's Amusement Park.

Just a quick reminder to check your dues ticket regularly so you don't get behind on your dues. Also, remember that union meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month.

Local 611 extends condolences to the families and friends of members who recently passed away: Ray C. Raney Jr., Matthew G. Raymond, Howard W. Willis, Weldon E. Hambrick and Luciano F. Garcia.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.

2019 EWMC Conference;
Super Bowl Party a Success

L.U. 617 (c,i,mo&st), SAN MATEO, CA — Greetings, sisters and brothers.

Our work picture remains extremely busy in San Mateo County. Thanks to all the members and travelers who continue to uphold the IBEW Code of Excellence, which is about pride, craftsmanship, and ensuring a job is built right the first time.

The 29th Electrical Workers Minority Caucus Leadership Conference was held in Houston, Texas, on Jan. 17 - Jan. 20. Eleven delegates from Local 617 were among those who participated in activities such as: interactive skill-building workshops, plenary sessions, and youth, construction and professional caucuses. One of the most rewarding conference activities is the Day of Giving/Service, by which we contribute our skills to the surrounding communities. Much gratitude to all who attended.

On Sunday, Feb. 3, the Local 617 EWMC, RENEW and Veterans groups hosted a Super Bowl party at the union hall. Local members, travelers and their families cheered for their favorite team while enjoying arcade basketball and other games. On the menu was Tex-Mex food including tacos, refried beans, nachos and more. Everyone had a great time. Thanks to the hard-working members who organized and contributed to the success of this event.

Please be safe while on the job. Wishing the best to you and your families.

Kenn Perfitt, P.S.


Local 617 delegates and fellow participants at the 2019 EWMC Conference.

Training, Fundraising —
Safety & Solidarity

L.U. 627 (u), FORT PIERCE, FL — Greetings, brothers and sisters!

The local's 23rd Annual Ironman Fundraising Golf Tournament is fast approaching. We are expecting another sold-out event and look forward to hosting! This great event allows the local to support multiple youth-based charitable organizations throughout the Treasure Coast area.

Additional stewards-training classes are also on the horizon. Both initial and advanced stewards training is set to be offered in 2019! Knowledge, experience and training are the essential elements to a strong force of IBEW representatives.

Local 627 would like to congratulate and send out a huge thank-you to Bro. Mark Pierce. Bro. Pierce has accepted a position as assistant business manager. Mark's countless hours of dedication to this local are always appreciated! Congratulations to Sister Julia McClelland, who was appointed as Local 627 treasurer, and to Bro. Peter Allen, who was appointed System Council delegate. These appointments were made by the Executive Board, filling vacant positions.

Brothers and sisters, we ask that each member embrace the Behavior Based Safety/Total Safety Culture programs in our local and encourage participation. Be your "brother's keeper" and represent the Code of Excellence with pride, skill and solidarity!

Safety & solidarity always!

Fernando Salcedo, P.S.

IBEW Member Appointed To City Council in Columbus, Ohio

L.U. 683 (i), COLUMBUS, OHIO — Work in Local 683's jurisdiction continues to be strong! We currently have over 150 traveling members working out of our local. The work outlook for 2019 is not showing any signs of slowing down.

On Monday, Feb. 25, the Columbus City Council voted 6-0 to appoint IBEW Local 683 member Rob Dorans as its newest member. Rob has worked for ACT-OHIO, a subsidiary of the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council, since 2011. He became the organization's chief legal counsel in 2013.

"Columbus is at a watershed moment," said Dorans in his application letter. "The decisions made by our leaders over the next decade will dictate whether the prosperity of our city is shared with all of our community members. It is my hope to be part of the team that seizes these opportunities and works to address the challenges in front of us."

IBEW 683 congratulates Rob on his appointment to the City Council and wishes him luck in his work for the citizens of Columbus!

Patrick J. Hook, Pres.


IBEW Local 683 member Rob Dorans and wife Lauren.

RENEW Hosts 2nd Annual Drive To Benefit Children in Need

L.U. 697 (c,es,i,mt&se), GARY AND HAMMOND, IN — The Local 697 RENEW Committee hosted their annual IBEW 697 Holiday Diaper Drive in December to support the Nazareth Home.

The 697 RENEW Committee then started the new year by delivering 8,780 diapers along with 12,800 baby wipes to children in need. This was our second annual Holiday Diaper Drive and with the help of the Local 697 membership, we collected 2,500 more diapers and 2,500 more baby wipes than last year. Thank you to all the Local 697 members and their families who participated in making a difference for the children and staff at the Nazareth Home. For more information visit

Spring has sprung and so has the Local 697 Golf League. Play has begun at the time of this writing, and we are always looking for new players. For more information visit the IBEW 697 website or mobile app and click on "golf league" under Committees & Clubs.

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


Donations collected by the RENEW Committee for IBEW 697 Holiday Diaper Drive to support children in need.

Organizing Success at TVA —
SROs Win IBEW Representation

L.U. 765 (u), SHEFFIELD, AL — The IBEW Local 765 monthly meeting for February 2019 turned out to be a historic moment, not only for the IBEW but also for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

Following a long journey through the grievance process and ultimately through arbitration, the IBEW won the right to represent the Nuclear Unit supervisors at TVA.

Alan Prucha, a former naval officer and submariner, and Lagrant Maye, an ordained minister and former Division I NCAA quarterback, are now IBEW Local 765 Senior Reactor Operators; and Maye is SRO job steward. Bro. Prucha and Bro. Maye embody what the IBEW stands for. They chose to join Local 765 to help secure a workplace with standards, where everyone is treated fairly.

Local 765 Bus. Mgr. Mike Blakely said, "This is a historic moment in the history of TVA and the IBEW — the third nuclear site in the nation where Nuclear Unit supervisors can join the union." Local 765 is in the IBEW's IVP Fifth District and represents the annual (trades and labor) TVA employees at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant.

Mike Blakely, B.M./Pres.


Local 765 new members Alan Prucha (left) and Lagrant Maye are sworn in by Bus. Mgr. Mike Blakely.

70-Year Member Honored

L.U. 861 (i), LAKE CHARLES, LA — Retiree Daniel "Mike" Danahay Jr., at age 92, recently received his IBEW 70-year service pin. Bro. Danahay has the most years of service of any living member with Local 861. While going over the records, I thought about how much change our trade has undergone over the years. I wanted to hear about it from such a longtime member.

While visiting with Bro. Danahay, we went back to the time of earlier days gone by. Bro. Mike was introduced to the electrical field early in life because his father, Daniel M. Danahay Sr., was a member of Local 861. In the summer of 1943 and 1944, Bro. Mike was referred as an electrician's helper. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He began as an apprentice electrician through the JATC in 1947 and successfully completed the four-year program in 1951. He later became chairman of the JATC. He was an electrical foreman and general foreman for many years. He retired in 1988 with 41 years of active service here at Local 861. Bro. Danahay feels teamwork is the key to productivity. "A productive electrician is a productive neighbor in the community," he says. Bro. Danahay, thank you for your service!

Jesse Fontenot, Treas.


Among participants at Local 995 Leadership Training class were, from left: Tim Overmier, Lee Grayson, Darryl McGaha, Int. Rep. Rep Glenn Brannen, Joshua Newman, Marcus Hall, Rusty Browning, Greg Lavergne, Herman Etienne Jr., Luke St. Romain, Kevin Zylks, Ricky Gray Jr., John Green.

Leadership Training

L.U. 995 (i,lctt,o,rts&spa), BATON ROUGE, LA — On Jan. 31 this year, Local 995's officers and board members participated in a Local Union Leadership Training class. The class was led by Int. Reps. Glenn Brannen and Jeremy Sundeen.

Many brothers weighed in on the effectiveness and necessity of the training. Executive Board member Rusty Browning commended the brothers for attending the training. "I think it's a great thing and it says a lot about the commitment of these brothers to take time out of their busy lives to be better officers of Local 995," Browning said.

When asked if he felt the training was necessary, Executive Board member Darryl McGaha said, "Yes, training is essential for the survival of standards and for honing any craft, whether it is the craft of a journeyman wireman or the craft of a local union officer."

Vice Pres. Kevin Zylks stated, "This training was very helpful … it helped me understand the responsibility and duties that I have taken for my local union." Executive Board member John Green had this to say after attending the training: "I came away with a sense of the challenges that our union faces in the near future." Treas. Greg Lavergne's biggest take away from the class was: "The leaders of today must train the leaders of tomorrow."

Jason Dedon, B.M./F.S.


Local 861 award recipient Daniel Michael Danahay Jr. (center) with Bus. Mgr. Jeff Sanders (right) and Mayor of Sulphur, LA, Michael E. "Mike" Danahay (left).

Tribute for Longtime Career

L.U. 1015 (em&i), WESLACO, TEXAS — IBEW Local 1015 wants to send out a big Texas "salude" to our Bro. Pedro Lopez Jr., journeyman inside wireman. He has worked in the electrical field for 55 years and is a 20-year member.

Bro. Lopez is no stranger within Local 1015 — in fact he is widely respected and greatly appreciated as a dedicated, longtime member. He serves as Local 1015 vice president and is one of the local's charter members who had a dream for IBEW Local 1015.

At the premium age of 75 years young, Vice Pres. Lopez is our oldest active working member out on the jobsites, and he can match any of our younger apprentices any day regardless of the weather.

Bro. Lopez has helped train many of our union brothers, including Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Sergio A. Salinas, when he was an apprentice. In those early days, sleeping in your own car was a must on the jobsite. Bro. Lopez has worked on many different jobsite locations all across the United States. He has proudly served his country in the military. He was in the U.S. Army for four years and served an additional four years in the reserves.

Vice Pres. Lopez has a wise saying: "Would you like to eat beans or meat? Well, become an electrician — that is where the money is at to buy the meat."

Tammy Casas, P.S.


Local 1015 Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Sergio A. Salinas (left) congratulates Vice Pres. Pedro Lopez Jr. on his longtime IBEW career.

Organizing Gains at Altice;
Members Ratify WRS Contract

L.U. 1049 (lctt,o,u&uow), LONG ISLAND, NY — After a long and challenging organizing campaign, Altice (formerly Cablevision), agreed to card check recognition for field technician workers in the Bethpage and Freeport yards. As of this writing, we are enthusiastically preparing to negotiate a first contract. The new contract will cover approximately 120 new IBEW Local 1049 members.

In February we negotiated a new four-year agreement with Waste Recycling Solutions (WRS). The new agreement includes increases in wages and employer-funded medical benefits. The contract was overwhelmingly ratified by the membership by a 100 percent margin. As of this writing, our members who work for Mid Sun are working under a contract extension.

Bus. Mgr. Ronald Bauer has instituted new criteria for new shop stewards. These criteria include a new interview process, and training conducted by a representative from the International Office. For the past two years we have utilized the I.O. training to comprehensively train our stewards.

Help our Community Affairs Committee honor our military veterans. On Saturday, May 25, the committee will once again decorate the graves of our veterans at Calverton and Pinelawn Memorial Cemeteries. Please contact the union hall for more information.

See you at the next Local 1049 general meeting.

Thomas Dowling, R.S.

Politically Active Members Make Workers' Voices Heard

L.U. 1205 (em,govt,i&u), GAINESVILLE, FL — It is not uncommon in a so-called "right-to-work" state like Florida that our state legislature is actively working to undermine, weaken and even decertify labor unions. Fortunately, the Florida AFL-CIO is actively using its resources to combat legislation that may be detrimental to its members, by utilizing the Working Families Lobby Corps, an integral part of the state federation's political/legislative program. During legislative committee weeks and also during the legislature's general session, the Florida AFL-CIO puts out a call to all affiliated labor unions to send members who have a commitment to strengthen our locals, and are compelled to do something about it, to go to the state Capitol to make workers' voices heard.

We here at IBEW Local 1205 take up this call as often as we can. We take the necessary steps to hold our state senators' and representatives' feet to the fire. Meeting with legislators, face to face, is the single best way to have an impact on their decision making. We also go to committee meetings if there is a bill under consideration that has an effect on the working families of Florida. It is also a great opportunity to see exactly how the legislative process in the state of Florida works, and to make sure it's working for everyone.

Jonathan Howell, P.S.


IBEW Local 1205 Bus. Mgr. Lanny Mathis (back row, second from right) and labor contingent meet with Florida state Rep. Clovis Watson Jr. (front row, center). From left: Andy Starling, Jonathan Howell, Kayla Koehlmoos, state Rep. Watson, Bus. Mgr. Mathis, Heather Morris and Rowan Singelton.

Advocating for Members —
Working to Restore Service

L.U. 1245 (catv,em,govt,lctt,o,t&u), VACAVILLE, CA — On January 29, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) filed for bankruptcy, and IBEW Local 1245 has been working tirelessly to ensure our 12,000 members employed by the utility remain protected through the bankruptcy process. IBEW 1245 has successfully advocated for funding to ensure our members continue to receive paychecks. The union also nabbed a spot on the unsecured creditors committee, which has broad rights and responsibilities, including devising a reorganization plan for bankrupt companies and/or deciding what, if anything, should be liquidated. Additionally, the union has spoken out against the company's decision to cancel its short-term incentive plan (STIP) payments for 2018, as it presents significant hardship to several dozen IBEW 1245 members who are part of the STIP program. Local 1245 is endeavoring to correct misleading and erroneous news articles that make false claims, including a recent column that claimed splitting apart the company's gas and electric operations would increase customer safety. Local 1245 has opposed and will continue to oppose any sale or break-up of the company, as we firmly believe that our members, as well as the millions of customers in PG&E's service area, are best served through continuity.

Local 1245 is outraged to learn that the California Public Utilities Commission Safety Enforcement Division plans to make the names of many hourly employees (including numerous 1245 members) public in its upcoming report on how PG&E complies with requests to "locate and mark" underground facilities prior to excavation in the area. The Coalition of California Utility Employees, which IBEW 1245 is a part of, has filed an emergency motion with the PUC to amend this decision.

"Up until now, it has been standard operating procedure to redact the names of such workers, as it should be," stated Local 1245 Business Manager Tom Dalzell. "I want to make one thing perfectly clear: departing from this policy and releasing the names of people who are working hard to make the system safer puts them in immediate jeopardy and presents a general privacy concern that should not be taken lightly," Business Manager Dalzell stated.

IBEW 1245 members are still working around the clock to restore service in the areas impacted by the Camp Fire. This massive fire claimed the homes of 89 Local 1245 members, and thanks to several generous donations and support from the I.O., Local 1245 was able to issue $1,000 relief checks to each member who has been displaced.

The work picture in Outside Construction remains very strong with no end in sight for both California and Nevada. The ongoing efforts to harden the grid against wildfires has left our jurisdiction with a generation's worth of work, and we are routinely running open calls.

Rebecca Band, P.S.


An IBEW Local 1245 crew from Summit Construction works to harden the grid and make it more resilient in the face of increasingly frequent and severe wildfires. Photo by John Storey.

Code of Excellence

L.U. 1347 (ees,em&u), CINCINNATI, OHIO — The IBEW Code of Excellence program was recently launched at both of our Duke Energy power generation stations during the month of February.

The events were welcomed with optimism by both our membership and the management team. As with any newly launched program, there are some questions about how everything works. Our members are encouraged to keep an open mind and be receptive. We are hoping that with the implementation of this program, we might be able to see some positive changes in our working relationship between Local 1347 and Duke Energy. With both parties on board, there is sure to be an improved working relationship, leading to a stronger foundation between the two entities. As always, we will strive to provide the safest, most skilled, and most reliable workforce.

Ray Fowee, Pres.


From left: Mike Boots, Duke Energy production manager; IBEW Int. Rep. Larry Neidig III; Bret Riggins, Duke Energy plant manager; Local 1347 Bus. Mgr. Andrew Kirk; Local 1347 Pres. Ray Fowee; Executive Board member Lee McIntosh; and Asst. Bus. Mgr. Kenny Gross.

CPR Training Pays Off —
IBEW Member Saves a Life

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA — Local 1579 is very proud of 30-year member Jeff Munnerlyn. Bro. Munnerlyn went to work recently never expecting that he would make a huge difference in someone's life.

That day at work, a manager on the Parson's Salt Waste Project collapsed. Someone noticed and called for help. Bro. Munnerlyn along with two other co-workers answered the call and performed CPR until the paramedics arrived and took over. This heroic act most likely saved a life as there was no pulse when CPR was started. I am happy to report that the manager, after spending some time in the hospital, is now back at work and healthy as ever.

CPR is a class that we give often at Local 1579. I know we may rarely have to use it, but Bro. Munnerlyn is our reminder to keep our CPR up to date and be ready for whatever the situation.

Until next time, God bless.

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

Organizing Wins In Saskatchewan, Canada

L.U. 2067 (o&u), REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA — Score one more for the good guys! 2019 has already brought three more organizing wins in Saskatchewan.

Asst. Bus. Mgr. Drew McDonald has successfully certified three employers from Northern Saskatchewan: Peter Ballantyne Developments Limited Partnership/Peter Ballantyne Developments (1999) Ltd., Ptarmigan Line Solutions, and Ptarmigan Consulting.

All certification votes occurred in January of 2019, and all showed great support for IBEW representation. Peter Ballantyne employees voted 80% in favor of unionizing, while Ptarmigan Line and Ptarmigan Consulting were 100% in favor.

Peter Ballantyne provides contracted material handling and salvaging services for the provincial utility company. Ptarmigan Line Solutions typically performs utility-based smaller-scale Quality Assurance/Quality Inspection contract work. They also hold permits and provide safety/oversight for line tree-trimming work and oil testing in Northern Saskatchewan. Ptarmigan Consulting predominantly administers pre-employment PLT (power line technician training) for Northlands College as well as other PLT utility training services.

"While individually these aren't huge bargaining units, I am hopeful we will be able to prove ourselves with the Northern Saskatchewan communities and contractors," stated Bro. McDonald. "Northern Saskatchewan is a large area on the verge of huge growth, and major opportunities for further certification if we can establish trust and valuable representation."

Curtis Lizée, A.B.M.


IBEW Local 2067 logo.