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IBEW Lifesaving Award

L.U. 10 (u), JOHNSON CITY, NY — Bro. Matthew Huette was presented the IBEW Lifesaving Award by Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson at the Third District Progress Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

Matt Huette was on a rafting trip with friends on the Colorado River when they observed an unconscious kayaker who capsized upriver. Huette and his friends intercepted the kayaker by rowing across the river to him just before he floated past them. They then lifted him into their boat and called 911. They navigated the remainder of the rapids and arrived at the take-out point. Good job and congratulations, Bro. Huette!

At this writing, contract negotiations are ongoing at Steuben Electric Cooperative and at Watkins Glen for their first contract. Also, Local 10 members attended the RENEW/Next Gen Conference in St. Louis, MO.

Don Tuttel, P.S.


Third District Int. Vice Pres. Michael D. Welsh (left), IBEW Life Saving Award recipient Matthew Huette of Local 10, and Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson.

Labor Day Celebration;
December Anniversary Gala

L.U. 16 (i), EVANSVILLE, IN — The 133rd Labor Day Association's Celebration was held Aug. 30 through Sept. 2 at the Gibson County Fairgrounds in Princeton, Indiana. This year's festivities included free carnival rides, live music, contests, car shows, and a very well-attended parade, after which all of southern Indiana's IBEW locals shared a meal together. Congratulations to Camberlynn Schmidt for winning the Little Miss Pageant and to Jordan Nichole Beshears, who was named first runner-up in the Labor Day Queen Pageant, Miss Congeniality, and Miss Union Knowledge.

The hall would like to thank everyone who put together the first annual Cub Grub. Money from this event went to help the sick and needy and for a tombstone for one of the founding fathers, Harry S. Fisher.

On Dec. 13, 2019, Local 16 commemorates its 120th anniversary. This local has provided some of the most highly skilled electricians in the country. A gala is planned to recognize this significant milestone. It is hoped that while everyone is having a good time, they will take a moment to acknowledge the sacrifice and commitment given by so many who have made Local 16 the great organization it is today.

Donald P. Beavin, P.S.

Members Rally to Support Pension Bill H.R. 397

L.U. 24 (es,i&spa), BALTIMORE, MD — On July 10, Local 24 members and retirees rallied in Washington to protect our pensions. After a brief rally at the U.S. Capitol, we attended the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on H.R. 397. This bill would help troubled multi-employer pension plans while leaving healthy plans like ours alone. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support and has stalled in the Senate, proving once again that elections have consequences. [Editor's Note: To read more, see news articles "IBEW, Unions Rally to Keep Pension Promises" (July 11, 2019); and "IBEW Effort Helps Move 'Butch Lewis' Closer to Passage" (Aug. 9, 2019) posted on the IBEW website at]

The local held its 20th annual picnic on Sunday, Aug. 11. As always, the many volunteers made this day enjoyable for over 1,200 members, retirees and families who attended. Thank you to all for getting involved.

The Scholarship Golf Outing was Aug. 22 and thanks to the hard work of Sam Curreri, Mike Azzarello and all the sponsors, the local was able to award twenty $1,000 scholarships at the September meeting. Congratulations to all the winners. And remember, union wages helped make your future endeavors possible.

RENEW held its 2nd Annual Corn Hole Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 21. More than 60 participants attended and all had a great time. If you would like to get involved with RENEW, please contact the union hall.

Peter P. Demchuk, B.M.


IBEW Local 24 members rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to save our pensions.

Holiday Festivities;
Motorcycle Club Fundraiser

L.U. 26 (ees,em,es,govt,i&mt), WASHINGTON, DC — Happy holidays! I hope you have planned to enjoy some brotherhood/sisterhood by attending one of our December holiday parties/meetings. This year's schedule is as follows:

Front Royal party — Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, 134 Golf Club Drive, Front Royal, VA.

Roanoke party — Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., Hunting Hills Country Club, 5220 Hunting Hills Drive, Roanoke, VA.

Maryland membership meeting/party — Friday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m., Camelot by Martin's, 13901 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD.

The Electrical Workers Motorcycle Riders' Club held its 8th Annual Poker Run in Virginia on Saturday, Sept. 21, for the benefit of Special Love for Children with Cancer. Approximately 50 riders participated and over $18,000 was raised thanks to generous sponsors and participants! The Retirees held their annual crab feast Oct. 12 at Mike's Crabhouse in Riva, MD, and had their raffle drawing in November.

Best wishes to new retirees: Vernon N. Conley, John S. Hauck, Sergey Arutyunov, Richard R. Worch, Randy T. Donahue, Donald C. Reed, Walter D. Martin, Michael J. Dwyer, Michael D. Lynch, Kenneth M. Brant, Robert Wieczorek, Dennis M. Lamb, Michael F. Dugan, George F. Bryant, Vincent B. Young, Andre Tamo, Timothy R. Keister, David J. August, Dagoberto M. Bracamontes, Terry M. Bazemore, Thaddeus V. Gerardi, Marie E. Thomas, Paul R. McDuffey, Donald C. Hemmer Jr. and Bruce T. Taghinia Sr.

Several members passed away since our last article: David L. Bower, Keith A. Holt, Willie F. Smith, Shannon P. Lacy, Lawrence R. Williams Jr., Kyle E. Mishou, Banjerd B. Wongcharoenth, Daniel E. Pittman, Darin M. Logsdon and Steve J. Kemp. They will be missed.

George C. Hogan, B.M.

Annual Scroll Party

L.U. 38 (i), CLEVELAND, OHIO — We recently had our annual Scroll Party where we honored all of our apprentices who have completed their apprenticeships this year, and we also honored members who received their 50-, 55-, 60-, 65- and 70-year pins this year. It is a great event that honors those who helped build Local 38 and those who are its future. It was a pleasure to give pins to so many of the journeymen that I was an apprentice for and worked with over the years. It was a special privilege to award 70-year pins to two of our members, both of whom are World War II veterans — Orlando "Bill" Marzola and Don Jantonio.

The work outlook remains good as the massive Metro Hospital expansion is underway and more apartments are getting built in downtown Cleveland.

Dennis Meaney, B.M./F.S.


Local 38 Bus. Mgr. Dennis Meaney (center) presents 70-year membership pin and certificate to Orlando "Bill" Marzola (left). At right is Bill's son Bob Marzola, a 38-year member. Photo courtesy of member Ken Busch.

'That's a Wrap!' — 2019

L.U. 40 (em,i&mps), HOLLYWOOD, CA — Each year during the holidays, Local 40 holds its annual That's a Wrap! holiday event. This event provides an opportunity for active and retired members to reflect back and spend time with other members outside of the workplace. Longtime members receive their service pins, and the local recognizes members who have represented the IBEW with pride and helped the local achieve its goals.

At the holiday party, the local also congratulates the most recent graduating apprenticeship class of 2019. This year's Outstanding Apprentice of the Year is Kevin Valeros. Bro. Valeros has volunteered his time to help with the apprenticeship program and was instrumental in getting the RENEW program started. He recently was added on staff at Local 40 to help the local with its growing apprenticeship program, which is nearly four times the size it was just a few years ago.

We also congratulate our recently sworn in apprenticeship class, among the largest to date. With the swearing in of this class, Bro. Juan Rodriguez Jr., a fourth-generation member was sworn in. His grandfather, Bro. Lane Stewart, became a member of Local 40 in 1979. Bro. Stewart has served as an Executive Board member, treasurer and fifth-year instructor. We thank Bro. Stewart for his years of service and recognize his dedication. It is great to see the family tradition continue.

Local 40 wishes all our brothers and sisters a prosperous, happy holiday season, and urges members to give back to those in need during the holidays.

Stephan Davis, R.S.

Organizing Blitz a Success;
Activities & Upcoming Events

L.U. 46 (as,c,cs,em,es,et,i,mar,mo,mt,rtb,rts&st), SEATTLE, WA — Happy holidays from the officers and staff of Local 46! Please join us for our annual Retiree's Christmas Luncheon. For information, please contact the union hall.

IBEW Local 46 congratulates our 2019 apprenticeship program graduates! A total of 198 apprentices completed one of our three programs. This year we had 147 Inside Wire, 42 Limited Energy, and nine Residential Wire graduates. Please welcome these new journey-level workers.

Local 46 members participated in a number of events during the summer and fall. We had multiple organizing events, including an Organizing Blitz and Industry Night in June. Our annual Peninsula and Seattle picnics were well attended. The members along with their friends and families had a fantastic time! Our Motorcycle Club had some great rides, including rides to both picnics. The ride to the Seattle picnic had 14 bikes with 16 riders!

Local 46 will host a free Social Security 101 workshop on Saturday, Jan. 25, beginning at 10 a.m. This workshop is presented by the Social Security Administration with Kirk Larson, Washington public affairs specialist, as the speaker.

SME Inc. of Seattle is now a signatory contractor with Local 46! OZZ Electric Inc., headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Canada, acquired SME and signed with Local 46. Please welcome SME's 47 new IBEW Local 46 members!

Warren Shill, V.P.


Local 46's Motorcycle Club gets ready for their ride to the Seattle picnic in August.

Annual Picnic a Success

L.U. 68 (i), DENVER, CO — Greetings, brothers and sisters. On Aug. 17 the local held its annual picnic with over 750 members and their families in attendance. Congratulations to Nick Shelton, who was the winner of the horseshoe tournament this year (again)! The weather acted up a little bit, but overall it was a wonderful day. Thanks once again to everyone who volunteered and helped out. You helped to make it a success.

Make sure that you mark your calendars for the upcoming Christmas party. I have had conversations with "Mr. Clause," and he has assured me that he will be sure to arrive by noon on Dec. 14. Bring the family and have an enjoyable afternoon (admission with paid up dues receipt).

The political season never seems to slow down anymore. We are in the middle of several municipal elections in our jurisdiction. Every office is important and every vote matters. We must continue to ensure that the priorities and interests of labor and the working class are being represented.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of our recently deceased members: Thomas P. Childs, Hugh McCoy, Carl L. Chaney Littlejohn, Telesforo "J.R." Perez, Jay E. Gallegos, Paul E. Christofferson and James H. Kelly.

Morgan J. Buchanan, Pres.

Apprenticeship Graduation

L.U. 80 (i&o), NORFOLK, VA — August and September were busy months for Local 80. We had our apprenticeship graduation ceremony in which 11 apprentices graduated from the JATC program. The five years of commitment and determination have paid off. Congratulations to all our class of 2019 graduates: Patrick Mills, Joe Bertini, Jackson Miller, Adrian Crawford, Joey Weil, Chris Postema, Chris Hawk, Scott Richey, Kya Strempski, Walter Lee and Daniel Henry.

Patrick Mills received Top Apprentice and Perfect Attendance awards. Joe Bertini and Jackson Miller also got awards for perfect attendance.

At the September union meeting, we had our Service Pins Award Presentation. The years of service for honorees ranged from 25 years to 70 years It was delightful to see some of our brothers and sisters who we haven't seen in a while show up to the meeting to receive their service pin.

To all our brothers and sisters, continue to work safe, stay active in your local and continue the solidarity.

Wil Morris, A.B.M.


Local 80 congratulates class of 2019 apprenticeship graduates.

'Season's Greetings'

L.U. 90 (i), NEW HAVEN, CT — Local 90 held its annual retirement dinner on Nov. 17 this year. The retired members honored that night were: Gary Kraemer, Dana Mcarthy, Richard Pecoraro, Carl Riccitelli, Joseph Spaziante, Irwin Stockman, William Tsoukalas, Kevin Walsh, Robert Woytowich, Gerald Anziano, James Candela, Henry Cooper, James Fiora, Stacy Juan and Richard Fiora. Three members were recognized for 25 years of service: Anthony Formica, Alfred Petrillo and Eddy Ventura. Congratulations to the retirees and the 25-year pin recipients!

Work in our jurisdiction remains steady, with some projects at Yale University finishing. Yale University has several projects ready to start in 2020.

Work is underway at the South Yard Assembly Building, at the General Dynamics electric boat yard in Groton, CT.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Bro. Clifford O'Connell! He received a kidney from a live donor. At the time of this writing, he is home recovering. I thank everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers for our brother!

Bus. Mgr. Sean Daly would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

John Bellemare, Pres./B.A.

'Proud to Help Our Veterans'

L.U. 102 (em,govt,i,mt,o&ws) PATERSON, NJ — A chance encounter between Project Help's Exec. Dir. Sandy Mitchell and IBEW Local 102 Treas. Dave Fiore led to the decision for our local to support the veterans charity through our annual IBEW Bike Run and Cruise In.

The event, held on the hottest day of the year, took off with a roar of Harley Davidson bikes and ended at our Parsippany headquarters. Not unexpectedly, the heat led to fewer participants than in years past, but that didn't dampen the high spirits of the riders. With fantastic food, awesome raffles, and music playing to keep the crowd moving, our volunteers worked through the heat to ensure that everyone had a great time.

The total amount raised for Project Help was $33,750. Project Help is a grassroots, all-volunteer charity and every dollar directly aids New Jersey veterans and their families. Sandy Mitchell was nearly brought to tears as she received the check saying it was a game changer for Project Help. While we appreciate the kind words, it's people like Sandy who are the game changers touching the lives of our veterans every day. If you'd like to know more about Project Help, visit the organization's website at

Bernie Corrigan, Pres.


Local 102 Treas. Dave Fiore (left), Project Help Exec. Dir. Sandy Mitchell, Local 102 Bus. Rep. Mike Scotto and Local 102 Pres. Bernie Corrigan.

Five-Year Contract Ratified

L.U. 108 (ees,em,es,lctt,mar,mt,rtb,rts,s,spa,t&u), TAMPA, FL — Local 108 began contract proposal discussions several months prior to a 2019 contract deadline. The journey to a final agreement lasted nearly a year and promoted positive relationships with Emera, our new company.

Bus. Mgr. Doug Bowden led the charge to a five-year contractual agreement. (See accompanying photo.) During the negotiation process, Bus. Mgr. Bowden encouraged Local 108 members to embrace solidarity by wearing red IBEW shirts on Mondays and Fridays. The statement of solidarity brought an empowering mindset of professionalism to our workforce. IBEW members voted for a new contract, with the vast majority of the body in favor of the 5-year agreement.

The future looks bright for Local 108. We were very fortunate to have dedicated committee members who invested their time and experience during the long and eventful negotiation process. Now that the dust has finally settled, we anticipate a very positive future for Local 108.

James "Bruce" Bailey, P.S.


Local 108 members ratified a new five-year contract with Emera.

A Focus on Organizing

L.U. 130 (i), NEW ORLEANS, LA — Local 130 takes organizing seriously. The New Orleans Building Trades and Local 130 are working together hand billing jobs every week. The latest tool in their arsenal is a 15-foot blow-up "Fat Cat." The Fat Cat is displayed in front of target jobs, symbolizing the greed of open-shop contractors who will do anything to stuff their pockets at the expense of their workers.

Local 130 Pres./Organizer Ernest "Corky" Cortez and Political Dir./Organizer Rodney Wallis are always investigating ways to promote the IBEW and unions in general. They are experimenting with geo-fencing, a digital phone format that sends IBEW advertisements to all cell phones in a predetermined geographical area during specified times. Corky recently noted that while doing internet searches for electrical jobs in our jurisdiction, the IBEW and apprenticeship logos or links were not present. He is currently consulting with our State Organizing Coordinator Dwayne "Tink" Reeves, who has brought this knowledge to our top tier for advice. The mission is to make sure we have presence in all available public media to educate everyone. [*Editor's Note: To read more about IBEW organizing, see news article "The Future of Organizing: New Technology Builds on the Tried and True," published in the June 2019 issue of The Electrical Worker and posted on the IBEW website at]

Our apprenticeship program has moved back to night classes. We renovated the school and purchased and set up new equipment and tools. Night school has allowed us to increase the number of instructors from two to nine.

Our AFL-CIO Labor Day Picnic was a huge success with about 1,800 members attending. Greater New Orleans AFL-CIO Pres. Robert "Tiger Hammond III, former Local 130 business manager, was host and MC. He conducted the raffles and introduced our political friends, including Gov. John Bel Edwards.

At this writing, we were working to get out the vote to reelect our friend Gov. John Bel Edwards. [*Editor's Note: As this publication went to press, a runoff election for governor was scheduled for Nov. 16, 2019. To read more, see news story "In Louisiana, an IBEW Friend in the Governor's Mansion," posted Oct. 11, 2019, on the IBEW website at]

Billy Buckel, P.S.


IBEW Local 130 and the New Orleans Building Trades conduct hand billing and display 15-foot "Fat Cat" in front of a non-union construction site that recently collapsed in New Orleans.

Local Hosts 2019 Membership Development Conference

L.U. 134 (catv,em,govt,i,mt,rtb,rts,spa&t), CHICAGO, IL — IBEW Local 134 hosted the IBEW Membership Development Conference for the third year in a row. This is the second largest conference outside of the International Convention. Thrilled to learn the IBEW has seen membership growth for the sixth consecutive year. The conference was very well attended with approximately 1,500 IBEW business managers, agents and organizers in town for the event.

While in town, the Membership Development Conference attendees were given the opportunity to attend a Chicago White Sox game. They were first invited to IBEW Local 134 to attend a Chicago-style tailgate party, where approximately 1,000 members enjoyed Chicago-style Italian beef and sausage sandwiches. They were then transported to Guarantee Rate Field, where they saw Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson throw out the first pitch.

Kevin Connolly, R.S.


IBEW Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson throws out the first pitch at Chicago White Sox game.

Projects Underway;
Book Scholarships Awarded

L.U. 146 (ei,i&rts), DECATUR, IL — Let's get the bad news out of the way. First of all, we have lost four valuable members. We regret to report that the following members passed away: Dave Robison, who was age 62 and a 39-year member; Terry Danaha, 84 (64-year member); Charles Strange, 64 (19-year member); and Stephen Fisher, 73 (50-year member). We all extend our condolences to their families and will always remember these awesome individuals.

The other bad news is that Vistra Energy is retiring Coffeen Power Station by the end of 2019.

On the bright side, a drawing for five $500 book scholarships for apprentices was held at the August meeting. The lucky winners were: Tera Kapraun (1st year apprentice); Lance Hunt (2nd year apprentice); Cory Meyer (3rd year); Mike Dougherty (4th year); and Sean Still (5th year apprentice).

Our John V. Workman Steak Fry was held in early October and our Christmas party will be in early December.

We've had a pretty successful 2019 with projects still surfacing. The Mueller Foundry project has begun, and at least two wind-tower projects are on the horizon, along with our fertilizer plant project.

Steven L. Tilford, R.S.

'Happy Holidays'

L.U. 150 (es,i,rts&spa), WAUKEGAN, IL — 2019 is drawing to a close. We enjoyed our local picnic with lots of time for us to visit with old friends.

The golf outing was rained out on the initial date and it was quite cold and windy on the second date; but a good time was had by all who showed up and participated. We had some great food and refreshments followed by our raffle.

It is hard to miss the insane state of politics in our country and its effect on the entire globe. But it is important to follow these happenings, as they affect each and every one of us. We are living in dangerous times within our own country. We must take corrective action at the polls.

This year we lost the following members: David Ackland Jr., Perry Baker, John Boghosian, Ken Breitung, Richard Klemp Sr., Bud Otterness, Domenic Rivi, Ray Shebesta, Scott Stickel, and Ken Taylor. I worked with almost every one of these men — good, stand-up people. We thank them for their many years of service on behalf of IBEW Local 150 and wish them Godspeed.

Best wishes to the membership for a safe and joyous holiday season and a good year in 2020.

Wendy J. Cordts, P.S.

100th Anniversary Celebration

L.U. 158 (i,it,mar,mt&spa), GREEN BAY, WI — Local 158 celebrated our 100th anniversary at our yearly banquet on April 27. The party was held in the Atrium at historic Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers.

Over 700 people attended the celebration. Several dignitaries were present to extend congratulations and address attendees. The highlight of the night was receiving our framed 100th anniversary commemorative plaque presented by Int. President Lonnie R. Stephenson, who gave a very special speech (big Packer fan). Sixth District Int. Vice Pres. David J. Ruhmkorff also gave a nice speech. The members greatly appreciated that these two gentlemen took the time from their busy schedules to join us.

Probably our biggest surprise guest of the night was newly elected Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers. We were fortunate to have the governor help us celebrate our anniversary. He had the people on their feet. The governor said he had a great time. State Sen. Dave Hansen from Green Bay spoke and presented me with a State of Wisconsin honorary citation plaque issued by the state Legislature. The citation was co-authored by Sen. Hansen and state Rep. Staush Gruszynski. Subsequently, Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich gave his congratulatory speech. Wisconsin AFL-CIO Pres. Stephanie Bloomingdale finished up the speeches with her best wishes.

The local's apprentices, retirees and veterans were recognized at the banquet as well. Int. Pres. Stephenson joined me in presenting years-of-service pins to eligible members present. After the festivities, attendees danced and enjoyed the music of The Milwaukee Toolshed Band. What an awesome night.

Donald C. Allen, B.M.


Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson (left) presents Local 158 Bus. Mgr. Don Allen with the local's 100th anniversary plaque.

Appreciation to Members For Year of Success in 2019

L.U. 164 (c,em,i,o&t), JERSEY CITY, NJ — As we come to the close of another year, we take time to reflect on and give thanks for the prosperous and productive year we have had.

Bus. Mgr. Dan Gumble, and Pres. Tom Sullivan would like to thank the members of Local 164 for their hard work, dedication and professionalism throughout the year that helped make 2019 so successful. They, along with the rest of the officers and staff of Local 164 wish our fellow members, as well as all of our IBEW brothers and sisters and all of their families, a merry Christmas, happy holidays and very happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Here's to making 2020 our best year yet.

Warren Becker, V.P.

Strength in Solidarity

L.U. 236 (catv,ees,govt,i,mo,rtb&t), ALBANY, NY — The annual observance of Labor Day should remind us that we all are a part of something larger than ourselves. It is the collective effort of so many members in organized labor that allows us to continue the fight to preserve the middle class. The Local 236 membership turned out in record numbers at this year's Labor Day parade, showing just how much that fight means to them!

Labor also turned out in impressive numbers to support the recently unionized nurses at Albany Medical Center during a recent rally. The overwhelming support from the many other local unions was inspiring and empowering. It is incredible what can be achieved when you really are "Union Strong."

Our work picture at this writing is seeing the usual autumn slowdown, but calls are still trickling in. We are eagerly awaiting some good news from a few larger projects scheduled to build in the area.

Thanks to everyone who has been a part of Local 236. We strive to make it a better place for electricians to be every day.

Mike Martell, Exec. Board


Local 236 organizer Kevin Fuller with his daughters Ava and Giuliana, wearing their "Rosie the Riveter" outfits at the Labor Day parade on Sept. 6.

Service Pin Recipients

L.U. 278 (em,govt,i&o), CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — At the Local 278 union meeting on Sept. 24, retirees were presented with IBEW service awards for their longtime service.

There was a great turnout celebrating honorees in attendance for their 50, 55, 60, and 65 years of IBEW service, wisdom and brotherhood. Congratulations to our brothers present receiving pins for these years of membership and loyalty.

At the meeting, a swearing in of new members took place also. Welcome and congratulations to all.

Union proud, union strong! Stronger together, stronger united!

Sandy De Leon, Treas.


At Local 278 service pin presentation at September union meeting, retirees were honored for their longtime service.

Organizing Successes

L.U. 280 (c,ees,em,es,i,mo,mt,rts&st), SALEM, OR — Local 280 has been powering forward with organizing.

In the last two months we have had multiple member-to-future-member door knocking blitzes, one in Salem and another in Eugene.

Each campaign has ended in a successful Industry Night/Job Fair. This would not have been possible without the volunteers from our membership, sister locals and Ninth District leadership. A personal thank-you to neighboring locals and Washington state locals' business managers for their help letting us utilize their organizers. Local 280's growth is due to cooperation throughout the IBEW.

While the thanks are flowing, a special shout out to Int. Rep. Greg Boyd for his energy and, locally, to Eric "The Dragon" Hayes for constantly keeping after me and my staff. My reward is new members who thank me later and wonder why they didn't do this sooner. Welcome, brothers and sisters!

Drew Lindsey, B.M./F.S.


At a Local 280 Job Fair in Salem, OR.

'Local 288 Reporting'

L.U. 288 (i,rts,spa&u), WATERLOO, IOWA — Things are happening in Local 288 these days. Yes, it has been many years since our last article, but we are kicking and growing with full employment and open calls; more importantly, we need help manning the wind tower projects.

Currently, there is over $600 million in projects to be awarded in the next two to six months on some very sizable projects. We are looking forward to a very busy couple of years here in Local 288.

Our community services outreach was again in full swing this year.

The first weekend in August, Local 288 members donate their time to set up the temporary power for the Iowa Irish Fest. This year was the 13th year for the festival, which had over 45,000 people attending in downtown Waterloo. If you missed it, we had an IBEW Hour Power video done at the 9th Annual Irish Fest, and you can see it at

The easiest way to show off the best of the IBEW is by donating your time for something that benefits the community. The power of the IBEW!

Rich Kurtenbach, A.B.M./Organizer


Local 288 volunteers set up power for the Iowa Irish Fest. Back row: Aaron Glidewell, Ben Simmens, Josh Northness, Chris Schlafer, Jason Sundt, Austin Hall, Jim Hageman, Cole Kurtenbach, Brad Rasmussen, Rich Kurtenbach. Front row: Ryan Pagel, Jesse Billings, Reed Clabby, Tom Posusta, Trevor Denney and Michael Busma. Not pictured: Rick Hurtado and Curtis Baumgartner.

Annual 'Old Timers' Dinner;
Welcome to New Apprentices

L.U. 302 (i,rts&spa) MARTINEZ, CA — The annual 'Old Timers' Dinner was held Friday, Sept. 6, this year and three of our members received their 70-year pins! Congratulations to Bros. Sherman Beals, Glade Gaffney and Harold Sloper (pictured) on their many years in the IBEW.

We also bid a warm welcome to our first-year apprenticeship class, who have all been sent out to work as of September. Our new apprentice inside wiremen are: Jonathan Belden, Alysia Blakeman, Brandon Borja, Christopher Broadnax, Jessica Bryant, Phon Chanthanasak, Henry Cruz, Joseph Cruz, Mikayla Ducey, Daniel Echeverria, Shane Giracca, Joseph Jensen, Thurston Johnson, Justin Kennard, Miles Mangoba, Jared Martinez, Dylan McCall, Andrew Mendoza, Mitchell Mikkelson, Caitlin Rich, Mauricio Sanchez, Dominic Sparacino, Jason Sullivan and Jonathan Tejeda. May you all look forward to receiving your 70-year pins someday!

Melissa Vaughn, P.S.


Local 302 retirees Harold Sloper (left), Sherman Beals and Glade Gaffney receive their 70-year pins.

'Banner Years for Local 340'

L.U. 340 (i,rts&spa), SACRAMENTO, CA — At the Ninth District Progress Meeting this year, Local 340 received several awards for organizing many new members and contractors in 2018. We continued this upward trend in 2019. Members are working. Contractors (many of them brand new to the union) are happy and successful, and it is our goal to keep that momentum going in the new year 2020. The most prestigious award we received was the Henry Miller Award. Henry Miller was the IBEW's founding president, who had an unfailing devotion to the task of organizing and turning plans into action. His legacy is what the IBEW was founded on in 1891, and I'm proud that Local 340 has been recognized for following in his footsteps.

I am also extremely grateful to the membership of Local 340 who continuously support and help us in our organizing efforts, and I thank each and every one of the men and women who work alongside me daily in the business office and our organizing department. It is only through that 100% commitment that our local will continue to be successful.

Wishing all of you a great holiday season and a new year filled with health, happiness and success.

Robert D. Ward, B.M.

Hard Rock Casino Proposed

L.U. 364 (catv,ees,em,es,i,mt,rts&spa), ROCKFORD, IL — As of this writing the Rockford Casino evaluation committee has recommended to the City Council to approve the Hard Rock Casino International's proposal for the new casino in Rockford.

This is outstanding news for IBEW Local 364 and its membership. By the time you read this article, the proposal will have been sent to the Illinois Gaming Board. Once approved, work will begin almost immediately on one of the most anticipated and exciting projects our local has seen in quite some time. The benefits to not only our membership but also to the City of Rockford are immeasurable.

This project has an aggressive timeline with a temporary site already agreed upon and the proposed site at the old Clock Tower Hotel and conference center shovel ready.

Local 364's work picture has remained steady going into the 2020 and, with the beginning of the casino project underway, we expect 2020 to be another solid year for our members and traveling brothers and sisters who have helped us man our work throughout our busy times.

Brad Williams, P.S.

Labor Day & Union Pride —
'Organization of the Year'

L.U. 388 (em,i,rts&spa), STEPHENS POINT, WI — Labor Day is always an opportunity to show our union pride. This year's parade was especially notable as Local 388 was nominated as the Organization of the Year. So, we had the honor of leading the parade with a beautiful float, and we shared the experience with a record crowd of members and their families helping us celebrate the occasion. Accepting the award at the Labor Day celebration was Local 388 Pres. John Danczyk.

Local 388 members Pres. Danczyk, Jeff Starr and Jake Horn have been tireless in participating in the Labor Council for years. They organize our members and family members every year to walk in the parade. On top of other council duties, which include collecting food donations for a local food pantry and collecting cash donations to also be contributed, they help educate our union members on candidates who are supportive of the working men and women of central and north central Wisconsin, and they are at the forefront on organizing the "Labor History Through Film" event held every year in conjunction with The School For Workers.

Guy LePage, R.S.


IBEW Local 388 Pres. John Danczyk (far right) displays the local's Organization of the Year Award.

Officers Elected;
Telephone Townhall

L.U. 424 (as,ees,em,es,i,mo,o,ptc,rtb,rts,spa&u), EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA — Local 424 elections are completed. Congratulations to the following on their election: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Mike Reinhart; Pres. Paul Cherry; Vice Pres. Scott Crichton; Treas. James Hawreliak; Recorder Stephen Blum; Mike Belley, Unit 1 Chair; Tyler Wright, Unit 2 Chair; Herb Exell, Unit 3 Chair; and Mike Carey, Unit 4 Chair.

At the time of this writing, Local 424 was making plans to host our first telephone townhall on Nov. 30, 2019. This is an exciting opportunity to connect with our members from across the province.

There are several ongoing commercial projects in Edmonton and the surrounding area. Canadian Power PAC (CPP) and Western Pacific Enterprises are expected to put in calls for the Light Rail Transit project. CPP has also been awarded the new building for Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE).

Scott Crichton, P.S.

'A Good Mix of Projects' —
PLA for $600 Million Casino

L.U. 428 (govt,i,rts&spa), BAKERSFIELD, CA — The work picture remains strong with a good mix of projects on the books, including new construction and modernization at local schools, local hospital expansions, and utility grade solar work. Repairs are also underway at the Naval Weapons Center damaged by the large earthquakes that struck our county earlier in the year. Looking forward, we're happy to report that an all-trades Project Labor Agreement has been secured for a $600 million casino project planned to be built south of town.

Congratulations to the next term of local officers and a heartfelt thank-you to outgoing officers Vince Abruscato, Darrell Bowen, Jodi Doane and Juan Gonzalez. It's sisters and brothers like you that make the IBEW the greatest trade union in the world.

Local 428 RENEW is gearing up for its second annual Family Christmas Party and looking forward to seeing everyone there. There will be the usual great food, fellowship and games for the kids — and the kids can also get their picture taken with Santa! It'll be at our union hall on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

Happy holidays, everyone!

Brian Holt, A.B.M.

Habitat for Humanity Project

L.U. 494 (em,govt,i,mt,rts,spa&t), MILWAUKEE, WI — Housing costs are an issue for many in Sheboygan County, and Habitat for Humanity Lakeside with the help of IBEW Local 494 would like to make progress against the growing problem. The goal is to build 20 homes, repair another 55 and complete hundreds of other projects in the next five years with the help of IBEW Local 494 and other union trades. The program is called "Rock the Block" and it will require 10,000 people to volunteer or donate over $10 million to the effort. It's a big — but reachable — goal, and it's important for the 34% of Sheboygan County families who live paycheck-to-paycheck, unable to save for emergencies. The homes aren't given away, but Habitat for Humanity selects buyers based upon many factors including need, credit and ability to make payments. All the community partners assist with additional services such as brush removal, lighting improvements and fire safety checks. IBEW Local 494 has been helping with the event for four years.

John T. Zapfel, Political Dir.


IBEW Local 494 helps Habitat for Humanity with "Rock the Block" program.

'Season's Greetings'

L.U. 540 (i), CANTON, OHIO — As 2019 closes, the officers of Local 540 would like to wish all our local union members and their families — as well as all our brothers and sisters of the IBEW and their families — happy holidays and a happy new year.

We would like to welcome our new members and remember the members we have lost.

Hoping the new year brings us all good health and a favorable year. Go to your union meetings and get involved any way you can.

Season's greetings to everyone!

Rick Waikem, R.S./P.S.

Work Picture on Upswing;
Sportsmen's Alliance Dinner

L.U. 558 (catv,em,i,lctt,mt,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), SHEFFIELD, AL — Greetings, brothers and sisters.

At the last reporting, Local 558 was participating in the 100th year Labor Day celebration here, and we are happy to say Local 558 received second place in the float contest. Congratulations and thank you to all who volunteered their time to a great cause.

Local 558 participated in the fifth annual Union Sportsmen's Alliance Dinner in Trussville, AL, on Sept. 26 this year. We had 10 members to attend and participate in an auction. Door prizes were given away, with all proceeds going to Alabama Youth Fishing Association to build a new weigh station and assembly area for fishing tournaments held on Smith Lake.

Work in the jurisdiction is still on an upswing and looks promising for the future of Local 558 members. The local had service pin presentations at November's union meeting, celebrating years of service ranging from 25 to 70 years. It was a great night to talk with retired members and hear stories of days remembered.

The local is heartbroken to report the passing of Bro. Ralph Mayes on Sept. 20, 2019. He was a 40-year IBEW member and served as assistant business manager/dispatcher, president, and business manager of Local 558. He will be deeply missed.

Mac Sloan, Pres./Mbr. Dev.


Local 558 members attended a Union Sportsmen's Alliance dinner in September 2019.

Tribute to a Life of Service

L.U. 586 (em,i&o), OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA — In light of the passing of Bro. Doug Parsons, we at Local 586 want to acknowledge his lifelong dedication to the local's members and his belief in providing a better life for all. Doug was a long-serving member of Local 586. He worked his entire career with the IBEW and was extremely proud of his home local. Doug was a highly skilled electrician, a fantastic mentor, and he treated his union brothers and sisters with the utmost respect regardless of age or experience in the trade. He spent decades working in Canada and the United States, traveling from local to local to provide for his large family back in Ottawa.

Later in his career, Doug became the president of Local 586 and held that office for 14 years until health issues forced him to step down. As president, he always looked for positive change and advancement. Many Local 586 policies in effect today are the direct result of Bro. Parson's vast insight and incredible knowledge. There is no doubt that Ottawa Local 586 is a pillar in the IBEW community because of Doug's selfless contributions. Many have benefited from the life and legacy of union Bro. Doug Parsons. Thank you, brother.

Brett MacLean, P.S.


The late Doug Parsons of Local 586.

Acts of Brotherhood

L.U. 666 (i,mt&o), RICHMOND, VA — The jurisdiction's work outlook continues to be strong with several large data centers under planning or construction. We extend a special thank you to all of the travelling brothers and sisters who have helped us man our work with IBEW quality.

A focus on craftsmanship is important but oftentimes acts of true brotherhood go unnoticed. Last month, Lee Boehm, a JATC instructor, received a call from his father in Ohio, who told him about some electrical problems in his home. Concerned, journeyman wireman Boehm contacted Local 8 in Toledo for a recommendation for a quality electrician in the area. In addition to providing a recommendation, a brother from Local 8, Shane, went to the father's house to make sure that no immediate danger existed. Thank you to Local 8 for this act of brotherhood!

Congratulations to retirees Robert D. Trevillian, Michael W. Jackson, Bernie M. Jamerson, Larry P. Houchens, James M. Farkas, Steven D. Pierce, Michael E. Bolton, Roger W. Lynch, James C. Farmer Jr. and Walter E. Hazelgrove Jr.

Jeremy Davis, P.S.

Holiday Festivities

L.U. 716 (em,i,lctt,rts&spa), HOUSTON, TEXAS — Season's greetings, brothers and sisters. I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season, and we wish you the very best from Houston's Local 716.

At this time of year, I hope we all take time to reflect on our men and women, brothers and sisters, who serve our great nation in the armed forces. Some families have given the ultimate sacrifice, and we owe them a debt of gratitude.

The work situation in Houston is still slow and we appreciate those jurisdictions who have put our members to work.

Our Get-Out-the-Vote effort was a success thanks to all who participated. We encourage all our members and their families to exercise their right to vote.

Thanks to the members who donated their time and efforts to make the food and treats for the December union meeting. As always, everything was delicious.

Our Entertainment Committee did a great job again this year! With the help of our members, who helped set up, decorate and serve at the annual children's and adults Christmas parties, the holiday events were once again a great success.

Serving this local union for the past year has been an unbelievable experience. I thank you for this opportunity and for your support.

Damon Sebren, B.M./F.S.

First-Year Apprentices Welcomed

A welcome goes out to first-year apprentices at the Electrical Training Alliance of Daytona Beach, FL, Local 756.


2019 Service Pin Ceremony

L.U. 760 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), KNOXVILLE, TN — Congratulations to all those who received their years-of-service pins for 2019. The dedication and leadership by our brothers and sisters are of vital importance to our membership. Experience can't be taught. It only comes through hard work and dedication to one's craft. Thank you to all for your service.

"Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him." – Aldous Huxley.

Jason Leary, A.B.M./Organizer


Local 760 congratulates IBEW service award recipients.

Union Hall Renovated;
New JATC Facility Opens

L.U. 776 (i,o,rts&spa), CHARLESTON, SC — Is it December already? If you're cold and out of work, check out Charleston. Our work situation has been picking up with the recent addition of our Florence paper mill job and upgrades for some of our existing customers. Traveling can be either a hardship or a great opportunity. Take the opportunity to check out the beautiful Low Country of South Carolina.

Nice to see an unusual coalition of Democrats and Republicans come together to oppose oil drilling off the East Coast. Our Republican governor and our Democratic congressman had a press conference in an iconic oyster house on Bowens Island near Charleston to celebrate the passage of the bill in the House of Representatives despite the opposition from a certain president. We need more bipartisanship. You'll never convince anyone of anything by putting them down. Try to be understanding in order to be understood. We should all be able to agree on at least one thing: to support those who support us.

We have renovated our hall, a building that was built during the late cretaceous era. Our JATC has opened a brand-new facility in North Charleston and we look forward to a great new group of budding journeymen.

Andy Weiner, P.S.

EWMC Hosts Fall Festivities

L.U. 824 (t), TAMPA, FL — EWMC Tampa chapter hosted our first "Truck or Treat" event in October prior to our general meeting. This allowed a safe place for the children of our members to celebrate fall, and members were able to express their artistic abilities. We provided hot dogs, hamburgers and lots of sweet treats. The Tampa EWMC hopes to make this an annual event and include sister locals to join the festivities.

Zaida Menendez, A.B.M.


Local 824 EWMC Tampa chapter's October "Truck or Treat" event for members and their children was a great success.

Contract Negotiations

L.U. 1116 (em,lctt&u), TUCSON, AZ — At press time, negotiations are ongoing with Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative (SSVEC); Bus. Mgr. Scott Northrup has been working to bring our newest union members a contract that they can ratify. The company is using stall tactics to lengthen the negotiation period and wear its employees down, along with fighting us on adding new employees to the represented group. Please continue to support these new members in their efforts; they are not out of the woods yet.

I would ask our younger members to start getting involved in the union. Be the bearer of the union torch for your generation. "Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness." – Anne Frank

America is a union. America was built with union labor and union labor made the middle class what it once was. Corporate America does all it can to keep employees down, and only through union participation do we give ourselves the ability to rise above. This is particularly true for women, as they are only paid $0.79 for each dollar that a man makes.

We want to express our gratitude to all the members who come to the meetings and stay involved. Remember, this is your local and you have a voice.

As 2019 comes to an end, we wish our members and their families a healthy and prosperous 2020. May the new year be everything you hope for. Dream big!

Sharon Williams, R.S./P.S.

Appointment & Transitions;
Dedicated Election Volunteers

L.U. 1340 (i&o), NEWPORT NEWS, VA — We are happy to announce that Bro. Aaron Woodard has been appointed as organizer. He fills an opening left by Bro. John Strang, who retired after serving the membership needs of our local for many years, beginning in 1998. Bro. Strang made many new friends and succeeded in bringing over 200 new workers into IBEW membership, and we thank him for his tireless service to our cause. We wish him the best in his retirement and wish Bro. Woodard success in his new position.

Training Dir. Gerald Dix reports that our apprenticeship program has started the academic year with its largest first-year class in years, with 20 new recruits in September's group.

By the time this article appears, the election of Virginia's 100 delegates and 40 state senators will (hopefully) be complete, and the efforts of our volunteers will have been rewarded. Our thanks to all who participated in phone banks, mailouts and precinct walks to support candidates who support us!

We regret to report the passing of retired Bro. Russell Winkler Jr. in Las Vegas, NV, on Sept. 1, 2019. Bro. Winkler was a member of the IBEW for 40 years and worked in both the construction unit and in the maintenance division at Langley NASA.

Jim Avery, P.S.

IBEW Lifesaving Award

L.U. 2150 (em,lctt,o&u), MILWAUKEE, WI — Local 2150 member Steve Hoffman was presented with the IBEW Lifesaving Award at his unit meeting on Aug. 16, 2019.

Steve was with retired 2150 member Harland Grandy when Harland collapsed with a cardiac arrest. Steve has been receiving CPR training at We Energies since he was hired in 1991 as an electrical testing technician.

Steve told members that he and Harland were working in Harland's shop when he heard a sound like snoring and saw Harland lying on the floor, breathing but unconscious. He assumed that Harland had fallen down and bumped his head. He ran to the house to get assistance from Harland's wife, Joann, and instructed her to call 911. When he returned, he found Harland had stopped breathing and had turned a color of blue that "you'd never want to see." He began CPR with the 911 operator on the line and continued until he physically could not do it anymore, at which time Joann took over until a first responder arrived with an AED and restarted Harland's heart.

Take CPR/first-aid training seriously. You never know when you might have an opportunity to save a life of a friend or family member.

Cindy Mauch, R.S.


Labor Day Camaraderie

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 1, ST. LOUIS, MO — Hello from Local 1 retirees in St. Louis. I hope everyone enjoyed an active summer.

The Labor Day parade and the barbecue that followed were loads of fun. All the retirees got to visit and share stories with union brothers and sisters who are still working.

Don't forget to send a donation to the Local 1 Relief Committee before the end of the year. I'm not looking forward to the cold weather, but we will persevere. Stay warm this winter.

Happy holidays and happy new year.

Neal McCormack, P.S.

'Pass the Tools' Program —
Connecting with Apprentices

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, NASSAU COUNTY CHAPTER — The "pass the tools" program began at a Nassau County Chapter Retirees monthly meeting when club member Larry Doctors was explaining to the members how well the new Hands on Training Center for the apprentices was progressing. One of our members commented that he had tools he would like to give to the apprentices. Nassau County Chapter Chmn. Ed Weiss thought it was a good idea and appointed Larry Doctors in charge of the program.

Larry, with the permission of Local 3 Bus. Mgr. Christopher Erikson and the help of Queens Chapter Chmn. Martin Reicher, formulated a plan to have all 15 of the Local 3 Retirees Club chapters start a drive to collect new and almost-new tools as well as money to purchase new tools. The collected tools are raffled off to the apprentices at their monthly meeting. With the cost of lineman pliers at around $52, all the apprentices appreciate the generous gift from the retirees.

This is one way that Local 3 retirees can pass the traditions of brotherhood and unionism on to the next generation.

John Milligan, P.S.


Local 3, Nassau County Chapter, Retirees Club member Larry Doctors (second from right) and Queens County Chapter Chmn. Martin Reicher (left) with apprentices Joseph Walsh, Thomas Carey, Max Jones, Tosheena Walker and Amoret Moore.

Great Summer & Fall Trips

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, NORTHERN NEW JERSEY CHAPTER — Greetings to all! Club members enjoyed our time at the Long Island Educational Center in July! Always fun to catch up with old and new friends and enjoy the camaraderie amidst the beauty of Santorini and the North Fork.

While at the center, we attended an informative lecture by attorney Marcus O'Toole-Gelo on estate planning, elder law, asset protection, etc. We also attended an interesting lecture by dietitian Erica A. Vinas on nutrition for liver health. Erica treated us to healthy food samples, and we had a fun exercise workout.

Also, we enjoyed several great restaurants in the area, had a yummy potluck dinner night in the community room, and a great farewell barbecue on our last night at the center! One afternoon we took a two-hour Lighthouse Cruise out of Orient Point. This was a wonderful and relaxing cruise, where we saw and learned about eight lighthouses and several islands in the area. I recommend this cruise to other groups visiting the Educational Center.

Other recent activities included our annual picnic in August, and a wonderful bus trip to Maine. We had a lovely fall luncheon at La Terrazza Restaurant, and we look forward to our December holiday celebration at Seasons Catering in Washington Township, NJ. Wishing all a great holiday season!

John Krison, P.S.


Local 3, Northern New Jersey Chapter, Retirees Club members at Long Island Educational Center. Photo courtesy Abe Fichtenbaum.

Summer Trips a Success

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, SOUTH JERSEY CHAPTER — Members of the Local 3, South Jersey Chapter, Retirees Club enjoyed a trip to the Santorini Resort, Local 3's Long Island Educational & Cultural Center, the week of July 8-12 this year. The group was led by Vice Pres. Charlie DeSaro and Sgt. at Arms Richard Reimer. Classes were held on Monday and Tuesday, with a catered affair on Wednesday night. Campfire and sporting events were held most nights.

Retirees Club fishing trips and Monmouth Park Racetrack trips concluded our events for the summer.

Nancy Savarese, R.S.


Members of Local 3, South Jersey Chapter, Retirees Club enjoyed a stay at Santorini Resort, Local 3 Educational Center, on the North Shore of Long Island, NY, in July.

Long Island Education Center

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, SUFFOLK CHAPTER — Our chapter was invited by our union to spend three days at the Long Island Educational Center in August.

On our arrival, Pension Dir. Maureen Steiger greeted us. She discussed the history of the Educational Center, and the importance of staying active politically to protect the benefits we worked for. Education Dir. Stephanie Saladino greeted us and asked if there was anything she or her staff could do to help us have a fun and safe stay.

We attended two seminars Tuesday and Wednesday, presented by Wellness Coordinator Judy Blades and nutritionist Erica Vinas, from our union. A lawyer also spoke to us about important documents we should have.

Tuesday night we had a wonderful catered dinner. Thanks to John Schoenig and his committee. Wednesday night we had our famous dessert party. Thanks to Phil Moraci and his committee.

In his closing remarks, Chmn. Richard Duva asked everyone to attend the Labor Day parade. His wife, Patricia, wished everyone a happy and healthy summer.

Our September meeting was well attended. Our chairman asked for committee reports. James Jost spoke about our end of summer barbecue. The barbecue was a great success, thanks to James Jost and this hard-working committee. John Schoenig spoke about our December Holiday Party and said he was taking reservations. Harvey Goldman spoke about our Annual Food Drive.

Harvey Goldman, P.S.


Local 3, Suffolk Chapter, Retirees Club members at Long Island Educational Center.

Annual Fishing Trip

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, WESTCHESTER / PUTNAM CHAPTER — This year, our annual fishing trip was held July 9. Over the past 50 years, I've always felt there were three components to a successful trip: the weather, the water, and the fish. This year, we were only able to enjoy two out of three; the weather was absolutely perfect, the water was calm, but the fish were few and far between.

Most fishermen will agree that "a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work" — but none of us are working anymore, so I guess that doesn't hold true for us. Actually, just getting out with your fellow retirees makes it a good day. The winner of the first prize for the largest fish caught was Nick Durso; second prize went to Luis Dellgauas.

Next year, if the membership agrees, we might try chartering the boat a little later in the season, when the species of fish is different and hopefully will be more plentiful.

Dick Mills, Treas.


Members of Local 3, Westchester/Putnam Chapter, Retirees Club enjoyed a fishing trip aboard the boat Shamrock IV.

Holiday/Winter Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 11, LOS ANGELES, CA — We would like to invite our local retirees and guests to our Holiday/Winter Luncheon on Dec. 11, 2019, at 11:30 a.m., at the Historic Taix French Restaurant in Los Angeles. The cost is $25 per person.

For additional information about the luncheon or information about the Retirees Club, please contact us by email at or attend a 10 a.m. meeting at the ETI on the second Wednesday of every month.

Al Etherton, Pres.

Day Trip to Tangier Island

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 24, BALTIMORE, MD, EASTERN SHORE CHAPTER — In September, a group of our members and their guests enjoyed an afternoon outing to Tangier Island, VA. The weather was perfect for a boat ride, and we thoroughly enjoyed our journey to and from the island. While on Tangier Island, we were able to tour the sights on golf carts or enjoy some delicious seafood at one of several restaurants. We also had a chance to stroll and explore the unique buildings, watermen's work sheds and homes. Everyone who participated agreed that it was a day well spent, and a lot of fun getting to spend time with friends old and new.

Although it is hard to believe it, our club is approaching the two-year anniversary of its formation. That means our current officers are coming to the end of their terms. At our December 2019 meeting, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m., at the Salisbury union hall, we will hold nominations and elect our officers for 2020-2021.

Email us at if you would like more information about our club. We wish all our IBEW brothers and sisters a merry Christmas and all the best in the new year!

Bob McIntyre, Pres.


Local 24, Eastern Shore Chapter, Retirees Club members took a boat trip to explore Tangier Island, VA.

Travels & Annual Events

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 26, WASHINGTON, DC — We are collecting dues for 2020 — $15 for the year. It's exciting to see so many new retirees joining! If you are over 50 (retired, or not), please join our meetings, travels and annual events (crab feast, cruise and raffle drawing.) If you're visiting in the area on the second Saturday of the month, call the local for details and join us.

Our annual Retired Members Club Crab Feast on Oct. 12 was a huge success! Over 155 retirees, their families, guests, and working members attended!

Our cruise for 2020 is already filled, but for a higher price you may still join them starting in Amsterdam and going on to Spain. If interested, please contact our travel coordinator, Rick Warner, at 240-472-0438.

Our bus trips sell out on a regular basis. If you are interested in fun trips with varied stops and lunch, please let Brother Warner know. In October, we took another train trip. These are very popular! And retirees attended the Annual Sportsmen's Alliance fundraiser. We also helped in September with the Motorcycle Clubs' 8th Annual Poker Run!

Trips to the Delaware Park Casino are very popular, so we schedule several every year.

At our Thanksgiving/November meeting, we pull the raffle winners. If you didn't receive a telephone call, you did not win this year. The tickets sold raise funds for our medical equipment program! If you are interested in starting your club's own program, please contact Sister Flashman at

We have lost retired friends and family and remember them at every meeting. We are grateful we can share time with our members who are still with us.

Susan Flashman, P.S.

Henry Miller Museum Tour

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 53, KANSAS CITY, MO — Greetings, brothers and sisters. Well, 2019 is nearly over by now. I hope everyone had a great year.

Next year will be a big year for elections. Local 58 will hold an election of officers in 2020, and the Retirees Club will elect its officers. Elections will also take place at the state, local and national level. Please get informed and involved, and vote.

In September, a group of retirees drove to St. Louis to tour the Henry Miller Museum. Retirees who took the tour included: James Huckaby, Jim Gaylord, Leroy Bossow, Richard Vote, Ron Schock, Larry Witherspoon, Keith Querry, Duane Pearce, Bob Stuart, Charlie Johnson, Dexter Drerup, Kenny Sikes, Tarry Younghans, Jerry Senter, J.C. Bradley, Dave Adkins and Larry Curry. (See accompanying photo.) It was great to see where the IBEW got its start. If you are interested in touring the museum, call 314-647-5900 to set up an appointment. It is well worth going to see it. A big thank-you to Bro. Dave Roth from Local 1 for giving us the tour.

Sadly, we recently lost three more brothers: Bill Harber, Robert Long and Grover Hale. Rest in peace, brothers.

We wish everyone a happy holiday season and hope the new year brings you good health and happiness!

Duane Pearce, P.S.


A group of Local 53 retirees toured the Henry Miller Museum in St. Louis.

Retirees' Community Service

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 58, DETROIT, MI — Season's greetings from Detroit.

This month finds our retirees group celebrating Christmas with our annual party, on Dec. 4 this year, at the local union hall. We have the usual collection baskets to benefit Children's Charities, and Local 58's Benevolent Fund. Festivities include a luncheon ($15), centerpiece raffles, and our 50/50. This is a great opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones. This good time starts the season among fellow retiree sisters and brothers. As our club name — Association of Retirees, Wives and Widows — implies, spouses are a big part of our community, and all are welcome!

We have a very active core group of retirees who get out twice a month and work within our Community Services Committee helping those in need by assisting with electrical and construction issues. A big project underway this past fall at Forgotten Harvest Farms, in Fenton, has allowed the farm to continue to supply food for the meals provided by soup kitchens in the Detroit metropolitan area.

On Oct. 13, the local union hosted a Retirees Pancake Breakfast, immediately following our monthly board meeting. Service pins were awarded to retirees with 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of IBEW membership.

Pat Nuznov, P.S.

Meeting at New Union Hall

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 60, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — Fifty-nine members had a real treat on Sept. 12 this year, seeing the "Welcome Home" banner hanging at the entrance of Local 60's new union hall. It has been a long time coming — the retirees of Local 60 are home at last, meeting at 3518 N. Loop 1604 E. every second Thursday of the month, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Starting out the meeting, IBEW years-of-service pins were awarded by Bus. Mgr. Gary Aiken and Retirees Club Pres. Coy Rogers. Congratulations to all.

Under new business: Each year, the retirees vote on a Christmas project that helps their community. "Construct A Kid's Christmas" will remain the project. Bringing joy to children at Christmas by donating gifts is a heartwarming experience for the members.

A report by Gene Chamberlain, chairperson for the annual golf tournament fundraiser, was given. May 9, 2020, is the target date for this event, to be held at Pleasanton Golf Club, in Pleasanton, Texas. More information on this will be available beginning in 2020.

The Retired Members Club of Local 60 is for all retired Local 60 members and their spouses. It is a get-together for fun, fellowship and, most importantly, keeping in the practice of brotherhood. Please join us.

Sandy Rogers, P.S.

Annual Retirement Dinner

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 90, NEW HAVEN, CT — On Oct.17, Local 90 held its annual retirement dinner at the Woodwinds in Branford, CT. We gathered to honor the latest group of new retirees. They are: Gerald Anziano, James Candela, Henry Cooper, James Fiora, Richard Fiora, Stacey Juan, Gary Kraemer, Dana McCarthy, Richard Pecoraro, Carl Riccitelli, Joseph Spaziante, Erwin Stockmann, William Tsoukalas, Kevin Walsh and Robert Woytowich. Congratulations to all — we thank you for your service to the IBEW and we invite you to join our Retirees Club.

Our club held its annual holiday luncheon on Dec. 3, 2019, at Fantasia in North Haven, CT. As usual the food, the service and especially the company, were great. Many thanks to Pres. Robert Mantovani, Hugh McGuire, Gerald Asplund and Rose Kirby for a job well done.

We wish all IBEW members and their families a joyful holiday season and a happy, healthy and safe new year.

Richard Launder, P.S.

Fall Season Highlights;
'Neighbor-2-Neighbor' Project

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 105, HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA — Merry Christmas to everyone and all the best for 2020!

In June, we enjoyed the annual BBQ/Karaoke event and collected 427 pounds of food and $865 in donations for the Neighbor-2-Neighbor project. Thanks to Mary Cooper for suggesting this, and our sincere thanks to all who helped!

Our seniors club officers worked their magic once again and put together some terrific events for the 2019 fall season.

On Sept. 26, we enjoyed a lunch at the Mandarin. Oct. 3 was the date for a Perch Fish Fry. On Oct. 17, we took part at Octoberfest. From Nov. 12-15 we enjoyed a stay at the Cairn Croft, Niagara Falls, and all had a great time! On Nov. 24, we attended the Toronto Christmas Party — an event surely not to be missed. On Nov. 27, we enjoyed a trip to St Jacobs for a lunch and theatre show. And we ended the year with our annual Christmas Party on Dec. 8.

Remember our motto: "Don't Wait — Participate."

All of the above events and so much more are all made possible by our hard-working local members and Executive Board, past and present. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you!

Eden McLean, P.S.


Local 105 Retirees Club members assisted with Neighbor 2 Neighbor food drive. From left: Fred Bishop, Pres. George Gower, Mary and Hal Cooper, and Sharon and Bob Long.

2019 Events a Great Success

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 134, CHICAGO, IL — At year's close, I'd like to reflect on a few of our club's great events from this past year.

We attended three luncheons and plays at Drury Lane Theater in Oak Brook, IL. In February, we attended the Annual Hockey Game Fundraiser for Honor Flight Chicago, which sends our veterans to visit Washington, D.C. We sold 10 tickets at $25,00 each.

In June, we had the Annual Luncheon in Local 134's Memorial Hall; we honored 60 members with 50 to 70 years of service. In August, 25 members attended the Schaumburg, IL, Boomers baseball game and enjoyed the spectacular fireworks display.

September brought the annual John Cummins Memorial Golf Outing at Old Oak Country Club, in Homer Glen, IL. On a beautiful day, with 60 in attendance, all enjoyed a breakfast, a buffet lunch, and 18 holes of golf.

Also in September, 10 retiree members were invited to attend the Local 134 Apprentice Graduation Dinner Dance. Each year the Retirees Club donates $400 toward four of the awards for apprentices.

In recent years, our Holiday Party was held at The Irish American Heritage Center. This December's Holiday Party will be at our Local 134 Memorial Hall. Hope everyone has a great time. Happy holidays to all!

Sue Kleczka, P.S.


Local 134 Retirees Club members attended apprentice graduation dinner. From left: Gerry White, Allan White, Irene Yankee, Treas. Bernie Martin, Barbara Gibbons, Pres. Kevin Gibbons, Exec. Board member Walter Felde, Vice Pres. James Jennings, Laura Felde, and Press Sec. Sue Kleczka.

'A Busy Year'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 212, CINCINNATI, OHIO — Recent months were very busy for our pensioners club.

In June, we reelected our officers, and new member Wayne Myers was elected to the E-Board. Congratulations and thank you to all.

Also, in June, we celebrated several members for their longtime service. IBEW service pin award recipients included: 50-year members — James Daly, James Huston, Gerald Kleinwachter, Robert Lewis, Terry Mason, Kenneth Mueller, Wayne Myers, Wayne Whalen; 55-year members — Robert Carlin, Dennis Cohen, Michael Denny, Edward Ochs, Russel Vinup; and 60-year member — Walter Zimmer. Congratulations to all!

Our members also volunteered at the Cincinnati Veterans Hospital to help veterans have a brighter day. We salute veterans and also our members.

In July, we partied at Fernbank Park on the Ohio River for our Annual Summer Picnic.

We mourn the passing of the following Local 212 members: James Hirth, who was a 70-year member; James Oster (54-year member); William Bruns (50-year member); Charles White and Roger Windholtz (49-year members); William Seay (46-year member); William Pritchette (45-year member); Raymond Kraus (39-year member); and Michael Sansone (five-year member). Rest in peace, brothers.

Bob Schaefer, P.S.

2019 Labor Day Parade

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 257, JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The club met Sept. 24 at the American Legion in Jefferson City for our monthly meeting.

The Labor Day Parade in Jefferson City on Sept. 7 was a great success. Numerous labor groups from around the Midwest participated. Thanks to all our retirees who helped decorate the retirees' trailer and rode in the parade, giving out candy. Special thanks to Jerry Rehagen for providing the truck and trailer for the parade.

On Oct. 5, Local 257 hosted its annual barbecue picnic for members and guests at Riverside Park in Jefferson City. The food was great, and everyone enjoyed bingo, drawings and visiting together. A big thank-you to the second-year apprentices for their help preparing for and working at the picnic. Service pins were presented at the picnic and several club members were recognized: 60-year members — Gary James, Carl Nichols, George Rehagen; 55-year members — Joe Gallatin, Kenneth Polly, Donald Stokes; 50-year members — Charles Farris, Sam Hamacher, Thomas Oligschlaeger, Jerry Petershagen; and 40-year member Dan Schroeder.

Sadly, Mrs. Leta Mae Owen, 82, passed away May 3. She was the widow of our late retiree member Richard Owen, who passed in 2017. Our condolences go out to the family.

At a club meeting, Don Cessna told how much he enjoyed his trip on the Honor Flight tour with another retiree, Joe Winemiller.

Our Christmas luncheon will be Dec. 10, at 12 noon, as guests of Local 257.

Delores Melloway, P.S.


Local 257 retired members assemble for 2019 Labor Day parade in Jefferson City, MO.

Camaraderie at Meetings

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 317, HUNTINGTON, WV — The Local 317 retirees meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the union hall. It is always very nice to get together and catch up on old times and share future plans.

Jerry Booth, Pres.

Newly Elected Officers

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 351, FOLSOM, NJ — Our newly elected club officers were installed by our brother Local 351 Bus. Agent Andy Helsel in July. The installation took place at Villa Fazolarri, where we conduct our meetings and have our luncheons.

The Retirees Club officers are: Bob Campbell, Joe Alisandrini, Rich Trasferini, Dick Riffert, Lynda Mead, Dave Valentine and Harold Mead. (See accompanying photo.) Congratulations to all.

Harold Mead, P.S.


The Local 351 Retirees Club congratulates its recently elected officers. The officers were sworn in by local union Bus. Agent Andy Helsel (back row, second from right).

Summer Activities & Trips

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 530, SARNIA, ONTARIO, CANADA — I would like to thank our former press secretary, Nancy Philbin, for her dedication. Nancy was always there to document our activities and take photos, from our fish fries to our Christmas celebrations. Nancy, your efforts were always appreciated, and we always looked forward to reading your articles.

It was a busy summer for our retirees. It's a good thing that we can all share our day trips and overnighters together. Activities that were enjoyed by all included a Grand River Cruise, an overnight stay in St. Jacobs for shopping and a play, and a most enjoyed trip to Walter's Theatre for musical entertainment, "A Tribute to The Everly Brothers."

Local 530 retirees also presented a gift and card to outgoing local union business manager Micky Cataford in July. Congratulations to you, Micky.

At this writing, the fall season was approaching with more activities scheduled. Club meetings are held the second Thursday of every month, at 10:30 a.m., in the new union hall on Kendall Street. All Local 530 retirees and significant others are invited to attend.

Cathy Coates, P.S.

August Luncheon Meeting

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 702, WEST FRANKFORT, IL — The Retirees Club met Thursday, Aug. 1, at Golden Corral, Carbondale, IL. Pres. Gary King opened the meeting at 11:30 a.m. with a welcome to everyone and a thanks to all for attending.

The meeting minutes from the previous meeting were read and approved. The financial report was read and approved.

Pres. King read an announcement of deaths for July and August, followed by a moment of silence for our dearly departed sisters and brothers.

There were no guests announced at the meeting, and there was no "old business" to be addressed. Under "new business," the Labor Day picnic was announced, and it was stated that the picnic would be held at Rent One Park in Marion, IL. The park opened at 10 a.m. and food was served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Raffle Drawing was held with half of the $70 pot going to Bro. Charlie May. The other $35 would be the total deposit. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

At the Oct. 5 union meeting, Bus. Mgr. Steve Hughart presented 50-year and 60-year service pins to eligible recipients in attendance.

Mark Baker, P.S.


At October Local 702 union meeting, a 60-year service pin was presented to David Briddick (far left). Fifty-year service pins went to (from second left): Gene Nowicki, Danny Chapman, David Cosimi, Bud Mills, Russell Miner and Larry Young. At far right is local union Pres. James Sanchez.

Service Pin Ceremony

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 756, DAYTONA BEACH, FL — Hello everyone, we hope you are all well! At our September meeting we had a pin ceremony; we congratulate the pin recipients and thank them all for their years of service and continued support of our union.

With sadness, since our last article we have had one member pass. We send our condolences to the family and friends of Lawrence F. Dahlgren.

We look forward to a happy and healthy 2020 and hope to see more of you at our meetings. Please try to come whenever you can! We would like to also invite any retired and unemployed brothers and sisters and their spouses who are in the area to come and join us. Our meetings are the second Thursday of each month (September through May), 11:30 a.m., at the Local 756 union hall, Port Orange, FL.

Diane Gibbs, P.S.


The Local 756 Retirees Club congratulates three members at September meeting who received service pins, from left: Dennis Swanson (45-year pin), Peter S. Parise (70-year pin) and Joseph H. Gardner (60-year pin).

Christmas Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 995, BATON ROUGE, LA — At our regular bimonthly meeting on the first Monday in October, we voted to have our Christmas Luncheon on the first Monday in December. The luncheon will start at 11:30 a.m. The meat and drinks will be provided. However, each member should bring a covered dish of vegetable or dessert.

W. Roland Goetzman Sr., P.S.