February 2020
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Also In This Issue Auditor's Report read_more

North of 49°
Green Transit Initiatives
in Ontario Mean More Jobs for IBEW Members read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Le nouveau transport
en commun en Ontario signifie plus d'emplois
pour la FIOE read_more





Change of Address



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Leveling the Playing Field
Pre-Apprenticeships Open Doors to the Middle Class

Any IBEW member knows a career in the trades can be incredibly rewarding. Whether it's a debt-free education, a paycheck that provides a family with a solid middle-class life or the simple satisfaction of creating something with your own two hands, the opportunities available through the IBEW and other union trades are limitless.

But what happens to the millions of Americans and Canadians who don't know about the trades?

When Henry Miller and the other founding members of this union tasked us with organizing "all workers in the entire electrical industry," they didn't mean only those who were lucky enough to have heard of the IBEW.

"I was working in the produce department of a grocery store when I first learned about the IBEW," said International President Lonnie R. Stephenson. "I didn't have any family or friends in the union, or even working in the construction industry at the time. But I met an electrician named Ray Wells who came into the store on a service call, and that conversation changed my life.

"As president, I've met so many members across North America with similar stories of chance encounters that opened the world of the IBEW to them. And as we continue to work to grow this union and capture even more work, we need to look at ways to take that element of chance out of the equation and make sure every person — especially young people — know there are opportunities for long, fulfilling careers in the trades." read_more

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Officers Column Stephenson:
A More Inclusive Union read_more
Using Our Power read_more

TransitionsDenzil Chapman read_more

PoliticsTwo Major IBEW Priorities Finally Made Law read_more

CircuitsEmployers Charged
with Violating Labor Law
in 40% of Union
Campaigns read_more

LettersHonored to Serve;
Paying it Forward;
Leaving Union-Busting Behind;
The Union Difference
is Obvious;
Organize, Organize, Organize read_more

In MemoriamDecember 2019 read_more

Who We AreIBEW-Run Gas Plant
Named One of the Top Plants' in the World read_more