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Apprenticeship Social Club's Trivia Night Benefit Event

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa,st&ws), ST. LOUIS, MO — The IBEW Local 1 Apprenticeship Social Club held their first ever Trivia Night at the union hall on Saturday, March 7.

Tables of eight for the Trivia Night event were $240. Beverages and snacks were provided. There were 10 categories. Each category had 10 questions. The top three tables were awarded the following prizes: first prize — $300; second prize — $200; and third prize — $100. In addition, there was a 50/50 raffle and also silent auctions. All proceeds were donated to the IBEW Local 1 Relief Committee.

Special thanks to IBEW Local 1 Apprenticeship Social Club Pres. Bill Clements for chairing this event. Bro. Clements said, "We hope events like these will get the word out about how we are trying to help members and have a good time. We'd like to encourage union brothers and sisters to participate in more Local 1 events."

We mourn the loss of the following members: Larry Carlton, Ralph Freund Jr., Byron Utley, George McLean Jr., Claude Coffman, Virgil Lee, Lester Dudley. Robert Grobe, Daniel Smith, Howard Miller, Gerald Pritchett, Robert Snyder, George Reid, Richard Thurman, Donald Julien and Harold Kingston Jr.

Jan Bresnan, P.S.

Safety Awareness Class

L.U. 35 (i), HARTFORD, CT — Local 35 hosted a "SAFE" (Situational Awareness & Fundamental Empowerment) class last fall. It was a safety awareness class for women and was offered to our female members. The class was a four-hour workshop that explored the nature of real-world violence and offered a practical approach to personal safety.

The instructors were Jennifer Thornell, who holds a 2nd degree black belt in karate and has over 25 years training in various martial arts, and Frank Dawson, who has over 30 years of law enforcement experience. They are located in the Groton, CT, area.

The class included both a PowerPoint presentation and hands on self-defense practice. The attendees were pleased with the class and the skills they learned. Several commented on the feeling of empowerment after taking it. All felt that it was a worthwhile experience.

William Moriarty, B.M./F.S.


At a safety awareness class hosted by Local 35.

IBEW Members Volunteer For American Legion Project

L.U. 41 (em,es,govt,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NY — Local 41 was honored to volunteer at American Legion Post 735 in West Seneca to modify the bathrooms there to be ADA accessible. Steve Gaiser took the lead, performing the work and coordinating with multiple contractors on site to ensure the project stayed on schedule. Bus. Mgr. Mike Gaiser accepted a plaque from Post 735 and from Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns honoring Local 41 for the electrical work our members volunteered. Thanks to Steve and all who helped our veterans at American Legion Post 735!

Our union and others are under attack every day from businesses and the politicians who do their bidding. Any employer is in business to make money, and as much as they can. They do not want to have to negotiate how much they pay for wages and benefits; they want to tell you what you are worth. They can accomplish this by weakening unions, especially through right-to-work for less laws. With another important election year ahead of us, and as I have written in the past, please strongly consider the politicians we endorse. We have vetted them and believe they are the best option for our union and our paychecks. There are many days where we are working with our local elected pubic officials attempting to gain opportunities for our members to go to work. When elected officials do not believe in what we do, it becomes more difficult to work with them. Vote for your paycheck and lobby for your hobby.

Gregory R. Inglut, A.B.M.


Local 41 Bus. Mgr. Mike Gaiser (sixth from right, front row behind railing) with veterans of American Legion Post 735 and contractors who participated in a volunteer project.

Contract Negotiation Updates

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

We have reached a three-year agreement with the City of Anaheim for the new professional management group; the agreement features wage increases of 3.5%, 3.0% and 2.5%. For the City of Colton — electric side, as of this writing we are waiting for the city's response after the union rejected the city's last best and final offer.

At Southern California Edison (SCE), members ratified a two-year general contract extension by an 89% margin. It includes wage increases of 4% and 3% and features a third-year opener. The contract extension also includes a 7% increase for meals and shift differential, with a provision for a committee to be started by the end of January 2020 to discuss double time and meal waiver for state law.

The line clearance tree trimming agreement is complete, with Senate Bill 247 requiring contractors to pay line clearance tree trimmers at the 1st step apprentice prevailing wage posting (full package). Also, the centralized line clearance tree trimming training regimen will start in June 2020. For the San Bernardino Water and Sanitation (WAS) Unit: At press time we are beginning to meet for bargaining.

Congratulations to Bros. Wil Robinson, Jacob Lybbert and Ramon Garcia on their 1st place trophy from the 2019 International Lineman's Rodeo in Kansas City.

We're sad to report the deaths of Bros. Andy Salcido and Bill Blake. Our condolences and prayers are with their loved ones.

Work safe, live safe and free — and buy union.

Mitch Smith, A.B.M.


Local 47 congratulates members Ramon Garcia (left), Wil Robinson and Jacob Lybbert on winning a 1st place trophy at the 2019 International Lineman's Rodeo.

'Welcome to Tree Trimmers'

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,ptc,rtb,t,u&uow), SPRINGFIELD, IL — We would like to welcome the line clearance tree trimmers from Endruzzi Contracting, which recently signed a project labor agreement with the local union. Line clearance tree trimming remains at full employment and at this writing was expected to be steady all winter.

Former retired Local 51 business managers Dominic Rivara and Jim Bates received their 55- and 50-year pins, respectively, in December. Congratulations, brothers.

With 2020 being a presidential election year, now is the time to get registered to vote if you aren't already registered. Please be sure to vote pro-labor and protect your pay and benefits!

We were a collection site for the Toys for Tots campaign this past holiday season and collected many toys and donations. Thank you to everyone who helped out. Make it your 2020 resolution to attend your union meeting and give eight hours of work for eight hours of pay.

Karlene Knisley, B.R.


Local 51 retired former business manager Dominic Rivara (center) with his sons Jeff (left) and Mike.

St. Patrick's Day Float

L.U. 55 (c,lctt,o&u), DES MOINES, IOWA — Greetings, brothers and sisters. Our local held its annual Christmas party on Dec. 13. Over 150 attended, and everyone had a great time.

We are saddened by the death of two members. Bro. Gail Ralph, who passed away Nov. 12, was a member for 57 years. He was the first apprentice to graduate from Missouri Valley Apprenticeship. Bro. Eric "Coop" Marsden passed away Nov. 26. Both of these guys were very well liked. Take a moment of silence for them!

We welcome our new Asst. Construction Rep. Cody Eigenheer. He will be getting out and visiting members at different job sites. Say hello and get to know him.

The work outlook for us this year is much better. If any travelers are looking for work, give us a call.

Our local will have its first float in the St. Patrick's Day parade this year. If you want to lend a hand, call the hall and sign up! It will be fun!

I'd like to ask a favor of everyone. If you know of a member who has passed away, please get that information to me so we can include it in upcoming articles.

Most of you are used to the snow and cold. Just remember it's easy to get frostbitten or fall on the ice. Be careful and stay safe. Make sure you allow plenty of space between vehicles.

At the press time, Local 55 was making plans for the Feb. 27 banquet.

Our local is known for training some of the best linemen in the world. Good job!

Myron Green, P.S.


Members and their families enjoy Local 55's December 2019 Christmas party.

A New Union Hall;
2019 Political Conference

L.U. 77 (lctt,mt,o,t&u), SEATTLE, WA — Local 77 delegates had an opportunity to meet with all our Washington state elected officials while attending the 2019 IBEW Political/Legislative Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. We continued to discuss the issues that matter to labor, maintaining the prevailing wage and the right to organize. In addition, we stressed our concern for multi-employer pension plans and eliminating the excise tax on our healthcare plans. The November conference hosted an exceptional lineup of speakers ranging from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R) from Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district. Our IBEW Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson hosted a town hall-style session with presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. [Editor's Note: To read more on legislative updates, see news article "Two Major IBEW Priorities Finally Made Law," posted Jan. 23, 2020, on the IBEW website at]

The purchase of a new property in Spokane Valley is finalized. The upgraded 5,200-square-foot main building is the new home for our Spokane union hall. We are currently renting the smaller 3,000-square-foot building and will review our building needs in the future. This property will better serve our membership and allow room for training, general meetings, conferences and adequate parking. The sale of our old downtown union hall is complete, and the treasury has been dedicated to the purchase of our new Spokane union hall. Stay tuned for our open house.

Damian Hernandez, R.S.


At 2019 Political/Legislative Affairs Conference, from left: Matthew Hepner, executive director, Certified Electrical Workers of Washington; Local 77 Pres. Rick Johnson; IBEW Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson; U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA); and Local 77 Rec. Sec. Damian Hernandez.

2020 Construction Projects

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA — 2019 is a wrap, in the books and put away. We're on to 2020 and looking forward to another solid year of construction work in Boston.

This year, we will welcome 10 new projects of 40 stories or higher. Whether under construction or set to break ground, these projects will include the long awaited 55-story South Station Tower and a new 46-floor signature office tower, which is part of the redevelopment of the Congress Street Garage and future home and headquarters of State Street Bank. This project is owned by National Real Estate, the development arm of our NEBF Pension fund. Investing our pension assets into construction projects is a win-win for IBEW members. The return on investment (ROI) on real estate projects, like this one, have been among our portfolio's best and most reliable performers. At the same time, it puts our members to work on good, union-built projects. Office, residential, education, biotech, health-care, transportation, hospitality, retail, sports and entertainment projects continue to drive our diverse Boston economy forward. #LetsGetToWork #PoweringBoston #2020.

Jimmy Fleming, P.S.

Transitions at Union Hall

L.U. 111 (em,govt,lctt,mt,o,rtb,spa&u), DENVER, CO — It is an honor to announce the retirement of Bro. Duane J. Lawlor, a 44-year member, who also served on the staff representing the membership since June 2014. The Lawlor family has a long-standing history with Local 111. Duane's father, Gordon Lawlor (who passed away in 2018), and brother Bruce Lawlor were very active in the labor movement. Bruce served on the staff for 25 years until his retirement in 2014. The Lawlor family has a total of 96 combined years of service with the IBEW.

Bro. Duane spent his career with Public Service Company of Colorado in the Gas Department. He also served as Local 111 steward, chief steward, treasurer, president, assistant business manager, and senior assistant business manager. His experience and mentorship have been a great asset to the local and we most sincerely wish him the very best on his retirement and future endeavors.

We also welcome Suzann Kuhns and Allen Goff to the union staff. Sister Kuhns brings 18 years of service and experience to the position and came from the Design Department. Bro. Goff brings over 10 years of experience in the Pawnee Power Plant. These new union representatives are both from Public Service Company of Colorado. More information will be provided on all new faces at the hall in our next newsletter.

Patrick S. Quinn, P.S.

Solidarity for Working People

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR — As we get into spring, there are a lot of distractions for us all — changing weather, yardwork, increased projects at work, and oh, yes, primary elections will be in full swing. Many people think the IBEW is anti-Republican; that simply is not true. The IBEW is against any person or entity who does not support working people — and their rights to organize and collectively bargain. Regardless of your political opinion, please remember to respect others' opinions and avoid attacking each other due to differences. The IBEW does not tolerate harassment, discrimination, workplace bullying, or hostile work environments. Those types of actions simply don't promote our founders' values, and this local won't accept them either.

Join us March 14 for our annual Casino Night. This is a great opportunity to fellowship while raising money for the local's Brotherhood Fund and contributing to a local food bank. Also, don't forget about our other annual events to support the Oregon Burn Center — golf tournament (Hood River), the Pacific Northwest Lineman's Rodeo, and the local's golf and softball tournaments. We hope to see you there!

It's a new year, but our priority — our members' safety — hasn't changed. Be safe every day.

Marcy Grail, A.B.M.

2019 Holiday Festivities

L.U. 141 (ees,i,o&u), WHEELING, WV — Greetings, brothers and sisters! As of this writing work is slow, with 56 members on Book 1. Dirt is being moved at the site of a very large petrochemical complex tentatively planned to be built in our jurisdiction, although at press time an official announcement has yet to be made by company and government officials.

December was a very busy month for Local 141, with lots of holiday events for the membership and their families to enjoy. The local participated in several area holiday parades, with our own Local 141 holiday float. The local also held a very nice Christmas dinner for our retirees, had a Christmas breakfast with Santa for the members' children and grandchildren, and hosted a Christmas dinner/dance for the membership and their families. Many thanks to Bros. Art Oakland, Dave Jurovcik, Joe Donovan, and all the members of the Local 141 Social Committee and all others who helped organize all of these events.

Local 141 congratulates Bro. Fred Russell, who received his pin for 70 years of service to Local 141 in December. Fred's son, Jim, is also a recent retiree from Local 141. Congratulations and thank you to both of these fine men for their dedication and service to Local 141!

Kurt "Bug" Reed, P.S.


Local 141 retired member Fred Russell (left) receives his 70-year service pin presented by Bus. Mgr. Tom Conner.

'Welcome to New Contractor'

L.U. 177 (bo,ees,govt,i,mo,o&pet), JACKSONVILLE, FL — During the holiday season, Local 177 had a successful Christmas Party for the kids and another successful Christmas luncheon for the retirees. Many thanks to Pres. Luis Cano and his army of volunteers who made both parties a huge success. After playing Santa for 42 years, Bro. Bill Gehm passed the duties of Santa over to Bro. Carlos Nunez. Although we missed Bro. Gehm as Santa, Bro. Nunez did a great job and the Santa position is in good hands.

We recently signed contractor J. Williams Industrial Electric and we look forward to contributing to the company's success.

As we begin 2020, I think of this being a big election year, and I think of the upcoming legislative session in Florida. Brothers and sisters, if you do not contribute to PAC, I ask why? If you have questions about the PAC fund, please do not hesitate to ask me or someone at the hall. These funds are absolutely necessary to help give us a voice in politics. We know what we will get if we do nothing, but I will not write it here.

Hoping for a happy, healthy and prosperous year ahead for all of my brothers and sisters.

Alan Jones, B.M./F.S.


At Local 177's holiday Christmas party are members Bill Gehm (left) and Carlos Nunez, as Santa.

Contract Negotiations

L.U. 245 (govt,lctt,o,rtb&u), TOLEDO, OHIO — On the outside work is pretty slow right now. There are several contract negotiations going on as of this writing: WTOL (Channel 11) with TEGNA, Fourth District Teledata Agreement, Nelson Tree, The City of Bryan, Bryan Wastewater Treatment, and Hancock Wood. Hopefully some of these negotiations will be wrapped up by the time you read this.

At Davis-Besse, at the time of this writing the new company was slated to take over in mid-January with a name change from First Energy to Energy Harbor — and the plant should be in its refueling outage by publication date.

There are two important elections this year. First there is the Local 245 election of officers, with all the offices up for election as well as delegates for the next International Convention. In case you haven't noticed, there is a lot of gray hair among your officers, many of whom will not be seeking reelection. This presents an opportunity to get involved; there's no time like the present to start thinking about it.

Next is the 2020 national election, which is very important to all of us. If you like or don't like what's going on in this country, this is your opportunity to be heard. Study the issues and the candidates and vote your choice.

Until next time work safe. Spring is on the way.

Ray Zychowicz, P.S.

Annual Picnic & Service Pins

L.U. 257 (em,i,rtb,rts,spa&t), JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Over the summer last year, 88 members of Local 257 were awarded IBEW years-of-service pins at our annual picnic at Riverside Park in Jefferson City. The event was a great success and enjoyed by all.

Congratulations to everyone who received their service pin awards. Some of those who attended the annual picnic are pictured below.

Anthony Edwards, P.S.


Local 257 awarded service pins at 2019 annual picnic. From left: Ken Polly, Stace Stokes, Don Stokes, Glen Kinkade, Paul Cope, Carl Nichols, Don Bruemmer, James Breid, Charles Farris, Mark Schroeder, Lloyd Libbert, Jerry Petershagen and Gary James.

Memorial Site Created

L.U. 269 (i&o), TRENTON, NJ — The membership recently approved the creation of a memorial park in front of the main building housing the union hall and main offices. The park is intended as a space dedicated to the memory of all our union brothers and sisters who died while on the job working to provide for their loved ones and helping build stronger communities. The park features reflective benches set amongst an intimately landscaped sitting area adorned with landscape bricks with donor names inscribed on the face of each brick.

All members will have the opportunity to have a donated brick placed in the memorial grounds. The memorial itself is 6,500-pound boulder with a polished face that has the names of members of IBEW Local 269 who lost their lives doing their job, dating back to 1974. It is a fitting and enduring memorial to our fellow brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice while simply performing their chosen trade and doing to the best of their ability. It is a solemn reminder that this field we have chosen can be rewarding one moment and unforgiving the next.

The membership can be proud to have the creation of this memorial as part of their legacy.

Brian Jacoppo, P.S.


A 6,500-pound memorial boulder installed outside the IBEW Local 269 union hall.

Dedicated Career of Service;
'Welcome to New Members'

L.U. 309 (i,lctt,mo,mt,o,rts,spa&u), COLLINSVILLE, IL — Beginning with the new year, Local 309 welcomed our new Training Dir. Chris Huckins. Over the last eight years, Bro. Huckins and outgoing director Dave Kokotovich have transformed our apprenticeship program by launching a new standard of excellence — distinguished at both the local and International level. It is impossible to overstate the energy and dedication that Bro. Kokotovich devoted to his post. Dave has always been respected for his academic integrity, forward-thinking mentality, and concern for producing the best apprentices. Local 309 will forever be grateful for his leadership and the new trajectory that he has set for us. Thanks, Koko!

Back in November, the professional staff at Clinton County Cooperative voted unanimously to be represented by IBEW Local 309. The new members were concerned about keeping their current benefits package and having a grievance procedure. Thanks to assistant business agent Steve Duft, organizer Chris Hankins, shop steward Mike Faust, and the existing members at the cooperative for a successful organizing effort.

Congratulations to Executive Board member Jimmie Wildhaber on his retirement. Initiated in 1984, Bro. Wildhaber spent much of his career in line clearance and finished for the City of Highland as a utility locator and storekeeper.

Carlos S. Perez, R.S.

'Play the Long Game'

L.U. 313 (i&spa), WILMINGTON, DE — Our retirees enjoyed another Christmas meeting last year (see accompanying photo). They are glad to see Local 313 continue to prosper and their pensions funded. However, we have learned that not all trade union pensions are doing as well.

The American Mineworkers' pension fund has averted insolvency as a result of the bipartisan American Miners Act passed by Congress as a provision of the end-of-year spending bill — so that was good news. However, the Teamsters' Central States pension fund is reporting to become insolvent in five to seven years if no action is taken, and that still has to be solved. This will certainly shed a spotlight on multiemployer pension plans once again in the near future.

[Editor's Note: To read more, see recent news articles — "There's a Terrible New Plan to Tax Your Retirement — Help Us Fight It Today" (Dec. 6, 2019); "Tell Your Senators, Don't Tax My Retirement" (Dec. 10, 2019); and "Two Major IBEW Priorities Finally Made Law" (Jan. 23, 2020) — posted on the IBEW website at]

I am glad to report that when the I.O. asked business managers to get their memberships to respond, we did — and we should every time initiatives come out against the working people. We can never let the opposition see us wear down. As long as the powers that be try to attack any of our benefits that we have fought for, they will get a fight each and every time. Be ready … they will keep coming.

So I ask you, if we don't fight against them, who will?

Bruce W. Esper, P.S.


Local 313 Retirees Christmas Party in 2019 was a great success.

'Happy St. Patrick's Day' Labor Leaders & Activists

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN — Happy St. Patrick's Day, brothers and sisters! As March 17 approaches, it seems we all claim to have a "wee bit" of the Irish in us. Over the course of history, a number of notable labor leaders were known for their Irish roots. One female activist was Irish-American Mary Harris Jones. She earned the nickname "Mother Jones" during her nearly 50 years of labor, community and political activism. She helped organize coal miners in 1873 and railroad workers in 1877. She was a founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World, known as the "Wobblies." Mother Jones gave inspiring speeches across the country during Knights of Labor strikes. She fought to end child-labor abuses until her death in 1930.

Labor unions continue to be the voice of the working class. Membership is our ticket to financial security and family stability. We all can be leaders, activists and organizers within our communities, our politics and our local unions. Follow the contract, attend a union meeting, volunteer at a local union function, assist a brother or sister in need. "Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living" is a quote from Mother Jones.

We remember the Local 343 brothers who passed away in 2019: Alan Kestner, John Gleisner, Charles Born, Patrick Simmons and Steven Shane.

Buy "Made In USA" — American workers depend on it.

Tom Small, P.S.

Making Strides in 2020

L.U. 347 (em,i,mt,rtb,rts&spa), DES MOINES, IOWA — At this writing we're basking in the afterglow of the holiday season. Local 347 thanks all the brothers involved in the set-up and tear down and packing up of all the Jolly Holiday displays. The local also participated in the Toys for Tots gift collection drive. And lastly we celebrated the holidays with a party for the kids, but aren't we all kids during the holidays? The Christmas party was a huge success. These social events are some of the best ways we can ensure that families of the members are able to see the value of our union.

Having just closed a license cycle, the JATC is preparing for the next round of journeyman courses. A tip from Mr. Obvious: "Take classes early to keep the pressure off." Watch for the schedule of classes to be announced soon.

Many of the brothers and sisters are feeling pretty good about the direction the local is headed. The local has purchased a piece of commercial property in Ankeny, Iowa, with plans to build a new union hall. This bodes well for the future of the local. It will provide more space for meetings, and preliminary sketches indicate that the new building can also display some of the energy efficient technology we are installing for our customers. Another enticing aspect of the building is the high visibility we will have on the I-35 corridor. We will have a building with our own private billboard.

By the time this article is published, Iowa's spotlight on the political stage will have diminished. The Iowa caucuses will already have taken place. Yet we want to encourage all brothers and sisters across the nation to get involved in the political process. Having our voices heard is extremely important. Keep speaking up. Enthusiasm can't be bought.

Mike Schweiger, P.S.

Projects Underway;
Local Union Transitions

L.U. 357 (c,i,mt&se), LAS VEGAS, NV — There is a lot going on in Local 357.

Last fall, Bro. Al D. Davis stepped down from his role as business manager/financial secretary and went to work as an international representative in the IBEW Construction and Maintenance Department in Washington, D.C. Bro. Davis successfully led the local union through the worse construction recession in our local's history. Despite the challenges, our local was able to increase market share and union density under his leadership. We are grateful for his years of service and wish him well in his new position.

We would also like to welcome Bro. James Halsey as our new business manager/financial secretary. He previously served the local as assistant business manager and political director for the last nine years.

We are in the midst of a building boom in Las Vegas. Ongoing projects include the $2 billion Las Vegas Raiders stadium, the $4 billion Resorts World Hotel & Casino, the $1 billion Las Vegas Convention Center expansion, and a $1 billion MSG Sphere Arena.

In December the local union was honored by the City of Las Vegas for its volunteer action work in Sun City Summerlin. We had 40 union brothers and sisters come out on a Saturday to replace outdated smoke detectors for retirees. We take pride in keeping our community safe.

Hope everyone has a safe and successful 2020.

Jennifer Templin, P.S.


IBEW Local 357 volunteers, who replaced old smoke detectors for retirees, are joined by residents of Sun City Summerlin, NV, for a group photo.

New Five-Year Contract With Service Electric Cable TV

L.U. 375 (catv,ees,et,govt,i&mo), ALLENTOWN, PA — On Dec. 31, 2019, we had a contract set to expire with Service Electric Cable TV & Communications. We represent 165 members and their families at this location and getting a fair contract was our top priority. It was a pleasure to work with the management team from Service Electric during the negotiation process. Not only were they fair and honest in their approach at the table, they also showed their understanding that their employees are what make the machine run properly.

Local 375 members Rich Byrne (SE Unit chair), Brayden Winters (SE Unit vice chair), and Chris Liberto (SE Unit scribe) did a wonderful job of representing and explaining the needs of all the members from all departments. For those three gentlemen, it was their first experience negotiating a contract and they were naturals.

Congratulations to all the members from Service Electric on your new five-year contract and thank you for standing behind your officers as they negotiated on your behalf. Once again, we must also say a sincere thank-you to the management from Service Electric for their professionalism, and we look forward to a continued partnership.

Justin Grimshaw, A.B.M.


From left: IBEW Local 375 member Rich Byrne; Joe Macus, Service Electric vice president; Jack Capparell, Service Electric general manager; John Walson, Service Electric president; Local 375 Bus. Mgr. Paul Anthony; Asst. Bus. Mgr. Justin Grimshaw; members Brayden Winters and Chris Liberto.

Work Picture Steady

L.U. 401 (c,i,rts&st), RENO, NV — The work picture in Reno, Nevada, is steady with the hope of some large companies moving to the area and starting projects in the spring of 2020.

The apprenticeship has 60 new pre-apprentices ready to go to work.

Pictured in the accompanying photo are Bro. Eric Keller and Bro. Josh Cantu, working in the service department for a local contractor, installing a generator at the top of McClellan Peak, Nevada. At 7,800 feet in elevation in December, you need to ride to work in a Snow Cat. To members: Please remember that there is always work in the service department.

Scott Betz, P.S.


Local 401 members Eric Keller and Josh Cantu on a job site at the top of McClellan Peak in Nevada, working to install a generator for a contractor.

Membership Grows;
New Contractors Welcomed

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, IDAHO — Brothers and sisters, Local 449 had one of our best years ever in 2019. Our membership grew, our hours worked was near the best ever, and we saw a couple of new contractors join our contractor base. As of this writing, it looks like we will have a bit of a lull at the beginning of the year, but some larger projects are expected to get going as we move closer to summer.

We closed out 2019 with a fantastic turnout for our annual Christmas party and had a great time of food, fun and visiting. It was great to get together and catch up with everyone who could make it to the party. Now we are looking forward to 2020 summer events. We will have our annual summer picnic on July 18. And we will have the Chuckars baseball night on June 26.

Congratulations to our most recent retirees: Tod Humberger, Hal Blake, Roger Kim Grover and Robert Reno.

Ned Jones, B.M.

Annual Service Pin Night;
New Journeyman Linemen

L.U. 455 (em&u), SPRINGFIELD, MA — Local 455 recently held its annual service pin night at our December union meeting. Pictured (below) is Bro. Bill Smith receiving his 40-year pin from Pres. Dan Hamel. Congratulations, Bro. Smith!

Also pictured: Pres. Dan Hamel congratulating recently topped out first-class journeyman linemen: Ryan Serrella, Dave Williams, Executive Board member Connor Pularo, and Shane Kasala. Congratulations to all on your accomplishment!

Brian E. Kenney, B.M./F.S.


Local 455 member Bro. Bill Smith (left) receives his 40-year pin from Pres. Dan Hamel.


Local 455 Pres. Dan Hamel (left), Ryan Serrella, Dave Williams, Executive Board Member Connor Pularo, and Shane Kasala.

Tribute to Retirees;
New Opportunities Ahead

L.U. 481 (ees,em,i,mt,rts,s&spa), INDIANAPOLIS, IN — IBEW Local 481 closed out the year with our annual Retirees Christmas Lunch and Pin Ceremony. It was great to see all the retired members come together in the same room and share stories of their days in the industry. Without their sacrifice and dedication, we would not be where we are now. It was an honor to be present in the room with such great history that these retirees represent. One day we will all be there, and we must continue to do our part to advance Local 481, as well as the IBEW.

Like many locals I am sure, we are thankful for the many accomplishments in the year 2019. IBEW Local 481 has been pleased with all the work in our jurisdiction and the work projected for the future. With that being said, Local 481 looks forward to the new opportunities that 2020 will bring.

Hope you all had a merry Christmas and a happy New Year's. Here at Local 481, we look forward to seeing what all the locals have in store for 2020.

Blake A. Andrews, B.R.

Volunteers Active & Involved

L.U. 499 (u), DES MOINES, IOWA — The following 11th District sisters deserve a huge shout out for all their efforts on getting fellow sisters more involved with the IBEW. Mary Sands (Local 204), Amanda Cooling (Local 405), Karen VanDusseldorp (Local 204) and Sue Kingsbury (Local 204) have been working diligently to help other sisters by holding quarterly meetings, attending conferences, volunteering on labor boards and hosting fundraisers just to name a few. In October they organized a T-shirt fundraiser and are donating the money to the Iowa chapter of the Susan G. Komen foundation. They are enthusiastic about their futures with the IBEW and their hard work is greatly appreciated!

Sarah Faber, P.S.


From left, IBEW members Mary Sands, Amanda Cooling and Karen VanDusseldorp. Not pictured Sue Kinsbury.

IBEW 569 Gives Back To Support Working Families

L.U. 569 (i,mar,mt,rts&spa), SAN DIEGO, CA — 2020 is a big year for IBEW 569 — we're celebrating our 100th anniversary and we're negotiating our Inside Agreement. We'll be sure to keep you updated on our progress and anniversary events, including our big Local 569 100th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Saturday, May 30.

In other news, we are proud of our collective efforts to give back and support working families!

IBEW 569 members helped the San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council distribute toys and food to hundreds of local families in need of a little help during the holiday season. Thank you to all the union members who helped light up the holidays! Additionally, we supported the Diaper Drive with California Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez with a contribution of 5,000 diapers!

Lastly, our IBEW 569 retirees took action to "Protect Our Pensions," and met with the district directors of U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris. Thank you to Joe Heisler, Nephi Hancock, Steve Wilcox, Tom Kunde, Jaime Leon, Alan Paul and William Stedham for delivering IBEW's strong message. [Editor's Note: To read more, see three news articles — "There's a Terrible New Plan to Tax Your Retirement — Help Us Fight It Today" (Dec. 6, 2019); "Tell Your Senators, Don't Tax My Retirement" (Dec. 10, 2019); and "Two Major IBEW Priorities Finally Made Law" (Jan. 23, 2020) — posted on the IBEW website at]

We're heading into 2020 as a stronger local thanks to you and your hard work! Together, we will continue to make a difference and build stronger communities.

Gretchen Newsom, Political Dir./Organizer


Local 569 membership made a contribution of $10,000 to the Labor Food & Toy Drive.


L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Our annual Children's Christmas Party was Dec. 7 at the Wool Warehouse. The event has become so popular that at some point we will have to start looking for a different venue. In the last couple of years, it has attracted a large number of people. A huge thank you to all the people who have volunteered over the years to put this successful event together.

The JATC is always putting on classes for those of you who need to keep up your 16 hours of continuing education courses (CECs). For a list of classes, dates and times, please contact the JATC during normal business hours.

Just a reminder: The regular Local 611 union meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.

On behalf of the local, I would like to send condolences to the friends and families of two members who recently passed away: Dane M. Woodard and Vincent Gallegos. They will be missed.

Remember, this is an election year. Please get out and vote. If you are not registered, please contact Santos Griego at the union hall.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.


Local 611 members at the 2019 annual Children's Christmas Party.

Strength in Solidarity;
Annual EWMC Conference

L.U. 617 (c,i,mo&st), SAN MATEO, CA — Greetings, sisters and brothers. We have been blessed to be living in the Bay Area, where the work picture continues to grow, especially in the tech and health sectors.

In December 2019, Santa and his elves arrived just in time for our annual holiday party. Sounds of laughter filled the hall, as bright-eyed children took photos with Santa and decorated cookies.

The 30th annual Electrical Workers Minority Caucus Leadership Conference was held in Chicago, IL, on Jan. 15-20. Thirteen delegates from Local 617 participated in the many workshops, seminars and other activities, while renewing old friendships. One of the most rewarding events was the Day of Giving/Service where participants serve the community by helping with local projects. Much gratitude to all who attended.

With great sadness, we report the sudden passing of Nancy Thompson, a 30-year member. A beloved sister who exemplified what it meant to be an IBEW journeyman electrician with her passion and humanity. Also rest in peace to Bro. Joseph Radetich, who passed away at age 100 and was a member for 79 years. They will be dearly missed.

The 2020 presidential elections are fast approaching. We are strongest when united, not divided. Please vote for those who support unions and act upon it.

May the Great Spirit bless your home with peace, joy and abundance in the new year.

Kenn Perfitt, P.S.


Mrs. Claus (Kathy Havenler, Local 617 bookkeeper) attends the local's annual holiday party in 2019.

Local Union Updates

L.U. 649 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), ALTON, IL — Local 649 has been engaged with the events listed below.

Service pins were awarded as follows: for five years of service — Cole Strasen; for 10 years of service — Jeffrey Senko; 15 years — Jacob Goebel, Mark Loftus; 30 years — Mark Behme, James Bowler, Tracey Jones, Carol Lord, Timothy Stinson, Scott Wagner, Dennis Weaver; 35 years — Alan Rubenstein, Larry Becker, Christopher Beiser, Dana Morrow, Frederick Stutz, Michael Wright; 40 years — Dan Kruse, Thomas Albrecht, Terry Wilhite, Rodney O'Dell, Bradley Wheaton, David Renner; 45 years — Bernard Hinners, Robert Frank, William Striegel; 50 years — Gabriel Bourland; 55 years — James Parker; and 70 years - William Rister, whose son Joseph Rister accepted on William's behalf.

Negotiations were completed as follows: P66 Refinery/eight-year agreement; Inside Agreement/four-year agreement; Outside Agreement/four-year agreement; Outside Commercial/Industrial Powerline, four-year agreement.

At press time negotiations are ongoing for a Tree Trimmers agreement, and a Donco agreement.

The 2020 work outlook includes the following projects: P66 Refinery; Roxana City Hall and Safety Building; Warehouse work; and Capital Projects/State of Illinois.

New members include: 18 operators at Veolia North America (three-year agreement through June 2022; and three employees at Wood River Levee District (two-year agreement through September 2021).

Community service: Local 649 retirees donated time to help area communities with electrical issues/projects.; and local members donated time to Jersey County Animal Rescue.

Thank you to Bro. Alan Rubenstein for compiling the information included in this article.

Terry Wilhite, P.S.


Local 649 service award recipients were honored at a Dec. 11, 2019, service pin presentation dinner.

Community Service Projects

L.U. 697 (c,es,i,mt&se), GARY AND HAMMOND, IN — The Sisters of 697 made sure everyone in northwest Indiana stayed warm this winter by hosting a Coat Drive. Over 50 bags of coats, hats, gloves and boots were donated to those in need. The Veterans of 697 hosted a Christmas Toy Drive to make sure every kid in our jurisdiction had a good Christmas. And the 697 RENEW Committee hosted their annual Holiday Diaper Drive to stock the local shelters in need. We appreciate everyone who donated to make these events a total success.

Additionally, the Local 697 EWMC did their day of service on Saturday, Nov. 16, to assist with residential electrical repairs for those in need.

And lastly, we would like to thank the Local 697 members who donated their time on the Saturday before Christmas to add all new wiring and LED lights to the Boys & Girls Club classroom (see accompanying photo).

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


IBEW Local 697 volunteers installed new wiring and LED lights at Boys & Girls Club. From left: Teresa Baranowski, Mike Matusik, Nick Hardesty, Donald Bullock, Mike Jongsma, Frank Mikolajczyk, Aaron Mikolajczyk (Frank's son) and Matt Fingar.

'Union of the Year' Award From American Labor Museum

L.U. 827 (catv&t), EAST WINDSOR, NJ — On Sunday, Sept. 2, last year, Local 827 was honored by the American Labor Museum/Botto House as the "Union of the Year." The landmark Botto House museum is located in Haledon, NJ.

The recognition was a result of Local 827's leadership within the labor community and the local's extensive community service. Many members of Local 827, along with unions from across the state, participated in the museum's annual Labor Day parade followed by a barbecue for all. A special write-up about Local 827 appeared in a program handed out to attendees at the parade and barbecue.

It was a great event and Local 827 was humbled by the recognition.

Suzanne M. Wallin, R.S.


IBEW Local 827 received 2019 Union of the Year Award presented by the American Labor Museum/Botto House in New Jersey.

JATC Training Director

L.U. 1015 (em&i), WESLACO, TEXAS — IBEW Local 1015 would like to send out a big Texas salute to the Rio Grande Valley Laredo Electrical JATC, headed by its new Training Dir. Osvaldo Cabada Jr. since January 2019.

Mr. Osvaldo Cabada Jr. is a Mission native, and he and his wife have two grown sons who are following in their father's footsteps. He has made a great impact at the RGVLE-JATC in the past year by restructuring said department for the challenges of 2020 and a new decade. Finding a good training director with a good electrician background is hard to do, but one who is also a great educator and has great rapport with his students is a great plus.

Mr. Cabada has brought to the RGVLE-JATC his years of experience in the electrical field and his great talent for teaching the students in a way they understand, from hands-on training to instruction regarding what it takes to stay on a great electrical road to success.

Mr. Cabada has already put into practice some of his new projects for the Local 1015 JATC school and is gearing up for a fresh start in 2020 preparing for new opportunities as well as any challenges ahead.

Tammy Casas, P.S.


Local 1015 Training Dir. Osvaldo Cabada Jr. (left) and Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Sergio A. Salinas.

Community Outreach —
Opportunities to Participate

L.U. 1049 (lctt,o,u&uow), LONG ISLAND, NY — At several recent general meetings, Bus. Mgr. Ronald Bauer has encouraged members to become more engaged and involved. There are several clubs and committees in which one can participate. The newest of these clubs is the Veterans Club, chaired by Bro. Joseph DiLiberto. The aim of the Veterans Club is to promote solidarity amongst the members who are veterans of the U.S. armed services. One of their goals is to support veterans and their families, not only within the local, but in the Long Island community as well.

If you are looking to give back to the Long Island community, you can get involved in either the Community Affairs Committee, the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC), the Motorcycle Club, or the Sportsman Club. These committees/clubs work to promote Local 1049 in the community by contributing to and participating in numerous charitable community outreach programs. In 2019, the combined groups raised and donated several thousand dollars to Local 1049 members in need, as well as to various charitable organizations. If interested in participating in any of the committees or clubs, please contact the hall.

In March, on behalf of our members in the Electric Craft Division, we will be negotiating our NECA Agreement.

At the March general meeting, we will hold nominations for the offices of business manager/financial secretary, president, vice president, recording secretary, treasurer and for all Executive Board seats, as well as nominations for delegates to the 2021 IBEW International Convention.

Thomas J. Dowling, R.S.

IBEW Donates Toys To Cincinnati Children's Hospital

L.U. 1347 (ees,em,ptc&u), CINCINNATI, OHIO — For a fourth year in a row, the children staying at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital during the month of December received stuffed animals as a gift from Local 1347. This donation is made possible by selling pins for the local union and puts a smile on every child's face. We plan to continue this tradition for many years to come!

Andrew Kirk, B.M.


Local 1347 donates toys to Cincinnati Children's Hospital. From left: Children's Hospital Dir. Sara Coyle; Local 1347 Executive Board member Don Scott Smith; steward Bob Allen; office coordinator Rachel Glover; Bus. Mgr. Andrew Kirk; and steward Tom Messamer.

Tribute to Life of Service

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA — IBEW Local 1579 is saddened by the loss of former longtime business manager Tommy Yarbrough. Tommy passed away Nov. 18, 2019, at the age of 84.

Tommy Yarbrough was our business manager for 27 years. He served this local and dedicated his life from 1979 to 2006. He saw this local through both good times and bad. He kept his cool throughout the Reagan years, when union membership was declining at a rapid pace. He built relationships with our political friends and was the voice of the membership. He served the local by sitting on many other boards and councils. He served as an officer on the Augusta Building Trades Council, the Georgia Electrical Workers association and the Central Labor Council just to name a few. He was a great leader!

Tommy was a great business manager to us all, as well as a great family man. He was widely respected and a friend to many, but his best friend was his beloved wife, Helen; she made him an even better man. Tommy often bragged about his family and we all knew how proud he was to have the family life that he had.

We will miss our former business manager and will look forward to seeing him again someday in heaven.

Until next time, God bless!

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

55-Year Service Pin

L.U. 1759 (u), CASPER, WY — I recently had the privilege of presenting an IBEW 55-year service pin award to retired member Donald Kelly. Bro. Kelly is 89 years old. He started as a lineman, then finished his career as a high-voltage electrician. Congratulations to Bro. Kelly on his longtime service.

Andrew Dendinger, R.S.


Local 1759 retiree Donald W. Kelly receives 55-year service pin.


Important Election Year

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 1, ST. LOUIS, MO — Happy new year from St. Louis. It's 2020 — holy cow! I hope everyone had a good holiday season. Try to get out of the house and get some exercise as the weather will be warming up.

Remember to send or drop off your annual contribution to the Voluntary Fund. Very important elections are coming up. Make sure you and your family are informed about labor-friendly candidates.

The Retirees Club meetings for this year are March 18, May 20, July 15, Sept. 16 (luncheon), and Nov. 18. Meetings start at about 10 a.m. There should be an open house for our newly remodeled union hall soon.

Neal McCormack, P.S.

2019 Summer Picnic

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, NASSAU COUNTY CHAPTER — Nassau County Chapter Local 3 Retirees had their well-attended annual summer picnic in beautiful Brady Park. Brady Park is located in the Town of Massapequa Park, a part of Nassau County. Mother Nature blessed us with a warm and sunny day. The day's activities began with a bocce ball tournament, followed by bean bag and horseshoe tournaments. At lunchtime a bountiful catered gourmet barbeque meal was served and ended with ice-cold watermelon. The activities continued after lunch with an egg-toss tournament followed by a water-balloon-toss tournament. The water balloons washed off the remnants of missed egg catching. Spending a warm summer's day with longtime friends and family made it a special day for all the retirees to remember.

John Milligan, P.S.


Local 3, Nassau County Chapter, Retirees Club's annual summer picnic was once again a great success.

Holiday Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, NORTHERN NEW JERSEY CHAPTER — Greetings and a happy, healthy new year to all! Everyone enjoyed our Holiday Luncheon and dancing to a lively DJ, along with the delicious food at Season's in Washington Township!

A highlight of the day was celebrating member Anthony "Tony" LaBate's 100th birthday, with a beautiful cake and singing a rousing birthday song to Tony! We wish Tony all the best of health and happiness!

We continue our monthly meetings through the winter, although missing our many snowbirds! We're looking forward to our spring luncheon, and many of us will be enjoying a week at Woodloch Pines resort in June!

John Krison, P.S.


At Local 3, Northern New Jersey Chapter, Retirees Club holiday party, attendees congratulated Anthony "Tony" LaBate (left) on his 100th birthday. At right is club Vice Chair Les Rothstein.

Toys for Tots & Holiday Party

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, SOUTH JERSEY CHAPTER — We had a fantastic end of the year season for 2019. From Dec. 1 through Dec. 24 last year, retirees led by Vice Chmn. Lou Cohen and Vice Chmn./Rec. Sec. Charles DeSaro, along with members of the U.S. Marine Corp. Reserve - Red Bank, NJ, received, packed and distributed over 500,000 toys for kids in New Jersey.

On Dec. 18, 2019, we had our holiday party. Our raffle winners were Joe Cronin, Tom Viola and Charles DeSaro.

Thank you to everyone who helped make these events a great success.

Nancy Savarese, P.S.


Local 3, South Jersey Chapter, Retirees Club members assisted with 2019 Toys for Tots project. From left: Dennis Hessler, Bob Andreasi, John McNickolas, Don Gallagher, Vice Chmn./Rec. Sec. Charles DeSaro and Vice Chmn. Lou Cohen.

Retirees Donate to Food Bank

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, SUFFOLK CHAPTER — Our Annual Holiday Party was a great success – thanks to the hard work of our Holiday Committee (pictured below, left to right): John Arendt, Eileen Crisostomo, Frank Bono, Loretta Bono, Chmn. John Schoenig, Lois Weis, Cathy Schoenig, Vice Chmn. Andrew Weis and Walter Kern. It was great to see new and old friends. There was lots of food, music for dancing and raffle prizes. Everyone had a fun time.

John Vodicka reported that we donated over 400 pounds of food for the Long Island Cares, Harry Chapin Food Bank.

We look forward to planning some interesting trips for our club as well as scheduling some informative guest speakers. We hope everyone enjoyed a happy holiday season.

Our Pres. Richard Duva and his wife wished everyone a happy and healthy new year.

Harvey Goldman , P.S.


Local 3, Suffolk Chapter, Retirees Club holiday committee.

Christmas/Hanukkah Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, WESTCHESTER-PUTNAM CHAPTER — The Westchester/Putnam Retirees' 30th annual Christmas/Hanukkah Luncheon was Dec. 11, 2019. For the past four years we've held this event at the Leewood Golf Club, in Eastchester, NY, the same location that we hold our two golf outings every year.

The cocktail hour and the lunch, as always, were excellent. The highlight of the day was the unexpected visit by Local 3 Asst. Bus. Mgr. Elliot Hecht, and newly elected Local 3 Pres. Thomas Cleary. Although they could not stay for the luncheon, they were able to meet many of our members during the cocktail hour.

As always, at the luncheon, we present any member who has turned 80 years of age with a plaque, honoring that member. This year there were three recipients present, Ed Frisone, Ron Celentano and George Wintermuth; four other recipients could not attend.

At every Christmas/Hanukkah luncheon we have a 50/50 raffle, to benefit the Fisher House Foundation. This year's first-prize winner was Pat Mucci, and oddly enough, the second prize was won by Pat's wife. Both winners graciously donated their winnings, a total of $500, to the Fisher House Foundation.

Richard Mills, Treas.


At the Local 3, Westchester/Putnam Chapter, Retirees Club's Christmas/Hanukkah Luncheon, from left: Dominic Malandro, David Torres, Robert Celentano, George Wintermuth, Edward Frisone and Richard Mills.

Travels & Activities

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 26, WASHINGTON, DC — We cannot celebrate the new year and the new decade without remembering the members we have lost this past year. May they rest in peace.

Retired members keep on traveling and meeting. In December we honored five members receiving 50- and 60-year service pins. Brian H. Brigden and Gerald Harrington received their 50-year pins; and William L. Markley, Rudolph Christopher Worch and Robert Hughes received their 60-year pins. Congratulations to all, and we hope they will continue to attend our meetings as they are able!

In December we had our annual holiday meeting and luncheon with over 80 members in attendance. Although some retirees decide to move to warmer climates, many others stay in the area, as their families have stayed nearby as well. It is only early 2020 and already our numbers are over 300 contributing members. We mail our meeting minutes to all our members for whom we have good mailing addresses. Remember to notify all when you move: the EWTF, the finance office, the International Office and the retired members club. As many members may not know, due to the federal restrictions on sharing personal information, these offices cannot share your personal information, so you need to notify each office.

Although the 2020 European cruise is full for our special group rate, there are still cabins available. Please contact our travel coordinator Bro. Rick Warner (240-272-0438) if you are interested in joining our crew.

Susan Flashman, P.S.

Annual Retirees Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 35, HARTFORD, CT — We would like to recognize our retired members who passed away during 2019. They are: Harland Cramer, Charles Francis Jr., Richard Kent, John Kowalchuk, Edward Kowalski, Robert Mancini, Robert Moody Sr., Louis Renna, and Carmen Scollo. Our condolences go out to their families and friends.

Local 35 hosted our annual Retirees Luncheon in October at the Chowder Pot IV restaurant. A record number of members and guests attended and enjoyed the camaraderie and a wonderful lunch. Many thanks to Local 35 for sponsoring the annual event.

Dennis Machol and Charlie Rose attended a recent Alliance for Retired Americans meeting. They discussed a bill that Connecticut recently passed which lowers the income tax paid on pensions and annuities over the next five years.

The Retirees Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month beginning in March 2020 at the Elks Club in Rocky Hill.

Kenneth R. White, P.S.

An Event Filled Year

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 53, KANSAS CITY, MO — Greetings to all! By the time you read this, spring will be here! Hope you all have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020.

We had our Retiree Luncheon on Oct. 29 hosted by Local 53. We had a great turnout. Thank you to everyone who donated for Toys for Tots, and a big "thank-you" to Joe Padilla for organizing this every year. The local's annual Christmas Party on Dec. 20 had the largest crowd so far with over 900 people. It was a good time with great food and entertainment. Thank you to Local 53 and the staff for all their hard work.

A lot will be going on this year. The annual Crappie Tournament and Fish Fry will be May 2 at Truman State Park. Contact the local for more information. At our May Retiree Luncheon, we will elect officers. The local will be electing officers this year also. This is a big year for local, state and national elections, so get informed, get involved and vote. We have to get rid of some of these anti-union/anti-worker politicians!

We still have our Retirees Club meetings at the Lumberyard Bar & Grill in Urich, MO, at 11 a.m. on the second Thursday of the month. We did make one change — instead of meeting every other month, we now meet every month. Please come join us.

Sadly, since our last article we lost some brothers: George Drabek, Les Irwin, Bruce Brundege, Dean Dymond, Greg VanHooser and Terry Gilbert. Rest in peace, brothers.

Duane Pearce, P.S.

Annual Spring Fling Party

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 58, DETROIT, MI — Greetings from the Association of Retirees, Wives and Widows. Our Christmas Party was a success with a good crowd and generous donations. Our members collectively donated over $1,000 divided between our four children's charities, and Local 58's benevolent fund.

Saturday, April 25, is our Annual Spring Fling Party, which honors members with 40 years or more of IBEW membership with a presentation of service pins. Honorees receive lunch, with guests attending for $15 each. This is always a great celebration, bringing together members, friends and family to celebrate these milestones. Invitations will go out to honorees, so be sure to reserve your seats by calling Ray Owen at 248-348-3626 with an rsvp. All retirees and their guests are welcome to attend.

Let's remember that this is a very important election year. 2020 will bring us numerous opportunities to assist in the political system that our country employs. Be sure to consider some volunteer work and/or donations to the candidates who most support our union brothers and sisters and our communities. 2020 brings us the most important presidential race to date.

Be sure to exercise one of your most precious rights as an American — vote!

Pat Nuznov, P.S.


Local 58 retirees volunteered for Forgotten Harvest Greenhouse project. Front row (kneeling), from left, Jim Hamlin, Pat Nuznov, Norm Jaworski; back row, Andy Folgman, Jim Dunn, Pat Dunn, Percy Redd, Joe Pi, Randolph Porzondek and Tom Weertz.

Club Participation Grows

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 60, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — Retirees are looking forward to a new year and the continued growth in attendance. The club's attendance at their monthly meetings has almost doubled this past year. Everyone enjoys a catered meal, or a meal furnished by the members, and the dessert table is always full. After a short business meeting, the fun continues with 10 games of bingo. Camaraderie and fellowship best describe the purpose of these monthly meetings. The club meets the second Thursday of each month at Local 60's new hall, 3518 N. Loop 1604 E., starting at 11:30 a.m. The months of June, July and August the club takes a summer break and does not meet. Local 60 retired members, please join us.

The Golf Tournament committee members are making preparations for another very successful fundraiser. This year's fundraiser will be held May 9, at the Pleasanton Golf Club. Details will be outlined in the Local 60 newsletter.

Club members honored the memory of the following members, wearing their wings, with a moment of silence in 2019: Jason Hough, John Langendorf, John Weber, Ernest Knappick, Thomas Kazak, Thomas Frazier, Clyde Day and Mike Wright. Rest in peace, brothers.

Sandy Rogers, P.S.

December Holiday Party;
Pension Improvements

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 134, CHICAGO, IL — At the start of a new, exciting decade — happy 2020, everyone. Last December our club had our Annual Holiday Party for the first time at our new Local 134 building at 2722 S. Martin Luther King Drive in Chicago. The party took place in the Memorial Hall. We had our holiday raffle, our traditional meal of corned beef/cabbage and chicken, with apple pie for dessert. It was decorated beautifully, the luncheon was delicious, and attendees were full of holiday cheer.

Our pension trustees have made epic pension improvements for us retirees and beneficiaries. Many pension plans in our country have experienced deficits from the Great Recession. Due to the hard work of our trustees and membership, we are on strong, solid ground. A letter last December from Local 134 Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Don Finn gave us the news from our pension trustees for improvements passed on to active members, retirees, and beneficiaries. Pension Plan #2 recipients, retirees, and widows will begin to receive increases to their monthly pension benefit starting the first quarter of 2020. In addition, all members (including Pension Plan #4 and #6) who retired after July 1, 2007, will receive a 13th pension check for 2020.

Thank you to our electrical trustees and Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Don Finn for working so hard for our Local 134 members.

Sue Kleczka, P.S.


In December 2019, the Memorial Hall in Local 134's new building was transformed into a holiday ballroom for a festive occasion.

2019 Holiday Dinner Party

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 141, WHEELING, WV — Hello, brothers and sisters! On Dec. 13 last year, the Local 141 Retirees Club, along with the Local 141 Social Committee, held a Christmas dinner for the retirees and their spouses at the Wheeling Island Casino Racetrack. The dinner was well attended, with 50 retirees and spouses, along with several of the local's officers and guests. Retirees enjoyed a buffet dinner, live music, gifts/door prizes, and a lot of reminiscing. Service pins were awarded to eligible retirees in attendance. Currently, Local 141 has three retirees with 70+ years of service, and 12 retirees with 60+ years of service. Local 141 currently has 135 retirees with a combined total of 6,146 years of service! The Local 141 Social Committee wishes to extend its gratitude to Bro. Joe Donovan and his wife, Cheryl, for the terrific job they have done putting this dinner together over the past several years.

The Local 141 Retirees Club would like to remind all active retirees that the club meets at the Guest House restaurant in Moundsville, WV, on the third Tuesday of every month, at 8:30 a.m., for breakfast.

Kurt "Bug" Reed, P.S.


Retirees attending IBEW Local 141 Retirees Holiday Dinner Party, at the Wheeling, WV, Island Racetrack Casino in December 2019.

Community Service Donation

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 160, MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Our local retiree group donated $1,000 to the Firefighters for Healing-Minnesota Chapter. Thank you to all who contributed for this worthy cause in service to the community.

Fran Stade, V.P./Treas.


Local 160 Retirees Club Pres. Pete Sandberg (right) and Vice Pres/Treas. Fran Stade (left) present donation to Firefighters for Healing representative Jake Laferriere.

Gala Dinner Dance;
Community Service Project

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 164, JERSEY CITY, NJ — Big events happened in December 2019. The Local 164 Retirees Association was invited to the Local 164 Gala Dinner Dance, where our 50-year members were honored with a pin, watch and certificate, receiving a standing ovation. And we danced the night away to a great band.

We followed two weeks later with our own holiday party with fine food and smiles galore. Many thanks go to Tom and Eileen Barry and the greatest kitchen crew ever. But rest assured, many people helped make it happen. And we raised donations for needed holiday toys, too.

Besides our monthly luncheons, this April we will start our 164 Retirees Golf League followed by seasonal fishing trips, an Atlantic City summer excursion, and scholarships for children/grandchildren with funds being raised from our Annual Golf Outing.

We also conducted our annual charitable project his past November where our association helped collect over 200 winter coats for New Jersey families in shelters and the homeless through Jersey Cares.

David Judovin, P.S.


Local 164 Retirees Club Rec. Sec./Treas. Tom Barry, Pres. Jerry Rider, and kitchen chefs Glenn Allen, Don Eckhardt and Jim Meyers.

1913 Monument in Tribute To Fallen IBEW Member

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 212, CINCINNATI, OHIO — Local unions 134 and 212 share a bit of IBEW history. Many of Local 212's early records were destroyed by a flood, but the facts remain unchanged.

In the early 1900s, Brother Joseph H. Alandar was obligated as a member of Local 212. What year Brother Alandar transferred to Chicago Local 134 is unknown. A search of "The Electrical Worker" online archives proves fruitless as to the date Joseph "was murdered by a cowardly assassin." Joe was 27 years old. However, in the November 1913 issue of "The Electrical Worker," a detailed account, with photos, of the unveiling of a memorial monument erected in his honor (on Oct. 6, 1913) is recorded.

Then-Int. Pres. F. J. McNulty delivered the eulogy. Local 134 purchased an impressive monument at Spring Grove Cemetery honoring Joseph. Local 212 assumed maintenance care of the monument. Several years ago, we had it pressure-washed to a like-new appearance. After 107 years, trees have grown — shading Joe's final resting place, peaceful and serene. His father, mother, sisters, and IBEW Brother Eugene Alandar are buried with this IBEW hero. Rest in peace, Brother Joe.

For more information, go to IBEW website, and under "Media Center" click on "Archives" — then go to year-1913, month-November, Page 1116, and also Pages 1135-36.

Bob Schaefer, P.S.


A monument erected in 1913 in tribute to late IBEW member Joseph H. Alandar, who initially was obligated into Local 212 and later transferred to Local 134.

Annual Holiday Luncheon;
Say 'No' to Attack on Pensions

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 257, JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Thanks to everyone who made 2019 a success. A few trips were taken in 2019 and we plan more trips for 2020. We thank everyone who volunteered their time last year for our retiree group. A special thank-you to Pres. Ron Holtzhauser and Sec. Treas. Judy Holtzhauser, who do a wonderful job keeping us on track.

We extend condolences to the family of retired member Alice Murry, who passed away recently. She was a Local 257 member for 20 years. Her son, Otsie Murry, is also a retired Local 257 member.

Our annual Christmas luncheon was Dec. 10, hosted by Local 257 members. We appreciate all their help and thank them for the great food. After the luncheon, we had a sale of items brought by members to raise money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Through our members' generous donations and proceeds from the sale, we sent $1,500 to St. Jude's. We thank Mike Fanning, Local 257 organizer, for auctioning off the items.

Local 257 Bus. Mgr. Don Bruemmer talked about the Multiemployer Pension Recapitalization and Reform Plan proposed by Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. Bus. Mgr. Bruemmer asked that we all write our senators and tell them we oppose this proposal. The Grassley-Alexander proposal in the short run will drastically raise fees on healthy multiemployer plans (such as the IBEW's) and in the long run will make it nearly impossible for unions and employers to provide quality retirement benefits. Please write to your senators and tell them to reject the Grassley-Alexander proposal. [Editor's Note: To read more, see three news articles — "There's a Terrible New Plan to Tax Your Retirement — Help Us Fight It Today" (Dec. 6, 2019); "Tell Your Senators, Don't Tax My Retirement" (Dec. 10, 2019); and "Two Major IBEW Priorities Finally Made Law" (Jan. 23, 2020) — posted on the IBEW website at]

Happy new year to everyone!

Delores Melloway, P.S.


Retirees Club members enjoy Christmas Luncheon provided by members of Local 257.

Service Pins Awarded

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 306, AKRON, OHIO — On Dec. 20, the Retirees Annual Christmas Breakfast was held at our Training Center. Attendees enjoyed a nice breakfast while catching up on the happenings of the past year. Later that evening, many attended our local union meeting, where numerous retirees received awards for their longtime service to the IBEW.

Citations and pins were awarded to the following honorees: for 65 years of service — Harold Albright, Franklin Bowers, Donald Kingan, Ronald Peck, Alvin Tasker, Joseph Tassone, Paul Textor and John Weber; for 60 years of service — Frank Bindreiter, Gary Carpenter, Richard Dewitt, Gerald Ferrell and Glenn Stoltz; for 55 years — Myron Stewart; for 50 years — Harold Baker, Eugene Beckes, James Betz, Leonard Bolls, Joseph Corrado, Edward Fenton, Kenneth Fett, Thomas Fredholm, Bentley Hudson, James Huston, John Johnson, John Kee, Patrick Manion, Charles Nanna, William Neilson, Stephen Schilling and David Strabel.

To all our retirees, Local 306 thanks you for your many years of dedicated service.

Although we gained many retirees this past year, we also lost quite a few.

With sadness we report the passing of the following retired brothers: Russell Beahn, William Deshon, Michael Tanaska, Roger Casseday, Silvano Maiorano, John Weber, Richard Muha, Robert Fitt, Donald Combs, Daniel Popa, Richard Cooey, John Spangler, James Carney, Edward Fenton, Donald Kromer and William May. We send our deepest condolences to their families.

Thomas Wright, P.S.


At the Local 306 Retirees Annual Christmas Breakfast.

55-Year Service Pin

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 317, HUNTINGTON, WV — The Local 317 retirees have a luncheon on the second Tuesday of every month, at 1 p.m., at the union hall on Madison Avenue in Huntington, WV.

We would like to congratulate Bro. Doug Plybon (pictured below) on receiving his IBEW 55-year service pin recently.

Jerry Booth, Pres.


Local 317 Retirees Club Pres. Jerry Booth (left) presents 55-year service pin award to member Doug Plybon.

2019 Holiday Festivities;
Upcoming Pin/Award Breakfast

RETIREES CLUB OF LOCAL 353, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA — We began our new year after celebrating all our 2019 successes, such as the events that we have shared with Locals 105, 303 and 804 — including our largest Retirees Annual Christmas Dinner/Dance with over 700 retirees present. A special guest at the party was Bro. Peter Reed, who previously served as a Local 353 rep working for the building trades; as a result of an auto accident some time ago he was paralyzed. Peter and his nurses enjoyed attending this event.

We are presently planning our Annual Pin/Award Breakfast for Wednesday, April 15, where we will honour our 50- to 70-year members for their service.

This year, a total of 410 Local 353 members are eligible to receive IBEW service awards. These include 151 50-year members; 209 55-year members; 37 60-year members; five 65-year members; and eight 70-year members. If half of the eligible award recipients show up for the Pin/Award Breakfast, this will be the largest breakfast to date, thanks to the organizing in the past.

As we give thanks for all that we have, we will continue to acknowledge and contribute to the needs of our community, as without the contributions from unions, our society would be in dire shape.

All the best for 2020 and continue to "build our communities with dignity."

Robert Rynyk, P.S.

'Fellowship & Camaraderie'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 443, MONTGOMERY, AL — We held our retiree meeting on Dec. 6, 2019, with 30 members and guests in attendance. The meeting went very well with lots of camaraderie and fellowship. All enjoyed a delicious pot-luck lunch prepared by our members and their spouses. We had a short business meeting followed by "Dirty Santa," and everyone had an enjoyable time.

Our next scheduled meeting will be April 3 at the Local 443 union hall starting around 11 a.m., with a pot-luck lunch to follow at about noon.

If you are IBEW retired (or over age 55) we would love for you to come fellowship and have lunch with us. In brotherhood,

Barry W. Harrison, P.S.

Activities & Events

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 649, ALTON, IL — The Local 649 Retirees Club's recent events, activities and updates include those reported below.

Retirees Club monthly meetings take place the last Thursday of each month, except for schedule changes due to holidays.

The Retirees Christmas Party was Dec. 14, with 70 retired members and guests attending.

Retirees volunteered their time to assist projects at Gordon Moore Park, the Salvation Army, St. Mary's Parish in Alton, and the Jersey County Animal Rescue.

Retirees Club Pres. George Stumpy has problems with his knee but is improving at the time of this writing.

Local 649 transmits email notices to members both active and retired. For any members (including retirees) who are not receiving emails, please contact the union hall to provide updated email addresses.

Thank you to Vice Pres. Bill Gotlib for presiding in Bro. Stumpy's absence. Thanks also to Rec. Sec./Treas. Marlin Wagner for keeping us abreast of Bro. Stumpy's progress as he recovers.

Our thanks and appreciation also go to Bro. Jack Tueth, who compiled and submitted the Retirees Club's "Local Lines" articles in the past.

Thank you to each of you retirees for your participation, and also thanks to Bro. Alan Rubenstein for compiling the information for this article.

Terry Wilhite, P.S.

Meeting Updates

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 702, WEST FRANKFORT, IL — The Retirees Club met on Oct. 3 and Dec. 5, 2019, at Golden Corral in Carbondale, IL.

Pres. Gary King welcomed those in attendance. Minutes from the previous meetings and the financial report were read and approved, followed by the reading of the deaths and a moment of silence for those dearly departed.

Under old business, the club discussed the great Labor Day picnic at Rent One Park in Marion, IL, and the possible return of the picnic to the DuQuoin State Fair. A thank-you was extended to all those who helped with the Labor Pavilion. At the December meeting, it was decided to present a placard to Bro. Jim Campbell at the Annual Retiree Luncheon in Mt. Vernon, IL, which will be held Tuesday, April 7.

In new business at the October meeting, retired Executive Board member John Sims joined the club for the first time since his retirement, and he informed attendees about the Homecoming Tailgate at Southern Illinois University. Additionally, the club voted unanimously to spend $200 for the purchase of a plaque that shows when the Retiree Club was founded, etc.

The raffle drawings were held and the deposit for both meetings was announced, followed by adjournment.

Mark Baker, P.S.


At Local 702's union meeting in October 2019, Bus. Mgr. Steve Hughart (right) presents a 50-year service pin to retiree Brent Taylor.

'Happy New Year 2020'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 756, DAYTONA BEACH, FL — We wish you all a happy and healthy new year! We love seeing each and every one of you! We want to thank Greg Stone, George Pettingill and all the others who help make such wonderful meals — we are so blessed to have them.

We had a good showing of our retirees at the Local 756 Christmas Party, and we thank the local for inviting us for a wonderful evening!

Congratulations to our annual January Chili Cookoff 2020 winners: 1st place — Greg Stone; 2nd place — Bonnie Pettingill; and 3rd place — JoAnn Gardner.

With sadness, we send our condolences and prayers to families and friends of members who recently passed away: Bros. Robert W. Nelson III, Frederic Z. Due, Daniel L. Gray and Larry R. "Butch" Frohock.

We invite any retired or 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.


Local 756 Retirees Club Treas. Dow Graham (left) presents IBEW 65-year service pin to retired member Don Carter.