August 2020
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IBEW Widow Wins Iowa Senate Primary, Takes on GOP's Ernst read_more

Go Virtual

Pandemic Prompts
Shifts in Training for New Electricians read_more

North of 49°
Judge Squashes Manitoba Assembly's Move to Silence Public Sector Unions read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
La juge empêche l'adoption de la loi antisyndicale au Manitoba read_more






Change of Address


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The first page of the IBEW Constitution begins with a declaration:

"Our cause is the cause of human justice, human rights, human security."

It's a powerful statement of the values that IBEW leaders and members pledge to uphold when they take the oath of membership. And combined with the union's first objective, to organize all workers in the entire electrical industry in the United States and Canada, the message is unmistakable.

"There is a place in the IBEW for working people of every race and gender, every religion and sexual orientation, every background," said International President Lonnie R. Stephenson in launching the implementation phase of the union's new diversity, inclusion and equity initiative, "IBEW Strong."

"This diversity and full inclusion effort is about making sure that the IBEW genuinely represents the interests of every single worker in our industries," he said. "It's about ensuring that people entering the workforce today — members of one of the most diverse generations in history — feel that they have a place in the IBEW."

There's nothing new about seeking to represent the voiceless and unrepresented. The IBEW has long stood for solidarity, equality and against oppression of any kind. So, IBEW Strong is a natural outgrowth of what this union has stood for since its beginning, Stephenson said. The IBEW should be a place that welcomes all workers and gives everyone a voice and a shot at a better life for themselves and their families.

"We need to include everyone, regardless of history, background, or job classification," said Boise, Idaho, Local 291 Business Manager Mark Zaleski, who served on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. "Society is changing, but the thing is, everyone deserves good wages and benefits, and we can offer that. That's how we stay strong." read_more

  Local Lines

Attention Business Managers and Press Secretaries:

Local Lines will return on its normal schedule in October's Electrical Worker, starting with even-numbered locals and retirees' clubs.
Odd-numbered locals will resume on their regular schedule starting in November. Please visit or email for more information.

Officers Column Stephenson:
A More Perfect Union read_more
Responding to Crisis read_more

TransitionsDouglas Fisher;
Max R. Ladusch;
James Wolfgang read_more

Organizing WireWest Virginia Solar Agreement Brings New Work and Members read_more

CircuitsNew Jersey Members Answer Call for COVID-19 Work in the Virgin Islands;
Long Island Members Power New Navy SEAL Museum;
Pa. Food Drive Fills Shelves of Area Charities read_more

LettersTrained for Safety;
Welcome to the IBEW read_more

In MemoriamMay 2020 read_more
June 2020 read_more

Who We AreVerizon Leave for Volunteer EMT 'Invaluable' to Jersey Community read_more