October 2020
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Also In This Issue Remembering
International Vice President
Brian Malloy read_more

Campaigning for Change
Inside the IBEW Effort to
Turn Out the Vote read_more

A Lineman's Journey
IBEW Family Tells Daughter's Recovery Story in New Book read_more

Don't Be Silenced.
Check Resources for
Voting in Your State read_more

North of 49°
Ontario Local Begins Innovative Apprenticeship read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Le local d'Ontario lance un programme d'apprentissage innovant read_more

My IBEW Story Tony Brand read_more

IEC Minutes
May 2020 read_more

Fee Payers Plan for 2021 read_more




Change of Address


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It wasn't inevitable that Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign staff would approach the IBEW to represent them. On the surface, it didn't seem an obvious match.

At its simplest, they weren't electrical workers. The IBEW builds office buildings, keeps the electricity flowing to them. But most of its members, with a few notable exceptions, don't actually work in them.

But Second District International Representative Ed Starr said that when he met with the Warren workers, he told them the career of a campaign worker is really not so different from the life of a journeyman wireman.

"Every campaign, even the successful ones, like every construction project, ends. A career is built on a series of jobs, a series of employers," he said. "What they want is what IBEW-founder Henry Miller wanted: decent wages, good conditions and respect no matter the job, no matter the employer."

Over the final months of 2019, Starr and International Lead Organizers Steve Smith and Steve Rockafellow organized Warren's campaign into Manchester, N.H., Local 2320, the Pete Buttigieg campaign workers into Middleton, Mass., Local 2321, and the staff for Tom Steyer's run into Worcester, Mass., Local 2325.

At peak, for several weeks in the beginning of 2020, the IBEW represented more than 1,700 Democratic presidential campaign workers.

The speed and popularity of the organizing shouldn't be a surprise. Campaign work — outside of leadership — tends to be a young person's game, and a 2018 Gallup poll showed that 66% of people ages 18 to 34 approve of labor unions, the highest for any age group.

"I'm a jaded old organizer that's mostly been banging my head against a wall called Comcast. It's been years of pain," Smith said. "This is different. It revitalized me as an organizer because we didn't organize them; we shared their goal and we built a partnership. We had one shot this spring. We had to do it right and I think we did." read_more

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Officers Column Stephenson & Cooper:
Make a Plan to Vote Today read_more

TransitionsGina P. Cooper read_more

PoliticsNLRB Deals New Blow to Workers' Safety, Security in COVID-19 Era;
Study: Unions Increase Political Power for Poor and Working People read_more

CircuitsTennessee Electrician Invents an Equipment-Saving Lubricant;
Ottawa Local Shares
Outdoor Space to Help Neighboring Restaurant During Coronavirus;
IBEW Members Restore Historic Bells at
California High School;
In Colorado Springs,
Local and EWMC Partner to Give Weekend Food to Families in Need read_more

LettersLeading on Safety read_more

In MemoriamAugust 2020 read_more

Who We AreArizona Locals' Giving
Spirit Leads to
Unforgettable Day read_more