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Growing Membership and Participation

L.U. 8 (as,em,i,mar,mt,rts,s&spa), TOLEDO, OH — Our local grew by 116 new "A" members in 2020, granting us the Fourth District award for membership growth.

Local 8 was also awarded the IBEW PAC award for 100% participation, averaging $96 per member. Thanks to all who recognize the increasing importance of political education funding and for contributing your hard-earned money to those who support our issues.

President Biden's American Jobs Plan will not only put thousands of Americans to work but will directly benefit the IBEW's core sectors with clean energy initiatives and labor protections vital to rebounding the American economy.

With COVID-19 becoming more distant in the rear-view mirror, Local 8 looks forward to our annual Labor Day parades and picnics, the fall dinner dance and all the social functions we missed out on for over a year. Please encourage all to get vaccinated if you haven't done so already.

Stay safe and attend your local union meetings.

Mike Brubaker, P.S.

New App and NECA Agreement

L.U. 16 (i), EVANSVILLE, IN — On May 13, the membership voted to sign a new three-year agreement with the local chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association. This contract provides for an improvement in wages without a loss of protective language. Considering the current lack of employment opportunities, the negotiating committee and all of the members who came out to support the package are to be commended.

Local 16 has recently launched a new app that is much more user-friendly. It allows members to be better informed about upcoming events in a much more timely and efficient manner. With the app, brothers and sisters can also re-sign the out-of-work list, bid on available jobs and pay their dues more conveniently.

Union members were recently reminded of the current state Legislature's priorities when the Republican supermajority agreed to fund the nonunion Associated Builders and Contractors' apprenticeship programs with millions of taxpayer dollars. These educational opportunities have always been funded at the member's and contractor's expense through contractually bargained working agreements. For those who still believe politics don't matter, please keep in mind on Election Day that you are paying for your competition's schooling.

Donald P. Beavin, P.S.

Taking Care of Our Own

L.U. 24 (es,i&spa), BALTIMORE, MD — On Aug. 27 our local will be celebrating its 60th anniversary. Thank you to all the retired and active members who made this possible. Thanks to those that came before us and had the foresight to start the health, pension and annuity plans so that we could enjoy a retirement with health coverage and dignity.

We will be holding our 21st annual picnic this year on Sunday, Aug. 8, from noon until 5 p.m. at Conrad's Ruth Villa. You must wear a mask upon entry to the park.

Members working under the Voice Data Video agreement ratified a new three-year agreement in May. The new agreement took effect May 30. I would like to thank the VDV members for their input and support during these negotiations.

In March, Brother Claude Carrington III was sworn into membership. In May, while at work, Brother Carrington lost everything in a house fire. Fortunately, no one was injured. The membership stepped up and provided food, clothing, pots, pans, silverware and toys for Brother Carrington's son; one member donated an entire storage locker of furniture and others donated money. The Patterson High job raised $2,000, with one member donating 50% of the amount collected on that job. Thanks to all that donated and showing that as a union, we truly do take care of our own.

Peter P. Demchuk, B.M.


Local 24 will hold its 21st annual picnic on Aug. 8, 2021.

Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Workforce

L.U. 26 (i,es,ees,govt,em&mt), WASHINGTON, DC — Congratulations to the 2021 graduates of the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee program and the R-A Upgrade program. Graduation ceremonies could not be held again this year. There were a total of 202 graduates. Best wishes to all of you!

At the time of this writing, the Inside and Residential agreements should have been fully ratified and the new agreement books should have been mailed to each member.

Unfortunately, the 49th annual Midwest IBEW Softball Tournament that was scheduled for July 16-18, 2021, had to be canceled. We hope that all of our events are able to resume next year. For the most up-to-date information and updates, please visit our website at

Best wishes to the following new retirees: Michael P. Breece, Alan G. Cannon, Bill D. Collette, Mark A. Dean, Kenneth P. Garber, Howard C. Green, Michael E. Hryckiewicz, Christopher A. Johnson, Lathan E. Kornegay Jr., Jeffrey E. Lehmann, James C. Lundeen, Robert F. Middleton, Robert M. Noonan, Steven A. Orchowski, John P. Payne, Rodney Plesko, David E. Ridley, Michael T. Santini, Thomas W. Taylor, Robert E. Venis, Richard A. White Jr. and Coskun Yildirim.

The following members have passed away since our last article: Jose "Joe" Fuentes, Steven S. Lay, William P. Linton II, Donald "Bub" E. Martin, James R. McGee, Gordon W. Miles, Robert M. Romero, Charles "Charlie" F. Stroop and David M. White.

George C. Hogan, B.M.

Service Pins, Negotiations and Vaccination Event

L.U. 46 (as,c,cs,em,es,et,i,mar,mo,rtb,rts&st), SEATTLE, WA — Our local usually awards service pins in April at our general meeting. Due to COVID-19, we were unable to award members in person. This was the second year we were unable to award service pins and honor our members in person at our regularly scheduled general meeting.

We awarded 1,196 service pins in 2021, including two 70-year recipients, thirteen 65-year recipients, twelve 60-year recipients, twenty-six 55-year recipients and thirteen 50-year recipients. We thank our members for all your years of service.

Local 46 is currently in negotiations for our Inside Wire, Residential, Stockman, Light Fixture Maintenance and multiple Broadcast unit contracts. Local 46 has begun bannering in our jurisdiction near our electrical projects for an equitable Inside Wire contract as well as fair wages.

We hosted a vaccination event on Saturday, May 8, at Local 46 in cooperation with the Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council. Regional firefighters administered the Moderna vaccine to 98 members and their families. The second dose was administered on June 5 in our Local 46 auditorium. We were visited by local labor leaders, dignitaries and political figures.

Deva Nelson, P.S.


Local 46 negotiating committee members Sister Adrienne Minter and Brother Wayne Horton stand in solidarity bannering for an equitable Inside Wire contract during negotiations.

Celebrating JATC Apprenticeship Grads

L.U. 80 (i&govt), NORFOLK, VA — Hello to all our brothers and sisters. With a vast amount of work and new projects coming up, Local 80 has been very busy. We have done a lot of organizing and have had success bringing in new members and showing them why it pays to be union, and also showing them what brotherhood is all about.

Amazon has taken off with two facilities. Both projects are still in need of journeymen, apprentices and other classifications. The Microsoft project has progressed rapidly and is looking to man up more within the next couple of months. Our local contractors also have numerous projects. This would be a good book to sign.

Congrats to the JATC apprenticeship graduates for 2021. Your dedication and determination have paid off. Stay safe and work safe.

Wil Morris, A.B.M.

Congrats to Graduating Classes of 2020 & 2021

L.U. 100 (c,em,i,ptc,rts&st), FRESNO, CA — Our local would like to congratulate the Inside Wireman and Sound and Communications graduating classes of 2020 and 2021!

Due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic, Local 100 was not able to traditionally celebrate the hard work of the apprentice class of 2020. Fortunately, with restrictions easing up and life slowly getting back to normal, on May 28, 2021, Local 100 was able to celebrate the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021.

Jake Piland, A.B.M.


Local 100 Inside Wireman and Sound and Communications graduating classes of 2020 and 2021.

Long-Serving Brother Retires

L.U. 108 (ees,em,es,lctt,mar,mt,rtb,rts,s,spa,t&u), TAMPA, FL — Our local congratulates Kent Sprague after 37 years of employment with SECO Energy. Kent began his SECO career as a helper in the Line Department, where he advanced to a service tech and continually progressed throughout his career, eventually retiring as a first-class line tech.

Local 108 members are very proud of the accomplishments Kent has achieved, and it's been an honor working with him. Kent has been a great co-worker and a reliable friend. Local 108 members will miss working with him. As Kent journeys into his retirement years, we wish him the very best future and all the enjoyment it holds.

James B. Bailey, R.S.


Local 108 members (left to right) Kyle Rich, Tommy Lankin, Jeremiah Stynchcomb, Kent Sprague, Brandon Blackman, Kyle Stephenson and Chris Reynolds.

Reopening Offices and
Remodeled Collegeville Training Center

L.U. 126 (catv,lctt,o&t), PHILADELPHIA, PA — Our local has officially reopened all business offices, including our newly remodeled Collegeville union hall and training center. We look forward to welcoming members and friends to visit our new facility and take advantage of our state-of-the-art learning center.

The work picture remains solid, with many jobs working overtime to help keep up with demand. Our apprenticeship is now home to 251 apprentices, who have done a great job keeping up with their book work and on-the-job training throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We plan on hosting another boot camp to help fill growing manpower needs.

Business Manager Muttik and Local 126 staff would like to congratulate the following linemen who completed their apprenticeships this year: Clayton Adkins, Thomas Albanese, Kyle Baumgardner, Zachery Buck, Christopher Cannon, Levi Daughenbaugh, David Griffin, Christopher Guiteras, Robert Helmick, Sean Holohan, Nicholas Hyatt, Jason Inverso, Luke Kahler, Andrew Lynn, Dakota McNemar, Robert Miller, Kaelin Quinn, Joseph Reed, Robert Smith, Tyler Thigpen and William Woodward. We wish you all safe and prosperous careers.

Michael Simmonds, A.B.M.


Local 126's newly renovated Collegeville union hall and training center.

NEW Contract Ratification

L.U. 134 (i), CHICAGO, IL — Business Manager Donald Finn and the Electrical Joint Arbitration Board successfully negotiated a new five-year agreement that became effective June 7, 2021, and will remain effective through May 31, 2026. There will be a total increase of over $14, or 16.02%, to the wage and benefit package over the 5-year agreement. Language was added that formally addresses Local 134 jurisdiction over the installation, operation, maintenance, service and repair of building-integrated solar electric, wind, hydroelectric, generators and energy storage. The membership ratified the new agreement by 91%.

In June, Local 134 also celebrated the early retirement of hundreds of construction members who were over 59 years old and able to take advantage of the special Pension Plan 2 COVID Assistance Program. Another highlight of summer 2021 is the return of the auto show to McCormick Place in July. This is the first large convention to take place in the city since COVID-19. It is a sure sign that we are returning to business as usual in Chicago.

Donald Finn, B.M.

Welcoming a New Class of Graduating Apprentices

L.U. 146 (ei,i&rts), DECATUR, IL — We have unofficially gotten back to normal! We enjoyed a fun June Saturday morning of brotherhood with our 19th annual golf play day. Friendly competition and camaraderie were highlights of the day, along with a luncheon afterwards.

The local also plans to celebrate the graduating apprentices with a banquet in late July. Tim Canaday, Colton Cloyd, Mike Dougherty, Tim Holman, Dallas Hubbartt, Brandon Koehler, Houston Napier, Ryan Nave, Josh Robinson, Terrance Slaw, Austin Thomas, Trent Younker and Dominik Zola are the new class of journeyman wiremen. Also, congratulations to our new VDV technician, Anthony Pruemer. Along with graduation comes the new crop of first-year apprentices. If you happen to see Miranda Banning, Levi Clayton, Wade Collier, Blake Haubner, Grant Idleman, Evan Klaves, Travis Koester, Grant McMillion, Dylan Meek, Ryan Murray, Dylan Ohnesorge, Odell Peoples, Sam Ward, Ben Wente, Jack Westendorf or Lamarcus Williams, please make them feel welcomed and offer any needed assistance to them.

Many JWs have retired since 2020; among them were David Banning, Nick Buckley, Donald Creek, Ron Cummings, Bruce Deters, Brad Eveland, Randy Harrell, Bob Hawbaker, Chuck Jost, Paul Kibler, Douglas London, James May, Gregg McClelland, Brian Miller, Ken Musick, Jeff Price, Chris Propst, Terry Rhodes, Kelly Robinson, Lewie Sill, Scott Sullivan and Terry Winterrowd. I sure hope that I didn't leave anyone out.

Our work picture still looks pretty good, with several projects starting. Be sure to check the job line on our website, Hope everyone's summer has been delightful.

Steven L. Tilford, R.S.

Graduating JATC Trainees and Scholarship Awardees

L.U. 150 (es,i,rts&spa), WAUKEGAN, IL — Recently the following members graduated from the JATC training program, and our new JWs are: Colton Charbonneau, Robert Gazdzicki, Michael Gembra, Johnathan Green, Brent Havisto, James Jones, Esfrain Lechuga, Casey Lipsey, Timothy Lipsey, Edward Maluska, Jonathan Pelote, Kyle Price, Angelo Salamone, Mark Scales, Marcos Silva-Reyes and Ed Whalen. The following are VDVs: George Foster, Nathaniel Golden and Kimberly Hombaker.

The scholarships for the 2021-2022 college year have been awarded. The following members' children were each awarded $500 scholarships: Davin Cummings, Rebecca Funderburk, Grady Germann, Claire Gregory, Heather Houghton, Camille Husko, Reid McNeill, Brynn McNeill, Roseannah Niskanen, Samantha Schild, Dylan Sheppard and Katelyn Wirtz.

Local 150's annual picnic will be on Aug. 7 at the hall. It is always fun for all involved. The car show is still on for Sept. 4. The rain date is still Sept. 11. It is being held at the hall. Lots of cars, friends and fun. The cars are always a sight to behold, and so much work goes into restoring them. Please join us for a great time to socialize.

The golf outing will be at the Fox Lake Country Club on Aug. 28. Sign up at the hall.

Stay safe and stay healthy!

Wendy J. Cordts, P.S.

Band of Brotherhood

L.U. 212 (i), CINCINNATI, OH — Our local was recently visited by the IBEW Hour Power team to highlight one of our own members. "Band of Brotherhood," which spotlights IBEW members who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, focused on Brother Rob Guthrie, who served in the Marines. Rob is a journeyman wireman and teaches at our JATC. We are privileged to have him as a member, and he has earned the recognition for all his hard work.

At our May meeting, the membership voted on this year's raise allocation of $1.75. The body voted $1.05 on the check, bringing our hourly rate to $32.32, with $.20 into NEAP and $.50 into Pension. This will bolster our pension to the point that the multiplier can be raised from .75% to 1.0%, which will increase the monthly retirement benefit going forward.

Work remains steady in our area. With the completion of the FC Cincinnati stadium and the music venue at The Banks, the number on the book remains low. Thank you to the travelers who helped us man these and other big jobs. As COVID-19 restrictions end in Ohio, we look forward to our local's annual picnic. Many of our members have taken advantage of getting vaccinated at Local 212's clinic, which has turned out to be a great benefit. Membership has its privileges!

Phil Bovard, P.S.


Business Manager and agents at Local 212's annual picnic in 2019: (left to right) Jim and Mara Fischer, Steve McMannis, Todd Michel, Chad Day, Mary Jo and Scott Kenter, Richard Hiembrock, Rick Fischer, Courtney Groeschen, Wayne Myers, Erin Hiembrock and Chris Myers.

Enjoying a Better Life

L.U. 236 (catv,ees,govt,i,mo,rtb&t), ALBANY, NY — It's finally starting to feel normal again! Though the hardship of the past year and a half still stains our collective memories, the events and activities that we all used to enjoy are becoming available once again. We were all in this together, everyone did their part to work toward a common goal, and as a result we can all now enjoy a better life. Sounds a lot like the labor movement and what we fight for each and every day!

We are pleased to be able to resume our usual annual activities such as the great escape day, golf outing and steak bake. Additionally, a graduation ceremony was held for both the 2020 and 2021 graduates to acknowledge their hard work and dedication during their apprenticeships, even in the face of some unpredictable circumstances. Great job to all 60 of our 2020 graduates and all 24 of our 2021 graduates as well!

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

Mike Martell, A.B.M.

Looking for Increase in Work Opportunities

L.U. 292 (em,govt,i,rtb,rts&spa), MINNEAPOLIS, MN — As of June 1, calls for work have continued to be slow. As anticipated, the construction industry in this area is experiencing an economic lag because of the COVID-19 crisis. We are hoping the ECO bill, which passed this year at the Minnesota Legislature, will help to provide jobs in the energy conservation and efficiency field. In addition, there are added incentives and requirements for more EV infrastructure and solar installations on state and local government buildings. We are also hoping to see an increase in work opportunities in the energy sector.

Two Saturdays this spring, Local 292 members participated in a community food giveaway coordinated by the Minneapolis AFL-CIO, which took place at our new building. Members handed out 30-pound boxes of food and gallons of milk to families in our community. Both events had about 30 volunteers and we handed out 2,000 packages of food each day.

Local 292 members will be involved in negotiations throughout the summer for several contracts that will affect an overwhelming majority of our membership. Please keep an eye on your mail, email and for updates on the negotiating committee's progress, future meetings and contract votes. As of May 1, the members working under the Inside agreement settled a new three-year agreement with just over a 3% increase for each year.

Andy Snope, P.S.


Business Rep. Chris Kohn helps direct traffic at the May 17 community food giveaway event at Local 292.

Congratulations, New Journeymen and Installers!

L.U. 302 (i,rts&spa), MARTINEZ, CA — Congratulations to our new journeymen and installers. It has been a difficult time getting our apprentices through their final hours of classes while we are sheltering and social distancing for COVID-19. Our 2021 turn-out dinner has been put on hold, so it is especially important to let these new journeymen and installers know we are proud of what they have accomplished.

Good job everyone and we hope to celebrate with you soon!

Here are the names of the Class of 2021 Inside Wiremen: Joseph Arruda, Eric Gargiulo, Dillon Hart, Nick Isola, Joshua Lapid, Cheyenne Lucero, Jose Macias, Ryan Magee, Angelo Martinez, Jordan McLellan, Daniel McNulty, Manuel Reyes, Christopher Roark, Quinn Rodrigues, Michael Schuman and Victor Vargas.

And for the Class of 2021 Sound and Communications: Marat Hafizov.

Melissa Vaughn, R.S.

Getting Back on Track With Member Events

L.U. 364 (catv,ees,em,es,i,mt,rts&spa), ROCKFORD, IL — Many congratulations go out to our newly topped-out apprenticeship classes, who have waited through a pandemic to finally celebrate. We were finally able to with an outdoor event on the hall grounds at our May union meeting. The future looks bright for these young journeymen and journeywomen, and we wish them a very safe and prosperous career.

Local 364 is probably the busiest it has been in the last 35 years, with the Facebook project having well over 400 members working during the normal construction season, school work and solar work. We would like to send a sincere thank you to all the brothers and sisters from all the locals throughout this great land who are working in our jurisdiction.

As of this writing the new Hard Rock Casino has no projected start dates yet, but we are expecting information soon. This much anticipated project has experienced several delays and we remain optimistic that construction will begin soon.

As Illinois opens up, Local 364 has plans to get back on track with much anticipated events for our members. With Labor Day fast approaching and more future events being planned for later this year, it's an exciting time in Local 364.

Brad Williams, P.S.

Congratulations Inside Wireman Classes of 2020-2021

L.U. 466 (em,es,i&rts), CHARLESTON, WV — On June 18, 2021, our local came together for dinner and a graduation ceremony to recognize the classes of 2020 and 2021. Of course, we usually have this ceremony yearly, but we were not able to have a ceremony last year because of pandemic restrictions. So we combined the two class ceremonies this year after CDC restrictions were lifted. We also recognized two outstanding graduates at the dinner. The outstanding graduates were Thomas Pack for 2020 and Keith Morley for the class of 2021. Once again, thank you and congratulations to the classes of 2020 and 2021!

John Epperly, B.M.


Local 466's wireman classes of 2020-2021 (front, left to right) Gary Moles, Keith Morley, Michael Leonard, Joey Turner, (middle) Dustin Vaughan (TD), Michael Milam, (back) Clayton Young (INST), Chris Good, Justin Southworth, Rick Hackney and Sean Brady. Not pictured are Kristofer Dunn, Tim Edens, Joseph Gatrell, Tyler Humphreys, Brian McClung, Thomas Pack, Brandon Stump, Kenny Tyler and Aldon Wilson.

First Unionized Campaign Staff in Wisconsin History

L.U. 494 (em,govt,i,mt,rts,spa&t), MILWAUKEE, WI — The Alex Lasry for U.S. Senate campaign announced that it has voluntarily recognized Local 494 as the exclusive bargaining representative for its campaign staff. In taking this action, the Lasry campaign became the first campaign staff to unionize in Wisconsin's history.

Business Manager Dean Warsh praised Lasry and his campaign while calling on the other U.S. Senate candidates to follow Lasry's example, saying, "This was exactly how a workplace organizing effort should go. Once again, Alex walked the walk, immediately recognizing the signed cards and agreeing to neutrality. Alex did the same when we worked with him on the construction of Fiserv Forum and the Deer District."

Warsh cited Lasry's work on Fiserv Forum and the Deer District, where Lasry led workforce development efforts that required 40% of workers on the project to consist of people underemployed or unemployed for the previous five years and at least 25% of service contracts to be awarded to minority and disadvantaged businesses. Under Lasry's leadership, the Bucks surpassed these goals.

"The IBEW is thrilled to represent the workers of Lasry for Wisconsin," Warsh continued. "We share Alex's commitment to sustainable, progressive change in our state and in our country and couldn't be more proud to be representing the workers on his campaign."

John T. Zapfel, Political Dir.

Pride in New Journeymen

L.U. 540 (i), CANTON, OH — Local 540 is proud to recognize our new journeymen for 2021.

Congratulations to all the apprentices on successfully completing their JATC apprenticeship. Graduate Anthony Widder (Inside) and Kenneth Moon (Telecom) were 2021 apprentice of the year recipients.

The following brothers graduated: (Inside) Nathan Angstadt, Jacob Burton, Anthony Collins, James Galbraith, Ronald Gnau, Tim Hoagland, Kaden Jones, Caleb Kernell, Benjamin Kieffer, Jesse Locke, Chase Merten, Ryan Moore, Nevan Shedron, William Soliday and Anthony Widder; (Telecom) Sawyer Collins, Kenneth Moon and James Nutter. Tim Hoagland, Kaden Jones, Benjamin Kieffer, William Soliday and Anthony Widder were all winners of the Vern Wolgamott perfect attendance award.

Local 540 welcomes our new journeymen and wishes you the best of luck.

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

Getting Back Into Full Swing

L.U. 558 (catv,em,i,lctt,mt,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), SHEFFIELD, AL — Our local has been extremely busy since our last reporting. The Mazda/Toyota project is still going full speed, with production set to begin by the end of 2021. Thank you to all the members for their efforts in helping build this monumental project. The work at Facebook is ramping up with 4 different signatory contractors on site. TVA will be installing three new combustion turbine generators at the Colbert CT site.

Local 558 has taken advantage of the market share increase in the area, allowing the JATC during the last two years to take on the largest class sizes ever, with a first-year class of 90 apprentices and a second-year class of 107 apprentices, all to become inside journeyman wiremen.

Our local has also been fortunate to have signed two new contractors in 2021, Bluff Creek Electric and SP&J General Contractors. Our staff and members look forward to assisting these new contractors in growing into successful companies as well as growing the NECA footprint in our jurisdiction.

Mac Sloan, Pres./Mem. Dev.


Local 558's first-year apprentice wireman class are sworn in during a union meeting on May 10, 2021, which took place in the parking lot due to COVID-19 restrictions.

JATC Director Retires

L.U. 606 (em,es,i,rtb,spa&u), ORLANDO, FL — After 51 years in the electrical industry, JATC Director Jim Sullivan is retiring. During his career with Local 606 he has been an apprentice, journeyman, foreman, general foreman and superintendent; and for the last 34 years, he has been the training director of the Central Florida JATC. As the JATC director, Jim has mentored hundreds of apprentices who have since become journeymen, supervisors and at least three signatory contractors in Local 606.

Jim is also an avid runner who has completed marathons in all 50 states and has completed 315 marathons overall. He has also completed seventeen 100-mile ultra-marathons. Additionally, Jim is an accomplished mountain climber, having reached the highest elevation in 48 different states. He is a member of a long-distance motorcycle riding club called the Iron Butt Association and has completed several 1,000- and 1,500-mile rides in 24 hours, 5,000 miles in five days and a U.S. coast-to-coast ride in 100 hours.

We congratulate Jim on an illustrious and memorable career and wish him and his lovely wife Jan a well-deserved retirement with many more adventures.

Fernando Rendon, P.S.


Central Florida JATC Training Director Jim Sullivan is retiring after 51 years in the electrical industry.

Strong Work Outlook in Phoenix

LU 640 (em,govt,i,mo,mt,rts,spa&u), PHOENIX, AZ — The work outlook in Phoenix is coming up very strong this year. As we come out of the COVID-19 restrictions, we have multiple data centers, Intel expansion, hospital work, EV manufacturing and a large new microchip manufacturing facility breaking ground.

We recently settled our second contract in a row without arbitration, the only two in the past 40 years, and those raises will begin on July 1.

We will keep the International's job line updated as work continues to materialize. There probably aren't enough electricians in the entire state to man all the work ahead, so we hope you'll come and spend some time in beautiful Phoenix! Take care, brothers and sisters, and we hope to see you soon!

Tim Wilson, P.S.

A Birthday Surprise for Brother Leo Howell

L.U. 692 (i,mt&spa), BAY CITY, MI — On a chilly yet gorgeous early summer's afternoon of May 24, Brother Leo Howell, card #793081, celebrated his 97th birthday with his family at his side. Leo was also given a birthday surprise: a 75-year pin commemorating his years of service to the electrical industry.

Brother Howell enlisted into the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II in 1943 when he was 19 years old. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy, stationed in the Philippines and New Guinea, where he would learn his craft as an electrician before returning home in February 1946. He was sworn into membership shortly thereafter on May 13, 1946, and began his career as a journeyman inside wireman at Local 692.

Brother Howell worked locally when he could, building a solid reputation as a skilled craftsman and a trusted hand. When times got tough, Leo hit the road and did what was necessary to provide for his family, offering his experience and expertise to locals across the country in need of skilled manpower. A true journeyman, Brother Howell retired in 1986 after a dignified 40-year career with the tools.

We'd like to congratulate Brother Howell on his monumental achievement. Let us never forget the great brothers and sisters in our history who have built this union that we all are privileged to represent.

Brendon Baranek, P.S.


Local 692's Brother Leo Howell holds his 75-year pin commemorating his years of service to the electrical industry.

Election Results & Labor Day Activities Returning

L.U. 702 (i,o,u,uow,em,rts,rtb,spa,t,catv,lctt,cs,c,es,govt,mt,mo,ptc,se,
st,ws, as,et,it,p&pet), WEST FRANKFORT, IL — We are excited to announce that Labor Day activities will be returning to the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds and encourage all members to join us in the Twilight Parade on Friday, Aug. 27; contact your business representative for the time and location of the lineup.

We continue to support legislation in the Illinois Capitol that would provide work for our Inside and Outside branches with solar being a large focus for our wiremen and recoverable infrastructure expenses at utilities for our linemen.

On Thursday, June 10, the local's election concluded. This was the local's first mail-in ballot election, which was conducted by MK Election Services and occurred with no issues. All future elections will be held in this same format. Congratulations to Business Manager Steve Hughart, who ran unopposed and will be serving his fourth full term. All other officers and Executive Board members were re-elected, and we thank them for their service to the Brotherhood.

This year's golf outing is scheduled for Oct. 22 and will only contain one flight of golfers.

As of this writing, our referral books are as follows: Inside Construction — 67, Outside Construction — 55, Line Clearance — 2.

Mark Baker, P.S.


Local 702 members employed at Ameren Missouri in the Cape Girardeau Electric work group line the street on the processional route to the cemetery in honor of their fallen co-worker, Brother Joseph Paul "JP" Moore, who passed unexpectedly on April 10, 2021.

Local 1426 Members Give Back to Neighbors in Need

L.U. 1426 (govt,i,o,rtb,spa&u), GRAND FORKS, ND — This year has been extremely hard on some who are not as fortunate as most of our members. With the help of the Northern Plains Labor Council, the Northern Valley Labor Council, the Red River Valley Building and Trades Council, the North Dakota AFL-CIO, and the St. Paul Building and Trades Council, our members helped to distribute nearly 195,000 pounds of food and 6,500 gallons of milk to our local neighbors at five different events early this year. Many others have done the same this year, and we should all be so blessed to have members who donate their personal time to help others in need. Local 1426 would like to give a graceful thank you to all those who helped: Ricardo Badillo, Dillon Enninga, Rodney Erickson, Jared Fjelstad (Matt Fjelstad's son), Matt Fjelstad, Michael Fjelstad, Wayne Gronbeck, Phil Humann, Lacey Johnson, Dan Lamberson, Cody Schroder, Dennis Schroder and Brian Severinson.

Steve Walsh, B.R.