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Local 16 Members Represent in Honor Flight to D.C.

L.U. 16 (i), EVANSVILLE, IN — This spring's Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., was well-represented by our local's own Lawrence Francis "Pete" Whitted and former business agent Billy Diehl. Pete, a U.S. Army veteran, served in Korea from 1951 through 1953. During his time overseas, he often operated heavy equipment in heavily mined areas. While both enjoyed the many monuments and memorials of the nation's capital, what they appreciated most was the warm welcome and heartfelt thanks from the multitude of people that turned out to greet them wherever they went. Many thanks to Pete and all who have served to protect this great country!

The 25th annual Turkey Testicle Festival was held on April 29. More than 300 brothers and sisters participated, and more than $10,000 was raised for members in need. Thanks to all who made this event possible.

RallyPoint and Thorogood held a joint event with the hall. They each deserve recognition for their commitment to the organized building trades. Thorogood offers high-quality American-made footwear, and RallyPoint continues to provide a first pair of boots at no charge to new craftsmen who have been in the armed forces.

Donald P. Beavin, P.S.


Local 16's former business agent Billy Diehl and Lawrence Francis "Pete" Whitted visiting the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Brother Blaine Boone Becomes
Director of Community Services

L.U. 24 (es,i&spa), BALTIMORE, MD — We are pleased to announce that Brother Blaine Boone has been appointed as the director for the AFL-CIO Community Services of Central Maryland. Congratulations, Blaine! We look forward to helping you succeed in your new position.

We would like to congratulate Claire Kratz on her retirement. Known to all as "Miss Claire," Sister Kratz has been Local 24's fund administrator for 35 years. Anytime a member had an issue with their health care, pension or annuity, Claire would personally see that it was resolved. Thank you, Claire, for your tireless work and professionalism over the years on behalf of all of our members, retirees and their families. May you enjoy your retirement for many years to come.

Assistant Business Agent Mike Azzarello has announced his retirement, effective July 1. Over his 43-year career, Mike has served Local 24 as shop steward, treasurer, examining board member, financial secretary and trustee. We wish Mike a long, healthy retirement.

If you would like to get actively involved in your future, please let me know.

Live Better/Work Union!

Michael J. McHale, B.M.


Local 24's Brother Blaine Boone has been appointed as the director for the AFL-CIO Community Services of Central Maryland.

Business Manager George Hogan Retires

L.U. 26 (i,es,ees,govt,em&mt), WASHINGTON, DC — Business Manager George C. Hogan retired on July 8. Brother Hogan was a dedicated and loyal member of our local for almost 50 years. Congratulations on your retirement and your wonderful career!

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee and the R-to-A Upgrade program graduation ceremonies were held on June 4. There were a total of 215 graduates this year. Best wishes to all of you, and congratulations again!

The Manassas, Va., picnic was held on June 25; the Roanoke, Va., picnic was on July 16; and the Edgewater, Md., picnic is being held on Aug. 20. Also, the chartered fishing trip was held on June 18 and the Poker Run for Special Love is scheduled for Sept. 17.

Best wishes to the following new retirees: Mohammad Amjad; Michael P. Asman, Mary E. Barnes, Steven T. Bennett, Garry Brooks, Dean E. Fleming, Carlos A. Garcia, Johnny G. Garrett, Tommy R. Garrett, William E. Gatewood, Mark M. Johnson, Daniel T. Jones, Paul D. Kemp, Thomas N. Kolstad, Steven D. Llewellyn Sr., Michael E. Long, Walter W. Mansolillo, William A. Martinez, Stephen L. Mayhew, Patrick J. McCawley, Kevin C. McGuire, Gregory H. Miller, William C. Moore, Marco Penaloza, Robert E. Preston, Patrick J. Reges, Richard D. Rice Jr. and Theodore Soto.

The following members have passed away since our last article: Scott A. Bates, Thomas P. Cave, Albert W. Combs, Leighton M. Crawford, Ernest L. Curtin, John H. Ebron, Ricky L. Fletcher, Charlie Johanning, Ernest L. Jones Jr., Melvin L. King Jr., Michael E. Novitski, Julius A. Pletz, Samuel B. Sneeden, Ronald E. Tinsley and Julian W. Williams.

George C. Hogan, B.M.

Local 38 Joins Firefighters Memorial Ride

L.U. 38 (i), CLEVELAND, OH — Approximately 500 motorcyclists took part in the 18th annual Firefighters Memorial Ride to honor four fallen Ohio firefighters. Local 38's motorcycle group took part of this great event. The ride began at the Cleveland Fire Fighters Memorial with stops in Bedford Heights, Mentor and Medina. Money raised from the Firefighters Memorial Ride will be donated to the families of the fallen firefighters.

Work outlook remains strong in the jurisdiction. Several massive projects are underway for which project labor agreements have been successfully negotiated. Cleveland-Cliffs steel mill furnace re-line is near completion; Cleveland Clinic hospital projects continue to increase crew sizes along with Sherwin Williams R&D Center and Global Headquarters.

Dan Gallagher, B.M./F.S.


Local 38's motorcyclists at the Cleveland Fire Fighter Memorial, starting point for the Firefighters Memorial Ride.

Port of Seattle Update

L.U. 46 (as,c,cs,em,es,et,i,mar,mo,rtb,rts,&st), SEATTLE, WA — Not only do we raise buildings from the dirt to the penthouse, we also maintain them. One of our local's maintenance contracts is with the Port of Seattle. We have our seaport and our international airport known as SeaTac. Two Local 46 members have recently been recognized by the Port of Seattle for their hard work and dedication to their craft.

Michelle Esguerra was nominated to the Women's Initiative Network for her contribution to the Port, the maintenance of its electrical system. Michelle is one of four women in the electric shop and a fantastic union sister! She has been part of the high-voltage, airfield and loading bridge crews, and she is currently part of the conveyor-system crew that helps ensure that you get your bags when arriving at the baggage carrousel. She is known not only for her quick thinking and problem solving, but also for her dynamic personality and warm demeanor. We are excited to see her future growth — not only personally, but as a leader of the Port shop!

Kailean Gorman was recognized by the Port for his contribution to the "Project" crew, which oversees the ever-growing conveyor system. Our baggage-conveyor system runs throughout the airport, including tunnels that run underground to the North and South Satellites and all the building additions as the airport continues to be expanded and updated. Kailean fought hard for the electric shop to be part of the planning crew for the construction. The commitment Kailean demonstrated to the shop by effectively maintaining and troubleshooting the system is greatly appreciated by his fellow workers.

The work and commitment that these members have for their union and crew is something to look up to. They are great examples of why we can call ourselves the best of the best. Their dedication to being assets to the electrical shop is a fantastic example of what brother/sisterhood looks like. Thank you to all our maintenance electricians from the schools to the air and seaport, to the city and to the zoo!

Together We Stand!

Stephanie McPherson, P.S.


Local 46 member Sister Michelle Esguerra is a maintenance electrician for the Port of Seattle at SeaTac Airport.

Local 68 Welcomes New Officers

L.U. 68 (i), DENVER, CO — At the general membership meeting on May 3, the local took nominations for officers. There were no contested races, so all nominees were appointed by acclamation. The newly appointed officers for Local 68 are:

  • Business Manager/Financial Secretary — Jeremy Ross
  • President — Morgan J. Buchanan
  • Vice President — Bruce Dahl
  • Treasurer — Dave Trujillo
  • Recording Secretary — Felicia Hackney
  • Executive Board members — Tito Aleman, Robert Delgado, Curt Engle, Troy Ingals, Mike King, Tony Pastore and Deb Tikka
  • Examining Board members — Steve Block and Mark Kirkham (two open seats)
  • Building Assoc. — Mike Bartles, Joseph Chavez, Jeffrey Clark, Ricardo Felix Dominguez and Sean McMahon

Congratulations to all who stepped up! The new officers were sworn in at the general membership meeting on July 5.

The Local 68 Retirees Club held their last meeting before summer break with a presentation of IBEW Service Pin awards. Retirees were honored for IBEW service, ranging from 50 to 75 years. Awards were presented to 14 members who were present, representing a combined total of 770 years of service. Congratulations to all honorees and their families.

Mark your calendars: The IBEW Local 68 annual picnic will be Sat., Aug. 20.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of our recently deceased brothers and sisters: Richard W. Armistead, Richard P. Ashcraft, Jack P. Baker, Sid Barcelon, Roman D. Briseno, Harlan J. Combes, John P. Covello, John D. Dodson, Howard L. Doughman, Stephen A. Earley, Alfred W. Franz, Donald L. Gesick, Carl R. Glaze, Rastine J. Harris, Edward F. Humann, George R. Johnson, Sylvan M. Keller, Elmer V. Loeffler, Anthony Lunsford, Eugene T. Mahoney, Jim A. McCoy, Jeffrey D. McLeod, James S. Morris, Timothy C. Murphy, Cecil L. Newell, Brandon Pickering, William L. Ramsey Jr., David A. Sanness, Robert A. Schwab, Charles E. Sereff, Charles Snyder, Curtis L. Steelman, Don Tompkins, Kirk D. Wilson, Jesse M. Wright, Gerald L. Yager and Rex H. Yoshimura.

Morgan J. Buchanan, Pres.

Congratulations, Local 102 Instructors!

L.U. 102 (em,govt,i,mt,o,ptc&ws), PATERSON, NJ — We offer congratulations and thanks to Brothers Victor Bland and Matthew Oswald. These two gentlemen will walk the stage this August in Ann Arbor, Mi., as graduates of the National Training Institute. Dedicated to the betterment of our membership, these instructors took the time to enhance their skills as educators so they may better prepare our workforce of tomorrow. Our thanks go out to Victor, Matt and our entire team of instructors for being the foundation of all we do at Local 102.

In May, our delegates traveled to Chicago to join our brothers and sisters from the United States and Canada for the 40th International Convention. It was our honor to be there as President Biden became the first sitting president to speak at an IBEW International Convention. We applaud our hosts from Chicago for an outstanding job and for sharing their great city with us!

Back home at Local 102, we would like to salute our volunteers for another outstanding job with our annual blood drive. While COVID-19 made the past two years difficult, it was nice to see the number of donors approach pre-pandemic levels. We are grateful for our blood drive chair Chuck Hess and those who came out!

Bernie Corrigan, Pres.


Local 102 delegates attending IBEW's 40th International Convention in Chicago.

Local 104 Proud

L.U. 104 (lctt,o,ptc&u), BOSTON, MA — It was another great project by our local's sisters and brothers: Alongside our sisters and brothers from Local 103, we completed the new 4.3 miles of the MBTA Green Line Extension. Balfour Beatty and State Electric Corporation tackled this endeavor on the oldest and busiest light-rail system in the country! The $2.2 billion project includes six new passenger stations (with a new total of 70 stations) and three new substations added to the existing 51 substations. The finely crafted catenary and power system will be handed off to the MBTA Power and Substation Departments, where it will be maintained for another 104 years by Local 104! Construction and maintenance done at its finest: that's 104 proud!

Hugh A. Boyd, A.B.M./Treas.


Local 104 members worked alongside Local 103 sisters and brothers to complete 4.3 miles of the new Green Line Extension of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Local 108 Elects New Leadership Team

L.U. 108 (ees,em,es,lctt,mar,mt,rtb,rts,s,spa,t&u), TAMPA, FL — Our local's members elected a new leadership team in March. The voter turnout was very strong, with our new business manager winning more than 70% of the votes. Chris Parsels is now the business manager, with Troy Trice as the assistant business manager. Our new President Michael V. Sladky won by taking nearly 70% of the votes.

The elected delegates who attended the 40th International Convention in Chicago were Troy Trice, Bobby Adamcek, Bruce Bailey and Justin Carlisle. Brian Simon from TECO is our vice president. The Executive Board members are Rich Hagan from WEDU; Troy Clough, representing SECO; David Schramm and Qquony Sims from Clarios; Daniel Jones representing TAW; and Justin Carlisle and Bobby Adamcek from TECO.

The transition of leadership was assisted by our fabulous office manager, Jennifer Parra. Clifford Fountain is our dedicated recording secretary, and Tim Garland is our treasurer. See the accompanying picture of Chris Parsels and Michael V. Sladky, who were sworn in on April 14. Congratulations to the elected officials, and thanks to Local 108 members who took the time to vote.

Bruce Bailey, P.S.


Business Manager Chris Parsels and President Michael V. Sladky are sworn in as Local 108 officers, with Recording Secretary Clifford Fountain in the background.

Work, Work, Work!

L.U. 124 (ees,em,i,mar,ptc,rts,se,spa&t), KANSAS CITY, MO — As previously mentioned, the Meta Data Center project in Smithville, Mo., is starting to take off. This project is expected to be so big that it will keep many brothers and sisters working for years. Many will hopefully retire from their work on it and enjoy the good life!

It has been a while since Kansas City has needed travelers to help man the work, but so many projects are in the pipeline that we will need them. We encourage everyone to be welcoming and treat them well. They are here to help us complete jobs on a timely basis and with quality craftsmanship.

While work will be good for Local 124, we must not become complacent. The laws in Kansas and Missouri do not make it very easy for our contractors to bid competitively. Kansas is a "right-to-work" state with no prevailing wage, and it doesn't allow project labor agreements. Missouri used to allow PLAs, but that went away under the Greitens administration.

We must be protective and vigilant about our work. Providing a quality product in a timely manner is imperative to staying competitive and relevant in a market that operates under unfavorable laws.

Wade Kiefer, B.R.

Support the Workers' Rights Amendment

L.U. 134 (catv,em,govt,i,mt,rtb,rts,spa&t), CHICAGO, IL — I want to make our entire membership aware of the most important piece of legislation our local has ever been able to vote on. In November, Illinois voters will have an opportunity to vote for a constitutional ban on "right-to-work" laws in Illinois. The Workers' Rights Amendment gives every employee the right to organize and collectively bargain for wages, hours and working conditions at his or her workplace, which will change the Illinois Constitution.

Amendment 1 will be the first constitutional amendment of its kind in the nation. This is an all-hands-on-deck undertaking. If each union member in Illinois and three family members, friends and neighbors vote "yes" on the Workers' Rights Amendment, we win and change things for the better! Workers will no longer have to fear for their livelihood with every election cycle. The "Me Plus 3" program will be a labor-intensive undertaking, but when organized labor comes together as one, we do not lose.

Please get involved in this program. Look for mailings and emails about Me Plus 3 coming soon. And, brothers and sisters, please keep yourselves up-to-date on the happenings in our union by checking our website,, and/or downloading our app.

Donald Finn, B.M./F.S.


Local 134 urges Illinois voters to support the Workers' Rights Amendment, which gives every employee the right to organize and collectively bargain for wages, hours and working conditions at his or her workplace.

Welcome, New Officers

L.U. 146 (ei,i&rts), DECATUR, IL — Our work outlook is great as we continually have open calls for various industrial work. We congratulate Kevin Burke, Kenneth Musick and Michael Sullivan on their recent retirements from the IBEW.

We recently held our local election. We would like to welcome our new Treasurer Michelle Dunn Wayne, Vice President Dillon Lewis and Executive Board members Neil Seeley and Brandon Koehler. We recognize Kaleb Swarts, who served three years as vice president; Myra Walters, retiring after seven years as treasurer; Stephen Tomer, who served six years on the Executive Board; and Mary Sapp, who served the past six years on the Executive Board and Apprenticeship Committee, three years as vice president and two years as treasurer. We thank these individuals for their commitment to serve our local and wish them luck.

We would also like to acknowledge our first-year apprenticeship class: Blaise Baker, Scott Breer, Zach Brown, Nequel Destulien, Blake Dooley, Matt Duncan, Rhayden Gideon, Carter Gordon, Trevor Gordon, Dexter Holley, Hunter Luttrell, Colby Mathias, John Meek, Cory Miller, Ashton Nielsen, Jacob Pals, Trevor Pruemer, Gage Rusher, Gage Taylor-Barker, Noah Thorton, Dalton Wright, Logan Wright and Mike Sokolowski are all embarking on a rewarding career.

Steven L. Tilford, R.S.


Local 146's class of 2022: (front row, left to right) Matt Lewis, Brock Oyler, Dylan Weaver, Joe Risby, Patrick Utter, Brandon Presnell, Cory Meyer and Cody Beckman; (back row, left to right) Al Hodges (JATC/IBEW), Paul Artis (NECA-IL), JD Miller (JATC/IBEW), Jason Drake (Dir.), John Sexton, Tom Lutrell, Joseph Rotz, Garrett Hockman, Andrew McWhorter, Robert Beery (JATC/NECA), Dominic Ruholl (JATC/NECA) and Justin Martin (JATC/IBEW).

Happy Trails to Local Leaders

L.U. 300 (govt,i,lctt,mo&u), MONTPELIER, VT — The IBEW kicked off 2022 with its 40th International Convention in Chicago. Sister Maureen Bothfeld and Brother Tracy Martin were delegates for Local 300. Sister Bothfeld has attended two conventions during her tenure at Local 300, and she looks forward to passing the torch to the up-and-coming generation of IBEW members and enjoy her next chapter — retirement. Sister Bothfeld has played an amazing role in Local 300's history as a delegate, steward, recording secretary (13 years), negotiator and all-around great friend.

Brother Martin attended his first convention and was able to see firsthand how the IBEW moves on a national level, and not just on the local level. Brother Martin takes his "quasi"-retirement and is currently enjoying his time at work (when he chooses) and his time with family. We wish both Sister Bothfeld and Brother Martin the best in their future endeavors and thank them for their dedication to the members of the IBEW.

It's an employee market out there, and companies are coming to the bargaining table with that recognition. Members are receiving significant wage increases, including adjustments to attract and retain employees. We only wish that we could get inflation down — and we are working that as well. Ever heard of holistic organizing? Now you have.

We wish all members a safe and prosperous rest of the year — be well and do good.

Jeffrey C. Wimette, B.M./F.S.


Delegates Tracy Martin and Maureen Bothfeld represent Local 300 at the IBEW 40th International Convention in Chicago.

Congratulations to New Local 302 Electricians!

L.U. 302 (i,rts&spa), MARTINEZ, CA — Our local would like to congratulate our new journeymen inside wiremen and sound and communication installers: Jeremy Arellano, Bruce Beasley Jr., Matthew Beasley, Alejandro Castro, Ryan Cullum, Charles Dadnia, Robert Daly, Mark Gipner, Brandon Goodrich, Aaron Higuera, Jimena Lara, Jason McGee, Cristian Melgoza, James Naraja, Jacob Negrete, Levi "Josh" Nicula, Marcos Paez, Hugo Perez , Darrien Porter, Kyle Rancifer, Kendall Robinson, Ryan Sloan, Tyler Stephens, Brad Steward, Jason Strode, Rance Vaughn and Dylan Wold.

We wish them all the best in their future careers with the IBEW.

Tom Hansen, B.M.

Hot Work Outlook

L.U. 364 (catv,ees,em,es,i,mt,rts&spa), ROCKFORD, IL — Our local's work outlook remains as hot as the month of August, and 2022 is shaping up to be an excellent year.

As of this writing, we currently have around 730 wiremen at our Facebook project in Dekalb, and plans have moved forward; construction has begun on three new buildings. Work remains steady on this project. We also have the Nelson Energy Center plant in Rock Falls that has approximately 40 wiremen onsite at this time.

The latest news on the new Hard Rock Casino are plans to add a hotel to the initial build; once this process is complete, construction should begin. This project has been long awaited and we're excited to get to work on it. The groundbreaking date has not been set, but all indications are for late summer.

On July 16, Local 364 held our annual family picnic after two years of postponements due to the pandemic. Everyone in attendance had a wonderful time, and what a welcome relief it was to finally have some kind of normalcy back. This overdue event was a great time for members and their families to reconnect again, and we look forward to more events for our membership as the year continues.

Lastly, we would like to thank all the traveling brothers and sisters from across the country who have worked and continue to work in our local during this extremely busy time.

Brad Williams, P.S.

Brother Curtis Bullock Retires

L.U 446 (i), MONROE, LA — Congratulations to Brother Curtis Bullock on your retirement! Our local would like to thank you for your years of service in representing us with such hard work and dedication in your career as a union electrician. It is with great pride that we honor you as a retired member of Local 446. Best wishes to you on your retirement!

Ken Green, B.M./F.S.


Local 446's Brother Curtis Bullock (front) along with retired members and lifelong friends Fred Tillman and Lonnie Peters.

Congratulations, Apprentice Graduates!

L.U. 558 (catv,em,i,lctt,mt,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), SHEFFIELD, AL — At the time of this reporting, work in the jurisdiction is still holding steady with an anticipated ramp-up starting mid-summer into the fall of 2022. Facebook will be beginning the next phase at their campus, which is expected to take two years to complete. The Toyota Motor facility has another expansion on the schedule for 2022 to accommodate the new MTMUS plant and another truck engine in addition to the engines currently manufactured there.

We are excited to announce that the city of Huntsville is expanding the Von Braun Civic Center with at least a year-long project, and the electrical work will be performed by one of our IBEW signatory contractors. In the far eastern portion of our jurisdiction, we have a combustion turbine project located at the Colbert Steam Plant site in Barton, Al.

We would like to send our congratulations and best wishes to our 2022 graduating apprentice wiremen and linemen.

Mac Sloan, Pres.


Business Manager Tony Quillen (front row, far left) and Apprentice Director Danny McCrory (front row, far right) with Local 558's inside journeymen wiremen class at their graduation banquet on May 26.

Local 636 Celebrates 100 Years

LU. 636 (as,catv,em,spa&u), TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA — Our local marks its 100th anniversary this year. We hosted a membership conference on April 30, where we celebrated this incredible milestone with our unit executives from across the province. Our members took time out of their busy schedules to attend our conference, gather to exchange ideas and celebrate our local. We appreciate the support from the First District staff in making this conference a success. The anniversary was celebrated with videos, pictures and many items from our archives such as old minute books, financial ledgers and member records. It's amazing how far we've come in the last 100 years, and we are looking forward to the next 100!

Domenic Murdaca, B.M./F.S.


Local 636 celebrates its centennial anniversary as part of the IBEW.

Work Increases in Arizona

L.U. 640 (em,govt,i,mo,mt,rts,spa&u), PHOENIX, AZ — It's a busy time here in the desert. We have many projects manning up, and the work picture should be strong for the foreseeable future. As our large projects are progressing as expected, the need for manpower also increases. We welcome our traveling brothers and sisters to come and help man the work.

We would also like to thank our international officers, Local 134 and the host locals for an excellent 40th International Convention.

Tim Wilson, P.S.


Editor's Note: The following retirees Local Lines articles were submitted to the June issue of the Electrical Worker. They were postponed for our coverage of the 40th International Convention in the combined June/July issue. Regular posting of Local Lines articles, including retirees clubs, will resume in the September issue. Local Lines for the months of June and July ran exclusively online with the electronic edition of the June/July Electrical Worker at

Meeting Attendees Limited

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, WESTCHESTER / PUTNAM CHAPTER — As we begin a new season, we find very few changes in our chapter. We are still holding our monthly meetings with a very limited number of attendees permitted, under continued masking and social-distancing guidelines. We attempted to organize a spring golf outing, but we could only get a handful of golfers to sign up early enough to make a commitment to the golf course management. Therefore those plans had to be canceled for the fourth time. Just a few days ago, I spoke with the captain of the boat we always charter for our annual fishing trip and, not surprisingly, I was told there would be an increase in the cost of the charter due to fuel price increases. This issue may cause us to put that event on hold as well. I wish there was something positive to close with, but there really isn't anything at the moment. We are continuing with the appropriate pandemic procedures until this problem is behind us.

Dick Mills, Treas.

We're Back!

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, NORTH JERSEY CHAPTER — Check out our group "all in together" photo! We are so happy to report that our regular monthly meetings have resumed this year at the lovely Bethany Community Center in Washington Township, N.J. We are also well on our way with scheduling some great events for the coming months. First was our spring luncheon at La Terrazza restaurant on May 18. We will have our annual picnic at Kruckers Picnic Grove and are looking forward, as always, to our stay at the Educational Center at Santorini! Sending best wishes to everyone for a great spring/summer season!

John Krison, P.S.


Local 3/North Jersey retirees hung all in together as meetings resumed in 2022.

South Jersey News

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, SOUTH JERSEY CHAPTER — We re-started our retiree meetings on March 16. It was good to see everyone again after our winter break. We had a busy schedule this spring with many events: Monmouth Park Racetrack, fishing trips, South Jersey Blue Claws baseball picnic and a trip to our Local 3 Educational Center for a week on Long Island. We also have had our monthly breakfast clubs, luncheons and a couple of trips to Atlantic City.

Stay safe!

Anthony Savarese, Pres.


Local 3/South Jersey members attended a retirees luncheon with members of E-J Electric — Long Island City, NY: South Jersey President Anthony Savarese, Staten Island President Dwight Millman, superintendant Joe Cuozzo and general foremen Augie Calabro, George Iffe, Frank Russo, Mario Messina, Mike Bono and Joe Rosatti.

A Will and a Way

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 26, WASHINGTON, DC — Having changed to daylight savings time, we welcome the time change that gives us more sunshine and daylight. April lived up to the motto "April Showers bring May flowers." However, our plants remain confused by the up-and-down temperatures we have been experiencing: 40-50 degrees in the morning, sometimes 70 degrees by noon.

Brother Warner has started to schedule post-pandemic trips. One went to Delaware Park, but with COVID-19 restrictions made by the bus company, all had to wear masks at all times, with no eating or drinking on the bus and attendees required to show proof of vaccination. If there's a will, there's a way. Also, due to COVID-19, there were fewer seats available in order to leave more room between passengers. At the time of this writing, our train trip to the Canadian Rockies is still scheduled for April. If you are interested in joining an event, or have a suggestion, please give Brother Warner a call at 240-472-0438.

If you want to hear about upcoming travels in 2022, attend our meetings on the second Saturday of the month starting at 12 p.m., September to May. May's meeting is the last before our summer break (June — Aug.). In the meantime, the local's picnics will proceed this year, as COVID-19 rules for Prince George's County, Md., and Virginia have relaxed.

A special "shout out" to our volunteers who will help to mail our raffle tickets in August. If interested in helping with this extensive volunteer project, please contact Sister Flashman for details (

In the meantime, if you would like to help us mail out the minutes of our meeting, join us at the hall starting at 7:30 a.m. on the Thursday following our meetings. All volunteer members and their spouses are welcome! We love to see new faces!

Finally, the word is beginning to pass about our medical equipment program, and we are lending out more items! Thanks to the article in this newspaper that featured a story about this special program [December 2020 Electrical Worker].

Susan Flashman, P.S.


Local 26 retirees and friends were very glad to meet in-person again for some post-pandemic cards: (left to right) Tommy Noyes, Jerry Papa, Dick Bissell (President) Rusty Griffis, Karl Statter, Snuffy Holcomb and Steve Walker.

Baseball Season is Here

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 35, HARTFORD, CT — Hartford is very fortunate to be home to the Hartford Yard Goats' stadium. Local 35 has purchased a package of tickets to the games, which will be given out at our membership meetings. We should all be proud to support the Yard Goats, as we took part in building the stadium.

Our annual outing will be held on Oct. 8 at the Colchester Fish & Game Club. It's a great opportunity to visit with members, both active and retired, and a great day with lots of food and raffle prizes. As always, retirees are invited to attend at no cost. Mark your calendar now!

Union elections were held on June 27. As with every election, I urge all members to get out and exercise their right to vote.

I would like to give a special mention to Robert Leech, who passed away in February. Bobby served on the Executive Board from 1983 — 1990 and served as our vice president from 1990 — 1992. He was a good friend of mine and will be greatly missed by all.

The Retirees Club is hoping to increase attendance at our monthly meetings. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Rocky Hill. Dues are only $35 per year and lunch is served. It's a great time to see everyone, and we hope you will join us. See you there!

Kenneth R. White, P.S.

Come and Join Us

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 53, KANSAS CITY, MO — At the time of this writing, it's spring of 2022. I'm sure glad it is here — had enough of winter. I don't have much to report on at this time. Hope everyone is doing alright.

The crappie tournament was scheduled for April 30. I hope this crazy weather cooperated for us. We hope you came and enjoyed the crappie and the visitation. It is always a good time and good food, while getting to see old friends.

The union hall gave a retiree luncheon on April 8. It's the first one we've had in the last couple of years because of COVID. We were glad to see all of the retirees come and visit again.

On the second Thursday of each month we have a luncheon in Urich at the Lumberyard Grill & Pub. Come and join us!

On a sadder note, Sandy Querry passed away on Feb. 4. She was a special lady and wife to our brother and former Business Manager Keith Querry. She will be missed. May she rest in peace as the good Lord has taken her home. Amen.

Duane Pearce, P.S.

Local 60 Retirees Regroup

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 60, SAN ANTONIO, TX — The club met on Jan. 13 after 21 months of meeting cancellations due to the coronavirus. Members enjoyed a barbecue lunch catered by Pure Country while enjoying each other's company and playing catch-up. A short business meeting was conducted after lunch with the agenda of old and new business. The club's annual Golf Tournament fundraiser, which was canceled in 2020 and 2021, was discussed, and tournament chairperson Gene Chamberlain was put in charge on a future tournament. Club President Coy Rogers announced that the Years of Service pins will be awarded at the February meeting by Business Manager Gary Aiken and former Business Manager Gene Chamberlain. At the closing of the meeting, members honored the 22 active and retired members that had passed during the 21 months of meeting inactivity with a reading of names and a moment of silence.

The retirees of Local 60 meets the second Thursday of each month, Sept. – May, and then takes a summer break. Meetings start at 11:30 a.m. at Local 60's union hall, 3518 N. Loop 1604 E., San Antonio.

Sandy Rogers, P.S.


Local 60 Retirees Club members who have met milestones for their years of service: (front row, left to right) Roman Sanchez (50 years), Elroy Sicko (60 years), Phillip Zachman and Keith Schultz (65 years), former Business Manager Gene Chamberlain, (back row, left to right) Julis Nicolas, Robert Moczygemba, David Van Bibber, Patrick Hummel, Andrew Guerrero, Julian Terrazas (all 50 years) and Retirees Club President Coy Rogers.

Happy Summer to All

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 134, CHICAGO, IL — It took a while to get back to our pre-coronavirus schedule, and we hope we're all caught up by now. Drury Lane Theater has reopened, allowing us to attend two luncheon plays: "Evita" in February and "The King and I" in May.

Our Feb. 9 meeting was held at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute. To celebrate Black History Month, our guest speaker was Retirees Club member Russell Ponder, Local 134's first African-American apprentice teacher, telling the story of labor leader Michael Boyle, business manager of Local 134 for 39 years. During that time, Local 134's first African-American electrician, Samuel Taylor, joined in 1919. He was treated badly until Mike Boyle accepted his application in 1922 as the first African-American contractor of the local. Taylor Electric is still here today, and there is more to this story: More information can be found at the Newberry Library of Black History. Thank you, Russell, for this incredible story.

Our luncheon meeting was held March 9 at Local 134's Memorial Hall, and it included an early St. Patrick's Day celebration and a delicious meal served by Gotto's Hospitality catering. At this meeting, we conducted the election for new officers and Executive Board members. The results are as follows:

  • President — Keith Berls
  • Vice President — Hale Landes
  • Secretary — Alan H. Sindelar
  • Treasurer — Bernie F. Martin
  • Executive Board, 1-year term — James W. Duffy, Susan Kleczka, James E. Martin
  • Executive Board, 2-year term — Charles J. Chathas, Mario J. Coletta, James J. Fliris and Hector R. Rivera

Local 134 Recording Secretary Kevin A. Connolly performed the swearing in of the newly elected officers and members of the Executive Board. Thank you, Kevin.

Wishing you all a fun and safe summer.

Sue Kleczka, P.S.


Retirees Club Vice President Keith Berls and members of Local 134's Motorcycle Club escorted five truckloads of donations from Local 134 to the Jesse Brown VA Hospital for homeless veterans.

New Officers and Great Meetings

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 136, BIRMINGHAM, AL — We are glad to be back in the newspaper again. President Frank Perryman has been able to keep us safely up and running for our previous five or six meetings. We want to thank Business Manager Bill Blackman, President Ross Roberson and our Executive Board for all their support. They provide a meeting area and a lunch to all that attend. Our meeting is still on the first Wednesday of every month, and it's a really good time to visit with all our retired brothers. President Frank Perryman and Otis Graham (Chaplin) offer a moment for our departed brothers. Brother Perryman always reminds us to keep our addresses current along with our benefactor info. We have a sick and needy volunteer fund for any donations.

Our officers for 2022 — 2023 are President Frank Perryman, Vice President Billy Casey, Treasure Harold ("Frog") Blankenship, Recording Secretary Gary ("Sky") King, Chaplin Otis Graham and Press Secretary Bill Roberson. Feel free to call Brothers Perryman or Graham if needed. And remember, "If it looks unsafe it might be."

Bill Roberson, P.S.

Retiree Volunteers Judge Skills Competition

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 257, JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Our club met on Dec. 14 at Reinhardt Circle for our annual Christmas luncheon and meeting. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared by Missy Schroeder, wife of Local 257 member Mark Schroeder. After the meal, we had several drawings of names for prizes. A large poinsettia donated by Elaine Jurgensmeyer was the grand prize. We continued our collection of donations for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and were able to send a check for $1,200. Our January meeting will be held on Jan. 25, 2023, at the Golden Corral in Columbia, Mo.

Local 257 retirees judged electrical projects at the State Technical College of Missouri on April 8 for the first in-person SkillsUSA since the start of the pandemic. Our retirees participated as industry-expert judges for the industrial/motor and residential-control projects. First-place winners will move on to the national SkillsUSA Championship in Atlanta, Ga., where they will compete with the best in the nation. Additionally, Local 257 retirees presented on the benefits of IBEW membership to the Skills USA electrical students. A special thanks is extended to our volunteer judges who gave their time and knowledge to the next generation.

The Retirees Club had luncheon meetings at Reinhardt Circle on March 29 and Hartsburg American Legion on April 26. Both meetings were well attended with 54 and 49 members and guests, respectively.

On a sad note, we would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Emil Fischer, who passed away on Oct. 25, 2021. Emil was a member of Local 257 for over 60 years and served as a business manager. Additionally, we send our condolences to the family of Clare Lang, wife of Bill Lang, who passed away on Nov. 21, 2021, and to the family of Norma Loyd, wife of Bill Loyd, who passed away on Jan. 7.

Judy Holzhauser, P.S.


Local 257 judges at the State Technical College of Missouri: (front row) Ken Schulte, Herman Grothoff, Dave Apperson, Don Hurst, Ron Holzhauser, Steve Klepel, Larry Jones, Greg Shrock; (back row) Jim Wilson, Jim Winemiller, Todd Gentry, Rick Stokes, Mark Stokes, Dave Hurst, Tom Stokes and Mike Fanning.

Congratulations Local 317 Service Awardees

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 317, HUNTINGTON, WV — In March, our club hosted a luncheon, and we awarded Years of Service pins to a number of retirees. The members who received pins are: Dewey Turley (65-year pin), Deward L. Austin (55-year pin), Elmer Mays (55-year pin), Golden Adkins (50-year pin) and John Pelfrey (50-year pin). Congratulations to all for their years of service!

Jerry Booth, Pres.


Local 317 Retirees Club members receiving their Years of Service pins: (left to right) Dewey Turley, Deward L. Austin, Elmer Mays, Golden Adkins and President Jerry Booth.

Local 353 Meetings Return

RETIREES CLUB of L.U. 353, TORONTO, ON, CANADA — Ontario has returned to near normal, and retirees can return to rescheduled dates and conditions. Our annual pin/award breakfast has been moved from April to June for members with 50 years of service or more. This year, 230 of our over 3,000 retired members will qualify to attend.

Local 353 agreements for working members — ICI, High Rise, Low Rise, Line & COMM — have all been settled, and house wiring is still pending. ICI gains are $6.05 over 3 years. The working members will vote on how best to distribute raise on wages and benefits. The wisdom of past officers and Executive Board members, endorsed by the working members, has provided for good pensions and great health and welfare benefits for not only working members' families, but also to retirees and spouses.

While not being able to hold in-person meetings, our Executive Board has been working on holding the South Unit luncheon scheduled for May 3 and is developing a system to notify our local's retirees of dates and events more efficiently. Local 353 provided a Chromebook computer and assisted in developing an email program for our large membership.

Robert Rynyk, Pres.

Retirees Buy American

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 649, ALTON, IL — It is with deep sorrow that I report passings of our members. IBEW brothers who recently passed are: Carl Bopp, an Ameren gas mechanic; Robert Clothier, a Winchester electrician; Gary Couch, a Wieland electrician; and Tom E. Cox, a retired wireman.

While not an IBEW retiree, Daniel W. Flatt also passed away this year. He is the father of Local 649's Brother Dwayne Flatt. Please keep the families of these members in your thoughts and prayers.

Local 134 organizer Mike Gogola would like to draw your attention to a startup tool company made up of Local 134 members. The company's name is Chicago Tool Werks (, and it is signatory with Local 134. Our members, both active and retired, might wonder why I include this update in the retirees section of Local Lines: Word of mouth travels well, and retirees are a powerful force in transmitting information, especially when it comes to "Buy American!"

And please remember that the Retirees Club meets at 9:00 a.m. on the last Thursday of each month for breakfast at the Eagles Nest in Bethalto. This retiree group is open to all bargaining group retired members. While I can't attend currently, hopefully I will see everyone when possible.

Strength in Unity!

Terry Wilhite, P.S.

Happy Retirement, Brother Arndt

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 1042, SANFORD, FL, CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER — Our local would like to announce that Bob Arndt is retiring after 48 years of working in the electrical industry. Bob started his journey in northern Virginia and then migrated south, working in South Carolina and finally calling Florida his home in 1987. Bob joined FPL in August of that year, spending 35 years there. In 1998, he found his forever family with Local 1042.

Bob is a certified journeyman who finished his career as an overhead senior lineman at the Sanford Service Center. You can find Bob enjoying working behind the scenes in his local community theatre as the sound & lighting guy. Please wish Brother Arndt all the joy and happiness that life has to offer in the next chapter of his life as he enjoys his golden years!

Ellen Stephenson, P. S.


Local 1042 congratulates Brother Bob Arndt on his hard (shell)-earned retirement!