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Local 1 Showcases Winter Safety on St. Louis News

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,ptc,rts,s,se,spa,st&ws), ST. LOUIS, MO — This past winter saw two of our officers, Financial Secretary Dave Roth (on KMOV-TV) and Director of Business and Membership Development John Kahrhoff (on Fox 2), give insightful and timely tips on winter electrical safety, such as how to shed the pack-rat mentality and get rid of old holiday lighting. They also showcased new, safe and cost-efficient lighting and reviewed how to safely care for space heaters.

At the time of this writing, our RENEW chapter is getting things in place for its annual trivia night in March. Last year's was a huge success. Fun, friendship and fellowship are the best reasons to go.

Finally, we want to congratulate retired International President Lonnie R. Stephenson for his tireless commitment to furthering the precepts of this great union. I know that I have never heard a president of the United States mention the IBEW so frequently. Happy Trails, Brother Stephenson.

Kyle Hunter, P.S.

NYC Building Trades Give Relief to Puerto Rico

L.U. 3 (catv,em,govt,i,lctt,mo,o,t,u&ptc), NEW YORK, NY — Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sept. 17, 2022, causing massive flooding and leaving widespread damage across the island. Less than a month later, the founder of HEART 9/11, Bill Keegan, coordinated with Santos Rodriguez of the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and SOMOS Inc. to dispatch members from New York City's union trades to assist in the recovery of Ponce, on the south side of the island.

Local 3 designated a volunteer delegation led by Santiago Iglesias Educational Society Vice President Rob Martin and joined by New York Electrical Contractors Association Executive Secretary Edwin Lopez, NYECA Assistant Executive Secretary Peter Rescigno, Business Representative Louis Sanchez, retired Financial Secretary Luis Restrepo, journeyman inside wireman Jason Rivera and retired journeyman inside wireman Edwin Napoleoni. These volunteers restored power to the central air system at a local nursing home, repaired and supported the roof, and performed multiple interior repairs. In addition, work was completed at a community center, including the build-out of classrooms intended to train residents in construction skills, new classrooms on the second floor, and repairs and updates to the on-site daycare facility.

Although there is much work still to be done in the recovery of Puerto Rico, trade unionists worked tirelessly to ensure we left a positive impact on the community in Ponce.

Rob Martin, SIES V.P.


A volunteer delegation from Local 3, HEART 9/11 and the NYC Building & Construction Trades Council assisted in Hurricane Fiona recovery in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on the south side of the island.

Local 43 Welcomes Micron, Thousands of Jobs to Clay, N.Y.

L.U. 43 (em,i&rts), SYRACUSE, NY — It is with pride and excitement that we share that Micron Technology Inc. selected central New York's White Pine site for its semiconductor manufacturing facility, which will create 9,000 new high-paying jobs. This is the largest private investment ever made in New York state history, with up to $100 billion over the next 20-plus years, and one of the largest industrial manufacturing investments in the history of the United States. The project is projected to start in spring 2024.

Local 43 Sister Shawni Davis had the honor of introducing U.S. President Joe Biden at the Micron press conference, held at Onondaga Community College. We are grateful to our partners, including Sen. Charles Schumer, Gov. Kathy Hochul, Empire State Development and Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon, who have worked to ensure that the necessary legislation, site conditions and community assets were in place to secure this project. Thank you to Business Manager Alan Marzullo and the staff at Local 43 for working with dedication to support this extraordinary project.

Jeff Cassano, P.S.


Local 43 Sister Shawni Davis had the honor of introducing U.S. President Joe Biden at a Micron Technology new conference held at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y.

Local 47 Updates:
Holiday Party, Back Pay Won, Upcoming Events

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA — Business Manager/Financial Secretary Colin Lavin welcomed all members and their families to our local's Christmas party Dec. 17.

In the Southern California Edison-Triston Mends arbitration, the parties have reached a settlement with a favorable decision from the arbitrator. Mends will receive $130,000 in back pay and be otherwise made whole. The SCE-Carey Newidouski arbitration was settled with Newidouski receiving $40,000 in back pay and otherwise made whole. SCE-Saddleback District crew discharge cases will be arbitrated Feb. 24. Also with SCE we have a settlement on the elimination of the mainland parking for Catalina members, and members on Catalina will receive an additional $400 monthly added to their stipend plus $25 for the next three years. City of Banning-general unit negotiations continue. City of Anaheim-general contract, professional management and customer service part-time workers negotiations continue.

In upcoming events: Local 47's Steward & Safety Conference will take place March 25, and Local 47's picnic will be held May 6. See you there!

We're sad to report the deaths of Aaron Bonner, Joseph Delgado, Patti Faraone and John Sausedo. Our condolences and prayers are with their loved ones.

Work safe and buy union!

Mitch Smith, P.S.


Local 47 Business Manager/Financial Secretary Colin Lavin enjoys time with family and friends at the local's Christmas party.

A New Year With Lots of Work

L.U. 55 (c,lctt,o&u), DES MOINES, IOWA — Hello to all my brothers and sisters. Approximately 150 to 175 people attended our Christmas party, where there were lots of good food and prizes for the kids. It seems that they love face painting the best.

It's a new year with lots of work on the horizon. Our local has been very blessed. Let's pray that our government can get along and get things done for all of us. I travel all over the Des Moines metro area and see our union members everywhere, whether it's underground or distribution or transmission. I see members working with good equipment and doing a very good job. Let's remember to look out for others and to train those who need some help in the trade. Always think safety. Wear those gloves and sleeves. Pay attention to the safety meetings, and we will see you in a couple of months.

Myron Green, P.S.

Local 71's Chance Ruiz Saves a Life

L.U. 71 (lctt,o&rtb), COLUMBUS, OH — Brother and journeyman lineman Chance Ruiz became a lifesaver to Brother Mark Nixon, apprentice lineman, shortly after returning home from working on the East Coast. Brother Ruiz had asked Brother Nixon to return the bucket truck to the show-up and lock things up for the weekend while he fueled up at the gas station.

Brother Ruiz, rather than heading home after fueling, had a gut feeling that he should return to the show-up, and thankfully he did. When he pulled back in, he noticed right away that something was not right with Brother Nixon. Brother Ruiz got out of his truck and asked if Brother Nixon was feeling all right; he said he felt out of breath and started toward his truck when he collapsed.

Brother Ruiz caught him and lowered him to the ground, where Brother Nixon was unresponsive. There, Brother Ruiz immediately started performing CPR. After just a few chest compressions, Brother Nixon was revived. Brother Ruiz then started yelling for help; someone heard his call for help and immediately called 911. First responders arrived, and Brother Nixon was rushed to the hospital, where he spent a few days recovering before returning home. Brother Nixon and his family are so thankful that Brother Ruiz followed that gut feeling and returned to the show-up when he did.

Local 71 would also like to thank Brother Ruiz for his calm, fast-acting response in saving the life of Brother Nixon. We are all proud to call you our brother.

Bryan Stage, B.M./F.S.


Brother Chance Ruiz received an IBEW Local 71 Life Saving award. From left: Business Representative Dirk Dozer, Brother Ruiz and Brother Mark Nixon.

First Annual Chili Cook-Off

L.U. 77 (lctt,mt,o,t&u), SEATTLE, WA — On Sat., Aug. 20, 2022, our local held its inaugural Chili Cook-Off and Family Picnic at the Spokane hall. The event was a great way to celebrate getting members and families back together after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus due to COVID. This was the first major event held at the new Spokane hall since we moved in late 2019. Seven teams entered to compete for cash prizes and trophies for first, second and third place plus overall winner. Executive officers from the Spokane Labor Council were there to judge the contestants' homemade chili.

"I got the inspiration when I attended Local 465's chili cook-off a couple years back in San Diego. It seemed like a great way to get our members together," Business Representative Dave Garegnani said.

It was a fun day full of chili, hot dogs, music, fellowship, a water slide for the kids, raffle prizes and even a Kona Ice truck, which made the 91-degree day feel much cooler. At the end of the day, Robert and Amanda McDaniel were the overall winner with their smoked chicken chili. Local 77 is looking forward to this being a yearly event! Thank you to all members who attended!

Dave Garegnani, Bus. Rep.


Local 77 held its inaugural Chili Cook-Off and Family Picnic at the Spokane hall in August 2022.

Local 99 Sends Two Delegates to
Tradeswomen Build Nations Conference

L.U. 99 (govt&i), PROVIDENCE, RI — Despite the arrival of the colder months, our local has had no shortage of warmth and brotherhood fostered among its membership. Over the years, our holiday lighting displays have become something that the community looks forward to and cherishes. The help of our members, friends and families made it possible to pull off such a feat in December.

The local also sent two first-time delegates, Sidney Jablonski and Justice Casey, to the Tradeswomen Build Nations conference in Las Vegas in October 2022. Casey and Jablonski were excited to take part in the banner parade and to volunteer their time assisting with the check in for all attendees. These apprentices had the honor of listening to speeches made by many influential people, including former Rhode Island governor and current U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. Sisters Jablonski and Casey were inspired to share their knowledge and encourage their local to continue making positive changes toward equality, diversity and solidarity.

Justice Casey, P.S.


(From left) Justice Casey and Sidney Jablonski at the Local 357-hosted event in Las Vegas during the 2022 Tradeswomen Build Nations Conference.

President Biden Visits Local 103

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA — Our local had a special visitor Dec. 2: President Joe Biden, who was in Boston to thank members for hosting a phone bank supporting the reelection of Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia. Biden was introduced by Business Manager Lou Antonellis and greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of union leaders and members. Our efforts paid off, and Sen. Warnock was reelected after a special runoff election. President Biden's visit to our union hall marked the first time a sitting U.S. president visited our local and the second high-profile visit of 2022 after Vice President Kamala Harris visited in August.

We had a busy holiday season at Local 103! Our members donated more than 10,000 toys and articles of winter clothing for those less fortunate, bringing comfort and joy to thousands of children in the Greater Boston area. These holiday drives are an annual tradition that allows Local 103 to give back to the communities where our members live and work.

We're looking forward to a busy spring and summer here at Local 103, with our own local union elections and negotiations for our main collective bargaining agreements.

Jimmy Fleming, P.S.

Welcome, Brother Derek Thill!

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t,u&ptc), PORTLAND, OR — Happy new year! We hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. As storm season has started, please take the time and use the necessary precautions to perform your work safely.

Journeyman lineman Derek Thill has joined Local 125 as business representative for members employed at Portland General Electric. An IBEW member since 1995, he has spent his entire IBEW career at PGE. When Hank Williams' departure created a vacancy, Business Manager Travis Eri reached out to Derek.

Thill loves his trade. "The variety is definitely something I like," he said, "but the teamwork is what we are all about."

He is excited about the opportunity to make some positive changes. When asked what he wants the membership to know about him, his message was clear: "I am a firm believer in the union brotherhood. I will work hard to benefit everyone, and I'll do the best I can every day." Please join Local 125's staff and officers in welcoming Derek to the team!

Local 125's 20th annual Casino Night is March 11. Call 503-262-9125 for more information or to register.

Marcy Grail, A.B.M.


Journeyman lineman Derek Thill has joined Local 125 as business representative for members employed at PGE.

Steady Year Ahead

L.U. 131 (i,rtb,rts,se&spa), KALAMAZOO, MI — The work outlook is steady in Kalamazoo. Pfizer MAP project has 40 people working on it, with manpower being supplied by Hi-Tech Electric, KEI Electrical Construction and Lakeland Electrical. Flemington Instrument Co. will be starting on the instrumentation package this spring. Moore Electrical has a project at Gun Lake Casino, which is expanding to include a 15-story hotel and an aquadome.

We had an enjoyable retirees' Christmas luncheon. I enjoyed seeing the journeymen from my past. We congratulate the following members for their years of service: Robert Oliver and David Wilder (60 years); Charles Krull, Doyal Northrup, Jerry Ptacek and Russel Sandefur (55 years); and Marvin Akerson, William Decker, James Meech, Joseph Orr, Steven Pierce, Steven Shirk John VanDyke and Mitchell Vankruiningen (50 years). It seems like just yesterday they were telling me what to do.

And thank you, Lisa Page, for the steward's training. The most dangerous man is one with an education.

Morris A. Applebey, B.M.


Local 131 held an enjoyable retirees' Christmas luncheon, where brotherhood across generations was celebrated.

Local 141 Enjoys Busy Holiday Season

L.U. 141 (ees,i,o&u), WHEELING, WV — Work slowed down somewhat heading into the winter months, with 42 members on Book 1. The outlook for 2023 is promising, however, as there are several projects on the books to begin the year.

Local 141 again had a great holiday season, with a retirees' Christmas dinner, children's breakfast with Santa and the Christmas dinner/dance. All of these events were very well attended and enjoyed by Local 141 members and their families. Special thanks to the Local 141 Social Committee for their outstanding work during this busy time of the year and to the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack for hosting these events.

The Local 141 Motorcycle Club was also busy during the holiday season. While it was too cold to ride, the motorcycle club members focused their activities to charity fundraising, donating $500 each to the Wheeling Soup Kitchen and St. John's Home for Children.

Local 141 is mourning the passing of Brothers Joseph F. Campbell Sr. and Edward P. Duffy. They will be greatly missed.

Please stay safe and healthy!

Kurt "Bug" Reed, P.S.


Retirees attending the Local 141 retirees' Christmas dinner at the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack.

Happy Retirement, Brother Bruemmer!

L.U. 257 (em,i,rtb,rts,spa&t), JEFFERSON CITY, MO — We would like to wish a happy retirement to Don Bruemmer! Don joined Local 257 in 1978 and stayed involved throughout his career. In 1986, he was appointed to the apprenticeship committee and later was elected to the executive board, where he became chairman. In 1992, Don was elected business manager, a role he served for 30 years until his retirement in 2022.

The local hosted a retirement party, which Eleventh District International Vice President Mark Hager and his staff attended with numerous NECA counterparts, professionals, members and family to celebrate Don's achievements. Congratulations, Don, and enjoy your well-deserved retirement!

Michael D. Fanning B.M./F.S.


Local 257 Business Manager Don Bruemmer (right) presents his son Dalton Bruemmer his journeyman wireman certificate in June 2022.

Holiday Happenings

L.U. 269 ( i&o), TRENTON, NJ — The holiday season is a time of joy and wonder for many, but it also can be a challenging time, especially for the working families in our communities. The responsibility of providing special times for your loved ones along with providing a living can be a daunting task. Luckily for many of us, our local is there to lend a helping hand in what can be a very hectic time.

Two annual events are holiday traditions within our membership and looked forward to every year, especially by the children of our brothers and sisters. Kicking off the season is the highly anticipated return of Santa to the union hall. Santa and his helpers take up residence in the main meeting room and listen to the Christmas wishes of members' children as their picture is taken by Santa's official photographer. Hot chocolate and snacks are provided, and each child leaves with a present from the hall.

In the following nights, Santa and his twin helpers take to streets in the local's trucks and go door to door dispensing candy and holiday cheer. We are truly blessed to have so many caring individuals that help make the holidays a special time for all. Thank you, everyone.

Brian Jacoppo, P.S.


Santa and his helper, Miss Terri, sit ready to hear the Christmas wishes of Local 269 members' young ones.

Brother Tim Evans Retires

L.U. 309 (i,lctt,mo,mt,o,rts,spa&u), COLLINSVILLE, IL — This past holiday season, our local hosted its first breakfast with Santa. Children were treated not only to meeting Santa Claus and his elf but also to a fabulous homemade breakfast of pancakes, sausages and eggs. More than 50 toys and $500 were donated to Toys for Tots, as well. We send a special thanks to Stephen Erspamer and the many volunteers.

Local 309 rang in the new year with the retirement of Business Manager Tim Evans. As we celebrate this milestone with Brother Evans, we reflect on how much he means to our local. During his 36-year membership, Tim served on nearly every local trust, committee, fund and board. He also started our golf tournament, which continues to generate healthy sums for our PAC. No matter the function — parades, parties, volunteering, etc. — one factor was a constant: Brother Evans was there.

It is because of his dedication and participation that Tim has become the ultimate example for our members. Commenting on his departure, Brother Evans stated: "The IBEW has given me so much and will always be my family." We wish him a wonderful retirement!

Carlos S. Perez, R.S.


Local 309's Christmas ornament from the Breakfast with Santa event.

Members Passed, Members In Need

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN — We remember the following members lost in 2022: Lloyd Alden, Joseph Banholzer, John Bengtson, Robert Haines, David Hesse, Kenneth Jenson, Virgil Kalpin, Kenneth Kramer, Aaron Larson, Earl Lockwood, Richard McLaughlin, Joseph Michel, George Nyari, Shane Rovang, Richard Sandeno, Paul Stowers, Vincent Sturm, Jeffrey Tonne, Michael Tupper, Okley Varney, Kenneth Wetzel and Richard Winkels.

Sixty years have passed since a new statue has been dedicated at the Minnesota State Capitol. In November 2022, a statue honoring Nellie Stone Johnson (1905-2002), a union organizer and civil rights leader, was unveiled. She grew up near Hinckley, Minn., and delivered campaign literature by horseback for the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party. In 1944, she was instrumental in the merger of the Farmer-Labor Party and the Democratic Party to form the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. She was a civil rights adviser to both Hubert H. Humphrey and Walter Mondale.

Worker rights are no less important than civil rights. We must insist on a safe jobsite. The hall can only help the membership if it is notified of any workplace injuries or accidents. Help your brothers and sisters in their time of distress by contacting your steward or union representative.

Keep your neighbors working — buy Made in USA.

Tom Small, P.S.

Local 347 Purchases 1.69 Acres for Special Events

L.U. 347 (em,i,mt,rtb,rts&spa), DES MOINES, IA — To wrap up 2022, our local completed two more real estate transactions. The old union hall was sold to a chiropractic practice for office space. We used the building at 850 18th St. for 60 years as our hall. Centrally located in Des Moines, it served the local well. The second transaction was the purchase of 1.69 acres adjacent to the new hall. The intention for this property is to provide space for special events.

The Iowa Legislature, executive branch and attorney general's office are all controlled by the same political party; thus, they have the power to do whatever they wish. We, organized labor, are holding our collective breath to see what will unfold. They have the power to make beneficial changes for the citizens of this state or to create mischief that will hamper the efforts of hard-working men and women and their children for years to come. Keep your representatives on speed dial.

As I write this, work is plentiful in our local. Book 1 has 33. Book 2 has 64. If you ever wanted to work in a data center, opportunities are available.

Local 347 will have a Pin Party and Recognition Night in the Bishop Ballroom at Prairie Meadows; cocktails at 5, with dinner at 6. The Easter Egg Hunt will be April 8.

To close, a quote from Eugene Debs: "I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence."

Mike Schweiger, P.S.

Local 357 Sees Year of Growth

L.U. 357 (c,i,mt&se), LAS VEGAS, NV — Our local experienced 2022 as a year of growth for the membership. There were 176 electrical workers indentured into the apprenticeship. Of these, 144 were brought in as apprentice wiremen and 32 as apprentice installer technicians. Additionally, we have extended apprenticeship opportunities to another 90 people for the 2023 school year.

Our organizers and the examining board have been working hard to increase our labor force.

With numerous projects on the horizon, 2023 will likely be another excellent year for expansion. We welcome our new brothers and sisters into the Local 357 family, and we wish them all the best.

Julie-Ann Peeples, P.S.


New Local 357 members at the November 2022 general meeting.

Honoring a 70-Year Legacy

L.U. 379 (i,o,rtb&lctt), CHARLOTTE, NC — On Dec. 17, our local held its annual Christmas party. It was a great night to catch up with all our brothers and sisters. We were blessed to have some of our retirees and members young and old across all units and classifications. We shared in food and drink and had a few laughs.

The highlight of the night was recognizing Jim Gant with his 70-year service pin. Jim left high school to join the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He returned to finish high school and joined the local apprenticeship. Jim was initiated into the local in 1952, where he worked for many years as a journeyman wireman, foreman and general foreman. He eventually became the training director for the JATC in Charlotte in the mid-1980s. Jim also spent several years as a founder, judge and board member for North Carolina state electrical apprenticeship competitions.

It was great to see him at the party and an honor to present him with his award. Jim will always be remembered for his contribution to the local and the JATC. Thank you, Jim, for your many years of service!

Doug McDaniel, R.S.


Local 379 member Jim Gant (left) being presented with his 70-year service pin and plaque.

Members Involved Locally

L.U. 453 (govt,i,rtb,rts&spa), SPRINGFIELD, MO — Our local had a busy 2022, and 2023 looks promising as well. Full employment and open calls have allowed our membership to grow. We have donated time and effort into several areas to promote growth, brotherhood and community involvement.

Attending high school and college career fairs, along with multiple job fairs, has helped us find quality candidates for membership, and our apprenticeship program is training our next group of great journeymen! Door knocking for candidates has allowed us to elect three worker-friendly candidates in the Springfield metro area. Christmas meetings for our members and retirees were well attended and enjoyed by all. Members donating time to ring the bells has allowed us to raise money for needy families in our community. Buying and selling raffle tickets let us raise money to help injured member Michael Gray. The Brotherhood Committee organized our first annual Trunk or Treat event and started planning for the chili cook-off.

We would like to thank the traveling brothers and sisters for helping us power our jurisdiction and hope that everyone had a happy holiday season!

Troy Schindler, P.S.


Local 453's Max Indyuskin and family donated time to ring the bells over the holiday season.

Celebrating Years of Service,
Helping Those in Need

L.U. 481 (c,ees,i,mt,ptc,rts,s,spa&ws), INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Local 481 closed 2022 by celebrating our retirees and helping those in need in the community.

We had a nice turnout at our annual Christmas luncheon, with nearly 160 retirees in attendance. Business Manager Jeff Wheeler distributed years-of-service pins during the event, honoring retirees celebrating milestones. Noteworthy recipients were Charles H. Rosebrock and James E. Sommers, recognized for 60 years of service. Congratulations to all the retirees, and thank you for your dedication to the IBEW!

In late December, we called on our members to help those in the community who struggle with food insecurities, and they came through during our annual food drive at the union hall. Despite the cold and rainy weather, our members donated almost 5,000 pounds of food and over $1,600 to a local food bank. Thank you to all the members who participated and were willing to give back to the community! Your involvement in our local makes us all proud.

Blake A. Andrews, Treas.


Business Manager Jeff Wheeler in his festive jacket and Local 481 retiree Mike Donovan receiving his service pin.

Biden Visits Albuquerque, and
Local 611 Pitches In

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM — For the first time in 25 years, our local had a Christmas party for the grownups. The event was held at the Convention Center, and it was a full house with lots of prizes, good food and nice IBEW sweaters gifted by Local 611. A huge shout-out to the Christmas Committee for doing such a great job. Hopefully we can make it an annual event. In addition to the adults' Christmas party, we held the annual Children's Christmas party, with lots of food and a visit from Santa. This year, the children's party was held at the hall.

During President Joe Biden's recent visit to Albuquerque, Assistant Business Manager Mark Strand was asked to be part of the president's motorcade. Mark drove the press to each location where the president gave inspiring speeches. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Mark, which he said he will never forget.

Work in our local is still going strong, with a number of daily calls throughout the state.

On behalf of Local 611, I would like to extend condolences to the family and friends of Murry S. Maxwell.

Don't forget, our meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month. Support your local!

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.


Local 611 Assistant Business Manager Mark Strand in front of President Joe Biden's motorcade car.

Let's Get AMPED

L.U. 613 (em,i,o,rts&spa), ATLANTA, GA — On Dec. 15, our local hosted its third AMPED — Apprentices Mandating Progress Every Day — event for the year. This new program was the creation of Business Manager Kenny Mullins and put into action by Assistant Business Manager Manny Gonzalez.

They started this program not only to teach brotherhood and sisterhood at an earlier point in an apprentice's career, but also to create a sense of fellowship and belonging. AMPED meets quarterly and gives our young workers a platform to air their issues and concerns and have them addressed. Mullins and President Kevin Swanson are actively involved at the events, so apprentices can discuss topics directly with their administration.

At the September meeting, the apprentices elected class presidents for each year, supplying another avenue for any help that may be necessary while promoting involvement among our younger members. AMPED events offer an upbeat and fun atmosphere, with games and dinner followed by open discussions and door prizes. Prizes include Chromebooks, which apprentices use to do schoolwork.

While our retirees got us to where we are, apprentices are our future. With the leadership and skills taught by AMPED, the future of Local 613 is bright!

Ron Nyberg, P.S.


Local 613 apprentices enjoy dinner and prize giveaways at the December AMPED event.

Membership Growth

L.U. 659 (c,catv,em,i,lctt,o,st,t&u), MEDFORD, OR — Our local covers a variety of trades, including utilities, municipalities, line-clearance tree trimming, telecommunications, construction both inside and outside, and even gas.

We ended 2022 with membership growth of 26% in construction classifications.

Our telecommunications group had membership growth of 19%. This growth is in part because of a 1,200-mile fiber installation project that goes from Brookings, Ore., to Bandon, Ore., and then cross country to Myrtle Point, Ore.

Our line-clearance tree trimming classifications have had membership growth of 16%. This growth is due to the ongoing fire mitigation on utility property.

Our inside wireman group grew by 10%. This growth is attributed to the diligent work done by our organizing team. Motivating the members to take an active role in organizing makes us all stronger — not just as a local but in the Brotherhood as a whole.

United we stand!

James Davidson, A.B.M.

Record Hours Worked at Local 683

L.U. 683 (i&ptc), COLUMBUS, OH — Due to the hard work of our members and our traveling brothers and sisters, our local eclipsed more than 4 million hours worked in 2022, an increase of 1 million hours from 2021. There were 2,500 referrals dispatched in 2022, 1,000 more than in 2021. We are expecting 2023 to be another great year for work opportunities throughout our jurisdiction. With the Ohio State University Medical Center, multiple data center projects continuing and utility-scale solar projects in their beginning stages, there will be a need for hundreds of inside and teledata wiremen, in addition to the projects we are already working.

We took our annual bus trip to the Cleveland Browns/Cincinnati Bengals game in December. The weather was a little cool but otherwise cooperated for the day. A great time was had, with no shortage of shenanigans on the trip. We are definitely looking forward to the trip next year!

The 68th annual Christmas Cares/Union Shares event was held Dec. 17-18. The Central Ohio Labor Council does a great job coordinating this event every year. There was a full allotment of apprentices, journeymen and retirees on hand to help out. Thank you to all of the members who volunteered their time!

Mike Morey, Pres.


Local 683 members volunteer their time at the annual Christmas Cares/Union Shares event.

Local 725 Fundraiser for Brother Spears

L.U. 725 (i,rts&spa), TERRE HAUTE, IN — On Dec. 10, our local organized a benefit for fellow member J.T. Spears.

In November 2019, Spears was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. There is no cure. The only options are transplant and treatment. While Spears waits for a suitable donor kidney, he undergoes daily peritoneal dialysis treatment, which can take up to 10 hours per day. Spears worked full time to support his family while undergoing daily treatment until October 2022, when he was informed by his doctor that he could no longer work.

Apprentice John Brick contacted Don Simms to ask how the local could come together to support J.T. Simms, Brick, Cliff Carrithers, Dave Buell and the officers from the hall organized a benefit event.

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 841 donated their facility to host the event. The benefit included a dinner and a silent auction with items donated by local businesses and brothers. Lenny Leclercq donated several handcrafted wallets from his company Irv's Leather, and Travis Runyan donated two handmade knives from his company TR Custom Knives.

Donations are still being accepted via Venmo at @JT-Spears-2.

Dickson Hunley, P.S.

Happy Holidays From Local 915

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL — Happy holidays and happy new year from Business Manager Randall King and the members of our local. We held our annual Christmas party Dec. 10. It was well attended, and a good time was had by all. Door prizes for attendees were graciously donated by our signatory contractors, as well as Local 915.

Sister Tabitha Hunter, supported by King and Local 915 Recording Secretary and President of the Florida State BCTC Theresa King, organized the inaugural meeting of our local's Women's Committee. Sister Hunter said, "We are very excited to get to work in our community and to begin efforts on organizing more women for our trade."

At the December general membership meeting, Business Manager King welcomed 45 new brothers and sisters into Local 915. This was the largest swearing-in ceremony we have had in the last few years. It was also the last meeting presided over by Brother Shawn McDonnell as our president. We wish him well in his new role as the state organizing coordinator for Florida.

Brian Nathan, P.S.


Local 915's newly formed Women's Committee (from left): Ashley O'Dell, Shanita Shine, Penni Nichols, Nikki Mullins, Theresa King, Tabitha Hunter, Catherine Weber and Christy Handley.

1547 Honors Knute Anderson With Coin

L.U. 1547 (c,em,i,o,t,u,lctt&ptc), ANCHORAGE, AK — Business Manager Marcie Obremski is proud to introduce our local's newest challenge coin, honoring retiree and former President Knute Anderson. The Knute coin bears resemblance to Brother Anderson on the front and a dues receipt on the back.

Said Obremski: "Brother Anderson has literally given a lifetime of service to Local 1547. Joining in 1965, he has served in a variety of positions, including shop steward, recording secretary (three years), treasurer (six years), International Convention delegate, business representative (three years), health and welfare trust (27 years), pension trust (23 years), executive board (39 years), and president (28 years). This challenge coin is a befitting way to recognize his unparalleled commitment to our local." The Knute coin is available only to members who pay 12 months of dues in advance.

Melinda Taylor, Comm. Dir.


The Knute coin honors Local 1547's former President Knute Anderson.

75 Years and Counting

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA — As our members prepare to celebrate 75 years of our existence, I am happy to report that the start of this era is bright.

First, as we look at the first 75 years of hard work and dedication, Local 1579 has been blessed with large and small projects throughout our jurisdiction. Our local has proven time and again that our skilled workforce and world-class training program are efficient and continue to get better.

Let us never forget those who came before us, those who laid a strong foundation for us to build on. We will continue to improve on what we have learned and continue to learn from our mistakes. We must set the standard as IBEW members so that we may always be desired as the right choice in the industry.

I would also like to congratulate Local 1579 for 75 years of service and commitment to the IBEW and those that employ us and wish continued prosperity to us all.

Until next time, God bless!

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

Local 2351 Steward and Executive Training

L.U. 2351 (u), CHURCHILL FALLS, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, CANADA — First District Representative Ross Galbraith and Training Specialist Kate Buinimasi travelled to Churchill Falls, Labrador, for some well-delivered Steward and Executive training for the local. Twenty of our stewards and eight of our executives received the training along with President/Business Manager Don Lane and Vice President/Chief Shop Steward Mike Brophy. Local 2351 is extremely grateful for the continued support it receives from its dedicated stewards and executive, who continuously represent our members with vigor and enthusiasm.

A big thank you also goes out to Ross and Kate, as travelling to our remote site has its challenges. The knowledge they gained through this training will serve our members to the fullest.

Don Lane, Pres./B.M.


Toys for Tots

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, SOUTH JERSEY CHAPTER — Our local's retirees have been volunteering with Toys for Tots for 20 years, working with the Red Bank Marines. We started in 2003 with Bill Fosgreen as our head volunteer and continue today with Lou Cohen.

From Dec. 1 through Dec. 23, members collected over 50,000 toys. The toys were sorted into age groups and repacked into boxes for donation to various organizations.

On Dec. 21, we held our holiday party at Local 400's union hall. Everyone had a great time!

Nancy Savarese, P.S.


Members of Local 3 South Jersey Retirees' Club work at the Toys for Tots headquarters in Neptune City, N.J.

Wishing You a Happy and Healthy New Year

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, SUFFOLK CHAPTER — I'm happy to tell you that we were finally able to have our annual holiday party Dec. 7 at the Meadow Club.

As in the past, there was plenty of fun and lots of laughs, and we had a door prize raffle. The DJ kept the dance floor filled with happy feet. Everyone enjoyed talking with each other and catching up, just like old times.

We were happy to see some of our younger and newer retirees having a good time at the party. One of the high points was the make-your-own sundae bar.

Before we said our goodbyes, chapter Chairman Richard Duva and his wife, Patricia, wished everyone a very happy and healthy new year. The members of our chapter wish all our IBEW members a happy and healthy new year!

Harvey Goldman, P.S.

Holiday Party

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, WESTCHESTER/PUTNAM CHAPTER — Our club was finally able to bring a small group of our members together for our annual Christmas/Hanukkah party after several years of COVID-19 cancellations. Due to the small number of guests, we had the event at a local Westchester County restaurant, rather than the country club where it was held previously.

Our plans for 2023 include our annual fishing trip in the spring or early summer and a four-day stay at the Long Island Cultural Center.

Our biggest challenge right now is getting our membership to begin attending the chapter meetings on a regular basis. At the time of this writing, there are no COVID restrictions on the number of people permitted at our meetings. Meeting attendance is crucial to increased participation in chapter events.

Dick Mills, Treas.

Volunteers Make Good Members

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 26, WASHINGTON, DC — Our club held its annual raffle in November, where we presented several years-of-service awards.

We are continuing our Zoom meetings while holding in-person meetings at the union hall. We are grateful that Local 26 has supported our club with technology that allows us to connect with retired members anywhere. If you are reading this and have a good email address, let us know so that we can add you to our Mailchimp list!

Our travels have been limited due to COVID, but if you have any suggestions, please contact Rick Warner, our travel coordinator (240-472-0438). We are still hoping to make it to the Panama Canal by 2024.

We have already begun collecting dues for 2023, and it is exciting to see so many retirees renewing their membership in the club! If you are over 50 years old (retired or not), please consider joining our meetings, travels and annual events.

The new year gives us more time to get involved. In 2022, we saw some changes. Susan Flashman retired from being recording secretary and medical equipment coordinator. Jerry Lozupone has become our new recording secretary. We thank him for stepping up to fill this important role. We also had several members offer to help with our medical equipment program: Dick Bissell, Bob Cunningham, Maurice "Grif" Griffin and Bill Koennel. As time passes, we need to remember that younger retirees are needed for all IBEW Retirees' Clubs so that older members can finally relax. Volunteering is an important part of being a good union member.

As we look back on 2022, it is not without deep sadness for the retired friends and family we have lost. We remember them at every meeting with a moment of silence. We are grateful for every year we can share time and swap stories.

Susan Flashman, P.S.


Local 26 Retirees' Club presented a number of years-of-service awards in November.

Greetings and Happy New Year!

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 35, HARTFORD, CT — On Oct. 8, our local held an outing at the Colchester Fish & Game Club. We had a great turnout with many retirees and active members. We extend a special thank you to the contractors, who donated some great prizes.

At the Retiree Recognition Banquet on Nov. 6, four past and present business agents were in attendance. We extend congratulations to the 48 retirees who we have not had the chance to recognize due to COVID.

On Dec. 14, retirees had our holiday luncheon at Chowder Pot in Hartford with 21 in attendance, including Dennis Machol, president of the Retirees' Club.

We remember the retirees who passed in 2022: Robert Leech, Richard Lord, Vito Manuzzi Jr., Richard Panagrossi (Second District representative), Joseph Sakaitis and Thomas Van Nostrand.

The next Retirees' Club meeting is March 8, and we hope to see some new faces!!

Kenneth R. White, P.S.


IBEW business agents, past and present, attending the Local 35 Retiree Recognition Banquet on Nov. 6: (from left) Michael Nealy, Bruce Silva, Kenneth Leech and John Sardo.

Sharing the Good Times

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 53, KANSAS CITY, MO — Greetings, brothers and sisters. Here we are in a new year. We hope 2022 was a good one for all.

Local 53 held its annual Christmas party Dec. 16. I couldn't make it due to illness. Members who attended said it was a good time visiting with old friends and making some new ones. The food was good, and the entertainment was enjoyable.

Our local will have its annual crappie tournament April 29 at Truman State Park Marina in Warsaw, Mo. Come and enjoy the fishing, the fish fry, and all of the fun and good times visiting with each other. We hope to see you there.

We are holding our luncheon on the second Thursday of every month at the Lumberyard Bar & Grill in Urich, Mo. We have good times visiting old friends and talking about old times, the present and the future.

Unfortunately, we lost a retired member since our last writing, Lanny Searcy. Rest in peace, brother.

Duane Pearce, P.S.

Local 58 Retirees Launch Oral History Project

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 58, DETROIT, MI — The U.S. House of Representatives in early January took 15 attempts before they could elect their speaker. All of this took several days, delaying the constructive work that these folks were elected to perform. After compromises to pacify the far-right conservatives, the new speaker gave up much of his power. The House has announced investigations into Hunter Biden and other projects that will not move our country forward.

Will we ever see a kinder, gentler Congress willing to accomplish the promised work of our president? Most Americans hold the expectation that good jobs, education, health care, a place to live and schools free of violence should be available to all of us. Let's keep our eyes on Washington and continue to communicate with them about our thoughts and needs — after all, they are there to do "the people's work."

In December, the local kicked off an oral history project to collect stories from our retirees. If you are interested in being a part of this project, call 313-963-3130, ext. 3022, or 586-556-3007 to set up an interview. Where we have come from is an important part of our future.

Pat Nuznov, P.S.

Paying It Forward

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 60, SAN ANTONIO, TX — Members at the October Retirees' Club meeting received a great and very appreciated surprise when Business Manager Gary Aiken presented the club with a check. The funds will be used for paying the practice of brotherhood forward with monthly meetings and activities. Members are not family by blood but family through their belief in the IBEW.

Retired members in our memories and hearts, who did not get to celebrate the new year, are Michael Coffey, John Forrester, Tommy Freasier, Robert Garner, Stanley Jenschke, Gerald Katz, Steve Koehler, William Laskowski, Joe Lyssy, Nate Mendoza and Robert "Bobby" Wolff. Rest in peace, brothers.

The Local 60 Retirees' Club meets on the second Thursday, September through May, then takes a summer break. The meetings take place at the Local 60 union hall (3518 N. Loop 1604 E., San Antonio) starting at 11:30 a.m.

Club members would like to again thank Aiken, active members and office staff for all the attention and respect shown to the retirees.

Sandy Rogers, P.S.


Local 60 Business Manager Gary Aiken presented Retirees' Club President Coy Rogers with a check to pay the brotherhood forward with club activities.

New Facility Offers Services for Retirees

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 134, CHICAGO, IL — Here's hoping everyone had a safe and healthy start to the new year.

On Nov. 12, Local 134 held its annual benefit fair for the first time at the Technical IBEW-NECA Institute. The fair was a success, with free health screenings and flu and other vaccines. Representatives from the Department of Motor Vehicles were also present for our convenience to renew our driver's licenses or state ID cards. As a bonus, attendees got a tour of the new EIT Health And Wellness Center, which is behind the apprentice school in Alsip, Ill. The new facility has a physical therapist who can evaluate and treat a number of ailments and a state-of-the-art vision center. Many services are free or involve small copays for retirees.

We ended 2022 with another memorable holiday party in Memorial Hall at our IBEW home in Chicago. A tasty dinner of corned beef and cabbage, chicken, and potatoes was followed, of course, by our favorite apple pie. President Keith Berls read off raffle ticket winners for 25 $20 gift cards at Jewel Foods. Congratulations to all the winners.

A special thanks goes to Local 134 President Tim Fitzgibbons and Business Manager/Financial Secretary Don Finn for all their support throughout the year.

Susan Kleczka, P.S.


Treasurer Bernie Martin, with Executive Board members Hector Rivera and Jim Martin, having fun at the December 2022 Holiday Party.

Retirees, Come on Down!

RETIREES' CLUB OF LOCAL 136, BIRMINGHAM, AL — We had a super year of monthly meetings. Thanks again to the local officers and the executive board for their support. Our meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month. Retirees' Club President Frank Perryman has fed us well over the year: Subs, burgers, BBQ, two fried catfish lunches, and turkey and dressing in November were all good.

We observe a moment of silence for our deceased brothers.

At our December meetings, we collect for Toys for Tots. For the last couple of years, we have awarded service pins to our retirees. Red Farmer got his last year, and more recently Jim Mullinax and Luke Taylor were awarded for 60 years of service. Past visitors to our meetings have included a retired contractor.

We enjoyed visiting with Mike McCain, owner of Southland Electric, whose dad was an IBEW member. It's always a good time seeing our brothers and sisters, and we talk and laugh a lot. If you have retired, come on down!

Bill Roberson, P.S.

Fundraising for St. Jude's

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 257, JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Our retirees attended the annual Christmas Party hosted by our local Dec. 13. Sixty-nine members and guests were treated to a family-style luncheon. Donations are collected annually for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Retirees collected $1,205 this year to support St. Jude's mission of saving children and finding cures.

Condolences to the family of Donald Cessna, who passed Oct. 24 at the age of 89. Don was a member of the IBEW for 60 years. He served his country for two years in the Army and three years in the Marines as an artillery mechanic. After his discharge, Don earned an associate's degree from Los Angeles Trade-Tech College. His job as a journeyman electrician took him across the continental U.S. three times, and Don was proud to have been a member of IBEW. Funeral services with military honors were held Nov. 18.

Connie Hamacher, P.S.

Retirees Cruise to Mexico

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 349, MIAMI, FL — Our November cruise to Mexico aboard the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas was well attended. We celebrated Ruth Wolff's 98th birthday, surprising her with gifts, two birthday cakes and champagne.

Excursions included a day of shopping in Costa Maya and Cozumel — where we rented dune buggies and convertible Mustangs to explore the beach — a snorkeling trip and a traditional Mexican meal with a live mariachi band.

Our Christmas luncheon and gift exchange was held at the 94th Aero Squadron restaurant. Thanks to Candy and Whitey Nelson for a wonderful afternoon of fellowship and many laughs.

Several of our members and their grandchildren attended the children's Christmas party at the union hall. Santa's arrival was the highlight of the party, along with gifts, turkeys and hams.

Our meetings are on the second Thursday of each month at the union hall (1657 NW 17th Ave. in Miami). A brief meeting is followed by a delicious, homemade pot-luck lunch, so bring a dish and join the fun.

Brenda Auer, P.S.


Local 349 Retirees' Club members on a cruise to Mexico: (standing, from left) Bob Parker, Debbie Henry, Earl Chandler, Frank Auer, Charles Pellien, Doyle Rutland, Michal Steele, Marilyn Steele, Whitey Nelson, Jacqueline Wise, Bobby Parker and Kathy Parker; (seated, from left) Ruth Wolff, Janis Pellien, Judi Parker, Brenda Auer, Peggy Chandler, Candy Nelson, Joanne Rutland and Marilyn Wise.

Momentum for Meetings

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 756, DAYTONA BEACH, FL — Hello, everyone. Just a reminder that our meetings have started and we are getting momentum each month. We provide sandwiches and drinks at the meetings, so there is no need to bring a covered dish, but desserts are welcome.

Meetings are held at the Local 756 union hall in Port Orange on the second Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. Please note the day of the month has changed. We hope to see you at an upcoming meeting!

Diane Gibbs, P.S.

Happy Retirement, Brother Sadlo

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 1042, SANFORD, FL, CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER — Our local would like to announce that Mike Sadlo has retired after 39 years of faithful service. Mike is a triple-ticket journeyman and a dedicated family man who is bursting with pride for his daughters and grandchildren.

When Mike isn't riding into the sunset on his Harley, you will find him having a tea party with his grandkids. Please help us wish Brother Sadlo all the joy and happiness that life has to offer as he enjoys his golden years!

Ellen Stephenson, P. S.