December 2023
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Also In This Issue One Size Does Not Fit All
How IBEW Sisters Are Pushing for Proper PPE read_more

Billions for
Grid Resilience

Federal Funding Positions IBEW for Major Wins read_more

'Took My Time &
Did It Right'

Oregon Wirewoman
Makes History in
Electrical Contest read_more

Showing Off Solar
Training Center Tour Educates Ohio Energy Leaders read_more

North of 49°
'We're Going to Be Heard':
Pro-Union NDP Takes Power in Manitoba read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
« Nous serons entendus » : le NPD qui est prosyndicat prend le pouvoir au Manitoba read_more

My IBEW Story Jeimeson Saudino read_more

Grounded in History'A Higher Standard of Citizenship' read_more





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In the IBEW, Every Season is a Season of Sharing

For generous souls everywhere, the winter holidays are an extra-special time of giving. The brothers and sisters of the IBEW collect warm coats and clothes, run turkey and toy drives, stock food banks, prepare and serve hot meals, and make their communities festive and bright with magical lighting displays.

But those acts of kindness and so many others aren't limited to the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's. When the IBEW says, "'Tis the season," it applies to all of them — winter, spring, summer and fall.

The pages of The Electrical Worker can only scratch the surface of the countless good deeds of locals, members and retirees throughout the year.

In 2023, that sampling included Alabama members building a Habitat for Humanity home; Oklahoma City Local 1141 volunteers packing thousands of meals for children; a bicycling couple out of South Bend, Ind., Local 153 and Phoenix Local 640 riding 4,000 miles to fight childhood cancer; a Pittsburgh Local 5 wireman mentoring a high school robotics team; IBEW sisters from Portland, Ore., Local 48 honoring real-life Rosie the Riveter centenarians; St. Louis Local 1 members wiring a shelter for senior dogs and cats; Syracuse, N.Y., Local 43 electricians upgrading a youth center; and, among the year-round hustle at the Hudson Unit of East Windsor, N.J., Local 827, delivering 7½ tons of groceries to a food pantry, delighting disadvantaged children with Santa and gifts, and raising money for causes near and far.

The local's most faraway cause this year was desperate IBEW families in Hawaii after August's wild fire, a call also answered by members attending the RENEW conference in New Orleans that week, along with Santa Rosa, Calif., Local 551. Doubtless, there are many others.

That's the best kind of problem to have: more stories of goodwill than we could ever tell. But this month, we inch a tiny fraction closer by presenting five stories about the efforts of IBEW volunteers from one side of the continent to the other.

From the staff of The Electrical Worker, Happy Holidays! read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Cooper:
Celebrating Our Power read_more
The Joys of Giving Back read_more

TransitionsClayton White read_more

Organizing Wire'Now I Can Repay Her'
President of Ambitious Texas Local Organizes His Mom read_more

CircuitsAfter His Sudden Death, a Beloved Foreman Trainer's Legacy Lives On;
IBEW Members Win Big in Union Plus Contests;
Indiana Wireman Is a Full-Time Foreman, Free-Time MMA Fighter read_more

In MemoriamOctober 2023 read_more

Who We AreThe Leather-Clad
Solidarity of the IBEW's Motorcycle Clubs read_more


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