Liz Shuler First Woman, First IBEW Member Elected AFL-CIO President


A self-described worker bee, Liz Shuler never envisioned leading the American labor movement. But it happened anyway. Her history-making journey started nearly 30 years ago at Portland, Ore., Local 125, took her to IBEW headquarters in Washington, D.C., and then to the AFL-CIO as secretary-treasurer in 2009. Today she is the federation’s first woman president and has pledged that it will organize more than 1 million new members over the next decade.

IBEW Challenges U.S. Locals to Register 10,000 New EVITP-certified Electricians by August


Nearly $5 billion in new electrical vehicle charging systems are on the way, and demand for qualified installers has never been higher. That’s why International President Lonnie R. Stephenson is launching the Talent Pipeline Challenge, with a goal of getting at least 10,000 electricians across the U.S. signed up by August to be credentialed in the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program.

BC Signatory Commits to 'Period Promise'


There's a lot that goes into creating an inclusive working environment on a jobsite. One thing that probably doesn't come to mind though, is the availability of menstrual products. But construction sites in British Columbia are beginning to take notice and account for the on-the-job needs of everyone in the trades. One contractor leading the way is IBEW signatory Houle Electric.

Oregon Local Lights Up ‘Track and Field Heaven’ on Historic Stadium Site


The futuristic rebuild of the University of Oregon’s legendary Hayward Field was a unique and fulfilling challenge for Tangent, Ore., Local 280 members, who wired, installed, and innovated on a grand scale for three years leading to last year’s Olympic Trials and July’s World Athletic Championships.

Siemens USA’s $54M Investment Promises More IBEW Manufacturing Jobs


Members of the IBEW were front and center — some physically, others virtually — for President Joe Biden’s White House announcement March 4 of Siemens USA’s plan to invest $54 million to expand its manufacturing facilities, growth that promises to bring at least 300 new jobs to the company’s IBEW-represented workplaces in California and Texas.

BRAVE Act Aims to Get Vets Into Apprenticeships


Rep. Donald Norcross of New Jersey knows the value of a union apprenticeship. A member of Folsom, N.J., Local 351, Congress's only union electrician has a bill to help extend that opportunity to as many veterans as possible.

From 'Third World' to First Class:The New LaGuardia


The new LaGuardia Airport in Queens, N.Y., is one of the most complicated construction projects in American history and it is being completed two years ahead of schedule and 100% union built.