Four years ago, Richmond, Va.,
Local 666 built a new event room at the local hall to hold the hundreds of
members who showed up for meetings and events.
On their first session of the new year, House Republicans brought
back a rule
written three years before the invention of the lightbulb that
would allow Congress to target specific federal workers and programs.
The IBEW picked up nearly 300 members in Springfield, Mo., when city workers voted 122-8 to certify with Local 753, a major win in the conservative southwest part of the state.
A new Department of Defense proposal governing work rules for department employees is disturbingly familiar, say many federal union activists.
Federal contractors who steal their employees' wages, tolerate unsafe working conditions or fail to pay their taxes may soon be iced out of future federal contracts.
Outsourcing has motivated state and local governments to turn to for-profit and private entities to replace important public functions. The result? Middle-class jobs of today are quickly becoming the poverty-level jobs of tomorrow. .
Unions representing more than 1 million federal workers in Canada – including the IBEW – are coming together to take on anti-worker legislation that threatens collective bargaining rights and on-the-job safety.
The officers of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers sadly report that IBEW Government Employees Director Chico McGill passed away Sept. 27. With a generous spirit and an outsize personality, he was throughout his career an outspoken voice for workers.
The Department of Defense has canceled repairs for a damaged nuclear submarine and ended a program that monitors orbiting space junk, two striking examples of consequences of a federal austerity program that could lay off dozens, potentially hundreds, of IBEW members.
Federal shipyard workers across the United States won a temporary respite May 14, when the Pentagon announced that they were exempting employees from mandatory unpaid furlough days.
Workers across the nation rallied March 20 and 21 to protest likely furloughs brought on by the more than $1 trillion in automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequestration.
Thousands of IBEW members who work for the federal government or for private government contractors awoke Friday morning facing a shaky economic future. The sequestration – the series of draconian federal spending cuts totaling $1.2 trillion – went into effect March 1, meaning that more than 1 million federal workers face unpaid leave or worse unless Congress takes action to rescind the cuts.
If you think the looming “sequester” – the series of automatic federal spending cuts set to go into effect Friday, March 1 – doesn’t affect you and your family, think again.
The Department of Defense is sending out dozens of contract cancellations and preparing to lay off ten, possibly hundreds of thousands of workers because they can no longer fund projects started after 2009, due to the inability of Congress to pass a budget.