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IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson Speaks About COVID-19 and Justice for All



IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson Speaks About COVID-19


Current Updates

IBEW and NECA Joint Letter on Importance of COVID-19 Vaccinations


Worker Relief

What the $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill Means for U.S. IBEW Members

With the COVID-19 pandemic essentially closing the American economy, the House and the Senate sent an unprecedented $2 trillion bill to the White House, where the president signed it.

Understanding the COVD-19 Stimulus

Find out if you are eligible for stimulus checks or other unemployment-related benefits.

Canada's Parliament Approves $2,000 a Month for Pandemic-affected Workers

Parliament passed and received royal assent on a relief package that will provide $2,000 a month through July for those who have lost their jobs or who are going unpaid as a direct result of the disease.

Safety and Health Resources

OSHA Releases New COVID-19 Recommendations for Construction Sites

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a new webpage at the end of May with guidance for construction employers and workers as states and municipalities relax restrictions put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus: How to protect yourself and what to do if you are sick

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus Disease Emergency Preparedness and Response

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

COVID-19 Safety and Health Topics

U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Legislative and Election Updates

An Update from the Political and Legislative Affairs Department

Rules and dates for 2020 elections are changing due to the pandemic. Here’s what you need to know.  Also, the health, welfare and safe working conditions of IBEW members are paramount in our legislative affairs work. Here’s how we are advocating for IBEW members.


Agreements with CBS, FOX Sports Deliver Good News for IBEW Broadcast Crews 

Hundreds of IBEW members hired by CBS for the now-canceled NCAA men’s basketball tournament will still be paid thanks to the union’s whirlwind efforts to help protect workers from the financial fallout of the coronavirus crisis.


IBEW, Telecom Partners Working to Help Members Cope with Coronavirus Pandemic 

The IBEW has negotiated agreements with Verizon, AT&T and other companies that will provide telecommunications employee-members added flexibility in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Construction & Maintenance

OSHA Releases New COVID-19 Recommendations for Construction Sites

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a new webpage at the end of May with guidance for construction employers and workers as states and municipalities relax restrictions put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines for Construction Trades

North America’s Building Trades Unions issued specific advice for construction industry employers to protect IBEW members and other construction professionals from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

IBEW, NECA Sign National Agreement in Response to COVID-19 

The IBEW and its partners at the National Electrical Contractors Association have signed an emergency agreement to help construction workers and contractors navigate these turbulent times.


Important Info for Railroad Members

Regularly updated guidance from the IBEW’s Railroad Department

Railroad Retirement Board COVID-19 Resources

U.S. Railroad Retirement Board


General Interest

IBEW Members Make Face Shields to Help Fight Coronavirus

With personal protective equipment in short supply, a number of enterprising IBEW members have stepped up to make face shields and masks for health care workers with their personal 3D printers.

New Jersey Locals Protect Hospital Workers, First Responders

No state but New York has been hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic than New Jersey. And while media reports have largely focused on New York City’s overwhelmed hospitals and the Empire State’s astonishing infection and mortality numbers, New Jersey’s IBEW locals have focused their attention and efforts on their own first responders in need.

IBEW Joins Entertainment Unions to Discuss Pandemic Pain, Path Forward for Industry’s Workers

The havoc the coronavirus is wreaking on the entertainment industry was the focus of a national media call last week that included the impact on IBEW members in sports and news broadcasting, and how their union is fighting for them.

Reno Local Powers Conversion of Parking Structure Into Temporary Hospital

Across the United States, empty facilities are being converted into much-needed hospitals for patients suffering from the coronavirus. In Reno, Nev., members of Local 401 performed that critical work in an especially unique place – a parking garage.

Gulfport Local Improvises: Hands out Moonshine Hand Sanitizer in Makeshift Containers

Part of responding in an emergency is working though the crisis with what you have, even though that often looks nothing like what you need.

Wisconsin Local Powers Alternative Care Facility

The Wisconsin State Fair Park outside Milwaukee has been converted into an alternative care facility to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic and Local 494 members were there to power it.

IBEW Members Power Field Hospitals in Long Island

With help from some travelers, members of Long Island, N.Y., Local 25 are powering two overflow hospitals to deal with the demand from the Coronavirus pandemic.

Hamilton, Ont., Local Builds Temp Hospital in One-Week, 24 Hours a Day

For half a decade, the members of Hamilton, Ont., Local 105 made the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation one of the main recipients of their charitable donations each year.

Local 11’s Good Works, Focus on Safety, Help Members and Greater Los Angeles Cope with Crisis

From safeguarding members to community service, Los Angeles Local 11 is playing a leading role helping the nation’s second-largest metropolitan area respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Ontario’s Local 636 Members Give New Meaning to Serving on the Front Line

Linda Georgiu affectionately calls the clerical workers she represents at Windsor Regional Hospital and Windsor’s Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare in Ontario as “my girls.” Only two men are among the 548 members working at the two facilities.

Detroit Local Powers Alternative Hospitals in Fight Against Coronavirus

Members of Detroit Local 58 are providing critical power to two centers being repurposed as overflow hospitals to help combat the COVID-19 virus.

Local 704 Continues Labor’s Tradition of Generosity in Dubuque

The Dubuque Area Labor Harvest sprung to life in the 1980s to help feed union members and their families in a city ravaged by recession and sky-high unemployment.

Utility Workers Sequestered at Work on Both Coasts; Plans are in Place Across North America

Several dozen IBEW utility members have been sequestered at their work sites in California and New York since early April to protect critical power infrastructure and personnel from the threat of COVID-19.

In Hard-Hit New Jersey, Governor Thanks Local Unions for Massive PPE Donation

Few states have seen more devastation due to the COVID-19 pandemic than New Jersey. Not surprisingly, the IBEW and its local unions there stepped up to provide a huge assist to frontline healthcare workers.

Local 1547 Steers Massive Mask-Making Project for Fairbanks Hospital

Amanda Mertes was online exploring the shortage of personal protective equipment and the viability of cloth masks when she got a phone call that turned her curiosity into a mission.

Members Retool Factories for Critical Ventilator Production

IBEW locals across the country are pitching in to power the facilities being repurposed for production of much-needed ventilators to help with the growing Coronavirus pandemic.

Special Delivery: Local 134 Helps Retirees Stay Safe, Well, and Fed

As volunteers delivered care packages of food to Chicago Local 134 retirees and widows at the end of March, Elbert Walters said it was a little like “reverse trick-or-treat.”

Boston Local Donates 20,000 Face Masks to Area Hospital

Boston Local 103 has stepped up to help address the shortage of face masks needed to combat COVID-19.

IBEW, National Lighting Bureau Donates LED Lights to Coronavirus Testing

The IBEW-partnered National Lighting Bureau is offering free LED lights to remote COVID-19 testing sites being set up nationwide to help combat the global pandemic.