The holidays are hard times for families in need. But St. Louis Local 1 and the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department helped make some children’s holidays a little brighter.
The International Labor Communications Association’s 2014 Labor Media Awards honored the union’s accomplishments in print, video and Web productions.
Union leaders representing employees at FairPoint Communications will join the company in talks with mediators from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service on Jan 4. in an effort to restart contract negotiations that stalled last October.
The seventh season of Brotherhood Outdoors kicks off Jan. 4, featuring a member of the Sheet Metal Workers union on a big hunt for moose and deer in the wilds of Idaho.
The first project labor agreement in Contra Costa County, north of San Francisco, was signed in November between the city of Martinez and Local 302.
Kentucky Democrats successfully maintained control of the state house last November, effectively dashing Republican lawmakers’ goal of passing right-to-work-for-less legislation.
Carhartt and the Union Sportsmen Alliance are giving away an all-inclusive trip to the 2015 CMA Music Awards.
L.A Local 11, community groups and a national coalition have won a neutrality agreement covering taxpayer-funded rail car manufacturing using local residents.
Anti-worker lawmakers in Missouri admit that right-to-work lowers wages – but they’re still in favor of it.
Popular musical acts in Maine are teaming up with union activists to help raise money for FairPoint strikers this holiday season.
Asplundh’s tree trimmers in Kentucky are joining co-workers in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and Virginia voting for IBEW-negotiated protections and benefits.
Members of San Diego Local 569 are helping overcome their state’s water scarcity, building the largest seawater desalination project in the Western Hemisphere.
Nearly 40 members of Minneapolis Local 292 are helping build a wheelchair-accessible home for a Marine who was seriously injured in Afghanistan.
Activists are calling on Congress to reject fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a global free trade bill that will costs jobs and drive down working conditions.
Wisconsin Republicans are threatening to pass right-to-work-for-less in 2015.
After his firsthand glimpse of 9/11’s devastation, a Local 3 member memorialized fellow union members in a flag displayed at the New York museum.
IBEW members throughout Louisiana are mobilizing to re-elect pro-worker Sen. Mary Landrieu this Saturday.
The Union Plus mortgage assistance program has helped workers like Philadelphia Local 98 member Eric Hudson during lean financial times.
Gas line locators at an infrastructure construction company prevailed in a unique campaign to join Toledo, Ohio, Local 245.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Local 529 filed an unfair labour
practice application against Alliance Energy Industrial Ltd. in
June, accusing the company of intimidating pro-IBEW workers at
its Agrium pot ash mine in northern Saskatchewan.
For many Bakersfield Local 428 members, California’s
thriving solar industry is an opportunity for job growth and
stability. For some of the local’s newest members,
it’s a second chance.
IBEW members often say that the union’s apprenticeship
training, delivered by the NJATC, is the union’s
One of the biggest stories already shaping up in this
year’s election cycle is the influence of deep-pocketed,
extremist organizations and their fight against everyday
Popular songs and advertisements have inspired generations
of Americans to get behind the wheel and step on the gas
One of the biggest stories already shaping up in this
year’s election cycle is the influence of deep-pocketed,
extremist organizations and their fight against everyday
Two years ago, IBEW locals in Ohio played a critical role in
winning a ballot initiative to defeat legislation supported by
Republican Gov. John Kasich which would have taken away the
right of firefighters, teachers and other public workers to
It turns out the first, second and third time is the charm,
at least for members of El Dorado, Ark., Local 2284.
Thousands of union members rallied in Pittsburgh July 31 to
protest the Environmental Protection Act’s Clean Power
plan, which they say will kill good jobs and weaken the
A six-year contract between FairPoint Communications and
1,700 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers and 300 members of the CWA expired at midnight Aug. 2,
as the parties agreed to continue talks to forge a new
Thugs. Goons. Bullies. Anti-worker politicians love to use
colorful language when talking about unions and their
The 400 members of Chicago Local 134 who maintain the
city’s bustling railways are looking forward to some
major changes in the next few years.
IBEW members and family members were awarded $10,000 of
scholarships from the Union Plus Educational Fund.
The number of homeless children in rural Whatcom County,
Wash., has doubled in the past two years. Most of these
children are being raised by a single parent.
IBEW members are testifying this week in four cities in
opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s
proposed Clean Power Plan.
Crumbling bridges. Damaging potholes. Dangerous traffic that
contributes to fatalities.
If you’re reading this on your computer or your phone,
you have local unions like Portland, Oregon, Local 48 to
If Mark Brochu is an adrenaline junkie, his friends and
co-workers will tell you he’s one of the best one they
know, putting adventurous exploits into productive work.
Americans live in the only developed nation that does not
guarantee paid parental leave. To make matters worse, 40
million workers in the country do not have access to paid sick
leave to take care of themselves, their children or aging
The U.S. Department of Commerce is charging South Korean
producers of steel tubing with unfairly “dumping”
their products below their fair market value in the U.S.
A looming strike at the Long Island Railroad – the
busiest commuter rail system in the nation – was averted
July 17 when IBEW leaders and other union activists announced a
tentative deal with the transit agency’s management.
It’s common sense. Federal money shouldn’t line
the pockets of known law-breakers. But many government
contractors routinely violate labor and wage and hour laws,
costing employees – and taxpayers – millions of
Every weekday, more than 335,000 passengers ride the Long
Island Railroad, flowing into Manhattan in the morning and back
out to Long Island at the end of the day.
This Fourth of July, the St. Louis Science Center’s
James S. McDonnell Planetarium celebrated with a light
spectacle much closer to the ground.
The IBEW, along with other unions that represent energy
workers, are criticizing the Environmental Protection
Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, saying it will kill
jobs and put the electrical grid at risk.
Republican legislators in Fort Wayne, Ind., voted June 24 to
terminate collective bargaining for 500 public employees who
help maintain services and infrastructure in the state’s
second largest city.
Thanks to the hard work of members from the IBEW and other
unions, visitors can remain safe while appreciating the beauty
of the Horicon Marsh wildlife refuge in Wisconsin.
CSX Transportation’s Selkirk repair shop is a massive,
loud throwback to America’s industrial past.
It has cost 5.8 million American jobs and millions in
Canada, too. It’s called currency manipulation, a tricky
device by which one country (like China) plays around with the
price of its currency and hurts its trading partners (like the
U.S. and Canada).
More than 700 technicians working for Comcast across the
U.S. enjoy better wages and a voice on the job, thanks to the
collective bargaining agreements they have negotiated.
Thousands of home care workers were already burdened by
trying circumstances on their jobs before a Supreme Court
ruling on June 30 made their lives and their service to
disabled persons more difficult.
Northwest Alabama has been a hard place for union workers
The United States’ transportation infrastructure is in
desperate need of massive federal investment to rebuild
crumbling roads and bridges.
When the Seattle City Council started considering proposals
to raise the city’s minimum wage, Seattle Local 46 knew
it was their duty to step right up to help.
Last year, a public policy center at Northeastern University
in Boston released a
report stating that the lack of affordable housing in
Beantown could hurt the city’s e conomic recovery.
Critics of raising the minimum wage claim it will hurt
businesses and cost jobs, but the experience of one California
city is refuting the naysayers.
North Carolinians from all walks of life continue their
Monday protests against the state GOP’s extremist
In the race of advancing telecommunications technology, the
National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and
Learning is helping workers keep up the pace.
IBEW Locals in California are standing up for housing rights
for our nation’s veterans.
Hundreds of IBEW sisters are expected in San Antonio Sept.
17-20 for the Seventh IBEW International Women’s
Manufacturing workers at Greenbrier Rail Service in Hershey,
Neb., are the newest members of the IBEW family after voting to
join North Platte Local 1920.
President Barack Obama announced the creation of a
presidential emergency board June 15 to end four years of
stalled contract negotiations with the Brotherhood of
Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, the IBEW and the
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.
Through helping residents, building a reputation as a good
neighbor and working in coalition with other community
organizations, Modesto Local 684 is winning new work.
Union members recently volunteered to build a roof on the
youth archery range at the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management
Area’s Everglades Youth Conservation Camp in West Palm
When it comes to renewable energy, Rhode Island lags far
behind its neighboring New England states.
Two hundred and ten graduates crossed the stage to receive
their diplomas from the National Labor College at the end of
this spring semester. It was the institution’s largest
graduating class, and also its last.
Outsourcing by state and local governments increasingly
means that the middle-class jobs of today are becoming the
poverty-level jobs of tomorrow.
Moms employed by the mega-retailer Walmart walked off the
job in more than 20 cities last week to protest continuing low
pay and disrespect.
In Minnesota, everyone agrees that when it comes to
taxpayer-funded construction projects, contractors must obey
Summer is here, but only a few months ago, North America was
suffering through record freezing artic temperatures, ice
storms and massive snow flurries.
Billions of dollars of new transmission work is coming to
the Midwest and Great Plains, making outside line construction
one of the hottest job fields in the country.
The EPA has a track record of underestimating the impact of
its rules, making faulty predictions that have cost tens of
thousands of good jobs.
Nearly 2,000 ADT employees across the U.S. and Canada enjoy
better job security, fair wages and other benefits of an IBEW
As you get ready to hit the highway this summer, crews
working on or near roads have a request: slow down and stay
Approximately 30 skilled tradesmen donated their time to
rehabilitate a fishing pier at Houston’s Sheldon Lake
State Park May 3.
A power outage… A college graduation. They mix about
as well as electricity and water.
A big crowd at a local meeting is often one of the most
reliable signs of a union’s strength.
In 2007, as Congress considered approval of the
U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, the IBEW joined 10 other
unions in a letter opposing the pact with the most dangerous
country in the world for unions, with 72 trade unionists
assassinated the year before.
The 2014 legislative session in Missouri ended May 16 with
the defeat of two major anti-labor bills long sought after by
anti-worker special interests.
IBEW members are usually on the go. Many depend on their
phones or tablets to check the latest news and keep in
In the days and weeks after March’s tragic and sudden
mudslide that devastated the small Washington community of Oso,
the nation watched as newscasters and reporters piled up grim
The Trans-Pacific Psartnership – a trade agreement
under negotiation by the United States, Canada and 11 other
Pacific Rim nations – could end up making it harder for
consumers to fill their prescriptions.
A popular button often seen at labor rallies and conferences
reads, “A woman's place is in her union.”
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
(SEPTA) rejected federal efforts to end four years of stalled
contract negotiations with the Brotherhood of Locomotive
Engineers and Trainmen and the IBEW on May 8.
On May 12, executives and shareholders of Charlotte,
N.C.-based FairPoint Communications gathered for the
company’s annual shareholders meeting. The meeting took
place amid widespread rumors, reported on
www.ibew.org, the company is
seeking a merger or sale.
The Erie County Vietnam Veterans Memorial is shining a
little brighter after a new set of lights were unveiled May
For years, high-school students have been told there is one
path to success – a four-year college degree.
Business and labor may not agree on everything, but when it
comes to investing in America’s aged industrial
infrastructure, both sides are sounding the alarm.
Members attending the 2014 Broadcasting, Manufacturing and
Telecommunications Conference in Connecticut in late April
loudly applauded after hearing from George Farrell, a retired
fire chief who coordinates Rhode Island’s “honor flights”
Like many high school seniors, Brian Hobbs and Jacob Bates
weren’t looking forward to four more years of sitting in
the classroom – all while racking up major college
Talgo is vacating its factory in Wisconsin, four years after
Gov. Scott Walker rejected millions in federal stimulus money
to create a commuter line.
During President Obama’s recent tour of Asia, many
issues were discussed with foreign heads of state. At the top
of Obama’s agenda was the Trans-Pacific
Partnership, a proposed trade agreement among the United
States and 12 other Pacific Rim nations.
GlobalFoundries ,the world’s largest semiconductor
manufacturer, is building a new manufacturing campus in upstate
Letter carriers across the country are getting ready for the
22nd annual Letter Carriers’
Just weeks after failing to garner enough support
to put right-to-work-for-less on the Missouri ballot,
anti-worker state legislators are resurrecting another bill
aimed at weakening workers’ rights.
When telecom company FairPoint Communications first bid to
take over Verizon’s New England landline service in 2008,
there were both promises and worries.
Business and labor leaders are in agreement that President
Obama’s April 16
announcement of $600 million in federal grant programs to
boost workforce training is the right decision for the
As president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka hears and reads
a lot of horror stories about workers being abused by
Last year, one story struck home in a uniquely personal way
for Trumka, a former coal miner whose father, grandfathers and
uncles died from black lung disease, suffocating from the
effects of years of breathing coal dust.
Vistas at Providence Canyon State Park, known to locals as
Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon, will be enhanced by seven
miles of restored trails, thanks to union members.
IBEW and NECA are recognized for their concern for the
environment and support for their cities.
Matt Harlow, an inside journeyman wireman member of
Birmingham, Ala., Local 136, learned a lot about the value of
on-the-job training during his five years as an apprentice
After Dan Sullivan topped out of San Diego Local 569’s
apprenticeship program in 2001, he went back to the training
center for the class that changed his life.
Seven years after the onset of the Great Recession, nearly
all economists agree that we are in an economic recovery.
Drive down any wide, open highway across Missouri and
you’ll see something big, heavy and plentiful on the
An IBEW request has helped initiate a timely hearing to
discuss how the shutdowns of coal-fired power plants will
affect the nation’s electrical grid, especially during
extreme weather emergencies.
Automated electricity meters have been a double-whammy for
many locals. Meter reader jobs disappear and the replacement
work has proven extremely resistant to organizing on both sides
of the border.
The U.S. Senate voted April 7 to restore unemployment
benefits for the 2.8 million Americans who have been out of
work for six months or longer.
Efforts to make Missouri the 25th right-to-work-for-less
state came up short April 9, with anti-worker state legislators
failing to garner enough votes to send their bill to the state
Muskegon, Mich., Local 275 invested in a camcorder and asked
the local’s new members to say on camera why they decided
to join the IBEW – in their own words.
Leading union activists representing broadcasting employees
cheered a move that will help promote diversity in local media
markets while saving jobs.
With technology moving so quickly, success in the
telecommunications industry requires commitment to lifelong
Lineman put their lives on the line every day to ensure that
electricity is safely delivered to our homes and
Flat wages have been pushing American workers backward for
decades, but Minneapolis Local 292 member Kent
Blachowiak’s employer was trying to push him all the way
back to the 19th century.
Trentice Hamm and Robert Bausch started out their day hoping
to inspire some nonunion Oklahoma construction workers during
an organizing blitz.
It is unlikely that most of the long-term unemployed will
find their way back into the labor market without an effort by
Congress and business leaders, a new report says.
It can seem tougher these days to find products on store
shelves that don’t have a “Made in China”
It’s one of the inevitable laugh lines in tens of
thousands of workplaces, public and private. A senior manager
tells workers that some of their duties will be outsourced to
cut costs. Around the water cooler employees snicker about how
contracting out work often backfires, costing employers more
than they save.
U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Rob Portman
(R-Ohio), members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Committee, are actively supporting a request from IBEW, the
United Mineworkers Union, the Utility Workers and others to
hold a hearing on the stability and reliability of the
nation’s electrical grid.
The Koch brothers are trying to buy elections. Anti-labor
lobbyists helped defeat VW workers’ effort to organize in
Tennessee. And right-to-work may be coming to states like
Missouri, Ohio and Maine if anti-union lawmakers succeed in
carrying out their corporate donors’ wishes.
The industry leader in the manufacture of arc-rated fabrics
is helping to create a program to help train the next
generation of electrical workers.
Many World War II factories operated with the assistance of
women, some of whom are coming to Washington, with the help of
There is one television concert show where the technical
engineers behind the broadcast are as talented as the people on
You never know when you could use a helping hand. Hardships
can hit at any time: layoffs, natural disasters, medical
emergencies or a strike.
Activists in Missouri are working to remind businesses that
everyone in the Show Me state benefits from good union jobs
– every time a member makes a purchase.
Each St. Patrick’s Day, we honor North America’s
Franklin Roosevelt was in office and Mickey Mouse first hit
the screen when most of New York City’s sewer mains were
installed. The Cold War was just starting and home TVs were
still a rarity around the time when most schools were built in
the five boroughs.
Collinsville, Ill., Local 309 has launched an unprecedented,
multiplatform advertising campaign that Business Manager Scott
Hassall expects will dramatically raise the profile of the
local and its signatory contractors throughout their southwest
America’s building trades unions are strongly opposing
President Obama’s recommendation to privatize the
Tennessee Valley Authority, calling it a budget gimmick that
would set back a model institution that has improved the lives
Every economic sector reserves a special place for
pioneering companies. Respect grows when, more than a century
after the formation of an enterprise, it continues to provide
innovative leadership in its industry.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers joins
the growing number of labor unions, community and civil rights
activists and lawmakers in calling for an end to Kellogg
Co.’s four-month lockout of more than 220 workers at the
company’s Memphis, Tenn., plant.
Union members and pro-worker activists took to the heart of
Toronto’s retail district Feb. 15 to call on Ontario
Premier Kathleen Wynne to raise the provincial minimum
Politicians talk a lot about jobs, but there is one surefire
way Congress can help create millions of jobs according to a
report from the Economic Policy Institute: crack down on
When legislators in Pennsylvania decided to follow the lead
of Wis. Gov. Scott Walker and propose a bill to weaken the
state’s public sector unions, so many unionists showed up
at Harrisburg’s capitol rotunda on Jan. 28, many were
forced to stand outside in the freezing cold.
With a New York Bank data center project, upgrades to a
General Motors auto plant and a new convention center job on
the books, leaders ofNashville Local 429
figured the time was right to move an electrical licensing law
through the Davidson County Council, a 40-member body that
covers the celebrated music city and surrounding suburbs.
For nearly 125 years, the IBEW has relentlessly fought to
improve on-the-job safety for electrical workers, and the
positive impact of the Brotherhood’s advocacy is
The United Auto Workers is asking the National Labor
Relations Board to set aside the results of the certification
election at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn. assembly
plant decided after a three-day vote Feb. 14.
On Valentine’s Day, while much of the nation faced
frigid temperatures, in Cape Coral, Fla., cancer patient
Frances Ballester wasn’t just struggling with a lack of
air conditioning. Her breathing machine, too, was shut down
after the local utility turned off her electrical power over
landlord’s unpaid bills.
Less than 200 Maine residents earn their living catching
lobsters. But nearly 20,000 state inhabitants work in call
centers, like legendary retailer L.L. Bean’s, employing
Tens of thousands of people enjoy bass fishing. When they
are not on their favorite lakes, many watch fishing tournaments
In a victory for American jobs and fair pay, the U.S. Court
of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld Department of Labor
wage rules requiring non-agricultural foreign workers be paid
The IBEW is asking regulators to carefully review the
proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner.
Talk about a dirty job. TV host Mike Rowe is the voice for
Walmart’s new TV ad campaign promoting American
If you want to know where the jobs are, follow the sun.
That’s the conclusion of a new report from the Solar
Foundation, which says solar employment in 2013 grew by 20
percent over the previous year. That’s 10 times faster
than the national average employment growth rate.
Last week, we reported on Worcester, Mass., Local 96 member
Ekaterina Pashkevitch, who is in Sochi, Russia, playing
center for the Russian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team.
At any gathering of union members, you can always count on
one thing: T-shirts. Bearing the union’s colors and
announcing--often quite loudly and creatively –their
cities or towns, T-shirts help members express their pride.
The skewing of national income to the top 1 percent of the
country threatens upward mobility, which is the core of the
American dream, says a new study from the Illinois Economic Policy
Institute and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
School of Labor and Employment Relations.
For IBEW member Charles Horhn, the fight for civil rights,
voters’ rights and workers’ rights are one. In
honor of black history month, he told his story to the
The Supreme Court of Canada struck a blow for pensioner
rights Jan. 30, reinstating a lower court’s decision that
a $43 million pension surplus that existed when Manitoba
Telephone was privatized in 1997 belonged exclusively to
When most people think about solar power, New Jersey
doesn’t immediately come to mind. They might think of
thousands of photovoltaic panels sprawling across barren
stretches Southwestern desert. Solar, many people suppose,
thrives not in New Jersey but where New Jersey goes on
Ekaterina Pashkevitch is taking to the ice in Sochi, Russia
this week, playing center for the Russian Women’s Olympic
You’ve heard the reasons why union manufacturing
can’t make it in America anymore: Union workers get paid
too much. American manufacturers can’t afford to build
here. Unions just get in the way of management.
Four project labor agreements between IBEW and PPL Electric
Utilities in Pennsylvania to upgrade miles of aging power lines
will soon require 400 to 500 outside journeymen linemen. This
is good news for Keystone State members and for travelers from
as far away as Alaska.
Vacaville, Calif. Local 1245 member Erick Varela was at the
White House Jan. 31 to introduce President Barack Obama at a
discussion with the heads of some of America’s top
corporations about combating long-term unemployment –
something the two-tour combat veteran is all too familiar
Is the Show-Me State about to get a new motto? As in,
“Show me a smaller paycheck?”
The outlook for more than 50,000 American jobs in
manufacturing could be determined by a bill under consideration
in Congress that places more than a dozen significant new
restrictions on the export of civilian nuclear technology.
Two years ago, the Pennsylvania legislature, looking to keep
the state’s unemployment benefit fund solvent, came up
with a plan to alter an eligibility rule for collecting
More than 30 freelancers working for Program Productions,
Inc., voted overwhelmingly to be represented by Boston Local
1228 in an NLRB-certified election Jan. 8.
Clergy, civil rights activists, union members and education
advocates from throughout North Carolina are converging on
Raleigh Feb. 8 for what is expected to be the largest ever
“Moral Monday” march.
IBEW members who become electrical contractors have the
advantage of knowing not just a trade and an industry, but how
to unleash the powerful contributions of the men and women who
work on their projects.
Activists are calling on Congress to say no to fast-track
legislation that would take away its ability to negotiate the
biggest free-trade agreement since NAFTA – the
A new system to increase the capacity of transmission lines
is being used for the first time by members of Syracuse, N.Y.
Who said it?
“[Unions] are a key driver in the creation of the
middle-class, for the reduction of work hours, paid vacation,
all sorts of benefits that we all enjoy.”
Contrasting the chilly stillness of winter with the energy
of a lineman in action, Casper, Wyo., Local 322 member Levi
Gossard’s photo won top honors in the 16th IBEW Photo
The best apprenticeship programs depend upon students who
are well-prepared at the secondary education level for success
in the academic rigors of the electrical trade.
For 20 seasons, “American
Woodshop” has been a favorite show on PBS channels
across the U.S.
It’s an innovative idea in education – a
maritime-trade focused school for students in the 5th to 12th
Following a dramatic campaign that tapped the resources and
verve of workers and organizers, 78 employees at Sunoptics
– a Sacramento-based manufacturer of high-tech skylights
– are the newest members of Vacaville, Calif., Local
We support the Jan. 14 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the D.C. Circuit affirming the authority of the Federal
Communications Commission to regulate broadband access.
Like your weekend? Well if you live in Wisconsin, a pair of
Republican state legislators has an unpleasant surprise for
A policy think tank has a new fact sheet that shows that
worker misclassification is a serious problem everywhere
– even in states with relatively strong labor
protections, like Oregon.
As Kansas City and Local 124 host the 24th
annual leadership conference of the Electrical Workers Minority
Caucus on Jan. 16, members will reflect upon the legacy of
one of the longest-standing minority caucuses in the labor
40 years ago in the same city during the 30th IBEW
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers welcomes
the decision by the International Union of Operating Engineers
to formally re-affiliate with the Building and Construction
Trades Department, AFL-CIO.
One of the main arguments in favor of voting and engaging in
the political process is the importance of electing friends who
will appoint fair-minded judges. When we fail, important
gains won at the bargaining table or in legislation can be
negated by the courts.
The U.S. Senate narrowly voted to extend unemployment
benefits to the long-term unemployed Jan. 6. These expired at
the end of last year for 1.3 million workers who have been
unemployed for 26 weeks or longer.
Since 1950, New York State’s substantial hunger for
energy has historically been quenched by big servings of
coal-fired steam generation. And, since 1950, one of the
largest plants was Dunkirk Station, on the shore of Lake Erie,
55 miles southwest of Buffalo, employing members of Syracuse
Supporters of workers’ rights won an important legal
victory Nov. 21, after the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board
found contractor Magna Electric Corp. guilty of unfairly
terminating pro-union employees.
Verizon Business technicians in Andover, Maine, voted
overwhelmingly to join Augusta Local 2327 Dec. 11.
While some members of Congress continue to push for further
cuts to federal spending, one government watchdog group says
our elected leaders need to focus on a more pressing debt: the
industrial investment deficit.
From contemplative landscapes to jaw-dropping heights,
participants in this year’s IBEW photo contest showcased
an array of stunning images – displaying that our
membership’s talent extends far beyond the tool belt.
The lockout that forced the 225 members of Vancouver,
British Columbia, Local 213 out of their jobs at FortisBC is
over after nearly six months.
St. Louis Local 1 electricians Sylvester Taylor and Leon
Arties were ready for the cold weather, adhering to the advice
of all workers who brave the elements on their jobs: “You
can always put on more clothes than you need and take off what
The hectic life of an IBEW business manager offers few
reprieves and little free time.
But for Eric Patrick, leader of Rockford, Ill., Local 196,
such hard work was rewarded earlier this year when the Union
Sportsmen’s Alliance invited him to coastal Louisiana for
a fishing expedition.
In the surge of goodwill that accompanies the holiday
season, IBEW locals across the U.S. apply their skills to light
displays and community celebrations, winning praise in the
media and respect from hundreds of thousands of neighbors for
whom a visit to the displays is often a yearly custom.
The fate of a proposed $7.7 billion liquefied natural gas
export facility in Oregon will likely be decided in the next
few weeks and members of the IBEW are lobbying for the
When workers vote “union yes,” it’s often
a hard-won victory. But tougher still can be the path to a
first contract, where the skills of newly-minted activists are
put to the test against the possibility of continued company
resistance and difficult negotiations.
Bridging differences between members is often difficult
enough for local unions. Deciding how apprenticeships will be
filled can sometimes be a point of controversy.
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
Longtime members of N.Y. Local 1212 who perform all video,
editing and broadcasting at the U.N. were deeply worried.
A record 67.5 million women are working today, but many
women suffer from low-pay and a gender-based wage gap that
makes it hard to get by.
Math isn’t just important for balancing checkbooks and
passing tests. It’s vital to a career in the electrical
Stan Osnowitz, an unemployed journeyman electrician member
of Baltimore Local 24, said he hates being unemployed.
“It is a waste of my abilities. I love being an
electrician,” he says. Out of work since July after
working for three years straight, Osnowitz is one of more than
two million unemployed job seekers who could lose federal
jobless aid if Congress does not act to extend it before the
end of the year.
Missouri Republicans are looking to start the New Year off
on the wrong foot, with another legislative battle over
Here are just five ways Comcast has given workers a raw deal
in one of its most financially successful years on record.
Fed up with poverty wages, fast-food workers across the
country are holding a one-day strike Dec. 5.
A new, custom-built deer blind in Texas Hill Country set the
stage for kids with mobility issues to experience the thrill of
the hunt safely and comfortably, due to the completion of a
conservation project organized and sponsored by the
Houston-area union community and the Union Sportsmen’s
When FairPoint Communications bought Verizon’s New
England landline holdings in 2008, the company announced that
fears among IBEW members who had worked for Verizon that the
new company would outsource and cut jobs were unwarranted.
Too often when school boards face budget shortfalls, music
education is the first to go.
But for Washington, D.C., students, music in the classroom
is alive and well thanks to a donation from Local 26 and
Americans reject slashing Social Security benefits, but
that hasn’t stopped well-funded lobbyists on Capitol Hill
from continuing to push Congress to make Social Security
Ontario Conservative Party Leader Tim Hudak’s
antipathy toward unions is no secret, but a recently leaked
internal campaign document reveals just how anti-labour a
potential Tory government could be.
Across the breezy expanse of Iowa, clean wind-powered energy
But for workers in this booming industry, safety on the job
can be scarce. That’s one reason why nonunion employees
at the TPI Composites plant in Newton are looking to the IBEW
Dick Yuengling, president of the nation’s oldest
brewery, has rarely kept his contempt for unions under
wraps. In 2006, he supported a move by workers in his
Pottsville, Pa., brewery to decertify their Teamsters
The deadline was already extended to Nov. 30, so you have no
How the nuclear power industry will find enough qualified
workers to build, operate and maintain plants in the future was
the topic of an online conversation featuring International
President Edwin D. Hill and senior executives from
Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. announced Nov. 12 a
multibillion-dollar effort to overhaul and expand its
electrical transmission network, ensuring reliable service and
enhanced capacity to meet the demands of a growing economy.
As any member can tell you, the IBEW isn’t just about
good wages or strong contracts. It’s also about
commitment to community.
Alaska possesses one of the stronger labor movements in the
United States, with a union density rate only second to that of
New York State.
As the economy continues its steady recovery, demand for
telecommunications workers is picking up. But many of the best
jobs are only open to people who keep up with the
industry’s rapidly changing technology.
The Labor Department’s jobs report released last week
revealed some interesting data about the health of the economy
and the industries represented by the IBEW.
For many decades, IBEW members have skillfully brought news
and entertainment to local audiences across the nation, working
for major broadcasting companies like CBS, Fox and ABC.
Nova Scotia Power’s announcement that it was
considering outsourcing at least 250 utility jobs is being
criticized by workers and consumer activists as a threat to
good jobs and reliable service.
As millions of Christmas and holiday season displays take
shape across the nation, picking the best is surely a difficult
task. But some shine brightest.
The federal Davis-Bacon Act – along with its state and
local counterparts — helps keep construction jobs good
jobs and maintain high standards in the industry by requiring
contractors receiving public funds to pay the local prevailing
The 2010 midterm elections brought to power a wave of
anti-worker governors and legislators. Some are notorious for
their attacks on workers’ rights: Scott Walker in
Wisconsin, Rick Scott in Florida, Rick Snyder in Michigan.
Amtrak has long been the whipping boy of congressional
right-wingers, who decry federal spending on the nation’s
passenger rail line as wasteful.
You hear it from the mouths of young people every day: I
can’t afford college. The debt would be too big.
I’m not sure what to do.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative
government launched a sneak attack on federal workers’
rights earlier this month with the introduction of a new budget
After a generator failed at a Montana coal-fired power plant
on July 1, the operator, PPL Montana, announced that some
members of Colstrip Local 1638 would later be placed on
furlough for at least 90 days.
The nation’s economy showed disappointing growth in
September, with only 148,000 jobs compared to 169,000 jobs
created in August.
The Northeast Line Constructors chapter of the National
Electric Contractors Association has donated $1 million to
support the national outside apprenticeship program. Chapter
Manager Mike Gilchrist said the donation was the groups way of
saying thank you to the linemen and contractors who helped
rebuild after Superstorm Sandy destroyed billions of dollars of
property and cut off power to more than 8 million homes across
New Jersey, New York and New England.
Labor unions and allies in the city of Watsonville, a
fertile agricultural center on the central coast of California,
have had much success in 2012 convincing progressive candidates
to run and win seats on their city council. Many council
members had labor union backgrounds, says Castroville Local 234
Business Manager Andy Hartmann.
A Michigan judge took an anti-union city manager to task
last week, ruling that Lowell City Manager Mark Howe lied and
unfairly targeted union activists – just to punish
workers for joining the IBEW.
The construction industry is making a strong comeback in
Arizona, with the number of construction permits up in 2012.
But the state actually lost construction jobs over the summer.
The reason, says many industry observers: worker
misclassification, which is a way for contractors to keep
employees on the worksites but off the books.
Leaders of the Danish Union of Electricians, along with
their counterparts on the employer side, visited the IBEW
International Office Oct. 1.
In the midst of the chaos of Hurricane Sandy, National
Grid, employing thousands of IBEW members in New York and New
England, decided to roll out a new computer system to account
for overtime pay and expenses.
Rice Electrical Services and Controls is the latest member
of the St. Louis Local 1 family after the business terminated
its contract with a rogue electricians union – the
Associated Electrical Contractors Local 57.
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.
annual IBEW photo contest is a showcase for members to
demonstrate their skills with a camera and shine a light on
their too-often overlooked jobs. For 15 years, the IBEW Journal
and The Electrical Worker have printed hundreds of photos of
and by IBEW members at work—turning the lights back on
after storms, building architectural marvels and performing
hundreds of other jobs that contribute so much to communities
across North America and even beyond.
In today’s economy, education is vital to getting
ahead. And the National Coalition for Telecommunications
Education and Learning is the place for telecommunications
professionals looking to gain an edge through advanced online
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers President
Edwin D. Hill issued the following statement today:
“The draft regulations issued by the Environmental
Protection Agency regarding emissions from newly-constructed
power plants threaten economic growth and America’s
energy future. Read more...
More than 100 young IBEW members from across the United
States and Canada will be in Washington, D.C., Sept. 27-29 for
the first ever Reach out and Energize Next-gen Electrical
We know the professionalism and skill that members of the
IBEW bring to the job every day.
Now hundreds of millions of TV viewers know as well.
Coming on the heels of last year’s national ad
campaign, a new IBEW spot – titled “Power
Professionals” – went on the air this month.
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.
The IBEW’s efforts to tap into good jobs in the
booming energy sector are seeing big results in West Virginia,
with hundreds of members hard at work building and maintaining
the infrastructure needed to get the Mountaineer State’s
rich natural gas load to market.
Two years after the launch of the first IBEW app, the IBEW
is putting the finishing touches on a new news app for digital
Volunteers from Richmond, Va., Local 666 joined members from
the plumbers and pipefitters and the Virginia Building and
Construction Trades Council on Aug. 21 to help create more
accessible walkways for York River State Park visitors with
Hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to be in
Washington, D.C., Aug. 24 to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and
Freedom, where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous
“I Have a Dream” speech.
Diesel bus mechanics employed by the Delaware Transit Corp.
never had much need for a union. That is until one of their own
was fired – all because of his breakfast.
ADT alarm system installers know that when they finish work
at a new customer’s home, they’re offering
something priceless – greater peace of mind for the whole
A toll-free call center connection to someone in India has
been a punchline for comedians and TV sitcoms for years, but
for the thousands of Americans who have lost their jobs in call
centers, outsourcing is no laughing matter.
The United Food and
Commercial Workers, which left the AFL-CIO eight years ago
to join the Change
to Win Coalition, is rejoining the nation’s largest
A coalition of 20 unions including the IBEW has already seen
progress from a campaign to challenge the furlough of 650,000
Department of Defense civilian employees. Since July 1, the
Alliance has been urging members of Congress to eliminate
11 unpaid furlough days that are part of the federal
sequester. The furloughs amount to a 20 percent reduction
Family members of IBEW members have been awarded
scholarships worth $6,250 by the Union Plus Educational Fund.
The grantees were among more than 100 winners, representing 36
unions who were awarded up to $4,000. They were chosen out of a
pool of more than 5,300 applicants based on their academic
performance, financial need and a 500-word essay describing
their career goals and their relationship with the labor
One year before his city made headlines as the largest
municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, Detroit Local 58 Business
Manager Mike Richard was meeting with his member of Congress to
underscore the need to give Detroit and Michigan residents the
first crack at construction jobs on several Detroit-area
projects that were in the planning stage.
Raise the Minimum Wage - President Obama reiterated his call
for raising the federal minimum wage in his speech on the
economy last week.
D.C. Apprentices Get Organized - Washington, D.C., Local 26
journeyman wireman Adam Reed started out in the work force at
just about the worst time imaginable.
In the midst of the Great Depression, a still photographer
shot a picture of 11 ironworkers eating lunch on a steel girder
840 feet above the streets of New York City. The photo,
entitled “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper,” was staged. But
the workers who demonstrated the lengths and heights people
will go to for a job, were real. And their lack of safety
equipment symbolized the sacrifices workers made just to find
any job and feed their families.
Union sportsmen take a back seat to no one when it comes to
expert, responsible hunting and fishing and working to preserve
habitats for wildlife from neglect or abuse. But the Union Sportsmen’s
Alliance, a union-dedicated outdoor organization, is
setting an even broader example by infusing the principle of
solidarity into a new program that brings together
volunteers—including IBEW members—to tackle
conservation projects in parks across the U.S.
Toronto, Ontario, Local 636 utility workers and Hydro Ottawa
partnered earlier this month to help power up a group home that
serves residents with physical disabilities and seniors.
Electrical workers and their employers are raising the alarm
about loopholes in the Affordable Care Act that threaten to
undermine quality coverage for more than 26 million
Pittsburgh Local 5 members are being credited with saving
dozens of local senior citizens from a fire that tore through a
nursing home June 25.
The President’s statement on energy today is a step in
the right direction on the long road to reaching a balanced,
workable consensus on energy issues.
A recent poll shows a strong majority of citizens opposing
the use of more foreign guest workers in the trades. And labor
leaders are bringing that message to lawmakers as they debate
new immigration proposals that would have far-reaching effects
on the industry.
Some say religion and politics don’t mix. But
politicians often call upon their religion as an inspiration or
justification for their actions. Nowhere is this truer than in
North Carolina, where both houses of the state legislature are
under Republican control by Tea Party conservatives who often
cite scripture to support their agenda.
Like nonprofit organizations across North America, the Boys
and Girls Club of Green Bay, Wis., is scraping for funds to
keep its programs alive even while the need to help struggling
citizens grows due to a still difficult economy.
What if the controversy raging over the National Security
Agency’s surveillance of domestic phone calls is
overshadowing an abuse of privacy that could undermine our
nation’s democracy in a myriad of ways that the NSA
spying never could?
In what organizers are calling a stellar campaign victory, a
determined group of skilled technicians working for
SimplexGrinnell in Winnipeg stood up for rights on the job and
voted IBEW May 22.
In a genre best known for caped crusaders and mutants saving
the universe, one IBEW local is using comic books to tell the
story of another kind of hero: the union men and women who made
the American middle class.
On June 3, with a little over one year to go before their
contract with FairPoint Communications expires, business
managers and co-workers representing 1,700 IBEW members in
Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont traveled to the
company’s annual shareholder meeting in Charlotte,
Two Harbors, Minn., power and water workers are going public
about stalled efforts to renew their two- year contract.
Dublin, Calif., Local 595’s new training center
formally opens on May 30, instantly becoming one of the most
efficient and technologically advanced commercial buildings in
With sadness, the IBEW announces the death of First District
Vice President Phillip Flemming on May 25. He was 68.
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
Front and center of a new Memorial Day dedication in
Minnesota is an IBEW member and one of the once-anonymous
Marines who were the first to raise the American flag on Iwo
Summer is coming. For many, this means vacations on the
beach, kids lounging at home and trips to the pool. But for
utilities, summer means raging thunderstorms and hurricane
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, originally sponsored
by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, has
maintained conservation as a core mission since its founding in
The mile-wide tornado that tore through Moore, Okla., May 20
killed dozens and left a swath of destroyed homes, businesses
and schools in its wake.
When it comes to attitudes about unions and our members,
Americans often summon the negative images spread by our
adversaries, rather than considering the contributions of union
members who could be their neighbors like the firefighters,
police personnel or nurses. Or electricians.
Seventh District International Vice President Jon Gardner
will retire from office on June 1.
For the IBEW's Darrell Taylor, organizing water treatment
workers at the Alberta oil sands has been a lot like the tricky
process of extracting raw fuel from the soil - slow and steady,
but promising in the end.
Effectively bridging the different perspectives and
experiences of three and, sometimes, four generations in the
same workplaces can be a daunting challenge for seasoned
leaders and emerging activists alike.
Eric Varela’s story is all too common. After serving
as a combat infantryman in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne
Division, Varela returned to California in 2008 to record high
When Dave Royle was a student at central New Jersey’s
Woodbridge (N.J.) High School in the late-1980s, he was well
known for his smile.
Missouri’s House Workforce Development and Workplace
Safety Committee approved “paycheck protection”
legislation on April 10. The bill would weaken public-sector
unions by prohibiting members from having dues earmarked for
political action from being automatically deducted from their
When Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, joined with
his Democratic colleague W. Va. Sen. Joe Manchin, to propose a
bill on background check for gun owners, he was hailed as a
“voice of reasonable compromise.” Not so fast.
To honor those who have lost their lives as a result of
job-related illness or injury, dozens of countries around world
have designated April 28 as Workers Memorial Day.
The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) today salute the
nation’s men and women who risk their lives daily to keep
electricity flowing to the nation’s homes and
Labor unions and progressive activists are speaking out and
organizing in opposition to President Obama’s proposal to
reduce Social Security benefits as part of his budget proposal
announced on April 10.
Labour activists in Western Canada are calling for a
moratorium on the federal temporary foreign worker program,
saying that the system is rife with abuse.
Celebrated poet Maya Angelou once said, “Living a life
is like constructing a building; if you start wrong, you'll end
If the same statement can describe a career, Michelle Braga,
a 17-year-old Pittsburgh-area vocational-technical high school
student who is aiming for an IBEW journeyman wireman
apprenticeship, is on the right track in both spheres.
The best way to keep working is to keep up with the work, an
increasingly demanding task with telecommunications
IBEW members in Canada are cheering TransCanada
Corp’s. proposal to build a pipeline to transport crude
oil from Western Canada to refineries in the east.
The Philadelphia City Council passed a bill last week that
would require virtually every employer in the city to provide
their workers with paid sick days – earning the enmity of
Comcast, a major player in Philly politics.
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.
IBEW leaders are praising President Obama’s March 13
nomination of civil-rights attorney Thomas Perez for Secretary
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers President
Edwin D. Hill says President Obama’s nomination of Ernest
Moniz to be the next U.S. Department of Energy secretary
“is the right choice to lead our nation as we enter a new
era of energy policy.”
It’s not easy finding common ground in Washington,
D.C., these days. Getting Democrats and Republicans – not
to mention business and labor – to agree on anything
seems an impossible challenge.
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.
It’s one of the biggest challenges facing the economy
today: providing retirement security for America’s work
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.
Few words are as chilling to workers as “corporate
merger.” Too often the aftermath is slashed jobs, cut
wages and managers acting unreasonably.
It’s one of the most powerful lobbying organizations
in the United States today, exercising an outsized influence in
the Republican Party and driving policy decisions in state
houses and governors’ mansions across the country.
And chances are you’ve never heard of it.
The Department of Defense is sending out dozens of contract
cancelations and preparing to lay off ten, possibly hundreds of
thousands of workers because they can no longer fund projects
started after 2009, dues to the inability of Congress to pass a
Years of management favoritism, lack of respect on the job
and the threat of declining wages had been wearing on hundreds
of Sears service technicians in the upper Midwest for
Austin construction workers and workers’ rights
activists are accusing hotel developer White Lodging Inc., of
cheating employees out of tens of thousands of dollars in wages
on one of Austin’s most high-profile construction
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has introduced a
bill on Feb. 5 that would impose so called right-to-work
Union members and public safety officials are calling on
President Obama to finalize an Occupational Safety and Health
Administration standard that would reduce workers’
exposure to silica and save lives.
Dial One Wolfdale Electric Inc., was one of the Toronto
area’s largest nonunion contractors, performing millions
of dollars in commercial and industrial work each year.
The AFL-CIO Now blog is publicizing a
list of union-made food and drinks for members to enjoy on
Super Bowl Sunday.
Victor Lovelady’s family members say he was a hero
long before the project manager for a Houston-based energy firm
was killed at an Algeria natural gas plant after being held
hostage by Al Qaeda terrorists.
While gridlock reigns in the
legislative halls of Washington, D.C., states are churning with
anti-union bills, including Pennsylvania, where activists are
Kansas lawmakers are considering legislation that would
drastically curtail the rights of teachers, firefighters and
other public workers to participate in the political
On Jan 15, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration
and leading freight railroad BNSF Railway Co., marked a big
step forward for on-the-job safety by signing an accord that
protects from retaliation workers who report on-the-job
The International Executive Council has appointed
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Local 37 Business Manager Ross
Galbraith Eighth District IEC member.
Summarizing the Obama administration’s accomplishments
in remarks to the IBEW Convention in Vancouver, now-retired
General Counsel Larry Cohen said:
We again have a Department of Labor that is a department
for labor. It is no longer an anti-labor labor department,
which it was throughout the Bush administration.
Henry Miller, the first President of the IBEW, died in 1896
without enough money for a decent burial... members of the IBEW
established a fraternal death benefit association in 1922 whose
essential purpose was to provide the named beneficiary of a
deceased member a sum that might permit our member to be
interred in a dignified manner.
2012 was a big year for union members with a passion for
hunting and fishing. The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance
– a national organization of union members committed to
outdoor sports and conservation – surpassed 50,000
members, its highest number yet.
Union folks shouldn’t be surprised when our
adversaries play word games. Terms like
“right-to-work” or “ownership society”
sound, to many, as American as the Super Bowl until people find
out that the first could cut their pay and benefits and the
second would put benefits like Social Security and Medicare in
the private hands of Wall Street.