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Work Picture Improves

L.U. 8 (as,em,i,mar,mt,rts,s&spa), TOLEDO, OH — Hello, brothers and sisters. Work in our area has continued to improve and has even provided employment to some travelling brothers and sisters. Please welcome those who are here helping us man our work. You never know when the tables will turn and our members will be helping out another local.

There are several bigger projects that provided work for our members this past spring. Fermi and Davis Bessie had refuel outages. The reformer project at BP, the FGD project at Monroe Coal Burner (Monroe Power Plant), and the Jeep plant also provided some jobs. Let's hope this trend continues for some time to come.

On March 31 we held our annual dinner dance. The event was well-attended and all had a good time. Local 8 handed out membership pins to several retired members. A 70-year membership pin was presented to Larry Ulrich. It's nice to see our retired members staying active and involved with our union functions. A special thank-you goes to Jason Szymanski and the entertainment committee for a job well done.

As always work safe.

Bryan Emerick, P.S.

A Showing of Brotherhood

L.U. 12 (i,o&se), PUEBLO, CO — IBEW Local 12 represents the Inside branch, the Outside branch and Sign Erectors. Recently an event took place in our jurisdiction that I wish to share with all IBEW members.

A Local 12 journeyman lineman has been dealt a tough hand, diagnosed with a terminal illness. This brother definitely touches the lives of those around him. He is a hard worker, proud to be an IBEW member, and respected by those who have worked with him. A group of fellow linemen, operators and groundmen decided to put together a collection for the brother. Word of this collection spread all the way to a sizable job being performed under an Inside agreement. That project employs many Inside journeyman wiremen, including members of other IBEW locals. IBEW members on the project helped take up a collection as well. The brother also had worked for an area utility company represented by Local 667 and word spread there as well.

It was beautiful to watch IBEW members come together for a fellow member. This brother truly cares about the IBEW and still recruits potential members to this day. The Outside branch, the Inside branch, the Utility, all came together for a fellow member.

The collection was presented to the brother at our union office by those who coordinated the effort. Outside members, Inside members, Local 12 members, and traveling members were present. It really touched the brother to see how members cared. I know the whole thing truly touched me.

Dean R. Grinstead, B.M.

Career of IBEW Service

L.U. 16 (i), EVANSVILLE, IN — On March 16, the local hosted an open house to honor William A. Diehl upon his retirement. Billy Diehl has demonstrated his selfless devotion to the IBEW and Local 16 for more than 45 years. While actively working with his tools, he served as a committed volunteer, steward, contract negotiator, 30-year Executive Board member, JATC instructor, convention delegate, and unsurpassed mentor to countless people working in the electrical industry. Billy also served as business agent. He was the founder of Local 16's pension plan and serves as a trustee on that board to this day. Thanks to him, hundreds of members will be able to enjoy their golden years with dignity. His legacy is an inspiration to every sister and brother in the trade.

The fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt was a resounding success, with more than 150 attending. Over 3,000 stuffed eggs placed on the union hall lawns became hidden treasures to be discovered, to the delight of children and grandchildren of the membership. The Easter Bunny was there greeting everyone on a beautiful spring day. Thanks to the Entertainment Committee for a great time.

Donald P. Beavin, P.S.


Local 16 Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Paul Green (right) awards service plaque to William "Bill" Diehl.

'Rebuilding Together' in Omaha

L.U. 22 (i,rts&spa), OMAHA, NE — For the past 15 years, Local 22 members have been volunteering their skills in the Omaha community with a group called Rebuilding Together. Rebuilding Together is an organization that helps low-income and elderly families with upkeep on their homes.

It is truly a community effort. A representative from Local 22 visits the houses to look for hazards and to see if any additional lights or electrical plugs are needed. After a list is made, approximately 30 volunteers, ranging from service-truck drivers to first-year apprentices, give up their Saturdays and work on 15 to 20 houses of people in need. Supplies and tools are donated by area parts houses and signatory contractors.

We extend a special thanks to Bro. Mike Stopak for coordinating Local 22's part of this community effort. Mike has given many hours of community service and we appreciate his hard work. It is a great way for the local to give back to the community, especially during these lean times.

Work in our area, like the rest of the nation, has been slow. We are waiting on a few jobs to be let. An Air Force base, a hospital and a couple of hotels are on the horizon. If these jobs go right, it could mean that many of our unemployed members will be returning to work.

Chris Bayer, P.S.

Local 24 Celebrates 50 Years

L.U. 24 (es,i&spa), BALTIMORE, MD — A half-century milestone was reached this year for IBEW Local 24 members. The event was celebrated on Saturday, March 24, at the Baltimore Ravens Stadium with over 700 members and guests attending. Entertainment included an opening ceremony performance by the Baltimore City Pipe Band and Color Guard. The night continued with local band Junkyard Saints playing live music for dancing, and all enjoyed dinner and drinks. Guests included active members, families and guests, retirees and former IBEW Local 28 members.

Featured speakers included Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill, Int. Sec.-Treas. Salvatore J. Chilia and Fourth District Int. Vice Pres. Kenneth W. Cooper. Also speaking were U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, with appearances by Harford County Executive David Craig and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. They were joined by state and local officials from across the state of Maryland.

The pride of union membership was apparent throughout the evening as various visiting guests from neighboring NFL cities were recognized as producing similar stadiums built by the IBEW. A DVD commemorating the occasion and a book of Local 24 history were among the evening's gifts for participants.

Thank you to all who helped make it possible for Local 24 to hold this event and all who helped make it a success.

Roger M. Lash Jr., B.M.


From left: IBEW Int. Sec.-Treas. Salvatore J. Chilia, Dir. of Professional & Industrial Organizing Gina Cooper, Fourth District Int. Vice Pres. Kenneth Cooper, Local 24 Bus. Mgr. Roger Lash and Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill.

Negotiations & Activities

L.U. 26 (ees,em,es,govt,i&mt), WASHINGTON, DC — As of this writing, negotiations are in full swing with NECA and Cherry Lane for the Inside and Residential Wireman Agreement. When you receive this article, the parties will either have reached an agreement or submitted any unresolved issues to CIR.

In addition to negotiations, other local activities have included the following:

The Minority Coalition held its Annual Black History Month Celebration. We attended the IBEW Construction and Building Trades Conference in April.

Also, the Dollars Against Diabetes Golf Outing is scheduled for June 4, and we are getting ready for the picnics. The Virginia picnic will be held June 16 in Manassas and the Maryland picnic will be Aug. 4 in Edgewater. We hope to see you there for great food, dancing and fun!

Two members passed away since our last article: Edward S. Cierniak and Edward N. Wells.

Best wishes to new retirees: Michael E. Cox, Michael J. Glumac III, Michael J. McDermott, Michael B. Roach, Dennis J. Sharpe, Thomas W. McDermott, William E. Guilford, Stephen J. Hellmuth Jr., Thomas G. Higgins and James R. Roberts.

Charles E. Graham, B.M.

2012 Looks Promising

L.U. 34 (em,i,rts&spa), PEORIA, IL — As with many locals around the country, there has been very little movement on our books. The Telecom and Residential have been holding their own; the Inside has been slow.

Proposals for new development are: a Super Target; Costco Wholesale; Fondulac District Library, a two-story building; Morton Community Bank's Fondulac Banking Center, a three-story building; Holiday Inn & Suites, a 137-room, six-story building; and a strip mall with surrounding buildings. This will be approximately 635,000 total man-hours and approximately $87 million to $98 million in construction.

Build the Block is a $100 million project, which will include the Peoria Riverfront Museum and The Caterpillar Experience, a museum and visitor's center showcasing Caterpillar past, present and future.

Another project in the works is an extensive renovation and expansion of the Hotel Pere Marquette (an 84-year-old, 284-room hotel) into a luxury, four-star hotel. Additionally planned is a 10-story, 116-room Marriott courtyard hotel to be built next to the Pere. There will be a new parking deck and a skywalk to the Civic Center. The total approximate value of this project is $93 million.

Meredith Booker, Pres.

Newly Appointed Officers

L.U. 38 (i), CLEVELAND, OH — The retirement of former business manager Gil Steele Jr. created a chain reaction of vacancies in other positions, which were filled by newly appointed officers.

Newly appointed officers sworn into office in March are: Bus. Mgr. Dennis Meaney, Vice Pres. Marty Seeholzer, Executive Board member Jamie Davis and Examining Board member John Schaffer. Additionally, former vice president Mike Muzic was appointed to a business representative position. Congratulations to all the new officers.

Work should continue to improve as job opportunities open up on our bigger projects this summer — such as the new 1-million-square-foot Eaton Building, the 20-story Ernst & Young Building and the new Medical Mart and Convention Center. The demand for downtown apartment space has created a long waiting list of people who want to move downtown; developers have taken note of this and are proposing several new apartment projects. Next to start this summer will be the conversion of the Hanna Annex Building into 105 apartment units. Plans for the East Ohio Gas Building involve a similar project, and Phase II of the East Bank Flats project will include a new apartment building along with several restaurants and a music venue.

The Local 38 Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday, June 23.

Dennis Meaney, B.M./F.S.


Local 38 Pres. Walter O'Malley (right) and outgoing business manager Gil Steele Jr. (left) congratulate newly appointed officers. New officers, beginning second from left, are: Examining Board member John Schaffer, Executive Board member Jamie Davis, Bus. Mgr. Dennis Meaney and Vice Pres. Marty Seeholzer.

Apprentice Graduation

L.U. 42 (catv,em,govt,lctt&o), HARTFORD, CT — Local 42 held its annual Dinner Dance & Apprentice Graduation on April 21 at the Marriott Hartford Downtown. We congratulate all the graduates on becoming Local 42 journeyman linemen: Brian Andrychowski, Todd Barker, Jason Boucher, John Chiarella, Luke Cormier, Michael Duval, Joshua Edwards, James Evans, Scott Fontaine, Gleb Frolov, Thomas Heath, Michael Hollis, Joshua Hume, Richard Hume, Anthony Marciano, Daniel Maselli, Patrick McCabe, Matthew Mockler, Christopher Morello, Steven Morris, John Pettway, Robert Post, Jose Ramos, Matthew Sawin, David Thomas and Michael Winoski.

We also congratulate all members who are receiving their pins for years of service. John Shane is a 50-year pin recipient, and Charles Sharpe a 55-year pin recipient.

Save the dates for upcoming 2012 union functions. The fishing trip will be July 21; the family picnic will be Aug. 4; and the dinner cruise, Sept. 22.

Jacquelyn Moffitt, P.S.

Benevolence Fund & Food Bank

L.U. 46 (as,c,cs,em,es,et,i,mar,mo,mt,rtb,rts&st), SEATTLE, WA — In these tough times, some members have been without work for months or years. They're trying to seek employment wherever it's available. Between gas, food, rent and utilities sometimes a member's struggle is as simple as keeping a roof overhead and protecting loved ones from being in the cold.

In 2009, Local 46 members created a Benevolence Fund to help members who are out of work or have faced hardship. By 2012, we have been able to help over 250 members by providing much-needed funds to help with household expenses, bills and insurance premiums. The distribution of money from this fund is carefully overseen by members through our Benevolence Fund committee.

We also keep a food bank where cash donations, including donations made from the Benevolence Fund, have helped supply basic necessities. In the last two years the food bank has received various donations totaling over $74,000.

The $3,000-plus monthly food bank donations directly assist our members and their families. In the month of February this year, 112 members and dependents visited our food bank.

To our members, thank you for lending a helping hand — this is truly what solidarity is all about.

Angela Marshall, Rep.

Great Opportunity for IBEW Members

L.U. 48 (c,em,i,rtb,rts&st), PORTLAND, OR — In 2010, Intel announced that it would spend an additional $6 billion to $8 billion over the next several years to bring next-generation manufacturing technology to several existing factories across the U.S. and to build a new research and development chip manufacturing facility in Oregon.

And as of March this year, IBEW Local 48 has well over 1,000 IBEW members on the campus. This has been a blessing for other locals in the Northwest as well. We thank our sister locals and their members for assisting us to provide the manpower needed. It is with the greatest sincerity that I say I hope their time here is a positive experience. It is an opportunity for our local members to show not only our skills, but the work ethic, ingenuity and pride that truly illustrate why Local 48 is a premier IBEW local.

Bus. Mgr. Clif Davis says, "Travelers from across the nation are welcome. This is a great opportunity to bring your tools and get some work."

For Oregon electrical license requirement information, visit

Robert Blair, P.S.

Meetings & Events Updates

L.U. 68 (i), DENVER, CO — General membership meetings: first Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m.

Retirees Association: luncheon last Thursday of each month from September through May, 11:30 a.m. Information: Rudy Nollenberger at (720) 220-0762.

Renewable Energy Committee: second Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m., at the hall. Information: Mary Broderick at (303) 944-2231.

Summer Picnic: Aug. 18, at Elks Lodge #2227. Fellowship, food, refreshments and prizes. Information: Morgan Buchanan,

Christmas Party: Dec. 8, 5660 Logan St., Denver. Made in USA toys for the children, games, food and entertainment. Information: Morgan Buchanan,

Stewards/Good-Of-The-Union: third Wednesdays, 5 p.m., great food and program. Information: Jim Keating,

In the accompanying photo, notice the wind turbine located at the union hall and the LED lights powered by batteries kept charged by the solar panels above. The large array of PV panels provides shade for windows while generating 10 MW of electricity. Another array up on the flat portion of the roof also generates 10 MW. To see what these two arrays do, visit Web site:

We extend deepest sympathy to families of our recently deceased brothers: Matthew E. Still, Ralph H. Arnold, Earl A. Troutner, Glenn Tanner, Larry LeRoy, James F. Reales, Kenneth L .Ray, Raymond Cuthill, Edward D. Quintero, Edward E. Chappell, Benjamin G. McDuffee, Don I. Gaumond, John R. Torp, Melvin L. Sisler Jr., George E. Long, Robert D. Dufour, Robert E. Taylor and Gary W. Meineke.

Ed Knox, Pres.


Wind turbine and solar panels at Denver Local 68 union hall.

Susquehanna-Roseland Power Line Project

L.U. 94 (lctt,nst&u), CRANBURY, NJ — Local 94 is proud to sponsor the Family Fun Racing Team from Florence, NJ. Bro. Andy Wilcox will compete in the Pro category driving the S-10, and his 10-year-old daughter Katie drives the Jr. Dragster and will compete in the Jr. Pro Class at Atco Raceway. The team raises money to support the Sunshine Foundation. The foundation helps to answer the dreams of seriously ill and abused children.

Some positive news for the Susquehanna-Roseland Power Line Project: The National Park Service agrees with Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G) and PPL Electric Utiilties Corp. on the route. The utilities' chosen route has already been approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The Susquehanna-Roseland power line is being built to maintain the reliability of the electric grid in the Northeast. The independent regional power grid operator, PJM Interconnection, ordered the new line to prevent violations of national standards for the operation of the nation's electric power grid. This project will create up to 800 jobs for IBEW members.

Please visit the Local 94 Web site: Register your e-mail address and receive special news and updates about meetings, social events and local scholarships.

Carla Wolfe, P.S.


Young Katie Wilcox, daughter of Local 94 member Andy Wilcox.

'Congratulations From All'

L.U. 104 (lctt,o&u), BOSTON, MA — All the members of Local 104 would like to congratulate Tiler F. Eaton, our former business manager, on his appointment by Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill as an International Representative on the Second District staff. Tiler has been a member of Local 104 for the past 25 years and comes from a long line of Local 104 members. The following family members of Tiler have served as Local 104 journeyman linemen: Franklin Eaton (father), Peter Eaton (uncle), Grover "Zeke" Eaton (uncle), Tabor Eaton (brother), Norm Simano (step brother), and Dan Place (brother in-law).

Tiler stepped down as business manager on April 1. Asst. Bus. Mgr. Gary Stacy was appointed by the Local 104 Executive Board to fill the unexpired term as business manager.

We all wish Tiler the best on his endeavors and on all the new challenges he will face. We thank him for all he has done for us.

Chris Blair, P.S.


Second District Int. Rep. Tiler F. Eaton, former Local 104 business manager.

'IBEW Day on the Hill'

L.U. 110 (em,i,rts,spa&u), ST. PAUL, MN — The state legislature has been actively attacking workers' pay and rights since the session began in January. So-called "right-to-work" bills and attacks on our prevailing wages continue to crop up almost daily. I thank the members who have attended actions and our annual "IBEW Day on the Hill." Over 180 IBEW members came to our Day on the Hill event and over 1,600 union members packed the Minnesota State Capitol to rally against "right to work." In November, we will remember who attacked us and who supported us!

We are continuing our planning for our local's 100 year anniversary this summer. Our celebration will be July 28.

I also wish to thank our former business manager Mike Redlund, who retired last year. Mike spent many of his 41 years in the IBEW as an activist in our union, served on several committees, and was local president and business manager for many years. He remains active with our local board of trustees.

Brian Winkelaar, P.S.


St. Paul, MN, Local 110 members join 1,600 strong for an "IBEW Day on the Hill" rally.

Anniversary Celebration Plans

L.U. 146 (ei,i&rts), DECATUR, IL — We congratulate Bro. John Warner on his appointment as the new Local 146 treasurer. Bro. Warner replaces Sister Donna Edwards, who tendered her resignation in December. Best wishes to both. We also congratulate the 20 inside apprentice graduates who are successfully completing their apprenticeship training with the Local 146 Midstate Electrical Training Center.

Plans are continuing for the Local 146 100th year anniversary celebration. A committee of journeymen, apprentices and officers have begun meeting and the tentative date of the event is Sept. 8, to be held at the Mt. Zion Convention Center.

As previously reported, we have for several months waited for some good news about Tenaska's Taylorville Energy Center project and passage of proposed legislation. This is a huge project that would employ thousands of workers in our jurisdiction. As of this writing, legislation on the Energy Center project is still in the Illinois General Assembly awaiting committee assignment. This bill is receiving strong opposition from competing utilities and large manufacturers. For an immediate update it is possible to follow the bill at Web site; enter SB678 in the search box.

Everyone have a safe and prosperous summer.

Rich Underwood, R.S.

'Fighting for Our Lives'

L.U. 150 (es,i,rts&spa), WAUKEGAN, IL — Anyone who has followed what has happened in this country since Pres. Obama was elected has to be dismayed at the current state of affairs. The gridlock in D.C. has reached epidemic levels. And while there is plenty of blame to go around, at the crux of the matter is the GOP obstructionism. They have done everything in their power to block all legislation that might be favorable to working people in this country and to portray Pres. Obama in a bad light. One only needs to look to our neighboring states of Wisconsin and Indiana and what their governors and legislators have done to working people and their collective bargaining rights. Indiana became the Rust Belt's first Right to Work for Less state earlier this year. Nearly all public workers in Wisconsin had most of their collective bargaining rights stripped from them during the spring of 2011. But in Ohio there was a huge victory for labor when Ohio Senate Bill 5 was struck down by angry Ohio voters in a landslide vote last November.

Workers in this country are beaten down and tired; trying to juggle each month with what bills to pay and how to provide for their families. When over 46 million Americans are now depending on food stamps to make ends meet there is no way that the American worker — employed or unemployed — can pull the country's economy forward.

This is why we must not only vote in November but also vote for representatives who are friends of labor and the working people in this country.

Wendy J. Cordts, P.S.

Awards for Volunteer Service

L.U. 158 (i,it,mar,mt&spa), GREEN BAY, WI — Local 158 recently finished up an outage at Kewaunee Nuclear Power Plant. We had over 150 local as well as travelling brothers and sisters on the project.

At this writing, we are still waiting to find out about some area projects. We are lucky to have members working on the renovation of the Lambeau Field, which is the home stadium of the NFL's Green Bay Packers, as well as on the new Veterans Administration clinic in Green Bay. We have been fortunate to have work the last few years because of major projects at our two nuclear plants, but those are mostly finished, except outages.

Our local has received quite a bit of recognition so far this year for our volunteer efforts.

In March, we received the Ralph A. Jirkowic Award presented by the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Community Services Committee. We also received the Victor Crambeau Award from the Greater Green Bay Labor Council Community Services Committee.

Additionally, we were nominated by Cerebral Palsy of Green Bay for the Green Bay Packers Large Group Award category of the Wisconsin Public Service Volunteer Awards. We were invited to the April 24 awards ceremony and received recognition for our contribution.

I am truly proud of all our members and families who volunteer in the name of Local 158 to make our local's geographical area a great place to live.

Donald C. Allen, B.M.

Annual 160 Steward Training

L.U. 160 (lctt,o&u), MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Thomas Koehler and his representatives put on our annual steward training, attended by more than 50 stewards.

This year's training was especially interesting and well-timed because of potential legislation at the Minnesota State House concerning so-called "right to work." We all know the many down sides to RTW. In order to properly convey to other people just what organized labor's perspective on this issue is takes some practice and patience. We were fortunate to have Elianne Farhat, a representative from Minnesota AFL/CIO, speak to the stewards. She gave us good information and talking points to take with us that we can use to try to impress on our friends and neighbors just how destructive RTW would be for the state of Minnesota. As stewards, we look forward to sharing this important information with other union brothers and sisters.

Don't be fooled with the slick signage "right to work." Understand this: "right to work" is unsafe, unfair and unnecessary legislation and it is a bad deal for Minnesota.

James P. Brereton, P.S.

N.J. Golden Gloves Benefit

L.U. 164 (c,em,i,o&t), JERSEY CITY, NJ — As of this writing, work remains slow in our area. However, many promising projects are becoming closer to fruition and everyone remains optimistic for the future.

Local 164's main charity, Project Grandma, hosted the New Jersey Golden Gloves boxing semifinals at the union hall on March 30. Boxers from across New Jersey participated in 20 bouts, with winners advancing to the finals. Proceeds from this event benefitted "Project Grandma" and the John Theuer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Retired Local 164 Organizer John Nordyk founded Project Grandma in 1998 with the goal of helping women, too many of whom were succumbing to breast cancer, reach the golden age of becoming a grandma. Many types of fundraisers have been held through the years. This was the second Golden Gloves boxing event, and it was a major success.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this year's event a success. Special thanks to Project Grandma Chairman Theresa Rolaf, Special Coordinator Cassie Wordelman and to the Boxing Executive Committee of Paul Dunleavy, Tom Ewaska, Keith Misciagna and John DeBouter.

On a sad note, Local 164 has lost many members recently, many way too young. Kevin O'Sullivan, 46, passed away suddenly on March 2. Our deepest condolences go out to the O'Sullivan family and to all the families of our departed brothers.

John M. DeBouter, Pres.


Local 164 hosts Golden Gloves charity event. From left: Local 164 boxing committee members Paul Dunleavy and Keith Misciagna; world champions Iran Barkley, Bobby Czyz, Mark Medal; and Local 164 boxing committee member John DeBouter.

Contractors Organized

L.U. 196 (govt,mt,o,t&u), ROCKFORD, IL — Our Membership Development representative, Greg Doss, has been very busy communicating with the nonunion in our area for the past 18 months and has recently organized several new contractors. Nice work, Greg!

Work safe and attend your monthly meetings for the sake of the Brotherhood.

Eric Patrick, B.M.

Work Picture Gains Momentum

L.U. 222 (o), ORLANDO, FL — Greetings from Local 222 and the state of Florida. Our work picture in 2012 is off to a much better start than the last couple of years and it appears to be gaining momentum as we near the halfway point of the year.

All of our members are doing a great job of completing projects safely and on time (and in some cases ahead of schedule).

At our February meeting, Local 222 and Bus. Mgr. Mike Bell had the privilege of presenting Bro. William Friedman his 40-year service pin. Bro. Friedman has worked as lineman, foreman and general foreman over the years and everyone I know has enjoyed working with Bill, including myself. We all look forward to many more years of the same.

Please continue to look out for one another and attend your union meetings wherever you are working.

William "Bill" Hitt, Pres.


Local 222 Bus. Mgr. Mike Bell (right) presents service award to Bill Friedman for 40 years of loyal IBEW membership.

Activities & Events

L.U. 234 (i&mt), CASTROVILLE, CA — Moving from winter through spring and into summer always brings changes to our local. In February we sponsored a Health and Retirement Fair for members and their families with healthy food, raffle prizes, and an excellent turnout and sponsorship. It was a well-organized and successful event.

Our JATC provides journeyman upgrade classes for those looking to both improve their skills and receive credits toward the mandated 32 hours of continuing education for State Certification. We have graduated over 40 journeymen from the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program.

Additionally, this is the time of year when graduating high school students in our local area submit essays regarding unionism for an opportunity to earn a $500 scholarship. There were a record number of submissions this year. One winner is chosen from each of the three counties within our local jurisdiction.

Finally, area high schools have been sponsoring career days for their students, and our members have generously volunteered their time to represent the IBEW and convey the many benefits of being an IBEW electrician.

Stephen Slovacek, P.S.

Local takes 'Ovation Award'

L.U. 280 (c,ees,em,es,i,mo,mt,rts&st), SALEM, OR — Our local was recently awarded the "Ovation Award" from Festivals of Oregon for the hard work that IBEW members have done for the community! Bus. Mgr. Tim Frew proudly accepted the award on behalf of the brothers and sisters who have donated their time and public service funds. Since 2004, our local has donated over $483,000 and thousands of volunteer man-hours for charities such as Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Clubs, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy and many others.

We also say thank-you to Albany Parks and Recreation, which nominated us with this quote: "Their great desire to impact the lives of residents and help to build community pride and improve their city has been demonstrated in their partnership. …" Bus. Mgr. Frew and his staff thank all of you for your tireless devotion to make a better world for all!

At this writing our staff is capturing work for the membership. Central Oregon is becoming a data-center magnet because of the excellent union craftsmanship demonstrated at Facebook. Apple is breaking ground on its large complex and an even larger data center is planned as well, all built with IBEW wiremen.

Have a great summer!

Jerry Fletcher, P.S.


Local 280 Bus. Mgr. Tim Frew (second from left) accepts "Ovation Award" from Festivals of Oregon Pres. Steve Clark (second from right). At far left is Local 280 Dispatcher Tom Baumann and, at far right, Organizer Bill Kisselburgh.

Minnesota Members Rally

L.U. 292 (em,govt,i,rtb,rts&spa), MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Construction has started on our office remodel, and we look forward to completion later this summer. Our entire staff is working in half the space we normally have, and soon we will move into the new space while the other half is finished.

As of this writing the funding for the Viking Stadium is being discussed at the Minnesota state legislature. Over 800 inside wiremen are on our out-of-work book, and a new stadium would put a lot of our traveling members back to work in our home local. Thank you again to those locals that are providing work for our traveling members.

Minnesota is the next target of the nationally based so-called "right-to-work" initiative. IBEW Local 292 stands with all the other building trades against this legislation. We encourage our members to continue to learn about this unnecessary, unsafe and unfair attack on working Minnesotans.

In Minnesota we have prevailing-wage laws on jobs that receive state funds, and our legislature has proposed to reduce both the wage calculation method and overtime. As of this writing the bill has been passed out of committee and will be heard at both the Senate and House floors. IBEW Local 292 members can get the latest information by sending an updated e-mail address to:

Carl Madsen, P.S./B.R.


On March 6 members from the IBEW Sixth District, including Local 292 members, gather after a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol, fighting against "right-to-work" proposals.

Tribute to a Brother

L.U. 300 (govt,i,mt&u), MONTPELIER, VT — On March 21, Bruce Lamb, journeyman lineman for Vermont Electric Cooperative in Johnson, VT, was performing routine maintenance prior to an unexpected incident that claimed his life. The exact cause of Bruce's death is under investigation.

Bruce started his membership in the IBEW in 1979 as an apprentice lineman at VEC. Over the years, Bruce was promoted to group leader, the senior leadership position in the Johnson line department. Bruce established himself as chief steward for all 100 IBEW members at VEC. He was a strong advocate for the members, as well as the company. His leadership was the driving force at VEC for many years. Bruce's presence and force will be dearly missed.

Due to Bruce's sudden loss, Local 300 has created the "Bruce Lamb Memorial Fund" in honor of his memory and his family. All donations to the fund will be given to Bruce's family. Bruce continues to survive through the hearts, minds and souls of his family members — his wife, Malo; son, Justin; daughters, Jessica and Torri.

Cards or letters of sympathy may be sent to the Local 300 business office and they will be forwarded to Bruce's family. The parting of Bruce's presence in this life will be a time for gathering. We must never forget the power that runs through the veins of our livelihood. Be safe, be proud and live strong.

Jeffrey C. Wimette, B.M./F.S.


Local 300 journeyman lineman Bruce Lamb.

Welcome to New Apprentices

L.U. 302 (i,rts&spa), MARTINEZ, CA — We proudly present our first-year apprenticeship class, recently indentured into our local union. Apprentices have always been the "sharp edge of the blade" in any craft. To anyone who has grown complacent with our craft or wonders where craftsmanship fits in the broader scheme of things — visit an apprenticeship class! Notice the bright eyes and smiles of the apprentices as they eagerly learn the way of our trade. That is the future you are seeing. Apprentices will gather from our experience and lead the way for all of us. Welcome to all! (By the way, we have always been the smartest and the best-looking. As you can plainly see, that tradition is in good hands!)

In other news, we are pleased to report that our local, thanks to the efforts of Asst. Bus. Mgr. Paul Doolittle, has successfully brought old adversaries together to craft a large, labor-friendly development project in our jurisdiction. Environmentalists, community action groups, transportation specialists and a host of labor unions learned how to utilize their talents for the common good rather than stand in the way of needed development. More about that in the next issue!

Bob Lilley, P.S.


Martinez, CA, Local 302 welcomes the first-year apprenticeship class.

Reinvestment in Akron

L.U. 306 (i), AKRON, OH — The economy across the country is slowly improving and hopefully will continue for the long term.

Locally we are pleased that both Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Bridgestone/ Firestone Americas decided to reinvest in their hometown of Akron — "The Rubber Capital of The World." The Bridgestone/Firestone project is nearly complete. Construction on the new Goodyear World Headquarters is progressing well, on time and on budget, thanks to the hard work of our fellow brothers and sisters and other union trades on the project.

On March 31 we held our annual Easter egg hunt at Uniontown Community Park. As always it was a big hit with both young and old. Thanks to our social committee, who always makes sure everyone has a great time, rain or shine.

Our local JATC made available a wide variety of continuing-education classes throughout the past year and will be scheduling many more for this fall. These classes are very informative and everyone is encouraged to take advantage of these learning opportunities. Remember, a smart electrician is a safe electrician.

We are sad to report the loss of retired brothers Aldo Tersigni Sr. and Charles Bindel. We send our condolences to their families.

Thomas Wright, Exec.Board Chmn./P.S.


Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. construction site, where IBEW Local 306 members and fellow trade unionists are working.

100th Anniversary

L.U. 332 (c,ees,i&st), SAN JOSE, CA — Local 332 is turning 100 and will celebrate on Aug. 25. We expect over 2,000 attendees as we honor our history, a full century from the date our local was founded. We reflect with pride and respect on the struggles and successes of our brothers and sisters who made our organization what it is today.

Former Local 250 was a line local chartered in Santa Clara County in April 1902. A decade later a group of construction electricians wanted to start an inside local, and Local 332 was chartered in San Jose on Aug. 25, 1912, splitting from Local 250. In June 1933, Local 250 amalgamated with Local 332 to re-unify the union electrical industry in Santa Clara County.

Our first Member-to-Member Action was an encouraging success. Members signed up for over 130 separate commitments to volunteer and get involved. We already have the next two dates set for this program, and it is growing fast.

The 2012 political campaign season is in full swing. With help from the Stewards Committee and the Member-to-Member volunteers, we expect great participation to stem the anti-union tide of politicians and legislation.

Our annual picnic will be held in July. Attendance has varied from 1,200 to 1,500 members and family in recent years. We expect that the fair work picture and our centennial celebration will boost attendance this year.

David Bini, Organizer

Calif. Gov. Brown Speaks at CSAEW Spring Meeting

L.U. 340 (i,rts&spa), SACRAMENTO, CA — On Friday, March 30, the California State Association of Electrical Workers (CSAEW) held its spring meeting at the beautiful union Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento. California Gov. Jerry Brown was keynote speaker at the reception and gave an inspiring and rousing speech on the importance of the upcoming election in November. Working families' issues are on the line and it is important that members and their families take the time to know the candidates, know the issues and above all, vote!

This extremely approachable and unpretentious governor then stayed at the event for at least an hour after his speech, to not only enjoy the appetizers at the hospitality bar (provided by IBEW Locals 1245 and 340), but to talk one-on-one with attendees. Our local officers, staff and rank-and-file members found him very easy to converse with and felt he truly understands our concerns.

Work in our jurisdiction is still slow at this writing. Thanks to those locals that do have the work right now and who are employing our members. Hopefully, Sacramento Local 340 will be one of those locals soon!

I am sorry to report the passing of: retired member David Gilchrist, former member Tom Jones and active member John McDonald.

A.C. Steelman, B.M.


California Gov. Jerry Brown (third from left) with Local 340 officers at CSAEW meeting. From left: Local 340 Pres. Tom Meredith, Bus. Mgr. A.C. Steelman, Gov. Brown, Bus. Dev. Rep. D'Elman Clark, Examining Board member Jason Prasad and Executive Board member Brian Bailey.

Retirees Attend Union Meeting

L.U. 350 (i), HANNIBAL, MO — IBEW Local 350 was delighted to have retirees attend the April 9 union meeting. At this meeting we presented service awards. Ansel Sanderson received his 60-year pin and Jim Mudd received his 50-year pin. It was nice to see all these brothers who helped build Local 350. Gene Gray was to have received his 60-year pin and Charles Kramer and William Oltman were to have received their 65-year pins, but they could not attend the meeting.

The work picture is slow and, at the time of this writing, does not seem to be picking up anytime soon.

To all members, active and retired: Remember to get out and vote this November and support the people who support union tradesmen.

William Tate, B.M./F.S.


Local 350 retirees Russell Tobin (left), Bill Tate, Ansel Sanderson and Jim Mudd.

'Plug & Play' Concert a Success

L.U. 364 (catv,ees,em,es,i,mt,rts&spa), ROCKFORD, IL — Thanks to Sister Theresa Fernbaugh and all the Local 364 musicians who made our second annual "Plug and Play" concert an overwhelming success! Our local's musically talented members get together and put on quite a concert for our membership, all while raising money for out-of-work brothers and sisters. Thanks also to participating musicians: Bros. Jeff Lemmons, Rob Bradley, Tom Gowan, Ira Haugen, Mike Stock, Matt Like, Pat Barrett, Dan Resenbeck and Ron Anderson Jr.

In primary races for federal and state offices, our endorsed candidates fared well. The most important of these races was that of Cheri Bustos, who handily won the Democratic primary for the Illinois 17th U.S. Congressional District race. Cheri is the most union-minded and progressive and will be the most formidable to take on her anti-union, tea-party counterpart, who is an incumbent.

Another pleasant primary election development was the unexpected defeat of a longtime union foe, Republican U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo. Manzullo has been referred to rather unaffectionately as Don "Man-zero" for his 0 percent labor voting record in the U.S. Congress. It will be good to see him pack up his belongings and get out of Washington, D.C., to no longer do working families harm.

Charles H. Laskonis, B.A./Organizer


Musicians perform at the Local 364 "Plug and Play" concert. From left: Local 364 members Dan Resenbeck and Rob Bradley, Carpenters Bus. Agent Brad Long, Local 364 members Mike Stock and Ira Haugen. Not pictured: Local 364 musicians Jeff Lemmons, Matt Like, Patrick Barrett, Tom Gowan and Ron Anderson Jr.

Annual 'Fisheree' & Fundraiser

L.U. 388 (em,i,rts&spa), STEVENS POINT, WI — IBEW Local 388 held its Annual Fisheree, an ice fishing competition, on Feb. 11, and we had a tremendous turnout even with the severe cold and wind.

Jason Kay, the Fisheree chairman, was again instrumental in putting this great event together this year, so a big thank-you goes out to Jason for his efforts. We also thank all the members who helped with the setup and the members who brought so much delicious food.

A lot of great prizes were donated and a large sum of money was raised for the Sick & Needy Fund. What a great way to share in some brotherhood and show support for our brothers and sisters who are in need. It makes me extremely proud to be an IBEW member.

On a political note, please take the time to educate yourself on the issues affecting organized labor, and please help support the candidates who are sympathetic to the working men and women of this country.

Guy LePage, P.S.


IBEW Local 388 members and guests enjoy the Annual Fisheree.

Solar PV Project

L.U. 440 (i,rts&spa), RIVERSIDE, CA — In December 2011, Rosendin Electric secured a private 6½ megawatt solar photovoltaic project. Thanks to a good, mixed crew of journeyman wiremen, indentured apprentices, construction electricians and construction wiremen, the job was able to be completed by the deadline.

At the peak there were approximately 35 journeyman wiremen, 15 apprentices, three CEs and 12 CWs. Some of the CEs have taken our Ninth District exam and plan to come into our two-year accelerated apprenticeship. Most all of the CWs have already applied, or are in the process of applying, for our apprenticeship. In the meanwhile they are taking CW classes. Local 440 looks forward to our contractors picking up more of this private work. The CEs/CWs look forward to making it into the apprenticeship or passing the Ninth District exam and becoming eligible to be inside journeyman wiremen so they are able to work on prevailing wage projects as well. Together we will take back the private work in our area and strengthen our local by educating our new brothers and sisters. Good job on this one, crew!

Bernie Balland, Organizer


IBEW Local 440's Rosendin Electric crew gathers at solar voltaic project job site.

Collective Bargaining Agreements

L.U. 520 (i&spa), AUSTIN, TX — At this writing, our season of negotiations has just about concluded after 30 months. It has been a long and arduous process. All of our signatory contractors have signed new collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) except two who have opted to remain in arbitration and are waiting for their respective arbitrated decisions, as of press time.

NECA has withdrawn its appeal and has signed a new CBA. Of the five remaining independent contractors, two withdrew their arbitrations and agreed to have NECA represent them while the other three will remain as independent contractors. The CBAs went into effect March 19, 2012. With each of these, except for one, the CIR clause was included as the path of resolution to negotiations and grievances. Local 520 thanks all of our brothers and sisters who supported us while in this process.

Lane Price, Pres./P.S.

Thanks to Fellow Locals

L.U. 530 (i,o&rtb), SARNIA, ONTARIO, CANADA — With the work picture having been slow during the winter and, as of this writing, nothing coming our way in the near future, Local 530 would like to thank the following locals for helping to keep our members employed: Local 529, Saskatoon; Local 2038, Regina; Local 1687, Sudbury; and Local 1739, Barrie.

Al Byers, P.S.

Habitat for Humanity Volunteers

L.U. 558 (catv,em,i,mt,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), SHEFFIELD, AL — We are thankful that work in our jurisdiction is looking good and we have several Book 2 members working an outage at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant at press time.

Local 558 is proud to report the signing of a new contractor, Capstone Maintenance Technologies. We are glad to have CMT on board and will give them all the support needed to be a success in our area.

Local 558 extends a special thank-you to all the members who volunteered to help with the Habitat for Humanity houses in the Huntsville area. Volunteers included: Wayne Hargrave, Kelly Alexander, Blake Matthews, Zac Brown, Matt Schultz, Andy Letson, Lakin Newton, John Hart, Steve Davis, Randy Wells, Randy Milam, Mike Thompson, Zack McKelvey, Mac Sloan, Tony Quillen, Noah Vickers, Carl Hargrove Mark Wright, Tom Frey and Daris Pugh.

The nonprofit organization built four houses in the Huntsville area, and Local 558 volunteers completed the first stage in one weekend. It is nice to see members donating their time to help out less-fortunate families in the community. Thanks again to all and God bless.

Mac Sloan, Mbr. Dev.


Local 558 thanks Habitat for Humanity volunteers. At the site of Habitat project are: Wayne Hargrave, Kelly Alexander, Blake Matthews, Zac Brown, Matt Schultz, Andy Letson, Lakin Newton, John Hart, Steve Davis, Randy Wells, Randy Milam, Mike Thompson, Zack McKelvey, Mac Sloan, Tony Quillen, Noah Vickers, Carl Hargrove and John Noblin, permit and licenses holder for Habitat for Humanity. Not pictured: Mark Wright, Tom Frey and Daris Pugh.

Upgrade Complete!

L.U. 596 (i,o&u), CLARKSBURG, WV — The new JATC training facility at Clarksburg Local 596 has been completed! The new structure was completed last fall and is currently home to our apprenticeship program and journeyman-upgrade programs. The facility features five classrooms, a conference room and a fully equipped shop, for training in conduit installations, welding, power centers, motor controls and other labs.

Solar panels have been installed for hands-on training in keeping with the "Green Energy Initiatives." The installation training puts our members squarely in the forefront of the solar energy market for north central West Virginia.

With the dedicated leadership of former business managers Darwin Snyder and Mark Fetty, and current Bus. Mgr. Shane Ferguson, The Clarksburg JATC Electrical Apprenticeship Training Facility is now a reality. Many thanks go to the North Central Building and Trades, local contractors and local members who volunteered their time on this project; thanks as well to the many local and traveling brothers and sisters whose work hours helped fund this project. This project was built 100 percent union using local tradesmen.

Joseph N. Yeager, P.S.


Local 596 JATC training facility includes solar panels installed for hands-on training.

Tribute to a Labor Leader

L.U. 606 (em,es,i,rtb,spa&u), ORLANDO, FL — In November last year, we lost retired former business manager Bro. Harry Brown. He passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Bro. Brown became an inside journeyman wireman apprentice after graduating high school. In 1967, the second year of his apprenticeship, he entered the U.S. Army and served his country doing a tour in Vietnam. After an honorable discharge in 1970, Harry returned to the apprenticeship program.

A 40-year member, Harry served on the Executive Board, was elected vice president, and then elected business manager in 1992. He led Local 606 as business manager for 18 years until his retirement in 2010.

Among Harry's achievements were serving: on the Central Florida Electrical JATC; as president of the Florida Electrical Workers Association for eight years; as president of the Central Florida Building Trades for 11 years; as Central Florida AFL-CIO president for four years; as Executive Board member of the Florida AFL-CIO and the Florida Building and Construction Trades Council; as chairman of the Craft Maintenance Council for Walt Disney maintenance employees; and as a member of the National Fire Protection Association for 13 years, where he helped establish fire-protection codes for the entire country.

Harry Brown will forever be missed, as a friend, a union brother, a father and a true labor leader.

Janet D. Skipper, P.S.


The late Harry Brown, former Local 606 business manager.

'Welcome to the Future'

L.U. 636 (as,catv,em,spa&u), TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA — As expected, the battlegrounds have moved north and governments at both the federal and provincial levels have set their targets on workers. While not as drastic as the assault on our American sisters and brothers, the actions outlined in recently released budgets present a real and imminent threat to the collective rights earned through the struggles and sacrifices of many generations. If we are to continue enjoying the quality of life we have come to expect, we must inspire leaders of both today and tomorrow, energize our members and encourage them to engage in collective action that will challenge the unjust political will adopted by so many of our elected officials.

With this in mind, our local has joined forces with the First District to introduce the Next Gen initiative to those who will be entrusted to carry on the quest for social justice. The program was launched in Ottawa, where an enthusiastic group of rookies and veterans embraced the opportunity to share their ideas on how the IBEW can continue to make a difference — for our members, for their families, for their future — in the workplace and in communities everywhere. Next step: bring Next Gen to all regions in our jurisdiction — the power in each of us comes from the power in all of us!

Paddy Vlanich, P.S.


Leading the Way: Local 636 Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Barry Brown (left) joins Robin Blair, Chairperson Mike Hall and Int. Rep. Kate Walsh at the launch of the Next Gen program at Hydro Ottawa.

Improved Work Picture

L.U. 666 (i,mt&o), RICHMOND, VA — Since spring began, there has been an improvement in the work picture in our jurisdiction, providing some needed relief for members.

Work on the new meeting hall is progressing, and we expect completion in the early summer!

At the time of this writing there is a video, on the International's home page, of the new Busch Gardens roller coaster project our members wired. To view the video, go to

From the home page of the local,, you can access our Facebook page. Anyone can access the information; you do not have to have a Facebook page. We are making regular updates of information and events, so check it out to stay informed!

Congratulations to Ronald E. Vest, who retired in March.

Charles Skelly, P.S.

Honored for Years of Service

L.U. 688 (em,i,t&u), MANSFIELD, OH — After our December meeting last year, we had our Christmas party. Among attendees were Bus. Mgr. Carl Neutzling and three former business managers — Fourth District Int. Vice Pres. Kenneth Cooper, Joe Marzetti and Harold Ebersole.

Before our party, we celebrated years of service. Electricians honored during the ceremony for their longtime service were as follows: for 20 years of service — Dan Ferguson; for 25 years — Kenneth Cooper, Dane Hart, Scott Pasheilich; 30 years — Michael Lewis, Carl Neutzling; 35 years — Mark Debolt, Elvin Hood, Jack Pifher; 40 years — Richard Germann; 45 years — John Kline, Russ McDonald, Steve Robinson, Kermit Rowland; 50 years — Richard Carter, Clarence Fulton Jr., Richard Leibolt, Frank Mastandrea; 55 years — Eugene Goodson, Richard Hoover, David Yetzer; 60 years — Donald Guthrie, Doyle Neel; and for 65 years — John Uzunoff.

CenturyLink members honored during the ceremony were: for 30 years of service — Ed Freiheit, Ray Miller; for 35 years — Kevin Kithcart, Robbin Smith; and for 40 years — Anthony Ashley.

Dan Lloyd, P.S.


Local 688 Bus. Mgr. Carl Neutzling (right) joined by three former business managers, from left: Joe Marzetti, Int. Vice Pres. Kenneth Cooper and Harold Ebersole.

Politically Active Membership

L.U. 702 (as,c,catv,cs,em,es,et,govt,i,it,lctt,mo,mt,o,p,pet,ptc,rtb,rts,se,spa,st,
t,u,uow&ws), WEST FRANKFORT, IL — Our Local 702 members took an active role politically this primary election by walking door-to-door every Saturday in February and March to support labor-friendly candidates. We thank all the members who participated for their time and effort, and we know we can count on them in the fall.

April was a busy month for Local 702. On April 4, we had our Annual Retiree Luncheon.

On April 19 a big rally was held in Champaign to protest so-called "right-to-work" proposals in Illinois. We loaded buses to attend the rally and show visiting Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels that he and his anti-worker agenda are not welcome in Illinois.

April 21 was our Annual IBEW 702 Lineman Championship Rodeo, which reportedly is the only indoor lineman rodeo event. Those involved worked to make this year's event even better than the last.

We currently have 20 on our Inside Book 1, and 523 on our Inside Book 2. Work this year looks to be slow.

Marsha Steele, P.S.


IBEW Local 702 members walk in support of labor-friendly candidate Illinois Sen. Gary Forby, who is running for re-election.

Centennial Celebration

L.U. 716 (em,i,lctt,rts&spa), HOUSTON, TX — Our Centennial Celebration was a great success and everyone who attended had a great time. Thanks to all the congressmen, state senators, judges and Houston Mayor Annise Parker for attending and presenting us with proclamations, plaques, speeches, etc. We especially appreciated IBEW Int. Pres. Edwin D. Hill and Int. Sec.-Treas. Salvatore J. Chilia for taking time from their busy schedule to speak at our celebration and visit with our members.

In Houston our contractors are now requiring Code of Excellence training, and a current State of Texas Journeyman License, as one of their requirements for taking a job call. If you have not yet taken the Code of Excellence class, please call Terry Neal, director of membership training, at (713) 649-2739. If you need information for your state license, you may access it at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Web site Also, the Delta project located in the Woodlands will require you to have the OSHA 10 certificate. For more information, go to Web site

In June at the retirees meeting we will honor members who have 50 or more years of service with the local. Roy Noack will receive his 75-year pin this year; a special congratulation to him and his family. Congratulations to all of our retirees.

John E. Easton Jr., B.M./F.S.

'Thanks, Steve'

L.U. 756 (es&i), DAYTONA BEACH, FL — A great union tradesman and labor leader is hanging up his tools and title. After 44 years of IBEW service, Bus. Mgr. Stephen R. Williams is retiring.

Steve's career includes: a JATC apprenticeship graduation in 1972, traveling on the road for a number of years, shop work for local signatory contractors, working at Kennedy Space Center and, most importantly, in local union service. He served on Local 756's Executive Board and Apprenticeship Committee, as local organizer/assistant business manager (under Don Morgan), and was elected five consecutive times as business manager, beginning in 1998. He made his signature mark as a skilled tradesmen's labor leader in the late 1980s/early '90s when (under the guidance of mentor Mike Lucas), all electrical contractors were put on notice that it was not against the law to be a represented worker. Through legal use of the NLRA, Steve made sure that if electrical construction was being performed in Daytona (union or nonunion), there would be some standards, and Local 756 set those standards. I was a young journeyman, ("Tony Turnout" as Steve would say), and it was an exciting time to be a part of a movement that you just knew was right. Steve, a man of small stature, is a giant when it comes to representing workers, and all in the industry respect him.

On June 27, 2012, at 4 p.m. (he is demanding his 1 hour pick-up time), Steve Williams will walk out the door of Local 756. On behalf of the local officers and staff, the membership (past, present, retired, deceased), and the many electricians both union and nonunion that you have served, thank you, Steve, for a job well done.

Daniel Hunt, P.S.

Convention Center Solar Project

L.U. 760 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), KNOXVILLE,TN — Good relations with city and county officials have Local 760 at work. Local 760 members have been installing solar panels on the Knoxville Convention Center in downtown Knoxville. White Electric, from North Carolina, was awarded the project in the shadows of the 1982 World's Fair Sunsphere.

George Bove, B.M.


Local 760 Bros. Scott Whaley (foreman), Jack Badon (steward) and Gary Mykenson on solar installation project at Knoxville, TN, Convention Center.

Flag of Honor

L.U. 776 (i,o,rts&spa), CHARLESTON, SC — The American flag pictured was given to Local 776 by the U.S. Air Force after being flown in a combat mission over Afghanistan.

The request was initially sparked by Local 776 journeyman wireman Mark Myslivy while working overseas. This flag was present and accounted for in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on board a B-1B bomber loaded with eight GBU-31 2,000-pound JDAMs and 12 GBU-38 500-pound JDAMs.

After 11-hour sortie duration, the flag began its long pilgrimage back to U.S. soil and to Local 776. It was accompanied by a certificate signed by the Air Force captain and chief master sergeant in charge of the bombing mission saying it was flown with them "In Honor of the Members of IBEW Local 776 in Charleston, SC."

Thank you to all of our brothers and sisters who have served, are currently serving , or are supporting family members serving in the U.S. armed forces.

Chuck Moore, B.M.


American flag presented to IBEW Local 776 by the U.S. Air Force.

'Solidarity & Brotherhood'

L.U. 824 (t), TAMPA, FL — As we move forward into 2012, it has become more apparent that solidarity and brotherhood will be as important as it's ever been with the continual onslaught against workers' rights in our state and other states across the country.

That solidarity and brotherhood was definitely on display at our general meeting on Friday night, Feb. 3. We at Local 824 were honored to have as our guest IBEW Fifth District Int. Vice Pres. Joe S. Davis. We were also treated to a chicken-and-ribs dinner prior to our general meeting. The feast was prepared by our very own award-winning cook Bobby Bellott.

Vice Pres. Davis was kind enough to address our membership. The officers, staff and members wish to thank Vice Pres. Davis for spending the evening with us. Everyone enjoyed an evening of brotherhood, solidarity and good cooking.

Keith LaPlant, P.S.


Fifth District Int. Vice Pres. Joe S. Davis (left) with Local 824 members Bobby Bellott and Aaron Myslinski.

'Community Spirit'

L.U. 910 (ees,i&t), WATERTOWN, NY — Our local presented service pins to eligible members. Eighty-five members received pins for their many years of service. Congratulations to all!

The 6th Annual Melanoma Walk in memory of Greg Maur was held May 6 in Watertown's Thompson Park. The Greg S. Maur Memorial Scholarship is open for Local 910 members who plan to attend Jefferson Community College.

The Local 910 Brotherhood Bowling Tournament was held March 17 in Watertown; winners will be reported next time.

Dressed for safety and proudly wearing their union colors, apprentice wiremen Brian Trickey and Brian Gedbaw took the plunge at the annual Polar Bear Dip in Alexandra Bay. Whatever they lacked in diving form, they more than made up for in heart and community spirit. Thank you, brothers, for your efforts and for representing your union! The Polar Dip is held each year as a fundraiser for River Hospital in Alexandra Bay.

A contract vote was held at the April 3 regional meeting and reports will be in the next article.

Roger LaPlatney, P.S.

Two-Day Training Session

L.U. 956 (mo), ESPANOLA, ONTARIO, CANADA — IBEW Local 956 hosted a two-day training session in February for up and coming union activists. The training was a combined stewards and union leadership course put on by First District Int. Rep. Thomas M. Reid and I.O. Int. Rep. Jim Watson, an Education Dept. trainer. The course was made possible to this small local by the First District Office and Int. Vice Pres. Phillip J. Flemming. Thank you very much. The attendees all complemented the trainers on their professionalism, course knowledge and delivery and look forward to more union education courses in the future.

Doug Kaattari, Pres./B.M.


Int. Reps. Thomas M. Reid (right) and Jim Watson (third from left) with Local 956 training session attendees. From left: Dan Massicotte, Jason Behm, Watson, Landon Duplessis, Allan Weeks, Paul Caputo, Jason McGaughey, Adam Twigg, Devin Ross, Ryan Piche and Reid.

Award for Dedication

L.U. 1116 (em,lctt&u), TUCSON, AZ — Sister Elvida Acosta has been a union member of OPEIU Local 319 for 43 years and an honorary member of IBEW Local 1116 for 25 years. Sister Acosta has been the rock of the Local 1116 office for 40 years and a large part of our success today, having worked with seven business managers. She has held many officer positions within her own local, and her accomplishments are many, with both locals and within the community.

Sister Acosta is passionate in getting younger members involved and supporting union-made, made-in-USA products, so her nomination for the "Mother Jones Award for Excellence in Leadership" during a dinner ceremony at the 2nd Annual Celebration of International Women's Day was well-deserved.

Also attending the Women's Day celebration were Local 1116 union sisters Pat Lopez, Sandra Gallego, Tammy Owaski, Susan Trumbull, Naomi Zazueta, Jessica Reyes and Aracely Coronado. These members are active with various committees or as stewards for our local. Kudos also to Sister Danell Carter, who was unable to attend but is a strong influence for our union sisters.

R. Cavaletto, P.S.


Longtime union Sister Elvida Acosta accepts Mother Jones Award at dinner ceremony in March.

New AEP Members Welcomed

L.U. 1466 (u) COLUMBUS, OH — Local 1466 welcomes the American Electric Power DDC (Distribution Dispatch Center) employees who recently joined our ranks. This group's efforts to gain representation in the workplace have been held up for the last few years awaiting the outcome of an NLRB decision regarding their status as supervisory employees. We are pleased to report that the board has rendered a decision in favor of the workers having a true voice on the job, and has recognized their victory at the ballot box. Welcome aboard, brothers and sisters!

We hope to see everyone at our monthly union meetings and at the Annual Membership Picnic coming up in the fall!

Jimi Jette, P.S.

Work Comes North

L.U. 1634 (em), CORALVILLE, IA — By continuing to show their commitment to high quality work and dependability, members of our local have seen some work come to our facility from one in Mexico. By mid-summer the last of the automated equipment will be moved from Mexicali to our facility in Coralville and we will be doing work that was once done there. Not only did the work come here from Mexico, but members of our local will be doing the work rather than at a nonunion site. Congratulations to the members of Local 1634 for proving, once again, that the IBEW is the right choice. [Editor's note: see article Companies 'Re-Shore' in the South. Is This Good?

Dan Barr, B.M.