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2015 Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 7 (i), SPRINGFIELD, MA — The officers and membership of Local 7 and the Springfield Electrical JATC congratulate the apprenticeship graduating class of 2015 and thank all of the instructors who contributed to the apprentices' education.

2015 apprenticeship graduates are: inside wiremen — Lawrence Barnes, Brendan Bartlett, Jared Brown, Kevin Gentile, Kevin Hill, Edwin Iserman, Kyle Levesque, Luke Mlynarczyk, Joshua Moran, Keith Richards, Julian Stanley, Lyle Vance; and installer technicians — Nathan Bundy and Jonathan Hinman.

[Editor's Note: The National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) rebranded in 2014 and transitioned into the Electrical Training Alliance. See "NJATC Transitions into the Electrical Training Alliance," The Electrical Worker (Sept. 2014), and at]

Mark Kuenzel, P.S.


Local 7 congratulates the class of 2015 apprenticeship graduates.

Career of IBEW Service

L.U. 9 (catv,govt,lctt,o&u), CHICAGO, IL — After 49 years of service to the IBEW, Bus. Mgr. Robert W. Pierson announced his retirement, effective Jan. 8, 2016.

Bro. Pierson began his career in Local 9 working for Hecker Electric Inc. After 15 years working for various contractors, he was asked to be a business representative for the local. One year later he was promoted to assistant business manager. In 1997, he was appointed business manager and was re-elected six times to this position.

Bob not only has the interest of Local 9 members at heart, but also the many working men and women of Illinois. Throughout his long career, he has served on the executive boards of the Chicago Federation of Labor and the State Conference of the IBEW; he also served as chairman of the Outside Task Force and co-chairman of the Inside/Outside Jurisdictional Committee.

Bob's leadership skills and efforts to improve the lives of Local 9 members and all working families of Illinois did not go unnoticed. In October 2005, then-IBEW president Edwin D. Hill appointed Bob to the International Executive Council. On November 1, 2005, Bob was appointed chairman of the IEC. He has since been re-elected as IEC chairman twice, once in 2006 and again in 2011.

We extend our congratulations and gratitude to Bro. Pierson for his service and devotion to IBEW Local 9 members and their families as well as the entire labor movement. We wish Bob and Shirley, his wife of 50 years, a long, healthy and relaxing retirement.

Mary Beth Kaczmarek, P.S.


Local 9 Bus. Mgr. and IEC Chmn. Robert W. Pierson announces his retirement.

Net Zero Plus™ Electrical Training Institute

L.U. 11 (i,rts&spa), LOS ANGELES, CA — 2015 brought a better work picture, and in 2016 work is expected to gradually increase as well.

One highlight of 2016 will be increases in job opportunities through City of Los Angeles building retrofits and state renewable energy and efficiency laws. The IBEW Local 11 and Los Angeles NECA's Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute (NZP ETI) will be at the forefront of this transformation. Net Zero Plus is a clean energy and efficiency initiative to transform buildings to become energy solutions.

Construction is underway at our NZP ETI. When completed this year, it reportedly will be the second largest net zero commercial retrofit in North America. Several highlights of the new NZP ETI are a utility-scale micro grid, rooftop PV solar array, battery energy storage, advanced lighting controls, LED and DC lighting, advanced building energy management systems and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. NZP ETI will be a living laboratory for emerging energy technologies and the subject of a one-hour, independent Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentary, "Building Below Zero," currently in production. We look forward to being a showcase to the world as experts in our industry. For more information, go to

Best wishes for you and your families in this new year!

Diana Limon, P.S.


IBEW Local 11/Los Angeles NECA's Net Zero Plus™ Electrical Training Institute will advance the future of buildings as energy solutions.

Utility Local Update

L.U. 15 (u), DOWNERS GROVE, IL — In October, a U.S. District Court judge ruled in Local 15's favor in a case against Exelon. The case involved whether or not the local could arbitrate permanent abstinence (from alcohol) requirements placed on members working at the nuclear stations. The company refused to allow these cases to go to arbitration, stating they were "not arbitrable." The court ruled that these cases can be taken to arbitration. We have our first arbitration on this subject scheduled for March of this year.

Our Electrical Workers Minority Caucus chapter is very active and recently held a 50/50 raffle to raise money to help feed veterans on Thanksgiving. In November the EWMC followed the raffle up with a successful food drive for veterans. This was part of a nationwide EWMC campaign to help our veterans.

Talks continue with NRG about the Joliet Station gas conversion. NRG wants to set the station up in the "model of gas generating plants," which would mean new job titles (power plant technicians and control room operators) and about two-thirds to three-fourths fewer workers.

The Grand Prairie Gateway Project is underway. The project is a new, 60 mile long, double circuit 345 transmission line being built between Byron Nuclear Plant and Transmission Substation 144 in the town of Wayne, near Elgin, IL. Normally, an outside union contractor would be hired to do a job this extensive, but this time, because of negotiations between Local 15 and ComEd, and the exceptional performance of the Local 15 Overhead Transmission (OHT) group on previous big projects, OHT was able to carve out 17.5 miles of the project.

Doug Vedas, P.S.

Victory at Comcast

L.U. 21 (catv,govt&t), DOWNERS GROVE, IL — It has taken well over a year, but our members at Comcast's Chicago North - Cortland facility have achieved victory. After two elections, one of which was thrown out by the National Labor Relations Board because of employer interference, numerous unfair labor practices, a NLRB bargaining order and an overall assault on their union rights, our members voted for continued representation by Local 21. This group has remained strong and is following the nationwide trend at Comcast. There has been a surge of decertification elections across the country and employees are seeing through their employer's tactics by voting to remain as union members.

Our membership's solidarity will be felt at the bargaining table as their contract negotiations continue. Comcast members working in Chicago's western suburbs are also in bargaining with this fiercely anti-union employer. When members attended the Comcast shareholders meeting to voice their displeasure with how they were being treated, the shareholders greeted the workers and encouraged them not to give up the fight. As IBEW members, we must keep the pressure on this company. We cannot allow Comcast to destroy the middle class; this company is the Wal-Mart of the communications industry.

Bob Przybylinski, R.S.


Chicago's labor community turned out in support of IBEW Local 21 members employed by Comcast.

SUNY Stony Brook Projects —
New Hospital Expansion

L.U. 25 (c,catv,es,i&rts), LONG ISLAND, NY — After many years of planning, at the State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook, construction of the new advanced research and technology building and the Children's Hospital have finally taken off. Two Local 25 signatory contractors were awarded this project. GLS Electric, with foreman Tom Benz, will do the core of the buildings; and Bana Electric, with foreman Vinny Breuning, will do the fit-out. Bro. Godfrey King is the shop steward. At press time, approximately 60 Local 25 members are working on the project, and as it progresses more members will be involved. Both GLS and Bana are working well together as the project moves forward.

The 45th annual William J. Lindsay Softball Tournament was in August with 26 different IBEW locals participating. Three days of playing softball ended up with a final between Local 25 and Local 3. It was an exciting game and at the end, Local 25 lost by one run. Congratulations to Local 3 for winning the tournament.

It's election time again and COPE Committee Chmn. Mike Montelone and the COPE Committee have been busy with phone banks, hand-billing and attending fundraisers. The committee does an important and outstanding job.

Congratulations to Bros. Gary Leuis, Jeffrey Tetrault and Alfred W. Rath Jr. on their retirement. May they enjoy a future filled with happy times and good health.

A de-energized circuit never hurt anyone. Please turn off those circuits!

Tom Lawless, P.S./E-Board


At the SUNY Stony Brook Medical & Research Translation (MART) building jobsite are IBEW Local 25 crew members and foremen working with GLS Electric and Bana Electric.

YWCA Award of Distinction

L.U. 37 (em,o&u), FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA — Local 37 couldn't agree more with the YWCA of Saint John — Bernice Lanigan is truly a "Woman of Distinction." Recently, Bernice was honoured at the YWCA's Women of Distinction Awards ceremony. This prestigious award recognizes Bernice, a Local 37 member, for exemplary achievements in her field while serving as an outstanding role model in her community.

Bernice has been a member of the IBEW for nearly 23 years and is employed as an "environmental lead" at NB Power's Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station. She won the award in the "business and professions" category for her leadership demonstrated with Women in Nuclear (WIN) and for her dedication to helping inspire hundreds of young women to consider careers in trades and technology.

Bernice has been a key driver in establishing province-wide events for high school girls to network with tradeswomen in their communities. These events have proven to be an exciting exploration of opportunities in the skilled trades and technologies. Bernice has also helped make great strides promoting public awareness and education around the benefits of nuclear technology.

IBEW Local 37 is very proud of Bernice and her accomplishments. She continues to be a champion for her union, profession, and community.

Mary Williamson, A.B.M.


Local 37 member Bernice Lanigan (left) receives Woman of Distinction Award presented by YWCA board member Sherry Sparks.

Business Manager Speaks at White House Summit

L.U. 41 (em,es,govt,i,se&spa), BUFFALO, NY — Happy new year, sisters and brothers! I hope the holiday season was enjoyed by all. Moving into 2016 we look forward to a prosperous year. I wish to thank all traveling sisters and brothers who continue to help us at various projects in our jurisdiction. It is a necessary part of our Brotherhood that is often overlooked, misunderstood or underappreciated. Let's be cognizant of this and thank those who are here helping to get our work done while earning money to support their family back home. It could be you traveling one day.

Last October, Bus. Mgr. Mike Gaiser had the privilege of making a trip to Washington, D.C., to speak at a White House "Summit on Worker Voice." The summit was held to emphasize the importance of raising workers' voices, and to raise awareness about collective bargaining, organizing and the failure of some companies to treat their workers fairly or acknowledge the right to a voice at work. Bus. Mgr. Gaiser was part of a panel that discussed the importance of collective bargaining and the voice it provides individuals in the workplace. Great work, Bro. Gaiser! [Editor's Note: See news story "IBEW Member Speaks at White House Summit," posted Oct. 7 on the IBEW website at]

Gregory R. Inglut, A.B.M.

2016 Work Outlook

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,ptc,rtb,t,u&uow), SPRINGFIELD, IL — Local 51's work outlook for journeyman linemen in 2016 is strong. This is due in part to the Illinois Rivers Line Construction Project, which will extend from Quincy to Danville. The project consists of 300 miles of 345kV line and is mostly steel monopoles. Several substations and switchyards are also involved in this project, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.

We recently settled a first contract at the Village of Arthur, and also renegotiated agreements at the City of Geneseo, City of Peru, and Village of Riverton. Additionally, the state of Illinois Labor Relations Board (ILRB) awarded the local a majority interest petition for the Recreational and Cultural Center director at the City of Bushnell.

As this article went to press, Dynegy announced that in June 2016 it plans to close the Wood River plant. The main reason for the retirement of the plant is the low prices in MISO (Midcontinent Independent System Operator), which are caused mainly by the poorly structured capacity and energy market. Dynegy will continue working to get reforms of the MISO structure, and Local 51 will be doing what we can to convince MISO and other agencies of the needed changes. The company said that without the needed changes, other plants/units are in danger of early closings also. Please keep Local 51 members who work at Wood River in your thoughts.

As a reminder, our website is and you can "like" us on Facebook. Be safe and attend your monthly unit meetings. Happy New Year!

Karlene Knisley, B.R.


Local 51 members are constructing new transmission lines being built as part of the Illinois Rivers Line Construction Project.

Agreements Ratified

L.U. 57 (lctt,mo,o,t&u), SALT LAKE CITY, UT — In recognition of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign, the IBEW Local 57/Idaho Falls Power T&D (transmission and distribution) crews and the power generation crew wore pink hard hats during the month of October (accompanying photo). The event was well-supported by the members and customers alike. Bringing more awareness to this devastating disease is important.

The membership ratified a four-year extension on the four agreements that Local 57 has with Rocky Mountain Power. General wage increases in each year of the contract, along with enhanced vacation allocation, were agreed to by both parties. The Eighth District REA (Rural Electrification Administration) Construction Agreement was also completed.

Always remember to practice safety at work.

Scott Long, P.S.


IBEW Local 57 crew members with Idaho Falls Power observed cancer awareness campaign by wearing pink hard hats in October.

A Pioneer Tradeswoman —
Tribute to a Life of Service

L.U. 77 (lctt,mt, o,t&u), SEATTLE, WA — Heidi Durham, a 41-year member of Local 77, was one of the original 10 women hired into Seattle City Light's groundbreaking Electrical Trades Trainee program, launched in 1974. Although a fall from an electrical pole partially paralyzed Heidi when she was 24, she fought to continue working in the field and retired from Seattle City Light as a senior power dispatcher after a 30-year career.

An impassioned pioneer tradeswoman, champion of affirmative action, and decades-long feminist and union activist for the IBEW, Heidi left an indelible mark on the Seattle scene. Heidi was an irrepressible fighter against all forms of discrimination. Courage, compassion, and a dedication to improve the lives of working-class men and women were her hallmarks. She was a founding member of the Committee for Equal Rights at City Light in 1983 and of the Ad Hoc Committee for Fair Employment and Open Housing in 1984, which successfully organized community support to defend and strengthen Seattle anti-discrimination laws.

Heidi was brave and fiercely loyal in pursuing the causes she believed in. Heidi recently passed away after a battle with early-onset Alzheimer's, which claimed her life at the age of 62.

Tanisha Mitchell, P.S.


The late Heidi Durham of IBEW Local 77.

Annual Graduation Ceremony

L.U. 81 (i), SCRANTON, PA — On Sept. 28 last year, the IBEW Local 81 Scranton Electricians JATC held its annual apprenticeship graduation ceremony for the class of 2015. Among the guests were: Todd Stafford, executive director of the Electrical Training Alliance; JATC committee members; Local 81 officers, graduates and current apprentices; and representatives of area agencies including the Pennsylvania Department of Labor. [Editor's Note: The National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) rebranded in 2014 and transitioned into the Electrical Training Alliance. See "NJATC Transitions into the Electrical Training Alliance," The Electrical Worker (Sept. 2014), and at]

Completion certificates were handed out to the graduates. Additionally, awards presented included the Outstanding Apprentice Award, the Frank O'Neil Jr. Award, and Perfect Attendance awards. Nathan Penley received the class of 2015 Outstanding Apprentice Award. David Bonafede received the Frank O'Neil Jr. Award, which recognizes dedication, courage and commitment. Congratulations to the class of 2015!

Michael Brust, P.S.


At Local 81 apprenticeship graduation. Front row, from left: Jerry Nichols, JATC; graduates David Bonafede, Michael Joyce, Nathan Penley, Andrew Salvi and Ronald Walsh. Back Row: Joseph Hickey, state Department of Labor; Pat Hartman, JATC; Local 81 Pres. Paul Casparro; Todd Stafford, executive director, Electrical Training Alliance; Bus. Mgr. Rick Schraeder; Eric Lewis, JATC; Fred Leber, JATC; and JATC Training Dir. Mike Brust. Not pictured: graduates Jason Rieman and Justin Newcomer. [See "Editor's Note" in article.]

Utility Contracts Ratified

L.U. 97 (u), SYRACUSE, NY — In October, members employed by New York Independent System Operators (NYISO) ratified a three-year contract extension that includes yearly wage increases and also paid rest time after periods of overtime.

Members employed by Fitzpatrick Nuclear Plant in Oswego, NY, owned by Entergy, ratified a four-year agreement for craft workers. The negotiations were difficult; retiree medical was the main sticking point as it is in many negotiations. The company, at the time of this writing, is still contemplating whether it will refuel in 2016. Many meetings and rallies have taken place with Local 97 and local politicians to keep the plant open. The security guards at Fitzpatrick, who are also represented by Local 97, will vote on a contract soon.

Also in September and October, we held our annual Union Solidarity Picnics across all three divisions with more than 1,000 members and retirees in attendance. It was a very positive showing of solidarity by all. I wish to thank the staff of Local 97, who made it all possible with their hard work and dedication.

Jim Zabinski, V.P.

2015 Solidarity Ride Benefit

L.U. 99 (govt&i), PROVIDENCE, RI — IBEW Local 99 Bus. Mgr. Mike Daley and IBEW Local 2323 Bus. Mgr. Steve Murphy presented Pink Heals Rhode Island Chapter Pres. Chris Seelenbrandt a check in the amount of $10,325.96 from proceeds raised at the IBEW 2015 Solidarity Ride Motorcycle Run, held in May 2015. PHRI is dedicated to raising awareness and support in the fight against cancer.

There were over 150 participants from labor unions throughout New England and also 20+ from the New York, NY, IBEW Local 3 motorcycle club. Thank you to all who participated.

William Smith Jr., P.S.


IBEW Local 99 Bus. Mgr. Mike Daley (right) and Local 2323 Bus. Mgr. Steve Murphy (left) present Pink Heals RI Pres. Chris Seelenbrandt a check from proceeds raised at 2015 IBEW Solidarity Ride Motorcycle Run.

Boston Building Boom & Major Organizing Drive

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA — As 2015 winds down at press time, the work situation is heating up. Cranes are filling the Boston skyline. Locations range from residential and office high-rises at the South Boston Waterfront, Boston's hottest neighborhood, to new bio-pharmaceutical and hospital buildings to projects at many local college and university campuses. Another Boston building boom is well underway. We are approaching 8 million man-hours for 2015; that is by far the highest we've seen since 2007. The strong work picture promises to continue into 2016. We look forward to the new Salem Harbor Power Plant manning up and the Wynn Casino development in Everett to break ground.

The Local 103 organizing team is busy as ever. We are a year into an aggressive organizing drive that includes the strategic salting and stripping of some of our largest nonunion competitors. We've also enjoyed some recent National Labor Relations Board election successes. From our "Membership Day One" initiative for new apprentices to aggressive technical high school recruitment, to targeting foremen and general foremen at our biggest competitors' shops, Local 103 is ensuring that our organizing efforts are attracting the cream of the nonunion crop and the area's best and brightest. To date, 2015 has been the most successful year of organizing that we've seen in 10+ years with nearly 700 new members initiated, bringing our total active membership to more than 6,200 for the first time ever.

Lou Antonellis, Pres.

International Lineman's Rodeo

L.U. 111 (em,govt,lctt,mt,o,rtb,spa&u), DENVER, CO — IBEW Local 111 and Mountain States Line Constructors Apprenticeship Training had five apprentices compete in the International Lineman's Rodeo in Bonner Springs, KS, on Oct. 17 last year. These apprentices did an outstanding job representing the Local 111 and Mountain States Line Constructors JATC. Results were as follows: Apprentice Contractor Division — Shane Bykonen, fourth place; Barrett McClaflin, 14th; Shane Kair, 16th; Daniel Lu, 21st; and Andrew Grow, 30th. [Editor's Note: The National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) rebranded in 2014 and transitioned into the Electrical Training Alliance. See "NJATC Transitions into the Electrical Training Alliance," The Electrical Worker (Sept. 2014), and at]]

Congratulations also to our Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCO) members who participated: Journeyman Lineman, Best of the Best — 62nd place, Travis Guymon, Forrest McNulty and Trent Roberts; Journeyman Pole Climb & Journeyman "Hurtman Rescue" — Robert Ball, Jason Diekmann and Michael Miller. Apprentices Best of the Best: Jeremy Jones (20th place) and Sean Harris (29th); Apprentice Pole Climb — Jeremy Jones (131st place) and George Suazo (135th); and Apprentice Written Test — Jeremy Jones (18th). We congratulate all of these fine young brothers on their accomplishment!

Reminder to all our construction members: union dues can now be paid online and you can also re-sign the books. Please register at to see what is happening around your local.

Wishing all a very happy new year!

Mike Kostelecky, P.S.


Local 111 members participated in a journeyman "Hurtman Rescue" event at the International Lineman's Rodeo.

'Your Right to Vote'

L.U. 113 (catv,ees,em,i,mo&o), COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — On behalf of Local 113, I wish you a happy new year and hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. This will be a very important political year, and the next election cycle will require everyone's effort. If you have not registered to vote, I urge you to please do so.

Colorado is not a so-called "right-to-work" state, and there are many politicians who would like otherwise. Solidarity is the greatest strength in a union and we will need help to ensure all labor friendly state legislators retain their seats in the next election. Our No. 1 weapon against anti-labor forces is our vote.

Welcome and congratulations to the 13 employees of newly signatory B3 Enterprises on voting unanimously to have Local 113 represent them. They will be working various positions at the U.S. Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs.

We mourn the recent loss of several members: Ed Perschbacher, Harold Olson, Jack Mayo and Scott Henderson. RIP, brothers.

Brian Putnam, P.S.

Collective Bargaining —
Participation & Solidarity

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR — Happy New Year! As this year begins, please stay focused on your work as you deal with daily duties and storm season.

Your union is starting the year with a significant amount of collective bargaining. At the time of this writing, the local has given Pacific Power a notice to terminate the collective bargaining agreement, effective midnight Feb. 2, 2016. Additionally, negotiations will start with Clark Public Utilities, Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative, and Portland General Electric. We need all members to be engaged and active during these negotiations. Attend unit meetings. Make sure you are registered for the local's website. Participate in any organized union actions that help promote our position and advocate for the wages and working conditions comparable in the Pacific Northwest.

We wish to recognize our many members who volunteer their time in a variety of ways — serving on boards, acting as shop stewards or union officers, and attending various union events. Also, thank you to Local 125 journeyman linemen Luis Ochoa, Kurk Shriver and Joel Wallace for joining Local 77 journeyman linemen Joe Baker and Brady Hansen in the efforts for the Suriname American Brotherhood Initiative.

Marcy Grail, A.B.M.

Training Center Grand Opening;
Holiday Fantasy in Lights

L.U. 159 (i), MADISON, WI — Our Training Center Grand Opening went well. We were pleased to have Sixth District Int. Vice Pres. David J. Ruhmkorff on hand for the event. Carol Johnson cut the ribbon as we dedicated a classroom in memory of her late husband, Local 159 member and instructor Dave Johnson.

We continue to acquire and build lab equipment, including turning a donated air handling unit into a teaching apparatus. We thank all those who donated equipment and materials.

This winter season's Holiday Fantasy in Lights was bigger and better than ever, and we unveiled the new Fantasy 5k Run, the co-star of our Lights-On celebration. A crew of dedicated union retirees spent months repairing and updating the displays. Their most herculean feat — among many — was overhauling, repainting and relighting the faded booths and donation boxes.

We are engaging with the community, working to strengthen the communities we live and work in by collaborating with like-minded community partners.

As we gear up for April elections, Wisconsin's Voter ID law is now in effect. Strict guidelines about the types of ID that are acceptable now create barriers for many eligible voters (the elderly and the underprivileged among others) to cast a ballot.

Lisa Goodman, B.A.


At Local 159 Training Center grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony: from left, County Executive Joe Parisi, IBEW Sixth District Int. Vice Pres. David J. Ruhmkorff, Carol Johnson, Bus. Mgr. Robert Doyle, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, and Madison Schools Work-Based Learning Coordinator Sherrie Stuessy.

'Get Involved in 2016 & Win Great Prizes'

L.U. 191 (c,i,mo,rtb&st), EVERETT, WA — IBEW Local 191 is excited to announce our new Member Participation Program and Apprentice Participation Program for 2016.

In addition to making friends and helping build the union, journeymen and apprentices are eligible to earn great prizes by earning points for various union activities. Some examples include: volunteering to chair a social event, serving as a steward or participating in a blitz. For apprentices, perfect attendance at school, grades above 95 percent or attending 12 meetings a year could earn them free books or basic dues paid for one year. All members will be eligible to win weekend getaways to San Francisco or Seattle. There will also be many other prizes such as jackets, tool kits and other IBEW gear.

Please check Local 191 website or contact the hall for more details. We need and want your participation!

Our Labor Management Cooperation Committee (LMCC) recently hosted a "Developing Your Workforce" evening, featuring presenter Nic Bittle. He spoke about techniques to improve labor-management cooperation and how to translate that to field installations. Our hope is that this will be another tool in our tool belt.

Lastly, 2016 is a big election year. It is very important that members be registered to vote, learn about the issues and get out to vote.

Bill Mirand, P.S.


At Local 191 LMCC event: presenter Nic Bittle (left), Cindy Austin of Cascade Chapter NECA, and Local 191 Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Joe Lorenzo.

Habitat for Humanity Projects

L.U. 193 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL — Greetings, brothers and sisters. Gov. Bruce Rauner is still shoving his "right-to-work-for less" zones on the state along with his fictional "budget" and his "Terrible Turnaround" Agenda. His policies are not good for union labor and working folks throughout the Land of Lincoln.

Local 193 is sending Dave Evans to registrar school in Chicago for training. The COPE Committee is slating funding for labor-friendly candidates with help from the AFL-CIO. At press time, the Illinois State Conference is underway in Springfield. We all are hoping for some good news, a better work climate and an improved work picture statewide.

At this writing, the L E. Myers Company is completing highline work at Memorial Hospital to allow for expansion in the year ahead.

The Habitat for Humanity project is also starting. Two houses were completed last year. Local 193 and the City of Springfield extend a big "thank-you" to all journeymen and apprentices who volunteered their skills and community service to Abe's hometown!

With regret we note the passing of Bro. Denny McKennedy. He will be missed.

Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals, 2015 World Series champions!

We hope everyone had a merry holiday season. Best wishes to all for a good new year ahead! In solidarity.

Don Hudson, P.S.

Five-Year Agreement Ratified

L.U. 197 (em&i), BLOOMINGTON, IL — We are pleased to report that the local union membership overwhelmingly voted to ratify our inside agreement with NECA and the McLean County Electrical Contractors Association. During negotiations we settled on a five-year agreement. Thank you to our rank-and-file members who served on the negotiating committee. Jake Goar, Tom Peasley and Troy Prescott did a wonderful job speaking on behalf of our membership and helped foster an agreement that both parties can live with.

During the winter holiday season, our members volunteer their skills and time to benefit the community. Providing power for the Festival of Trees, a local fundraiser that benefits needy children, and helping out with a Christmas party for the underemployed/unemployed families in McLean County are two of the seasonal programs we help out with annually. Thanks to our members who are so generous with their time and keep the IBEW in a positive light in our community. Also, congratulations to Bro. Luther Butler, who was given special recognition by a youth football league he coaches. Luther dedicates much of his time mentoring young kids in the community, teaching them much bigger lessons than the X's and O's of a football game and making a positive influence on many kids' lives.

We wish everyone a great new year ahead! Remember to get involved in the local and stay involved.

Mike Raikes, Pres.


Walking with Local 197 contingent in Labor Day parade is a friend of working people, Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs (front row, center), standing tall.

'Moving Forward'

L.U. 223 (em,govt&i), BROCKTON, MA — We hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday season, and we wish all in the IBEW a very prosperous new year.

The past few years have been quite busy and eventful for us. We moved into a new office/training facility, built Massachusetts' first slots/casino, and installed many solar panels across our jurisdiction. As we move forward in our new building, the plan is to bring new contractors to the table and discuss the ways we can work with them, supplying them the qualified manpower needed to complete their projects.

As a local we must move forward looking for new opportunities. With the closing of our nuclear and coal fired power plants within our jurisdiction, we need to retool and use our new training center to get back those small projects that have been done by nonunion contractors.

With 2016 being an election year, let's make sure we vote for the candidates who look out for labors' best interest and not those who just say they have or will.

Happy new year to all!

David W. Fenton, B.M./F.S.

Active SISTERS Committee

L.U. 225 (u), BURLINGTON, KS — SISTERS of Local 225 is a women's committee formed in 2014 after several members attended our first IBEW Women's Conference, held in San Antonio that year. "SISTERS" stands for Sisters In Solidarity Together Educate, Rally and Support.

Reasons for forming this committee were to gain a sisterhood, to serve our union and community, to continue our education in our union and personal lives, and to develop active members and leaders.

Recently, the SISTERS of Local 225 held a Rosie the Riveter Dice Run. The fundraiser was a success raising $1,508 for SOS, a multi-county agency that helps victims of sexual and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect in our communities.

The next project the SISTERS committee is working on is a Red Cross Blood Drive scheduled for Jan 29. No doubt with sisters involved it too will be a great success.

The SISTERS committee is thankful for all the support and great participation, and looks forward to everything 2016 has to offer.

Angela Johnson, V.P.


Local 225 SISTERS Committee members include: back row, Rhonda Bewley (left), Sharon Lowney, Debbie Williams, Kathy Louia, Donna Chandler; front row, seated, Angela Johnson and Diemmi Duong.

Apprentice Council Elected

L.U. 229 (em&i), YORK, PA — We would like to announce the election of our 2015-'16 Apprentice Council, a student governance group that meets to discuss improvements to the program, methods of peer support, and community service projects. The Apprentice Council (accompanying photo) offers an opportunity to build leadership skills and provides a platform for some of our younger members to get more involved in local activities. We are proud to have this group of Apprentice Council officers representing our local on the job and throughout the community.

Timothy Griffin, P.S.


Local 229 Apprentice Council Vice Pres. Derek Jennings (left); Tyler Brown, third-year apprentice; Nick Blakney, fourth-year apprentice; Glenn Gallagher (rear), fifth-year; Council Pres. Jess Hear (front); Alayna Queary, second-year; Chris Siford, first-year.

Contracts Ratified
L.U. 245 (govt,lctt,o,rtb&u), TOLEDO, OH — Happy new year! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and Christmas. IBEW Local 245 is happy to welcome 40 new members, as Lake Township employees and firefighters ratified their first contract. In other negotiation news, both the First Energy contract and the 71/245 contract were negotiated and ratified. Next on the agenda for negotiations is the contract for the Rossford firefighters. The outside work picture at Local 245 is holding its own with some new work trickling in.

2016 is a very politically important year for labor. We need to keep informed about the issues and the candidates so that come November we can make sound decisions.

On a lighter note, Local 245 will once again be sponsoring a Toledo Walleye hockey game for our members and their families. This year on game night, dinner will also be provided. Members may sign up by calling the hall; the deadline is Jan. 4, 2016.

Local 245 also has a tradition of ringing the bell for the Salvation Army on the day after Thanksgiving. See accompanying photo of two local union volunteers.

Have a safe and prosperous new year!

Ray Zychowicz, P.S.


Local 245 Pres. Ray Zychowicz (left) and retired member Andy Horvath volunteer for Salvation Army bell ringing.

'Shifting Winds' & November 2015 Elections

L.U. 269 (i&o), TRENTON, NJ — In the political arena, the winds of change were blowing in New Jersey on Tuesday, Nov. 3, as the Democratic Party expanded its majority to 51 out of 80 possible seats in the state General Assembly. With the Democratic Party maintaining control in the state Senate, the results ensured that labor will have plenty of support in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature. Perhaps the crowning achievement of the election was the response the results elicited from anti-union Gov. Chris Christie. The irony of his comments was not lost on our members as he bemoaned the fact that Republicans were outspent by "union money." He blamed union dues converted into campaign donations as the main impetus behind his party's failure to carry the day. Members take note!

On the other side of the Delaware River, our brothers and sisters in Bucks County, PA, held their own in local elections. Many of the labor-backed candidates either won or maintained their seats.

[Editor's Note: See news story "IBEW Members Score Wins on Election Day" posted Nov. 6 on the IBEW website at]

Within the local, the 2015 apprenticeship graduates were sworn in as were all apprentices currently enrolled in the program as per the new International mandate. Let's hope that the encouraging election results can bolster the work prospects for all our new members as well as the standing membership.

Brian Jacoppo, P.S.


Local 269 members attend Knights of Labor awards dinner. From left, seated, Bros. Gavin Brown, Mark Russo, John Cunningham, Mike Wright, Bill Martin; standing, Bros. George Grant, Wayne De Angelo, Anthony Angelico and Joe Povio.

Winter Coats Donated For Young School Students

L.U. 307 (ees,es,i,o&u), CUMBERLAND, MD — The officers and membership of Local 307 donated new winter coats, three of which are pictured, to Bunkerhill Elementary school for their students who may have a need this winter. The local wanted to show its gratitude toward the Berkeley County School System for using local union contractors to perform the electrical work on many of its school construction projects.

Dan Tedrick, Organizer


Local 307 Bus. Mgr. Rodney Rice (right) and Organizer Dan Tedrick (left) present coats for students to Bunker Hill Asst. Principal Nick Emmerling and school Counselor Jaime Laidlow.

Mapping Agency Relocation

L.U. 309 (i,lctt,mo,mt,o,rts,spa&u), COLLINSVILLE, IL — The inside branch work picture has been unsteady, but Book 1 has been moving. Outside line construction remains strong.

Granite City Steel sent notices to 2,000 steelworkers in October that the company may be forced to idle the plant. At the time of this writing, it appeared that layoffs could possibly begin around Christmas. Inside wiremen are continuously doing maintenance on this plant. Not only would idling of the plant harm some of our members but it would also be a blow to the entire region.

There will be a relocation of the Defense Mapping Agency, currently located in St. Louis. St. Clair County is one of four locations still being considered. This will be a $1.2 billion project with a five-year build out.

Our annual 50 Year Luncheon was held at Sunset Hills Country Club on Oct. 24 last year. The event was well-attended and everyone seemed to enjoy the good food and camaraderie. Honorees included 50-year members Royce F. Braden, Robert L. Dohm, Larry E. Schmidt and Robert F. Schneebeli Sr.; 55-year member Albert A. Hilmes; 60-year members John W. Chaney and Arlen H. Juergens; 65-year members Roger E. Houk Jr. and Vernon W. Klaus. Congratulations to each and every member.

To our active members, I encourage you to get involved in the political process, as it impacts your life and your families' lives whether you are at work or at home.

Work safe!

Scott Tweedy, A.B.M.

'A Productive Season'

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN — Happy new year, brothers and sisters. Local 343 experienced a productive fall season with many calls getting to Book II and some calls going unfilled. Thank you to the travelers for helping man our work.

We look forward to a prosperous 2016 for all our members. Remember: eight hours' pay for eight hours' work in a journeyman-like manner assures financial security and dignity for us and our families. Be there for the union and the union will be there for you. Keep Americans working — buy "made in USA."

Tom Small, P.S.

'Thank You to Volunteers'

L.U. 357 (c,i,mt&se), LAS VEGAS, NV — Volunteers are the heartbeat of a great union and we are always grateful to ours. A huge shout-out to everyone who helped make the annual picnic another huge success. From prepping the food to cleanup, our members were there to make sure the event went smoothly and that everyone who attended had a wonderful time! They also helped keep the 13th Annual Gary Pitts Golf Tournament running smoothly.

Our members stepped up for the children this holiday season and helped spread Christmas cheer to all. We thank all of our volunteers for everything they do to help make our events memorable for all who attend.

Jennifer Tabor, P.S.


Local 357 Bros. Jeff Gates (left) and Jack Fleig (retired) enjoy 13th Annual Gary Pitts Golf Tournament.

Training Classes

L.U. 375 (catv,ees&i), ALLENTOWN, PA — The summer season was no time for the JATC to take it easy; in fact many classes were given to supplement the regular apprenticeship program. Additional classes held were: Rough Terrain Fork Lift training, OSHA 30 Hour, and Confined Space training. In September, the 3 M Fall Arrest & Awareness training program as well as a High Reach Certification course were held, with approximately 98 journeymen and apprentices participating in these two courses. [Editor's Note: The National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) rebranded in 2014 and transitioned into the Electrical Training Alliance. See "NJATC Transitions into the Electrical Training Alliance," The Electrical Worker (Sept. 2014), and at]

A special breakfast was held Oct. 13 for our local's retirees. Approximately 30 members and their spouses attended. Award recipients were: 50-year members Karl Beusgen, Rodney Haines, Francis Hudock, Douglas Schildt, Glenn Wescoe, Ronald Woroniak and Wayne Yenser; 55-year members William Bilsak, Lawrence Blatz, Ernest Gagliardi, Pasquale Gino, Paul Holler, Gene May, Donald Parks and Charles Sweigard Jr.; 60-year members James Andrews, James Burnhauser, Dale Jenkins, Russell Redfern and Ralph Yost; and 65-year members Rudolph Gestl, Albert Haldaman Jr. and former business manager Andrew Kubik.

The annual clambake was Sept. 26 at Emmaus Community Park. All attending enjoyed great food and beverages. Beware, next year the older members will kick butt in the baseball game!

Dave Reichard, Pres./A.B.M.


Local 375 journeymen and apprentices participate in 3 M Fall Arrest training.

Work Picture Improving

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, ID — Local 449's work picture is improving with a few projects in the Twin Falls area and beginning to man up. We are starting to get into Book 2 and expect a continued positive forecast for work through the winter and into summer. We expect to see a couple of projects in the Pocatello area get underway in the next few months.

Our apprenticeship program is doing well. We currently have more than 60 apprentices in the program. A group of 11 brothers completed their training in November 2015. Congratulations to these brothers on their success in becoming journeymen.

We are engaged in a statewide organizing campaign to represent our first group of tree trimmers in Idaho. Their excitement for representation, better safety training and structured advancement is encouraging for everyone involved with the process.

With deepest regret we report the passing of retired Bros. Richard Bown, Harvey Coffman and Int. Sec.-Treas. Emeritus Jon F. Walters. We send our deepest condolences to their families. These brothers will never be forgotten!

Local 449 thanks Bros. John Fortner and Randal Waldron for their service and congratulates them on their retirement.

We wish our IBEW sisters and brothers and their families a happy, prosperous new year!

Ned Jones, A.B.M.

Fellowship & Service

L.U. 479 (i&u), BEAUMONT, TX — Local 479 held its annual picnic Oct. 17. Several retirees in attendance were recognized for their many years of service and membership with Local 479. We are a proud local and to have such individuals who have helped forge this local to where we are presently is truly awesome. Many members came to enjoy the fellowship, brotherhood and good food prepared and served by Local 479 members.

It is the responsibility of the active members to move Local 479 forward for our future. Election season is here and many candidates for offices in city, county and state elections are now actively seeking endorsement. We must vote for those who will support the values of working men and women.

Jimmy Burk, B.M./F.S.

Successful Elections & Community Service Volunteers

L.U. 481 (ees,em,i,mt,rts,s&spa), INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Elections were held in November with many positive outcomes to share. Four IBEW Local 481 members successfully won seats on their city or county councils, giving labor a voice at the table. David Ray won a seat on the City-County Council of Marion County and Indianapolis, the legislative branch of the city of Indianapolis and county of Marion government. Brian Hatfield and Trent Wisner won seats on North Vernon City Council, and Jeff Wright won a seat on Shelbyville County Council. Thank you to all for your hard work in campaigning. We look forward to the positive role these members will have for IBEW Local 481 and our industry in their elected positions. Congratulations!

Also in November, Local 481 members graciously volunteered their time to complete the first house for the Hearts & Hands of Indiana program. Thank you to the volunteers who helped, especially IBEW Sixth District Int. Vice Pres. David J. Ruhmkorff for getting our local union involved.

Our local union continued the annual holiday tradition of stringing the lights on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis for the 53rd Circle of Lights Celebration. Local 481 is proud to be involved in a tradition that is beloved by the community. Thank you to all the IBEW Local 481 volunteers for participating in this season's event. It was another successful year! Looking forward to a prosperous new year!

Blake Andrews, R.S.

Devastating 'Valley Fire'

L.U. 551 (c,i&st), SANTA ROSA, CA — Local members were, and still are, affected by the disastrous 2015 California wildfires. The "Valley Fire" was classified as the third worst in California history. This fire consumed 40,000 acres in just 18 hours, approximately 37 acres per minute. The fire broke out on Sept. 12 and was declared fully contained on Oct. 15. It was reported that 1,958 structures were destroyed, including 1,280 homes lost, gone forever. Approximately 76,000 acres burned in the Valley Fire.

Our Local 551 Executive Board was quick to respond and approved $18,000 for disbursement for our affected members from our benevolent fund. The North Bay Central Labor Council set up a fund to help victims, which at the time of this writing had raised over $21,000, and can be found on our Facebook page through a GoFundMe account.

As always, when the chips are down fellow union members extend their fellowship and support, standing strong in solidarity. Thank you to all who have contributed. And to everyone who is dealing with this disaster, our prayers and well wishes continue.

Our work picture continues to be strong, so come sign the books and get the jobs while they're hot.

We remove our hard hats for the passing of Bro. George McFarland, who was a 41-year member.

Have a safe new year.

Denise Soza, P.S./B.R.


Local 551 member Michael Clary stands at the site where his home of 21 years was located prior to the 2015 wildfire season.

Events/RENEW Committees;
IBEW Tradition of Service

L.U. 557 (i,mt,rts&spa), SAGINAW, MI — We have had many great developments over recent months in our local.

Several local union members and their families celebrated happy occasions recently. We congratulate Bros. Andy Egerer, James Lamb, Dave Neal and Josh Williamsen on the new additions to their families.

Another new development in our local is the startup of the Events/RENEW committees. The RENEW committee is a chapter of the IBEW's Reach out and Engage next-gen Electrical Workers initiative. These committees will help us engage people in our community in a positive way and raise awareness about the IBEW and the benefits of having a union. We are excited to start these committees and give back to our community.

Local 557 congratulates Solomon Meyer, a retired 66-year member, on his longtime IBEW service. Sol is age 98 and a World War II veteran. He is a proud IBEW member and religiously wears his IBEW hat with his 65-year pin. Sol has two sons, Jim and Tom, who also are retired IBEW members. We are proud to have members like the Meyer family in our local. Thank you, brothers, for your years of dedication and service to the IBEW.

Howard Revard, P. S.


Local 557 retired members Jim Meyer (left), Solomon Meyer and John T. "Tom" Meyer.

Golf Tournament Fundraiser

L.U. 595 (c,cs,govt,i,mt,o,se&st), DUBLIN, CA — Local 595 hosted the 3rd Annual Golf Classic Invitational Tournament on Sept. 11 held at the elite Dublin Ranch Golf Course. Approximately 72 members and guests participated in this event not only to enjoy a warm summer day of golfing, but also to contribute to a worthy cause.

The golf tournament was also a fundraiser, and $15,000 was raised to benefit the American Board for Child Diabetics. Golf scores were turned in based on the honor system. The foursome of Matt Altman, Tom Lee, John Astorino and Jeff Sanchez playing best ball had the lowest score of 53. Wes Smith crushed the ball winning the longest drive. A tournament of this magnitude can only be accomplished through the dedication and hard work of those involved. Thank you to tournament chairman Dustin Baker and committee members Jay Aguilera, Mark Buck, Juan Guerrero, Brian Stewart and Josh Winter.

Local 595 has some staffing changes. Bus. Mgr. Daniel Chivello appointed two new members to his staff. Jason Gumataotao, a 13-year member and past treasurer, was assigned to Membership Development, and he will also take the lead with our Young Workers RENEW (Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers) program.

Dispatching and Market Advancement Program duties will be carried out by Earl Hampton, a 21-year veteran member, who previously served as recording secretary and Executive Board member. Bus. Mgr. Chivello's staff welcomes the new additions with full confidence they will serve the membership well.

Bob Tieman, B.R.


Local 595 hosted 3rd Annual Golf Classic Invitational Tournament fundraiser.

Apprentice Graduates;
Annual Retirement Dinner

L.U. 625 (c,ees,em,i,it,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA — Some 30 members completed their apprenticeship in 2015. Graduates not previously recognized in this space are: Bros. Phil MacCormick, Matthew Giles, Eric MacQuarrie, Eric Smith, Jonathan Bugbee, Stephen Boudreau, Nathan Schofield, Jason Worden, Justin Brine, Aaron Connors, Kyle Crawford and Kyle Colp. Congratulations to the entire class of 2015 apprenticeship graduates. Well done, journeymen.

Work has slowed down from full employment at one time in April 2015 to less than 50 percent employment at this November writing. That's a huge swing in just six months. We hope work on the road will pick up this winter and keep the bills paid. There are no big projects coming up in the Province. The Convention Centre is still going slow at press time, with a possible increase in the workforce from its current 17.

The Annual Retirement Dinner & Dance in Sackville was a great time. All the members who attended went home with a full belly, a warm hoodie and lasting memories. Please remember to come out and enjoy the next one.

Newly retired members are: Greg MacDonald, Davit Hutt, Rob Hiscock, Stephen Forrest and Kevin Archibald. Thank you for your years of service and keep in touch with your union. The Retirement Dinner & Dance is just the place to connect with your brothers and sisters.

Members who worked at the DSM Fish Oil Plant expansion project in Mulgrave, Nova Scotia, include: Owen MacIntyre, Donald McNutt, Steve Martin, Gerard Decoste, Frank MacMaster, Charlie Carpenter, Ray MacDonald, Blair Chisholm, Jerome MacKinnon, Jamie Harvie, Brian Pettipas, Kenneth Connolly, Danny Bowie, Shawn Long, Cory Morris and Ed Connolly. [See jobsite photo posted in the online version of the January issue of The Electrical WorkerJanuary issue of The Electrical Worker at IBEW website]

Tom Griffiths, A.B.M.


Local 625 members working for Bond and Coolen at the expansion of the DSM fish oil plant in Mulgrave, Nova Scotia: Owen MacIntyre (left), Donald McNutt, Steve Martin, Gerard Decoste, Frank MacMaster, Charlie Carpenter, Ray MacDonald, Blair Chisholm, Jerome MacKinnon, Jamie Harvie, Brian Pettipas, Kenneth Connolly, Danny Bowie, Shawn Long and Cory Morris. Not pictured: Ed Connolly.

Motorcycle Run in February

L.U. 627 (u), FORT PIERCE, FL — Congratulations, brothers and sisters, for a safe year while on the job. The St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant personnel dealt with two refueling outages, and the line crews had no respite from the months of relentless heat. Great job by all.

The motorcycle run is scheduled for Feb. 27. Invite a friend for a day to enjoy the great Florida weather and the fellowship you will discover. If any fellow IBEW members from sister locals are visiting our area, they are most welcome to join us for the event. For more information, please send an email to

At this writing, we were looking forward to the Local 627 holiday get-together scheduled to take place after December's union meeting.

Hope 2016 is your best year yet.

Ray Vos, P.S.

Steady Progress Reported

L.U. 673 (catv,i,rts,spa,t&u), PAINESVILLE, OH — Our goal in implementing the construction electricians/construction wiremen (CE/CW) program has been three-fold:

1) To strip non-signatory contractors of their best people. 2) To give our contractors the best possible chance of securing work that we have been ignoring. 3) To screen the best qualified candidates for entry into our apprenticeship program.

The progress has been steady as we continue to recruit some of the top electricians from our competitors. These workers have been a valuable tool in getting our contractors back in the game on these long-ignored sectors of work.

As we make progress on this work we are able to evaluate our new members. Most of these new members are motivated to learn and move forward with their career. Many apply to the apprenticeship and are accepted based on their work history and previous education.

This has been a win-win for both our contractors and our membership. We are doing work that we haven't done in years, and we are adding better-prepared candidates to our apprenticeship, all while taking talented young workers away from our nonunion competitors.

Jim Braunlich, P.S.


Local 673 Bros. Dave Sinkovic (left) and Matt Weaver began their careers with the local in the CE/CW program. Dave is now a first-year apprentice, and Matt is a project foreman after having completed the apprenticeship program.

Sportsmen's Alliance Events

L.U. 683 (em&i), COLUMBUS, OH — We continue to be cautiously optimistic about the work picture locally, as winter is historically slow here.

Every year Local 683 hosts a "25 Year Dinner." Those who have been members for 25 years or more are honored at the event, as well as members who retired during the current year.

Our Union Sportsmen's Alliance group held several clay shoots and turkey shoots throughout the fall.

Best wishes to all for a safe and successful new year ahead.

Tracy Starcher, V.P./P.S.

Apprenticeship Graduation

L.U. 697 (c,es,i,mt&se), GARY AND HAMMOND, IN — Our apprenticeship completion banquet was held Oct. 24. We congratulate the graduates, new journeyman inside wiremen of Local 697: Matt Braatz, John Brannon, Sean Carroll, Jeff Hendricks, Chris Huffman, Kevin Humphrey, Trevor Janke, David Konopasek, Adam Moor, Ryan Nowak, Adam Spurr, Jacob Sulek, Randy Vanek and Ryan Yoos.

John Brannon earned the Angel Alvarez Award for public service and leadership. Ryan Yoos was announced as Apprentice of the Year by the JATC committee. Many guests, friends, family and JATC members joined in the graduation celebration. [Editor's Note: The National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) rebranded in 2014 and transitioned into the Electrical Training Alliance. See "NJATC Transitions into the Electrical Training Alliance," The Electrical Worker (Sept. 2014), and at]

We start 2016 with the necessity to focus on upcoming elections. We must not let the "presidential candidate parade" divert our attention from the many other races. Just as important are elections for the U.S. Congress and our statewide elections. While the gubernatorial election takes main stage at the state level, there are also other local and statewide offices at stake as well, including seats in the Indiana General Assembly.

Now is the time to educate yourself, your family and your friends about where the candidates stand on issues important to working families. Let's help elect candidates who will support working families and not assault them.

Dan Waldrop, B.M.


Local 697 class of 2015 apprentice of the year Ryan Yoos (left) with Training Dir. Ken Jania.

RENEW Members & Fundraiser for Homeless

L.U. 723 (govt,rtb&t), FORT WAYNE, IN — Local 723 RENEW (Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers) participants recently took part in a fundraiser to help the area homeless in Fort Wayne. The event was called "One Night Without a Home." RENEW members raised more than $2,800 and collected toiletry items for the homeless shelters. They also spent one night outside to raise awareness for the homeless.

Dan Tolomay, V.P.

'Solidarity Day'

L.U. 777 (u), READING, PA — Local 777 gathered for our fourth annual family picnic at Knoebels Grove in Elysburg, PA. While it was a soggy, drizzly, sometimes pluvious day, the weather didn't dampen the spirits of the local's members.

IBEW Local 777 members, who work at various companies, and their families traveled to the picnic from areas in eastern Pennsylvania, spanning from York to Stroudsburg. Despite the weather, most of the rides at the amusement park stayed open and the food was great. The event made for another successful and fun-filled 2015 solidarity day.

Mark Power, P.S.

Action to Save a Life

L.U. 827 (catv&t), EAST WINDSOR, NJ — Bro. Martin Ellicott recently saved the life of a fellow member who had a medical emergency at work on Oct. 1. As soon as Martin realized his co-worker was in distress, he jumped into action and performed CPR. When local police responded, Martin used their automated external defibrillator (AED) device to shock the member's heart to regulate her pulse. Police and ambulance workers agree that Martin is the reason she is alive today.

Martin is a 16-year Local 827 member. He has served with several ambulance squads and fire companies over the last 26 years. Currently, Martin is on Parsippany's Rockaway Neck Volunteer Ambulance squad and the Lake Hiawatha Fire Department squad; he is also a member of the Lake Ariel Fire Department when he vacations in Pennsylvania.

When asked how he felt about the October event, Martin calmly stated, "You do what you do, emotions roll, then you go back to work." Martin's co-workers commend him, and the member he assisted is obviously happy that Martin came to work that day.

Martin recently was notified that he is the recipient of the IBEW Life Saving Award for his selfless act. He also will receive the Hero's Award from his employer, Verizon Communications.

Thanks to Martin for his courage and quick thinking. Local 827 is grateful for the quiet heroes amongst us.

Karen Lane, V.P.


Local 827 member Martin Ellicott.

Apprenticeship Graduation

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL — Our 2015 Apprenticeship Banquet & Completion Ceremony was held in September and chaired by Local 915 Bus. Mgr. Randall King. We had a combined class of 30 graduating to inside journeyman wireman status.

Three graduates had perfect attendance for all five years of apprenticeship: David J. Burns, Steven Van Order and Jennifer Riske. David J. Burns was recognized as the fifth-year outstanding apprentice.

We had two graduating apprentices, representing their respective graduating class, who were recognized as leaders academically, on the job, and at the local level. The JATC recognizes the exceptional attitude, skill and knowledge that propel an apprentice to the top of the class. The outstanding apprentice for December 2014 is Steven Van Order and for August 2015 is Donald Riggans. [Editor's Note: The National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) rebranded in 2014 and transitioned into the Electrical Training Alliance. See "NJATC Transitions into the Electrical Training Alliance," The Electrical Worker (Sept. 2014), and at]

This year's Brad Felkner Memorial Award recipient has overcome many obstacles in his life and is a fine example of true dedication and loyalty. He is a great role model, a valuable asset and represents the IBEW well. This award went to Kevin Huggins.

Local 915 extends our best wishes to each of the graduating apprentices for a successful and prosperous career.

Theresa King, P.S.


Local 915 class of 2015 apprentice graduates, joined by Apprenticeship Dir. David McCraw (far left), Hillsborough County School Superintendent Jeff Eakins (far right) and Bus. Mgr. Randall King (at podium).

A Proud Finish to 2015

L.U. 1141 (em,i,mow,rts&spa), OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Happy new year, brothers and sisters. I hope you had a nice holiday season.

2015 ended on a good note with several high-profile events showing the importance and legacy of skilled labor across the state.

In October, retired Local 1141 member Roy Gordon was inaugurated into the Oklahoma AFL-CIO's Labor Hall of Fame for his decades of service to union families. "Being in the labor movement has been the best thing that ever happened to me in my entire life — except for my family," Gordon said. See his full remarks at

We also joined the Oklahoma Building Trades in promoting the first-ever National Apprenticeship Week. Members of the public came to the hall on Nov. 5 for an open house to learn more about how skilled labor is a great career route, allowing workers to earn while they learn. Watch our video at

Finally, I'd like to thank the dozens of volunteers who helped us complete the Peppers Ranch project, where we wired the therapeutic horse riding facility that benefits Guthrie children in need. Look for a feature about our efforts at

Let's make 2016 a great year for working families in the Sooner State.

In solidarity,

Dewayne Wilcox, B.M.

Local's 75th Anniversary Year

L.U. 1249 (catv,lctt,o,t&u), SYRACUSE, NY — 2016 is an exciting year for Local 1249, as we are celebrating our 75th Anniversary! Local 1249 was chartered May 1, 1941, in Syracuse, NY. The membership started with outside construction and later added "line clearance tree trimming" and "telephone" and also started representing some municipalities. We have grown to more than 2,000 members, who work throughout the state of New York, excluding the boroughs of New York City and Long Island.

To celebrate, the local will put on a party for the members in June. We started planning for this event a year in advance to ensure that we give the membership the celebration it deserves. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

We will also raffle off a Polaris Ranger at our annual Clambake in August — a much larger prize than attendees usually see! 2016 will be a year for the books.

We don't need an anniversary to thank all of our active and retired members, our current officers as well as past officers, and all of our office staff. IBEW Local 1249 wouldn't be who we are today without all of your hard work and support! Here's to another 75 years, Local 1249!

Jennifer Schneider, P.S.

'Great Organizing Success'

L.U. 1253 (i&mo), AUGUSTA, ME — Organizer and Pres. Nicholas Paquet has seen great success in organizing! Four nonunion contractors signed various letters of assent in recent months. They are: Cube Electric, Lander Group, Mastercraft (Brandon Craft) and R & J Electric. These contractors perform all levels of work, from residential to industrial. The assistance of the membership in giving Nick leads has been invaluable. As the IBEW Constitution says, we're all organizers!

A big "thank-you" goes out to Damian and Danielle Boutin, Kristina Milliken, Josh Guenard, and George Howe for all their hard work on our annual picnic. A majority of the local again turned out to enjoy a great summer's day, and a great barbecue!

We also congratulate our IBEW sister Cynthia Phinney of Local 1837, who recently was elected president of the Maine AFL-CIO! She is the first woman to hold that position.

Scott Cuddy, P.S.


At the Local 1253 annual union picnic: retirees Jake Sirois (left), Reggie Dumont, Al Theriault and Harold Casey.

A Successful 2015

L.U. 1393 (catv,lctt,o,t&u), INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Recent months have been an exciting time for Local 1393! We look to be concluding negotiations soon with Asplundh Tree Expert Co. for a significantly sized unit in Indiana. We have also filed another election petition for another group of Asplundh Tree Expert Co. employees and we look forward to welcoming them into the Brotherhood.

Local 1393's RENEW committee had a very successful year in 2015. RENEW (Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers) participants worked diligently in promoting the local and the IBEW, helping to further the cause of labor. Their efforts largely led to the local being recognized as "Labor Union of the Year" by one of the Central Labor Councils that Local 1393 participates in. The RENEW committee has been hard at work planning for an even better 2016.

As we've turned the corner into 2016, we continue to look forward to making a difference for our members, and for the communities in which our members live. Happy new year!

Robert C. Fox, B.M./F.S.

Taking Home the Trophy

L.U. 1439 (u), ST. LOUIS, MO — Three journeyman teams from Local 1439 competed in the 32nd Annual International Lineman's Rodeo, and one of the teams was awarded First Place Overall in the Contractor Division. The team members who brought home the trophy were Greg Tall, Mike Myers and Mike Bell. Other participants included Eli Logsden, Bob Neske, Randy Eichholtz, Tim Flanagan, Irah Howe and Phil Barnowski. The local thanks all the participants for their efforts during the competition.

Participation in the rodeo would not have been possible without the sponsorship from our IBEW Eleventh District Gen-up Committee, and the sacrifices made by team members to stretch the available funds. We also want to thank those brothers and sisters who purchased T-shirts, which helped raise additional money for the event.

The Gen-Up Trivia Night is scheduled for February, so be sure to mark your calendars and get your team together. Please keep up with the local's events by going to our website or "like" us on Facebook.

Matt Curry, R.S./P.S.


Local 1439 members Mike Myers (left), Mike Bell and Greg Tall display Lineman's Rodeo trophy.

Worker Friendly Mayor

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA — At our last union meeting, I reported that Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis and I have been discussing a possible community workforce agreement. If achieved, this agreement will put many IBEW members as well as other building trades craft to work.

Recently the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) was on the ballot in Augusta and passed. This will give the city of Augusta much-needed monies to pay for projects that are needed. The above referenced agreement will benefit the city as it will be the mayor's way of putting local contractors to work that employ union members who live in the metro area.

The work situation is looking good. Everyone on Book I who wants to work is currently working, and we have some Book II members working as well. The upcoming work picture in 2015 looks as though it should also be busy.

As we begin the New Year, I would like to ask that everyone make a commitment to have a financial plan. Much of the upcoming work will have overtime involved. Keep in mind that this work will be good for the next few years, but it won't last forever. If you are already used to living on 40 hours, why not save that extra overtime money for a secure financial future.

The officers and staff of IBEW Local 1579 wish all IBEW members and family a happy new year.

Will Salters, B.M.

Tribute to Career of Service

L.U. 1837 (rtb&u), MANCHESTER, ME — After 20 years of service, Asst. Bus. Mgr. Bill Dunn retired in October from his position with IBEW Local 1837 and from Central Maine Power Co.

Bro. Dunn began work for CMP in 1983. He worked in the Meter Department for 2½ years and then moved to the Line Department for the rest of his work years at CMP. He became a Local 1837 shop steward in 1994 and 12 years later was appointed assistant business manager.

"I became a steward on the immediate heels of CMP going through a layoff the wrong way," Dunn said. "It didn't affect me directly but it affected everyone around me and it just ticked me off." After serving as shop steward, he later moved from CMP into his union staff position.

Dunn helped countless members and assisted with contract negotiations, earning the respect of people on both sides of the table. "The best part of the job was attempting to resolve situations for people …," Dunn said. "The most satisfying moment was prevailing in the CMP AMI (Automated Metering Infrastructure) arbitration knowing that everyone who wanted a job could come back to work. That was a 2½ year process!"

Bro. Dunn encourages members to embrace their union, work together for better contracts and improved working conditions, and not to give in to forces that seek to divide them.

"Bill's dedication to 1837 will be greatly missed," said Bus. Mgr. Dick Rogers. "We wish him and his family all the best."

Matthew Beck, B.R./Organizer


Local 1837 Asst. Bus. Mgr. Bill Dunn retires.