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IBEW Community Outreach — 'Rebuilding Together' Day

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa,st&ws), ST. LOUIS, MO — IBEW Local 1, NECA and the Electrical Connection joined forces with Rebuilding Together — St. Louis on Saturday, April 30, for Rebuilding Day.

Rebuilding Together depends on Local 1, other building trades and volunteers to improve the homes of U.S. veterans and disabled, elderly and low-income homeowners unable to afford much-needed upgrades and repairs.

"The goal is rebuilding homes, restoring hope," said Rebuilding Together board member Dave Moeller, Graybar national marketing manager.

IBEW Local 1 Bus. Mgr. Frank Jacobs told the 175 members who donated their time and skills: "I'm extremely impressed with our great turnout — a phenomenal turnout."

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger commended participants. "Today you have a lot to be proud of," he said. "You are making a huge difference. I came out today to recognize the hard work you are doing on behalf of our citizens."

Local 1 Bus. Rep. and Rebuilding Together board member Dave Roth said, "Our members get satisfaction from providing the workmanship that helps beneficiaries have a safer, more comfortable and secure home." He added: "It's all because of the education and training members receive through Local 1. Giving back to the community — that's what Local 1 is all about."

We mourn the recent death of several members: Harry Donnegan Jr., Floyd Perkins, Henry Velasco, Eugene Walsh, Glenn Kage, Melvin Krout, Michael Wade, Donald Lenau, Jarrod Zakibe, Gloria Lathon, John Rothweil, James Eichholz, Clayton Rohn, Robert Christman, Ronald Hiemann, Robert Meinberg, Willey Hulett, John Martin, Wilbert Witthaus, Howard Garth, John Huber Jr., Harry Carryer, Melvirn Hunt and Robert Delaney.

Jan Bresnan, P.S.


Local 1 Bus. Mgr. Frank Jacobs (left), St. Louis County Exec. Steve Stenger and Rebuilding Together board member Dave Moeller listen as Local 1 Bus. Rep. Dave Roth discusses Rebuilding Day.

Training Center Expansion

L.U. 9 (catv,govt,lctt,o&u), CHICAGO, IL — Recognizing the vital role education plays in our industry, IBEW Local 9, in conjunction with the Middle States Electrical Contractors Association of Chicago, is pleased to announce a major expansion at our University Park training facility. Included in the expansion will be a roadway with four traffic corners and a control building to be utilized by our traffic and street lighting apprenticeship program as well as our advanced traffic programs. An additional building with 22,885 square feet of state-of-the art classroom space will also be added for use by our apprenticeship and continuing education programs.

Bus. Mgr. Bill Niesman stated, "This is a great example of what can be accomplished when labor and management work together toward a common goal. With a new state-of-the-art training facility, we will be able to provide the safest and most efficient product on the street. This will make our contractors more competitive and our members more employable. I am truly proud of the relationship we have with our contractor association and all of the hard work and effort put forth by all to bring this vision to fruition."

Groundbreaking took place on May 19, 2016, with an anticipated completion date of December 2016.

Mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Local 9 Golf Outing on Aug. 13 this year, and our annual Family Picnic on Saturday, Sept. 10. These are two great, fun-filled events that you will not want to miss. Enjoy a safe and fun summer.

Mary Beth Kaczmarek, P.S.


At groundbreaking for IBEW Local 9 University Park Training Center expansion are: Gary Misicka (left), Mike Knutson, Joe Notaro, Art Burke, John Burkard, John Dowling, Bill Niesman, Dennis Carduff, Scott Becker, Becky Thames-Simmons, Bill Darnstadt, Kevin Schuster and Shawn Burke.

Public Safety Awards — City of Chicago 911 Center

L.U. 21 (catv,govt&t), DOWNERS GROVE, IL — During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, celebrated in April, our members working for the City of Chicago received numerous awards for their extraordinary public service.

Over 40 of our members received awards, and we welcomed 26 new members who graduated as police communication operators.

At the awards ceremony, astonishing stories were told about the service provided by our amazing members who work at the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC). There were stories about how they have saved the lives of children and citizens in crisis situations and helped the police take criminals off the streets.

In one instance a woman from Utah was connected to the Chicago 911 Center because her daughter and a friend had traveled to Chicago to visit a man they met online. While in a hotel room with two men, the girls became fearful of calling for help, so the daughter texted her mom. The mother only had the name of the hotel. She gave the information to the Chicago police operator, who used her personal cell phone to find the girls' location. The police were dispatched. Other operators joined in to help on the call until police arrived and took the two men into custody. This was just one instance of the thousands of calls IBEW members take where their skills keep the public safe and in many cases save the lives of those in harm's way.

We thank all of our members who have chosen careers of public service, where they make a difference in the lives of the people they serve.

Bob Przybylinski, R.S.


Congratulations go out to all Local 21 graduates and award winners working at the City of Chicago 911 OEMC Center.

New Hockey Team

L.U. 25 (c,catv,es,i&rts), LONG ISLAND, NY — Local 25 formed a new hockey team this winter with Bro. Joe Morici as captain. Fifteen other brothers from A construction, CE/CW and Telecom came together to form one team. Bro. Morici went to the membership for a little help to buy jerseys and a team was born.

In our first season, playing mostly in the middle of the night, we had a record of 7-5, making it to the playoffs and advancing to the final championship game. We came up a little short, losing on a late goal, 4-3. All in all, it was a successful and fun season.

Local 25 and Local 3 had our first annual Brotherhood hockey game in Long Beach, NY. It was a fun and spirited battle ending up with Local 3 winning by 7-4. The game was a success and all had a great time. We want to thank the Local 3 Hockey team and we look forward to next year.

Tom Lawless, E-Board/P.S.


Local 25's new hockey team.

'Welcome to Ali Rossiter'

L.U. 37 (em,o&u), FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA — We'd like to extend a warm welcome to Ali Rossiter, who joined the Local 37 team full time in April 2016 as our Training Trust Fund coordinator. Ali worked two years in the education field after completing her Bachelor of Education degree with a focus in Adult Development and Counselling at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton. She graduated from the program in 2014.

She isn't a stranger to Local 37 — during her studies, Ali worked three summers as an administrative assistant with the local union. She is committed to providing our members with great workshops, experiences and soft skills they can take to their workplace or personal life and start applying. Ali is not only responsible for organizing workshops but also for planning our spring conferences, looking after the tuition reimbursement program and planning initiatives related to the Training Trust Fund program.

Ali is actively involved in her community by mentoring at the University of New Brunswick's Student Accessibility Centre, facilitating programs at the John Howard Society Fredericton, and captaining an ultimate Frisbee team. Ali is a great addition to our office and she has the qualifications that will build our Training Trust Fund program.

Ross Galbraith, B.M.


Local 37 Training Trust Fund Coordinator Ali Rossiter.

Heart Walk Volunteers;
Motor Control Cabinet Winners

L.U. 43 (em,i&rts), SYRACUSE, NY — In March, Local 43 members participated in "America's Greatest Heart/Run Walk" in Utica and the American Heart Walk in Syracuse. Combined, 40 members and family gave up a Saturday to raise $10,715 for the American Heart Association. This was an increase from last year thanks to the hard work of those participating.

From the Central New York JATC: Congratulations to our third-year Motor Control Cabinet winners. These apprentices were challenged for 13-15 weeks on intense, hands-on labs including electric motors, motor controls, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and variable frequency drives (VFDs). Joseph Spost, Jeremy Detor, Joseph Michalski, Alicia Snow, Mark Hoffman and Brian Boudreau were each awarded a brand new Fluke 323 True RMS Clamp Meter based on overall craftsmanship and functionality of their cabinets. Great job!

[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]

Gene Townsend, P.S.


Local 43 Bus. Mgr. Donald Morgan (front row, left) and Membership Development Coordinator Alan Marzullo (front row, right) with Local 43 contingent of 2016 Syracuse Heart Walk volunteers.

Stewards/Safety Conference;
Tribute to a Fallen Brother

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA — Local 47 wishes all IBEW members a happy Independence Day!

Our annual Stewards & Safety Conference was attended by over 350 stewards, union safety representatives, staff, and officers. Life Saving Awards were presented to Asst. Bus. Mgr. Colin Lavin, Examining Board member Casey Lavin, Executive Board member Terrance Bynum, and Heather L. McKinney, niece of Bus. Rep. Mike McKinney.

The Local 47-sponsored Long Beach Blackhawks won the 2015-'16 Westminster Rookie League Hockey Championship on April 16. This season was dedicated to fallen Bro. Jacob Moon, who worked as a "troubleman." The Long Beach Blackhawks finished their championship season with a record of 13 wins, three losses, and one tie. Not too bad for a team full of rookies!

After a brief retirement from Southern California Edison, former Local 47 Pres. Ron Delgado joined the staff as the newest business representative.

We are sad to report the passing of Bro. Dwayne Ryssman and former member William "Bill" Livingston. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our brothers.

Local 47 wishes a full and speedy recovery to Bros. John Andersen, Stan Duke, Eddie Ramirez and Jeffery Smith.

Work safe and buy union!

Tracy Dougherty, P.S.


Young Aiedan Moon, son of fallen Local 47 Bro. Jacob Moon, fittingly carries championship cup after hockey game.

Update on Utility Plants;
Annual Fish Fry in August

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,ptc,rtb,t,u&uow), SPRINGFIELD, IL — Dynegy has announced that it will close the Wood River coal plant on July 1, 2016, as well as "moth ball" Baldwin Units 1 and 3. This will affect approximately 200 of our members.

At this writing, the local is meeting with Illinois legislators in hopes of also keeping Clinton Power Station open. As of press time, Exelon has announced that without certain legislation, it would start decommissioning the nuclear plant on June 1, 2017. Exelon employs 275 Local 51 members at the station.

Our annual fish fry will be held at the local union on Saturday, Aug. 20, at noon. This is always a good time and we hope to see you there!

Karlene Knisley, B.R.

Annual Golf Tournament

L.U. 57 (lctt,mo,o,t&u), SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The Local 57 Golf Tournament is scheduled for Aug. 12, 2016, at South Mountain Golf Club. Proceeds benefit the University of Utah Burn Center. Mark the date and plan to attend this great event. Good times will be had by all and the proceeds go to a great organization.

The Local 57 Lineman's Rodeo was held June 11. Teams from the various utilities in the area were invited to participate, along with teams from the contractors. This is another great event that promotes brotherhood among the members as well as the invitees.

The work outlook for the remainder of the year remains steady. At this time all 2015 contracts have been negotiated and ratified.

As we move through the summer months, be safe at work and at play.

Scott Long, A.B.M.

DirecTV Technicians Welcomed

L.U. 89 (catv,em,lctt,o&t), SEATTLE, WA — The IBEW is pleased to welcome 324 AT&T/DirecTV technicians to our Local 89 family, following their successful card check organizing drive that wrapped up on April 15, 2016. The group of DirecTV technicians, under the new umbrella of AT&T, turned in 50+ percent of the signed cards required to certify the unit. This achievement would not have been possible without the dedicated assistance of IBEW Locals 48, 73, 77, 280, 483 and 659. Local 89 extends its deepest gratitude to our brothers and sisters from these neighboring locals, in addition to the International Office, which aided efforts by sending organizers to assist in the process.

[Editor's Note: For more information see news story "DirecTV Workers Gain a Voice with the IBEW," published in the May 2016 issue of The Electrical Worker and posted on the IBEW website at]

The IBEW looks forward to a long and beneficial relationship with these skilled technicians, beginning with negotiating a first contract.

Amanda McDougall, P.S.

RENEW Charter Membership;
The IGNITE Team Founded

L.U. 97 (u), SYRACUSE, NY — Local 97 members of the IBEW Third District Youth Caucus celebrated their RENEW (Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers) charter membership in March. Bus. Mgr. Ted Skerpon presented the group with the official charter certificate and requested them to form a youth network within Local 97. Today we are proud to announce the newly founded Local 97 IGNITE. Their mission is to engage and educate the young members of Local 97 in an effort to strengthen our local and its ties to our members, retirees and communities. The IGNITE team would like to welcome all young members of Local 97 to participate with them in building a strong future for the IBEW. Members may contact their respective union office for more information.

At this writing we are negotiating our first contract with Brookfield Power for the Bear Swamp employees. As of press time, significant progress has been made on many issues as we continue to deliberate wages and benefits for that group.

Jim Zabinski, V.P.


Local 97 RENEW charter members: seated, Amanda Kelly (left) and Kayla Warner; standing, Joshua Barnes, Matt Weeg and Brenden Lyons.

Annual Blood Drive & Wellness Event a Success

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA — IBEW Local 103 members stepped up to help the American Red Cross at the union's 5th Annual Blood Drive & Wellness Event on April 12 in Dorchester. That day, over 250 members donated blood, ensuring the blood supply is available to those in need. One pint can save three lives.

Sponsored by the Trust Fund Office, the blood drive also included a health and wellness component. Over a dozen health-care professionals were on hand to check blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index, hearing and eyesight. They helped members quit smoking and set diet and exercise goals, and also provided local resources available to address health needs.

The Blood Drive & Wellness Event is the Trust Fund's largest sponsored endeavor. Giving members access to resources to pursue a healthy lifestyle is an investment in the union's future. It helps reduce health-care costs, on-the-job accidents and missed days at work, which subsequently boosts fund contributions. More importantly, quality of life improves when living a healthy lifestyle.

Thank you again to all the members who came out in support for the event.

Kevin C. Molineaux, P.S.

Recent Retirees Honored

L.U. 109 (u), ROCK ISLAND, IL — Local 109 recognized and celebrated the longtime service of three members who recently retired. These three newly retired members have a combined total of more than 100 years of IBEW service.

Congratulations on their retirement to these three Local 109 linemen: Mike Banks, 45 years of IBEW service; Frank Buchman, 24 years of service; and Randy Price, former lineman/electric trainer with 37 years of service.

Retirement watches, pins and certificates were presented by Local 109 Bus. Mgr. Gary Greubel and Pres. Devin Dykes.

Denise Newberry, R.S.


Local 109 Pres. Devin Dykes (left); newly retired members Randy Price, Frank Buchman and Mike Banks; and Bus. Mgr. Gary Greubel.

300 Colorado DirecTV Workers Win IBEW Representation

L.U. 111 (em,govt,lctt,mt,o,rtb,spa&u), DENVER, CO — This spring brought new opportunities to the local. Over 300 Colorado DirecTV technicians and installers voted for certification for union representation with the IBEW. A majority of cards for Colorado were certified by the American Arbitration Association, and AT&T is recognizing the majority. That means at this point, the warehouse personnel, installers and technicians in Colorado are represented by the IBEW, joining DirecTV technicians in 11 other states who have also turned in a majority for IBEW, with more states getting close.

Now that the representation is official, the next phase will be gathering priorities for negotiations. Local 111 will have these Colorado DirecTV represented employees alongside our business agents and System Council representatives negotiate a legally binding contract agreement. With the merger of AT&T and DirecTV, which was a tumultuous time for this group and their families, it took a lot for them to put their faith in their co-workers and in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

[Editor's Note: For more information see news story "DirecTV Workers Gain a Voice with the IBEW," published in the May 2016 issue of The Electrical Worker and posted on the IBEW website at]

We sincerely welcome these new members. You can rest assured, brothers and sisters, that you are joining with thousands of other working men and women in Colorado who have a voice in their future and a seat at the table.

Mike Kostelecky, P.S.

New Licensing Legislation

L.U. 113 (catv,ees,em,i,mo&o), COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Gov. John Hickenlooper recently signed HB 1073, which changes the way we will be renewing our state electrical licenses. No longer will you be required to take the competency exam. Instead you will have to complete eight hours of continuing education a year, which brings us in line with many states already doing this. Keep an eye on the Local 113 website,, for future dates of classes to be offered. CPR, First Aid, and OSHA 30 are some of the classes already offered to keep your certifications current.

Local 113 is implementing an easier way for members to pay dues. Hopefully by the time of this writing, you will be able to access the local's website and make your payment by credit card. This will be helpful for our members, especially ones on the road. We will also be implementing other features to make it more convenient for the members through a downloadable app for smartphones.

The Local 113 annual summer picnic was held in June at the Wonderland Ranch. Fun was had by all in attendance!

Remember that it is an important election coming up this fall. So if you have not registered to vote, please do so.

Brian Putnam, P.S.

IBEW Lifesaving Award

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR — During the December 2015 storms that brought extreme flooding and snow to the Pacific Northwest, IBEW members were working tirelessly to restore service throughout the region. On Dec. 9, 2015, Clatskanie PUD journeyman linemen Lonnie Marcum and Darin Welter demonstrated absolute heroism in their rescue efforts to save a PUD customer who was clinging to a tree in raging flooding water.

On April 21, 2016, Bus. Mgr. Travis Eri presented Welter and Marcum with the IBEW Lifesaving Award. "These two men set aside their own self-interest and well-being to save a stranger." Eri acknowledged the deep roots that IBEW members have in their local communities. "Their actions will help shape perception that others may have about union members. That customer, and ultimately, their community, has been blessed by their lifesaving efforts."

As their former business representative, Eri knows they are amazing men who are exceptional IBEW members. "We are lucky to have them as Local 125 members," Eri concluded.

(Note: When Eri was in town to present the award, Marcum and Welter were able to meet the man whose life they saved when he showed up to pay his electric bill.)

Marcy Grail, A.B.M.


Local 125 Bus. Rep. Tim Titus (left), Lonnie Marcum, Darin Welter and Bus. Mgr. Travis Eri.

Successful Blood Drive;
'Welcome to New Members'

L.U. 145 (em,i,o,rts,se,spa&u), ROCK ISLAND, IL — Local 145 had another successful blood drive again this year! A big thank-you to our blood drive coordinator Jon Pohl plus all the members, retirees and their families who donated. Thanks to your participation we surpassed our blood drive goal! The annual blood drive is an excellent way to serve our entire community and benefits so many people.

Pack The Hall Night was held in March. Congratulations to the 42 new members sworn into membership that evening! The show of support by the local members and retirees was clearly evident by the large turnout to celebrate and welcome the new brothers and sisters!

"Labor Night at the Rink" was another successful community event held in March. This event supports the local hockey league and showcases the many labor unions in the area. IBEW Local 145 had over 650 members, retirees and their families attend that evening and we were recognized for our support to the community throughout the year.

The mild Midwest winter season kept the members working and projects moving ahead. We anticipate another good year of construction within our local.

Dan Larson, P.S.

Contract Negotiations;
Career Fairs & School Visits

L.U. 159 (i), MADISON, WI — It has been a busy spring with two contracts to negotiate, a steady schedule of continuing education classes, job and career fairs, and school visits. At schools, we consistently find that students are largely unaware of the trades. We will continue spreading the word about the great opportunities available.

Eight Local 159 members attended the 2016 Women Build Nations - 6th National Conference for Women in the Trades, held in Chicago. Attendance exceeded expectations, with 1,500 tradeswomen and allies filling an enormous ballroom. Thank you to Carolyn Williams, director of the IBEW Civic & Community Engagement Dept., and Sherilyn Wright, executive assistant to the International President, for their hard work planning the event and helping to make it a great success.

Wisconsin saw its largest spring election turnout in 40-plus years, as Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz took the state in their respective primary elections. In spite of grassroots efforts to educate voters about the new voter ID law, many were put off by the new rules, or for various reasons were unable to obtain an acceptable form of ID. Many believe the voter ID law tipped the scales in favor of the conservative state Supreme Court candidate.

We are excited to launch our new website, and invite visitors to like us on

Robert Doyle, B.M./F.S.


Local 159 members attend 2016 Women Build Nations conference in Chicago.

'Elections Do Matter'

L.U. 193 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), SPRINGFIELD, IL — Greetings, brothers and sisters.

Elections do matter! Trump? HRC? Cruz? Bernie? You at Local 193 know what to do. In the Land of Lincoln, Gov. Bruce Rauner continues to ignore the state's budget. Gov. Rauner "GOPlunges" the state into an unprecedented disaster! Consequences are to be dealt with.

The work picture remains slow in Local 193. A long, hot summer is on the horizon.

We all have a role in helping our apprentices train to be skilled IBEW Local 193 members. Our highly skilled journeymen do make a big difference in the on-the-job training and skills of our trainees. Brotherhood is not ever taken lightly at Local 193. Training has always been a team effort.

All members are asked to check with the training director for information about ongoing classes and certifications to further their skills.

We must look forward to the major league baseball season: the St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox will be paid attention to this season. Onto the MLB playoffs?

Have a safe & happy summer. Best of luck finding 40 hours.

We extend condolences to the families of members who recently passed away: Michael S. Blasko Jr., Matthew J. Peterson and Robert E. Ruggles.

Don Hudson, P.S.

Workers Memorial Day;
Apprenticeship Graduates

L.U. 197 (em&i), BLOOMINGTON, IL — It is that time of year when our apprenticeship classes are winding down. Over the past couple of years, due to our work situation being light at best, we haven't taken in a large number of apprentices. We are proud of our three graduates of 2016. Congratulations to Sean Tibbs, Justin Powell and Jay Hinrichsen for topping out. We look forward to their having many productive years in the IBEW and leading the way for others who will follow in their footsteps.

Our apprenticeship program recently hosted a construction career day for area schools to promote careers in the building trades. Thanks to Training Dir. Renee Riddle for organizing the event, and thanks to volunteers Terri Spencer, Brian Stufflebeam and James Towle, who did a great job representing the IBEW.

Recently, our members joined in a Workers Memorial Day sunrise ceremony at the McLean County Law & Justice Center. We thank all of our members who participated. It is important to remember and honor those we have lost on the job. Please keep the families and friends of our late Bros. John Moss and Paul Collins in your hearts.

This summer, please plan on attending the Local 197 Golf Outing at Fairlakes Golf Course in Secor, IL, on July 30. Call the hall to sign up and check the website for more information.

Remember to get involved in the local and stay involved!

Mike Raikes, Pres.


Three Local 197 apprentice graduates are congratulated. Standing: Local 197 Pres. Mike Raikes (left); instructor Jake Knobloch; graduate Sean Tibbs; instructor Les Parker; Training Dir. Renee Riddle; Seth Zeller and Jeremy Wilcox of NECA; graduate Jay Hinrichsen; and seated, graduate Justin Powell.

Volunteers Aid Community — Smoke Detectors Installed

L.U. 229 (em&i), YORK, PA — On April 23 this year, IBEW Local 229 members provided a potentially life-saving service to people in our community. In conjunction with the York City Fire Department, we provided 300 free smoke detectors to a community that recently suffered a fatal house fire.

Thirty Local 229 members went door to door installing the smoke detectors while local firefighters educated residents on fire safety. Most houses did not have enough detectors and many houses had no working smoke detectors at all. This was a great opportunity to help save lives in our community while letting residents know that the IBEW cares. Thank you to all of our members who helped out!

Timothy Griffin, P.S.


Local 229 members Jessica Head, Nick Blakney and Nate Smeltzer, along with a York City, PA, firefighter, go door-to-door to install home smoke detectors.

'Great Work Outlook' — Market Recovery Advances

L.U. 305 (i&spa), FORT WAYNE, IN — Local 305 has a great work outlook, thanks to several new industrial projects, a large addition at General Motors, and our new market recovery program advancing our workload in the commercial sector. We are once again working on restaurants, storefronts, schools and office buildings, and are being competitive at a new level.

Darrell W. Sade, B.M./F.S.


At March union meeting, Local 305 recent retirees received an IBEW watch and a thank-you for longtime, dedicated service. From left: Clayton Didion, Darrell Heyerly, John Fosnaugh, Daniel Escobedo, Kim Flig and Michael Geary.

Habitat for Humanity Project

L.U. 307 (ees,es,i,o&u), CUMBERLAND, MD — Local 307 thanks the members who helped work on the Habitat for Humanity house in Cumberland, MD. The house was a "blitz build" and each phase had a small window of time to complete that portion of the house.

Our members were commended by the builder on their efficiency and quality craftsmanship during the electrical phase of the project. Special thanks go to S&S Electric for providing the tools that were required for this project.

Dan Tedrick, Organizer


Some of the Local 307 volunteers at Habitat for Humanity project: Bus. Mgr. Rodney Rice, Shawn Clark, Jason Blackburn, Aaron Parks, Jimmy Shaffer, Howard Crosten, Doug Smith, Jeff Morgan and Craig Ritter.

'Let Freedom Ring'

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN — Happy Independence Day! We celebrate and remember when an assembly of rebels declared, "That these united colonies are free and independent states; that they are absolved of all allegiance to the British Crown ..." and "the tyranny over these states." Eleven years later, in 1787, an assembly of "We the people" wrote the U.S. Constitution to fulfill the promise of the Declaration of Independence.

In July of 1892, a union facing major obstacles — which included laws that were unfriendly to labor and working people, changes in technology that "de-skilled" their trade, and a shrinking market share — made concessions on wages and production levels to save the union. The company responded by locking out the workers, building a 10-foot-tall fence around the plant, and refusing to recognize or negotiate with the union. This late 19th century scene played out between the Iron Workers and Carnegie Steel.

Today's unions confront these same challenges 125 years later. Maintaining the rights of the working class requires membership involvement at all levels.

Congratulations to all recently elected Local 343 officers, both new and returning, including Executive Board and Examining Board members. The union is only as strong as the spirit of brotherhood that supports it.

Tom Small, P.S.

Community Service Award;
July 16 Annual Golf Outing

L.U. 347 (em,i,mt,rtb,rts&spa), DES MOINES, IA — Local 347's Annual Golf Outing is slated for July 16 at Terrace Hills Golf Course east of Altoona. So clean those cleats and polish those clubs. Shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The Make-a-Wish Foundation presented officers of Local 347 and Bro. Joe Rivas with an award recognizing the contributions of the local union brothers and sisters in presenting Jolly Holiday Lights. The local continues to support this worthwhile cause of providing a wish for terminally ill children in Iowa. This annual project continues to evolve, and the location is to change this year to the Adventureland Campground.

The Des Moines Electrical Apprenticeship will start offering journeyman wireman classes this summer. Plan ahead — there will be a limited schedule and there may be limited offerings this fall.

Have a great and safe Independence Day weekend.

Mike Schweiger, P.S.

2016 Apprentice Graduates;
Benefit Fair a Success

L.U. 357 (c,i,mt&se), LAS VEGAS, NV — A big shout-out to everyone who helped make this year's Benefit Fair our best one yet!

Remember, with the hot summer upon us, stay hydrated out there.

Congratulations to our class of 2016 apprenticeship graduates! The recent graduates are: installer/techs — Gabriel A. Billie, Jonathan L. Cane, José Garcia-Gallardo, Ramiro A. Leon, Joseph M. Oliver, Lamarr J. Pollard, Thomas D. Rhoda, Andrew Schneider, James Stephens II, Shon L. Tauai, Jorge J. Thornton, Jahmar E. Webb; and journeyman wiremen — Curtis M. Bowen, Emmanuel Hitchens, Kearont L. James, Lucas C. Metcalf, Demyrion A. Owens, Jeffrey R. Pearce, Dennis W. Platt and Jacob E. Valdez.

Jennifer Tabor, P.S.


Local 357 congratulates the class of 2016 apprenticeship graduates.

Kentucky Local's New Mascot 'Shocky'
Louisville, KY, Local 369 members with the local's new mascot Shocky, installed outside the union hall.

35-Year Service Awards;
RENEW & Voter Registration

L.U. 375 (catv,ees&i), ALLENTOWN, PA — At the general membership meeting on Feb. 3, the following members received a 35-year watch honoring their dedication and service to our local: Bruce Hankins, Billy McFarlane, Carlton Weisbach, Vincent Collis, David Fedak, Ernest Hahn, Terry Hartman, Brad Markley, Dan Nolf, William Graham, Matthew Greb, John Hoffman, Terry Kolowitz, Russell Kramer, Kenneth MacNeal, Francis McCullion, David Orsulak and Kirk Timmins. Thank you to all for your longtime service and for all you have done for IBEW Local 375.

Local 375 members are participating in the Third District Youth Caucus (3DYC) RENEW chapter voter registration challenge. Led by team captain Dave Leblanc, the Local 375 committee has reached one goal in registering 100 percent of our current apprentices. Their next goal is to register all journeymen. [See March 3 news story "Third District RENEW Sets Sights on November Elections," posted on the IBEW website at]

Just as a reminder, the annual clambake will be Sept. 24 this year, from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at the American Club of Coplay, 300 Cherry St., Coplay, PA. It is always a fun day with lots to eat and drink, so stop by the hall to pick up your tickets.

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

Strong Work Outlook

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, ID — Greetings, brothers and sisters. The work outlook in our jurisdiction looks good. Our contractors have picked up a lot of work. It looks as though we will have a good summer and fall.

The newest fifth-year apprentices are following in the footsteps of their predecessors. So far five of them have passed the state journeyman test on the first try. Way to go! This proves that our training curriculum and methods are the best out there. Congratulations to their teacher. He's doing a great job!

The local's JATC recently completed its new low-voltage labs and had an open house to showcase them. Three industry-related classes have already been approved by the state. This is a great addition for training our members in the ever-expanding electrical field.

[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]

With deepest regrets, Local 449 announces the passing of retired Bros. Edward Shoemaker and Stephen Drayton. We send our deepest condolences to their families. These brothers will be missed, but not forgotten.

Congratulations to John Wanstrom, Phillip Wood, Kelly Norman, Allan Allred and Mike Henrie on their retirement. Local 449 thanks you for your service.

We wish all our brothers and sisters a safe and prosperous summer.

Chris Lochridge, Pres.

Welcome to New Members

L.U. 455 (em&u), SPRINGFIELD, MA — Local 455 recently organized 14 transmission and distribution test technicians employed by Eversource/Western Mass Electric and successfully negotiated their first contract, which included long-overdue wage adjustments. A special thanks to Local 455 Pres. Tom Albano, and the negotiating team of Steve Secondo, Mike Scufari and Dan Ryan, for a job well done. We welcome our new members to the IBEW!

Brian E. Kenney, B.M./F.S.

St. Patrick's Day Parade — IBEW Wins for 'Best Float'

L.U. 457 (u), MERIDEN, CT — Our local has participated in the Hartford, CT, St. Patrick's Day parade for the past several years. This year we won best float.

Thanks to the many volunteers who helped make it happen. It was a fun day for the families involved, and there was great support from the crowd for our union effort.

John Fernandes, B.M./F.S.


At St. Patrick's Day parade in Hartford, CT, IBEW Local 457 won for best float.

RENEW Charter;
Solidarity & Brotherhood

L.U. 479 (i&u), BEAUMONT, TX — Local 479 has received our charter for the RENEW (Reach Out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers) program. Our group of young IBEW men and women are starting to get involved. This program gives promise to energize more of the younger members of our local union. They are the future of our industry. They are our future. Take time to let them know they are appreciated for stepping up. Support them in their journey as they become more active in the local. Engaging them for the right reasons will make our movement and our union stronger.

As we celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July, I would like to share a little history. Men with vision met and created a new nation, the United States of America. Five men, ages 30 to 70, drafted the Declaration of Independence. We should learn from them. Common cause, strong beliefs and a better way of life are but a few of the reasons we should be relentless in our pursuit of a stronger union. We cannot let what we have gained slip away. There are those who are trying hard. Do not let them; fight the good fight and God bless America.

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

IBEW Members Volunteer — 'Rebuilding Together' Project

L.U. 481 (ees,em,i,mt,rts,s&spa), INDIANAPOLIS, IN — In April, many IBEW Local 481 volunteers once again donated their time, talents and tools to assist with a Rebuilding Together project. Volunteers gathered early on a Saturday morning and were given their assignments to fix or repair various electrical hazards in homes around the city. Whether it was changing out ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), changing lights, or adding circuits, the members spent the day doing whatever was necessary to help these home owners. As in the past, this is a great way for us members to give back to the city and represent what brotherhood is all about.

A very special thank-you to both retiree Jim Webb and Bus. Agent Kevin Marshall for all the hard work they put into organizing the event and making sure the volunteers had what they needed to get the job done. Many thanks to all the members who donated to the cause. Keep up the good work in giving back to the community.

Blake A. Andrews, R.S.


IBEW Local 481 volunteer contingent gathers to assist with Rebuilding Together project in Indianapolis.

'A Courageous Rescue' — IBEW Linemen Commended
L.U. 483 (catv,lctt,o&u), TACOMA, WA — I would like to thank IBEW Local 483 journeyman linemen Robert Bennett and Bruce Ellis for the courageous rescue they performed last March within our community.

Tragically, a SUV plowed into a nonunion communications bucket truck and pushed the truck 20 feet in a Tacoma alley, killing all three individuals inside the SUV. There was a fourth individual who was working in an elevated position in the bucket truck at the time of the collision.

Our Local 483 members Robert Bennett and Bruce Ellis were called to the scene to rescue the individual from the bucket truck while it was raised several feet in the air. Our brothers' precise ability to perform this type of rescue demonstrates the high level of training and skill that an IBEW union worker brings to not only their trade, but also their community. Hats off to Bro. Bennett and Bro. Ellis. IBEW Local 483 is so proud of them!

The Tacoma News Tribune published an article and video about the rescue. To read more, visit

Alice Phillips, B.M./F.S.


Local 483 journeyman lineman Robert Bennett stands inside bucket utilized for rescue mission. The Tacoma Fire Department retrieved the injured contractor from Bro. Bennett's bucket after the rescue.

Resort Hotel/Convention Center
Construction Project Underway

L.U. 551 (c,i&st), SANTA ROSA, CA — Soon we will have a union-built and union-staffed hotel resort and convention center five minutes away from our union hall! We celebrated the topping off ceremony for the project in April. The last construction beam — weighing 3,500 pounds and signed by all the workers — was set in place, marking the project half way through to completion. Thanks again to the IBEW travelers coming in signing the books and helping Local 551 with our work picture.

We will have a full summer here with work, elections, and a new graduating class of inside wiremen. If you can squeeze some time in, we have plenty of volunteer opportunities to keep members active. To list just a few … we have the Building Trades booth at the Sonoma County Fair, and we invite members to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity. We also invite members to help labor-friendly candidates get elected by phone banking, precinct walking or delivering signs. Everyone has a talent or passion — bring it to the union hall and get involved!

Stay cool, and keep Local 551 strong and proud. Work safe out there, brothers and sisters!

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


View of construction beam signed by IBEW Local 551 members and other trade unionists working at resort hotel/convention center jobsite.

2016 Work Outlook Positive — 'Challenges & Opportunities'

L.U. 553 (i,mt,o&ws), RALEIGH, NC — The North Carolina state Legislature has recently hit the brakes on a lot of funding for solar projects in North Carolina. The solar tax credit has expired, and this move has reduced future work here. Our signatory contractors still have solar projects slated for this year, but not in the quantity that they anticipated. Nonetheless, we are optimistic about the work outlook in our jurisdiction for the remainder of 2016.

For the first time in recent history, we have an outside apprentice, working under the Southeastern Line Constructors Apprenticeship Training (SELCAT) program. Several outside electrical contractors have notified us of new work in the eastern part of our jurisdiction — work that includes transmission lines, power lines, and wind farms. We are excited about the new challenges and opportunities this affords our local.

We are still in negotiations for moving our union hall to a new location, so we will stay at our current hall until late this year or early next year before we make the big transition. Major changes are in store for the road ahead in our local, and we welcome them.

Josh Nixon, P.S.

Freeland Walleye Festival & IBEW Community Outreach

L.U. 557 (i,mt,rts&spa), SAGINAW, MI — Our work outlook has significantly increased in recent months. We have started many of our summer jobs, which have put many members back to work.

Our RENEW (Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers) committee recently participated in their first event.

The Freeland Walleye Festival is a big event in our area that brings many people to this small town to celebrate the opening of the Walleye fish season. During the weekend festival a parade is held, and IBEW Local 557 members participated and walked in the parade. It was a great time, with many members and their families walking through the crowds of people and engaging the public.

This event shed a very positive light on the good that our union does for the community. It showed that our members are not only electricians, but also area citizens who want to help better our community. This truly generates a positive energy for our local union and community. We encourage everyone to reach out and help make every community stronger by getting involved in your local activities.

Howard Revard, P.S.


IBEW Local 557 members and family walk in Walleye Festival parade in Freeland, MI.

Building Better Communities

L.U. 569 (i,mar,mt,rts&spa), SAN DIEGO, CA — In late April, nearly 100 IBEW Local 569 electricians and power professionals donated 500+ hours toward Rebuilding Together San Diego (RTSD), a nonprofit that coordinates renovations of low-income homes.

IBEW 569 helped eight families upgrade their homes and strengthen their communities. We are very grateful for the outpouring of support from our members and the contributions of materials and resources from our signatory contractors. Our union members replaced faulty electrical systems for wounded veterans, disabled seniors, and families in need with special-needs children.

We are also pleased to report that the San Diego Chargers are seeking to build a new stadium with our skilled local workforce and we'll be partnering with the football team in the months to come to take an initiative to the voters. "When all is said and done, this facility will be a point of pride for all San Diegans, knowing it was our highly skilled men and women who built it and that it provides community benefits for all of us," said Tom Lemmon, business manager of the San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council.

Finally, we hope to see everyone at our 2nd Annual IBEW Padres Day at Petco Park on Saturday, Aug. 6. Check out our online calendar for more details at

Gretchen K. Newsom, P.S.


IBEW Local 569 members help build better communities. (Photo by Kristoffer Newsom,

Annual Safety Fair;
Project Labor Agreements

L.U. 595 (c,cs,govt,i,mt,o,se&st), DUBLIN, CA — Local 595 is currently working on project labor agreement (PLA) negotiations with the Alameda County Building Trades Council and the Fremont Unified School District along with the San Joaquin/Calaveras County Building Trades Council and the City of Stockton. Thanks to Bus. Reps. Greg Bonato and Sam Kharufeh for leading the charge and to all of our union sisters and brothers who came to committee meetings to advocate for good jobs for the citizens of Fremont and Stockton.

Our annual Safety Fair was Saturday, May 14.There were safety training classes for attendees, along with industry partners providing the latest innovations in the electrical industry.

Thank you to IBEW Int. Rep. Tracy Prezeau for coming out to teach the Steward Training class for our 10th bracket apprentices and our seasoned journeymen.

Jason Gumataotao, P.S.

Teamwork & Brotherhood;
Softball Tourney in August

L.U. 601 (i&rtb), CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, IL — Our local recently had its annual steak stag event and it was well-attended. It was great to see all of the retired and active members who came out to enjoy a great meal and brotherhood. We thank Bob Withers, once again, for heading up the steak stag, and we thank all the apprentices and other members for their part in making it a success.

Local 601 has several projects going on this year, including those at the Natural History Building, the State Farm Center, and Everett Lab along with a few small projects in the northern area. The work outlook for this summer looks to be slow due to the lack of a state budget. We have several large projects on hold because of the lack of funding throughout the state.

This year our local will hold its 40th IBEW Local 601 Softball Tournament on Aug. 13-14. Mark your calendars.

We have a very important election coming up this year and everyone needs to get out and vote. Please encourage all your friends and family to vote and let their voices be heard.

Dan Hatter, P.S.


Local 601 apprentices help make Annual Steak Stag event a great success.

IBEW-NECA Class: Increasing Market Share

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM — This year's participants in the Apprentice of The Year contest were: Tomás Trujillo III, Andrew Moore, Josh Tillinghast, Michael Sadler, Michael Martinez, Travis Battin, Christopher Blackmore, Laura McCormick, Loren Morrison, Raymond Martinez, Jonathan Shestak and Thomas Mouton. Jonathan Shestak was this year's winner and competed for regionals in Tucson, AZ.

In April we had an IBEW-NECA partnering class, conducted by IBEW Int. Rep. Gary Buresh and NECA Regional Mgr. J.T. Osborn. The class was held at our union hall, and it was about how we can partner with NECA to pick up more market share in our jurisdiction. Approximately 20 people attended and refreshments were served.

Local 611 extends condolences to the family and friends of recently deceased Bros. Robert B. Chavez, Joseph L. Erb, Felix C. Marquez and Nevin P. Scott. They will be missed.

Remember, this is an election year, so get out and vote.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.


Local 611 members attend IBEW-NECA class.

Organizing Campaign

L.U. 617 (c,i,mo&st), SAN MATEO, CA — A recent Local 617 organizing campaign saw mixed results.

A majority of electricians working for a San Mateo County nonunion contractor decided they wanted to improve their workplace and secure a better future for their families.

They contacted Local 617 Organizer Jillian Elliot and a campaign began. Unfortunately, when the employer discovered the activity, he refused to partner with the IBEW and took a very anti-union stance, immediately launching a traditional union-busting campaign.

Under a National Labor Relations Board ruling adopted in 2014, union elections can now occur much more swiftly, making it harder for employers to carry out lengthy anti-union campaigns, but that didn't stop this employer. Tactics such as dividing the workforce, lies about the union, threats of job loss, and other intimidation proved successful in convincing the majority of workers to vote no. In the end a small group of workers stuck together and pressed on leaving their nonunion contractor. They are now enrolled in the San Mateo JATC and we are proud to welcome them into our IBEW family.

[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]

Dan Pasini, Pres.


IBEW Local 617 welcomes Bros. Anthony Hillerby (left), Robert Bartoli, Hector Cortez, Josuel Cortez and Vincent Schendel.

Apprenticeship Graduates

L.U. 625 (c,ees,em,i,it,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA — The work picture is still bleak in Nova Scotia. Half of the local is out of work and one-quarter are without unemployment benefits as of May 1. Most of those haven't worked in 10-11 months. As of press time, there is still no great amount of work coming in 2016.

On the brighter side, we wish to congratulate the members who recently completed their apprenticeship: Brothers Cory Preeper, Ryan Gilby, Craig MacDonald, Daniel Picard, Troy Davis, Josh Major, Trevor Slaunwhite, Michael Luu, Niall Morgan and Sister Eve McDonald.

Some of the members who retired in 2015 were not previously listed due to space limitations, so I will catch up on retirees. 2015 retirees included: Brothers Tom MacPherson, David Simpkin, Bill Delorey, Bruce Frizzell, Richard Murray, Andrew Harvey, Roger Knocton, Charles Beaver, Robert "Cam" Arnott, Everett Turner, Robert Theriault, Walter Barr, Neil Chisholm, Ron Johnson, Joe Ryan, Doug Brewster and Murray Purcell. Congratulations to all the retirees. Hope to see you all together again at the Retirees Dinner and Dance on Sept. 30.

Tom Griffiths, A.B.M.

'Members Practice Safety'

L.U. 627 (u), FORT PIERCE, FL — Greetings, brothers and sisters. The Local 627 picnic was a success, and the "Ironman" is in storage until next year. We have to focus our efforts now on our next "annual event," hurricane season. This is the time of year when we direct our efforts to ensuring the safety of the ones we love most.

Our members practice safety day in and day out, on and off the job. Now is the time to prepare the family and home for the storm we hope never gets here. Take a few moments to gather the family and discuss all the safety aspects of the needed equipment on hand. Know where it is, inspect it for durability, and replace what is necessary.

Make sure you bring a union brother or sister to the monthly union meetings … more voices, heard as one.

Ray Vos, P.S.

IBEW Career of Service

L.U. 673 (catv,i,rts,spa,t&u), PAINESVILLE, OH — Congratulations to our recently retired training director Rich Goodmanson on his longtime career of IBEW service. Rich became a member of the local in 1978 and graduated from the JATC apprenticeship program in 1982. He enjoyed a long career working for A.J. Goulder Electric and will be missed as a spoke in that wheel. Rich served as a committee member of the JATC from 1987-1997. He became JATC training director in 1997. Rich has helped shape our apprentices into the future of our local, and without his leadership our program would not be what it is today. He will be missed and his contributions will have a lasting impact. I know that I am not the only one who feels that they are a better person for having known Rich. Good luck and best wishes, Rich, for many safe, happy and healthy years of retirement.

[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]

Welcome to our new Training Dir. Eric Kubish. He started as a residential trainee in 1993 and completed the inside apprenticeship program in 2002. Eric has served on the apprenticeship committee, has been an apprenticeship teacher, and has taught many journeyman upgrade training classes. I have known Eric for many years and I know that he will be a great asset to continue producing the industry's top-of-the-line electricians. Good luck, Eric, and thanks for stepping up for the betterment of our local!

Dave Phillips, P.S.


Local 673 recently retired training director Rich Goodmanson (left) and new Training Dir. Eric Kubish.

Work Outlook Promising

L.U. 683 (em&i), COLUMBUS, OH — Our work outlook here in central Ohio is very promising. Several small and larger jobs have already started, and more are expected as summer progresses. The Parks Edge Condo project and the Franklin County Veterans Memorial project have already started. Honda's new state-of-the-art vehicle paint line project will start soon.

Local 683 is excited about our purchase of a newer, more cost-efficient modern building. Our new location is next door to our JATC and is in a good, up-and-coming area. Our new building will need some renovations to fit our needs, and that work should start very soon.

[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]

At this writing, scheduled Local 683 summer events for this year included our Annual Chuck Bland Fish Fry in June, and our Union Sportsmen's Alliance walleye fishing trip to Lake Erie.

Everyone please have a safe and fun summer.

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

Charity Basketball Tournament

L.U. 697 (c,es,i,mt&se), GARY AND HAMMOND, IN — Our 2nd Annual 3 on 3 Charity Basketball Tournament was held April 23 and was hosted by the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC) chapter along with journeyman Kim Soto and friends. A great deal of sportsmanship and camaraderie was displayed. Congratulations to the father-and-sons team of Tom, Mark and Tony Patrick, who prevailed in the championship round. Thank you to all who participated.

Also, a shout-out to the many participants at the March for Babies event held May 15 in Highland.

Upcoming events include the Lowell Labor Day parade in September, and our Local 697 picnic scheduled for Sept. 10. Also in September will be the Rebuilding Together events in Hobart, Lake Station, and the South Lake County Chapter.

We are coming down to the homestretch for the upcoming general elections. Here in Indiana, we must focus our efforts on supporting those who support and understand working families and not let ourselves be "smoke-screened" into voting against our best interest.

Enjoy the rest of the summer.

Dan Waldrop, B.M.


Local 697 Charity Basketball Tournament, hosted by the EWMC Chapter, was a great success.

'Growing From Within' — Transmission Work Advances

L.U. 777 (u), READING, PA — Transmission work in Local 777 territory is booming. As all of us know, there is a push to improve the electrical infrastructure across the nation. The availability of governmental subsidies is promoting changes to our EHV (extra high voltage) department and advancements to our little piece of the nation's electrical grid.

First Energy has committed to build a new facility in Reading, PA, housing only the transmission crews, and to purchase new trucks and equipment to enable our members to perform bigger and more involved jobs than they have done in the past. Our local is presently negotiating the expansion of the EHV department. Jointly we are looking at establishing an apprenticeship training program, salary levels, staffing levels, and journeyman duties and qualifications. With the anticipation of a successful agreement in mind, there are jobs being designed that will give us work well into the future.

Mark Power, P.S.

Tribute for Longtime Service

L.U. 889 (rr), LOS ANGELES, CA — Local 889 wishes to congratulate Bro. Pat Utter, who recently retired following a longtime career of dedicated IBEW service.

Following his military service with the U.S. Navy, Bro. Utter began his IBEW career working with the railroad. After four years of apprenticeship, he worked as an electrical technician and was an instructor.

During his 44 years of IBEW service, Bro. Utter served our local in many capacities. He was a Local 889 recording secretary, financial secretary, and Executive Board member before he retired.

As a Local 889 member, Bro. Utter worked with two railroad companies. He started work with Southern Pacific and retired from Union Pacific Railroad.

On the occasion of his retirement, the local presented Bro. Utter with a locomotive plaque/retirement award.

We wish Bro. Pat Utter the best in his retirement and thank him for his distinguished service to our local.

Martin Saldana, P.S.


Local 889 presents retiring Bro. Pat Utter (standing, center) with a locomotive plaque/retirement award.

Service Pin & Awards Cookout

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL — Local 915 once again provided an atmosphere of brotherhood and great food at our annual Service Pin & Brother of The Year Awards presentation/cookout in April. Special thanks to those who volunteered their time helping to bring the new apprentices and seasoned brothers together for this annual event.

Former business manager Gary Hill, who passed away April 4 this year, would have received his 50-year service pin on this night. Instead, Bus. Mgr. Randall King took the posthumous award to Bro. Hill's daughter at his funeral.

Three members in attendance received 60-year service pins: Bros. Armand Chaves, Howard Ritchie and Wilmer Saffold. A 55-year pin was presented to Bro. Alton Banks. Presented 45-year pins were: Bros. Robert Bass, Russell Dehmel, William Dever, Harold Kronz and Greg LaBuda. Forty-year pins went to Bros. David Quinn, James Lyle and Richard Smith. Congratulations to these brothers and all service award recipients.

Pres. Michael Weeks swore in 20 new members.

The Brother of The Year Award recipient has served on the negotiating committee several times and fulfilled his duties as an elected vice president. He comes to the work parties, participates with the local Central Labor Council, and is always there for the local when he is asked to help. Local 915 proudly announces Bro. Ron Greenough as the 2016 Brother of the Year.

Theresa King, R.S./P.S.


Local 915 Pres. Michael Weeks (left), 60-year member Howard Ritchie, Brother of The Year awardee Ron Greenough, 60-year members Wilmer Saffold and Armand Chaves, and Bus. Mgr. Randall King.

Contract Negotiations

L.U. 1049 (lctt,o,u&uow), LONG ISLAND, NY — Our thoughts and prayers remain with Bro. Jose Luna. Bro. Luna was preparing a 13-kilovolt switchgear, for painting, when he came in contact with a live bushing. Bro. Luna sustained third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body. As of this writing, Bro. Luna is still in the burn unit in serious condition. He faces a long, difficult recovery. This accident reminds us all to keep safety in the forefront as we perform our jobs. On behalf of Bus. Mgr. Daley, I wish to thank all of those who have donated monies to help Bro. Luna and his family in their time of need.

In April we concluded negotiations for our members who work under the NECA contract. This four-year package includes 13 percent general wage increases over the life of the contract. Also there will be employer-funded increases in the annuity, medical and vacation funds.

We are pleased to say that we are at full employment in all of our Outside Divisions. As a matter of fact, in our Electric Division we are currently employing 150 travelers.

In our Utility Division we are currently preparing for negotiations on behalf of our members who work under the PSEG Long Island contract.

Thomas J. Dowling, R.S.

Nevada Energy Contract;
Work Outlook Strong

L.U. 1245 (catv,em,govt,lctt,o,pet,t&u), VACAVILLE, CA — Local 1245 members at Nevada Energy overwhelmingly ratified a new contract, which extends the current collective bargaining agreement through 2022, and includes annual wage increases and essentially no takeaways. "These results prove that our sustained effort to change the relationship between Berkshire-Hathaway and the IBEW has paid off," noted IBEW Local 1245 Bus. Mgr. Tom Dalzell.

AFL-CIO Sec.-Treas. Elizabeth Shuler visited Local 1245 in late April, where she spoke with the local's organizing stewards and the Advisory Council. "Tom Dalzell's bold vision sets the standard for the labor movement across the country," Shuler said, acknowledging the business manager's skilled leadership. "He embodies solidarity, creativity and innovation."

Local 1245 has launched an aggressive campaign to keep the Diablo Canyon Power Plant open. The plant is one of the biggest economic drivers in San Luis Obispo County, plays a vital role in California's clean energy future, and has a proven track record as a safe and reliable source of clean, greenhouse-gas-free power. But a number of state and federal agencies, as well as a handful of committed opponents, are trying to shut down the plant. Local 1245 succeeded in fending off a legal effort seeking to close the plant last year, but the threats to Diablo Canyon's continued operation have continued to mount. More information can be found at

In Outside Construction, the work outlook remains strong and steady, and is expected to remain so through 2016. In addition to the work that has been contracted out through the utilities, several additional projects — including large solar projects, Caltrain electrification, high-speed rail, and a new trailer park modification pilot project — should provide good jobs for Local 1245 members for years to come.

Rebecca Band, P.S.


Local 1245 members and supporters rallied at the state Capitol on April 4, 2016.

Community Activities

L.U. 1249 (catv,lctt,o,t&u), SYRACUSE, NY — Now that the weather is nicer, Local 1249's RENEW group is taking the opportunity to plan some outdoor activities throughout the communities. In March, they helped the village of Homer Little League clean up their ballfields to get ready for the season. The group was lucky to get a decent spring day, and just missed the rain that came that afternoon! They hope to get invited back next year, and make it a yearly activity.

In June, Local 1249 took part in a basketball tournament that benefits the Salvation Army — the 7th Annual Turn-Around Jumpers 3-on-3 Tournament. This was Local 1249's first year participating, and our members were excited to help make it a great success for a worthy cause.

Local 1249 also participated in the 7th Annual New York Shoot for the Cure event held in June, to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Both of those two June fundraisers are large events that attract many businesses and residents, and Local 1249 is excited to be a part of these community activities. Both events are for great causes, and having our members be able to get involved is a bonus.

Jennifer Schneider, P.S.

New Members & Contractors;
Active RENEW Committee

L.U. 1393 (catv,lctt,o,t&u), INDIANAPOLIS, IN — It's been a busy three years for IBEW Local 1393! We've negotiated over 27 contracts, taken over 30 cases to arbitration, launched new organizing drives, increased our membership, and we've added over 20 new contractors.

We've done a lot to enhance the service to our membership in a multitude of ways. For starters, we started a new method of communication with a brand new website, at, and a very healthy social media presence. In the last two years alone, we've gained over 800 likes on our Facebook page. An email and text blast system was implemented to send instant updates to the membership. Our contract negotiations and explanation meetings have included the use of multimedia presentations and on-site office support. We're now able to work completely remotely and do anything we could do at the union hall, such as document production, accessing our files via the server.

The RENEW committee has been very active since its beginning within the last three years in promoting unionism and benefiting the community, including a fundraiser to assist families of patients at the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis.

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

Four-Year Amtote Contract

L.U. 1501 (ees,em,mo,pet,rts&t), BALTIMORE, MD — Local 1501 recently completed negotiations with Amtote International for our members who work at the racetracks throughout the United States, manufacturing, maintaining and servicing the totalisator equipment and also at the off-track parlors throughout the U.S. Local 1501 had a plan and stuck to it. In the end we ended with a four-year agreement with a 4 percent wage increase the first year and 3 percent wage each year after that. Holiday pay was increased. Travel pay was increased. Although we were not able to stop increases in the health care, we were able to defer it until the start of next year and stretch it out over the following three years. There are still concerns on the topic of who will be operating a track if certain "handles" are not met, but we will keep a close eye on that.

Thanks to the negotiating committee: James Boyd – mid-Atlantic region; Jeff Dunn – Northern region; Greg Nelson – Southern; Jaime Sarmeinto – Western; and Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Dion F. Guthrie.

Thomas J. Rostkowski, R.S.

New Apprentices Welcomed

L.U. 1547 (c,em,i,o,t&u), ANCHORAGE, AK — Twelve area high school seniors were inducted into various trade apprenticeship programs at a recent signing ceremony held at the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Administration Building.

Kornfeind Training Center Coordinator Wendell Whistler was on hand to welcome four of those individuals into the Alaska Joint Electrical Apprenticeship & Training Trust (AJEATT) apprenticeship program. Local 1547 congratulates the newly inducted apprentices: Brandon Stevens-Rustad, Andrew Hammett, Phelan Green and Daniil Zagorodnyy.

Melinda Taylor, P.S.


Kornfeind Training Center Coordinator Wendell Whistler (standing) welcomes new Local 1547 AJEATT apprentices Brandon Stevens-Rustad (left), Andrew Hammett, Phelan Green and Daniil Zagorodnyy.

Union Hall Renovations

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA — Local 1579 is getting a facelift on the outside and a remodel on the inside that will bring the building up to the 21st century. The parking lot will also be redesigned with up-to-code parking and landscaping that will include new grass, shrubs and trees.

The building will also have additional technology that will include an all new larger conference room with charging stations and flat screens throughout the facility and video screens for the auditorium and the classrooms, which will enhance training opportunities for the members.

Our work situation is still good. The Vogtle Project will continue to hire and should add at least 100 by the end of the year bringing the total workforce for electricians over 400.

Work in the rest of the jurisdiction looks good also. We are slowly adding manpower at Fort Gordon, with current manpower numbers higher than they have been in decades.

A big thank-you to all the traveling brothers and sisters who have helped man our work. Their help is greatly appreciated.

Until next time, God bless.

Will Salters, B.M./F.S.