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Contract Negotiations

L.U. 2 (catv,lctt,o,t&u), ST. LOUIS, MO — Local 2 has been busy negotiating contracts, with several due in 2017.

So far this year we have ratified contracts for: Ameren Missouri, City of Hannibal Board of Public Works, Consolidated Electric Cooperative - Physical Unit, Cuivre River Electric Cooperative, and Precision Daylighting Inc.

Contracts due later this year are: Bi-State Development Agency, Central Electric Power Cooperative, Citizens Electric Corporation, City of Thayer, Crawford Electric Cooperative, Lewis County Rural Electric Cooperative, Missouri American Water, four contracts with Missouri Valley Line Constructors, Nelson Tree Service, and Wright Tree Service. We are also finalizing a first contract with Asplundh Tree Expert.

We have a hiring hall rule change that went into effect April 17. The rule requiring separation papers showing the date of separation from the previous employer for both members and travelers has been discontinued.

Please connect with us on social media for information on committees, events, unit meetings, and various recognitions such as retirements.

Greg Benton, A.B.M.

Community Service Tradition

L.U. 8 (as,em,i,mar,mt,rts,s&spa), TOLEDO, OH — The Local 8 Defiance Unit has conducted a trash pickup along Route 66 for the past 24 years. Typically, the pickups occur during the months of April, July and October in lieu of their monthly meetings.

This is an excellent record of IBEW community service. An especially notable accomplishment is that retiree Wally Westrick has participated in every single pickup since day one! And Wally celebrated his 90th birthday this past March. What dedication! Congratulations, Wally, on an awesome achievement!

Thanks to all the Local 8 members who have participated in this community service endeavor. Recent participants included: Curtis Blanchard, Mike Graziani, Wally Westrick, Frank Robey, Kevin Hurley, Dave Phillips, Buck Crosser, Joe Geiger, Brian Hahn, Bus. Mgr. Roy B. Grosswiler, Asst. Bus. Mgr. Bill Box, and Defiance Unit Chmn. Ron Bergman.

The work situation has been very strong over the past few months and should remain this way for a few years. Check out our website for job opportunities in our area.

Mike Brubaker, P.S.


Toledo, OH, Local 8 Defiance Unit members assemble to conduct a trash pickup on Route 66.

RENEW N.Y. State Lobby Day

L.U. 10 (u), JOHNSON CITY, NY — 3DYC RENEW New York State Lobby Day was held last May in Albany. Attendees listened to speakers and politicians. Then they were off to experience lobbying for the first time. It was an eye-opening experience for the young members of our union. One that will hopefully keep them involved in their union and political action.

The 2017 IBEW Utility Conference in April was well-attended in Cleveland, Ohio. The Third District Workshops and LAMPAC (Labor & Management Public Affairs Committee) meetings also were well-attended.

Contract negotiations are coming up for members at Cayuga Station and Steuben Electric Cooperative.

Congratulations to recent IBEW I.O. retirees and thank you to all for your service.

Don Tuttel, P.S.

August Annual Picnic;
Earth Day Event Volunteers

L.U. 12 (i,o&se), PUEBLO, CO — At the time of this writing, Local 12 is in the planning stages for our 2017 Annual Picnic, scheduled for Aug. 5. We have the park reserved in Pueblo West for volleyball, softball, horseshoes and all the picnic favorites. There will be ample grassy space, shade, food and good company to enjoy. We hope to have a good turnout this year!

On April 22, to celebrate Earth Day, Local 12 volunteers helped out at the hazardous waste collection area at the Colorado State Fairgrounds. Members manned the fluorescent light recycle booth and packaged 1,240 bulbs. It is great to see people take the time to dispose of these things correctly.

Last year, we negotiated the Inside contract for one year; therefore, we are in the negotiation process again. We hope to have the details worked out soon.

With the state electrical license renewal deadline right around the corner, we have been holding Upgrade Classes regularly to make sure everyone gets their Professional Development Units (PDUs) before the deadline.

The work picture is steady in our area with no big jobs in the plans.

Susan Johnson, P.S.


Local 12 staffed a booth at state fairgrounds on Earth Day. From left: Susan Finzel-Alred, environmental coordinator, Pueblo Health Dept.; Local 12 Apprenticeship Dir. Dan Kraus; office manager Susan Johnson; and journeyman wireman Richard Ganni.

Member Activities & Updates

L.U. 16 (i), EVANSVILLE, IN — Local 16 completed the move to Massachusetts Mutual as the company that will now serve as the local's defined-contribution pension plan's record keeper. This change allows for better service and value. For additional information, call 800-743-5274 or 800-831-4914, or go to

The 20th Annual Turkey Testicle Festival was April 29. Over 450 attended, with brothers traveling from as far away as California and the East Coast. Twenty-five members in need were helped, and $16,000 was contributed toward the 49th IBEW reunion. Since the festival's inception, over $375,000 has been raised! Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this event possible.

The Local 16 Cooking Committee did a great job preparing the 200 pork butts recently sold to help a union brother, and everyone enjoyed the camaraderie.

The Political Action Committee regularly holds events for the membership, and welcomes new members. Anyone troubled by the country's current direction should check into this great organization.

The Entertainment Committee had a busy spring hosting the Winter Gala at the new Doubletree hotel, and the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the union hall.

Under the leadership of Jeff Brady and Brandon Wongngamnit, IBEW members and other skilled tradesmen renovated an office complex for a nonprofit organization. Aurora Inc. is a resource center for the homeless that provides housing solutions and related services.

Several large projects in the jurisdiction require specific current credentials. All members working here are encouraged to consider getting and maintaining a Vanderburgh County electrical license. This will be a necessity for the Tropicana Casino expansion, the Indiana University Medical School project, and the new McCutchanville Elementary School project. Also, some customers insist on site-specific safety and drug testing criteria. Please be fully prepared to take these calls and show what the IBEW can do!

Donald P. Beavin, P.S.

Recent Appointments —
Continued Progress

L.U. 24 (es,i&spa), BALTIMORE, MD — Former business manager Gary Griffin recently was appointed as a Fourth District international representative under the leadership of Int. Vice Pres. Brian G. Malloy. We wish Gary much success in his new position and thank him for his many years of service with the local.

The Local 24 Executive Board unanimously appointed Pete Demchuk, former financial secretary, to fill the unexpired term of office of Bro. Griffin. The board also appointed Mike McHale as financial secretary to fill the unexpired term of office. And Nick DiMartino was appointed to fill an Examining Board seat vacated by Bro. Cory Shifflet.

Bus. Mgr. Demchuk has served the local well throughout his career as an organizer, Examining Board and Executive Board member, vice president, president and JATC committee member. Congratulations, Pete — we look forward to continued progress under your leadership.

Fin. Sec. Mike McHale has served the local in various positions over the years, including as an organizer, Examining and Executive Board member, and in various leadership roles in the field.

Nick DiMartino was recently brought on staff as an organizer. We look forward to the youthful enthusiasm Nick brings to the local and wish him much success.

We thank Bro. Shifflett for his service and look forward to working with him in the future.

Michael G. Azzarello, A.B.M.


Local 24 Fin. Sec. Mike McHale (left), Bus. Mgr. Pete Demchuk, and Examining Board member and organizer Nick DiMartino.

Anniversary Party Sept. 23;
Graduates & Scholarship Awards

L.U. 26 (ees,em,es,govt,i&mt), WASHINGTON, DC — Local 26 is extremely proud to have a historic event occurring on Sept. 23, 2017! This is the date of our 125th Anniversary Party and the event will be held at MGM National Harbor. To purchase tickets or for more information and sponsorship opportunities, please view our website at

Local 26 is proud to announce the four winners of this year's scholarship awards: Caleb Byram, Jacob Cowan, Marcus Smith Jr. and Nora Windsor. Congratulations to all, and stay tuned for further details.

Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the annual Manassas, VA, picnic on Saturday, June 24. And don't forget that the Edgewater, MD, picnic is Saturday, Aug. 26.

Local 26 congratulates the 2017 graduates of our Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee program and the "R to A Upgrade" program. This year we had a total of 238 graduates. It was a pleasure to see so many supportive family members and happy graduates! Best wishes to the new journeyman electricians!

Several members passed away since our last article: Steven J. Rein, Greg G. Gregory, James E. Bennett Sr., Charles L. Lay, Scott A. Rutherford, Michael G. Whittington and Michael A. Cade. They will be missed.

Best wishes to new retirees: David A. McCord, Victor C. Bernard, Michael D. Neel, Charles O. Williams, Derrick R. Stoutamire, Jefferson R. Wickens, Andrew M. Herold, Robert T. Dennis, Elbert L. Gaddis Jr., Allan J. Rose, Cecil B. Canfield, James P. Metler, Robert H. Anderson, Christopher L. Ludlow, Milan Klacar, Albert E. Winfield III, Francis S. Sitney and Stephen F. Wade.

George C. Hogan, B.M.

2017 Graduation Ceremony

L.U. 34 (em,i,mt,rts&spa), PEORIA, IL — Local 34 officers, board members and staff proudly attended the graduation ceremony for our 2017 JATC program graduates on June 9.

Training Dir. Brandon Currie and his assistant DeAnna Wills hosted a flawless event. Graduates enjoyed a great meal, refreshments and celebration in honor of their accomplishments. The banquet room looked fabulous and everyone had a wonderful evening.

The inside wireman program produced 29 outstanding new journeyman wiremen: Ryan Kelson, Matthew McComb, Joshua Berger, Timothy Bianco, John Cardosi, Thomas Carroll, Tad Chatten, Ross Curley, Andrew England, Neil Ensor, Cody Hamilton, Jacob Hughes, Adam Johanson, John Jones, Johnny Jorden, Karmel Kang, John Luginbuhl, Jeremy Moxley, Cody O'Brien, Ryan Paul, Cody Roberts, Brennen Rodgers, Brittany Romani, Scott Rudesill, Michel Shropshire, Chad Walker, Brody Woodard, Justin Brown and Phillip Molleck.

Also graduating this year are three exceptional electronic technicians and three residential wiremen. Electronic technicians include: Robert Bong, Zachary Helms and Michael King. The newly graduated residential wiremen are: Caleb Bugos, Andrew Butts and Paul Moore.

Local 34 is proud of its programs and the continued tradition of producing highly trained, professional wiremen. Special thanks to the Sixth District Int. Vice Pres. David J. Ruhmkorff for attending and speaking at the graduation ceremony. Again, congratulations to all the graduates!

Marc Burnap, P.S.


IBEW Local 34 class of 2017 inside apprenticeship graduates.

Solidarity for Workers
Employed at Materion Corp.

L.U. 38 (i), CLEVELAND, OH — IBEW officers and members turned out from many parts of the state of Ohio to participate in an informational picket that was held in Local 38's jurisdiction for the Materion Corp. (Brush-Wellman) campaign.

The picket was held to show support for the 430 workers at Materion and took place while a stockholders meeting was being held just outside of Cleveland.

The employees who work at the plant, which is in Toledo, Local 8's jurisdiction, produce products made of beryllium for cell phones, satellites and other electronic components.

The employees are looking for IBEW representation for several reasons but mainly because of their concerns over their exposure to beryllium, which can result in scarring of the lung tissue.

The company has hired a union-busting firm, and Local 38 was happy to help out on this campaign to show solidarity for the workers in their quest to become represented by the IBEW so that the workers can have a voice at work.

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


IBEW officers and members from multiple Ohio local unions joined informational picket in support of workers at Materion Corp.

'Congratulations on 30 Years'

L.U. 40 (em,i&mps), HOLLYWOOD, CA — Local 40 would like to congratulate IBEW Ninth District Int. Rep. Tim Dixon on 30 years of IBEW membership. Bro. Dixon graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1985. On Feb. 1, 1986, he was sworn into membership and began working as a full-time business representative.

For over 13 years, Bro. Dixon proudly served Local 40 in many different capacities, including as business manager. In 1998 he began a new challenge, utilizing his knowledge and years of experience gained at Local 40, when he was appointed as an IBEW international representative.

As we reflect on our local's history, Bro. Dixon's lasting impact on this local is extensive and cannot be overstated. For over 30 years, Bro. Dixon has been an invaluable resource for our local and a champion for IBEW workers' rights. His commitment to Local 40 and the IBEW is a model that we all should strive to replicate as union members.

On behalf of the brothers and sisters of Local 40, we thank Bro. Tim Dixon for his years of service to the local and his continued service to the IBEW.

Stephan Davis, R.S.


Int. Rep. Tim S. Dixon, Local 40 member.

Benefit Bike Run 2017;
'Climb for Lost Lineman'

L.U. 42 (catv,em,govt,lctt&o), HARTFORD, CT — On June 3, Local 42 hosted its annual motorcycle benefit ride for the Bridgeport Burn Center. The weather and the turnout were great. We thank the following IBEW locals for participating: Locals 3, 99, 103, 104, 1049, 1249 and 2323. Any IBEW members looking to participate in next year's event, please contact our hall.

Climb for Lost Lineman: On June 16, Local 42 paid tribute to one of our charter members, Red Sharpe, who passed away Dec. 19, 2016. The Rodeo Team and three generations of the Sharpe family gathered together to participate and watch Red's grandson hang his lantern in his honor. Local 42 thanks the National Sisterhood United for Journeyman Linemen (NSUJL) for all their hard work with organizing this memorable event.

Ebony DeJusus, P.S.


Local 42 Rodeo Team conducts a climb in tribute to late charter member Red Sharpe.

RENEW Chapter Chartered

L.U. 60 (i), SAN ANTONIO, TX — With great pride, we are pleased to announce our local's newly formed RENEW chapter, which was chartered March 2 this year by the IBEW international office. RENEW/NextGen is the IBEW's initiative focused on young members' participation in the union.

With the direction of Bus. Mgr. Paul Garza and RENEW Committee leader Christopher Vaquera, these young members have been involved in projects sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, the San Antonio Building Trades, and the San Antonio AFL-CIO.

Since formation of the chapter, we have 21 members representing our youth, which is proof that this Renew Committee is well on its way to becoming future local union and IBEW leaders.

Mike D. Hernandez, A.B.M.


Local 60 RENEW committee displays chapter charter.

Contract Ratified;
Summer Picnic in August

L.U. 68 (i), DENVER, CO — Greetings, sisters and brothers.

After 30 hours of negotiations over nine days with our Rocky Mountain Chapter NECA counterparts, IBEW Local 68's negotiating team reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract. It was brought to the membership for a ratification vote on Friday, May 5, and was accepted and approved by the body. Thanks to our negotiating team: Jim Mantele, Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Morgan J. Buchanan, Robert Delgado, Jim Perizzolo, Jeremy Ross and Lavell Flamon.

The IBEW Local 68 summer picnic is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19, so please mark your calendars. If you are willing to volunteer to help with the setup and/or cleanup, contact me at: 303-591-9932.

Morgan J. Buchanan, Pres.

Local Union Updates

L.U. 80 (i&o), NORFOLK, VA — Local 80 has had a busy few months. Former Local 734 was merged into Local 80 effective April 15 this year.

As of now we currently represent nearly 700 workers at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), and the Portsmouth Coast Guard Station.

We also hosted our Annual Spring Picnic in April. We would like to thank all our brothers and sisters and their families for coming out and making it a great day.

Our local is also excited to announce we have signed a new contractor, Godwin Electrical LLC, effective in May.

We will also have a busy summer with the JATC graduating class of 2017. We have nine graduates this year! All their hard work and dedication have paid off. Congratulations to all.

Wil Morris, A.B.M.

Graduates & Volunteers;
Memorial Fish Fry a Success

L.U. 82 (em,i,mt&rtb), DAYTON, OH — Local 82 was out in the Dayton community participating in a recent community service event at the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center. IBEW members turned out to help with the AFL-CIO's annual project to clean up around a lake on the campus of the medical center. Thanks to all the members who gave up their Saturday and time with their families to come out and help. You guys did a great job!

Congratulations to the class of 2017 apprentice graduates. It is time to put your skills and knowledge to work. Good luck in the years to come and don't forget to get involved with your local!

The Charlie Toon Memorial Fish Fry — which was started by the local's softball team to help raise money for the teams and donate money to a fund to award apprentices for their hard work by paying for their books ­— was a big success again this year. Thanks to the softball players, retirees and volunteers who came out to help. Great job!

Doug Searcy, P.S.


IBEW Local 82 volunteers participated in community service project at campus of the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Ohio.

75-Year Service Award;
RENEW Committee Formed

L.U. 90 (i), NEW HAVEN, CT — IBEW Local 90 wishes to recognize Bro. Bob Grossman for 75 years of service as an IBEW member. After Bob's family presented him with his IBEW certificate and 75-year pin, they noted that: "We got a tremendous smile of pride from him." Bob is 93 and proud to be a member of IBEW Local 90. We wish Bob and all our retirees and their families the best. We thank all of you for your dedication and work paving the way for all those who follow in your footsteps. Our local is stronger due to all your efforts.

Recognizing the need for our younger members to become involved in our local's future, Bus. Manager Sean Daly asked the E-Board to set up a RENEW committee. There has been a lot of interest, and the committee will be educating the membership soon on what RENEW is about and how to get involved. Local 90 and our JATC have teamed up to provide mentors to our apprenticeship classes. We are in the final stages of structuring the program and plan to have it available to the apprentices attending school in September.

We anticipate that more members will want to get involved with local activities and projects — and we are confident our members will embrace RENEW and the mentoring program along with our Code of Excellence program, and that they will all lead by example.

Bob Woytowich, Pres.


Local 90 retired Bro. Robert "Bob" Grossman receives IBEW 75-year service award presented by his sons Mark and David.

NxtUp94 Food Drive —
Young Workers Show Dedication

L.U. 94 (lctt,nst&u), CRANBURY, NJ — On Friday, May 5, NxtUp94, the young workers committee of IBEW Local 94, donated over $7,000 worth of food to Rise Food Pantry, located next door to Local 94 headquarters in Hightstown, NJ. Heavy rain and high winds that day could not impede their strong sense of dedication to their community, as they worked tirelessly to pick up and deliver their donations. This was the fourth annual food drive organized by NxtUp94.

Leslie Koppel, executive director of Rise Community Services and vice chair of Monroe Town Council, said that NxtUp94's contribution will greatly benefit the area households that her organization serves, especially during this time when donations are at their lowest. She noted that food donated in the drive will help to feed 400 families for a month and a half.

New Jersey Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo, president of IBEW Local 269, commended his union brothers and sisters for putting together this much-needed food drive. "This is a great way to get our young members involved, and to help our community at the same time, DeAngelo said."

Frank Brennan, P.S.


NxtUp94, young members of IBEW Local 94, conducted a food drive for Rise Food Pantry. From left: Nicholas Allessando, Joe Buchmuller, Matt Nee, Mike Garcia, Mike Langham, Leslie Koppel, Shawn Sawicki, Mike Butler, Adam Neuman, Joe Itri, Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo, Robert Sheppard, Ed Cody and Joe Checkley.

Goethals Bridge Project;
Local Hosts Candidate's Visit

L.U. 102 (em,govt,i,mt,o&ws), PATERSON, NJ — On behalf of Bus. Mgr. Patrick DelleCava and all the officers, I would like to thank our membership for the vote of confidence we received at our May 2017 nomination meeting. All incumbent officers were unopposed, and re-elected by acclamation. We are truly humbled by your support and look forward to working together with all of you for the next three years!

In state politics, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, won the primary to be the Republican candidate for governor. On June 7, the day after the primary, Local 102 was one of her first stops. We were proud to host the lieutenant governor. Over 200 of our members enjoyed face-to-face time with Kim Guadagno that day. Her advocacy for private sector growth in New Jersey has directly resulted in major projects in our area, including, to name a few: Bayer, Nestle, Allergan, Ferring and Honeywell. These sites, among others, have all provided quality jobs for our brothers and sisters. We wish her well in the upcoming election!

Out in the field, our brothers and sisters are hard at work on the new Goethals Bridge, one of the newest and most technologically advanced structures in the state. Their hard work will be showcased in the upcoming days as a ribbon cutting takes place for the opening of the east bound lanes. Great job!

Bernie Corrigan, Pres.


Local 102 members display IBEW banner during construction of Goethals Bridge.

'Local of the Year'

L.U. 126 (catv,lctt,o&t), PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Lehigh Valley Labor Council named Local 126 "Local of the Year." This annual award was presented at a labor council event, with numerous other trade locals and several local politicians in attendance. Lehigh Valley Labor Council Pres. Gregg Potter praised Local 126 for its continued support in the fight against lower paying jobs, limited worker benefits and the continued mistreatment of unrepresented workers.

Bus. Mgr. Richard Muttik proudly accepted the award on behalf of Local 126 members. In his acceptance speech, Bus. Mgr. Muttik energized the audience talking about organized labor in today's age, placing an emphasis on organizing, supporting local labor, the value of union apprenticeships and the importance of electing labor friendly candidates.

Thank you to all the members and guests who attended this special night, and to those who have helped Local 126 stand out in the labor community.

The current work picture in Local 126 continues to be positive, with many members working overtime. The most recently held Boot Camp welcomed 31 new apprentice linemen to help with the impending workload.

Michael Simmonds, B.R.


Local 126 Bus. Mgr. Richard Muttik speaks at Lehigh Valley Labor Council event.

Election of Officers

L.U. 130 (i), NEW ORLEANS, LA — The Local 130 election of officers took place June 10, 2017. It was a beautiful day for the election process. Members turned out to place their votes. Attendees enjoyed plenty of food, beverages, good conversations and fun. We thank everyone who participated, including election judge Butch Naquin and his tellers. We thank the membership for their support and we pledge to always work for your best interest.

Elected officers are: Bus. Mgr. Paul Zulli, Pres. Corky Cortez, Vice Pres. Kenny Bauer, Rec. Sec. Billy Buckel and Treas. Sean Mauberret. Executive Board: Tommy Chestnut, Julius Gray, Jeff Johnson, Otto Munch and Rodney Wallis. Examining Board: Frank Accardo, Carlo Antoine, Keith Black, John Navarre and Brian Torzewski.

Billy Buckel, R.S./P.S.

Power Station Refuel Outage;
2017 Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 146 (ei,i&rts), DECATUR, IL — We had a very successful refuel outage at the Clinton Power Station. We thank the traveling sisters and brothers who helped us. It was nice to meet and get to know them!

June 10 brought a lovely day for our annual golf outing. Everyone had a good time, as we enjoyed a day of brotherhood.

Congratulations to John Shores Jr. and Brian Miller on their recent retirement. Also to Al Green, who has retired from his apprenticeship instructor position after 25 inspiring years of service.

Local 146 congratulates the class of 2017 apprenticeship graduates: Josh Flood, Greg Pruemer, Brandon Reininger, Jodie Botts, Nick Delahunty, Josh McLain, Tyler Pieszchalski, Dillon Lewis, Tyler Smock, Darin Hill, Kaleb Swarts, Robert Jonquet, Christopher Leming, Zach Buchanon and Kanen Reed. Kudos to all on your success.

Welcome to the 14 incoming apprentice wiremen: Cody Beckman, Zachary Culp, Garrett Hockman, Matt Lewis, Thomas Lutrell, Andrew McWhorter, Cory Meyer, Brock Oyler, Brandon Presnell, Joe Risby, Joseph Rotz, John Sexton, Drake Todd and Patrick Utter.

Steve Tilford, R.S.


Local 146 congratulates apprenticeship graduates. Back row, standing: Bus. Mgr. Josh Sapp (left); JATC Chmn. Derek Bartlett; graduates Josh Flood, Greg Pruemer, Brandon Reininger, Jodie Botts; office manager Jennifer Durand; graduates Nick Delahunty, Josh McLain, Tyler Pieszchalski, Dillon Lewis, Tyler Smock; Mark Laughery, JATC; Training Dir. Jason Drake; Justin Martin, JATC secretary. Front row: graduates Darin Hill, Kaleb Swarts, Robert Jonquet, Christopher Leming, Zach Buchanon and Kanen Reed.

Positive Work Picture;
Active RENEW Volunteers

L.U. 158 (i,it,mar,mt&spa), GREEN BAY, WI — Local 158, like most locals in the state, is very busy. We have many jobs going on, with many more yet to start. Calls have gone to Book II. We have settled most of our contracts that were about to expire and feel we have done well. Looks like a prosperous year for all involved.

Our local once again, like we do every year, has volunteered our skills to help out in area communities. With the guidance of Business Development agent Jeremy Schauer, our local RENEW Committee helped do some electrical work for area housing projects for the Rebuilding Together of Greater Green Bay program. Those who shared their time and efforts were: Jeremy Pingel, Alex Klingbeil, Nick Borkovec and Andrei Oleinic. Our RENEW Committee is doing great work on many functions to get our younger generation members involved in the local and the community as well.

Donald C. Allen, B.M.


IBEW Local 158 RENEW participants display banner. From left: Alex Klingbeil, Jeremy Pingel and Nick Borkovec.

Construction Industry
Career Day a Success

L.U. 164 (c,em,i,o&t), JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Local 164 JATC instructor staff attended the Construction Industry Career Day in Edison, NJ, on May 30-31. The purpose of the career day is to introduce high school and vocational-technical students to career opportunities in the construction industry. Many different trades and local unions were represented including multiple New Jersey IBEW locals.

The event was a great opportunity to showcase what we offer in employment opportunities, education and training and to recruit young, talented future electricians to come and apply for apprenticeship. It was also a good opportunity to educate students to what union labor is all about and what membership can offer them. It was an opportunity for us to demonstrate the kind of work they would be taught to do with various interactive displays including a full residential service, three-way switching and Programmable Logic Controllers. It was an exciting event.

In attendance were: Training Dir. Richard Paredes, Asst. Training Dir. Paul Lagana and instructors Warren Becker and Roch Lepage.

Warren Becker, V.P.

Apprenticeship Prep Classes —
Multi-Craft Core Curriculum

L.U. 234 (i&mt), CASTROVILLE, CA — In collaboration with the building trades, our local has run three Apprenticeship Preparation classes, one in each of our three counties. The Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) program, developed by the North America's Building Trades Unions (, is designed to prepare interested individuals for apprenticeship in any of the trades. This program helps to meet our nation's growing demand for skilled craft workers by cultivating individuals who appreciate unions and the middle-class wages.

The students, of varying ages, backgrounds and genders all share a common desire to improve their skills and lives. They are truly motivated, as evidenced by their enthusiastic willingness to attend over 140 hours of training, held evenings and weekends over a four-month period.

In addition to receiving CPR/First Aid and OSHA-10 certifications, they also learn other subjects. These include: Orientation and Industry Awareness, Tools and Materials, Blueprint Reading, Construction Math, and Heritage of the American Worker. We also help them develop interview and leadership skills.

With the increasing attacks on unions, these individuals are seeing first-hand the benefits of thorough training and good wages and benefits that allow them to raise a family, buy a home, buy vehicles, have medical insurance and save for retirement.

Stephen Slovacek, P.S.

IBEW Retiree Serves As
Advocate for Veterans

L.U. 280 (c,ees,em,es,i,mo,mt,rts&st), SALEM, OR — Local 280 is proud to have a retired member like Bernie Pasqualini. Bernie has been active in the Vietnam Veterans of America organization for years. Recently, he stepped into an even bigger role as an advocate for veterans through the Vets Helping Vets organization.

Early in his career, Bernie apprenticed in IBEW Local 654 in Chester, PA. He traveled for approximately 10 years before landing in Riverside, CA, Local 440. Bernie eventually settled here in Local 280.

Since taking on his new role as VHV advocate for veterans, Bernie has been hard at work to further their purposes. The VHV and its trained advocates assist veterans with the benefit claims process, emergency needs, comfort to families and overall guidance on putting together fully developed claims — at no cost to the veteran.

With this job came volumes of legal study and procedures for Bernie to learn. A goal of the VHV now is to build its own facility in the Albany, Oregon, area. Eventually Bernie wants to start networking and turn this into a national organization. For more information about Vets Helping Vets, please visit website The VHV headquarters is currently located at 1215 Pacific Blvd. SE, Albany, Oregon 97321. VHV is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. "It's not a hand out — it's a hand up."

Drew Lindsey, B.M./F.S.


Local 280 retiree Bernie Pasqualini serves as a VHV advocate for veterans.

'Lineworker Appreciation Day'

L.U. 300 (govt,i,mt&u), MONTPELIER, VT — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott issued a proclamation designating April 18, 2017, "Electrical Utility Lineworker Appreciation Day." In attendance at the Vermont State House were electrical utility members of IBEW Local 300 and their respective management counterparts. Although the proclamation is specific to the line worker, I would like to extend thanks and praise to all utility members, as well as to the women and men in support roles, such as police, fire, highway and EMT personnel who maintain security and safety throughout storm-related events. It is with the help and support of all groups that we can safeguard your fellow sisters and brothers, our communities and the American dream.

Congratulations to Local 300's newest organized group — the Morristown Highway Department. The 12-member group seized an opportunity to better their working conditions and improve their standard of living for themselves and their families. Congratulations to all.

Congratulations also to Roger Donegan on his recent retirement from Burlington Electric Department. Roger served as chief steward for 90+ IBEW members. His leadership, dedication, loyalty and selfless service to his IBEW sisters and brothers bestow great credit to himself, the IBEW and Burlington Electric Dept. We wish Roger well in his new endeavors.

Local 300 continues to develop and negotiate the first agreement for 120 workers employed by Asplundh. With fingers crossed and negotiating efforts at maximum effort, we hope to complete the negotiating process by late summer.

Wishing all IBEW members a safe and happy summer, a good Labor Day and a prosperous year. Be well and be safe.

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


IBEW Local 300 members and management personnel from Burlington Electric Department, with Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (third from left) stand in recognition of "Electric Utility Lineworker Appreciation Day."

Bike, Car & Truck Show;
2017 Apprentice Graduation

L.U. 302 (i,rts&spa), MARTINEZ, CA — On June 1, our local had its 31st Annual Apprenticeship Completion Ceremony. We congratulate the 16 inside apprentice graduates who became journeymen, and the five sound and communications graduates who became installers. The graduates are: Michael Corpus, Nicole Capell, Eric Dahl, Ivan Elias, Michael Fields, Justin Flynt, Shane Granfors, Antonio Hernandez, Bryan Hicks, Oscar Iniguez, Samson Keary, Sean Kelly, Michael Knott, Nicolas Lawry, Kristopher Marti, Ryan Moynihan, John O'Connor, Andre Picou, Jason Poltl, Shaun Shahan and Don Wills.

The 3rd Annual Bike, Car & Truck Show on May 24 was a great success. We thank Show Chmn. Bryan Pridmore and all the participants, including: Terry Baldwin, Daryl Fly, Marty Viramontes, Richard Watley, Fred Spencer, Ed Loe, Mike Troxell, Todd Watson, Ryan Oxford, Zack Guess, Aaron Redford, Nik Pridmore, Chester Holm, Mr. & Mrs. Morrison, and Sharon Spare. And a big thank-you goes out to Young Workers Committee members Scott Morrison, Bryan Hicks and Steve Jelich for the fantastic BBQ before the local union meeting.

Tom Hansen, B.M./F.S.

2017 Graduation Ceremony

L.U. 306 (i), AKRON, OH — Our 2017 Apprentice Graduation and awards ceremony was held June 2 at Todaro's Party Center.

Bus. Mgr. Michael Might presented opening remarks and the invocation was given by graduate Louis Oliver. We were honored to have as guest speaker Patrick Reardon, executive administrator of the Ohio State Apprenticeship Council, Dept. of Job & Family Services.

Diplomas and awards were presented by Apprenticeship Committee Chmn. Larry Thompson, Training Dir. Paul Zimmerman and Asst. Training Dir. Martin Helms. Closing remarks were given by Jason Walden, NECA executive director, North Central Ohio Chapter.

The graduates are: David Braswell, Julie Cass, Brian Cook, Robert Duplain, Chad Evans, Jeffery Grubbs, Mike Karl, Mark Lickert, Zachary Lindeman, Thomas Lingo, Paul Mason, Louis Oliver, Van Runyon and Benjamin Thompson.

The award for highest grade point average went to Julie Cass, with a 98.36 GPA. Graduates recognized for perfect attendance were: D. Braswell, B. Cook, M. Lickert, P. Mason, L. Oliver, V. Runyon and B. Thompson. Congratulations from Local 306 to all our graduates, and best wishes to our newest journeyman wiremen!

Lastly, it is with sadness that we report the passing of Bro. James McMillen, and retired Bros. Frank R. Davis, William Mallery and William Hose. We extend our condolences to their families and friends.

Thomas Wright, P.S.


Local 306 congratulates the local's newest journeyman wiremen, class of 2017 graduates.

Steward Training

L.U. 340 (i,rts&spa), SACRAMENTO, CA — In late May, Int. Rep. Michael Meals provided steward training at our hall for three Local 340 stewards who work for BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc. at the Solid-State Phased Array Radar System (SSPARS) Site 2, PAVE PAWs. This national defense mission is located at Beale Air Force Base in Marysville, CA, and we have close to 40 Local 340 civilian technicians employed at that military site. These technicians provide direct operation and maintenance functional support in separate classifications. Negotiating a contract on a military site for civilians can be a real challenge, but I believe we are on the right path now with this steward training and the fact that Local 340 Asst. Bus. Mgr. Andrew Meredith, an excellent agent and organizer who is definitely comfortable with military lingo, is now representing these hard-working members.

I want to take this opportunity to thank our neighboring IBEW locals that provided work to our members when jobs were scarce in our jurisdiction. However, now I am happy to report that the Sacramento work picture has vastly changed. As I write this article in late May, our referral books are heading into single digits and we are looking at a whole lot of future work for IBEW members in all classifications in our jurisdiction.

Rest in peace, Bros. Bruce Craighton, Richard Dobos and Andrew Mellmer.

Robert D. Ward, B.M.


Local 340 Bus. Mgr. Bob Ward (left) with BAE stewards Thor Campbell, George Gardner and Todd Welch.

2017 Apprentice Graduates;
Spring & Summer Events

L.U. 364 (catv,ees,em,es,i,mt,rts&spa) — ROCKFORD, IL — Congratulations to our newly topped out inside apprenticeship graduating class of 2017. The recent graduates are: Kerwin Randolph, Matt Leopold, Carl Kisling, Mike Kelly, D.J. Kampas, Eric Feuillerat and Tim Fair. (See accompanyting photo.) At the swing of the gavel at our May meeting, these new journeyman wiremen became the future of the IBEW. We wish them a safe and prosperous career.

On June 9, we held our graduation ceremony for our new journeyman wiremen. Attendees enjoyed a nice dinner followed by an awards presentation for our top apprentices.

On July 8, Local 364's summer picnic for our 100th year anniversary was a great success. Several hundred Local 364 members and their families attended. Rides and games for the kids were provided and everyone had a great time.

Our 16th annual IBEW Local 364 Golf Playday was July 22. Over 100 golfers attended. There was a grand prize trip to Vegas as well as a chance to win a Harley and a Jeep Cherokee along with other smaller prizes. This event keeps growing and getting better each year. Proceeds from the event help fund Local 364's scholarship program for members' children attending college.

Brad Williams, P.S.


Local 364 class of 2017 inside apprenticeship graduates with Bus. Mgr. Alan Golden (far right).

IBEW Volunteers for
Veterans Memorial Park Event

L.U. 420 (u), WATERBURY, CT — On May 20 this year, IBEW Local 420 members once again participated in their annual "veterans clean up" project in preparation for Memorial Day ceremonies. Every year Local 420 members help get the park ready for Memorial Day festivities.

This year's celebration was notably special due to events that transpired at the Memorial Day ceremonies. On Memorial Day weekend, the City of Waterbury and the Waterbury Veterans Committee honored deceased former Local 420 business manager Frank Cirillo, who was a U.S. Navy veteran, with a dedicated monument that will forever rest at the foot of the flagpole in recognition of his service to our community and our country.

Thank you once again to the IBEW 420 members, retirees and their family members who showed up and worked hard for this great cause.

Joseph Malcarne, B.M./F.S.


Annually, Local 420 members clean up an area park for Memorial Day events. A monument installed in 2017 honors late business manager Frank Cirillo Jr.

'The Big Bike Ride' —
Fundraisers a Success

L.U. 530 (i,o&rtb), SARNIA, ONTARIO, CANADA — May 11 saw Local 530 compete again this year in The Big Bike Ride. This event is held yearly to raise monies for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Our team raised $1,472.85.

Mother's Day weekend was busy again this year with our members selling carnations to support the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. We raised $3,778.75. Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time, and especially to Bro. Darren Vail, who spent many hours organizing the event.

After 20 years of service, our office administrator/dispatcher Sue Tracey has retired. A retirement celebration for her on June 1 at Stokes Bay Bar & Grill was well-attended.

Local 530 is saddened to report the recent passing of Bro. Bill Waybrant.

Al Byers, P.S.

Apprentice Graduation Banquet

L.U. 558 (catv,em,i,mt,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), SHEFFIELD, AL — Greetings, brothers and sisters. On Thursday, May 18, we celebrated the graduation of the Electrical Training Alliance apprenticeship class of 2017. This program is the first line of defense for the IBEW in an ever-changing and competitive market. This night was a reflection of the graduates' labors of the past, their accomplishments of the present, and their possibilities for the future. We are proud to announce that 36 wiremen and four linemen graduated. This class had some of the highest scores to date for their entire apprenticeship. There was basically a three-way tie for "Wireman of the Year," and we recognized all three: Tyler Skidmore, Matt Price and Michael Shedd. The "Lineman of the Year" was Chad Cabaniss, from Florence Electric Department.

We also had a great IBEW Local 558 Spring Picnic on May 6. This was possibly our largest crowd to date. We enjoyed a time of brotherhood and fellowship, as well as great food and door prizes. The cookoff winners were: for 1st Place in BBQ and ribs — William Crosswhite; 2nd Place BBQ — Brandon Slay; and 2nd Place ribs — Jonathon Ozbirn.

We thank everyone for their assistance with this event and look forward to celebrating our 100th anniversary next year.

Tony Quillen, Pres./A.B.M.


Local 558 congratulates class of 2017 apprenticeship graduates.

Job Fair a Success;
Class of 2017 Graduates

L.U. 640 (em,govt,i,mo,mt,rts,spa&u), PHOENIX, AZ — Greetings, brothers and sisters. We would like to congratulate our 2017 graduating class of apprentices, and welcome them as new journeyman wiremen.

Local 640 and Arizona Chapter NECA held a job fair recently with very positive results. We want to thank all our IBEW Seventh District "sister" locals and I.O. organizers who were an integral part of the success. We also thank NECA for its help hosting the event.

The work picture in our jurisdiction is very good and we expect it to "boom" for an extended period of time. Brothers and sisters who are heading West, stop by and sign our books.

Tim Wilson, P.S.

Kudos to Graduates

L.U. 654 (i), CHESTER, PA — May 17 was the last day of class for the local's fifth-year apprentices. We commend the 2017 apprenticeship graduates on their success. Upon successfully completing their final test and obtaining the required training hours, they are now our newest journeyman wiremen. Congratulations, graduates, and best of luck. You will be proud journeymen of IBEW Local 654. Thanks again to all for your hard work and dedication to the trade. We look forward to your continued success.

John Bondrowski, P.S.


Local 654 apprenticeship graduates Chris Schieler (left), Dan Kelly, Tim McLaverty, Jon Melone, Matt Slesicki and Dan Metzger, with instructor Mike Anderson (right).

'Step Up & Share Knowledge'

L.U. 666 (i,mt&o), RICHMOND, VA — In the last couple of years, retirements have picked up as the economy improves and the baby boomers reach that age.

All these retiring members take knowledge with them, some of them vast knowledge. The burden of replacing this rich resource is and will continue to be ours. Step up on that next job when asked, or take a class to further your knowledge and always keep learning. Be sure to share your knowledge of the trade and our Brotherhood with the apprentices. We market ourselves as the best electricians out there — let's make sure that is always true!

Congratulations and best wishes to recent retirees: Joseph L. Bradshaw, Bradford W. Bullock, Ivy S. Hill, Gary L. Lancaster, Douglas L. Meece, David J. Sorah and Phillip D. White.

Charles Skelly, P.S.

Stand Up for Workers ­—
Defend Prevailing Wage

L.U. 692 (i,mt&spa), BAY CITY, MI — Greetings, brothers and sisters.

Here we go again — the Republicans and their allies are once again starting a petition drive to repeal prevailing wage protections for state-funded projects.

Gov. Rick Snyder has vowed to veto the measure, but the anti-union Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) is attempting to go around the governor with another petition drive. The last two drives failed miserably due to fraudulent signatures, double signatures and nonexistent signees. The State Board of Canvassers determined that of the 390,000 signatures, 162,000 were invalid. Some 50,000 signatures were duplicates. We hope the company conducting the drive is equally inept as they were the last two times. If you see anyone gathering signatures, don't sign but call the union hall to let us know. We need to know where they are and when.

I hope this summer finds you well and gainfully employed. Work is slow right now, but sizable projects are in the planning and bidding stages. Many thanks to our sister locals for employing our members.

We regret to inform you of the deaths of retired Bros. Steven J. Swiercz and Henry C. Sage.

Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day. Maybe attend a parade or some other labor event.

See you at the union meetings.

Mark Thompson, P.S.


Local 692 fifth-year apprentices kick off United Way food drive: Jason Clements (left), Ethan Rau, Kevin Shooltz, Ben McFarland, Michael Dzurka and Jim Hunt.

Organizing Blitz at PSGC

L.U. 702 (as,c,catv,cs,em,es,et,govt,i,it,lctt,mo,mt,o,p, pet,ptc,rtb,rts,se,spa,st,t,u,uow&ws), WEST FRANKFORT, IL — With the assistance of the International Office, on May 17, 18 and 19, we house-called every Prairie State Generating Company (PSGC) worker during daylight hours to discuss the benefits of union representation. This power plant — a two-unit, 1,600-megawatt supercritical powerhouse that showcases the latest in technology and efficiency for coal-fired power stations, and was union built with over 700 IBEW members on site during construction — is the only non-represented plant in the state of Illinois, and the local's jurisdiction. We gained a lot of valuable information and continue to hold weekly meetings for the interested employees to attend to discuss the benefits of being an IBEW Local 702 member.

We continue to strengthen and solidify our contracting relationships in Indiana, and were pleased to learn that Henkels & McCoy has been awarded some Underground Residential Distribution (URD) work on Vectren property, with the possibility of more work being allocated to H&M in the future.

All our members are invited to join us on Labor Day at the Du Quoin State Fair, where we will announce all eight winners in this year's Solidarity Drawing.

Our referral books are as follows: Inside Construction – 116, Outside Construction – 51, Line Clearance – 2.

Mark Baker, B.R./P.S.


Regional Organizing Coordinator Lynn Arwood briefs IBEW organizers from throughout the Midwest on house calling blitz protocol for Local 702's organizing drive at Prairie State Generating Company.

Annual Career Expo
For High-School Students

L.U. 704 (catv,em&i), DUBUQUE, IA — Local 704 wishes to congratulate two members on their recent retirement. Bro. Ron Heitzman retired in May after 44 years in the trade. Bro. Heitzman was press secretary for 24 years and served on the Executive Board for nine years. Bro. Bob Schmidt also retired in May, after 25 years in the trade. Members like these are what keep a union strong.

Local 704 recently participated in the Construction Industry Career Expo with other local construction trades. The two-day expo allowed over 300 area high-school students to perform hands-on activities and learn the benefits of being a union member.

In April, we honored the memory of 34 workers in Iowa who lost their lives in the workplace in the last year. City of Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol, Iowa state Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-Dubuque), Iowa Federation of Labor Pres. Ken Sagar, and Local 704 Bus. Mgr. Tom Townsend spoke at the event. The ceremony ended with bagpipes, color guard, taps and the release of doves. Thank you to those who attended.

Local 704 is at full employment as of this writing and looking forward to a busy summer.

David Becker, P.S.


Local 704 journeymen Spencer Pins (at left, in white sweatshirt)) and Charlie Sisler (center, in Local 704 sweatshirt) teach high school students proper pipe bending technique, at Construction Industry Career Expo.

Apprentice Graduation Ceremony

L.U. 760 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), KNOXVILLE, TN — The Electrician Training Academy of Knoxville (ETAK) acknowledges 17 recent apprenticeship graduates, now Local 760 journeymen. All graduates passed the five levels of the National Electrical Certification Board (NECB) Craft Certification Exam.

Congratulations to the class of 2017 apprenticeship graduates: Jay Box, Jeremiah Chandler, Cole Coker, Jacob Daniels, Jeremy Dorsett, Colton Durham, Nathan Finley, Chadwick Freeman, Bradley Lowe, Ross MacBean, Jeremy Maples, Cassius Minefield, Alexander Reagan, James Reagan, Logan Worsham, Randall Wright and Kyle Wuellenweber.

At the graduation ceremony, NECA field representative Frank Piatt presented special remarks. Two representatives from Pellissippi State Community College presented certificates and noted that the graduates had earned 45 semester hours of credit toward an associate degree. Approximately 150 IBEW apprentice graduates from various locals are currently studying to complete a degree at PSCC.

IBEW 760 Bus. Mgr. Tim Tate and East Tennessee Chapter NECA Exec. Dir. Chase Pendergraft addressed attendees and presented a gift to the Outstanding Apprentice Award recipient, Randall Wright. Randall was also presented a meter from Ideal Industries and a quality power tool from Milwaukee Tool.

Congratulations to all on the success of the 2017 apprenticeship graduating class.

Jason Leary, A.B.M./Organizer


IBEW Local 760 and the ETAK congratulate the class of 2017 apprenticeship graduates.

2017 Apprenticeship Graduates

L.U. 934 (catv,i,o&u), KINGSPORT, TN — Greetings, brothers and sisters.

On behalf of Local 934, I would like to congratulate the 2017 inside wireman apprenticeship graduating class. The recent graduates are: William Benton, Branden Hale, Dawn Hawkins, Marcus Noto, Shawn Snodgrass, Joshua Tolbert, Mathew Willison and Kevin Upp.

With their hard work and dedication, the graduates have shown that they possess the character necessary to join this great Brotherhood that our founding forefathers dreamed of and built. It has been a privilege to get to know these fine men and women as they pursued their trade. We are proud that they have become such true craftsmen and ambassadors for the IBEW.

Jonathan Van Bremen, P.S.


Local 934 apprenticeship graduates William Benton (left), Branden Hale, Dawn Hawkins, Marcus Noto, Shawn Snodgrass, Joshua Tolbert, Mathew Willison and Kevin Upp, with Training Dir. Jonathan Van Bremen (standing, far right).

Officers Elected;
Upcoming Volunteer Events

L.U. 1116 (em,lctt&u), TUCSON, AZ — The local would like to thank former treasurer Juanita Mata for her service to the local. Juanita decided not to seek another term as treasurer. She has been a tremendous asset to our team, and we wish her the very best in her future endeavors.

We also wish the very best to Ron Petersen, who retired after 50 years of service to the IBEW and Tucson Electric Power (TEP).

The Local 1116 election of officers took place in June this year.

Election results: Jacqueline Ehresman was elected treasurer, and Richard Maldonado was elected to the newly created Executive Board chairman position. There were no other changes to the local's leadership. Thank you to our Election Judge Josh Necas and the tellers, Alberta Adrian and Greg Skaggs, for volunteering their time to count ballots.

We indentured apprentices in: Line Construction, Substations, Design, and Heavy Equipment & Transport.

Our new IBEW "community volunteer" T-shirts are in, so contact Greg Carter if you'd like to get one. We'll be sponsoring some IBEW exclusive volunteer events in the future, so check the newsletter and website for details. Retirees are included!

Regular unit meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. The best way to find out what is going on is by attending a meeting. As always, we invite our members from Asplundh and TRICO to join us.

Sharon Williams, P.S.

Annual Fall Gathering

L.U. 1466 (u), COLUMBUS, OH — Local 1466 is proud to remind our members that our Annual Fall Gathering is coming up the last weekend in September.

This will, once again, be an event for the entire family! We will have free food, as well as door prizes and activities for families and children.

The gathering will be held at our union hall in Reynoldsburg. Please look for a flyer on your union board, as well as information on our Facebook group. A lot of planning has gone into this event, so we're hoping for another great turnout!

Hope to see you there!

Jimi Jette, P.S.