October 2018
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Also In This Issue Surging Profits,
Flat Paychecks

Wages Fail to Keep Up read_more

Honoring The Fallen
D.C. Local Pays Tribute to Veterans Through Service read_more

Fee Payers Plan for 2019 read_more

North of 49°
Trump Administration Issues Shock Visa Denial to Canadian Members read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
L'administration de Trump a étonné nos membres canadiens par son refus d'autoriser les visas read_more




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November's Election and the IBEW Members Leading the Charge for Change

Next month's elections could determine the future of the labor movement in the U.S.

"I wish that was an exaggeration," said International President Lonnie R. Stephenson. "But the truth is, our country, and especially working families and the labor movement, are at a tipping point. On one side, it's more of the same attacks on union members, stagnant wages and wealth flowing to the top 1 percent. And on the other side, it's a Congress and state and local officials who are willing to work with us to make sure the economy works for every American, no matter their income."

Thankfully, Stephenson's concerns haven't fallen on deaf ears. Across America, IBEW members have stood up and demanded change.

In Missouri, union members faced down out-of-state billionaires and special interests in August to reject right-to-work by an overwhelming 2-to-1 margin. In public-sector workplaces, union members are recommitting to their unions and to one another in the wake of the outrageous, union-busting Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court ruling. In Atlanta, 700 gas and electric workers stood together in one of the IBEW's largest organizing campaigns of the year.

But it doesn't stop there. As November approaches, an extraordinary number of members are taking their commitment a step further, throwing their hats into the ring to run for public office, from Congress to statehouses, city councils, school boards and more.

In this issue, you'll hear directly from a few of those candidates about the issues that matter most to them and find out what pushed them to stand up for change. Many of those issues are on the ballot in November, and while there won't be an IBEW sister or brother running for every office, there is often a clear choice between a candidate who will stand with working families and one who will choose to side with billionaires and CEOs without thinking twice. read_more

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Officers Column Stephenson & Cooper:
It's Your Right; Use It read_more

TransitionsJoseph A. "Tony" McCafferty;
Tarn Goelling;
Arthur Perry Jr.;
James Ayrer read_more

PoliticsJudge Overturns Illegal Trump Orders Targeting Federal Workers;
In Kentucky, Executive Order Threatens Worker Safety read_more

CircuitsBrotherhood Knows No Bounds: Aussie Electrician Honors Late IBEW Friend;
In Right-to-Work West Virginia, Procter & Gamble Bets on IBEW members read_more

LettersWorking People Rising Up, Right-to-Work Going Down;
A Century of Service;
Grateful for the
Brotherhood read_more

In MemoriamAugust 2018 read_more

Who We AreAfter Volcanic Eruption on Big Island, Hawaii Members Power Tiny Houses read_more