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New Year, New Look —
Major Renovation of Union Hall

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa,st&ws), ST. LOUIS, MO — The IBEW Local 1 union hall is located at 5850 Elizabeth Ave. in St. Louis. Built in 1959, our building was designed by award-winning architect W.A. Sarmiento. His designs changed the public personality of banks and created modern landmarks. "Sarmiento buildings reflected America's post-war optimism and his own zestful view of the future," said noted preservationist Chris Nichols, a Los Angeles Magazine editor.

Sixty years later, the building is in the midst of a much-needed total transformation. Bus. Mgr. Frank Jacobs said, "The goal of the renovation is to restore the building to its original luster, along with upgrades to energy efficiency and state-of-the-art technology that will make the membership proud."

Improvements include: all new plumbing, heating and cooling systems, lights - LED accent lighting, solar panels for energy efficiency, sound system upgrades in the hall, roof and parking lot. "The $3 million renovation is expected to be completed by October," said Jacobs.

In addition, the Cultural Resources Office of the St. Louis Planning and Urban Design Agency recently completed an extensive inventory of the city's mid- century modern, nonresidential architecture built between 1945 and 1975. Over 2,300 structures — commercial, institutional, educational, governmental and industrial buildings — within St. Louis City limits were surveyed. Of these, the IBEW Local 1 union hall is one of 45 to be considered for the National Register nomination as a landmark. The Missouri Advisory Council for Historic Preservation will make a decision this spring.

Jan Bresnan, P.S.

2018 Midterm Election Wins

L.U. 15 (u), DOWNERS GROVE, IL — The Illinois AFL-CIO mounted an all-out effort to evict Bruce Rauner from the governor's mansion and end his attacks on the middle class.

Local 15 Asst. Bus. Mgr. Terry Sheridan was released to work with IBEW Local 701 Asst. Bus. Mgr. Bill Habel, who was the labor co-coordinator in DuPage County. The get-out-the-vote effort included phone banks, door knocks and mailings. Illinois voters turned out at the highest rate since 1990 to support worker-friendly candidates.

In the governor's race, Rauner lost to J.B. Pritzker by 660,000 votes and dragged down the entire Republican ticket. Democrats swept the statewide offices and won super-majorities in the General Assembly, picking up three seats in the Senate and five in the House.

In DuPage County, labor-endorsed candidates upset two state Senate incumbents and three state representatives aligned with Rauner, while then-candidates Sean Casten and Lauren Underwood won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, knocking out two anti-labor U.S. congressmen.

Local 15 thanks all the union members who came out and voted for labor-friendly candidates. In solidarity.

[Editor's Note: To read more, see news articles posted on the IBEW website at They include: "IBEW Members 'All in' for Midwest Governor's Races," Nov. 5, 2018; "Election 2018: A Message From International President Lonnie R. Stephenson," Nov. 7; and "The Voices of Working People Were Heard Loud and Clear," Nov. 9.]

Sam Studer, P.S.

Thanksgiving Meals Provided —
IBEW Community Service

L.U. 21 (catv,em,govt,mt,ptc&t), DOWNERS GROVE, IL — For the past six years, Local 21 members have become more involved in community service activities and fundraising. In November, we learned that members working at the AT&T Chicago Cottage Grove garage were donating Thanksgiving meals to needy families in the community where they work. In 2017 they fed 100 families, and in 2018 they wanted to double that number. To expand on their previous success, our members covered all of their bases. They worked with local managers, went to other garages, union meetings, and asked that our local reach out to all our members for donations. The organizers found needy families by working with area churches and asking maintenance men in buildings where their customers live to let residents know about the Thanksgiving meals they were providing.

On the day of the event, our members blessed the food then greeted families lined up outside of their work location, walked them inside to pick up their meals, and, most importantly, built a bond with their community by making a positive change.

This was one of the most impressive events ever put together by our members. When asked their advice to others who may want to plan an event like this they said: "To follow your heart, if you believe you can do it, you can do it. If your intentions are pure, you can plant the seed and your expectations can be exceeded." This is great advice for all IBEW members who want to make a difference in the communities where they live and work.

Bob Przybylinski, R.S.


Local 21 members organized a community service event to provide Thanksgiving meals to over 200 needy families who live near the Cottage Grove AT&T garage workplace.

Strengthening Communities

L.U. 37 (em,o&u), FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA — Just in time for Christmas, Local 37, on behalf of its 2,200 members, made eleven $370 donations to food banks across the province of New Brunswick. This is the seventh year that we've been able to help support local food banks, with donations totaling over $23,000.

The funds were made available through our Community Outreach Program, which has a goal to help organizations that are making a positive impact on issues that are important to the IBEW, and to support causes that matter to our members, and to the communities they call home.

In addition to the food banks, this program has enabled Local 37 and its members to provide support to a variety of activities and initiatives such as youth athletics, mental health awareness, aboriginal education, bursaries, playground construction, local arts and cultural performances, as well efforts to promote careers in the skilled trades.

Continuing in the spirit of giving, Local 37 did something new this past holiday season. Instead of purchasing small token gifts of appreciation for all members, an amount equivalent to cost of the gifts will be divided amongst registered New Brunswick charities — as decided by 37 randomly selected members of the local.

Ross Galbraith, B.M./F.S.


Jonathan Sherrard (right), Local 37 Exec. Board member-Central Unit chair, presents a cheque to Fredericton Feed a Family campaign.

Labor Council Awards Dinner —
Apprentices Serve Community

L.U. 43 (em,i&rts), SYRACUSE, NY — The Central New York Labor Council, AFL-CIO, held its 11th annual Samuel Gompers Distinguished Service Award Dinner on Oct. 26, 2018, at the Hart's Hill Inn, Whitesboro, NY.

Local 43's second-year apprentice class was honored for their continuous charitable work throughout their careers.

In keeping with the tradition, in December the first-year apprentice class delivered over 1,400 pounds of food to the Syracuse Rescue Mission's Food Service Center, which provides three free meals a day every day of the year for anyone who needs one. Local 43 apprentices also delivered another 700 pounds of food to the Johnson Park Center in Utica.

The funds used to purchase these donations were raised through The Central New York Electricians Training Alliance (CNYETA) Cans for Kids bottle and can drive as well as donations from IBEW members and our partners at the Finger Lakes Chapter of NECA. A great job by all!

Gene Townsend, P.S.


Local 43 first-year apprentices, led by Instructor Rich Shopland, delivered items to the Johnson Park Center food pantry.

2018 Wildfire Restoration

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA – Greetings and good wishes for a happy 2019!

In November 2018, the Woolsey Fire near Thousand Oaks was a huge disaster. Three were killed in the blaze, which destroyed 96,949 acres and over 1,500 structures in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Our prayers are with all wildfire victims throughout California, including those affected by the Camp Fire in northern California. IBEW crews worked tirelessly to restore power. Thanks to all!

Anaheim bargaining continues for the new engineering group, and as well at Utiliquest and Colton. At Irvine Ranch Water District, we reached an agreement for the General Unit with a 4 percent wage increase, which was ratified by 91 percent. Negotiations continue for the supervisors. We also ratified a successor agreement with Abengoa Solar by 92 percent.

At press time, Southern California Edison (SCE) bargaining is progressing for program writers, outage coordinators and schedulers for a first contract. We lost a NLRB election at Berkshire Hathaway in Imperial Valley by 92-49.

We're sad to report the death of Local 47 Bros. Mark Gilstrap, Robert Jennings, Robert Freitag and Tim Sozio, as well as Bro. Kenneth Anderson (Local 1245) and Bro. Robert Davidson (Local 465), who were working in Local 47's jurisdiction.

Work safe and buy union!

Mitch Smith, P.S.


IBEW crews, including Local 47 members, working to restore power after the Woolsey Fire struck southern California.

Illinois Governor's Committee
On 'Powering Illinois' Future'

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,ptc,rtb,t,u&uow), SPRINGFIELD, IL — Local 51 Pres. Walter Westfall Jr. will be retiring in early March from Ameren Illinois. Bro. Westfall was initiated into the IBEW in 1978 and has been a strong union advocate, not only as our president, but also as a longtime steward and a key role player in contract negotiations. We wish Wally and his wife, Melanie, all the best in their new endeavors!

Bus. Mgr. John Johnson was selected to co-chair newly elected Gov. J.B. Pritzker's recently formed Powering Illinois' Future Committee. This committee is made up of several subject-matter experts and will advise and guide the Pritzker-Stratton administration. "This committee will be the first step in making sure the labor movement is an integral part of moving Illinois to a clean-energy economy and reinforces [Gov. Pritzker's and Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton's] commitment to putting Springfield back on the side of working families," said Bus. Mgr. Johnson.

Local 51 recently awarded an IBEW 65-year pin to Richard "Bud" Johnson and a 60-year pin to James Heckman. Congratulations and thank you, brothers!

Karlene Knisley, B.R.


Local 51 retired tree trimmer James Heckman (right) receives his IBEW 60-year service pin, presented by representative Wes Heckman (no relation).

Strong Work Picture;
New Five-Year Contract

L.U. 55 (c,lctt,o&u), DES MOINES, IOWA — Happy new year to everyone. We held our annual Christmas party on Dec. 14, with over 200 in attendance. We had a great time and Santa visited with the kids. Thanks to the office staff for making it so much fun for everyone!

Our outside construction members recently settled a new five-year contract that includes a total wage increase of 4 percent each year. We're also establishing a new "substation technician" apprenticeship, which will better train our members to be more knowledgeable and to work more safely in that position.

Our Local 55 Recognition Dinner will be March 9. It's going to be a little different this year and it's an event we all look forward to. I hope to see you there.

Our local will sponsor a golf tournament on June 29 to benefit Cradling New Life. Watch for the flyers to be sent out in April; mark the date on your calendar and get ready for a good time and a good cause!

I hope everyone is always keeping safety on their mind. Don't ever assume something — if in doubt, ask a question. Don't put your hands or your feet where you can't see them. Think before you act and always plan out your work.

Our local is very blessed to have lots of work, so if you're travelling and looking for a job, give our office a call. (A shout out to an old friend, Lee W. of St. Louis.) We're at record numbers of members working in our jurisdiction.

If anyone has a suggestion for an article, let someone in the office know and they can get it to me. Until the next article, work safely and stay healthy!

Myron Green, P.S.


Local 55's annual Christmas party was a great success.

Highlights of 2018 —
A Year of Successes

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA — As 2018 ended and the calendar turned, we've had an opportunity to reflect on what a terrific year it was in Local 103, as highlighted by Bus. Mgr. Lou Antonellis' yearly wrap up.

Local 103 members enjoyed a very prosperous year with full employment and travelers working; and more than 10 million man-hours were reported. Our Trust Funds are larger and healthier than ever before allowing us to issue a 13th pension check to our retirees. Local 103 was recognized as the No. 1 local in the country at the Membership Development Conference for organizing 1,100 new members and 23 new contractors. We had our largest and most diverse apprentice class in our history with more women and minorities than ever before. We're working on new and exciting projects while winning back work in key areas and markets that had been lost in years past. We've created new partnerships with some of the most recognizable and iconic brands in the city, like the 2018 world champion Boston Red Sox. We also introduced a new app for our members, allowing for better communication and the ability to pay dues online.

While 2018 proved to be a great year for Local 103, we look forward to an even more productive and prosperous 2019!

Jimmy Fleming, P.S.

'Optimistic for 2019'
Politically Active & Aware

L.U. 113 (ees,em,i,mo&o), COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — On Dec. 7, Local 113 hosted its annual Christmas party to a very packed house. It was wonderful to see so many people, new members and "old-timers" alike, having such a grand time! The holiday party is a time when we can reminisce with fellow brothers and sisters, some of whom we may not have an opportunity to see very often.

Not too surprising is that after a good few years, we seem to have some not-so-good ones; as of this writing, there seems to be somewhat of a slowdown with a couple of the larger jobs winding down. We are still optimistic for a good 2019.

It was mentioned a while back that we all need to be more politically aware, and that is never more important than right now. Recently there have been attacks on our pensions, multiemployer-type pension plans, like the one we the IBEW have in place. The attacks are baseless and appear to single out unions in general. Let's all stay on top of this issue. [Editor's Note: To read more, see December 2018 news article, "IBEW Leaders Mobilize on Capitol Hill to Kill Pension Attack, For Now," posted on the IBEW website at]

As 2018 came to a close, we were able to give out a few more retiree watches. Congratulations to the following brothers on their retirement: Ignacio Barron, Steve Johnson, Hammarlund "August" Low, Tim Stites and Salvadore Munguia.

Brian Putnam, P.S.


Local 113 Bus. Mgr. Brian Bradley (left) presents retirement watches to: Ignacio Barron, Steve Johnson, Hammarlund "August" Low, Tim Stites, and Salvadore Munguia.

Safety Summit & Training;
Casino Night Fundraiser

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR — Bus. Mgr. Travis Eri and the Executive Board are pleased to announce that the local will offer shop steward and unit chair/unit recorder training for this year in conjunction with the IBEW/NECA Safety Summit. On April 18, the Safety Summit will be held followed by Local 125's training on April 19. Your business representative will be providing more information in the coming weeks. If you are a shop steward, unit chair or unit recorder, we encourage you to attend these engaging and educational events.

As we launch 2019, our commitment to support the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel is stronger than ever. To launch our fundraiser for the year, the 17th Annual Casino Night will be held March 16. This adults-only event also generates significant donations for a local food bank.

"I'm proud of the service and support that our members provide to our communities," said Bus. Mgr. Eri. "We know that the solidary, commitment and generosity of our membership continues to help communities thrive everywhere we live and work, so we hope you will continue to support our fundraising and fellowship efforts."

Marcy Grail, A.B.M.

Holiday Festivities

L.U. 145 (em,i,o,rts,se,spa&u), ROCK ISLAND, IL — Our local hosted very merry December festivities last year! The 2nd Annual Breakfast with Santa was held Dec. 8. The event took over the union hall and was a huge success! Fresh pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage were served by our wonderful "elves" (a.k.a. volunteers). When Santa Claus arrived, he was greeted by lots of excited children! The boys and girls waited in line for their turn to sit with Santa to share their Christmas wishes, and then they received a special wrapped toy! Pictures were taken with Santa, and even moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas took part in a family picture! The kids also enjoyed a coloring contest. You won't want to miss the 3rd Annual Breakfast with Santa in 2019!

After the successful Breakfast with Santa event, the local hosted a Retiree Christmas Luncheon at the union hall on Dec. 10 and it was a huge success! In total, 200 retirees and their guests came together on a beautiful winter afternoon at the union hall to enjoy food and fellowship! We were also fortunate to have Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson and his wife, Dawn, attend the luncheon. Retirees reminisced about the past, got caught up with one another and took photos with their past tool partners. We hope everyone who attended had as much fun as we did serving you that day! It was our pleasure!

In solidarity,

Cory Bergfeld, B.M.


At Local 145's Annual Breakfast with Santa: Executive Board Chair Cindy Burke, Bob Shadden and Santa Claus.

'All In - To Win' Rally

L.U. 159 (i), MADISON, WI — Gearing up for 2018 midterm elections last year, Local 159 Bus. Mgr. Mike Grassy hosted the "All In — To Win" political rally organized by Int. Rep. Shawn Reents and IBEW lead organizer Kim Moon. Volunteers were enlisted from IBEW locals all across the state to support the function.

The Aug. 29 event, held at the Labor Temple in Madison, included guest speakers IBEW Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson, Sixth District Int. Vice Pres. David J. Ruhmkorff, and Wisconsin AFL-CIO Pres. Stephanie Bloomingdale, along with key political figures including U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, state Sen. Mark Miller, and then-candidate for lieutenant governor Mandela Barnes.

Each focused on the importance of getting our members out to vote in order to preserve our union values by supporting union-friendly candidates. Afterward, door-to-door canvassing was led by Int. Pres. Lonnie Stephenson, phone banking was led by Int. Vice Pres. Ruhmkorff, and other volunteers participated with the "honk and wave" events.

Thank you to all who participated in making this event a huge success!

[Editor's Note: Newly elected Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes won election to office on Nov. 6, 2018. To read more, see Nov. 7 news story, "Election 2018: A Message From International President Lonnie R. Stephenson," posted on the IBEW website at]

Mike Grassy, B.M./F.S.


Local 159 Bus. Mgr. Mike Grassy (left), Int. Rep. Shawn Reents and Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson participate in November 2018 election season rally at The Labor Temple in Madison, WI.

Membership Active & Involved

L.U. 197 (em&i), BLOOMINGTON, IL — We happily made it through the winter holidays. We would like to thank our members who volunteered their community service and all those who helped make the seasonal festivities a great success.

We are proud of our apprentices who took up a collection of items to send to U.S. troops stationed overseas. We thank the apprentices for gathering and donating items, and we thank all our members who generously donated. The generosity of our members is another reason for us to be proud to be union.

In December we held our annual Service Pin Ceremony and Christmas Party. Thank you to all who attended and those who received service pins. The food was plentiful, drinks were cold, the atmosphere was festive, and everyone had a good time.

We would also like to thank all those who donated their time and talents to lighting up the Festival of Trees, including: Don Armstrong, Keith Ashenbremer, Matt Kryouac, Larry Mathis, Ken McLean, Greg Potter, Perry Watson, Tom Willan, Rich Veitengruber, and Wilcox Electric. The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser for the Baby Fold, a local charity that helps kids in need. We are proud to have participated in the event for 20-plus years.

Remember to get involved in the local and stay involved!

Mike Raikes, Pres.


At Local 197 Christmas Party/Service Pin Ceremony, Bus. Mgr. Rich Veitengruber (far left) and Pres. Mike Raikes (seventh from right) congratulate service award recipients: Don Armstrong, Brian Armstrong, Jake Knobloch, Larry Mathis, Randy Payne, Michael Franks, Bob Branom, Laurie Garrett, John Weber, James D. Rexroat, Perry Watson, Lance Reece, Adam Stubblefield, Elmer Alsene, Darric Peasley, John Livey, Jake Goar, Zeke Paire, Daryl Erschen and Robert Black.

IBEW Member Wins Election
To Seat on County Board

L.U. 309 (i,lctt,mo,mt,o,rts,spa&u), COLLINSVILLE, IL — Local 309 organizer Chris Hankins was elected on Nov. 6, 2018, to the Madison County Board. He won election with 61 percent of the vote. Chris had to resign from the Pontoon Beach Village Board after serving for almost eight years. Chris and Mayor Mike Pagano (a retired Local 309 wireman) have been instrumental in securing practically all electrical work within the village to be done as union work.

A big thank you to the Illinois State Conference for its financial support for Chris' election campaign. Also, thanks to the many locals that helped with the campaign. We can only hope that this is merely a stepping stone to higher office.

Work on the Inside Branch has slowed somewhat while Outside Construction remains steady. The upcoming year looks to remain solid.

Have a healthy, happy and safe 2019.

Scott Tweedy, A.B.M.

Participation is Key —
Strength in Solidarity

L.U. 313 (i&spa), WILMINGTON, DE — A huge group of retired members came out in force for their December Retirees Meeting. Keeping up with each other and the happenings of the local help make us strong and unified. We owe the retired men and women a lot of credit, and when they stay involved, we all benefit.

Last year, we helped squash a right-to-work proposal, lowered hours to qualify for Health & Welfare benefits, and helped keep everyone working who wanted to work. This year, we hope the work picture will stay strong and will look for more ways to improve.

Our property will be going through some changes due to a road-widening project happening in front of our union building. We could use some advice from our own construction professionals to help with modifications.

Delta Dental and Teledoc are two new add-ons that need our attention. We also need to work on smoothing out some real rough spots with the Health & Welfare. We plan to have a new advisory group on board by the time this goes to print. We will be counting on them to speed up the progress.

The key is staying healthy, and we are here to listen and help. Good tips are wanted, and we are looking for someone to head up the "Health" section for our new website.

So, with all of this in mind, the Brotherhood, the Building, the Health & Welfare, and the Website teams will need to be put into play in 2019. Interested parties are invited to inquire for further information.

Bruce W. Esper, P.S.


At Local 313 retirees meeting in December.

Local Celebrates 40 Years —
Annual Awards Banquet

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN — Happy St. Patrick's Day, brothers and sisters! As we look forward to spring, a long-term project is coming to a close. The Mankato Energy Center turbine/generator addition began over two years ago. The project peaked last fall at seven days a week with over 100 electricians representing a dozen states and probably a couple dozen locals. Thank you to all the IBEW members who helped make the project a success.

Next month, Local 343 will celebrate 40 years. It was chartered April 1, 1979, in Le Sueur, MN. Come join the party at the annual awards banquet. We will be honoring our retirees, recognizing members' years of service, and congratulating the apprentice graduates. Check the website for details.

Ten members passed away in 2018: Samuel Parker, Alan Schwab, Joseph Jirasek, Charles Harty, Daniel Solberg, Jessie Howard, Joseph Nefzger, Michael D. Smith, Lyle Borth, and Kenneth Hull. Kenny Hull was Local 343's first business manager. We remember those who came before us.

Keep America beautiful; buy "Made in the USA."

Tom Small, P.S.


Local 343 members at the jobsite of the Mankato Energy Center project.

Community Service Activities

L.U. 347 (em,i,mt,rtb,rts&spa), DES MOINES, IOWA — Well, here in Iowa we are in a political lull in the action. The 2018 midterm elections are over with no meaningful results that we can take to the bank. Shortly, we expect to be inundated with candidates running for the 2020 elections. So, it's quiet at the moment. Enough on that.

Autumn of 2018 was busy with: political events, arranging and connecting the Jolly Holiday Lights display, collecting 15 boxes of gifts for Toys for Tots, and throwing a Christmas Party for the kids. Local 347 likes to keep busy socially, with community service projects, and on the job.

It's been a long time coming, but there is some recognition in the community that IBEW 347 is invested in Iowa for the long term. This is all well and good but there is a lot more work to do. Rather than pat ourselves on the back, we roll up our sleeves and get to work on the next project.

Work in the area is good at the time of this writing. The agricultural sector, however, is all question marks at this point. The local has 140 travelers working with local hands on three data centers, three large projects in downtown Des Moines and a bounty of common commercial work. Looking ahead, there could be a new airport terminal project at the Des Moines International Airport.

On March 9, we'll be seeing you at the Local 347 Pin Party. Let's show up for our brothers and sisters celebrating these milestones.

Mike Schweiger, P.S.


IBEW Local 347 members collected 15 boxes of holiday gifts for a Toys for Tots drive.

2018 Holiday Party

L.U. 351 (c,cs,i,it,lctt,mt,o,se,spa&t), FOLSOM, NJ — On Dec. 9, Local 351 held our annual children's Christmas party. It's always wonderful seeing our members having such a great time with their families. Every year, this event gets bigger and better. We wish everyone a happy and healthy new year.

Daniel P. Cosner, B.M./F.S.


Local 351 Christmas Committee members: back row, standing, Conrad Schaffer, Joe Trumbetti, Ray Listman, Steve Dimatteo, Rick Signor, John Gray, Chuck Della Vecchia, Don Morgan, Jim Bresh, Wayne Bumm; front row, Dan Cosner with son Danny Cosner Jr., Santa Jim Ruff, Bill Hosey, Ed Reiser and Natalia Del Beato.

'Thanks to All Volunteers' —
2018 Midterm Election Gains

L.U. 357 (c,i,mt&se), LAS VEGAS, NV — We would like to thank members who came out and knocked on doors, phone banked and voted during the 2018 midterm election season. With your help, brothers and sisters, we were able to make our state labor friendly! Good job, everyone!

Also, our volunteers once again made the local's annual picnic a resounding success last year.

The retirees Christmas dinner and the children's Christmas party were also great events, thanks in large part to all the hard work our members put in to make those events a success. Thank you to everyone for all that you do.

Jennifer Tabor, P.S.


At the site of a solar field project in Las Vegas are: AFL-CIO Sec.-Treas. Liz Shuler (left), journey person Theresa Stafford, IBEW Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson, and Local 357 Bus. Mgr. Al Davis.

Holiday Season Events

L.U. 375 (catv,ees,et,govt,i&mo), ALLENTOWN, PA — In December, we had another wonderful children's Christmas party, but this one marked the first at our new address. For our pre-Santa entertainment, we had a magician and, as always, the children and adults alike were amazed by his tricks. Of course, Santa then stole the show as he told the children a story and gave them each a Christmas present. Bro. Bill Miller's daughters were our elves, and they did a great job assisting Santa.

A week later we had our third annual adult's Christmas party, which again grew in attendance because it's such a wonderful event. Bro. Tony Hodge and Holiday Sounds did a magnificent job setting the stage with the music and festive lighting — and there was also a photo booth, which was a huge hit. 2018 had a great finish and we are excited for what 2019 holds.

Although the holiday season is one of joy, here at Local 375 we were deeply saddened by the December passing of Int. Pres. Emeritus Edwin D. Hill. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the late Pres. Hill for his vision and dedication to our I.B. of E.W.

Justin Grimshaw, A.B.M.


At the Local 375 children's Christmas party, Santa delights his audience.

IBEW 413 Community Volunteers

L.U. 413 (i&mo), SANTA BARBARA, CA — Local 413 members, including Local 413 retirees Peter Ryan, Steve Lopez, Brad Paola, Mike Fitts, Dion Smith and Barry White, have donated several weekends working at the Carpinteria Habitat for Humanity project.

These members and other members have worked on several Habitat for Humanity projects in the past several years. Our members and retirees have also climbed and decorated the 100-foot tall "Tree of Light" in Santa Barbara for over 90 years.

Pres. Matt Russell has climbed the tree for over 20 years, and Sam Wellford has climbed the last few years. Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo and City Councilman Oscar Gutierrez joined us on Dec. 3 for the ceremonial lighting of the tree.

Our Retirees Club, led by Chmn. Bob Russell, has raised money matched by Local 413 members for the Unity Shoppe for many years, too. In fact, Bob auctioned off a racehorse this year for the cause.

During the holiday season, fifth-year apprentice Chris Scott started a new tradition, raising over $8,000 for the Salvation Army's "Adopt an Angel" program providing Christmas toys for over 240 children.

Chuck Huddleston, B.M./F.S.


Local 413 Tree of Light installation crew on Dec. 2, 2018.

Recognition for Office Staff

L.U. 429 (em,i,lctt,o,ptc,rtb&u), NASHVILLE, TN — In the spirit of the recent winter holiday season, Local 429 would like to recognize a very intricate part of our local. So often, we don't realize all the work that goes into the running of a local union, and even less do we recognize who does a lot of the behind-the-scenes business of our local.

Local 429 would like to recognize our administrative assistants for their work throughout the year, and especially for their hard work on decorations at the holiday season. From the home-made wreaths to the decorative trees, our office staff show their artistic talents for all our local union members and guests to see and enjoy. They put a lot of effort into our local's holiday decorations, just as they do for their every day jobs. We are thankful and lucky to have these ladies on staff for what they do in their professional roles. We are very proud and blessed by their professionalism, creativity and extra effort in helping make Local 429 special occasions and events a great success.

During holiday seasons and every day, the local and officers want to say "thank-you" to the local's administrative assistants. Without them, the local wouldn't be what it is today.

Mark Poole, A.B.M.


Local 429 office staff mark the 2018 holiday season at the union hall: from left, Dana Gillihan, Terri Myatt and Jada Sullivan.

Strong Work Picture

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, IDAHO — Greetings, brothers and sisters. Our work picture has been strong. We have had open calls and have been dispatching out from Book 2. It looks to continue for quite some time for both inside and outside construction. We have seen good growth this year.

I would like to ask that we take the time to welcome our new members to the IBEW and show them what the Brotherhood is all about.

Congratulations to our recently retired Bro. David Wadsworth.

With regret we report the passing of two members. In memoriam: Bros. Norman Hayball and Chris Averett. These brothers will be truly missed. Our heartfelt condolences go out to their families and friends.

Craig McDonald Organizer/Mbr. Dev. Rep.

Council Bluffs Members Give Back to Community

L.U. 499 (u), DES MOINES, IOWA — Christmas time is always a time for giving. The members in Council Bluffs have an annual tradition of giving to those in need around the holiday season. John Faust (crew leader lineman) organizes fundraisers throughout the year to raise the money that is used to purchase food to give to those in need.

In December 2018, the members were able to donate 15 boxes of food. Those boxes are filled with a whole ham, potatoes, bread, peanut butter, jelly and pie, just to name a few of the items. The members deliver the boxes of food themselves to those in need, who are referred to them by churches or work interactions. Local 499 is proud of the generosity of our members in Council Bluffs!

Sarah Faber, R.S.


Des Moines, Iowa, Local 499 members reporting from Council Bluffs deliver holiday boxes of food to needy families. From left: journeyman linemen Bob Decker, Ken Leitz, Matt Martin and Rick Vanderheiden.

Welcome to New Apprentices

L.U. 531 (i), LAPORTE, IN — I hope everyone enjoyed a great winter holiday season. Last year brought the loss of some members and friends, both personal and professional, but there is always the other, brighter side of the coin for which we are grateful, whether it's new apprentices at work or newborn babies for members and their families.

At this writing, the work picture for the local has slowed slightly for the winter months — but the springtime is looking promising again for the commercial/industrial work as well as the residential market.

At the December meeting, we took in some new apprentices, including 18 new inside apprentices, seven residential apprentices, and five voice/data apprentices. These are good numbers for our new membership as well as for the growth of our local in general.

I would also like to take a moment to remember those members we lost last year: Gene Morphis, Roland Morehouse, Gene "Bigfoot" Levendowski, Norbert Borzych, Greg Rodgers, John Crakes and Alec Graham. Our brothers will be missed.

Jeremy Woolever, P.S.


New apprentices were inducted into Local 531 at the December 2018 meeting.

IBEW 569 Gives Back To Support Working Families

L.U. 569 (i,mar,mt,rts&spa), SAN DIEGO, CA — IBEW 569 is proud of our efforts to give back and support working families!

We recently supported families in need with a $10,000 contribution to the Labor Food & Toy Drive. Additionally, we supported the annual Diaper Drive with California Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez by making a contribution of diapers worth nearly $5,000! It was great to see so many generously participate in the season of giving.

We congratulate the Local 569 Alianza club for putting together our first Posada event — bringing together union families and community members in celebration and solidarity. Plans are to make this an annual event.

Also, IBEW 569 Bus. Mgr. Nick Segura spoke before the California Air Resources Board in favor of the Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) rule — which will advance clean air, IBEW jobs, and climate action! The board voted in our favor. This means additional infrastructure will be built to charge electric buses and will put thousands of IBEW electricians to work.

Finally, IBEW 569 welcomes Cristina Marquez as our new JATC apprenticeship outreach coordinator! Congratulations, Cristina — we look forward to your efforts to expand apprenticeship opportunities to more youth and community members.

We're heading into 2019 as a stronger local thanks to you as members and your hard work! Together, we will continue to make a difference and build better communities.

Gretchen K. Newsom, P.S./Organizer


Local 569 membership made contributions worth nearly $5,000 to the Annual Diaper Drive to support families in need.

'Job Calls Coming In'

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Last year's annual Children's Christmas Party was attended by hundreds of IBEW members and their families and was such a huge success that we may have to find a larger venue in the future. Thank you to the Christmas committee for once again doing an outstanding job.

As of this writing, there has been a steady stream of calls coming in and there is word of Intel manning up in the near future.

We send our condolences to the friends and family of Bro. Allan J. LaRue, a member who recently passed away.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.


Families enjoy Local 611's annual Children's Christmas Party.

Festive Holiday Luncheon;
70-Year Service Award

L.U. 613 (em,i,o,rts&spa), ATLANTA, GA — It was good to see the large crowd at IBEW Local 613's Christmas retirees luncheon. As always it provides a great opportunity for our active and retired members to get together and catch up on the events of their lives. In the Christmas spirit prizes were raffled off and good food was served by the staff of Local 613. We had a moment of silence for those who passed in 2018. Their many years of service and fellowship helped build our local to what we have become today.

It was an honor for Bus. Mgr. Kenny Mullins to present an IBEW 70-year pin to retired former business manager Harry Bexley. Bro. Bexley, a World War II veteran, was the business manager of Local 613 from 1955-1988. The local holds a retiree luncheon every quarter and all members are encouraged to attend and get to know these brothers and sisters and gain from their knowledge and experience.

James Williams, P.S.


Local 613 Bus. Mgr. Kenny Mullins (right) presents 70-year service award to retired former business manager Harry Bexley.

Strong & Active Membership

L.U. 617 (c,i,mo&st), SAN MATEO, CA — The gifts of this past year have given us much to be grateful for. As we look back it has been the best of times, as our work picture has exceeded all expectations. Much thanks to all the members and travelers who man our work.

2018 was an event-filled year for Local 617, starting with our Super Bowl party and gumbo cookoff, and ending with member participation in the Wreaths Across America project in December to honor fallen veterans. Our membership, along with the support of our many clubs, groups and organizations, has been stronger than ever.

Our local's 110 anniversary celebration brought longtime friends together with a years-of-service pin party. Other 2018 activities included events such as: a day at Great America, the community Fourth of July parade, the union picnic, Veterans/Halloween fall fest, and the Christmas party. These local union activities and events brought us closer as a union family.

The Keep the Veterans Warm coat drive, as well as food and toy drives, help us support those less fortunate in our community. Membership participation in San Mateo Labor Council activities, labor and town council meetings, and career days keep us involved in our community.

Many thanks to our hard-working business manager, staff and administrators. Lastly, let us remember our brothers and sisters who have traveled on.

Let us stand strong as we move forward into 2019.

Kenn Perfitt, P.S.


IBEW Local 617 membership assisted with Wreaths Across America event to honor fallen veterans.

Apprenticeship Graduates;
Holiday Spirit of Generosity

L.U. 625 (c,ees,em,i,it,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA — We recently lost Bro. Alex Dotten, 64, who passed away on Nov. 27, 2018. Our sympathy goes out to his family.

Congratulations to Bro. Geoff Langill and Bro. Bruce Collier on their recent retirement.

Congratulations to the following members on recently completing the apprenticeship program and receiving their Certificate of Qualification: Bros. Robert MacLellan, Jacob Timmons, Jeff Lapierre, Cody Boucher and Jeremy Wentzell.

On Dec. 1, 2018, we had our Annual Family Christmas Party at Hatfield Farm. We enjoyed a sleigh ride, and 143 kids attended the party and received gifts from Santa. On Dec. 15, we had our Annual Christmas Dinner & Dance with the biggest turnout yet of 383 members and guests! I would like to thank all members for the generous donations to Feed Nova Scotia. With their help we were able to donate over 75 kilograms of food.

Brad Wood, B.R./Organizer

2018 — Year in Review;
IBEW Service to Community

L.U. 627 (u), FORT PIERCE, FL — Happy new year, brothers and sisters!

Looking back on 2018, our local is extremely proud of the membership's commitment and support of our community affairs fundraising efforts and beneficence. Year after year, the contributions collected for our Community Affairs Fund have enabled the local to support various youth-based support programs as well as many youth sports, and skills-development organizations. In 2018 alone, over $18,000 was donated to area community programs in the name of IBEW Local 627.

We would like to thank all those individuals who have supported our efforts in the past, and we invite and encourage the continued support of these efforts in the future. This year we will be hosting our 23rd Annual Ironman Fundraising Tournament in May, our 7th Annual T-Shirt Sale Fundraiser, and a few other fundraising events.

Brothers and sisters, here's to a safe and productive 2019! Please continue to be your brothers' keeper and represent our union's Code of Excellence with pride, skill and solidarity. Safety & solidarity!

Fernando Salcedo, P.S.

Local 697 and Sweney Electric
Make a Difference for Seniors

L.U. 697 (c,es,i,mt&se), GARY AND HAMMOND, IN — Local 697 has a long history of working with our NECA partners and giving back to the community. Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana is a nonprofit that provides nutritious meals, a friendly visit and a wellness check to help seniors cope with three of the biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation and loss of independence.

In an effort to give back to the community and make sure the Meals on Wheels facility can continue this mission, IBEW Local 697 signatory contractor Sweney Electric purchased and donated 121 LED fixtures — and the members of Local 697 working for Sweney donated approximately 60 hours of their time one evening to facilitate the lighting installation. The approximate value of the donated material and labor was just over $15,000 and was a cost savings for Meals on Wheels equal to producing 3,000 meals for northwest Indiana seniors in need. Additionally, the new LED upgrade will greatly reduce the nonprofit's utility bills.

We hope to see everyone at our Spring Blood Drive on Friday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Ryan Reithel, B.M./F.S.


IBEW Local 697 members employed by Sweney Electric partnered with the signatory contractor to provide community service donation to Meals on Wheels.

IBEW Members Dedicate Military Veterans Monument

L.U. 827 (catv&t), EAST WINDSOR, NJ — On Veterans Day 2018, the Hudson Unit members joined with Verizon management in dedicating a military monument at the Passaic, NJ, garage job site.

The monument was constructed by Hudson Unit stewards Bros. Keith Henning, Lenny LaForgia and Lou Mermini, along with chief stewards Bros. Andy Newman and Pat Glover, as well as company management.

The monument was designed to honor members in the garage who served in the armed forces. Each branch of the military was represented with a decorative stone placed around a U.S. flagpole.

Suzanne Wallin, R.S.


Local 827 members employed by Verizon helped construct a monument to honor military veterans.

IBEW Members Volunteer —
Habitat for Humanity Project

L.U. 833 (u), JASPER, AL — Members of Local 833, Local 841 and System Council U-19 recently partnered with Habitat for Humanity and Alabama Power Service Organization for a community service project.

The participating IBEW members volunteered for two days and were able to frame up and dry in the Habitat home. This effort allowed for a 10-day completion on the project. We are thankful that we could be a part of the Collins family achieving their goal of home ownership.

Keith Gilliland, P.S. Pro Tem
System Council U-19, A.B.M.


Members of IBEW Locals 833 and 841, along with System Council U-19, helped build a Habitat for Humanity project.

100th Anniversary Celebrated

L.U. 855 (c,i&spa), MUNCIE, IN — On Nov. 25 last year, Local 855 celebrated its 100th anniversary. The local observed its milestone with a banquet at the Horizon Center in downtown Muncie.

Guests at the banquet included Sixth District Int. Vice Pres. David J. Ruhmkorff, Local 873 Bus. Mgr. Mike Young and Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler, and U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly paid a visit. The evening was well-attended with great member participation, and a large turnout by our retirees. All members were presented with a custom-designed centennial money clip along with other 100-year commemorative items. The Recreation Committee has been actively working for the past three years to provide many of the door prizes. The membership was treated to many fine prizes throughout the evening, thanks to these brothers' efforts. One of the evening's highlights was the presentation by Int. Vice Pres. Ruhmkorff of the International's Centennial Plaque to Local 855 Pres. Benjamin Kelly. The plaque is now proudly displayed hanging in our union hall.

The local expresses our appreciation for all our brothers and sisters for their contributions and service during our local's past 100 years.

Jeff Rodeffer, B.M./F.S.


Local 855 Pres. Benjamin Kelly (left) displays plaque presented to the local by Int. Vice Pres. David J. Ruhmkorff (at podium).

Holiday Community Service;
Newly Elected FEWA President

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL — The cooler and rainy weather did not deter the membership from coming to the union hall for some Christmas brotherhood and sisterhood during the Local 915 Christmas party last year. We had close to 200-plus in attendance to dine on a traditional feast of ham, turkey and all the fixings. The fun activities included bouncy houses for the young and corn-hole games for the older kids — and Santa was there for a visit with the children to hear about all the toys he needed to make. I hope he has a big union shop!

The unwrapped gifts were gathered and taken to the local Shriners for distribution to their hospital for children. It always feels good to give back to the community we service. Local 915 Pres./Dispatcher Larry Jenkins and Bus. Agent/E-Board member Shawn McDonnell made the presentation of the gifts.

We are proud to report that our Local 915 Bus. Mgr. Randall King was elected president of the Florida Electrical Workers Association (FEWA) for the 2019-2022 term. Local 915 is proud of the continued confidence bestowed upon Bus. Mgr. King. We know he will help lead this organization to better serve all our classifications for Florida's future.

Theresa King, R.S.


Local 915 Pres./Dispatcher Larry Jenkins (far left) and Bus. Agent/E-Board member Shawn McDonnell (second from right) present donated Christmas gifts to the Shriners for hospital for children.

Introducing Young Students To Electrical Trade Training

L.U. 1015 (em&i), WESLACO, TEXAS — IBEW Local 1015 wants to send out a big Texas "salude" to our hard-working IBEW sister electricians all over the USA and Canada. Our IBEW sisters are not only hard-working electricians, but some are also mothers and providers, but most of all women who have what it takes to be out in the field alongside our IBEW brothers over the years.

Local 1015 is proud to announce that we have teamed up with Mission Options School for the training of a select group of young women and men, for the 2019 school year, in the electrical trade.

With our newest group of students, we have a young woman by the name of Cassandra Padilla. When she first started our classes, she did not know what conduit is nor how to measure it for bending purposes. With hard work and training from Bus. Mgr. Sergio A. Salinas, she has learned how to bend conduit and is working diligently with the other students. Knowledge is the greatest tool that a young person can have today, which can help lead to a successful electrical career many dream about.

Tammy Casas, P.S.


Mission Options students at Local 1015 training site.

2018 A Productive Year —
Organizing Win & Negotiations

L.U. 1049 (lctt,o,u&uow), LONG ISLAND, NY — 2018 was another productive year for us at Local 1049. Under the leadership of Bus. Mgr. Ron Bauer, we negotiated five contracts and increased the membership by 330 members.

We renegotiated our Line Clearance Tree Trimming (LCTT) contract, our Full-Time and Temporary Flagger Agreements, our Home Serve Agreement and, finally, an extension with National Grid. Each three-year agreement included an average 3 percent wage increase and increases in the benefit packages.

In December, after a long on-again, off-again organizing campaign, Altice, formally known as Cablevision, both strong anti-union employers, agreed to card-check recognition. As of this writing, we are preparing to negotiate a first contract for the 119 technicians from Nassau County. Special thanks to Bus. Mgr. Bauer, Organizer Bill O'Leary and Vice Pres. Jim Cooper for their tireless efforts during the campaign.

Also, as of this writing, we are preparing to negotiate on behalf of our members who are employed at Waste Recycling Solutions (WRS).

On behalf of Bus. Mgr. Bauer, I would like to wish everyone a safe, happy and prosperous New Year.

Thomas J. Dowling, R.S.

A New Union Hall & Advanced Training Center

L.U. 1249 (catv,lctt,o,t&u), SYRACUSE, NY — The work picture in 2018 was one of the busiest in Local 1249 history, and it doesn't show signs of slowing in 2019. We have risen to the challenge to keep this work IBEW.

In 2018, the construction of our new training center was completed giving us the ability to provide our apprentices the state-of-the art training expected from the IBEW and the Northeastern Joint Apprenticeship & Training (NEAT) program. We had 29 graduates from the NEAT apprenticeship program advance to become journeyman linemen, and we indentured 137 new apprentices to the NEAT program. We have nearly 400 travelers working in our jurisdiction and can support more. Our organizing efforts continue to be fruitful.

Our new union hall will be completed soon, and we will be moved in by the spring of this year. The completion of the new union hall will help us better serve our membership and will put our training center and union hall all in one location.

Colby J. Czajak, A.B.M.

IBEW Members Elected To State Legislature in Maine

L.U. 1253 (i&mo), AUGUSTA, MAINE — December 5, 2018, was a proud day for Local 1253 as two of our members — Tina Riley, House District 74, and Scott Cuddy, House District 98 — were sworn into the Maine House of Representatives. Tina was re-elected to her second term and Scott is a freshman legislator. With Scott joining Tina in the Maine House, all workers, and electricians in particular, now have two strong advocates fighting for all workers' rights every day in the Statehouse. Good luck, Tina and Scott, as you fight the forces that want low wages, no benefits and minimal safety for their employees.

The following Local 1253 brothers had their International pension approved in 2018: Eugene Hirst, Ray Steelman, Allen Thompson, Harry Lyons, John Albis and former business manager Wayne Rancourt. If you see these retired members, wish them well.

The following brothers passed on in 2018: retirees Richard Babson, Ernie Phair, Harold Harvey, John Firczak and Peter Fish, and active member Frank Gonzales. The local is saddened by their passing.

Local 1253 extends its sympathy to the family of the late Int. Pres. Emeritus Edwin D. Hill on his passing.

Chuck Fraser, B.M.


On swearing-in day at the Maine Statehouse, two Local 1253 members were sworn into the Legislature. From left to right are: Local 1253 Pres./Organizer Nick Paquet; state Rep. Tina Riley (HD-74); state Rep. Scott Cuddy (HD-98); and Bus. Mgr. Chuck Fraser.

Holiday Season Donations To Area Children's Hospital

L.U. 1347 (ees,em&u), CINCINNATI, OHIO — For the third year in a row, IBEW Local 1347 put forth a tremendous effort into donating stuffed animals to all the children who were staying at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, located in downtown Cincinnati, during the 2018 holiday season. Local 1347 also gifted the hospital with an IBEW Local 1347 toy bear, who sported a T-shirt made by our very own Black Out Tee's. We look forward to making these donations happen for many years to come.

Andrew A. Kirk, B.M./F.S.


IBEW Local 1347 presents holiday gifts for children at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. From left: Asst. Bus. Mgr. Kenny Gross, steward Bob Allen, steward Shawn Saylor, Exec. Board Chmn. Pat Kallaher, office coordinator Rachel Glover, Exec. Board member Don Scott Smith, Bus. Mgr. Andrew Kirk, and donor officer Sara Coyle.

Apprenticeship Competition

L.U. 1701 (catv,ees,i,o&u), OWENSBORO, KY — The second annual apprenticeship competition was a huge success. The winners for each apprenticeship class are as follows: David Haynes (1st year class), Tyler Bean (2nd year), Chris Clark (3rd year), Kevin Merimee (4th year), and Zack Hayward (5th year). Congratulations to all the winners! The winners received prize packages worth over $500 each, which were made possible through donations from our signatory contractors and some of the local vendors.

We extend congratulations to the brothers who have retired over the past year: Larry Brown (44 years of service), Erman Tolliver (44 years), Anthony Stevens (20 years), Richard Goetz (24 years), and Michael Knott (37 years). Best wishes to all on a long and healthy retirement.

In sadness, we report the passing of Bros. Danny Allison and William Taylor. May they rest in peace.

Nathan M. Knott, B.R.


Local 1701 Bro. Riche Cook (center) receives his IBEW 20-year pin, presented by Bus. Mgr. Tim Blandford (left) and Pres. Andy Daniel (right).

Accolades for Volunteers

L.U. 2067 (o&u), REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA — Volunteering might sometimes be considered a thankless job; unfortunately, in some circumstances, that can be true. A recent exception is being embraced by IBEW Local 2067.

Everyone is aware of the April 2018 Humboldt bus crash tragedy. IBEW Local 2067 has been proud to recognize two IBEW members who attended the accident as volunteer first-responders. As earlier reported, the two members also received Significant Safety Achievement Awards from their employer.

Now, Bro. George St. Amant and Bro. Ryan Steinhaeusser are receiving additional recognition. On Oct. 22, 2018, IBEW Local 2067 Bus. Mgr. Jason Tibbs went on location to present IBEW Life Saving Awards to both men. Bus. Mgr. Tibbs stated: "We encourage the membership to be active in their communities; the selflessness of these two members saved lives."

Bro. St. Amant believes volunteering is crucial. "Especially in small towns, volunteering is essential," St. Amant said. "Someone is volunteering to coach kids in sports. I volunteer for the first-response team. If you aren't giving back by volunteering, all you are doing is taking."

But, that's not all: On Nov. 7, 2018, our brothers also received Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) Lifesaving Awards at the CEA's Board of Directors & Corporate Partner event program in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Curtis Lizée, A.B.M.


Local 2067 members Bro. George St. Amant (left) and Bro. Ryan Steinhaeusser (right), IBEW Life Saving Award recipients.


Festive Holiday Luncheon;
Transition of Officers

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, NORTH NEW JERSEY CHAPTER — Greetings! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and that everyone is enjoying a happy and healthy new year! Our club enjoyed a great, festive holiday luncheon at Seasons in Washington Township, NJ, complete with a four-course meal and a lively DJ. Everyone had a great time dancing and enjoying the delicious food! Attendance this year was at an all-time high!

We welcomed a few new club members, which we're always happy to do. The club also had a few officer changes recently as John McCormick, our chairman for the past several years, stepped down. John did a wonderful job as leader of our club and we thank him sincerely for all his hard work and wish him all the best! Anthony DePaola, formerly vice chairman, has assumed club chairmanship, and Les Rothstein will be vice chairman.

We're looking forward to another great year of camaraderie, accomplishments and fun! Again, we wish everyone a happy, healthy year!

John Krison, P.S.


At Local 3, North New Jersey Chapter, Retirees Club celebration: One group of many enjoying the holiday luncheon at Seasons.

Annual Holiday Party;
Community Service Events

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, SUFFOLK CHAPTER — Our annual holiday party was a great success. There was plenty of food and music for dancing. It was great to see some old friends and to say hello to some new friends. We also had our door prizes, 50/50 raffle, and a basket of cheer. I can sadly report that my number was not called again. Thanks to our committee chairman John Schoenig and his wife, Cathy, and their wonderful committee for a great time. A big thank-you also to Eileen Crisostomo for all the beautiful cards and party favors.

At our December meeting, after bagels, coffee and cake, our chapter chairman opened the meeting and called for all reports. John Schoenig reported that our Toys for Tots Drive was very successful. Harvey Goldman reported that our Annual Food Drive for Long Island Cares Food Bank was a great success. These community service drives happened because of the generosity of our members. Our chairman then spoke on the importance of supporting our club meetings and club functions.

Chapter Chmn. Richard Duva and his lovely wife, Patricia, wished everyone a happy holiday season and a very happy and healthy new year.

Harvey Goldman, P.S.

Christmas/Hanukkah Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, WESTCHESTER / PUTNAM CHAPTER — On Dec. 12 last year, 75 members, their wives and guests attended the Westchester/Putnam Retirees' 29th annual Christmas/Hanukkah luncheon, at the Leewood Golf Club. The room was beautifully decorated for Christmas, as it has been in recent years.

Once again, we were entertained by our own Steve DiDonato, on the accordion, who played a medley of holiday songs to the delight of all. The singing of Christmas carols was led by Sydney Berman and Carole Mills. Betty Malandro, Cathy Micka and Carole Mills handled the selling of the 50/50 raffle tickets. Our resident woodworker, Pete Snyder, brought handmade wooden Christmas tree ornaments as gifts for everyone attending.

We were able to present our best golfer trophy to Chet Maliszewski, and 80-year service plaques to Rich Alexander, Rich McCormick and Lenny Sasin; 80-year member Donald Schwer was unable to attend.

Everyone went home in a cheerful mood for the start of the Christmas season.

Dick Mills, Treas.


At the Local 3, Westchester/Putnam Chapter, Retirees Club's December 2018 holiday party. Standing, from left: Tom Capurso, Richard McSpedon, David Torres and Louis Sanchez; seated, Richard Alexander, Leonard Sasin and Richard McCormick.

'Welcome to All'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 35, HARTFORD, CT — The Retirees Club had a great Christmas lunch meeting in December. We look forward to resuming our regular meeting schedule on March 13.

At this time of year, we would like to remember those members who passed away in 2018. Included in memoriam are: Greg Beck, Luis Calderon, Gary Chestone Jr., Thomas Cosgrove Jr., Robert Darling, Robert Kent, Francis Murphy, Dale Nielsen, John Rusconi and Patrick Miner.

We would love to see more retirees attending and bringing new ideas to the group. All are welcome. We meet the second Wednesday of each month at the Elk's Club in Rocky Hill.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019!

Kenneth R. White, P.S.

Standing for Working Families

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 53, KANSAS CITY, MO — Well, another year has come and gone. Happy new year to all. Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019.

Local 53 hosted a Christmas party on Dec. 14 and had a great turnout. It was great to see old friends and share some stories. Thank you to the local for this great event.

As you all know, we fought so-called "right to work" in Missouri last year and defeated it soundly in a ballot referendum with an overwhelming majority of the voters saying no to "right to work." [Editor's Note: To read more, see Aug. 9, 2018, news article "IBEW Members Help Kill Right-to-Work in Missouri," posted on the IBEW website at]

Well, obviously some of our elected officials don't understand that no means NO! One of our Republican state senators (Eric Burlison) has already introduced right-to-work legislation for the 2019 session. I am sure that a lot of the people who voted against right-to-work in the August referendum turned around in the November 2018 midterm election and voted for the same people who tried to push this down our throat. We have to convince our members to stop shooting themselves in the foot by voting for these anti-labor politicians.

The annual crappie tournament/fish fry will be on May 4 this year, so mark your calendars. It will be a great time!

It is with great sadness that I report we lost two more retirees, Mike Wabs and John Tuttle. Rest in peace, brothers.

Duane Pearce, P.S.

Spirit of Brotherhood

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 60, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — Caring about the retirees of Local 60, the local union made a generous donation to the Retirees Club. As shown in the accompanying photo, Retirees Club Pres. Coy Rogers accepted a check for the club, presented by organizer Rick Sisk. The funds will ensure the continuing success of the practice of brotherhood at the Retirees Club's monthly meetings, providing meals and activities.

While we start out our new year with anticipation, we look back with sadness on the loss of several friends and members we lost in 2018: Bros. David Gonzalez, Richard Suggs, Daniel Blade, Donald Orlowski, Charles Griffin, Robert L. Caldwell, Alvin McDonald, Robert F. Stuart, Joe V. Garcia, Fred Krause, Virgel King, Wayne Bulgerin, Rodolfo Llanes and Guy Katz.

The Local 60 Retirees Club meets the second Thursday of each month for the months of September through May. The club takes the months of June, July and August off for summer. After a short business meeting starting at 12 noon, lunch is served followed by games. Meetings are held at the Plumbers and Pipefitters training building, 3630 Belgium Lane. Please join us.

Sandy Rogers, P.S.


Local 60 Retirees Club Pres. Coy Rogers (left) accepts a check donated to the club, presented by organizer Rick Sisk.

Holiday Party Well-Attended

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 99, PROVIDENCE, RI — The Local 99 Retirees Christmas Party was Dec. 18 last year, at Ralph's Catering and Kitchen in Cranston, R.I. Over 100 members, friends and family were in attendance.

All Local 99 retirees would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe 2019.

Frank J. Colucci, P.S.


Local 99 retired member Ernest Imondi was awarded an IBEW 70-year service pin, presented by the Retirees Club on Dec. 18, 2018.

'Don't Wait — Participate!'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 105, HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA — Local 105 Appreciation Night occurred on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Burlington Convention Centre. The theme of the evening was Casablanca, an elaborate evening we'll remember for a very long time. Special thanks to the volunteers who made this possible! Numerous brothers and sisters were recognized for their years of service; congratulations and special thanks to all of you. Cheers to Cyril "Mack" McGregor, who was honored for 70 years of service! And, let us tell you that at 92, Mack still kicks butt at Euchre!

Euchre began Jan. 7, and bowling began Jan. 9. At the time of this writing, as this article went to press, the club was scheduled to enjoy the following activities. In January: breakfast at Michelangelo's. In February — lunch at the Mandarin, Valentines Dinner/Dance at Michelangelo's, and a trip to the Toronto Aquarium, with stops at the St. Lawrence Market and The Dutch Mill. And in March: a Polish supper at Michelangelo's. You can still join — guidelines specify that those over age 55 may join the Local 105 Retirees Club, and club membership is $25 per year.

Remember our motto: "Don't Wait — Participate!" Please remember, all that we have and all the privileges of our events, are all made possible by our hard-working local members and Executive Board, past and present. Our sincerest thanks to each and every one of you!

Eden McLean, P.S.


Local 105 retiree Cyril "Mack" McGregor (center) is honoured for 70 years of service. At left is Local 105 Bus. Mgr. Lorne Newick, and at right, Local 105 Pres. Brad Smith.

Club's 30th Anniversary

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 134, CHICAGO, IL — We hope everyone had a good start to the new year.

Flashing back to Dec. 12, at our Annual Holiday Party, we also celebrated the 30th anniversary of our Local 134 Retirees Club. Club Pres. Kevin Gibbons said a few words about our 30 years as an organization, and we all celebrated by enjoying the anniversary cake — a delicious chocolate devil's food cake, with custard filling and frosting.

Regarding our Retirees Club, I would like to mention a quote from our January 2019 Retirees Newsletter, written and edited by the club's Executive Board member Mario Coletta and club Pres. Kevin Gibbons: "The purpose of this organization shall be to carry out the spirit of our brotherhood. To aid and assist each other as necessary, and to promote the social, economic, health and welfare of its members and their families." That's an excellent description of what our club stands for, and I am proud to be a part of it.

On Feb. 12 this year, some of our club members spent a fun day at Drury Lane enjoying a luncheon and the play "Mamma Mia." And for March, we look forward to the 118th Annual Hockey Classic, featuring the Chicago police department team vs. the Chicago FBI team. This event is a fundraiser for the Honor Flight Chicago program, which transports veterans of World War II and the Korean War to Washington, DC, to visit war memorial sites. Vietnam War veterans will also be invited to join the Chicago "honor flights" in 2019.

Happy spring to all and be safe.

Sue Kleczka, P.S.


The Local 134 Retirees Club's 30th anniversary celebration featured a special custom-decorated chocolate cake.

Newly Chartered Retirees Club

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 136, BIRMINGHAM, AL — Local 136 retirees have been active as a group for many years. We meet at the hall in Birmingham on the first Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. for coffee and socializing, then lunch at 11 a.m.

Our local has sponsored the retirees group, which until recently was under the leadership of Bro. Tommy Trenor. Bro. Trenor would have received his IBEW 70-year service pin this year but, regrettably, he passed away on June 17 last year.

The retirees group has elected Bro. Frank Perryman as their new chairman, and the retirees requested that the club become chartered through the International Office.

On Nov. 26, 2018, the IBEW Local 136 Retirees Club was officially chartered by the I.O. We would like to thank Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson and recently retired former Int. Vice Pres. Joseph S. Davis for their support and help in making this happen. In brotherhood, everyone wins.

Ross Roberson, Pres., L.U. 136

2018 Holiday Festivities;
Upcoming Activities Planned

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 164, JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Local 164 Dinner Dance, on Dec. 1, 2018, at the Parsippany Sheridan was the gala event celebrating retirees. Over 500 attended, retired and active. Pictured in the accompanying photo are 50-year members.

The Retirees Club had their own holiday party with over 100 brothers and sisters and significant others sharing stories, great food, music and gifts. Thanks again to Tom and Eileen Barry and their wonderful committee.

We will have a golf league in the spring and many more activities for 2019. We all worked very hard to get to this time in our lives to enjoy all the great things in life. And thanks to the IBEW Local 164 for making that possible.

David Judovin, P.S.


Attending Local 164 holiday gala are IBEW 50-year members.

70-Year Service Award

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 194, SHREVEPORT, LA — During our December 2018 Retirees Christmas Luncheon, many service pins were presented.

Among the award recipients was retiree Eben McGinty, who received his 70-year service pin! After graduating high school in 1942, Bro. McGinty chose to join the U.S. Marine Corps, and he served on the Western front in World War II. In 1948, he graduated from sign school while in New York. He then returned to Shreveport, LA, where he was initiated into IBEW Local 194 in July 1948 as a sign journeyman. Over the next 40-plus years, Bro. McGinty worked for various signatory contractors throughout Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Oklahoma.

In April of 1991, he retired from the IBEW. Bro. McGinty is now 94 years old and drove himself from Oklahoma to the luncheon. From the membership of Local 194, we thank Bro. McGinty and all the award recipients for their many years of dedication to the IBEW.

Brent Moreland, B.M., L.U. 194


Local 194 Bus. Mgr. Brent Moreland (left) presents 70-year pin to retiree Eben McGinty.

'Thanks To IBEW'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 212, CINCINNATI, OHIO — After our club's January meeting, I noticed a car with the plate "THX IBEW." Thanks, indeed!

My IBEW story starts in 1961 as a 17-year-old high school graduate. At first, I was overwhelmed, but after four years of IBEW/NECA apprenticeship and on-the-job training, I gained confidence in my knowledge and ability and graduated as a journeyman wireman. This allowed me to have a secure, lifelong career. Many electricians have the same testimony.

Local 212 families have benefited because members — involved in the advancement of our union — negotiated contracts for wages, benefits, working conditions, safety, security, retirement, and health care. Everything I have traces back to my union. I still have friends from my early years in the IBEW.

Being a good union man does not end at retirement. We need to support political friends of labor with our time and money; to stay informed about the dangers from those who plot to destroy our way of life; and to support businesses that support our members and ideals.

It is with regret that we report the loss of several Local 212 brothers: Frank Bader, who was a 69-year IBEW member; Robert Holiday, 50-year member; Thomas Foster, 45-year member; Rynold Altman, 39-year member; and Ronald Menke, 38-year member. Our deepest sympathy to their family and friends. Rest in peace, brothers.

Bob Schaefer, P.S.

2018 Christmas Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 257, JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Happy 2019! The year 2018 was a busy one, and we want to thank everyone who made it successful. We especially thank Ron Holzhauer and Judy Holzhauer, our Retirees Club president and secretary/treasurer, respectively. They don't often get kudos, but their work is greatly appreciated by all of our retirees.

On Dec. 11, 2018, we met for our annual Christmas luncheon, hosted by the Local 257 members. We thank all the members for their hospitality, as we look forward to this event every year. We also thank Juanita Fischer and Elaine Jurgensmeyer for all their hard work decorating for the Christmas luncheon. After the luncheon we had an auction featuring items brought in by our retirees. Local 257 Bus. Mgr. Don Bruemmer and Local 257 organizer and auctioneer Mike Fanning helped with the auction. Funds raised went to St. Jude's Hospital and Research Center.

On a very sad note, we send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Linda Winemiller, who passed away unexpectedly Dec. 13, 2018. We will miss her very much.

Good wishes to all in 2019. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

Delores Melloway, P.S.


At annual Christmas luncheon hosted by Local 257 are Juanita Fischer and Elaine Jurgensmeyer.

Christmas Dinner/Dance;
2019 Retirees Events Scheduled

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 353, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA — On Sunday, Nov. 25, last year the Local 353 Retirees Club held its 33rd Christmas Dinner/Dance with over 700 retirees and guests present, including retirees from Locals 105, 303 and 804. This was our largest group ever and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Plans for 2019 retiree events are well underway. First will be our annual trip to Niagara Falls, which includes Dinner/Theatre at "Oh Canada EH."

Next will be our Annual Pin/Award Breakfast on Wednesday, April 17, where 100 of our retirees are eligible for 50-year watches and 50-year pins. Thirty-six could receive 55-year pins, 39 could receive 60-year pins; and seven could receive 65-year pins. Totaling over 183 awards. Our list of living retired members with 50 years of service and more is now over 1,000.

Each year, we have approximately 40 percent of those eligible attend, plus their spouses and family members and interested Retirees Club members. We serve breakfast for over 200.

The retired members of our North Unit, South Unit and East Unit enjoy the planned events and benefits budgeted/organized by Local 353 Retiree Executive and provided by the Local 353 Sports, Entertainment & Retirees Fund.

Robert Rynyk, P.S.

Tribute to Retirees

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 611, ALBUQUERQUE, NM — We sure hope all you brothers and sisters had a great Christmas season and into 2019 as well. Our annual Local 611 family Christmas party took place last December at the Wool Warehouse in Albuquerque — third year in a row and a great success again. I had the opportunity to see only just a few retirees and their guests this time, so I was not able to get a group picture at the party.

If I include the 1970s and '80s, plus the last 13 years, I have submitted photos and articles to The Electrical Worker for over 25 years. I am looking to pass it on to someone else for this worthwhile commitment to our retirees. I will continue on through 2019. Retirees Club articles are published in The Electrical Worker four times a year. If you are interested in this task, please call the local union hall for more information.

We offer our condolences to families of retirees who have recently passed away: Eduardo Gomes, who was a retired utility lineman; retired journeyman wiremen Roy N. Hopwood, James R. Wade and Allan J. LaRue; and retired senior operator James H. Lowe. Our brothers are missed but not forgotten.

Mark your calendars: Workers Memorial Day is April 29. So, participate in this annual remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, or injured on the job.

Tracy Hall, Pres.


Local 611 Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Carl T. Condit and wife Mary Ann at the 611 office Christmas potluck on Dec. 13.

Annual Luncheon in April

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 702, WEST FRANKFORT, IL — The Annual Retirees Club Luncheon will be held Tuesday, April 2, at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, in Mt. Vernon, IL. Doors will open at 11 a.m.

The Retirees Club met on Oct. 4 and Dec. 6. At both meetings, the minutes from the previous meetings and the financial reports were read and approved. Pres. Gary King read the announce of deaths for the preceding months, followed by a moment of silence.

The trip to the Henry Miller Museum in St. Louis is still on hold due to health issues. Under "new business," in October, Pres. King encouraged support for labor-endorsed candidates and issues. In December, updates were provided on the health of various members, and it was announced that a representative from the Illinois Alliance for Retired Members would speak at the February meeting.

The 50/50 drawings were won by Bros. Logan Marlow and Rick Alegnani. In October, a cookbook donated by Carol and Jr. Marlow was won by Les Wolske; and in December, a pocket knife donated by Carol and Logan Marlow was won by Charlie May.

At the time of this writing, as this article went to press, the next Retirees Club meeting was scheduled to be held at Golden Corral in Carbondale on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at 11:30 a.m.

Mark Baker, P.S.

Happy 2019!

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 756, DAYTONA BEACH, FL — We hope you had a merry Christmas and look forward to a happy and healthy 2019! We look forward to seeing more of you at all at our upcoming meetings. We have been having good turnouts at our meetings and hope this trend keeps up. We love seeing all of you! The Christmas party put on by the local was very nice. There was a great mix of apprentices, journeyman wiremen and retirees in attendance.

With sadness we report that, since our last article, we have had one member to pass away. We send our condolences to the family and friends of our late Bro. Frank M. "Buster" Crane Jr.

We invite any retired and unemployed brothers and sisters and their spouses who are in the area to come and join us. Our meetings are held the second Thursday of each month (September through May), at 11:30 a.m., at the Local 756 union hall, in Port Orange, FL.

Diane Gibbs, P.S.

Holiday Season & Fellowship

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 995, BATON ROUGE, LA — We had our 2018 Christmas luncheon at our union hall on the first Monday in December. About 35 members plus their wives attended. The food was good and so was the fellowship to start the holiday season.

As this article went to press, our next meeting was scheduled for the first Monday in March.

If you are a retired member of the IBEW in the Baton Rouge area, come join us.

W. Roland Goetzman Sr., P.S.