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Helping Those in Need

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa,st&ws), ST. LOUIS, MO — Forest Park was the setting on a cold, rainy Saturday, Oct. 26, for Team IBEW's third annual participation in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides-St. Louis 5K/1 mile Fun Walk. The team included eight members from the UAW, 11 from IBEW Local 1, four from IBEW Local 1439 and 20 from Minnie's Minions. Team IBEW raised $1,665. Special thanks to Local 1 journeyman wireman and volunteer Stacey Bonuso for working tirelessly for Team IBEW.

Local 1's "Be A Superhero of Health" health fair was Saturday, Oct. 12, at the union hall. It was available to all active members, retirees, covered spouses and adult dependents. The event provided wellness screenings, flu vaccines and hearing screenings, said Stephanie A. LaBanow, Health & Welfare director, IBEW-NECA Service Center Inc. Lunch was catered by The Picnic People.

The Fifth Annual Greg Booth Ride for Relief Poker Run was Saturday, Oct. 5. Nearly 100 Local 1 members, families and friends attended and raised $4,600. The event is held in memory of former Local 1 business manager Greg Booth, who passed away in 2012. Funds raised for the Greg Booth Ride for Relief Committee provide aid to Local 1 union members in need.

We mourn the passing of the following members: Bernhard Ver Hey, Fredrick Schaber, Glennon Sprehe, Ian Rasnic, Frank Wright, Ralph Cordray, Clarence Riley Sr., Charles Heidmann II, Thomas Henson, Ronald Taylor, David Edwards, Craig Pelham, John Brzozowski, Clarence Farmer and James Barry.

Jan Bresnan, P.S.


Team IBEW's fight cancer banner.

Contracts Ratified;
2019 A Year of Success

L.U. 9 (catv,govt,lctt,o&u), CHICAGO, IL — 2019 was a busy, excellent year for Local 9. We settled a five-year contract with both the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District. These contracts secured prevailing wage rate for over 300 of our members working at these municipalities. We also settled a three-year agreement for our environmental contract. We look forward to another successful year at the bargaining table in 2020 as several of our contracts will be expiring.

At our Annual Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner in April, we honored over 50 Local 9 members who retired the previous year. And in June, we celebrated with 61 of our members who achieved over 50 years of IBEW membership.

We also welcomed two new officers: Vice Pres. Brian Rush and Fin. Sec. Bryan Nieciak. Thank you to former Examining Board chairman Mark Simmons, Executive Board member Victor Ohanessian and financial secretary Brian Lewis for their longtime service. They are off to a well-deserved retirement.

Our members actively give back to the community. The 14th annual Local 9 Golf Outing was a huge success. Over $17,000 was raised for the IBEW Local 9 Charity Fund. In November, we held a blood drive in conjunction with Versiti Blood Center of Illinois. Thanks to all who donated.

Speaking of charity, I applaud our office manager Mary Beth Kaczmarek, who in mid-2019 donated one of her kidneys to her brother Mike after he experienced kidney failure. Mary Beth and Mike underwent kidney transplant surgery in early July. The surgery went well for both and, after recuperating, Mary Beth and Mike are back to living life to the fullest. Mary Beth is a true hero! Way to go, Sister Kaczmarek! IBEW proud!

We wish all a happy, prosperous new year.

Bill Niesman, B.M.


Local 9 members participate in local's blood drive: from left, Guy Moser, Ryan Muntwyler and Tom Fitzgerald.

Annual Softball Tournament

L.U. 25 (c,catv,es,i,ptc&rts), LONG ISLAND, NY — Our 49th Annual Softball Tournament was Aug. 23-25, at Baldwin Park, Eisenhower Park, and Wantagh Park. We had great weather the entire weekend. Local 3 (New York, NY) won the upper bracket and Local 25 came in second. Local 456 (New Brunswick, NJ) defeated Local 90 (New Haven, CT) in the lower bracket. A special shout out to our Local 25 "B" team for winning their "F" bracket on Saturday.

Thanks to all who helped coordinate the Friday night reception at the Marriott Uniondale and to retired member Ed O'Donnell, former softball committee chairman, for making all the calls to the members for Saturday's hospitality station at Eisenhower Park and coming to help the whole weekend. Thanks to Chairperson Joshua Margolis for overseeing the weekend, and thanks to those who provided transportation help and donated the generator again. We all look forward to next year's 50th Annual Softball Tournament.

John Guadagno, Pres. Tom Lawless, P.S./E-Board


Some of the volunteers cooking for annual softball tournament man the grills. Among those gathered are Local 25 former business manager Kevin Harvey (second from left), Pres. John Guadagno (third from left), Bus. Rep. Jack Majkut (fourth from left), and E-Board member Tom Lawless (second from right).

Honors for Military Hero;
Contract Negotiations Updates

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA — Greetings, brothers and sisters. We are very sad to report that Local 47 Bus. Mgr. and Seventh District IEC member Patrick Lavin lost his wife of 45 years on Oct. 2, 2019. Ellen Lavin will be greatly missed.

A Local 47 member, Gunnery Sgt. Gary Gonzalez, was honored as "Military Hero of the Game" on Sept. 4 at a Dodger Stadium game. Among Gary's 17 military decorations are the following: Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Purple Heart, Navy Unit Citation, Combat Action Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, and Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

For the City of Colton-​Water/Wastewater contract, a vote for a one-year extension passed by 75%. The City of Vernon contract was passed by 250-4. California Senate Bill 247 passed, which will have a huge positive effect on our line clearance tree trimmers. At press time, Association of Long Beach Employees (ALBE) and City of Anaheim bargaining continues.

Local 47's Christmas celebration at Anaheim Stadium on Dec. 13 was a huge success. Thousands of members and their families had a great time.

We're sad to report the recent death of several members: Scott Sugden, Mitchell Green, and Wesley "Flapping Eagle" McConnell. Our condolences and prayers are with their loved ones.

Work safe, live safe and free — and buy union!

Mitch Smith, P.S.


At Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Local 47 member Gunnery Sgt. Gary Gonzalez (left) was honored as "Military Hero of the Game."

International Lineman's Rodeo

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,ptc,rtb,t,u&uow), SPRINGFIELD, IL — On Nov. 1, 2019, Havana and Hennepin power plants stopped providing Illinois with 728 MW of electricity, and at this writing Duck Creek Station's 425 MW was scheduled to cease on Dec. 15, 2019. With the help of local legislators, we were able to negotiate a better severance package for over a hundred of our affected members. After Vistra Energy's decision to shut down four coal-fired plants, it was a surprise when the company announced that the E.D. Edwards plant, located near Peoria, will shutter by the end of 2022. With the additional loss of the 915 MW produced at the Coffeen Power Station, Illinois will lose nearly 2,600 MW and hundreds of jobs.

Local 51 members competed at the Kansas City International Lineman's Rodeo & Expo in October. Out of 248 teams, Zach Beaty, Paul Koehler and Jordan Vanderwyngaerde took home first place in the Journeyman Hurtman Rescue competition, while Brian Courtright and Joshua Simpson received 10th place. Patrick "Buck" Rodgers had the fastest individual pole climb of the weekend at 12.34 seconds. Our apprentice linemen fared well, with Daniel Meachem placing tenth in the Apprentice Pole Climb and Derek Cheshareck receiving third place in the Apprentice Hurtman Rescue. Well done, brothers!

Line work and line clearance tree trimming are at full employment and should be steady all winter.

Please attend your union meeting as it is the heart of where members discuss issues facing the membership. We wish you a happy new year and many blessings in the year ahead.

Karlene Knisley, B.R.

Contract Negotiations;
February Awards Banquet

L.U. 55 (c,lctt,o&u), DES MOINES, IOWA — Hello, brothers and sisters. Our local continues to grow. We are now over 1,200 members strong, and we still have a need for linemen and various other classifications.

We thank Jeff Lampe for his service as Executive Board chairman. He will be missed. We welcome Derrick Vandt as the new Executive Board chairman. We also welcome Jeremy Logsdon to the Executive board. Additionally, we welcome Chris Lichty and Ken Foutch to the Examining Board.

The Missouri Valley Apprenticeship Program recently broke ground for a new building and training grounds in Indianola, Iowa. This will be a fantastic facility. Congratulations to all!

The Recognition & Awards Banquet will be in February. Watch for details in a future newsletter. It's a fun event and a great time to see friends.

Bus. Mgr. Mike Sawyer and his assistants will be very busy over the next three to four months negotiating contracts for various units. Let's wish them well!

I know many of you are working very long hours, but if possible please find a political caucus site and go and give your input and vote for the person you feel will look out for organized labor and do what's best for all of us.

Always think safety at work and at home. Wear your safety equipment in the bucket truck and also keep an eye out for your buddy's safety.

Myron Green, P.S.


Local 55 members Dennis Gamble (left) and Robert Yeager, who work with the City of Ames, Iowa, Municipal Utility, get ready to install a new 900-amp G.O.A.B. air-break switch for circuit control.

2019 Community Service

L.U. 57 (lctt,mo,o,t&u), SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — 2019 brought many opportunities to help out in our communities.

The monthly community dinner at the City of Refuge in Idaho Falls has been an ongoing program with members from Idaho Falls Power and Rocky Mountain Power providing a monthly dinner.

The annual Local 57 Golf Tournament again provided support to the University of Utah Burn Center. Proceeds from the tournament assist with sending young burn victims to the university's burn camp, with the opportunity for youngsters to work through the healing process and create lasting memories. Thanks to the sponsors and all who participated for making this donation possible.

The local also teamed with Rocky Mountain Power employees and NeighborWorks in an effort called Paint Your Heart Out, painting homes for the elderly, disabled veterans, and others in need who are unable to afford the projects on their own. These opportunities are a few of the many to come, as we work together to make a difference in our communities.

Scott Long, P.S.


IBEW Local 57 volunteers participated in a community service project to paint the homes of those in need of assistance.

'A Brighter Future'

L.U. 71 (lctt,o&rtb), COLUMBUS, OHIO — On behalf of all officers and staff of Local 71, we hope everyone had a merry Christmas, and we wish everyone a happy new year!

At the close of 2019, we remember all those we lost too soon: Steven Karr, James McClain, Daniel Dade, David Dean, Hubert Byrd, James Ross, Jeremy Pope, Daniel Bruggeman, Kenny Fulton, Sean Fowler, Roy Brown, Colton Boring, William Moore, Donnie Sublett, Gary Sellars, Roy Howell and Russell Greer. May they rest in peace.

As we look forward to 2020 and all that it could be, let us pledge to support our union, organize the unorganized, maintain harmony within the ranks and continue fighting for a brighter future. As 2020 begins, thoughts turn to the elections and the consequences of any election. Sisters and brothers, we must be able to look past the wedge issues that politicians would like us to argue over on social media, and we must remain focused on the issues that affect working families. Your union can only directly represent you on issues covered by your collective bargaining agreements. With unions doing only 10% to 13% of the work across the USA, working families can ill afford to lose any more ground when it comes to labor laws that protect the middle class. So, support labor-friendly candidates and remain educated on the issues that are vital to the union's survival.

Work safe and attend your union meetings.

Bryan Stage, B.M./F.S.

Safety Days Program —
IBEW Local 77 Booth Popular

L.U. 77 (lctt,mt,o,t&u), SEATTLE, WA — In an ongoing collaborative atmosphere, Snohomish County PUD CEO/General Mgr. John Haarlow asked IBEW Local 77's new Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Rex Habner to be part of the opening presentation for the company's Safety Days program. Bus. Mgr. Habner addressed both union and nonunion employees with a message that whether union or not, we are all still brothers, sisters, coworkers, friends and family and our common goal is to make sure everyone gets home safely at the end of the day.

For two days, all district employees were able to attend various classes and training in safety related topics. There were many demonstrations including: Pole Top rescue, Arc Trailer shows, hard hat safety, bucket rides and many more. Classes included Self Defense, Dog Safety, FEMA, Stop the Bleed, Active Shooter/Home & Property Protection, and How to Talk to People in Crisis.

The IBEW Local 77 booth was a popular place for both represented and nonrepresented folks alike. This provided an excellent opportunity to have contact with members and to share what we're all about with nonmembers. Lots of interest was generated in the nonrepresented departments, which will hopefully encourage others to join our union family.

Sara Langus, P.S.


Local 77 Bus. Mgr. Rex Habner (left) with Local 77 Bus. Rep. Nichole Reedy (center), and John Haarlow, Snohomish County PUD CEO/general manager, at the Safety Days event.

Harvard Science Center Construction Project Underway

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA — Approximately 200 Local 103 electricians and technicians, working for Sullivan & McLaughlin Companies, are busy building Harvard University's newest $1 billion, 535,000 square-foot, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

When it opens in the fall of 2020, it will be among the most cutting-edge teaching and research facilities in the country — featuring laboratories, classrooms and related teaching and research space. The six-story building, located across from Harvard Business School and Harvard Innovation Labs cluster, will serve as a new hub of learning for over 1,800 science and engineering students, researchers and faculty and will become a new iconic gateway to Harvard's growing Allston campus, featuring laboratories, classrooms and related teaching and research space.

The building will also contain a new 5,000 square-foot Maker Space, featuring high-end manufacturing and assembly workstations allowing students to test ideas and incubate enterprises. Some 70,000 square feet of public green space will be located on site, a large interior atrium will be located on the building's ground-floor, and upper floors will be wrapped with a performative façade that will optimize natural interior lighting and ensure optimal heating and cooling efficiency. The building will be built to LEED Gold sustainability specifications.

Lou Antonellis, B.M./F.S.


IBEW Local 103 electricians and technicians are working with Sullivan & McLaughlin Companies on construction of a new Harvard University facility.

'Staying IBEW Strong'

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR — After the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court decision of 2018, many folks expected an expedited demise of the labor movement in America. Local 125 Bus. Mgr. Travis Eri directed his staff to increase efforts on education, communication, and engagement.

Pictured are Local 125 members employed by the City of Milton-Freewater. They know they have the choice of membership, and they've chosen to stay IBEW strong. These members are ALL-IN. With normal ups and downs in the workplace, these members continue to encourage each other and have increased their involvement within the local union.

"These members didn't let public opinion influence their decision to stay ALL-IN. In fact, they continue asking what else they can do to help educate others," said Bus. Rep. Jeremy White. "I am proud to be their rep," he added.

Moving into 2020, with increased focus on addressing members' involvement, Local 125's leadership is working with its RENEW Committee and to launch its Women's Committee. "We can't control court cases or legislation — but we can do the work to ensure our local grows and remains strong," Eri said. "We know these young workers and sisters are ALL-IN; are you?"

Marcy Grail, A.B.M.


Local 125 members employed by the City of Milton-Freewater, OR, display IBEW sign and stay actively involved in the union.

Union Members Complete Training Programs at NTI

L.U. 141 (ees,i,o&u), WHEELING, WV — Hello, brothers and sisters. Our work picture is slow as of this writing, with 54 members on Book 1.

At press time, the local was busy planning our holiday activities, which included preparing our float for area Christmas parades, as well as planning our Christmas parties for members and retirees. The local also has been quite busy politically, working with local labor-friendly candidates to make sure the issues important to working families are heard and addressed.

IBEW 141 would like to recognize Bros. Daniel Morris and Justin Klempa for their recent accomplishments and advancement at the National Training Institute. Dan completed the four-year instructor training program, and Justin completed the Advanced Studies program. Congratulations to these fine gentlemen!

IBEW 141 is sad to report the passing of Bro. John Criswell. He will be greatly missed.

Kurt "Bug" Reed, P.S.


IBEW Local 141 members Justin Klempa (left) and Dan Morris after graduation at the NTI in Ann Arbor, MI, in August 2019.

Apprentices Are Sworn In;
Welcome to New Contractors

L.U. 177 (bo,ees,govt,i,mo,o&pet), JACKSONVILLE, FL — Pres. Luis Cano swore in 40 apprentices as new members at the September union meeting. We also recognized Bro. James Nolan, retiring from the Electrical Training Alliance of Jacksonville, and thanked him for the great job he has done. Bro. Nolan spent 28 years as either an instructor or as training director. We wish Bro. Nolan a happy retirement.

The work outlook remains steady in our area. A few jobs are finishing up but several jobs in the health-care industry are slated to begin soon. So far, we have been able to fill all calls, although some may take a few days to fill.

We have signed two new home-grown contractors. Bro. Josh Adams opened Watchmen Electric and Bro. Mark Horton started Elite Electric. We look forward to working with both for a mutually gainful relationship.

We had our annual Chili Cook Off at our October union meeting with Britt Cope coming out on top with some great chili.

Alan Jones, B.M./F.S.


Forty Local 177 apprentices were sworn in at September union meeting.

Strong Work Picture

L.U. 197 (em&i), BLOOMINGTON, IL — We hope everyone had a healthy, happy holiday season. We look forward to having a great 2020. Our work picture looks very positive for the year. We are hearing that work at the Rivian Auto plant should be firing up after the first of the year. We look forward to the opportunity to bring new life into the old Mitsubishi plant. The work can provide our members and families with needed stability and a chance to show how productive the IBEW is. We will be utilizing organizing and also leaning on travelling brothers and sisters to man the job.

We encourage all our members 35 years old and under to join our RENEW Committee. Our younger members are the future of our industry and we need them to be involved in the union, so we continue to survive and grow. We want to tap into the energy and vision from a younger worker's perspective. If interested contact Matt Strupp or Matt Kyrouac for more information.

At this writing, we were getting ready to celebrate Veterans Day. Thanks to all our members who have served in the armed forces! As our ranks grow in the union, we need to reach out to other veterans to bring them with us. If you know good candidates, send them in. Remember to get involved in the local and stay involved!

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


On the job site battling the elements at Local 197's Westminster Village construction project are members Nathan Hoenes (left), Clint Johnson and Josh Bertolet.

Contract Negotiations

L.U. 245 (govt,lctt,o,rtb&u), TOLEDO, OHIO — Happy new year, everyone. I hope you had a good holiday and are looking forward to a prosperous new year.

As 2019 came to a close, negotiations were the main focus at Local 245. Negotiations for the Fourth District Teledata Agreement and the WTOL Channel 11 contract with TEGNA were continuing as of press time. At the time of this writing, Nelson Tree negotiations were scheduled to start in November 2019; and the City of Bryan and the Bryan Wastewater Treatment Plant negotiations were slated to start in December 2019.

Work on the Outside is steady with no new calls and no one on the books.

The Davis-Besse power plant is preparing for its 2020 refueling outage since Ohio House Bill 6 was approved. We would like to thank everyone again for supporting this bill and helping to get it passed.

Congratulations to Rick Russeau and Ray Zychowicz for being selected the Power Player Workers for the months of November and December for the Toledo Walleye professional ice hockey team. Local 245 is the main sponsor for the Toledo Walleye team for the 2019-20 hockey season. Also, our annual Local 245 Toledo Walleye game is scheduled for Feb. 15, 2020. Please call the hall for details.

Until next time, work safe and stay warm.

Ray Zychowicz, P.S.

2019 Apprenticeship Graduates

L.U. 257 (em,i,rtb,rts,spa&t), JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Congratulations to graduates of IBEW Local 257's apprenticeship graduating class of 2019.

The 2019 apprenticeship graduates are: Zach Bedsworth, Adam Berendzen, Gary Berhorst, Ryan Bopp, Bradley Brewer, Fred Brunston, Justin Case, Brandon Cliburn, Dalton Cook, Brett Crowley, John Hardwick, Scott Herod, Derek Holzhauser, Ryan Kliethermes, Chad Leslie, Robert Poe, Michael Piersall, Bryan Robertson, Tom Romesburg, and Seth Webb.

Best wishes to the graduates on their continued success and a rewarding IBEW career.

Anthony Edwards, P.S.


Some of Local 257's class of 2019 apprenticeship graduates assemble for a group photo.

2019 Annual Family Picnic;
Volunteers Get Out the Vote

L.U. 269 (i&o), TRENTON, NJ — Even as the days grew chillier, the calendar was just starting to heat up for the members of Local 269. September was witness to the annual Local 269 Family Picnic, at which the membership and their loved ones are treated to an afternoon of games, food and entertainment. To avoid leaving anyone out, let me say on behalf of the local: A big "Thank You!" to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make sure that a good time was had by all.

In October, members of Local 269, along with fellow trade union brothers and sisters from a number of local unions attended The Knights of Labor Dinner given by the Mercer County Building Trades. Three award winners were honored for their hard work and dedication to union cause.

Finally, the ongoing labor walks and Get Out the Vote efforts culminated with local and statewide elections on the first Tuesday in November. Thanks to the hard work and perseverance of union volunteers, many labor-friendly candidates were elected and in many cases, reelected. Politics can be fickle, and nothing is ever guaranteed except this: Without the effort, you are sure to lose.

Brian Jacoppo, P.S.

Annual Chili Cookoff Benefit

L.U. 309 (i,lctt,mo,mt,o,rts,spa&u), COLLINSVILLE, IL — In October, Local 309 served 120 gallons of our "White Lightning Chili" at the 36th annual Chili Cookoff. Participation from the members and their families was outstanding. Some even showed up to help out after working shutdowns that weekend. This event provides a great environment to get together and to connect with the community. Hats off to Bros. Josh Wiegers and Chris Weir for their tireless leadership in this endeavor. Proceeds went to the Distressed Members Fund.

Health & Welfare and Pension trustees were sent to the 65th annual Employee Benefits Conference in San Diego in late October for continuing education. In addition to classes explaining the intricacies of administering these funds, were the many classes that acknowledged that mediocre returns on our investments is the new normal. Despite this news, the vast majority of pension plans are recovering and are healthy. However, as a hedge against these new circumstances, it is becoming more important that individuals have their own personal retirement accounts to supplement their pension if needed someday. Start them when you are young and max them out yearly if you can.

Carlos S. Perez, R.S.

Industry Leaders & Training

L.U. 313 (i&spa), WILMINGTON, DE — The work picture has slowed some, although 2020 looks to be another decent year in our jurisdiction. There is work on the books, and the union hall is never at ease or satisfied until these jobs have gang boxes and boots on the ground with paychecks cashing. If things work out, members may have a couple of different jobs and locations to select from. Choices are nice, so enjoy them while you can.

The training department is always keeping up to date with the latest innovations in the trade. If there is something you are interested in, inquire to the JATC to see if there are enough people to get a class together. If not, we can help you get literature, information or enrolled in a class somewhere to keep you prepared. Staying sharp and on top of things is how we stay as the industry leaders. This is also a renewal year for your license, so consider signing up early for a continuing education (C.E.) class.

Try to visit the newer Healthcare link on our local's website or app.

To all Local 313 retirees: Try to make it to a Retirees Club meeting on the first Wednesday of the month (from September through May). If you have not been attending, it's a good crowd and they would love to see you.

Buy American and have a happy new year!

Bruce W. Esper, P.S.

New Year's Resolutions —
CPR Training Refresher Course

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN — Happy new year, brothers and sisters! What's your new year's resolution? How about saving a life? Giving blood and knowing CPR are two easy ways to save a life. Apprentices receive CPR training during their first, third and fifth years of the training program.

That makes all of the 177 Local 343 apprentices certified lifesavers. What about you and me? How long has it been since we've taken a refresher CPR course? The JATC offers reimbursement for taking CPR training on your own. There is no good reason not to. Make it your 2020 resolution.

At this writing, apprenticeship classes are nearing the halfway mark. Rochester has 32 first-year apprentices, 13 second-year apprentices, 33 third-year apprentices, 31 fourth-year apprentices and 22 fifth-year apprentices. Mankato has 10 first-year apprentices, five second-year apprentices, 11 third-year apprentices, 10 fourth-year apprentices, and 10 fifth-year apprentices. Thanks go out to the Rochester instructors Dan Goodew and Mike Brambrick Jr., and Mankato instructor Mike Wicks for their continued commitment to the training of our apprentices.

This statement was found on a tag attached to a pair of American-made leather work gloves: "Economists say that if everyone in the United States spent an extra $3.33 on U.S. made goods every year, it would create nearly 10,000 jobs in this country."

Keep Americans working by buying Made In USA.

Tom Small, P.S.

Iowa Political Caucuses;
Holiday Lights Display

L.U. 347 (em,i,mt,rtb,rts&spa), DES MOINES, IOWA — Local 347 is looking to the future. The union hall on Eighteenth Street has served us well, but now the local is looking at an opportunity to build a new building in Ankeny. With I.O. approval, the land for the new hall is being purchased. Optimistically, we are looking at a spring of 2020 groundbreaking.

The local also signed a project labor agreement for the new federal courthouse to be built in downtown Des Moines.

Local 347's involvement with the Make A Wish Foundation is the traditional setup of the annual Jolly Holiday Light display. Thank you to the 2019 volunteers: Steve Rinker, Tyler Aller, Dustin Schmidt, Devon Wolf, Kevin Goben, Wade Lester, Doug Wolf, Chad Davis, Joe Rivas, Alan Selch, Alex Padgett, Jason Ballard, Mike Jones, Alec Perkins, Ron Ballard, Rick Chumbley, Rod Olson, Tyler Easter, John Zaun, Scott Embry, Cory Kelleher, John Stahowick, Alex Hansen, Timothy Hawthorne, Van Flattery, Tim LeClaire, Bobby Sample, Matt D'Angelo, Mike Gomez, Ben Duke, Josh Gibson, Dominic Latham, Brian Gruber, Eric Hager, Frank Scheider, Dalton Stoll, Adam Curry, David Reed, Scott Farnsworth, Pat Wells and Randy Tucker.

We listen to the news and get frustrated at reports regarding the government. As Iowans, we plan to attend the 2020 Iowa Caucuses on Monday, Feb. 3. This is our opportunity to send a message that the current state of political affairs is unsatisfactory. We want a functioning, accountable government that serves the people. In some cases, we may need to send someone else to do the job. In some cases, we will have to say, "you're fired." So, brothers and sisters, mark your calendars and plan to attend. This opportunity comes around only once every four years.

Mike Schweiger, P.S.


Local 347 thanks the volunteers who helped set up the 2019 Jolly Holiday Lights display.

Soccer Stadium Project

L.U. 369 (em,es,i,lctt,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), LOUISVILLE, KY — Since starting play in 2015 as Kentucky's only fully professional soccer club, Louisville City FC has quickly established a reputation both for winning on the pitch and for solid fan support.

In 2020, Louisville City FC will begin play in a state-of-the-art facility in Butchertown, a neighborhood in Louisville just east of downtown. The stadium will seat nearly 12,000 and will rival the KFC YUM! Center for beer taps per square foot.

Delta Services secured the $6.5 million electrical package and put more than 50 journeyman wiremen to work at peak. The women and men of Local 369 on this project have worked nearly 60,000 hours without a lost-time incident.

Gene Holthouser, B.R.


Local 369 members and Delta Services at work to complete soccer stadium.

2019 Election Success —
Wins for Working Families

L.U. 375 (catv,ees,et,govt,i&mo), ALLENTOWN, PA — As this article went to press, we were planning our winter festivities. Once again, plans were underway for the local's adults only Christmas party, as well as a children's Christmas party. It is always exciting when Santa visits the kids and grandkids of our members!

The election on Nov. 5, 2019, could not have worked out better for working families in Lehigh and Northampton counties. In Lehigh County, we now have a majority on our board of commissioners to support our county executive that we worked so hard to get elected two years ago. In Northampton County we were able to maintain control of the board, which over the last few years has passed some solid legislation for the middle class. Also, in our two major cities of Allentown and Bethlehem, some new friendly faces were elected to the city councils. Now it is time to continue this momentum into 2020 and beyond.

As we all know, politics are not fun, but they are essential in our day to day lives and our work opportunities. Thank you to all the members who walked for GOTV (get out the vote) and to those who stood at the polls to show their support for our labor-friendly candidates. Your work and dedication to our union are much appreciated.

Justin Grimshaw, A.B.M.

Apprenticeship Graduates

L.U. 449 (catv,em,i,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), POCATELLO, IDAHO — Greetings, brothers and sisters.

Local 449 would like to congratulate the following members on completion of the apprenticeship program. Starting out as an apprentice, five years seems like forever, but you made it, graduates! Thank you to all for your hard work and dedication! The recent apprenticeship graduates are: Jason Goretsky, Casey McDonald, Spencer Musselman, Jason Hensley, Tanner Morrissey, Gabriel Petersen, Aaron Jolley, Thomas Moye and Kade Sloup.

Local 449 also congratulates Bro. Tony Zahn on his retirement. Enjoy it, brother — you've earned it.

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Bros. Lewis Varnell Evans and Roger Sandberg. May they rest in peace.

Daniel Green, Mbr. Dev. Rep.

Holiday Circle of Lights;
National RENEW Conference

L.U. 481 (ees,em,i,mt,rts,s&spa), INDIANAPOLIS, IN — In October, our retirees got together to make sure that the stringers for the World's Largest Christmas Tree were all working and ready for installation. In November, our membership volunteered their time to install the stringers on Monument Circle for the Circle of Lights, a tradition that our members have been bringing to the city of Indianapolis since 1962.

In October, our RENEW Chapter sent a delegation to St. Louis for the National RENEW Conference. It was a great time for our RENEW members to meet other RENEW Chapters and discuss what has been working in their locals to get younger members involved and excited about their union. It was also an opportunity for our delegation to talk with Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson and Sixth District Int. Vice Pres. David J. Ruhmkorff. It is always great to see our leaders at these events, ready to talk with all the members attending.

Blake A. Andrews, B.R.


Local 481 RENEW Chapter delegation with IBEW officers. From left: Local 481 Bus. Rep. Blake Andrews, RENEW Vice Pres. Sean Eagan, Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson, RENEW member Craig Banning, RENEW Treas. Antwaun Armstead, RENEW Pres. Chris Madden, RENEW Rec. Sec. Anthony Westmoreland, and Sixth District Int. Vice Pres. David J. Ruhmkorff.

Heart Association Walk

L.U. 531 (i), LAPORTE, IN — Members of Local 531, along with their families and even their dogs, recently participated in the annual American Heart Association Walk, which took place at Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve in Chesterton, IN. This event is sponsored by local medical facilities and local industry, organizations that Local 531 has put a lot of effort into building solid relationships with. It was great to see our membership turnout so high, as we were the largest group represented. The rain held off just long enough for most of the members to complete the walk.

Also, recently, the apprenticeship awards banquet was held at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City. Awards were given out to the 2018 and 2019 graduating classes. Congratulations to all the new journeymen on completing the program. Also, congratulations to the Apprentice of the Year Award recipients: for the 2018 class, Eric Cusick; and for 2019, co-apprentices of the year Caleb Tillema and Devon Westphal.

Jeremy Woolever, P.S.


Local 531 members along with their families participated in the American Heart Association Heart Walk.

Celebrating 100th Anniversary

L.U. 569 (i,mar,mt,rts&spa), SAN DIEGO, CA — We are excited to announce that 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of IBEW Local 569 — and we are looking forward to celebrating with our members and families throughout the year!

We had many bright spots of success throughout 2019 that will create more work for our members, including Imperial Irrigation District (IID) voting to have a 10-year project labor agreement (PLA) on new construction and maintenance; Vista Unified School District voting to have a PLA on $247 million of school bond construction work; and the passage of state legislation to place a PLA on San Diego's $3 billion Pure Water Project.

In 2020, we are going to continue to focus on our members, providing services such as our revamped Member Assistance Program; strengthening representation by increasing our jobsite steward program to ensure safe and quality workplaces; focusing on accountability and transparency; pursuing more top-down organizing to add more contractors and therefore increase work opportunities for Local 569 members; and gearing up to enter into contract negotiations to fight for better wages and benefits.

2019 was a great year and we're heading into 2020 — and our 100th anniversary — as a stronger local thanks to YOU and your hard work!

Gretchen Newsom, Political Dir./Organizer


IBEW Local 569 members hold up signs that state: "PLA = Local Jobs."

IBEW Apprentice Champion
At 2019 Tradesmen Competition

L.U. 575 (i), PORTSMOUTH, OHIO — On Saturday night, Nov. 9, 2019, IBEW Local 575 apprentice wireman Jordan Finfrock proved that with hard work and dedication, even the highest of goals can be achieved.

Since placing 18th at the 2018 Ideal National Championship, Jordan has spent countless hours after work, and apprenticeship class, practicing for the 2019 contest. It is estimated that upwards of 100,000 electricians competed across the country to qualify for the Ideal National Championship Weekend held at Disney Coronado Springs Resort, in Orlando, FL.

Not only was Jordan crowned apprentice champion, but he also finished in the top five in the nation in the apprentice team competition with tool buddy and fellow Local 575 apprentice Justin Donley. Jordan and Justin are third- and fourth-year apprentices, respectively, at the Portsmouth Electrical Apprenticeship's Electrical Training Academy. Congratulations, brothers!

Dan Shirey, B.M.


IBEW Local 575 apprentices Justin Donley (left) and Jordan Finfrock at 2019 Ideal National Championship competition.

Local 611 Hosts Governor
At Recent Union Meeting

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM — At a recent union meeting, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was our guest of honor. Gov. Grisham spoke to the membership for about 30 minutes and talked about defeating so-called "right-to-work" and the importance of continuing to fight against RTW. The governor also spoke about free college tuition, funding childcare, holding employers accountable for back pay, and bringing manufacturing jobs to New Mexico. She concluded her visit by spending time taking pictures with the members.

At our October meeting, 50-year service pins were presented to Don Miller, Art Ordonez and Bill Rendell. Receiving 55-year pins were Wayne Deskin and Willard Gettemy.

On Nov. 16, 2019, the local held its first ever Corn Hole Tournament at the union hall. Plans are to make this an annual event. The tournament was held to raise money for Toys for Tots, and members were asked to bring a toy. We had hot dogs, hamburgers and a live DJ. It was a fun event and there was a great turnout. Ten teams participated in the tournament.

As of this writing, we have had several inside calls for Triad at Los Alamos, for Cupertino Electric at the Face Book project, and other calls around town.

A reminder: Local 611 union meetings are on the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. Please make every effort to attend.

Local 611 extends condolences to the friends and families of recently deceased members: David A Stewart, Henry R. Martinez and Pedro N. Rodriguez.

I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday season. Good wished to all for the new year ahead.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.


IBEW members participate in IBEW Local 611's Corn Hole Tournament.

Year in Review

L.U. 617 (c,i,mo&st), SAN MATEO, CA — Greetings and happy new year. The work picture has remained strong, although recently there has been a slight pullback from our record-breaking pace.

In June we held local union elections, with Bus. Mgr. Dave Mauro and officers being reelected. We welcome newcomers Leon Marshall Jr. to the Executive Board and David Rupp to the Examining Board. Congratulations to all!

Our organizer, Abe Taliki, has reached out to under-represented sisters and brothers who do not have a collective voice. Through his efforts, 10 to 20 new members have been sworn in at every union meeting over this past year. Thanks, brother.

We are proud of our various clubs and organizations that have given back to our community, through many activities and projects including: 5K runs and motorcycle ride benefits; the Wreaths Across America project to honor fallen veterans; veterans coat drives; and assisting at the VA hospital. We honor and remember all military service members and their families. Our membership also reaches out in school job fairs and political actions. Local events and volunteerism connect us to the pulse of our community.

With 2020 elections just around the corner, please remember to find candidates who support labor, renewable energy, a healthy environment, and are union friendly. Let us stand strong and united as we move forward into 2020.

Lastly, let us remember our union brothers and sister who have traveled on.

Kenn Perfitt, P.S.

Welcome to New Contractor;
New Journeymen Recognized

L.U. 625 (c,ees,em,i,it,mar&mt), HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA — The following members have recently retired: Phil Crawford, Reg Driscoll, David Julien and Steve MacAskill.

Congratulations to the following brothers on completing their certificate of qualification and becoming journeypersons: Colton Abraham, Cole Bezanson, Brad Crooks, Daniel Fraser, Matt Hansford, Jesse Surette, Taylor Bailey and Matt Woollam.

Our local held its Annual Golf Tournament on Sept. 22 at Pen Hills Golf Club. We had 65 members in attendance.

The local's Retirees Reunion was Oct. 20 at our Union Hall/Training Centre. There were 38 and a plus-one in attendance.

Local 625 would like to welcome newly organized contractor FOG Construction.

Brad Wood, Organizer/B.R.

2019 Service Awards Dinner

L.U. 683 (i), COLUMBUS, OHIO — Work in our jurisdiction remains strong! We are thankful for the traveling brothers and sisters who are helping us man our calls!

On Sept. 21 last year, the 61st annual 25-Year Dinner was held at the Hollywood Casino. This yearly event honors our members who have at least 25 years of membership with Local 683.

Approximately 500 members and guests attended the dinner. This year's 25-Year Club Pres. Mike Chretien called the meeting to order, and retired member Don Horn gave a nice invocation. After dinner was served, Retirees Club member Bob Garich spoke about some retiree issues and the benefits of the Local 683 Retiree and Widow's Club. Bus. Mgr. Ed Moore thanked the members for their service to our industry and spoke on the current events of the local. Local 683 members who passed away this past year were acknowledged, and a moment of silence was held in their honor. Bro. Chretien then announced each group of honorees with 25 through 65 years of service, as they walked across the stage and received their service pins and certificates. Thanks to Mike Chretien for hosting and Trent Parker for the PowerPoint presentation! Special thanks to Claire Brotherton and Bobbie Tucker for all their hard work planning this event!

Pat Hook, Pres.

Veterans Committee Launches at Local 697

L.U. 697 (c,es,i,mt&se), GARY AND HAMMOND, IN — Local 697 was proud to celebrate Veterans Day 2019 with the official launch of the Veterans of 697 Committee.

Bro. Mike Longoria, a Local 697 member and veteran, stepped up to be the chairman of this committee. The group participated in their first event on Nov. 16 as they partnered with The American Veterans Collection to supply and deliver food, clothes and winter jackets to homeless veterans. This was made possible by a monetary donation from the members of Local 697.

In 2019 the membership also supported our Local 697 veterans by providing them with a free Local 697 Veterans T-shirt as a small thank-you for their service to our country. This annual reminder started in 2018 and will continue as we have one of our own, Local 697 Bro. Dominique Crummie, fighting overseas in Operation Enduring Freedom. Please keep Bro. Crummie in your thoughts and prayers.

For more information on the Local 697 Veterans Committee and to view the video interview hosted on the WJOB Network, visit

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


At official launch of a "Veterans of 697" video interview, from left: WJOB host Jim Dedelow; IBEW Local 697 Bus. Mgr. Ryan Reithel; Local 697 veterans Mike Longoria and Joe Garrison; and Cassie Ayling, NECA-IBEW Powering America NWI.

Tribute to Longtime Members

L.U. 773 (as,em,i,mo&o), WINDSOR, ONTARIO, CANADA — The local mourns the loss of our first- and second-longest serving members.

Henry "Hank" Zimmerman was a 78-year member and William "Bill" Varga was a 73-year member.

At our 100th Anniversary Banquet in July 2018, attended by Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson, Hank's 75-year certificate, as well as Bill's 70-year certificate and 1945 apprenticeship contract were on display.

As a member, Hank was a teacher and a Hydro Inspector for over 30 years. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy in World War II and at his passing at age 97, Hank was one of the longest-serving members in North America. Hank is survived by his sons Greig (retired Local 773 member) and Ronald.

William Varga was a proud IBEW member, a longtime employee of local contractor Ebbinghaus Electric, and also had other distinctions in his life. He was involved in municipal politics for 33 years and as a respected gentleman, he rose to become the mayor of Lasalle, Ontario, which is just outside the City of Windsor limits. At his passing he was age 92.

Barry Heeney, R.S.


Local 773 member Hank Zimmerman (far right, kneeling), in vintage photo of Moore Electric workers at Windsor Shipyards on the Detroit River circa 1944. Standing, at far left, Local 773 member John Raymond, who later became IVP for Canada.


William "Bill" Varga, former mayor and longtime Local 773 member.

Apprenticeship Graduation;
Community Service Volunteers

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL — Local 915's 2019 Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony honoring the December 2018 and September 2019 classes had a combined 33 members graduate to journeyman wireman status. The fifth-year Apprentice of the Year Award for the December 2018 class went to Bro. Corey Wade, and for the September 2019 class, that award went to Cody "Fish" Skirmont. Local 915's Brad Felkner Memorial Award, for displaying the highest standards of integrity and IBEW brotherhood throughout the five-year apprenticeship, went to Bro. John Talley. We congratulate all the graduating apprentices and wish each of them a long, safe and prosperous career.

In partnership with the Union Sportsmen's Alliance and the Florida Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council, volunteers spent nine weekends of their summer to help build a fishing pier, accessible to the handicapped, at the Suncoast Youth Conservation Center. It reportedly was the largest conservation project to date in the history of the Sportsmen's Alliance. Special gratitude to each of our local union members who helped make this project a success.

We are proud to report that the 2019 Klein Tools Electrician of the Year Award was presented to one of our very own. Congratulations to Bro. Fernando Guillen for this honored recognition.

Theresa King, R.S.


Local 915 volunteers at the Suncoast Youth Center Pier Project dedication ceremony. Back row, from left, Bus. Agent Shawn McDonnell, Cody "Fish" Skirmont, Bus. Mgr. Randall King; front row, Rob Weber, Catherine Weber, Rudy Pimentel and Zeka Gamma.

JATC Training Pre-Apprenticeship Program

L.U. 1015 (em&i), WESLACO, TEXAS — IBEW Local 1015 would like to send out a big Texas salute to Valley View High School, ISD, located at 600 N. Jackson Rd. in Hidalgo, Texas.

IBEW Local 1015 and the Rio Grande Valley Laredo Electrical JATC have teamed up with Valley View Independent School District to launch our pre-apprenticeship program for the high school juniors and seniors in that area. We have a full class of 34 students who find our program so exciting and are eager to learn more about our electrical career.

With the help of the following people, this program has taken off with great success and has done very well on the first semester of the fiscal year: Mr. Ramiro Balderas Jr., Career Technical Education director at VVISD; Local 1015 Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Sergio A. Salinas; and RGVLE-JATC Training Dir. Osvaldo Cabada Jr.

We are pleased that our class includes male and female students, which shows that more woman are now interested in taking on the electrical field in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and are welcomed into the industry.

The Rio Grande Valley has been going through some great transformations for the last several years. We have made a big difference with our new teaching methods, which work very well with the students and the school district.

Tammy Casas, P.S.


Valley View High School students receive hands-on training through a pre-apprenticeship program launched by IBEW Local 1015 and the RIO Grande Valley Laredo Electrical JATC.

Officer Transitions;
Four-Year Contract Ratified

L.U. 1049 (lctt,o,u&uow), LONG ISLAND, NY — In October, Bro. Ed Conklin, being a dedicated family man, decided to spend more time with his family, and resigned from the office of president. Before joining the IBEW, Ed was a union Ironworker. Ed has spent his entire career as a tireless advocate for unions and their members. Ed will continue to serve the membership as a steward.

The Executive Board appointed then-Vice Pres. Jim Cooper as president to fill the unexpired term of office. Executive Board member Chuck Doyle was appointed vice president. After reviewing numerous résumés, the board then appointed Bro. William Lombardi to the vacant Executive Board seat.

In November, we completed negotiations with PSEG LI. The company's first offer was unacceptable. The membership stood up for those who have yet to be hired, by saying no to a Cash Balance Pension Plan. The negotiating team, led by Bus. Mgr. Ronald Bauer, negotiated a four-year agreement with wage increases, a wage bonus, shift bonuses, minimal increases to our medical plan and a continuation of our Career Average Pension Plan for new hires.

On behalf of Bus. Mgr. Bauer, fellow officers, the Executive Board, the business and office staffs and the entire membership, I wish to express our sincere appreciation, gratitude and best wishes to Int. Rep. Ellen Redmond on her retirement. Ellen has been an integral part of Local 1049 for 39 years. We wish her many years of health and happiness.

Thomas J. Dowling, R.S.


Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson speaks at Local 1249's Open House event to celebrate the completion of a new union hall and training center.

Open House Celebration —
New Union Hall, Training Center

L.U. 1249 (catv,lctt,o,t&u), SYRACUSE, NY — On Sept. 21, 2019, IBEW Local 1249 celebrated the completion of our new union hall and the Richard J. French Training Center with an open house and family barbecue.

We had an amazing turnout of members, family and friends. It's always a great time when we can all get together. We would also like to thank Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson for taking time out of his schedule to attend and speak at our open house. It was great to have Int. Pres. Stephenson at our event and it was greatly appreciated by the membership.

Colby J. Czajak, A.B.M.

'Strong Progress & Success'

L.U. 1289 (u), LAKEWOOD, NJ — Happy new year! It's been a fast-paced 2½ years, but the goals of moving the local forward and bringing back family-oriented events have been very successful.

We have sworn in many new members, including meter readers, mechanics, clerks and line/substation apprentices. Job postings within Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) have also increased, thanks to continued positive bargaining sessions. This allows our members to move into higher paying positions and opens doors for others.

Productive negotiations resulted in contract settlements with JCP&L, Madison Borough and South River, plus an extension with Exelon. Health care is always the main target, so we are proud to have successfully bargained ours to remain virtually the same.

The snowstorm of March 2018 was a catalyst to finally get storm OT for our meter readers. Company trucks are not provided for this classification; however, multiple calls to company management resulted in rental vehicles for all, which allowed them to assist in the restoration efforts.

Family events included Christmas parties, marching in the Belmar St. Patrick's Day parade and our first Local 1289 Family Cookout. Plans are to make the Family Cookout an annual event. More events and activities to come!

Lynda Hartmann, P.S.

Members Ratify New Contract

L.U. 1501 (ees,em,mo,pet,rts&t), BALTIMORE, MD — Members of Local 1501 recently met to approve a new agreement with Northrop Grumman, a new contractor that recently was the winning bidder on a contract at the NASA Greenbelt, MD, facility. Local 1501 has represented members at this facility since the mid-1970s and Bus. Mgr. Dion Guthrie has represented them this entire time. The outgoing contractor, Sierra Lobo, lost the contract bid to Northrop Grumman effective Sept. 30, 2019, and Northrop Grumman took over on Oct. 1, 2019. It has been a difficult time during this transfer of contractors with many differences but we feel we have most of them worked out. Only the future will tell us where we have been successful.

James Boyd, F.S./P.S.


Local 1501 members meet at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems. Bus. Mgr./Pres. Dion F. Guthrie is at the head table conducting the vote.

'Plan for Financial Future'

L.U. 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA — To open, I will quote a few lines that make me think of our situation in the good times that are currently happening in Local 1579's jurisdiction as well as other parts of the country. You might be familiar with the book.

"Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender." – Proverbs 22:7 "Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty." – Proverbs 21:5 "If you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you." – Proverbs 22:27

Our work situation is great! We are blessed with what is reportedly the largest construction job in the country, the Plant Vogtle addition of Units 3 & 4. This job is currently working a six-day schedule. However, this project will one day be finished and although our work will still be in good shape, we may be working less than six days a week.

That said, let's save what we can. Before buying a new toy, sacrifice for a year and see if you can save enough to purchase without borrowing. If we base our finances on a six-day schedule and are still in debt, we have become the servant to the lender forcing us to continue to look for that six-day scheduled job that may not always be available.

If we work hard and plan well, we will prosper. Until next time, God bless!

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