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COVID-19 Update &
Congrats to New Journeymen

L.U. 8 (as,em,i,mar,mt,rts,s&spa), TOLEDO,OH — Sisters and brothers, Local 8 has weathered the pandemic fairly well so far, considering what could have been.

Some of our bigger projects shut down, such as the Cleveland Cliffs iron processor, the BP Husky, and TRC Refinery turnarounds, resulting in about a third of our inside wiremen and apprentices being displaced. Others, such as the Amazon distribution center, and the Fermi nuclear outage kept working through the storm, albeit with a few setbacks. Now those shuttered jobs are revving up again and additional work is getting underway, like the glass float plant, NorthStar Steel expansion, and an Amazon delivery station. Job calls have returned, even getting to book 2 since early summer. The Toledo area continues to be a good sign-up for travelers.

A shout out to the new journeymen who topped out before or during the pandemic. The Toledo Electrical JATC honored 14 new Residential, 6 VDV, and 34 Inside Wiremen in a socially responsible graduation ceremony held in mid-August. Congratulations to all the new Journeymen for reaching this milestone.

November 3 — Election Day — is approaching quickly. There is nothing more important for our collective livelihood than to carry out our democratic right to vote. The future of our families rests squarely on the outcome of this general election. It starts at the very top, and continues down to every office, even to your local school boards.

It is no secret that Trump wants to divide this country, weaken the middle class, and destroy unionism, only to benefit the super wealthy. Joe Biden will restore the dignity, value, respect, and unionism that America has seen erode. But he cannot do this without our support. We need everyone to get informed, get engaged, and expel from our midst any who attempt to destroy all we stand for.

Mike Brubaker, P.S.

A Grateful Farewell and New Officers

L.U. 16 (i), EVANSVILLE, IN — Local 16 would like to thank Mr. L. Paul Green for a lifetime of service to this great organization. He has served for the past 15 years as financial secretary/business manager. Some of the other positions he has held include Local 16 president, pension trustee, JATC instructor, health and welfare trustee, Vanderburgh County Electrical Licensing Board member, EVV Airport Planning Board member, mayoral election campaign chairman, and representative to the AFL-CIO. During his time as business manager the wage package has grown from $39.47 in 2005 to the current $57.32. Under his watch, the local has worked more than 24 million man-hours and has consistently been recognized for its commitment to community service.

On July 11, 2020, the membership elected officers. Congratulations to Brandon Wongngamnit, business manager, Nick Vaught, president, Benjamin Ipock, vice president, and Ryan McRoberts, treasurer. Executive Board members chosen were Scott Woolsey, James Stidham, Marty Klueh, Jerrad Sprinkle and Sara Schapker. Delegates and Examining Board members were also elected. Thanks to everyone who ran for office, as well as everyone who has selflessly served this great brotherhood.

Donald P. Beavin, P.S.

New Inside Agreement,
New Appointments

L.U. 24 (es,i&spa), BALTIMORE, MD — I would like to thank Brothers Mike Azzarello, Sam Curreri, Mike McHale, and Rico Albacarys for their help in negotiating the Baltimore Inside Agreement. Adapting to the times, the agreement was ratified by the membership using mail-in ballots. The agreement has been sent to the International Office for approval and once approved it will be printed into booklet form and mailed to the members.

We would like to wish Brother Frank S. Voso a well-deserved and long retirement. Frank was initiated into the IBEW on June 24, 1975 and has served the local at many levels. Frank retires as an organizer and vice president of the local union, both jobs he did well and enjoyed. We thank you, Frank, for your service to our great union.

The Executive Board appointed Brother Sam Curreri as vice president to fill the unexpired term of Brother Voso and Brother Cory McCray will fill Brother Curreri's unexpired term on the Executive Board. Both changes took effect June 1.

In an effort to keep our members and their families healthy, I have decided to cancel the Annual Family Picnic.

Peter P. Demchuk, B.M.


Local 24 Brother Frank Voso attending a rally in Annapolis, Md. He retired in June.

New Graduates & Pandemic Updates

L.U. 26 (ees,em,es,govt,i&mt), WASHINGTON, DC — As of this writing, several things are still impacted in the region from COVID-19 and we hope that everyone is staying safe.

Congratulations to the 2020 graduates of the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee program and the R-to-A Upgrade Program. Unfortunately, graduation ceremonies were not able to be held but we are very proud of the 180 graduates. Best wishes to all of you as a journeyman electrician!

Even though the hall has been closed to all traffic for months, our offices are still fully functioning electronically. Please continue to visit our website,, and click on the COVID-19 tab to get the most up-to-date information or feel free to give us a call at 301-459-2900.

Also, the annual Maryland picnic in Edgewater, Md., and the 9th Annual Poker Run for Special Love have been canceled.

Best wishes to the following new retirees: Timothy W. Caldwell; Michael F. Delaney; Ronald D. Marceron; Eric R. Smith; Harold D. Repass; Mark S. Lamanna; Patrick F. Fern; Ronald S. Coffey; Ernest P. Bernhardt; James D. O'Hagan, Sr.; Larry M. Bourne; Larnold R. Alston; Kevin L. Reeder; John R. Myrick; Thomas W. Mason; Robert G. Martin; Cheri A. Garnet; Paul G. Stansfield; John F. Lorence; Guillermo J. Haza; Anthony S. DiMichele; Donald A. Shaner; James M. Smith; Jerry A. Lewis; Robert N. Drake; Michael F. Boteler; Anthony D. Ferrell; Michael H. Carabai; Charles G. Leapley; James M. Ashley, Jr.; Ian M. Jones; Robert W. Marceron, Jr.; Kevin J. Smith; Douglas E. Abramczyk; and Douglas E. Devers.

The following members have passed away since our last article: James J. Gallagher; Wayne A. Nevitt; Kujtim Kalemaj; Joshua P. Hart; James R. Oneyear; Mark S. McElroy; Wayne A. Smith; Richard L. Sparrough, Jr.; Michael R. Noonan; Robert R. Jones; Richard J. Barkanic; Christopher L. Himmler; Anthony S. DiMichele; and Colleen M. Melton.

George C. Hogan, B.M.

Local Generosity &
New Hall Underway

L.U. 34 (em,i,mt,rts&spa), PEORIA, IL — Local 34 eagerly anticipated entering this last quarter of 2020 and turning the page to a new season. This year has come with its challenges, but as we look back and reflect, we are fortunate and grateful for our family, friends and our union.

All Local 34 membership meetings and events were canceled through the summer months due to the pandemic and out of caution for our members. Keeping the membership healthy and safe is priority No. 1. The local's annual Lee Hall Memorial Golf Outing was canceled in August, but our organization was still able to donate to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Knox County thanks to the continued generosity of our donors. The work outlook remains steady throughout the fall months. We here at Local 34 are looking forward to 2021 and all the opportunity it will bring for us.

Our new Union Hall located in Bartonville, IL is coming along nicely, and we look forward to making it the new home of IBEW Local 34.

George C. Rudd, P.S.


The new Local 34 union hall in Bartonville, Ill., is under construction.

Chilia Trust Donation &
New Work Ahead

L.U. 38 (i), CLEVELAND, OH — After International Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus Sam Chilia retired, he started the Chilia Trust Fund with the purpose of helping people in need. During this pandemic, with many people losing their jobs and not having enough to eat, Sam discussed with the fund's directors making a donation to The Cleveland Food Bank. The Chilia Trust Fund was happy to be able make a $10,000 donation to the food bank during these difficult times for many families. Many building trades members and their families have volunteered their time to this worthy cause over the years. If you would like to volunteer a few hours of your time, you can contact them at

The Ahuja Hospital expansion has started and Zenith Systems has been awarded the job. The new hospital building will be at the same complex as the existing hospital in Beachwood off of I-271. Crews are on site now doing excavation for the parking area and moving the helicopter landing pad to make room for the new building.

Work is also picking up at the new Larchmere Apartments in Cleveland that were awarded to Gateway and are being financed with union pension dollars.

Ullman Electric was just awarded an Amazon facility in Cleveland off of Madison Avenue.

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


Local 38 Business Manager Dennis Meaney, a director of the Chilia Trust Fund, presents a check to the Cleveland Food Bank on behalf of the fund.

Congrats to New Officers

L.U. 44 (catv,lctt,o,rtb,s&u), BUTTE, MT — Local 44 would like to introduce the newly elected officers, Executive Board members, Examining Board and business manager/financial secretary for 2020-2023: President Mike LaFountain; Vice President Eric Cheney; Recording Secretary Cory Donahue; Treasurer Myles Kelly; and Business Manager/Financial Secretary Scott Klungland.

The Executive Board members and the areas/members they represent are: Unit 101 Billings, Red Lodge, 107 Lewistown, Cory Kanta; Unit 102 Bozeman, Livingston, Gabe Webster; Unit 103 Butte, Anaconda, James Pearston; Unit 104 Great Falls, 105 Shelby, Havre, Malta, Glasgow and Medicine Lake, Rustin Kraenzel; Unit 106 Helena, Shea Forkin; Unit 108 Missoula, Nick Labbe; and Unit 111 Outside Line Construction Casey McGowan. The Examining Board members are Dave Dixon, Nicolaus Hemenway and Kyle Hintz. Emails can be sent to board members at

Congratulations to the newly elected officers!

Check out the web page at for job call information, local merchandise and more information.

Dwight Rose, Mbr. Dev.

COVID-19 Updates &
Election of Officers

L.U. 46 (as,c,cs,em,es,et,i,​mar,mo,mt,rtb,rts&st), SEATTLE, WA — The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to create challenges for our local. Under the Governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" and "Safe Start Washington" plans, we have been unable to hold our monthly membership meetings since March. Unfortunately, we may not get past these restrictions until sometime next year.

Local 46 did conduct our election of officers with a number of modifications to our normal election process. The new officers were sworn-in on July 8th by past-President Steve Anderson. Congratulations to Local 46's elected officers: Business Manager/Financial Secretary Sean Bagsby; President Warren Shill; Vice President Jason Drury; Recording Secretary Tony Doll; Treasurer Chris Boling; Executive Board members Nicole Anderson, Damon Barnett, Joe Dugger, Rich Lehman, and Steve Murphy; Examining Board members Gillian Burlingham, Rodney "Steve" Cross, Gary Dering, David Khbeis, and Rick Oreskovich.

Executive Board member Rich Lehman resigned his position on July 12th. Sister Connie Adams was appointed to the vacant Executive Board position at the August 4th meeting.

Our CEU classes have resumed with strict COVID-19 protocols in place. With social distancing our classroom capacity has been reduced to a maximum of 24 students per class.

Luckily the work picture for our members has remained strong. Most projects were deemed essential and all construction in the Seattle area has now resumed.

Just remember, we will get through this together! Adversity just strengthens our brotherhood!

Warren Shill, Pres.


Local 46 officers being sworn in July 8, 2020. Front Row, from left: Rick Oreskovich, Gary Dering, Chris Boling, Steven Murphy and Tony Doll. Back Row, from left: Rich Lehman, Joe Dugger, Gillian Burlingham, Warren Shill, Sean Bagsby, David Khbeis, Jason Drury and Damon Barnett.

Legislative Victories Pile Up

L.U. 68 (i), DENVER, CO — With general membership meetings still on hold due to the pandemic, Local 68's leadership is making decisions based on the information available to us through the city, county and state and making adjustments as the restrictions change. In the absence of general membership meetings, our Executive Board has been meeting twice a month to hear, discuss, vote on and make decisions concerning the business of Local 68. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to members of the Executive Board or any officer or agent of the local.

Regrettably, we had to cancel our annual picnic due to restrictions on social gatherings but are looking into alternatives for our Christmas Party. Please watch our website and Facebook page for further details.

Colorado finished up our legislative season and working-class families had great success. We passed protections for whistleblowers in the workplace, statewide paid sick leave, collective bargaining rights for state employees, apprentice testing requirements and contractor hours worked reporting requirements. This is on the back of an amazing session last year that included prevailing wage on state construction dollars.

The federal, state, and local elections are moving forward and there will be plenty of opportunities to volunteer and help out. We need to stay active and help make sure that Labor-friendly candidates get elected and that Labor-friendly policies and laws are enacted. So, keep an eye on the Local 68 website, Facebook page, etc. for upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Local 68 would also like to thank, congratulate, and give a big shout out to Sister Monique Cisneros who applied for and was chosen to fill a vacancy on Colorado's state Electrical Board! They made an excellent choice and she will do an awesome job!

We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of our recently deceased brothers & sisters: Phillip Goebel, Donald Brunnett, Leonard Roderick, Richard Wiest, George Griffiths, Jack G. Harrington, Harold G Haden, Robert J. Cochran, Robert C. Pries, Darrell V. Burtis and Charles B. Goodson.

Morgan J. Buchanan, Pres.

Young Members Help Others Despite Pandemic

L.U. 94 (lctt,nst&u), CRANBURY, NJ — On June 6th NxtUp94, the young workers' committee of Local 94, donated $8,000 worth of food to Rise Food Pantry, located next door to the local's headquarters in Hightstown, N.J. This was NxtUp94's seventh annual food drive.

With food insecurity on the rise due to the massive impact of Covid-19 on our local community, this year's food drive was all the more urgent. Special recognition must go out to each of the members of our young workers' committee. We have all been affected by this pandemic, especially here in New Jersey, and these young workers sacrificed their time and well-being to help our community while being in the midst of crisis themselves. These selfless acts do not go unnoticed, and we are proud of our young workers, honorably leading the way for the next generation of Local 94.

Leslie Koppel, Freeholder and Executive Director of Rise Community Services, said she was pleasantly surprised to hear that NxtUp94 would be running their annual food drive. These contributions will greatly benefit local households, especially during this unprecedented time when donations are also seasonally at their lowest. She noted the donations will help feed 125 families for two whole months.

Frank Brennan, P.S.

Editor's note: See our story on the NxtUp94 members in September's Electrical Worker.


From left, a Rise Food Pantry Volunteer with NxtUp94 members Nick Allessandro, Matt Nee, Ed Cody, Joe Davis and Mike Garcia. Rise Food Pantry Director Julia Badulescu is center in red, followed by members Mike Butler, Joe Checkley, Hal Cunningham and Shawn Sawicki.

Congratulations to Our College Graduates

L.U. 102 (em,govt,i,mt,o&ws), PATERSON, NJ — Back in 2017 the trustees of our JATC entered into a partnership with Rowan University. The relationship between the two parties resulted in a platform where members could pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree fully online. Coupled with the JATC's tuition reimbursement program, it was an opportunity too great to pass up for some of our members.

While the global health crisis prevented the traditional graduation ceremony in May, it did not diminish the accomplishment of our first 5 graduates in the program. Sisters Anti Maniatis and Susan Johnstonbaugh and Brothers Keith Andersen, Chris Kuhta, and Harry Cleaver were recipients of Bachelor of Arts degrees in construction management from Rowan University. Congratulations brothers and sisters!

We would also like to congratulate Business Manager DelleCava and the entire slate of incumbent officers who were unopposed in our May nominations.

On behalf of all the officers of Local 102, I would like to express a sincere thank you to the membership for their continued support of our vision. We are proud to serve this great organization and thankful to enjoy a rank and file that consistently rises to the occasion on the jobsite and in all that we do as a family.

Bernie Corrigan, Pres.

Hard Work Pays Off for New Journeymen

L.U. 108 (ees,em,es,lctt,mar,mt,rtb,rts,s,spa,t&u), TAMPA, FL — Last year a Local 108 flag was held proudly with five substation apprentices in the background. The attached picture (above) was taken prior to the pandemic while the apprentices from Local 108 trained in Florida. The substation crew is from Tampa and they are employed by an Emera-owned property, Tampa Electric Company. Continuously working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, all five apprentices remained focused on their progression. The hard work of these IBEW professionals paid off as they recently graduated to substation journeymen electricians. Please congratulate our Local 108 brothers for their major accomplishment.

Bruce Bailey, P.S.


Local 108's newest crop of journeyman substation electricians. Front row: Thomas Layton and Lashad Pearson. Back row: Jeremy Tomlinson, Brent Newsome and Zach Opitz.

Election Results & a Legislative Letdown

L.U. 110 (em,i,rts,spa&u), ST. PAUL, MN — We held our local union elections in June via U.S. Mail. Thank you to all of the brothers and sisters who voted. It was the best participation in over 20 years.

COVID-19 has hit some of our sites and our governor is guiding the state through this pandemic as best as he can. There are daily updates and guidelines from his administration. It is pretty simple: Mask up and stay safe!

As of this writing, the Minnesota Legislature has just adjourned it's second special session, and yet again it has failed the construction workers of the state by not passing a bonding bill. When the members of IBEW needed strong leadership the most, we were let down yet again. We must evaluate who the true friends of Labor are. Both sides of the aisle have failed! We must elect people who will put the workers of Minnesota first! It is up to all of us to vote this November and support candidates who see our value, who hear our voices, and who need our votes to win! The time is now to elect Labor candidates — not Democrats or Republicans, but Labor candidates.

Brian Winkelaar, P.S.

Celebrating Centenarian's 75 Years of Membership

L.U. 134 (catv,em,govt,i,mt,rtb,rts,spa&t), CHICAGO, IL — On June 23, 2020, Business Manager Donald Finn and CTA Business Representative Robert Casto paid a special visit to Brother Howard Lodding. Brother Lodding was celebrating his 100th birthday. He is also a 75-year Local 134 Member. Brother Lodding was presented with a plaque honoring both his 75 years of service and his 100th birthday, both milestones worth celebrating. Brother Lodding is a proud United States Army veteran, having served in World War II. He retired from the Chicago Transit Authority in 1983, where he worked as a substation electrician. The morning was spent listening and telling stories. Brother Lodding, Local 134 wishes you nothing but the best and thanks you for your service to the local and to our country.

Kevin Connolly, R.S.


Local 134 Business Manager Don Finn celebrates 75-year member and centenarian Howard Lodding.

Saying Goodbye to a Local Leader

L.U. 176 (es,i,rts&spa), JOLIET, IL — Local 176 mourns the passing of former Business Manager Dave Udstuen. Dave retired in 2010 after 35 years of service, including 7 years as business manager and 14 years as an assistant. Through the years, Dave was known for his dedication to the IBEW and Local 176 members. Local 176 is also grateful to Dave's family for their sacrifice, support and commitment. Dave and his family managed to always put the IBEW first, even in times of personal tragedy and difficulty. No one will ever find a kinder heart or a more genuine friend than Dave Udstuen. He always had an ear for whoever needed it. He set an example by making personal connections with members. His memory will be cherished by his friends and the many "sons he never had", whom he guided and mentored through the years. Condolences to Jayne, Kimberly, Lanette, and the Udstuen family. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Mark Ferry, Past Pres.


Former Local 176 Business Manager Dave Udstuen died in May.

New Pay Package & Busy Months Ahead

L.U. 212 (i), CINCINNATI, OH — We held elections for the next term and delegates to the International Convention on July 6th. Thank you to all who ran and the members who did their part including the election judge and tellers. New officers were sworn in at the August meeting.

Due to meeting cancellations, our Executive Board was tasked with our raise allocation. Our new hourly rate is $31.30 with a total package of $51.20. This includes a new dental and eye plan and NEFP option.

Our local is currently very busy. There are long-term jobs at Children's Hospital, Amazon, and CVG to name a few. Your satisfaction in your union is directly proportional to your level of involvement.

Phil Bovard, P.S.


Joe Bulach (left) administered the oath to Business Manager Rick Fischer (right) and other Local 212 officers on Aug. 4, 2020.

Photo credit Courtney Groeschen.

COVID-19 Updates &
Hurricane Season Upon Us

L.U. 222 (lctt&o), ORLANDO, FL — We're happy to have the opportunity to say hello from the Sunshine State! We've had quite a lot going on in our state. We had two days in June with over 5,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day, and hurricane season is here with storms and storm work on the way. Our work has stayed steady through the COVID-19 crisis, but it is nowhere near on pace with last year. Business Manager Bill Hitt had the opportunity to go to Jacksonville to have an outdoor pin presentation. Retired member Tommy Aides received his 50-year service pin, Brother Rick Sprenger received his 10-year service pin, Brother David Ippolito received his 30-year service pin and Brother Shelby Mathis received his 15-year service pin. In the attached picture (above) we have 105 years of IBEW membership and service represented. If you count the business manager, you have 145 years of IBEW service in one picture. Congratulations, brothers! Everyone stay safe.

Bill Hitt, B.M.


Local 222 service pin recipients Thomas Aides, Rick Sprenger, David Ippolito and Shelby Mathis with Business Manager Bill Hitt, rear.

B.C. Construction Locals Meet with Premier

L.U. 230 (c,catv,em,govt,i,mar&u), VICTORIA, BC — British Columbia's IBEW Construction Business Managers met with Premier John Horgan to discuss a number of important issues related to our union and its membership, such as apprenticeships, on-the-job safety and compulsory certification. With several upcoming provincial hospital projects on the horizon, we also discussed putting union electricians and apprentices to work through the Community Benefits (project labour) Agreement. After being challenged by a coalition led by ICBA/(MERIT) contractors, the B.C. Supreme Court of Appeal upheld the ruling that negotiation of B.C.'s new Community Benefit Agreement with affiliates of the B.C. Building Trades belongs at the Labour Relations Board. We will continue to push-back on this matter at that level.

COVID-19 brought us our share of challenges as construction was deemed essential in B.C. unless you were working in a camp, which was recognized as too dangerous with workers coming in and out of remote locations then all dispersing back home. The balance of work has continued with a heightened sense of physical distancing, masks and a better outlook concerning onsite sanitation. This was only achieved by having a Labour friendly government willing to listen to our concerns and implementing real change to the industry with the intent to protect all construction workers. This article is submitted on behalf of Locals 213, 230, 993 & 1003.

Phil Venoit, B.M./Chair, IBEW-B.C. Provincial Council


Left to right, British Columbia business managers Glen Hilton of Kamloops Local 993, Phil Venoit of Victoria Local 230, Ray Keen of Nelson Local 1003 and Jim Lofty of Vancouver Local 213 met with Premier John Horgan earlier this year to discuss issues important to IBEW members.

Pandemic Resilience

L.U. 234 (i&mt), CASTROVILLE, CA — Covid-19, which has been extensively covered in the Electrical Worker, certainly by now has touched every electrical worker's life in some way. It has affected us, everyone, whether from something as extreme as the loss of a loved one to something as fundamental as changing the protocols we now use to perform our daily work.

To those who have lost loved ones, we at Local 234 extend our heartfelt condolences. Your loss is our loss, your grief is our grief, and we offer to you any support we are able to extend during this very difficult period. For those of us who have been able to continue working through these times, we see our IBEW at its finest. Performing complex, difficult work, often under extreme conditions has been characteristic of our brotherhood since our inception, now more so than ever.

Local 234 stands by our sisters and brothers as we work to face down this challenge, which we will put behind us. We will continue striving to give the future history of the IBEW another proud chapter to be read by our successors.

Stephen Slovacek, P.S.

Working Through Uncertainty

L.U. 236 (catv,ees,govt,i,mo,rtb&t), ALBANY, NY — If one would have described a year ago how life as we know it would be turned upside down, they would likely find a career in film writing. The mass shutdown of almost every aspect of our society has been like what was imagined in the 1960s as a result of a nuclear fallout. We can only hope that these last months have been eye opening to everyone about the many flaws in our ability to respond to a large-scale emergency.

While the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to ripple throughout the country, the work picture of Local 236 continues to trudge along. We continue to work tirelessly to make sure the impact of things like the interruptions in apprentice training remain minimal, utilizing technology to keep everyone connected and learning. We have also tried to keep a pulse on our retired members, many of whom have been paralyzed by fear from the potential lethality of the disease in the elderly, by helping them with grocery shopping, prescriptions, and other necessities.

Thanks to everyone who has been a part of Local 236 as we strive to make it a better place for electricians to be every day.

Mike Martell, A.B.M.

Pandemic Creativity:
Organizing in Oregon

L.U. 280 (c,ees,em,es,i,mo,mt,rts&st), SALEM, OR — On June 12 the Independent Electrical Contractors Training Center of Oregon held its Certificate of Completion event for its recent graduates. Due to the pandemic, they decided to hold a drive through-style distribution of certificates. Local 280 organizer Zac Bakke (with his family) Local 48 organizer Kevin Jesequel decided this was a great opportunity to show what the IBEW can offer to potential union electricians. The pair set up a bunch of signage, banners, and balloons on public property right in front of the training center and were able to approach graduates as they drove up to receive their certificates. After a little introduction to the training director on what the organizers' intent was, it was smooth sailing. All but one of the graduates took some info on our wage and benefits package and were happy to do so! It turned out to be a great event and interaction between the IEC, graduates, and IBEW. The signage and bannering that the organizers did even drew some passersby that were interested in becoming IBEW members.

Zac Bakke, Mbr. Dev.


From left, Local 280 organizer Zac Bakke, Mallory Bakke, Brooklyn Bakke and Local 48 organizer Kevin Jesequel.

Standing With Our Community

L.U. 292 (em,govt,i,rtb,rts&spa), MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Work has slowed over the summer and is expected to slow even more as the delayed effect of the COVID-19 economy contribute to slowed construction project starts. Typically, in the past the slowing of private construction projects in Minnesota has been supplemented by public capital investment projects to help bridge the gap through recessions. Unfortunately, as of this writing in August our state Legislature has failed miserably to agree upon a bonding bill to provide the funds for those publicly funded projects.

Large projects, like an infrastructure project designed to assist in providing for a larger data center project are now uncertain. This uncertainty is a direct result of a lack of leadership among our legislators and their ability to get things done. Vote on November 3 for Labor-endorsed candidates!

This summer IBEW Local 292 has been active in helping to restore and engage our community among the social unrest that followed the killing of George Floyd as well as the economic impact that COVID-19 has caused. IBEW Local 292 is dependent upon a strong community, and we are proud and humbled to be a strong participant in our community.

Andy Snope, B.R.


IBEW Local 292 members, including members of the RENEW and EWMC Committees, pictured here at the George Floyd Memorial in Minneapolis, which they helped restore and where they provided meals for the community.

Virtual Training &
Check Your Voter Registration

L.U. 302 (i,rts&spa), MARTINEZ, CA — The work outlook for Local 302 has remained strong during these "unprecedented times," and most of our members have stayed working or are back to work as state and county restrictions have been updated. We are still currently on the state COVID-19 watch list and our apprenticeship will be starting 100% virtually this year. Our instructors are brushing up on their online meeting skills.

Our hall has been closed to the members so our leadership has been doing outreach calls to check in with everyone. Only a handful of our membership has tested positive for Covid and our thoughts are with them and their families.

Finally, I'd like to send a reminder to everyone that it is still an election year. All California elections will be mail in ballots this year. Please check to make sure you are registered with your current address ( Please remember to mail in ballots early and give yourselves plenty of time!

Melissa Vaughn, P.S.

Quick Actions Save a Life

L.U. 306 (i), AKRON, OH — Local 306 would like to recognize and thank three quick thinking brothers for their remarkable lifesaving efforts. While working at the Brunswick Middle School project, a pipe fitter working from a scissor lift unknowingly removed a cap from a line that had a high-pressure test on it. The cap projected into his elbow causing massive trauma and nearly severing his arm.

Nick Fano, a Local 540 member, saw what happened and jumped onto his lift. He then removed his belt to use as a tourniquet to control the bleeding. Local 306 members Joe Knight and Derek Timms jumped onto the lift as well, with Joe holding the fitter's injured arm above his head while Derek sat behind him to calm and support him until the paramedics arrived.

Local 306 job foreman, Jim Kubitza, who directed the paramedics to the site of the accident was later told by them that without the actions of these individuals the man probably would have bled out due to his injuries. The best news is, thanks to the swift actions of these members, the man survived and doctors were able to save his arm.

Thanks again brothers; job well done.

Work Safe, Vote Smart!

Thomas Wright, P.S.

Coming Together to Help A Flood Victim

L.U. 342 (i,lctt&o) WINSTON-SALEM, NC — On May 16, 2020 a small group of journeymen and apprentices got together to bail out a local business. With the devastation caused to small businesses by COVID-19 shutdowns, what could be worse than experiencing a flood that causes a total loss? Well, that's what happened to a small hair salon in Kernersville, N.C., owned by the mother of one of our members. When brother Dan Delaney reached out to the hall for a little guidance, we did our best to steer him in the right direction. Once we found out that one of our signatory contractors, South Fair Electric, had donated all the materials as well as new LED light fixtures for the entire salon, we knew we had to help out. With the help of apprentices Jake Vogler and Allen Farlow and JWs Dan Delaney and Dan Post, we managed to get the salon's previous electrical issues resolved, new devices installed, new MC cable pulled where needed and new fixtures in and burning.

Needless to say, Dan's mom was very appreciative of the work Local 342 had done and will always remember how the IBEW stepped up to help out in her time of need. We would like to thank our apprentices and JWs for volunteering their time and efforts. We would especially like to thank South Fair Electric for all the materials.

Dan Post, Pres.

Large Projects Underway,
Adjusting to 'New Normal'

L.U. 364 (catv,ees,em,es,i,mt,rts&spa), ROCKFORD, IL — We hope that this article finds you safe and prosperous throughout these very difficult times in our nation's history.

Through these times work has remained steady at Local 364 as we move forward despite our altered reality with facemasks and social distancing becoming the new normal. Two large projects currently underway are the 1.8-million-square-foot Ferrara Pan Candy Company manufacturing facility in Dekalb and the Facebook data center, which is over 900,000 square feet and located in Dekalb as well. That, along with our fall outage at the Byron Nuclear facility, should bring much-needed work opportunities for our members and travelers as well.

The COVID-19 pandemic has postponed many summertime events that our members have enjoyed in the past and, as we look forward to the future, we can hope that by this printing there will be some light at the end of the tunnel and we will once again be able to enjoy the brotherhood and the return to large scale events.

Stay safe and healthy.

Brad Wiliams, Mbr. Dev.

Election Ahead, Get Your Absentee Ballots Now

L.U. 494 (em,govt,i,mt,rts,spa&t), MILWAUKEE, WI — Wisconsin election officials are busy preparing for fall elections based on the experience of serving a record number of absentee voters in Wisconsin's April 7 spring election and presidential preference primary due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Requesting an absentee ballot is the way of the future. It's much easier and much safer for people to be able to vote from home, mail their ballot in or bring it back to the clerk's office.

Of the 1.55 million ballots cast in the election, 61.8% were absentee ballots cast by mail and 12.6% were absentee "early" votes cast in the clerk's office or at a vote center before Election Day. Absentee voting in the April 2020 election reached unprecedented levels, but Wisconsin voters, local election officials and election administration systems largely adapted under difficult circumstances.

The Badger State elected two Local 494 members to local office, Sheboygan County Supervisor Curt Brauer and City of Oconomowoc Alder John T. Zapfel, and elected IBEW-endorsed candidate Judge Jill Karofsky to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

John T. Zapfel, Pol. Dir.

COVID Recovery &
Pitching In For the Scouts

L.U. 530 (i,o&rtb), SARNIA, ON — What looked like a very prosperous work picture for our jurisdiction at the onset of 2020 went south in mid-March when COVID-19 restrictions were put in place by the Ontario government. This saw major layoffs in our petrochemical industry, both permanent and temporary. In mid-June some restrictions at work sites had eased as employers started to recall some of their workforce, albeit to a different atmosphere than when they left. As of press time we still have 150 of our members out of work.

Training of welders has begun in the past few weeks for 24 of our members, hopefully offering additional employment opportunities for these members.

Pre-COVID, we had a group graciously volunteer their time at the local Attawandaron Scout Reserve to assist in providing electricity to some new cabins. Their time invested in this project was much appreciated. Thank you to all that came out for this rewarding experience.

K. Zimmerman, P.S.


A group of Local 530 members volunteered their time pre-COVID-19 to wire new cabins for the Attawandaron Scout Reserve on the banks of Lake Huron near London, Ontario.

Helping the Navajo Nation

L.U. 640 (em,govt,i,mo,mt,rts,spa&u), PHOENIX, AZ — The Local 640 work picture is steady, even in these trying times. We are very fortunate that we have had no fatalities in our active membership due to COVID-19.

Local 640 and the Arizona State IBEW Association donated $10,500 to the Navajo Relief Fund along with donations from the AFL-CIO and other unions. The Navajo Nation has been especially hit hard from the virus.

Everyone stay safe and take care of your families, yourselves and your brothers and sisters.

Tim Wilson, P.S.

Editor's Note: See our story on the Navajo donations in this month's Electrical Worker.


Members of Local 640 were among the volunteers from a handful of IBEW locals and other AFL-CIO unions to donate food and money for relief of the Navajo Nation, which has been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quick-Thinking Saves a Life

L.U. 702 (as,c,catv,cs,em,es,et,govt,i,it,lctt,mo,mt,o,p,pet,ptc,rtb,rts,se,
spa,st,t,u, uow&ws), WEST FRANKFORT, IL — On April 3rd, four members at Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative in Mattoon, Ill., assisted a coop member who had suffered a stroke/heart attack, probably saving his life. A big 702 "Thank you" goes out to Mitch Stancui, Bob Schafer, Jim Geldert, and Brock Cook for their rapid response in this critical situation.

We have worked through a layoff situation at Southern Illinois Power Cooperative as we tried to minimize the negative impact on our members by the cooperative's decision to shut down Unit 4. We have a new five-year agreement with the four Southern Illinois cooperatives that provides for an annual 3.0% wage increase and LINECO insurance paid 100% by the employer for the life of the agreement.

At Ozark Border Electric Cooperative, we have a new five-year agreement for the clerical group with annual wage increases of 3.0% and a 1.0% matching 401(k) plan in addition to the existing defined benefit pension plan. We have a new three-year agreement at the City of Olney with annual 3.0% wage increases, ten additional sick days, and a 15-cent upward adjustment to the shift differential.

As of this writing, our referral books are as follows: Inside Construction — 97, Outside Construction — 13, Line Clearance — 4.

Mark Baker, P.S.


Congratulations on a job well done to Local 702 members (from left) Mitch Stancui, Bob Schafer, Jim Geldert, and Brock Cook for their actions on April 3rd, 2020 when they attended to a cooperative customer (and Vietnam Veteran) who suffered a stroke and heart attack while the crew was finishing up at his home. The quick actions of the entire crew have been praised as saving the man's life.

With Remote Work,
Remember to Take Care of Yourself

L.U. 1116 (em,lctt&u), TUCSON, AZ — As of this time (August), many of us are working remotely. As utility professionals, we are all doing our level best to keep the wheels moving and keep the lights on. Most things can continue to run as long as we keep the electricity flowing. No one can tell us today what the future holds. No doubt, the COVID-19 outbreak will certainly change the way we do things from here on out.

Americans are a mobile people and many of us are struggling with the isolation and confinement that we are experiencing. Speak to a mental health professional if you need to. We encourage our members to listen to the experts, the doctors and scientists. Heed their advice. Take care of your families. Be generous when you can; so many are missing paychecks while we are fortunate to still be receiving ours. In the words of President Harry Truman, "America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand." We will come through this stronger on the other side.

Please attend your unit meetings. Get involved. Thank you for all that you do each day, for working hard and showing those around you what it means to be a member of the IBEW. Remember, this is your local and you have a voice.

Sharon Williams, R.S./P.S.

Know Your Voting Rights

L.U. 1340 (i&o), NEWPORT NEWS, VA — With the general election fast approaching, here are some important reminders about voting in Virginia. First, we are asking all our members to go to to check their registration. Voting rolls were purged in January 2019. The deadline to register for this election is Oct. 13. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Oct. 23, but the sooner you apply, the better; you can apply at the website above or at your local registrar's office. All precincts in our jurisdiction are currently planning to be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 3 for in-person voting.

Aside from the extremely important presidential race, there are also down-ballot races that we need to remember. Sen. Mark Warner and House members Bobby Scott and Elaine Luria have been endorsed in recent elections. All three have opponents and deserve our support. There will also be a state constitutional amendment establishing a redistricting committee; please consider supporting this important change as well.

Congratulations to the apprenticeship class of 2020: Matthew Adair, Billy Blaylock, Jessica Mapp, Jesse Robertson, Christopher Rupp and Trevor Russ.

We regret to report the passing of Brother Randy Simons on May 29.

Jim Avery, P.S.


Events Canceled, Hoping for Change

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, WESTCHESTER-PUTNAM CHAPTER — Pictured is a photo of the White Plains headquarters of Local 3, where we held monthly chapter meetings before the terrible COVID-19 pandemic stopped us in our tracks.

Unfortunately, we have no chapter events to report, but I can tell you what we had planned but had to cancel. The first cancellations were our spring and fall golf outings. These two outings, which we organized every year, were the main sources of revenue used to support the Fisher House Foundation, which supports our wounded service men and women.

Our annual four-day visit to the Local 3 Long Island Education Center has been canceled also. All our members who have attended in the past have had a great time. Our annual Christmas/Hanukkah party has not yet been scheduled, but we're hopeful we'll be able to hold it this year.

I believe our sister chapters in New York and chapters nationwide are having the same problems we are. No one knows when, if ever, we're going to get back to living the lives we lived before. All we can do is pray and hope for the pandemic to end soon.

John Rich, P.S.


The White Plains office that usually hosts the Westchester-Putnam chapter of the Local 3 Retirees Club has been closed to the public for months. Members look forward to the day when they can return and be together again.

Update in Place of Meetings

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 11, LOS ANGELES, CA — The following updates are from our June Retirees Club meeting, which was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

We have asked if anybody would have any praise or comments on our members who have passed, and we'd like to thank Brother John Lenau who offered this about Brother Rudi Ventzkem, who passed in February: "I knew Rudi Ventzke quite well. I helped him pass his journeyman's exam in the 1960s. We lived in the same neighborhood and our families camped and rode motorcycles together for many years. A great wireman and union member."

Members deceased since our last meeting were: Clifford Steussie, Eddie J. Wilson, William E. Hughes, George Vejsz, James P. Barboni, Frank W. Jaseph, Ronald L. Stevens, Ernest Gutierrez, Curtis L. Jones, Richard Hedgecock, Jose S. Escobedo, Raymond Arakelian-Siraki, Robert M. Espinoza, Tien Q. Bui, Miro J. Satalich, William W. Bousman, William Fusello. Members that applied for early pensions since our last meeting were: Daniel A. Genovese, Arturo Gonzalez, John J. Smith, Edward Kocsis. Members that applied for normal pensions since our last meeting were: Boris M. Ryabets, Edward A. Story, Gregory E. Geraci, Walter N. Glib, Tyrone Petersen, Barry Barksdale, Marcus A. Monson.

There were no service pins presented at our last meeting, which was canceled due to COVID-19.

Al Etherton, Pres.

Cancellations & Remembering Those Lost

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 26, WASHINGTON, DC — Pandemic, elections in November, pandemic, cancellations, pandemic, mail-in-ballots! Retired members have never seen life like this. The pandemic has changed everyone's life in the world. We have lost a few retired members and their spouses, perhaps due to COVID-19 or some other ailment. We'll probably never be certain.

For some Americans, they had a taste of retirement, but for most it is still an anxious time. We thank our sisters and brothers who are still out and working ("essential" personnel) safely!

So, for the missed article due to COVID-19 last quarter, I'll try to catch up. Our club has not met in-person since February! This has never happened before … like so many things, our lives have changed. Trips were canceled, but hopefully someday soon we will reschedule. We haven't yet (at this writing in August) lost hope for our annual crab feast in October.

We continue to stay in touch through telephone calls, emails, the USPS, and UPS, and the more technical among us have Zoom conference calls — whether related to organizations with whom we volunteer, or just our families spread out throughout the country. Although some retirees decided to move to warmer climates, those who stayed put are glad of it. Each day is like a war; instead of looking for names of those lost in battle, we count the fatalities. (Now well over 170,000 and still rising.)

One thing continues for our club, and that is our lending medical equipment to our members. Although only staff are allowed in our building, we were fortunate to have bought a sea container for additional space to store equipment. The need for medical equipment does not stop, and so we are able to still help our members and their families.

Although the 2020 European cruise was canceled, we can still reminisce about past travels and happier times. Stay safe, wear your face masks and keep the 6-foot rule for separation as we wait for a better day.

Susan Flashman, P.S.


Remember these brothers? Local 26's Retirees Club last met in February, when this photo was taken. D.C.-area retirees plan to resume meetings when it's safe to do so.

'Check on Your Friends and Neighbors'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 53, KANSAS CITY, MO — Greetings brothers and sisters. Hopefully everyone is staying safe and healthy. We have certainly all had to make some drastic changes in our lifestyles lately. By the time you read this article, I hope we have gotten through the worst of the coronavirus and started to get back to somewhat of a normal life again. If we should still be in some kind of stay at home situation, pick up the phone and call a brother or sister that you haven't talked to for a while. It will make their day and yours. Check on your friends and neighbors. We are all in this together and we will beat it.

We don't have much to report on because everything has been canceled. Local union elections were delayed by a month. Newly elected officers are President Steve Burkhart; Recording Secretary Chester Jones; Treasurer Eugene Bray; Business Manager Eric Williams; Executive Board members Chris Griffin, Ron Head Jr., Daryl McAfee, Todd Shull and Mike Tuttle; delegates to the International Convention Davy Bardwell, James Calvin, Allen Dixon, Mike Gasper, Jody Kapp, Chad McGregor, Lisa Mead, Kyle Neuenschwander and Todd Shull.

The Crappie Tournament has been resceduled for October 10th. Stay in touch with the local for updates on rescheduled and upcoming events.

I'm sad to report since our last article we lost three brothers: Edgar Hamblin Jr, Benny Rector and James Halstead. Rest in peace brothers.

Duane Pearce, P.S.

Aiming for an Electoral Landslide

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 58, DETROIT, MI — Greetings from Detroit. Our Retirees Association has suspended all scheduled activities for the time being. We had hoped to be able to have our annual picnic this past August, but with COVID-19 still an issue that too has been canceled until next year. The Labor Day parade has also been canceled. We are guardedly hopeful to have a Christmas luncheon in December.

With less than 100 days to the November election, there are plenty of campaigns and candidates that could use our support. We want to focus on a landslide win of Democratic candidates in this very important election. It's time to set aside small differences, reach out and talk to our family and friends about the values that we Americans have held near and dear forever; freedom of speech being an important one, along with safe and fair elections.

In Michigan we are able to vote absentee without an explanation. So, get your application in for your absentee ballot. In past August elections, Michigan had approximately 1 million applicants, but this past August there were over 2.1 million requests for an absentee ballot.

Vote! Exercise the most important right we have as Americans.

Pat Nuznov, P.S.

A New 'Home' For the Local & Get Out and Vote

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 60, SAN ANTONIO, TX — Grateful and blessed best describes the feelings of our retirees for the opportunity to call Local 60's new hall "home." Gary Aiken and his staff has been most accommodating to the retirees' needs, showing true warmth and respect.

March 12 was the date of the club's last meeting due to this horrible virus. To quote a member's feelings, "Surely do miss our social life and seeing and enjoying friendships with all those tasty meals." These are truly uncertain times, with uncertain dates as to when the club's meetings will start again. The club's 2020 annual golf tournament fundraiser had to be completely canceled. A notification in the Local 60 monthly newsletter will be posted when the time comes to safely start up the Retired Members' Club meetings.

Several Local 60 active and retired members and their family members have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and our prayers go out to these brothers and sisters for a full and speedy recovery.

November 3, 2020 is Election Day. Please, exercise your right to vote.

Sandy Rogers, P.S.

Remembering a Brother Lost

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 702, WEST FRANKFORT, IL — The Local 702 Retirees Club last met on Thursday, February 6th, 2020 at the Bonnie Café in West Frankfort, Ill. President King opened the meeting at 11:30 a.m. and welcomed everyone.

Raffle tickets were sold and the minutes from the last meeting were read and approved. The Financial Report was read and approved. President King then read the deaths for December and January followed by a moment of silence. No guests were in attendance at this meeting and no old business was conducted.

In new business, President King reminded everyone that the next meeting would be the Annual Retiree Luncheon in Mt. Vernon, which was later canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. President King discussed the notice about dental and vision coverage through NECA Health and Welfare. Many felt fortunate to have worked in an industry that really takes care of its members, and that this is just one reason to continue purchasing solidarity tickets. Approval was granted to purchase two solidarity tickets again this year.

Brother David Cosimi won the 50/50 drawing and four membership annual fees were received. The total deposit was announced and, there being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:40 p.m.

On Friday, April 24th, Local 702 honored the memory of decease retiree Terry Hope as members from Egyptian Electric Cooperative, where he retired, and staff paraded in front of his house. Pictured (below) are members of Brother Hope's immediate family.

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


The family of retired Local 702 Brother Terry Hope, who died earlier this year. Members of the local and his former employer, Egyptian Electric Cooperative, paraded by his home in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in April.

'We Miss You!'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 756, DAYTONA BEACH, FL — It seems like forever since we have been able to get together for a retirees meeting. We hope you are all taking care and staying safe. We are praying we will be able to get safely back together with our meetings again soon. Please check before going to the hall if you are unsure if there is a meeting.

With sadness, we send our condolences and prayers to the family and friends for the passing of Brothers Fred V. Shrader, James H. Becker, Charles J. Fleenor, and Ronald Rousey.

Diane Gibbs, P.S.

Sharing Lessons From the Past

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 873, KOKOMO, IN — Before the COVID-19 pandemic shut things down, Local 873 held its third Retiree Breakfast on March 12 at the local union hall. We had a great time sharing war stories and "learning" from the past!

In the photo (right), the attendees were: Back row from left, Brothers Zach Walker (business agent), Thomas Knable, Larry Grosswiler, Charles Red Sr., James "Froggy" Goldsberry, James Surface and Mike Young (business manager); front row from left, Brothers Gary Shrock, Herb Mullin, Michael Combs, Mike Garro, Darrell Helton, Jerry Downhour and Michael Jackson.


Local 873 held its third Retiree Breakfast in March.

Happy Retirement!

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 1042, SANFORD, FL — Local 1042 would like you to "Do me the favor" of wishing Brother Jacek Niewiadomski well on his retirement and transition into the next chapter of his life. May it be a huge adventure! Jacek started his career as a cable splicer working at Con Edison in NYC with AFL-CIO Local 1-2 for 18 years. He relocated later in life to sunny Florida, where we had the privilege for the past 20 years to call him our brother working alongside us at Florida Power & Light. Local 1042 wishes Jack all the joy and happiness that life has to offer in the next chapter as he enjoys his golden years! We will truly miss our Polish prince!

Ellen Stephenson, P.S.


Brother Jacek Niewiadomski retired earlier this year after a nearly 40-year career, the last 20 with Local 1042. Congratulations!