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Donations Help Feed Community's Hungry

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,rts,s,se,spa,st&ws), ST. LOUIS, MO — Ozark Food Pantry President Carmelita Davidson describes 2020 as "our most challenging year ever, but also the most inspiring in terms of community generosity." The COVID-19 pandemic, with every surge, has left more people jobless and increased demand for Ozark Food Pantry services. Adding to these challenges were electrical issues at the food pantry in Festus, MO. Thanks to a donation from the Electrical Connection, a partnership of IBEW Local 1 and the St. Louis chapter of NECA, the electrical problems have been resolved.

The electrical problems, typical of organizations operating on a shoestring budget in an aging facility, included faulty wiring and issues with circuit breakers tripping in a facility that needs to power 14 freezers, three refrigerators and a walk-in cooler. Over the years, piecemeal repairs were made by those unskilled and unfamiliar with building codes. Gary Bourd, who works at the food pantry, brought the issues to the attention of the Electrical Connection and IBEW Business Representative Chuck DeMoulin. He notified Business Manager Frank Jacobs, who collaborated with St. Louis NECA Executive Vice President Doug Martin on a plan to donate Electrical Connection-member services to upgrade the electrical systems.

On Dec. 10, 2020, IBEW-signatory contractor Pioneer Electric made the repairs. It also donated and installed light fixtures and laid the groundwork for the addition of a backup generator that the Ozark Food Pantry hopes to have in 2021.

Since the pandemic began roiling the economy back in March, demand at the Ozark Food Pantry has shot up 30%. It served more than 100 families a week and more than 1,000 families in 2020. To donate food or money to the Ozark Food Pantry, call 636-933-9974 or visit its website at

Jan Bresnan, P.S.


IBEW Local 1's Nick Stanley installs a fluorescent light at Ozark Food Pantry.

New Leadership,
New Projects in 2021

L.U. 11 (i,rts&spa), LOS ANGELES, CA — In March 2020 California Governor Gavin Newsom issued the nation's first statewide shelter-in-place executive order. With guidance from Business Manager Joel Barton, Governor Newsom deemed our inside wiremen and sound & communication installers "essential skilled workers." We immediately ordered thousands of official Local 11 face coverings, showing off our championship Dodgers, Lakers, Kings, Clippers, Rams and Chargers. Our masked members completed work on Sofi Stadium and the largest, 360-foot, double-sided television screen in the world. We have continued upgrades to LAX with the Terminal Modernization Project and construction of the Automated People Mover, an electric train system on a 2.25-mile elevated track system, scheduled for completion in 2023.

2020 saw the solidification of the relationship between Local 11 and the Engineers & Architects Association, representing over 1,900 brothers and sisters in the city of Los Angeles. Add that to the 9,000-plus members of Local 11 who produced over 10-million man-hours and saw a membership growth rate of over 4%, earning our Organizing Department the Henry Miller Award for organizing and gaining a net "A" membership growth. We also organized 16 new contractors this year, all during a pandemic. Zoom, of course, has become the word of the day, with training and pre-job conferences done online throughout our organization.

To date we have completed over 20 solar field projects, employing thousands of electricians and generating over 1.2 gigawatts of power. We look forward to the new year, new pro-labor leadership with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and many new projects across the board.

Chuck Webb, R.S.

Crawford Leaves Legacy of IBEW Service

L.U. 43 (em,i&rts), SYRACUSE, NY — Local 43 President Kevin Crawford retired after 36 years at the end of December 2020. We will miss him, his dedication and devotion to our local union and the labor movement.

Some may not know this but, President Crawford has served Local 43 not only as president, but also as vice president; Executive Board member; trustee of pension, annuity and health plans; and trustee of Central New York Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund.

From the beginning, he has been a pillar to our staff and an asset to our local union. He has been instrumental in shaping the values of our great organization.

He has always brought the best out in others; we are grateful to him for helping us find our true potential. As he enters retirement, know that he has left behind a great track of achievement, teamwork and an outstanding work ethic that will always be part of our local union.

We thank him for all he has contributed to our organization. It has been a blessing working with him. We want to wish him a wonderful retirement filled with health and happiness. Brother Crawford plans to go hunting and fishing more, as well as enjoying more time with his family and grandchildren.

Best wishes on his retirement!

Alan Marzullo, B.M.


Kevin Crawford celebrated retirement after 36 years of dedicated service to Local 43.

Local Secures PLAs,
Continues Negotiations

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA — Our sentiments go out to anyone who has suffered or had loved ones suffer from COVID-19, and our condolences to those who have lost family to this terrible pandemic. All Local 47 events have been canceled until further notice due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Local 47 and the Building Trades of San Diego and Imperial counties crafted and secured two project labor agreements with Imperial Irrigation District. The first was for Local 47 Outside Construction, and the second was for the Building Trades.

Negotiations continue with Anaheim General Group. The city has not made any effort to meet on Banning Electric utility and general units; we have given them notice to schedule bargaining going forward. We are waiting to hear back from the city after we rejected their last offer on Colton Electric. We have reached a 5-year agreement with Bear Valley Electric: Wages only — 2.5% in 2021, 2.5% in 2022, 3.5% in 2023, 3.25% in 2024 and 3% in 2025.

We're sad to report the deaths of members Nicholas Buscemi, James Dewey, Martin Little, Billy Owens, Luis Perez and Josh Scearce. Our condolences and prayers are with their loved ones.

Work safe and buy union!

Mitch Smith, P.S.


Senior A.B.M. Colin Lavin presented Brother Terry Smith with his 35 years of service pin during the fires at Shaver Lake.

In Challenging Times,
Members Step Up

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,ptc,rtb,t,u&uow), SPRINGFIELD, IL — With 2020 a difficult year for so many, we have been contacted by nonunion workers who want a voice on the job. We are working with the city of Princeton to get a first contract with the public works employees. At the time of this writing, we are setting up meeting dates with Invenergy to negotiate a first contract for the employees at Grand Ridge Wind Energy Center. Bargaining is ongoing for many of our contracts. The pandemic has created new logistical issues that we have to learn to adapt to. The financial impact of the pandemic is also creating hurdles in some of these negotiations.

Important energy legislation that is critical to both our membership and our employers continues to be slow tracked, mainly due to the ongoing pandemic. The local, along with the IBEW Illinois State Conference, has continued to push for our concerns to be heard and addressed. Hopefully, by the time you are reading this, we will have more developments to report on.

Line-clearance tree trimming is at full employment and work should be steady all winter.

This past year has been as difficult as any in recent memory. However, we are extremely proud of the way our membership has stepped up. 2020 further defined the essential work that our membership provides. Your representation of Local 51 and the IBEW have not gone unnoticed. Be safe.

Karlene Knisley, B.R.

Ongoing Work & Completed Projects

L.U.55 (c,lctt,o&u), DES MOINES, IA — I am writing this on Jan. 2 to be published in March. We have a new president now, and we should be seeing some changes coming down the line for us. Let's get behind him and help to make our country be the best it can be.

The picture (right) is of a crew from L.E. Myers who worked on a 3-phase lot line on the east side of Ankeny, Iowa; the pole was the end of the project. It gave two apprentices a great opportunity for some valuable hot time. I stayed and visited for a while and found them to be very qualified and doing a great job. It's guys like this that make our local stand out.

Local 55 has been very blessed for quite a few years with the work load we have had. We continue to keep a lot of travelers working, and we need more yet. This spring should be a very busy one for us. Remember to always look out for your pole buddy and to offer help to anyone who needs it. Work safely and never put your hands where you can't see them! Make sure to get your COVID-19 shot when it's your turn!

I'm going ice fishing! See you in a couple months!

Myron Green, P.S.


A crew from L.E. Myers in Marshalltown, Iowa: (Left to right) Jarod Beede, Tyler Mckinnon and Drew Stewart.

One-of-a-Kind Solar, Storage and Training Project

L.U. 77 (lctt,mt,o,t&u), SEATTLE, WA — The Horn Rapids Solar, Storage and Training Project in Richland, Wash. is now powered up. This project is the first utility-scale solar and battery project in the state of Washington. The project is a joint venture on land owned by Local 77 that is being leased to Tucci Energy Services. Energy Northwest generates the solar electricity, utilizing the city of Richland's energy distribution system. The project consists of a 4MW, 20-acre solar generating array of 11,458 photovoltaic panels and is coupled with a 1MW/4MWhr battery energy storage system. Today, this project generates enough clean energy to power about 600 homes.

There is also a training center on the property, adjacent to the project. This facility will provide a program for training solar and battery storage technicians. Training will include plant construction, operations and maintenance, as well as safety and hazard prevention. This training facility will be run by Potelco, Inc., a signatory contractor of Local 77. The training center is expected to positively impact the local economy, as trainees will come from across the country to learn at the facility.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on November 10 to celebrate completion of the first phase.

Charlie Reyes, Exec. Board

Awards and Transitions

L.U. 97 (u), SYRACUSE, NY — Congratulations to retired Business Representative Kern Yerdon for being named Oswego County, N.Y., Veteran of the Year. Kern is an Army veteran of the Vietnam War who began his career in labor following his active-duty service, first with Laborers before joining Local 97's predecessor, Local 2032. From his early service to the local as a steward, rising through the ranks as a unit chairman, later to president of Local 2032 and finally as business representative for Local 97, Kern was a staunch labor advocate in service to the members. He continues with service to his community, recently beginning his 26th year serving on the Richland, N.Y., Town Board. Well done, Kern!

We also congratulate Kevin Lyons on his recent retirement. Over his career, Kevin has served as a steward, chief steward and, for the last 10 years, a business representative in our Albany office. Over his 39-year career, he has earned immeasurable respect from both sides of the table for his passionate advocacy for the safety and fair treatment of our members. You will be sorely missed, Kev.

Congratulations also to Duane Beach, who has moved on following 30 years with Local 97. He has been a steward, chief steward and safety advocate. He is not hanging up his hooks just yet, though: He will be taking on a new role as a safety specialist with an IBEW signatory contractor. Best wishes in your new endeavor.

Dan Machold, P.S./B.R.


Retired Business Representative Kern Yerdon was named Oswego County, N.Y., Veteran of the Year.

Our Part in the COVID-19 Vaccine

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA — As COVID-19 rages on and continues to cause setbacks in every aspect of our lives, we have good reason to be optimistic as we move through 2021. Millions of doses of vaccines have been rolled out from drug manufacturers Moderna and Pfizer. Both are Cambridge, Mass.-based pharmaceutical companies that provide Local 103 contractors and members with many man-hours per year. The lab/bio/pharmaceutical market in Boston and Cambridge has been very strong prior to and throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic, and we are very grateful for that sector of the construction industry. It gives us a great sense of pride to know that we are working on cutting-edge research, development, cures and vaccines that will be used around the world.

The Local 103 health plan, through our prescription provider CVS Caremark, has rolled out a COVID-19 testing site at Local 103 to provide rapid tests for the health and convenience of our members and their families. Stay safe, brothers and sisters; better days are ahead.

Jimmy Fleming, P.S.

Providing Member Services at the Highest Levels

L.U. 125 (lctt,o,t&u), PORTLAND, OR — We made it! 2021 is finally here. Thank you for your continued focus, professionalism and support as the IBEW and our country navigated through the coronavirus pandemic. It's certainly not over, but we learned a lot about ourselves in 2020. Our staff worked hard to continue providing member services at the highest levels during these challenging times. Thank you.

Many of us look forward to a calendar full of IBEW events — Casino night, linemen rodeos, golf tournaments and other fundraisers. Unfortunately, this year we know that multiple events simply won't happen due to the uncertainty from COVID-19. While we may be unable to gather at our traditional events, we are looking at how to reconnect with our membership in other ways.

Our staff is already engaged in or preparing for negotiations with numerous utilities. If your contract is set to expire, stay informed. Participate in the pre-bargaining activities. Share your opinions, and most certainly, don't forget to vote on the actual contract.

In this new year, let's not forget our top priority — our members' safety. No matter what is going on, that does not change. It's a new year, but our priority hasn't changed. Stay safe!

Marcy Grail, A.B.M.

Focusing on Quality of Life,
Building Greater Solidarity

L.U. 159 (i), MADISON, WI — The pandemic has presented us with many opportunities to be flexible and resilient. Our instructors rose to the challenge and were able to teach a number of classes online. In addition, this fall we hosted two sections of a socially distanced union contractor class with Matt Kolbinsky of PRO UNION Consulting. We also held the local's first Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) class and have another one planned for 2021.

Our Holiday Fantasy in Lights display was well attended, with 12,000-14,000 vehicles rolling through each week. Thank you to our hard-working members and staff, and the contractors who partnered with us, for making 2021 a record-breaking year.

This year we will focus on ways to improve members' quality of life and to build greater solidarity. Here are some of the initiatives we have planned: We will implement a formal mentoring program; present Code of Excellence trainings; and offer seminars to help members better understand our CBAs, bylaws and the IBEW Constitution. We will also rev up the new craft certification booth and increase efforts to help members improve their skills. Additionally, we look forward to welcoming two new contractors during the first quarter of 2021.

Sue Blue, B.M.


Organizer/Business Agent Damon Glenn holds down the booth for EWMC 159 at Holiday Fantasy in Lights.

Celebrating Christmas with a Drive-Thru for Santa

L.U. 177 (bo,ees,govt,i,mo,o&pet), JACKSONVILLE, FL — The year 2020 is now in the rear-view mirror, and it will be one that none of us will ever forget. We look forward to the upcoming year and hopefully a return to normalcy. Work in our area will be picking up in the first half of 2021, with several hospital jobs and the drydock rework job at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base.

We recently held our children's Christmas party, COVID-style. Santa and everyone were playing it safe that day. We had a drive-thru for Santa to minimize exposure for everyone. Brother Carlos Nunez did a great job as Santa, again, COVID-style this year. President David Bryant, along with his volunteers and elves, did a great job adapting our children's Christmas party this year in order to keep everyone safe.

We look forward to Christmas 2021, hopefully without social distancing. We would like to thank all the locals that have been able to work our traveling brothers and sisters this past year and are anxiously looking forward to a prosperous year for our brothers and sisters.

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


Brother Carlos Nunez (aka Santa) handing out gifts in a drive-thru for Santa.

Spring on the Horizon

L.U. 245 (govt,lctt,o,rtb&u), TOLEDO, OH — As of this writing, we continue to deal with COVID-19 and its restrictions. We had to cancel the December and January union meetings, and no decision had been made about the February meeting at the time of this submission. The Executive Board continues to meet via Zoom, a technology hardly known a year ago that has become the norm for most locals' business.

Negotiations with Energy Harbor (Davis-Besse) and Hancock-Wood are ongoing. A tentative agreement has been reached with Lake Township with ratification to take place in early 2021.

Things are pretty quiet, however. During a turbulent fall, Walleye Power saw many employees quarantined at various times due to COVID-19.

Work on the outside is slow at this time but is expected to pick up after the first of the year. Local 245 sadly reports a fatality on our property with the death of a traveler from Nashville, Tenn., Local 429 working for New River Electrical. Details of the accident are not available at this time. Our condolences go out to our brother's family.

Toledo Edison linemen can't catch a break: After several calls for mutual assistance this fall, the winter storm calls started, with the latest being over Christmas in New Jersey.

Local 245 members across all crafts continue to work safely despite the many challenges and distractions.

Until next time, stay safe and warm. Spring is on the horizon.

Ray Zychowicz, P.S.

Celebrating Christmas Safely

IBEW Local 269 (i&o), Trenton, NJ — A normal holiday season would have found Santa sitting in the main meeting hall listening attentively to the Christmas wishes of the children and grandchildren of local brothers and sisters. But the COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost every aspect of everyday life, and the holidays were certainly no exception. So, if the kids couldn't come inside to meet Santa, then he would just have to set up shop outside. He promptly seated himself outside the front door of the union hall and met his admirers at curbside, thus keeping everyone happy and, above all, safe.

But Santa wasn't done yet. He secured his throne in the back of the Local 269 pickup truck and proceeded from neighborhood to neighborhood of the local's territory, dispensing presents and Christmas cheer right at the members' doorsteps. To say that Santa and his many helpers (and you know who you are) went above and beyond would be an understatement, indeed! To see such effort and enthusiasm displayed by all involved truly makes one proud to be part of an organization that cares so deeply for the welfare of its members.

Brian Jacoppo, P.S.


Santa delivers holiday cheer to the doorsteps of Local 269 members.

Members Vote to Support Their Union

L.U. 291 (c,i,mo,o,rtb&rts), BOISE, ID — The new year finds our local healthy and prosperous, with most members employed locally and a few on the road working in other locals.

I'm glad to report that an attempt to decrease our working assessments to include only paying assessments on straight time, and not overtime, was soundly defeated in a recent vote by a majority of the membership present. Members realize that defunding the local union hall will lead to disastrous results when trying to organize and defend the rights and responsibilities that keep the union strong, vibrant and progressive.

There is a small contingent of members that have started a labor outreach at the Idaho State Capitol once a month, where the benefits of union training and membership can be shared with the community; successful efforts have been realized so far.

In closing, I would like to commend our elected representatives, officers and office staff for a job well done last year. Remember, without "U" and "I" there is no union!

Mark Zaleski, B.M.

Local Persists on Contract with Co-op

L.U. 309 (i,lctt,mo,mt,o,rts,spa&u), COLLINSVILLE, IL — In what should have been a quick and easy first contract, the clerks at Clinton County Electric Cooperative have become the targets of an anti-union lawyer hired by the board. After eight contentious meetings, the nine-member, all-male board has offered zero raises for four years and no contract. Local 309 received favorable initial decisions on two unfair labor practice charges, and now it's up to the board to agree to the terms or take it to court. While this process continues, Business Manager Tim Evans is urging members who get their power from Clinton County Co-op to "contact your board and consider running for the board."

2020 saw the cancellation of our annual retiree dinner. This popular event brings members together to reflect upon and celebrate the contributions of our retirees. It is always a wonderful time, and we hope to resume this great tradition in 2021.

In addition to many others, Local 309 would like to recognize 73-year honorees Robert C. Bingman, Raymond P. Mullins and Richard P. Voss; and 76-year honoree Billy N. Lewis.

Carlos S. Perez, R.S.

Local Stays Busy During Pandemic

L.U. 317 (i,lctt,o,rts,t&u), HUNTINGTON, WV — Our local had a good year in 2020. We were fortunate enough to keep our members, as well as travelers, busy with work throughout the pandemic. The work forecast for Inside Construction looks slow for the first quarter, but we are hopeful that work will pick back up in the spring. Our Outside Construction branch has been very busy and appears to look promising in 2021.

We would also like to thank Big Brothers Big Sisters; WTCR-FM radio; IBEW LMCC; and our active members, retirees and contractors for their efforts to make the toy drive a success once again. This benefited 200 local children in the tri-state area. Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with those volunteers, showed up to ensure success of this special event despite the rain. Special appreciation to Maggie Bailey, Skip Bailey, Tom Braley, Betty Ann Fannin, Clay Mitchell, Lisa Mitchell, Lance Moore, Michael Prario, Dale Simmons, Matt Simms, Kevin Wells, Glenna Wolfe, Sam Wolfe and Shane Wolfe.

Shane Wolfe, A.B.M.


Despite the rain, volunteers showed up to ensure the success of Local 317's toy drive.

Facing Reality

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN — Happy St. Patrick's Day, brothers and sisters. It was March 17, 2020, when Minnesota bars and restaurants were first ordered by the governor to shut down. I remember, after signing 242's book, we had lunch and the restaurant closed at 5 p.m. COVID-19 has become the new reality. Local 343 Training Director Mike Bambrick Jr. has faced this reality and created a new journeyman wireman training format. Online code update classes are offered monthly throughout the year. The response to the online classes is overwhelmingly positive. This may be the new normal, although the doughnuts will be missed.

In-person classes are tentatively scheduled three times this year in both Rochester and Mankato. No classes are possible without instructors. We thank Dan Goodew, Cari Helberg, Scott Higgins, Dave Hyrkas and Mark Sparks for their continued commitment to the local.

Local 343 respectfully acknowledges the passing of the following members in 2020: Wayne Abraham, Norman Barrer, Merrill Bjerkeset, Eugene Dressen, Leon Flynn, Henry Ganz, Steve Hamilton, Michael Jochim, Michael Johnson, Scott Laughter, Orval Marquardt, Daniel Murphy, Francis Neubert, Darrell Peterson and Earl Wheeler.

A wise man once said, "I don't have enough money to buy junk." Buy "Made in USA."

Tom Small, P.S.

Adapting to COVID-19 in Training and Seasonal Activities

L.U. 347 (em,i,mt,rtb,rts&spa), DES MOINES, IA — Just as the entire world has had to adapt to the new realities of COVID-19, we have had to adjust as well. Despite the obvious — masking up any time we enter any building or facility — other changes have been necessary. Three general membership meetings had to be canceled in 2020. Our JATC has been working toward implementing virtual training for both journeyman wireman and apprentice classes. A fifth instructor was recently hired, and the committee elected to allow 70 apprentices to start the first-year program. There have been and will continue to be many hiccups along the way. We'll have nothing if we can't support our brothers and sisters with patience, cooperation and consideration.

The local has also pursued the traditional seasonal activities. Unfortunately, the Christmas party for members' children and grandchildren had to be canceled; but as a consolation, gifts were distributed to many of the member's children. Local 347's participation with Toys for Tots was a rip-roaring success. The membership also erected a bigger and better Christmas lights display at Adventureland for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Attendance was up 20% in 2020. This is how we show our local's commitment to our community and to those in critical need.

Work referrals continue to be made at the hall. Work for the foreseeable future looks strong.

At this time, the general membership meeting is to be held per the regular schedule. Watch for a groundbreaking for the new hall in early spring.

Obviously, there are a lot of questions going forward. There are still a lot of bugs that need to be worked out, too many to list. However, there has never been a better opportunity to show the world what brotherhood strong looks like. Local 347 will get through this, and we will be better for the experience.

Mike Schweiger, P.S.

Building IBEW Presence in Orange County

L.U. 441 (as,i&rts), SANTA ANA, CA — On Dec. 4, local staff and members set up a picket targeting AJ Kirkwood for area standards in Costa Mesa, Calif. A longtime offender when it comes to jobsite safety and working conditions, AJ Kirkwood's disregard for the values we pride ourselves on has become impossible to ignore. As we proceed with 2021, we look forward to further building the IBEW presence in Orange County as a model for jobsite fairness and craft excellence.

Neal H. Lauzon, B.M.


Local 441 set up a picket targeting AJ Kirkwood for area standards in Costa Mesa, CA.

Bettering the Brotherhood,
Supporting Those in Need

L.U. 481 (ees,em,i,mt,rts,s&spa), INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Brothers and sisters, we hope you all had a great holiday season and a great start to the new year. Let's hope that 2021 has many great things in store for the IBEW and that we can all continue to better the brotherhood and look out for one another.

To close out 2020, the members of Local 481, along with our NECA partners, held a food drive at the union hall with proceeds going to a local food bank. To say that our members did a good job would be an understatement! With all the donations from members, contractors and business partners around the jurisdiction, we were able to donate over 20,000 pounds of food to the shelter. That will go a long way to help support the community! The shelter was overwhelmed by the abundance of donations. Business Manager Jeff Wheeler was proud of how well the membership came together to support those in need. Way to go, members of 481! Keep up the good work!

Blake Andrews, Treas.


Business Manager Jeff Wheeler with donations from one of our jobsites.

Welcome, 2021

L.U. 557 (i,mt,rts&spa), SAGINAW, MI — At this writing, we are turning the page on the year that was 2020. It was no doubt a year we will all remember for quite some time. We welcome the promise of returning to a more normal life. Here at Local 557, we look forward to returning to monthly membership meetings as scheduled. The cancellation of this year's annual Christmas meeting was disappointing, but hopefully we can find another time soon to gather and celebrate the membership's hard-earned IBEW service pins.

To start 2020, Local 557 welcomed one of its own as a new Michigan initiative organizer. James Lamb now has a year under his belt in this position and has done a remarkable job in his first year organizing throughout the state. Additionally, our local was happy to bring aboard four new journeymen inside wiremen. With our small membership, these new journeymen coming aboard in one year is a great organizing achievement. Congratulations to Brothers Dillon Brousseau, Joseph Hansas, Justin Hemgesberg and Jason Teed on your new careers in the IBEW.

Evan Allardyce, B.M./F.S.

Local Gives Back,
Lights Up the Holidays

L.U. 569 (i,mar,mt,rts&spa), SAN DIEGO, CA — Our local re-configured our annual holiday parties to become drive-thru winter wonderland experiences. Our members loaded up their families (dogs, too), and brought them to celebrate the holidays with Local 569 in both San Diego and Imperial counties. There were lots of lights, gifts for kids and a special appearance from Santa. Check out the photos posted on our website:

Many thanks to our Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC) members for installing holiday lights on three bridges in the San Diego Southeastern Diamond Business District.

Local 569 also lent a hand to the San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council Food & Toy Drive distributions, helping hundreds of local families and children with gifts, holiday meals and cheer.

2021 will be very busy for us, from contract negotiations, to securing more project labor agreements, to growing our membership. We'll keep our focus on strengthening our pipeline of work, fighting for higher wages and a good contract for you and protecting your rights on the job.

We're heading into 2021 as a stronger union, thanks to YOU and your hard work! Together, we will continue to make a difference and build stronger communities.

Gretchen Newsom, Political Dir.


Local 569 EWMC members light up the holidays.

JATC Instructor Bill (Two Cows) Thompson Retires

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM — After several years of teaching at the JATC, Bill (Two Cows) Thompson has decided to retire. Bill, a well-liked instructor for many years, decided last year to call it quits and moved to Arkansas. We wish Bill a long and happy retirement.

Work has been steady recently, with several calls out to Facebook and Sandia Labs and more work is expected to be released soon.

We haven't had a meeting in several months, and in December and January, the hall was open by appointment only. Hopefully we can get through this pandemic in the near future. This is an election year, so if anyone has any suggestions for re-write, please get them to the hall as soon as possible.

On behalf of the local, I would like to send condolences to the family and friends of members that have recently passed away: Rico Mendonca, Ed Mros, Harvey Scholes and Richard Thompson.

Everyone, please stay safe and healthy.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.


Long-time JATC instructor Bill (Two Cows) Thompson at his retirement.

Springtime Renewal

L.U. 617 (c,i,mo&st), SAN MATEO, CA — Springtime is upon us: A time for rebirth and to count our blessings and be grateful. We have persevered despite the devastating impact of the pandemic. There have been many changes and inconveniences; but nevertheless, we have been resilient.

With new a leader, Joe "I am a union man" Biden, IBEW members look forward to seeing more worker-friendly policies. Many thanks to our registrar, Steven Booker, and all those who phone banked for local and national candidates. And to our staff, members and all essential workers who have been working hard to follow guidelines that change daily, we salute you. We have supported one another and must continue to do so.

Not having in-person union meetings, fall and Christmas celebrations, Local 617 picnic, veterans' breakfast, club meetings, pin party and most social activities has been difficult for many. As nice as virtual meetings may be, they just don't compare!

The IBEW-NECA wellness program continues to expand with the Holiday Hold 'em Challenge and tips on diet and exercise. Members received a cash prize for not putting on the pounds over the holidays. Thanks to BaySports for keeping us informed and healthy.

Let us all commit to rebuild our communities and nation, stronger and with equality for all. Please stay safe.

Kenn Perfitt, P.S.


Local 649's schedule includes new hydrotreater reactors at Illinois refineries.

2021: Our Time to Shine!

L.U. 627 (u), FORT PIERCE, FL — Greetings, brothers and sisters, and Happy New Year to all! 2020 was quite the challenging year for us as a nation, a union and a local. However, with all that behind us now, 2021 is working up to be a very exciting and productive year.

Our local has requested Job Steward & Officer training from the International. This training will strengthen the skills and knowledge for our elected and appointed officials. We have also requested a chapter of the IBEW RENEW program, which is about getting our younger members to be more active and involved. Our 25th Annual Ironman Fundraising Golf Tournament is to be held in June this year, and we have several other events planned. As a local, we are working on several other projects to improve communications and member development.

Brothers and sisters, please continue to be your brother's keeper and honor the Code of Excellence with pride, skills, safety and solidarity!

Fernando Salcedo, P.S.

Health and Happiness in 2021

L.U. 649 (i,lctt,mt&o), ALTON, IL — Happy holidays to our members and their families. May this new year bring peace, good health and happiness. The work scene looks promising for 2021. Thanks to local members for their hard work, as well as our traveling brothers and sisters for their labors.

Argosy Casino negotiations have extended into 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the casino remains closed. Extension attempts for a one-year contract with Ameren stalled; this is due to Illinois SB1652, which amends the Public Utilities Act. Warehouse construction remains steady; Federal Express is relocating to a new facility. Refinery construction is busy with small projects; the work schedule includes new hydrotreater reactors.

Inside wireman apprenticeship applications are to open, with interviews beginning in early 2021.

Brother Pat Bohn's heart transplant was successful, but with difficulties. This has been difficult for Pat and his family. Many thanks to IBEW brothers and sisters for their kindness in contributing assistance. Pat is at home and recovering.

The Christmas pin presentation was canceled due to COVID-19.

Many thanks to 649 staff and officers for support during this difficult year. Thoughts and prayers go out to our brothers and sisters who have lost family to COVID-19.

Thanks to Alan and Terry for providing information to share with the local!!

Terry Wilhite, P.S.

Working our Jurisdiction and Serving Community

L.U. 683 (i), COLUMBUS, OH — As the pandemic persists into the new year, our members continue to man the work in our jurisdiction and serve our community. We continue to fill calls for some large jobs including Project Mustang, Crew Stadium and various Ohio State University projects. We anticipate 2021 to be another busy year for Local 683. Over the weekend before Christmas, our members assisted other central Ohio unions in distributing groceries to residents in need. The Union Shares event was conducted differently this year to account for COVID-19 protocols. With hard work and some additional planning, hundreds of local families received assistance during the holiday season.

Pat Hook, Pres.


Union Shares volunteers (left to right) Chris Evans, Travis Potts, Marlene Villa, Justin Seals and Maurice Quinichett.

Local Membership,
Apprenticeship Grows

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL — There were many ups and downs of 2020, but through it all, our local had its share of shining moments. Jeff Marotta, journeyman as well as a JATC instructor, was a recipient of the IBEW Founders' Scholarship, which makes a total of six of our members who have received this prestigious honor. Local 915's negotiating committees were able to get the inside agreements for Busch Gardens and Derby Lane negotiated with increases in wages and benefits. At the virtual Membership Development Conference, we made the Top 20 in membership growth for Inside Construction locals, and we keep growing throughout this pandemic. Local 915's apprenticeship has grown larger than ever and we have had a record year for man-hours. Our apprenticeship has been creative in getting the apprentices the information they need to be successful.

Each year, we have a Christmas party and a toy drive. Although we were not able to have our party, we were still able to have our toy drive and contribute to our partners at the Tampa Bay Shriners Hospital for Children.

We would also like to thank Sister Theresa King for her 16 years of being press secretary for Local 915.

Shawn McDonnell, Pres.


(Left to right) L.U. 915 Pres. Shawn McDonnell, Danny Griner of Shriners Hospital, Treas. Larry Jenkins and V.P. Graham Hadley.

New Leadership at Local 1245
& Honoring a Fallen Member

L.U. 1245 (catv,em,govt,lctt,o,t&u), VACAVILLE, CA — After nearly 40 years on staff, including 15 years as business manager, Tom Dalzell has announced that he is stepping down from his union leadership role and formally resigned from his position in December 2020. In accordance with IBEW bylaws, Local 1245's Executive Board has appointed Senior Assistant Business Manager Bob Dean to fill the role of business manager until the next union leadership election in 2022.

Our new line-clearance tree trimmer training program was awarded a $4 million grant from the California Workforce Development Board. The funding is part of a $14.4 million job training grant that the state of California recently secured from the U.S. Department of Education.

When the California Public Utilities Commission released its proposed decision on PG&E's general rate case, which included a 36% cut to funding for fire mitigation hardening work in 2021 and a 49% funding cut in 2022, we spoke up. Thanks to our advocacy, the CPUC restored the full funding for the program, which means that over the next two years, our members will be performing an additional $884 million in essential system hardening work.

Local 1245 has established the Jairus Ayeta Line School Scholarship in honor of an IBEW 1245 apprentice who was the victim of a fatal workplace tragedy in 2018 while restoring power at the Carr Fire. Successful applicants will be awarded a full scholarship to VOLTA Training Center in Oregon. Four recipients will be selected each year to receive a one-time scholarship, which will include full tuition, fees, tools, lodging and $60 per day for meals. For more info, go to

Rebecca Band, Communications Dir.

Local 1347 Donates Holiday Cheer

L.U. 1347 (ees,em,ptc&u), CINCINNATI, OH — For a fifth year in a row, our local donated gifts to the children staying at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital in November, with 200 teddy bears given to kick off the holiday season. This year, things were a little different due to the pandemic, but we were fortunate enough to still be able to send a little surprise to the children staying at the hospital. The caretakers planned to make gift baskets for the kiddos and to use our teddy bears as part of their baskets. A few of us socially distanced outside of the hospital for the annual picture because it was closed to the public. We are very happy to be able to continue our yearly tradition and can't wait to donate again this time next year!

We sadly report the death of two retired members: Michael Hannah, who passed away on Dec. 7, 2020; and Jack Jackson, who passed on Sept. 27, 2020.

Andrew Kirk, B.M.


(Left to right) L.U. 1347 B.M. Andrew Kirk, Exec. Board Chairman Pat Kallaher, Exec. Board Member Don Scott Smith, Office Coordinator Rachel Glover and Pres. Ray Fowee.

A Prosperous Future Ahead

Local 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA — As I write this article, it is about two months before publication, so I look back on 2020 and look forward to 2021. The COVID-19 vaccine has recently been approved, we await the inauguration of a labor-friendly president and I can see evidence that we will prosper in 2021.

2020 has been a hard year for many in Local 1579. Although we had a very prosperous year, the way we worked changed. We had to figure out ways to do our jobs with an extra layer of safety, and we will most likely have to continue these measures for some time as the vaccine is being distributed. Many of our members got sick from COVID-19, with a range of severity: Some cases were mild, while others had to be hospitalized. Sadly, a few lost family members, and my prayers go out to anyone that has suffered this type of loss. Until this pandemic is under control, please look out for each other and take all the necessary precautions.

By the time you read this, Joe Biden will have been sworn in as the president of the United States. Joe Biden will be a union-friendly president and has never hesitated to publicly talk about good-paying union jobs. Whether you voted for Joe Biden or not, he is our president, and his policies will protect our wages and create jobs for union families and working families.

Our work situation is going to be good again this year. The Vogtle project will start decreasing in manpower and our traveling brothers and sisters will start moving to the next job; I would like to thank you for your help. I am in constant contact with DOE as we get ready for another project in the jurisdiction, the Pitt Production Facility. This job should start hiring soon and will be a long-term project. The details on are still being worked out, so stay tuned.

Until next time, God bless!

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

Contract Ratified at Kittery Water District

L.U. 1837 (rtb&u), MANCHESTER, ME — Workers at the Kittery Water District have overwhelmingly ratified their first contract with our local. The 15 workers at the water utility include office staff, filtration plant workers, laborers, meter readers, service technicians and technical service staff.

The two-year contract agreement includes wage increases in each year and maintains 100% health insurance coverage paid for by the employer. Other improvements include a requirement for management to give advance notice for schedule changes. It also institutes a grievance and arbitration process for any violations of the agreement.

The employees were able to take advantage of a new Maine state card check law that recognizes unions if a majority of municipal workers in a bargaining unit sign union authorization cards. This allows workers to avoid a drawn-out election process.

The Kittery Water District serves Kittery, Eliot and a portion of York, Maine. They provide drinking water to 12,000 people and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Matthew Beck, B.R.


Newly appointed Shop Steward Linda Johnson casts her ballot in the Kittery Water District contract-ratification vote.


Coming Through in Times of Need

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, SOUTH JERSEY CHAPTER — Happy new year to all. We all know 2020 was a tough year, but we made it. I would like to thank Business Manager Robert Shimko of IBEW Local 400, Wall Township, for allowing us to use their outdoor area to conduct our meetings. On Dec. 4, 2020, we held our holiday party at Via Sposito in Old Bridge, NJ. A great time was had by all.

From Dec. 1 through Dec. 24, members of the South Jersey Club worked with Toys for Tots in Hazlet, NJ. This event is sponsored by the Marines of Red Bank, NJ. Unfortunately, the Marines were quarantined with COVID-19. It was left up to the South Jersey retirees to fill all the orders. Led by V.P. Lou Cohen, over 100,000 toys had to be unpacked, sorted into age groups, then filled as orders to charities requesting toys. Volunteers worked 8-10-hour days to get the job done (even through a major snowstorm) and to put a smile on a child's face.

I would also like to thank the members who worked the elections and the food banks throughout the year. The Local 3 South Jersey members come through in times of need.

Thank you and stay safe.

Nancy Savarese, R.S.


(Left to right) South Jersey Local 3 retirees Anthony Savarese, Lou Cohen, Charlie DeSaro, Dennis Hessler, Ed Donnelly, Bob Andreasi and Frank Rapisandi (front) pitched in to support the Toys for Tots program in Hazlet, NJ.

Local 3 Chapter Loses 'Elder Statesman'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U.3, NEW YORK, NY, WESTCHESTER/PUTNAM CHAPTER — Although all chapter events are on hold, the one thing COVID-19 could not stop is the normal passing of our relatives and friends. In November, our chapter lost one of our members, Sol Gibbons, who was considered the elder statesman of our chapter; Sol was 93 years old.

Sol was something special. With his British accent, he reminded you of someone who could have been a statesman.

Born in Great Britain in 1927, Sol worked as a union electrician in Great Britain, and, in 1954, emigrated to New York City. Residing in Mount Vernon, Sol was able to secure a work card with Local 501 in White Plains, became a U.S. citizen and as the saying goes, the rest is history.

Sol had been a member of our chapter for about 15 years. He will be remembered as one who was always ready to help when it was needed. He attended most of the chapter events and enjoyed spending time with the men he worked with, as well the new friends he made as a retiree. Sol was one of a kind; he will be missed.

Dick Mills, Treas.


Sol Gibbons (1927 - 2020)

Ready for Change

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 53, KANSAS CITY, MO — Greetings brothers and sisters. I hope everyone is doing well. I don't have much to report on, but I'm writing this update anyway.

I have many hopes for our future in the great country of America. We will have a new president and vice president, and it's about time. I wish them great success in all that they do. It is my hope that we get the vaccines back on track and we can rid our country and the world of this epidemic once and for all.

I am more than ready for change, as I'm sure all Americans are. Change is one of my hopes for the future.

I am sorry to report that we lost another longtime friend and brother. Carl Wilson passed on New Year's Day. Rest in peace, brother, and may the good Lord take you home.

Stay healthy and safe!

Duane Pearce, P.S.

Local 58 Celebrates Club Treasurer's 99th Birthday

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 58, DETROIT, MI — On Dec. 1, 2020, our club treasurer Ray Owen celebrated his 99th birthday. With COVID-19 still a part of daily life, the occasion of Ray's birthday was a drive-by celebration. His family and friends instigated the whole thing as a surprise. During a snowstorm, well-wishers in 50+ cars paraded past his home, and Channel 4 News was there to document the occasion. In closing, his VFW brothers and sisters sang him "Happy Birthday" from the bottom of his driveway. He said it was his best birthday. Congratulations, Ray!

We are three months into the new year, with a new president, a shift in power in the Senate and the optimism to continue to create a better life for all of us. Jan. 6 brought images of horror into our living rooms. After sheltering in place for safety, Congress returned to their jobs later that day and many important points were made, including, "We must love our neighbors." As unionists and Americans, we know how to work, so we will continue to roll up our sleeves and do the work of a proud and strong America! Grassroots as deep as ours will aid us in this important work!

Pat Nuznov, P.S.

Thanks to Hard-Working Local Members, Past and Present

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 105, HAMILTON, ON — Although very late this year, we would all like to wish you the very best for 2021! Hopefully, COVID-19 will be under control when you are reading this. If not, please keep safe, friends, and do your part to get rid of or at the very least get control of it. Our prayers go out to each and every one of you.

Sadly, due to COVID-19, we here in Hamilton haven't been participating in any group gatherings, so we don't have any news to report.

Especially during these times, please remember that all that we have been able to enjoy and look forward to is made possible by our very hard-working local members and Executive Board, past and present. Our heartfelt thanks to ALL of you!

Eden McLean, P.S.

Prioritizing Caution and Safety, As Always

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 164, JERSEY CITY, NJ — With all the COVID-19-related shutdowns, the Retirees Association get-togethers have been on hold since March 2020. We are eager to start again with our monthly luncheons. We are a cautious group of electricians using our heads to be safe, having done that throughout our careers.

But we still raised money for underprivileged people during the holidays. Our Golf League is on the horizon. The 50-year members received their gold watches, diamond pins and certificates, but will have to wait until next December for their Gala Dinner Dance.

All union electricians and families, please stay safe. We will make it and celebrate together in the near future.

David Judovin, P.S.


Local 164 members received gold watches to celebrate 50 years in the IBEW.

Hoping for a Better 2021

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 317, HUNTINGTON, WV — It has been a really trying time for everyone, especially for the older group of retirees who aren't able to have retirees' luncheons. I'm hopeful that we will be back in 2021. Prayers.

Jerry Booth, Pres.

Retiree Group Outlook on Pause

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 649, ALTON, IL — The outlook for our retirees' groups affected by the impact of COVID-19 remains the same; "paused" is the best way to describe it.

As I receive correspondence from our officers of the retiree body, I will enter it into the retirees Local Lines.

Local 649 Retirees Club monthly meetings were being held the last Thursday of each month. Meetings are altered for holidays. I will update you as changes are made and the officers direct me to do so.

To all of our IBEW family everywhere, stay safe, be healthy, enjoy family, and may 2021 be a better year!!

Terry Wilhite, P.S.

Local 702 Longtime & Active Retiree Club Member

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 702, WEST FRANKFORT, IL — The local is sad to announce the passing of retiree Jim Campbell. After working for General Telephone and Electronics for 25 years, he was appointed to the staff of IBEW Local 702 as a business representative in 1985. Jim retired from the local in 1999 and in June 2020 was honored for being a 60-year member of the IBEW. He was an active member and supporter of the local's Retiree Club and will be missed at future events and functions. We thank Brother Campbell for his efforts and service to the local and its members.

We continue to monitor the current COVID-19 situation and will attempt to schedule the annual retiree luncheon only if we are confident it is safe for our retirees to do so. We missed seeing everyone last year and are hopeful we can get together in 2021!

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


Brother Jim Campbell was a 60-year member of the IBEW.

Your Health is Important

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 756, DAYTONA BEACH, FL — Happy New Year! Hello everyone, hope you are all doing good! I just wanted to let you know that it's been decided that we are not going to plan any retiree meetings until September 2021. Your health is important to us. We look forward to seeing you in the future and catching up!

Diane Gibbs, P.S.