April 2021
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Also In This Issue L.A. Says 'No' to Racism
Union Members, Leaders
Reject Hate Symbol
Found on Jobsite read_more

A New Era for Workers
Biden Administration Off to a Flying Start read_more

A Green Light Project
Maine Traffic Signal Overhaul Will be
'100% IBEW' read_more

The State of Right-to-Work
Legislative Fights
Shed Light on Danger of Right-to-Work read_more

Grounded in History Birth of
The Electrical Worker read_more

North of 49°
Railroad Members See Gains in New Deal with Canadian Pacific read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Les membres du chemin
de fer voient les gains du nouveau contrat avec le Canadien Pacifique read_more

NEBF 2021 read_more




Change of Address


Cover Photo

2020 Photo Contest Winners
'Unreal' Canadian Photo
Takes Top Prize

Sometimes the picture that wins the IBEW's annual photo contest captures a quiet moment. A portrait or a vivid sunset.

And sometimes you get a picture that is the visual equivalent of a Neil Peart's drum solo: Mudslide! Mountains! Roaring river! Fog! Helicopter! Rainbow! Hundreds of thousands of volts! Men dangling hundreds of feet in the air!

Vancouver, B.C., Local 258 member Brad Masse's 2020 winner of his brothers Steve Fyfe and Aaron Seaton preparing to reconductor a transmission pole on the Skeena River is packed with stimulating sights.

Not only did it win the most votes, but it also marks the first time a submission from Canada has won the top prize.

"We were looking up at that valley saying, 'This looks like Avatar.' I mean, it is unreal," Masse said.

Masse took this picture in September of 2019, a year after a massive mudslide took down a transmission tower, knocking out power to about 8,000 residents in northwest British Columbia around Prince Rupert.

He was part of a crew of 40 IBEW members that stood up the poles. Each morning they drove 50 km from the town of Terrace to the fly yard just outside the frame across the river. Then helicopters hoisted the men onto the tower. Masse asked the pilot to just hover for a second while he took the picture.

"When I took it, I told everyone, 'This will be the best picture of linework, like ever,'" he said.

Video of the project can also be found at bit.ly/AvalancheRestoration. read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Stephenson:
A Hope-Filled Start read_more
Pensions Prove Who
Our Friends Are read_more

TransitionsRandy Middleton;
Brian A. Lamm;
Dan Gardner read_more

PoliticsColorado Member Wins Election to County Commission;
Training Grants Help Put California Wiremen Ahead
of the Curve on Microgrids read_more

CircuitsHollywood Local Offers New Opportunities to Members During Pandemic;
BC Local's Inclusion
Efforts Take Off;
St. Paul Local Leaves
No Family Behind in
Food Giveaway;
Baltimore Members Go Bald to Fight Childhood Cancer read_more

In MemoriamFebruary 2021 read_more

Who We AreLocal 3 Retiree Reflects
on Breaking Barriers
for Women read_more