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May 2021

My IBEW Story
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Stanley Stade, Retired Journeyman Wireman
New York Local 3

"I was attending Queens College in October 1968 when my uncle, Al Migliozzi, a LocalĀ 3 member, talked to me about stopping by the Joint Board to apply for an apprenticeship. It was just down the block from school, so I submitted an application and began the most fulfilling journey of my life.

On Feb. 4, 1969, I reported to my first job as a first-year apprentice at Turchin Electric. I began to meet the best mechanics who taught me to be a good electrician. With that knowledge, by the time I reached my journeyman year, I was a full-fledged journeyman and lucky enough to be assigned to a building where I served as the building electrician. I was working by myself and furthering my experience.

Through many years as a mechanic, sub-foreman, foreman and superintendent, I always brought the quality and excellence of the IBEW to the job. I was fortunate enough to meet and learn from some great leaders, including Harry Van Arsdale Jr., Thomas Van Arsdale and Christopher Erikson and many more who guided me through my life of unionism.

Now retired, and a proud member of the IBEW for 52 years, I still give back to the greatest union in the world through union functions, and especially through the Local 3 Motorcycle Club. We work with organizations like the Special Olympics and the New York-based programs for adults and children with autism AABR and QSAC.

All I am as a person and a brother, I owe to the IBEW and Local Union 3. Thank God for unions."