October 2021
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Also In This Issue History Maker
Liz Shuler is First Woman, IBEW Member to
Lead AFL-CIO read_more

Building Back Better
Energy Secretary Pledges IBEW Jobs read_more

North of 49°
CCO Secures
$4.5M Funding Grant to Strengthen NCS Training read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
La subvention du gouvernement de l'Ontario permettra d'améliorer la formation read_more

My IBEW Story Tory Gorka read_more

IEC Minutes
May 2021 read_more

Fee Payers Plan for 2022 read_more

Grounded in History Preserving the
IBEW's Past read_more






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Solidarity through Safety
Getting 'Back to Normal,'
Vaccines Protect Everyone on the Job

The COVID-19 vaccine is a modern medical miracle, the result of a decade of American-led research into mRNA vaccines and a half decade of research into SARS and coronaviruses. Its rollout was a bipartisan triumph, developed under a Republican president, distributed under a Democrat, and nearly every dose used in the United States was developed and produced in a facility built and maintained by the IBEW.

At the beginning of September, nearly 180 million Americans had received full doses of the vaccine, and the evidence is clear that they work far better than even the most optimistic of epidemiologists had predicted. In August, the FDA gave full approval to the Pfizer vaccine for people over the age of 16 and was expected to follow course with the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in short order.

Side effects have been mild and rare and breakthrough infections even rarer. And when a vaccinated person is infected, the course of the disease is far less severe than when it is allowed to run its natural course.

"These vaccines are one of the greatest scientific triumphs since America landed the Apollo missions on the moon," said International President Lonnie R. Stephenson. "I could not be prouder of the IBEW's involvement in bringing them to the world."

To interrupt the spread of the virus, 80-85% of the population must be vaccinated. As of late summer, that number had stalled at only about 50%. For many reasons, some more scientifically grounded than others, a significant portion of the population hasn't been vaccinated, including some of our IBEW members. According to a Carnegie Mellon study published in August, construction workers had the lowest vaccination rate of all occupations.

That has to change.

"I have been telling people — and this is a charged deal, I know — if you don't have a real health or religious reason by the end of this year, if you don't have the vaccine, you will not have any place to work," said Orlando, Fla., Local 606 Business Manager Clay McNeely. read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Stephenson:
In Good Hands read_more
Looking Out for
One Another read_more

TransitionsPeter Lombardozzi;
Glenn E. Nunn;
Michael J. Power read_more

Politics2021 Elections: Pro-Worker State Leaders, Lawmakers on Va., N.J. Ballots;
Biden Appoints Pro-Worker Officials to Federal
Labor Board read_more

CircuitsCharlotte Pre-Apprenticeship Shows Youth the Power of the Trades;
Kansas City Local's Spirit
of Giving Lights Up Historic Mo. Train Station;
New England Locals
Get New Contract with Consolidated Communications;
Cincinnati Local Puts Emphasis on Creating Opportunities for Women read_more

In MemoriamAugust 2021 read_more

Who We AreMissouri Local Graduates First Woman Journeyman Tree Trimmer read_more


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