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Happy New Year, Brothers and Sisters!

L.U. 1 (as,c,ees,ei,em,es,et,fm,i,mt,ptc,rts,s,se,spa,st&ws), ST. LOUIS, MO — We had an enthusiastic return to our annual Greg Booth Ride for the Relief Committee. Like many events, its irregularity was due to the lingering pandemic. The enthusiasm and rekindled memories were good for the soul. The money raised was put to good use, assisting members in need.

Our local's RENEW chapter hosted a chili cookoff and rib fest. It was a tasty success — in a word, "SMOKIN'." Funds were raised for our Electrical Workers Minority Caucus to support its year-round mission of collecting and distributing coats to those in need in the community.

Please hold accountable our newly elected or reelected federal, state and local officials, and make sure they are closely aware of the necessity of a unionized workforce. Unionized workers are essential for our economy to remain the envy of the rest of the world. Politicians who want to weaken or eliminate unions' rights to exist and negotiate collectively need to know they are misinformed. Have an attentive ear, an instructive tongue and an informed mind. Be vigilant, active and engaged — united, we stand!

Kyle Hunter, P.S.

Local 11 Visited by President Stephenson

L.U. 11 (em,i,rts&spa), LOS ANGELES, CA — This past October, we had the honor and pleasure to host International President Lonnie R. Stephenson, who addressed a packed auditorium filled with over 1,700 apprentices. President Stephenson spoke of the infrastructure bills that President Joe Biden passed this year that would bring billions of dollars' worth of work for electricians throughout the country. He also spoke about the importance of politics, how our vote matters and why we need to get out the vote for labor-friendly candidates. President Stephenson was joined onstage by the chief executive officer of NECA, David Long. During his stay in Los Angeles, President Stephenson was taken to the Intuit Dome, future home of the NBA's Clippers, and SoFi Stadium, home to the NFL's Rams and Chargers. He visited our 144,000-square-foot Electrical Training Institute in Commerce, Calif., where we explained the innovative ways we were able to reduce our carbon footprint by saving energy through photovoltaics, battery storage and other cost-effective measures. The apprentices were delighted when the IBEW's international president walked into their classroom, and it was noted that not all are similarly privileged in the experience. The apprentices had great dialogue with President Stephenson on his vision of the IBEW's future. To end his visit with Local 11, President Stephenson joined and spoke at our general meeting. We greatly appreciate the time President Stephenson spent with our members at Local 11.

Robert Corona, P.S.


From left, Ninth District International Representative David Jones, Local 11 Business Manager Joel Barton and International President Lonnie R. Stephenson.

Congratulations, and Thanks for Your IBEW Service

L.U. 43 (em,i&rs), SYRACUSE, NY — Congratulations to our retirees for the many years of hard work, dedication and service to our local. Wishing all of you a wonderful and healthy retirement: Peter Anderson, Lonny Bornstein, James Burke, William Cmaylo, James Harkness, Brett Hart, Guy Hudson, William Iseneker, Ernest Jones, Mark Konseck, Mark Leska, Steve Lincoln, David J. Martin, Mark Mattox, Edward Mortimer, Gary Murphy, Paul Petell, Jack Pryor, Frances Righi, James Roach, Luca Ruggiero, Michael J. Smith, David Sterio, James Stewart, Byron Sullivan, Glenn Sweeney, Loren Sweet, David Teachout, Bradley Theune, James Walters, Andrew Watkins, Kenneth Williams Jr. and Thomas Williams.

We thank the following members for their years of service to the IBEW: William Butler and Earl Kneuss (75 years); Louis Opera (70 years); Alan Davenport, Joseph Granato, William McDonald, Herbert Peryea and William Thompson (65 years); Dale Cook and William Fuelleman (60 years); Richard Abbott, George Brown, William Clarke, Lynn Cohen, James Driscoll, Peter Dulcich, Joseph Duplessis, Michael Gallagher, Gary Gentile, Douglas Gosch, John Gosek, William Gwilt, Robert Kuzawski, William Methot, Phillip Nardell, Roger Reath, Flavio Righi, Joseph Sanderson, Ronald Sheffield and Leonard West (55 years); James Baran, Michael Bittner, David Darrow, Raymond Keough, George Meilak, Richard Ostrander, Michael Ravesi, Dana Rech, Raymond Vivlemore, Thomas Waldau and David Zielinski (50 years).

Congratulations to our 2022 first-year apprentice class, who were sworn in at our September union meeting. Choosing the IBEW Local 43 apprenticeship program as a career offers many rewarding challenges in life. Best wishes for a wonderful career.

Jeff Cassano, P.S.


Local 43's first-year apprentice class, who were sworn in at the September union meeting.

Local 47 Updates and Events

L.U. 47 (lctt,mo,o,u&uow), DIAMOND BAR, CA — Greetings, brothers and sisters! Our Business Manager/Financial Secretary Colin Lavin was hard at work at the Oct. 11 parent-body meeting answering questions on our SCE bargaining. Here are some updates:

  • SCE — Triston Mends Arbitration — The arbitrator sustained the grievance and ordered the grievant to be reinstated with full back pay and reduced the discipline to a letter of reprimand.
  • SCE — New Steward Training was held for the first of three groups of 10 on Sept. 27; the next two sessions were held on Oct. 12 and Nov. 2.
  • SCE — System and Substation Operator — Paragraph M bargaining began in early October.
  • City of Banning — Utility and General Units — Negotiations continue.
  • City of Anaheim — General Contract and Professional Management — Bargaining started at the end of October.

Upcoming events at the time of this writing: The 20th annual Local 47 Members' Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Nov. 21, our local's Christmas party is scheduled for Dec. 17, and Local 47's Steward and Safety Conference will be held March 25.

We are sad to report the deaths of Gabriel Banuelos, Charles Burnett, Dave Crocket, Kenneth Ensman, Brian "Ducky" Mallard and Victor Venegas. Our condolences and prayers are with their loved ones.

Work safe and buy union!

Mitch Smith, P.S.


Business Manager/Financial Secretary Colin Lavin speaks about SCE bargaining at a parent-body meeting Oct. 11.

Congratulations to Local 51 Rodeo Competitors

L.U. 51 (catv,lctt,o,ptc,rtb,t,u&uow), SPRINGFIELD, IL — With deepest sympathy, we report that the following active members passed away in 2022: Kirk Brimberry, Craig DeBoer, Pamela Dean, Jeffery Parkerson, Matthew Parsons, Justin Somogyi and Richard Thomas. The following retirees have also passed: Robert Almasi, Lyle Antonio, Harold Ayers, James "Jim" Bartley, Dennis Brown, Howard Brue, Thomas Cliff, Bret Cochran, David "Doc" Ellis, Harold Ernst, Bradford Eustice, Fredrick Grimm, Larry Hayes, Jack Hicks, James Jiles, Richard "Bud" Johnson, Roy Jordan, Gary Kukuk, Edward Libby, Floyd Libell, John McGrath, Rodger McKeon, Crystal McWilliams, Robert "Bud" Norton, Mark Peterson, Hubert Schuman, David Sennett, Johnny Ray Sronce, Claude Vezina, William "Bill" Webster, Edgar Willcutt and Gloria Woods. Rest in peace, brothers and sisters.

Congratulations to our members who competed at the International Lineman's Rodeo in Kansas and the AIEC Lineworker's Safety Rodeo in Illinois. Happy New Year!

Karlene Knisley, Bus. Rep.

Working Safely in the New Year

L.U. 55 (c,lctt,o&u), DES MOINES, IA — Hello, brothers and sisters! As I write this article, I'm looking outside, and it is a beautiful day. I always enjoyed going to work on days like this. I think back to all the wonderful guys I worked with and how they all pitched in to train me.

Where would we be without that passed-down knowledge? Where would we be without safety rules? I was fortunate to always be around safe people at work. I climbed poles until I made journeyman, and then I thought I would get to work out of a bucket truck, but it was an Elliot Hi Reach with a steel cage and four insulators under it. It was safer to be in my hooks! Now as I drive around Ankeny, Iowa, I see so much brand-new equipment for our young workers.

Happy retirement to Bo! Work safe, and Happy New Year from Local 55.

Myron Green, P.S.

Local 103 Holds DEI Summit for Electrical Construction

L.U. 103 (cs&i), BOSTON, MA — Our local recently held its inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Summit for Electrical Construction. Participants learned about new public sector policies and regulations and what is required for increasing DEI on projects, as well as how to integrate best practices for DEI in planning, proposal responses and bids. Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program has hit the ground running and has been nothing short of successful.

We are proud to announce that we have partnered with six-time Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots. As part of the partnership, Gillette Stadium concourses and in-game video boards will be adorned with the IBEW Local 103/NECA Boston emblem. Members have been powering the stadium since its opening in 2002 and are playing a key role in the construction of the stadium's new $225 million north end zone expansion project.

The midterm elections are behind us, and Local 103's endorsed candidates were victorious in their bids for the highest offices in the state. For the first time in our history, Massachusetts has elected a woman as governor, Maura Healey. Massachusetts has also elected its first all-female executive team of Healey, Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll and Attorney General Andrea Campbell, who becomes the first Black woman to win a statewide office. Our members worked tirelessly for our endorsed candidates, and we could not be prouder of the outcome.

Jimmy Fleming, P.S.

Local 129 Prospers with Steady Work

L.U. 129 (i), LORAIN, OH — As we move forward into the new year, work remains steady for our Book 1 members. The general work outlook remains promising, and we are cautiously optimistic that 2023 will be very busy.

Our annual golf outing was Aug. 27, with a record 110 participants. All enjoyed a day of fun, food and brother/sisterhood. A special thanks to Business Manager John Novak and his crew for hosting a fantastic event.

The annual Fun Ride brought together our many motorcycle enthusiasts. Brother Deven Peterman provided the much-appreciated organization for the event.

Our softball team had a successful run by winning the Flight G bracket in the 50th annual IBEW Midwest Tournament in Cleveland. Kudos to Brother Jared Ochs for putting our team together and to Local 38 for a classic venue!

Local 129 recognizes our 2021 apprenticeship class. These new journeymen have not only been proficient in their training — they also stand out as model wiremen and foremen.

The 2021 class members are Frank Ball, Ryan Everman, Rick Hamm, Joe Hembree (Outstanding Apprenticeship awardee), Bryan Osbourne, Josh Papuga, Bradley Ralston and Eric Spasos.

Thanks to our JATC, which works continuously to provide top candidates, nurtures the learning process and ensures the future of Local 129.

Paul Kress, P.S.


Local 129's softball team won the Flight G bracket in the 50th annual IBEW Midwest Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio.

Local 131 Welcomes New Contractors

L.U. 131 (i,rtb,rts,se&spa), KALAMAZOO, MI — The work outlook is steady in Kalamazoo. Pfizer's MAP project has 30 men working on it. Manpower is being supplied by Hi-Tech Electric, KEI Electrical Construction and Lakeland Electrical. Moore Electrical has multiple projects throughout the Pfizer complex. Gun Lake Casino is expanding to include a 15-story hotel and an aquadome, which is coming in 2023.

I want to welcome new contractors Gen 3 Electric and Pemberton Davis Electric. We also welcome Nitro Electric, Shaum Electric, Schwartz Electric and Gurtz Electric from Chicago into the local.

New retirees are Gary Lasecki (July), Randall Horneber (August), Steve Bowker and David Miller (September), and Kevin McGuire and Suzanne Bus (November). Thank you all for the many years of service — we are stronger because of you.

New Member Orientation for the first- and second-year apprenticeship classes will be held Feb. 4.

Several of our members went to the Douglass Community Center and updated several rooms with receptacles, switches and data ports. This effort was led by President Leroy Crabtree, Robert Edmonson and Beau Hendrick. Twenty apprentices and several journeymen showed up to help.

Morris A. Applebey, B.M./F.S.

Local 141 Sees Steady Work and Events

L.U. 141 (ees,I,o&u), WHEELING, WV — Greetings, brothers and sisters. Work in our jurisdiction has improved dramatically, with 25 members on Book 1. We've had to go into Book 2 as well to man the calls in our local. Many thanks to the travelers who help to fill these job assignments.

In August, Local 141 held its annual Family Picnic and Golf Scramble at Wheeling Park. Again, the 141 Social Committee did a fantastic job assuring that the members and their families had a great time. Congratulations to Adam Combs, Frank Gregorcic, Aaron White and J.T. White for winning the 2022 Golf Scramble!

October and November were busy months for Local 141 as we prepared for the November mid-term elections, as well as all of the holiday festivities planned by the Social Committee and enjoyed by members and their families.

Local 141 is saddened to report the passing of Brothers Fred Russell, Job Sorge and Kevin Van Camp. They will be deeply missed.

Please stay safe and healthy!

Kurt "Bug" Reed, P.S.


From left, Local 141's Golf Scramble winners Aaron White, Frank Gregorcic, Adam Combs and J.T. White.

Local 197 Works Hard to GOTV

L.U. 197 (es&i), BLOOMINGTON, IL — At the time of this writing, we are a week away from the November elections. Here in Illinois, we have been working hard, informing members and other voters to vote YES for the Workers' Rights Amendment. The amendment would set the national standard for supporting workers and protecting their rights to bargain. We will continue to work hard until the polls close to get a win on the amendment; we thank our members who have volunteered their time to help get the message out.

After the last couple of years of the pandemic, we haven't been able to have a Christmas party for our membership. At the time of this writing, we are happy to bring back the tradition on Dec. 9 with a party planned at the hall, where we look forward to having good food and drink and honoring our latest service pin recipients.

As we move into winter, our work picture looks steady. We wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday season!

Mike Raikes, B.M./F.S.


Local 197 members and family rally with Illinois Speaker of the House Chris Welch about the Workers' Rights Amendment: (left to right) Eric Riddle, Anna Peasley, Tom Peasley, Mike Raikes, Matt Strupp, Stevie Anthony, Speaker Chris Welch, Sara Strupp, Don Armstrong and Sara Hennigh.

A Happy New Year to All

L.U. 237 (i&r), NIAGARA FALLS, NY — Happy new year, brothers and sisters!

With the school year well underway, the apprentice classes and our members have been putting our new union hall and training facility to good use. The extra space allows for more hands-on lab work and the ability to host more union-related events. We're also proud to announce that we have a new part-time training director, Kurt Bingham.

Work in the area is steady and looks to remain so throughout the winter. We still have several large ongoing jobs, such as those at the New York Power Authority and Lockport Memorial Hospital. Amazon's proposed five-story, 3 million-square-foot fulfillment center was approved in the town of Niagara, but the project has yet to break ground.

We'd like to congratulate members Andy Janese and Jonathan Litten for taking first place in the Local 237 Disc Golf Tournament, held in September.

The holiday season and new year bring several more events to our members and their families. Our annual Kids' Christmas Party took place at the new hall Dec. 3. Gifts were purchased from area union-built stores and given out to members' children. This event has been going on for over 45 years. We were fortunate enough to have Santa and Mrs. Claus in attendance thanks to Brother Bill Anterline and his wife, Cheryl.

The Venison Dinner and Big Buck Contest will be held Jan. 16 at the American Legion on Ward Road in Sanborn, N.Y. Good luck to all of our hunters. Local 237's Dinner Dance will be Feb. 18 at Niagara Riverside Resort; be sure to keep an eye out for more information.

We wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. Stay warm and safe this winter!

Brandon Lum, P.S.


Santa and Mrs. Claus paid a visit to Local 237, giving gifts and cheer to members' families.

Thanks for Safety and Support

L.U. 245 (govt,lctt,o,rtb&u), TOLEDO, OH — Our local hopes everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was great seeing everyone at our holiday union meeting. In January, we will have our annual Toledo Walleye hockey family night in downtown Toledo. From all of us at Local 245, we want to thank you for working safely and to thank your families for all their support.

Brian Gendaszek, P.S.

The Union Steward

L.U. 343 (i,spa&st), LE SUEUR, MN — Welcome, 2023! A steward, by definition, is one who is actively concerned with the direction of the affairs of an organization. The steward on your jobsite is the representative for the union, the members and the shop. An effective steward must be flexible because he or she will be pulled all three directions, usually at once.

The Union Steward
Who is this guy of lowly pay, with haggard look and hair of gray?
He gets no rest by day or night.
He's always wrong. He's never right.
He does not have a law degree, but goes to bat for you and me.
Though seldom has he been to college, he must possess the widest knowledge, of labor grades and when to grieve, vacation pay and sickness leave, of overtime and who's to do it, the how and the which and the why and the when, and all the problems known to men.
If, with the foreman he agrees, then he's a rat who's got weak knees.
If to the men, he tries to cater, he's branded as an agitator.
The guy who has to take this slop, is called the STEWARD of your shop.

Interested in steward training? Call the hall at (507) 282-7081. Be the one to make a difference.

Tom Small, P.S.

Local 357 Volunteers at Street Teens Facility

L.U. 357 (c,i,mt&se), LAS VEGAS, NV — Our members continue to serve our community, this time for Street Teens, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting homeless, abandoned and at-risk youth. Our Local 357 members volunteered their time to install lights and GFCIs that were greatly needed at the facility. The materials needed to complete the work were donated by several of our union contractors. The project was supposed to take two days but was completed by our team in a single day. That's how Local 357 gets the job done! Because the work was finished ahead of schedule, there was minimal disruption to Street Teens' services.

Street Teens has provided services in a compassionate environment while empowering youths to take charge of their futures since 2001. This community service is run by an all-woman team.

A special thanks to all those who were involved in getting this important work done.

Julie-Ann Peeples, P.S.


Local 357 members volunteered their time to install needed electrical updates for the local Street Teens facility in Las Vegas.

Congratulations, Local 449 Graduates and Retirees

L.U. 449 (i,o,u,rtb,rts&spa), POCATELLO, ID — Our local turned out nine apprentices as inside journeymen wiremen this year. We would like to congratulate Denim Hanson, Jacob Hill, Timothy Judge, Jeremiah Manning, Dakota Peck, Pedro Rivas, Dalton Sears, Westyn Thompson and Danan Wood. We wish each of you a long and prosperous career.

Congratulations to our recently retired Brothers Rick Chase, Ned Jones, Leon Peterson, William Sheaffer and Neil Tillotson. You have earned it, and best wishes to all of you!

In memoriam: Brothers Benny Beck, Wiliam Blake, William Eason and Frank C. Hulse. They will be truly missed. Our heartfelt condolences go out to their family and friends.

Clay Hirning, B.M.

Thank You, Travelers

L.U. 453 (govt,i,rtb,rts&spa), SPRINGFIELD, MO — Our local is proud to welcome third- generation member Dale Jolley and to present Brian Jolley with his 25-year service pin and Dennis Jolley with his 60-year pin. We also greeted our new first-year class of 23 students, which makes a total of 60 in the program.

Work is good in the jurisdiction, with several projects ongoing. We are especially proud to be involved with the replacement hospital being built at the Fort Leonard Wood Army base. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our traveling brothers and sisters for helping us man this work in our jurisdiction. Your work is appreciated!

Our Brotherhood Committee put together a great Trunk or Treat for Halloween, and our Wireman's Benefit Fund is raising money for Brother Michael Gray, who is recovering from a broken leg. Stay safe, and try to make the regular meetings, which are on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Troy Schindler, P.S.


From left, third-generation IBEW member Dale Jolley with Brian Jolley (25 years of service) and Denis Jolley (60 years of service).

Local 481 Members Make Circle of Lights

L.U. 481 (ees,em,i,mt,rts,s&spa), INDIANAPOLIS, IN — This past October, our local's retirees once again came together to inspect and repair the stringers for the annual Circle of Lights celebration. Once all the stringers had been inspected and were confirmed to be working properly, our members got together Nov. 12 to install the lights on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis. This marked the 60th year that Local 481 started the holiday season by volunteering their time and talents to bring this treasured tradition to the Circle City. Our members have been a part of the Circle of Lights since its inception and look forward to bringing joy to families and friends for many years. The next time you're in the Indianapolis area around the holidays, make sure to swing by the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and enjoy the work of your fellow IBEW brothers and sisters.

We're hoping that everyone had a good holiday season and wish you all a great 2023. Let's make this year better than the last and continue to prove that IBEW is the best union around!

Blake A. Andrews, Bus. Rep./Treas.


Local 481 members inspect and repair the stringers for the annual Circle of Lights Celebration in Indianapolis.

Brother Thomas Flanery Receives Life Saving Award

L.U. 499 (u), DES MOINES, IA — Our local would like to congratulate Thomas Flanery on receiving the IBEW Life Saving Award. Tom was out early on the morning of March 30, 2022, in West Des Moines, Iowa. He was replacing a streetlight head when he heard a crackling noise. He lowered his bucket truck and noticed a house had smoke and fire coming from it. At this point he called 911 to report the fire and then went up to the door to try to alert anyone in the house. No one answered the door, so he ran around the house and knocked on the windows, at which the family awoke. The outcome was commendable as he was able to get the family out safely, including two adults, a 13-year-old child, two dogs and a cat. The West Des Moines fire marshal was impressed with the actions Tom took that morning to save the lives of the family in that home.

John Dunlap, B.M.


From left, Local 499 Business Manager John Dunlap, Life Saving award recipient Tom Flanery and Business Representative Jim Carroll.

RENEW Committee Holds Annual Bags Tournament

L.U. 601 (i&rtb), CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, IL — The RENEW Committee held its fourth annual Bags Tournament at the union hall Sept. 24. The event this year set a standard for all future Bags Tournaments: This was the first time the committee built brand-new bag sets to be used for all tournaments. Signatory Contractors and Electrical Supply Contractors were given the option to sponsor a set for a one-time fee, and the committee managed to get every set sponsored by the time the tournament came around.

Earlier in 2022, we lost a third-year apprentice and brother to an automobile accident. He was the son of another IBEW member, and the committee memorialized him at the tournament. Another third-year apprentice and friend made a bag set out of leftover lumber the two had been working on. The final match was played on this set, with his father throwing the first bag.

Though life may be tough at times, Local 601 encourages all members to reach out to someone when it becomes to be too much for any one person to handle. Let us all head into this new year having each other's backs when it's needed most.

Luther Baker, P.S.


Local 601's RENEW Committee built brand-new bag sets for use in their fourth annual Bags Tournament in September.

Local 611 Celebrates 30 Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 611 (catv,es,govt,i,lctt,o,spa,t&u), ALBUQUERQUE, NM — This year's Apprenticeship Banquet graduated 30 new journeymen and journeywomen. This year's graduating apprentices are Aaron Anaya, Eric Anderson, Matthew Baca, Bo Beebe, Bryce Burkholder, Gary Chandler, Anthony Cordova, Matthew Davis, Michael Duran, Raymond Galvan, Ernie Garcia, Gregorio Garcia, Adam Goetz, Sean Hands, Victor Ingrassia, Anthony Johnson Jr., Lucas Lionberger, Adan Martinez, Michael Montoya, Michael Moya, Joseph Reed, Bianca Rivera, Emilio Sanchez, Michael Sandoval, Austin Tibbetts, Patrick Torres, Jedediah Tratechaud, Christopher Trujillo, Ignacio Vargas and Fernando Vega-Martinez. Congratulations to all of the graduates.

This year's recipient of the C.S. Mitchell award was Jesse Logan, and the Apprentice of the Year was Lucas Lionberger. Congratulations to both apprentices, and good luck to Lucas at the regional competition.

Kenny Ortiz was named Mentor of the Year. Great job, Kenny, and keep up the good work.

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving, a very merry Christmas and a happy new year; and for those who do not celebrate Christmas, I hope you enjoyed a happy winter break.

On behalf of Local 611, I extend condolences to the friends and families of Eugene Carney, Shane Doyle, Mason L. Lacy and Duncan MacDonald.

Don't forget to attend your union or unit meetings.

Darrell J. Blair, P.S.


Congratulations to all of Local 611's graduating apprentices!

Celebrating a New 25-Year Class

L.U. 683 (i&ptc), COLUMBUS, OH — Our local celebrated the new class of members with 25 years of service at our annual dinner held at Hollywood Casino. This 64th annual dinner was well attended as always. Brothers Robert "Fuzzy" Farrington and Robert Lockwood were in attendance to receive their 65-year service pins. Congratulations to all of the members who received service pins and to those who received their retirement plaques.

At the time of this writing, we are coming up on an election that could have major consequences on the future infrastructure investment, voting rights and the pro-labor agenda in this country. I am hopeful that our friends have held on to power in D.C. and experienced gains across the states.

We continue to have calls coming in on a daily basis. Even with projects wrapping up, there is still a great need for journeymen wiremen and data techs, with more jobs beginning in our jurisdiction. We do not anticipate any slowing down in the near future — an increase is assured with large projects in the area breaking ground this year.

Mike Morey, Pres.


Local 683 members Robert Lockwood and Robert "Fuzzy" Farrington with their 65-year service pins.

Brother Shawn McDonnell Appointed SOC

L.U. 915 (i&mt), TAMPA, FL — With the long Florida summer behind us, our local managed to come out of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Ian largely unscathed. However, we are acutely aware of the danger that passed us by and stand ready to assist any of our brothers or sisters to our south who require it.

On Sept. 5, Local 915 held its annual Labor Day picnic in partnership with the West Florida Central Labor Council at the Suncoast Youth Conservation Center. It was attended by Local 915 members, our brothers and sisters from neighboring locals, and union members from other trades and industries, as well the labor-friendly candidates running in the general election. The highlight of the event was fishing off the pier at the center. It was built with more than 600 volunteer hours of labor, which were donated by members of various local unions. Kudos to the WFCLC for organizing a successful event.

It is with immense pride that I congratulate Brother Shawn McDonnell on his recent appointment as a state organizing coordinator in the Fifth District. He served Local 915 with honor and integrity, and I am sure that he will do amazing things for the rest of the Fifth District.

Brian Nathan, P.S.

Teddy Bear Delivery to Cincinnati Children's Hospital

L.U. 1347 (ees,em,ptc&u), CINCINNATI, OH — For the sixth year in a row, our local had the opportunity in December to donate over 100 teddy bears to the beloved and well-deserving children at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital. We hope these small gifts can really make a difference for those who are staying at the hospital during the holiday season. If our membership has the ability to spread a little cheer, we are going to do so! With that being said, we wish to also extend a "thank you" to all of those working hard in the medical field. We wish everyone good health and well-being in the new year.

Andrew Kirk, B.M.


From left, Patrick Kallaher, Ron Kippler, Jimmy Bell, Kyle McMahan, Andrew Kirk, Steve Harms, Ray Fowee, Robert Allen and Phil Schreiber delivering teddy bears and holiday spirit to Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Local 1547 Celebrates Graduates from VEEP

L.U. 1547 (c,em,i,lctt,o,ptc,t&u), ANCHORAGE, AK — Fourteen members of the armed forces recently graduated from the Tom Cashen Training Facility as part of the pre-apprentice Veterans Electrical Entry Program. Two graduates will remain in Alaska, while the others will pursue training in the Lower 48. The Local 1547 VEEP program began in February 2019, and thus far more than 53 transitioning military members have gone through the training. The graduates of this year's fifth cohort are Veronica "Ace" Acedevo, Sungho Cho, Adam Clark, Terrance Hall, Chase Kortum, Logan Minick, Jacob Paress, Jacob Parker, Kevin Shea, Jonathan Stephan and Jacob White.

Melinda Taylor, Comm. Dir.


The 2022 graduates of Local 1547's fifth cohort are (front row, from left) Jacob Paress, Chase Kortum and Veronica "Ace" Acedevo; (back row, from left) Logan Minick, Jonathan Stephan, Kevin Shea, Jacob White, Jacob Parker, Terrance Hall, Sungho Cho and Adam Clark.

Vogtle Project Nearing Completion

Local 1579 (i&o), AUGUSTA, GA — Over the past several years, our local has played a major role in the completion of Unit 3 and the soon-to-be completed Unit 4 of the Vogtle nuclear power plant.

First, I would like to congratulate our members on a job well done. Although this project was the first nuclear powerhouse to be constructed in more than 30 years and we basically had to train an entire nuclear workforce, my members stepped up to the challenge.

In October, fuel was loaded in Unit 3. The fuel-load process is important for the startup, and this process will continue to provide jobs for our members as sometimes the best people to assist startup are those who built it.

In closing, I would like to thank the membership for the great craftsmanship that I see when I visit the various jobs. I would also like to thank our traveling brothers and sisters for helping when we were in need of manpower on our jobs. To all the travelers who moved on to make room for our local brothers and sisters after a recent layoff at Plant Vogtle: That sacrifice is what brotherhood looks like, and I truly appreciate what you did for us.

Until next time, God bless!

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