January 2023
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Also In This Issue 2022 Midterms Bring
Victories for Workers

Full Coverage of Votes
From Coast to Coast read_more

IBEW Campaign Helps
Save Calif. Nuke

Diablo Canyon Rescued
From Closure read_more

North of 49°
IBEW Members
Restore Power After Hurricane Fiona read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Les membres de la FIOE rétablissent le courant après l'ouragan Fiona read_more

My IBEW Story Fernando Rodriguez read_more

Grounded in HistoryWhat's in a Membership?
It's Complicated. read_more





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Thank You, Lonnie!
International President
Lonnie R. Stephenson Retires
After 7 Years of IBEW Growth

Lonnie R. Stephenson retired Jan. 4 after seven years as international president, capping an extraordinary nearly five-decade career that took him from Rock Island, Ill., to the heights of American power.

The International Executive Council unanimously selected Secretary-Treasurer Kenneth W. Cooper to replace him. Sixth District International Vice President Paul Noble was appointed secretary-treasurer.

The question at the beginning of Stephenson's connection with the IBEW in the mid-1970s wasn't how high he would rise but whether he would even be let in the door.

Stephenson almost went to college to become an electrical engineer. A chance conversation with an IBEW electrician performing a service call at the grocery store where Stephenson worked changed his path.

That electrician told him he should apply for the apprenticeship program at Rock Island, Ill., Local 145, even though his chances of being selected were small because he had no friends or relatives who were members.

Yet he was part of a 12-man apprenticeship class in 1975 and was initiated one year later.

Nearly five decades later, he steps down with the IBEW a stronger, bigger and more secure union than when he was appointed president in 2015, having guided it through a period of unprecedented chaos and uncertainty. read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Stephenson:
A Lifetime of Gratitude read_more
Thank You, Brother read_more

TransitionsJeff Miller;
Mark Cerulla;
Adrian Sauceda;
Miller Ross Hudson;
James G. Stuart read_more

PoliticsBiden: IBEW Exceeded Challenge to Register Credentialed EV Charger Installers read_more

CircuitsIn Annual Showcase of Skills, IBEW Electricians Again Bring Home 'Ideal' Awards read_more

In MemoriamNovember 2022 read_more

Who We Are'Honored and Thrilled':
IBEW Sisters Shine in Presidential Spotlight read_more


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