September 2023
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Also In This Issue Sisters in Manufacturing
IBEW Members Thrive,
Hope More Women
Follow read_more

Indigenous Apprentices
British Columbia Local's
Outreach Pays Off read_more

Total Win in Ledcor Case
Local Vindicated by Labor
Board After Daring Move read_more

North of 49°
Members With Hydro Ottawa Strike for Safer Working Conditions read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Les membres à Hydro Ottawa font la grève pour
un milieu de travail plus sécuritaire read_more

My IBEW Story Daniel Lassotta read_more

Grounded in History Fighting Right-To-Work:
Part 1 read_more






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IBEW Is at the Center of a
New Manufacturing BOOM

America's factory floors are busier than they've been in generations. Massive new plants are under construction. And more are on the way as manufacturers pour more than $500 billion into U.S. microchip production and clean energy technology.

It is nothing short of a modern industrial revolution.

"After decades of corporate offshoring and devastating job losses, we're talking about half a trillion dollars — so far — in new investments in American industry," said International President Kenneth W. Cooper.

"For workers and the IBEW, there is nothing but opportunity right now."

Nearly 20 million workers were employed in manufacturing when the sector last peaked in 1979. The IBEW's Manufacturing Branch boasted nearly 400,000 members. Those numbers fell to a low of 30,000 over the next 40 years.

The national slide continued until the pandemic, when factory jobs ticked up slightly to produce vaccines and supplies needed to fight COVID-19.

Then President Joe Biden hit the accelerator, declaring that "Made in America" is back for good.

"One of the many reasons the IBEW backed Joe Biden so early in his campaign was his promise to make the U.S. a world leader in manufacturing once again," Cooper said. "And he's doing exactly that."

Biden's historic job-creating legislation and multipronged agenda for a robust American supply chain have added 800,000 new jobs to domestic production lines over the past 2½ years. And the demand for workers keeps rising.

"We're in the middle of a revolution that will make the U.S. a global manufacturing center once again," Cooper said. "But this revolution didn't just happen. The IBEW was on the front lines of making it possible." read_more

  Local Lines and Retirees

Officers Column Cooper:
IBEW Built, IBEW Made read_more
Celebrate, Then Organize read_more

TransitionsRay Kasmark;
Jeffery L. Carter;
Bruce McNamara read_more

PoliticsLocal 3 Members Stand Up to Greed, Earn Fair Contract With Wesco;
IBEW Member Introduces Mass. Bill for Benefits for Striking Workers read_more

Local 1 Members Reflect on Pride, Challenges in Building Soccer Stadium;
IBEW Sisters Parade With WWII 'Rosies' at Oregon Festival read_more

In MemoriamJuly 2023 read_more

Who We AreWith Persistence and Love, St. Louis Members Step Up for Senior Dogs and Cats read_more


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