October 2023
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Also In This Issue A Nuclear Power Milestone
IBEW-Built Vogtle
Goes Live read_more

Democracy Wins in Ohio
Unions Help
Crush Issue 1 read_more

Photo: Ticket to the
Middle Class read_more

North of 49°
NextGen, Women's Committees See Progress, Plenty of Work Ahead read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Le comité NextGen et celui des femmes constatent le progrès, mais il reste du pain sur la planche read_more

2023 Election Alert read_more

NEAP Benefit Notice read_more

NEAP Summary
Annual Report


Fee Payers Plan for 2024 read_more

My IBEW Story Michael Rakes read_more

Grounded in HistoryFighting Right-to-Work:
76 Years of Taft-Hartley's Aftermath read_more




Change of Address


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People who have embraced the IBEW Code of Excellence light up when they talk about it.

How it builds trust and respect between employers and locals. The confidence it gives workers to speak up about jobsite hazards and other concerns. A heightened sense of belonging and the morale it inspires. The core values that make believers out of skeptical bosses.

Time and again, the Code has led to bigger paychecks, better benefits and more work for IBEW members.

Every gain begins with a spark. Or, as the IBEW dictionary spells it, SPARQ: Safety, Professionalism, Accountability, Relationships, Quality.

Those are the cornerstones of the Code of Excellence, a declaration first made nearly 20 years ago codifying the work ethic and civility that have been the essence of the IBEW for generations.

In partnership with willing employers across the IBEW's industries, it is a promise — a promise of integrity and cooperation that applies to everyone from the most junior employees to the C-suite.

Unique to the IBEW, it has cemented the Brotherhood's reputation as a union in a class by itself.

"When we give 100% on the job, what we get back is immeasurable," International President Kenneth W. Cooper said. "Employers that have seen the Code in action are more open with us, more flexible with the workforce, more willing to give at the bargaining table and more likely to hire the IBEW in the future. And that means more jobs and more financial security for our members and their families.

"With the Code of Excellence, everybody wins."

'Our Best Selling Point'

At Ingeteam's wind turbine plant in Milwaukee, Local 2150 members ratified a dream five-year contract last summer with big raises up front and annual cost-of-living adjustments.

"We got COLA, we got a $3 raise for every person on that floor and about 10 other great items, and we didn't take one concession," Assistant Business Manager Mike Bruening said. "And the reason is the Code of Excellence." read_more

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Officers Column Cooper:
Meeting the Moment read_more
Excellence on Display read_more

TransitionsMark H. Cunningham;
Brian Murdoch;
Lawrence J. McCarty read_more

PoliticsWorkers Win, Low‑Road Contractors Lose Under New Prevailing Wage Rules;
Treasury Secretary: IBEW Is 'Building Our New Economic Future' read_more

Organizing Wire'Choose Without Fear': How a Virginia Local Brought In New Maintenance Workers read_more

CircuitsMaryland Girls Get a Taste of the Trades at High School Construction Camp read_more

In MemoriamAugust 2023 read_more

Who We Are'I'm Not Leaving': IBEW Members Step Up in Aftermath of
Hawaii Wildfires read_more