February 2024
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Also In This Issue Biden Order Requires PLAs for Federal Projects
200,000 Workers Benefit read_more

S.F. Local's 'Iconic' Work
80 Years on Cable Cars read_more

Carbon Capture Facility Is Blueprint for Future
IBEW-Built Under PLA read_more

North of 49°
IBEW Represented on New Federal Panel Putting Workers First read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
La FIOE est représentée au sein d'un nouveau comité fédéral read_more

My IBEW Story Karen Remondi read_more

Grounded in History A Seat at the Table read_more

Auditor's Report read_more



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IBEW Helps Make High-Speed Rail a Winner for Workers, Passengers

Japan's bullet train turns 60 this year, Eurostar turns 30. For the past 15 years, China has been pouring billions into building the world's largest high-speed rail network.

Finally, with U.S. infrastructure dollars spurring private investments that will employ IBEW members for decades to come, America is starting to catch up.

After 20 years of planning, Brightline West is about to jump off the drawing board and onto an interstate median strip between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

A project of the country's only investor-owned passenger rail company, it is a sibling to the intercity line that Brightline opened between Miami and Orlando in September 2023.

Skeptics say revolutionizing travel in the vast American West is more of a gamble, but the company believes it has a strong hand: swift, easy, environmentally friendly travel between two of the nation's most popular tourism and commerce destinations. And all of that on a rail line built to the highest standards of the IBEW and its larger building trades family, creating more than 10,000 union jobs in the process.

A trip that takes at least four hours by car — assuming the best weather and road conditions — will be cut to two hours on a train speeding through the desert at up to 200 mph. And with a projected 25 departures a day, the train will be more convenient than waiting at the airport for an hour-plus flight between the cities. read_more

  Local Lines

Officers ColumnCooper and Noble:
Progress & Leadership:
50 Years of the EWMC read_more

TransitionsGil Bateman read_more

CircuitsWith First Contract Secure, PGA Freelancers See Good Days Ahead read_more

In MemoriamDecember 2023 read_more

Who We AreIBEW Sisters Join Fellow Tradeswomen in D.C. for Celebration, Solidarity read_more