March 2024
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Also In This Issue IBEW Supports New Term for NRC Chair
Nuclear Jobs a Priority read_more

Historic First Contract
Oregon Legislative Staff
Are Union Trailblazers read_more

'Water From a Fire Hose'
Local Grows With
EV Plant read_more

Md. Data Center Drive
Local 24 Flexes Power read_more

North of 49°
Ontario IBEW Uses Provincial Funding to Improve Training, Recruitment read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Le financement de l'Ontario aide la FIOE à donner des formations read_more

My IBEW Story Jonathan "J.J." Darrow read_more

Grounded in History From the 1st Transmission Line to the 500,000th Charging Station read_more

IEC Minutes
August 2023 read_more





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A More Perfect Union
Reflections on 50 Years
of the Electrical Workers
Minority Caucus

For 50 years, the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus has been, in the words of President Emeritus Robbie Sparks, the conscience of the IBEW.

Since its inception, the EWMC has been organizing and pushing for a more inclusive union, one that, in accordance with the IBEW Constitution, seeks to represent all workers in the electrical industry.

It was formed from a direct action that threatened an informational picket outside the 30th International Convention in 1974. International Treasurer Harry Van Arsdale Jr. spoke with the concerned members, leading to International President Charles Pillard meeting with a representative group of them, avoiding the picket and sparking the beginning of the EWMC.

"When I look at the history and the work of the EWMC, I see a group of members living the principles of this union," International President Kenneth W. Cooper said.

A major focus of the EWMC is training members to be informed leaders and activists, whether through its annual leadership conference or its signature Breakthrough Leadership Training Institute.

"The EWMC showcases the many talented members across the country that may not otherwise ever be seen or heard or hold local offices, but have been the backbone of determination and leadership for decades within our union," said Rennie Blye, an international representative in the Civic and Community Engagement Department. "The EWMC has always served as a pioneer and a safe space of belonging while helping labor recognize the value of all labor." read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Cooper:
It's Our Time read_more
Leading the EV Charge read_more

PoliticsIBEW Training Is Key
as Federal EV Charger
Push Intensifies;
More Than a Feeling: 2023 Data Affirms Thriving U.S. Economy, Union Growth read_more

CircuitsDetroit Local Powers
First EV Charging Road in North America;
Smoke Detector Blitz: Local 98 Partners With Firefighters
to Save Lives read_more

In MemoriamJanuary 2024 read_more

Who We AreNew York Apprentices
Pen 'Wire Women'
Children's Book read_more


Change of Address