May 2024
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Power at Work
'Solidarity Is a Verb'
Pittsburgh Local Stands With Striking Newspaper Workers read_more

EV Jobs Surge in N.C.
Massive Toyota Expansion Spurs Organizing Push read_more

L.A. Local Invests
in Women

'The Proof Is in
the Numbers' read_more

Making Organizing Easier
New Plan for Linemen read_more

North of 49°
In New Brunswick, Sense of Trust Powers an 8-Decade Relationship read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Un partenariat de huit décennies fondé sur la confiance read_more

My IBEW Story John Clyne read_more






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964 Miles to Nome
An Alaska Wireman's Union-Powered Journey to the Finish Line

When Wally Robinson saw a dog sled team in full flight for the first time, he was 14.

No moment except his marriage and the birth of his children charted the direction of his life more than standing next to his father, Walter, on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, mouth open and eyes opened.

Walter, an inside wireman at Marquette, Mich., Local 906, brought Robinson to the race because he'd helped light it. A tragedy the year before left a racer dead after he strayed far off course on a frozen lake. The contractor where Walter worked stepped up to pay some journeymen to make the trail more visible.

Robinson was just tagging along with his father, who wanted to see what he had built in use. It was also a good excuse for some ice fishing. Make a day of it.

Robinson made a life of it.

The connection between the people on the sleds and the graceful, strong, determined animals was like nothing he had ever seen before.

He read everything he could about mushing, and soon he was tying up the family coonhounds to some cheap plastic sleds. He ground through the bottoms of three sleds that winter.

That's when the Upper Peninsula started feeling too far south.

"As soon as I could, I knew I was going to Alaska," Robinson said.

As soon as he could was after high school in 1999.

A quarter-century from that day, the Anchorage, Alaska, Local 1547 inside wireman ran his second Iditarod, the longest dog sled race in the world.

With nearly 1,000 miles of snow, mountains, ice and tundra, the Iditarod is the only dog sled race most people outside Alaska have heard of. read_more

  Local Lines

From the Officers Cooper:
Bringing Jobs Back Home read_more
Partnerships That Work read_more

TransitionsDonald J. Sabin read_more

Power at WorkAfter IBEW Day of Action, California Establishes Utility Workers Appreciation Day;
New England Broadcast Local Enforces Wage Law for R.I. Members read_more

CircuitsLos Angeles Local 18 Program Expands Career Opportunities in Civil Service;
Labor-Management Group Honors 2 Locals for Saving Utility Jobs;
California Local Partners With Utility on 'Boot Camp' for Aspiring Apprentices read_more

In MemoriamMarch 2024 read_more

Who We ArePro-Worker State of
the Union a Thrill for
IBEW Guests read_more


Change of Address