With IBEW facing a wave of retirements in its leadership ranks over the next few years, new leaders and activists are needed to carry the union forward in a challenging political and economic climate.

Are you interested in stepping up and building a stronger future for the IBEW?

If you are, you belong at the second annual RENEW (Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers) conference taking place in Chicago March 23-25.

Planned by a committee of young IBEW members from each of the union’s districts, the RENEW conference will feature:

  • Leadership skills training

  • Workshops led by other young workers, including one on how to start a RENEW chapter in your local union

  • Training for organizing and political/legislative activities

  • A volunteer workday in the surrounding community

  • A panel of experienced leaders offering tips from their own experience on how to build effective union careers

  • An opportunity to address International President Edwin D. Hill and Secretary-Treasurer Sam Chilia and other leaders with your questions and ideas

Members of first IBEW youth delegation meet at the 38th International Convention in Vancouver.

“The RENEW Conference is a fun and rewarding opportunity for young members to share their experiences with peers from across the union’s broad branches and terrain,” says International Representative Tarn Goelling, IBEW Civic and Community Engagement Department.

“Whether your are new to the union or have already invested time and effort in your local union’s activities, you won’t leave this conference without learning from and being inspired by other young people who making their mark on the IBEW and the labor movement,” says Goelling.

Dave Comerford, a Boston Local 103 journeyman inside wireman attended the first conference in 2013.

 “Coming from a local of 5,500 members, the RENEW conference gave me a chance to meet people from much smaller locals, gain new perspectives and learn about organizing techniques that work,” says Comerford.

To reserve a room, attendees should call the Hilton Chicago at 1-312-922-4400. For more info, see the “Local Connections” link at www.ibew.org.