Vets Reporting for Civilian Duty in Los Angeles

Transitioning from military to civilian life is a well-documented struggle, and returning soldiers often feel like they’ve slipped through society’s cracks.

Just How Good is it to Be a Union Member?

If you’re a union member there is a lot to be thankful for this Labor Day.

New Election Rules Boon to Organizing

The National Labor Relations Board’s new rules governing union representation elections spring have shortened the time between a petition for an election and a binding vote by nearly 40 percent, according to NLRB statistics released in August.

IBEW Input Helps Shape Obama’s Pollution Plan

Huddled in near-freezing temperatures on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in January 2013, observers might have been forgiven for neglecting to think about global warming. But when President Barack Obama stepped to the podium to take the oath of office and lay out his second-term agenda, he made clear that his priorities were squarely focused on the looming threat of climate change.

RENEW: Busting Union Stereotypes in the South

For Caleb Long, hard work, public service, and the importance of education were values instilled early on in life. Long’s father, Eddie Long, is a 41-year veteran of Chattanooga’s Local 175, and growing up in a union household meant security and a chance to chase not only a college education, but a master’s degree as well


New Labor Ruling Changes the Game for Millions

The days of companies hiding behind subcontractors and taking an intentional arms-length approach to employment matters appear to be numbered, following an Aug. 27 ruling by the National Labor Relations Board.

Work Safe, Please. But Just in Case…

The IBEW prides itself on having the best trained workers in the business, and no skill claims a higher priority than safety.

Get ‘Outdoors’ this Labor Day from the Comfort of your very own Couch

If hunting and fishing top your list of leisure activities, the Sportsman Channel has a Labor Day lineup for you.

Unions Locked in Close Fight over Missouri Right-to-Work

Labor supporters in Missouri are spending less time relaxing this summer and devoting more of their time to knocking on doors, writing letters to legislators and filling town-hall meetings across the state.

Saving Your Bottom from a Hot Seat, Saving Energy

Every summer, drivers are confronted with a dire choice. They can jump straight into the car, blast the A/C and hope nothing important gets too burnt before the temperature drops below the melting point of tin. Alternatively, they can open all the doors and risk sun poisoning standing around waiting for a breeze to make the car tolerable.

Calif. Local Battles Statewide Wildfires

With no end in sight to California droughts, multiple wildfires continue to rage. Among the 14,000 firefighters grappling with multiple fires across the state, are Vacaville, Calif. Local 1245 members.

Time for a Change? Building Trades Weigh in on the Canadian Elections

It’s the closest three-way race since the 1980s and the longest election in over a century. If the building trades have their way, it will also be Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his conservative party’s bon voyage. 

La. Prison Program Offers Skills, Redemption

Larry Thomas, a solid high school linebacker, shared the dream of millions: an NFL career and a big paycheck.

Department of Energy, Unions Form Partnership to Maximize Jobs from New Emissions Rules

The U.S. Department of Energy on Aug. 6 announced the formation of a working group in partnership with labor designed to maximize job creation from President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

Feds Require CEOs to Report Wage Gaps

CEOs raking in massive pay packages will soon have to disclose just how much more they make than their employees.

IBEW Leader Recounts Encounter with Payroll Fraud

Hundreds of thousands of full-time workers are misclassified as independent contractors, depriving them of labor protections, overtime pay, Social Security and unemployment insurance, among other lost benefits.

IBEW’s Activist Retirees Come to Washington

IBEW members know how to mobilize, and that doesn’t stop when they retire. They are a formidable force who know the issues that affect working families. They also vote, in large numbers. That’s why they were in Washington, D.C., July 7-10 to attend a national conference of the Alliance for Retired Americans.

IBEW Voices Concern Over Obama’s Pollution Plan

IBEW leaders pledged to carefully review President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which sets a goal of dramatically reducing carbon emissions from America’s power plants.


It’s Time for the IBEW Photo Contest

What makes a good photo? Is it the lighting or the contrast? Is it the colors or the subject?

Retired? Have Health Care? Thank the Federal Government

July 30 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare and IBEW is joining the AFL-CIO and supporters across the country to celebrate. A National Day of Action will include rallies, birthday parties, teach-ins and more in support of the federal program that guarantees health care for every American over 65. The Alliance for Retired Americans is planning more than 120 events over the next two weeks in 35 states.

Northeast Verizon Workers Authorize a Strike

Nearly 11,000 IBEW members working for Verizon in the Northeast voted to authorize a strike if negotiations fail to produce a new contract by the current deal’s expiration Aug. 1. The parties remain far apart, with Verizon publicly demanding reductions in health and retirement benefits and a reduction in job protections that pave the way for greater outsourcing of jobs.

OSHA Issues Confined Spaces Rule

A new Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule on confined spaces in construction will affect anyone who works in spaces such as manholes, pipelines and tanks, just to name a few. It also adds new requirements to the safety training employers are required to provide their employees.

Donations Boost Lineman Safety in South American Country

With tree trunks sometimes serving as utility poles, the small South American country of Suriname is largely in need of critical energy infrastructure upgrades. Fortunately, rigorous efforts by electricians in the nation of 540,000 are continuing to get a boost from the IBEW.

Union Members Restore N.Y. Presidential Birthplace Cabin

A little known tourist attraction in New York’s Finger Lakes region is the birthplace of the 13th U.S. president, Millard Fillmore. Born on Jan. 7, 1800, in Moravia, the replica house sits in the namesake park Fillmore Glen four miles from the family log cabin that is no longer standing. But the imitation house was falling into disrepair, until the members of the Union Sportsmen Alliance went to work last spring.

Canadian Senate Approves Anti-Worker Bill

Conservative senators approved anti-union bill C-377, late last month, forcing labor unions to publicly disclose all their financial transactions to the federal government — everything from office supply purchases to salaries — creating onerous reporting requirements for union leaders and staff.

Ind. 911 Dispatchers Unite for Fair Contract

When an emergency happens, quick thinking by 911 dispatchers can mean the difference between life and death.

Canadian Government, Industry Join IBEW to Promote Women in Trades

Go to any IBEW conference, rally or gathering of activists, and you’ll frequently see a popular slogan on T-shirts and bumper stickers: “A woman’s place is in her union.”

IBEW to OSHA: Investigate Potential Radiation Dangers

Telecom employees who climb cell towers for a living already take enough risks. In the past decade, more than 90 workers have lost their lives from deadly falls, sometimes from over 1,000 feet.

First Agreement Sets Pace at Rail Contractor

New bargaining units in the IBEW’s railroad branch are rare. U.S. freight and passenger carriers are already union dense. While some smaller commuter carriers have been organized, big opportunities can be opened up at some of the companies that manufacture and service rail equipment.

RENEW Reaching New Heights in Rockies

Denver Local 111 member Nate Gutierrez was an 18-year old looking to change his life and advance his prospects when he started an apprenticeship with the IBEW. As a journeyman lineman he was working 40 hours a week, but he wanted to do more

Canada’s Members in Public Office

In the June issue of The Electrical Worker, we featured members who serve in public office in the U.S. They are not alone. Across Canada, dozens of IBEW members serve their communities and provinces in elected and appointed offices. Here are some of their stories.

Supreme Court: EPA Overreached on Power Plant Rule

The Supreme Court on June 29 struck down a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule that would have potentially shuttered more coal fired power plants, undermining the viability of the electrical grid while playing havoc with thousands of good-paying jobs.

Members Enrich Canadian Leadership Tour

Good public policy and consensus should be the products of study and collaboration by a nation’s leaders. All too often, however, the leaders doing the studying and collaborating are detached from the day-to-day lives of people affected by their decisions.

W.Va. Republicans Ax State’s Prevailing Wage Law

Anti-worker West Virginia lawmakers effectively scrapped the state’s prevailing wage law on July 1, following a tense legislative session which saw working family supporters standing up to a recently emboldened GOP that won control of both houses in the state Capitol last November.


Union Plus Scholarships Awarded to IBEW Family Members

Each year, Union Plus helps the children of union members in the pursuit of higher education. Out of over 5,000 applications 106 were chosen this year, including 11 representatives of the IBEW.

In Ohio, the IBEW Spirit of Giving

IBEW members’ good works are expressed through volunteer efforts by hundreds of brothers and sisters in communities throughout the United States and Canada each year.

NLRB Wins Aid Montana Plant Bargaining

Two years ago, maintenance workers at REC Silicon in Butte, Mont., voted 30 to 22 to be represented by Helena Local 233. It was the IBEW’s first organizing campaign following three failed attempts by other unions at the company that produces silane gas and polysilicon used in the production of computer chips.

As Senate Set to Pass Fast Track, Activists Keep Up Momentum Against TPP

In a move that dismayed the growing chorus of labor leaders, environmentalists, clergy and other activists who had sounded the alarm on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Senate voted 60-37 on June 23 to help clear the way for fast-track approval for the trade deal.

Hard Bargaining in Southwest’s Copper Mines

Hardball. That’s the best way to describe generations of collective bargaining between unions and the U.S. copper mining industry.

‘This Fight is Not Over’
Fast Track Moves to Senate for Likely Tuesday Vote

Following a House vote two weeks ago that momentarily derailed fast track authority for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new vote on June 18 sends the trade deal back to the Senate, which is expected to vote Tuesday.

‘We Told Them the Truth’
N.J. Comcast Techs Beat Back Decertification Vote

Trying to organize shops at Comcast is, for many union activists, the ultimate David vs. Goliath situation.

Industry Night Blitz Winning in South

For more than 34 years, Billy Roach had worked as an electrician on heavy industrial and commercial construction projects for nonunion contractors around his hometown of Baton Rouge, La.

Worker Misclassification: Unfair, Expensive and All too Common

Misclassification of workers costs taxpayers billions of dollars, harms companies that follow the law and is much more widespread than previously thought, a new report from the Economic Policy Institute says.

Showdown in the Show Me State

The battle lines are clearly drawn on right-to-work legislation in Missouri. On June 4, Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill from the Republican-led legislature that would have made Missouri the 26th right-to-work state.

House Defeats Obama on Trade Authority

Months of rallies, lobbying, letters and phone calls by members of organized labor and dozens of coalition partners paid off on June 12 as the House rejected a fast track trade package for the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership sent over from the Senate.

IBEW Shows the World the New World Trade Center

It takes a certain sort of courage to return to a site of trauma. The attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, are etched onto the nation’s memory, but for those who lost someone that day, the pain can be even more acute. So on May 18, when members of New York Local 1212 stepped into the One World Trade Center, their four lost brothers who were working on 9/11 were with them.

FairPoint to Lay Off Hundreds in New England

Nearly 2,000 FairPoint workers throughout New England went on strike for five months last October after the company sought millions in concessions, canceled health benefits for strikers, slashed pensions and sought to outsource jobs to low-paid, out of state contractors.

History Committee Recognizes Minn. Local’s Roots

Steve Yurista spends a lot of his time training and participating in long-distance canoe races. It’s all about stamina, preserving his energy for the long haul, he says.


Lonnie R. Stephenson is New IBEW President

As he takes the helm of one of North America’s leading unions, Lonnie R. Stephenson, IBEW’s new international president, credits President Emeritus Edwin D. Hill for setting a “clear path” to follow in growing the union’s numbers and influence.

IBEW Volunteers Fight Hunger in Pierce County

Members of Tacoma, Wash., Local 483 donated a record 4,015 jars of peanut butter to the Emergency Food Network in Pierce County on May 13.

International President Edwin D. Hill Retires

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers announces the retirement of International President Edwin D. Hill, effective June 1.

IBEW President Edwin D. Hill Retires
Sixth District Vice President Lonnie Stephenson Named New President


Ohio Gov. Kasich Cuts Rights for Home Care Workers

Gov. John Kasich has stripped child care and adult home care workers of collective bargaining rights they have enjoyed as a result of an executive order issued by his predecessor, Democratic Gov.Ted Strickland, seven years ago.

Rebuking Ill. Gov., Pro-Worker Lawmakers Go on Right-To-Work Offensive

As a self-described member of “the 1 percent of the 1 percent,” Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner doesn’t exactly have his finger on the pulse of working people, his critics say.

IBEW Members Commemorate Okla. Bombing

At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed, Local 1141 journeyman Mikey Smith was at work a few blocks away when he heard the explosion.

Transportation Unions: Fund Amtrak for the Long Haul

Among the list of national priorities supported by red and blue voters is funding America’s passenger railroad, Amtrak. Almost 31 million passengers took an Amtrak train last year. That’s up 4 percent over the previous year.

Right-to-Work in Delaware? No Thanks, Lawmakers Say

A GOP-led move to create so-called right-to-work zones in Delaware has been scuttled by the state Senate’s Democratic majority.

White House Calls for Greener Grid

The Obama administration released a report April 21 that calls for billions in funding to move the nation’s aging energy infrastructure into the 21st century.

Senate Energy Bill Recognizes Union Apprenticeship Programs

General Motors Goes Greener with Help from Ohio IBEW

New car buyers are more concerned than ever with gas mileage and emissions. But if you want to go truly green, it helps not just to look at the car’s carbon footprint, but also the factory where it’s built.

Coalition Says: Improve Our Infrastructure

Man-made disasters can be far more devastating than those over which we have no control if we ignore warnings or apply the wrong solutions.

Long Beach Unanimously Passes City-wide PLA

The Long Beach, Calif., City Council unanimously approved a project labor agreement that guarantees prevailing wages on all projects over $500,000 for the next five years. Three weeks after the city-wide agreement on April 7, the independent Long Beach Harbor Department also ratified a $700 million dollar PLA.

Organizing Win at Windsor Hospital Reaps Gains

An IBEW office and clerical bargaining unit at Windsor Regional Hospital in Ontario was put to the test in October 2013 when the hospital initiated a merger with Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital.

Fast Track/TPP Battle Goes into Congressman’s Neighborhood

The legislative battle over whether to grant the Obama administration “fast track” authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership is spilling out to the neighborhoods where members of Congress expect to escape controversy.

L.A. Member Launches Co-Op Solar Company

Somerset Waters, a journeyman wireman member of L.A. Local 11, believes one of the keys to success for a company, or any enterprise for that matter, is placing trust in one’s co-workers

Sixth District Activist
RENEWing a Family Tradition

No one had to persuade Adam Hentschel to join the IBEW. He’s a fourth generation union member.


Record-Breaking IBEW Angler Appears on ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’

Greg Myerson is a giant in the sport fishing world, breaking the record for the largest striped bass and beating his own record three times since. The record he set in 2011 still stands at 54 inches long and 81.8 pounds.

With Wis. Prevailing Wage Under Attack, New Report Cites Law’s Benefits

Anyone watching the political landscape in Wisconsin knows how easy it is to see the ill effects of Gov. Scott Walker’s policies toward working families.

Cities Take on Fight against Trans-Pacific Partnership

“All politics is local.” It’s one of those truisms that can be engraved on a bumper sticker, or tossed out in the middle of a debate over how power is won.

American Water Donates Thousands for Union Conservation Efforts

At a time when much of the U.S. is experiencing record levels of drought, good environmental stewardship is needed.

Kan. Asplundh Campaign Takes Inside Track

They work side-by-side with IBEW members, but they don’t belong to the union. Delegates to the Membership Development Conference pledged last September to reach out to approximately 27,000 of these nonmembers in right-to-work states and convince them of the benefits of standing under the union’s umbrella.

After Obama Veto, New Union Election Rules Take Effect

New rules governing how workers petition and vote for union representation took effect April 14.

This Saturday: National Rallies Against Fast Track

Working families and their allies will be hitting the streets and hoisting signs on April 18 in cities nationwide to send a message to Congress: Just say no to fast track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

IBEW President Hill on TPP: ‘No More NAFTAs’


Minn. Local Helps Revive Community Center

Not many cities in America have seen more ups and downs than Duluth, Minn. Located on the shore of Lake Superior, the city was once the largest port in the U.S, shipping tons of iron ore to the nation’s steel mills and lumber to fuel construction booms.

Alaska Member Wins World’s Longest Snowmobile Race

Anchorage, Alaska, Local 1547 member Scott Faeo and his teammate Eric Quam won the 2015 running of the longest snowmobile race in the world, the Iron Dog, Feb. 28.

Chicago Local Builds Renewable Training ‘Field of Dreams’

If you build it, they will come.

Training Program Helps TVA Coal Workers

In response to declining natural gas prices and new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, the Tennessee Valley Authority – the federal utility created by Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930s – has been weaning itself off coal-generated power, retiring 11 coal-fired units and idling seven more in the last few years.

Corporate Lobbyists Campaign Against Workers’ Comp

For millions of injured workers, workers' compensation insurance means a broken bone or sprained muscle doesn’t result in bankruptcy.

Big Hearts in Kansas

After a fall from a horse left him without use of his limbs, the late actor Christopher Reeve, said, “Some people are walking around with full use of their bodies and they’re more paralyzed than I am.” .

Obama Vetoes Anti-Worker Bill, New Rules Take Effect April 14

President Obama on March 31 vetoed a proposed bill that would have scrapped new rules designed to streamline union election procedures.

Ore. Local Honors Minority Legacy

Stories. They pour out when you retire from a job after 26 years.


IBEW to Lawmakers: Hit the Brakes on ‘Fast Track’

Imagine a future where companies looking to make a profit off of overseas sweatshops can sue countries trying to eliminate child labor. The corporations can also sue governments that enact any kind of labor law that puts people before profits. And health care costs in impoverished nations rise as big pharmaceutical companies fight to keep cheaper, life-saving drugs off the market... 

Building Common Ground Between Utilities and Workers

The eighth annual gathering of IBEW leadership and investor-owned utility executives drew nearly 200 attendees from across the country to Washington, D.C. March 17.

Winners and Losers in the Republican Budget
Hint: You’re Not a Winner

The budget plan released by the House Budget Committee March 17 makes infrastructure investment, health care and the nation’s most vulnerable citizens victims while rewarding corporations and the wealthy.

Neb. Local Welcomes New Members

The city of Grand Island, Neb., has voluntarily recognized five community service officers as members of Local 1597.

Portland, Ore., Local Pickets for Fair Contract

We do the challenging work providing your power – and we deserve a decent contract.

Right-Wing Targets Ind. Common Construction Wage.

An Indiana law that leveled the playing field for building and construction workers on public projects for 80 years is on the verge of repeal by the state’s Republican-led legislature.

Locked Out Members Take to the Streets in N.C., Fla.

ADT workers and supporters held an informational picket in Winston-Salem, N.C. March 17, protesting the security company’s ongoing lockout 19 of its employees.

Detroit Local Honored For Volunteer Efforts

One new house built – from start to finish – every day.

Bosch Security Systems Abandons Pa. Members

“I feel horrible and betrayed. It’s depressing, life-changing, stressful. What other words can I come up with?” says Deb Kubala, a 37-year member of Lancaster, Pa., Local 1666.

New OSHA Standards Tackle Utility, Construction Practices

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration settled a lawsuit last month brought by a group of investor-owned utilities, with the end result clarifying new standards that will affect many IBEW members.

Hot Debate over Fast Track

The late writer Kurt Vonnegut once said, “A step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.”

St. Louis IBEW Helps Kick Off City’s Pro Soccer Season

As any soccer fan knows, the key to success is having a sharp group of professionals at the top of their game.

Asplundh Organizing Vote a Landslide in Indiana

Asplundh tree-trimmers in Indiana recently voted 67 to 6 to join the IBEW, the 22nd successful organizing election at the company in less than two years.

Local 1 Apprentice Thrives in Golden Gloves

A force to be reckoned with. That’s how the St. Louis Labor Tribune describes Local 1 first-year apprentice Jurmain McDonald.

Video: ADT Locks Out N.C. Workers Seeking Contract

When Andrew Absher started working as a security technician with ADT, he looked forward to a good career that would provide for him and his wife in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Wis. Working Families Fight Right-to-Work

Madison, Wis. – More than 2,000 people rallied at the state capitol building Feb. 24, protesting right-to-work legislation that would weaken the ability of workers to collectively bargain.


FairPoint Workers Ratify New Agreements

More than 1,800 IBEW and CWA members throughout Northern New England have ratified tentative agreements with FairPoint Communications after three days of voting.

PRESS RELEASE  February 19, 2015: ADT Locks Out Winston-Salem, N.C. Employees

FairPoint, Unions Reach Tentative Agreement

After four months on strike, unions representing thousands of FairPoint Communications employees in New England announced Feb. 19 that they have reached a temporary agreement with the company.

Ill. Governor Targets Working Families

Newly elected Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner made union-busting one of his campaign themes in last year’s election.

Line Crew’s Safety Training Saves Infant’s Life

IBEW line workers know more than just how to replace a transformer or properly climb a pole. They are also masters of safety.

Voters Pick Favorites in 17th IBEW Photo Contest

High above the earth, linemen carefully replace high-voltage structure that was battered by Washington’s winter. By framing the scene with towering evergreens and a mountainous backdrop, Seattle Local 77 member Derek Williams turned this moment into the most popular shot of the 17th IBEW Photo Contest.

IBEW Says: Right-to-Work-for-Less is Wrong for New Mexico

Anti-worker politicians in the land of enchantment are pushing to make New Mexico the latest state to go “right-to-work-for-less.”

Why Millennials Are Choosing the Trades

Millennials those born between 1980 and 2000 – face an economic Catch-22. Most good-paying jobs require at minimum a four-year college degree. But those degrees come with a hefty price tag. The average 2013 graduate owes nearly $30,000 in student debt, an onerous burden for someone just starting out in the world.

PRESS RELEASE  February 9, 2015: IBEW International President Edwin D. Hill on Proposed Verizon/Frontier Sale


El Paso Local Hits Wage Theft

Nonunion Texas electrical contractors looking to turn a quick buck on prevailing wage projects often look for projects in El Paso.

Construction Unemployment Lowest Since 2007

Construction unemployment last year was at its lowest level in nearly seven years. At 8.9 percent, 2014 was the first time annual construction unemployment was below 10 percent since 2007, according to data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

IBEW Underwrites PBS

After launching successful advertising campaigns during NFL games and cable news channels, the IBEW is extending its message to new audiences.

Poll: Many Americans Will Pay for Grid Upgrades

More than 40 percent of Americans east of the Mississippi, and just over a third of those to the west, are willing to pay at least $10 a month more on their utility bills for grid upgrades according to a poll released this summer by Harris Interactive. The average U.S. utility bill in 2012 was just over $105 a month according to data from the Energy Information Agency.

Lawmakers Push Low Wages in the Mountaineer State

The history of West Virginia is intertwined with the history of the union movement. Some of the biggest labor battles in American history took place in the hills and mines of the Mountaineer State.


At EWMC Conference, Young Workers Serve Community

Giving back. It’s a fundamental premise of the IBEW and the labor movement in general.

This Just In: PLAs Work

A special Massachusetts state commission recently confirmed what the IBEW has been saying for decades: project labor agreements work.

Union Plus Scholarship Deadline Jan. 31

For 22 years, Union Plus has helped union members and their children attend college.

Vote Now for the 2014 IBEW Photo Contest Winners

See that frigid winter landscape? The lineman expertly scaling a pole to perform storm repairs? That’s not just any old snapshot – it’s a perfect example of art in the everyday work of the Brotherhood.

FairPoint Negotiations Continue

Allison Beck, acting director of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, issued a statement behalf of FairPoint Communications, Inc., the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America.

Clean Coal Workers Organize in Ill.

Members of Springfield, Ill., Local 51 in Bartonsville have operated and maintained the Edwards coal-fired power plant for generations, all through the national debate over the role that coal will play in our nation’s energy future.

Join Young Workers at the Upcoming RENEW Conference

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.

St. Louis Local Helps Needy Kids ‘Shop with a Cop’

The holidays are hard times for families in need. But St. Louis Local 1 and the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department helped make some children’s holidays a little brighter.

International and Local Communicators Win 2014 Awards

The International Labor Communications Association’s 2014 Labor Media Awards honored the union’s accomplishments in print, video and Web productions.

FairPoint, IBEW to Begin Federal Mediation

Union leaders representing employees at FairPoint Communications will join the company in talks with mediators from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service on Jan 4. in an effort to restart contract negotiations that stalled last October.

January 2, 2015

New Season of Brotherhood Outdoors Premiers Jan. 4

The seventh season of Brotherhood Outdoors kicks off Jan. 4, featuring a member of the Sheet Metal Workers union on a big hunt for moose and deer in the wilds of Idaho.

PLA Victory in Northern California

The first project labor agreement in Contra Costa County, north of San Francisco, was signed in November between the city of Martinez and Local 302.

Ky. Lawmakers Push Right-to-Work-for-Less County by County

Kentucky Democrats successfully maintained control of the state house last November, effectively dashing Republican lawmakers’ goal of passing right-to-work-for-less legislation.

Win Trip to CMA Music Awards courtesy of Union Sportsmen’s Alliance

Carhartt and the Union Sportsmen Alliance are giving away an all-inclusive trip to the 2015 CMA Music Awards.

Neutrality Agreement Won at L.A. Rail Car Manufacturer

L.A Local 11, community groups and a national coalition have won a neutrality agreement covering taxpayer-funded rail car manufacturing using local residents.

Mo. GOP Lawmakers Admit Right-to-Work Lowers Wages

Anti-worker lawmakers in Missouri admit that right-to-work lowers wages – but they’re still in favor of it.

Maine Bands to Host Benefit Concert for FairPoint Strikers

Popular musical acts in Maine are teaming up with union activists to help raise money for FairPoint strikers this holiday season.

Ky. Asplundh Win Makes a Baker’s Dozen

Asplundh’s tree trimmers in Kentucky are joining co-workers in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and Virginia voting for IBEW-negotiated protections and benefits.

Calif. Local Meets Desalination Plant’s Challenges

Members of San Diego Local 569 are helping overcome their state’s water scarcity, building the largest seawater desalination project in the Western Hemisphere.

Minneapolis Volunteers Help Build Home for Wounded Warrior

Nearly 40 members of Minneapolis Local 292 are helping build a wheelchair-accessible home for a Marine who was seriously injured in Afghanistan.

Protesters Target D.C. Trade Negotiations

Activists are calling on Congress to reject fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a global free trade bill that will costs jobs and drive down working conditions.

Right-to-Work-for-Less on Wis. GOP’s Agenda

Wisconsin Republicans are threatening to pass right-to-work-for-less in 2015.

Commemorating Tragedy: N.Y. Member’s Flag Flies at 9/11 Museum

After his firsthand glimpse of 9/11’s devastation, a Local 3 member memorialized fellow union members in a flag displayed at the New York museum.

Must-Win La. Senate Runoff Saturday

IBEW members throughout Louisiana are mobilizing to re-elect pro-worker Sen. Mary Landrieu this Saturday.

Union Plus Mortgage Program Helps Philly Member

The Union Plus mortgage assistance program has helped workers like Philadelphia Local 98 member Eric Hudson during lean financial times.

Ohio Utility Locators Overcome Distance to Vote ‘Union Yes’

Gas line locators at an infrastructure construction company prevailed in a unique campaign to join Toledo, Ohio, Local 245. 

Saskatchewan Local Fights for Mineworker Rights

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Local 529 filed an unfair labour practice application against Alliance Energy Industrial Ltd. in June, accusing the company of intimidating pro-IBEW workers at its Agrium pot ash mine in northern Saskatchewan.

In Calif., A Solar-Powered Leg Up

For many Bakersfield Local 428 members, California’s thriving solar industry is an opportunity for job growth and stability. For some of the local’s newest members, it’s a second chance.

NJATC Transitions into the Electrical Training Alliance

IBEW members often say that the union’s apprenticeship training, delivered by the NJATC, is the union’s best-kept secret.

Anti-Worker Koch Brothers Loom Large in Mich. Senate Race

One of the biggest stories already shaping up in this year’s election cycle is the influence of deep-pocketed, extremist organizations and their fight against everyday American workers.

Ore. Members Build Portland’s New ‘Auto-Free’ Bridge

Popular songs and advertisements have inspired generations of Americans to get behind the wheel and step on the gas pedal.

Anti-Worker Koch Brothers Loom Large in Mich. Senate Race

One of the biggest stories already shaping up in this year’s election cycle is the influence of deep-pocketed, extremist organizations and their fight against everyday American workers.

Ohio Locals Aim to Defeat Anti-Labor Gov. Kasich

Two years ago, IBEW locals in Ohio played a critical role in winning a ballot initiative to defeat legislation supported by Republican Gov. John Kasich which would have taken away the right of firefighters, teachers and other public workers to collectively bargain.

Kansas City Manufacturer Earns Plaudits

It turns out the first, second and third time is the charm, at least for members of El Dorado, Ark., Local 2284.

Union Members Rally Against EPA Carbon Rule

Thousands of union members rallied in Pittsburgh July 31 to protest the Environmental Protection Act’s Clean Power plan, which they say will kill good jobs and weaken the electrical grid.


PRESS RELEASE August 3, 2014: FairPoint Deadline Passes With No Resolution


FairPoint Deadline Passes With No Resolution

A six-year contract between FairPoint Communications and 1,700 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and 300 members of the CWA expired at midnight Aug. 2, as the parties agreed to continue talks to forge a new agreement.

Alaska Mayor: Union Dues are ‘Slavery’

Thugs. Goons. Bullies. Anti-worker politicians love to use colorful language when talking about unions and their members.

In Chicago, New Trains and Job Growth

The 400 members of Chicago Local 134 who maintain the city’s bustling railways are looking forward to some major changes in the next few years.


Union Plus Announces Scholarship Awards

IBEW members and family members were awarded $10,000 of scholarships from the Union Plus Educational Fund.

Helping the Homeless

The number of homeless children in rural Whatcom County, Wash., has doubled in the past two years. Most of these children are being raised by a single parent.

PRESS RELEASE: IBEW Speaks Out Against EPA Carbon Emission Rule

IBEW members are testifying this week in four cities in opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

Jobs Safe, But for How Long?

Crumbling bridges. Damaging potholes. Dangerous traffic that contributes to fatalities.

Tiny Chips, Massive Job

If you’re reading this on your computer or your phone, you have local unions like Portland, Oregon, Local 48 to thank.

Tracking Tuna on TV

If Mark Brochu is an adrenaline junkie, his friends and co-workers will tell you he’s one of the best one they know, putting adventurous exploits into productive work.

Summit Promotes Working Families

Americans live in the only developed nation that does not guarantee paid parental leave. To make matters worse, 40 million workers in the country do not have access to paid sick leave to take care of themselves, their children or aging parents.

U.S. Affirms South Korea ‘Dumping’

The U.S. Department of Commerce is charging South Korean producers of steel tubing with unfairly “dumping” their products below their fair market value in the U.S.

Strike Averted

A looming strike at the Long Island Railroad – the busiest commuter rail system in the nation – was averted July 17 when IBEW leaders and other union activists announced a tentative deal with the transit agency’s management.

Congress Takes Action on Wage Theft

It’s common sense. Federal money shouldn’t line the pockets of known law-breakers. But many government contractors routinely violate labor and wage and hour laws, costing employees – and taxpayers – millions of dollars

Strike Looms for Long Island Railroad

Every weekday, more than 335,000 passengers ride the Long Island Railroad, flowing into Manhattan in the morning and back out to Long Island at the end of the day.

IBEW Lights Up Planetarium

This Fourth of July, the St. Louis Science Center’s James S. McDonnell Planetarium celebrated with a light spectacle much closer to the ground.

IBEW: EPA Plan Targets Jobs, Grid

The IBEW, along with other unions that represent energy workers, are criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, saying it will kill jobs and put the electrical grid at risk.

Bye Bye, Collective Bargaining

Republican legislators in Fort Wayne, Ind., voted June 24 to terminate collective bargaining for 500 public employees who help maintain services and infrastructure in the state’s second largest city.

Union Volunteers Refurbish Sanctuary

Thanks to the hard work of members from the IBEW and other unions, visitors can remain safe while appreciating the beauty of the Horicon Marsh wildlife refuge in Wisconsin.

Railroad’s Safety Culture Gets Overhaul

CSX Transportation’s Selkirk repair shop is a massive, loud throwback to America’s industrial past.

Who’s Messing with My Cash?

It has cost 5.8 million American jobs and millions in Canada, too. It’s called currency manipulation, a tricky device by which one country (like China) plays around with the price of its currency and hurts its trading partners (like the U.S. and Canada).

Fla. Comcast Sales Reps Vote ‘Yes’

More than 700 technicians working for Comcast across the U.S. enjoy better wages and a voice on the job, thanks to the collective bargaining agreements they have negotiated.

Supreme Court Ruling Hurts Workers

Thousands of home care workers were already burdened by trying circumstances on their jobs before a Supreme Court ruling on June 30 made their lives and their service to disabled persons more difficult.

Jack Daniel’s and IBEW Team Up in Ala.

Northwest Alabama has been a hard place for union workers for decades.

McConnell Campaigns for Low Wages

The United States’ transportation infrastructure is in desperate need of massive federal investment to rebuild crumbling roads and bridges.

Seattle IBEW: ‘Raise the Wage’

When the Seattle City Council started considering proposals to raise the city’s minimum wage, Seattle Local 46 knew it was their duty to step right up to help.

IBEW Rips Developers’ Distortions

Last year, a public policy center at Northeastern University in Boston released a report stating that the lack of affordable housing in Beantown could hurt the city’s e conomic recovery.

In San Jose, Higher Minimum Wage Means More Jobs

Critics of raising the minimum wage claim it will hurt businesses and cost jobs, but the experience of one California city is refuting the naysayers.

N.C. Fights Extremist Agenda

North Carolinians from all walks of life continue their Monday protests against the state GOP’s extremist agenda.

Grads Prepped for Change

In the race of advancing telecommunications technology, the National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning is helping workers keep up the pace.

IBEW Helps Win Veterans Housing

IBEW Locals in California are standing up for housing rights for our nation’s veterans.

2014 IBEW Women’s Conference Sept. 17-20

Hundreds of IBEW sisters are expected in San Antonio Sept. 17-20 for the Seventh IBEW International Women’s Conference.

Greenbrier Workers Join Neb. IBEW

Manufacturing workers at Greenbrier Rail Service in Hershey, Neb., are the newest members of the IBEW family after voting to join North Platte Local 1920.

Obama Ends Philly Rail Strike

President Barack Obama announced the creation of a presidential emergency board June 15 to end four years of stalled contract negotiations with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, the IBEW and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

Goodwill Wins Calif. Work

Through helping residents, building a reputation as a good neighbor and working in coalition with other community organizations, Modesto Local 684 is winning new work.

Union Volunteers Build Roof

Union members recently volunteered to build a roof on the youth archery range at the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area’s Everglades Youth Conservation Camp in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Bill Would Create Jobs, Save Energy

When it comes to renewable energy, Rhode Island lags far behind its neighboring New England states.

Last NLC Class Graduates

Two hundred and ten graduates crossed the stage to receive their diplomas from the National Labor College at the end of this spring semester. It was the institution’s largest graduating class, and also its last.

Report Highlights Danger of Outsourcing

Outsourcing by state and local governments increasingly means that the middle-class jobs of today are becoming the poverty-level jobs of tomorrow.

Walmart Moms Go on Strike

Moms employed by the mega-retailer Walmart walked off the job in more than 20 cities last week to protest continuing low pay and disrespect.

Responsible Contracting Law Passed

In Minnesota, everyone agrees that when it comes to taxpayer-funded construction projects, contractors must obey the law.

IBEW Storm Service Praised

Summer is here, but only a few months ago, North America was suffering through record freezing artic temperatures, ice storms and massive snow flurries.

Outside Opportunities in Transmission

Billions of dollars of new transmission work is coming to the Midwest and Great Plains, making outside line construction one of the hottest job fields in the country.

IBEW on EPA Emissions Rules

The EPA has a track record of underestimating the impact of its rules, making faulty predictions that have cost tens of thousands of good jobs.

ADT Techs Seek Contract

Nearly 2,000 ADT employees across the U.S. and Canada enjoy better job security, fair wages and other benefits of an IBEW contract.

Give Road Crews a Break

As you get ready to hit the highway this summer, crews working on or near roads have a request: slow down and stay alert.

Union Volunteers Refurbish Park

Approximately 30 skilled tradesmen donated their time to rehabilitate a fishing pier at Houston’s Sheldon Lake State Park May 3.

IBEW Restores Power to Town

A power outage… A college graduation. They mix about as well as electricity and water.

One Local’s Volcanic Problem

A big crowd at a local meeting is often one of the most reliable signs of a union’s strength.

Concerns Vindicated on 'Free' Trade Agreements

In 2007, as Congress considered approval of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, the IBEW joined 10 other unions in a letter opposing the pact with the most dangerous country in the world for unions, with 72 trade unionists assassinated the year before.

Anti-Worker Legislation Fails in Mo.

The 2014 legislative session in Missouri ended May 16 with the defeat of two major anti-labor bills long sought after by anti-worker special interests.

Download the New IBEW App

IBEW members are usually on the go. Many depend on their phones or tablets to check the latest news and keep in contact.

Aiding Wash. Mudslide Recovery

In the days and weeks after March’s tragic and sudden mudslide that devastated the small Washington community of Oso, the nation watched as newscasters and reporters piled up grim figures.

Trade Deal = Pricier Health Care

The Trans-Pacific Psartnership – a trade agreement under negotiation by the United States, Canada and 11 other Pacific Rim nations – could end up making it harder for consumers to fill their prescriptions.

Empowering Women, Building IBEW

A popular button often seen at labor rallies and conferences reads, “A woman's place is in her union.”

Philly Transit Agency Forces Impasse

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) rejected federal efforts to end four years of stalled contract negotiations with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the IBEW on May 8.

Locals Address FairPoint Shareholders

On May 12, executives and shareholders of Charlotte, N.C.-based FairPoint Communications gathered for the company’s annual shareholders meeting. The meeting took place amid widespread rumors, reported on, the company is seeking a merger or sale.

Pa. Local Gives Vietnam Vets Their Due

The Erie County Vietnam Veterans Memorial is shining a little brighter after a new set of lights were unveiled May 3

Labor Secretary Praises IBEW Apprenticeships

For years, high-school students have been told there is one path to success – a four-year college degree.

Business/Labor Kick Off Infrastructure Week

Business and labor may not agree on everything, but when it comes to investing in America’s aged industrial infrastructure, both sides are sounding the alarm.

Raffle Nets Thousands for Veterans Group

Members attending the 2014 Broadcasting, Manufacturing and Telecommunications Conference in Connecticut in late April loudly applauded after hearing from George Farrell, a retired fire chief who coordinates Rhode Island’s “honor flights” program.

Student Apprenticeship = Opportunity

Like many high school seniors, Brian Hobbs and Jacob Bates weren’t looking forward to four more years of sitting in the classroom – all while racking up major college debt.

Bye-Bye, Factory Jobs

Talgo is vacating its factory in Wisconsin, four years after Gov. Scott Walker rejected millions in federal stimulus money to create a commuter line.

Tell Obama to Protect American Jobs

During President Obama’s recent tour of Asia, many issues were discussed with foreign heads of state. At the top of Obama’s agenda was the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade agreement among the United States and 12 other Pacific Rim nations.

Small Chips, Big Jobs

GlobalFoundries ,the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer, is building a new manufacturing campus in upstate New York.

Letter Carriers’ Food Drive

Letter carriers across the country are getting ready for the 22nd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.

In Mo., More Anti-Worker Bills

Just weeks after failing to garner enough support to put right-to-work-for-less on the Missouri ballot, anti-worker state legislators are resurrecting another bill aimed at weakening workers’ rights.

FairPoint Vs. Fair Deal for Workers?

When telecom company FairPoint Communications first bid to take over Verizon’s New England landline service in 2008, there were both promises and worries.

Business, Labor Cheer Federal Skills Investment

Business and labor leaders are in agreement that President Obama’s April 16 announcement of $600 million in federal grant programs to boost workforce training is the right decision for the economy.

Pulitzer Prize Honors Series Exposing Black Lung Denials

As president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka hears and reads a lot of horror stories about workers being abused by employers.

Last year, one story struck home in a uniquely personal way for Trumka, a former coal miner whose father, grandfathers and uncles died from black lung disease, suffocating from the effects of years of breathing coal dust.

Unionists Beautify Ga. Park

Vistas at Providence Canyon State Park, known to locals as Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon, will be enhanced by seven miles of restored trails, thanks to union members.

Saving Electricity, Winning Friends

IBEW and NECA are recognized for their concern for the environment and support for their cities.

Powering Cars, Empowering the Future

Matt Harlow, an inside journeyman wireman member of Birmingham, Ala., Local 136, learned a lot about the value of on-the-job training during his five years as an apprentice instructor.

IBEW’s Solar Power in California

After Dan Sullivan topped out of San Diego Local 569’s apprenticeship program in 2001, he went back to the training center for the class that changed his life.

Hollow Recovery

Seven years after the onset of the Great Recession, nearly all economists agree that we are in an economic recovery.

IBEW Expands Kan., Mo. Auto Plants

Drive down any wide, open highway across Missouri and you’ll see something big, heavy and plentiful on the plains.

IBEW to Senate: Ensure Grid Reliability

An IBEW request has helped initiate a timely hearing to discuss how the shutdowns of coal-fired power plants will affect the nation’s electrical grid, especially during extreme weather emergencies.

Technology Opens Horizons in Saskatchewan

Automated electricity meters have been a double-whammy for many locals. Meter reader jobs disappear and the replacement work has proven extremely resistant to organizing on both sides of the border.

House Mulls Benefits Extension

The U.S. Senate voted April 7 to restore unemployment benefits for the 2.8 million Americans who have been out of work for six months or longer.

Right-to-Work-for-Less Fails in Mo.

Efforts to make Missouri the 25th right-to-work-for-less state came up short April 9, with anti-worker state legislators failing to garner enough votes to send their bill to the state Senate.

Mich. Local Uses YouTube to Organize

Muskegon, Mich., Local 275 invested in a camcorder and asked the local’s new members to say on camera why they decided to join the IBEW – in their own words.

FCC Votes To Save TV News Jobs

Leading union activists representing broadcasting employees cheered a move that will help promote diversity in local media markets while saving jobs.

Secure Your Future with NACTEL

With technology moving so quickly, success in the telecommunications industry requires commitment to lifelong learning.

Honoring Our Nation’s Linemen

Lineman put their lives on the line every day to ensure that electricity is safely delivered to our homes and businesses.

Still Fighting for the Eight-Hour Workday

Flat wages have been pushing American workers backward for decades, but Minneapolis Local 292 member Kent Blachowiak’s employer was trying to push him all the way back to the 19th century.

Organizers Save Okla. Family from Fire

Trentice Hamm and Robert Bausch started out their day hoping to inspire some nonunion Oklahoma construction workers during an organizing blitz.

Report Shows Need for Action on Unemployment

It is unlikely that most of the long-term unemployed will find their way back into the labor market without an effort by Congress and business leaders, a new report says.

New IBEW Ad Celebrates American Manufacturing

It can seem tougher these days to find products on store shelves that don’t have a “Made in China” label.

New Report Challenges Outsourcing Myths

It’s one of the inevitable laugh lines in tens of thousands of workplaces, public and private. A senior manager tells workers that some of their duties will be outsourced to cut costs. Around the water cooler employees snicker about how contracting out work often backfires, costing employers more than they save.

Bipartisan Support for IBEW on Grid Reliability

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, are actively supporting a request from IBEW, the United Mineworkers Union, the Utility Workers and others to hold a hearing on the stability and reliability of the nation’s electrical grid.

IBEW Unity Fund Critical to Fighting Anti-Worker Agenda

The Koch brothers are trying to buy elections. Anti-labor lobbyists helped defeat VW workers’ effort to organize in Tennessee. And right-to-work may be coming to states like Missouri, Ohio and Maine if anti-union lawmakers succeed in carrying out their corporate donors’ wishes.

Westex Joins with NJATC to Boost High-Tech Learning

The industry leader in the manufacture of arc-rated fabrics is helping to create a program to help train the next generation of electrical workers.

California Local Helps Finance Rosie the Riveters’ Trip to D.C.

Many World War II factories operated with the assistance of women, some of whom are coming to Washington, with the help of IBEW members.

The Best Live Music Brought to Your Home by the IBEW

There is one television concert show where the technical engineers behind the broadcast are as talented as the people on the stage.

Union Plus Helps Members in Need

You never know when you could use a helping hand. Hardships can hit at any time: layoffs, natural disasters, medical emergencies or a strike.

This bill: ‘Paid for by Union Wages’

Activists in Missouri are working to remind businesses that everyone in the Show Me state benefits from good union jobs – every time a member makes a purchase.

Five Labor Leaders with Irish Roots

Each St. Patrick’s Day, we honor North America’s Irish heritage.

Report Points to Danger of Delaying Infrastructure Investment

Franklin Roosevelt was in office and Mickey Mouse first hit the screen when most of New York City’s sewer mains were installed. The Cold War was just starting and home TVs were still a rarity around the time when most schools were built in the five boroughs.

Billboards Are Just the Beginning for Ill. Local

Collinsville, Ill., Local 309 has launched an unprecedented, multiplatform advertising campaign that Business Manager Scott Hassall expects will dramatically raise the profile of the local and its signatory contractors throughout their southwest Illinois jurisdiction.

Unions Denounce Administration’s Privatization Plan for TVA

America’s building trades unions are strongly opposing President Obama’s recommendation to privatize the Tennessee Valley Authority, calling it a budget gimmick that would set back a model institution that has improved the lives of millions.

Hatzel & Buehler, Inc. 130 Years Young

Every economic sector reserves a special place for pioneering companies. Respect grows when, more than a century after the formation of an enterprise, it continues to provide innovative leadership in its industry.

IBEW Calls for End to Kellogg’s Lockout

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers joins the growing number of labor unions, community and civil rights activists and lawmakers in calling for an end to Kellogg Co.’s four-month lockout of more than 220 workers at the company’s Memphis, Tenn., plant.

Ontario Activists Push for Living Wages

Union members and pro-worker activists took to the heart of Toronto’s retail district Feb. 15 to call on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to raise the provincial minimum wage.

End Currency Manipulation, Create Jobs

Politicians talk a lot about jobs, but there is one surefire way Congress can help create millions of jobs according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute: crack down on currency manipulation.

Pa. Locals Rally to Stop Labor Assaults

When legislators in Pennsylvania decided to follow the lead of Wis. Gov. Scott Walker and propose a bill to weaken the state’s public sector unions, so many unionists showed up at Harrisburg’s capitol rotunda on Jan. 28, many were forced to stand outside in the freezing cold.

Nashville-Area Electrical Licensing Law Promotes Safety, Local Hiring

With a New York Bank data center project, upgrades to a General Motors auto plant and a new convention center job on the books, leaders ofNashville Local 429 figured the time was right to move an electrical licensing law through the Davidson County Council, a 40-member body that covers the celebrated music city and surrounding suburbs.

Vancouver Local Funds Cutting-Edge Burn Research

For nearly 125 years, the IBEW has relentlessly fought to improve on-the-job safety for electrical workers, and the positive impact of the Brotherhood’s advocacy is unquestionable.

IBEW Stands with UAW, Calls for New Volkswagen Vote

The United Auto Workers is asking the National Labor Relations Board to set aside the results of the certification election at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn. assembly plant decided after a three-day vote Feb. 14.

Miami Local, Contractors Help Cancer Patient

On Valentine’s Day, while much of the nation faced frigid temperatures, in Cape Coral, Fla., cancer patient Frances Ballester wasn’t just struggling with a lack of air conditioning. Her breathing machine, too, was shut down after the local utility turned off her electrical power over landlord’s unpaid bills.

Maine Bill Will Protect Call Center Jobs

Less than 200 Maine residents earn their living catching lobsters. But nearly 20,000 state inhabitants work in call centers, like legendary retailer L.L. Bean’s, employing 2,000.

New York Local 3 Member Rises to Bass Fishing Elite

Tens of thousands of people enjoy bass fishing. When they are not on their favorite lakes, many watch fishing tournaments on TV.

Court Upholds Rule Protecting U.S. Workers’ Wages

In a victory for American jobs and fair pay, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld Department of Labor wage rules requiring non-agricultural foreign workers be paid prevailing wages.

IBEW: Caution Urged in Comcast Merger

The IBEW is asking regulators to carefully review the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner.

Activists Ask Mike Rowe to Drop Walmart

Talk about a dirty job. TV host Mike Rowe is the voice for Walmart’s new TV ad campaign promoting American manufacturing

On the Bright Side, Solar Sees Record Job Growth in 2013

If you want to know where the jobs are, follow the sun. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the Solar Foundation, which says solar employment in 2013 grew by 20 percent over the previous year. That’s 10 times faster than the national average employment growth rate.

IBEW Dad Cheers on Daughter’s Olympic Dreams

Last week, we reported on Worcester, Mass., Local 96 member Ekaterina Pashkevitch, who is in Sochi, Russia, playing center for the Russian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team.

Manufacturing Member Makes Tapestry of Solidarity

At any gathering of union members, you can always count on one thing: T-shirts. Bearing the union’s colors and announcing--often quite loudly and creatively –their cities or towns, T-shirts help members express their pride.

Study: Unions Are Key to Reducing Income Inequality.

The skewing of national income to the top 1 percent of the country threatens upward mobility, which is the core of the American dream, says a new study from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Labor and Employment Relations.

IBEW Member Recounts Fight for Civil/Worker’s Rights in Miss.

For IBEW member Charles Horhn, the fight for civil rights, voters’ rights and workers’ rights are one. In honor of black history month, he told his story to the AFL-CIO blog.

Canada’s Highest Court Upholds Pensioner Rights

The Supreme Court of Canada struck a blow for pensioner rights Jan. 30, reinstating a lower court’s decision that a $43 million pension surplus that existed when Manitoba Telephone was privatized in 1997 belonged exclusively to retirees.

The East Coast’s Real Sunshine State: New Jersey

When most people think about solar power, New Jersey doesn’t immediately come to mind. They might think of thousands of photovoltaic panels sprawling across barren stretches Southwestern desert. Solar, many people suppose, thrives not in New Jersey but where New Jersey goes on vacation.

Member Makes Olympic Appearance

Ekaterina Pashkevitch is taking to the ice in Sochi, Russia this week, playing center for the Russian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team.

Unions and Management Team Up to Save Classic Company

You’ve heard the reasons why union manufacturing can’t make it in America anymore: Union workers get paid too much. American manufacturers can’t afford to build here. Unions just get in the way of management.

Code is Key to Pa. Utility PLAs

Four project labor agreements between IBEW and PPL Electric Utilities in Pennsylvania to upgrade miles of aging power lines will soon require 400 to 500 outside journeymen linemen. This is good news for Keystone State members and for travelers from as far away as Alaska.

IBEW Electrician Highlights Fight Against Long-Term Unemployment

Vacaville, Calif. Local 1245 member Erick Varela was at the White House Jan. 31 to introduce President Barack Obama at a discussion with the heads of some of America’s top corporations about combating long-term unemployment – something the two-tour combat veteran is all too familiar with.

Mo. IBEW Activists Fight Right-to-Work Push

Is the Show-Me State about to get a new motto? As in, “Show me a smaller paycheck?”

IBEW Fighting to Save U.S. Nuclear Manufacturing

The outlook for more than 50,000 American jobs in manufacturing could be determined by a bill under consideration in Congress that places more than a dozen significant new restrictions on the export of civilian nuclear technology.

Oops. Pa. Unemployment Benefit Cuts Backfire

Two years ago, the Pennsylvania legislature, looking to keep the state’s unemployment benefit fund solvent, came up with a plan to alter an eligibility rule for collecting benefits.

Boston Broadcasting Techs Overwhelmingly Vote IBEW

More than 30 freelancers working for Program Productions, Inc., voted overwhelmingly to be represented by Boston Local 1228 in an NLRB-certified election Jan. 8.

N.C. Activists Take on State GOP’s Anti-Democratic, Anti-Worker Agenda

Clergy, civil rights activists, union members and education advocates from throughout North Carolina are converging on Raleigh Feb. 8 for what is expected to be the largest ever “Moral Monday” march.

Want to be a Contractor? Sign up Now for IBEW’s Contracting Class

IBEW members who become electrical contractors have the advantage of knowing not just a trade and an industry, but how to unleash the powerful contributions of the men and women who work on their projects.

Stop Job-Killing ‘Fast-Track’ Trade Deal

Activists are calling on Congress to say no to fast-track legislation that would take away its ability to negotiate the biggest free-trade agreement since NAFTA – the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Raising the Roof: Device Jacks High Wires

A new system to increase the capacity of transmission lines is being used for the first time by members of Syracuse, N.Y. Local 1249.

Corporate Exec Praising Unions? Yep

Who said it?

“[Unions] are a key driver in the creation of the middle-class, for the reduction of work hours, paid vacation, all sorts of benefits that we all enjoy.”

Voters Pick 16th IBEW Photo Contest Winners

Contrasting the chilly stillness of winter with the energy of a lineman in action, Casper, Wyo., Local 322 member Levi Gossard’s photo won top honors in the 16th IBEW Photo Contest.

Ontario Local’s Scholarship Award Forges School Board Alliance

The best apprenticeship programs depend upon students who are well-prepared at the secondary education level for success in the academic rigors of the electrical trade.

PBS’s ‘American Woodshop’ Goes IBEW Solar

For 20 seasons, “American Woodshop” has been a favorite show on PBS channels across the U.S.

IBEW Helps Maritime School Provide High-Tech Education

It’s an innovative idea in education – a maritime-trade focused school for students in the 5th to 12th grades.

Calif. ‘Green Collar’ Workers Vote IBEW

Following a dramatic campaign that tapped the resources and verve of workers and organizers, 78 employees at Sunoptics – a Sacramento-based manufacturer of high-tech skylights – are the newest members of Vacaville, Calif., Local 1245.

President Hill Urges Open Internet, Broadband Expansion

We support the Jan. 14 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirming the authority of the Federal Communications Commission to regulate broadband access.

Wis. GOP Lawmakers Propose Eliminating Weekends

Like your weekend? Well if you live in Wisconsin, a pair of Republican state legislators has an unpleasant surprise for you.

Study: Workers Misclassification Hurts Everyone

A policy think tank has a new fact sheet that shows that worker misclassification is a serious problem everywhere – even in states with relatively strong labor protections, like Oregon.

EWMC Celebrates 40th Anniversary in Kansas City

As Kansas City and Local 124 host the 24th annual leadership conference of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus on Jan. 16, members will reflect upon the legacy of one of the longest-standing minority caucuses in the labor movement formed 40 years ago in the same city during the 30th IBEW Convention.

Operating Engineers Re-Affiliate with Building Trades

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers welcomes the decision by the International Union of Operating Engineers to formally re-affiliate with the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO.

Court Cases Threaten Unions and Working Families

One of the main arguments in favor of voting and engaging in the political process is the importance of electing friends who will appoint fair-minded judges.  When we fail, important gains won at the bargaining table or in legislation can be negated by the courts.

Tell Congress: Extend Long-Term Unemployment Benefits

The U.S. Senate narrowly voted to extend unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed Jan. 6. These expired at the end of last year for 1.3 million workers who have been unemployed for 26 weeks or longer.

Community Engagement Wins Rebirth of N.Y. Power Plant

Since 1950, New York State’s substantial hunger for energy has historically been quenched by big servings of coal-fired steam generation. And, since 1950, one of the largest plants was Dunkirk Station, on the shore of Lake Erie, 55 miles southwest of Buffalo, employing members of Syracuse Local 97.

Workers’ Rights Victory in Saskatchewan

Supporters of workers’ rights won an important legal victory Nov. 21, after the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board found contractor Magna Electric Corp. guilty of unfairly terminating pro-union employees.

Maine Verizon Business Techs Join IBEW

Verizon Business technicians in Andover, Maine, voted overwhelmingly to join Augusta Local 2327 Dec. 11.

Study: Infrastructure Investment, Not Cuts, Key to Job Creation

While some members of Congress continue to push for further cuts to federal spending, one government watchdog group says our elected leaders need to focus on a more pressing debt: the industrial investment deficit.  

Vote Now for the 2013 IBEW Photo Contest Winners

From contemplative landscapes to jaw-dropping heights, participants in this year’s IBEW photo contest showcased an array of stunning images – displaying that our membership’s talent extends far beyond the tool belt.

Utility Workers Return to Work After Lockout

The lockout that forced the 225 members of Vancouver, British Columbia, Local 213 out of their jobs at FortisBC is over after nearly six months.

EWMC Coat Drive Warms Kids and Hearts in St. Louis

St. Louis Local 1 electricians Sylvester Taylor and Leon Arties were ready for the cold weather, adhering to the advice of all workers who brave the elements on their jobs: “You can always put on more clothes than you need and take off what you don’t.”

Ill. Member Casts Line on ‘Trip of a Lifetime’

The hectic life of an IBEW business manager offers few reprieves and little free time.

But for Eric Patrick, leader of Rockford, Ill., Local 196, such hard work was rewarded earlier this year when the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance invited him to coastal Louisiana for a fishing expedition.

IBEW Holiday Lights Brighten Cities, Towns

In the surge of goodwill that accompanies the holiday season, IBEW locals across the U.S. apply their skills to light displays and community celebrations, winning praise in the media and respect from hundreds of thousands of neighbors for whom a visit to the displays is often a yearly custom.

Oregon Natural Gas Project Winning Support

The fate of a proposed $7.7 billion liquefied natural gas export facility in Oregon will likely be decided in the next few weeks and members of the IBEW are lobbying for the project’s approval.

N.H. Utility Employees Score First Contract Wins

When workers vote “union yes,” it’s often a hard-won victory. But tougher still can be the path to a first contract, where the skills of newly-minted activists are put to the test against the possibility of continued company resistance and difficult negotiations.

L.A. Local Builds Dreams for Military Veterans

Bridging differences between members is often difficult enough for local unions. Deciding how apprenticeships will be filled can sometimes be a point of controversy.

Anti-Worker Law Threatens On-the-Job Rights

Unions representing more than 1 million federal workers in Canada – including the IBEW – are coming together to take on anti-worker legislation that threatens collective bargaining rights and on-the-job safety

N.Y. Local Wins Bargaining Rights at U.N

Longtime members of N.Y. Local 1212 who perform all video, editing and broadcasting at the U.N. were deeply worried.

Study: Working Women Need Unions

A record 67.5 million women are working today, but many women suffer from low-pay and a gender-based wage gap that makes it hard to get by.

IBEW Shows Students Importance of Math

Math isn’t just important for balancing checkbooks and passing tests. It’s vital to a career in the electrical trade.

Local 24 Member Tells House Leaders: Extend Unemployment Benefits

Stan Osnowitz, an unemployed journeyman electrician member of Baltimore Local 24, said he hates being unemployed. “It is a waste of my abilities. I love being an electrician,” he says. Out of work since July after working for three years straight, Osnowitz is one of more than two million unemployed job seekers who could lose federal jobless aid if Congress does not act to extend it before the end of the year.

Missouri GOP Resurrects Right-to-Work-for-Less

Missouri Republicans are looking to start the New Year off on the wrong foot, with another legislative battle over right-to-work-for-less legislation.

Five Things Comcast Did This Year to Hurt Workers

Here are just five ways Comcast has given workers a raw deal in one of its most financially successful years on record.

Fast-Food Workers Strike for Better Pay

Fed up with poverty wages, fast-food workers across the country are holding a one-day strike Dec. 5.

IBEW Member Helps Provide Hunting Access to Kids with Mobility Challenges

A new, custom-built deer blind in Texas Hill Country set the stage for kids with mobility issues to experience the thrill of the hunt safely and comfortably, due to the completion of a conservation project organized and sponsored by the Houston-area union community and the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance.

Court Rules Against FairPoint Subcontracting

When FairPoint Communications bought Verizon’s New England landline holdings in 2008, the company announced that fears among IBEW members who had worked for Verizon that the new company would outsource and cut jobs were unwarranted.

Washington, D.C. Local Gives Students Gift of Music

Too often when school boards face budget shortfalls, music education is the first to go.

But for Washington, D.C., students, music in the classroom is alive and well thanks to a donation from Local 26 and CBS EcoMedia.

CEOs pushing Social Security Cuts Enjoy Gold-Plated Retirement Plans

Most Americans reject slashing Social Security benefits, but that hasn’t stopped well-funded lobbyists on Capitol Hill from continuing to push Congress to make Social Security cuts.

Secret Document Exposes Tories’ Anti-Worker Agenda

Ontario Conservative Party Leader Tim Hudak’s antipathy toward unions is no secret, but a recently leaked internal campaign document reveals just how anti-labour a potential Tory government could be.

Nonunion Wind Workers Look to IBEW for Better Safety

Across the breezy expanse of Iowa, clean wind-powered energy is abundant.

But for workers in this booming industry, safety on the job can be scarce. That’s one reason why nonunion employees at the TPI Composites plant in Newton are looking to the IBEW for representation.

Beer Billionaire Yuengling Blasted for Right-to-Work Support

Dick Yuengling, president of the nation’s oldest brewery, has rarely kept his contempt for unions under wraps.  In 2006, he supported a move by workers in his Pottsville, Pa., brewery to decertify their Teamsters bargaining unit.

Top 10 Reasons to Enter the 2013 Photo Contest Now

The deadline was already extended to Nov. 30, so you have no excuses!

Hill: IBEW is the nuclear work force of the future.

How the nuclear power industry will find enough qualified workers to build, operate and maintain plants in the future was the topic of an online conversation featuring International President Edwin D. Hill and senior executives from industry.

FirstEnergy Corp. Announces Transmission Grid Upgrade

Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. announced Nov. 12 a multibillion-dollar effort to overhaul and expand its electrical transmission network, ensuring reliable service and enhanced capacity to meet the demands of a growing economy.

New TV Spot Showcases IBEW Commitment to Community

As any member can tell you, the IBEW isn’t just about good wages or strong contracts. It’s also about commitment to community.

Why Right-to-Work-for-Less is Wrong for Alaska Families

Alaska possesses one of the stronger labor movements in the United States, with a union density rate only second to that of New York State.

NACTEL:  Knowledge That Keeps You Ahead of the Curve

As the economy continues its steady recovery, demand for telecommunications workers is picking up. But many of the best jobs are only open to people who keep up with the industry’s rapidly changing technology.

New Jobs Added in October,But Unemployment Still High

The Labor Department’s jobs report released last week revealed some interesting data about the health of the economy and the industries represented by the IBEW.

President Hill To Congress: Support our Broadcast Partners

For many decades, IBEW members have skillfully brought news and entertainment to local audiences across the nation, working for major broadcasting companies like CBS, Fox and ABC.

Nova Scotia Utility Threatens Outsourcing

Nova Scotia Power’s announcement that it was considering outsourcing at least 250 utility jobs is being criticized by workers and consumer activists as a threat to good jobs and reliable service.

Indianapolis Local and Contractors Build Community with Christmas Lights

As millions of Christmas and holiday season displays take shape across the nation, picking the best is surely a difficult task. But some shine brightest.

The Case for Prevailing Wage

The federal Davis-Bacon Act – along with its state and local counterparts — helps keep construction jobs good jobs and maintain high standards in the industry by requiring contractors receiving public funds to pay the local prevailing wage.

 Who’s Behind the War on Workers’ Rights?

The 2010 midterm elections brought to power a wave of anti-worker governors and legislators. Some are notorious for their attacks on workers’ rights: Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Rick Scott in Florida, Rick Snyder in Michigan.

Red State, Blue State Voters Want More – Not Less – Amtrak

Amtrak has long been the whipping boy of congressional right-wingers, who decry federal spending on the nation’s passenger rail line as wasteful.

Wis. IBEW Leaders Open High Schoolers’ Eyes to Building Trades

You hear it from the mouths of young people every day: I can’t afford college. The debt would be too big. I’m not sure what to do.

Tories Target Federal Workers’ Rights

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government launched a sneak attack on federal workers’ rights earlier this month with the introduction of a new budget bill.

Volunteer Fund Helps Furloughed Members in Montana

After a generator failed at a Montana coal-fired power plant on July 1, the operator, PPL Montana, announced that some members of Colstrip Local 1638 would later be placed on furlough for at least 90 days.

Four Ways to Jump Start the Economy

The nation’s economy showed disappointing growth in September, with only 148,000 jobs compared to 169,000 jobs created in August.

Record NJATC Donation Will Enhance Outside Line Training

The Northeast Line Constructors chapter of the National Electric Contractors Association has donated $1 million to support the national outside apprenticeship program. Chapter Manager Mike Gilchrist said the donation was the groups way of saying thank you to the linemen and contractors who helped rebuild after Superstorm Sandy destroyed billions of dollars of property and cut off power to more than 8 million homes across New Jersey, New York and New England.

Central Calif. Local Plays Key Role in Winning PLA Ordinance in Watsonville

Labor unions and allies in the city of Watsonville, a fertile agricultural center on the central coast of California, have had much success in 2012 convincing progressive candidates to run and win seats on their city council. Many council members had labor union backgrounds, says Castroville Local 234 Business Manager Andy Hartmann.

Mich. Judge Blasts Municipal Union Busting

A Michigan judge took an anti-union city manager to task last week, ruling that Lowell City Manager Mark Howe lied and unfairly targeted union activists – just to punish workers for joining the IBEW.  

Ariz. Whistleblower Fights Worker Misclassification

The construction industry is making a strong comeback in Arizona, with the number of construction permits up in 2012. But the state actually lost construction jobs over the summer. The reason, says many industry observers: worker misclassification, which is a way for contractors to keep employees on the worksites but off the books.  

Danish Union Delegation Visits IBEW

Leaders of the Danish Union of Electricians, along with their counterparts on the employer side, visited the IBEW International Office Oct. 1.

New York Attorney General Wins $5 Million for National Grid Workers

 In the midst of the chaos of Hurricane Sandy, National Grid, employing thousands of IBEW members in New York and New England, decided to roll out a new computer system to account for overtime pay and expenses.

St. Louis Contractor Dumps Carpenters Local 57

Rice Electrical Services and Controls is the latest member of the St. Louis Local 1 family after the business terminated its contract with a rogue electricians union – the Associated Electrical Contractors Local 57.

IBEW Government Employees Director William ‘Chico’ McGill

The officers of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers sadly report that IBEW Government Employees Director Chico McGill passed away Sept. 27. With a generous spirit and an outsize personality, he was throughout his career an outspoken voice for workers.

Haven’t Quite Finished Your Photo Project?  2013 Photo Contest Deadline Has Been Extended until Nov. 30

The annual IBEW photo contest is a showcase for members to demonstrate their skills with a camera and shine a light on their too-often overlooked jobs. For 15 years, the IBEW Journal and The Electrical Worker have printed hundreds of photos of and by IBEW members at work—turning the lights back on after storms, building architectural marvels and performing hundreds of other jobs that contribute so much to communities across North America and even beyond.

Sign Up for NACTEL’s Virtual Open House

In today’s economy, education is vital to getting ahead. And the National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning is the place for telecommunications professionals looking to gain an edge through advanced online learning.

EPA Coal Rule Threatens Energy Independence, Says IBEW

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers President Edwin D. Hill issued the following statement today:

“The draft regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency regarding emissions from newly-constructed power plants threaten economic growth and America’s energy future. Read more...

RENEW Conference Energizes Young Workers

More than 100 young IBEW members from across the United States and Canada will be in Washington, D.C., Sept. 27-29 for the first ever Reach out and Energize Next-gen Electrical Workers conference.

New IBEW Ad Focuses on Union Skills, Community

We know the professionalism and skill that members of the IBEW bring to the job every day.

Now hundreds of millions of TV viewers know as well.

Coming on the heels of last year’s national ad campaign, a new IBEW spot – titled “Power Professionals” – went on the air this month.

Sequester, Six Months In: Shutters Space Fence, Mothballs Nuclear Submarine

The Department of Defense has canceled repairs for a damaged nuclear submarine and ended a program that monitors orbiting space junk, two striking examples of consequences of a federal austerity program that could lay off dozens, potentially hundreds, of IBEW members.

W.Va. Fracking Industry Spurs IBEW Jobs

The IBEW’s efforts to tap into good jobs in the booming energy sector are seeing big results in West Virginia, with hundreds of members hard at work building and maintaining the infrastructure needed to get the Mountaineer State’s rich natural gas load to market. 

This Fall, A New IBEW News Smartphone/Tablet App

Two years after the launch of the first IBEW app, the IBEW is putting the finishing touches on a new news app for digital readers.

USA Volunteers Improve Trail Access in Va.

Volunteers from Richmond, Va., Local 666 joined members from the plumbers and pipefitters and the Virginia Building and Construction Trades Council on Aug. 21 to help create more accessible walkways for York River State Park visitors with mobility issues.

IBEW Activists Join March on Washington

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to be in Washington, D.C., Aug. 24 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Del. Bus Mechanics Join IBEW

Diesel bus mechanics employed by the Delaware Transit Corp. never had much need for a union. That is until one of their own was fired – all because of his breakfast.   

Selling Security, and Winning it Too:
N.C. ADT Employees Vote for a Voice on the Job

ADT alarm system installers know that when they finish work at a new customer’s home, they’re offering something priceless – greater peace of mind for the whole family.

House Bill Calls for U.S. Call Centers

A toll-free call center connection to someone in India has been a punchline for comedians and TV sitcoms for years, but for the thousands of Americans who have lost their jobs in call centers, outsourcing is no laughing matter.

Food and Commercial Workers Re-Join AFL-CIO

The United Food and Commercial Workers, which left the AFL-CIO eight years ago to join the Change to Win Coalition, is rejoining the nation’s largest labor federation.

Federal Workers Alliance, IBEW Challenging Furloughs

A coalition of 20 unions including the IBEW has already seen progress from a campaign to challenge the furlough of 650,000 Department of Defense civilian employees. Since July 1, the Federal Workers Alliance has been urging members of Congress to eliminate 11 unpaid furlough days that are part of the federal government’s budget sequester. The furloughs amount to a 20 percent reduction in pay.

Union Plus Scholarships for IBEW Families

Family members of IBEW members have been awarded scholarships worth $6,250 by the Union Plus Educational Fund. The grantees were among more than 100 winners, representing 36 unions who were awarded up to $4,000. They were chosen out of a pool of more than 5,300 applicants based on their academic performance, financial need and a 500-word essay describing their career goals and their relationship with the labor movement.

Detroit Local Targets New Projects, Defends Public Pensions

One year before his city made headlines as the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, Detroit Local 58 Business Manager Mike Richard was meeting with his member of Congress to underscore the need to give Detroit and Michigan residents the first crack at construction jobs on several Detroit-area projects that were in the planning stage.

Why Raising the Minimum Wage is Good for the Economy

Raise the Minimum Wage - President Obama reiterated his call for raising the federal minimum wage in his speech on the economy last week.

Washington, D.C., Apprenticeship Club Brings Young Workers Together

D.C. Apprentices Get Organized - Washington, D.C., Local 26 journeyman wireman Adam Reed started out in the work force at just about the worst time imaginable.

Enter the 2013 Photo Contest!

In the midst of the Great Depression, a still photographer shot a picture of 11 ironworkers eating lunch on a steel girder 840 feet above the streets of New York City. The photo, entitled “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper,” was staged. But the workers who demonstrated the lengths and heights people will go to for a job, were real. And their lack of safety equipment symbolized the sacrifices workers made just to find any job and feed their families.

Texas Members, Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Improve State Park

Union sportsmen take a back seat to no one when it comes to expert, responsible hunting and fishing and working to preserve habitats for wildlife from neglect or abuse. But the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, a union-dedicated outdoor organization, is setting an even broader example by infusing the principle of solidarity into a new program that brings together volunteers—including IBEW members—to tackle conservation projects in parks across the U.S.

IBEW, Utility Team Up to Help Neighbors in Need

Toronto, Ontario, Local 636 utility workers and Hydro Ottawa partnered earlier this month to help power up a group home that serves residents with physical disabilities and seniors.

IBEW Tells Capitol Hill: ‘Let us Keep Our Healthcare’

Electrical workers and their employers are raising the alarm about loopholes in the Affordable Care Act that threaten to undermine quality coverage for more than 26 million Americans.

Pittsburgh Apprentices Rescue Seniors from Major Blaze

Pittsburgh Local 5 members are being credited with saving dozens of local senior citizens from a fire that tore through a nursing home June 25.

Statement of IBEW International President Edwin D. Hill On President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

The President’s statement on energy today is a step in the right direction on the long road to reaching a balanced, workable consensus on energy issues. 

IBEW to Lawmakers: Reduce Immigrant Construction Work Force, Create American Jobs

A recent poll shows a strong majority of citizens opposing the use of more foreign guest workers in the trades. And labor leaders are bringing that message to lawmakers as they debate new immigration proposals that would have far-reaching effects on the industry.

‘Moral Mondays’ Protest N.C. Legislation

Some say religion and politics don’t mix. But politicians often call upon their religion as an inspiration or justification for their actions. Nowhere is this truer than in North Carolina, where both houses of the state legislature are under Republican control by Tea Party conservatives who often cite scripture to support their agenda.

Packer-Town Local Gets Applause for Volunteerism

Like nonprofit organizations across North America, the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay, Wis., is scraping for funds to keep its programs alive even while the need to help struggling citizens grows due to a still difficult economy.

Freshmen in Congress Say No to Secret Trade Negotiations

What if the controversy raging over the National Security Agency’s surveillance of domestic phone calls is overshadowing an abuse of privacy that could undermine our nation’s democracy in a myriad of ways that the NSA spying never could?

Winnipeg SimplexGrinnell Workers Score Quick Campaign Win

In what organizers are calling a stellar campaign victory, a determined group of skilled technicians working for SimplexGrinnell in Winnipeg stood up for rights on the job and voted IBEW May 22.

IBEW Comic Book Recounts Labor’s Story to New Members

In a genre best known for caped crusaders and mutants saving the universe, one IBEW local is using comic books to tell the story of another kind of hero: the union men and women who made the American middle class.

Telecom Workers Tell FairPoint CEO: Let’s Sit down and Talk

On June 3, with a little over one year to go before their contract with FairPoint Communications expires, business managers and co-workers representing 1,700 IBEW members in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont traveled to the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Charlotte, N.C.

Minn. Local Takes Contract Fight to City Hall

Two Harbors, Minn., power and water workers are going public about stalled efforts to renew their two- year contract.

Calif. Local 595 Opens the Zero Net Energy Center

Dublin, Calif., Local 595’s new training center formally opens on May 30, instantly becoming one of the most efficient and technologically advanced commercial buildings in the country.

First District Vice President Phillip Flemming Dies

With sadness, the IBEW announces the death of First District Vice President Phillip Flemming on May 25. He was 68.

Shipyard Workers Win Sequester Reprieve

Federal shipyard workers across the United States won a temporary respite May 14, when the Pentagon announced that they were exempting employees from mandatory unpaid furlough days.

Minn. Memorial Honoring WWII Hero, an IBEW Member, Opens

Front and center of a new Memorial Day dedication in Minnesota is an IBEW member and one of the once-anonymous Marines who were the first to raise the American flag on Iwo Jima.

New Storm Lab Prepares Michigan Electricians for Weather Disasters

Summer is coming. For many, this means vacations on the beach, kids lounging at home and trips to the pool. But for utilities, summer means raging thunderstorms and hurricane season.

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Clays Shoot Supports Conservation Efforts

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, originally sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, has maintained conservation as a core mission since its founding in 2007.

After Lethal Tornado, Okla. Local Launches Relief Fund

The mile-wide tornado that tore through Moore, Okla., May 20 killed dozens and left a swath of destroyed homes, businesses and schools in its wake.

Illinois Local Hits Homer with Little League Scoreboard

When it comes to attitudes about unions and our members, Americans often summon the negative images spread by our adversaries, rather than considering the contributions of union members who could be their neighbors like the firefighters, police personnel or nurses. Or electricians.

Jon Gardner Retiresas Seventh District Vice President; Steven Speer Appointed

Seventh District International Vice President Jon Gardner will retire from office on June 1.

Alberta Oil Sands Workers Vote IBEW

For the IBEW's Darrell Taylor, organizing water treatment workers at the Alberta oil sands has been a lot like the tricky process of extracting raw fuel from the soil - slow and steady, but promising in the end.

Research Encourages Young Worker Movement

Effectively bridging the different perspectives and experiences of three and, sometimes, four generations in the same workplaces can be a daunting challenge for seasoned leaders and emerging activists alike.

IBEW Veteran Joins First Lady for Jobs Initiative Announcement

Eric Varela’s story is all too common. After serving as a combat infantryman in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division, Varela returned to California in 2008 to record high unemployment.

Returning High School Graduate Brings Back Solar Power and Sunshine

When Dave Royle was a student at central New Jersey’s Woodbridge (N.J.) High School in the late-1980s, he was well known for his smile.

Paycheck Deception Legislation Advances in Mo. State House

Missouri’s House Workforce Development and Workplace Safety Committee approved “paycheck protection” legislation on April 10. The bill would weaken public-sector unions by prohibiting members from having dues earmarked for political action from being automatically deducted from their paychecks.

Fundraising Effort Supports Pa. Campaign for ‘Right-to-Work’

When Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, joined with his Democratic colleague W. Va. Sen. Joe Manchin, to propose a bill on background check for gun owners, he was hailed as a “voice of reasonable compromise.” Not so fast.

On Workers Memorial Day, Activists Remember Victims, Step Up Fight for Living

To honor those who have lost their lives as a result of job-related illness or injury, dozens of countries around world have designated April 28 as Workers Memorial Day.

Edison Electric Institute, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Honor National Lineworkers

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) today salute the nation’s men and women who risk their lives daily to keep electricity flowing to the nation’s homes and businesses.

Groundswell Challenges President’s Social Security Cuts

Labor unions and progressive activists are speaking out and organizing in opposition to President Obama’s proposal to reduce Social Security benefits as part of his budget proposal announced on April 10. 

British Columbia Members Protests Domestic Outsourcing

Labour activists in Western Canada are calling for a moratorium on the federal temporary foreign worker program, saying that the system is rife with abuse.

Pittsburgh-Area High School Student Excels in Trade Skills

Celebrated poet Maya Angelou once said, “Living a life is like constructing a building; if you start wrong, you'll end wrong.”

If the same statement can describe a career, Michelle Braga, a 17-year-old Pittsburgh-area vocational-technical high school student who is aiming for an IBEW journeyman wireman apprenticeship, is on the right track in both spheres.

NACTEL:  Teaching Telecom Technology Tools

The best way to keep working is to keep up with the work, an increasingly demanding task with telecommunications technology.

IBEW Says Eastern Pipeline Means Good Jobs, Energy Independence for Canada

IBEW members in Canada are cheering TransCanada Corp’s. proposal to build a pipeline to transport crude oil from Western Canada to refineries in the east.

Comcast: No Paid Sick Days for Philly Workers

The Philadelphia City Council passed a bill last week that would require virtually every employer in the city to provide their workers with paid sick days – earning the enmity of Comcast, a major player in Philly politics.

Shipyard Workers Protest Sequestration

Workers across the nation rallied March 20 and 21 to protest likely furloughs brought on by the more than $1 trillion in automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequestration.

Obama Nominates Pro-Worker Attorney for Secretary of Labor

IBEW leaders are praising President Obama’s March 13 nomination of civil-rights attorney Thomas Perez for Secretary of Labor.

IBEW President Edwin D. Hill Lauds President Obama’s Energy Department Pick

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers President Edwin D. Hill says President Obama’s nomination of Ernest Moniz to be the next U.S. Department of Energy secretary “is the right choice to lead our nation as we enter a new era of energy policy.”

Policy, Industry, Labor Leaders Release Bipartisan Energy Plan

It’s not easy finding common ground in Washington, D.C., these days. Getting Democrats and Republicans – not to mention business and labor – to agree on anything seems an impossible challenge.

Burden of Sequestration to Fall on Government Employees

Thousands of IBEW members who work for the federal government or for private government contractors awoke Friday morning facing a shaky economic future. The sequestration – the series of draconian federal spending cuts totaling $1.2 trillion – went into effect March 1, meaning that more than 1 million federal workers face unpaid leave or worse unless Congress takes action to rescind the cuts.

Business, Labor Agree: Time to Act on Retirement Security

It’s one of the biggest challenges facing the economy today: providing retirement security for America’s work force.

What the Sequester Means for You

If you think the looming “sequester” – the series of automatic federal spending cuts set to go into effect Friday, March 1 – doesn’t affect you and your family, think again.

Five-Year Agreement Brings together Merged Utility Units in Vermont

Few words are as chilling to workers as “corporate merger.” Too often the aftermath is slashed jobs, cut wages and managers acting unreasonably.

Right-Wing Policy Shop: Busted Budgets, Giveaways to the Rich Coming to a State Near You

It’s one of the most powerful lobbying organizations in the United States today, exercising an outsized influence in the Republican Party and driving policy decisions in state houses and governors’ mansions across the country.  And chances are you’ve never heard of it.

Federal Budget Impasse Forces Immediate Navy Job Cuts

The Department of Defense is sending out dozens of contract cancelations and preparing to lay off ten, possibly hundreds of thousands of workers because they can no longer fund projects started after 2009, dues to the inability of Congress to pass a budget.

Facing Opposition, Ill. Sears Techs Ratify First Contract

Years of management favoritism, lack of respect on the job and the threat of declining wages had been wearing on hundreds of Sears service technicians in the upper Midwest for years.

Austin Local Says Workers Are Getting Cheated on City-Backed Project

Austin construction workers and workers’ rights activists are accusing hotel developer White Lodging Inc., of cheating employees out of tens of thousands of dollars in wages on one of Austin’s most high-profile construction projects.

National Right-to-Work Bill Offered in Congress

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has introduced a bill on Feb. 5 that would impose so called right-to-work laws nationally.

Activists Call on President Obama to Protect Workers

Union members and public safety officials are calling on President Obama to finalize an Occupational Safety and Health Administration standard that would reduce workers’ exposure to silica and save lives.

Labor-Management Partnership Nets Toronto Local Big Organizing Win

Dial One Wolfdale Electric Inc., was one of the Toronto area’s largest nonunion contractors, performing millions of dollars in commercial and industrial work each year.

Have a Union-Made Super Bowl Party!

The AFL-CIO Now blog is publicizing a list of union-made food and drinks for members to enjoy on Super Bowl Sunday. 

Texas Member Taken Hostage, Killed in Algeria

Victor Lovelady’s family members say he was a hero long before the project manager for a Houston-based energy firm was killed at an Algeria natural gas plant after being held hostage by Al Qaeda terrorists.

Pa. Workers Mobilize Against Right-to-Work

While gridlock reigns in the legislative halls of Washington, D.C., states are churning with anti-union bills, including Pennsylvania, where activists are fighting back.

Kansas Workers Fight to Preserve First Amendment Rights

Kansas lawmakers are considering legislation that would drastically curtail the rights of teachers, firefighters and other public workers to participate in the political process.

New Safety Accord Protects Railway Workers’ Whistleblower Rights

On Jan 15, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and leading freight railroad BNSF Railway Co., marked a big step forward for on-the-job safety by signing an accord that protects from retaliation workers who report on-the-job injuries.


Ross Galbraith

The International Executive Council has appointed Fredericton, New Brunswick, Local 37 Business Manager Ross Galbraith Eighth District IEC member.

Solis Resignation a Loss for Labor

Summarizing the Obama administration’s accomplishments in remarks to the IBEW Convention in Vancouver, now-retired General Counsel Larry Cohen said:

We again have a Department of Labor that is a department for labor. It is no longer an anti-labor labor department, which it was throughout the Bush administration.

Members Urged to Join the 'A' Team 

Henry Miller, the first President of the IBEW, died in 1896 without enough money for a decent burial... members of the IBEW established a fraternal death benefit association in 1922 whose essential purpose was to provide the named beneficiary of a deceased member a sum that might permit our member to be interred in a dignified manner.

Union Sportsman Alliance Celebrates Big 2012

2012 was a big year for union members with a passion for hunting and fishing. The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance – a national organization of union members committed to outdoor sports and conservation – surpassed 50,000 members, its highest number yet.

Award-winning Economists: Means Testing is a Dangerous Plan

Union folks shouldn’t be surprised when our adversaries play word games. Terms like “right-to-work” or “ownership society” sound, to many, as American as the Super Bowl until people find out that the first could cut their pay and benefits and the second would put benefits like Social Security and Medicare in the private hands of Wall Street.