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Standing Against LaborViolations

L.U. 16 (i), EVANSVILLE, IN — Our local was very busy with social activities this spring. In February, the hall's culinary team was narrowly edged out of a first-place finish at the annual Battle of the Beans chili cookoff. In March, the Mud Bug Festival was held, benefiting the sick and needy of the IBEW. That same month brought children and grandchildren of members out for this year's Easter egg hunt, which also featured a visit from a larger-than-life costumed Easter bunny. Thanks to Brother John Tyler Schultz for donning the big ears and to everyone who made these events possible.

The union's retirees are still actively meeting for monthly gatherings and breakfasts, but due to multiple unfair labor practice charges filed against the restaurant, a new facility is being chosen. The previous location's owner was accused of illegal tip sharing, failing to pay the minimum wage, failing to properly pay overtime and failing to keep accurate records. The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking a judgment for 44 employees totaling more than $450,000. Kudos to the retirees for remaining true to their values by not patronizing this establishment.

Donald P. Beavin, P.S.

Meetings and Marches at Local 24

L.U. 24 (es,i&spa), BALTIMORE, MD — Greetings from Charm City! In March, we hosted a contractor startup class for members who are interested in becoming signatory contractors. Thanks to our agents, Derek Adolfo and Jon McLaughlin, we were able to create an event for members to learn about bonding, manpower and how to run an electrical contracting business. In addition, William Yull of Maryland NECA and IBEW International Representative Virgil Hamilton gave the members pertinent information. We look forward to these members becoming signatory contractors.

Local 24 attended the Labor Night rally in Annapolis, the state capital. With signs and IBEW caps, over 200 members gathered on Lawyers Mall with other unions, such as AFSCME, the AFT and the UA, to encourage our state legislators to fight for workers' rights and wage equality. Maryland Secretary of Labor Portia Wu, Lt. Gov. Aruna Miller and many other officials pledged their support to the packed crowd of union brothers and sisters. It has always been important for us to stay involved in politics to make sure elected officials know where we stand so our members and their families benefit. We are proud to continue this tradition.

Live Better/Work Union.

Mike McHale, B.M.

Local 24 members Rayshawn Pointer, Gerald Derrickson and Denzell Brown attending the labor rally in Annapolis, Md.

Local 26 Events

L.U. 26 (ees,em,es,govt,i&mt), WASHINGTON, DC — As of this writing, our local union officers and agents have been extremely busy. We attended the IBEW Construction and Maintenance Conference, North America's Building Trades National Legislative Conference, the Craftsmanship Awards dinner banquet and the JATC graduation. The annual Dollars Against Diabetes golf outing was also held.

The Manassas, Va., picnic is Saturday, June 22, and the Edgewater, Md., picnic is Saturday, Aug. 24. The fishing trip is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, and the Poker Run for Special Love is Saturday, Sept. 28. Please visit our website for further details at .

Best wishes to the following retirees: Robert W. Adco*ck, John R. Degutis Jr., Joseph A. Devito, James T. Ellis, Florin Flores, Mario Garcia, Ricky F. Holmes, Michael J. LaQuay, James M. Lytle, Henry E. Rivers, Benjamin L. Staniewicz IV, Beverly C. Taylor Jr. and Clarence E. Watts.

The following members have passed away since our last article: Philip A. Brant, Norman F. Callahan, Calvin G. Campbell, Douglas A. Carr, Louis A. Grant, Darrell R. Harris, Lemuel Henderson, Daniel J. Jones, David E. Joyce, Son T. Khong, Richard Kleffman Jr., Durward ("Butch") Lichliter, Christopher R. Payne, Donald M. Robey, Elijah I. Safadi and Terry L. Webb.

Joe Dabbs, B.M.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

L.U. 38 (i), CLEVELAND, OH — Cleveland's St. Patrick's Day parade is a cherished tradition that has been part of the city's cultural fabric for more than 175 years. The parade celebrates Irish heritage, camaraderie and the spirit of St. Patrick. Local 38's Wiremen's Shamrock Club once again took part in the annual tradition. The Shamrock Club members, families and friends marched from E. 18th St. through Public Square on another beautiful day in Cleveland.

The work outlook remains strong in the inside and VDV branches. Several large projects are underway, and crew sizes continue to increase. Progressive Field's first phase of renovations was done before Opening Day, some work will continue throughout the season, and the next phase will start after the Guardians' pennant chase.

Work on Sherwin Williams' new 36-story headquarters downtown and 600,000-square-foot research and development center in Brecksville continues. Cleveland Clinic's new 1 million-square-foot Neurological Institute will start increasing crew sizes in the near future. The $100 million expansion on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame should be starting this summer. All these projects are working under PLAs and have created great work opportunities for our sisters and brothers off Books 1 and 2.

Dan Gallagher, B.M.

Local 38's Wiremen's Shamrock Club at the 2024 St. Patrick's Day parade in Cleveland, Ohio.

Massive UNITY Rally Kicks Off Bargaining

L.U. 40 (em,i&mps), HOLLYWOOD, CA — On March 3, our local and allies in the trades kicked off a historic season of contract negotiations with the rollicking "Many Crafts, One Fight" rally. Members of Local 40, Teamsters, plasterers, laborers and plumbers were joined by the IATSE — stage employees — and members of the Writers Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA, the American Federation of Musicians and others. They gathered to let Hollywood producers and studios know that nothing moves without the crew.

More than 1,000 union members, supporters and their families turned out for the rally. Health and retirement benefits are key issues for Local 40 during these contract talks. But this year, the local has a distinct advantage at the bargaining table not seen in more than a generation: For the first time in nearly 40 years, Local 40 and the other trades will join the 13 local unions under the IATSE umbrella in negotiating the benefits portion of the contract. This act of solidarity swells the ranks to 18 locals representing 50,000 workers, a formidable number to sit across from studio management. Local 40 organizer Juan Rodriguez appreciated the solidarity at the Woodley Park rally: "We're fighting for the middle class. We are the middle class. If we don't fight for it, it will be taken away."

Stephan Davis, B.M./F.S.

Local 40 members attended the "Many Crafts, One Fight" rally in Los Angeles.

Electric School Bus

L.U. 46 (as,c,cs,em,es,et,i,mar,mo,mt,rtb,rts&st), SEATTLE, WA — Our local loves to celebrate our wins! We hosted Gov. Jay Inslee in the local's Kent Hall to sign our school bus electrification bill. The Washington Department of Ecology is investing $13.3 million to help local transit agencies buy 50 zero-emission, battery-powered electric buses, and the work for charging stations goes to unions!

We had an incredible delegation go to Councilmember Girmay Zahilay's Hometown Heroes event with former Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin. We also had PAC members who attended advanced training on using the Labor Action Network. Local 46 Political Action Committee members are coming through!

Our organizing team has had several wins lately. Local 46 would like to welcome Lumenal Lighting, Shermco, Premier Power and Phase 3 Electric to the family. We look forward to working with you! Local 46 also has a pending petition with Auto-Chlor and looks forward to welcoming them. Great work, Brother Nick Genton and Sister Shannon Hagen!

Our Membership Volunteer Organizing Committee put together a member-to-member blitz this spring. Siblings from all classifications went door knocking to check in with our out-of-work sisters and brothers. They made sure to inform them of the resources available, as well as remind them of the brotherhood inside the IBEW. Thank you, Brother Michael Lebeis, for your work coordinating the blitz.

Megan Kirby, P.S.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee with Local 46 staff signing the electric school bus bill.

On the Hook

L.U. 48 (c,em,i,rtb,rts,st,tm&ptc), PORTLAND, OR — Each year, members of our local assist children at the Klineline Kids Fishing event, a chance for parents to give their kids an experience they may not normally have. With a pond well stocked with fish and volunteers ready to assist, kids of all ages are able to try fishing thanks to help from trusted adults. There's also a day set aside for children with special needs. While there are many highlights, volunteers said the look on faces when the kids get a bite, reel it in and see what they've caught is priceless.

In times when budgets are tight, families are under stress and childhood seems to slip away too fast, the chance for Local 48 to be an agent of good in the community is not taken lightly. This is just one of the many ways that members find to give back and show who we really are — not for our sake, but for the sake of those we serve.

Kevin Lux, P.S.

Voting Yes for Union Works

L.U. 70 (lctt&o), WASHINGTON, DC — In 2019, our local organized Asplundh tree trimmers working on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. They had worked for several years without any pay increases, and Local 70 has negotiated raises for them each year since they became union. Dominick Difulvio, Charles Garder and David Homa have been there since the beginning and see the advantages of being part of a union.

Local 70 would like to thank them for their hard work and their ongoing help in organizing new members, and we congratulate them on five years of service.

George Embrey, Bus. Rep.

From left, Local 70's Dominick Difulvio, Charles Gardner and David Homa.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, Friend of Labor

L.U. 82 (em,i,mt&rtb), DAYTON, OH — On March 18, our local hosted a news conference at the hall to announce the Ohio State Building Trades' endorsem*nt of Sen. Sherrod Brown for reelection. The event was very well attended by the skilled trades in the Dayton area. State Building Trades Director Mike Knisley reconfirmed that Sen. Brown is, and always has been, "a great friend of labor!"

Ryan Brown, P.S.

Local 82's union hall in Dayton, Ohio, was used for an announcement of the Ohio State Building Trades' endorsem*nt of Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Local 124 Will Need Hands

L.U. 124 (ees,em,i,mar,rts,se,spa,t&ptc), KANSAS CITY, MO — Brothers and sisters, Missouri voters took to the polls April 2 for municipal elections and ballot measures. In Jackson County, there was a vote for which we were all holding our breath, the 3/8-cent sales tax renewal. This renewal would allow the construction of a new Royals downtown stadium and renovations of the Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium, bringing 5,000 new construction jobs to the metro area. Sadly, the vote did not pass. What comes next for the sports teams in Jackson County is unknown because they are now open to negotiations with other counties with fewer pro-labor protections.

The Panasonic battery plant is ramping up, and the number of hands needed keeps growing. There are more than 200 electricians on site, and there will be a need for hundreds more among the various contractors.

As usual, data centers are popping up everywhere. Building 3 at Meta's complex is in the underground process, and calls are expected soon. A second data center site is in bidding. Hopefully, there will be good news soon!

Bo Moreno, B.M.

Summer in NewOrleans

L.U. 130 (i&ptc), NEW ORLEANS, LA — Summertime is here in New Orleans, and so is the heat. We are expecting work in our area to pick up with various jobs — including the lighting of the Crescent City Connection, Harrah's Casino, renovation of the convention center and hotel renovations for the 2025 Super Bowl — all getting started.

In February, we mourned the loss of Clay Leon III, business manager of Local 130 from 2009 to 2013 and Fifth District international representative. Clay dedicated his life to the IBEW and will be missed by all of us.

Sisters, start making your plan to attend the IBEW Women's Conference on Sept. 24-26 and Tradeswomen Build Nations, the largest gathering of tradeswomen in the world, on Sept. 27-29, both here in New Orleans. These should be great events!

Butch Naquin, R.S.

Local 134's Continuing Education Initiative

L.U. 134 (catv,em,govt,i,mt,rtb,rts,spa&t), CHICAGO, IL — One of the best resources to strengthen our membership at our local is the journeyman night classes offered via the EJATT ( ).

We encourage every member to update their knowledge and skill set with various night classes available at the school. Local 134 has invested in the best training facility in the county, and we offer night classes in all areas of our industry.

To assure our commitment to the continuing-education program, Local 134 has offered these classes free to those journeyman wiremen members who complete a night class.

Any journeyman who completes a night class between fall 2023 and September 2024 will also have their name automatically entered into a special raffle.

The raffle drawing will be held Sept. 7 at the union picnic on the EJATT campus in Alsip, Ill.

Raffle prizes include:

  • Whole-house natural gas generator system
  • Trip for four to the Caribbean
  • 2024 Ford F-150 Lightning (grand prize)

Brothers and sisters, our local has put tremendous time and effort into the EJATT continuing-education program. We hope to make our membership safer, smarter and more prepared for emerging technologies through these night classes. We will continue to use our program as a model when we try to land future projects in Cook County.

We encourage all eligible members to sign up for a night class before the raffle deadline in September.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the picnic.

Donald Finn, B.M./F.S.

PV 101 is one of many course options available at Local 134's JW night class program.

IBEW Apprenticeships:
Ensuring the Future of OurIndustry

L.U. 150 (es,i,rts&spa), WAUKEGAN, IL — As June begins, many locals like ours will be welcoming into our Brotherhood a new class of first-year apprentices. We would like to congratulate those who were accepted! Please, sisters and brothers, introduce yourself to all apprentices on your jobsites and at union meetings. Impart them with the wisdom and knowledge it takes to be a journeyman wireman, a good sister or brother, and an active member in our local and the IBEW. Teach them about jobsite safety and how to look out for one another. Taking these steps will help to ensure the future of our industry and the IBEW. It starts on our jobsites!

We would like to remind everyone to come out to the Antioch Bandshell on July 25 at 7 p.m. to enjoy a concert in the park and partake in some food and beverages offered by local vendors. Wear your favorite Local 150 gear — we will see you there.

Also, come and visit with one another July 27 at the union hall, starting at 11 a.m., for the annual Local 150 family picnic. We look forward to our continued solidarity and the great food and refreshments. Come out and enjoy the festivities the fourth-year apprentice class has planned for us!

As always, sisters and brothers, be safe and look out for one another.

Aaron M. Rendon, R.S.

Local Elections and St.Patrick's Day

L.U. 236 (catv,ees,govt,i,mo,rtb&t), ALBANY, NY — Our local recently had great attendance at the annual Albany St. Patrick's Day parade, with more than 100 members and their families coming out to celebrate. Member events continue to grow and keep the brotherhood alive outside the workplace.

The work picture here in the capital of New York is promising, with several jobs on the horizon, including GlobalFoundries, Wadsworth labs, the SUNY NFR project, and various offshore wind and solar projects.

In June, we will have our local union election. We appreciate any members willing to run for local office and become involved in union business. Best of luck to all prospective candidates this year!

Thanks to everyone who has been a part of Local 236 as we strive to make it a better place for electricians every day.

Paul Nylin, A.B.M.

Local 236 had great attendance at Albany's annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

Local 258 Pioneers First Local Union Veterans Committee
in Canada

L.U. 258 (ees,em,lctt,o&u), VANCOUVER, BC — With great pleasure, our local announces that the International Office has recognized its newly formed Veterans Committee, making it the first chartered IBEW Veterans Committee in Canada! Co-chair Jordan Geddert states: "We are extremely proud to be the first local in Canada to be recognized. Having accomplished that, we are looking forward to getting on with some real work and helping veterans within Local 258 and across the country."

Local 258's Veterans Committee aims to attract more veterans to the union and aid them in finding meaningful employment in the fields represented by the local. In line with this goal, the co-chairs, Brothers Geddert and Jamie Lowe, already have big plans for the committee.

Business Manager Cody Gatzke said: "My expectations have been surpassed. The level of participation we have seen in our Veterans Committee has been nothing short of inspiring — a true reflection of solidarity within our local union." President Kevin Duchak agreed: "The speed at which our Veterans Committee mobilized is a testament to the commitment of our members, proving that when we stand together, we can achieve remarkable things."

Cody Gatzke, B.M./F.S.

Local 258 members Jamie Lowe (left) and Jordan Geddert (right) receiving a certificate of recognition on behalf of the local's Veterans Committee.

Local 288 Educates NewMembers

L.U. 288 (i,rts,spa,u&ptc), WATERLOO, IA — On March 2, a new members' class was held at the Black Hawk County Labor Temple. The class was designed to educate newer members about the many facets of union membership. Led by Local 288 Business Manager Chuck Kacher and aided by organizer Ritchie Kurtenbach, the class went into a brief history of the IBEW's creation and development over the last century.

Members were also informed of the bylaws and collective bargaining agreement, as well as where to access that information. Chuck explained the local's jurisdiction, the book system and the importance of organizing. The bulk of the class was focused on developing members' understanding of their health care coverage, retirement benefits and investment options.

Local 288 was excited to welcome a few members' spouses to the class, as well. We value the importance of member families understanding the benefits available through the labor of their loved ones.

In other news, work in the area continues to look steady, and Local 288 continues to organize new members by demonstrating the value and respect that comes with organized labor.

Chuck Kacher, B.M./F.S.

Waterloo, Iowa, Local 288 held a new-member class March 2.

Local 300 Emphasizes Attraction and Retention

L.U. 300 (govt,i,u,mo&lctt), MONTPELIER, VT — Congratulations to Lyndon Electric Department and Stowe Electric for their successful and otherwise fruitful negotiations. Both groups were able to significantly increase their wages and benefits in creative ways that will increase attraction and retention opportunities now and in the future.

The theme for negotiations this year is attraction and retention. Employees are requesting more from their employers, not just in wages but in other benefits. Creative minds and a willingness to be open to new ideas help develop new and improved benefit structures. The union and its members appreciate the willingness of those employers able to see beyond their noses in search of a brighter future.

Speaking of a brighter future, hope you all enjoyed the total solar eclipse. We here in Vermont got a 100% totality view. We also increased our population, although temporarily, by 30%. I wonder how all those solar panels fared.

A yearly shout-out goes to SlamT1D for its upcoming whiffle ball tournament in August. Last year, the group raised over $20,000 for Type 1 diabetes awareness and advocacy. Spectators are welcome and encouraged. And yes, you can bring your own beer.

Be well and keep the faith.

Jeffrey Wimette, B.M.

Montpelier, Vt., Local 300's Green Mountain State logo.

Red Hot Summer

L.U. 364 (catv,ees,em,es,i,mt,rts&spa), ROCKFORD, IL — On April 11, our local held our adopt-an-apprentice event at our hall with about 200 journeymen and apprentices attending. This event pairs new apprentices with seasoned journeymen to coach them through their apprenticeships and explain to them how to conduct themselves until they graduate.

The knowledge our apprentices gain from working with journeymen outside the jobsite is incalculable. The success of this program is evident in how well our new journeymen and journeywomen understand the rules of the road and how they represent Local 364 on the jobsite with pride and integrity.

On to our work outlook, and man, are we busy with most (if not all) calls going to Book 2. Speaking of Book 2, we would like to send a special thank you to all the brothers and sisters from across this great nation who have come to work in our jurisdiction. We simply couldn't have completed this amount of work without you.

Project Yukon in Belvidere, Ill., is rolling along, and our Facebook project continues to add workers during the peaks and valleys of work for that project.

Our Hard Rock Casino project is taking shape, with several members on the job and lots of work left to complete, but it still has an estimated late summer opening.

Going forward, we have our upcoming family picnic in July and our golf outing in August, great events full of brotherhood and camaraderie, which we look forward to every year.

Brad Williams, P.S.

Local 424 Supporting ourVeterans

L.U. 424 (as,ees,em,es,i,mo,o,ptc,rtb,rts,spa&u), EDMONTON, AB — Hello, brothers and sisters: In a proud Canadian moment of solidarity and support, our local had a landmark achievement in March. Local 424 warmly welcomed its 41st member through the Helmets to Hardhats program, a true testament to our local's commitment since 2008 to honor those who served in the Canadian Armed Forces by facilitating their transition to civilian life.

Helmets to Hardhats provides veterans with a direct path into the construction trades, recognizing their service to our country and offering them opportunities for stable, fulfilling careers in the industry. This initiative not only pays tribute to the sacrifices and skills of our veterans but also benefits our workforce with their unmatched discipline, leadership and technical acumen.

As we celebrate this milestone, Local 424 renews its dedication to forging paths for veterans into the construction trades, ensuring that their talents continue to enhance our community and the industry at large and embodying the true Canadian spirit of support and inclusivity.

Scott Crichton, P.S.

From left, Helmets to Hardhats graduate Mathieu Lussier and Local 424 Business Manager Michael A. Reinhart.

Spring Has Sprung

L.U. 530 (i,o&rtb), SARNIA, ON — At the time of this writing, with the coming of spring the work situation is starting to bloom, too. Much of our work will be on the road this summer, building battery plants in Windsor and St. Thomas, with the exception of a couple of large maintenance turnarounds at Suncor, Imperial Oil and Shell. We also will be constructing a new Crown Royal distillery, the first to be built in Canada in many years. Construction is slated to begin this fall.

We are all looking forward to the OPC Hockey Tournament (go Sarnia!) and our local's annual golf tournament later this summer.

Keith Winsor, Bus. Rep.

Local 570 Recognizes MollyBerning-O'Neill

L.U. 570 (i,mo,spa&u), TUCSON, AZ — Our local, the NJATC and our Women's Committee would like to congratulate Molly Berning-O'Neill on becoming the first female instructor to teach at the NJATC in Tucson.

A journeyman wireman at Sturgeon Electric, Molly graduated from the four-year apprenticeship in June 2023 at the top of her class and immediately decided that she wanted to teach. "I enjoy sharing knowledge, and it felt like a good way to contribute to our local," she said.

She is teaching the fourth-year apprentices in preparation for the Apprentice of the Year test, but she often helps with other classes when needed.

She is also president of the Local 570 Women's Committee. In December 2023, she attended the NABTU Tradeswomen Build Nations conference in Washington, D.C. She volunteers for Habitat For Humanity's Women Build, local food drives and union picnics alongside her fellow brothers and sisters.

Thank you, Molly, for your hard work and dedication to Local 570.

Rachelle Harris, P.S.

Local 570's Molly Berning-O'Neill tutors fourth-year apprentice William George for the Apprentice of the Year test.

Local 654 Celebrates 85thAnniversary

L.U. 654 (i), CHESTER, PA — Our local celebrated an exciting milestone of 85 years with a sold-out event at our union hall. Retirees, active members, apprentices, family and friends all took part, hosted on a Saturday night in February. Years-of-service pins were awarded to members who had 15 to 55 years. Retired Business Manager Steve McNally gave a memorable introduction to the group, and President Bill Adams gave a speech about how well the union is doing and how proud he was of the membership and to have the local persevere for 85 years.

Members reported back on how much fun they had and how meaningful the evening was. Local 654 is proud of its successful 85 years, and we look forward to our next milestone.

Christopher Schieler, P.S.

Local 654 celebrated its 85th anniversary in February.

Local 684 Sees Highest Wage Increase Ever

L.U. 684 (c,i,rts&st), MODESTO, CA — Proxima Solar, a single-craft PLA that employed over 300 electricians and added nearly 25% membership growth, is wrapping up. 2024 and early 2025 look promising in late spring and early summer, with projects including a Costco warehouse, Mormon temple, Kaiser Permanente medical office building, North Valley lab, jet fuel refinery, various school additions, and more solar and battery storage.

We concluded negotiations and received our highest wage increase in Local 684 history. In a major win for the apprentices, they will receive an extra 5% bump across all periods, including higher contractor contributions to the JATC Building Fund. A late congratulations goes to our 2023 apprentice class, the first class to be 100% California state-certified by graduation.

Local 684's LMCT teamed up with Toys 4 Tots once again in 2023, donating over 40 bikes and scooters to local children for Christmas.

We'd also like to recognize the members who have recently retired. We wish you the best of luck.

To those who have passed, we hold you in our hearts. Thanks for all you've done during your time of membership. Without you, there would be no us.

Mike Mendoza, Bus. Rep.

Local 684's newly retired "Big Ed" Ventura enjoying a beer in Rupert, Idaho, on a recent road trip.

Union Labor Against Right-To-Work in Southern Illinois

L.U. 702 (as,c,catv,cs,em,es,et,govt,i,it,lctt,mo,mt,o,p,pet,ptc,rtb,rts,se,
spa,st,tu,uow&ws), WEST FRANKFORT, IL — Our local and southern Illinois labor continue to stand against the so-called right-to-work legislation in Illinois. Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Committee, was an invited speaker on the Southern Illinois University campus March 28. Several hundred union members greeted him to deliver the message that he was not welcome in our state. A sit-in demonstration at the event was held, and the planned event never resulted in any productive results for right-to-work. A big thank you goes out to all of labor for their collective efforts.

We continue to monitor and prepare for the rollout of the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment, or BEAD, program. This major investment is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which will help distribute billions of dollars in federal funding for high-speed internet access.

The Boomtown Solar project is in full swing. At the time of this writing, there are 168 IBEW members working on this project. Vistra's Pulaski Solar project is 405 megawatts, begins in late summer and is expected to be under the Tri-Trade Solar Agreement.

Jamie Hatfield, A.B.M.

2024 Chili Cookoff a Success

L.U. 1340 (i&o), NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Our local's motorcycle club sponsored the fifth annual chili cookoff March 23 at the newly renovated union hall. The event was well attended, and all proceeds (approx. $2,000) were donated to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. The Baddadz provided music while attendees sampled the many variations of chili prepared by members and assistants, and a raffle raised additional money from donated gifts.

Winners by category were:

  • Judges' choice — Gerald "Doc" Dix
  • Apprentice division — Izzie Redmond and DonteBrown
  • Construction division — Alan Greer
  • Maintenance division — Danny Smook
  • Retiree division — Ralph Pacheco

There were no entries in the Book 2 division. Many families enjoyed the event, and the club looks forward to holding this every year.

Jim Avery, P.S.

Part of the busy serving line at the Local 1340 motorcycle-club-sponsored chili cookoff.

Nassau County Local 3 Retirees' Bowling League

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, NASSAU COUNTY CHAPTER — Our bowling league met March 14 and enjoyed a St. Patrick's Day lunch before our regular bowling. The league had a catered corned beef lunch with all the trimmings to celebrate the day with fellow retirees.

The bowling league membership has grown greatly under the direction of Tony "Three Step" Amandola. Tony said that when he started bowling with the team, there were only 8 to 10 bowlers each week. We now have 16 active teams on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Wantagh Lanes in Wantagh, N.Y. Tony said we have members of all skill levels and handicap players to balance the teams, and all the members have a great time. He said the league is a way to reconnect with old friends or make new ones, and as he says at the retirees' meetings, "If you can take three steps and roll the ball 60 feet, you are a bowler."

John Milligan, P.S.

The Local 3 Nassau Chapter retirees have 16 active teams that bowl on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Wantagh Lanes in Wantagh, N.Y.

Suffolk County Local 3 Retirees Celebrate the Irish

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, SUFFOLK COUNTY CHAPTER — As a proud member and the club's photographer, I took the accompanying photograph at our most recent celebration of St. Patrick's Day at an Irish pub in Ronkonkoma, Long Island. Standing on the far right is our chairman, Rich Duva, with other officers and members of the Suffolk County Chapter Retirees' Club.

Steven Danielson, R.S.

The Local 3 Suffolk County Chapter retirees celebrated St. Patrick's Day at an Irish Pub in Ronkonkoma, Long Island.

Local 26 Retirees Cruise the Panama Canal

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 26, WASHINGTON, DC — By now, I'm sure you all are aware of the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. While the bridge is not specifically in Local 26 jurisdiction, it is within commuting distance and affects travelers throughout the region. As construction electricians, our members mourn the loss of the bridge workers, and our hearts go out to all the suddenly unemployed workers involved.

Our members have occasionally sailed from the Port of Baltimore, and it was always a highlight at the beginning and end of a Baltimore-based cruise to stand on deck as we sailed under the Key Bridge and past Fort McHenry, which rests famously in Baltimore's harbor.

Speaking of cruises, Retirees' Club members recently returned from a cruise aboard the Celebrity Beyond from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., into the Panama Canal before turning around at Gatun Lake. There were various ports of call along the way, including Columbia and Panama and the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. We await tales of their adventures at the next retirees' monthly meeting.

Recently, Retirees' Club members joined other members of Local 26 in a day of service for cherry blossoms and cleanup in the areas surrounding the Capitol. The National Cherry Blossom Festival has grown into a big event, with participants from around the world. The Local 26 Electrical Workers Minority Caucus spearheaded the event, inviting able-bodied retiree members to lend a hand. The Local 26 Retirees' Club thanks the EWMC for the opportunity to participate and for coordinating this with the National Park Service.

In April, we held a retiree service award ceremony and luncheon for those receiving awards. The retired members awards ranged from 20 to 70 years. Congratulations to all!

Michael Acree, P.S.

Local 26 retirees joined other members of the local in a day of service to tend to cherry blossoms in the areas surrounding the U.S. Capitol.

Welcome Back, Local 35 Retirees

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 35, HARTFORD, CT — March 13 saw our first Retirees' Club meeting in 2024, and we thank all who attended. We welcome all retirees to attend at least one meeting to see what they're all about.

Dennis Machol and Charles Rose attended a recent American Retirement Association meeting. The discussion at this meeting concerned Social Security and retirement benefits. We thank them for their participation and knowledge to share with our group of retirees.

As I write this, spring is here, and we look forward to attending Hartford Yard Goats games at the stadium we helped to build.

We hope to see new retirees at our meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at noon at the Knights of Columbus, 171 Pascone Place, Newington, Conn., where lunch is served.

Kenneth White, P.S.

Service Pins Awarded at Local 53

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 53, KANSAS CITY, MO — Hello brothers and sisters, just a few lines to catch up on things.

By the time you read this article, the retirement luncheon and the annual crappie tournament will have taken place. We will report on both in the next article.

The following retirees will be receiving service pins this year: David Adkins, George Brunsky, Gary Docman, Jerry Gaughran, Darrell Hutchings and Marlin Kreiser (50 years); Milton Bratcher, Paul Beery, Leroy Bossow, Gary Crews, Gary Shields, Edward Spears, Richard Stordahl and Edward Williams (55 years); Jim Gaylord (60 years); Rex Comley and Robert Stafford (70 years); and Joe Zimmerman (75 years). Congratulations to all!

It is with sadness that I have to report that we lost another retiree, Bill Hamel. Rest in peace, brother.

Duane Pearce, P.S.

Join Local 58 Retirees at the Summer Picnic

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 58, DETROIT, MI — In April, we celebrated our members who received 50-, 55-, 60-, 65- and 70-year pins honoring their time in the IBEW. This annual event took place at our union hall on the last Saturday in April. This gathering helps us acknowledge and honor those who came before us, and it allows all of us to celebrate with them and their families and friends. The work they did and the accomplishments of their time in our great union are immeasurable. Another successful pin party was enjoyed by all.

Aug. 28 is the date of our annual summer picnic, which is held at Rotary Park in Livonia, Mich. This is always a great time, with catered food, a lovely park setting, and lots of time to catch up with old friends and make new ones.

The November election is fast approaching, so consider sending a contribution to the IBEW PAC. Check it out at and click "Donate Now" at the bottom of the page. Together we can elect candidates who support pro-worker policies that prioritize unions. Your donation will make a difference! Remember, many hands make light work of a big job.

Pat Nuznov, P.S.

Hop On Board

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 105, HAMILTON, ON — I am happy to say that our local's retiree group has enjoyed and looks forward to the events noted below:

  • Euchre, Monday afternoons
  • Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, lunch at the Spaghetti Factory and a stop at the Dutch Mill Country Market
  • Cairn Croft Best Western Niagara Falls, including two breakfasts, a dinner and a wine-and-cheese party (What's not to like?)
  • May dance, Michelangelo's, May 5
  • Grand River Raceway and Casino, June 7
  • Barbecue, union hall, June 21

Additionally we're looking forward to a couple of fish fries and other trips over the next few months!

Our trip to the Ripley's Aquarium, Spaghetti Factory and Dutch Mill Country Market was a wonderful experience! The market has many amazing items, and the handmade furniture is lovely. A great time was had by all.

We'll all be having fun at the Cairn Croft in Niagara Falls. Some of us may even try our luck at the casino or stop in at the Jimmy Buffett bar for a margarita! Lots of fun times to enjoy!

For those of you in Local 105 who are 55 or older and have not yet joined the Retirees' Club, jump on board! Look at all the fun you're missing out on! It's only $25 per person a year, and you'll get that and more back in gift cards!

Please remember that all the events we enjoy are made possible by our respected hard-working local members and executive board, past and present. We are so proud and fortunate to be a part of your team! Our sincere, heartfelt thanks to all of you for your hard work!

Eden McLean, P.S.

Hamilton, Ontario, Local 105 retirees enjoy a lunch outing at the Spaghetti Factory.

70-Year Service Pin Awarded
From Grandson to Grandfather

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 125, PORTLAND, OR — Portland General Electric journeyman lineman Josh Welle enjoyed a special moment with his grandfather, retired PGE journeyman lineman Robert "Andy" Anderson, when he presented him with his 70-year service award pin. Congratulations, Brother Anderson!

Travis Eri, B.M.

Journeyman lineman Josh Welle with his grandfather, retired journeyman lineman Robert "Andy" Anderson.

Local 134 Retirees Accept Biennial Elections

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 134, CHICAGO, IL — Summer greetings to all members of the IBEW. On Feb. 8, at the retirees' regular meeting, nominations for the even-year election for officers and the executive board members was held. All nominees accepted and agreed to serve.

On Feb. 22, a group of 29 retirees enjoyed a tasty luncheon and "Fiddler on the Roof." Always a good time at the Drury Lane Theater in Oakbrook, Ill.

At our March 13 regular retirees' meeting, a delicious luncheon was served by Gatto's catering in Memorial Hall at our Local 134 home in Chicago. Following the meal, our meeting was called to order. The biennial election was accepted. The officers are President Hale Landes, Vice President Keith F. Berls, Secretary Alan H. Sindelar and Treasurer Bernard F. Martin. Executive board members are Charles J. Chathas, Mario J. Coletta, John M. Jazo and Hector R. Rivera. Brother Tim Fitzgibbons, president of Local 134, administered the oath of office to the newly elected officers and executive board members.

With a heavy heart, I regret to mention the loss of IBEW brother and retirees' executive board member Hector R. Rivera. We received word of his passing on March 20. Hector was a gentle soul, always with a big smile to greet us. He will be greatly missed by our Retirees' Club, his wife and family, and all who knew him.

At our executive board meeting March 25, retiree member John Cummins took the oath of office, given by Local 134 Retirees' Club President Hale Landes, to fill the empty seat. Welcome, John Cummins, to our executive board.

Wishing you all a safe and fun summer.

Susan Kleczka, P.S.

Local 134 President Tim Fitzgibbons gives the oath of office to (from left) John M. Jazo, Hector R. Rivera, Mario J. Coletta, Bernard F. Martin, Hale Landes, Alan H. Sindelar and Keith F. Berls.

Join Us, Local 164 Retirees!

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 164, JERSEY CITY, NJ — At the November 2023 luncheon, new Retirees' Club officers President David Judovin, Vice President Ken Terhune and Secretary Jon Riser were sworn in by Local 164 President Thomas Sullivan. We celebrated Thanksgiving with a great turkey dinner and many in attendance.

In December, we had our annual holiday party luncheon with about 150 members and spouses. We shared work stories, health updates and fishing tales; listened to Christmas tunes; and ate a magnificent catered meal. Thanks to Jim Meyers and a very able crew for our pleasure.

The retirees were also guests at the annual dinner dance at the Parsippany Sheraton celebrating 50-year brothers and other veterans of the business.

The winter months haven't stopped us. We had a Super Bowl pool, organized our annual spring golf league, and are preparing for a September golf outing and raffle that raises money for our children's and grandchildren's college scholarships. Last year, we had six grateful winners. There are also plans for interesting programs at our monthly luncheons and an Atlantic Ocean fishing excursion in the summer.

I would personally like to thank Financial Secretary Tom Barry, outgoing President Jerry Rider and former President Rich Dougherty for their advice and expertise after leading the Retirees' Club since 2001.

There have been many new retirees within our local, and we are hoping they will join our association! Our meetings are the third Wednesday of each month at noon, except July and August. Just bring a smile.

David Judovin, P.S.

Local 164's new officers are (from left) President Dave Judovin, Secretary Jon Riser and Vice President Ken Terhune.

New Officers Elected

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 177, JACKSONVILLE, FL — Our local's retirees meet on the third Friday at the union hall. In January, elections for the Retirees' Club were held. The following brothers and sisters were elected: President David "Griff" Griffis; Vice President Mike Donnelly; Secretary Russell Harper; Treasurer Charlie Suggs; Chaplain Harry Baity; Bea Brown, birthdays and anniversaries; Kathy Van Gundy Beck, health and welfare; and Rahman Noorali, event coordinator.

Topics of discussion centered on getting more retirees to participate. Some ideas were day trips to the Jacksonville Zoo and a bus trip to Savannah for the day. Both would have lunch provided. Brother Charlie Suggs arranged the bus trip to Savannah for April 10. The hope is that more camaraderie and fraternity will keep and increase participation.

Russell Harper, R.S.

Local 177 Retirees' Club officers (from left) Vice President Mike Donnelly, Secretary Russell Harper, Chaplain Harry Baity, Treasurer Charlie Suggs and President David "Griff" Griffis; seated, from left, Bea Brown (birthdays and anniversaries) and Kathy Van Gundy Beck (health and welfare).

Retirees Judge Skills USA Competition

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 257, JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Local 257 retirees judged electrical projects at the State Technical College of Missouri on April 5. The retirees participated as industry expert judges for industrial/motor and residential control projects. A special thanks goes to the judges for Skills USA: Sam Binkley, Jim Breid, Kenny Buschjost, Mark Gilmore, Ron Holzhauser, Bill Jurgensmeyer, Steve Klepel, Dan Lindenbusch, Sam Luebbering, Jeff Munson, Jack Pettigrew, Ken Schulte, Rick Stokes, Don Stradford, Mike Sweeten, Joel Vanderslice and Jim Winemiller. Skills USA's mission is to empower students to become skilled professionals, career-ready leaders and responsible community members. First-place winners will move on to the national Skills USA Championship in Atlanta, where they will compete in June with the best in the nation.

Two bills that seek to make it more difficult to amend the state constitution through the citizen-led initiative petition process advanced through the House in early April. Currently, citizen-led initiative petitions require a simple majority, 50% plus 1, to pass. Missouri citizens used the initiative petition process to oppose right-to-work. Each of these bills is different, but both make the process to amend the state constitution using the initiative petition process more difficult. If either version is approved by both chambers, the question would go on a statewide ballot in August or November. Please keep informed so that changes to the citizen-led initiative petition process does not take away your rights.

Connie Hamacher, P.S.

Local 313 Retirees Thank BobLange

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 313, WILMINGTON, DE — We would like to thank all the brothers who have decided to fill the officer positions in the Retirees' Club. Jim Alexander, John Angeline, Mike Cherico, Greg Mara and Bill Wilson will man the executive board positions, while Bruce Bullen is treasurer and Norman Wilson the sergeant at arms. The new vice president is Mark Cuomo, and the new president is Steve Mills. Steve is taking over for the outgoing chairman, Bob Lange.

Bobby had served the local on jobs and in the hall since Dec. 2, 1972. Around 1978, he started chairing the downstate meetings and held that position for about 15 years. He was brought in as an organizer in 1990, and four years later teamed up with Dan Savina as they both served as organizers and assistant agents under Business Manager Pat Healy.

After 1996, he continued making us better as he worked and ran jobs for various contractors. Even after retirement in 2009, he continued to participate and then held the role of president of the Retirees' Club until last year. We certainly feel fortunate to have had Bob Lange all this time fighting with us. From all your brothers and sisters in Local 313, thank you, Bobby, for a job well done!

Bruce W. Esper, P.S.

Fort Lauderdale Dinner Cruise

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 349, MIAMI, FL — The Retirees' Club in Miami continues to meet monthly during the summer. Join us on the second Thursday at noon for a brief business meeting followed by a potluck lunch at the union hall at 1657 NW 17th Ave., Miami.

Our January tropical island adventure began with members and guests boarding the Jungle Queen Riverboat to cruise down Fort Lauderdale's New River, "the Venice of America." The narrator explained the history of the luxurious homes, gardens and megayachts lining Millionaire's Row.

Arrival at the private island included an all-you-can-eat dinner of barbecue and all the fixings. The after-dinner show included comedians, magicians, and Polynesian fire dancers and drummers sharing their cultural heritage to close the show. As always, a big thank you goes out to our entertainment chair, Marilyn Steele.

Brenda Auer, P.S.

Local 349 Retirees' Club members boarding the Jungle Queen Riverboat to cruise Fort Lauderdale's New River.

Local 530 Retirees Escape to Quebec City

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 530, SARNIA, ON — It seems that Mother Nature cannot make up her mind as to what season we are in. We go from 70-degree weather to blowing snow then back to the 70-degree weather.

Although the weather was undecided this spring, our retirees have made great decisions on our outings. Several members enjoyed a buffet dinner followed by a Sarnia Sting hockey game. We also enjoyed a luncheon at the casino, which followed our March meeting.

At the time of this writing, Pat Sterling is meticulously organizing our July escape to Quebec City. More information will be announced at upcoming meetings. On behalf of the retirees, I want to convey our sincere appreciation to you, Pat, because we would not be going anywhere if not for your hard work. Thank you.

We also have some volunteer spaces for the Inn of the Good Shepherd meal prep and lunch service on June 28, Nov. 22 and Dec. 27.

Please join us for our meetings at the union hall every second Friday at 10:30 a.m. We hope to see you there.

Cathy Coates, P.S.

Retirees Celebrate Local 654's 85th Anniversary

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 654, CHESTER, PA — On Feb. 24, our local celebrated its 85th anniversary with a fine banquet at the Austin Room, located in our union hall. Festivities included dinner, drinks and dancing. Local 654 President Bill Adams gave a heartwarming speech emphasizing the deep-rooted history of our local, from its humble beginnings in 1939 to its prosperous present-day existence. During Bill's speech, our retirees couldn't help but remember the old days and the many achievements of our local through the decades, along with fond memories of passed brothers and sisters we worked with and depended on. The solid brotherhood we've had and still share today is a blessing for the future of our local union.

Business Manager Paul Mullen talked about our past officers and invited retired member and former Business Agent Steve McNally up to the podium for recognition and some shared laughter. Steve always includes humor to keep everyone happy. Paul also recognized our always hard-working secretaries, Kristi and Jacki, as well as our former secretaries Jeanie, Charlene and Glenis.

History, honor and hope for the future are the tried-and-true cornerstones of our local union brotherhood!

Bill Faulkner, Bus. Rep.

Local 654 President Bill Adams addresses the membership for the local's 85th anniversary celebration.

Happy Summer

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 756, DAYTONA BEACH, FL — The attendance at our meetings is still low, so we have decided to go back to our original schedule of only having meetings in September through May. There will be no meetings in June, July or August. We hope, if you can, that you'll come and join us!

Since our last article, we have sadly had one member pass. We send our condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Brother Gary A. Bryan.

We would like to also invite any retired and unemployed brothers and sisters and their spouses who are in the area to come and join us. Our meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Local 756 union hall in Port Orange, Fla.

Diane Gibbs, P.S.

Local 1042's Brother KennyMcGathy Retires

RETIREES' CLUB OF L.U. 1042, SANFORD, FL — Local 1042 would like to announce that Kenny "Kenbone" McGathy has retired after 46 years as a journeyman. Bones is finally hanging up his hooks, and nobody will be able to fill them.

Let's all celebrate as Kenbone and his lovely bride travel cross-country with their dogs in their beautiful fifth wheel. Adventure awaits! Welcome to the open road.

Ellen Stephenson, P.S.

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