IBEW President Ed Hill Announces Retirement
In a brief email to his International Office staff, Hill said, “I came to this decision after much thought and reflection, concluding it was the right time for the next generation of IBEW leadership to come to the fore.” His retirement will be effective June 1, 2015
From his roots as a second-generation journeyman electrician and member of Beaver, Pa., IBEW Local 712, Hill rose to regional prominence as the local’s business manager and vice president of IBEW’s Third District covering New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.Hill’s tenure as international president during times of economic crisis for the North American construction industry and attacks on organized labor has been marked by landmark initiatives that flow from that understanding of power.
“I always think of Ed as a pioneer, always looking for new ways to help IBEW members in this changing economic environment. He wakes up every day thinking about workers but he is also an ambassador to the entire labor movement,” says AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, who formerly served as one of Hill’s senior executive assistants.
“He believes strongly in innovation and trying new, cutting edge ideas,” says Shuler. “He often said, ‘Making mistakes is good. It’s better to try something and fail, than not try at all—because if you’re not failing once in a while, it means you’re not doing anything new.’”
Upon Hill’s recommendation, the leader of the 725.000-member Brotherhood will be replaced by Lonnie R. Stephenson, vice president of IBEW’s Sixth District, covering Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota.