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In these past few years, the IBEW has taken many hits, but never one strong enough to knock us down. Instead, we have taken every “setback” as a chance to evolve, expand, and energize our ranks.
At this year’s 2018 Construction & Maintenance Conference, International President Lonnie Stephenson extolled on the outreach efforts that the IBEW has utilized in the past few years. As we all know, the most dangerous thing we can say is “but we’ve always done it that way”.
Three pillars of evolution, expansion, and energizing were this years IBEW Hour Power Award Winners. Our 2017 Apprentice of the Year is Patrick Armet from Local 570 in Tucson, Arizona; our 2017 Instructor of the Year is DJ Siegman from Local 617 in San Mateo, California; and the 2017 Journeyman Mentor of the Year is Jay Metzger from Local 654 in Chester, Pennsylvania.
IBEW Hour Power is far from done capturing all of the magic that happened at C&M this year, we will be back with more inside information right here, made just for you!

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Contracted Hospital Workers Win Job Security

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?>For the first time in 15 years, 4,000 subcontracted hospital housekeepers and dietary workers in British Columbia have job security. They won that peace of mind by pulling off a series of escalating actions on the job.
Between 2002 and 2005 the provincial government, headed by the Liberal Party, fired 10,000 hospital support service workers—mostly women and people of color—and subcontracted their jobs to multinational corporations including Aramark, Compass, Sodexo, and Acciona.

Indiana Teachers ‘Go Green’ To Track Member Sign-Up

April 13, 2018 / Samantha Winslow<?
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?>What will happen to public sector unions after the Supreme Court rules on the Janus v. AFSCME case this spring? Indiana teachers are already there. Slammed by a “right to work” law in 1996 and a new barrage of attacks in 2011, the teachers experienced what many unions are afraid of—a big drop in membership.
But the Indiana State Teachers Association didn’t roll over and give up after that. The union developed a tracking system called “Go Green” to help local leaders get membership back up.

The Special Status of Union Stewards

April 13, 2018 / Robert M. Schwartz<?
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?>Standing up to bosses is essential to being a steward. On the shop floor and in grievance meetings, you must defend the actions of members and contest those of management.
In many cases you should be able to make your points temperately, practicing “quiet diplomacy.” But occasions will undoubtedly arise when you will want to raise your voice, challenge a supervisor's credibility, or argue your case in other vigorous ways.

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance and the IBEW gave three longtime members the opportunity to have a hunt of a lifetime. Shawn Graves, IBEW local 1205, Shawn Phares, IBEW local 1516, and Scott Kirchoff, IBEW local 2150, were all featured on an episode of Brotherhood Outdoors, showcasing their once in a lifetime adventure. Hunting isn’t just what these men do, it’s a part of who they are, and the trips were truly well deserved.
With the help of the USA, the men chose their own unique hunting experiences, which included deer hunting, deep sea fishing, and bear hunting and took them across the U.S. and into Canada. The trips left each of the IBEW members memories and stories to share, all thanks to the USA and the IBEW.
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50 Years after Memphis: Black Jobs Crisis Continues

April 04, 2018 / Steven Pitts<?
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?>On February 1, 1968, Echol Cole and Robert Walker left their homes for their jobs as Memphis sanitation workers. They never returned alive. They were crushed by a malfunctioning garbage truck. Their deaths sparked a strike by their 1,300 union brothers.
The strike was victorious only after months of protests, strong community support, the intervention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Interview: Reviving the Poor People's Campaign

April 03, 2018 / Rev. Nelson Johnson and Joyce Johnson<?
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?>The Poor People's Campaign was born out of the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina, a clergy-led drive that beginning in 2013 united faith leaders, union members, LGBT activists, and immigrant rights advocates in mass marches and civil disobedience.
Their goals were broad because a right-wing state legislature was moving on all fronts to strip away rights—labor, voting, education, abortion, environmental, unemployment benefits—and the Governor was refusing to accept federal money to expand Medicaid.

Despite the “World” in its name, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) has largely been viewed as an American or North American union. Indeed, the proposed name “Industrial Workers of America” was considered and rejected at its first convention.

The Only Way to Survive Janus

March 29, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<?
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?>The snows were still flying, but for unionists, spring came early this year. West Virginia’s teacher uprising burst onto the scene like rhododendrons opening: first one walkout, then another, and before you knew it a statewide strike was in full bloom.
The strikes were born at the grassroots, and that’s how they spread. Classroom teachers passed the word on Facebook, organized school votes, and rallied at the capital. Union leaders followed their members, but never took the reins.

SmartCSM​ is mapping software built for electricians, by electricians. It’s a disruptor in the industry and a game changer for infrastructure space.
SmartCSM streamlines the process of getting data to field workers. There are multiple uses for SmartCSM, but one in particular is the ability to look at breaker panels and understand what areas have been effected. It can also be used to store user guides and IR scans.
SmartCSM is the definition of operational efficiency. To learn more about it, and how IBEW electricians are using it, watch the video now!

 
 
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