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As our energy needs have evolved, nuclear power is once again in focus. Just outside Waynesboro, GA, the professional electricians of IBEW 1579 are inside the gates and on the job at Plant Vogtle.
When this project is completed it will supply energy to nearly half a million homes and businesses. It’s being watched by the world and is the largest construction project going on in the country. It has massive potential in both the power it generates and the message it can send to the rest of the world about the skilled, talented IBEW members.
George Koucheravy, Deputy Project Director, Southern Nuclear, said, “The future of the commercial nuclear power industry is dependent on what we do over these next three years. If we succeed, there is a future in the commercial nuclear power industry. If we fail, this is a dead industry.”
Dale Morgan, Site Manager, Richmond County Constructors, said, “We tell our younger talent when we get these two built, if we build with good quality, a really good safety record, and with pride, then there’s more to come.”
With over 7,000 people working on the job site everyday, it’s busy to say the least. It’s up to the ability of...

Washington Walkouts Win Teachers Big Raises

September 20, 2018 / Barbara Madeloni<?
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?>Fourteen districts started the school year on strike in Washington state—the latest to ride the West Virginia wave.
“For my whole life I thought this was just the way it was, that I would have to struggle to have a sustainable life,” said Anna Cockrum, a teacher in Evergreen, out on her first picket line. “I teach students to stand up for themselves, and it is so cool to be living that.”

A group of West Virginia teachers, including rank-and-file leaders of the nine-day strike earlier this year, have launched a cross-union caucus.
WV United aims “to keep people fired up and keep working together,” said Jay O’Neal, who teaches eighth grade in Charleston.

Job Tip – Rope Trick
This job tip comes from IBEW brother, Chuck. He demonstrates a knot trick to tie a string efficiently to prevent it from blowing off the head of a wire. Check out this rope trick!
Step 1: Make your loop.
Step 2: Put your fingers through the loop and fold it over.
Step 3: Pull the wires through the loop.
For more helpful tips, visit http://ibewhourpower.com/category/job-tips/.
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Why have New York City public defenders been walking out of the courts in the middle of the day to hold spirited demonstrations in support of their clients?
The outcry began last November when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were reported to lurk in the vicinity of the courts, targeting people as they entered or exited court proceedings.
Legal Aid client Genaro Rojas Hernandez was meeting with his lawyer in Brooklyn when ICE agents grabbed him.

This year, at the National Training Institute Trade Show the IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson and NECA President David Long appeared together to speak about their unified message to increase the apprenticeship program and grow membership.
This was the first time they spoke together, and they did so because they like hearing feedback, whether it came from the IBEW or NECA. They aren’t afraid to talk about what they believe or where they want to go.
David Long, NECA President said, “We want to show people we communicate and we both have the best interest at heart. I want to grow our contractors, Lonnie Stephenson wants to grow our membership, and so we have to have profitability.”
Lonnie Stephenson, IBEW International President, said, “We were able to talk to our industry leaders and instructors about what our goals are and what we need to do to work together as an industry.”
Audience members felt for the first time, when listening to speakers at the town hall meeting, it didn’t matter if they individual was from the IBEW or NECA because the message remained consistent.
One topic discussed wasn’t so much about curriculum, but about the...

Race and Labor: Let’s Talk About the Elephant in the Room

September 05, 2018 / April Sims<?
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?>“In your union or workplace, what’s a situation where you’ve observed or experienced racism?” That’s the first question we ask people to discuss, in groups of three, as part of a Race and Labor training that our state labor council has offered for 29 local unions and labor councils so far in Washington state.

How Milwaukee Teachers Beat Back Cuts and Busywork

September 04, 2018 / Samantha Winslow<?
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?>Collective bargaining is all but illegal for public sector workers in Wisconsin. So how did Milwaukee teachers not only block major cuts to public schools but also make gains on workload and health care?
At the height of the red-state teacher strikes in April and May, teachers and school employees in Milwaukee passed around a petition at school committing that to win their demands, they were ready to “do whatever it takes.”

Earlier this week, the U.S. and Mexico announced an agreement to update parts of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Below we publish an English translation of a statement from Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, president of Los Mineros (the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel, and Related Workers of the Mexican Republic), on the deal. Gómez Urrutia returned to Mexico to take his seat in the Senate this week, after 12 years in exile on bogus criminal charges filed by the Mexican government after he led vigorous protests following the deaths of 65 miners in an explosion.

It has become a movement mantra, as labor suffers betrayal after betrayal by Democrats and Republicans alike: union members should run for office themselves.
Rhetoric on this subject is cheap and easy. But running successful candidates is not. Even labor activists with considerable skill and experience have found it difficult to win public office.
Yet in California’s “jungle primary” in June, a Teamster from Richmond astounded many observers by placing second in her state legislative race.