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President’s Message – Job Fairs
Cooperation between NECA and IBEW is one of the keys to our success on the job site, but that’s not the only place.
Over the past year or so, our brotherhood has been working hard with our partners at NECA in another important area – growing our work force.
In the last year and a half or so, we have had 46 job fairs in markets large and small…reaching into virtually every corner and coastline of our country.
In fact, by the time you see this, I’m sure we will have had a few more.
And virtually without exception, they have been extremely successful in taking craftsmen away from non-union shops, and turning them into IBEW members.
There are a couple important things at work here…
Number one, when our NECA contractors and leaders on a local level join forces to promote our industry, it’s a very effective message. We advertise our job fairs on local television, radio, and via social media to ask experienced workers to meet with us at a predetermined time and place.
Once there, these prospects get the chance to visit with members the local to see what we have to offer. And, at every single job fair,...

Union Meeting Exercise: The 'Right to Work' Stress Test

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As the labor movement stares down the threat of national “right-to-work” legislation, we’ve been getting more requests for resources to help union activists get ready. To bring our new Labor Notes “Preparing for Right to Work” workshop to your local, email training[at]labornotes[dot]org. Meanwhile, here is a short exercise you can try in your next union meeting.

Each year, IBEW members from far and wide get together to talk about where we have been and where we need to go. We talk about the call to be the very best, the call to grow our numbers, and the call to duty. This is the 2017 Construction and Maintenance Conference.
C&M set the tone for 2017 to be a revitalization of the IBEW. Members from across the United States and Canada, both inside and outside, put our heads together to talk about growing our ranks and proving to our neighbors – and ourselves – that we are the very best in the business. It’s all about getting organized and staying on top. And how do we do that? Education. Dedication to excellence. Showing up when duty calls.

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Toilets Go Mobile at AT&T Mobility

April 27, 2017 / Dan DiMaggio<?
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?>Ever wanted to graffiti your boss a message in the toilet stall? AT&T Mobility workers put their own twist on that idea. They’re bringing the bathroom to the boss—carrying toilet seats to retail stores and call centers to demand that the company stop flushing their sales commissions and incentive pay down the toilet.

The Union Goes Live:
Phone Workers Learn Their Rights

“In the Age of Trump, Can Labor Unite?” asks Labor Notes Editor Alexandra Bradbury in her May 2017 cover story for In These Times magazine. Here’s how it begins:
“You know you’re getting the short end of the stick as a worker, but you don’t really know why,” says Joe Tarulli, a Staten Island Verizon tech who’s put in 17 years with the company. “They make it seem like these rich people are just lucky they got the right chances, and these poor old working folks, nothing ever goes right for them. No! These corporations are doing it on purpose.”

Ramping Up for May Day around the Country

April 24, 2017 / Fernando Garcia and Sonia Singh<?
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?>We've written about May Day 2017 plans shaping up in L.A. and Seattle, in the Twin Cities, and nationally. Here's what's cooking in a few other places:

Congratulations to Richard Shine of IBEW Local 456, New Brunswick, New Jersey, on being named the IBEW Hour Power 2016 Instructor of the Year.
Shine has been lighting up the classroom for 49 years, even though he has been retired for 17. His love for the challenge of bringing new apprentices up to speed and his dedication to fostering positive relationships between his students keeps him going, and will keep him going for many years. Shine is a pillar of excellence for the IBEW and the many generations of electricians that he has taught over the years.
Congratulations on being named the 2016 Instructor of the Year, Richard! May this only be the start of well-deserved recognition and celebration for what you have done for the IBEW over the years. Thank you, brother!
 
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2016 Instructor of the Year
Our IBEW Hour Power 2016 Instructor of the Year is Richard Shine from IBEW Local 456, North Brunswick, New Jersey.
To many, teaching is a calling, a vocation. But when that dedication has been on display for more than 49 years – with no signs of slowing down – Richard’s award symbolizes merely a small...

Taking It to the Streets in the Twin Cities on May Day

April 20, 2017 / Steve Payne<?
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?>On May Day in the Twin Cities, janitors, bakers, university workers, teachers, and bank workers will team up with students, renters, and immigrant rights groups to confront the powerful corporations that control Minnesota’s economy.

Harvesting Union Rights in the Field

April 17, 2017 / Sonia Singh<?
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?>Eli Porras Carmona had been coming to work planting and harvesting sweet potatoes in North Carolina for eight years when he got a call from Mexico. His wife needed emergency surgery and he had to return home.
Carmona works under the H-2A program, where thousands of guestworkers are granted temporary permits to work on farms in the U.S. for up to 10 months per year.
Many return year after year—and since guestworkers are tied to one employer, it’s risky to speak out on the job. The employer can easily send you home, or not call you back the next season.