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The IBEW’s desire to grow the workforce and invest in the future was evident in the 2018 NECA Show and Convention in Philadelphia. More than 2,500 apprentices gathered to hear what it means to be a union electrician from IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson, NECA President David Long, and other industry leaders.
President Stephenson talked about the event and said he sees the future of the IBEW in the NECA contractors.
Stephenson said, “They’re looking not only at the future, but the diversity of the crowd. Everyone is inclusive and part of our group to work with and part of the IBEW.”
After the initial general session the apprentices went to the NECA trade show. They saw all the things that support the industry, from craftsmen to contractor to manufacturer.
The apprentices all agreed the experience and what they were able to experience was really beneficial. The event confirmed to thousands of apprentices that they’ve made the right career choice.
Tiffany Jensen, IBEW Local 35, said, “I feel like I have a good direction. I feel like I’m working towards a goal. It feels really good to know I’m working to build a life, a lifestyle, and a...

Forty-eight Indianapolis janitors and supporters, including two Indianapolis City-County Council members, were arrested while staging a sit-in October 25 at the intersection next to the corporate headquarters of Eli Lilly, Indiana’s richest corporation.
The pharmaceutical giant is Indianapolis’s leading corporate philanthropist, currently spearheading a $13 million United Way campaign to alleviate poverty, in a city where 1 in 5 residents lives in poverty.

At first glance, one might be forgiven for thinking that A History of America in Ten Strikes is some kind of social-media-driven “listicle” book. Author Erik Loomis, a historian and union member at the University of Rhode Island, is a well-known blogger, and his excellent Twitter threads on labor history show he’s digitally savvy.

This IBEW Hour Power feature highlights one of the many NECA show stoppers from the 2018 NECA Show. The Greenlee Shear 30T increases efficiency to shearing strut and threaded rod. It features a laser-marked measuring system, die grooves, a quick die change system, automatic retraction, material rest, hydraulic hose through-hole, and a powerful 30-ton hydraulic ram. It’s a powerful, fast, safe, and precise tool, which is why it was chosen for the show stopper award.
Dale Speggen, Product Manager, said, “This is a tool designed for shearing strut, primarily right now, as well as threaded rod. Its benefits over a band saw or a chop saw are that there are no metal shavings and no deburring needed.”
To learn more about this product, visit Greenlee’s website.
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This IBEW Hour Power feature highlights one of the many NECA show stoppers from the 2018 NECA Show. The Greenlee Shear 30T increases efficiency to shearing strut and threaded rod. It features a laser-marked measuring system, die grooves, a quick die change system, automatic retraction, material rest, hydraulic hose through-hole, and a 30-ton hydraulic ram. It’s a powerful, fast, safe, and precise tool, which is why it was chosen for the show stopper award.
Dale Speggen, Product Manager, said, “This is a tool designed for shearing strut primarily right now, as well as threaded rod. Its benefits over a band or chop saw are that there are no metal shavings and no deburring needed.”
To learn more about this product, visit Greenlee’s website.
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“Put your faith in the rank and file” was the advice that famed longshore union organizer Harry Bridges used to give. But instead of turning to union members for the bold ideas we need, some labor leaders are taking cues from the corporate world.
Take the Service Employees (SEIU), which recently posted a job for an “Innovation Specialist.”

Avoiding a DFR Charge under Tougher New Rules

October 23, 2018 / Richard de Vries<?
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?>An internal National Labor Relations Board directive issued in September has raised the bar for how diligently unions must pursue grievances.
A union can now be found guilty of violating the duty of fair representation (DFR) for losing track of a grievance or failing to promptly return a member’s phone calls about it.
That’s a departure from long-established standards. Until now, you put the union at risk only if your treatment of a case was arbitrary, discriminatory, or in bad faith—not if the steward or union rep simply made a mistake, or did a poor job.

Taxi drivers, nurses, construction workers, teachers, UPS workers, musicians, Verizon line workers, journalists—you name it, they were there.
Four hundred troublemakers gathered September 29 in New York City for a full day of skill-building, education, and strategy discussions. Labor Notes has been hosting Troublemakers Schools around the country for years, but this one was the largest in our history.

Marriott Workers Strike, Spanning Seven Time Zones

October 19, 2018 / Samantha Winslow<?
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?>Seven thousand hotel workers across the U.S. are on strike against Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain. A strike that started with seven hotels in Boston quickly spread to San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, Detroit, and Hawaii.
Marriott’s profits have doubled in five years. In 2016, the hotel chain expanded its empire when it acquired Starwood’s 1,200 properties, including the Westin and Sheraton hotel chains.

IBEW Local 130 Building Additions to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
What brings visitors to a city? Figuratively speaking, it’s the food, music, architecture, history, and rich one-of-a-kind culture. Literally speaking…the airport.
IBEW Local 130 has the distinct honor of working on the additions to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Once finished, the 1-billion dollar project will consist of a new 35-gate terminal, airfield lighting, new FAA navigation system, a new storm and water pump station, and a new on-airport roadway system.
IBEW Local 130 members are proud to be working on “the gateway to the South”. A world-class city like New Orleans needs a world-class airport and thanks to IBEW Local 130, they are going to get it.
 
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