The newly-overhauled IBEW.org is a one-stop shop for union information.
The International Labor Communications Association’s 2014 Labor Media Awards honored the union’s accomplishments in print, video and Web productions.
The seventh season of Brotherhood Outdoors kicks off Jan. 4, featuring a member of the Sheet Metal Workers union on a big hunt for moose and deer in the wilds of Idaho.
The first project labor agreement in Contra Costa County, north of San Francisco, was signed in November between the city of Martinez and Local 302.
Carhartt and the Union Sportsmen Alliance are giving away an all-inclusive trip to the 2015 CMA Music Awards.
L.A Local 11, community groups and a national coalition have won a neutrality agreement covering taxpayer-funded rail car manufacturing using local residents.
Anti-worker lawmakers in Missouri admit that right-to-work lowers wages – but they’re still in favor of it.
Popular musical acts in Maine are teaming up with union activists to help raise money for FairPoint strikers this holiday season.
Asplundh’s tree trimmers in Kentucky are joining co-workers in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and Virginia voting for IBEW-negotiated protections and benefits.
Members of San Diego Local 569 are helping overcome their state’s water scarcity, building the largest seawater desalination project in the Western Hemisphere.
Nearly 40 members of Minneapolis Local 292 are helping build a wheelchair-accessible home for a Marine who was seriously injured in Afghanistan.
Activists are calling on Congress to reject fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a global free trade bill that will costs jobs and drive down working conditions.
Wisconsin Republicans are threatening to pass right-to-work-for-less in 2015.
After his firsthand glimpse of 9/11’s devastation, a Local 3 member memorialized fellow union members in a flag displayed at the New York museum.
IBEW members throughout Louisiana are mobilizing to re-elect pro-worker Sen. Mary Landrieu this Saturday.
The Union Plus mortgage assistance program has helped workers like Philadelphia Local 98 member Eric Hudson during lean financial times.
Gas line locators at an infrastructure construction company prevailed in a unique campaign to join Toledo, Ohio, Local 245.
After a celebrated organizing campaign, aided by volunteers from California, workers at Greenlee Textron Tools have overwhelmingly ratified a first contract.
As FairPoint strike turns five weeks old, workers rally for fair treatment in New Hampshire and Boston.
San Antonio Local 60 member Leon Smith received a $2,700 Union Plus disability grant when he was sidelined by back surgery, one of the many benefits IBEW members are eligible for when they hold a Union Plus credit card.
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is offering a Wyoming hunting trip with a new rifle to one lucky winner.
Augusta, Maine – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers released four new television ads featuring FairPoint Communications employees and retirees calling on the company to return to the bargaining table and give workers a “fair deal.”
On Oct. 30, with the signing of a settlement, American Water has agreed to pay nearly $10 million in lost benefits to members of 19 unions representing workers at the company. The settlement was ratified by union members by a margin of 2 to 1.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is urging Congress to support Sen. Mary Landrieu’s bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
Union negotiators and FairPoint executives will resume federal mediation Nov. 18. Almost 2,000New England IBEW and Communication Workers have been on strike since Oct. 17, two months after negotiations broke down.
Four linemen traveled to Suriname in October, bringing safety equipment and training to linemen employed by the nation’s state-run utility.
Senate Republicans vow to make passage of job-killing free trade agreements one of their top priorities in the coming year.
Folsom, N.J., Local 351 member Donald Norcross was elected to Congress Nov. 4
Asplundh Tree Expert Co. trimmers are voting in large numbers for a voice on the job, hoping to join other workers who already belong to the IBEW.
The ultra-rich are seeing their wealth increase to the highest levels in decades. Two new reports show just how bad that is for the U.S. economy.
Bridgeport, Conn., Local 488 members have been hitting the streets every Saturday, knocking on doors of union members encouraging them to vote for pro-worker candidates like Gov. Dannel Malloy.
Hundreds of union members working for France-based Schneider Electric voted for a new contract.
Released in 1968, ‘Wichita Lineman,’ written by Jimmy Webb and sung by Glen Campbell, became an anthem for workers who climb poles for a living.
Retired Eighth District Vice President Lawrence Farnan received France’s highest honor, the Légion d'honneur, in remembrance of his World War II service.
Three years ago, the IBEW launched a national television advertising campaign with a simple goal: tell America who we are and what we do.
Nearly 2,000 FairPoint workers remain on strike, protesting the company’s refusal to collectively bargain.
Calif. “green collar” manufacturing workers voted overwhelmingly Sept. 9 for their first collective bargaining agreement.
Unemployment is dropping, but critics ask why workers’ incomes aren’t rising.
Nearly 2,000 employees of FairPoint Communications in Northern New England went on strike on Oct. 17.
The secretive American Legislative Exchange Council was behind a June measure to end collective bargaining in Fort Wayne, Ind. But lawmakers are not done fighting.
Seventh District apprentices have been competing in yearly contests in the Seventh District since 1962, bringing members together with union and contractor leaders.
Illinois and Connecticut IBEW members are helping save and restore endangered osprey (fish-hawks) in their states.
Hundreds of Ohio members working for France-based Schneider Electric went on strike Oct. 5.
Tree trimmers employed by Asplundh Tree Expert Co. in Southwest Michigan voted 69 to 11 for representation by Grand Rapids Local 876 on Oct. 2.
Jimmy Kice, a Kansas City Local 124 member, in Washington, D.C. visiting the World War II Memorial, was presented with his 75 year pin by International President Edwin D. Hill.
The anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors is challenging a recent White House executive order ensuring fair standards and working conditions on federally-contracted jobs.
A North Carolina IBEW activist says lawmakers shouldn’t give companies a contract to cheat.
IBEW members participated in a get-out-the-vote postcard campaign for pro-labor Texas candidates during the Women’s Conference in San Antonio.
Railroad local Business Manager Charles Cox says his award for community service in Memphis is accompanied by the satisfaction of helping youth succeed.
Ed Barnes, retired Portland, Ore., Local 48 business manager, is a hometown hero to citizens fighting for more responsive political leadership.
Despite some progress in increasing gender diversity in construction, women still represent only 4 percent of the total industry workforce.
Bridget Quinn will receive a Woman of Vision award for her success bringing diverse, effective apprentices to Portland, Ore., Local 48’s training program.
Young members are an important part of Third District Progress meetings, strategizing over how to increase peer involvement in the union and volunteering for community service projects.
Eight unions, including the IBEW supported striking teachers in British Columbia with an interest-free loan of $8 million, helping them win a long strike
Asplundh, the nation’s largest tree trimming firm, has 30,000 employees and has negotiated 80 collective bargaining units. But more of the company’s workers want to work union.
In Texas, law-abiding corporations, labor unions and workers’ rights advocates are lobbying for laws that punish companies that mislabel workers as independent contractors.
IBEW broadcast members demand equal treatment at N.H. TV station.
Contentious contract talks between Schneider Electric and its union employees prompted an informational picket from IBEW activists this week.
Obama’s latest pro-worker executive order requires federal contractors to maintain clean labor and safety records.
Thirteen Electrical Training Alliance centers in New York have received accreditation from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council for their inside wireman program.
CWA and IBEW members at FairPoint Communications aren’t surrendering after the company imposed a concessionary contract. They are making their voices heard even in the board room.
IBEW volunteers make life a lot easier for Georgia park rangers by building a lakeside home for two-dozen kayaks.
In 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy set a goal to make plug-in electrical vehicles as affordable and convenient for the American family as gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years.
Maybe right-wing prescriptions for “improving” the Kansas economy should come with warnings? The state’s gubernatorial/ U.S. Senate campaigns are in turmoil over their failures.
Looking to boost their health care coverage, 100 Texas nuclear plant workers voted this summer to join Houston Local 66.
Activists at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Local 1928 successfully fought off a company’s outsourcing attempt, saving hundreds of union jobs.
FairPoint Communications declared a bargaining impasse Aug. 27, refusing to reach agreement with union workers.
The IBEW is partnering with the Chicago Public Schools to save electrical training for high school students.
Alaska Senate candidate Dan Sullivan is getting financial help from shadowy groups and donors looking to elect anti-worker lawmakers Nov. 4.
Look forward, not backward on Labor Day, says President Hill. But honor the sacrifices of our predecessors by joining hands in common efforts.
NACTEL is offering a virtual open house for potential students Sept. 16.
IBEW members respond to earthquake that rocked Napa Valley, Calif. Aug. 24.
Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner tells supporters that he wouldn’t hesitate to use Ronald Reagan-style tactics against striking public employees.
Ky. IBEW activists are mobilizing to help defeat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Nov. 4.
For any budding journeyman wireman looking to advance in the trade, training is always the key.
IBEW activists in Iowa are mobilizing to help elect Senate candidate Bruce Braley, who supports PLAs and collective bargaining.
Hundreds of union FairPoint workers picketed last week in New England to protect middle-class jobs as the company considers the unions’ latest proposal.
After losing a high-profile organizing election in February, the UAW is looking to different ways to help represent Volkswagen workers in Tennessee.
Wisconsin IBEW activists are mobilizing to help defeat Gov. Scott Walker on Election Day, Nov. 4.
Methane gas escaping from aging natural gas pipelines is undermining the fuel’s environmental and cost benefits. The IBEW is working to help find a solution.
Writers over the centuries have used soaring language and gripping eye-witness accounts to extol the virtues of labor history.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Local 529 filed an unfair labour practice application against Alliance Energy Industrial Ltd. in June, accusing the company of intimidating pro-IBEW workers at its Agrium pot ash mine in northern Saskatchewan.
For many Bakersfield Local 428 members, California’s thriving solar industry is an opportunity for job growth and stability. For some of the local’s newest members, it’s a second chance.
IBEW members often say that the union’s apprenticeship training, delivered by the NJATC, is the union’s best-kept secret.
Popular songs and advertisements have inspired generations of Americans to get behind the wheel and step on the gas pedal.
One of the biggest stories already shaping up in this year’s election cycle is the influence of deep-pocketed, extremist organizations and their fight against everyday American workers.
Two years ago, IBEW locals in Ohio played a critical role in winning a ballot initiative to defeat legislation supported by Republican Gov. John Kasich which would have taken away the right of firefighters, teachers and other public workers to collectively bargain.
It turns out the first, second and third time is the charm, at least for members of El Dorado, Ark., Local 2284.
Thousands of union members rallied in Pittsburgh July 31 to protest the Environmental Protection Act’s Clean Power plan, which they say will kill good jobs and weaken the electrical grid.
A six-year contract between FairPoint Communications and 1,700 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and 300 members of the CWA expired at midnight Aug. 2, as the parties agreed to continue talks to forge a new agreement.
Thugs. Goons. Bullies. Anti-worker politicians love to use colorful language when talking about unions and their members.
The 400 members of Chicago Local 134 who maintain the city’s bustling railways are looking forward to some major changes in the next few years.
IBEW members and family members were awarded $10,000 of scholarships from the Union Plus Educational Fund.
The number of homeless children in rural Whatcom County, Wash., has doubled in the past two years. Most of these children are being raised by a single parent.
IBEW members are testifying this week in four cities in opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.
Crumbling bridges. Damaging potholes. Dangerous traffic that contributes to fatalities.
If you’re reading this on your computer or your phone, you have local unions like Portland, Oregon, Local 48 to thank.
If Mark Brochu is an adrenaline junkie, his friends and co-workers will tell you he’s one of the best one they know, putting adventurous exploits into productive work.
Americans live in the only developed nation that does not guarantee paid parental leave. To make matters worse, 40 million workers in the country do not have access to paid sick leave to take care of themselves, their children or aging parents.
The U.S. Department of Commerce is charging South Korean producers of steel tubing with unfairly “dumping” their products below their fair market value in the U.S.
A looming strike at the Long Island Railroad – the busiest commuter rail system in the nation – was averted July 17 when IBEW leaders and other union activists announced a tentative deal with the transit agency’s management.
It’s common sense. Federal money shouldn’t line the pockets of known law-breakers. But many government contractors routinely violate labor and wage and hour laws, costing employees – and taxpayers – millions of dollars
Every weekday, more than 335,000 passengers ride the Long Island Railroad, flowing into Manhattan in the morning and back out to Long Island at the end of the day.
This Fourth of July, the St. Louis Science Center’s James S. McDonnell Planetarium celebrated with a light spectacle much closer to the ground.
The IBEW, along with other unions that represent energy workers, are criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, saying it will kill jobs and put the electrical grid at risk.
Republican legislators in Fort Wayne, Ind., voted June 24 to terminate collective bargaining for 500 public employees who help maintain services and infrastructure in the state’s second largest city.
Thanks to the hard work of members from the IBEW and other unions, visitors can remain safe while appreciating the beauty of the Horicon Marsh wildlife refuge in Wisconsin.
CSX Transportation’s Selkirk repair shop is a massive, loud throwback to America’s industrial past.
It has cost 5.8 million American jobs and millions in Canada, too. It’s called currency manipulation, a tricky device by which one country (like China) plays around with the price of its currency and hurts its trading partners (like the U.S. and Canada).
More than 700 technicians working for Comcast across the U.S. enjoy better wages and a voice on the job, thanks to the collective bargaining agreements they have negotiated.
Thousands of home care workers were already burdened by trying circumstances on their jobs before a Supreme Court ruling on June 30 made their lives and their service to disabled persons more difficult.
Northwest Alabama has been a hard place for union workers for decades.
The United States’ transportation infrastructure is in desperate need of massive federal investment to rebuild crumbling roads and bridges.
When the Seattle City Council started considering proposals to raise the city’s minimum wage, Seattle Local 46 knew it was their duty to step right up to help.
Last year, a public policy center at Northeastern University in Boston released a report stating that the lack of affordable housing in Beantown could hurt the city’s e conomic recovery.
Critics of raising the minimum wage claim it will hurt businesses and cost jobs, but the experience of one California city is refuting the naysayers.
North Carolinians from all walks of life continue their Monday protests against the state GOP’s extremist agenda.
In the race of advancing telecommunications technology, the National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning is helping workers keep up the pace.
IBEW Locals in California are standing up for housing rights for our nation’s veterans.
Hundreds of IBEW sisters are expected in San Antonio Sept. 17-20 for the Seventh IBEW International Women’s Conference.
Manufacturing workers at Greenbrier Rail Service in Hershey, Neb., are the newest members of the IBEW family after voting to join North Platte Local 1920.
President Barack Obama announced the creation of a presidential emergency board June 15 to end four years of stalled contract negotiations with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, the IBEW and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.
Through helping residents, building a reputation as a good neighbor and working in coalition with other community organizations, Modesto Local 684 is winning new work.
Union members recently volunteered to build a roof on the youth archery range at the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area’s Everglades Youth Conservation Camp in West Palm Beach, Fla.
When it comes to renewable energy, Rhode Island lags far behind its neighboring New England states.
Two hundred and ten graduates crossed the stage to receive their diplomas from the National Labor College at the end of this spring semester. It was the institution’s largest graduating class, and also its last.
Outsourcing by state and local governments increasingly means that the middle-class jobs of today are becoming the poverty-level jobs of tomorrow.
Moms employed by the mega-retailer Walmart walked off the job in more than 20 cities last week to protest continuing low pay and disrespect.
In Minnesota, everyone agrees that when it comes to taxpayer-funded construction projects, contractors must obey the law.
Summer is here, but only a few months ago, North America was suffering through record freezing artic temperatures, ice storms and massive snow flurries.
Billions of dollars of new transmission work is coming to the Midwest and Great Plains, making outside line construction one of the hottest job fields in the country.
The EPA has a track record of underestimating the impact of its rules, making faulty predictions that have cost tens of thousands of good jobs.
Nearly 2,000 ADT employees across the U.S. and Canada enjoy better job security, fair wages and other benefits of an IBEW contract.
As you get ready to hit the highway this summer, crews working on or near roads have a request: slow down and stay alert.
Approximately 30 skilled tradesmen donated their time to rehabilitate a fishing pier at Houston’s Sheldon Lake State Park May 3.
A power outage… A college graduation. They mix about as well as electricity and water.
A big crowd at a local meeting is often one of the most reliable signs of a union’s strength.
In 2007, as Congress considered approval of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, the IBEW joined 10 other unions in a letter opposing the pact with the most dangerous country in the world for unions, with 72 trade unionists assassinated the year before.
The 2014 legislative session in Missouri ended May 16 with the defeat of two major anti-labor bills long sought after by anti-worker special interests.
IBEW members are usually on the go. Many depend on their phones or tablets to check the latest news and keep in contact.
In the days and weeks after March’s tragic and sudden mudslide that devastated the small Washington community of Oso, the nation watched as newscasters and reporters piled up grim figures.
The Trans-Pacific Psartnership – a trade agreement under negotiation by the United States, Canada and 11 other Pacific Rim nations – could end up making it harder for consumers to fill their prescriptions.
A popular button often seen at labor rallies and conferences reads, “A woman's place is in her union.”
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) rejected federal efforts to end four years of stalled contract negotiations with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the IBEW on May 8.
On May 12, executives and shareholders of Charlotte, N.C.-based FairPoint Communications gathered for the company’s annual shareholders meeting. The meeting took place amid widespread rumors, reported on www.ibew.org, the company is seeking a merger or sale.
The Erie County Vietnam Veterans Memorial is shining a little brighter after a new set of lights were unveiled May 3
For years, high-school students have been told there is one path to success – a four-year college degree.
Business and labor may not agree on everything, but when it comes to investing in America’s aged industrial infrastructure, both sides are sounding the alarm.
Members attending the 2014 Broadcasting, Manufacturing and Telecommunications Conference in Connecticut in late April loudly applauded after hearing from George Farrell, a retired fire chief who coordinates Rhode Island’s “honor flights” program.
Like many high school seniors, Brian Hobbs and Jacob Bates weren’t looking forward to four more years of sitting in the classroom – all while racking up major college debt.
Talgo is vacating its factory in Wisconsin, four years after Gov. Scott Walker rejected millions in federal stimulus money to create a commuter line.
During President Obama’s recent tour of Asia, many issues were discussed with foreign heads of state. At the top of Obama’s agenda was the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade agreement among the United States and 12 other Pacific Rim nations.
GlobalFoundries ,the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer, is building a new manufacturing campus in upstate New York.
Letter carriers across the country are getting ready for the 22nd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.
Just weeks after failing to garner enough support to put right-to-work-for-less on the Missouri ballot, anti-worker state legislators are resurrecting another bill aimed at weakening workers’ rights.
When telecom company FairPoint Communications first bid to take over Verizon’s New England landline service in 2008, there were both promises and worries.
Business and labor leaders are in agreement that President Obama’s April 16 announcement of $600 million in federal grant programs to boost workforce training is the right decision for the economy.
As president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka hears and reads a lot of horror stories about workers being abused by employers.
Last year, one story struck home in a uniquely personal way for Trumka, a former coal miner whose father, grandfathers and uncles died from black lung disease, suffocating from the effects of years of breathing coal dust.
Vistas at Providence Canyon State Park, known to locals as Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon, will be enhanced by seven miles of restored trails, thanks to union members.
IBEW and NECA are recognized for their concern for the environment and support for their cities.
Matt Harlow, an inside journeyman wireman member of Birmingham, Ala., Local 136, learned a lot about the value of on-the-job training during his five years as an apprentice instructor.
After Dan Sullivan topped out of San Diego Local 569’s apprenticeship program in 2001, he went back to the training center for the class that changed his life.
Seven years after the onset of the Great Recession, nearly all economists agree that we are in an economic recovery.
Drive down any wide, open highway across Missouri and you’ll see something big, heavy and plentiful on the plains.
An IBEW request has helped initiate a timely hearing to discuss how the shutdowns of coal-fired power plants will affect the nation’s electrical grid, especially during extreme weather emergencies.
Automated electricity meters have been a double-whammy for many locals. Meter reader jobs disappear and the replacement work has proven extremely resistant to organizing on both sides of the border.
The U.S. Senate voted April 7 to restore unemployment benefits for the 2.8 million Americans who have been out of work for six months or longer.
Efforts to make Missouri the 25th right-to-work-for-less state came up short April 9, with anti-worker state legislators failing to garner enough votes to send their bill to the state Senate.
Muskegon, Mich., Local 275 invested in a camcorder and asked the local’s new members to say on camera why they decided to join the IBEW – in their own words.
Leading union activists representing broadcasting employees cheered a move that will help promote diversity in local media markets while saving jobs.
With technology moving so quickly, success in the telecommunications industry requires commitment to lifelong learning.
Lineman put their lives on the line every day to ensure that electricity is safely delivered to our homes and businesses.
Flat wages have been pushing American workers backward for decades, but Minneapolis Local 292 member Kent Blachowiak’s employer was trying to push him all the way back to the 19th century.
Trentice Hamm and Robert Bausch started out their day hoping to inspire some nonunion Oklahoma construction workers during an organizing blitz.
It is unlikely that most of the long-term unemployed will find their way back into the labor market without an effort by Congress and business leaders, a new report says.
It can seem tougher these days to find products on store shelves that don’t have a “Made in China” label.
It’s one of the inevitable laugh lines in tens of thousands of workplaces, public and private. A senior manager tells workers that some of their duties will be outsourced to cut costs. Around the water cooler employees snicker about how contracting out work often backfires, costing employers more than they save.
U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, are actively supporting a request from IBEW, the United Mineworkers Union, the Utility Workers and others to hold a hearing on the stability and reliability of the nation’s electrical grid.
The Koch brothers are trying to buy elections. Anti-labor lobbyists helped defeat VW workers’ effort to organize in Tennessee. And right-to-work may be coming to states like Missouri, Ohio and Maine if anti-union lawmakers succeed in carrying out their corporate donors’ wishes.
The industry leader in the manufacture of arc-rated fabrics is helping to create a program to help train the next generation of electrical workers.
Many World War II factories operated with the assistance of women, some of whom are coming to Washington, with the help of IBEW members.
There is one television concert show where the technical engineers behind the broadcast are as talented as the people on the stage.
You never know when you could use a helping hand. Hardships can hit at any time: layoffs, natural disasters, medical emergencies or a strike.
Activists in Missouri are working to remind businesses that everyone in the Show Me state benefits from good union jobs – every time a member makes a purchase.
Each St. Patrick’s Day, we honor North America’s Irish heritage.
Franklin Roosevelt was in office and Mickey Mouse first hit the screen when most of New York City’s sewer mains were installed. The Cold War was just starting and home TVs were still a rarity around the time when most schools were built in the five boroughs.
Collinsville, Ill., Local 309 has launched an unprecedented, multiplatform advertising campaign that Business Manager Scott Hassall expects will dramatically raise the profile of the local and its signatory contractors throughout their southwest Illinois jurisdiction.
America’s building trades unions are strongly opposing President Obama’s recommendation to privatize the Tennessee Valley Authority, calling it a budget gimmick that would set back a model institution that has improved the lives of millions.
Every economic sector reserves a special place for pioneering companies. Respect grows when, more than a century after the formation of an enterprise, it continues to provide innovative leadership in its industry.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers joins the growing number of labor unions, community and civil rights activists and lawmakers in calling for an end to Kellogg Co.’s four-month lockout of more than 220 workers at the company’s Memphis, Tenn., plant.
Union members and pro-worker activists took to the heart of Toronto’s retail district Feb. 15 to call on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to raise the provincial minimum wage.
Politicians talk a lot about jobs, but there is one surefire way Congress can help create millions of jobs according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute: crack down on currency manipulation.
When legislators in Pennsylvania decided to follow the lead of Wis. Gov. Scott Walker and propose a bill to weaken the state’s public sector unions, so many unionists showed up at Harrisburg’s capitol rotunda on Jan. 28, many were forced to stand outside in the freezing cold.
With a New York Bank data center project, upgrades to a General Motors auto plant and a new convention center job on the books, leaders of Nashville Local 429 figured the time was right to move an electrical licensing law through the Davidson County Council, a 40-member body that covers the celebrated music city and surrounding suburbs.
For nearly 125 years, the IBEW has relentlessly fought to improve on-the-job safety for electrical workers, and the positive impact of the Brotherhood’s advocacy is unquestionable.
The United Auto Workers is asking the National Labor Relations Board to set aside the results of the certification election at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn. assembly plant decided after a three-day vote Feb. 14.
On Valentine’s Day, while much of the nation faced frigid temperatures, in Cape Coral, Fla., cancer patient Frances Ballester wasn’t just struggling with a lack of air conditioning. Her breathing machine, too, was shut down after the local utility turned off her electrical power over landlord’s unpaid bills.
Less than 200 Maine residents earn their living catching lobsters. But nearly 20,000 state inhabitants work in call centers, like legendary retailer L.L. Bean’s, employing 2,000.
Tens of thousands of people enjoy bass fishing. When they are not on their favorite lakes, many watch fishing tournaments on TV.
In a victory for American jobs and fair pay, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld Department of Labor wage rules requiring non-agricultural foreign workers be paid prevailing wages.
The IBEW is asking regulators to carefully review the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner.
Talk about a dirty job. TV host Mike Rowe is the voice for Walmart’s new TV ad campaign promoting American manufacturing
If you want to know where the jobs are, follow the sun. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the Solar Foundation, which says solar employment in 2013 grew by 20 percent over the previous year. That’s 10 times faster than the national average employment growth rate.
Last week, we reported on Worcester, Mass., Local 96 member Ekaterina Pashkevitch, who is in Sochi, Russia, playing center for the Russian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team.
At any gathering of union members, you can always count on one thing: T-shirts. Bearing the union’s colors and announcing--often quite loudly and creatively –their cities or towns, T-shirts help members express their pride.
The skewing of national income to the top 1 percent of the country threatens upward mobility, which is the core of the American dream, says a new study from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Labor and Employment Relations.
For IBEW member Charles Horhn, the fight for civil rights, voters’ rights and workers’ rights are one. In honor of black history month, he told his story to the AFL-CIO blog.
The Supreme Court of Canada struck a blow for pensioner rights Jan. 30, reinstating a lower court’s decision that a $43 million pension surplus that existed when Manitoba Telephone was privatized in 1997 belonged exclusively to retirees.
When most people think about solar power, New Jersey doesn’t immediately come to mind. They might think of thousands of photovoltaic panels sprawling across barren stretches Southwestern desert. Solar, many people suppose, thrives not in New Jersey but where New Jersey goes on vacation.
Ekaterina Pashkevitch is taking to the ice in Sochi, Russia this week, playing center for the Russian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team.
You’ve heard the reasons why union manufacturing can’t make it in America anymore: Union workers get paid too much. American manufacturers can’t afford to build here. Unions just get in the way of management.
Four project labor agreements between IBEW and PPL Electric Utilities in Pennsylvania to upgrade miles of aging power lines will soon require 400 to 500 outside journeymen linemen. This is good news for Keystone State members and for travelers from as far away as Alaska.
Vacaville, Calif. Local 1245 member Erick Varela was at the White House Jan. 31 to introduce President Barack Obama at a discussion with the heads of some of America’s top corporations about combating long-term unemployment – something the two-tour combat veteran is all too familiar with.
Is the Show-Me State about to get a new motto? As in, “Show me a smaller paycheck?”
The outlook for more than 50,000 American jobs in manufacturing could be determined by a bill under consideration in Congress that places more than a dozen significant new restrictions on the export of civilian nuclear technology.
Two years ago, the Pennsylvania legislature, looking to keep the state’s unemployment benefit fund solvent, came up with a plan to alter an eligibility rule for collecting benefits.
More than 30 freelancers working for Program Productions, Inc., voted overwhelmingly to be represented by Boston Local 1228 in an NLRB-certified election Jan. 8.
Clergy, civil rights activists, union members and education advocates from throughout North Carolina are converging on Raleigh Feb. 8 for what is expected to be the largest ever “Moral Monday” march.
IBEW members who become electrical contractors have the advantage of knowing not just a trade and an industry, but how to unleash the powerful contributions of the men and women who work on their projects.
Activists are calling on Congress to say no to fast-track legislation that would take away its ability to negotiate the biggest free-trade agreement since NAFTA – the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
A new system to increase the capacity of transmission lines is being used for the first time by members of Syracuse, N.Y. Local 1249.
Who said it?
Contrasting the chilly stillness of winter with the energy of a lineman in action, Casper, Wyo., Local 322 member Levi Gossard’s photo won top honors in the 16th IBEW Photo Contest.
The best apprenticeship programs depend upon students who are well-prepared at the secondary education level for success in the academic rigors of the electrical trade.
For 20 seasons, “American Woodshop” has been a favorite show on PBS channels across the U.S.
It’s an innovative idea in education – a maritime-trade focused school for students in the 5th to 12th grades.
Following a dramatic campaign that tapped the resources and verve of workers and organizers, 78 employees at Sunoptics – a Sacramento-based manufacturer of high-tech skylights – are the newest members of Vacaville, Calif., Local 1245.
We support the Jan. 14 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirming the authority of the Federal Communications Commission to regulate broadband access.
Like your weekend? Well if you live in Wisconsin, a pair of Republican state legislators has an unpleasant surprise for you.
A policy think tank has a new fact sheet that shows that worker misclassification is a serious problem everywhere – even in states with relatively strong labor protections, like Oregon.
As Kansas City and Local 124 host the 24th annual leadership conference of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus on Jan. 16, members will reflect upon the legacy of one of the longest-standing minority caucuses in the labor movement formed 40 years ago in the same city during the 30th IBEW Convention.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers welcomes the decision by the International Union of Operating Engineers to formally re-affiliate with the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO.
One of the main arguments in favor of voting and engaging in the political process is the importance of electing friends who will appoint fair-minded judges. When we fail, important gains won at the bargaining table or in legislation can be negated by the courts.
The U.S. Senate narrowly voted to extend unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed Jan. 6. These expired at the end of last year for 1.3 million workers who have been unemployed for 26 weeks or longer.
Since 1950, New York State’s substantial hunger for energy has historically been quenched by big servings of coal-fired steam generation. And, since 1950, one of the largest plants was Dunkirk Station, on the shore of Lake Erie, 55 miles southwest of Buffalo, employing members of Syracuse Local 97.
Supporters of workers’ rights won an important legal victory Nov. 21, after the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board found contractor Magna Electric Corp. guilty of unfairly terminating pro-union employees.
Verizon Business technicians in Andover, Maine, voted overwhelmingly to join Augusta Local 2327 Dec. 11.
While some members of Congress continue to push for further cuts to federal spending, one government watchdog group says our elected leaders need to focus on a more pressing debt: the industrial investment deficit.
From contemplative landscapes to jaw-dropping heights, participants in this year’s IBEW photo contest showcased an array of stunning images – displaying that our membership’s talent extends far beyond the tool belt.
The lockout that forced the 225 members of Vancouver, British Columbia, Local 213 out of their jobs at FortisBC is over after nearly six months.
St. Louis Local 1 electricians Sylvester Taylor and Leon Arties were ready for the cold weather, adhering to the advice of all workers who brave the elements on their jobs: “You can always put on more clothes than you need and take off what you don’t.”