August 2012
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Also In This Issue Winds of change for outside linemen read_more

New plans, new members in Arkansas read_more

In Canada, fourth time’s
the charm read_more

Broadcasting workers win voice in Boston read_more

Top-down, bottom-up organizing in El Paso read_more

Secretary Emeritus
Ralph Leigon dies read_more

IBEW to build new assault ship in Miss. read_more

North of 49°
Canadian Building
Trades Signs Milestone Agreement with Oil Sands Companies read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Les Syndicats des métiers de la construction du Canada signent un accord déterminant avec les entreprises qui exploitent les sables bitumineux read_more






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New Tactics, New Spirit

Grow or die. That was the message that led delegates to the 38th International Convention in Vancouver to vote for greater support for the IBEW's organizing efforts.

New resources, new tactics and new spirit — supported by unprecedented teamwork between all levels of the union — are making a difference in the lives of members and others who want to join our union family.

In construction, IBEW-developed software programs are tracking projects in the pipeline across the nation, giving local unions and signatory contractors the jump on competitive bids to put unemployed members back to work. And efforts to recruit young workers are building strong ties with surrounding communities that enhance our ability to win new work.

In the professional and industrial sectors — at utilities and other workplaces where some employees are already working under the protection of IBEW contracts — internal organizing campaigns are strengthening the ability of currently organized workers to protect their gains.

The IBEW has launched eight new national campaigns calling upon major employers to recognize the rights of workers — who are feeling the pinch of an economy and a too-often hostile political environment — for a voice on the job.

Each campaign has its own Web site and a structure able to quickly respond to misrepresentations and opposition from our adversaries. We will be reporting on the progress of these campaigns in coming months.

In this issue of The Electrical Worker, we report on some recent winning organizing efforts.

Today, in the midst of the 2012 campaign season — where anti-union forces are spending billions on candidates who would like to see our unions destroyed — IBEW's unwavering commitment to grow the labor movement is a promise kept to our courageous founders who came together to challenge a comparably arrogant and powerful corporate elite back in 1891. read_more

Local Lines

Officers Column Hill: Winning Campaigns Show Promise read_more
Chilia: The Right Prescription read_more

LettersHypertension Alert;
Democratic Double Standards?;
Representing Retirees read_more

TransitionsJames Brizendine read_more

In MemoriamJune 2012 read_more

CircuitsWireman Lands (Missile Defense) Job in Paradise;
IBEW Students Earn Union Plus Scholarships read_more

Who We AreSan Francisco Retiree
Talks — and Walks —
Labor History read_more