A powerful voice for workers went silent Aug. 5 with the death of Richard Trumka, who rose from humble roots in the Pennsylvania coal mines to lead the AFL-CIO.“For Rich, it was always about doing right by working people –fighting for and protecting their wages, their safety, their pensions, and their ability to build a good, decent, honorable middle-class life,” President Biden said. “It was about workers improving their own lives and building worker power together.And it was about America itself. It was about the American worker being the heart of our economic might and dynamism.”Trumka was...
President Biden called out the necessity of IBEW linemen following the Category 4 hurricane that smashed into NewOrleans and continued to menace the country’s interior before inundating New York and New Jersey with massive flooding.In a meeting that included Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm andutility officials, “the president thanked the IBEW for the vital worktheir members perform, especially during emergencies such as Idawhere they run toward the storm while others are being urged toevacuate,” said a White House statement .Miles of electrical transmission and distribution lines were...
Touting ‘Build Back Better,’ Biden Tours Cincinnati Training CenterPresident Joe Biden took his pitch for a massive investment in infrastructure and American labor directly to the workers July 21, touring the IBEW-NECA Electrical Training Center in Cincinnati to learn about what IBEW electricians do every day on the job.It was the first visit by a sitting president to an IBEW training center since President Barack Obama toured Washington,D.C., Local 26’s facility in 2010. “The Build Back Better plan that President Biden is proposing will be a game-changer for union tradesmen and tradeswomen...
America’s rundown infrastructure is heading for a makeover following the passage in the Senate of the sweeping historic legislation in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on Aug. 9. Together with the budget bill under consideration in the House of Representatives, hundreds of thousands of jobs will be created as the Biden Build Back Better agenda comes to fruition. In a statement, IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson said the IBEW is pleased with investments modernizing the electrical grid, transit, and rail, in addition to the plan to construct the charging infrastructure...
Celebrating Labor Day with IBEW MembersPresident Biden spent the day dedicated to workers with members of the IBEW. Along with IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson, President Biden delivered sandwiches to members of Wilmington, Del. Local 313 on Labor Day, Sept. 6. He played cornhole and chatted with about 35 members of the local union. An article about the event described a moment when “the president began talking into an iPhone to a union member’s mom, telling her that he’d been with the union since he was first elected to public office in the early 1970s.”“I'm with your son," Biden said. "Mom...
Finally, we can have a normal General Union Meeting again without having to wear masks.In the centerfold you will see the members not wearing masks and having a good time enjoying some hamburgers and hot dogs. We are still having the members have their temperature taken with the machine we bought last year, just for precautionary measures. Like I mentioned in a previous article, this union halldid not close its doors during the pandemic. We were open every day. I am very proud of all the staff that works here in the Local Unionoffice for all doing a great job. Even when they had to quarantine...
BY JOHN GUADAGNOWith this edition of the Conduit, we are in the throes of the summer season. The Fourth of July has passed with the only summer holiday remaining being Labor Day. I hope you and your family are enjoying the season, even though it has been an unusually hot one. As of my last writing, we have had several heatwaves and it is only mid-July. Make sure to stay cool when you can and remember that when on the job sites, keep hydrated to prevent heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses.Our ongoing building improvements are moving into a new phase. With the lighting retrofit of...
Brothers and Sisters,The new C.O.P.E. pins have been mailed out to the Brothers and Sisters who have contributed to the C.O.P.E. fund. The pin is a show of appreciation for your dedication and commitment to the C.O.P.E. cause. C.O.P.E. pins are mailed out based on a list of names of contributors.If you have contributed and did not receive a C.O.P.E. pin, please call the President’s office at 1-631- 273-4567 ext. 241.Your Brother in Solidarity,Joshua E. Margolis, C.O.P.E. Committee ChairmanEmail: IBEWLocal25COPE@gmail.com | Cell phone 1-516-361-0508
Vice President Kamala Harris and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh traveled to Pittsburgh in late June for the first meeting of the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment. The roundtable featured Local 5 organizer Bill Garner and counterparts from seven other unions. President Biden created the task force in April, giving appointed cabinet members and top advisors six months to report back on how the federal government can support union growth and collective bargaining. “You had the vice president and secretary of labor walk into a union hall — our hall — and sit down with a...
President Joe Biden proposed the largest investment in American infrastructure since World War II back in March. Four weeks later, he renewed his call for the $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan during an address to Congress, with the IBEW at the heart of his pitch. Today, President Biden and Congress are working to pass a bill that will upgrade America’s flagging infrastructure, better position the U.S. as a global competitor and aggressively combat climate change. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework deal that was announced on June 24 includes plans to modernize the electric grid, expand...