Safety Underground: Top-NotchManhole Training Goes Mobile

IBEW members working underground have experienced sweeping changes in recent years. Private contractors are performing an ever-larger share of the work once done by public utilities. Increasingly technical equipment has put more demands on everyone. And concerns about safety linger, in part because there's been little standardization throughout the industry.

IBEW and Partners Working to Save Pennsylvania, Ohio Nukes

For nearly three decades, energy consumers have been sending a clear message: they want clean, affordable and reliable power. Billions of dollars have been invested in scrubbing coal, switching to natural gas and building renewables.

Simulators Step in as High-Tech Trainers at Excelsior

Excelsior College was awarded nearly a nearly $865,000 grant by the National Science Foundation to develop simulators that will prepare students to be high-skilled technicians in the energy, nuclear and manufacturing industries.

Massachusetts IBEW Member Wins State Senate Seat

A lineman’s job isn’t for everyone, but it might be great for a veteran.

‘We’ll Be Here until They Don’t Need Us Anymore’
Members Aid Irma-Savaged Southeast

In Hurricane Irma’s wake, the largest power restoration force in U.S. history mobilized to repair and rebuild the Southeast, with line crews coming from as far away as Seattle, California and even parts of Canada to pitch in. With nearly 8 million out of power, approximately 60,000 line workers, tree-trimmers and support staff from 250 utilities converged on Florida, led by IBEW members, who made up an enormous share of the restoration army.

IBEW Linemen Race to Restore Power in Irma’s Wake

More than 10 million people are without power in the Sunshine State after Hurricane Irma churned its way up the length of the peninsula over the weekend, unleashing 140 mph winds, heavy rain and 10-foot storm surges in some coastal areas.

Florida Braces for Irma’s Destructive Force

Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest and largest hurricanes in U.S. history, is expected to slam into Florida Saturday morning and utility executives in the state expect unprecedented devastation.

After Harvey’s Destruction, IBEW Members Working OT to Help

David Hawkes is saddened by the destruction he’s seen in his native Texas. Yet, there’s a sense of honor in knowing that he is being counted on to help get things back to normal.

Dept. of Energy Issues Report on the Future of the Energy Grid

A newly released federal report about the state of the electricity generation industry blames not environmental regulations but the low cost of natural gas for the closure of coal and nuclear plants.

IBEW Members to Rebuild Upstate New York Transmission Lines

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to rebuild almost 80 miles of transmission line, and it will be done by IBEW members.

Energy Industry Study Shows Huge Economic Impact from Top Quality Jobs

A new study shows the electric power industry is responsible for nearly 7 million jobs in the U.S., about one in every 20 workers.

Code of Excellence SPARQs Turnaround at Troubled Arkansas Nuke Plant

In 2015, it was safe to say things at Entergy’s Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville, Ark., were not going well.

Hung Up on Fall Protection, Japanese Utilities Call IBEW for a Lifeline

When Japanese utility executives came to the U.S. to learn about protecting their workers from falls, they came to the IBEW for advice.

Stuck in a Rut? Fast Track your Career with Excelsior

An Obama-era rule designed to ensure that people get unbiased financial advice went into effect June 9 – mostly.

IBEW Member Elected to Neb. Legislature

The last time Grand Island, Neb., Local 1597 Business Manager Dan Quick was elected to a government position was his successful campaign for Hordville High School student president.

IBEW Takes Member from ‘Broken’ to Independent and Honored

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has rescinded an Obama-era rule that allowed union safety experts to serve as employee representatives during OSHA inspections even if the workplace was nonunion.

IBEW Health Plan Fuels Organizing Boom at Texas Utility

At its core, the IBEW/NECA Family Medical Care Plan has a pretty simple mission –  to provide high-quality health insurance to IBEW members and their families at the best possible price.

What IBEW and Congress Can Do About the Future of the Energy Grid

America’s energy infrastructure was on Capitol Hill’s agenda last week, and the IBEW was there to provide some expertise.

Record Snow Turns Out Calif. Lights; IBEW Turns Them Back On

With winter comes snowstorms, and with normal snowstorms come power outages and emergency work for the tens of thousands of IBEW lineworkers. Even a few inches of snow and ice can knock out power for hundreds of thousands of people.

‘They’re the Experts’: Iowa Generating Plant Members Recognized

Emery Generating Station in Clear Lake, Iowa, has been recognized as one of the best power plants in the nation and it’s due in part to the work of its employees, many of whom are members of Cedar Rapids Local 204. 

BGE Workers Get Their Union: Baltimore Local 410 Chartered

The IBEW officially has a new local: Baltimore Local 410. 

Denver Local 111 Float Lights Up St. Patrick’s Day Parade

More than 1 million people came out for Denver’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 11.

Nuclear Physics Gets a Boost from the IBEW

Scientists from across the globe may soon be uncovering the secrets of the universe, and they’ll have hundreds of IBEW members to thank.

A Bright Future for Manufacturing Workers in Indiana

It’s a familiar story across America, especially in the Midwest: a factory closes, announces it’s moving operations to Mexico or overseas. Public officials lament the loss of jobs, families suffer – you know the miserable, all-too-common rest.

First Energy Bill Since 2007 Clears Senate Hurdle

The U.S. Senate on April 20 passed its first comprehensive, bipartisan energy bill in nearly a decade, answering the calls of IBEW leaders who have been urging congressional action on energy policy for years.

Volunteer Work Earns California Lineman National Honor

Jeff Gomes routinely watched his father help others while accepting nothing in return. One memory in particular convinced him he wanted to be just like dad.

The Uncertain Fate of Illinois’ Most Reliable Energy Source

Illinois relies on nuclear energy more than any other source. And it’s about to lose two of its plants.

In Win for Jobs, Environment, N.Y. Rescues Nuclear Plants

Last year, New York’s James A. FitzPatrick nuclear plant was slated to close. Now, it’s hiring, and it’s thanks to IBEW members and their work with partners from the municipal level to the governor’s office.    

Devastating Northwest Storm Highlights IBEW Linemen’s Skill, Professionalism

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, a powerful windstorm ripped through the Pacific Northwest, northern Rockies and the northern High Plains, leaving a wake of destruction, misery and bitter cold.

IBEW Sues EPA to Stop Clean Power Plan

The IBEW has filed suit to prevent the implementation of new federal regulations on power plants. The IBEW petition joins the 27 states, several utilities and two other labor unions that are already challenging the regulation.

IBEW Input Helps Shape Obama’s Pollution Plan

Huddled in near-freezing temperatures on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in January 2013, observers might have been forgiven for neglecting to think about global warming. But when President Barack Obama stepped to the podium to take the oath of office and lay out his second-term agenda, he made clear that his priorities were squarely focused on the looming threat of climate change.

Building Common Ground Between Utilities and Workers

The eighth annual gathering of IBEW leadership and investor-owned utility executives drew nearly 200 attendees from across the country to Washington, D.C. March 17.

Neb. Local Welcomes New Members

The city of Grand Island, Neb., has voluntarily recognized five community service officers as members of Local 1597.

Portland, Ore., Local Pickets for Fair Contract

We do the challenging work providing your power – and we deserve a decent contract.

Line Crew’s Safety Training Saves Infant’s Life

IBEW line workers know more than just how to replace a transformer or properly climb a pole. They are also masters of safety.

Clean Coal Workers Organize in Ill.

Members of Springfield, Ill., Local 51 in Bartonsville have operated and maintained the Edwards coal-fired power plant for generations, all through the national debate over the role that coal will play in our nation’s energy future.

Ky. Asplundh Win Makes a Baker’s Dozen

Asplundh’s tree trimmers in Kentucky are joining co-workers in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and Virginia voting for IBEW-negotiated protections and benefits.

Calif. Local Meets Desalination Plant’s Challenges

Members of San Diego Local 569 are helping overcome their state’s water scarcity, building the largest seawater desalination project in the Western Hemisphere.

Ohio Utility Locators Overcome Distance to Vote ‘Union Yes’

In many workplaces of the 21st century, employees rarely meet face-to-face.

IBEW Linemen Bring Safety and Solidarity to Suriname

Four linemen traveled to Suriname in October, bringing safety equipment and training to linemen employed by the nation’s state-run utility.

Texas Nuclear Workers Vote ‘Yes’ to Win Improved Health Care

Looking to boost their health care coverage, 100 Texas nuclear plant workers voted this summer to join Houston Local 66.

Nova Scotia IBEW Defeats Utility’s Outsourcing Plan

Activists at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Local 1928 successfully fought off a company’s outsourcing attempt, saving hundreds of union jobs.

IBEW Responds to Napa Earthquake

IBEW members respond to earthquake that rocked Napa Valley, Calif. Aug. 24.

IBEW Joins Natural Gas Methane Reduction Initiative

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.

Saskatchewan Local Fights for Mineworker Rights

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.

Union Members Rally Against EPA Carbon Rule

More than 5,000 members of the IBEW, the United Mineworkers and the Boilermakers took to the streets of 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.

IBEW Linemen Recognized for Storm Service

Summer is here, but only a few months ago, North America was suffering through record freezing artic temperatures, ice storms and massive snow flurries.

IBEW Restores Power to Notre Dame Graduation Visitors

A power outage… A college graduation. They mix about as well as electricity and water. On Thursday, May 15, as thousands of visitors arrived in South Bend, Ind., for graduation ceremonies at Notre Dame University and St. Mary’s College, a transformer blew and a 25-block area of downtown went dark.