Lonnie R. Stephenson, Kenneth W. Cooper and Christopher Erikson were unanimously elected by acclamation Monday to the offices of International President, International Secretary-Treasurer and International Executive Chairman, respectively.
IBEW convention delegates and guests were treated to a musical extravaganza that left ears ringing with the sounds of pipes, drums, violins and custom rock vocals.
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In a sweeping address Monday, newly re-elected International President Lonnie R. Stephenson took stock of the union’s enormous strides since the last convention, saluting growth and change that helped the IBEW meet the unprecedented trials of the pandemic.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed IBEW delegates by video on Monday afternoon, telling them that “Canada’s workers and labor unions have built this country.”
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker burst with enthusiasm for working people and labor as he welcomed delegates to one of America’s greatest union cities at the start of the IBEW’s 40th International Convention on Monday.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot thanked the IBEW on Monday for staging its 40th International Convention in the city, reminding delegates during a morning speech at McCormick Place of the area’s labor history and that her city remains the national leader in union construction.
When the IBEW’s 40th International Convention gaveled open on Monday, May 9, a total of 1,639 delegates from 515 local unions had registered and were present for the convention, representing a total membership of 597,670.