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Victory: More Than 1,400 BG&E Workers Join the IBEW

Marvin Austin, a gas pipeline mechanic for BGE and employee leader of the organizing campaign, hugs International Vice President Kenneth Cooper after the vote count on Jan. 12.

"This is a fantastic moment for our new brothers and sisters and one of the largest organizing election victories any union has seen in years," said International President Lonnie R. Stephenson. "This will transform not only their lives, but the lives of their families, and I think it will be an inspiration for working people across the U.S. and Canada."

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IBEW Apprenticeship: One of the Most Rewarding Decisions I Ever Made

Photo of Hannah Cooper.

Over the next few months, we'll be following the story of Hannah Cooper, an apprentice with Electrical Workers (IBEW). Check out her first entry below:

My entire life my mother has been a union electrician—a fact of life I never thought to question. It was where she spent her days while I was growing up, and it gave her the means to support our family. Although I understood and in my own way appreciated this fact, it never once occurred to me when considering potential career paths. I had this idea that I was going to make a career for myself in the arts and spend my time traveling the world as a dancer—maybe do some part-time modeling for supplemental income—acquire a bachelor's degree at a four-year university back East and maybe try to join a dance company. This was the plan anyways, from my early years of childhood up through the first half of my senior year of high school, when I realized I didn’t want to be a dancer anymore. I stopped showing up to my college auditions, completely throwing a wrench in the plan.

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Iron Mike Kilbane Welcomes RNC to Cleveland; Has Strong Words for Trump

Iron Mike Kilbane Welcomes RNC to Cleveland; Has Strong Words for Trump

In Cleveland yesterday, working people joined U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland to talk about important issues like trade policy, infrastructure investment and union-busting and how the top Republican candidates measure up on these important issues. Local workers like Michael "Iron Mike" Kilbane, a member of Ironworkers Local 17, shared their stories. 

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When Donald Trump Had a Choice, He Chose Nonunion Labor for His Construction Projects with IBEW

When Donald Trump Had a Choice, He Chose Nonunion Labor for His Construction Projects with IBEW

Donald Trump has admitted before that when he has a choice between union and nonunion labor for his construction projects, he'd go with nonunion labor. Just how often was that? A new report from the Electrical Workers (IBEW) reveals some figures about his dealings with IBEW contractors.

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Working Familes at Verizon Strike for a Better Workplace

Working Familes at Verizon Strike for a Better Workplace

Working people at Verizon are on strike. After months of negotiations with the telecommunications giant, they’ve decided to take a stand to create a better workplace. They want to make sure the needs of working families are met, instead of standing by as a handful of individuals get richer and richer. They’re fighting to stop the company from sending jobs overseas and to get Verizon to end its continued intimidation of working people at Verizon Wireless who are trying to create a better future for themselves and their families.

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IBEW 1245 Launches Public-Sector Member-to-Member Education Drive on the 'Union Difference'

IBEW 1245 Launches Public-Sector Member-to-Member Education Drive on the 'Union Difference'

This is just one of the tough questions that 60 Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245 public-sector member leaders tackled as they prepared to launch a new member-to-member educational drive to push back against the growing attacks against public-sector unions.

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NLRB Trumps Trump's Anti-Worker Tactics in Las Vegas: Winners and Losers of the Week

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Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers who are winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people who are trying to deny working people their rights.

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National Apprenticeship Week: IMT Apprenticeship Prepares Workers for Today’s Advanced Manufacturing Environment

Today’s advanced manufacturing environment calls for highly skilled workers and the the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship is designed to train workers to both meet industry need and provide a career pathway for workers to advance. The IMT apprenticeship is implemented through a joint labor-management structure and was developed by Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP) in collaboration with the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute and the U.S. Department of Labor. 

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