News Brief: Business Development Edition 10:
Wai Kai Lagoon

































In the 9th District on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu resides perhaps one of the most unique electrical projects around. Members from IBEW Local 1186 are busy constructing a new recreation destination within the Hoakalei Resort on the island's southwestern coast. Wai Kai is an active, year-round destination where residents and visitors will be able to connect to the land, water, and Hawaiian culture by... Read More
The Local 90/859/747 Riding Club is having their 2nd Annual "Toys For Tots" Toy Drive
 
The event will take place at the Local 90 Union Hall
on Saturday November 26th 2022 from 9:00AM to 1:00PM
 
During this time you can stop by and drop off any new & unwrapped toys.
 
If you cannot make it on this day and would like to contribute,
we have a box located in the Local 90 Lobby where you can drop the toys.
IBEW LOCAL 90’S CHILDRENS’
HOLIDAY PARTY
 
        For members’ children only, please.
       * Ages up to and including 12 years old to receive a toy*
 
 
DATE: Sunday, December 4, 2022
TIME: Noon to 4:00 pm
PLACE: Il Monticello
    577 S Broad St (Rte 5), Meriden CT 06450
 
Refreshments will be served. All Local 90 members and their children are invited to enjoy this special holiday party! The entertainment will be followed by a visit from Santa Claus!
 
Fraternally yours,
Sean Daly
Business... Read More

Boston Local 103 fifth-year apprentice Lovette Jacobs introduces President Biden on the South Lawn of the White House.

The Biden Administration and Congress have won a historic achievement for IBEW members and their families with the Inflation Reduction Act. The enormous energy and tax package will put IBEW members to work in family-sustaining jobs for the secure, self-reliant grid of the future.
President Biden signed the bill into law on Aug. 16. President Biden, who spoke at the International Convention in May, is now following through on his promises to support organized labor and strengthen working families with this legislation.
“This historic legislation delivers funding to support lower carbon energy... Read More

The Biden Administration and IBEW seek to build more domestic semiconductor factories (IBEW-built GlobalFoundries plant in Malta, NY)

Beefing up domestic supply chains while strengthening security and competitiveness is behind the new law incentivizing the production of critical computer chips here in the United States.
President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act in July, representing another effort by the president to re-shore the manufacturing of crucial goods produced overseas to the country’s economic and security detriment.
Today, the United States only produces 12 percent of the world’s microchips, which are fundamental components in many modern technology products affected by pandemic-era supply chain... Read More

The IBEW continues its national push to certify and train members to install EV charging infrastructure.

Nearly $5 billion in new electrical vehicle charging systems are on the way, and demand for qualified installers has never been higher. That’s why President Lonnie Stephenson has launched the Talent Pipeline Challenge to get at least 10,000 electricians across the U.S. signed up to be credentialed in the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program.
“EVITP has become such a gold standard in our industry that the Biden administration recently made it their preferred program for training the men and women who will be installing and maintaining thousands of EV charging systems across the... Read More
After more than 1.3 million jobs in the manufacturing sector were lost to the depths of the pandemic in 2020, recent data shows manufacturers have added back 1.4 million factory jobs, adding 668,000 additional manufacturing jobs since the Biden administration began.
Biden administration policies intended to promote the growth of domestic manufacturing – like expanding made-in-the-U.S. rules for federal procurement and tax credits for American semiconductors and other factories – are expected to continue the expansion.
“One of the most striking things that we are seeing now,” Brian Deese,... Read More

IBEW members strongly support high quality registered apprenticeship programs, the gold standard in the electrical construction industry.

The Department of Labor put the final nail in the coffin of the Trump administration’s attempt to allow industries to water down training standards by cheapening the value of the gold-plated labor-management apprenticeship model that has served the IBEW for generations.
Following President Biden’s move to rescind the Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program in the first days of his administration, the DOL has issued its final rule. Effective on Nov. 25, it cemented Biden’s initial executive order to rescind IRAPs when he took office early in 2021. The IRAP program would have conferred a... Read More

A new U.S. Department of Labor initiative is widely promoting the use of registered apprenticeship programs like Portland, Ore. Local 48's.

St. Louis Local 1 Electrical Connection and Chicago Local 134’s Powering Chicago have been chosen as U.S. Department of Labor apprenticeship ambassadors.
Labor-management partnerships between local unions and their respective National Electrical Contractors Association chapters are among 200 entities chosen to share their experiences and collaborate with the DOL to champion apprenticeship opportunities.
“Not enough people understand apprenticeships or what unions are all about,” said Powering Chicago’s executive director Elbert Walters III. “We need to share the story so that more and more... Read More
Celeste Drake has been appointed President Biden’s top labor advisor. She served as the first-ever made-in-America director at the White House Office of Management and Budget since 2021, where she helped develop and implement domestic policy. Drake was formerly a trade and globalization policy specialist for the AFL-CIO, playing an instrumental role in shaping U.S. trade policy to promote inclusive growth for working American families and the manufacturing sector.