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					   Solidarity on the Picket Line...595’s John Disken walks      Representing Oakland’s Mayor Ronald V. Dellums,
  the Valley Power picket line with San Leandro city council    Josie Camacho presents achievement proclamations at a
   member Jim Prola on December 20. Workers have been            January 12 dinner honoring 595’s George Takeuchi and
  on strike since July 10, fighting medical and pension cuts.     Robert Briant at the Alameda County Training Center.                                 /
                                                                                                                          Victor Uno, Business Manager/Financial Secretary                                                 Vol. 16 Issue 1
                                                                                                                          6250 Village Parkway, Dublin CA 94568                                                     January-February 2008
   Mark Your Calendar! Important Dates!                                               Holiday Cheer in Stockton
              - General Membership Meeting -                                          Santa visited the Stockton
                                                                                      Training Center on December 18,
      Thursday, February 14, 6 PM at the Dublin Hall
                                                                                      bringing much holiday cheer to
          - Electrical Project Supervision Class -                                    595’s members and their families.
February 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 from 4 to 8 PM, NECA                                                                       Congratulations and a                                                                           Thanks to all who made
                                                                                      At left, Miss Molly Glen Rodgers,
offices in Dublin. Call (925) 828-6322 for more information.                          daughter of 5th year apprentice
                                                                                                                          big thank you to our mem-                                                                           this project a success.
      - President’s Day, February 18, is a Holiday! -                                 Rex and his wife Allison.           bers who successfully com-
                                                                                                                          pleted a complex NUMMI                                                                              Union Membership
                                                                                                                          project ahead of schedule                                                                           Grows
                            WWW.IBEW595BENEFITS.COM                                                                       over the Christmas holi-                                                                                Our International Office
                                                                                                                          days, again showing why                                                                             reports that IBEW organiz-
                                                                                                                          the IBEW is the "right                                                                              ing efforts continue to grow
                                                                                                                          choice".                                                                                            our membership. Steady
                                                                                                                              With 72 IBEW electri-                                                                           progress over the last three
                                                                                                                          cians working over two 12                                                                           years has reversed a decline
                                                                                                                          hour shifts, existing equip-                                                                        in "A" construction mem-
                                                                                                                          ment on production lines       With 36 electricans on a 12 hour day shift, and 36 electricians on bers. We are now at an all-
                                                                                                                          was removed, 11 bays of        the night shift, Blocka Construction Inc. was able to successfully time high of 331,718 "A"
                                                                                                                          robotics were relocated,        complete a complex production line installation during NUMMI’s members.
                                                                                                                                                                             Christmas holiday shutdown.
                                                                                                                          conduit runs were installed,                                                                            Because of the changes
                                                                                                                          feeder cables were pulled                                                                           in our U.S. economy, "glob-
                                                                                                                          and terminated, and the new pro-             facturing facility west of the                 alization" and the off-shoring and
                                                                                                                          duction line was powered up ahead            Mississippi in our United States of            out-sourcing of union manufactur-
                                                                                                                          of schedule.                                 America. Its production workers                ing of jobs, only 12% of our U.S.
                                                                                                                              "Many people thought the                 are union members, represented by              workforce was unionized in 2006.
                                                                                                                          schedule could not be met," noted            the United Auto Workers. As car                But in 2007 this 25-year down-
                                                                                                                          Blocka Construction's Victor Chao            manufacturing has been off-                    ward trend bottomed-out, and for
                                                                                                                          in a letter to Local 595. "Not only          shored, one of the direct results of           the first time in over two decades
                                                                                                                          did B.C.I. meet the schedule, but            NAFTA and other trade agree-                   the percentage of union members
                                                                                                                          we beat the schedule by 24                   ments, it is very important that we            grew.
                                                                                                                          hours…Start up of equipment went             continue to perform as IBEW                        This year, 2008, will be very
                                                                                                                          almost flawless, no major issues.            members and show that manufac-                 important for our Labor
                                                                Dublin, CA 94568                                          This is one we can all be proud              turing can still be done domestical-           Movement. We must continue to
         NO. 3729                                               6250 Village Parkway                                      of."                                         ly, and why skilled union labor                grow. Workers and their families
    OAKLAND, CA PERMIT                                                                                                        The NUMMI plant in Fremont               makes the difference.                          depend on a strong union move-
                                                                ELECTRICAL WORKERS
     U.S. POSTAGE PAID                                                                                                    is the only auto and truck manu-                  IBEW is "the right choice".               ment for decent wages, medical
                                                                BROTHERHOOD OF
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    Business Manager Report...
    continued from front page                                                                                                         Stockton JATC News
    coverage and a pension for retirement.                                                                                                Greetings from 595East JATC!
                                                                                                                                          It is with great pleasure I have the opportunity to inform the
    Politics 2008                                                                                                                     membership that the San Joaquin & Calaveras Counties
        We need to use our growing membership to make sure                                                                            Electrical Training Trust is now the sole owner of the Stockton
    that in this political year, we elect a new President and                                                                         Training Center! When the Apprenticeship Trust decided to
    Congress will be accountable to workers and the needs of                                                                          expand the Stockton facility they combined the existing loan and
    working families. All of our members know that when                                                                               borrowed enough money to double the existing building. The
                                                                                                                                      loan was for 25 years with a fixed rate for the first five years to
    George W. Bush became President in 2000, he signed an
                                                                                                                                      be adjusted at the end of that time. They also decided to make
    Executive Order banning Project Labor Agreements for                                                                              every effort to pay the loan off early knowing interest rates
    any federally funded project. This was a direct attack on                                                                         could very well increase at the end of the fixed term. Each year
    our IBEW and our union movement.                                                                                                  the committee made additional principal only payments until              Lester Coe and David Christensen are in front of a 230,000
        We must have a leader in the White House that will be                                                                         2007 at which time NECA and the IBEW Local 595 donated                   (230KV) high voltage circuit breaker at Stagg Substation in
    a friend of Labor.                                                                                                                $37,000 each to assist in paying off the loan.                                     Stockton, a project by Dacon Electric.
        I am asking all members to register and vote, and to                                                                              On January 16 the final payment was made and the title is
                                                                    Local 595 joined Oakland’s Mayor Holiday Toy Drive, which gave    now being transferred to us. The 25 year loan was paid off in 6        - March 4th - Motor Control (2nd of 5 classes starts at 5 pm)
    register your family members and vote. By the time you           toys to over 20,000 children in need. Thanks to Jim Lucas, Jon   years. I believe a well deserved thank you should go to Trust          - March 11th - Motor control (3rd of 5 classes starts at 5 pm)
    receive this Newsletter, our special primary in California        Lockwood, Bridget Hall, Ron Pedro and his son Cameron for                                                                              - March 18th - Motor control (4th of 5 classes starts at 5 pm)
    will have taken place, and there is a June primary and our                                                                        members Lew Frain, Tony Bertolucci, Gary Woody, Dan
                                                                            being 595's "Santas", helping to distribute the toys!                                                                            - March 25 - Motor control (5th of 5 classes starts at 5 pm)
                                                                                                                                      Chivello, Jeff Weithers, Mike Sisneroz, Pete Halver, and Pete
    November 3 General Elections. All are vitally important.                                                                                                                                                 - March 8 - OSHA 30, 1st of 2 day class (10 hrs starts at 8:00
                                                                        Cards and contributions to Herrera family will be             Magallanez for their dedication to our apprenticeship program.
        Labor's voice and vote dramatically changed the make-                                                                                                                                               am) Please note: Those wanting to sign up for OSHA 30 must
                                                                    accepted at Local 595. When you see Phil, let him know                Our Christmas party at the Training Center was a pleasant
    up of Congress in 2006 - gaining a labor-friendly majority.                                                                       success again this year. The food was plentiful and Santa             have taken OSHA 10 with in the last six months and from the
                                                                    that you care, and that his loss is deeply felt by his union
    This year we need to take back the White House.                                                                                   enjoyed spending time listening to children and young people          same instructor to be eligible.
                                                                                                                                      express their wish lists to him while taking pictures and receiv-      - April 5th - OSHA 30, 2nd of 2 day class (10 hrs starts at
                                                                       As we begin 2008, let us all take a moment to reflect                                                                                8:00 am)
    Work Outlook Slows                                                                                                                ing bags of toys.
                                                                    on all that we have in our lives that we care for, and that                                                                              - March 20th - Confined Space (3 hrs starts at 4:30 pm)
        Our work picture has slowed, especially with the recent                                                                           The Stockton Training Center will be hosting spring classes
                                                                    we are thankful for.                                              for continuous education related to the 32 hour state certification       Anyone interested in enrolling in Continuing Education class-
    heavy rains. We expect jobs to pick up gradually over the
                                                                                                                                      requirement. The following is a list of classes and dates avail-      es should call Dave or Joanne at Stockton Training Center at
    next few months, and then a busy spring and summer.
                                                                    My best wishes to you and your family,                            able in Stockton:                                                     (209) 462-0751. There will be a mailer going out the last week
        Because of the huge downturn in the residential con-                                                                                                                                                of January with more information including any cost for books.
                                                                                                                                       - February 12th - CPR-First Aid (4 hour class, 4:30 to 8:30 pm)
    struction market - due to the sub-prime loan debacle - we                                                                                                                                               We are working on labs for solar voltaic, fire alarm and welding
                                                                                                                                       - February 23rd - OSHA 10 (10 hrs. starts at 8:00 am)
    are seeing an increase in non-union bidders on projects                                                                            - February 26th - NFPA 70E, 1st of 2 classes (starts at 4:30 pm)     which we hope to make available in late spring or summer.
    that they normally stayed away from. More non-union                                                                                - February 27th - NFPA 70E 2nd of 2 classes (starts at 4:30pm)
                                                                    Victor Uno
    contractors from the valley area are showing up on the                                                                             - February 26th - Motor Control (1st of 5 classes, starts at 5 pm)                                   - Dave Brooks, Training Director
                                                                    Business Manager
    Bay-side of our jurisdiction, and this is a challenge for our
    signatory contractors and our organizing efforts.
                                                                                                 The 595 Connection
                                                                                                                                      Join 595’s Credit Union                                                Credit Union CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Christina Boyd
        Members have always been our best "eyes and ears" on                                                                          Join over 1,000 of your fellow IBEW Local 595 members                     attended Local
    projects that may be under our radar screen. Please do not                                   Published by:                        by joining your Credit Union!
                                                                                                                                                                                                             595’s Benefits Fair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to explain the
    hesitate to call us if you see projects in your community                                    IBEW Local 595                           There are many benefits: Great rates on loans to pur-                  advantages of
    that you want us, or our contract compliance organization,                                   6250 Village Parkway                 chase a new car or truck; the convenience of free check-               membership. Over
    to check out.                                                                                Dublin CA 94568-3004                 ing with VISA debit cards. You can also start saving for                 1,000 Local 595
                                                                                                                                      your future needs through direct deposit, or transferring                 members have
    Condolences                                                               Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.          your vacation funds to your account at the credit union. A                         joined .
                                                                            Telephone:(925)556-0595..........Fax:(925)556-0600        good guideline is to save at least 6 months of living
        I am very sorry to report that one of our members,                         Job Hotline (Toll Free): 866-595-IBEW
    Philip Herrera, lost his son Jacob to a shooting in San                                                                           expenses. It makes life's many challenges easier to tack-
                                                                           Email: general@ibew595.org.......Web: www.ibew595.org                                                                                       Condolences to the families of
                                                                                                                                      le when you know you have the funds available.
    Francisco on January 13. Jacob was 19 years old. Jacob
                                                                                                                                          While you are saving, you can earn a higher yield on                        our recently departed members
    lived in Walnut Creek with his girl friend, and they were                   Victor Uno - Business Manager/Financial Secretary
                                                                                                                                      your account by opening a Certificate of Deposit or tradi-
                                                                                          LouAnn McCune - President                                                                                           Nick Florio, passed on 11-3-07, 88 years old, a 66 year member
    visiting the city's Mission District when they were attacked                        Clark Denning - Vice President                tional IRA, several terms are available.
    by two assailants with hand guns.                                                 Earl Hampton - Recording Secretary                  Contact us today. If you are a member of the credit               Leonard Onate, passed on 11-19-07, 85 years old, a 29 year member
        This is a tremendously difficult and painful loss for the                           Brian Stewart - Treasurer                 union, we encourage you to refer your family members                  Donald Moffat, passed on 11-20-07, 75 years old, a 55 year member
    Herrera family. Phil and his wife Cindy were at our                                         Executive Board                       and 595 co-workers to join. Call (510) 537-6800 or come               Selzo John Maes, passed on 11-29-07, 86 years old, 52 year member
    December 11 membership meeting, where he received                               Greg Bonato - Bridget Hall - Ron Pedro            by the credit union today - 3545 Jamison Way, Castro                  Antonio Corsaro, passed on 12-21-07,84 years old, a 61 year member
    recognition for his volunteer service to Local 595.                             Vic Rolita - Aaron Stagg - Bob Tieman             Valley CA 94546.                  - Christina Boyd, CEO                       Larry Castro, 64 years old, and a member for 37 years

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    Alameda JATC News                                                                                                                      Successful Organizing Efforts Close Out 2007
    Welcome back all Apprentices and Journeymen!                                                                                              IBEW 595 welcomes the following          contractors. Contact NECA at 925-828-
    Our Spring 2008 school semester officially began on Tuesday,                                                                          "traveling" electrical contractors who       6322 before February 25th to register for
    January 22, 2008. Business Manager Victor Uno talked with                                                                             have become signatory to the Inside          the class.
    apprentices at the Tuesday and Wednesday "Back to School" ses-                                                                        Wireman Agreement since our last                 The accompanying graph records the
    sions, answering questions and discussing topics such as the                                                                          newsletter: San Jose contractor Ray          rising increase in membership in the con-
    employment picture, future construction projects, and 595's                                                                           Scheidt's Electric who focuses on process    struction branch of the IBEW. However,
    recent Health and Welfare Benefits Fair. Chabot College coun-                                                                         controls primarily for technology manu-      we still have a long way to go to regain
    selor Jane Chuch provided information on obtaining an                                                                                 facturers; Concord contractor CGT            our once dominant market share. An
    Associate of Science degree in Electrical Construction from the                                                                       Systems Inc. does commercial electrical      excerpt from a recent report made to the
    college.                                                                                                                              work as well as security and audio/visual    International IBEW describes some of the
        Brackets 1, 2 and 3 will once again be attending day school                                                                       systems.                                     challenges we face in our area:
    for twelve 8-hour sessions under the direction of Mel Switzer.      Training Director Byron Benton explains 595’s apprenticeship                                                                            “In Alameda
    Day school classes commence as follows:                             program to Oakland Trib reporter Francine Brevetti on Jan. 8.                                                                      County, the total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Director of Organizing Matt Maloon was
                                                                                                                                                                                                           hourly cost for a          recognized at the December 13th General
            1st Bracket - Monday, January 28th                        classes offered by the Alameda County Electrical JATC will                                                                           Journeyman Inside          Membership meeting for his efforts in 2007.
            2nd Bracket - Wednesday, January 23rd                     count towards the continuing education requirement for                                                                               Wireman, including
            3rd Bracket - Friday, January 25th                        California State Electrician Re-Certification. Contact Nancy                                                                         wages, employee bene-      etc. are rare...
                                                                      Switzer at 510.351.5282 ext. *812 for further information.                                                                           fit contributions, and         “Non-signatory electrical contractors
        Brackets 4, 5, and 6 will be held on Monday and Wednesday                                                                                                                                          industry funds such as     who perform work in the jurisdiction of
    evenings beginning on January 17th. Bill Mattson and Jim          Hundreds Apply for Apprenticeship                                                                                                    training and LMCC is       IBEW 595 can be noted doing all types of
    Guthrie along with Donald Dones will once again be teaching           On January 9 and 10, 344 applications for the Alameda                                                                            $65.21 an hour...The       electrical work, in all markets. These con-
    the 4th and 5th bracket classes. Dan Holgate returns as the 6th   County Electrical JATC Inside Wiremen Apprenticeship program                                                                         average non-signatory      tractors can be any size. They are often
    bracket instructor. 7th Bracket will again be taught by Mel       were accepted. This is the highest number of applications taken                                                                      electrical contractor in   WECA or ABC members who utilize those
    Switzer. The program welcomes back Paul Marsaglia and Nick        in a 2 day period for the program in the last 5 years. The next                                                                      Alameda County pays        training programs. These contractors usu-
    Gigliotti as 8th bracket instructors.                             application dates will be July 16, 2008 from 9 AM to 12 PM and                                                                       Journeymen between         ally utilize a combination of recruitment
       The Continuing Education/Journeyman class schedule for the     July 17, 2008 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. For additional infor-                                                                         $24 and $30 per hour.      methods including employee referrals,
    Spring 2008 semester was distributed to 595 journeymen mem-       mation on application requirements please visit our website at                                                                       Foremen are paid           newspaper and website job listings, tem-
    bers starting January 14, 2008. The initial response to classes   www.595jatc.org.                                                                                                                     between $28 and $35        porary employment agencies, referrals
    has been overwhelming, with over 150 registrations received at                                     Byron Benton, Training Director      Vigorous organizing efforts across the country have helped     per hour..”                from other non-signatory contractors.”
                                                                                                                                                     reverse a decline in IBEW membership.                                                The market analysis report to the
    the JATC office in the first week. All Continuing Education
                                                                                                                                              New signatory contractor Holmes           Challenges to IBEW by                         International Offices contains much more
                                                and Cox did
    Successful Benefits                         not have any
                                                                                                                                          Construction is based in Richmond and         Non-Signatory Contractors                     detail, and also lays out 595’s efforts and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      successes to sign new contractors, expand
                                                                                                                                          will be doing commercial photovoltaic             “The average non-signatory contrac-
    Fair Held Jan. 12                           holdings or
                                                investments in
                                                                                                                                          installations.                                tor provides health insurance for the         our market share and grow our IBEW
        Local 595's annual Benefits Fair on                                                                                                   Please note the upcoming "Getting         employee only after a three to six month      membership.
                                                the sub-prime                                                                             Started in Electrical Contracting" class      waiting period. Typically, any dependant          It is vitally important that all members
    Saturday, January 12, was filled with       real estate
    members wanting to hear from the pen-                                                                                                 which will be presented by NECA in            health coverage is paid for by the employ-    understand the challenges we face, and
                                                market, the                                                                               March. This eight night class is taught by    ee. Most non-signatory contractors have       continue to assist in our organizing
    sion plan, health and welfare and other     turmoil from
    plan professionals.                                                                                                                   Bob Daoust who was very active in             no pension plan. Some have a 401K pen-        efforts.
                                                that sector has                                                                           NECA and is the former owner of Del           sion with the matching employer contri-
        Ken Olivier, President of Dodge and     affected all
    Cox, Local 595's Investment Fund                                                                                                      Monte Electric. The class features many       bution set at 25% of the employee contri-          Matt Maloon, Director of Organizing
                                                markets.                                                                                  guest speakers and is highly recommend-       bution or less. Other benefits, such as
    Manager, gave a presentation on the cur-    While report-
    rent state of the fund's performance, as                                                                                              ed for new (and not so new) electrical        travel pay, vacation pay, paid holidays
                                                ing that all         595 members and their spouses filled the hall to hear reports by
    well as the philosophy and long-term        investments             pension, health and welfare professionals and providers
                                                                                                                                          Medical Monitoring                           in the nuclear weapons industry under          disease and cancer.
    strategy of the firm. Jim Rhein, Local      for 2007 were                                as some plan providers had increased their
    595's health plan consultant, reported on                                                                                                                                          the Department of Energy (DOE) and                 This free medical screening pro-
    the status of the fund and recent actions
                                                positive, there was underperformance in
                                                some areas when compared to indexes
                                                                                             charges. Trustees had also taken action to
                                                                                             increase member's dollar bank up to five
                                                                                                                                          Program Notice                               its predecessor agencies.                      gram is available to workers who had
    by the trustees. Representatives from                                                                                                    If you are a former worker at the             Many workers from these Labs               at least one year of cumulative time at
                                                used to gage overall performance.            and a half months of coverage.
    Kaiser, PacifiCare, Vision Service Plan,                                                                                              Lawrence Livermore, Lawrence                 may have been exposed to radiation,            these facilities.
                                                    Jim Rhein reported that the Health and       Many retirees, and members planning
    Delta Dental, Pacific Union Dental,         Welfare fund had reserves estimated at 3.8 on retiring, were in attendance. Younger       Berkeley or Sandia National Lab, you         beryllium, lead, asbestos, solvents and            For more information, go to
    PacifiCare Behavioral Health, the Credit                                                                                                                                           other chemical and physical hazards.           www.bu.edu/formerworker or contact
                                                months, a huge turn-around from a few        members were also present, and there will    may qualify for a free medical screen-
    Union, and Marana Benefits                  years ago when there was a significant       be efforts to bring pension and health and                                                    Exposure to these materials can be         Elisa Rossetti, Program Manager,
                                                                                                                                          ing program.
    Administration were present to answer       underfunding of the plan. No cost increas- welfare presentations to the apprentice-                                                    harmful and can lead to conditions             Energy Employees Medical
    questions from 595 members.                                                                                                              Over the past six decades, at least
                                                es to members were seen for 2008, even       ship programs in the near future.            600,000 workers have been employed           like asbestosis, silicosis, chronic            Monitoring Program, 1-866-460-0628,
        Ken Olivier reported that while Dodge
                                                                                                                                                                                       beryllium disease, hearing loss, lung          or 925-551-7844.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                ties, who historically strongly support
                                                                                                                         ‘Make the Dream a Reality’                                                             and want to join unions.
                                                                                                                       Over 260 delegates to the                  International President Edwin D. Hill,            Delegates came from across the
                                                                                                                   Electrical Workers Minority Caucus'            IBEW I.E.C. member Pat Lavin, and             country: New York, Chicago, Florida,
                                                                                                                   18th Annual Conference met over the            IBEW 9th District Vice President              Houston, Seattle, Knoxville, as well
                                                                                                                   Martin Luther King, Jr., memorial              Michael Mowrey.
                                                                                                                   weekend to affirm their commitment             IBEW Business
                                                                                                                   to building a more powerful IBEW.              Managers attending
                                                                                                                       "Diversity and full inclusion,"            included the host
                                                                                                                   noted EWMC President Robbie                    city's Local 11
                                                                                                                   Sparks, "We must continue to build             Marvin Kropke,
    Honoring 595’s Activist Members...(clockwise, starting above) Members who served as                            our IBEW. Women and minorities                 Local 47 Pat Lavin,
      job stewards over the years are thanked; former President Walt Corvello initiates new                        must be included at all levels of our          and Local 18 Brian
    members; retiring Treasurer Pat Lyons is recognized for his service; Kim Bonato - wife of                      union movement."                               D'Arcey.
       COPE director Greg Bonato - is given a surprise award for her work; John Disken is                              Dr. King was assassinated 40                   In a major
     recognized for his volunteer service; Cindy Loney’s work on 595’s 100th Anniversary is
         honored; Jim Stagg is recognized for his “retired but not retired” activism for 595;
                                                                                                                   years ago in Memphis, Tenn., where             address to the con-
                                                                                                                                                                                          (Left to Right) Four IBEW Business Managers joined EWMC
           (bottom) some of the many members who packed 595’s Hall for the meeting.                                he was helping to rally support for            ference,                President Robbie Sparks (2nd from right) in welcoming L.A.’s
                                                                                                                   striking union sanitation workers. Dr.         International               Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (center) to the conference.
       Meeting Recognizes 595 Members                                                                              King's leadership was recognized
                                                                                                                   internationally, and his legacy contin-
                                                                                                                                                                  President Edwin Hill announced his
                                                                                                                                                                  efforts to implement the Diversity and as San Francisco, Sacramento, L.A.
        The last General Membership meeting for    special plaque thanking him for his years of
    2007 was a very special event honoring our     service as 595's Treasurer. John Disken was                     ues to guide trade union, civil and            Full Inclusion resolution passed at the and San Diego.
    many activist-members who helped Local         presented with the annual Business                              human rights movements world-wide.             IBEW's 37th International                      595's delegates included Bus.Mgr.
    595 over the last year. The December meet-     Manager's award for his outstanding service                         Meeting at the Sheraton Universal          Convention. A special committee has          Victor Uno, President LouAnn
    ing is normally a time for our "Old Timers     as a rank-and-file member for 2007. Doug                                              in Los Angeles,          been appointed by President Hill to          McCune, Recording Secretary Earl
    Nite", but because our pin and scrolls event   Hall was honored for his blood drive efforts,                                         delegates heard          develop programs and policies to             Hampton, Executive Board Members
    was part of our 100th Anniversary              collecting over 100 units of blood for the                                                                                                                  Bridget Hall, Ron Pedro, and Aaron
                                                                                                                                         greetings from           implement the resolution.
    Celebration in September, the December         Red Cross for the year. Kim Bonato was
    meeting was a time to say "Thank You" to       honored for her "supporting spouse" efforts                                           L.A. Mayor                   This announcement was warmly             Stagg, Organizer Sam Kharufeh, jour-
    all of our 595 members who volunteer to        helping husband and 595 COPE Director                                                 Antonio                  greeted by the delegates. Recent news neymen Christine Sigel and Charles
    help 595.                                      Greg Bonato over the year. Cindy Loney was                                            Villaraigosa, L.A.       showed that for the first time in 25         Brown, and apprentices Rachel
        Past President Walt Corvello initiated     recognized for her work on the 100th                                                  County Labor             years, union membership for 2007             Bryan, Tanya Pitts and Mike
    new members into membership. Members           Anniversary Celebration and Jim Stagg                                                 Federation head          increased, inching up from 12 percent Whitfield.
    who had recently "salted" and assisted in      received a "retired but not retired" award for                                                                                                                 For more EWMC information call
                                                                                                                                         Maria Elena              to 12.1 percent. The gains were con-
    organizing efforts were recognized.            his many efforts helping Local 595 as a 595
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Bridget Hall at (510) 381-1289.
    Members from the Whole Foods project in        retiree.                                                         President Edwin Hill Durazo, IBEW             centrated among women and minori-
    Oakland were given a "Code of Excellence"          Finally, a special recognition presentation
                                                                                                                                                                                         Bay Area
    pull-over by the Alameda County Labor-
    Management Cooperation Committee
                                                   was given to 595 members who volunteered
                                                   doing community service, walking a picket
                                                                                                                      Community Service Honors                                           repaired
    (LMCC) for their efforts. Members who
    served as job stewards were presented with
                                                   line, doing a phone bank or precinct walk,
                                                   or other 595 member activities.
                                                                                                                       Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.                                       and
    embroidered denim shirts as a recognition          There was plenty of food, beverages,
                                                                                                                       Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delegates     lighting
    for their service.                             much camaraderie and sharing of stories dur-                    to the 18th Annual Electrical Workers Minority Caucus                 circuits
        There were a number of individual recog-   ing the time after the award presentations. As                  (EWMC) volunteered a day of community service, performing             and fix-
    nition awards. Pat Lyons, who recently         a finale to 2007, a great time was had by all.                  much needed electrical repairs at the Sunshine Mission in central     tures,
    retired from Local 595, was presented with a                                                                   Los Angeles.                                                          trouble
                                                                                                                       Run by the non-profit Casa de Rosas, the facility is the oldest   shot elec-
                                                                                                                   women's shelter in the City, providing emergency and transition-      trical cir-
                                                                                                                                                      al housing for adult, single       cuits and
                                                                                                                                                      women. Originally built as a       helped with other general repairs at
                                                                                                                                                      family home in 1892, the his-      the shelter.
                                                                                                                                                      toric landmark facility feeds,         Many thanks to Earl Hampton,
                                                                                                                                                      houses, counsels and assists       Ron Pedro, Charles Brown, Tanya
                                                                                                                                                      women during a time of urgent      Pitts, and Rachel Bryan for their
                                                                                                                                                      need.                              community service efforts in Dr.
                                                                                                                                                          IBEW members from              King's memory.
                                                                                                                                                      Memphis, Seattle, LA and the                  (photos by Charles Brown)

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