President’s Message: 2017 Construction & Maintenance Conference

In the near future, leaders from your local will be descending on Washington, DC as delegates to our annual Construction and Maintenance Department Conference. It’s a meeting that has been taking place for years, and one that I have always looked forward to, dating back to my days as Business Manager with Local 145.

This meeting is important for multiple reasons, and I think it’s always a good idea to keep you posted on ways the IO is working with leaders on the local level.

Perhaps first and foremost, the best thing about the conference is that it gets people with a common interest together, under one roof, to talk about what’s working…and what’s not…within the trade and industry we love.

There’s much that can be learned in simple conversation, but there is plenty of structure to our meetings as well.

Our Education Department will have sessions discussing how we can better utilize our Code of Excellence on the job site.

Representatives from the Electrical Training Alliance will be holding workshops involving safety and Code updates, craft certification, and newly issued Department of Labor requirements for our apprenticeship.

Membership Development has new statistics on the number of unorganized workers, job fair results, and will be going over its strategic plan for the coming year.

Our expanding Business Development team will be reviewing tactics and unveiling new strategies for the marketing of our Code of Excellence Program when we get in front of decision makers.

A lot of work goes into the planning of the Construction and Maintenance Conference every year. And a lot of time, energy, and effort is spent by those who attend.

When all is said and done, the result is this: Your local leaders return home with new ideas and information they can use in your town that directly impact your local. And they also get a shot in the arm by seeing, first hand, how we are all in this together.

That’s what makes the IBEW the greatest union in labor today.

That’s it for now. Thanks for the click. Stay safe, and remember, every hour counts!

See you soon.



Lonnie Stephenson

IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson has been working with the IBEW Hour Power team since he was elected International President in 2015. President Stephenson creates short videos entitled “President’s Message” to bring important announcements and inspirational messages right to your computer screen.

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