May 29, 2015
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers announced the retirement of International President Edwin D. Hill, effective June 1st. Illinois’ very own, Brother Lonnie Stephenson, Vice President of the IBEW’s Sixth District will become our International President. David Ruhmkorff has been named the new Vice President of the Sixth District. Local 21 President - Business Manager Paul Wright stated, “I have worked closely with Lonnie. I thank him for all the work he has done to help the members of Local 21. He will be a great president. By working together in solidarity the IBEW will become even stronger.”
The Officers, Executive Board and Staff of IBEW Local 21 would like to wish all of our members a safe and happy Memorial Day. As we spend time with our friends and family this weekend we should remember why we celebrate the holiday; let’s also not forget those who have served, are currently serving, and those with family members who are in our military, especially those from our IBEW family. We thank all of them for protecting our freedoms.
Following the lead of their coworkers in Mokena DirectSat workers in Plymouth, Indiana contacted Business Representative Dave Webster about organizing with our Local. The National Labor Relations Board will be conducting an election next week on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 7am (EDT). Now it is time to welcome DirectSat workers in Plymouth into IBEW 21.
Please join us DirectSat is located at 2915 Gary Drive in Plymouth, Indiana. We will start setting up at 6:00 am Eastern Time/ 5:00 (Central Time).
Please come out and show your support, we’d love to see you out there cheering these workers to victory.
This Sunday Brothers David and Ray Mendlik are hosting an event to help fight childhood cancer and blood disorders by raising money during a fun family event: Casting For Cures taking place on May 17, 2015, 12:00 – 4:00pm at Spring Grove Hatchery Park 2314 Hatchery Rd., Spring Grove, IL. It will be a family fun-filled day. There will be plenty to do for kids of all ages. The event is in the memory of Cheri Amore and to celebrate Nicole Mendlik. If you have any questions, would like to donate or need further information, please contact David Mendlik at firstname.lastname@example.org you can also visit castingforcures.com.
In Illinois, a Right to Work bill will be introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives tomorrow (5/14). We are asking union members and retirees to please call their representatives and ask them to vote no on right to work (for less) in Illinois. Defeat Right to Work Hotline Number 888-412-6570,Hotline script-
Hello, my name is ___and I live in your district. I am calling today to urge you to vote against Gov. Rauner’s right to work zones. Right to work drives down wages and benefits for all workers. Rauner’s proposal will make it harder for people like me to make ends meet. Please vote no on Rauner’s right to work zones proposal Thursday. Thank you.
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April 5, 2015
What are you doing for lunch tomorrow?
If you are free please join Illinois union activists at tomorrow’s Chicago City Council meeting. While you are there you can hear Illinois government boss Bruce Rauner’s special address to the City Council where he will talk about his plans to screw the hard working people of the middle class.
April 25, 2015
Earlier this week we asked IBEW 21 members to attend meetings where local governments were considering passing a resolution that would be harmful to all workers in Illinois. We would like to start by saying thank-you. You made a difference. In every community where IBEW Local 21 members made their voices heard the harmful resolutions were not adopted. The struggle for working families is not over. Next week (4/27-5/1) more communities are considering the Governor's Turnaround Agenda.
On Tuesday, April 28th, Workers Memorial Day we ask all IBEW 21 members to remember those whose lives were lost and those who were injured as a result of workplace accidents. Honor their memory by talking about safety in your workplace and renewing your vow to work safely. Please also wear your union pin, shirt or hat to work.
April 20, 2015
Sisters & Brothers,
Illinois is in a state of crisis and it is time for you to act.
Our Governor is pressuring local governments across the State to pass legislation that will harm all workers. This week (4/19-4/25) many communities are considering the Governor's Turnaround Agenda. If you live in these areas, make your opposition heard.
April 14, 2015
The Communication Workers of America (CWA) is in negotiations with AT&T to reach new agreements for employees working in the CWA Midwest region and in the CWA Legacy T Agreement. Their contracts with AT&T expired on Saturday, April 11, 2015.
While these negotiations do not directly affect AT&T employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers System Council T-3 we do stand in solidarity with the CWA.