When and if a new date is determined, we will announce the details as soon as possible.
We would like to take this time to congratulate the men and women of Baltimore Gas & Electric in their great victory, forming IBEW Local #410. It was a long road to travel. The workers of BGE started working to organize their union over 20 years ago. Local 24 is grateful for every opportunity to help in this tremendous journey.
This latest campaign was an effort that received support from volunteers and organizers from all over the country. Members flooded in from the West Coast, Mid West and of course the East. I can say that everyone that took part was dedicated to the labor movement and to the new members of Local #410. It was amazing to see what can happen when a group works together to achieve a common goal.
We look forward to working with our new brothers and sisters as they form the foundation for many prosperous years to come.
Gary R. Griffin
Maryland is one of many states that allows voters the flexibility of early voting. You can vote and make your voice heard on your schedule, when it is convenient for you!
From Thursday, October 27, 2016 through Thursday, November 3, 2016, there will be polling locations open from 8AM to 8PM in every county in Maryland (see complete list below).
Representatives from Local 24, along with other unions and members of organized labor who are affiliated with the MD & DC AFL-CIO, have issued endorsements in most of the major races in Maryland. Endorsements are based upon direct interviews, publicly stated positions on issues that are important to working families, and the candidates’ records.
LABOR’S ENDORSED CANDIDATES
(Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO)
Hillary Clinton – Endorsement
U.S. Senate (Maryland):
Chris Van Hollen – Endorsement
U.S. Congress (District of Columbia)
Eleanor Holmes Norton – Endorsement
U.S. Congress (Maryland)
Dutch Ruppersberger – Endorsement
John Sarbanes – Endorsement
Anthony Brown – Endorsement
Steny Hoyer – Endorsement
Elijah Cummings – Endorsement
Jamin “Jamie” Raskin – Endorsement
No Recommendation: Requires a majority (50% +1) of the votes cast, and affiliates may support the candidate of their choice.
Endorsement: Requires a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the votes cast, and all affiliates are expected to support that candidate.
Limited Endorsement: Requires a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the votes cast.
No Endorsement: Requires a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the votes cast, and all affiliates are expected not to offer support to any candidate in that race.
MARYLAND EARLY VOTING CENTERS
All of the early voting centers in Maryland are accessible to voters with disabilities.
- Allegany County Office Complex – 701 Kelly Rd, Room 100, Cumberland, MD 21502
Anne Arundel County
- Odenton Regional Library – 1325 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD 21113
- Glen Burnie Regional Library – 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie, MD 21060
- Severna Park Community Library – 45 W. McKinsey Rd, Severna Park, MD 21146
- Annapolis Senior Activity Center – 119 S. Villa Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401
- Edgewater Community Library – 25 Stepneys Ln, Edgewater, MD 21037
- Public Safety Training Facility(Old Pimlico Middle) – 3500 W. Northern Pkwy (Enter on Manhattan Ave.), Baltimore, MD 21215
- Southeast Anchor Library – 3601 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224
- Maritime Industries Academy School #431 – Rear Entrance – Enter on Truesdale Ave.) 5001 Sinclair Lane, Baltimore, MD 21206
- League for People with Disabilities – 1111 East Coldspring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21239
- Westside Skills Center – 4501 Edmondson Ave. (Enter on Athol Ave), Baltimore, MD 21229
- Univ. of MD at Baltimore – Comm. Engagement Ctr, 1 N. Poppleton St, Baltimore, MD 21201
- Towson Univ. – Admin. Bldg, 7720 York Rd, Towson, MD 21252
- Arbutus Comm. Ctr – 865 Sulphur Spring , Baltimore, MD 21227
- Honeygo Run Community Ctr – 9033 Honeygo Blvd, Perry Hall, MD 21128
- Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Ctr – 323 Sollers Point Rd, Dundalk, MD 21222
- Randallstown Community Ctr – 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, MD 21133
- Victory Villa Community Ctr – 404 E. Compass Rd, Baltimore, MD 21220
- Center for MD Agriculture & Farm Park – 1114 Shawan Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030
- Reisterstown Sr Ctr- Hannah Moore, 12035 Reisterstown Rd, Reisterstown, MD 21136
- Woodlawn Community Ctr – 2120 Gwynn Oak Ave., Woodlawn, MD 21207
- Community Resources Bldg – 30 Duke Street – Lower Level, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
- Caroline County Health & Public Services Bldg – 1st Floor, Room 112, 403 S. Seventh St Denton, MD 21629
- Westminster Senior Activities Ctr – 125 Stoner Ave, Westminster, MD 21157
- Cecil County Admin. Bldg- Elk Room – 200 Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton, MD 21921
- LaPlata Firehouse – 911 Washington Ave., La Plata, MD 20646
- Gleneagles Neighborhood Ctr – 4900 Kirkcaldy Court, Waldorf, MD 20602
- Dorchester County Office Bldg – Lobby – 501 Court Lane, Cambridge, MD 21613
- Frederick Sr Ctr – 1440 Taney Ave, Frederick, MD 21702
- Thurmont Regional Library – 76 East Moser Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788
- Urbana Regional Library – 9020 Amelung St, Frederick, MD 21704
- Oakland Comm. Ctr – (The Armory) – 14 North 8th St, Oakland, MD 21550
- Northern Outreach Ctr – 12601 National Pike, Grantsville, MD 21536
- McFaul Activity Ctr – 525 W. MacPhail Rd, Bel Air, MD 21014
- Edgewood Library – 629 Edgewood Rd, Edgewood, MD 21040
- The University Center (formerly HEAT Ctr) – 1201 Technology Dr, Aberdeen, MD 21001
- Jarrettsville Library – 3722 Norrisville Rd, Jarrettsville, MD 21084
- The Bain Senior Ctr – 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044
- Howard County Miller Branch Library – 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042
- Ridgely’s Run Community Ctr – 8400 Mission Rd, Jessup, MD 20794
- Kent County Public Library – 408 High St, Chestertown, MD 21620
- Activity Ctr at Bohrer Park Social Hall – 506 S. Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
- Germantown Community Recreation Ctr – 18905 Kingsview Rd, Germantown, MD 20874
- Marilyn J. Praisner Community Center – 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866
- Executive Office Building Auditorium – 101 Monroe St, Rockville, MD 20850
- Silver Spring Civic Bldg at Veterans Plaza – One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910
- Damascus Community Recreation Center Social Hall – 25520 Oak Dr., Damascus, MD 20872
- Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center Social Hall – 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
- Mid-County Community Recreation Center Social Hall – 2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906
- Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad – 2400 Arcola Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902
- Potomac Community Recreation Ctr – 11315 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD 20854
Prince George’s County
- Upper Marlboro Community Ctr – 5400 Marlboro Race Track Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
- College Park Community Ctr – 5051 Pierce Ave, College Park, MD 20740
- Baden Community Ctr – 13601 Baden-Westwood Rd, Brandywine, MD 20613
- Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Ctr – 8001 Sheriff Rd, Landover, MD 20785
- Bowie Gymnasium – 4100 Northview Dr, Bowie, MD 20716
- Laurel – Beltsville Senior Activity Ctr – 7120 Contee Rd, Laurel, MD 20707
- Suitland Community Park School – 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville, MD 20747
- Southern Regional Tech and Recreation Complex – 7007 Bock Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744
Queen Anne’s County
- Queen Anne’s County Community Services, Kramer Ctr – 104 Powell St, Centreville, MD 21617
- Kent Island Fire Department – 1610 Main Street, Chester, MD 21619
St. Mary’s County
- Hollywood Firehouse Carnival Bingo Bldg – 24801 Three Notch Rd, Hollywood, MD 20636
- Somerset County Office Bldg, Stes 102 & 105 – 11916 Somerset Ave., Princess Anne, MD 21853
- Easton Fire Hall – 315 Aurora Park Dr, Easton, MD 21601
- Washington County Early Voting Ctr (Phoenix Color Bldg II)- 101 Tandy Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21740
- Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center Midway Room 500 Glen Ave, Salisbury, MD 21804
- Gull Creek Sr Living Community – 1 Meadow St, Berlin, MD 21811
The excitement was widespread when Under Armour announced its plans to redevelop Port Covington, site of the old Sparrows Point steel mill, to build a distribution center and employ 1000 people. That sort of growth should be good news for Baltimore.
Like many businesses, Under Armour is asking the city of Baltimore for tax incentives for the new distribution center. Local labor unions believe that it is important for everyone to win – businesses when they receive tax breaks and other incentives, AND the city and community when development results in good-paying local jobs and a stronger tax base.
There are still unaddressed issues that can have a significant impact on exactly how good the new Under Armour distribution center will be for the community. For example, will the project be built union? Will the hiring for permanent jobs there be done locally? How much will those jobs pay? Is there enough affordable housing in the area?
Many Local 24 members, along with members of several other union locals affiliated with the Baltimore Metro Council AFL-CIO, met before the Baltimore City Council meeting on September 8, 2016 to remind city officials about these concerns, and to ask the Council members and Mayor to make sure all the issues are addressed before a decision is made.
Elijah Cummings (D), the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 7th congressional district, was a guest speaker at Local 24’s general membership meeting in August. Congressman Cummings spoke about the upcoming general election, among other things.
Cummings, who has served in the House of Representatives since 1996, is running for reelection in November. According to his campaign website, he lists public education, good jobs, foreclosure prevention and support of small/minority businesses among his legislative priorities.
On behalf of the International Union’s Committee on Political Education, Local 24 Business Manager Gary R. Griffin presented Congressman Cummings with a campaign contribution.
Maryland’s 7th district includes portions of Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County. In his re-election campaign, he is endorsed by (Local 24/Baltimore Metro Council/MD & DC AFL-CIO).
One of Local 24 I.B.E.W.’s most popular traditions, our annual Family Picnic, was held on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Conrad’s Ruth Villa in Bowleys Quarters, MD.
Our members and retirees and their families braved the heatwave of 2016 to come out and enjoy socializing with each other. All enjoyed fun activities and games and lots of delicious food. There was something for everyone at Local 24’s Family Picnic, held on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Conrad’s Ruth Villa. The event included activities for all, including music, a bingo pavilion, inflatable attractions and games for kids of all ages, arts & crafts, face-painting, and horseshoes, as well as a variety of food and drink.
If you and your family didn’t make it this year, be sure to plan on attending next year. In the meantime, enjoy the photos (below) from this year!
Individual photos can be downloaded from our Facebook page – just click the Facebook button at the top left of this page and go to the photo album for the 2016 Family Picnic.
Local 24 proudly welcomed 46 members to their new status of Journeyman Wireman, at the apprenticeship graduation ceremony held on July 15, 2016.
After 5 demanding years of on-the-job training and classroom instruction, the following members have “topped out”. We extend our very best wishes to all for rewarding careers!
|Eric Shane Binnie||Joseph Michael Howard||David Shannon O’Dell|
|John Nicholas Bitzel||Orry Robert Howard||Timothy Wallace Opie|
|Austin Shane Bowden||Daniel Charles Jacobs||Nicholas Robert Propst|
|Michael John Burdych||Christopher George Kalwa||Erik Xavier Rolle|
|Stephen Edward Churn||Alex Michael King||Eric Paul Shereika|
|Michael Thomas Clark||Carl Anthony Koerner||Drew Cannon Smith|
|Clyde Edward Deese, 3rd||Travis Wayne Kokoski||Robert Michael Smith|
|David Alan Feeser||Kyle Alexander Kratochvil||Maurice Michael Smith, Jr.|
|Brenton Andrew Fox||Korey Lamar Lampkin, Sr.||Jesse James Stolba|
|Alexander Steven Goodman||David Michael Lipman||Nicholas Ryan Tyler|
|Brian Ray Gwaltney||David Michael Lori||Tarus Terril Watkins II|
|Anthony Patrick Hairsine||Illya Ruslanovich Lukyanenko||Amilcar Abioseh Webber|
|Robert Stephen Hastings, Jr.||Kevin Alexander McDonald||Roger Lankford Webster, Jr.|
|Matthew Leon Heath||James Patrick Moran||Trevor Ryan Wegrocki|
|John McClellan Hicks||Christopher Joseph Neuman||Brandon Lee Williams|
|Chad Thomas Hilton|
Several of the graduates were also recognized for their excellence in grades and attendance. Awards for highest total grades went to Eric Shane Binnie in the Baltimore program, and Austin Shane Bowden in the Eastern Shore program. Perfect attendance awards were earned by Stephen Edward Churn, Christopher Joseph Neuman and Amilcar Abioseh Webber.
The Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee for the Maryland Electrical Industry is sponsored by IBEW Local 24 and the Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Electrical Contractors.
View photos from the graduation ceremony below and learn more about our training opportunities here.
Local Union #24 I.B.E.W. held an election of local officers on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The results of the voting, as certified by Election Judge Brother Steven W. Smith, are as follows:
President Carmen D. Voso
Vice President John L. Rankin
Recording Secretary David W. Springham, Jr.
Financial Secretary Peter P. Demchuk
Treasurer Timothy W. Medford
Business Manager Gary R. Griffin
Norman B. Bage Anthony A. Decint Ellwood G. Hanks Lester R. Starks, III Frank S. Voso
Charles S. Curreri Jerome T. Miller Cory M. Shifflett
These members were elected to office for the 3 year term beginning July 27, 2016.
Installation of officers will take place at the regularly scheduled membership meeting to be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 7:00 PM at the Local #24 Headquarters Building, 2701 W. Patapsco Avenue.
It made headlines last summer when the Baltimore Ravens announced their plans to partner with Constellation on a solar project at Ravens Training Facility in Owings Mills, MD.
Now, Union Electric and the Local 24 members working there are turning those plans into reality. They are employing their expertise to install over 1200 photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Ravens’ practice field. That’s a worksite that is 85 feet off the ground!
The completed project is expected to generate 460,000 kWh every year.
The IBEW Code of Excellence is a program designed to bring out the best in our construction members and demonstrate to our customers that IBEW members perform the highest quality and quantity of work, utilize their skills and abilities to the maximum, and exercise safe and productive work practices.
Across the country, more and more projects are requiring journeymen to have Code of Excellence training in order to go to work.
Local 24 will offer additional classes on the following dates:
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 5:00 – 7:00 PM
To reserve a seat in one of theses classes, or for questions or more information, call Carmen Voso or John Rankin at 410 247-5511.