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In a letter dated July 23, 2020, President Lonnie Stephenson directed business managers and local officers to get the word out to IBEW members – multiemployer pension plans like ours are in jeopardy again, due to an act that is part of the new stimulus package in Congress.
To protect your pension, all members are asked to call your senators and representatives
to oppose the inclusion of the GROW Act in the upcoming stimulus bill.
In his letter, President Stephenson explained “It is anticipated that the United States Congress and Trump Administration will consider a final pandemic stimulus bill in the coming weeks. One of our major concerns is the potential inclusion of the Give Retirement Options to Workers (GROW) Act, which would allow multiemployer pension trustees to divert contributions from an existing defined benefit multiemployer pension plan to a new composite plan with inferior benefits and not enough money to fund both plans. The GROW Act would subject workers and retirees to dramatic benefit cuts and allow employers to leave existing plans without paying their share of the plans’ liabilities.”
This fact sheet lays out a summary of concerns regarding the GROW Act. In addition, in a letter to the U.S. Congress, President Stephenson expressed the IBEW’s support for an alternative plan to assist ailing pension plans, the Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act. A link to the letter is below, along with other resources on this issue.
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Through a mail-in voting process, the members of Local Union #24 I.B.E.W. strongly approved the tentative agreement for the Baltimore Inside CBA.
Congratulations to all Local 24 members, Local 24’s negotiating committee and the MD Chapter NECA team on the new contract!
The agreement has been sent to the International Office for approval. Once we receive an approval, we will have booklets printed and mailed to the members.
And the members of Local 24’s Children’s Christmas Party committee like to help Santa out as much as possible with all those presents, so they are cordially inviting our members and their families to a little early gift distribution. The annual Local 24′s Children’s Christmas Party will be held Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 10 am-2 pm at the Baltimore office (2701 W Patapsco Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230).
This event is open to all children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of active and retired members of Local 24. The festivities will include visits and photos with Santa, a toy for every child, puppet shows, and fun for the whole family. Complimentary hot dogs, french fries and soft drinks will be served.
We hope to see you and your families there!
It takes 5 years of on-the-job training, combined with classes, homework and tests to make an I.B.E.W. inside journeyman wireman. Many candidates can’t or don’t make it through our apprenticeship program – but these 46 men and women have crossed the finish line!
Congratulations to each of our 2019 graduates, who received their certificates from IBEW Local 24 Business Manager Pete Demchuk, Maryland Acting Secretary of Labor James Rzepkowski, and Will Yull, MD National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Representative.
Several of the graduates were also recognized for their excellence in grades and attendance. Awards for highest total grades went to Chloe Alexandra Starcher in the Baltimore program and Dylan McNeil Brooks in the Eastern Shore program. Jonathan Patrick McLaughlin was recognized as the Outstanding Apprentice in the class of 2019. Perfect attendance awards were earned by Dustin Frederick Guthmann, Jonathan Patrick McLaughlin, Eric Michael Milstred, Michael Eric Panza, James Maurice Peele, Jr., Kirk Andrew Shiloh, and Michael Nicholas Tarbert.
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.
Click on our Facebook link in the upper right corner of this page to view and share photos from the graduation ceremony and learn more about our training opportunities here.
|Nicholas Andrew Boddiford||Dustin Frederick Guthmann||James Maurice Peele, Jr.|
|Nong Emmanuel Bouh||Brice John Hartsell||Charles David Phoebus|
|Tobias David Eintou Brown||Daniel Douglas Hayes||Benjamin Cody Rixham|
|Jason Richard Carr||Donald Oswaldo Herrera||Joseph Elmer Sank|
|Timothy Dale Cox, Jr.||Brandon Norwood Hofler||Michael Charles Selander|
|Anthony Vincent DiVenanzio||Zachary Michael Hynson||Kirk Andrew Shiloh|
|Patrick Galbert Dolan||Joseph Louis Iobbi||Chloe Alexandra Starcher|
|Shane Tyler Duncan||Shane Benjamin Keene||Andrew Thomas Stark|
|Jonathan Logan Ebberts||Raymond John Kilstrom, Jr.||Kevin Matthew Strickland|
|Devan Keith Feathers||Jonathan Patrick McLaughlin||Michael Nicholas Tarbert|
|Anthony Joseph Feltz||Odakwei Kofi Tendayi Mills||Cory James Whidby|
|Adam Edward Geier||Eric Michael Milstred||Alec Steven Wolinski|
|Jesse James Glackin||Nathan Urian Moser|
|Richard Allen Golliday||Michael Eric Panza|
|Markist Boyce Goode||Angelo Paraskevaidis|
|Dylan McNeil Brooks||Matthew Thomas Reed||Joseph Christian Shipley|
It only takes 5 minutes to click on the link below and tell the U.S. Labor Department not to destroy our apprenticeship program!
The I.B.E.W., along with many other building trade unions, have created apprenticeship programs that produce tradespeople with the best training and most up-to-date technical knowledge in their fields. These programs are registered with, and overseen by, state and federal Labor Departments in order to guarantee that standards remain high and curriculum keeps pace with industry advancement. Our apprenticeship programs are the key to allowing our union, our contractors and our members to continue to thrive in a healthy and growing electrical industry.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is finalizing a regulation that will allow companies and industries to establish and recognize their own “apprenticeship programs” that would not be closely monitored and regulated by the DOL. These Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs, or IRAPs, are one of the latest examples of allowing the foxes to guard the henhouse. Companies will be free to cut corners and lower standards in the name of increasing their profits.
Currently, the construction industry is excluded from the new IRAP regulation, and we want to make sure our industry is excluded from the final version, too.
PLEASE click on the link above and use our quick and easy tool to send a letter to the DOL, telling them that you think IRAPs should be kept out of the construction industry.
Local 24 IBEW is proud to take part in Union Night in Annapolis, when our members engage with Maryland’s elected officials and express support or opposition for legislation that is being considered by the General Assembly.
Union Night is an annual event organized by the Metro Baltimore Council AFL-CIO and the Baltimore/D.C. Building Trades Union. It brings together members of many unions, both public and private sector.
Check out the flyer below for more information. Local 24 provides buses for transport from the union hall to Lawyer’s Mall.
Several Local 24 Brothers recently celebrated significant service anniversaries and were presented with their pins and certificates at the regular membership meeting in August. We thank them for their many years of loyalty and congratulate them on their long and successful careers. Cheers to all!
These loyal members opted to be among their union brothers and sisters as they were recognized for their long-time allegiance to IBEW Local 24. Local 24 President John Rankin and Business Manager Pete Demchuk were pleased to acknowledge these brothers and publicly present them with their milestone service pins and certificates at the May 2018 regular membership meeting.
The certificates that each member received reads:
Little bags of corn were flying across the blacktop at 2701 W. Patapsco Avenue on a recent weekend, as Local 24’s RENEW committee hosted its 1st Annual Cornhole Tournament on the afternoon of Saturday, September 22, 2018. The event drew 12 teams of fierce competitors along with lots of interested spectators.
When the tossing was done, the team of Dennis Barnhardt and Ray Gregory were at the top of the leader board and claimed the victory. They were rewarded with a cash prize of 50% of the entry fees (the other 50% went to event expenses and the RENEW treasury) and 2 quality laptop backpacks donated by the fine folks at Milwaukee Tools.
Hard on their heels was the runner-up team, Joe Doty and Nick Lynne. Their prize was 2 sets of vehicle floormats, also provided by Milwaukee Tools. Every entrant got a Milwaukee Tools swag bag, as well as plenty of burgers and dogs and a good time.
RENEW is an organization specifically focused on our members who are age 35 and under. The mission of the Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers (RENEW) initiative is to inspire the next generation of IBEW workers to become active in their local union by focusing on issues important to younger workers, providing education about the IBEW and the labor movement, and fostering relationships with members and local union leadership.
Local 24’s RENEW committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month, the same day as the regular membership meeting. RENEW meets at 5 pm and the membership meeting is at 7 pm. The next planned RENEW activity is a community service project in honor of Veteran’s Day. Members will be working with a veterans’ charity organization for that event. To get more details, follow Ibew Renew Baltimore on Facebook.