IBEW 322 ELECTRICIANS GET THE JOB DONE RIGHT.

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With summer approaching and sweltering weather the norm in much of the country, IBEW members are reminded to follow all safety regulations on the job, especially considering some disturbing trends nationally.

Safety on the job is important for IBEW members in all branches. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported an increase in cited violations in 2023. Fall prevention was the most cited, followed by hazard communication and ladder usage, all important areas for IBEW members.

Safety Director Mark MacNichol noted these three root causes are easy to slip into when working in heat.

"I spent most of my career in Florida, so I understand that it gets hot at this time of year," MacNichol said. "But nothing is more important than our members returning home safely to their loved ones after every shift."

Read more about safety at the link in our bio.
From #IBEW Local 332 President Pete Seaberg: 
"Summer is here! It’s the time to slow down for a minute and remember why we work so hard on the job.

I always say this to new apprentices and new members when I can: “We work hard for our money and fight hard for our benefits so that we can go home each day and live our lives how we want with who we want.” Along with this goes the phrase that I grew up hearing from my father: “We work to live, not live to work.”

Read more at the link in our bio.
Are you a Local 332 retiree? There are so many ways for you to stay involved with our local! Whether it's participating in committees, supporting pro-labor candidates, or volunteering at the training center, we've got a way for you to plug in. Learn more at the link in our bio.
Part of the Biden-Harris administration's Investing in America agenda, final rules released by the Dept of the Treasury and IRS on June 18 will help build a strong pipeline of highly-skilled workers to support the growth of the clean energy economy and ensure clean energy jobs are good-paying jobs. 

“Meeting strong labor standards and building partnerships with unions will now be the norm for clean energy projects,” said John Podesta, Senior Advisor to the President for International Climate Policy. “Today’s final rules give clarity and certainty to developers and the workers they employ that clean energy jobs will be good jobs.”

Read more at the link in our bio.
#cleanenergy
#unionstrong
#IBEW
From #IBEW Local 332 Business Manager Javier Casillas: "I want to thank everyone that came out for the inside wiremen ratification vote. It was the best display of democracy in action. It was both a lively and courteous debate, with a ton of brother- and sisterhood mixed in. The contract has something for everyone, and our negotiating team won the most money in the history of the West Coast. It’s a contract we can be proud of, and it speaks to the respect the contractors have for our members’ skill.

We also finished up contracts for residential, the City of San Jose, and OPEIU (staff members’ union), and we are currently working on the material handlers. The residential classification received a record increase over four years. I am very proud the members allocated responsibly to fund health and welfare and pensions." 

Read more at the link in our bio.
Wishing all of our members a safe, happy holiday!
Congratulations to our #IBEW 46 Limited Energy (sound & comms) brothers and sisters in the Seattle area for voting by 85% to ratify a new agreement providing $12.50 in raises and an MOU to continue discussing PTO. The ratification vote brought their vote which started April 11 to an end.

Read more at the link in our bio.
Exciting news! IBEW local unions have announced a new apprenticeship initiative for the battery and advanced manufacturing sectors to prepare workers for the clean economy and the jobs of the future. Read more at the link in our bio.

#IBEW #apprenticeship #cleanenergy
Great opinion piece from San Diego #IBEW Local 569 Business Agent Jennifer Wilson: 

"It’s not actually fair that I have to work twice as hard to earn the same credibility and trust that a man gets when he walks onto a job site, just because there are gender-based stereotypes around who gets to be a construction worker and who doesn’t. But at least with my union contract, I know I make the same wages and benefits as the guy next to me. And now as a business agent for IBEW 569 and a leader in my trade, I’m committed to growing the number of women in the trades, so that the day will come that a woman walking onto a work site for the first time will feel no more out of place than a man walking onto a work site for the first time. I am working to be the change I want to see and treat anyone who works around me as an equal."

Read more at the link in our bio.

#IBEW #womeninthetrades #buildingtrades #unionstrong
The #union family that plays together stays together!
#unionstrong #IBEW
Kudos to our #IBEW brothers and sisters in Portland, OR, for hosting the Oregon Tradeswomen's annual career fair May 17! 1500 girls from 86 schools attended and learned about #apprenticeships and opportunities in the #buildingtrades.

Learn more at the link in our bio.
Thanks again to everyone who came out to 332 Family Night at the @SJGiants! It's always a blast when we get to spend time off the job with our members and your families!
Thousands of railroad members will soon have the training they need to work safer thanks to two new rules from the Federal Railroad Administration developed with input from the #IBEW.

"The rules, announced May 20, will require freight railroads, Amtrak and commuter rail lines to develop certification and training programs for train dispatchers and signal employees.

“With these certifications, our members will now be provided the proper training and necessary skills to perform their work without utilizing other means of education, such as going to YouTube to expand their knowledge because of the lack of training that has been the case for years,” Railroad Department Director Al Russo said. “With these mandates, we can have a safer railroad system for our workers, customers and the community.” 

Read more at the link in our bio.
More great photos of our members and your families at our @SJGiants Family Night on June 1! We sure do have a good-looking local.
#unionstrong #IBEW
Happy Juneteenth! Today, we celebrate the emancipation of slaves in the US and reflect on the ongoing struggle for freedom and equality. Let's honor the past, educate ourselves, and work towards a future where everyone is truly free. #Juneteenth #FreedomDay 🙌🏿🎉✊🏾
Congratulations to the top 2 winners of our Classics & Coffee car show on May 5: 1st place was Dave Pontier with his 1958 Chevrolet Apache and 2nd place was Michael Ferrigno with his 1940 Cadillac.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the next one!
Continued solidarity with our #IBEW brothers & sisters at Local 46 in Seattle who are still fighting for better wages, paid holidays, and a fair contract for LE electricians to replace the one that expired on March 31.

When NECA negotiators refused to make any movement from their rejected contract offer, the LE electricians went on strike against NECA effective April 11, unless they are working on a job site covered by a Project Labor Agreement/Community Workforce Agreement. Since then, some individual contractors have been separating from NECA and have been removed from IBEW 46’s strike list. 

Read more at the link in our bio.
Happy  Father's Day to all the #IBEW dads out there!
Here are some more fun photos from our Family Night at the @SJGiants on June 1! Always a great time when our #union family and our members' families come together!
#332strong #unionstrong
We had a blast at Family Night at the @SJGiants on June 1! Here are just a few pics--stay tuned, more will be coming soon!
#332strong #unionstrong #IBEW
“The best thing about being a Local 332 member is the brotherhood. Everybody’s friendly and willing to help you out. There are a lot of opportunities and events and fun things to do – all the barbecues, movie nights, the activities they do like the bike rides.

“My advice for new apprentices is to stay motivated. Keep working on your craft. You’re never going to learn everything, and you’re always learning something. Keep learning and trying your best.”

Read more about Wilson and Pfeiffer Electric at the link in our bio.

#IBEW #unionstrong
Since 2011, L.A. #IBEW Local 18 has been partnering with the LADWP on the Utility Pre-Craft Trainee program. Participants take part in six-month rotations where they're trained in an array of jobs, from meter reader to water service worker to electrical mechanic.

They're paid while they learn. All they need to qualify is a driver's license and Los Angeles County residency.

"This program says that Local 18 cares about equity and inclusion for all," said Senior Assistant Business Manager Shawn McCloud, who oversees the program. "It provides another pipeline to the middle class with good, union jobs."

Learn more about the program at the link in our bio.

#unionstrong #buildingtrades
Here are some more photo from our sporting clays outing March 29. Hope to see you all at the next member event!
#unionstrong #IBEW
“The benefits of being a Local 332 member have been extremely good for me; that will absolutely help when I retire in a couple of years. I keep in touch with some other workers who are still nonunion, and it’s not looking as rosy for them. They’ve been paying for part of their insurance, and there is no retirement unless they do it themselves. I’d recommend getting into the union for anyone considering getting into the trades. The only way you’re going to make money nonunion is if you’re the owner of a shop. 

“My advice for new apprentices is that there’s a great opportunity for a rewarding career if you like it. Show up and do your best; show interest in the job.” 

Read more about Ian and Pfeiffer Electric at the link in our bio.

#unionstrong
Always good to see our #IBEW Local 332 brothers and sisters having fun off the job! Andrew, Eddie, John, Tyler, and Mike enjoying river rafting the #332strong way.
“I’ve been with Pfeiffer Electric since 2018. I’m a working foreman. Since we’re smaller, we jump around; we’ll be a journeyman one day, the next day a foreman. You’re never stuck doing the same thing over and over for months. There’s so much stuff to do; it’s always different. I’m at Stanford right now, but I jump to whatever they have available for me. I don’t say no. We’re a close group because it’s a smaller shop. It has a family feel."

Read more about Cody and Pfeiffer Electric at the link in our bio.
Big shout-out to all the #IBEW Local 332 members who came out to help on #NationalRiverCleanupDay2024!
Thanks to everyone who came out to our Classics & Coffee on May 5! We had a blast checking out your rides and catching up over coffee. Looking forward to the next one!
#332strong #unionstrong
One day longer, one day stronger! Continued solidarity with our #IBEW Local 46 brothers and sisters in Seattle who have been on strike for over 5 weeks and counting as they fight for a fair contract.

Read more at the link in our bio.

#unionstrong
On #MemorialDay2024 and every day, IBEW Local 332 remembers and honors all the servicemen and women who gave their lives for our freedom.
One competitor in this spring's first-ever #IBEW Local 332 apprentice contest at the ETASV tournament stood out, even though he didn’t place. 

While all the other contestants were fifth-year inside apprentices, Martin Fernandez is a third-year residential apprentice – but he competed anyway.

“I thought it would be a good challenge to put myself out there. I feel like everybody in residential is planning on heading to inside, so I thought it would be good to see what I’m getting myself into,” said Martin, who also plans to go for the inside apprenticeship after he turns out of residential.

“It was about a month of prep. The school gave us all the resources we needed. I was coming in five days a week, and they’d always let me get into a lab or get a one-on-one with an instructor. We had a pretty good idea of what we were going to do – not too specific, but enough to be able to study.:

Read more about Martin and the contest at the link in our bio.
“I’ve been at Pfeiffer Electric for eight years, and in the electrical trade for 30. More than half was nonunion. I just got into the union about 10 years ago, which was probably the best move I’ve made in my entire life.

“Before going into the trades, I was in the Navy as an aircraft mechanic. My brother-in-law was an electrician and asked if I’d be interested. It was a nonunion shop. I started catching on, learning, and paying attention to what I was being taught.

“I started in residential. Then I graduated to commercial about 15 years ago. The nonunion shops would not tell you the truth about the union, so they could keep you. I was always kind of fearful; I didn’t do my homework, just took their word for it – they’re the bosses.

“Then, after some time, I said, ‘This isn’t working for me.’ In 2008, work got really bad for us, so I took a little time off. My brother in law got into the union and asked why I didn’t. I said they said I wouldn’t have work, which is a total lie. I went in, had all the hours I needed, and found wonderful people at the IBEW willing to embrace me." - Frank Roark, journeyman, Pfeiffer Electric
#unionstrong #buildingtrades
With a near unprecedented amount of work on the horizon, Los Angeles Local 11 is leaving no stone unturned in expanding its efforts to recruit and retain more women members.

Local 11 sisters and pre-apprentices are encouraged to attend monthly EMPOWER meetings, hosted by ETI Special Projects Assistant Anthy Hadjimarkos. The meetings often have about 50 attendees and provide a wealth of information as well as meals.
"I know that women are interested in the trades. It just takes a different kind of approach to ensure they feel welcome," said Anthy Hadjimarkos, special projects assistant with the Electrical Training Institute. "The proof is in the numbers."

Hadjimarkos chairs the ETI Mentorship Program Offering Women Extra Resources, or EMPOWER. Its mission is to "recruit, retain and support female apprentices and journey-level workers in our local." Attendance at the program's monthly meetings, which are geared toward engaging pre-apprentices, has gone from about three to five attendees to more than 50 since she took over as chairwoman in 2022.

Read more at the link in our bio.

#unionstrong #buildingtrades
More photos from our sporting clays excursion March 29. The #union that plays together stays #unionstrong!
“I spent nine years in the Air Force. After I got out, I wasn’t quite sure what to do. I worked in law enforcement, and my coworker’s husband, who worked as a foreman, asked if I’d considered electrical work. He said I should apply.

“I didn’t know anything about unions, but they pulled me in. I’ve been here two years and just finishing up my second year of the apprenticeship. It’s the best job I’ve ever had.

“Pfeiffer works more in electrical service rather than big construction, so the work is always something different. I don’t know if there’s anything I haven’t touched yet.

“There are a lot of good things about being a 332 member. What I really like about our local is that the leadership is constantly looking for ways to make us competitive with nonunion and other unions, whether through certifications or broadening our spectrum of knowledge. There are all these labs everywhere in the new ETASV. Our members are always getting trained to be competitive in the marketplace. I really appreciate that.”

Read more about Benjamin and Pfeiffer Electric at the link in our bio.
Here are a few more photos from our sporting clays outing March 29. See who you spot!
#332strong #unionstrong
Utility locals in California supercharged a Day of Action at the state Capitol in March, giving lawmakers and the public a look at the skills, equipment and demands of their essential, high-risk jobs.

The next day, the Assembly voted to establish an annual Utility Workers Appreciation Day, culminating a long-term effort for that recognition.

"We work in an incredibly dangerous industry, and we want to make people aware of that and all that our members do," Vacaville #IBEW Local 1245 Business Manager Bob Dean said. "Our members play a pivotal role in our state's story of economic success — but more often than not, their hard work goes unseen."

Read more at the link in our bio.

#unionstrong
Here are some more photos from the sporting clays March 29. Enjoy--and plan on joining us for our next event! You keep us #unionstrong.
Shout-out to our #IBEW siblings in St. Louis who spent their weekend volunteering to repair homes for low-income, senior, and disabled St. Louis residents!
You help us stay #unionstrong!

Learn more at the link in our bio.
Beautiful tribute to the #IBEW Local 3 electrician who was the general foreman of the New York Times' electric department for 33 years, and who recently passed away from a cancer possibly caused by exposure to smoldering ash working at Ground Zero after 9/11.

Read about Donald Dimmock at the link in our bio.
From Garth Lewis, #IBEW Local 332 foreman for Pfeiffer Electric: “I’ve been an electrician for 24 years if you count my apprenticeship. I’ve worked for Pfeiffer Electric for 15 of those. I’m also second generation IBEW. My dad was an electrician for 40 years and worked for Pfeiffer for probably 32 of those.

“I’ve known the Pfeiffer family pretty much my entire life. It’s such a small company that Pat knows everybody from our apprentices to our superintendents by name. To be able to work for a company like that in this industry is special; I think the employees all really enjoy that part of it. There are a lot of people who have retired in the last five years, so we’re trying to get a younger group in to follow in our footsteps."

Read more about Garth and Pfeiffer Electric at the link in our bio.
Congratulations to the over 3,000 Volkswagen autoworkers in Chattanooga, TN, who voted #UnionYes to join the @uaw! 

Learn more at the link in our bio.

#unionstrong
President Biden addressed members of the #IBEW construction and maintenance conference on April 9 in Washington, DC. He reinforced his support for unions and outlined his administrations plans to ensure unions continue to thrive. Our own Business Manager Javier Casillas, President Pete Seaberg, and Business Rep Dan Sullivan were there.

Check out his remarks at the link in our bio.
Victory! #IBEW celebrates a significant win in our 8-year-long fight for consumer protection and public safety!
Battery energy storage system (BESS) installations of 80 KWh+ in California will soon be handled by C-10 licensed contractors, electricians, and apprentices. This now moves to the Office of Administrative Law for the final stage to become law. 

Local 332's own Chris Maag, Basil Romero, and Will Smith participated in the hearing.

#unionstrong
#buildingtrades
May 1 is International Workers' Day! Happy #MayDay to all the #union workers out there -- and all the workers fighting for their union!
#Solidarity
Our own Local 332 Business Manager Javier Casillas represented us at the #IBEW International's business manager training in Billings, Montana, this month.
#unionstrong
Solidarity with our #IBEW siblings at Local 46 in Seattle, striking for a fair contract with improved safety measures.

These are the workers who maintain the invisible infrastructure Seattleites use to stay connected and safe every day. They install and maintain security systems, badge readers, fire alarms, and emergency response systems.

“When you think of sound, when you think of communication, when you think of data, when you think of life security, think about our unit,” said Quincy Hernandez, an apprentice with IBEW LU 46. “Your Wi-Fi, your Microsofts or Amazons, cameras, card readers, think of us.”

Read more at the link in our bio.
Women are still very underrepresented in the #buildingtrades -- but that is finally starting to change.

"Shauna Irving became an apprentice in NYC’s #IBEW electricians’ union in 2011. Now, as an A-level journeywoman, she earns a minimum of $61 an hour working on projects all over the city, such as converting a temporary Covid-19 unit into a children’s wing at a hospital."

Read more at the link in our bio.
Pat Pfeiffer is the third generation of his family to lead Pfeiffer Electric (PE).
He’s worn almost every hat during his 38 years at the company. “I’m a product of IBEW Local 332 and joined in 1979 as a material handler.”

Founded in 1926 by Pat’s grandfather, PE will celebrate its 100th anniversary in just a couple of years. It started out as a GE appliance distributor. Pat’s grandmother helped with the appliance store part, and his grandfather ran the contracting part. Pat’s dad started working at PE in 1947, and Pat started in 1986 when he graduated from the apprenticeship. Numerous family members have been a part of the operation along the way.

Pfeiffer has a strong connection to 332. Pat’s brother Gerald was business manager for six years and president for 12 years. “Local 332 is an important partner for us,” said Pat. “I like the direction the #IBEW is going. They seem to be thinking industry-wide and not just what’s good for them personally, which is refreshing.

Read more about Pat and Pfeiffer Electric at the link in our bio.

#unionstrong
More women like Grace Morrison of #IBEW Local 573 are finding good long-term careers in the #buildingtrades. “The pride you get from it is unmatched. I’ve never been so happy to go to work. We’re lighting up America.”
Learn more at the link in our bio.

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