“Our Founding Our Future” 39th International Convention IBEW
Delegate Carl Brailsford Report
It was an Honor and a privilege to be one of 1936 Registered Delegates Represented 678 Local Unions to represent IBEW Local 354.
Political Legislative Affairs Caucus “Keep your eye on the prize”
Speaker US Representative Donald Norcross NJ1 IBEW Local 351 Assistant Business Manager. The only active IBEW member in Congress. Encouraged IBEW members not just to get involved, but to consider running for office themselves. He noted favorable legislation occurs when other union members also hold elected positions. He recently formed the Congressional Building Trades Caucus. We need more IBEW members “In the room”, as elected officials, school boards to U.S. Senators.
Georgia Representative Stacey Abrams, House Minority Leader, Georgia General Assembly has worked closely with IBEW leaders in Georgia to actively register voters that support working family issues. She encouraged the caucus to actively register voters in their areas.
Missouri House Minority Leader Jacob Hummel, a member of St Louis Local 1 is running unopposed for a state Senate seat.
A proclamation issued by the Missouri General Assembly honoring the IBEW was read. At least one IBEW member has been a member of the state Legislature since 1945. Including 13 from St Louis Local 1.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon addressed the delegates at the conference. He has used his veto pen or the threat of a veto to stop several attempts by the GOP dominated Missouri Legislature to pass a right to work law.
Tuesday Morning delegates heard a proclamation from President Obama, who was unable to attend. “Since the first surge of electricity flowed through the incandescent lamp, hardworking men and women have done the sometimes grueling yet necessary task of electrical work, The IBEW efforts to ensure electrical workers get the rights and opportunities they need to thrive in a changing economy remind us of our obligation to support those who give their all to keep our country going”
Increase Funding for General Fund and PBF
At the recommendation of International Secretary Treasurer Chilia. Per capita increase by $2 over the next five years and PBF contributions by $3 per month over the same period. $1 per capita in 2018 and 2020. PBF $2 2017 and $1 2019. PBF showed dramatic increase in solvency since the last convention. But there is still work to do to reach 100 % funding. 350,000 active members, paying out $134 million annually to 111,000 retirees.
Resolution #1. Code of Excellence 2.0. Delegates unanimously voted to affirm their collective pledge of hard work and integrity that sets the IBEW apart in the workplace. SPARQ: Safety, Professionalism, Accountability, Relationships, and Quality. IBEW members need to articulate and demonstrate the values of the Code. “SPARQ represents the core values of the Code of Excellence It’s a simple acronym that stands for the promise we make every day as IBEW members when we go to work, regardless of the job site”
Resolution #13 Marketing Training Centers. I was able to speak to the delegates of my support of this resolution. “Good Morning President Stevenson, Thank you for allowing me to speak in favor of this resolution. I am Carl Brailsford Journeyman Inside Wireman, Local Union 354 Salt Lake City, Utah Card Number D540490 I am the Director of Training for the Utah Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, as Training Director our joint committee has been actively engaged with IBEW Local 354 and the Intermountain chapter of NECA to sponsor, advertise and engage in career fairs and industry awareness events. These career fairs have provided an opportunity to invite Utah State licensed apprentice and journeyman electricians through direct mailings to meet with the Utah Electrical JATC directors, instructors, signatory employers’ and Local Union leadership one on one. These events have allowed us to market our training program to all licensed electricians in our jurisdiction and invite them to take their careers to the next level. These events have been very positive and have resulted direct hires into our brotherhood and have improved the electrical industry in the State of Utah. As an ad hock committee member over curriculum approval for the Utah State Electrical License Board, I get the opportunity to see what curriculum is available in our industry. The Electrical Training Alliance blended learning curriculum is the superior curriculum that is available in our industry and when properly presented will provide the best trained workforce. The Utah Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee has been engaged in promoting their training facility to elected officials and educators. We are is in the process of designing a new facility that will be reflective of world class electrical training. We need to be in the forefront as a brotherhood to Market our Training Centers and remove the so called Best Kept Secret. I urge the support of this resolution. Thank You.” Delegates unanimously supported.