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Save Our Apprenticeships: Make the Construction Industry Exemption Permanent

Attention all IBEW Members, Family and Friends!!!!!

Click Here to make you voice heard!

“A long apprenticeship is the most logical way to success. The only alternative is overnight stardom, but I can’t give you a formula for that. ”

— Chet Atkins

The IBEW desperately needs your help to protect our training programs! There is a pending federal rule that would let businesses run shoddy apprenticeships with minimal standards, oversight and pay. For now, the construction industry is temporarily excluded from the Department of Labor’s proposed Apprenticeship Rule. However, we are unsure if the exemption will be a part of the final regulation. Having public comments being submitted now will help determine whether the exemption stays or goes once a final rule is issued. While unions and allied contractors are pushing to keep the exemption, nonunion builders are eager to eliminate it. They will open up the industry to apprenticeships with lower standards and greater risks. 

While this proposed regulation directly impacts all members of the construction branch, it indirectly impacts all members, their families and friends. The IBEW prides itself on its electrical training ALLIANCE training program. These programs have graduated hundreds of thousands of Journeymen Wiremen and Journeymen Linemen. These individuals are our members. Each day they preform their job duties safely and efficiently. They are in part responsible for ensuring our country’s critical infrastructure and emergency response systems are powered. Their training allows them to do so and it impacts all of us.

A website has been created for all members, their families, and friends to easily submit individual comments to the Department of Labor . Please go to this website at https://www.saveibewapprenticeships.org/ and submit comments to the Department of Labor in support for the construction industry exemption. Let your voice be heard and share the message!

In the image below you will see 5 Steps of directions to help assist you on filling out the form. If you need any assistance or help, don’t hesitate to call our office at 865-524-8638. We will be happy to assist you!

You can also read more about the IBEW’s Call for Action on saving our apprenticeships by clicking here.

July 30th, 2019|

City of Knoxville Primary Election 2019

“To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.”

– Louis L’Amour

Elections are determined by the people who actually go out and vote. Voting is an opportunity for you to stand up for the issues important to you. Below we have listed all the candidates for the Knoxville Primary Election. Take some time and learn about the candidates and on August 27th go out and vote for your choice! Early voting for the primary begins August 7th and ends August 22nd.

  • Monday, July 29, 2019 – Final day to register to vote before election
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019 – First day of Early Voting period
  • Tuesday, August 20, 2019 – Final day to request an absentee ballot
  • Thursday, August 22, 2019 – Final day of Early Voting period
  • Tuesday, August 27, 2019 – Election Day

Here is the list of candidates on the ballot for the Knoxville city primary election in August.

Candidates for Knoxville Mayor:

  • Michael W. Andrews
  • Fletcher “Knoxville” Burkhardt
  • Indya Kincannon 
  • Eddie Mannis
  • Calvin Taylor Skinner
  • Marshall Stair

City Council At Large Seat A:

  • Lynne Fugate
  • Charles F. Lomax Jr.

City Council At Large Seat B:

  • David Hayes
  • Janet Testerman

City Council At Large Seat C:

  • Amy Midis 
  • Amelia Parker
  • Hubert (Frazier) Smith
  • Bob Thomas
  • David Williams

City Council District 5:

  • Charles Al-Bawi
  • Charles Thomas

Municipal Judge: 

  • John R. Rosson, Jr. 
July 22nd, 2019|

Congratulations to our 2019 E.T.A.K. Journeyman Wireman Graduates!

Electrician Training Academy Knoxville graduates 22 new Journeymen Wiremen.

Apprenticeship Graduates:

Zachary Beard

Tyler Collier

Adam Crawhorn

Philip Daugherty

Billy Decker

David Farmer

David Fellows

William Gamble

Zachary Hawkins

Erik Hunt

Mitchell Jenkins

Rhonda Johnson

Clinton Jones

Abel Lupescu

Ryan Oakley

Christopher Phillips

Jacob Sercovich

Richard Smith

Wesley Smith

Austin Stinnett

William Watson

Joshua Welch

Seated (L - R) Committee Members: Larry Cole, Wayne Wojciechowski (A. J.. Pearson - center), Lonnie Hunley and Tim Oaks.
Seated (L – R) Committee Members: Larry Cole, Wayne Wojciechowski (A. J.. Pearson – center), Lonnie Hunley and Tim Oaks.
  • Five veterans were among the graduates:  Decker, Farmer, Fellows, Hawkins and Hunt.
  • Mother of 3, Rhonda Johnson had perfect attendance for all years.
  • David Farmer, outstanding graduate obtained a 95.5 average and great work reports.
  • Three new JWs (Fellows, Gamble & Wesley Smith) are already pursuing advanced training to challenge the EPRI Instrumentation Level A exam.

Congratulatory Remarks were presented by:  Tim Tate, BM LU760, Chase Pendergraft, Executive Director, East TN Chapter NECA.  Jack Rolling, Milwaukee Tool and Dr. Anthony Wise, President of Pellissippi State Community College along with JATC Chairman Wayne Wojciechowski and Secretary Larry Cole.

Milwaukee, Klein Tool and Ideal Industries provided gifts and special awards as did Tim Tate and Chase Pendergraft. Dr. Wise presented certificates to all graduates who have earned 45 semester hours credit toward an Associate Degree.  Many members are pursuing a two-year degree with PSCC. Sue Wojciechowski presented ETAK $990 to register each graduate for the 57 semester hours of “recommended” college credit with the American Council on Education.

Congratulations to each new JW and best wishes in keeping the IBEW Equipped.

June 2nd, 2019|

Andrews Electric Services

Local 760 would like to take this opportunity to welcome Andrews Electric Services as our newest signatory contractor. Andrews Electric Services has been a part of our local community for over 40 years. We look forward to partnering with them in the future providing quality craftsmanship and service!

March 27th, 2019|

Tell Congress: Protect Our Pensions

I am a Retiree and I Vote: Keep Your Hands off My Pension

On November 28, 2018 approximately 250 IBEW members from across the United States carried the simple message to Capitol Hill: say no to a circulating proposal that could decimate IBEW’s multi-employer pension plans like the NEBF. In person and in writing, the IBEW delegation warned against excessive fees and onerous taxes on pension plans and urged Congress to remember that workers and retirees put a lifetime of work into their pensions and reminded them of their obligation to protect families and communities from financial ruin. A day after IBEW members stormed Capitol Hill, the committee drafting the proposal announced it was unable to make a recommendation.   

We have won this battle, but we cannot stop there. History is known to repeat itself, so we should prepare for the unknown. Some or all of this damaging proposal could be released as legislation at any time.

That is why we are asking IBEW retirees to follow up the in-person mobilization with postcards or a handwritten letter to members of Congress. A handwritten note is the most powerful mail a member can receive.

How to contact your local TN representatives:

Local 760 Congressman Tim Burchett:

ATTN: Tim Burchett
1122 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-5435

Local 760 Senator Marsha Blackburn:

ATTN: Marsha Blackburn
357 Dirksen Senate Office Building 
Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-3344

Suggested retiree postcard content to members of Congress

Dear Tim Burchett or Marsha Blackburn,
After ___ years of hard work, I rely on my monthly pension. It is a promise negotiated by my union, the IBEW, and my employer. I know some multi-employer pensions are in trouble, but Congress cannot resolve this problem by ruining healthy plans. If you tax my pension, raise premiums, and force burdensome requirements on my plan, my family and I will suffer.
Keep your hands of my pension. Remember: I vote, and I am following the issue.

Name and Address.

March 11th, 2019|