With sadness we pass on the news of the death of First District (Canada) Vice President Phillip Flemming on May 25 at the age of 68.

Brother Flemming was appointed First District International Vice President in 2003. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Flemming was initiated into Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Local 1432 in 1967. He worked as an inside wireman for eight years before being elected business manager/financial secretary in 1975. Brother Flemming was also active in island’s labor movement, serving as president of the P.E.I. Federation of Labour.

“He was a great guy to work with,” says retired First District International Representative Jerry Wilson. “He was so honest, that if he said it, everyone knew then that was the way it was going to be.”

Succeeding Donald Lounds as VP in 2003, Flemming help lead the First District though some of Canada’s biggest economic and political changes in decades. He presided over an aggressive membership development effort, which grew the IBEW’s First District membership even through the worst of the 2008 recession. The First District also beefed up its political action program, building a grassroots network across Canada. One of his greatest accomplishments, says Wilson, was helping to start the First District’s NextGen initiative to reach out to younger members. “It was an uphill battle, but now has taken legs,” he says. He also worked closely with contractors and others to boost skilled construction training to meet the demands of Canada’s energy boom and anticipated manpower shortage, helping to found the National Electrical Trade Council.

Brother Flemming is survived by his wife Loretta, two sons, two stepdaughters, and two grandchildren. Local 1928 extends its most heartfelt sympathies to Brother Flemming’s family and friends.

The IBEW and Local 1928 have reached a tentative collective agreement with NSP Maritime Link (an Emera subsidiary) regarding the outside line construction work related to the Maritime Link project. The Maritime Link will build the infrastructure to bring hydroelectric power from Muskrat Falls, Labrador, to Cape Breton. The Nova Scotia contract is modeled after the Lower Churchill Falls Project contract. This agreement will have to be ratified by our outside line construction members who will receive a summary of the agreement and notice by mail of the details. The vote will take place the first week of September.

IBEW Local 1928 has employed the services of Raymond Larkin, Q.C., for many years. On April 29, his firm, Pink Larkin opened the doors to its brand new office in the Trillium Building at 1463 South Park Street in Halifax. After almost 24 years on Hollis Street, the move is an exciting new phase for the firm. Check it out!

On June 10, the Planning Coordinators and Work Management Specialists in the Resource Management Centre at Nova Scotia Power voted to join the NSP Collective Agreement under the terms of a Letter of Understanding negotiated on June 6 and 7. We welcome these new IBEW Local 1928 members, who  were admitted to the bargaining unit by a Labour Board decision on April 4, 2013.

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