The Unit 5 specially-called meeting will be held at the Future Inn tonight, May 28, at 7pm. The Future Inn is located at 30 Fairfax Dr, Halifax, just off the 102 at the Bayer's Lake/Lacewood Dr. exit. (NOTE: THE MEETING IS NOT AT THE JK BELL UNION CENTRE.)
Brother Ed Hill has announced that he will retire as International President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), effective June 1, 2015. The International Executive Council has appointed Sixth District Vice President Lonnie Stephenson as the next International President.
President Hill was born inPennsylvania, In 1956, he joined IBEW Local 712 in Beaver, Pennsylvania as a wireman, graduating from the apprenticeship program in 1960. In 1964, Hill was elected vice president of the local, eventually becoming president. He was elected the Local's business manager in 1970. While serving as the union's business manager, Brother Hill became active in larger labour movement issues. He was elected treasurer, then vice president and Committee on Political Education (COPE, the union's political action committee) chairman. In 1982, IBEW president Charles Pillard appointed Hill to be an international representative with the national union. In 1992, Hill was appointed Third District Office International Representative. He served in that position until 1994, when he was named Third District Vice President, overseeing union activities in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. In March 1997, Brother Hill was appointed IBEW International Secretary. In 1998, the IBEW membership, meeting in convention, voted to alter the IBEW constitution and combine the office of secretary with the office of treasurer and at that time, Brother Hill assumed the duties of both offices. In that position he streamlined the union's accounting systems and updated its record-keeping and membership databases. He also oversaw an expansion of the union's training programs, and poured new resources into organizing. As Secretary-Treasurer, Hill also built up the union's political action fund, and began its first grassroots member mobilization efforts. As a trustee, Hill also worked to improve the performance of the union's benefit and pension funds. Brother Hill was appointed IBEW President on January 29, 2001 and easily won reelection to a 5-year term at the International convention.
Yesterday contract discussions between IBEW Local 1928 and Nova Scotia Power reached an impasse with a number of issues still on the table and without finalization of a negotiated agreement. NSP requested the IBEW to take a final offer back to its members for their review and a vote, which the Local is obliged to do. Highlights about this offer are available to members from the union office. Business Manager Jeff Richardson will be bringing around hardcopies of a full summary to the unit meetings scheduled for the next two weeks in May (for dates and times, please see the link to the calendar on the Local 1928 website). There will be an electronic vote (taking place over four full days) on the offer immediately following—9am May 29th to 9am June 2nd.
IBEW Local 1928 and Nova Scotia Power reached an agreement this spring to allow a capped number of apprentices (15) to be sponsored by the Local so that trade hours that Local 1928 members log through term employment with NSP will contribute to their red seal certification. The initial pilot project will run until December of 2017 and the trades that will be sponsored by Local 1928 are: 1) industrial electrician, 2) controls and instrumentation technician, and 3) millwright. You must be both a member of IBEW Local 1928 and a member of the "B" Labour Pool to apply for sponsorship under this program. Some completed post-secondary education and/or on-the-job experience in a trade area is preferred. The first IBEW-sponsored apprentices will be selected and indentured by June 15th. Read more about the structure of this agreement with NSP here. Download an application here.