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June 2020

IBEW Statement on the Death of
George Floyd

IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson issued the following statement in reaction to the death of George Floyd:

“The men and women of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers stand with the millions of Americans demanding a full investigation into the death of George Floyd, an African-American pinned down by a white Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck as Floyd pleaded, ‘I can’t breathe.’

“The cause of labor has always been the cause of human solidarity, human dignity and justice and equality for all, so the IBEW cannot afford to stay silent as our African-American brothers and sisters suffer in fear of violence at the hands of either the state or by private citizens like we saw with the case of Ahmaud Arbery.

“We believe that we as a country are better than what we saw happen in Minneapolis. And we believe that the majority of our police officers, who are dedicated public servants protecting their communities every day, are better than what we saw there as well.

“But it’s all too clear that the plague of racism which has beset this nation since its birth remains to be overcome.

“This is the time for all those who love America and care deeply about its values to speak out in the name of justice and against systemic racism. More than ever, every American, regardless of race, gender, faith, sexual orientation, or gender identification, must come together to heal the wounds of division and hate.

“The labor movement has long stood shoulder to shoulder with those fighting for civil rights and a society free from the blight of racism and discrimination.

“And the IBEW is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with those peacefully calling for justice for George Floyd and all victims of racism.”

[Source: IBEW Media Department]

COVID-19 Update
It's hard to believe that it has been three months since this pandemic changed the way we live.  Given that COVID-19 is constantly changing, we as the IBEW are working hard to keep up with the evolving situation.  Here are some of the recent changes:
  • All Canada Progress Meeting: On May 22nd, correspondence went out to all local unions announcing the cancellation of the 2020 ACPM in Niagara Falls.  We are currently investigating options for a virtual ACPM and will provide details as they become available.
  • Membership Development Conference: On June 1st, correspondence was sent out from IP Stephenson regarding the cancellation of the 2020 MD Conference in Chicago.
  • NextGen Caucus: The NextGen caucus held annually at the ACPM will be going virtual.  This is a great opportunity to engage all of your NextGen aged members.  Details regarding dates and times will be communicated in the near future.
As the curve begins to flatten, many sectors of our economy will continue to re-open.  However, we must remain vigilant in following the advice of public health authorities.  As we head into the summer weather, it can be tempting to gather with friends and family but we must remember that this pandemic is not over.  We must continue to practice proper hand washing hygiene and physical distancing.  Together we will get through this. 

Stay healthy and stay safe!

In solidarity,
Cheryl Paron, International Representative

Local Union Updates
They say, “difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations”. There is no doubt that COVID – 19 has led us down a difficult road but that doesn’t mean we can’t rethink how we hold events in 2020. We are excited to announce we will be hosting the first ever IBEW 213 Cyber Games. The IBEW 213 Cyber Games is an international video game tournament that is open to all IBEW members across all 11 districts. Video games will allow everyone to participate from the safety of their own homes (social distancing certified) while allowing a truly IBEW wide event.

The Cyber Games will be held next year in 2021 and will be a charity event, where each local union represents a charity in their own community. The winning team will have the charity pot go to their local union’s charity of choice. In preparation for this event, we are holding a Canada wide tournament on June 20, 2020. This event is open only to Canadian IBEW members and retirees and is strictly for bragging rights. This will help make sure everything runs smooth at a large scale before opening it up to all other districts next year.  To learn more about the event, check out our video.

To participate in the event on June 20 all members will need is:

  • Game Console (Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC)
  • Internet Connection
  • Gamertag (User account name for playing video games online)
  • A copy of the game “Rocket League”
Registration to this event will happen through the REGISTER HERE link on the IBEW 213 Cyber Games website. Each team must consist of three (3) members and the team registration should be completed by your Team Captain. If you don’t have a complete team, you can register as an individual or a team of two (2) and we will put you onto a team and assign one of you as Team Captain.

Registration closes on June 12, 2020. After this date we’ll have a meeting with all the Team Captains to make sure they understand the details for game day. Further information, including game day schedule and tournament rules will be sent to participants and posted to the web page, so bookmark it now!  You can also find updates on our Local 213 Facebook page.

Registration will be limited so register early!

To make the event more interesting, we have some exciting prizes to give away.  Currently we have three (3) Milwaukee M18 hammer drill/driver sets.  We'll be announcing more prizes as we get closer to the event, so be sure to check back frequently with our website and Facebook page.

For members who want to watch, you will be able to view the tournament through the streaming platform Twitch. This is an online platform that allows people to tune in and watch video game events like this. Live viewing information will be posted to the Cyber Games web page after registration closes on June 12, 2020.

Thanks in advance to all of the First District Local Unions for your support as we push into a new frontier. Our Local NextGen committee never imagined we’d be hosting a live e-sports event, but the intrinsic value within this is too large to pass up. We look forward to seeing members from your Local participate in this event.

In Solidarity,

Manny Randhawa,
IBEW Local 213 NextGen Chair

News and Events

Webinar Wednesdays!

Our first edition of Webinar Wednesdays was held May 27th.  Over 20 participants joined to take part in "Introduction to the Education Department".  Due to the numerous time zones our country covers, the webinar is going to be repeated June 10th at 6pm PDT to provide better access for those in Western Canada.  It is also an opportunity for those who were unable to attend our last webinar to participate.  To attend the webinar, participants will need to register here.

Going forward, webinars will be offered twice - once at a convenient time for Eastern Canada and once at a convenient time for Western Canada.  The next new webinar titled, “Structure of the IBEW” will cover how the IBEW is structured along with the roles and responsibilities of elected officers and staff.  It will take place as follows:

  • Eastern Canada – Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 7pm EDT
  • Western Canada – Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 6pm PDT

Registration links for both webinars will be posted to our IBEW Canada website and our social media accounts.

For those new to Webinar Wednesdays, we will be covering a variety of subjects on the IBEW and labour movement.  Webinars will take place via zoom and will run for 1 hour.  Details on the subjects covered and how to register will be communicated to your local union and can be found on our social media accounts and website.  This is a great opportunity to stay connected to your union and become a more informed member.  Hope to see you there!

NextGen and Women's Committee Monthly Meetings

Thank you to all of the committees who joined the May calls.  NextGen Committees took place on May 13th and Women's Committees was held May 20th.  These calls serve as a way to stay connected with committees across the country.  They help us share ideas, solve problems, build solidarity and provide general support to each other.  All local unions are welcome to participate, however we ask that you limit your participation to 3 people from your local union.  If you're interested, please email International Representative, .

Calls for June are as follows:

  • NextGen Committees - Thursday, June 11th 7:30-8:30pm EDT
  • Women's Committees - Tuesday, June 16th 7:00-8:00pm EDT
Zoom meeting information will be sent out to all interested participants by email.
National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples. June 21st also marks the summer solstice which holds significance for many Indigenous communities as they have long celebrated their culture and heritage on or near the longest day of the year.  National Aboriginal Day was first recognized in Canada in 1996.  In 2017 the name was changed to National Indigenous Peoples Day.  Take some time to learn about the rich heritage and culture of the Indigenous People in your community.

National Lineworker Appreciation Day

On October 2, 2018, IBEW Canada joined the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) to launch a national campaign calling for federal legislation which would designate July 10th as National Lineworker Appreciation Day.  A day that is also significant to the IBEW, as our founder Henry Miller, passed away while on the job working as a linemen back in 1896.  Severe weather events from coast to coast to coast have elevated the importance of lineworkers to ensure a steady supply of power to Canadians.  COVID-19 has also brought attention to front-line workers who are keeping this country going during this pandemic.  It is thanks to our lineworkers that we have had the power we need to work from home or self isolate in comfort.  They have also continued to keep the lights on for our essential businesses and services.  This day of recognition is our way of saying “thank you” to all of the workers involved in restoring power safely and efficiently to Canadians across the country.

Early Bird Draw - Thursday, May 21

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Early Bird Harley draw; ticket number #0377 for $5,000.00 – drawn May 21st  live on Facebook at the IBEW, First District Office is:

Bernard Gauthier, Local Union 568 – Laval, QC
Congratulations Bernard!!!

The draw for the second $5,000.00 cash prize and the Grand Prize draw for the 2020 Harley-Davidson Road King FLHR was scheduled to take place as soon as all tickets are sold OR on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at the IBEW First District All Canada Progress Meeting.  Due to the current global pandemic the date, time and location of the draw is undetermined.  We will communicate the details at a later date.

There are still limited tickets available; please contact your local union office.

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