Saluting Our Heroes of Heroes
Fortnightly Magazine - July 2020
The utility workforce – their tasks complicated by exposure to the sickness and initially, shortage of protective supplies – is out there once again, for us.
While we suspend our daily schedules, the utility workforce goes all out.
IBEW VP, Eighth District
Being a lineman in the field, you’re one of the more valuable people in the economy in the U.S., as they are considered an essential occupation and stayed working during the lockdown.
IBEW Utility & Media Directors
The IBEW represents railroad workers, manufacturing, media, utilities, outside construction, and every aspect of the utility industry.
Business Manager, IBEW Local 84
Safety is priority number one for all of us and our employers partner with us on that.
Our first-year apprentices are making $100,000 a year when they start out.
IBEW Third District Representative
On Christmas Eve there was a big outage and we got the wires hung, we closed the fuse in and saw all the Christmas lights pop on. I know it meant a lot to those folks.
Business Manager, IBEW Local 111
Half of the control room operators had been exposed to COVID at one of their power plants. We only have four, so there were two left. For two weeks, those two lived at the plant, so it had 24-hour coverage.
Virtual Visit to Boise
Conversations with three Commissioners, Staff, and two illustrious recently-retired regulators.