Tag: IBEW

Square Challenge — Blue

Becky has a new Square format photo challenge for the month of July and the theme is Blue. According to Becky, our photos can: be a ‘Bolt from the Blue’ – something unexpected or surprising explore ‘Into the wide blue yonder‘ – sky, sea or maybe a location that is appealingly unknown and mysterious simply be ‘Blue‘ – whether…

Daily Prompt: Apprentice

9 inch Klein pliers

Today’s Daily Prompt from WordPress is Apprentice and I have edited one of my old stories that fits the challenge. On July 25, 1968 I took a dispatch from the Apprenticeship Director of IBEW Local 728 (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) and began my career in the Electrical Trade. I was 19 years old, married—with a child on the way—and…

Six Degrees of Association

For this week’s edition of Multimedia Monday I am going to put on my Gonzo Journalism hat and tell you a story about a man named Ed. In 1956 Ed Hill joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and started his career as a construction electrician in Beaver, Pa. Ed became the Business Manager of…

Labor Day 2013

“Barack wants to create two and a half million jobs. The infrastructure is a huge deal. This war on work, that I suppose exists, has casualties like any other war. The infrastructure’s the first one; declining trade-school enrollments are the second one. Every single year: fewer electricians, fewer carpenters, fewer plumbers, fewer welders, fewer pipefitters,…

Fingerprints Part 10 — The Doors

This is the tenth part of a series. Click here to catch up on previous entries. “I believe in the Scottish proverb: Hard work never killed a man. Men die of boredom, psychological conflict and disease. They do not die of hard work. The harder your people work, the happier and healthier they will be.” —David Ogilvy…