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IBEW Local 488, Bridgeport Connecticut, received its charter April 1, 1913, with nineteen original members. For over 100 years, Local 488 has grown to provide the cities and towns of northwestern and southwestern Connecticut with a highly trained workforce. With a mission to create and ensure a workplace that provides safety, fairness and dignity for all our members, we stand for the ideals that have made America the great nation that it is today: democracy, equal opportunities and a chance to live the American dream. Please contact us with your questions!

Daniel W. McInerney, Business Manager

Witnessing History:  With the stroke of the pen, alongside more than 10 IBEW members and a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House on Nov. 15, President Biden made official one of the biggest infrastructure investments in U.S. history.   Its size and scope ensures that it will rebuild both the country’s weakened infrastructure and the middle class. Touching nearly every sector of the U.S. economy, the bill was touted on a level comparable to the construction of the transcontinental railroad in the late 19th century and the interstate highway system in the 1950s.   “I...
President Biden appeared at the Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton on October 20 to promote his domestic agenda and the hundreds of thousands of jobs that will be created to rebuild the nation’s degraded infrastructure.   There to meet him backstage was Scranton Local 81 Business Manager Mike McDermott.   The industrial city in northeastern Pennsylvania known most recently as the setting of the fictional Dunder Mifflin in “The Office,” Biden grew up there. Known as “Scranton Joe,” Biden strongly identifies with the town and its working class values. He is that guy,...
Continuing a trend of filling labor-related posts with experienced pro-worker nominees, President Biden has selected Susan Tsui Grundmann and Kurt Rumsfeld for seats on the Federal Labor Relations Authority.   “Federal workers can breathe a little easier now that President Biden has not only filled these vacancies, but has done so with experienced individuals who understand the importance of the work that our federal workforce does,” said Government Employees Director Paul O'Connor.   The FLRA oversees disputes between federal agencies and their employee unions. If...
After nearly five years without a confirmed leader, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is headed by worker safety advocate Doug Parker.   “Finally after 1,747 days, @OSHA has a champion for workers right as its director,” said AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler. “Doug Parker will advocate for safe working conditions for all and hold employers who violate workers’ right accountable.”   Parker, who headed California’s division of occupational safety and health for the past two years, is likely to increase the agency’s inspectors and enforce its anti-...
Continuing a trend of filling labor-related posts with experienced pro-worker nominees, President Biden has selected Susan Tsui Grundmann and Kurt Rumsfeld for seats on the Federal Labor Relations Authority.   “Federal workers can breathe a little easier now that President Biden has not only filled these vacancies, but has done so with experienced individuals who understand the importance of the work that our federal workforce does,” said Government Employees Director Paul O'Connor.   The FLRA oversees disputes between federal agencies and their employee unions. If...
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From International President Lonnie Stephenson and International Secretary-Treasurer Kenneth Cooper: Dear Sisters and Brothers: Once again in partnership with the Unions Sportmen's Alliance (USA), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) will be hosting the IBEW International Virtual Convention Dinner which will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021. The USA is an organization that aims to engage and educate union members and other like-minded individuals who enjoy hunting, fishing, shooting, and the outdoors.  In addition, USA is focused on conserving and maintaining...
Check back for First Aid & CPR Training Schedule. Contact Tom Sportini, JATC Director, for additional information. 203-452-7679
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July 8, 2021 Dear EEI Member Company and IBEW Local Union Business Managers: Our nation’s lineworkers put their lives on the line every day to ensure the delivery of safe and reliable power to keep our economy running and to power our homes, schools, businesses, and hospitals. The work of lineworkers is inherently dangerous, and a culture of safety is ingrained in our industry thanks to decades of work by EEI member electric companies and the IBEW. When storms or other natural disasters strike, our lineworkers always answer the call to restore power safely and quickly, often traveling long...
CHECK BACK FOR NEXT AVAILABLE CLASS SCHEDULE   Questions may be directed to the JATC Department, 203-452-7679 Spring and Fall are the annual seasons that we offer OSHA Courses.  The first part of the course will also cover anyone who needs the OSHA refresher to maintain their OSHA Card. In the State of Connecticut, OSHA Cards need to be maintained with a 4 hour refresher course EVERY 5 YEARS. IF YOUR OSHA CARD EXPIRES OUTSIDE OF THESE MONTHS, PLEASE TAKE THE COURSE EARLY TO GET ON THE ANNUAL SCHEDULE (EXAMPLE: IF YOUR CARD EXPIRES BETWEEN JUNE AND SEPTEMBER, TAKE THE REFRESHER IN...
Obituary for Norman J. Brown Jr. Norman John Brown, Jr., age 84, of Stratford, beloved husband of Nora (Hogan) Brown passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Yale New Haven Hospital. Mr. Brown was born July 31, 1936, in Bridgeport, son of the late Norman and Marion (Peterman) Brown Sr. and had been a lifelong area resident. Norm was a graduate of Bullard Havens Technical School, was a retired electrician for IBEW Local number 488 and a United States Army Veteran having served in Germany. He worked after retirement at Bullard Havens Technical School. He was also a member of...