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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

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Tuesday December 6 from 4:00pm-8:00pm at Cody-White Funeral Home 107 North Broad Street, Milford CT, with a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday December 7 at 11:00am at Saint Agnes Church, 400 Merwin Avenue, Milford CT. https://www.codywhitefuneralservice.com/tributes/Raymond-Carroll
We were informed earlier today and with deep regret that we announce the passing of 34-year member Brother Raymond Carroll.  Brother Carroll began working in 1987 for ADM Electric and was initiated into Local Union 488 on May 16, 1988.  He completed his apprenticeship, became a Journeyman Wireman in 1991, and in 2000 became a business partner with All Electric Construction.  In addition, Brother Carroll over the years held various positions in the IBEW and NECA.  Over the past 22 years, Brother Carroll and All Electric have employed hundreds of IBEW members and he will be...
Hello, Brothers and Sisters. A lot of recent misinformation passed around has downplayed the accomplishments of the Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats. With less than one week until Election Day, we’re setting the record straight to remind you of their landmark achievements over the last 18 months that are game changers for building trades members across the nation. The first major piece of legislation passed by Congress and signed into law less than 100 days into President Biden’s term was the American Rescue Plan. It provided money to keep working families afloat, created a...
The Biden Administration and Congress have won a historic achievement for IBEW members and their families with the Inflation Reduction Act. The enormous energy and tax package will put IBEW members to work in family-sustaining jobs for the secure, self-reliant grid of the future. President Biden signed the bill into law on Aug. 16. President Biden, who spoke at the International Convention in May, is now following through on his promises to support organized labor and strengthen working families with this legislation. “This historic legislation delivers funding to support lower carbon...
General Election - November 8, 2022 In Connecticut, only about 54-56% of eligible voters turn out for state elections. And yet state legislatures introduce 23 times more bills than Congress—and pass 16% of those bills—versus Congress’s 3% rate. The fact is: state and local elections matter.   For a full list of labor endorsed candidates from the Connecticut AFL-CIO CLICK HERE To find your voting district, follow this link: https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp   Races of notice within the Jurisdiction of Local Union 488: CT Governor - Ned Lamont CT Lt. Governor...
We regret to inform you on the passing of 67 year member Thomas F. Barton at the age of 91.   Thomas was born in Waterbury, CT February 15, 1931. After high school Thomas entered the service in the Army, but was chosen to be a Marine. He is a Korean War veteran. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal. After active duty Thomas served in the Marine Reserves for the next 6 years at the Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, CT. Thomas became a Master Electrician who was famous all around for his ability to...
We regret to inform you on the passing of 65 year member and former Local 488 JATC Training Director Thomas N. Sportini.  A memorial mass will be held July 12, 2022 at 9:00am at St. James Church, 2070 Main Street, Stratford, CT.  Below is a copy of the obituary.   Thomas Nicholas Sportini, age 86, of Stratford, CT, beloved husband of the late Dorothy Back Sportini, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at Bridgeport Hospital. Thomas was born in Bridgeport, CT to Thomas A. and Rose(Christino) Sportini on May 28, 1936, and grew up on Bridgeport’s Upper East Side....
It is with deepest regrets that we inform you on the passing of Brother Matthew B. Davidson of Torrington.  Brother Davidson was an active and proud member of Local 488.  He could be counted on for a good laugh and was always available when you needed him.  May you Rest in Peace Brother. Family and friends are welcome to attend a celebration of Matt's life at his parents home, 220 Wellsford Drive, Goshen on Sunday, June 5th, from 2:00-5:00pm. Obituary for Matthew B. Davidson:  https://www.thurstonrowefuneralhome.com/memorials/matthew-davidson/4943197/index.php
Western Connecticut Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO Fairfield County Central Labor Chapter L'Ambiance Plaza Collapse 35th Anniversary Bridgeport, CT Friday April 22, 2022   Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends of Organized Labor: You are invited to participate and join with us on Friday, April 22, 2022.  This ceremony marks the 35th anniversary of the L'Ambiance Plaza collapse that took place on April 23, 1987.  Due to faulty lift slab construction, twenty-eight (28) workers were crushed to death at the site of the L'Ambiance development. Every year, organized labor, family...
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...