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October, 2018 - Local 258 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) joins IBEW local unions and electricity companies across Canada for an industry-wide call on the federal government to designate July 10th as National Lineworker Appreciation Day.
“We are pleased to support this initiative that can help bring national recognition to our members working as Lineworkers,” said Doug McKay, Business Manager/Financial Secretary of Local 258 IBEW. “At the same time, we recognize and appreciate all of our members who do the important work to support Power Line Technicians in their jobs in both the public and private sector in BC and the Yukon Territory. At the end of the day, the Lineworkers get the job done and keep the power flowing. We recommend taking a moment to click on the link to the petition and get your signature on it today.”
Electricity is the great enabler of modern society, powering our businesses, schools, homes and the lifestyle to which we have grown accustomed. It is also a vital part of Canada’s transition to a more sustainable, clean growth economy. The proposed National Lineworker Appreciation Day will honour the men and women who brave difficult and hazardous conditions to keep the lights on from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
Lineworkers have been around for over a century, often working in difficult conditions to build and maintain the powerlines that provide Canadians reliable, affordable and clean energy. In appreciation for their dedication to serve their fellow Canadians despite the hazards, IBEW Canada has partnered with the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) to launch an initiative with IBEW local unions across the country, to designate July 10th as National Lineworker Appreciation Day in Canada.
“IBEW Canada’s lineworkers repair and maintain the electrical grid and work day and night, often in challenging conditions, to ensure that Canadians have reliable and safe access to the electricity they need to stay connected. On July 10, 122 years ago, the IBEW's founder and first president, lineworker Henry Miller, was killed on the job. National Lineworker Appreciation Day is a reminder of the sacrifices made by the highly skilled electrical workers who perform difficult and dangerous jobs to keep the lights on for Canadians” said Tom Reid, International Vice President IBEW Canada.
Read "Support the Campaign for National Lineworkers Appreciation Day" in the IBEW's Electrical Worker, December 2018 issue
View the video from IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson here.
View the video of IBEW founder Brother Henry Miller below: