IBEW Neon Sign Available

IBEW Local 51 is ordering 50 neon signs.  These are American-made parts and are IBEW Local 702 manufactured.  The IBEW seal is acrylic with white neon behind it (see side view on the picture below).  The 120V sign is 20” wide and 25” tall and can either free stand or be hung and includes a 10’ cord.  To reserve your sign, pay $210.00 by credit card or check.  ORDERS DUE APRIL 30

                Mail check to:  IBEW Local 51, 3171 Greenhead Drive, Springfield IL 62711

                To pay with credit card:  Contact Karlene Knisley, 217-377-1090

You are responsible for picking up or contacting your Business Rep for delivery. 

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DOT Physicals and Recertifications

We are offering DOT Physical and recertification at the Union Hall on Saturday, February 10, 2018, beginning at 7:00 a.m.  Please check your Medical Examiner’s Certificate for the expiration date.  If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 217-726-8481, extension 223.  The cost of the physical is $135 and covered if you have LINECO at the time of the physical.  Otherwise, $135 is due February 10.

CALL FOR HELP! Override Rauner's Veto on RTW!!

SB 1905, sponsored by Rep. Marty Moylan (IBEW 134) will prohibit Right to Work (RTW) zones in the State of Illinois.   Rauner vetoed the bill in August.  When the Illinois House returns next week, Labor will have one opportunity to override Rauner’s veto on Tuesday, Nov. 7th or Wed, Nov 8th.

In the next eight or nine days, we need to reach out to 12 targeted Republicans.  All forms of contact are encouraged:  Phone calls, emails,  letters, and office visits.

The IL AFL-CIO is beginning phone patch thru calls to union members in targeted districts, allowing them to speak with House members and  urging a “yes” vote.

Representative Moylan has agreed to remove the misdemeanor  penalties from the legislation in a “trailer bill" that is being initiated in the Senate.

The following 12 key House Republicans are being targeted by Labor  to vote “Yes” to support the override motion:

Steven Andersson

127 S. 1st Street

Suite 204

Geneva, IL  60134

(630) 457-5460



Terri Bryant

2929 Broadway

Suite 3

Mt. Vernon, IL  62864

(618) 242-8115



John Cabello

1941 Harlem Road

Loves Park, IL  61111

(815) 282-0083



C.D. Davidsmeyer

325 W. State Street, Suite 102

P.O. Box 160

Jacksonville, IL  62650

(217) 243-6221



Mike Fortner

135 Fremont St.

West Chicago, IL  60185

(630) 293-9344



Chad Hays

7 E. Fairchild Street

Danville, IL  61832

(217) 477-0104



Jerry Long

201 Danny's Drive

Suite 2

Streator, IL  61364

(815) 510-9689

(No email)


Michael McAuliffe

5515 N. East River Road

Chicago, IL  60656

(773) 444-0611



Tony McCombie

9317B IL Rt 84

Savanna, IL  61074

(815) 632-7384



Bill Mitchell

5130 Hickory Point Frontage Road

Suite 100

Decatur, IL  62526

(217) 876-1968



Robert Pritchard

2600 DeKalb Avenue

Suite C

Sycamore, IL  60178

(815) 748-3494



Dave Severin

1301 Enterprise Way

Suite 40A

Marion, IL  62959

(618) 440-5090

(No email)


When SB 1905 passed the House in June, McCombie (Quad Cities)  and Long (Ottawa-LaSalle Peru) voted Yes on the bill in June but then voted “No” on the override motion. 

Terri Bryant (Carbondale) & John Cabello (Rockford) voted No in June but then voted Yes on the Override.

Steve Andersson, Mike Fortner,  David Harris, Bill Mitchell are not running for re-election to their House seats.

Hurricane Disaster Fund Thank You

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to the number of local unions who have recently contributed to the IBEW Unity Fund/Hurricane Disaster Fund, in response to IP Stephenson’s letter of September 8, 2017.  And I especially want to thank those of you who made personal contributions.

As you know the IBEW Unity Fund was originally established to assist local unions who were under political attack which threatened the existence of organized labor.  As witnessed by our Brothers & Sisters in Wisconsin.  Since its origination we have also used the IBEW Unity Fund to assist members effected by the recent rash of natural disasters; Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, Irma and now Maria.  Our members have also been effected by the wildfires of northern California.  In all, we currently have approximately 20,000 members in need of assistance.

I would ask those local unions that have not contributed to the IBEW Unity Fund to consider contributing now.  For it is better to give than receive.

I thank you in advance for your consideration.

In Solidarity,

David J. Ruhmkorff
International Vice President
Sixth District IBEW

Vistra Energy to Purchase Dynegy

Vistra Energy will buy Dynegy Inc. in an all-stock deal worth $1.74 billion, the U.S. power producers said on Monday, the latest in a wave of mergers in the industry.

Debt-laden power producers such as Dynegy have seen their profit margins shrink, as cheap natural gas from shale fields drives electricity prices lower. Many power companies have merged this year as a result.

Dynegy shareholders will receive 0.652 shares of Vistra Energy for each share of Dynegy they own.

That translates to a price of $13.24 per share, representing a 43.8 percent premium to Dynegy's stock price on Tuesday, before the Wall Street Journal reported about merger talks between the two companies.

The deal is valued at $1.74 billion, based on the 131.37 million Dynegy shares outstanding, according to Thomson Reuters data.

The combined company will have a market value of more than $10 billion and will generate $350 million in earnings before income taxes and amortization on an annualized basis, Vistra and Dynegy said.

Houston-based Dynegy operates 27,000 megawatts of power generating facilities throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Texas.

Vistra shareholders will own about 79 percent and Dynegy shareholders will own 21 percent stock of the combined company.

Dynegy shares rose 13 percent to $12.65 in premarket trading