Under the bright lights, on the big stage is usually where the headliners play, and at the IBEWConstruction and Maintenance conference that’s true as well. The two conference workshop sessions are where attendees learn new ways of doing business. This year, members came together to learn about new programs within the industry, reflected on organizing efforts, and reviewed the political landscape. As tradition, the Outside Construction and Line Clearance Tree Trimming meeting started everything off and the big topic of discussion: growing the IBEW workforce.
IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson said, “We’re trying to get more people engaged and into our programs by educating people. There are a lot of opportunities in line clearance and tree trimming. We’ve got an opportunity to organize and bring a lot more people to line clearance.”