There are countless ways to measure a “successful” year. Our favorite metric is looking at the ways we had a positive impact on our industry for workers, contractors, businesses, and families alike. To show our gratitude for everyone who made 2023 a success, we’re highlighting 5 things that helped elevate standards for all.
Find out more about each event and initiative by click on the links below.
On February 15, U.S. President Joe Biden visited the IBEW Local 26 in Lanham to outline his plan to reduce the deficit and raise the US national debt ceiling. Members of the IBEW Local 26 noted that Biden’s economic plan has contributed to a growing manufacturing boom across the country which is helping to create more union jobs.
On June 21, the DMV Solar Summit took place, hosted by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Fourth District leadership and renewables team. At this event, participants focussed on how workforce partnerships can assist with local permitting efforts. These efforts help support job creation while decreasing projects’ carbon footprints.
In the summer, we led a session for Camp NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) with the goal of inspiring girls to get involved with the electrical trade. Our session focused on the electrical trade and the various pathways to becoming a union electrician with IBEW Local 26. Led by JATC 26 instructors, the girls got to engage with real materials, tools, techniques, and math that’s used by working electricians.
This uplifting panel discussed recruiting and retaining veterans in the construction industry. Topics included how doing so benefits our workforce, what veterans gain from the industry in particular, and tips for keeping veterans happily employed on your contracting team. This conversation was full of insight and inspiration!
We’re proud to announce that we are an Energy in Motion Grant recipient. We are working closely with DOEE (Department of Energy and Environment) and relevant sister agencies to establish an innovative recruitment process to reach 2,500 to 3,500 District residents aiming to pursue electrical training in the solar and electrical industries.