Both IBEW Local 2154 and 2199 recently returned from the 39th IBEW International Convention in St. Louis, which honored our 125-year history and laid the foundation for our future.
As IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson struck his gavel on Sept. 19 convening the opening of our Convention, it symbolized the most important gathering of the IBEW and fulfills the mandate in our Constitution to choose our leaders, set and confirm our policies and renew the values at the heart of the world's greatest union.
The 39th International Convention was also a homecoming, a time to look back to our founding here in 1891. Your delegates visited the birthplace of the IBEW, going to the boarding house where our first President, Henry Miller started our union. We celebrated the history of our union and respect the sacrifice made by our founding fathers. We honored them by putting forth resolutions that will ensure the future and continued success of our union.
The members of IBEW Locals 2154 and 2199 elected us to serve as delegates to the Convention and we considered it an honor and awesome responsibility. This year, our convention convened with new leadership, a crucial election in the fall and unprecedented economic challenges and opportunities for organized labor. We represented you with dignity and respect and cast our votes in your best interest as we addressed the business of the 39th International Convention.
Below you will the resolutions that were taken up at the convention. These will be the rules that govern our union over the next five years, along with the newly elected leadership team. For those of you who have never been to the IBEW convention, we have also provided you with a look at what really goes on at a union convention. From all of the delegates of both Local 2154 and 2199, we thank you for the great work that you do and remind you to always work safely.