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IBEW Local 488, Bridgeport Connecticut, received its charter April 1, 1913, with nineteen original members. For over 100 years, Local 488 has grown to provide the cities and towns of northwestern and southwestern Connecticut with a highly trained workforce. With a mission to create and ensure a workplace that provides safety, fairness and dignity for all our members, we stand for the ideals that have made America the great nation that it is today: democracy, equal opportunities and a chance to live the American dream. Please contact us with your questions!

Daniel W. McInerney, Business Manager

We regret to inform you on the passing of 65 year member and former Local 488 JATC Training Director Thomas N. Sportini.  A memorial mass will be held July 12, 2022 at 9:00am at St. James Church, 2070 Main Street, Stratford, CT.  Below is a copy of the obituary.   Thomas Nicholas Sportini, age 86, of Stratford, CT, beloved husband of the late Dorothy Back Sportini, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at Bridgeport Hospital. Thomas was born in Bridgeport, CT to Thomas A. and Rose(Christino) Sportini on May 28, 1936, and grew up on Bridgeport’s Upper East Side....
It is with deepest regrets that we inform you on the passing of Brother Matthew B. Davidson of Torrington.  Brother Davidson was an active and proud member of Local 488.  He could be counted on for a good laugh and was always available when you needed him.  May you Rest in Peace Brother. Family and friends are welcome to attend a celebration of Matt's life at his parents home, 220 Wellsford Drive, Goshen on Sunday, June 5th, from 2:00-5:00pm. Obituary for Matthew B. Davidson:  https://www.thurstonrowefuneralhome.com/memorials/matthew-davidson/4943197/index.php
Western Connecticut Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO Fairfield County Central Labor Chapter L'Ambiance Plaza Collapse 35th Anniversary Bridgeport, CT Friday April 22, 2022   Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends of Organized Labor: You are invited to participate and join with us on Friday, April 22, 2022.  This ceremony marks the 35th anniversary of the L'Ambiance Plaza collapse that took place on April 23, 1987.  Due to faulty lift slab construction, twenty-eight (28) workers were crushed to death at the site of the L'Ambiance development. Every year, organized labor, family...
Witnessing History:  With the stroke of the pen, alongside more than 10 IBEW members and a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House on Nov. 15, President Biden made official one of the biggest infrastructure investments in U.S. history.   Its size and scope ensures that it will rebuild both the country’s weakened infrastructure and the middle class. Touching nearly every sector of the U.S. economy, the bill was touted on a level comparable to the construction of the transcontinental railroad in the late 19th century and the interstate highway system in the 1950s.   “I...
President Biden appeared at the Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton on October 20 to promote his domestic agenda and the hundreds of thousands of jobs that will be created to rebuild the nation’s degraded infrastructure.   There to meet him backstage was Scranton Local 81 Business Manager Mike McDermott.   The industrial city in northeastern Pennsylvania known most recently as the setting of the fictional Dunder Mifflin in “The Office,” Biden grew up there. Known as “Scranton Joe,” Biden strongly identifies with the town and its working class values. He is that guy,...
Continuing a trend of filling labor-related posts with experienced pro-worker nominees, President Biden has selected Susan Tsui Grundmann and Kurt Rumsfeld for seats on the Federal Labor Relations Authority.   “Federal workers can breathe a little easier now that President Biden has not only filled these vacancies, but has done so with experienced individuals who understand the importance of the work that our federal workforce does,” said Government Employees Director Paul O'Connor.   The FLRA oversees disputes between federal agencies and their employee unions. If...
After nearly five years without a confirmed leader, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is headed by worker safety advocate Doug Parker.   “Finally after 1,747 days, @OSHA has a champion for workers right as its director,” said AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler. “Doug Parker will advocate for safe working conditions for all and hold employers who violate workers’ right accountable.”   Parker, who headed California’s division of occupational safety and health for the past two years, is likely to increase the agency’s inspectors and enforce its anti-...
Continuing a trend of filling labor-related posts with experienced pro-worker nominees, President Biden has selected Susan Tsui Grundmann and Kurt Rumsfeld for seats on the Federal Labor Relations Authority.   “Federal workers can breathe a little easier now that President Biden has not only filled these vacancies, but has done so with experienced individuals who understand the importance of the work that our federal workforce does,” said Government Employees Director Paul O'Connor.   The FLRA oversees disputes between federal agencies and their employee unions. If...
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From International President Lonnie Stephenson and International Secretary-Treasurer Kenneth Cooper: Dear Sisters and Brothers: Once again in partnership with the Unions Sportmen's Alliance (USA), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) will be hosting the IBEW International Virtual Convention Dinner which will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021. The USA is an organization that aims to engage and educate union members and other like-minded individuals who enjoy hunting, fishing, shooting, and the outdoors.  In addition, USA is focused on conserving and maintaining...
The next First Aid & CPR Training is scheduled for February 9, 2022 at 5:00pm. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Contact Tom Sportini, JATC Director, for additional information. 203-452-7679
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