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January 2022 Monthly Union Meeting

* I.B.E.W. LOCAL 29 **

January 12, 2022

Monthly Union Meeting Notice



Location: Steamfitters Local

            Union Hall 449

            1517 Woodruff St.

  Pittsburgh, PA  15220


Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Time: 7:30 P.M.


Masks Mandatory

Social Distancing will be enforced.

No Food / No Beverages


If additional directions needed, ask another member or call the Hall at 412-922-6969.

Nurses from Altoona stand up to UPMC

To all affiliate unions:


On Wednesday and Thursday, 12/15 and 12/16, registered nurses from the UPMC Altoona Hospital are coming to Pittsburgh. These members of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania are challenging UPMC to take action on nurse recruitment and retention and direct critically needed investments to the bedside. I'm writing to ask for your help to support them.


From Wednesday 12/15 at 11am until Thursday 12/16 at 11am, nurses will be camped out in front of UPMC headquarters (USX Tower, 600 Grant Street). They're staying for 24 hours to draw attention to the outrageous conditions in the UPMC Altoona emergency department, where nurse short staffing has led to patient wait times of over 24 hours. Despite immense financial resources, including a 400% increase in net revenue and $67 million in American Rescue Plan money intended for struggling and rural hospitals, UPMC refuses to make the investments to recruit and retain nurses. That's why Altoona nurses are bringing the fight for patient care to the doorstep of UPMC!


Here's how you can support these brave nurses:


1) Pick a time between Wednesday 12/15 11am until Thursday 12/16 11am to visit with nurses. (Please send an email to Gabe with SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania at to let him know when to expect you!) Feel free to bring some food or hot beverages to share with nurses as they camp out in the cold.


2) Share your visit on social media so all your friends can understand how nurses are challenging UPMC to invest in patient care.


Attached below is a leaflet you can email to union members.


Let's spread the word and show some Pittsburgh love to these nurses holding UPMC to account!


In Solidarity,

Darrin Kelly

President, ACLC AFL-CIO

Christmas Message

To all of our Members,

We would like to thank you for all the hard work you have done throughout the past year.  We would like to recognize you all for the dangerous and hard work that you do everyday.  We are truly lucky to represent members that have gone through what you have.  Whether it be the long hours, working in the elements or just trying to navigate through the COVID pandemic, you have worked through it and for that we thank you.  

We also want to wish all of our members a very safe and Merry Christmas season.  We know that some of our members will be working during the Holidays, but we wish for you to be safe and enjoy the time you do have off, with your family and friends.  If you do choose to indulge in some holiday cocktails, please do not drink and drive.  Once again, we wish all of our members a Happy Holiday season and look forward to the New Year.  Sincerely, 

IBEW Local 29 Officers

December 2021 Monthly Union Meeting


** I.B.E.W. LOCAL 29 **

December 8, 2021

Monthly Union Meeting Notice




Location: Steamfitters Local

            Union Hall 449

            1517 Woodruff St.

  Pittsburgh, PA  15220



Date: Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

Time: 7:30 P.M.


**Masks Mandatory for Unvaccinated Members**


If additional directions needed, ask another member or call the Hall at 412-922-6969.


Labor News 2021


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IBEW Lifesaving Award

I am proud to inform all the members of IBEW Local 29 that five of our own members were presented awards associated with the IBEW Lifesaving Award last night at our monthly Union meeting. 


For many years, our Brotherhood has been extremely proud of the many members who have performed the most noble of all services – the saving of a human life. Many of our members have prepared themselves for such an emergency by taking first-aid and safety training courses. The IBEW recognizes those that perform this honorable act with the IBEW Life Saving Award.

1. The IBEW Life Saving Award – Member. This award will be presented to any member who, by direct personal involvement, saves the life of a fellow human being. This also includes individuals that are working under an IBEW collective bargaining agreement and is in the process of becoming an IBEW member, such as an apprentice or probationary employee.

2. The IBEW Certificate of Recognition.  This award will be presented to a member who did not meet the criteria for the Life Saving Award (hands on activity that resulted in the saving of a life) but deserves special recognition for their presence of mind, prompt action and genuine concern for a fellow human being.

3. The IBEW Life Saving Award - Non – Member. This award will be presented to recognize a non-IBEW member who, by direct personal involvement, saves the life of an IBEW member

Brothers  Andrew Vraninin, Nehemiah Walker and Jason Stolarz received the IBEW life saving award for their courageous and heroic actions performed in rescuing fellow member Jake Ulizzi related to the April 11th incident involving an arch flash inside a manhole.  

Brothers Richard Wolfe and Samuel Fredrick were awarded the IBEW Certificate of Recognition for their role and actions in safeguarding the scene and contacting emergency personnel to render aid to Jake.   

These brave men have gone above and beyond to protect their fellow IBEW member.  Their immediate action and quick response directly led to Jake Ulizzi’s life being saved.  Furthermore, their actions and quick thinking have led to improved safety procedures that will affect multiple departments for years to come.  Their heroic action speaks volumes of these member’s character.    I am extremely proud to have worked with and represent these IBEW members.  Thank you gentlemen for your heroic actions.  

Josh Ewing

President/ Assistant Business Manager


Happy Thanksgiving 2021

I want to wish all members and their families a Happy Thanksgiving and hopefully this holiday we will be able to spend some time with our family and friends. The past 18 months has been a challenge for everyone but at the same time i think we all can find things that we can be thankful for. Below i have a list of things that i am thankful for as the Business Manager of this Local.

  1. i am thankful for having the type of members that are willing to help when asked and for respectfully letting me know when we as a Union can do better.
  2. I am thankful for the stewards that we have that are willing to standup to the Company when they are wrong and respectfully let our members know when they are wrong also.
  3. I am thankful for all the help and support that the Union Officers and Office Manager have given me over the last year.
  4. I am thankful that we have one of the best International Unions around.
  5. I am thankful to all those who will have to work on Thanksgiving Day (as a former shift worker i will always be thankful for those who have to work on holidays)

Even though we all have tough times in our lives, i hope everyone can see through those tough times and see the all positives that are there as well.

One last thing, please make an effort to help those in need during this time of year, it make you feel better also.

Happy Thanksgiving, stay safe!!



Stuff The Bus Toy Drive


I.B.E.W. Local 29 is conducting a toy drive.


The toys collected will go to working families in need this holiday season.


Please bring in your new unwrapped toys and place them in one of the many donation boxes that will be in service centers or work areas.  If you’re unable to locate a donation box, please give them to a Union Steward in your office or shop. Gift cards are especially welcome for the older children Santa visits.

Cash donations are also accepted to purchase other toys and gift cards.


Please donate any gifts by November 10th(Union Mtg)