IBEW Local 459, PA
Monday, October 3, 2016

Your Local 459 delegation, led by Business Manager Paul Cameron, attended the 39th IBEW International Convention in St. Louis, honoring our 125-year history and laying 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 convention also featured a video of Local 459 delegate Tom Whitehead.  As many of you know Tom's daughter had been fighting leukemia and thanks to the help of the members from both Local 459 and IBEW locals from across the country the Whitehead's were able to be there for their daughter, not missing a single appointment and helped her beat cancer.  You can watch the tear jerking video below.

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 Local 459 selected 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.