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Relocation of General Douglas MacArthur

June 7th marked the culmination of a week full of activities leading up to the rededication of the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial at Veteran's Park north of the War Memorial. Through IBEW Local 494's Community Outreach Program and Veteran's Electric, all electrical services and materials to light the statue were provided at no cost. We also worked with Boldt and Doral on the nearly $65,000.00 worth of donated services. Business Representative Kurt Jante spearheaded the operation for Local 494's effort, engaging with the Veteran's Community Relation Team (VCRT)

Speakers from Australia, the Philipines, Japan, South Korea and great Britain presided at the event. This collaboration between organized Labor, management and the public sector is a shing example of Community cooperation which set the stage for a spectacular International experience.

"Big Fish" Caught on LU 494 Custom Lure

Chase Miller (Local 388- Stevens Point, WI) caught this 42" 23lb
Northern Pike, on Little Turtle Lake in Ontario Canada.
Chase used Local 494's custom Lure. Way to go Chase!

Dan Bukiewicz New President of MBCTC


Dan Bukiewicz with Local 494 Will Lead the Building Trades

January 17, 2014 (Milwaukee, Wis.) – The Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO (MBCTC) has elected Dan Bukiewicz as its new President to a three-year term. The election took place Thursday, January 16 in Waukesha at the Sheet Metal Workers, Local 18 b59 MBCTC delegates voting under secret ballot.

The current MBCTC President, Lyle Balistreri is set to retire in February after 18 years in the role. Bukiewicz is only the sixth President in its 100-year history, and will follow Balistreri who successfully helped broker work and Project Labor Agreements in excess of $7 billion throughout his tenure.

This is an important milestone for the Milwaukee construction industry,” stated Balistreri. I have confidence that Dan will continue to work on behalf of our union brothers and sisters, and do his part at keeping them working.

Bukiewicz, who has been involved in the construction industry for the past 28 years, became a Journeyman Electrician in 1990 after completing his apprenticeship with Electrical Workers, Local 494.

He is currently a Business Representative with Local 494 and a Second District Alderman serving his third term in Oak Creek.


After 18 years, I know this role inside and out, and I will work hand in hand with Dan so the transition between Presidents is seamless,” added Balistreri. It’s important that the industry, our industry partners, and all of the stakeholders involved with the Building Trades know we’ll continue to play an integral role in this city’s future.”

The newly-elected President will be sworn in on February 20 at the MBCTC delegate meeting, and will immediately begin working to represent the men and women of the Milwaukee Building Trades.

I’m honored and proud to represent the Building Trades as its President,” stated Bukiewicz.

I’m looking forward to building upon the tireless work Lyle has done over his career, and continue working with our industry at building Milwaukee.


I know we are just coming out of a recession that hit our industry very hard,” he added. But, the upcoming projects are encouraging, and we remain committed to putting our union brothers and sisters to work.”

Bukiewicz is talking about the nearly $1 billion worth of work in the downtown area including Northwestern Mutual, the Couture and the Irgens project by the US Bank building. The MBCTC is poised to perform all of the work, and is also partnering with other developers, contractors and communities across the area on other projects.

IBEW Weight Loss Challenge


Get A Free Local 494 T Shirt or Ball Cap when you sign up for the Weight Loss Challenge

Sign up early for the IBEW 494 Weight Loss Challenge

The IBEW 494 Weight Loss Challenge beginning January 2 and ending March 6, 2014 may be the best thing you could do for yourself and your family in 2014. It may just be the kick-start you need, a way to lose weight following the holidays, or a way to maintain your current weight level.  Form your team early and take part in our First IBEW Weight Loss Challenge. If you can’t find a team we can assign you to one or you can enter as an individual.

Team suggestions: 

  • Family teams
  • Contractor teams
  • Worksite teams
  • Company Teams

All weight loss will be based upon percentage of body weight lost.

Awards will be given to the following:

FIRST PLACE Team of 4                                                          $ 400 Gift Card            

FIRST PLACE Male adult                                                         $ 100 Gift Card

FIRST PLACE Female Adult                                                   $ 100 Gift Card              

FIRST PLACE Under-18                                                           XBOX 360 Console          

Registration forms will be given to all team members, and must be filled out at weigh-in – email addresses will be requested for the “healthy-byte” newsletter at this time. You will have the choice to participate in the Individual Weight Loss Challenge as well as the Team Challenge. We will not share your information with anyone.

The Labor Management Health Coalition Committee of Wisconsin (LMHCC-WI) will introduce this Weight-Loss Program at the January 2, 2014 Union Meeting. They will also facilitate the weigh-in on both Thursday, January 2 from 3-7 p.m. and on Friday, January 3, from 4-6 p.m.

The LMHCC-WI will also assist us through completion of this program at the final weigh-in on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, from 4-6 p.m. and Thursday, March 6, 2014, from 4-7 p.m. The winners will be announced at the March 6 General Membership Meeting.

There will be a speaker at the January 2 General Membership Meeting on to Kick-off the Weight Loss Challenge. Sign up today by calling (414) 327-5202 or emailing

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