Bottom-Up Organizing in the Trades: An Interview with Mike Lucas, IBEW Director of Organizing
[Excerpt] Like the bottom-up organizers who built the IBEW 100 years ago by traveling from city to city, working at their trade and preaching the union creed, Lucas has been around the block. From Florida to Oklahoma, Indiana to Tennessee, he worked from 1954 to 1959 as a member of the Laborers and Teamsters unions. He began his organizing career in the utility construction industry, and first volunteered his talents to the IBEW in 1960 by organizing the manufacturing workers at a new Studebaker plant in Bloomington, Indiana, which he had recently helped build as a union electrician. He served as a shop steward, local officer and international rep, before becoming IBEW Local 429 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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ILR; Cornell University; union; building trade; construction worker; United States; jobs; wage; working conditions; employment; training program; apprenticeship; AFL-CIO; B&CT
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