Following more than a year of COVID-19 related cancellations, roadblocks and other difficulties, IBEW Local 520 held an in-person meeting in May.
With the number of COVID-19 cases dropping in Texas, due in part to more Texans getting vaccinated, a sense of normalcy is returning. For members of IBEW Local 520 this includes the return of in-person monthly union meetings.
May’s union meeting was the first in-person meeting held by Local 520 since February 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began to impact everyday life in the U.S. Although the construction industry pushed forward, many Local union activities were paused.
IBEW Local 520 Business Manager/Financial Secretary Ben Brenneman was thankful for the ability to once again gather together.
“It was fantastic to see our Hall being used by the membership for the first time in a year,” he said. “It was great to see people I haven’t seen since the pandemic began.”
The meeting was a special occasion, as new members were initiated and an award was presented. IBEW Local 520 was proud to initiate 27 new Brothers and Sisters into the Local Union. Those initiated were just some of the new members brought into Local 520 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brenneman has a great appreciation for the swearing-in of new members, as the ritual is one that ties the brotherhood and sisterhood together.
“The Obligation Ritual is what ties us together as a community of over 700,000 members across the United States and Canada,” said Brenneman. “To see so many new members take the Obligation at the Hall was a tremendous feeling.”
Construction in central Texas continued during the pandemic. These tradesmen and tradeswomen stepped up and helped the Local 520 signatory contractors complete work on-time and on-budget.
Local 520 Organizer Ryan Pollock is also proud of the newly initiated members and happy to have in-person meetings back.
“It was great to be meeting in-person,” he said. “I don’t know who is more proud of the initiates, the existing members or themselves.”
In addition to initiating new members, Local 520 Recording Secretary Liz Brink was presented with her 20-year membership pin. The Local greatly appreciates her dedication.
While 27 members were initiated into Local 520 during the meeting, there will be a mass swearing-in event on June 26. The event will include lunch at 11 a.m., with the actual ceremony beginning at noon.
If you would like to register to attend the mass swearing-in event, please register by clicking here.