IBEW Local Union 26
Washington, D.C.

Important VA General Election November 5, 2019

All Virginia Senate, House of Delegates and County Board of Supervisors seats are up for election this year!

To VOTE on Tuesday, November 5, 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (General Election)
• Register/Update Address by: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
• Request Absentee Ballot by mail by: 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
• Request Absentee Ballot by appearing in person by: 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 2, 2019


Can’t make it on Election Day?
• Request Absentee Ballot by mail by: 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
• Request Absentee Ballot by appearing in person by: 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 2, 2019


To Register to vote on-line click, go here

Virginia Primary Elections- Local 26 Wins Big!

Local 26-endorsed candidates won big victories in their primaries on election day! These victories open up great opportunities for us to increase our market share in northern Virginia, resulting in more work and improved wages and benefits.

 

All three Commonwealth Attorneys backed by Local 26 won: Steve Descano in Fairfax County, Parisa Dehghani-Tafti in Arlington county, and Amy Ashworth in Prince William County. These were tough races and our support made a difference! They have each pledged to use their position as prosecutors to go after law-breaking contractors who have a business model that cheats workers, robs the government and undermines law-abiding businesses.

 

Local 26 candidates for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors also won their elections. Walter Acorn and Rodney Lusk both toured the Local 26 training facility, and they are committed to supporting union apprenticeships on jobs in the county. Jeff McKay, who won the 4-way primary for Chair of the Board of Supervisors, and James Walkenshaw, have also pledged to work with us to facilitate relationships with developers and high road construction. Importantly, when the General Assembly enacts legislation allowing best value procurement, PLAs, and prevailing wages, these officials will be ready to implement the new laws.

 

Lee Carter, a champion for workers in the House of Delegates, was able to fend off an anti-union challenger with our help.  Lee was targeted because of his introduction of a bill to repeal the so-called “right to work” law, and because he champions unions.

 

Local 26 gave critical support to Dick Saslaw who will be the next majority leader of the state senate. Saslaw faced a tight election, and he has expressed his strong gratitude for our support and he has promised to support measures to incorporate PLAs into all state construction projects.  Senator Barbara Favola also won her primary with our help, and she is reaching out to developers to push for project labor agreements.

 

This initial foray by Local 26 into primary elections is only the beginning of our union’s flexing of its political muscle in Virginia.  Although we have started with Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun Counties, we need to now move more actively into the Valley and the rest of the territory we cover in Virginia.

 

Our involvement in politics is NOT for partisan purposes. Whether a candidate is a Democrat or Republican, the criterion for our support is whether or not they will help our union grow and thrive.

 

We encourage all the members to get more involved in politics in the locality where you live. Form relationships with your elected officials and teach them about how the union offers value to contractors, to the public and to the workforce. 

 

Commonwealth Attorneys

Arlington –Parisa Dehghani-Tafti Win

Fairfax – Steven Descano Win

Prince William – Amy Ashworth Win

 

Fairfax County Board Of Supervisors

Chairman - Jeff McKay Win

Braddock District – James Walkinshaw Win

Lee District – Rodney Lusk Win

Hunter Mills District – Walter Alcorn Win

 

Prince Williams Board of Supervisors

Neabsco District- Victor Angry Win

Potomac District – Andrea Bailey Win

Coles District – Raheel Sheikh Win

Occoquan District – Kenny Boddye Win

Woodbridge District –

Margaret Franklin Win

Frank Principi Lost

 

VA State Senate

State Senate 28 – Qasim Rashid Win

State Senate 31 – Barbara Favola Win

State Senate 35 – Dick Saslaw Win

VA House of Delegates

House District 38- Andres Jimenez Lost

House District 49 – Alfonso Lopez Win

House District 50 - Lee Carter Win

House District 87 – Hassan Ahmad Lost

Politics and Local 26

Your VOTE = Your VOICE, Your RIGHT and Your POWER!

A No vote is a Yes vote for the candidate you don’t want to represent you!

Virginia 2019 General Assembly elections and county board elections--All 100 Virginia House of Delegates and 50 Virginia Senate seats are up for election!

The Primary election is Tuesday, June 11th. Polls open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The last day to register or to update existing registration for the Primary is May 20th, 2019

The last day to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you is June 4th by 5 p.m.

You can do it all at vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation

Politicians on Our Side

We at Local 26 are bringing in local politicians to show them what we can offer to their constituents in the way of training for a lifetime career in our trade. And also the type of training they should expect in the workforce that is building their projects in their County’s and Communities. We are in a full blown effort to secure more work for our members to be able to support their families for now and into the future.

I'll Be There Award

In November 2018, Business Manager George Hogan presented the DC Jobs with Justice "I'll Be There" award to Washington, DC, Attorney General Karl A. Racine. AG Racine has been vital to the efforts being made by Local 26 to get rid of a BAD Player, Power Design, in contracting in the Metro area. To read more about the efforts Local 26 has made to bring down such nonunion companies, check out the 4th Quarter 2018 IN Charge magazine.