Solidarity, strength and the power of the IBEW were on full display in Chicago where more than 3,000 IBEW brothers and sisters – including 16 Local 11 delegates – gathered at the 40th IBEW International Convention.

The week-long gathering featured appearances by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler. On the convention’s memorable third day, for the first time in its history, IBEW hosted a sitting president, Joe Biden, who reiterated his claim that he would not be in the White House without the support of the IBEW.

International President Lonnie Stephenson, Secretary-Treasurer Kenny Cooper and Executive Council Chairman Chris Erikson were all returned to office. Fourth District International Vice President Gina Cooper made history by becoming the first woman ever elected to an international officer in the IBEW. The delegates debated and voted on nearly 60 constitutional amendments.

The pre-convention weekend activities also featured meetings of the RENEW/NextGen, Women’s and Electrical Workers Minority caucuses. Delegates participated in a day of service and a picnic at Solider Field. At the convention’s conclusion, President Stephenson announced that the 41st Convention will be held in San Diego in 2026.

Check out all the great photos on the photo gallery and on Local 11 Facebook and Instagram. Read more about the convention here. If you have photos that you would like to share, send them to cwebb@ibew11.org.

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