March 28, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA
Washington, DC – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) President Emeritus Ed Hill and Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn were presented the John D. Dingell Award on March 15th, which recognizes leaders whose efforts help to promote labor-management cooperation.
In 2008, EEI and IBEW formed National LAMPAC, a labor and management public affairs committee within the field of energy. Labor-management cooperation can be a critical component for the nation's energy challenges. both leaders have stressed the need to run a well-managed, efficient business with a ready supply of qualified, skilled workers.
"With the significant transformation underway across the electric power industry, it is critically important that labor and industry continue to work together to deliver America's energy future," said EEI Chairman Nick Akins, Chairman, President and CEO of American Electric Power. "Ed and Tom are tremendous leaders for our industry and play a pivotal role in advancing the cooperative efforts between labor and management."
"Each day the dedicated men and women of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers help our nation's electric companies deliver the safe, reliable, affordable, and clean energy that powers America," said IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson. "Ed and Tom both have been instrumental in championing initiatives to ensure that today's workers are prepared for the future. Their tireless efforts to further the shared goals of industry and labor truly embody the spirit of the Dingell Award."
Named for the longest-serving member of Congress, the John D. Dingell Award is presented to leaders whose efforts have helped to advance the common objectives of the electric power industry and IBEW members. Mr. Dingell served as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for many years, where he amassed an impressive record of bipartisan accomplishments on a wide range of issues, many of which focused on labor-management collaboration.
***EEI is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. The IBEW represents about 750,000 members.