IBEW 48: More diverse than it used to be

RickyBramesSrA new online video by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) calls attention to diversity in Portland-headquartered Local 48. Local 48 was an all-white all-male union until 1941, but today, about one in five are women and minority members.

The online video, produced by Denver-based Oswego Creative Inc., is part of IBEW Hour Power, a weekly series sponsored by the IBEW to highlight the union’s pride, professionalism and success.

IBEW Hour Power’s Feb. 4 episode, “IBEW Local 48: Committed to Diversity,” features archival images and brief interviews by host Matthew Walton of African-American members of Local 48, including former business manager Keith Edwards, retirees Ricky Brames and Terry Tims, and current apprentice Domonique Lartigue. Also appearing are current business manager Gary Young, female apprentice Theresa Riehl, and Asian-American apprentice Kevin Eng.

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