Monday, July 24, 2017

In Memory

Phillip Flemming, age 68, of Alliston, Ontario, passed away on May 25, 2013.

Family visitation will be held at 2-4 at W. John Thomas Funeral Home in Alliston, Ontario http://thomasfuneralhome.ca on Tuesday May 28, 2013 with friends and neighbours welcome at a second visitation at 7-9.

There will be a memorial service organized by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers at a time to be announced.

An additional Visitation and Burial will take place in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island at 2-5 pm on Friday May 31, 2013 with reception to follow. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hennesey’s Funeral Home.


Phil was born in Halifax on September 14, 1944, married to Loretta Flemming. He was married to Ethel Smith Flemming who passed away in 2004. His sister, Joan Redmond passed away May 2, 2013.

Phil worked for the IBEW for 43 years and became District Vice President of Canada in August, 2005. Phil held a prominent career where he developed great friendships and garnered respect and accolades throughout it.

Phil enjoyed golfing and boating but most of all laughing with friends and family. 

Phil is survived by his wife Loretta Flemming, his sons Darren Flemming and Jeff Flemming, his step daughters Holly Clark and Chelsea Clark-Martin, his grandchildren Holly Flemming and Summer Flemming and his brother Clarey Flemming along with many other friends and family.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in his name. The family wishes to thank everyone for their well wishes.



Canadian IBEW Vice-President Phil Flemming

It is with deep sadness and regret that we learned of the passing of our dear friend, colleague and International Vice-President Phil Flemming.

 Local Union 254 will always remember Phil for his kindness toward us, his compassion for others and his deep concern for the Members.

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Members Urged to Join the 'A' Team

The IBEW established a fraternal death benefit association in 1922 in response to high electrocution rates, and insurance companies refusing to insure the lives of electrical workers or making premiums unaffordable. The original purpose was to provide the named beneficiary of a deceased Member a sum that might permit our Member to be interred in a dignified manner. That fraternal death benefit association (The Electrical Workers Benefit Association) was later merged, in January 1992, with the IBEW Pension Benefit Fund, following convention action.

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First District Scholarship Winners


 Thank you to everyone who submitted their names and essays for the 2012/13 IBEW First District Scholarship Award.

 A random draw was made at the First District Office on Friday, March 1st, 2013, and it is my pleasure to announce the following winners:

                        Brittany KozenLocal Union 2067, Regina SK

                        Alison ObressLocal Union 115, Kingston ON

                        Natalie ClothierLocal Union 625, Halifax NS

                        Nick SoulliereLocal Union 636, Mississauga ON

                        Harley DoerrLocal Union 2067, Regina SK

 Congratulations to these five applicants!!!

We, at the First District Office, and the other sponsors (Union Savings, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, MWG Apparel and AIL) wish these dedicated young people a successful year in their continued education.

As all applicants’ essays are valued and well-written, we will be quoting excerpts from each submission weekly on our website homepage (http://www.ibew.org/1stDistrict/) under ‘QUOTE OF THE WEEK’; so be sure to look for your family members ‘words of wisdom’ about the IBEW or unions in general.

In solidarity,

Phil Flemming, International Vice President


Bill C-377 - Expensive, Bad Public Policy

It appears we have exchanged the ridiculous cost of gun registration for the equally ridiculous cost of the Conservative Federal Government's move to eliminate Canadian Unions.  This proposed legislation has passed the House of Commons and is now in the Senate. 

Please take a few minutes and read the attached remarks by Conservative Senator Hugh Segal as he explains to his fellow Senators what this bill is about.  He says, "... this bill is about a nanny state, anti-labour bias running rampant, and it diminishes the imperative of free speech, freedom of assembly and free collective bargaining." 

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Do you know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and what to do if someone experiences these? Knowing can make the difference between life and death.

Recognizing and responding immediately to the warning signs of a potential heart attack can significantly improve survival and recovery. Please, take the time to be heart safe and learn how you can reduce your risk.

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