To the Editor:
I am writing this letter to express my disappointment with the Utility Reporter. Not once anywhere in your publication was the anniversary of Henry Miller‘s untimely death mentioned. There was nothing!
There are two dates that should be significant to all of us in the IBEW. November 21, 1891 and July 10, 1896. If it had not been for Henry Miller, or the other nine founding fathers we would not be so fortunate today. Henry Miller was a pioneer, and I firmly believe that the Utility Reporter should mark the anniversary of his death to honor and commemorate him every July.
I also believe that the anniversary of the IBEW should be celebrated in the Utility Reporter every November. After all, it is our birthday!
By honoring these two dates, it will remind us of who we are as a union in general, and it teaches the younger generation the history of the IBEW which has become almost lost or forgotten in it’s entirety.
Being union, and being a member of the IBEW means doing the right thing, and I am asking the the Utility Reporter to do the right thing!
Editor responds: Brother Watters has a point. IBEW Founder Henry Miller has not received much recognition from Local 1245 in recent years. A story describing Miller’s central role in starting the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is being posted today (August 3) on our website.