IBEW 1002 Tulsa, Oklahoma
IBEW 1002
12510 E 21st St.
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74129
12510 E 21st St.
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74129


Merry Christmas: News from IBEW 1002


Greetings, Brothers and Sisters,

Wow!! The holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving has come and gone, but the extra weight I gained is hanging on tight. I do hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to a great Christmas holiday this year. We are adding our first grandbaby around the end of December and will hopefully be moved into our new home.

As with every year around this time, the construction work in Oklahoma has slowed down. However, it has not been as slow as in years past. We continue to have around 180 construction hands working in our jurisdiction on a monthly basis. I would love for that to be double or more in the future. At this time, we, IBEW, could use all the Journeyman Linemen we can get. If you know of any good, qualified, non-union hands who would like to make the change, please send them our way. As members of IBEW, it is our responsibility and honor to organize another Brother or Sister into this great Union. With that said, let’s continue to discuss our benefits, wages, and the Brotherhood with all who will listen.

The saga continues with SWPA. We are now going to an impasse panel to get a final contract. We have a couple of grievances ongoing with PSO, and we are also looking into the upcoming rate case. PSO is proposing an increase in rates of $88 million.

Many members have been requesting that our Local Union provide access to more benefits. In addition to the current Long-Term Disability Income plan, we will also make available, at group rates, Short Term Disability Income, Life Insurance, Accident Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance and more through AFLAC. A representative calling on behalf of LU 1002 will contact you by phone between December 15 - January 15 to explain the new benefits to you. This will be the only time you can enroll in these plans. If you are interested, the representative will enroll you over the phone with no paperwork required. If you are not interested, simply say “no” and the representative will not call you again. The premiums will be processed via bank draft from your account. The benefits are voluntary, so you may cancel at any time. You will receive information in the mail about these plans soon. We have tried to make this a simple, easy process and minimize your time spent enrolling in the plans.

The mid-term election cycle is past us now, with several new faces making their debut into politics. I hope the very best for them all. I do pray that one day the parties can come together and actually work for the betterment of the people. It is worrisome that both sides have gone down their own rabbit trails for so long that they may not find their way back to some common ground. I hope they haven’t completely forgotten were they came from or the folks who actually put them in those positions. I do want to thank everyone who got out and voted this year.

Unfortunately, I must report that IBEW, Local 1002 lost Brother Bryan Flores in a vehicle accident on November 6, 2018. Bryan was working for Ward Electric in the Weatherford, OK area as a Transmission Tech. He was indentured to Local 66 in December 2017 and moved his ticket to 1002 in October 2018.  Please say a prayer for his family. Another Brother gone too soon.

I pray everyone has a blessed holiday season. As always, thank you for who you are and what you do to promote IBEW, Local 1002 on the job and in your community. Our next regular meeting will be Friday, December 14th at 6:00 p.m. I hope to see all of you there. 

In Solidarity,


Brad Perkins

Business Manager/Financial Secretary 

IBEW, Local 1002




Leadership Changes & Updates From Your Local Union

Sisters and Brothers, 

At the recent Seventh District Progress Meeting, it was announced that our district posted a 7-percent increase in “A” membership over the past year – the highest in the IBEW. All of the states in our district except New Mexico have right-to-work laws on the books.

Let me put that in different terms, because it’s worth repeating: In a district that’s 80-percent right-to-work, we are pushing back and winning.

To continue this, we need to help amplify our message and encourage more power professionals to join us – because it’s going to get harder, not easier, as recently seen by the decision of the Supreme Court to overturn Janus vs. AFSCME and the Department of Labor rescinding the “persuader rule.”

Our best organizing tool is an engaged membership. So please, talk to that hand who isn’t a member and tell them about the benefits of the IBEW. Make coming to our monthly meetings a priority. Help out your stewards and organizers. I’ll bet you’re are already doing many of these things and more, and I thank you for showing the value of our Brotherhood, both on the job site and off.

As of July 1, former Business Manager Jeff Bolin has moved into a new role with the IBEW. He will now be an International Representative serving multiple Local Unions including ours. We thank him for his dedication and leadership over the years, and we wish him success in his new position.

As IBEW 1002’s new Business Manager, I look forward to serving your needs as a member, as well as helping grow our Local Union. If you have any questions or concerns about anything at any time, my door is always open. Please feel free to reach out to me in the office at (918) 438-7344, Ext. 1, by cell at (918) 978-4239, or via email at businessagent@ibew1002.com. I look forward to hearing from you.


Brad Perkins

Business Manager/Financial Secretary 

IBEW, Local 1002


IBEW Members Offer Bright Future to Historic Oklahoma Park

The city of Henryetta, Okla., has become a favorite spot for organized labor in a right-to-work state because of its Labor Day Festivities, which are some of the largest in the state.

“We go down there every year and walk in their Labor Day Parade,” said K.J. Payton, an organizer for Tulsa Local 584. “Anything we can do to help Henryetta, we want to be involved.”

It’s part of why IBEW locals in the state jumped at the chance to help renovate a historic pavilion and fishing pier there as part of a project sponsored by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance.

The pier and pavilion are in Nichols Park, which was built from 1938-1941 by the Civilian Conservation Corps – formed during the Great Depression to provide jobs for millions of unemployed men. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The dock and pavilion have been popular destinations ever since, but they had fallen into disrepair because securing enough public money for repairs wasn’t easy in Henryetta, where the population is just 5,700. Historical records are unclear, but it’s believed the federal government operated Nicholas Park before turning it over to the city decades ago.

“It’s a beautiful park in a beautiful location,” said Robert Stroede, conservation manager for the alliance. “But often times, when a smaller city gets something like that, it doesn’t have the means to maintain it. This was something we really wanted to get done for the people in this area.”

The IBEW and other Oklahoma trade unions pitched in on March 10, donating materials and labor. That morning, the sportsmen’s alliance hosted a youth outreach fishing event, handing out 150 fishing rods courtesy of Purdue Fishing, Stroede said. Proceeds from the Oklahoma AFL-CIO’s annual dinner also were used to fund the project.

Oklahoma City Local 1141 Business Manager Dewayne Wilcox said his local donated about $1,500 to the effort and about 10 members volunteered to work on it. More than 100 members of Oklahoma’s trade unions took part overall.

“This added another 50 years to that pavilion,” Wilcox said. “It would have lasted only a year or two in its current state. It’s a historic pavilion and the roof was falling in on it. We completely restored it.”

Republicans control all the statewide offices and have a supermajority in the both the Oklahoma House and Senate, giving labor little pull in governmental affairs. Projects like this are even more important in such an atmosphere, Payton said.

“We’re constantly being attacked in Oklahoma from an anti-labor perspective,” Payton said.

“Anytime we can show we’re pro-Oklahoma, we’re going to do it. It was a really fun project.”

IBEW members who participated did so with enthusiasm.

“Kind of the general principle of a union is improving the quality of life for a group of individuals,” said Joe Baker, a member of Tulsa Local 1002 who was among the volunteers.

“Being part of organized labor has allowed me to do that, to take care of my family, so it means a lot to me to come back and do some of these community-building projects.”

Henryetta Mayor Jennifer Clason issued a proclamation calling for Union Day in the city, adding that Henryetta is proud to consider itself pro-union. Two state legislators – one a Democrat, the other a Republican – attended the dedication ceremony.

“It’s amazing,” Clason said. “It’s absolutely more than we could ever ask for. We have multiple unions working together, united, trying to make our park the fabulous thing we think it is.”

Click here to view videos of the project and the dedication ceremony.

The IBEW’s commitment to Henryetta continues. Members in the construction branch are there working to repair the Anchor Glass Container plant, one of the city’s main employers, after an explosion and fire severely damaged the facility on May 16. There were no injuries.

The plant employs about 600 workers, most of whom are represented by the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union. 


Are You Getting The Most Out Of Your Health Care Plan? 

One of the hallmarks of the union movement is working to ensure that our members have the very best in health care coverage and access.

That’s why your insurance provider, LINECO, has established a helpful and comprehensive website that allows you to maximize your benefits for you and your family.

It’s easy to keep tabs on your work hours reported, your claims history, and any explanations of benefits – just log in to your account at LineCo’s website for all this information, and more.

Teladoc: Quality Care Is A Phone Call Away

As an IBEW 1002 member, you also have access to Teladoc – the first and largest provider of telehealth medical consults in the United States, giving you 24/7/365 access to quality medical care through phone and video consults.

Teladoc can be used when you need immediate care for certain medical issues. It is an affordable, convenient alternative to urgent care and ER visits.

Setting up your account is a quick and easy process online. Visit the Teladoc website and click "Set Up Account". Sign up today!

Assistance When You Need It Most

We all face challenges on and off the job – and sometimes, to overcome a challenge, we all need a little extra help.

That’s why LINECO provides IBEW linemen with the Member Assistance Program (MAP).

MAP offers you six free consultations (per specific issue) with a professional, should you need to discuss challenges related to:  

  •       Family and/or personal matters
  •       Emotional difficulties
  •       Work problems
  •       Marital, child-care, or elder-care support
  •       Stress/anxiety
  •       Financial or legal concerns.


In addition, LINECO is a part of the Beacon Health Options provider network for mental health and substance abuse. If you or a loved one needs support, help is just a call away. Click here to learn more.

Healthy Moms = Healthy Babies

Female employees/retirees and spouses are encouraged to participate in a special program called Healthy Moms = Healthy Babies, which is designed to help reduce complications and premature births.

The goals of the Healthy Moms = Healthy Babies Prenatal Care Program are a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Early education and adequate prenatal care throughout pregnancy can help achieve these goals. Specially trained staff will perform a screening for high risk factors and will offer information, counseling and resources.

Women will receive a $250 gift card if they participate.

Click here to enroll or to learn more.

Better Health With Diabetes

All covered active participants (except those who are Medicare-eligible) living with diabetes or at high risk for developing diabetes are eligible to participate in a free program that will help them enjoy better health.

Program participants may be eligible for the following benefit enhancements:  

  •       Free glucometer
  •       Free test strips
  •       Oral medications covered in full
  •       Insulin pumps and supplies covered in full
  •       Free eye exam
  •       Endocrinologist visits covered in full
  •       $50 gift card every six months you participate with your nurse "health coach."

Learn more or sign up today by clicking here.

You Worked Hard For Your Coverage. Now, Let It Work For You.

At a time when health care costs are skyrocketing, IBEW 1002 members can enjoy peace of mind knowing that they have excellent, comprehensive coverage from LINECO.

Please take a few minutes to visit LINECO’s website and learn more about all of the benefits that can help you, your spouse, and your children lead happier, healthier, richer lives: www.lineco.org.

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