I have lived in California since 1967, in Long Beach since 1979. I am married (47 years) with two grown children and five grandchildren.I started my Electrical Inside Wireman apprenticeship in 1976. I completed to Journey level in 1980. I have worked in all aspects of the electrical field, residential, commercial and industrial and at many levels; apprentice, journeyman, steward, foreman and general foreman. I have taught in the apprenticeship program since 1980. I have worked as a business agent and dispatcher for IBEW Local 11 under two different Business Managers. In 1996 I transitioned full time to the Electrical Training Institute as Senior Instructor and in 2006 became the Outreach Director. In 2009 I was appointed and then elected by the membership as Vice President of IBEW Local 11.
I am active and involved with my union; I have participated in community outreach even before I started my apprenticeship in 1976. I have been an active member of the Long Beach School to Career Organization and the Youth Opportunities Organization since 1980. I was co-founder of Electric Women in 1984 and Blue Collar Women in 2006; active tradeswomen support groups. I currently sit on a number of community, education and faith based advisory committees and serve as a Board member for the Foothill WIB, the Pacific Gateway WIB, the South Bay WIB, the ACE Mentoring program and the PV Jobs Foundation.
Apprenticeship has blessed me with a wonderful life and a great career and I continue to work towards making this fantastic opportunity available to all, especially women.
Labor topics Jane can speak about
In my 36 years I have been involved in some level of most aspects of Labor Unions and their activities and issues.
What union leadership positions (E.g., Officer, Committee Member, etc.) have you held and/or currently hold?
I have been elected to district executive committees, vice chair of district 2 unit, at various times the chair, secretary and treasurer of the welfare committee; elected to Examining Board; appointed to apprenticeship committees. Currently serve as Vice-President of IBEW Local 11. I also served two terms on Board of Directors for our union’s credit union. I have been elected five times as delegate to our National Convention.
How and why did you become involved in the Labor Movement?
When I started my apprenticeship I was told our union was only as good as the members participating and then I was given a list of meeting times and told I would be expected to attend. Once I started attending I became more and more educated on the issues and involved.
What is the greatest challenge facing labor today? (You can cite your union as an example.)
I feel the greatest challenge is educating the general public on the good unions do and to erase the bad image put out by corporations and media.
How have you made a difference in the Labor Movement?
By my involvement I have been able to change policies; and open doors for more women.
How can students and faculty connect with you? (I.e.a link to your website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.)