Our History

A small group of us from the IBEW Wives Facebook Group banded together on January 26, 2012 with an idea of having a basket raffle to help raise funds for the family of John Plante, a JL out of Local 104 who was tragically killed. Searches for non-profit organizations to donate the funds to returned with no results. It was frustrating to us wanting to participate in fundraising for the grieving families that not one charity existed for linemen. The dangers surrounding this profession are abundant. Why doesn't help exist for the families outside of the brotherhood? Why must they resort to just "passing the hat" at meetings? This was the fire that lit NSUJL's Mission.

Taking on what turned out to be months of legalities that appeared never ending, we carried on. With no startup money, our original officers, directors and members all donated from their own pockets to fund the "startup" expenses, very passionate and determined to help families. When NSUJL officially became a membership organization in April of 2012, those funds helped assist our ability to pay the $850 IRS filing fee and $500 for the accountant to fill out NSUJL's tax exempt form 1023. Our first major bill being the required Directors and Officers Insurance of $1400. Unable to even consider paying it all upfront, we spread these payments over the course of a few months just barely scraping together the funds to do so.

While legalities were underway, the operations started to take shape. The country was divided into 6 regions all run by a regional director. Under each regional director we began to nominate State representatives, which in hindsight appears a little risky now. Most of us being perfect strangers to each other prior to the organization of NSUJL. We instantly banded together as Sisters by the family association of the Brotherhood. Back then, donations to families consisted of officers, directors and members donating from their own pockets. Sending a $300 check to a family seemed like the most amazing thing we could ever do. Little did we know, things were about to change, and drastically.

Our first Executive Officers were appointed on March 8th 2012. Many of them also held regional and state positions. We had to hold multiple positions as NSUJL membership at that time consisted of only 21 members. Time consuming does not begin to describe the dedication our members had. Board meetings were on a weekly basis and 2-3 hours long. We voted on every minute detail of the organization, down to the name. All of us steadily worked 40+ volunteer hours a week to finalize everything just to be considered a legal organization, adding to that, the hours to operate, while feverishly determined to stay focused on the goal of helping families.

Our first major task was to contact all outside IBEW Locals in the country to gain support and hopefully help assist them with the ability to help families. This returned a result that is indescribable. On March 21, 2012, we received our first donation from an IBEW local, that local being 222. Tears of joy and pride overcame the membership and it became just that extra lift in our step to carry on. The response from the brotherhood didn't stop there, local after local called, sent letters of support, donations came rolling in from then on. Gratefully, on a Wednesday afternoon (May 9, 2012) the call of a lifetime from Ed Mings, a representative of the IBEW International office in Washington, DC. Being a completely transparent organization with nothing to hide, with the main focus to help families, they welcomed NSUJL with open arms. NSUJL's founder Rae Johnson and accompanied by founding member, Terry Riffe attended NSUJL's first IBEW Conference in July of 2012. In Oct 2012, President Hill issued a letter recommending all locals support and contribute. This letter is framed and sits in founder, Rae Johnson's office.

The response from the brotherhood was only the beginning of the support. The officers and directors also began contacting companies to donate products that we could take to rodeos to help raise funds through basket giveaways. The first major companies to sign on and support were Tyndale, Bashlin Industries and Farwest Line Specialties. Those 3 remain NSUJL's largest sponsors still today. Since, several other companies such as Hubbell, HD Electric, Northwestern Energy, Sherman & Reilly, Matrix NAC and many others have supported NSUJL and our mission. Continuing with the goals, IBEW locals themselves started to sign on as Associate Members. The first being local 1439, shortly afterwards followed by locals 44, 47, 53, 55, 71, 220, 222, 304, 369, 738, 769, 1002, 1245, 1393 and 2150.

In January 2013, just before the 1 year anniversary, the IRS Approved NSUJL's 501(c)(3) status. Backdating it to Feb 29th 2012, the day the Articles of Incorporation were filed in PA, this being the beginning of the endless opportunities to work on. From what we were told, obtaining Tax Exempt Status in under a year of operation with no questions or correspondence from the IRS during this process is unheard of and very rare. Now we are official, and finally able to really start looking at fundraising and grant options.

In May of 2014, shortly after our 2 year anniversary, we welcomed our first male board members who brought a combined 123 years of IBEW experience and management. Many of the founding members are still with us today and we look forward to a thriving membership for many years to come.

NSUJL now accepts invitations and attends events, conferences and rodeos nationally, and even holds major events of our own. An Annual Climbing for Lost Linemen ceremony and Linemen Benefit Rodeo in June.

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When storms happen, the Sisterhood kicks into high gear. It is so amazing what a group of hard working, dedicated, caring line wives and their families can accomplish.

We received this to share with our Line families. 👇🏼

Hello fellow line wives…

I know several of your husbands are working Flo, and for many areas food and laundry are hard to come by. We have a network of volunteers working to meet those needs.

We can help get things like laundry washed, hot meals, cases of water and Gatorade, locate hotels with available rooms, medications, supply runs, etc. We have also delivered air mattresses, pillows, boot dryers, etc. this week.

We are currently have volunteers in NC and SC in the cities below and surrounding counties.

Wilmington, NC
Havelock and Cherry Point, NC
Jacksonville, NC
Morehead City, NC
New Bern, NC
Goldsboro, NC
Fayetteville, NC
Charlotte, NC
Raleigh, NC
Oak Point & Shallotte, NC
Hoping to add Lumberton, NC once water recedes.

Florence , SC
Myrtle Beach, SC
Bennettsville, SC

If your Lineman needs anything, let us know by following the 3 steps below:

1) Go like our Lineman Lifeline page at https://www.facebook.com/LinemanLifeLine/

2) Join the LLL groups page to get in on the conversation. https://m.facebook.com/groups/949387585235366

3) On the GROUP page: Use the search bar on the left or the topics on the right to find your linesman's city or the closest large city to your lineman. Then please post in comments what your lineman's needs. If the roads are clear, we will get them what they need ASAP.

Happy to help however we can!
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17 hours ago

National Sisterhood United for Journeymen Linemen

Our brothers & sisters need your help

https://www.gofundme.com/quanta-cares-2018September 15, 2018

Quanta Family,

Hurricane Florence has caused catastrophic impacts along the East Coast, where more than 2,900 of our employees, contractors and their families live and work.

It’s in difficult times like these that I’m especially proud to work for Quanta and humbled to lead this great team. Please keep the men and women working tirelessly in the field in your prayers. They continue to make all of Quanta proud and are delivering world-class storm restoration, despite some of them personally dealing with the same levels of devastation.

In response, Quanta Cares has established a GoFundMe page to collect donations for fellow employees impacted by Hurricane Florence. Once again, Quanta will match dollar for dollar up to $500,000 for each dollar our employees donate. Please use the following link:

https://www.gofundme.com/quanta-cares-2018

Alternatively, you can make a check payable to "Quanta Cares” and mail it to:

Quanta Services, Inc.
2800 Post Oak Blvd.
Suite 2600
Houston, Texas 77056
ATTN: Quanta Cares

You will be able to elect tax-deductible payroll contributions to Quanta Cares through BenefitSolver during 2019 Benefits Annual Enrollment. The deduction from your paycheck will begin in January 2019 and can be changed at any time.

Be Safe and thank you

Earl C. “Duke” Austin, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer and President
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