WASHINGTON, March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During a reception tonight, Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) will present International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) President Emeritus Ed Hill and Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn with the John D. Dingell Award, which recognizes leaders whose efforts help to promote labor-management cooperation.
In 2008, EEI and IBEW formed National LAMPAC, a labor and management public affairs committee, to tackle our nation's energy challenges. Through National LAMPAC, labor leaders and electric power company executives partner to advance the common goals of running a well-managed, efficient business with a ready supply of qualified, skilled workers.
"With the significant transformation underway across the electric power industry, it is critically important that labor and industry continue to work together to deliver America's energy future," said EEI Chairman Nick Akins, Chairman, President and CEO of American Electric Power. "Ed and Tom are tremendous leaders for our industry and play a pivotal role in advancing the cooperative efforts between labor and management."
"Each day, the dedicated men and women of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers help our nation's electric companies deliver the safe, reliable, affordable, and clean energy that powers America," said IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson. "Ed and Tom both have been instrumental in championing initiatives to ensure that today's workers are prepared for the future. Their tireless efforts to further the shared goals of industry and labor truly embody the spirit of the Dingell Award."
Named for the longest-serving member of Congress, the John D. Dingell Award is presented to leaders whose efforts have helped to advance the common objectives of the electric power industry and IBEW members. Mr. Dingell served as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for many years, where he amassed an impressive record of bipartisan accomplishments on a wide range of issues, many of which focused on labor-management collaboration.
EEI is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Our members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and directly employ nearly 500,000 workers. EEI has 70 international electric companies as International Members, and 270 industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.
The IBEW represents approximately 750,000 active members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among the American unions in the AFL-CIO because it is among the largest and has members in so many skilled occupations.
SOURCE Edison Electric Institute