ST. LOUIS – The Electrical Connection mourns the loss of inspirational labor leader Edwin D Hill. Hill passed away on Dec. 1, 2018. He began his career as construction wireman in 1956 and rose through the ranks to become president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and was later honored as its president emeritus.
“The labor movement has lost one of its greatest visionaries and leaders,” noted IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson. “We join with President Hill’s friends and family in mourning his loss. But while this is a moment of great sadness, we draw inspiration and joy from President Hill’s nearly six-decades of service to working families and the union that was the cause of his life: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.”
Hill navigated numerous challenges for IBEW, strengthening the union with progressive programs to deliver greater value in its highly skilled and safe workforce. Among those was the “Code of Excellence,” which helped earn local NECA contractor PayneCrest an AGC Keystone Award in 2016 for its work with IBEW on the Flint Creek Environmental Retrofit in Gentry, Ark. The project’s use of the “Code of Excellence” was spotlighted by Electric TV. Read more.