I spent the day yesterday at an IBEW training facility. Kind of sad. The instructor I was working with said they used to run 100 apprentices at a time 4 times a year. The economy tanked and they had to shut down altogether for a while. Now they are running 15 students, I think once a year. For the whole Chicago area, at least IBEW guys.

He indicated one of the reasons they started back up was to supply apprentices to do work like material hauling that JM do not want to do. I guess they are starting to run out of apprentices to do the dirty work as they become JM, or maybe just move on due to lack of work.