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Robert  B. Williams

Robert B. Williams, 88, of Hazelhurst passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. He was born in Auburndale, WI on December 9, 1928, to Benjamin and Hilda (nee Baierl) Williams.

Robert was a retired commercial journeyman electrician and belonged to the IBEW #388. He was a Captain in the National Guard 32nd Red Arrow Division and served during the Cold War Crisis. He was the commander of the Colin F. Schultz American Legion Post #318, and a member of the American Legion Honor Guard. He was also very active in the Lake Tomahawk Lions Club and the New Tom Sno Fleas. He also founded and was President of Windpudding Lake Association.

Robert is survived by his children, Randy Williams (Wausau, WI), Jeff (Mary) Williams (Wausau, WI), Jim (Carol) Williams (Wausau, WI), Ellen (Bob) Buss (Green Bay, WI), David (Mary Ann) Williams (Appleton, WI); a daughter-in-law, Corrine Williams, and son-in-law, Randy Pfingsten; grandchildren, Chad (Kristen) Koerten, Jake (Betsy) Williams, Annie (Collin) Janus, Stephanie Williams, Ryan Williams, Rachel Williams, Andrew Buss, Steven Buss, Eric Buss, Collin Pfingsten, Makenzie Williams, and Nicole Williams; great grandchildren, Tanner, Beckett, Sam, Maddie, Ellie, Colton, Mason and baby Williams due soon; brothers Raymond, John, Donald (Virginia), and a special friend, Pearl Clark. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette, daughter, Mary Pfingsten, son, Dan Williams, brothers, Frank and Gene, and sister, Marge.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church in Woodruff. A visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Kronenwetter, WI.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Colin F. Schultz American Legion Post #318 7986, Choate Blvd, Lake Tomahawk, WI 54539.

Come hear & Discuss
What do Labor Unions Do?
(And What does the Future Hold for All Employees?)
 Thursday, April 20, 2017
7 - 9 p.m.
Collins Classroom Center, Room 227
1801 4th Ave, Stevens Point

Panelists: Bill Skelton, UWSP-History (Emeritus)
 Ray Nass, Former CEO of Joerns Furniture, Inc.
Parthy Schachter, UFAS, AFT-UW Madison
Kim Kohlhaas, President AFT-Wisconsin
Brian Oberstadt, IBEW & Portage County Labor Council

Moderator: Bob Wolensky, UWSP-Sociology & Social Work  

Just over 10 percent of the U.S. workforce now belong to labor unions,
down from a peak of 35 percent in the mid-1950s.
The unionization rate stood at 20 percent as recently as 1983.
What’s going on? What do labor unions do?
What does the future hold for all employees—union and non-union?

Come and hear a group of distinguished panelists discuss
these and other important labor-related topics, and join in the discussion!

Free and Open to the Public.

Audience participation is encouraged.

Refreshments will be served


Friday April 28, 2017
Workers Memorial Site
388 River Drive
Wausau, WI 54403
5:30 p.m.

Every year unions, workers, and central labor councils

throughout the nation acknowledge workers who have died

on the worksite. Please join the Marathon County Central

Labor Council to observe those who have died on the job

in Marathon County.


MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017
5:30 P.M.

Wednesday, Starting May 10, 2017
5-9 p.m.
Union Hall
5224 Heffron Court

Please call the Union Hall to reserve your spot, 715-341-696

Local 388 now has a Drop Box by the side entrance. If you can't make it during our open hours feel free to drop anything off in the Drop Box and we will get it when we return.  

2017 Union Dues ~ 
                      $120.00                   Quarterly
                      $240.00                   6 Months
                      $480.00                   Yearly 


It is YOUR responsibility to notify the Union Hall of any address or phone number changes. 
 It is YOUR responsibility to pay your Union dues on time; the Union Hall is not required to send you a reminder notice.
 Any questions or concerns you would like to talk over with Business Manager Dean Miller, please feel free to call him 715-341-2696 or email him dmiller@ibew388.org

Resign Policy...
Initial sign in registration must be done in person. Re-sign shall be required monthly, beginning on the 10th and ending on the 16th of each month. Re-sign may be accomplished by mail, fax (715) 341-3124, e-mail (
kjanis@ibew388.org) or in person. Re-signs will require the following information: Name, home local #, IBEW card #, address, original sign date, and page number. On the day you sign the Book in person is your original sign in date. Any questions or concerns please feel free to call us..

 To get your Wisconsin State Journeyman & Master Electrician Credential applications go to: http://dsps.wi.gov/Documents/Credentialing%20Forms/Trades%20Application%20Forms/Je.pdf

Vacation Accounts
You are now able to put your vacation money in your own banks. If you would like a form to submit to have your vacation money sent to your own bank account contact Kathy 715-341-2696 at the Union Hall. 

The Union Boot Pro ~
All boots on their website are Union Made, American made work boots.
Go to THEUNIONBOOTPRO.COM and enter code: Be0388mD and get 27% off your boot order

 Is Retirement in Your Future???
Whether you are planning to retire in six months, six years, or if retirement is too far ahead to contemplate, it is never too late to keep good records. Saving check stubs, date books, and copies of your employment records are just some of the ways to avoid confusion involving start dates and employers. Think about creating a job history folder to keep track of where you've worked. It may come in handy and make the process much easier on you.