The Alaska Joint Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Trust honored Juneau-Douglas resident Tom Cashen on July 9 by naming their new building the Tom Cashen Electrical Training Facility. The facility is located at 5800 B St. in Anchorage.
Cashen was a graduate of the training program in 1962, beginning his long career with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1547, first as an electrician and then as assistant business manager and legislative lobbyist, until being appointed commissioner of labor under Gov. Tony Knowles in 1994. He retired in 1998.
The building dedication began with remarks by Vince Beltrami, training director; followed by Steve Boyd, Alaska chapter manager-National Electrical Contractors Association; Gary Brooks, business manager-IBEW Local 1547; Jim Sampson, executive president-Alaska AFL-CIO; Johnny Ellis, Alaska State Senate minority leader; and Mark Begich, mayor of Anchorage. Remarks by the guest of honor, Tom Cashen followed. The unveiling of the building sign followed the speakers.
Attending the dedication with Cashen was his wife, Heather, and sons Steve and Greg.