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October 30, 2014
Electrical Contractor

There are some interesting articles in these magazines.  Some of our members subscribe to it because of the Code questions.


2014 Codebooks
are in and available
at the Training Center

For more information and to register for classes please go to: or call 541-917-6199

Oregon State Legislature Press Releases

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Open Enrollment
2015 Open Enrollment period is November 1 to November 30, 2014 for those wishing to change their Medical and Dental plans.  All enrollment changes are effective January 1, 2015.  There will be an informational meeting on November 12th at the Training Center in Tangent.  The Retirees meeting will be at 3:00 p.m. and the Active Participant Meeting will be at 5:00 p.m.  Spouses are welcome to attend.  Representatives of the Trust as well as the various carriers will present the benefit options available to the Trust participants.  Information will be mailed out to our members and retirees starting next week.  There are many benefit modifications so you will definetly want to take the time to read up on these.

Platt will be having a Trade Show at the Training Center in Tangent on Thursday, November 6th from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  There will be tool vendors and raffle prizes for those who attend.

Special Called Meeting
At the Special Called Meeting held at the Training Center in Tangent and via Skype to the UA 290 Training Center in Redmond on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Inside members elected to apply the $0.70 increase due on 1/1/15 to the District 9 Pension.  The District 9 Pension hourly contribution rate will be $2.48 effective 1.1.15

IBEW HFH Volunteers
1st & 2nd year apprentices volunteered their Saturday class time to the JC HFH Build
Dispatch Procedure Clarification

In order to clarify recent inquiries about the” Three Strike Rule” Dispatch procedure states that in order to avoid strikes, Local #280 needs to be notified if a member takes a dispatch or termination while out of town. Two business days has been established as a reasonable and timely period for notification! If strikes occur during that period they will be removed upon receiving a copy of dispatch or ROF. If Dispatch/ ROF is not sent in a timely manner, all strikes awarded will remain.

2014 Candidate Endorsements

The following is a list of candidates that LU 280 is endorsing.

Jeff Merkley for US Senate
Peter DeFazio for CD 4
Kurt Schrader for CD 5
John Kitzhaber for Governor
Brad Avakian for Labor Commissioner
Floyd Prozanski for SD 4
Lee Beyer for SD 6
Chris Edwards for SD 7
Sara Gelser for SD 8
Jackie Winters for SD 10
Peter Courtney for SD 11
Phil Barnhart for HD 11
John Lively for HD 12
Nancy Nathanson for HD 13
Val Hoyle for HD 14
Dan Rayfield for HD 16
Paul Evans for HD 20
Brian Clem for HD 21
Betty Komp for HD 22
Chuck Lee for HD 25
Craig Wilhelm for HD 54
Mike McLane for HD 55

Vote NO:  Top-Two Primaries, Measure 90

Unit Meetings

All Meetings are at 5:30 p.m.

Salem Unit (3rd Thursday of Odd Numbered Months) ~ South Salem Senior Center, 6450 Fairway Ave. SE, Salem

Eugene Unit  (3rd Wednesday of Odd Numbered Months)~ LU 290 Training Center, 2861 Pierce Parkway, Springfield

Joint Unit (3rd Thursday of Even Numbered Months) ~ CTT, 33309 Hwy 99E, Tangent

Central Oregon ~ IBEW / UA 290 Training Center, 2161 SW 1st., Redmond

Retirees Luncheon

Retirees meet at 11:45 a.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Hometown Buffet on Lancaster in Salem.  If you have any questions please give Don Ball a call at 541-327-3388.

The Beginning...
Henry Miller
Henry Miller, the first President of the IBEW, died in 1896 without enough money for a decent burial.  Miller was not alone.  In the early part of the 20th century accidental electrocution among people employed in the electrical industry occurred with such frequency that many insurance companies refused to insure the lives of electrical workers.  Others set the premiums so high that the typical electrical worker could not afford to maintain life insurance for his or her survivng family.  In response to this dilemma members of the IBEW established a fraternal death benefit association in 1922 whose essential purpose was to provide the named beneficiary of a deceased member a sum that might permit our members to be interred in a dignified manner.  That was later merged with the IBEW Pension Benefit Fund.  You can view more on that here.  Also, if you click on the picture above you will be able to view a short movie detailing how the IBEW came about.

Dues Increase
On January 1st the International will raise their portion of monthly dues by $1.00 per month.  For "A" members here is a breakdown of where your $42.70 in monthly dues goes to: $17.00 to the International office for their monthly dues, $16.00 to the International's Pension Benefit Fund and $9.70 to the Local Union. (In 2014 the $1.00 increase went towards the I.O.'s  Pension Benefit Fund and the 2015 increase will go towards the PBF again).

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Surrounding Locals

Local 48

Local 76

Local 112

 Local 659
(after 5:00 p.m.)

Local 932
(after 5:00 p.m.)

Important Links
 IBEW Jobs Board
September Electrical Worker
 NW Labor Press

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Label Letter~July/Aug

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