Out-of-Work List

Local 280 maintains an Out-of-Work list for the Inside, Residential, Sound & Communications and Material Handler/Lighting Maintenance Agreements.  Initial sign-in must be done in person either at the hall in Tangent or the Redmond office by appointment only (please contact our Central Oregon rep at 541.971.3149).  For each of these agreements, Local 280 maintains both a short call list and a long call list. When you sign the out-of-work book, your name will automatically be placed on both call lists.

All applicants on Book 2, 3 or 4 (members of other Locals) must, upon receiving a dispatch out of an IBEW local union, remove their name off LU 280 out-of-work book, no matter the duration of the call.

General Rule – An individual registered on one Out-Of-Work List may not be dispatched to work off of another list without having their name removed from the Out-Of-Work List except as provided herein.

Unfilled Call Rule – 

  1. Provided the contractor will accept out of class worker. A registrant on the Inside Book may take an unfilled call from the Residential Book or Sound and Communications Book, without being removed from the Out-Of-Work book. A registrant who takes an unfilled call will not be subject to the three-strike rule. In addition, said individual will not be disadvantaged for having taken that call. They will not lose their place on the Book if they quit or are terminated for cause. Their two weeks waiting period for a Foreman Call by Name or Journeyman Recall will not start over because they took an unfilled call. Upon receiving a termination their number will be placed at the bottom of the short call list.
  2. If a call goes un-filled on the hot line for one (1) cycle the job may be dispatched on a first come first served bases.

Short Call Rules

A short call is a job that lasts 45 days or less, from the date of dispatch to date of termination. A short call may not become an extended call, but an extended call may become a short call. After dispatch to a short call, applicant’s name will be removed from the short call list. Upon presentation of termination slip, the applicant’s name will be added to the bottom of the short-call list. An applicant who is hired and who receives, through no fault of their own, work of forty hours or less will retain their place on the short call list.


Job information is available on the referral hotline: 1.800.947.3280 (1.800.WIRE280). Calls are placed on the hotline no later than 5:15 pm for the next day’s dispatch. If you are interested in taking a call, leave your referral number and book number after the beep. These numbers were given to you when you signed the Book. You must call and leave your number before 7:00 am. Note: To ensure that your number is recorded it is recommended that you use a hard wired telephone. Also, speak slowly and clearly.)


The dispatcher will dispatch from 8:00 am until 10:00 am. If necessary to fill calls on the hotline, Local 280 reserves the right to dispatch after 10:00 am. You must be immediately available to take the telephone call from the dispatcher. The dispatcher has no obligation to call you back if you do not answer the telephone call or wait for you to call back. Any job not dispatched from the hotline from the night before will be available either over the phone or over the counter on a first come first serve basis. If you accept a call, the union hall will send the dispatch slip to both you and your employer.

**In an emergency, referrals may be made outside of these hours and procedures. **

Strike Rules

Three-Strike Rule – The Hiring Hall Rules contain a provision wherein any applicant who does not take an Extended Call in their designated zone will receive a strike. After three strikes, the applicant will be removed from the out of work books.

Exemption from strikes:

  • Service work: There will be no strikes given for service work.
  • Bona fide skill or Employer Requirement: An applicant will not receive a strike for not taking a call that requires a bona fide skill.
  • Vacation/Leave: An applicant may designate up to four weeks per calendar year as a "vacation" week subject to the following rules:
    1. The request must be in blocks of one or more weeks (i.e. not for 2 or 3 days). The request must be submitted prior to dispatch (received by 7:30 a.m.)  The request must be submitted either in person or in writing by fax, email or postal mail.  The burden is on the applicant. If the fax or email is not received no vacation will be granted.
    2. The Hall must have a written record of all requests. During the vacation/leave week the applicant will not receive a strike but is still eligible to take a call. However, if the applicant takes a call they will forfeit the balance of the week (regardless of whether employment is obtained).
    3. Once made, the request for vacation/leave may not be revoked.
  • After termination:  An applicant will be exempt from strikes for seven (7) calendar days from the date of their termination. If you are laid off on Wednesday, first day for strikes is the next Thursday.  It is up to the member to utilize this and call the hall if they see a strike on their number within 7 days of being ROF’d from their last job.
  • Jury Duty:  An applicant will not receive Strikes for any day they were required to report for jury duty. The applicant must provide the dispatcher with proof of jury duty service.
  • Military service:   An applicant will not receive Strikes for any day the applicant was on active Military service.
  • DEATH OF AN IMMEDIATE FAMILY:  An applicant will be exempt from strikes for fourteen (14) calendar days for a death of an immediate family member. Please inform the Hall as soon as you can and we will remove all strikes during that time.
  • BIRTH OF A CHILD OR GRANDCHILD:  An applicant will be exempt from strikes for fourteen (14) calendar days for a birth of a child and seven (7) calendar days for a birth of a grandchild.  Please inform the Hall as soon as you can, and we will remove all strikes during that time.
  • Involuntary leave:  An applicant unable to work due to Illness, injury, disease, or other similar documented reason will be able to maintain their position without receiving a strike for up to a maximum of one year. The applicant must provide the dispatcher with a written notice from a medical professional that the applicant is unable to work and must obtain a release to return to work.
  • Not-for-rehire:  A registrant will not receive a strike for not taking a call to an employer who previously terminated them with a not-for-rehire, within the last (2) two years.

Journeyman Recall

A JW may be recalled up to 120 days after layoff on an extended call. No recall on short calls or extended calls turned short. Refer to the current CBA for additional requirements.

Foreman Call by Name

Employers have the right to call a Foreman by name provided the individual has not quit their previous employer within the past two weeks. The Business Manager shall refer that Foreman provided their name appears on the highest priority group. (Note: If the named individual has not worked at least 2000 hours in the past four years under the terms of the Local 280 relevant Agreement, then he may not be referred as a Foreman, unless Local 280 and NECA mutually agree.)

When an employee is called as a Foreman, he must remain as a Foreman for one year or must receive a reduction in force.

Employers may request a Foreman Call by Name - Out of Class using the rules above. Employees won't receive the same protection regarding book status as being on an out of class call. The book status will follow the Foreman call rules.

Removal of Name from List

Your name will be removed from the out-of-work lists upon any of the following:

  • A.   If you accept an extended call and it lasts more than 45 days (date of dispatch through last day worked).
    1. an extended call turns into a short call, the applicant will maintain his/her place on the long-call out-of-work list and will be placed at the bottom of the short call list.
  • B.   If you accept a third extended call under the same referral number, (an extended call turns into a short call) your name will be placed on the bottom of both out-of-work lists upon termination from that job regardless of the length of the call.
  • C.   Upon accepting a Foreman Call by Name, you will be removed from the out-of-work lists regardless of the duration of the call. Upon receiving an ROF your name will be placed on the bottom of both out-of-work lists.
  • D.   Upon accepting a Journeyman recall, you will be removed from the out-of-work lists regardless of the duration of the call. Upon receiving an ROF your name will be placed on the bottom of both out-of-work lists.

An applicant’s name will be removed from both out-of-work lists and he/she will need to re-sign the out-of-work list in person if:

  1. The applicant quits or is terminated for cause.
  2. The applicant rolled off the books because of their 3rd strike.
  3. The applicant accepts a referral and fails to show up for work.
  4. The applicant fails to re-sign as required.

Note: If you want to take your name off the out-of-work list, you must make the request in writing, e-mail, US Mail or in person.

Sign in After Termination

Upon a receipt of an ROF from the contractor, the Dispatcher will place all Book 1 members on the bottom of the appropriate out-of-work list. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the Dispatch office receives a copy of the termination.

Two Discharges for Cause

Anyone who receives two discharges for cause/not for rehire within a twelve-month period is not eligible for dispatch until released by the Appeals Committee.


To maintain a position on the out-of-work list, all material handlers and applicants must re-sign in person during the month of December.  If you have had activity in the month of November or December or are on doctor verified medical leave, you do not need to re-sign in person.  All Material Handlers and applicants on Book 2, 3 or 4 must re-sign during December, March, June, and September. Re-sign other than in December may be in person, by e-mail, by fax, on the website, or by U. S. Postal Service. If an applicant fails to re-sign during these time periods, his name will be removed from the out-of-work list. The Local does not send out notices to applicants that have failed to update.

Drug Policy

Applicants who are not in compliance with the Electrical Industry Drug Free Workplace Program are not eligible for dispatch.

Inside Book I Eligibility Criteria.

Experience – Four years in the trade. 

Education – Graduation from an Inside IBEW JATC or pass the Inside Wireman exam given by any duly constituted Inside IBEW construction local.

Local Experience – Worked in the trade at least six months in the last four years in the jurisdiction of Local 280 (six months means 1,000 hours).

Residency – See inside agreement for definition of residency. 

Once an individual properly qualifies to be on Book I, he or she will always be able to sign Book I regardless of hours and regardless of residency, as long as the individual has had continued IBEW 280 membership or is returning from an honorary withdraw from IBEW 280.

Inside Book II, III and IV Eligibility Criteria
(See the Inside agreement)

Local Union 280 reserves the rights to alter the hiring hall rules do to an emergency or Market conditions.


Any individual who believes these rules were violated may file an appeal with the Hiring Hall Appeals Committee. Appeals need to be submitted in writing within ten days of the act or omission to: Hiring Hall Appeals Committee, c/o Manager, Oregon Pacific-Cascade Chapter NECA, 1040 Gateway Loop, Suite A, Springfield, OR 97477.