BUSINESS MANAGER BOB WARD
SOUND & COMMUNICATIONS 3-1-2022 ALLOCATION VOTE
We will be holding an in-person discussion meeting for the upcoming $2.25 increase for S&C. Please note that no voting will take place at this meeting, it is simply to discuss the three options to be voted upon. All voting will be done electronically and will be sent out the next day. Ensure that your email addresses are up to date with the hall, so you get the electronic vote.
END OF YEAR DUES STATEMENTS
The end of year statements for basic and working dues is available on the website for all members who paid dues in 2021. The statement is under your member profile, select Dues (a dropdown menu will appear) then select 2021 Tax Statement. If it is your first-time logging onto the website, you will need to activate your account.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS BASKET
We would like to thank all of those members who participated in this year’s Annual Operation Christmas Basket. Your continued support is truly appreciated by all. We helped out 3 charites this year along with some additional families in need this past holiday season.
We hope all who joined us at the Christmas meeting had a great time. It was definitely nice to see some familiar faces at our union hall and we hope you got to see some old faces as well and enjoyed the holiday dinner. We hope to have more in person meetings and gatherings soon.
The winners were Bernice Foster – 1st prize
Greg Rothhaupt – 2nd prize
Eric Bullert – 3rd prize
NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION
By the time this reaches your doorstep we would have held our New Member Orientation class already. We will hold our next one in May 2022, the date has not yet been set but we will send notices out to those who do not attend. Please look out for notices or check our website for dates. As usual, we will email a reminder a week prior. This class is very important and goes over many questions a lot of new members have. We encourage our members to have their spouse attend as we provide hand outs and give a lot of new information that day.
DEFERRED SAVINGS DEPOSITS
We are encouraging all members to turn in their Electronic Funds Transfer form in to get a monthly deposit if you have not already done so. There is a delay if you are getting quarterly checks, as some members’ information is not up to date. The best way to receive your deferred savings deposit is if you complete the EFT form. If you still have not completed your EFT form, please contact Teresa Raney at email@example.com to get one submitted.
NEBF – RETIREE TEMPORARY RETURN TO WORK NOTICE
To help with the Journeyman Inside Wireman and Sound & Communication Installer manpower shortage that all IBEW Locals are experiencing, NEBF has once again changed the working rules for Retirees. If you are currently retired and would like to go back to work for about 3 months or perhaps take some short calls, this temporary Return to Work Amendment changes the suspension rules for certain eligible retirees. Following are the features of the amendment:
- The temporary amendment is effective from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022.
- All normal and early retirees with a pension effective date of December 2018 or earlier will be permitted to return to covered and contributory employment only and will be permitted to work for up to 600 hours during the above period without a loss of NEBF benefits. This amendment applies only to the NEBF Plan. (In order to receive benefits from other funds it will depend on the rules of those funds.)
- Once an individual has worked for 600 hours in covered and contributory employment during the term of the temporary amendment, the individual will no longer be able to take advantage of this amendment and the normal rules (permitting work in the electrical industry for less than forty (40) hours per month without a suspension of benefits) will apply.
- Disability pensioners are not eligible (the existing rules applicable to disabled pensioners remain in effect).
- Only retirees who return to NEBF covered and contributory employment will be able to take advantage of this amendment – this amendment will not apply to persons who work for covered employers where no NEBF contributions are required or to persons who work for non-covered employers in the electrical industry.
IBEW Local 340 Harry R. Bain Scholarship Award – For Dependents
Local 340 is going to award 2 (two) college scholarships ($1,000 for 1st prize and $500 for 2nd prize). These scholarships are available to sons, grandsons, daughters, granddaughters or legal dependents of members of Local 340. The General Rules and Instructions, as well as the application, can be requested from the Sacramento Business Office or the Redding Office. You can either call or email the Office Manager, Reyna Jimenez, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-539-0412 to have them sent to you. Please note: the completed application must be received in the Sacramento Business Office by March 11, 2022 to be considered.
IBEW Founders Scholarship – For all IBEW Members (not dependents)
The IBEW Founders’ Scholarship honors the dedicated wiremen and linemen who organized the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on November 28, 1981. Each year the officers of the IBEW are pleased to offer its working members scholarships on a competitive basis. It is hoped that the awards will not only contribute to the personal development of our members but also steward the electrical industry that our founders envisioned. The award is for $200 per semester credit hour at any accredited college or university toward an associate’s, bachelors or postgraduate degree in an approved field. The maximum distribution is $24,000 per person over a period not to exceed eight years.
Any member interested in applying for the IBEW Founders Scholarship can do so by going on-line at www.ibew.org. Click on “Resources and Links” at the top, scroll down to the box labeled “Founders Scholarship”. You will receive information on this scholarship as well as be able to download the application. These applications can also be picked up at the Business Office. This scholarship is for any member who has been in continuous good standing and paid dues (without an Honorary Withdrawal for the four years prior to May 1, 2022). This is not a scholarship for your dependents. All applications and required information must be mailed directly to the IBEW in Washington, DC and must be postmarked May 1, 2022.
Our office will be closed the following days:
Martin Luther King – Monday, January 17th
President’s Day – Monday, February 21st
REST IN PEACE
Retired Brother Jack Bower passed on 11/13/21. He was a 70-year member and 93 years of age.
Retired Brother Kenji Iwanaga passed on 12/23/21. He was a 60-year member and 82 years of age.
Retired Rick Sisco passed on 12/22/21. He was a 17-year member and 65 years of age.
UPCOMING MEETINGS –
SACRAMENTO MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS – 1st Wednesdays @ 6PM – 10240 Systems Parkway, Sacramento 95827
REDDING UNIT MEETING – 1st Wednesdays – Redding Union Hall @ 5:30 for Northern Area business and then join in the Sacramento meeting @ 6PM via webinar
SOUND & COMMUNICATIONS UNIT MEETING – Quarterly on the 4TH Tuesdays of January, April, July & October at the Hall – NEXT QUARTERLY S&C MEETING Tuesday January 25th @ 5:00 PM – Note: seven (7) members needed to have a quorum.
CIVIL SERVICE UNIT MEETING – Quarterly on the 3RD Thursdays of January, April, July & October at the Hall. NEXT QUARTERLY CIVIL SERVICE MEETING Thursday January 20th @ 5:00PM – Note: five (5) members needed to have a quorum.