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Dear Sisters and Brothers,
We hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented ever- changing times. In March, the IBEW LU 617 Union Hall was forced to change our business operations in response to the shelter-in-place mandated for San Mateo County in an effort to help slow the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Our number one priority was and continues to be, the health and well-being of our members, staff, all of our families and the community.
The San Mateo County Health Policy and Planning department has required social distancing protocols and measures that the Local must implement before opening for business, which in turn will drastically change the day-to-day operations and interactions at the Union Hall that we are all accustomed to.
Effective June 2nd 2020, IBEW Local 617 will adopt the following soft-opening hours and protocols:
- • Soft opening hours will be Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday, 8:30am to 2:30pm going forward until further notice. During these days and times, Business Reps will be available by calling the Union Hall or by cell phone at any time.
- • We encourage members to conduct ALL front counter Union business by phone or by email; this includes paying membership dues over the phone with a credit card or debit card.
- • Dispatch will continue to be done online; this includes re-sign and signing the Out-of-Work-List. For questions regarding dispatch, please contact Mark Henry at (650) 740-1600. All of this information can be found on our website at www.ibew617.com.
- • All portability will continue to be done online via Matt Davey. For questions regarding portability, please contact Matt Davey at (650) 222-7959.
- • All merchandise purchases are suspended until further notice.
- • If an office visit is absolutely necessary, it is strongly encouraged that you call the Union Hall in advance to make an in-office appointment with either a Business Rep or an Admin.
- • Local 617 has limited the number of members and visitors to the Union Hall and will only be allowing one (1) member/visitor inside the building at a time. This is to allow for safe social distancing and for the Administrative staff to thoroughly sanitize and disinfect the common front office area before and after each person to conduct front counter business.
- • All members/visitors to the Union Hall will be required to wear a face mask properly covering their nose and mouth prior to entering. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you by the Admin staff.
- • All members/visitors to the Union Hall will be provided and required to complete a health checklist form prior to entering.
- • All IBEW 617 public restrooms will be closed.
Local 617 will continue to follow CDC, the WHO, OSHA and State and Local government guidelines. While there is a light at the end of the tunnel, we also know there is long road ahead of us before things return to any resemblance of “normal”. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Thank you and stay well.
David M. Mauro
IBEW Local 617
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
You were previously notified that the Inside Wire $5.00 increase effective June 1st 2020 will be applied as follows:
$3.00 per hour allocated to Wages
$1.50 per hour allocated to Pension
$.50 per hour allocated to Health & Welfare
However, please note that the $0.50 per hour allocated to Health & Welfare is to be dispersed as follows:
$0.20 per hour allocated to Health & Welfare
$0.30 per hour allocated to the member's Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
We apologize for any confusion. As a reminder, your HRA is a reimbursement account offered as part of your benefits package to aid you in funding your eligible out-of-pocket health care expenses. Please visit the IBEW LU 617 website at www.ibew617.com under the Benefit's tab, for an HRA Overview, HRA Questions and Answers, a list of Eligible Reimbursement Items and HRA related Claim Forms.
David M. Mauro
1. COVID-19/STAY SAFE AND HEALTHYBelow is the link to the FAQ (frequently asked questions) for benefits that may be available to those that dont feel comfortable going to work.
To Sign-in on the Out of Work List, email: email@example.com If you have Signed-in previously, just include your Name, last 4 of your SSN, Card number Local Union.
IBEW Local Union 617
May 21, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
When there is a Job Call while in-person dispatch is temporarily suspended:
Check Job calls regularly on the 617 website for Dispatch information. When a Job Call is requested, register for the call by email, with name, book number and phone number between 7:30-8:00am at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or if you don't have access, Call (650) 740-1600 (last resort) for Phone Dispatch in Book order starting as soon as practicalpractica
Steven R. Booker
Local Union 617
Card # A123196
Matt Davey-Assistant Business Manager (650) 222-7959
Joe Fitzgerald-Assistant Business Manager (650) 436-2308
Mark Henry-Dispatcher (650) 740-1600
Chuck Vella-S&C Representative (650) 222-4083
Abe Talakai-Membership Development (650) 436-9545
Steven Booker-Registrar/Assistant Dispatcher (650) 245-8017
Here are some links to some websites we feel may be helpful to you and your family:
TO: All NECA Chapters and IBEW U.S. Local Union Business Managers
FROM: IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson NECA CEO David Long
SUBJECT: National Disease Emergency Response Agreement (NDERA)
DATE: March 16, 2020
In recognition of the current emergency in our nation and the need for our industry to react quickly to this and future emergencies, the IBEW and NECA have developed the National Disease Emergency Response Agreement (NDERA) for use by our contractors and members. This agreement provides our industry with the ability to react quickly to potential emergencies related to this pandemic.
The provisions of the agreement will become effective immediately, March 16, 2020, as it is intended for use and shall remain in effect until terminated. We shall meet via teleconference every 30 days to evaluate this agreement and determine its continued utility.
If you have any questions, please be sure to contact either the IBEW or NECA national organizations.
National Disease Emergency Response Agreement (NDERA)
This Agreement is made and entered into by and between the National Electrical Contractors Association ("NECA") and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (together , and it is applicable to all firms and IBEW local unions that sign a Letter of Assent to be bound to a construction agreement between any chapter of NECA and any local union of the IBEW. The IBEW may make this Agreement available to other employers in the construction industry that have not signed a Letter of Assent to be bound to a construction agreement between any chapter of NECA and any local union of the
This Agreement shall take effect March 16, 2020 and shall remain in effect until terminated as provided herein. The Parties shall meet via teleconference every 30 days to evaluate this Agreement and determine its continued utility. The Parties may mutually terminate this Agreement immediately, and either party may unilaterally terminate this Agreement by providing at least a 90-day written notification to the other party.
The term chapter, as hereinafter used, shall mean the applicable chapter of NECA.
The term local union, as hereinafter used, shall mean an IBEW Local Union.
The term employer, as hereinafter used, shall mean the individual firm that has signed a Letter of Assent to a construction agreement between any chapter of NECA and any local union of the IBEW or agreement between NECA and the IBEW, or if this Agreement is made available to a contractor that has not signed a Letter of Assent, but is otherwise signatory to a construction agreement with a local union of the IBEW, employer shall also mean such contractor.
This Agreement (NDERA) shall supersede any conflicting provisions in a construction agreement between any chapter of NECA and any local union of the IBEW, except that it shall not supersede any locally negotiated MOU or agreement between a chapter of NECA and an IBEW local union addressing the impact of coronavirus.
The term employee, as hereinafter used, shall mean an individual performing work pursuant to the terms of a collective bargaining agreement between any chapter of NECA and any local union of the IBEW or agreement between NECA and the IBEW, or pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement between a contractor that has not signed a Letter of Assent, but is otherwise a signatory to a construction agreement with a local union of the IBEW and has adopted this Agreement.
The term coronavirus shall mean coronavirus disease COVID-19. During the period of this Agreement, the following conditions exist: If an employee:
Reports having contact with another person(s) who has reasonably believed to have contracted coronavirus or a similar disease
Has recently returned from a High-Risk Country as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC); or
Presents symptoms associated with the coronavirus or similar disease as defined by the CDC
The employer shall be permitted to remove the employee from the jobsite and require the employee to obtain a doctor's release certifying that the employee is able to return to work. If an employee is confirmed to have coronavirus or similar disease, the employer shall notify all employees who were believed to be in contact with this individual and take actions consistent with appropriate protocols to
prevent the further spread of the disease.
If an employee reasonably believes another employee(s) has met one or more of the above conditions, the employee shall report such to the employer as soon as reasonably possible. The employer shall then follow all appropriate guidance and protocols to ensure a safe jobsite.
There shall be no adverse action taken against an employee who refuses to be present at the jobsite so long as the employee genuinely believes there is imminent danger and a reasonable person would agree there is a real danger of contracting coronavirus at the jobsite, nor shall any adverse action be taken against an employee who has been quarantined, or advised to self-quarantine, due to possible exposure to coronavirus.
In the event access to a jobsite is restricted or denied by the employer or other appropriate public or private authority in response to the coronavirus or similar disease, the employer shall be permitted to temporarily furlough the employees assigned to this jobsite. The employer shall not contest any unemployment claims filed by employees temporarily furloughed as a result of a restricted or closed jobsite due to the coronavirus or similar disease, or who have refused to be present at the jobsite out of a genuine belief that being present would place them in imminent danger of contracting coronavirus, or who have been quarantined, or advised to self-quarantine, due to possible exposure to coronavirus. Such employees shall be permitted to return to their original positions with their employer upon the resumption of work on the jobsite, and/or their ability to return, without the need of the referral process, and irrespective of whether such employees have signed their -of-work list.
This threat is ongoing and must be continually monitored by the Parties who agree to discuss any new legislation or regulation related to the coronavirus or similar disease that may impact this Agreement.
Signed for NECA
David Long CEO
Signed for the IBEW
Lonnie Stephenson International President
Center for Disease Control Resources for COVID-19 Symptoms
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces
2. WELLNESS PROGRAM
“Soda Free Summer” Challenge for 2020!
We all know that soda is not good for our health and the health of our children. This summer we challenge you to “kick the can” with a
“Soda Free Summer” challenge!
Have each person in your family download and complete the “Soda Free Summer” pledge form and track your days soda free. Earn raffle tickets for prizes based on the number of days you are soda free! Prizes include movie tickets and iTune cards.
Make a commitment this summer as a family to embrace this healthy change!
Have fun finding new and tasty beverages to drink together!
The challenge runs June through July.
Click on the link to download the https://baysport.com/IBEW617/Soda-Free-Summer.pdf
Contact Denise Brown at email@example.com with questions or concerns.
Wellness Program Flyer for 2020
We are running a "Healthy Lifestyle Program" starting in February. I am attaching the program description and the food/exercise journal participants will need to download and complete.
Food & Exercise Journal
Health Club Directory for 2020Paused