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April 24, 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

Annual LU 280
Golf Tournament

June 14th
Trysting Tree Golf Course
Four Man Scramble.  Sign up 
as a single, with a partner, 
as a threesome, or as
a team


Oregon State Legislature Press Releases

Click here for press releases

Eugene VA Clinic Breaks Ground

The ground is broken and now construction can start on the new outpatient VA Clinic.  Top officials and local vets were on hand to witness the ceremonial beginning for the new center off Old Coburg Road and Chad Drive.  You can view the KEZI video here.

Blast From the Past
For those that enjoy reading items from the past, we will be uploading old Blown Fuses every Friday.  They can be viewed once you have logged into our website.

Code of Excellence Class

Local 280 will be holding a Code of Excellence class in the near future.  Please call the hall to register.  Once we have enough members registered the dates and times will be posted on the Website and Hotline.


The new T-shirts have arrived and are available at the Union Hall !

For those members working out of town, if you want to make sure that your benefits are being reciprocated back to your home funds you can call the Harrison Trust Team at 1-800-547-4457 extension # 1679.


KGW News ~ On Monday the Energy Department gave conditional authorization for natural gas to be exported from the proposed Jordan Cove LNG Terminal.  This Terminal is the 7th project to win a coveted license to export natural gas to countries that don't have Free-Trade Agreements with the United States.  If built, it would be the first new export project on the West Coast.

You can view the complete article here.

Union for Kids

The Union Hall has raffle tickets on sale for a chance to win this "Sand Pearl/Canyon Brown Pearl" 2014 Heritage Softail Classic.  103 cu. in, 6 Speed Transmission.  100% of the proceeds go to benefit the Doernbechers Children's Hospital.  In 2012 LU 280 member, Larry Fisher, won the Harley!  Tickets are $10.00 each and will also be available at the Unit meetings.  The drawing will be held on June 14, 2014.

Are you wondering where all the good jobs have gone?  Why do we have less tax revenues creating an out-of-control Federal Budget deficit?  Why are you working harder for less money than you did in the 1990's?

Death by China shows how the world's most populous nation and soon-to-be largest economy is rapidly turning into the planet's most efficient assassin through its shoddy and even poisonous products and environmental pollution.  China's perverse form of capitalism combines illegal mercantilist and protectionist weapons to pick off American industries, job by job.  Meanwhile, America's executives and politicians remain silent about the looming threat.  To read a review of the book click here.

The Local 280 has a couple of these books available at the Union Hall to be checked out on a first come basis.

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.

Unit Meetings

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.

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Surrounding Locals

Local 48

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 Local 659
(after 5:00 p.m.)

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Important Links
 IBEW Jobs Board
April Electrical Worker
 NW Labor Press

Continuing Ed Credits

Label Letter~Nov/Dec

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