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May 22, 2015

Annual LU 280
Golf Tournament

June 13th
Trysting Tree Golf Course
Four Man Scramble.  Sign up 
as a single, with a partner, 
as a threesome, or as
a team


Electrical Contractor


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

Click here for press releases

March Unit Meetings

Wednesday ~ May 20th
Eugene Unit Mtg.
5:30 p.m.

Thursday~May 21st
Salem Unit Mtg.
5:30 p.m.

DeFazio leads rally against Fast Track Trade Authority

Representative Peter DeFazio led a rally at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza on May 4th to oppose fast track trade authority for President Obama and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.  It would give the president the ability to push through major trade deals with little input from congress.  You can watch the KEZI news video here.


Save our Jobs

Stop Fast Track NOW !

Tell Congress that America needs jobs, not bad trade policy.  You can view  more information here.


Important Notice

International Representative’s Mike Grunwald (WA.) and Dave Myers (OR.) gave a Local Union Election power point presentation to the Local 280 Executive Board on Thursday, April 2, 2015.  During the presentation the Executive Board was made aware that the Department of Labor (DOL) considers Local Union owned message boards an asset of the Local Union.  DOL regulations prohibit the use of local union assets for the purposes of campaigning.  At this time Local 280's message board does not have the ability to monitor, on a real-time basis, and prohibit certain posted messages to be seen by all members.  To avoid a possible conflict or DOL violation the Executive Board voted unanimously to shut down the message board and member directory at 5:00 p.m. on April 16, 2015 until after the final results of the election have been determined.

Steward Class Photo
Photo of all of those that attended the Steward Class on April 11th at the Training Center in Tangent.

OSAC Scholarships are now available.  There are 5 scholarships available to children and grandchildren of IBEW Local 280 members and retirees.  Scholarships are available to the following:

  • Any HS
  • First-time freshman
  • Undergrad
  • USA colleges

Deadline to submit applications is March 1, 2015.  To view the list of scholarships please visit the Oregon Student Access Comisssion's website here.

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, (2nd Thursday of EACH Month) 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.

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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
February Electrical Worker
 NW Labor Press

Continuing Ed Credits

Label Letter~Jan/Feb

License Enforcement

Tom Yenchik
Enforcement Officer
BCD Enforcement Program

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