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December 20, 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

Oregon State Legislature Press Releases

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Memorial Service

Gail Garrett, Executive Assistant for IBEW Local 280 for over 30 years, passed away on December 10th.A Memorial Service for Gail  was held on Tuesday, December 16th.  If you were unable to attend you can leave your condolences for the family on this guestbook here.  Our condolences goes out to Gail's family.  She will be greatly missed.

December Update

Just a reminder that to remain on the books  you will need to re-sign in person during the month of December.  The Union Hall will also be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday's for those working out on the Road.  You can also update at a Union meeting.

For those that live in Central Oregon you will need to contact Nate Albertson to set up an appointment  update.  He will also be available to update the 1st and 2nd Saturday in December (6th & 13th).

Note* If you take a call or we receive an ROF during the month of December, that is called "Activity" and you do not need to re-sign.

Spirit of Giving
Toy & Supplies Drive for Abused and Neglected Sheltered Dogs and Cats & Food Drive for the Soup Kitchens

Its that time of year again where Local 280 is collecting donations to deliver to Animal Shelters!  They are in need of  dog and cat toys, (heavy duty Kong toys for the dogs are in high demand), used blankets, towels, first aid supplies, collars, leashes, cleaning supplies and food.  The horror that some of these animals have endured range from starvation, beatings, leaving them tied up to a tree with a broken pelvis and bowl of water, to people setting them on fire.  They more than deserve  toys and treats for Christmas.  You can view a story about how extreme animal abuse is in our society here.  For what these poor dogs have endured, they deserve to be spoiled.

This year also we are incorporating a Food Drive.   Food that is donated will be delivered to Soup Kitchens and Pantries for the Low Income. 

Donations can be dropped off at the Union Hall or the Training Center in Tangent.  Deadline to drop items off will be December 20th.

Any help is greatly appreciated and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to give Sherri a call at 541-812-1771 or shoot her an email  Thanks!

Thank you to the following people for their generous contributions last year: Norman Malbin, Brian Samp,  Joe Evans, NECA Field Rep. Terry Hatch, Doug Jacoby, Stacie Shepherd, Dennis Caster, John Payne,  Nathan Albertson, Elwood Lindquist, Dave Baker, M & W Electric, Vickie Garland (LU 48) and Steve and Kristin Goodman.

Dispatch Procedure Clarification

In order to clarify recent inquiries about the” Three Strike Rule” Dispatch procedure states that in order to avoid strikes, Local #280 needs to be notified if a member takes a dispatch or termination while out of town. Two business days has been established as a reasonable and timely period for notification! If strikes occur during that period they will be removed upon receiving a copy of dispatch or ROF. If Dispatch/ ROF is not sent in a timely manner, all strikes awarded will remain.

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, 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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Holiday Closure

The Local Union Hall will be closing at noon on Dec. 24th for the Christmas Holiday.  We will reopen on Friday, December 26th.  We wish everyone a safe Holiday!

Dues Increase
On January 1st the International will raise their portion of monthly dues by $1.00 per month.  For "A" members here is a breakdown of where your $42.70 in monthly dues goes to: $17.00 to the International office for their monthly dues, $16.00 to the International's Pension Benefit Fund and $9.70 to the Local Union. (In 2014 the $1.00 increase went towards the I.O.'s  Pension Benefit Fund and the 2015 increase will go towards the PBF again).

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
December Electrical Worker
 NW Labor Press

Continuing Ed Credits

Label Letter~Sept/Oct

License Enforcement

Tom Yenchik
Enforcement Officer
BCD Enforcement Program

IBEW 280
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