IBEW 280
  • February 21, 2019
    Electrical Contractor

    Important Links
    Harrison-Cascade Trust Fund
    Central Electrical Training Center
    IBEW/SJ Cascade Federal Credit Union

    • February Joint Unit Meeting


      February 21st

      5:30 p.m.

      Training Center ~ Tangent



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      Provisional Oregon Electrical license.  Click here for info.

      Call 503-378-4133 with questions regarding licensing



      Available at the Union Hall and at Union Meetings.  (Please note that these shirts do not have the drawstrings) $45.00



      Dues Increase

      Dues Increase Notice


      In accordance with the action of the 39th International Convention, the International Secretary~Treasurer will increase the per capita tax rate an additional 1 Dollar ($1.00) per month effective January 1, 2019 for all "A" Members.


      "A" Inside, Sound & Com and Material Handlers Member's dues will be $47.70/month

      "BA" Material Handler dues will remain at $28.70 per month


      For "A" members here is a breakdown of where your $47.70 in monthly dues goes to: $19.00 to the International office for their monthly (Per Capita) dues, $19.00 to the International's Pension Benefit Fund and $9.70 to the Local Union.


      Brothers and Sisters,

      In the coming year we will be updating the Bylaws and Policies that are outdated. At this past Executive Board meeting there was a discussion how the ongoing delinquent dues posted at every meeting seems to have grown over time. I will begin addressing the education of the membership in the coming year on this and other policies that need clarification or updating.

      The first policy to be updated was the Delinquent Dues Policy. The Local Bylaws Article X, Section 6 explains that dues are payable in advance. Example: You should pay April’s dues at the end of March.   While we understand it slips members minds and they forget, there is a one-month grace period before letters are sent in the mail. If you think about how much time it takes deal with the 80 - 100 members that are delinquent in their dues each month and the time it takes to send the letters along with the with postage, its costly to our members who pay on time. The notice sent is not a bill. It, at that point, is a penalty and dues notice.

      The executive board has decided to raise the penalty from $20.00 to $50.00 for the 2 months’ notice and $100.00 for the 5-month notice. The second notice is sent Certified Mail.  At six months the member is dropped.   This Policy will take effect January 1, 2019.

      There are many different options for paying your dues.  You can go to the LU 280 Website and pay on-line, mail in a check or money order, stop by the Hall and pay in person, Bill Pay through your own bank,  or you can start an IBEW/SJ Credit Union account and then sign up for Auto Dues.  We also have many members that pay their dues by the year, 6 months and quarterly so they do not have to make payments every month.

      Dues are very important for the operation and purpose of being organized labor. Thank you for being a part of this important workforce for the betterment of workers lives.


      Drew Lindsey

      The Trusttes of the National Electrical Benefit Fund are proud to announce the expansion of new features to the NEBF website's "Online Benefits".  Once a participant registers through the "Online Benefits" they will be able to easily generate an estimate of their NEBF lifetime benefits, including their years of service.



      Valley ~ 1st Wednesday of each month @ 5:00 p.m. at the Calapooia Brewing Company.  140 Hill St. NE, Albany OR 97321

      CO ~ 1st Wednesday of of each month @ 5:15 p.m. at the Crooked River Brewing, 420 N. Main St. Prineville OR 97754

      Unit Meetings

      All Meetings are at 5:30 p.m.

      Salem Unit (3rd Thursday of Odd Numbered Months) ~ Holiday Inn (formerly Red Lion)~ 3301 Market St. NE, Salem (Market & Hawthorne ~ right off the I-5)

      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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