By: BUSINESS MANAGER BOB WARD
February / March 2018
We are receiving calls from members inquiring when the Business Office will be moving into the new building in Rancho Cordova. Currently, we are in the middle of a remodel, preparing these offices for our Staff. We are still hoping for a move-in date sometime in April, Once we make that move, every member and affiliate will receive a “We’ve Moved” postcard announcing the new address and other information. This will all be posted on our website as well. In the meantime, we are busy packing up at El Centro Road and happy to serve you in this building which served us well for many years.
REDDING OFFICE REMODEL & BUYOUT
The Redding remodel has now been completed. The Plumbers have moved out and we are now the sole owners of the Redding property. Brother Andrew Meredith is returning to his regular schedule of manning our two Northern branch offices as follows:
Monday Wednesday Fridays – Chico Office
Tuesdays & Thursdays – Redding Office
SOUND & COMMUNICATION CONTRACT RATIFICATION
Thank you to the 71 Sound & Communications members who showed up for the Discussion and Vote held on January 23rd. Local 340’s Addendum 2C has now been approved by our International Office and copies of your new wage sheets have been mailed to you. Once we receive a final printed copy of the 9th District Sound & Communication Agreement Northern California Addendum #2 which will include Local 340’s approved Addendum 2C verbiage and wages, those will be available to you as well. Also want to thank Local 595 Business Representative Brother Dave Nelson and International Representative Brother Mike Meals who attended the January meeting to further answer many of your questions.
MONTHLY BASIC DUES INCREASE – ALL ACTIVE MEMBERS
There are still quite a few members who are not mailing in the correct amount for payment of basic monthly dues. Please note: we cannot issue a current dues receipt unless full dues are received. If you are mailing in your checks or having your bank send in automated checks, they must be for the correct amount. Thank you.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE – OLD SACRAMENTO – SATURDAY 03/17/18
Local 340 members and families will once again participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday March 17th in Old Sacramento. It’s not a long parade route (just a few blocks in Old Sacramento) but it is a great opportunity for the Local Union to get a whole lot of positive exposure in the Sacramento community. We are going to decorate the golf cart again, as well as hand out specially-designed green Thundersticks that read “IBEW Local 340 – Irish for a Day – Union for Life”. If you and your family members want to join us, we will meet at the Old Schoolhouse yard in front of Joe’s Crab Shack in Old Sacramento between 11:00 and 11:30 AM. The parade starts at 1:00 PM. This year, we are giving out two member prizes!
- Most decorated IBEW family –“Family Basket of Green Goodies”
- Most decorated individual – $50.00 gift card
Remember, this is open to all IBEW members and families! For more information, contact Lindsey at the Hall 916-927-4239.
LOCAL 340 SPORT’S NEWS:
340 Soft Ball Team – Crab Feed
Looking forward to the 9th Annual Softball Team Crab Feed on Saturday March 10th. Although we will not be in the new building by then, the team is going to host the crab feed at the Hall in the new building. Tickets for this event are going fast.
The Softball team placed 1st in the 2017 Summer League Division at Rusch Park last year! Congratulations goes out too all of the players. If you would like to take your family out some evening to support the team, watch for a posting of their game schedules in the very near future.
340’s Basketball Team – The Sparkeez
A year ago, this team got together for the opportunity to play at the Golden One Arena against the Plumbers Union. Although they did not win that game, the team continued to play and were happy to announce that they finished 2nd in the League last year. Congratulations goes out to the team. If interested in supporting them, they play at Rusch Park and we will also be posting the schedule of basketball games in the near future.
IBEW 340 Day at the Bay
This annual Fishing Trip is currently scheduled for Saturday August 11th. Tickets are $140.00 each which does include a T-shirt commemorating the day. If interested in receiving more information or getting a spot on the boat, contact Brother Jason Prasad @ 916-801-6221 or Brother Jason Green @ 916-716-6845.
IBEW NOR-CAL Sporting Clay Shoot
At this writing there are still some openings for this day of brotherhood with fellow IBEW Union members, families, friends and other Trade Unions. Local 340 is a major sponsor of this annual fundraiser to be held on Saturday April 7th and we will be raffling off 4 spots to this Clay Shoot at the March 7th Union Meeting. However, in the meantime, space is limited, so if you are interested in being a sponsor for this event or signing up as an individual shooter, you can call our hall for an application, or you can call or email Ms. Liz McInnis from Local 1245 at 707-452-2720. All proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP PICNIC – SATURDAY 09/15/18
As we previously announced, the annual membership picnic will be held at Hagan Community Park in Rancho Cordova in the beautiful Pavilion picnic spot. We are really looking forward to having it at this location this year as it is only 3½ miles from the new hall. This is going to save us a lot of time and it will be a lot easier for our volunteers to get everything to and from the Hall on picnic day. I want you to know that we have heard you and this year we will be adding some additional member participation activities, as well as a slightly revised menu. Details will follow when you receive your flier in early July. In the meantime, if you want to be part of the Picnic Committee, call Reyna at the Hall. She will let you know when and where the next picnic meeting will be held. Help in the planning of the picnic and help on picnic day is always needed and greatly appreciated.
IBEW Local 340 Harry R. Bain Scholarship Award –For Dependents
IBEW Local 340 is once again going to award two college scholarships in 2018 ($1,000.00 and $500.00). These scholarships are available to sons, grandsons, daughters, granddaughters or legal dependents of members of Local 340. The General Rules and Instructions, as well as the application, can be picked up from the Sacramento Business Office or the Redding Office. You can also call either of these offices to request they be mailed to you. Please note: the completed application must be received in the Sacramento Business Office by March 16, 2018 to be considered.
IBEW Founders Scholarship – For all IBEW members (not dependents)
The IBEW Founders’ Scholarship honors the dedicated wiremen and linemen who organized the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on November 28, 1981. Each year the officers of the IBEW are pleased to offer its working members scholarships on a competitive basis. It is hoped that the awards will not only contribute to the personal development of our members but also steward the electrical industry that our founders envisioned. The award is for $200 per semester credit hour at any accredited college or university toward an associate’s, bachelors or postgraduate degree in an approved field. The maximum distribution is $24,000 per person over a period not to exceed eight years.
Any member interested in applying for the IBEW Founders Scholarship can do so by going on-line at www.ibew.org. Click on “Resources and Links” at the top, scroll down to the box labeled “Founders Scholarship”. You will receive information on this scholarship as well as be able to download the application. These applications can also be picked up at the Business Office. This scholarship is for any member who has been in continuous good standing and paid dues (without an Honorary Withdrawal for the four years prior to May 1, 2018). This is not a scholarship for your dependents. All applications and required information must be mailed directly to the IBEW in Washington, DC and must be postmarked May 1, 2018.
J McKinney Memorial Fund Scholarship (For all Sound & Communication members & dependents)
This new scholarship is for our Sound & Communication members and their dependents only. This $1,100.00 scholarship is to benefit the professional development of the IBEW/NECA industry.
Applicants may qualify for eligibility by one of 4 methods:
- Be an IBEW member of Local 6, 100, 180, 234, 302, 340, 551, 595, 617 or 684 and hold a Sound & Communication classification. Members must have been in continuous good standing and have paid dues without an Honorary Withdrawal for four years preceding May 1st of the scholarship year;
- Be employed by a signatory IBEW/NECA company who has made contributions to the S&C JATC for one full year;
- Be employed by a NECA Chapter in the jurisdictions listed in item 1;
- Be a son or daughter of items 1,2 or 3.
Deadline to submit the application is May 1, 2018. For the application and further information, log on to www.norcal-jatc.com.
IBEW Baby News: Brother Marvin Ganske is a new Grandpa. “Austin Alan” was born February 9th at 5 pounds, 7 ounces. Austin decided to come a little early but Mom Christina and their healthy baby boy are home now and doing great!
Speaking of boys, we just heard that Brother Matt Meredith and his wife Raina are expecting again and yep, it’s a boy! Congratulations Brother.
Olympian in 2020! Mallory Velte used to ride her scooter around IBEW Local 340’s parking lot on Saturdays with her sister and cousins while her dad Brother Kurt Max Velte was in apprenticeship weekend training. She spent her quarters in the JATC vending machines while dad was in class. Well, Ms. Mallory Velte has come a long way. She is now a US World Team Gold Medalist! The United States claimed seven medals at the Russia Cup in December 2017 due to her skills and domination. Mallory will now go on to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Congratulations Brother Velte, we know how proud you are of Mallory and we will definitely be following her career.
ILLNESSES & ACCIDENTS
Several of our members are going thru very serious health issues at the moment. They prefer not to have their names listed here, but prayers and good thoughts for any of our members and their families who are going thru tough times are always greatly appreciated. Thank you.
REST IN PEACE
Brother Joseph Alexander – 59 year member / 81 years of age.
We have also been informed that Brother Dennis Stoffel’s wife Mary has passed away. Please remember these members and their families in your thoughts and prayers.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
SACRAMENTO MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS – 1ST Wednesdays @ 6PM – Sacramento Hall
REDDING UNIT MEETING – 1st Wednesdays – 5:30 PM – Redding Hall
SOUND & COMMUNICATIONS UNIT MEETING – Quarterly on the 4TH Tuesdays of January, April, July & October at the Hall – NEXT QUARTERLY S&C MEETING Tuesday April 24th @ 5:00PM
CIVIL SERVICE UNIT MEETING – Quarterly on the 3RD Thursdays of January, April, July & October at the Hall. NEXT QUARTERLY CIVIL SERVICE MEETING Thursday April 19th @ 5:00PM!