BUSINESS MANAGER BOB WARD
March / April 2018
STILL AT EL CENTRO ROAD!
The remodel is going along nicely but with all construction, the end date constantly changes. It is looking more like mid-May until we will be moving into the new building in Rancho Cordova. Once we make that move, every member and affiliate will receive a “We’ve Moved” postcard announcing the new address and other information.
BUSINESS OFFICE STAFF CHANGES
If you came to the March 7th meeting, you have already heard of some staffing changes that were made recently. Brother Mike Franklin is now working in the Business Office as the main Dispatcher. Brother Rusty Johnston has rejoined Brother Rob Saragoza as full time Organizers and Brother D’Elman Clark is working as a Business Representative and PAC registrar. I welcome Brother Franklin to our Office Family and look forward to working with him.
REFERRAL BOOKS – CHANGES ARE COMING
We’ve been busy with job calls and that is only going to continue. At present, we are currently looking at making some improvements to our referral policy that we feel will help us to fill all Local 340 job calls, especially in regards to the Short Calls. These changes will be announced soon and will be mailed out to all active members. In the meantime, we welcome your input. Come to the Union meetings or talk to our new Dispatcher Mike Franklin so he can bring your ideas to the table.
340 SOFTBALL TEAM CRAB FEED
My wife Miranda and I attended the 9th Annual Softball Team Crab Feed on Saturday March 10th along with a crowd of over 300 which consisted of Local members and their families. Thank you to the players and their wives (and kids) who worked tirelessly that day to ensure that we all had a great time.
Even though we have not yet moved into the new offices in Rancho Cordova, the crab feed was held at the new Hall and this “trial run” proved that the Local will never need to rent a Hall to hold a meeting or a Local 340 event, like we’ve had to do in the past.
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.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP PICNIC – SATURDAY 09/15/18
If you want to be part of this year’s Picnic Volunteer Committee, call Reyna at the Hall. Help in the planning of the picnic and help on picnic day is always needed and greatly appreciated.
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.
REST IN PEACE
It is with great sadness I report the passing of Active member Brother Chris Mapes (father of former member Christopher Mapes and brother-in-law of Brother Bob Williams). During Chris’ career he served as a Trustee for the Sound & Communication JATC, was Vice President of the S&C Unit, completed an Inside apprenticeship and served on our Executive Board as well as our Examining Board. He was an MDVC member who loved talking to future members about the benefits of being a Union electrician. Brother Mapes was a 24 year member of Local 340 and 56 years of age.
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!