BUSINESS MANAGER BOB WARD
MARCH – APRIL 2019
SAVE THE DATES!
TRADE SHOW – RAFFLE & FREE BBQ – Wednesday April 3rd
Attend the 2019 Electrical Expo Trade Show prior to the Union Meeting on April 3, 2019! The Trade Show is sponsored by Platt Electric Supply and the Sacramento Area Electrical Training Center (JATC). It will be held at our New Hall at 10240 Systems Parkway from 4PM – 6PM (You will receive 2 hours of continuing education). All members invited. The monthly Membership Meeting will begin at 6PM – See you there!
OPEN HOUSE/PIN PRESENTATION & LUNCH – Saturday May 4th
The sprucing up of the new building is done for the time being and we are hosting an Open House/Pin Pickup-Presentation for all Local 340 members and their families on Saturday May 4th from 10AM to 2PM! Stop in at the Hall anytime on that day between those hours to take a tour of the new Business Office and Union Hall and if you are due a 5 – 45 years of membership pin, you will be able to pick that up on that day, as well. We will be taking pictures of all of the pin recipients (groups, and singles).
In addition, a special ceremony will take place at Noon for members receiving their 50 plus years of service pins and certificates. All who attend the Open House that day are invited and encouraged to join us for this special ceremony honoring these members who have reached these very major milestones.
Food will be provided for all at this event and any member attending will be entered into several raffles for a chance to win IBEW bags of new IBEW and Local 340 merchandise. Note: If you don’t win, most of these items will also be available to purchase at the event. Hope to see you all there!
MEMBERSHIP PICNIC – Saturday September 14th
Mark this date on your calendar as well! The membership picnic will be held at Hagan Community Park in Rancho Cordova on Saturday September 14th! Plans are already underway, but if you are interested in being a member of this year’s Picnic Committee, call Office Manager Reyna Kwong to volunteer your help.
In February, International Educator Sister Tracy Prezeau came to Sacramento to hold two Steward Training sessions: Construction (Inside) and Professional & Industrial Single Employer (P&I). We now have 23 new Steward-Trained members and on behalf of all of those who will benefit from the education you received, I want to congratulate those Brothers who completed the training: Kenneth Fangonilo, Gabriel Gutierrez, Brian Patrick, Edward Chiara, Paul Beasley, Michael Adams, Emiliano Cochise Silva Sr., Warren Adsit, Justin Bowen, Steven Dotson, Chris Anderson, Xavier Q Fernandez, Earl Charlesworth, Richard Boyer, Zackery Collins, Erik Meredith, Jason Prasad, Seneca Silva, John Murphy Jr., Jim Pumphrey, Robert Nichols, Troy Lafnear and George Gardner.
ORGANIZING & MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
In the first quarter of 2019 we have brought in 72 new members and signed up 6 new Local 340 signatory employers: Digital Dreams; T.A.R.P. Electrical Energy Solution; Power Telecomm & Security Inc.; PB Electric; Forward Sound & Communications LLC.
Not only is our membership and employer base growing, Local 340’s Membership Development Department continues to participate in community events showing that Local 340 Union Electricians care about the communities we all live in. We marched in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, canvassed houses on two different Saturdays with United Way in the Robla and Valley Hi areas offering free tax preparation to the public and we drove to Chico and Paradise to meet with the Campfire survivors to discuss their stories and distribute over $150,000 in donations to them.
Another very important event our Membership Development Department is planning is a series of job fairs targeting non-represented “certified” electricians. You can help! If you know of anyone that is a certified electrician (friend, family member, neighbor) who might be interested in knowing more about joining the IBEW, we want to talk to them. The first job fair is scheduled for the morning of Saturday April 6th and if we are going to fill the job calls coming in this next year, organizing “already certified” electricians will be the key! Contact Meg or Justin at the Hall or email the department directly at email@example.com for more information about these job fairs.
As you can see, we’re busy and are only going to get busier. 2019 will be another “banner” year for the members and employers of IBEW Local 340. Be part of this growth and get involved. We welcome your help. Thank you!
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE – OLD SACRAMENTO
Local 340 members and families once again participated in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday March 16th in Old Sacramento. This was an opportunity to have some family time with our members and get some positive exposure for IBEW Local 340 in the Sacramento community. Thanks to everyone who showed up and marched with us. It was a lot of fun.
SPORTSMANS CLUB NEWS
According to the Sportsman’s Club this was one of the best years for the Annual Dog Training/Shooting Holes in the Sky event held on Sunday February 24th at Yankee Slough Hunt Club in Lincoln. Between 45-50 people showed up which included 23 shooters. They got a whole lot of birds and Brother Jason Prasad barbequed a great lunch of tri-tip and hot links for all.
IBEW 340 DAY IN THE BAY – Still some spots left for the Annual Local 340 Fishing Trip (Halibut & Striper) scheduled for Saturday May 25th. Two boats, the California Dawn and the Pacific Dream, will leave from the Berkeley Marina @ 6:00 AM. Cost is $120.00. If interested, call Jason Green @ 916-716-6845 or Jason Prasad at 916-801-6221.
8TH ANNUAL IBEW NOR-CAL SPORTING CLAY SHOOT
Enjoy a day of brotherhood with fellow IBEW Union members, families, friends as well as other Trade Unions. If you are interested in Clay Shooting, the event will be held on April 27th at Raahuage’s Sporting Clays in Dunnigan. This event sells out quickly. Call or email Liz McInnis at 707-452-2720 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Be sure to identify yourself as an IBEW Local 340 member or call Local 340 Brother Zack Collins at 916-709-7582.
NEW SCHOLARSHIP – High School Graduates of Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity, Tehama or Modoc Counties
Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded by the Five Counties Central Labor Council in 2019. Applicants must have graduated high school in the Fall of 2018 or Spring of 2019, attended a school located in the above referenced counties and be either a union member or the child or grandchild of a union member or deceased member. Deadline is June 26, 2019. For an application or more information on this scholarship, contact Brother Andrew Meredith at email@example.com or at 530-241-2468.
END OF YEAR DUES STATEMENTS
If you are looking for your 2018 year end dues statements, they were emailed to all members in late January. If you did not receive it, call the Hall or log on to the website and go to View Member Docs. You can download the statement from there.
GET WELL BROTHERS!
Brother Danny Hamilton called to say the year of 2018 was not one of his best years. He spent almost 2 weeks in the hospital after suffering a brown recluse spider bite and then back in the hospital for another 112 days after shattering his hip! Brother Hamilton is on the mend now from these issues and looking forward to a very unexciting year when it comes to health problems! Get better Brother.
4th Year Instructor Brother Brendan Nelson is also recuperating from an injury while playing for Local 340’s basketball team “The Sparkeez”. He tore his patella in his knee and pretty much kissed his basketball playing days goodbye. Good news is the team went on to win the game! The games are all held at Rausch Park and the new season will be starting soon. If you’re interested in seeing a game and supporting our team contact Coach Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We heard from Brother Don Piroutek who suffered a stroke last year while working in the Bay Area. Brother Piroutek is undergoing therapy and doing well. He expressed appreciation for all of the prayers and well wishes he has received. In his words “Keep them coming”!
Brother Ken Irwin went thru a pretty big scare recently when he suffered a sudden major hearing loss. I am happy to report, that after receiving several steroid injections, he has recovered some of his hearing loss. Prayers and good thoughts that this trend continues for Brother Irwin.
REST IN PEACE:
I am sorry to report the passing of active members Brother Steven Criswell (35 year member / 56 years of age) and Brother Gary Moya (20 year member / 63 years of age). Services for Brother Moya will be held in June.
We have also lost two retired Brothers, Brother Brian Boggs (61 year member/83 years of age) and Brother Lou Costa (54 year member/75 years of age).
Brother Sandy Konkol’s wife Ellie passed away suddenly in February and Brother Gary McDonald lost his father.
SACRAMENTO MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS – 1st Wednesdays @ 6PM – 10240 Systems Parkway, Sacramento 95827
REDDING UNIT MEETING – 1st Wednesdays – Redding Union Hall @ 5:30 for Northern Area business and then join in the Sacramento meeting @ 6PM via webinar
SOUND & COMMUNICATIONS UNIT MEETING – Quarterly on the 4TH Tuesdays of January, April, July & October at the Hall – NEXT QUARTERLY S&C MEETING Tuesday April 23rd @ 5:00 PM – Note: Seven (7) members needed to have a quorum.
CIVIL SERVICE UNIT MEETING – Quarterly on the 3RD Thursdays of January, April, July & October at the Hall. NEXT QUARTERLY CIVIL SERVICE MEETING Thursday April 18th @ 5:00PM – Note: Five (5) members needed to have a quorum.