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July 24, 2015
Sisters and Brothers,
This is a contract update for all Wiremen, Stockman, Residential Wiremen and Light Fixture maintenance Unit members.
Regarding Inside negotiations: To clarify some of the social media rumors. I have not signed the contract and will not unless it is ratified by you. I promised the membership that I would not and I stand by that commitment.
Yesterday I attended a meeting at NECA’s office with our International Rep. Mike Grunwald. The purpose of the meeting was to have a conversation with NECA about the proposal that was rejected by the members and what the issues were according to the membership. It was not a negotiating session and to be clear there were no proposals exchanged or talked about. When the meeting broke up NECA stated they would be talking to their contractors and will decide what course of action they will take next. We have requested another bargaining session on multiple occasions.
Your bargaining committee will meet this coming Tuesday to discuss our position and potential course of action. We are hopeful that we will be able to bring a different proposal back to the members to vote on soon. We will send another update as soon as we have more information.
For the Stockman, Residential Wiremen and Light Fixture Maintenance Unit members we have scheduled a negotiating session with NECA on August 3rd. We only have about four hours that day and anticipate we will have to schedule a follow up meeting. An update from the meeting on the 3rd will be sent out as soon as possible.
My apologies for not sending out a message sooner but I wanted to be sure it included the most up to date information possible.
Please continue to man your work.
Jim Tosh, Business Manager
IBEW Local 46 continues its proud tradition of quality craftsmanship, leadership in our community, excellent wages and benefits for members, and innovation in organizing the unrepresented.
Local 46 is composed of over 3,500 members in a variety of craft units.
Our units include:
~ Sound & Communications,
~ Inside Wireman,
~ Neon Sign,
~ and Maintenance Units.
We also represent all apprentices in the above units.
Apprentices traveling out of the jurisdiction:
The Parties have agreed that apprentices working under the Three Local Portability Agreement shall not be required to accept training assignments beyond a 35-mile radius from the JATC office in Renton.
Apprentices may turn down training assignments that take them out of the jurisdiction and beyond 35 miles from the JATC office.
Apprentices may not turn down training assignments within the jurisdiction of the Local, no matter what the mileage.