October 24, 2002
PO Box 5958
810 Fremont Avenue
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001
I.B.E.W. 415 NEWSLETTER
Member Delinquent Dues
In accordance with the "E" Board policy to publish
the 3rd Quarter 2002 delinquent dues paying members
name, the following is the listing of their individual names:
Jesse Boone, Bob Bailey, Brian Baskin, Jake Cirbo, Howard
McIntyre, Brian Marincic, and Charles Porter. In addition to the
dues the I.O. has accessed a $30.00 reinstatement fee.
The following is the listing of the 4th Quarter
delinquent dues paying members names:
Gary Adams, Kent Ammerman, Bob Bailey, Allen Barelle, Brian
Baskin, Doug Bates, Lawrence Bock, Brian Boller, Jesse Boone,
Matt Bush, Jake Cirbo, Quinton Ferris, Raymond Fietek, Clinton
Fuqua, Terry Gillaspie, Kevin Gose, Raymond Harris, Ronald
Harris, Travis Heimsoth, Eric Heinrich, Phillip Ketron, John
Kuster, Donald McDonald, Brian Marincic, Moses Martinez, Luke
Massengill, Charles Porter, Harley Speed, Calvin Thorne, Lori
Valdez, and Glen Wagner.
If payment is not received by the 31st of December, the I.O.
will access a $30.00 reinstatement fee.
If you have a hard time remembering to pay your dues on time,
contact the office for an automatic payment of your dues option.
REMEMBER FIRST QUARTER 2003 DUES ARE DUE BY THE END OF
Due to the Holiday Schedules, the Executive Board
meeting dates have been changed to November 26 & December 18
at 6:30 P.M. in Cheyenne.
The regular January 2003 body meeting has been changed
to January 8, 2003 at 5:30 P.M. due to the New Years Holiday.
Inside Agreement Update
The International Office has approved the inside agreement.
Copies are available in the Hall to pick up.
Effective September 2, 2002, the wage scale increased $.60/hour
for the journeyman wiremen.
In accordance with Federal Law, you have the right to schedule
an appointment with Chris Conine, LU 415 office manager, to view
a copy of either the U.S. Department of Labor LM2 and or the
Internal Revenue Service 990 Form that were submitted for the
fiscal year ending 6/30/02.
Local 415 Picnic/Golf
The picnic was be held on Saturday August 24, 2002 at Clear
Creek Park. Picnic Chairman Jared Foy and his helpers did an
This years golf tournament was held the night before the
picnic, starting at 5:30 P.M.. 9 holes were played in the
daylight and 9 holes were played in night time golf. There were
10 teams competing in this years event. This years winners were
Ryan Hixson, Nikki Hixson, Jed Kaylander, and Travis Ferrari. A
special thank you goes to T. Chris McBride for helping Chris
Conine prepare this years tournament.
Message from Business
Mgr. Jim Morrow
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Its hard to believe but November will soon be here. This has
been a pretty good year for our contractors and most of our
members have been employed. The work picture for the next several
months is at least questionable with some jobs slowing down or
The Phantom Powerhouse (Two Elks) is on hold again, but could
be on track again in a few months, (yeah-right).
There has been a steady stream of travelers stopping by the
hall to sign our Book II. Most of the country is slow at this
time with very few places putting people to work. A-lot of the
guys I talk to say there is a lot of work pending in their areas,
and that next year looks a little brighter.
Here at home we have had complaints from some of our
contractors about the quality of our work, members taking long
breaks and lunches, jobs taking too long to complete and call
backs. After talking to individuals involved in these jobs, I
hear about lack of tools and equipment, no material, poorly run
job sites, etc.. I really do see both sides of the problem and
any blame cannot be put completely on one side or the other. We
are open for suggestions.
One thing that is being discussed with NECA and the IO are
some Industry Awareness classes. I'll keep you all informed.
Our permanent parade float chairman (PPFC) Jeremy Hewey is
once again asking for toys and especially help on
the float again this year. Any one interested call Jeremy or the
Hall. Thanks again Jeremy.
I hope to see you all at the next meeting.
Frank Carter and Richard Vosler have had recent surgeries.
Both are recovering at their homes and are getting better daily.
Roger Bell has been in the hospital.
Congratulations to Robert and Jennifer Lundberg on the recent
birth of their son Nathan John Lundberg on September 14, 2002.
Nathan weighed 9 lbs. 3 oz. and was 20 3/4" long.
Condolences are given to Frank, John, and Frankie Brazzale in
the recent loss of their mother and grandmother.
Condolences are given to Roger Bell on the recent loss of a
Condolences are given to I.O. Rep. Guy Runco on the loss of
Mel McVays' mother recently celebrated her 92nd
birthday in Cheyenne.
Congratulations to Shane and Hillary Hardy who were married on
September 7, 2002.
Glen Gould's daughter Jennifer Marie Gould recently married
James A. Waldron, Quinton R. Ferris, Steven B. Brasher, Cory J.
O'Bryan, Jared L. Call, Steven J. Yount, Tod J. Johnson, Dan D.
Honick, Ted C. Coleman, Steven M. Hansen, Kurt M. Bratberg,
Travis E. Heimsoth, William Kirk Panke, Toy T. Schofield,
Jeremiah D. Robinson, and Jason Owens.
Leslie G. Foster (VA Hospital)
Welcome each of you into Local 415's membership.
The hall has an automatic answering machine that will pick up
the calls after 4 rings. This means that if all of the hall's
lines are busy, the answering machine will pick up. In addition
to this feature, an after hours recording is available to see
what calls the hall is trying to fill.
WEB SITE ADDRESS
2002 NEC Code Book
The Hall received it's order of 2002 soft cover and loose leaf
code books. The price for the soft cover code book is $30.00 and
for the spiral bound code book is $34.00. There are no loose leaf
code books on stock at the hall. Normal mailing the code books
will be an additional $4.00. If the code books are over nighted
or Federal Expressed, etc. the actual cost of shipment will be
from JATC Director Rocky Anderson
All apprentices at the time of this writing are employed. The
contractors have been very cooperative in notifying the JATC
office of pending layoffs. This allows time to find other
employment for the apprentice and is very much appreciated.
The new policies adopted by the State Committee have been
given to all apprentices and have been in effect since September
1, 2002. One benefit of the new policies is the ability for
apprentices to turn in a work report for wage increases only.
Many times in the past, an apprentice was close to the hours
needed for a wage increase at the end of a month and had to wait
until the next work report was turned in to get their increase.
Now they are allowed to turn in a report mid-month for the
express purpose of receiving their increase. They must still turn
in their normal report at the end of the month.
Shane Hardy was elected as the apprentice representative for
the Cheyenne classes at the first night of classes. Chris Conine
visited with the first year class and explained their benefit
package to them. I appreciate the effort put forth by Chris.
The numbers were too low in Gillette to have a class there
this year. The Gillette apprentices are attending class in
Sheridan on the weekends. We also have one Cheyenne apprentice
attending class in Casper and one in Jackson. Their work
situations do not allow them to attend evening classes in
Cheyenne. Hopefully they will be able to return to Cheyenne
classes in the near future.
The membership of each L.U. in the state agreed that they
would like to try local area Completion Ceremonies. The hope is
that it will encourage more participation from J.W.'s and
Contractors in the local area that were involved in training the
apprentices. Each area is to decide what kind of ceremony they
want to provide for their apprentices and the State Committee
budgeted some money to help with expenses.
The J.A.T.C. is in the process of trying to get the State
Electrical Board to allow an accelerated curriculum for
apprentices that have many OJT hours but were never afforded the
opportunity to have classroom training. it all works out we hope
to offer the class early next year. It is not an easy course. It
contains parts of all years of the JATC curriculum. This could be
a great opportunity for any Journeyman that would like to upgrade
their skills. If any Journeymen have an interest in taking this
course they can contact the JATC for more information.
Historical: Judy Sargant
Door Prizes: Bob & Barbara Vining
This is going to be a great event and lots of help is needed.
Anybody who is interested in being on a committee is more than
welcome. The younger members are especially encouraged to take
part as this will be a memorable time in Local 415's history. Of
course all of you more experienced members are welcome and
expected to help also. The next scheduled meeting of the
committee is Tuesday November 5, 2002 at 6:00 P.M. Anyone
interested in helping please call Frank Morrow at 632-2810 or the
Hall at 632-5944 or come to the meeting.
On June 12, 2003, Local Union 415 will be 100 years old. The
Body appointed Frank Morrow as chairman for this committee to
plan the activities.
The 1st meeting of the 100th anniversary
committee of Local 415 was held on October 22, 2002. Members
present were Frank Morrow Chairman, John & Sandra Occhipinti,
Bob & Barbara Vining and Jim Morrow. Lloyd Osborn, Jerry
Mann, Bob & Betty Mayhew were unable to attend.
The Day of the Event is September 13, 2003 at Little America.
These subcommittees were discussed and found to be needed in
order to have a successful event.
Invitation & Program: John & Sondra
Starting on September 6, 2002, Dawnna
Fitzmorris-Burch started as an organizer for Local 415 based in
the Gillette area.
Job Referral Policy Change
A proposal is being discussed to do away with the ding system
on the current job referral policy. You can voice your concerns
of this proposed change at the November 6th regular
Longs Building Technologies of Wyoming has become a signatory
electrical contractor largely through the help of one of it's own
union plumber/fitter employee, Pete Samuelson. We welcome Longs
to our association and the opportunity to provide them workers.
District Health & Welfare Update
Contrary to what some journeyman wireman are telling their
apprentices, the 8th District Electrical Health
insurance is still in effect. There still is the health insurance
coverage for prescription drugs, hospital insurance, doctor
offices visits, surgery costs, maternity costs, services through
the employee assistance program, and life insurance coverage for
the employee and dependents. This insurance program is self-funded
and the trustees authorized the changes to keep the insurance
program operating. Even though members complain about those
changes, if you could get the remaining type of coverages, with
the deductible of $200 per person and maximum of $600 per family,
as a private individual the cost would be almost $1,000 per month
for a married couple with children instead of the current price
of about $600.00. The board of trustees are looking at proposals
to lower the operating cost and bringing back some of the deleted
The Stocker Scholarship committee will be reviewing all
scholarship applications at their meeting to be held in January
CONTINUING ELECTRICAL WIREMEN 16 HOUR
The JATC's last class for the year will be held on November 2,
2002 at Local 415. The next class will be held in 2003. The only
way a person could get the 16 hours now is to do a correspondence
course at a cost of $80.00. For more information contact the hall
or the JATC.
If you are interested in heading up this years children's
Christmas party, please contact the Hall. If no one responds,
there will not be a Christmas party this year.
If you are interested in special ordering a jacket please stop
by the hall and look at the catalog.
Remember it is your responsibility as a citizen of our country
to vote on November 5, 2002 for our countries leaders at the
local, state and federal level.
Thanksgiving: Closed Wednesday, November 27,
2002 at 12:00 P.M. through December 1, 2002. Reopen Monday,
December 2 at 8:00 A.M..
Christmas: Closed Wednesday, December 24,
2002 at 12:00 P.M. through December 29, 2002. Reopen Monday,
December 30 at 8:00 A.M..
New Years: Closed Wednesday, December 31,
2002 at 12:00 P.M. through January 5, 2003. Reopen Monday,
January 6, 2003 at 8:00 A.M..
Organizing is every member's responsibility, both A
& BA members alike.