LOCAL 702 News Headlines
Arturo Silva Jr.
Today, Friday, April 28th, 2017, on Worker’s Memorial Day, we pause for a moment to honor one of our own, Brother Arturo Silva, Jr.
The State of Illinois Department of Agriculture has announced a position is open for a temporary Electrician at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.
Please be advised, we will be swapping over to a new website on Monday, May 1st, at approximately 9:00 a.m. (CST).
The call for April 24, 2017 to Beltline Electric at Honeywell has been filled.
4-18-2017 Ameren Illinois Contract Negotiations Update
Today, April 18th, 2017, contract negotiations continued with Ameren Illinois as the Company brought their Benefits Department, led by Ms. Lisa Roseland, to the table to present and explain all of the Company’s benefit-related proposals. The main topic of discussion was the transferring of the IP members into management’s “Options Plan” for medical and prescription drug coverage, the same plan that the CIPS members participate in.
4-18-2017 Ameren Illinois Contract Negotiations Update
The call for April 10th, 2017 to Burke Electric at Nascote has been filled. The last call went to number 18 on Book 1. 10 members received their 1st turn down, 1 received their 2nd, and 5 were rolled.
Joint Communication from Ameren Illinois Company and IBEW System Council
Ameren Illinois Company and IBEW System Council (51, 309, 702, & 649) met today [4-5-2017] to exchange proposals and start negotiations.
The Parties exchanged proposals and addressed clarifying questions and both sides believe that we are making good progress.
The Parties reached a tentative agreement on two (2) issues, and the Company withdrew two (2) proposals as well.
The next meeting will be on April 18th and several other dates have been set.
Should any questions come up regarding the proposals or the negotiating process, bargaining unit members should direct their questions to their Union representatives.
We had a short notice call to Burke Electric for 2 Journeymen. The list was called in order and everyone was contacted. The call went to number 8 on Book 1. 6 men received their second turndown, and no one was rolled.
The call for April 3, 2017 to Electrical Specialists has been filled. The call went to number 1 on Book 1. No one received a turn down.
The call for March, 30 2017 to Martin Electric at SIPC has been filled. The last call went to number 3 on Book 1. No one received a turn-down.
To: All 702 Members Employed at Clay Electric Cooperative
The 2017 Quarterly Meetings will be held at the Flora Depot located at 223 W. Railroad St., Flora, IL on the following dates:
· Monday, March 27th @ 4:15 p.m.
· Monday, June 19th @ 4:15 p.m.
· Monday, September 18th @ 4:15 p.m.
· Monday, December 18th @ 4:15 p.m.
IBEW Local 702 has new Lead Organizer
for Prairie State Generating Company
On Tuesday, February 14th, IBEW Local 702 Business Manager Steve Hughart appointed the Local’s President, James “Jimmy” Sanchez, to be the Lead Organizer for the Prairie State Generating Company (PSGC).
IBEW Organizes over 1,400 BGE Workers
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) recently prevailed in a representational election for the workers at Baltimore Gas & Electric.
To: All 702 Members Employed at Coles Moultrie Electric Cooperative
The 2017 Quarterly Meetings will be held at the American Legion Post 88 located at 1903 Maple Avenue, Mattoon, IL on the following dates:
To: All 702 Members Employed at Norris Electric Cooperative
The 2017 Quarterly Meetings will be held at the Knights of Columbus No. 1704 located at 707 S. Van Buren St., Newton, IL 62448 on the following dates:
On Monday, October 17th, in advance of the 60-day contractual requirement, the Union and Company agreed to exchange opening letters. Dates are being scheduled and it is encouraging to see both sides are interested in achieving a new contract before the expiration date.
Members covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement at the City of Sikeston in the Street and Park Departments ratify the first contract on September 29th, 2016.
The members of the newly formed Bargaining Unit of the City of Sikeston Street and Park Departments are hereby notified of a special meeting.
In an effort to provide our membership as much information as possible, we have updated all of the negotiated benefit plans between the Union and the Cooperative on our webpage for all three (3) groups represented by IBEW Local Union No. 702.
On Thursday, June 2nd, 2016, at the request of Craig Shemwell to be releived of his Steward duties, the Local Union notified Cairo Public Utility Manager Larry Klein that Richie Pitcher had been appointed the Steward for the Gas Department.
The Union met with the membership of the SEMO Electric Cooperative Clerical Group on Tuesday, May 31st after work to discuss the naming of a new Steward. The current Steward, Martin Ward, had been out on an extended illness and his return to work is undetermined.
Earlier in the year, IBEW Local 702 filed a grievance on SEMO Cooperative management personnel for performing bargaining unit work ~ check reads on meters. The Union and Cooperative met on July 29th to discuss the issue at length, during which the Manager requested additional time to investigate the matter on his side, to which the Union agreed.
On March 22nd, 2011, IBEW Local 702 prepared a grievance which it eventually filed with the Cooperative on the assignment of meter change outs to the Engineering Technician classification, and not to the Serviceman classification. The Parties met on July 29th to fully explore and explain the matter. Cooperative General Manager Reuben Jeane asserted to the Union during that meeting that he believed he could straighten the matter out with some increased attention on the assignment of such tickets.
Union defines agreement with Cooperative on Paid Time Off at time Separation or Retirement
Noncontact Electrical Tester Recalled by Fluke Due to Shock or Burn Hazard
The National Safety Council offers information on its "Surviving the Cold Weather".
New eTool available on OSHA's web site: Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution.
Alert: Loadbreak Bushing Inserts Missing Ground (Drain) Wires!
The United States Department of Labor, Occupational Health and Safety Administration has issued a safety bulletin on the hazards of Suspension Trauma and Orthostatic Intolerance.
Homelite, Husky and Black Max Generators Recall
Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms; Can Fail to Warn of a Fire
OSHA Schedules Hearing on Cranes and Derricks Rulemaking
The following incident involved a welder who was adjusting the pressure on an oxygen regulator.
National Safety Council News and Alerts, 2/13/09