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      PVA Epic Ride

                PVA- WI Epic Ride to the Milwaukee Rally    Local 494 is again a proud sponsor of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Epic Ride to the Milwaukee Rally.          Rally Books for $20.00 and Raffle tickets for $10.

      Laborfest Harley- Davidson Raffle

      “LABORFEST” RAFFLE GRAND PRIZE          Brand New 2015 Harley-Davidson IRON 883      1-$500.00 cash award      6-$100.00 cash awards Drawing to be held September 7, 2015 At Laborfest Attendance not required $5.00 each or 5/$20.

      Summer NFPA 70E Course

           To meet the demand for NFPA 70E training, we have elected to run a Summer NFPA 70E course. The course will be held at the Milwaukee Electrical JATC Training Center on July 14th, 15th & 16th. You MUST register in advance to attend. You can register online using the link below, or stop in at the JATC office and register in person.

      Kettle Moraine Business Rep Position Opening

      LOCAL 494 KETTLE MORAINE BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVE POSITION AVAILABLE Each Business Representative has unique responsibilities, although in the event one is absent, all are expected to fill in that position seamlessly. Business Representatives are appointed by the Business Manager.

      Dean Warsh Business Manager

      Today June 1, 2015. Dean Warsh was sworn in as Local 494’s Business Manager, by past Local 494 President, Richard Neimon.  Former Business Manager, John Bzdawka, will start today as International Representative for the 6th District.

      What is Prevailing Wage

      WHAT IS PREVAILING WAGE?       Prevailing Wage is the wage and benefit rate created in a given geographic area that must be met on publicly funded construction projects.  It is based on reports filed by contractors on real work performed on private-sector projects.

      AFL-CIO Phone Bank

      Local 494 Members, AFL-CIO needs our help! They are looking for people to help phone bank Tuesday-Thursday, June 9th-June 11th from 3-7pm. 1 hour or 3 whatever you can do is greatly appreciated. If you’re available to help out please give Emily Kitckin a call at 414-745-8343. The phone bank is at the AFL-CIO office located at 6333 W. Bluemound Rd.  Thank you.
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      IBEW Blood Drive

      The Blood Center of Wisconsin needs as many donors as possible. They will be raffling off 2 Brewers tickets. Please tell family and friends.


      What's New at IBEW 494


               

      PVA- WI Epic Ride to the Milwaukee Rally
         Local 494 is again a proud sponsor of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Epic Ride to the Milwaukee Rally.

               Rally Books for $20.00 and Raffle tickets for $10.00 are available at Local 494 Office
         Rally Books Have Coupons and Specials at Dealerships, Taverns and Restaurants

            Find Great Deals and a Chance to Win

               First Prize: $2000
               Second Prize: $1500

                Third Prize: $1000

                               Drawing to be held at Hal’s Harley Davidson.  September 6th  2015 at 4:00 p.m.

                            Must be 21 to enter—You do not need to be Present to win.

                                                  All Proceeds Benefit the Paralyzed Veterans of America-Wisconsin Chapter

                                                                   For more information go to: www.pvawiride.com

                                                

      “LABORFEST” RAFFLE

      GRAND PRIZE

               Brand New 2015 Harley-Davidson IRON 883

           1-$500.00 cash award 6-$100.00 cash awards

      Drawing to be held September 7, 2015

      At Laborfest

      Attendance not required

      $5.00 each or 5/$20.00

      Tickets can be purchased at Local 494 Union Hall
      3303 S. 103rd Street
      Milwaukee, WI

           To meet the demand for NFPA 70E training, we have elected to run a Summer NFPA 70E course. The course will be held at the Milwaukee Electrical JATC Training Center on July 14th, 15th & 16th. You MUST register in advance to attend. You can register online using the link below, or stop in at the JATC office and register in person. **No Registrations will be accepted over the phone** 

      Click here to register

      Milwaukee Electrical JATC

      Continuing Education Department

      414-543-9060

      LOCAL 494 KETTLE MORAINE BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVE POSITION AVAILABLE

      Each Business Representative has unique responsibilities, although in the event one is absent, all are expected to fill in that position seamlessly. Business Representatives are appointed by the Business Manager. The position Local 494 is soliciting membership to fill requires a specific skill set and includes a multitude of activities, duties and responsibilities.

      Proven leadership and organizational skills are imperative. Candidates must have excellent time management skills and be a highly motivated self-starter.

      There is an expectation that the candidate has experience and overall knowledge of our industry and with some training, will master all the necessary skills required of all local 494 Business Representatives. This Representative position is not a 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. job, and involves many night meetings, weekend obligations, and some out-of-town travel.

      After a relatively short period of time and training, the post includes the following responsibilities:

      1. Have intimate knowledge and a sound understanding of Local 494 Bylaws and the IBEW Constitution.
      2. Have an understanding of contract language and the ability to read our Working Agreements and decipher language. This includes the Kettle Moraine Inside, Sound and Communication, Residential and the other Construction Agreements as well as Maintenance and Manufacturing Agreements.
      3. Negotiate Working Agreements; training will be provided but must have ability to work with groups to find consensus.
      4. Ability to work with challenging people in both labor and management.
      5. Ability to work with onsite electricians, stewards and management to resolve problems prior to filing grievances. The ability to appropriately and correctly file grievances when necessary and represent grievant at hearings.
      6. Attend grievance hearings and understand contract language. Legal council is available when necessary.
      7. Computer skills are used in daily job activities and are required for the position.
      8. Attend weekly Business Representative Meetings at the Northeast Building and Construction Trades Council.
      9. Attend all Local 494 Union meetings and specially called Union meetings.
      10. Attend night council meetings as assigned.
      11. Work closely with Building Advantage and Building Trades to coordinate efforts for area work and wages.
      12. Attend local municipality meetings to gain insight on upcoming projects or issues, with the willingness and ability to speak in public at council meetings. These meeting are often after normal working hours.
      13. Arrange to meet with Local, State and Federal officials when necessary.
      14. Arrange meetings with developers on area projects and arrange joint labor trades efforts to support advancement in local municipalities.
      15. Attend job fairs and perform visits to high schools and technical colleges speaking to students who may be prospective Apprentices and Construction Wiremen.
      16. Arrange JATC tours for Local, State and Federal elected officials and school superintendents.
      17. Perform job-site visits with existing members, coordinating with general contractors, and field and office personnel. 
      18. Assist with Local 494 Community Outreach, coordinating with retiree volunteers and special interest groups.
      19. Have an understanding of the 494 Drug-Free Alliance Policies.
      20. Help on organizing blitzes, after normal working hours. This includes house calls to unorganized electrical workers.  Organize future contractors.
      21. Attend and work at various Union functions and activities: Labor Fest on Labor Day, Local 494 Annual Holiday party, LMHCC Heart Walk, Zoo Picnic, Valentine’s Day Dance, etc.
      22. Occasionally attend out-of-town conventions.
      23. General building maintenance at the Labor hall – including snow shoveling at entrances – keeping building safe for the general public, occasionally getting bids from contractors for maintenance and repairs.
      24. Occasionally write articles for publication in our local newsletter.
      25. Act as Local 494 Registrar: Local 494 is involved in political aspects associated with our Trade and helping to procure work for our members including preserving our prevailing wage and other political functions comprising:
      • Promote Political Education
      • Keep Local 494 records, and encourage all members to register and vote
      • Keep membership informed on candidates and pending legislation
      • Arrange PAC candidate interviews
      • Solicit members to help with political canvassing and phone banking
      • Arrange visits with politicians and evaluate their interests vs. the interests of the IBEW and Local 494 on local as well as national issues
      • Attend political fundraisers – many times after hours and weekends
      1. Act as the Referral Agent for the KM Unit.  This will include daily sign-ins of out of work members, monthly resigns, manpower requests for contractors, and referring members to work with the proper paperwork and drug testing.
      2. Attend monthly apprenticeship meetings and act as a consultant for the KM committee.
      3. Other duties or special projects as assigned by the Business Manager.
      4. Constantly advocating for the membership and promoting the values of the IBEW.
      5. This is not only a job but a lifestyle that takes much time and commitment.
      • The compensation is addressed in the Bylaws of Local 494, Article VII.
         

      If interested please submit a resume by August 15, 2015 to:                                                                    

      Dean Warsh
      Business Manager IBEW Local 494
      3303 S. 103rd Street
      Milwaukee, WI 53227-4108

      Today June 1, 2015. Dean Warsh was sworn in as Local 494’s Business Manager, by past Local 494 President, Richard Neimon.  Former Business Manager, John Bzdawka, will start today as International Representative for the 6th District.

      Good Luck and Best Wishes

      WHAT IS PREVAILING WAGE?

      •       Prevailing Wage is the wage and benefit rate created in a given geographic area that must be met on publicly funded construction projects.  It is based on reports filed by contractors on real work performed on private-sector projects. 
      •       It serves as a wage floor to ensure a level playing field so local contractors can provide a highly skilled, well-trained workforce and can compete fairly against each other for publicly funded projects.   In turn, projects are on budget, on time, and the best value for taxpayers.
         

         WHY SHOULD WE CARE?

      •       Repealing or gutting prevailing wage law will drive down your wage regardless of whether you work on publicly or privately funded construction projects.
      •       Adverse changes or repeal of prevailing wage hurts our contractors and their ability to compete and win bids on public work; current law requires projects to be awarded to the lowest bidder.  If our contractors can no longer win bids, we won’t have jobs.

        It is imperative that we let our legislators know that their constituents are opposed to any changes or Repeal to this law.

      Let your Legislators know why Repealing Prevailing wage or making any changes to the current law is bad for your family and our economy.

      On Wisconsin’s legislative home page top right enter home address to find your Legislators.

      www.legis.wisconsin.gov
      Local 494 Members, AFL-CIO needs our help! They are looking for people to help phone bank Tuesday-Thursday, June 9th-June 11th from 3-7pm. 1 hour or 3 whatever you can do is greatly appreciated. If you’re available to help out please give Emily Kitckin a call at 414-745-8343. The phone bank is at the AFL-CIO office located at 6333 W. Bluemound Rd.  Thank you. Read More...
      The Blood Center of Wisconsin needs as many donors as possible.
      They will be raffling off 2 Brewers tickets. Please tell family and friends.

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