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      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 Thursday May 21st 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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      Every Member an Organizer Academy

      Labor is under attack, and it’s a long time in the making. We can fight back! But the fight starts at home, in our own locals. Join us at our 2015 Every Member an Organizer Academy to learn about “Right to Work” and ways to communicate about the union advantage at the workplace.

      Against the Repeal of Prevailing Wage

      Dear Brothers and Sisters, We need your help. We need you to email your legislators and let them know we are against the repeal of Prevailing wage. To find out whom your State senator and State Assemblyman are go to Wisconsin’s legislative web page. At the top of the page you’ll see find my legislator then enter home address. www.legiswisconsin.

      MILWAUKEE INSIDE NEGOTIATIONS LATEST UPDATE

      MILWAUKEE INSIDE NEGOTIATIONS LATEST UPDATE The Local 494 Milwaukee Inside Negotiation Committee met with the Electrical Contractors Association Milwaukee NECA for a negotiation session and subsequent Local Interim CIR meeting on Monday, April 27, 2015. Despite meeting on Monday and six times prior, the parties failed to reach an agreement.

      VOTE TODAY

      Polls are open across Wisconsin until 8:00 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 7. Find your polling location at: https://myvote.wi.


      What's New at IBEW 494

      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 Thursday May 21st 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...

      Labor is under attack, and it’s a long time in the making. We can fight back! But the fight starts at home, in our own locals. Join us at our 2015 Every Member an Organizer Academy to learn about “Right to Work” and ways to communicate about the union advantage at the workplace.

      Every Member an Organizer Academy

      Thursday, May 14th

      5:30-8:30 PM

      Milwaukee Area Labor Council

      633 S. Hawley Rd. Milwaukee

      RSVP by Tuesday, May 12th

      Click HERE to sign up for the Milwaukee EMO

      Contact Emily- ekitchin@wisaflcio.org, 414-745-8343

      Dear Brothers and Sisters,

      We need your help. We need you to email your legislators and let them know we are against the repeal of Prevailing wage.

      To find out whom your State senator and State Assemblyman are go to Wisconsin’s legislative web page. At the top of the page you’ll see find my legislator then enter home address.

      www.legiswisconsin.gov

        These web sites will have talking points you can use in your email.

      www.wisconsininfrastructure.com

      www.wisconsincontractorcoalition.com

      MILWAUKEE INSIDE NEGOTIATIONS LATEST UPDATE

      The Local 494 Milwaukee Inside Negotiation Committee met with the Electrical Contractors Association Milwaukee NECA for a negotiation session and subsequent Local Interim CIR meeting on Monday, April 27, 2015. Despite meeting on Monday and six times prior, the parties failed to reach an agreement. The Union and NECA will try to resolve their issues prior to the next Council on Industrial Relations session scheduled for May 11-14, 2015 in Washington DC.  If a local agreement cannot be reached, the case will go before CIR.  After all written and oral evidence in the case is presented to the Council, and the case pronounced closed by the Co-Chairman who is presiding, further consideration shall be given and a decision will be reached by unanimous vote of the Council. After the decision is handed down by the Council, the Union will disseminate the information to our members. Thank you for your patience as the Union works to acquire the best possible agreement for our members.

      Polls are open across Wisconsin until 8:00 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 7. Find your polling location at: https://myvote.wi.gov/  

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