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Welcome to IBEW 1393

71 YEARS OLD TODAY!!!

04/21/15 - IBEW Local 1393 was originally part of Local #9, which dates back to January 9th, 1892. As Local #9 grew, we were formed on April 21st, 1944 and we were originally known as B-9.

Asplundh Tree Expert Co. and IBEW Local #1393 reached agreement to reinstate three Asplundh employees:

04/13/15 - A settlement was reached with Asplundh Tree Expert Co. regarding three employees that were terminated the day before their election to join the Union. These three employees were assisting the Union in giving Asplundh employees a voice while working on Indiana & Michigan Power property. The settlement will require the Company to reinstate all three employees and giving each of them a settlement payment.

The three employees were terminated by Asplundh for doing side work while off the clock. They were working within the guidelines of Asplundh’s own Employee Handbook regarding side work. Why would Asplundh terminate three employees for doing exactly what is allowed according to their employee handbook?

They each assisted in interpreting and discussing with their coworkers the benefits of joining the Union. We saw this as an intimidation tactic by Asplundh against their employees to keep them from having a voice in their workplace. Employees are protected under certain sections of United States law from employer intimidation when the employees are working towards joining or forming a Union.

We took immediate action to assist these men that were terminated by Asplundh. We went to the National Labor Relations Board and filed what is called an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the Union’s Labor Attorney when we believed that the company is acting illegally during an organizing effort. This is simply one of our tools that we can use to assist future Members who have been are on the receiving end of actions by a company that doesn't have its employees’ best interests in mind. In this case, Asplundh decided to enter into settlement discussions with the Union in exchange for dropping the charges. This is a great victory for Asplundh employees, and a fantastic example of how Union Membership can make a difference for employees.


Union Member Benefit: Get cash back with Union Plus when purchasing a home!

04/13/15 - Just by simply using some real estate services coordnated by our friends over at Union Plus, our Membership is able to get cash back when purchasing a home. Check out the details here.

Our families want us return home safely too.

03/27/15 - Thank you for being cautious and slowing down in our work zones.

 

Some facts about work zone safety:

03/26/15

It's for your safety too...

03/25/15 - It's important to remember that the amber lights, orange signs and safety cones aren't just for our safety, but for yours as well. We establish an area inside those cones in which only persons authorized are able to enter. We work among many hazards and dangers in our daily work, and setting up a work zone is one of the many ways in which we protect the general public.

Our work zones can happen any day of the week, at any hour, in any weather.

03/24/15

Christmas day, a foot of snow, and there is a gas leak in your neighborhood - We're out there.

A water main break in the busiest street of the city - We're out there.

That thunderstorm that rolled through at 2:30 A.M. on a Saturday morning that knocked out electricity in the area - We're out there.

Wherever you are, we could be too. When you see our trucks and workers, please give us some room. Safety is first and foremost in all that we do. We all have families to go home to when our work is done, just as you do.

We appreciate all drivers being cautious around us!

It's Indiana Work Zone Awareness Week!

03/23/15 - As part of our continuous efforts to bring safety to the forefront of our daily work, this week you'll be seeing posts about Work Zone Awareness. We started getting ready for this late last year with our "Slow Down, Move Over" bumper stickers that have been appearing on utility trucks. Over 95% of our signatories contracts have agreed to place these stickers on their trucks. The aim is to bring awareness to Indiana's Move Over, Slow Down Law as it relates to utility workers and their vehicles:

Move Over, Slow Down Law

To protect emergency and highway personnel, Indiana law requires motorists to approach cautiously when an emergency vehicle is stopped on two or four lane roadways with emergency lights flashing.

Change lanes away from the emergency vehicle if you can do so safely. If not, reduce your speed 10 mph under the posted speed limit and proceed with caution. Motorists should NOT STOP in the roadway, this may cause a chain reaction rear end collision with other vehicles. Do MOVE OVER and/or SLOW DOWN. As you are driving, plan well ahead by watching for these vehicles:
• Police vehicles
• Ambulances
• Fire trucks and rescue equipment
• Highway incident-response vehicles
• Highway maintenance vehicles
• Utility service vehicles (effective July 1, 2010)
• Vehicle recovery equipment (tow trucks)

Violating the law can result in a fine and your license will be suspended up to 2 years if you cause damage to emergency equipment, injury or death to an emergency worker.
Even though Indiana's Move Over Laws state that motorists must move over and yield for only emergency vehicles, drivers should always be courteous to those who are broken down on the shoulder. Give them room so that they can safely repair their vehicles. Be a courteous driver and help prevent tragedies.

New OSHA standards will be going into effect:

03/18/15 - Soon you'll be seeing changes regarding FR Clothing, Fall Protect, and Approach Distances. Read more here.

Negotiations with Duke Energy will be ongoing for this week. Here's a quote for the day:

03/10/15 - "We have come too far, struggled too long, sacrificed too much and have too much left to do, to allow that which we have achieved for the good of all to be swept away without a fight. And we have not forgotten how to fight." - the late Lane Kirkland, former AFL-CIO President.

Duke Energy negotiations update:

02/24/15 - The Union and the Company met today starting at 10:00AM to discuss proposals. See the Member's section of the website for negotiation updates.

Want updates from the local?

02/20/15 - Did you know that you can receive text messages and/or email updates from us? If you're a Member, log in to the website and fill out the appropriate information in "Member Demographics" and you'll be on the list!

Duke Energy negotiations update:

02/18/15 - We have exchanged proposals. You'll need to sign in on our website at the upper right hand corner, then select the "Negotiation Updates" tab. This will only be visible to Members that are Duke Energy employees. In the future, there will be confidential information posted in this area. Please refrain from accessing this area while using a Duke Energy computer, and always be sure to log out of the website when you are done.

GREAT NEWS!

02/12/15 - Employees of Asplundh Tree Expert Co. that work on Indiana & Michigan Power property have voted to join IBEW Local 1393! We had 67 votes to join, and 8 votes cast not to join. We will be welcoming 111 Members into our Local!!!

Steven L. Moore will be missed...

02/09/15 - Long time Executive Board Member from Unit 2 (Columbus) has passed away. Click through the link for information on services and memorial contributions.

Have you checked out our Facebook page?

02/03/15 - We're just shy of 500 likes! Check it out at www.facebook.com/IBEW1393.

Been wondering when our unit meetings are?

01/30/15 - Just click on "Calendar" up on top to see the locations and times of upcoming unit meetings.

Have you checked out the recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report from the U.S. Department of Labor?

01/28/15 - Fast Fact: The median weekly earnings of a union member was $970 vs a non union worker's median weekly earnings of $763. That's nearly $11,000 per year!

You can read it all here: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/union2.pdf

Duke Energy Negotiations

01/20/15 - The formulations committee will be meeting over the next couple of days to discuss contract proposals for the upcoming negotiations.

Attention Construction Members

01/15/15 - You are now able to sign the books and submit online. Just use the same links as before from the construction tab across the top of the page.

Duke Energy Negotiations

01/12/15 - The Formulations Committee for the upcoming Duke Energy negotiations have been selected. To view, you must be a Duke Energy Member. Login through the upper right hand corner of the page, then look for the tab labeled "Negoitation Updates" and select the drop down.

We have some new hats!

12/15/14 - We have a very limited number of beanie caps available. They are $10 each, and available in Navy Blue, Black, Safety Orange, and Safety Yellow. Drop by or call the hall to order!

Reminder - Office will be closed...

12/09/14 - On December 10th & 11th we will be closed at the hall from 11:00AM to 2:00PM due to software updates being conducted by the International.

Still doing some holiday gift shopping?

12/08/14 - Union Plus has a great guide to items that are made in the United States. You can follow the link here. 

Reminder for Apprentices:

12/04/14 - Print your evaluations and enter your work hours today - you won't have another chance until after December 9th.

Freezing rain for central Indiana:

12/02/2014 - There are numerous incidents and slick spots in the central Indiana area this morning, so be careful out there. To check out the latest weather conditions for the area go here: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ind/. Check out INDOT's TrafficWise for up to date road and traffic conditions.

The latest issue of The Electrical Worker:

12/01/2014 - Did you know that you could read the International's The Electrical Worker publication online? You can read December's edition here.

Notice for our Apprentices:

11/27/2014 - The ALBAT Program will be shut down December 5, 2014 through December 9, 2014 to move into their new office building on their current property.  They will not have telephone, internet, or computer access and the my.albat.org website will be down during these dates. Please print your evaluations and enter your work hours prior to December 5, 2014.

Many thanks to our Members!!!

11/27/2014 - Many of our Members work in jobs that are required to be staffed 24/7, or they may even be on call today. We would like to say thanks to our Members that are working, so that many of our friends & family can enjoy the holiday.

We've got a discount on boots!

11/26/2014 - By being an IBEW 1393 Member, you can get a 27% discount on American made, Union made work boots from TheUnionBootPro.com. Just head over to their website and use discount code BE1393MD.

Temporary office closings at the Union Hall coming up...

11/24/2014 - On December 10th & 11th we will be closed at the hall from 11:00AM to 2:00PM due to software updates being conducted by the International.

Have you seen Brotherhood Outdoors on the Sportsman Channel?

11/18/2014Brotherhood Outdoors is a unique TV series of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance that showcases the talents and passions of everyday Americans as they set out on extraordinary hunting and fishing adventures across North America.

Throughout the series, dynamic host duo Daniel Lee Martin and Julie McQueen are joined by hardworking union members who are whisked away on once-in-a-lifetime hunting or fishing trips or showcase their own guiding skills by taking the co-hosts to their neck of the woods to pursue their favorite fish or game.

Viewers will follow Martin, McQueen and featured guests up rugged mountains for elk, through thick timber for black bear, atop ocean waves for tarpon, across open fields for whitetail and everywhere in between. Throughout the roller-coaster ride of close encounters, barely misses, trophy catches and perfect shots, they’ll get an intimate glimpse into the lives of these blue-collar American workers—their dedication on the job, their desire to make a difference in their communities, and their passion for the outdoors and preserving America’s outdoor heritage.

Inspiring stories, amazing destinations, adrenaline-pumping pursuits, aggressive fish and stealthy game combine in Brotherhood Outdoors for a series that will have you itching to get back in the woods or on the water.

You can look at their website here.

Enjoy a Union made Thanksgiving Day meal...

11/13/2014 - Take a look at this list over at the AFL-CIO.

It's Veteran's Day...

11/11/2014 - We would like to say thank you to all the Veteran's that have served our great country. We know that many of our Members have served, and for that we are grateful for their contributions.

Duke Energy Members will be receiving their surveys soon...

11/06/2014 - Just to let you all know, if you are a Member that works for Duke Energy, surveys were mailed out today. We need to have them completed and returned to us by 12/31/2014. This is a very crucial step in the contract negotiation process. It's your first opportunity to let your voice be heard for any changes that you would like to see with the present agreement. Look for a special tab on the website to keep you updated as we get closer to negotiations.

Members show skill and determination...

11/05/2014 - Recently IBEW 1393 Members showed their skills and eterminiation at the 2014 International Lineman's Rodeo held in Bonner Springs, KS. It's an annual event in which the best line workers from around the world compete in events based on tradition and skills. This year, there were over 200 teams, and over 250 apprentices. Click here for more...

It's Election Day!

11/04/2014 - Remember to get out to vote. Remember Labor when you're at the polls!

Just a reminder...

11/01/2014 - Don't forget to set your clocks back tonight for the end of Daylight Savings Time!

Changes to Unit 8 (New Albany) meeting...

10/23/2014 - Just to let you know - Unit 8 (New Albany) has temporarily changed their meeting time effective November 6th, 2014. You'll now be meeting at 6:00 PM until further notice.

Looking for Halloween candy?

10/20/2014 - Before you head to the store - take a look at this list for Union made candy! It's important that we spend our money at establishments with Union labor so that we can help support those jobs. Speaking of going to the store - I presume you're buying your Halloween candy at your nearby Union grocery store, right? Here in Indiana, if you head to a Kroger, Jay C, Pay Less Supermarket, or an Owen's Market, chances are very good that you're supporting Union jobs in your community.

Union Membership Pays!

10/15/2014 - Are you aware of all of the benefits you are eligible for by being a Member of IBEW Local 1393? Not only do you have better wages, benefits, and working conditions then your non-union counterparts, but you are also eligible to take advantage of the great programs over at Union Plus.

You can find savings on a new Union made car or truck, travel discounts, a mortgage with strike/lockout benefits and more!

News about Area Wide Protective...

09/29/2014 - The employees of Area Wide Protective in Indiana will soon get their chance to make their voice heard!

An election will be conducted through the mail. If you run into any of these Future Members - direct them to www.ibewlocal1393.com/awp/.

GREAT NEWS!

09/16/2014 - Today a petition was filed to seek representation for Area Wide Protective employees. A majority of the employees have signed "Authorization for Representation" cards allowing IBEW Local 1393 to start the process of assisting these Future Members as they seek a collective voice of reason with their employer. Everyday, somewhere within our jurisdiction, our Future Brothers & Sisters are watching our backs by providing traffic control as our line construction/utility crews are working. It's now our turn to help take care of them. For those of you who do work with these Future Members, please speak with them about the benefits that you enjoy as a union member, such as:


1) A contract between them, and their employer that outlines wages, benefits and working conditions.

2) That contract stops the company from taking things away on a whim.

3) It is their right to seek representation regardless of what Area Wide Protective wants.

What's the next step? The NLRB will conduct a vote of Area Wide Protective employees. Between now and when that vote happens (usually within 60 days) - our Future Brothers & Sisters will likely be facing a storm of opposition from their employer. Scare tactics, lies, and myths are a common occurrence during this time. Remind them to stay strong and let them know that the 2600 Members of IBEW Local 1393 will stand with them.

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