IBEW Local Union 26
Washington, D.C.

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IBEW Local 26 Information Regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

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April General Membership Meeting Canceled

Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic and multiple executive orders by the Governor of Maryland, the April 10, 2020 General Membership Meeting is canceled. 

The Magazine of Local 26, IN Charge

IN Charge 1st Quarter 2020   

Past Issues of IN Charge Magazine

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Scholarships

IBEW Local Union 26 Deadline- April 30, 2020

IBEW Deadline- May 1, 2020

Members Login Section of Website or App

In the new Members’ Only section on www.ibewlocal26.org you can:

  • Pay your dues online
  • Re-sign the books
  • Change your contact information
  • Register and pay for Local 26 events
  • View your agreement book, by-laws, referral rules, and/or total wage package for your classification

Just click on the “Members’ Only” link from the homepage and log in using your last name as your username and your dues card number as your password. You will then be asked to create your own username and password to continue. Please continue to click on each tab to double check the accuracy of your information. You must have all the information filled out correctly under the “Contact Info” tab in order to continue. Be sure to add your cellular carrier at the bottom of the “Contact Info” page. Then go to your email for a confirmation link. The link will then prompt you to rename your username and password.

  

The new Local 26 app, called “Unions Get It,” can be downloaded free from the Apple App store or Android store. After downloading the app you will be asked to enter your local union number (26) and your card number, as well as change your username and password if you didn’t already do so on the website. Visit the “Manage My Membership” section on the app to ensure that your information is correct. Your information on the app should appear exactly as it does in the Members’ Only section of our Local 26 website. *(Our Members’ Only section and Local 26 app are interconnected so the information you enter on one will also appear on the other.) The app will also allow you to report non-union work via the “ratrAPP (Rat Trap)” link and report a jobsite safety violation via the “Work Site” link. 

Information in regards to the Pension Seminar on April 4th

Brothers and Sisters;

As you are all aware, the World Health Organization has declared the Coronavirus (Covid-19) a world wide pandemic. Multiple state and local authorities have asked that unnecessary large gatherings be canceled. Famously, the NBA has suspended its season until further notice. The leadership of Local 26 has been following this issue very closely, and has had conversations regarding how we should respond to protect the health of our Brothers and Sisters during this period of turmoil.

In order to protect our more experienced members, the Local has made the decision to cancel the upcoming retirement seminar that was to be held Saturday, April 4, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this decision may cause, but while important, this seminar is not a required meeting and it is typically attended by our older Brother and Sisters. Anyone who was already signed up for the April 4th date, will need to resign up again in the near future for the next one scheduled on Saturday, October 3rd.  

Additionally, we would like to assure everyone that the Local is in communication with legislative leaders and NECA to discuss how this issue may affect our industry, and steps we may take to limit the impact this health concern will have on all of us.

While this is a serious concern, the leadership of Local 26 is confident that with some common-sense protective measures and the understanding of each of you, our Sisters and Brothers will move through this with as little disruption as possible.

Below are two links that will allow each of you to get accurate and timely information regarding the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and simple steps to recognize and protect yourself and others from the virus.

WE WORK TOGETHER, WE FIGHT TOGETHER, WE MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/03/05/governor-larry-hogan-declares-state-of-emergency-expands-statewide-response-to-novel-coronavirus/

Local Union President,

Thomas Myers

Inclement Weather Hotline - 301-429-6939

Call to Action: President Myers asks all members to call their Senators TODAY, 844-551-6921.

There’s a Terrible New Plan to Tax Your Retirement – Help Us Fight It Today

December 6, 2019

 

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Senate Republicans are readying a radical plan to raise taxes on retiree pension benefits and put catastrophic burdens on union retirement plans, according to documents released last month.

Under cover of a “rescue” for a few endangered multiemployer pensions – primarily troubled Mineworkers and Teamsters plans – Senate Republicans are preparing to raise taxes on all retiree pension benefits by nearly 10% and raise expenses on healthy plans by 500%. The sweeping changes would almost guarantee reduction of benefits for millions of union retirees, IBEW members included.

International President Lonnie R. Stephenson called on every IBEW member to immediately contact their senators, whatever their party, and demand they kill the plan before it’s even filed as legislation.

"Don’t even negotiate,” Stephenson said. “You already pay income taxes on your retirement benefits; now they want you to pay even more. This is a disaster for working Americans.”

The changes would also reclassify the IBEW’s green-rated National Electric Benefit Fund plan into red, endangered status and spell bankruptcy for many, if not all, local union-run pensions. Worse, by raising costs on healthy plans, the “rescue” would leave the pension system worse off than before legislators interfered.

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Statement regarding IBEW Local Union 6 member John Ramondetta:

IBEW Local Union 26 absolutely DOES NOT CONDONE racism in any shape or form. We condemn racism and discrimination in any form, and its adherents. Our Local believes in, and acts in accordance, with the Constitution of the IBEW. IBEW Local 26 equally represents all members of the IBEW without regard to race, religion, creed, ethnicity, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status or age.

John Ramondetta is a traveler from IBEW Local 6 who signed our Book 2, presented a letter of good standing from the Business Manager of Local 6, and a current dues receipt. He was referred to work in accordance with the Local’s lawful non-discriminatory referral procedures.

As mentioned in Local 6’s letter, the authority of IBEW to discipline or otherwise hold a member accountable, does not extend to the expression of personal views or opinions of that member outside the workplace. Any action taken by Local 26 to restrict the use of our referral, because of Mr. Ramondetta’s speech, would be a violation of the Local’s referral rules, and labor law. Please go here to see the communication from the Business Manager of IBEW Local 6 to Local 26.

Attention Southern MD Members: Please be on the lookout for Sumter Utility trucks.

The International Office has requested that we be on the lookout for vans, trucks (white trucks with orange lettering), laydown yards of a company called Sumter Utilities in the Southern MD Area. If any of our Brothers and Sisters see or know of Sumter’s locations within our jurisdiction please let the James Marx at the Southern MD office know. He can be reached at 410-535-3700 or jmarx@ibewlocal26.org. You can also submit the address through ratrAPP. This is a national organizing campaign!!! So let’s kept on the lookout. Thank you all and BE SAFE OUT THERE!