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Local 129 is located at:
6100 S. Broadway Suite 201
Lorain OH 44053

Phone Number:
(440) 233-7156

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

E-Mail: info@ibew129.org

 

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Where are we located?

 

6100 S. Broadway Suite 201
Lorain, Oh. 44053

 

2020 Election of new officers

President: Leonard Roark – 178

Vice President: Mo Pride – 83
                           Jay Mckay – 120

Business Manager: John Novak – 103
                                  Dave Shaffer – 101

Treasurer: Kurt Kauk – 164

Executive Board (Top 6): Pat Bell – 136
                                            Jay Hasenflue – 124
                                            Mark Burnette – 124
                                             Mike McKenzie – 104
                                            Paul Kress – 94
                                            Paul Reeves – 93
                                            Dustin Niemiec – 88
                                            Darin Darmos – 85
                                            Marc Schueszler – 81
                                            Matt McQueen – 61
                                            Zach Murrell – 50

Delegate for International Convention: Mike Russelle – 96
                                                                   Scott Hull – 87

Alternate Delegate for Convention: Mo Pride – 117
                                                             Leonard Roark - 141

 

 

 

 

 

Update as of May 12, 2020

Due to the state's mandate on the amount of people who can assemble and not knowing the status of The Slovak Home, the Executive Board has decided to cancel the June 8, 2020 union meeting. We need to send out notice of nominations for our upcoming election 20 days prior to the meeting date. The uncertainty of the assembly mandate and our requirement of 20 days notice has caused this cancellation. We are hoping that the state will loosen the restrictions on how many people can assemble together early enough to allow us to get the notice out within our 20 day window for the July 2020 meeting. 

Also: Please sign up to receive the email and text blasts. If you have problems signing up, contact Dave Shaffer at the Union Hall.


Update as of April 15, 2020

Lt. Governor Husted just announced a couple of updates:

  • 13 week extension for those with exhausted state claims will be available May 1st
  • CARES Act additional $600 kicks in end of next week
  • Pre-pandemic number of employees in call center was 42; now 1,194 and still more being trained – please keep trying!
  • Reminder: use the Covid-19 mass layoff number 2000180 to eliminate employer verification / union verification

 

 

Update as of April 13, 2020

Click thru the links below to get updated information on unemployment benefits and possible paid sick leave thru the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act)

Updated Unemployment info

Paid Sick Leave

 


Update as of April 3, 2020

Click on the link below to read thru a questions and answers document on whether or not you can recieve the extra 3 months of Health and Welfare benefits if yours run out during this time of uncertainty. 

Link to Q & A

 

Update as of March 31, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers: 

 
Congress has passed two major pieces of legislation to deal with the coronavirus crisis, the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA”) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Both include important protections for workers affected by the current crisis.  
 

The attached summarizes the provisions providing:  (1) unemployment benefits, (2) paid leave benefits, and (3) cash payouts.
 
Click the link below to read up on the legislation just passed.

IBEW Summary of COVID-19 Legislation


 

Update as of March 23, 2020

As we all know, the governor has issued a stay at home order. We have been going through it and have contacted several entities including attorneys, to get clarification about essential workforces. You can click here to view the directive from the governor.
https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/!ut/p/z1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8zi_SzdHQ0NvQ38DIz8LAwCDQ29Ah3NfEw8TYz1w8EKDHAARwP9KEL6o_ApcQ40hCrAY0VBboRBpqOiIgBUF_9m/?1dmy&urile=wcm%3apath%3a%2Fohio%2Bcontent%2Benglish%2Fcovid-19%2Fhome%2Fpublic-health-orders%2Fdirectors-order-to-stay-at-home

It appears at this time that construction is exempt from the stay at home order, but everyone must make the best decisions for themselves and their families when deciding to come to work. If you do not feel safe for yourself or a family member, then stay home. Please remember that we cannot legally tell anyone to stay home. The agreement from International President Lonnie Stephenson that was agreed to by both the IBEW and NECA that has the details in writing about coming to work or not coming to work at this time is attached below.

 
National Disease Emergency Response Agreement (NDERA)

Q&A for the National Disease Emergency Response Agreement (NDERA)


Some jobs are shutting down. Some jobs have already shut down. At others, some are choosing to continue and some are continuing with smaller crews.

We have been in contact with our shops about safety precautions.  If you are not getting the supplies that were agreed to such as water and soap on your jobsites, or if you have any questions or concerns, then you are to call the hall immediately or send an email. And please try to maintain the safe distance recommended for the social distancing order, this includes break and lunch periods.

As more information comes to us we will be delivering what we know through emails and text blast.

Stay Safe!!!

*Also, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we will be cancelling the April Union meeting.*

 

 

 

 

 

Update as of March 20, 2020


Click on the link below to access a press release from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in regard to mass layoffs due to job closure involving  the spread of the coronavirus.

ODJFS_press_release.pdf

 

 

 

 

Brothers and Sisters,

 

After careful consideration, due to the ongoing fast breaking developments around the outbreak of the coronavirus, we are asking all members, retirees, and significant others to please try and conduct all union business remotely for the time being. As of March 18, 2020, the Union Hall office will be on lockdown.  All business will be conducted via telephone or electronically.  Due to the rapidly changing situation, future updates will be communicated via email and text blasts.

We are fully committed to protecting our staff, Officers, and members in the case of a local COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.  We have a business continuity plan in case of a pandemic, natural disaster, or any other situation where business is not able to occur under normal conditions.  Please be assured that we are taking preventative measures at the Union Hall to mitigate the spread of the illness and ensure that everyone can still conduct their business via the telephone/internet.  Again, in an attempt to mitigate the spread of the virus, if you feel that you do need to come up to the hall, please call first as we may be able to assist you over the phone.

During this last week of evolving changes, we have been in contact with the International Office, the NECA chapter manager’s office and contractors to discuss the situation of the Coronavirus that we are being confronted with. We will continue to update the membership with any information that we receive in our discussions with these and other entities.
 
Currently a few customers have shut down their buildings and construction and/or maintenance is on hold. The state has waived the waiting week for unemployment compensation and has made some other changes to make it easier to collect during this time. Click this link to go to Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services Q&A. 
 
Several things that have been done to prevent the spread of the virus include the following:

With the new quarterly dues being due at the end of March, payments should be mailed to the Hall and receipts will be mailed out immediately.

Everyone is instructed to call before coming down to the hall.  We are going to do everything possible to take care of anything you need by phone call or electronically.  This includes signing the book.  If you are laid off, call the Union Hall and they will send you information on how to sign the book via email.

The training center is closed to all apprentice and journeyman classes and will remain closed through March 27th. Any changes to this will be communicated out to the membership.

In our trade it is hard to practice all of the everyday preventative health recommendations listed but try to follow all recommendations below to the best that you can and consider eating lunch in your vehicle when practical. 

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Staying at home when you are sick
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash or coughing/sneezing into your inner arm if a tissue is not available
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Using an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available
  • Click this link to go to the CDC's website to get information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are aware of the many challenges that this outbreak presents for all families, and we promise to continue to work hard to ensure our support in making the best out of this very challenging situation. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep everyone posted as we receive any new guidance and/or information.  Any decisions made will be communicated as soon as possible.     

 

In Brotherhood,

Jeffrey J, Bommer

Business Manager