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Business Manager's Report

Hello Brothers and Sisters,
 
As I write, there are 178 on the Inside Book 1, 5 on Book 2, and 6 on the Teledata Book.
 Several lawsuits have been filed to restore the $300 federal unemployment benefit in Oklahoma, and it is possible that a judge could issue an injunction reinstating the benefit this month.
 
We will have our first Inside Agreement negotiating meeting with NECA this week. Thank you to everyone who returned a completed proposals survey. We have a good team, and we will do our best to achieve our goals.
 
Our hearts go out to the families of our members who have passed away during these pandemic times we’re living through. The adjustment and grief that comes with losing our Brothers and Sisters is real. Catching up on death resolutions at our monthly meetings and hearing all of the stories has been both sobering and inspiring. Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers.
 
We hope your Independence Day celebrations were safe and fun, and I look forward to seeing you at your convenience or at our next regular Union meeting 7:00 pm Friday, August 6th at the Hall.
 
Fraternally,
 
D. Dewayne Wilcox
Business Manager / Financial Secretary
Training Director's Report

Good day Brothers and Sisters,

Work has been picking up very slowly. We have been able to put a few people back to work. There are currently 8 registered Apprentices on the available-for-work list, with two more recovering from injuries. We still have well over one hundred CW/CEs available for work. We will keep shaking the bushes trying to get the rest back to work.  

We have continued the Foreman Development Series classes. Classes will be held at the JATC on the 3rd Saturday of every month, provided we have a minimum number of JWs enrolled. There will be other journeyman improvement classes scheduled at a date to be determined. The online courses are always available and you can see them on the list below.

We have been asked to become a pilot test program for some new virtual reality training by our national office. I will be reporting to you on how that goes in next month’s newsletter. The national electrical training ALLIANCE has announced they will be holding our annual National Training Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The JATC staff will be limited the last week of July for training, so please be patient if you have needs.  As always, we thank you for your support.  

Helpful Links:

Apprenticeship Applications: http://etawok.org/applications
CW/CE Applications: http://etawok.org/cw-ce
CW/CE Resign the Available-For-Work book: http://etawok.org/resign

CEU Online Classes

(Call our office to pay by credit card & be enrolled) 

•Torque Theory Level I – 6 CEUs - $25.84
•Hazardous Locations – 12 CEUs - $28.99
•Motors I & II – 18 CEUs – $96.07
•Healthcare Systems I & II – 18 CEUs - $79.58
•Electric Motor Drives – 18 CEUs - $114.48
Organizing Department Report for June, 2021
 
Your IBEW 1141 Organizing Department continued our efforts at retention and identifying more opportunities for workers this past month.
 
In all, we conducted 14 top-down contacts with the following electrical contractors: Top, Genesis, Baker Phillips, Scissortail, Ace, Buffalo Springs, Echo, American Power, Shine Solar, Miller, McAfee, Delta, Millsap, and Trusted. Our work netted us a success in signing a Site Specific Agreement with Genesis Electric for the Reign Gardens Project in Noble, OK, where five IBEW-represented electricians are now hard at work.
 
For June, we conducted eight jobsite visits, 58 top-down visits, and 96 home visits. In all, we talked with 103 potential members: 61 Journeymen, one Lineman, two Residential Journeymen, 36 Sub-Journeymen, and three Data classifications. Following this, we scheduled evaluations for one Journeyman, one CW, and one CE. We were happy to welcome two new members into our IBEW 1141 Union family: one Residential Journeyman, and one CW.
 
11 Journeymen, 2 CEs, 2 CWs, and 1 Data classification dropped their IBEW tickets this past month.
 
Other, out-of-the-box efforts consist of continuing to utilize the salt program as well as traveling opportunities to maximize member retention. The Estimating Class will wrap up this month, and we feel it has added to our efforts. Organizers are also monitoring job posting websites like Indeed and Craigslist to see who’s hiring. We also are pleased to report that we got a good response from our recent mailer highlighting the benefits of being a union contractor, which we sent to 900 active contractors in our jurisdiction. Finally, we coordinated with IBEW 1141 Office Manager Carla Yardley to update our new contractor welcome materials.
 
We remember that the best recruiting tool we have is our active, engaged membership. Thank you for continuing to support your organizers and the mission of your Union.
 
Fraternally,
 
Don Mullens and Steve Myers
IBEW 1141 Organizing Department

Keep your QC Current!

 
The deadline to take a class to maintain Quality Connection (QC) eligibility is coming up: August 31, 2021. Please see the Training Director’s Report above, go to the JATC website at etawok.org, or call 405.672.7600 to find out about available classes.
 
There are many online classes available for you to enroll in. Don't forget, do it today.
2021 CLUW Union T-shirt Quilt Fundraiser
 
The Greater Oklahoma City Chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) announces their 2021 Union T-shirt quilt fundraiser.
 
Here are the details:
 
1 Ticket - $1.00
6 Tickets - $5.00
12 Tickets - $10.00
 
Tickets can be purchased from IBEW 1141 Sister Jennifer Duncan.
 
Drawing will be held at the Oklahoma State AFL-CIO 33RD Biennial General Convention October 29, 2021.
Need to Renew Your Driver’s License?
 
If you need an up-to-date driver’s license, REAL ID, or a related service, you’re in luck.
 
The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety is opening a “megacenter” July 26 at 1000 N.E. 10th Street (in the old Health Department building) where residents can obtain:

 
  • Renewals and replacements of both Class D and commercial driver licenses and identification cards (both REAL ID and non-REAL ID compliant)
 
  • First time REAL ID (provided customer already has a current Oklahoma license or valid Oklahoma ID)
 
  • REAL ID renewal (no documents necessary unless there has been a name change)
 
 
The center is taking walk ins – no appointment necessary – and *no cash* is accepted. You must pay with a Visa, Mastercard, or Discover debit or credit card.
 
Find more helpful information at https://www.realid.ok.gov/
How to Help Beat The Heat on the Job Site
 
As temperatures continue to rise in the summer, it’s important to remember to stay safe and avoid any heat-related illness.

“It’s important that our members know the signs of heat illness and that they keep an eye on their brothers and sisters this summer,” said International President Lonnie R. Stephenson. “And just as important, we all need to know our rights under OSHA and that no one should be working under unsafe conditions.”

Read more: https://www.ibew.org/media-center/Articles/20Daily/2006/200612_AvoidHeat
Linemen’s Inspiring Campaign Proves No Fight Is Too Small

This story from IBEW.org reads almost like a movie script. Read on to learn about the inspiring campaign in Washington to save Linemen jobs, push back against anti-union management, and keep work Local.
 
Read more: http://www.ibew.org/media-center/Articles/21Daily/2106/20706_The_Ellensburg
IBEW Membership is Family Business for Texas Brothers
  
Almost since its inception, the IBEW has been a family affair. Children have been following parents into the union trades for more than 100 years, chasing the same middle-class dreams that they grew up enjoying.
 
But it’s not often that four children follow a parent into the profession.
 
In Corpus Christi, Texas, four of Local 278 Assistant Business Manager Craig Loving’s five sons are now members of his local, too. Even more, the youngest three — Aaron, Brendon and Caleb — are currently working for the same IBEW signatory contractor, Rosendin Electric, as apprentices.
 
Learn more: http://www.ibew.org/media-center/Articles/21Daily/2106/210616_Membership

Southwestern Health and Benefit Information

As you are probably aware, the American Rescue Plan Act provides a federal COBRA subsidy benefit for qualified persons through September 30, 2021. The Southwestern Health & Benefit Fund has sent or will be sending a document to qualifying participants as they lose coverage, which provides details about the COBRA reimbursement process. We do not have a list of qualifying participants and ask that if you receive a notice, to please fill it out, copy it (or take a pic) and send to sgaiski@ibew1141.org, before mailing the original document back to the Fund. Please click this link for more information, which will likely be included in the notice when you receive it.

Blue Cross Blue Shield is no longer an in-network provider for OU Physicians, effective June 29, 2021. Also, if you have received a postcard in the mail regarding Blue Cross Blue Shield litigation, we have been advised by our plan administrator that we may be a part of this suit and to respond. To be clear, this is not something you have to do, and doing nothing will not affect your coverage, but we have been advised to provide the information.

From the IBEW 1141 President...

Hello once again, Brothers & Sisters.  I trust that everyone is well, and I hope that everyone had a great Independence Day.  I hope your family experienced an injury-free Holiday. The neighbor behind me was setting off fireworks in his backyard.  Perhaps not the most intelligent of locations but no harm, no foul, I guess.

I still have 5 spots available for the Labor & Friends Banquet on the 16th of September.  If you’ve never been, it’s a great time to listen to some Labor-friendly elected officials speak.  Refreshing, to say the least.  Also good food to be had. We have 2 tables of 8, so we need to fill up the 2nd table.  If you’re interested, send me an email at sh.ibew1141@gmail.com.

Another event is the CLUW bowling tournament on November 6th, 2021. I believe I have 6 spots still available (2 lanes of 4).  Again, please respond to sh.ibew1141@gmail.com.

The Proposals Committee has completed its task of consolidating and organizing all of the Proposals sent in by the Membership and sending them onto the Negotiating Committee.  I would like to thank all of the Members who sent in proposals, as we had some great ideas which led to some great discussions about the future of our Local.  A huge thanks as well to the Proposals Committee: Janus Miller, Daniel Sims, Garrett Thomas, and Ben Pearson, along with Steve Myers and Don Mullens. 

Our 100th Anniversary Celebration has been officially rescheduled for April 9th 2022 at the Farmer’s Market Event Center in OKC.  More information will be forthcoming, but please mark your calendars for this historic occasion.  We have 100th Anniversary merchandise available at the Hall with more to come, and the History Book is being printed even as I write.  If you have any ideas for merchandise -- shirt, pin, challenge coin designs, etc. -- please contact me at sh.ibew1141@gmail.com.

Until next time, Brothers & Sisters.

In Solidarity,
Scott Hammersberg
In Memoriam 
 
Brother Dale Edward Haralson
June 1, 1947 -- July 1, 2021
Card Number: D410744
Death Benefit Number: 513

 
IBEW 1141 deeply regrets to report the loss of Local Union Brother Dale Haralson, who passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on July 1, 2021. He was 74 years old.
 
Dale Edward Haralson was born on June 1, 1947 to Ellis and Helen Haralson in San Bernardino, California. Dale was initiated into the IBEW on October 1, 1971 and was a proud Union Brother for 50 years. He bravely served his nation as a member of the United States National Guard.
 
Dale married the love of his life, Peggy Barton, on June 20, 1981, and from their union they had 2 children. He enjoyed NHRA drag car racing as one of his favorite pastimes. Dale especially enjoyed spending time with his family and building his relationship with God. He will be greatly missed.
 
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Peggy Haralson; Daughter, Jennifer and husband Bryon Smith; Son, Jeffery Haralson; Grandchildren, Jackson Smith, Taylor Smith; Brothers, Kenny Haralson, Gary Haralson; Nephews, Raymond Haralson, Layne Fassler; and the Brothers and Sisters of IBEW Local Union 1141.
 
Dale was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gerald "Pete" Haralson.
 

The members, officers, and staff of IBEW 1141 offer our prayers and condolences to Brother Haralson’s family, friends, and loved ones during this time of bereavement.
 
Brother Dennis Britt
July 4, 1963 -- July 9, 2021
Card Number: D952451
Death Benefit Number: 514

 
Your Local Union is saddened to report the passing of IBEW 1141 Brother Dennis Britt. Dennis passed away July 9, 2021, at the age of 58.

Brother Britt was initiated into the IBEW on May 20, 1997. Prior to his many dedicated years in the trade, Dennis proudly served his Nation in the US Army from 1981-1983.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Douglas Britt, Sr. 

A private family ceremony will be held in September.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the American Cancer Society.
 

The members, officers, and staff of IBEW 1141 offer our deep condolences and prayers to Brother Britt's family, friends, and loved ones during this time of bereavement.
 
Brother Billy Joe Spain, Sr.
September 23, 1951 -- July 16, 2021
Card Number: D409461
Death Benefit Number: 515

 
IBEW 1141 regrets to report the passing of Local Union Brother Billy Spain, Sr.  Brother Spain passed away July 16, 2021 at the age of 69.

Billy was born on September 23rd, 1951, in Claremore, Oklahoma to the Late Reverend Joe and Viola Spain. He graduated from Wewoka High School, then soon after joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was initiated into the Union on August 15, 1973. Brother Spain enjoyed many decades working as a Journeyman Wireman in the industry, retiring in February of 2012.

Billy is survived by his wife of 37 years, Cynthia Spain; Two brothers, Wayne Shaw of Konawa, and Emman (Shot) Spain of Vamoosa; Three sons, Billy Joe Spain Jr. of Ponca City, Fred Lowe Jr. of Holdenville, Brother Michael Lee Spain of Purcell; Three daughters, Lucretia Rivers of Holdenville, Shannon Spain of Ardmore, and Tonya Spain of Tulsa; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a whole host of nieces and nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be at his residence at 7 Willow Pond in Wewoka, Oklahoma. He will remain in state until 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 20, 2021, then he will be taken to High Springs Indian Baptist Church for funeral services.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m Tuesday July 20, 2021 at High Springs Indian Baptist Church in Konawa with Reverend Bill "Skip" Foster. The address is NS 3530 Rd, Konawa, OK 74849.

Burial will follow at McCosar Family Cemetery in Holdenville.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Reverend Joe and Viola Spain; and one brother, Barney Lee Spain.
 
The members, officers, and staff of IBEW 1141 offer our prayers and condolences to Brother Spain's family, friends, and loved ones during this time of bereavement.

 
Sister Donna Kay Pratt
April 14, 1939 - June 19, 2021

 
IBEW 1141 is saddened to report the passing of Sister Donna Kay Pratt, who served as accountant bookkeeper for the Local Union from 1977-2000. Sister Pratt passed away June 19, 2021, at the age of 82.
 
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Vernon R. Pratt, Frisco, Texas; son, Darryl V. & Keena Pratt, Prosper, Texas; daughter, Valerie L. & Dr. Stephen Müller, Forest, Virginia; and grandchildren, Madison and Makenzie Pratt (Prosper, Texas), Abigail Müller, (Frisco, Texas), David Müller, (Jupiter, Florida), Caleb Müller, (Lynchburg, Virginia) and Kaylee Müller (Forest, Virginia).
 
Donna is preceded in death by her parents, James B. and Leta M. Miller.
 
The members, officers, and staff of IBEW 1141 offer our condolences and prayers to Sister Pratt’s family during this time of loss.


 
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