On March 18, 2020, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA” or “Act”), H.R. 6201, which requires certain employers to provide employees with expanded sick leave and family leave (under the FMLA) for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Here are the important aspects of the new law: Covered Employers/Employees Under FFCRA, the paid… [Read More]
As part of our ongoing effort to keep members and staffers safe and healthy during the COVID 19 outbreak, access to our union hall and dispatch office are limited to the hours of 7am-9am, and 1pm-5pm. The doors remain locked throughout the day, and a staff member or security guard is regulating access to a… [Read More]
After a coordinated response across North America’s Building Trades Unions, including hundreds of thousands of letters, phone calls and comments from union construction workers, on March 10 the Trump Administration backed off its plan to undermine the century-old construction apprenticeship system.
The uncertainty surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been deeply unsettling to nearly every industry, and the IBEW and its partners at the National Electrical Contractors Association have signed an emergency agreement to help construction workers and contractors navigate these turbulent times.
This new law requires any new employee that has a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to be registered in this new database. The CDL holder must register themselves in the system before an employer can hire them. For our outside construction members, pre-registering can eliminate any potential issues when taking a new employer referral from the… [Read More]
WORK PICTURE California 2019 was a record year for employment in Local 1245’s Outside Line Construction group. This past year — which really began in December of 2018 and was full bore all the way through the end of 2019 — Local 1245 saw a record number of more than 7,000 dispatches, as well as… [Read More]
Fifty years ago, IBEW teamed up with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) to establish the California-Nevada Power Lineman Apprenticeship Training Program (Cal-Nev JATC), a not-for-profit entity designed to ensure the electrical industry in our region would have a steady supply of qualified workers for generations to come. Over the past five decades, the Riverside,… [Read More]