January's Union Meeting


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Time – 6:00 PM

Location – IBEW 68, 5660 Logan Street




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Redistricting or Gerrymandering


Dear Sisters and Brothers:


All seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for election in three weeks.  The nonpartisan organization FairVote has found that only 10% of the 435 seats are competitive.  Why?  Because of unfair congressional map drawing known as redistricting or gerrymandering.


With your support, we can take important steps toward a fair system of representation.  This year is our chance to get the process out of the hands of those who have been successful at decimating worker protections, such as, Prevailing Wage laws and implementing policies that harm working families, such as Right to Worklaws.  Many of those who will be instrumental in the redistricting process are state-level representatives who will be elected this November.


IBEW 68 is providing you the links below for pertinent election information tools



This is an important nonpartisan topic.  Please educate yourself and assist with the grass roots effort.  If you have any questions please contact Local Union 68 Political Registrar Morgan Buchanan or Mary Broderick.


Jim Mantele

Business Manager




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IBEW 68 – 2018 Endorsements


IBEW 68 members and all working people in Colorado need to know that their elected leadership is working hard for them. That is why we proudly endorse a slate of union champions that have demonstrated their commitment to our members by expanding collective bargaining rights, raising wages, and making our workplaces safer. We believe that if these candidates win, Colorado will be more equitable and fair for all families.



CD – 1 - Diana DeGette                              CD – 4 – Karen McCormick

CD – 2 - Joe Neguse                                   CD – 5 – Stephany Rose Spaulding

CD – 3 – Diane Mitsch Busch                     CD – 6 – Jason Crow

CD – 7 – Ed Perlmutter



GOVERNOR Jared Polis        LT. GOVERNOR – Dianne Primavera


ATTORNEY GENERAL - Phil Weiser        STATE TREASURER - Dave Young








SD 3–

Leroy Garcia

SD 15–

Rebecca Cranston

SD 24–

Faith Winter

SD 5–

Kerry Donovan

SD 16–

Tammy Story

SD 30–

Julia Varnell-Sarjeant

SD 11–

Pete Lee

SD 20–

Jessie Danielson

SD 32–

Robert Rodriguez

SD 13–

Phil Kelley

SD 22–

Brittany Pettersen

SD 34–

Julie Gonzalez







HD 3–

Jeff Bridges

HD 25–

Lisa Cutter

HD 37–

Tom Sullivan

HD 4–

Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez

HD 26–

Dylan Roberts

HD 38–

Chris Kolker

HD 9–

Emily Sirota  

HD 27–

Brianna Titone

HD 40–

Janet Buckner

HD 10–

Edie Hooton

HD 28–

Kerry Tipper

HD 42–

Dominique Jackson

HD 11–

Jonathan Singer

HD 29–

Tracy Kraft-Tharp

HD 44–

Simone Aiken

HD 13–

KC Becker

HD 30–

Dafna Michaelson Jenet

HD 46–

Daneya Esgar

HD 17–

Tony Exum

HD 31–

Yadira Caraveo

HD 47–

Bri Buentello

HD 18–

Marc Snyder

HD 32–

Adrienne Benevidez

HD 50–

Rochelle Galindo

HD 20–

Kent Jarnig

HD 33–

Matt Gray

HD 56–

Dave Rose

HD 21–

Liz Rosenbaum

HD 34–

Kyle Mullica

HD 59–

Barbara Mclachlan

HD 23–

Chris Kennedy

HD 35–

Shannon Bird

HD 61–

Julie McCluskie

HD 24–

Monica Duran

HD 36–

Mike Weissman

HD 62–

Don Valdez





Steve O'Dorisio and Emma Pinter





Rick Reigenborn





Amendment 73- Vote Yes


Proposition 109 - Vote No


Proposition 110- Vote Yes


Proposition 111- Vote Yes


Proposition 112- Vote No


Amendment Y- Vote Yes


Amendment Z- Vote Yes








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January 31, 2017

Subject: IBEW Founders’ Scholarship 

Sisters and Brothers,

Annually, we are approached by members interested in furthering their educational opportunities and advancing their careers.  The IBEW Founders’ Scholarship honors those who had a dedicated role establishing and promoting the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The IBEW is once again pleased to offer its working members scholarships on a competitive basis. The awards are intended to provide financial assistance thru the educational path of our members while assuring the progress the electrical industry.  Applications are available on this website (under Resources/Forms) or on the IBEW website at: http://www.ibew.org/FoundersScholarship

Eligibility qualifications include IBEW membership in continuous good standing for four years preceding May 1, of the scholarship year in which they plan to apply.  Members that may have been on honorary withdrawal at any time during the aforementioned period are not eligible to participate.

Spouses or children of IBEW members are not eligible for the IBEW Founders’ Scholarship. Union Plus has a scholarship that is available for IBEW members, as well as their spouses and dependent children.  Additional information relating to those scholarship programs is available at the Union Plus website at: https://www.unionplus.org/benefits/money/union-plus-scholarships

LU 68 highly encourages all interested eligible members to participate in the IBEW Founders’ Scholarship Program.  Please share this information with other members.


Jim Mantele




Posted 1-31-17

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The Trustees of the National Electrical Benefit Fund (NEBF) and the National Employees Benefit Board have approved a temporary Return to Work Amendment to the Plan of Benefits for the NEBF that permits certain eligible retirees to return to covered and contributory employment for a period of time without a loss of pension benefits from the NEBF. Please read the following notice carefully as this amendment does not apply to all retirees or to all electrical employment.

As you are aware, the rules of the Plan generally provide for a suspension of benefits for a retiree who returns to employment in the electrical industry for forty (40) or more hours per month. This temporary Return to Work Amendment changes the suspension rules for certain eligible retirees. Following are the features of the amendment:

1. The temporary amendment is effective from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

2. All normal and early retirees with a pension effective date of December 2016 or earlier will be permitted to return to covered and contributory employment only and will be permitted to work for up to 600 hours during the above period without a loss of NEBF benefits. This amendment applies only to the NEBF Plan. (In order to receive benefits from other funds it will depend on the rules of those funds.)

3. Once an individual has worked for 600 hours in covered and contributory employment during the term of the temporary amendment, the individual will no longer be able to take advantage of this amendment and the normal rules (permitting work in the electrical industry for less than forty (40) hours per month without a suspension of benefits) will apply.

4. Disability pensioners are not eligible (the existing rules applicable to disabled pensioners remain in effect).

5. Only retirees who return to NEBF covered and contributory employment will be able to take advantage of this amendment – this amendment will not apply to persons who work for covered employers where no NEBF contributions are required or to persons who work for non-covered employers in the electrical industry.


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2017 Code Books are available for $80

at the Apprenticeship


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Important ERTS Information

The Trustees of the IBEW Pacific Coast Pension Fund have decided to terminate participation in the Electrical Industry Pension Reciprocal Agreement.  This becomes effective for contributions paid on behalf of a participant on and after January 1, 2016.  As a result of this decision, the following changes will take effect for employment performed on and after the effective date:

1)  No contributions for work performed in the jurisdiction of the IBEW Pacific Coast Pension Fund will be transferred to another electrical industry plan; and

2)  No contributions for work performed in another electrical industry plan’s jurisdiction will be transferred to the IBEW Pacific Coast Pension Fund.

The IBEW Pacific Coast Pension Fund Office indicates that inside members working out of Local Union 76 in Tacoma, Washington, will be affected by this change.  However, there are other agreements along the Pacific Coast through Oregon and California (possibly LU’s 6, 46 and 48) that also participate in this plan, but the “Inside Wireman” classifications may not be affected. 

It is strongly suggested that Local Unions inform their members working in these areas, or planning on traveling to these areas, that any pension contributions made on their behalf will not be reciprocated to their Home Fund.  It is quite likely they will lose the benefit of any defined benefit contributions unless they manage to stay employed until vested in this plan which remains in critical status.

Therefore, be advised if you are presently working or plan to work in these jurisdictions, you should verify the reciprocity status with the specific Local Union.

Posted 12/30/15

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 Important Pension Notice

Pursuant to action taken by the Eighth District Pension Fund, Plan Participants may have your pension contribution reciprocated to your home local.  There are specific qualifications and a cautionary notification that should be carefully considered prior to redirecting the reciprocation of your funds.

Briefly, an established participant who is working in a jurisdiction that only provides a defined contribution plan (annuity), may elect to reciprocate the amount of the defined benefit (pension) consistent with the current home local Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Should a participant contemplate the reciprocal action, be reminded, the Plan must receive a minimum of 500 hours of contributions in a Plan Year to receive a partial credit.  Once funds are deposited on your behalf, they cannot be retrieved.

Should there be any questions, please contact Sandy Brown at the Fund Office at (303) 745-1539 or the Local Union.