IBEW Members Please vote in your Municipal and School Board Elections- Ballots were mailed Mid October and need to be mailed back in by the deadline

The link below has the list of the Denver Area Labor Federation Endorsed Candidates:

Please take a look at the list by following the link:

https://www.denverlabor.org/news/2017-municipal-endorsements

 DALF Endorsed Candidates have completed the following eligibility requirements before being endorsed:

  1. Lengthy Application which describes their political positions on labor related issues

  2. Tour at least one Trade Apprenticeship Facility

  3. Attend a Labor Education Forum

  4. Undergo an Endorsement interview with a panel of Labor members and Affiliates

 

 


 

07/12/2017

The 2017 IBEW 68 summer picnic is coming up quick on Saturday August 19th. We need volunteers for this event. Please contact your President Morgan Buchanan at 303-865-5849 if you are interested. Thanks

 

 

 

 

Join us for a Letter Writing Workshop- telling our representatives in the Colorado House to Vote No on the Colorado Right to Work bill SB 17-055

 

  • When: 4-6pm- We feed you and you write

    • Wed. March 8/2017 OR

    • Thurs. March 9/2017

 

Where: IBEW 68 Union hall

 

Since the bill passed in the Senate we are now fighting it in the Colorado House- It will be heard in Committee on March 15, 2017

 

  • so even if you were one of 96 IBEW 68 members who wrote letters to the Colorado Senators-

  • please come back and write a letter to your Representative

 

 

 

 

Do YOU want our State Government to determine whether We should take a PAY CUT?   Or Interfere with Our Collective Bargaining Agreement?  NO!!!

*Help Us OPPOSE Right to Exploit Workers Colorado Senate Bill 17-055*

Contact your State Representative this week-

Tell your House representative to vote NO on this bill- the sponsor Sen.  Tim Neville says it won’t keep you from being a union member- However it makes it an unfair labor practice for an employer to enter into a collective bargaining agreement with a Union- and the bill makes an Existing Collective Bargaining agreement VOID

Since when should the State be interfering with Business Agreements between Employers and Their Employees?

Need to find your Colorado Representative and Contact information?

1)    Colorado State Representative- www.openstates.org

-         Type your address and you will see the contact information for your Colorado Senator

 

Write a letter, e-mail and/or make a phone call.  Sample letter below.

Contact them TODAY!!

SAMPLE LETTER

 

 

 

February 27, 2017

 

Honorable Colorado Representatives and the Committee Members on State, Military and Veterans Affairs  (Representatives  Mike Foote, Susan Lontine, Edie Hooton, Jovan Melton, Stephen Humphrey, Mike Weissman,  Adrienne Benavidez, Timothy Leonard and Dave Williams) :

 

I am a concerned Colorado voter as well as a Unionized Electrician IBEW68 member.

 

I urge you to carefully research the intent and the language in SB17-055 and to then consider voting NO when this Bill is heard in Committee on March 15, 2017.

 

This bill has serious ramifications of Government Interference with the relationship between Colorado Employers and the working people of Colorado.

 

As you well know, this same bill was killed in the House last year because Colorado Constituents do not want “Right to Work” legislation in Colorado.  Yet, the exact same bill was introduced into the Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee again in 2017. It passed in Committee despite overwhelming opposition and testimony by Colorado Voters.

 

The Bill’s Short title: “CONCERNING THE PROHIBITION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST EMPLOYEES BASED ON LABOR UNION PARTICIPATION” 

 

  • WOULD LEAD US TO BELIEVE THAT COLORADO  HAS A HUGE PROBLEM WITH THE MAJORITY OF WORKERS BEING FORCED INTO JOINING UNIONS AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT

  • THAT COLORADO WORKERS NEED TO BE PROTECTED FROM “UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES “ OF “ALL UNION” AGREEMENTS

  • THAT EMPLOYERS WHO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH A LABOR UNION SHOULD BE MONITORED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE NOT ENGAGING IN PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES when employing workers

  • THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL  IN EACH JUDICIAL DISTRICT MUST NOW BE READY TO “INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS OF A VIOLATION “ OR  A “THREATENED VIOLATION” , “PROSECUTE ANY PERSON VIOLATING” AND TO TAKE ACTIONS NECESSARY TO ENSURE EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENT OF THIS ARTICLE 3.3”

  • PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS INCLUDE MONETARY, CRIMINAL, AND JAIL SENTENCES FOR EACH VIOLATION - $1000/MISDEMEANOR/UP TO 90DAYS IN JAIL FOR EACH OFFENCE.

 

THIS BILL GOES TO FAR!-CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT THERE IS NO PROBLEM HERE IN COLORADO- WORKERS JOIN UNIONS OUT OF CHOICE NOT COERSION

 

LET’S GET TO THE TRUTH-THIS BILL IS A THINLY VEILED ATTACK ON COLORADO’S UNIONS AND THEIR MEMBERS

 

  • THE BILL’S INTENT IS TO DEFUND THE UNIONS SO THAT THEY CANNOT REPRESENT THEIR MEMBERS, AND ATTACKS ORGANIZERS WITH CRIMINAL OFFENCES, FINES AND JAIL SENTENCES

  • IS THIS THE COLORADO THAT WE WANT TO MARKET TO THE NUMEROUS MILLENIALS COMING TO OUR STATE?

  • DO WE WANT TO CRIMINALIZE THE EMPLOYERS IN THE HOSPITALS, THE FIRE STATIONS, THE SCHOOLS, AND THE BUILDING TRADES EMPLOYERS WHO VALUE THE QUALITY, AND THE PRODUCTIVITY OF THEIR UNIONIZED WORKERS and therefore enter into an “All Union Agreement” for the purpose of Collective Bargaining?

 

PLEASE VOTE NO ON SB 17-055.

 

Signature:

 

Name:

 

Address:

 

This Point in History Will Be Determined By Those Who Are Going To Take Action in Something Larger Than Themselves Instead Of Those Who Are Watching From the Side by Themselves.


 

House Republicans:

 

Title

First Name

Last Name

Email

Work Phone

Party Affiliation

District

last updated 2/10/17

 

Representative

Jon

Becker J.

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303-866-3706

Republican

65

 

 

Representative

Susan

Beckman

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303-866-2953

Republican

38

 

 

Representative

Perry

Buck

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303-866-2907

Republican

49

 

 

Representative

Terri

Carver

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303-866-2191

Republican

20

 

 

Representative

Marc

Catlin

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303-866-2955

Republican

58

 

 

Representative

Phil

Covarrubias

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303-866-2912

Republican

56

 

 

Representative

Justin

Everett

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303-866-2927

Republican

22

 

 

Representative

Stephen

Humphrey

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303-866-2943

Republican

48

 

 

Representative

Lois

Landgraf

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303-866-2946

Republican

21

 

 

Title

First Name

Last Name

Email

Work Phone

Party Affiliation

District

last updated 2/10/17

 

Representative

Polly

Lawrence

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303-866-2935

Republican

39

 

 

Representative

Timothy

Leonard

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303-866-2582

Republican

25

 

 

Representative

Kimmi

Lewis

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303-866-2398

Republican

64

 

 

Representative

Larry

Liston

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303-866-2937

Republican

16

 

 

Representative

Paul

Lundeen

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303-866-2924

Republican

19

 

 

Representative

Hugh

McKean

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303-866-2947

Republican

51

 

 

Representative

Clarice

Navarro

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303-866-2905

Republican

47

 

 

Representative

Patrick

Neville P.

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303-866-5523

Republican

45

 

 

Representative

Dan

Nordberg

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303-866-2965

Republican

14

 

 

Representative

Bob

Rankin

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303-866-2949

Republican

57

 

 

Representative

Kim

Ransom

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303-866-2933

Republican

44

 

 

Title

First Name

Last Name

Email

Work Phone

Party Affiliation

District

last updated 2/10/17

 

Representative

Lori

Saine

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303-866-2906

Republican

63

 

 

Representative

Lang

Sias

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303-866-2962

Republican

27

 

 

Representative

Dan

Thurlow

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303-866-3068

Republican

55

 

 

Representative

Kevin

Van Winkle

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303-866-2936

Republican

43

 

 

Representative

Yeulin

Willett

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303-866-2583

Republican

54

 

 

Representative

Dave

Williams D.

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303-866-5525

Republican

15

 

 

Representative

James

Wilson

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303-866-2747

Republican

60

 

 

Representative

Cole

Wist

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303-866-5510

Republican

37

 

 

 

 

 

House Democrats:

 

Title

First Name

Last Name

Email

Work Phone

Party Affiliation

District

last updated 2/10/17

 

Representative

Jeni James

Arndt

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303-866-2917

Democrat

53

   

Representative

KC

Becker K.

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303-866-2578

Democrat

13

   

Representative

Adrienne

Benavidez

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303-866-2964

Democrat

32

   

Representative

Jeff

Bridges

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303-866-2921

Democrat

3

   

Representative

Janet

Buckner

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303-866-2944

Democrat

40

   

Representative

James

Coleman

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303-866-2909

Democrat

7

   

Representative

Jessie

Danielson

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303-866-5522

Democrat

24

   

Representative

Crisanta

Duran

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303-866-2925

Democrat

5

   

Representative

Daneya

Esgar

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303-866-2968

Democrat

46

   

Representative

Tony

Exum

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303-866-3069

Democrat

17

   

Title

First Name

Last Name

Email

Work Phone

Party Affiliation

District

last updated 2/10/17

 

Representative

Mike

Foote

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303-866-2920

Democrat

12

   

Representative

Alec

Garnett

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303-866-2911

Democrat

2

   

Representative

Joann

Ginal

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303-866-4569

Democrat

52

   

Representative

Matt

Gray

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303-866-4667

Democrat

33

   

Representative

Millie

Hamner

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303-866-2952

Democrat

61

   

Representative

Chris

Hansen

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303-866-2967

Democrat

6

   

Representative

Leslie

Herod

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303-866-2959

Democrat

8

   

Representative

Edie

Hooton

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303-866-2915

Democrat

10

   

Representative

Dominique

Jackson

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303-866-3911

Democrat

42

   

Title

First Name

Last Name

Email

Work Phone

Party Affiliation

District

last updated 2/10/17

 

Representative

Chris

Kennedy

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303-866-2951

Democrat

23

   

Representative

Tracy

Kraft-Tharp

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303-866-2950

Democrat

29

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Representative

Steve

Lebsock

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303-866-2931

Democrat

34

   

Representative

Pete

Lee

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303-866-2932

Democrat

18

   

Representative

Susan

Lontine

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303-866-2966

Democrat

1

   

Representative

Barbara

McLachlan

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303-866-2914

Democrat

59

   

Representative

Jovan

Melton

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303-866-2919

Democrat

41

   

Representative

Dafna

Michaelson Jenet

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303-866-2945

Democrat

30

   

Representative

Diane

Mitsch Bush

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303-866-2923

Democrat

26

   

Representative

Dan

Pabon

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303-866-2954

Democrat

4

   

Title

First Name

Last Name

Email

Work Phone

Party Affiliation

District

last updated 2/10/17

 

Representative

Brittany

Pettersen

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303-866-2939

Democrat

28

   

Representative

Paul

Rosenthal

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303-866-2910

Democrat

9

   

Representative

Joseph

Salazar

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303-866-2918

Democrat

31

   

Representative

Jonathan

Singer

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303-866-2780

Democrat

11

   

Representative

Donald

Valdez

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303-866-2916

Democrat

62

   

Representative

Mike

Weissman

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303-866-2942

Democrat

36

   

Representative

Faith

Winter

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303-866-2843

Democrat

35

   

Representative

Dave

Young

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303-866-2929

Democrat

50

   
                 

 

 

 

 


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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.

Fraternally,

Jim Mantele

 

BM/FS

 

Posted 1-31-17


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LU-68 Health Advisory

 

Pneumonia typically refers to an infection of the lungs, there are many different types. Some are caused by viruses, fungi, or parasites, but many cases of pneumonia are caused by bacteria. The most common bacterial pneumonia is called pneumococcal pneumonia. Pneumococcal pneumonia is a serious disease that can strike anywhere, anytime. Certain symptoms, like cough and fatigue, can last for weeks, or even longer. And in severe cases, it can lead to death. Pneumococcal pneumonia may be more common than you think. During adulthood, your risk of getting it increases as you age. And even otherwise-healthy adults as young as 50 are at risk. 

Here’s what you should know about pneumococcal pneumonia:

  • May start quickly with little warning

  • Certain symptoms, like cough and fatigue, can last for weeks, or longer

  • May result in hospitalization

  • In severe cases, may lead to death

  • The CDC reports 2.6 million hospitalization cases per year with a mortality rate at 23%

  • Pneumonia is the 8th leading cause of death in the United States

    Pneumococcal pneumonia is more common than you think.  And, if you're over 50, you may be at increased risk for getting it.

    Take these steps to decrease your risk of getting pneumonia:

  • Stop smoking. You're more likely to get pneumonia if you smoke.

  • Avoid people who have infections that sometimes lead to pneumonia.

  • Stay away from people who have colds, the flu, or other respiratory tract infections.

  • If you haven't had measles or chickenpox or if you didn't get vaccines against these diseases, avoid people who have them.

  • Wash your hands often. This helps prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria that may cause pneumonia.

 

We currently have about 700 members in the age related increased risk group. Covered adult participants of the 8th District Electrical Benefit Fund using a PPO provider may be eligible to obtain the vaccine at “no cost”. 

 opeiu #30/afl-cio

 

Posted 12-30-16


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NOTICE TO RETIREES

RECEIVING A NORMAL OR EARLY RETIREMENT PENSION BENEFIT CONCERNING A TEMPORARY RETURN TO WORK AMENDMENT TO

THE PLAN OF BENEFITS FOR THE NEBF

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.