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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
 
 
October 23, 2020
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Jesse Newman           Shannon Skinner

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What's New at IBEW 396
2020 Officer Election Results

2020 OFFICER ELECTION RESULTS

President: Shannon Skinner

Business Manager/Financial Sec:  Jesse Newman

Vice President: Ray Madonna

Recording Secretary:  Brandie Wright

Treasurer: Nancy Long

Century Link E-Board:  Ken Bell

NV Energy E-Board:  Marc Orr

Outside Construction E-Board:  Dennis Berg

At Large E-Board: Wayne Baca & Ryan Price

Convention Delegate: Wayne Baca & Marc Orr

Outside Construction Examining Board:  Michael Harriman & Jeremy Newman

Unit Meeting Update

Sisters & Brothers,

All regular Unit Meeting will resume on their regular date and time staring June 2020. Each chair will be a minimum of 6’ apart to maintain the required social distancing guidelines set forth by the Governor. We ask if you have a mask, you wear it for your safety, as well as the other members in attendance.

I look forward to seeing each of you.

Fraternally,
Jesse Newman
Business Manager/Financial Sec.
IBEW Local 396
NV OSHA Construction Guidelines for Covid 19

Download: OSHA Construction Guidance April 20.pdf
Unsafe Working Conditions During Covid 19

U.S. Department of Labor Reminds Employers That They Cannot Retaliate Against Workers Reporting Unsafe Conditions During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers that it is illegal to retaliate against workers because they report unsafe and unhealthful working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. Acts of retaliation can include terminations, demotions, denials of overtime or promotion, or reductions in pay or hours.

“Employees have the right to safe and healthy workplaces,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt. “Any worker who believes that their employer is retaliating against them for reporting unsafe working conditions should contact OSHA immediately.”

Workers have the right to file a whistleblower complaint online with OSHA (or 1-800-321-OSHA) if they believe their employer has retaliated against them for exercising their rights under the whistleblower protection laws enforced by the agency.

OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program webpage provides valuable resources on worker rights, including fact sheets on whistleblower protections for employees in various industries and frequently asked questions.

OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of more than 20 whistleblower statutes protecting employees from retaliation for reporting violations of various workplace safety and health, airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food safety, motor vehicle safety, healthcare reform, nuclear, pipeline, public transportation agency, railroad, maritime, securities and tax laws. For more information on whistleblower protections, visit OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Programs webpage.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

NVE Healthy Living Patient Care Information

Brothers and Sisters,

Please see the message below regarding patient care for those of you who participate in the Healthy Living Program @ NVE. We will continue you to provide information as it becomes available.

If you have any questions regarding care please contact the wellPortal VIP Hotline @ 702-533-4353 , any other questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact the office @ 702-457-3011.

Fraternally,
Jesse Newman
Business Manager/Financial Sec.
IBEW Local 396

Brian Kapp (wellPORTAL LLC)

Mar 23, 11:10 PDT

Dear wellPORTAL Patient,

As you are likely aware, there is a state of emergency over coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. At wellPORTAL we are monitoring the situation very closely. The health and safety of our entire community - patients, staff and physicians alike - remain our top priorities.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever with cough and shortness of breath. If you develop fever and cold symptoms like cough or shortness of breath, please call the wellPORTAL VIP Hotline at 702-533-4353 so we can arrange for a wellPORTAL primary care physician (PCP) to assess your health condition and prepare for further evaluation as needed.

wellPORTAL primary care practices, consistent with CDC recommendations, are doing everything in their control to limit community exposure to COVID-19 while at the same time taking care of patients who need regular medical care.

• If you are healthy and scheduled to come in for an establishment of care visit or annual wellness visit, you may be asked to reschedule that appointment out further into the future.

• Some wellPORTAL primary care physicians are also offering patient visits over the phone (known as “telehealth”). Telehealth visits may be used to assess patients experiencing symptoms of acute illness to plan for further evaluation as needed. Telehealth visits may also be offered for their patients with chronic conditions and medication needs to assure that rapid safe care is available without the need to visit an office with sick patients.

All primary care practice locations in the wellPORTAL primary care network remain open and treating patients, except for P3 Medical Group – Business Park. That location is temporarily closed. However, patients who normally access care at that location can access care at another P3 Medical Group location or any other wellPORTAL primary care practice location. We will offer updates periodically as situations change during this COVID-19 emergency.

If you have questions or need assistance accessing primary care services, please call the wellPORTAL VIP Hotline at 702-533-4353. Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm. We are standing by to assist you.

Sincerely,

wellPORTAL Primary Care Network –
NV Energy Healthy Living Program

IBEW 396 Receives The Edwin D. Hill Award

Two IBEW locals and their employer have won the inaugural Edwin D. Hill Award for their expansive efforts to protect good jobs and Nevada power customers, a campaign that led to the landslide defeat of a deceptive state ballot measure last November.

Las Vegas Local 396 and Vacaville, Calif, Local 1245, along with NV Energy, worked together to fight Question 3, a sweeping attempt at energy deregulation that threatened to cut jobs, raise costs and imperil Nevada’s power grid.

Tom Dalzell, Local 1245 business manager, speaks prior to the awards ceremony on a panel that also includes Local 396 President Sharon Skinner, at right.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our IBEW members and our friends at NV Energy for all the work they did to protect Nevada’s energy future,” International President Lonnie R. Stephenson said. “They proved in practice that when we work with our industry partners on behalf of our customers, we can make positive change happen.”

Named for the visionary IBEW president emeritus who died last December, the Hill Award recognizes union and industry leaders who advance issues at the state and local levels. It was presented March 11 in Washington, D.C., by the National Labor Management Public Affairs Committee (LAMPAC).

Under Hill’s leadership, the IBEW and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) launched LAMPAC in 2007 to help the union and electric companies jointly address the nation’s energy challenges.

EEI called Hill “a transformative trade unionist” who honored the IBEW’s history and traditions “while making key changes to modernize and preserve the IBEW’s influence as one of North America’s most powerful voices for working people.”

The first-ever Hill Award winners built a coalition of environmental groups, small and large businesses, local officials and other parties “dedicated to keeping energy prices low while increasing the amount of clean energy in Nevada,” EEI said.

NV Energy employs Local 396 members in southern Nevada and Local 1245 members in the north.

Recognizing the value of the IBEW’s experience in grassroots organizing and pro-worker political campaigns, the company asked the union “to run the ground game” on Question 3, said Local 396 Business Manager Jesse Newman.

Key to the locals’ strategy was an October door-knocking blitz in the Las Vegas area. On top of Locals 396 and 1245, the weeklong canvass drew members from 10 other IBEW locals in California and Nevada, some of them traveling hundreds of miles.

“This is truly unprecedented solidarity among the different IBEW locals, as well as remarkable labor-management cooperation, the likes of which are rarely seen in the United States.” Local 1245 Business Manager Tom Dalzell told them, kicking off the event.

“You can’t put a price tag on what we have in this room. Your honesty, and your truth, and your enthusiasm, and your passion, and your devotion and commitment … that’s what will win it.”

Newman believes that personal contact made all the difference, putting a human face on the confusing issue of energy deregulation, made worse by the onslaught of advertising across all media platforms.

“There was sensory overload,” he said. But by spending a few minutes at a doorstep, explaining what was at stake, “we were able to turn potential ‘yes’ voters into ‘no’ voters.”

The ability to work with NV Energy was essential, Newman said, noting that the partnership didn’t originate with the campaign.

“If we didn’t have the relationship we have through the Code of Excellence, I don’t think Question 3 would have been defeated,” he said.

EEI President Tom Kuhn said the winners “achieved an outcome that ultimately benefits electricity customers in Nevada. They were very successful, and they are all very deserving of this distinguished award.” 

The March 11 ceremony also honored the winners of LAMPAC’s 2019 John D. Dingell Award. Dingell, who died in February, served in Congress for 60 years, half of them as chair or ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

U.S. House Reps. Doug LaMalfa of California and Kurt Schrader of Oregon received the award for their bipartisan leadership passing the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act, which improves the safety and reliability of the energy grid on federal lands.

“When it comes to maintaining our energy security, partisanship should never come in the way,” Stephenson said. “Representatives LaMalfa and Schrader have shown – just like Congressman Dingell did throughout his career – that lawmakers can cross the aisle and work together to come u
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IBEW 396 Receives The Edwin D. Hill Award
IBEW LOCAL UNION 396, IBEW LOCAL UNION 1245, AND NV ENERGY RECEIVE THE INAUGURAL EDWIN D. HILL AWARD

Washington, D.C. (March 11, 2019) – During a reception tonight, the inaugural Edwin D. Hill Award will be presented to International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 396, IBEW Local Union 1245, and NV Energy. The distinguished award recognizes advancement of state and local initiatives on behalf of the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) member electric companies and IBEW members.

IBEW Local Union 396, IBEW Local Union 1245, and NV Energy worked together to form a diverse coalition to educate customers in Nevada about their energy choices and NV Energy’s plan for providing customers with more clean energy. The coalition included environmental organizations, small and large business owners, local officials, and other organizations dedicated to keeping energy prices low while increasing the amount of clean energy in Nevada. Customers in Nevada overwhelmingly agreed with the coalition when they voted on Election Day.

“EEI’s member companies are committed to putting customers first, to maintaining reliability, and to keeping electricity prices low for all customers,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “IBEW Local Union 396, IBEW Local Union 1245, and NV Energy worked together to build a broad coalition to achieve an outcome that ultimately benefits electricity customers in Nevada. They were very successful, and they are all very deserving of this distinguished award.” 

“I couldn’t be prouder of the members of IBEW Locals 396 and 1245 and our friends at NV Energy for all the work they did to protect Nevada’s energy future,” said IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson. “They proved in practice that when we work with our industry partners on behalf of our customers, we can make positive change happen.”

EEI and the IBEW came together 12 years ago to create the National Labor Management Public Affairs Committee (National LAMPAC). National LAMPAC fosters collaboration and partnership among electric company executives and IBEW leaders to address the nation’s energy challenges. Through National LAMPAC, labor and management join together to achieve the common goals of running a well-managed, efficient business with a highly skilled workforce.

Named for IBEW International President Emeritus Edwin D. Hill, the award is presented to leaders who advance issues at the state and local levels. Hill, a transformative trade unionist who modernized and shepherded the IBEW through one of the deepest recessions in history, passed away in December 2018. During his tenure, the IBEW held fast to its history and traditions while making key changes to modernize and preserve the IBEW’s influence as one of North America’s most powerful voices for working people. It was also under Hill’s leadership that National LAMPAC was created.

 
 
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