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      Brothers and Sisters,

      As most of you have probably heard, the LaPorte County Commissioners issued a mandate requiring residents to wear facemasks to curtail a second wave of COVID-19.  This order, which can be viewed by clicking here, will be in effect until rescinded by the county health officers.  Following that, Governor Holdcomb yesterday announced that he will be signing Executive Order 20-37 which requires all Hoosiers to wear a facemask in certain situations, effective 7/27.  More details on this can be found by clicking here.  The entire Executive Order can be downloaded below.

      In light of these orders, IBEW Local 531 will be requiring all members and guests that enter the building to wear a mask or face covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times.  If you do not have a mask, we will provide you one to keep.  These face coverings have the IBEW 531 logo printed on them and can be worn outside the hall to show our locals committment to public safety.  Even while wearing a mask or face covering, the CDC still continues to recommend social distancing standards.  Hand sanitizer and gloves are also available for anyone wishing to use them while in the building.  

      I understand these are not popular mandates with some of the membership.  For that, I want to thank the membership for their understanding and cooperation during this entire pandemic.  As we all navigate these incredibly uncertain times together, please be safe in all that you do.  Have a great weekend.

      In Solidarity,

      Jim Clarida

      Download: Executive Order 20-37 Face Covering Requirement.pdf

      Brothers and Sisters, Yesterday, Governor Holcomb signed Executive Order 20-32 which provides directives to move into Stage 4 of Indiana's Back on Track plan.  This shall become effective at 12:01 am on Friday, June 12, 2020, and continues until 11:59 pm on July 3, 2020, unless rescinded, modified or extended.
      Download: Executive Order 20-32 (Stage 4).pdf , BackOnTrack-IN_WhatsOpen-Closed-stage4.pdf


      Brothers and Sisters, Tomorrow, June 5th, we WILL be holding our election of officers at the hall from 11 am to 7 pm. Due to the circumstances, the hall has taken extra precautions to make sure there is a safe voting environment. The election judge will have people working outside in order to ensure "social distancing" standards are met.

      Brothers and Sisters, Even though we are living in some turbulent times, Indiana is still set to have their Primary Election this coming Tuesday, June 2nd.  If you are unsure of where to vote, or who is on your ballot, please check out www.indianaworkersvote.com.  This is your one stop resource for all information regarding the Indiana Primary Election.

      Brothers and Sisters, I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with some updates on Local 531 Business.  As you well know, our election of officers is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 5th, at the hall, from 11 am – 7 pm.  Masks, hand sanitizer, wipes and gloves will be available for anyone who wishes to use them.

      Brothers and Sisters The Trustees of our NECA-IBEW Health and Welfare fund (Decatur) have issued an update concerning our benefits.  Updates include some added clarification on COVID-19 antibody testing, an update on our office operations, and few other minor, immaterial edits.  To view the entire update click here.

      We regret to inform you of the passing of Brother Jake Wright.  A celebration of Jake's life will be held Saturday, August 15, 2020, from 2 - 6 pm at Countryside Park, 5250 U.S. Highway 6, Portage.  A request for financial assistance for the family was also sent in the mail along with the Conduit Newsletter.  Click Here to view Jake's obituary.  His obituary can also be viewed in the In Memoriam tab of the website by clicking here.

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      Sep 11, 2020
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      Oct 02, 2020
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