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      Brothers and Sisters,

      As we start this Holiday week, I just wanted to let you know your local Business Office Holiday hours. The local Business Office will be open normal business hours Monday thru Wednesday. The office will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving.

      The local Business Office will close at Noon on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day and New Years Day. Our January scheduled Union meeting was to be held on January 1st. The Executive Board did approve moving this meeting to January 8th in light of New Years Day. The December 4th Union Meeting is still scheduled but if LaPorte County falls in the "Red", we may have to cancel. We will inform the membership as soon as possible if this occurs.

      Also, a common question that arises this time of the year is what rate of pay is paid on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Under the Inside and Residential agreements, hours worked within the normal workday are paid at straight time pay. If you are working under the NMA or statewide VDV agreement, all hours worked are paid at the double time rate.

      Please be safe in everything that you do this Holiday season and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

      In Solidarity

      Jim Clarida, Business Manager


      Brothers and Sisters, As many of you may have heard, on Wednesday Governor Holcomb announced that he is ending stage 5 of the Indiana Back on Track Plan.  The Governor does plan on signing a new Executive Order that will place new restrictions on counties depending upon how bad cases of COVID-19 are being reported.  See below for an excerpt of yesterdays announcement.
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      In these times, we are faced with so many uncertainties.  Whether it be COVID-19 or the ever increasing partisan divide amongst our country, we need more than ever to remember that we are all Brothers and Sisters.  And on this day, November 11th, we also need to give our most heartfelt thanks to those whose sacrifices has made this country safe, while protecting the freedoms of our great nation.  We can never give you back what you lost protecting us, but we can always thank you from our heart for your service.  Let us proudly wish you today, the American soldier, a most wonderful and happy Veterans Day.

      Brothers and Sisters, This is a reminder that there will be a Union Meeting tonight, 7 pm, at the JATC in Michigan City.  Union Meetings will continue to be held at the JATC in Michigan City on the first Friday of every month.  This is to ensure proper social distancing standards for our membership.
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      Brothers and Sisters, Tomorrow, November 3rd, is Election Day.  Polls open at 6 am and should remain open until 6 pm.  If you have not already voted, please take the time and make your voice heard.  For your reference, IBEW Local 531 has a list of labor endorsed candidates.  Please click here for a list or download from below.
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      Download: 2020 Endorsed Candidate.pdf

      You may be asking why the IBEW supports a Biden/Harris presidency.  There are several reasons why the IBEW was one of the first labor organizations to endorse them.
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      Brothers and Sisters, Local 531 prides itself in supporting candidates that support us, no matter the party affiliation. Working to represent and protect our membership is of utmost importance to us, especially during these turbulent times.
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      Download: 2020 Endorsed Candidate.pdf

      Brothers and Sisters, This is a reminder that there is a Union Meeting tonight at 7 pm at the JATC located at 301 e. 8th St. in Michigan City. We will not be serving pizza or refreshments and we ask that all who attend to please wear a mask and maintain social distancing as per Governor Holcomb's Stage 5 Back on Track Plan.
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    • Upcoming Events
      Union Meeting
      Dec 04, 2020
      RENEW Meeting
      Dec 11, 2020
      CANCELLED:JATC Training Center 301 E. 8th St. Michigan City
      Union Meeting
      Jan 08, 2021
      Union Meeting
      Feb 05, 2021
      Union Meeting
      Mar 05, 2021
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