IBEW Local 48 and Local 970 Merger
Posted On: Sep 30, 2011
Wednesday, September 28,
The membership of IBEW Local 48 voted unanimously to support the merger between IBEW Local 48 and Local 970.  Local 970, located in Longview, Washington, serves customers in the Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties in the lower Columbia region.  The merger will become effective in November when all current Local 970 members in good standing will become IBEW Local 48 brothers and sisters and subject to our dues and by-laws. 
In his Business Manager Report to Local 48 membership, Clif Davis, explained that the merger would not have any adverse financial impacts on Local 48 members.  The merger will not create significant new administrative overhead and wage/benefit for Local 970 members will be raised to Local 48 levels no later than January 2014.
For many Local 48 members in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting, the merger was a way to strengthen Unionism in the region and to expand the benefits union membership brings to our economy and communities.  “The union movement” said Jonni Ocejo, “is about brotherhood. This merger is a creative way to make sure we remain strong and that we can build living wage jobs across our region.”
After the vote to merge the two locals, Clif Davis said, I am pleased our members have shown true Unionism by unanimously passing the motion and that Local 970 will become a part of our great Local. We extend a warm welcome to each Local 970 member and look forward to the positive changes that will benefit all parties involved.
For more information click this Terms of the Merger PDF  that was presented at Wednesday, September 28th General Membership Meeting.

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