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The IBEW Local 48 Business Office and Dispatch have resumed operations as outlined in the Emergency Hiring Hall Rule Amendment dated March 23, 2020.

Dispatch will begin the evening of July 15, 2020 at 6:00pm.

Please continue to check the COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATES page on our website (click here to be redirected)  and follow our Local 48 Facebook page.

Due to the circumstances surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19 Local 48 will be closing its business office effective Monday, March 23, 2020. Local 48 staff will still be dispatching members as outlined in the Emergency Amendment to the Hiring Hall Rules. If you feel that you need in person assistance, please call 503-256-4848. Basic dues may be paid by phone, online or mail. The Local’s staff will continue to serve our membership via phone and e-mail during this difficult time. You can find all staff phone numbers and e-mails under the Leadership Tab of this website. 

Update From the Hall: We Want to Hear from You

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The previous months have challenged all of us in unique ways. We continue to seek out new ways to address the challenges brought on by COVID-19 and other recent events, and help our members navigate the current uncertain environment.

It has come to our attention that members may not always feel comfortable reaching out to us directly. We are here today to invite you to the discussion.

Tell us how you are doing, what challenges you and your family are facing, or voice any other concerns you may have. If ever there was a time for frank discussion, that time is now. That is why we are putting out the call to all our members: we want to hear from you!

We are union strong. That strength comes from the many voices and contributions of our members. We are here to give back to our members for those contributions, and we will do everything in our power to address members’ concerns - whether that means finding appropriate ways to work through job site issues like discrimination, safety problems, or other assistance with insurance or unemployment challenges.

Still waiting for your unemployment check? Please let us know, there are ways we can help expedite the process to help you get your money faster.

Worried about your health insurance running out? We can help you contact Harrison for assistance. You can also receive health care donations. Members can bank up to a year of health insurance and donate up to 3 months of insurance to another member. Between June 1st and Dec 31st, you can choose to deliver that saved insurance to an individual or a pool.

These are just a few examples of ways we are able to assist. We are here to help, but we need your help understanding what assistance is needed most.

We welcome all voices, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Hall if you need assistance or have concerns.

Here are just a few of the ways you can make your voice heard:

  • Attend one of our monthly virtual Town Hall meetings
  • Contact the Hall directly for help with unemployment or health insurance issues: Portland: (503) 256-4848; Vancouver: (360) 892-0171
  • Contact me directly if you would like to privately discuss any concerns or questions: busmgr@ibew48.com

We look forward to hearing from you and to building new avenues for supporting our members! 

-Garth Bachman, IBEW Local 48 Business Manager

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