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COVID-19

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. 

Composite Plan Actuarial Study WCT July 2020 - No on GROW Act

It is anticipated that the United States Congress and Trump Administration will consider a final pandemic stimulus bill in the coming weeks. One of our major concerns is the potential inclusion of the Give Retirement Options to Workers (GROW) Act, which would allow multiemployers pension trustees to divert contributions from an existing defined benefit multiemployer pension plan to a new composite plan with inferior benefits and not enough money to fund both plans. The GROW Act would subject workers and retirees to dramatic benefit cuts and allow employers to leave existing plans without paying their share of the plans' liabilities.

To better understand the threat that composite plans pose to IBEW-sponsored multiemployer pensions, please read the below study recently published by the Western Conference of Teamsters.

We encorage you ALL to reach out to your Oregon and Washington U.S. Senators and U.S. House Representatives - Sample Letters and Contact information provided below.

Composite Plan Actuarial Study WCT July 2020 

Oregon and Washington U.S. Senators and U.S. House Representatives Contact Information

Letter to U.S. Senators

Letter to U.S. House Representatives

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