Sunshine Club

Sunshine Club/Hardship Fund:

This Organization was founded to help the members of Local Union 86.  As a member of the Sunshine Club, you are eligible for two (2) $75.00 checks and a $50.00 Holiday check, if you meet the requirements. The Hardship Fund is to help a Brother or Sister who is in need during hard times.  Any member of Local Union 86 who requests help from the Hardship Fund must be a current member of the Local Union 86 Sunshine Club.  If the member is not a current member your request will be denied.  The cost of membership is $6.00 for 2022.  If you are interested simply make a check out to “The Sunshine Club” for $6.00 and mail it to: The Sunshine Club, 2300 E. River Rd., Rochester, NY 14623 along with the form below.  A membership card will then be mailed to you.

Remember, the Sunshine Club is for the members of Local 86. Let us all do our part and become members of the Sunshine Club to support this organization and the Brothers and Sisters of Local Union 86. Thank you to everyone who is currently a member of the Sunshine Club, and we look forward to all the new members.

Attention Retirees

Going forward any Retiree planning to work more than 40 hours in a month (remember the month ends on the last Sunday of the month, NOT the last day of the month) should call the Fund Office as soon as possible to have your Pension suspended.

Important Notice for the 2023 International Dues

The Delegates of the 40th I.B.E.W. International Convention, which was conducted in Chicago, Illinois during the week of May 9th through May 13th, 2022, approved several amendments to Article IX of the I.B.E.W. Constitution. Accordingly, effective January 1, 2023, there will be an increase of two dollars ($2.00) for the I.B.E.W. per capita that is paid to the General Fund only. There will also be an increase of two dollars ($2.00) in the I.B.E.W. Pension Benefit Fund (PBF) contribution, which applies to “A” members only. This will increase your 2023 dues to $48.50 monthly or $145.50 quarterly or $582.00 yearly.  For more information contact the Union office at (585) 235-1510.

Since the Union Hall will be closed on December 31st, please remember monthly dues need to be paid in person by 4pm, December 30th at the Hall, or online before the ball drops.

Be a good Sister/Brother and keep your dues current!  If you pay a year of dues in advance, you get a free t shirt!

Make sure your beneficiaries are up to date

When life events happen such as marriage, divorce, death of a beneficiary, etc. please make sure you update your beneficiaries not only with the Funds office but also with the International office.

For the International office:

If you do not have a beneficiary designation form on file, Article XI of the IBEW Constitution states that the death benefit is payable to the following individual(s) in order of priority:

  1. Member’s spouse, or if none;
  2. Member’s children in equal shares, or if none;
  3. Member’s parents in equal shares, or if none;
  4. Member’s estate

OR if you wish to specifically name a beneficiary or change a beneficiary previously named, you must fill out a new beneficiary designation form.

This form can be found on our website:

Online Forms – IBEW Local 86 (

or on the International office website:

Beneficiary_USA (

Do not assume you do not have a beneficiary designation form on file. You may have filled one out at the beginning of your career and it needs updating. If you are unsure whether you have one on file or not, call us and we will check on it for you.