Dues News / Vacation Freeze

Important Notice for the 2022 International Dues:

The 40th I.B.E.W. International Convention has been postponed to May 9 – 13, 2022.  We will not know if there is an increase in your International Dues until after the Convention.  As a result, effective January 1, 2022, there will be no change.  Dues will remain $44.50 monthly or $133.50 quarterly or $534.00 yearly, until notified otherwise.

Vacation Freeze:

The vacation fund will be frozen December 30 – 31, 2021 for year-end close-out check processing.  As a result, the last day to withdraw your vacation funds this year will be Wednesday, December 29, 2021.  No exceptions.  As a reminder, vacation withdrawals must be requested with 24-hour notice.  Your check will be available for pick up at noon of the following day.  Any withdrawal requests must be made by the member.

Mask Protocol Now in Effect

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that the mask protocol for all indoor public places announced Friday is now in effect, as well as a new Frequently Asked Questions resource for business owners and the general public.

Masks are now required to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement. As noted on the Frequently Asked Questions webpage, an indoor public place is defined as any indoor space that is not a private residence — businesses and venues New Yorkers frequent that are publicly owned or owned by private business. These entities include indoor entertainment venues, concert halls, indoor sports stadiums, recreational spaces, restaurants, office buildings, shopping centers, grocery stores, pharmacies, houses of worship and common areas in residential buildings. Posters encouraging people to wear masks and get vaccinated are available for businesses to use here and here.

“As Governor, my top priority is to protect the health of New Yorkers and the health of our economy, and these temporary measures will help us get through the holiday season safely,” Governor Hochul said. “I share everyone’s frustration that we have gotten to this point, especially with the vaccine at our disposal. I want to thank the millions of New Yorkers who have done the right thing to get fully vaccinated. We are all in this together and if others will follow suit, these measures will no longer be necessary.”   

This major action to address the winter surge and concern over upcoming holiday gatherings comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise statewide to be in alignment with the CDC’s recommendations for communities with substantial and high transmission. The State Health Commissioner issued a determination solidifying the requirement. 

This measure is effective until Jan. 15, 2022, after which the State will re-evaluate based on current conditions, and brings added layers of mitigation during the holiday season when more time is spent indoors shopping, gathering and visiting holiday-themed destinations.     

COVID-19 and Vaccination Links

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Please take some time to explore the COVID-19 and vaccination links below. Information on this matter is changing daily and we will do our best to update our information. I would ask that you respect each other’s choice as whether or not someone chooses to be vaccinated or not. Please feel free to contact me with any issues.

Fraternally yours,

Michael J. Bader
Business Manager
I.B.E.W., Local Union 86

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 (ibewlu86.org)

or on the International office website:

Beneficiary_USA (ibew.org)

http://www.ibew.org/Portals/31/documents/pension/Beneficiary_Cover_Letter2b.pdf

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.

Local 86 Pension Retirees Allowed to Work

The Pension Trustees have decided with the positive work outlook and the fact that currently there are unfilled job calls, to allow retirees to go back to work.  This will start on May 31st, 2021 and go for a three months ending August 29, 2021. **************

The Amendment will read similar to this:

(v)        Notwithstanding anything in this Section 6.9 to the contrary, if a Participant becomes employed in Post-Retirement Employment with a Contributing Employer within the Local 86 jurisdiction on or after May 31, 2021 and before August 30, 2021, such Participant’s monthly benefit payment shall not be permanently withheld during any months or payroll periods of Post-Retirement Employment occurring from the date of such employment through August 29, 2021.  In addition, any hours worked during this period by a Class 9 Member shall not constitute Post-Retirement Employment for purposes of the 600 Hours of Service limit set forth in Section 6.9(u).  However, if a Participant becomes employed in Post-Retirement Employment for any reason after such date, his monthly benefit payment shall be permanently withheld during each month or payroll period of Post-Retirement Employment occurring thereafter as provided in this Section 6.9.  The Trustee have the right to rescind this amendment if determined necessary.

Please note no formal letter will be going out regarding this extension i.e.  individual letters will not be sent to Members.  Communication of the extension is being done by email to all Contractors, on the Union website and in the Labor News. 

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************** The Pension Trustees have decided with the positive work outlook and the fact that currently there are unfilled job calls, to allow retirees to continue to work and collect their pension.  This will be extended from August 29, 2021 to November 28, 2021.

************** The Pension Trustees have decided with the positive work outlook and the fact that currently there are unfilled job calls, to allow retirees to continue to work and collect their pension.  This will start on November 28, 2021 and go to March 27, 2022.

The Amendment will read similar to this:

Notwithstanding anything in this Section 6.9 to the contrary, if a Participant becomes employed in Post-Retirement Employment performing work as defined under the Local 86 Labor Agreement with a Contributing Employer within the Local 86 jurisdiction on or after November 28, 2021 and before March 27, 2022 (or such earlier date as determined by the Trustees), such Participant’s monthly benefit payment shall not be permanently withheld during any months or payroll periods of Post-Retirement Employment occurring from the date of such employment through March 27, 2022 (or such earlier date as determined by the Trustees).  In addition, any hours worked during this period by a Class 9 Member shall not constitute Post-Retirement Employment for purposes of the 600 Hours of Service limit set forth in Section 6.9(u).  However, if a Participant becomes employed in Post-Retirement Employment for any reason after such date, his monthly benefit payment shall be permanently withheld during each month or payroll period of Post-Retirement Employment occurring thereafter as provided in this Section 6.9.

This is for the Local 86 pension only. The rules of NEBF and IO pensions still apply.