Next Union Meeting: 

We are having a regular meeting, the second Wednesday of the month, January 12, 2022, at 5:30pm.  The Sunshine Club will be open.  Due to the Governor’s new mandate, masks will be required.

Holiday Hours:

This year Christmas and New Year’s fall on Saturday.  The Union Hall and Fund office will be observing these holidays the Friday before and the offices will be closed. Since the Union Hall will be closed on December 31st, we will be giving a one-week grace period on the late fee for dues payments. 

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.

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.

A Message from the Union Hall:

Brothers and Sisters, We wish you and your families well over this holiday season. Work continues to look promising. Pending serious supply chain issues, we should have job opportunities through the winter. Looking beyond that, we are extremely optimistic about the spring and summer.

Many of you have expressed concerns over vaccine mandates. Guidance on the mandates seems to be changing almost daily. As of right now most employers are doing their best to keep their work force by moving people around based on vaccination choice. We would encourage you all to consult with your primary care physicians and determine if the Covid -19 vaccine is safe for you. Please continue to remain diligent and help prevent any transmission of the virus.  Please call if you have questions. We would ask that you respect each other’s decision when it comes to vaccination.

We would like to compile a list of names and time lost to all Covid-19 related incidents both current and retroactive. Upon receiving and compiling this information, we were asked to present it in the form of grievance to the NYS DOL. This grievance would make it known to Governor Kathy Hochul and the Commissioner of the NYS DOL Roberta Reardon that it is our position that all lost time related to Covid-19 be paid at your full scale of pay, meaning benefits included, not your hourly dollar amount you receive in the check; to which you are currently being paid. This has been a point of contention since Covid-19 relieve was implemented. It is our intent to hold the elected and appointed officials accountable and to make them provide us with definitive answers furthermore making our membership whole monetarily! To aid in the process you may be asked to file a complaint with NYSDOL. We can assist you with that process. Please contact Ray directly with all information pertaining to the subject as well as any questions. He can be reached at the hall or by email at rryerse@ibewlu86.com.  

For the information of all members, Local 86 will be putting on another Stewards class in the months to come. Any members in good standing wishing to take the class, please contact the hall.

We would also like to remind the membership about the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) available through the fund office. EAP is not just for addiction. It also provides mental health services and counselling. This past 19 months has challenged us all. Please seek help if you need it or encourage a struggling Brother or Sister to reach out.

In Solidarity We Shall overcome!

Chili Cookoff: 

The chili cookoff will be held on January 16, 2022, at the Union hall.  Doors will open at noon. Bring a dish, hors d’oeuvres or make a chili to pass.  We will have the football game on and play a euchre tournament if we have enough people.  The bar will be open.

From the Rochester JATC:

CW/CE Training Schedule 2nd Trimester 1/10/2022-3/3/2022

Monday’s Starting 1/10…

Codes and Practices Lvl 2- Mitchell 4:30pm-7:30pm

Conduit Bending Lvl 2- Krenzer 4:30pm-7:30pm

Tuesday’s Starting 1/11…

DC Theory Lvl 2- Kent 4:30pm-7:30pm

Transformers- Lobello 4:30pm-7:30pm

Wednesday’s Starting 1/12…

Blueprint Reading- Kent 4:30pm-7:30pm

Thursday’s Starting 1/13…

AC Theory Lvl 2- Alexander 4:30pm-7:30pm

Motor Controls Lvl 1- Pratt 4:30pm-7:30pm

One time required class schedule (2021):

Membership Education (Unionism) 12/8 4:30pm-7:30pm

One time required class schedule (2022)

2020 Code update 1/25 and 1/26 4:30pm-8:30pm

First Aid/CPR 2/23 4:30pm-8:30pm

Membership Education (Unionism) 3/23 4:30pm-7:30pm

***Please call the JATC (585)235-5050 to sign up for these classes

***If you want to test out of a class or take a class you have not taken the prerequisites, please contact the JATC for testing

***The week of Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving) will have no scheduled classes and will be used for make up dates.

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’s all do our part and become members of the Sunshine Club to support this organization and the Brothers and Sister 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.

Rochester Amerks:

We have season tickets available for the Rochester Amerks. Call (585) 235-1510, option #0, to reserve tickets (4 tickets per game).  First come, first serve basis.  Dues must be current. One game per member. 

For discounted tickets, the promo link and password are listed below.  The promo code can be used for as many tickets and as many games as listed by all union members and their family and friends.  Please check with the arena on the day of the event to confirm it has not been cancelled.


Passcode – UNION


Anyone interested in attending the 2022 WGA in Indianapolis, IN and is not a member, must contact Greg Post or Dan O’Mealia by January 1, 2022. 

ATTENTION – Re-sign Information: 

All re-signs are from the 10th through the 16th of each calendar month.  Re-sign can be done by email, fax, and mail. At this time, we are also taking new signs and re-signs by phone.  Contact Ray at (585)235-1510, option #5.  Web Referral is available at www.ibewlu86.org. Click on Web Referral and then proceed with the instructions on the page. Members can bid on jobs available, update basic information, as well as re-sign from this link. 

Job Calls – 5:00 pm to 9:00 am DAILY: 

Listen to the job line at (585) 235-1510, option #2. If you want a job call after listening to the job line you MUST leave your name, card number, phone number at which you can be contacted, and what order you want to accept the calls.

IO/NEBF Pension: 

Please call the Union Office six months before you reach age 62 to set up an appointment to start processing your pension application (585) 235-1510.

Thought for the day!

“If it had not been for the discontent of a few fellows who had not been satisfied with their conditions, you would still be living in caves. Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization. Progress is born of agitation. It is agitation or stagnation.”  ~Eugene V. Debs