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IBEW 159 has deep roots in our local community, supports many charities and causes, provides learning opportunities for members, and reaches out to and engages with community partners.

Elections Are Coming Up!

The August 11 election matters every bit as much as the November election.

Vote:  August 11, 2020,

Plan ahead!  When and how will YOU vote?

Don’t wait til election day.  Coronavirus made voting slower in April. Consider voting early this time!

Request your absentee ballots now for 2020 August and November elections at
Vote Early!
Contact your local city/town clerk for details,
Read on for election links for the other counties in Local 159’s jurisdiction.
Vote in person.
 Polls will be open on August 11, from 7:00am-8:00pm.

To request an absentee ballot,
You must be registered to vote, with your current name and address.
Register today, or update your registration,
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Safer at Home Order

Read the full order at the end of this post. Construction Trades are exempt from the order as described below (emphasis added):

n. Critical trades. Building and Construction Tradesmen and
Tradeswomen, and other trades including but not limited to
plumbers, electricians, carpenters, laborers, sheet metal, iron
workers, masonry, pipe trades, fabricators, finishers,
exterminators, pesticide application, cleaning and janitorial
staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff,
operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation
services, forestry and arborists, and other service providers who
provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety,
sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential
Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, and Essential
Businesses and Operations.

March 23, 2020: COVID-19 Update

159 Family,

Governor Evers has issued an order that will go into effect tomorrow:

  • “Under the order, people will be able to go to grocery stores, doctor’s offices and pharmacies and go outside to exercise or walk a dog. But people will be required to stay at home for most other reasons and the governor noted that means “no sleepovers, no playdates and no dinner parties with friends and neighbors.” 
  • Businesses will be forced to close unless they are deemed to provide essential services.
  • Restaurants, which were closed by the governor last week for dine-in service, will be able to continue to provide delivery and curbside takeout, according to the governor.   
  • Some manufacturers, such as paper product maker Kimberly-Clark Corp., may also stay open under the governor’s order.
Read more... “March 23, 2020: COVID-19 Update”

March 20th 2020 – COVID-19 Update

Union News

  • The April union meeting has been canceled.
  • For now, all upcoming union events and classes have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. Apprentices should have received notice about arrangements for their classes. Apprentices should monitor their email. All Madison College facilities will remain closed until May 15.
  • Exception: the Local 159 Executive Board meeting cannot be cancelled (per the International Office), and will be held by conference call.
  • Apprenticeship applications are not being taken, for now.
  • Negotiations will continue for all contracts. There will be Inside talks next week. VDV talks have been scheduled.
  • The WEEBF office will be open for phone calls, but not for walk-in visitors, 608.276.9111.
  • Watch for ongoing updates on the Local 159 website and Facebook page.
Read more... “March 20th 2020 – COVID-19 Update”