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Vote Tuesday, February 16

Vote! Polls are open Tuesday, from 7:00am – 8:00pm.
Find voting info at www.MyVote.Wi.gov  (Find your polling place, update your registration, see your sample ballot, find your elected officials, and more.)
If you have an absentee ballot: witnessed, signed absentee ballots are due by 8:00pm, Tuesday, February 16. Learn more about voting absentee

Voters may register at the polls on election day.
Take your Wisconsin ID, when you go to vote. See acceptable forms of ID
To register, or update your voter registration, take your proof of residence.

By state law, Wisconsin (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 6.76) Workers may take up to three consecutive unpaid hours off work, on election day, to vote.
*Notify employer before election day.*
https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/6/iii/76Read more... “Vote Tuesday, February 16”

Get Ready to Vote November 3!

NOW is a good time to register to vote.
And/or request your absentee ballot.

Yes, we just had the fall primary election, but the November 3 election is coming up fast.
The US Postal Service is experiencing delays, so if you plan to vote by mail, request your absentee ballot NOW, and when you receive it, return it ASAP. Some municipalities may also use secure ballot drop boxes, so keep an eye on your local clerk’s office for information in the coming weeks. The city of Madison just announced it will install 14 secure ballot drop boxes.


The Wisconsin Elections Commission https://elections.wi.gov/ has posted some important deadlines and facts, for November 2020 (read on). Read the full article at https://elections.wi.gov/node/7039.… Read more... “Get Ready to Vote November 3!”

Solidarity Through Safety

Our actions affect our IBEW sisters and brothers at work, and our families at home. If you are looking, free vaccines are available at vaccinate.wi.gov for ages 5 and older. Boosters are also available for adults. The December IBEW 159 newsletter was emailed and mailed out yesterday, and is archived on this site. It includes Q&A and info links. In the October Electrical Worker our International President urges IBEW members to protect ourselves and one another, and shares IBEW members’ reasons why they got their shot. Stay well, stay safe.

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Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, November 15 – 21

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Registered Apprenticeship is more than a job, it is a pathway to a family-sustaining career. Apprentices earn while they learn, with benefits, through on-the-job training and classroom instruction.
Meet some IBEW 159 apprentices

Apprenticeships in the trades last 3-5 years. When an apprentice tops out, they have money in the bank, and money put away toward retirement, instead of debt from student loans. Learn more about the trades at Building Trades Council of SC Wisconsin
Learn about Apprenticeship in Wisconsin
Apprenticeship Week Events

Kickoff Apprenticeship Week with Business Manager Sue Blue, and Kitty Dunn on Triple M

Triple M’s Kitty Dunn sat down with Business Manager Sue Blue to discuss Apprenticeship. Tune in *Sunday morning, or listen now.

*Interview will air Sunday, November 14, on these three stations:
Between 5 and 6am on WOLX and WMHX
Between 6 and 7am on WMMM.

Registered Apprenticeship is more than a job, it is a pathway to a family-sustaining career. Apprentices earn while they learn, with benefits, through on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Apprenticeships in the trades last from 3-5 years. When an apprentice tops out, they have money in the bank, and money put away toward retirement, instead of debt from student loans. More about the trades: www.btrades.com
Wisconsin Apprenticeship: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/apprenticeship/
Apprenticeship Week Events: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/apprenticeship/naw-events-2021.htm
Find Trades Women of SC Wisconsin,

Urgent Call for Workers in Duluth/Superior, ASAP (has OT & per diem)

IBEW Local 242 has open calls right now. Please forward to all Local Unions and Apprenticeship Offices throughout the Country. I really need to fill these calls, any help would be appreciated!

(see full post at IBEW Local 159 public Facebook page)

November 10, 2021 IBEW LOCAL 242 WALK THROUGH! IMMEDIATE HOUSING AVAILABLE. (Ask us when you take a Call)

I HAVE UNTIL FRIDAY NIGHT TO FILL THESE CALLS.

WE ARE IN NEED OF 50 JW’s / 3RD YEAR AND HIGHER INDENTURED APPRENTICES (IF WILLING TO TRAVEL) FOR NEWTRON AT THE HUSKY OIL REFINERY REBUILD PROJECT in Superior, WI!!!

Need HELP Immediately! Husky Oil is paying $125 Per day ($12.50 per hour worked) through January 2, 2021. Details below.

Wage – $41.37

NEBF 3% – $1.24

Vacation 11% – $4.55

H&W 24.65% – $10.20

Lcl Pension 13.55% $5.61

Annuity 16% – $6.62

Total Pkg = $69.60

You do have an option of a 401k or 401k Roth that you can put $1 through $9 an hour into off of your base rate pay.… Read more... “Urgent Call for Workers in Duluth/Superior, ASAP (has OT & per diem)”