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                   LOCAL 949
               Winter 2009                                          Volume 8, Issue 3

Letter from Vince
Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    On December 14, 2009, I informed Local Union 949 President Scott Darsie in writing of my intent
to retire effective March 11, 2010. The month of January will see a transition in our Local Union as I
will be effectively ‗turning in my keys‘ on January 22, 2010.
    Senior Business Representative Rick Oakes will assume my duties as Business Manager/Financial
Secretary in January. I have the utmost confidence in Rick‘s abilities, and I respectfully request that all
units support him in his new responsibilities on behalf of all our members.
    Further, effective January 22, 2010, a small number of units will have a reassignment of Business
Representative assigned to service their needs. For those units, your new Representative will be in
contact with you very soon.
    Service will remain high under your Local Union‘s new leadership.
    In closing, it has been both a privilege and an honor to serve o ur Local Union these past nearly
twenty years. Most importantly, I am very thankful to have gotten to know many of
you personally. I am the richer for it.

The 2010 Annual IBEW Fishing Derby
    Well Folks, it‘s that time again. The Annual              htp://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/ce/eek/na
IBEW Fishing Derby will be held                           ture/icefish.htm
             February 19 and 20, 2010                     Other online references for ice fishing include:
           Devil‘s Lake, North Dakota.                                 http://www.iceshanty.com
For information contact host locals:                               http://icefishingtheoutdoors.com
          IBEW 1426 (701-775-7601) or                                 http://www.icefishingworld.
            IBEW 714 (701-852-3025)
    Here are some Internet links for more                 And if you are tired of
information regarding the great outdoor sport of          roughing it, trade in your
ice fishing. If you have never ice fished before,         bucket for a new chair.
2010 may be the year to start.                                Whatever you do –
    Do you want to get your kids involved? The            go have a great time!
state of Wisconsin prepared this web site to
encourage youth to get involved with winter
sports – check this out:
Report on the IBEW Nuclear Conference, Las Vegas,
Nevada, December 2nd, 3 rd & 4th, 2009
    Each year the IBEW hosts a conference for       opportunity to see
IBEW Local Unions representing workers at           agreements that labor
nuclear power stations. The IBEW currently          unions have reached with
represents approximately 15,000 nuclear             employers from across the
workers in the United States and Canada,            industry. This was
including two thirds of the operating reactors      especially meaningful in
and 43 of the 65 reactor sites. Approximately       light of the numerous
200 IBEW representatives from these stations        changes, which became effective in October
attended this year‘s conference.                    2009.
    This year I attended the conference with            The next morning, industry related speakers
three members from the Prairie Island Nuclear       addressed us as a group. Topics included
Generating Plant; Philip Krame r, Nuclear           organizing at facilities, contract ratifications
Assistant Plant Equipment operator; Doug            since last year, wages, benefits, and working
LaLone, Program Engineer; and Rick Martin,          conditions that have or are being affected by the
Nuclear Lead Plant Equipment & Reactor              new changes. In the afternoon, we attended
operator.                                           workshops to discuss in detail items that are
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)         being implemented at the nuclear stations across
regulates the nuclear industry. Over the past six   the United States and Canada.
years or so, the NRC drafted numerous changes           The last day of the Conference was a full
on plant staffing, work hours and new Fitness       morning of open discussion on the floor.
for Duty & Fatigue guidelines. These new rules      Attendees discussed specific issues that they
became law in mid 2009 and have impacted            personally had encountered. The conference
many issues for employees and employers,            adjourned at noon of the third day.
including the terms of their labor agreements.
    On the first day of the conference, we broke    Gary L Thomforde
into three groups to discuss changes that are       Business Representative
being implemented by the owners and
employers at these sites. Attendees had this

                Any organizing leads are appreciated and should be sent to
                                     the attention of
                              Business Rep Mike O’Connor
                             at moconnor@ibewlocal949.org
…Jeff Lucas, Lead Mechanical planner at              … Travis Saure r captured the WISSOTA
Xcel‘s Prairie Island (MN) plant, received the       Modified Rookie award for 2009. Saurer, a
Life                                                 mechanic at Otter Tail Power‘s Hoot Lake
Sustaining                                           Plant, has received mention in this newsletter
Award,                                               over the years for his accomplishments in
September                                            racing. Saurer races regularly at tracks in
26, 2009.                                            Minnesota and North Dakota.
Jeff‘s quick
thinking and

attention          Jeff Lucas and Vice President
resulted in               Mark Schi mmel
                                                            Travis Saurer in No. 21
successful treatment of a potential life-            …Don Goodrich, Mark Aspinwall, and Paul
threatening condition. Lucas noticed that a          Parsons, CenterPoint Energy‘s Home Service
fellow employee did not look well. When              Plus technicians, partnered with the Salvation
questioned, the employee told Lucas he had pain      Army to provide free furnace safety inspections
in his left arm. Lucas recognized the symptom        and tune-ups to forty-eight needy families in the
of a heart attack and immediately called in a        Minneapolis area. While the company supplied
medical emergency. The employee was airlifted        the parts, tools and vans, our union brothers and
to the University of Minnesota Fairview hospital     sisters provided their time and expert skill
for treatment.                                       needed to make the event successful.

                                                   Watch IBEW members in
                                                   Memphis TN make solar

                                    STILL SERVING OUR
                                BRADLEY BERGEMAN/ALLIANT

                                        JAKE MATZ/INTEK

                                     JASON PODRITZ/INTEK
 Local 949 Hotel Rates
Holiday Inn - Burnsville                      Holiday Inn Downtown Waterfront
14201 Nicollet Ave S                          200 W 1st St
Burnsville MN 55337                           Duluth MN 55802-1952
952-435-2100                                  1-800-477-7089
$65.00+ Tax                                   $79.00+ Tax
** Make Reservation with Front Desk

Holiday Inn City Centre                       Holiday Inn - St Cloud
100 W 6th St                                  75 37th Ave S
Sioux Falls SD 57104                          St Cloud MN 56302
605-339-2000                                  320-253-9000
$84.00 (Standard) or $104.00(Suite)           $74.95 Single/Double
**Under: IBEW Local

Holiday Inn - New Ulm                         Embassy Suites Hotel (Minneapolis-Airport)
2101 South Broadway                           7901 34th Ave S
New Ulm MN 56073                              Bloomington MN 55425
507-359-2941                                  952-854-0396 or 1-800-EMBASSY
Corporate Rate $84.99                         $159.00 Suite (Two Room)

Holiday Inn - Lakeville                       01Best Western
20800 Kenrick Ave S                           925 Western Ave
Lakeville MN 55044                            Fergus Falls MN 56537-1023
952-469-1134                                  218-739-2211
$79.00 Single/Double                          $69.00 (Sun – Thurs) $99.00 (Fri & Sat)

Days Inn - Burnsville                         Days Inn (Mall of America-Airport)
14331 Nicollet Ct                             1901 Killebrew Dr
Burnsville MN 55306                           Bloomington MN 55425
952-892-1900                                  952-854-8400
$55.99+Tax                                    $38.00 (Single) $56.00 (Double)

Days Inn – Plymouth                           Comfort Inn – Savage
2955 Empire Ln                                4601 Hwy 13 E
Plymouth MN 55447                             Savage MN 55378
763-559-2400                                  952-894-6124
$36.00 Single/Double                          $49.99 Single/Double

Traveler‘s Lodge
1425 E College Dr
Marshall MN 56258
507-532-5721 or 1-800-532-5721
$39.00/Single (2nd Floor Only)

Proof of Union me mbership may be required to receive these rates. If you do not have a Union
me mbership card, notify the Union’s office at 952-890-8484.
     The following are President Obama‘s                and agencies. He served as a District Trial
nominees for the National Labor Relations               Specialist for the NLRB in Buffalo, N. Y., has
Board. Congress has yet to take any action to           taught several courses in labor studies program
affirm them.                                            at Cornell University‘s School of Industrial
     The five- member board is being conducted          Labor Relations Extension and is a Fellow in the
by the two remaining members of Bush‘s board.           College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
     Currently, the Supreme Court is deciding               Brian Hayes is currently serving as the
whether their decisions should be up- held since        Republican Labor Policy Director for the U. S.
the board is not fully represented.                     Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor
     Craig Becker, currently Associate general          and Pensions. Previously, his private practice
Counsel to both the Service Employees                   was devoted to representing management clients
International Union (SEIU) and the AFL-CIO.             in all aspects of labor and employment law. He
He has taught labor law for the past 27 years           once clerked for the Chief Judge of the NLRB
and has argued labor and employment cases in            and thereafter served as Counsel to the
virtually every federal court of appeals and            Chairman of the NLRB. He has taught classes
before the United States Supreme Court.                 in Labor Law, Collective Bargaining,
     Mark Pearce, a labor lawyer his entire             Arbitration and Employment Litigation at the
career and has practiced union side labor and           Western New England Law School.
employment law before state and federal courts

What’s Your Story?
    In 150 words or less—accompanied by a picture of you at work…help us walk in your shoes. We‘re
open to all union members, active, retired, and laid off.
    ―We want rank and file members to help us to illustrate the rich, diverse tapestry of hard working
men and women who make up the American labor movement. They are proud of their work and proud
of the contributions they make to their communities,‖ explains Union label Department President
Richard Kline. ―We want to demonstrate to American consumers a nd businesses that union labor gives
added value in quality and reliability to products and services that are bought and sold.‖
    The pictures and stories we get will be published in the Label Letter and posted on the Department‘s
website—and perhaps in posters and other promotional materials. E- mail a Walk in Your Shoes to:
info@unionlabel.org; or send by regular mail to:

Walk in My Shoes
c/o Union Label & Service Trades Dept. (AFL-CIO),
815 16th St. NW,
Washington, DC 20005

                        Reserve the IBEW banner for your upcoming
                      St. Patrick’s Day parade now by calling the Hall!
                             Available Scholarships
(children of members)
MINNESOTA AFL-CIO SCHOLARSHIPS (members and dependents)
UNION PLUS SCHOLARSHIPS (members, retired members, dependents)
Membe rs should see their unit chairmen for applications or call the Hall. Reme mbe r, many
scholarships have application deadlines.
                                                                                         Weingarten Rights
Call the Hall
Burnsville Office:                                                              If this discussion could in any way lead
12908 Nicollet Ave S.                                                           to my being disciplined or terminated or
Burnsville, MN 55337-3598                                                       have any effect on my personal working
Phone 1-952-890-8484 or
                                                                                conditions, I respectfully request that
BARTZ, Rick, Business Rep. ...............................ext. 25               my union representative, officer, or
BREKKE, Sharon, Dues Processing ................. ext. 22                       steward be present at this meeting.
GUERTIN, Vince, ................................................ ext. 24
Business Manager and Financial Sec.
                                                                                Without union representation, I choose
KAUFMAN, Mark, Business Rep. .................... ext. 26                       not to participate in this discussion.
OAKES, RICK, Business Rep............................ ext. 31
O‘CONNOR, M ike, Business Rep ......................ext. 28
ROTHER, Joe, Treasurer                                                                                
SOW ER, Katie ........................................................ext. 30
THOM FORDE, Gary, Business Rep. ............... ext. 27
TIEDT, Elain, Office Mgr.....................................ext. 23
E-mail: first name initial l ast name@i bewlocal949.org                         Of inte rest:
Example: vguertin@ibewlocal949.o rg                                             Local 949 meeting is the third Saturday of each
Address change? Call the Hall and the                                           month at the Burnsville Office at 10:00 a.m.
International or use websites. THANKS!
                                                                                Find your legislative representatives:
           www.ibewlocal949.org                                                 www.house.gov
               keeping in touch with                                            www.senate.gov
                   our members
                                                                                Support Unionis m

              Comments welcomed at the Burnsville address or grover.editor@yahoo.com
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                               Happy Thanksgiving

                              Merry Christmas

                                Happy New Year

                           Happy Valentine’s Day

Does it feel like time is going fast? Well, as Editor of the newsletter I have to agree.
        Because of time constraints, the fall and winter newsletters are being
                                   combined into one.
         Our regularly scheduled newsletters will again appear in the spring.
                                      Cy Grover
                                      Thank You

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