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  • Referral Rules
    Posted On: Apr 17, 2016

    Referral Rules

    JOURNEYMAN WIREMAN REFERRAL POLICY

    These rules are supplementary to the hiring procedure and rules contained in the Principal Agreement, Communication Agreement and Residential Agreement.  The burden of proof for qualification is on the Applicant.

    The Referral office shall be open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. excluding holidays recognized in the Principal Agreement. The Referral hours may be extended at the discretion of the Business Manager.  Notification of extended Referral hours will be posted on this website and on a recorded message at (312) 474-4141.

    REGISTRATION

    Hours of registration are 6:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Hiring hall phone number during business hours is (312) 466-8300.

    All applicants for employment shall fill out a “Group Registration Application.”  This must be filled out completely, in ink, and signed by the Applicant.  Any applicant making false statements, entries, or using false documents shall be subject to having his/her name removed from the “Out of Work” list.

    All applicants shall be required to furnish verified or documented proof of work experience approved by the Hiring Hall Administrator in order to qualify for employment.

    Letters of introduction from traveling I.B.E.W. members must state the following information:

    1. DATE
    2. NAME OF APPLICANT
    3. I.B.E.W. CARD NUMBER
    4. CLASSIFICATION
    5. VERIFICATION OF AT LEAST FOUR YEARS TRADE EXPERIENCE
    6. VERIFICATION OF HAVING PASSED A JOURNEYMAN INSIDE WIREMAN EXAMINATION GIVEN BY AN I.B.E.W. INSIDE LOCAL UNION OR HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS A JOURNEYMAN BY AN INSIDE JOINT APPRENTICESHIP COMMITTEE
    7. LETTER MAY BE ADDRESSED “TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN” BUT MUST BE AN ORIGINAL WITH LOCAL UNION SEE (Copy will be made is requested)

    The Administrator shall evaluate the application  and place the applicant in the highest Group for which he qualifies in accordance with the applicable Agreement.

    The applicant shall sign the appropriate “Out of Work” Group and list the date, his address, social security # and phone number where he/she can be reached.  It is the responsibility of all applicants to notify the Referral hall of address and phone number changes.  He/she shall likewise print his name following his signature.  The applicant shall be advised of his/her Group Number and his/her position with that Group.  Applicants placed in Groups 2, 3, and 4, shall be further advised that referrals will be made from Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4, respectively, as long as there are applicants for employment in higher groups.

    The Administrator shall inform the applicant of the date he must re-register in order to retain his place in his group.

    Applicants must re-register with the Referral Office monthly.  Monthly re-registration will be from the 10th through the 16th of every month.  It is no longer necessary to re-register in person after 90 days.  Online re-registration is the preferred method of re-registration.  Re-registration by mail is permissible only by the use of a standard form available from the Referral Administrator.

    Any Applicant upon becoming unemployed  may sign the book in person, at 600 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL with a severance to re-register or will be permitted to re-sign the book by fax. The fax number is 312-466-8313.

    In order to protect the integrity of the book system, however, members wishing to re-register by fax must (1) also fax a copy of their severance slip to the Referral Office and (2) must retain a hard copy receipt of the re-signing fax as proof of the date and time of the fax transmission.

    Those listed as being in the top 10 Applicants or prior and who fail to re-register immediately upon becoming unemployed (within 24 hours) shall receive a strike on those days not doing so.

    Any Applicant not re-registering within seven (7) calendar days of becoming unemployed shall be removed from the “Out of Work” list, and shall have to re-sign the bottom of the book.

    JOB CALL PROCEDURE

    All job calls will be filled in accordance with the following procedures:

    1. Jobs will be posted on day one from 3:30 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. the following morning. On day two, the calls will be processed and the member will be notified when their bid has been accepted. On day three the member will report ready to work for the contractor. (If a contractor chooses to utilize the afternoon of the second day for safety training  and job orientation, the contractor must include that information on the job posting).
    2. All job calls will be placed on a recorded message that can be accessed by telephone at  (312) 474-4141, updated each afternoon at 3:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. Or you may view the job calls on the Local 134 Referral Page.
    3. Applicants wishing to submit their bid preferences in person must check-in with the referral office no later than 7:00 a.m. on the morning the bid is awarded.
    4. Applicants will be able to submit their bid preferences on-line, by phone, or in person at Local 134’s Union Hall. The phone number to submit your bid is (312) 454-9272. When calling in, you will be required to state your name exactly as printed on your union card, give your union card number, and your book number. If you do not supply all three pieces of information, your bid will not be accepted! Once you have supplied the required information, you may state the jobs you would like to bid on in the order of your preference. The contractors name and the job address must be included in your bid. Any loss of confidence in your bidding  procedure should cause you to come to the referral hall in person.
    5. On-line and phone in job calls will be offered only to applicants who are current with their quarterly dues, those not current must be present and checked in with the Referral office before 7:00 a.m. the morning the bid is awarded. Applicants will be identified by their registration number and group, in the chronological order they are registered in the Out of Work Books.
    6. Foreman call out list will be posted.
    1. 6.         When submitting your bids it  is very important to keep in mind that when we process the bids we will fill the calls in the following sequence: McCormick Place, Short calls, Long calls. Should you submit a bid  for a McCormick call, along with a short or a long call, it is possible that your McCormick call will be filled before we address the other calls. No matter the bid order submitted. The same holds for short calls, we may fill a short call bid before addressing the long calls. Also keep in mind that if you are a Top 10 or prior you need to bid on all long calls or chance receiving a strike if your other preferences are filled before getting to your number. If you fail to bid on all of the short calls for which you are eligible, you risk the short call number bypassing your number on the Out of Work List.

    The administrator will refer applicants to employers by email or by phone by 11:00 a.m. daily.  All unfilled calls remaining after 11:00 a.m. will be referred out at 1:00 p.m.

    TURN DOWNS, QUITS AND STRIKES

    Applicants in the top ten (10) or prior are required to bid on ALL long calls.*  Applicants in the top ten or prior are obligated to submit their bid  preferences by 5:00 a.m. If an applicant does not submit their bid preference on the day they are required, it will be considered a turn down and a strike will be issued.  Applicants in the top ten or prior may turn down a long call on two (2) separate occasions.  However, turning down a long call on the third occasion will result in the applicant being rolled off the “Out of Work” list in his group.

    *Applicants in the top ten or prior are not required to bid on long calls that are considered specialty calls pursuant to Section 4.17 of the Principal Agreement.  The referral agent will note on the job call out whether the long call is a specialty call. If for any reason you are unsure of whether the job call is a specialty call or not, it is your responsibility to contact the referral agent for clarification.

    Any applicant being offered only the same long call on two (2) consecutive occasions shall be deemed to have one (1) turn down.

    Any applicant who is in the top 10 or prior and is registered on both the “A” and “R” Books, must inform the administrator if they are unavailable for a long call due to picking up a short call off of any Book.  Applicants in the top 10 or prior who fail to notify the administrator that they are unavailable for a long call due to picking up a short call will be issued a strike.  Any applicant receiving three strikes will be removed from the Out of Work list on which they received the three strikes.

    Any applicant who accepts a referral or submits a bid , but fails to report for work shall be deemed to have quit and shall be removed from the “Out of Work” list. Also any applicant who accepts a referral and reports to the shop or the job and asks to be turned around or refuses the job shall be deemed to have quit and shall be removed from the “Out of Work” list.

    If on any occasion we roll through Book 1 and applicants from Books 2, 3, and 4 are not present this shall also be deemed a turn down and a strike will be issued.

    Pursuant to Section 4.19 of the Principal Agreement, any applicant who has a complaint regarding the administration and application of Local 134’s Referral Hall Procedures shall file a complaint with the Appeals Committee.  Complaints pursuant to Section 4.19 may be submitted to the referral agent who will immediately forward it to the Appeals Committee for consideration.

    ADDITIONAL RULES FOR THE RESIDENTIAL BOOK

    As stated in Local 134’s December, 2012 correspondence, if you take a call from Local 134’s “A” Book and the call lasts more than fourteen (14) days, you will be removed from the “R” Book.  If you take a call from Book 2 in any IBEW local and the call lasts more than fourteen (14) days, you must remove yourself from Local 134’s Residential Book.  You may work short calls in any local including Local 134 and still retain your position on the Residential Book as long as you notify the administrator that you are on a short call.

    TYPES AND DURATION OF CALLS

    A short call consists of 14 calendar days or less.

    A long call is defined as any call over 14 days.

    A “McCormick Place Call” is considered a short call.

    An Applicant who is hired and who received through no fault of his own, work of 45 days or less, shall upon registration be restored to their appropriate place within their group. However, once an Applicant’s 30 furlough days have been exhausted, all of the days that the Applicant remains with that contractor (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) will be counted towards their 45 days regardless of whether they actually worked or not. If, through no fault of their own, an Applicant is laid off from a long call within the first 14 calendar days of that call, the days will not be counted against the Applicant’s 45 days.  Employer verification that the layoff was not the fault of the Applicant is required.  Anytime that an Applicant requests a layoff from a long call, or causes the layoff, the days worked will be counted against the Applicant’s 45 days.  

    An Applicant accumulating more than forty-five (45) days of work shall be placed at the bottom of his respective “Out of Work” Group Book. Short call days will not be counted towards the 45 days of work.

    FOR EMPLOYERS

    All Employer requests for members must be placed before 2:45 p.m. in order to be on the web site and the recorded message. Any employer request after 2:45 p.m. will be posted the following day.

    All job requests to the Referral shall be submitted online and shall be filled out in full, with the address of the jobsite, to be accepted.

    MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

    Employers have the right to refuse to hire anyone and do not need to state a reason for doing so.

    Hiring will be deemed to have occurred when the applicant completes a W4 Form or is placed to work on a job.

    Any Employer may require an applicant to complete an application form.  This form may include the following questions:

    Employees Name, Address, Telephone Number, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, and the Names, Addresses and Telephone Numbers of those to notify in case of an emergency.  Also, when a Member is required to operate the Employer’s vehicle, the employees shall be required to show a valid Driver’s License.

    Day Book excuses

    1. Military Service
    2. Jury Duty
    3. Death in the immediate family
    4. Illness under doctor’s care:
    5. Must have written doctors note explaining nature of illness and return date
    6. Not to exceed ten (10) days
    7. Workmen’s compensation will not count
    8. Short term disability- must have paperwork from EIT showing short term     disability, number will be held up to 13 weeks.
    9. Court, must have documentation to prove court date, prior to court appearance
    10. Vacation, must provide itinerary prior to leaving.

    ONCE THE TEN DAYS HAVE BEEN USED UP THERE WILL BE NO MORE EXCUSES.

    Furlough

    1. Thirty (30) day limit, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

    However, once an Applicant’s 30 furlough days have been exhausted, all of the days that the Applicant remains with that contractor (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) will be counted towards their 45 days regardless of whether they actually worked or not. If, through no fault of their own, an Applicant is laid off from a long call within the first 14 calendar days of that call, the days will not be counted against the Applicant’s 45 days.  Employer verification that the layoff was not the fault of the Applicant is required.  Anytime that an Applicant requests a layoff from a long call, or causes the layoff, the days worked will be counted against the Applicant’s 45 days.  

    1. The burden of proof is upon the member
    2. Upon layoff proof of days off must be shown or it will not be counted.
    3. IF YOU HAVE BEEN ROLLED ALREADY IT IS TOO LATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Revised 7-29-14