Condolences go out to Brother Harold "Frog" Blankenship in the death of his father Harold Blankenship Sr. 93 years old and a WWII Veteran.
Visitation at 10:00 with funeral at 11:00, Friday February 27th, at the Calera Baptist Church,600 Whipporwill Lane Calera, Al.. Burial will follow at Enon Baptist Church Cemetery in Montevallo, Al..
Funeral service announcement for Brother James E. "Buddy" McCoy
will be February 12th at the Benefield Memorial Funeral Home, Lineville, Al.. Visitation @12:30 and Service @ 2:00.
February 10th , 2015 NOTICE
As you know, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield was the target of a cyber-attack that potentially compromised upwards of 80 million individual records, potentially including personal records of our members covered by the NECA/IBEW Family Medical Care Plan (FMCP).
We have been in regular communications with Anthem and they continue to advise us that they are working around the clock to determine who was affected and to what degree. They have told us that they believe no Personal Health Information (PHI) was compromised, however, personal identifying information was. Further, they do not believe that Social Security numbers were compromised in every case. But again, they are working to determine the exact scope of the breach.
As you know, late Friday afternoon Anthem advised us that they became aware of some email scams where fake emails, appearing legitimate from Anthem, are being sent to members in an effort to further compromise members’ personal data.
Anthem has advised us it could take weeks to determine who was affected. Once they know they will then mail notices to each of these members offering identity protection and credit monitoring free of charge.
While we do appreciate the efforts of Anthem, we, as the Trustees of the FMCP, believe that we cannot and should not wait any longer to get our members the appropriate level of personal protection that they need and deserve. Accordingly, we have made arrangements with “Life Lock”, the nation’s premier identity protection organization, to extend free protection to every participant in the FMCP immediately. An announcement of this immediate and free service will be mailed (please note this will only be sent by the US mail) to all members as soon as it is possible – at most, a matter of days not weeks.
While we do not yet know, for sure, if our members have been affected, we do not believe that it is appropriate or fair to wait any longer. We would ask that you urge your members to take advantage of this service and get protection. Whatever Anthem ultimately determines and offers to the affected members will still be offered to our members for possible further protection.
We appreciate your support and understanding with this difficult situation and want you to know that we care about our members and their families. We believe this is the right thing to do.
NECA/IBEW Family Medical Care Plan Board of Trustees
February 10th, 2015
With sadness we announce the passing of Brother Buddy McCoy age 67. He passed away of an apparent heart attack. Arrangements are pending.
February 9th, 2015
Subject: CRITICAL UPDATE on Anthem Data Breach
We are writing to provide a critical update on Anthem’s data breach. Again, Anthem is working around the clock to identify who is being affected and will be contacting them directly to offer identity protection and credit monitoring at no charge.
Anthem just notified us that there are related email scams being sent in connection with the breach. These scams, designed to capture personal information (known as “phishing”) are designed to appear as if they are from Anthem or Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and the emails include a “click here” link for credit monitoring. These emails are NOT from Anthem nor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia.
We are trying every way possible to spread the word. If possible, please advise your members/employees:
- DO NOT click on any links in an email.
- DO NOT reply to the email or reach out to the senders in any way.
- DO NOT supply any information on the website that may open, if you have clicked on a link in an email.
- DO NOT open any attachments that arrive with an email.
Anthem and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia are NOT calling members regarding the cyber-attack and are not asking for credit card information or social security numbers over the phone.
These emails are from scam artists who are trying to trick consumers into sharing personal data. There is no indication that the scam email campaigns are being conducted by those that committed the cyber-attack, or that the information accessed in the attack is being used by the scammers.
Anthem will contact current and former members via mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service about the cyber-attack with specific information on how to enroll in credit monitoring. Affected members will receive free credit monitoring and ID protection services.
In addition, Anthem has launched a national media campaign to alert people of this email phishing scam.
We will be monitoring this situation over the weekend and will keep you updated. We assure you that we are working around the clock to do everything we can. We have put an alert on www.nifmcp.com making our members aware of this situation. FMCP’s customer service representatives are making callers aware of the phishing scam.
If you have any questions, please contact the FMCP at 301-556-4303.
NECA/IBEW Family Medical Care Plan Board of Trustees
February 2nd, 2014
Regretfully we announce the death of Robert Eddings. Passed away 2-1-2015 at the age of 70. Brother Eddings was a resident of Foley, Al. , details of the arrangements are unknown at this time.
Condolences go out to Brother Gary Glasgow and family for the loss of Gary's wife, Jo, who passed away 1-31-2015 of a heart attack. Viewing will be February 3, 2015 from 12:00 till 2:00 at Collins-Burke Funeral Home in Jasper, Al..
January 16th, 2014
Regretfully we announce the passing of Louie Nobinger age 88. Brother Nobinger was a 65 year member of Local 136. Services will be Saturday January 17th at Elmwood Chapel with visitation at 1:00 pm and service at 2:00pm.
Also, remember tonight at midnight is the deadline for the semi-annual resign.
January 12th, 2014
Notice; The International portion of "A" member dues has gone up by one dollar effective January 2015.
Also, anyone interested in taking a welding class or welding certification test should contact Matt Dudley @ 849-5522.
January 9th, 2014
Reminder; The semi-annual resign begins January 10th through the 16th. Resign by fax @ (205) 833-0997, by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or by the website link under the jobs tab.
Also, If anyone is interested in getting in a welding certification class call Matt at the apprenticeship school (205) 849-5522.
January 6th, 2014
Condolences go out to the Charlie Simmons Family in the death of his mother.
Viewing tonight 6-8pm at Village Chapel 101 Vandale Blvd. Attalla Al.. The funeral will be tomorrow at 2pm.
December 19th, 2014
The Annual Children's Christmas Party was a huge success
last night. Thanks to Ms. Frankie and all her helpers. Photos of the event are in the events tab under "local news". Also, Congratulation to Brother David Pennington on receiving his retirement watch.
December 1st, 2014
Regretfully we announce the passing of our Business Manager, Brother Chuck Palmer's oldest daughter Shana Armstrong-Smith. The visitation will be Wednesday from 5 until 8 p.m. and the Service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Rideouts Gardendale. The address is 2029 Decatur Hwy. Gardendale Al. 35071
November 14th, 2014
We are trying to gather holiday food items for the needy at this time. Please bring non-perishable items by the union hall anytime before Christmas.
November 10th, 2014
The apprenticeship school will have an OSHA 10 course available on Nov. 12th and 13th, call 849-5522 to get on the list. You must attend both nights.
October 17, 2014
Condolensces to the Perryman family regarding the death of Mrs. Eunice Perryman Milligan, mother of Frank and John Jr., age 94. She passed away 10-15-2014 at age 94. Funeral will be Saturday, October 18th at 1:00p.m. at Pell City First Baptist Church.
Congratulations to Brother Oland Mashburn on the birth of his new grandchild.
A reminder that the general meeting is next Thursday 10/16 and will be APPRENTICE NIGHT. We will be obligating apprentices, food and refreshments available before the meeting.
October 6, 2014
Regretfully we announce the passing of Brother Wayne McAnear. Brother McAnear was a 51 year member of the IBEW. This is death benefit #1024.
Condolensces to Brother Eddie Hough and family on the death of his wife who passed away 10/3/2014.
October 3, 2014
It is with great regret that we report the death of Brother Steve Allison. Passed away 10/3/2014.
Information on arrangements are pending.
Death benefit #1023
September 26, 2014
Journeyman upgrade course schedule is now posted on the training center web site www.bejatc.org , call Matt or Heather for specifics 849-5522
September 16, 2014
It is with sadness we report the death of
Robert W "Rocky" Goswick. Passed away 9/15/2014
Services will be on 9/16 at 2p.m.. There will be a graveside service only at Evergreen cemetary on Talladega Highway in Sylacauga. Death benefit #1022
August 27, 2014
We lost a true Brother in every sense of the word when we lost Brother Rusty Ward yesterday. As many of us older codgers remember, Rusty traveled all over the country and was known affectionately for his "crusty" disposition and humor, and attention to detail of doing what was right by the Brotherhood. In truth, he was just another "softie" that would give another Brother the shirt off his back and the last dollar in his pocket. We will miss him terribly. He fought the cancer as best he could, but it was too much in the end, but Buckwheat and Cindy and Brother Chuck Richardson took great care of him til the end, and he left us in no pain. We will see him again one day at the Big Powerhouse in the sky. We love you Brother, and will miss you.
His arrangements will be as follows:
Next Wednesday, September 3rd, a viewing from 5 to 7 pm @ Collier-Butler Funeral Home at 824 Rainbow Drive in Gadsden, AL. 35902, their phone # is (256) 543-2143. There will be no formal service, only the viewing period, and later will be cremated per his wishes.
This will be death benefit #1021.
Brother Rusty Ward
August 22, 2014
Last night newly elected officers of the Local Union were sworn in with an attendance of 85 members. The following is the official results from the election judge for the recent election.
August 19, 2014
A reminder that this Thursday, 8/21 at 7 pm, is General Meeting night where new officers will be sworn in. Please attend your Local Union meetings.
August 8, 2014
It is with sadness we report the passing of retired pension member Ed Grizzell, who passed away Thursday night. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 5 pm at Southern Heritage Funeral Home at 475 Cahaba Valley Road in Pelham. Funeral will be Monday at noon at Hickory Hills Church at 190 Allen Drive in Alabaster. Brother Ed was 79 years old. Please remember the Grizzell Family in your thoughts and prayers. This is death benefit #1020.
August 6, 2014
Brother Jene "Sam" Williams Sr.'s wife, Mrs. Gabriela Williams, or better known as Ms. Gabby, passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer. Ms. Gabby was a retired IBEW Union member of Local 553 in Raleigh-Durham North Carolina. She will be laid to rest Monday, August 18th at Kilgroe Funeral Home in Pell City. Services will open at 2 pm for viewing with a service to follow at 3:15 pm, followed by a dinner. Please remember the Williams Family in your thoughts and prayers.
July 23, 2014
The BEJATC announces an OSHA 10 class starting this afternoon at 5 pm, for two classes, tonight and next Wednesday, they have openings for this class. Call Heather at 849-5522.
Any member who is interested in attending the IBEW Women's Conference in September please contact President Bill Blackman for more information.
July 10, 2014
Election News: Pertaining to the Local Union Officer Election in June, a formal protest was filed with the Fifth District resulting in IVP Joe Davis assigning 5th District Rep. Clay Leon to conduct an investigation of the allegations. Brother Leon completed his investigation and reported his findings to Brother Davis.
Brother Davis has found that the Election Judge and Tellers followed the requirements correctly as set forth in the IBEW Local Union Election Guide. The protest issues centered around major security errors committed by postal worker employees. There were multiple occurrences of ballots that were delivered to the wrong boxes.
Due to the numerous postal errors and inability to account for missing ballots, Brother Davis has directed that the June 2014 election be declared void and a new election be held. He has further determined that the Local Union will not install new officers until the re-run election has been certified.
The Local Union Election Judge has put into motion the new election procedures which include the mailout of new ballots on July 28th, and the vote count held on Saturday, August 16th. The election judge has been assured by the Birmingham Postmaster that safeguards have been put into place that will ensure a safe and corrected procedure for this election.
Again, neither the Election Judge, Tellers, or Candidates for office are at fault for the mishaps, it is simply a case of postal error.
June 23, 2014
It is with sadness we report the death of retired Brother Willard E. Malone, age 87, who passed away on 5/23/2014 and was just reported to the Local. This is death benefit #1019.
June 13, 2014
It is with sadness we report the death of retired Brother Lavon Wakefield, age 75, of Jasper, who passed away this morning. This is death benefit # 1018.
June 12, 2014
SAVE OUR STEEL JOBS flyer:
The Save our Steel Rally for Birmingham Steelworker jobs will be held Monday, June 16, 2014, at the USS Fairfield Works site at 3:00 pm. Everyone is encouraged to attend and show support for our fellow Union workers and the fight to keep jobs here in America.
Keep It Made In America
June 11, 2014
It is with sadness we report the death of retired member Walter Wyman Alexander, 75, of the New Liberty community, who passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014.
Arrangements will be announced by Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Chapel and Cemetery. This is death benefit #1017.
The 2014 Graduating Apprenticeship Class and Instructors
Brother Bill Roberson receives the Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to Local 136 and the BEJATC.
June 4, 2014
Brother Jerry Keenum's wife Stephanie is struggling with the after effects of a stroke and is undergoing extensive testing and treatments. Please remember Stephanie and the Keenum Family in your prayers.
June 4, 2014
Brother Wesley McDougal's Mother, Mrs. Reba "Gayle" McDougal Curren passed away at age 77. Services for Ms Gayle will be Thursday, June 5th, at 11 am at the McCalla Memorial Funeral Home. Please remember the McDougal Family in your thoughts and prayers.
May 28, 2014
It is with sadness we report the death of retired pension member Alton N. "Butch" Beasley. He passed away today at the age of 73. Arrangements are as follows: Visitation will be Sunday, June 1, from 12 to 2 pm with the services following at 2 pm in the Chapel of the New Gardendale Funeral Home and burial at Moncrief Cemetery. Please remember the Beasley Family in your thoughts and prayers. This will be death benefit #1016.
May 19, 2014
Brother Oland Mashburn reported that Brother Larry Cooper's Mother passed away this weekend. Please keep the Cooper Family in your thoughts and prayers.
May 19, 2014
In what can only be described as a tragic loss to the Local and his Family, Brother Rick Plaice had a massive heart attack on the job at Miller Steam Plant and passed away Saturday, May 17th. Rick was a great wireman and a better person, he was always friendly and helpful to others, and ran a good crew recently at Mercedes for AC&E.
He always had a great disposition and was happy doing electrical work. He went through the apprenticeship and turned out in 1975. This was to be Rick's last job before he retired, and tragically never made it that far. Our Brother Rick will be missed by all. This will be death benefit #1015. Rest in Peace, Brother. Please remember the Plaice Family in our thoughts and prayers.
Brother Rick Plaice's arrangements are as follows: On Tuesday, May 20th, visitation will be from 11:00 am til Noon, with the Service to begin at 12:00 noon at Martin Funeral Home, 1300 4th Ave. North in Clanton, Al. 35045. This is the exit off I-65 south, where the big peach is, follow Hwy 145 to Hwy 22. Following the service, there will be a graveside service at Southern Heritage on Cahaba Valley Road at 2:00 pm.
Rick and Debbie Plaice
May 13, 2014
An update on Brother Roger Poore, there will be a work day at Rogers house this Saturday, May 17th, at 140 Burns Drive in Warrior, AL. 35180. Roger has expressed his appreciation to everyone that has helped out financially and can help with some of the debris cleanup. He has suggested to start about 8 am if possible. We plan on cooking Bar-B-Q for lunch on Saturday for those who can come and help this Brother and his Family out.
Also, with sadness, we report the death of retired pension member Gene K. Burton, age 87, who passed away back in February, but was never reported on by his Family. This will be death benefit #1014.
April 29, 2014
I just talked with Brother Roger Poore and his wife Lynn, their home was destroyed last night in one of the many tornadoes in our area. Thank God their Family is safe, but their house and many buildings and barn was severly damaged. They are trying to remove their valuables now. They have contacted their insurance co., but that will take a few days to straighten out. If anyone can help them with their situation, contact us at the Hall or Bobby on cell at 283-1187 and I will give out what info we have and Rogers phone # if you can help. Thanks to all the Brothers and Sisters out there who care. We do have some sick & needy money we can pass along to them and would ask others on jobs to do the same if possible. Thanks again.
If anyone has information of anyone else who may need tornado related help, let us know.
April 16, 2014
The call is in for White Electric as described below, 20 JWs for Dayshift, 3 of those need to be wiremen/welders, 20 JWs for nights. Will drug screen after rollcall, Powersafe training, two forms of ID, including SS card, report to jobsite at Miller steam plant Friday morning for orientation, will work both shifts 10 hours Saturday, off Sunday, then 7/12s both shifts.
April 14, 2014
White Electric will be needing 40 men within the next couple of days for the precip rebuild at Miller Steam Plant. This will be 20 for days and 20 for nights. The call should be on the recorder either Tuesday or Wednesday. Please pass along this information to those who might be interested, many of these calls may go to Book 2. The job is still scheduled 6/10s with Sunday as an option, but it will probably be good for seven days a week until the completion deadline of May 10th. We need for everyone to step up and help White Electric and Local 136 make sure this project is a success for our customers Alabama Power and Southern Company.
March 25, 2014
It is with sadness we report the passing of retired Pension member James T. Greer, age 71. Brother JT was a past member of LU 779 in Columbus, Ga. and put his ticket in Local 136 when Local 779 became a part of Local 613. Brother JT was a well respected Brother in the IBEW, RIP Brother. Please remember the Greer Family in your thoughts and prayers today. There will be no formal services, his wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be at the old Columbus Hall at a later date. This will be death benefit # 1013.
March 18, 2014
It is with sadness we report on the death of Local 136 member Robert Moore, age 59, who passed away last night after a battle with Cancer. Brother Robert was a Journeyman Wireman in every respect, and will be missed by us all. The services will be on March 21st, at 11:30 am at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, visitation will be an hour prior to service. This will be death benefit # 1012. Please remember the Moore Family in your thoughts and prayers.
March 17, 2014
It is with sadness we report on the death of Local 136 member Ron Hicks, who passed away Friday, 3/15/14, Brother Ron was 66 years old. He had only been a member for about 10 years, but was a good electrician and fine Brother. There will be no services per Ron's request. This is death benefit # 1011. Please remember Ron's Family in your thoughts and prayers.
March 16, 2014
Day & Zimmerman Supervisor Gary Keller lost his Mother this weekend, she lived in White Pine, TN. and was 87 years old. Please remember the Keller Family in your thoughts and prayers.
March 11, 2014
We have new Local 136 T-Shirts in, Short Sleeves, in Black, Blue, and Grey (Ash) for $15. See Bill Jr.
March 6, 2014
It is with sadness we announce the passing of Brother Jeff Whitten, age 52, who died of an apparent heart attack. Jeff was a member of IBEW Local 136 and a big fan of Alabama football. His family will receive friends on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 12:30-1:30 at Ridout's Trussville Chapel. There will be a graveside service at Forest Hill Cemetery beginning at 2 PM. This will be death benefit # 1010.
February 25, 2014
Yesterday we had a group of our apprentices help out the Retired UAW Local 1155, who meets here at our Hall monthly. Their Local is moving out of their office near the airport and donated their office equipment to the Local and Apprenticeship and other Building Trades Unions who might need some extra file cabinets and such. Thanks to all who helped these retired Union Brothers out. Below is some of the apprentices who helped load and unload at the school.
February 17, 2014
It is with sadness we announce retired Brother Jerry Waller passed away Saturday morning, 2/15/2014, at the age of 78. He was a 59 year member and had been battling Leukemia. Please remember this Brother and the Waller Family in your thoughts and prayers. Brother Jerry has been living in Florida the past few years.
February 12, 2014
Rollcall will be postponed until 8:00 AM Friday morning. Please pass the word to others. Weather will be too bad tomorrow to take a chance on someone getting hurt. Safety First!
February 12, 2014
White Electric announces the night shift at Miller is cancelled for tonight and dayshift should report tomorrow at 9 AM.
February 12, 2014
It is with sadness we announce the passing of retired Brother Ernest E. Langner, 99 years old, and an astounding 74 year member of Local 136. Brother Langner was owner of Dixie Neon Sign Company for many years. His visitation will be at Shades Crest Baptist Church from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM Friday, February 14th, with funeral services following. Please remember this Brother and the Langner Family in our thoughts and prayers. This is death benefit #1009.
February 11, 2014
The Hall will be closed or delayed due to icy road conditions this morning, should you need assistance call anyone on our cell numbers. (Look under "Contact Us")
February 10, 2014
There is a new location here in Birmingham to enroll for a TWIC card used for jobs like Hunt Oil in Tuscaloosa. The address is:
UES Enrollment Center
Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Lakeshore Drive
520 Wildwood Circle Drive North
Birmingham, AL 35209-7212
Hours: Every Thursday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
February 7, 2014
We are happy to correct an earlier report that Brother Bob Fuqua had passed away, in fact, Brother Bob is still alive and well and at home. We hope that Brother Bob will be with us for many years to come. It seems our own Louie Nobinger may be up to his old tricks again, LOL. We sincerely are sorry that this was reported in error, and glad that Brother Bob will be at the next retiree's meeting to get Louie back.
Brother Bob Fuqua with other retired Brothers at the January meeting. Left to right seated are: Ed Cohill, John Perryman Jr., Louie Nobinger, Brother Bob and his caregiver, Tommy Trenor, Jim Morrison, standing: Rosevelt Pickens, Norman Lovett, Guy Scott, Bill Roberson, Jimmy Kimberly, and Billy Casey.
January 22, 2014
We will have a Stewards Training and Update class at the Hall prior to the General Meeting on February 20th @ 2 pm. This will be open to current stewards and those who would like to represent the Local as steward on future projects. Call the Hall and have your name added to the class list.
January 22, 2014
It is with sadness that we report the passing of Retired Brother Billy Ray Helms, age 77, of Jasper, who passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at Walker Baptist Medical Center. This will be death benefit # 1008. Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, from 1 until 2 p.m. in the parlor at Kilgore-Green Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at 2 p.m., in the Kilgore-Green Funeral Home Chapel with Mark Howell officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Jasper.
January 10th thru 16th is resign for all Books, twice a year, in January and July. You may resign off this website, by fax @ 205-833-0997, or by email to email@example.com, or in person.
January 3, 2014
It is with sadness we report the death of Brother Larry W. Tolbert, age 63, who passed away 1/2/2014. Funeral arrangements will be announced on Rideouts Funeral Home - Gardendale website. This is death benefit #1007
January 2, 2014
A reminder that resigns will be from Jan. 10th through the 16th for all Books, not Jan. 1st. Resigns can be done in person, by email, fax, or by the resign form on this website.
December 5, 2013
It is with sadness that we report the passing of Pension Member Brother Hulin L. Allinder who passed away 11/30/2013 at age 80,
that was a retired Journeyman Maintenance member. This is death benefit #1005.
Also, we lost Brother Roy Herron, retired JW Pension member, age 75, who passed away 12/4/2013. Arrangements: Friday night viewing from 5:30 to 8 PM at Messmer Goodwin Funeral Home at 225 Dana Road in Warrior and Saturday morning from 10 to 11 AM at Kilgore Green Funeral Home in Jasper with a service immediately following. This is death benefit #1006.
Please remember these Brothers and their Families in your thoughts and prayers.
October 2, 2013
Check out the Hour Power video about Miller Steam Plant at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT3s8F0ljlg
September 20, 2013
The following members received Service pins last night:
From top to bottom with Pres. Blackman and BM Keenum;
Robert Geisen 45 years
Dale Dickerson 45 years
Sam Williams Sr. 40 years
Larry Wayne Stell 35 years
Richard Henry 35 years
Jackie Barclay 35 years
Randy Goodwin 35 years
Sam Williams Jr. 25 years
Van Shrum 25 years
Oland Mashburn 25 years
September 18, 2013
We still have some calls coming in for the outage at USX next week. Marcum Electric, Astro Electric, and White Electric all have work during this outage. We have been asked to remind everyone of the requirements to access USX and work under the NMA agreement. Metatarsal boots, long sleeve shirts, a picture ID, preferably a State issued Drivers Licence, SS card, and if on prescription medications, you will need your prescription or bottles, and if possible, a letter from the Doctor stating the ability to work safely while on the listed medications.
There will a "Qualified Rigger and Signaler" class at the BEJATC on Monday and Tuesday night, October 7th and 8th from 5 pm to 9 pm. This will be to meet the requirements of Alabama Power and other jobsites that require OSHA regulations to have "Qualified" personal to do rigging and signaling on jobsites. There will be an associated cost of $50 for the books and materials. Payment for this class must be made on that Monday night prior to the class, cash, check, or money order please. You will need to contact Matt or Heather at 849-5522 to register for this class.
September 18, 2013
It is with a heavy heart we report the passing of two pension members:
Retired Brother Charles W. Evans of Jasper, age 87, passed away back in April on 4/18. Unfortunately, we were not notified until now. Brother Charlie ran work at Alabama Power Company projects including the construction of Units 1 through 4 at Miller Steam Plant. He did a great job in this capacity, and was affectionately known as "Two check Charlie" for his no nonsense approach to running the job, he was fair but firm in making sure everyone was working and representing the Local Union. This is death benefit #1003.
Retired Brother Charles W. Dudney, 92, passed away 9/6. Brother Dudney worked for years in the maintenance department at the paper mill in Sylacauga. This is death benefit # 1004. Please remember the Evans and Dudney Families in your thoughts and prayers.
September 8, 2013, 12 noon
We have an emergency call for Marcum Electric at Miller Steam Plant that will last 1 to 2 days to pull new cables to the coal yard reclaimer. If anyone is interested in this emergency short call, you must call the Hall at 833-0909 today, Sept. 8th, between 12 noon and 2:30 pm. Referrals will be written according to your position on the out of work short call book and delivered to the jobsite tomorrow at 7 am where you are asked to report at that time. Drug screen and Power Company requirements are in effect, safety toed boots, two forms of ID, and current Powersafe training are required. You will receive a callback fro the Hall to confirm your referral and show-up.
August 20, 2013
It is with sadness we report the passing of Pension member Lee Hill, age 84, who passed away last week, 8/14/2013. Please remember the Hill Family in your thoughts and prayers. This is death benefit #1002.
Also, we were informed of the death of former member William Quimby from Tuscaloosa, who was a member of Local 136 for 40 years, but lost his membership in 2009. William was also electrical instructor at Shelton State Community College for years, where he helped direct his best students towards the IBEW apprenticeship. William lost an ongoing battle with cancer. Please remember the Quimby Family in your thoughts and prayers.
As voted upon this past General Meeting, the Local will put up for sale via sealed bid, the 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis with approximately 250,000 miles, (mostly interstate) in very good physical condition, still drives great, but has a problem with the overdrive in the transmission and will probably have to have the transmission worked on, otherwise a pretty decent daily driver. The bids should be submitted in a sealed envelope and turned into President Bill Blackman, Jr. no later than prior to 1pm on Labor Day, Sept. 2nd., at the Labor Day Picnic. The bids will be opened at 1pm that day. Any questions should be directed to Brother Blackman or Brother Eddie Parker.
August 20, 2013
Our annual Labor Day celebration is fast approaching, Monday, September 2nd, we will have our Labor Day festivities at the Hall starting around 11am. As always, we will have good food, activities, and fellowship on the day we celebrate all the achievements of the Labor movement. Bar.B.Q, hamburgers, hot dogs and more will be ready around 12 pm, please feel free to bring a side dish or dessert if you wish. Please make sure to get the word out, especially to our retired Brothers and Sisters so we can thank them for all they left for us. Free Labor Day T-shirts will be available for everyone, so come join us in our celebration.
Labor Day T-Shirt Design this year.
August 16, 2013
BEJATC Director Matt Dudley announced a OSHA 10 update class this coming Monday, August 19th, at 1:00 pm. This class is for those who already have a OSHA 10 card but need to have a more current updated one.
Last night at the August General Meeting, Brother Stanley "Automatic" Miles received his retirement watch from Local 136. As always, Brother Automatic was gracious in thanking all the Brothers and Sisters who helped him along the way. Congratulations on your retirement "Auto"!
Rumor has it that as a young apprentice out at the construction of Miller Steam Plant, Brother Stanley was asked by his foreman to go get the truck to haul some material for the crew. After being gone for a length of time, the foreman wondered where Stanley was with the truck. When he found Stanley standing beside the truck scratching his head and looking confused, the foreman asked him what the problem was. Stanley told him, well boss, this truck is a straight shift, and I'm an "Automatic" man. Well, the rest is history about how "Auto" got his nickname.
July 29, 2013
Retired Brother Jim Morrison would like to announce a 4-man scramble golf outing to benefit their church. The tournament will be on Saturday, August 10th at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Gadsden with a 8 am shotgun start. The cost is $45 per man, with proceeds going to the church. Anyone interested in playing or bringing a team can contact Brother Jim @ 205-467-3015.
July 24, 2013
The Local has been notified of two deaths of pension members that were not reported to us earlier this year. They were:
Death Benefit #1000, James B. Noland, age 73, who passed away 3/29/2013, and Death Benefit #1001, Paul R. Ferguson, age 70, who passed away 5/9/2013. Please remember those Brothers and their Families in your prayers.
July 22, 2013
Apprentice classes will begin at the Birmingham Electrical JATC on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 5 P.M. Please be there with the full amount of your book money. We have sent out letters with book costs, if you have received your letter please call and verify at the office (205) 849-5522. If you have not received your letter please call and verify an address. Thank you! Heather and Matt
July 15, 2013
Brother Butch Thrasher’s wife, Martha Jean Thrasher, passed away over the weekend after a long battle with cancer. Arrangements: Visitation Tuesday from 5PM to 6 with a memorial service immediately following at Miller Funeral Home (50 Hamric Drive East Oxford, AL 36203) Please remember Butch and the Thrasher Family in your thoughts and prayers.
Also a reminder that today and tomorrow (15th & 16th) are the last two days to resign the out of work lists.
July 9, 2013
Local Union 136 Business Representative Raymond Bodine has decided to retire from the Local after 40+ years of service. Raymond worked at Arab Cooperative for 35 years and the last 5 years as an assistant here at the Hall. Raymond has served the Local well, taking care of the Co-ops and manufacturing agreements, contracts and grievances, along with the day to day duties at the Hall. Although he will be missed greatly here at the Hall, we congratulate him on becoming a "new retiree", something we are all working towards one day. Thank you Brother Raymond for your service to the IBEW and Local 136.
July 9, 2013
Tomorrow starts the resign period for all out of work lists, our resigns will be open from the 10th through the 16th of July. Please remind other Brothers and Sisters of the resigns which can be done by fax, email, or by filling out the resign form on the website.
Work has slowed a bit lately, with some adjustments made by contractors at Mercedes. Hunt may have some more calls in this week. Alabama Power Company still gearing up for baghouses at Gorgas and Wilsonville, Unit 1 precipitator rebuild at Miller SP coming in September.
June 27, 2013
The following Retirement watch and service pin presentations were from last Thursdays General Meeting.
Jon Karch Retirement Watch
Larry Moore Retirement Watch
Bill Blackman Sr. Retirement Watch
Huey Mathis Retirement Watch
Charles Lavender 35 year pin
Harold "Frog" Blankenship 40 year pin
Jimmy Dickerson 40 year pin
William Dudney 40 year pin
Mike Edwards 40 year pin
Bill Harper 40 year pin
Mike Murphy 40 year pin
Waylon Miller 45 year pin
June 11, 2013
Sunday's " IBEW Day at the Barons" turned out to be a great event, even though the game was rained out and suspended until Monday, everyone in attendance seemed to have a good time at the new ballpark and the food was excellent. All the kids had a great time doing their thing on the "Dance Cam." And a special thanks to retired Brother Gene (Roger Clements) Adkins for throwing out the first pitch of the game.
Retired Brothers Dewey McCarley and Luke Taylor with Pres. Bill Blackman, Jr.
The Arnold Family
June 4, 2013
The Bowling team made it back, bowling must really make you tired!!! Thanks to IBEW Local 1579, Augusta, Ga. for hosting the Tourney and for their hospitality.
May 31, 2013
Reminder: Today is the last day to RSVP for the Local Union 136 "Day at the Barons" game on June 9th. We must give the Barons a headcount by end of business today so they can prepare for the event. We will remind those going to use the North side street entrance facing Railroad Park. Gates open at 1:30 pm, meal served at 2 pm, and the game starts at 3 pm. We will be using the Banquet Hall for this event, which is spacious and air conditioned and a great place to watch the game from. Come and join us in Brotherhood for an "IBEW Day at the Barons."
May 31, 2013
Local 136 member and owner of Double D Electric Joe Gilmore lost his wife Debbie this week. Services for Debbie will be held at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel, 5434 Old Birmingham Hwy., Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 (205-553-3141) on Sunday June 2, 2013: Visitation from 2:30 to 4:00 PM with a service beginning at 4:00 P.M. Please remember Joe and the Gilmore Family in your thoughts and prayers.
May 23, 2013
Late yesterday we received a decision from the CIR, it is exactly as follows:
After careful consideration of the evidence submitted, the Council rules as follows:
1. The parties are instructed to amend Article I, Section 1.01, to show the period of agreement as being from June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014.
2(a). The hourly wage for Journeyman Wireman shall be increased $.30 per hour, effective June 1, 2013.
2(b). The present wage and fringe benefit differentials for all classifications other than those specifically mentioned in this decision shall be maintained in accordance with the present agreement.
3-6. After careful consideration of all issues, the Council declines at this time to change the existing language or add new language in this decision on the following issues: 3. Overtime / Holiday, 4. Four-Ten Schedule, 5. FMCP Contributions, 6. SERF Contributions.
Last night 50 year and above service pins were given out at the General Meeting.
IBEW 136- Barons Baseball Afternoon
As discussed at the May General Meeting we will be hosting an IBEW Local 136 Day with the Barons this year. The new park has been such a success there were an extremely limited number of games to choose from, therefore we had to go with short notice. The game will be on Sunday June 9, 2013. The game starts at 3PM and gates open at 1:30.The event includes free admission and a meal for you and your family (meal served at 2PM) and lots of good fellowship. We have to give the Barons a definite head count so they will know how much to cook so we need you to call the Local (205-833-0909) and let us know how many will be attending. Call as soon as possible, this is going to be a fun filled family event for all.
May 17, 2013
Brother Mickey Hulsey receives a 60 year Pin.
Brother Bill Smith receives a 50 year pin.
Brother John Slowik receives a 50 year pin.
Brother Joe Arnold with his Local 136 sons Pat & Mike
Brother Joe Arnold receives his 50 year pin.
May 16, 2013
Don't forget General Meeting tonight, 7pm in Bham.
Also, Heath Smith, our BASS pro sponsored by the Local will be fishing in a tournament on the Coosa River at Lakeside Landing in Pell City starting today. The weigh-ins will be at the landing on Thursday and Friday, and if Heath can place high enough to fish the weekend, the weigh-ins will be at the BASS Pro shop in Leeds. Good Luck Heath.
As of today, we are back from CIR, but do not have a decision from them, it usually takes a few days, but as soon as we know, we will post the results.
April 23, 2013
We regretfully announce the passing of retired Brother James D. Holcomb on 3/19/2013 at the age of 92. This is death benefit #999. Please remember the Holcomb Family in your thoughts and prayers.
It is with sadness that we also report the passing of Brother Chris Cody's wife, who passed unexpectedly. We are passing a letter along to the Stewards asking for help for Brother Chris's burial expenses. We will pass along any details when known.
IBEW Brothers on the Regions/Barrons ballpark job in Bham.
Jobsite shot of IBEW members working for Canterbury Elect. at the Ballpark job.
Business Manager Jerry Keenum with City of Birmingham Electrical Inspector Reggie Valentine, and IBEW jobsite Code of Excellence coordinator James Pwee Reece.
March 12, 2013
OSHA 10- UPDATE CLASS
The BEJATC is holding an OSHA-10 Update class for those members who already have an OSHA-10 card and need credentials newer than two years.
Although an OSHA-10 card technically does not expire, several contractors are requiring OSHA credentials that are less than 2 years old. Bill Roberson (certified through the University of Alabama) will be giving an OSHA-10 update course at the BEJATC training facility on:
March 20th from 4:30-9:00 pm
One day only
Please call Heather at 205-849-5522 to sign up.
5000 East Lake Blvd
Birmingham AL 35217
March 1, 2013
For members covered under the Family Medical Care Plan, the administrators have retained LifeLock to provide one year free complimentary identity theft protection. To begin protecting yourself immediately at no cost to you:
1. Call 1-877-509-5357 or visit www.lifelock.com to enroll.
2. Use the promotion code: FMCP2013 when prompted as well as your member ID.
3. Your Member ID is your last name and your zip code (example: Smith35235)
You have until March 20, 2013 to enroll in this service.
February 12, 2013
Last week we had an unexpected visitor here at the Hall. A juvenile red-tailed hawk was out beside the bridge and had caught a rather large snake out in the creek and was busy ingesting said snake. Upon closer examination, the hawk seemed to be an escapee of someone, having the leather straps around both ankles as some falconers use. We tried contacting the zoo and others to see if anyone had a missing hawk, to no avail. The next day, Mr. Hawk was still on the premises, acting as if he had no intentions on leaving, so we finally got in touch with the Alabama Wildlife Rescue people, and they dispatched Billy, a very professional young man who enticed Mr. Hawk with a small white rodent and was able to capture him within 30 minutes. He took him to the Alabama Wildlife Center, where Mr. Hawk was checked out thoroughly and found to be a little dehydrated and disoriented, but otherwise OK. Thanks to Billy and Katie at the AWC for their great work in dealing with Alabama's wildlife and situations such as this. They will update us on Mr. Hawk's condition later.
February 5, 2013
We are asking for JW Volunteers to help with the Make Way Partners project this Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. Anyone that can come and help for a few hours will be a great help. The address is 6025 County Road 51, Wilsonville, AL. 35186.
February 4, 2013
On Saturday, Feb. 2, the BEJATC with over 60 apprentices and 8 instructors volunteered for a project to rewire the new headquarters for the "Make Way Partners" organization located in Chelsea, AL.
This project involved converting an outdated residential wiring system into an updated commercial office type space, including much needed fire alarm, data and communications upgrades.
This project was a little more "tricky" than most, it being a 3 story log cabin with a full basement that was donated to the "Make Way Partners" by the previous owner, renowned "Strong Man" Tom Owens, of "Kings Ranch" fame.
"Make Way Partners" is a Christian mission agency committed to prevent and combat human trafficking and all forms of modern–day slavery by educating and mobilizing Christian volunteers.
We worked with Nick Dimitri and his staff to find out what their electrical needs were and to try and fulfill those needs.
Thanks to everyone for their help, including Kerry Adkins from "On Time Electric", who pulled the permit and walked everyone through what was needed for this project. Thanks also to BEJATC Director Matt Dudley and NECA Rep. Andrew Varvoutis who spearheaded the project for us, to the Instructors Greg Marlin, Otis Graham, Mike Dudley, Joel Albano, Rodney Bearden, James Pwee Reece, Al Nether, Mike Carroll, Local 136 Business Manager Jerry Keenum and IBEW 5th District Service Rep. Mike Pace.
Also a huge "thank you" to all our Contractors for their donations of electrical materials for this job.
We will have another workday this Saturday, Feb. 9, if anyone is interested in volunteering and helping complete this project. We hope some of the Journeymen will join our apprentices this weekend and participate in the good work being done.
The new Headquarters of Make Way Partners in Chelsea, AL.
Nick Demetri of Make Way Partners thanks everyone for their help.
January 30, 2013
The latest picture of the Regions Park construction progress.
January 9, 2013
Starting this month, Local 136 will only require resigns for the out of work list on January 10th through the 16th and July 10th through the 16th, meaning you will only have to resign twice a year if on the out of work list. Hopefully this will cut down on the workload for the members and the dispatch office. The website will reflect the resign updates and the members position more often. Spread the word to our members and traveling members as well. This will be for Books 1 & 2.
December 26, 2012
It is with sadness we report the death of pension member Ronald E Bryant, Sr., age 78, who passed away on 12/20/2012 at his residence in Ohio. This is death benefit #997.
December 20, 2012
We missed an announcement earlier this month, member Larry Tolbert lost his Dad back on December 5th, Mr. John W. Tolbert was 98 years old and was a 27 year member of the United Steel Workers Union. Please remember the Tolbert Family in our thoughts and prayers.
Work Progressing on the New Barons Stadium downtown Birmingham.
For those interested in getting their TWIC card, there is a link to that website under Home Page then Links above.