President Jim Dyball's and Business Manager Jim Lofty's year-end message to all IBEW 213 members.
The entire province owes a debt of gratitude to IBEW 213 members across all of our groups, many of whom were deemed “essential” and whom kept the province moving forward since the state of emergency was declared back in March. We’re thinking about our electricians in construction and on the shipyards, our cable and communication techs who’ve kept us connected, our members in utilities who’ve kept the heat and lights on, our members in food services, and members in health care – literally on the front line. From all of us, thank you!
This year has really highlighted the need for us to have your current and correct contact information including your current mailing address and personal email address. Don’t know if your information is up to date? You can log onto the website and check, or contact the office during business operations and one of our staff can help you out. This is especially important as we continue to emailing you links to the online Unit meetings, and as we begin preparing 2020 income tax receipts to mail out in early 2021.
We were disappointed when the pandemic forced us to cancel our annual holiday get togethers around the province. But we are overwhelmed with the response to our IBEW 213 Gingerbread Hall event. We’ve posted a photo gallery on our website and social media. Flip this over for a preview, and the online gallery URL. Thanks to everyone who participated and made it such a success, and for the many kind well wishes.
Back in the summer we highlighted the rather urgent need to ensure members are not letting their membership fall into arrears, or worse, drop altogether and have to face reinstatement. Our hands are bound by the IBEW Constitution; it is so important that if you’re not currently working you are keeping up with your non-working dues.
With that in mind, the Inside Wire section is sure busy! The work picture has been brisk with some calls taking longer than normal to fill, to the point that we’re seeing our marine workers coming over to fill calls. If you are sitting on the list, now is the time to be checking the nightline. And If you know good people who are qualified journeys, encourage them to apply at the hall.
Apprentices, you will have received an email regarding meeting-attendance credits for your bursary and textbook reimbursement. It’s especially important for those of you who are starting up a new term of technical training in the new year. Get your meeting credits now so you have them when you need them later. More information can be found at: ibew213.org/training-apprenticeships/bursary
This has been a tough year, but it also includes some positive developments. This fall we helped elect a labour-friendly, majority government, that includes the (now former) president of the BC Building Trades Andrew Mercier, and the most diverse group of MLAs this province has ever seen. We have high hopes, and expectations.
Finally, from all of us to all of you, all the best this holiday season no matter how you celebrate. This year has really shown just how connected we all are, and we wish you a joyous time as we look forward to 2021. We are especially looking forward to when we can take these masks off. It’s coming soon! For now, let’s follow the public health guidelines over these holidays and these words from Dr. Bonnie Henry: let’s stay apart, not because we don’t care about each other, but because we do.