Entries by Justin Pruett

We have gotten in some IBEW Union made facemasks and are for sale at the hall. The lightweight ones are $4, and the heavier weight ones are $9. We have also gotten some Proud Union Home signs that are available for free. Please call the hall before coming out to schedule a time to stop […]

Minnesota Unemployment update

Minnesota is now approved by the federal government to participate in the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. LWA is a short-term emergency program. It will provide an additional $300 per week to most unemployed UI applicants due to COVID-19. States have the option to provide an additional $100/week benefit from their own Coronavirus Relief Fund. […]

Executive Orders

President Trump signed several executive orders on Saturday. Workers earning less than $2,000 pre-tax dollars a week will have Social Security and Medicare taxes suspended. This will amount to 7.65% of your wages and will be in effect from September 1 – December 31, 2020. The president’s order also directs the Secretary of the Treasury […]

Yard Signs

If any of our members are looking for signs for this year’s election, large ones or standard size, and need help getting a hold of one, please reach out, and I can help locate one for you by email JustinP@ibewlocal343.org or phone 507-577-1109

Absentee Voting

  Let’s address all this talk about absentee voting. We have been hearing conflicting information about the legitimacy of mail-in voting. Is it safe? Will your vote get counted? Is it fraught with fraud? Well, consider this – in the state of Minnesota absentee voting is a well-established process that we have had in place […]

Absentee Ballots

With the state primary coming up on August 11, it is not too late to apply for an absentee ballot by mail. It’s a straightforward online form that you can fill out to have one sent to you https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABRegistration/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx when you receive the ballot it must be completed and postmarked no later than August 11 to valid. […]


The IBEW International office is wanting to know if any of our members are Delegates to the Democratic National Convention coming up August 17 through August 20 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. If you are, please reach out to me by email Justinp@ibewlocal343.org or call (507)577-1109, and I can relay the info to the International.

Political Signs

For anyone interested in a Dan Feehan yard signs small 18 “x24” and medium 2’x4′ please fill out this form dan4mn.us/lawnsigns they will coordinate the drop-off to you. If you’re interested in a larger sign, you can reach out to me, and I can put you on the list for an order. Also, we have […]

Unemployment Insurance (UI) Update

With special session approaching and the uncertainty of anything being finalized before the end of the month, here are somethings we do know. The extra $600 on top of UI ends July 25 in Minnesota, even though the federal government has it set July 31. There is also a federal 13-week extension of UI that […]

Mail in Ballot

There are options to apply for a ballot to be sent to you from Minnesota for federal, state, and county elections with all the talk about safety with voting in this time of the pandemic. Not only does this allow you to vote early, but it also saves you time from having to wait in […]