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Wage Allocation Results

The results for the wage allocation were finalized today by John Swanson, as Head Teller, and the Executive Board as Tellers. A big thank you to everyone that returned your ballot. This was a considerable turn out for a wage allocation vote. Thank you again.

482 ballots returned
1 ballot was in the arrears
1 spoiled ballot
480 total ballots counted

Votes for option #1   126 
Votes for option #2    69 
Votes for option #3  285  

The new wage rates have been calculated and are in the process of being verified that all calculations are correct. Once verified, the new wage rates will be sent out to all members and contractors.

If you have any questions contact your union rep for more information.

Chad Katzung
Business Manager





Training Director Andy Toft Announces Retirement

South Central JATC Training Director Andy Toft Announces Retirement

Rochester, MN – June 12, 2020


The South Central Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) announced today that Training Director Andy Toft is retiring from his position as Training Director.  Toft served as Training Director for the JATC since 1992.  During his 28 years at the JATC, Toft oversaw the training of over 1,000 electrical apprentices from across Southern Minnesota.


Following Andy’s departure, Michael Bambrick Jr. will serve as Training Director for the South Central JATC effective July 1st, 2020.  Bambrick started his electrical career as an Apprentice at Ryan Electric. He continued to work as a Journeyman for Ryan Electric until he joined the JATC in 2014.  Bambrick brings valuable experience into this new role, including six years of teaching 3rd, 4th and 5th-year courses along with OSHA.


The JATC also welcomed Dustyn Marks as the new Apprenticeship Instructor in May.  Dustyn Marks joined the South Central JATC as a training instructor on May 18th, 2020.  Marks was previously a Journeyman Electrician for Accord Electric.

Congratulations to Andy on the retirement!

Congratulations to Mike and Dustyn on their new roles with the JATC.

Temporary Book Signing Policy

With the Stay at Home order taking effect tonight and lasting until April 10th, local 343 will be closing the lobby starting Monday, March 30. and remaining closed until the stay home order is lifted by the Governor. In doing so, we will not be allowing book signing and re-sign in person. Book signing will temporarily be done by email. Re-signs will be done on-line, fax or mail, not in person. New book signing directions and forms will be located in the pickup box by the front door. Resign forms can be found there as well. Once filled out, place them in the dropbox. The new book signing rules can be found in the link below. All daily activities will continue as usual.

If you have any questions feel free to call anytime.

Temporary Book Signing Policy

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 line. There is a simple online application you can fill out. With the primary coming up 8/11/2020 being the first one, you can get sent to you. An easy 2 step application is online that takes minutes to fill out and send in. if you have any questions, please reach out to me Justin Pruett, 1(507)577-1109 or by email


Wage Allocation Vote

Keep an eye on your mailbox. The wage allocation ballots were mailed today. If you have any questions follow the directions that are enclosed. If you do not receive a ballot, contact the office and we will put you in touch with the Head Teller. Stay safe everyone


Please take a moment to take this survey. We want to hear from you and how the COVID-19 has been affecting you. Individual responses and contact information will be kept confidential.

2020 NEC Adoption Postponement

2020 National Electrical code adoption has been delayed because the board has received 25 valid requests for a hearing regarding the adoption of the code. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hearing has been moved from May 4th to Aug 19th, 2020. As of now, all permits, installations, inspections, and examinations will continue to be under the 2017 NEC. At this time, there is no information on when the 2020NEC will come into effect in Minnesota.