A message from the 343 Labor Management Committee


As you may or may not be aware, the U.S. Department of Labor updated the Federal Regulations for Registered Apprenticeship programs and program sponsors (29.CFR.30) to provide periodic anti-harassment training to all apprentices and other individuals who work on a regular basis with apprentices.  This includes, but is not limited to, mentors, journeyworkers, supervisors, etc. 

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 343 (IBEW 343) and the Minneapolis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractions Association (NECA) firmly believe that there is no place for any form of harassment in the workplace.  We are making a joint effort to work toward ending all forms of harassment in our industry by taking steps toward a cultural shift in our offices and on jobsites.

Harassment can occur in many forms and not easily identifiable.  We, IBEW 343 and NECA, have taken the position that we want all contractors, their staff and every Local 343 member to take an online course provided through Electrical Training Alliance if your company does not currently have a training mechanism in place. All inside and residential apprentices currently receive this training through the South Central Minnesota JATC and do not need to be registered for this course.

The Harassment Prevention course will take approximately an hour to complete and requires completion of a quiz before moving on to the next section.  At the end of the training, a certificate of completion will be generated.  There is a cost to this course, which will be paid for by the IBEW 343 – Minneapolis NECA Labor-Management Cooperative Committee (LMCC).

Registration Instructions

  • Go to https://lms.protechskillsinstitute.org/login/index.php and follow steps to creating an account.
  • Program ID: MN 1380
  • Password: IBEW-NECA
  • Filter Group: JW Continuing Ed
  • You will receive confirmation once you have been successfully enrolled in the program and instructions on how to complete the course.

Your cooperation and compliance by completing the training and establishing a workplace environment where everyone feels safe, welcomed, and fairly treated is appreciate.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact IBEW 343 or NECA.

Thank you.

343 Labor-Management Committee

Cope Committee Endorsements from May 10th Meeting

“The IBEW Local 343 COPE Committee met May 10 and voted to endorse the following candidates for Minnesota statewide office in the 2022 election:

Tim Walz for Governor

Peggy Flanagan for Lt. Governor

Keith Ellison for Attorney General

Steve Simon for Secretary of State

Julie Blaha for State Auditor

How did we decide these endorsements? A number of factors were considered:

The IBEW State Council has endorsed these candidates for 2022.

They are friendly incumbents we have previously endorsed.

While in office they have met or exceeded our expectations in working for and protecting workers rights.


Remember your vote is your personal choice, an endorsement means we believe the candidate is the best choice when it comes to our priorities as a building trades union and we are asking you to consider these candidates when voting.

Some of our primary issues include: preserving the right to organize, maintaining prevailing wage laws, MN OSHA, protecting our licensing standards, repealing the moratorium on new nuclear power plants in Minnesota and voting against any “right to work” legislation.


Any questions or concerns call John Swanson IBEW Local 343 Political Coordinator at 507-951-2239”

GreenCare and SnowCare For Our Troops!

Below is information on project Evergreen. Project Evergreen provides snow removal and lawn care to military families when on military deployment. This also includes service for members that are called up for state active duty missions. Help pass the word to anyone you may know who is actively deployed. They are also looking for volunteers willing to provide lawn care and snow removal. If you, or anyone you know may be interested in this service or to volunteer you can register here.

Unionworx App

We are ready to roll out the app for all of our members to use. The app is found in the app store under the name “Union Worx”. Download the app, look at the bottom of the Union Worx home screen, tap on the word “Register”, fill in the required information. Once you have the information completed tap the blue “Register” button. You should get a green box at the top of the screen that says “Thank you for registering! You will receive a confirmation email once you have been approved”. From that email, you’ll be able to login and begin to see what is on the app. Until everyone on the book is registered your position on the long and short call book may not be accurate, we will still keep the book going the way we have been until we’re fully comfortable with the app. If you have questions about the book position feel free to contact the hall. You will be notified of the calls at 4:30 PM for the next day, feel free to bid on them any time between 4:30 PM and 10 AM. You will be able to put in for a call by using the app when you are registered. When bidding on calls you’ll be able to bid on multiple calls and select your preferences 1,2,3…etc. The app will also notify you if you did or didn’t get the call. Resign, dues and other things will be coming in the future.

You can also sign up online with the address below.


If you have any questions please contact me.


IBEW Inaugural Fishing Trip

Wage Allocation Results

Counting of wage allocation ballots. The ballot counters consisted of the present Executive Board members with the addition of Tom Small, Sean Sannes, and John Swanson. John Swanson was the acting head teller. The received ballots and counting of such ballots follow as


Ballots Received                               416

Ineligible votes                                   13

Ineligible from unpaid dues             1

Spoiled ballots                                    3

Total countable ballots                  399


4 possible outcomes from 4 vote options


#1                                            92

#2                                            47

#3                                            121

#4                                            139


Option #4 was declared as the winner by John Swanson and verified by the rest of the ballot counting team.

The new wage rates will be sent out with the newsletter soon.

Thank you to everyone that voted.

Book Signing Policy

IBEW Local 343 offices are now allowing book signing and re-sign in person. Book signing can also be done by email. Re-signs will be done online, by fax, mail, or in person. Book signing directions and forms will be located at the hall or from the link below.

If you have any questions feel free to call anytime.

Book Signing 2021

The Hall To Reopen.