Ajae Smith- (son of Brother Abner Smith)

Abner Smith is a 343 member but has been working out of Local 131 since May. On July 12, 2021 our son fell 30 feet resulting in a severe spinal injury. He is now out of the hospital and beginning the long road to recovery. His life will never be the same but he is determined to regain as much mobility as possible and is working hard. Some of his family have teamed up to host a benefit to help raise funds to help him cover medical expenses, rental equipment and other recovery expenses.

Thank you

Amanda Smith

IBEW Inaugural Fishing Trip

Now Hiring Winona State Electrical Lead.

Job Details Job Class: Electrician Lead Working Title: Electrician Lead

• Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers • Date Posted: 09/08/2021

• Closing Date: 09/13/2021

• Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: MN St Colleges & Universities / Winona State Univ-AFSCME

• Division/Unit: MnSCU Winona SU / MnSCU WIN Classified Dorm

• Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift (7:00am-3:30pm)

• Days of Work: Sunday – Thursday

• Travel Required: No

• Salary Range: $31.19 – $36.29/hourly; $65,124 – $75,773/annually

• Classified Status: Classified

• Bargaining Unit/Union: 202 – Craft, Maintenance, Labor/AFSCME

• Location: Winona

To apply


  1. Select the link to access our careers site.
  2. Sign In to access your account or if you are not an existing user select the New User link to create one.
  3. Review the job description and select the Apply button to begin your application.




If you are a current employee of our organization please use the following link instead:


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.


Leroy Fickert Obituary

Leroy Edwin Fickert born April 23rd, 1948 died at his home in Dodge Center on August 18, 2021.
Leroy was a resident of Dodge Center for many years, moving here in 1978. He worked for Local 343 as an electrician where he was a member for 43 years. He retired in 2008.He was dependable, dedicated, and hard working both at work and at home. He provided well for his family. He taught his daughters good work ethic, respect, and responsibility. He was a strong man. He played ball with his kids and never missed a band concert or school game. Leroy had a love for pheasant hunting and bird dogs. His favorite dog, a German Shorthaired Pointer named Chico, is playing with him today in Heaven. He will be missed by many.
Leroy is survived by his daughters Lora K. (Fickert) Johnson, and Nicole K. (Fickert) Chappius; grandchildren Alexus Cain, Mia (Cain) Howenstien, and Ebin Cain; great grandchildren Maloree, Zoee, Aubree, Tatum and Thea, as well as nephew Steve (Lorrie) Fehling, Great Niece’s: Vicci (Mike) Walter, Jenna (Martin) Wieland, Great-Great Nieces and Nephews: KyleeAnn Fehling-Wieland, Ronnie Wieland, Tim Walter, Addie Wieland, Carissa Walter, Ted Walter.
Leroy is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Fickert, siblings, daughter Ashley Marie Fickert in 2014, and grandson Jaeden Harley Johnson in 2020.
Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Leroy may be shared at rochestercremationservicesmn.com

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.