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 you can apply for once you have exhausted your original UI. This extension has an expiration date of June 26, 2021.


Many bills are going through the federal government that would add and extend benefits to UI. There is no guarantee anything will get passed this month. Although nothing has been finalized, there is talk that they are planning to take a month break in August, which may extend into September.


I will keep everyone informed of changes when they happen. If anyone has any questions, please reach out to me by email or phone.



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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.

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 Justinp@IBEWlocal343.org



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


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