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Outside Including Line Clearance Tree Trimming Referral Policy
Apr 21, 2021



(except Telephone)



AVAILABLE FOR WORK LISTS:                                             GROUPS I, II, III, IV

Journeyman Lineman and

All Other Classifications


Applicants who are in compliance with the requirements of Article II (2.5) will be required to register required information on Books supplied by the Dispatcher.


Initial registration for all applicants shall be via email, fax, or text:


  1. Registration:  Go to the www.ibew659.org website.  Click on Dispatch and Temporary Referral Change.  Click on the Outside Construction forms and follow the directions and instructions.


  1. Applicants can sign one (1) out-of-work list.


  1. Registration may be by email (kathy@ibew659.org), fax (541-664-0806) or text (541-227-8330).

Applicants once registered must update registration monthly.  In order to remain on the out-of-work list you must update your name on the books by phone (541-664-0804)  OR fax (541-664-0806) in the week containing the second Wednesday (calendar attached).  Applicants who fail to up-date by the last day of the week containing the second Wednesday will be removed from the out-of-work list.

Applicant must provide certifications showing expiration dates where applicable.

         (i.e.:  1st Aid/CPR, Flagger, ISA, OSHA-10, Pesticide, etc.)


REMOVAL from the available-for-work list will occur when:

1.  Applicant fails to re-sign in the week containing the second

     Wednesday of the month.

2.  Applicant has been dispatched for over one (1) week.

3.  Applicant has turned down or been unavailable for 3 job offers.

4.  Applicant voluntarily removes his/her self from the available list.

5.  Applicant fails to re-register (in person) in January each year.


Applicants are responsible for keeping the Dispatcher informed, in writing of any change of address and/or telephone number where they can be reached.

REGULAR DISPATCH HOURS:                                        9:00 a.m. to noon

                                                                                    Monday through Friday


  EMERGENCY DISPATCH:                                               All other times

                                                                                    (No turn-down)


  EXAMPLES OF EMERGENCY DISPATCH:                          1.   Jurisdictional coverage.

                                                                                    2.   Any emergency (i.e.:

                                                                                          storm damage, loss of

                                                                                          crew size, loss of work

                                                                                          for customer, life and


The weeks for the 2021 monthly re-sign are the following:

February:  7th through 13th                     August:  8th through 14th  

March:  7th through 13th                           September: 5th through 11th

April:   11th through 17th                            October:  10th through 16th

May:  9th through 16th                               November:  7th through 13th

June:  6th through 12th                            December:  5th through 11th

July: 11th through 17th




                                               I.B.E.W. LOCAL 659


                                           REFERRAL GUIDELINES


1.       Each applicant for referral shall be permitted to place his/her name on only one (1) out-of-work list.




3.       Applicant must be on the books by 9 am to be eligible for dispatch the same day.


4.       When the Union Dispatcher is unable to contact the applicant whose name is first on the out-of-work list, after making a reasonable attempt to do so, she/he may proceed to refer the next eligible applicant(s) in order of their place on the list.


5.       Any applicant who accepts employment offering one (1) week of work (5 regular work days, but does not include overtime) or less shall not, thereby, lose his/her position on the out-of-work list, provided they report themselves available for work to the union on the next regular workday after his/her termination.  An applicant who voluntarily quits, or is terminated for good cause in less than one (1) week, shall be required to re-register in person on the out-of-work list.


6.       Any applicant accepting a work referral and, thereafter, not appearing at the time and place specified, shall notify the Union as soon as possible and shall be required to re-register in person with the Union.


7.       All applicants must provide the necessary proof of qualification to be placed in their appropriate group.

8.       Category I langauge, adopted December 23, 2008, states the following, "Once an applicant qualifies for, requests and is granted Group I status in any local union, he shall retain that status in the local union and shall not be required to requalify unless he qualifies for, requests and is granted Group I status in another local union.  If that situation occurs, the applicant would have to requalify for Group I status in any previous local union(s) in which he enjoyed Group I status."


9.       An employee who has satisfied the standards established by this Referral Plan will retain (but not accumulate) his employment seniority under this Agreement in the following circumstances:


(1) When an officer or a regular employee of this Local Union which requires full time in that position.


(2) When an employee working for an Employer under the terms of this Agreement is assigned to a position outside the bargaining unit, but in the electrical industry.


(3) When an employee is covered under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA).


10.    These referral procedures and rules are in addition to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement in effect for the employer to whom an applicant is dispatched.  Any conflicts with the Collective Bargaining Agreement shall be subject to negotiation.

11.     Explanation of all referral rules will be made only by the Business Manager or his designated Representatives (not the office staff).

12.     Any inquires regarding this referral procedure should first be directed to the Dispatcher assigned to administer referral.

13.     Referral procedures and rules shall be at the sole descretion of the Business Manager.  Any change in the above procedures or rules, when posted, shall automatically become a part of this document.


Revised December 2020

IBEW Local 659
4480 Rogue Valley Hwy, Suite 3
Central Point, Oregon 97502

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