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IBEW 332

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Vol.1 Issue 5 October 2003

Business Manager’s Report

The Recall election has certainly caused quite a stir in California.
A No Recall bulletin was sent out to everyone a few days
ago, now the 9th District has put the election on hold. It's
anyone's guess what will happen next, things have gotten
so chaotic with this recall.

A t L o c a l 3 3 2 w e h a v e h i r e d J i m Wi l l i a m s t o w o r k f u l l t i m e
on the "No Recall" campaign. Jim has been visiting job
sites, organizing phone banks and generally running Local

332's Anti recall campaign. I'd like to extend my appreciation to the job foremen
and superintendents for assisting and cooperating with Jim when he's gone to
job sites. Thanks also to the members who have donated their time to assist
with phone banks. Jim is doing an outstanding job in recruiting volunteers.

A t t h e A u g u s t E x e c u t i v e B o a r d m e e t i n g , t h e B o a r d a p p o i n t e d A l a n Wi e t e s k a a s
Recording Secretary to fill the unexpired term vacated by Dick Perez; and Earl
Ta l b o t t a s T r e a s u r e r t o c o m p l e t e t h e u n e x p i r e d t e r m v a c a t e d b y P e t e R e y e s .
The Executive Board also appointed Wendell Weber to the Examining Committee.

Local 332 has joined with Plumbers Local 393 and Sheetmetal Local 104 in

c r e a t i n g a Tr i - Tr a d e s g r o u p w h i c h m e e t s r e g u l a r l y t o d i s c u s s m u t u a l c o n c e r n s
and have joined together to negotiate Project Labor Agreements
Continued on next page

Picture Contest

Do you know who these guys are? Any idea when this picture was taken? Please call or e-mail Liz at with your answers. The first person to answer correctly wins a Local 332 Sweat-
shirt, so hurry and get your answers in. The winner will be announced in the next issue of the Local 332
Newsletter. (Persons pictured do not qualify) . Last issue winner on page 4
2 October 2003

Local 332 Newsletter Business Managers Report

Published by: Continued from front page

IBEW Local 332 School work has ended and the Local's books are
l o a d i n g u p a g a i n . We d o n o t a n t i c i p a t e a s b a d a
2 1 2 5 C a n o a s G a r d e n Av e n u e , S u i t e 1 0 0
San Jose, CA 95125
w i n t e r a s l a s t y e a r, b u t d o h a v e l o t s o f p e o p l e o n
the books. The San Jose Airport work has been
Te l e p h o n e … … . . . ( 4 0 8 ) 2 6 9 - 4 3 3 2
Fax.................(408)979-5500 delayed due to interchange work at Highway 17 and Coleman that needs to take place.
W E B P a g e a d d r e s s : w w w. 3 3 2 . o rg

Office Hours: As a result of the slow work picture Local 332 has
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed for lunch daily 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. implemented an eighty (80) hour short call. Accordingly,
under Article VI, Referral Procedure, Section 6.12
Dispatch Hours: "An applicant who receives, through no fault of his
Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. & 4 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Dispatch Hotline 979-5533 own, work of eighty (80) hours or less shall, upon
re-registration, be restored to his appropriate place
Editorial Staff within his group." We will review this matter again
Rober t V. Tragni..........................Executive Editor
Elizabeth Jesinger........................Managing Edito r in December 2003 and make any necessary adjustments
at that time.
Contributing Writers
Vi n c e C o s e n t i n o
Don Dixon St a t e C e r t i f i c a t i o n i s s t i l l a p r i o r i t y. A c c o r d i n g t o
Constitutional Officers DAS records less than fifty Local 332 members have
G e r a l d E . P f e i f f e r. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P re s i d e n t been Certified. People who have passed the exam
R o b e r t S e a b e rg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vi c e P re s i d e n t
E a r l Ta l b o t t . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tre a s u re r may get an exemption where they won't have to
Robert V. Tragni.................................Financial Secretary
A l a n Wi e t e s k a . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . R e c o rd i n g S e c re t a r y
test again until 2008. The sooner our members get
Certified the better off we are. Contractors have
Executive Board asked what to do about people being dispatched or
Ti n a B e s t Kevin Kavanaugh
Mark Cosentino Bruce Ramirez already working for them who are not certified. The
Jay James answer is lay them off or don't accept their dispatch.

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to

ADDRESS CHANGES all the members who volunteered at this year's picnic,
When changing your address, please complete this form we had a great turn out and there were lots of new
and mail it directly to the Union Office. We, in turn will volunteers. Thanks for all your help. This year's
notify the Stephen Chelbay Company/United Administrative
Services and the IBEW Journal.
picnic raised $3,700.00 for the Member Assistance
Fund. Thanks also go to Joey Veach, Chuck Holmes,
D o n a l d H a r t l e y, Ti n a B e s t a n d M a r k C o s e n t i n o f o r
their donations to the Member Assistance Fund.
Social Security No. ___________________________Card No. ________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________ We a r e r e - p r i n t i n g a l e t t e r r e c e i v e d f r o m o n e o f
(Please Print) our retirees, Lloyd Mock, Age 89, retired since
Address: 1970. Brother Mock sent in a donation to the Member
(City) (State) (Zip) Assistance fund equal to 2 months I/O pension. We
Telephone No.:________________________________________________________ thought it a very nice letter and wanted to share it
(Area Code) with all our brothers and sisters. Thank you Brother
Effective Date: ______________________________________________________________ Mock for your generosity and thoughtfulness.

Member Signature:_______________________________________________ L o c a l 3 3 2 w i l l b e h a v i n g i t ' s f i r s t e v e r O l d Ti m e r ' s

N i g h t o n F r i d a y, O c t o b e r 1 7 t o h o n o r o u r l o n g t i m e
Please mail this form to: members. Members like Brother Lloyd Mock who
have helped to build this Local into the strong, viable
IBEW Local 332 Local that it is. For those interested in attending
2125 Canoas Garden who are not being recognized, the cost of the dinner
Avenue, Suite 100 is $40.00 per person. Please contact Liz at (408)
San Jose, CA 95125 979-5526 for more information.
October 2003 3

E l e c t i o n D a y i s Tu e s d a y, O c t o b e r 7 , 2 0 0 3 . T h i s i s a c r i t i c a l e l e c t i o n f o r w o r k i n g
people in the State of California. Please cast your vote and remember:

Vo t e N O o n t h e R e c a l l
T h e n , Vo t e Y E S f o r B u s t a m a n t e
YES on Proposition 53
NO on Proposition 54
Sample ballots are now available through the registrar's office. Please take the
time to review and mark up your sample ballot prior to going to your polling place.
It is very important that you be prepared when you get to the Polls, as voters will
be given a ten (10) minute limit in the polling booth to complete the ballot.

Absentee ballots are available through the Local Union office. Please contact Jim
Williams at (408) 979-5516 if you would like an application for an Absentee Ballot,
or if you would like any other information about the upcoming election.

Jim Williams NO
"No Recall" Campaign RECALL

Get well wishes go to Brother Terry Tanner who is recovering from surgery.
S h o r t l y a f t e r a n n o u n c i n g h i s r e t i r e m e n t , Te r r y ' s d o c t o r s d i s c o v e r e d a
g r o w t h o n h i s l u n g s . O n A u g u s t 1 5 , 2 0 0 3 Te r r y u n d e r w e n t a p r o c e d u r e
where a scope was inserted into his body to determine if surgery could
proceed. It was determined at that time that they could proceed with the
s u rg e r y a n d t h e y d i d . T h e d o c t o r s a r e c o n f i d e n t t h a t Te r r y i s o u t o f
d a n g e r, h e w i l l u n d e rg o s o m e r a d i a t i o n t r e a t m e n t b u t i s e x p e c t e d t o b e
fully recovered. A retirement dinner which had been planned for August,
h a s b e e n p o s t p o n e d u n t i l n e x t y e a r. Te r r y, G i n a a n d t h e i r f a m i l y t h a n k
you for all your good wishes.
4 October 2003

California's New Paid Family Leave Law

Beginning in July 2004 most working Californians The maximum benefit that a worker may receive
will be eligible to receive up to six (6) weeks of is tied to increases in the state's average weekly
partial pay each year if they need time off to wage and will change accordingly each year.
bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill
family member. How is this different from other Family Leave
Who qualifies for paid family leave? Other laws, such as the Family Medical Leave
Any working Californian who contributes to the Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights
State Disability Insurance program (SDI) and Act (CFRA) and Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL)
needs to bond with a new child (birth, adoption provide additional protections for workers who
or foster care) or care for a seriously ill family need time off for family needs. FMLA and CFRA
member (parent, child, spouse, domestic partner) don't guarantee that you will have income during
qualifies for FTDI benefits. your leave. The FTDI program ensures that you
will be receiving some income.
What is the State Disability Insurance program
(SDI)? How do I apply for FTDI?
The SDI program provides partial wage replacement Starting in July 2004 claim forms will be available
to workers who suffer a loss of wages when they on the Employment Development Department web
are unable to work due to non-work-related illness site or by phone.
o r i n j u r y. T h e F T D I p r o g r a m e x t e n d s t h e s a m e
benefits to eligible workers who are unable to What else should I know?
work because they are bonding or caring for a Businesses with fewer than fifty (50) employees
new child or seriously ill family member. are not required to hold a job for a worker who
goes on paid family leave. Collective bargaining
How much will my FTDI benefits be? agreements may offer different protections for
A worker on paid family leave will receive approximately these workers.
55% of his/her wages through the SDI program,
up to a maximum of $728 per week in 2004.

P i c t u r e C o n t e s t Wi n n e r
Congratulations to Laura Ashley on winning the Picture Contest. Laura immediately e-
mailed the Local. The picture was taken in 1987 at the Gilroy Foods Co-Gen, Bechtel
P r o j e c t . P i c t u r e d a r e : B i l l D o o l e y, D o n D u r b i n , G a r y S i m m o n s , B r u c e B a x t e r, H o w a r d
B a r n h o u s e , D a v e B e n t , Wa l t P a r l e , B o b S e a b e rg , R u s t y C o r d e l l , " 3 D a y " R a y M u n o z , A l a n
Wi e t e s k a , H e r m a n Te r r y, D i c k M e r c e r, F r e d L a n e , R i c k Vo s s , B r u c e H a w l e y a n d A l a n
Amark. Dick Mercer called and said that it was his last day of work prior to retiring and
t h e n B u s i n e s s M a n a g e r B r u c e B a x t e r h a d c o m e o u t t o t h e j o b s i t e . We r e c e i v e d q u i t e a f e w
calls on this one, but Laura provided the most information. Laura won a Local 332 sweatshirt,
want to try and be our next winner? Name as many of the persons in the picture as you can,
take a guess at when the picture was taken. E-mail your answers to
or call Liz at 408/979-5526.
J a n uOacrtyo-bM
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News From NorCal

Vince Cosentino,Regional TrainingDirector

WECA (Western Electrical Contractors Association)

On July 22, 2003 another group has applied for an apprenticeship
when existing apprenticeships are doing the same
Nor Cal - Instructor Seminar scope of work, i.e. NorCal Sound & Communication.
These non-union apprenticeships will destroy your Union
Wage and Benefits Package by competing with lower
paid people, lesser or untrained people and usually with
lower or no benefits. My office (NorCal) has responded
to each one of these non-union attacks on our way to
providing apprenticeship opportunities.


must be aware of these non-union attacks. The non-
union apprenticeship applications are not limited to
just Sound & Communication!


NorCal's 3rd Annual S&C Sub-JATC Retreat July
31, 2003 in Monterey, CA. was attended by 48 Sub-
JATC Trustees and other people involved in training
from all of the Nine NorCal S&C Local training centers.
NorCal's 14th Bi-Annual S&C Instructor/Training
Director Seminar September 6, 2003 in San Jose, CA
ELECTRIC FEDERAL CREDIT UNION was attended by 24 Instructors/Training Directors plus
Mail: PO Box 6479 San Jose, CA 95150-6479 one Employer from seven of the nine Locals interested
Office: 2125 Canoas Garden Ave, #110
Phone: 408.445.3130 Fax: 408.445.3135 in methods of vocational instruction and what's new in
24/7 Electric Line: 800.650.0361 the world of Electronic Systems Education. Remember,
2 4 - H o u r L o s t / S t o l e n Vi s a C h e c k C a r d
Hotline: 800.322.4058 E-mail: all the NorCal S&C Instructors are the people you work
Office Hours: 10 am to 5:30 pm, Monday - Friday
(Closed first Friday each month, federal holidays & union office holidays)
with every day.

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S c h e d u l e d H o l i d a y s & N o n Wo r k D a y s
October/November 2003
Holiday Date I Res. S/C MH
Thanksgiving Day 11/27 X X X X

Code Quiz Questions Day After 11/28 X X X X

1 The grounding of electrical systems, circuit

conductors, surge arresters, and conductive
2 The restriction to 80 percent of 3 Ty p e s N M , N M C , a n d N M S c a b l e s
shall not be used in any multifamily
the rating for an enclosed overcurrent
noncurrent-carrying materials and equipment shall device on continuous loads shall not dwelling or other structure exceeding
be installed and arranged in a manner that will apply to overcurrent devices installed in _____ floors above grade. All floors are
prevent ______ current over the grounding services operating at over _____ volts. used for habitation.
conductors or grounding paths.

a. Low-level a. Tw o
a. 1000
b. An objectionable flow of
b. 750 b. Three Answers on page 6
c. Minimal c. Four
c. 600
d. Maximum
d. 250 d. Five
6 October 2003


I M P O RTA N T M E E T I N G D AT E C H A N G E S The upcoming Retiree Club Meetings will be held as
PLEASE NOTE follows:

October 8, 2003
November 12, 2003
We d n e s d a y O c t o b e r 1 , 2 0 0 3 - 5 : 3 0 p . m . Speakers to be announced
M o n d a y, N o v e m b e r 3 , 2 0 0 3 - 5 : 3 0 p . m .
Join us in the dispatch office on the second
S O U N D & C O M M U N I C AT I O N S We d n e s d a y o f e a c h m o n t h a t 9 : 3 0 a . m . f o r c o f f e e
and doughnuts. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m.
We d n e s d a y, O c t o b e r 8 , 2 0 0 0 3 - 5 : 3 0 p . m .
Retiree Christmas Party
We d n e s d a y, N o v e m b e r 1 2 , 2 0 0 3 - 5 : 3 0 p . m . We d n e s d a y, D e c e m b e r 1 0 , 2 0 0 3
11 : 0 0 A . M . S o c i a l t i m e
All Meetings are held at the Union Hall unless otherwise noted: 1 2 : 0 0 P. M . L u n c h ( c a t e r e d b y G u n t h e r s )
2 1 2 5 C a n o a s G a r d e n Av e n u e Local 332 Meeting Hall
San Jose, CA 95125
Tickets $15.00 will go on sale at the October
Retiree meeting or call Lee McIntosh at (408) 266-
Labor History Classes 7356

The Labor History Committee is conducting Get well wishes go to Naomi Hildebrant, Lee
L a b o r H i s t o r y C l a s s e s a t t h e J AT C . C l a s s e s McIntosh who is recovering from surgery and also
will be held as follows: to Brother Pat Egan who is ill with pneumonia.

S a t u rd a y, O c t o b e r 1 8 , 2 0 0 3 Partial re-print of letter received from

Brother Lloyd Mock
9 : 0 0 A . M . t o 3 : 3 0 P. M .
"… for the members welfare fund. As I have been drawing a
Please call the Union office at monthly pension of $60.82 for over thirty years I felt that it
( 4 0 8 ) 2 6 9 - 4 3 3 2 t o re g i s t e r f o r t h e c l a s s e s . would or could be useful for the (sick) and misfortunate. I prefer
this charity to some that take 75% of the money for themselves
a n d 2 5 g o e s t o t h e c h a r i t y. S o r r y i t h a s b e e n s u c h a p r o b l e m , I d o
want to help some of the needy union members. Thanks, Lloyd
Mock, 89 years old, retired since 1970."

Santa Clara
Learning Center
Cupertino Electric

P i c t u r e d : R i c h M e d e f e s s e n , P a u l Z e l e , P a t L a n e y, St e v e L o r e a , D e n n y C a r s o n ,
Dan Grajeda, Allen Lun and Linda McLaren Not Pictured: Mike Cangiamilla
October 2003 7

Journeymen Classes 2003

David birch, walter pepper,
leon liebster, Wendell weber,
ryan moriguchi, Ronnie lynds,
Clarence malone, Daniel Sullivan,
Jeffrey Kirby, mike gorin, john
landing, ed logan. Not pictured:
Larry Hayes, edgardo Javier,
david lee, nick mc comb, ali
paknahal, david piercy, bob
Samson, wade martin.

Lonworks installer
J o e y v e a c h - i n s t r u c t o r, j i m G i b s o n ,
chris hyde, david coffaro, mark barrett,
steve cowan, martin rajna, mike parmenter,
j o h n s a w t e l l e , l o r i We b s t e r, m a r k
anemone, bill houseworth, dino giacobbe,
R o b e r t b h a n , g a r y p u l l i z z i s r. , i r a n
Delgado, Gabriel Rodriguez. Not
pictured: Cathleen Kammers, Sebastian
vallelunga, William markes, Andrew
albaran, charles myers, sandy klingval,
Mario Ramirez, jack Roberts, james

The Pacific Energy Center's Fall 2003 calendar of classes is now published on their
w e b s i t e : w w w. p g e . c o m / p e c / c l a s s e s T h e y w i l l b e o ff e r i n g 8 8 c l a s s e s o v e r t h e n e x t f o u r
m o n t h s o n t o p i c s r a n g i n g f r o m b u i l d i n g a u t o m a t i o n t o w i n d p o w e r. T h e c l a s s e s w i l l b e
held in locations across the state including Bakersfield, Davis, Fresno, Marysville,
San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, San Rafael, San Ramon, Santa Cruz, Stockton
and Tulare. These events are free of charge, but we strongly recommend pre-registration
since many of our programs fill up. Please register for these classes by phone at 415-
9 7 3 - 2 2 7 7 o r o n t h e I n t e r n e t a t w w w. p g e . c o m / p e c / c l a s s e s . M o s t o f t h e S a n J o s e
classes at held at the Local 332 Union Hall.

About 100 people attended a retirement celebration Quiz

held for Pete Reyes on August 28 at the Local 332 Answers
Union Hall. It was a great party with many of Pete's
brother's, sisters, children and grandchildren in 1.b. An objectionable flow of,
section 250-6
attendance. Some of Pete's former co-workers and 2.c. 600, section 230-208 (b)
long time friends were also able to join in making
3.b. Three, section 336-5 (a) (1)
this a memorable event for Pete and his family.
October 2003

O n A u g u s t 2 8 , 2 0 0 3 , C l a r k C o n s t r u c t i o n h o s t e d a B a r- B - Q l u n c h f o r a l l t h e c o n t r a c t o r s
a n d t h e i r e m p l o y e e s a t t h e S a n J o s e S t a t e U n i v e r s i t y C a m p u s Vi l l a g e H o u s i n g p r o j e c t .
Knowing that Helix would be present at this Bar-B-Q Jay James, Assistant Business Manager/
Organizer and Dick Perez, Business Representative attended the lunch as guests of the
Building Trades and used the opportunity to distribute Union literature and raise awareness
about the benefits of Union Membership.

International Nonprofit

Brotherhood of
U.S. Postage
Electrical San Jose, CA
Permit NO. 1133

Workers, Local 332

2125 Canoas Garden Ave., Suite 100
San Jose, California 95125