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      5:00pm – Friday, March 27, 2020

      RE: Coronavirus Update from Local 697 – NEW updates to the Local 697 “Covid-19 Bulletin Board”

      Brothers & Sisters –

      I received several updates over the past 24 hours and have added the information to the Local 697 “Covid-19 Bulletin Board” for our members and their families.  This is located under the “Members” tab of the Local 697 website or app, under “What’s New” on the home page and/or by typing in www.ibew697.org/covid-19

      The new updates include the following and they are highlighted on the Bulletin Board in Green

      • CARES Act – Today, Congress passed a $2 trillion economic rescue plan that will offer assistance to tens of millions of American households affected by the coronavirus.  Its components include stimulus payments to individuals, expanded unemployment coverage, student loan changes, different retirement account rules and more.  I added a 9 page attachment for the “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) that include the additional $600 in weekly unemployment benefits through July, 31st, 39 weeks of unemployment benefits through December 31st, $1,200 per person tax credit, plus $500 dependent (max 2) subject to income limits and much, much more.

      • Governor Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-12 which suspends the one (1) week waiting period before paying unemployment benefits.  This suspension shall be retroactive to March 8, 2020 and will be a big help to members.

      • Updated the “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) for the new Indiana Unemployment rules and requirements.

      • Health Care – hours and eligibility section added

      • Annuity – Vanguard Account section added

      • Credit Union section added with official information on our “Member Relief Loan” that I will roll out on Monday, March 30th .

      In the meantime, please keep yourself and your family safe.  Don’t be surprised to receive additional updates over the weekend as this situation continues to change at a rapid pace.

      In Solidarity,

      Ryan R. Reithel

      Business Manager / Financial Secretary


      Download: Local 697 Update 3-27-2020 5pm.pdf

      5:00pm – Friday, March 20, 2020

      RE: Coronavirus Update from Local 697 – Interior of the building closed to everyone EXCEPT FOR STAFF

      Brothers & Sisters -

      With the increase in COVID-19 cases, the IBEW Local 697 Complex will be in full operation but the interior of the building will be CLOSED to everyone except the staffIt is critical to keep health care, pension checks, sub fund, credit union accounts, vacation fund, loans, death benefits, incoming/outgoing mail and official union business going for you and your family

      Effective immediately and until Monday, April 6th

      1. The 697 JATC lobby is closed, all apprentice classes have been suspended and all student have been shifted to e-learning from the safety of their homes.  Additionally, all journeyman classes have been suspended.  The staff is here working on the e-learning material and available by phone 219-940-6175 for any questions.

      1. The 697 Credit Union lobby is closed but the drive-thru will remain OPEN and loans will still be available.  The staff is here and available by phone at 219-940-6180 for any questions.

      1. The 697 Health & Benefits Office lobby is closed.  The staff is here and available by phone at 219-940-6181 for any questions.  We are requiring all members to be seen by appointment only for specific issues that cannot be discussed effectively over the phone or through email. 

      1. The 697 Business Office lobby is closed but the staff is here and available by phone at 219-945-0697 for any questions.  We are requiring all members to be seen by appointment only for specific issues that cannot be discussed effectively over the phone or through email.  Please remember that dues payments can be made online, on the Local 697 website/app or the credit union can send your payment.  A Local 697 member can register on the out of work list (book) via e-mail to info@ibew697.org or by fax 219-945-0650.  A traveling member can register via the same email or fax by submitting…
      • Current Dues Receipt that shows classification with; letter of introduction from home Local or current term-slip within 3 days of separation

      OR

      • Business Manager to Business Manager

      As you know we are in a state of emergency and this situation can change at any time.  Thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support during this critical time for our Local, our families and our Nation.

      In Solidarity,

      Ryan R. Reithel
      Business Manager / Financial Secretary

      I.B.E.W Local Union 697


      Download: Local 697 Update 3-20-2020 5pm.pdf
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