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    • The Holiday Food Drive is once again the beneficiary of this great day. Together we can assure that over 75 needy families and Veterans receive food for the Holiday Season. We hope that all will find it in their hearts to support this fun filled event. This year’s cost is $140/per player which includes: Breakfast Dinner Shirt Cart Green fees Prizes and $50.
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      UNION STRONG! AFL-CIO Labor Hero Dinner June 2018.

      Seated from left to right: Local 320 Allison Morris and Mike Hitchak, Local 503 Scott Jensen,

      Melissa Kurtz and Kenneth Titland.

      November 28, 2017

      Earlier this month, US DOT updated its drug testing regulations. These changes take effect January 1, 2018 and apply to all transportation workers –aviation, transit, rail – who are already subject to federal DOT drug tests.

      With this update, DOT has expanded the types of drugs it tests for. Beginning January 1st, you will be tested for four additional drugs, specifically semi-synthetic opioids: hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone. These semi-synthetic opioids are sold under brand names such as OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet, Vicodin, Lortab, Norco, Dilaudid, and Exalgo, etc. When the changes take effect, DOT drug tests will screen for the use of these drugs:

      Marijuana; Hydromorphone; Amphetamine; Cocaine; Oxycodone; Methamphetamine; Codeine; Oxymorphone ; MDMA/MDA; Morphine; 6-Acetylmorphine; Hydrocodone; and Phencyclidine

      Under the existing DOT drug testing process, Medical Review Officers (MROs) determine whether there is a legitimate medical explanation for a positive test result, such as taking a legally prescribed drug. With this update, if you test positive for a semi-synthetic opioid, your MRO will downgrade your positive result to negative if you have a legally valid prescription for the drug found in your system.

      There are other important things you should know about how this rule impacts you:

      • There is no time limit on the use of a legally valid prescription. DOT recognizes that there could be an unintended hardship on you if a MRO was able to deny a prescription from being a legitimate medical explanation simply because it took you a longer time to finish taking the drug than expected. As a result, there’s no cutoff date after which the prescription for a drug you’re taking can’t serve as an explanation for a positive result.

      • MROs cannot deny your prescription from acting as a legitimate medical explanation for a positive test result simply because they believe your doctor should not have prescribed you that medication. But, MROs must review and take all reasonable steps to verify the authenticity of the records you provide, and may contact your doctor for further information to verify your prescription.

      • Before this rule, MROs were required to report to DOT and employers drug tests results and worker medication information if the MRO believed the information would cause the worker to be medically disqualified or pose a safety risk. Under this rule, before the MRO reports information about your prescription drugs to DOT or employer, the MRO must give you five business days to ask your doctor to call the MRO and determine if the medication can be changed to one that does not pose a significant safety risk. If the MRO determines a medical qualification or safety risk still remains, the MRO will report information about the drugs you’re taking.

      • Remember that while some state laws allow marijuana use, it is still prohibited by US DOT. If you test positive for marijuana, no prescription can downgrade your positive result to negative.

      • You can view the US DOT update here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-13/pdf/2017-24397.pdf

      Our newest Line School Graduates!

      John Callahan, William Curtis, Micheal Dally, Thomas Davies Jr, Kevin Gallagher, Wilson Guzman, Brian Lattimer, Daniel Monteith, Dylan O'Connell, Church Pfeil, Tiffany Pope, Bret Sauschuck, Raymond Sheridan and Neal Sutera.

      Congratulations to the 7 Inaugural Safety Coin recipients that have been recognized for their leadership in safety and efforts in attaining a ZERO HARM and ZERO ACCIDENT work environment.
      Bernie Carey, Dan Brown, David Rogers and Dave Erickson, thank you for your commitment to Safety.

      IBEW Local 503 swore in 2 new officers. Please welcome Melissa Kurtz, Recording Secretary and Kevin Gillespie, Treasurer.

      We look forward to their leadership and dedication that they bring to Local 503.


      We are deeply saddened to share with you that our friend and coworker John Rivera has passed away this weekend. During this time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. John had a contagious smile, a heart of gold and a loving personality. He will be missed dearly by all of his Brothers and Sisters here at IBEW Local 503.
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      We are very saddened to share with you that our friend and coworker Thomas Fitzpatick has passed away. During this time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Tom will be missed dearly by all of his Brothers and Sisters here at IBEW Local 503.
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      Please welcome our new NRG Chairman, John Bender! John brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position and we look forward to working with him!

      If you’re looking for more energy, improved mood, and a way that could help you lose weight, the Eat Clean Challenge could be the thing for you. Give up sugar, refined grains and fried foods for eight weeks and enjoy all of the above benefits, plus better overall health and wellness. Get recipes, tips and answers to frequently asked questions about nutrition.
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      How to find a CCN Doctor Go to Mycigna.com Enter login info Go to find a Doctor Enter location and Doctor type On the next screen go to quality and recognitions Check box for Cigna Care designations Hit Apply *CCN Doctors are noted with a blue oval with the letter “C” in it* Any questions please call Jeannine Pietrobuono with O&R Benefits at 845-577-2783 Go to Mycigna.
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      Attention Local 503 Members, Recently there have been many postings for Bargaining Unit positions at Orange & Rockland Utilities. We want to remind all members to put “ALL QUALIFICATIONS “for whatever posting that they bid on. The Human Resources Department will disregard postings if the qualifications are not listed. This is extremely important and we don’t want members to be overlooked for positions that they are interested in and qualified for due to missing information. Should you have any questions on how you should submit a bid ask your Shop Steward or call the Union Hall (845)-783-5007 Fraternally Yours, Melissa Kurtz Recording Secretary I.B.E.W. Local Union 503
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      ATTENTION IBEW LOCAL 503 MEMBERS: There is nothing more important to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers than our members and their families safety and well-being. To help our members protect their children and grandchildren, the IBEW has joined the National Child Identification Program to provide FREE Child ID Kits to our members.
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      Dear Brothers and Sisters, When bidding for new positions within the Bargaining Unit, be sure to include “qualifications.” All postings have the following language associated with them “any application received that does not include employee qualifications will not be considered.
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      Dear Brothers and Sisters, Recently at Orange and Rockland Utilities there have been many job postings and much movement throughout the organization. It has come to our attention that employees haven’t been released for these postings in the contractual timeframes.
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      We are deeply saddened to share with you that our friend and coworker John Rivera has passed away this weekend. During this time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. John had a contagious smile, a heart of gold and a loving personality. He will be missed dearly by all of his Brothers and Sisters here at IBEW Local 503.
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      We are very saddened to share with you that our friend and coworker Thomas Fitzpatick has passed away. During this time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Tom will be missed dearly by all of his Brothers and Sisters here at IBEW Local 503.
      Read More...

      Please welcome our new NRG Chairman, John Bender! John brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position and we look forward to working with him!

      If you’re looking for more energy, improved mood, and a way that could help you lose weight, the Eat Clean Challenge could be the thing for you. Give up sugar, refined grains and fried foods for eight weeks and enjoy all of the above benefits, plus better overall health and wellness. Get recipes, tips and answers to frequently asked questions about nutrition.
      Read More...
      How to find a CCN Doctor Go to Mycigna.com Enter login info Go to find a Doctor Enter location and Doctor type On the next screen go to quality and recognitions Check box for Cigna Care designations Hit Apply *CCN Doctors are noted with a blue oval with the letter “C” in it* Any questions please call Jeannine Pietrobuono with O&R Benefits at 845-577-2783 Go to Mycigna.
      Read More...
      Attention Local 503 Members, Recently there have been many postings for Bargaining Unit positions at Orange & Rockland Utilities. We want to remind all members to put “ALL QUALIFICATIONS “for whatever posting that they bid on. The Human Resources Department will disregard postings if the qualifications are not listed. This is extremely important and we don’t want members to be overlooked for positions that they are interested in and qualified for due to missing information. Should you have any questions on how you should submit a bid ask your Shop Steward or call the Union Hall (845)-783-5007 Fraternally Yours, Melissa Kurtz Recording Secretary I.B.E.W. Local Union 503
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      ATTENTION IBEW LOCAL 503 MEMBERS: There is nothing more important to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers than our members and their families safety and well-being. To help our members protect their children and grandchildren, the IBEW has joined the National Child Identification Program to provide FREE Child ID Kits to our members.
      Read More...
      Dear Brothers and Sisters, When bidding for new positions within the Bargaining Unit, be sure to include “qualifications.” All postings have the following language associated with them “any application received that does not include employee qualifications will not be considered.
      Read More...
      Dear Brothers and Sisters, Recently at Orange and Rockland Utilities there have been many job postings and much movement throughout the organization. It has come to our attention that employees haven’t been released for these postings in the contractual timeframes.
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      Local 503 MC Information

      LU 503 MC
       
      Dear Brothers and Sisters of IBEW Local 503,
         
          IBEW Local 503 has started a local chapter of the IBEW Motorcycle Club.  We are now accepting members in good standing who would like to join. There are a few rules that are NOT negotiable.  In order to be a member you must:

      1.     Be a member of Local 503 in good standing, of fine character and a licensed operator of an “American Made” – “Union Made” motorcycle in excess of 880cc’s.

      2.     You must purchase a patch set from Local 503 that must be installed on a black leather “American Made” vest. The patch set includes the large back patch, which is pictured above, and a breast patch with our local number and city. The patch set costs $75.00.

      3.     Affiliating with any 1% club is forbidden. We are a Trade Union riding club.

          The annual dues will be $40.00, which will be due upon joining.  If you are interested in joining the IBEW riding club, contact me.

      Ken Titland

      IBEW 503 MC Secretary

      (845) 597-8271
      titlandk@ibew503.org 
       
       
       

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