|Dispatch Opportunities for New Members|
Local 258 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers offers a Dispatch service for new members who are unemployed and are eligible to work, via their trade qualifications, with BC Hydro and Local 258's outside line contractors.
**WHILE YOU ARE ON LOCAL 258's DISPATCH LIST, YOU MUST RECEIVE CLEARANCE FROM THE UNION PRIOR TO ACCEPTING WORK OR WORKING ON ANY JOB WITH A LOCAL 258 EMPLOYER**. Members are not allowed to accept jobs directly from employers hiring Local 258 members without first obtaining clearance from Dispatch. If you look for work with a Local 258 employer and are hired without getting clearance from Dispatch at Local 258, you may be pulled from the job and fined by the union.
To be eligible for dispatch, please note the following:
After completing your member application form and submitting your initiation fee of $10, and after your membership has been approved, you can sign up to for Dispatch if you are unemployed. Members are called out to work based on a combination of criteria, including trade qualification, union seniority and date of when you called Dispatch to register as unemployed.
Procedure for Placement on the Local 258 Dispatch List:
1. Your membership in Local 258 must be current - you must be an Active Member with membership dues paid and up-to-date to qualify to be on the Dispatch List. If you are currently unemployed, we recommend you pay three months of unemployed dues in advance to remain current on the Dispatch list. To inquire if your dues are current, please contact the Dispatch office with your name and union member information - phone direct to 604-524-3547 or toll free 1-877-520-3305 and ask for Dispatch. Or you can email your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. It is helpful if you submit a resume including your qualifications and work history, copies of trades qualifications and/or tickets you have. If you are a Journeyman, you must have an Interprovincial Red Seal for applicable trades only.
3. We must have your current contact information, including phone number and full mailing address. Please update your contact information on a regular basis if there are changes, as this impacts our ability to provide you with work opportunities.
4. You must provide copies of your current regular and/or special drivers license.
Please send all of the above required documents - resume, current contact information, copies of trade certificates and drivers licenses PLUS YOUR CHEQUE FOR $65.50 ($10 initiation fee and three months of unemployed dues [CURRENT AS OF JAN. 1, 2016]) - via regular mail to IBEW Local 258, ATTENTION: DISPATCH, 7535 6TH Street, Burnaby, BC V3N 3M2. If you live in the lower mainland area, you can personally deliver these documents directly to the Dispatch office at the union's headquarters.
For Dispatch Inquiries, please contact Jim McKay at the Local 258 Dispatch office at 604-524-3547, or call toll free 1-877-520-3305 and ask for Dispatch. Or email email@example.com
The Dispatch office is open Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm. After hours, please leave a message with your name and phone number on the answering machine.