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                                       IBEW LOCAL UNION 704

                              1610 Garfield Avenue, Dubuque, IA  52001

                                         Phone:  (563) 582-5947

                                           Fax:  (563) 588-2331

                                            After Hours Job Line

                                                (563) 582-5947



                Referral and Out-Of-Work List Rules


          All registrants for employment shall sign the proper Out-Of-Work List as described in appropriate sections of working agreements




·        The Union shall maintain a register of applicants for employment established on the basis of the Groups listed below.  Each applicant for employment shall be registered in the highest priority Group for which he qualifies.


·        Original signing of Local 704 Out-Of-Work List(s) must be done in person during the regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Holidays.  Any exceptions shall be made by the Business Manager.


·        Registrants must have a termination slip from registrant’s last employer and must not be currently employed in the electrical trade and must be available for work, without any restriction, at the time of registration.





·        Registrant's re-sign are due from the 10th to the 16th of each month.  Registrant's failing to resign within this time period will be removed from our Out-Of-Work list.


·        A registrant may re-sign in person, by mail, email (ibew704@live.com), phone or fax.  All re-signs shall include Registrant’s full name, phone number, and card number.


·        It is the registrant’s responsibility to insure that Local 704 receives their re-sign, and that is was received on time.  Email re-signs will be confirmed by a reply to the email address that the re-sign originated from.


·        If a registrant accepts a referral in another Locals’ jurisdiction, they must notify the Local 704 Business Manager or Secretary.  Failure to follow this rule will result in removal from all books.


·        If a registrant (other than the highest priority group) accepts a long call (14 calendar days or more) in another local they shall not be allowed to re-sign, and shall be removed from the book.


Job Postings


·        All manpower calls will be placed on the Local 704 Job Line recorder over night.  Any exceptions shall be made by the Business Manager.


·        Manpower calls may also be viewed via the Local 704 website (ibew704.com), however, the recorder shall be the official job postings.


·        Calls shall be posted between 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. the following workday.


·        Registrants interested in the posted manpower calls shall either call the job line between 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. and leave the Registrant’s name, out-of-work list currently listed on, and a return phone number on the recorder, or be at the 704 Office, located at 1610 Garfield Avenue in Dubuque, between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m.  Registrants shall also indicate which manpower calls they are interested in and their order of preference.


·        All applicants shall be placed on that day’s referral list, and will be referred in chronological order based on corresponding position from Group I, Group II, Group III, to Group IV.


·        The Business Manager will call applicants between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  It is the responsibility of the registrant to be available during this time.  It will be considered a turn down if you don’t answer your phone when called.


·        Registrants must pick up referral from Local Union 704 within 24 hours or make acceptable arrangements with business manager.  Failure to contact business manager or failure to pick up the referral will result in a loss of that referral and registrant shall be removed from all out-of-work lists.


·        Registrants accepting referrals out-of-class/Group III in this local shall maintain their position on the appropriate out-of-work list.  In addition, those referred out-of-class/Group III may leave that job to accept a referral in their appropriate class.  Registrants working out of class will not be issued turndowns.


·        If a referred registrant receives 40 hours work or less, through no fault of their own, they shall maintain their place on the out-of-work lists at the time of referral.


Call Outs – Turndowns – Refusals


·        If a manpower call is not filled by the recorder system, the business agent shall use a call system.


·        The business manager shall call registrants in chronological order of registration from the corresponding Group I, Group II, Group III, and Group IV.


·        Phone calls shall be made by business manager to registrants via one or two numbers left on file with Local Union 704 at initial registration.


·        If an answering machine is reached, a message will be left.  If no return call is made by registrant before the call is filled, the applicant will lose the referral.


·        If a call is filled past you on the Out-Of-Work list, when the call out system is used, you will be issued a turndown.  Registrants shall receive no more than one turndown per day.  There shall be no turn downs charged on any job where a restriction has been put on the call, provided the applicant is prohibited by the restriction.


·        Registrants accumulating three turndowns shall be moved to the bottom of the Out-Of-Work list.


Short Calls


·        Short calls are 14 (fourteen) calendar days or less.


·        Short calls will be filled off the Short Call book in the same manner as regular calls.


·        While working on a short call, members are ineligible to take a regular call.


·        Anyone who is terminated for cause or who quits a short call, shall be removed from all books.


·        No strikes will be charged on short calls.




·        An Appeals Committee shall be formed to consider any complaints of registrants or members of Local Union 704 arising from administration of this system of referral.


·        The Appeals Committee shall have the power to make a final and binding decision on any such complaint which shall be complied with by Local Union 704.


·        A member or registrant wishing to file a complaint shall do so via the Appeals Committee and shall do so in writing.  The complaint must be specific, and must be signed and dated.  The complaint should be forwarded to IBEW Local 704 Appeals Committee, 1610 Garfield Avenue, Dubuque, IA  52001.