What's New at IBEW 697
Early voting in Indiana has started. Attached you will find the early voting locations & times for Lake, Porter, Newton, Jasper and LaPorte County. Also attached are the endorsed candidate lists. For more information visit www.IndianaWorkersVote.com where you will find the endorsed candidates lists for Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke county, early voting locations & times, confirm your status, find out who your elected officials are, find you polling location and much more.
FREE at the IBEW Local 697 Business Office – IBEW for Biden yard signs, posters and stickers.
Download: Early Voting Locations for Lake County Indiana - 2020.pdf , Early Voting Locations for Porter County Indiana - 2020.pdf , Early Voting - Newton County Indiana - 2020.pdf , Early Voting - Jasper County Indiana - 2020.pdf , Early Voting - Laporte County Indiana - 2020.pdf , 2020 endorsements - Lake County.pdf , 2020 endorsements - Porter County.pdf , 2020 endorsements - Newton County.pdf , 2020 endorsements - Jasper County.pdf , 2020 endorsements - LaPorte County.pdf
The 697 Business & Referral Office is open and the staff is here and available by phone at 219-945-0697 for any questions. Face masks are required. Please remember that dues payments can be made online, on the Local 697 website, app or the credit union can send your payment.Referral Procedures
Book 1 signing of the out of work list is done in person only. E-mail or Phone call request are NO longer accepted.
IBEW 697 Business Office can assist with original registration/signing of the book in other locals per your request. It is your responsibility to verify that your name was added to their Book Two. There are locals that do not accept Local to Local request.
IBEW 697 Business Office can assist with Re-sign to other locals, if that local allows it. IBEW 697 will NOT re-sign you to any local if you have not contacted us by phone or email to do so. You MUST contact us between the 10th and the 16th of each month, early or late request will not be accepted for submission. It is your responsibility to understand the referral and re-sign procedure of the other locals you are registered.
A traveling member can sign in person with a Current Dues Receipt that shows your classification with; letter of introduction from home Local or current term-slip within 3 days of separation OR the traveling member can registure on the book via Business Manager to Business Manager.
The 697 Credit Union lobby and the drive-thru are open. The staff is here and available by phone at 219-940-6180 for any questions. Face masks are required for all visits.
The 697 Health & Benefits Office lobby is open and the staff is here and available by phone at 219-940-6181 for any questions. We are asking that all members attempt to handle any issues over the phone or through email before coming into the office. Face masks are required for all visits.
The 697 JATC lobby is closed so please call for an appointment. Apprentice classes have been shifted to hybrid e-learning from the safety of their homes and pre-scheduled in person training/testing. Face masks are required for all visits. Additionally, all journeyman classes have been suspended. The staff is here and available by phone 219-940-6175 for any questions. Applications for the apprenticeship can be done online at www.697jatc.org
The Board of Trustees of the Lake County Indiana NECA – I.B.E.W. Health and Benefit Plan would like to remind you that the Plan has changed both its third-party administrators for the Health and Benefit Plan and that Plan’s Health Reimbursement Account (HRA). This change occurred on August 1, 2020.
1. Your insurance provider has not changed. It is still the I.B.E.W. Local 697 Health and Benefit Plan.
2. Your insurance provider has not changed. It is still the I.B.E.W. Local 697 Health and Benefit Plan.Your medical network is still PHCS.
3. BPA-TPA and Paylocity were replaced with MagnaCare and Create. Make sure you have destroyed your old BPA-TPA insurance card and your old Payloctiy card.
4. Make sure your notify & update your medical provider with you new Magnacare insurance card as it has the the electronic payor identification number and the mailing address listed on the face of the blue and white medical identification card.
5. Your dental benefits are still those that are provided through the I.B.E.W. Local 697 Health and Benefit Plan.
Should you be asked by a medical or dental provider about who your insurance provider is, your answer is: The I.B.E.W. Local 697 Health and Benefit Plan.
Should you be asked by a medical provider what network does your insurance provider belong to, your answer is: PHCS.
Should your dental provider ask if your insurance provider belongs to any network, your answer is: No. My insurance provider (again, the I.B.E.W. Local 697 Health and Benefit Plan) handles those claims themselves. There is no dental network.
Should your dental or medical provider ask where they are to submit claims, your response is: To either the electronic payor identification number or the mailing address listed on the face of the blue and white medical identification card.
Download: Benefits Update Leter.pdf
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IN-PERSON: Counselors will listen and assess your situation in order to develop a plan of action best suited to your needs. When appropriate, this plan may consist of short-term counseling within the EAP. Other times, you may receive a referral to a qualified professional and/or resource for further assistance. To schedule an appointment, call between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST weekdays.
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