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Inside Construction - Reciprocity
Jan 30, 2013

What happens if I go to work in another IBEW Local?

Electrical Industry Health & Welfare Reciprocal Agreement

If you travel to another IBEW Local Union’s jurisdiction you should follow this procedure:

1. Check in at the IBEW Local Union office where you intend to work.

2. Register on the Electronic Reciprocal Transfer System ERTS.

The visited local union will notify their Plan Administrator and the Harrison Trust when you are dispatched to work. The Harrison Trust Office will check to see if you are eligible for funds transfer. To be eligible for transfer to the Harrison Trust, you must be a member of IBEW Local 48, 280, 659, 932 or 970 and have been covered under the Harrison Trust in the past six years.

Members of IBEW local unions not participating in the Harrison Trust may not choose the Harrison Trust as their home fund for reciprocity unless they have not been eligible for benefits in the welfare fund of their home local union in the past six years, have current eligibility under the Harrison Trust, and intend to return to work in the jurisdiction of the Harrison Trust as soon as work is available.

If you are eligible for reciprocity to the Harrison Trust, the Plan Administrator of the Welfare Fund covering the jurisdiction in which you are working will forward to the Harrison Trust the contributions you earned in that plan, based on the rules of the National Reciprocity Agreement. Upon receipt of those contributions, the Harrison Trust will credit the contribution to the month in which the hours were worked and eligibility will be determined per the eligibility formula as outlined for Category 1 employees.

You should contact us periodically to verify that the hours are being transferred.


More information is available on the Harrison Web site at http://harrison.aibpa.com.


As always, if you have questions regarding your eligibility (including on which Plan you are enrolled), please contact the Trust office.


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