Local No. 8, I.B.E.W.’s Employee Retention Program (ERP) provides a supplemental unemployment benefit to protect Inside Wire and Teledata Journeymen and Apprentices in the event of sustained unemployment. Credits are earned based upon hours worked per month, and are “spent” to receive benefits.
Each Inside Wire or Teledata Journeyman (or Apprentice) has an account to track credits, and eligibility for the program is based upon the members’ status on the Local 8 referral book.
Benefits are paid on a weekly basis at an amount equal to 18% of the base wage* at 40 hours per week. Once you run out of credits, you are ineligible to receive the benefit until you have obtained at least 1 credit.
*The “base wage” is the JIW rate, or the applicable percentage based on apprentice classification.