We regret to announce the passing of our former Brother John R. "Jack" McCarthy who passed away suddenly on April 24th.
"Jack worked as a technician for Verizon Communications for nearly two decades. He was a passionate sports fan, an avid reader, a brilliant wit, and a fierce Jeopardy contender. Those that knew Jack would describe him as a kind and gentle soul and a dedicated and loyal friend. His most important role, however, was that of a devoted and caring father to his son, Jake, and daughter, Janie, who were an unending source of pride for him. He enthusiastically cheered them on in all of their endeavors, and they adored him. We all take comfort knowing that Jack is now happily reuniting with family and friends engaged in spirited conversation, telling tales, and laughing heartily."
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway in Somerville, on Monday, May 6th from 4:00PM – 8:00PM. Funeral services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jake & Janie McCarthy Educational Fund c/o Thomas J. McCarthy, Esq., 741 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144.
Come one, come all! Join us for our Annual Family BBQ, which is put on and PAID FOR by IBEW Local 2321! Come for the BBQ, stay for the Cornhole Tournament if you'd like.
If you do NOT want to play Cornhole, there is NO CHARGE for the BBQ!
We hope we see you there!
Download: Cornhole Tournament WAIVER.pdf
Brothers and Sisters,
After a long, uphill battle, CWA and IBEW have just been notified of the MA Unemployment decision by the Boston Municipal Court. Unfortunately, because our strike was so effective, our unemployment appeal has been denied.
The Verizon shareholders meeting will be on May 2nd. IBEW members should have received their proxies. The IBEW TCC- 2 Council recommends the following votes:
1. Against all directors
IMPORTANT: Please sign and date your proxy, seal it in the provided envelope, and mail it. Local 2321 has no authority to vote your proxy for you so please take the time to mark and send it in.
26th Annual Scholarship
Align Credit Union is committed to helping our members achieve their educational goals. As a result, the Align Credit Union Scholarship Program was created in 1994 as a means of assisting our members in their pursuit of higher education. Over the past 25 years, we have awarded over 250 scholarships and we are proud to offer our members the opportunity to apply for our scholarship program.
Who is eligible to apply for the scholarship? You are eligible to apply if you are a current member of Align with your own account. You must be a graduating high school senior or current college student who will be enrolled in an undergraduate course of study during the 2019 – 2020 school year. If you are not currently a member, you may join Align and become eligible to apply.
Please return the following:
1. Complete and Signed Application
2. Recent High School or College Transcript
3. Personal Statement Sheet (one page, please include with application)
4. Proof of acceptance or current enrollment in a full-time course of undergraduate study at a university, college, community college or accredited institution for post-secondary vocational education.
5. Name and Likeness release form
6. Do not include this page in your application
7. Please, do not staple any papers together and avoid folding if possible
The Scholarship Committee will review all applications and make selections based on qualifications as submitted.
All entries must be postmarked by or hand delivered to an Align branch no later than May 3, 2019. Applications received after that date, or with incomplete or missing documents will not be eligible.
Winners will be notified by mail after May 31st, 2019. Align will award the payment directly to the winners.
Please contact Eric at elustenberger@AlignCU.com or 978-275-2790 with any questions.
Mail Completed Applications to: Eric Lustenberger P.O. Box 7008 Lowell, MA 01852
NOTE: Application is attached below
The System Council T6 has completed all voting in New England on the tentative contract extension agreement. The results were overwhelming, with 96% of all votes in favor of the new contract. Those results are not surprising because this new agreement will lend security over the next for 5 years: security in the form of a combined 10.75% in wage increases in addition to the 2.5% already negotiated for 2019; security in the form of telecom industry-leading benefits where costs are contained and predictable for 5 more years; and security in the form of unchanged contract language that protects union jobs.
This extension builds on the successes of our current contract, which was won by this membership’s determination to stand together and stay strong in 2016. We will now continue to reap the benefits of that strength until 2023. Thank you for standing up for all of us.
Proposed 2018 MOU
This is the proposed agreement subject to ratification. Special informational meetings will be scheduled as soon as possible to discuss the terms of the agreement and allow voting.
Please see attached PDF.
Download: Summary of 2018 TA T6.pdf
Committee On Political Education
Membership participation in our COPE Committee has had a tremendous impact on your union locals success in getting labor friendly, and IBEW 2321 friendly candidates elected. Over the last year, participation in COPE has grown and the leadership of our local has had a voice in Washington, at the Statehouse, and in every city and town within our jurisdiction. Those who chose to participate in COPE have given the local the support to secure over 100 new jobs in the last few months. Verizon spends millions to push their corporate agenda with all politicians and they do not value the unionized workforce. With the help of COPE, our locals leadership has had access to the elected leaders that lead the country, the state, and the communities in which we live on the issues that affect us. The men and women of this local have a voice through COPE to ensure labor friendly policies that promote working families and union workers. Thanks for your support and your help getting these leaders elected and more importantly bringing jobs into the local.
The Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the unions throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who have been active in the fight for working families have used COPE Committees to fight for the following worker friendly initiatives:
√ Workers compensation
√ Prevailing wages
√ Unemployment insurance
√ Health and safety in the workplace
√ Paid family and medical leave
√ Employment and training for all workers
√ Public education
√ Fair labor standards
√ Child labor laws
√ A living wage for all
By Establishing an IBEW Local 2321 COPE Committee we will join the other IBEW Telephone Locals who are active in the fight for:
√ Helping with Fios Licensing & Franchising
√ Helping with movement of the work out of state or out of the local
Any member interested in being part of the IBEW Local 2321 COPE Committee, please contact the union office at (978)683-2321.
For more information on how a COPE Committee works for you, please visit these other Political & Legislative union web-sites:
IBEW International: http://www.unionvoice.org/ibew/home.html
IBEW 2nd District: http://www.ibew2nd.org/cope/
Massachusetts AFL-CIO: http://www.massaflcio.org/legislative-department
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
After speaking with our attorneys, CWA and IBEW have decided to appeal the denial of MA Unemployment benefits.
We expect the appeal to be a somewhat lengthy process, however, we will continue to update you as the case progresses.
Myles Calvey, IBEW, T-6 Chairman
Don Trementozzi, CWA Local 1400 President
CWA and IBEW have just been notified of the decision by MA Unemployment.
Leaders in both IBEW and CWA are looking into the appeal process.
Myles Calvey, IBEW, T-6 Chairman
Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400
See decision below:
In sum, we conclude as a matter of law that the employer has established that the labor dispute
caused a stoppage of work to the Company's wireline business, within the meaning of G.L. c.151A, § 25(b). We further conclude that the employer has not established that the labor dispute
caused a stoppage of work to its wireless store in Everett.
The DUA's determinations denying benefits to the six claimants employed by Verizon Wireless
are reversed. These six claimants are eligible for benefits for the weeks ending April 16, 2016
through June 4, 2016, if otherwise eligible.
The DUA's determinations denying benefits to the remaining 4,057 claimants are affirmed. These
claimant are denied benefits for the weeks ending Aprill6, 2016 through June 4, 2016.
DATE OF DECISION- August 18, 2017
Paul T. Fitzgerald, Esq.
Judith M. Neumann, Esq.
Charlene A. Stawicki, Esq.
ANY FURTHER APPEAL WOULD BE TO A MASSACHUSETTS STATE DISTRICT
COURT OR TO THE BOSTON MUNICIPAL COURT
Some Local 2321 members were found by the Local 2321 Trial Board to have not performed some or all of their picket duty during the strike. As such, they were fined by the Trial Board for this violation of the Local’s bylaws, Article XIV Section 10(a), which require all members to perform picket duty. For fines that have not been paid, the Local has filed suit in small claims court for the following members:
The listed members are no longer considered In Good Standing until all fines are paid, and as such are not eligible to vote at any IBEW local’s meetings or in any IBEW local’s elections.
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