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      Health & Wellness Reimbursement Program

      It is that time of year again: time to turn in your application to be reimbursed (in part) for employees who go have gym or weight management program memberships.  The New England Work and Family Committee recognizes that your health is important. Regular exercise and weight management have been shown to improve fitness, reduce stress, and fight obesity.

      Next Union Meeting!

      Just a reminder: The next Union Meeting in Middleton is next Wednesday, December 14th at 6pm (note new start time) at The American Legion, 69 River Street, Middleton, Ma. Hope to see you there.

      2016 Grievance Forms

      We've added the 2016 Grievance Forms to the website! Click on the "FORMS" section at the top of the page, and you'll find them in the "Forms" folder! Or, simply download the .PDF straight from this post.
      Download: 2016 grievance forms.pdf

      Dependent Care and Summer Camp Reimbursement Back!

      The New England Work and Family Committee has new updated information on Dependent Care and Summer Camp Reimbursement Programs.  Members may get information and applications for these programs at the NEW&F website.

      Return to Work Details

      The official Return to Work date is Wednesday, June 1st.  Please wear RED. Employees whose tours begin Tuesday night, May 31, 2016 and extend into Wednesday, June 1, 2016 will report to work for those tours.  All other employees are REQUIRED to return to work for their tours that are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
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      We recently wrapped up our annual Toy Drive to support the House Of Hope in Lowell, Massachusetts. For those not familiar with the House Of Hope, here is a bit about them (from their website):

      House of Hope is dedicated to homeless families in Massachusetts, helping them gain stable housing. House of Hope is represented by two distinct sister nonprofit organizations, House of Hope Shelter and House of Hope Housing that share a commitment to transitioning homeless families into a stable community life by providing tandem services that (1) respect and nurture families so they can begin to heal from the trauma of homelessness, and (2) support parents by guiding them through opportunities to build economic sufficiency and embrace a stable home life. Today, we are recognized as a leader in the state relative to our shelter programming, rate of permanent placements in the community, and our housing partnerships.

      Our services include:

      • Emergency Shelter for parents and their children
      • Workforce Development with on the job training
      • Stabilization Services for families rehoused in the community
      • Affordable Housing with Supportive Services

      Sincere thanks to everyone who donated funds or gifts towards this drive! We appreciate you and so do all of the residents of the House Of Hope!

      In case you have missed it, President-elect Donald Trump recently announced his pick for Secretary Of Labor, having officially tapped Andy Puzder for the job. What does this mean for the labor movement, and workers as a whole? Time will tell, but here are some facts. 

      For those who aren't familiar with Puzder, he is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc, which includes Hardee's and Carl's Jr., and he makes a pretty penny doing it. Back in a 2012 SEC filing, it was shown that Puzder made $4,485,055.00, which included bonuses and his salary. Though this pales in comparison to what Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam made back in 2012, which was $14,049,100.00, this sure doesn't make him a "stand-up" guy. 

      Here is what Puzder has to say about swapping people for machines: "[Machines are] always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there's never a slip-and-fall, or any age, sex, or race discrimination case." [Business Insider]

      The AFL-CIO put out a great article showcasing some of Puzder's biggest flaws, and you can read the article HERE, but listed below are a few bullet points that they covered:

      • Puzder made more money in ONE DAY than most of his fast-food workers made in one year.
      • Puzder thinks that it is just young workers that make minimum wage.
      • Puzder opposes the recent NLRB decision that would make it harder for companies to avoid bargaining by hiring temporary and/or contract workers. 
      • Puzder sure does like his ads showcasing scantily clad women slinging burgers.

      As always, we suggest you do some research on your own in order to make up your mind on how YOU feel about this newest appointment, but we are not holding our breath that you will find many gleaming recommendations. 

      As most of you know, we had hearings scheduled for December 9th, 15th & 16th. We've gotten word that they've been rescheduled. The next hearing dates are: December 19th & 20th, with additional dates on January 11th, 17th, 18th, 25th & 27th. We expect to have to utilize all of these dates.

      As more information becomes available, look to the website, the tape, or all social media outlets for updates.

      You've been asking, so we're going to make it happen! If you want a new IBEW 2321 t-shirt, long sleeve tee, sweatshirt or even some reflective gear, please fill out the form (click on the .pdf file at the bottom of this article to download) and fax it straight to the hall. Fax number is: 978-794-1598. Once we have an order for at least 36 t-shirts, we'll announce a final deadline to get orders in, and then send them to print. 

      **payment must be received before deadline**

      Picture of the t-shirt is below:


      Download: Updated Shirt Form.PDF

      Attention All Members of IBEW Local 2321 - 'Tis The Season For Giving!

      We are collecting toys for our annual toy drive at the Crosspoint Towers in Lowell. Boxes have been dropped off on all floors. 

      We are asking for NEW and UNWRAPPED donations, please.

      Learning toys for boys and girls: Age 2
      Toys for boys and girls: Ages 9-12

      Thank you all in advance for your kindness and generosity to support The House Of Hope in Lowell. 

      They are reminded each year through our toy drive and our yearly charity events that we care for those who are less fortunate. 

      Please see your union steward with ANY questions!

      It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Brother Walter Aleska.  Walter was an SST from the Lawrence Garage, and passed away on Tuesday, November 29.  He was 57 years old.  Walter was a good union member with 30 years at the phone company, and he will be missed by everyone who worked with him and had the pleasure of knowing him.  Local 2321 sends its deepest sympathy to his family, and we hope all 2321 members will keep them in your thoughts and prayers

      Visitation will be held for Walter on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 4-8 PM at the Conte Funeral Home, 28 Florence Street, Andover, MA.  Funeral service will be on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at 9:30 AM at St. Augustine Parish, 43 Essex Street, Andover, MA.  Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend.

      Link to obituary

      We are happy to report that Harvard University and the 700 Harvard University janitors / maintenance workers have reached a tentative agreement as of this morning, avoiding a strike at the eleventh hour.

      The tentative agreement will give workers a 12.5% raise, health care without premiums, with the promise from the University to hire more full-time workers.

      This is great news for the janitors on the job, who voted last week to authorize a strike via their union leaders, and were ready to fight for a fair contract.

      Roxana Rivera, the vice president of 32BJ SEIU (who represents the workers), said in a statement:

      “When hard-working men and women win good jobs with decent wages and benefits, it’s a win for families, communities, employers, and the economy as a whole.”

      Congratulations to all of the hard working janitors and maintenance workers at Harvard University! We stand with you now, and always.

      iSí se puede! (“yes, we can!”)

      (source: 32BJ SEUI)

      Union Plus credit card holders are eligible for a Strike Protection Grant in the amount of $300 if you are a member in good standing and participated in a union-sanctioned strike lasting more than 30 days.  Members need to fill out an application and get a letter from the Union Hall verifying you were on stirke.  

      Click here to go to their website for more details.

      IBEW 2321 is proud to support the upcoming Lowell Community Blood Drive sponsored by Gervais Kia! Details are listed below. If you are in the area, come on down to help support The American Red Cross by giving blood today!

      We are looking to build our official mailing list to keep all of our members updated on important news and events. Please use the form below to join our list.  Think you are on our list, but aren't sure? That's ok - fill out the form below and we will make sure you are part of the list.
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      IBEW Local 2321 is proud to announce we will again offer 6 college scholarships of $800 each to graduating seniors whose parent or grandparent is a Local 2321 member.  Those interested must register with their guidance counselor’s office no later than Friday, December 16. 2016.  To qualify, applicants must pass a labor history exam, which will be given on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the student’s high school.  Applications, instructions, and study materials are available on the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Scholarship website  http://www.massaflcio.org/scholarship-program, or click the link at the top of the page for IBEW 2321 Scholarship Program.  


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