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      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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      2016 Fall Retiree Luncheon 

      and

      Medical Plan Discussion

      The IBEW 2321 Retiree Chapter has announced the date for its annual Fall Luncheon.

      Wednesday, September 28, 2016
      Angelica's Restaurant
      49 So. Main St.
      Middleton, MA
      11:00AM-3:00PM

      Local 2321 Business Manager, Craig Fields, will speak about the new contract and changes to the Verizon medical plans that will affect retirees.

      All Retirees are welcome.  There will be raffles and a door prize.  Please respond by sending an email to retirees@ibew2321.org or calling a member of the Retiree Chapter board to reserve a spot.  Get more information by clicking the link for Retiree Chapter under Member Resources.  

      You're Invited

      Local 2321 will host a cookout for members and their families.  

      Sunday, September 11th

      11:30am to 6pm

      Tewksbury Elks

      777 South St., Tewksbury

      Food and soft bevertages will be served and a cash bar will be available.  You may not bring your own beverages on the property.  

      There is a softball field, Cornhole games, and horseshoe pits.  

      We need a headcount for food and drinks. If you plan to attend,

      please RSVP here. 

      Click here to see/print the flier.


      Download: 2016bbq-1.docx

      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.

      (Summary and Entire MOU also attached.)

      IBEW System Council T-6
       

      2015-2016 Final Bargaining Report

      May 30, 2016

      After 48 Days on Strike 39, 000 Members of the IBEW and CWA have a Tentative Agreement.

      The Members within the IBEW SCT-6 Council took to the streets in order to force Verizon to negotiate a fair contract.  Without your efforts and sacrifice we would not have achieved our goal.  Nearly 11 months of negotiations have concluded in securing good jobs, wages, and benefits until August 3, 2019.

      We have emerged from an ideological war with a corporation that believed that this was their opportunity to break the Union.  The exact opposite happened.  The Membership who took part in the Strike of Verizon in 2016 did not waiver.  When faced with no pay - we stood tall. When faced with the elimination of our medical coverage the company thought that would be a crushing blow; believing we'd fall apart. When that didn't happen the Verizon brass realized that they had severely underestimated our Solidarity.  

      Strikes are not only for the immediate situation they are also to measure if those who currently do the work are employees first or if they are Union Members first. That question has been asked and answered.

      This Membership has indeed earned the respect of the Labor movement.  When times of difficulty arise it affords an opportunity for people to distinguish themselves.  For character is not built.  It is revealed.  Only when placed in the midst of a dire situation will we discover what is within ourselves and each other.  When we went on Strike April 13, 2016 there was a great amount of uncertainty as to how long the Strike would last. But what became apparent immediately, in a very public forum, was the fact that the Members of the IBEW and CWA were prepared.  Prepared to fight for a fair contract. We stepped on the gas pedal from day one and never relented.  Great, Great Job!!

      Thank you to every Member on the picket lines. Thank you to every picket Captain for keeping your line strong. And thank you to every member of the IBEW Bargaining Committee.

      Taking pride in the "I" or "Me" of things is sacrilege; being proud of the "us" and "we" of things is what gives commonality....And that Brothers and Sisters is what achieves Solidarity.

      In Solidarity,

      Myles J. Calvey  Business Manager IBEW Local 2222 / SCT-6 Chairman

      Rita Sweeney                Business Manger Local 2313

      Steve Soule                   Business Manager Local 2320

      Craig Fields                   Business Manager Local 2321

      Eric Hetrick                   Business Manager Local 2322

      Steven Murphy            Business Manager Local 2323

      John Rowley Sr.            Business Manager Local 2324

      David Keating               Business Manager Local 2325

      Peter McGlaughlin       Business Manager Local 2327

      Highlights of 2016 Tentative Agreement

      1. Duration – Contract expires on August 3, 2019

      1. Wages – Effective Date at Ratification

      Effective Date

      The first Sunday after the Effective Date

      3% increase applied to all steps of the basic wage schedule

      The first Sunday following the first annual anniversary of the Effective Date

      2.50% increase applied to all steps of the basic wage schedule

      The first Sunday following the second annual anniversary of the Effective Date

      2.50% increase applied to all steps of the basic wage schedule

      The first Sunday following the third annual anniversary of the Effective Date

      2.50% increase applied to all steps of the basic wage schedule

      3)   Ratification Bonus- A one-time, single Ratification Bonus payment of $1,000 will be paid within thirty (30) days after ratification.

      1. Pension Band Increases -

      Pension Band Effective Date

      Percentage Increase

      Ninety (90) Days After Ratification (“Pension Increase Date”)

      1%

      First Anniversary of Pension Increase Date

      1%

      Second Anniversary of Pension Increase Date

      1%

      1. Health Care Reimbursement Card - $250 – to be issued in September 2016.  All Health Care Reimbursement funds MUST be used by December 31, 2108.

      1. Job Security – No Changes.

      1. CPS Award - Minimum $700 payable in 2017, 2018, 2019

      1. 401(k) Plan Changes – Within 90 days of effective date -Employees contributions level increased from 16% to 25%

      1. Local Contract Language – No Changes.

      Click the link below to see the entire 2016 MOU or a short version summary.


      Download: VZ - IBEW NE 5_29 FINAL 2016 MOU.pdf , Summary of 2016 TA T6.docx
      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.  Employees with exceptional circumstances need to contact their supervisor. Returning employees will return to work on the same tours to which they were assigned immediately prior to April 13, 2016.
      Employees on approved leaves of absence, approved medical leaves, suspensions or scheduled vacations shall report to work following the expiration of such leaves, suspensions or vacations.
      No employee shall lose service or pension credit or life insurance as a result of participating in the strike.
      Floating holidays that were scheduled during the work stoppage may be rescheduled no later than September 30, 2016 and taken no later than December 31, 2016.
      Unused Vacation Days and Excused Work days remaining from 2015 which were still available on April 13, 2016 may be taken pursuant to normal scheduling guidelines no later than September 30, 2016.
      For two weeks following the Return to Work Date, 6/1 - 6/14, the provisions of the CBAs regarding overtime caps will not be in effect in order to reduce the work backlog resulting from the strike. Overtime will be assigned with due consideration to the safety and health of employees.
      Once an official summary of the new Tentative Agreement has been released by IBEW and CWA that will also be sent out and posted on the website.
      Thank you to the members of Local 2321 for all your hard work and dedication. 
      United WE Bargained! 

      News Release

      U.S. LABOR SECRETARY THOMAS PEREZ ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE ON A NEW CONTRACT FOR VERIZON WORKERS

      WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing labor dispute at Verizon:

      “Today, I am pleased to announce that the parties have reached an agreement in principle on a four-year contract, resolving the open issues in the ongoing labor dispute between Verizon’s workers, unions, and management. The parties are now working to reduce the agreement to writing, after which the proposal will be submitted to CWA and IBEW union members for ratification.

      Throughout the past 13 days of negotiations at the Department of Labor, I have observed firsthand the parties’ good faith commitment to narrowing differences and forging an agreement that helps workers and the company. The parties have a shared interest in the success of Verizon and its dedicated workforce. Indeed, these two interests are inextricably intertwined.

      This tentative resolution is a testament to the power of collective bargaining. I commend the leadership of Verizon, CWA, and IBEW for their commitment to resolving these difficult issues in the spirit of constructive engagement.

      I expect that workers will be back on the job next week.”

      Replacement Verizon worker accused of hitting picketing worker

      By: Jack Harper, jharper@hearst.com

      Published On: May 17 2016 01:25:28 PM EDT Updated On: May 17 2016 05:48:41 PM EDT

      BOYLSTON, Mass. - 

      A replacement Verizon worker was arraigned Tuesday on several charges, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, after authorities said he struck another worker with a vehicle.

      Kevin Goodale, 37, of Vermont, was pulling out in a line truck at 170 Shrewsbury St. in Boylston when he hit a striking worker, identified by police as Anthony Davenport, 48, of Holden.

      Police said after hitting Davenport, Goodale left the scene in a co-worker’s vehicle. After voluntarily returning to the incident site, Goodale was arrested, police said.

      Goodale was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and driving with a suspended license. He was held on $5,000 cash bail.

      Workers said Goodale was driving aggressively, while Verizon said the picketing workers were too close and created a dangerous situation.

      "Our initial review shows that picketers were once again too close to the vehicle at issue and it created an unsafe condition. Dangerous picketing activities put our employees and others in harm’s way and must stop immediately," said Verizon spokesman Rich Young.

      Other workers said Davenport complained of a cut and minor back pain.

      IBEW 2324 Business Manager John Rowley introducing the Lander's family at the Northampton rally on 4/30/16. Colm Landers speaks about how being part of a union family impacts his life and how corporate creed seeks to destroy his family. We are not union thugs.. we are union families.. we are the Lander's family!



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