PausedPausedSAVE THE DATE - March 11, 2017WILD in the WINTERMaintaining Your FireStrategies in the Age of TrumpCome to a WILD Winter Program and learn how to face the attacks on immigrants and labor.Learn how oppression operates at a blatant and historical level and what you can do tomaintain your health, safety and mental well being.8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.Morning Workshops:
Immigration - Strategies for Safety
Understanding the attacks on labor and how to face them.
Taking on the Effects of Oppression as we take care of ourselves.
Noon to 1:15 p.m.
Interactive Lunch - Hands on Workshops:
Massage, Yoga and Meditation
1:15 to 2:15 p.m.
Tradeswomen Delegation to India led by
2:15 to 2:45 p.m.
Moving forward in Troubling Times
Location: BEST Training Center2201 Washington St. at Dudley Station - Boston$20.00 Registration FeeLight Breakfast and Lunch included.Child care provided - advanced notice REQUIRED
INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS, LOCAL 2321
1049 TURNPIKE STREET NO. ANDOVER, MA 01845
We are planning our Spring Luncheon as follows:
Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Place: Angelica’s Restaurant
49 So. Main St. Rte. #114
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Our speaker at this meeting is Stephen Raymond from Scarborough Alliance Group. He will put on a short presentation and will be glad to field any financial questions.
Also, we have a lot of new retirees and hope they will join us and see what our luncheons are all about. The new retirees are not required to pay dues at this time. They can enjoy one free luncheon and see if it is something that they would like to continue to take part in. Our annual dues are still $35.00 for one and $50 per couple. Make checks payable to “IBEW 2321 Retirees” and send to the address in the letterhead. We had 88 retirees show up for our September Luncheon, a good turnout.
We are also planning our annual trip to Mohegan Sun Casino with a possible journey to a golf course in the Casino area for the hackers in the group. We should have definite info at the luncheon.
We will have our usual raffles and door prize. Please respond by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling anyone on the board as to whether you plan to attend. As always, we stress the importance of this because the restaurant needs to have the count for the dinner.
Steve Sousa - 978-337-2051
Tom “Tree” Oldeman - 603-893-6531
Doug Vanne - 978-335-4930
Laurie Milette - 603-770-1619
Terri Jalbert - 978-987-4578
Lyn Stan - 603-918-3783
We look forward to seeing you there.
Retiree board IBEW Local 2321
IBEW Local 2321 Retiree Chapter
Annual Casino Bus Trip
DATE: Wednesday, June 28th
DESTINATION: Mohegan Sun Casino
DEPARTS FROM: North Andover Mall (Route 114, North Andover, MA)
TIME: Departs North Andover at 9:00am
Arrives at Mohegan Sun approximately 11:00am
Departs Mohegan Sun 5:30pm
Arrives at North Andover Mall approximately 7:30pm
The cost per person includes a FREE buffet lunch OR $10 voucher for a restaurant of your choice. Also, a $10 voucher for the big wheel or slot play. This may have changed since our last trip to Mohegan Sun, however, it will be a $10 voucher for SOMETHING! Included in the $35 cost is the gratuity for the driver PLUS coffee and donuts on the way down and FREE bingo!
Anyone interested should contact any of the board members at the numbers below and mail your checks to the union office at the address below. Your seat is reserved on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to let us know and mail your check as soon as possible. The capacity of the bus is 50 people and is open to all, which is why you must reserve early. The bus leaves at 9:00am SHARP, so you should be at the North Andover Mall no later than 8:45am.
PLEASE ALLOW FOR MORNING RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC.
Sign up early to reserve your seat on the bus!
Steve Sousa - 978.337.2051
Dough Vanne – 978.335.4930
Terri Jabert – 978.987.4578
Tom “Tree” Oldeman – 603.893.6531
Laurie Milette – 603.770.1619
Lyn Stan – 603.918.3783
INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS LOCAL 2321
1049 TURNPIKE ST, N ANDOVER, MA 01845
IBEW Founders' Scholarship Announcement!
"The IBEW Founders' Scholarship honors the dedicated wiremen and linemen who, on November 28, 1891, organized the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Each year the officers of the IBEW are pleased to offer its working members scholarships on a competitive basis. It is hoped that the awards will not only contribute to the personal development of our members but also steward the electrical industry that our founders envisioned."
This scholarship is available for all IBEW members who have been in continuous good standing for four years preceding May 1st of the scholarship year in which they plan to apply. If you do not meet this requirement, you will not be eligible to participate.
This scholarship is not available to spouses or children of IBEW members, but for more information on scholarships that are, visit the Union Plus website.
The award is for up to $200 per semester credit hour or $134 per trimester credit hour at any accredited college or university toward an associate's, bachelor's, or postgraduate degree in a field that will further the electrical industry overall (as determined by the IBEW Founders' Scholarship administrator). The maximum distribution is $24,000 per person over a period not to exceed eight (8) years.
Please find attached the IBEW Founders' Scholarship application (Form 172) below. Please print out the application, and mail all applicable materials to the contact on the application.
ALL materials must be postmarked or emailed PRIOR to May 1st of the scholarship year.
Download: Scholarship Application.pdf
Join us for the 10th Annual Bowling Tournament on April 2nd! All of the details are on the flyer below. Please see attached waiver/sign-up sheet. Please print it out, fill it out, and fax it to the hall: 978.794.1598.
Download: 10th 2321bowling_waiver.pdf
On Monday, President Trump met with a roomful of union leaders to discuss his promise to strengthen America’s infrastructure. What does this mean for unions around the country? We’re not quite sure yet. Nothing related to IBEW as of yet, that much we are sure of.
The meeting included “North America's Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey, Laborers' International Union of North America President Terry O'Sullivan, SMART sheet metal workers' union President Joseph Sellers, United Brotherhood of Carpenters President Doug McCarron and Mark McManus, president of the United Association that represents plumbers, pipefitters, welders and others” (Reuters, 2017).
McGarvey summed things up via a conference call with reporters after the meeting, saying that Trump “told the group he would hire American workers to rebuild the country’s infrastructure, including bridges, schools, hospitals and oil pipelines” (The Washington Post, 2017)
“He intends to do the work on the issues he discussed on the campaign trail,” McGarvey said. “It was by far the best meeting I've had [in Washington].”
Considering Trump was recently unkind to Chuck Jones, the president of United Steelworkers 1999 back in December, we are not surprised to hear that there was no representation from the Steelworkers at the meeting.
This is definitely a developing story that we will be watching closely.
We had our annual IBEW Kids Holiday Party this past weekend at Mount Pleasant Golf Club in Lowell, and we wanted to give some kudos to a few people who were part of this great event. There are some great pictures posted on our Facebook page, so get on over and check them out!
Huge thanks go out to everyone who pitched in to help at the event, especially our own Candy Keenan-Ward and Janine Lafond, who both planned the event and ran the craft table.
Also, our sincere thanks to our friend and member, Joe O'Leary, who was the DJ for the event, Curious Creatures, who brought some great animals for everyone to check out, and Jay "The Magician" Fraser, who mystified everyone with his magic.
We hope you had a great time at the event, and cannot wait to host you at our next one!
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.
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.
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!
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.