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      Next Union Meeting!

      Just a reminder: The next Union Meeting in Middleton is Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 13th at 6pm at The American Legion, 69 River Street, Middleton, Ma. Hope to see you there. NOTE: July & August meetings have been suspended due to the summer holiday!

      2017 Grievance Forms

      The 2017 Grievance Forms are the same as the 2016 forms. 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.

      Welcome to the new IBEW2321.ORG!

      We hope you like our new format. The new website will offer new features and options to enhance how our membership can access information and resources. Please go for a test drive and check it out!
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      Per the contract, you can expect a pay increase of 2.5% to be effective on June 18, 2017. You should see your first increase in the paycheck you receive on Friday, June 30th. 

      The IBEW New England Work and Family Committee gym reimbursement paperwork must be postmarked by June 30th!

      See www.newenglandworkandfamily.com under Health and Wellness for application and guidelines.

      Verizon is eyeballing a stake in Pandora Media, per a report by the New York Post on Sunday. They're poised to invest $100M into the online music streaming company. 

      Right now, Pandora and SiriusXM are in talks, but if this falls through, it's a possibility that Verizon will jump in to invest. 

      "Top Verizon exec Tim Armstrong could be a candidate for the Pandora board under one possible scenario, according to sources, with one insider noting that the radio giant could benefit greatly from Verizon-owned AOL’s expertise in programmatic, or automated ad serving.

      Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam isn’t weighing a full-on Pandora purchase at this stage since he is still busy integrating his acquisition of Yahoo with AOL in the short term, sources said. But Verizon could be interested in data from Pandora’s 80 million, mostly young mobile users." (New York Post)

      Neither Verizon nor Pandora have commented either way. Stay tuned for more information as this develops. 

      Notice to Retirees

      Due to lack of interest, the Mohegan Sun trip has been cancelled.  

      It will be rescheduled for a date to be determined in 2018.

      STRIKE UPDATE:

      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:

      Joneen Curtis

      Janis Harmer

      Darlene Mello

      Ken Miano

      Clint Miller

      Chris Roy

      Kelly Sinclair

      Rose St. Pierre

      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.  

      Check the website for updates and the countdown clock: UnityatMobility.org or call the hall if you have any further questions! 

      2321 Mourns the Loss of Retired Brother Scott Deitrich. 

      It is with great sadness that we pass along the news of the passing of Retired Brother Scott Deitrich. Please follow this link to read the obituary

      Join us Saturday, May 20th  to Rally for Public Education!

       

      Last year, we won a landslide victory in Massachusetts against the forces of privatization, defeating a dangerous ballot initiative that would have drained hundreds of millions of dollars from our public schools. Now, the struggle continues. We must stand together to resist the plans and policies of Trump, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and Governor Charlie Baker. 

       

       

       

      It is time to demand the public schools and colleges our communities deserve. 

       

      RSVP here!

       

      Parents, educators, and students are uniting to demand:

       

              Full funding for public education, pre-k through college

              Debt-free public higher education

              Less testing, more learning

              Equitable access to quality education for all students

       

      Saturday, May 20th

      2:00 – 5:00 PM

      Boston Common

       

      Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook  or via this form!

      Local 2321 Represents At Local 2324 Golf Tournament

      We were a proud sponsor of the Local 2324 Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 6, 2017

      Summer Family BBQ Charity Event / 1st Annual Cornhole Tournament

      Surplus Declared

      The company notified the union that they are declaring a surplus under Article G25 of our contract and will offer to affected employees in the surplus locations and job titles the Enhanced EIPP.  This is NOT the Special Incentive negotiated in the 2016 contract; it is the Enhanced EIPP under Article G23.

      In local 2321, the affected locations and job titles are as follows:

      In Accounting:

      6 AAs at Crosspoint in Lowell under Gail Oswald

      3 Special Assistants at Crosspoint in Lowell under Gail Oswald

      In Plant:

      2 AAs at Crosspoint in Lowell under Richard Desantis

      1 AA at Crosspoint in Lowell under Stephanie Woomer

      2 COTs at 2 Hampshire St in Lawrence under Anthony Montani

      2 COTs at Crosspoint in Lowell under Mark Krause

      1 Customer Service Assistant at Crosspoint in Lowell under Chris Cook

      1 Driver B in Dracut

      1 Driver B in Saugus

      1 Facilities Assigner at Crosspoint in Lowell under Eddie Gee

      1 Network Service Coordinator at Crosspoint in Lowell under Stephanie Woomer

      5 Network Service Coordinators at Crosspoint in Lowell under Pauline Clark

      2 Special Assistants at Crosspoint in Lowell under Anthony Montani

      Under Sales:

      1 AA at Crosspoint in Lowell under Erin Stead

      Packages should be in the mail no later than May 9th and you will have until May 23rd to volunteer to accept the offer.  The final date of employment will be June 3rd.

      Mark your calendars now!

      Our next member event will take place on June 11th.

      More details will be coming VERY SOON!

      VERIZON CEO SAYS "SURE" TO MERGER WITH COMCAST?

      If you have been paying attention to the news over the last day, you may have caught a whisper of Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam saying that he would be "open" to a merger with Comcast (along with a few other companies, just for good measure). If you missed this news, well.... sit back and enjoy. 

      Verizon, a multi-national telecommuniations giant, and the largest (U.S.) wireless carrier, is seeking to expand their waistlines by partnering up with someone in the near future, and Comcast (a long time rival) is at the top of the list, along with Disney and/or CBS. 

      In an interview with Bloomberg, McAdam had this to say about what he would do if Comast CEO Brian Roberts came a-knockin':

      “If Brian came knocking on the door, I’d have a discussion with him about it,” McAdam said. “But I’d also tell you there isn’t much that I wouldn’t have a discussion around if somebody came and said ‘Here’s a compelling reason why we ought to put the businesses together.’”

      At this time, we have no idea if ANY of these companies would even want to partner up with Verizon. 

      We here at IBEW Local 2321 have NO further information. We will surely update the website if we hear any other rumblings. 

      3RD ANNUAL SOLIDARITY RIDE

      HOSTED BY IBEW LOCAL 99 AND LOCAL 2323

      Sunday May 21st

      Registration 9:00am, Ride starts at 11:00am

      (PRINT out and FILL out form attached at end of article - below the flyer)


      Download: SolidarityRide2017Form.jpg

      9TH ANNUAL IBEW LOCAL 2324 MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

       

      (Proceeds will go to the IBEW Local 2324 Benevolent Fund)

       

      WHEN:     Saturday, May 6th

      WHERE:   Southampton Country Club, Southampton MA

      TIME:       1:00PM Shotgun Start

       

      The cost is $400.00 for a foursome or $100.00 each. 

       

      This includes: golf, cart, and steak dinner

       

      NOTE: If you would like to attend the dinner ONLY, the cost is $25.00 per person.

       

      Donation to SPONSOR A HOLE is $200.00 or $100.00 to CO-SPONSOR A HOLE. 

       

      PRINT and fill out the form below and send to:

       

      IBEW Local 2324/ATTN: Golf Tournament

      281 Cottage St.

      Springfield, MA 01104

       

      FORMS AND PAYMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH AS REGISTRATION WILL BE TAKEN ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. 

       

      If you have any questions, please call the union hall at 413-734-0863


      Download: IBEW 2324 Golf.pdf

      Scholarship Winners

      IBEW Local 2321 is pleased to announce the winners of our Annual Scholarship Program. SIX graduating high school seniors will receive $800 each from Local 2321 for their participation in the MA AFL-CIO Scholarship Program. 

      The winners are:

      Charles H Carr Scholarship:                    Erin Dennehy (Daughter of Eva Marie Walsh)

      Gerry Schaivo Memorial Scholarship:     Derek Shaw (Son of Derek Shaw)

      Dennis Case Memorial Scholarship:        Robert Tibbetts (Son of Paul Tibbetts)

      John Nicolini Scholarship:                       Jeffrey Daley (Son of Jeff Daley)

      Dana Perham Memorial Scholarship:      Craig Rich (Son of Craig Rich)

      Francis J McKenney Scholarship:           Shane Cassidy (Son of Nancy Cassidy)

      Congratulations to all the winners and their families!

      The New England Work And Family Committee has finalized the guidelines for both the Summer Camp Program and the Dependent Care Reimbursement Fund. Both programs will remain unchanged from last year, though if you didn't qualify for either because of the income level, check again this year because of the time without pay from last year's strike, which may bring you below the cut-off point. 

      Guidelines and applications can be found at: http://www.newenglandworkandfamily.com

      We had our 10th Annual Bowling Tournament at Academy Lanes in Haverhill this past weekend, and it was a great turn out! We hope that all of the members in attendance had a great time and you aren't too sore from all that bowling! 

      Congratulations go out to the winning team, "Who Needs Steve" who bowled a 1335 to take the championship this year. Great job, guys!

      Rounding out the Top Five were the following teams:

      #2 - "The Flaming Balls"

      #3 - "Strikers"

      #4 - "Freezing My Balls Off"

      #5 - "Wrecking Balls"

      Check out our photo gallery for the rest of the pictures from the event! 

      Stay tuned for information regarding our NEXT event - we hope to see you all there!

      Verizon Shareholder Proxies

      Proxies have been mailed out and every IBEW member should exercise their right to vote!  The IBEW System Council T6 recommends voting the following:
       

      Item 1- Against

      Item 2- Against

      Item 3- Against

      Item 4 option 1- For

      Item 5- Against

      Item 6- For

      Item 7- For

      Item 8- For

      Item 9- For

      Item 10- For

      Item 11- For
       

      Remember to mark your proxy ballot, sign it in the appropriate spot, and mail in by the listed due date.
       

      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

      COST:                      $35.00

      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

      RETIREE CHAPTER

      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

      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 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. 

      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.
      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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