Verizon has sent out their shareholder proxy information, and IBEW is again making recommendations for union proxy voters.
Local 2321 cannot vote your proxy for you, however, we do encourage union members to vote their proxy with the following recommendations:
- Question 1. Vote AGAINST all candidates.
- Question 2. Vote For
- Question 3. Vote AGAINST
- and on Questions 4 through 9 vote FOR.
Please make sure to mark your proxy ballot per the instructions, sign and date it, and mail it in. Again, IBEW Local 2321 cannot vote your proxy for you, so please do not bring proxies to your steward or the union hall.
The CPS award amount and the payout date of both CPS and the Attendance bonus are listed below. Employees will be notified of the CPS Award on March 2nd, and today regarding their attendance bonus.
The 2017 CPS Award is $709
• 3/2/18 (Employee message/email)
• 3/9/18 (CPS payment)
Attendance Lump Sum Award
• 2/28/18 (Employee email)
• 3/2/18 (Attendance Lump Sum Award payment to eligible employees)
Did you take the EIPP in 2017?
The CPS will be pro-rated by twelfths for every month of the year you worked at least one day. The attendance bonus will also be pro-rated in the same way, as long as you used 4 or fewer incidental sick days last year.
11th Annual Bowling Tournament
It's that time of year again! Join us for the 11th Annual Bowling Tournament on April 8th. The tournament begins at 9 am and will be held at Academy Lanes in Haverhill.
NOTE: the deadline for t-shirts is March 19th, everyone who is interested should REGISTER by NOON on March 19th.
All information is on the flyer below:
Download: 2321 Bowling Waiver.pdf
Local 2321 Mourns the Loss of Brother John J. Sousa III
It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of IBEW Local 2321 member, John J. Sousa III from Hudson, NH who passed away unexpectedly on December 20th. You can find his obituary HERE, with information on services, etc.
John J. Sousa III, beloved husband of Carrie (DiRocco) Sousa with whom he has been married for 19 years, passed away unexpectedly on December 20, 2017.
Health & Wellness Reimbursement
It's that time of year again!
The IBEW New England Work and Family Committee gym reimbursement paperwork must be postmarked by June 30th!
The New England Work and Family Committee recognize that your health is important. Regular exercise and weight management have been shown to improve fitness, reduce stress, and fight obesity, however, memberships can be expensive to purchase. Please click HERE to obtain an application.
Click HERE for application and guidelines.
Local 2321 Mourns the Loss of Brother Kenneth Wojnar
It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of IBEW Local 2321 retiree Kenneth Wojnar from Plaistow, NH, who passed away after a sudden illness.
You can find his obituary HERE, with information on services, etc.
"Mr. Wojnar worked as a Central Office Technician for New England Telephone & Telegraph, Bell Atlantic, Nynex and Verizon, retiring after 45 years of service. Following his retirement, he has been happily working for the past seven years at the Goudreault Farm on Newton Road in Plaistow."
The AFL-CIO Scholarship Program is now in its 60th year, and 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.
"Over 40 unions, central labor councils, area businesses and charitable trusts from across Massachusetts participate in awarding scholarships that total nearly half a million dollars. Unions in Massachusetts have given close to $10 million in scholarships since 2000. About 1,500 students take the exam annually to compete for a scholarship."
Those interested must register with their guidance counselor’s office no later than Friday, December 15th. To qualify, applicants must pass a labor history exam, which will be given on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the student’s high school. Applications, instructions, and study materials are available on the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Scholarship website.
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
We are happy to share with you some details on the annual School Supplies Drive to benefit House of Hope in Lowell.
We know it's short notice, but here are the details:
We have many children in shelter and in our low-income housing that we wish to help at back-to-school time. If you are interested in donating a backpack filled with supplies, below is a list of suggested contents. If you cannot donate a whole back pack (that's okay!) then any of the items on the lists below are needed. We are hoping to get items back to our 812 Merrimack Street location by Friday August 18, 2017.
Please contact Edna Gustafson at email@example.com or at 978.458.2870 for questions or to let us know you plan to donate.If you would like to shop at Amazon, we have an Amazon Wish List!If you are unable to provide school supplies but would like to make a donation to House of Hope, please click here.THANK YOU!!Elementary School Middle/High SchoolThree notebooks (wide ruled) Three notebooks (college ruled)Three 2 pocket folders Three 2 pocket foldersPencils/zipper pencil holder Pencils/zipper pencil holderErasers PensMarkers ErasersColored pencils MarkersCrayons Colored pencilsScissors (small) Scissors (large)Glue sticks/bottle of school glue Glue sticks/bottle of school glueIndex cards Index CardsHighlighters1-inch 3-ring binderLoose leaf filler paper
It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of IBEW Local 2321 member, Karyn Gallant. Her passing was a shock to her family, friends, and co-workers, after she was found yesterday having just been at work the day before. Karyn was only 48 years old and the loss of her was completely unexpected. Her quick wit and strong-willed personality will be missed by everyone that knew her.
Please find her obituary HERE, with information on services, etc.
Karyn was a Service Rep in the Business Office in Lowell. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.
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.
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.
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.
Local 2321 Represents At Local 2324 Golf Tournament
We were a proud sponsor of the Local 2324 Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 6, 2017
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.
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"
Stay tuned for information regarding our NEXT event - we hope to see you all there!
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.
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.