Verizon put out a statement today saying that management and non-union employees will now need to be vaccinated if working at a company location or retail location.  It was further stated that the company was in discussion with the unions over a similar mandate for unionized employees.  

Prior to this statement, there had been no discussions with the System Council T6 over a mandate.  The union was not even made aware that the emailed statement was being sent.  In response, the T6 has now made a demand to bargain any vaccine mandate Verizon.  Any developments will be reported to the membership as soon as they are available. 

Local 2321 has cancelled its October monthly meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, October 13th, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This decision was made with the permission of the IBEW International District Vice President to promote the safety of the members of this local and our communities. All previous treasurer reports and eBoard minutes from cancelled meetings will be presented at the next scheduled meeting.

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Thank you for understanding.

When IBEW Local 2321 member Janet Blanchard was brutally attacked earlier this year, friends and co-workers held their breath waiting to see if she would survive.  In the aftermath, an outpouring of support and generosity came from the community of Haverhill, where Janet lives, as well IBEW members from locals across New England. 

Local 2322, which represents members from Southeastern Massachusetts, had already donated a large sum to the golf tournament Janet’s family and friends organized, but Executive Board member and Chief Steward Chris Desjardins thought they could offer more. 

In an incredible act of solidarity and compassion, Chris built custom cornhole boards, emblazoned with the 2322 name and IBEW logo, to raffle at the local’s cornhole tournament this past Sunday.  All proceeds will go to support Janet’s recovery.  The boards also have “JB” and “2321” on the upper left corner of the boards with the image of a rose.

Thank you to Chris Desjardins, members of the Local 2322 Executive Board, and Business Manager Eric Hetrick, for their kindness and generosity.  The “old phone company” spirit is clearly still alive and well.

It is with my deepest sympathy that I announce the passing of former Local 2321 Business Manager, Brother Francis J. McKenney.

Frank was a giant in this local who will be remembered as a legend. With just a year under his belt as Business Manager, he guided this local through the ’89 Strike, and continued to fight for our members for over 18 years.

Under his leadership, this local saw the creation of the centralized repair service bureau, which created 2 huge centers in local 2321, where I started my phone company career, as well as the massive MAC center that still resides at Crosspoint Towers in Lowell.

Many people owe their careers to Frank, either through his shrewd negotiating, or his ferocious advocacy for his members. And Frank personally offered his guidance to me when I first became an assistant Business Manager. To say he will be missed is an understatement.

Please keep his family, including 2321 members Kathleen and Shelagh, in your prayers. We will share any service arrangements that are made available.