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Healthcare Open Enrollment June 25-July 9

Open enrollment began today and runs through July 9th.  When you sign on to, you will see a link that says:

Click here for Special Enrollment

You will use this link to make your selections for the remainder of 2014.  To view the Summary Benefit Description for both the PPO and the EPO option, follow the instructions below:

On the main page of, click on the “library” tab in the red header on the top of the page.  Under the block that says “Summary Plan Descriptions (SPDS), click on the link that says “show more links.”

The 6th and 7th link on the left that say:

2014 National EPO West SBC

2014 National PPO West SBC

These are the 2 options available to the members of Local 824.  the information on the 2 links above are 8 pages long and have a lot of information.  If you need any further assistance, please 1st call the 800 number on the back of your BCBS insurance card.  If you have further questions, please contact your Rep at the Hall.

National Group Protection Open Enrollment

The open enrollment for supplemental benefits provided by National Group Protection will begin on August 1st and close on August 31st, 2014.  This is a benefit option only provided to members of IBEW, Local 824.  This benefit is NOT associated with any benefits provided by Verizon.  This benefit is voluntary to all members. Information will be mailed to all members sometime in July.  To view info, click the link below:

NGP Supplemental Benefits

Nactel Virtual Open House

Online Telecommunications Education from NACTEL

So, you think that it is too late or too hard to get the degree to help put you in charge of your career?

NACTEL’s Telecommunications education is designed specifically for working adults like you.

• High quality education provided by Pace University, and recently awarded by U.S. News and World Report
• Instructor-led courses via state of the art delivery
• Aligned to technical career paths in your industry
• Selected and managed by leading telecom organizations as well as the IBEW

NACTEL give you choices for your technical education

A.S. Degrees
• Telecom
• Video
• Mobile Technology
• Networking
• Wireless Networking
• CyberSecurity (coming soon)

B.S. Degrees
• Professional Technology - Telecom Concentration
• Technology Management

M.S. Degree
• Internet Technology

These credentials are stackable, so there are no wasted courses when moving up the educational ladder with NACTEL.

Take the first step and attend a Virtual Open House on July 9 to hear from and ask questions of the university staff. It is quick and easy! Register at

To learn more about these NACTEL programs, visit  

Healthcare Open Enrollment

We have been notified that the Open Enrollment for the healthcare changes (CORE/Enterprise Delivery employees) will take place from June 25th through July 9th.  There will be a healthcare comparison of the PPO and EPO options presented at ALL Unit Meetings in the month of June.  There will also be 2 additional meetings at the Union Hall on Wednesday, June 11th and Tuesday, June 24th, both beginning at 10:00 a.m. for any member that cannot attend a Unit Meeting this month.  
Please plan on attending your Unit Meeting this month.

There will be a meeting on Monday, June 9th, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 14501 Hotel Rd., Mirimar, Fl for all members in the South Florida area.

2nd Quarter Surplus/ISP

The Company has notified the Union of a surplus/ISP offering for the 2nd quarter.  All classifications that have a declared surplus are voluntary.  There will be no force adjustment/layoff in any classifications.  ISP packages will be mailed to all employees affected on May 21st and the window closes on June 10th.  Any employee who elects and is accepted will have an off property date of June 28th.  To view the classifications, please click the link below:

April Unit Meeting Date Changes

The April Central (Tampa) Unit Meeting will be changed from Monday, April 21st to Monday, April 14th.

The Southern (Sarasota/Bradenton) Unit Meeting will be changed from Tuesday, April 22nd to Tuesday, April 15th.

Both meetings are in their normal location and have the same start times.

**All other units meetings remain the same as normally scheduled.**

Verizon Shareholder Proxy

The recommendation is as follows:

For Section A, number 1 through 9 a vote against All nominees

For section A, numbers 2, 3, and 4 a vote Against


For Section B, numbers 5 through 10, vote For the proposals.


Sign and Date the Proxies under Section C and then place in the return envelope and mail back before May 1st.

Nactel Spring 2014 Enrollment

Coming Soon! A new Cybersecurity degree program launches later this summer Stay tuned! 

NACTEL’s technical degrees and certificates built by the largest telecommunications companies and labor organizations in the nation. A.S. Degrees • Telecom • Video • Mobile Technology • Networking • Wireless Networking B.S. Degrees • Professional Technology - Telecommunications Concentration • Technology Management M.S. Degree • Internet Technology

Visit to learn more about these programs.

To hear directly from the university staff, attend next Virtual Open House on May 6.

Register at  

IBEW Founders Scholarship

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

The IBEW Founders’ Scholarship honors the dedicated wiremen and lineman who 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. An application for the IBEW Founders’ Scholarship (Form 172) is enclosed. This form can be copied and is also available on the IBEW website (

All IBEW members who have been in continuous good standing for four years preceding May 1 of the scholarship year in which they plan to apply are eligible for the IBEW Founders’ Scholarship. Please note, if a member has been on honorary withdrawal at any time during the aforementioned period, he/she will not be eligible to participate.

Spouses or children of IBEW members are not eligible for the IBEW Founders’ Scholarship. Union Plus has a scholarship that is available for IBEW members, as well as their spouses and dependent children. Please visit the Union Plus website ( for more information about other scholarship opportunities.

I encourage all interested eligible members to participate in the IBEW Founders’ Scholarship Program. Please make the Founders’ Scholarship opportunity known to your members and urge them to apply.

With best wishes, I am

Fraternally yours,

Edwin D. Hill International President 

Please click the link below for the application

1st Quarter ISP/Surplus

We were notified of the 1st quarter ISP/Surplus and the details are in the link below.  ALL areas are VOLUNTARY only!  The window opens February 12th and closes February 25th.  Last day worked will be March 15th.

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