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4th Quarter 2013 ISP/Surplus Announcement

The Union was notified yesterday evening of a Surplus/ISP offering in several classifications within Verizon of Florida and Verizon Supply Chain Services.  All classifications have been deemed a Voluntary surplus.  Please click the link below to view the classifications/locations declared surplus.

The below timeline outlines important dates:

October 30, 2013           Employee Notification - Packages mailed to employees
November 6, 2013         ISP Election period opens
November 19, 2013       ISP Election period closes
December 14, 2013       Last Day Active for accepted surplus volunteers

CWA/Verizon California Bargaining

Late last week, Verizon California agreed to proceed to mediation with the CWA to continue to work on reaching a fair and equitable agreement.  They began mediation yesterday and there are no reports as of this morning on any progress.

Also yesterday, members in several locations in California walked off the job in protest of Verizon's violation of seniority rights.  As you remember, they are currently working without a contract.  The CWA has asked all members to return to work for their next scheduled tour.

If there is any progress to report, I will include in my report Friday during the General Meeting.

There will also be the latest information from our bargaining discussed Friday night as well.

In Solidarity,


Article XI Arbitration Update

We received the award from the Arbitrator on the “bumping” arbitration heard on June 12th and 13th late last week.  The grievance was “Sustained in Part” by the Arbitrator.  The Union requested clarification of the award from the Arbitrator the next day.  Friday afternoon, the Arbitrator notified us that the Company had 10 days to respond.  As soon as we receive that clarification, we will notify the membership.

3rd Quarter 2013 ISP/Surplus Announcement


The Union received calls yesterday stating that the Voluntary Termination Bonus was not included in the ISP packets that were mailed to members' homes in the announced surplus classifications.  This error has been corrected and Xerox will be mailing out an additional letter to all members that received the ISP info that shows the $10,000 bonus included.

Any questions, please call the Hall.

The Union was notified today of a Surplus/ISP in several classifications.  All classifications have been deemed a voluntary surplus.  Please click the link below to see the classifications/locations declared surplus.

Bargaining Rally July 28th

On Sunday, July 28th, we will have a Rally at the Union Hall.  Please click the link below to view the details and also to print and post in your work groups.  If you are planning on attending, please RSVP as soon as possible so that we can plan on food and drinks.

1sr Annual IBEW Labor Day Bike Run

The first annual IBEW Labor Day Bike Run will take place on August 31st and September 1st.  For more information, please click the link below:

2013 Solidarity Day at the Trop

The 4th Annual Solidarity Day at the Trop will be on Sunday, August 18th, 2013.  The deadline to order tickets is Wednesday, July 31st.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please click the link below:

2nd Quarter 2013 ISP/Surplus announcement

The Union was notified today of a Surplus/ISP in several classifications.  All classifications will be a Voluntary surplus, there will be no force adjustment or layoff in Florida from this announcement.  Click the link below to view the classifications/locations and numbers.

For anyone who elects to accept the ISP and leave the Company, the last day worked will be June 29, 2013.

50 Years for IBEW, Local 824

We are planning to celebrate our Local Union's 50th Anniversary on the evening of June 22, 2013.  The location has not been designated as of today and more info will follow.  Please RSVP if you will attend this event by Friday, February 8th, 2013.  There will be guest speakers and a history of our local union from the inception date of February 1st, 1963 through 2013.  This is a member + 1 event and tickets will be $15 per person and will include dinner and dancing.

More details will follow, but we need to get an estimate of how many members will attend to finalize all the remaining details.

Please RSVP to admin [at] ibew824 [dot] org

In Solidarity,



Join us for our Celebration on June 22, 2013, located at the Sheraton East Hotel (10221 Princess Palm Ave. Tampa, Fl 33610)

Reception is from 6-7pm with a cash bar.  Dinner and dancing following the reception.  Tickets will be $15 per guest.

RSVP no later than Thursday, April 4th at 5pm at admin [at] ibew824 [dot] org.

NGP Open Online Enrollment

National Group Protection (NGP) is conducting their 2nd Online Enrollment for IBEW members to elect Supplemental Benefits.  Benefits offered are Group Accidental Insurance, Group Critical Illness Insurance, and Group Whole Life Insurance.  These benefits are only available to IBEW members.  A postcard explaining how to receive information and/or sign-up was mailed to your house last week.  For any questions you have, please contact NGP directly at (800) 344-9016.  To get to NGP's website, please click the link below:

National Group Protection Online Registration

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