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Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

Several months ago, our members donated over $200 at a General Meeting to assist IBEW sisters and brothers affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Below is a letter from International President Hill:


Dear Sisters and Brothers,

It has been a little over three months since Superstorm Sandy devastated the Northeast region of the United States.  In addition, the area has been hit with severe winter storms.  The International has been working diligently to identify IBEW members that are in need of assistance due to the destruction of their homes.  Over 700 of our union sisters and brothers have been verified to be in need of relief.  Unfortunately, the number continues to grow.

Now that we have a better summation of our members with hardship, we again are asking for donations to the IBEW Unity Fund.  If you have not already done so, we ask you to consider making a contribution from your local union.

Please make all checks payable to the IBEW Unity Fund, indicating "Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund" in the memo portion.  Individual members may also contribute to the fund, either by check or electronically.  A link has been set up on the IBEW website to accept donations from individuals under the Super Sandy Relief Fund to make a donation by credit card.

Thank you in advance for standing together with our union family in their time of need.

With best wishes, I am

Fraternally yours,

Edwin D. Hill
International President

2013 1st Quarter Surplus/ISP

Late yesterday evening the Union was notified of the 1st quarter surplus for 2013.  Among the several classifications deemed to have surplus conditions, only 1 classification will be involuntary.  The SST group in Tampa (Business Sales Support Representative, wage schedule C-1) will be closing the office and all 25 employees will either elect to take the ISP offer, or enter the bumping procedure.  All other classifications are voluntary.

The ISP election period will open on February 22nd and will close on March 7th, 2013.  The last day worked for those that elect to leave the Company will be March 23rd.

Click the links below to view the classifications affected by yesterday's announcement:

     

2013 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 (www.ibew.org). In an effort to make the IBEW Founders’ Scholarship as inclusive as possible, we no longer require applicants to take the SAT or ACT to be eligible.

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 (www.unionplus.org) 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 lnk below for the application:


Nactel Partner Promotion

Get ready for whatever 2013 will bring. NACTEL education gives you the knowledge to keep your career moving.

NACTEL’s programs are specifically designed by the industry for careers in telecommunications, and created for working adults who need flexibility. Now is the time to fast track your education and career.

NACTEL has what you’re looking for:

Single courses --- Certificates --- Associate’s degrees

Bachelor’s degrees --- Master’s degree

 

In these areas:

Telecom --- Mobile Technology --- Networking --

Video Technologies --- Wireless Networking

Emerging Technologies

Decide your next step:

http://www.nactel.org/ibew/programs.html

As a member of NACTEL partner IBEW, you’re eligible for a tuition discount.

Register today:
http://www.nactel.org/ibew/programs.html

2012 Heartwalk

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Fred Lauper, the IBEW 824 Captain for our team this year and also to all the members and their families for participating in this year's Tampa Bay Heartwalk.

4th Quarter (2nd offering) ISP - 2012

On Tuesday, November 6th, the Union was notified of a 2nd ISP offer to the following classifications:

  • Business Sales Support Representative, located at 610 Morgan Street in Tampa.  3 out of 26 (Voluntary)

  • Business Sales Support Specialist, located at 1909 US Hwy 301 N, Bldg D in Tampa.  1 out of 36 (Voluntary)

The window opens on November 14th and closes on November 27th.  The off-property date is December 15th, 2012.

Benefits Enrollment UPDATE

On October 8th, information was posted on this site regarding your Benefit Choices for 2013.  The info we received and within the packets each employee received, it states that if you are happy with your current coverages, no changes were needed.  However, it was brought to our attention that each employee was automatically "billed" $480 for the spousal surcharge and you would have to go in to the system to delete that charge.  After speaking with Verizon, the system should be revised so that charge is not automatic. 

Also, under Vision Care, the Company incorrectly lists "EyeMed" as the provider for our vision services.  This was also a mistake as Davis Vision is the provider for all IBEW, Local 824 members/bargaining unit employees in Florida.  This was supposed to be revised on the Benefits website as well.

We have received several calls from Retirees stating that the choices for their benefits have changed and new plans are now in place.  If you are a Retiree, please review the plans available to you as there may be better options available at this time.

Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund

 

Below is a letter from President Hill.  If you would like to contribute, you can donate cash or a check made payable to the IBEW UNITY FUND (indicating Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund) to your steward, who will then forward to the Union Hall and we will send all contributions at one time.

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Superstorm Sandy wreaked disaster on one of the most heavily populated regions of the United States, one that is also home to tens of thousands of IBEW members and their families. Lost power, shortages of food and gasoline and the lack of heat as November turns colder are common problems in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and elsewhere.

Our members are dealing with these challenges, even as many of them are putting their personal safety on the line to help their communities. I am asking you to help them.

As we did seven years ago when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the IBEW is creating a fund to provide support and relief to our members and their families whose lives have been turned upside down by Superstorm Sandy. The money collected for the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund will be used to provide urgent relief to those most in need, including those who have lost their homes or sustained severe flooding damage and those who are trying to feed their families and keep them warm and safe.

The International Office is putting an initial contribution into this fund, but we need your help. We urge you to consider making a contribution from your local union and informing your members that individual donations will be gladly accepted. Together, we can provide crucial assistance to thousands of our brothers and sisters. Please make all checks payable to the IBEW Unity Fund, indicating “Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund” in the memo portion.

We are proud of our tradition of brotherhood in standing together in good times and bad. This is one of the bad times, and our union family needs help. Please give what you can and help us show the true spirit of solidarity.

With best wishes, we are

Fraternally yours,

Edwin D. Hill
International President

Salvatore (Sam) J. Chilia 
International Secretary-Treasurer

Benefits Enrollment for 2013

The annual enrollment for Benefits selections will take place from October 30th through November 13th.  The administrator of benefits will change from Hewitt to Xerox HR Solutions.  You will soon receive the information to make any changes to your benefits.  If you are happy with the benefits you currently are enrolled in, no changes by you will be necessary.  There will be a new Verizon Benefit Center to serve you, beginning October 23rd for changes in 2013 benefits.  You will continue to contact Hewitt for any benefit questions for your 2012 benefits.

The new IRS limit for annual contributions to a Health Care Spending Account is $2500, starting in 2013.  If you currently contribute more than the new limit, and you do not make any changes, your 2013 contribution will set automatically at $2500.

If you do not receive your information packet by October 23rd, please contact your Rep at the Union Hall.

4th Quarter ISP - 2012

On Friday, September 14th, the Company notified the Union of a surplus in several classifications.  Packages were mailed to all involved yesterday and the window will open on September 21st and closes on October 4th.  Last day worked for all who volunteer to leave will be October 20th, 2012.  To see the list of classifications affected, click the link below:

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