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Workers Stand for America Rally - August 11th, 2012

Below is a letter from President Hill with a brief explanation on the Rally to be held in Philadelphia, Pa., on Saturday, August 11th.  This is a first-of-a-kind Rally for Workers in America and should be an important event for ALL Union Members.  I have talked about this Rally during the last week and quite a few members stated they wanted to attend.  It looks like a round-trip airline ticket will cost around $300 per person.  There are plenty of hotels in the greater Philadelphia area that you can choose to stay at, depending on budgets.  The event will be held in downtown Philadelphia and is only a 10 minute ride from the airport.  If you are interested, please contact your Rep at the Hall.  We will keep a list of members attending and try to coordinate rooms in the same area.  You will also receive an IBEW t-shirt for this event, if you decide to attend.


Sisters and Brothers:

On August 11, 2012, working Americans will come to Philadelphia for the Workers Stand for America Rally to stand up for the middle class and urge all Americans, especially elected officials, to stand with us.

The event will be a central feature of a larger campaign to serve notice to political leaders and the top percent that the recovery effort is not reaching working people. The Rally will take place before both parties’ conventions, and the intent is to tell both republicans and democrats that we want an America that works for everyone.

To that end, a new Worker’s Bill of Rights, patterned after the concepts discussed by Franklin D. Roosevelt in his final inaugural address, will be launched. A press event will take place on July 12, in which the Bill of Rights will be fully detailed.

IBEW t-shirts will be available for attendees. Shirts will be shipped to the local union prior to the rally, but you must contact Union Hall with the amount needed and sizes no later than July 26th.

A live broadcast of the Rally will be offered. I encourage local unions that cannot attend the Rally in Philadelphia to host an online Bill of Rights signing party with their members. If you are interested in holding an event, please contact International Representative Juanita Luiz at Juanita_Luiz [at] IBEW [dot] org for more information.

A united front by labor is essential to ensure that this campaign is seriously considered by our elected officials, and the IBEW must lead the way.

Thank you for your efforts in this endeavor. With best wishes, I am

Fraternally yours,

Edwin D. Hill International President

 



Verizon/Spectrum

As everyone should be aware, Verizon is attempting to purchase Spectrum from major cable companies and afterwards would then "partner" with their competition to provide a quad play (including wireless.)  We believe that this deal would create a monopoly for Verizon and would not benefit consumers, also it would reduce headcount in the Telecommunications industry.

Click the link below for a fact sheet from the IBEW.

2nd Quarter Surplus/ISP offer

Late last week, the Company notified the Union of a surplus/ISP offer for several classifications within Verizon, Buried Service Wire Group, and Supply.  To see the classifications affected, please click on the link below.  All Chief Stewards/Board Members were immediately notified.  Any questions, please contact your Rep at the Hall.

Nominations/Elections of Officers

Tonight, nominations of Officers for Local 824 was held at the General Meeting.  The following officers were nominated:

President/TCC II Delgate - Erik Jones
Vice-President -Wendell Greenhalgh
Recording Secretary -Dora Mullis
Treasurer -Pam Elleby
Business Manager/Financial Secretary/TCC II Delegate -Robert J. Prunn

Executive Board - Inside Plant

Todd Bolick
Keith LaPlant
Zaida Menendez
Sue Jerome

Executive Board - Outside Plant

Tom Huston
Noah Kaaa
John Riddlebarger
Josh Saladino

All Offices were not contested and therefore elected by acclimation from the members in attendance.

Congratulations to all of the Officers. 

Verizon Annual Shareholders Meeting

The annual Verizon Shareholders Meeting will take place on May 3rd, 2012, in Huntsville, Alabama.  The IBEW and CWA will be collecting proxies to hand deliver to this meeting.  You can bring your proxy to the Union Hall by Friday, April 27th, 2012 to be delivered.  To view the recommendations from the IBEW/CWA, please click the link below.

Livesource Tentative Agreement reached

Tentative Agreement Reached

 

On Thursday evening the Union and Company reached an agreement on a new 3-year contract.

The highlights of the new agreement include:

·      Improved bereavement language

·      3rd week of vacation after 6 years

·      Day-at-a time vacation (2 weeks instead of 1)

·      Higher Classification language

·      Hourly Employee Pensions increases

·      Long-Term Disability (from 12 to 18 months)

·      POS Medical Plan changes – add out-of network for Mental Health and Substance Abuse    No Lifetime Maximum

·      General Wage Increase of 2% in years 1, 2 and 3 for a total of 6% over the 3 years.

Memorandum of Agreement Renewed:

·      Adoption Assistance

·      Dental Plan

·      Domestic Partner Benefits

·      Education and Life-Long Learning

·      FMLA

·      Flexible Reimbursement Plan

·      Hearing Aid Benefit

·      Hourly Savings Plan

·      Hourly Savings Plan – Company Match

·      Livesource Incentive Compensation Plan

·      Long-Term Care

·      Mail Order Prescription Plan

·      Neutrality and Consent Election

·      Pension Accrual Service

·      Pension Plan Survivor Benefit

·      Personal Lines of Insurance

·      Prescription Identification Card

·      Supplemental Term Life Insurance

·      Union Leave of Absence

·      Vision Plan

·      Workplace Performance Monitoring/Recording

Verizon 401k Plan (Fidelity)

We were notified that effective May 16, 2012 there will be some changes to Verizon's 401k Plan, administered by Fidelity.  All participants will receive information shortly, but you can click on the link below to read the information we received.  If you have any questions, please contact Fidelity directly.

Dependent Verification Process

On Tuesday, April 17th, Verizon will begin mailing information to all employees and retirees to verify all dependents for healthcare benefits.

All employees and retirees must provide documented evidence their dependents are eligible for coverage based on the eligibility criteria for the Plan in which they are enrolled.  Verizon believes there is dependents that are being covered whom an employee or retiree should not cover.

For information and a Q&A sheet, please click the link below:

Bay Area Renaissance Festival

IBEW824 will be selling discounted Bay Area Renaissance Festival Tickets.

Discover an enchanted realm of wizards and warriors amongst gourmet
treats and unforgettable entertainment. Wander past TEN lively STAGES
and street theater featuring jugglers, magicians, fire eaters and
specialty acts. Check out LIVE ARMORED CONTACT JOUSTING three times
daily, HUMAN CHESS MATCHES, minstrels, maidens faire, peasants, fools,
and Royalty.

Dates: February 18th- April 1st  Open weekends and Friday, March 23rd

Adult Tickets: $13.95
Children Tickets: $ 6.50 (Ages 5-12 years)

For tickets, contact Michelle at the Union Hall

For more info, click the link to read/print Festival flier

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

To view/print the application form, please click the link below.


 
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