Last night, IBEW Local 2321 made national news when the Pete Buttigieg presidential campaign announced that they have recognized Local 2321 as the exclusive bargaining representative for the Field Organizers of the Pete for America campaign. Local 2321 will have jurisdiction anywhere in the United States where workers in that job title are employed.
The Field Organizers had been working for months to try to unionize, but after phone meetings with Local 2321 officers and IBEW International Organization staff, a union authorization card drive yielded a majority support within just days.
The Pete for America campaign quickly voiced their support for the workers’ right to unionize and agreed to voluntarily recognize Local 2321 as their chosen representative.
We look forward to working with the organizers and the campaign to help these workers earn a fair and equitable collective bargaining agreement.
Congratulations to the hard-working organizers of the Pete for America campaign, and welcome to the IBEW.
The Annual AFL-CIO Scholarship and Labor Education Program is in its 62nd year. Through the program, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and affiliated unions are proud to award financial resources to high school students pursuing trade union programs or college/university study. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO administers half a million dollars of scholarship awards on behalf of unions and labor councils throughout the state. Individual awards range from $500 to $16,000.
Key Dates for 2020 October 2019:
- Online applications are open! Click here to apply. Once a student registers they must inform their high school guidance office that they intend to take the exam.
- December 1, 2019: Scholarship study guide and interactive website will be available from this page.
- December 20, 2019: Last day to apply. All applications must be received by 5pm to be eligible to take the scholarship exam.
- February 10, 2020: Scholarship exam is administered at high schools across Massachusetts.
New MA Paid Family Medical Leave
Friendly reminder that this BEGAN on October 1st.
If you have any questions, Massachusetts has updated its information on the MA Paid Family Medical Leave, which you can find via this link.
"Establishes a system for paid family leave of up to 12 weeks to care for a family member, and up to 20 weeks for your own illness. The tax that pays for it begins in 2019, and leave will be available beginning in 2021."
Brothers and Sisters,
After a long, uphill battle, CWA and IBEW have just been notified of the MA Unemployment decision by the Boston Municipal Court. Unfortunately, because our strike was so effective, our unemployment appeal has been denied.
The System Council T6 has completed all voting in New England on the tentative contract extension agreement. The results were overwhelming, with 96% of all votes in favor of the new contract. Those results are not surprising because this new agreement will lend security over the next for 5 years: security in the form of a combined 10.75% in wage increases in addition to the 2.5% already negotiated for 2019; security in the form of telecom industry-leading benefits where costs are contained and predictable for 5 more years; and security in the form of unchanged contract language that protects union jobs.
This extension builds on the successes of our current contract, which was won by this membership’s determination to stand together and stay strong in 2016. We will now continue to reap the benefits of that strength until 2023. Thank you for standing up for all of us.
Committee On Political Education
Membership participation in our COPE Committee has had a tremendous impact on your union locals success in getting labor friendly, and IBEW 2321 friendly candidates elected. Over the last year, participation in COPE has grown and the leadership of our local has had a voice in Washington, at the Statehouse, and in every city and town within our jurisdiction. Those who chose to participate in COPE have given the local the support to secure over 100 new jobs in the last few months. Verizon spends millions to push their corporate agenda with all politicians and they do not value the unionized workforce. With the help of COPE, our locals leadership has had access to the elected leaders that lead the country, the state, and the communities in which we live on the issues that affect us. The men and women of this local have a voice through COPE to ensure labor friendly policies that promote working families and union workers. Thanks for your support and your help getting these leaders elected and more importantly bringing jobs into the local.
The Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the unions throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who have been active in the fight for working families have used COPE Committees to fight for the following worker friendly initiatives:
√ Workers compensation
√ Prevailing wages
√ Unemployment insurance
√ Health and safety in the workplace
√ Paid family and medical leave
√ Employment and training for all workers
√ Public education
√ Fair labor standards
√ Child labor laws
√ A living wage for all
By Establishing an IBEW Local 2321 COPE Committee we will join the other IBEW Telephone Locals who are active in the fight for:
√ Helping with Fios Licensing & Franchising
√ Helping with movement of the work out of state or out of the local
Any member interested in being part of the IBEW Local 2321 COPE Committee, please contact the union office at (978)683-2321.
For more information on how a COPE Committee works for you, please visit these other Political & Legislative union web-sites:
IBEW International: http://www.unionvoice.org/ibew/home.html
IBEW 2nd District: http://www.ibew2nd.org/cope/
Massachusetts AFL-CIO: http://www.massaflcio.org/legislative-department
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
After speaking with our attorneys, CWA and IBEW have decided to appeal the denial of MA Unemployment benefits.
We expect the appeal to be a somewhat lengthy process, however, we will continue to update you as the case progresses.
Myles Calvey, IBEW, T-6 Chairman
Don Trementozzi, CWA Local 1400 President
CWA and IBEW have just been notified of the decision by MA Unemployment.
Leaders in both IBEW and CWA are looking into the appeal process.
Myles Calvey, IBEW, T-6 Chairman
Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400
See decision below:
In sum, we conclude as a matter of law that the employer has established that the labor dispute
caused a stoppage of work to the Company's wireline business, within the meaning of G.L. c.151A, § 25(b). We further conclude that the employer has not established that the labor dispute
caused a stoppage of work to its wireless store in Everett.
The DUA's determinations denying benefits to the six claimants employed by Verizon Wireless
are reversed. These six claimants are eligible for benefits for the weeks ending April 16, 2016
through June 4, 2016, if otherwise eligible.
The DUA's determinations denying benefits to the remaining 4,057 claimants are affirmed. These
claimant are denied benefits for the weeks ending Aprill6, 2016 through June 4, 2016.
DATE OF DECISION- August 18, 2017
Paul T. Fitzgerald, Esq.
Judith M. Neumann, Esq.
Charlene A. Stawicki, Esq.
ANY FURTHER APPEAL WOULD BE TO A MASSACHUSETTS STATE DISTRICT
COURT OR TO THE BOSTON MUNICIPAL COURT
Some Local 2321 members were found by the Local 2321 Trial Board to have not performed some or all of their picket duty during the strike. As such, they were fined by the Trial Board for this violation of the Local’s bylaws, Article XIV Section 10(a), which require all members to perform picket duty. For fines that have not been paid, the Local has filed suit in small claims court for the following members:
The listed members are no longer considered In Good Standing until all fines are paid, and as such are not eligible to vote at any IBEW local’s meetings or in any IBEW local’s elections.
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