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
We are happy to share with you some details on the annual School Supplies Drive to benefit House of Hope in Lowell.
We know it's short notice, but here are the details:
We have many children in shelter and in our low-income housing that we wish to help at back-to-school time. If you are interested in donating a backpack filled with supplies, below is a list of suggested contents. If you cannot donate a whole back pack (that's okay!) then any of the items on the lists below are needed. We are hoping to get items back to our 812 Merrimack Street location by Friday August 18, 2017.
Please contact Edna Gustafson at email@example.com or at 978.458.2870 for questions or to let us know you plan to donate.If you would like to shop at Amazon, we have an Amazon Wish List!If you are unable to provide school supplies but would like to make a donation to House of Hope, please click here.THANK YOU!!Elementary School Middle/High SchoolThree notebooks (wide ruled) Three notebooks (college ruled)Three 2 pocket folders Three 2 pocket foldersPencils/zipper pencil holder Pencils/zipper pencil holderErasers PensMarkers ErasersColored pencils MarkersCrayons Colored pencilsScissors (small) Scissors (large)Glue sticks/bottle of school glue Glue sticks/bottle of school glueIndex cards Index CardsHighlighters1-inch 3-ring binderLoose leaf filler paper
It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of IBEW Local 2321 member, Karyn Gallant. Her passing was a shock to her family, friends, and co-workers, after she was found yesterday having just been at work the day before. Karyn was only 48 years old and the loss of her was completely unexpected. Her quick wit and strong-willed personality will be missed by everyone that knew her.
Please find her obituary HERE, with information on services, etc.
Karyn was a Service Rep in the Business Office in Lowell. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.
IBEW 2321 Is Looking For Volunteers!
We are hosting a number of PHONE BANK evenings in support of our Brother, Paul Feeney, at the hall beginning on August 2nd. These nights will take place on Wednesdays from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.
Anyone interested in helping out should email Kim Burleigh ASAP.
Thank you in advance!
The Labor Guild School of Labor Management Relations has announced and released their Fall 2017 course list! Classes begin on September 11, 2017 at 6:30pm.
If you are interested in any of the classes listed above, please click on the image above, or HERE to register.
However, the Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council is awarding FIVE scholarships to the Fall 2017 term! If you are interested in more information, please email Kim Burleigh HERE.
NOTE: "First Period" is from 6:30pm - 7:40pm and "Second Period" is from 7:50pm-9:00pm.
Per the contract, you can expect a pay increase of 2.5% to be effective on June 18, 2017. You should see your first increase in the paycheck you receive on Friday, June 30th.
The IBEW New England Work and Family Committee gym reimbursement paperwork must be postmarked by June 30th!
See www.newenglandworkandfamily.com under Health and Wellness for application and guidelines.
Verizon is eyeballing a stake in Pandora Media, per a report by the New York Post on Sunday. They're poised to invest $100M into the online music streaming company.
Right now, Pandora and SiriusXM are in talks, but if this falls through, it's a possibility that Verizon will jump in to invest.
"Top Verizon exec Tim Armstrong could be a candidate for the Pandora board under one possible scenario, according to sources, with one insider noting that the radio giant could benefit greatly from Verizon-owned AOL’s expertise in programmatic, or automated ad serving.
Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam isn’t weighing a full-on Pandora purchase at this stage since he is still busy integrating his acquisition of Yahoo with AOL in the short term, sources said. But Verizon could be interested in data from Pandora’s 80 million, mostly young mobile users." (New York Post)
Neither Verizon nor Pandora have commented either way. Stay tuned for more information as this develops.
Notice to Retirees
Due to lack of interest, the Mohegan Sun trip has been cancelled.
It will be rescheduled for a date to be determined in 2018.
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:
Rose St. Pierre
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.
Check the website for updates and the countdown clock: UnityatMobility.org or call the hall if you have any further questions!
2321 Mourns the Loss of Retired Brother Scott Deitrich.
It is with great sadness that we pass along the news of the passing of Retired Brother Scott Deitrich. Please follow this link to read the obituary.
Local 2321 Represents At Local 2324 Golf Tournament
We were a proud sponsor of the Local 2324 Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 6, 2017
The company notified the union that they are declaring a surplus under Article G25 of our contract and will offer to affected employees in the surplus locations and job titles the Enhanced EIPP. This is NOT the Special Incentive negotiated in the 2016 contract; it is the Enhanced EIPP under Article G23.
In local 2321, the affected locations and job titles are as follows:
6 AAs at Crosspoint in Lowell under Gail Oswald
3 Special Assistants at Crosspoint in Lowell under Gail Oswald
2 AAs at Crosspoint in Lowell under Richard Desantis
1 AA at Crosspoint in Lowell under Stephanie Woomer
2 COTs at 2 Hampshire St in Lawrence under Anthony Montani
2 COTs at Crosspoint in Lowell under Mark Krause
1 Customer Service Assistant at Crosspoint in Lowell under Chris Cook
1 Driver B in Dracut
1 Driver B in Saugus
1 Facilities Assigner at Crosspoint in Lowell under Eddie Gee
1 Network Service Coordinator at Crosspoint in Lowell under Stephanie Woomer
5 Network Service Coordinators at Crosspoint in Lowell under Pauline Clark
2 Special Assistants at Crosspoint in Lowell under Anthony Montani
1 AA at Crosspoint in Lowell under Erin Stead
Packages should be in the mail no later than May 9th and you will have until May 23rd to volunteer to accept the offer. The final date of employment will be June 3rd.
VERIZON CEO SAYS "SURE" TO MERGER WITH COMCAST?
If you have been paying attention to the news over the last day, you may have caught a whisper of Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam saying that he would be "open" to a merger with Comcast (along with a few other companies, just for good measure). If you missed this news, well.... sit back and enjoy.
Verizon, a multi-national telecommuniations giant, and the largest (U.S.) wireless carrier, is seeking to expand their waistlines by partnering up with someone in the near future, and Comcast (a long time rival) is at the top of the list, along with Disney and/or CBS.
In an interview with Bloomberg, McAdam had this to say about what he would do if Comast CEO Brian Roberts came a-knockin':
“If Brian came knocking on the door, I’d have a discussion with him about it,” McAdam said. “But I’d also tell you there isn’t much that I wouldn’t have a discussion around if somebody came and said ‘Here’s a compelling reason why we ought to put the businesses together.’”
At this time, we have no idea if ANY of these companies would even want to partner up with Verizon.
We here at IBEW Local 2321 have NO further information. We will surely update the website if we hear any other rumblings.
IBEW Local 2321 is pleased to announce the winners of our Annual Scholarship Program. SIX graduating high school seniors will receive $800 each from Local 2321 for their participation in the MA AFL-CIO Scholarship Program.
The winners are:
Charles H Carr Scholarship: Erin Dennehy (Daughter of Eva Marie Walsh)
Gerry Schaivo Memorial Scholarship: Derek Shaw (Son of Derek Shaw)
Dennis Case Memorial Scholarship: Robert Tibbetts (Son of Paul Tibbetts)
John Nicolini Scholarship: Jeffrey Daley (Son of Jeff Daley)
Dana Perham Memorial Scholarship: Craig Rich (Son of Craig Rich)
Francis J McKenney Scholarship: Shane Cassidy (Son of Nancy Cassidy)
Congratulations to all the winners and their families!
The New England Work And Family Committee has finalized the guidelines for both the Summer Camp Program and the Dependent Care Reimbursement Fund. Both programs will remain unchanged from last year, though if you didn't qualify for either because of the income level, check again this year because of the time without pay from last year's strike, which may bring you below the cut-off point.
Guidelines and applications can be found at: http://www.newenglandworkandfamily.com
We had our 10th Annual Bowling Tournament at Academy Lanes in Haverhill this past weekend, and it was a great turn out! We hope that all of the members in attendance had a great time and you aren't too sore from all that bowling!
Congratulations go out to the winning team, "Who Needs Steve" who bowled a 1335 to take the championship this year. Great job, guys!
Rounding out the Top Five were the following teams:
#2 - "The Flaming Balls"
#3 - "Strikers"
#4 - "Freezing My Balls Off"
#5 - "Wrecking Balls"
Stay tuned for information regarding our NEXT event - we hope to see you all there!
Verizon Shareholder Proxies
Proxies have been mailed out and every IBEW member should exercise their right to vote! The IBEW System Council T6 recommends voting the following:
Item 1- Against
Item 2- Against
Item 3- Against
Item 4 option 1- For
Item 5- Against
Item 6- For
Item 7- For
Item 8- For
Item 9- For
Item 10- For
Item 11- For
Remember to mark your proxy ballot, sign it in the appropriate spot, and mail in by the listed due date.
IBEW Local 2321 Retiree Chapter
Annual Casino Bus Trip
DATE: Wednesday, June 28th
DESTINATION: Mohegan Sun Casino
DEPARTS FROM: North Andover Mall (Route 114, North Andover, MA)
TIME: Departs North Andover at 9:00am
Arrives at Mohegan Sun approximately 11:00am
Departs Mohegan Sun 5:30pm
Arrives at North Andover Mall approximately 7:30pm
The cost per person includes a FREE buffet lunch OR $10 voucher for a restaurant of your choice. Also, a $10 voucher for the big wheel or slot play. This may have changed since our last trip to Mohegan Sun, however, it will be a $10 voucher for SOMETHING! Included in the $35 cost is the gratuity for the driver PLUS coffee and donuts on the way down and FREE bingo!
Anyone interested should contact any of the board members at the numbers below and mail your checks to the union office at the address below. Your seat is reserved on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to let us know and mail your check as soon as possible. The capacity of the bus is 50 people and is open to all, which is why you must reserve early. The bus leaves at 9:00am SHARP, so you should be at the North Andover Mall no later than 8:45am.
PLEASE ALLOW FOR MORNING RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC.
Sign up early to reserve your seat on the bus!
Steve Sousa - 978.337.2051
Dough Vanne – 978.335.4930
Terri Jabert – 978.987.4578
Tom “Tree” Oldeman – 603.893.6531
Laurie Milette – 603.770.1619
Lyn Stan – 603.918.3783
INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS LOCAL 2321
1049 TURNPIKE ST, N ANDOVER, MA 01845
IBEW Founders' Scholarship Announcement!
"The IBEW Founders' Scholarship honors the dedicated wiremen and linemen who, on November 28, 1891, 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."
This scholarship is available for all IBEW members who have been in continuous good standing for four years preceding May 1st of the scholarship year in which they plan to apply. If you do not meet this requirement, you will not be eligible to participate.
This scholarship is not available to spouses or children of IBEW members, but for more information on scholarships that are, visit the Union Plus website.
The award is for up to $200 per semester credit hour or $134 per trimester credit hour at any accredited college or university toward an associate's, bachelor's, or postgraduate degree in a field that will further the electrical industry overall (as determined by the IBEW Founders' Scholarship administrator). The maximum distribution is $24,000 per person over a period not to exceed eight (8) years.
Please find attached the IBEW Founders' Scholarship application (Form 172) below. Please print out the application, and mail all applicable materials to the contact on the application.
ALL materials must be postmarked or emailed PRIOR to May 1st of the scholarship year.
Download: Scholarship Application.pdf
On Monday, President Trump met with a roomful of union leaders to discuss his promise to strengthen America’s infrastructure. What does this mean for unions around the country? We’re not quite sure yet. Nothing related to IBEW as of yet, that much we are sure of.
The meeting included “North America's Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey, Laborers' International Union of North America President Terry O'Sullivan, SMART sheet metal workers' union President Joseph Sellers, United Brotherhood of Carpenters President Doug McCarron and Mark McManus, president of the United Association that represents plumbers, pipefitters, welders and others” (Reuters, 2017).
McGarvey summed things up via a conference call with reporters after the meeting, saying that Trump “told the group he would hire American workers to rebuild the country’s infrastructure, including bridges, schools, hospitals and oil pipelines” (The Washington Post, 2017)
“He intends to do the work on the issues he discussed on the campaign trail,” McGarvey said. “It was by far the best meeting I've had [in Washington].”
Considering Trump was recently unkind to Chuck Jones, the president of United Steelworkers 1999 back in December, we are not surprised to hear that there was no representation from the Steelworkers at the meeting.
This is definitely a developing story that we will be watching closely.
We recently wrapped up our annual Toy Drive to support the House Of Hope in Lowell, Massachusetts. For those not familiar with the House Of Hope, here is a bit about them (from their website):
House of Hope is dedicated to homeless families in Massachusetts, helping them gain stable housing. House of Hope is represented by two distinct sister nonprofit organizations, House of Hope Shelter and House of Hope Housing that share a commitment to transitioning homeless families into a stable community life by providing tandem services that (1) respect and nurture families so they can begin to heal from the trauma of homelessness, and (2) support parents by guiding them through opportunities to build economic sufficiency and embrace a stable home life. Today, we are recognized as a leader in the state relative to our shelter programming, rate of permanent placements in the community, and our housing partnerships.
Our services include:
- Emergency Shelter for parents and their children
- Workforce Development with on the job training
- Stabilization Services for families rehoused in the community
- Affordable Housing with Supportive Services
Sincere thanks to everyone who donated funds or gifts towards this drive! We appreciate you and so do all of the residents of the House Of Hope!
In case you have missed it, President-elect Donald Trump recently announced his pick for Secretary Of Labor, having officially tapped Andy Puzder for the job. What does this mean for the labor movement, and workers as a whole? Time will tell, but here are some facts.
For those who aren't familiar with Puzder, he is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc, which includes Hardee's and Carl's Jr., and he makes a pretty penny doing it. Back in a 2012 SEC filing, it was shown that Puzder made $4,485,055.00, which included bonuses and his salary. Though this pales in comparison to what Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam made back in 2012, which was $14,049,100.00, this sure doesn't make him a "stand-up" guy.
Here is what Puzder has to say about swapping people for machines: "[Machines are] always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there's never a slip-and-fall, or any age, sex, or race discrimination case." [Business Insider]
The AFL-CIO put out a great article showcasing some of Puzder's biggest flaws, and you can read the article HERE, but listed below are a few bullet points that they covered:
- Puzder made more money in ONE DAY than most of his fast-food workers made in one year.
- Puzder thinks that it is just young workers that make minimum wage.
- Puzder opposes the recent NLRB decision that would make it harder for companies to avoid bargaining by hiring temporary and/or contract workers.
- Puzder sure does like his ads showcasing scantily clad women slinging burgers.
As always, we suggest you do some research on your own in order to make up your mind on how YOU feel about this newest appointment, but we are not holding our breath that you will find many gleaming recommendations.
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Brother Walter Aleska. Walter was an SST from the Lawrence Garage, and passed away on Tuesday, November 29. He was 57 years old. Walter was a good union member with 30 years at the phone company, and he will be missed by everyone who worked with him and had the pleasure of knowing him. Local 2321 sends its deepest sympathy to his family, and we hope all 2321 members will keep them in your thoughts and prayers
Visitation will be held for Walter on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 4-8 PM at the Conte Funeral Home, 28 Florence Street, Andover, MA. Funeral service will be on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at 9:30 AM at St. Augustine Parish, 43 Essex Street, Andover, MA. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend.
We are happy to report that Harvard University and the 700 Harvard University janitors / maintenance workers have reached a tentative agreement as of this morning, avoiding a strike at the eleventh hour.
The tentative agreement will give workers a 12.5% raise, health care without premiums, with the promise from the University to hire more full-time workers.
This is great news for the janitors on the job, who voted last week to authorize a strike via their union leaders, and were ready to fight for a fair contract.
Roxana Rivera, the vice president of 32BJ SEIU (who represents the workers), said in a statement:
“When hard-working men and women win good jobs with decent wages and benefits, it’s a win for families, communities, employers, and the economy as a whole.”
Congratulations to all of the hard working janitors and maintenance workers at Harvard University! We stand with you now, and always.
iSí se puede! (“yes, we can!”)
(source: 32BJ SEUI)
Union Plus credit card holders are eligible for a Strike Protection Grant in the amount of $300 if you are a member in good standing and participated in a union-sanctioned strike lasting more than 30 days. Members need to fill out an application and get a letter from the Union Hall verifying you were on stirke.Click here to go to their website for more details.
IBEW Local 2321 is proud to announce we will again offer 6 college scholarships of $800 each to graduating seniors whose parent or grandparent is a Local 2321 member. Those interested must register with their guidance counselor’s office no later than Friday, December 16. 2016. To qualify, applicants must pass a labor history exam, which will be given on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the student’s high school. Applications, instructions, and study materials are available on the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Scholarship website http://www.massaflcio.org/scholarship-program, or click the link at the top of the page for IBEW 2321 Scholarship Program.