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April Unit Meeting Date Changes

The April Central (Tampa) Unit Meeting will be changed from Monday, April 21st to Monday, April 14th.

The Southern (Sarasota/Bradenton) Unit Meeting will be changed from Tuesday, April 22nd to Tuesday, April 15th.

Both meetings are in their normal location and have the same start times.

**All other units meetings remain the same as normally scheduled.**

Legislative Update 4/16/14

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Florida AFL-CIO Legislative Update 4/16/14

Bargaining Update # 21

Today, April 8th, 2014, the Company presented the Union with their Last, Best and Final Offer on a new 4-year agreement.  With the following language changes, we have reached a tentative agreement.  The changes from the March 4th tentative agreement are as follows:

  1. Article VIII – Sickness Disability Benefits:  for employees with 15 years’ accredited service, but less than 20 years’ accredited service, the waiting period will be waived if at the start of their absence they have received no benefits due to illness during the last twelve (12) months of credited service.
  2. Cross Functional Work Sharing MOA:  reduce from 30 to 20 new hire jobs in the FSC.

All 6 items listed on this page are contingent upon ratification on or before April 25th, 2014.  The 4 items below were in the March 4th agreement.

  1. Ratification Bonus:  $1100 paid within 30 days of ratification
  2. Health Reimbursement Account:  $650 for each employee to help offset healthcare costs
  3. Night Differential:  increase to $1.00
  4. Pension Plan: 
  • Special imputed compensation calculation for participants in the Sales Compensation Plan
  • TPA awards considered in determining pension compensation as of the Transition Date

To review the changes, please go to and click 2013 Core Bargaining on the main menu.


Your committee is recommending accepting ratification of this agreement and has also decided to attach a Strike Authorization in the event the membership rejects ratification.



Your Bargaining Committee

Verizon Shareholder Proxy

The recommendation is as follows:

For Section A, number 1 through 9 a vote against All nominees

For section A, numbers 2, 3, and 4 a vote Against


For Section B, numbers 5 through 10, vote For the proposals.


Sign and Date the Proxies under Section C and then place in the return envelope and mail back before May 1st.

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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 (

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 ( 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 link below for the application

1st Quarter ISP/Surplus

We were notified of the 1st quarter ISP/Surplus and the details are in the link below.  ALL areas are VOLUNTARY only!  The window opens February 12th and closes February 25th.  Last day worked will be March 15th.

ISS Bridgetenders, Part 2

Congratulations to the Bridgetenders in Sarasota County, who today won the right to bargain and have a voice in their workplace.  The election held this morning had 17 YES votes and 6 NO votes.  There was a total of 24 employees in this group.

Again, thanks to the Vountary Organizing Committee and especially all the bridgetenders that took the time to vote.  As with the election last week, it will take 7-10 days to have the election certified. Once both elections are certified, we will begin the bargaining process.

ISS Bridgetenders

Congratulations to the ISS Bridgetenders in District 1 and to the IBEW 824 Volunteer Organizing Committee and a special thanks to Kathy Smith (International Organizing Field Rep) as these bridgetenders won the right to bargain and now have a voice in their workplace.  The election that was held yesterday had 39 employees vote YES and 9 vote NO.  After a 7-10 day timeframe, the election will be certified.

Next Monday, another group of bridgetenders will hold their election and we are anticipating another win for these workers as well.  Once both elections are certified, we will then begin the process of bargaining a "first" contract for these employees.

Again, congratulations to everyone that assisted in this campaign and especially to every bridgetender that voted to have their voices heard!!

VZ Plus Surplus/ISP

We were notified today that there will be a surplus within the Plus Stores.  February 5th, packages will be mailed to all employees in the Plus Stores.  The window opens on February 12th and closes on February 25th.  March 30th will be the off-property date.  Click on the link below for details:

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