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4th quarter Surplus update!!!

The company declared a surplus on October 28th, 2014. The Union has objected and fought tirelessly since October 28th to get this surplus stopped. Today we were officially notified that the layoff has been CALLED OFF!

We would like to thank all of our Stewards and members who helped us by providing critical information to present to the company to have the involuntary reduction stopped.

We are still working to bring back the CZT-II’s who were force adjusted out of Eastern division and will provide updates as they become available.

Nomination and Election Notice



   The nominations for officers of Local Union 824 will be held on May 1, 2015, beginning at 7:30p.m at the local Union Hall located at 6603 E. Chelsea Street, Tampa, Florida 33610.  Anyone desiring to be nominated must be present during the nominations or provide a written and signed statement that they will accept the nomination.  No member may be a candidate for more than one office. Anyone nominated to more than one office must choose the office for which she or he will be a candidate. 

The election shall be conducted by mail ballot, and ballots shall be counted beginning at 9:00 a.m. on June 6, 2015. All members in good standing shall be mailed a ballot not less than 15 days prior to the above-specified date.  Ballots received after 9:00 a.m. on June 6, 2015, will not be counted.  



Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) List of Eligible Expenses

The link below will show the list of eligible expenses for the HRA debit card.  This is the same list you can view at the Verizon Benefits page.

List of Eligible Expenses

2015 Verizon Shareholders Meeting-Proxy Information

2015 Verizon Shareholders Meeting – Proxy Information

The 2015 Verizon Communications Annual Shareholders Meeting will be held on

May 7, 2015 at 8:30am in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 You can vote online or by telephone; 24 hours a day, seven days a week; 

 Call 1-800-652-8683 and vote by phone, follow the voice prompts;

 You can do so electronically by visiting:

 Or if you receive a paper ballot, please mail them in before the May 7th Shareholders meeting.

The IBEW is making the following recommendations. 

Section A: Number one   Board of Directors; Items 1 through 9 vote AGAINST

Section A: Number 2 and Number 3; Vote AGAINST these proposals

Section B:  Numbers 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 VOTE FOR these proposals

For those sending in Paper ballots, under Section C:  Sign and Date your proxy, return it in the enclosed envelope.

Family Fun Day April 12, 2015

On Sunday April 12th we will be having our annual family fun day with lunch being served at 11:30am. During this years event we will also recognize and honor Danny Johnson for all of his years of service and dedication.  This year for the kids, we will have a fire-truck, games and bounce houses along with corn-hole, volleyball and horseshoes for the adults. The solidarity committee is looking for volunteers who are willing to help with this event. In addition, the suggestion was made to have a bloodmobile also come to this event so our members could donate blood. In order to have the bloodmobile come to the Family Fun Day we will need a minimum of 15 people who are willing to sign up to donate blood. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the family fun day or wish to donate blood, please contact Michelle Agne at the Union hall.

In an effort to ensure we have enough food for everyone please RSVP before April 8th.

Family Fun Day Flier

Sale of Verizon to Frontier

The rumors of a sale have been out there for months now and if you have been listening to what Lowell McAdams has been saying for quite some time, it is official we have been sold to Frontier. Unfortunately, Verizon was not the first to officially notify us of the sale, it was Frontier.  On February 5th, Frontier Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Cecilia McKenney, along with Frontier Senior Vice President Labor Relations, Bob Costagliola, IBEW Telecommunication Director, Martha Pultar, I/O Telecommunications Representative, Robert Prunn, and I were on a conference call where it was explained that the sale was official. During that call Mrs. McKenney explained that Frontier will acquire Verizon’s wireline operations that provide services to residential, commercial and wholesale customers in Florida, Texas and California for $10.54 billion in cash.  Mrs. Mc Kenney stated Frontier expects the sale to pass all regulatory approval necessary and that the sale will close within the first half of 2016. Upon completion of the sale, Frontier will honor our Collective Bargaining Agreement that is in effect until July 22, 2017. In addition, it was explained that the pension fund will be 100% funded at the time of the sale and that Frontier will retain the rights for the FiOS brand for 5 years as of the sale date. 

While the sale is going through the regulatory process our local, along with the assistance from the International Office of IBEW, will be staying on top of the progress to ensure we will be prepared to present any and all legal challenges that may be necessary to protect our members.  

While it is entirely too early to determine what this will mean for our members, one thing is perfectly clear, over the last few years Verizon has proven that their primary focus is with Verizon Wireless and that they are not interested in building out the FiOS network or retaining the wireline customers in this market. While this is an unsettling time of uncertainty, please understand that we will present any and all questions that our members may have, to Verizon Labor and provide the response as soon as possible. We will keep you informed of any new information as it becomes available.

Sisters and Brothers in need

Please click on the link below to view a request from Presendent Ed Hill for assistance for our fellow Brothers and Sisters who are on currently on strike with Fairpoint communications.

January General Meeting date change

The General meeting which was scheduled for Friday January 2, 2015 has been moved to Friday January 9, 2015. We hope you enjoy this time with your family and friends.

2014 4th QTR ISP/Surplus Announcement

The Union has been notified of an ISP/Surplus in multiple classifications. Please click on the link below to view all classifications/locations declared surplus.

 2014 4th Qtr Surplus

The below timeline outlines important dates

November 5, 2014          ISP Election period opens
November 18, 2014        ISP Election period closes
December 6, 2014          Last Day Active for surplus volunteers

NACTEL Fall Promotion

Please click the link below to view information on Fall classes being offered and also information regarding a "virtual open house" that will be conducted on September 16th.

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