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Reasons for Organizing

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement regarding the Bureau of Labor Statistics report released today on union members in 2011:

"Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that, in 2011, the unionization rate of employed wage and salary workers was 11.8 percent, essentially unchanged from 11.9 percent in 2010. Among private sector employees, the rate remained at 6.9 percent.

"The data also show that among full-time wage and salary workers, the median weekly earnings of union members were $938, compared to $729 for nonunion workers. Union women earned median weekly earnings of $879, an amount 34.6 percent higher than their nonunion counterparts, who earned just $653 by comparison.

"Prior reporting shows that union members have greater access to health care, retirement and leave benefits. Today's numbers make it clear that union jobs are critical to a strong economy.  And a strong economy depends on a strong and growing middle class.

"Ensuring that all people have a voice at work and protecting their right to organize and bargain collectively are essential for an America that's built to last, where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone pays his or her fair share and everyone plays by the same rules." 

IBEW's Position on SOPA & PIPA

Sisters and Brothers:
Two weeks ago, popular websites, including Google and Wikipedia, postured intense opposition to two online piracy bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act of 2011 (PIPA).  The IBEW supports both SOPA and PIPA, the fact that the broadcasting and manufacturing industries stand to lose billions of dollars a year to piracy, directly affecting our members is strong reason to support both these bills.

While it appears that the hype last week has stalled SOPA and PIPA, and a comeback this year is unlikely, the IBEW will continue backing the legislation.   There has been some of our members, and others, critical of our support for these bills and so that you may further understand SOPA and PIPA and discuss the reason for our support of the anti-piracy legislation, I have attached herewith a detailed statement on the specifics regarding SOPA and PIPA and a letter sent to the House and the Senate judiciary committees regarding the IBEW’s position.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Ed Hill
International President
International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers

Letter from President Hill to IBEW Members
(click link)

Letter from President Hill to Congress (click link)

EWMC Local Chapter Membership Drive

Join EWMC - Make a Difference

Membership in the EWMC is open to all IBEW members (including those on honorary withdrawals and pensioners) who are in good standing with their local union and who have satisfied the dues requirements of the EWMC. Membership dues are $60.00 members are encouraged to pay their dues in January of each year. The local dues are $30.00 a year paid in January of each year.

EWMC membership is a step toward leadership skills. At its national membership meeting each year, the EWMC conducts education and training programs vital to individual growth and development. Members participate in workshops on union leadership, building organizing skills, public speaking, coalition building, and political action. EWMC members meet, network with others, share achievements and problems, and plan for the future in the IBEW. Please JOIN US in giving back to the community while supporting your union at the same time!! Please plan to attend the next meeting February 20, 2012 at 6:30pm LU Hall.. You attendance is important to the growth of our organization. Please invite interested new people; they just need to be IBEW members.

The EWMC needs your help to carry out its objectives and reach its stated goals. We are constantly striving to expand our membership and welcome the support of all interested IBEW members. If you would like to become a member, please visit website for the Membership Form and return it to the address listed below:

Electrical Workers Minority Caucus
PO Box 642
El Cerrito, California 94530-0642
(510) 848-6714

In Solidarity,

Grace Smith
EWMC Florida Chapter, Local 824


February General Meeting

We will have International 5th District Vice-President Joseph Davis as a guest speaker at the General Meeting on Friday, February 3rd.  The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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Job Postings

We were notified this afternoon that Verizon is posting 45 positions in the CSSC, effective this afternoon.  These positions are Customer Contact Sales Associates, located in wage schedule D1A.

The location is downtown Tampa.  After all internal (Verizon Core) bids are exhausted, employees in LiveSource, Supply and Buried Wire will be able to bid before any external candidates can be awarded these positions.

4th Quarter Surplus/ISP

The Company notified the Union yesterday evening that there would be a 4th quarter surplus announced today for the following classifications:

  • Service Representative - Located in St. Pete Main

      5 out of 120, all voluntary

  • Truck Driver - Verizon Supply

     3 out of 10, all voluntary

Employees in these classifications were mailed packages yesterday (10/26) and the window opens on November 2nd and closes on November 15th.  The last day on property for those that elect to leave will be December 3, 2011.

If anyone in these 2 classifications have not received their packages by November 2nd, they need to contact their Human Resources Business Partner.

Verizon Supply Chain Services Contract

The members of Supply Chain Services overwhelmingly voted to accept a new 3-year agreementThe new agreement went into effect on September 25th, 2011 and will run through September 20th, 2014.

National Group Protection - Supplemental Benefit Plans / Open Enrollment

IBEW Local 824 is pleased to announce a new Supplemental Insurance program for all of its members.  These voluntary benefits were designed to enhance and compliment your existing employer’s benefit package.  The Local has made available several benefits to help members protect their financial well-being.

  • Accident Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Whole Life Insurance

This program is only available to active members of IBEW Local 824.  You will need your membership number to access the enrollment system.  Premiums will be conveniently collected via monthly bank draft so please reference a check to determine your Account and Routing Number.

Please click the link below for information and to enroll:

The Online ID is your ibew membership number (located on the postcard you received, highlighted in gold)
Password - ibew824


If you have any questions regarding the open enrollment, please contact National Group Protection at (800) 344-9016.

Verizon Supply Chain Services Tentative Agreement

On Monday, September 12, 2011, the Union and Company reached a tentative agreement on a new 3-year agreement.  Click the link below for the Tentative Agreement Summary.

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