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Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund

 

Below is a letter from President Hill.  If you would like to contribute, you can donate cash or a check made payable to the IBEW UNITY FUND (indicating Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund) to your steward, who will then forward to the Union Hall and we will send all contributions at one time.

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Superstorm Sandy wreaked disaster on one of the most heavily populated regions of the United States, one that is also home to tens of thousands of IBEW members and their families. Lost power, shortages of food and gasoline and the lack of heat as November turns colder are common problems in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and elsewhere.

Our members are dealing with these challenges, even as many of them are putting their personal safety on the line to help their communities. I am asking you to help them.

As we did seven years ago when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the IBEW is creating a fund to provide support and relief to our members and their families whose lives have been turned upside down by Superstorm Sandy. The money collected for the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund will be used to provide urgent relief to those most in need, including those who have lost their homes or sustained severe flooding damage and those who are trying to feed their families and keep them warm and safe.

The International Office is putting an initial contribution into this fund, but we need your help. We urge you to consider making a contribution from your local union and informing your members that individual donations will be gladly accepted. Together, we can provide crucial assistance to thousands of our brothers and sisters. Please make all checks payable to the IBEW Unity Fund, indicating “Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund” in the memo portion.

We are proud of our tradition of brotherhood in standing together in good times and bad. This is one of the bad times, and our union family needs help. Please give what you can and help us show the true spirit of solidarity.

With best wishes, we are

Fraternally yours,

Edwin D. Hill
International President

Salvatore (Sam) J. Chilia 
International Secretary-Treasurer

Benefits Enrollment for 2013

The annual enrollment for Benefits selections will take place from October 30th through November 13th.  The administrator of benefits will change from Hewitt to Xerox HR Solutions.  You will soon receive the information to make any changes to your benefits.  If you are happy with the benefits you currently are enrolled in, no changes by you will be necessary.  There will be a new Verizon Benefit Center to serve you, beginning October 23rd for changes in 2013 benefits.  You will continue to contact Hewitt for any benefit questions for your 2012 benefits.

The new IRS limit for annual contributions to a Health Care Spending Account is $2500, starting in 2013.  If you currently contribute more than the new limit, and you do not make any changes, your 2013 contribution will set automatically at $2500.

If you do not receive your information packet by October 23rd, please contact your Rep at the Union Hall.

4th Quarter ISP - 2012

On Friday, September 14th, the Company notified the Union of a surplus in several classifications.  Packages were mailed to all involved yesterday and the window will open on September 21st and closes on October 4th.  Last day worked for all who volunteer to leave will be October 20th, 2012.  To see the list of classifications affected, click the link below:

WORKERS STAND FOR AMERICA Rally

This past Saturday, 7 IBEW Local 824 members were among the 30,000 + union members and working families that attended the Rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  There were many speakers, including IBEW International President Ed Hill.  The main purpose of this rally was to introduce the 2nd Bill of Rights, also known as the Workers Bill of Rights.  Those rights include:

The Right to Full Employment and a Living Wage:

All Americans willing and able to work have the right to safe, gainful employment at a fair and livable wage. We call on the public and private sectors to invest in America’s infrastructure and promote industrial development, maintaining job creation as a top policy priority.

The Right to Full Participation in the Electoral Process:

Recent initiatives to disenfranchise citizens seek to reduce the rolls of eligible voters and empower money instead of people. We believe these actions constitute an assault on our nation’s democracy and history of heroic struggle against voting restrictions based upon property ownership, religion, race and gender and call for reinforcing our fundamental right to vote.

The Right to a Voice at Work:

All workers have the right of freedom of association in the workplace, including the right to collectively bargain with their employer to improve wages, benefits and working conditions.

The Right to a Quality Education:

Education is a fundamental bedrock of our democracy, vital to America’s competitive position in the world and the principal means by which citizens empower themselves to participate in our nation's economic and political systems. Quality, affordable education should be universally available from pre-kindergarten to college level, including an expanded use of apprenticeships and specialty skills training to prepare Americans for the workplace.

The Right to a Secure, Healthy Future:

Americans have the right to a baseline level of health care, unemployment insurance and retirement security, all of which have been badly eroded by the disruption of the social compact that served the nation well for decades. We call on government and private industry together to confront the issues of declining access to health care especially for children, weakening of unemployment coverage, and inadequate pension plans that undermine the ability of working men and women to retire in dignity, even as Social Security and Medicare are under strain and threatened with cutbacks.

Below are some pictures from the Rally:

At 10:00 am, approximately 3500 IBEW and CWA Verizon workers rallied in front of Verizon's Philadelphia headquarters and marched 2 miles to the Workers Stand for America Rally.  Below are some pictures:

If you have not signed the Workers Bill of Rights, please click the links below to download the flier and also a sign-up sheet that you can use to have your brothers and sisters sign the Bill of Rights.  This information will be presented to candidates running for office from both parties. 

Click Below for signature forms:

BLACK MONDAY

Late Thursday night, we sent out an email to ask ALL members to wear BLACK today, in a show of Solidarity for the Bargaining Teams in the Northeast and Texas.  Thank you to all IBEW 824 members that participated.  Below are some pics from members in various work groups. (click on the picture to enlarge)


Venice

Seminole

E-Center, Tampa

Carrollwood

E-Center, Tampa

SST, Tampa

Sarasota

E-Center, Tampa

E-Center, Tampa

E-Center, Tampa

E-Center, Tampa

FSRC, St. Pete

FSRC, St. Pete

  BSSS, Tampa
   

3rd Quarter Surplus/ISP

The Company notified the Union yesterday afternoon the classifications that would be offered an ISP for the 3rd quarter.  All classifications are being offered a VOLUNTARY ISP.  There will be no force adjustment/layoff from this announcement.  Below are the affected classifications/locations and numbers.

FSRC (St. Pete)
   Admin Support Clerk     1 out of 3
   Offline Associate           1 out of 12
   Service Rep                   3 out of 111

Communications Tech               1 out of 7
   1290 US 41 Bypass (Venice)
   1701 Ringling Blvd (Sarasota)
   2455 12th St (Sarasota)

Communications Tech                1 out of 15
   855 2nd St S (Safety Harbor)

Communications Tech                 2 out of 25
   1909 US Hwy 301 N (Tampa)
   7701 E. Telecom Pkwy (Tampa)

Communications Tech                 2 out of 7
   400 Lake Destiny Dr (Orlando)

Communications Tech                 1 out of 4
   3050 SR 60 E (Bartow)

Business Sales Support Rep
   610 N Morgan St (Tampa)        6 out of 32

Drafter
   610 N Morgan St (Tampa)        1 out of 4

Truck Driver
   4458 Madison Industrial Lane   10 out of 10

  

Preparing for Retirement?

Scarborough Alliance Group can help

Scarborough Alliance Group works with IBEW Local Unions all across the country.  IBEW, Local 824 has worked with Scarborough for quite a few years and they have recently hired a representative in our area that covers the State of Florida.

If you are interested in learning more, click the link below.  If you would like to meet with the Rep, you can contact him directly (his number is on the flier) or you can contact your Rep at the Union Hall.

Workers Stand for America Rally - August 11th, 2012

Below is a letter from President Hill with a brief explanation on the Rally to be held in Philadelphia, Pa., on Saturday, August 11th.  This is a first-of-a-kind Rally for Workers in America and should be an important event for ALL Union Members.  I have talked about this Rally during the last week and quite a few members stated they wanted to attend.  It looks like a round-trip airline ticket will cost around $300 per person.  There are plenty of hotels in the greater Philadelphia area that you can choose to stay at, depending on budgets.  The event will be held in downtown Philadelphia and is only a 10 minute ride from the airport.  If you are interested, please contact your Rep at the Hall.  We will keep a list of members attending and try to coordinate rooms in the same area.  You will also receive an IBEW t-shirt for this event, if you decide to attend.


Sisters and Brothers:

On August 11, 2012, working Americans will come to Philadelphia for the Workers Stand for America Rally to stand up for the middle class and urge all Americans, especially elected officials, to stand with us.

The event will be a central feature of a larger campaign to serve notice to political leaders and the top percent that the recovery effort is not reaching working people. The Rally will take place before both parties’ conventions, and the intent is to tell both republicans and democrats that we want an America that works for everyone.

To that end, a new Worker’s Bill of Rights, patterned after the concepts discussed by Franklin D. Roosevelt in his final inaugural address, will be launched. A press event will take place on July 12, in which the Bill of Rights will be fully detailed.

IBEW t-shirts will be available for attendees. Shirts will be shipped to the local union prior to the rally, but you must contact Union Hall with the amount needed and sizes no later than July 26th.

A live broadcast of the Rally will be offered. I encourage local unions that cannot attend the Rally in Philadelphia to host an online Bill of Rights signing party with their members. If you are interested in holding an event, please contact International Representative Juanita Luiz at Juanita_Luiz [at] IBEW [dot] org for more information.

A united front by labor is essential to ensure that this campaign is seriously considered by our elected officials, and the IBEW must lead the way.

Thank you for your efforts in this endeavor. With best wishes, I am

Fraternally yours,

Edwin D. Hill International President

 



Verizon/Spectrum

As everyone should be aware, Verizon is attempting to purchase Spectrum from major cable companies and afterwards would then "partner" with their competition to provide a quad play (including wireless.)  We believe that this deal would create a monopoly for Verizon and would not benefit consumers, also it would reduce headcount in the Telecommunications industry.

Click the link below for a fact sheet from the IBEW.

2nd Quarter Surplus/ISP offer

Late last week, the Company notified the Union of a surplus/ISP offer for several classifications within Verizon, Buried Service Wire Group, and Supply.  To see the classifications affected, please click on the link below.  All Chief Stewards/Board Members were immediately notified.  Any questions, please contact your Rep at the Hall.

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