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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.

Nominations/Elections of Officers

Tonight, nominations of Officers for Local 824 was held at the General Meeting.  The following officers were nominated:

President/TCC II Delgate - Erik Jones
Vice-President -Wendell Greenhalgh
Recording Secretary -Dora Mullis
Treasurer -Pam Elleby
Business Manager/Financial Secretary/TCC II Delegate -Robert J. Prunn

Executive Board - Inside Plant

Todd Bolick
Keith LaPlant
Zaida Menendez
Sue Jerome

Executive Board - Outside Plant

Tom Huston
Noah Kaaa
John Riddlebarger
Josh Saladino

All Offices were not contested and therefore elected by acclimation from the members in attendance.

Congratulations to all of the Officers. 

Verizon Annual Shareholders Meeting

The annual Verizon Shareholders Meeting will take place on May 3rd, 2012, in Huntsville, Alabama.  The IBEW and CWA will be collecting proxies to hand deliver to this meeting.  You can bring your proxy to the Union Hall by Friday, April 27th, 2012 to be delivered.  To view the recommendations from the IBEW/CWA, please click the link below.

Livesource Tentative Agreement reached

Tentative Agreement Reached


On Thursday evening the Union and Company reached an agreement on a new 3-year contract.

The highlights of the new agreement include:

·      Improved bereavement language

·      3rd week of vacation after 6 years

·      Day-at-a time vacation (2 weeks instead of 1)

·      Higher Classification language

·      Hourly Employee Pensions increases

·      Long-Term Disability (from 12 to 18 months)

·      POS Medical Plan changes – add out-of network for Mental Health and Substance Abuse    No Lifetime Maximum

·      General Wage Increase of 2% in years 1, 2 and 3 for a total of 6% over the 3 years.

Memorandum of Agreement Renewed:

·      Adoption Assistance

·      Dental Plan

·      Domestic Partner Benefits

·      Education and Life-Long Learning

·      FMLA

·      Flexible Reimbursement Plan

·      Hearing Aid Benefit

·      Hourly Savings Plan

·      Hourly Savings Plan – Company Match

·      Livesource Incentive Compensation Plan

·      Long-Term Care

·      Mail Order Prescription Plan

·      Neutrality and Consent Election

·      Pension Accrual Service

·      Pension Plan Survivor Benefit

·      Personal Lines of Insurance

·      Prescription Identification Card

·      Supplemental Term Life Insurance

·      Union Leave of Absence

·      Vision Plan

·      Workplace Performance Monitoring/Recording

Verizon 401k Plan (Fidelity)

We were notified that effective May 16, 2012 there will be some changes to Verizon's 401k Plan, administered by Fidelity.  All participants will receive information shortly, but you can click on the link below to read the information we received.  If you have any questions, please contact Fidelity directly.

Dependent Verification Process

On Tuesday, April 17th, Verizon will begin mailing information to all employees and retirees to verify all dependents for healthcare benefits.

All employees and retirees must provide documented evidence their dependents are eligible for coverage based on the eligibility criteria for the Plan in which they are enrolled.  Verizon believes there is dependents that are being covered whom an employee or retiree should not cover.

For information and a Q&A sheet, please click the link below:

Bay Area Renaissance Festival

IBEW824 will be selling discounted Bay Area Renaissance Festival Tickets.

Discover an enchanted realm of wizards and warriors amongst gourmet
treats and unforgettable entertainment. Wander past TEN lively STAGES
and street theater featuring jugglers, magicians, fire eaters and
specialty acts. Check out LIVE ARMORED CONTACT JOUSTING three times
daily, HUMAN CHESS MATCHES, minstrels, maidens faire, peasants, fools,
and Royalty.

Dates: February 18th- April 1st  Open weekends and Friday, March 23rd

Adult Tickets: $13.95
Children Tickets: $ 6.50 (Ages 5-12 years)

For tickets, contact Michelle at the Union Hall

For more info, click the link to read/print Festival flier

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 ( In an effort to make the IBEW Founders’ Scholarship as inclusive as possible, we no longer require applicants to take the SAT or ACT to be eligible.

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

To view/print the application form, please click the link below.


Strike Discipline information

Last week, Verizon decided to email ALL employees with their opinions on the actions that were taken against our brothers and sisters who were on strike, defending their wages and benefits last summer.  While it is unclear why ALL employees in the country received this information, now ALL Local Unions around the country MUST provide the Union's response.  Keep in mind that the wages, benefits, and working conditions that are under attack in the Northeast are benefits that ALL Verizon Union-represented employees enjoy.  We enjoy those benefits because we EARNED them for the hard work we do everyday making Verizon a profitable company.  Below is the response from IBEW, Local 827 in New Jersey that is being sent to all their members and members around the country.  Our members, along with all union members must support their efforts whenever we are asked.  As more information is available, it will be posted on our website.

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