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2nd Quarter 2013 ISP/Surplus announcement

The Union was notified today of a Surplus/ISP in several classifications.  All classifications will be a Voluntary surplus, there will be no force adjustment or layoff in Florida from this announcement.  Click the link below to view the classifications/locations and numbers.

For anyone who elects to accept the ISP and leave the Company, the last day worked will be June 29, 2013.

50 Years for IBEW, Local 824

We are planning to celebrate our Local Union's 50th Anniversary on the evening of June 22, 2013.  The location has not been designated as of today and more info will follow.  Please RSVP if you will attend this event by Friday, February 8th, 2013.  There will be guest speakers and a history of our local union from the inception date of February 1st, 1963 through 2013.  This is a member + 1 event and tickets will be $15 per person and will include dinner and dancing.

More details will follow, but we need to get an estimate of how many members will attend to finalize all the remaining details.

Please RSVP to admin [at] ibew824 [dot] org

In Solidarity,



Join us for our Celebration on June 22, 2013, located at the Sheraton East Hotel (10221 Princess Palm Ave. Tampa, Fl 33610)

Reception is from 6-7pm with a cash bar.  Dinner and dancing following the reception.  Tickets will be $15 per guest.

RSVP no later than Thursday, April 4th at 5pm at admin [at] ibew824 [dot] org.

NGP Open Online Enrollment

National Group Protection (NGP) is conducting their 2nd Online Enrollment for IBEW members to elect Supplemental Benefits.  Benefits offered are Group Accidental Insurance, Group Critical Illness Insurance, and Group Whole Life Insurance.  These benefits are only available to IBEW members.  A postcard explaining how to receive information and/or sign-up was mailed to your house last week.  For any questions you have, please contact NGP directly at (800) 344-9016.  To get to NGP's website, please click the link below:

National Group Protection Online Registration

Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

Several months ago, our members donated over $200 at a General Meeting to assist IBEW sisters and brothers affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Below is a letter from International President Hill:

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

It has been a little over three months since Superstorm Sandy devastated the Northeast region of the United States.  In addition, the area has been hit with severe winter storms.  The International has been working diligently to identify IBEW members that are in need of assistance due to the destruction of their homes.  Over 700 of our union sisters and brothers have been verified to be in need of relief.  Unfortunately, the number continues to grow.

Now that we have a better summation of our members with hardship, we again are asking for donations to the IBEW Unity Fund.  If you have not already done so, we ask you to consider making a contribution from your local union.

Please make all checks payable to the IBEW Unity Fund, indicating "Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund" in the memo portion.  Individual members may also contribute to the fund, either by check or electronically.  A link has been set up on the IBEW website to accept donations from individuals under the Super Sandy Relief Fund to make a donation by credit card.

Thank you in advance for standing together with our union family in their time of need.

With best wishes, I am

Fraternally yours,

Edwin D. Hill
International President

2013 1st Quarter Surplus/ISP

Late yesterday evening the Union was notified of the 1st quarter surplus for 2013.  Among the several classifications deemed to have surplus conditions, only 1 classification will be involuntary.  The SST group in Tampa (Business Sales Support Representative, wage schedule C-1) will be closing the office and all 25 employees will either elect to take the ISP offer, or enter the bumping procedure.  All other classifications are voluntary.

The ISP election period will open on February 22nd and will close on March 7th, 2013.  The last day worked for those that elect to leave the Company will be March 23rd.

Click the links below to view the classifications affected by yesterday's announcement:


2013 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

Please click the lnk below for the application:

Nactel Partner Promotion

Get ready for whatever 2013 will bring. NACTEL education gives you the knowledge to keep your career moving.

NACTEL’s programs are specifically designed by the industry for careers in telecommunications, and created for working adults who need flexibility. Now is the time to fast track your education and career.

NACTEL has what you’re looking for:

Single courses --- Certificates --- Associate’s degrees

Bachelor’s degrees --- Master’s degree


In these areas:

Telecom --- Mobile Technology --- Networking --

Video Technologies --- Wireless Networking

Emerging Technologies

Decide your next step:

As a member of NACTEL partner IBEW, you’re eligible for a tuition discount.

Register today:

2012 Heartwalk

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Fred Lauper, the IBEW 824 Captain for our team this year and also to all the members and their families for participating in this year's Tampa Bay Heartwalk.

4th Quarter (2nd offering) ISP - 2012

On Tuesday, November 6th, the Union was notified of a 2nd ISP offer to the following classifications:

  • Business Sales Support Representative, located at 610 Morgan Street in Tampa.  3 out of 26 (Voluntary)

  • Business Sales Support Specialist, located at 1909 US Hwy 301 N, Bldg D in Tampa.  1 out of 36 (Voluntary)

The window opens on November 14th and closes on November 27th.  The off-property date is December 15th, 2012.

Benefits Enrollment UPDATE

On October 8th, information was posted on this site regarding your Benefit Choices for 2013.  The info we received and within the packets each employee received, it states that if you are happy with your current coverages, no changes were needed.  However, it was brought to our attention that each employee was automatically "billed" $480 for the spousal surcharge and you would have to go in to the system to delete that charge.  After speaking with Verizon, the system should be revised so that charge is not automatic. 

Also, under Vision Care, the Company incorrectly lists "EyeMed" as the provider for our vision services.  This was also a mistake as Davis Vision is the provider for all IBEW, Local 824 members/bargaining unit employees in Florida.  This was supposed to be revised on the Benefits website as well.

We have received several calls from Retirees stating that the choices for their benefits have changed and new plans are now in place.  If you are a Retiree, please review the plans available to you as there may be better options available at this time.

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