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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.

NACTEL registering for Masters Degree Program

You asked for it. We listened.
Introducing the new
Master of Science in Internet Technology
at Pace University!

The Master of Science in Internet Technology provides in-depth knowledge for advanced positions within the telecommunications industry. This degree program builds on the B.S. degree in Telecommunications provided through the NACTEL program at Pace University.
Students choose a focus on one of two knowledge areas:

Internet Technology for e-Commerce, or
Security and Information Assurance

and then choose one of three paths for electives:

  • Marketing
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Technology Management


For more information and to register, visit:

As a member of the NACTEL coalition, IBEW can offer a tuition discount for its members!

All the NACTEL online telecommunications programs from Pace University offer you a great opportunity to make an investment in yourself and your career. In addition to the M.S. program, NACTEL offerings include:

  • Mobile Technology
  • Video Technologies
  • Wireless Networking
  • Networking Telecommunications
  • Telecommunications

All NACTEL courses are online and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The interactive, instructor-led courses offer flexibility, convenience, and an industry relevant curriculum that is tailored directly to jobs in the industry.
These online telecom degrees are fully accredited and delivered by Pace University and sponsored by NACTEL’s coalition of industry representatives including IBEW.

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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