Safety First

No job is so important and no service so urgent that we cannot take the time to perform our work safely.

Safety 1stIt has come to the Union’s attention that some managers are encouraging technicians to work with customers at the customer’s home or business location to pull cable/wire. Absolutely unequivocally, no technician should be working with a customer.

We don’t have workers-compensation for customers, nor are you covered if the customer is injured.

If any manager is encouraging you to work with a customer, please contact your steward or call the Union office at 617-929-6000 to stop this practice.

Also, we still have members using vehicles that have not been properly cleaned. If you swap from your regular vehicle to another vehicle please make sure someone is aware. Notify your steward or call the Union office. If members are moving from vehicle to vehicle they should be in a safe condition.

Verizon has also announced its intention to return soon to performing work in customer premises. While we understand the company has to transition back towards “normal business”, if you are assigned a job where you feel unsafe, notify your manager immediately, and call your steward or the Union office if you have any problems.

 

Monthly Meeting Canceled / COPE Meeting via Conference Call

meeting-cancelledDue to the Covid-19 Pandemic, both the Morning Informational Meeting
&
Monthly Union Meeting
scheduled for Wednesday, June 3rd
have been canceled.

 

Please Note – The COPE MEETING WILL BE HELD as scheduled via conference call on
Wednesday, June 3rd at 5:30 PM. All members are welcome to join.
For the Call-in number & Access Code please call the Union Office.

Please call the Union office if you have any questions. Stay Safe – Hang Tough!

Covid-19 Pandemic Response

The IBEW & CWA have been working hard with Verizon to reach agreements to protect our members, while at the same time maintaining our network. We have made the following agreements:

 

Work from Home:

Members who work an inside desk job, who have the required broadband service at their residence, who requests to work at home, have been allowed to do so.  At this time, more than 90% of eligible employees have chosen to work from home. If you have any issues, please call the Union office.

This agreement has been extended through June 30, 2020.

 

 

Leave of Absence: 

Members may be eligible for a LOA related to COVID-19 for up to 26 weeks. There are 4 scenarios for this leave:

  1. For those medically diagnosed with COVID-19
  2. For those with an underlying condition (their own or a household member) who are unable to work from home.
  3. For those with childcare or eldercare issues
  4. For those caring for a person diagnosed with COVID-19

Please CLICK HERE to read the agreement.

How to Apply for a Covid-19 LOA

 

To apply for a Leave of Absence from a company computer, tablet or phone,
access the COVID-19 Resource Page on the VZ E-Web.

 

If you are unable to access the VZ E-Web use one the links below:

 

 

Effective April 16, 2020 – COVID-19 – Community Medical Support Leave

  • In light of federal, state, and municipal calls for medically-trained individuals to support in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Company will enable medically-trained associates (e.g., doctors, nurses, EMT’s) providing such medical support to take a leave of absence in one week intervals of up to 8 weeks with pay at their basic hourly rate and up to 18 weeks with pay at 60% of their basic hourly rate (subject to termination at any time during the 26 week period if/when the associate ceases or curtails work supporting the COVID-19 response effort.)
  1. Gather the necessary documents to support your application. You will need to upload documents verifying the following with your request for leave: 
    1. Your medical certification
    2. Call for Community Medical Support (advertisement, letter, etc.)
    3. Confirmation of acceptance at a facility in alignment with the Call for Community Medical Support
    4. Name and location of the facility where you will be providing medical services
    5. Description of medical services you will be providing while on leave
    6. Confirmation of pay/non-pay 
  2. Complete the COVID-19 Community Medical Support Leave Request form and attach the above documentation.
  3. You and your supervisor will be notified within 24 hours of decision.  

If approved and once you complete your assignment providing COVID-19 Community Medical Support, Verizon will require that you work from home for 14 days before returning to Verizon facilities. If you are unable to work from home, please notify your HR Business Partner, and they can work with you to implement a 14-day quarantine leave.

Please CLICK HERE to read the agreement.

 

 

Home Garaging:

Eligible employees may be allowed to bring their work vehicles home.

Please CLICK HERE to read the agreement.

This agreement has been extended through June 30, 2020.

 

 

Bonus Agreement:

The IBEW & CWA have negotiated a new Bonus Agreement with Verizon for employees who are not eligible to work from home during the Covid-19 Pandemic.  Under the agreement, members who are unable to work from home will receive a weekly bonus of $300 per week.  This amount may be renegotiated, but will not be less than $300 per week.

Also, Verizon will pay bonuses to these same employees who are on leave of absence because of a medically diagnosed case of COVID 19, or directed to self-quarantine either by Verizon, or a doctor or government official, because of a suspected case of COVID 19.

Please CLICK HERE to read the agreement.

This agreement has been extended through June 30, 2020.

 

 

Agreement for 401k Withdrawl without penalty:

Please CLICK HERE to read the agreement

 

 

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Agreement:

The Company will offer employees a one-time waiver of the repayment obligation under the Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) for employees enrolled in a course(s) with an end date from March 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020, who drops, fails or withdraws from a course(s) due to a COVID-19 related reason. The cost of these courses will not be applied against the annual tuition cap.
Employees seeking the waiver will be required to complete a COVID-19 TAP One-Time Waiver request form.

Please CLICK HERE to view the COVID-19 TAP FAQ

 

 

We will continue to keep you updated as things change.  Please call the Union office with any questions or problems. 617-929-6000.  HANG TOUGH!

Emergency Backup Care Reimbursement

Effective Saturday, May 16, 2020, Bright Horizons will no longer be the administrator for the Emergency Backup Care Reimbursement program.  This program provides reimbursement of up to $15 per hour, $100 per day, for backup care for dependent children, elder family members, adults with special needs, or other household members when there is a temporary breakdown in normal care arrangements, to allow employees to report to work.

Please CLICK HERE to read the program guidelines.
Please CLICK HERE to read the program FAQ.

To request a reimbursement you must be on a device connected to the VZ network.
Please CLICK HERE to request reimbursement.

Urge Your State Elected Officials to Support Vote by Mail

buttonDuring these unprecedented times, it is imperative that everyone has the opportunity to have their vote counted. IBEW 2222’s own, Senator Paul Feeney, has introduced a bill to ensure An Act for safe, healthy and inclusive elections.

We are asking all members in Massachusetts to please call your State Senator and ask them to support bill SB.2936, as well as your State Representative and ask them to support bill HB.5066.

If you are unsure who your elected officials are, please CLICK HERE to search.

Please call 617-722-2000 and ask to be transferred to your State Senator’s office and then your State Representative’s office and ask them to support SB.2936 & HB.5066.

Our Adopted Charities Need Our Help

We at IBEW Local 2222 are blessed to be working through these unprecedented times.
Please consider making a donation to one or both of these worthy charities.

Thank you for your contribution and be well.

Housing Families has continued serving over 200 families and children a week in our programs throughout the COVID-19 crisis. We are now seeing a drastic increase in the number of new families and community members struggling to meet basic needs. With resources becoming scarcer by the day, these families are at high risk of homelessness. They need our support now.

Housing Families created The HFI Family Fund to support community members harmed by the COVID-19 epidemic.

The HFI Family Fund provides flexible, direct assistance to families in need. The fund’s priorities during this time are to ensure that vulnerable families are able to meet essential needs and have access to financial assistance paying critical obligations such as utilities and rent; groceries, particularly food and disinfecting supplies; therapeutic outlets during this stressful time; academic and enrichment activities; and information and resources regarding the pandemic.

If there is one thing that this crisis has demonstrated, it is that we are all in this together. The well-being of one depends on the well-being of all.  You can make a donation by CLICKING HERE. Thank You!

 

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bread of life logoThe mission of Bread of life is to strive to feed the hungry, the homeless, the needy and the isolated; to offer spiritual nurture, support, and hospitality; to promote greater peace and justice by addressing broader issues of hunger, poverty, and need; and to conduct our work in a spirit of respect and nonviolence.

Please, take a moment to donate whatever you can to help Bread of Life care for the neediest among us. You can make a donation by CLICKING HERE.  Thank You!

Local 2222 in partnership with Pisa Pizza of Malden, providing box lunches for Bread of Life.
Thank You, and please donate.

 

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Verizon Employees – You can double your charitable donation by registering to have it matched by the company.

Please CLICK HERE to register for a VZ matching donation

2020 Jack O’Shea Golf Tournament – Rescheduled

PLEASE NOTE-THE JACK O’SHEA GOLF TOURNAMENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

The 2020 Jack O’Shea Golf Tournament is fast approaching. This annual event is the largest fundraiser we have to benefit the IBEW Local 2222 Benevolent Fund. This year’s tournament, originally scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2020, has been rescheduled to Friday, September 11, 2020 at The Franklin Park – William Devine Golf Course, Dorchester.  

Last year’s tournament sold out – so be sure to register early.

The cost of a foursome is $500, and individual golfers are $125.

The tournament includes a round of golf with a cart, a gift, and a delicious buffet lunch.

Please click HERE to register to golf   AND/OR   HERE to become a sponsor

 

 

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