VZ Members – Healthcare Spending Account

The IRS recently announced that the Health Care Spending Account annual maximum plan contribution limit will increase from $3,050 to $3,200 for 2024.

Verizon is offering a special enrollment period from December 26 through December 31, 2023 to allow you to make changes to your 2024 Health Care Spending Account (HCSA).

If you want to change your HCSA contribution, go to BenefitsConnection through Inside Verizon. From
the home page, go to Life Events > Change 2024 Spending Account Election. Enter the current date (i.e.,
the day you access BenefitsConnection to make the change) to begin the enrollment process.

Any changes made to your HCSA election will be effective January 1, 2024, and will be reflected on the
Spending Account home page as soon as administratively possible.

Annual Holiday Drive for Our Adopted Charities

Housing Families is working to end family homelessness by providing safe, temporary shelter and quality affordable housing, so families can remain together. 

Bread of Life is a faith-based ministry with a mission to feed the body and to nurture the soul, striving to feed the hungry, the homeless, the needy, and the isolated.

IBEW Local 2222 supports these charities throughout the year, and especially during the holiday season. We will once again be collecting gift cards to donate to Housing Families and Bread of Life. Gift cards can be given to your steward, dropped off at the Union office, or you can call us at 617-929-6000 to arrange a time for us to pick them up. 

If you would prefer, you can also donate to the IBEW 2222 Benevolent Fund via Venmo or PayPal, or donate cash, and we will purchase and deliver the gift cards.

Suggested Gift Cards:

Vanilla Visa
Best Buy
Game Stop
X-Box Live
Uber Eats / Door Dash
Stop & Shop
Market Basket




All donations must be received by Friday, December 15th.

Thank you for your support!



Additionally, there will be collections of food, clothing, and personal items for Bread of Life.

JellyHeavy socksDunkin gift cards $5
Mayonnaise (small jars or tubes)T-shirtsToothpaste
Granola, Nutrigrain, KIND bars, etc. (soft)Hooded sweatshirtsToothbrushes
Peanut butter-filled crackersSweatpantsShampoo
Cheese-filled crackersGlovesLotion
Trail mix packsLaundry Detergent
Fruit cupsBath Towels
Juice boxes, individual sizeHeavy Blankets
Cans or pouches of stewThermoses (2-cup capacity)
Noodle soup (dry / packets)
Cereal bowls (individual size)


Donations of food, clothing, and personal items can be dropped off at the following locations through December 8th:

IBEW 2222 - 159 Thomas Burgin Pkwy, 3rd Fl, Quincy
51 Bedford St, Burlington (VHO6)
1070 Hancock St, Quincy (Quincy CO)
41 Belvedere St, Boston (Backbay CO)
6 Bowdion Sq, Boston
7 Elm St, Malden (Malden CO)
787 Washington St, Newton (Newton CO)
210 Bent St, Cambridge (Cambridge CO)




The Ed Fitzpatrick Memorial Scholarships – Through the MA AFL-CIO

The Annual AFL-CIO Scholarship and Labor Education Program awards financial resources to high school students pursuing trade union programs or college/university study. ­IBEW Local 2222 is proud to offer the Ed Fitzpatrick Memorial Scholarships, two $1,500 scholarships, available to the children or grandchildren of current 2222 members.

In order to be eligible for a scholarship, students must be a senior in high school and take the Labor History Exam. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO publishes a Labor History Study Guide, which covers a broad range of the history of working people organizing for justice in the United States.

Key Dates for 2023-2024

  • December 22, 2023: Last day to register. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. to be eligible to take the scholarship exam. 
  • February 5, 2024-February 9, 2024: The scholarship exam is administered at high schools across Massachusetts. Schools will administer the exam online within the timeframe provided. Students must check with their exam proctor for testing time and location.


For more information, to register for the exam, and to download a study guide PLEASE CLICK HERE

2222 members please call Donna Berry in the Union Office at 617-929-6010 to verify eligibility.


Local 2222’s Next Union Meetings Are Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Meeting Reminder –
  All regular monthly union meetings for IBEW Local 2222 will be held on the 1st Wednesday of each month:


Morning Informational Meeting – 8:30 AM via Zoom.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82915746285  This virtual meeting is open to ALL members, especially those who work nights.

Executive Board Meeting – 1:00 PM at local 2222 offices.

C.O.P.E. Meeting – 5:00 PM at Boston Teacher’s Union Hall.

Monthly General Meeting – 6:00 PM at Boston Teacher’s Union Hall


Please stay informed and make every effort to attend.

2222 Member Needs Our Help

Sandro Bruni, 21, son of IBEW 2222 member & steward Anthony Bruni (SST Braintree Garage), was headed back to his senior year of college at Ohio Wesleyan this past September. Nobody would have predicted that within weeks, this dynamic, healthy wrestler would be diagnosed with cancer and unable to walk. Because of this life-altering health crisis, Sandro and his family need prayers, support, and love.
They’ll also need financial help to get through this unexpected and devastating medical crisis that’s just beginning. Sandro had an aggressive and malignant tumor removed from his upper spinal cord. He now faces months (and potentially years) of treatment, including acute rehabilitation and cancer therapy. (You can read more about Sandro’s story below.)
Sandro’s family needs immediate financial help for expenses not covered by insurance, such as:
  • Wheelchair-accessible housing once Sandro is discharged from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in early December, 2023. (There is hope that Sandro’s legs will regain function, but there is no certainty or timeline).
  • Medical and adaptive equipment, and potential modifications to the home.
  • Transportation to and from outpatient appointments, including Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, cancer treatments, physical and occupational therapy, and others.
  • Personal care assistance beyond what the family can provide.
  • Ongoing treatment—including travel and housing costs for Sandro and his family, if he’s lucky enough to become part of a clinical trial in a city far from home.
Sandro is a fighter, and his family is doing everything they can to make sure he can emerge from these challenging circumstances strong and healthy.
Please help if you can. No amount is too small (or too big).

Urge your Legislators to Support The Right to Organize

Call your State Legislators today and ask them to support the following legislation

The legislative staff at the Massachusetts State House reached out to IBEW 2222 to discuss the possibility of forming a union. Presently, legislative staff are not included in the list of public employees permitted to unionize under the Massachusetts Labor Relations Act, though employees in the executive and judicial branches are. This is unacceptable!

There is pending legislation, An Act to Collective Bargaining Rights for Legislative Employees, which simply provides the legislative staff the same right as every other worker in the Commonwealth, the right to decide for themselves whether or not they would like to organize.


Legislative Staffer, Emily Kibbe, speaks at the Greater Boston Labor Council’s Labor Day Breakfast.


Please call your State Representative & State Senator and urge them to support:


House Bill H.3069 & Senate Bill S.2014An Act Relative to Collective Bargaining Rights for Legislative Employees


Click Here to find your State Representative & State Senator
(click on their name for contact information)


Special thanks to our bill sponsors, Senator John Keenan @SenJohnFKeenan and Representative Patrick Kearney @RepKearney, as well as our cosponsors listed below. If your legislators are already supporting our bills, please be sure to thank them for standing up for the rights of workers to organize.

H.3069 Sponsor & Cosponsors - As of September 27, 2023
NameDistrict / Address
Patrick Joseph Kearney4th Plymouth - Lead Sponsor
Kevin J. Holland, IBEW Local 2222 AFL-CIO159 Burgin Parkway, 3rd Floor, Quincy, MA 02169
Rebecca L. RauschNorfolk, Worcester and Middlesex
Samantha Montaño15th Suffolk
David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf17th Worcester
Alyson M. Sullivan-Almeida7th Plymouth
James B. EldridgeMiddlesex and Worcester
Erika Uyterhoeven27th Middlesex
Rodney M. Elliott16th Middlesex
Christopher Richard Flanagan1st Barnstable
David F. DeCoste5th Plymouth
James K. Hawkins2nd Bristol
Marc R. PachecoThird Bristol and Plymouth
James C. Arena-DeRosa8th Middlesex
Margaret R. Scarsdale1st Middlesex
Russell E. Holmes6th Suffolk
Mike Connolly26th Middlesex
Peter Capano11th Essex
Carmine Gentile13th Middlesex
Ryan Hamilton15th Essex
Lindsay Sabadosa1st Hampshire
Carol Doherty3rd Bristol
Steven Owens29th Middlesex
Danillo Sena37th Middlesex
S.2014 Sponsor & Cosponsors - As of September 27, 2023
John F. KeenanNorfolk and Plymouth - Lead Sponsor
Michael D. BradySecond Plymouth and Norfolk
Anne M. GobiWorcester and Hampshire
Walter F. TimiltyNorfolk, Plymouth and Bristol
Michael O. MooreSecond Worcester
Rebecca L. RauschNorfolk, Worcester and Middlesex
James B. EldridgeMiddlesex and Worcester
Paul R. FeeneyBristol and Norfolk
Paul W. MarkBerkshire, Hampden, Franklin and Hampshire
Patrick M. O'ConnorFirst Plymouth and Norfolk
Marc R. PachecoThird Bristol and Plymouth
Patricia D. JehlenSecond Middlesex
Estela Reyes4th Essex



5 Steps for IBEW Members to Run for Political Office

So, you decided to run for office. Lawyers and businesspeople do it every day. Your union is asking working people to step up and so you are.

Now what?

Some people planned to run for office from the day they were born. They volunteered for campaigns in high school, went to a fancy college and then law school and have wealth or connections to wealthy people.

This article isn’t for them.

Answer ‘Why You?’

The first and most important step is to have an answer for the question “Why are you seeking to make a difference?” Your answer only needs to be short, memorable and true.

For some people, it will be the idea that people who work for a living should have a voice in the decisions that get made here. As a union member, you speak for a community that needs to be spoken for and often isn’t. In your reason why, you will find your message, and then you will repeat it hundreds, maybe thousands of times. Make sure you like it.

That said, running for office isn’t about the words; it’s all about relationships. The best message won’t win against strong relationships. Unfortunately, the best time to build connections is a lot like the best time to plant a tree: 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.

“The best candidates are often the ones who are asked to run because of the work they’ve already been doing,” said Ninth District International Representative Gretchen Newsom. An example in San Diego is a mom who sought to have a stop sign installed at a busy intersection — she cut through years of red tape, got it done, and was asked to run for City Council. Tasha Boerner is now a California Assembly member and continues to be a close ally of the IBEW.

Talk to Your Business Manager

This is especially important if you were not born rich or haven’t been deeply involved in politics.

“You might not have those relationships, but the business manager or president of your local probably will,” said Fourth District International Representative Steve Crum.

The business manager will also help you understand how to get support from the local, in people and money, and when you can speak to the membership.

“Your local is your base,” Crum said.

Pick the Right Office

You need to identify a position you can realistically win where you can you do the most good for the most people.

“There are so many positions that have a direct impact on union jobs that are overlooked,” Newsom said. “School boards, community planning boards, community councils, business development councils, chambers of commerce, citizens bond oversight boards, township trustees and county commissioners. And don’t forget your local.”

Many of these positions handle bids and zoning. Each is a part of the often hidden but hugely important machinery that decides whether your local tax money stays local or goes out of town to nonunion contractors.

Know the Numbers, and Make a Plan

The next step is to learn some basic numbers and never lose sight of them.

When is Election Day? How many registered voters are there? What was the turnout and vote breakdown of your race for the last two election cycles? How many votes do you need to win?

Then, Crum said, find the key organizations and the key community events.

Talk to your Central Labor Council and the Building Trades to find opportunities to speak to members of other unions and get endorsements. Listen at least as much as you talk.

You have your deadlines. You know how many votes you need. You know how many doors are waiting to be knocked on.

The best teacher may be experience, but it doesn’t have to be just your own experience.

Across the country, the AFL-CIO runs Labor Candidate Schools. The one in New Jersey has been running classes for nearly three decades, and more than 75% of the 1,000 people who have graduated from the program won their races.

But you don’t have to live in New Jersey to go to candidate school. There are highly effective programs in Oregon and Ohio, and the AFL-CIO is expanding them nationwide. Call your state AFL-CIO to find out what is on offer.

Do the Work

Now there is nothing to do but do it.

Knock on those doors.

Make those phone calls.

Then do it again. And again.

We’re working people. Work.


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