Endorsement Withdrawn

Brothers and Sisters,

We have very recently been made aware of serious and deeply concerning allegations against candidate for State Representative Tino Capobianco. Every allegation needs to be taken seriously, and the people who have bravely come forward need to be treated with kindness, respect, and dignity.

IBEW 2222 takes these allegations very seriously and we will immediately be withdrawing our endorsement of Tino’s candidacy for state representative.

Myles Calvey
Business Manager IBEW 2222

Labor Guild Classes – Register Today

The Labor Guild School of Labor-Management Relations Spring Term begins March 8th

For over five generations, The Labor Guild School of Labor-Management Relations has been providing members of the labor movement with relevant, top-notch, and practitioner-led education.  Courses range in content, providing knowledge and skills for building just, ethical workplaces in Massachusetts and beyond.  Instructors are experts in a wide range of fields, coming from the ranks of labor lawyers, union officers, arbitrators, and more. Each class meets on the same day of the week for five weeks from 6:30 to 8:30
  • The first set of classes run from the week of March 8th to the week of April 5th
  • The second set of classes run from the week of April 12th to the week of May 17th
No School the week of April 19th – spring break All Classes will be held virtually via Zoom.

For more information, a list of course offerings, and to register, please CLICK HERE

IBEW Local 2222 will reimburse our members upon successful completion.

VZ COVID-19 Vaccination Information

This information is from the COVID Resource Page on the VZ Eweb

[Updated 2.11.21]

There are currently two COVID-19 vaccines that the FDA has authorized for use in the U.S. These same vaccines and others have also been authorized for use in some countries outside of the U.S.

While vaccine distribution will vary by country and state (within the U.S.), and many specifics remain unknown, we are starting to see the first wave of doses offered to mostly healthcare workers, long-term care facility residents and older adults. Following the initial wave of vaccinations, jurisdictions will expand access to broader distribution. At the moment, it’s difficult to get an appointment to be vaccinated, but we expect that appointments will become more available to V Teamers in the coming weeks and months.

As COVID-19 vaccination appointments become available, employees should attempt to plan vaccination appointments outside of their work schedule. However, given the limited access to COVID-19 vaccines at the current time, we recognize that some V Teamers may receive an appointment that conflicts with their work schedule.

With that in mind, Verizon employees who need time off from work to attend their COVID-19 vaccination appointments will be able to request the time they need (up to 4 hours paid) to get the first dose and then again request the time they need (up to 4 hours paid) for vaccines requiring a second dose.

In advance of their scheduled vaccination appointment, employees will work with their supervisors, or resource management teams where applicable, who will make every effort to allow employees to take the time they reasonably request (up to 4 hours) to attend their own vaccination appointments, consistent with the needs of the business. Employees who use this time may be asked to provide documentation of their vaccination appointment.

Please note, this only applies to employees who have appointments to be vaccinated that conflict with their work schedules. If an employee wants to take time away from work to assist a family member with a COVID-19 vaccination, they can follow the normal process in their workgroup to request time off.

In the event any law, regulation, or policy provides paid time to receive vaccinations, we will of course comply, and the paid vaccination time available under this program will coordinate so as not to be duplicative.

We anticipate that later in 2021, COVID-19 vaccines will be more readily available and vaccination sites will be more prevalent, so employees generally will not need time away from work to get vaccinated. As that occurs in different areas, we will discontinue paid COVID-19 vaccination time and encourage everyone who has not already been vaccinated to do so outside of their work schedule or use other available paid time off, such as personal days.

It’s important to remember that as officials work to broaden access to vaccines, case rates remain high worldwide. We must stay vigilant when it comes to following safety protocols and procedures, like wearing face coverings and social distancing. Since each state and country is handling the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines differently, employees should follow local and state guidelines to make sure they have the latest information.

Liberty Bay Credit Union Scholarships

Are you headed off to college or trade school in 2021? Well Liberty Bay is pleased to announce their college scholarship to make it easier for you to meet tuition costs. The $12,500 Scholarship Program for 2021 is now open! Eligible college-bound members may enter to win one of eleven $1,000 general scholarships, or apply for one $1,500 essay-based scholarship.

College-bound or enrolled members are eligible to enter a drawing to receive one of eleven $1,000 scholarships. These scholarships are in honor of former Credit Union employees, directors, and family members, and can be used to assist with tuition, books, supplies, or any other educational purpose.

Current high school seniors are eligible to apply for this $1,500 essay-based scholarship. This scholarship was created to pay tribute to a Credit Union employee who spent her 46-year career with Liberty Bay, and can be used towards tuition, books, supplies, and any other educational expenses during the academic year.

For more information or to apply CLICK HERE

Our Communities Can’t Wait – Please Consider Donating

Covid-19 is an existential crisis that impacts everyone.  While some have been able to work from home, many of our neighbors are making difficult tradeoffs between paying rent, putting food on their table, and keeping their kids engaged in remote learning. The state unemployment rate has skyrocketed from 2.4% to as high as 32.6% in hard-hit cities, pushing more than 330,000 families deeper into financial crisis

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley has raised and distributed over $8 million to more than 300,000 vulnerable people, providing emergency financial assistance of $300 on average to help pay for food, rent/housing, utilities, and other basic needs. More than 100,500 households received food assistance, 3,500 households had utility/rental help and another 8,000 households received general financial assistance. One hundred percent of donations to United Way were distributed to families in need. In some of our target communities, many applicants for financial assistance have had no income since mid-March.

Six Headlines of the Current Crisis

  1. The MA unemployment rate skyrocketed from 2.8% before Covid-19 hit to over 16% this summer.
  2. We are bracing for a potential 60,000 evictions, more than triple the 16,000 in an average year.
  3. COVID led to the loss of 800 beds, pushing an already strained homeless shelter system to the brink.
  4. Racial and economic inequities are more glaring than ever. Rates of infection, unemployment and food insecurity as much as 3x and 2x higher for Black and Latinx residents.
  5. The early education sector is in a perilous situation, losing $250 million during the shutdown.
  6. Remote learning has brought in a whole new set of challenges for families, afterschool programs and for an estimated 127,000 students in our region.

United Way has the scale and reach to help.  Join us in raising $52 million to lead a comprehensive community response to the ongoing crisis.

Please CLICK HERE to donate.

Please CLICK HERE for more information.

“Right to Work” is Wrong for NH

NH Members, your friends and family in NH can use THIS LINK to look up your elected officials, and urge them to VOTE NO on Right to Work! 

Despite the misleading name, so-called “right-to-work” laws do not guarantee anyone a job and do not protect workers’ rights. 

“Right-to-work” laws prohibit trade unions from collecting fees to cover the cost of contract administration from employees who benefit from the protections of a collective bargaining agreement, but do not join the union. There are different versions of “right-to-work” legislation, but all so-called “right-to-work” laws are designed to limit the power of labor unions, and the workers they represent, to negotiate for better pay and working conditions.

Federal law requires trade unions to equally represent all workers covered by a collective bargaining agreement, regardless of union membership status. In states without so-called “right-to-work” laws, private employers and their employees are free to negotiate agreements that ensure everyone who benefits from a union contract contributes a share of the costs of obtaining and protecting those benefits. By prohibiting unions from asking non-members to pay a “service” or “fair share” fee to cover the basic costs of contract administration, so-called “right-to-work” laws give state governments the power to limit the terms and conditions that private-sector employers and their employees have a right to negotiate as part of a collective bargaining agreement.

Labor unions in “right-to-work” states are forced to absorb the costs of grievance and arbitration procedures on behalf of non-members who benefit from the terms of a bargaining agreement, but who do not contribute to the union’s operating fund. By draining resources and hurting the ability of unions to grow, “right to work” laws are consistently linked with lower average wages and reduced workplace safety for all working people in states that have passed the legislation.

Well-funded “right-to-work” proponents include the National Right to Work Committee, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Americans for Prosperity. While supporters typically claim that “right-to-work” laws are necessary to attract new businesses and increase employment opportunities, rigorous economic studies fail to validate such claims.

 


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

NH AFL-CIO 2017 briefing pamphlet (PDF): Know the Facts About Right to Work

A Tale of Two States (and what it tells us about so-called “Right to Work” laws)
By Ross Eisenbrey and Teresa Kroeger, Economic Policy Institute, January 12, 2017

“Right-to-Work” States Still Have Lower Wages
By Elise Gould and Will Kimball, Economic Policy Institute, April 22, 2015

Welcome NCR Members

We are pleased to announce that IBEW Local 2222 & NCR have reached a tentative agreement on a first contract.  Letters have been mailed to the affected members.

Please take a moment to fill out the contact form below. Welcome to the IBEW 2222 Family!

In Solidarity With Our Union Brothers and Sisters on the Frontlines

We currently have more members who have tested positive for COVID-19 than we have at any point since this pandemic began.  COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across the United States are rising. Take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We at Local 2222 know what it means to stand united with our Union Brothers & Sisters. Let’s show our solidarity with frontline workers – nurses, police, firefighters, EMS, teachers, grocery workers, postal workers – by wearing our masks, by practicing social distancing, by adhering to all guidelines in place. Let’s keep them safe, keep our co-workers safe, keep ourselves safe, so we can all make it safely home to our families.

 

VZ Corporate Profit Sharing (CPS)

Eligible Verizon employees have the option to defer their entire CPS award into their Verizon Savings Plan account. Employees who wish to defer their CPS award must take action between January 4th 2021 and February 5th 2021.
 
Employees who choose not to defer will receive their CPS award on March 5th, 2021 in a separate paycheck/direct deposit. 
 
The letter below, which details the steps to take if you choose to defer your CPS, will be emailed to all employees.  Employees on a leave of absence or disability absence will receive the letter in the mail.
 

COVID-19 Update

Please be advised that if you have applied for a COVID-19 LOA, including if you have been instructed to quarantine, the Verizon HR COVID-19 Group will contact you via email, using the email address you provided when completing the LOA form.  Please check your email frequently.

 


 

The IBEW & CWA reached an agreement with Verizon to extend the Work at Home Agreement through April 30, 2021.  Click HERE to read the agreement.

We have also reached an agreement to extend Home Garaging through February 28, 2021.  Click HERE to read the agreement. 

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