Why We Wear Red on Thursdays

It has been a tradition of IBEW 2222 to wear red on Thursdays as a sign of solidarity. But like all attempts to show strength, if they fail they can show weakness.

These days it seems as if some members wear red on Thursdays and some members don’t. Maybe some think it’s silly or unimportant.

To those members, let us remind you of where the tradition began, and why we continue it today.

In 1989 the IBEW and CWA held a 16 week strike in order to maintain the health benefits that we all enjoy today. During that strike many people made sacrifices, but two members, Buzzy Farren from IBEW 2222 and Gerry Horgan from CWA 1103 sacrificed their lives. Both were killed during the strike, and IBEW & CWA began to wear red, symbolizing the blood that was shed in our struggle.

This responsibility of wearing red on Thursdays should not be taken lightly. It is our way of showing our solidarity, and it is our way to show that we do not and will not forget our brothers. They laid down their lives for us – the least we can do is remember them by wearing red on Thursdays.

So let’s hold each other accountable.
This should not be considered optional.


Retiree Club Meeting

Wednesday, June 19th, 11 AM – 3 PM
McKeon Post 4 Hilltop St, Dorchester

Italian Buffet Lunch will be served

$35 Membership Fee will be collected (For Spouse/Significant Other please add $10)

Elections will take place for the following positions:
– President
– Treasurer
– Secretary
– 5 Council Member Positions

In order to run for one of the positions you must:
– Be a Retiree Club Member
– Be present at the June 19th meeting
– Have internet access
– Notify Ginny Rossi at TWRCIBEW@hotmail.com with your name and phone number, by June 1st

2019 Jack O’Shea Golf Tournament was a Huge Success!

Thank You to all who helped make the 2019 Jack O’Shea Golf Tournament a successful event. This annual event is the largest fundraiser we have to benefit the Local 2222 Benevolent Fund, which is used in part to support charities our members are involved with. The tournament was held once again at the William Devine – Franklin Park Golf Course in Dorchester.

Congratulations & Thank You once again to all the golfers and sponsors on another successful tournament!
See you next year!

A Thank You Message from UFCW

On behalf of the 31,000 men and women who work at Stop & Shop, I would like to sincerely thank you for the support you showed our hard-working United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) members across New England during their fight for a better life.

The bakers, cashiers, stockers, deli-clerks, and butchers who work at Stop & Shop are not only proud union members—they work hard and provide an important service that should and must be valued by employers.  For our members, this fight was driven by two defining beliefs: that hard work should be rewarded, and that companies that make billions of dollars in profit should share that success.

Ultimately, our members’ fight for economic justice was not about politics or party, it was about right and wrong.  It was also about how millions of New Englanders, most of them customers and non-union members, rallied behind our members’ desire for affordable healthcare, good wages, secure retirement, and a better life, because they, too, share the same economic fears and anxieties.  This created a shared purpose that none of us in positions of leadership or power can or should ignore.

As cynical and divisive as our politics and society have seemingly become, the incredible act of public unity we saw across three states provides a powerful signal of the change we can accomplish when we work together and stand together.  It also exemplifies the true power that working and middle-class Americans have when they are united by a shared purpose and goal.

Your support was not only appreciated, it will be remembered.

You, and so many other honorable national, state, and local leaders tweeted to your supporters and spoke out against greed and indifference.  You helped make clear that there is a positive power that comes from unity.  Working together, you, our amazing UFCW members, our New England Locals, and the millions of customers who supported us have helped prove that when we focus on our shared values for a better life, and the fact that one good job should be enough, we can accomplish great and historic things.

Finally, I hope that the fantastic support we saw across New England serves as a reminder to all of us, and especially to those who wish to lead their communities and the country, of the importance of speaking out and not hiding out.  While the path toward unity and change may not always be easy, it is during such moments that we realize we do have the power to improve the lives of hard-working people and change America for the better.

Again, I sincerely thank you for your public support of our union family, and for helping protect our Stop & Shop members’ healthcare, wages, and retirement.

Together, we fought for a better life for workers, and we won.

Sincerely and fraternally,

Marc Perrone

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