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Family of Member Needs Our Help

On June 8th, Quinn Dyson, the daughter of IBEW 2222 member Jim Dyson, suffered a life-altering injury, fracturing a bone in her neck that resulted in emergency surgery and a stay in the ICU at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.  A Go Fund Me Page has been set up to assist the family.  While we will continue to pray for her recovery, we also know the road ahead is not going to be an easy one. Our hope at this time is to allow Jim, Michelle, Chris, Robert and Paul to focus on Quinn’s recovery.  This fund will support whatever is not covered by health insurance, any recommended procedures or devices, including necessary additions or changes to their home to better support Quinn.

The generosity of this local is 2nd to none.  Thank you in advance for your donation!

Free Estate Planning for Union Members

The Union negotiated New England Work & Family Committee is pleased to offer a free Estate Planning Kit to our VZ members.

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Estate planning can be an overwhelming, time-consuming task that shouldn’t be avoided. This kit will break down the necessary steps to put your estate in order and make difficult times easier for your loved ones. The Estate Planning Basics provides guidance and direction to planning areas such as wills, beneficiaries, living trusts, probate, retirement plans, estate tax, and lawyers. This book explains how to make a plan and carry it to completion, and includes access to Nolo’s Wills, Trusts and Probate center, where you’ll find hundreds of articles and FAQs, and useful legal forms. A unique page is also available online with legal updates pertaining to just this book.

Now that you are on your way to creating an estate plan, it’s important to have a way to store and keep track of the important documents you and your family will need. This NEW&F Document Holder is the perfect solution. A heavy-duty document holder will keep your documents safe and damage-free. It features ten expandable file pockets to organize the documents you need to store or carry with you. Everything you need in one convenient place! Click the link above to order.

 

IBEW Statement on the Death of George Floyd

IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson issued the following statement in reaction to the death of George Floyd:

“The men and women of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers stand with the millions of Americans demanding a full investigation into the death of George Floyd, an African-American pinned down by a white Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck as Floyd pleaded, ‘I can’t breathe.’

“The cause of labor has always been the cause of human solidarity, human dignity and justice and equality for all, so the IBEW cannot afford to stay silent as our African-American brothers and sisters suffer in fear of violence at the hands of either the state or by private citizens like we saw with the case of Ahmaud Arbery.

“We believe that we as a country are better than what we saw happen in Minneapolis. And we believe that the majority of our police officers, who are dedicated public servants protecting their communities every day, are better than what we saw there as well.

“But it’s all too clear that the plague of racism which has beset this nation since its birth remains to be overcome.

“This is the time for all those who love America and care deeply about its values to speak out in the name of justice and against systemic racism. More than ever, every American, regardless of race, gender, faith, sexual orientation, or gender identification, must come together to heal the wounds of division and hate.

“The labor movement has long stood shoulder to shoulder with those fighting for civil rights and a society free from the blight of racism and discrimination.

“And the IBEW is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with those peacefully calling for justice for George Floyd and all victims of racism.”

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!

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.

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