The New England Work and Family is a joint committee comprised of Union and Company representatives and supported by funds obtained through contract negotiations with each Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Committee creates programs to assist members and employees with health and life issues.
Summer Camp Reimbursement – The IBEW/Verizon New England Work & Family Committee summer camp reimbursement program lasts between June 20 and August 28, 2021. The IBEW/Verizon NE Work and Family summer camp program provides funding to enrich member’s school-aged children’s summer experiences.
If your application is accepted, you may be reimbursed for up to $300.00 per your dependent’s summer camp expenses. Reimbursement covers the costs for overnight summer camps and summer day camp programs. This enables your dependents to enjoy the outdoors, or participate in an athletic camp during the summer. Please note: All Summer Camp reimbursements received from this program are taxable.
Health & Wellness Reimbursement – The New England Work and Family Committee recognize that your health is important. Regular exercise and weight management have been shown to improve fitness, reduce stress, and fight obesity, however, memberships can be expensive to purchase. The New England Work & Family Committee wants to help you by reimbursing eligible employees for gym memberships or weight management programs up to $200.00 from January- June. Please note: All Health and Wellness reimbursements received from this program are taxable. All applications must be postmarked by June 30, 2021.
The union and the company have agreed to extend the Work At Home and Home Garaging agreements though the end of June, 2021.
The video the company released this week about the returning to the office plan does not apply to bargained for employees. The company and the union will continue discussions on the Work At Home and Home Garaging agreements beyond this current extension.
The 800 nurses of St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester are on strike against Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare in the wake of the for-profit conglomerate’s refusal to heed nurses’ longstanding call for desperately needed staffing improvements to ensure safer patient care.
“This is a strike for the safety of our patients and our community,” said Marlena Pellegrino, RN, co-chair of the local bargaining unit of the Massachusetts Nurses Association. “We are sad to see that Tenet holds so little value for our patients, yet we are resolved to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to protect our patients, as it is safer to strike now than allow Tenet to continue endangering our patients every day on every shift. As we begin our strike, we are always ready to get back to the table to negotiate whenever Tenet is ready to do the same.”
Picket lines will be up from 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM daily. Please make every effort to show up and offer support to our striking brothers and sisters.
A strike fund has been set up. Please contribute whatever you can.