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.
Effective immediately, Sedgwick will add the FMLA Medical Authorization Form to the Short Term Disability (STD) packet sent at the start of an absence. This change due to feedback received from the Department of Labor that two separate authorizations are required. Previously, only one authorization was included in the packet for both FMLA and STD claims.
All employees will need to complete both the:
- FMLA Authorization (Voluntary Authorization to Seek Clarification or Authentication on FMLA and/or State FMLA Certification)
- STD authorization (Medical Authorization) in order for Sedgwick to contact the health care provider regarding either the FMLA or STD claim.
For members with college-aged students, remember you must certify your dependent child is a full-time student when they reach 19 years of age. If you fail to do so, they will lose their dental and vision insurance on December 31st of the year of their 19th birthday.
To certify Full-Time Student Status:
- Log in to the Verizon Benefits Connection Website
- Click on Life Events
- Click on Adding Dependent Child
- Choose Attainment of FT Student Status
If you have any problems or questions please call the Union office 617-929-6000
The Union negotiated New England Work & Family Committee is pleased to offer a free Estate Planning Kit to our VZ members.
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.
We at IBEW Local 2222 are blessed to be working through these unprecedented times.
Please consider making a donation to one or both of these worthy charities.
Housing Families has continued serving over 200 families and children a week in our programs throughout the COVID-19 crisis. We are now seeing a drastic increase in the number of new families and community members struggling to meet basic needs. With resources becoming scarcer by the day, these families are at high risk of homelessness. They need our support now.
Housing Families created The HFI Family Fund to support community members harmed by the COVID-19 epidemic.
The HFI Family Fund provides flexible, direct assistance to families in need. The fund’s priorities during this time are to ensure that vulnerable families are able to meet essential needs and have access to financial assistance paying critical obligations such as utilities and rent; groceries, particularly food and disinfecting supplies; therapeutic outlets during this stressful time; academic and enrichment activities; and information and resources regarding the pandemic.
If there is one thing that this crisis has demonstrated, it is that we are all in this together. The well-being of one depends on the well-being of all. You can make a donation by CLICKING HERE. Thank You!
The mission of Bread of life is to strive to feed the hungry, the homeless, the needy and the isolated; to offer spiritual nurture, support, and hospitality; to promote greater peace and justice by addressing broader issues of hunger, poverty, and need; and to conduct our work in a spirit of respect and nonviolence.
Please, take a moment to donate whatever you can to help Bread of Life care for the neediest among us. You can make a donation by CLICKING HERE. Thank You!
Local 2222 in partnership with Pisa Pizza of Malden, providing box lunches for Bread of Life.
Thank You, and please donate.
Verizon Employees – You can double your charitable donation by registering to have it matched by the company.
Please CLICK HERE to register for a VZ matching donation
Members will receive 50 basis points, which can be used towards closing costs or interest rate reduction on a new mortgage or refinance
IBEW 2222 is proud to announce another new discount program for our members. John Horgan is a licensed loan officer with Paramount Residential Mortgage Group. Through PMRG, John is able to deliver a wide range of Jumbo, FHA, VA, USDA, and conventional loan products, along with providing cutting-edge technology and industry-leading customer service.
John is also a proud 37-year member of IBEW 2222, and as such, he wants to offer a great discount to his Union Family: 50 Basis Points! You can apply this benefit to your closing expenses or to buy down your interest rate. 50 Basis Points – at no cost to you!
On February 1, 2020, VZ is changing the FMLA and Leave of Absence administrator to Sedgwick. Sedgwick already administers Verizon’s disability claims.
Here’s what will happen
For open claims filed through January 31, 2020:
- Effective February 1, submit paperwork to Sedgwick; prior to this follow the current process
- Claims will be automatically transferred to Sedgwick
- Sedgwick will send you a letter outlining any actions you might need to take
For new claims beginning February 1, 2020:
- Requirements for initiating an FMLA claim remain the same, beginning with a call-out to your supervisor or absence administrator
- The current fax number will be offline effective February 1, 2020
- Use the new fax number for supporting documents: (859) 264-4384
- New forms will come from Sedgwick upon claim initiation and will be barcoded to provide faster claim review. Discard any prior FMLA forms.
Thank You to the members of the Woburn Garage for arranging the tribute at the funeral for our deceased brother, Phil Blanchette. Phil’s wife, retired member Michelle Blanchette, and her family were extremely grateful as well. Thanks also to VZ management for the use of the trucks, and to the Lawrence Fire Dept. for the use of the flag.
Well done by all – Thank You!