Our Adopted Charities Need Our Help

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.

Thank you for your contribution and be well.

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!

 

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bread of life logoThe 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.

 

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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

New Discount Program for 2222 Members

Members will receive 50 basis points, which can be used towards closing costs or interest rate reduction on a new mortgage or refinance

 

prmg-johnhorganIBEW 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!

If you’re in the market for a mortgage or to refinance, please visit John’s website, or contact him at johnh@prmg.net or 781-264-0910.

VZ FMLA & Leave of Absence Administration Changes

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

blanchette_funeralThank 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!

 

 

Help Save Union Jobs at WBZ 1030

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WBZ listeners relaunched a grassroots effort to restore local programming and trusted voices at WBZ 1030 in Boston.  Earlier this week, iHeartMedia cut ties with several prominent local WBZ voices including 35-year veteran Deb Lawler and overnight host Bradley Jay. The move comes as the media giant attempts to save funds by replacing local content and voices with national programming.

“New Englanders can live without Necco Wafers, Crown Pilot Crackers, and maybe even Tom Brady–but they can’t live without trusted local programming on WBZ,” said Ben Goodman, coordinator of the Save WBZ 1030 campaign.  “WBZ listeners have shown time and time again that they will not stand idly by while corporate media attempts to eliminate local news coverage.”  

Union Members can take action by signing the email petition here.

In addition to Lawler and Jay, iHeartMedia severed ties with political commentator Jon Keller and sports anchor Tom Cuddy.  The online platform at SaveWBZ1030.com allows listeners to directly contact iHeartMedia decision-makers, advertisers, and key community leaders to make clear that New Englanders value local programming and will abandon the station unless iHeartMedia reverses course.

The online network successfully reversed a corporate decision to eliminate local overnight programming on WBZ in 2009 and pressured iHeartMedia to preserve WBZ talent upon acquiring the station in 2017.  In the 1990’s, WBZ listeners successfully rallied to bring David Brudnoy back to the air.

Please help keep the WBZ 1030 programming local – Tell iHeartMedia we won’t stand for this in Boston – Please sign the petition now.

Changes to Monthly Meetings

Meetings to all be held the 1st Wednesday of each month at
Boston Teachers Union Hall

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Please note, going forward, all monthly meetings
will be held the 1st Wednesday of each month at the
The Boston Teacher’s Union Hall
180 Mt. Vernon Street, Dorchester, MA 02125

Morning Informational Meeting will begin at 8:30 AM
Executive Board Meeting will begin at 1:00 PM
Monthly General Meeting will begin at 6:00 PM

 

IBEW 2222 SCHOLARSHIPS

It’s scholarship application time for Local 2222 members with high school seniors.

IBEW 2222 has 2 scholarships available to children of our members who are high school seniors.  These scholarships are awarded through the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.

Scholarship applicants will be required to take a Labor History Exam. The exam will be administered at High Schools across Massachusetts on February 10, 2020.

Register online to take the scholarship exam!

Key Dates for 2020

  • Online applications are open! Click here to apply. Once a student registers they must inform their high school guidance office that they intend to take the exam.
  • December 1, 2019: Scholarship study guide and interactive website will be available from this page.
  • December 20, 2019: Last day to apply. All applications must be received by 5pm to be eligible to take the scholarship exam.
  • February 10, 2020: Scholarship exam is administered at high schools across Massachusetts.

In order to be eligible for a scholarship, students must take the Labor History Exam. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO publishes a Labor History Study Guide, which covers a broad range of the history of working people organizing for justice in the United States. New for 2020, an interactive study website will be available, featuring supplemental materials and quizzes to test your knowledge.

To qualify for an award the following steps need to be taken:

  • Register online no later than 5 pm on December 20th.
  • Notify Donna Berry at IBEW 2222 by calling 617-929-6010
  • Notify your school guidance counselor that you will be taking the exam on February 10, 2020. 

If you have any questions or need further information please contact Donna Berry at 617-929-6010.

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