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

Covid-19 Pandemic Response

The IBEW & CWA have been working hard with Verizon to reach agreements to protect our members, while at the same time maintaining our network. We have made the following agreements:

 

Work from Home:

Members who work an inside desk job, who have the required broadband service at their residence, who requests to work at home, have been allowed to do so.  At this time, more than 90% of eligible employees have chosen to work from home. If you have any issues, please call the Union office.

This agreement has been extended through September 30, 2020.

 

 

Leave of Absence: 

Members may be eligible for a LOA related to COVID-19 for up to 26 weeks. There are 4 scenarios for this leave:

  1. For those medically diagnosed with COVID-19
  2. For those with an underlying condition (their own or a household member) who are unable to work from home.
  3. For those with childcare or eldercare issues
  4. For those caring for a person diagnosed with COVID-19

Please CLICK HERE to read the agreement.

How to Apply for a Covid-19 LOA

 

To apply for a Leave of Absence from a company computer, tablet or phone,
access the COVID-19 Resource Page on the VZ E-Web.

 

If you are unable to access the VZ E-Web use one the links below:

 

 

Effective April 16, 2020 – COVID-19 – Community Medical Support Leave

  • In light of federal, state, and municipal calls for medically-trained individuals to support in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Company will enable medically-trained associates (e.g., doctors, nurses, EMT’s) providing such medical support to take a leave of absence in one week intervals of up to 8 weeks with pay at their basic hourly rate and up to 18 weeks with pay at 60% of their basic hourly rate (subject to termination at any time during the 26 week period if/when the associate ceases or curtails work supporting the COVID-19 response effort.)
  1. Gather the necessary documents to support your application. You will need to upload documents verifying the following with your request for leave: 
    1. Your medical certification
    2. Call for Community Medical Support (advertisement, letter, etc.)
    3. Confirmation of acceptance at a facility in alignment with the Call for Community Medical Support
    4. Name and location of the facility where you will be providing medical services
    5. Description of medical services you will be providing while on leave
    6. Confirmation of pay/non-pay 
  2. Complete the COVID-19 Community Medical Support Leave Request form and attach the above documentation.
  3. You and your supervisor will be notified within 24 hours of decision.  

If approved and once you complete your assignment providing COVID-19 Community Medical Support, Verizon will require that you work from home for 14 days before returning to Verizon facilities. If you are unable to work from home, please notify your HR Business Partner, and they can work with you to implement a 14-day quarantine leave.

Please CLICK HERE to read the agreement.

 

 

Home Garaging:

Eligible employees may be allowed to bring their work vehicles home.

Please CLICK HERE to read the agreement.

This agreement has been extended through September 30, 2020.

 

 

Bonus Agreement:

The IBEW & CWA have negotiated a new Bonus Agreement with Verizon for employees who are not eligible to work from home during the Covid-19 Pandemic.  Under the agreement, members who are unable to work from home will receive a weekly bonus of $300 per week.  This amount may be renegotiated, but will not be less than $300 per week.

Also, Verizon will pay bonuses to these same employees who are on leave of absence because of a medically diagnosed case of COVID 19, or directed to self-quarantine either by Verizon, or a doctor or government official, because of a suspected case of COVID 19.

Please CLICK HERE to read the agreement.

This agreement has been extended through June 30, 2020.

***** This bonus ended July 4, 2020 *****

 

 

Agreement for 401k Withdrawl without penalty:

Please CLICK HERE to read the agreement

 

 

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Agreement:

The Company will offer employees a one-time waiver of the repayment obligation under the Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) for employees enrolled in a course(s) with an end date from March 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020, who drops, fails or withdraws from a course(s) due to a COVID-19 related reason. The cost of these courses will not be applied against the annual tuition cap.
Employees seeking the waiver will be required to complete a COVID-19 TAP One-Time Waiver request form.

Please CLICK HERE to view the COVID-19 TAP FAQ

 

Bckup Childcare / Eldercare

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.

 

We will continue to keep you updated as things change.  Please call the Union office with any questions or problems. 617-929-6000.  HANG TOUGH!

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.

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