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.

New MA Paid Family & Medical Leave

Massachusetts has enacted a new law that will affect employees in the state – The Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML). This program provides temporary income replacement to eligible workers who are welcoming a new child into their family, are struck by a serious illness or injury, need to take care for an ill or ailing relative, and for certain military considerations.

The program will be funded by premiums paid by employees, employers, and the self-employed. Contributions to the program will begin on October 1, 2019 via payroll deduction. Beginning in January of 2021 most workers in Massachusetts will be eligible to get up to 12 weeks of paid family leave and up to 20 weeks of paid medical leave. 

For an overview of the program please CLICK HERE.

There are many questions as to the specifics of the program.  We will provide updates as we get closer to the January 2021 start date.

Teamsters Local 25 On Strike

onstrikeEach and every time we’ve gone on strike, Teamsters Local 25 has been with us, with their truck at our rallies, and beside us on the picket lines.  Now, 24 members of local 25, drivers at Republic Services in Marshfield, are on strike to fight corporate greed and they need our help.

Please join these brave union members on the picket lines.  Lines will be manned 24/7 until a fair agreement is reached.

IBEW Local 2222 will be there to help our brothers from Local 25.  Show up at 965 Plain Street, Marshfield (Rt 139). Ample parking is available.

30 Year Anniversary of ’89 Strike

ibew-cwa unity button30 years ago, on August 6, 1989, more than 60,000 union workers in New England and New York went on strike against Nynex, beginning a 17-week battle against corporate greed.  The extremely profitable company was looking for cuts to healthcare benefits, and the two unions, IBEW & CWA, refused to back down to company demands. Over the next four months, workers manned picket lines, held rallies, and built community and political support, with chants of “Hold the line in “89!”

The unions were successful, but it was a hard-fought battle. During the strike many people made sacrifices, but two members, Buzzy Farren from IBEW 2222 in Boston and Gerry Horgan from CWA 1103 in NY sacrificed their lives. Both were killed during the strike, and IBEW & CWA began to wear red, symbolizing the blood that was shed in our struggle.

This responsibility of wearing red on Thursdays should not be taken lightly. It is our way of showing our solidarity, and it is our way to show that we do not and will not forget our brothers. They laid down their lives for us – the least we can do is remember them by wearing red on Thursdays.

The solidarity forged during ’89 continues today and was instrumental in us attaining a four-year contract extension through August 5, 2023.

So let’s not forget our brothers and sisters who came before us, and give thanks for their sacrifices, especially the sacrifices of Buzzy & Gerry.

Labor Guild Class Registration Has Begun for Fall Term

The Labor Guild School of Labor-Management Relations Fall Term begins September 9th

fall-semesterSince 1953, The Labor Guild School of Labor-Management Relations has been providing labor education and training to members of the labor movement with relevant, top-notch, and practitioner-led programs. Courses range in content, providing knowledge and skills for building just, ethical workplaces in Massachusetts and beyond. Instructors are experts in a wide range of fields, coming from the ranks of labor lawyers, union officers, arbitrators, and more.

All courses will be held at the Labor Guild (in the Archdiocese Pastoral Center), 66 Brooks Drive in Braintree, on Monday evenings 6:30-9:00 PM.  The Fall Term runs from September 9th – November 4th, and the cost is $125 for one or two courses.  IBEW Local 2222 will reimburse our members upon successful completion.

Please CLICK HERE for a list of courses and to register.

2222 Member Planning Mission Trip

IBEW 2222 Member Kevin McLaughlin, an SST at the Braintree garage, is raising funds for a service trip to Kenya

Kevin McLaughlin Kenya TripViolence against women and girls is one of the most widespread human rights abuses, affecting one in three women and girls worldwide.

In Mwakirunge, Mombasa, there are high levels of child pregnancy, child marriage and FGM; all factors that prevent girls from finishing their education and living the lives they want.

Acts of violence are rarely reported because of the high costs associated with seeking justice. And, as the perpetrator is often known to the survivor, women and girls can lack the confidence to speak out, fearing reprisals or a backlash from their community.

In October 2019, working with UK ActionAid and the local community, Kevin, along with his wife Linda, and son John will spend 10 days in Mombasa, Kenya helping to build a support center, which will provide education and services to enable women and girls who have been abused to speak out, seek justice and enjoy their right to education in a safe and supportive environment.

If you’d like to support Kevin and his family in fighting violence against women and girls through support and education, please donate whatever you can to help build this support center.

Secure online donations can be made HERE.

After you donate, please email olivia.dandeker@actionaid.org
and provide Reference #3072562 to ensure Kevin’s team is credited with your donation.

Kevin and his family are grateful for your support!

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