Election Guidelines 2015

Election Judge Tim Beaudry asked the following to be posted.

Nominations were held on Wednesday April 15, 2015 at 5:00pm.

The Election Committee met on Friday April 17, 2015 and prepared ballots & mailing.

The Election Committee will meet on June 1st, 2015 to pick up ballots and to count the vote.

The Election Judge asked that the candidate rules be posted (see attached link above)

If you have any questions or do not receive your ballot please call Tim Beaudry – (401)-339-0247

IBEW Local 2323 will be supporting the 13th Annual Autism Project walk. This year we will walk in honor of long time members Ron Dickinson and Kat Geary’s son Austin. They lead a team to raise money in honor of Austin. The event will be held at Goddard memorial State Park in Warwick Rhode Island We hope to see you there.

Please donate generously to this worthy cause @ www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/ibew2323

Goddard State Park
1095 Ives Rd, East Greenwich, RI 02818

Questions please call Tom Plunkett 401-374-8259

Beloved IBEW Local 222 President Ed Fitzpatrick, recently announced his retirement, his last day as an active employee will be tomorrow March 31, 2015. In his almost 55 year career, Fitzy has been at the front leading the charge. His now famous speeches have rallied many over the years and carried us through many difficult fights.

In addition to his leadership, he has also been instrumental in helping countless Brothers & Sisters over the years through the Member Assistance Program, and through his tireless efforts helping those battling addiction.

The members, officers and staff of IBEW Local 2323 wish Brother Fitzpatrick all the best in retirement and thank you for all your hard work and dedication to Labor and our Union.

IBEW Local 2222 will be holding a retirement party in his honor. If you would like to attend tickets are $25 each, please call 617-929-6000 to RSVP.

Thursday, April 30th
Florian Hall – 55 Halet Street, Dorchester, MA
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

The company has notified the Union that The Attendance Award & the CPS check will be paid on the following dates. If you have any questions please call the Union office: (401)-946-2323

Attendance Award – March 6th, 2015

CPS Award – March 13, 2015

UNION MEMBERS APPROVE AGREEMENT WITH FAIRPOINT

Workers to Return to Work on Wednesday, February 25

AUGUSTA, ME—After three days of voting, IBEW and CWA members in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont have ratified tentative agreements with FairPoint Communications. The new agreements protect good jobs and ensure quality telecommunications service for New England communities.

“This is great news for our members, their families, and our communities,” said Peter McLaughlin, chair of the union bargaining committee and Business Manager of IBEW Local 2327 in Maine. “Our members remained united and committed to this fight for more than four months and today we have a fair deal that will bring them back to work and good service back to our communities.”

After initially demanding $700 million in concessions from workers, FairPoint implemented the terms of its proposals on August 28 saying the parties had reached an impasse in bargaining. The implemented terms included a dramatic increase in health care costs, a two-tier wage structure that would have paid new hires as much as 20 percent less to do the same jobs as current workers, and a greatly increased ability to outsource union members’ work to low-wage contractors from outside our region.

Ultimately, FairPoint agreed to a union-administered health insurance plan with better benefits that will cost workers and the company less. FairPoint also agreed to eliminate the two-tier wage structure.
“This agreement is a win for our members and for future FairPoint employees,” said Don Trementozzi, President of CWA Local 1400. “We went on strike last October because we are committed to keeping good, middle-class jobs in New England. Our members walked the lines for more than four months, not just for themselves, but for future generations. Our success will benefit FairPoint workers—and New England’s working families—for years to come.”

The unions also successfully negotiated to protect jobs from outsourcing. During the strike, FairPoint brought in replacement contract workers to do the jobs of experienced, union workers. Complaints skyrocketed in all three states as customers experienced inadequate service, delays for repairs and installations, and increased wait times when calling customer service.

“Our communities have seen the results of outsourcing these last four months, and it has not been pretty,” said Glenn Brackett, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2320 in New Hampshire. “There’s no replacement for well-trained, skilled workers. Our members are eager to get back to work and get our network functioning the way it should.”

Approximately 1,800 FairPoint workers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont launched their strike on October 17. The longest strike in the United States in 2014, workers picketed for 18 weeks.

“Our members are incredible. They walked the picket lines in blizzards and sub-zero temperatures. They stayed strong and they stayed together,” said Mike Spillane, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2326 in Vermont.

The strikers enjoyed widespread support from their communities and from thousands of allies around the world. Lawmakers in all three states walked the picket lines with members; individuals delivered hot beverages and snacks to picketers; and people and organizations contributed more than $350,000 to the Solidarity Fund to provide financial aid for striking workers to pay for everything from prescription medicine to heating oil.

“The support we’ve received over the past four months has been overwhelming,” said McLaughlin. “Union brothers and sisters from all over the country sent financial help and messages of support. And our friends and neighbors right here in New England showed us their appreciation for our sacrifice every day. They knew that our members were not just striking to protect their own jobs, but that they were fighting for good jobs and quality service for all of New England.”

The new contracts will be in effect until August 4, 2018.

IBEW Local 2323 will be hosting a Macaroni dinner in honor of Brother Mike Gowdey on February 22, 2015 @ 2:00pm in the union office.

Tickets are $20 per a person please call Ray Silvestri (401)413-8937

Also please see a steward or call the union office if you would like to purchase raffle tickets to support Brother Gowdey

Please see below –

https://anthem.allclearid.com/

HOW ANTHEM IS PROTECTING YOU

Anthem is truly sorry for any inconvenience caused by this incident and we are taking steps to help ensure your protection.

Starting on February 13, 2015, the team at AllClear ID is ready and standing by to assist you if you need identity repair assistance during the next 24 months. This service is automatically available to you with no enrollment required. If a problem arises, simply call 1-877-263-7995 and a dedicated investigator will do the work to recover financial losses, restore your credit, and make sure your identity is returned to its proper condition.

For additional protection, and at no cost, affected U.S. individuals may also enroll in the AllClear PRO service at any time during your coverage period. This service includes credit monitoring and an identity theft insurance policy. Please follow the enrollment instructions below.

You are eligible to receive these protection services if you are a current or former member (from 2004 on) of one of Anthem’s plans. For additional information regarding your protections, please visit: https://anthem.allclearid.com/faqs.

For additional details or questions regarding this incident, please visit:

http://www.anthemfacts.com

IMPORTANT UPDATE on Data Security Breach at Anthem

We are writing to provide a critical update on Anthem’s data breach. Again, Anthem is working around the clock to identify who is being affected and will be contacting them directly to offer identity protection and credit monitoring at no charge.

Anthem just notified us that there are related email scams being sent in connection with the breach. These scams, designed to capture personal information (known as “phishing”) are designed to appear as if they are from Anthem or Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and the emails include a “click here” link for credit monitoring. These emails are NOT from Anthem nor Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

We are trying every way possible to spread the word. Please be advised:
DO NOT click on any links in an email.
DO NOT reply to the email or reach out to the senders in any way.
DO NOT supply any information on the website that may open, if you have clicked on a link in an email.
DO NOT open any attachments that arrive with an email.
Anthem and Blue Cross and Blue Shield are NOT calling members regarding the cyber-attack and are not asking for credit card information or social security numbers over the phone.

These emails are from scam artists who are trying to trick consumers into sharing personal data. There is no indication that the scam email campaigns are being conducted by those that committed the cyber-attack, or that the information accessed in the attack is being used by the scammers.

Anthem will contact current and former members via mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service about the cyber-attack with specific information on how to enroll in credit monitoring. Affected members will receive free credit monitoring and ID protection services.

In addition, Anthem has launched a national media campaign to alert people of this email phishing scam.

Verizon takes the privacy and security of employee of information seriously and remain committed to monitoring this situation. We will continue to update you with any important developments.