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Enclosed is the information for the 2015 Scholarship:


September 24, 2015

Local 2323, I.B.E.W. Telephone Division in Rhode Island is pleased to announce the
annual renewal for 2015 of its scholarship in the amount of $1000.00 per year for the sons and
daughters of active dues paying members.
In order for you to understand the rules for eligibility and selection of the scholarships
for 2015, the Executive Board of this Local has drawn up the following guidelines:

1. The applicant shall be the natural or legally adopted child up to the age of 25 of an
active dues paying member in good standing of Local 2323 for six months at the time of this
application or a retired dues paying member in good standing of Local 2323.
2. Graduate of any public, private or parochial high school or the equivalent who plan to
attend a school of higher education.
3. Acceptance at an accredited college or school of higher education.
4. Verification of union membership of Local 2323 of parent and address of employment,
if applicable.
5. The deadline will be date of the Executive Board meeting in October.
Committee Rules
1. The Scholarship Committee appointed by the President will be the Executive Board.

2. The winner will be selected at a union meeting in November.

3. There will be three names drawn.
(a) The first name drawn will be the winner of the 2015 IBEW Local 2323 Scholarship
(b) in the amount of $1000.00.
(b) The second name drawn will be the 1 st runner up. The third name drawn will be the
2nd runner up.

4. The scholarship will not be confined to academic programs, but will also be granted to
students planning post-graduate or vocational studies.

5. Should the winner of the scholarship transfer to another college or school of higher
education during the term of the scholarship, the Scholarship Committee must be notified and
may review whether the scholarship should continue.

6. The award will be paid to the parent of the $1000.00 scholarship recipient upon proof
of receipt or proof of payment to the institution of higher learning for that semester, not to
exceed $1000.00.

7. The scholarship for 2015 will be terminated when the recipient:

(a) has received a total of $1000.00 from the Scholarship fund;
(b) has completed the course of study for an undergraduate degree or post graduate degree:
(c) is expelled, suspended or withdraws from the selected college or school of high education.

8. It is expected that the scholarship program will continue indefinitely, however,
conditions may require changes or modifications. The right to modify or terminate the program,
in whole or in part is reserved by the committee. In the event of such changes, scholarships in
effect will be continued for their duration.

If you wish to make an application, fill out the application form and forward the same to
the Local’s Business Office by mail to Local 2323 Scholarship Fund, 22 Amflex Drive,
Cranston, RI 02901 or fax the application to 946-2327 where they will be reviewed.

Fraternally yours,

Dan Musard
IBEW Local 2323

Even Tom Brady needed union
By George H. Nee

Last Thursday, Tom Brady was able to lead the New England Patriots onto the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers because he is a member of a union: the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). We are proud of the fact that Brady and the other 51 members of the New England Patriots Chapter are affiliated with the Rhode Island AFL-CIO.
Amid the pomp and circumstance of the Patriots raising their fourth Super Bowl banner over Gillette Stadium, one could be forgiven for thinking that this was football as usual in New England. However, the past several months have been Brady’s season of discontent, which mercifully came to an end when a federal judge in New York overturned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s four-game “Deflategate” suspension. Thanks to the protections provided by the NFLPA contract, Brady took the field as the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots, just as he hasevery season since 2002.
Since Brady is a member of the NFLPA, he plays under the NFL and the union’s collectively bargained contract, which lays out work rules, pay and benefits, health and safety regulations and — most importantly for Patriots fans — disciplinary measures and due process.

There are many occupations where workers are represented by a union, and all are afforded rights that provide for good wages and benefits, safe working conditions, and a voice on the job. Many people regard construction workers, teachers and school support staff, state and municipal workers, truck and bus drivers, nurses and allied health care workers, and grocery store workers as traditional union members.

Today’s labor movement is much more diverse and varied than it once was. The union ranks include scientists, engineers, reporters, airline pilots, doctors and, yes, even professional athletes who are protected by a union, just as traditional union workers are.

Workers who are not covered by a union contract are considered to be “at-will” employees who can be disciplined or even fired at the whim of their boss with no recourse or due process. If the four-game suspension had been allowed to stand, Brady would have suffered a 25 percent pay cut, costing him millions of dollars in salary and performance bonuses.

Yes, Brady is a highly paid professional athlete, but his livelihood was still jeopardized because of an autocratic and vindictive boss. To put the suspension into perspective, imagine if an average Rhode Islander earning $48,838 were to be treated the same as Brady. He or she would be barred from going to work and providing for his or her family for 13 weeks, costing more than $12,000 in salary.

If you have a Roger Goodell in your workplace, you can stand up to him and do what Tom Brady and millions of other American workers have done and join a union. Having a union provides workers with a voice on the job, dignity on the job and respect on the job, as well as a path to the middle class.

As President Obama said at a Labor Day breakfast in Boston: “Even Brady’s happy he’s got a union. They had his back. You know if Brady needs a union, we definitely need unions.”
—George H. Nee is president of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shouts on the sideline during last Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. AP PHOTO

Regional Bargaining Report
August 26, 2015

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees spent Tuesday and Wednesday at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester. On Tuesday, there were further off the record discussions on workplace flexibility.

This morning the Union Committee presented another comprehensive proposal to the Company. The proposal includes continued protection of our job security, pensions, contracting of work, quality and affordable health care and more.

There are no more meetings scheduled for this week and we are attempting to schedule additional bargaining sessions for next week.

This corporation has made $1 billion dollars a month for the last 18 months and has rewarded the CEO with a 16% raise. Meanwhile, at the bargaining table, they want to strip you, your family and our retirees of the wages and benefits you work hard for day in and day out. It’s time to say “enough is enough”!

In September, we will be resorting back to our normal schedule of Union meetings. Please make every effort to attend and bring a sister or brother with you.

Northern Unit – 1st Wed of the month at Asia Grille in Lincoln at 5:00p.m.

Southern Unit – 2nd Wed of the month at 300 Restaurant in S. Kingstown (next door to the Towerhill garage) at 5:30 p.m.

Metro Unit – 3rd Wed of the month at the Union Hall at 6:00 p.m.

Island Unit – 3rd Thurs of the month at Chelos in E. Prov at 5:00 p.m.

In Solidarity,
Steve Murphy


We will be holding the August Summer meeting on Wed August 19th, 2015 in the Union office.

Morning Meeting with breakfast

Evening Meeting
5:00pm Dinner
6:00pm Meeting

22 Amflex Drive
Cranston RI 02921

Regional Bargaining Report

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees spent Tuesday and Wednesday at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester.

However, no formal bargaining took place with Verizon. Several hours of off-the-record conversations were conducted. The talks have ended for this week and the bargaining teams are returning to their locals. Further bargaining dates are being scheduled for next week.

While the tone of the conversations was somewhat better than talks prior to expiration, the company HAS NOT GOTTEN OFF A SINGLE ONE OF ITS CONCESSIONARY DEMANDS. Among those demands are:
• Elimination of Job Security
• Thousands of dollars in increased health care costs to actives and retirees
• Forcing you to choose between a Defined Benefit pension that will be frozen at 30 years, or an enhanced 401(k) plan
• Elimination of Accident Disability
• Elimination of the Family Care Leave
• Elimination COLA
• Increased Contracting
• And more…
Now is the time to intensify our Mobilization efforts. This is the time to follow all the directions you receive from your local unions. We will continue to pressure this company until a fair contract is won but we need your help.

We know that working without a contract is challenging and that sacrifices have to be made. But at this time your Bargaining Team believes that we are pursuing the most effective available strategy. Keep up the good work and be sure to do nothing but a quality job.

The next scheduled meeting of the Local will take place on Wednesday, August 19th at the Union office located at 22 Amflex Dr in Cranston. There will be a morning meeting at 9:00 a.m. with breakfast being served at 8:30 and an evening meeting at 6:00 with a cook out starting at 5:30 p.m. Please make every effort to attend and hear the facts about bargaining and our mobilization activities.

Please continue to work, think and act like a Union member.

In Solidarity,
Steve Murphy