2Q17 Surplus

Providence – Fiber Network Technician – (3)
Providence – Customer Service Technician – (3)
Providence – Central Office Technician – (3)

Following is the timeline:

Volunteer period: 5/9-5/23
Last day worked: 6/3
Off-payroll date: 6/4

 

EIPP offers will be distributed to all affected employees by May 9, 2017.

Please take a moment to read and learn the importance of Organized Labor being involved in Politics.

 

NEW YORK — The telecom industry’s lobbying muscle pushed a consumer privacy measure to a swift death in Congress.

Republicans struck down Obama-era rules that would have imposed tight restrictions on what broadband companies such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast could do with their customers’ personal data. Digital-rights and consumer-advocacy groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation supported keeping the rules. But they were outmatched by telecom trade groups and lobbyists.

“These guys spend a fortune in D.C., they’re very plugged in on the Hill and this was clearly their priority,” said Craig Aaron, the president of consumer-advocacy group Free Press.

Former AT&T lobbyist Steve Billet, now on the faculty at George Washington University, said the telecom industry’s willingness to spend big on lobbying marks “the difference between them and the Electronic Frontier Foundation guys.”

ROLLING IN THE CASH: The overall lobbying tab for telecom services and telephone companies exceeded $123 million in 2016, the money-influence research group Center for Responsive Politics says. That makes them among the top-spending industries in Washington. By contrast, some of the most active privacy and consumer groups on the other side spent just over $1 million, according to the nonpartisan group’s data.

The lobbying on both sides goes far beyond privacy. Other issues on the agenda included immigration, taxes, cable boxes and cybersecurity. But the disparity in the spending totals shows that when it comes to politics, industry can wield a lot of power with its pocketbook.

Telecom has also given more in political contributions to the House Republicans who voted to repeal the rules (about $138,000 on average over their careers) than to the 15 Republicans who voted to keep them ($77,000), according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In the Senate, the Republicans who voted to undo broadband privacy received more from telecom ($369,000) than the Democrats who voted to keep the rules ($329,000).

GETTING HEARD: The repealed rules would have required companies to get customers’ permission before offering marketers a wealth of information about them, including health and financial details, geographic location and lists of websites visited and apps used.

Republicans and industry officials complained that the restrictions would have unfairly burdened internet providers, as advertising rivals such as Google and Facebook don’t have to abide by them.

The rules had been scheduled to take effect later this year. Congress used an obscure 20-year-old law to scrap this and numerous other regulations that Republicans consider costly, burdensome or excessive. President Donald Trump signed the privacy repeal into law early this month.

Although this repeal came as part of a broader deregulatory rush, the money that large corporations and their employees are able to spend on lobbyists and give to lawmakers helps get such issues on the agenda.

A BIGGER FIGHT: Internet service providers and the rest of the telecom industry also had help. Groups representing the online advertising and broader consumer technology industries also wanted the rules gone. Google itself criticized them before the Federal Communications Commission approved them last year. This wasn’t the net neutrality fight of 2014, when telecoms squared off against tech companies.

Sisters & Brothers,

We have reached the 1 year anniversary of the day we stood up and said enough is enough, and we fought back against Verizon and corporate greed.  April 13th is a day we should all be proud of, we saw firsthand the power of the Union movement, and the strength solidarity provides to each of us.

As Business Manager, I am so very proud of this membership.  You held the line strong, through adversity, and the unknown.  For many members, the fear and anxiety of a strike can sometimes be overwhelming however our members overcame the challenge.

I ask that we all take a moment and reflect on our 7-week fight, and what we accomplished together.  We must remain vigilant and make sure that we are as prepared, if not more for 2019.  The Union leadership worked very hard to lay the foundation in the years leading up to the strike.

We need to continue to build on that foundation, and not rest on our laurels.  We have been very actively politically, through your COPE contributions.  We have forged strong relationships with our fellow Unions in Rhode Island, by answering the call to attend their rallies, or picket lines.

We operate from a philosophy that to have a friend, you need to be a friend.  It is critical that we continue to be active, and continue to participate in all forums so when we make the call, we have friends to call upon.  We saw the benefits through winning unemployment, or the experts that attended the health insurance information meetings, the strong support on our picket lines, and more.

In closing, I wish to thank the entire membership for their efforts, and sacrifice that began 1 year ago today.  I am proud to have you as my Union Brothers & Sisters.

 

Fraternally,

Steve Murphy

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3rd Annual Solidarity ride

Hosted by IBEW Local 99 and Local 2323

Sunday May 21st 2017

Registration 9:00am Ride Starts at 11:00am

22 Amflex Dr Cranston, RI 02921

100%​ of net Proceeds will go directly to The Tomorrow Fund!

Last years bike count was 263!!! Register now for a scenic escorted ride returning to Local 99 for Music, Food and Fun!

Plenty of family events for non-riders:

Face Painting * Temporary Tattoos * Cookout * Snacks * Live Band

Tickets available at Local 99 office, Local 2323 office or see a LURC member or a steward.

Warwick – SST (2)

Jason Reidy

Keith Adams

 

Smithfield – SST (5)

Christopher Mongeau

Eric Klein

Joseph Stravinsky

Adam Beamenderfer

Daniel Clark

 

Dorchester – OPT – Days (19)

Jeffrey Maxwell

Brian Dennis

Paul Teehan

Joseph Mandeville

Paul Meredith

Michael Donahue

Michael Coyle

John Fajardo

Joseph O’Connor

Scott Maginnis

Lance Hall

Robert Mickle

Gerard Ranelli

William Kelly

James Cole

Erik Anderson

John Nimblett

Stephen Ridge

Stephen Belskis

 

 

Dorchester – OPT – Nights (11)

Christian Parzych

Barry Dunn

Timothy Duff

Rolf Terrio

Thomas Quinlan

Richard Doherty

Cheryl Gallagher

Jared Rowland

Patrick McAuliffe

Thomas Hooks

Mary Tedeschi

 

Dorchester – SST (2)

 Dennis Walsh

Dorothy Moussalli