The Union will be holding a special informational meeting for members in the Outside Plant Technician title.

The purpose of the meeting is to review and discuss Verizon’s new Joint Pole Agreement with National Grid in MA & RI.

We encourage every member in the OPT title to please make every effort to attend.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 251 has members on strike against their employer Airgas.  We ask all our members to please take some time out of your day and attend their picket line in solidarity.

Local 251 here in Rhode Island has become one of our closest allies they are always the first to answer our calls of solidarity before and during our strike.  It is now our turn to return the favor.

We need our rank and file members to please step up and stand with our Sisters & Brothers in 251.

Please contact Matt Taibi @ (401)-935-1663 to coordinate when, and where to picket.

2017 IBEW Local 2323 Scholarship Eligibility and Rules

Local 2323, I.B.E.W. Telephone Division in Rhode Island is pleased to announce the annual renewal for 2017 of its scholarship in the amount of $2500.00 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 2017, 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 the day of the Executive Board meeting on July 27th.

Committee Rules

  1. The Scholarship Committee appointed by the President will be the Executive Board.
  2. The winners will be selected at the Executive Board meeting in July.
  3. There will be sixteen names drawn.
    • The first eight (8) names drawn will be the winners of the 2017 IBEW Local 2323 Scholarship in the amount of $2500.00.
    • The ninth name drawn will be the 1strunner up. The tenth name drawn will be the 2nd runner up, and so on.
  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 $2500.00 scholarship recipient upon proof of receipt or proof of payment to the institution of higher learning for that semester, not to exceed $2500.00.
  7. The scholarship for 2017 will be terminated when the recipient:
    • has received a total of $2500.00 from the Scholarship fund;
    • has completed the course of study for an undergraduate degree or post graduate degree:
    • 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 02921 or fax the application to (401) 946-2327 where they will be reviewed.


Fraternally yours,

Dan Musard


IBEW Local 2323


2017 application



1 Opening – Providence


Location: 234 Washington St Providence, RI 0290

TEST REQUIREMENTS: Network Systems Assessment


1 Opening – Brockton


65 Crescent St Brockton, MA 02301

TEST REQUIREMENTS: Network Systems Assessment

2 NE associate vacancies for the posting period from 5/18/17 through 5/24/17.

  • Building Equipment Mechanic in Woburn, MA (1)
  • Building Equipment Mechanic in Springfield, MA (1)

If you are retiring or near retirement age and would like to speak with a financial planner please contact Steve Raymond. Steve will meet with you and help you plan for your individual retirement goals.

Scarborough Alliance Group

Steve Raymond

Regional Manager

(800) 223-7608 ext 4033


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.