IBEW Local 2323 has learned retired member Sally Horsman has passed away.  Sally was one of the first Fiber Network Technicians staffed into the Fiber Solutions Center upon opening in Providence in 2005. Her loss will be felt by many who had the pleasure of working with her over the years.   The Officers & Staff of the Local extend their thoughts & prayers for Sally, and her family.   Arrangements are listed below.

 

Sarah Elizabeth Bimbo Horsman died peacefully after a long illness at the Ellis Nursing Home. She was 68.

 

Sarah was born in Newport, RI, the daughter of the late Albert and Sarah (Costello) Horsman. She was raised in Weymouth and spent a lot of time in Cambridge before settling in Medford. Sarah worked in many capacities with Verizon for over 30 years. She also worked as a waitress at Fantasia’s Restaurant before it closed. Sarah was devoted to her family. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sarah had many friends and enjoyed making her Spring Street home a welcoming place.

 

 

She was a loving mother to Christine Troy and her husband Michael of Malden, Melissa Hathaway and her husband Scott of Attleboro, Matthew Bimbo and his wife Melissa Hartman of Franklin, and the late Tammy Auger. The devoted wife of the late Arthur W. Bimbo, she was a beloved grandmother to Billy, Matty, Richard, Kimberly, Christina, David, Ashley, Tiffany, Joshua, Amanda, Christian, Jake, Brooke and also leaves 13 loving great-grandchildren. She was a dear sister to Albert Horsman, June Denafio, Marcia Aufiero and Dale Horsman.

 

Her funeral will be from the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford, Monday February 3rd at 8 AM followed by a funeral mass celebrated in St. Raphael Church, 512 High Street, Medford, at 9 AM. Services will conclude with entombment at Woodlawn Mausoleum, Everett. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend and may visit with the family Sunday 4 – 8 PM.

 

Memorial contributions may be made in Sarah’s name to Abundant Hope Pregnancy Resource Center 104 County St. Attleboro, MA 02703.

With a heavy heart IBEW Local 2323, has learned retired,  long time member Bobby Allen has passed away.  The Officers & Staff of the Local extend their thoughts & prayers for Bobby and his family.   Details of the services can be found below.
ALLEN, BOBBY L. 70 of Punta Gorda, Florida and formerly of East Providence died Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. He was the husband of Deborah (Silva) Allen. Born in Richmond, Virginia he was the son of the late Robert and Sara (Bishop) Allen. Bobby was a lineman for Verizon for 40 years before he retired. He served in the Navy for 6 years. Besides his wife he leaves two sons, Kurt Allen and Michael Allen, two daughters, Gizette Allen and Michelle Caverio, one sister, Jacqueline Robinson, nine grandchildren, Danielle, Malcolm, Dominic, Jayden, Mason, Alexis, Gary, Jr., Neema and John and three great grandchildren. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 5-8 PM in the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a funeral service to follow at 8 PM. Burial will be private. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/providence/obituary.aspx?n=bobby-allen&pid=169400227&fhid=28489#sthash.scrsngHn.dpuf

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of IBEW Local 2323 member Kathy Brown.   Kathy worked as an Administrative Assistant, and has been a long time, beloved member of IBEW Local 2323 along with several of our sister locals (IBEW 2322 & IBEW 2325) over the years.  The Officers & Staff of the Local, send our thoughts & prayers for Kathy, and to her family in this difficult time.

Services for Kathy are as follows –

Gospel Tabernacle Outreach Ministries

145 Oakland Ave

Providence, RI 02908

Wednesday 01/29/2014    5:00pm – 7:00pm  is a private viewing for the family members ONLY.

Thursday 1/30/2014 from 10:00am-11:00am will be the wake & 11:00am–12:00pm will be the funeral.

The repast will follow immediately after the funeral.

For those who are interested in helping the family, they are requesting food for the rep

President Dan Musard, has informed me, that the Executive Board met January 23, 2014.   The Executive Board has voted to fill the vacant Treasurer seat, and Brother Mike Angelotti has been elected to the position by majority vote.  President Musard, and the entire Executive Board, wish to thank the following members who submitted their names for consideration – Mike Walsh, Bill Dunn, Christine Wingren, Paul Graham and Dave Caramiciu.   President Musard has asked that any member interested in becoming involved to please consider serving on on of the many committee’s of the Local.

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Dave Gervais – Education Committee Chairman

 

 

The Topic of our feature is income inequality. The disparity of wealth

between the classes is growing at an alarming rate and those that control the

wealth hope that you are not paying attention. But how can we not notice when a

bank gets a bailout but we lose our houses; or when a company like Hostess files

for bankruptcy and the CEO’s take home big bonuses but the employees take

home pink slips. How is it that our parents had a house, a car, a few kids, and a

savings all on one salary but many of us need two or three salaries just to live

paycheck-to-paycheck?

Thanks to the occupy movement, this issue is reaching the mainstream and

people are talking about it. From Warren Buffett, to economist Paul Krugman, to

former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and current Labor Secretary Thomas

Perez, to senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, to the President and

even the Pope. Income inequality is eroding the fabric of this nation and a lack of

upward mobility is tarnishing our image around the globe.

Pope Francis said “We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient

golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and

the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking truly human purpose.” And

“The grave financial and economic crises of the present time…have pushed man

to seek satisfaction, happiness and security in consumption and earnings out of

all proportion to the principles of a sound economy. The succession of economic

crises should lead to a timely rethinking of our models of economic development

and to a change in lifestyle.”

President Obama said in his speech at THEARC

“The American people’s frustrations are rooted in their own daily

battles – to make ends meet, to pay for college, buy a home, save for

retirement. It’s rooted in the nagging sense that no matter how hard they

work, the deck is stacked against them. And it’s rooted in the fear that

their kids won’t be better off than they were. That fear is a dangerous

and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized

middle-class America’s basic bargain – -that if you work hard, you have a

chance to get ahead.

The Topic of our feature is income inequality. The disparity of wealth

between the classes is growing at an alarming rate and those that control the

wealth hope that you are not paying attention. But how can we not notice when a

bank gets a bailout but we lose our houses; or when a company like Hostess files

for bankruptcy and the CEO’s take home big bonuses but the employees take

home pink slips. How is it that our parents had a house, a car, a few kids, and a

savings all on one salary but many of us need two or three salaries just to live

paycheck-to-paycheck?

Thanks to the occupy movement, this issue is reaching the mainstream and

people are talking about it. From Warren Buffett, to economist Paul Krugman, to

former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and current Labor Secretary Thomas

Perez, to senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, to the President and

even the Pope. Income inequality is eroding the fabric of this nation and a lack of

upward mobility is tarnishing our image around the globe.

Pope Francis said “We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient

golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and

the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking truly human purpose.” And

“The grave financial and economic crises of the present time…have pushed man

to seek satisfaction, happiness and security in consumption and earnings out of

all proportion to the principles of a sound economy. The succession of economic

crises should lead to a timely rethinking of our models of economic development

and to a change in lifestyle.”

President Obama said in his speech at THEARC

“The American people’s frustrations are rooted in their own daily

battles – to make ends meet, to pay for college, buy a home, save for

retirement. It’s rooted in the nagging sense that no matter how hard they

work, the deck is stacked against them. And it’s rooted in the fear that

their kids won’t be better off than they were. That fear is a dangerous

and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized

middle-class America’s basic bargain – -that if you work hard, you have a

chance to get ahead.

As the New Year begins it is imperative for our members to know that Local 2323 has an excellent Member Assistance Program (MAP) which, in conjunction with Local 2222’s assistance, is second to none.  Members and their families who are having difficulty with any number of issues can get the resources and help they need by contacting the local office.  MAP programs are similar in structure to the company’s own Employee Assistance Program (EAP), with the intent being that we, as a brotherhood, can lend a hand to one another in a proactive way, rather than with our member’s more common reactionary involvement with Verizon EAP, usually resulting from disciplinary action. Any member who is interested in getting involved is asked to contact the union office.

I am proud to report great news in our Local.  On January 13th we will have our first class of new hirers, hired into the Fiber Solutions Center, since 2007.  This is the first time in many years that any Local has had any actual true growth to their membership.  We look forward to the addition of new members and we ask all of our members to show our new members a warm welcome.

The 4th quarter surplus is still ongoing with the company offering EIPP B’s to all SST’s through-out Mass and RI.  We are still awaiting notice from the company as to how many members took the offer and what locations.  Those members who elected to take the EIPP B must have a qualified replacement in order for them to leave.  The proposed termination date will be no later than March 2, 2014.

Verizon continues to consolidate offices in Mass and RI and just over two months ago notified Local 2222 that they intend to move roughly 800 members out of the Greater Boston area.  Local 2222 was able to reach an agreement which would protect over 400 members from having to leave Boston.  The rest of the members will have to decide from Lowell, Taunton or Providence.

The Boston MCO-COT’s will have the opportunity to select a job in Providence as a Fiber Network Technician.  The company has identified that the DSL work is slowly dropping off; therefore, they are offering those COTs jobs as FNTs which would be a natural progression (similar to SSTs doing copper moving to FiOS).  This agreement also allows our COTs, in the MCO in Providence, the ability to be canvassed for FNT jobs as well.  Our major concern at first, for our members in Local 2323, was that our current FNTs that have a service date after 2003 would be vulnerable to surplus sometime in the future due to a drastic increase in headcount in that work group.  However, the COT’s that move over to the FNT position will perform both jobs DSL and FiOS.  Therefore, there will be no direct increase in the FNT title which has just enough work for the current work group.

In the FSC, we have been going round-and-round with management in regards to the work at home trial (WAH).  The trial was set to conclude on Dec. 31st with upper management looking to extend the trial another six months.  The problem with extending the trial was the company didn’t want to re-canvass for those WAH positions, rather continue to use the members they have.  With management entrenched in their position not to re-canvass, we thought it was in the best interest of our members to try and negotiate something rather than end the program that many of our members have an interest in.  After many discussions, we were able to negotiate for an additional 15 members to be canvassed strictly by seniority for the work at home trial.  The company intends to conclude the trial in June after collecting all of the data relevant to the trial and will then determine if the trial was a success.  If the company determines that it was a success they will then re-canvass ALL members for a permanent work at home position according to the language in the CBA.

Verizon has informed us of a re-organization under Vice President Alison Cole organization.  Currently, we have two Directors under Alison, John Puopolo for the construction side of the house and Jack Sordillo for the I&M side.  As of Jan 6th the two positions will be consolidated to one under a new Director: Paul McManus.  We have reached out to Paul and will be meeting with him shortly to find out his plans for each department during 2014.

President Musard has notified me that the Local’s Treasurer position is being declared vacant.  Any member who is interested in putting their name in for the Treasurer’s vacant seat should send a letter to the Union office at 22 Amflex Dr Cranston 02921 c/o President Dan Musard by close of business January 22, 2014.  The Executive Board intends on filling the position at this month’s Executive Board meeting which will take place on Jan 23rd at 6 p.m.

Finally, we have our new Local 2323 website.  We started the process in April and after a long road our new website is up and working.  We were looking for something easy to use for our members and we believe this new site will give us just that.  Please take a sometime to check it out.

President Dan Musard has notified me that the Local,  Treasurer position is being declared vacant.  Any member who is interested in putting their name in for the vacant seat must send a letter to the Union Office – 22 Amflex Drive, Cranston RI 02921 C/O President Dan Musard by close of business Jan 22, 2014. The Executive Board intends on filling the position at this month’s Executive Board meeting which will take place Thursday January 23, 2014 at 6:00pm.

IBEW Local 2323 Education Committe is please to announce we will be holding a film screening of INEQUALITY FOR ALL by Robert Reich

January 18, 2014 @ 6pm

22 Amflex Drive, Cranston RI 02921

“The rich are not the job creators. The job creators are the vast middle class and everyone aspiring to join them, whose money businesses need in order to justify expanding and hiring.” Quoted for Robert Reich, author of “Aftershock”, the book that inspired the movie “Inequality for All”. The movie is a documentary to raise the awareness of the country’s widening economic gap.

Robert Reich is an American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator. He served in the administrations of presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 -1997. He has been a professor at Harvard University, Brandeis University, and is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He was voted one of the top 10 best cabinet members of the last 100 years by Time magazine.

Local 2323, has a Member Assistance Program, which in conjunction with Local 2222’s assistance is second to none. Members and their families who are having difficulty with any number of issues can get the resources and help they need by contacting the local office. MAP programs are similar in structure to the company’s own Employee Assistance Program (or EAP), with the intent being that we as a brotherhood could be proactive in lending a hand to one another in a proactive way, rather than with our member’s more common reactionary involvement with Verizon EAP, usually resulting from discipline. Any member who is interested in getting involved is asked to contact the union office.

Safety continues to be the number one issue for the Union. Last week in Texas, there was a technician who was seriously injured due to coming into contact with overhead power lines. The job that our members perform is extremely dangerous and must be performed using all of the proper safety tools and precautions necessary. In Rhode Island, we continue to move forward with our safety committees in the I&M garages. These safety committees have been working to educate our members on safety and to promote awareness surrounding safety. Verizon management notified us that they will be conducting a day of safety for all SST’s and OPT’s over the upcoming months.

The Union and the Verizon management met in Boston on October 29th to discuss the state of the business year to date, in regards to the New England region, consumer and mass business departments. The total revenue year to date is 36 million compared to last year’s 40 million. The total expense is down 20 million due to the negotiated content cost (last year content cost was 57 million compared to this year’s 33 million). The reason for the savings in content cost is due solely to having more customers on the video portion of fiber network which gives the content providers more viewers which gives Verizon leverage to negotiate the price.

The year to date expense and capitol, for direct expense; projected was 166 million and the actual 186 million, management is looking at operational surpluses, favorable work, overtime management, and efficiency improvements to curb the direct expense. The year to date Capitol expense was; 96 million projected and the actual expense was 104 million due to some incremental build and the IIP program. The FIOS performance year to date is concerning, last year we had 100K NATB compared to this year’s 56K. It takes 4.5 installs for the company to keep one customer. The penetration rate for Massachusetts is 39.6 with Marshfield’s penetration rate over 60%. In Rhode Island the penetration rate is 28.6, with Coventry’s penetration rate over 46%. The number one cause for our poor penetration rate, in Rhode Island, is due to non-payment.

In the meeting we also covered the fiber migrations, specifically the Tech2door trial started in Rhode Island. Alison Cole, the Vice President of National Operations, thanked our Local specifically for the work our members have done to make this initiative a success. This work has been done by contractors and local managers, until we entered into a trial to perform this work. This year we have migrated 18k with a close rate of 67%, which is head and shoulders above the contractors and management.

We also covered the Lead to Succeed program where we were informed that N.E. has produced 4.8 million sales, compared to Florida, Texas, and California who produced 21 million in sales. We discussed quantum sales, which has increase 2.78 times compared to the 1st and 2nd quarters. Verizon management expressed how we must do a better job in quantum sales, stating that customers who are upgraded to quantum speeds don’t leave Verizon as a carrier, as well as, quantum is a direct revenue builder for the business.
The Union in many parts of the country continues to negotiate with Verizon. Local 824 in Florida, started bargaining in July has made little to no progress. Local 289 in N. Carolina, began bargaining in September, also has made little to no progress. Local 543 in California, began in July, no progress. The CWA in California has been negotiating for months and remain far apart on many issues. Both parties agreed to enter into mediation but have not made any progress.