Human Resources Guideline

Weather – New England (Associates)


It is the expectation of Verizon to maintain essential services and operations during any severe weather or emergency condition while providing for the protection, safety and health of all employees and customers.


These guidelines apply to all associates in the following states:

· Maine

· Massachusetts

· New Hampshire

· Rhode Island


Because of the essential telecommunications services Verizon provides to the community at large, the Company is not at liberty to cease operations during severe weather and emergency conditions.

Service demands, weather, and transportation conditions may vary from location to location. The administration of this guideline should be appropriate to meet the situation in each location and should be uniform between locations and departments to the extent that the situation is similar.

If travel bans or curfews are imposed by federal, state or local authorities, Verizon leadership will contact civil authorities and will seek appropriate exemptions for essential employees to report to work and perform their jobs.

Authorization, Coordination and Notification:

In the event of inclement weather or other abnormal condition, the respective Area/Region Presidents and/or Business Unit Leader(s) will work through the appropriate Area Control Center (ACC) and the National Emergency Coordinating Center (NECC) to establish an incident management bridge. The ACC/NECC will engage the required Working and Planning Committee Members for the affected area. In consultation with regional Health, Safety, Environmental, HR Business Partners and Labor Relations, a decision will be made by the respective Area/Region Presidents and/or Business Unit Leader(s) on whether to release employees and/or trigger facility closure(s).

Once a declaration to release employees and/or close facilities is made, the ACC/NECC will work with Employee Communications to craft and distribute the appropriate messaging to the affected employees and their line management.

Any access issues due to restrictions implemented by government authorities (local, county, state or federal) should be addressed with the ACC/NECC and will be managed in accordance with their existing standard operating procedures.

Employee Responsibilities

An understanding should be developed with each employee, outlining his or her responsibility in an emergency.

Generally, each employee is responsible for the following:

· To report to his or her regular place of employment on time.

· If delayed, to call his or her manager or the coordinator for the work unit and advise of his or her progress or problems in reporting to work. This will enable the manager to plan and coordinate the force necessary to meet the service needs and to give advice to the individual. The supervisor may be able to offer assistance in transportation or suggest an alternative location where the employee can be of needed assistance.

Payment Criteria

Most employees recognize their personal responsibility and conscientiously respond to emergencies. For this reason, generally an employee will be paid if he/she meets one of the following criteria:

Employees who reach their regular work location:

· Employees who work some part of their normal assignment will be paid for the full assignment.

· Paid absence for part of a session will be considered as “Time Worked” for purpose of determining overtime payments.

Employees who do not reach their regular work location:

· When taken in accordance with a prearranged plan or upon the direction of his/her supervisor or coordinator, employees with necessary skills and experience who report to a different work location, where they can be of real assistance in an emergency.

· Employees who have medical conditions that may jeopardize their health or safety by attempting to travel during a severe storm. For example, an employee with a chronic serious health condition, or who is currently recuperating from recent surgery, illness, or accident.

· Employees who, despite making reasonable and conscientious efforts appropriate for the circumstances and being in communication with their supervisor, are unsuccessful in reaching their work location.


Employees who do not report to work and fail to meet any of the above criteria should not be paid. This determination and recommendation should be made locally based on close, detailed knowledge of the individual, of his or her effort, and the prevailing conditions. Appropriate entries should then be made on the

P13 Jobs for Local 2323

1. Safety Coach for SSTs
• Must canvass all I/M, CXM & Special Services SSTs
• Will have an interview with Pat Regan, Larry Savarese & Jim Fennel

2. Contract Work Inspector for Rhode Island North (CXM)
• Must canvass all SSTs and OPTs in Local 2323, including Special Services

3. Contract Work Inspector for Rhode Island South (CXM)
• Must canvass all SSTs and OPTs in Local 2323, including Special Services

4. Power Follow Through Inspector for McManus District
Southeast MA and RI
• Must canvass all I/M, CXM & Special Services SSTs in Locals 2322 & 2323

Local 2323 Promotion Jobs Available

Safety Coach
Available to SSTs only
I/M, CXM & Specials

Contract Work Inspector – North
Available to all SSTs & OPTs Will report to 21 Business Park Dr.,
(Including Special Services) Smithfield, RI*
Will cover Northern RI area

Contract Work Inspector – South
Available to all SSTs & OPTs Will report to 2979 Tower Hill Rd.,
(Including Special Services) South Kingstown, RI*
Will cover Southern RI area

PFTI for all Southeast & RI
Available to all SSTs (Including Special Services) Will report to 15 Currant St,
in Locals 2322 & 2323 Fall River, MA (Local 2322)

*May also report to 100 New Engand Way, Warwick, RI

Power Follow-through Inspector

This is a P13 Title. The Power-follow Through Inspector provides assistance on a daily basis to Outside Plant Team Leaders, Analyzers, Engineers, and other personnel as necessary for the resolution of power influence, electrical protection, electrolysis, and other transmission related service issues. The PFTI installs (or coordinates the installation of), inspects, and maintains power substation special circuit protection equipment as engineered by the Inductive Coordination and Electrical Protection Engineer. The PFTI is responsible to assist the ICEP in conduct claim case investigations for the corporation when requested. In addition, the PFTI is responsible for conducting surveys and inspections relating to the above activities, as well as assist evaluation of new test equipment.

Contract Work Inspector
This is an Article P13 Title. Please refer to IBEW – New England Contract, general section for additional information. The Contract Work Inspector ensures that all outside contractors complete their work in accordance with Company practices, standards, quality plans, contracts and agreements and that the interests of the Company are protected.

Business Managers Report
November 2014
We have 2 upcoming events in the Local. First we have the Annual Feed-A-Family Event that has been an overwhelming success the last 2 years feeding over 400 less fortunate families.
This year, the event will be held on November 23rd at 9:00 a.m. in the Union office. We encourage every member to make a donation to such a worthy cause as well as participate in delivering the baskets. Please see a union steward to donate.

On Saturday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m. IBEW Local 2323 Solidarity Committee will be holding our Christmas Party at Twin Rivers Casino – Wicked Good Bar & Grill in Lincoln. The cost for this event is $10 per person and includes prime rib and pasta buffet.

There will be a Rally against Fairpoint that will take place on Saturday, November 8th at 12:00 p.m. held at Monument Square in Portland Maine. Also, there has been a relief fund established to help our sisters and brothers on strike in the Northern States. To donate please go to our website at and click on the gofundme link.
The Union and the Company continue to work towards finalizing the details in regards to the Enhanced Incentive offer for our members. As the details become available we share them through our website, informational tape and membership email list.

In the FSC, we are committed to making the center a better place to work every day and have been successful over the last two years. Recently, after months of negotiating, we were able to gain two new additional tours a 7:30- 4:00 and a 10:30- 7:00. These tours may seem insignificant to some but for our members who have been forced on tours that prohibits them from spending quality time with their families, it was a huge success. The shift in tours has afforded many of our members the ability to get the tour they prefer rather than being forced to one. Also in the FSC we continue to conduct our new member orientations with fewer than 30 left to be done.

In the MCO, the company continues to canvas our members to see who wants to move the fiber network title. The training is set to begin just after the first of the year.
Assistant Chris Buffery and I met with both Area Managers for I&M on Monday to discuss numerous topics. The first was the new established staff craft positions for I&M, the companies plan to get back to doing T2D and trialing a new business version of the program, the closing of the Newport garage, construction at the Towerhill garage and Portsmouth C.O. and lastly the low-filled cable project which includes rolling over C.O.’s to strictly fiber.

IBEW Local 2323 has several upcoming events planned we encourage all members to attend. We had an amazing turnout for the Thanksgiving Feed A Family event over 150 members and familes attended and were able to again feed 200 less fortunate familes. Thank you to all who attended and donated to make this such a successful event.

Saturday 5:00pm November 29th, 2014
Christmas Tree Lighting Event @ the Union office.
22 Amflex Drive Cranston, RI 02921

Saturday 7:00pm December 6th, 2014
IBEW Local 2323 Christmas Party
Wicked Good Bar & Grill
Twin River Casino

Attend a Retirement Planning

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

IBEW Local 2323 Union Hall
99 Amflex Drive
Cranston, RI 02920

Spouses are welcome! Refreshments will be served!
To RSVP, or for more Plan information, please call
Steve Raymond at:
(978) 239-6999
Attention IBEW Local 2323 Members
We have been working with IBEW Members for more than 35 years