Business Manager’s Report February 2014

The IBEW and CWA met with the company yesterday to discuss the Call Sharing numbers for second half of 2013. The Call Sharing Agreement states if the aggregate regional call volume percentage is less than 59% during the last six months of 2013 there shall be no layoffs during the first six months of 2014 of New York/New England footprint Tech Support Center associates. The company has informed us that the aggregate number of calls for the second half was 55%. Therefore, our members who work in the FSC and EVRC will have job security for the first six months of 2014.
Verizon management has notified the System Council T-6 that they intend on putting cameras in the motor vehicles department. According to management their reason is due to a change in vendor, policy and overall shrinkage of inventory. This change in policy has increased the amount of supplies from 2.5 to 5.8 million dollars of inventory on hand. The T-6 has requested bargaining regarding the camera installation and at this point have met with Verizon once on January 29th. We have requested information from the company and are awaiting another meeting.
Verizon notified the union that they would be changing the long standing policy regarding the treatment of employees who lose their license while assigned in a job requiring a driver’s license. The Union has requested bargaining on this issue with the hopes of reaching an agreement that will protect our members who lose their license. We continue to negotiate this issue and as information becomes available we will put it on the tape, website and share it at the meetings.
Verizon has also notified the Union that they plan on recording the calls made in and out of the Dispatch centers. The T-6 has requested bargaining on this issue and has had a series of meetings to date with the hope of reaching an agreement. If an agreement is reached on the recording of calls, our intent is to have the language cover all call centers in the Plant section of the collective bargaining agreement.

The negotiated CPS award will be paid to you in your regular paycheck/direct deposit on March 14.
The Solidarity Committee has put together an IBEW Local 2323, family, and friends night with the Providence Bruins on April 6th at 3:05 p.m. Tickets are $17 each please contact Ray Silvestri (401)413-8937 the deadline for tickets will be March 6th.

The political season has begun and we are looking for our members to get actively involved politically. If you are interested in getting involved in our Political Action Committee please call the Union office. Also, if you have a candidate that you would like to endorse or attend a fundraiser for please contact the Union office.

Lastly, we are looking for help from our membership (specifically the OPT’s). Verizon has made a conscious decision to stop the placement of 50’ and 55’ poles in our set areas. It is our understanding they will have National Grid perform this work citing safety reasons. Our OPT’s have set numerous 55’ foot poles, safely and we believe they have the ability to continue to do so in the future. If any member knows of a 50’ or 55’ pole that has been set by National Grid in our set area, please call the Union office immediately.

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The normal order of business has been suspended for the summer months of July and August 2014. With permission from the 2nd District we will be conducting 1 – consolidated meeting per month in the Union office – 22 Amflex Drive, Cranston RI 02921.

We will be holding a Member Appreciation breakfast at 9:00am and a Member Appreciation Dinner at 5:00pm

July 16th, 2014
9:00am Breakfast
10:00am Meeting

5:00pm Dinner
6:00pm Meeting

August 20, 2014

9:00am Breakfast
10:00am Meeting

5:00pm Dinner
6:00pm Meeting

IBEW Local 2323 & IBEW Local 99 invite our members and familes to come join us for a solidarity family day.

Hotdogs, Hamburgers, Sausage & Peppers and more…

Bouncy Boot camp obstacle course for the kids, games and more…

Sunday June 22, 2014
12:00 – 5:00pm

22 Amflex Drive
Cranston RI 02921

logo contest

The Union is holding a contest for our memmbers to create a new logo for use on our Union shirts. The winning entry will win a $100.00 VISA gift card.

Entries can be submitted via email or dropped off / mailed to the Union office: 22 Amflex Drive, Cranston RI 02921

Deadline for entries is Aug 19th, 2014
Winner will be selected at the Aug 20, 2014 Metro meeting.

2014 Scholarship
May 30, 2014

To All IBEW Local 2323 members:

IBEW Local 2323 is pleased to announce the renewal of our annual scholarship in the amount of $1000.00 per year for sons & daughters active dues paying members. In order for you to understand the for eligibility and selection of the scholarship for 2014. the Executive Board of the 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 a parent and address of employment, if applicable.

5.) The deadline for applications will be the executive board meeting June 26, 2014.

Committee Rules

1.) The scholarship Committee appointed by the President of the Executive Board.

2.) The winner will be selected at the union meeting in July 2014.

3.) There will be three names drawn.
(a) The first name drawn will be the winner of the 2014 Scholarship in the amount of $1000.00
(b) The second name drawn will be the 1st runner-up
(c) The third name drawn will be the 2nd runner-up

4.) The scholarship will not be confined to academic programs, but will be granted to students planning on 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 will review if 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 the past semester not to exceed $1000.00

7.)The scholarship for 2014 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.

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 such changes, scholarships in effect will continue for their duration.

If you wish to make an application, fill out the attached application form and submit it to:

IBEW Local 2323
2014 Scholarship
22 Amflex Drive, Cranston RI 02921

or fax the application to (401) 946-2323 where they will be reviewed.

Fraternally yous,

Dan Musard
IBEW Local 2323

Verizon in accordance with Article G25 of our collective bargaining agreement, has notified the Union of a surplus in New England. EIPP offers will be distributed to the affected employees by June 2, 2014. An employee’s election to accept the offer must be in writing and transmitted to the Company within fifteen days from the date of the offer. The decision is irrevocable after such fifteen-day period (June 16, 2014). The final date of employment in this case for those accepted volunteers will be June 28, 2014.

Surplus declaration for IBEW Local 2323 are as follows –

    Central Office Technician – 3 total

MCO – 234 Washington St, Providence RI
Dir: Nelson Rodriguez

    Outside Plant Technician – 5 total

Smithfield – 3
Tower Hill – 1
Warwick – 1
Dir: Paul Mcmanus

    Splice Service Technician – 18 total

Newport – 3
Smithfield – 6
Tower Hill -2
Warwick – 7
Dir: Paul Mcmanus