Verizon Benefits Open Enrollment Open Enrollment for Plan year 2014 is now open for active employees till November 7th 2013. If you wish to keep the coverage selections you had for 2013 NO ACTION is necessary. If you wish to make changes to coverage or to complete the Health Assessment Questionnaire for an additional $100 annual savings toward 2014 premiums, please do so prior to November 6, 2013. Retiree Benefits Open Enrollment is set to begin November 7th through November 21st 2013. Any question please contact the Union office.

Monica Igbinovia-Reid a new member to local 2323 who bid into the Providence FSC, sadly passed away this past Friday. Monica was a longtime member of our sister local IBEW 2222 in Boston. Details for the arrangments are below. October 18, 2013 Monica Igbinovia-Reid, 52, of Plymouth died suddenly at Quincy Medical Center on October 18. Beloved wife of Waldemar “Wayne” Reid of Plymouth, loving mother of Courage Reid of Plymouth. Monica was born in Binie City Nigeria, Africa. And she also leaves her mother and several brothers and sisters there. Monica worked for Verizon as an Account Representive. She has lived in Plymouth for 14 years coming from Weymouth. Monica loved going to school she has degrees from North Eastern University, Clark University and Boston University, Economics, Computer Science, and Clinical Laboratory Technician. Visiting hours will be held at the Richard Davis Funeral Home 619 State Road (Rte 3A) Plymouth (Manomet) on Friday October 26 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday October 26, at 11:00 AM. Burial will be in the Vine Hills Cemetery Plymouth, MA. In lieu of flowers donations in Monica’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005

It with a heavy heart the local has learned that longtime Local 2323 member & steward Joe Stravinsky from Allens Ave has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer.

Joe and his family face a very difficult fight in the months ahead. We ask all our members to rally around Joe these next few months. The family ask we all keep Joe in our thoughts & prayers.

A fund has been set up to assist Joe and his family information can be found at the link below. Additionally stewards around the local will begin weekly collections on behalf of Joe to help in his difficult fight in the months ahead.

Cards of support can be sent to:

Joseph Stravinsky
Rhode Island Hospital
Main Building, Room 830
539 Eddy Street
Providence RI 02903

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Chuck Austin Memorial Golf Tournament. The day was a huge success which couldn’t be possible without your participation. Also, a special thanks to everyone who helped run the event- Ray Silvestri, Jen Silvestri, Becky Barbieri, Cindy Silva, Kelly San Souci, Lisa Stravinsky and Joe Stravinsky. Thank you!

Changes to Dependent Care Reimbursement and Summer Camp

Dependent Care:

Effective May 1, 2013
· Total Household income increased from $150,000 to $175,000
· Increase in reimbursement amounts as follows:
Under $125,000 will be $20.00 per work day
$125,000-$175,000 will be $10.00 per work day

Summer Camp:

Effective June 16-Aug.31st 2013
· Total Household income increased from $150,000 to $175,000

January 1st-June 30th 2013
July 1st-December 31st 2013
· Up to $100.00 for each 6 months

Please review guidelines for full program details. You can access these Applications by going to

Chuck Austin Family Fund

Sisters & Brothers:

Sadly, it has been several weeks now since Brother Austin’s untimely passing, in an on the job accident. We wanted to share the information for a fund that has been established for his two young daughters.

The overwhelming support for his family has been tremendous. Please keep Brother Austin’s family in your thoughts & prayers.

1200 Main Street
Wyoming, RI 02898
“Austin Girls Scholarship Fund”
Attention: Esta Kieon

Obituary for Charles J. Austin

Charles J. “Chuck” Austin, 41, of Spring St. Hope Valley, RI, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 23, 2013, from the results of injuries sustained from a work related accident. He was the beloved husband of Christine L. (Hafer) Austin and devoted loving father of Coral Lee Austin, 4 and Carlie Jo Austin, 2.

Born in Ticonderoga, NY, on September 7, 1971, he was the son of Joseph “Chuck” Austin of Richmond, RI, and Shirley Austin-Hargraves of West Kingston, RI, and stepson of Marsha Austin and the late Norman Hargraves. Chuck was also the proud uncle of numerous nieces and nephews.

Chuck was a splice service technician “pole monkey” for Verizon for 14 years. He was a proud member of the IBEW local 2323.

He was a communicant of St. Thomas Moore Church in Alton.

Chuck graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1995 with a BS Degree, while attending URI he was a member of Theta Delta Chi and played on the rugby team all 4 years.

In addition, he loved spending time with his family and dogs. Chuck enjoyed hiking, fishing, skiing, playing golf and going to the beach with his family.

Besides his wife, children and parents he is survived by his sisters; Donna Shaw of West Greenwich, RI, Theresa Bader of Groton, CT, Wendy Fortin of Moosup, CT, step brother of Dawn Cervone of Hopkinton, RI, Mary Wilkes of Richmond, RI and Steven Haberek of Richmond, RI. He was predeceased by his sisters Tracy Paul, Debbie Foreman and stepbrother Michael Haberek.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 28th from 3-7 PM at the S.R. Avery Funeral Home, 3A Bank St., Hope Valley RI. Memorial service will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Washington Trust Company “Austin Girls Scholarship Fund”.


ON-SITE College Course Offerings for members of IBEW 99 and IBEW 2323

Are you interested in completing your college degree on site in your union facility?

Since 2009, The Institute for Labor Studies and Research has been partnering with several higher education institutions to provide the opportunity for union members to take college credit classes leading to a degree with other members of their union at several union facilities around the state.

We have members of UA Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 51 taking classes at their facility, leading to associate degree in either Construction Management or Business Management and members of SEIU 1199 who recently completed courses in Allied Health at their conference room in Providence. After meeting with your union leadership we have decided to offer the same opportunity to members of IBEW 99 and 2323. Our next step is to determine if there is enough interest on the part of the members.

We will begin with course offerings leading to an associate degree in Construction Management or Business Management. We are also interested in providing the opportunity for those members with an associate degree to start a program of studies leading to a bachelor degree in either Construction Management or Business as well.

If you are interested in participating in on site evening face to face traditional instructor led classes or on-line classes that require you to meet briefly each week as a cohort with others in your class and meet with a facilitator who will help keep you on track and ensure that you are given all the support you need to be successful please let us know ASAP. We want to start classes in March.

If you are interested or need more information contact either Jim Jackson from Local 99 or Steve Murphy from Local 2323 and give them your name. We will schedule an information session at the union hall during the week of February 11th.