Sisters and Brothers,
As valuable members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2323, I would like to keep you up-to-date on political happenings and use this opportunity to highlight that much of our wellbeing is dependent on, and maintained by, the results of tireless lobbying built on a foundation of member mobilization.
Over the years, each of us experienced the individual sacrifices that led to our collective successes, and it was your efforts to support the initiatives of our union that gave us the strength needed to triumph.
With unity and strength in mind, Local 2323 needs every member to ensure they’ve registered to vote, and takes the time to cast a vote for candidates that are closely allied with our issues, our members, and our families.
For those of you registered to vote in this week’s Primary Election below you will find a list of the 2018 Democratic Primary IBEW Local 2323 Endorsed Candidates. Based on the results of those elections we will update our endorsed candidates if needed. Over the coming weeks, interviews will conclude, endorsements will be made and communicated to you. Here are some important dates for the weeks ahead:
Tuesday November 6, 2018
Voter registration deadline October 7, 2018
For those who already contribute to COPE, assist in canvassing, or attend political events… THANK YOU! Your continued support is the lifeblood of our movement. For those who are interested in getting involved with the political process (at any level) we invite you to contact your local steward or call us here at the hall. We look forward to even greater engagement this election cycle and over the coming legislative season on Smith Hill.
IBEW Local 2323
2018 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ENDORSED CANDIDATES
RI Governor – Gina Raimondo
Lt Governor – Aaron Regunberg
US House RI 1st District- David Cicilline
US Senate – Sheldon Whitehouse
East Providence Mayor
It is with profound sadness we share the news that Joe Stravinsky’s passed away on Friday Aug 24th. Joe was a longtime union member and union steward. Service Arrangements are listed below:
The IBEW System Council T-6 announces that a four year extension has been ratified by the Members of IBEW Locals 2222, 2320, 2321, 2322, 2323, 2324, and 2325. 96% voted in favor of the Agreement.
The current Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire in August of 2019. This new agreement will now extend our contract till August 5th 2023.
This new agreement will see our wages accrue to an 11.2% increase during the four year extension. Pension bands will also increase a total of 3% during the length of this agreement. Our benefits will continue to be among the best in the Telecom Industry. These benefits will protect jobs and give this membership security for themselves and their families until 2023. This new extension was a direct result of the steadfastness of IBEW SCT-6 Members during the 2016 Strike of Verizon.
Verizon believed that they could break the Union in 2016 by cancelling Health Care Benefits of our families. This action did not sway this membership, it angered them.
In the end, Verizon did not achieve its goal of fracturing the Union. Instead, we achieved a fair contract that protected Members and their families. And now, after spending 7 weeks holding the line in 2016, the result is 7 years of Contract protections.
In sum, this 4 year extension is a direct result of you, the Members, showing great resolve and a willingness to fight for your future in 2016.
Verizon will continue to make money and Union Members will continue to be able to care for their families. It is a two-way street. If it becomes a one-way street again in 2023 we know what we need to do. When we fight. We WIN!!!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!.
The voting for our local to ratify our contract ended last Friday. The vote to accept the contract extension passed overwhelming for our local. The numbers have been sent to the T6 for a final tally.
Sadly, the Union has learned of the passing of Lois Kopecky, a retired longtime member who worked as a Service Representative in the Collections office in Providence. Lois was a friend to many and will be missed.
Calling hours are as follows:
Saturday Aug 18th, 2018
11:00am – 1:00pm
Perry McStay Funeral Home
2555 Pawtucket Ave
East Providence, RI
- Hannah Hendricks
- Samantha Gowdey
- Sarah Aubin
- Nicole Flynn
- Matthew Gowdey
Congratulations to the winners!
Ratification voting of the proposed contract extension will continue through next Friday August, 3rd. Voting will take place at the Union Hall from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Please make every effort to stop by and vote!