IBEW Local 2323 Free College Benefit           

            It is with great pleasure I share with you the new agreement we have reached with Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC).  This new partnership will provide Local 2323 members and their families the opportunity to earn participating online Associate Degrees and certificates from EGCC in Ohio with no “out of pocket” costs for tuition, fees or e-books.  “Families” is defined as spouses, children, dependents, grandchildren, siblings and in-laws. In today’s environment with the overwhelming college debt, this new benefit provided to our members, retirees, and their families can have a huge impact financially.

The Programs

For 2018, students will have the opportunity to enroll in the following programs:

  • Business Management Degree
  • Human Resources Concentration/ Business Management Degree
  • Health Care Management Concentration/ Business Management Degree
  • Marketing Concentration/Business Management Degree
  • Finance Concentration/ Business Management Degree
  • Business Management Certificate
  • Accounting Concentration/ Business Management Certificate
  • Accounting Degree
  • Patient Navigator Certificate
  • Criminal Justice Degree
  • Associate of Arts Degree
  • Paralegal Degree
  • Early Childhood Education Degree
  • Associate of Individualized Study Degree           

            To be eligible, Local 2323 Members who want to enroll in the school’s participating online programs will be required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as any required subsequent verification, and apply any Pell grants or state grants to their tuition.  In addition, students will be asked whether they have access to any employer sponsored tuition assistance and asked to apply any available funds to the tuition and fees charged as a result of enrolling in EGCC’s online courses.  Local 2323 Members, retirees or their families, who may qualify for any benefits under any Veteran’s Educational Benefits, will be required to apply for and complete any necessary documentation for such benefits. If it is determined that the student is not eligible for federal and/or state financial aid or employer tuition assistance, or such aid and assistance is insufficient to cover the cost of tuition and fees, a last dollar scholarship will be applied to any remaining balance for tuition and fees. The cost of the e-books is included in the fees, so students will have no costs other than equipment (computers, software, etc.).

            Eastern Gateway Community College is a public, nonprofit, regionally accredited school.  They accept many previous credits toward their degree programs and credits earned by EGCC are transferable to other institutions.   EGCC has a call center in Cranston staffed with union members from OPEIU who will help our members and their families through the process of enrolling in a degree or certificate program.  In addition, they will assist in working with us on the transfer process to further your education.    

           According to the Sanders Institute, “more than 44 million Americans are caught in a student debt trap.  Collectively, they owe about $1.4 trillion on outstanding student loan debt.  The rising cost of college tuition has vastly outpaced inflation and average wages.  In fact, the cost of attending a public college or university has increased 350% since 1980”.   This is a great opportunity for us, as members of IBEW Local 2323, to change this vicious cycle for our families.

         If interested in taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, please go to the website www.ibewfreecollege.org or call 1(888) 590-9009.  Obviously, if you have any questions regarding this new benefit you can call the Union office at (401) 946-2323.

 

Sincerely,

 

Steve Murphy

Business Manager

I.B.E.W. Local 2323

 

Attached are six posters for11 NE associate vacancies for posting period 2/21/18 through 2/27/18.

  • Equipment Installation Technician, (3) Worcester
  • Equipment Installation Technician, (3) Boston
  • Equipment Installation Technician, (1) Lynn
  • Outside Plant Technician, (1) Boston
  • Outside Plant Technician, (1) Braintree
  • Splice-Service Technician, (2) Dracut

Attached are five posters for 8 NE associate vacancies for posting period 2/14/18 through 2/20/18.

 

  • Equipment Installation Technician, (2) Brockton
  • Equipment Installation Technician, (1) Wareham
  • Equipment Installation Technician, (3) Framingham
  • Equipment Installation Technician, (1) Lowell
  • Equipment Installation Technician, (1) Lynn

The Providence Teachers Union will picket Mayor Jorge Elorza’s State of the City address to “shed light on his unwillingness to invest in Providence public schools, teachers, and students.”

The picket will take place on Tuesday, February 6 at 5:15 p.m. prior to Elorza’s 6 p.m. State of the City Address.

Providence public school teachers and support professionals are calling on Mayor Elorza to invest in public schools, teachers, and students.

The IBEW and CWA have finalized an agreement with the company, on a one time basis, to allow Verizon to grant 50 Verizon Communications restricted stock units to full time members and employees who are on the payroll on February 1st 2018. This grant to members and employees includes members on company approved leaves of absence, including without limitation short term disability leave and accident disability leave, provided that the member returns to work prior to January 31st 2020. The 50 restricted stock units or (RSU’s) will split into two vesting dates. 25 of the RSU’s will become vested on January 31st 2019 and the remaining 25 will become vested on January 31st 2020. At each of these vesting dates the 25 RSU’s will be valued at the stock price on that vesting date. At that time a cash value will be awarded to members minus any withholding taxes and other legally required deductions. The amount of cash that is paid  shall equal the number of RSU’s that vested on each of these 2 dates times the closing price of Verizon’s common stock on the NYSE as of the vested date.  There are no other options for these stock units. All payments under these award terms shall be made in cash. If you should retire you will still be awarded the 50 stock units on both vesting dates. The only members who will not be awarded RSU’s are members who are terminated for just cause and members who do not return to work prior to January 31st 2020. Members will receive a grant notice in the mail from Verizon explaining this offering. If you have any questions please call this office.

 

 

• Outside Plant Technician, (1) Brockton
• Outside Plant Technician, (4) Woburn
• Outside Plant Technician (1) Braintree
• Outside Plant Technician, (1) Dracut
• Central Office Technician, (1) Lynn

Be the Match Bone Marrow Drive for Joe Stravinsky

Be the Match is holding a bone marrow drive at the Briarwood Meadows’ clubhouse to assist in finding Joe a bone marrow match. The drive will be held Saturday February 17th from 12pm-4pm.

Ideal donors are ages 18 – 44, however those older than 44 may provide cheek swaps for a $100 fee. If you’re unable to attend, a swabbing kit can be mailed to you anywhere in the country.

The process for participating is painless; a cheek swap is all it takes. Please help us help Joe.

 

12 NE associate vacancies for posting period 1/3/18 through 1/9/18.

 

  • Outside Plant Technician, (1) Brockton
  • Outside Plant Technician, (6) Saugus
  • Outside Plant Technician (1) Ayer
  • Outside Plant Technician, (4) Boston

Reminder ** Tomorrow is the last day for ticket sales **

The IBEW Local 2323 Annual Christmas Party is next Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 6:00pm.
 
The party will be held at the Twin River Event Center at 100 Twin River Road Lincoln, RI. There will be a buffet, a carving station and cash bar. Tickets are $20 per person. Feel free to bring a spouse/friend etc.
 
Tickets will be on sale only until this Saturday December 9th. 
 
See a steward for tickets or call Ray Silvestri (401) 413-8937.