Brother Jason Spencer, from the Apponaug Garage is leading a team for a head shaving fundraiser aimed at curing childhood cancer. On Tues March 25th, 2014 5:00pm-10:00pm @ Whiskey Republic. Any member wishing to join Jason’s team in this effort or to donate please click the link below.

Jason Spencer

It is with great sadness Local 2323 report’s the passing of long time member Tony Alves, he was a beloved member for over 45 years. Tony is also the father of Robert & David Alves, both current IBEW Local 2323 members. Our thoughts & prayers are with the Alves Family.

ALVES, ANTHONY L. 84 of Howland Avenue, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. He was the husband of the late Barbara L. (Haggstrom) Alves. He was born in Bristol, a son of the late Antonio and Mariana (Amaral) Alves. Mr. Alves was a Communications Technician for New England Telephone and was a 45 year member of I.B.E.W. 2323. He played Senior League Softball as a pitcher for many years and also represented Rhode Island in the Senior Olympics for softball. He was an avid fisherman. He leaves three sons, Steven A. Alves of Warren, David E. Alves and his wife Estel of East Providence and Robert P. Alves and his wife Connie of Riverside and three grandchildren, David, Elisha and Robert. He was the brother of the late Edward Alves. His funeral will be held on Saturday at 9:00 AM from the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Martha’s Church, Pawtucket Avenue. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours Friday 4-8. In lieu of flowers contributions to Home & Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904 would be appreciated. – See more at:

The Local Union office is experiencing telephone difficulties. We are in the process of having the problem fixed. If you have any difficulty in reaching the Union office please see your steward they have alternate ways to reach the office staff on your behalf. Thank you for your patience.

IBEW Local 2323 is please to announce Pathway to a College Degree program start on Monday, March 10th 2014 at 6pm.

The first class offered will be Workplace Psychology. Any member who has not already signed up but is interested in attending please contact the Union office.

IBEW Local 2323 will be holding a Spaghetti Dinner in Honor of Joe Stravinky

When: Sunday March 16, 2014 @ 1:00pm

Where: Ibew Local 2323 Union Hall – 22 Amflex Drive, Cranston RI 02920

Tickets: $20 Adults / $5 Children – Contact Ray Silvestri 401-413-8937

There will be games and entertainment for the kids.

By George H. Nee

In 2014, the Rhode Island AFL-CIO plans to pursue a legislative agenda that is pro-growth, pro-worker, pro-union and, yes, pro-business. These four basic tenets have served as the basis of our legislative activities, and will continue in the future, to ensure that all Rhode Islanders prosper and succeed. We have made our most progress when business, labor and government have worked together to improve our economy.

For its economy to grow, our state needs workers to fill the jobs of the 21st century. We are pleased that Gov. Lincoln Chafee recognizes the skills gap and his fiscal year 2015 budget proposes $1.6 million for workforce development. However, we must go further to retrain Rhode Islanders who are being left by the wayside because of a lack of technical skills.

We will also advocate increased funding for adult literacy programs. Workforce development and adult literacy would help workers come up to speed and excel. To avoid a future skills gap, we must be willing to invest in education from an early age. The Rhode Island AFL-CIO will advocate funding for full-day kindergarten to ensure that our school children are prepared to compete in an increasingly global economy.

To get workers to their jobs in a safe, affordable, dependable and environmentally friendly manner, a sustainable and reliable funding stream for the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority needs to be in place.

Apprenticeships have long been an avenue for younger workers to gain the skills and experience necessary to have a fulfilling career in the building and construction trades. The Rhode Island AFL-CIO supported the restoration of the Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program requiring certified apprenticeship programs on projects over $10 million, and we fully support the increased funding in this year’s budget. Businesses benefit from tax credits, Rhode Island’s rich architectural history is preserved, workers are put to work, and the programs teach a new generation of workers the skills needed to construct and maintain Rhode Island’s infrastructure.

We will also advocate prescribed apprenticeship hours on all publicly funded state and quasi-public projects to ensure that public money is being spent on reputable contractors while providing training opportunities for a new generation in the building and construction trades. We will continue to support the Rhode Island College/ University of Rhode Island Joint Nursing Education Center as an integral part of the Dynamo House Project.

Governor Chafee’s budget succinctly states what the Rhode Island AFL-CIO has been saying for years: “[The] state’s economy, its workers and its businesses are harmed by the existence of an illegal underground economy in which individuals and businesses conceal their activities from government licensing, regulatory and taxing authorities.” We need a clear, strong and enforceable definition of employee misclassification to stop the rampant abuse of employees by unscrupulous employers. Business owners who follow the rules are harmed by those who improperly classify their employees; the state is robbed of substantial tax revenues; workers are cheated of wages and benefits; and union members are harmed when their work is undercut by those willing to flout the laws.

We are supporting a raise in the minimum wage to $9 an hour on Jan. 1, 2015, then to $10 an hour in 2016, and indexed to inflation going forward. This measure would greatly benefit Rhode Island businesses and workers, and spur growth in the local economy.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would affect approximately 65,000 Rhode Island workers and have a $77.7 million impact on the state’s gross domestic product. This is money that will be spent in Rhode Island right away. Having a job should lift a worker out of poverty, not trap him or her in it.

Rhode Island’s most vulnerable citizens deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. That is why we have long advocated increased funding for programs benefiting the developmentally disabled and residents in nursing homes. Our state should support the effort by the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless to increase funding for rental vouchers to combat chronic homelessness.

Rhode Island should continue to lead by example and keep Victory Day as a state holiday, recognizing the sacrifices made by millions to preserve our freedom. We will vigorously oppose any changes to the status of Victory Day.

Our legislative agenda is one of fairness, growth, education and opportunity that lets all Rhode Islanders from all walks of life succeed and thrive together. Because of the depth and breadth of the issues supported by the Rhode Island AFL-CIO for the benefit of all, we truly are the “people’s lobby.”

George H. Nee is president of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO.

IBEW Local 2323 has learned retired member Sally Horsman has passed away.  Sally was one of the first Fiber Network Technicians staffed into the Fiber Solutions Center upon opening in Providence in 2005. Her loss will be felt by many who had the pleasure of working with her over the years.   The Officers & Staff of the Local extend their thoughts & prayers for Sally, and her family.   Arrangements are listed below.


Sarah Elizabeth Bimbo Horsman died peacefully after a long illness at the Ellis Nursing Home. She was 68.


Sarah was born in Newport, RI, the daughter of the late Albert and Sarah (Costello) Horsman. She was raised in Weymouth and spent a lot of time in Cambridge before settling in Medford. Sarah worked in many capacities with Verizon for over 30 years. She also worked as a waitress at Fantasia’s Restaurant before it closed. Sarah was devoted to her family. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sarah had many friends and enjoyed making her Spring Street home a welcoming place.



She was a loving mother to Christine Troy and her husband Michael of Malden, Melissa Hathaway and her husband Scott of Attleboro, Matthew Bimbo and his wife Melissa Hartman of Franklin, and the late Tammy Auger. The devoted wife of the late Arthur W. Bimbo, she was a beloved grandmother to Billy, Matty, Richard, Kimberly, Christina, David, Ashley, Tiffany, Joshua, Amanda, Christian, Jake, Brooke and also leaves 13 loving great-grandchildren. She was a dear sister to Albert Horsman, June Denafio, Marcia Aufiero and Dale Horsman.


Her funeral will be from the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford, Monday February 3rd at 8 AM followed by a funeral mass celebrated in St. Raphael Church, 512 High Street, Medford, at 9 AM. Services will conclude with entombment at Woodlawn Mausoleum, Everett. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend and may visit with the family Sunday 4 – 8 PM.


Memorial contributions may be made in Sarah’s name to Abundant Hope Pregnancy Resource Center 104 County St. Attleboro, MA 02703.

With a heavy heart IBEW Local 2323, has learned retired,  long time member Bobby Allen has passed away.  The Officers & Staff of the Local extend their thoughts & prayers for Bobby and his family.   Details of the services can be found below.
ALLEN, BOBBY L. 70 of Punta Gorda, Florida and formerly of East Providence died Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. He was the husband of Deborah (Silva) Allen. Born in Richmond, Virginia he was the son of the late Robert and Sara (Bishop) Allen. Bobby was a lineman for Verizon for 40 years before he retired. He served in the Navy for 6 years. Besides his wife he leaves two sons, Kurt Allen and Michael Allen, two daughters, Gizette Allen and Michelle Caverio, one sister, Jacqueline Robinson, nine grandchildren, Danielle, Malcolm, Dominic, Jayden, Mason, Alexis, Gary, Jr., Neema and John and three great grandchildren. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 5-8 PM in the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a funeral service to follow at 8 PM. Burial will be private. – See more at:

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of IBEW Local 2323 member Kathy Brown.   Kathy worked as an Administrative Assistant, and has been a long time, beloved member of IBEW Local 2323 along with several of our sister locals (IBEW 2322 & IBEW 2325) over the years.  The Officers & Staff of the Local, send our thoughts & prayers for Kathy, and to her family in this difficult time.

Services for Kathy are as follows –

Gospel Tabernacle Outreach Ministries

145 Oakland Ave

Providence, RI 02908

Wednesday 01/29/2014    5:00pm – 7:00pm  is a private viewing for the family members ONLY.

Thursday 1/30/2014 from 10:00am-11:00am will be the wake & 11:00am–12:00pm will be the funeral.

The repast will follow immediately after the funeral.

For those who are interested in helping the family, they are requesting food for the rep

President Dan Musard, has informed me, that the Executive Board met January 23, 2014.   The Executive Board has voted to fill the vacant Treasurer seat, and Brother Mike Angelotti has been elected to the position by majority vote.  President Musard, and the entire Executive Board, wish to thank the following members who submitted their names for consideration – Mike Walsh, Bill Dunn, Christine Wingren, Paul Graham and Dave Caramiciu.   President Musard has asked that any member interested in becoming involved to please consider serving on on of the many committee’s of the Local.