Verizon Member Assistance
Donations are being received into the IBEW Unity Fund to assist members during a time of critical need. The Unity Fund is not for everyday expenses of members but limited to emergency basic needs. Members can apply for assistance to a committee that has been established in each of the Verizon areas. The committee will review the application and determine if there is a need for emergency relief. The committee will evaluate the need and make a recommendation to the International Office for final approval. The amount and extent of any emergency relief assistance is limited to the available funds donated to the Fund.
Below are the general guidelines for receiving emergency assistance from the IBEW Unity Fund:
- You must be a member in good standing in order to be considered.
- Members that are currently receiving disability payments from the company will not be considered.
- You must maintain active picket duty if physically capable.
- It is up to the member to first contact and to try to make appropriate arrangements with creditors before asking for assistance.
- If you receive money from this fund and end up crossing a picket line you WILL be responsible to reimburse the fund.
For more information and any questions please contact:
Local Vice President Brian Stanton at (413) 351-1997
Also, Applications can be emailed to :
After 48 Days on Strike 39, 000 Members of the IBEW and CWA have a Tentative Agreement.
The Members within the IBEW SCT-6 Council took to the streets in order to force Verizon to negotiate a fair contract. Without your efforts and sacrifice we would not have achieved our goal. Nearly 11 months of negotiations have concluded in securing good jobs, wages, and benefits until August 3, 2019.
We have emerged from an ideological war with a corporation that believed that this was their opportunity to break the Union. The exact opposite happened. The Membership who took part in the Strike of Verizon in 2016 did not waiver. When faced with no pay – we stood tall. When faced with the elimination of our medical coverage the company thought that would be a crushing blow; believing we’d fall apart. When that didn’t happen the Verizon brass realized that they had severely underestimated our Solidarity.
Strikes are not only for the immediate situation they are also to measure if those who currently do the work are employees first or if they are Union Members first. That question has been asked and answered.
This Membership has indeed earned the respect of the Labor movement. When times of difficulty arise it affords an opportunity for people to distinguish themselves. For character is not built. It is revealed. Only when placed in the midst of a dire situation will we discover what is within ourselves and each other. When we went on Strike April 13, 2016 there was a great amount of uncertainty as to how long the Strike would last. But what became apparent immediately, in a very public forum, was the fact that the Members of the IBEW and CWA were prepared. Prepared to fight for a fair contract. We stepped on the gas pedal from day one and never relented. Great, Great Job!!
Thank you to every Member on the picket lines. Thank you to every picket Captain for keeping your line strong. And thank you to every member of the IBEW Bargaining Committee.
Taking pride in the “I” or “Me” of things is sacrilege; being proud of the “us” and “we” of things is what gives commonality….And that Brothers and Sisters is what achieves Solidarity.
Myles J. Calvey Business Manager IBEW Local 2222 / SCT-6 Chairman
Rita Sweeney Business Manger Local 2313
Steve Soule Business Manager Local 2320
Craig Fields Business Manager Local 2321
Eric Hetrick Business Manager Local 2322
Steven Murphy Business Manager Local 2323
John Rowley Sr. Business Manager Local 2324
David Keating Business Manager Local 2325
Peter McGlaughlin Business Manager Local 2327
Highlights of 2016 Tentative Agreement
- Duration – Contract expires on August 3, 2019
- Wages – Effective Date at Ratification
|The first Sunday after the Effective Date||3% increase applied to all steps of the basic wage schedule|
|The first Sunday following the first annual anniversary of the Effective Date||2.50% increase applied to all steps of the basic wage schedule|
|The first Sunday following the second annual anniversary of the Effective Date||2.50% increase applied to all steps of the basic wage schedule|
|The first Sunday following the third annual anniversary of the Effective Date||2.50% increase applied to all steps of the basic wage schedule|
- Ratification Bonus- A one-time, single Ratification Bonus payment of $1,000 will be paid within thirty (30) days after ratification.
- Pension Band Increases –
|Pension Band Effective Date||Percentage Increase|
|Ninety (90) Days After Ratification (“Pension Increase Date”)||1%|
|First Anniversary of Pension Increase Date||1%|
|Second Anniversary of Pension Increase Date||1%|
- Health Care Reimbursement Card – $250 – to be issued in September 2016. All Health Care Reimbursement funds MUST be used by December 31, 2108.
- Job Security – No Changes.
- CPS Award – Minimum $700 payable in 2017, 2018, 2019
- 401(k) Plan Changes – Within 90 days of effective date -Employees contributions level increased from 16% to 25%
- Local Contract Language – No Changes.
A Huge thank you to Joel MacKenzie with the International Food Festival for standing in solidarity with Union Locals IBEW 2324 and CWA 1400. All members in these locals, with valid picture ID, will have free admission to the 5 day food festival, coming up Memorial Day Weekend (May 26 – May 30th) @ the Big E fairgrounds.
Bring your family, kids under 12, military, Fire and Police are always free!
Following our meeting with Verizon on Monday, the CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company in off record discussions over call sharing, The union committee continued to meet throughout the week to discuss our next steps.
On May 5, CWA members and allies brought the Verizon strike to the company’s shareholder meeting in Albuquerque, NM. Dozens of strikers flew out from the East Coast and were met by their sisters and brothers in New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado. Over 250 people protested outside the meeting. Inside, CWA activists spoke on shareholder resolutions and presented more than 300,000 petitions from customers to CEO Lowell McAdam.
Later, 15 union members and community supporters were arrested, after they draped a 70-foot banner reading “Verizon: Good Jobs, No Greed” across Rio Grande Blvd and then sat down under the banner to block traffic.
“As long as corporate executives put short-term profits ahead of the workers who make those profits possible and the communities they promised to serve, the calls for a change of course at Verizon will only grow stronger,” said protestor Bianca Cunningham before she was arrested alongside fourteen other protestors for civil disobedience. Cunningham is a former Verizon Wireless worker who was fired in September while helping her fellow employees form a union.
National Day of Action
CWA members, activists and allies held a National Day of Action to focus attention on Verizon’s corporate greed. The 39,000 CWA and IBEW members remain on strike, pushing the company to stop offshoring jobs and to keep good jobs in our communities, so customers can get the quality service they deserve.
More than 400 protests were held nationwide, at Verizon Wireless stores and other locations in dozens of cities. In New York City, some 2,000 workers, supporters and elected leaders marched to a Verizon Wireless store on Wall Street.
Read more about the Day of Action and all the latest on the Verizon strike at
Keep the picket lines at Wireless strong, and keep following the scabs. The company will get the message–they will not break us.
We will win.