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!