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IBEW 21 members have strength in numbers  we must use our strength to win the good pay, retirement security, safe work environments, broad access to quality education for our children and much more. By mobilizing through our get-out-the-vote effort, IBEW 21 members can elect candidates who support and will enact a working families’ agenda so we all can move forward together.

The Open Enrollment period for 2017 benefits for AT&T Active Employees started on Monday, October 10th at 7 a.m. and will continue through Friday, October 21st at 7 p.m. Central time. The AT&T Benefits Center website is: Keep in mind that monthly contributions for medical are changing for 2017. For details on what your monthly contributions will be see the Benefits Article 16 Attachment A of your contract beginning on page 45. There is a CarePlus Contribution Holiday beginning on January 1st, 2017 that will run through the entire 2017 plan year until further notice. If you are currently enrolled in CarePlus you will not pay anything for 2017. If you are not enrolled in CarePlus this is a great time to enroll.

Fright Fest - October Union Meetings - Union meetings start next week.  Find out the latest news by attending a meeting.  Fright Fest - Great America is offering IBEW members discounted tickets to Fright Fest for admission on October 14th -16th.  Tickets are only $36 dollars which is a savings of over 50%.

Today, AT&T announced a surplus of 69 employees in Illinois and Northwest Indiana. The job cuts will affect employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 21 (IBEW 21). Voluntary Separation Packages (VSIPP) are available to employees who are not affected by today’s surplus announcement as defined in Article 30.43. If you would like to save the job of someone whose job is at risk, please consider turning in your VSIPP application today. If you are interested, you must file your VSIPP paperwork by 5 p.m. (CST) Thursday, September 22, 2016. A general SIPP offer is being offered to Telecommunications Specialists in the Global Infrastructure Provisioning Department located at 311 W. Washington, Chicago. AT&T is looking for up to five employees to accept the SIPP.

IBEW Local Union 21 mourns the loss of Brother Robert C. Burger Jr., Customer Systems Technician - Peoria, Illinois. Visitation - Wednesday, August 31, 4:00 PM - 06:00 PM, funeral service - Thursday, 10:00 AM, Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory 444 East Washington Street, East Peoria,IL. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

There are still seats available for the Union Day - University of Illinois football game on Saturday, September 10th when Lovie Smith and the ILLINI take on the #22 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels at Memorial Stadium.  Game time is 6:30 p.m. Tickets which include food and drinks at a pregame tailgate are only $15.

IBEW Local Union 21 mourns the loss of Brother Sherman Hammons, Premises Technician, Skokie IL. Arrangements: Viewing Friday, August 26th 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Wake & Funeral Saturday, August 27th. Wake 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Funeral 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Midwest Funeral Home 5040 South Western Avenue Chicago. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

IBEW Local Union 21 mourns the loss of Brother Derick Hudson, Customer Systems Technician, Chicago, IL. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Arrangements Viewing: Friday, August 19, 2016, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., Burton Funeral Home, Chicago. Home Going Services: Saturday, August 20, 2016, Wake 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Funeral 11:00 – Noon, Damascus Missionary Baptist Church , Chicago.

BREAKING NEWS AT&T/DIRECTV Employees Vote to Approve Contract Agreements August 15, 2016 - Downers Grove, IL - As we reported last month, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers System Council T-3 (IBEW SCT-3) and AT&T reached a tentative agreement for over 3,000 employees recently organized who work at DIRECTV/AT&T. We are very pleased to announce that today these contracts were overwhelming ratified by these workers. The call center group voted 91.7% in favor of ratification and DIRECTV premises technicians, clerical employees, and warehouse workers voted 77.66% in favor of ratification.

Join your IBEW 21 Brothers & Sisters and their families on Saturday September 10th on Union Day as the Fighting Illini take on North Carolina at Memorial Stadium. Tickets are only $15 and include a complimentary pregame tailgate in Lot 31 with food and drinks included.  Deadline to order is Monday, August 29th, 2016. Order your tickets online today!

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Great America Ticket Discounts!
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Congratulations to our members who received awards for their outstanding public service and to our new members who just graduated.

Shannon and our members at JULIE One-Call Center did a great job collecting school supplies for kids in need.
IBEW 21 Days of Giving
Chris & Gary from Morris help deliver school supplies to the families in Coal City.
A Little Snow Can't Stop Them
Prem Techs John Griffey & George Hovorka from Wheaton do what it takes to safely get the job done.

Deseree Lee Bass volunteers at Mercy Home During the IBEW 21 Days of Giving.

Fleet mechanic James “Jimmy” Byrne testing a line truck at the Cermak garage.

Jim Fleming and Jim Moniak working in Morocco, IN

Steve McCullum - Romeoville DEG tech working on a crossbox in Alsip.

Ed Lauer as he works on a Hicap circuit in the manhole on Foster Ave. and York Road in Bensenville.
All Nighter
Paul Cavenaile works a 900 pair pulp cable hit at 75th & Lemont Road.
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