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IBEW 21 Grace Street Contract Survey

IBEW Local Union 21 has posted the 2019 Chicago Grace Street Center Bargaining survey.  It is designed to be completed by all IBEW 21 members currently working at Grace Street. We are asking that all current Local 21 Grace Street members take the time to fill out the survey completely.

Take the survey now by clicking here.

Your username is your Union Card number. Your password is solidarity21 unless you have previously changed your password.

Deadline to participate is May 4, 2019

IBEW Local Union 21 News

Now that the deadline to file your taxes has passed another deadline is quickly approaching and your kids could be costing you an opportunity to put money back in your pocket.  The deadline to apply for an IBEW Local Union 21 scholarship is Friday, May 3rd. Our Local union is proud to offer, on an annual basis, the IBEW Local Union 21 Scholarship Program, available to all IBEW Local Union 21 members and their immediate family. Each year, our Local awards up to ten winners scholarships of $1000 each.

IBEW Local Union 21 mourns the loss of our Sister Joyce Rodriguez who worked for AT&T in Chicago. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and coworkers.

IBEW Local Union 21 mourns the loss of our Brother Cecil Knight, who worked at AT&T, in the Chicago Cermak Garage. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

As a result of many discussions that occurred between our IBEW leadership and AT&T all involuntary force reductions were pulled down. Hundreds of jobs in many different departments would have been lost if these conversations didn’t occur. IBEW workforce reductions across all departments in the second quarter of 2019 will occur with only volunteers accepting separation packages. The results of everyone’s efforts have paid off. While no one can guarantee what may happen in the future, today we all can breathe a sigh of relief.

IBEW Local Union 21 mourns the loss of our Brother Mark Skertich, who worked at AT&T, in the Crown Point Garage. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and coworkers. Visitation Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm Elmwood Chapel 11300 W. 97th Lane St.

Come to a Union meeting to learn about what is happening in your Union! Applications are being accepted for IBEW 21 Scholarships. The deadline to get your materials in is May 3, 2019. We are continuing to have trouble sending text updates to members with certain cell phone carriers or certain types of cell phones. If you are not getting text messages or know of a someone who hasn’t received them, we are asking all members to sign up to receive email updates.

AT&T notified IBEW Local Union 21 that they are contemplating a Premises Technician Layoff.  A layoff has not been announced. Discussions are taking place to reduce the possibility of a layoff and determine if AT&T will reduce the number of contractors performing DirecTV work and if that reduction will eliminate or reduce the number of Premises Technicians that could be affected by AT&T’s contemplated layoff. We must stress a layoff has not yet been announced and that AT&T may not eliminate all contractors. IBEW Local 21 representatives and management are discussing alternatives to avoid AT&T’s contemplated layoff. We realize this will cause anxiety but our focus right now is to minimize or eliminate the contemplated layoff of Premises Technicians.

On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, our Brother Thomas Marin, an AT&T Premises Technician from Alsip, Illinois was in a very serious accident involving a semi-truck, while working on detail in North Dakota. He sustained very serious injuries and is in stable condition.  We know he will have a long road to recovery. During these trying times IBEW 21 members, managers and friends are being asked to help. In a coordinated effort to help, IBEW Local 21 is accepting donations to assist Tom and his family during his recovery. Voluntary donations can be made through the IBEW 21 Member Assistance Fund. It is on the same webpage we use for our 21 Days of Giving Drives.

Our Local union is proud to offer, on an annual basis, the IBEW Local Union 21 Scholarship Program, available to all IBEW Local Union 21 members and their immediate family. Each year, our Local awards up to ten winners scholarships of $1000 each. Applicants must submit their application and a minimum of a 1,000 word essay or show your creativity through a video, photograph, or music. Applications must be received by Friday May 3, 2019. Essay Topics are: What are the effects of President Trump’s NLRB appointees to the Labor Movement and What are the effects of President Trump’s Supreme Court Judge appointments to the Labor Movement?

WORK SAFE! With the snow and extremely cold weather hitting our area we remind all members to work safely when helping those we serve. All members should review the safety documentation given to them by their employers.  OSHA provides many safety tips for workers who work in extremely cold conditions. We All Must Remember No job is so important and no service is so urgent that we cannot take the time to perform our jobs safely. Please check on your family, friends and neighbors to make sure they are safe and forward this information to others who may be at risk.

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It is not that cold!
Neighborhood Watch
Bourbonnais Solidarity
Great Job!
Union Stewards Cedric Wouldfolk and DeJon Willis volunteer at the Anti-Violence block party in Chicago.
Great Job Rock Island!
IBEW 21 members hit their goal all the kids at Bethany Home now have a new backpack for school!
Dodging the Rain Drops
Alan Fayia an IBEW 21 AT&T “Downtown” Walker dodges the rain as he walks from job to job in Chicago.
Proud to Help!
IBEW 21 members help build a house for a vet alongside volunteers from A Soldier’s Journey more pics can be found in our photo gallery.
Great Job City of Chicago 911 OEMC Members!
Congratulations to our members who received awards for their outstanding public service and to our new members who just graduated.
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.

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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