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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.

Join your IBEW 21 Brothers and Sisters at two Blackhawks games.  You can purchase specially discounted tickets for these games: Blackhawks vs Vancouver Canucks-Monday, March 18th 7:30 pm and Blackhawks vs Colorado Avalanche-Sunday, March 24th 7:00 pm Go to the links and enter the discount code: LABOR Tickets are very limited score yours by ordering today.

IBEW Local Union 21 mourns the loss of our Brother Jeffrey Harris, who worked at AT&T, in the Joliet Garage.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and coworkers.

IBEW Local 21 Member Day with the Bulls on Sunday, March 3rd - 2:30 p.m. IBEW Local 21 members, family and friends are invited to watch as the Bulls battle the Hawks. On this special day, all IBEW Local 21 members, retirees, family and friends can purchase discounted Chicago Bulls tickets.

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