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December 8, 2016 WORK SAFE! With the extremely cold weather hitting our area we remind all members to work safely when helping the customers we serve. All members should review the safety documentation given to them by their employers.

The IBEW 21 Days of Giving Toy & Coat Drive will conclude on Monday December 12th and we are far short of our goal.  If you able, please consider making a donation so we can brighten the holidays for children in need. If you are collecting donations in your work locations please talk to your Chief Stewards and Business Representatives and let them know what you have collected so we can make arrangements to get your donations to the children. Sisters and Brothers we realize we are asking a lot from you this time of year with our donation requests. We thank all of you who are helping out. IBEW Local Union 21 & 1220 members are making a difference in the communities where we live and work.

As many of you may have heard on a worker from AT&T was robbed and shot after following his assailant’s demands.  The story appeared in many news outlets.  The AT&T employee is an IBEW Local 21 Union member. We are grateful to all of you who have prayed and posted words of encouragement since the story was posted on our Facebook page. While we all try to understand this senseless act of violence many IBEW Local Union 21 members have asked how they can help. Some have started collecting donations in their work locations. Additionally in a coordinated effort to help our Brother and his family during these trying times, IBEW Local 21 is accepting donations to assist him during his recovery.

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls in Chicago needs IBEW 21 volunteers to help out at their Aftercare Christmas party on Thursday, December 15th from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. They need us to fill a number of roles such as setting up, guest check-in, assisting with kid’s activities, the toy table and helping Santa. If you are available to volunteer, please contact IBEW 21 Recording Secretary Bob Przybylinski at 630-960-4466 ext. 447 or 708-404-0417,

IBEW 21 Days of Giving Toy & Coat Drive kicks off today! As we enter the holiday season it is time for us to once again brighten the holidays for children who are assisted by charities in the areas where we live and work.  The IBEW 21 Days of Giving Toy and Coat Drive kicks off today. The children whose holidays we hope to brighten are assisted by Bethany Home, Crittenton Centers, Mercy Home, My Joyful Heart, and Scwab Rehab Hospital. There are over 1000 children served by these organizations. We are proud to announce that our Brothers and Sisters from IBEW Local 1220 are joining us in our IBEW 21 Days of Giving Toy and Coat Drive. Please donate today by clicking the headline above.

Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States, and I offer my congratulations to the president-elect... To the extent that President-elect Trump is serious about working toward growing the middle class and providing real opportunities for working Americans, we are willing to work with him. On issues like trade, infrastructure, jobs and outsourcing, there can be common ground between us, and I am committed to finding it. But building an economy that works for everybody & restoring the shared prosperity that made the American dream possible for working people requires policies that put people and families first...

Now that the Election is behind us it is time to start thinking about the holidays. The IBEW 21 Days of Giving Toy and Coat Drive will run from November 21st – December 11th. Please start talking to your Brothers and Sisters about the drive.

It is the day before the election that everyone can’t wait to end and many members still haven’t voted or received their latest issue of Frontline that contains important election articles and endorsements. Please read Frontline before heading to the polls. Please read Frontline before heading to the polls. Paul Wright talks about the importance of electing candidates that have voted on issues in favor of working families. This edition also contains Labor’s position on the ballot initiatives concerning Transportation Funding and Redistricting.

The Cubs have finally won the World Series the best way to celebrate is to read the latest edition of Frontline.   Ok - maybe it is the third or fourth best way.  Now that we have your attention we just wanted to let you know that the October issue of Frontline is working its way through the postal system. The issue went to print prior to this week’s announcement about the agreement to resolve the AT&T surplus. Please keep that in mind if you read an article that mentions the surplus.

On September 15, 2016 AT&T declared a surplus.  Since then IBEW 21 leadership and AT&T have been in discussions to alleviate the surplus. Your IBEW 21 leadership reached a non-precedent setting agreement with management to resolve the surplus. The current surplus will be resolved by offering TFS surplus employees Regular Full-Time positions in Construction & Engineering (C&E). The offers will be made via a canvass of active employees in the surplus work groups to C&E positions within the same RCA, then to positions in other RCA’s. The agreement will also rebalance headcount in C&E which will reduce C&E headcount in certain locations and job titles and transfer employees to other locations and job titles within C&E.

IBEW 21 Days of Giving Toy & Coat Drive

The IBEW 21 Days of Giving Toy & Coat Drive runs from 11/21 – 12/11.

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You can now make online donations by clicking here.

This Drive will benefit children assisted by Bethany Home (Rock Island), Crittenton Centers (Peoria), Mercy Home (Chicago), and My Joyful Heart (Mokena) and those at Scwab Rehab Hospital.
.  There are over 1000 children served by these organizations.

We are asking all IBEW 21 members, retirees and friends of Locals 21 and 1220 to help make the holidays brighter for these kids.  It is our goal to provide a gift for each child.

Please donate now by visiting our online donation page here.

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Shannon and our members at JULIE One-Call Center did a great job collecting school supplies for kids in need.
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Chris & Gary from Morris help deliver school supplies to the families in Coal City.
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Deseree Lee Bass volunteers at Mercy Home During the IBEW 21 Days of Giving.

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