August 27, 2015 -
As was reported on Thursday, August 20th, the IBEW and CWA reached a tentative agreement with Johnson Controls, Inc. on a new, 3-year contract, which would expire on July 31st, 2018. Ballots will be mailed to members’ home address of record in the first week of September. To view the contract overview click on the headline above.
August 24, 2015 -
Contract negotiations affecting nearly 100 recently organized Lake County Indiana Emergency Call Center dispatchers will begin tomorrow August 25, 2015.It is the intent of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 21 (IBEW 21) to reach a fair agreement with Lake County representatives.
The IBEW was founded on the principles of safety and understands that the Lake County Emergency Center Dispatchers work to protect the county’s citizens every day.The IBEW 21 bargaining team looks forward to working with Lake County to negotiate a contract on the wages, benefits and working conditions the dispatchers truly deserve.
IBEW members are asked to support their bargaining team by wearing black and gold. Show them your support with your Solidarity!
The IBEW and the CWA have each reached a tentative Agreement with Johnson Controls as of 5pm C.S.T. (6pm E.S.T.) today. The agreements contain many improvements over existing provisions, addressing our members’ concerns. Specific details about the tentative Agreement will be released next week.
The unions have agreed to the medical, dental, and vision plans which will be provided by CBRE upon the completion of the sale of GWS, from Johnson Controls to CBRE.
All bargained-for members from the CWA and the IBEW should make themselves available to participate in the company’s planned benefits presentation calls scheduled for next week.
The times and dates of the calls will be communicated to our members via company email.
The Michael A. Kunas Memorial Fund will be hosting “A Night of Bowling and Family Fun” on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Diversey Bowl in Chicago. A portion of the proceeds will assist our Sister Jacqueline Thomas. Tickets are only $30 per bowler and include pizza, pop, & shoe rental, non-bowling tickets are $15 and include pizza & pop both include a limited open bar.
We are once again holding our 50/50 raffle. Tickets are only $5 or 5 for $20. Last year’s winner won over $3,000!
Contact your Chief Steward or Business Representative to purchase both raffle and bowling tickets. They can also be purchased with a credit card, by contacting Barb in the IBEW 21 Union Hall at 630.960.4466 ext. 237.
July 29, 2015 - The contract between IBEW Local Union 21 and Johnson Controls has been extended until August 31, 2015. The current contract was set to expire on Friday, July 31, 2015. Talks between union representatives and management have been taking place over the past several weeks. The bargaining sessions have been productive however the teams didn’t feel they would reach an acceptable agreement before the current contract was set to expire. The parties will use the extra time to discuss the remaining issues and are confident a new collective Bargaining Agreement will be reached by August 31, 2015. If you have any questions please contact your union representative.
The IBEW 21 Days of Giving - Back to School Supply Drive is scheduled to wrap up this Saturday, August 1st. We learned of a great way you can save some money and donate to the drive. Menards has school supplies on sale. You can buy up to 10 notebooks and 10 packs of pens and they will send you a rebate for the full price of those items that you can use on a future purchase. They also have back packs on sale for under $4 which are a costly item that the kids we are assisting need. Many other supplies are on sale for under $0.60. You can make learn about making donations to our fundraiser online by clicking the headline above.
Now that the heat of summer has finally arrived we remind all members to take proper precautions while working outside. All members should review safety documentation given to them by their employers. Supplemental information on working in hot weather can be found on OSHA’s website osha.gov. OSHA developed a Heat Safety App which allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their work-site, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level. With a simple "click," you can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken.
As the IBEW 21 Days of Giving – Back to School Drive enters its second week we have some exciting news to announce. Members, retirees and “friends of Local 21” can now donate online with our GoFundMe campaign. You can donate here: http://www.gofundme.com/z7qkrm4
Your donations will benefit families affected by the Coal City tornado and children in living in broken homes. We are working with the Coal City School District, My Joyful Heart in Mokena, IL, Mercy Home in Chicago, and Crittenton Centers in Peoria, IL.
July 17, 2015
Have some fun with your family at Great America. IBEW Local 21 members can purchase discounted Great America tickets.
The tickets are only $35 a savings of over 50%.
They are good for park visits on 7/18 & 7/19 and 8/1 & 8/2.
To order your tickets go to the Six Flags website. Once you get there, pick Six Flags Great America as your park and in the upper right corner enter promo code: IBEW15.
On June 17th, bargaining teams from the IBEW and CWA entered into joint negotiations with Johnson Controls, Inc. with the goal of achieving a fair Contract, which addressed our members concerns, by the expiration of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, July 31, 2015.
After several days of meetings with the company, we remain cautiously optimistic that we can realize those goals.