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    IBEW Local Union 21 News

    We are deeply saddened and mourn the loss of retired International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 21 Business Representative Harold Hess.  Our Brother started his career with Illinois Bell as a Central Office Technician and retired in 2003 after nearly 32 years of service. Harold had served as a Steward in the IBEW since the 1970’s. He became a Chief Steward in 1994 and in 2001 was promoted to Business Representative. Upon learning of his passing, Local 21 President Business - Manager Paul Wright said, "Harold was a great mentor and an even better friend. He will truly be missed." Brother Hess was a friend to many and will be fondly remembered for his great sense of humor.

    Grace Street members don't forget to take your IBEW 21 Grace Street Bargaining Survey. The deadline to participate is March 11, 2023. From February 23rd-March 5th if you have trouble accessing the survey, contact IBEW 21 Business Representative John Dolsen at

    IBEW Local Union 21 has posted the IBEW 21 - AT&T Grace Street 2023 Bargaining Survey on It is designed to only be completed by IBEW 21 members working at the AT&T Grace Street Call Center. We are asking all current AT&T Grace Street members to take the time to fill out the survey completely. The deadline to participate is March 11, 2023.

    January Unit 1 and Unit 5 Meetings Updates Tonight’s 1/12/23 Unit 1 Union and Building Corporation meeting will still be at 6940 W Diversey Ave. in Chicago. The location is VFW Post #8322. The location is not an American Legion as listed on the Union meeting posting. Unit 5 Location Change IBEW Local 538 in Danville notified us that they have a scheduling conflict.

    January 2023 Union Meetings The dates and locations for the January IBEW 21 Union and Building Corporation meetings have been posted on . The meetings can be found under the Member Resources Menu tab.  The calendar and upcoming events will be updated once the dates and locations for the rest of 2023 are confirmed. There is a new Unit 1 meeting location.

    The Officers, Executive Board, and Staff of IBEW Local Union 21 would like to wish all of our members and retirees and friends a safe, happy and blessed holiday season.  Thank you to everyone who donated to the IBEW 21 Toy and Coat Drive. Your donations will make a difference in the lives of families in the areas where we live and work. If you would still like to make a difference for a family in need, you can donate in the links above.

    With extremely cold weather and snow 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.  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.

    Many of us will be observing the holidays during the brutal weather headed our way.  While we celebrate in warmth, let’s take time to think of the thousands in the communities where we live and work who are not as fortunate as we are. During the next few days, there will be children who are cold because they don’t have a warm coat, socks or boots, and many who will be shivering because they lack shelter. We are asking all members, retirees and our IBEW 21 friends to donate a minimum of one dollar to help those who lack the basics to survive during these difficult times. Your donations will benefit My Joyful Heart and Never99. If we all contribute, imagine the warmth we can give to those who need it the most

    If you are an AT&T employee who is considering retiring by the end of the year because you have concerns regarding how the current rise in inflation is impacting next year's corporate bond rate, it is imperative that you begin the process sooner rather than waiting until the last minute. As is typical with the holiday season, many managers will be on vacation and not available. Also, Fidelity may need additional time to process your pension calculation if you have any special circumstances that may require a manual calculation. The sooner you start the process, the more time you will have to resolve any issues or errors that may arise. So again, if you are planning to retire this year, take action now.

    The Bears have a bye week and if you are one of those Packer Backers, you have another week to gloat about last week’s win over a team that is rebuilding.  Since you will have extra time this weekend, it is the perfect opportunity to donate to the IBEW 21 Toy, Coat, Blanket and Toiletries Drive. My Joyful Heart helps over 1,100 school children and Never 99 assists countless individuals who are in need of life’s basic necessities. Let’s use our free time this weekend to help those in the communities where we live and work by donating today. If everyone who receives this message donates just $1, the impact we could make would be incredible.

    John Oliver Talks Unions

    John Oliver talks about unions and corporate America's tactics to sack them
    by hiring union busting attorneys.  For workers who are already in a union these
    same scumbags teach managers how to destroy the labor relations process.
    At the end of the day it is union member’s solidarity that beats them back.

    President Biden on the Importance of Unions

    President Biden talks about the importance of unions and how they build the middle class.
    He supports the right of collective bargaining and the right to join a union.

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