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  • IBEW 21 COVID-19 Updates

    IBEW 21 members should check here to find the latest COVID-19 news.
    This area may also include employer specific information when its available.
    This information will be update as necessary.

    March 20, 2020 6:00 PM - IBEW 21 Coronavirus Update and Stay at Home Order
    March 25, 2020 11:00 AM -  AT&T – IBEW Reach COVID-19 Bonus Agreement
    March 30, 2020 10:15 AM- City of Chicago OEMC Member Update
    March 30, 2020 11:00 AM - City of Chicago OEMC Vacations Canceled
    April 3, 2020 - April Union Meetings Canceled


    IBEW Local Union 21 News

    After courageously battling his illness, we are deeply saddened and mourn the loss of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 21 Chief Steward, our Brother Michael Andel. After hearing of our Brother’s passing, Local 21 President - Business Manager Paul Wright said, “Mike was a friend and a loyal, trusted, and passionate fighter for all of us in Local 21. He became a Union Steward at the age of 23 and I was proud to appoint Mike as a Chief Steward. Mike rose to the occasion and always carried that same passion and energy while doing his job despite his personal battle right on through the last few weeks of his life.” Our thoughts and prayers are with our Brother's family, friends and coworkers. A celebration of Mike’s life will be held at a later date

    Due to the Covid-19 Stay at Home Orders all IBEW 21 April Union meetings have been canceled. WORK SAFE! SOCIAL DISTANCE! STAY SAFE!

    March 30, 2020 11:00 AM - Representatives of IBEW Local 21 were notified that because of the unpredicted number of absences due to the effects of COVID-19, FMLA leaves and other reasons the City cannot grant PCOs vacations. This decision will affect PCOs with the following furloughs: Segment 4B, Full 5, and Segment 5A. Representatives from the City will contact employees if the cancelations need to go beyond 5A. It is anticipated that staffing numbers will continue to decrease and the City stated that they must take this measure to continue to provide essential 911 services to the residents of Chicago. If staffing numbers improve the City stated that they will reconsider their decision. Remember that all of us who count on you appreciate all of your hard work during this crisis.

    March 30, 2020 10:15 AM Over the past two weeks, your IBEW Local Union 21 Representatives have been having constant conversations with Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office over the effects of COVID-19 with respect to worker safety and benefits enhancements. The Mayor, her staff and IBEW Local 21 Officials appreciate and recognize the essential, hard work performed by PCOs and ACO Police Communications Operators I/II and Aviation Communications Operators in keeping the public safe. We are proud of all of you. The temporary City of Chicago COVID-19 benefit enhancements include additional paid COVID-19 sick-leave and leave of absence (LOA) for a parent or guardian having to attend to an underage child effected by school closures.

    March 25, 2020 - 11:00 am Thanks to talks that were initiated by our Local’s leadership, the IBEW SCT-3 Council and AT&T agreed to an across the board 20% lump sum cash bonus payment for all hours actually worked (Cash Award Program/CAP). The 20% bonus reward recognizes all employees who are working during these challenging times. The Cash Award is designed to show appreciation to employees who are working through this pandemic. The CAP is a joint effort between management and your Union to address the exigent circumstances presented by the COVID-19 Pandemic. We appreciate that AT&T acted to reward their employees, our IBEW members who are doing all they can to help the customers we serve and to whom we rely on.

    March 20, 2020 - Sisters & Brothers, We hope you and your loved ones are well. This communication is one that we hoped we would never have to send out. We are dealing with the reality of a pandemic and now a Stay at Home Order and the affects they have on our members, their employers, and those who rely on the essential services we provide. Safety is everyone’s number one concern. Almost every IBEW Local 21 member could find themselves in a situation where they may need to assist a person who is suffering from the effects of the Coronavirus. Our members working at 911 Call Centers, nursing homes, corporate call centers, and our thousands of members who come in direct contact with the public are providing essential vital services to those most in need as they deal with COVID-19. We are proud of all of you.

    IBEW Local Union 21 mourns the loss of our Sister Alicia Ann Woodfork, who worked at Gardenview Manor. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and coworkers. Viewing Tuesday, March 17, 2020 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Leek & Sons Funeral Home 304 East Williams. Visitation & Celebration of Life Wednesday, March 18, 2020 11:00 AM New Life Church of Faith 1419 N. Bowman Ave. Danville, IL

    Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards Sunday, February 23rd - 6:00 p.m. This is a very special game as the Chicago Bulls and IBEW 21 members celebrate Black History Month. All IBEW Local 21 members, retirees, family and friends can purchase half price Chicago Bulls tickets for the Sunday, February 23rd game against the Wizards. Every IBEW 21 member who purchases tickets through this offer will also receive exclusive access to watch pregame warmups from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. in the 100 level.

    IBEW Local Union 21 Scholarship 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 winners scholarships of $1,000 each. 2020 IBEW Local Union 21 Scholarship Essay Topics "How is globalization shifting the Labor Movement. "Vote – Are you registered, and how can your vote help Union Labor?" "How is Union Labor affected by current technology? i.e. Uber, Zelle,online shopping sites, etc." Applications must be received by Friday, May 1, 2020.

    The dates and times for the January Union meetings can be found on scroll above. Please note that the event calendar and upcoming events on are being updated with all of this year's union meetings. Until the updates are complete the listings may be wrong or out of order. The updates should be completed by the end of this week. Union meeting dates and locations for the January-March 2020 meetings can be found on your Union Board and on the back inside cover of Frontline.

    COVID 19 – Coronavirus

    All members should take proper precautions to protect themselves from COVID 19 and follow the precautions given to you by your employers.

      We are all in this together and we all need to do our part
    for ourselves, our families and those we serve.

    The information below is from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Illinois and Indiana Departments of Health.

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    The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes that can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

    Clean your hands often.
    Avoid close contact.
    Stay home if you’re sick and wear a mask.
    Cover coughs and sneezes.
    Clean and disinfect.


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