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  • IBEW Local Union 21 News

    IBEW Local Union 21 mourns the loss of our Brother Scott Kurinec who recently retired from AT&T.  Scott was an IBEW Local 21 Union Steward and friend to many. He will be missed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Scott's family and friends Given the current circumstances with the pandemic, Scott’s family hopes to plan a proper memorial this spring. They wouldn’t be able to host a proper memorial service representative of their “life of the party” Dad. He just had too many friends!


    Today, eligible IBEW 21 members employed as Outside Plant Technicians and Cable Splicing Technicians were given the opportunity to fill available positions in various C&E locations.  If you are interested in this voluntary preference you must fill out your electronic preference form by Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 4:00 PM (CST). If you have any questions contact your manager or your IBEW 21 Representative.


    IBEW Local Union 21 mourns the loss of our Brother, Charles Golar who worked at AT&T in Chicago.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and our members.


    Our IBEW Local 21 members working at the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management 911 Center are once again being recognized for their outstanding service. The IL-APCO awarded their Trainer of the Year Award to our Sister Susan Dennewitz. Her dedication and professionalism ensures that those who are seeking help in their times of greatest need are being served by our members who have received training from one the best of the best in Illinois. We also recognize the efforts of all of our members which attributed to the APCO Awarding Martin Doyle their Director of the Year Award. It is their collective efforts that help keep Chicago safe. Our members achieved this success while working through a pandemic and during some of the most chaotic times in the City’s history.


    We are saddened and mourn the passing of our Brother Guadalupe Lopez who worked at the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC).  We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his family, friends and coworkers.


    NOTE: This message only applies to AT&T employees age 65 and over. While investigating concerns raised by members IBEW 21 has found that Fidelity is advising employees age 65 and over, who either retired or are retiring this year, that they are not eligible to defer their pension payment date (aka Benefit Commencement Date) to next year. This is incorrect. Although the AT&T/Warner Media Pension Benefit Plan generally states that you may elect to start receiving your pension benefit as soon as your retirement date (aka Termination of Employment date) or the first (1st) day of any month following your retirement date and before reaching age 65 (aka Normal Retirement Age), the bargained Midwest Program portion of the AT&T/Warner Media Pension Plan has a Deferred Lump Sum option, which supersedes the general language of the Plan.


    You are almost out of time to complete your AT&T Benefits open enrollment! Benefit open enrollment for IBEW members working at AT&T concludes tomorrow Friday, November 13th at 7 p.m.  ENROLL NOW! Don’t be like Recording Secretary Bob Przybylinski who kept saying, “I don’t feel like doing it now, I’ll get to it later”.


    Benefit open enrollment for IBEW members working at AT&T concludes on Friday, November 13th at 7 p.m.  Don’t forget to enroll!


    November 4, 2020 - As we all get on with our day and still don’t know the results of the election there is one thing we do know for sure there will be no November Union Meetings.  Because of the spike in Covid cases and additional restrictions being put in place all IBEW Local 21 Union meetings are canceled. We ask all of you to remain safe and thank all of you who took the time to vote no matter which candidates you supported.


    November 3, 2020 - Today’s message is simple VOTE.


    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.

    Symptoms
    Fever • Cough • Shortness of breath
    They may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

    Coronavirus, Colds, Allergies, Strep or Flu?
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    Prevention

    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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