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It’s been a long 6 years, but the end is in sight for our struggle for justice at Altura. We entered into negotiations with Altura in the summer of 2015 intending to achieve a new contract. The company did not enter those negotiations in good faith and strung them out until January 2016, whereupon it imposed illegal, unilateral terms on our members. Shortly thereafter the Union filed a charge with the NLRB against Altura. In March of 2017 a hearing was held, and the Union’s charge was upheld by the Administrative Law Judge assigned to the case. The company appealed that decision to the NLRB in Washington, and again we were victorious. Next, Altura appealed the Board’s rulings to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where a 3-judge panel upheld the Board and the ALJ’s prior rulings in the Union’s favor.


AT&T recently released a safety video demonstrating how to properly tie a clove hitch knot. The training video was filmed in the Company’s home state of Texas and was released throughout the Company’s network organizations. As the video states: “They have attempted to use a lot of humor to get their point across,” and a high ranking company official boasts that: “You will not be able to get this message out of your head.” Groups of employees definitely cannot get the imagery out of their heads. Sadly, the video reinforces the message that high level company officials are blind to the existence of systemic discrimination and social intolerance that appears to exist at AT&T. While the video received positive reviews from some employees, others could not help but see a harmful racial undertone. The video is hurtful.


A message was sent to AT&T employees regarding the company’s mask and vaccination policies.  It stated, “In the interest of employee safety, we plan to begin discussions with our union partners to jointly align on a path forward for union-represented employees. Other than the notification no other discussions have taken place regarding a potential Covid vaccination policy. We realize Covid vaccinations can be a sensitive and personal issue for some employees. When discussions take place State and Federal guidelines will be considered. In 1891, ten electrical workers met to form the first national union for the advancement and safety of those practicing a challenging and dangerous craft. Today, we are fighting a battle against a dangerous and deadly virus that is challenging all of us to reach agreement with our employers that will ensure the safety our members, their families and our fellow citizens.


With the recent storms that have ripped through our area and the hot and humid conditions we must remind all of our members to work safely.  The most deadly hazards could be the ones you can’t see like foreign voltage and heat and humidity. Don’t forget to check for foreign voltage dangers and stay hydrated.


On Sunday, June 20, 2021 wage increases that were bargained for IBEW members working in the AT&T Core Contract went into effect. 


The Work from Home Agreements for IBEW members working at AT&T have been extended through December 31, 2021. This extension applies to all IBEW members working under all IBEW – AT&T Contracts who have been identified as employees who are eligible to perform their job duties from home. The Company has the right to cancel the agreements at any time with a seven-day notice. Participation is at the discretion of management and is entirely voluntary on the behalf of employees. We remind all members to continue to work safe and to take all necessary precautions to limit the spread of Covid-19.


The Work from Home Agreements for IBEW members working at AT&T have been extended through December 31, 2021. On Sunday, June 20, 2021 wage increases that were bargained for IBEW members working in the AT&T Core Contract went into effect. The Unit 2 Meeting on July 13, 2021 has been moved to the Orland Park Civic Center (Annex Room) 14750 S. Ravinia Ave.


The Unit 2 Meeting has been moved from Gaelic Park to: Orland Park Civic Center (Annex Room) 14750 S. Ravinia Ave. Orland Park, IL  60462 Tuesday, July 13, 2021 7:00 p.m.


Wednesday July 7, 2021 - International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 21 members (IBEW21) working as dispatchers in the Lake County Indiana Emergency 911 Call Center voted to accept their tentative agreement.  The agreement was ratified with a 90% vote in favor of the proposal.


The IBEW Local 21 Union Election is complete; all of the ballots have been counted. Under the election rules, each office is decided by the candidate receiving the most votes for that specific office. IBEW Local Union 21 Officers and Executive Board Members will be installed in office at the first regular Local Union Executive Board meeting following their election to office. Unit Officers will be installed in office at the July Unit Meetings. Thank you Sisters and Brothers for participating and voting in this election! Congratulations to our elected Union Officers, Executive Board Members, Unit Officers and Delegates.


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