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In a letter dated July 23, 2020, President Lonnie Stephenson directed business managers and local officers to get the word out to IBEW members – multiemployer pension plans like ours are in jeopardy again, due to an act that is part of the new stimulus package in Congress.
To protect your pension, all members are asked to call your senators and representatives
to oppose the inclusion of the GROW Act in the upcoming stimulus bill.
In his letter, President Stephenson explained “It is anticipated that the United States Congress and Trump Administration will consider a final pandemic stimulus bill in the coming weeks. One of our major concerns is the potential inclusion of the Give Retirement Options to Workers (GROW) Act, which would allow multiemployer pension trustees to divert contributions from an existing defined benefit multiemployer pension plan to a new composite plan with inferior benefits and not enough money to fund both plans. The GROW Act would subject workers and retirees to dramatic benefit cuts and allow employers to leave existing plans without paying their share of the plans’ liabilities.”
This fact sheet lays out a summary of concerns regarding the GROW Act. In addition, in a letter to the U.S. Congress, President Stephenson expressed the IBEW’s support for an alternative plan to assist ailing pension plans, the Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act. A link to the letter is below, along with other resources on this issue.
You can contact the Political & Legislative Affairs Department at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
❎❎❎ CANCELLATION ANNOUNCEMENT ❎❎❎
The regular membership meeting, originally scheduled for next Tuesday, March 24, 2020 has been cancelled in accordance with MD’s state of emergency and social distancing recommendations.
Please be advised that our annual Substance Testing and Tool & Boot Sale, originally scheduled for Thursday, March 19 through Saturday, March 21, 2020, has been canceled in light of the growing concerns around COVID-19.
Every effort will be made to reschedule this event once the state of emergency in Maryland has been lifted.
And the members of Local 24’s Children’s Christmas Party committee like to help Santa out as much as possible with all those presents, so they are cordially inviting our members and their families to a little early gift distribution. The annual Local 24′s Children’s Christmas Party will be held Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 10 am-2 pm at the Baltimore office (2701 W Patapsco Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230).
This event is open to all children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of active and retired members of Local 24. The festivities will include visits and photos with Santa, a toy for every child, puppet shows, and fun for the whole family. Complimentary hot dogs, french fries and soft drinks will be served.
We hope to see you and your families there!
It takes 5 years of on-the-job training, combined with classes, homework and tests to make an I.B.E.W. inside journeyman wireman. Many candidates can’t or don’t make it through our apprenticeship program – but these 46 men and women have crossed the finish line!
Congratulations to each of our 2019 graduates, who received their certificates from IBEW Local 24 Business Manager Pete Demchuk, Maryland Acting Secretary of Labor James Rzepkowski, and Will Yull, MD National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Representative.
Several of the graduates were also recognized for their excellence in grades and attendance. Awards for highest total grades went to Chloe Alexandra Starcher in the Baltimore program and Dylan McNeil Brooks in the Eastern Shore program. Jonathan Patrick McLaughlin was recognized as the Outstanding Apprentice in the class of 2019. Perfect attendance awards were earned by Dustin Frederick Guthmann, Jonathan Patrick McLaughlin, Eric Michael Milstred, Michael Eric Panza, James Maurice Peele, Jr., Kirk Andrew Shiloh, and Michael Nicholas Tarbert.
The Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee for the Maryland Electrical Industry is sponsored by IBEW Local 24 and the Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Electrical Contractors.
Click on our Facebook link in the upper right corner of this page to view and share photos from the graduation ceremony and learn more about our training opportunities here.
|Nicholas Andrew Boddiford||Dustin Frederick Guthmann||James Maurice Peele, Jr.|
|Nong Emmanuel Bouh||Brice John Hartsell||Charles David Phoebus|
|Tobias David Eintou Brown||Daniel Douglas Hayes||Benjamin Cody Rixham|
|Jason Richard Carr||Donald Oswaldo Herrera||Joseph Elmer Sank|
|Timothy Dale Cox, Jr.||Brandon Norwood Hofler||Michael Charles Selander|
|Anthony Vincent DiVenanzio||Zachary Michael Hynson||Kirk Andrew Shiloh|
|Patrick Galbert Dolan||Joseph Louis Iobbi||Chloe Alexandra Starcher|
|Shane Tyler Duncan||Shane Benjamin Keene||Andrew Thomas Stark|
|Jonathan Logan Ebberts||Raymond John Kilstrom, Jr.||Kevin Matthew Strickland|
|Devan Keith Feathers||Jonathan Patrick McLaughlin||Michael Nicholas Tarbert|
|Anthony Joseph Feltz||Odakwei Kofi Tendayi Mills||Cory James Whidby|
|Adam Edward Geier||Eric Michael Milstred||Alec Steven Wolinski|
|Jesse James Glackin||Nathan Urian Moser|
|Richard Allen Golliday||Michael Eric Panza|
|Markist Boyce Goode||Angelo Paraskevaidis|
|Dylan McNeil Brooks||Matthew Thomas Reed||Joseph Christian Shipley|
Local 24’s leadership is gathering as many people as possible to participate in a rally at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 9 a.m. The rally is in support of H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, which would establish a safety net for pension plans that are struggling.
Local 24 members are fortunate to be part of a pension plan that is healthy, properly funded and in the “green” zone. However, union members across the country are facing a national crisis as more than a hundred multiemployer pension plans face the threat of collapse within the next 10 years.
H.R. 397 establishes the Pension Rehabilitation Administration within the Department of the Treasury and a related trust fund to make loans to certain multiemployer defined benefit pension plans.
To receive a loan, a plan must be either in critical and declining status (including any plan with respect to which a suspension of benefits has been approved) or insolvent, if the plan became insolvent after December 16, 2014, and has not been terminated.
Treasury must issue bonds to fund the loan program and transfer amounts equal to the proceeds to the trust fund established by this bill. The Pension Rehabilitation Administration may use the funds, without a further appropriation, to make loans, pay principal and interest on the bonds, or for administrative and operating expenses.
WE NEED YOU to stand with your labor brothers and sisters and millions of Americans facing an uncertain future as their retirement security is threatened through no fault of their own.
On Saturday, June 15, 2019, Local 24 I.B.E.W. held its triennial election for all local leadership positions, as well as delegates to the I.B.E.W. International Convention. The election results were announced in the letter below, mailed to all Local 24 members.
These local leaders will be sworn in at the regular membership meeting on July 23, 2019 at 7 pm.
Our prescription drug service, Sav-Rx, has notified us that the catastrophic flooding in the Midwest should not delay the delivery of any of your orders.
However, you may experience a bit longer wait time if you call their customer service – sadly, many Sav-Rx employees’ homes have been damaged and their call center is operating with a reduced workforce.