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INSI DE THIS ISSU E Business Manager's Report .......................................................3 Electrical Workers Minority Caucus ...........................................4 COVID-19 Updates ...................................................................5 IBEW Local 103 Election Results................................................6 Congratulations on Retirement, Glenn Kingsbury.....................7 Jay Frasier: IBEW Journeyman Business Agent of the Year.......8 Organizing Update....................................................................9 Suffolk Downs PLA.....................................................................10 Logan Airport: Terminal C to Terminal B Connector..................11 High Rises 25 Stories or More...................................................12 IBEW Local 103 Movie Night.....................................................14 Giving Back: Resiliency Fund Donation......................................15 Local 103 Endorses Joe Biden...................................................16 Local 103 Endorses Joe Kennedy .............................................17 JK3 Camp Joins IBEW Local 103................................................18 Congratulations Class of 2020...................................................19 JATC Update..............................................................................20 Trust Funds Update....................................................................21 Domestic Boot...........................................................................22 In Memoriam..............................................................................23

IBEW Local 103’s Mission:

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To provide Greater Boston’s developers with the best-trained, most-efficient, safest electricians and telecommunications specialists, while fostering our Union’s values of economic fairness, equal opportunity and charitable giving in the communities where we work, live and raise our families. Our unwavering commitment to professional excellence is personified by our Joint Apprenticeship Training facility. The Local 103 JATC is among the most advanced electrical apprenticeship programs in the country. Working for better wages, better benefits and fair working conditions is just one part of our Union’s focus. Local 103 members take pride in giving back our time and Q ucharities a r t eserving r l y those New s fortunate. of IBEW Local 10 expertise to causes and less

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BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT I am grateful that each day, more and more construction projects have re-opened and allowed our members to get back to work. The progress is steady, and we know that a cautious and thoughtful reopening is the best way to prevent significant spread of the COVID-19 virus, and work closures, in the fall.

From Lou Antonellis Business Manager / Financial Secretary IBEW Local 103

One thing has been made clear over the past six months; no storm – not even COVID-19 – is any match for the unity, fortitude and resilience of the members of IBEW Local 103. Our communities and our nation were challenged in new and unimaginable ways throughout this intense moment in our history. But thanks to generations of hard work and collaboration, Local 103 has the solid foundation to stand strong through these tough times, and is poised to become better than ever. We haven’t missed a beat. We never paused our aggressive pursuit of new projects, and our Weekly Wins are now back in full swing! This newsletter highlights just some of our newest ventures, like the $13 million+ electrical project at Logan Airport (page 11), and nine new, residential high-rise buildings (page 12), each towering at 25 stories or more! Plus, a sneak peek of the long-anticipated Suffolk Downs neighborhood development (page 10), between Revere and Eastie, that will be 100% union. This is great news for Local 103. At the end of the day, we are blessed to have the security that our union has afforded us. That’s why we must be vocal and stand in solidarity with working families everywhere. Under the current administration, we are all facing real threats to our wellbeing and livelihood – but some, much more than others. Social unrest has erupted nationwide. People everywhere are speaking out against the deep-rooted, and highly-evidenced systemic racism that has plagued our Black and brown Brothers and Sisters for centuries. And, like you, I am saddened and deeply troubled by the escalating racial divide in our country. Let me be perfectly clear; an organization that is silent when it matters is not leading, it is dying. The IBEW is an organization built on inclusion, diversity and racial justice. We will continue to offer peace, love and understanding to those who deal with the pain and anxiety of systematic racism every day, and we remain committed to doing our part to create true equity in our society. Fraternally,

Louis J. Antonellis Business Manager / Financial Secretary

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IBEW Local 103

Electrical Workers Minority Caucus Over the past couple of months, it has been made clear that our society still has plenty of work to do to overcome historical, systemic racism. Today and every day, IBEW Local 103 is committed to doing our part! Join with fellow members to make our regional construction industry, and the Greater Boston Community, a more equitable place for all. The Electrical Workers Minority Caucus at IBEW Local 103 meets once per month to: • Promote equal opportunity and employment for minorities at all levels of the IBEW structure • Foster leadership development and empower minorities to become active participants and leaders in the IBEW • Share experiences • Assist IBEW minority members who are dealing with issues • Discuss and identify solutions to issues affecting minority workers in the building trades • Take actionable steps to uplift women and people of color in our community • Organize community charity initiatives • Advance IBEW Local 103’s mission of equity for all

ALL are welcome and encouraged to participate! Contact Business Agent Kenell Broomstein: kbroomstein@ibew103.com (617) 483-5031

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COVID-19 Updates Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe.

IBEW Local 103 Updates The Union Hall & Woburn office reopened to membership on June 15 under strict Safety and Social Distancing Guidelines. Face coverings are required in the building at all times. Referral will be conducted by phone and online, and in-person on a limited basis. The number of people allowed in the Woburn Office and Referral Room is limited. All members are strongly encouraged to use online and phone procedures for referral, and all other union business, as much as possible.

Resources Commonwealth of Massachusetts Construction Safety Guidelines: https://bit.ly/MassGuidelines City of Boston Construction Safety Guidelines https://bit.ly/BosGuidelines IBEW Local 103 and NECA Contractors Return to Work Safety Memo https://bit.ly/IbewMemo

The JATC office is open by appointment only. All JATC classes, including Code Update, remain suspended and will be rescheduled.

Jobsite and Employment Updates Thanks to everyone’s cooperation with new safety guidelines, there are NO new Local 103 member COVID-19 cases on any job site! Steady progress is being made as more and more sites open up. Safety remains the number one priority, to prevent resurgence of the virus and future closures. We have won more than $210 million+ in new work since May! Meaning we are well-positioned to return to full employment in the near future.

Safety Updates All construction projects ramping back up must facilitate a safety stand down with the entire crew to review the new safety expectations on job sites. You should also receive your own copy of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines, and if you’re working in the City of Boston, your project’s site-specific safety plan.

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(From left to right) Treasurer Kevin Monahan, Business Manager/Financial Secretary Lou Antonellis, President Bob Sheehan, Recording Secretary Jimmy Fleming, Vice President Richard Monahan

IBEW Local 103 Election Results IBEW Local 103 elections are held every three years, and each election gives you a new opportunity to hold your leadership accountable. Staying engaged means that you have a voice in the direction and future of our union. Thank you to all who participated in our union’s democratic process! The results are as follows:

Total Ballots: 3,263 Percent of Electorate Voting: 47.60% Business Manager / Financial Secretary (Trustee, and Delegate to IBEW and AFL-CIO Conventions) Lou Antonellis President (Trustee, and Delegate to IBEW and AFL-CIO Conventions) Bob Sheehan Vice President Richard Monahan Recording Secretary Jimmy Flemming Treasurer Kevin Monahan

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Executive Board Phil DeCola Mike Donahue Bernie Sharpe, Jr. Chris Sheehan Jeff Sheehan Keith Stearns Examining Board Dave Comerford John Green Dave Mastrangelo Brian Sharpe Bryan Sisson

IBEW Convention Delegates Rich Antonellis Gary Walker Jay Frasier Brad Vinton Richard Monahan Kevin Monahan David O’Loughlin Tim Long Kenell Broomstein AFL-CIO Convention Delegates Rich Antonellis Gary Walker Jay Frasier Brad Vinton Kevin Monahan Phil DeCola Jeffrey Sheehan Chris Sheehan Keith Stearns

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CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RETIREMENT, Glenn Kingsbury! Glenn Kingsbury

IBEW Local 103 would like to give our most sincere congratulations to Glenn Kingsbury, who retired in June after serving for 20 years as the executive manager of the National Electrical Contractors Association of Greater Boston. Under Glenn’s leadership, Local 103 and our NECA contractors’ association have forged a powerful labormanagement partnership that has elevated the union electrical sector to new heights across Greater Boston. We have grown the ranks of our union electrical contractors, continued to refine and perfect our Joint Apprentice Training Center, and embarked on new and exciting joint marketing initiatives, including partnerships with the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins. Also under Glenn’s leadership, IBEW Local 103 signed the most progressive contract in our union’s history with our NECA partners, making unprecedented strides in the wages and benefits of each IBEW Local 103 member. Glenn has served our region’s construction industry for 40 years. We owe him our deepest gratitude and wish him a well-deserved, happy and peaceful retirement with his beautiful family! Congratulations, also, to Kristen Gowin, who will succeed Glenn as the executive manager of NECA Greater Boston. Kristen will make history as the first woman to serve in this role, and the accolade could not be better-earned. IBEW Local 103 has had the privilege to work with Kristen over the past 5 years while she served as NECA’s Assistant Manager, making many critical contributions to our joint mission of advancing the electrical construction industry. We look forward to many more years of fruitful collaboration!

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Brother Jay Frasier:

IBEW Journeyman Business Agent of the Year

Brother Jay Frasier: IBEW Journeyman Business Agent of the Year

When Brother Jay Frasier had his first drink, he was 15 years old. At the time, he thought he had discovered the world. He thought that alcohol had saved his life, but at the end of his drinking, he realized that it was actually the very thing that was killing him. Flash forward to today, and Jay is now the newest recipient of the IBEW Hour Power Journeyman Business Agent of the Year Award by the International union, in recognition of his incredible work, advocacy and innovation around addiction recovery efforts. IBEW Local 103 could not be more proud of Jay’s accomplishments, and we are honored to have him leading the way on recovery efforts in our union, and in the Greater Boston community. He stands as a beacon of hope for many, in our industry and beyond, and has gone above and beyond to support his union Brothers and Sisters who are facing similar challenges in their own lives. “It doesn’t matter if it’s three in the afternoon or it’s three in the morning. You can call Jay Frasier if you have an issue, and he’s there for you,” said Lou Antonellis, IBEW Local 103 Business Manager/ Financial Secretary.

Jay also spearheaded IBEW Local 103 and NECA Boston’s volunteer work with Teen Challenge, a recovery center in Brockton. He led a dedicated team each Saturday for more than a year to expand facilities and services for clients. As a result of this amazing charity work, IBEW Local 103 members and their families can get a bed at Teen Challenge recovery center free of charge. It is because of Jay that many IBEW Local 103 members who once felt lost, now have purpose and a passion. Jay leads by example, generously gives his time and energy to help others, and actively works to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction. Jay has developed a culture of acceptance so that more and more of our Brothers and Sisters seek help when they need it, free of shame and fear. Congratulations on this well-earned honor, Jay! We love and appreciate you!

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With the support of his loving wife, Jay has been sober for 22 years, and has dedicated himself to helping others who have fallen victim to the same cycles he once found himself in. Jay leads our AA meetings here at the IBEW Local 103 union hall, and as a result, there are many people who credit Jay as integral to their own recovery journeys.

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O R G A N I Z I N G U P D AT E Welcome Bostonian Electric & Control Solutions!

Bostonian Electric’s Eric Medrzyski (left) and Donny Wakeling (right) with Local 103 BM/FS Lou Antonellis

Congratulations and welcome to IBEW Local 103’s newest contractor, Bostonian Electric & Control Solutions! Local 103 members Donny Wakeling and Eric Medrzyski decided to open their own shop and go into business as a 103 partner, and we couldn’t be happier! With their experience and commitment to excellence, this Danvers-based company is an invaluable addition to IBEW Local 103.

Welcome A Comer Electrical Services! Congratulations and welcome to Dan and Alecia Comer of A Comer Electrical Services (ACES)! ACES specializes in commercial and residential services, for everything from small wiring fixes, to stateof-the-art smart home installations. Based out of Marshfield, Massachusetts, the company’s full scope of services includes repair, replacement, installation, inspection and testing. The Marshfield-based company prides itself on reliability and professional expertise, which makes it a perfect fit for our IBEW Local 103 family!

Comer Electric’s Dan Comer (left) and Alecia Comer (center) with Local 103 BM/FS Lou Antonellis

Santerre Electrical Services, Inc. Congratulations and welcome to Santerre Electrical Services, Inc., from Boxford, MA! Santerre Electrical Services was founded by Local 103 Brother Brandon Santerre. Our union is proud to see our own members succeed in their own businesses, and promote union excellence in the industry. We look forward to more fruitful partnership! Local 103 BM/FS Lou Antonellis (left) and Santerre Electric’s Brandon Santerre (right)

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PIPELINEPROJECTS

SUFFOLK DOWNS

• McClellan Highway • Developer: HYM Investment Group • General Contractor: John Moriarty & Associates

The Suffolk Downs development, set to create a new neighborhood connecting East Boston to Revere, is confirmed to move forward with 100% of construction under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA)! It is the largest private sector PLA ever signed in the region. Having a PLA on this project will create thousands of good, family-sustaining union jobs for local families for the next 20 years, and will ensure that the surrounding community is uplifted in the process. On deck are 16 million square feet of development; 10,000 units of housing, including 910 affordable units; 7 million square feet of commercial space, retail and hotels; and $300 million in on-site, and off-site infrastructure – including the connection of two Blue Line subway stations. IBEW Local 103 will fulfill the entire electrical scope!

IBEW Local 103 Business Manager/ Financial Secretary Lou Antonellis signs the Project Labor Agreement for the Suffolk Downs development

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LOGAN AIRPORT Terminal C To Terminal B Connector

When Terminal C was built in 1967, the entire airport served only 7.7 million passengers. In 2018, Terminal C alone served more than 13 million passengers! Now, Massport is investing to renovate and enhance Terminal C and other parts of the airport even more, which is a great sign for IBEW Local 103 and the future of Boston’s transportation systems. The latest project is coming right off the heels of Local 103’s recent completion of the newly renovated Terminal B. It will provide new and renovated facilities in Terminal C, a new post-security connection to Terminal B, and a smoother, more enjoyable travel experience through Logan Airport.

• Developer: Logan International Airport • General Contractor: Suffolk Construction • Electrical Subcontractor: Sullivan & McLaughlin • Electrical Project Value: $13,599,000 Our efforts to recover all work lost at Logan Airport are ongoing. There is much more to be done, and we will continue to fight for every single job.

Customer benefits from this initiative include: • A consolidated security checkpoint; • A new post-security concourse connecting Terminal C to Terminal B; • Renovated public spaces pre- and post-security; • Expanded food and retail concessions and passenger amenities; • Renovations to four existing aircraft gates. 1 0 3 To d a y | S u m m e r 2 0 2 0

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IBEW Local 103 is proud to power the City of Boston and help build its skyline. As we start to ramp employment back up, we’re especially looking forward to getting to work on these exciting new high-rise projects!

Hub on Causeway 100 Causeway Street, Boston, MA

Developer: Boston Properties

General Contractor: John Moriarty & Associates

Electrical Subcontractors: State Electric Corporation, John A. Penny Company

Electrical Value: $110 million

The Hub on Causeway is entering its third and final phase of renovation, pulling a $12 million electrical permit, and including 440,000 sq. ft. of new office space for Verizon. Phase 1 of the project completed in 2018 and expanded TD Garden — the home of IBEW Local 103’s partner, the Boston Bruins — by 64,000 sq. ft. Phase two featured the highest point of the project: a 38-story residential tower, which will double as the new HQ for Rapid7.

Bullfinch Crossing

Equity Residential – The Alcott 35 Lomasney Way, Boston, MA

1 Congress Street, Boston, MA

Developer: Equity Residential

Developer: The HYM Investment Group

General Contractor: AECOM

General Contractor: John Moriarty & Associates

Electrical Subcontractor: J & M Brown

Electrical Subcontractor: Sullivan & McLaughlin

Electrical Project Value: $200 million

This 6-building complex will be 2.9 million-square feet made up of residential towers (one 45 stories, and one 28 stories), a 43-story, 528-foot-tall office tower, 200 hotel rooms, and 82,500 square feet of retail space. Also includes a reconfigured parking garage with 3,400 parking spaces.

Electrical Project Value: $41 million

A 44-story, 469-unit residential apartment tower with 2,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and an 830-space parking garage.

This development will include a 31-story residential/hotel building, including a groundfloor restaurant, lounges, conference/ballroom areas, and a pool/fitness center available to both building residents and guests. 154 hotel rooms, 146 condos, and 39 units of affordable housing.

Trinity Tower

40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA

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Developer: Boston Properties

General Contractor: Suffolk Construction

Electrical Subcontractor: K&H Electrical Systems, Inc.

Electrical Project Value: $31.4 million

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South Station Tower 650 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA

Developer: Hines Interests & Gemdale USA Corp.

Electrical Subcontractor: McDonald Electrical Corp.

Electrical Project Value: $87 million

A 51-story tower consisting of office, residential and retail space, as well as a 17-story hotel and residential building with 8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. It will also include a 9-story office and retail space with an expanded bus terminal and parking garage.

Winthrop Square

Post Office Square

240 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA

Financial District, Boston, MA

Developer: Millennium Partners

General Contractor: Suffolk Construction

Developer: Anchor Line Partners and Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL)

Electrical Subcontractor: K & H Electrical Systems, Inc.

General Contractor: John Moriarty & Associates

Electrical Project Value: $130 million

The tower will be a 53-story mixed-use space with approximately 321 residential units, 12,000 square feet of Great Hall public space on the first three floors, 772,422 square feet of commercial office space, and LEED Platinum sustainability.

Electrical Subcontractor: John A. Penney Company, Inc.

Electrical Project Value: $25 million

This 41-story tower will include new Tenant Feature Floors, amenity, office, retail, and restaurant space. It will be built with a LEED Gold rating. The total floor area will be expanded from 832,000 to 1.1 million square feet, including over one million square feet of office space in addition to 52,100 square feet of retail space and restaurant.

The Pinnacle at Central Wharf 70 East India Row, Boston, MA

Developer: The Chiofaro Company

Electrical Project Value: $100 million

A 42-story tower with 200 apartments in the top 18 floors, 22 floors of office space (538,000 square feet), and two levels of retail (42,000 square feet) on the bottom floors. The plans include 28,00 square feet of waterfront public open space and a below-grade garage with 1,100 parking spaces.

MGM Music Hall at Fenway

Lansdowne St & Ipswich St, Fenway, Boston, MA

Developer: Fenway Sports Group

General Contractor: Gilbane Building Company

Electrical Subcontractor: Gaston Electrical Company

This four-level venue will be operated in partnership with Fenway Sports Group and LiveNation Entertainment. It will occupy roughly 91,500 square feet and accommodate approximately 5,000 patrons. It’s scheduled to open for business in the fall of 2021.

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You’re invited!

DRIVE-IN FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

August 29 from 7-9 PM *Rain Date: September 5 Bring the whole family and join us in the IBEW Local 103 Union Hall parking lot for a drive-in movie night! We'll be screening a film, and serving light refreshments. Open to all members and their loved ones. Parking spots are first come, first served.

Aldon Electric in Beverly, MA

IBEW Local 103 Leads on Clean Energy Aldon Electric Inc. completed a 4.9 MW solar system consisting of over 12,000 modules in Beverly. Great job to all! The future will rely on green energy. IBEW Local 103 members are well-equipped to lead the way, and fulfill the clean energy jobs that our communities will demand. 14

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COMMUNITY IBEW Local 103 and NECA Contractors Donate $50k to Boston Resiliency Fund for COVID-19 Relief IBEW Local 103 and NECA Boston contractors teamed up to donate $50,000 to the Boston Resiliency Fund, the initiative Mayor Martin J. Walsh is spearheading to support the City’s residents, and first responders, through the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund was announced to the public on March 16, after being established to, “help Boston residents hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic,” with a special emphasis on caring for children and seniors. “The outpouring of support and generosity that we’ve seen from individuals and organizations in our community who have stepped up in such a big way has been tremendous,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I want to thank IBEW Local 103 and NECA of Greater Boston for their generous contribution to the Boston Resiliency Fund, which will go a long way towards helping our nonprofits in Boston provide critical services that our residents need during this difficult time.” The Boston Resiliency Fund has $30.8 million in donations, thus far. The fund is being distributed by a steering committee, in part through grants to community businesses and organizations caring for children, families and seniors in need. “Now is not the time to get comfortable, or to relax our efforts in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lou Antonellis, business manager/financial secretary of IBEW Local 103. “Our community must keep collaborating to ensure a safe reopening that follows City and CDC guidelines, while pooling resources to support our community’s most vulnerable. We’re happy to have like-minded allies in our NECA contractor partners, who helped to make this donation possible, and to let the Mayor and Boston residents know that they can count on us for support.”

IBEW Local 103 Business Manager/Financial Secretary Lou Antonellis and NECA Boston Executive Manager Kristen Gowin present a $50k donation to Boston’s Resiliency Fund

“During these difficult times, we are proud to continue to support each other and support our City through the Boston Resiliency Fund that provides food, technology and support for our first responders & healthcare workers,” said Kristen Gowin, executive manager of NECA Boston. “One of our pillars as an organization will always be giving back to our community, in addition to raising the standards of the construction industry. We will continue to do our part to support each other, the industry and the City in which we live and work.” Supplies and services provided to residents through the Boston Resiliency Fund include free meals, mental health services, COVID-19 testing, child care, and technology for students to learn from home until schools reopen. $7.2 million was granted from the fund to expand capacity of health care facilities and support front-line caregivers, with additional staff, PPE and important services for their families.

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POLITICAL

IBEW LOCAL 103 Joe Biden for President of the United States Election Day will be here sooner than we think, and as each day passes, we are facing increasingly high stakes regarding the future of our country. Energy policies that are created today will reverberate across our nation for decades, and it’s paramount that we swear in a president who supports IBEW jobs, and IBEW values. Vice President Joe Biden has listened to IBEW members, and his energy policy has been shaped by meaningful conversations with the IBEW – the professionals who will build and maintain the energy grid of the future. He backs an all-of-the-above approach to slashing carbon emissions. He also has proposed the largest-ever investment in clean-energy technology, as well as an aggressive clean-power infrastructure plan that will make the United States a global leader in fighting climate change, while putting tens of thousands of IBEW-member Americans to work building the energy economy of the future. Needless to say, Biden has the support of our entire International Union!

his campaign was focused on strengthening worker organizing and labor unions. The plan strengthens labor protections, restricts employer abuses of power, and creates incentives for union organizing and collective bargaining. Biden’s initiative stands in stark contrast to Trump, whose administration has worked diligently to unravel workers’ rights since day one of his term. Trump would never support similar legislation, simply because it would cut into the profits of wealthy special interests. At a time of crisis, we have reached a turning point in our nation’s history. Joe Biden has emerged as a leader we can trust, while in the last four months alone, we have watched Donald Trump fumble a global pandemic response and encourage violence, hatred, and division among working people – who, as unions know, need to stick together above all else.

Vote Joe Biden for POTUS!

This particular election versus incumbent Donald Trump also goes beyond the usual priority issues for IBEW Local 103, and extends to ensuring the very basic stability of our economy, our public health, our international reputation, and our character as a nation. Joe Biden has a long record of standing up for union members. One of the first plans released by

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ENDORSES… Joe Kennedy III for U.S. Senate IBEW Local 103 is proud to have been the first labor union in Massachusetts to endorse Rep. Joe Kennedy III for Senate when he announced his election bid last year. This month, we were thrilled for our union hall to be the first stop on his tour announcing his new Jobs and Justice Initiative for COVID-19 recovery. We encourage everyone to vote for Joe in the primary on September 1, for a true champion of the working class! The time for a new generation of leadership in Washington, D.C. is right now – not next year, not six years down the road, but now. Joe shares IBEW Local 103’s vision of economic justice for all, and we know that he will take us all the way to Washington, D.C. with him, fighting for us each step of the way. That’s because he doesn’t only make promises – he follows through. He promised working people that he wouldn’t let us down, and has since opted to unionize his own campaign staff to prove it – yielding one of the most progressive campaign contracts to date. He said: “This is a fight for an economy that is about equity, but also about families. We need jobs that enable entire families to meet their own economic needs. That’s what jobs are supposed to be about, and if we’re not meeting that goal, something is wrong.” IBEW Local 103 is a force for change. We will continue to fight for our members, our families, and our communities, and we look forward to organizing our volunteers to support Joe in his election.

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Kennedy for Massachusetts Campaign Staff Join IBEW Local 103

One hundred percent of Kennedy for MA staff vote for IBEW Local 103 representation Staff members of Kennedy for Massachusetts, the campaign to elect Joe Kennedy III for U.S. Senate, have become the newest members of IBEW Local 103, one of Boston's largest and most influential unions. One hundred percent of the staff voted in favor of authorizing IBEW Local 103 as their official union representation earlier in May. Today, the campaign workers also announced that they have officially voted to ratify their labor contract with the campaign. Negotiations between staff and campaign management took just three business days and resulted in one of the most progressive campaign contracts to date. Congressman Joe Kennedy III, a staunch advocate for organized labor and for workers’ rights, offered voluntary union recognition to his campaign's staff as a way to help further ensure that the people working toward his election enjoy the same fairness and respect that he is fighting to win for workers nationwide. "The right to unionize and collectively bargain is sacred in this country,” said Congressman Joe Kennedy III. “I am incredibly proud to see our values in action on Kennedy for Massachusetts and grateful to the dedicated staff members and bargaining committee that worked around the clock to deliver the most progressive campaign union contract to date. IBEW Local 103 sets the gold standard when it comes to fighting for economic fairness for every American worker – and I could not be prouder to formalize our affiliation with them. Together, we will be fighting tooth and nail for a country that again delivers basic economic justice to all.” "We applaud Congressman Joe Kennedy and his campaign for walking the walk when it comes to workers' rights on every job, no matter where you work or who you work for," said IBEW Local 103 Business Manager/Financial Secretary Lou Antonellis. "Joe has a long track record of fighting for working people, and this just proves, once again, how strong his commitment is to that cause. We are honored to represent this staff, who, in joining our union, are doing their part to show that we need unions for everyone in this country. Even before this, our members were thrilled to endorse Joe, because they know he believes that unions make our communities and our workplaces better."

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Congrats, Class of 2020! It gives us great pleasure to congratulate the 73rd JATC Graduating Class on their successful completion of our Apprentice Program. Due to the ongoing public health crisis, we regret that we were not able to proceed with our graduation ceremony and celebrate this milestone in person. Still, we know each graduate possesses the skills to have a long and prosperous career in Local 103, and we are confident in them as the future of our local union. Congratulations to all! The JATC Trustees would like to thank the JATC administration, staff and instructors for their dedication to the education of this graduating class, and wish all the graduates a long, safe and fulfilling career in the electrical industry. Charles Cameron was awarded the IBEW International Electrical Academic Award for his 5-year cumulative grade point average. Christopher Baker was awarded the NECA National Telecom Academic Award for his 5-year cumulative grade point average. Lisa Ferzoco was awarded the The IBEW Local 103 Award for her excellence in the classroom and on the job. James Connolly was awarded the The NECA Boston Chapter Award for his leadership in the classroom and on the job.

See the full list of 2020 graduates here! For more information on graduation, please visit our website at: BostonJATC.com/graduation/ 1 0 3 To d a y | S u m m e r 2 0 2 0

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J AT C U P D AT E JATC Summer Office Hours The JATC is open for business, and staff members may be contacted by calling 617-436-0980 during normal summer business hours (from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.) However, the building remains closed for general access. All walk-in services are suspended for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency, as declared by the state. To safely and effectively assist members and apprentices seeking in-person services from the JATC, all members are required to schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please send an e-mail to appointment@ibeweducation.com with the following information: • Your full name; • Which program and apprentice year;

Delayed School Year

• Whether you’re a Journeyman or Technician;

The JATC Trustees are continuously monitoring the public health guidelines for safely re-opening the training center. Apprentices will be notified in August of their schedules and the safety procedures that will be implemented. Apprentice classes will be Hybrid, with a mix of online and in-person training.

• A phone number at which you may be reached;

All “in-person” Journeyman and Technician Continuing Education and Code Update classes have been postponed until at least January of 2021. This will be re-evaluated in the fall and when it’s safe to do so, in person classes will be scheduled. Check the Boston JATC website periodically for updates.

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• A brief summary of the issue for which you need assistance (ex. license issues, general question, etc.) and • Three (3) dates and times during which you are available to travel to the JATC for an in person appointment. Apprentices: DO NOT send general inquiries to this e-mail account, instead please continue to use homework@ibeweducation.com email address. All apprentices and members with an appointment with the JATC are asked to arrive on-time and with properly prepared materials and/or required documents. Please arrive alone and with a face mask for your appointment.

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T R U S T F U N D S U P D AT E Health Plan: Medical benefits for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment remain 100% covered by the Health Plan with NO copay, if ordered by a physician. Telehealth Benefits available through December 31, 2020, are subject to normal copay, for: • Modern Assistance Programs “Virtual Counseling Program” • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts PPO Network • WellConnection • Out-of-Network benefits subject to certain limitations The temporary expansion of “Flex Hours” provisions allows for 400 Flex Hours per participant in 2020, as opposed to the usual 200 hours. Additionally, the 6-month eligibility requirement to access Flex Hours is waived for 2020.

Deferred Income Plan: The Plan has implemented a one-time, additional valuation, as of May 31, 2020. This valuation is in addition to the annual valuation on November 30 of each year. Statements will be sent out mid-July. As a result of the CARES Act legislation this spring, Required Minimum Distributions are waived for 2020.

Trust Funds Office: We are open and available to serve members and participants while observing health and social distancing and guidelines. Please remember that masks are currently required in the building. If you have any questions regarding your benefits, please do not hesitate to call the Trust Funds Office at (617) 288-5999. 1 0 3 To d a y | S u m m e r 2 0 2 0

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In Memoriam

IBEW Local 103 honors our members who have recently entered into Eternal Rest:

Richard F. Gallagher (Retired)........................................... 9/24/17 Paul A. Ptashnick (Retired)................................................ 1/31/20 Robert Manzi (Retired)...................................................... 2/4/20 Ferdinando Paris (Retired)................................................. 2/10/20 Robert E. Richards (Retired).............................................. 2/22/20 Kenneth J. Gallagher.......................................................... 3/17/20 Thomas E. Norcott............................................................. 4/20/20 Wayne F. Robinson (Retired)............................................. 4/23/20 Arthur H. Amato, III.......................................................... 4/28/20 Charles J. Thibeault (Retired)............................................ 4/30/20 James R. Quigley (Retired)................................................ 5/1/20 Sean P. Murphy.................................................................. 5/13/20 Donald P. Ahearn (Retired)................................................ 5/16/20 Donald J. Corrigan (Retired).............................................. 5/18/20 David T. Hunter (Retired).................................................. 5/25/20 Thomas A. Haley (Retired)................................................ 5/26/20 Richard M. Kelliher (Retired)............................................ 6/6/20 Edward C. Graboski (Retired)........................................... 6/22/20 Christopher Sullivan.......................................................... 6/30/20

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IBEW Local 103 256 Freeport Street Dorchester, MA 02122

Available Now! IBEW 103 Online Store There is no time like the present to launch our NEW, online retail store for IBEW Local 103 gear! Now, members can get their Local 103 merchandise shipped right to their door. Show your Local 103 pride from the comfort and safety of your own home, as we all try to stay diligent about COVID-19 safety and limit in-person business.

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