IUOE Local 877 Fall Newsletter

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Union of Operating Engineers,

FALL NEWSLETTER 2023

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Robert “Mike” Kowalski Business Agent

Jerry Conner

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members and retirees now have new benefits at NO COST TO YOU. ed with American Income Life Insurance Company, a 100% union for more than 50 years.

eath and Dismemberment Benefit 500 – Member & Retiree

ERY MEMBER AND RETIREE TO RETURN ED CARD TO RECEIVE YOUR CERTIFICATE DESIGNATE YOUR BENEFICIARY. designate your beneficiary, the $2,500 would aid to your estate and may be taxable.

receive a HEALTH SERVICES DISCOUNT CARD for your family discounts of 20 – 60% on:

ptions • Vision Care/Products g Care • Chiropractic Care ptional discount dental is available.

mber of OPEIU Local 277, will call on you to witness your beneficiary r no-cost benefits. AIL has other supplemental insurance programs, n – Buy Union,” available strictly on a voluntary basis. If you have ome Life Insurance Company at 1-800-495-1213 or Vivian Dwyer at

Training Programs SPOTLIGHT


LOCAL 877

FALL NEWSLETTER 2023 3 Business Manager’s Report 4 Training Programs Spotlight 6 Recent Contract Wins 7 Golf Tournament 10 Resources for IUOE Members 11 877 Store Health Benefits

Benesys

OurBenefitOffice.com/ IUOE877and70/Benefits

(781) 769-5789

Medical Coverage

Health Plans Inc.

HPITPA.com

(800) 532-7575

Dental Coverage

Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA

BlueCrossMA.org

(800) 358-2227

Prescription Drugs

OptumRx

OptumRx.com

(855) 295-9140

Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Modern Assistance Programs

ModernAssistance.com

(800) 878-2004

Vision Coverage

National Vision Administrators

E-NVA.com

(800) 672-7723

Hearing Aid Coverage

TruHearing

TruHearing.com/ IUOE877_70

(833) 898-1233

Short Term Disability

The Health & Welfare Fund office (effective 1/1/2024!)

OurBenefitOffice.com/ IUOE877and70/Benefits

(781) 769-5789

Long-Term Disability

Reliance Standard Life

RelianceStandard.com

(800) 351-7500

Life Insurance

Reliance Standard Life

RelianceStandard.com

(800) 351-7500

Annuity Fund

Principal Financial Group

Principal.com

(800) 986-3343

Pension

Central Pension Fund

CPFIUOE.org

(202) 362-1000

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Business Manager’s Report Brothers and Sisters, I trust that you and your families have enjoyed watching the leaves turn this season. As winter approaches, I want to take this opportunity to highlight some of our union successes and events. We are thrilled to share news of a recent win for Covanta Haverhill. Read more about their successful

As we look ahead to the holidays,

nal Union of O unionization on page 6.

I encourage you to enjoy each

The Local 877 Training Center offers

moment with your family and f riends.

many different learning opportunities

Your ongoing commitment is what

throughout the year. Read more about

truly shapes our union, and for that,

recent training sessions and how

we are sincerely grateful.

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to stay in the loop for future course offerings on pages 4-5.

It is my pleasure to announce that the 22nd Annual Scholarship Fund

were able to attend the rain date and partake in a wonderful day of golf. Read page 7-9.

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Training Programs Spotlight In a rapidly evolving industry with

course is being offered, the information

new technology emerging every day,

gets posted on the union’s website

it’s essential to access up-to-date

and sometimes ends up in this very

instruction and periodically refresh

newsletter as well! Keep an eye out

your knowledge. With IUOE Local

for training program updates, or give

877’s training programs, members

IUOE Local 877 a call at (781) 769-1877 to

can do just that. Safety and standards

inquire about specific program offerings.

are the cornerstones of Local 877.

On a recent Saturday in October, the

North America Technician Excellence

Local 877 Training Center held three

(NATE) Certification, HVAC training,

trainings simultaneously: NATE CHP-5

facilities maintenance training,

Certification with Jack Mucciarone, a

and controls training are just a

seminar on controls, actuators, and

few programs offered at the Local

valves with PJ Qvarnstrom from Belimo,

877 Training Center. When a new

and facilities maintenance training.

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OUR STAFF AND INSTRUCTORS ARE INCREDIBLE, AND I COULD NOT DO THIS WITHOUT THEM. PEOPLE SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE PROGRAMS.”

One of the most significant advantages

“Our staff and instructors are incredible,

of participating in courses with Local

and I could not do this without them.

877 is the opportunity to take the course

People should take advantage of these

at a minimal cost and possibly even be

programs,” said Mucciarone about the

reimbursed by your employer. “Belonging

professionalism and advantages of

to Local 877, where we represent all

Local 877’s training center.

these different sites, apprentices have the opportunity to get their Refrigeration Technician License and earn a decent wage,” said Jack Mucciarone, Local 877 Training Director. In addition to the many

Keep an eye out for upcoming course offerings! Visit IUOELocal877.com/Training for updates, course descriptions, and contact information.

skill-specific courses, the center also offers licensure test preparation classes to ensure your success!

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Recent Contract Wins Unions are strong because of the commitment and solidarity of their members. Congratulations to the 40 workers at Covanta Haverhill for joining the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 877! The overwhelming support, with 81% of votes in favor of forming a union with IUOE, marks the first step toward achieving justice and equality. These workers deserve a secure career and the respect that comes with being a member of the Operating Engineers (IUOE). The next phase involves negotiating a fair contract. Your brothers and sisters at IUOE Local 877 stand behind you in support of positive negotiations and, ultimately, a great contract to provide stability and benefits for you and your family. The Covanta Haverhill engineers chose to join us at IUOE Local 877 because of our members’ dedication, solidarity, and mutual respect. Over the 58 years since IUOE Local 877’s founding, there have been many challenges and many successes. We are happy to announce this latest success!

81%

of votes in favor of forming a union with IUOE

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Golf Tournament In its 22nd year, the Annual Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament continued its ongoing success. This October, despite rescheduling due to rain, 128 golfers competed in the tournament at New England Country Club. This event serves as the primary source of funds for 877’s scholarship opportunities. Thanks to the generosity and participation of our members, Local 877 has granted more than $139,000 in scholarships to the children and grandchildren of members. The funds raised this year will go towards

Congratulations to our winners:

MIKE DEBITETTO ETHAN MOORADIAN NATE ALLEN JOE MORIN

funding future scholarship awards.

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Resources for IUOE Members Mental health matters and as we

When you reach out, you will be put

approach the darker days of winter,

in touch with experienced counselors

we encourage you to take some time

who truly understand the needs of

to reflect on the state of your mental

IUOE 877 members.

health. Like many of us, you may be facing difficult challenges at work, at home, or both. There are resources available to help you navigate these challenges and find balance.

You can contact Modern Assistance anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls to Modern Assistance are confidential. Call (800) 878-2004 or scan the QR code to visit their website.

As an IUOE Local 877 member, you can

Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish-

access free counseling, substance abuse

speaking staff are also available.

resources, and more through Modern Assistance. This benefit provides a full range of services for eligible members and their dependents. They offer individual counseling around a variety

VISIT MODERN ASSISTANCE’S WEBSITE HERE.

of issues, including alcohol or substance abuse, anxiety, depression, grief, work-life stress, gambling problems, relationship issues, and a spectrum of other behavioral health disorders.

ModernAssistance.com

For 34 years, Modern Assistance has been New England's leader in providing mental and physical health resources to construction and trade unions.

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GET THE SUPPORT YOU NEED WHEN YOU NEED IT.


877 Store Show your solidarity with IUOE Local

To place an order and explore

877 in style with our exclusive swag!

our collection, visit our official

Our online store is now open and

website or go directly to

features a diverse range of apparel

UnionProud.com/Collections/IUOE-877.

options designed to help you proudly represent your union. We offer a variety of high-quality items, from t-shirts, hoodies, and hats to accessories that showcase the IUOE Local 877 logo.

Join us in celebrating IUOE Local 877 and the values we stand for by getting your swag today. Wear it with pride, and let your solidarity shine!

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IUOE Local 877 89 Access Road, Unit 4 Norwood, MA 02062

Upcoming Meetings An easy way to get involved in the union

The December Monthly

is through attending monthly meetings.

Membership Meeting is cancelled.

Here you can connect with the membership

We look forward to seeing you in

while learning about upcoming events and

2024 when meetings resume.

exciting news. We hope to see you all there!

Our first meeting of the new year

Meetings are held at 6:00 pm on the third

will be:

Thursday of every month at VFW Norwood

♦ Thursday, January 18, 2024

(193 Dean Street, Norwood, MA 02062).

Never forget a meeting by signing up for email and text alerts through the Member Portal.

IUOE Local 877

IUOELocal877.com


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