COVID-19 Exception for Making or Changing Pre-tax Elections through 12/2020. The Trustees of the Entertainment Industry Flex Plan recognize the importance of your health benefits during these unprecedented times.
Therefore, they have amended the Plan in accordance with recent IRS guidance, which provides you with additional flexibility due to COVID-19.
Effective September 1, 2020, you may make a new pre-tax election, even if you did not make an election during Open Enrollment.
You may also modify a pre-tax election, the percentage, the maximum, or both. If you made elections with more than one employer, all percentages must be the same.
Pre-tax election changes must be made prospectively; therefore, you may adjust your elections only for the remaining months in 2020.
To make or change a pre-tax election, you must call Member Services at 323/993-8888 or 888/FLEX-401k, Option 1, between the hours of 07:30 am -05:00 pm PT (Monday through Friday).
The exceptions outlined in this notice expire on December 31, 2020. If you wish to have pre-tax withholdings for 2021, you must make an election between December 5, 2020, and December 31, 2020.
I regret to inform the membership of the passing of Brother Eugene Kelly on Friday, January 3, 2020.
Born September 4, 1960 in New Jersey, Gene attended the University of Scranton, where he honed his skills in the broadcasting field, eventually being recognized for excellence in his camera and post production work.
Eugene became a member of IBEW 1212 in 1987 working for the News division at the CBS Broadcast Center as a freelancer. He also worked for MSG Networks, CBS Sports and Fox Sports in the field over the course of his career.
Eugene is survived by his wife Kristine, his mother Audrey, as well as siblings, nieces and nephews.
Our prayers go out to the Kelly Family. Information on the arrangements are listed below.
IBEW Local 1212
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Chas. Peter Nagel Funeral Directors, 352 East 87th Street, New York, NY 10128. from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thursday, January 9, 2020 Mass of Christian Burial Holy Cross RC Church, 30 Ward Ave, Rumson, NJ 07760. 10:00 AM
Committal Service will follow at:
Mt Olivet Cemetery, 100 Chapel Hill Rd, Red Bank, NJ 07701 11:00 AM
It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Brother Gerald T. Jaick. Gerald died on Friday, January 3rd.
Born October 1, 1943, Gerald had a passion for broadcasting. He attended Manhattan College before starting his broadcasting career at WABC. In the Fall of 1967, Gerald joined CBS in the Technical Operations Department. He worked at CBS until 2001, spanning five decades. He was admired by many and respected by everyone. God bless Gerald and the entire Jaick family during this difficult time.
We have listed information for the services to pay respects below.
It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing
of Brother Malcolm Barnard. Malcolm passed away on September 29, 2019.
Malcolm joined IBEW 1212 in 1984 working as an Engineer
for PIX11 in NY. In 1988, he moved over to CBS News as an Editor in the
Broadcast Center spanning 30+ years of employment. He worked out of the Hard
News Center, supporting various news shows (CBS THIS MORNING, CBS EVENING NEWS
& CBS SUNDAY MORNING). Assistant Business Manager Joe Palumbo described
Malcolm as “a hard worker, who conquered any task he was given.”
IBEW and CBS News has lost a dear friend. A memorial
service to pay respects will be sometime in November. You can also click on
this link below to stay connected and updated when information becomes more
It is with deep sorrow that I inform you of the passing of Brother Daniel Letostak on September 29, 2019.
He became a member of IBEW 1212 in 2010 serving on both the Fox and CBS National contracts. His loyalty and dedication were surpassed by none. I will truly miss Danny and the life lessons he still teaches us today. We have lost a great friend and Brother.
Danny is survived by his daughter Dawn, son Lewis and daughter-in-law Gioanna and grandchildren Aiden and Kayla.
God bless Danny and the entire Letostak family.
Ralph Avigliano Business Manager
*Funeral arrangements have not been finalized at this time, but we will share details when they become available.
The IBEW lost 21 members at the World Trade Center. (4) IBEW 1212 members & (17) Brothers from IBEW Local Union 3.
We remember our IBEW Brothers who gave their lives on September 11, 2001.
The (4) Brothers of Local 1212 were Gerard Coppola of WNET-TV, Steven Jacobson of WPIX-TV, Robert Pattison and Isaias Rivera, both of CBS.
1. Steven Jacobson became a member of IBEW 1212 in 1979.
Steven was an engineer for WPIX- TV and worked in a room on the 110th floor of 1 World Trade Center tending to the station’s transmitter on that fateful day. Steven was also present for the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. Steven was 53.
2. Isaias Rivera became a member of IBEW 1212 in 1985.
As a technician, Isaias worked the 110th-floor television transmission center atop the north tower. He was a maintenance engineer at the CBS transmitter of One World Trade Center. He was employed by CBS for 30 years and was also present for 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He had been there on Feb. 26, 1993, when a bomb went off in the basement desperately trying to keep WCBS on the air. Isaias was 51 years old.
3. Gerard “Rod” Coppola of New Providence, died inside the World Trade Center following the Sept. 11 terrorists’ attacks. He worked on the 101st floor of One World Trade Center.
Gerard joined the local in 1985. Mr. Coppola was a broadcast engineer for WNET. He attended Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. Gerard was 46.
4. Robert Edward Pattison, of New York City was employed by CBS. Robert was only a member of 1212 for a little over a year when 9/11 struck. Rob was on the 110th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower tending transmitters for WCBS-TV. Robert was 40 years old when he died.
Our Brothers of IBEW Local 3 that perished on 9/11 are listed here.
This veteran crew was working for Forest Electric on the 105th floor.
Robert Caufield, 49.
Harvey Hermer, 59.
Lester Marino, 58.
Jeffrey Shaw, 42.
Glenn Travers, Sr., 53.
Thomas Ashton, 21.
A telecommunications crew from Kleinknecht Electric.
Salvatore Fiumefreddo, 45,
Joseph Romagnolo, 37,
Kenneth White, 50.
On the 105th floor of the South Tower, Local 3 members
James Cartier, 26.
Ralph Licciardi, 30.
Charles Lucania, 35.
South Tower on the 90th floor,
Jose “Joe” Martinez, 50.
Joseph DiPilato, 57.
Steven Strauss, 51.
Michael Lowe, 48.
A 17th member from Local 3, Anthony Segarra, died November 28, 2001, from injuries sustained in the attack that were later identified as the cause of death.
Please keep these 21 men and their families in your prayers today as well as the families of all the victims.
The New York City Central Labor Council (nycclc.org) is hosting their annual Labor Day Parade on Saturday, September 7, 2019. If you will be attending the Labor Day Parade, please be at the Union Office by 9:30 AM EST.
IBEW Local 1212 is located at 225 W. 34th Street, Suite 1120, New York, NY 10122. We will meet here and then walk over to our assigned start point which is West 44th street between 5th & 6th Avenue.
We are scheduled to follow IBEW Local 3 at 10:15am and march up 5th Avenue listed under Sector 1. A pdf is listed here outlining the order for the line of march as well as a flier for the Parade.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office at 212-354-6770. We look forward to seeing you.