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National Day of Action

Hello Local 1107 member, , Join me for a National Day of Action today to fight for a fair democracy! Corporate CEOs and the wealthiest 1% have spent decades rigging the system to reduce our power and make it harder and harder to pass legislation that helps working people. It’s time to do something about it. Call 1-888-848-4824 to tell your Congressperson: I support the For the People Act (H.R. 1) for a fair and functioning democracy. The bill will make it easier to vote and get secret money out of our elections. The same corporate interests that fight us at the bargaining table are stacking the rules against us when it comes to political participation. They've put restrictions in place that make it harder for people to vote, flooded elections with money, and weakened the rules that prevent elected officials from profiting from their public service. The new Congressional leadership promised to make reform a top priority. The For the People Act is the first major piece of legislation they are considering this year. The bill would: * Make it easier, not harder, to vote by restoring the Voting Rights Act, implementing national voter registration, expanding early voting and ending gerrymandering. * Get big money out of our democracy by regulating big money in politics like Super PACS, requiring all political organizations to disclose their donors, and building a campaign finance system to increase and multiply the power of small donors. * Ensure public officials work for the public interest by expanding conflict of interest

law, strengthening oversight of lobbyists, and more. If those sound like changes we need to make, call your member of Congress today at 1-888-848-4824. In solidarity, Dennis Trainor Vice President, CWA District 1

Voting Rights Act
January 4, 2019
Dear Colleagues:
For many years now, our union has recognized the urgency of fixing our broken democracy. Corporate CEOs and the wealthiest 1% have spent decades rigging the system to reduce our power and we have been finding it harder and harder to engage and win political fights.
The same corporate interests that fight us at the bargaining table are stacking the electoral rules against us through gerrymandering, voter suppression efforts that make it harder for working people to vote and activist conservative judges that have allowed our elections to be flooded with massive amounts of unreported corporate money.
That’s why a number of years ago, CWA chose to lead the way in fighting for critical reforms that would help ensure a fair and functioning democracy for all. We helped found the Democracy Initiative - a national group that has brought together organizations like CWA, the NAACP, Sierra Club and the AFL-CIO to work together on successful campaigns in a number of states.
Now we have an historic opportunity to act at the national level. Democrats have promised that the first major piece of legislation they will pass with their new majority in the House of Representatives is a comprehensive bill that would enact many of the reforms called for by CWA and our allies. The For the People Act of 2019 (H.R. 1) would:
  • Make it easier, not harder, to vote by restoring the Voting Rights Act, implementing national voter registration, expanding early voting and ending gerrymandering.
  • Get big money out of our democracy by regulating big money in politics like Super PACS, requiring all political organizations to disclose their donors, and building a campaign finance system to increase and multiply the power of small donors.
  • Ensure public officials work for the public interest by expanding conflict of interest law, strengthening oversight of lobbyists, and more.
This is an historic opportunity for us to demonstrate not only that these critical reforms can be accomplished but to hold politicians accountable by making them take a stand for or against these common sense reforms. As such, this will be the first major national legislative campaign for CWA in the new year and in this new Congress.
Today, we rolled out the components of the campaign to our District and key state LPAT leadership throughout the union. We are asking every local to engage in this fight to reclaim our Democracy by participating in these efforts. We are asking locals to:
  1. Send a letter on behalf of your local to your U.S. Representative urging them to support the legislation.
  2. Send an email to your membership encouraging them to contact their Congressmembers.
  3. Have your local LPAT activists participate in leafleting worksites and generating phone calls to Congress.
  4. Share social media content about the legislation through your local’s social media accounts.
Materials including a sample letter, a sample membership email, a leaflet and suggested social media content are available at https://cwa-union.org/hr1-materials
Brothers and sisters, we must engage in this fight. And for the sake of our democracy, we must win. Please make this a priority in the new year.
In Unity,
Christopher M. Shelton
President
cc: Executive Board
    CWA National Staff
Toys for Tots

Brothers and Sisters,

I would like to take the time to wish all our members from CWA Local 1107 a very safe and happy holiday season. Every year we have collected money from you, the membership, and participated in the Toys for Tots program that is run by the United States Marine Corps. Once again you, the members, have shown the true meaning of the holidays with your very generous donations. The hope is that our contribution will make Christmas a little better for those less fortunate than we are. The donation from CWA Local 1107 will be made in the memory of Charles Vilbig a former marine and CWA

1107 member.

Thank you and Happy Holidays

John Buchan

HRA

Communications Workers of America

CWA Local 1107

200 East Erie Street

Blauvelt, N.Y. 10913

John Buchan

President

October 1, 2018

We have been notified by Verizon that several of our members still have outstanding balances on their Health Reimbursement Accounts that must be used by December 31, 2018 or it will be forfeited. A reminder to any members who also have the Health Care Spending Account, all of those monies must be exhausted prior to spending the HRA monies. Your business agent has been given a list of his people that still have money left. If you have any questions contact them.

Thank you,

John Buchan

CWA 4Q18 surplus
Attached is the NY CWA 4Q18 surplus notification letter and all associated documents.  
Download: CWA NY Surplus Notification 9-25-18.pdf , Surplus NY 9-25-18.xlsx
Tele-Town Hall

This Thursday, September 6th, we will be joined by Governor Andrew Cuomo for a special Teleconference Town Hall. It's our chance to hear from him about the issues that matter most to our members:

  • Protecting NY jobs and ending tax breaks for companies which ship jobs overseas
  • Establishing safe staffing ratios for hospitals and nursing homes
  • Fighting back against attacks on unions and protecting working people from the effects of the Janus v AFSCME ruling

Join us on Thursday (the Tele-Town Hall is open to all CWA members in NY State) to hear directly from the Governor and to ask him some questions about his plans for the future of New York!

When: Thursday, September 6, 6:30pm

Where: Your phone! Sign up here and the Tele-Town Hall will call you when it starts (you'll receive a call from a 518 area code, at 6:30pm on Thursday).

Verizon deal
Workers Ratify New Four-Year Deal With Verizon Agreement Includes 11.2% Wage Increases and Stronger Retirement Benefits Verizon workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions and at Verizon Connected Solutions voted to ratify a four year extension of their current contracts, which were set to expire in August 2019. The extensions provide for additional wage increases and enhanced retirement benefits. The agreement, which extends the contracts through August 5, 2023, will deliver an 11.2% wage increase over the additional four years and covers over 34,000 Verizon workers, including call center workers, and central office and field technicians. “This agreement builds on the success of the 2016 strike, and it will ensure a better future and good, family-supporting jobs for thousands of Verizon workers," said CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor. "This agreement reflects the more constructive relationship between CWA and Verizon that has developed since the strike. “ Separate agreements were ratified covering 40 Verizon Wireless retail workers in Brooklyn and 7 workers in Hazleton, Pa., who voted last month to join CWA. The Brooklyn agreement provides for a $900 signing bonus for Brooklyn Wireless employees, creates a first-ever floor for the merit pay pool, creates a new Labor-Management committee to address further improvements in scheduling, and strengthens the grievance procedure. Additionally, about 90 Verizon Wireless technicians will receive the 11.2% compounded wage increases over the term of the extension and will have improved language regarding transfers by seniority. "We saw the early negotiations with Verizon as an opportunity to make improvements for our members while avoiding the lengthy conflict we experienced two years ago. This is a solid contract for Verizon workers that will improve wages and raise the living standards of our members across the region." said Ed Mooney, Vice President for CWA District 2-13, which covers Pennsylvania to Virginia. By mutual agreement, negotiations on the contract extension were limited to wages and benefits and the length of the new agreement. The wins for Verizon workers come amid a wave of worker actions to raise wages, improve working conditions, and hold corporations accountable. Like the successful teacher strikes this spring, Verizon's willingness to come to the table early and agree to this contract is yet another testament to the power of working people standing together.
Summary of Tentative Agreement

Download: Wireline District 1 -Verizon pdf.pdf
agreement in principle

CWA, IBEW and Verizon have reached an agreement in principle to extend the collective bargaining agreements for a four-year period. The current agreements are set to expire on August 3, 2019. If finalized, the agreements will extend through August 5, 2023. The company and the unions are documenting the understanding in signed contracts and expect to have that completed this week, at which time we will communicate further details.

The contracts will be subject to ratification by union members. We will keep you posted.

Death Notice

Death Notice

Deceased: Richard R. Cunningham

Father of Robert Cunningham

Field Tech Nanuet

Wake: Tuesday July 17, 2018

2-4 7-9 p.m.

Higgins Funeral Home

321 S. Main St. New City

Funeral: Wednesday July 18, 2018

10 a.m.

St Augustine Church

140 Maple Ave

New City

Update on Negotiations
As you already know, CWA, IBEW and  Verizon began meeting for a two-week period to attempt to negotiate the terms of a possible extension to the collective bargaining agreements that are set to expire in August 2019.   We have agreed with the Company to extend the negotiations for a few additional days after the holiday.  Meetings are expected to resume in the middle of next week. 
 
 
We will provide additional updates as appropriate.
Hope you all have a happy and safe holiday.
Janus Decision

Statement on Janus Decision: CWA Members are Ready to Fight

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Statement by CWA President Chris Shelton on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus vs. AFSCME:

Today’s Supreme Court decision on the Janus v. AFSCME case marks a sad day for all working people. This decision continues a long campaign by corporate interests and right wing groups to restrict our ability to stand together. While these special interest groups might be celebrating their victory against workers’ freedom to join together in strong unions to speak up for themselves, their families, and their communities, union members will be using this as a rallying cry to fight back harder than ever before.

The right-wing attack on union fair share fees is all about making it more difficult for working people to defend themselves when corporations abuse their power. Today's decision is an attempt to further concentrate power in the hands of the wealthy few by taking away resources from working people who are represented by unions.

But there’s something happening here in America. We’ve seen it from CWA members as workers at Verizon, AT&T Mobility, Frontier Communications, and Momentive Performance Materials have gone on strike and won gains through strong collective bargaining. Our public worker membership is growing, even in states like Texas that prohibit collective bargaining for public employees. We’ve stood in solidarity with teachers and other public employees in many different states walking out and standing up to special interests – and winning.

Corporate special interest groups have been working for decades to strip away workers’ freedom to join together and negotiate for fair wages and benefits, and to improve our workplaces. They want to turn back the clock on achievements like Social Security, civil rights, wage and hour and safety laws, Medicare, and public education that unions fight every day to preserve.

Union members will show them that nothing can stand in the way of working people standing together. We call on elected officials at the local, state and national level to stand with working people and make it easier for them to join together in unions.

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MOST PEOPLE FEEL THAT THE "UNION" IS THE BOARD, 

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