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Nominations

CWA Local 1122

Officers and Members of the Executive Board

     

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Ironworkers Local 6 Union Hall

196 Orchard Park Rd.

West Seneca, N.Y. 14224

Dinner is served at 5:00pm

Meeting begins at 6:00pm                                                                                                                                  

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NOMINATIONS will be declared to fill the following Offices:

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President                                       

Executive Vice President                

Secretary / Treasurer  

Area Vice President North

Area Vice President South

Area Vice President East

Area Vice President West

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Nominations will only be accepted from the floor mike

Terms of OfficeJanuary 1, 2018 thru December 31, 2020

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CWA Local 1122 By-Laws

ARTICLE XIV 

NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF LOCAL OFFICERS, AND MEMBERS OF EXECUTIVE BOARD

Section 1 - Nominations

(A)   Local Officers and Executive Board members shall be nominated in the month of October of each election year.

(B)   The nomination of a person for the office of President shall also constitute the nomination of the same person as a delegate to CWA Conventions held during his term of office for which the election is being conducted.

(C)   The nomination of a person for the office of Executive Vice President shall also constitute the nomination of the same person as a delegate to CWA Conventions held during his term of office for which the election is being conducted.

(Note) The Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 requires, in connection with nominations, reasonable notice of the office to be filled, and the time, place and proper form of submitting nominations.  Such notice must be given in a manner reasonably calculated to inform all members in good standing and in sufficient time to permit such members to nominate the candidates of their choice.  It is suggested that fifteen (15) days would meet the time requirements for such notice.

Nominations may be made (1) at a membership meeting, (2) by a nominating committee, with the right to also nominate from the floor, or (3) by petition.

Section 4 - General Provisions

(A)   The nominee in any election receiving the majority of the votes cast shall be declared elected.  If no one nominee has a majority on the first ballot, the vote shall be taken again and the two nominees having the greatest number of votes on the first ballot shall be nominees on the second ballot. Write-in votes shall not be allowed for any election of a local officer or delegate who is unopposed at the time of nominations.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall cast one ballot to elect unopposed candidates.

(B)   Only members of the Local in good standing shall be eligible to vote or hold office.

(C)   The term of office shall be for three (3) years.

(D)   The officers shall take office January 1st of the subsequent year.

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 Communications Workers of America, Local 1122 AFL-CIO

                                                                  3775 Genesee St. Buffalo, N.Y. 14225    

                                                   716-633-2211

cwa1122.org

                 

                                         

The CWA Political Action Fund (PAF) is the political action committee for the working men and women of CWA, their families, and retirees.  Every dollar you contribute to the Political Action Fund (PAF) is put to work building political power for you, your family, and your future.  The PAF provides financial contributions to worker-friendly candidates.  CWA can only use voluntary dollar’s  to contribute to an endorsed candidate for federal office.  No Union dues money of any kind can be given to a political candidate for federal office of a national political party. 

The Political Action Fund (PAF) is fighting to strengthen your voice at work and garner one who have none.  The PAF is working to give every patient in NY State the kind of health care we would want for our own families, such as fighting for the passage of the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act requiring safe staffing nurse to patient ratio’s.  Your PAF was instrumental in settling the forty nine (49) day Verizon strike, earning a fair and just contract for our sisters and brothers working there.  PAF contributions were used to prevent the Berger Commission from closing two area hospitals staffed by CWA member’s right here in our WNY Community.

Most importantly today the PAF is being utilized in our collective effort to insure the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) remains the law of the land.  Without it our job security is at severe risk, access to quality health care is at severe risk.  The option to repeal and replace Obama-care (AHCA) is not an option for CWA members and their families.

The CWA Political Action Fund makes politics work for working families.

Please complete the Payroll Authorization card you have before you.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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WHAT IS THE POLITICAL ACTION FUND (PAF)?

The political action fund is strictly voluntary.  Funds are utilized to administrate and facilitate our political and legislative activities.

Dollars contributed by members like you are used to:

  • Pay for grassroots lobbying efforts against privatization and budget cuts, voter registration, and our election day Get Out the VOTE (GOTV) mobilization.
  • Enable CWA to make valued contributions to local, state, and federal candidates who support our issues.  Only by electing our candidates will success be achieved.

WHY SHOULD I CONTRIBUTE? 

In our current political climate, every one of us is at risk of losing our benefits, job security and rights in the workplace.  Each of us has an interest in protecting the jobs of employees.  The more money we raise, the more effectively you can protect yourself and your family.  The few dollars we voluntarily contribute to invest in PAF means thousands of dollars in better benefits and better working conditions for CWA members and the working class community.

WHY IS CWA INVOLVED IN POLITICS?

Indirectly, your bargaining rights, wages, benefits, and job security are all decided by elected representatives.  CWA has the duty and obligation to protect the terms and conditions of our labor.  In order to effectively do this, we must be involved with electing worker friendly representatives.  In our current business and political climate, our involvement is vital as unionized employees are under constant attack, with our careers, our wages, health care benefits, and retirement security all a target.

Does CWA just give to DEMOCRATS?

No! Our priority is to identify and support pro CWA, pro working class candidates, who will carry our voice, and fight to move our agenda in local, state, and federal government.

Politicians are “crooked.”  Why are we giving them our money?

Not all politicians are crooked, but we need to see that the ones who are do not win.  One of the reasons we give money is to help pro CWA, pro worker candidates win.  WHEN WE WIN AT THE POLLS, WE WIN AT THE BARGANING TABLE.

WHAT IS THE MONEY USED FOR?

All of the money obtained through voluntary contributions goes into CWA’s Political Action Fund Account (PAF) and is used for political activities only.  This money is not part of the general treasury.  The PAF monies go to political candidate contributions, voter registration efforts, education, lobbying, training, and get out the vote (GOTV) work.  PAF monies are used to help introduce and pass legislation that protects CWA members, and to influence policy and budget decisions that affect your careers, your families, and your future.  A portion of these monies goes to our Federal Political Action Committee (PAC) at the CWA International Office for use in US Congressional or Senate races.

WHO CAN CONTRIBUTE TO PAF?

Voluntary PAF contributions can be made by all working and retired CWA members and their families, as well as employees of CWA and their families.

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We have been fighting for a contract for over 6 months. Since we are now working without a contract we have no arbitration rights. This lack of arbitration rights can potentially put members in increased jeopardy.

In order to protect ourselves, members should begin "Skip No Steps" - which means everyone should follow all work rules set forth by management. We need to make sure we are following every single rule that the company has laid out for us.

You cannot be disciplined for following management's rules. In fact, you can be disciplined for NOT following management's rules. So, if any manager complains that your work-output is too slow as a result of following their rules, ask them to put in writing which step you should skip. Unless you get something in writing from your boss, be sure to follow all their rules, even if your manager complains that things are taking too long.

Please have a look at the FAQ below and spread the word among your coworkers.

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Skip No Steps FAQ

Download the flyer for you union bulletin board here: 

https://cwa-union.org/sites/default/files/skipnosteps.pdf

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What is “Skip No Steps”?

Skip No Steps is a reminder that all members should follow all work rules from management.

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Why should we do “Skip No Steps” now?

While we are working without a contract, members do not have arbitration rights. Even though we still have the right to the grievance process, this lack of arbitration rights can potentially put members in increased jeopardy, especially while we are coming up on a busy sales season. One way to mitigate this risk it to make sure we are all following the rules the company has laid out for us.

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Is this designed to slow down our work?

No. Skip No Steps  is designed to protect our members during this stressful period when we don’t have arbitration rights.

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I am a technician. Is there a specific example of a rule I should be following.

Technicians should follow all rules imposed by management.   Follow the MOP (Method of Procedure).  One important example is the Vehicle Safety Check and Safety Exercises.  AT&T mandates that all members do an exhaustive safety check of our vehicles before each tour, and do stretches and exercise to lower the risk of injury (Pre-Driving Vehicle Inspection). Be sure to do this comprehensive safety check and exercise/stretching as per the guidelines.

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I work as a Retail worker. Is there a specific example of a rule I should be following?

Retail workers should follow all rules imposed by management. Make certain you follow the “5 Key Behaviors,” and give the entire “Customer Experience” to all customers. This means making sure to check over customers’ bills for overages, data, and be sure to follow the CPNI Rule for all customers, etc.

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I work at a Call Center. Is there a specific example of a rule I should be following?

Call center workers should follow all rules imposed by management.  Be sure to follow My CSP procedures for all calls; be sure to follow “5 key behaviors,” including greetings, planting of the seeds, etc.  Be sure to have all your tools at the ready, including MyCSP, OPUS, Clarify, Zone, and Snapshot.

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Following management’s rules sometimes slows us down. Is management allowed to discipline me for following all these rules?

No. Members can be disciplined for NOT following the rules imposed by management. Remember, during this stressful time, we want to make sure our members are protected. Therefore, be sure to follow all rules from management.

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Stay Strong!

Solidarity WINS!               

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Dear Brothers & Sisters,

The Orange Mobility bargaining committee has a standing request to bargain all commission changes. We have been working with the NLRB on this issue since the agreement expired on May 1st.

Within the past couple of weeks, AT&T had posted changes to commissions for September and October in D6 and D3 on the company website with a note that the employees in "Orange" would not get these new changes due to CWA telling them not to change anything.

The attached agreement was reached today to apply the changes to Retail workers in Orange too.

The attached agreement was reached today to apply the changes to Retail workers in Orange too. 

The language in this agreement protects both AT&T's and CWA's position regarding commissions as we continue to push to a complete agreement.

Thank you for your continued support as we work toward a new Orange contract.

In Solidarity,

Dennis G. Trainor

District 1 Vice President

Unity@Mobility

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CWA / AT&T 2017 “Orange” Contract Bargaining

September 8, 2017 – Bargaining Report #55

The bargaining committees met this week and discussed monitoring in the Retail stores and Call Centers, and the Company’s unilateral changes to the MI-60 assignment in the Call Centers. We will revisit this next week when bargaining reconvenes.

As we continue to push for job security, AT&T still has not fully provided the information we are entitled to regarding the use of contractors in Network. We let AT&T know that we need a commitment from them with assurances to have our technicians build and maintain the Network. We will continue to press for more details on how much technical contracting is going on.

After reviewing some additional information received from AT&T this week, it appears CWA’s concerns about job loss are based on hard facts as anticipated. Our share of the work is shrinking in Retail, Call Centers and Network; with a 60% saturation in Retail going to authorized retailers, and just a mere 7% of all calls are handled by CWA Union Call Centers in the region covered by this “Orange” Contract which covers 35 states and Washington, D.C., and contractors are running rampant on the Network.

The need for strong job security language in this round of bargaining is more important than ever. It is you – the members, AT&T’s employees – who built this company and this contract fight is for your future. 

This week, Mobility workers from across the country who are covered by the “Orange”Regional Contract met with members of Congress in Washington, D.C. to tell their representatives how AT&T’s move to 3rd party authorized Retailers and off-shore call center contractors threatens our members jobs and harms our communities.

Thank you for your continued support.

When We Fight, We WIN!

Stay strong Brothers and Sisters!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101

Frank Oliva, Local 1298

Deb Casey, Local 2204

Jeff Reamer, Local 13000

Julie Daloisio, Local 13500

Holly Sorey, Local 4202

Glen Skeen, Local 4320

Hector Capote, Local 7250

Debbie Goulet, Local 7803

Joe Sison, Local 9412

Brandon Beck, Local 9511

Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair

Tonya Moore, District 1

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Download CWA - At&t Mobility Final BR #55 9-8-17


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Dear AT&T Mobility members,

I am writing to update you about the status of our bargaining.

As you know, we have been bargaining for more than five months to negotiate improvements to our collective bargaining agreement. This has been a frustrating process, but not a surprising one.  We are insisting on a contract that isn't "business as usual," and the company is very reluctant to address the needs of our members.

Here are the key things we are fighting for, and what the company's response has been so far.

Offshoring.  More and more call center jobs are being sent to vendors around the world. When calls get routed to vendors, members lose their jobs. We are insisting on reasonable measures to protect our work and our members. The company doesn't want to agree to anything which curbs their ability to outsource.

Authorized Dealers.  More and more COR stores are closing down and being replaced by Authorized Retailers. When COR stores close down, members lose their jobs. We are insisting on reasonable measures to protect our work and members. The company doesn't want to agree to anything which restricts their plans to close COR stores.

Commissions.  The union is insisting that retail sales members have fair commissions and fair compensation. In recent years, our commission checks have been going down. The company wants the right to lower our commission whenever they want.

Absence Control.  The company's absence control plan is unfair, cruel, and violates our previous contract. The company uses the plan to get rid of dedicated and hardworking members. The union wants to address this issue and make improvements, but the company likes things the way they are.

Sick Days.  The company is trying to add wait days before we can take sick days and decrease the number of sick days for new hires. We are fighting back against these unfair limits on our ability to take care of our health.

Information at Bargaining.  Under U.S. labor law, the union has the right to information so we can bargain intelligently. The company has refused to fulfill their legal obligation to supply the union with information on outsourcing of work, and other key pieces of information. We have filed charges against the company at the Labor Board.

Unfair Labor Practices.  The company has committed many other Unfair Labor Practices, including interfering with our right to strike and unilaterally changing terms or conditions of employment. The union has filed a number of charges against the company with the Labor Board. The Board is currently investigating our charges, and we expect complaints to be issued against AT&T.

This Ain't Our First Rodeo!  Although we are disappointed in the pace of negotiations, we aren't surprised -- this is what happens when we fight for something more than the status quo. If you take away one thing from this email, please realize, the union has a plan to get a good contract. We are following our plan. A big part of this plan is to make sure that our members are mobilized to show the company that we are unified in our demands.

Another part of the plan was to do a short strike to let the company know what we are capable of. We also knew we would need to have the Labor Board investigate all the company's illegal activities.

In the past two months, we have gone public with our concerns by exposing the company's offshoring of jobs and the questionable practices by their Authorized Retailers (check out the new web site: www.ATTConsumerAlert.org and share with your friends).  

And remember, as bargaining drags on, it is illegal for the company to change their commission structure, which makes it harder and harder for them to run their business.

We can’t make every detail of our plan public for obvious reasons, but brothers and sisters, CWA has negotiated against major employers before, and sometimes bargaining takes a long time. Last year at Verizon,  bargaining dragged on, and then -- to the shock of the company -- we struck and won a standards-setting contract for the industry.

We could settle for a sub-par contract tomorrow, but we would rather fight with you for a contract that addresses the needs of our members. We ask that everyone keep up with mobilization activities, keep engaged with your local, and know that we all win when we work together.

United We Bargain, Divided We Beg,

Dennis Trainor, Vice President, District 1 & ATTM Mobility Lead VP

& The Bargaining Team

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WNY-CWA Council EJ Mays Scholarship Application

. WNY Council of the CWA - Eugene Mays Scholarship Application 2018 The WNY Council of the CWA Eugene Mays Scholarship fund has been contributing to the education of CWA members and their families for decades.  The Council is made up of ten (10) CWA Locals and the Retirees Chapter across our eight (8) Western New York Counties.
Download: EJ Mays Scholarship App 2018.pdf

NO CON CON

"shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same? . . . VOTE NO - Proposition 1 - NYS Constitutional Convention

CWA Local 1122 PAF Drive 2017

The CWA Political Action Fund (PAF) is the political action committee for the working men and women of CWA, their families, and retirees. Every dollar you contribute to the Political Action Fund (PAF) is put to work building political power for you, your family, and your future. Today the PAF is being utilized in our collective effort to insure the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) remains the law of the land. Without it our job security is at severe risk, access to quality health care is at severe risk. The option to repeal and replace Obama-care (AHCA) is not an option for CWA members and their families.

RuNaWaY Inequality TRAINING

RuNaWaY INEQUALITY Training CWA Disrict One has added additional Runaway Income Inequality training seminars. Wednesday September 13th at CWA Local 1133 Thursday, September 28th at CWA Local 1168 We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.  We would really like to see you here.

CWA 1122 VNA Unit NEWSLETTER V42 June 21, 2017 .

 Good news newsletter:      The June 15th CWA membership meeting was held picnic style in lieu of a formal one.  The food was great and the company even better.  It was great to see new faces this year!!!!  We are working on getting an upgrade on the box wine.

CWA - At&t Mobility BARGAINING Update #55 9-8-2017

CWA / At&t Mobility 2017 “Orange” Contract Bargaining Update September 8, 2017 – Bargaining Report #55

Weingarten RIGHTS

Members of CWA Local 1122 have Weingarten rights during investigatory interviews. An investigatory interview occurs when a Company representative questions a member to obtain information that could lead to discipline OR asks a member to defend his or her conduct. If you reasonably believe that discipline or other adverse consequences may result from a meeting with a Company representative, you have a right to Union representation at that meeting. But, you must request it.
Download: Know YourWeingarten Rights.pdf


 
 
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