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“My Friends it is solidarity of Labor we want. We do not want to find fault with each other, but to solidify our forces, and say to each other: We must be together: our masters are joined together, and we must do the same thing”.

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NO MEDICARE CUTS

Not NOW, Not EVER

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Sisters and Brothers,

We just signed a petition to tell our members of Congress to oppose any efforts to privatize or undermine Medicare benefits for millions of people.

This past week, House Speaker Paul Ryan--whose budget plan has included cuts to Medicare benefits for years now--made it clear that he is ready to pursue options to privatize Medicare.

President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Rep. Tom Price--who wants to destroy Medicare--signals that Trump might be willing to back away from his promise, during the election, to protect this important program.

Can you sign the petition, too?  

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In Solidarity,

CWA Local 1122 Executive Board

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SIGN THE PETITION

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Erie County wants to hear from YOU

Erie County needs your input

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Erie County needs HIGH SPEED BROADBAND Deployment Across our Communities

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Please follow this LINK  .. Participate and take the SURVEY

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FCC Transition Leader Jeff Eisenach Works for Verizon, Not the Public.

Bruce Kushnick,

Executive Director, New Networks Institute

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  • The FCC’s long standing mission statement: To encourage competition in all communications markets and to protect the public interest.
  • The Communications Act of 1934, Title 1, Section 1, as amended: To ensure that the American people have available - at reasonable costs and without discrimination - rapid, efficient, nation- and world-wide communication services; whether by radio, television, wire, satellite, or cable.

Should Congress start investigations as to whether a paid consultant to Verizon and other communications companies should lead the FCC’s transition team, a government agency that is charged with protecting the public interest? (See our previous article.)

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A Partial List of Work

(NOTE: These listings specifically mention both Eisenach and Verizon. There are a host of other documents published by NERA, AEI and other organizations through 2015 that also may have been funded by Verizon.)

  • March 12, 2013: In the Matter of Special Access for Price Cap Local Exchange Carriers, AT&T Corporation Petition for Rulemaking to Reform Regulation of Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier Rates for Interstate Special Access Services, Federal Communications Commission, WC Docket No. 05-25, RM-10593 Expert Declaration of Jeffrey A. Eisenach (with Kevin W. Caves) on Behalf of Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless

  • October, 2012: Broadband Competition in the Internet Ecosystem, AEI, Partial support for an earlier version of this paper was provided by Verizon Communications.

  • March 1, 2012: Order Instituting Rulemaking to Evaluate Telecommunications Corporations Service Quality Performance and Consider Modification to Service Quality Rules, Before the California Public Service Commission, Rulemaking 11-12-001, Reply Declaration of Jeffrey A. Eisenach on Behalf of Verizon Communications

  • February 2012: The Impact of Liberalizing Price Controls on Local Telephone Service: An Empirical Analysis, Kevin W. Caves, co-authored with Jeffrey A. Eisenach. Prepared with support from Verizon Communications.

  • January 31, 2012: Order Instituting Rulemaking to Evaluate Telecommunications Corporations Service Quality Performance and Consider Modification to Service Quality Rules, Before the California Public Service Commission, Rulemaking 11-12-001, Expert Declaration of Jeffrey A. Eisenach on Behalf of Verizon Communications

  • April 2011: Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of RUS Broadband Subsidies: Three Case Studies (Prepared with support from The National Cable & Telecommunications Association, (NCTA) co-authored with Jeffrey A. Eisenach.)

  • May 10, 2010: In the Matter of International Comparison and Consumer Survey Requirements in the Broadband Data Improvement Act, Federal Communications Commission GN Docket No. 09-47, Supplemental 7 Declaration Regarding the Berkman Center Study (NBP Public Notice 13) (with R. Crandall, E. Ehrlich and A. Ingraham) on Behalf of Verizon Communications

  • April 12, 2010: Net Neutrality: The Economic Evidence, Expert Declaration in the Matters of Preserving the Open Internet and Broadband Industry Practices, GN Docket No. 09-191 and WC Docket No. 07-52 (with Brito et al.) Prepared with support from Verizon Communications.

  • April 2010: Modeling the Welfare Effects of Net Neutrality Regulation: A Comment on Economides and Tåg (Prepared with support from Verizon Communications.)

  • November 16, 2009: Declaration of Robert W. Crandall, Everett M. Ehrlich and Jeffrey A. Eisenach Regarding the Berkman Center Study (NBP Public Notice 13) National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and United States Telecom Association (USTA) (cable and phone company associations).

  • March 13, 2009: Comments on the Virginia State Corporation Commission’s Second Order for Notice and Hearing In Re: Revisions of Rules for Local Exchange Telecommunications Company Service Quality Standards, On Behalf of Verizon Virginia

  • September 24, 2008: In the Matter of the Appropriate Forms of Regulating Telephone Companies, Maryland Public Service Commission, Case No. 9133, Rebuttal Testimony on Behalf of Verizon Maryland

  • August 21, 2008: Comments on the Virginia State Corporation Commission’s Proposed Service Quality Rules for Traditional Landline Telecommunications, On Behalf of Verizon Virginia

  • July 25, 2008: In re: Complaint and request for emergency relief against Verizon Florida, LLC for anticompetitive behavior in violation of Sections 364.01(4), 364.3381, and 364.10, F.S., and for failure to facilitate transfer of customers’ numbers to Bright House Networks Information Services (Florida), LLC, and its affiliate, Bright House Networks, LLC, Florida Public Service Commission, Docket No. 070691-TP, Rebuttal Testimony on Behalf of Verizon Florida

  • July 8, 2008: In the Matter of the Appropriate Forms of Regulating Telephone Companies, Maryland Public Service Commission, Case No. 9133, Direct Testimony on Behalf of Verizon Maryland

  • February 29, 2008: In the Matter of Bright House Networks LLC. et al v. Verizon California et al, Federal Communications Commission File No. EB-08-MD-002, Expert Declaration on Behalf of Verizon Communications

  • • January 31, 2008: In the Matter of Verizon’s 2007 Price Cap Plan for the Provision of Local Telecommunications Services in the District Of Columbia, District of Columbia Public Service Commission, Formal Case No. 1057, Rebuttal Testimony On behalf of Verizon

  • December 7, 2007: In the Matter of Verizon’s 2007 Price Cap Plan for the Provision of Local Telecommunications Services in the District Of Columbia, District of Columbia Public Service Commission, Formal Case No. 1057, Direct Testimony On behalf of Verizon

  • November 19, 2007: In the Matter of the Commission’s Investigation Into Verizon Maryland, Inc.’s Affiliate Relationships, Maryland Public Service Commission, Case No. 9120, Rebuttal Testimony On behalf of Verizon

  • November 16, 2007: On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Pacific Bell Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T California, et al., Petitioners, v. Linkline Communications, Inc., et al., Respondents, Brief of Amici Curiae Professors and Scholars in Law and Economics in Support of the Petitioners (with R. Bork, G. Sidak, et al)

  • October 29, 2007: In the Matter of the Commission’s Investigation Into Verizon Maryland, Inc.’s Affiliate Relationships, Maryland Public Service Commission, Case No. 9120, Direct Testimony On behalf of Verizon

  • July 16, 2007: Application of Verizon Virginia, Inc. and Verizon South for a Determination that Retail Services Are Competitive and Deregulating and Detariffing of the Same, State Corporation Commission of Virginia, Case No. PUC-2007-00008, Rebuttal Report On behalf of Verizon

  • June 2007: The Effects of Providing Universal Service Subsidies to Wireless Carriers (Prepared with support from Verizon Communications, co-authored with Jeffrey A. Eisenach).

  • January 17, 2007: Application of Verizon Virginia, Inc. and Verizon South for a Determination that Retail Services Are Competitive and Deregulating and Detariffing of the Same, State Corporation Commission of Virginia, Case No. PUC-2007-00008, Expert Testimony and Report On behalf of Verizon

  • • December 2003: In the Matter of Review of the Commission’s Rules Regarding the Pricing of Unbundled Network Elements and the Resale of Service by Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers, WC Docket No. 03-173, Declaration of Jeffrey A. Eisenach and Janusz R. Mrozek, Federal Communications Commission On behalf of Verizon

The New York Times Compiled this Dossier.

Failure to Disclose: No Mention Verizon is a Primary Client.

Should Congress investigate Eisenach et al. for their failure to properly disclose their ties with these corporations at congressional hearings and government agency meetings? And, have there been violations of the non-profit, tax-exempt status of the various organizations these consultants are affiliated with?

These are just two instances we found where Jeffrey Eisenach presented ‘expertise’ but failed to identify the fact that one of his major paid clients was Verizon.

  • September 17, 2014: Statement before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary On “Why Net Neutrality Matters: Protecting Consumers and Competition Through Meaningful Open Internet Rules” Testimony of Jeffrey A. Eisenach, Ph.D. Visiting Scholar American Enterprise Institute

  • April 21, 2010: Testimony on Deployment of Broadband Communications Networks, Before the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, Committee on Energy and Commerce, United States House of Representatives.

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CWA 1122 VNA Newsletter December 1, 2016

                                                     

This one step – choosing a goal and sticking to it – changes everything. – Scott Reed

 Every skyscraper starts with blueprints, cross country road trip with a GPS map; every blessed toy coming in pieces on Christmas morning includes an instruction manual.  Each and every union brother and sister at the VNA has a role to play in our very own step-by-step “HOW TO” which will build a successfully negotiated Labor Contract in 2017…

STEP 1:  FILL OUT THE BARGAINING SURVEY….it arrived in a CWA envelope at your house. Send it back SASE, e-mail, fax (lots of options). Don’t delay. Your Bargaining Team is directed by the priorities you establish. Your voice counts!

STEP 2: JOIN THE LOCAL’S WEBSITE and THE WATERCOOLER. These will be key tools in relaying accurate and up-to-date information during bargaining. Now, if you are reading this, the good news is you already have likely taken this step. However, you can always supplement the effort of our mobilizers and encourage your fellow team members to do the same!

STEP 3:  ATTEND THE MEETINGS. Mark the dates for the VNA membership meetings and, for mobilizers, the mobilization dates (the schedule is also in your recent mailing, plus it is ALWAYS posted on the Local website cwa1122.org).

STEP 4: DISPLAY SOLIDARITY …Wear RED on Thursdays. Speak with a united voice and share an attitude that demonstrates our resolve under the ever watchful eyes of management. This level of solidarity adds strength to those speaking for all of us at the bargaining table!

Why is it so important we all follow this “HOW TO” step-by-step? Because following it in the past has proven the exact strategy called for at bargaining time to advance our cause for a fair and progressive contract. Our unity has always been our strength! Take the steps to achieve our collective success!

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In Solidarity,

VNA Unit Mobilization Committee

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VNCONTRACT 2017

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November  2016

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Sisters and Brothers of Our VNA Unit,

Our current contract with the VNA expires on Friday, March 31, 2017, meaning collective bargaining between CWA and the Visiting Nursing Association of WNY is just around the corner.  Our Local Union Officers, stewards, members of our mobilization and bargaining committees, encourage every sister and brother of our VNA unit to get active, engaged and involved in our mobilization activities.  These mobilization activities are designed to unite us all, so we may stand in full support of our bargaining committee. 

The constant sharing and exchange of information is vital and instrumental to effectively and properly represent you and to protect and advance your rights under the collective bargaining process.   You can help us with this.

Enclosed with this mailing is our upcoming meeting schedule and bargaining survey.  Participate, let your bargaining committee know what your issues are.  You have a voice at work.  To retain it, to strengthen it, we must use it.  We strongly encourage you to complete the survey and return it by the Friday, December 23rd deadline.  You may return the survey by fax at 716-633-9641, by US mail in the return address stamped envelope or scan and email to vnacontract2017@cwa1122.org.

Go to cwa1122.org and register on our Local Union’s website. 

Do it now, please.  Pick a username and password ….  it is that simple.  Today we have over 700 members working at the VNA, of those 700 …  210 are registered on our interactive website.  We can do much better.  Help us help you.  Register today, cwa1122.org

Our sole collective objective is to secure a fair and just contract with the VNA.  We all have skin in this game.  Collectively with our active involvement we will make the difference.  Together our SOLIDARITY Wins!!

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In Unity,

CWA Local 1122 Executive Board

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UAW 55-91

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CWA Local 1122 / VNA Collective Bargaining Survey 2017                        County: _______________________

Job Title:  ____________________________                     NAME (optional) ____________________________________

Please fill out the survey and return it to your Local Union Hall by fax, email or in the enclosed return addressed stamped envelope.

  • FAX:  716-633-9641
  • vnacontract2017@cwa1122.org

All Surveys MUST be returned by Friday, December 23, 2016.  Surveys will not be accepted after this date.

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  1. Contract Negotiations gives us the opportunity to bargain improvements in the terms and conditions of our LABOR.  Please indicate below what you believe to be of most importance by ranking the items listed 1-10, with #1 being most important and #10 the least important. 

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Bereavement / Jury Duty             ______

Health Care Benefits                     ______

Job Security                                   _______

On Call – Shift differentials           _______

PTO  (paid time off)                      _______

Retirement Security                      _______

Short Term Disability                      _______

Time and Attendance                 _______

Tuition Assistance                          _______

Wage Increase                             ________

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  1. Working safely is our individual responsibility.  Working in a safe environment is our right and the VNA must implement, enforce, and support policies and procedures to insure our rights are respected and upheld.  Please share with your bargaining committee any safety issue or concern you feel needs to be addressed.

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  1. What are the three most pressing issues you would like addressed during these contract negotiations?

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  1. Other Issues:  Please share without reservation, with your bargaining committee, any other pertinent information or issue.

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Fair and Just contracts are not just won at the bargaining table.  CWA Local 1122 needs your active, engaged involvement to demonstrate to the VNA that we are united and together our SOLIDARITY WINS!

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Stay current with timely Bargaining Updates through text and email.

Cell Phone:  __________________________

Email:  ___________________________________________

Register on your interactive Local Union Website

cwa1122.org

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DOWNLOAD CWA 1122 VNA Unit CBA Survey 2017

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VNA Unit Mobilization Committee Meeting Schedule

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  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016

            8:30am - 4:00pm

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017

            8:30am – 4:00pm

  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017

            5:00pm

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017

            5:00pm

          

Mobilization Committee Meetings will be held at the CWA Local 1122 Union Hall 3775 Genesee St. Cheektowaga, NY 14225

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VNA Unit Membership Meeting Schedule

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  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CWA Local 1122 Union Hall 3775 Genesee St. Buffalo

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CWA Local 1122 Union Hall 3775 Genesee St. Buffalo

  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017

UAW Region 9    35 George Karl Blvd. Williamsville

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Our collective bargaining agreement with the VNA expires on

Friday, March 31, 2017

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UAW 55-91

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DOWNLOAD VNA Unit Meeting Schedule

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CWA Local 1122                           

Meeting Dates 2017

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Stewards Meeting                                     Thursday, January 12, 2017

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Membership Meeting                                Wednesday, February 8, 2017

                                                                  UAW Region 9

                                                                                 35 George Karl Blvd              

                                                                                 Williamsville 14221        

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Stewards Meeting                                    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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Membership Meeting                               Thursday, April 6, 2017

                                                                UAW Region 9

                                                                                35 George Karl Blvd

                                                                                Williamsville 14221        

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Stewards Meeting                                   Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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Membership Meeting                                      June 2017  *

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Stewards Meeting                                   Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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Membership Meeting                              Thursday, October 5, 2017

                                                               Ironworkers Local 6

                                                                              196 Orchard Park Rd

                                                                              West Seneca 14224

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Stewards Meeting                                  Thursday, November 2, 2017

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Membership Meeting                              Wednesday, December 6, 2017            

                                                               Ironworkers Local 6

                                                                              196 Orchard Park Rd

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** Our June 2017 membership meeting will be a picnic style meeting with the time, date and place to be determined.

Steward Meetings are held at our CWA Local 1122 Union Hall 3775 Genesee St. 

The meeting begins at 6:00pm, with food being served at 5:00pm

Membership Meetings will begin at 6:00pm with dinner being served at 5:00pm

If you have any interest in the change or resolution of our workplace issues, then it is your responsibility to attend these meetings.

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Website:  cwa1122.org                                                                                       Tape: 716.633.2345

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When it comes to calling out and breaking down the Republican Party’s calculated “war on the poor and working families,” nobody does it quite like former US Labor Secretary, Robert Reich.

In this powerful video courtesy of MoveOn.org, Reich neatly summarizes the Republican Party’s 7-prongued approach to exacerbating socioeconomic inequality and relegating America’s poor and working families to a life of poverty. Think he’s exaggerating? Watch the 135-second video and you will agree that the ‘War on the poor and working families” isn’t a figment of his imagination, it is real and impacting Americans all across the nation.

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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.
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Responsibilty of Attendance

As a member of the Local, you are the reason the Union exists. The Unions responsibility is to protect your rights as a worker and see to it that the steady flow of changes in our workplace does not violate our contract with our employer, other non-contractual issues can be dealt with accordingly when the group of members come together and support each other as equals rather than a ME FIRST ATTITUDE....
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Why We WEAR RED

... This all started some years ago at a CWA District One Conference in NY City. The Local Presidents passed a motion to put forth a Resolution at the CWA National Convention that year. This resolution was first to honor our fallen brother Gerry, and second to show our SOLIDARITY and strength ....
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