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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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VNCONTRACT 2017

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Wednesday, March 29th

CWA and the VNA of WNY bargained collectively today in an effort to secure a new contract labor agreement.  Progress continues to be made on all issues.  Spirited and deliberate negotiations continue over our monetary concerns.  Nobody does it better than the highly skilled, highly trained CWA workforce of the VNA of WNY.  It is time VNA management stands up for and in support of CWA members, the experts in the office and out in the field who make it all happen. Together we will continue our fight until fair and just compensation for our LABOR is secured.

Collective Bargaining is scheduled to resume on Wednesday March 30th.  Our contract with the VNA expires on Friday, March 31st.

Stay engaged, mobilized and united.

TOGETHER OUR SOLIDARITY WINS!

In Solidarity,

CWA 1122 VNA Unit Bargaining Committee

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CWA Local 1122

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VNA Unit Meeting

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

5:30pm

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CWA Local 1122 Union Hall

3775 Genesee St, Buffalo, NY 14225

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AGENDA:

  • CWA/VNA bargaining updates
  • Mobilization in SUPPORT of our BARGAINING COMMITTEE and our collective bargaining RIGHTS

Food and refreshments will be served at 5:00pm

We encourage all members of our VNA unit to attend this meeting.

UAW 55-91


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CWA LOCAL 1122

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Full Membership

Meeting

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

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UAW Region 9

35 George Karl Blvd

Williamsville, N.Y. 14221

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Food is served at 5:00pm

Meeting begins at 6:00pm

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  • Officer Reports
  • Committee Reports
  • Bargaining Unit Updates
  • Open debate over our collective effort to mobilize, organize, and unite our members and the WNY working class

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Work Safe - Stay United

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UAW 55-91

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Unity@Mobility

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WE WROTE A LETTER TO CEO STEPHENSON

AT&T has been spending spend tens of thousands of dollars on advertisements in the Washington Post, New York Post and other major publications to paint a misleading picture of their treatment of employees.                                                                   

But we know the reality of what's been happening: the company has been closing call centers across the country and outsourcing more than 60% of its retail stores to low-wage third party dealers.

In response, three AT&T workers sent a letter to CEO Stephenson asking him to make a real commitment to end offshoring and outsourcing and support good jobs here at home.

Read the letter here >>>

Want to sign on to the letter with your coworkers? Click here for a printable version to sign and display in your workplace.

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CWA / AT&T 2017 “Orange” Contract Bargaining

March 27, 2017 – Bargaining Report #32

As Bargaining continues, the Company’s response has been more of the same greed and stall tactics. Multiple information requests by the Union remain partially or completely unfulfilled. The Company is showing no urgency toward bargaining a fair contract. The Union has made over 30 proposals to date but many of them cannot be fully addressed because of the Company’s delays. We continue discussions around wages, commissions, benefits, safety and other important issues, but we remain extremely far apart on all major items.

Over the last several days mobilization events have continued with great enthusiasm and turnout. The Bargaining team thanks you for your extraordinary efforts. Stay mobilized, stay unified and together we will 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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Big news! We got back the STRIKE VOTE results and over 93% of AT&T Mobility workers voted YES. 

That means, if necessary, we will go on strike to get what we deserve at AT&T.

AT&T is a multi-billion dollar corporation that is making record profits because of our hard work taking care of the customers, selling the phones, and maintaining the network. We deserve our fair share.

Here's what Your Bargaining Committee is discussing in Negotiations:

  • Wages
  • Benefits
  • Job Security
  • Commissions
  • Transfers
  • Holidays
  • Job openings
  • Scheduling
  • Call Out and On-Call Pay
  • Overtime and differentials
  • Attendance
  • And more… 

Have a question about bargaining, striking, or where we go from here? Check out our list of Frequently asked Questions here.


ANGRY AND READY TO TAKE ACTION?

February 9, 10, and 11 we are showing our unity by calling management (Either your Vice President General Manager, Director, or Regional Manager) to demand a fair contract.

It's simple! All you have to do is call and say:

"Hi, My name is _____, I work at ________(store/center/as a tech), and I'm calling to say we demand a fair contract! "

Let us know you're calling - RSVP here.


Stay united and strong. Keep up your amazing mobilization work. AT&T’s greed is no match for the strength and unity of our Union.

In unity,

Dennis G. Trainor
Vice President – CWA District 1

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AT&T Mobility FAQ

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What exactly are we fighting for in this contract?

As the profits of AT&T climb, our wages and working conditions continue to suffer. Our call center work has been moving to contractors in low-wage countries and areas of the U.S., our retail jobs have been going to low-wage Authorized Dealers, and our technicians have seen their work get contracted out. Enough is enough!

Your bargaining committee continues to make proposals to improve the working conditions and quality of life for our members. These proposals cover many topics, including:

  • Wages
  • Benefits
  • Job Security
  • Commissions
  • Transfers
  • Holidays
  • Job openings
  • Scheduling
  • Call Out and On-Call Pay
  • Overtime and differentials
  • Attendance
  • And more…

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What Will It Take to Win?

Our negotiating team is working round the clock fighting for a fair contract. But they cannot win without the active participation of all our members. Remember, our power comes from a mobilized membership. Being a union member is not a spectator sport! We need you to do your part. That means wearing a pin, joining rallies and other actions, asking for support from your co-workers, friends, family and community, and striking if necessary.

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Will there be a strike at Mobility?

Members across the country have voted overwhelmingly to give authorization to our CWA President to call a strike in the event bargaining breaks down.  This doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a strike.  But this approval does mean that a strike can be called by our President if it becomes necessary. AT&T Mobility is a multi-billion dollar corporation and it’s about time they start acting like it and sharing some of those profits with their employees.  CWA has never been more serious about demanding a fair contract from this profitable company.

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What should I do to prepare for a strike?

We encourage all members to save money now in the event a strike is called.  Get caught up on your bills if you can. Take care of routine medical needs, including dental, medical check ups, etc.

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Will I get paid in the event there is a strike?

Strikers don’t get paid by their employer. But in the event of a strike, CWA has a large Member Relief Fund which will begin to issue relief checks. Beginning on the 15th day of the strike, members will receive a weekly check for $200 from the Members Relief Fund (MRF). This amount increases to $300 on the 21st day of a strike and increases again to $400 on the 57th day of the strike.  . Members continue to receive $400 per week until the strike is settled or until such time as the MRF is exhausted. In the event of a strike, your local and National Union will be providing applications to the MRF and more details..  CWA is a family. We take care of each other.

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Can I be fired for striking?

Striking is a legally protected right. It is illegal to fire any worker for striking.

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Why No One Should Cross a Picket Line

No worker should ever cross a picket line. Doing so betrays your coworkers who are fighting for a decent contract. Doing so encourages management to keep on taking advantage of us all. In the proud history of American workers who stand up for their rights, there is almost nothing worse than being called a scab. It is the ultimate betrayal of your coworkers. Crossing a CWA picket line is also usually a violation of the union’s bylaws.  

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Do you have a question that wasn’t answered here? Message us and we’ll get back to you.

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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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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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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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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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