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At our October 5th membership meeting CWA Local 1122 Election Committee Chairman Doug Boechel received a sole nomination and our Secretary Treasurer Jean Nelson cast a ballot to elect the following members into Office to serve on our Executive Board.

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President – John Mudie

Area VP North – Carl Ernst

Area VP South – Tom Antonio

Area VP East – Bill Enright

Area VP West – Nancy Huber

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Terms of Office: January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020

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Elections will be held to fill the following Executive Board positions.

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Executive Vice President

  • Jim Wagner
  • Lynne O'Brien

Secretary Treasurer

  • Jean Nelson
  • Phil Comerate

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Ballots will be prepared by our Election Committee and mailed out to members address of record on Thursday, October 19th.  Ballots must be returned postmarked by 5pm Monday, October 30th.  The election committee will count the ballots and announce the results on Friday, November 3rd.

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In Solidarity,

CWA Local 1122 Election Committee

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Without UNIONS, workers will lose many of the protections AGAINST abusive employers.  Wages for all will be depressed, even as corporate profits soar.  The American dream will be destroyed for millions.  And we will have government of the corporations, by the already powerful, for the wealthy.

  • Kenneth Bernstein, Teacher & Blogger, in a 2011 CNN.com opinion poll piece on the Wisconsin measure to STRIP public employees of their collective bargaining RIGHTS

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LABOR cannot stand still.  It MUST not retreat.  It MUST go on, or go under.

  • Harry Bridges

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LABOR will remain UNITED and continue to work to protect the interests of America’s working families.

  • William Burris

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The only effective answer to organized GREED is ORGANIZED LABOR.

  • Thomas Donahue

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If you go to the city Washington DC, you will find that almost all of those corporation lawyers and cowardly politicians, members of congress, and mis-representatives of the masses claim, in glowing terms, that they have risen from the ranks to places of eminence and distinction.  I am very glad that I cannot make that claim for myself.  I would be ashamed to admit that I had risen from the ranks.  When I rise it will be with the ranks.

  • Eugene V. Debs

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To be FREE the WORKERS MUST have CHOICE.  To have CHOICE they MUST retain in their own hands the RIGHT to determine under what CONDITIONS they will WORK..

  • Samuel Gompers

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Although it is true that only about 20% of American workers are in UNIONS, that 20% sets the STANDARDS across the board in salaries, benefits, and working conditions.  If you are making a decent salary in a non union company, you OWE that to the UNIONS.  One thing that corporations DO NOT DO is give out money out of the goodness of the hearts.

  • Molly Ivins

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The HOME is the MOST effective place to preach the gospel of UNIONISM.

  • Charles E. James, African-American Union Leader, 1905

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One cannot have a TRADE UNION or a democratic election without FREEDOM of SPEECH, FREEDOM of ASSOCIATION and ASSEMBLY.  Without a democratic election, whereby people choose and remove their rulers, there is no method of securing HUMAN RIGHTS against the state.  NO democracy without Human RIGHTS, NO Human RIGHTS without democracy, and NO TRADE UNION RIGHTS without either.  That is our BELIEF, that is our CREED.

  • George Meany, 1979

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The Defense of our RIGHTS and our DIGNITY, as well as efforts to NEVER let ourselves to be overcome by the feeling of HATRED - this is the road we have chosen.

  • Lech Walesa

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As can be seen in our history, the only answer to a powerful business leader is a powerful LABOR UNION.

  • Hilton M. Weiss

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The basic GOAL of LABOR will not change.  It is – as it always has been, and I am sure always will be – to BETTER the STANDARDS of life for ALL who WORK for wages and to seek decency and justice and dignity for ALL Americans.

  • George Meany

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The true face of the UNIONS is not now a man in a hard hat as much as it is a woman in the classroom or in cleaning smocks.

  • Karen Nussbaum, SEIU

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LABOR is not FIGHTING for a larger slice of the PIE – LABOR is fighting for a larger PIE.

  • Walter Reuther

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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

October 13, 2017 – Bargaining Report #57

This morning AT&T sent out an email to our membership that begs clarification. While not exactly fake news, it is misleading and aimed at dividing our membership.

As we last reported, AT&T did pass proposals last week. They did not pass proposals to address any of the issues that we have been discussing with them since May.

In May, you successfully struck AT&T and let the company know we are not accepting less than you deserve. Our proposals still on the table reflect your priorities. Following this, AT&T continued to refuse to provide the information we need to bargain your future for the next four years. AT&T needs to be more forthcoming with the truth.

They refer to “formal” proposals not being passed since May, but they leave out the why. We have outstanding requests for information that impact our ability to make additional formal proposals. We have had proposals on the table for months that AT&T refuses to address except to say they have no interest. AT&T would prefer we bargain in the dark. AT&T has made requests of CWA that violate the National Labor Relations Act and we anticipate we will hear back from the Labor Board soon.

CWA has told AT&T that we agreed to meet via phone conference for a few weeks while we work on issues other than wages and benefits, such as working conditions.  One issue familiar to Call Center workers is MI-60. After weeks of AT&T promising to bring an operations manager to bargaining to explain their use of the MI-60 program in Call Centers, we were finally joined by Bradley Petrick, the AVP over ATS call centers.  The description of how this program is supposed to be used in the centers, while enlightening, did not resemble in any way what you have told us actually occurs.

Since AT&T indicated in their morning email that they are expecting a response on what was passed last week, CWA asked to reconvene at our mutually agreed upon bargaining location, and guess what? They are not available as their bargaining chair is not able to travel at the moment due to medical issues that kept him out of work. How many attendance points do you think he received? Our guess is NONE.

The CWA Bargaining Committee had already planned on getting together this week to study the proposals and the open issues and work on our response. We have the right under the National Labor Relations Act to insist on face to face bargaining, and we hope the AT&T bargaining chair is cleared to travel soon.

By now you should have received information on how to join our Town Hall Call next Thursday evening, October 19th. We look forward to hearing from you.

Your CWA Bargaining Committee

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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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 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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                                              September, 2017

Sisters and Brothers,

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We are writing to respectfully ask for your help.  Please consider getting further involved in the activities of your Local Union. We seek your engagement and covet your activism in the vision and mission of our Local Union.  

Listed below are the current eight (8) CWA Local 1122 committees and their respective duties.  These committees are comprised of sisters and brothers across each of our sixteen (16) individual bargaining units. 

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  • MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

The Membership Committee or membership committees shall accept or reject membership application in accordance with the By-laws and rules of this local and Article V of the CWA Constitution and policies of the Union.

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  • LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE:

The Legislative Committee shall assist the Local Officers and members in programs of the Union and the Local in the legislative field.  It shall be responsible for the Local’s program to register each qualified voter.

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  • ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

The Organizing Committee shall assist the Local Officers and members in organizing all non-union employees within the Local’s jurisdiction. 

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  • ELECTION COMMITTEE:

The Election Committee shall conduct all nominations and elections and referenda of this Local.

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UAW 55-91


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  • EDUCATION COMMITTEE:

The Education Committee shall assist in developing the Local’s educational program and, with the Local Officers, be responsible for effectuating the Union’s and Local’s educational programs.

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  • COMMUNITY SERVICES:

The Community Services Committee shall assist in developing all community services programs.

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  • BY-LAWS COMMITTEE:

The BY-LAWS Committee shall continuously review and make proposals for updating these By-Laws to the membership.

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  • SPECIAL COMMITTEES:

May be appointed as deemed necessary

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Contact your Area Vice President, Chief Steward or contact the Local at 716-633-2211 to get active, to get involved, and add your name to the list of one of our eight (8) committees.  We hope to hear from you soon.

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In Solidarity,

CWA Local 1122 Executive Board  

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CWA Local 1122 Executive Board Officer nominations / elections

Last evening at our membership meeting CWA Local 1122 Election Committee Chairman Doug Boechel received a sole nomination and our Secretary Treasurer Jean Nelson cast a ballot to elect the following members into Office to serve on our Executive Board. ...................... President – John Mudie . Area VP North – Carl Ernst . Area VP South – Tom Antonio . Area VP East – Bill Enright . Area VP West – Nancy Huber . Terms of Office: January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020

Without UNIONS

Without UNIONS, workers will lose many of the protections AGAINST abusive employers.  Wages for all will be depressed, even as corporate profits soar.  The American dream will be destroyed for millions.  And we will have government of the corporations, by the already powerful, for the wealthy. Kenneth Bernstein, Teacher & Blogger, in a 2011 CNN.
Download: Without UNIONS.pdf

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.

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 #57 10-13-2017

CWA / At&t Mobility 2017 “Orange” Contract Bargaining Update October 13, 2017 – Bargaining Report #57

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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