Communications Workers of America 
Local 1115
204 Bewley Bldg
Lockport, NY 14094
Phone (716) 439-1117  Fax (716) 439-1717

CWA Statement on Janus Decision June 28, 2018

CWA Statement on Janus Decision:
CWA Members Are Ready to Fight

The U.S. Supreme Court this week ruled 5-4 in Janus vs. AFSCME to side with corporate special interests and harm the ability of public sector workers to collectively bargain.

CWA President Chris Shelton issued a statement condemning the anti-worker decision:

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

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

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

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

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

Get all of CWA's information and materials on Janus here.

Corporations Tax Cut 11/2017

If Corporations Get a Tax Cut, We Want a Raise!!
CWA members know that you can't rely on a boss's promises. If you want to make sure something sticks, you need to negotiate and get it in writing.

That's why CWA President Chris Shelton sent letters to the CEOs of some of CWA's largest employers this week asking them to guarantee that if the corporate tax cuts proposed in the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" go into effect, CWA members will receive the $4,000 wage increase that President Trump and his economic advisers have promised and ensure that their companies won't take advantage of loopholes in the bill to send more jobs overseas.

Many economists are skeptical that corporate tax cuts will result in wage increases, increased investment or an end to offshoring. Instead, they predict that corporations will use the money to buy back stock or issue dividends. In fact, last week during a panel discussion with Gary Cohn, the head of the President's Council of Economic Advisors, a room full of CEOs refused to raise their hands when asked if they would use their tax cut to increase investment.
President Shelton's letters went to the CEOs of Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier Communications, American Airlines, General Electric, NBC Universal and ABC Entertainment. He has given them until December 1 to respond. Click here for links to the letters.

Buyer Beware 7/18/17

AT&T wireless employees across the country are gravely concerned that the company’s increased reliance on outsourced retail operations is lowering standards for both customers and workers. A survey of over 1,300 AT&T corporate employees found serious problems with third party dealers.

Third-party cell phone dealers, known as “authorized retailers,” look the same as corporate-run stores, but behind the logo there are substantial differences in training, compensation and incentive pay, all of which may lead to worse outcomes for customers and employees at the dealer-run stores. Customers regularly complain that dealers fail to disclose the terms of a sale and sign up customers for plans without their knowledge.

Message from Chris Shelton May 2017

A statement by CWA President Chris Shelton on today's House vote on health care legislation: 

Today's vote told us everything we need to know about the Republican members of the House of Representatives who supported this bill. They voted to strip basic health care protections from working families and allow insurance companies to sell health care plans that don't cover essential care or necessary treatment like chemotherapy.

They voted to allow the states to do away with coverage for pre-existing medical conditions. That means premium costs for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions would explode, and millions more will find it impossible to obtain health care at any price. 

This isn’t a health care bill – it’s a half a billion dollar tax cut for corporations, insurance executives, and the wealthiest Americans. At least 24 million people will lose their health care and Americans age 50 and older will see their costs skyrocket under the "age tax" the bill institutes, all to provide a big tax break for corporations and the wealthy.

Union members fortunate enough to keep their coverage will be punished with higher costs under the "Cadillac tax" that Republicans left in place. Thousands of members of my union and other health care workers will lose their jobs.

This legislation is built on lies, and the American people know it. Come Election Day in 2018, many Republican House members will realize how badly they miscalculated today. The House leadership and the Republican members who supported this bill ignored their constituents, and they will pay the price. We expect that members of the U.S. Senate won't make the same mistake.

Health Care May 2017

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) vs/ Wealthcare Proposal 

Republican leaders are considering a vote in the House soon to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and pass a bill that's bad news for working families. In order to win the votes of the extreme right they are now planning to allow insurance companies to charge whatever they want to people with pre-existing conditions and to sell junk health insurance.

Costs for people with pre-existing conditions would skyrocket, working people over age 50 would pay a big "age tax," and many couldn't buy any insurance at all. Insurance companies would be able to sell health care plans that don’t cover essential care or allow for necessary treatment like chemotherapy.

As the New York Times health insurance analyst wrote: “…the proposed changes would effectively cast the Affordable Care Act’s pre-existing conditions provision aside.” A vote could happen in the House of Represensatives as soon as Wednesday. 

Take Action! Call your Representative now:  1-855-980-2346

You can tell them: “Hello, my name is (...) and I’m a constituent. I’m calling to ask the Congressperson to oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. We should be making sure more people can afford health care, not gutting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

Click Here for the Healthcare Fact Sheet and a Call to Action to call your Representative!!!

Reminders



Remember the Date
 
2019

Hamilton Nolan Writes:

Union Workers Make More Money

On a very basic level, unions are a mechanism that allow workers to get a larger portion of the money generated by a business for themselves. Absent an organized workforce that is able to assert its power through collective bargaining, that extra money tends to go to executives and managers at the very top of a company, or to outside investors, rather than to the mass of workers. >>> Read More


Instead of creating good jobs, Verizon paid its top executives a quarter of a billion dollars over just five years.

That’s enough money to give about 1.3 million people the choice of FiOS, creating and protecting good, family-supporting jobs.

Today, CWA members are taking part in informational picketing across the Verizon East footprint to spread the word.


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12/4/2014 25th Anniversary 1989 Strike Settlement

Where Were you 25 years ago?


In 1989 60,000 CWA and IBEW members took on the company in a historic strike. It took a lot of hardship and sacrifice. But after 17 weeks, union members won and we protected our jobs and benefits. December 4th is the 25 year anniversary of the end of the 1989 strike. Our jobs, and customers’ access to quality services are on the line. It’s time to stand united for our future.

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July 2018

Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh Has Long Record of Siding with Corporations against CWA Members

CWA is opposing President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and calling on members of the U.S. Senate to reject this nomination, citing his long record of routinely ruling against workers and their families and regularly siding with employers against employees seeking justice in the workplace – including CWA members.

Decisions of the Supreme Court can have a dramatic impact on working people's rights, freedoms and legal safeguards, as we saw in cases this past term like Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 and National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil

Just last year, Kavanaugh issued a partial dissent in a case involving more than 300 NABET-CWA technicians at CNN who lost their jobs and the benefits of union representation in the wake of the company's phony reorganization scheme to get rid of union workers. He concluded that the company was not liable for violations of the National Labor Relations Act and should not have to pay back wages.

Kavanaugh also stood with AT&T to prevent CWA members in Connecticut who interact with customers or work in public from wearing union shirts protesting their treatment by the company. He has held that a waiver of a right to picket allowed Verizon to prevent workers from displaying pro-union signs in their cars.

Judge Kavanaugh's unwillingness to protect workers even extends to life-and-death situations. In a case involving the death of a Sea World trainer who was working with a killer whale, he dissented from the majority, holding that the Department of Labor lacks authority to regulate activities of participants in sports events or entertainment shows in order to protect their health and safety.

Based on his record, it seems clear that if he is appointed to the Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh will continue to protect the interests of already powerful corporate CEOs instead of working families.

Legislative Session June 2018

End of Session Legislative Report: Verizon, Cable Companies and Business Council Say "Jump," Senate Republicans Say "How High?"

This email is from Anthony Eramo, Deputy Political Director for
CWA District 1

These things are why our PAF money is so important. We need to take control of the senate so we can bring our issues to the floor for a vote. 
We had bipartisan support for this bill. 42 co-sponsors out of 63 senators. Enough to pass the bill!
Please read on for more information. 
Thanks for your time
George Woloszyn.

Sisters & Brothers,

With the close of the 2018 legislative session in NYS occurring in the early morning hours of Thursday, the Republican-controlled State Senate once again blocked all of CWA's priority legislation, as well as many other bills important to NYS's working people.

The biggest outrage was what happened to our "Save Call Center Jobs Act." A bill that simply said, if you off shore good NY call center jobs, you shouldn't get taxpayer money to do it. Its goal is to protect good NY jobs. Who doesn't support protecting jobs?! Republican Senators apparently.

The NYS Senate is composed of 63 Senators.  42 Senators--including 10 Republicans and Simcha Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat who caucuses with the Republicans-- signed on as co-sponsors, so our bill had more than enough bipartisan support to pass (32D-10R.).  Clearly, though, in the Republican-controlled State Senate, the MAJORITY does not rule. BIG MONEY does.

Earlier in the session the bill passed the NYS Assembly by a vote of 111-21, meaning it would have gone right to the Governor's desk and become law. However one man said "NO." Majority Leader John Flanagan (R- Suffolk)  would not bring the bill to the floor for a vote. When the chips are down, the Republican majority ALWAYS chooses corporate New York over hard working New Yorkers. They chose their leader, they are all responsible. The only solution is to change control of the NYS Senate. We need a Democratic NYS Senate to choose the majority leader. After all, EVERY SINGLE Democratic Senator was a co-sponsor of our bill. Every.Single.One.

We all want to thank everyone who worked so hard throughout this campaign. We made 315 CWA member calls to Sen. John Flanagan's office in the last week alone. We organized our members, lobbied, rallied, received lots of press including interviews with Hae-Lin Choi on TV and Bob Master on the radio. We applied constant pressure like never before. We did our job, the failure is the Republican controlled Senate.

Meanwhile, two other bills important to CWA also failed to move.  Our Safe Staffing legislation, which passed in the Assembly in 2016, also remains bottled up in the State Senate.  A change in Senate leadership later this year is the key to opening up a new path for this bill.  And legislation we worked on with Local 1182 to give Traffic Enforcement Agents "Peace Officer" status, stalled in both houses. 

The lesson is clear. Our mission is obvious. We must flip the NYS Senate. Are you ready?

We Will Remember in November!

Health Care. July 2017


GOP Health Care Bill is Massive Tax Giveaway to the Wealthy

With Senators home for recess, CWAers have been working hard to oppose the Senate Republicans' health care bill.

According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the GOP's health care bill would raise premiums and out-of-pocket costs for working families and 15 million Americans would lose their health care over the next year – including 4 million who are on their employer's plan. About 22 million people would lose coverage by 2026. It allows insurance companies to charge older Americans five times the rate of other insured persons in what many are calling an "age tax."

Like the House bill, the Senate plan is a massive tax giveaway to the wealthy and corporations – households with incomes above $1 million a year would get annual tax cuts averaging more than $50,000 apiece, paid for by cutting health care for lower income families. Forty percent of the tax cuts go to the top 1 percent of earners. Billionaire Warren Buffett has said his tax bill would be about $680,000 lower if the bill becomes law.

Health care providers and experts have criticized this bill, from the American Medical Association, which says the bill violates doctors' principle of "first, do no harm," to health care associations that are warning of the devastation to services to all people living in rural areas.

The fight is only beginning. Please call 1-855-980-2280 or click here to tell your Senator to oppose this devastating attack on health care. It's not a healthcare bill; it's a $700 billion tax giveaway to the wealthy.

1 year Ago

April marks one year since Verizon workers on the East Coast walked out on strike, stood up to corporate power and won big. The strike showed that corporate giants can be beat. ✊

After a 49-day strike starting on April 13, 2016 thirty-nine thousand Verizon strikers returned to work with their heads held high after beating back company demands for concessions on job security and flexibility, won 1,300 additional union jobs, and achieved a first contract at seven Verizon Wireless stores.

Click Here for an Inspiring Video!!

CWA 1117 & CWA 1115
Merged into one!!!
We Are Now CWA 1115
Effective March 1st, 2017

Back to Work Agreement 5/29/16

BACK TO WORK AGREEMENT
For CWA District 1 NY and NE
May 29, 2016
Employees whose tours begin Tuesday night, May 31, 2016, and extend into Wednesday, June 1, 2016, will report to work for those tours.
All other employees will return to work for their tours that are scheduled to begin Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
Returning employees will return to work on the same tours to which they were assigned immediately prior to April 13, 2016.
In unusual circumstances, the Company will excuse employees, without pay, from reporting for a reasonable period not to exceed 72- hours from 5:00 pm, May 31, 2016. Members in this situation need to notify their supervisor prior to the start of their tour.
Employees on approved leaves of absence, approved medical leaves, suspensions or scheduled vacations shall report to work following expiration of such leaves, suspensions or vacations.
For two weeks following the return to work date, the provisions of the Collective Bargaining regarding overtime caps will not be in effect in order to reduce the work backlog resulting from the strike. Overtime will be assigned with due consideration to the safety and health of employees.
No employee will lose service or pension credit or life insurance as a result of participating in the Strike.
Unused vacation days and Excused Work Days remaining from 2015 which were still available on April 13, 2016, and which were not paid in lieu of during the Strike, may be taken pursuant to normal scheduling no later than September 30, 2016.
Floating holidays that were scheduled during the Strike may be rescheduled no later than September 30, 2016 and taken no later than December 31, 2016.
Any Questions, Please contact your e-board!!

CWA


Safety

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Please see the following statement from CWA's Health and Safety department.

On Saturday, January 16, 2016, Fred Bosch, 42 years of age with 15 years seniority, was electrocuted while performing aerial telecommunications work. A member of CWA Local 3112, West Palm Beach, Florida, employed by AT&T as an outside plant technician. Fred was placing an aerial cable/strand when he came into contact with electricity. Fred leaves a wife and two children, ages 8 and 13, behind.

At present, supported by CWA District 3 Vice President Richard Honeycutt, Johnny Hernandez, President; and Mike Tutwiler, Vice President, CWA Local 3112, are conducting an investigation regarding the cause of Fred's death and working to provide support to his family. In addition, Federal OSHA is conducting a comprehensive fatality investigation. As more information becomes available, the union will make this available to CWA leaders and members.

Please Remember:

No job is so important, No service so urgent, that we cannot take the time to perform our work Safely!!

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CWA July 25, 2015 Rally Coverage Report Broadcast

 

Weingarten Rights

Your Weingarten Rights

With the constant attacks companies are making on our rights, please review and remember your Weingarten Rights!!
If you are called into a meeting by any company manager or corporate security please tell them...
"If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my Union Representative, Officer, or Steward be present at the meeting. Without representation, I choose not to answer any questions"

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