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

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.


Update Info

Update Your Information
  
We are in the process of updating our data base. Please take a moment to click on the link below and provide us with your information (name, address, cell & home phone #'s and e-mail address). This is the best way of passing on important information to all of our members in a timely fashion. Thank you.

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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Joe Beirne Scholarship

Joe Beirne Scholarship Program
2018-19 School Year

Fifteen partial college scholarships of $3,000 each are being offered for the 2018-2019 school year. Winners, selected in a lottery drawing, also will receive second-year scholarships of the same amount contingent upon satisfactory academic accomplishment. Part-time students, less than 12 credits, will receive half of the scholarship monies.

Eligible for the awards are CWA members and their spouses, children and grandchildren, including those of retired or deceased members.
Filing Deadline is April 30, 2018

AT&T Mobility 7/18/17

AT&T MOBILITY BARGAINING UPDATE

Bargaining continues for 21,000 AT&T Mobility workers in 36 states and DC. 

In a letter to AT&T Mobility members, District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor said, "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.">>> Read the Entire Article Here

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"

CWA 1117 204 Bewley Bldg Lockport, NY 14094