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January 25, 2015
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Tuesday November 18, 2014

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Mill St. Poughkeepsie NY

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If an employee has a reasonable belief that discipline or other adverse consequences may result from what he or she says, the employee has the right to request union representation. Management is not required to inform the employee of his/her Weingarten rights; it is the employees responsibility to know and request.

"If this discussion can in any way lead to me being disciplined, I respectfully request union representation before I answer any questions"

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A Message From The President

The Executive Board welcomes all Communications Workers of America, AFL,CIO Local 1120 members to our web page. The purpose of this web page is to provide a means of supplying information about our local and labor issues.    To all cwa local 1120 members. I want to thank all of my fellow union brothers and sisters for their commitment, and determination in keeping our local strong. Together we can overcome any challenge that we may face.

Frank J. Fauci Jr.
President, CWA Local 1120

           

Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours and provided supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor.

JOHN F. KENNEDY, speech, Aug. 30, 1960

                                                                                                                                                                                 

Complete CWA Local 1120 Election Results

CWA Local 1120 elections are complete. The Executive Board of CWA Local 1120 is:

President: Frank J Fauci

Executive Vice President: Jim Gescheidle

Secretary/Treasurer: John Zeolla

Educational Business Agent: Carl Bertsche

Poughkeepsie Business Agent: Sean Wiser

Newburgh Business Agent: Dave Cross

Fallsbug Business Agent: Robert Esposito

Kingston Business Agent: Michael Lutfring

Congratulations to all the candidates. Thank you to the Election Committee and everyone involved for all your hard work.


What's New at CWA 1120
CWA Responds to TPP
CWA PRESS RELEASE
*?**For release Jan. 20, 2015*
*Statement by the Communications Workers of America on President Obama’s State of the Union Message*
Washington, D.C. – The President spoke with confidence about where America
is headed. In many areas, he laid out an encouraging vision for our nation
– expanding education opportunities for working and middle class families,
improving the ability to better balance work and family responsibilities,
tax fairness, improving children’s health, and more.
CWA has supported the President in these and similar initiatives throughout
his presidency. However, we cannot stand with the President in his alliance
with Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John
Boehner, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable to send more
U.S. jobs offshore, undermine U.S. communities and weaken U.S. sovereignty
under the guise of “free trade.”  The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has
much more to do with protecting the investment of multinational
corporations and maneuvering around China than lowering trade barriers.
Public opposition to “fast track authority” and the TPP is strong, and
growing more vocal everyday. Consumer groups, workers, environmentalists,
people of faith, students and more have united to stop this attack on U.S.
jobs and communities. Conservatives, who do not believe that nations should
relinquish their sovereign power to secret tribunals, also are on board.
Over the past 20 years, millions of U.S. jobs have been lost. The jobs U.S.
workers had been promised over those years of course never materialized. In
fact, just two trade deals – NAFTA and the Korea Free Trade Agreement --
have resulted in the loss of nearly 800,000 jobs. The promoters of the TPP
are again promising job gains through growth in U.S. exports. But we can do
the math. Any new jobs will be dwarfed by the flood of jobs that go
offshore.
We believe in trade, but U.S. communities and working families deserve fair
trade that gives workers’ rights, environmental standards, consumer rights
and other issues the same standing as corporate profits. 21st century fair
trade will balance our imports and exports, lead to job growth and protect
all our rights, not just those of the 1 percent.
Instead, through the Investor State Dispute Settlement process, the TPP
gives multinational corporations special guarantees and the right to
challenge a country’s laws and regulations that could affect future profits
in a secret tribunal. Corporations don’t have to wait for six years, like
workers in Guatemala did, for the U.S. to raise trade complaints over the
abuse of workers in that country. Corporations don’t have to accept the
judgment of the Australian Supreme Court that the government has every
right to regulate cigarette packaging. The secret tribunals and ISDS
process would handle corporate complaints quickly.
The TPP has been negotiated in secret, but it’s no secret that we’re taking
this fight to the Obama administration and to Congress, where activists and
organizations across the political spectrum are pushing members of the
House and Senate to stand up for jobs, fairness and our communities.
Congress must reject “fast track” authority and give trade deals like the
TPP the full review that the American people deserve.
--
Kevin Cooper
National Political Coordinator
Communications Workers of America
 
Loss Of A Fellow Union Member

We were asked by several of our members to post the information regarding the passing of a fellow Union member. Chuck Hurley was a member of 1107 who passed away this week.

Chuck Hurley of Cornwall entered into eternal rest on January 17, 2015 at home with family by his side. He was 57 years old.

The son of Mary Alice Hurley and the late William B. Hurley of Stony Point, NY, Chuck was born on March 14, 1957 in Suffern, NY.

Chuck was employed by Verizon in Pomona, NY. He was also a licensed home inspector.

Chuck was a devoted family man. He was a remarkable husband and father, brother, uncle, and son. A true friend to many, he was an integral part of people's lives. He was an avid baseball fan and active in youth sports programs. Chuck had an outgoing and friendly demeanor and everyone who met Chuck just once, remembered him for a lifetime. With a smile that reached his eyes, Chuck connected with people and made them feel special.

Chuck is survived by his mother, Mary Alice Hurley of Stony Point; his wife, Joanne; daughter, Christine and son, Charles of Cornwall; his five siblings: Rita Milmore, William (Bill) Hurley and wife, Katie, Thomas Hurley and wife, Marybeth, Ann McBee and husband, Jimmy and John Hurley and wife, Janetlee; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21st at Quigley Bros. Funeral Home, 337 Hudson St. Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, January 22nd at St. Mary's Church, 42 Goshen Ave., Washingtonville NY. Burial will follow the Mass at St. Peters Cemetery in Haverstraw, NY.

Arrangements are by Kevin Quigley of Quigley Bros. Funeral Home; to send condolences or to get directions to the funeral home, please go to www.Quigleybros.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chuck Hurley Memorial Fund at http://www.gofundme.com/kgb1x8 to help cover unexpected expenses and establish a college fund.

TPP
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) threatens to topple the laws and regulations that protect the food we eat, air we breathe and jobs we work. Read More...
Standing Together

Sub-zero temperatures can't – and won't – break FairPoint strikers across Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.

As mediation continues in Washington, D.C., this week, workers and their supporters stood strong on picket lines in solidarity with their bargaining teams working for a fair contract.

Today is day 91 and workers are prepared to wait for as long as it takes. They walked out last October after FairPoint Communications unilaterally declared an impasse in negotiations and enforced its final offer. That deal included freezing pensions, cutting retiree health care, raising health care costs for active workers, implementing a two-tier wage plan with big pay cuts for new hires, and ending restrictions on subcontracting and outsourcing.

CWA's Members' Relief Fund covers 215 striking CWAers, but the 1,500 striking IBEW members have no strike fund. Please help support these brave workers by contributing to the IBEW-CWA Solidarity Fund

CWA and IBEW Resume Talks
CWA and IBEW, representing 1,800 striking workers, have resumed talks with FairPoint Communications. Negotiators are now huddling with a team of experienced federal mediators in in Washington, D.C.  Will the company finally bargain in good faith. Read More...
Profit Sharing Award

Verizon Corporate Profit Sharing Award

The Corporate Profit Sharing Award will be distributed March 13, 2015. Deadline to defer is February 5, 2015. Members should have received a letter from Verizon stating that the Corporate Profit Sharing Award will be paid to eligible employees on March 13 in your regularly scheduled paycheck. The actual amount of the award will be announced in March.

Employees who choose to defer their award into their Verizon Savings Plan must take action between January 5th, 2015 and February 5, 2015. Go to  http://netbenefits.com/Verizon to sign in.

Employees who choose not to defer will receive their CPS award on March 13th, 2015

Make Christmas Happen

Please click on the link below and support our fellow Union members and their families this Holiday Season. 

https://afl.salsalabs.com/o/4004/c/790/images/HELP%20MAKE%20CHRISTMAS%20HAPPEN.pdf

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