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Tuesday May 20, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Italian Center

Mill St. Poughkeepsie NY

6p.m.

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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

                                                                                                                                                                                 


What's New at CWA 1120
Labor for Pots Charity Softball Tournament and Family Picnic

Download: 22030_CWA1101_CharityPstrNm.pdf
TPP
Jul 10, 2014 Four Members of Congress today demanded the USTR stop trying to snow the American people and Congress with skewed statistics as he attempts to rationalize the TPP. Read More...
Petition to the PSC
Brothers and Sisters,
Yesterday, we announced the filing of a Petition to the Public Service Commission requesting a formal proceeding to investigate the state of the telecommunications industry in New York State.  

Drafted by former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, the Petition was endorsed by 16 allied organizations, including AARP, Common Cause, Consumers Union, Citizen Action, the Working Families Party and the NYS AFL-CIO; and approximately 75 elected officials, including the Mayors of Syracuse, Rochester, Albany, Kingston and Poughkeepsie.
The Petition asks the PSC to look at the impact of decisions over the last two decades to deregulate telecommunications, and specifically whether the promises of deregulation--that the most advanced, high-quality services at the lowest prices would be made available to all New Yorkers--have been realized.  It asks the PSC to examine the status of service quality, infrastructure investment, broadband buildout, the availability of competitive choices for consumers around the state, whether Verizon is misallocating costs between its subsidiaries in order to exaggerate landline losses and justify excessive price increases and the adequacy of the PSC's definition of "basic service."  (A final copy of the petition listing all the endorsers is attached).
We held a tele-press conference at noon yesterday and received coverage from a number of outlets.  Other newspapers indicated an interest in covering the story going forward.  Links to the press coverage are here:

Post-Standard:  http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/07/is_phone_service_getting_worse_mayor_miner_joins_coalition_demading_a_review_by.html

Buffalo News:  http://www.buffalonews.com/business/coalition-asks-psc-to-review-telephone-service-20140702

WNYC:  http://www.wnyc.org/story/groups-demand-overhaul-outdated-ny-telecom-rules/

Broadcasting and Cable:  http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/new-york-groups-officials-seek-psc-telecom-inquiry/132176

Epoch Times:  http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/782089-improve-internet-and-phone-service-for-all-new-yorkers-says-consumer-groups-and-officials/

Finally, the PSC responded to our announcement by saying that is already conducing such a study, reflecting the commitments it made as part of the budget process back in March.  Of course, the study agreed to in March is not a formal, adversarial hearing with defined opportunities for public input;  nor was the scope of that study determined with input from organizations and legislators such as those endorsing our petition.  Of course, the fact that the PSC has committed to do some study means that some investigation of the impact of deregulation will take place in coming months.  Our job is to make sure that is as thorough and probing as possible.  A copy of PSC Chairwoman Zibelman's letter to legislative leaders in May, outlining progress on the proposed study, is also attached.  It is worth noting that it appears that the Chairwoman's letter was not posted on the PSC website until yesterday.


We'll keep you posted as things develop.  Please share these materials with members of your locals as we continue the fight for good telecommunications services and jobs in New York State.

Giving Back To Our Community

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Well fellow members, it’s DONE..... Thanks to all that made this dream a reality for both me and the community, I know I appreciate EVERYONES help, and I'm sure our community also appreciates it, every time we were there working on the Berm people  were thanking us and commenting on how GREAT it looked. Take your family by and show them what a group of people, a UNION, can do when they work together, how a UNION takes care and supports its community and gives a little back to it. With a very little bit of maintenance each year this Berm will be there for both the UNION and its community for years to come. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.....
 
 
Keith Baxter

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Jun 5, 2014 CWA President Larry Cohen this week called for a new democracy movement in America to reclaim for workers and the general public power that has been taken from them in poorly negotiated trade deals. Read More...
CWA Files Lawsuit
Jun 9, 2014 (TRENTON, NJ) – This morning, the Communications Workers of America filed a lawsuit against Governor Chris Christie for refusing to make promised pension payments. The suit seeks to stop Christie from plundering $900 million from the 2014 budget’s appropriated pension payment and his intention to reduce the legally and morally committed $2. Read More...
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