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Tuesday September 16, 2014

6:00 p.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

CWA Local 1120

157 Van Wagner Road, Poughkeepsie, NY



Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Dates of Interest:

  • 9/24/14 - Petitions may be picked up at the Union Hall

  • 10/15/14 - Petitions must be returned to the Union Hall by 5pm

  • 10/27/14 - Absentee ballot should be postmarked to ensure arrival by Election Day

  • 11/5/14 - Election Day

    Please Note: By decision of the Election Committee, Absentee Ballots are available for members who are on a scheduled vacation, scheduled to work a shift which makes it impossible for them to reach the polling location on the date of the election, are either hospitalized or non-ambulatory, or whose reporting location is outside the footprint of the Local. Call the Union Office at 845-485-7820 or 1-800-CWA-1120 at once for further information.

Verizon Declares Surplus

Verizon has declared a third quarter surplus. The surplus is due to a process change, NOT an external event. Election to leave the company with an EIPP offer must be submitted by September 2, 2014 and the off Payroll date will be September 21, 2014. CWA Local 1120 is FAA 3

Surplus Job Title FAA 1 FAA 2 FAA 3 FAA 4 FAA 5 FAA 6 Grand Total
Accounting Financial Clerk 8 4 12
Accounting Operations Clerk 35 35
Building Servicer 4 4
Driver A 2 1 3
Driver B 1 1
Office Assistant 2 1 1 4
Operator 30 7 11 13 10 71
Representative* 3 3
Senior Administrative Assistant 2 2
Service Assistant 2 1 1 3 2 9
Special Assistant 10 11 16 1 38
Grand Total 26 79 8 36 19 14 182
*Representative surplus in ITA H.

CWA'S Pete Sikora is Running for NYS Congress

Please visit Pete Sikora is a CWA District 1 employee and is running for New York Congress representing Brooklyn. Pete is a huge advocate for the middle class and needs your support.

Labor for Pots Charity Softball Tournament and Family Picnic

Download: 22030_CWA1101_CharityPstrNm.pdf
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:


Buffalo News:


Broadcasting and Cable:

Epoch Times:

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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