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Tuesday May 20, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Italian Center

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"

Protect yourself! Learn it, use it!

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
Tell the PSC We Need Competition
Let's face it: in today’s world, we all need internet access, not just telephone service. If you want to start a small business, keep up in school, or look for a job, you need to be online. But not all internet access is created equal, especially when your cable company is a monopoly. 

FiOS, Verizon's state of the art fiber optic network, breaks your local cable monopoly on internet, phone and TV. But Verizon is cherry-picking where to build FiOS -- and most of New York is getting left in the high-speed-internet dust.

Tell New York's Public Service Commission that all New Yorkers need reliable and affordable service, not a cable company monopoly.

Access to reliable, affordable phone and internet shouldn't be determined by the luck of where you live, or how wealthy your neighbors are. Access is more crucial than ever. That's why we need FiOS throughout the State.

We’ve seen almost 40 years of deregulatory fever. Now, all of us are at the mercy of giant telecommunications companies. They decide who gets -- and doesn't get -- quality service, while charging steep prices that just keep rising. Outside of the New York City metro area, internet speeds are akin to those in parts of the Appalachia , and prices are too high throughout the state. [1] If Verizon keeps cherry-picking wealthier areas to build FiOS, and cable keeps its monopoly, that won’t change.

Tell the New York's Public Service Commission that all New Yorkers need reliable and affordable service, not a cable company monopoly.

Onward and upward,

Aaron Abel
Working Families

Brookhaven Fios Meeting
Laughs for Leah

Laughs for Leah” to benefit the American Cancer Society

Relay for Life Team

 "Leah's Friends"

Saturday, April 5th 2014

Dinner served 6:30 to 8pm

Showtime is 8:30pm

Elks Lodge # 275

29 Overocker Rd

Poughkeepsie NY



Emcee/Host From NBC’s Last Comic Standing & the Improv … “Crazy” Gene Trifilo

From Caroline’s and the Comedy Cove … Matthew L. Broderick

From America’s Got Talent & the Borgata in Atlantic City … Chipps Cooney

From HBO’s the Soprano’s & Comedy Central … Rob Falcone

Only $42.00 per person

Includes delicious buffet dinner and all entertainment

(cash bar available)

Guests may call Margaret at (845) 229-2299 for tickets and information


Or call George Veloudas at (845)797-8250

Show dedicated in loving memory of Leah Veloudas

(Reservations of at least 10 guests will be seated together at same private table)

Marist College Kids Day Out

Download: DOC.PDF

In 1989, CWA was on strike against New York Telephone.  One of the New York members from CWA Local 1103 walking the picket line was Chief Union Steward, E. Gerald Horgan. 25 years ago this August 15th (2014), Gerry Horgan was killed from injuries he sustained when he was run down by a “scab” as he walked a picket line while striking for health care benefits. The driver of the vehicle which killed him was a manager’s daughter acting as a “scab” during the strike. As she approached the picket line, she accidentally accelerated her vehicle, and struck Gerry Horgan. 

He is the only CWA member in our 63-year history to be killed on a picket line. Typical of Gerry Horgan, the picket line he was on was not his own. The Members on another line needed some additional help and asked Gerry to provide that help. 

At the time of his death Gerry Horgan was only 34 years old. He was a dedicated family man, and very active in his community. He was the Chief of the Valley Cottage Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Central Nyack Volunteer Fire Department. He developed, and was Team Leader of the Mountain Rescue Squad of Rockland County, New York. The Squad’s primary responsibility is for rescuing people who fall, or get trapped on the sheer cliffs of the Palisades. Gerry Horgan was also a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. 

When Gerry was killed he left behind two children, Christine who was 2 ½ and Danielle who was just 7 months. They are now coming of age where they can understand who their father was and what he stood for. We want them to know that their father’s sacrifice was not in vain and is still appreciated by the people he died fighting for. 

So Why Red? Why Thursday? Thursday, because it is the day on which this tragedy occurred and red to symbolize the tragedy itself. Even though this tragedy occurred years ago,  CWA still support Gerry and his family! 

So as you look for something to wear next Thursday, show your support to your union and remember your fallen union brother in New York, and wear RED! 

WEARING RED ON THURSDAY isn't about showing disrespect for Managers or being anti-management. 
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is about supporting the Union in the contract negotiation process. 
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is having a voice in that process. 
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is protecting your job and your wages from being reclassified into a lesser status. 
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is saying the tuition reimbursement plan is important to you for your personal growth and development. 
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is providing location security so you are not forced to move to another part of the country so the company can save a few dollars. 
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is supporting families and working hours that are conducive to the family unit. 
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY isn't anti-management, it is pro-community. It is having a strong contract so we can live together as management, service representatives and clerks without having to live in fear that one day our job will be replaced and eliminated. And it's about supporting your local economy. 
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is being proactive during this process so we don't have to be reactive. 

is showing our collective support for this,
our Union Contract, so we can prevent 
showing it on the picket line!

For all these reasons and more, support your local Union and yourself!

CPR Training


Join your Union Brothers and Sisters in CPR training. This is a free training for all union members, no cost to you.

 Two classes offered on two different days:
1. Tuesday, April 1st, IBT Local 445, 15 Stone Castle Road, Rock Tavern, NY - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

 2.  Wednesday, April 16th, CSEA Region 3, 568 State Route 52, Beacon, NY - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Become a lifesaver in your community!
Space is limited so RSVP at or call the HVALF at 845-567-7760 to let us know what date you will be able to attend.
Sponsored by the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation

Verizon 1st Qt. Surplus
Sum of Surplus  FAA
Surplus Title 1 2 3 4 5 6 Grand Total
Accounting Financial Clerk 8 2 10
Accounting Operations Clerk 35 2 37
Administrative Assistant 3 3 6
Drafter 3 1 1 2 1 8
Driver A 1 1
Engineering Drafter 1 1 2
Facilities Specialist 4 1 5 6 2 18
Materiel Equipment Technician 4 1 1 6
Network Services Coordinator 2 3 5
Office Assistant 1 1 2
Operator 35 6 16 15 10 82
Representative* 8 8
Senior Administrative Assistant 5 4 6 4 3 4 26
Service Assistant 3 1 1 2 3 10
Special Assistant 2 1 3
Grand Total 31 87 19 34 34 19 224
*Representative surplus in FAA 5/Mid-Central ITA
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