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Tuesday November 18, 2014

6:00 p.m.

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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






The Candidates for President are:

Frank Fauci -

Chris Cafaldo - (518) 530-7417

The Candidates for Secretary-Treasurer are:

J.P Graham - (845)482-3872 / email-

John Zeolla - (845) 386-8039 / email-

The Candidates for Fallsburg-Monticello Business Agent are:

William Decker - (914) 799-0348 / email-

Daved Delacruz - (845) 649-3713 / email-

Rob Esposito - (914) 799-1230 / email-

The Candidates for Executive Vice-President are:

Jim Gescheidle -

Luis Acosta - (845) 701-6007 / email-

The Candidates for Newburgh Business Agent are:

John Behler -

Dave Cross - (845) 866-9781 / email -

Unopposed Candidates are:

Sean Wiser  - Poughkeepsie  BA

Carl Bertsche  - Educational Units  BA

Mike Lutfring – Kingston/Catskill BA

Polls Open on Nov. 5th, 12pm - 7pm

If you wish to request an absentee ballot, please call the Union Hall as soon as possible at 1-800-292-1120 or 845-485-7820.  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. We will need to verify your current address to make sure our records are correct. When you receive the ballot in the mail, please read very carefully the directions that will be included, and return the ballot in the enclosed envelopes as soon as possible.  Please note that if you request an absentee ballot, you will not be permitted to vote at a polling location.


What's New at CWA 1120
EIPP Offer

The Company has made an offer to further negotiate over the "Special" EIPP. They have also sent an e-mail to all of our members attempting to negotiate with the membership to try and divide us. The Union has agreed to re-open negotiations but the Company's action make these negotiations harder not easier. We will of course keep you apprised of the situation as it unfolds. We have set a deadline of November 7th.


We Need to Support Cece Tkaczyk

From today’s Capital Tonight Morning Memo – 10/29/14

The race for the 46th Senate district in the Mohawk and Hudson valleys is already one of the most expensive. 

And it is drawing a lot of outside attention. 

Tkaczyk, a freshman lawmaker, has been blasted by Republicans for having help from Friends of Democracy, a super PAC funded by Jonathan Soros, the son of liberal financier George Soros that is bent on creating a system of publicly financed campaigns. 

George Soros himself has maxed out to Tkaczyk this month, as did a second son, Robert Soros. 

Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is focusing on a handful of upstate Senate races this year, and the 46th district is no exception. 

Now the Tkaczyk campaign is pushing back against the outside spending criticism, pointing to Amedore's support from the Real Estate Board of New York, which is pouring thousands into an IE campaign called Jobs For New York. 

Her campaign is pointing to votes Amedore took as a state assemblyman, including against bills aimed at helping mortgage-paying homeowners, as being on the side of wealthy landlords. 

“George Amedore’s priorities have nothing to do with the needs of the 46th Senate District and his extremist record proves where his true loyalties lie.  When he had to choose between helping struggling middle class families and businesses or working against them, George voted every time to benefit his own interests and his wealthy real estate friends in New York City. George Amedore should be ashamed of himself.” 

We need a Senator who stands with the constituents of the 46th district, not big monied interests of the NYC Real Estate Board. We need to keep our Senator who stands with the working men and women of Local 1120.

--Frank Fauci, President of CWA 1120

Schedule For Political Action
This is a busy week for all of us. Union elections, getting ready for the winter, making your Halloween costume... it seems the activities never end.   However this is also the urgent time for our state elections, and you've all been so dedicated and wonderful in helping out; Thank you!   As you might imagine, we need one final push to get the job done. Read More...
Copies of the Retiree Enrollment Guides


 The retiree enrollment period for changes to be effective January 1, 2015 runs from November 6- November 20.

See Attached...

Download: 10.17.14.R1.h_Vz_R7_NYNE_Post91.pdf
CWA Response to Verizons Special Incentive Offer
Two weeks ago, the Company approached CWA with a special incentive offer for certain members to leave the payroll.  This offer was identical to the offer that CWA rejected last year with a few exceptions.   Last year, the proposal was to make an offer to 4 titles in certain Force Adjustment Areas. Read More...
CWA on Strike Against Fairpoint
FairPoint Workers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont On Strike Unions Say Company Refuses to Compromise to Preserve Reliable Service and Good Jobs   Augusta, ME—At 12:01 a.m. on Friday, October 17th, nearly 2,000 employees of FairPoint Communications (FRP) in northern New England went on strike. Read More...
Please Welcome New CWA Local 1120 Members, The Monroe Free Library

Please welcome our new members "The Monroe Free Library"

Their struggle for fair representation is not over. We will now begin bargaining their first union contract. Please visit the library and show your support to our union brothers and sisters.

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