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Work/Family

The Regional Work and Family recently approved increases in the current programs.

Please use the Link to see the changes in these programs.


Download: 2014 SUMMER CAMP Q & A Bullets.pages.pdf , 2014 summer camp appl 5-7-2014 rev2.pdf , 2014 summer camp reimbursement 5-7-14 rev 2.pdf
Why we said no.

Click on the Link above for all the details.


Download: CWA's Response to Verizon EIPP Message[1].pdf
IF IT'S THURSDAY..... WEAR RED

IF IT'S THURSDAY..... WEAR RED
Excerpts of Article Written By a Member of IBM Poughkeepsie

It has been a custom since 1989 for the members of the CWA to show their solidarity by wearing red on Thursdays, but why and where did this day of red begin? Well for one, it represents the color of blood that was lost in the strife to gain fair and equal rights for workers throughout the years. The day of red is also in remembrance of Gerry Horgan, CWA’s chief steward for Westchester County who died as a result of being struck by a car driven by Tricia McNamara, a daughter of a second line manager as he worked a picket line in August 1989.

The red shirt brings together all of the CWA members on one day a week. It gives a visual statement to management of the workers solidarity. The red shirt gives everyone a sense of unity and fellowship. The red shirt is also a visual reminder that checks and balances in the work place have to be maintained daily. So next Thursday and every Thursday thereafter, if you are angered at the loss of jobs going off shore, WEAR RED. If you are angry on the loss of a defined pension that would have increased with earnings and service time, WEAR RED. If you are angry that medical insurance cost for you and your family will exceed your projected retirement payments, WEAR RED. If you are angry that your yearly performance evaluations are dictated by HR to a fixed number of 1's, 2's and 3's, WEAR RED. If you are angry that pay raises are for a select few and that there are no cost of living increases for all, WEAR RED. If you are angry that your job was down sized due to "needs of the business", but are hired back for the same job through Manpower, another agency, or as a contractor, WEAR RED. If you are angry that your job can be sold to another company without proper compensation or that you may lose vested rights, WEAR RED. If you are angry that you have little voice in the decisions that management makes that adversely affect you, WEAR RED. If you are angry when you’re on the downsizing list, you are not to be hired for a job in another area in IBM that you are qualified for, WEAR RED. If you are angry because billable work hours do not permit vacations, sick leave, or skill enhancement class training without significant unpaid overtime, WEAR RED. If you feel that the age of the employee is a big factor in head count reductions, WEAR RED. If you are angry that greedy executives raid the business coffers, WEAR RED Or just for the heck of it, next Thursday, WEAR RED.

Please contact everyone you know and ask them to WEAR RED. Talk to your friends, neighbors, colleagues, and members in your department. On Thursday, let's have a sea of RED in the work place. Just by wearing a RED shirt, or a RED dress, a RED hat, RED socks, a RED tie, or RED pants, you may be surprised with the results.

FiOS Build Out to Fire Island

News of Verizon FiOS Build Out to Fire Island is the Right Decision for NY and All Communities

Sep 10, 2013

Open Enrollment

The 2014 Annual Open Enrollment Dates are as follows:

Active Members:       October 23, 2013   to November 6, 2013

Retired Members:     November 7, 2013 to November 21, 2013

* Retirees can call starting November 1, 2013

* Retirees can continue to make changes up through November 30, 2013 to be effective January 1, 2014.

 If your members are happy with their current health plan and want to continue it, there is nothing they need to do.

 Also, as a reminder that Anytime Enrollment was discontinued last year and is not available – Changes can only be made during Open Enrollment with the exception of a Qualified Status Change. Examples of a Qualified Status Change are adding a spouse if you get married, adding a child when there is a birth of a new baby.

 Any member who completed a Health Assessment in 2012 or who completes one at any time through 2013, will receive the $100 Health Assessment credit in 2014. There is no need to complete a second assessment if you already did it during that timeframe.

PROTECT GOOD JOBS

PROTECT GOOD JOBS – AND OUR CUSTOMERS

 

The New York State Senate is considering 2 bills that are vital to CWA members and also important to the general public:

1.     Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act (A7144/S4434) – this bill takes away taxpayer subsidies and state contracts from companies that ship call center jobs overseas.  Verizon alone has moved over 1,000 jobs from New York State to foreign countries. 

  1. VoiceLink Moratorium bill (A7635/S5630) – this bill prevents Verizon from cutting its customers off from the copper network and replacing their telephone service with wireless service, called “VoiceLink”.  This bill protects CWA jobs maintaining the copper telephone network.  VoiceLink is a threat to the jobs of thousands of highly-skilled workers with good, family-supporting jobs.  This bill also protects our customers by preserving access to DSL and data services, and auxiliary power in an emergency.

Please urge your Senator to co-sponsor both of these bills and help push them to a floor vote.  Verizon and other company’s lobbyists are swarming all over Albany right now.  Your voice with your Senator can help counter their big money.  Please make a call right now.

 

Call your New York State Senator right now at         888-659-7351.  Please leave them a message urging them to co­-sponsor and pass these two bills.


Download: Moratorium bill memo 6.17.13.doc , Call center bill memo 6.17.13.doc
Linked Weekend Trial

Pursuant to the agreement between CWA and Verizon, the company has given notice that it is terminating the Linked Weekend Trial effective June 30th.

Summer Camp Reimbursement Program for 2013

CWA / IBEW 2213 and Verizon Regional Work Family Committee has approved a Summer Camp Reimbursement Program for 2013.

Eligible employees can request reimbursement (up to $200 per session / max $400) for summer camp expenses for dependent children, up to age 15.

For you convenience, I have attached  a Q & A document about the program, as well as an application and reimbursement form.

This information can also be obtained on the Work Family website:

www.regionalwfrc.com

The deadline to submit an enrollment application is August 30, 2013.

Summer Camp Application

Summer Camp Q and A

Summer Camp Reimbursement Form

2nd Quarter 2013 Surplus

2nd Quarter 2013

The Company declared a surplus today.
The documents associated with the surplus are attached.
The EIPP packages will be distributed on June 6th.
The election period will be until June 20th and the off payroll date will be June 30th.

CPS award

The Company announced today that the CPS award for full time employees is $675.00. The award was calculated at $675.00 but will be paid at the minimum negotiated amount of $700. The award will be pro-rated for part-time employees and those employees who participated for more than 3 months but less than 12 months in the plan year.

The award will be paid on March 15th, 2013 based on your member’s regular payroll distribution schedule.

Fix the Senate

Fix the Senate

Dependant Care Reimbursement Fund
Dependant Care Reimbursement Fund
Effective January 1, 2013 the Dependant Care Reimbursement Fund will re-open. Only (1) dependent per family may be covered and the maximum weekly reimbursement rate continues to be $50.00. For an application and enrollment instructions, former participants, and those new to the fund should visit http://www.regionalwfrc.com/ and click Depedent Care in the left column.
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Action Center
No Secret Deals' for Verizon Wireless
CWA called on the Federal Communications Commission to "stop the clock" on its consideration of the Verizon Wireless/cable company spectrum deal until the parties involved provide complete information about their commercial agreements.
Call Center Bill
Support the Return of American Jobs

 

CWA Local 1107

General Membership Meeting

September 17, 2014

at 5:00pm 

@
New City American Legion Hall
65 American Legion WayNew City, NY10956

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UNION BEGINS WITH

 YOU 

MOST PEOPLE FEEL THAT THE "UNION" IS THE BOARD, 

THE PEOPLE WHO "RUN" THE UNION. THIS COULD NOT  

BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. 

THE "UNION" IS YOU: YOU ARE THE ONE WHO 

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MEETINGS AND SPEAK WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND, TO LET

YOUR BOARD KNOW OF ANY GRIEVANCE YOU MAY HAVE. 

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REMEMBER AGAIN UNION STARTS WITH U...N...I...

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