October 3, 2014
To kick off a campaign to win justice for workers and to win both a Democratic-WFP majority in the State Senate and have a strong showing on the WFP line on Election Day, join Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Working Families Party on Wednesday, October 8 at 6pm.
October 24, 2013
Listen to the audio recording of the October call and sign up for the November call.
November 5, 2012
Verizon 2013 Open Enrollment November 7, 2012 - November 21, 2012
October 19, 2012
Communications Workers of America at Verizon Communications ratifies the contract
September 27, 2012
September 26, 2012
Summary of Tentative Agreement with Verizon
January 30, 2012
Last Thursday, 282 Brooklyn Cablevision technicians and dispatchers in Brooklyn voted to join the Communications Workers of America (CWA), Local 1109 in a union election administered by National Labor Relations Board, overcoming a vigorous anti-union campaign led by Cablevision. They are the first Cablevision workers to join a union. Cable TV is an overwhelmingly non-union industry while the traditional telecommunications industry remains highly unionized. “I’ve waited 13 years for this,” said Cablevision technician Clarence Adams. “United, as members of Communications Workers of America, we now have the power to negotiate a fair contract that will give us the dignity and respect on the job we deserve.” Cablevision workers are currently subject to arbitrary discipline and favoritism by managers, their health care coverage is inadequate, their workload is unreasonable and they have insufficient 401(k) retirement plans. Cablevision workers also make at least one-third less than Verizon workers, who are represented by CWA.
January 11, 2012
Cablevision’s Brooklyn workers are tired of their poor working conditions, lousy healthcare coverage and sham retirement plans. While the 99% at Cablevision are trying to make ends meet, the top six executives raked in $75 million in 2010 and the company pulled in $361 million in profits. Cablevision’s workers are demanding the right to join a union and negotiate a fair contract that will provide the job security and compensation necessary to support their families. Check out their website: http://www.thecablevision99.org.
January 10, 2012
We commend Governor Cuomo's call to give all New Yorkers an equally important voice in the political process. Like the Governor, we believe that public financing of New York elections will help level the playing field for all candidates and ensure our members' votes matter and their voices are heard. Enacting reform this year will be a enormous step towards removing the many blocks keeping average citizens from participating fully in our Democracy.
December 5, 2011
After a 36 month battle, over 200 Staten Island-based E-ZPass workers have won a first contract! The agreement improves job security, health care, and guaranteed wage rates, while limiting sub-contracting. The contract is the result a fierce struggle by E-ZPass workers for their rights on the job at ACS, the Xerox division that runs the E-ZPass system for New York State agencies. Congratulations to the E-ZPass workers, who are proud members of CWA Local 1102!
November 29, 2011
The protest at Foley Square on Nov 17 was huge, with over 35,000 protesters on the Square, nearby streets, and the Brooklyn Bridge. By focusing the public and the media on the growing inequality our country faces, these street marches and the Occupy movement are making a big difference for working people. On Thursday, December 1st, CWA will join the Central Labor Council's march for Jobs and Economic Fairness. CWA members are meeting at 4pm on 32nd Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue. The march will step off from Herald Square and head down to Union Square. Join the march!
November 16, 2011
A new report from Citizens for Tax Justice shows that Verizon paid a negative 2.9% effective Federal tax rate during the 3 year 2008 - 2010 period. In other words, not only did Verizon pay less than any person who pays Federal income tax over those 3 years, but also the company got massive tax benefits to the tune of $951 million. Meanwhile, the company attacks middle class jobs. American taxpayers should not be subsidizing attacks on workers.
November 9, 2011
As Verizon continues to offer proposals aimed to destroy middle-class jobs and cut benefits, Verizon workers are hitting the streets. Verizon represents not just the 1%, but the top one-tenth of 1% in this country. The company’s five highest executives took home $258 million in salary and benefits over the last four years. Yet, Verizon paid no federal income taxes from 2008 to 2010 and instead received $951 million in tax rebates. On Thursday, November 10, the Verizon Workers' March for the 99% will set off for New York City from downtown Albany to shine a spotlight on the corporate greed run rampant at Verizon.
October 24, 2011
Verizon workers are part of the 99%! Occupy Wall Street, other unions, and community groups joined CWA members to march from 140 West Street past Zuccotti Park (aka “Liberty Plaza”) to shine a spotlight on corporate greed at Verizon and Verizon Wireless. The march began with a huge informational picketing line at 140 West Street and ended with a rally near a Verizon Wireless dealer a block from the Stock Exchange.
October 18, 2011
The EEOC settled a disability discrimination suit against Verizon earlier this year. The terms of the settlement apply to former Verizon employees who were terminated under the company's absence control plans when they should have been able to take further leave as a reasonable accommodation for an ADA-covered disability.