To Contact Vinnie Perretta: Phone: 914-609-9706 Cell: 718-775-7719 Tape: 914 761 1192FAX 914 831 7803
Dec 23, 2015
As most of our members and many retirees know, the White Plains Maintenance Center is officially closed as of December 21, 2015. The original date of Nov 21 was extended due to NYS law overriding the contract 60 day notice and enforcing a 90 day warning instead.
Of the 42 surplus techs and clerks, 3 opted to “follow the work” to Dallas, 5 techs claimed into Dix Hills, 2 techs went to White Plains OSWF replacing 2 VTP”s offered to mitigate the surplus, and 29 techs and 3 clerks retired. Best of luck to all in their new jobs or in retirement. In addition, several of our members have filed a grievance against the company for not selecting any of our surplus members for the 2 NTS job openings (NYC and WP). Most of the supervisors and NE’s not selected to go to NYC are also retiring and/or looking for jobs. We also wish them best of luck in the year ahead.
We had a great, well-attended Holiday Party and membership meeting in White Plains with many retirees joining to say farewell. The CT meeting and party was also well attended.
At both meetings a vote was taken to join Local 1150 and it passed unanimously.
We hope to accomplish the merge in the first quarter of the new year.
Finally, to all: HAPPY HOLIDAYS, BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR! Be Safe, Be Happy, but above all BE UNION.
Andrea Lupo President, Local 1153
ATT HAS RELEASED ITS SURPLUS AND VTP NOTIFICATION FOR DECEMBER 15, 2015.
THERE ARE NO TITLES IN LOCAL 1153 THAT ARE AFFECTED.Read more >>>
ATT ANNOUNCES THE CLOSING OF THE WHITE PLAINS MAINTENANCE CENTER
It is not unusual for ATT to disregard the needs of its customers, employees and the community that thrives on good union jobs in order to make a few extra bucks.
And so, ATT will close the White Plains Maintenance Center thumbing its greedy corporate nose at 38 Comm Techs, 4 admins, and several lower management..--people with real lives and souls who live in real communities, raising real children and caring for real families and friends.
ATT is a corporate fraud. It sells its fantacy self to the world through sports and advertisement using Hollywood magic to seem real.
ATT is the real MAD Men.
KEEP OUR CONTRACT STRONG
WEAR RED ON THURSDAYS!
December 9 in NY: Presbyterian Church, 8:45am to 4 pm
December 10 in CT: Christo’s 552 N Colony Rd, Wallingford, 5:30p
Please bring an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots
We expect a quorum at both meetings so Members will be asked to vote on a new proposal.
There will also be an update on the White Plains office closing.
As for now, have a Happy, Healthy and Safe Thanksgiving
Andrea, Vinnie, Rosaria
September 30, 2015
Our holiday picks have been counted and verified as received by our national union.
In CT the holiday selected is the Day After Thanksgiving.
In NY, the holidays selected are:
Day after Thanksgiving, Good Friday, Presidents’ Day.
None of these holidays will fall on a weekend.
ATT announced the closing of the White Plains Maintenance Center “surplusing” 38 technicians, 2 assemblers and 2 clerks, moving the T1 operation to Dallas, TX.
While ATT is bound by the union contract to provide termination packages to mitigate this loss, nothing really replaces a good job. If this job can be done in TX, it can be done here.
The loss of these good paying, technical jobs will have a negative impact on White Plains and the surrounding communities where we live. There is nothing good about a greedy corporate giant deciding to layoff employees leaving our families and our communities with a loss like this.
President, CWA Local 1153
This is a most difficult update to write.
ATT has announced the closing of the White Plains Maintenance Center, laying off 38 Communication Technicians, 2 clericals and 2 assemblers.
At the same time, ATT also announced the closing of an office of 12 Communication Technicians in Annapolis, MD.
ATT continues these closures in what feels like a scorched earth policy. White Plains was not small enough to close in one fell swoop, but that’s what they did.
ATT offers Dallas for a follow your job offer, but the job claiming impact at-risk list may well reach members with more than 30 years of service.
The union is working with the appropriate Company representatives to be certain that all CWA members understand and comply with certain deadlines to make the most of all their options.
If someone is affected by job claiming, that unit will offer VTP to offset the job claim.
We know there are Comm Tech temp/terms in Dix Hills and the status of those jobs are unknown at this time. Naturally, the Union would like those jobs made available to our surplus members and the Company knows that.
It is a shame that this multi-billion dollar corporation sees this devastation as the only way to accomplish its goals. Most of the affected folks still need to work. They are not old enough to begin to draw on their retirement resources.
Meanwhile, ATT sells its fantasy self to the world through sports and advertisement.
ATT is the real MAD MEN.
August 15, 2015
Holiday ballots stamped and addressed have been mailed to all who are not at 400 Hamilton Ave.
CT members vote for one holiday and NY members pick 3.
Ballots will be distributed at 400 Hamilton Ave and members should mark the ballot and return it to a steward or board member.
Ballots are due back on September 21 but try to do it as soon as possible so as not to forget or misplace it.
We all know that CWA/Verizon is in contract negotiations. Please lend your support. If you see CWA/Verizon members gathered at a rally or info line, join, honk… Let your support be known. Those of us who did info picketing at 400 Hamilton Ave know how much that expression of support means.
CWA/Verizon members will go on strike on their own terms.
If you see a picket line that is NOT an info line at a location where you are assigned work, notify your supervisor immediately.
WE DO NOT CROSS PICKET LINES.
If necessary, call me or Vinnie or a steward.
The fight for fairness and justice both on and off the job is everyone’s fight.
Enjoy the rest of the summer safely.
CWA-LEGACY T CONTRACT RATIFIED BY A 77% MARGIN.
80% OF LOCAL 1153 MEMBERS VOTED THEIR CHOICE WITH 76% VOTING TO RATIFY.
THANK YOU LOCAL 1153 MEMBERS FOR YOUR OVERWHELMING PARTICIPATION AND CAREFUL CONSIDERATION.
From the bargaining demands survey and the initial opening of bargaining in March to ratification, 1153 members have been on this all the way.
Our next step will be the vote for the designated holidays. Announcements will be sent out once that process starts.
ANDREA LUPO, PRESIDENT LOCAL 1153
SEE THE T& T WEBSITE STATEMENT:
Ratification Ballot Closed
The ballot ratification period for the Legacy T contract is now closed. The result will be emailed and published here as soon as the result is announced by the National.
75TH CWA CONVENTION
The 75th Convention brought changes. The new President of CWA is now Chris Shelton, formerly our District 1 Vice President.
Dennis Trainor, Chris’s former assistant, is now the District 1 VP. Congratulations and Good Luck to both Chris and Dennis.
As many of you may know, Bill Bates our T & T VP retired along with his assistant, Laura Unger. They will be missed for their dedication to our union and tireless work on behalf of our members. Many of our members and retirees remember Laura as the President of 1150, and for her speeches at the ATT shareholder meetings calling out the company for the two-timers they are. She was also on our bargaining team and helped craft some of the language that helped to avert even more involuntary job loss in our unit than we have had to endure.
The most important thing is the love both Laura and Billy had for our members, and for all our working brothers and sisters- in a union or needing one. Congratulations and Best Wishes to them in their new adventure of retirement.
Our new VP for the T & T section is Lisa Bolton. She is an able local President bargaining on the Century Link contract and I’m sure will learn quickly. We wish her Congratulations and Good Luck.
There will be more information on the convention at a later time.
If you have not voted yes or no on the tentative contract agreement yet, there is still time if it is mailed by Monday, June 22. Thank you to all who have responded. The votes will be tallied and sent to the National at the next 1153 executive board meeting on June 24th.
Wishing all a healthy, safe and fun summer as vacation season comes into full swing.
JUNE 15, 2015 VTP OFFER
This offer does not include any titles in the Local 1153 jurisdiction
June 3, 2015
June 3, 2015
Please have your ballots returned to the Local office by June 17th.
PROPOSED TENTATIVE AGREEMENT LEGACY T 2015
The above link will provide links to the Summary and the unofficial TA with proposed changes marked in the right margin.
MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON TENTATIVE AGREEMENT
Please come to discuss the 2015 Tentative Agreement. Ratification is due by June 26th at the National. Our deadline will be earlier that week.
Meetings will be held:
In White Plains at the Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, May 27th, 8:30AM to 3:45PM.
In Connecticut at Christo’s Pizza, 970 North Colony Road, Wallingford on Thursday, May 28th , 5:30 - 7:30PM.
In addition, the Executive Board will be available on Thursday, May 28th between 11:30AM and 1:30PM to take calls from members, particularly our construction techs who are unable to attend a meeting. The office number is 914 761 1157.
Andrea, Vinnie, Rosaria
The contract explanation meeting for local presidents is Sunday, May 17th.
This Tentative Agreement is months earlier than for the last 2 contracts. Bill Bates and the Bargaining Team thanks all for their mobilization.
We will have membership meetings to discuss the contract, questions and answers, by the end of the month, before I leave for the convention June 4th.
The ratification vote will be concluded before the end of June.
I would like to thank all our local member mobilizers for their efforts. Most of us were well informed on the issues and what was at steak.
Shake each others hand and congratulate each other for a job well done.
Yes we need to see what is in the details, weigh the good and the not so good and decide to vote yes or no, but we’ve done our best so far. If the bargaining team feels this is worth ratifying, then we need to take a good look with that in mind.
When there is no contract, there are no arbitration rights. Therefore, in order to resolve a grievance it is permissible under the law to conduct a “grievance strike”. This can be an actual work stoppage, or a modified work stoppage (not answering the phone as an example) to urge the company that the grievance is serious and union members are very serious about a resolution.
A grievance strike relates ONLY to a particular grievance and not to the contract in general.
Join this week’s info picket and WEAR RED.
DISPLAY YOUR SIGNS.
April 15, 2015 UPDATE
April 15, 2015
We are working without a contract but it is not business as usual.
This is a multi-billions of dollars, multi-national corporation that can well afford to compensate our members and retirees with healthcare without the outrageous cost shifting ATT is demanding.
ATT can also easily afford to pay decent pensions for all, including new hires and retirees.
Work carefully and safely.
Let ATT know they are trying to get us, our skilled labor, on the cheap and we do not appreciate it.
Andrea Lupo, President CWA 1153
ATT Shareholder Proxy Vote
Shareholder Meeting Recommendations
March 31, 2015
Our membership meetings were very well attended. Discussions around the contract were strongly in favor of support for our bargaining team.
The strike vote has been completed and results will be announced by our national Bargaining Team.
We need to thank our stewards who did a really great job of notifying our members to come to the meetings and to vote.
We’re not accepting more cost shifting in health care benefits.
We’re not accepting the destruction on our pension benefits and the impoverishment of our current and future retirees.
We’re not accepting the bs over 2020 with no access to the training and the jobs to get us there.
We’re not accepting job insecurity.
This is a major multi-national corporation making billions off the network we build and maintain and service. Our steak in this business is huge. We will not be quiet. We know we are right, we are united and we are strong.
In your email, on the T&T website, our website and on the facebook page are the recommendations for shareholders to vote their proxy. Please check it out. .
Mobilization is key. Ask your steward about our mobilization activities.
Keep in touch with your steward, the websites, and check your emails.
AT&T Legacy T Bargaining Report #16 ~ March 26, 2015
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AT&T VTP & Surplus Notification 3/13/15
We have received the following Surplus notification and VTP offer from AT&T.
Let the company know that this insult during bargaining will be firmly opposed!Read more >>>
FIGHTING FOR THE JOBS OF THE FUTURE
FIGHTING FOR FAIR WAGES
FIGHTING FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE
FIGHTING FOR RETIREMENT SECURITY FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE RETIREES
FIGHTING FOR RESPECT ON THE JOB
WE SUPPORT OUR BARGAINING TEAM
THANKS TO ALL WHO ARE WEARING RED TODAY AND DISPLAYING SIGNS TO SUPPORT OUR BARGAINING TEAM.
January 28, 2015
I hope everyone has had a very happy new year.
Our contract expires on Saturday, April 11 at 11:59PM.
Bargaining starts on March 4. If past bargaining is any indication, this will be another tough round. Our surveys indicate that Healthcare, Pensions and Job Security are foremost on our members’ minds.
Our mobilization to do what it takes to get a good contract will be the crucial factor in the outcome. 1153 stepped up in 2012 and will be prepared to do so again
In other important news, I urge you to actively oppose Congressional Fast Track for the Trans Pacific Partnership or TPP which would give the President the ability to approve this “Trade” deal without congress’s debate and approval. In fact, this so called trade deal is not really about trade. Much of the draft deals with incentives to off-shore jobs and limit federal and state governments’ rights to regulate for safe food, and a clean environment. It gives multinational corporations the right to arbitrate over any national or state laws in any country that the corporation feels is harming their profit.
Please contact your senator and representative and urge them to vote no to fast track this corporate deal.
For more information please see:
President , CWA 1153
December 18, 2014
We would like to thank all of the current and retired members who came by to our meeting and holiday party in New York and Connecticut. We’d especially like to thank all of you for the wealth of toys and donations for Toys for Tots. It was huge.
Andrea Lupo, Vinnie Perretta, Rosaria Porpora
Attached are the notices from ATT to the Vice President Bates for the surplus declaration and the VTP offers dated Dec 15, 2014 in their entirety. There is no surplus declaration affecting our local directly. Off payroll for the VTP offer in the White Plains CMC is Jan 16, 2015.
Dec General Membership Meetings and Holiday PartyHappy, safe, healthy Thanksgiving! Please join us for the CWA Local 1153 Membership Meeting and Holiday Party: In Connecticut at Cristo's Pizza, 970 N Colony Rd, Wallingford on Thurs, Dec 18, 2014 at 5:30PM. In NY at White Plains Presbyterian Church on Barker Ave/N Broadway, on Wed, Dec 17th, 2014 from 8:30AM to 4:PM Please bring an unwrapped new toy for Toys for Tots, or a donation. call your steward or the union office or email us at email@example.com with any questions, suggestions.
Tape-Oct 29, 2014Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014 The bargaining demands Survey for Bargaining 2015 has been sent in email and by regular mail. Please take some time to consider the survey and formulate your own demand if there is some contractual topic you would like to see addressed that is not covered by the survey. The survey and any additional demands needs to be returned to Local 1153 by mail, email or fax by Dec 20th. As a reminder, There are Six days to get out the vote in an election that could decide so much for millions of New Yorkers. From raising the minimum wage to getting money out of politics and more, the single best way to make sure that the change we want to see becomes reality next year is to send a Democratic-Working Families State Senate to Albany. Winning big means a big showing on the entire Working Families Party ballot line – Join CWA members and retirees across the state and vote the Working Families Party candidates on Nov 4th.
ELECTION COMMITTEE REPORTThis is John Clark for the CWA Local 1153 election committee. It is Oct 15, 2014. The nominating petitions were picked up today. We received three nominating petitions properly signed by at least 20 members in good standing. Andrea Lupo is nominated for President with no opposition and retains the office. Vincent Perretta is nominated for Executive Vice President with no opposition and retains the office. And Rosaria Porpora is nominated for Secretary Treasurer with no opposition and retains the office. Congratulations to all.
On September 15th, 2014 ATT notified CWA Vice President Bill Bates of the current VTP offer and surplus declaration.
The full offer is provided at the above link. Local 1153 is not impacted by either the surplus or the vtp offer.
September 10, 2014 AnnouncementAs mandated by the CWA Constitution and Local 1153 By-Laws, 2014 is an election year for local officers. The Constitution and the By-Laws can be accessed using the "buttons" at left. Announcement letters with nominating petitions for anyone interested in running for President, Vice-President or Secretary-Treasurer have been mailed to all members. If you do not get this mailing please call the office at 914 761 1157 and leave your name and address and contact number, or for faster service, email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone interested in running must return the original nominating petition to be received at the address indicated not later than noon on October 15th, 2014. Laraine Aliperti and John Clark have graciously volunteered to serve as our Election Committee. We thank them for their union service. Andrea Lupo, President, CWA1153
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Tape August 13, 2014The District 1 Conference held a tribute to Gerry Horgan, the Local 1103 steward who was killed, struck by a car driven by a scab while he was on the picket line at the Valhalla Verizon location during the 1989 strike. That was August 15, 1989, 25 years ago. We continue to wear Red on Thursdays to show our unity, and in remembrance of Gerry Horgan's sacrifice. The closing remarks at the conference were given by the Reverend Dr. William Barber whose strength and conviction to oppose inequality of income and justice has sparked a strong movement known as Moral Mondays in North Carolina and spreading to many other states. Check him out on google. Andrea Lupo, President CWA Local 1153
TAPE-JULY 23, 2014I will be in Atlantic City on July 28, 29, and 30th for the District 1 Conference called by Vice-President Chris Shelton. Our VP Vinnie Perretta will be in charge. Contact him if necessary, using the number posted on the 1153 website or through your steward. In Unity, Andrea Lupo, President, CWA 1153
TAPE JUNE 18, 2014Bargaining in 2015 is not that far away. It's not too soon to think about bargaining demands. We know we need to hold the line on health care costs passed on to us. But we need to be thinking about the rules in the contract that we live with every day as well. Write it down, send an email to the local so it's not forgotten when we send out forms for bargaining demand proposals. On another note, I would like to take a moment to remember our brother Declan O'Neil who passed away on June 11. He was a selfless steward at 811 10th Ave and he took it upon himself, back in the early '90's, to help anyone who asked, with problems with the health insurance company and all the new rules. He was an old fashioned union guy with a big heart and he will be missed. May he rest in peace. Andrea Lupo, President CWA1153
MAY 21, 2014WISHING OUR MEMBERS AND FAMILIES A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND...FROM THE CWA LOCAL 1153 EXECUTIVE BOARD. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT www.cwa1153.org. Andrea Lupo, President
PRESIDENT'S TAPE-APRIL 2, 2014There is a meeting today at Cristo’s in CT at 5:30pm. The T & T conference and CWA Legacy T Local Presidents’ meeting in Phoenix was informative and inspirational. We discussed upcoming bargaining and the role of the bargaining councils, as well as the changing technology scene and what it means for our members. We participated in a spirited demonstration for the SuperShuttle drivers who, having formed a union are standing firm in their demands for SuperShuttle to settle a fair contract. We also agreed to pass on to our members the petition to AT&T to roll back the ridiculous increases the company has introduced on retiree healthcare. The petition has been sent to all in our local via email. Hope most of our members have signed. ATT Retired Members Council has called a protest for April 16th, 2014 in Dallas. If you want to be part of the demonstration, there’s more info at: www.cwalocal4250.org Andrea Lupo President, CWA Local 1153
NEW YORK MEMBERSHIP MEETING:
MAY 1ST, 2014
8:30AM - 4PM
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AT BARKER AND N BROADWAY, WHITE PLAINS
AGENDA: T & T CONFERENCE , ALLIANCE, 2015 CONTRACT, MEMBERS CONCERNS
CONNECTICUTE MEMBERSHIP MEETING:
APRIL 2ND, 2014
5:30PM to 8:00PM
AGENDA: T & T CONFERENCE , ALLIANCE, 2015 CONTRACT, MEMBERS CONCERNS
VTP/SURPLUS- MARCH 14, 2014
TAPE: FEB 12,2014
Tape Feb 12, 2014
2014 Scheduled Legacy T - AT&T Occupational Represented VTP/Surplus Declaration Windows
THANK A UNION
36 Reasons Why You Should Thank a Union
MARCH 21ST RALLY FOR WTF
where's the fairness?
MOBILIZATION NEWS: Today as AT&T holds it’s shareholder meeting in Salt Lake City, the following ad was in newspapers around the country:
Why Wear RED
WHY WEAR RED
BARGAINING REPORTS 1 - 6
We’ve made the difference
This month we celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday. At the time that Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, he was in Memphis to support the striking sanitation workers there. He believed that we all need to stand together to fight for justice. He knew that workers and their Unions are an important part of that fight.
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