To Contact Vinnie Perretta: Phone: 914-609-9706 Cell: 718-775-7719 Tape: 914 761 1192FAX 914 831 7803
Today was our first day of bargaining for our Legacy T Contract. The Company’s Bargaining Chair, Lori Smith, read their opening statement. After they explained what they viewed as the bargaining environment – a still “healing” labor market, competition from Google, Walmart, Dish, Comcast, Amazon, etc., regulation (including the new FCC rules) and the Affordable Care Act, and higher customer expectations they finally made clear what their key issues are:(*)
We also presented an opening statement - click here to read. Our view is very different. We say we understand the challenges AT&T is facing but we view the situation quite differently. We said, “While we understand those changes (in our industry), we as a Union have not changed our values and we believe AT&T can compete in the current environment without the Union having to push those values aside.” Laura Unger, Bargaining Chair, said:(*)Read more >>>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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
PRESIDENT'S REPORT FROM CONVENTION
May 1, 2013—Tape
SECRETARY-TREASURER REPORT FROM CONVENTION
April 28, 2013
LOCAL 1153 Holiday Selection
Local 1153 has selected the following holidays for 2013 - 2015:
One additional Holiday can be chosen during vacation pick and is NOT part of the bogey and can be any holiday of your choice, including your birthday. If you do not wish to pick the holiday with vacation, it can be chosen at any time, subject to service and coverage in the same manner as day-at-a-time vacation days.
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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