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“My Friends it is solidarity of Labor we want. We do not want to find fault with each other, but to solidify our forces, and say to each other: We must be together: our masters are joined together, and we must do the same thing”.

… Mother Jones



CWA 1122 VNA Newsletter October 19, 2016


Consider this: as we plan, these last two weeks of October, for our spring vacations (requests in by November 1st), it is even more important that we devote time to prepare for our 2017 contract negotiations.  These negotiations will impact each of us over the next few years.  The negotiations will be starting sooner rather than later. We have never had so many of our members in touch and sharing information with each other, but our organization has grown much larger since our last contract negotiations, we now need more mobilizers than ever.  We encourage anyone who is interested in helping with this effort to please contact the mobilization team at 697-5414.  With this in mind, we urge you to closely follow the union bulletin boards, CWA mailings, and the local web site (, and tape 716-633-2345 to stay informed, as bargaining updates and information is published mostly through these mediums.

We urge you to begin thinking about agenda items for our contract bargaining that you would like addressed.  A survey will be sent to you in the upcoming weeks.   Remember, the issues for which you advocate will guide your bargaining team as they represent you this winter.

Some other important dates coming up: November 1st – end of the year PTO election forms will be sent out by Human Resources and must be returned by December 10th

There has been an issue that has been negatively affecting our membership: union members have fallen into NOB or no benefit time and have been subject to severe discipline, up to and including termination, for time and attendance issues.  This has been a hot topic for our union stewards.  We cannot stress enough the importance of keeping track of your PTO / PTU.  If you think you may be in trouble with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday please talk with your manager and correspond with your steward.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th.  Collectively we have the opportunity to elect those who will serve us.  Today and leading right up to November 8th there is opportunity to help those candidates standing with labor and representing the interests of the working class.  Please consider sacrificing a couple hours of your time to a phone bank or a labor walk, inter-acting with labor friendly households, encouraging them to get out and VOTE, asking them to support and help elect our friends and our allies to serve the public at the Federal, State, and Local levels.  Contact the Union Hall at 716-633-2211.

We wanted you to know the importance of contributing to the CWA Political Action Fund (PAF).  Your union dues cannot support political activism.  This political action is funded through VOLUNTARY contributions from our membership.  These monies are utilized to properly vet and determine which candidates truly carry the voice of the working class, and when elected to serve, will follow through and move our collective agenda.  

Together we must get legislated what we can’t get negotiated.  Such past contributions have helped secure legislation of the Safe Patient Handling Act.  This took years of lobbying and the like, to move this bill through the NY State Assembly and Senate.  Together we make a difference and together we move our agenda through our elected representatives at our Federal, State, and Local levels of government. 

Please consider making voluntary contributions through payroll deduction.  Give your strongest advocate, your UNION, the power and influence to fight to improve your living and working conditions.  Contact Mary Sullivan RN at Erie VNA for the Political Action Fund forms or contact your Local at 716-633-2211.


In Solidarity,

VNA Unit Mobilization Committee



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Eugene J Mays was born and raised in Fairmount West Virginia.  He began his career as a coal miner and helped to organize his co-workers into the United Mine Workers Union under John l. Lewis.

After Gene's discharge from the Army in 1947, he moved to Buffalo where he was employed at the Western Electric Company.  There he became a member of the Communications Workers of America and rose to the office of President CWA Local 1162, representing the Western Electric employees.

In 1951, Mr. Mays was appointed to serve the National Union as a Staff Representative for CWA.  In 1963, Gene was elected to the office of CWA Upstate NY Director.  Six (6) years later he was promoted to Assistant Vice President of CWA District 1 and moved to District Headquarters in New York City.

While in Buffalo, Gene was an activist in the Black community and prominent in organizations for improved racial relations.

He served the Buffalo CLC as a Board Member, was the Director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of WNY, Community Action Organization of Buffalo and the Black Business Development Corp. He also was a member of the Mayor's Council on youth Opportunity and the Board of Managers, Michigan Ave. Branch YMCA.

His untimely death left the working class with one less effective leader and the Communications Workers of America a void that has been difficult to fill.  We remember Gene for what he left behind.  His genuine interaction taught all of us the real meaning of compassion, dedication, devotion, equality, love, and understanding.

Eugene Mays has helped all of us.  For this and the aforementioned we feel it is most appropriate to establish a scholarship fund in his name, and in his honor.

WNY Council of the CWA - Eugene Mays Scholarship Application 2017

The WNY Council of the CWA Eugene Mays Scholarship fund has been contributing to the education of CWA members and their families for decades.  The Council is made up of ten (10) CWA Locals and the Retirees Chapter across our eight (8) Western New York Counties.  The Mays foundation is funded by the Eugene Mays annual golf tournament and the Eugene Mays annual award dinner.  Since this scholarship fund was established the Council has increased both the number and the amount of scholarships awarded annually.  This coming year the Council will again award eight (8) scholarships of $1500 each, through random draw, to a CWA member, child, grandchild, or spouse from a participating Local within the WNYCWA Council.


CWA members of Locals participating in the WNY Council of the CWA, their children, grandchildren, and spouse (including dependents of retired or deceased CWA members) may apply.  The applicant must be a FULL TIME student of an accredited two (2) or four (4) year college for the fall 2017 semester.  Verification of enrollment is required by no later than Friday, June 23, 2017 or the scholarship will be forfeited and an alternate selected.

No specific area of study is required.  The deadline to submit application is Friday, November 11, 2016.  The eight (8) $1500 scholarships will be determined by random draw held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.  Winners will be notified via US Mail.

The eight $1500 Scholarships will be presented to the scholarship award winners at our 43rd Annual Eugene Mays Memorial Awards Dinner on Friday, January 20th, 2017 and/or after the award winner submits verification of enrollment thereafter, until the stated deadline of Friday, June 23, 2017.

Scholarship award winners will be invited to say a few words on "What it means to be part of a UNION family" at the awards dinner on Friday, January 20, 2017.



Download Eugene Mays 2017 Scholarship APPLICATION 

When it comes to calling out and breaking down the Republican Party’s calculated “war on the poor and working families,” nobody does it quite like former US Labor Secretary, Robert Reich.

In this powerful video courtesy of, Reich neatly summarizes the Republican Party’s 7-prongued approach to exacerbating socioeconomic inequality and relegating America’s poor and working families to a life of poverty. Think he’s exaggerating? Watch the 135-second video and you will agree that the ‘War on the poor and working families” isn’t a figment of his imagination, it is real and impacting Americans all across the nation.





         CWA Local 1122…..2016 Meeting Dates


          Stewards Meeting                                  Thursday, January 7, 2016

         Membership Meeting                            Tuesday, February 2, 2016

         Stewards Meeting                                  Tuesday, March 1, 2016

         Membership Meeting                            Tuesday, April 5, 2016

         Stewards Meeting                                  Tuesday, May 3, 2016

         Membership Meeting                            Tuesday, June 7, 2016

         Stewards Meeting                                  Thursday, September 8, 2016

         Membership Meeting                            Tuesday, October 4, 2016

         Stewards Meeting                                  Tuesday, November 1, 2016

         Membership Meeting                            Tuesday, December 6, 2016


** Our June 7, 2016 membership meeting will be a picnic style meeting at Fontana's Grove 2299 Clinton St in West Seneca.

Steward Meetings are held at the CWA Local 1122 Union Hall 3775 Genesee St. 

Food is served at 5pm the meeting begins at 6pm.

Membership Meetings are held at Lucarelli’s, 1830 Abbott Rd, Lackawanna. 

Dinner is served at 5pm the meeting begins at 6pm.


If you have any interest in the change or resolution of our workplace issues, then it is your responsibility to attend these meetings.


Website:                                                       Tape: 716.633.2345



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Weingarten RIGHTS

Members of CWA Local 1122 have Weingarten rights during investigatory interviews. An investigatory interview occurs when a Company representative questions a member to obtain information that could lead to discipline OR asks a member to defend his or her conduct. If you reasonably believe that discipline or other adverse consequences may result from a meeting with a Company representative, you have a right to Union representation at that meeting. But, you must request it.

Responsibilty of Attendance

As a member of the Local, you are the reason the Union exists. The Unions responsibility is to protect your rights as a worker and see to it that the steady flow of changes in our workplace does not violate our contract with our employer, other non-contractual issues can be dealt with accordingly when the group of members come together and support each other as equals rather than a ME FIRST ATTITUDE....


... This all started some years ago at a CWA District One Conference in NY City. The Local Presidents passed a motion to put forth a Resolution at the CWA National Convention that year. This resolution was first to honor our fallen brother Gerry, and second to show our SOLIDARITY and strength ....

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