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CWA Local 1122 Executive Board Officer Elections


Consistent with Article 14 Section 4 of our current Local By-Laws a run off election will be conducted to determine which nominee will be elected Secretary/Treasurer of CWA Local 1122.  Nominees Thomas Revekant and Dawn Kuznik-Defranco will appear on the election ballot being mailed to your address of record on Monday, November 17th.  Election ballots must be postmarked and returned to the election committee by Monday, December 1st.  The election committee will count the returned ballots on Wednesday, December 3rd.   



Terms of Office .. January 1, 2015 thru December 31, 2017

TO:                       All  Verizon  NY, NE and NJ  Locals

FROM:                 Chris Shelton, Vice President

DATE:                   November 24, 2014

SUBJECT:            Verizon’s Double Standard

As we gear up for Contract Mobilization, Verizon has been saying some nasty stuff about us when they try and convince our Verizon Wireless brothers and sisters not to join our union. 

Verizon management has been having dozens of forced, mandatory meetings with Verizon Wireless workers to try and keep them out of our union. Amongst the things they are saying about us is

1) We are a business that just wants dues money;

2) We are corrupt;

3) We just want to strike;

4) We don’t care about our customers;

5) We fine members anytime we want;  

6.) We are an outside third party that is a business rather than a union.

As they attack us with one face, they tell us to our face that they want to get along and work together. 

We have developed this attached flyer that we are asking every shop steward to present to management at every chance they get, and ask them to check off which kind of relationship they want with our union as we face them at the bargaining table once again. 



Hey Verizon, Can You

Say “Two-Faced?”


In meetings, Verizon claims they want to work with our Union and have a respectful relationship. But when VZW employees try to organize into CWA, the very same company accuses us of corruption, violence, only wanting dues money, and being an outside “third party” 


Verizon can’t have it both ways.  

Every member should ask their managers to choose what kind of relationship they want. Ask them to check only ONE of the following statements. 

Verizon Management: Please Check only ONE answer.

 1) As a company, Verizon would like a respectful relationship with our employees. We pledge not to accuse your union of being violent, corrupt, or a “third party” when non-union employees want to join your union.

  2) As a company, Verizon has no respect for your union, we do not want to work with your union, and we will continue to accuse your union of being corrupt, and of being violent. 

For more information, please visit




CWA District One responds to Verizon's latest surplus offer .....
The Company has made an offer to further negotiate over the "Special" EIPP. They have also sent an e-mail to all of our members attempting to negotiate with the membership to try and divide us. The Union has agreed to re-open negotiations but the Company's action make these negotiations harder not easier. We will of course keep you apprised of the situation as it unfolds. We have set a deadline of November 7th.

Verizon proposed surplus offer  .....
To:                  All New York and New England Verizon

                        Local Presidents

From:             Dennis G. Trainor, Assistant to the Vice President

Date:             October 17, 2014

Re:                 Update on Verizon’s Special Offer

Two weeks ago, the Company approached CWA with a special incentive offer for certain members to leave the payroll.  This offer was identical to the offer that CWA rejected last year with a few exceptions.

Last year, the proposal was to make an offer to 4 titles in certain Force Adjustment Areas.  This year the proposal is to make an offer to 25 titles in certain Force Adjustment areas.   In this year’s proposal the Company offered an alternative arrangement to using Force adjustment areas. They offered to exclude any Local in a Force Adjustment Area that did not want to accept the offer.

When we first received the proposal from the Company we informed them that we are not interested in dividing our Union by making offers on a local-by-local basis. We would not allow the Company to attempt to “divide and conquer” our membership.

Last year, when the Company made a very similar proposal, we had intense negotiations to discuss their desire to get people off the payroll and our desire to address the future work for our members.  We asked the Company to commit to FiOS build-outs over the next several years, to build new wire centers and to reduce the number of Board and Lodging Assignments.

This year, when the Company made their proposal, the Union raised the same concerns about the future work for our members.  The Company made it very clear that they are not .interested in entertaining any proposal regarding FiOS build-outs.

Over the last two weeks we have been discussing this proposal with our locals, District 2/13 and IBEW.  Last Friday, the Company put out an email to all employees stating that they made a proposal to the Union and they spelled out some of the details. This caused a lot of confusion and many members thought it was an actual offer.  Verizon must think that by communicating an offer directly to our members that this will make us cave-in to a one-sided offer that does nothing to protect the future work needs of our members. 

Today we told the Company that if they want us to consider their proposal-they have to address our needs.  We told them that we stand ready to discuss a real proposal that allows them to offer an incentive where needed, while growing the Company and jobs for our members.  We hope the Company heard us and will be willing to come to the table with a serious proposal. 


coorespondence recieved from CWA District One Downstate Director Gladys Finnigan 10-10.2014
Dennis Trainor, Assistant to the Vice President of District One asked me to send out the following message to all Verizon locals in NY/NE:
As you know we have received a proposal from Verizon regarding a surplus offer. One of the provisions of the Company's proposal is to offer an option to make this offer on a local by local basis.
The National Union has told the Company that we are not interested in dividing our Union in this way. We are in discussions with all of our locals regarding the remaining provisions of the proposal and what our response will be.
Earlier today we found out that the Company is planning to send an e mail to employees this afternoon regarding this situation.  As usual, when dealing with Verizon their communication will cause confusion in the ranks and is being sent to all employees, even ones not included in the Company's proposal. 
Please be assured that we will provide any updates regarding this matter as they develop.



Public Hearing in Buffalo

­­on the New York Health Bill

for Universal, Single Payer Health Care

Wednesday, Dec 10th at 10am


Location: Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Hohn Auditorium, Research Studies Center

Elm & Carlton Street

We need your support!

The New York State Assembly Health Committee is hosting an official public hearing to receive testimony from New Yorkers about the need for a universal, single-payer health care system.

Speak out for a health care system that puts patients over profits!

  • Are you uninsured or underinsured?
  • Have you ever delayed care because you couldn’t afford the copay or deductible?
  • Have you ever stayed in a job just to keep your health insurance?
  • Have you ever been denied necessary care by your insurance company?
  • Have you ever had to file for bankruptcy because of medical debt?
  • Are you a medical professional who is frustrated with the barriers that private health insurance companies create?
  • Do you have to make difficult choices between paying your health care premium and other bills?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above or have another story to share about how the health care system affects you, please attend and testify at this hearing.

For more information, contact Terri Legierski at or visit

Campaign for New York Health


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CWA Local 1400 on STRIKE against Fairpoint Communications


At 12:01 this morning, October 17th, CWA Local 1400 and IBEW are on strike against Fairpoint.   The Company declared an impasse on August 27th and imposed the terms and conditions of those company proposals. The Company's proposals sought to freeze pensions, cut retiree health care, raise health care costs, end job security, contract out and outsource our work to out of state and foreign countries. They wanted new hires to be paid the minimum wage. The Company has not moved off of their proposals and it was a take it or leave situation from the beginning of negotiations. At yesterdays meeting with the company, they once again refused to compromise and both unions had no choice but to call the strike.

This strike is caused by the unfair labor practices of FairPoint during negotiations for successor agreements to the now-expired collective bargaining agreements between FairPoint and the Unions.  FairPoint has engaged in objectionable and unlawful conduct, including but not limited to the following:

·       by failing or refusing to provide the Unions with requested information;

·       by unilaterally changing conditions of employment by allowing management to perform bargaining unit work;

·       by interfering with members’ ability to engage in protected, concerted activity by enforcing previously unenforced work rules;

·       by unilaterally changing conditions of employment by revoking funding for the Working Family Committee; and, most importantly,

·       by unilaterally implementing new terms and conditions of employment at a time when the parties were not at an impasse in negotiations.


The following is the press release that was sent out this morning at 4 AM:

FairPoint Workers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont On Strike
Unions Say Company Refuses to Compromise to Preserve Reliable Service and Good Jobs

Augusta, ME—At 12:01 a.m. on Friday, October 17th, nearly 2,000 employees of FairPoint Communications (FRP) in northern New England went on strike.  Early Friday morning they established picket lines at hundreds of work sites across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
“The company’s actions have brought us to this place,” said Peter McLaughlin, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2327 in Maine. “We did not want to take this step. Our members want to work; they want to take care of their customers. However, our bargaining team worked as hard as we could to reach a fair agreement that would preserve good jobs and help the company prosper. We’ve offered significant concessions to this company that would save them hundreds of millions of dollars. But they absolutely refuse to compromise on any significant issue.”
Negotiations began on April 25th, when the company came to the table with proposals that would cost workers more than $700 million. The company sought to freeze pensions, raise health care costs, cut retiree health care, and institute a two-tier wage system that would pay new hires as little as minimum wage. In addition, the company sought to end job security and outsource union members’ work to out-of-state and foreign contractors.
After dozens of bargaining sessions during which the company rejected every significant union proposal, the company declared an impasse on August 27th and imposed the terms and conditions of their proposals on the workers. The unions have charged the company with violating federal labor law and are seeking injunctive relief from the National Labor Relations Board.
Employees say the North Carolina-based company, which emerged from bankruptcy in 2010, wants to slash labor costs in order to either sell the business or satisfy shareholders with dividends. “This company is largely owned by a small number of Wall Street hedge funds like Angelo, Gordon & Co.,” said Don Trementozzi, President of CWA Local 1400. “Their priority is to squeeze as much money as possible out of the workers who’ve kept this company going, not to provide the 21st-century telecommunications system that northern New Englanders need and deserve.”
Union leaders say the company hired a notorious “union avoidance” law firm, Seyfarth Shaw, to lead the negotiations with the goal of forcing draconian terms on the workers. “It is clear that this company never intended to reach a negotiated agreement with our members,” said Glenn Brackett, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2320 in New Hampshire. “They put their outrageous proposals on the table on April 25th and never budged. That is not good faith. That is not compromise and cooperation. It is disrespect, pure and simple. Our members refuse to work under these conditions any longer.”
Members of IBEW and CWA as well as supporters from other unions and community organizations will picket at work sites in order to bring public awareness to their situation and to deter replacement workers from crossing their picket lines. They will ask customers and service providers not to cross the line to do business or make deliveries to FairPoint locations.
“This fight is about keeping good middle-class jobs in our region and making sure that customers get the service they deserve from well-trained, experienced workers, not low-wage temps from out-of-state or overseas,” said Mike Spillane, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2326 in Vermont. “Our members have been organizing and educating the public for well over a year. While they would much rather continue to work and take care of our customers, they are absolutely united and ready to strike for as long as it takes to win a fair agreement.”
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) System Council T9 includes local unions in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont and represents nearly 1,700 employees at FairPoint Communications. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1400 represents nearly 300 FairPoint employees in the three states. For more information, visit

Verizon Unit Members

The 2015 Open Enrollment Dates are as follows


Active MembersOctober 21, 2014 to November 4, 2014

Retirees:               November 6, 2014 to November 20, 2014

Retirees can continue to make changes up through December 1, 2014 to be effective January 1, 2015.


If you have a QUALIFIED LIFE EVENT between now and the end of the year, you will need to make changes on benefitsconnection for both 2014 and 2015.  Examples of a qualified status change include but are not limited to adding a spouse if you get married, adding a child when there is a birth of a child.



Any member who previously completed a health assessment will receive the $100 health assessment credit in 2015.  There is no need to complete a new assessment, if you are currently receiving the credit.

If you are not currently receiving the health assessment credit, complete the health assessment by December 10, 2014 to receive the $100 credit toward your annual medical plan contributions for 2015.  Completion of the health assessment after December 10, 2014 but before December 31, 2014 may delay your full credit.



If you are already receiving credits for completing this incentive, NO FURTHER ACTION IS NEEDED

If you are not receiving this credit and DO NOT use tobacco products, indicate your NON-TOBACCO status on benefitsconnection to receive your $600 credit towards your annual medical contributions.

If you and your covered dependents DO USE tobacco products but have completed a tobacco cessation course within the last six months indicate your status on benefitsconnection during open enrollment for the full credit

If you have not yet completed a tobacco cessation course, you can earn the full Non-Tobacco credit in 2015 if you and/or your covered dependents satisfy the reasonable alternative standard as follows:     

  1. During Annual Enrollment, log on to benefitsconnection and answer the Tobacco User Status question while completing your Annual Enrollment elections: - answer YES and intend to complete a tobacco cessation course before July 31, 2015
  2. Before July 31, 2015, complete a tobacco cessation course such as QuitNet or the    Verizon Health Zone Health Assistant, and log on to benefitsconnection.  Answer the  tobacco user status question: YES and completed a tobacco cessation course within last six months.

You MUST update your Tobacco User Status response by July 31, 2015 in order to receive the full Non-Tobacco credit.  Any update made to your tobacco user status after July 31, 2015 will result in a prorated credit for the remainder of the year.



Independent Health Plan (827) and Independent Health Plan (921) were frozen plans, meaning no new enrollments were allowed in 2014.  These plans have been frozen for a few years.  Verizon has notified CWA District One that at this time and due to financial efficiency and access the Independent Health Plan 827 will be terminated. The Independent Health Plan 921 will remain frozen

  • Independent Health Plan 827 is for active members and pre Medicare retirees
  • Independent Health Plan 921 (Medicare Advantage) is for Medicare eligible retirees


Verizon will send notification letters to the members and retirees who are enrolled in these plans. 

Members and retirees will be automatically defaulted into the MEP Health Care PPO if a separate Annual Enrollment election is not made.  Action is required.



Prescription Drug Coverage will move to Express Script Carve out design for the following HMO’s

  • Blue Alliance NY Plan
  • Univera Healthcare (NY)
  • Aetna HMO



A confirmation statement will no longer be automatically sent.  It is being replaced with an enhance enrollment confirmation statement process.  Confirmation statements are revised to reflect effective dates for each benefit and they are available any time to review or print by going online (benefitsconnection) or calling the benefits center (855-489-2367) and request a copy.



Download Open Enrollment PY2015 Manual

Download Open Enrollment PY 2015 Manual pre 1991 retiree

Download Open Enrollment PY 2015 Manual post 1991 retiree

Download Vz NY/NE 2015 PY Market Summary-Medicare

Download Vz NY/NE 2015 PY Market Summary - Active/Pre-Medicare

Download Vz letter 9.2014

Download Vz letter 10.2014


CWA Local 1122 VNA Newsletter October 8,2014 rev1


A successful Union is an active Union. We have to take action on a daily basis at the VNA, at the work unit level itself, to improve our work environment and to protect our rights. We have to take action at the local level, with a CWA 1122 that spans the spectrum of 16 work units banded together in a combined strength in numbers and shared experiences. And labor must take collective action at regional and national levels to work for a society, which is both prosperous and fair, against forces that, almost unbelievably, would rather have it otherwise.

Those who attended the VNA membership meeting on September 30th were first to become part of a grassroots effort to bring a collective voice to address problems associated with workflow and the tablets. Your mobilization committee is moving forward with a strategic solution that management has had nearly a year to produce and has not. We have already heard from field staff about the tablet as a poor monitor of our workday duties, the inaccurate choices homecare homebase offers to paint a clinical picture of our patients, and from office staff about workflow concerns. Such are the examples we want to continue to collect in detail (maintaining HIPAA regulations) from every member that has a story to tell. Write down the problems you encounter, immediately, before a hectic day causes you to forget the details, and when you get a chance, send them along to your mobilization committee at with the subject line VNA TABLET PROBLEMS or VNA WORKFLOW PROBLEMS.  If you wish to be part of the working committees addressing the tablet and workflow problems contact us through the same e-mail box.

It is also a time of action at the ballot box for the membership of CWA 1122 to elect our Union officers.  Executive Board Officer election ballots will be mailed to members in good standing to their address of record on Tuesday October 21st. Inside you will receive two envelopes and the appropriate ballots. All VNA membership will receive separate ballots for the positions of President and Secretary-Treasurer. The ballots should be placed into the included secret voting envelope. This, in turn, should be placed into the return mail envelope. THERE IS A PLACE ON THE FRONT OF THAT RETURN ENVELOPE THAT YOU MUST SIGN. This signature is considered registration (just like signing in at a polling station) and in no way is it paired with your secret ballots in the voting process. Ballots need to be returned to the election committee by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 31, 2014.  Ballots will be counted on Thursday November 6, 2014.

Take action, brothers and sister. Your voice counts in this Union!


In Solidarity,

VNA Unit Mobilization Committee


Download Newsletter V18 10.8.2014

Eugene Mays Scholarship

Eugene J Mays was born and raised in Fairmount West Virginia. There he started his career as a coal miner and helped to unionize his co-workers into the United Mine Workers 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 Presidency of Local 1162, which represented the Western Electric employees.

In 1951 Mr. Mays became a CWA international Representative and in 1963 was elected to Director of the Union's Upstate New York area. 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 was a Buffalo AFL-CIO Council Board Member, a Director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of WNY, a Director of 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 many black people with one less effective leader and the CWA with a void that has been difficult to fill. But we remember Gene for what he left behind. His ways taught all of us the real meaning of love, dedication, devotion, understanding, compassion and equality.

He has helped all of us. For those reasons we feel it is appropriate to establish a scholarship fund in his name.




WNY Council of the CWA - Eugene Mays Scholarship Application 2014/2015

The WNY Council of the CWA Eugene Mays Scholarship fund has been contributing to the education of CWA members and families for decades.  The Council is made up of ten (10) CWA Locals and the Retirees Chapter in our eight (8) Western New York Counties.  The Mays foundation is funded by the annual Eugene Mays Golf Tournament and Eugene Mays Annual 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 offer eight (8) scholarships of $1500 each 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 2015 school year.  Verification of enrollment is required by no later than Friday, June 26th, 2015 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 14, 2014.  The eight (8) $1500 scholarships will be determined by random draw held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.  Winners will be notified via US Mail.  

The Scholarships will be presented to the award winners at our 41st Annual Eugene Mays Memorial Awards Dinner on Friday, January 9, 2015 and/or after the award winner submits verification of enrollment thereafter, until the stated deadline of Friday, June 26, 2015.

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 9, 2015.



Follow this link to download the application


CWA Local 1122 Meeting Dates for 2014



  • Tuesday, February 4th
  • Wednesday, April 9th  at ** Lucarellis ** 1830 Abbott Rd. Lackawanna
  • Thursday, June 5th    ***
  • Wednesday, October 1st  ** Lucarellis **  1830 Abbott Rd. Lackawanna
  • Thursday, December 4th  ** Lucarellis **  1830 Abbot Rd. Lackawanna

Dinner 5pm

Meeting 6pm


***   Our June 5th Membership Meeting will be a picnic style event at Fontanas Grove 2299 Clinton St in West Seneca.  The event will begin at 5pm.



  • Thursday, January 9th
  • Thursday, March 6th
  • Wednesday, May 7th
  • Thursday, September 4th
  • Thursday, November 6th


Food 5pm

Meeting 6pm


Steward Meetings are held at our Local Union Hall 3775 Genesee St


No Meetings are scheduled during the months of July and August

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CWA Local 1122 Meeting Dates for 2014 pdf.

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.




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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