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Sep 30, 2014
CWA Local 1122 Union Hall 3775 Genesee St Buffalo
Membership Meeting
Oct 01, 2014
Lucarellis 1830 Abbott Rd Lackawanna, NY
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Nov 06, 2014
CWA Local 1122 Union Hall 3775 Genesee St Cheektowaga, NY
Membership Meeting
Dec 04, 2014
Hearthstone Manor 333 Dick Rd Depew, NY
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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 active members and retirees are happy with their current health care plan and want to remain with that plan, then no action is needed.


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 Vz NY/NE Market Summary

Download Vz letter 9.2014

Download Vz letter 10.2014


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

Officers and Members of the Executive Board


Wednesday, October 1, 2014


1830 Abbott Rd.



                Dinner is served at 5pm

                                Meeting will begin at 6pm                                                                                                                                            


NOMINATIONS will be declared to fill the following Offices


Executive Vice President 


Area Vice President North

Area Vice President South

Area Vice President East

Area Vice President West     


Nominations will only be accepted from the floor mike

Terms of OfficeJanuary 1, 2015 thru December 31, 2017


UAW 55-91




Section 1 - Nominations

                (A)          Local Officers and Executive Board members shall be nominated in the month of October of each election year.

                (B)          The nomination of a person for the office of President shall also constitute the nomination of the same person as a delegate to CWA Conventions held during his term of office for which the election is being conducted.

                (C)          The nomination of a person for the office of Executive Vice President shall also constitute the nomination of the same person as a delegate to CWA Conventions held during his term of office for which the election is being conducted.

                (Note) The Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 requires, in connection with nominations, reasonable notice of the office to be filled, and the time, place and proper form of submitting nominations.  Such notice must be given in a manner reasonably calculated to inform all members in good standing and in sufficient time to permit such members to nominate the candidates of their choice.  It is suggested that fifteen (15) days would meet the time requirements for such notice.

                Nominations may be made (1) at a membership meeting, (2) by a nominating committee, with the right to also nominate from the floor, or (3) by petition.

Section 4 - General Provisions

                (A)          The nominee in any election receiving the majority of the votes cast shall be declared elected.  If no one nominee has a majority on the first ballot, the vote shall be taken again and the two nominees having the greatest number of votes on the first ballot shall be nominees on the second ballot. Write-in votes shall not be allowed for any election of a local officer or delegate who is unopposed at the time of nominations.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall cast one ballot to elect unopposed candidates.

                (B)          Only members of the Local in good standing shall be eligible to vote or hold office.

                (C)          The term of office shall be for three (3) years.

                (D)          The officers shall take office January 1st of the subsequent year.


CWA Local 1122 VNA Newsletter September 10,2014

Remember back in high school when you had to face the intimidation of “clicky” groups and bullies. Of course you do, because we are reliving that experience as professionals today at the VNA.

With this cultural change, management is turning off their ears to the workers and patients of the VNA .   We do acknowledge a few front line managers that do not participate in this culture.  However, there are plenty of front line and upper management that are the poster children for this epidemic.

You approach this group with a matter and expect mature consideration only to be ignored, as they can’t see past their own “clicky”, twisted perception, or you are played when they pretend they are concerned about your situation, only to turn the corner and dump your issue in the blue bin.

We strive to make the VNA successful. We’ve always loved working here. We are proud to be part of the Kaleida family.  Jody Lomeo is our President and CEO who put forth great directives which we need to adopt at the VNA . We need to use these principles to guide our professional practices at the VNA. We are not trash-talking.  We are looking to return to what we once were: great quality of care, great patient satisfaction, and camaraderie between all levels of personnel.

We have heard from our field staff and office staff of a growing number of issues spinning out of control. 

One of the many issues that the office staff is bringing to the table concerns one worker being told to do the job of 2 to 3 people.  Do you know how their cries for help are being met by management? Even more work is added.

 Secondly, patient satisfaction is down and quality of care is in jeopardy.

Thirdly, field staff is facing numerous other issues.

The Union is listening. In order to further this effort we need to get together.  THERE WILL BE A VNA UNIT MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th at 5:15 PM. at the CWA Local 1122 Union Hall, 3775 Genesee St. Food will be served. 

This is the time to air the dirty laundry – no quarters needed!

It’s about respect. It’s about dignity.


In Solidarity,

VNA Unit Mobilization Committee

Download Newsletter V17 9.10.2014

CWA Local 1122

  Full Membership Meeting


Wednesday, October 1, 2014



                                  1830 Abbott Rd.



Dinner is served at 5:00pm

Meeting will begin at 6:00 pm



  • Officer Reports
  • Committee Reports
  • Nominations for Officers and Executive Board Members


Work Safe *** Stay United


UAW 55-91

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

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

click to download

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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