Tape Release Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
We have been advised that the Sales and Service Tech transfers polled for in November will be taking place within the next two weeks. Once a date is confirmed, the membership will be updated. We hope to have updates on the status of the Network Tech and Desk Tech vacancies very soon.
The 2015 Contract Book is in the final stages of proofing before it goes to the printer. It is expected that the new books will be printed and distributed in approximately 45 to 60 days.
2016 will be a very important political year both nationally and locally. The Members of the Communications Workers nationwide have made the decision to endorse Bernie Sanders for President. This endorsement was based on the input from over 20,000 members nationwide who responded to the poll that was done in late November and early December. Locally our members were notified via multiple emails, tape releases, and postings to our website and Facebook page requesting your participation. The election for the democratic and republican presidential candidates In New York State will take place this April. Our Friend, Congresswomen Louise Slaughter, will need our support as she’s running for reelection this fall. If you think elections don’t matter, stay tuned to see how the Supreme Court rules on the case whether public sector employees have to pay agency fees to their Union. This case will be determined in the next few months. Will the conservative justices strike a blow against the Unions and allow for free riders to get the same wages and benefits bargained for by the Union but not have to be members or pay dues? Also in play is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement. Negotiated in secret, this agreement has the potential to be more devastating than NAFTA and the other bad trade agreements negotiated. CWA will be fighting as we have for the last two years to defeat this terrible agreement. Louise has been on the right side of the fight and consistently voted no. We need her continued support.
This is your President John Pusloskie thanking you for calling your Union tape, the place where we value families, freedom, and fairness.