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AARP Fight to protect Medicare.
Dear Mark, Thanks for asking President-Elect Trump to keep his promise, and protect Medicare from cuts. We need to do everything that we can to make sure that he keeps his word, and opposes any effort to reduce benefits for older Americans. Will you help us raise the pressure.
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CWA District 1 & AFL- CIO Support
Brothers & Sisters, Dennis Trainor President of CWA District 1 will be here tomorrow at 9:30 along with AFL- CIO and the past Presidents of Local 359 .. Mrs. Bocette , wife of Ed Bocette , my first President will be walking the lines . She was insistent on doing this at the young age of 92 . She is so proud of everyone standing up and fighting back as her husband Ed would have done .
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NYS AFL-CIO Video Interviews Thursday.
Dom, I will be at the line around 9:30 Thursday morning with a video crew so we can catch those on the current shift as well as those coming in. I would like to interview them about why they are on strike, what it means to be on the line every day, what are they fighting for, how do they feel about the support from others in labor, the community etc.
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DC 9 Invites our Momentive Brothers and Sisters
Dominick - we know that many of your members may not be able to afford pictures with Santa - we invite members children and grandchildren to join us this Saturday - see flyer print and distribute.
 
Jeff Stark, 
Business Representative
IUPAT District Council No. 9
Brother Jeff, this is such an original thought for Kids and their families to have their pictures taken with Santa ... I will pass on to our members ...thank you Brother and special thanks to DC9 and it's members !! 
In Unity, Dom Patrignani Pres. L-81359

Download: DC9 Cookies.pdf
NYS retirees council about Momentive Rally coming up on the 13th

Momentive IUE/CWA 359 Strike Line Solidarity. Please join our brothers and sisters from IUE/CWA 359, who are on strike against a hugely profitable company who wants to gut workers health insurance and eliminate benefits for retirees. These brave men and women have been on the picket line 24/7 even through the Thanksgiving holiday and will continue until a settlement is reached.
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Download: Monday-Alert-December-5.pdf
Help TALC This Sunday at Troy's Victorian Stroll
This Sunday, Dec 4th is the Troy Victorian Stroll.  We will have tables in the Troy Atrium.  Exactly where we won’t know until Sunday morning.  My cell number for Sunday is 292-8311.  Attached are previews of our handouts for UAW (Honeywell in Green Island) & IUE-CWA (Momentive in Waterford). Below is our Victorian Stroll Volunteer Schedule as of Dec 1st.
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Download: Why were over 350 workers Locked Out of their jobs at Honeywell.pdf
New York State AFL-CIO Support.
Hey Dom, The website momentiveworkers.com is up and running, I would love to get more content, I think Darcy talked with you about a couple of pieces but please send me anything you have that you want for public consumption.  Kevin Eitzmann ?Digital Director / Assistant Field Organizer New York State AFL-CIO 518.436.8516 (o) ? 518.229.
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Letter from NYS Senators to Jack Boss
Brothers & Sisters, Senators Chuck Schumer & Kirsten Gillibrand sent the attached letter to CEO Jack Boss.
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Download: Momentive Performance Material Strike Letter CES KEG.pdf
Letter to Jack Boss from NYS.
Brothers & Sisters, See attached letter to Jack Boss from NYS Assembly.
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Download: NYS Assembly.pdf
NYSPFFA Momentive News Release Nov 2016

For Immediate Release: 
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Download: NYSPFFA Momentive News Release Nov 2016.docx
Joe Giffi and Staff rep. James Winship here today.
Sisters and Brothers ,   Today marks the 29th day of the Contract 2016 strike. Bargaining Chair /Regional director Joe Giffi and Staff rep. James Winship will be visiting the lines today sometime after 11:00 today ....Let them know that you are standing strong and in this fight to win a FAIR Contract.
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Kids Christmas Gift sign up.
Sisters & Brothers, Please find attached the Kids Christmas Gift sign up sheet. Great support from our IUE CWA District 1.
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Download: Kids Christmas Gift sign up.xlsx.pdf
Solidarity Action with IUE-CWA at Momentive SATURDAY 11/26/16 Noon
Stand In Solidarity with IUE-CWA at Momentive The members of IUE-CWA Local 81359 are on strike at Momentive.  They are fighting against a super rich company that is trying to destroy the worker's standard of living, pensions, health care and benefits and on the job safety and work rules.
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LaborNotes

Thanksgiving on the Picket Lines at Momentive

Seven hundred workers who make adhesives and sealants for Momentive Performance Materials will spend Thanksgiving on the picket lines. “We’ve taken two concessionary contracts already,” said IUE-CWA Local 81359 President Dom Patrignani. “We were not going to take a third." Photo: Jon Flanders

Seven hundred workers who make adhesives and sealants for Momentive Performance Materials will spend Thanksgiving on the picket lines.

They’ve been on strike since November 2, fighting the company’s efforts to hike health care costs, eliminate retiree health care, undermine vacation time, and reduce 401(k) payments for younger workers, who had their pension frozen in the last contract.

“We just want to come to work, do our jobs, and be able to go to the doctor and live our lives,” said shop steward Kellie Rossner, who has put in four and a half years at Momentive. “We’re not asking for anything more.”

Strikers—many of them in Labor Notes’ Troublemakers Union hoodies and T-shirts—are picketing at the eight gates that ring the massive 700-acre plant in Waterford, New York, where the company has its headquarters. A popular sign reads “Making People Miserable,” a riff on the company’s initials.

An old diner across from the plant serves as their “Hot Dog Headquarters.” They’ve got fire pits to keep warm, and gas grills to stay fed—and they even had a Saturday movie night at the main gate.

“We’ve taken two concessionary contracts already,” said IUE-CWA Local 81359 President Dom Patrignani. “We were not going to take a third. The business is doing well.”

Momentive’s previous CEO was John Rich—a name that inspired signs like, “John Rich, Me Poor.” At the helm today is Jack Boss (we’re not kidding!), who pulled in $5.4 million in compensation in 2015.

‘USE YOUR BODY UP’

Rossner, a chemical operator, works in Building 76, known as “the building of stink and stares” for its bad-smelling chemicals, combustibles, and flammables.

“The work really isn’t so bad—you kind of get in a rhythm,” she said. “But you have to be watching for the unexpected. At a moment’s notice, one valve could push something to the wrong kettle and cause a horrible situation.”

Momentive is proposing to move its production and technical workers to the same health plan as its non-union, salaried workforce.

“But it’s unfair to align us with a workforce that’s primarily in offices, when we’re on the front lines,” said Rossner. “Unfortunately, there are times when people have gotten splashed in the face or on the arms with chemicals.

“A lot of these chemicals are corrosive and can burn you easily. You are almost constantly having a low-level exposure. No matter how safe you try to be, that’s the nature of the business.”

“They want to use your body up and throw you out in the street,” said John Ryan, a former Local 81359 executive board member who’s been out on disability after a knee operation.

Five years ago Rossner was working two full-time, non-union jobs at once—as an auto-shop administrator at the Waterford plant and a stock room manager at Abercrombie & Fitch. She hopes to make a career at Momentive, but says the company is making that difficult.

“In the past, the reward outweighed the risk,” she said. “And we had health care that would take care of us. Now the company is trying to remove that, and it’s making it seem like it might not be a great career.”

During the strike, Momentive is trying to operate the plant with a combination of replacement workers and managers.

Workers and local residents are worried that puts the entire community at risk. By the company’s own standards, “it normally takes anywhere from a year and a half to five years to qualify on a job,” said Ryan.

ABANDONING RETIREES

Retirees are up in arms too. The company wants to eliminate health care coverage for both post-65 and pre-65 retirees. Instead it would offer them reimbursements to buy their own coverage on private health exchanges.

Some of these retirees worked at the plant before the 1971 advent of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

“When I started, you did not have the personal protective equipment or OSHA,” said retired logistics operator John Phelps, president of the local’s Retired Members’ Council. “I remember for years tearing off insulation that had asbestos, with no masks.”

Phelps also remembers inhaling toluene vapors—which can cause severe neurological harm—without anyone telling him to wear a respirator. “Now, the personal protective equipment is much better. But there’s a lot of danger.”

Phelps participated in the last big strike at the Momentive facilities, a three-month walkout in 1969. “Most of these people are younger,” he said. “They’ve never experienced a strike of this magnitude and realized the effects.

“So far the unity’s good. Community, businesses, they’ve been absolutely fabulous in providing food and other things to the strikers.”

JOHN RICH AND JACK BOSS

The company was spun off from GE in 2006 and snapped up by the private equity fund Apollo Management in a $3.8 billion leveraged buyout.

Momentive soon slashed production workers’ wages by 25 to 50 percent and outsourced dozens of jobs to non-union workers. In 2013 it froze pensions for younger workers.

Local 81359, which represents most of the strikers, has been a regular participant in Labor Notes conferences. The strike also includes two much smaller locals—representing lab techs at the Waterford plant, and workers at another Momentive plant in Willoughby, Ohio.

The 2010 and 2013 contracts passed narrowly. Both times the majority voted no in Local 81359, but yes votes in the smaller locals put the deals over the top. This fall the smaller locals again voted near-unanimously to accept the company’s offers—but Momentive workers came out against, in large enough numbers to outvote them and reject two tentative agreements so far.

After several concessionary contracts, Ryan said, “you come to a point where you can only take so much. You can only take so many bad contracts in a row.”

Support from CWA IUE Local 301.

Sisters and Brothers , there is a HUGE amount of food ( boxes ) of vegetables, canned goods and everything you can possibly think of for the upcoming holidays for ANY family of the STRIKING workers here in Waterford. This was all donated in part by IUE-CWA Local 301 and retiree Brother Andy Gnoiski , who is running a food pantry at Local 301. PLEASE come by and grab anything you need.
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CWA District 1 support.
CWA District 1 which is the East Coast CWA members are helping in the fight .
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Download: Memo to D-1 Presidents - 11-21-2016.doc
Stand in Solidarity. Saturday Nov. 19th

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Support letter and Proclamation from the Albany County Legislature
Albany County Legislature letter and Proclamation supporting CWA/IUE 81359 Strikers.
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Download: Proclamation Signed.pdf , Support Letter Signed.pdf
Letter from President of the Capital District Area Labor Federation
Letter from Mary Sullivan President of the Capital District Area Labor Federation. In Solidarity, Mark Emanatian Thursday, November 10th, 2016 Dear Brothers and Sisters The members of CWA/IUE Local 81359 are on strike at Mo- mentive.
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Download: momentive.pdf
Update: S.C. Sheriff Investigating
Local 359 members , the Company is now going to an all time low : Momentive filed complaints against Members of Local 359 to Saratoga County Sheriffs Dept. Who are sending Investigators to homes of our members asking questions about issues in the Plant .. please tell them you are on strike , are a Union Member. Yo have the right to Legal Council . Please contact Dom at 935-3445 ASAP if anyone has been approached ... thank you . I was just contacted by Sheriff Dept. Explaining this today. Our first report from a member didn't realize it was a Sheriff and believed it was a Private Investigator sent by Momentive.
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Solidarity with CWA/IUE Local 81359 on Strike
Dear Brothers and Sisters, The members of CWA/IUE Local 81359 are on strike at Momentive. They are fighting against a super rich company that is trying to destroy the worker's standard of living, pensions, health care and benefits and on the job safety and work rules.
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Contract 2016 Daily Updates

Voting Results November 7th 2016 Tentative Agreement.


Local 707          43 Yes       1 No
Local 380          72 Yes       6 No
                  Local 359          75 Yes       469 No   1 Void  

         
                 Total               190 Yes    476 No    1 void

Posted: 11.06.2016 at 16:15


Results of Local 81359 Voting on LBFO Results from September 2016!

LBFO Vote - Contract 2016

Accept - 76 (13.6%)

Reject - 482 (86.1%)

Non-cast - 2 (0.3%)

Modifications to Local 81359's Local Agreement for Waterford 2020

Accept - 76 (13.59%)

Reject - 482 (86.23%)

Non-cast - 1 (0.18%)

Both measures fail as a result of this vote. Thank you to all that turned out, over 550 votes were cast on this very important decision. Voting results from Local 81380 and Local 84707 will be posted as soon as they are released.


Vote on Latest LBFO - Tuesday September 6th

and Wednesday September 7th

Please come out and vote on Tuesday September 6th and Wednesday September 7th at the Halfmoon Firehouse, 2.7 miles north of the plant on Route 4&32, from 5am-5pm on both days. Board Members will be available to answer any last-minute questions you may have before you cast your vote.

The address for the Halfmoon Fire Station #2 is 750 Hudson River Road; Waterford, NY.


Contract 2016 UNION Informational Meetings times and Location.... starting tomorrow August 30th !

 Sisters and Brothers of Local 359 : The Executive Board and Bargaining Committee for Contract 2016 will be having more informational meetings starting tomorrow morning at the following times at the Halfmoon /Waterford fire station II approximately 3 miles north of the plant on Rt. 4€&32 where we normally do our Voting. It is extremely import and we ask EVERYONE to catch a session. WE ASK EVERYONE TO PLEASE STOP BY FOR ONE OF THESE SESSIONS TO BE CLEAR WHY WE MUST REJECT THIS LATEST PROPOSAL AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS….  If there is a timeframe NOT listed that needs to be added, please contact myself at pres359@gmail.com or Secretary Stackman at bill@local81359.com. Thanks and see you there……

Tuesday August 30th

5:00am - 6:30am 

7:45am - 9:00 am

1:00pm - 2:30pm

3:45pm - 5:00 pm

9:15pm -11:00 pm

11:45pm - 1:00am

Wednesday August 31st

7:45 - 9:00am

We can add more meetings between Tuesday and Friday if needed

REMEMBER , VOTING NEXT TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY…… Sept. 6th and 7th , 2016…… 5am- 5pm both days……

          On another note , VOTING WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY , SEPT. 6TH AND 7TH. Once again, not knowing why Momentive seems to try to dictate when local 359 will be voting ??????? 


It's Time to Take a Stand 81359!


Strike Vote Results

We had approximately 90% turnout to vote and we ask you to individually thank each and every member of Local 359. We especially
Thank each and every Shop Steward, Alternate and Committee member that spent time working on this mobilization for a FAIR CONTRACT.  
On the vote - 97.6% voted YES to support the bargaining team and CWA to use the Strike if needed…… This is HUGE and we thank you.
 
Remember, we didn’t have absentee ballots and this is the biggest vacation week of the year…. Amazing !
Also ,  Local 380 and 707 also received YES from their members…… Between the three Locals, the strike vote passed by over 96%.
President Dominick Patrignani

Strike Vote Being Held Tuesday August 2nd

and Wednesday August 3rd

Contract Talks to Resume in Syracuse Thursday August 4th

Please come out and vote on Tuesday August 2nd and Wednesday August 3rd at the Halfmoon Firehouse, one mile north of the plant on Route 4&32, from 5am-5pm on both days. The Bargaining Committee is fully committed to returning to Waterford with a fair contract for our members. Vote YES to authorize a strike, if necessary, to show the Company that we demand a fair contract. Final strike approval would be determined by CWA President Chris Shelton.

The address for the Halfmoon Fire Station #2 is 750 Hudson River Road; Waterford, NY.

Also, we received late word that the Bargaining Committee will be returning to negotiations at 10am Thursday August 4th in Syracuse. 


A note from President Patrignani -

Members,

Please note that there is voting tomorrow(Tuesday) and Wednesday for Strike Authorization only.

This is not a contract vote.

This is not a vote on the Company’s Last Best and Final Offer.

We need all Union members to vote.  We need a unanimous turn out to vote yes to authorize a strike if needed.  A strong Yes for authorization gives us bargaining power.  This will only authorize the Union to use this if needed.  A strike requires several more steps before being used, including CWA authorization and the CWA will exhaust everything that they can do before a strike.  A strike will be a last resort used by the Union.

The Company has approached the Union and requested further bargaining.  We have agreed and should be meeting again later this week after the strike authorization vote. update NOTE : we will be back in Syracuse Thursday and Friday back to the table ( just got the update )

Vote Yes tomorrow(Tuesday) and Wednesday for Strike Authorization, there will be nothing else on the ballot.

President Dominick Patrignani


President Patrignani Responds to Slanted Times Union Story

In an e-mail submitted to Times Union reporter Larry Rulison, President Patrignani responds to a story published on July 27th regarding Momentive's 'Best and Final' offer.

http://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Momentive-makes-final-offer-to-Waterford-workers-8454002.php

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From: Dom Patrignani <pres359@gmail.com<mailto:pres359@gmail.com>>

Date: July 27, 2016 at 6:53:58 PM EDT

To: lrulison@TimesUnion.com<mailto:lrulison@timesunion.com>

Subject: Fwd: Times Union

Larry, As distasteful as it was for Momentive to publicize a contract proposal that was rejected by the bargaining team ,  we feel we have no choice  but to publicize the reasons why the 3 Union Presidents from IUE-CWA rejected this latest bargaining proposal ...  They are as follows:

      First and foremost MPM failed to mention upfront concessions the Union made for flexibility in the work rules that will save multi-millions of dollars that were done on the premise of a fair contract and with a provision to take care of the affected members involved . As of this proposal , this did not happen and there resides open proposals from the Union.

         Health Care : currently over 80% of our members are in the PPO plans for their family care .. It's not cheap but affordable and works as health insurance with deductibles , copay's and co-insurance. The salary folks were stripped of this option, many were upset and now they want to do the same to represented employees. The plan they are switching to is consumer driven health care in which a large amount comes out of each family upfront ... This basically negates the pay increases over the life of this contract . The company also is drastically changing pre and post 65 retiree medical affecting so many of our members when they need insurance the most ...especially working in a chemical facility for so many years ... Add in reduced life insurance benefits to the mix .....This too is a major loss once again ...

     In 2013 , over 50% of our members had their pensions frozen and promised an enhanced 401k with an enhanced company contribution. MPM is taking back on average 25% of their matching contribution from all those people . Their claim is the raises will cover this but forget to mention the health care changes took that money already .... They also did not mention the average Salary workers increases are 5% annually with bonuses . The wages at the Non-represented sites are higher than our facility . We can't forget the wage concessions of 2010.

    Next comes changes to 60 percent of our members on vacation allotments that will potentially take $4MM away from members that was accrued vacation .

     MPM advertises the signing bonus and wage increases and if you do the math, they just took from one group and gave to another once again trying to divide the workforce that works 24/ 7 , 365 days around the clock for our Company making over 2500 high value , high quality products ......

     In short , we all have been extremely cooperative on health and safety , productivity initiatives and improving quality and cycle time reductions and did our best to get through everyhere with no labor disputes . We all hoped that in the end it would be appreciated by this company .....we were wrong .


2016 Contract Information Meetings Being Held This Week

Sisters and Brothers of Local 81359 : The Executive Board and Bargaining Committee for Contract 2016 will be having informational meetings starting tomorrow morning at the following times at the Halfmoon/Waterford fire station II approximately 2 miles north of the plant on Rt. 4&32 where we normally do our Voting. It is extremely import and we ask EVERYONE to catch a session. We have so much to explain and show you from the very start of this process to where we ended up and why.  If there is a timeframe NOT listed that needs to be added, please contact myself at pres359@gmail.comor Secretary Stackman at mailto:bill@local81359.com. Thanks and see you there……

Tuesday 7:45am-9am, 1:00pm-2:30pm, 3:45pm to 5 pm, 9:15pm -11:00 pm , 11:45pm - 1am .... 

Wednesday 7:45am-9:00am

Friday 3:45pm-5pm 

We can add more meetings between Tuesday and Friday as needed ....Thanks….


Is our compensation the problem?

Click here to see Jack Boss' annual compensation.


Check here daily for your Union-provided updates regarding 2016 Contract Negotiations.

Please note -  negotiations will resume on Thursday, July 21st. Once bargaining resumes, updates will as well.

Text messages will be sent when the day's summary is posted, so please update your profile with your cell phone number if you wish to receive these updates.

http://local81359.com/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/private_view_page.cfm&page=201620Contract20Information

CWA Statement on Release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Texts

The following is a statement by CWA President Chris Shelton on the public release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership texts:

With the release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership texts, it's finally time to learn whether the TPP is, in fact, nothing more than the latest in a long line of trade agreements negotiated by and for the 1 percent.

The Communications Workers of America, like many others, is reviewing the texts. But based on what we've already seen and learned about this deal, we're not likely to change our position that this TPP is a disaster for working families and communities.

Even a cursory review demonstrates how this trade deal fails working families. It forces U.S. workers to compete with the 65-cent an hour wages of Vietnamese workers and the slave labor employed in Malaysia. It allows multinational corporations to challenge environmental, financial, consumer and other regulations through international tribunals – and outside the court systems of member countries. It pays lip service to addressing real concerns about currency manipulation that costs American jobs and leads to more jobs being sent offshore. And it allies the U.S. with countries that abuse their own citizens, including Brunei, Vietnam and Malaysia.

For nearly six years, from the start of negotiations that were kept secret from the public but gave full access to 600 corporate lobbyists, we've known who will benefit from the TPP.

CWA and a broad coalition of environmental, consumer, faith, immigrant rights, student and many other groups will continue to organize and mobilize against this deal and to hold accountable members of Congress who have chosen to side with the 1 percent. 

The Trans-Pacific Pact Is a One-Sided Deal to Help the 1 Percent

CWA President Chris Shelton

Chris Shelton is the president of the Communications Workers of America.

Negotiators from the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries have announced agreement on a trade deal that will affect about 40 percent of the world’s economy. Despite all the hype, it’s clear that this TPP will continue decades of one-sided trade policy that gives away U.S. workers’ jobs and harms our communities, while benefiting multinational corporations and the 1 percent.

We’re concerned about the investor-state dispute settlement process that gives corporations an extra-judicial process to enforce their rights. Labor and environmental standards don’t get such special treatment. Instead, labor and environmental standards might look good on paper but basically are not enforceable.

Our country could negotiate a 21st century trade policy, one that benefits citizens and communities as well as corporations and investors. Unfortunately, the TPP is not that deal. Instead, we are being presented with a trade deal, negotiated in secret mainly by corporate lobbyists, that looks to offshore U.S. workers’ jobs and attacks workers’ living standards, raises real concerns about food safety and our ability to protect the environment, and allies the United States with governments that engage in forced labor and abuses of their own citizens, like Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei.

Bad trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement and others have brought about the loss of millions of U.S. jobs, affecting the lives of families from New Jersey to Michigan to California. In Detroit, for example, hundreds of auto plants closed as those jobs were offshored to Mexico and China. Residents lost their jobs and wages, tax revenues declined, the price of housing dropped, and the city eventually filed for bankruptcy. Too many communities today can tell that same story.

And because TPP also applies to service sector jobs, its impact will be even more disastrous.

A broad coalition of workers, environmental organizations, consumer groups, people of faith, students, immigrant rights groups and many others has been fighting against this flawed trade deal. We’ll continue to spotlight the failings of it, and we’ll make sure our representatives know that we are holding them accountable for the vote they will take. It’s time to decide: Which side are you on?

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/10/06/the-future-of-trans-pacific-trade/the-trans-pacific-pact-is-a-one-sided-deal-to-help-the-1-percent

Statement from IUE-CWA President James D. Clark on Passage of Fast Track for TPP

Statement from IUE-CWA President James D. Clark on Passage of Fast Track for TPP

Today is a difficult day for our IUE-CWA members who have been fighting tirelessly to put a stop to yet another trade deal that benefits the 1% and leaves working people out in the cold – the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Over the past two years, our members across the country have stood along-side our allies to fight this trade deal, which delivers more of the same broken promises we have seen under NAFTA, and other failed trade policies that have shipped our jobs overseas, and lowered our wages.  We have been betrayed by our elected officials on Capitol Hill, who voted this week to Fast Track this trade deal – which is backed only by corporations.  The message could not have been any clearer – thousands of calls and letters poured in to legislative offices, stating the public’s opposition to this trade deal.  Yet members in both the House and Senate ignored the clear mandate from their constituents to vote No against granting Fast Track authority.  Now President Obama has been given a green light to slam this massive trade deal through our Congress.  

While it is an extremely disappointing outcome, we must not overlook the amazing work we have achieved.  Though we did not win the vote, we made huge waves, and completely changed the national conversation about trade, and its impacts on workers.  I want to thank each and every IUE-CWA member who took action to stop Fast Track for the TPP.  Whether writing a letter, making a phone call, or visiting the office of their legislator – make no mistake, you did make a difference.  Our members stepped up to the plate to get engaged and take action like never before – we are stronger for having fought this battle.  Special thanks, to IUE-CWA’s Political Programs Manager Heather Atkinson, for a fantastic job in leading and coordinating our fight. Today we cannot change how these legislators turned their backs on working families, but we can and we will make them regret they did!!

So now it’s time to hold them accountable – the legislators who sided with the corporations, and voted to ship our jobs overseas with Fast Track for TPP.  These people do not stand for us.  We must let them know that we will mount an offensive, and vote them out of office come election time.  I hope you will join me in educating our members about the voting record of every single legislator on the Fast Track for the TPP.  Click here to view the vote record on the Fast Track bill in the House, and click here for the vote record in the Senate.

Please take the first step, by calling, writing, or emailing your elected officials to let them know your opinion on their vote on Fast Track.  If they voted in favor of Fast Track, let them know that their vote was unacceptable - and that you will be spreading the word about how they voted on the TPP, and using the power of your vote to send them packing.  If they voted against Fast Track, thank them for standing up for working people.  To see who your Congressional elected officials are and to get their contact info click here.  Below is a sample message you can use to tell your elected officials your opinion on their vote.

For all of us in the labor movement, we don’t stop – we have never stopped fighting for working families, and we will continue the fight to work with our allies to build our power, and make the system work for us.

In Unity,


James D. Clark
President, IUE-CWA

 

Senators Say No To Motion to Proceed on ‘Fast Track’ Authority for the TPP

Washington, D.C. -- The Communications Workers of America issued this statement on today’s Senate vote on the motion to proceed in discussion of Trade Promotion Authority: 

CWA commends those Senators who refused to move forward on discussion of Trade Promotion Authority, or “Fast Track” for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and future trade deals.

Senators are right to be concerned that trade adjustment assistance for workers who lose their jobs because of these trade deals, language to address currency manipulation and other concerns will likely be left behind by the Majority Leader’s push to pass Fast Track authority.

Senators should not give away their right to amend a trade deal that has been negotiated in secrecy. Voting for Fast Track authorization does exactly that, and Senators are right to reject it.

Our broad coalition – workers, environmental activists, immigrant rights activists, students, public health and consumer groups and so many others -- remains strongly opposed to Fast Track and the TPP that would be a disaster for U.S. jobs, workers and communities
 

http://www.cwa-union.org/news/entry/senators_say_no_to_motion_to_proceed_on_fast_track_authority_for_the_tpp

Fight the TPP

End TPP Secrecy

Call your Congressmen and tell them we are against Fast Track and TPP!

Call 1-888-966-9836 to voice your opinion.

http://www.exposethetpp.com

http://action.cwa-union.org/c/1372/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=9291

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Albany County Proclaimation supporting CWA/IUE 81359 Strikers
Albany County Legislature Proclamation supporting CWA/IUE 81359 Strikers.
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Private Investigators Alert
Local 359 members , the Company is now going to an all time low : they are sending Private Investigators to homes of our members asking questions about issues in the Plant .. please tell them you are on strike , are a Union Member and nothing to Say at this time . Please contact Dom at 935-3445 ASAP if anyone has been approached ... thank you .
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AFL-CIO: America's Unions

XXXX,

 
If an iPhone is put together in a Chinese factory, where is it “manufactured”? Seems like a simple question, doesn’t it?
 
Here at the AFL-CIO, we keep an eye out for tricky things big corporations and the 1% try to do in Washington to hurt working people. So we see a lot of outrageous stuff, but this one even we can't quite believe. For years our government has made trade deals that hurt working people by destroying jobs and driving down wages. It’s gotten so bad that even many “free traders” now admit deals like NAFTA killed jobs. But this is kind of a problem if you’re a big corporation that wants to do more NAFTA-style trade deals.
 
So what’s the corporate plan? Simple—cook the books. Or better yet, get the government to cook the books by calling things that actually are made in Mexico and China “domestically produced” just because someone in America did something connected with the company that sells them. There are people in the Obama administration who are ready to cook the books by changing how the United States reports manufacturing and foreign trade data, making trade agreements and corporate outsourcers look good—and we need to stop them.
 
The Obama administration is accepting public comments about this right now; if we get enough submitted, we can stop this change from happening. Submit a comment now to tell them you oppose counting iPhones, Air Jordans or any other products made overseas as “American.”
 
This proposal sounds too absurd to be real, but it’s happening—and it could have huge consequences for all of us.
 
Corporations and the politicians they control will use this doctored data to make another push for more job-destroying free trade agreements, like NAFTA, because the doctored data will hide the devastating effects “free trade” has on working families here and abroad and on our environment.
 
With public pressure from you, we were able to stall an irresponsible “fast track” trade bill from moving in Congress. Let’s do it again with this equally ridiculous idea.
 
Tell the Obama administration that cooking the books is just plain wrong, and hiding the consequences of bad trade deals just adds insult to injury to working families here and abroad:
 
go.aflcio.org/cook-the-books

 
In Solidarity,
 
Damon
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Damon Silvers
Director of Policy, AFL-CIO



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T-Mobile Workers Ask for Help--

About to See Their Jobs Shipped Overseas!

 

AFL-CIO: America's Unions

XXXXX,

I was on my way to work at the T-Mobile call center in Brownsville, Texas, when I got some bad news. My co-workers and I soon would be out of jobs because T-Mobile had decided to ship our jobs offshore. The company's decision had devastating effects on my family. Since then, I have been speaking out against T-Mobile’s anti-worker practices.

House and car payments, tuition for my oldest son’s college education and the expenses of caring for five children were the first things that came to my mind. No American worker should have to worry that their job will be taken from them unceremoniously and given to someone else. Even though I lost my job, I will not give up the fight for justice for T-Mobile workers—and you can stand up for workers with me.

Stand with Perla and sign the petition to demand that T-Mobile stop hurting working families by shipping America’s jobs overseas.

T-Mobile has a record of offshoring jobs, intimidating and even humiliating workers. And now, with the media buzzing about a potential merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, some workers are scared that more jobs will be taken offshore. We can defeat T-Mobile and help these workers if we stand with them by taking action now.

In a small town like Brownsville, where many of my friends and neighbors also were T-Mobile employees, the effect of hundreds of people losing their jobs sent shock waves through the entire city. The local economy suffered, as many who relied on wages from T-Mobile as their sole source of income were forced to receive government assistance. Some even lost their cars and homes. T-Mobile should be focusing on treating its workers better, not figuring out ways to take good-paying jobs from American workers to ship overseas.

Stand with me and other workers by signing the petition to demand that T-Mobile improve working conditions and stop shipping America’s jobs overseas.

go.aflcio.org/Tmobile

In Solidarity,

Perla
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Perla Balli, former T-Mobile employee in Brownsville, Texas



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News

Jul 10, 2014

CWA: With Judiciary Committee Vote, Senate Moves Closer to Getting Big Money Out of Politics

The Senate moved closer to a vote on getting big money out of politics, with the full Senate Judiciary Committee’s markup and vote on S. J. Res. 19. It’s an historic action that, when fully enacted, will enable Congress and the states to limit political spending and get big money out of politics. Read More

Jul 10, 2014

North Carolina Pre-season Political Boot Camp

As the 2014 midterm elections loom large, members from 16 CWA locals in North Carolina gathered in Charlotte this week to participate in an intensive one-day political training boot camp to prepare. Read More

Jul 10, 2014

Democracy Update

The Senate moved closer to a vote on getting big money out of politics this week as the full Senate Judiciary Committee approved S.J. Res. 19. Read More

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CDALF Request Your Participation in this E-Activist Campaign....

Dear XXXX,

The NLRB is charged with ensuring that workers can join together to improve their wages, benefits and treatment on the job. But, a recent proposal to consolidate the agency’s Buffalo Region into the Pittsburgh Region would inhibit its ability to protect these rights for millions of workers.

Corporations are already going to greater lengths than ever to prevent workers from exercising their collective bargaining rights. The proposed consolidation would only embolden and further empower them to do so by causing delays in investigations, decisions, enforcement and elections.

A centrally located Regional office Upstate gives workers a venue to directly register complaints and hold hearings in a timely manner against unlawful employers seeking to silence their voice on the job. New York workers cannot afford to have that forum undermined by a shortsighted consolidation proposal.

Click here to contact the NLRB by June 30. Tell them to STOP the consolidation!


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Celebrate Democracy on Independence Day!

The U.S. Senate is taking a historic vote this summer on a constitutional amendment that would stem the tide of money from the mega-corporations and ultra-wealthy in our elections. Do your senators support S.J. Res. 19, a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court rulings of Citizens United & McCutcheon? Look to see if your senators have co-sponsored this amendment.

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Dear XXXX,

Each year, New York spends $7 billion of your money on corporate tax subsidies in the name of job creation. But too much of this money is wasted on corporations that create no jobs, add poverty wage jobs, or even cut jobs.

The system is broken and too many New Yorkers are getting left behind. We can change that; we can make New York work for hardworking New Yorkers!

Click here to send a letter to your state representatives asking them to sign on to the JOBS ACT which will demand real accountability and transparency in publicly funded economic development programs.

Unfortunately, right now much of New York’s economic development system is set up as a corporate piggy bank. Hundreds of agencies operate largely outside of public view, and most of the time, we have no idea we’re subsidizing these corporations.

The free ride on your dime needs to end. Our State Representatives need to step in to make sure we’re getting our money’s worth. We know they hear a lot from big corporations — now they need to hear from you:

www.nysaflcio.org/JobsAct

In Solidarity, 

New York State AFL-CIO


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July 11, 2014

Here are highlights of the top news stories. Read more stories on the AFL-CIO Now blog.

  

10 Truths About Tipped Workers You Might Not Know

  

Temp Worker Safety in Danger: Sugar Plant Worker Dies Days After Removal of Safety Device

  

U.S.–China Trade Deficit Is One More Reason We Need Trade Policies that Lift Up Working People

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July 10, 2014

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Fixing the Highway Trust Fund Isn’t Rocket Science, but Stakes Are High

  

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Americans for Tax Fairness

Friend,

Here’s something that’s not patriotic.

Some of the largest U.S. companies, like GE, Apple and Pfizer, are stashing billions of dollars in profits overseas -- and avoiding billions of dollars in U.S. taxes. They’re hoping we won’t notice that they’re doing it.

So, real quick, before you head out ....: Share this new graphic that shows just how much profit these tax-dodging companies have stashed overseas, on which they are avoiding U.S. taxes.

They're lobbying Congress right now to get a special tax holiday that would allow them to bring these enormous profits back to the U.S. and pay just a tiny fraction of the taxes they would normally owe. That's outrageous!

Let's put a stop to it.

Get the word out about these American tax dodgers to your friends on Facebook and Twitter -- and tell them to share it, too:

http://www.AmericansForTaxFairness.org/4th-of-July

It’s up to us to hold these companies accountable.

Thanks,

Frank

Frank Clemente
Campaign Manager
Americans for Tax Fairness



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Statement of IUE-CWA Local 81359 President Dom Patrignani
The dedicated members of IUE CWA Local 81359 made the difficult decision to strike at Momentive Performance Materials in Waterford, New York Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 because of our commitment to preserving good solid jobs in our communities.
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Statement of IUE-CWA Local 81359 President Dom Patrignani
For Immediate Release: Statement of IUE-CWA Local 81359 President Dom Patrignani The dedicated members of IUE CWA Local 81359 made the difficult decision to strike at Momentive Performance Materials in Waterford, New York Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 because of our commitment to preserving good solid jobs in our communities. Read More...
Nov. 6th & 7th Voting Results.
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2016 Dodgeball Tournament

Sisters and Brothers of Local 359,

             Once again as one of our Charitable events this year we will be sponsoring our members to play on the Local 359 ChemiKazes team. The team is looking for other members to Join both gals and guys…. The tournament is held on April 17th starting at 10am at Siena College Sports Complex ………….Local 359 won the entire tournament 2 years ago and has had a team in this since its beginning….……Teams from all over the Capital district  compete….examples :  Albany County Sherriff’s, Union Bricklayers, Iron workers, Pipefitters, Painters, Albany County D.A.’s office, College teams, Banks and many Businesses compete in this fundraiser to support the Boys and Girls Clubs ( over 35 teams) ….. If you have a strong arm, stamina and the will to win please contact Phil Jarvis in B35 at Phillip.jarvis@momentive.com  or x 2256 on “C” shift…… or Bill Stackman at bill@local81359.com.....thanks! 

2016 MLK Event
On Monday, January 18th, our Diversity Committee took part in the 18th Annual MLK Labor Celebration at Hackett Middle School in Albany. Read More...
GE unions sue over retiree health insurance changes

GE unions sue over retiree health insurance changes

Former hourly workers at General Electric Co. on filed a federal class action lawsuit Monday, charging their former employer violated federal labor law by changing the health benefits provided for retirees over 65.

The lawsuit is separate but similar to one already moving forward by retirees who were salaried. Together, some 65,000 retirees are affected by the change in benefits.

GE has announced that beginning Jan. 1, 2016, it will end retiree medical plans meant to supplement Medicare. Instead, the company will offer former workers the option of buying health plans through a private health exchange, akin to those offered by the government through Obamacare.

GE has told retirees that they will receive $1,000 a year to purchase plans through these exchanges, said John M. Phelps, president of the Waterford-based chapter of IUE-CWA, which represents about 300 retirees covered by the lawsuit.

But GE won’t guarantee the annual subsidy for the life of the retirees, Phelps said. Meanwhile, the change in benefits leaves many retirees with a huge increase in prescription drug costs.

GE spokesman David Lurie said the company’s benefits changes are consistent with trends among other large corporations.

“GE acted properly, lawfully and consistent with collective bargaining requirements in making changes to the post-65 supplemental Medicare and prescription drug benefits for retired union members,” Lurie said.

GE has previously said it will save $586 million in future obligations by canceling the Medicare plans and instead offering reimbursements of about $1,000 a year to retirees who obtain Medicare-supplement policies.

The hourly retirees’ lawsuit was filed in federal court in the Northern District of Ohio, led by the IUE-CWA, the industrial division of the Communication Workers of America, and including members of unions representing electricians, auto workers, machinists, steelworkers, and technical engineers.

http://blog.timesunion.com/business/ge-unions-sue-over-retiree-health-insurance-changes/70384/

Extreme secrecy eroding support for Obama's trade pact
Classified briefings and bill-readings in basement rooms are making members queasy If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door. Read More...
Article & Video on TPP Transpacific Partnership--A MUST Watch

An Article & a Video from CWA Newsletter on TPP--A MUST Read & Watch

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn) is focusing attention on another sneaky provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with negotiations again underway in Ottawa, Canada. This time, negotiators are looking to nullify the "Buy American" and "Buy Local" policies meant to create and keep jobs in the U.S.(*)

"It's the worst trade agreement that you never heard of," Rep. Ellison said in a video. "Buy American could well be a thing of the past if the Trans-Pacific Partnership gets passed in the way that we understand it to be right now. We have people on both sides of the aisle who are very concerned about the Buy American provisions and that U.S. government procurement buying power should benefit U.S. workers."(*)

Watch Ellison's comments here.(*)  Also, on our Website under National & Local Labor News

CWA Minnesota State Council President Mona Meyer praised Ellison for his deep commitment and for being an important ally on this issue. CWA Minnesota has been integral in the fight against the TPP, distributing flyers and holding public rallies, writing letters to the state's Congressional delegation questioning why Vietnam, which is notorious for child-labor violations, is taking part in the negotiations.(*)

"We've learned so much about TPP and have not yet found anything good coming out of the TPP negotiations," Meyer said. "CWA Minnesota tells the story and makes connections with people. What lasts with people is our stories. Those make the impact. What we have and how we could lose everything we have with this destructive, horrible TPP free trade deal."(*)

Passed in 1933, the Buy American Act requires the U.S. government to prefer products made in the U.S. in its purchases. Other Federal laws extend the requirements to third-party purchases that use Federal funds, such as highway and transit programs.(*)

End runs have been made around the policy in past international trade deals but the current round of TPP negotiations, which started on July 3 and is expected to last until July 12, may do away with the policy entirely because of the sheer size of the deal and the number of nations seeking to participate.(*)

Reps. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) have written a letter to President Barack Obama that they are circulating among House colleagues for signatures of support asking the president to make sure U.S. trade negotiators do not undermine the policy in negotiations.(*)

They point out in the letter that 70 House members had written the president in May 2012 raising concerns about TPP proposals under consideration that would greatly limit the Buy American policies, adversely affecting American jobs, workers and manufacturers.(*)

"It is our understanding that now, two years later, U.S. TPP negotiators have agreed to provisions that would require all firms operating in any TPP signatory country to be treated the same as U.S. firms with respect to granting them U.S. government procurement contracts," they wrote in their letter. "Effectively, in exchange for procurement opportunities for some U.S. firms to bid on contracts in foreign procurement markets, we would agree to trade away our ability to ensure that billions in U.S. government expenditures are recycled into our economy to create jobs, strengthen our manufacturing sector, and foster our own new cutting-edge industries."(*)

Ellison said U.S. negotiators are going about the TPP deal all wrong, negotiating it in secret with corporations in the room but shutting out Congress while doling out piecemeal information to elected leaders.(*)

"Trade is reality so trade deals should lift labor standards around the world, not just create this race to the bottom," Rep. Ellison said.(*)


 




 

Buy American--It May Save Your Job

Buy American--The Job You Save May Be Your Own !


 

Dear Union Brothers/Sisters,

New York lost over 300,000 manufacturing jobs in the last decade, and rather than being part of solution, the state is contributing to the problem by outsourcing materials for infrastructure projects to foreign countries. Foreign companies have been awarded contracts for subway repairs, commuter rail projects and bridge work including just last year when the MTA spent over $34 million in public money on Chinese steel for repairs to the Verrazano. It's shameful.

It's time to end the outsourcing of American jobs with your money. Click here to contact your legislators today and urge them to co-sponsor the New York State Buy American Act, which will create a strong preference in procurement laws for American made steel and iron.

Buy American will create both direct and indirect jobs by pumping public dollars back into our economy, and will ensure that the infrastructure our families take to school and work every day is built with quality American craftsmanship. It's time to end the outsourcing of American jobs with the public's money.

ACT TODAY! Remember, the job you save may be your own.

In Solidarity, 

New York State AFL-CIO


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NLRB Charges Kellogg with Unlawful Conduct in Memphis Lockout


Important News---Workers at Kelloggs Get NLRB Attention

NLRB Charges Kellogg with Unlawful Conduct in Memphis Lockout

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint Thursday against the Kellogg Co., charging the cereal maker with violating federal labor law in its more than five-month lockout of 22 workers at its Memphis, Tenn., plant. 

The NLRB complaint charges Kellogg with acting unlawfully when it made unlawful demands by insisting on the union’s agreement to change terms of an existing contract while it was still in effect and locking out its employees to achieve that result.   

Durkee said the NLRB’s action is the “first step in validating all that the BCTGM and our locked-out members have consistently said since the beginning of this tragic lockout.”

Go Here to Read Full Story--> NLRB Charges Kelloggs


 




 

Trans-Pacific Partnership-TPP...Shipping Our Jobs Away

STOP the Fast Track on the TPP—Trans-Pacific Partnership

Remember NAFTA? We cannot allow a blockbuster free trade agreement sail through Congress unchecked.

TPP: Shipping jobs away

Who is involved:  The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) also known as “NAFTA on Steroids” is poised to become the largest trade agreement ever. Current negotiating countries include the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. These countries represent 38% of total global economic activity.

Another back-room secret corporate deal

The TPP has been shrouded in secrecy and backers now want to rush it through Congress

All journalists and nearly all businesses and public interest groups, and the majority of Congress have been denied effective access to the negotiating texts. However, 600 corporate advisors — including Verizon and Wal-Mart — have been given access. The actual text will not be released until four years after the talks have been concluded or a deal has been reached.

Proponents of the agreement also want “Fast Track” authority for the TPP, which would prevent Congress from amending or changing any provision in the agreement and forcing them to vote the entire agreement up or down after a shortened debate period. Though it could be the largest trade deal in history, the sweeping changes envisioned in the TPP could become law without most Americans ever knowing what’s in it.

Fortunately, there have been some leaks of key documents so that we can have a sense of what is happening. The main goal of the TPP seem to be making the world safe for corporate investment and profits by harming workers, consumers, the environment and democracy.

The TPP is much more than a “free-trade” agreement.  It is part of the overall corporate and Wall Street agenda to make the world safe for corporate investment and profits by reducing labor costs and undercutting workers’ rights; dismantling labor, environmental, health and financial laws and regulations that could impact profits; and setting up a process to resolve any disputes by going through special international tribunals rather than our own court system.

SEE THESE WebsitesCWA on TPP  ;   Expose the TPP




 






 

It's Official--Local's Retiree Chapter Receives It's Charter

It's Official--August 12, 2013--IUE-CWA Retired Members Chapter (RMC) Receives It's Charter

Please go here to see our Charter and the Letter from CWA to our Local Retired Members Chapter-81359--

Article on IUE-CWA RMC 81359 -- Also, on Left Menu under CWA Retired Members Chapter-81359


 




 

Great Article--Real Reason for the Decline of American Unions


 

The Real Reason for the Decline of American Unions

An article published by Bloomberg...very interesting article comparing American unions decline and Canadians unions growing...why?

Part of our Union Education Articles (on left menu).    Please read this great article, and Please share it with others.

Click here-->  The Real Reason for the Decline of American Workers


 




 

Postal Workers & Postal Service Under Attack--It WILL Affect You

This is a Brutal Attack on Postal Workers That WILL Affect Everyone--Labor, Service--Privatize, Customers

Please go here and read the article on our E-Activism page, and Sign the Petition to save the Post Office and Postal Workers!

Sign the Petition <-- Click here
 

House Panel Approves Rep. Issa’s Postal Bill
Union Says: Tell Congress to Vote ‘No’

APWU News Bulletin 010-2013, July 25, 2013 | PDF

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved a postal bill introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) by a vote of 22 to 17 on July 24. The vote was along party lines, with all Republicans voting in favor of the measure and all Democrats voting against it.

Take Action Now!

To contact your representative by phone, call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.

To send an e-mail message,
visit http://capwiz.com/apwu

August Action

Join your APWU local in lobbying your legislators during the congressional recess (Aug. 5 - Sept. 6)

Urge Lawmakers to Co-Sponsor

http://www.apwu.org/graphics/blackarrow.gifPostal Service Protection Act
   (H.R. 630 in the House /
    S. 316 in the Senate)
http://www.apwu.org/graphics/blackarrow.gif
USPS Stabilization Act (H.R. 961)
http://www.apwu.org/graphics/blackarrow.gif
Protect Overnight Delivery Act
   (H.R. 2459)

Urge Lawmakers to Oppose

http://www.apwu.org/graphics/blackarrow.gifRep. Issa’s Bill (H.R. 2748)

To download the latest “talking points [PDF],” click here.

“If it is enacted, this bill will lead to the demise of the Postal Service,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “I call upon all APWU members to contact their U.S. representatives and urge them to vote ‘no’ when the bill is brought before the full House.

“The bill would punish postal workers and deprive the American people of vital services,” said Guffey. “It would subvert the Postal Service’s mission by privatizing major portions of USPS operations.” H.R. 2748 would:

Punish Workers

  • Prohibit postal unions and management from negotiating protection against layoffs;
  • Increase health insurance costs for employees;
  • Limit workers’ collective bargaining rights;
  • Reduce compensation for injured workers with dependents and force them to retire.

Deprive Customers of Vital Services

  • Impose a two- to three-day d elivery standard for first-class mail;
  • Close post offices, stations and branches;
  • Consolidate plants;
  • Reduce door delivery and end Saturday letter delivery.

Privatize Operations

  • Establish “competition advocates” to promote contracting out;
  • Prohibit customers from appealing decisions to close post offices, stations or branches if a “contract postal unit” is opened within two miles;
  • Establish a “temporary governance authority” whose broad powers would end only after the USPS achieves two consecutive years of profitability.

“H.R. 2748 would weaken the USPS and jeopardize postal jobs,” said Legislative and Political Director Gary Kloepfer. “And it wouldn’t do nearly enough to fix the financial crisis Congress created. We must defeat it.”

“We also must turn our attention to the Senate,” Guffey said. Before any postal bill can be enacted, it must pass both chambers of Congress. Differences between bills adopted by the House and Senate must be resolved, and the president must sign the final version of the legislation that emerges.

“We must highlight the drastic cuts in service that management has made and will continue to make if Congress doesn’t enact sensible reform now,” Guffey said. “We must demand that Congress take action to stop the dismantling of the mail processing network and stop the degradation of service to the American people.”

Sign the Petition <-- Click here


 




 

NLRB Restored--You Did It!!

Senate Reachs Deal to Confirm Full Board to NLRB

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to put a stop to the politics of obstruction in the US Senate, and ensure a functioning National Labor Relations Board.

"A confirmed National Labor Relations Board will provide millions of workers with real protection of their rights to organize and bargain with their employers." - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Read the story at this link-->  NYS AFL-CIO Story on NLRB


 




 

Vote Results are in for 2nd Tentative Agreement

Contract 2013 Vote Results from All 3 Locals:

Friday July 3, 2013

2nd Tentative Agreement Reached

Friday, June 28, 2013

Click 2013 Contract tab for details!

Informational Meeting Monday.

Voting-- Tues., July 2nd & Weds., July 3rd, 2013, 5 AM to 5PM

 Af the Halfmoon Firehouse -- North of Plant on 4 & 32.


 
Brothers and Sisters of Local 359,

         The E-Board of Local 359 cannot say enough to thank each and every member for the effort once again put forward by everyone in this Local. It has been a tough fight and with everything considered, we tried our very best to stand up and fight for the majority of our members as the Vote Locally showed once again that continued to communicate this as another Concession Contract. Unfortunately, in a democracy we were unable to persuade enough of our members to hold the line and the total count is as follows :

         Total Yes to Ratify : 357

        Total NO to Reject : 348


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Local 359 count--  Yes: 231
                                No: 346

 
Total Voting:                 577

 
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Local 380 count--  Yes: 76
                                No:  2

 
Total voting:                 78
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Local 707 count--  Yes: 50
                                No : 0

 
Total voting                  50

      Please do your best to hold your heads high for Standing up and trying your best. We've never seen so many stand together and it brought so many back together as a Local Union. We appreciate each and every member for coming out and even voting so close to the Holiday.


 



 
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Statement of IUE-CWA Local 81359 President Dom Patrignani

For Immediate Release: Statement of IUE-CWA Local 81359 President Dom Patrignani The dedicated members of IUE CWA Local 81359 made the difficult decision to strike at Momentive Performance Materials in Waterford, New York Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 because of our commitment to preserving good solid jobs in our communities.
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2016 Dodgeball Tournament

Sisters and Brothers of Local 359,              Once again as one of our Charitable events this year we will be sponsoring our members to play on the Local 359 ChemiKazes team. The team is looking for other members to Join both gals and guys….

2016 MLK Event

On Monday, January 18th, our Diversity Committee took part in the 18th Annual MLK Labor Celebration at Hackett Middle School in Albany.
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GE unions sue over retiree health insurance changes

GE unions sue over retiree health insurance changes Former hourly workers at General Electric Co. on filed a federal class action lawsuit Monday, charging their former employer violated federal labor law by changing the health benefits provided for retirees over 65. The lawsuit is separate but similar to one already moving forward by retirees who were salaried.

Extreme secrecy eroding support for Obama's trade pact

Classified briefings and bill-readings in basement rooms are making members queasy If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door.
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Article & Video on TPP Transpacific Partnership--A MUST Watch

An Article & a Video from CWA Newsletter on TPP--A MUST Read & Watch Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn) is focusing attention on another sneaky provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with negotiations again underway in Ottawa, Canada. This time, negotiators are looking to nullify the "Buy American" and "Buy Local" policies meant to create and keep jobs in the U.S.

Buy American--It May Save Your Job

Buy American--The Job You Save May Be Your Own !   Dear Union Brothers/Sisters, New York lost over 300,000 manufacturing jobs in the last decade, and rather than being part of solution, the state is contributing to the problem by outsourcing materials for infrastructure projects to foreign countries.

NLRB Charges Kellogg with Unlawful Conduct in Memphis Lockout

Important News---Workers at Kelloggs Get NLRB Attention NLRB Charges Kellogg with Unlawful Conduct in Memphis Lockout The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint Thursday against the Kellogg Co., charging the cereal maker with violating federal labor law in its more than five-month lockout of 22 workers at its Memphis, Tenn., plant.

Trans-Pacific Partnership-TPP...Shipping Our Jobs Away

STOP the Fast Track on the TPP—Trans-Pacific Partnership Remember NAFTA? We cannot allow a blockbuster free trade agreement sail through Congress unchecked. Who is involved:  The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) also known as “NAFTA on Steroids” is poised to become the largest trade agreement ever.

It's Official--Local's Retiree Chapter Receives It's Charter

Please go here to see our Charter and the Letter from CWA to our Local Retired Members Chapter-81359-- Article on IUE-CWA RMC 81359 -- Also, on Left Menu under CWA Retired Members Chapter-81359

Great Article--Real Reason for the Decline of American Unions

  The Real Reason for the Decline of American Unions An article published by Bloomberg...very interesting article comparing American unions decline and Canadians unions growing...why? Part of our Union Education Articles (on left menu).    Please read this great article, and Please share it with others.

Postal Workers & Postal Service Under Attack--It WILL Affect You

This is a Brutal Attack on Postal Workers That WILL Affect Everyone--Labor, Service--Privatize, Customers Please go here and read the article on our E-Activism page, and Sign the Petition to save the Post Office and Postal Workers! Sign the Petition <-- Click here   House Panel Approves Rep.

NLRB Restored--You Did It!!

Senate Reachs Deal to Confirm Full Board to NLRB Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to put a stop to the politics of obstruction in the US Senate, and ensure a functioning National Labor Relations Board.

Vote Results are in for 2nd Tentative Agreement

Contract 2013 Vote Results from All 3 Locals: Friday July 3, 2013 2nd Tentative Agreement Reached Friday, June 28, 2013 Click 2013 Contract tab for details! Informational Meeting Monday. Voting-- Tues., July 2nd & Weds., July 3rd, 2013, 5 AM to 5PM  Af the Halfmoon Firehouse -- North of Plant on 4 & 32.


AARP Fight to protect Medicare.
Dear Mark, Thanks for asking President-Elect Trump to keep his promise, and protect Medicare from cuts. We need to do everything that we can to make sure that he keeps his word, and opposes any effort to reduce benefits for older Americans. Will you help us raise the pressure.
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CWA District 1 & AFL- CIO Support
Brothers & Sisters, Dennis Trainor President of CWA District 1 will be here tomorrow at 9:30 along with AFL- CIO and the past Presidents of Local 359 .. Mrs. Bocette , wife of Ed Bocette , my first President will be walking the lines . She was insistent on doing this at the young age of 92 . She is so proud of everyone standing up and fighting back as her husband Ed would have done .
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NYS AFL-CIO Video Interviews Thursday.
Dom, I will be at the line around 9:30 Thursday morning with a video crew so we can catch those on the current shift as well as those coming in. I would like to interview them about why they are on strike, what it means to be on the line every day, what are they fighting for, how do they feel about the support from others in labor, the community etc.
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DC 9 Invites our Momentive Brothers and Sisters
Dominick - we know that many of your members may not be able to afford pictures with Santa - we invite members children and grandchildren to join us this Saturday - see flyer print and distribute.
 
Jeff Stark, 
Business Representative
IUPAT District Council No. 9
Brother Jeff, this is such an original thought for Kids and their families to have their pictures taken with Santa ... I will pass on to our members ...thank you Brother and special thanks to DC9 and it's members !! 
In Unity, Dom Patrignani Pres. L-81359

Download: DC9 Cookies.pdf
NYS retirees council about Momentive Rally coming up on the 13th

Momentive IUE/CWA 359 Strike Line Solidarity. Please join our brothers and sisters from IUE/CWA 359, who are on strike against a hugely profitable company who wants to gut workers health insurance and eliminate benefits for retirees. These brave men and women have been on the picket line 24/7 even through the Thanksgiving holiday and will continue until a settlement is reached.
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Download: Monday-Alert-December-5.pdf
Help TALC This Sunday at Troy's Victorian Stroll
This Sunday, Dec 4th is the Troy Victorian Stroll.  We will have tables in the Troy Atrium.  Exactly where we won’t know until Sunday morning.  My cell number for Sunday is 292-8311.  Attached are previews of our handouts for UAW (Honeywell in Green Island) & IUE-CWA (Momentive in Waterford). Below is our Victorian Stroll Volunteer Schedule as of Dec 1st.
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Download: Why were over 350 workers Locked Out of their jobs at Honeywell.pdf
New York State AFL-CIO Support.
Hey Dom, The website momentiveworkers.com is up and running, I would love to get more content, I think Darcy talked with you about a couple of pieces but please send me anything you have that you want for public consumption.  Kevin Eitzmann ?Digital Director / Assistant Field Organizer New York State AFL-CIO 518.436.8516 (o) ? 518.229.
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Letter from NYS Senators to Jack Boss
Brothers & Sisters, Senators Chuck Schumer & Kirsten Gillibrand sent the attached letter to CEO Jack Boss.
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Download: Momentive Performance Material Strike Letter CES KEG.pdf
Letter to Jack Boss from NYS.
Brothers & Sisters, See attached letter to Jack Boss from NYS Assembly.
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Download: NYS Assembly.pdf
NYSPFFA Momentive News Release Nov 2016

For Immediate Release: 
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Download: NYSPFFA Momentive News Release Nov 2016.docx
Joe Giffi and Staff rep. James Winship here today.
Sisters and Brothers ,   Today marks the 29th day of the Contract 2016 strike. Bargaining Chair /Regional director Joe Giffi and Staff rep. James Winship will be visiting the lines today sometime after 11:00 today ....Let them know that you are standing strong and in this fight to win a FAIR Contract.
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Kids Christmas Gift sign up.
Sisters & Brothers, Please find attached the Kids Christmas Gift sign up sheet. Great support from our IUE CWA District 1.
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Download: Kids Christmas Gift sign up.xlsx.pdf
Solidarity Action with IUE-CWA at Momentive SATURDAY 11/26/16 Noon
Stand In Solidarity with IUE-CWA at Momentive The members of IUE-CWA Local 81359 are on strike at Momentive.  They are fighting against a super rich company that is trying to destroy the worker's standard of living, pensions, health care and benefits and on the job safety and work rules.
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LaborNotes

Thanksgiving on the Picket Lines at Momentive

Seven hundred workers who make adhesives and sealants for Momentive Performance Materials will spend Thanksgiving on the picket lines. “We’ve taken two concessionary contracts already,” said IUE-CWA Local 81359 President Dom Patrignani. “We were not going to take a third." Photo: Jon Flanders

Seven hundred workers who make adhesives and sealants for Momentive Performance Materials will spend Thanksgiving on the picket lines.

They’ve been on strike since November 2, fighting the company’s efforts to hike health care costs, eliminate retiree health care, undermine vacation time, and reduce 401(k) payments for younger workers, who had their pension frozen in the last contract.

“We just want to come to work, do our jobs, and be able to go to the doctor and live our lives,” said shop steward Kellie Rossner, who has put in four and a half years at Momentive. “We’re not asking for anything more.”

Strikers—many of them in Labor Notes’ Troublemakers Union hoodies and T-shirts—are picketing at the eight gates that ring the massive 700-acre plant in Waterford, New York, where the company has its headquarters. A popular sign reads “Making People Miserable,” a riff on the company’s initials.

An old diner across from the plant serves as their “Hot Dog Headquarters.” They’ve got fire pits to keep warm, and gas grills to stay fed—and they even had a Saturday movie night at the main gate.

“We’ve taken two concessionary contracts already,” said IUE-CWA Local 81359 President Dom Patrignani. “We were not going to take a third. The business is doing well.”

Momentive’s previous CEO was John Rich—a name that inspired signs like, “John Rich, Me Poor.” At the helm today is Jack Boss (we’re not kidding!), who pulled in $5.4 million in compensation in 2015.

‘USE YOUR BODY UP’

Rossner, a chemical operator, works in Building 76, known as “the building of stink and stares” for its bad-smelling chemicals, combustibles, and flammables.

“The work really isn’t so bad—you kind of get in a rhythm,” she said. “But you have to be watching for the unexpected. At a moment’s notice, one valve could push something to the wrong kettle and cause a horrible situation.”

Momentive is proposing to move its production and technical workers to the same health plan as its non-union, salaried workforce.

“But it’s unfair to align us with a workforce that’s primarily in offices, when we’re on the front lines,” said Rossner. “Unfortunately, there are times when people have gotten splashed in the face or on the arms with chemicals.

“A lot of these chemicals are corrosive and can burn you easily. You are almost constantly having a low-level exposure. No matter how safe you try to be, that’s the nature of the business.”

“They want to use your body up and throw you out in the street,” said John Ryan, a former Local 81359 executive board member who’s been out on disability after a knee operation.

Five years ago Rossner was working two full-time, non-union jobs at once—as an auto-shop administrator at the Waterford plant and a stock room manager at Abercrombie & Fitch. She hopes to make a career at Momentive, but says the company is making that difficult.

“In the past, the reward outweighed the risk,” she said. “And we had health care that would take care of us. Now the company is trying to remove that, and it’s making it seem like it might not be a great career.”

During the strike, Momentive is trying to operate the plant with a combination of replacement workers and managers.

Workers and local residents are worried that puts the entire community at risk. By the company’s own standards, “it normally takes anywhere from a year and a half to five years to qualify on a job,” said Ryan.

ABANDONING RETIREES

Retirees are up in arms too. The company wants to eliminate health care coverage for both post-65 and pre-65 retirees. Instead it would offer them reimbursements to buy their own coverage on private health exchanges.

Some of these retirees worked at the plant before the 1971 advent of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

“When I started, you did not have the personal protective equipment or OSHA,” said retired logistics operator John Phelps, president of the local’s Retired Members’ Council. “I remember for years tearing off insulation that had asbestos, with no masks.”

Phelps also remembers inhaling toluene vapors—which can cause severe neurological harm—without anyone telling him to wear a respirator. “Now, the personal protective equipment is much better. But there’s a lot of danger.”

Phelps participated in the last big strike at the Momentive facilities, a three-month walkout in 1969. “Most of these people are younger,” he said. “They’ve never experienced a strike of this magnitude and realized the effects.

“So far the unity’s good. Community, businesses, they’ve been absolutely fabulous in providing food and other things to the strikers.”

JOHN RICH AND JACK BOSS

The company was spun off from GE in 2006 and snapped up by the private equity fund Apollo Management in a $3.8 billion leveraged buyout.

Momentive soon slashed production workers’ wages by 25 to 50 percent and outsourced dozens of jobs to non-union workers. In 2013 it froze pensions for younger workers.

Local 81359, which represents most of the strikers, has been a regular participant in Labor Notes conferences. The strike also includes two much smaller locals—representing lab techs at the Waterford plant, and workers at another Momentive plant in Willoughby, Ohio.

The 2010 and 2013 contracts passed narrowly. Both times the majority voted no in Local 81359, but yes votes in the smaller locals put the deals over the top. This fall the smaller locals again voted near-unanimously to accept the company’s offers—but Momentive workers came out against, in large enough numbers to outvote them and reject two tentative agreements so far.

After several concessionary contracts, Ryan said, “you come to a point where you can only take so much. You can only take so many bad contracts in a row.”

Support from CWA IUE Local 301.

Sisters and Brothers , there is a HUGE amount of food ( boxes ) of vegetables, canned goods and everything you can possibly think of for the upcoming holidays for ANY family of the STRIKING workers here in Waterford. This was all donated in part by IUE-CWA Local 301 and retiree Brother Andy Gnoiski , who is running a food pantry at Local 301. PLEASE come by and grab anything you need.
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CWA District 1 support.
CWA District 1 which is the East Coast CWA members are helping in the fight .
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Download: Memo to D-1 Presidents - 11-21-2016.doc
Stand in Solidarity. Saturday Nov. 19th

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Support letter and Proclamation from the Albany County Legislature
Albany County Legislature letter and Proclamation supporting CWA/IUE 81359 Strikers.
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Download: Proclamation Signed.pdf , Support Letter Signed.pdf
Letter from President of the Capital District Area Labor Federation
Letter from Mary Sullivan President of the Capital District Area Labor Federation. In Solidarity, Mark Emanatian Thursday, November 10th, 2016 Dear Brothers and Sisters The members of CWA/IUE Local 81359 are on strike at Mo- mentive.
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Download: momentive.pdf
Update: S.C. Sheriff Investigating
Local 359 members , the Company is now going to an all time low : Momentive filed complaints against Members of Local 359 to Saratoga County Sheriffs Dept. Who are sending Investigators to homes of our members asking questions about issues in the Plant .. please tell them you are on strike , are a Union Member. Yo have the right to Legal Council . Please contact Dom at 935-3445 ASAP if anyone has been approached ... thank you . I was just contacted by Sheriff Dept. Explaining this today. Our first report from a member didn't realize it was a Sheriff and believed it was a Private Investigator sent by Momentive.
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Solidarity with CWA/IUE Local 81359 on Strike
Dear Brothers and Sisters, The members of CWA/IUE Local 81359 are on strike at Momentive. They are fighting against a super rich company that is trying to destroy the worker's standard of living, pensions, health care and benefits and on the job safety and work rules.
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Contract 2016 Daily Updates

Voting Results November 7th 2016 Tentative Agreement.


Local 707          43 Yes       1 No
Local 380          72 Yes       6 No
                  Local 359          75 Yes       469 No   1 Void  

         
                 Total               190 Yes    476 No    1 void

Posted: 11.06.2016 at 16:15


Results of Local 81359 Voting on LBFO Results from September 2016!

LBFO Vote - Contract 2016

Accept - 76 (13.6%)

Reject - 482 (86.1%)

Non-cast - 2 (0.3%)

Modifications to Local 81359's Local Agreement for Waterford 2020

Accept - 76 (13.59%)

Reject - 482 (86.23%)

Non-cast - 1 (0.18%)

Both measures fail as a result of this vote. Thank you to all that turned out, over 550 votes were cast on this very important decision. Voting results from Local 81380 and Local 84707 will be posted as soon as they are released.


Vote on Latest LBFO - Tuesday September 6th

and Wednesday September 7th

Please come out and vote on Tuesday September 6th and Wednesday September 7th at the Halfmoon Firehouse, 2.7 miles north of the plant on Route 4&32, from 5am-5pm on both days. Board Members will be available to answer any last-minute questions you may have before you cast your vote.

The address for the Halfmoon Fire Station #2 is 750 Hudson River Road; Waterford, NY.


Contract 2016 UNION Informational Meetings times and Location.... starting tomorrow August 30th !

 Sisters and Brothers of Local 359 : The Executive Board and Bargaining Committee for Contract 2016 will be having more informational meetings starting tomorrow morning at the following times at the Halfmoon /Waterford fire station II approximately 3 miles north of the plant on Rt. 4€&32 where we normally do our Voting. It is extremely import and we ask EVERYONE to catch a session. WE ASK EVERYONE TO PLEASE STOP BY FOR ONE OF THESE SESSIONS TO BE CLEAR WHY WE MUST REJECT THIS LATEST PROPOSAL AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS….  If there is a timeframe NOT listed that needs to be added, please contact myself at pres359@gmail.com or Secretary Stackman at bill@local81359.com. Thanks and see you there……

Tuesday August 30th

5:00am - 6:30am 

7:45am - 9:00 am

1:00pm - 2:30pm

3:45pm - 5:00 pm

9:15pm -11:00 pm

11:45pm - 1:00am

Wednesday August 31st

7:45 - 9:00am

We can add more meetings between Tuesday and Friday if needed

REMEMBER , VOTING NEXT TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY…… Sept. 6th and 7th , 2016…… 5am- 5pm both days……

          On another note , VOTING WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY , SEPT. 6TH AND 7TH. Once again, not knowing why Momentive seems to try to dictate when local 359 will be voting ??????? 


It's Time to Take a Stand 81359!


Strike Vote Results

We had approximately 90% turnout to vote and we ask you to individually thank each and every member of Local 359. We especially
Thank each and every Shop Steward, Alternate and Committee member that spent time working on this mobilization for a FAIR CONTRACT.  
On the vote - 97.6% voted YES to support the bargaining team and CWA to use the Strike if needed…… This is HUGE and we thank you.
 
Remember, we didn’t have absentee ballots and this is the biggest vacation week of the year…. Amazing !
Also ,  Local 380 and 707 also received YES from their members…… Between the three Locals, the strike vote passed by over 96%.
President Dominick Patrignani

Strike Vote Being Held Tuesday August 2nd

and Wednesday August 3rd

Contract Talks to Resume in Syracuse Thursday August 4th

Please come out and vote on Tuesday August 2nd and Wednesday August 3rd at the Halfmoon Firehouse, one mile north of the plant on Route 4&32, from 5am-5pm on both days. The Bargaining Committee is fully committed to returning to Waterford with a fair contract for our members. Vote YES to authorize a strike, if necessary, to show the Company that we demand a fair contract. Final strike approval would be determined by CWA President Chris Shelton.

The address for the Halfmoon Fire Station #2 is 750 Hudson River Road; Waterford, NY.

Also, we received late word that the Bargaining Committee will be returning to negotiations at 10am Thursday August 4th in Syracuse. 


A note from President Patrignani -

Members,

Please note that there is voting tomorrow(Tuesday) and Wednesday for Strike Authorization only.

This is not a contract vote.

This is not a vote on the Company’s Last Best and Final Offer.

We need all Union members to vote.  We need a unanimous turn out to vote yes to authorize a strike if needed.  A strong Yes for authorization gives us bargaining power.  This will only authorize the Union to use this if needed.  A strike requires several more steps before being used, including CWA authorization and the CWA will exhaust everything that they can do before a strike.  A strike will be a last resort used by the Union.

The Company has approached the Union and requested further bargaining.  We have agreed and should be meeting again later this week after the strike authorization vote. update NOTE : we will be back in Syracuse Thursday and Friday back to the table ( just got the update )

Vote Yes tomorrow(Tuesday) and Wednesday for Strike Authorization, there will be nothing else on the ballot.

President Dominick Patrignani


President Patrignani Responds to Slanted Times Union Story

In an e-mail submitted to Times Union reporter Larry Rulison, President Patrignani responds to a story published on July 27th regarding Momentive's 'Best and Final' offer.

http://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Momentive-makes-final-offer-to-Waterford-workers-8454002.php

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From: Dom Patrignani <pres359@gmail.com<mailto:pres359@gmail.com>>

Date: July 27, 2016 at 6:53:58 PM EDT

To: lrulison@TimesUnion.com<mailto:lrulison@timesunion.com>

Subject: Fwd: Times Union

Larry, As distasteful as it was for Momentive to publicize a contract proposal that was rejected by the bargaining team ,  we feel we have no choice  but to publicize the reasons why the 3 Union Presidents from IUE-CWA rejected this latest bargaining proposal ...  They are as follows:

      First and foremost MPM failed to mention upfront concessions the Union made for flexibility in the work rules that will save multi-millions of dollars that were done on the premise of a fair contract and with a provision to take care of the affected members involved . As of this proposal , this did not happen and there resides open proposals from the Union.

         Health Care : currently over 80% of our members are in the PPO plans for their family care .. It's not cheap but affordable and works as health insurance with deductibles , copay's and co-insurance. The salary folks were stripped of this option, many were upset and now they want to do the same to represented employees. The plan they are switching to is consumer driven health care in which a large amount comes out of each family upfront ... This basically negates the pay increases over the life of this contract . The company also is drastically changing pre and post 65 retiree medical affecting so many of our members when they need insurance the most ...especially working in a chemical facility for so many years ... Add in reduced life insurance benefits to the mix .....This too is a major loss once again ...

     In 2013 , over 50% of our members had their pensions frozen and promised an enhanced 401k with an enhanced company contribution. MPM is taking back on average 25% of their matching contribution from all those people . Their claim is the raises will cover this but forget to mention the health care changes took that money already .... They also did not mention the average Salary workers increases are 5% annually with bonuses . The wages at the Non-represented sites are higher than our facility . We can't forget the wage concessions of 2010.

    Next comes changes to 60 percent of our members on vacation allotments that will potentially take $4MM away from members that was accrued vacation .

     MPM advertises the signing bonus and wage increases and if you do the math, they just took from one group and gave to another once again trying to divide the workforce that works 24/ 7 , 365 days around the clock for our Company making over 2500 high value , high quality products ......

     In short , we all have been extremely cooperative on health and safety , productivity initiatives and improving quality and cycle time reductions and did our best to get through everyhere with no labor disputes . We all hoped that in the end it would be appreciated by this company .....we were wrong .


2016 Contract Information Meetings Being Held This Week

Sisters and Brothers of Local 81359 : The Executive Board and Bargaining Committee for Contract 2016 will be having informational meetings starting tomorrow morning at the following times at the Halfmoon/Waterford fire station II approximately 2 miles north of the plant on Rt. 4&32 where we normally do our Voting. It is extremely import and we ask EVERYONE to catch a session. We have so much to explain and show you from the very start of this process to where we ended up and why.  If there is a timeframe NOT listed that needs to be added, please contact myself at pres359@gmail.comor Secretary Stackman at mailto:bill@local81359.com. Thanks and see you there……

Tuesday 7:45am-9am, 1:00pm-2:30pm, 3:45pm to 5 pm, 9:15pm -11:00 pm , 11:45pm - 1am .... 

Wednesday 7:45am-9:00am

Friday 3:45pm-5pm 

We can add more meetings between Tuesday and Friday as needed ....Thanks….


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CWA Statement on Release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Texts

The following is a statement by CWA President Chris Shelton on the public release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership texts:

With the release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership texts, it's finally time to learn whether the TPP is, in fact, nothing more than the latest in a long line of trade agreements negotiated by and for the 1 percent.

The Communications Workers of America, like many others, is reviewing the texts. But based on what we've already seen and learned about this deal, we're not likely to change our position that this TPP is a disaster for working families and communities.

Even a cursory review demonstrates how this trade deal fails working families. It forces U.S. workers to compete with the 65-cent an hour wages of Vietnamese workers and the slave labor employed in Malaysia. It allows multinational corporations to challenge environmental, financial, consumer and other regulations through international tribunals – and outside the court systems of member countries. It pays lip service to addressing real concerns about currency manipulation that costs American jobs and leads to more jobs being sent offshore. And it allies the U.S. with countries that abuse their own citizens, including Brunei, Vietnam and Malaysia.

For nearly six years, from the start of negotiations that were kept secret from the public but gave full access to 600 corporate lobbyists, we've known who will benefit from the TPP.

CWA and a broad coalition of environmental, consumer, faith, immigrant rights, student and many other groups will continue to organize and mobilize against this deal and to hold accountable members of Congress who have chosen to side with the 1 percent. 

The Trans-Pacific Pact Is a One-Sided Deal to Help the 1 Percent

CWA President Chris Shelton

Chris Shelton is the president of the Communications Workers of America.

Negotiators from the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries have announced agreement on a trade deal that will affect about 40 percent of the world’s economy. Despite all the hype, it’s clear that this TPP will continue decades of one-sided trade policy that gives away U.S. workers’ jobs and harms our communities, while benefiting multinational corporations and the 1 percent.

We’re concerned about the investor-state dispute settlement process that gives corporations an extra-judicial process to enforce their rights. Labor and environmental standards don’t get such special treatment. Instead, labor and environmental standards might look good on paper but basically are not enforceable.

Our country could negotiate a 21st century trade policy, one that benefits citizens and communities as well as corporations and investors. Unfortunately, the TPP is not that deal. Instead, we are being presented with a trade deal, negotiated in secret mainly by corporate lobbyists, that looks to offshore U.S. workers’ jobs and attacks workers’ living standards, raises real concerns about food safety and our ability to protect the environment, and allies the United States with governments that engage in forced labor and abuses of their own citizens, like Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei.

Bad trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement and others have brought about the loss of millions of U.S. jobs, affecting the lives of families from New Jersey to Michigan to California. In Detroit, for example, hundreds of auto plants closed as those jobs were offshored to Mexico and China. Residents lost their jobs and wages, tax revenues declined, the price of housing dropped, and the city eventually filed for bankruptcy. Too many communities today can tell that same story.

And because TPP also applies to service sector jobs, its impact will be even more disastrous.

A broad coalition of workers, environmental organizations, consumer groups, people of faith, students, immigrant rights groups and many others has been fighting against this flawed trade deal. We’ll continue to spotlight the failings of it, and we’ll make sure our representatives know that we are holding them accountable for the vote they will take. It’s time to decide: Which side are you on?

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/10/06/the-future-of-trans-pacific-trade/the-trans-pacific-pact-is-a-one-sided-deal-to-help-the-1-percent

Statement from IUE-CWA President James D. Clark on Passage of Fast Track for TPP

Statement from IUE-CWA President James D. Clark on Passage of Fast Track for TPP

Today is a difficult day for our IUE-CWA members who have been fighting tirelessly to put a stop to yet another trade deal that benefits the 1% and leaves working people out in the cold – the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Over the past two years, our members across the country have stood along-side our allies to fight this trade deal, which delivers more of the same broken promises we have seen under NAFTA, and other failed trade policies that have shipped our jobs overseas, and lowered our wages.  We have been betrayed by our elected officials on Capitol Hill, who voted this week to Fast Track this trade deal – which is backed only by corporations.  The message could not have been any clearer – thousands of calls and letters poured in to legislative offices, stating the public’s opposition to this trade deal.  Yet members in both the House and Senate ignored the clear mandate from their constituents to vote No against granting Fast Track authority.  Now President Obama has been given a green light to slam this massive trade deal through our Congress.  

While it is an extremely disappointing outcome, we must not overlook the amazing work we have achieved.  Though we did not win the vote, we made huge waves, and completely changed the national conversation about trade, and its impacts on workers.  I want to thank each and every IUE-CWA member who took action to stop Fast Track for the TPP.  Whether writing a letter, making a phone call, or visiting the office of their legislator – make no mistake, you did make a difference.  Our members stepped up to the plate to get engaged and take action like never before – we are stronger for having fought this battle.  Special thanks, to IUE-CWA’s Political Programs Manager Heather Atkinson, for a fantastic job in leading and coordinating our fight. Today we cannot change how these legislators turned their backs on working families, but we can and we will make them regret they did!!

So now it’s time to hold them accountable – the legislators who sided with the corporations, and voted to ship our jobs overseas with Fast Track for TPP.  These people do not stand for us.  We must let them know that we will mount an offensive, and vote them out of office come election time.  I hope you will join me in educating our members about the voting record of every single legislator on the Fast Track for the TPP.  Click here to view the vote record on the Fast Track bill in the House, and click here for the vote record in the Senate.

Please take the first step, by calling, writing, or emailing your elected officials to let them know your opinion on their vote on Fast Track.  If they voted in favor of Fast Track, let them know that their vote was unacceptable - and that you will be spreading the word about how they voted on the TPP, and using the power of your vote to send them packing.  If they voted against Fast Track, thank them for standing up for working people.  To see who your Congressional elected officials are and to get their contact info click here.  Below is a sample message you can use to tell your elected officials your opinion on their vote.

For all of us in the labor movement, we don’t stop – we have never stopped fighting for working families, and we will continue the fight to work with our allies to build our power, and make the system work for us.

In Unity,


James D. Clark
President, IUE-CWA

 

Senators Say No To Motion to Proceed on ‘Fast Track’ Authority for the TPP

Washington, D.C. -- The Communications Workers of America issued this statement on today’s Senate vote on the motion to proceed in discussion of Trade Promotion Authority: 

CWA commends those Senators who refused to move forward on discussion of Trade Promotion Authority, or “Fast Track” for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and future trade deals.

Senators are right to be concerned that trade adjustment assistance for workers who lose their jobs because of these trade deals, language to address currency manipulation and other concerns will likely be left behind by the Majority Leader’s push to pass Fast Track authority.

Senators should not give away their right to amend a trade deal that has been negotiated in secrecy. Voting for Fast Track authorization does exactly that, and Senators are right to reject it.

Our broad coalition – workers, environmental activists, immigrant rights activists, students, public health and consumer groups and so many others -- remains strongly opposed to Fast Track and the TPP that would be a disaster for U.S. jobs, workers and communities
 

http://www.cwa-union.org/news/entry/senators_say_no_to_motion_to_proceed_on_fast_track_authority_for_the_tpp

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Call your Congressmen and tell them we are against Fast Track and TPP!

Call 1-888-966-9836 to voice your opinion.

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AFL-CIO: America's Unions

XXXX,

 
If an iPhone is put together in a Chinese factory, where is it “manufactured”? Seems like a simple question, doesn’t it?
 
Here at the AFL-CIO, we keep an eye out for tricky things big corporations and the 1% try to do in Washington to hurt working people. So we see a lot of outrageous stuff, but this one even we can't quite believe. For years our government has made trade deals that hurt working people by destroying jobs and driving down wages. It’s gotten so bad that even many “free traders” now admit deals like NAFTA killed jobs. But this is kind of a problem if you’re a big corporation that wants to do more NAFTA-style trade deals.
 
So what’s the corporate plan? Simple—cook the books. Or better yet, get the government to cook the books by calling things that actually are made in Mexico and China “domestically produced” just because someone in America did something connected with the company that sells them. There are people in the Obama administration who are ready to cook the books by changing how the United States reports manufacturing and foreign trade data, making trade agreements and corporate outsourcers look good—and we need to stop them.
 
The Obama administration is accepting public comments about this right now; if we get enough submitted, we can stop this change from happening. Submit a comment now to tell them you oppose counting iPhones, Air Jordans or any other products made overseas as “American.”
 
This proposal sounds too absurd to be real, but it’s happening—and it could have huge consequences for all of us.
 
Corporations and the politicians they control will use this doctored data to make another push for more job-destroying free trade agreements, like NAFTA, because the doctored data will hide the devastating effects “free trade” has on working families here and abroad and on our environment.
 
With public pressure from you, we were able to stall an irresponsible “fast track” trade bill from moving in Congress. Let’s do it again with this equally ridiculous idea.
 
Tell the Obama administration that cooking the books is just plain wrong, and hiding the consequences of bad trade deals just adds insult to injury to working families here and abroad:
 
go.aflcio.org/cook-the-books

 
In Solidarity,
 
Damon
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Director of Policy, AFL-CIO



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T-Mobile Workers Ask for Help--

About to See Their Jobs Shipped Overseas!

 

AFL-CIO: America's Unions

XXXXX,

I was on my way to work at the T-Mobile call center in Brownsville, Texas, when I got some bad news. My co-workers and I soon would be out of jobs because T-Mobile had decided to ship our jobs offshore. The company's decision had devastating effects on my family. Since then, I have been speaking out against T-Mobile’s anti-worker practices.

House and car payments, tuition for my oldest son’s college education and the expenses of caring for five children were the first things that came to my mind. No American worker should have to worry that their job will be taken from them unceremoniously and given to someone else. Even though I lost my job, I will not give up the fight for justice for T-Mobile workers—and you can stand up for workers with me.

Stand with Perla and sign the petition to demand that T-Mobile stop hurting working families by shipping America’s jobs overseas.

T-Mobile has a record of offshoring jobs, intimidating and even humiliating workers. And now, with the media buzzing about a potential merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, some workers are scared that more jobs will be taken offshore. We can defeat T-Mobile and help these workers if we stand with them by taking action now.

In a small town like Brownsville, where many of my friends and neighbors also were T-Mobile employees, the effect of hundreds of people losing their jobs sent shock waves through the entire city. The local economy suffered, as many who relied on wages from T-Mobile as their sole source of income were forced to receive government assistance. Some even lost their cars and homes. T-Mobile should be focusing on treating its workers better, not figuring out ways to take good-paying jobs from American workers to ship overseas.

Stand with me and other workers by signing the petition to demand that T-Mobile improve working conditions and stop shipping America’s jobs overseas.

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Perla
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CWA: With Judiciary Committee Vote, Senate Moves Closer to Getting Big Money Out of Politics

The Senate moved closer to a vote on getting big money out of politics, with the full Senate Judiciary Committee’s markup and vote on S. J. Res. 19. It’s an historic action that, when fully enacted, will enable Congress and the states to limit political spending and get big money out of politics. Read More

Jul 10, 2014

North Carolina Pre-season Political Boot Camp

As the 2014 midterm elections loom large, members from 16 CWA locals in North Carolina gathered in Charlotte this week to participate in an intensive one-day political training boot camp to prepare. Read More

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The Senate moved closer to a vote on getting big money out of politics this week as the full Senate Judiciary Committee approved S.J. Res. 19. Read More

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The U.S. Senate is taking a historic vote this summer on a constitutional amendment that would stem the tide of money from the mega-corporations and ultra-wealthy in our elections. Do your senators support S.J. Res. 19, a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court rulings of Citizens United & McCutcheon? Look to see if your senators have co-sponsored this amendment.

July 2nd and 3rd are National Action Days!  Look to see what patriotic events are happening in your area.

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Dear XXXX,

Each year, New York spends $7 billion of your money on corporate tax subsidies in the name of job creation. But too much of this money is wasted on corporations that create no jobs, add poverty wage jobs, or even cut jobs.

The system is broken and too many New Yorkers are getting left behind. We can change that; we can make New York work for hardworking New Yorkers!

Click here to send a letter to your state representatives asking them to sign on to the JOBS ACT which will demand real accountability and transparency in publicly funded economic development programs.

Unfortunately, right now much of New York’s economic development system is set up as a corporate piggy bank. Hundreds of agencies operate largely outside of public view, and most of the time, we have no idea we’re subsidizing these corporations.

The free ride on your dime needs to end. Our State Representatives need to step in to make sure we’re getting our money’s worth. We know they hear a lot from big corporations — now they need to hear from you:

www.nysaflcio.org/JobsAct

In Solidarity, 

New York State AFL-CIO


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July 11, 2014

Here are highlights of the top news stories. Read more stories on the AFL-CIO Now blog.

  

10 Truths About Tipped Workers You Might Not Know

  

Temp Worker Safety in Danger: Sugar Plant Worker Dies Days After Removal of Safety Device

  

U.S.–China Trade Deficit Is One More Reason We Need Trade Policies that Lift Up Working People

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July 10, 2014

Here are highlights of the top news stories. Read more stories on the AFL-CIO Now blog.

  

Fixing the Highway Trust Fund Isn’t Rocket Science, but Stakes Are High

  

The Labor Movement Never Stands by When Workers Are Mistreated, Says Trumka

  

If TTIP Trade Deal Puts People Before Profits, It Can Work, Say AFL-CIO and ETUC

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Americans for Tax Fairness

Friend,

Here’s something that’s not patriotic.

Some of the largest U.S. companies, like GE, Apple and Pfizer, are stashing billions of dollars in profits overseas -- and avoiding billions of dollars in U.S. taxes. They’re hoping we won’t notice that they’re doing it.

So, real quick, before you head out ....: Share this new graphic that shows just how much profit these tax-dodging companies have stashed overseas, on which they are avoiding U.S. taxes.

They're lobbying Congress right now to get a special tax holiday that would allow them to bring these enormous profits back to the U.S. and pay just a tiny fraction of the taxes they would normally owe. That's outrageous!

Let's put a stop to it.

Get the word out about these American tax dodgers to your friends on Facebook and Twitter -- and tell them to share it, too:

http://www.AmericansForTaxFairness.org/4th-of-July

It’s up to us to hold these companies accountable.

Thanks,

Frank

Frank Clemente
Campaign Manager
Americans for Tax Fairness



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Other Sites that Stand Up for the Middle Class--

Informative, Action Oriented --  Please Visit These Sites

"It is up to us to educate ourselves"

The Middle Class is Radically Shrinking--Read these Facts


Workers Stand for America

(Powerful Video on August 11th Event;  Sign the America's 2nd Bill of Rights)

Campaign for America's Future

DEMO's --Ideas & Actions for the Common Good

Common Dreams --Robert Reich Page

Contract for the American Dream   (Please Sign This)

The Middle Class.Org

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Statement of IUE-CWA Local 81359 President Dom Patrignani
The dedicated members of IUE CWA Local 81359 made the difficult decision to strike at Momentive Performance Materials in Waterford, New York Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 because of our commitment to preserving good solid jobs in our communities.
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What's New at L81359 81359
Statement of IUE-CWA Local 81359 President Dom Patrignani
For Immediate Release: Statement of IUE-CWA Local 81359 President Dom Patrignani The dedicated members of IUE CWA Local 81359 made the difficult decision to strike at Momentive Performance Materials in Waterford, New York Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 because of our commitment to preserving good solid jobs in our communities. Read More...
Nov. 6th & 7th Voting Results.
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2016 Dodgeball Tournament

Sisters and Brothers of Local 359,

             Once again as one of our Charitable events this year we will be sponsoring our members to play on the Local 359 ChemiKazes team. The team is looking for other members to Join both gals and guys…. The tournament is held on April 17th starting at 10am at Siena College Sports Complex ………….Local 359 won the entire tournament 2 years ago and has had a team in this since its beginning….……Teams from all over the Capital district  compete….examples :  Albany County Sherriff’s, Union Bricklayers, Iron workers, Pipefitters, Painters, Albany County D.A.’s office, College teams, Banks and many Businesses compete in this fundraiser to support the Boys and Girls Clubs ( over 35 teams) ….. If you have a strong arm, stamina and the will to win please contact Phil Jarvis in B35 at Phillip.jarvis@momentive.com  or x 2256 on “C” shift…… or Bill Stackman at bill@local81359.com.....thanks! 

2016 MLK Event
On Monday, January 18th, our Diversity Committee took part in the 18th Annual MLK Labor Celebration at Hackett Middle School in Albany. Read More...
GE unions sue over retiree health insurance changes

GE unions sue over retiree health insurance changes

Former hourly workers at General Electric Co. on filed a federal class action lawsuit Monday, charging their former employer violated federal labor law by changing the health benefits provided for retirees over 65.

The lawsuit is separate but similar to one already moving forward by retirees who were salaried. Together, some 65,000 retirees are affected by the change in benefits.

GE has announced that beginning Jan. 1, 2016, it will end retiree medical plans meant to supplement Medicare. Instead, the company will offer former workers the option of buying health plans through a private health exchange, akin to those offered by the government through Obamacare.

GE has told retirees that they will receive $1,000 a year to purchase plans through these exchanges, said John M. Phelps, president of the Waterford-based chapter of IUE-CWA, which represents about 300 retirees covered by the lawsuit.

But GE won’t guarantee the annual subsidy for the life of the retirees, Phelps said. Meanwhile, the change in benefits leaves many retirees with a huge increase in prescription drug costs.

GE spokesman David Lurie said the company’s benefits changes are consistent with trends among other large corporations.

“GE acted properly, lawfully and consistent with collective bargaining requirements in making changes to the post-65 supplemental Medicare and prescription drug benefits for retired union members,” Lurie said.

GE has previously said it will save $586 million in future obligations by canceling the Medicare plans and instead offering reimbursements of about $1,000 a year to retirees who obtain Medicare-supplement policies.

The hourly retirees’ lawsuit was filed in federal court in the Northern District of Ohio, led by the IUE-CWA, the industrial division of the Communication Workers of America, and including members of unions representing electricians, auto workers, machinists, steelworkers, and technical engineers.

http://blog.timesunion.com/business/ge-unions-sue-over-retiree-health-insurance-changes/70384/

Extreme secrecy eroding support for Obama's trade pact
Classified briefings and bill-readings in basement rooms are making members queasy If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door. Read More...
Article & Video on TPP Transpacific Partnership--A MUST Watch

An Article & a Video from CWA Newsletter on TPP--A MUST Read & Watch

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn) is focusing attention on another sneaky provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with negotiations again underway in Ottawa, Canada. This time, negotiators are looking to nullify the "Buy American" and "Buy Local" policies meant to create and keep jobs in the U.S.(*)

"It's the worst trade agreement that you never heard of," Rep. Ellison said in a video. "Buy American could well be a thing of the past if the Trans-Pacific Partnership gets passed in the way that we understand it to be right now. We have people on both sides of the aisle who are very concerned about the Buy American provisions and that U.S. government procurement buying power should benefit U.S. workers."(*)

Watch Ellison's comments here.(*)  Also, on our Website under National & Local Labor News

CWA Minnesota State Council President Mona Meyer praised Ellison for his deep commitment and for being an important ally on this issue. CWA Minnesota has been integral in the fight against the TPP, distributing flyers and holding public rallies, writing letters to the state's Congressional delegation questioning why Vietnam, which is notorious for child-labor violations, is taking part in the negotiations.(*)

"We've learned so much about TPP and have not yet found anything good coming out of the TPP negotiations," Meyer said. "CWA Minnesota tells the story and makes connections with people. What lasts with people is our stories. Those make the impact. What we have and how we could lose everything we have with this destructive, horrible TPP free trade deal."(*)

Passed in 1933, the Buy American Act requires the U.S. government to prefer products made in the U.S. in its purchases. Other Federal laws extend the requirements to third-party purchases that use Federal funds, such as highway and transit programs.(*)

End runs have been made around the policy in past international trade deals but the current round of TPP negotiations, which started on July 3 and is expected to last until July 12, may do away with the policy entirely because of the sheer size of the deal and the number of nations seeking to participate.(*)

Reps. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) have written a letter to President Barack Obama that they are circulating among House colleagues for signatures of support asking the president to make sure U.S. trade negotiators do not undermine the policy in negotiations.(*)

They point out in the letter that 70 House members had written the president in May 2012 raising concerns about TPP proposals under consideration that would greatly limit the Buy American policies, adversely affecting American jobs, workers and manufacturers.(*)

"It is our understanding that now, two years later, U.S. TPP negotiators have agreed to provisions that would require all firms operating in any TPP signatory country to be treated the same as U.S. firms with respect to granting them U.S. government procurement contracts," they wrote in their letter. "Effectively, in exchange for procurement opportunities for some U.S. firms to bid on contracts in foreign procurement markets, we would agree to trade away our ability to ensure that billions in U.S. government expenditures are recycled into our economy to create jobs, strengthen our manufacturing sector, and foster our own new cutting-edge industries."(*)

Ellison said U.S. negotiators are going about the TPP deal all wrong, negotiating it in secret with corporations in the room but shutting out Congress while doling out piecemeal information to elected leaders.(*)

"Trade is reality so trade deals should lift labor standards around the world, not just create this race to the bottom," Rep. Ellison said.(*)


 




 

Buy American--It May Save Your Job

Buy American--The Job You Save May Be Your Own !


 

Dear Union Brothers/Sisters,

New York lost over 300,000 manufacturing jobs in the last decade, and rather than being part of solution, the state is contributing to the problem by outsourcing materials for infrastructure projects to foreign countries. Foreign companies have been awarded contracts for subway repairs, commuter rail projects and bridge work including just last year when the MTA spent over $34 million in public money on Chinese steel for repairs to the Verrazano. It's shameful.

It's time to end the outsourcing of American jobs with your money. Click here to contact your legislators today and urge them to co-sponsor the New York State Buy American Act, which will create a strong preference in procurement laws for American made steel and iron.

Buy American will create both direct and indirect jobs by pumping public dollars back into our economy, and will ensure that the infrastructure our families take to school and work every day is built with quality American craftsmanship. It's time to end the outsourcing of American jobs with the public's money.

ACT TODAY! Remember, the job you save may be your own.

In Solidarity, 

New York State AFL-CIO


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NLRB Charges Kellogg with Unlawful Conduct in Memphis Lockout


Important News---Workers at Kelloggs Get NLRB Attention

NLRB Charges Kellogg with Unlawful Conduct in Memphis Lockout

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint Thursday against the Kellogg Co., charging the cereal maker with violating federal labor law in its more than five-month lockout of 22 workers at its Memphis, Tenn., plant. 

The NLRB complaint charges Kellogg with acting unlawfully when it made unlawful demands by insisting on the union’s agreement to change terms of an existing contract while it was still in effect and locking out its employees to achieve that result.   

Durkee said the NLRB’s action is the “first step in validating all that the BCTGM and our locked-out members have consistently said since the beginning of this tragic lockout.”

Go Here to Read Full Story--> NLRB Charges Kelloggs


 




 

Trans-Pacific Partnership-TPP...Shipping Our Jobs Away

STOP the Fast Track on the TPP—Trans-Pacific Partnership

Remember NAFTA? We cannot allow a blockbuster free trade agreement sail through Congress unchecked.

TPP: Shipping jobs away

Who is involved:  The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) also known as “NAFTA on Steroids” is poised to become the largest trade agreement ever. Current negotiating countries include the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. These countries represent 38% of total global economic activity.

Another back-room secret corporate deal

The TPP has been shrouded in secrecy and backers now want to rush it through Congress

All journalists and nearly all businesses and public interest groups, and the majority of Congress have been denied effective access to the negotiating texts. However, 600 corporate advisors — including Verizon and Wal-Mart — have been given access. The actual text will not be released until four years after the talks have been concluded or a deal has been reached.

Proponents of the agreement also want “Fast Track” authority for the TPP, which would prevent Congress from amending or changing any provision in the agreement and forcing them to vote the entire agreement up or down after a shortened debate period. Though it could be the largest trade deal in history, the sweeping changes envisioned in the TPP could become law without most Americans ever knowing what’s in it.

Fortunately, there have been some leaks of key documents so that we can have a sense of what is happening. The main goal of the TPP seem to be making the world safe for corporate investment and profits by harming workers, consumers, the environment and democracy.

The TPP is much more than a “free-trade” agreement.  It is part of the overall corporate and Wall Street agenda to make the world safe for corporate investment and profits by reducing labor costs and undercutting workers’ rights; dismantling labor, environmental, health and financial laws and regulations that could impact profits; and setting up a process to resolve any disputes by going through special international tribunals rather than our own court system.

SEE THESE WebsitesCWA on TPP  ;   Expose the TPP




 






 

It's Official--Local's Retiree Chapter Receives It's Charter

It's Official--August 12, 2013--IUE-CWA Retired Members Chapter (RMC) Receives It's Charter

Please go here to see our Charter and the Letter from CWA to our Local Retired Members Chapter-81359--

Article on IUE-CWA RMC 81359 -- Also, on Left Menu under CWA Retired Members Chapter-81359


 




 

Great Article--Real Reason for the Decline of American Unions


 

The Real Reason for the Decline of American Unions

An article published by Bloomberg...very interesting article comparing American unions decline and Canadians unions growing...why?

Part of our Union Education Articles (on left menu).    Please read this great article, and Please share it with others.

Click here-->  The Real Reason for the Decline of American Workers


 




 

Postal Workers & Postal Service Under Attack--It WILL Affect You

This is a Brutal Attack on Postal Workers That WILL Affect Everyone--Labor, Service--Privatize, Customers

Please go here and read the article on our E-Activism page, and Sign the Petition to save the Post Office and Postal Workers!

Sign the Petition <-- Click here
 

House Panel Approves Rep. Issa’s Postal Bill
Union Says: Tell Congress to Vote ‘No’

APWU News Bulletin 010-2013, July 25, 2013 | PDF

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved a postal bill introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) by a vote of 22 to 17 on July 24. The vote was along party lines, with all Republicans voting in favor of the measure and all Democrats voting against it.

Take Action Now!

To contact your representative by phone, call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.

To send an e-mail message,
visit http://capwiz.com/apwu

August Action

Join your APWU local in lobbying your legislators during the congressional recess (Aug. 5 - Sept. 6)

Urge Lawmakers to Co-Sponsor

http://www.apwu.org/graphics/blackarrow.gifPostal Service Protection Act
   (H.R. 630 in the House /
    S. 316 in the Senate)
http://www.apwu.org/graphics/blackarrow.gif
USPS Stabilization Act (H.R. 961)
http://www.apwu.org/graphics/blackarrow.gif
Protect Overnight Delivery Act
   (H.R. 2459)

Urge Lawmakers to Oppose

http://www.apwu.org/graphics/blackarrow.gifRep. Issa’s Bill (H.R. 2748)

To download the latest “talking points [PDF],” click here.

“If it is enacted, this bill will lead to the demise of the Postal Service,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “I call upon all APWU members to contact their U.S. representatives and urge them to vote ‘no’ when the bill is brought before the full House.

“The bill would punish postal workers and deprive the American people of vital services,” said Guffey. “It would subvert the Postal Service’s mission by privatizing major portions of USPS operations.” H.R. 2748 would:

Punish Workers

  • Prohibit postal unions and management from negotiating protection against layoffs;
  • Increase health insurance costs for employees;
  • Limit workers’ collective bargaining rights;
  • Reduce compensation for injured workers with dependents and force them to retire.

Deprive Customers of Vital Services

  • Impose a two- to three-day d elivery standard for first-class mail;
  • Close post offices, stations and branches;
  • Consolidate plants;
  • Reduce door delivery and end Saturday letter delivery.

Privatize Operations

  • Establish “competition advocates” to promote contracting out;
  • Prohibit customers from appealing decisions to close post offices, stations or branches if a “contract postal unit” is opened within two miles;
  • Establish a “temporary governance authority” whose broad powers would end only after the USPS achieves two consecutive years of profitability.

“H.R. 2748 would weaken the USPS and jeopardize postal jobs,” said Legislative and Political Director Gary Kloepfer. “And it wouldn’t do nearly enough to fix the financial crisis Congress created. We must defeat it.”

“We also must turn our attention to the Senate,” Guffey said. Before any postal bill can be enacted, it must pass both chambers of Congress. Differences between bills adopted by the House and Senate must be resolved, and the president must sign the final version of the legislation that emerges.

“We must highlight the drastic cuts in service that management has made and will continue to make if Congress doesn’t enact sensible reform now,” Guffey said. “We must demand that Congress take action to stop the dismantling of the mail processing network and stop the degradation of service to the American people.”

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NLRB Restored--You Did It!!

Senate Reachs Deal to Confirm Full Board to NLRB

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to put a stop to the politics of obstruction in the US Senate, and ensure a functioning National Labor Relations Board.

"A confirmed National Labor Relations Board will provide millions of workers with real protection of their rights to organize and bargain with their employers." - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Read the story at this link-->  NYS AFL-CIO Story on NLRB


 




 

Vote Results are in for 2nd Tentative Agreement

Contract 2013 Vote Results from All 3 Locals:

Friday July 3, 2013

2nd Tentative Agreement Reached

Friday, June 28, 2013

Click 2013 Contract tab for details!

Informational Meeting Monday.

Voting-- Tues., July 2nd & Weds., July 3rd, 2013, 5 AM to 5PM

 Af the Halfmoon Firehouse -- North of Plant on 4 & 32.


 
Brothers and Sisters of Local 359,

         The E-Board of Local 359 cannot say enough to thank each and every member for the effort once again put forward by everyone in this Local. It has been a tough fight and with everything considered, we tried our very best to stand up and fight for the majority of our members as the Vote Locally showed once again that continued to communicate this as another Concession Contract. Unfortunately, in a democracy we were unable to persuade enough of our members to hold the line and the total count is as follows :

         Total Yes to Ratify : 357

        Total NO to Reject : 348


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Local 359 count--  Yes: 231
                                No: 346

 
Total Voting:                 577

 
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Local 380 count--  Yes: 76
                                No:  2

 
Total voting:                 78
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Local 707 count--  Yes: 50
                                No : 0

 
Total voting                  50

      Please do your best to hold your heads high for Standing up and trying your best. We've never seen so many stand together and it brought so many back together as a Local Union. We appreciate each and every member for coming out and even voting so close to the Holiday.


 



 
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