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Women Working Event
Sisters and Brothers, Lacey and Dionne will be honored November 29th at 4:30 at NYSUT in Latham. If you can attend. Please call me or send an e-mail….. , I’ve RSVP’d for 12-18 members of Local 359….. thanks… Dom 518-935-3445.
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Download: 20171118101931477.pdf
Elections for Office – IUE 81359

Elections will be held November 28th from 6am -12 Noon and November 29th from 6am -5pm at the Hotdog HQ across the street from the plant. Top 3 votes casted for Trustees. Elections will be run by the Election Committee. Announcement of election results will be December 1st at 11:45 am Union Meeting.  Shop Steward Elections to take place Dec./ Jan. 2018.

INCLUDED ADDENDUM: UNION PAID LOST TIME FOR MEETINGS FOR STEWARDS/ALTERNATES ON OFF/SHIFTS.

President:
Dominick Patrignani
William Johnson

Vice-President :
Shawn Mastropietro - sole nomination, position awarded

Secretary-Treasurer:
William Stackman - sole nomination, position awarded

Chief Shop Steward:
Gregory Miller Jr
Todd Robbins

Trustees (3 positions)
Conrad Lape
Christopher Stott
Vincent Angerami
Mark Dunham
Darrell Herrington
Gilbert Travis


 


Download: AAA Election Notice November 2017 Local 359.docx
Voting Results and Nominations.
President Patrignani, Per the IUE-CWA Election Committee chair, Mark Smith, I have been notified with the results of the strike authorization vote held on 11/2 and 11/3. Strike authorization passed by a margin of 97% for and 3% against. Also, nominations were held today at our monthly meeting.
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Last day to vote. Get out and VOTE!

Stewards and Alternates, PLEASE REACH OUT TO EVERY MEMBER OF LOCAL 359 AND PRINT THIS AND POST….. THANK YOU ALL AGAIN AND PLEASE TELL EVERYONE WEAR THEIR RED SHIRTS ONTHURSDAY…..AND STOP BY FOR A VISIT……

 

If you need a new shirt contact Bill Stackman via email bill@local81359.com.

 

VOTING AGAIN IS NOV. 2ND 6AM -5PM AND FRIDAY NOV. 3RD 6AM-5PM AT HDHQ.


Download: NOVEMBER 2nd , 2017.docx
TODAY Rally Outside the Hilton Albany
Sisters and Brothers of Local 359 ..... here is a rally for workers in the Capital District fighting Corporate Greed once again .... try to get out for an hour and support these workers ! They were here for us and one of them spent quite a bit of time sending those large pots of soup to us throughout the strike ! It's greatly appreciated ... Visit Our Site.
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Please support this upcoming Local Cancer walk event !

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Sisters and Brothers of Local 359,

      On October 8th, 2017 , the Local 81359 Women’s Committee with the help of everyone they can get from Local 359 ,  will be participating in the Mechanicville/Stillwater Mini-Walk for Breast Cancer. We will be starting the walk at the Mechanicville Elks Lodge, 300 Park Avenue. 11:00 am.

Our local raised over $1000.00 last year and we are hoping to top this again……  

Please let us come together as a union and support this cause within our community. This again is a great way to pay forward a community that gave us awesome support during our strike and it’s a great cause to support……

Any questions, contact Dionne Welch ext. 3670 B shift / cell 518-681-6342     Amber Izzo ext. 3572 Days

                                            

We need all registrations returned to Dionne or Amber by September 29th,2017.

(Print out the form enclosed and get it back to them……)

If you can’t walk , you can also donate to this great cause……….

( Please donate by check payable to Mechanicville-Stillwater Breast Cancer walk!)

We ask all area Stewards to help

Local 359 will cover the $20 donation fee for any member WALKING IN THE EVENT as we’ve done every year ……..


Download: Mechanicville Stillwater Breast Cancer walk 2017 .pdf
FINAL CONCLUSION OF THE FIGHT FOR 26 OR ACTUALLY 1
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Seats available for Retirement Workshop

Are you on track to retire comfortably? Preparing now could make all the difference. Consider:

  • When will you be able to retire?
  • How much money do you need to save?
  • Do you have a retirement income plan?
  • How will income taxes and inflation affect your retirement plan? 

You're invited to attend our Retirement Bound Workshop to get answers to these questions. You'll also learn about the five important steps to take now that may help pave the way to a happier retirement. 


6:00 p.m.            Registration and light refreshments
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  Workshop presentation

To reserve seats, please contact Kathy at kpenfold.capcom@LPL.com
or (518) 782-0209 ext. 4162 by September 26.

Can't make the workshop? Click here to schedule a complimentary appointment with a CCFS Advisor to discuss your retirement plans.

CAP COM Financial Services, LLC.
John Shartrand

Brian Tramontano
Jim Faranda
Steven Massey


Important, please do not exchange account information through emails.
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Labor Day Parade

Dom named Union leader of the year!

This Award goes to 700 striking workers of Local 359 and 380. We thank EVERYONE for the support of these brave workers and as we stated earlier today ..... please continue to support our 1 that is still not back yet .... we ask for any support for Mike you can give ..... thanks ! President Dom 81359.
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LABOR DAY 2017
Sisters and Brothers of Local 359,       The E-Board of Local 359 would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous Labor Day holiday. I know many will be here working and we thank you for covering while others get the time off……. there is a pot luck picnic Monday for anyone that would like to attend.
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Download: Labor Day Parade Flyer no logo 2017.pdf
Update on Services for Nick Iavarone.
Sisters and Brothers, with great sadness we send this update. Nick was a great friend and co-worker to many here. Many had the pleasure of meeting Nick this winter as he was visiting different locations which he constantly gave me updates on ….. or trying is famous Pasta Fagioli  , garbage breads and soups at HDHQ. Please pray for Suz and the family….
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Change in location for Weekend Strike CWA 1118 and CWA D1
Location for Sunday Picketing: 12 noon to 4 pm at Central Ave , Mohawk Commons, Wilton or Queensbury .... AT&T closing the other stores for the weekend.
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Update on our 26.
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Fundraiser this Sunday and Dodgeball Tournament reminder
Sisters and Brothers of Local 359 and 380, a reminder for this Sunday ……
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Express Newspaper article for the 26.
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**It's not too late....RSVP through tomorrow - 4/15/17**

Italian Fraternal Hall Viall Ave Mechanicville April 15th 4-8 PM. See attached flyer.
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Download: AA support.png
Rally for the Momentive 26.
Sunday, March 5 from 3:00-6:00 PM. Chrome Food and Spirits (405 Hudson River Road, Waterford). It is free and open to all strikers, their families, friends and supporters.
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UK Guardian's report on our fight against corporate greed!

Struggle at Waterford now international news. UK Guardian's take with video on developments at Waterford and across the country. Standing up to the billionaires is resonating and making history. In Solidarity, Bill.

http://www.local81359.com/Interview

Bill Ritchie, President Albany County Central Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO) 518-265-1945

Benefit for Oliver Scalzo.

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Strike benefit checks.
Strike benefit check pickup will be at HDHQ from 9am - 5pm Friday .
Tentative Agreement Voting Results.
RESULTS of VOTE on 2/13 and 2/14 Total number of votes casted Local 359 only : 528 YES votes for Ratification : 317 NO votes to Reject T.A.: 211 Voids per election committee: 0 Total number of votes casted by Local 380 only: 61 Yes votes for Ratification : 61 No votes to Reject T.A. : 0 Voids per election committee : 0 TOTAL TALLY BETWEEN LOCAL 359 AND 380 Yes votes total for Ratification : 378 No votes to Reject T.A. : 211 Voids per election committee : 0 Thank you Chairman Smith and election committee as always....
A message to members of IUE-CWA Local 81359, from Samantha at The Cancer Services Program.
As the strike comes to a close, I am delighted for you all to finally be done with the stress of the past three months. I would like to thank each and every one of you, for always making me feel so welcome. It has been my absolute pleasure, to not only meet all of you, but also get to know so many of you.
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Consumer Health Care Summary
Please find attached Momentive Consumer Health Care Summary.
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Download: Member education for February 2017 vote.pptx , Member education for February 2017 vote.pdf
TOWN HALL CALL - Momentive Strike and Tentative Agreement.

All,

We have scheduled a SECOND town hall call at 12 noon tomorrow for the members of IUE-CWA who are on strike at Momentive.  Please inform your Executive Board and membership that they may participate in the call.   

To participate in the call, members must call the phone number below and follow the prompts to enter the ID Code/password.

Here are the call details:

When: Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 12 noon EST

(the call will go live at noon sharp so people should call in a couple of minutes prior)

Call in Number:  see your Steward or call an eboard member .....

ID Code/Passcode:  info at HDHQ .

Sumanth Bollepalli, Staff Attorney 
Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO
District 1 Legal Department
80 Pine Street, 37th Floor
New York, New York  10005
The information contained in this message and any attachment may be proprietary, confidential, and privileged or subject to the work product doctrine and thus protected from disclosure.  If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, or an employee or agent responsible for delivering this message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited.  If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by replying to this message and deleting it and all copies and backups thereof.  Thank you.  
Voting on Tentative Agreement.
Voting times are Monday & Tuesday 5AM to 5PM both days in the basement of HDHQ.
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Town Hall Meetings & HDHQ

                      Meeting Times at HDHQ:

Saturday Feb 11th at 10am
Saturday Feb 11th at 2pm
Saturday Feb 11th at 7pm

Sunday Feb 12th at 10am
Sunday Feb 12th at 7pm                    

The above meeting times are scheduled for Contract information and questions. If the times don't line up with your scheduled picket shift arrange your schedule to get to one of the meetings.

If you can't attend one of the meetings see one of the board members in HDHQ.

Thanks 81359 E Board.                                 

Tentative Agreement Reached!
Sisters and Brothers ,  Here it is .this is endorsed by both e-boards of local 359 and 380..  THERE WILL BE TOWN HALL MEETINGS TELEPHONE IN AND HEAR FROM CWA DIRECT ON TERMS WITH Q and A. Times will be posted soon ...  Printing copies for HDHQ and will schedule meeting throughout weekend ...  Note : There is NO ARC reduction in this contract .
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Download: 2016 TA and RTW agreement.pdf
Letter from Senator Addabbo to Jack Boss
Please see the attached letter.
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Download: MOMENTIVE SUPPORT LETTER.pdf
UAW Local 1508 Support.
Support for our UAW Brothers & Sisters Thursday night 6:30 to 8:30PM at Honeywell in Green Island.
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CWA 1118 Support Friday 10th.

Please take time to support our Brothers & Sisters at AT&T!

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli 2/7/17

Momentive Performance Materials strike rally in Waterford, NY. Also speaking NYS Professional Fire Fighters union leader Sam Fresina.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2ksXzuGUzc&feature=share

http://www.saratogian.com/general-news/20170207/state-comptroller-shows-support-for-momentive-strikers
 

Comptroller DiNapoli talks to Momentive Performance Materials union members on strike at the Waterford plant on Tuesday -- NYSNYS Photo.

Concert Sunday Febuary 12th.
Event scheduled for today at Chrome has been cancelled due to the weather. Will be looking for a future date. Concert and Party for the Momentive Workers! Thanks Mark Emanatian Sunday Febuary 12th at 3 PM - 7 PM Chrome Food & Spirits 405 Hudson River Rd, Waterford, New York 12188 Join us for music, food, spirits and fun to lift the spirits of the Momentive Workers. Open to all strikers, their families and friends and to all supporters! Family friendly.
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Saturday Febuary 18.

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Saturday, February 18 at 12 PM - 2 PM

HDHQ  301 Hudson River Rd, Waterford, NY 12188-1911

Bus Trip NYC Bus Feb 9th Canceled!

Event- Bus Trip to Park Ave. Canceled!


Steve Schwarzman Home


Date - Feb 9th 11AM Exit 8 Park & Ride Bus & 12PM Bus leaves HDHQ. To return at 10PM.


Please RSVP to VP Darryl Houshower 518-935-5622

Albany lawmakers to visit Momentive chemical plant strikers.
GINGER ADAMS OTIS NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Sunday, February 5, 2017, 11:24 PM. http://www.local81359.com/Fullstory Nearly a dozen Albany lawmakers are planning to visit striking workers Monday at the Momentive chemical plant picket line in an effort to break the stalemate between the union and management and get everybody back on the job, officials told the Daily News.
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Times Union article, Injunction
Momentive strike lawsuit hits court, further testimony scheduled this month By Brian Nearing | February 3, 2017 Ballston Spa The three-month-old strike at the Momentive Performance Materials chemical plant will continue unchanged at least through late February as a company lawsuit to limit the behavior and number of strikers continues in state Supreme Court.
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Show your support for Kids Picket!
Kids Picket Bring your Family!    Saturday 4th.12pm - 2pm  260 Hudson River Rd, Waterford, NY 12188     MomentiveWorkers.
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Download: kidsrally_Feb4.pdf
Need Interviewees Thursday 5AM..
Brothers and Sisters/ A reporter from the NY Daily News will be on the pickett line Thursday morning at 0500 AM, if any day shift workers could swithch there hours from 5-9 instead of 7-11 it would be appretiated. The reporter is looking interview some members. Thanks in advance.
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Family on the Line!

 Saturday Feb 4th 12 to 2PM. Hosted by Mark Emanatian.
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Save The Date Feb. 9th.

BROTHERS/SISTERS

Event- Bus Trip to Park Ave.


Steve Schwarzman Home


Date - Feb 9th 12PM Bus leaves HDHQ. To return at 10PM.


Please RSVP to VP Darryl Houshower 518-935-5622

Bus Trip to State Capitol 1/31. Need Support!
Sisters & Brothers, Important! Need members willing to speak with our Assembly and Senate representatives across the state ...we are breaking into several groups to Lobby... followed by a large press conference in the LOB .... please wear red shirt.. if you need one see VP Darryl ... we need more people to sign up please ...call Darryl or Walt below .
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These workers need our help.

The Trump administration adviser responsible for “preserving and creating good jobs” is the same hedge fund billionaire behind devastating cuts to wages and health care for hundreds of New York workers at chemical giant Momentive.

700 workers there have been out on strike since Nov. 2, picketing every day, huddled in the cold outside the plant. They’re refusing to accept a third straight contract with cuts.

They need our support now. Click here to add your name telling Stephen Schwarzman and Donald Trump to back off. If Trump and Schwarzman really care about preserving and creating good jobs they should start by offering Momentive workers a fair contract!

Since Stephen Schwarzman’s hedge fund took over, Momentive workers have been under attack.

In 2009, Momentive slashed pay by 25 to 50 percent and outsourced dozens of jobs. In 2013, the company froze pensions for workers younger than 50. Now Momentive wants to cut health care for active employees and eliminate all health and life insurance for retired workers, many of whom suffer job-related illnesses caused by exposure to dangerous chemicals.

This is the same Stephen Schwarzman who threw himself a $3 million 60th birthday party!

Our fight is bigger than just Momentive workers. Every single day, billionaires like Donald Trump and Stephen Schwarzman put personal greed above the needs of our communities. Their drive to extract profits by keeping wages low and attacking health care and pensions is the behind the runaway inequality that people everywhere are angry about.

It has to stop now.

Click here to join me in standing with workers everywhere by fighting for a fair contract for workers at Momentive.

Thanks for all that you do,

Karen Scharff
Executive Director
Citizen Action of New York

FSA last call need to file COBRA form page 7 ASAP.

While the NLRB charges are pending, everyone with an FSA balance should elect COBRA coverage for FSA.  You can do this by going to page 7 of the COBRA letter.  Two paragraphs above the signature line you will see the following:
   If you were participating in your employer-sponsored FSA plan and have a positive balance in your account at the time of your COBRA qualifying event, you may be edible to continue your monthly FSA contributions under COBRA until the end of the FSA plan year.  If you are interested, please check this section and we will provide you with additional information.
 This form must be postmarked no later than January 29th , 2017.  We will advise you how to proceed once we see what additional information the Company provides.

Thomas M. Murray, Esq.

Kennedy, Jennik &  Murray, P.C.

113 University Place, 7th floor
New York, NY 10003

Bus Trip to NYS Senate.
Sisters and brothers of local 359,         I have been asked by CWA to bring at least 50 of our strikers to Albany January 31. The intent is to meet with the state AFL-CIO and CWA . With their guidance and experience will be leading multiple groups of our members to lobby the New York State assembly and the New York State Senate leadership.
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CWA Take On Wall Street.

On November 2, working people at Momentive Performance Materials in Waterford, NY put their jobs on the line by going on strike. They're standing up against Wall Street greed for each other, the community, and all working people who want to earn a good living in this country. This strike is bigger than Waterford.
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Support UAW Brothers and Sisters!

UAW, Local 1508 Vicious Honeywell Lock-out Continues

Support UAW Brothers and Sisters!

Thursday, January 26, 2017:  6:00 – 7:30 pm

Contact VP Darryl Houshower  dhoushower1@gmail.com CALL 518-935-5622

By Thursday of this week, UAW union workers at Green Island will have been lockeddhoushower1@gmail.com CALL 518-935-5622- out of their jobs for 263 days.  Honeywell Corporation forced the lock-out on the 42 workers at the Green Island, NY plant after they, together with the UAW Local in South Bend, IA refused to agree to an outrageously bad contract offer.  The workers are members of United Auto Workers, Local 1508.  They make brake parts for commercial and military aircraft.  Clearly, Honeywell is trying to starve the workers into submission and break the union.

            The company has been attempting to operate the plant using “replacement workers” from Strom Engineering, a company notorious for providing scab workers during strikes and lockouts.  Local 1508 is maintaining a picket line presence outside the plant at 50 Cohoes Avenue, Green Island.  The Albany County Central Federation of Labor is joining the picket line every Thursday between 6:00 – 7:30 pm.  The picket line has been joined by individual and group supporters from a variety of unions. There is wide community support for the workers.

This lock-out is at the cutting edge of the increasingly vicious contradiction between Labor and Capital in our county.  It is an attack on workers, their families, their unions, their community partners and the community-as-a-whole.

To make a financial contribution, please write a check to:  UAW Local 1508, Box 1508, Green Island, NY 12183—please add “Lock-out Fund” in memo section.

Please join us this Thursday night (1/26) between 6:00 and 7:30 pm.  Your support is needed more than ever.

Directions:  Take 787 N to Cohoes Blvd. exit, turn right onto Tibbets Ave. and left onto Cohoes Avenue.  Your support will be greatly appreciated by the courageous and determined Local 1508 members.  Any and all contributions will be welcomed.

Bill Ritchie, President

Albany County Central Federation of Labor

billritchie100@gmail.com

518-265-1945                                   (LABOR DONATED)

An article from The Alt
Cold, broke and under surveillance: life on the Momentive picket line. Photos by Thom Williams On an average Tuesday, Kellie Rossner would be leaving work at 7 AM. She would have just finished a 12-hour shift in the seven-story chemical distillation unit where she works as a chemical operator at the Momentive Performance Materials (MPM) Plant in Waterford.
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By request from Dom to the members
We are looking for all straight shift day workers to switch out one of their scheduled day shifts, and help out on the off shifts during the weekends. We just do not have the manpower to constantly staff these times with a good chunk of the pickets on day shift.
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Bus trip to Jack Boss Neighborhood.

Saratoga Springs Politics Probing Politics Affecting Saratoga Springs. By John Kaufmann.
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Time Union Article Monday 23rd
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COBRA Information.
Sisters and Brothers, 
    The COBRA ELIGIBILITY window is closing at the end of this month. For those that had documented chronic medical conditions or medical conditions over the last 60 days showing costs that were more than the COBRA monthly premium and are now on COBRA or will be on COBRA before the end of the month , will stay on COBRA . The member will still be responsible for co-pays , deductibles and co-insurance.  Many of you switched to spouse or significant others health care and are all set for the duration. A great number immediately went for Child care Plus for their children and Medicaid for themselves ( which includes dental and prescription drug coverage) . This is still available to the members that have not done anything and you still have time to apply. 

The information is at HDHQ and has been there since November ( ask anyone signing people in for the pamphlet ). Several of the special benefits protected members are switched into GE Legacy Health care. If you need any help with any of these options please contact myself or any E-Board member immediately via e-mail at pres359@gmail.com

        The question has been asked several times about what if I do nothing ? 
Answer : CWA will continue to pay medical bills but unfortunately COBRA benefit will no longer be available for new cases ( the window to get on COBRA is 60 days ) . The ACA has a provision and after March 31st ( 3 months in Calendar year ) , unless repealed, there will be tax ramifications that will occur. There is a document we finally received from CWA in regards to this matter.  Below is the correspondences. 

Dom
Here is the information on the ACA.  The 3 months are calculated each calendar year. 
So, if the strike began on 11-2-16 and benefits were dropped on 12-1-16, the strikers will pay zero penalty for their 2016 taxes. 
In 2017, if the strikers are still without benefits on 3/31, they will have to pay a penalty tax for each month of 2017 (including January and February) that they are without benefits.
Attached is an updated FAQ page that the locals can use regarding this subject.
Dennis Trainor
dtrainor@cwa-union.org

The E-Board Local 81359 IUE-CWA


Download: ACA and Striking Workers FAQ UPDATED (1).doc
Dental Services.
Momentive Union Employees: this was sent to us by brother Chris B !!! Thank you .... Hudson Valley Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic Phone - (518) 629-7400 Fax – (518) 629-8111 At Hudson Valley Community College we are committed to providing you with the best patient centered treatment, while providing our students with an excellent learning experience.
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Need your Support!

Lawrence -- It's less than 24 hours until Donald Trump is sworn in as president. Republicans and their Wall Street hedge fund backers are getting ready to push through wholesale attacks on working people.
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SOCIALISTWORKER.ORG

Momentive strikers bring their message to NYC Tim Goulet reports on organizing by striking Momentive Performance Materials workers and their supporters to demand a fair contract from the company's hedge fund owners.
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Health care issues.
Sisters and brothers of local 359, We are writing to you and asking our members to come forward in regards to health care issues related primarily related to cancers. There has been an extremely high number of people coming forward on this matter and this data is needed to explain why we are fighting so hard for adequate and affordable healthcare for active members and future retirees . Your name will not be used. We just need your age the buildings you worked in , the number of years of service and the type of cancer you've dealt with or are currently dealing with... please send this data by text to my phone to 518-935-3445 .... Thanks Dom.
WNY Labor Today News.

http://www.wnylabortoday.com/ A Good Labor Lesson To Make All Aware Of: It Was ‘Member Unity’ At The United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America That’s Being Credited For ‘Winning’ Gains, ‘Not’ Givebacks, in Contract With Wisconsin Company   On The Annual Commemoration Honoring The Legacy Of Dr.
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Bus trip to visit Jack Boss
Monday January 23rd bus trip to visit Jack Boss. Bus will leave HDHQ at 4:30PM, so please be here by 4 :15. Contact VP Darryl Houshower dhoushower1@gmail.com CALL 518-935-5622 if interested in going on the bus trip.
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Upper Hudson Green Party Statement.
Upper Hudson Green Party Statement of Support for Workers on Strike at Momentive Performance Materials Contact: www.facebook.com/uhgreenparty, www.gpny.org, chair2@gpny.org Albany – The Upper Hudson Green Party (UHGP) stands in solidarity with the workers of IUE-CWA Local 81359 on strike at the Momentive Performance Materials (MPM) plant in Waterford, NY.
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HQ firewood dropoff & parking.
Brother & Sisters, Thanks to all who donated firewood and to all that has helped haul it and cut it up. Please drop off all firewood just north of the porta-potties to provide more parking at HQ. Also when checking in and out for strike duty, please don't block the roadway south of HQ, the tenants need to have access to their homes. See attched pictures.
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Download: firewood.png , HQ parking.png
Support Letters from NYS Legislatures
Sisters & Brothers please see the attached letters.
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Download: SupportLetter2Signed_01162017.pdf , SupportLetterSigned.pdf
Bargaining report update contract 2016.... 1/10/17
Sisters and brothers of local 359 and 380, the bargaining team met with the company today. We had a list of questions that we presented to the company. Some were answered and some were not. One in particular had to do with if they really wanted to achieve a contract with the union. They did acknowledge that they intended to reach an agreement but at the same time that they did not intend to move off their M13 proposal. The Company did not provide any explanation for its position. We reviewed where we are to date and emphasized that responses to the Union's questions could provide insight on bargaining. The union did present a new proposal to the company tonight based on the info. that we have. It addressed many of the concerns of ALL our members. This proposal would be fully endorsed by the executive board a local 359 and 380 if agreed to by the company. We are awaiting feedback which the Company indicated we will get first thing tomorrow. For now please stick together as we are on the 70th day of this strike and our strength as one is most important in these times. There is a bus trip scheduled on Friday that we are looking to send at least 2 bus loads of people to New York City to rally for a fair contract at Apollo management. We need to take this mobilization to a higher level. It can only be achieved with your help. Please let VP Darrell Houshower know if you can make this journey ASAP. Thanks and remember one day longer one day stronger!
Stand In Solidarity!
Stand In Solidarity in the New Year with IUE-CWA at Momentive on SATURDAY 1/7/17 at Noon. The members of IUE-CWA Local 81359 are on strike at Momentive along with the smaller local 81380 union. .  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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Last call for rallying in NYC Friday outside the Apollo HQ.

Last call for buses to NYC Friday 13th at Exit 8 off I-87 Park & Ride at 10:30AM and at the HDHQ here on 4&32. Please "click" get tickets below for facebook user and email VP Daryl Houshower dhoushower1@gmail.com CALL 518-935-5622 if interested in going to the rally.

Hosted by Verizon Strike Solidarity.

We'll be rallying in NYC next Friday outside the Apollo HQ. See some of you there!

Rally to Support Momentive Strikers in NYC
January 13 at 4:30 PM
9 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019-2601, United States
  • Pam Galpern
  • Dan DiMaggio
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Volunteers needed Friday.
Looking for volunteers to go to Local 1118 Union Hall to make calls to the Legislators at 11 AM will have you back to the picket line by 3 PM. A group will be leaving the head quarters a little after 11 am or you can drive yourself and show up to the 1118 hall by noon.
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Stand In Solidarity on New Years Eve.
Stand In Solidarity on New Years Eve with IUE-CWA at Momentive on SATURDAY 12/31/16 noon The members of IUE-CWA Local 81359 are on strike at Momentive along with the smaller local 81380 union. .  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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NYS Cancer Services Program
Samantha Wagor from Community Outreach and Education Coordinator Cancer Services Program will be at HDHQ Thursday & Friday the 19th & 20th. at 10:30PM till Mid-nightand Friday 20th 10:30AM till Noon. Anyone who I signed up and filled out the forms last Thursday should come see me so I can either give them their kit or get them in contact with Nina, who will schedule them their appointment. Our program can give free colorectal cancer screenings to men and women who are ages 50-64. If someone is a ‘high risk’ individual for colorectal cancer (family history, personal history of Crohn’s disease or polyps, etc.) we can screen them before 50. We can also screen women ages 40-64 for breast and cervical cancers.
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Download: SPHP-CSP_flyer.pdf
Merry Christmas to all.

From the Times Union today.
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Note from President Dom.

Sisters and Brothers of local 359 ,


   Your will and perseverance to stand up against Corporate Greed is now being read across the country. News media from all over have been playing your story. CWA has brought  A professional film crew to document your stories on standing up and fighting back online around the clock and showing a more personal side to this ....I hope you all realize that you are making history , standing up for everyone across America that can't stand up for themselves. The support from everyone to date has been incredible thanks to each of you standing strong and fighting back!


 I hope you understand CWA in NY and Washington DC are fully involved in our fight now and have put the resources into this fight needed to win!! They are doing so much behind the scenes and have some big plans coming right after Christmas. If you want to quickly gauge our progress just call me , no matter what they say .... you can't hide the big financial losses and Customers getting very vocal .... sad !!! Look at shelves at certain customers , it's blatant ...
 Today is a nice service for our members and families at noon ... Bishop Hubbard and a whole group of clergy from every faith will be here at HDHQ , to say prayers to get a fair contract ....


  On another note :  Please thank Lacey , Dionne , Amy Corbett, Katie McBride and ALL the moms (  Lisa, Kim , Karin ) and others that went so far out of their way to help and volunteer for helping with the Christmas ? toy drive as well as the events including the keep us warm crew ... we can't thank you ALL enough ..., the support for all the Unions and community were amazing !


     We Will be at back at the table looking like the second week in January ( no official date ) of course when unemployment finally gives us pay ... The company will be once again trying their best to mess with your minds making threats and they'll be putting out more propaganda to return to work or else . I truly apologize for not communicating more in writing but unfortunately some people are taking  everything we write and handing it directly to the company . We will not allow any statements to be used as tools or weapons against us or our members! If you have any questions please stop and contact me 518-935-3445 I'm here every morning and usually here till least six and o'clock every night. I've made trips back at night when needed and it's all good ..

Reminder:Noon Thursday, A Non-Denominational Service.
Faith on the Line Clergy Service for IUE-CWA Local 81359/81380 Members A Non-Denominational Service for Striking Workers. The dedicated members of IUE-CWA Local 81359/81380 made the difficult decision to strike at Momentive Performance Materials in Waterford, NY, Nov 2, 2016 to preserve good, solid jobs in our communities.
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Download: Media Advisory faith on the line.pdf
Message from our Legal Team
It's very important that no employees of Momentive make any public statements that would be considered to be disparaging of Momentive's products or business practices because such statements would not be protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act and, therefore, could lead to discharge.
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Unemployment Insurance Q&A
Brothers & Sisters, Direct from Unemployment Insurance, Q&A fact sheets delivered to HDHQ today from DOL. Also see the Q&A sheet attached on website.
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Download: Q&As for Momentive Performance Workers.pdf
Toy Drive Distribution

Members of IUE-CWA 81359 and 81380 on Monday & Tuesday (12/19 &12/20) Lacey and Dionne will be at the American Legion Post 91 427 S Main St, Mechanicville, NY 12118, distributing toys that been collected from the toy drive from 10:00am - 10:00 pm . Parents are welcome to come in and pick out something(s) for their child, children or grandchildren.

Thanks to all who help support this effort to give the kids of striking workers a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday December 21st.

Chicken BBQ and Fixins. Susan McCloskey & Bruce Kussius donating the chicken and other supplies and Chris Hatalsky JR.doing the BBQ. Looking for volunteers to help orchestrate the event.

Wednesday December 21st 11AM till 4:30.

HOTDOG HQ 301 Hudson River Road Waterford NY, 12188.


Download: chicken-bbq-flyer.pdf
Edited: Kids Christmas gifts deadline.
 Sisters & Brothers, Lacey & Dionne collected a lot of toys for IUE CWA striking workers for Christmas. Please find attached the Kids Christmas Gift sign up sheet. Please get this form filled out and turned in tonight or contact Lacey Weber 518-470-6603. Great support from our all our local people, unions and business! Thanks to all for your support.
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Download: Kids Christmas Gift sign up.xlsx.pdf
Sanders offers support for Momentive strike.

The Daily Gazette

WATERFORD -- Those who remained on the picket line outside Momentive Performance Materials in Waterford despite increasingly frigid temperatures Thursday were bolstered by news this week that one of the nation’s leading progressive figures, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, supports their cause. 

The Vermont Senator and former presidential candidate issued a statement earlier this week, saying that while he could not join those striking on Hudson River Road in person, “I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the 700 members of IUE and CWA Locals 81359 and 81380 in your fight against corporate greed and for the economic security of your families.”

Sanders’ statement came more than a month after the strike began and after union leaders and Momentive representatives were unable to come to an agreement on a new contract. Those on strike say the contract offered by the company would negatively impact workers’ pensions and healthcare. 

“At a time when corporate America is engaged in a ruthless race to the bottom, you are fighting back against efforts by a profitable company that’s trying to jack up your healthcare costs, undermine your vacation time, reduce 401(k) payments and take away healthcare benefits from retirees who worked for decades in a dangerous chemical plant environment,” wrote Sanders in his letter of support. 

“We are absolutely thrilled that Senator Sanders has taken the time to read up, study the facts and show his support to 700 chemical workers trying to get a fair contract with a corporate bully,” said Dom Patrignani, president of the IUE CWA 359.

He said those on the picket line are still relying on burn barrels and wood to keep warm, as temperatures were expected to hit zero Thursday evening. 

“Morale is high as we look after each other,” he added.

Momentive Spokeswoman Tina Reiber provided a prepared statement in reaction to Sanders' support of the strikers.

She attributed changes in health care coverage to rising healthcare costs nationwide, which she said “have forced us to take prudent steps to contain medical, dental and prescription drug costs, including shifting employees to Consumer Health Plans, which can provide savings for both employers and employees.”

She noted that, while CHPs may have higher deductibles, they have lower upfront costs compared to alternatives.

“CHPs’ higher deductibles can be offset with the lower premium costs and Momentive’s contributions to employees’ Health Savings Accounts, typically resulting in an overall lower annual cost for most employees,” Reiber said in the prepared statement. “The offers made to the union aligned healthcare benefits with those that our other North America employees have had for years."

In his statement of support, Sanders noted that the company is doing well enough to pay its CEO $5.4 million a year, while “the company’s refusal to negotiate in good faith has put the safety of surrounding communities at risk.” 

In the first seven days of December, the Department of Environmental Conservation recorded seven separate spill incidents, none more than 25 gallons, on Hudson River Road in Waterford. 

State Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, who represents the 113th District, visited the picket line earlier this month and later wrote a letter to Momentive CEO and President Jack Boss.

“In the full year from November 2015 to November 2016, Momentive reported 37 spills total, averaging just three per month,” Woerner wrote.

Reiber said safety was "of the utmost importance” to Momentive, in the prepared statement, adding that replacement workers have been trained and qualified to the same standards as all employees.

She repeated a prepared statement offered in the wake of Woerner's criticism of the company: “Today, the operation of our site is being overseen by our tenured Momentive engineering team and experienced supervisors who once operated the equipment. These engineers and supervisors are the same employees the union operators would go to for help or advice during non-strike operations." 

https://dailygazette.com/article/2016/12/15/sanders-offers-support-for-momentive-strike

Help from Retiree Council 10 of NYSUT.

I am the webmaster and newsletter editor for RC 10, and we would like to make sure members get enough information that they would be able to volunteer and/or donate to help your cause. One concern at our Board of Directors meeting yesterday is that people felt like they did not have enough information to go and help on the picket line. Questions came up about where to park, etc. Any information you could give us would help. We are thinking of "assigning" a day for our local to support. Also, if they wanted to donate money or food how would they do that? Do you need other kinds of help that we don't know about (ie perhaps cooking, etc.?) I look forward to your response. I already have an article on our website but would like to expand on it. http://rc10.ny.aft.org/take-action/momentive-strikers-need-our-help. Donations can be Wood , water , any kind of food , soups , chili or anything home cooked ( our strikers love home cooked and we can keep it warm or cold )!.. we feed everyone as we said 24/7... nothing goes to waste and we have some real creative folks .

If there is money it can be sent to :

IUE-CWA strike defense Fund

P.O. Box 339

Waterford N.Y. 12188

More information can be found at momentiveworkers.com. There is also a letter on the website that is very easy to fill out, and will be sent to the Momentive CEO asking him to be fair in bargaining with the workers. It only takes a minute! If you have further questions, contact IUE CWA 359, Dom Patrignani, pres359@gmail.com.

Deb Escobar

American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO.

Sanders gives support to strike.

MOMENTIVE Sanders gives support to strike.

U.S. senator praises Momentive workers for fighting cutbacks By Brian Nearing SANDERS Waterford Onetime Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders has come out in support of striking workers at the Momentive Performance Materials chemical plant in Waterford. On Tuesday, the U.S. senator from Vermont wrote to members of IUE/ CWA who have been striking outside the plant since Nov. 2, saying their action is ?connected to workers all over the country ... At a time when there are so many efforts to divide working people from one another, you are an inspiration." Sanders also blasted the owners of the Momentive plant on Routes 4 and 32, saying the ?profitable company? is trying to take away workers? vacation time, reduce 401(k) benefits, raise health insurance costs and cut retiree benefits. ?Miraculously, Momentive somehow has plenty of money to pay its CEO (Jack Boss) $5.4 million in compensation,? Sanders wrote. More than 700 members of Locals 81359 and 81380 are on strike around the plant?s entrances. ?We certainly appreciate the letter of support and concern from the senator,? said Local 81359 President Dominick Patrignani. ?We are going to stand strong and fight for a fair contract.? The plant makes chemical adhesives and sealants, and plant owners are planning to resume production, which was halted during the runup to the strike. Company managers and several hundred newly hired replacement workers are now inside the plant. Sanders said Momentive?s ?refusal to negotiate in good faith has put the safety of surrounding communities at risk,? wrote Sanders. ?No company should be able to endanger public safety in this manner as a tactic to undermine the legitimate claims of the workers." The plant is the former General Electric Silicones, which was sold in 2006 to Apollo Management LP, a private-equity fund in New York City. It was part of a $3.8 billion sale of the GE division. While Local 81359 represents most of the strikers, the strike also includes two smaller locals, one representing laboratory workers in Waterford, and the other workers at another Momentive plant in Willoughby, Ohio. Earlier labor contracts at Momentive in 2010 and 2013, which included pay cuts and other concessions, passed narrowly. --

Darcy Wells Communications Director New York State AFL-CIO

dwells@nysaflcio.org o:518-436-8516 c:518-859-1274

Former GE employees with 25 or more years of GE service.

Former GE employees with 25 or more years of GE service. Dom. here is important info that needs to be passed along to all of our members that were former GE employees with 25 or more years of GE service. I just got off the phone with the GE benefits center. I was told that for those of us under 65 years of age with over 25 years of GE service we are now qualified to purchase GE insurance at 50% of cost, which for 1 person would be between $267.21 and $313.04, with 3 choices, and the cost depending on which level of coverage you opted for. Coverage will be retroactive to December 1, 2016. I was told this opportunity will only exist for 60 days until January 29 2017. I was also told that the reason for this opportunity was because our insurance was canceled on December 1, 2016 and that that cancellation creates what is called a "qualifying event". Depending on the outcome of this strike and what individual choices we make we may never get another qualifying event, and may forever lose our opportunity to benefit from this offer. In order to possibly at some time in the future have another qualifying event occur we must once again be enrolled in Momentive Insurance, and once again lose that coverage because of another qualifying event. If we opt to enroll in this GE offered insurance and we are returned to Momentive insurance at some time in the future then we can cancel the GE insurance without penalty, and will again be eligible when/if another qualifying event occurs.

New Article on our website that you will want to read
Dom,
I am giving you a link to an article on our website that I KNOW you will appreciate.  It was posted tonight
 
If there is anything I can do for you and your members please let me know.  We will be regularly soliciting people to join you on your picket line.
In Solidarity,
Barry
 
Barry A. Kaufmann
 
President
NYS Alliance for Retired Americans
800 Troy Schenectady Rd.
Latham, NY 12110

president@newyorkstateara.org

Support letter from Bernie Sanders
Brothers & Sisters, Please find attached support letter from Bernie Sanders. One Day Longer One Day Stronger.
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Download: Momentive.pdf
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 gifts deadline.

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

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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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.

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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

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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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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

  

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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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Informative, Action Oriented --  Please Visit These Sites

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

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

Common Dreams --Robert Reich Page

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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
Fund Raiser for the 26,meals available for delivery.
Brothers and Sisters who are working afternoons tomorrow You can sign up to have a meal delivered to you. Read More...
Fund Raiser for the 26 !
Italian Fraternal Hall Viall Ave Mechanicville 4-8 PM. See attached flyer. Read More...
WNY Labor Today News.
http://www.wnylabortoday.com/ A Good Labor Lesson To Make All Aware Of: It Was ‘Member Unity’ At The United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America That’s Being Credited For ‘Winning’ Gains, ‘Not’ Givebacks, in Contract With Wisconsin Company   On The Annual Commemoration Honoring The Legacy Of Dr. Read More...
Friday rally in NYC.
Sisters and Brothers , we really need to take this mobilization effort to a higher level. Anyone that can help Friday take the trip to the Rally at Apollo HQ would be greatly appreciated. Please contact VP Darryl dhoushower1@gmail.com or 935-5622 ASAP to sign up... Thank you !  President Dom. Read More...
Note from Dom.
Sisters and brothers of local 359 and 380, We thank each and every member for the perseverance and will standing strong around the clock fighting corporate greed. We've just learned that the company will be filing an attempt at an injunction of our peaceful protesting that we've been doing since November 2nd. Read More...
Stand In Solidarity on New Years Eve.
Stand In Solidarity on New Years Eve with IUE-CWA at Momentive on SATURDAY 12/31/16 noon The members of IUE-CWA Local 81359 are on strike at Momentive along with the smaller local 81380 union. .  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. Read More...
Unemployment Insurance Q&A
Brothers & Sisters, Direct from Unemployment Insurance, Q&A fact sheets delivered to HDHQ today from DOL. Also see the Q&A sheet attached here. Read More...
Download: Q&As for Momentive Performance Workers.pdf
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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Fund Raiser for the 26,meals available for delivery.

Brothers and Sisters who are working afternoons tomorrow You can sign up to have a meal delivered to you.
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Fund Raiser for the 26 !

Italian Fraternal Hall Viall Ave Mechanicville 4-8 PM. See attached flyer.
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WNY Labor Today News.

http://www.wnylabortoday.com/ A Good Labor Lesson To Make All Aware Of: It Was ‘Member Unity’ At The United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America That’s Being Credited For ‘Winning’ Gains, ‘Not’ Givebacks, in Contract With Wisconsin Company   On The Annual Commemoration Honoring The Legacy Of Dr.
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Friday rally in NYC.

Sisters and Brothers , we really need to take this mobilization effort to a higher level. Anyone that can help Friday take the trip to the Rally at Apollo HQ would be greatly appreciated. Please contact VP Darryl dhoushower1@gmail.com or 935-5622 ASAP to sign up... Thank you !  President Dom.
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Note from Dom.

Sisters and brothers of local 359 and 380, We thank each and every member for the perseverance and will standing strong around the clock fighting corporate greed. We've just learned that the company will be filing an attempt at an injunction of our peaceful protesting that we've been doing since November 2nd.
Read More...

Stand In Solidarity on New Years Eve.

Stand In Solidarity on New Years Eve with IUE-CWA at Momentive on SATURDAY 12/31/16 noon The members of IUE-CWA Local 81359 are on strike at Momentive along with the smaller local 81380 union. .  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.
Read More...

Unemployment Insurance Q&A

Brothers & Sisters, Direct from Unemployment Insurance, Q&A fact sheets delivered to HDHQ today from DOL. Also see the Q&A sheet attached here.
Read More...
Download: Q&As for Momentive Performance Workers.pdf

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...

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.
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.

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.

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.


Women Working Event
Sisters and Brothers, Lacey and Dionne will be honored November 29th at 4:30 at NYSUT in Latham. If you can attend. Please call me or send an e-mail….. , I’ve RSVP’d for 12-18 members of Local 359….. thanks… Dom 518-935-3445.
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Download: 20171118101931477.pdf
Elections for Office – IUE 81359

Elections will be held November 28th from 6am -12 Noon and November 29th from 6am -5pm at the Hotdog HQ across the street from the plant. Top 3 votes casted for Trustees. Elections will be run by the Election Committee. Announcement of election results will be December 1st at 11:45 am Union Meeting.  Shop Steward Elections to take place Dec./ Jan. 2018.

INCLUDED ADDENDUM: UNION PAID LOST TIME FOR MEETINGS FOR STEWARDS/ALTERNATES ON OFF/SHIFTS.

President:
Dominick Patrignani
William Johnson

Vice-President :
Shawn Mastropietro - sole nomination, position awarded

Secretary-Treasurer:
William Stackman - sole nomination, position awarded

Chief Shop Steward:
Gregory Miller Jr
Todd Robbins

Trustees (3 positions)
Conrad Lape
Christopher Stott
Vincent Angerami
Mark Dunham
Darrell Herrington
Gilbert Travis


 


Download: AAA Election Notice November 2017 Local 359.docx
Voting Results and Nominations.
President Patrignani, Per the IUE-CWA Election Committee chair, Mark Smith, I have been notified with the results of the strike authorization vote held on 11/2 and 11/3. Strike authorization passed by a margin of 97% for and 3% against. Also, nominations were held today at our monthly meeting.
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Last day to vote. Get out and VOTE!

Stewards and Alternates, PLEASE REACH OUT TO EVERY MEMBER OF LOCAL 359 AND PRINT THIS AND POST….. THANK YOU ALL AGAIN AND PLEASE TELL EVERYONE WEAR THEIR RED SHIRTS ONTHURSDAY…..AND STOP BY FOR A VISIT……

 

If you need a new shirt contact Bill Stackman via email bill@local81359.com.

 

VOTING AGAIN IS NOV. 2ND 6AM -5PM AND FRIDAY NOV. 3RD 6AM-5PM AT HDHQ.


Download: NOVEMBER 2nd , 2017.docx
TODAY Rally Outside the Hilton Albany
Sisters and Brothers of Local 359 ..... here is a rally for workers in the Capital District fighting Corporate Greed once again .... try to get out for an hour and support these workers ! They were here for us and one of them spent quite a bit of time sending those large pots of soup to us throughout the strike ! It's greatly appreciated ... Visit Our Site.
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Please support this upcoming Local Cancer walk event !

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Sisters and Brothers of Local 359,

      On October 8th, 2017 , the Local 81359 Women’s Committee with the help of everyone they can get from Local 359 ,  will be participating in the Mechanicville/Stillwater Mini-Walk for Breast Cancer. We will be starting the walk at the Mechanicville Elks Lodge, 300 Park Avenue. 11:00 am.

Our local raised over $1000.00 last year and we are hoping to top this again……  

Please let us come together as a union and support this cause within our community. This again is a great way to pay forward a community that gave us awesome support during our strike and it’s a great cause to support……

Any questions, contact Dionne Welch ext. 3670 B shift / cell 518-681-6342     Amber Izzo ext. 3572 Days

                                            

We need all registrations returned to Dionne or Amber by September 29th,2017.

(Print out the form enclosed and get it back to them……)

If you can’t walk , you can also donate to this great cause……….

( Please donate by check payable to Mechanicville-Stillwater Breast Cancer walk!)

We ask all area Stewards to help

Local 359 will cover the $20 donation fee for any member WALKING IN THE EVENT as we’ve done every year ……..


Download: Mechanicville Stillwater Breast Cancer walk 2017 .pdf
FINAL CONCLUSION OF THE FIGHT FOR 26 OR ACTUALLY 1
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Seats available for Retirement Workshop

Are you on track to retire comfortably? Preparing now could make all the difference. Consider:

  • When will you be able to retire?
  • How much money do you need to save?
  • Do you have a retirement income plan?
  • How will income taxes and inflation affect your retirement plan? 

You're invited to attend our Retirement Bound Workshop to get answers to these questions. You'll also learn about the five important steps to take now that may help pave the way to a happier retirement. 


6:00 p.m.            Registration and light refreshments
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  Workshop presentation

To reserve seats, please contact Kathy at kpenfold.capcom@LPL.com
or (518) 782-0209 ext. 4162 by September 26.

Can't make the workshop? Click here to schedule a complimentary appointment with a CCFS Advisor to discuss your retirement plans.

CAP COM Financial Services, LLC.
John Shartrand

Brian Tramontano
Jim Faranda
Steven Massey


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Labor Day Parade

Dom named Union leader of the year!

This Award goes to 700 striking workers of Local 359 and 380. We thank EVERYONE for the support of these brave workers and as we stated earlier today ..... please continue to support our 1 that is still not back yet .... we ask for any support for Mike you can give ..... thanks ! President Dom 81359.
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LABOR DAY 2017
Sisters and Brothers of Local 359,       The E-Board of Local 359 would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous Labor Day holiday. I know many will be here working and we thank you for covering while others get the time off……. there is a pot luck picnic Monday for anyone that would like to attend.
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Download: Labor Day Parade Flyer no logo 2017.pdf
Update on Services for Nick Iavarone.
Sisters and Brothers, with great sadness we send this update. Nick was a great friend and co-worker to many here. Many had the pleasure of meeting Nick this winter as he was visiting different locations which he constantly gave me updates on ….. or trying is famous Pasta Fagioli  , garbage breads and soups at HDHQ. Please pray for Suz and the family….
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Change in location for Weekend Strike CWA 1118 and CWA D1
Location for Sunday Picketing: 12 noon to 4 pm at Central Ave , Mohawk Commons, Wilton or Queensbury .... AT&T closing the other stores for the weekend.
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Update on our 26.
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