Communications of America 1105

Where's The Fairness?

On Friday CWA members from Virginia to New England rallied at 140 West Street to protest Verizon’s unnecessary and unconscionable retrogressive demands. With less than one week to the expiration of our collective bargaining agreement it is more important than ever that we send a clear signal to the company that we will strike if provoked.
The company’s total disregard for any union proposals coupled with their draconian retrogressive demands, if accepted, would reduce our current collective bargaining agreement to a pamphlet.
If this company wants to justify Lowell McAdams 16% wage increase to the Verizon Board of Directors by slashing the wages of working men and women who are trying to keep their families afloat, then our members will get more active in the political arena to convince the politicians that they need to close the loophole that enable Verizon to pay zero taxes and doing away with the carried interest loophole that allow corporate executive to cap their personal taxes at 15%.
Verizon, beware the sleeping tiger you might succeed in waking up.

CWA 1105 Tape Updated Friday, July 31, 2015 8:13 PM - CWA / Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
is now a menu item on the left of this site.
Bally's (Scientific Gaming) Bargaining Update
CWA Local 1105 Bally's members need the help of their Brothers and Sisters at Verizon
CWA Local 1105 organized the technicians at Scientific Gaming (Bally’s) who maintain the slot machines at three New York area casinos. We have been negotiating since November of 2013 with Scientific Gaming with little to no progress on major issues such as wages, benefits and a “just cause” clause in cases of termination, just to name a few. Our members know what they want, and what they want is a fair and equitable contract.
Please Call The NY State Gaming Commision on 518-388-3300 and ask them to protect our Technicians
and urge Scientific Gaming to negotiate a fair contract for their employees.
To access a full size copy of this flyer please click on the link to the right.
In 2007 Verizon sold its landline operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont for $2.7 billion to Fairpoint Communications. Fairpoint took a profitable land line business and ran it into the ground resulting in Fairpoint declaring bankruptcy in October of 2009. This had a serious effect on the thousands of former Verizon workers many represented by CWA and IBEW.
Since April of this year CWA and IBEW have been bargaining with Fairpoint to try to reach an equitable agreement before their contracts� expiration. From the beginning Fairpoint has demanded $700 Million in concessions. On October 14, 2014 CWA and IBEW struck Fairpoint and Fairpoint responded by freezing the pensions of 2000 union workers who built New England�s telephone system.
On day 23 of the strike, Saturday, November 8, 2014 the striking workers were joined by their brothers and sisters in Portsmith, ME from the surrounding Verizon territories including a delegation from CWA Local 1105. �This fight is our fight�� said CWA Local 1105 President Keith Edwards, ��what Fairpoint is attempting in New England is a preview of what we can expect from Verizon in our upcoming negotiantions.�

Applications for the CWA Joe Beirne Foundation annual scholarship are now available at

We need all members, their families and friends to call the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) on 888-701-0493 to urge them to require the build out of FIOS across the state as well as to redefine �Basic Service� to include broadband and cable television.


The Regional Work and Family recently approved increases in the current programs. The following description outlines the program enhancements.

Dependent Care Reimbursement Fund (DCRF): The weekly reimbursement is increasing from $50 to $100 effective June 1, 2014. Members will submit their paperwork in July. An email notification to participants announcing the change is planned.

Summer Camp: This summer 2 children will be eligible for 2 sessions of summer camp. The reimbursement will be increased from $200 per session to $300 per session. Each child is eligible for a reimbursement of up to $600 for both sessions. A family could receive up to $1,200 in reimbursements for 2 children.
Attached is information about the summer camp program , the application and the request for reimbursement form.

Pendants: Members will now be able to receive reimbursements for 2 family members. Current participants will be notified via e mail of this change in the near future.

August 2, 2013 -
In November 2006 Verizon unilaterally modified the Absence Control Plan (ACP); eliminating steps, changed the accepted definition of �satisfactory� under the ACP and introduced suspensions as part of the plan. CWA filed grievances regarding the numerous ways the company�s changes negatively impacted our members.
On May 22, 2011 the arbitrator� decision denied in part and sustained in part the claims made in our grievance.
The arbitrator ruled that:
1. The Company did not violate the just cause provision of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
2. The Company did violate the �1983 Freije letter�.
3. The Company did violate Article 44.02 of the CBA (Article 44 of the CWA 1105 CBA).
4. The Company did not violate Sec 8(a)(1) or 8 (a)(5) of the National Labor Relations Act.
The Arbitrator ordered the parties to meet to address and remedy the violations the arbitrator had identified. Under his ruling if the parties could not reach an agreement, he would retain jurisdiction and rule on the remedy to be applied. The parties failed to reach agreement and the case went back to the Arbitrator for further review.
On May 5, 2013 the Arbitrator issued a new ruling. This ruling reinstates the extra step to the ACP for employees that have 25 or more years of service and while preserving the company�s new definition of �unsatisfactory� under the ACP for purposes of justifying the suspension provisions of the modified plan which begin at Step 3, it does not allow the company to deny movement under the Specified Posted Vacancy (SPV) plan until an employee reaches Step 4 of the modified ACP.
Both arbitration rulings appear to the right on this web site.
All Verizon Leave of Absense status requests including:

FLMA (Family and Medical Leave Act) Leaves
Anticipated Disability Leaves
Care of Newborn Child (CNC) Leaves
Educational Leaves
Enhanced Educational Leaves
Family Care Leaves
Military Leaves
Personal Leaves

must be made by calling MetLife on 855-814-9344

CWA Local 1105 Members at Scientific Gaming (Bally's) Need Our Help
POSTED 06/29/15 12:32PM
Ballys verizon flyer.pdf

May 27th 2015 Mock Funeral for Congressman Lee Zeldin.
POSTED 05/28/15 11:24AM
5-27-15 Zeldin.pdf

CWA Local 1105 Does Practice Picketing
POSTED 04/09/15 4:40PM
4-9-15 PP.pdf

Memorandum of Agreement between CWA and SuperMedia extending contract to 10-10-15
POSTED 07/23/14 8:25AM
SUPERMEDIA_MOA_070914 (1) (3).pdf

Memorandum of Agreement - EIPP
POSTED 11/21/13 4:09PM
MOA- EIPP Offer-11-4-13.pdf

TTA Program Identity Theft
POSTED 10/22/13 1:43PM
Vz stolen laptop letter.pdf

ACP Arbitration May 5, 2013
POSTED 08/02/13 1:44PM
Arbitration decision ACP remedy -2013.pdf

ACP Arbitration May 22, 2011
POSTED 08/02/13 1:44PM
ACP Arbitration Decision-5-25-11.pdf

POSTED 03/04/11 12:27PM
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me.
- Martin Niemller

POSTED 09/29/11 2:19PM
SuperMedia Dues Deduction Form.pdf
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Empire City Casino
POSTED 04/26/13 11:09AM
Empire City Casino Dues Deduction Form.pdf
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32 B-J Legal Services
POSTED 01/16/15 9:46AM
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