If you Haven't Applied for Unemployment Insurance Yet, Do So Now

CWA worked with the New York State Department of Labor to make it easier for members to file for unemployment benefits. Members should go to and sign up for unemployment benefits right away.

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Frequently Asked Questions About a Strike

Updated April 21, 2016. 1. How often is picket duty? Every member is required to perform picket duty every day for the first 14 days of a strike. You should report to your regular work location and your Chief Steward will let you know if you are staying there for the day, or assigned to mobile picketing or a Verizon Wireless store.  Every member should report for picket duty every day through April 30. Beginning the week of May 1, picket duty will be 5 days a week. We are doing a great job putting pressure on the company and we can’t let up. Your Chief Steward will let you know your picket duty assignment.

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CWA District 1 NY/NE Regional Bargaining Report #51, April 19, 2016

The CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met today at the Rye town Hilton. We informed the Company bargaining committee members that Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam had been out to a few picket lines talking to striking members. We advised them that McAdam made the following incorrect statements to our members: 

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Bronx Rally & March Wed, April 20

Meet outside Verizon garage at 2885 Jerome Avenue, Bronx NY 10468 at 10:30am. We'll march to the Verizon Wireless store at 153 East Fordham Rd and rally there with elected officials.

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ON STRIKE! March & Rally, Monday April 18

March and Rally, Monday, April 18. Local 1101 meet at 230 West 36 St at 10am. Other CWA Locals, allies and elected officials will join us in a march to the 125 West 42 St Verizon Wireless Store. Everyone should be there! All hands on deck!

Day 2 on the Picket Line - Standing Strong

Another amazing day on the picket line.  Fight for $15 rallies in the early morning and later afternoon, a massive march across the Bridge Bridge, rally with our brothers and sisters from CWA 1109 and CWA 1105, and a march to the Bernie/Hillary debate. Click the headline for an amazing video of day 2 across the footprint.

Amazing First Day on the Picket Lines!

We had a great start. We'll stand together for a strong finish! Click the headline to see the video.

Thursday Strike Action: March Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Thursday, April 14: Thursday during the day : Picketing at work locations and wireless stores. Thursday at 3pm: We'll meet at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, outside the 4/5/6 Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall subway stop. We'll march across the bridge and meet up with our brothers and sisters from CWA Local 1109 in Brooklyn, then march together to the Clinton/Sanders debate. Tons of national media will be there.

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We are officially on strike! We will stand as one and we will win! Today's strike schedule is as follows: 6am Rally at 230 West 36 St CO, between 7 and 8 Ave.  After the rally go to your regular work locations and get picketing assignments from your Chief. Bronx members will go to the location they were assigned by their Chiefs.

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Verizon Workers to Strike - New CWA Video

CWA Press Release, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Click the headline to watch the video: VERIZON WORKERS SHARE WHY THEY'RE GOING ON STRIKE. After ten months trying to reach a fair contract, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginia will be walking off the job at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The Verizon strike will be by far the largest work stoppage in the country in recent years.

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