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Local 1101 Stands With Striking Momentive Workers

A delegation led by 1101 Executive Board members traveled to Waterford NY this week to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters on strike on Momentive Performance Materials. The strikers are members of CWA/IUE Locals 81359 and 81380 and have been on strike since November 2.  They're picketing round the clock at all eight entrances to the massive chemical plant. They set up strike headquarters at an old hot dog stand across the street from one of the plant gates, and strikers are there 24/7 cooking meals, serving hot drinks, organizing donations from the community.  As one striker said in the parking lot "They thought they could break us, but we're stronger now than we were when we walked out."  Click here for the photo album.

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Help Defeat the TPP Once and For All

Call your Congressperson TODAY, Wed, September 14 at 888-907-9365. It's time to defeat the TPP once and for all! This past month, ten Republicans who voted for TPA flipped and now oppose TPP. The Republican leadership has admitted they don't have enough support for a lame duck vote. But President Obama and corporate interests are fighting hard to keep it alive and declare victory in the lame duck session.

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Trump Taj Mahal Workers Strike in Atlantic City

CWA Local 1101 Vice President Al Russo speaking at rally in support of Taj Majal workers earlier this week.  Click here. Nearly 1,000 cooks, housekeepers, bellmen and servers from the Trump Taj hotel and casino in Atlantic City, NJ, represented by Unite Here Local 54, went on strike July 1 after negotiations broke down with management. The workers have seen massive wage cuts, termination of pensions, and loss of healthcare coverage in recent years.

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Solidarity Rally: Stop Union Busting at Brod Kitchen

Friday, Feb 19 5-7pm at 31 West 4th St (2 blocks west of Broadway).  Three years ago workers at Hot and Crusty started a union, the Hot and Crusty Workers Assocation. It was a courageous fight by mostly immigrant workers who believed in unions and solidarity, and after a bitter fight they won union representation and a contract. 

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Labor Notes Conference April 1-3, Chicago

Labor Notes Conferences are the biggest gatherings of grassroots union activists, worker center leaders, and all-around troublemakers. Don't miss a weekend of inspiration, education, and agitation. Click here for more information on the conference. Join thousands of union members, officers, and labor activists who are on the front lines in our workplaces and our communities, organizing new workers and agitating together. Meet troublemakers from around the country and around the world.

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Update: Legionnaires' Disease in South Bronx

As of Monday, August 4th, the number of people affected by "the South Bronx Outbreak" of Legionnaires' disease has climbed to 81, including 7 deaths. Five cooling towers in the South Bronx have tested positive for legionella: the Opera House Hotel, The Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, a Verizon office building, Streamline Plastics Company, and the Concourse Plaza. All 5 have been flushed with bleach, followed by fresh water.

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Justice for Farmworkers

Farmworkers in NY, thousands of men and women who feed us each day, deserve a day of rest, overtime pay, the right to organize and form a union among many other important rights that all other workers enjoy.

NY’s farmworkers form the backbone of the state’s multi-billion agricultural industry, but these workers are excluded from basic labor protections under state and federal law. These Jim Crow laws deprive over 80,000 farmworkers of the rights that other workers take for granted. EVERY TUESDAY IN JUNE, PLEASE CALL GOVERNOR CUOMO AND YOUR LEGISLATORS at  1-877-255-9417 and tell them to pass the FARMWORKERS FAIR LABOR PRACTICES ACT (S.1291/A.4762)

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Chris Shelton Elected President of CWA

Christopher Shelton was elected the new president of the Communications Workers of America by acclamation of delegates to the union's 75th convention. He succeeds Larry Cohen who stepped down after serving as president for ten years and spending 39 years organizing and working in CWA.

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Call Congress Today and Tell Them to Save American Jobs

Call your member of Congress at 1-855-980-2384 and ask them to oppose Fast Track right now.  It's now or never to stop Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This job-killing bill recently passed in the Senate. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on Fast Track any day now. We can defeat this bill but we will need every possible vote so we need to keep the pressure on every member of Congress.

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Make Your Voice Heard: Stop Fast Track on TPP Now

The House of Representatives will vote on Fast Track for TPP soon. Call your Congressperson today and tell them "As a constituent, I expect you to stand up for American workers and oppose Fast Track for the TPP."  Call 888-966-9836 to be connected to your representative. 

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