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NYC Rally to Support Momentive Strikers - Fri Jan 13 at 4:30pm

Friday, January 13, 4:30pm, Apollo Global Management HQ, 9 West 57th Street, bw 5th and 6th Aves. 700 Members of IUE-CWA Locals 81359 and 8130 have been on strike at Momentive Manufacturing in Waterford, NY since November 2nd.  They are fighting massive health care cuts for active workers, and to stop the complete elimination of health and life insurance coverage for retirees.

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Stop Tom Price, Health & Human Services Nominee Who Wants to Privatize Medicare

Call Your Senator at 888-907-9365. President elect Trump has named Tom Price as his nominee to be Secretary of Health & Human Services. If Price is confirmed, he will lead the charge to privatize Medicare. This would be a disaster for working families. According to the Washington Post, "Price is a longtime advocate of a Medicare [privatization] where the government would provide assistance for seniors to buy private health insurance plans." (Washington Post, 2016).

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Union Plus Scholarship Application Due January 31

The 2017 scholarship application is now available. Click here to apply online for the 2017 online scholarship. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2017. 

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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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