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Tentative Agreement Reached at Cablevision!

The Communications Workers of America Local 1109 is pleased to announce that it has reached a tentative contract agreement covering 262 Cablevision employees in Brooklyn. Details of the agreement are being withheld pending presentation to the members, which will take place at a ratification meeting scheduled for Saturday evening. After a 37 month battle to win a contract, CWA looks forward to opening a new chapter in its relationship with Cablevision.

FCC says proposed net neutrality rules will withstand legal challenges from AT&T, Verizon

By Sean Buckley, Fierce Telecom. 2/4/15. The FCC says that Chairman Tom Wheeler's draft order to create net neutrality rules that would reclassify broadband Internet access under Title II has the legal footing it needs to withstand any legal challenges that telcos like AT&T and Verizon plan to launch once the rules come out.

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New New York Broadband Program to offer 100Mbps minimum

by Josh Taylor, ZDNet.com.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced plans to upgrade broadband across the state to provide minimum download speeds of 100Mbps by 2019.  The aim will be for the private sector to match the government investment, leading to a total $1 billion in funding for broadband upgrades.

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Union Plus Scholarship Deadline Approaching: Jan 31

Since 1992, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $3.6 million to students of union families. Over 2,400 union families have benefited from our commitment to higher education.

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Unions and Fairpoint in Federal Mediation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Allison Beck, Acting Director of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), issued the following statement on the labor negotiations between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and FairPoint Communications Inc.: "In response to a request from the FMCS, representatives of IBEW, CWA and FairPoint Communications Inc. will meet under FMCS auspices in Washington, D.C. FMCS has assigned a team of experienced mediators to assist the parties in reaching mutually acceptable agreements to resolve the work stoppage begun on October 17, 2014."

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Solidarity Brings Christmas Cheer to Striking Fairpoint Workers and Families

Thank you to all the Local 1101 members who made donations and sent gifts to the striking Fairpoint families. Workers and unions around the world donated thousands of toys, clothes, diapers and gift cards to ensure the families of striking workers have a happy holiday season. 

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Cablevision CEO James Dolan Violated Labor Laws Says Judge

By Jennifer Fermino, Daily News, 12/5/14. Cablevision CEO James Dolan violated multiple labor laws trying to stop workers in the Bronx from forming a union, including offering raises to employees to persuade them to vote against organizing, an administrative law judge ruled Thursday.

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Help Make Christmas Happen for Striking Fairpoint Families

Together, we can make sure children of Union Members on strike against FairPoint have gifts this Holiday Season!  BROTHERS & SISTERS PLEASE DONATE A TOY Order online by clicking here and your purchase will be sent directly to CWA Local 1400.

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Joe Beirne Foundation College Scholarships Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted through April 30, 2015, for the CWA Joe Beirne Foundation's annual scholarship offerings for the 2015-2016 school year. The Foundation's Board of Directors has approved the awarding of fifteen (15) partial college scholarships of up to $3,000 each, and the winners also will receive second-year scholarships for the same amount, contingent upon satisfactory academic achievement.

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Support Our Brothers & Sisters on Strike at Fairpoint in New England

Workers at Fairpoint Communications in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont have been on strike since October 17. Fairpoint bought the network in those states from Verizon in 2008.

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