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Tell Trump We Need the Defense Production Act NOW

Dear members. I am writing today to ask you to take action. Our fellow union members, and many of us ourselves, are “essential workers” on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. CWA represents thousands of healthcare workers, telecom workers, direct care workers, utility workers, traffic enforcement agents and others, in our local and others throughout our District, and we need everyone's support right now.

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Information on Expanded Unemployment Benefits

There are expanded unemployment benefits available to workers who are out of work due to COVID-19. On March 27th, Congress passed the CARES Act, a $2 trillion stimulus package, the third in a series of legislative packages responding to the COVID-19 crisis. This Frequently Asked Questions Sheet from the NYS Department of Labor is a good overview of the expanded benefits, who's eligible and what the benefits are.

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Letter to our members from CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor, including info on unemployment insurance

Let me begin by saying that I sincerely hope that all of you and your families are safe and healthy, and that you are managing the extraordinary challenges posed by the crisis we are currently living through.  It is no exaggeration to say that none of us have experienced anything like this before.  Not only is a fearful disease spreading through the population, we are now also facing an economic crisis that is literally on the scale of the Great Depression. 


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FAQ on the Stimulus Bill & Information on Expanded Unemployment Benefits

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act (CARES) Act, including information on the stimulus checks, and expanded unemployment benefits, amounts and who's elgible. 

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CWA Statement on Passage of Economic Stimulus Bill to Respond to COVID-19 Crisis

Thanks to House and Senate Democrats, the legislation passed on March 27 to respond to the COVID-19 crisis is much improved for working families from the bills initially introduced by Senate Republicans that would have only been a bailout for corporations with no protections for workers, inadequate resources for hospital and healthcare providers, and no economic relief for struggling families.

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COVID-19 Company Specific Documents are under the COVID-19 Tab on Top Menu Bar

Local 1101 represent members from a number of different employers. To find COVID-19 company-specific information hover over the "COVID-19" tab on the top menu bar. Information pertaining to all members is on the front news page.Thank you, stay strong, stay safe.

We Need To Use The National Defense Production Act NOW.

We know many of you are out on the front-lines every day, working during these difficult times. We are doing everything we can to pressure the companies we have contracts with to protect their employees, our members and their families. Included in our 1101 family are nearly 600 members who work at Liberty Health, which encompasses substance abuse rehabilitation facilities Arms Acres and Conifer Park. 

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How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits and Help If You Need It

Brothers and Sisters. This is an extremely difficult time. We know that some of our members, including the Parking Production Assistants, are out of work and facing dire times. We wish we knew what the timeline or outcome of this crisis will be but of course we don't.

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CWA District 1 Resource Page on COVID-19 for Healthcare Workers & Everyone

CWA District 1 recently launched an important resource page, COVID-19 Updates for CWA Healthcare Workers. While directed to healthcare workers in particular, it includes useful information for everyone about COVID-19, symtoms, union response, and resource links.

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COVID-19: A message from CWA President Chris Shelton

March 19, 2020. Brothers and Sisters, I know that each and every one of you has felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis is unprecedented, and CWA members are on the front lines doing the work necessary to keep people informed, connected, and safe during this difficult time.

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