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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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In Memoriam

Dear members, It is with a heavy heart that I write to you to commemorate two CWA Local 1101 members who we lost to COVID-19 this week. Sonny Aravena was a splicer out of Exterior Street, and Richard Stewart-Johnson was a Parking Production Assistant. 

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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.

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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RIP Sonny Aravena

Rolando "Sonny" Aravena passed away on Sunday, March 29th due to COVID-19. It was the day of his twin daughters' 10th birthday. Sonny left behind his wife Melody Aravena and their five children – Amberly, Jayden, Ethan, Ameera and Olivia.

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RIP Richard Stewart-Johnson - Online Funeral Service April 7

Update: Richard Stewart-Johnson's Service will be Tuesday, April 7 at 11am and can be viewed online here.  The service will begin promptly at 11am and will be as an hour long service. Please share this link with anyone wanting to view the live funeral service. The family will also hold a tribute balloon release at 130pm on Tues April 7th. Richie's favorite color was black. Thank you in advance and please be safe and practice social distancing in the honor of Richie. 

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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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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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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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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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