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With Pre-K For All, Opportunity Starts Now
The Pre-K for All application period for families with a four-year-old born in 2012 is now open! This includes children with disabilities and children whose home language is not English. The pre-K application period for the 2016-2017 school year will be open from January 25 - March 4, 2016. Families who apply will receive an offer letter in early May 2016, more than a month earlier than last year.
Pre-K for All provides free, full-day, high-quality pre-K and will lay the foundation of skills and knowledge to prepare for our children for school and life. All programs create a high-quality learning experience designed to support how young children learn and develop. How to Apply
Principals’ Union Says Mayor de Blasio Has Lost Focus on Students By Kate Taylor
When Mayor Bill de Blasio took office, it seemed like the start of a bright new day in the relationship between City Hall and the people who run New York City’s schools.
Rather than close struggling schools, as his predecessor Michael R. Bloomberg had done, Mr. de Blasio promised to support them. In November 2014, he and his schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña, announced a program to funnel resources, training and social services into 94 of the lowest-performing schools. Read More
Why You Should Pay Attention to the 'Friedrichs' Supreme Court Case
As the Supreme Court hears this case on Monday, that day will mark the beginning of a week of action to ensure that the public is aware of what's at stake: the ability of workers to stand up for themselves and for the people they serve. Read More
How New York's "Fight for $15" Launched a Nationwide Movement
The combination of fed-up workers, motivated organizers, and political opportunity created a perfect storm for New York City's carwasheros and fast-food workers in the fight for $15. See more
Wisconsin Loses 10,000 More Jobs After Passing Right To Work
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is in deep trouble as his state is losing jobs at record rates. Last year Walker promised that if the they passed Right To Work they would create tens of thousands of new jobs, once again proving that Right to Work is not a job creator. Read More
In the spirit of the season, I thought I’d introduce you to Uncle Bob. Uncle Bob is a curmudgeon who's wrong on many of the issues MoveOn members care about most. (He also happens to bear a striking resemblance to me, but don't be fooled.) by MoveOn.org
In this latest video, I offer a few suggestions for how you might respond to the predictable arguments of the "Uncle Bob" at your holiday table. Hope you enjoy and share.
CWA Joe Beirne Foundation Scholarship
About the Scholarship
Fifteen partial college scholarships of $3,000 each are being offered for the 2016-2017 school year. Winners, selected in a lottery drawing, also will receive second-year scholarships of the same amount contingent upon satisfactory academic accomplishment. Part-time students, less than 12 credits, will receive half of the scholarship monies.
Eligible for the awards are CWA members and their spouses, children and grandchildren, including those of retired or deceased members. Read More
Why the Fight for $15 Is Our Fight, Too
Across the country, CWA activists took to the streets to demand higher wages and a voice on the job. We stood with thousands of fast-food, bank, airline, home care and other service-sector workers, fighting for $15 an hour. Read More
Labor, Environmental Leaders Call on Congress to Reject TPP Agreement
In a media call, leaders from the BlueGreen Alliance – a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations – called on Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). After nearly six years of negotiations, the text of the TPP trade deal finally was made public last week. Read More
RIGHT TO UNION REP LOOMS LARGE AT NLRB
In three decisions on markedly different facts, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) fortified an employee’s right to a union representative upon request, underscoring the need for employers to have a union representative on duty at all times. Read more
An Epic Documentary Film Series about the History of the American Labor Movement! STRENGTH IN UNION (Full Trailer) Fundraising Trailer Short
Robert Reich: The Big Picture #SaveTheEconomy by MoveOn.org
Unions Win Court Ruling that
Chicago Pension Cuts are Unconstitutional
The City of Chicago's pension-cutting Senate Bill 1922 has been declared unconstitutional and void in its entirety. The ruling came July 24 from the Cook County Circuit Court in the Jones v. MEABF case brought by AFSCME and three other unions. The Court ruled that SB 1922's steep cuts to the pension benefits of active and retired participants in the city of Chicago Municipal Employees Annuity and Benefit Fund (MEABF) violate the state Constitution, which prohibits any measure that would diminish pension benefits already promised to active and retired public employees. Read more at: www.portside.org
CWA Statement on the Supreme Court Agreeing to Hear
Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association
Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association shows how extreme the assault on workers' bargaining rights has become. Read More
CWA Convention Delegates Elect New National and District Leaders
June 11, 2015
Christopher Shelton, vice president of CWA District 1 for 10 years, was elected CWA president by acclamation of delegates to the union's 75th convention in Detroit. Sara Steffens, who had been serving as secretary-treasurer of the Newsguild-CWA, was elected CWA secretary-treasurer. Read more
1180’s Important Milestone in Journey for Justice for Administrative Managers
We have reached an important milestone in our Journey to Justice for our Administrative Managers and all who will become Administrative Managers in the future. On Monday, April 6, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released determinations, in response to complaints filed by Communications Workers of America Local 1180, finding that there is reasonable cause to believe that New York City has violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963 in its employment of Administrative Managers. Read more
EEOC Issues Probable Cause Finding That NYC Discriminates Against its Employees
Recommends City pay $246 million and make corrective reforms
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Local 1180 Members Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contract
Local 1180 members have overwhelmingly ratified the MOA by a vote of 4723 in favor to 93 opposed. The ballots were tallied by the American Arbitration Association (AAA), which conducted the ratification vote by telephone and via the internet. Votes were counted on March 6, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. The Union has sent a notification to the Office of Labor Relations notifying them of the ratification and requesting that they take immediate action to guarantee the prompt payment of increases and retroactive pay under the MOA for all agencies employing Career and Salary plan titles covered under the MOA.
Local 1180 will continue negotiations on non-economic issues and provisions in the MOA on gain sharing and career opportunities and will report back to members with any further updates. Thanks to all those who voted in favor of the agreement.
Mayor de Blasio Wants to Know How You Would Make NYC Better
"What's your big idea for the future of New York City? Every four years, New York City updates PlaNYC to make sure that we're building toward a future that's resilient, sustainable, and makes sense for the lives of all New Yorkers. This year, we're making equity a lynchpin of PlaNYC -- and we've made the process more inclusive than ever before. Every New Yorker has a voice in this plan and can participate in building our city's future. What's your vision for New York City in the years and decades to come? Take this survey now to let us know.