Local 1180 News
Governor Cuomo Outlines 2021 Agenda: Focus Is On Defeating COVID, Reopening State & Jumpstarting Economy
Jan. 18, 2021
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced his 2021 agenda – Reimagine | Rebuild | Renew – features nation-leading proposals to not only defeat COVID-19, but also tackle critical issues facing New York and the country, including jumpstarting New York’s economic recovery; creating a fairer, more just state; reopening the state; becoming a leader in the growing green energy economy; and rebuilding and strengthening New York’s infrastructure. Proposals include legalizing adult-use cannabis and online sports betting; first-in-the-nation affordable internet for all; safely bringing back the arts with pop-up performances and events; the largest off-shore wind program in the nation; five dedicated port facilities to make New York a global wind energy manufacturing powerhouse; building a green energy transmission superhighway and; The largest infrastructure plan in the nation to update the state’s airports and transportation infrastructure, including a new Port Authority bus terminal, and redevelop Manhattan’s Midtown West neighborhood. READ MORE
2021 State of the State Address
CWA Local 1180 Reaches Agreement with City to Prevent Layoffs
Nov. 12, 2020
Communications Workers of America Local 1180 negotiated an agreement with the City of New York that will prevent the layoffs of members through at least June 2021.
Local 1180 President Gloria Middleton said the agreement will save the City $15.9 million by deferring payments to both the union’s active and retiree welfare funds in exchange for no layoffs of Local 1180 members in Mayoral agencies, the Department of Education, or New York City H+H through June 2021.
Once the target amount of $15.9 million in savings has been achieved, the City will resume making regular contributions to the Welfare Funds, and will make lump sum contributions to the Funds representing one-third of the amount withheld, on or about Oct. 31, 2021, Nov. 30, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021.
“As President of Local 1180, I have a responsibility to protect the jobs of my members and to make sure that their benefits remain intact,” Middleton said. “However, I also understand that a pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime event that has brought with it economic destruction the likes of which no one could have predicted. I’m glad we were able to work in partnership with the City to come to terms on an agreement that helps them financially and keeps our members employed.”
The agreement also stipulates that should the City of New York receive $5 billion in budget relief from federal and state sources, the no-layoff agreement would be extended through June 30, 2022. New York City has been anxiously waiting on federal funding from the HEROES Act or other means, and for New York State to pass Early Retirement Incentive legislation and grant New York City borrowing power that would ease the financial noose around its neck. Middleton stressed the need for both the federal and state governments to do their jobs and stop the political battles that up until this point have left municipal workers wondering if they would receive pink slips for the holidays.
“We are all hopeful that the President-elect will get federal dollars flowing to states that have been the hardest impacted by the pandemic,” Middleton said. “But for now, our members’ jobs have been saved and calmer heads have prevailed. As a union and as a citywide labor movement, we are stronger together and are continuing to push our state legislators to do what we need to make sure essential workers are able to stay on the frontlines and continue providing New Yorkers with the essential services they rely on.”
Newly Elected Executive Board & Delegates to CWA Convention
President Gloria Middleton and 10 other Executive Board members were re-elected by acclamation on Oct. 1 after the union’s Election Committee met and determined that no further proceedings were required. They are being joined by three new Board members. “I want to thank the members of CWA Local 1180 not just for the confidence you have shown in my leadership as your president, but for the entire Board throughout the years. The Executive Board, with our members’ support, has set record-making precedencies in New York for workers and our communities,” Middleton wrote in a recent letter to the membership. “You, our 1180 members, continue to support us, as we now have 99% dues-paying, signed membership cards on record, enabling us to do the necessary work that keeps CWA LOCAL 1180 on the map. AND we continue to grow.”
The Executive Board-elect is comprised of: Gloria Middleton, President: Georgina Strickland, First Vice President; Gerald Brown, Second Vice President; Robin Blair-Batte. Secretary-Treasurer; and Lourdes Acevedo, Recording Secretary. Members-at-Large are: Teesha Foreman, Ranston Foster, Denise Gilliam, Helen S. Jarrett, Debra Paylor, Rosario Roman, Gregory Smith, Venus Colon Williams, and Hazel O. Worley.
Regina Kelly, Election Committe Chair, read off the election results at the Oct. 14 General Membership Meeting, where she declared the unopposed candidates to be the elected Officers, Executive Board, and Delegates to the Convention of CWA 2021-2023. Other Election Committee members are Co-Chair Earlene Powell, Debra Busacco, Carmen Carter, Shakima Ivory, George Johnson, and Rita Richards. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new Officers and Executive Board will be sworn in during the January virtual General Membership Meeting.
NYC Gets Extra Month For 2020 Census After Judge Blocks Trump Administration's September 30th Deadline
gothamist.com, Sept. 26, 2020
New Yorkers have been given another month to fill out their census forms—and ensure enough resources for New York City—after a federal judge ruled issued a preliminary injunction to the September 30th deadline.
In a decision that applies to all 50 states, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in California wrote in a 78-page opinion that the shortened 2020 Census deadline—originally October 31st—would have led to "inaccuracies in the tabulation" which would "harm constitutional and statutory interests. The Census process, overseen by the U.S. Department of Commerce, serves as a primer for the federal government in deciding where $1.5 trillion of federal aid goes based on population estimates. (Read More)
At 65%, Approval of Labor Unions in U.S. Remains High
news.gallup.com, Sept. 3, 2020
As Labor Day approaches and economic conditions in the U.S. remain tenuous, Americans' 65% approval of labor unions is once again the highest it has been since 2003. Public support for labor unions has been generally rising since hitting its lowest point of 48% in 2009, during the Great Recession.
Gallup's initial reading of the public's support for labor unions was 72% in 1936, at the advent of the modern U.S. organized labor movement, and approval peaked at 75% in 1953 and 1957. The lowest ratings to date have been recorded during particularly weak economic times. This includes the late 1970s and early to mid-1980s -- when support fell below 60% for the first time -- and 2009 through 2012, when it hovered around 50%. (Read More)
Council Bills to Aid Families of City Workers Who Die of Coronavirus
By BOB HENNELLY (The Chief)
May 7, 2020
Under two bills moving through the City Council, the surviving family members of hundreds of municipal civil servants who died from COVID-19 would be entitled to benefits that previously were granted to the families of 9/11 World Trade Center responders who died. The civil-service package, sponsored by Council Civil Service and Labor Committee Chairman Daneek Miller, would entitle the surviving spouse and children of the deceased city employee to health coverage and classify as line of duty the death of that civil servant. (Read More)
Eyewitness News: August 7, 2019
QUEENS, New York City (WABC) -- Public defender Tiffany Caban has conceded the Queens District Attorney race, more than a week after Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was declared the winner. The race had been the subject of a court challenge involving some of the dozens of contested ballots cast in the primary race between Katz and Caban.
Cabán told supporters on Tuesday night that her campaign was conceding after a judicial review of disputed ballots didn't significantly alter Katz's slim lead in the tightly contested race. 99 of the 114 unopened and invalidated affidavit ballots were reviewed Tuesday by a judge at the Board of Elections in Queens. That includes 42 ballots that Caban challenged during the manual recount and 28 that Katz challenged. Caban had said if the more than 100 invalidated paper ballots are counted she could come out ahead in the end.
The Senate voted to pass the bipartisan Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act 97-2. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, were the only two senators to vote against the bill. The legislation was signed into law by the President the following week, and extended and fully funded the VCF through 2090. The signing of the bill renewing the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund means there will be continued financial support for those stricken with World Trade Center-related illnesses, and there are more of these patients every day.
As the Fund was running out of money prior to this bill being signed into law, many 9/11 First Responders received reduced awards for their illnesses.
The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act requires that beginning on October 1, 2019, the Special Master make whole victims who received reduced awards as the Fund was running out of money.
Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya recently announced that she plans to pay all victims who received reduced awards in full before September 11, 2019, which is the 18th anniversary of the attacks.