CWA Wins Contract Battle

The Communications Workers of America recently won a good contract from Verizon. I’m sure there are many people who had believed that a strike is not the way to deal with a large corporation , especially a billion dollar multi-national one. a union that does not have a majority of the workers under there contract is at a great disadvantage. A strike in these times doesn’t bring the company to their knees. CWA  did a great job of Showing the rest of Labor how to do it. First and foremost they attempted to negotiate in good faith until they knew the time was right. The monetary losses to Verizon were minuscule compared to their 18 billion dollar yearly profits.This creates a problem , because you can’t out spend them. In order to make it hard on Verizon they used a two prong approach. One is they took their time and strengthened their support internally by framing the issues so that the members could see the benefits of going out. two is they have been very active politically , and they timed the strike to coincide with the New York Primary for President. This gave them a window of opportunity that brought two presidential candidates to the strike line , because no politician can resist a good media moment that can make hem look like they are strongly supporting the middle class.

Labor should take note , the political aspect is in my opinion the linch pin to winning. CWA backs strong labor candidates , and helped start a political party in New York. These two facts help to show that involvement in the political process brings a whole new tool to the bargaining table.

One last point i would like to make is that by working with Politicians and Passing laws that help take some issues Off the bargaining table a union can concentrate on larger issues that effect their members and society as a whole .

CWA Buffalo NY needs your help


Saturday May 7, 2016

Verizon Communications

65 Franklin St



We will meet, congregate, RALLY, and MARCH to express our SOLIDARITYfor the working class here in WNY. 

Beginning at 10:00am we will march as ONE from 65 Franklin St to 548 South Elmwood and join our friends in the LABOR and POLITICAL COMMUNITY as we COLLECTIVELY STAND UP and SPEAK OUTagainst VERIZON CORPORATE GREED and the CONTEMPT they have for their highly skilled workforce.

Stand against Verizon

Buffalo NY


39,000 Verizon and Verizon Wireless workers have been on strike since April 13 in a fight for their future against a company dead set on destroying their livelihoods and taking good jobs out of our communities.

There is a lot at stake. We cannot allow an immensely profitable Fortune 20 company to destroythousands of good jobs and inflate already outrageous executive pay.

If we’re going to win this fight, we need your help. Public support could make the criticaldifference in this struggle against corporate greed. Will you join us in this fight?

Here’s what you can do to help:

1) Join us on the picket line:

Join striking workers on the picket line at Verizon Wireless Stores

Picketing everyday   Mon – Sat 10am to 8pm      Sunday 11am to 5pm

Rally 4/28 @ 9am    3393 Union Rd. @ Walden

Rally 5/5   @ 9am    6733 Transit @ Wherle

Rally 5/12 @ 9am    1703 Niagara Falls Blvd. @ I-290

Please take photos to post on social media to show your solidarity!  Send them along and we will make sure striking workers see them:

2) Adopt-A-Store:

Adopt a Verizon Wireless store by committing to organize leafleting actions for two to three hours, two times per week.

Please reply to this email or call Margarita Hernandez for more information: 212-344-2515

3) Spread the word on social media:

Please share your solidarity actions on social media. Use the hashtag #StandUp2Vz

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Your support could make the difference in this fight. Please reply to this email with any questions.

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In solidarity,
Bob Master
Communications Workers of America, District 1

How to build a solid foundation for growth in Erie county

Today they topped off the Solar City building with a great speech by Erie County executive Mark Polancarz. The Basic function of trying to grow Erie county is to establish a solid base is to bring jobs to the Area. The IDA model that has been in place for so long has rarely panned out as it promised, leaving The taxpayers holding the bag for Jobs that actually cost us money. By taming up with Erie Community College , and Labor a better vision is at hand. Lets look at the framework. County executive Polancarz  works with the Governor to bring in seed money to help build the infrastructure , labor works to make sure the kind of jobs we need (living wage jobs) are being brought in . Erie community college is adapting and training workers , with collaboration from Solar city , in the skills they will need.
The end result is sustainable growth. first by attracting a viable , and growing industry to our area, second making sure these are good paying jobs that will add to the counties tax base, and third growing Erie community college as a first rate educational system for the needs of Erie counties residents.

Hello world!

I will be Adding Content as I Go . This is just an experiment in resurrecting the Knights of Labor into the 21 st century.With the decline in Union membership , it makes sense to allow anyone interested in work issues , that affect Them and their Families . Three things are important to a Knight of Labor: And yes in this order 🙂

  1. Family
  2. Work
  3. Brotherhood \ Sisterhood…. I guess we will call it Peoplehood

There are no dues, or fees for Membership, but we do need money , so donations are welcomed. We will consider starting a gofund me page or something in that vien, but for now , it really is just me.