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Happy Labor Day to the UCOMM Radio Nation. Check out the 36 things organized labor has done to make our country a better place to live and work!

All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
Paid Vacation
Sick Leave
Social Security
Minimum Wage
Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
8-Hour Work Day
Overtime Pay
Child Labor Laws
Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHAi)
40 Hour Work Week
Worker's Compensation (Worker's Comp)
Unemployment Insurance
Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
Employer Health Care Insurance
Collective Bargainingi Rights for Employees
Wrongful Termination Laws
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
Whistleblower Protection Laws
Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS)
Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
Sexual Harassment Laws
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADAi)
Holiday Pay
Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
Privacy Rights
Pregnancy and Parental Leave
Military Leave
The Right to Strike
Public Education for Children
Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

Union Economics. Doing the right thing does pay off. Check out this incredibly interesting story from the Huffington Post and the accompanying video; "Costco pays its workers average $45,000/year, compared to Sams Club that pays $17,000/year...and [Costco is] doing better then its competitors!"

Why we hate CEO's. While most Americans are struggling to get by, a privileged few have made bank over the past 3 years. CEO pay has risen about 37 percent since 2009! That's right, as Americans are losing jobs and dropping out of the labor force - those who run the companies that cut jobs are making more then ever. Companies claim higher CEO pay will attract the best talent, but what about the people carrying out the actual work? The incentive to pay these workers should be higher then ever. In today's economy companies need skilled and fairly paid labor to make sure the actual business runs. The median CEO salary in 2012 was $9.7 million, while the average American made $39,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This evidence shows the money has flowed overwhelmingly to the wealthiest few, while the rest are still struggling to make ends meet.

Does the mighty pen need a shield? The Justice Department seized phone records of the Associated Press brings this question to the forefront, for unionist and journalist. The government claims they needed the phone records for "national security", but ironically seizing these records takes away citizens security. It starts with media, but could the government seize any information to start going after union organizers and whistle-blowers next? Obama is proposing a Shield Law to draw some guidelines. The idea is simple; if government wants media records, they need permission, from a judge so if the first amendment is not enough to protect our right to free speech and assembly, then it's time for law to etch a journalists rights in stone. Read Kris LaGrange's LIBN Column; Media, Unions Share plenty, which gives even more perspective on our true commonalities.

Disclaim this Jim. Have you noticed lately some stories in the media lately about CWA's fight with Cablevision? Cablevision owns not only the Rangers, Knicks, and MSG, but Newsday and the notorious anti-union, one-sided and silly-sensational News 12. At the end of each article in Newsday about Dolans fight with his employees' union is this disclaimer "The Dolan family owns a controlling interest in Cablevision, which owns Newsday". We got to give credit where credit is due, especially to the true journalist involved. It must be difficult to expose your boss for the rat he is.

Making Progress? We got a tweet from Steve Greenhouse at the New York Times; Three weeks after a building collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 workers, several of the world's largest apparel companies - including the retailing giant H&M and Inditex, owner of the Zara chain - agreed on Monday to sign a far-reaching and legally binding plan that requires retailers to help finance fire safety and building improvements in the factories they use in Bangladesh. Consumer and labor groups hailed the move by Sweden-based H&M - which is the largest purchaser of garments from Bangladesh - as an important step toward improving factory safety in Bangladesh, saying it would increase pressure on other Western retailers and apparel brands to do likewise.

Make 'em walk the plank. Ed Waters messaged us on facebook and said; Thought you might enjoy this Main Street vs. the fat cats type music video I produced, I Wanna Be A Pirate. It was screened at the Workers Unite! Film Festival this past week. While I "act" in the video, the great vocal was provided by Nick Nicholson. You might also like like our most recent video about continuing hard times on Main Street, Pass The Bag With The Bottle. It's on Youtube. UCOMM Radio editors note; If you don't like country music - this song will definitely make you a fan. Awesome thanks Ed!

Ask your Congressman how they voted. We got an email from the NJ AFL-CIO: The "Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013" also known as "comp time" legislation, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 223 to 204 mostly along party lines on May 8, 2013. While this bill is unlikely to gain traction in the Senate and the President has promised to veto the legislation, it is alarming that such a bill could be passed by the House. This deceptively named legislation takes a significant step backwards for employees because it dilutes their ability to earn overtime pay while also undermining the 40-hour work week. This legislation provides employers with a financial incentive to establish a "comp time" system that shortchanges workers both financially and logistically in regard to work-week hours and scheduling. Under this bill, the benefit of flexibility would be granted only to employers - at the cost of employees.

NLRBi Appointments. The AFL-CIO has organized a user friendly email campaign. Corporate-funded politicians in the U.S. Senate are threatening to shut down the National Labor Relations Board, the government agency that protects workers' rights. Tell your senator to stop the corporate power grab and confirm the nominations now

Saturday at One. The Annual CWA Hockey Red/White Scrimmage is this Saturday, April 13th at 1 pm at the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale Long Island.. Free Admission at 12 noon followed by a tailgate party. BBQ food will be served at 2:30 pm up until the Rangers / Islanders game at 7 pm. All are welcome. A Blood Drive is scheduled for 10 am to 4 pm in the lower lobby.

Saturday at Three. The Nassau PBA is hosting a benefit for 2 of its members they lost last year. On Saturday, April 13th at 3 pm at The Sands Atlantic Beach. Tickets are $40, food, drink, DJ & Raffle items. You can get tickets at the door or mail a check made out to "Hero Memorial Benefit", 89 East Jericho Tpke in Mineola 11501. UCOMM Radio's Brian Schneck and Ryan Birch will be there taking shots for ucommradio.com so come help raise money for the Lopez and Oliveri families.

We're Two. So time for a new song. We forgot to celebrate but UCOMM Radio just celebrated our second birthday. Hooray! So we thought it's time for a new intro song. If anyone has a good suggestion, email your pitch at feedback@ucommradio.com. Much respect to Spoon's Underdog but it's time to change it up and try on the big boy pants.

Labor Unions: America's Last Hope. Yes, union jobs offer about 15-percent higher wages and benefits, and yes, union safety programs are infinitely superior to non-union programs, and these by themselves are tremendous advantages to becoming a union member. But a union also offers something less tangible. A union contract provides an employee with dignity -- with the right to come to work and be treated with respect. And that is no small thing. If anyone is able to name another institution that can provide America's working class with the built-in dignity and economic advantages a union can, I'd love to hear it, because it ain't the federal government and it ain't philanthropic organizations. This is all about resistance. Without resistance, workers have no leverage. Without labor unions, the bullies will continue to win. Read David Macaray's entire article at huffingtonpost.com

Workers Memorial Mass Workers Memorial Mass. Monday, April 29th at 5:30 pm at St. Patrick's Church in Bay Shore, NY 11706. Reception to follow. Please bring your hardhat /uniform/ work gear for a blessing.

Sample letter to send to Andy about the Safe Patient Handling Bill

Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo
The Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo:

I am joining with my health care union brothers and sisters in asking for your support of the NYS Safe Patient Handling Act (A. 2180-A /S. 1123-A). This bill passed in the Senate last year but didn’t get to your desk. Please sign this bill if it is passed by the legislature this year.

Health care workers are being injured at a higher rate than workers in any other industry in our state. New Jersey and six other states now have comprehensive Safe Patient Handling laws that have greatly reduced worker injuries, improved patient quality of care, and allowed health care facilities to realize a return on investment in equipment by reducing workers’ compensation and lost workdays.

Fast Food Nation. Acting US Secretary of Labor Seth Harris was in Philadelphia on Valentine’s Day to discuss the president's plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $9. Harris met with workers from the fast food sector. The workers shared their stories of sacrifice and hardship, and emphasized that no one who works full-time should have to raise a family in poverty. The president's plan will boost wages for about 15 million American workers. In New Jersey, the State Assembly passed SCR-1 which increases the minimum wage to $8.25 and includes the COLA. In the Empire State, the Assembly once again is at the forefront with legislation that mirrors the President’s State of the Union proposal. For somebody who works a forty-hour week, and earns the minimum wage of $7.25, their annual salary is $15,080 a year. Chubby New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who already vetoed an increase in minimum wage, spends over $15,080 a year on donuts and cheeseburgers.
Freeze this NIFA. The Nassau Interim Finance Authority – which is charged with running the Nassau County government because nobody has a clue what they are doing, was ordered by a Federal judge to lift a wage freeze imposed on the County workforce. County employees have been suffering under the NIFA imposed wage freeze since March of 2011. Since March 2011, Nassau County hired 113 full-time and 28 part-time and seasonal workers, at a cost of more than $7 million. They include two $70,000-a-year special assistants for the county executive and his staff, a $65,000 community service representative for the traffic violations bureau and 17 new full-time political hacks at the county Board of Elections.
Congress went home. Tens of thousands of working people called their member of Congress on St. Valentine’s Day to urge the overpaid and underworked shills of 1% to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from benefit cuts by repealing the “sequester” and close loopholes for Wall Street and the wealthiest 2% of Americans. These calls must have fell on deaf ears because Congress went home. SO if you see your member of Congress out and about – tell them to get their asses back to Washington, they have work to do!
Edith’s in heaven. The founder of the Flight Attendants Union, Edith Lauterbach, died at 91 years old on February 4th. Lauterbach fought for non-discriminatory hiring, job security, regulations in the airline industry over a long-standing career beginning in 1944.
Did you read the New York Times? The article was titled “At Cablevision, Norma Rae’s Benn Escorted Out.” Michael Powell wrote; Cablevision takes pride in its open-door policy for employees. So two weeks ago, a tight-knit band of cable television installers gathered at a company depot in Canarsie, Brooklyn, to pick up route sheets and put ladders and tools in their vans. Then they trooped inside to ask a vice president for a few minutes of his time.{ } They wanted to ask the vice president if Cablevision was serious about a contract agreement, or if it wanted only to break their union. They waited for 20 minutes to talk, then 20 more. Then the vice president walked in { } “Ladies and gentlemen I am sorry to tell you that you’ve all been permanently replaced.” Read the entire story. Newsday is refusing to report the full story, ask them why at letters@newsday.com

Laborers 66 on National TV. Watch Letterman this Monday, Jan. 28th to see a member of the rank & file from Laborers Local 66 give the infamous top ten. Who is it? That's all we can tell you right now so tune in and spread the word.

AFL-CIO wants your feedback. What Do You Want in the Next Secretary of Labor? Secretary Hilda Solis is leaving her post as Secretary of Labor, and the AFL-CIO wants someone as committed to Workers' Rights the next time around. What makes a good labor secretary? What do you want them to accomplish? Let the AFL-CIO know in this neat questionnaire page they created and they will run your feedback up the flagpole. We will miss you Hilda thanks for your dedication and your service.

Wow, its awesome. On MLK Day 2013, IBEW 94 based in Hightstown NJ launched their new website. With high resolution graphic banner images, a video & photo gallery, social networking links, RSS news feeds from the IBEW & AFL-CIO, newsletter submission forms, recent news updates, and an easy to use navigation menu bar, this site is on the cusp of modern union communications. Check the site out on your tablets and smartphones too. Business Manager Chip Gerrity is informally inviting the community to sign up for 94's blast text messaging so go check it out now at ibew94.org.

A righteous party! Dressed to impress and feeling victorious, more than 400 people came out on a cold January 21 night to enjoy an "Evening of Elegance" at the 2013 Central New York Presidential Inaugural Gala at the Syracuse OnCenter in upstate New York. Hosted by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, this inaugural gala was to designed not only to celebrate the re-election of President Obama and honor the life and dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but to thank 1199SEIU members and Central New York's devoted volunteers for their hard work during the election season. "I think it's a good way to bring a national election home to the community," said Marty Liquori, union chairman for the maintenance and clerical division at Crouse Hospital, "the hard work we put in and the votes that we cast did make a difference." (Thanks for the feed from the CNY Area Labor Federation).

It's freaking cold dude! News from OSHAi; January's frigid temperatures are sweeping across much of the nation, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is on the case. Outdoor workers engaged in activities during extreme cold are at risk of trench foot, frostbite, hypothermia and other illnesses. OSHA has life-saving information available for employers and workers. If you're involved in emergency response after severe winter weather or everyday work happening outdoors, OSHA has information for you. Click here and be safe out there.

66's ultimate gift. On January 24th, the General Building and Construction Laborers Local 66 held a blood drive before their General Membership meeting and collected 24 pints of blood. Their Blood Drive & BBQ in the summer yields more pints but at least the union responds to the need to give all year round with little or no recognition. Good work 66 you probably saved a life today!

New York's New Labor Blood. The NYS Assembly has made Amy Paulin of Westchester the new Energy Committee Chair and Carl Heastie of the Bronx the new Labor Committee Chair. These politicians have always been strong advocates for working people and we hope to see good things from them in the 2013 legislative session.

Mayor Mike Sucks. The NYS AFL-CIO released a statement about the NYC School Bus Strike, it reads: "Once again, the Mayor has failed New York City school children. First, he threw the lives of children and their parents in turmoil through his unwillingness to include critical safeguards in school bus bids, and now as the teacher evaluation agreement falls apart, he is costing City schools millions of dollars in desperately needed aid. The Mayor is displaying a shocking inability to lead, and children are paying the price. As much as he may try to distance himself from the strike or compare teachers to the NRA in order to distract from his failures, the simple truth is New York City voters elected him to get things done, and clearly he is not delivering." Watch this video on ucommradio.com and text SAFETY1ST to 878787 to stay in the loop on this issue.

Well put Charlie. The NJ AFL-CIO's Charles Wowkanech put this out about MLK Day and is worth a read; " Dr. King's dream is a challenge to our country to live up to its potential. He dismissed the notion that failure was even an option. He also realized that in order to move forward, our country needs to be unified. These lessons are timeless and remain critical to our progress as a nation. Our work's not done. Let us carry on the legacy of Dr. King together."

Did you see the new corvette! At the 2013 North American International Auto Show, it's all about cars, drivers, an accelerating industry and a jobs renaissance. US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis traveled to Detroit for the show, where she was joined by Bob King, president of United Auto Workers, and met UAW members who built the cars on display. Several of those UAW members have credited the Obama administration's efforts to rescue the Big Three automakers as well as its strong emphasis on in-sourcing manufacturing as essential to bolstering their jobs and the industry. During the tour, Solis saw the latest products and technology being introduced by General Motors, Ford and Chrysler and also had an opportunity to test drive a new Chevy Volt. UCOMM Communication's web designer Ryan Birch drives the Chevy Volt.

Just in from the White House and a great thing to do with your kids. On Saturday, Jan. 19th, President Obama and the First Lady, will be taking part in an event that's become a tradition -- a National Day of Service on the weekend of Martin Luther King Day to celebrate Dr. King's legacy. No matter where you are in America, you have an opportunity to join this effort and serve your community. The Presidential Inaugural Committee has helped to organize events all over the country. Visit their site to find a service opportunity near you.

Making Progress. The AFL-CIO recently sent out a communication saying we have momentum on the Senate Filibuster Rules Reform issue. If you haven't done so, now is the perfect time to call a staffer down in DC to urge them to tell their boss to get their shit together. Learn more and call now 1-877-782-8274.

Join Team UCOMM. ucommblog.com is looking for contributing writers, reporters and columnist to join the team. Please send your writing samples to feedback@ucommradio.com and we will plug you into the details. All professions and industries welcome. The launch date is coming...sometime soon, we think.

Good luck Hilda. UCOMM Radio would like to commend a member of President Obama's cabinet for her hardwork, dedication and perseverance. On Jan. 9th, US Dept of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigned from her position as a steadfast advocate of working people. She will truly be missed and we wish her the very best.

Senate Reform on everyone's "to do" list. It seems like every union in the United States is urging their Senator to pass Senate Rule Reforms. Thousands have been writing, calling and emailing their Senators to support some common sense reforms. In a letter that is circulating, it reads; "Whereas Senators once resorted to filibustering only in rare and exceptional instances of intense opposition, rampant obstruction has now transformed standard operating procedure. If Senate Rules do not change, then the Koch brothers, Mitt Romney and the teabaggers will delay any progress to be made in Washington. Make a call folks at 1-888-966-9836 and when you do, dispense with the pleasantries and tell the lawmakers enough is enough and get their act together and co-sponsor Senate Resolution 4 & 6. If you go to ucommradio.com right now, you can watch a video of just how dysfunctional the Senate is.

Another Front Organization. The AFL-CIO reported for several months now that the "Fix the Debt" group is a front organization that cynically calls for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits in the name of "deficit reduction". They advocate for lower taxes for corporations and businesses that ship jobs overseas.

The New York Times reports that Erskine Bowles, a co-founder of Fix the Debt, was paid $345,000 in stock and cash in 2011 as a board member at Morgan Stanley, while Judd Gregg, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire and a co-chairman of Fix the Debt, is a paid adviser to Goldman Sachs.

New Leader in the Long Island Building Trades. Last month the President of the Nassau Suffolk Building & Constriction Trades Council announced his retirement. In an article in Newsday on December 20th, Jimmy Catellane, a former organizer with Insulators Local 12 who ran the trades council for 6 years, is recommending Ironworkers Local 361's Richard O'Kane as his successor when he leaves the post in June 2013.

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It's not too late! IBEW 1049, the men and woman at National Grid on Long Island, are organizing a Toy and Food Drive. Toys will be distributed to kids in areas hit hard by Sandy. All are welcome to give, go to ibew1049.org/ToyandFoodDrive for details. 1049 will be delivering the massive amounts of toys next week and UCOMM Radio will be there to witness God's work. Good job 1049!

An amazin' socially conscience resource. Check out this Made in America, union-made gift guide. Some highlights from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor411.org include quality products like Apparel and Accessories, Toys, Sporting Equipment and Wine & Beer. UCOMM Radio's official beer is Miller Highlife - just in case your wondering what to get us for Christmas. See the entire list here.

Nice work Alvin. It is rare that we read something we agree with in Cablevision Corp's Newsday, but this very accurate column by Newsday Editorial Board member Alvin Bessent hit the nail right on the head on the consequences of the Right to Work for Less law recently passed in Michigan. It's titled: Bad news for unions is bad news for workers. The article was read and tweeted out by the AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka too; @RichTrunka Reading - Bessent: Michigan's union news is bad news for middle classhttp://bit.ly/QX0hl5

FEMA extends deadline.. in New York from December 31, 2012 to January 28, 2013. Assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Residents in the following counties are eligible for assistance: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Rockland, Westchester, Suffolk, Queens, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster.

Individuals can register online at disasterassistance.gov.

ucommblog.com is coming to town. We are looking for columnist and advertisers. It is poetry in motion folks and is our next project that is bound to get us sued sooner or later, inquire at feedback@ucommradio.com

Michigan. UAW President Bob King was interviewed on WDET in Detroit one day after Republicans in the Michigan House and Senate turned their backs on working families and rewarded their corporate cronies by passing union-busting legislation that Gov. Rick Snyder says he will sign.

Don't ever buy News Corp's NYPost. But just in case you did you may have read the article about CWA 1109 protesting outside an event at the Hard Rock Cafe at a fundraising event that Cablevision CEO J. Dolan was having. In typical fashion the Post ran a factually untrue anti-union article. The truth is CWA 1109 did not disrupt event in any way shape or form. 1109 had a band from Local 802 musician's Union playing Christmas Carols and 1109 handed out flyer describing the good work of the Lustgarten Foundation while pointing out Cable's record of greed and worker intimidation. Cablevision uses this awful disease and exploits its victims to put themselves in a positive light, and it's sad that innocent people are used as a PR tool while while Jimmy Dolan hides behind them. So UCOMM Radio sent a nasty email to the writer - bsanderson@nypost.com, and asked him to come onto the show and explain himself. So take a wild guess whose not going to be on the show next Sunday. Cowards.

Food, Toys and a Newsday Ad. In case you missed it, last Sunday IBEW 1049 had a color advertisement in Newsday thanking Long Islanders for their patience and praising their members for a job well done. 1049 is organizing a toy and food drive. Toys will be distributied to kids in areas hit hard by Sandy. All are welcome to give, go to ibew1049.org/ToyandFoodDrive for details and don't be cheap! Buy a good expensive union made toy...

Union Made in the USA. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO has released a list of toys that kids will love and that don't exploit children in the third world. At Christmas, kids should be opening up toys with a smile, not making toys in a sweatshop with tears.

Child slaves freed in India. Click here to read the saddest Christmas story ever told. Makes you think twice about buying anything from India again and those decorations on your tree...where did they come from?

NHL Lockouti going grassroots. News from the Bleacher Report - The classic way of protesting with picket signs and chants outside the NHL headquarters in NYC, it worked with some success in the '60s, why not now? Get a chance to find out this Saturday December 1st at 1 pm in the Big Apple. Some fans are trying to organize a protest outside the NHL headquarters, like the UAW's George Albro, so if you happen to be in the city and want to protest - stop by and get rowdy. Suck it Gary Betteman!

The Fiscal Cliff is bull crap. Right now, legislators in Washington are negotiating a deal to avoid a "fiscal cliff." The truth is, there's no cliff-this is just an excuse to cut programs working people depend on like Medicare and Social Security, and protect tax cuts for the wealthy. We need to pressure our elected officials to make sure they don't give in to political pressure and support a bad deal just to avoid the phony "cliff." CALL YOUR CONGRESS PERSON, Dial 888-659-9401, You'll hear a short message and then be prompted to enter your zip code. When you're connected, tell your legislators this message on cwa1109.org/EndtheBushTaxCuts

IBEW 1049 to run an ad in Newsday on Sunday. We don't want to spoil the surprise but here is a sneak peak at some of the text of the union that worked tirelessly to restore power to millions on Long Island. Some of the ad reads: "The members of our union deserve to be recognized for their professionalism and dedication. IBEW 1049 handled this difficult situation under tremendous duress, but the love of our community and our selfless dedication to our neighbors far outweighed the long hours and our personal sacrifices." It is an extremely powerful message and we are proud of 1049 for doing the right thing. Look for it on Sunday in Newsday's Long Island edition.

Rest in Peace brother Reader submission to feedback@ucommradio.com: Every time a professional athlete cashes one of his multimillion dollar checks he should stop and thank Marvin Miller. Marvin Julian Miller died this week at the age of 95 and while he might not be a household name to younger generations anyone who values the labor movement should take the time to understand what he meant to it. Miller's experience with unions was far reaching in his career where he spent stints with the Machinist Union, the UAW, and the United Steel Workers. In 1966 Miller took over as the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association and this is where he changed the labor relations of professional sports forever. The terms of being a MLB player in 1966 are a far cry from what we see today. Players were bound to teams for life and had a minimum salary of $6,000.00 a year. In 1968 Miller negotiated the first ever CBA with owners which instantly raised the minimum salary to $10,000.00 a year which was the first raise in over two decades.

It also granted players access to arbitration which they
had never had before. In 1975 under Miller's careful guidance players gained
the right to free agency which changed the sports landscape forever. Miller
has been called one of the most important people in baseball history and his
contributions that helped forge one of the strongest unions this country has
ever seen should not be forgotten.

Lame Ducks Suck. The inept teabagging shills of the 1% (aka Congress) will have to take action soon to avoid automatic cuts to vital services such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and taxes. Another piece of the budget includes requiring the wealthiest to pay their fair share, starting with ending tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent. The NYS AFL-CIO set up an online petition at www.nysaflcio.org/ProtectOurFuture and the National AFL-CIO has a call in number, 1-888-659-9401 so we can call these people and tell them to get off their butts and earn their paychecks.

Fun on Black Friday. Walmart workers around the country are mobilizing for a "Black Friday" strike to protest working conditions, wages and retaliation against workers who speak out. Meanwhile workers and their allies at aWalmart warehouse have been picketing and rallying in front of the Riverside County, Calif., facility following Wednesday's strike by some.Read more..

New websites . Two IBEW unions in the Buffalo region have just "soft launched" their new websites. Learn more and check out their new digs at ibewlocal2154.com and ibewlocal2199.com. Let's Go Bills!

CWA on the job! The Communications Workers of America forwarded a release to us from Verizon which said that as of today, "repair crews have completed 364,000 post-storm repairs across the company's Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, while over 1.4 million customers impacted by power outages have had their FiOS services restored." Following the hurricane, Verizon has purchased 8,500 telephone poles, exceeding the 2,000 poles it typically purchases on a monthly basis. Verizon has also bought 50,000 aerial fiber optical drop lines to reconnect FiOS customers.

Sad News. IBEW Local 83 member Dale Crout was on patrol inspecting transmission lines in Corning, NY when the helicopter he was riding in crashed taking the pilot and Dale Crout from us on November 15th. Dale was a good family man and great Union Lineman. This news come heavy with everything going on with Sandy restoration; so you can imagine what a difficult time this must be for his family and the entire IBEW. May we keep them in our thoughts and prayers this Thanksgiving.

A Quick UCOMM Editorial. I just wanted to give everyone working out there some credit. I have been all over, and seen a lot since Sandy left. It's been a bit traumatic to be honest with you, but never have I seen the good people of organized labor complain, slow down, lose concentration or give up. If only the mainstream media was witnessing what I have seen these past 20 days. I guess in a way that's why we have UCOMM Radio - because the media sometimes just doesn't get it. God Bless you all out there and hold your heads high. - Kris LaGrange

Please join us at Hofstra’s Student Center next Wednesday, Nov. 14th for a
timely and provocative conference: THE WHITE HOUSE and WORKING AMERICA: What the 2012 Election Means for Our Jobs

Come hear Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., Luis Valenzuela of the Long Island Immigrant Alliance, Roger Clayman, executive director of the Long Island Federation of Labor, John Coverdale, regional director of the NYS
United Teachers, economist and author Michael Zweig, Charlene Obernauer,
regional director of Jobs With Justice, and Hofstra economists and political

At a time of fragile job and income growth and of polarized policy proposals,
analysis of the employment implications of the November 6th national and
local elections could not be more timely. As we struggle to better come to
grips with a global recession, clear thinking about its main causes, full
dimensions, and most effective remedies will be vitally important in shaping
solutions with broadly shared benefits. Please help us spread the word about
this important event.

Conference sessions include:
• 10 a.m.-11:05 a.m. Government Policy and the Jobs Crisis
• 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. Economic Inequality and the Labor Movement,
• 12:50 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Immigrants and Immigration Reform,
• 1:55 p.m.-2:50 p.m. Trade and Off-Shoring Jobs,
• 2:55 p.m.-4:20 p.m. Youth, Education and the Job Future

This conference will be held in the Hofstra Student Center, Multipurpose Room
East, beginning at 10 a.m. Admission is free. Please help us spread the word
to colleagues, students and friends.

The conference is organized by Hofstra’s Center for the Study of Labor &
Democracy, and it is co-sponsored by Hofstra University Honors College, the
Office of University Relations and the departments of Economics and Political
Science. It is part of Hofstra’s University’s Debate 2012 series, a slate
of events organized around the university’s hosting of the second
presidential debate on Oct. 16,2012.

Free admission. Seating limited, no reservations. For directions & campus
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What the 2012 Election Means for Our Jobs

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Soldiers & Angels
It's been over a week since Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast. Utility Crews have been coming in from all across the country to give us hand and the spirit of giving, caring and cooperation is reigning supreme. It is important to note that even though the sensationalist media is printing stories of hysteria, and local news is reporting despair - understand that stories you don't read or hear is what's making a big difference. Stories like the Long Island Federation of Labor's John Durso (pic left), getting volunteers together to feed the workers doing clean-up in Long Beach Long Island. Workers like Michael Surace of IBEW Local 97 based in Syracuse traveling down thousands of miles to give our guys and gals at IBEW 1049 a hand. Michael is putting in 18 hours a day, he's lucky to get a room but hundreds of visiting utility crews are sleeping in their trucks with no shower. 1049 Call Center Reps at National Grid are sleeping on cots and have fielded over 1 million calls. These selfless professionals are missing their families and much needed sleep but their compassion is necessary for the thousands of residents still without power. It's not common to hear about members of the Police Benevolent Association offering not only security and protection, but also offering smiles and compassion to an anxious citizenry. You won't read about members of the Nassau County Corrections Officers Benevolent Association traveling down to South Shore Long Island on a Friday afternoon to help their members clean up, and you won't see stories on News 12 of Town and State DPW workers putting in long and strenuous hours clearing roads and cleaning up neighborhoods. Their efforts are in a way rebuilding the road to normalcy. You probably don't hear of the actions of the Communications Workers of America working in cooperation with utility crews so phone and internet services are restored. It's not sexy enough to hear of hundreds of hospital personnel sleeping overnight on make-shift beds at work. It's not trendy to read about Insulators Local 12 setting up a Disaster Relief Fund, and it doesn't sell papers to talk about how our "soldiers of labor" have restored power in record numbers and that the "angels of labor" are adhering to our hearts and minds in reminding us of a more civil and simpler time.

Well as usual we will say it again; "Okay you heard it here first UCOMM Radio." God Bless all of you out there who are working and volunteering. You do this because that is what you were trained to do and this is what you choose to do. Even though the media ignores us - that doesn't matter because headlines and recognition don't get us into heaven, it's our actions that do.

VOLUNTEER: http://www.longislandvolunteercenter.org/

If you would like to donate to those most affected by Hurricane Sandy visit the United Way’s https://donate.unitedwaynyc.org/page/contribute/uwsandyrecovery to donate. You can also text RECOVERY to 52000 to make a $10 donation

NYT Staffers Consider Byline Strike. Hundreds of New York Times staffers have quietly signed pledges to withhold their bylines, photo credits and producing credits.

"They have also pledged to work strictly to the terms of the contract," the Newspaper Guild of New York mobilization committee wrote in a memo. "We don't know yet if we will have to go down this road, but it is vital that we be prepared."

TNG-CWA has been bargaining with the Times since the contract expired 20 months ago. "In real dollars, they're demanding pay cuts as far as the eye can see. It is high time for them to believe us. We will accept nothing less than fair wages and benefits," the memo said.

On Monday at 3:40 p.m. union members gathered in New York and Washington, DC, holding signs that read, "Without us it's just blank space" and "Save Our Times." They took a group photograph to give to the company's incoming chief executive, Mark Thompson.

And on Wednesday, members delivered a letter to publisher Arthur Sulzberger, saying "the company's negotiating goal of sub-inflation raises would perpetuate an era of shrinking compensation" that would have a "withering effect on morale." They also took to Twitter to get out the message: "Retweet this to show support for @nytimes journalists & staff who are fighting wage and benefit cuts #saveourtimes."

The CWA & Verizon Contract. A Tentative Agreement was recently reached and the voting and informational meeting process took place soon thereafter. The Ratificationi Results from all the CWA Local Unions are not in just yet as of the time of this email. As soon the CWA leadership has official word that the Contract is or is not ratified, they will announce it to the membership and to the general public via websites, emails and traditional means of communications The Communications Workers of America bargained with Verizon for over 15 months after a 2 week strike during one of Verizon's most profitable periods.

Did you get The COBA Report? It came, it saw and it conquered. The Nassau County Sheriff's Correction Officers Benevolent Association sent out its inaugural public newsletter this week. With the launch of their new website at NassauCOBA.com, this public e-newsletter is intended educate us on the important work that the Nassau Corrections Union does. Don't be left out - Sign up for it now!

NHL Lockouti: News from the Bleecher Report. Many hockey fans were optimistic that the NHL and NHLPA would be able to come closer to a new collective bargaining agreement during their meeting in Toronto, but after about an hour of discussions, league commissioner and Lockout Professional Gary Bettman explained that the two sides are still far apart. NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr recently spoke to the media after the three proposals that the union made to the NHL resulted in no progress being made toward a new agreement.

Your Labor Rights...we have an app for that! The Department of Labor is challenging developers, students and anyone else with a little tech savvy and creativity to enter the Workplace Safety and Health Challenge. Contestants are being asked to design tools that demonstrate the importance of recognizing and preventing workplace hazards by helping young people understand their rights in the workplace. The deadline is Nov. 30. "New technologies have the promise of making our safety and health resources even more accessible for workers and employers," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "Successful proposals could take many different forms, such as interactive and informative games, a smart phone app, social or professional networks, or data visualization." Hey computer geeks learn more here...

Good news from the US Dept of Labor: 'Make it in America'. Like many companies looking to quickly increase capacity, New Jersey-based lighting solution manufacturer Princeton Tec made a choice to ship some of their production to facilities in China. But in search of a faster, cheaper way to grow, it didn't take very long for them to notice problems. So 7 years ago, the company returned all production to NJ and has since had double-digit growth every year, opened a brand-new facility in West Berlin, N.J., grew exports to 20 percent of their total business, and doubled their workforce to 160 employees. To help other companies and communities benefit from in-sourcing, US Labor Secretary Hilda Solis recently visited Princeton Tec to announce the "Make it in America Challenge" - a $40 million grant competition funded by the Employment & Training Administration. This will help accelerate business investments in the U.S. Beginning next year, 3-year grants will be available to states, cities, nonprofits, colleges and economic development districts to help attract companies that want to build in the U.S. but need a few more resources.

Speaking of outsourcing. Anti-worker GOP Congressional candidate Randy Altschuler has "No regrets" about starting outsourcing company in India. In an interview he gave to the The Indian Express, Randy Altschuler showed absolutely no remorse for outsourcing thousands of our American jobs to low wage nations like India. In fact, when asked about his thoughts on his record of outsourcing American jobs, Randy said he had absolutely "No regrets." Altschuler added, "Knowing what we know now, we will still establish the business in Chennai, India all over again."

New UCOMM Website launched! UCOMM Communications is pleased to announce that we "soft launched" a new website - NassauCOBA.com for the hardworking members of the Nassau County Sheriff's Correction Officers Benevolent Association. This is a 2 in 1 site, with a members only section as well as a public side. A "soft launch" is when a website is made live but a limited number of people are told while the bugs are worked out. The official launch of website will take place next week when the inaugural issue of The COBA Report public e-newsletter is sent. Anyone can sign-up for that e-newsletter so please do so.

It's Labor Walk time. Now its time to put up or shut up and that is why the American Labor Movement is mobilizing in force to hit the doors to promote the candidates that care about working people. Just to name a few, CWA 1109 in Brooklyn is walking for NYS Senate candidate Andrew Gounardes this Saturday, CWA 1108 in Suffolk is hitting the doors for Congressman Bishop and CWA 1104 in Nassau is mobilizing the membership in the Albany Capital Region for Congressman Bill Owens.

News from the Bleacher Report. With the lockout, the NHL cancels it's remaining preseason games, the St. Louis Blues President is stepping down and the owner of the Brooklyn Net's is NOT buying an NHL team. What a mess! Reminder - this is NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's THIRD lockout under his direct leadership. Visit ucommradio.com right now and watch a very emotional video of just how greedy this jerk is. It is an unjust lockout and the owners really need to get a grip and negotiate in good faith already. So many local economies are being negatively affected because of Bettman's inability to do his job.

Friends, Southampton High School has rented out their space to an anti-immigrant film maker who will show a film tonight (Friday, Sept 21) at 6:45pm that promotes anti-immigrant sentiment. Please call the high school and tell them how outraged you are that they are allowing the promotion of such hate in a public space of education. Demand that they cancel the event immediately! The number to call is 631-591-4600. Let's stand together as a community and shut this event down! We cannot allow for such hate in our communities.

LONG ISLAND HOME SHOW THIS WEEKEND Friday thru Sunday: September 21st-23rd. FREE Parking, FREE Admission, FREE stuff! Local 25 Bana Electric Corp., providing CurrentSAFE for all your electrical needs. Visit us at the home show or on the web www.currentsafeNY.com

They are calling it The Shark, and UCOMM Radio is totally stoked! We had a good run on the new 94x but the new owners - Connoisseur Media, decided to flip formats to create Long Guy Lands only modern rock station. In a press release, they mentioned that 94-3 The Shark will provide the advertising community a better option to reach Men 18-49. For months we here at UCOMM Radio have been communicating with the station that the type of music we play during the show is absent on radio stations across God's Green Island, so check out The Shark, like them on facebook and tune-in. Don't worry working people...UCOMM Radio will be back in action doing a brand new show on Sunday, Sept. 23rd. 94-3 The Shark will be going jock & commercial free all weekend, so spread the word and let us welcome The Shark to the airwaves. It's our kinda tunes dude and it is about friggin' time. Chasing waterfalls with TLC was getting old.

Chi-Town! The Chicago Teachers Strike is big news - and God Bless them for standing up not only for themselves and the students - but for all public employees who are sick of getting the shaft. But things are progressing in Chicago and let us all hope the strike will settle over weekend. You can give them support on the New York State United Teachers website. Their President, Dick Iannuzzi said in a statement "NYSUT's officers, board of directors and its 600,000 members stand with the Chicago Teachers Union as it fights for what's best for that city's children. Their fight is our fight. Their struggle is our struggle". Well put.


Hey! Check out our newest feature.Right now text UCOMM to 313131 and get occasional blast text updates from everyone's favorite fast and funny pro-union FM radio show: UCOMM Radio!

Happy Labor Day to all of my hard working union brothers and sisters. Keep fighting the good fight and remember that we all have to stand together. We are in a fight for our survival and we must remember that our true strenght lies in our unity. We can turn things around if we all work together. It is ok to disagree with each other but at the end of the day we must remember that we are all in this together. An injury to one of us is an injury to all of us. Remember as a member of a union you are your brother's and sister's keeper.
On this day that celebrates the hard working people of this great country we all must remember the members of our armed services who are working hard and sacrificing for us every single day in harms way around the globe - THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!
In deepest solidarity,
Al Wassell
Proud American
Proud Member of Heat and Frost Insulators Local 12

Attention Brothers and Sisters,
I will be hosting a Retirement Seminar at Blackstones Steakhouse in Melville. The event will take place on September 25 and 26 at 6:00pm. If you belong to a union, you are welcome. Please email me at vincent.valerio@ml.com to reserve your spot.

Check out http://www.workersstandforamerica.com/. They got the video of the rally up for all to see. Pretty neat. If you look closely, you can see the UCOMM Radio table on the Media Platform.

"We built this country! We wake it up every day, we make it run and we put it to sleep every night — and it's time that we took it back for the American worker. Anyone who says America can't afford retirement security, or health care, or decent pay for honest work, or great schools, or a postal service, or cops or firefighters and teachers and nurses, well they don't know what they're talking about and we won't accept their defeatism!"

- Rich Trumka of the AFL-CIO speaking to 44,000 union guys & gals in Philly on August 11th. We're you there? Call in your experience (631) 777-8266. Check out some pics on our flickr page - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ucommphoto/ We got the coverage in next weeks show.

The Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO has made a bus available to anyone interested in going to the huge Workers Stand for America Rally in Philadelphia this Saturday. It is not too late to sign up. The bus was made available by the good people at NYSUT, so thanks teachers! The bus will be departing a NYSUT Office located at 1000 Woodbury Road in Woodbury, NY 11797 this Saturday at 7 am. The rally begins in Philly at 11 am and will return at 4 pm. Don't delay! Contact Kathy Goodwin at the Long Island Federation of Labor at 631-348-1170 ext. 307 or by email at kgoodwin (at) lilabor.org. What a great opportunity...don't miss out!

Attention Ford and GM Retirees,
Please contact my office at vincent.valerio@ml.com if you have questions surrounding the Lump Sum Distribution Buyout of your pension plan.

God ended the Con Ed lockout? Yes Andy Cuomo finally intervened. Yes the hardworking members and good folks over at Local 1-2 did the right thing and mobilized and communicated the issues to us the best way they could. But was it an act of God, the upcoming storm - that forced greedy management to end its hostage takeover of power from the public? Give thanks this Sunday at Church folks, and as the details of the 4 year Tentative Agreement unfold - let us realize that corporate greed can be fought with diligence by organized labor and a little righteous help from above. God doesn't cross picket lines.

Get on the bus! The Workers Stand for America Rally in Philadelphia on Saturday, August 11th will be kicking off at 11am in Eakins Oval. Stay in touch with UCOMM Radio and/or your union for bus details. The IBEW and the CWA are just two of many unions organizing hard for this huge event. If your not in a union and want to go or your Local has not communicated its participation yet, send us an email at feedback@ucommradio.com and we will put you in touch with bus coordinators. This is a must-go event, be there or be square.

Welcome back RXP. We missed you, did you miss us?

In with in-sourcing! Out with out-sourcing! That was the message US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis recently delivered during a rally sponsored by the California Labor Federation and the Communications Workers of America in San Francisco. Solis joined trade union leaders and hundreds of workers to make the critical point that "Made in the USA " is more than a label. It's a proven job creation strategy. Solis received the annual "Solidarity Awardi" from the California Labor Federation, which represents 2.1 million union members in manufacturing, retail, construction, hospitality, public sector, health care, entertainment and other industries.

Boycotti Hyatt. Housekeepers at Hyatt hotels launched a global boycott of the hotel chain and a campaign to crown Hyatt the worst hotel employer in America.
There are many reasons why Hyatt could be considered the worst hotel employer in the country, including replacing career housekeepers with temp workers, firing workers for speaking out about abuse in the workplace and turning heat lamps on protesters in Chicago during a heat wave. Click here http://www.votehyattworst.org/?sc=aflcio to learn more and take action against these jerks.

Hey yo Adrian! UCOMM Radio will be there...will you? The Workers Stand for America Rally in Philadelphia on Saturday, August 11th will be kicking off at 11am in Eakins Oval. Stay in touch with UCOMM Radio and/or your union for bus details.
10,000 have already been confirmed from the IBEW alone - it's gonna be friggin' awesome!

Modern Alternative Rock is back in NYC. Just yesterday, the all news FM station 101.9 switched formats to its roots. 101.9 WEMP New York's New Rock is playing our kinda tunes dude. Check 'em out.

CWA keeping good jobs here in the USA. U.S. Senator Bob Casey has introduced the U.S. Call Center Consumer and Worker Protection Act into the U.S. Senate. Long Island's Tim Bishop introduced it in Congress. This bill will be discussed in this Sunday's show - it would eliminate perks for companies to send our call center jobs to the third world. We are yet another big step closer to protecting American call center jobs. The CWA and the AFL-CIO has set an ambitious goal of 25 Senate co-sponsors by Labor Day 2012. UCOMM Radio Nation - please help build support in the Senate for the Call Center Bill by clicking here http://action.cwa-union.org/c/1314/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4719&... to send a message to your Senators right now!

Bring in the Feds. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) requested the services of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS)i regarding their on-going negotiations with Verizon Communications.

NY Tax dollars to Indiana - Good work Senator John Flanagan; what an effective State Legislator this dingbat is. Read more http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/no-union-labor-for-kings-park... - we can't make this stuff up folks.

ULC Statement on Con Ed Lockouti. In a show of immense solidarity, this week the 15,000 member Statewide IBEW Utility Labor Council of NYS put out a statement about the Con Ed lockout. On Tuesday, July 17th - thousands rallied with Local 1-2 outside of the evil Con Ed headquarters. By design, corporate owned media ignored and downplayed the mass protest. Headlines that night on TV News were that Tom Cruise got to see his kid.

Nassau Corrections Officers joins the UCOMM Family. UCOMM Communications is extremely proud and happy to announce it's most recent client: the Nassau County Sheriff's Correction Officers Benevolent Association. Plans for a new and improved website, modern internal communication methods as well as strategic messaging is on the agenda. Expect to hear a lot more about this organization in the months and years to come.

A Bad Newsday... but there is hope people. Did anybody read today's newspaper? So over 200 pro-democracy activists have been murdered in Syria, here in the States our friend Warren Buffett isn't to psyched about the economy getting better anytime soon, Romney is raising a bunch of evil blood money from immoral corporations to try and take out a pro-worker President, even after they found he ran a company into bankruptcy. And in NYS Andy's iron fist style of governing has created much anxiety with our hardworking public employee unions, and his delayed Con Ed lockout reaction has continued the allowance of 8,500 citizen worker families to be out in the street. But there's good news folks; NYC taxi drivers finally got a raise and fewer people are signing up for unemployment.

Courtney the Intern Reporting on Coffee. As any good American knows, the summer heat does little to our caffeine addiction other than put it over ice. This summer, those that can afford our overpriced coffees on the regular can feel slightly better about it thanks to Starbucks' Indivisible Blend. This particular blend pledges five dollars from the sale of each bag toward the Opportunity Finance Network® and the Create Jobs for USA Fund.
Check it out here. It would be more comporting to know if Starbucks
practiced what it preached. We hear they have their own labor problems.

AFL-CIO's Trumka announced Philly Rally! UCOMM Radio will be there...will you? Just today Rich Trumka announced on CBS the Workers Stand for America Rally in Philadelphia on Saturday, August 11th. Kicking off at 11am in Eakins Oval, the all-day event plans to send a message that it is our right as a nation to have good jobs that pay a living wage, amongst other cool things (check the website). Stay in touch with UCOMM Radio and/or your union for bus details.


Wow, @ Scranton, PA. Is their mayor out of his mind? I do realize that public union-busting seems to be en vogue these days (now even with democrats at the helm), however, I figured that upholding POLICE and FIREFIGHTER’s unions/wages was absolutely sacrosanct. However, if the police and firefighters are now going to be making minimum wage ($7.25 / hr.)..., the same as a hamburger-flipper at McDonalds or a cashier at Walmart, and still be expected to put their lives on the line, while simultaneously trying to pay their mortgages and feed their families, then I have only one word of advice for anyone living in Scranton, at the moment. …….Stock up on ammunition and fire extinguishers, ……and sleep in shifts. God knows what you’re going to do, if you have to leave your house unattended for 8+ hrs., every day, when you go off to work. These actions, by Doherty, will prove to be disasterous for the city.

That said, if there's any "good" that can be salvaged from this disaster, it's that finally the police and firefighters will realize that they are not as untouchable as they had thought, regarding having their unions busted, and will now band in solidarity with the other unions and the 99% of the population that is being absolutely shafted by the corruption of democracy and complete corporate kowtowing by our politicians.

MoveOn.org is reporting that Mitt Romney will be in Southampton this Sunday, July 8th at 3 pm at Coopers Beach - 65 Tuckahoe Rd in Southampton for a Koch Brothers $50,000 a head fundraiser.

ACTION PLANNED - http://pol.moveon.org/event/events/event.html?event_id=130900&is_manage=...

Happy Birthday America!!!!!
Happy Fourth of July to all of my fellow Americans - Union and Non-Union. Today we should celebrate America. Today we should all remember how lucky we are to be living in this great country. This is a day that officially signifies the birth of our great nation. On this day our founding fathers put aside their differences and worked together to stand up to Great Britain. Americans today should remember this. Though we face many problems today - they can all be solved if we put aside our differences and work together to solve them. On this day we should all remember to support the troops. As we are enjoying our freedom today we should all remember that there are brave men and women in harms way today fighting to protect our freedom.
May God Bless America and May God Bless our Troops!!!
In Deepest American Pride,
Al Wassell
Proud American
Proud Member of Heat and Frost Insulators Local 12

On Thursday, June 28th, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, a groundbreaking overhaul of the USA’s current healthcare system. The law will make it mandatory for most Americans to obtain health insurance, or otherwise pay a penalty, deemed constitutional for its characterization as a tax. The court passed the law through in a close five-four vote, also placing some limitations on law’s expansion of Medicaid. Still, this historic decision will make healthcare much more widely available, expanding the number of insured citizens by about thirty million.
The passing of Obamacare has certainly come at the most appropriate time. With the fourth approaching, Americans now have more reason than ever to swell with pride for our country: one that cares and provides for not just a privileged minority, but for our society at large, and continues to modernize its system to fit our changing needs.

I have seen first hand how people lose their jobs at call centers. I worked at Deluxe Checkprinters call center for 7 years. I was told that my particular job was going out of the country...I was on the fraud team. Had to do customer service for 8 hrs. a day instead. 1 year later, our call center shut down. It was sad....there are so many people out of work and couldn't find a job because they were older, or too much experience and/or paying $7.00 an hour if you were lucky. So, please consider, saving all call centers so people's life don't have to change so drastically and all of a sudden, no job....

good post Sharon, so many will lose their jobs like you did if NYS doesn't pass this law.


Come and Learn About the Options You Have
An experienced financial advisor will be available to answer your questions concerning Retirement, 72t, Pension Distribution Options, 401(k) and more!

Hudson’s Mill Restaurant
5599 Merrick Road / Massapequa, NY 11758
Wednesday June 20 @ 5:30pm

Expect a complimentary, informal, no obligation dinner with CWA Members
Approved Vendor of the CWA and Board Member of CWA Hockey Club

Please RSVP To Vincent Valerio @ 516-987-6926 or Vincent.Valerio@ml.com

An article in Newsday on Saturday, June 9th talked about the Wisconsin vote and some elections in California where voters supported cutting public employee pensions. Some perceive these recent elections will serve as a mandate for union busters and the Tea Party to trash pensions nation-wide.
Unfortunately, many pensions took a funding hit in 2008 and are now struggling to rebound. In some cases, the only way to save these funds would require significant amounts of new contributions thus straining local and state budgets.
The wizards on Wall Street whom caused the collapse are just having a grand old time. Profits are up, salaries and bonuses are up, luxury item sales are up, but Main Street is treading water.
The answer is simple – the greedy bastards on Wall Street should be forced to sure up these pension funds before they begin to act like greedy bastards again. If we burn down our neighbors home, we would be held accountable and be compelled to restitution so why the double standard.
So, working people, if this simple solution does not happen than the alternative will be this – Your boss will work you to death, therefore, you will not need a pension!

Snappy Grillers. In honor of the American worker, the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is launching a raffle for a new Weber Grill for your All-American Backyard July 4th Celebration! Go to workinglongisland.com to enter. Be sure to like and share the contest with family and friends on facebook! Celebrate our nation's freedom and the freedom for all Americans to work for fair wages, in safe environments with dignity and respect. Winners will be notified by July 3rd. Enter today and good luck! UCOMM Radio will throw in a huge family pack of Hebrew Nationals too and Jimmy Hyland will come over and cook them for you.

Union Vote at American Airlines. The National Mediation Board (NMB)i decided to move forward with a union election at American Airlines among nearly 10,000 passenger service agents and the Communications Workers of America (CWA), and AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department The NMB did the right thing. American has stonewalled a union election long enough through its illegal refusal to hand over an employee list to the NMB. It was time for American to comply with the law or for the NMB to move forward with an election.The vote will occur between June 21 and August 2nd.

An experienced financial advisor will be available to answer your questions concerning Retirement, 72t, Pension Distribution Options, 401(k) and more!

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
600 Old Country Road / Garden City, NY 11530
Tuesday June 12 @ 6:00pm

Palmer’s American Grille
123 Fulton Street / Farmingdale, NY 11735
Wednesday June 13 @ 6:00pm

Expect a complimentary, informal, no obligation dinner with CWA Members
Please RSVP To Vincent Valerio @ 516-987-6926 or Vincent.Valerio@ml.com

MAY IS ELECTRICAL FIRE SAFETY MONTH. There is a RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICAL FIRE EVERY 8 MINUTES in the US. CurrentSAFE is a proud Union electrician and the only company that can expertly inspect your home for electrical hazards that cause fire. CurrentSAFE can also help with ALL your electrical needs. Electrical problems won't heal themselves. Call today toll-free 1-855-600-SAFE or visit us on the web http://www.currentsafeNY.com. Keep your family and home safe with CurrentSAFE.

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May is Electrical Safety Month. Once again some lucky kids from a Hauppauge school will be participating in the IBEW 1049 Annual Kids Day at the IBEW 1049 Union Hall on Wednesday, May 23rd. These kids will get rides in bucket trucks, climb some poles and learn how to be safe around electricity by union certified training instructors.

American Airlines is still refusing to hand over mailing labels to the National Mediationi Board so that passenger service agents can vote on union representation. So workers took matters into their own hands. Recently, a group of agents and supporters hand delivered labels containing the names and mailing addresses of nearly all voting eligible employees to the NMBi's general counsel, urging her to move forward on the union representation election for nearly 10,000 agents. Last December, CWA filed a request with the NMB for an election, which was supported by more than 35 percent of workers.

The Working Theatre is inviting people to the 2012 Annual Awards Ceremony honoring Mike Fishman of the Service Employees Local 32BJ. Working Theatre looks to bridge the gap between the arts, labor & community. The event is on Monday, May 21st at 6:00 pm at Sardi's Restaurant (234 West 44th Street).

Got an OSHAi app for that? The White House hosted a May 16 event launching a safety data initiative to make government data relating to safety more accessible and user-friendly. The new app challenge, aka the Worker Safety and Health Challenge - echoes the central mission of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; making sure workers stay safe healthy and above all, alive on the job. The goal of the challenge is to create tools that demonstrate the importance of knowing about workplace safety and health and tools that help young people understand their rights in the workplace.

Hard Times: Lost on Long Island was awarded "Best Documentary" at the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival. This documentary follows the story of the long-term unemployed and exemplifies the shrinking of the middle class by chronicling the lives of four families. The film will be played at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington on June 20th at 7:00 PM. Admission is just $15, JWJis organizing it.

Vision Long Guy Land. So a bunch of politicians and developers will be on hand at the 11th Annual Smart Growth Awards Luncheon at the Huntington Hilton in Melville on Friday, June 15th. Register here. For over a decade, Vision Long Island has been honoring the individuals and organizations that display true Smart Growth leadership in advancing projects, policies, regulations and initiatives. Specific focus areas include mixed-use development, affordable housing, environmental health and safety, open space and historic preservation, traffic calming and pedestrian safety, transportation enhancements, clean energy, downtown revitalization and/or community-based planning.

NYSUT launches ad campaign to tout successes, urge 'yes' votes

ALBANY, N.Y. April 23, 2012 - New York State United Teachers today launched a three-week, statewide $2 million radio and television ad campaign to tout the good work of teachers in improving student performance in our public schools, and to urge voters to avoid deeper cuts to school programs by approving local school budgets on May 15.

The radio campaign, which begins today, and the television ads, which launch later this week, both focus on the run of excellent news about public school performance. Last month, America's Promise Alliance reported that New York was one of only two states to have increased graduation rates by double digits. The report, presented at a national summit on increasing graduation rates, showed New York's graduation rate climbed from 60.5 percent to 73.5 percent over a seven-year period, even with the state's more rigorous standards and graduation requirements.

"Despite assertions by some in public office, New York is clearly moving in the right direction, and that's a credit to the hard work and dedication of teachers and students across the state," said NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi. "The challenge now is to continue making progress despite the cumulative impact of devastating budget cuts. These cuts - along with reductions being implemented around the state because of the new, horrific tax cap - are resulting in a new round of program cuts as well as reductions in teaching staff and support personnel. Together, these cuts are hurting every public school student in New York."

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Back room trade deals benefit big corporations at the expense of working people. We need your help demanding that U.S. officials move the Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement negotiations into the light of day.

The Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement is a massive new trade deal for the Pacific Rim. After eleven major rounds of negotiations, the United States has reportedly introduced proposals for most, if not all, of an estimated 26 separate chapters for this pact — proposals that will likely affect jobs, wages, agriculture, migration, consumer safety, the environment, financial regulations, access to medicine, indigenous rights, public procurement and more in our communities and throughout the world.

Despite the far-reaching nature of the Trans-Pacific FTA, the U.S. Trade Representative has refused to release any of its negotiating proposals for public scrutiny. One corporate trade attorney with decades of experience in international trade negotiations recently gloated that, "This is the least transparent trade negotiation I have ever seen." That isn't right and has to change.

What's even worse, however, is that while you, I and the majority of Americans are barred from knowing what's taking place in the Trans-Pacific FTA negotiations, approximately 600 corporate lobbyists have been named "cleared advisors," giving them regular access to the negotiating documents and negotiators.

This type of back-room deal making is unacceptable in a democracy, and it is even outside of the norm for international trade negotiations. Even the World Trade Organization (WTO) publishes its draft negotiating proposals online for public review and comment.

Please sign our online petition urging U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to publicly release the negotiating proposals for the Trans-Pacific FTA. All petitions will be delivered to U.S. trade negotiators prior to the start of the next negotiating round in Dallas this May.

You deserve the right to know what U.S. trade negotiators are negotiating in your name. Please take action now. http://action.cwa-union.org/c/1372/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4310

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