CWA Local 1133


BLOCK THE CORPORATE CABINET!  Don't let billionaire corporate raiders take over our government to benefit their bank accounts at our expense.  Tom Price, nominee for Secretary of Health & Human Services, has accepted $$$ from the pharmaceutical industry!  Steve Mnuchin, nominee for Treasury Secretary, is known as "The Foreclosure King" who helped bring on the 2008 financial crisis.  Call your Senator at 888:907-9365 and tell them to oppose these nominations!

Join us at CWA Local 1133 on Tuesday, January 31st, from 4:30 - 6 p.m.. as we prepare to meet with our NYS Senators regarding the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act.  They need to hear from those at the bedside about what is going on in our hospitals.  Please RSVP to Whitney at [email protected] or call 716:812-5328 to register.  Then, be sure to SAVE THE DATE:  May 9th, 2017, CWA HEALTHCARE LOBBY DAY IN ALBANY!  Plan to get on the bus!  More to come; stay tuned...

Catholic Health has informed us that PTO and sick time buy back will no longer be cashed out automatically. Please read about the changes and deadlines by clicking here.

The Local is aware that there are some issues related to the retro checks and we are working on solving them.  One pay code that was not paid was "On Call" pay.  We are requesting every pay code to make sure that they were included in the retro calculations.  If you have specific questions about the calculations, call 828-1133 and leave a message for your Executive Board member.  We wil get back to you when we can.  Thank you.  Deborah Arnet, RN, President

A HUGE thank you to everyone for fighting together for a fair contract! We must stay strong and united to hold Catholic Health accountable to their commitments.

CWA believed the social media policy was too restrictive.  Consequently, an unfair labor practice charge was filed against Catholic Health.  The NLRB determined that the policy was in violation of the National Labor Relations Act.  Thus, the employer was forced to change it.  The new policy is less restrictive of employees' actions. 

On March 3, 2015, CWA Local 1133 filed an unfair labor practice against Mercy Hospital of Buffalo.  The charge was filed in order to protect our right to distribute leaflets in non-work areas of the Hospital.  On October 6, 2015, the Labor Board awarded to CWA Local 1133 the following: 


Form, join, or assist a union; Choose a representative to bargain on your behalf; Act together with other employees for your benefit and protection; Choose not to engage in any protected activities.

WE WILL NOT do anything to prevent you from exercising the above rights.

WE WILL NOT maintain an overly broad no-access policy.

WE WILL NOT prohibit you from distributing union literature in non-work and/or non-patient areas.

WE WILL NOT deny off-duty employees access to any non-work or non-patient care areas in which they have a right under the Act to be present.

WE WILL NOT in any like or related manner interfere with your rights under Section 7 of the Act.

WE WILL rescind our overly broad non-access policy described above.

The Hospital must post this within the Hospital.

On October 1st the Western New York Worker's Rights Board issued the following report.

BREAKING FAITH: How Catholic Health Executives Abandon Social Teachings- A Report on Workplace Issues Effecting More than 8,000 Employees of Catholic Health, Buffalo, New York

Please click on the report to read it.

The Unions that represent workers in the Catholic Health system have been working jointly on a number of issues. One of our primary goals is to have one contract covering all Union employees withen Catholic Health with one high standard of wages, benefits and working conditions. The Unions wanted to try and answer some of the most frequently asked questions reguarding this issue. Read more >>>

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Why Wear Red on Thursdays

   It has been a custom since 1989 for the members of the CWA to show their solidarity by wearing red on Thursdays, but why and where did this day of red begin?

   Well for one, it represents the color of blood that was lost in the strife to gain fair and equal rights for workers throughout the years. The day of red is also in remembrance of Gerry Horgan, CWA’s chief steward for Westchester County who died as a result of being struck by a car driven by the daughter of a second line manager as he worked a picket line in August 1989.

   The red shirt brings together all of the CWA members on one day a week. It gives a visual statement to management of the workers solidarity. The red shirt gives everyone a sense of unity and fellowship. The red shirt is also a visual reminder that checks and balances in the work place have to be maintained daily. So next Thursday and every Thursday thereafter, if you are angered at the loss of jobs going off shore, WEAR RED.

   Please contact everyone you know and ask them to WEAR RED. Talk to your friends, neighbors, colleagues, and members in your department. On Thursday, let's have a sea of RED in the work place. Just by wearing a RED shirt, or a RED dress, a RED hat, RED socks, a RED tie, or RED pants, you may be surprised with the results.


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