CWA Local 1133



"The Union and the Hospital have just completed a marathon bargaining session of nearly 24 hours. We are extremely close to an agreement and should have something to announce in the next several days. Thank you for your continued support of the bargaining committee. We're almost there!"  Erin Bowie, CWA District 1 Staff representative.  8/26/16

To get up to date bargaining reports, the latest information on bargaining, sign up for updates and answers to FAQ's please visit the Catholic Health Bargaining website by clickling on the logo to the right.

96% YES strike vote for both bargaining units!  Mercy United!  CWA Staff Representative, Erin M. Bowie stated "CWA 1133 has received authorization from the CWA National Executive Board for a strike.  We will continue bargaining as long as progress is being made." 

March with us on Monday, September 5th!  Parade begins at noon on the corner of Abbott & Stevenson.  Picnic to follow at Cazenovia Park!  All are invited!  Wear red!  See your steward to sign up for the Parade or call the Local at 828-1133.

A supplement to "Breaking Faith:  How Catholic Health Executives Abandon Social Teachings" was released by the Workers' Rights Board at a press conference earlier today. The report is critical of Catholic Health Systems' staffing levels.  Read more >>>


PLEASE plan to join us on Thursday, September 8th, 4:30 p.m. at the Union hall, 821 Elk Street!  Be informed!

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. 

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.

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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