Election day is coming Nov. 7
1101 RMC members and friends at Oct. 18 meeting at the Local remind you that if you vote in New York State to turn your ballot over and on the back VOTE NO on the constituional convention (more info below) and if you vote in New Jersey to vote for Phil Murphy for Governor. (more info below)
Why I Am Against A Constitutional Convention
You should know that on November 7, 2017, New Yorkers will vote on whether or not to spend millions of dollars to hold a State Constitutional Convention.
You should also know that under the New York State Constitution, every 20 years on Election Day, New Yorkers are asked to answer this ballot question: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?”
It is also important for you to know that I believe that a Constitutional Convention will hurt the men and women in New York who are already struggling to pay their bills and raise their families, among them are union workers from transit to teachers, retirees, those seeking employment, those who find themselves in court, and even our environment will almost certainly suffer irreparable damage.
Some of the reasons why I am opposed to a Constitutional Convention are:
(1) Currently, the Constitution guarantees that pensions benefits for every public employee are protected and cannot be diminished or impaired. A Constitutional Convention would almost certainly result in the lowering of pension benefits across the board for all public employees.
(2) The public sector union currently has the right to collective bargaining. With a Constitutional Convention, it is most likely that those collective bargaining for public sector unions will end. This will do away with the right to good jobs and good wages.
(3) Presently, under the Constitution, all workers have the right to access public sector jobs. A Constitutional Convention will most probably turn back the hands of time and allow for discrimination, favoritism and nepotism in hiring.
(4) The Constitution currently provides for right to a free public education. A Constitutional Convention could take away this right, harming our children's fundamental right to education.
(5) Workers compensation rights are currently protected by the Constitution. A Constitutional Convention will almost certainly alter workers compensation, making work especially dangerous for many men and women who face serious injuries every day on the job.
(6) Our watersheds, state parks and wild preserves are being protected by the Constitution. A Constitutional Convention can do enormous harm to our environment by opening up our watersheds, state parks and wild preserves to developers so they can be seized or plundered by the private sector
(7) Our Constitution requires for judges to be elected into office by voters. A Constitutional Convention would almost certainly end the election of judges in favor or lifetime appointments, thereby opening our judicial system to many levels of corruption.
It is for this reason that I am opposed to, and ask everyone to vote “NO” to a Constitutional Convention. Otherwise, union workers, children, retirees, those seeking employment, those who find themselves in court, and even our environment will almost certainly suffer irreparable damage.
I am Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, and this is what you should know
Phil Murphy for Governor is endorsed by more than 47 organized labor organizations and working people across New Jersey.
“Phil Murphy will help all working families. That’s what New Jersey desperately needs: a governor who puts middle-class families ahead of millionaires and corporations.”
MARIE BLISTAN, NJEA VICE PRESIDENT
“Phil Murphy is committed to making our state’s political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of middle-class and working families.”
HETTY ROSENSTEIN, CWA NJ STATE DIRECTOR
Labor Union Endorsements
American Federation of Teachers
Amalgamated Transit Union
Communications Workers of America – NJ
Fireman’s Mutual Benevolent Association
Fraternal Order of Police
Health Professionals and Allied Employees
Hotel Trades Council
International Association of Firefighters
IFPTE Local 195
IFPTE Local 194
International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers
International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
International Ironworkers Union
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
International Union of Elevator Constructors
International Union of Operating Engineers
International Union of Operating Engineers 825
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 68
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
Laborers’ International Union of North America
Laundry, Distribution & Food Service Joint Board Workers United/SEIU Affiliate
New Jersey Education Association
New Jersey Retired Public Employees Organization
New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades Council
New Jersey State Council of Sheet Metal Workers Locals 19, 22, 25, 27, and 137
New Jersey Superior Officers Law Enforcement Association
Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association
Painters DC 711
PATH Labor Council
Port Authority Detectives
Port Authority Lts
Port Authority SBA
RWDSU locals 108, 262 & 1034
SEIU 32 BJ
SEIU New Jersey State Council
Teamsters Joint Council 73
UFCW New York and NJ
United Association of the Plumbing, Pipefitting and Sprinkler Fitting Industry of the United States
United Brotherhood of Carpenters
United Service Workers Local 1N
United Service Workers Local 755
United Steel Workers
United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers
UWUA Local 601
NJ CWAERS READY TO ELECT PHIL MURPHY FOR GOVERNOR
With less than 50 days until the November election, CWA members across New Jersey are pushing forward with phone banks and door-to-door canvassing in support of CWA’s union-endorsed candidate for New Jersey governor, Phil Murphy, ahead of the November 7th general election.
Over 500 shop stewards gathered for a one-day election kick-off event and reviewed mobilization plans for a massive get-out-the-vote effort to elect Phil Murphy in the gubernatorial election.
After eight disastrous years of Governor Chris Christie and an enormous amount of damage to the state, CWA members are supporting Phil Murphy because he will protect working families and defend strong public services.
“Phil Murphy is committed to making our state’s political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of middle-class and working families,” said CWA NJ State Director Hetty Rosenstein.
Stewards are talking to their co-workers, asking for commitments to vote in the November election, and signing up members at their worksite for door-knocking and phone bank shifts. CWAers will be knocking doors every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm and working the phones during weeknights in phone banks.
Membership Meeting:Wednesday, November 15, Noon, Manhattan
Wednesday, December 13, Holiday Party Manhattan, $25
Membership Meeting: Manhattan, Wednesday, Noon, January 17, 2018
Membership Meeting: Manhattan, Wednesday, Noon, February 21, 2018
Photo below: packed meeting at Local in May to hear Marvin Anderman talk about shielding assets from Medicaid draw down.
CLICK HERE for Full write up from Ilene.
Photo below: Another highly successful 1101 RMC fundraiser at Hole 3 May 12 Dempsey Scholarship Golf Outing at Pelham Bay. Tom Smucker, Mary Ann and Bill Haas. Thanks to all the golfers that day for their generosity towards the retirees, and the help from everyone involved from Local 1101, and a special thank you to Bill and Mary Ann. The photo gives a clue to how our chapter pays the bills and stays afloat financially
Watch this space for upcoming information about the Yonkers Raceway Casino Luncheon!
AVAYA Bankruptcy Claim Letter From CWA: CLICK HERE
Support our 1101 brothers and sisters in their fight for good jobs at AT&T Mobility
Click here to sign the petition.
Dental Plan Flyer Update Click Here
Above: February Meeting in the Bronx. Summary: rollout of Medicare Advantage for CWA District 1 retirees working well. Co-pays should be $10 or $15, total out of pocket for the year should be about $1150. Members at meeting reported that sudden large bills or supposed lack of coverage was resolved by calling the UNITED HEALTH CARE NUMBER ON THE BACK OF OUR NEW CARD. Thanks to all who contributed. Also discussed was Momentive Strike settlement, retirees appear to have lost their health care, so let's all watch out for the corporate flim flam of bankruptcies, sales to hedge funds, cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
click here for article about hedge fund managers who forced the CWA strike at Momentive
1101 RMC Membership at Jan 25 Meeting at the Local
Two short take aways from meeting (above): rollout of new United Health Care Verizon Medicare Advantage Plan seems to be going well. Hospitals and Doctors are taking plan, acupuncture appears to be covered, also free gym memberships through Silver Sneakers program. DO NOT THROW OUT material from United Health Care about our new plans, you will need it. (See below). National politics: new nominee for Labor Secretary is anti-union, nominee for HHS wants to dismantle Medicaire (see flyers above). Thanks to all who attended.
Local 1101 and 1103 RMC at Jan 21 Women's March NYC
Don't throw this stuff out! Photo BELOW top right: all CWA Dist. 1 Verizon retirees and their covered dependents should receive this packet in clear plastic. DO NOT THROW OUT. It contains the three items shown below. Bottom right: info for your health care provider. Top left: good one page summary, Bottom left: thick detailed booklet. You will need these items for 2017. Save and refer to if you have any questions about our new Medicare Advantage Plan.
Above: Pat Welsh represents retirees and addresses the rally to support CWA Momentive strike in Waterford, NY. Rally was on 57th Street around the corner from Trump Tower, in front of office of billionaire hedge fund that is trying to break the union. Below, some of the 1101 RMC members at the rally. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend.
For full report on a Tale of Two Retirements Click on the Graph Below
PDF of pamphlet for post-1991 retirees: click here
PDF of pamphlet for pre-1992 retirees: click here
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Directions to American Legion at 1456 Shore Drive, Bronx,
Take #6 train to Westchester Square
Take #8 bus from Westchester Square going to Locust Point-Tierney Place
Get off at Dean Avenue and Lafayette
Walk Northwest on Dean Avenue towards Barkley Ave.
Turn right on Barkley
Walk to Shore Drive