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Another Organizing Victory for CWA 1109 Brooklyn

The Communications Workers of America in Brooklyn organize 160 Aclara utility installers in New York

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by Tony Spina on
Dec 07, 2017

In an NLRB-supervised election, Aclara installers in the 10 counties throughout New York and New Jersey voted overwhelmingly to join CWA Local 1109. There are 160 workers at three locations – Staten Island, Stony Point (Rockland County), and Westchester County – and the represented workforce is likely to expand.  The job is to service and install smart meters for big utilities like Con-Ed. The employer waged a nasty campaign which mostly centered around dues, strikes, and terminating three union supporters over the course of the past two months. The workers stayed strong with many showing their strong public support for the union with wristbands, hats, jackets, lanyards, and a Vote Yes flyer.

More than 30 workers filled out wage and hour complaint forms, which were sent to the New York State Dept of Labor. The night before the election, a conference call was held with workers and top officials from the NYS Attorney General's office where they heard from 33 workers who had wage and hour problems. The NLRB also issued a complaint against the company for firing a worker for union activity the night before the election.
 
A special shout out to 1109 EVP Joe Iorio, and 1109 Organizer Steve Moser, who worked tirelessly, putting in many long days and nights, to build a fighting force amongst the group. Most of the local's Executive Board helped with GOTV. Tim Dubnau also helped with the campaign.
 
"Great teamwork from the 3 committees of Aclara workers who were led by EVP Joe Iorio and BA Steve Moser all who were determined to form a UNION. 83-2 vote speaks for itself." says 1109 President Tony Spina
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