A Holiday Message from the Executive Board of CWA 1108
As 2012 comes to an end and the holidays are upon us, we hope that you had a Happy Chanukah and want to wish you a Happy Kwanza and Merry Christmas. Very shortly, we will celebrate the New Year, 2013. As we prepare ourselves for the tasks that lay before us for 2013, it is a good time to reflect on the year that has just passed, 2012. We finalized a long, protracted battle to get a contract. It was the longest fight we have ever seen, well over 16 months. 16 months of mobilizations (both off and on the job) and rallies. Many evenings and weekends spent picketing and hand billing in front of Verizon Wireless Stores and train stations. We sang Christmas carols (our versions), handed out Valentines, and had a pig roast (metaphorically). We led a march from the Commack Garage to the Northport Wireless store, shutting down traffic on Jericho Turnpike at rush hour. We had a funeral for middle-class jobs with a bag pipe led funeral procession. All of this after a bitter 2 week strike, in which you showed Verizon your determination and militancy for getting a contract. You never forgot the ones who were the casualties and sacrificial lambs of that strike, making sure that they were cared for financially, especially Dennis Dunn, while we worked to get them back. We are glad to have them all back to share the holidays with us. We were not in this fight alone- we had help and support from groups such as Jobs with Justice, The Long Island Progressive Coalition, and The Long Island Federation of Labor. Our Brothers and Sisters of Labor were with us every step of the way. Our region just suffered the worst natural disaster it has ever seen, Super Storm Sandy. We have never seen such devastation and destruction to our communities. We are blessed that no one from our membership or their families perished in the storm. As we rebuild our lives after the storm, our members that are most in need can expect help from the District and National. You have worked selflessly and tirelessly to help get our neighbors reconnected with their loved ones and the outside world. You all should be proud of how you served our customers. As the state of emergency winds down, we can count our blessings that no one suffered any serious injuries as they worked under very dangerous conditions. The most important thing of all is that you all go home to your families, each and every day. From all of us on the Executive Board of CWA 1108, we wish you and your families the best during the holiday season.