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Affordable Housing Opportunities

As you know, we’re currently in the middle of a housing crisis, which is effecting New Yorkers across all demographics and classes. Too many hard-working residents are struggling to pay high rents for less than decent quality housing. Stability starts in the home. The affordability of housing makes a major difference in the lives of New Yorkers. By increasing the availability of affordable housing, we will make it possible for more families to succeed.

Many members have asked for more information about the housing lotteries and affordable housing in general. I encourage you to visit the NYC Housing Connect website, and share this information with anyone who may benefit. Find and apply for Affordable Housing with NYC Housing Connect at:

NYC Housing Connect helps you:  
• Learn how to apply for affordable housing in New York City.
• View current and upcoming housing opportunities.
• Start, save, and complete an application for your household.
• Apply to housing options for which you may qualify
Below are a couple of Affordable Housing opportunities and links from Housing Connect:              
297 NEWLY CONSTRUCTED UNITS AT 535 Carlton Avenue, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn 
110 NEWLY CONSTRUCTED UNITS AT 560 Winthrop Street, Brooklyn, NY 11203 Wingate 
Open Society Foundations Staff Vote to Unionize with CWA Local 1180

On Thursday, July 21, 209 staff members at the Open Society Foundations (OSF) unionized in their New York and Baltimore locations by electing to join Communication Workers of America Local 1180. Votes were cast by non-managerial employees with the exception of HR and IT staff members. The final vote count totaled 109 to 80 in New York and 7 to 2 in Baltimore. Local 1180 represents several non-profits such as Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, and many others.

OSF's unionized employees will work to broaden and diversify structures of decision making and further demonstrates how organized labor has a future in non-traditional, non-profit organizations.

"We want to pave the way and uplift this effort in solidarity with other workers organizing across the United States and the world," said Karina Claudio Betancourt, OSF Program Officer.

"Thursday was a great victory for the workers at Open Society Foundations (OSF). We are excited to have OSF join us at CWA 1180. These individuals will now have a seat at the table to bargain with management and have a greater say in organizational decisions that affect their jobs and lives. We look forward to having a collaborative relationship with OSF," said Arthur Cheliotes, CWA Local 1180 President.

"The unionization of the Open Society Foundations is a watershed moment. We are thrilled to be members of CWA and are ready to work to refine our workplace culture, which in the end serves to make us more impactful and effective grantmakers," said Donysha Smith, OSF Communications Coordinator.

DCAS Extends Administrative Manager Promotional List #6529 

The list was scheduled to expire on July 29, 2016 and now is extended to July 29, 2017 or the date when the new list is established. Please note: List #6529 expires on the date the new list is established.
Big Gains for Striking Verizon Workers in New Agreement
Company agrees to add 1,300 new call center jobs on the East Coast; 10.9% raise over four years; First contract for wireless retail workers. Read more.

CWA, Allies Launch ‘Take On Wall Street’ Campaign
May 26, 2016
CWA, as part of a coalition of more than 20 labor unions and activist groups, has launched a national campaign to fight back against Wall Street's overwhelming power in our nation's economy and politics. Take On Wall Street will push for a tough, concrete agenda to make the economy fairer for working families. Read more

With Pre-K For All, Opportunity Starts Now
The Pre-K for All application period for families with a four-year-old born in 2012 is now open!  This includes children with disabilities and children whose home language is not English.  The pre-K application period for the 2016-2017 school year will be open from January 25 - March 4, 2016.  Families who apply will receive an offer letter in early May 2016, more than a month earlier than last year.

Pre-K for All provides free, full-day, high-quality pre-K and will lay the foundation of skills and knowledge to prepare for our children for school and life.  All programs create a high-quality learning experience designed to support how young children learn and develop. How to Apply

Why You Should Pay Attention to the 'Friedrichs' Supreme Court Case
As the Supreme Court hears this case on Monday, that day will mark the beginning of a week of action to ensure that the public is aware of what's at stake: the ability of workers to stand up for themselves and for the people they serve. Read More

How New York's "Fight for $15" Launched a Nationwide Movement
The combination of fed-up workers, motivated organizers, and political opportunity created a perfect storm for New York City's carwasheros and fast-food workers in the fight for $15. See more
Wisconsin Loses 10,000 More Jobs After Passing Right To Work
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is in deep trouble as his state is losing jobs at record rates.  Last year Walker promised that if the they passed Right To Work they would create tens of thousands of new jobs, once again proving that Right to Work is not a job creator. Read More

In the spirit of the season, I thought I’d introduce you to Uncle Bob. Uncle Bob is a curmudgeon who's wrong on many of the issues MoveOn members care about most. (He also happens to bear a striking resemblance to me, but don't be fooled.) by MoveOn.org

In this latest video, I offer a few suggestions for how you might respond to the predictable arguments of the "Uncle Bob" at your holiday table. Hope you enjoy and share.

CWA Joe Beirne Foundation Scholarship
About the Scholarship
Fifteen partial college scholarships of $3,000 each are being offered for the 2016-2017 school year. Winners, selected in a lottery drawing, also will receive second-year scholarships of the same amount contingent upon satisfactory academic accomplishment.  Part-time students, less than 12 credits, will receive half of the scholarship monies.

Eligible for the awards are CWA members and their spouses, children and grandchildren, including those of retired or deceased members. Read More

Why the Fight for $15 Is Our Fight, Too

Across the country, CWA activists took to the streets to demand higher wages and a voice on the job. We stood with thousands of fast-food, bank, airline, home care and other service-sector workers, fighting for $15 an hour. Read More

Labor, Environmental Leaders Call on Congress to Reject TPP Agreement
In a media call, leaders from the BlueGreen Alliance – a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations – called on Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). After nearly six years of negotiations, the text of the TPP trade deal finally was made public last week. Read More


In three decisions on markedly different facts, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) fortified an employee’s right to a union representative upon request, underscoring the need for employers to have a union representative on duty at all times. Read more

An Epic Documentary Film Series about the History of the American Labor Movement!


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Robert Reich: The Big Picture #SaveTheEconomy by MoveOn.org
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