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Message from  

President Gloria Middleton

On June 24, 2019, we held our fourth meeting with the City of New York to work toward a contract settlement. That meeting was what’s called a technical meeting, which is where we work on costing out our economic agreement. As of now, we have another technical meeting scheduled for August 7. We understand that members are frustrated by the process. However, negotiations are a back-and-forth process and can take months, if not longer. Our Local 1180 bargaining committee has not stopped negotiating with the City, nor have we put negotiations on the back burner to deal with our EEO case as some have wrongly suggested. We are dealing with both of these simultaneously as we continue to negotiate with the City to reach an agreement that is the best we can get for all our members. Once we have come to terms, all members will be notified as you will have to ratify the contract.

I have said this numerous times in the past several months, but it is worth repeating. We report the ongoing issues of the Local at membership meetings, at borough committee meetings, on the website, on our social media, via email blast, and in the Communique. It has never been, nor will it ever be, our intention to withhold information from our members. In fact, we are the only Union in the City of New York that publishes the minutes of the Executive Board meetings so there is full transparency.

As soon as we have reached an agreement with the City, our members will receive retroactive pay to the date that the previous contract ended on May 5, 2018. No one is losing out on any money as we continue our negotiations. Yes, DC 37 has resolved the citywide agreement with the City.  They did not come to that agreement overnight, however. It took DC 37 months – if not years – to settle, as they had Citywide issues to deal with as well as the economic agreement.  As DC 37 holds the bargaining certificate for all City workers, they are always the first to negotiate with the City, as what they agree to sets the pattern for all unions. Since we work under the auspices of the Citywide agreement, we collaborate with other unions under the MLC to negotiate citywide issues. 

There are a lot of moving parts in the contract negotiation process, and as you know, it is definitely a long process. Please keep in mind that while our contract expired in 2018, there are many city unions whose contracts expired as far back as 2015, 2016, and 2017 who have not yet settled their contracts.

Yes, we could get a contract faster. We could sit at the bargaining table and let the City give us their terms and conditions and not fight back. We could let them dictate all terms of a new contract for our members and we could have a settlement tomorrow. I can guarantee that would be a contract very few of you would appreciate or be happy with.

As President of this great union of which I am so proud to be a member of, my job – along with the rest of the Executive Board, Shop Stewards, and Bargaining Committee – is to protect our workers and make sure you all receive pay fairness for the work assigned to you. For those of you sticking with the union and supporting us as we continue to negotiate to get you the most we possibly can, we thank you. Your support and encouragement are what keep sending us back to the bargaining table to get you the best deal possible.

Who We Are

CWA Local 1180 began its existence as the Municipal Management Society (MMS) in 1954, and was the first “union” of New York City supervisory and administrative employees. In the early 1960s, when public sector organizing exploded and other City workers were making significant gains through collective bargaining, MMS members decided that they too needed to be able to negotiate collectively in order to advance their interests. They signed up the necessary majority of workers, and in 1965 they voted to join the Communications Workers of America. Just two years later, in 1967, with CWA's assistance in overcoming a few obstacles, Local 1180 became CWA’s first public sector local.

Today, Local 1180 remains one of the largest public sector locals of CWA, representing more than 9,000 active members and 6,200 retirees. Union membership is overwhelmingly comprised of women, women of color, and other minorities. Most work in one of the dozens of New York City Mayoral agencies, while others work at H+H, Board of Education, Housing Authority, Transit Authority, School Construction Authority, and the state's Unified Court System. As administrative and supervisory workers, our members process payrolls, manage computer systems, monitor contracts, pay vendors, supervise front line staff, and in general, coordinate a whole host of other City functions that go unnoticed. We are the hidden human infrastructure that makes the New York City work.

Local 1180 also represents workers in the private and not-for profit sectors. Working closely with the Union, members at several locations represented by Local 1180 now have contracts for the first time. They have a voice on the job that enables them to collectively bargain wages, benefits, and working conditions.

From the newest to the most experienced worker, we learn from each other and work together to make our union stronger. Local 1180 is the backbone that supports our members in advancing their careers. When we stand as one, we have the strength to fight for what’s important — fair and decent wages, good benefits, safe working conditions, and stronger communities.

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