CWA Local 1133


Welcome to the new CWA Local 1133 Website!

When a nurse has more patients -- those patients are more likely to die.  Please contact your legislator in support of legislation that would limit the number of patients one nurse could care for at one time, the NYS Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act.  We have been stalled with getting the state to pass this bill, so we are taking the fight to our local elected officials.  Cheektowaga and Amherst passed resolutions in support of the state Safe Staffing Bill unanimously and across all party lines.  However, when we went to the Erie County legislators to ask them to support Safe Staffing, the majority of the members have not been supportive.  They need to hear from you so they cannot write off this life-and-death issue as a union tactic.  This is about giving patients good care.  Please email, send a letter, or call your legislator. Please ask them to pass a resolution in support of the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act.  Thank you!

Which presidential candidates do you think have the best plans for moving our country forward on the issues most important to you and your family?  CWA has created a poll for members to make their voices heard on whether or not CWA should endorse a candidate for president.  Please go to  Check it out!

Join us for a Community Gathering on Saturday, November 28th, 2015, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, as we ceremoniously send a scroll of our Climate Justice Pledge Signatures to the UN Paris Climate talks.  RSVP to

General Membership Meeting, December 10th, 2015, 4:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 261 S. Legion Drive, Buffalo.  Holiday party to follow.  Food will be served.  Cash bar.  Please join us!

To get up to date bargaining reports, the latest information on bargaining, sign up for updates and answers to FAQ's please visit the Catholic Health Bargaining website by clickling on the logo to the right.

On March 3, 2015, CWA Local 1133 filed an unfair labor practice against Mercy Hospital of Buffalo.  The charge was filed in order to protect our right to distribute leaflets in non-work areas of the Hospital.  On October 6, 2015, the Labor Board awarded to CWA Local 1133 the following: 


Form, join, or assist a union; Choose a representative to bargain on your behalf; Act together with other employees for your benefit and protection; Choose not to engage in any protected activities.

WE WILL NOT do anything to prevent you from exercising the above rights.

WE WILL NOT maintain an overly broad no-access policy.

WE WILL NOT prohibit you from distributing union literature in non-work and/or non-patient areas.

WE WILL NOT deny off-duty employees access to any non-work or non-patient care areas in which they have a right under the Act to be present.

WE WILL NOT in any like or related manner interfere with your rights under Section 7 of the Act.

WE WILL rescind our overly broad non-access policy described above.

The Hospital must post this within the Hospital.

On October 1st the Western New York Worker's Rights Board issued the following report.

BREAKING FAITH: How Catholic Health Executives Abandon Social Teachings- A Report on Workplace Issues Effecting More than 8,000 Employees of Catholic Health, Buffalo, New York

Please click on the report to read it.

The Unions that represent workers in the Catholic Health system have been working jointly on a number of issues. One of our primary goals is to have one contract covering all Union employees withen Catholic Health with one high standard of wages, benefits and working conditions. The Unions wanted to try and answer some of the most frequently asked questions reguarding this issue. Read more >>>

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Why Wear Red on Thursdays

   It has been a custom since 1989 for the members of the CWA to show their solidarity by wearing red on Thursdays, but why and where did this day of red begin?

   Well for one, it represents the color of blood that was lost in the strife to gain fair and equal rights for workers throughout the years. The day of red is also in remembrance of Gerry Horgan, CWA’s chief steward for Westchester County who died as a result of being struck by a car driven by the daughter of a second line manager as he worked a picket line in August 1989.

   The red shirt brings together all of the CWA members on one day a week. It gives a visual statement to management of the workers solidarity. The red shirt gives everyone a sense of unity and fellowship. The red shirt is also a visual reminder that checks and balances in the work place have to be maintained daily. So next Thursday and every Thursday thereafter, if you are angered at the loss of jobs going off shore, WEAR RED.

   Please contact everyone you know and ask them to WEAR RED. Talk to your friends, neighbors, colleagues, and members in your department. On Thursday, let's have a sea of RED in the work place. Just by wearing a RED shirt, or a RED dress, a RED hat, RED socks, a RED tie, or RED pants, you may be surprised with the results.


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