Local 1126 won an NLRB-supervised election today for 730 non-professional workers at FaxtonSt. Luke’s Healthcare in Utica, NY. Workers voted 309-210 to join CWA. The Local has been working with staff from this bargaining unit for more than 15 years, making two previous attempts to organize the group. Key to this effort was a partnership between more than 50 committee members and over two dozen Local 1126 member activists who helped with assessments, card signing, and get out the vote.
Workers were particularly motivated by changes being pushed upon them without any say as part of the Hospital’s recent merger with St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. The 800+ CWA-represented workers at Faxton St.Luke’s have been able to participate in effects negotiations, but the non-union workers have seen benefits whittled away and positions eliminated without any say.
Local 1126 organizers Karen Marrotta, Maryanne Reardon, Sue Fobare and Fred Thur worked tirelessly on this effort for almost two years building the support needed. Special Assignment Organizer Dave Thomas and District Organizing Coordinator Anne Luck-Deak also worked with the Local to achieve the win. In the final stages of GOTV, Local 1168 organizers Ann Converso and Patrick Weisansal along with Organizer Jonathn Poindexter and Special Assignment Organizer Fareeda Mabry joined the team as well. Political and legislative support was provided by Jennifer Tuttle and Bob Master, materials design and production help was provided by Antoinette Miles, and overall support from the District was coordinated by Debbie Hayes. The entire leadership team of the Local, headed up by Local President Frank Murphy, remained committed to organizing this workgroup through many ups and downs and is a shining example of what it means to demonstrate solidarity “one day longer, one day stronger.”