In 1989, CWA Local 1400 along with our union brothers and sisters
in New York were on strike. One of the New York members from CWA Local
1103 walking the picket line was Chief Union Steward, E. Gerald Horgan. 25 years ago this August 15th (2014), Gerry Horgan was killed from injuries he
sustained when he was run down by a "scab” as he walked a picket line while
striking for health care benefits. The driver of the vehicle which killed him
was a manager’s daughter acting as a "scab” during the strike. As she
approached the picket line, she accidentally accelerated her vehicle, and
struck Gerry Horgan.
He is the only CWA member in our 63-year history to be killed on a
picket line. Typical of Gerry Horgan, the picket line he was on was not his
own. The Members on another line needed some additional help and asked Gerry to
provide that help.
At the time of his death Gerry Horgan was only 34 years old. He
was a dedicated family man, and very active in his community. He was the Chief
of the Valley Cottage Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Central
Nyack Volunteer Fire Department. He developed, and was Team Leader of the
Mountain Rescue Squad of Rockland County, New York. The Squad’s primary
responsibility is for rescuing people who fall, or get trapped on the sheer
cliffs of the Palisades. Gerry Horgan was also a Veteran of the United States
When Gerry was killed he left behind two children, Christine who
was 2 ½ and Danielle who was just 7 months. They are now coming of age where
they can understand who their father was and what he stood for. We want them to
know that their father’s sacrifice was not in vain and is still appreciated by
the people he died fighting for.
So Why Red? Why Thursday?Thursday,
because it is the day on which this tragedy occurred and red to symbolize the
tragedy itself. Even though this tragedy occurred years ago, the Queens New
York Local 1103 and CWA still support Gerry and his family!
So as you look for something to wear next Thursday, show your
support to your union and remember your fallen union brother in New York, and
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY isn't about showing
disrespect for Managers or being anti-management. WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is about supporting the Union
in the contract negotiation process. WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is having a voice in that
process. WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is protecting your job and your
wages from being reclassified into a lesser status. WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is saying the tuition
reimbursement plan is important to you for your personal growth and
development. WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is providing location security
so you are not forced to move to another part of the country so the company can
save a few dollars. WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is supporting families and
working hours that are conducive to the family unit. WEARING RED ON THURSDAY isn't anti-management, it is
pro-community. It is having a strong contract so we can live together as
management, service representatives and clerks without having to live in fear
that one day our job will be replaced and eliminated. And it's about supporting
your local economy. WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is being proactive during this
process so we don't have to be reactive.
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY
is showing our collective support for this,
our Union Contract, so we can prevent
showing it on the picket line!
For all these reasons and more,support your local Union and yourself!
During the June 2014 Membership meeting, a
proposal to change the By-Laws was presented to the membership. The proposal is in regards to Article 19
Section 19.01 1. Article 19 Section
19.01 1 currently reads as followed:
I want to update you
on the latest development in our fight to protect our right to wear and display
pro-union messaging on branded apparel, laptops, company vehicles, and on our
desks and lockers. This is an action
that many of us joined. I’m proud that
our members are always ready to stand together and give our all, and I’m happy
to report a victory in this important fight.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Brittney (Byford) Russell (19), a Union sister in Dallas, TX Local 6215. She was involved in a fatal car accident on Monday driving home from work after 1am. It was her first day in the field as a U-Verse Wire Technician.