Community Center Workers in Buffalo Choose Local 1122

Local 1122 in Buffalo, N.Y., reached agreement with the Northwest Buffalo Community Center to accrete about 60 new part-time employees into a larger unit it represents there.

"The community center received a state and federal grant for about $275,000 for after-school programs, and they went to the Buffalo teachers looking for certified teachers to work as tutors," said Organizing Chair John Mudie. "Then the employer came to us and said, 'we'd like these people to be in the union."'

Local area Vice President Jim Wagner and Mudie worked out the accretion agreement, getting the OK on Jan. 14, and local organizer Dawn Kuznik talked with the workers.

"They'll come under the existing contract," Mudie said. "We just need to sit down and work out a wage scale and progression."