Despite Trump Announcement, Still A Long Way to Go on Fixing NAFTA for Working Families

After the Trump administration announced on Monday a preliminary agreement with Mexico on reworking the NAFTA trade deal, CWA President Chris Shelton pointed out that there is much more work left to be done to make sure a new agreement addresses the disastrous problems that NAFTA has caused for working families. “NAFTA has had a devastating impact on workers for more than 25 years,” Shelton said in a statement alongside labor leaders AFL-CIO President Richard …

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Brooklyn Verizon Wireless Workers Vote to Stick with the Union

Verizon Wireless workers in Brooklyn, members of CWA Local 1109, scored a huge victory on August 23rd when they voted down an anti-union “decertification petition” and chose to keep CWA as their representative. The company was hoping for a decertification in Brooklyn to slow the growing movement of Verizon Wireless workers across the country who want to join together to improve their working conditions. The workers fought off an extremely aggressive anti-union campaign, which included …

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CWA to FCC: Proposed T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Will Cost 28,000 Jobs

CWA is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, citing evidence that the merger will result in the loss of more than 28,000 jobs. “As currently structured, the proposed T-Mobile and Sprint merger is against the public interest,” said CWA President Chris Shelton. “Unless the companies make a binding commitment not to eliminate jobs in their proposed merger, to stop violating federal labor laws, and to fully …

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Envoy Air

Today, Miami Airport workers from Envoy Air, members of CWA, were joined at a rally by State Senators Jose Javier Rodriguez, State Representative Robert Ascencio, Congressional candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and other leaders and community allies to demand that American Airlines CEO Doug Parker negotiate in good faith with more than 200 employees at MIA who are earning as little as $9.48 an hour. “No one working full-time at a profitable company like American should have …

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CWAers Rally to Stop Brett Kavanaugh Nomination to Supreme Court

This week, CWAers joined allies for a rally on the U.S. Supreme Court steps to stand with and for working women to defeat Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh has a long record of routinely ruling against workers and their families and regularly siding with employers against employees seeking justice in the workplace – including CWA members. Kavanaugh’s track record also shows hostility to government protections for workers, consumers, women, and fundamental …

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2018 Union Plus Scholarships Awarded

Union Plus has awarded $150,000 in scholarships to 115 students representing 32 unions, including six winners from CWA. Congratulations to the CWA winners! Anna Bryan of Kirkwood, Mo. Bryan, whose father, Bill Bryan, and mother, Kimberly Bell, are members of Newsguild-CWA Local 36047, has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship. Benjamin Falcon of Corpus Christi, Texas. Falcon, whose father, Benjamin Falcon, Jr., is a member of CWA Local 6186, and whose mother, Jennifer Falcon, is a …

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N.M. Attorney General Reaffirms Public Sector Workers’ Rights

In the wake of the Janus decision, a right-wing attack on union fair share fees meant to make it more difficult for working people to defend themselves when corporations abuse their power, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued an advisory last week reaffirming public sector workers’ collective bargaining rights. The advisory emphasized that the only change under the Janus decision for New Mexico workers is that public employers may no longer deduct agency fees …

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CWAers Build Working Class Power at Human Rights Conference

CWA members from across the country gathered in New Orleans last week for the 2018 Civil and Human Rights Conference, presented by CWA’s Women’s Committee and Civil Rights and Equity Committee. The four-day conference focused on CWA’s efforts to make CWA STRONG by organizing and building working class power through local activism and mobilization, as well as CWA’s Fight Forward towards social and economic justice. CWAers heard from speakers including CWA President Chris Shelton; Secretary-Treasurer …

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Piedmont Airlines

The CWA Piedmont bargaining team met with the company and the mediator on August 8-10 in Washington, D.C., at the National Mediation Board (NMB) offices. The next round of bargaining is scheduled for September 11-13 in Pittsburgh. Although there was a large gap between the proposals at the start, the bargaining team has made significant headway in closing the gap, presenting several options to narrow the gap and reach an agreement. But there is still …

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AT&T Midwest and AT&T Legacy T

The CWA bargaining teams for AT&T Midwest and AT&T Legacy T will meet with AT&T on Monday, August 27th. The Union’s position remains unchanged: AT&T must stop its practice of offshoring and outsourcing work to the lowest bidder and decimating good jobs in our communities.

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