What it means to be strong

There’s no way to sugarcoat it. It has been a tough year for working people in our country. Exhibit A is the Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME. The decision to prevent public sector unions from collecting fair share fees is part of a long campaign by corporate executives and right-wing groups to restrict our ability to join together in strong unions to speak up for ourselves, our families and our communities. Janus is …

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Court Strikes Down Trump’s Anti-Worker Executive Order

Good news for working people! A federal judge has ruled that President Trump violated the law by issuing a union-busting executive order to attack workers’ rights and deny more than 2 million federal workers their legal right to representation. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Friday that the Trump administration’s May 25 anti-union executive order on official time violated the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution …

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CWA Member Urges Legislators to Protect Call Center Jobs

Betsy LaFontaine, Vice President of CWA Local 4621 and an AT&T customer service representative who works out of a call center in Oshkosh, Wis., highlighted the need for action to protect call center jobs at the annual meeting of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee last month. In her presentation, LaFontaine spoke about what the job of being a customer service representative is like, emphasizing that call center jobs can be great jobs for many communities …

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ITC Panel Votes Down Newsprint Tariffs

In a victory for NewsGuild-CWA members, the International Trade Commission voted Wednesday to reverse a tariff increase on uncoated groundwood paper used for newsprint. Newspapers have blamed the tariff increase for layoffs and for reductions in print editions. The tariffs were opposed by a wide variety of groups, including journalists, elected officials, and newspaper owners and managers. CWA President Chris Shelton contacted the commission in July, urging it to consider the effects of the tariffs …

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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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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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