News & Events

May 5, 2016 — News

CWA Members Challenge Business as Usual at AT&T Annual Meeting

More than a dozen activists from CWA Districts 4, 7, 9 and the T&T Sector traveled to Billings, Mont., last week to attend AT&T’s annual shareholders meeting.

May 5, 2016 — News

Organizing Update

More DirecTV workers join CWA.

May 5, 2016 — News

Bargaining Update

Bargaining updates from Verizon, AT&T West and Spirit Airlines.

May 5, 2016 — News

Verizon Refuses to Fix Customer Lines, Forcing Consumers to Take Fiber or Lose Service

A complaint filed this week at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) charges Verizon Communications with systematically deceiving customers, refusing to fix the phone lines of customers on its traditional copper network, and forcing them to switch to the company's fiber network or lose all service.

May 5, 2016 — News

IUE-CWA Activists Protest GE Retiree Cuts

IUE-CWA retirees leafleted shareholders outside the General Electric Co. annual meeting in Jacksonville, Fla., and IUE-CWA locals in other locations held solidarity demonstrations outside GE facilities.

May 5, 2016 — News

Leaks Reveal Trans-Atlantic Trade Negotiators Want Another Deal By and For the 1 Percent

This week Greenpeace released a series of leaked documents on the ongoing Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade talks, shining a light on the secretive negotiations that could lower standards governing workers’ rights, the environment, public health and food safety.

May 2, 2016 — News

The Retreat From Voting Rights

On Monday, Judge Thomas D. Schroeder of Federal District Court in Winston-Salem, N.C., upheld legislation passed in 2013 that imposed far-reaching restrictions on voting across this state, including strict voter-identification requirements.

May 1, 2016 — News

Let’s Stop Referring to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as ‘Women’s Issues’

From reproductive rights to paid family leave to sexual and domestic violence, our society neatly categorizes issues where women bear the brunt of the burden as “women’s issues,” turning them into problems for women and women’s rights advocates alone to solve.

April 28, 2016 — Press Release

Statement by the Communications Workers of America on Negotiations with Verizon

Verizon workers remain on strike and are standing strong on the picket lines. At negotiating sessions in Westchester and Philadelphia today, executives refused to back off of callous proposals that would hurt working families and destroy middle class jobs, including shipping jobs overseas and outsourcing work. The company also failed to budge on the issues facing Verizon Wireless workers.

April 28, 2016 — News

Bargaining Update

VERIZON--three weeks into the strike at Verizon, CWA and IBEW members are standing firm... AT&T WEST--some great mobilization is underway at AT&T West, while negotiations continue...

April 28, 2016 — News

Envoy Agents Want a Fair Return on Their Work

On April 27, negotiations for a first contract covering 3,800 Envoy agents, CWA members, at 94 U.S. airports got underway in Irving, Texas.

April 28, 2016 — News

Businessweek Unmasks T-Mobile's Sham Union

Bloomberg Businessweek just exposed T-Mobile's attempt to fight a real union by creating a fake one.

April 28, 2016 — News

DOT Breaks Agreement with U.S. Aviation Workers with Tentative Approval of NAI Deal

The Transportation Department last week tentatively approved a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International's (NAI) Irish-flag subsidiary. AFA-CWA strongly opposes this application, as it sets a dangerous precedent for transatlantic aviation and risks thousands of U.S. aviation jobs.

April 28, 2016 — News

DOT to U.S. Workers: Everything Matters Except You

In an op-ed in The Hill, AFA-CWA President Sara Nelson urges members of Congress to affirm that the labor protections negotiated in the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement are "meaningful and not just a façade."

April 28, 2016 — News

CWA Next Gen Activists Take on Student Debt Crisis

CWA Next Generation activists in higher education from California, Texas, Mississippi, and Tennessee met in Nashville this week for two intensive days of training on how to organize and lead student debt clinics for workers at their institutions.

April 28, 2016 — News

On Workers' Memorial Day and Every Day, CWAers Fight for Safe Jobs

CWA members marked Workers' Memorial Day with solemn remembrances of co-workers killed, hurt or sickened on the job, and determination to end the toll of workplace injuries.

April 28, 2016 — Press Release

CWA: Workplace Dangers, Deaths Raise Call for Safer Jobs

Members of the Communications Workers of America are marking Workers’ Memorial Day, April 28, with solemn remembrances of co-workers killed, hurt or sickened on the job, and determination to end the toll of workplace injuries.

    April 27, 2016 — Press Release

    Safety Violations Run Rampant as Verizon Fails to Maintain Network

    As the Verizon strike enters its third week, more and more incidents of replacement workers endangering themselves and the public are coming to light. Basic safety practices aren't being followed as unqualified managers and contractors hang cables, place poles and operate heavy equipment.

    April 27, 2016 — News

    CWA District 2-13 Occupational Safety and Health Conference Call

    CWA District 2-13 Occupational Safety and Health Conference Call Monday, March 14, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Call-In Number- 888-636-3807 Access Code- 5568700

    April 21, 2016 — News

    CWA Activists a Big Part of Democracy Awakening

    On the final day of Democracy Awakening in Washington, D.C., CWA President Chris Shelton, Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens and nearly 80 CWA activists joined more than 300 hundred protesters who were arrested at the U.S. Capitol as they called for action to restore our democracy.

    April 21, 2016 — News

    Bargaining Update

    VERIZON--the strike by 39,000 CWA and IBEW members at Verizon entered week two; AT&T EAST--About 200 AT&T members at CWA Local 1298 in Hamden, CT, have been working without a contract since April 9; AT&T WEST--CWA members in California and Nevada, working without a contract, are stepping up mobilization...

    April 21, 2016 — News

    Organizing Update

    Another 240 CWA DirecTV technicians, warehouse and administrative workers in Alabama now have CWA representation.

    April 21, 2016 — News

    Movement Building Update

    IUE-CWA Activists Focus on Diversity;  CWAers join Fight for $15 and a Union; Victory at Texas Walmart

    April 21, 2016 — News

    CWA Next Gen Activists Mobilize in DC

    CWA's Next Generation's newest activists arrived in Washington, DC, last weekend for a crash course in democracy.