Jan 31, 2014

CWA: USA Retirement Funds Act is ‘Building Block’ in Effort to Address Retirement Insecurity

CWA applauds the introduction of the Universal, Secure and Adaptable (USA) Retirement Funds Act of 2014 as an important first step in strengthening retirement security for Americans. The bill was introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), who chairs the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

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Nov 7, 2013

Our Veterans Deserve More than Tickets to a Ball Game

A message from CWA President Larry Cohen: Our Veterans Deserve More than Tickets to a Ball Game

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Oct 10, 2013

Big Victory at Peabody Coal

The United Mine Workers of America won a big victory at Peabody Energy and Patriot Coal. Hundreds of CWA members and CWA locals participated for many months in actions to put pressure on Peabody to keep its promises to retirees and their families. UMWA President Cecil Roberts called CWA President Larry Cohen to thank CWA for all their work.

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Aug 22, 2013

UMWA Ratifies Settlement with Patriot Coal

UMWA members who work at Patriot Coal operations in West Virginia and Kentucky ratified a settlement with the company that significantly improves the terms and conditions of employment ordered by a federal bankruptcy judge last May.

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Aug 15, 2013

Mine Workers Reach Tentative Agreement with Patriot Coal, Fight for Fairness for 23,000 Retirees Goe

The United Mine Workers reached a tentative settlement with bankrupt Patriot Coal on new terms and conditions of employment covering 1,800 active or laid off miners in West Virginia and Kentucky.

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Apr 4, 2013

CWA Activists Demand Fairness at Patriot

Virginia CWA activists on Monday traveled to West Virginia to rally to save the retirement and health benefits of thousands of Patriot Coal miners.

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Nov 9, 2012

Statement by CWA President Larry Cohen on President Obama’s remarks

Voters made a clear choice on Election Day. They rejected the politics of division and fear and, as the President said today, voted for action and a real focus on good jobs.

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Mar 8, 2012

New Book Exposes the Worst of Employer Pension Schemes

"Retirement Heist" is a new book by Ellen Schultz, a former investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal. She carefully describes how companies plunder and wring profits from the defined benefit pension plans of American workers. It's required reading for union leaders engaged in bargaining with the country's biggest corporations.

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Feb 17, 2012

CWAers Deliver Valentine Message to Verizon, Verizon Wireless

In District 2-13, CWAers leafleted more than 50 Verizon Wireless retail stores with the message: "We've given you so much, but now you're breaking our hearts. If you want to 'be ours,' focus more on good jobs and less on corporate greed."

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Oct 27, 2011

Postcard, Petition Campaign Furthers Fight for Retirement Security

Fighting to protect Americans' retirement security, CWA and members of the Strengthen Social Security Campaign delivered hundreds of thousands of postcards and petition signatures to Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

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Jul 28, 2011

NY Retirees Protest Congresswoman’s Medicare, Social Security Votes

Several CWA retirees got a jump start on August Accountability Month, joining a coalition of activists last week at the office of a New York congresswoman who voted for the Paul Ryan budget and its attacks on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

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May 26, 2011

GOP Medicare Scheme Backfires as NY Dem Wins Race for Congress

The Republican agenda to kill Medicare, trample workers' rights and cut millionaires' taxes at the expense of everyone else took a well-earned beating in upstate New York on Tuesday, as a Democrat comfortably won the special election for a U.S. House seat the GOP has held for generations.

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Apr 14, 2011

CWA Joins Thousands in Rally Against Anti-Worker Budget in Michigan

CWAers joined with thousands of union members, students, senior citizens and working families in Lansing, Mich., this week to rally against devastating budget proposals that would slash vital services, raise taxes on those who can least afford it and give a $1.8 billion tax break to businesses.

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Dec 16, 2010

Guild’s AP Journalists Withhold Bylines in Protest Over Benefit Cuts

Hundreds of TNG-CWA journalists at The Associated Press are taking part in a national "byline boycott" this week, removing their names from stories and photos to protest the news service’s attempt to slash pension and medical benefits.

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Dec 2, 2010

Medical costs for retirees falling, still very high for those without employer based coverage

A new report estimates that retirees without the benefit of employer provided coverage will need to have hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank to cover expected health care costs. Employees with employer provided coverage can expect to retire securely with 40% less money in savings for health care costs.

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Dec 2, 2010

Fortune Magazine Editor: Don’t Gamble Social Security in the Stock Market

As talk of privatizing Social Security heats up again, a Fortune magazine editor and Washington Post business columnist is warning that it’s a foolish idea that would threaten the financial security of future retirees.

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Nov 24, 2010

Call Congress Tuesday to Say: ‘Hands Off Social Security!’

The National Fiscal Commission is proposing that Social Security be carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey. We can’t let that happen.

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Nov 23, 2010

Ten Reasons the Social Security Proposal of the Fiscal Commission Co-Chairs Should be DOA

The Fiscal Commission Co-Chairs’ Social Security proposals are an equal opportunity disaster. So soon after an angry electorate has expressed its frustration with a Washington political class that does not appear to be listening, it totally ignores the will of the people. Poll after poll has shown that Democrats, Republicans, and Independents reject the punitive cuts in America’s economic security that the co-chairs have proposed. Read more to find out the top ten problems with their proposals.

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May 27, 2010

Health Benefits Restored for 140 Windstream Retirees, CWA Keeps up Fight

CWA has won a round in the fight to safeguard retiree health care at Windstream. Windstream is restoring health benefits to about 140 retirees who had worked at the company's former GTE properties in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. The retirees, represented by CWA Local 6171, are among the 3,000 Windstream retirees affected by the company's plan to terminate retiree health care in July.

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May 5, 2010

May is Older Americans Month

Continuing a tradition set in motion by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, President Obama proclaimed that May 2010 is Older Americans month. The proclamation was made to to honor the ongoing contributions of older Americans and pledge our support as a nation to the "wisest among us."

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