Dec 9, 2010

Obstruction Watch: Senate Kills Public Safety Bargaining Bill

Fifty-five Senators voted to have a full discussion and debate on a bill to give public safety officers collective bargaining rights. But under the current Senate rules, a majority just isn’t enough. That majority vote couldn’t overcome the 40 Republicans and three Democrats who killed the bill by not allowing it to be debated by the full Senate. All Republicans plus Democrats Mark Warner (Va.), Kay Hagan (N.C.) and Michael Bennet (Colo.) voted against full discussion of the bill.

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Dec 9, 2010

When Did South Carolina Secede from the United States?

Aren’t workers in South Carolina covered by the National Labor Relations Act? You know, the law passed in 1935 that says workers have the right to join a union and bargain collectively?

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Dec 3, 2010

CWA: Public Safety Bargaining Bill an Important Step Forward

CWA supports the Public Safety Employer-Employee Act, S. 3991, as an important step forward in providing public safety officers a voice on the job and in their communities.

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Dec 2, 2010

Act Now to Help Pass Public Safety Bargaining Bill

CWAers nationwide are working hard to push the U.S. Senate to act on a measure giving public safety officers collective bargaining rights. Hundreds of phone calls and handwritten letters have been sent to Senators, pressing for a vote on the bill.

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Nov 24, 2010

AFA-CWA Files Interference Charges Against Delta; Seeks Rerun Election

AFA-CWA filed formal interference charges with the National Mediation Board this week against Delta Air Lines, charging that the airline used intimidation and other unlawful tactics to coerce workers and influence the vote during the union election among 20,000 flight attendants. Flight attendants came within 328 votes of winning an AFA-CWA voice

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Nov 24, 2010

Guild Members Use Facebook to Fight for Fairness at San Francisco Chronicle

TNG-CWA members who include some of the San Francisco Chronicle’s best-known journalists are using Facebook to tell their story in a bargaining battle that’s now six months old.

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Nov 4, 2010

Management Interference Critical Factor in Extremely Close Delta Vote

Fighting against fierce management intimidation, Delta Air Lines flight attendants came within 328 votes of winning an AFA-CWA voice and bargaining rights. The vote was 9,216 for union representation and 9,544 for no union. The turnout was huge, about 94 percent of the more than 20,000 eligible flight attendants voted in the National Mediation Board election.

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Nov 4, 2010

Dallas CWAers Rally at DISH Sites to Support Workers’ Fight for Union

Rainy weather didn’t stop CWA members from rallying outside two DISH Network locations near Dallas, Texas, this week, to support DISH employees in their fight for the CWA voice and bargaining rights they voted for in February.

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Nov 4, 2010

AFL-CIO, Mexican Independent Unions Move Forward on Plan for Jobs, Workers Rights

The AFL-CIO and Mexico’s independent labor federation UNT, Unión Nacional de Trabajadores, have signed a joint action plan to help rebuild the industrial base in the United States and Mexico, ensure workers’ rights and coordinate bargaining across borders. The agreement builds on years of joint work between U.S. and Mexican unions, in particular, CWA’s long working relationship with STRM, the independent union of telephone workers.

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Nov 3, 2010

CWA: Congress Needs to Get to Work Now on Jobs, Help for Hurting Americans

CWA challenges Congress to get to work now to help build an economy that works for everyone.

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Oct 28, 2010

CenturyLink/Qwest Commits to Job Security, Broadband Build-Out

CWA’s discussions with CenturyLink, the company formed by the acquisition between CenturyLink and Qwest Communications, have resulted in management agreeing to provide greater job security for workers and to invest in broadband buildout, especially in rural and other underserved areas.

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Oct 28, 2010

Delta, Piedmont Elections Results in Next Week

Lots of election results next week. Ballots will be counted on Nov. 3 in the election covering 21,000 flight attendants at Delta Air Lines, which merged with Northwest earlier this year. For the nearly 14,000 Delta flight attendants, a victory will mean union representation for the first time, and Northwest’s 7,000 AFA-CWA flight attendants will keep the bargaining rights they’ve had for more than 50 years.

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Oct 28, 2010

Why the Senate Isn’t Working Cont’d

Did you catch President Obama on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart? Stewart asked if “government still has the ability to be agile enough to do change?” President Obama replied that the current rule on the filibuster “makes it very difficult for us to move forward” and get the American people’s business done.

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Oct 28, 2010

T-Mobile Workers Fight Takes Center Stage at Customer Service Conference

Three current T-Mobile USA workers and a union supporter who was fired by the company outlined the company’s aggressive anti-union tactics to participants at CWA’s Customer Service Professionals Conference.

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Oct 21, 2010

Tea Party Leaders Urged to Reject Extremism, Attacks on Workers’ Rights

Leaders from the NAACP, CWA, religious organizations, and other members of the One Nation coalition have urged Tea Party leaders to repudiate and condemn individuals and groups who are using the movement to spread their own messages of hate and extremism.

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Oct 14, 2010

CWA Calls for Immediate NLRB Decision on CNN Case

Workers who were fired by CNN in 2003 have waited too long for justice. CWA has filed a motion with the NLRB to move this case forward immediately.

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Oct 14, 2010

Delta Flight Attendants: ‘I Voted for a Better Life!’

Delta flight attendants are sharing their stories of enthusiasm about having a union voice on the AFA-CWA Delta organizing website at www.deltaafa.org. Voting in the National Mediation Board election is underway and continues until 2 pm on Nov. 3.

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Oct 14, 2010

‘Job Tracker’ Makes it Easy to Find Local Employers Sending Jobs Overseas

Want to know if companies in your town are sending American jobs overseas? The AFL-CIO and Working America have made it as easy as entering your Zip code and clicking “Search.”

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Oct 7, 2010

One Nation: A Sea of CWA Red

CWAers had a great day on Oct 2 at the One Nation Working Together March in Washington. CWA red was the dominant color --it was everywhere.

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Oct 7, 2010

NLRB: Dish Network Must Answer for Threats, Firings in CWA Campaign

After years of delays and all too often inaction on workers' complaints, the National Labor Relation Board is again standing up for workers' rights. Dish Network managers in Texas repeatedly threatened workers and fired at least one union supporter during an organizing drive for CWA representation, according to an NLRB complaint issued last week. A hearing on a long list of unfair labor practice charges is scheduled Jan. 18 in Fort Worth.

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