May 19, 2011

Missouri CWAers, Coalition Stop Legislature’s Anti-Union Bills

A hugely successful phone bank helped Missouri CWAers send lawmakers home empty-handed last Friday, the end of a legislative session that began with the Republican majority pledging to pass a laundry list of anti-union, anti-worker bills.

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May 19, 2011

Union Election Begins for United-Continental Flight Attendants

The voting process is underway in the critical union representation election for nearly 25,000 Flight Attendants at United, Continental and Continental Micronesia.

The National Mediation Board mailed ballots to eligible workers Tuesday. Voting ends June 29, when the NMB will count the ballots and announce the results.

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May 19, 2011

CWA Charges N.J. Governor with Refusal to Bargain

CWA has filed charges with the Public Employment Relations Commission in New Jersey over Gov. Chris Christie's refusal to bargain over public employee health care.

New Jersey's largest public worker union, CWA is bargaining for a new agreement covering 40,000 state workers. Their current contract expires June 30.

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May 19, 2011

Petition Drives Land Six Wisconsin Republicans on Recall Ballot

Six Wisconsin Republican senators who voted to do away with public workers' collective bargaining rights are headed for recall elections July 12, thanks to weeks of legwork by CWA members and countless other workers and allies.

Activists gathered more than 150,000 petition signatures between the six districts, far more than required for each recall. In Sen. Dan Kapanke's district in La Crosse, Wis., for instance, state elections officials estimate that 30,000 people signed, nearly twice the number of valid signatures required by law.

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May 18, 2011

Why Is Rep. Petri Attempting to Silence Workers’ Voices?

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May 12, 2011

Pressure On T-Mobile USA Increases Over Worker Harassment

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May 12, 2011

Cohen Testimony: AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Good for Consumers, Workers

Emphasizing the accelerated growth of high-speed broadband and other benefits for consumers and workers, CWA President Larry Cohen testified Wednesday on Capitol Hill in support of the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile.

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May 12, 2011

Diverse ‘Stand Up’ Coalition Keeps Momentum Strong in Ohio

A diverse crowd of fed-up Ohioans rallied at the statehouse May 5 to further their campaign to overturn the new law eliminating collective bargaining rights for public workers, and to fight other legislative and budget attacks that are targeting everyone but the rich.

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May 12, 2011

Labor Coalition Stops Anti-Union Bills in Florida Legislature

Despite Republican super-majorities in the Florida Legislature, a tireless coalition of workers helped keep two union-busting bills from being passed before lawmakers adjourned in the wee hours Saturday.

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May 12, 2011

New Hampshire Governor Vetoes, Condemns ‘Right to Work’ Bill

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch vetoed a so-called "right-to-work" bill Wednesday, saying there's no valid economic argument or other justification for the anti-union legislation.

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May 12, 2011

‘Unions Now More than Ever’ Contest Seeks Videos, Songs, Graphics

A contest sponsored by Union Communication Services is offering $2,500 in prizes for videos, graphics, cartoons and songs speaking to the theme, "Unions Now, More Than Ever."

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May 5, 2011

Coalitions Grow, Energy Builds as Workers, Allies Unite Nationwide

As many state and federal lawmakers try to crush workers' rights, CWA and its allies are rapidly building momentum and networks, as CWA's fourth "virtual town hall" phone call illustrated Tuesday night.

About 2,000 CWA members around the country listened as CWA leaders, AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka and four CWA activists updated campaigns to fight back, including more than 100 May Day events around the country last Sunday that brought together immigrant and workers' rights activists.

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May 5, 2011

Guild Reaches Hard-Won Tentative Agreements at AP, Reuters

After extremely tough contract battles, TNG-CWA units at Thomson Reuters and The Associated Press have reached tentative agreements that stave off the companies' worst demands and provide some wage and other improvements for Guild members.

"In both cases the companies set out to do real damage to the Guild contracts," TNG-CWA President Bernie Lunzer said. "The units had stiff resolve and became stronger. While some concessions were made, the units reached good agreements in both cases -- proof that unity makes a huge difference."

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May 5, 2011

May Day Events Bring Workers, Immigrants Together in Fight for Rights

Continuing to build and expand coalitions of allies, CWA members in cities across the nation joined tens of thousands of people Sunday for May Day events that called for immigration reform and workers' rights.

In New York City, CWA District 1 President Chris Shelton addressed thousands of activists who rallied at Union Square and marched downtown to Foley Square.

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May 5, 2011

Vermont Proud to Be First State on Verge of Universal Health Care

As other states fixate on ways to take rights, services and benefits away from people, Vermont's legislature has boldly passed the nation's first single-payer bill to provide affordable health care for all Vermonters.

CWA members testified, rallied and helped educate the public about the bill, which removes from employers the costly burden of providing health insurance.

"We want health care to follow the individual and not be a requirement of the employer, which we think will be a huge jobs creator," said Gov. Pete Shumlin, speaking on the Rachel Maddow show. He said Vermont wants to be the first state to "treat health care as a right and not a privilege."

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Apr 28, 2011

Join the May 3 Virtual Town Hall

CWA will hold another national stewards call, our fourth "virtual union meeting," on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. EDT. It's a good way for CWA activists to move forward together on next steps.

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Apr 28, 2011

Union Election Begins May 17 for United-Continental Flight Attendants

On May 17, AFA-CWA-represented Flight Attendants at United-Continental begin voting in a critical union representation election to determine which union will represent the 24,000 Flight Attendants at the newly merged airline.

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Apr 28, 2011

‘Good Jobs, Strong Communities’

Ohio's rapidly growing "Good Jobs, Strong Communities" coalition is planning a massive rally at the state capitol next Thursday, May 5, to address the broad array of legislative assaults hurting workers and working families.

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Apr 28, 2011

Boston Local Fighting to Save Good, Union Jobs in Public Broadcasting

If you've watched "Frontline," "NOVA," "Antiques Roadshow" or "Masterpiece Theatre," you've seen the skilled video and editing work of CWA members at Boston's public broadcasting company, WGBH. Now they're asking for your help to fight their employer's bitter, union-busting campaign.

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Apr 28, 2011

Obama Speaks Out for Workers’ Rights, Safety

President Obama told a Cleveland TV interviewer this week that he "strongly disapproves" of the assaults in Ohio, Wisconsin and other states on workers' collective bargaining rights.

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