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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Apr 28, 2011

New Hampshire Editorial a Textbook Condemnation of ‘Right to Work’

An editorial on a website for a half-dozen New Hampshire newspapers powerfully condemns so-called "Right to Work" legislation recently passed by state lawmakers, boldly saying the bill's proponents are lying about their motivations.

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Apr 21, 2011

CWAers Urged to Send ‘We Are One’ Message at May Day Rallies

Building on April 4's "We Are One" message, CWA is urging locals to join with immigrant rights activists in their communities for rallies and demonstrations across the country May 1.

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Apr 21, 2011

Oklahoma Repeals Collective Bargaining Law for City Workers

Jeopardizing the wages and benefits of thousands of workers, the Oklahoma Senate voted this week to repeal a collective bargaining law for city employees that CWA helped draft and pass in 2004.

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Apr 21, 2011

CWA Locals Rally Against Corporate Greed on ‘Tax Day’

On what was "Tax Day" for ordinary Americans, CWA members in New York and New Jersey held rallies that targeted Verizon, Goldman Sachs, GE and other corporations that pay little or no federal income taxes.

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Apr 14, 2011

Stony Brook Research Assistants Win First Contract After Long Battle

Research assistants at Stony Brook University in New York stood tough for 10 years, organizing, mobilizing and calling out management for trying to get rid of their union. Now, RAs have ratified their first contract.

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Apr 14, 2011

Campaign Underway to Repeal Ohio’s Anti-Union Law

More than 11,000 people rallied outside Ohio's statehouse Saturday, officially kicking off the campaign to repeal the state's new law stripping public workers of their collective bargaining rights.

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Apr 14, 2011

Devastating Texas Budget Proposals Focus of Huge TSEU Lobby Day

Fighting to save vital public services and good jobs, Texas State Employee Union-CWA members turned out in force last week in Austin, some of them riding buses all night, for their biggest Lobby Day ever.

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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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