Nov 8, 2012
More than 50 IUE-CWA Local 201 members punched out or came in early at shift change to support Massachusetts Rep. John Tierney outside their plant.
Republicans will remain the majority in the House of Representative, but CWA, working with progressive partners and allies, played a big role in turning some red House seats to blue and in re-electing House members who support working families.
CWA District 1 members made a big push to re-elect Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY-1) and to elect Sean Maloney to replace Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY-18). Bishop is the House sponsor of H.R. 3596, the U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act and a longtime supporter of CWA.
CWAers from several locals, including Locals 1108 and 1104 went door-to-door campaigning for Bishop, while members from Locals 1120, 1101 and 1103 went door-knocking for Maloney, who defeated Tea Party favorite Hayworth. Maloney has walked picket lines, attended CWA meetings and has pledged to help working people get good contracts.
In Massachusetts, members of CWA Local 81201 were a big part of the campaign to keep Rep. John Tierney (D-06) in office. IUE-CWA members and union activists knocked on more than 45,000 doors and talked one-on-one at worksites, helping to counter a huge flood of outside money targeting Tierney. He won re-election by about 1 percent of the vote. The Boston Globe reported that union support helped him “eke out” a win and that “as the election neared, Tierney’s union edge widened to 5 to 1.” Read the rest of the story here.
CWA volunteers and resources also elected Texas representative Pete Gallego to the House in TX-23, defeating Rep. Francisco Canseco.
In Maryland, CWAers helped elect John Delaney (D-MD-6) turning out a Republican member of Congress who had held office for some 20 years. Delaney met with Verizon CWA members at the Chesapeake complex last month.
As the CWA newsletter went to press today, CWA-supported Democrat Krysten Sinema is leading Vernon Parker in AZ-7 and Democrat Ami Bera is leading incumbent Dan Lungren in CA-9. CWA supported television ads were especially effective in spotlighting the opposition of candidates to legislation to bring back good jobs to the U.S.