Sep 5, 2013
Voices of Our Movement
Don Lewis, president of CWA Local 2222, posted this "voices of our movement" message that connects his work with Sierra Club, Jobs with Justice, BlueGreen Alliance and other groups with the fight for a fair workplace for every worker.
Tell us how you're building the movement. Go to www.cwa-union.org/movement and share your story.
Standing Together for Immigration Reform
In Ohio, activists working for immigration reform and a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants, helped collect 600,000 signatures that were delivered to House Speaker John Boehner's office. CWA activists alone collected 17,400 petition signatures.
Building Solidarity in Kansas
Solidarity was celebrated in Wichita, Kan., as immigration reform supporters, unions and social justice groups joined the opening unity parade, part of the 45th annual Wichita Black Arts Festival.
Sunflower Community Action, members of CWA Local 6402, SEIU activists, and members of Interfaith Worker Justice and the Hutchinson, Kans., AFL-CIO were among those participating.
Sulma Arias, executive director of Sunflower, said, "It's really about working together, about saying we have a lot of differences, but if we don't come together and move an agenda forward we're all going to be in a lot of trouble. And we hope by having our presence there, to be able to send that message that together, we can make a difference."
CWA Local 6402 and Sunflower are working together for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship and in helping T-Mobile US workers get the union voice they want.
The Wichita Black Arts Festival Association is a nonprofit, all volunteer, cultural organization that educates and promotes the heritage of the African American culture, through arts programs throughout the year and a three day event over Labor Day weekend.
Keeping the Dream Alive
Some 2,000 CWA members were part of the historic 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Check out this video.
CWAers across the country joined a wave of fast-food strikes that hit 60 cities on Aug. 29. In St. Louis, CWAers, Missouri Jobs with Justice, St. Louis Can't Survive on $7.35 and other key labor and community groups joined together to demand $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.