In a Labor Day opinion piece picked up by several newspapers, CWA President Chris Shelton made it clear that organized labor isn’t going away. Read it here, from the Wisconsin State Journal.
In addition, these opinion pieces and letters to the editor by CWA leaders and activists were published recently in daily newspapers:
Op-ed by District 2-13 Vice President Ed Mooney in the Bucks County Intelligencer (PA): Working people are waiting for politicians to keep their promises
Working people are tired of politicians, including the president of the United States, who talk and talk and talk about creating good jobs, but don’t do anything to make that happen.
Keeping good jobs in the U.S. and providing the quality service that customers pay for month after month should be standard operating procedure. Instead, too many companies are putting their corporate greed ahead of being responsible to workers, customers, and communities.
CWA has been working for several years for call center legislation, to help keep good jobs in the U.S. and stop rewarding companies for sending work overseas. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is the principal sponsor of this legislation. He's a strong voice for working families and for keeping good jobs here in the U.S. In the U.S. House of Representatives, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is also pushing to make this law a reality; Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, R-8, is a co-sponsor.
Op-ed by District 2-13 staff representative Elaine A. Harris in the Charleston Gazette-Mail (WV): Lawmakers should fix ACA, not hurt West Virginians
In recent months, lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate have proposed several versions of healthcare legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. While the specifics vary slightly, each of the proposals to replace the ACA would have ended up increasing individuals’ health costs and decreasing the number of Americans with health coverage.
While these replacement bills don’t appear to have a path forward at the moment, some are now proposing that we let the ACA implode or that we repeal the law without a replacement plan lined up at all. Either approach would be a disaster for health care and health coverage in West Virginia and beyond.
Letter to the editor by Veronica R. Thomas, member of CWA Local 4900, in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (IN): Take Labor Day to reflect on workers protections
As Labor Day nears, I'm reminded of the freedoms and security that being a member of Communications Workers of America Local 4900 provides for me and my family.