Members of CWA Locals 9400, 9404, 9413, 9419, 9421 and 9431 have a
message for AT&T West: "We are Ready."
CWA bargaining teams are continuing separate negotiations with AT&T
Midwest, AT&T West, AT&T Legacy and AT&T East. CWA negotiators are
reporting tough bargaining at every table and are urging members to keep
mobilizing to make certain that the companies know we're not backing
down from our fair contract fight. Those contracts expire April 7. In
the summer, CWA District 3 will begin negotiations with AT&T Southeast;
that contract expires in early August.
Get the latest bargaining updates and mobilization reports at
There's still time to find an event in your community and join in the
National Day of Action, that hits "1 percent" Verizon for its corporate
greed, and brings union and progressive activists together to stand up
for each other's fights on March 22.
www.stopverizongreed.com to find an event or post information about
what your local has planned. Across AFL-CIO unions, across the labor
movement, with support from Jobs with Justice and lots of progressive
groups, activists are joining together on March 22.
There will be hundreds of events and actions across the country. Many
CWAers and supporters will leaflet at Verizon Wireless stores to support
the fair contract fight of VZW workers. Union activists, Occupiers and
others will rally to focus attention on the corporate greed of companies
like Verizon, Wells Fargo and more.
- In San Francisco, numerous unions, the SF Labor council, elected
officials and activists across the area have endorsed the March 22
action. The action starts at noon outside a big shopping area on
Market St., where janitors and Retail Clerks members will talk about
their fight for fairness and a fair contract, followed by a march past
the Verizon Wireless store and a Wells Fargo bank branch, to support
Service Employees members.
- In New York, CWA and Transport Workers Union members are joining
forces for actions at Verizon and the Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Check out the full list of events at
www.stopverizongreed.com, and make sure you're a part of the action
on March 22.
And tune in to CWA's national telephone town hall on Thursday, March
22 at 7:30 EDT. Go to
www.cwa-union.org/cwacall to sign up.
Meeting this week, the AFL-CIO Executive Council endorsed the
re-election of President Obama, stressing that the President "honors the
values of hard work, of mutual respect and of solving problems together
— not every person for himself or herself...Each of the Republican
presidential candidates, on the other hand, has pledged to uphold the
special privileges of Wall Street and the 1% — privileges that have
produced historic economic inequality and drowned out the voices of
working people in America."
CWA endorsed President Obama's re-election on Feb. 2, following more
than two months of online voting and information provided to members on
all the candidates. By a 5-1 margin, CWAers chose President Obama over
the Republican field.
"Over the past year, the Republican field of candidates made clear
its position that when it comes to losing a job, contracting a serious
illness, sending a child to college or looking forward to retirement, in
today's United States, working families should be on their own. This is
especially true when it comes to workers' rights. No Republican
candidate stood up for the rights of workers to organize and bargain
collectively," CWA's Executive Board said in a statement.
"We've seen the start of a growing movement to take back our country
and to end the control of corporations and the wealthy that truly
threatens our democracy. We need elected leaders who support this
movement to restore democracy. President Obama is that leader."
President Cohen said CWA will focus on member-to-member
communications and contacts in the months leading up to the November
elections. CWA's legislative-political actions teams, which have been
working on legislative issues like the bill to stop the offshoring of
call center jobs, will play a critical part in CWA's campaign work.
Standing on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, where 47 years ago
civil rights activists were met with police dogs and clubs, are CWA
members and leaders who joined this year's week-long march to
Montgomery. The CWA group included Local 3204 President Walter
Andrews, D6 Vice President Claude Cummings and D3 Organizing
Coordinator Sheila Williams-Cain.
CWA members and leaders made the week-long march from Selma to
Montgomery, Ala., last week, ending in a big rally on the steps of the
The route recreated the historic march of 47 years ago, but also
focused on Alabama's recent assault on voting rights and immigrants.
Alabama enacted the most vicious, anti-immigrant law in the nation last
year, and also approved new measures to suppress the voting rights of
the elderly, people of color, students and low-income persons.
President Cohen and CWA marchers spent the night in churches on the
way to Montgomery.
Among CWAers joining the march were CWA President Larry Cohen; Vice
Presidents Judy Dennis, D3, Claude Cummings, D6, and Brooks Sunkett,
Public Healthcare and Education Workers; Local 3204 President Walter
Andrews and a CWA contingent from Atlanta; and CWA Human Rights and
Special Projects Director Chris Kennedy.
CWA President Larry Cohen's remarks at the capitol were broadcast as
part of "Politics Nation," the MSNBC television program hosted by Rev.
Al Sharpton; Sharpton's program was broadcast from the rally.
"The march brought out high school students, Latinos, union members,
civil rights activists, and lots of regular folks fed up with the attack
on ordinary people. There was singing and chanting and lots of
solidarity," Cohen said.
Along the way, marchers slept in churches and rallied in communities.
About 125 CWA activists and leaders joined the march and rally.
AFA-CWA reached a tentative agreement with Hawaiian Airlines covering
1,200 Flight Attendants.
The agreement was reached with the assistance of the National
Mediation Board, using a "Facilitated Problem Solving" approach to
"This agreement recognizes the contributions that AFA-CWA Flight
Attendants make on a daily basis to the tremendous success of our
airline," said Sharon Soper, AFA President at Hawaiian.
If approved by AFA-CWA leadership at Hawaiian, the tentative
settlement goes to the membership for a ratification vote.
At Spirit Airlines, Flight Attendants, fed up with management delay
and demands for givebacks, are calling on the NMB to declare an impasse
in negotiations and requested a proffer of arbitration. AFA-CWA
represents about 870 Flight Attendants at Spirit.
That's the first step to the NMB setting a 30-day cooling-off period,
the time during which intense negotiations usually take place and lead
to a settlement or a strike.
A nearly unanimous 98.4 percent of voting Spirit Flight Attendants
authorized a strike if management fails to negotiate a new contract.
Flight Attendants tried to deliver a petition signed by hundreds of
Flight Attendants to Spirit's CEO, calling on management to engage in
meaningful and productive discussions, but they were turned away.
"It's long past time for management to take these negotiations
seriously. We filed for mediation two years ago in order to speed up
negotiations and get management's attention. We want an agreement that
recognizes our contributions, and we are prepared to strike if that is
what it takes to get this management focused on reaching an agreement,"
said Todd St. Pierre, Spirit AFA President.
AFA-CWA members will hold an informational picket next week in Fort
Lauderdale, Fla., following negotiations. Learn more at