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Members of CWA Local 3902 in Birmingham, Ala., tell AT&T
Internet, "We won't work for peanuts."
AT&T National Internet Contract
CWA reached a tentative agreement with AT&T Internet
covering 3,500 technicians and call center workers in 14
states. The bargaining team worked hard to gain a fair
contract that made improvements in wage and related issues.
Details of the tentative contract are being provided to locals
and members; the bargaining committee unanimously recommends
The planned ratification vote for a tentative contract
covering 6,500 passenger service employees at US Airways has
been put on hold, following the U.S. Department of Justice's
announcement that it is seeking to block the merger of US
Airways and American Airlines. Agents are represented by CWA
and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The tentative
agreement was an interim settlement while the merger moved
forward. While US Airways maintains that the merger will be
completed, the time frame will be longer and the unions
concluded it would be better to evaluate all options before
proceeding with the vote.
CWA's Telecommunications and Technologies bargaining team
reached a second tentative agreement with OFS, covering about
280 CWA members at plants in Sturbridge, Mass., and Atlanta,
Ga. OFS workers manufacture high performance fibers for video,
voice and data transmission.
The ratification date for the tentative CenturyLink
agreement is Sept. 27, 2013.
Get more information here.
This tentative agreement covers 11,000 CWA legacy Qwest/CenturyLink
members in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Oregon,
Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota,
Nebraska, Minnesota, and Iowa. CenturyLink workers in Montana
are represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical
In a vote conducted by the NLRB, employees at KQED in San
Jose, Calif., voted 3-0 for NABET-CWA representation.
In KQED's main San Francisco office, NABET-CWA Local 59051
currently represents more than 100 employees in 11 different
units. San Francisco contract negotiations have been ongoing
since the contract expired last October, and the union had
proposed including the San Jose employees into the KQED-NABET
collective bargaining agreement to prevent the company from
moving production to San Jose for non-union work. The company
rejected NABET-CWA's proposal and told negotiators that they
knew how to organize San Jose workers if they wanted to
represent them. So they did!
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Check out CWA/NETT Academy's new website,
http://www.cwanett.org/, which showcases an expanded
platform of courses and program options. There are now more
than 100 courses, covering everything from professional
development in computer technology, finance and administration
to personal development in creative arts, language programs
and more. These new classes are priced $99-$110 each and each
has six weeks of instructor-led, online instruction.
Another CWA/NETT program,
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From telecom techs gaining Cisco certifications to
broadcast technicians and editors taking Final Cut Pro,
thousands of CWAers have taken advantage of the top flight
instructors and courses offered through CWA/NETT.
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CWA District 9 activists march to Rep. Kevin McCarthy's
Below: CWA members call on Congress to pass comprehensive
It was the largest caravan in California history.
Thousands of workers and immigrant-rights advocates from
dozens of California cities traveled by bus, car and
motorcycle to Bakersfield to call on GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy
to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path to
citizenship. McCarthy, the third-ranking Republican in the
House, serves as majority whip and has a huge influence over
whether immigration reform will get a vote.
CWA locals 9003, 9423, 9408, 9416, 9415, 9505, 9509, 9412,
9511, 9586, 9119, 59053 and 9510 joined other labor unions,
faith organizations, students, LGBT groups, human rights
leaders, elected officials and other allies on "The Path to
Citizenship Goes through Bakersfield." Activists ended their
caravan in a city park before marching to McCarthy's office.
It was the latest action in a series of rallies, sit-ins
and protests across the country, as Republican lawmakers visit
their home districts during the August recess.
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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Monday signed into
law an extreme voter suppression bill that puts heavy
restrictions on the state's voters. It immediately was
challenged by the North Carolina NAACP, the Advancement
Project, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern
Coalition for Social Justice, the League of Women Voters,
Common Cause and the A. Philip Randolph Institute.
Ever since the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County
v. Holder, invalidating a key provision of the Voting
Rights Act, states like North Carolina have adopted extreme
and restrictive voting changes, and other
Republican-controlled legislatures are looking at similar
"North Carolina has a long and sad history of official
discrimination against African Americans, including official
discrimination in voting that has touched upon the right of
African Americans and other people of color to register, vote,
or otherwise participate in the democratic process," the SCSJ
and ACLU lawsuit pointed out. "Over the past 30 years in North
Carolina, there have been over thirty successful cases brought
under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and forty objections
to discriminatory changes to voting laws lodged by the
Department of Justice under Section 5 of the Voting Rights
Act...Based on concerns about intimidation at the polling
place, the United States Justice Department sent federal
observers to North Carolina."
Read more here.
Here's what the new North Carolina law does:
- Eliminates a week of
- Ends same-day voter
registration and requires that all changes to address and
other information be made at least 25 days in advance of an
- Requires voters to
show a government-issued photo ID.
- Allows "vigilantes"
to challenge the rights of citizens to vote.
- Eliminates a high
school civics program that registers tens of thousands of
students to vote each year in advance of their 18th
- Weakens disclosure
requirements for campaign ads.
McCrory said residents "overwhelmingly" support the "common
sense" law. Except that they don't. A new poll by Public
Policy Polling found that 50 percent of North Carolina voters
say they oppose the measure; 39 percent say they support the
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CWA activists support UMWA familes at a St. Louis rally.
Below: St. Louis Labor Council Vice President John
Ebeling throws CWA's support behind mine workers.
The United Mine Workers reached a tentative settlement with
bankrupt Patriot Coal on new terms and conditions of
employment covering 1,800 active or laid off miners in West
Virginia and Kentucky. The settlement makes big improvements
over what federal Bankruptcy Judge Kathy Surratt-States
ordered on May 29, and what Patriot implemented on July 1, the
"After several weeks of nearly around-the-clock
negotiations, I believe we have reached something that can be
taken to the membership for ratification," UMWA President
Cecil E. Roberts said. "We have been able to restore, or at
least improve upon, many of the most drastic changes that the
Judge ordered, including in the area of wages, health care
benefits, paid time off, pensions, and more. In addition, we
have negotiated a mechanism that will allow retiree health
care benefits to continue."
Workers will vote on the tentative settlement on Aug. 16.
The campaign against Peabody Energy and Arch Coal
continues, however. On Tuesday, UMWA families and allies
rallied in front of Peabody Energy's corporate headquarters in
St. Louis. John Ebeling, vice president of the St. Louis
Central Labor Council and print and media sector vice
president of CWA Local 6300, said, "the fight will go on and
on until there is victory."
"I salute every one of you for the sacrifices you make to
keep this fight alive!" he told the crowd. "Peabody owes these
brothers and sisters $1.3 billion. They have given out more
than $1.3 billion in bonuses in the last few years."
Watch a clip from Ebeling's speech here.
In a classic example of corporate greed and despite its
profitability, Peabody created Patriot Coal in 2007 and gave
that company 11 percent of its assets, 43 percent of its
retiree liability and some underwater coal contracts, the UMWA
said. The overwhelming majority, some 90 percent, of retirees
whose retiree health care will be slashed never worked for
Patriot. Then, in 2008, Patriot bought Arch-spinoff Magnum
Coal, and Arch saddled that company with 12 percent of its
assets and 96 percent of its retiree health-care liabilities.
CWA members have been a big part of the campaign, joining
rallies in St. Louis, West Virginia and Kentucky to pressure
Peabody Energy and Arch Coal to meet their responsibilities to
retired miners and their families. CWAers in West Virginia
have an especially strong partnership with UMWA miners who are
standing up with CWA members in their contract fight at
"We're back at Peabody because that's where this problem
started. Executives at Peabody Energy created Patriot, they
failed to give it enough assets to meet its obligations, and
we're not going to sit idly by and let miners and their
families pay the price," Roberts said.
The bankruptcy ruling affected 23,000 retired miners and
their families who face the loss of their health care