In an Historic Vote, CWA Elects Claude Cummings Jr. President and Ameenah Salaam Secretary-Treasurer
In an historic election, Claude Cummings Jr. was elected as president of the Communications Workers of America by delegates to the union’s 79th convention and Ameenah Salaam was elected Secretary-Treasurer. Cummings is the first Black man elected as CWA President. Salaam, who was elected by acclamation, is the first Black woman to serve as Secretary-Treasurer.
Affirmative Action is a system that has helped open opportunities to all and provide an environment where everyone has a chance to succeed. Eliminating opportunities for communities of color to obtain higher education will create immeasurable negative effects across both our country and our economy.
Eradicating systemic racism in our union, our workplaces, and our communities is not something that can be accomplished in a day. It will take decades of difficult, uncomfortable work. But it is work that we absolutely must continue to do in order to live up to CWA’s values by securing the “inherent rights and dignities” of every member.
CWA is dedicated to growing our power in the workplace, building a labor movement stronger than ever before, and protecting and revitalizing our democracy.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has concluded its investigation of the death of Piedmont passenger service agent and CWA Local 3645 member Courtney Edwards. OSHA found that Piedmont Airlines is guilty of a serious breach of safety and issued a 5(a)(1) violation, also known as a General Duty Clause violation.