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Over the past year, CWAers have been battling with Nokia to prevent the company from laying off all of the bargaining unit members and replacing its installers with subcontractors. 

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board Region 9 Director found that CWA's concerns about the company's efforts to frustrate the process and take work away from CWA members were meritorious.

Nokia has refused to provide the CWA bargaining committee with the information they need to develop comprehensive responses to the company's proposals and has refused to bargain in good faith over plant closings, layoffs, and subcontracting.  

In addition, CWA Local 4390 President Art Plas raised the alarm when the company short-timed and temporarily transferred his members around the country while sending the work they could be performing in Ohio to subcontractors in other states and countries.

"We will continue to do whatever it takes to fight for our sisters and brothers at Nokia," said Lisa Bolton, T&T Vice President. "I am so proud of the bargaining team and the locals for mobilizing and remaining rock solid and letting the company know: No contract, no peace!"

While the bargaining team awaits the information from Nokia, the local leadership is busy mobilizing members to continue fighting for a fair and equitable contract that protects retirement security.