Last Thursday, Frontier workers in California held an informational picket to put pressure on the company to bargain a fair contract with the union. CWA represents nearly 2,000 members in California whose current contract with Frontier California expired on September 4. The contract expiration came a day after CWA members at Frontier voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike after being fed up by continued delaying tactics and retrogressive proposals from the company. The strike authorization vote gives the union the ability to strike at any moment, if needed. The picket, organized by CWA Local 9586, was part of the effort to increase pressure on management to do the right thing and prioritize workers over profit. Frontier workers across the state continue to mobilize and fight for a fair contract. For more information on bargaining updates please visit the CWA District 9 Website.
CWA health care workers in Buffalo, N.Y., have been fighting for a fair contract that addresses major issues at Catholic Health, including better staffing, safe working conditions, fair wages, and improved benefits. Last Thursday, the members overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike if Catholic Health does not negotiate a new contract to address their needs. Earlier this month, more than 700 health care workers from Mercy, St. Joseph’s, and Kenmore Mercy hospitals held a picket to raise concerns about the critical issues workers are facing that have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic at all three Catholic Health hospitals. The strike authorization is the latest step taken by the members to raise the pressure on Catholic Heath to address these issues ahead of the current contract’s expiration on September 30.
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Workers at the Seattle Times Digital, Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild (TNG-CWA Local 37082); Inside Higher Ed, Washington-Baltimore News Guild (TNG-CWA Local 32035); and American Civil Liberties Union Kansas, United Media Guild (TNG-CWA Local 36047) successfully negotiated impressive first contracts while workers at SEIU Local 73, Chicago NewsGuild (TNG-CWA Local 34071) negotiated a new contract. These contracts came just in time for the workers to celebrate Labor Day knowing that their new contracts guarantee them a voice on the job. Congratulations to all the workers who stayed strong during negotiations and achieved these victories.