In support of striking workers at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a coalition of union members from West Virginia, including CWA Local 2001 and 2006 members, members of the United Mine Workers of America, United Steel Workers, and Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, as well as representatives from the West Virginia AFL-CIO, the Marion County Central Labor Council, the Alliance for Retired Americans and CWA District 2-13 staff, led a union solidarity caravan that traveled to the Findlay, Pa., facilities of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday. They were met by CWA District 2-13 President Ed Mooney and striking Post-Gazette workers, who were grateful for the show of support and monetary contribution the group made to the Strike Fund. The group also donated water, snacks, rain ponchos, and other supplies. They expressed their solidarity and messages of support and encouragement for the strikers who continue to fight for a fair contract at the Post-Gazette.
"It was such a powerful scene filled with solidarity and care for each other. We hugged and conversed. There were even tears. Standing with these brave groups of workers who are fighting for their dignity and the future of local news was one of my proudest moments in the labor movement. What the workers have had to endure is unacceptable and we will keep supporting them in any way we can until they get what they deserve. Their fight is our fight," said West Virginia AFL-CIO President Josh Sword, who was one of the coordinators of the caravan.
IUE-CWA Local 14430 members who work for Northstar Aerospace in Bedford Park, Ill., are currently three weeks into bargaining over a new collective bargaining agreement and actively mobilizing to build strength at the bargaining table and secure a fair deal. The workers are an essential part of the defense industry, providing critical components for Apache and Chinook helicopters that are being flown by our brave service members and allies abroad. The tasks they perform require stellar skills and a strong work ethic. Throughout the pandemic, they risked their safety and health to continue to keep our service members flying. They are fighting for a fair and equitable contract that recognizes their hard work and sacrifice.