Members of IUE-CWA Locals 81359, 81380, and 84707 at Momentive Performance Materials in Waterford, N.Y and Willoughby, OH, have been forced to strike as they fight for a fair contract. About 700 IUE-CWAers work at the plants producing adhesives and sealants used in construction and the auto industry.
CWA members covered by the AT&T National Internet Contract ratified a three-year agreement by a wide voting margin. The agreement covers about 2,000 workers.
Among the contract gains: substantial wage increases; safeguarded health care benefits; and improvements in job security, scheduling, and other working conditions.
DIRECTV technicians, warehouse, and administrative workers in Districts 4 and 6 overwhelmingly have ratified first contracts. The agreements cover 896 workers in District 6 and 153 in District 4. Results of the ratification vote by CWA members in District 3 – covering 1,053 DIRECTV workers – will be announced Nov. 4. [Editor's Note: Members in District 3 overwhelmingly ratified their first contract on November 4.]
Effective Dec. 25, 2016, the DIRECTV workers will be covered by the wage progression schedules for AT&T members in those districts, depending on job titles. The DIRECTV workers also will receive wage increases every six months until they achieve the top of the wage progression scale.
The agreements provide for health care coverage; disability, savings, and pension benefits; a grievance and arbitration process; coverage under the national transfer plan and other benefits.
More than 10,000 DirecTV workers, including technicians, customer service representatives, and administrative workers have joined CWA in the past year.
AFA-CWA Flight Attendants protested outside Frontier Airlines at three major airports – Orlando, Chicago, and Denver.
“Frontier must invest in its people to ensure the future success of our airline. Customer service and safety start with Flight Attendants. We are committed to achieving an agreement that recognizes our contributions as aviation’s first responders and that make Frontier Airlines a success,” said AFA-CWA Frontier President Angie Piller.
Negotiations began over a year ago. Frontier recently announced its plan to hire 800 flight attendants and 300 pilots by the end of next year in order to expand to new destinations. Even as the airline grows, the operation has been plagued by operational issues, stemming from its January 2015 decision to outsource thousands of jobs. The message is clear: Frontier must invest in its employees.
AFA-CWA Flight Attendants at Chicago O'Hare International Airport picket for "better pay and a better way," joined by colleagues from Envoy, Spirit, and United
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Canandaigua Department of Public Works
CWA Local 1170 now represents all employees working at the Department of Public Works in the Town of Canandaigua, NY. The unit is 17 people.
Delaware Department of Health & Social Services
Senior Social Workers with the Delaware Department of Health & Social Services/ Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities overwhelmingly voted for representation with CWA Local 13101 in Delaware.
President Shelton: Donald Trump – Hypocrite-in-Chief?
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In a piece in PennLive, CWA President Chris Shelton took on Donald Trump’s long record of undermining American workers and outsourcing jobs:
When someone, especially a political candidate, says, “Believe me,” that’s the signal to take a close look at their record. That’s how we know Donald Trump doesn’t really care about bringing manufacturing jobs back to Pennsylvania. If he did, he wouldn’t have built his career on outsourcing millions of dollars of business to China, India, Mexico, and other countries.
Trump said on the campaign trail, “Pennsylvania steel and the incredible steel workers will send new skyscrapers into the clouds.” But according to a recent Newsweek investigation, Trump built his last two construction projects with Chinese-made steel instead of American steel, and hid the fact by creating a chain of offshore corporate holding companies.
Trump doesn’t only outsource building materials; he also has a long history of undercutting American workers by manufacturing most of the goods stamped with his name in other countries.
While telling voters he considers himself a “blue-collar worker,” Trump has padded his bank account by selling shirts made in Bangladesh and China. He’s sold ties made in China. He’s sold suits made in India, China, and Mexico. He’s sold cufflinks made in China. He’s sold Trump Vodka made in the Netherlands. He’s sold Trump glassware made in Slovenia. He’s stocked his hotels with products manufactured abroad.
CWA to AT&T: Protect U.S. DIRECTV call center jobs
Denver CWA members, community supporters, and DIRECTV workers held an anti-outsourcing, anti-Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) action outside their center to draw public attention to the fight to protect US call center jobs.
Morgan Carroll, candidate for US Congress in the 6th district in Colorado – which also includes the site of the center – attended the Denver action and pledged support for laws to protect American workers and to encourage what she termed “corporate patriotism” where American companies “repatriate jobs and invest in their American workforce.” Carroll is outspoken in her opposition to the TPP, a dangerous trade bill which could harm U.S. workers and the environment.
CWA Vice President Brenda Roberts said, “We are here today to stand up for U.S. call center workers and jobs like those in this center. We want to see federal and state legislation that will encourage companies to hire more American customer service agents. The TPP would take away the ability to pass legislation to protect US call center workers and consumers.”
CWAers, along with Food & Water Watch, canvassed the neighborhoods where two of North Carolina's members of Congress who are uncommited to stopping the TPP, live. Activists placed over 400 anti-TPP door hangers. During the action, Congressman GK Butterfield committed for the first time publicly that he will vote NO if the TPP comes up during lame duck.
Congressman Butterfield committed to voting NO on the TPP trade deal.
Political Action Update
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Activists from CWA Local 7019 on the phones for Hillary Clinton in Phoenix, AZ.
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), center, joined CWAers at an evening phone bank. He liked CWA’s political revolution T-shirt so much, he asked for one of his own. With Grijalva is Fernando Roman, area vice president of CWA Local 7026, and Cecilia Valdez, secretary-treasurer, CWA Local 7026.
CWAers in Michigan participated in a nationwide CWA Women for Political Power Happy Hour phone bank for Hillary Clinton.
CWA Local 1104 members knocked on doors for CWAer Anthony Eramo for New York State Assembly in Long Beach, hoping to make history by making Eramo the first CWA member ever elected to the Assembly.
CWA President Chris Shelton, with District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor and District 2-13 Vice President Ed Mooney, joined CWAers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York in Newportville, PA, where CWA activists knocked on doors to get out the vote for Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty.
In Wisconsin, CWA activists joined the CWA Women for Political Power Happy Hour phone bank, a nationwide calling campaign for Hillary Clinton.
CWAers “text bank” for our union-endorsed candidates in North Carolina. Using a peer-to-peer mobile app called Hustle, members are carrying on hundreds of text conversations in a fraction of the time it would take to knock on doors or phone bank; in one recent evening, a handful of union members reached more than 36,000 voters in North Carolina.
Sign Up Now: National Coalition on Occupational Safety and Health Conference
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The National Coalition on Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) will hold its annual conference Dec. 6-8 at the Maritime Institute in Baltimore, MD. This national conference brings together safety and health activists from unions, other COSH groups, worker centers, and more. Attendees will learn about the latest safety and health developments; discuss initiatives taking root at the national, state, and local levels; and strategize about campaigns.