Nov 21, 2018 - Scholarships for CWA Families for 2019-2020

November 21, 2018

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CWA Calls on New York Public Service Commission to Deny T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Petition

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Last week, CWA District 1 filed comments with the New York Public Service Commission (NY PSC) calling on the Commission to deny the petition of T-Mobile and Sprint to merge. Detailed economic analysis by CWA has shown that the proposed merger would eliminate 1,705 jobs in New York and 30,000 jobs nationwide.

“The proposed T-Mobile/ Sprint merger is against the public interest in New York,” said Vice President of CWA District 1 Dennis Trainor. “The merger would eliminate 1,705 jobs in our state and 30,000 jobs across the country, while raising prices for consumers, especially for price-conscious pre-paid wireless customers in New York and nationwide. The NY PSC should deny the companies’ petition to merge or use its authority to convene hearings about the proposed merger’s impact on New York workers and consumers.”

CWAers Fight Back against Corporate Power in District 2-13

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CWAers gathered in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia last week for the annual CWA District 2-13 conference. CWA President Chris Shelton, CWA Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens, AFA-CWA International President Sara Nelson, and District 2-13 Vice President Ed Mooney spoke to the members about how to build on recent electoral victories in the November elections, and how the labor movement can mobilize to make CWA STRONG.

“The 1% and their high-paid mouthpieces want us to focus on what is different about us in order to prevent us from uniting and fighting for our families and communities,” said President Shelton. “But we are the 99% and they are the 1%. When we forget that basic economic fact, we play into the hands of the 1%, and we lose power and the ability to secure a better future for our families.”

Shelton highlighted the tireless work of CWA members in the successful strike at Frontier last year and welcomed new CWA members at Revolution Messaging, four Virginia newspapers, and a retail store group from Verizon Wireless in Hazleton, Penn. that overcame an intense anti-union campaign to join our union.

CWAers gathered in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia last week for the annual CWA District 2-13 conference to discuss how to build on recent electoral victories in the November elections, and to mobilize to make CWA STRONG.

IUE-CWA Members Lobby Congress for Workers’ Rights

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IUE-CWA members who work on military installations and NASA facilities gathered in Washington, D.C. last week to meet with Members of Congress and their staff to ask for support to pass the Workers’ Freedom to Negotiate Act to expand workers' freedom to join unions and negotiate collectively to win better pay and conditions, and to strengthen the Service Contract Act to improve working conditions for federal contractor employees.

Rep. Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) with IUE-CWA President Carl Kennebrew.

Clyde Jackson and Alieah Ward of Local 83770, Columbus, Miss., with Rep. Trent Kelly (R-Miss.), and Ashley Snider from Local 83761, Louisville, Ky.

Apply for the Beirne Foundation Scholarship for 2019-2020

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The CWA Joe Beirne Foundation will award 16 partial college scholarships of $4,000 each for two years for the 2019-2020 academic year. CWA members, their spouses, children, and grandchildren are eligible for the scholarships, including the dependents of retired, laid-off, or deceased members.

Applications are available only online at the Foundation's website. The final deadline for the 2019-2020 school year is 11:59 p.m., EDT, April 30, 2019.

The Beirne scholarship program is made possible by funding from CWA locals. Read more about the program here.

Happy Thanksgiving from CWA!

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