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September 9, 2021

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Remembering Our Heroes on the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

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This September 11 marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. CWAers across the country will be participating in remembrance events to honor the heroes we lost that day and those who participated in the response, recovery, and rebuilding.

“This 20th anniversary is a painful reminder of the experiences that have been seared into our collective memories and our history books. For those who were present in the New York City disaster area as responders, workers, or residents, 9/11 is not a distant memory, but rather continues to be an ever present part of their lives,” said CWA President Chris Shelton in a statement. “I know that many of you will be participating in memorial events across the country. As we remember those who took incredible risks and sacrificed their lives, let us take pride in knowing that our fellow CWAers answered the call on this day of tragedy and the days, months, and years that followed to help our nation heal and recover. They will always be our heroes.”

The impact of this tragic day is still being felt by those who contracted severe illnesses as a result of the 9/11 attacks and the work they did in the years since. CWA encourages all eligible members to take full advantage of the programs that are available for 9/11 survivors and responders as soon as possible.

More information about these available programs and 9/11 remembrance events can be found here. This page also includes video testimonials from CWA Local 1101 members talking about their experiences on September 11th and the work that they did to restore essential communication services under incredibly difficult circumstances.


Organizing Update

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EveryAction

Last Friday, more than 200 workers at EveryAction, a company that provides nonprofits with customer relationship management, donor management, and fundraising software tools, won voluntary recognition after a supermajority of the workers signed union membership cards. The unit includes software engineers, product managers, members of the sales team, and other staffers. The EveryAction workers will be members of CWA Local 1400 in Boston and CWA Local 2336 in Washington, D.C.


Worker Power Update

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North Carolina


CWA members from Locals 3603, 3607, 3611, 3640, and 3682 in North Carolina thanked Congresswoman Deborah Ross (D-N.C.) for supporting the PRO Act and standing up for working people.

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Wisconsin


Last Thursday, CWA members from Locals 4652 and 4671 met with Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) in Madison, to thank him for co-sponsoring the PRO Act and always supporting workers. Congressman Pocan also received the Red Boxing Glove award, CWA District 4’s highest legislative award.

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Ohio


On Tuesday, CWA members from Locals 4300, 4302, and 4320 gathered in Warren, Ohio, to thank Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) for supporting the PRO Act. Congressman Ryan was also presented with the Red Boxing Glove, CWA District 4’s highest legislative award, for always fighting for working families.

Read more here.

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Arizona


On Monday, CWA members from Locals 7050, 7026, and 7065 attended the Arizona AFL-CIO Labor Day event which focused on building support for the PRO Act.

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Georgia


CWA Local 3204 President Ed Barlow spoke at a press conference in Atlanta last week as part of the Georgia Democratic Party’s Democrats Deliver Tour. Barlow highlighted the much needed assistance the American Rescue Plan provided for workers and stressed the importance of building out affordable broadband using experienced union workers as part of the infrastructure improvement efforts.

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National Phone Bank


More than 40 CWAers participated in a phone bank last Thursday to put pressure on Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) to support the PRO Act.


Biden Administration Honors Unions at the White House

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On Wednesday, President Biden held an event at the White House to honor labor unions as part of the Administration's Labor Day celebration. CWA President Chris Shelton, AFA-CWA President Sara Nelson, and Lorraine Torres from CWA Local 2201 attended the event. President Biden stressed the need for empowering workers to build back the economy and called on Congress to pass the PRO Act.

“The President’s message was well received. Workers are essential. We are the backbone of the economy,” said Torres. “I feel empowered and re-energized to mobilize with my fellow workers and ensure that Congress passes the PRO Act.”

CWA is committed to continue to work closely with this Administration to protect and advance the rights of our members and all working people.


CWA President Chris Shelton and Lorraine Torres from CWA Local 2201 with President Biden at the White House for a Labor Day event honoring unions.


“Look Who’s Organizing Now!” Facebook Live Event

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On Tuesday, CWA Secretary Treasurer Sara Steffens joined journalist and author Jim Hightower, and Our Revolution Chair and former CWA President Larry Cohen, for a Facebook live event to discuss the increase in worker organizing across industries.

Watch the full discussion here.


Mortgage Financing for CWA Families

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The Union Plus Mortgage Company (UPMC) offers a wide-range of mortgage options, including conventional, FHA, and VA loans along with experts to help guide you through the home financing process. UPMC also offers a wide choice of lenders, an easy and convenient loan application, and competitive interest rates. In addition, the program includes great features like a $500 gift card after closing, a First-Time Homebuyer award, and a $1,000 Veteran’s Grant from Union Plus. NMLS Number 1561829.

Learn more about this program here.