CWA e-Newsletter: Dec. 5, 2013
- Top Issues All Consumers Should Know
- CWA NextGen Leader Joins White House Youth Summit
- White House Summit: Federal Mediation Takes Bargaining from Crisis to Resolution
- Building Our Movement
- Bargaining Update
- D9's Jim Weitkamp Steps Down, Laura Reynolds Sworn as Vice President
- TU Activists Visit CWA Exec Board Meeting
- Political Update
- Organizing Update
- Flight Attendants Say No to In-Flight Cell Phone Calls
- Say No to Fast Track
- Verizon New York Guilty of Repeat Safety Violations
- Mark Your Calendar: CWA Customer Service Professionals Conference
- Help the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan
Richard Cordray, the first-ever director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – an agency that's on the side of consumers when it comes to predatory lending and other bad practices by the big banks and other financial institutions – will join CWA President Larry Cohen on CWA's next Town Hall Call, Thursday, Dec. 19.
Cordray's nomination, like too many other executive nominations made by President Obama, had been blocked by the Republican minority, which tried to block creation of the consumer agency, but failed. Their next step was to try and stop Cordray's confirmation.
Cordray broke through the logjam last summer, when CWA and allies led a fight for confirmation of a fully functioning five-member NLRB, Cordray as CFPB director, Gina McCarthy as EPA administrator and other nominations.
Register for the call at http://cwa-union.org/cwacall.
CWA's Jake Lake (second from the left) participates in the White House Youth Summit.
Jake Lake, a member of CWA Local 1111 and CWA Next Generation leader, joined activists from across the country at the White House Youth Summit on Wednesday.
The summit brought together 160 of the country's national and local leaders, ages 18-35, to discuss the issues important to their generation.
"It was motivating to be surrounded with young leaders from around the U.S.," said Lake. "The mentality of the millennial generation is one of being part of something bigger then themselves. This is encouraging for our work in changing the course of our country with 50 million people."
In breakout workshops and panels, Lake talked about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership would destroy workers' rights, jobs and wages.
President Obama also dropped by the summit to tell the young leaders why he needs their help, particularly with spreading the word about the Affordable Care Act and helping enroll people in their communities.
"I hope you haven't been discouraged by how hard it's been, because stuff that's worth it is always hard," he said. "The Civil Rights Movement was hard. Getting women the right to vote – that was hard. Making sure that workers had the right to organize – that was hard. It's never been easy for us to change how we do business in this country."
CWA Chief of Staff Ron Collins, who heads CWA's Next Generation program, said, "CWA's Next Generation work is critical to the future of CWA and our movement building work. We all have an obligation to make sure we identify and mentor the future leaders of CWA. The program is for all members, if you don't meet the requirements to be a next generation activist, you can help by becoming a mentor to a younger member."
NABET-CWA President Jim Joyce, CWA President Larry Cohen, and KABC-TV President and General Manager Arnie Kleiner and ABC, Inc. senior vice president Marc Sandman discuss how federal mediation moved negotiations from a near crisis stage to innovation and resolution. Left is George Cohen, FMCS Director.
NABET-CWA President Jim Joyce and CWA President Larry Cohen joined the White House Summit on Labor and Management Partnerships to talk about the value of federal mediation in recent negotiations with ABC, Inc.
The summit was moderated by George H. Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, with remarks by Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Commerce Secretary Penny S. Pritzker.
Joyce summarized the "near crisis situation" that bargaining had become in recent years, along with the challenges facing NABET-CWA and ABC management, including economic stress, changing technology, job convergence and retirement security. Workers at ABC were trying to build job security, but also wanted to be a part of where the industry was growing the jobs of the future.
"These were persistent themes of our bargaining from 2011 until March 2013. Then, with the help of FMCS Director Cohen and a marathon bargaining session, we were able to find innovative and creative solutions to our issues, work out a groundbreaking agreement, actually, on gathering content, and successfully keep workers on track for job security, retirement security and the jobs of the future," he said.
Arnie Kleiner, president and general manager of KABC-TV, and Marc Sandman, senior vice president for labor relations at ABC, noted that in bargaining, having operations managers at the table, as opposed to labor relations staff, was critical to helping make the negotiations work because "they could tell the real story." Joyce added that the union bargaining team consisted of longtime ABC workers who had a deep understanding of the industry.
CWA's Cohen praised FMCS's Cohen, stressing that "the bargaining was as bad as it gets, but we had a path forward" because of him. "We had an adversarial relationship that has become, we hope, transformative."
CWA's Cohen stressed that it's in our national economic interest to keep collective bargaining going: "Today's examples of how bargaining and partnership work, whether in the private sector or public sector, are important. The process is messy, but it's democracy at work."
"Without collective bargaining, there will be no economic growth. Wages have been falling for 40 years. There aren't enough tax tricks to overcome that. We need to honor, work for and fight for collective bargaining," he said.
CWA Rallies with New Day New York
Today, Cablevision employees, fast food workers, unions, community activists, faith leaders and everyday New Yorkers who want to fight inequality rallied and marched for New Day New York.
NYC activists rally outside the home of Cablevision director Vincent Tese.
The message: "In 2014, we'll have a new mayor, a new City Council and new citywide officials. Our city and state governments can and should begin a new era – by stopping the special deals for Wall Street and the people who have rigged the system, and building a city that works for all of us. To make progress, we'll fight to stop the unchecked power of the 1%, break the links between big-money interests and the politicians that serve them, demand development policies that build broad prosperity not wealth for a tiny few, and support organizing to boost paychecks for low-wage workers."
Thursday's rally was the culmination of a week of action that focused public attention on economic inequality. On Wednesday a group of activists rallied outside the home of Cablevision director Vincent Tese to send him a message that workers deserve a fair contract.
The protests started at Foley Square, the staging ground for the 2011 mass rallies and marches in support of Occupy Wall Street. And they continued marching downtown to the Financial District.
Find out more at http://www.newdaynewyork.org/.
Walmart Workers Stand Up on Black Friday
In a series of some 1,500 Black Friday protests across the country, Walmart workers and supporters called for an end to poverty level wages and for respect on the job.
CWA Local 1103 Secretary-Treasurer Joe Mayhew plays Scrooge outside Walmart.
Walmart workers, faith leaders and community supporters are calling for an end to Walmart's illegal retaliation against workers who are standing up for fairness, for Walmart to publicly commit to paying wages of $25,000 a year and for more full-time work. While posting $17 billion in profits last year, Walmart continues to pay workers poverty wages.
In New York, members of CWA Local 1103 joined members of the Westchester- Putnam AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers, IBEW, SEIU, Young Democrats and others at a protest outside the White Plains Walmart. Walmart workers earn way too little to survive in one of the state's wealthiest counties, said Local 1103 Secretary-Treasurer Joe Mayhew, who also played Scrooge for the day. Across the state, union members and community activists joined similar protests to focus attention on Walmart's negative affect on NY communities.
Learn more at http://forrespect.org/.
CWA Supports Fast4Families
On the National Mall, just across from the U.S. Capitol, activists are continuing their fast as an act of support for the families who are torn apart daily by deportations and our broken immigration system. CWA's Executive Board visited the activists on Monday night.
SEIU's Eliseo Medina began his fast on Nov. 12 with Dae Joon Yoon, executive director of the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium, and Mi Familia Vota's Cristian Avila. Since then they've been joined by thousands of supporters who are all urging House Speaker John Boehner and House Republican leadership to fix our country's broken immigration system and bring a vote to the House floor.
CWA President Larry Cohen begins his fast with SEIU's Eliseo Medina.
The day after CWA's visit – following 21 days of fasting – Medina, Yoon and Avila ended their fast and passed the torch to a new group of activists that will continue fasting in the same tent on the National Mall. The group includes Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Mass.), a grandson of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and several religious leaders.
Last month, CWA President Larry Cohen fasted for 24 hours with the activists. "This is a human rights story. It's a question of what America is about," he told them.
Here's Cohen's message on why he joined Fast4Families:
I am fasting for 24 hours to unite, in my own small way, with the families that are seeking a basic American right – a path to citizenship and to keep their own family together. In my own case, I never had to question those rights.
More than 100 years ago, my ancestors came to this country with nothing but the promise of making a life here. They were not educated or very skilled as workers. But they knew that in five years they could be citizens. There was always a path to citizenship.
At that time, all immigrants were "legal" regardless of their backgrounds. With few exceptions, restrictions on legal immigration began about 90 years ago.
Now we must stand with the families and the children. We cannot ignore their goal of citizenship as immigrants do the toughest jobs among us. We must open our hearts and our arms and embrace all who work by our side.
We must also realize that nearly all immigrants are working class people who share our values and our dreams. As we struggle to build a movement for economic justice and democracy they will be among our best allies. We cannot afford to be divided; when united, our dreams can become a reality, if not today, one day.
In recent days President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, plus a number of other elected officials and celebrities have all visited the fasters.
CWA Wins Settlement for Mobility Retail Store Workers
CWA has won a settlement covering AT&T Mobility retail store workers that includes individual financial payments and allows retail workers to sit down if customers also choose to be seated. Until now, retail store workers were required to stand for their entire shift.
"This is a major victory for our Mobility members who for the first time will be able to enjoy some relief from standing the entire work day," said Bill Bates, CWA vice president for Telecommunications and Technologies. As part of the settlement, AT&T will redesign the stores with learning tables; each table will be equipped with stools that can be utilized by sales associates and the customer during the sales and service interaction. By the end of 2014 about 1,400 stores will have been redesigned, Bates said.
The settlement resolves a grievance and arbitration claim filed by CWA in California. It covers nearly 24,000 retail sales AT&T Mobility workers nationwide. Payments will be made within 60 days after the settlement is finalized.
Faith leaders and union supporters stand with SuperShuttle drivers in Denver.
Below: SuperShuttle drivers demand a fair contract.
SuperShuttle drivers in Denver, members of CWA Local 7777, are spotlighting the company's most recent contract demand that would cut their pay by 30 percent and cut the hours drivers could work each week.
The drivers were joined by faith leaders and union supporters at a news conference outside the Denver City and County Building.
"We're not looking for a handout – we just want to be able to work hard and provide for our families," said Mr. Fekadu Ejigdegsew, who came to America from Ethiopia after his family gained visas through a government lottery in 2001. In Ethiopia, Ejigdegsew was a government official in charge of the country's national parks.
Following the news conference, a caravan of 25 drivers drove through downtown to Denver International Airport.
Negotiations resume this week.
On Facebook, you can sign the petition that calls on the Colorado legislature and Governor John Hickenlooper (D) to support the drivers' fight for fairness. Or click here.
Chicago Sun-Times and Gary Post-Tribune
After 15 months of bargaining, Chicago Newspaper Guild bargaining units at the Chicago Sun-Times and Gary Post-Tribune voted to ratify a new contract. The contract eliminates two weeks of furlough days, provides a 2 percent raise in 2016 and improves severance and job security. And in a big victory, it will restore jobs for four of the Sun-Times photojournalists, who were fired last May when the newspaper said it wanted to "restructure" its multimedia.
CWA President Larry Cohen swears in Laura Reynolds as District 9 vice president.
Jim Weitkamp, who has led District 9 since January 2009, has stepped down as vice president and will retire Jan. 1, 2014.
At the CWA Executive Board this week, Laura Reynolds, assistant to Weitkamp since 2009, was sworn in as vice president.
Reynolds joined CWA Local 9400 (then Local 11500) on her first day on the job. She served the local as steward, area steward, assistant director, director of the AT&T Unit and vice president before being named a CWA staff representative in 1998. In January 2009, she was named assistant to Vice President Weitkamp. Reynolds supports building CWA through education and action; Weitkamp has praised the leadership and energy that Reynolds has shown on behalf of CWA members and working families.
CWA President Larry Cohen commended Weitkamp's lifetime of commitment to CWA members and our movement, adding, "The work you have done for nearly 40 years speaks for itself." Weitkamp first joined CWA Local 9505 after going to work for Pacific Bell in 1977, and served as first vice president and executive vice president. He was named to the CWA staff in 1988 and also served as Southern California Director. In 2004, he was named assistant to the former District 9 vice president, then became vice president in 2009.
TU activists Adrian Dominguez and Josh Coleman meet with CWA President Larry Cohen.
TU activists Josh Coleman and Adrian Dominguez met with the CWA executive board this week.
They both talked about CWA's partnership with ver.di and the fight to get workers a voice on the job at T-Mobile US and MetroPCS.
Coleman used to work at a T-Mobile call center in Wichita, Kan. He was illegally fired because of his union activity, and the NLRB is now prosecuting T-Mobile for violating U.S. labor law.
Dominguez helped organize the first MetroPCS retail store since T-Mobile purchased the wireless carrier. In September, workers at the Harlem store voted 7-1 for CWA representation. Even though the store had just nine employees, T-Mobile US executives kept up an intense anti-union campaign.
"Management used every trick in the book to break our unity. They lied about dues. They asked for a second chance," he told the board. "They said CWA was a 'third party.' They brought in a technician from Connecticut to bash the union. They flew in the VP for HR from Washington to brow beat us. They held dozens of forced meetings in the basement with us, literally reading from an anti-union script. A few days before the election, the CEO of the company even showed up at our little store in Harlem! Of course, this company underestimated our courage, our solidarity and our knowledge."
Thousands of union members at T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom in Germany – who have a significant voice on the job, collective bargaining and many seats on the company supervisory board – have taken on U.S. workers' cause and are protesting their company's treatment of T-Mobile US employees. Recently, their union, ver.di, sent a letter to Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile US, telling the company it should cease the captive audience meetings that workers have been forced to attend. And Coleman was able to travel to Germany, where he visited five cities and spoke to more than 5,000 Deutsche Telekom workers.
"The standing ovations, the many hugs and the countless words of encouragement from Ver.di members were unexpected and beyond my imagination. I don't consider myself a fired worker, but an activist and organizer that's part of a bigger cause," Coleman said.
IUE-CWA Local 83761 President Jerry Carney, Legislative/Political director Steve Wimsatt, Grimes and CWA Staff Representative Isa Shabazz.
Below: South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka accepts CWA's endorsement in his run for mayor of Newark.
IUE-CWA and CWA are big supporters of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is running for election to the Senate next year. She is challenging Mitch McConnell, who as Senate minority leader, has mounted a campaign of "no" over the past five years. Grimes put McConnell's record in context: "If Mitch McConnell had a kidney stone, he'd refuse to pass it."
IUE-CWA Local 83761 recently hosted an event for Grimes in Louisville, where she met with union activists and leaders and talked about how she would help move Kentucky in the right direction to help working families.
At a later State AFL-CIO meeting, delegates overwhelmingly endorsed Grimes in her bid to become senator. She said, "Labor has lifted millions out of poverty. It is labor that is going to be the way we continue to grow the middle class in this state and make sure that everyone has an equal voice, especially at the bargaining table."
CWA New Jersey has endorsed Ras Baraka for mayor of Newark.
"Ras Baraka is building a movement in Newark for everyone who loves, lives and works in this city," said Hetty Rosenstein, CWA's New Jersey state director. "He isn't just running a political campaign for himself. CWA endorses that movement. Our members endorse that movement. That movement is who we are and what we are as a union."
Technicians at Speedwire, an AT&T contractor, have voted to join CWA Local 1101. The vote was 19-11.
Speedwire technicians wire "smart homes" for AT&T Digital Life, a home automation service that allows you to control your home from your smartphone, tablet or PC. It can help you do everything from turning off the lights to monitoring carbon monoxide leaks to opening the door remotely for a trusted neighbor.
The number of Speedwire techs on the job will likely increase in the next several months.
CWA organizer Ken Spatta led this effort with assistance from Anthony Barresi and Heather Trainor.
FOX Hub in Las Vegas
NABET-CWA won its third election in 13 months in District 9, organizing workers at a FOX broadcast hub in Las Vegas. The vote was 21-13.
In the past this master control work had been done at each individual station. Now, the Las Vegas hub supports 28 other FOX stations nationwide, including NABET-CWA represented stations in Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago. The Las Vegas members will be represented by NABET-CWA Local 59053.
United Transportation Alliance of New Jersey
Newark taxi cab drivers come together to launch the United Transportation Alliance with CWA Local 1039.
Newark taxi cab drivers and CWA have teamed up to launch the United Transportation Alliance of New Jersey.
UTANJ will fight for basic workplace, civil and privacy rights, as well as economic justice and access to healthcare. The new alliance will also benefit consumers and the public – by making sure the ride is safe and reliable with rates that are transparent, consistent and fair.
"Newark's taxi drivers work long, hard hours with little pay and even less protection," said Chris Shelton, CWA District 1 Vice-President. "Right now, these hard-working men and women are forced to deal with all the negatives of being an independent contractor, yet they enjoy none of the benefits or protections. The UTANJ will change all that. The days of ripping these drivers off is over."
CWA organizers have already met or spoken with over 300 of Newark's roughly 2,000 taxi cab drivers. They work 12-14 hour days, barely making minimum wage with fares coming in at a mere $6 to $10 per trip. If they're lucky or put in extremely long shifts, they'll make 10 rides a day.
UTANJ will be an affiliate of CWA, and its members will be CWA Local 1039. CWA already represents taxi drivers in Denver. The other six major American cities which currently have taxi cab alliances are Austin, Eugene, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, and Washington, D.C.
AFA-CWA is fighting a new FCC proposal that would allow passengers to make in-flight cell phone calls.
Flight Attendants, as first responders and the last line of defense in our nation's aviation system, understand the importance of maintaining a calm cabin environment. Any situation that is loud, divisive, and possibly disruptive is not only unwelcome, but also unsafe. In far too many operational scenarios, passengers making phone calls could extend beyond a mere nuisance, creating negative effects on aviation safety and security that are great and far too risky. Flight Attendants also are concerned that in emergencies, cell phone use would drown out announcements and distract from life-saving instructions from the crew.
"We're trained to de-escalate. Why would you put something in the environment that can escalate?" said AFA-CWA President Veda Shook. "On an airplane, there's no such thing as a quiet car. It's a confined metal tube thousands of feet in the air. It would be no different from having a smoking section on a small plane."
Over the years, a number of surveys have said that the traveling public also wants to maintain the ban on in-flight phone calls. After the FCC announced it would consider revising the rules on in-flight phone calls, a HuffPost/YouGov poll found that 49 percent of Americans would not want cell phones allowed on planes if the FCC determines that it's safe.
CWAers protest outside Rep. Gregory Meeks's New York office.
CWA and our allies continue to urge Congress to say no to "fast track" authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would send the deal to lawmakers for an up-or-down vote without any amendments.
In New York, CWAers, along with a coalition of labor, environmental and progressive organizations, protested outside Rep. Gregory Meeks's district office. Meeks is one of two Democrats that have joined the bipartisan Pro-TPP Caucus, which aims to speed the trade deal to ratification.
In California, CWA activists joined hundreds of activists protesting the secret trade deal, as President Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid all came to town for Democratic fundraisers in Beverly Hills. CWA partnered with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Organic Consumers Association, Citizens Trade Coalition and Health Care for All at the march and rally.
Ernie Pacheco rallies TPP protesters. Photo by LAProgressive.com.
Below: Missouri activists warn that TPP will ship away our jobs.
"Passing the TPP will result in more American jobs being outsourced to foreign countries, more downward pressure on the wages of American workers, the continued erosion of workers' rights in the U.S., and a significant weakening of Buy American provisions," said Ernie Pacheco, CWA District 9's environmental programs coordinator. Read more and see photos at LAProgressive.com.
In Missouri, CWA partnered with Missouri Progressive Vote, St Louis Labor Council, MIRA, AFL-CIO, PEP and the St Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America to protest outside Rep. Ann Wagner's Ballwin district office. The police arrived, barring protesters from entering the building, but a small group was allowed to go in to discuss the legislation with Wagner's staff, who remained tight lipped on where the congresswoman stood on the bill.
The 20th major round of negotiations on the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal talks just concluded in Salt Lake City, Utah. The talks now move to a ministerial meeting Dec. 7-10 in Singapore, with the goal of wrapping up a deal by the end of the year. According to several news reports, South Korea is moving closer to joining the TPP talks.
The TPP is being secretly negotiated by 600 multinational corporations and industry trade groups and will affect nearly every aspect of Americans' lives. If passed, it will undermine state, local and federal laws, including those governing food safety, environmental protection, internet freedom, worker rights, democratic sovereignty, healthcare and drug prices, and banking and finance regulation. In short, it will be a disaster for workers, for public health and safety, for the future sustainability of the world's food supply and for basic democratic principles – in other words, it's NAFTA on steroids.
After more than two years, justice has finally been served for Douglas LaLima, a lineman and member of CWA Local 1109, who was tragically electrocuted while placing strand in Brooklyn.
Verizon has been found guilty of multiple violations of the OSHA Telecommunications Standard and fined $147,000 for repeat violations of not ensuring that linemen used insulating rubber gloves while placing strand on joint use poles and not making certain that the strand is temporarily grounded while being placed. Verizon also faces one serious violation for not providing adequate training.
The company now must provide enhanced electrical safety training and other safeguards to its New York field technicians who install suspension strand on utility poles that carry power lines. This landmark stipulated settlement agreement covers Verizon New York and affects all line personnel and line garages in the state.
"It is not the amount of the fines, which are limited by law, which is ultimately important. No amount of money can ever make up for the loss of a person's life. What is important is that Verizon is being held accountable for their negligence and they must now take specific actions to provide for a safer work environment," CWA District 1 Vice President Chris Shelton told CWA Locals. "While it is sad and unconscionable that this is what it took for the company to do what they should have been doing all along, this is a positive and much needed step toward preventing another death of this kind in the future."
Verizon poured resources into fighting all of their OSHA citations, but could not make a case. Because of its two repeat violations – based on the death of Jarrod Lyon, a lineman from CWA Local 1126, in 2002 – Verizon is now on the OSHA Severe Violator list and will be subject to additional oversight.
"While no settlement can bring this worker back to his family, co-workers and friends, this agreement can help prevent similar and needless tragedies in the future," said Robert Kulick, OSHA's regional administrator in New York. "It commits Verizon New York to provide enhanced and specific training for its field technicians on the hazards involved with installing suspension strand on utility poles carrying power lines. Such training will also reinforce management's commitment to safe practices."
CWA's Customer Service Professionals Conference will be held Feb. 12-14, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.
This year's conference will be an exciting one. In addition to the first day, CWA-only session, CWAers will join with call center activists from UNI Global Union, which is holding its meeting in conjunction with ours, for another two full days of sessions.
That means lots of opportunities to talk with union customer service workers from different sectors and different countries, and to brainstorm what works and what doesn't for improving the conditions and professionalism of customer service.
Sign up now by clicking here. There is a $75 registration fee. Participants will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Orlando, Fla.
In October, "Call Centre Action Month," UNI activists rallied for increased pay and professional treatment of call center workers around the globe.
Four weeks ago, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest recorded storms to ever make landfall, devastated the Philippines. Here are a couple of organizations that are helping provide calamity assistance and long-term rehabilitation:
Feed the Hungry, Inc.
Feed the Hungry aims to uplift the spirit and well-being of the poorest of the poor, the abused and the desolate through feeding, community and economic development, gift giving, educational scholarships and classroom building, and calamity relief and emergency medical assistance programs. The organization is raising money to provide lifesaving rations to typhoon survivors. Click here to donate. https://lesea.thankyou4caring.org/Typhoon
National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON)
NAFCON is a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality. To donate to relief efforts and join Taskforce Haiyan, a network of U.S. organizations that are coordinating emergency relief and rehabilitation efforts, click here.
"More than 5,000 lives were lost, 4.4 million people have been displaced and left homeless, and $547 million in agriculture and infrastructure was destroyed," said Darren Shiroma, executive assistant to AFA-CWA's president and CWA's representative on the APALA executive board. "Both National Alliance for Filipino Concerns and Feed the Hungry have been verified and endorsed as reputable organizations with representatives on the ground and within the communities affected in the Philippines. Feed the Hungry certifies 100 percent of each donation goes to relief efforts since volunteers spend their own monies to purchase airfare and supplies while on travel."