Twelve CWAers from CenturyLink, members of CWA Locals 7101 and 7102, gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, in early June for a two-day combined stewards' training and CWA STRONG organizing training. The group was made up of experienced and new stewards from each local, which gave participants opportunities to collaborate and learn from each other.
The CWAers came to the CWA STRONG training willing to learn, with a commitment to do the work necessary to help build our union. Participants learned about CWA Political Action Fund (PAF) and CWA's national legislative efforts to fight back against anti-worker legislation and advance bills at the state and federal level that protect call center jobs. Learning about these CWA efforts helped emphasize the importance of recruiting PAF contributors.
The participants began creating organizing committees in each unit, working with lists, setting goals, and creating internal organizing plans to be implemented in the coming weeks.
The stewards' training was conducted by CWA District 7 Staff Rep Kay Pence and District 7 Staff Rep Bonnie Winther. The CWA STRONG training was led by District 7 Campaign Lead Enida Shuku with assistance from Pence. The training was supported by the CWA STRONG Strategic Industry Fund (SIF).
CWAers from CenturyLink, members of CWA Locals 7101 and 7102, gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, in early June for a two-day combined stewards' training and CWA STRONG organizing training.