There’s a brand new Next Gen Lead Activist in District 4, and his name is Mitchell Deachin. Mitchell is a veteran AT&T employee who joined the successful organizing campaign at the company’s IHX department in 2021 and is now a chief union steward in Local 4008 in Southfield, Michigan.
Victoria Fisher knows a lot about turning passion into action. Victoria was District 1’s Next Gen Lead Activist from 2013 to 2018, and she has turned that experience into a springboard for leadership roles within CWA and in her community.
During two virtual political briefings in July, more than 30 CWA members and mentors, including District 4 Vice President Linda Hinton, joined CWA Next Generation for a crash course in mobilizing for Election Day 2022.
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In August 2020 Rasean Clayton, a US Navy veteran and member of CWA Local 7050, heard that Kanye West was trying to get on the presidential election ballot in Rasean’s home state of Arizona. Rasean did what most of us talk about, but we rarely do: He set some wheels in motion to fix the problem he saw right in front of him.
In our 24/7 digital world, broadband connectivity is as essential as roads, water, and electricity to keep the economy, schools, and families up and running. CWA has been advocating for greater broadband access for years, and our recent initiative, the Broadband Brigade, stepped up pressure on the president and lawmakers, with great results. The Brigade’s motto is “Build Broadband Better.”
National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo announced last week that she is asking the NLRB to find captive audience meetings categorically illegal and other news.
Keturah is famous in her home state for serving the needs of young people and fighting for our civil liberties as an ACLU strategist. She has worked closely with local and state Republican and Democrat leaders on some of the most important legislation of the past few years, including Breonna’s Law, which bans no-knock warrants in Louisville and was passed unanimously in just 17 days. Keturah is now advocating for a similar law across all of Kentucky.
Gabby is a product marketer at EveryAction, a progressive company that serves nonprofits. The workers at EveryAction began organizing their union with CWA in 2019. Last September, the company voluntarily recognized the EveryAction Workers Union after nearly 70% of the workers signed cards showing their support for the union.
Hayley Banyai-Becker is a young leader on the organizing and bargaining committee at New Era Colorado Union. Hayley first explained what the nonprofit New Era Colorado does. “We work to promote and advance social justice and equity,” she said, “by empowering young people to take the lead on the issues affecting our community.”
For more than a year, CWA Next Generation has put a spotlight on voter education and registration. Along with passing the PRO Act and organizing more young workers in all sectors of the economy, protecting voting rights is one of our biggest priorities.
On April 11, CWA Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens joined NewsGuild-CWA activists and more than 35 members of CWA Next Generation to talk about reforming U.S. labor law.
More workers than ever have been reaching out to CWA for help organizing a union at their workplaces.
Last Sunday, the CWA Next Generation program hosted a virtual workshop on the topic of "Non-Contract Union Organizing."
UC Healthcare Workers and members of the Sunrise Movement join with CWA.
Last week, CWA's Next Generation program and District 7 held a Next Gen Activist Training in Denver.
The Communications Workers of America's Next Generation program stands in solidarity with young people all over the world, who on September 20th will walk out of their classes, their jobs, and their homes in a global protest for climate justice and a sustainable economy that works for everyone.
They also made calls to their members of Congress and collected postcards in support of legislation to end offshoring of call center jobs.
CWA must not only defend, but also must take advantage of the current opportunities to grow and flourish.
"Next Gen provides an opportunity to pass on that wisdom to the next generation of union leaders."
CWA Next Generation members from four District 3 Locals gathered last month for two days of CWA STRONG training.
CWA Local 2204 and CWA Next Generation teamed up for a CWA STRONG training in Lebanon, Va., this week.
One of the biggest opportunities we will face this year is the midterm elections. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, we must exercise our right to vote because the outcomes are important for you, me and the entire country!... [Let's] take political action one step further, by encouraging others to vote and participate in the democratic process - specifically young people.
CWA members from five different locals across North Carolina joined the Moral March to advocate for pro-labor policies.