At the CWA Telecommunications and Technologies (T&T) conference in Orlando, CWA President Chris Shelton told attendees that passing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act must be union members' top priority as Democrats plan to vote on the bill next week.
"We will not endorse anyone who won't support this reform," said Shelton. "In Florida, CWA Local 3108 rallied to demand their Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy sign on to the PRO Act – and they'll keep at it until she's sponsoring the bill. Thanks to this work, the House of Representatives is expected to take a vote on the bill next week. We need everybody to call their member of Congress and demand a vote on the PRO Act. I want those phones on Capitol Hill ringing off the hook!"
At the conference, 200 delegates and CWA leaders showed their solidarity with Nokia workers.
At the conference, 200 delegates and CWA leaders showed their solidarity with Nokia workers who are fighting to secure a fair contract that provides for job and retirement security. Cecil Roberts, President of UMWA and guest speaker at the conference, pledged his support for the workers' fight.
The uphill battle with Nokia is just another example of why we need labor law reform like the Pro Act. Nokia's plan to eliminate the entire bargaining unit and replace it with contractors – while at the same time securing millions of taxpayers' money on federal contracts for 5G deployment – is a slap in the face to hard working men and women at Nokia.
Bargaining with Nokia is set to resume on February 11.