News & Events

June 20, 2018 — Press Release

CWA, NABET, and NewsGuild File FCC Petition to Deny Sinclair-Tribune Merger

CWA, NABET-CWA, and TNG-CWA today filed a petition with the FCC to deny the potential merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media Company, saying that the merger does not serve the public interest.

June 19, 2018 — Press Release

After American Airlines Authorizes $2 Billion in Stock Buybacks, over 30 Members of Congress Call on Company to Raise Wages for Passenger Service Agents

Amid growing concern about corporate stock buybacks in the wake of the Republican tax bill, Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) led thirty-one members of Congress in sending a letter to American Airlines CEO Doug Parker calling on the company to invest in its workforce. Despite promises that tax windfalls would be used to raise wages and create jobs, American Airlines recently authorized $2 billion in stock buybacks over the next two years.

June 19, 2018 — Press Release

Workers' Freedom to Negotiate Act Provides Critical Support for Working People

This Workers' Freedom to Negotiate Act helps ensure that working people will have the freedom to join together to negotiate for a fair return on their work and increases penalties for employers who violate workers' rights.

June 19, 2018 — Press Release

Statement of Claude Cummings on Trump Administration Policy to Separate Children from Parents Seeking Safety and Asylum in America

There is no greatness in tearing children from the arms of mothers and fathers. Warehousing children in caged enclosures and in tent cities under a 100-degree sun is no act of greatness. Ripping families apart who are fleeing hardship and death is an act of terror and the antithesis of greatness.

June 18, 2018 — Press Release

Wells Fargo Spends Millions on “Earning Back Your Trust” Ad Campaign, While Offshoring More U.S. Jobs to Philippines

Wells Fargo has announced several hundred new layoffs of American call center workers in Reno, Nevada and Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, on the heels of more than 700 call center layoffs in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington announced by Wells Fargo last fall.

June 13, 2018 — Press Release

At Annual Shareholder Meeting, Envoy Air Agent Confronts American Airlines Board, CEO about Poverty Wages at Subsidiaries

Agents at American-owned Envoy Air are paid as little as $9.48 an hour and have been trying to negotiate a new contract with fair, family-sustaining wages for nearly two years. Wages at Piedmont Airlines, another American Airlines subsidiary, start at just $8.50 an hour.

June 12, 2018 — Press Release

CWA Statement on Approval of AT&T's Acquisition of Time Warner

The Communications Workers of America congratulates AT&T for its court victory today winning approval for its acquisition of Time Warner. We encourage the Justice Department to respect Judge Leon's decision and allow the merger to proceed.

June 8, 2018 — Press Release

CWA Applauds FCC Action to Protect Consumers from Unauthorized Wireless Charges

"Wireless and VoIP customers are entitled to the same protections as those using traditional landline service."

June 5, 2018 — Press Release

Verizon Leaves Communities Behind by Closing Wireless Stores in West Virginia and Kentucky

Verizon Wireless closed four retail stores in West Virginia and one in Kentucky, turning the operation of the stores over to a third-party contractor.

May 29, 2018 — Press Release

In Boost for Efforts to Gain a Union Voice, GDIT Workers Win Settlement

GDIT has agreed to a settlement that vacates 2017 union election results at its former Alexandria, Virginia facility that were tainted by GDIT’s union busting activities, and requires the company to send a notice to all affected employees pledging not to engage in those anti-union activities in the future.

May 29, 2018 — Press Release

Older Workers Open Up New Fronts in Campaign to Stop Age Bias By Hundreds of Major Employers Who Have Hidden Job Ads from Older Workers on Facebook

Today, older workers, CWA, and Outten & Golden LLP announced major new steps in their campaign to stop hundreds of major companies from excluding tens of millions of older workers from receiving job ads that the companies distribute via Facebook’s paid ad platform.

May 25, 2018 — Press Release

Bipartisan Group of Legislators Calls on FCC to Protect Public Safety and Honor Collective Bargaining Agreements

As the FCC reviews its pole attachment rules, a bipartisan group of legislators has expressed concern to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai about "One-Touch Make-Ready" (OTMR) proposals that would allow companies who want to add equipment to a utility pole to move pre-existing telephone, cable and utility equipment.

May 23, 2018 — Press Release

CWA Blasts AT&T's Bad Faith "Final" Contract Offer

AT&T's so-called "final" proposal is a desperate attempt by AT&T to avoid reaching an agreement that would keep good, family-supporting jobs in our communities. Instead of continuing our agreed-upon negotiation process, they have violated the National Labor Relations Act by sending their misleading summary directly to CWA members and by failing to bargain in good faith.

May 22, 2018 — Press Release

Republicans Block Amendment to Rein in Bank Offshoring, While Passing Another Sweetheart Deal for Banking Industry

The U.S. House of Representatives advanced a bank deregulation that will roll back key provisions of the Dodd-Frank safeguards put in place after the 2008 financial crisis.

May 16, 2018 — Press Release

AT&T, Nexstar Hit with Unfair Labor Practice Charges Over Failure to Disclose Plan for Tax Windfall

CWA filed unfair labor practice (ULP) charges against AT&T and Nexstar for refusing to provide information about the company’s plan to use its tax windfall to invest in its workforce.

May 11, 2018 — Press Release

CWA Executive Board Green Lights Strike at AT&T

CWA's Executive Board has voted to approve a strike by 14,000 workers covered by AT&T’s Midwest and Legacy T contracts. The Executive Board’s decision gives CWA President Chris Shelton the go ahead to set a strike date if negotiators cannot reach an agreement.

May 3, 2018 — Press Release

CenturyLink Announces Layoffs Despite Massive Tax Windfall

President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress promised that corporations would use their tax cuts to invest in American workers by raising wages and create jobs. Instead corporations like CenturyLink have continued to outsource jobs, lay off workers and abandon their responsibilities to communities across our country.

May 1, 2018 — Press Release

President Trump’s Failure to Stop Call Center Job Offshoring Prompts Letter from Senator Bob Casey and Senate Democrats

Senator Casey alerted President Trump to the need for action last year, but instead of working reduce offshoring, the Trump Administration backed provisions in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act that provide incentives for corporations to send jobs overseas.

April 27, 2018 — Press Release

CWA Applauds Passage of Passenger Service Agent Assault Language in FAA Reauthorization Bill

This morning, the House included crucial passenger service agent assault language when passing the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. Now CWA is urging the Senate to do the same.

April 25, 2018 — Press Release

Report on AT&T Reveals Thousands of Layoffs, Call Center Closures, and Rampant Outsourcing

While AT&T refuses to release details about plans for its $20 billion in tax savings, a report by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) examines the telecom giant’s continued role in hollowing out the middle class by eliminating thousands of jobs, closing call centers, and shifting customer service and network maintenance to low-wage contractors, including overseas vendors.

April 23, 2018 — Press Release

Workers Call on Labor Department to Investigate General Dynamics as Wage Theft is Uncovered at Five More Call Centers

Workers at five federal contract call centers operated by General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) filed new wage theft complaints with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. Since January, over 2,000 current and former GDIT call center workers have come forward to call on the Department of Labor (DOL) to investigate violations of prevailing wage law at the company.

April 17, 2018 — Press Release

On Tax Day, Working People Are Angry and Fighting Back

A Statement from CWA President Chris Shelton about how those in Congress and the White House have doubled down on increasing the wealth of top executives and shareholders at the expense of everyone else.

April 17, 2018 — Press Release

AS AT&T POSTS BILLIONS IN PROFITS FROM GOP TAX BILL, DETROIT WORKER JOINS TAX MARCH 2018 TO CALL OUT COMPANY FOR MASS LAYOFFS

The company’s CEO Randall Stephenson promised to create 7,000 jobs if the GOP tax plan passed. Instead, despite a $20 billion windfall as a result of tax cuts in the bill, AT&T announced thousands of unnecessary layoffs late last year.

April 16, 2018 — Press Release

Passenger Service Agents at American Airlines Subsidiaries Mobilize Coast-to-Coast as Fight to End Poverty Wages Escalates

Passenger service agents from Envoy Air and Piedmont Airlines will gather at airports across the country on Monday, April 16 to step up their calls for sustainable, family supporting wages at the airline.