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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.

April 15, 2018 — Press Release

Contracts Covering 14,000 Workers at AT&T Midwest and Legacy Expire

The 14,000 workers at AT&T Midwest and AT&T Legacy T, members of the Communications Workers of America, will continue working even though their contracts have expired. The AT&T Midwest agreement expired at 11:59 pm CT on Saturday. The AT&T Legacy T contract expired at 11:59 ET on Saturday.

April 10, 2018 — Press Release

AT&T Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

"CWA members are prepared to do whatever it takes to get a fair contract at AT&T Midwest that prioritizes job security, healthcare, and retirement."

April 10, 2018 — Press Release

CBO Report: GOP Tax Bill Will Reward Companies That Offshore American Jobs

The Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the effects of the December 2017 Republican tax bill confirms that the bill provides incentives for companies to send more American jobs overseas.

April 4, 2018 — Press Release

America's Largest Unions Demand Employers Disclose Corporate Tax Windfall Amid Bargaining Talks Nationwide

Failure to Release Tax Windfall Details Could Violate National Labor Relations Act, Unions Charge.

March 25, 2018 — Press Release

CWA Members Win New Contract with Frontier Communications To Protect Jobs in West Virginia and Ashburn, Virginia

After three weeks on strike, 1,400 members of the Communications Workers of America will return to work at Frontier Communications in West Virginia and Ashburn, VA by Wednesday.

March 13, 2018 — Press Release

Verizon Wireless Closing One-Third of U.S. Call Centers, Cutting Customer Service Jobs

Verizon's plan will close six call center locations across the country, which will result in elimination of approximately 3,000 customer service jobs.

March 12, 2018 — Press Release

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Offers Amendment to "Bank Lobbyist Act" to Crack Down on Bank Offshoring

Following the release of CWA’s report on big bank offshoring practices last week,Senator Elizabeth Warren has introduced a new amendment that would crack down on some of the banks who are the biggest practitioners of offshoring and add more accountability to the offshoring process

March 9, 2018 — Press Release

CWA Statement on Piedmont Passenger Service Agent Contract Ratification Vote

Passenger service agents have voted against ratification of the tentative contract agreement between the Communications Workers of America and Piedmont Airlines.

March 8, 2018 — Press Release

Senators Urge General Dynamics to Address Wage Theft at Call Centers

Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) issued a letter yesterday calling on General Dynamics to ensure that the company is not illegally underpaying its federally contracted call center employees and is not violating its employees’ freedom to join together to negotiate better pay and working conditions.

March 6, 2018 — Press Release

Big Banks Benefit from Tax Bill, Aggressively Offshore American Jobs

The banking industry is among the biggest beneficiaries from the Republican tax bill passed in December 2017. Yet many U.S. banks have been aggressively offshoring U.S. jobs, especially in the call center and customer service industry, to low-wage countries. Despite these offshoring practices, and their financial windfall from the tax bill, there is no movement from the big banks to return jobs from overseas. In fact, leading analysts believe that the tax bill will encourage the additional offshoring of American jobs.

March 4, 2018 — Press Release

Frontier Communications Workers in West Virginia and Virginia on Strike to Save Good Jobs and Protect Service Quality

After ten months of negotiations, members of the Communications Workers of America have not been able to reach agreement on a fair contract with Frontier Communications. As a result, 1,400 Frontier Communications workers in West Virginia and in Ashburn, VA went on strike at 12:01 am on Sunday, March 4.